The Deaf Claque

Because they’re worth clapping for…probably…

FEMA Reclaims Its Image?

By Theo O’Brien

The Federal Emergency Management Agency finally received positive attention from the media in a press conference on Tuesday regarding the wildfires in southern California; the only problem is that the independent reporters asking deputy director Harvey E. Johnson questions were actually FEMA employees.

Federal Emergency Management Agency‘s No. 2 official apologized yesterday for leading a staged news conference Tuesday in which FEMA employees posed as reporters while real reporters listened on a telephone conference line and were barred from asking questions.

I am not sure what the consequences of this clearly unethical act will be but homeland security chief Michael Chertoff was less than subtle about his feelings on the matter:

I think it was one of the dumbest and most inappropriate things I’ve seen since I’ve been in government.” (1)

John Philbin, one of the FEMA “reporters”, resigned from his position as director of external affairs to take a more fitting job as head of public affairs at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

October 28, 2007 Posted by | General Discourse, Natural Disasters, Theo O'Brien | , , | Leave a comment

California Fires: Radio Address (Audio)

By Nathan Schmitt

In his weekly radio address, the President talked about the fires in California and what the federal government is doing. The President’s radio address is embedded below.


October 27, 2007 Posted by | George W. Bush, Natural Disasters | , , | Leave a comment

President Declares Major Disaster: San Diego Fires

This morning President Bush declared the fires of San Diego a serious disaster. He announced the availability of federal aid those affected in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.” (1)

This is a tragic disaster to be sure. Here are the estemated numbers as of this morning:

More than 900,000 people have been ordered to evacuate their homes in the face of the fires.

More than 20 fires have scorched 400,000-plus acres from the Mexican border to northern Los Angeles County and inland into the San Bernardino Mountains since the weekend.” (2)

To all those affected, and especially all of my friends who live in San Diego, I hope the fires stop soon and immediate and effective action is taken to remedy this situation.

October 24, 2007 Posted by | George W. Bush, Natural Disasters | , , , , | 1 Comment