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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: 29,840

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Ah! An email from my good friend Barack.

Just got an email from the President, asking for my help.

Here it is, in a nutshell:

Manny --

Republicans are mean, they want to stop us. I'll try to do stuff, "wherever I can".

Please vote for Democrats and send $10.


Barack Obama

This, dear reader, is why non-DU Democrats don't turn out in droves: "wherever I can" is a pout, not a battle cry.

"We suck less" won't cut it either.

Hey Obama! Hey Congressional Democrats! Pull yourself off of Wall Street's teat, stand up straight and start swinging: that's what'll get Democrats out! Show us you're on our side, and Democrats, hell all Americans, will show you that they're on yours.


First-Way Manny


Manny --

The top Republican in the House said Americans should judge them not on how many laws they pass, but on how many they repeal.

The top Republican in the Senate said his top priority wasn't to create jobs or expand opportunity, but to beat me.

I want to work with Congress wherever I can to do the job the American people sent us here to do -- but it turns out Republicans and Democrats have some very different ideas about what that means.

Let me level with you: The only way we're going to achieve our goals is by electing more Democrats in 2014.

Chip in $10 or more to help elect Democrats to a Congress we can all be proud of:



Barack Obama
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Mar 15, 2014, 05:36 PM (155 replies)

Why does anyone think the CIA and NSA are out of control?

Look at the people placed in charge of these entities: Brennan, Alexander, and Clapper.

No intelligent person could put these people in charge of our intelligence community unless they desired the very behavior we see today. These folks are not nuanced intellectuals who anguish with Constitutional limits.

They are working as desired and expected.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Mar 15, 2014, 10:18 AM (41 replies)

Does anyone here think our federal government is functional at this point?

Of, by, and for The People?

It's been seriously lurching for decades, but this latest CIA thing indicates to me that it's off the rails now. Not since Watergate do I remember anything so brazenly contemptuous of Americans.

The IWR vote was horrific, but at least it was a vote. This is a bare-knuckled power grab by the Executive.

Our government is lost.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Mar 12, 2014, 10:23 PM (61 replies)

Something's dysfunctional

Besides my life.

The following post: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024653914

has 21 recs now about 90 minutes old, and should be tied for second on Trending Now as I understand things. It *was* on Trending Now before, but went away.

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Mar 12, 2014, 10:17 PM (7 replies)

Have *you* actually read Sen. Feinstein's complaint?

If you haven't, please grab a beverage, take a deep breath, and spend ten minutes reading:

Statement on Intel Committee’s CIA Detention, Interrogation Report

It's way, way worse then you think it is.

This is history: make sure that you don't miss it. Oh, and you oughta see what we're up against. Because we're up against it, right here, right now. And it's not going away under its own power - we'll need to do some heavy lifting, I fear.

Thanks to DUer CJCRANE for pointing me to it this morning.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Mar 12, 2014, 08:54 PM (196 replies)

Report: White House shielding CIA from Senate torture investigation

Report: White House shielding CIA from Senate torture investigation

President Barack Obama’s administration has refused to release about 9,400 documents connected to the Senate Intelligence Committee investigation at the heart of an ongoing dispute with the Central Intelligence Agency, (CIA) McClatchy Newspapers reported on Wednesday.

The White House has allegedly rejected or ignored written and verbal requests for committee members to review the materials, which relate to the agency’s “enhanced interrogation” program shut down near the beginning of Obama’s presidency. Committee staff members allegedly first learned about the documents in 2009, but it is not clear whether the CIA granted them access to them before the White House made them unavailable.

However, McClatchy reported that Obama has not made a formal statement indicating the documents were protected by executive privilege.

The report comes a day after Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) publicly accused the agency of illegally searching Senate staff members’ computers. Feinstein has allegedly written several letters to Kathryn Ruemmler, the president’s chief legal advisor, asking her to mediate the dispute between the CIA and the committee, but has never gotten a response.

The committee and the CIA have sparred for months over the 6,300-page report, which cost $40 million to put together, and was reportedly heavily critical of the agency’s interrogation methods at several secret facilities around the world, saying they did not produce valuable intelligence despite relying on “enhanced” tactics like waterboarding.

Yay! The Transparency President™ strikes again!
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Mar 12, 2014, 08:40 PM (156 replies)

Why is it *my* #%^*ing fault?

"Ooohh, if you Liberals encourage Bernie or Elizabeth to run, the Republicans will take the White House! Ralph Nader! Ralph Nader!"

#%^* you. I'm just trying to defend myself from more attacks on us little people.

Hey, how 'bout you guys telling the Third Way to get the #%^* out of the way so real Democrats can run without a bank-funded shitstorm coming down on their heads? It's *their* fault, not ours, talk to them, not us.

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Mar 11, 2014, 09:53 PM (260 replies)

Dear Senator Feinstein: What part of Operation Spy On *Everyone* did you not understand?

Did you not think that you were part of Everyone?

Did you still think that Congress was somehow special when you saw the Executive branch lie to you so easily and without remorse? That Congress would be the only group in the world not subject to unlimited surveillance and disruption without meaningful oversight?


Let this be a lesson. Now go out there and start doing your job. Working with the Judicial branch, there's still some time, but perhaps not much.

Do. Your. Job.

Your house is fabulous enough; your bank accounts are bursting at the seams.

Now. It's. Time. To. Do. Your. #%^*ing. Job.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Mar 11, 2014, 06:48 PM (67 replies)

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)
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