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Because it's been way too long:

The latest tale of Michael Brown's misadventures comes from the first FEMA official to arrive in New Orleans, Marty Bahamonde: "In the midst of the chaos that followed Hurricane Katrina, a Federal Emergency Management Agency official in New Orleans sent a dire e-mail to Director Michael Brown saying victims had no food and were dying. No response came from Brown. Instead, less than three hours later, an aide to Brown sent an e-mail saying her boss wanted to go on a television program that night � after needing at least an hour to eat dinner at a Baton Rouge, La., restaurant." [LINK via Josh Marshall]

Mexican food is the nation's history, religion, and patrimony. Now it is being threatened by a small box of dehydrated noodles. [LINK]

The New York Times posted a 52 percent drop in third-quarter profit for ambiguous reasons such as "higher expenses and a charge related to staff reductions." Though others might point to the high costs of over-zealous staff retention. [LINK]

Meet Flora, the missing Bush triplet who likes to shake her finger, punk ass, and various body parts in disapproval at her father. Warning: the faux video has its moments but her voice surely deserves WMD status. [LINK]

Move over Dolce & Gabbana, here comes Walt Disney Co., which plans to sell high-end "Alice In Wonderland"-inspired lines of clothing, home decor and accessories. You laugh but the aforementioned D & G made piles of money hawking a $1,400 Mickey T-shirt. [LINK via Boing Boing]

Finally, a parting kick in the gut for my favorite newspaper of record. William Powers over at the National Journal delivers it with an extended comparison between the Catholic Church to the Times, each a "powerful institution of enormous prestige and global importance, one that has unusual sway over our collective life, turns out to have troublesome elements in its ranks, some of them downright corrupt." Miller hits her PR low point with this classic line: "Couldn't help herself, just like those serially abusive Catholic priests." [LINK via Romenesko]

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