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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: 30,877

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Thanks, Obama.

The other day I was talking to an acquaintance who watches Fox News for hours a day, if you catch my drift. We were talking about health insurance, and the words slipped out of his mouth:

"Actually, Obamacare does make it easier for individuals to buy health insurance. Before that, people were really screwed if they needed a plan and weren't under a company plan."

Just as the utterance started to flow from his mouth, he realized that his audience was a flaming Liberal, and got this pained "Oh #$%@ I can't believe I'm saying this" look on his face. Priceless! Awesome!

While I have issues with Obamacare, and even larger ones with its gestation, I will say that it is becoming exquisitely effective at blowing today's Republican Party to smithereens. The elected crazies have left themselves unable to hold any position other than Obamacare is Satan's spawn and must die!, yet even hard-core Republicans realize it's here, the sky hasn't fallen, and some of it is helpful.


There will be a bloodletting.

And in the end, blowing up today's Republican Party might be more important than anything else - as long as Democrats take advantage of it, of course.

Thanks, Obama!
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Apr 24, 2014, 08:34 PM (58 replies)

Anyone know a great florist in DC?

I need to send a mess of flowers to Elizabeth Warren's office. I suspect that there are interesting issues to deal with when sending flowers to Congress and it would be good to coordinate with a local outfit.

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Apr 23, 2014, 12:32 AM (11 replies)

GAME OVER, Warrenista Liberals!

As we all know, the lefty moonbats and I have come a long way together. It's not always been happy trails, but... well, but nothing, those people make everything suck. In any case, it's over for them, and good riddance. Yesterday, on national TV, their Queen Elizabeth, that difficult woman from Massachusetts, not only gave up her presumptuous run for president, she endorsed Hillary as the best presidential candidate ever, swore a blood oath of fealty to the Clinton family and the rest of Wall Street, and apologized for her general insolence towards America's bankers.

What a day!

Yes, I know this has been covered in other posts today by good DUers, but these might have been a bit confusing to you little people: it is difficult for the very-smart to understand which nuances will flummox the very-feeble-minded, and further, to explain those bits of subtlety in the small words needed for this audience.

So here I am.

And here's the epic exchange:

Interviewer: “Do you think Hillary Clinton would make a good president?”

Queen Elizabeth: “I think Hillary Clinton is terrific,... We gotta stay focused on these issues right now...”

There it is! Game over!

Now some of you might still be a little shell-shocked, and not quite "get it". (I get that: after so many months of worrying about that woman possibly ascending to even higher office, it's dizzying to believe that that our long national nightmare is over in a flash.) You're thinking:

"Now wait a second... Queen Elizabeth didn't actually answer the question! That sure sounds like a well-rehearsed polite non-answer, followed by a quick deflection of the conversation in another direction."


Well here's where I earn my (ample) pay: beyond being wise in the ways of finance, banking, and strengthening social safety nets, I'm also quite learned in the fields of psychology and communications. It turns out that there's a lot of research about what happens to narcissists at the moment they realize that the jig is up. (Don't look up that research, the NSA did it and only we insiders know about it.) And what we saw, my little friends, is exactly what happens. Warren simply crumbled, unable to answer a direct question.

Add this to the secret letter of encouragement to Hillary that Warren co-signed and the case is closed. As Roy Orbison sung, my vanquished Liberal friends, It's Over. (Actually, ELO did a song called It's Over, too. Both pretty good. I kinda think Orbison's mournful song is more appropriate in this case, but ELO will work too. But not without the orchestration, it would definitely suck a capella.)

Well, in any case, now that we don't have to live in constant fear that everything we've done to for you people in the last two decades is in jeopardy, we real Democrats can get back to the hard work of strengthening America.

We are the Champions!


Third-Way Manny

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Apr 22, 2014, 08:59 PM (222 replies)

One year later, everyone's an expert

A year ago, a couple of brothers caused serious mayhem in Boston. They had bombs that blew away lives and limbs. They shot a cop dead. It ended after a dragnet for one of the brothers, wounded, with thousands of law enforcement officers combing through houses. Politely. The (alleged) bad guy was captured alive, and there were no injuries or deaths from the dragnet.

As a local (lived about a mile from the grand finale at the time), I was pretty pleased and thankful for what our local cops accomplished. So was every other local I know, save for one who was on the fence.

A lot of second guessing these days about what our cops did. And I'm sure there was room for improvement. But I ask:

how often do situations like that work out as well as that one did?

Maybe I have selective memory, but I can't remember many. Maybe not any.

It worked. So give our police a little break, will y'all?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Apr 22, 2014, 07:16 PM (2 replies)

Snowden's revelations: thumbs up or down?

I'm not thrilled with everything that Snowden's done, but hell, I'm not thrilled with everything I've done.

All things considered, how are you feeling about Snowden's revelations? Would you prefer that they happened, or not?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Apr 22, 2014, 12:46 AM (74 replies)

For The Record: The NSA Spied on All Americans. It Is a Fact.

In clear contradiction of the plain meaning of the 4th amendment of our constitution. And they lied to Congress, and to us little people, about doing it.

And I'm really glad that I know they've been doing this. Because I think those are awful things to do, and that sunlight is an excellent disinfectant.

I'm also glad that President Obama is happy to have a conversation about this: I presume this means he was going to tell us, anyway, so we could have this conversation.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Apr 20, 2014, 08:47 PM (169 replies)

Extended solitary confinement: not torture?

Anyone here think that?

Or that keeping people in prison forever, without evidence of wrongdoing, isn't torture? Or that ramming food down the throats of these people when they protest their situation, isn't torture?

I keep reading that America doesn't torture. I wish it was true.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Apr 19, 2014, 11:11 AM (36 replies)

America's Founders were traitors

Armed rebellion against their country, all for some notion of "Liberty".


Too bad the King didn't hang 'em high.


Snowden-Sux! Manny
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Apr 18, 2014, 10:44 PM (158 replies)

Anyone else pre-order Senator Warren's book yet?

(Yes, who's not running and has sworn allegiance to Hillary, yes, we know)

Ordered mine today, am looking forward to reading the thing when it comes out in a week. Also looking forward to the alternative interpretations of her prose, on DU and elsewhere, LOL.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Apr 17, 2014, 09:17 PM (6 replies)

Ukraine: it's the austerity, stupid

Rich people and their politicians love to lend people money that they can't really pay back, and the greatest mischief to be had is in lending money to countries with abjectly-corrupt governments. I call it the austerity con, and here's how it works:

1. Banker-governments lend money to corrupt government
2. Corrupt government puts much of it in their personal bank accounts
3. Borrowing country's debt load eventually builds to risky levels.
4. Because of the increased risk, interest on loans to corrupt government shoots up, so now the country can't pay its debts... Unless...
5. Borrowing country agrees to austerity and all sorts of other awful stuff in exchange for the privilege of paying back all of its loans to the banker-governments at non-usurious interest rates.
6. The corrupt government flees with billions, invests it with bankers.
7. The austeritized nation sells their services and possessions to banker-governments really cheaply because they desperately need the cash.
8. The bankers effectively resell what they've purchased cheaply, at a huge profit.

The bankers and politicians do well. Very well. The 99%? Utterly #%^*ed.

Cool stuff, huh? Very, very clever. Shrewd businessmen.

This is what took place in our own country a few years ago, as in much of the world. Iceland did the right thing when it hit step 5, flipped the bankers off and put their corrupt politicians in jail. And today, Iceland is doing just fine. But most other times this doesn't work because the banker-governments put close confidantes into key positions in the victim-countries, rich people who tell their countrymen "It's painful, but the alternative is worse." So the banker-governments get their way.

Now it's happening in Ukraine. Ukraine, as far as I can tell, is basically a pull toy between two banker-country dogs, the US and Russia. Both banker-countries fought for the honor of delivering the coup de gras of step 5. They're still going at it, the Ukrainian people getting badly stretched and abraded as the dogs go at it. We get to watch the spectacle of all sorts of bad crap happening that may yet turn savage. The US and Russia are both sponsoring bad behavior, the locals are likely fed up with getting screwed and want to blame someone (almost certainly the wrong people), and it may turn quite bad. Hopefully not.

I'm not sure of much can be done at this moment, but here's what I ask: when we read about Ukraine in the papers, it's totally appropriate to hate on Putin and company - they are scoundrels. But remember, too, that our own banker-government - which Jimmy Carter, I, and perhaps you feel is no longer of, by, and for the people - is doing much the same as the Russians.

If we want good things to happen around the globe - and in our own country - it all starts with tearing down our government of, by and for the Bankers, and replacing it with a government of our own. We still have the vote, for the most part - we need to use it well, or we'll surely lose it entirely.

It's time to act.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Apr 17, 2014, 05:34 PM (12 replies)
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