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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: 33,069

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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... It’s 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)

What could Landrieu have done to go further right?

Buy a coal-burning truck and demand that Obama re-institute child labor through an executive order? Dig up FDR's corpse and paint "Social Security Sucks!!!" on it?

It's pretty @$!#ing clear: we win by being Democrats, not Republicans.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Dec 7, 2014, 02:31 AM (166 replies)

TPP: do you truly give a crap?

How passionate are you about this TPP thing?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Dec 6, 2014, 12:12 AM (54 replies)

"They should learn some lessons from Boston!"

The denouement to a couple of sad and very-public cases this week, cases where black men were pointlessly killed by police.

On Wednesday, a grand jury decided that there wasn't enough evidence presented to indict members of the NYPD who'd asphyxiated Eric Garner to death for "resisting arrest". And of course, a week ago, a grand jury decided that the police work of Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, didn't rise to the level of a likely crime either.

The NYPD has been known for sometimes not playing by the rules, particularly when it comes to minorities and those who question the right of bankers to fleece the 99%. But the Ferguson PD wasn't letting any moss grow on it in the competition to mess with citizens who look or act a little different, either.

The US Department of Justice is investigating both tragedies. But Eric Holder being Eric Holder, and neither Garner nor Brown being bankers, I'll remind my readers not to hold their breath until justice is served by that route.

I happened to leave Boston on vacation a day or two after Brown was gunned down in Ferguson and the subsequent protests (and paramilitary response) began. One of my cabbies that day, a black man perhaps 40 or so with a slight foreign accent whose origin I couldn't quite catch, was tuning between radio stations to soak in all of the news about Ferguson; I was interested, too!

Me: "It's terrible what happened in Ferguson!"

Cabbie: "They should learn some lessons from Boston!"

He went on to tell me that he lives an a low-income neighborhood, and in his experience the Boston Police respects its residents, keeps an eye on nogoodniks without provoking trouble, and makes an effort to ensure that the neighborhood's cops "look like" the residents, i.e., neighborhoods with a certain makeup of minorities will tend to have cops drawn from the same minorities. He had nothing but praise for the BPD.

That was a little surprising to me, in a good way of course. My dealings with local police in Boston and its suburbs have been excellent, but I'm white, middle-aged and middle class; I just assumed that things probably did not go as well for non-whites, the young, and the poor. But I've also known that Boston-area police departments are not cut from the same cloth as those of NYC, Ferguson, or many other cities and suburbs. For example, compare the way the Boston Bomber Brother situation was handled to how things go in cities like New York, Ferguson, Los Angeles and Albuquerque. I've asked a number of fellow Bostonians if they could even imagine incidents happening here like those that happened in these other places, and they cannot. Of course we can never say never, but... our cops just don't do that stuff.

In the name of transparency and community involvement, BPD Police Commissioner Bill Evans, born and raised in Boston, even has a monthly "Ask the Commissioner" call-in segment on WGBH's popular Boston Public Radio program. Evans comes across as a smart, low-key, sensible guy who I usually agree with.

Look... I'm sure that every police force has areas where they can improve. And I'm sure that virtually every police force has been involved in abuses of power: whenever one party has great power over another, the occasional abuse is bound to occur, either accidental or willful. And I can't imagine that any praise of police in these dark days will embraced by many of my fellow Liberals, and I can understand the deep anger. But the more I see and hear of police behavior in much of the rest of our country, I can only agree with my cabbie:

"They should learn some lessons from Boston!"

During the Watertown manhunt for the surviving Boston Bomber Brother, Brookline PD officer John Bradley volunteered to get sustenance for 17-month-old Holden Wells, whose parents had run out of milk. "We wanted to pay him but he wouldn’t take money from us. He was just so generous," said Holden's mom.

(Copyright note: I gave myself permission to copy this, in its entirety, from my new blog which has almost nothing on it yet and will probably get abandoned in a few weeks, but I'll give it a go.)
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Dec 5, 2014, 09:19 PM (3 replies)

"One of Clinton’s biggest strengths [is] her passion for..."

"One of Clinton’s biggest strengths her passion for advancing the middle class and renewing American upward mobility"
-- Correct the Record, a group dedicated to defending Hillary Clinton from unfair attacks

If only Hillary had political power the last two decades, the 99% wouldn't have had all our money handed to the bankers.

(Sorry, saw the quote and couldn't resist.)
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Dec 5, 2014, 12:44 AM (49 replies)
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