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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: 28,284

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She's DEFINITELY, ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY not runn... um... uh...

That difficult woman from Massachusetts continues to be difficult:

Washington Post: Elizabeth Warren could end the presidential speculation today. She has chosen not to.

In a new interview with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), ABC's Jeff Zeleny does something a journalist should have done a long time ago: press her on her use of verb tense.

Noting Warren's stock response to whether she will run for president is "I am not running," Zeleny makes the completely valid point that such a statement is quite a bit less than Shermanesque.

Here's the video, and here's the exchange:

ZELENY: You've said 'I am not running.' Is that still your answer today?

WARREN: I am not running.

ZELENY: I noticed it's in the present tense, though. 'I am not running.'

WARREN: I'm not running.

ZELENY: Does that mean you've ruled out running, or all you'll say is, 'I am not running'?

WARREN: I am not running for president.

An awful setback for the Resistance-is-futile-so-don't-even-think-about-it crowd. Darn.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Jul 24, 2014, 11:56 AM (92 replies)

Don't #%^* with Bay Staters

When King George was being an asswipe, the good people of Massachusetts kicked his troops the #%^+ out of here in short order and started a revolution.

The Bay State was the first state to have public education, first to end slavery, first to legalize trade unions, and the first to embrace gay marriage. The US Constitution is modeled on Massachusetts' state constitution, the oldest living constitution on the planet.

And now... Elizabeth Warren, a governor who says "you #%^*ing me? Let the kids stay here, they're kids and they need our help", and an earthquake in labor relations that experts say they haven't seen since... well, ever.

On behalf of my fellow Massholes, I say... you're welcome. Let's make this a nationwide thing, OK?.

UPDATE: Heh! http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025284087
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Jul 24, 2014, 01:03 AM (3 replies)

Glenn Greenwald MUST be stopped.

Glenn Greenwald is a hard-core Libertarian out to destroy Democrats, and I need your help to stop him.

Does anyone on DU know Rachel Maddow, Bill Moyers, or Michael Moore? These three are badly deluded and must be re-educated ASAP! Just look at the crazy things they've said about known-Libertarian Greenwald:

"Glenn Greenwald is not just the American Left's most fearless political commentator; his fearlessness is such that he has shifted the expectations for everyone else, too. His rock-ribbed principles and absolute disregard for partisan favor have made U.S. political discourse edgier, more confrontational, and much much better."
- Rachel Maddow

"The first thing I do when I turn on the computer in the morning is go to Glenn Greenwald's blog to see what he said. He is truly one of our greatest writers right now."
- Michael Moore

"The most important voice to have entered the political discourse in years."
- Bill Moyers

If you can reach out to these people and tell them how deluded they are, many of us would be mighty thankful.

Regards,

What-NSA-overreach? Manny

P.S. The following post is absolutely not evidence that the NSA is pooping on the Fourth Amendment. If you even click on this link, you're a Libertarian Putin defender: New Surveillance Whistleblower: The NSA Violates the Constitution - TheAtlantic
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Jul 21, 2014, 08:44 PM (333 replies)

Hey fellow Third Wayers... Am I right? Or am I right?

A few things that some on the "Left" don't seem to understand:

1. If you don't totally trust the US government, then you love Putin.
2. If you don't totally trust US corporate media, then you're an RT defender. And, you love Putin.
3. If you criticize any actions by the Western powers in Ukraine, you are a staunch backer of the separatists. And an RT defender who loves Putin.

Let's not kid ourselves anymore. DU is filled with Ukrainian separatist sympathizers, RT defenders, and Putin lovers. It sickens me.

Regards,

Third-Way Manny
Loyal American, unlike those on the "Left"
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Jul 20, 2014, 01:54 AM (70 replies)

Some on the "Left" eat babies

I, for one, can no longer put up with their myriad calls for fresh human flesh. Nor can I stand idle while they sap our precious bodily fluids.

You shouldn't, either.

Regards,

TWM
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Jul 19, 2014, 12:50 AM (70 replies)

War in Ukraine: who's to blame?

I'm curious as to how many folks know how the Ukraine catastrophe started?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Jul 18, 2014, 11:27 PM (20 replies)

Face it, DU: Manny *loves* Putin.

At the risk (well, certainty) of being labeled a Putin lover/defender and so forth, there are a couple of things that I'd like to point out regarding the horrible downing of MH17 and the deaths of so many.

First off, this man:



the Director of National Intelligence, flagrantly and admittedly lied even to Congress and still has his job. Clearly, our government has no big concerns about lying to Americans. So why would we believe anything at all that they tell us? It might be true, it might be a lie, but mostly, it will be what suits their own goals, not ours.

Sadly, it's hard to know who to believe here. In situations like this, I tend to turn to the foreign press to see what they're saying, particularly those sources that tend to be truthful and tend not to be US lapdogs. I took a look at Deutsche Welle, which I've found to be fair and level-headed, and it seems that things are not so clear with regard to who downed MH17:

From:
Leads point to missile downing MH17

The plane was apparently hit by a surface-to-air missile. The separatists have denied that they are able to hit an aircraft flying at 10,000 meters (33,000 feet).

Aviation expert Heinrich Großbongardt told DW that rebel and guerilla organizations never before had access to such type of weapons. They often had shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles of rather small caliber, but those could only reach an altitude of up to 4,000 meters, he told DW.

Other weapons systems are required to fire 10,000 meters into the sky. If it is proven that rebels downed the plane, one had to thoroughly check how they could get their hands on such a weapon, he added. The pro-Russian separatists had previously said they had obtained a mobile Russian anti-aircraft defense system Buk last week.

That, however, is a very sophisticated system and it's questionable whether they were able to learn how to operate Buk in such a short time. There are also reports that the Ukrainian military also has such weapons; it has denied firing any missiles.

This may be BS, it may be accurate... but it is in a legitimate news source that seems to no longer be in bed with the US government.

The bottom line is that I'm suggesting that we all wait a little while before forming a judgment here. Things may become quite clear in the coming days - or, like the Syrian gas attacks, they may become more uncertain.

(And no, this doesn't mean I approve of Putin. I don't. With gusto.)
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Jul 18, 2014, 12:02 PM (120 replies)

Obama Administration Seeks End to Tax Inversion Deals

Source: NY Times

The Obama administration has urged congressional leaders to take swift
action to halt the rush of United States companies moving abroad.

In letters sent to four lawmakers, Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew
said the administration supported a quick fix that would halt the trend of
so-called inversions, in which United States companies buy a smaller
competitor and reincorporate overseas to save money on taxes.

Speaking at the CNBC Delivering Alpha conference on Wednesday,
Mr. Lew called for legislation that would include a package of business
reforms, one of which would bring tax levels of companies in the 20
percent range.

“The best way to deal with this is through comprehensive business tax
reform and we have a plan out there that would accomplish multiple
goals,” he said, citing business tax reforms and providing resources for
infrastructure investments.


Read more: http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/07/16/obama-administration-seeks-end-to-inversion-deals
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Jul 16, 2014, 06:53 PM (9 replies)

Why banks won't be held accountable under Obama/Holder

I posted the following as a response to an OP a few weeks ago, but it keeps haunting me as I read about the latest wet kiss to Citigroup. Here's what I wrote:

"I spoke with someone high up in DOJ a few weeks ago. An old buddy of mine. We were ingesting adult beverages.

The problem with going after banks, he explained, is that only the people at the top know the bad stuff that's happening - the lower folks only know their jobs, not how their jobs contribute to the big-picture scamming. But if they go after the people at the top, it will hurt the bank and many of the innocent lower folks might lose their jobs. The DOJ is very mindful of how awful it was when Enron was prosecuted. So no serious prosecutions will happen, on purpose.

(Yes, this is really what passes for rational thought at the DOJ.)"


So that's what's going on, I think. Apparently, prosecuting Enron was a huge mistake. So absent an epic sea change, the bankers get to savage us until at least 1/20/2017. What happens after that is for us to decide over the next 2 or so years.

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Jul 15, 2014, 08:43 PM (10 replies)

How can a person who fights for the TPP be considered a friend of the 99%?

I just don't get it.

Elizabeth Warren has it right, it's an awful assault that the oligarchs are trying to keep secret so we can't fight back.

"In other words, if people knew what was going on, they would stop it. This argument is exactly backwards. If transparency would lead to widespread public opposition to a trade agreement, then that trade agreement should not be the policy of the United States."

- Elizabeth Warren

It's a sickness. The rich and powerful have stolen enough from us, they don't need new laws to steal even more.

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Jul 12, 2014, 02:29 PM (199 replies)
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