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Hamas Delivers Peace Letter to President Obama

Hello, all:

From the delegation in Gaza at the moment; actually, direct from Medea Benjamin's e-mail. At minimum, the bluff, if bluff it is, should be called. It's not bluff; I happen to know second-hand, and the first hand is an old hand and personal friend.

It would be great if you forwarded this widely, including to your local media, Senators, and congressmen.

Best, Doug

Hamas Delivers Peace Letter to President Obama

The Hamas government in Gaza reached out to President Obama on the occasion of his visit to the Middle East, announcing that Hamas was willing to talk to all parties “on the basis of mutual respect and without preconditions.” CODEPINK cofounder Medea Benjamin, who carried the letter out from Gaza, said that the letter represented a significant development and an effort by Hamas to present a new face to the Western world. “While Osama bin Laden used the occasion of President Obama’s visit to deliver a scathing attack, Hamas reached out to a feminist U.S. peace grou…

Economic recovery is wishful thinking, Dean Baker

Clearly, the elite media wants to get The Great Unwashed to start spending compulsively so that their own portfolios will rise to pre-crash levels. I heard the NPR broadcast that Baker rightly pillories -- I mean, how fucking stupid do they think we are? A rhetorical question.

Key quote:
The problem is not consumer attitudes, as many commentators seem to believe. Rather, the reason that most homeowners aren't buying a lot right now is the same reason that homeless people don't buy a lot of things: they don't have the money.

Some Limericks

Thanks to Madeleine Begun Kane, a Facebook friend, for the prompts -- she provides first lines for all to limericize upon. Feel free to join in the fun!

An obstreperous fellow named Joe,
After bidin' his time (just for show),
Hitched up with Obama
To partake in the drama
Of dealing the law its last blow.

A hard-working woman named May,
Who read Maureen Dowd every day:
"Eighty cents on the dollar?
About *that* I will holler --
Not 'identity,' but equal pay!"

There once was a fellow named Wayne
Who swaggered across fruited plain.
This Marion-ette,
The rightwingers' pet
Made blood a removable stain.

A dim-witted driver named Ed
Took Geithner each day to the Fed
Where Tim and Bernanke's
Routine hanky-pankies
Drove Ed to the poorhouse instead.

I'm officially addicted; making up some on my own, prompt-free:

A thinker named Finkelstein, Norman,
As tough as a weathered longshoreman,
Was head of the cause --
He worked without pause --
But always denied he was foreman.

An unfortunate spe…