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Well, I agree with Mike's request to remove this mouthpiece for the conservative right wing ideology from an engineering related forum. However, I do believe that there are relevant issues here that while not directly related to engineering, are related to our profession as a whole.
The headline I just checked a minute ago was that FEMA Director just turned in his resignation. One has to only look at this guy's resume to see that he clearly did not deserve to be in this position to begin with, and whoever appointed him to that position has some explaining to do. How anyone could put a guy with no prior experience in disaster response (or anything close to it) in charge of national emergency management response is beyond me.
The most visible job that Mike Brown apparently held was on a horse racing commission, which even that he reportedly did not perform well. The only apparent reason he got the job was that he was friends with the previous FEMA director, who hired him for some FEMA post before he left to become a lobbyist for the contractors who are reaping the benefits of rebuilding NO!
Good riddance Mr. Brown. Who's next?
-----Original Message-----
From: John Riley <jpriley485(--nospam--at)>
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Sent: Mon, 12 Sep 2005 12:18:42 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Re: Bill Polhemus


Maybe "most other participants here" would agree with
you, but not all.  Not me.

I'm not sure who started the slamming, maybe it was
Bill, I didn't pay attention I guess.  But do you
really assign him to clowndom?  Anyone else have clown

I tire of this thread as well, because it reeks of
politics.  But isn't there at least an axillary
engineering component?  Isn't it important for us to
witness how civil and governmental bodies implement
emergency plans that relate to engineering features
such as dikes, levies, dams, etcetera?  The current,
real-time, discussions of events are at least as
relevant to me as the Western Civilization courses I
was forced to take in college.  Anticipating how the
authorities and media regard engineering features may
not impact the calculations much, but it might cause a
designer to submit a CYA letter or two for the record.

John Riley

--- Michael Hemstad <mhemstad(--nospam--at)> wrote:

> Bill Polhemus wrote:
> "...And feel free to give her my email address, if
> you like. As I said
> before: I really do not care any more what anyone
> thinks of my beliefs
> or opinions."
> That's been clear for a long time, Bill.
> I think it's time for you to go away.  So,
> apparently, do most of the other participants here.
> Shafat, please, please, remove this clown from our
> List so we can go back to talking about engineering.
> Mike Hemstad

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