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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: 28,043

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Snowden ist der Teufel!

German parliament confirms NSA inquiry, to start in April

No parliamentarian voted against the establishment of a special Bundestag committee investigating the global spying activities of the National Security Agency (NSA) in the US and counterparts like the GCHQ in the UK. Another key question for the committee will likely be whether the German intelligence agencies were either aware of, or complicit in, the gathering of people's data.

The four major German parties will all provide parliamentarians for the eight-person committee.

"A society in which everything is monitored is not free," committee chairman Clemens Binninger, a member of Chancellor Merkel's Christian Democrats, said in parliament. "We do not want to live in such a society."


The Mittelbayerische Zeitung on Thursday reported, citing government sources, that the committee was considering ways to involve former NSA contractor Edward Snowden in the process. The paper reported that Snowden might speak to the committee via the Internet telephone service Skype. The European Parliament had invited Snowden to do so earlier this year; he subsequently issued a written statement instead.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Mar 20, 2014, 10:34 PM (12 replies)

Looks like a number of principled FDR Democrats will be running for President in 2016

They will work together to take out the schoolyard bully, if the schoolyard bully shows up.

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Mar 20, 2014, 08:34 PM (9 replies)

Let's suppose that Brennan's right, and Feinstein's staffers stole his documents

Then Brennan should be fired, immediately, for incompetence.

The CIA can't keep its own documents safe? Seriously?

Seems like in this White House, the only fireable offense is doing things that Fox News will make fun of.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Mar 20, 2014, 06:38 PM (5 replies)

She's Not Running Dammit!, Part 362: Elizabeth Warren Memoirs Coming Soon

Elizabeth Warren Pens a Book, Is Still Totally Not Running for President

Preorders: http://www.amazon.com/Fighting-Chance-Elizabeth-Warren/dp/1627790527

(Also cross-posted in General Discussion)
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Mar 20, 2014, 12:02 PM (3 replies)

She's Not Running Dammit!, Part 362: Elizabeth Warren Memoirs Coming Soon

Elizabeth Warren Pens a Book, Is Still Totally Not Running for President

Preorders: http://www.amazon.com/Fighting-Chance-Elizabeth-Warren/dp/1627790527
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Mar 20, 2014, 12:00 PM (21 replies)

Kerry: Not even my wife knows Keystone opinion

Kerry: Not even my wife knows Keystone opinion

Secretary of State John Kerry is so tight-lipped about the Keystone XL pipeline, he told college students Tuesday, that even his wife doesn't know his opinion.

Speaking on the myriad takes on Keystone that he has to consider from government agencies, the public and others, Kerry said he would not tell anyone whether or not he plans to recommend the pipeline’s construction to President Obama

“My job is to stay down-the-middle, neutral,” he said.

“There’s a massive job of information sifting and accumulation here … I'm not commenting in any other way on it to anybody, including my wife and others, all of whom have opinions,” Kerry said, eliciting chuckles from the crowd.

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Mar 20, 2014, 07:20 AM (2 replies)

Is there any evidence that the Crimean election was rigged?

I haven't seen any thing that indicates that the vote was rigged, only that holding the vote was bad. (As opposed, say, to the overthrow of the Egyptian, Libyam and other governments without elections a few years ago, which was good)

Gorbachev says that the vote was absolutely the right thing to do.

Gorbachev: "Crimea's referendum corrected Soviet-era mistake"

I'm trying to understand if this is really evil stuff, or the Western 1%ers are cross that they aren't able to complete their agreement to austeritize Ukraine's 99%.

Anyone have hard evidence that the what's being done in Crimea is other than the will of the Crimean people?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Mar 19, 2014, 09:23 PM (106 replies)

RT or Fox: which is worse?

For the record, I don't like either of 'em.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Mar 19, 2014, 08:33 AM (70 replies)

Bill Kristol: "Invading Ukraine Will Be Quick and Painless"

Invading Ukraine Will Be Quick and Painless
By Bill Kristol

As I write this, the United States is facing the greatest foreign crisis in our entire history: a showdown between pro-America Ukraine and Vladimir Putin’s pro-evil Russia.

It’s a greater crisis than Syria, Libya, Iran, North Korea, Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Pakistan, China, Georgia, Somalia, Burma, Venezuela, Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel and Palestine. Well, maybe not all those places, but pretty damn close.

While President Obama sits on his hands and waits for diplomats to take care of things, Putin plays chess with the world as an arrogant, belligerent bully, interfering in other countries and demanding their leaders and people act however he wants them to act. Where does he get the nerve?

That’s why we as Americans need to stand united together and send a message that we’re not going to allow Putin’s aggression, and if necessary we will intervene in Ukraine with the military or otherwise -- but preferably with the military.

Relax, the Daily Current is parody.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Mar 19, 2014, 08:11 AM (56 replies)

Sen. Warren eviscerates Scott Brown

An email I got this morning:


"Self-serving and hypocritical"

Manny, I have good news and bad news.

The good news: This weekend, we raised more than $40,000 to help Jeanne Shaheen beat Scott Brown in New Hampshire – surpassing our $25,000 goal.

Now the bad news: Karl Rove's Super PAC just announced that it's spending $600,000 on a new round of ads attacking our friend Jeanne.

We know first-hand how aggressive, relentless, and deceptive Scott Brown's attacks can be. And now he's signed on to get the dirtiest, most secretive help he can find to attack Jeanne Shaheen. So we need to fight back.

We're not going to be able to put together $600,000 as quickly as Karl Rove's anonymous billionaire and corporate friends – but we can still make an important difference. Can we double our goal and raise $50,000 for Jeanne?

Make a donation to fight back against the efforts of Karl Rove, the Koch Brothers, and the Republican Party to get Scott Brown back in the U.S. Senate.

You may remember that, during our campaign in Massachusetts, the outside groups spent $3 million in attack ads just in the first few months of our campaign. So in January 2012, Scott Brown and I signed a pledge to keep outside money out of the race. The pledge surprised all the pundits and succeeded at keeping the Super PACs off the air. Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers stayed out of Massachusetts, and voters heard loud and clear from our campaigns about what we believe in.

But Scott Brown lost – and he has wasted no time making clear he's going to take any shady outside money he can get this time around. On Saturday, after Jeanne Shaheen signed a Peoples' Pledge that is identical to the agreement we signed two years ago in Massachusetts, Scott Brown called Jeanne's signature "self-serving and hypocritical."


Scott Brown attacking Jeanne Shaheen as "self-serving and hypocritical" for signing the Peoples' Pledge was like the time Karl Rove attacked me for supporting Wall Street – totally unreal. Jeanne Shaheen showed real courage and did what's right – and I hope we can back her up.

He spends a lot of time talking about how he's an outsider, but Scott Brown welcoming Karl Rove and the Koch brothers with open arms is the ultimate insider move. Now that he's moved into Karl Rove's pocket, settling in with all of Karl Rove's money, he has become a Big Time Insider in the ugliest part of politics.

Help Jeanne raise $50,000 to stop Scott Brown in his new home of New Hampshire. We need to make sure people in New Hampshire know as much about Scott Brown's record as voters of Massachusetts did when they decided to vote him out. Please make a donation right now.

Thank you for being a part of this,

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Mar 18, 2014, 11:21 AM (1 replies)
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