“You know it’s getting cold,” Professor Plum said, “when your covers need covers.”

It’s chilly in South Blogistan, but not that cold. He was just letting us know he read the mail. (More)

Yes, both Professor Plum and Ms. Scarlet were wearing fleece workout clothes as they left to join the resident faculty in the wine cellar library, where they’ll spend the weekend drinking thinking on our motto of Magis vinum, magis verum (“More wine, more truth”). And Pootie the Precious had her nose tucked to her belly as she lay curled on Chef’s lap. But it’s really not that cold, even if 37°F feels like a subzero chill to South Blogistanis. We’re sure the Professor of Astrology Janitor was wearing a wool muffler to conceal his facial expression during the staff poker game, and not because his nose was cold. The New Venerable Hall does have heat, after all.

The muffler did seem to help the Professor of Astrology Janitor’s play, although he may have been playing more cautiously simply because he had to pause to take off his mittens before making each bet. Either way, he was doing quite well until he was dealt a pair of black Tens. The all-red flop, turn, and river gave him no help, and he folded to Chef’s half-pot final bet. That she held two red Tens only added insult to injury, and he began his plaintive mewling. Chef left for the kitchen to make Spinach Pigs in a Blanket, leaving your lowly mail room clerk to review the week’s correspondence….


Dear Ms. Crissie,

It now looks as though the White House’s excuse for the pre-election Libya cover-up is itself a cover up. Last week we were told by the Administration (and the compliant media) that during her now-infamous round robin of five Sunday news shows, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice was only telling us what she was told by the intelligence community. We were also told that references to al-Qaeda were edited out of the talking points in order to avoid tipping off the attackers that we were on to them.
Everything goes back to the motive for this cover up, which, apparently, was to run out the clock to Election Day with a Narrative meant to hide the fact that on Obama’s watch there was a successful terror attack that resulted in the murder of an American ambassador and three other Americans. And let’s also not forget that, just a few days before the attack, at his nominating convention, Obama bragged before the whole world that “al-Qaeda is on the path to defeat.”

The American people understand that deception is sometimes necessary in the name of national security. But no one believes that’s the case here. This cover up, which the media has happily become a co-conspirator to, was only about winning Obama a second term. And now the cover up of the cover up is in full swing.

John in CA

Dear John,

We applaud your creativity in finding new accusations about Benghazi each time your previous accusation is dispelled by the evidence. That said, we think your current allegation – a cover up of a cover up – is based less on what U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and President Obama did or did not say after the Benghazi attack than it is on what you and other conservatives did or did not hear. According to the CBS report you cite, Ambassador Rice spoke from talking points prepared by the intelligence community and approved by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. He and the administration weighed “legitimate intelligence and legal issues” relating to public discussion of classified data and were appropriately guarded in describing specific groups’ involvement.

Meanwhile, you and other conservatives focused solely on Ambassador Rice’s and the administration’s criticism of the anti-Islamic video that triggered protests across the Arab world, as only those comments could be made to fit your Narrative of President Obama as Muslim Sympathizer. You ignored Ambassador Rice calling the Benghazi attack the work of “extremists,” just as you ignored President Obama referring to it as an “act of terror,” because those comments did not fit the story you wanted to tell. Thus, each new round of testimony and release of documents has left you and other conservatives exposed as exploiting this tragedy for political gain … which of course is precisely the absurd motive you propose for President Obama.

We regret to inform you that your latest accusation has missed the exits for Plausible, Dubious, and Far-Fetched, and is fast approaching the sign for Feverish Raving. In fact, we suspect that if you look out your window, you’ll probably see aliens making crop circles to host sets for faked moon landings.


Dear Ms. Crissie,

Do Chef’s Spinach Pigs in a Blanket require tin foil? I’ve used all of mine. For the Thanksgiving turkey. Plus I had to keep my ears warm.

Haberdashing for Breakfast in Blogistan

Dear Haberdashing for Breakfast,

We’re pleased to inform you that Chef’s Spinach Pigs in a Blanket do not require tin foil. To make them, simply cook eight links of breakfast sausage while lightly blanching 1 cup of fresh spinach leaves. Then open a package of crescent roll dough and lay each section flat. Sprinkle the dough with shredded cheddar cheese, roll each sausage link in 1-2 spinach leaves, place each link across the broad end of a crescent, and roll to the tip. Place on a cookie sheet and bake at 350° for 10-15 minutes, until the crescent rolls are golden brown. Bon appétit!


John in CA; legitimate intelligence and legal issues.


Happy Sunday!