November 25th, 2005

Boulder Goes Code Red

by Philip Baruth

We stand today in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the Boulder/Denver area, who are looking down the barrel of a disaster perhaps more devastating even than Hurricanes Katrina or Floyd.

Brownie himself is blowing into town any day now, maybe for good. He’ll be the guy running the new “disaster preparedness” firm.

“DENVER, Colorado (AP) — Former FEMA Director Michael Brown, heavily criticized for his agency’s slow response to Hurricane Katrina, is starting a disaster preparedness consulting firm to help clients avoid the sort of errors that cost him his job.

“‘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,’ Brown told the Rocky Mountain News for its Thursday editions.

“Brown said companies already have expressed interested in his consulting business, Michael D. Brown LLC. He plans to run it from the Boulder area, where he lived before joining the Bush administration in 2001.”

Classic Rovian Up-is-Downism. Running against a war hero? He’s really a coward and a traitor. You’ve somehow acquired a pesky reputation as the man who allowed a major American city to become a Third-World nation for a couple of weeks, while you got your wardrobe and dog-sitting issues straightened out? You’re really a much sought-after and highly paid disaster consultant.

Next week: Brown announces that he will be heading up Boulder’s Naropa Institute, originally founded by Tibetans in the ancient Buddhist traditions of mindfulness and awareness. “If my own intense mindfulness and awareness can help other Americans be similarly intensely mindful and aware, then I hope I can help the country’s spiritual development in some small way,” Brown will tell the Rocky Mountain News.

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  1. on November 30th, 2005 at 1:59 am

    […] You’ll remember that Boulder is currently under Brownie-threat, a problem I discussed a few days ago. And so those good people in the Denver area are under incredible stresses. […]

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    on December 5th, 2005 at 7:04 pm

    […] As though my good friends in Boulder didn’t have enough to worry about, what with Michael Brown setting up his new disaster consulting business there. […]