CARTOON: Dante discusses possibilities and probabilities with the President

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In every job that must be done there is an element of fun.

The N.E.M.

 

Peers,

 

      Michelle is somewhat dazzled by Dante’s post this morning.   Michelle:  Hon, Dante writes to ask whether you understand the difference between a hypothetical and a possibility.  He says you’ll never understand probabilities if you don’t understand possibilities.    President:  Well, I find Dante’s cartoons to be hypothetical at times.  Take another look at the two cartoons pasted below.  I’m not always sure I know what he’s talking about.  Michelle:  Dante was afraid you would say something like that.   President:  What do you mean?   Michelle:  Well, he’s writing to encourage you to be more scientific in your thinking.   President:  What does he mean by that?   Michelle:  He asks you please to watch this video:  Quantum Physics is Changing Reality (09:25).  He asks you to watch it all the way thru and to let him know if you have any questions.  You’ll need to think outside the box, of course.  You do know the word “simultaneous”, don’t you?   President:  Yes.  Michelle:  Then the possibilities are endless.

 

Cheers,

Peace,

Roy

Comic Relief for a world SCREAMING for peace

The N.E.M.

Peers,

 

      Michelle opens her e-mail and begins to chuckle.  Michelle:  LOL  Hon, Dante wants to know whether you’re prepared for the Quartet meeting on December 13 and 14.  He says he trusts that you are.  Because he promised his Allies on AOL that they will finally see you in action, demonstrating savoir faire and diplomatic finesse in abundance.  President:  LOL  I’ll not disappoint them.  But tell Dante that I decided not to use the one-liner that he sent in his last post.   Michelle: You mean the one-liner Dante found in one of E.E. Cummings’ poems?  The one he suggested you use when you negotiate with Benjamin Netanyahu?  Which was explained so very clearly in the cartoon pasted below?   President:  Yes, that’s the one.

 

      Michelle:  Dante writes that he, too, has had second thoughts about the E.E. Cummings one-liner.  He now thinks it would be more appropriate for you to use a less abrasive one.   President:  Does the lad have a less abrasive one-liner in mind?   Michelle:  Well, he suggests that you fax Bibi a copy of this essay in advance of the Quartet’s meeting: Israel’s Negotiating Strategies and send word (in advance) that you would like to discuss the essay with him the next time the two of you are alone.  President:  Hon, that essay is a repeat.  Dante has sent it several times in the past.  I’ve already read it twice.  And you and I read it together.  You remember, don’t you?   Michelle: Yes, but does Bibi know that you’ve read it?  And, if so, have you discussed the matter with him?  One-on-one?  Face-to-face?  Man-to-man?  At length and in depth?   President: Well, maybe not in so many words.  Fast forward.  What else does Dante have to say?

 

      Michelle:  Dante says that if you’re not feeling sufficiently courageous the next time you meet with Bibi, i.e., if you’re feeling lily livered that day, there’s something else you can do.  You can give him a copy of this carefully-chosen feature article which was written by an Israeli Jew:  Culture of Fear.  Then, you can gently whisper two words into Bibi’s ear:  “I understand”.  After a poignant pause add: “Let’s talk.”  (pause)  Wow.  Dante has a great idea this morning.  How shall I answer him?   President:  Thank Dante for his recent suggestions.  Tell him I’ll take them into consideration while I work on my strategy in advance of the Quartet meeting.  (pause)  Do you think Dante will be satisfied with my answer?   Michelle:  Oh, Hon, I think he will be.  He trusts you to recognize a good idea when one is presented to you so succinctly, under your very nose.  President:  I’ll admit that it’s an excellent idea.  I feel as tho I’ve been thrown a touchdown pass.  Michelle:  Altho….   President:  Altho what?   Michelle: Well, Dante writes that a number of his Allies are talking about the possibility of organizing an on-line grassroots campaign to persuade Chuck Hagel to run for President in 2012.  Chuck represented Nebraska in the U.S. Senate for twelve years and earned the respect of both sides of the aisle.  If Chuck can be persuaded to run as a Republican, he can aim for the GOP Convention … in Tampa, Florida … which starts August 27 … which gives us plenty of time.  Of course AOL can always sponsor him as an Independent candidate.  President:  Sometimes I suspect that Dante is trying to finesse me.  What else does he say?  Michelle:  LOL  He says he’ll remain loyal to you if he sees progress made at the next Quartet meeting.  He says he’ll keep us up to date on Chuck’s campaign.  He says:  “They’ve not got him to agree to run yet.  Peace, Dan T.”

 

Cheers,

Peace,

Roy

We’re all adults here.

The N.E.M.

 

Peers,

 

      Michelle is surprised at the abrupt language Dante is using in today’s post, but she understands the urgency of the situation.   Michelle:  Hon, Dante says he found a one-liner you can use the next time you meet with Benjamin Netanyahu behind closed doors and the negotiations aren’t going well.   President:  Oh yeah?  What’s the one-liner?   Michelle:  He said he found it in a poem written by E. E. Cummings (1894–1962).   President:  I didn’t know young Dante was into poetry.  What’s the one-liner?

      Michelle:  Dante says you’ll have to use it with a smile on your face.  Let your smile inch in the direction of a smirk, but don’t get too smirky.  You’ll need to project an attitude of total confidence to persuade Bibi that you’re serious.   President:  What’s the one-liner?

 

      Michelle:  And that you mean business.  For maximum effect, you’ll have to wait for an opportune time to use it, or it’ll be interpreted by the media as inappropriate.  President:  What’s the one-liner?   Michelle:  Speak with a cavalier tone in your voice, and you’ll dazzle Bibi speechless.  He’ll be blithering all over the place when the two of you speak with reporters.  He may not even repeat what you said.   President:  What’s the one-liner?   Michelle:  “There is some sh*t which I am not required to eat.”  President:  Wha… ????   Michelle:  Before you get excited, Hon, read the postscript.   President:  (pause)  I don’t understand.  Is Dante suggesting that I lose my dignity?  Is he hinting that I should abandon the LOD altogether (the Language of Diplomacy) because Bibi is such a slippery fellow when he gets defensive and shifts into a theatrical mode?   Michelle:  Hmmmm…  Well, let me answer your question this way.  Dante says that he and his Allies regard you as the Leader of the Free World, and they are expecting substantial progress to be made in the Holy Land Peace Process … at the next meeting of the Quartet … which is just a few days from today … in Jerusalem …. on December 13 (Tuesday) and December 14 (Wednesday).   President:  They’ve got a reasonable expectation.  I’ll grant them that.  But I’m not certain that I want to use the one-liner.   Michelle:  You decide about that, Hon.  Just remember that Dante and his Allies have those dates marked on their calendars, and so do I.  Please don’t forget to read the postscript.

 

Cheers,

Roy

 

P.S.   From Wikipedia:  “Born into a Unitarian family, Cummings exhibited transcendental leanings his entire life.  As he grew in maturity and age, Cummings moved toward an “I, Thou” relationship with God.  His journals are replete with references to “le bon Dieu” as well as prayers for inspiration in his poetry and artwork.” 

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