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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, 08:44 AM
Number of posts: 34,589

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Sudden drop in jury service requests

Until a few weeks ago, it seemed like I was being asked to serve on a jury several times a week. Now I don't think I've been asked even once in the past few weeks. I think some other folks have experienced this, and there had been a post speculating on the reasons in Meta before Meta went into The Void.

Random chance, or did something change?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Mar 11, 2013, 11:01 AM (2 replies)

Obama: Last of the "New Democrats"? (Salon)


Our times demand visionary leadership. The moderate progressivism of Clinton and Obama isn't up to the task

“I am a New Democrat,” Barack Obama told the New Democrat Coalition back in March 2009. Whether he wins a second term or is defeated, the first black president of the United States may be not only the second but also the last of the New Democrats in the White House.

Between the 1980s and the present, the so-called New Democrats have existed in two distinct forms. In the early 1980s, the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) was formed, chiefly by white Southern and Western Democratic politicians, with the goal of winning back “Reagan Democrats” — white working-class members of the dying Roosevelt coalition, who combined support for universal social programs like Social Security and Medicare with hawkish military attitudes and socially conservative values on attitudes like abortion, censorship and gay rights. Early in its history, the DLC proposed a program of educational and other benefits for young Americans in return for national military or civilian service, along the lines of the G.I. Bill.


As presidents, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama have both reflected the priorities of the second New Democrat coalition, uniting donors from Wall Street, Hollywood and Silicon Valley with a “new majority” coalition of racial minorities, immigrants, liberal women and young voters. Because Democratic voters are disproportionately poor, this has produced a Democratic Party that, in economic terms, is an hourglass coalition of the top and the bottom. Economic populism frightens the party’s billionaire donors, while social populism, which has often been associated with white working-class xenophobia, racism and religiosity, frightens blacks, Latinos, immigrants and white social liberals. The result is what Mike Konczal and others have called “pity-charity” liberalism — a kind of liberalism that appeals to the sympathy of the rich for the poor, rather than appealing, as the New Deal did, to solidarity among the middling majority. It was a version of progressivism ill-suited to the Great Recession, which demanded the visionary leadership of a Franklin Roosevelt, not the managerial competence of a Nelson Rockefeller.

Let us pray.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Mar 10, 2013, 05:22 PM (22 replies)

Why is "harassment, taunting, calls for PPR, and pejorative name calling" not so worrisome?

Or so it would seem based on your response to http://www.democraticunderground.com/1259246 Or maybe I'm misreading it (only 1 cup of coffee so far this AM...)?

Can you elaborate a little?


Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Mar 9, 2013, 10:21 AM (1 replies)

Should Americans on the President's secret kill list be reviewed

by a court?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Mar 8, 2013, 10:51 PM (23 replies)

Air Force erases drone strike data amid criticisms

Air Force erases drone strike data amid criticisms

Quietly and without much notice, the Air Force has reversed its policy of publishing statistics on drone strikes in Afghanistan as the debate about drone warfare hits a fever pitch in Washington. In addition, it has erased previously published drone strike statistics from its website.

Since October, the Air Force had been providing monthly updates on drone strikes -- or in its words "weapons releases from remotely piloted aircraft (RPA)." But today, Air Force Times reporters Brian Everstine and Aaron Mehta discovered something was amiss: The statistics published for February "contained empty space where the box of RPA statistics had previously been." In other words: The drone strike data was gone. But that's not all. The Air Force had also scrubbed drone strike data from earlier monthly reports.


The Pentagon told Air Force Times it had nothing to do with the change, while Air Force Central Command didn't respond to a request for comment. But Everstine and Mehta point out that the timing of the changes are a tad suspicious given recent actions by a certain Kentucky senator.

"These are not the drones you are looking for. Nothing to see here, keep moving."
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Mar 8, 2013, 06:15 PM (4 replies)

How I got a lifelong Republican to vote Dem. And you can too.

A good friend of mine grew up in the Midwest, and is still Midwestern even after being here in the People's Republic of Massachusetts for decades. Nice guy, but a lifelong Republican. Will readily admit that most of his party's gone nuts, but could never bring himself to vote for Democrats.

Last fall we were hanging out, and he was telling me how Scott Brown's GREAT because he's bipartisan, Warren's a Moonbat Lefty Harvard Professor, yadda, yadda, yadda... "Watch this!" I said as I popped onto YouTube, and pulled up a couple of videos of Not-Yet-Senator Warren reaming new orifices (orifi?) into Timmy Geithner, e.g.:

By the time the videos were done, Warren was a vote closer to her current job

It's been so many years since we've had FDR Democrats in office that people have forgotten what they do. Even folks in their 50s, like my buddy.

Virtually everyone knows that the banks are screwing the 99% with full bipartisan government help. There's bipartisan hatred for it among the 99%, bipartisan love for it among the 1%. Even Republicans, and certainly independents, have got to look at Warren going after these swine with both fists bared and think "@#$%, that's just what we need!".

Going into 2014 (thanks Will Pitt!) and beyond, I will make sure that I show as many Liz Warren beatdown videos to as many people that I can. Show 'em what an FDR Democrat is, and why they want one. I hope that you try it, too.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Mar 8, 2013, 02:19 PM (49 replies)

Astronaut Diapers

That's what DOJ, Treasury, and all of the other predator-enablers who appear before Senator Warren will need moving forward.

Let's get a bunch more Warrens in Congress and the White House, and we'll straighten this place up quick.

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Mar 7, 2013, 10:53 PM (1 replies)

Rand Paul is against war with Iran

Are *you* against war in Iran, just like Rand Paul? Then do the right thing and sign up with Karl Rove, we don't need Randites in our party, no sir!
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Mar 7, 2013, 09:32 AM (28 replies)

Rand Paul will FAIL, and America will WIN!

I like John Brennan. It takes a tough man to refuse to call waterboarding torture when so many on the Moonbat Left are whining about "human rights" and other impractical crap.

That's why I'm so upset that Rand Paul is filibustering this humble and decent man, on the pretense that executing Americans any time and any place is NOT the President's perogative.

Last time I checked, a President who can kill at will with zero accountability was a hallmark of the individual freedoms we cherish so dearly. Only by giving up our civil liberties can we have our civil liberties, of course. As every child learns in school:

War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength.

Even worse, some so-called Democrats *agree* with Paul on this! Agreeing with a crazy Republican on anything, ever, is betrayal! These traitors are nothing but Rand Paul enablers, they disgust me. Just like those so-called Democrats who agreed with Paul's father that we shouldn't invade Iraq. Disgusting, all of them. I happen to know many elected Democrats who voted to attack Saddam JUST because the elder Paul was against it. All Democrats should learn from their courageous commitment.


Third-Way Manny
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Mar 6, 2013, 06:51 PM (106 replies)

It was 80 years ago today...

"A widow, who used to do housework and laundry but who was finally left without any work, fed herself and her fourteen-year-old son on garbage. Before she picked up the meat, she would always take off her glasses so that she would not be able to see the maggots; but it sometimes made the boy so sick to look at this offal and smell it that he could not bring himself to eat."

- Edmund Wilson, Hull House (1932)

This is the America that Franklin Roosevelt took the helm of 80 years ago today. After decades of increasing income disparity, the bottom had fallen out under Hoover's watch. Hoover worked mightily to right the ship by bailing out banks and business, but to his great surprise, his trickle-down efforts never worked. The job creators wouldn't create jobs.

FDR entered the White House determined to create a New Deal for Americans - a deal where all Americans, not just the wealthy, could get a leg up and lead a decent life. And since 1933, that New Deal has been the very lifeblood of working Americans: As the New Deal grew and expanded, the 99% did better. As the New Deal has been unceasingly attacked and beaten back by America's elite since 1981, the lot of the 99% has fallen, fallen.

It has become fashionable lately to bash FDR. Even Democrats have joined in the fun, including our President, who claims (erroneously) that FDR let the previous depression get terrible on purpose. And while FDR had his faults, the bottom line is this: he made sure that the working class got a fair break, and he set the stage for almost 50 years of growing prosperity for all Americans.

As we listen to the growing bipartisan demand to take bigger and bigger chunks out of the New Deal, to whittle it down until it's small enough to be drowned in a bathtub, remember this: we are the New Deal, and the New Deal is us. If it dies, we die with it.

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Mar 4, 2013, 10:52 PM (76 replies)
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