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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
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More PROOF that Snowden uncovered NOTHING NEW

His efforts were for naught.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=3663277
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Sep 13, 2013, 06:36 PM (8 replies)

Senator Warren's 'Serious Concerns' About Larry Summers

Please save us, Sen. Warren!

Bloomberg: Senator Warren's 'Serious Concerns' About Larry Summers

Senator Elizabeth Warren has told the White House that she won't publicly take a position on Larry Summers as a possible chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, though she privately told administration officials she has "serious concerns" about him as a nominee, according to people familiar with the situation.

Summers's prospects have dimmed over the past week and the Obama administration has come to realize the opposition of a prominent figure such as Warren could deliver a fatal blow, several people said.

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That might be a miscalculation. Yesterday, Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the second-ranking Republican in the Senate, told the Huffington Post that he would oppose a Summers nomination. Although some economists say Yellen would be a little more liberal on regulation and monetary policy, Summers, with his close involvement in Democratic politics and policies over the past two decades, would raise more suspicion among the Republican Party's right wing base.

White House officials privately have predicted Summers would win Senate confirmation because even if a handful of Democrats defected, the nominee would have sufficient Republican supporters, who would be swayed by financial interests that would back Summers.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Sep 13, 2013, 11:45 AM (11 replies)

Pope Francis gets a used car. Oh, and priestly celibacy's up for discussion. And...

While the rest of our world leaders seem to be insane, the Pope's gotten quite a bit done in a few months. So what's been going on in the few days since leading a fast for peace in Syria?

He's still living in the hotel, but got himself some (not-so-)new wheels, which he intends to drive himself. Manual, of course.



Pope Francis’ newest ride: A 29-year-old beater with 186,000 miles

The Church's Secretary of State now says that priestly celibacy is on the table. I didn't know that the Pope hisself had suggested this a year ago.

On the down-to-earth front, he's pranking people who write him or who are otherwise in need. He calls them. Himself. Can you imagine how freaky it is to get a call from the Pope?

"One of them, Michele Ferri, told CBS News about a recent conversation. Ferri wrote a letter to the Pope in a moment of rage; but was shocked when she picked up the phone and heard:"'Hi Michele, this is Pope Francis.'"

I never imagined that the Pope would call me on my cell phone," said Ferri. "I thought I would get a form letter perhaps. But never a phone call."

Reportedly, the Pope called a divorced pregnant woman and offered to baptized her baby; she wrote to the pontiff when her boyfriend pressured her to have an abortion. There were also reports that Francis also responded to a rape survivor's letter.


This Pope seems to be showing us how world leaders lead: Right thought, right words, right actions.

(Maybe he's even listening to that album. Heck, maybe he played drums on a track or two.)

In any case, this Jewboy is mighty impressed.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Sep 11, 2013, 10:56 PM (73 replies)

One thing that *would* suck about a negotiated settlement

over chemical weapons in Syria: we'll never get to find out what an "unbelievably small" attack looks like.

While it's a good trade to swap it out for a reduction in tensions, I'm damned curious to know. Curse you, John Kerry, for teasing me like that.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Sep 9, 2013, 11:43 PM (8 replies)

Wait, I'm confused again.

If President Obama accepts an offer from Putin like Edward Snowden did, does that make him a Rand Paul disciple? Or does he crave shirtless pictures of Putin?

These things are difficult for me to follow, the world moves so quickly these days!
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Sep 9, 2013, 10:24 PM (93 replies)

I'm a little confused here...

Obama and Kerry say that Syria must rid themselves of chemical weapons within a week or face a US attack that's "unbelievably small" and will have either no affect whatsoever, or be vast and substantially degrade their capabilities, depending on whether they're talking to doves or hawks.

But Congress is about to take a non-binding vote on whether to attack. They're about to vote a resounding "no", and the President's posse assures us that he'll honor the vote. So we won't be attacking anybody.

So why are we continuing to threaten Syria if we aren't attacking them? Or are we attacking them despite Congress's imminent "no" vote?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Sep 9, 2013, 08:15 PM (9 replies)

Syria 'welcomes' Russia proposal to put chemical weapons under international control

Source: CNN

Syria "welcomes" Russia's proposal for President Bashar al-Assad's regime to put its chemical weapons under international control, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem told reporters in Moscow on Monday.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/09/politics/syria-kerry/index.html



Earlier story:

(CNN) -- Russia urged Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday to put his nation's chemical weapons stockpile under international control as part of an effort to head off a possible military strike from the United States.

Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, said his country would urge Syria to take the action if it would avert a military response from the United States. There was no immediate reaction from the Syrian government.

Lavrov's comments came the same day Secretary of State John Kerry seemed to endorse a similar course of action.

Assad "could turn over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community in the next week," Kerry said during a news conference with British Foreign Secretary William Hague. "But he isn't about to do it and it can't be done obviously."
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Sep 9, 2013, 12:14 PM (94 replies)

Kerry: Syria attack to be 'unbelievably small' (No, not the Onion, Borowitz, etc.)

I. Can't. Stand. These. People. Anymore.

Kerry's right: it's un believable.

From The Guardian, emphases mine:

John Kerry gives Syria week to hand over chemical weapons or face attack

The US secretary of state has said that President Bashar al-Assad has one week to hand over his entire stock of chemical weapons to avoid a military attack. But John Kerry added that he had no expectation that the Syrian leader would comply.

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Kerry said the Americans were planning an "unbelievably small" attack on Syria. "We will be able to hold Bashar al-Assad accountable without engaging in troops on the ground or any other prolonged kind of effort in a very limited, very targeted, short-term effort that degrades his capacity to deliver chemical weapons without assuming responsibility for Syria's civil war. That is exactly what we are talking about doing – unbelievably small, limited kind of effort."

So let me be clear," he continued. "The United States of America, President Obama, myself, others are in full agreement that the end of the conflict in Syria requires a political solution."

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Kerry said he did not know if Obama would release further intelligence proving the culpability of Assad in the chemical weapons attack, saying the administration had already released an unprecedented amount of information.

Of course, Kerry and Obama are telling McCain et al that this will be a sweeping, expansive effort.

I just can't stand this anymore. Saying anything to anyone without shame has now become acceptable.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Sep 9, 2013, 09:18 AM (60 replies)

Warren Op-Ed: Sequester drags American economy down

Viewpoint: Sequester drags American economy down
By U.S. Sen. ELIZABETH WARREN

As our economy slowly recovers from high unemployment and the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, middle class families are struggling to keep their heads above water.

For these families, the effect of these cuts is like being asked to swim with rocks tied around their ankles. People are working as hard as they can, but they just keep getting dragged down.

...

This is a system that increasingly seems rigged to work for the big guys, but just isn’t working for ordinary Americans. These are policies that slash investments in our families and our future. These are policies that protect tax loopholes for the wealthiest individuals and the biggest corporations at the cost of our middle class and no real effort at creating jobs.

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Investing in the future. That’s what creates jobs; that’s what grows the economy; that’s what gives all our kids a chance.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Sep 8, 2013, 01:46 PM (1 replies)

Amid presidential murmurs, Warren to address AFL-CIO

Amid presidential murmurs, Warren to address AFL-CIO

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) will address a key faction of the liberal base Monday as speculation intensifies that she will someday seek the presidency.

Helping to open the quadrennial AFL-CIO convention, Warren is expected to be celebrated by rank-and-file union members as labor’s liberal bulwark in the Senate. The Massachusetts senator can strengthen her bonds with the key Democratic constituency that will play a big part in the party’s 2016 presidential primary.

“The bottom line is, I think the world of her and I think the whole labor movement does. She is a woman of her word and she knows you never lose when you stand up for what’s right,” said Massachusetts AFL-CIO President Steve Tolman.

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“I am not thinking about the presidency right now, but I do know we have the greatest U.S. senator representing us. I want her in the Senate doing the great work that she’s doing,” Tolman said. “Give me a couple more years and let me find out she’s interested, and I will drive the train.”

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Sep 8, 2013, 01:35 PM (8 replies)
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