“When you can’t say what needs to be said,” Professor Plum said as he walked into the mail room, “it’s not pretty.”

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 would have agreed. He had opened by raising with the Ace and Queen of Diamonds. Both Chef and the Squirrel called. The flop brought the Ace of Clubs, Jack of Diamonds, and Seven of Hearts. Chef put in a half-pot-sized bet and the Squirrel raised.

The Professor of Astrology Janitor figured Chef might have a weaker Ace, but the Squirrel’s raise signaled two pair if not three of a kind. The only way to find out would be to reraise, but the Professor of Astrology Janitor had only a pair of Aces with a Queen kicker – not enough to be comfortable if one or both called, and nowhere near enough to call if either put in a third raise. A call would be basically hoping for a Queen on the turn … and hoping the Squirrel didn’t already have two pair beaten. The Professor of Astrology Janitor folded and Chef called.

The Queen of Spades fell on the turn. Chef checked and, after a long pause, the Squirrel checked as well. The river brought the Eight of Clubs. Chef put out a half-pot-sized bet and the Squirrel chittered and tapped at his Blewberry: “I think we’re splitting this.”

He had read the hand correctly, as he had the Ace and Jack of Hearts while Chef had the Ace and Jack of Spades. The Professor of Astrology Janitor began his plaintive mewling and Chef went to the kitchen to make Six-Egg Veggie and Cheese Omelets, leaving your lowly mail room clerk to review the week’s correspondence….


Dear Ms. Crissie,

Russia has launched an unprecedented influence campaign to interfere in the U.S. electoral and political process, as well as in France, Germany, Norway, Spain, and Ukraine. It is 2018, and we continue to see Russian targeting of American society in ways that could affect our midterm elections.

These Russian actions are purposeful and premeditated and they represent an all-out assault, by Vladimir Putin, on the rule of law, Western ideals and democratic norms. His actions demonstrate that he seeks to sow divisions within and between those in the West who adhere to democratic norms. The Russian threat in particular has awakened Europe to the need to reinvigorate NATO and bolster our collective defenses. The Russians are actively seeking to divide our Alliance, and we must not allow that to happen.

My NATO colleagues say President Trump is also undermining Western alliances. In my current position, my responsibility is to focus on foreign threats to our democracy – and refrain from commenting on politics in the U.S. It is not pretty.

Dan in Normandy

Dear Dan,

We commend your honesty, and your barely-veiled admission that the God-King is indeed driving away our closest allies. Just yesterday, for example, the God-King threw a tantrum at the G7 meeting, repeating the ignorant lie that our most reliable allies are treating the U.S. as “a piggy bank” and claiming the U.S. would “win” a trade war with the European Union and our other allies “a thousand times out of a thousand.” He also demanded that the G7 members readmit Russia, whom they excluded after the illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014 and who are no longer even among the top-10 industrial nations. And when his bullying failed, he stormed out. Meanwhile, the Guardian reports that the pro-Brexit campaign repeatedly met with Russian intelligence agents, and special counsel Robert Mueller has indicted yet another suspected Russian agent – Konstantin Kilmnick – for conspiring to obstruct justice by tampering with witnesses against Paul Manafort.

And while the God-King picks a trade war with our closest allies, this week he gave in and let Chinese telecom ZTE resume importing cell phones to the U.S., without any enforceable measure to prevent ZTE from building backdoor hack portals into their phones.

In short, the God-King is behaving exactly as one would expect from someone who owes his position to Russian meddling, and the indictments of campaign and administration insiders who dealt with Russian intelligence agents keep piling up. But in your position, you can’t comment on that. We wholeheartedly agree with your conclusion: “It is not pretty.”


Dear Ms. Crissie,

Should I infer that Chef is offering today’s Six-Egg Omelet because, this weekend, the G7 essentially became the G6+1? Also, what’s in it?

Counting on Breakfast in Blogistan

Dear Squirrel,

Your inference as to Chef’s rationale for today’s breakfast is spot-on. As for the recipe, you can find it at the link below. Bon appétit!


Photo Credit: Mark Wilson (Getty Images)

Dan in Normandy; God-King threw a tantrum at the G7 meeting; demanded the G7 members readmit Russia; his bullying did not work; pro-Brexit campaign repeatedly met with Russian intelligence agents; Robert Mueller has indicted yet another suspected Russian agent; gave in and let ZTE resume importing cell phones to the U.S.

Six-Egg Veggie and Cheese Omelets.


Happy Sunday!