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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: 33,032

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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)

Elizabeth Warren: Citigroup is holding our country hostage.

The short story is that Republicans are threatening to shut down the government unless rules, drafted by Citigroup, are enacted that let the big banks gamble using FDIC deposits as backup - this could decimate or even wipe out FDIC's deposits that insure our bank accounts if bets go bad.

It's not enough that Wall Street destroyed home prices and retirement accounts - now they get to destroy our bank accounts, too.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Dec 12, 2014, 03:09 PM (15 replies)

Why is Siegelman in jail, the war criminals not?

Why are the only people being prosecuted and jailed due to torture, the ones who reported the crimes?

Department of Justice? Really?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Dec 12, 2014, 09:00 AM (34 replies)

Am l just paranoid, or has deceit become more-generally accepted?

Not referring to the good netizens of DU, of course, and not just to these guys...

But it seems to me that lying has become an accepted part of daily life at all levels of society. A couple of days ago, I had a meeting with some folks who lied like crazy. When I pointed out the dissembling, they just kinda shrugged it off. No embarassment.

It got me thinking... it seems like this kind of thing has become a common, accepted occurance. I don't think this was the case a couple of decades ago.

Maybe just my perception?

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Dec 11, 2014, 09:11 PM (21 replies)

Some folks seem more OK with the defense of torture and torturers,

than they are with the people who don't want those things protected, or glorified.

Blows. My. Mind.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Dec 11, 2014, 04:56 PM (211 replies)
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