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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
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The biggest damned flame

In Judaism, the candle's flame is a metaphor for the soul.

Flames, like souls, come in large and small. Some burn steady and boring, some dance about with a special light. They light our world for a time, then go out.

When I heard that Robin Williams had left us today, my immediate thought was that the biggest damned flame I'd ever seen had gone out.

I first knew of Robin from his stand-up comedy, back in the 1970s. His particular flame was an ammo depot caught fire, a cacophony of great explosions and whooshes turning night into day.

Mork and Mindy next, execrable save for Robin's brilliance, although it had been toned down to a roman candle for general public consumption.

Then Garp, a movie loved by exactly one Earthling (me) followed by a string of movies of varying brilliance. Through masterpiece and dreck, Williams' light always shined bright. His eyes twinkled. He was alive, dammit! Alive!

Comedy and depression, I think, come from the same place, both from an acute meta-awareness of the human condition. Life is funny as hell. Life is wrenching. We don't get the Yin without an equal portion of Yang, it all needs to balance. Williams was as tuned in as anyone to the comedy in this world, he must have been equally tuned in to the tragedy. As do most people blessed and cursed with this ability, he groped around to dull the sharpness, turning to drugs and drink. Today he turned to the off switch. @#$%.

I saw a photo of Robin in the past few weeks, on the Web somewhere, someone saw him on the street and snapped a shot. Before then, I'd never seen a photo of Robin where the flame wasn't burning bright in his eyes, but this time the lights looked pretty dim. I hoped it was just an episode of crappy candid Internet photographs, but apparently it wasn't.

I don't know where this all goes, and I've rambled enough through this quasi-cathartic mess of a post. I will miss Robin, I think many will. It's so sad that he's left, so sad that he felt had to leave this way.

Besides exploding ammo depots, here's the other thing I thought of when I heard of Robin's departure, a beautiful song. It's not really appropriate, but it sorta is. In any case, this is the Internet so I can post any thing I want.

Peace.


Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Aug 12, 2014, 12:16 AM (32 replies)

Sen Warren: "We must not get bogged down in another war.."

There have been some posts on DU claiming that Sen. Warren agrees with Pres. Obama's new efforts in Iraq, but I haven't seen any actual statements of support from her. Hearing such a thing from her would make me feel a whole lot better about the thing, because I believe that Warren's smart, well-informed, and tells the truth.

In any case, here's what Warren did say:

"I remain concerned about possible unintended consequences of intervention. We must not get bogged down in another war in the Middle East... like the president, I believe that any solution in Iraq is going to be a negotiated solution, not a military solution. We do not want to be pulled into another war in Iraq."

Anyone know what the President Elect is saying about Obama's new efforts, other than that we should have been tougher, earlier?

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3. Any author of any referenced material might, or might not, be notorious horrible person - I haven't done any research.
4. Any web site I link to may well be involved in all sorts of disturbing activities. I have no knowledge that they are, but who knows?
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6. I have been outed on DU as a Purity Democrat, a paid Republican rat#$%@er, an acolyte of Ron and Rand Paul, the owner of conservativecave.com, a Firebagger and worse. Indeed, I am likely all of these. Do yourself a favor and don't read this post, it's a menace to society. Please proceed to your safe room, and await further instructions.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Aug 11, 2014, 11:33 AM (21 replies)

Oil. It's all about oil.

Does anyone on this site believe that the long-running horrors of the Middle East are about anything other than some rich and powerful people fanning the flames of ethnic tensions, maneuvering to make even more money from oil?

America has been involved in the deaths of millions, at a cost of trillions, for oil. Fueled by the broken bodies and empty pocketbooks of our 99%.

For oil.

Now it seems our dear friends, the House of Saud, may be financing ISIS, the newest-worst people on the planet, to cause murderous mischief. And more American blood and gold is being committed to the stew.

When do we declare that enough is enough? That it's time to stop suckling the black liquid from Earth's teat, time to wean ourselves to a future both cleaner and less bloodthirsty?

Do we throw more logs in the fire, or put the thing out? We must decide.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Aug 9, 2014, 11:20 PM (59 replies)

This time, we'll only kill the right people

Well, we're back in the saddle again in Iraq, turning evildoers who hate us for our freedoms into Freedom Mist. We're doing good: who can argue against doing good?

Those on the Left, that's who. The same moonbats who, might I remind everyone, have complained about the many successful military interventions we've taken in the last half-century or so.

Ok, moonbats, let's get a few things straight. First off, these will be highly-targeted pinpoint attacks. The targets will be selected by the same intelligence-gathering methods that have enabled our drones in Afghanistan and Pakistan to miss many wedding parties. In fact, our mission will rely heavily on brand new evildoer-seeking missiles, produced by the same folks who have developed the magnificent F-35 all-purpose plane, the first plane to truly perform equally-well in any conditions, even when disassembled. What could go wrong?

And in the unlikely event that the wrong people get mistified, we've got that covered, too. The Espionage Act allows us to effectively prosecute anyone who leaks this information in an attempt to "inform" the lumpenproletariat. Like that #%^* Kiriakou who spilled the beans on our top-secret enhanced interrogation program.

So it's time to get real: this time it's different. It will work. Americans understand this. In fact, based on phone call and email analysis conducted over the past 24 hours by our NSA, we know that only a tiny fringe group of far-left Libertarians think otherwise. And don't think we won't remember who you are, you Ayn-Rand-worshipping commies.

Regards,

Realistic-Democrat Manny
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Aug 9, 2014, 10:41 AM (134 replies)

Elizabeth Warren Quietly Racked Up A Nice Win

Cross posted from:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025349779

Please go there for the info, thanks!
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Aug 7, 2014, 11:05 PM (0 replies)

Elizabeth Warren Quietly Racked Up A Nice Win

IMPORTANT: PLEASE SEE DISCLAIMERS AT BOTTOM

Our future not-president took a big bite out of Janet Yellen a few weeks ago (see video at bottom) and now we have results to show for it.

Elizabeth Warren Quietly Racked Up A Nice Win

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) got her way on Tuesday when the Federal Reserve rejected the living will plans for most Wall Street banks.

Barclays, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, and JPMorgan Chase all had their plans rejected.*

When Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen testified before the Senate last month, Warren completely grilled her on JP Morgan's living will, which she said was not enough to cover the bank's $2.5 trillion in assets.

"I think the language in the statute is pretty clear. That you are required, that the Fed is required to call it every year on whether these institutions have a credible plan. And I remind you, there are very effective tools that you can use if those plans are not credible. Including, forcing these financial institutions to simplify their structure, or forcing them to liquidate some of their assets. In other words, break them up."



IMPORTANT DISCLAIMERS, PLEASE READ!
1. Any opinions stated in the referenced article are not necessarily mine.
2. Anything presented as "fact" in the referenced article may be utter bull%^&#. Please assume that it is.
3. The author of the referenced article might, or might not, be a notorious horrible person - I haven't done any research.
4. The web site I linked to may well be involved in all sorts of disturbing activities. I have no knowledge that they are, but who knows?
5. Elizabeth Warren is not running for president, as several people really, really, really need you to know. Out of respect for her wishes, please don't use her name and the word "president" in the same paragraph.
6. I have been outed on DU as a Purity Democrat, a paid Republican rat#$%@er, an acolyte of Ron and Rand Paul, the owner of conservativecave.com, a Firebagger and worse. Indeed, I am likely all of these. Do yourself a favor and don't read this post, it's a menace to society. Please proceed to your safe room, and await further instructions.


Warren discusses "living wills" with Yellen:

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Aug 7, 2014, 12:37 PM (80 replies)

So, *you* want a king. Well, *I* don't.

"Gee, in a perfect world we'd prosecute confessed torturers for their crimes, but... it's kind of difficult to prosecute a president and his associates, not really practical. And since we don't torture anyone ourselves anymore, we only have secret extrajudicial renditions to countries that do torture, it shouldn't be a problem anymore."

How much of this do we hear, even on DU?

Listen up: a person who runs the country and who is immune from prosecution is called a king. If he controls the military and the rest of government, and he can do whatever he wants without repercussions, he is a king. (Or queen, of course.)

Moving from a king to a Democratic Republic 200 years ago was a damned fine idea that served Americans well. Worked so well that much of the rest of the world picked up the idea, and went with it too.

Seems like a bunch of folks want to go back to a king. "We can't hold a president responsible... The sky would fall!"

Hear this: When we don't hold the powerful responsible for their actions, that's when the sky falls. Equality under the law is the cornerstone of Democracy: without it, the whole thing falls apart.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Aug 5, 2014, 06:44 PM (247 replies)

Kennedys pushing Warren to run against Hillary in 2016

Only the NY Post, but an entertaining thought if it happens to be true. It *does* totally make sense that the Kennedys would want an FDR Democrat at the top of the ticket.

Kennedys pushing Warren to run against Hillary in 2016

In an echo of 2008 — when Ted and Caroline Kennedy backed upstart Barack Obama over Hillary Rodham Clinton — members of the Kennedy clan have been quietly wooing Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and encouraging her to throw her hat in the ring, sources tell me.

The question of whom to back in the 2016 presidential race has split the Kennedys down the middle. Robert Kennedy’s widow, Ethel, and their eldest son, former US Rep. Joe Kennedy II, favor Warren — the darling of the party’s left-wing base who now sits in Ted Kennedy’s old seat — while Bobby Jr. and Max Kennedy remain loyal to Hillary Clinton.

Over the past several weeks, the Kennedys have tried to settle their family quarrel by inviting Clinton and Warren to their compound in Hyannis Port, where each woman has been put through a kind of audition for the role of party standard-bearer.

Clinton and Warren were feted on separate occasions at a catered buffet lunch under a large tent. In addition, Hillary and Bill Clinton were treated to a sail aboard the Kennedy schooner, the Maya.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Aug 3, 2014, 11:49 PM (262 replies)

I'm mad about Obama and torture...

I'm told that many DUers are mad about our President using the word "torture" today.

Are you mad? If so, why?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Aug 1, 2014, 11:34 PM (9 replies)

Think for a moment: the CIA got caught spying on Congress

And after the CIA's director told us that this could not possibly have happened... turns out it happened, they 'fessed up today. But why would Mr. Brennan tell the truth? In this White House, liars like Gen. Clapper keep their jobs while truth tellers like John Kiriakou go to prison.

And the CIA also threatened to throw Congressional staff in jail for doing their job. Classy!

In any case: could there be any greater challenge to our Constitution than the Executive spying on, and threatening Congress?

Suppose we read a story about a banana republic, that described how the head of the intelligence service (promoted to his position after being involved in torture) was spying on and threatening members of the legislature who were investigating his agency.

Well, that's us.

Let's talk a little more about why the CIA was 'spying' on the Senate Intelligence Committee
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025320097
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Jul 31, 2014, 11:44 PM (100 replies)
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