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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: 31,257

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Craziest @#$%ing thing I've ever seen in politics.

Now it turns out that the IRS actually planted the question that caused the thing to go off like a pressure-cooker bomb filled with doggie poop. They lit the fuse on a stick of dynamite they taped to themselves.

I may be nuts, but this IRS thing is starting to look like a fully-fake scandal hatched by Democrats so they themselves can run around wailing, gnashing teeth, firing innocents, and power-apologizing to anyone who will listen.

It's crazy! I guess folding like a cheap lawn chair wasn't enough to get a Grand Bargain to cut Social Security, so they've invented a lawn chair with a 300hp motor and artificial intelligence that can power-fold itself for no reason whatsoever.

Am I nuts? I must be nuts. I must be.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri May 17, 2013, 10:43 PM (42 replies)

The Firing of Steven Miller: Your Thoughts?

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri May 17, 2013, 10:29 PM (11 replies)

I think Holder will be replaced in a couple of months

It's in process. That's why he's letting loose on Republicans now.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu May 16, 2013, 09:19 PM (10 replies)

Chrome was getting slower, and slower, and slower...

on my pretty-fast Windows computer (quad-core, 4GB RAM, fast graphics processor, SSD).

So yesterday I switched back to Firefox.


Just thought y'all might like the info, in cas you're having issues with Chrome.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu May 16, 2013, 04:59 PM (4 replies)

Here's how we benefit from the wrong guy getting fired from the IRS:

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed May 15, 2013, 07:52 PM (17 replies)

Dollar signs ($) in text break links

lost $600 billion breaks.

lost 600 billion is OK.

Thanks again for all of your good work!
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon May 13, 2013, 10:03 PM (2 replies)

Please join me in THANKING the President for his ADULT handling of the IRS catastrophe

As we all know by now, in 2011 certain ignoramuses at the IRS flagged groups with "Tea Party" or "patriot" in their names for closer scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status.

The IRS has, of course, apologized. And at today's press conference, the President said that, if true, the IRS's actions were "outrageous and there's no place for it." Those responsible will "be held fully accountable."

Thanks goodness! A breath of fresh air!

Now some of you with lower IQs might be thinking things like "Hey Manny, isn't it against the law for non-profits to have some types of political agenda? And isn't there a pretty good chance that an organization with "Tea Party" or "patriot" in its name has a political agenda? Doesn't it make sense to take a closer look at outfits like that, just in case?"

For those types, who are trapped in a "reality-based" world, let me explain:

Haven't you noticed how much our President has done for you people? Well-off Americans have gained a full 5.6 trillion dollars since the start of the Obama recovery! $5.6 trillion is one hell of a lot of money, don't you agree?!

And those who aren't rich have only lost 600 billion. You little people should be damned grateful!

What's Obama's secret? His secret is that he's not trapped by "reality". He knows that by being obsequious to the fringe right, while bashing people who insist on Democratic values, he can get the Republicans to do his bidding. As he has.

So instead of whining, please join me in thanking the President for his thoughtful actions?



Third-Way Manny
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon May 13, 2013, 09:22 PM (116 replies)

Perhaps I'm naive about doggies...

but it seems inconceivable that a Golden Retriever could kill anyone. There are other dogs with similar temperaments that are very, very unlikely to cause mayhem under any circumstance. (Dogs should always be kept well clear of unattended tiny children, of course).

Other dogs clearly have dispositions that are not warm and cuddly. Growing up, my friend had a Malamute. It was the opposite of the Golden Retrievers I've known - very aloof and wary. Scary. I was encouraged to stay away from that dog. It ate many animals in the neighborhood, we were pretty sure.

All of this tumult over whether Pit Bulls love babies better for hugging or for eating has me thinking: what's so wrong about encouraging the ownership of dogs breeds that have phenomenal track records when it comes to maulings? And discouraging the ownership of dogs that have other-than-phenomenal track records?

Why take chances?

I like to walk a few miles each day. A while back (probably 20 years ago), it was suddenly fashionable in my area to own Rottweilers. That scared the hell out of me, I did not want to run into one unleashed while out for a walk. It seems like the owners had issues, too, because after a couple of years all the Rotties seemed to disappear.

Yes, I know that most Rottweilers are lovely dogs. But they are enormous, powerful, and not always lovely.

For a while, there were signs posted around my neighborhood for a lost Rottweiler, answered to "Satan". That felt really good, hoo boy! Each walk was an exercise in containing my anxiety.

If it had been a Golden Retriever named Satan, I would have felt much different. I think most others would, too.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri May 10, 2013, 08:33 PM (89 replies)

Benghazi: I'm *deeply* disappointed by Obama's actions

At this point, there can really be no doubt as to the mistakes made by the Obama Administration regarding the Benghazi situation.

How bad is it? To put it in perspective, we should look at another crisis, one that the Administration has handled flawlessly: the Social Security crisis.

Like Benghazi, Social Security is a fully-fake crisis: if one uses "math" and "reality" as those things are typically understood, Social Security is fine for as far as the eye can see. Of course, our friends in the Republican Party don't understand "math" and "reality" - they claim that Social Security is a giant bureaucrat-run Ponzi scheme.

God bless President Obama. Rather than shove "math" and "reality" in the face of our close friends, he's met them half way from the start. Even a month before his first inauguration, Obama called for the need to cut Social Security benefits. Shortly thereafter, he convened a blue panel "debt commission" led by the two most virulent haters of Social Security, who dutifully called for a 22% cut in benefits over time. He had Timmy Geithner and the other "Trustees" of Social Security create dubious models to "prove" that Social Security was fucked. And so forth.

He's even made a good-faith effort to spew Republican talking points about Social Security: for example, did you know that FDR never intended Social Security to be for retirees? That's a great one, well played Mr. President!

Meet 'em half way! Increase the peace! That's the way it's done!

The fact that we know Obama can do the right thing is what makes the Benghazi catastrophe so vexing. Instead of making up bullshit in an effort to appease Republicans, he stubbornly sticks to the line that his administration was not responsible for the deaths, and did not engage in a frantic cover up.

Did you see the disappointment on Darrell Issa's face? The blood vessel pulsating in John McCain's forehead? The slightly-less-murderous-than-usual spew from Lindsey Graham? These are good men, patriotic men, men who deserve Presidential Medals of Freedom, and not a whole pickup truck full of truth.

Now I realize that the comparison isn't perfect: Social Security is about food, shelter and heat for tens of millions of little people, while Benghazi is about Obama, Hillary and other people with real money and real connections to bankers. I get that. And I understand why any important person's initial instinct is to protect themselves and their fellow swells. But this is America, dammit! We are all equal!

So would it kill our President to admit that he had his extremist Muslim buddies in Kenya hire the guys that attacked our embassy? Or to proclaim that Hillary couldn't be bothered to respond to a cable asking for help, because she was disposing of some evidence from Vince Foster's murder? These are simply common-sense steps that would calm our good friends down.

And after such a show of good will, who knows what great things could happen? Perhaps Republicans will finally learn to trust us again, and agree to work together to Grand Bargain the little people back into the state of serfdom that they desperately desire to achieve self-actualization, even if they're too stupid to know it yet.

C'mon Mr. President! Yes we can!


Third-Way Manny
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu May 9, 2013, 07:44 PM (9 replies)

Elizabeth Warren: Give students the same deal as big banks [WITH EDIT]

EDIT: I am a nitwit. Unbelievably, I missed that this story had already been posted in the EW group. So go kick, rec, or damn that one.

(Now I have the distinct privilege of locking my own post...)


Elizabeth Warren: Give students the same deal as big banks

Sen. Elizabeth Warren introduced her first standalone piece of legislation Wednesday, calling for the government to give student borrowers the same deal it gives big banks when they need a loan.

The measure would allow students who are eligible for federally subsidized Stafford loans to borrow at the same rate that banks get from the Federal Reserve when they need a short-term infusion of cash from the central bank’s discount window.

“If the Federal Reserve can float trillions of dollars to large financial institutions at low interest rates to grow the economy, surely they can float the Department of Education the money to fund our students, keep us competitive, and grow our middle class,” Warren (D-Mass.) said on the floor of the Senate Wednesday.


Patrick Sims, a director in policy research at Hamilton Place Strategies, argued a short-term loan from the discount window during a time of crisis is not at all comparable to a long-term student loan.

EDIT: I am a nitwit. Unbelievably, I missed that this story had already been posted in the EW group. So go kick, rec, or damn that one.

(Now I have the distinct privilege of locking my own post...)
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed May 8, 2013, 04:15 PM (19 replies)
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