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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: 30,828

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14 dead in Waco. How many folks will go to jail?

More than 3x the recent Boston Bomber Brothers death toll. How many will pay for cash over safety? What's your guess?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Apr 23, 2013, 12:50 AM (11 replies)

NPR: No law mandates reading Miranda rights

However, any info gained before reading rights will likely be inadmissible at trial.

They were interviewing a law professor named Kermit Roosevelt.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Apr 23, 2013, 12:29 AM (20 replies)

Cops and Donuts: It's True! (Watertown)

Dunkin Donuts kept the lights on during chaos

It was clear amid the chaos Friday which was the hometown coffee chain.

On block after block of Boston’s Financial District and Downtown Crossing, Starbucks shops went dark as the city locked down, spurred by a manhunt for the second Marathon bombing suspect. Dunkin’ Donuts stayed open.

Law enforcement officials asked the chain to keep some restaurants open in locked-down communities to provide hot coffee and food to police and other emergency workers, including in Watertown, the focus of the search for the bombing suspect. Dunkin’ is providing its products to them at no charge.

“At the direction of authorities, select Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the Boston area are open to take care of needs of law enforcement and first responders,” spokeswoman Lindsay Harrington explained via e-mail. “We are encouraging our guests to stay home today and abide by the lock-down, per the governor’s recommendation.”

Whatever it was... It worked!
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Apr 21, 2013, 07:37 AM (14 replies)

Look, I thought I was the most cynical person on Earth. But these

threads decrying the militarization of Watertown have me looking like Mary Tyler Moore on shrooms.

Dear Lord! People were running around throwing pressure cooker bombs! They blew up hundreds of people, executed one peace officer, and almost another. Maybe you want these guys operating freely in your neighborhood, but I didn't want them in mine and was damned glad that they were taken seriously and taken out.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Apr 20, 2013, 10:12 PM (114 replies)

So I think Boston passed the test.

It's been a stressful week here.

The Boston Marathon has always been classic Boston to me - world-class, joyous, and relaxed. We usually walk a few blocks to watch the runners (and wheelers) pass by on Heartbreak Hill, there's usually a nice throng cheering and handing out water. Very few police, almost no supervision. People just trust each other to behave, and we do - until Monday's tragedy.

In Boston? On Boylston Street? That doesn't happen around here. It just doesn't.

An awful act had killed and maimed, and may have killed or maimed our marathon for good. And we were left with savages on the loose.

I came home from an event last night and found out about the shooting at MIT. In Cambridge? At the Stata Center? That doesn't happen around here. It just doesn't. Smelled like it might be related to the other thing that never happens around here.

I woke up a little past five this morning, pulled out my iPad, and... incredible. A firefight a mile or so from our house. Bombs, guns, deaths, fugitives. SWAT teams, military, painstaking house-to-house search. Incredible photos: Hey! That's the mall we go to! Hey! That's my barber shop! I was worried.

But our Commonwealth and our towns did the right thing. The voluntary lockdown order was a dramatic step, but probably the best way to go. Between shoe leather and technology, they got the guy. Like so many things that government does in Massachusetts, it worked well.

I was at another event tonight, down by MIT as it happens, and with a clutch of techies from out of town. As the police closed in on the murderer, one of the out-of-town techies glanced up from his smart phone and addressed the group:

"They found him - they say they'll be killing him in five minutes".

"Killing him?"

"Well, they say they're sending a robot in five minutes, but of course they'll kill him for some reason or another."

"I'm a local. In my experience, our cops don't kill people unless they really have to."

And our law enforcers did not disappoint. As angry and tired as they were, they did the right thing. Some might cheer for battlefield justice, but I'm a big believer in laws. Laws that even cops and US presidents must obey. If we don't obey laws, civilization goes away.

In any case, we're through it. And I feel damned good that I can look back and be proud of the people I live with in our Commonwealth.

Peace to us all.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Apr 20, 2013, 12:10 AM (45 replies)

Hey Boston-area DUers: Are many people/cars on the streets by you?

We've stayed in our Newton house all day, and our street is totally quiet.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Apr 19, 2013, 05:12 PM (0 replies)

I am very thankful for our local cops.

Newton, Watertown, Cambridge.

They don't get much practice with this kind of awfulness, but they're almost always very level-headed and good. My son played Little League with their sons, good people.

I hope that this is all over soon, and that no more are hurt.


Peace to us all.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Apr 19, 2013, 06:07 AM (7 replies)

FDR Democrats, check in here!

Anybody out there?

UPDATE @ 4/17 10:00 EDT: Holy cow! The New Deal still has some fans!
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Apr 17, 2013, 12:36 AM (464 replies)

Exciting! Thursday GOP hearing on Obama's Chained-CPI Request

I'm looking forward to it. How about you?

Republicans embrace Obama's offer to trim Social Security benefits

Rep. Sam Johnson (R-Tex.), who chairs the Social Security panel of the House Ways and Means Committee, has scheduled a first public hearing for Obama’s chained-CPI proposal on Thursday.

I'm on the edge of my seat, eager to see if Republicans will finally realize that this President is a partner who can be trusted.

Of course, the Moonbat Left always needs to throw a turd in America's punch bowl. From the same article linked to above:

Even with those protections, the typical single elderly woman living on about $18,000 a year would lose about $6,000 by age 85 compared with current law, according to calculations by the National Women’s Law Center.

“She’s not making decisions about whether to buy steak or chicken. I testified about a woman — she can’t afford meat. She buys discount cheese and slices it very thin,” said the center’s Joan Entmacher. “I don’t know where you go from there in making substitutions.”

Ms. Entmacher should be ashamed of her Obama-bashing glass-half-empty mentality. Instead of zeroing in on the unpleasantness of what happens to the little people, why can't she focus on hedge-fund managers buying yachts for their cats with the money they'll save on reduced taxes, thanks to starving old women?

I like cats.

Let's think nice thoughts and hope that Republicans will finally feel safe with us after all the years we've been mean to them. Grand things are coming our way, I just know it. As long as that difficult senator from Massachusetts can keep her yap shut.


Third-Way Manny
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Apr 16, 2013, 07:58 PM (100 replies)

What are the criteria for a post making "The Left Column"?

There's a post there now that is covering a fraudulent article (as in claiming facts that it doesn't even try to substantiate) from a self-declared Liberal site that is actively calling for actual cuts to Social Security benefits (go to the referenced article and check out the moderator's comments).

It seems to me that The Left Column should be limited to pieces showcasing that are both Left, and accurate.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Apr 16, 2013, 09:27 AM (1 replies)
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