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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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I'm very, very encouraged by Charles Koch's ghostwriter's screed today in the WSJ

If his war against working Americans was going well, he'd not be surfacing in public. Not his style.

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Apr 3, 2014, 10:49 AM (5 replies)

Poll: Elizabeth Warren is the ‘hottest’ (Warren on fire!)

And we're just getting started!

Poll: Elizabeth Warren is the ‘hottest’

If the 2016 presidential race were a game of “hot or not,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren would be winning with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton close behind, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie would be losing ground, according to a new poll.

When Americans were asked to give prominent politicians a score, 0 to 100, of how “warm,” or favorable, they feel toward that name, the Massachusetts Democratic senator was the highest-rated of the bunch, with a “temperature” of 48.6, according to a Quinnipiac poll out Thursday.

Clinton was in second place, at 47.8, Republican Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan followed at 47.4, Republican Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal was at 47.1 and Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker rounded out the top five with 46.6.

The Republican governor of New Jersey was in ninth place, at 45.2, a more than 10-point drop from the 55.5 he registered to lead the poll in January, before news of the George Washington Bridge scandal rocked his office.

And almost half of voters don't know who she is - yet. Wait until they do!

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Apr 3, 2014, 10:19 AM (10 replies)

For the love of all that is holy, sign up for this


Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Apr 2, 2014, 10:22 PM (0 replies)

Today's SCOTUS decision PROVES filibuster reform is a BAD idea

Once again, we can see that the Liberals are WRONG about wanting filibuster reform.

Ok, so today's Supreme Court ruling was disappointing. We lost.

But, just think of the lesson it teaches us sensible Democrats. In the future, there might be a Republican President, and Republican majorities in Congress. Now suppose that a Republican President nominated a crazy ideologue to the Supreme Court. A real nut with a history of voting for corporate interests at every turn.

We Democrats would filibuster the bastard! Yes. We. Would!

So, even though the filibuster in its current form inconveniently prevents us from doing anything to stop the massive flow of cash from the lumpenproletariat to our deserving Job Creators, we desperately need to keep it so we can avoid SCOTUS rulings like we had today.

So chill, Liberals. I suggest that you follow my lead tonight and drown your misery in a few bottles of full-bodied Sauternes with truffle/duck pate and fois gras with cherry sauce. And make sure to do your part in GOTV by urging the household help to VOTE DEMOCRATIC!


Third-Way Manny
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Apr 2, 2014, 09:44 PM (9 replies)

OK. I'm convinced. I *will* vote in 2014 and 2016.

Of course, like virtually every other DUer, I've been convinced of that since... forever.

We're not the problem. We vote. Liberals are particularly reliable at voting. For Democrats, and everything.

The problem is the folks in the "middle". They're the finicky ones without much political passion who stay home or vote for the other guys if the party in power doesn't Get The Job Done.

So we can have more posts that exhort us to vote. But, what Democrats really need in order to win, is to Get The Job Done.

And one more thing: from now on, each time I read about how Nader's to blame for Bush, I'll contribute $10 to Nader for President. Cut the #%^*.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Apr 2, 2014, 08:45 PM (90 replies)

Atheists give failing grades to Congress

Atheists give failing grades to Congress

A coalition of atheist activist groups on Monday gave Congress an "F" on issues they pushed in 2013.

The coalition rated members of the U.S. Senate on five issues, including support for the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act of 2013, and opposition to expansion of the religious exemption in the Employment Discrimination Act, FEMA funding for churches, the Freedom to Pray Act and school board prayer.

The group gave perfect scores to senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.)

"There were some improvements over our 2011 and 2009 Report Cards, with more U.S. Representatives earning an 'A' grade," the coalition said. "And for the first time, three Republicans Senators scored a 'B.' But overall, we still have a lot of work to do -- 62 percent of representatives and 58 percent of senators scored an 'F.'"
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Apr 2, 2014, 03:29 PM (0 replies)

Thanks, Obama

As we should be critical of our President and other Democrats when appropriate, we should also praise the good stuff they do.

In particular, I'm feeling good about the way President Obama has handled the Russian takeover of Crimea.

The lead-up to the event was nothing to brag about, as far as I can tell. Western bankers and politicians were vying with Eastern oligarchs and politicians, both trying to scam the Ukrainian 99%'s cash through austerity of one kind or another. Ukraine was a sheep set upon by two wolves. The East won, the West didn't like it and helped fuel a revolution, the East grabbed Crimea and made noises about grabbing some more.

East and West both have dirty hands, but only one side made an overt use of force, and overt force is a huge problem. Not because Crimea is now in Russian hands (it seems that's what Crimeans wanted, anyway), but because of where it could lead.

As we all know, Nazi Germany started grabbing territories in the 1930s. It started by relatively bloodless annexation of German-speaking territories through bullying. As successes mounted, it grew to... well, we all know what happened.

More than ever, modern powers cannot afford war against one another, so it's critical to nip Putin's militarism in the bud. To be clear, Russia is not Nazi Germany: Nazi Germany was led by a rabid ideologue, while Russia is led by greedheads. Fortunately, greedheads are easier to deter than ideologues: take away their money, and they tend to behave.

President Obama took, I think, exactly the right approach. He made it clear that:

- There'd be no Western military response.
- There will be a price to pay, out of the wallets of the oligarchs.

Time will tell if this is the right thing to do, but for what it's worth, I think it is, and it's certainly a hell of a lot different than Dim Son, McCain, Romney, or another Republican would do.

Thanks, Obama.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Mar 31, 2014, 08:48 PM (37 replies)
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