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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: 26,453

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Homeless fellow on my street this morning

I live in a pretty nice spot, a bedroom community bordering Boston. Safe, quiet, reasonably prosperous.

This morning, for the first time ever, I saw a homeless person camped out on my street. I was in the car, running late, and a cop was parked nearby so I assumed that something reasonable was taking place (we have very good cops) and headed off into my day.

I have seen homelessness grow in my area, bit by bit. It started a few years ago, with homelessness becoming an issue the next town out from us. A year or so ago, I started seeing homeless folks just across the border in Boston during my frequent walks. Then in my town, in the hidden-away places on the periphery.

And now on my street.

So many are homeless now. So many more will be homeless soon.

I am reminded of FDR's first inaugural address:

"a host of unemployed citizens face the grim problem of existence, and an equally great number toil with little return. Only a foolish optimist can deny the dark realities of the moment.

Yet our distress comes from no failure of substance. We are stricken by no plague of locusts. Compared with the perils which our forefathers conquered because they believed and were not afraid, we have still much to be thankful for. Nature still offers her bounty and human efforts have multiplied it. Plenty is at our doorstep, but a generous use of it languishes in the very sight of the supply. Primarily this is because the rulers of the exchange of mankindís goods have failed, through their own stubbornness and their own incompetence, have admitted their failure, and abdicated. Practices of the unscrupulous money changers stand indicted in the court of public opinion, rejected by the hearts and minds of men...

They know only the rules of a generation of self-seekers. They have no vision, and when there is no vision the people perish."

And here we are.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Jul 8, 2013, 10:41 AM (28 replies)

Let's rename the Fourth Amendment to the Paul/LaRouche Amendment

Americans need to know what the Fourth Amendment is all about. They need to know if they stand for the Fourth Amendment, they stand for the Pauls and for LaRouche.

The Fourth is a menace to our way of life. Time for it to go!

Who's with me on this?


Third-Way Manny
(writing from an undisclosed transit zone)
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Jul 6, 2013, 09:17 AM (69 replies)

Getting Snowden out of Russia will be very difficult, I think

To put this in perspective: I had lunch today with a friend of mine who's a Republican (I'm moving him to our side, but it'll take a while to complete the move). He was blown away by what the White House pulled on Morales: "Dude, Obama didn't pull a Bush. He pulled a Cheney! That's an act of war!"

Serious stuff. The WH really, really, really wants Snowden.

The WH is not going to pull a Cheney one day then let Snowden fly off into the sunset a few days later. This will be a challenge.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Jul 5, 2013, 11:03 PM (24 replies)

Venezuela's assylum offer: linked to screwing with Morales' flight?

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Jul 5, 2013, 09:36 PM (50 replies)

Suppose a foreign leader had Osama bin Laden in her plane

taking OBL to a country for asylum. Back when OBL was alive, and after 9/11.

Would the US be justified in grounding that plane and snatching OBL?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Jul 5, 2013, 07:45 PM (91 replies)

It's so, so simple. Just tell us it's bullshit.

Our president is accused of orchestrating a series of extraordinary international events to force down the plane of a head of state, to search for a US whistleblower.

Why has the US government not denied that it did this?

A strong rebuttal, and a re-affirmation that the US will follow international law, would go a long way towards building confidence that our country is not simply the biggest bully in the playground.

The world is waiting.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Jul 5, 2013, 12:18 AM (185 replies)

On this Independence Day, I'm thankful for Edward Snowden

I don't know why he did what he did. Perhaps out of patriotic duty. Perhaps for money and fame. Hero or scoundrel, I'm not yet certain.

Whatever the reason, I'm glad that we now know just how invasive and pervasive our government of the 1% has become. Add Spy on Everyone to the other new American policy initiatives of torture, and the suspension of habeas corpus and due process, and it's difficult to not conclude that we are transitioning to a police state.

If Paul Revere did not have advance information (gathered by espionage, incidentally) that the British were heading out to raid Lexington and Concord, he'd have been too late to start the chain of riders which fanned out to warn the countryside, and brought help. It would have been too late, the colonials would have been neutered.

We now have advance warning. Like the Minutemen, we must help before it's too late, or we'll fulfill the prophecy of Ben Franklin's closing words at the Constitutional Convention:

"I think a general Government necessary for us, and there is no form of Government but what may be a blessing to the people if well administered, and believe farther that this is likely to be well administered for a course of years, and can only end in Despotism, as other forms have done before it, when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic Government, being incapable of any other."

Happy Birthday, America. May we enjoy many, many more as a free people under the rule of law.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Jul 4, 2013, 12:09 PM (131 replies)

Third-Way Manny has run off, you swine

Left a note saying that he can't possibly write anything better than some of the stuff that's already showing up on DU these days. The high bar has become too damned high.

@#$%. I hope he doesn't do anything impulsive.

If he shows up straddling a drone headed toward Sheremetyevo International Airport's transit zone, whoopin' and wavin' a cowboy hat around, I will hold all of you personally responsible.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Jul 3, 2013, 10:01 PM (55 replies)

Evo Morales: I was "being held hostage" in unplanned Vienna stop

I'm reading on DU that this hostaging of a world leader never happened, or something to that effect. But The NY Times and the rest of the world seems to believe that it did.

Also, the rest of the world seems to believe that the plane was searched for Snowden.

Who to believe? Very puzzling.

As I wrote yesterday, the only saving grace is that Snowden is totally full of shit and knows nothing. Given the stunts that the US is pulling around the world to catch His Insignificance, I tremble to think what we'd do if he actually knew anything. Yikes.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Jul 3, 2013, 02:52 PM (165 replies)

I'm mighty relieved to know that Snowden is full of shit

and knows zip.

Given our government's extraordinary global bridge-burning actions to stop him:

Pres Morales: "NO You can NOT inspect my aircraft!" Emergency UNASUR meeting. Hague Tribunal?

I tremble to think what they'd do if he did actually know something!
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Jul 3, 2013, 12:25 AM (43 replies)
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