“The staff are trying to destroy the reputation of the resident faculty,” Professor Plum said as he stuck a carrot up his nose.

At least he read the mail. (More)

Ms. Scarlet removed the carrot and threw it in the bag for the compost pile, then left with Professor Plum 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”).

In the staff poker game, the Professor of Astrology Janitor followed his opening raise with the Ace and Queen of Diamonds by offering a pot-sized bet when the Ten and Six of Clubs fell with the Four of Hearts on the flop. Chef thought for a brief moment and called. The Three of Spades seemed innocuous and the Professor of Astrology Janitor bet. Once again, Chef called. The Seven of Hearts on the river gave the Professor of Astrology Janitor pause, as a Nine-Eight, Eight-Five, or Five-Three would give Chef a straight. He doubted she would have called his opening raise with a Nine-Eight, let alone an Eight-Five or Five-Three. Once again, he bet. And once again, Chef called. She turned over a pair of Nines and the Professor of Astrology Janitor began his plaintive mewling. Chef left to make Potato and Banana Pepper Frittatas, leaving your lowly mail room clerk to review the week’s correspondence….

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Dear Ms. Crissie,

I think it’d be crazy for the House Republican leadership to enter into negotiations with President Obama on immigration. And I’m a proponent of immigration reform. So I think what he’s done over the last two and a half weeks – he’s trying to destroy the Republican Party. And I think that anything we do right now with this president on immigration will be with that same goal in mind: which is to try to destroy the Republican Party and not to get good policies.

Raul in ID

Dear Raul,

We applaud your capacity for self-pity. President Obama did not propose the repeal or dismantling of the Affordable Care Act as a condition of keeping the government open, nor did he add demands like a 20-week abortion ban, allowing employers to exclude preventive care for their female workers’ health coverage, approving the Keystone XL pipeline, or privatizing Medicare as conditions for raising the debt ceiling. House Republicans chose to make those demands, and polls showed the vast majority of Americans reacted with reasonable and predictable disgust.

Throughout the 2012 campaign, President Obama vowed to push for comprehensive immigration reform. He was reelected, in part owing to huge majorities among the nation’s rising Hispanic population, and in March the Republican National Committee conceded that the GOP “must embrace and champion” that reform. In June fourteen Senate Republicans joined with the entire Senate Democratic caucus to pass a reasonable immigration reform bill. But House Republicans rejected the Senate bill, arguing that its arduous, 13-year path to citizenship is “far too generous.” It seems House Republicans prefer a 15-year-path with probation following a mandatory admission of violating immigration laws. In short, House Republicans want to treat undocumented immigrants as criminals, even though the U.S. Supreme court held in Arizona v. U.S. that merely being an undocumented immigrant is not a crime.

But Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter have said Republicans would simply be “legalizing millions of Democratic voters” and Tea Party leaders hate immigration reform as much as they hate the Affordable Care Act. Thus, you claim President Obama is trying to destroy the Republican Party … by following through on his campaign promise by asking you to vote a bill that passed with over two-thirds support in the Senate and has 70% support among voters. We suggest that, if you really want to see who is trying to destroy the Republican Party, you and other Tea Party courtiers should look in the mirror.

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Dear Ms. Crissie,

Is Chef making Potato and Banana Pepper Frittatas to recognize President Obama’s renewed push for comprehensive immigration reform? And what’s her recipe?

DREAMing of Breakfast in Blogistan

Dear DREAMing of Breakfast,

Actually Chef is making Potato and Banana Pepper Frittatas because Gardener sent a care package from the Official BPI Garden of Envy to the BPI Main Campus, that care package included banana peppers, and she thought they be delightful on frittatas. To make them, thinly-slice 1 medium onion and 2 seeded banana peppers, then sauté them in olive oil in a 10″ ovenproof skillet over medium heat for 5 minutes, until the onions are lightly browned. Put the onions and peppers in a bowl, then add a bit more olive oil to the skillet along with 2 peeled and thinly-sliced potatoes. Season with salt and pepper and cook for 10 minutes over medium heat, stirring often, until the potatoes are lightly browned. Add the potatoes to the bowl with the onions and peppers and stir, then return them to the skillet and spread with a spatula. Beat 8 eggs in a bowl, then pour over the potato mixture and tilt the pan to spread the eggs evenly. Sprinkles a cup of pepper jack cheese over the top, then bake at 400°F for 15-20 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the eggs are set. Cut into wedges and serve. Bon appétit!

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Sources:

Raul in ID; President Obama promised to push for comprehensive immigration reform; RNC conceded that the GOP “must embrace and champion” that reform; fourteen Senate Republicans joined the entire Senate Democratic caucus; House Republicans rejected the Senate bill; arduous, 13-year path to citizenship; “far too generous;” 15-year-path with probation following a mandatory admission of violating immigration law; U.S. Supreme Court held in Arizona v. U.S. that merely being an undocumented immigrant is not a crime; Rush Limbaugh; Ann Coulter; Tea Party leaders hate immigration reform as much as they hate the Affordable Care Act; 70% support among voters.

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Happy Sunday!