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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: 33,716

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Here's what will happen because of Ferguson:

Some protesters will be put in jail.

Some #%^*heads who yammer about black people needing to obey the law will be re-elected by other #%^*heads. Many black people will not be able to vote because of GOP voter supression; but, don't worry, there will be an investigation and stuff and a Friday afternoon press release enumerating a few ways to improve things in a bipartisan fashion.

Officer Wilson will become a little bit wealthy. His fellow officers will smirk a bit more than before when they #%^* with the black locals.

The swells in MO government will smirk over cocktails, and shake their heads in disbelief over the inability of "those people" to know their rightful place.

The swells in DC will consider what Fox News would say, then do nothing. Followed by being showered by inconceivable wealth from their new jobs on Wall Street.

And Michael Brown will molder in his grave, a candle snuffed so early by criminal stupidity or worse.

I am so angry tonight... 'nuff said. (And no doubt I'll be called a racist for posting this, for some bizarre reason or another. Better Believe It!, eh Swarm?)

We gotta get our #%^* together and do something. This all is very, very, very wrong, and cannot end well unless we get tough, and fast.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Nov 27, 2014, 01:01 AM (84 replies)

There is zero that the DOJ can do to right the injustice in Ferguson

Look, people, these things happen. We have federal civil rights laws on the books, but they can't really be used.

The protesters need to understand this, as do those on the Left. And they must understand that taking advantage of the situation to steal stuff will be met with justifiable force by brave police officers who risk their lives every day. Can you imagine, just hassling someone for walking in the street could lead to taunting! That just ain't right.



Note: this post is sarcasm. More accurately, it's parody - it's what I expect the Third Way's actual response will be to the situation, i.e., to do nothing, then bemaon their inability to do anything. They've already waned the protesters and praised the police.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Nov 25, 2014, 09:43 AM (91 replies)

John F. Kennedy's finest moment

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Nov 24, 2014, 11:47 PM (7 replies)

It is time for Eric Holder to do his job.

I am told that while Eric Holder may have not been interested in prosecuting bankers, his legacy will be in his fierce fight for civil rights.


A young black man in Ferguson was deprived of his civil rights by the taking of his life, if not directly because he was black, then pretty clearly stemming from his being black. Americans need to know that this is not tolerated in America, that we are a nation of laws.

We need to know that injustice brings justice.

Do your job, Mr. Holder. The world is watching.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Nov 24, 2014, 09:41 PM (82 replies)

Why did Hagel get the boot?

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Nov 24, 2014, 06:52 PM (3 replies)

Impossible. They just *can't* do it.

A couple of years back, then-senatorial-candidate Elizabeth Warren gave a great (and seemingly-impromptu) soliloquy on how nobody in America gets rich on their own - they get rich with the help of the American people, and they owe it to the American people to put some of their wealth back into helping the next generation of Americans.

"'Well, this is class warfare, this is whatever.' No. There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own — nobody. You built a factory out there? Good for you. But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police-forces and fire-forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn't have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory — and hire someone to protect against this — because of the work the rest of us did. Now look, you built a factory and it turned into something terrific, or a great idea. God bless — keep a big hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is, you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along."

Now that demanding that the 99% eat our peas and other such crap is no longer considered fashionable among national Democrats, some of the Third Way crowd has been trying to duplicate Warren's schtick -- they stumble through some words that are sort of similar, but the effect is like an actor reciting lines they've not yet memorized, in a foreign language they don't understand. It's like a vampire convincing us they love sunlight.

The latest Third-Way attempt to imitate an FDR Democrat was undertaken by one Hillary Clinton, the video is below. For reference, I've included Elizabeth Warren's original below Clinton's re-enactment. (Extra-credit question: which one would you put your money on in a debate?)

(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 | Sun Nov 23, 2014, 08:41 PM (20 replies)

Ready for Hillary! PSA response to DFA poll

Regarding the sad little poll which indicates that the alleged "Progressives" prefer "Warren" or "Sanders" to Hillary...


Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Nov 22, 2014, 12:00 PM (59 replies)

This is how leaders lead (Elizabeth Warren)

Some senators get passionate about the need to attack Middle Eastern countries. Some get passionate about people doing their damned jobs and preventing the foreclosures of millions of homes.

Big tent.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Nov 19, 2014, 05:55 PM (56 replies)

Yesterday, Elizabeth Warren assumed control of the Democratic Party

Yesterday, Elizabeth Warren assumed control of the Democratic Party in a bloodless coup. I'm not even sure she was trying.

I can't prove it, but I've had a sneaking suspicion for a few days that Elizabeth Warren was about to take the reins of our party, and yesterday's announcement has helped fuel my fire.

At this point, I think that few of us can credibly argue that the bulk of elected "Democrats" are behaving well, or performing well. In some cases, they're just grabbing as much cash as they can with both hands; but in many other cases, they just don't know what else to do.  They are very smart people, very socially adroit, who've gotten ahead in life by doing what's been asked of them by wealthy people wearing impressive clothing. They eventually became politicians, in charge of important stuff.

Excellent Sheep.

But no matter how excellent the sheep, they are still sheep, in need of a shepherd.  The wealthiest people in the most impressive clothing for the last few decades have been the Wall Street crew, with high-pressure hoses of cash to spray down anyone with the ability to spray back even more cash. So the excellent sheep followed Wall Street's shepherds, passing law after law aimed at grabbing cash from the 99% and handing it to their shepherds, while taking a nice chunk for themselves and their families.

And the American Dream was destroyed.

And here we are.

I don't think that the wholesale destruction of our country has gone unnoticed by our Democratic Excellent Sheep. They must surely realize that six years ago they held the Presidency and both house of Congress, and had a mandate from America to fix the @#$%ing thing; and that now they have no  houses of Congress, a near-impotent Presidency, and things have only gotten worse for the 99%. I suspect that somewhere, deep inside, most of them feel terrible about it all when they lie in bed at night, or when they pass a homeless person begging for money to feed their kids.

They are powerful. They are adroit. But they are utterly clueless as to the way forward.

Here's the thing that makes Elizabeth Warren special, the thing that made my brain boing like a rubber band when I first noticed her years ago: Warren is as smart and adroit as any person alive - that's how one gets to be a Harvard Law School professor. But unlike the Excellent Sheep, she also has a big heart, a big vision, and one hell of a punch. In a few short years, that difficult woman from Massachusetts has set up an agency to protect the 99% from financial predation, publicly told Geithner and company to take a flying @#$% at a rolling donut, beat a popular incumbent senator like a drum, fended off yet another attempt to unleash Summers on the 99%, got financial regulators to start thinking about doing their jobs, changed the conversation in Democratic circles, and won the hearts of FDR Democrats.

I don't think that these things are lost on the Excellent Sheep.

I suspected that something was up last week, when three days after the elections Warren published an op-ed in the Washington Post instructing the President to not do what he does best, which is caving in to Republicans before they even ask in the bizarre hope that they'll somehow like him one of these days. Instead, Warren wrote, he must get up and do the right thing for working Americans.

A Democratic Senator instructed a Democratic President, in public: when was the last time something like that happened? Something interesting was up: Warren clearly felt like she had serious mojo.

Then, yesterday, Sen. Warren was given some sort of leadership position in the Democratic Party, she's now their "envoy to Liberals" or some such thing. It's not clear what that means. But, this unclarity may actually make the intent clear: I suspect that Democratic leadership, particularly Harry Reid, just want an excuse to bring a senator with only two years of tenure into their Mt. Olympus. Reid's had enough of the bull@#$%, and wans the horror to stop. He understands that Warren knows the path forward, and he wants her to lead.

And Warren being Warren, she'll grab a machete and plow through the dark jungle ahead until we find bright light and good drinking water. You totally know she will.

Great things ahead, I think. I could be wrong, but let's hope I'm not.


(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 Nov 14, 2014, 08:28 PM (169 replies)

So Elizabeth Warren's getting a title to match the reality

that she's a leader among FDR Democrats. Less than two years after becoming a Senator! This is what happens to proud Liberals who know when to use their fists.

It wouldn't surprise me if she gets another title in 2016.

I understand that some Democrats hate her because she used to be a Republican, years before entering public service. Or maybe they're just yammering about it in a strange attempt to boost some Third Way presidential contender. In either case, those Democrats should think about meditation, or learning anger management techniques, because she's now a full-throated Democrat, she's tough, she's passionate, and she ain't going away.

And if she has her way, and we all help her out, the American Dream won't go away either. It will turn around and come back to us.

This is a great start; let's do what we can to turn it into a great finish.


Very-Happy Manny
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Nov 13, 2014, 05:11 PM (73 replies)
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