(October 7th) UPDATED We are pleased to announce our periodic Stupid Awards--given to people and organizations that have shown by their actions that they deserve to be publicly humiliated--for being just plain stupid.
The first award goes to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), a part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for its award grant to ACORN--the agency that everybody loves to hate. After a long history of embezzlement by officers, mispending of funds, cheating on voter registrations, and generally defauding the Government, DHS's FEMA decided on September 22nd to use Fire Prevention Grant Funds (That could have gone to legitimate fire prevention organizations) allocated to Louisiana to ACORN--denying the funding to several small fire departments who had legitimate grant applications pending.
During the day, FEMA accounced that the grant would not be awarded after--actually they froze it having already awarded it--and that ACORN would never receive the money. it is still unclear if the award will be formally revoked.
The real problem here is how ACORN got the grant award in the first place. Their staff are not fire prevention experts in any form. A number of local fire departments had proposals in the pile and these are professionals in this area. Yet, FEMA chose to deny their applications to award the leargest one in the state to ACORN. You figure out the logic here.
Congratulations to FEMA for showing that stupidity in management can still lead to the Horn of Plenty.
WHo will be next?