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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: 29,071

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Greenwald: Thumbs Up or Down?

Pretty controversial fellow!
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon May 12, 2014, 09:20 PM (100 replies)

Thanks Moms!*

Before I had a child, I'd watch parents with children and think "gee, raising kids can't be as tough as it looks". Now I know: it's even tougher.

But Moms do it. Sickness, injury, dribbling and throwing food, getting lost at the mall, getting a call from the lock up, the whole thing. Years of it, day after day. One foot in front of the other.

Among all moms there is a group that deserves a special call out: mothers of children with disabilities. As tough as it is to be a "regular" mom, it is so much tougher still to live with the heartbreak of a wounded child, the physical exhaustion and lowered income from tending to special needs, the unending tension-filled meetings with specialists and school staff. The increased rates of divorce and poverty. Planning for adulthood, or in some cases the death of a young child. Always the worry, worry. These mothers are special angels.

As challenging as it all is, I don't know a mother of any child, "typical" or disabled, who'd trade their role away if given the chance. (At least most of the time.) Their efforts cultivate love, and love is the most wonderful fruit of our universe.

God bless you all, mothers, today and every day. Thank you for your role in filling our world with wonderful children, our next generation.


*and Dads too, but we get a different day so stay out of the limelight now, OK?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun May 11, 2014, 01:58 PM (0 replies)

Duh. Doubling down on stupid... yields bigger stupid.

I understand that most Republicans either can't be bothered with math or just don't understand the stuff, or God said math was the Devil's plaything or whatever. Otherwise, like Elizabeth Warren (and me) they'd become Democrats of some stripe.

I recall the Warren/Brown senate race less than two years ago. I'd had my eye on Warren for years (no, not in that way, you nitwit) and knew she could skin Brown alive in a debate with ease, but was frustrated by her reluctance to do so. She didn't need to get out her cutlery, because Brown was too busy bludgeoning himself with his mighty Stupid Hammer.

Brown attacked Warren for being smart: "Professor Warren" would spit from his mouth like a rotten piece of meat. He attacked her for reporting that she was part Native American just because that's what her parents told her, even though she'd never benefited from that identification.

The good people of my Commonwealth were, as a whole, utterly appalled but this garbage, as any reasonable people would be. Brown slipped in the polls. Whereupon Brown apparently determined that the problem with his strategy was that he wasn't doing enough of it, so he pulled out the stops. "Professor Warren" got spit out like accidentally-ingested drain cleaner, and Brown's staff held a "spontaneous" rally in Boston to highlight Warren's ancestry, complete with war whoops and tomahawk chops. It was a wonder to behold. Amplifying the bad strategy only amplified his descent in the polls, and now we have Senator "Professor" Warren.

Thanks Scott!

So now the Republicans want to double down on BenghaziBenghaziBenghazi, a fully-fake scandal. At this point, most Americans understand that BenghaziBenghaziBenghazi is crap, that Congress should be getting real stuff done instead. The only people who care about Benghazi are Republican voters, who will still vote for Republicans if more BenghaziBenghaziBenghazi hearings are held. Everyone else? We'll just get more pissed at Republicans, and they'll lose potential votes.

BenghaziBenghaziBenghazi's also a fully-fake scandal that's so mightily idiotic that it can be countered effectively in five minutes, with the Benghazi-philes coming out looking like colossal dopes, as Hillary Clinton proved.

Doubling down on The Stupid.

Good luck with that.

Unless Democrats totally @#$% up, both houses of Congress will be Democratic come next January.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat May 10, 2014, 08:12 PM (7 replies)

$25 to the first person who provides proof that

Glenn Greenwald claimed to be a Libertarian or endorsed Rand or Ron Paul for any office.

Take my money.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat May 10, 2014, 01:49 AM (95 replies)

Somewhere in South Philadelphia a puppy is vomiting.

Are we having fun yet?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat May 10, 2014, 01:14 AM (1 replies)

I've made an important decision re: Glenn Greenwald

Fellow Progressives:

After much reflection, I've decided that I will NOT be backing Glenn Greenwald for the office of President of the United States.

Reading DU these past few days, it's been impressed upon me that Greenwald did not oppose the Patriot Act, and did not oppose going to war in Iraq.

Incredible! Unbelievable!

As bad as that all is is, it would be easily excusable if it weren't even worse: the slimeball has actually admitted it was a mistake to do these things. What kind of sick, demented sociopath admits they were wrong about such a thing?! A person with judgement that poor should never, ever be given the power to make war.

Now, I'm just one voice. But I'm sure that there are others who realize that, as much as we'd otherwise want Greenwald in the White House, it's just too dangerous a proposition. Please join me in pledging to DENY Greenwald the Presidency.


Third-Way Manny
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri May 9, 2014, 07:43 PM (42 replies)

In support of Glenn Greenwald

Greenwald has risked much to get important information to us.

I really don't understand the incredible hatred for him, the need to spread half truths and interpret whatever he does in the worst possible way.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri May 9, 2014, 12:09 AM (307 replies)

America thanks you Monica Lewinsky!

Turns out that her participation in playtime with Bill probably saved us from a round of responsible, common-sense entitlement reform.

As you'll recall, Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich hate each other. Hate, hate, hate.

But when it came to @#$%ing the 99%, they were able to overcome animosity and work together for their paymasters. Hard hearts softened, a beautiful thing.

The Pact Between Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich

It all started when Bill's Chief of Staff, a little-known demon named Erskine Bowles, saw a glorious opportunity to grab the cash being wasted on the useless eaters that had become too elderly to produce stuff in his many businesses. Medicare and Social Security. Cut.

So he brokered a deal with Bill and Newt. They had a deal! Medicare and Social Security. Cut.

Now they had to sell it to Congress. But just as that was about to happen, Bill "did not have sex with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky", and the resulting circus shut down Erskine's dream. Of course Erskine's no wimp, he's still going for the gold even today.

So thanks, Monica! If it weren't for your participation in a consensual and mutually-respectful whatever-it-was, even more elderly Americans would be even more @#$%ed than they are today.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed May 7, 2014, 11:37 PM (80 replies)

A friend of a friend claims she got hit on by Bill Clinton

At a White House party. I won't get specific, because it might reveal her identity. (Feel free to assume that I'm lying about this.)

If you're still with me... she found it to be both totally disgusting and totally intriguing. He was good at his craft. She didn't jump at the opportunity, but she thought about it, and she was more than a decade older than Lewinsky, far more experienced in "the ways of the world". And she was close to Hillary, not Bill.

Think about it. The President of the United States. A bit of a power imbalance there.

Anyway, when I heard that story, I became much more sympathetic towards Ms. Lewinsky. How do you say no to... that?

(Somehow, I suspect that this post will make everyone who reads it angry at me for some reason or another.)
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue May 6, 2014, 11:28 PM (133 replies)

WTF? Even Alex Jones is Ready for Warren™

My head exploded when I saw this video yesterday: Alex Jones, long a rabid enemy of Senator Warren, is now praising her! She's a "genuine person", showing a clip of her appearance on the Daily Show. "She's been coming up with pretty good reforms".


It might that Mr. Jones has been dabbling in hallucinogenics or has had a brain injury, but here's how I see it:

America's 99% know that we're getting horribly assaulted and abused by the Predator Class and their paid politicians. It's taken 30 years, but finally almost all of us agree on this.

The thing we don't agree with are the way forward.

Some, like Jones and his followers, have a notion that America was at its greatest when we all ran around with guns, paid no taxes, and had few laws, that we need to return to that state that never actually existed.

Liberals, on the other hand, believe that America was at its greatest when government was run on Liberal principles - we had fair laws that were fairly enforced, the Predator Class was kept in check and taxed fairly, and supporting (not devouring) the 99% was our government's focus. Unlike Jones' crew, we Liberals have actual facts and history to back us up.

Unlike most other Democrats, Elizabeth Warren is a Liberal with a message that appeals to all Americans who will listen a bit:

1. She admits that things are a disaster today.
2. She admits that both political parties have caused this disaster, that they are both in the pocket of the Predator Class. Without this admission, no political candidate has a shred of credibility today. None.
3. She calls things as they are. "'Chained CPI' is just a fancy way to say 'cut benefits for seniors, the permanently disabled, and orphans'." "If JPMorgan is so happy with their settlements that they are rewarding their CEO with a big raise, do you really think the federal bank regulators were tough enough?".
4. She focuses on, and fights for, the needs of everyday people, of the 99%, and doesn't give a shred of credence to the utter bullshit about Job Creators and trickle down. "Trickle down doesn't work. Never did". She's floated a $22 an hour minimum wage and wants to put bankers that break the law in jail. None of this "too big to prosecute" stuff for Warren.

And she does this all with a grace, a calm fury, and a poetry that only the most demented Predators cannot admire.

We've been fooled before by candidates who talk "Middle Class" then walk "Predator Class". But Warren seems to not be that: she's been saying the right thing rather than the expedient thing for decades, and has a deep track record of action.

Alex Jones finally shut the @#$% up, listened, got an inkling of what he was missing before, and possibly for the first time ever said nice things about a Liberal. That may change tomorrow, but it's still pretty amazing. The same is happening with my Republican friends: they're starting to listen to Warren, too. Not fully converted, but ready for a conversation. And if Liberals can just get a conversation started among the 99%, we'll win every single time, because the facts and evidence are entirely on our side.

I believe that Senator Warren has no equal in either political party in the ability to excite and attract voters across the spectrum. To the degree that we support her, we can win back our country.

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon May 5, 2014, 11:51 AM (50 replies)
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