“Heck of a job, Brock” another FEMA failure

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Brock Long, FEMA political appointee

In 1979, President Jimmy Carter started the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Purpose, to provide assistance to local governments hit with disasters. Typically, FEMA doesn’t respond unless a governor requests federal assistance during or leading up to a disaster.

After 9/11, FEMA became part of the Department of Homeland Security, the Executive Branch serving at the will of the President.  Sadly this means the President is allowed to make political appointments.

As my readers know all too well, political appointments all too often yield uneducated and unqualified political appointees, instead of people who can perform.

Such is the case of Donald Trump’s political appointee Brock Long, FEMA Director.


Brock Long earned a MA in Criminal Justice from Appalachian State University, West Virginia. For those of us who have ever served in any capacity of Academia, we know Criminal Justice majors are the least educated members of our society.  Why seems to be geared toward the mentality that police officers only follow orders.  The military style philosophy.

He served as a regional manager there during George W. Bush’s administration before leading the Alabama Emergency Management Agency from 2008 to 2011, including during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Long joined the George W. Bush Jr. administration in November 2001 as a hurricane program manager in FEMA for six states, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.  He, Michael Browne, and John E. Pennington ( fired from FEMA and Snohomish County for unethical conduct unbecoming of a public officer) were major participants in FEMA’s botched response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Mr. Long’s major achievement was the distribution of a hurricane computer game for grade-school students that focused on preparedness for such storms.  Presumably because our children don’t have enough games to play at home.

Mr. Long left FEMA in 2006. The following year, he was named southeast regional director for Beck Disaster Recovery, a consulting firm that specialized in emergency planning, disaster training and post-event recovery.

In January 2008, Long became director of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, where he directed the state’s response to incidents as different as the H1N1 flu virus and the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as hurricanes and other storms. Long’s experience with schools was particularly prized by Alabama after a school in the town of Enterprise collapsed during a 2007 tornado, killing eight students.

He had no management skills prior to receiving political appointments, and at least part of his degree (MS) appears to have been earned ” online.”

In 2017, Long unjustly received widespread praise by President Trump for his handling of the federal response to Hurricane Harvey, the first major natural disaster faced by the Trump administration in 2017.

Instead of actually doing anything to assist disaster victims prior to Hurricane Harvey, Long appeared on the scene just long enough to grab the limelight, hand out food supplies and take pictures ( in dress clothes, adding insult the average working class American).

Mistakenly, Long said emergency management begins at the local level and that it is FEMA’s job to serve in a supportive role.  A gross understatement, as FEMA’s role is Emergency Management, before, after and during disasters.  Mistakes often made by persons who lack the education and knowledge of why and how FEMA was created.

 

During a visit to Texas after the storm, President Trump introduced Mr. Long as “a man who really has become very famous on television in the last couple of days.”  After seeing this, I remember saying ” am I reading this right? People are dying, without water, food, and electricity, and our FEMA Director’s proudest accomplishments should be how famous he will become as a result of being on television.  America is in trouble!”

Personally I’d prefer not to be associated with failing to adequately respond in performing my job, human suffering, and causing the deaths of hundreds, in a very public way.

 

Is being famous really important when fellow Americans are without food, clean water,  and electricity?

Leaders problem solve, this involves reaching across the political lines to find solutions, not a ” my way or the highway” approach.  Sadly, Brock Long represents what’s wrong with Washington D.C.


America is harmed by not having qualified persons running FEMA  

With no surprise my readers probably already guessed that I was no Donald Trump supporter. Frankly speaking, I felt he was unqualified to serve as a Diplomat for America – and I was no fan of his T.V. show The Apprentice, which I view as mindless television, harming our children into believing that winning is more important than working together to find solutions.  However, I first gave Trump the benefit of the doubt, until he disrespected German Chancellor Angela Merkel by refusing to shake her hand. 

Not because I believe Chancellor Angela Merkel is right on immigration ( fact is I believe she created a dangerous situation for Germany by allowing Muslims to immigrate at will), because I expect the President of the United States ( my homeland)  to be respectful, and to act respectful, to elected leaders around the World. Chancellor Angela Merkel is no exception because she’s a female or has different views about immigration (which I certainly do not and never will share).

 And tweeting threats to North Korea is not making us safer, its harming America’s credibility throughout the World, and makes us look like bullies who act on impulse and not with diplomacy.

 


A few weeks ago, I witnessed our President Tweet that Puerto Rico residents were “second class citizens”, for me, it was time to speak out.  Taking this phrase apart word by word, “Second” speaks for itself, meaning not first. Presumably referring to the America’s main land residents in first place.  Winners apparently, not just lucky to born on the mainland.  Next, class refers to a superior group of persons. For me, all life on planet Earth is sacred.  Lastly, citizens. The word citizen according to Dictionary.com means “a native or naturalized member of a state or nation who owes allegiance to its government and is entitled to its protection (distinguished from alien ). “


Puerto Rico is an American territory, meaning all Puerto Ricans are ” citizens of the US.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puerto_Rico

 Nothing second class about US citizens. 

 So why did it take eight days for Brock Long to respond to Hurricane Maria?  Seems to me that Long too believes that Puerto Rico residents are “second class citizens” and simply implemented policy, also known as  “class warfare.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Class_conflict

 Problem for me, Brock Long disrespected fellow Americans, and as such, he will receive as much sunshine as our Freedom of Information Act allows.


 

 

In 2014, John E. Pennington, a political to FEMA Region X ( George W Bush Jr. forced his resignation after he learned that he was treated for major mental health issues and enjoys abusing women and children) and Snohomish County Emergency Management  (terminated after he was caught via public records criminally harassing the Gold Bar Reporter and trying to hack into the Gold Bar Reporter’s blogs) caused the deaths of 43 residents in the Oso mudslides here in Washington State. Instead of doing his job, public records reveal that he spent most of his work day criminally harassing me and trying to hack into the Gold Bar Reporter’s blog.

After he killed 43 people in the Oso mudslides here in Washington State, finally in 2015, John E. Pennington was fired after public records documented his criminal conduct as state herein, and his U.S. Homeland Security clearance was stripped after he was caught running illegal background checks on citizens here in Washington State. 

John E. Pennington is being sued for RICO and gross 1983 violations, and our readers should be happy to know that Brock Long hired Pennington to teach FEMA Emergency Management classes at Emergency Management Institute ( FEMA EMI) in Maryland/Pennsylvania, and even awarded contracts to John E. Pennington’s college drop-out ( who we hear managed to get an online certificate from Eastern Oregon State, a college which had major accreditation problems) convicted bank frauding wife Crystal Hill Pennington ( convicted of bank fraud, Snohomish County, Washington, 2005 using alias of  Crystal Berg; and served time in North Carolina, using alias of Chris Hill, 2000, for the same offense).


Evidence of FEMA Director Brock Long’s 2017 failures

Harvey
Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, another sad example of Brock Long’s botched response

Maria

 Aftermath of Hurricane Maria, another example of Brock Long’s botched response

  FEMA’s botched response to California fires

Brock Long should take lesson on how to be a great American from San Juan’s Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz.
President Trump enjoys the term ” YOU’RE FIRED” but failed to fire the biggest failure of all, Brock Long, adding insult to injury.

Snohomish County removes John Pennington has Director of Emergency Management after he caused deaths of 44 in Oso Mudslides

Many of you know me as the investigative journalist from Snohomish County Washington who managed to oust Executive Aaron Reardon after public records revealed that Aaron Reardon was illegally using county monies to fund two affairs, one with former Snohomish County employee Deanna Dawson and the other with terminated Whistleblower Tamara Dutton.

What many of our 6,000 plus readers may not know if that the reason we started investigating Aaron Reardon was because a extremely high ranking Washington State Democratic leader handed us documents proving that each of the women listed herein were in fact engaged in an extra-marital affair with Aaron Reardon, and he was misusing Snohomish County taxpayer monies to fund at least three affairs.

Aaron Reardon wasn’t really our concern until the Washington State very very high ranking Democrat gave us records showing that Reardon and Deanna Dawson were traveling around Europe on the taxpayers dime, ordering sex toys to their hotel room, attending an air show in Paris, charging expensive hotel rooms, and extravagant dinners all on the county taxpayer’s dime. For this reason, the Gold Bar Reporters were first to expose one of the largest corruption scandals in Washington State’s history.

With each sunrise the corruption scandal is spreading like a cancer metastasizing to the bone, and we just learned that the Washington State Bar illegally disseminated my application file to Snohomish County public officials Geoffrey Gibbs and Seth Fine, who disseminated the theft to Gold Bar’s city attorney Tom Gaafstra, and his employee Barbara Johnson then disseminated the stolen file to Crystal Hill.  A RICO complaint has been filed against Snohomish County, City of Gold Bar and the RICO gangs blog spot The Sky Valley Chronicle.

Washington State’s Public Disclosure Commission fined Reardon for this criminal conduct and the Democratic National Committee picked up the tab for his crimes.

But Reardon wasn’t really our investigative target, it was his political appointee John E. Pennington.

We started investigating John Pennington after our streets had not been plowed in one of Washington State’s largest snow storms.  Not one person in Gold Bar get out of their driveways to get to work, so I contacted the Governor asking if her street had been plowed because ours had not been!   Instead of getting an emergency order issued by John Pennington, I received one of the most unprofessional childish letters I had ever received from any sitting public official.

I placed a call to then council member Dorothy Croshaw who told me that Crystal Hill was engaged in n extra-martial affair with John Pennington, and she was not showing to council meetings.  Croshaw also stated that Pennington covered up the tampering of the City’s wells by having his friends Deputy Ross and Kevin Prentiss intentionally obstruct the investigation of the water boy Karl Marjelre because he too was sleeping with Crystal Hill.
At the time Crystal Hill was engaged in an extra-marital affair with John Pennington, Hill was also engaged in several extra-marital affairs with several other Snohomish County employees,  including Executive Aaron Reardon and Gold Bar’s then police Chief.

John Pennington’s inability to perform basic emergency management function so his job in December 2008 is the reason why we started investigating John Pennington’s shady criminal history.  Here’s a copy of the letter sent asking our officials if they were aware public information we uncovered on John Pennington.

Did you know that John Pennington was on the east coast performing his FEMA EMI contracts when 44 people in Oso Washington suffocated to death?  Did you know that Pennington used a portable hard drive while working at Sno County to avoid public disclosure? Did you know that Pennington criminally harassed Reardon’s opponents on his Sky Valley Chronicle blog spot instead of mitigating  mudslides?  Did you know that Pennington was charged with beating up his 3rd trimester pregnant wife Anne Laughlin while he was sitting DEM for Sno County?  Did you know that Anne Laughlin wrote declaration to the court stating that Pennington was taking showers with his 6 year old daughter ( all in his King county files)?  Did you know that Judge Lucas from Snohomish County illegally sealed John Pennington mental health records in Pennington v. Pennington?  Did you know that Pennington was kicked out of a church in San Diego California in late 1989 after two boys made sexual abuse allegations against him? Did you that Pennington worked on his bogus online American Military University ( same school featured on Education Inc in which Senator Tom Harkin called fraud)  using county resources and county time?  Did you know that while serving in the WA State Legislature Pennington was a member of the WA State Militia?  Did you know that Pennington’s payroll records including time sheets signed by Haackenson document that he’s been on paid ad leave since April 2014 ( according to a source to limit liability)?  Did you know that Pennington operated his own company titled JOHN E. PENNINGTON right from Snohomish County using our computers and fax machines; a company that he has yet to pay a single cent of income tax on to the State of WA?

County Council member Dave Somers and Public Records Officer Terri Lawrie recently confirmed that the County did not run any background check on John Pennington prior to his political appointment by the disgraced Aaron Reardon. 

FEMA also confirmed that George Bush simply allowed Senator Jennifer Dunn  to appoint John Pennington with out the FBI running a background on Pennington either.

If they had, they would have uncovered what we uncovered above.

In 2014, John Pennington has had five lawsuits naming him for Racketeering, dereliction of his official duties ( he killed 44 people in Oso mudslides).

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