Patronage Group Protests Brown Demotion
Says President Knew of No Qualifications; Three Association Rules Broken
The Political Patronage Association (PPA), a non-profit organization based in Chicago, has condemned President Bush for his demotion of FEMA Director Michael Brown and plans on filing a complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor over the action.
"We're extremely disappointed with the President," state PPA Director Joe "Lazyboy" Warchenski.
"Not since Ronald Reagan has a President been so committed to stocking his administration with political appointees, friends, donors … We're very upset with this action by President Bush."
The PPA claims to have over 200,000 members in the U.S. and over 500,000 worldwide and was formed in the mid-1960's, by a group of former Chicago Mayor Richard Daly's cronies.
The PPA represents everyone, from political appointees, political hacks, No-Show employees and generations of relatives hired for government positions in which they are not qualified.
Brown, whose background was that of being director of horse trade group, has been lambasted over the slow response to New Orleans and the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina demolished and flooded the area.
Last Friday, Michael Chertoff, Homeland Security Director, and, as Warchenski pointed out, also a PPA member, removed Brown as the on-site leader in New Orleans, sending him back to Washington, replacing him with Coast Guard General Thad Allen.
General Allen is not a PPA member.
"It's true," Warchenski offered, "that most of our members don't like the glare of the media."
Warchenski claims that the President should have done more to shield Brown from the criticism.
"The President fully knows that Brown wasn't qualified for the job. To leave him hanging out there like that, that is against, at least, three of our guidelines."
Warchenski indicated that the PPA is monitoring the situation very closely and plans on filing a complaint with the Department of Labor. Should Brown end up being fired, the PPA will work with him to find another position, in either local, state or federal government.
"We have a high percentage of getting our members paychecks," said Warchenski.
Warchenski refused to comment if President Bush is, or ever was a PPA member.
The White House is denying charges that President Bush was late in reacting to Hurricane Katrina because he mistakely flew to Cape Canaveral, believing there was a disaster there.
Google Fires Back At Ballmer
Microsoft Omitted From Searches; Google Maps Highlight Home
After having its' CEO threatened by Steve Ballmer, Google announced this morning that they have updated their main search algorithm so that it wipes out any search results for Microsoft and all Microsoft products, services and news, excepting court cases in which Microsoft has lost.
Court documents opened last Friday reveal that Microsoft CEO Ballmer threatened to "kill" Google CEO Eric Schmidt, after a senior engineer advised Ballmer that he was leaving Microsoft to go work at Google.
The courts documents show that after Mark Lucovsky, back in November 2004, told Ballmer he was leaving, Ballmer reacted angrily, including hurling a chair across his office.
The sworn statement says that Ballmer launched into a tirade about Google and CEO Schmidt.
"I'm going to fucking bury that guy, I have done it before, and I will do it again … I'm going to fucking kill Google."
Microsoft sued to keep Lucovsky from joining Google.
In addition to taking Microsoft out of their search program, Google has also programmed their 'Google Maps' to highlight, with address and phone number, the home of Ballmer.
Schmidt decline to comment on the threat or actions taken by Google.
Google released a statement, that said in part;
"We realize that the omission of Microsoft from our searches will have little impact on their financial performance, we do regret that it may cause problems for Microsoft OEM's and resellers. We believe that falls into the area of who you choose to partner with and the consequences of those partnerships."
Microsoft, so far has refused to comment on the situation.
Insiders say that they expect Microsoft to use their considerable resources and respond to Google in some fashion.
"Ballmer's hot," said one analyst. "This isn't going to go away soon."
It is expected that Google Print will have an announcement this week, indicating that they will drop any and all Microsoft printed matter from their digitization program.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer reportedly repeated his threat to Google CEO Eric Schmidt. At a recent conference, Ballmer said; "I'm going to kick his ass and then knock his teeth out for mumbling about it".
Monday, September 12, 2005
Patronage Group Protests Brown Demotion