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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
Number of posts: 29,053

Journal Archives

On keeping our powder dry (Republican SCOTUS nominations)

To be clear: the direct fault for today's outrageous SCOTUS announcements lie with the five "justices" who committed the acts. The second layer of culpability lies with the Republicans who nominated the scoundrels.

But we expect the enemy to be the enemy. That's not an excuse for the destruction they wreack - it's simply a fact.

The decisions handed down today should remind us as to why there's such an urgent need to reconstitute our own party, to move from Third Way quislings to FDR Democrats. Some of these "justices", particularly Roberts and Alito, were nominated primarily because it was clear they would vote exactly the way they've voted: this was clear to many elected Democrats - even Hillary Clinton - who sounded the alarm, but to deaf ears. Democrats could have stopped these ideologues by filibuster, but chose to "keep their powder dry".

"Keep it dry for what?", we must ask.

And here we are.

If we're to win this thing, it starts by putting the proper leadership in place. We need fighters, not triangulators, nor collaborators, nor wimps.

"You were given the choice between war and dishonor. You chose dishonor and you will have war."
- Winston Churchill

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Jun 30, 2014, 06:30 PM (49 replies)

Elizabeth Warren: how Conservatives could make her the next US President

See post at: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025166507
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Jun 29, 2014, 12:21 PM (1 replies)

Elizabeth Warren: how Conservatives could make her the next US President

The bipartisan power-@#$%ing of the 99% by the wealthy and their paid help in the White House and Congress will be the defining political issue in coming years.

One Surprising Statistic Shows How Conservatives Could Make Elizabeth Warren the Next U.S. President

The statistic: 88%. That's how many young conservatives agree with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on one of her main talking points. Though Warren may be seen as a darling of the left, it could actually be America's conservative voters that propel her political career.

A new Pew survey groups together Americans based on political opinions and reveals that many conservatives come down on on the more populist side of things. Two groups, "young outsiders" and "steadfast conservatives," tended to agree that our economic system is unfair and that large companies have too much power. This has been an idea Warren has consistentyl been championing for several years now.

Eighty-eight percent of young outsiders, a more libertarian-leaning group mainly in their 20s and 30s, agreed that too much power is concentrated in the hands of a few companies, while an equally surprising 69% agreed that the economic system unfairly favors the powerful. Steadfast conservatives were more reserved on the former measure, with 48% believing it's unfair (compared to 47% who find it fair), but in line on the second 71% think too few companies have too much power.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Jun 29, 2014, 12:18 PM (110 replies)

Goat Simulator!

Perhaps the pinnacle of video games.

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Jun 28, 2014, 09:56 AM (8 replies)

Who's more honest: Snowden/Greenwald or the federal government?

Which of these do you most agree with?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Jun 27, 2014, 09:34 PM (41 replies)

At what point is a self-proclaimed "Democrat" not a Democrat?

Are there any bondaries to what constitutes a Democrat? If so, what are they?

Does being a Democrat require certain core beliefs and a track record compatible with those beliefs, or is politics just "color war" - choose a color and start fighting?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Jun 26, 2014, 11:15 PM (121 replies)

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): are you in favor or against?

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Jun 26, 2014, 03:11 PM (32 replies)

Van Jones: Hillary Is "Blowing" It; Watch Out For Elizabeth Warren

Van Jones: Hillary Is "Blowing" It; Watch Out For Elizabeth Warren

VAN JONES: But, you know, I feel badly because I actually like her a lot. But I think she's blowing it. And I think she's actually emboldening -- if I were Elizabeth Warren or if I were Schweitzer, I would be sharpening my pencils and getting ready to go because I think she comes across badly.

I wonder, and you've been in public life and you know it's tough, I wonder if she tries to come back from some of these injuries, that there's not still a sense of aggrievement there that she sometimes creeps into her comment.

Et tu, Van?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Jun 26, 2014, 12:27 AM (49 replies)

Casino repeal will be on the Mass. ballot!

The enlightened folks on the Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that casino repeal can be on the ballot!

Let's keep the damned things out of our Commonwealth!
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Jun 24, 2014, 06:40 PM (7 replies)

Hillary and Bill earned every penny they have.

Much gnashing of teeth over the Inevitable One's storehouses full of cash. Since when is it a crime to be very wealthy? Hell, FDR was wealthy. George Washington was possibly the wealthiest man in America.

The problem isn't the Clinton's money, per se. Here's what is the problem:

First off, their money comes in huge torrents from the people Bill unchained so they could financially brutalize the 99%, and to whom Hillary is trying to gift the TPP and other outrageous stuff. It's blood money. Our blood, and the blood of our children.

Second, saying that an ex-President is broke might be technically correct, but it's truly wrong. Another "it depends on what the definition of is, is".

Finally, Hillary and Bill have a history of prevarication on topics great and small. People easily assume that Hillary's trying to mislead them again, at this point few will give her the benefit of the doubt.

It ain't the money: it's the bull@#$%.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Jun 24, 2014, 11:56 AM (173 replies)
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