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Name: Manny Goldstein
Gender: Male
Hometown: Greater Boston
Home country: USA
Current location: Remulak, as far as I can tell
Member since: Tue Aug 30, 2005, 09:44 AM
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Why Elizabeth Warren should run for president

If it plays in Peoria...

York: Why Elizabeth Warren should run for president

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren is on a publicity tour for her new campaign-style book, “A Fighting Chance.” As she talks to the press, Warren is repeating previous statements that she will not run for president in 2016. But her denials aren’t really denials, and her party’s unique presidential circumstances give Warren plenty of room to run. Judging by what she has said publicly, there’s no reason to rule out a Warren candidacy.

First, the non-denial denials. Recently ABC’s David Muir asked Warren, “Are you going to run for president?” Warren’s response was, “I’m not running for president.”

That’s the oldest lawyerly evasion in the book. Warren, a former law professor, did not say, “I am not going to run for president.” Instead, she said she is “not running,” which could, in some sense, be true when she spoke the words but no longer true by, say, later this year.

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The bottom line is that Warren’s statements are entirely consistent with someone who is planning to announce a presidential candidacy later this year. Maybe she will, maybe she won’t. But she ruled nothing out.



Read more: http://www.pjstar.com/article/20140526/Opinion/140529468#ixzz32wArwwGk
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue May 27, 2014, 01:17 PM (3 replies)

A well regulated Militia,

being necessary to the security of a free State, etc.

Meh... I guess we're all just an Army of One these days.

Go guns!
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon May 26, 2014, 10:29 PM (65 replies)

"You must not hate those who do wrong or harmful things"

You must not hate those who do wrong or harmful things; but with compassion, you must do what you can to stop them — for they are harming themselves, as well as those who suffer from their actions.
― 14th Dalai Lama
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun May 25, 2014, 03:05 PM (21 replies)

A message for the 99% and friends:

We may sometimes disagree with one-another, even viciously, but can we try to educate each other instead of going to war over every perceived slight?



There are people who are truly at war with us, trying to pick the remaining flesh from our bones; perhaps we can save our energy to kick their asses instead?

Regards,

Can-we-end-this-silliness Manny
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat May 24, 2014, 05:05 PM (2 replies)

"USA Freedom Act"

That's the name of the bill that just passed through the House that allows Operation Spy on Everyone to keep going in overdrive, while we're told that it's been curbed.

"USA Freedom Act". Love it! I hope someone's getting paid handsomely for these names. Preferably someone in the private sector, of course.

Suppose we wanted to pass a bill mandating that poor children mine coal with picks and shovels. What would we call that? The "Keep Our Children Strong Act"?

I feel like I woke up in the middle of a bizarre comedy. (Yes, I do realize that I'm partially at fault.)
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu May 22, 2014, 10:10 PM (29 replies)

Elizabeth Warren is Dead to Me. Dead.

I knew it was bad when Elizabeth Warren didn't personally camp out at Occupy, but this... this is the end of the line for me and her:

OH SHIT...Elizabeth Warren just praised Obamacare

It's over.

I'm back to praying for a Kucinich/Greenwald ticket in 2016.

Regards,

Liberal-who-exists-only-in-Third-Way-fantasies Manny
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu May 22, 2014, 01:23 PM (105 replies)

Did you misplace your reading glasses?

I specifically said the contents are secret.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue May 20, 2014, 11:45 PM (1 replies)

Do you want a president who fights like hell for the 99%?

With a Congress that fights like a son-of-a-word-I-can-no-longer-use-on-DU for us, too?

I think the whole country does. Let's figure out how to do this.

I will not go quietly into that good night.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue May 20, 2014, 11:43 PM (226 replies)

How might President Warren deal with the miscreant Supreme Court?

Of course she'll appoint smart people who respect the rule of law when vacancies arise. But until there's a vacancy, what might she do to deal with the five charlatans currently finger painting with poo on the Constitution?

My guess is that she'd start an investigation into conflicts of interest to throw a scare into them.

Your thoughts?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue May 20, 2014, 10:22 PM (98 replies)

Porn. Rape?

I was reading posts on tonight's war-du-jour, porn, and I did a little research. I'm big on looking at outcomes data - in this case, is there evidence that porn causes sexual violence?

Seems to me that porn started becoming reasonably available around 1980, and has steadily increased in accesibility since. I wondered how the incidence of rape has changed during that time. Turns out it's changed a lot: it's dropped by 80%.


Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rape_statistics#United_States

While this doesn't prove - at all - that more porn equals less rape, it does seem to counter any claim that more porn causes more rape.

If anyone has expertise in this area, I'd appreciate your feedback.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun May 18, 2014, 11:28 PM (181 replies)
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