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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: 28,279

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Stupid question, I know: Why shouldn't Ukraine split in two?

The left side becomes part of the European bloc, the right part of the Russian bloc. It makes sense in terms of what the different parts of the country desire, I think.

There used to be a Czechoslovakia...

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Mar 1, 2014, 11:41 PM (124 replies)

"Most men... are certainly complicit in Rape Culture"

So lovely to wake up to that on DU.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Mar 1, 2014, 09:29 AM (21 replies)

Thanks, sort of. One of the three most appalling things I've ever seen:

This thread from last night: Which is better?, along with Stiv Bator puking in his pants then rolling around in it on stage, and... I can't remember the third.

I know that nobody believes me, but I was just pathetically trying to make a point that we could work better together. I'm actually not very good at secret agendas, my poor executive functioning gets in the way of the secret part.

Well, anyway, at least I have a new superlative to cringe at.

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Feb 28, 2014, 11:21 PM (35 replies)

Which is better?

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Feb 27, 2014, 11:15 PM (165 replies)

Welcome, Mr. President, to *12-dimensional* chess.

I was just listening to a recording of Chris Matthews from a few days ago. He was talking (well, shouting) that President Obama has decided that flipping off his base and appeasing Republicans isn't a winning strategy. Apparently, that just makes everyone angry. So the President will end the appeasing and the flipping off, at least until the election, and do some good, Democratic stuff like his executive order raising the minimum wage for those paid by the federal government.

Excellent!

We've been hearing for five years that the President is playing a game of 11-dimensional chess which mere mortals don't understand. Meanwhile, the real unemployment rate is staggeringly high and barely budging and more school children are homeless than ever before. Oh, and the wealthy are doing better than ever, and the banks have never been bigger, etc.

So, Mr. President, welcome to the next dimension of chess play: the one that all manner of other people (who now have arrows in their asses) were suggesting for 5 years. Welcome to 12-dimensional chess, or what we simple people call "acting like a Democrat". You'll find it to be an improvement over the old strategy as, Lord knows, the 99% will.

And by the way Mr. President, it may be a little to late in the game, but there's yet another dimension you could achieve - the Liberal dimension. It's the most winning dimension of chess the world has ever known. If interested, check with Elizabeth Warren or one of the other masters who've achieved it, they'll be happy to mentor you.

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Feb 24, 2014, 08:49 PM (106 replies)

Hey! We won another one!

Starving old folks Social Security cuts are still "on the table", but gone from our President's budget. A step in the right direction. Only three years ago, thanks to Bush's Catfood Commission, even the AARP was saying that cuts were a certainty.

We've had a few other steps in the right direction in the past year or so. Larry "Toonces" Summers was prevented from taking another crack at the 99%, TPP and TTIP are probably shut down, Elizabeth Warren (yes, I heard you, she's not running) is in the Senate and on the Banking Committee, military fun in Syria was prevented, our President is at least *claiming* that Spy On Everyone is being pared back a bit, the filibuster was fixed a little, Republicans were finally confronted on a debt-limit hostaging, probably a few more wins that I'm not thinking of.

The 99% have finally figured out that we're FUBARed, and we're starting to push back a little, and win a little. If we get more Liberal recruits, and fight back harder, nothing can stop us: because history proves that we are in the right.

We will win, but it will take some time.

Excelsior!
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Feb 20, 2014, 06:11 PM (96 replies)

There was a point to it, you know

I wrote a post last night about Beatles lyrics that caused a hell of a fuss. I'm alternately appalled and amused by that thread.

I'm sure that clarifying my intent won't particularly change anyone's mind about the thing, or about me; but for my own edification, here goes:

What I'd hoped to show is that it's possible to go too far in deconstructing everything in search of nefarious stuff. We all objectify to some extent. Most of us are attracted to people for non-optimal reasons at some point in our lives. Most of us like to look at pretty people, which is why we groom ourselves - so people will look at us.

And sometimes people do bad stuff. It's bad to hate a person because of skin color, or to believe that a person is limited because they are a certain gender, or attractive, or unattractive. And when that happens, it should be dealt with. For the record, I think it's pretty rare on DU.

But sometimes, she's just 17 (you know what I mean) and the way she looks is way beyond compare. And that's OK, I think. We don't need to protect the world from it.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Feb 18, 2014, 10:43 PM (230 replies)

Nipped *that* in the bud, I hope

Caught our son listening to The Beatles tonight, I saw her standing there

It was bad.

She was just 17
You know what I mean?
And the way she looked
Was way beyond compare
So how could I dance with another?
"Woooh!"
I saw her standing there


Selecting a dance partner on the basis of looks? 17? And that "woooh" was pretty menacing.

Shut that down, right quick.

Told him to stick to instrumentals until we can sort through our music to see what's more reasonable for him. We gave him some polkas and chamber music to tide him over.

As the boy started listening to the new music we gave him, he began to weep uncontrollably, tears dripping down onto his loose-fitting unisex pantsuit. Tears of joy, I think, in recognition of our growing maturity as a civilization.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Feb 17, 2014, 10:21 PM (367 replies)

Sexual union should be made illegal

We don't need it anymore; thanks to scientific advances, we can now reproduce without such animalistic thrashing.

And it causes so much trouble. Courtship is a harrowing experience, filled with buffoonery and emotions. Amazing what people will do to initiate the mating ritual: even flowers and "romantic" evenings.

One phrase I never want to hear again: vive la différence.

Nasty stuff, sex. Let's relegate it to the trash heap of history.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Feb 16, 2014, 11:32 AM (80 replies)

Russia Awards Rick Santorum Honorary Gold Medal

Russia Awards Rick Santorum Honorary Gold Medal

Russia awarded former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum an honorary gold medal today for his work in combating “gay propaganda” around the world.

In a surprise ceremony this morning president Vladimir Putin bestowed America’s most ardent opponent of gay rights with a special edition of Russia's Order of St. Catherine the Great Martyr, which celebrates achievements in cultural preservation.

Santorum was reportedly in Sochi to attend the men’s figure skating competition, but took time out to accept the honor from one of Europe’s most controversial leaders.

“You're a hero to us all,” Putin told his American guest at the televised event, “No one has done more to preserve traditional culture from the dangers the international gay agenda.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Feb 14, 2014, 07:22 AM (14 replies)
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