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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: 29,142

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Snowden, *by law*, needed to do what he did.

He took an oath to uphold the Constitution. Apparently he took that oath seriously.

We all should take it seriously.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Mar 10, 2014, 11:42 PM (147 replies)

I stand with Paul

If supporting Ed Snowden's exposure of Operation Spy on Everyone (and the the UK's Operation Spy on Everyone's Junk), makes me a Paulite, then let it be.


This-is-growing-tiresome Manny
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Mar 10, 2014, 08:21 PM (21 replies)

My dumbest question ever... how do people shtup these days?

No, of course I know a variety of parts and places they can go, I mean the process leading up to the deed.

A friend of ours is getting divorced, a former fraternity brother. Nasty divorce after decades, I guess it happens but a head scratcher. He'll do fine, as will his ex, both lovely high-functioning people.

He's starting to date again which has me thinking back to our fraternity days (Carl Sagan's next-door neighbors, coincidentally). Back then, the process normally consisted of dancing, alcohol (and sometimes other state-enhancers), kissing, yadda yadda yadda... Then

No real discussions beforehand, and yes, no meant no.

(NB: As far as I know we were all nice guys, we had a great reputation with normal women although the high-end sororities were not fans. Our campus had 50 fraternities, half of men lived in frats, so it wasn't one of these situations where all the frat guys are jerks. Also, this was right before AIDS became a big issue so STDs were in a whole different place.)

In any case, my buddy's new situation has me thinking... how do people move from "nice to meet you!" to "um, I'm having trouble with this clip thing"?

I eventually married my college sweetie, so I never really lived the evolution of courtship and mating in modern times. I'd imagine that it's roughly the same as a few decades ago, but it seems like it would be more deliberative. Are there discussions that should/must be had? Papers to sign (I doubt it, but...?). Other? Or does nature still tend to do its thing rather effortlessly?

If this question is offensive I'll be happy to take it down, if it's inappropriate the hosts will save me that trouble.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Mar 9, 2014, 11:59 PM (178 replies)

If Bernie runs, Hillary won't

That's my guess.

There's a good chance she doesn't run anyway, she's smart enough to know that America's temperment is no longer for Third-Way shenanigans.

But if Bernie runs... If he gets media attention, he'll unrelentingly go after her record, her years of service to Wall Street and the millions they've showered upon her, her (still-unapologetic) vote to attack Iraq, her standing against same-sex marriage for almost a decade after it became legal in Massachusetts, and the rest.


And I think Bernie *will* get media attention because America's searching for a different voice, and Bernie *is* a different voice, yet one with authority.

I still think Elizabeth will run, but I think Bernie's rarin' to go and will hop in sooner. And once he does and gets a little traction, Hillary will bow out. She wants to go out with people thinking she coulda been a contender rather then out for the count*.

*Attention nitwits: "out for the count" is a metaphor. It will not help one bit if you start posting nonsense about my wanting Bernie to actually strike Hillary in any way. I don't. At all. Don't do it.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Mar 8, 2014, 07:38 PM (262 replies)

Which is more Outrageous! Outrageous!

Two allegations. Only one prompted the immediate forced resignation of the head of the respective agency (who wasn't in charge of the agency when it happened and had zero to do with it), announced by the President as a way to keep Fox News from being mean maintain public trust, .
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Mar 8, 2014, 09:33 AM (6 replies)

White House response to allegations of CIA spying on Senate commitee

"You're right... I can even hear Wyden's toilet flushing..."

Obama knew CIA secretly monitored intelligence committee, senator claims
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Mar 7, 2014, 11:24 PM (15 replies)

It's not about "growing a spine"

It's about grabbing brass knuckles. And using 'em.

I think it's swell that a few members of Congress are finally asking that the yammering pile of refuse called Issa be removed from its post running the House Oversight Committee. Just swell.

Won't do @#$%.

For so many years, we've coddled these sociopaths. Invited them to the White House for beers. Gave 'em a pass on torture. Called their lunatic proposals "serious". Kept two-thirds of the abhorrent Bush tax cuts. etc.

This is not what you do with sociopaths. They see niceness as a weakness to be preyed upon. The only thing they understand is pain, psychic or physical. That is their Alpha and their Omega. I take zero pleasure from inflicting pain, as does any healthy human being, but look around, dammit: there is so much human suffering in this country and in this world that's caused by their sociopathy.

So much suffering. All around. Because of them, and because we let them do it.

We need to make it stop.

Brass knuckles.

As Elizabeth Warren says, there must be "plenty of blood and teeth left on the floor".

That's it.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Mar 6, 2014, 07:56 PM (371 replies)

UN Appoints Sarah Palin to Mediate Ukraine Crisis

UN Appoints Sarah Palin to Mediate Ukraine Crisis

The United Nations has appointed Sarah Palin as a special envoy to Ukraine, hoping she can help mediate a solution to the growing geopolitical crisis in that country.

According to sources close to the situation, Palin and a team of international crisis experts will fly to Kiev tonight to meet with Ukrainian officials before moving on to Moscow to negotiate a final settlement with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin over the fate of the disputed Crimea region.

The surprising selection comes just days after Palin boasted on Facebook that she had accurately predicted Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in a 2008 speech.

In an exclusive interview, U.N. President Ban Ki-Moon said he chose Palin because of her impressive first-hand knowledge of the region and hopes she can facilitate a dialogue that avoids war.

(Yes, it's satire... don't yell at me...)
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Mar 6, 2014, 08:31 AM (8 replies)

Hitler? Why not Reagan?

I found it interesting that our Inevitable Next President chose to compare Putin's moves in Ukraine to Hitler's moves.

Anyone remember this?

“In Grenada, our military forces moved quickly and professionally to protect American lives and respond to an urgent request from the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States. We joined in an effort to restore order and democracy to that strife-torn island. Only days before our actions, Prime Minister Maurice Bishop had been brutally murdered, along with several members of his Cabinet and unarmed civilians. With a thousand Americans, including some 800 students, on that island, we weren’t about to wait for the Iran crisis to repeat itself, only this time, in our own neighborhood — the Caribbean.”

- Ronald Reagan, November 4, 1983.

Sound at all similar to the situation in Ukraine?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Mar 5, 2014, 11:25 PM (74 replies)

It's really sad that some people think RT is a legitimate news source.

It's even sadder that it probably *is* about as legitimate as any other news source these days. Even my beloved NY Times seems to have become somewhat of a mouthpiece for the White House.

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Mar 5, 2014, 09:23 PM (24 replies)
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