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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: 33,785

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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.


The winds are shifting, shifting.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Dec 20, 2014, 11:43 PM (152 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.


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.”

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)

If Elizabeth Warren announced she was running for President,

would she be your first choice?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Dec 14, 2014, 06:23 PM (54 replies)

Suppose Elizabeth Warren posted on DU under an assumed name

If she posted some of the things she says - say, about the White House being in bed with bankers, that the CPP was cruel and disgusting - how would DUers react?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Dec 13, 2014, 12:35 AM (61 replies)

The LEFT needs to realize that TORTURE is OVER

Look people, we get it: you don't want people, even foreign people, to participate in certain activities that may make it difficult to drive, operate heavy machinery, breathe, or support a normal cardiac rhythm. Truth be told, while I get that our brave and patriotic Activity Directors have very stressful jobs, even I think they sometimes do go a smidge too far. But unlike you moonbats, I don't get all sanctimonious about it.

In any case, our President has ended some of these "enhanced interrogation" techniques so most of us can relax. Deep breath now, folks! It's all good!

But some on the Left are harshing our buzz: they keep raising the whole "extraordinary rendition" thingy, claiming that it's outsourced torture, the Trans-Torture Partnership if you will. Nothing could be further from the truth. Let me say this in a one-sentence paragraph so it looks like I'm being direct and honest:

The people we kidnap for extraordinary rendition are not tortured. Period.

Yes, back in the old days, when extraordinary rendition was invented by Bill Clinton and Al Gore, there may have been a little rough play. But that's a thing of the past: when our President ended torture by ending some enhanced interrogation techniques, he also made a profound change in the "rules" around extraordinary rendition which ensures that all prisoners are treated humanely and with dignity, from the moment they're snatched off the street and drugged into submission, until the last of their body parts are released by the partner country that agrees to serve as their host.

Now, this is all a little technical for the Lumpenproletariat that frequent DU, so rather than bore your with legalese, I'll demonstrate this critical change in the rules as a pretend conversation between the US and the host country. It could be any participating host country, such as Egypt, Jordan, Afghanistan and Morocco or the others that are proud to work alongside us on the War on Terra!

US: "Hey host country! We grabbed this guy off the street because we suspect he has a lot of Terra! in him. We think he wants to overthrow your government, too. Could you give him food and shelter for a few years?"

Host country: "No problem!"

US: "And while you're at it, can you torture the @#$% out of him?"

Host country: "Hell yeah!"

That was then; this is now:

US: "Hey host country! We grabbed this guy off the street because we suspect he has a lot of Terra! in him. We think he wants to overthrow your government, too. Could you give him food and shelter for a few years?"

Host country: "No problem!"

US: "And could you not torture the @#$% out of him? We won't actually check to see if you're not, because we trust you!"

Host country: "LOL. Sure. "

And there you have it! Unlike the torture-filled extraordinary rendition of yesterday, today's detainee-guest cannot be tortured, thanks to unverifiable assurances from our partners.

"But Manny!", some on the Left protest, "shouldn't we have some way of verifying that the people we snatch off the street aren't being subjected to unspeakable abuse?" LOL! That's why you people don't get paid the big bucks! Insisting on verification would send a signal to these countries that we don't trust them, which could make them angry, and you definitely don't want to get on the bad side of these countries - let's just say that the word vivisection was not in my vocabulary until I started researching these places.

So, in conclusion: it's all the Left's fault.


Third-Way Manny
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Dec 12, 2014, 08:35 PM (83 replies)
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