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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: 29,493

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Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Apr 2, 2014, 11:22 PM (0 replies)

Today's SCOTUS decision PROVES filibuster reform is a BAD idea

Once again, we can see that the Liberals are WRONG about wanting filibuster reform.

Ok, so today's Supreme Court ruling was disappointing. We lost.

But, just think of the lesson it teaches us sensible Democrats. In the future, there might be a Republican President, and Republican majorities in Congress. Now suppose that a Republican President nominated a crazy ideologue to the Supreme Court. A real nut with a history of voting for corporate interests at every turn.

We Democrats would filibuster the bastard! Yes. We. Would!

So, even though the filibuster in its current form inconveniently prevents us from doing anything to stop the massive flow of cash from the lumpenproletariat to our deserving Job Creators, we desperately need to keep it so we can avoid SCOTUS rulings like we had today.

So chill, Liberals. I suggest that you follow my lead tonight and drown your misery in a few bottles of full-bodied Sauternes with truffle/duck pate and fois gras with cherry sauce. And make sure to do your part in GOTV by urging the household help to VOTE DEMOCRATIC!

Regards,

Third-Way Manny
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Apr 2, 2014, 10:44 PM (9 replies)

OK. I'm convinced. I *will* vote in 2014 and 2016.

Of course, like virtually every other DUer, I've been convinced of that since... forever.

We're not the problem. We vote. Liberals are particularly reliable at voting. For Democrats, and everything.

The problem is the folks in the "middle". They're the finicky ones without much political passion who stay home or vote for the other guys if the party in power doesn't Get The Job Done.

So we can have more posts that exhort us to vote. But, what Democrats really need in order to win, is to Get The Job Done.

And one more thing: from now on, each time I read about how Nader's to blame for Bush, I'll contribute $10 to Nader for President. Cut the #%^*.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Apr 2, 2014, 09:45 PM (90 replies)

Atheists give failing grades to Congress

Atheists give failing grades to Congress

A coalition of atheist activist groups on Monday gave Congress an "F" on issues they pushed in 2013.

The coalition rated members of the U.S. Senate on five issues, including support for the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act of 2013, and opposition to expansion of the religious exemption in the Employment Discrimination Act, FEMA funding for churches, the Freedom to Pray Act and school board prayer.

The group gave perfect scores to senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.)

"There were some improvements over our 2011 and 2009 Report Cards, with more U.S. Representatives earning an 'A' grade," the coalition said. "And for the first time, three Republicans Senators scored a 'B.' But overall, we still have a lot of work to do -- 62 percent of representatives and 58 percent of senators scored an 'F.'"
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Apr 2, 2014, 04:29 PM (0 replies)

Thanks, Obama

As we should be critical of our President and other Democrats when appropriate, we should also praise the good stuff they do.

In particular, I'm feeling good about the way President Obama has handled the Russian takeover of Crimea.

The lead-up to the event was nothing to brag about, as far as I can tell. Western bankers and politicians were vying with Eastern oligarchs and politicians, both trying to scam the Ukrainian 99%'s cash through austerity of one kind or another. Ukraine was a sheep set upon by two wolves. The East won, the West didn't like it and helped fuel a revolution, the East grabbed Crimea and made noises about grabbing some more.

East and West both have dirty hands, but only one side made an overt use of force, and overt force is a huge problem. Not because Crimea is now in Russian hands (it seems that's what Crimeans wanted, anyway), but because of where it could lead.

As we all know, Nazi Germany started grabbing territories in the 1930s. It started by relatively bloodless annexation of German-speaking territories through bullying. As successes mounted, it grew to... well, we all know what happened.

More than ever, modern powers cannot afford war against one another, so it's critical to nip Putin's militarism in the bud. To be clear, Russia is not Nazi Germany: Nazi Germany was led by a rabid ideologue, while Russia is led by greedheads. Fortunately, greedheads are easier to deter than ideologues: take away their money, and they tend to behave.

President Obama took, I think, exactly the right approach. He made it clear that:

- There'd be no Western military response.
- There will be a price to pay, out of the wallets of the oligarchs.

Time will tell if this is the right thing to do, but for what it's worth, I think it is, and it's certainly a hell of a lot different than Dim Son, McCain, Romney, or another Republican would do.

Thanks, Obama.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Mar 31, 2014, 09:48 PM (37 replies)

At least they could *try*

Today I received 2 separate emails from the Democratic Party asking me for cash. That makes 19 in the past two weeks.

I took a quick look through the 19, and not one of them says what the Democratic Party will be doing to help the 99%. Most just ask for money. Some tell me that they need money or else -- Republicans may repeal ObamaCare, or take over Congress. And there's a couple that want me to enter a sweepstakes for a trip to see LBJ in NYC with Biden, I think.

What would be so awful about setting some positive goals and fighting like mother@#$%ers to achieve 'em for the 99%? That's how we take back the House and keep the Senate, by fighting and winning battles for the 99%, not by sweepstakes and pointing out that the other guys are worse.

I know, I suck for saying this. But I can't imagine that I'm the only one who feels this way.

Update Let me be crystal clear here: I'm highly in favor in fundraising, and in contributing - I give to candidates, including Elizabeth Warren (of course) and Barack Obama. What I'm against is playing defense instead of offense, of selling a political party like this:

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Mar 30, 2014, 11:16 PM (101 replies)

It amuses me to no end that some folks want

to institute a purity test to throw the people off of DU that they call... the Purity-Test Left.

If this is intentional comedy, it's brilliant!
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Mar 28, 2014, 11:13 PM (183 replies)

America used to do big things.

Telling our teenager tonight about what it was like to grow up in the 1960s. Space geeks, even tiny ones like me, we knew all of the astronaut's names and thrilled as they went from the first 15-minute flight to the Moon in what... 8 years? Was it really just 8 years?

A real-life adventure. Starring nerds. Serious, serious nerds. Engineers with nerves of steel, riding huge controlled explosions into the stars. Absurd in all respects, but the job got done.

I get very excited reliving it, my son thinks I'm a little crazy. He's never known an America like that, how exciting it is to launch forward as a nation instead of civil warring over achingly stupid crap.

We'll do big things again! Good, big, things! Hopefully soon!
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Mar 28, 2014, 11:07 PM (35 replies)

In Support of a Great DUer

William Pitt and I don't always see eye to eye. And calling the President a "used care salesman" isn't my style.

But I will say:

1. Nobody on DU knows more about the Iraq War than Mr. Pitt. Nobody. When Mr. Pitt speaks, we should listen.

2. Mr. Pitt has done more than you or I to advance the Liberal cause. He's been in the trenches, fighting the good fight, since long before it was fashionable.

3. To call Mr. Pitt racist, or a right winger, is simply absurd and awful.

Look around: do you think things are getting better in America? Are the 99% better off than 30 years ago?

Many of us answer both of these questions with a thunderous NO!, and we want change, real change. No more one step forward and three back. We don't think that more hungry and homeless children, in exchange for the wealthiest still paying hyperlow taxes is shared sacrifice, or that ending Medicare is a serious proposal. We think these things are feeding a cancer.

We see deepening pain, and deepening desperation, on our streets and in our homes. We see a generation of children adrift, who've never known economic security. We see an America that's a sad shadow of the highly-imperfect but marvelous country we knew as children, an America that marched, day by day, towards a future of shared prosperity.

Sometimes we dreamers get emotional and say stupid things. Especially me. But to doubt the sincerity of our cause... particularly for a person who has done so much, so publicly, as Mr. Pitt... is a shame.

Please.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Mar 27, 2014, 08:18 PM (391 replies)

Look people - the Iraq War was an honest mistake

Not everyone wanted it, and to be sure some little mistakes were made in interpreting intelligence. But they were honest mistakes. It was all initiated and managed properly, by men and women who love their country. Patriots.

We tortured, killed, and were killed for all the right reasons, and things just didn't work out quite the way we'd hoped other than a lot of the right people making a huge, huge amount of money. But there's nothing wrong with making ginormous money in America off of well-intentioned wars: we don't begrudge the 99% having to make sacrifices so the 1% can buy solid-gold dog houses, because that is who we are.

Schmucks. We are schmucks.

So, to the Purity-Test Left, I ask that you stop the talk of "lying us into war", of "war crimes", of "the need for human decency", and all the rest of your crap that loses elections. No more hatred. No more #%^*ing retarded ideas. Enough from you people.

We must look forward, not back. The future is bright, schmucks.

Regards,

Movin'-forward Manny
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Mar 26, 2014, 10:09 PM (169 replies)
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