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MannyGoldstein

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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: 29,051

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I apologize. I know I can do better if you give me a chance.

Yesterday I used the contraction "etc." in an OP. I now understand that this was a really insensitive thing to do, and I want my friends here to know I'll work hard to do better in the future.

I've let you down, and I'm sorry.

Regards,

Chastened Manny
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Mar 17, 2014, 09:21 PM (37 replies)

A question for Republicans (and Democrats) re: Putin

Those of you who compare Putin to Hitler... If Putin is following in Hitler's footsteps, aren't we compelled to destroy him and his armies, right away, before he gets more emboldend?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Mar 17, 2014, 08:53 PM (4 replies)

Who's wreaked more international havoc lately? US or Russia?

Over the past five years, including what's going on now in Ukraine, which country's caused more geopolitical strife?

(Note to the dim-witted: I'm not defending Putin, defending Russia's actions, hating on homosexuals, etc. just trying to get some perspective here.)
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Mar 16, 2014, 10:29 PM (203 replies)

Opinion: No way out of the Crimea crisis

From Deutsche Welle:

Opinion: No way out of the Crimea crisis

It is rare that a government statement is anticipated with as much deep concern as Chancellor Angela Merkel's address to parliament on the situation in Ukraine. For weeks and months, a drama that has shocked the continent has been unfolding right at the gates of the European Union. It's about democracy and self-determination on the one hand, and power and geopolitical interests on the other. The crisis is headed for another fever pitch with the weekend's referendum in Crimea. But the West is at a loss as to how to prevent the secession of the peninsula from Ukraine and its annexation by Russia.

Merkel addressed her preference to defuse the conflict with diplomacy, adding that military action is not an option. Instead, she said, the West is banking on a mix of negotiations, financial assistance for Ukraine and sanctions against Russia. Should Moscow hold fast to its confrontational course, current sanctions would be tightened, she said. The clock can't be set back, Merkel added, saying that conflicts of interest in Europe can't be solved by resorting to methods dating from the 20th century.

The West made mistakes

But that is exactly what the West - the United States and the European Union -has done. After the fall of the Iron Curtain and the Soviet Union, the West acted like the victor, and increased its sphere of influence right up to Russia's borders. The West broke its promise not to expand NATO into Eastern Europe and further curtail Moscow's sphere of influence. NATO and the EU took no considerations of Russian sensibilities during their expansions into Eastern Europe.

Despite Moscow's wishes, the West intervened in Yugoslavia and recognized Kosovo's independence. With the help of Western allies and in violation of international law, the US went to war in Iraq, and intervened in Libya. As of late, the West has had an unabashed eye on Africa - or rather, the natural resources on the African continent.

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Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Mar 16, 2014, 09:03 PM (4 replies)

DU Liberals for Putin, check in!

I'm reading threads chastising DU Liberals for believing Putin to be a fellow Liberal.

So... show of hands:
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Mar 16, 2014, 12:19 PM (7 replies)

Ah! An email from my good friend Barack.

Just got an email from the President, asking for my help.

Here it is, in a nutshell:

Manny --

Republicans are mean, they want to stop us. I'll try to do stuff, "wherever I can".

Please vote for Democrats and send $10.

Thanks,

Barack Obama

This, dear reader, is why non-DU Democrats don't turn out in droves: "wherever I can" is a pout, not a battle cry.

"We suck less" won't cut it either.

Hey Obama! Hey Congressional Democrats! Pull yourself off of Wall Street's teat, stand up straight and start swinging: that's what'll get Democrats out! Show us you're on our side, and Democrats, hell all Americans, will show you that they're on yours.

Regards,

First-Way Manny

---------------------------

Manny --

The top Republican in the House said Americans should judge them not on how many laws they pass, but on how many they repeal.

The top Republican in the Senate said his top priority wasn't to create jobs or expand opportunity, but to beat me.

I want to work with Congress wherever I can to do the job the American people sent us here to do -- but it turns out Republicans and Democrats have some very different ideas about what that means.

Let me level with you: The only way we're going to achieve our goals is by electing more Democrats in 2014.

Chip in $10 or more to help elect Democrats to a Congress we can all be proud of:

https://my.democrats.org/Elect-Democrats-in-2014

Thanks,

Barack Obama
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Mar 15, 2014, 05:36 PM (155 replies)

Why does anyone think the CIA and NSA are out of control?

Look at the people placed in charge of these entities: Brennan, Alexander, and Clapper.

No intelligent person could put these people in charge of our intelligence community unless they desired the very behavior we see today. These folks are not nuanced intellectuals who anguish with Constitutional limits.

They are working as desired and expected.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Mar 15, 2014, 10:18 AM (41 replies)

Does anyone here think our federal government is functional at this point?

Of, by, and for The People?

It's been seriously lurching for decades, but this latest CIA thing indicates to me that it's off the rails now. Not since Watergate do I remember anything so brazenly contemptuous of Americans.

The IWR vote was horrific, but at least it was a vote. This is a bare-knuckled power grab by the Executive.

Our government is lost.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Mar 12, 2014, 10:23 PM (61 replies)

Something's dysfunctional

Besides my life.

The following post: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024653914

has 21 recs now about 90 minutes old, and should be tied for second on Trending Now as I understand things. It *was* on Trending Now before, but went away.

Glitch?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Mar 12, 2014, 10:17 PM (7 replies)

Have *you* actually read Sen. Feinstein's complaint?

If you haven't, please grab a beverage, take a deep breath, and spend ten minutes reading:

Statement on Intel Committee’s CIA Detention, Interrogation Report

It's way, way worse then you think it is.

This is history: make sure that you don't miss it. Oh, and you oughta see what we're up against. Because we're up against it, right here, right now. And it's not going away under its own power - we'll need to do some heavy lifting, I fear.

Thanks to DUer CJCRANE for pointing me to it this morning.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Mar 12, 2014, 08:54 PM (196 replies)
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