Professor Plum did a surprisingly graceful pratfall as he walked into the mail room. “I like farce,” he explained as he got to his feet.

He read the mail…. (More)

Professor Plum then left with Ms. Scarlet 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 had seen one farce after another. Finally he looked at a pair of black Sixes. He raised and Chef called. The flop brought the Jack and Six of Hearts and the Eight of Clubs. Chef checked and the Professor of Astrology Janitor bet his three Sixes. She paused for a moment and called. The Three of Spades fell on the turn. Once again Chef checked and then called the Professor of Astrology Janitor’s bet. The Seven of Spades fell on the river and Chef checked yet again. The Professor of Astrology Janitor didn’t think she would have called at the turn with only a Ten-Nine, unless she had the Ten and Nine of Hearts for both a straight and flush draw. Then again, he doubted she would call a bet without at least a straight. He checked and turned over his three Sixes.

“I’d have had to fold if you’d bet at the river,” Chef said as she turned over her pair of red Eights.

The Professor of Astrology Janitor began his plaintive mewling and Chef left for the kitchen to make Barbeque Breakfast Hash, leaving your lowly mail room clerk to review the week’s correspondence….


Dear Ms. Crissie,

This indictment amounts to nothing more than abuse of power. And I cannot and I will not allow that to happen. I exercised this authority to veto funding for an office whose leadership had lost the public’s confidence by acting inappropriately and unethically. I will fight this to a swift conclusion. This farce of a prosecution will be revealed for what it is, and those responsible will be held accountable.

Rick in TX

Dear Rick,

We recognize your legal right to defend your case. That said, we wonder how much District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg has “lost the public’s confidence” after her DUI conviction, and how much this reflects your long-term desire to gut the Travis County District Attorney’s Office of Public Integrity, controlled by locally-elected Democrats … and move that oversight role to the state Attorney General’s office, controlled by statewide-elected Republicans. For example, the Travis County D.A.’s Office brought the 2005 indictment that ended the career of House Speaker Tom DeLay, and last year indicted an official at the Cancer Prevention and Research Center – one of your signature achievements – for misusing an $11 million grant.

As to your threat that “those responsible will be held accountable,” we wonder if that will include special prosecutor Michael McCrum, whom a judge appointed to conduct the investigation, and the nonprofit watchdog group Texans for Public Justice, who filed the original complaint. Given that you have admitted you both threatened and used your veto authority in an attempt to force D.A. Lehmberg to resign, we wonder what official power you’ll summon to punish other Texans who object to public corruption. We conclude that the “farce” is not the indictment, but your attempt to silence independent oversight of your administration.


Dear Ms. Crissie,

Wow, they even make scandals big in Texas. So how do I make Chef’s Barbeque Breakfast Hash?

Big on Breakfast in Blogistan

Dear Big on Breakfast,

Chef notes that this is a big recipe, it being from Texas and all, so you may want to invite family, friends, neighbors, and passersby to share it. To make it, first dice 2 pounds of red potatoes into ½” cubes, boil them for 5 minutes, then drain and set them aside. Next cut ½ pound of Texas-style smoked sausage in half lengthwise, slice into ¼” pieces, brown it in a dab of oil over medium heat for 3-5 minutes, and remove it to a plate. Lower the heat to medium and sauté 2 diced bell peppers and ½ diced sweet onion for 2-3 minutes until soft, then remove that to the plate with the sausage. Spread the potatoes in a single layer in the oil and brown on all sides, then stir in 3 cloves of minced garlic, 1 teaspoon each of dried parsley, oregano, sage, and thyme, 1 chopped scallion, and your favorite barbeque sauce. Next add the sausage, green peppers, and onion, and sprinkle with ½ cup of shredded Cheddar Jack cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then cook until hot and garnish with another minced scallion. Chef serves hers topped with eggs fried over-easy. Bon appétit


Rick in TX; long-term desire to gut Office of Public Integrity; indictments of DeLay, $11 million grant misuse; Michael McCrum; Texans for Public Justice.

Barbeque Breakfast Hash recipe.


Happy Sunday!