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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: 33,029

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A thread in support of ousting Third Wayer Rahm Emanuel

From Chicago government, and from all government, forever. It'll be a tough thing to do, but let's think good thoughts and help as we can.

Our ideas may be "#%^*ing retarded" Rahm, but at least we're decent human beings who don't seek to cheat, steal, lie or torture. And we'd like government that reflects those values.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Mar 1, 2015, 02:45 PM (137 replies)

Texas to Televise Executions Live on Pay-Per-View


The State of Texas passed a law today allowing death penalty executions to be aired live on pay-per-view television.

As part of the deal with a local production company, the execution procedure will be changed to ensure the deaths of prisoners last at least 12 hours. Officials say the goals of the new policy are to deter crime, entertain law-abiding citizens, and partially defray the cost of executing prisoners.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been a longtime champion of the idea, telling The Cowboy Gazette, At the end of the day, the guys still dead. Whats the difference if they die in a minute or eight hours? At a certain point, the criminal will become unconscious, so its not really torture if hes unconscious.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Mar 1, 2015, 02:30 PM (14 replies)

What have we become?

Please watch this, and resolve to help someone you don't know, in some way, today.

This is how Holocausts happen: we look away.

(Thanks to Quixote1818 for originally posting this video and to 1StrongBlackMan for pointing it out to me. I was surprised by how few recs it got, hopefully GD will give it some more love.)

UPDATE: one_voice *did* post this video in GD yesterday.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Feb 28, 2015, 01:21 PM (51 replies)

The Clinton Wing

For me, this is the really important question:

Thinking only about the 99%, over the past 20 years, the Clinton wing of the Democratic Party...
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Feb 27, 2015, 10:32 PM (6 replies)

I felt sad this evening

I was talking to a co-worker, a very smart woman, who will be giving up her car because she can't afford a repair bill.

As I left the office for the day, I saw the cleaning crew at work. They make even much less. How do they get by?

I make a pretty good income. Not 1%, but better than most. I suppose that I could praise myself for having worked hard and for making shrewd career choices, but that would largely be mythological bull@#$&. The fact is that I just showed up on this planet and got lucky. Born in a wealthy country with no serious handicaps, and I learn some things pretty quickly.

I wish we lived in a world, in a country, where we all helped each other out a little more, and where the lucky didn't habitually prey on the unlucky.

Where everyone can make a living and live a decent life.

Update: Incidentally, that was the goal of the Democratic Party back when I was a kid.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Feb 26, 2015, 10:57 PM (104 replies)

Gee, Rahm. Sorry that people with "@#$&ing retarded" ideas are causing you trouble.

No, really, I feel terrible.

Ok, I'm totally lying. I'm busted.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Feb 25, 2015, 09:51 PM (8 replies)

What does Obama's veto mean?

I'm a little confused as to whether people are confused.

Which of the following do you think is true?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Feb 24, 2015, 10:57 PM (12 replies)

Y'all know that Pres. Obama didn't just end the Keystone XL, yes?

Rather, his veto is because Obama believes that he has the right to stop it, and does not want to give up that right to Congress.

As he wrote:

"because this act of Congress conflicts with established executive branch procedures and cuts short thorough consideration of issues that could bear on our national interest including our security, safety, and environment it has earned my veto."

Obama will make the decision himself, and that decision will allegedly be based on an environmental impact study that's been going on for ages. Based on how long the study's taking, I suspect that he hopes if he waits long enough, he somehow won't have to decide, e.g. the thing will become economically unviable and stopped because of low oil prices.

Also note that the White House is strong-arming the EU into writing its environmental regulations to permit use of Keystone XL tar oil, even though it's filthy. Elizabeth Warren and others have sent a letter to the White House asking them to cut that @#%& out.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Feb 24, 2015, 05:22 PM (146 replies)

FYI: Most elected Democrats voted *against* starting the Iraq war

I've read some posts that indicate some confusion over this.

Looks like 111 Congressional Democrats voted Third Way, 147 voted First Way.

It's quite some state of affairs that those who enabled such horrific insanity are now luminaries in our Party. I'm sure that many of them are lovely people, but I suggest that they be kept far from positions that involve important decisions about other people's lives.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Feb 23, 2015, 08:25 PM (12 replies)

"Oh, the Iraq war. Are you still stuck on that topic?"

That's the gist of a post just aimed at me.


Yes, I'm still stuck on that. Millions of casualties, hundreds of thousands killed, and a key contributor to the horror of ISIS. I think it was an unbelievable disaster, spurred purely by low politics. And those responsible have more of a place in The Hague than in high political office.

Rigid thinking on my part, I know.


Oh, Hell, no I'm not sorry.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Feb 22, 2015, 09:19 PM (261 replies)
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