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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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Something's dysfunctional

Besides my life.

The following post: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024653914

has 21 recs now about 90 minutes old, and should be tied for second on Trending Now as I understand things. It *was* on Trending Now before, but went away.

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Mar 12, 2014, 09:17 PM (7 replies)

Have *you* actually read Sen. Feinstein's complaint?

If you haven't, please grab a beverage, take a deep breath, and spend ten minutes reading:

Statement on Intel Committee’s CIA Detention, Interrogation Report

It's way, way worse then you think it is.

This is history: make sure that you don't miss it. Oh, and you oughta see what we're up against. Because we're up against it, right here, right now. And it's not going away under its own power - we'll need to do some heavy lifting, I fear.

Thanks to DUer CJCRANE for pointing me to it this morning.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Mar 12, 2014, 07:54 PM (196 replies)

Report: White House shielding CIA from Senate torture investigation

Report: White House shielding CIA from Senate torture investigation

President Barack Obama’s administration has refused to release about 9,400 documents connected to the Senate Intelligence Committee investigation at the heart of an ongoing dispute with the Central Intelligence Agency, (CIA) McClatchy Newspapers reported on Wednesday.

The White House has allegedly rejected or ignored written and verbal requests for committee members to review the materials, which relate to the agency’s “enhanced interrogation” program shut down near the beginning of Obama’s presidency. Committee staff members allegedly first learned about the documents in 2009, but it is not clear whether the CIA granted them access to them before the White House made them unavailable.

However, McClatchy reported that Obama has not made a formal statement indicating the documents were protected by executive privilege.

The report comes a day after Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) publicly accused the agency of illegally searching Senate staff members’ computers. Feinstein has allegedly written several letters to Kathryn Ruemmler, the president’s chief legal advisor, asking her to mediate the dispute between the CIA and the committee, but has never gotten a response.

The committee and the CIA have sparred for months over the 6,300-page report, which cost $40 million to put together, and was reportedly heavily critical of the agency’s interrogation methods at several secret facilities around the world, saying they did not produce valuable intelligence despite relying on “enhanced” tactics like waterboarding.

Yay! The Transparency President™ strikes again!
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Mar 12, 2014, 07:40 PM (156 replies)

Why is it *my* #%^*ing fault?

"Ooohh, if you Liberals encourage Bernie or Elizabeth to run, the Republicans will take the White House! Ralph Nader! Ralph Nader!"

#%^* you. I'm just trying to defend myself from more attacks on us little people.

Hey, how 'bout you guys telling the Third Way to get the #%^* out of the way so real Democrats can run without a bank-funded shitstorm coming down on their heads? It's *their* fault, not ours, talk to them, not us.

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Mar 11, 2014, 08:53 PM (260 replies)

Dear Senator Feinstein: What part of Operation Spy On *Everyone* did you not understand?

Did you not think that you were part of Everyone?

Did you still think that Congress was somehow special when you saw the Executive branch lie to you so easily and without remorse? That Congress would be the only group in the world not subject to unlimited surveillance and disruption without meaningful oversight?


Let this be a lesson. Now go out there and start doing your job. Working with the Judicial branch, there's still some time, but perhaps not much.

Do. Your. Job.

Your house is fabulous enough; your bank accounts are bursting at the seams.

Now. It's. Time. To. Do. Your. #%^*ing. Job.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Mar 11, 2014, 05:48 PM (67 replies)

Snowden, *by law*, needed to do what he did.

He took an oath to uphold the Constitution. Apparently he took that oath seriously.

We all should take it seriously.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Mar 10, 2014, 10:42 PM (147 replies)

I stand with Paul

If supporting Ed Snowden's exposure of Operation Spy on Everyone (and the the UK's Operation Spy on Everyone's Junk), makes me a Paulite, then let it be.


This-is-growing-tiresome Manny
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Mar 10, 2014, 07:21 PM (21 replies)

My dumbest question ever... how do people shtup these days?

No, of course I know a variety of parts and places they can go, I mean the process leading up to the deed.

A friend of ours is getting divorced, a former fraternity brother. Nasty divorce after decades, I guess it happens but a head scratcher. He'll do fine, as will his ex, both lovely high-functioning people.

He's starting to date again which has me thinking back to our fraternity days (Carl Sagan's next-door neighbors, coincidentally). Back then, the process normally consisted of dancing, alcohol (and sometimes other state-enhancers), kissing, yadda yadda yadda... Then

No real discussions beforehand, and yes, no meant no.

(NB: As far as I know we were all nice guys, we had a great reputation with normal women although the high-end sororities were not fans. Our campus had 50 fraternities, half of men lived in frats, so it wasn't one of these situations where all the frat guys are jerks. Also, this was right before AIDS became a big issue so STDs were in a whole different place.)

In any case, my buddy's new situation has me thinking... how do people move from "nice to meet you!" to "um, I'm having trouble with this clip thing"?

I eventually married my college sweetie, so I never really lived the evolution of courtship and mating in modern times. I'd imagine that it's roughly the same as a few decades ago, but it seems like it would be more deliberative. Are there discussions that should/must be had? Papers to sign (I doubt it, but...?). Other? Or does nature still tend to do its thing rather effortlessly?

If this question is offensive I'll be happy to take it down, if it's inappropriate the hosts will save me that trouble.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Mar 9, 2014, 10:59 PM (178 replies)

If Bernie runs, Hillary won't

That's my guess.

There's a good chance she doesn't run anyway, she's smart enough to know that America's temperment is no longer for Third-Way shenanigans.

But if Bernie runs... If he gets media attention, he'll unrelentingly go after her record, her years of service to Wall Street and the millions they've showered upon her, her (still-unapologetic) vote to attack Iraq, her standing against same-sex marriage for almost a decade after it became legal in Massachusetts, and the rest.


And I think Bernie *will* get media attention because America's searching for a different voice, and Bernie *is* a different voice, yet one with authority.

I still think Elizabeth will run, but I think Bernie's rarin' to go and will hop in sooner. And once he does and gets a little traction, Hillary will bow out. She wants to go out with people thinking she coulda been a contender rather then out for the count*.

*Attention nitwits: "out for the count" is a metaphor. It will not help one bit if you start posting nonsense about my wanting Bernie to actually strike Hillary in any way. I don't. At all. Don't do it.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Mar 8, 2014, 07:38 PM (262 replies)

Which is more Outrageous! Outrageous!

Two allegations. Only one prompted the immediate forced resignation of the head of the respective agency (who wasn't in charge of the agency when it happened and had zero to do with it), announced by the President as a way to [strike]keep Fox News from being mean[/strike] maintain public trust, .
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Mar 8, 2014, 09:33 AM (6 replies)
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