March 7, 2008, - 1:55 pm

Unhappy Birthday, Homeland Security

By Debbie Schlussel
Yesterday, America’s biggest boondoggle with an equally enormous deceptive name, the Department of Homeland Security, celebrated its five-year anniversary. Other than President Bush–its creator–and incompetents like Michael “Serpenthead” Chertoff and Julie “The ICE Princess” Myers and John “George Costanza” Torres, do you hear anyone celebrating?
Like my friend, Sirius Patriot Channel 144 host Mike Church said, “I only wish the President announced he was shutting it down.”
President Bush marked the “occasion” by warning Americans not to become complacent about terrorism. Has he said that to his mirror, lately (or to the idiots he has running DHS)? Hello . . . ? (Oh, and by the way, it’s still “NOO-KLEE-ER,” not “nook-yuh-ler.”)


Homeland Security: Congress Wants Minorities & Unqualified Incompetents

(Julie Myers Diet Coke by David Lunde/Lundesigns)

Sadly, instead of looking into waste, extreme mismanagement, PC law enforcement policies, the mass exodus of good agents, and the promotion of unethical/lawbreaking individuals to positions of leadership, Congress is barking about Homeland Security’s lack of minorities in leadership.
In response to that, I say look at the white men–Michael Chertoff–and the “minorities”–Julie Myers and John P. Torres–who’ve been appointed. All equally disgusting in their incompetence, lack of law enforcement experience, and dishonesty. Picking someone with a vagina or whose last name might indicate some sort of ingestion of tortillas and chicken mole at some point in life, hasn’t seemed to be the panacea. It’s been the problem, in the cases of Myers and Torres.
It’s not a matter of minorities, it’s a matter of picking competents–regardless of internal plumbing and ethnic background–with actual law enforcement experience in the areas they “oversee.” Still I did find this exchange amusing:

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff apparently forgot the adage “When you’re in a hole, stop digging.”
On Wednesday, Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee were reviewing a report that said Chertoff’s department lags behind others in hiring women and minorities to senior positions.
Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) asked all the Chertoff aides sitting behind him at the hearing to stand up. Men in ties and jackets, all of whom appeared to be Caucasian, stood up. Without comment, Scott moved on to ask Chertoff about another issue.
But Rep. Melvin Watt (D-N.C.) returned to the diversity question. “You brought 10 staff people with you,” he said, “all white males. . . . But I hope you’ve got more diversity in your staff than is reflected here. Please reassure me that is the case.”
“I think that is definitely the case,” Chertoff said.
“Okay,” Watt said, and appeared to begin moving to another question.
But Chertoff continued: “I wouldn’t assume that the ethnic background of everybody behind me is self-evident.”
Watt replied: “I wouldn’t assume the ethnic background of everybody behind you is self-evident, but I think I know an African American when I see one. . . . If anyone wants to stand up and volunteer and tell me they are an African American, I hope they will do that right now.”
No one stood. Some in the audience began laughing.
“If anybody is a female that’s sitting back there and wants to stand up and volunteer to tell me that,” Watt continued, “I hope they will do that right now. And I want the record to show clearly that nobody stood up to volunteer in either one of those categories.
“So if you want to make that point and be cute about it,” Watt said, “let me be explicit about it. . . . If we are going to do law enforcement in this country . . . we need to understand that there is an element of diversity in our country that is not represented here.”

Don’t worry. The next time, Chertoff will bring lackeys Myers and Torres–and some new agent they can find in a hijab–along as extras for this “Match of the Anti-Titans [Congress and DHS]”. Whatta joke!

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

6 Responses

The exchange quoted was humorous and certainly embarrassing. Was that the only thing that was said at the hearing? They may not have addressed looking into waste, extreme mismanagement, PC law enforcement policies, the mass exodus of good agents, and the promotion of unethical/ lawbreaking individuals to positions of leadership, or they may have. I have got to believe that more was discussed than the race, or gender, of the support staff.
I hope they discussed it all and excluded nothing. I hope at least a few Congressional staff members review your Blog, and others, to prepare the Representatives for the hearing.
Lastly, I do not want to throw any stones, but I have watched C-SPAN and members of Congress should be careful about taking anyone to task over the race and/or gender of their staffs.

zyzzyg on March 7, 2008 at 2:32 pm


freefromice on March 7, 2008 at 9:11 pm

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) – A federal judge has declared a mistrial in the case of a U.S. Border Patrol agent charged with fatally shooting an illegal immigrant from Mexico.
Jurors had been deliberating since late Tuesday before declaring themselves hopelessly deadlocked Friday in the trial of Agent Nicholas Corbett.
Corbett was charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and negligent homicide in the January 2007 death of 22-year-old Francisco Javier Dominguez Rivera of Puebla, Mexico. Jurors could convict on only one charge.
Corbett testified during the trial in Tucson that Dominguez was about to throw a rock at his head and he fired in self-defense. Dominguez’s two brothers testified that he was surrendering and was shot without provocation.
Prosecuters plan to refile charges.

icehole on March 7, 2008 at 9:16 pm

“Picking someone…whose last name might indicate some sort of ingestion of tortillas and chicken mole at some point in life, hasn’t seemed to be the panacea.”
Oh Debs, being a Hebrew hottie is not enough? Now you’ve added comedy to your resume?
I laughed so hard I almost dropped my beans and rice burrito.
Hey, if you haven’t tried chicken mole, don’t knock it. That stuff is “da bomb”!!!
Keep up the good reporting babe!!! Art

tita2juju on March 7, 2008 at 11:30 pm

About two, maybe three years back, the website [] ran comercials on the radio for a number of months about black homeownership and ability to get mortgages was dispraportionate to whites. But what they were actually doing was pitting solid numbers against percentages which is why I checked out their silly propaganda website. Because if you are to take their argument seriously to get equal numbers 50/50 that means that every single black man/woman/child and the next two possible generations are garanteed a house no matter living status. Now we have a housing mortgage default problem. If you want prison numbers to be 50/50 you either imprison whitey for anything or you let out black criminals. Laws now say it is unfair to give prison terms to violent crack offenders.
You people amuse me how you don’t state the obvious stupidity of the way diversity is being pushed. Every minority would be garaunteed a public high pay job just so you can take a snapshot picture of diversity. But somehow you will have to pay half the white population to stay home and out of school. Ha, ha, ha. Why don’t you just demand white welfare? Stop giving whitey a complex about it.

ArloRay on March 8, 2008 at 6:51 pm

And now John Torres is the new Ops Director, having replaced JOhn Clark who has fled to a high paying job with a Fortune 500 company to be its Exec Vice Prez for Global Security. Question: Will John bring his mistress to be a personal secretary? Will Myers soon follow Clark out of town? Will Marcy leave before the Dems take over? Will OPR Director Lembke start having her people do criminal cases to justify their 14s?

sanantonioins on March 9, 2008 at 11:01 pm

Leave a Reply

* denotes required field