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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: 34,589

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Dear Democratic Leaders: I Propose a Cease-Fire

I, and others who simply want Democrats to act like Democrats, are regularly told that we must stop criticizing elected Democrats, or else Republicans might get elected.

Fair enough.

I propose a cease fire. You people stop attacking me, and I'll stop attacking you.

For example, yesterday I read this delightful piece on DU:

Obama finalizing plans to have your tech job replaced by foreigners

The President is apparently getting ready to unilaterally, using his Executive powers, effectively double the number of H1-B visas granted to foreign workers each year. These visas are used to give technology jobs to lower-paid foreign workers. Having workers who'll accept lower wages drives down tech wages, and increasing the supply of workers in the US pulls wages down even more.

So if Congress won't act to lower tech wages, President Obama will!

Great stuff!

Tell you what, Mr. President and other Democratic leaders: while my assaults on you are simply empty flails on the Internet, your assaults on me and the rest of the 99% have real consequences. Yes, of course there'll be more money for Jamie and Lloyd, as always, but the consequences that I'm more concerned about are joblessness, homelessness, and hunger among us little people.

So, let's make a deal for a cease fire: from this point on, I pledge to not to bring up all the stuff that's bothering me about what you guys have done, and in return, all I ask is that you don't do any new garbage, like effectively doubling H1-B visas, that's clearly an assault on the 99% so the 1% can buy more yachts.


I hope so!

And, who knows? If both sides abide by this for long enough, we might actually arrest the continuing decline of the 99%. And maybe we can even start turning things around! Wouldn't that be great!

Your partner in peace,

First-Way Manny

P.S. In case anyone thinks the H1-B program is for anything other than #$%^ing with tech worker wages, take a gander at this:

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Sep 10, 2014, 07:36 PM (174 replies)

NBC can do whatever it wants

They can release fake transcripts that have the President calling for Jihad against America, and it would be fine. NBC understands that there are no consequences for attacking most elected Democrats from the right.

Until Democrats smack the hell out of the Right instead of the Left... well, here we are!

Good night!
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Sep 9, 2014, 12:47 AM (79 replies)

Black vs. White Americans: who faces greater challenges?

On average, do black or white Americans face greater challenges in America today?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Sep 7, 2014, 11:07 PM (8 replies)

UPDATED WITH APOLOGY: Does anyone else on DU lock the doors to their house and car?


Spider Jerusalem points out that storing iPhone photos on iCloud is something one needs to opt out of. That's just #%^*ed up.

Based on this, I withdraw my original post and apologize.

Original post is below.


Keep money in the bank instead of in piles of cash in the living room?

I keep reading that there's nothing wrong in using cloud Internet services to store photos that we don't want others to see. I'm completely in agreement that victims shouldn't be blamed for crimes against them, but I think there is such a thing as using one's head to reduce risk. If I leave gold bars on my lawn and they get stolen...

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Sep 6, 2014, 09:07 AM (73 replies)

Breaking... Ferguson Police Department announces formation of their own bank

In an unrelated development, Eric Holder announced that it might be difficult to staff the ongoing investigation of the Ferguson Police Department, and those kinds of crimes are tough to prove anyway.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Sep 4, 2014, 08:04 PM (28 replies)

Can y'all do me a favor?

Last night, a poster accused me of a felony without supplying evidence. The post itself is not important (I'm not looking to start a flame war), but it was utter BS and it got hidden by a jury, as it should have been.

What surprised me is that it was only hidden by a 4-3 verdict. For an unsubstantiated (and utterly untrue) accusation of a serious crime.

So here's the favor: if you serve on a jury for a post where someone is accused of a crime, or even accused of being prejudiced against others (racist, sexist, etc), can you please think twice about leaving the thing alone unless solid evidence is presented?

Serious charges deserve serious evidence.

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Sep 4, 2014, 07:53 PM (17 replies)

I think that Bernie Sanders wants to be on the debate stage with Hillary Clinton,

if Hillary runs. He wants to provide a little context when she (or any other Third Wayer) reminds us of important functional untruths, things like lobbyists representing real people like disabled children or whatever claptrap they spew this time around. Bernie'll remind us that 95% (or whatever) of lobbying cash is for the interests of the Predator Class. That sort of thing.

And if things happen to work out, I'm sure he'd by honored to do the Presidenting.

The funny thing is that if Bernie runs, I expect that Hillary won't. She'll know she'd have an impossible task in fleeing from her history as delivered unvarnished. But if Sanders and Hillary both do run, it'll be great entertainment.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Sep 3, 2014, 12:02 AM (28 replies)

Would it be so crazy?

Would it be so crazy if we had a 24-hour DU cease-fire? A temporary truce?

No whining about the Third Way, misogyny, and the other stuff?

Just good thoughts. Just to see what it would be like.

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Aug 29, 2014, 10:58 PM (23 replies)

Cheap Trick!

Live at [strike]Buddokan[/strike] Lansdowne.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Aug 27, 2014, 09:24 PM (15 replies)

Let me be crystal clear here with with regard to "Liberals"

If you agree with Rand Paul on any issue, we know you are truly a Paul-bot.

If you disagree with Hillary on any issue, we know you are truly a Paul-bot.

We know these things. They can no longer be denied. "Liberals" are trapped like the rats we know they are. And Clapper knows who they are and where their kids go to school.

The veil is lifted; Wachet auf!


Third-Way Manny
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Aug 25, 2014, 07:50 PM (116 replies)
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