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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: 29,055

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Turns out my college buddy is defending one of the UMass-Dartmouth scholars charged today

Well that's one @#$%ing strange experience, to see a fraternity buddy on the TV being highly responsible. My favorite memory of him as a pledge is when we made him suggested he listen to Brian Eno cranked on headphones for an hour. Here Come the Warm Jets, IIRC. Ah, the look of revelation on his face! Or maybe disgust, couldn't tell for sure. I hope that didn't compromise his ability to ensure a fair defense. And we drank many adult beverages, and were slightly mean to our slightly-mean next-door neighbor, Carl Sagan.

Other frat buddies are captains of industry, run charities, have high government positions, ... and more than a few are unemployed. It's a savage time to be middle aged if you make a single misstep.

Earlier today, on a whim, I looked up my junior high school nemesis on the 'net to see what became of him. He was a belligerent youth, I was telling my middle-school son yesterday about how the fellow was always trying to cause me harm although I didn't cooperate. Turns out he's dead. A little more searching, found out some other folks I knew from junior high and high school are dead.

A very, very strange day. Life is short, and the world is small.

This started out as bombing related and went all melancholy on me. Somebody kick my butt if this belongs in the Lounge.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed May 1, 2013, 09:58 PM (19 replies)

Ha-ha! A plague of Massachusetts Liberals unleashed upon our country!

First Elizabeth Warren, now Ed Markey!

Time for the rest of you to do *your* jobs!

(Sorry about Romney and Brown. We were drunk. Never vote drunk. Hopefully all is forgiven.)
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Apr 30, 2013, 10:45 PM (5 replies)

I was wrong about FDR holding 600 press conferences.

I don't know what I was thinking.

It was actually 998.

http://100days.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/02/02/obama-fdr-and-taming-the-press/

I'll try to do better next time.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Apr 30, 2013, 10:29 PM (67 replies)

Liberals Only: Rate President Obama's Job Performance

The DNC, DCCC, DSCC, and OFA have teamed up, at great expense (paid for by that patriotic American, Pete Peterson) to bring you this poll to prove we want to hear from our Liberal friends, too.

So how's the president doing?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Apr 30, 2013, 12:13 AM (38 replies)

MIHOP or LIHOP?

So we're in the process of restoring funds to the sequestered stuff that the rich and the crazy want restored. Air Traffic Controllers today, perhaps the military tomorrow, etc.

Meals on wheels? "Make no mistake, in these difficult times we all must make sacrifices blah blah blah..."

So the 99% get #%^*ed again.

My question: was this the intended outcome of the sequester, or are Democrats folding like cheap lawn chairs? Frankly, I can't tell on this one, although I'm leaning towards the former.

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Apr 26, 2013, 08:05 PM (11 replies)

Can we stop with the Paul Krugman posts already?

Look, I get it. Many members of our very-very-big-tent Democratic party are unhappy. While the economy has been excellent for the past four years, it could be even excellent-er. While most bankers are doing way better than ever, we've all heard that a few have only had small pay increases. Yes, we must do better.

But turning to a Firebagger like Krugman is not the way to go. It's not who we are.

Sure, to people less intelligent than me, it seems that Krugman has been accurately predicting everything correctly all along. But now, finally we have PROOF POSITIVE that our little hero of the EmoProgs has been totally wrong all along:

The REALITY is that NOBODY can possibly know what's going on!

BBC: Big Thinkers Still Stumped on Global Economic Crisis

"It's as if a cat has climbed this huge tree - the cat of course is this huge crisis. My view is 'oh my God the cat's going to fall and I don't know what to do'."

...

The trouble for the economics profession is, according to the last of the conference hosts and another Nobel Prize winner, Joseph Stiglitz: "There is no good economic theory that explains why the cat is still up the tree".

...

There were plenty of ideas for sure. But this is how the IMF's chief economist Olivier Blanchard put it at the end of the conference:

"We don't have a sense of our final destination… Where we end I really don't have much of a clue."


So these are the BIG BOYS of economics, people with Nobel prizes who teach at colleges, get paid huge fees for consulting to banks, and that kind of thing. Like it says in the headline, the BIG THINKERS. If they have no idea, than how could Krugman?

Some may ask: "In all cases in the past, depressions were ended by torrential government spending, and never by austerity. All Krugman is saying is that we should do what's always worked in the past, and don't do what's always failed in the past." And that might seem straightforward to simple people who don't have a grasp of really, really complicated things like I do. So I'll answer the question, using simple language that can be understood by these types of people.

You know how God created dinosaur bones and carbon dating to test our faith? To see who believes in Him, vs. who believes that the Earth is millions of years old? That's the reason why Krugman's policies will FAIL. God made all of those previous depressions and their solutions to test our faith in the greatness and soundness of sensible Third Way economic policies.

So... are you with Krugman? Or are you with God? It's time to choose.

Spiritually yours,

Third-Way Manny


Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Apr 25, 2013, 10:49 PM (129 replies)

Are you more Conservative than George Will?

"they will tell you that there is such a necessity of strengthening the arm of government, that they must have a criminal equity, and extort confession by torture, in order to punish with still more relentless severity. We are then lost and undone."
- Patrick Henry, 1778


Last night, I was floored to see serious support for endless solitary confinement in a DU post and responses.

The way we treat prisoners in our country is appalling. Sure there are people who need to be off the streets, sometimes permanently, but savaging them is not what healthy societies do. It doesn't work, and it's sick. Civilized societies seek rehabilitation, not retribution.

I was surprised to come upon a recent column by George Will on the subject - Will seems to be positively Left Wing compared to some on DU with regards to solitary confinement:

When solitude is torture

“Zero Dark Thirty,” a nominee for Sunday’s Oscar for Best Picture, reignited debate about whether the waterboarding of terrorism suspects was torture. This practice, which ended in 2003, was used on only three suspects. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of American prison inmates are kept in protracted solitary confinement that arguably constitutes torture and probably violates the Eighth Amendment prohibition of “cruel and unusual punishments.”

Noting that half of all prison suicides are committed by prisoners held in isolation, Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) has prompted an independent assessment of solitary confinement in federal prisons. State prisons are equally vulnerable to Eighth Amendment challenges concerning whether inmates are subjected to “substantial risk of serious harm.”

...

Federal law on torture prohibits conduct “specifically intended to inflict severe physical or mental pain or suffering.” And “severe” physical pain is not limited to “excruciating or agonizing” pain, or pain “equivalent in intensity to the pain accompanying serious physical injury, such as organ failure, impairment of bodily functions, or even death.” The severe mental suffering from prolonged solitary confinement puts the confined at risk of brain impairment.

...

In 1890, the U.S. Supreme Court said of solitary confinement essentially what Dickens had said: “A considerable number of the prisoners fell, after even a short confinement, into a semi-fatuous condition, from which it was next to impossible to arouse them, and others became violently insane; others, still, committed suicide.” Americans should be roused against this by decency — and prudence.


In most circumstances, people who commit serious crimes are defective. Torturing them will not make them better people, and it certainly doesn't make us better people. It makes the criminals more defective, and deadens our souls.

I know I'll receive a ration of shit for this post from the "They deserve to rot in Hell, they're just getting what they deserve" crowd, but so be it. Nobody should be tortured in our country, neither al Qaeda nor pot smokers. Nobody. That's not who we are.

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Apr 23, 2013, 11:35 PM (12 replies)

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)
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