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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: 30,266

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In support of Glenn Greenwald

Greenwald has risked much to get important information to us.

I really don't understand the incredible hatred for him, the need to spread half truths and interpret whatever he does in the worst possible way.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri May 9, 2014, 12:09 AM (307 replies)

America thanks you Monica Lewinsky!

Turns out that her participation in playtime with Bill probably saved us from a round of responsible, common-sense entitlement reform.

As you'll recall, Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich hate each other. Hate, hate, hate.

But when it came to @#$%ing the 99%, they were able to overcome animosity and work together for their paymasters. Hard hearts softened, a beautiful thing.

The Pact Between Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich

It all started when Bill's Chief of Staff, a little-known demon named Erskine Bowles, saw a glorious opportunity to grab the cash being wasted on the useless eaters that had become too elderly to produce stuff in his many businesses. Medicare and Social Security. Cut.

So he brokered a deal with Bill and Newt. They had a deal! Medicare and Social Security. Cut.

Now they had to sell it to Congress. But just as that was about to happen, Bill "did not have sex with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky", and the resulting circus shut down Erskine's dream. Of course Erskine's no wimp, he's still going for the gold even today.

So thanks, Monica! If it weren't for your participation in a consensual and mutually-respectful whatever-it-was, even more elderly Americans would be even more @#$%ed than they are today.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed May 7, 2014, 11:37 PM (80 replies)

A friend of a friend claims she got hit on by Bill Clinton

At a White House party. I won't get specific, because it might reveal her identity. (Feel free to assume that I'm lying about this.)

If you're still with me... she found it to be both totally disgusting and totally intriguing. He was good at his craft. She didn't jump at the opportunity, but she thought about it, and she was more than a decade older than Lewinsky, far more experienced in "the ways of the world". And she was close to Hillary, not Bill.

Think about it. The President of the United States. A bit of a power imbalance there.

Anyway, when I heard that story, I became much more sympathetic towards Ms. Lewinsky. How do you say no to... that?

(Somehow, I suspect that this post will make everyone who reads it angry at me for some reason or another.)
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue May 6, 2014, 11:28 PM (133 replies)

WTF? Even Alex Jones is Ready for Warren™

My head exploded when I saw this video yesterday: Alex Jones, long a rabid enemy of Senator Warren, is now praising her! She's a "genuine person", showing a clip of her appearance on the Daily Show. "She's been coming up with pretty good reforms".

HUH? ALEX JONES? WHA?



It might that Mr. Jones has been dabbling in hallucinogenics or has had a brain injury, but here's how I see it:

America's 99% know that we're getting horribly assaulted and abused by the Predator Class and their paid politicians. It's taken 30 years, but finally almost all of us agree on this.

The thing we don't agree with are the way forward.

Some, like Jones and his followers, have a notion that America was at its greatest when we all ran around with guns, paid no taxes, and had few laws, that we need to return to that state that never actually existed.

Liberals, on the other hand, believe that America was at its greatest when government was run on Liberal principles - we had fair laws that were fairly enforced, the Predator Class was kept in check and taxed fairly, and supporting (not devouring) the 99% was our government's focus. Unlike Jones' crew, we Liberals have actual facts and history to back us up.

Unlike most other Democrats, Elizabeth Warren is a Liberal with a message that appeals to all Americans who will listen a bit:

1. She admits that things are a disaster today.
2. She admits that both political parties have caused this disaster, that they are both in the pocket of the Predator Class. Without this admission, no political candidate has a shred of credibility today. None.
3. She calls things as they are. "'Chained CPI' is just a fancy way to say 'cut benefits for seniors, the permanently disabled, and orphans'." "If JPMorgan is so happy with their settlements that they are rewarding their CEO with a big raise, do you really think the federal bank regulators were tough enough?".
4. She focuses on, and fights for, the needs of everyday people, of the 99%, and doesn't give a shred of credence to the utter bullshit about Job Creators and trickle down. "Trickle down doesn't work. Never did". She's floated a $22 an hour minimum wage and wants to put bankers that break the law in jail. None of this "too big to prosecute" stuff for Warren.

And she does this all with a grace, a calm fury, and a poetry that only the most demented Predators cannot admire.

We've been fooled before by candidates who talk "Middle Class" then walk "Predator Class". But Warren seems to not be that: she's been saying the right thing rather than the expedient thing for decades, and has a deep track record of action.

Alex Jones finally shut the @#$% up, listened, got an inkling of what he was missing before, and possibly for the first time ever said nice things about a Liberal. That may change tomorrow, but it's still pretty amazing. The same is happening with my Republican friends: they're starting to listen to Warren, too. Not fully converted, but ready for a conversation. And if Liberals can just get a conversation started among the 99%, we'll win every single time, because the facts and evidence are entirely on our side.

I believe that Senator Warren has no equal in either political party in the ability to excite and attract voters across the spectrum. To the degree that we support her, we can win back our country.

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon May 5, 2014, 11:51 AM (50 replies)

If Bundy's militia minions were darker-skinned, in a far-away land...

would they have been turned to Freedom Mist™ by a friendly drone?

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun May 4, 2014, 11:50 AM (5 replies)

Elizabeth Warren supports the FCC plan to end net neutrality!!!

Here's my proof:



Regards,

One-of-the-folks-making-strange-claims-about-Warren-lately Manny
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu May 1, 2014, 10:49 PM (43 replies)

In one year as senator, Elizabeth Warren has accomplished more than

most who run for President accomplish... ever. (For the 99%, I mean)

She's helped to start turning the thing around. A strong, clear voice, The Truth.

I understand that makes a small group of loud Democrats mad as hell - they like things the way they are now. They're doing fine while the 99% burn.

Tough noogies. Change, real Change, is coming, whether you want it or not.

It's our turn; out of the way, knuckleheads!
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Apr 30, 2014, 09:27 PM (5 replies)

Barney Frank thinks Warren will run for president

(crosspost from GD)

Barney Frank says he thinks Warren will run for president

(NECN) - Former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank thinks Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) will make a run for the White House.

"Oh, I think yes," said Frank when asked about it by the State House News Service in Massachusetts. "In the first place, why would you want to get into a profession and have no interest in rising to the top of it? I don't know anybody who has that."
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Apr 30, 2014, 04:35 PM (10 replies)

Barney Frank thinks Warren will run for president

Barney Frank says he thinks Warren will run for president

(NECN) - Former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank thinks Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) will make a run for the White House.

"Oh, I think yes," said Frank when asked about it by the State House News Service in Massachusetts. "In the first place, why would you want to get into a profession and have no interest in rising to the top of it? I don't know anybody who has that."

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Apr 30, 2014, 01:57 PM (35 replies)

I gotta say, this is quite fun

When I first joined DU, way back when, it was purely to vent. Bush was president and the Republicans had a majority in the House and apparently 60 seats in the Senate, because they pushed through any insane #%^+ they wanted, be it legislation or appointees.

It was utterly depressing. I'd get gloating emails from Republican acquaintances. Teh suxxor! as our kid used to say.

Things have changed. To be honest, things are economically far worse today for the 99% than they were back then, and there's no quantitative sign of them getting better. But the cavalry is coming, I think.

Elizabeth Warren (yes, yes, of course, she's not running etc.) too "far out" Liberal to have been elected to Congress 10 years ago, is now the acknowledged heart and soul of our party. She and some other good souls have stopped Larry Summers from another crack at skinning what's left of us little people, have effectively stopped the TPP, and are putting pressure on the DOJ to do something that hasn't been tried in years: bringing huge financial criminals to justice.

A book by that Pikkety fellow from France that screams "the job creators don't create jobs, they just steal your stuff" is now the toast of the Smart Set. Two years ago, the Set was focused like a laser beam on the need to starve the old, poor and infirm a little more responsibly strengthen the social safety net, so this is a step in the right direction.

Republicans are in full meltdown over the failure of Obamacare to end life on Earth, and by the appalling shenanigans of the "useful idiot" Tea Party they created. Their useful idiots have become ours. Tee-hee.

People are waking up. The bulk of us finally realize the Predator Class through their Smart Set lackeys, politicians and the press and such, administered a grand molten-lava enema to the rest of us while we were trying to just get through life, raise the kids, go to work, and do the stuff we were told that good people do.

Times have changed.

We have reached what we nerds call an inflection point. That's the part of the curve where things don't stop getting worse, but they start getting worse more slowly. There's the beginning of some restorative force that's slowing down the bad. Give it a little time, and it will start to turn genuinely upwards again.

So it will be bad for a while, it will even get worse for a while. But if we all pull together, keep our eyes open, heads high, elbows sharp, and vote for people who don't simply suck less, that curve will start going up again. And if history is any indication, it will go up for decades.

So hold on! It's coming!

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Apr 25, 2014, 09:41 PM (13 replies)
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