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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: 28,677

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Ah, jeez, that damned woman will be the death of the Democratic Party



Know what she said tonight at a talk in New York City?

Q: Who does our government really work for?
A: Answer right now is a sad one. But we're going to change that.


What next? What next? Taxing the Job Creators at the same rate as the Little People? No sensible, common-sense cuts to Social Security? Making bankers actually follow the rules? Restoring cuts to food stamps and unemployment benefits? Handing Republicans their asses on a serving dish, flambeed and sauced with a delightful mango-balsamic reduction?

@#$%. She's ruining it. She's ruining everything.

Regards,

Third-Way Manny
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Jan 23, 2014, 09:00 PM (110 replies)

A tribute to *good* cops: Massachusetts

I posted last night about three monsters in blue who beat a homeless, nonthreatening, mentally-ill man to death for 10 minutes as he screamed apologies and begged for his daddy.

Now I just read about some more insane cops who terrorized a fellow for giving 75 cents to a homeless person. Seems like these scumbag cop stories come across the transom almost daily.

A lot of sick stuff going on with cops these days.

But I want to be clear: cops don't have to be awful. Specifically, I'd like to take a moment to pay tribute to some good police, the ones here in Massachusetts.

I've lived in our Commonwealth since graduating college, and have never been nervous during an interaction with any of our state or local cops. "But Manny! You're white, middle-class, and now middle-aged! Of course you have no problems."

Those who know me might find this hard to believe, but I can be an asshole to authority at times. I have zero doubt that in most parts of America I'd have gotten pulled into a cell overnight to get taught a lesson, but here I get told to STFU and go home.

In December, a report was released that ranked states on the likelihood of getting busted for marijuana possession. Of the 51 places ranked (all states plus Washington DC), Massachusetts was dead last at 18 busts per 100,000 residents. The next-lowest, Hawaii, was at more than five-times higher at 106. Getting busted for possession in Massachusetts is virtually impossible. In New York State, folks are 25 times more likely to get busted than us Massholes. Why? I've heard police and police chiefs speak publicly on this - they don't want to ruin lives by arresting people for stupid stuff unless they really have to. And I'm guessing that pot possession is not primarily a crime committed by white, middle-class, and now middle-aged men. And we have a helluva lot of college students here, if you catch my drift...

Remember when the Bomber Brothers ran amuck in Boston and Watertown last year? A funny thing happened after our cops nabbed the younger @#$%er (alive, of course - we don't do battlefield justice in these parts). The country had seen pictures like this:



Many DUers wrote "Damn, your cops are millitarized crazies!". But every Mass DUer I know said "Uh... no. They're cool. Relax. Officer Bradley here is more like more typical..."


Remember Occupy? Remember all the crazy cop bullshit all over the country? In Boston, as far as I could tell when I visited the Occupation, the cops were reasonably cool. If I recall correctly, Occupy Boston was the only Occupy that decamped peacefully after negotiations, instead of the cops descending to bust things up. That's what we expect here.

Until I saw the pot-bust stats, I was awfully puzzled by why everyone else in the country thought we should be terrified of our cops. Now I realize - most Americans are used to cops on power trips. We Bay Staters are unbelievably lucky to have police who, for the most part, are way more interested in getting milk for infants than in busting (and busting up) people for sick thrills.

Anyway, I guess I've boasted a bit, although I've had no part in creating our good cops. I just showed up here at the right time, many other good people made our police what they are. And our cops aren't perfect - I've gotten two bull#$%^ tickets over the years, both from Staties. And rarely, really bad stuff does happen.

But hearing all of the bad cop stories, I just wanted everyone to know that good cops also exist, I'm sure in many places besides Mass. And if your cops suck, know that, come the revolution (which will happen in the next few years, for better or worse), there's a chance to make things better. It can be better. Demand it!
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Jan 21, 2014, 11:42 PM (1 replies)

Have you contacted the Ready for Hillary! people?

I'm sure they'd like to hear that they shouldn't be spending millions on their efforts.

As to dividing Democrats... Based on the results of this thread, it looks like there's great unity.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Dec 20, 2013, 08:08 AM (1 replies)

I'm seeing Charles Pierce tonight - thoughts on an interesting question?

He lives in my town and is giving a talk tonight. If I have the opportunity to ask a question (audience will be large), I'm thinking about asking him to expound on his recent piece:

I Hate Centrism

and given that more of us hate it every day, what he sees on the road ahead in politics.

But if anyone has a suggestion on a question that would be both amusing and informative... I'm all ears.

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Nov 19, 2013, 05:19 PM (13 replies)

I'm a little confused by the "Hillary is unbeatable!" meme.

I'm trying to remember the tough races she won. She certainly did get whupped by a newly-minted Senator in 2008.

What major battles of any sort has she won in her 20+ years of being an icon and stuff?

What am I missing here?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Nov 18, 2013, 08:02 PM (43 replies)

Not necessarily. You've had good luck with that in the past, e.g.,

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=2453634

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=3051844
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Nov 17, 2013, 10:05 AM (1 replies)

The DU jury system works

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024044488#post34

Thank goodness!
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Nov 17, 2013, 12:52 AM (75 replies)

I think Hillary would make a great VP

She's a ferocious attack dog, which is what we need in a #2 on the ticket. Although President Warren would need a food taster if it happened, it'd be worth it.

An all-female ticket would be great, too.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Nov 16, 2013, 05:31 PM (90 replies)

ACA rollout: Obama's Masada

The media needs our help - they're running out of utterly insane stuff to compare to the ACA rollout. Sadly, today's media personalities are picked for looks, not brains, so... well, they need our help.

Please share your suggestions below.

The ACA rollout is Obama's... ?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Nov 16, 2013, 12:43 AM (7 replies)

The NY Times has been infiltrated by insane people

First, an editorial endorsing the Trans Pacific Partnership. Which is bizarre on many levels: it's secret, and what little we do know about it is awful.

Now I see this:

Health Law Rollout’s Stumbles Draw Parallels to Bush’s Hurricane Response

Look, I'm no fan of the President, but it's insane to compare the ACA stupidity with the staggering evil of Bush's indifference and incompetence in the face of disaster. "Heckuva job, Brownie!"

My favorite paper has been hijacked by crazy people. I thought that was all over after Howell Raines and Judith Miller were cast off a decade ago, but I guess not.

Perhaps Krugman can grab some friendlies and take the thing back.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Nov 15, 2013, 12:10 AM (19 replies)
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