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No April Fool: Brownie opens emergency consulting biz

“Look, Hurricane Katrina showed how bad disasters can be, and there’s an incredible need for individuals and businesses to understand how important preparedness is…So if I can help people focus on preparedness, how to be better prepared in their homes and better prepared in their businesses _ because that goes straight to the bottom line _ then I hope I can help the country in some way.”
— Michael “Brownie”, on his shiny new emergency planning consultant biz in Colorado

I’m just speechless. This shameless, incompetent crony bastard is setting up shop to cash in. The only people more idiotic than Brownie are the clods that will open their wallets to pay for his “expertise.” (Rocky Mountain News):

He learned his lessons, and now they’re for sale.

Ousted FEMA director Michael Brown, who was vilified over his handling of the Hurricane Katrina disaster, plans to make a fresh start in Colorado, selling his expertise about how emergency planning can go right or so very wrong.

“You have to do it with candor. To do it otherwise gives you no credibility,” Brown said Wednesday. “I think people are curious: ‘My gosh, what was it like? The media just really beat you up. You made mistakes. I don’t want to be in that situation. How do I avoid that?’ “

…The lesson, he said, is that sometimes leaders need to “take inventory” of everything that’s going on, “so that you give the absolute correct message to the media, because the media can’t be trusted to, one, always get the message correct, and then when you yourself give the incorrect message, that just exacerbates the whole communications problem.”

…Critics portrayed him as the ultimate political crony, since his emergency experience was brief, as a low-level government employee and city councilman, in Edmond, Okla., and he had more recently spent a decade as commissioner of the International Arabian Horse Association, based in Colorado.

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