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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: 33,792

Journal Archives

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)

Can I ask a favor?

If you accuse someone of an earlier post that says something horrible, please be ready to supply a link to the post.

Sometimes people who write horrible posts forget they wrote it. Perhaps they have dementia.

And sometimes people who make accusations are just utterly full of @#$&.

And jurors: letting people make awful accusations without supplying evidence is *not* Ok. Hide the damned things, please.

(Yes, I know this post will get locked. But I had to get that out of my system.)
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Dec 10, 2014, 12:23 AM (15 replies)

Should President Obama continue to shelter war criminals?

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Dec 9, 2014, 09:26 PM (64 replies)

A big shout out tonight to John O. Brennan, CIA Director!

Thanks Director Brennan!

If you hadn't been such a stupid @#$%ing thug and totally @#$%ed with US @#$%ing senators, there's no way Feinstein would have gotten us what little accounting of your agency's horrific activities that we got today.

Hacking senators' computers and stealing files! More brazen or stupid, I can't decide.

And it seems like you had a hand in "enhanced interrogation" yourself. I pray that if moral and competent leadership is ever restored to our Executive branch of government, you are put on one of your beloved extraordinary rendition Lear jets and flown to The Hague for the type of fair trial that you love to deny to others.

Our @#$%ing country does not torture people!


Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Dec 9, 2014, 08:46 PM (9 replies)

Can people here have an adult conversation?

(Update at bottom)

Ok, we tortured some folks. Nothing new here.

Ok, so we tortured a lot of folks, and we tortured them a lot, and the CIA didn't tell everything to everybody, but that was for everyone's good: we need to keep our torture techniques a secret, so our enemies won't have the same effective techniques that we do.

And, make no mistake, these techniques work. We now have a world-class dataset of terrorist scream volumes, and it fits a binomial distribution nicely. The CIA did it's job here. They are patriots.

So can we dispense with the sanctimony? Really, who among us wouldn't do what they did? Only people who hate America, or who have any morals. People like Glenn Greenwald.


Time to move on from this episode that does little but feed the sanctimony-trolls.

Let's look to a brighter future, where the TPP will raise living standards for all Americans... and have I told you about Soylent Green? Not yet? You're gonna love Soylent Green.


Third-Way Manny

UPDATE: um... this is, more or less, what our President said. In public. About torture.

We tortured some folks... Its important for us not to feel too sanctimonious in retrospect about the tough job those folks had, ... A lot of those folks were working hard under enormous pressure and are real patriots.

So a quick note to anyone who thinks I suck for using terms like this as sarcasm: sarcasm is a far better use for them than the fetid spew that poured from our President's mouth on this subject. Torture is an international war crime, a crime against humanity. Anyone with a #$%^&ing heart understands that. Coddling, defending, and covering up torture are degenerate actions.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Dec 9, 2014, 03:28 PM (211 replies)

re: the sensitive stuff in the Torture Report that will @#$& up our international relations

and cause global rioting...

Maybe if we did something wild, like... oh... bring the war criminals to justice, rather than giving 'em promotions and proclaiming them to be patriots who love their country, it might go some ways in not getting people mad at us.

Some believe in UFOs, some believe in yeti, I believe in equal justice for all under the law.

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Dec 8, 2014, 09:56 PM (10 replies)

When certain Democrats start attacking FDR,

we know that the Third Wayers are getting desperate.

"See! FDR sucked too, so cutting Social Security is OK, right guys?"

We'll take our party back, we're on our way.


First-Way Manny
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Dec 8, 2014, 05:13 PM (144 replies)
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