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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: 32,730

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Let's make a deal. Write all you want about Sen. Warren being a former Republican

But please: also mention the ill-considered actions of anyone you've voted for in the past -- Iraq and Afghanistan wars, 5,000 Iraqi children dead each month from Bill Clinton's Iraq sanctions, millions of families kicked out of their homes because of bank deregulation, etc. It only seems fair, yes?

Sometimes we only have bad choices to choose from. Sometimes we royally @#$& up.

But the important things, I think, are to

1. Pay attention to a decision in proportion to how important your actions are. A Senator voting for War has an incredible responsibility to uphold; a law school professor voting for a politician has far less of an impact.
2. Admit when we're wrong, and move on to better things, with gusto.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Dec 21, 2014, 11:25 PM (57 replies)

8:00 tonight, Warrenistas

ReadyforWarren conference call
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Dec 21, 2014, 12:01 PM (9 replies)

It's horrible that two NYC cops were killed for wearing their uniforms

it's also awful that the NYC police seem to be using this as a device to stop badly-needed reforms.

Peace, peace, peace.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Dec 21, 2014, 01:07 AM (6 replies)

Spoke with a good friend tonight, huge Hillary supporter

Very successful guy, gave lots of money to her, big, big fan of Bill, etc. This has been a point of (good natured) contention between us for years.

He now expects if Hillary runs, she'll lose, because she can't backtrack on her many years of triangulated right-wing stances without looking like a phoney. Thinks Warren can win.

Totally. Blew. Me. Away.

Wow.

The winds are shifting, shifting.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Dec 20, 2014, 11:43 PM (149 replies)

I did.

Seems like a fair bit of stuff.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Dec 20, 2014, 10:05 PM (1 replies)

Glenn Greenwald reveals Torture Queen's identity

Once again, Glenn Greenwald @#$&s up all that is holy and pure in this exceptional country of ours. Forgive me if this has already been posted, but Greenwald's treachary is so epic that it should be posted a bunch of times, anyway.

MEET ALFREDA BIKOWSKY, THE SENIOR OFFICER AT THE CENTER OF THE CIA’S TORTURE SCANDALS

NBC News yesterday called her a “key apologist” for the CIA’s torture program. A follow-up New Yorker article dubbed her “The Unidentified Queen of Torture” and in part “the model for the lead character in ‘Zero Dark Thirty.’” Yet in both articles she was anonymous.

The person described by both NBC and The New Yorker is senior CIA officer Alfreda Frances Bikowsky. Multiple news outlets have reported that as the result of a long string of significant errors and malfeasance, her competence and integrity are doubted — even by some within the agency.

The Intercept is naming Bikowsky over CIA objections because of her key role in misleading Congress about the agency’s use of torture, and her active participation in the torture program (including playing a direct part in the torture of at least one innocent detainee). Moreover, Bikowsky has already been publicly identified by news organizations as the CIA officer responsible for many of these acts.

The executive summary of the torture report released by the Senate last week provides abundant documentation that the CIA repeatedly and deliberately misled Congress about multiple aspects of its interrogation program. Yesterday, NBC News reported that one senior CIA officer in particular was responsible for many of those false claims, describing her as “a top al Qaeda expert who remains in a senior position at the CIA.”

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Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Dec 19, 2014, 09:48 PM (113 replies)

Just curious: when was the last time so many wanted to draft a Presidential candidate?

MoveOn, DFA, ... I don't recall this kind of excitement around a candidate in the past. And that excitement should not be poo-pooed.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Dec 18, 2014, 10:04 AM (4 replies)

Poll: Improving our relations with Cuba: good or bad?

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Dec 18, 2014, 09:32 AM (4 replies)

Thanks, Obama

I'm as critical of the current White House as anyone, but kudos to President Obama for improving relations with Cuba. It's still not clear to me how much of an improvement it will be - for example, we'll be reviewing whether they are still a state sponsor of terrorism, etc.

But an improvement, it seems.

Thanks, Obama.

(Hopefully Cuba can now export its health care system to us!)
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Dec 17, 2014, 09:27 PM (18 replies)

It fascinates me to no end that some people get so upset

because other people think Elizabeth Warren should run, and/or might run, for President of these United States of America.

Chill out.

It's not like today's Democratic Party is moving things forward - well, except for Jamie and Lloyd and that crowd, of course. And Wasserman Schultz's dogs, who are now nationally known thanks to those staggeringly-idiotic fundraising emails.

Look, the worst that can happen is that some Vichy Democrats will get a little nervous and behave a bit. Is that so awful? Perhaps for some folks, it is.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Dec 15, 2014, 08:58 PM (95 replies)
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