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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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First they *ignored* us (for about 15 years)

Then they laughed at us (right fellow Firebaggers?)

Now they're fighting us - but we're starting to win. (Two big ones in the past week. Kind of our Concord and Bunker Hill.)

Gandhi was right about how this stuff flows.

We'll still lose a bunch, but we'll win even more. History, decency and stability are on our side.

Have at it!


First-Way Manny
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Sep 16, 2013, 07:23 PM (35 replies)

NY Times: Summers even less popular than bombing Syria

Summers Pulls Name From Consideration for Fed Chief

Good article.

Mr. Summers had long been viewed by Mr. Obama and his economic advisers as Mr. Bernanke’s presumptive replacement

But sadly, Summers was even less popular than bombing Syria...

After weeks of opposition to his candidacy from an array of progressives, the president’s inability to rally Congressional Democrats on Syria persuaded Mr. Summers that his most important audience — the Senate, which must confirm a Fed chairman — probably could not be won over.

He concluded that the White House was also unlikely to overcome opposition to his candidacy from many of the same Democrats, who view him as an opponent of stronger financial regulation, according to supporters who insisted on anonymity to describe confidential conversations with him.

“Clearly Obama couldn’t bring his own most enthusiastic supporters to back him on an issue of national security,” one supporter said. “How was he going to corral them for Larry?”

Man, things have changed!
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Sep 15, 2013, 10:40 PM (24 replies)

There are few times I've been so thrilled to be wrong.

The Third Way is officially back on their heels... opportunity awaits. Danger, too.

But we can win this!


First Way Manny
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Sep 15, 2013, 06:17 PM (43 replies)

After Summers is in place at the Fed's helm, I think

that the President should reach across the ailse and tap Michael "heck of a job " Brown(ie) to become Secretary of the Treasury. And name a drunk weasel to head his Council of Economic Advisers.

Then Larry can be Larry.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Sep 14, 2013, 11:23 PM (71 replies)

More PROOF that Snowden uncovered NOTHING NEW

His efforts were for naught.

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Sep 13, 2013, 05:36 PM (8 replies)

Senator Warren's 'Serious Concerns' About Larry Summers

Please save us, Sen. Warren!

Bloomberg: Senator Warren's 'Serious Concerns' About Larry Summers

Senator Elizabeth Warren has told the White House that she won't publicly take a position on Larry Summers as a possible chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, though she privately told administration officials she has "serious concerns" about him as a nominee, according to people familiar with the situation.

Summers's prospects have dimmed over the past week and the Obama administration has come to realize the opposition of a prominent figure such as Warren could deliver a fatal blow, several people said.


That might be a miscalculation. Yesterday, Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the second-ranking Republican in the Senate, told the Huffington Post that he would oppose a Summers nomination. Although some economists say Yellen would be a little more liberal on regulation and monetary policy, Summers, with his close involvement in Democratic politics and policies over the past two decades, would raise more suspicion among the Republican Party's right wing base.

White House officials privately have predicted Summers would win Senate confirmation because even if a handful of Democrats defected, the nominee would have sufficient Republican supporters, who would be swayed by financial interests that would back Summers.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Sep 13, 2013, 10:45 AM (11 replies)

Pope Francis gets a used car. Oh, and priestly celibacy's up for discussion. And...

While the rest of our world leaders seem to be insane, the Pope's gotten quite a bit done in a few months. So what's been going on in the few days since leading a fast for peace in Syria?

He's still living in the hotel, but got himself some (not-so-)new wheels, which he intends to drive himself. Manual, of course.

Pope Francis’ newest ride: A 29-year-old beater with 186,000 miles

The Church's Secretary of State now says that priestly celibacy is on the table. I didn't know that the Pope hisself had suggested this a year ago.

On the down-to-earth front, he's pranking people who write him or who are otherwise in need. He calls them. Himself. Can you imagine how freaky it is to get a call from the Pope?

"One of them, Michele Ferri, told CBS News about a recent conversation. Ferri wrote a letter to the Pope in a moment of rage; but was shocked when she picked up the phone and heard:"'Hi Michele, this is Pope Francis.'"

I never imagined that the Pope would call me on my cell phone," said Ferri. "I thought I would get a form letter perhaps. But never a phone call."

Reportedly, the Pope called a divorced pregnant woman and offered to baptized her baby; she wrote to the pontiff when her boyfriend pressured her to have an abortion. There were also reports that Francis also responded to a rape survivor's letter.

This Pope seems to be showing us how world leaders lead: Right thought, right words, right actions.

(Maybe he's even listening to that album. Heck, maybe he played drums on a track or two.)

In any case, this Jewboy is mighty impressed.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Sep 11, 2013, 09:56 PM (73 replies)

One thing that *would* suck about a negotiated settlement

over chemical weapons in Syria: we'll never get to find out what an "unbelievably small" attack looks like.

While it's a good trade to swap it out for a reduction in tensions, I'm damned curious to know. Curse you, John Kerry, for teasing me like that.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Sep 9, 2013, 10:43 PM (8 replies)

Wait, I'm confused again.

If President Obama accepts an offer from Putin like Edward Snowden did, does that make him a Rand Paul disciple? Or does he crave shirtless pictures of Putin?

These things are difficult for me to follow, the world moves so quickly these days!
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Sep 9, 2013, 09:24 PM (93 replies)

I'm a little confused here...

Obama and Kerry say that Syria must rid themselves of chemical weapons within a week or face a US attack that's "unbelievably small" and will have either no affect whatsoever, or be vast and substantially degrade their capabilities, depending on whether they're talking to doves or hawks.

But Congress is about to take a non-binding vote on whether to attack. They're about to vote a resounding "no", and the President's posse assures us that he'll honor the vote. So we won't be attacking anybody.

So why are we continuing to threaten Syria if we aren't attacking them? Or are we attacking them despite Congress's imminent "no" vote?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Sep 9, 2013, 07:15 PM (9 replies)
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