Professor Plum came into the mail room wearing a catcher’s mitt on each hand. Yet again, he read the mail. (More)

Professor Plum explained that wearing two mitts would make it easier to catch a softball, albeit not as easy to throw the ball back to Ms. Scarlet. “We’re still working on that part,” he said before they left to join the resident faculty in the wine cellar library to spend the weekend drinking thinking on our motto of Magis vinum, magis verum (“More wine, more truth”).

Meanwhile, the Professor of Astrology Janitor asked to try playing two hands in the staff poker game. Chef agreed to let him try, and sure enough the Janitor Professor of Astrology called the Professor of Astrology Janitor’s opening raise. Chef and the Squirrel folded and sat back to watch. When the Ace and Queen of Hearts came with the Six of Clubs on the flop, the Professor of Astrology Janitor bet again. And again, the Janitor Professor of Astrology called. The Professor of Astrology Janitor checked when the Eight of Spades fell on the turn, and the Janitor Professor of Astrology quietly checked as well. Then the Nine of Clubs came on the river. The Professor of Astrology Janitor checked, then sat up straight as the Janitor Professor of Astrology bet. The Professor of Astrology Janitor had an Ace-Ten for a single pair of Aces. The Janitor Professor of Astrology might have two pair, or even have made an unlikely straight on the final card. After pondering for several seconds, the Professor of Astrology Janitor folded. The Janitor Professor of Astrology turned up a pair of Deuces, and the Professor of Astrology Janitor began his plaintive mewling. Chef left for the kitchen to make Two-Sided Breakfast Quesadillas, leaving your lowly mail room clerk to review the week’s correspondence….

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Dear Ms. Crissie,

President Obama just doesn’t understand how the economy works. As for what to do for the housing industry specifically, and are there things that you can do to encourage housing? One is don’t try and stop the foreclosure process. Let it run its course and hit the bottom, allow investors to buy homes, put renters in them, fix the homes up and let it turn around and come back up. The Obama administration has slow-walked the foreclosure processes that have long existed and as a result we still have a foreclosure overhang.

I think the idea of helping people refinance homes to stay in them is one that’s worth further consideration, but I’m not signing on until I find out who’s going to pay and who’s going to get bailed out and that’s not something which we know all the answers to yet.

Mitt in La MANHCA in NV

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Dear Ms. Crissie,

That’s not realistic. We’re just so overleveraged, so much debt in our society, and some of the institutions that hold it aren’t willing to write it off and say they made a mistake, they loaned too much, we’re overextended and write those down and start over. They keep on trying to harangue and pretend that what they have on their books is still what it’s worth….

The idea that somehow this is going to cure itself all by itself is probably not real. There’s going to have to be a much more concerted effort to work with the lending institutions and help them take action which is in their best interest and the best interest of the homeowners.

Mitt in La MANHCA in FL

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Dear Ms. Crissie,

That’s not a long-term solution. There are some steps we ought to take to ensure that we’re growing our economy. But on the housing market specifically, I do think we have to resist the temptation for short-term approaches. And I think the President has fallen into that trap a little bit…. We have to do everything we can to get this economy going because ultimately that’s what’s going to get the housing market going again.

Mitt in La MANHCA policy director

Dear Mitt in La MANHCA,

We suspect you are pleased the Republican presidential primary debates have ended, as you are now free to debate yourself without having to share the stage. Please get back to us when one of you convinces the other.

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Dear Ms. Crissie,

How do I make Chef’s Two-Sided Breakfast Quesadillas? And should I eat them while wearing my pajamas, or should I put on my other pajamas first?

One Leg in Each in Blogistan

Dear One Leg in Each,

We suggest you wear your other other pajamas. As for Chef’s Two-Sided Breakfast Quesadillas, first scramble three eggs. Then place two 8″ flour tortillas on a griddle, spoon the eggs over half of each tortilla, and sprinkle with shredded fontina cheese, crumbled bacon, and thinly-sliced green onion. Fold the other half of the tortilla over, then cook each side on low heat for 1-2 minutes, until the cheese is melted. Chef serves them with sour cream and salsa. Bon appétit!

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Sources:

Mitt in La MANCHA in NV

Mitt in La MANHCA in FL

Mitt in La MANHCA policy director

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Happy Sunday!