11/24/2005: Gem o'the Day:
Michael D. "Brownie" Brown announces plans to relocate to Colorado and become a government emergency preparedness consultant.
Says Brown, when asked how he plans to pull this off: "You have to do it with candor. To do it otherwise gives you no credibility. I think people are curious: 'My gosh, what was it like? The media just really beat you up. You made mistakes. I don't want to be in that situation. How do I avoid that?'"
So it gets better, Brown is not only selling emergency preparedness expertise, he's opening a secondary racket in 'candor'.
Actually, from the quote it seems that Brown's actual angle may be providing not generic emergency response consulting services but rather consulting services to incompetents who've been saddled with emergency preparedness responsibility and fear becoming national laughing stocks when they turn mid-size disasters in to full-on catastrophes through gross mismanagement.
This actually may be a solid and underserved niche Brown could cater to, though my understanding is that in such a learning process someone like Brown is generally referred to not as a 'consultant' but rather as 'specimen'.
--Joshua Micah Marshall
Len on 11.24.05 @ 07:29 PM CST