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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: 32,261

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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)

Our government seems to be completely out of control.

Darrell Issa, 29-year-old contractors that can wiretap anyone, and bipartisan war on the 99%.

Maybe I'm just having an off day, but it all seems pretty fucked at this moment.

Some of my friends make millions, yachts and private jets. Others have been unemployed for many months. Others on the edge.

What about having a government that works for us, too? Is that really like wanting a pet pony?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Jun 9, 2013, 10:13 PM (47 replies)

Obama's "Spy on Everyone" policy was already public? My *ass*, it was.

Our President called it a leak today:

"I don't welcome leaks... Our goal is to stop folks from doing us harm and if every step that we're taking to try and prevent a terrorist act is on the front page of the newspapers or on television then presumably the people who are trying to do us harm are going to be able to get around our preventive measures... That's why these things are classified."

Yesterday, James Clapper, Obama's Director of National Intelligence said:

"The unauthorized disclosure of a top secret U.S. court document threatens potentially long-lasting and irreversible harm to our ability to identify and respond to the many threats facing our nation."


It may not be surprising to anyone who's been following the Obama administration's words and deeds, but "Spy on Everyone" was only suspected before, not known.

And just think - a week ago, they'd have denied they were doing this, because they hadn't been caught. Think about all of the other crap they're denying now.

Unnerving?

And the brave soul who spilled the beans on this outrage? They will go to jail.

We need to get our government back under control. It no longer serves us, other than serving us up to the Predator Class.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Jun 7, 2013, 11:30 PM (187 replies)

Pearl-clutching Obama=Bush Professional Leftists

Many DUers are upset over Obama's latest episode of "Spy on Everyone". And a many DUers are upset at we who are upset at Obama.

That happens.

But can we cut out the trivialization of one-another? In the past few minutes, I've seen stuff accusing the Lefter-leaning among us (e.g., me) of being the "professional Left", of "pearl clutching", and of saying "Obama=Bush".

This is bullshit.

If you don't agree with someone, argue on the merits. If you can, that is.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Jun 6, 2013, 09:27 PM (100 replies)

Obama's war on civil rights: a silver lining

As many know, after pulling for Obama during his first presidential campaign, I became sorely disappointed by him, and fast. One of the things that sprained my brain was his sudden love of secrecy for the government, but hatred of privacy for citizens.

So now we are faced with the revelation that Obama authorized the NSA to grab millions of Verizon phone records each day for a trolling expedition against Terra! Terra! Terra! And the FISA court allowed it, because of the "Patriot" Act.

Of course, this program (and the Patriot Act itself) is repugnant to anyone with any basic understanding of how justice works in our country. I note that even the owners of DU, who are not known to be screaming Leftists, have a front-page "pic of the moment" pointing out just how disturbing this is.

However, I must point out one thing that is actually good, a pleasant change for the Obama Administration: they actually did ask a FISA court for permission.

This administration's disdain for the Judicial branch of government is epic. They argue that they have the right to imprison citizens forever, or even kill them, whenever they want, without permission from a judge of any sort. And they've exercised those rights.

It was interesting that in Obama's hand-wringing speech about civil liberties a few weeks ago, there was no mention of the role of the Judiciary, as far as I can recall. Apparently, civil rights are for the President to decide, not that quaint piece of paper we call the Constitution, nor for the laws that flow from it.

So let us give Obama credit where credit is due: for the first time in a while, he seems to have voluntarily asked a court to decide on something. Hopefully he enjoyed his experience, and will visit a judge again in the future when thinking about what's right and legal - perhaps even before he snuffs out the next US citizen on his secret kill list.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Jun 6, 2013, 08:58 PM (31 replies)

The IRS sucks? Then we need more sucking!

The IRS spent $50 million on conferences from 2010-2012. Officeholders from both political parties say this is outrageous!, outrageous!, presumably because government employees are somehow different than employees in every other industry in the world, and shouldn't have conferences. Or something. And stuff.

The IRS's total budget was about $35 billion during that period. So the $50 million spent on conferences is about one-tenth of one percent of their budget.

And during those three years, the IRS collected about $7.5 trillion in taxes. That's right, the IRS's cost for collecting taxes is less than one-half of one percent of what's collected.

One-half of one percent.

Can you imagine if a private-sector business business was that efficient? PayPal charges about six times that much to collect money. And they're cheap compared to their competition.

I am reminded of what Lincoln said when told that Gen. Grant was a drunk: "Tell me what brand of whiskey that Grant drinks. I would like to send a barrel of it to my other generals."

I'm tired of the assholes in Washington beating up on government workers. On whole, they do an excellent job.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Jun 2, 2013, 10:59 PM (66 replies)

Another OUTRAGEOUS IRS OUTRAGE!

Seems like the IRS spent a thousand bucks to video some of their taxpayer-teat-suckling thugs doing a dance at some event. It's all over the TeeVee!

OUTRAGEOUS!

OUTRAGEOUS!

OUTRAGEOUS!

Every American taxpayer, especially the rich ones who are more important, deserves:

1. Apologies
2. Somebody at the IRS getting fired who had nothing to do with it
3. Holder to start a criminal investigation
4. More apologies
5. BENGHAZI!

Please join me in being outraged by this outrageous behavior. Americans need to know that their IRS thugs won't be dancing when they audit the Job Creators.

Sensibly yours,

Third-Way Manny
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Jun 1, 2013, 12:19 PM (6 replies)
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