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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: 33,365

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So... how did YOU become a racist?

I think it's time for some personal stories. Cautionary tales.

In my case, I read the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution, and am told that I immediately flew into a rage against African-Americans.

How about you?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Jun 19, 2013, 11:42 PM (356 replies)

Who says elected Democrats don't care?

They damned well do care, and they're on fire! Absolutely in-your-face on fire!

It's a sight to behold.

Now if they just fought as hard for the 99% as they are fighting for "Spy on Everyone", our country would be in superb shape.

Oh, and I hear that Snowden often drinks more that 3 cups of coffee daily, which further discredits his story.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Jun 18, 2013, 09:33 PM (20 replies)

US intelligence gathering budget $80 billion. Worth it?

Given that the Russians told the US, repeatedly, that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was up to no good and they *still* couldn't keep a handle on him, methinks that the fancy spy stuff is nonsense.

If they can't see the broad side of a barn when told where to look, finding needles in haystacks seems utterly implausable.

That money could feed and shelter many, many victims of the banker wars, instead of being spent on silliness.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Jun 16, 2013, 10:48 PM (4 replies)

Nadler vs. Mueller

Nadler is a smart, decent and reliable Democratic congressman.

Mueller is a Bush appointee.

Hmmm... Which one's claims do I believe... So tough to decide...
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Jun 16, 2013, 01:10 AM (17 replies)

What a week.

Operation "Spy on Everyone" seems to have been confirmed thanks to Jerry Nadler, and another war has been declared for fully-fake reasons, just to distract folks (as far as I can tell) from the astonishing news that we're all being spied on 24/7.

This sucks.

Unfortunately, I think the average American won't give a crap until some religious nut at the NSA starts blocking their Internet porn, or until their children get put in jail, without the right of habeas corpus, for checking out a site that tells 'em how to make bombs. (Curiosity won't kill the cat, but it can now get the cat a life sentence.)

This sucks.

I guess all that we can do is somehow position ourselves so when the bottom does drop out, we can help pick up the pieces. No, I don't know what that means. But something ought to be done.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Jun 16, 2013, 12:52 AM (2 replies)

Obama *himself* said he welcomes a public debate on "Spy on Everyone"

And while he surely doesn't read DU, I recommend we email our thoughts to friends and family to ensure that Obama does get a chance to read them.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Jun 15, 2013, 11:28 AM (1 replies)

It's not about *us* vs. *them*. That's how Republicans see the world.

We're Democrats because, for us, it's about *right* vs. *wrong*.

The message counts, not the messenger.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Jun 12, 2013, 09:25 PM (9 replies)

So, Clapper lied. Let's get REAL, national security GRIEFERS!

Our President's Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, lied to Congress last week when he claimed that no data is being harvested on "on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans".

The usual crowd of pusillanimous Liberals is telling tell us that's a BAD thing. Some have even gone so far as to blather on about Clapper getting fired, or going to jail, or whatever.

Fire Clapper? Ridiculous! Absurd!

While these are difficult problems made for men with big brains to ponder, let me explain this all to you in a simple way that most can understand:

First off, it's perfectly LEGAL for Clapper to lie, lie, lie. He can lie with impunity, because on January 2nd of this year, a certain President of the United States signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013, which includes a provision that permits our government to use propaganda against Americans, and what is propaganda, but lying? (For our own good, of course!)

Second, Clapper could have told a whopper, but he didn't. By his own, humble admission, he told the "least untruthful" lie that he could. This, my friends, is a model civil servant looking out for our best interests.

And finally, our brave bureaucrats need to know that we have their backs when they're "lying for the Lord". What kind of chilling message would it send to fire Clapper for making America great? That would be true terrorism! The people protecting us would live in daily fear of being fired just for making @#$% up! This is not the America that we know, love, and cherish!

Instead, President Obama should repeat the perfect example he set in the outrageous! outrageous! IRS catastrophe: he needs to fire someone who had absolutely nothing to do with the "Spy on Everyone" program. And he needs to do it now! Americans need to know that he holds his employees accountable!

Clapper is a good man, and he deserves our support. Just make sure that you say that on a phone call or in an email in the next 24 hours, OK?

Safely and Securely Yours,

Third-Way Manny
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Jun 11, 2013, 09:54 PM (70 replies)

What the heck was going through their brains?

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution

Think about it: the Founders wrote a Constitution for a country that they themselves would likely lead.

So why didn't they trust... themselves? Why put constraints on their own power?

Perhaps because it was the right thing to do?

I think it still is.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Jun 10, 2013, 10:44 PM (74 replies)

Elizabeth Warren: "I’m very troubled... We need to have a public debate about this."

Capuano, Warren: Surveillance program info points to need for debate

Both Warren and Tierney indicated a belief that questions of civil liberties had been glossed during previous debates over the legislation, which was initially enacted in the weeks after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

“I’m very troubled, but I think the congressman is exactly right. We need to have a public debate about this. There’s a balance that has to be struck between our security and our freedom,” Warren said. She said, “Now it’s going to be a public conversation. It’s a conversation we’ve needed to have for 12 years now.”

(Mass) Congressman Capuano also had a few words:

In an email to supporters Friday, Congressman Michael Capuano said he was “outraged” at the news of the monitoring programs, which he called an “incredible overreach.”

“It is time for those of us who support President Obama to speak up. I believe he is a good man and has been a good President. However, I think his Administration has allowed their concern for our safety to lead them down the wrong path,” Capuano wrote. “If we remain silent, those who have always wished him to fail on every point stand a better chance of winning the hearts and minds of America and we will all be worse off for it. It is possible to support President Obama and yet disagree with him on certain issues – this is one of those times.”
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Jun 10, 2013, 10:19 PM (5 replies)
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