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2005/9/26

Fool Me Once...Part 2

@ 10:28 PM (109 months, 7 days ago)

CBS News reports that Michael Brown has been re-hired by FEMA as a consultant, "to evaluate its response following Hurricane Katrina."

So let me see if I have this straight.  A man who couldn't even make it in the horse show business, and was fired for supervisory failures in the horse business, gets a plum job as the head of FEMA. This said man screws up ("big time," as Dick Cheney would say) during the worst natural disaster on U.S. soil.

He's forced out of his plum job, and is hired as a consultant to tell them how bad he screwed up when he was Chief.

As the old saying goes, only in America!

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/09/22/national/main878583.shtml?CMP=ILC-SearchStories

The Diveresity Factor

@ 10:16 PM (109 months, 7 days ago)

So today, Bushie decided to drop some hints about his next Supreme Court nominee, and in doing so, suggested he might appoint a woman or a minority.

He said "I will pick a person who can do the job. But I am mindful that diversity is one of the strengths of the country."

Of course, he's right that our country's diversity is its biggest strength. (Whether he actually believes that or not, is another story altogether.)

What Bush doesn't understand though, is that just because someone looks like me, and has my same skin color, doesn't mean they represent my interests or my values.

He seems to think that simply presenting a woman's face, or a Black or Hispanic face, will appease certain groups.  He couldn't be more wrong.

In the African-American community, we learned a valuable lesson during the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings.  And as George Bush once eloquently said:  Fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again."