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(Sun Sentinel)   FEMA's first line of accountability includes embezzlers, burglars, drug addicts, drunks and a guy named Mad Dog   (sun-sentinel.com) divider line 132
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2005-04-26 11:45:13 AM
skinmite: Get a job that has it,

Hello troll...I usually don't respond to this sort of breathless nonesense but the idea that "getting a job that has it" will fix the problem is becoming passe. My previous employer raised out deductable to $5000.00...yes...$5,000 dollars out of pocket. Now, I am young and in good health so to me this is like not having insurance.

If you are a sickly person it is still a lot of money. It is going to get much worse before it gets better. The costs just keep rising and soon companies won't want to insure anyone.
 
2005-04-26 11:45:50 AM
Whatever happened to jail being considered the sentence - not the life after someone gets out of jail?
 
2005-04-26 11:49:39 AM
rodeofrog

See, republicans generally oppose big government because republicans can see how easy it is for those in power to be bribed and corrupted.
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In theory this may be correct, but in practice you are way off. GOP is the major contributer toward making the USA a corrupt police/slave state. Vote Libertarian for small govt.
 
2005-04-26 11:49:59 AM
What the hell is wrong with hiring convicted felons? If they have been released, doesn't that mean that they've made restitituion?

What a bunch of farking bigotted arsewipes! Are they of no value to the community any more? They can't be trusted to fill out insurance claims with a DUI/Cocaine/MJ possesion on their record? If their former offense doesn't pertain to the job they are applying for, then their history should NOT BE A CONCERN! PERIOD!

YEAH, I have to put on every application that I am a convicted felon. Now I am the Vice President of a utility company and I just started making over 6 figures, before bonuses, this year. I'm one of the most honest farks you'll ever know and it pisses me off to no end how people out there would hold me back for something I did almost 20 years ago!

I did my time and I've had to work harder than anyone who didn't have a record. I have no college so to get where I am was even HARDER!

Leave these people's past records alone as it's none of your FARKING BUSINESS! They're insurance adjusters, for heaven sake, not pharmacists!
 
2005-04-26 11:50:13 AM
There needs to be a "Photoshop FEMA inspectors" contest RIGHT NOW.
 
2005-04-26 11:52:12 AM
nobody calls me mad dog



/got BTF1 reference
//got BTF3 reference
///needs trifecta
 
2005-04-26 11:52:23 AM
Aw crap they found me
 
2005-04-26 11:53:17 AM
 
2005-04-26 11:55:27 AM
OMG, OMG, that one guy he had some drugs and stuff like ten years ago, and they searched his house and get this.... He actually had guns. Imagine that an American with two rifles, a shotgun and even, dare I say, a .357 magnum. I notice they didn't say what caliber the rifles or shotgun were. I love shock journalism.
 
2005-04-26 11:56:31 AM
What a bunch of crap... While my record may be shining and include US Military service... I certainly would not hold someone back from an inspector job because of Marijuana possesion or the guy who had 2 rifles, a shotgun and a 357 Magnum in his home... Get a grip people...

If they made restitution for their crimes, let it be... This investigative journalist isn't much of one...
 
2005-04-26 11:56:39 AM
Man, that dood has a serious power-beard.
 
2005-04-26 11:57:21 AM
"It is not known how many in the whole work force might have criminal records because FEMA will not release the names of any of its inspectors or their supervisors, citing an unwarranted invasion of their personal privacy."

The other night on TV, Bush referred to his administration as the "open government" administration... TOO FUNNY!
 
2005-04-26 11:59:01 AM
James A. DeWan, 46, of Texas. Known by the nickname "Mad Dog," he has a rap sheet that includes marijuana possession, three drunken-driving convictions and four citations for public intoxication. DeWan referred questions about his background to his employer.

Hey, drunks need jobs too!
 
2005-04-26 12:02:21 PM
assmosis

What the hell is wrong with hiring convicted felons? If they have been released, doesn't that mean that they've made restitituion?
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I applaud you for what you have accomplished, unfortunately (or fortunately?), there are many people out there who didn't screw up. In the eyes of many people, you either are a virgin or you are not a virgin.
 
2005-04-26 12:02:32 PM
Mr_Fister

Ex cons are not allowed to own firearms. You lose that right when you are convicted of a crime.
 
2005-04-26 12:04:10 PM
Assmosis

Ex Cons are supposed to be barred from Federal Employement. It's one of the privilages you lose when you commit a crime.
 
2005-04-26 12:05:46 PM
Funny, thought of Dog the Bounty Hunter first...
 
2005-04-26 12:06:20 PM
Anyone else think the headline was talking about Congress?
 
2005-04-26 12:06:23 PM
"Farkof4000years - You took the words right out of my mouth. I would have NO problem with him coming to inspect...my...home."

Me first! Me first!
 
2005-04-26 12:07:52 PM
I worked in Alabama during Hurricane Ivan and the young girl who was processing claims in our office was recruited from a Motel 6 in Wisconsin to work for FEMA.

/lost faith in FEMA that day
 
2005-04-26 12:08:18 PM
So far the posts in this thread are:

90% - "Hey, give these guys a break, they did their time. Reporter is an asshat"

10% - "That one inspector is hot"
 
2005-04-26 12:10:08 PM
VernonFL

Update to 1% - "Fire those ex cons, now! No Federal Jobs for you!"
 
2005-04-26 12:11:42 PM
Just wait unitl Walton Simons takes over. He'll get that place up and running again....right after he turns UNATCO into his own personal army.
 
2005-04-26 12:14:51 PM
alacrity

In theory this may be correct, but in practice you are way off [referring to my quote that republicans generally oppose big government because republicans can see how easy it is for those in power to be bribed and corrupted]. GOP is the major contributer toward making the USA a corrupt police/slave state. Vote Libertarian for small govt.

I am a registered libertarian, but I don't vote party lines. I vote for the candidate I like. My crack was that republican politicians are just as succeptible to corruption as any other - that is why they generally oppose big government. I also agree with Tom_Steuber that the current administration has embraced big government more than it should.
 
2005-04-26 12:15:58 PM
VernonFL: "10% - "That one inspector is hot"

10%??? This proves that most farkers are straight men!

/Would so hit that! (I have wanted to say that forever).
 
2005-04-26 12:20:57 PM
I agree with zena and Farkof40000years - Hottie!
 
2005-04-26 12:25:59 PM
FarkOf40000Years: Guilty... of being HAWWWWTTTTT

My thoughts exactly. Dayyum!
If the others weren't so repellent I would suggest a Men Of FEMA calendar.
 
2005-04-26 12:26:21 PM
rodeofrog

Unfortunately, I have not found many likeable candidates down my way ;) Glad to meet a fellow Libertatian.
 
2005-04-26 12:27:58 PM
So - neither Bush nor Cheney is fit to be a FEMA worker but they can be President and Vice-President?

/walks off muttering
 
2005-04-26 12:28:07 PM
2005-04-26 11:57:21 AM Cache

The other night on TV, Bush referred to his administration as the "open government" administration... TOO FUNNY!

You're shiatting me, right?
 
2005-04-26 12:29:47 PM


"unwarranted invasion of their personal privacy."

HA!
 
2005-04-26 12:32:11 PM
I"m with the girls here, he can "inspect" anything he wants.
 
2005-04-26 12:33:34 PM
Man that inspector apparently sent the Gaydar off the charts in here!

/that's cool though - it's what makes Fark the great place that it is - it's a melting pot
 
2005-04-26 12:36:46 PM
Well, that was a non-story. Only one guy with any real issues. Who gives a crap if someone got a DUI or drug possession.
 
2005-04-26 12:40:19 PM
rodeofrog

I also agree with Tom_Steuber that the current administration has embraced big government more than it should.

Risking the venture off-topic, as a registered Republican, this is the understatement of the year.

On-topic... I don't know that I'd want a guy named Mad Dog doing my insurance claim, but he can command the bulldozers cleaning up the street, heck, he could probably run one with the booze he's hiding in his jacket.
 
2005-04-26 12:42:10 PM
Great headline.... funny because its TRUE!
 
2005-04-26 12:44:29 PM
Since there's no hope in actually getting this story greenlighted, I submit it here:

Jeff "8 Inches Cut" Gannon visited White House 196 times, 50 more than Colin Powell

WASHINGTON - A conservative writer who quit his job covering President Bush amid criticism for his pointedly political questions visited the White House 196 times in two years, the Secret Service has disclosed.

James D. Guckert, who wrote under the name Jeff Gannon, was Washington bureau chief for Talon News, a conservative online news outlet associated with another Web site, GOPUSA. Guckert posed questions with conservative overtones, attracting scrutiny from liberal bloggers who linked Guckert with online domain addresses suggestive of gay pornography. Guckert resigned in February.

Democratic Reps. Louise Slaughter of New York and John Conyers of Michigan filed a freedom of information request and were given Secret Service records of Guckert's visits to the White House.


/Hey, they are the "open government" administration!
 
2005-04-26 12:46:37 PM
BearToy: OK, He is so NOT gay. Sorry! I am pretty good at just "knowing" this stuff. He wants me!
 
2005-04-26 12:50:35 PM
BearToy:
I thought you were into more hairy guys -
 
2005-04-26 12:53:33 PM
I love how bribery gets 26 months in a federal prison, but drug trafficking gets probation with no actual conviction.

Maybe I misread the article some, but I can't stomach reading it again.
 
2005-04-26 12:54:32 PM
Diabolic

That looks like Peewee Herman.....
 
2005-04-26 12:55:37 PM
 
2005-04-26 12:58:21 PM
This is why out-sourcing in never good. The company Parsons Brinckerhoff is a British based company. They operate many companies here in the US that appear to be US base but are really completely owned and operated by the Brits. My neighbor works for one of their telecom branches here called Exi Parsons. The stories he tells . . .
 
2005-04-26 12:58:34 PM
Clavis: Since there's no hope in actually getting this story greenlighted, I submit it here:


LOL

He had a man-date...

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2005-04-26 12:59:53 PM
heh heh - "Wood" County - heh heh

Ok, seriously now. I can understand the concern about a few of them - especially the guy convicted of embezzlement and wire fraud - but as to the rest of them, a big fat "who cares?"

I'm usually pretty hardcore about crime and punishment - but if someone screwed up, paid their debt to society, and is trying to go straight - what right does the media have to drag them through the mud? Again - probably the guy convicted of embezzlement and fraud wasn't as good call...but the rest of them, let the people try to get their lives straightened out. Look at the guy with 2 DUI charges - ok, he screwed up - but he (claims) doesn't drink anymore - and that has nothing to do with whether he's trustworthy or not...


Damn, I hate this "trial by media" crap....
 
2005-04-26 01:02:55 PM
i have to interject here. we in pensacola fought fema for cleanup funding and places for people to live temporarily. it sickens me to know that miami-dade got $31 mil.

a big fark you to anyone in miami-dade who applied for fema money.
 
2005-04-26 01:10:10 PM
"Our background check is very thorough," he said

Apparently, not thorough enough!
 
2005-04-26 01:15:04 PM
Starship Pooper,

You are incorrect in two ways. First, there is no law that says that felony convictions preclude employment with the government. Second, these are not federal employees, they are employees of a private company who provides contracted services to the government. Big difference.

Oh, and before you tell me I'm wrong, I have a felony conviction from a stupid act when I was 19 (and in the Navy at the time), and am currently employed as a civil servant by the Department of the Navy. I've also been a government contractor, and hold a Top Secret clearance, so it all depends on who does the background investigations, as well as what the conviction was for and what you've done with your life since the conviction.
 
2005-04-26 01:16:59 PM
zena: BearToy: OK, He is so NOT gay. Sorry! I am pretty good at just "knowing" this stuff. He wants me!

Yeah, but he's a drunk. I bet you I could get him nice and...pliable.

/maybe there is a "gay agenda"?!
 
2005-04-26 01:23:57 PM
keylime
As to the usefulness of FEMA - I remember when there was no FEMA and somehow we survived.

FEMA was the result of the centralization of dozens of state and federal emergency/disaster response agencies, many of which had been around for decades. Just because you can remember a time without FEMA doesn't mean federal, state and local governments back then weren't performing the functions FEMA performs today.

As an example of the effectiveness of charities: the majority of the aid that went to the tsunami victims was collected and distributed by charities. Organizations such as the Red Cross are well equipped to handle large scale emergencies.

all well and good, but I wouldn't want to count on the red cross for the extremely rapid response scenarios government agencies are now preparing for (witness: the multi-state bioterrorism attack simulation in the northeast a few weeks ago).
 
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