“I can’t believe it,” Professor Plum said. “Iran agreed to an interim nuclear disarmament deal, just to distract Chef from the staff poker game.”

He read the mail. (More)

Professor Plum then took Ms. Scarlet’s hand and they left together to join the resident faculty in the wine cellar library, where they will spend the weekend drinking thinking on our motto of Magis vinum, magis verum (“More wine, more truth”).

The plot seemed to have worked, as Chef did appear distracted while stacking her winnings as the Squirrel dealt the next hand. The Professor of Astrology Janitor looked at his cards and called the big blind, but folded after Chef raised and the Squirrel reraised. Chef called and the Squirrel dealt out the Ace of Spades along with the Eight and Five of Diamonds. Chef checked and folded a pair of Jacks after the Squirrel’s bet. The Professor of Astrology Janitor squirmed in his seat.

“What is it?” Chef asked.

“I had the Six and Seven of Diamonds,” the Professor of Astrology Janitor said. He sighed and shook his head. “Ah well. I wouldn’t have hit the draw anyway.”

“Let’s see,” Chef said.

The Squirrel nodded and dealt the turn card, the Jack of Clubs. He flipped over his Ace and Jack of Hearts and tapped at his Blewberry. “I would have two pair and Chef would have three Jacks. You would have the straight and flush draws but I think you would have folded to our back-and-forth raises.”

The Professor of Astrology Janitor smiled and nodded. “You’re right. I would have.”

The Squirrel dealt the last card, the Four of Diamonds. The Professor of Astrology Janitor began his plaintive mewling and Chef went to the kitchen to make Sweet and Sour Sausage, leaving your lowly mail room clerk to review the week’s correspondence….


Dear Ms. Crissie,

John in TX

Dear John,

We assume you mean last night’s breakthrough in Geneva, where the U.S., Britain, France, Germany, Russia, and China reached an interim agreement with Iran to end that nation’s near-weapons-grade uranium enrichment program, dilute or destroy its existing stockpile of 20% enriched uranium, limit future enrichment to 5% suitable for nuclear power plant fuel, allow regular inspections of all existing centrifuge facilities to ensure compliance, and build no new centrifuges, in exchange for a partial relief of devastating economic sanctions including unfreezing $4.2 billion in oil revenue held by foreign banks.

If that is indeed what you mean, we see no way to improve on the response offered by Mike Signorile:


Dear Ms. Crissie,

That is sweet news, even if some Republicans are treating it as sour grapes. Speaking of sweet and sour, how do I make Chef’s Sweet and Sour Sausage?

Sweet on Breakfast in Blogistan

Dear Sweet on Breakfast,

To make Chef’s Sweet and Sour Sausage, first cook 1½ pounds of smoked sausage, cut into 1″ slices, in a skillet over medium heat along with 1 large onion cut and 1 large green pepper, each into 1″ pieces. Cook for about five minutes, until the onions and green peppers are tender, then add ½ cup of apricot preserves, 1 Tablespoon each of corn starch, soy sauce, and vinegar, and ½ teaspoon of ground ginger. Stir and cook for until the sauce thickens, then add 2 cups of drained pineapple chunks and 1 14.5 ounce can of stewed tomatoes. Cook and stir for another 10 minutes, until heated through, and serve over rice. Bon appétit!



John in TX; interim agreement; further details; fine print; Mike Signorile.


Happy Sunday!