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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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Obama said, "I'm prepared to make a whole range of compromises"

If Republicans are willing, Obama said, "I'm prepared to make a whole range of compromises" that could even rankle his own party. But he did not get specific.


Compromising with lunatics. Marvelous.

Couldn't he just *pretend* for a few more months?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Aug 26, 2012, 11:30 PM (143 replies)

Is Romney Legally Untouchable?

Many folks saying that he's done illegal things with his taxes.

What do you think the odds are that they'll ever be an investigation? Will he get a professional courtesy pass like Bush, Cheney, and the rest of the torture-boys got?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Aug 23, 2012, 10:00 PM (3 replies)

Nobody with power gives a shit about your pathetic life, part 8,264

Morgan Stanley connives with electricity generators to scam $300 million from consumers.

Morgan Stanley makes $21.6 million from the scam.

Department of "Justice" only asks for $4.8 million fine.

Judge says "This sucks, DOJ should have asked for more but since they didn't I'll OK this."

Morgan Stanley pockets $16.8 million. The $4.8 million goes to Treasury, where it helps keep taxes on the wealthiest Americans at one-third of what they used to be. And you, my friend, are fucked again. Fucked again, and nobody cares. Nobody with power anyway.

Enjoy your cat food, schmucks! Your ass is getting Grand Bargained right after the election!

The Way We Are Screwed... And How Come Nobody Goes To Jail ???
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Aug 9, 2012, 10:16 PM (63 replies)

True Democrats don't work to slash Social Security. They don't. Not Ever.

True Democrats work to keep it or increase it. That's it. No negotiation. End of story.

That people who call themselves "Democrats" would work to hand the Social Security Trust Fund to the wealthiest, thereby impoverishing older Americans, sickens me to the core. It is astonishing. Amazing. Disgusting. Dreadful. These people should be thrown out of our party.

Social Security is in fine shape unless the economy stays as bad as it is now for many, many years. If it goes back to anything like the economy that we had for the 70 years before 2008, Social Security will pay full benefits for as far as the eye can see.

If Democrats actually want to "strengthen" Social Security, they must do stuff to fix the economy instead of triangulating and/or folding like cheap lawn chairs over whatever the insane Republicans want. They need to fight. Fight. Fight. For us. For the 99%.

Bragging that they're out-Hoovering Hoover doesn't count.

That is all.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Jul 30, 2012, 07:20 PM (326 replies)

We need a another FDR ASAP

He was amazing.

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Jul 27, 2012, 07:01 PM (1 replies)

Massachusetts: nanny-state gun control FAIL

So much over-the-top coverage of the shootings in Aurora! It's a sad story, but we should not overreact. On an average day in the US, roughly 80 people are killed by [strike]guns[/strike] people who coincidentally happen to have guns, so Aurora only represents 15% of Friday's quota.

One thing I am thankful for is that we're not hearing people refer to my own state of Massachusetts as a model for reducing gun deaths.

As pretty much anybody who's paying attention knows, Massachusetts is a nanny-state's nanny state. For centuries it has been overrun with liberals, ranging from the Revolutionary War crowd, to the Kennedys, to that shrill woman Elizabeth Warren.

Par for the course, Massachusetts also has a bumper crop of second-amendment haters. Visitors realize this pretty quickly when they see the array of anti-second-amendment billboards on the side of the Mass Pike, by Fenway Park:



Of course, it turns out that Mass has about the toughest gun laws in the country. Strictly by coincidence, it also has the second-lowest rate of gun deaths in the country. Hawaii, who also coincidentally has strict gun laws, has an even lower rate.

There are some gun grabber types who use so-called "math" to show that if Massachusetts had the same rate of gun deaths as our second-amendment-biding neighbors to the north (New Hampshire), we'd have more than 200 more dead people in our state each year. In fact, if the entire country had the same rate of gun deaths that we do, roughly 21,000 fewer people would be killed. I suppose that some sort of argument could be made that this would be a good thing, but we need to consider the other side of the equation.

Living in Massachusetts is Hell for gun enthusiasts. People need to know how bad it is here.

It's almost impossible to get guns and ammo in this state.

For example, on my commute to work each day, I pass only two gun stores. Only two! What would happen if I was having a shootout with another car on my way to work and needed more ammo pronto, or I wanted to upgrade my firepower? I might have to drive miles under withering attack before I could exercise these second-amendment rights. This is unacceptable.

One of my co-workers has a permit to carry a concealed weapon in our state. He actually had to apply for the permit, wait a few days, then get the permit. Soviet Union, anyone?

200 lives saved in our state each year. Is it really worth this terrible price?


NRA Manny
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Jul 22, 2012, 09:28 PM (91 replies)

Told you so: France is totally fucked from raising taxes on the wealthy.

First their new (confessed!) Socialist president raised taxes on foreign-owned second homes.

As if that wasn't awful enough, he next set a $565,000 per year pay cap for executives in state-owned companies. I don't know how very important people can live on that.

So instead of austeritying the peasantry as reasonable Progressives know we need to do, Hollande is waging class warfare on France's job creators, and now the chickens have come home to roost!

The invisible bond vigilantes have arrived!

In today's auction of French bonds, yields dropped to negative rates. Because of Hollande's moves, borrowers are pretending that they now have so much confidence in being repaid that they are actually paying France for the privilege of lending France money. Of course, this is just a trick to get the French to borrow more money than they can ever hope repay, thus making big profits for the banks.

Silly Socialists!

Austerity now! Austerity forever!

Best regards,

Third-Way Manny
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Jul 9, 2012, 10:54 AM (92 replies)

This is unfair to pirhanas

By nature, pirhanas are gentle and loving fish. In the hands of a cruel owner, any fish can become dangerous. Heck, I've seen guppies become man-eaters after years of abuse.

Do we know how this fish was treated?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Jun 23, 2012, 12:04 PM (3 replies)

I hate to say it: if Romney taps Rubio, the Presidency is his.

History is pretty clear here - selecting a minority member, or a member of an otherwise-oppressed class, wins elections.

Gerry Ferraro, 1984.

Joe Lieberman, 2000.

Sarah Palin, 2008.


Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Jun 19, 2012, 10:30 PM (24 replies)

Really disturbing porn

Personally, I don't particularly feel strongly as to whether porn is inherently good or bad. My first thought is that incidence of rape might increase due to availability of violent porn, but it seems that rape incidence has actually dropped during the years that porn has become more available. However, crime in general has dropped during those years, so I don't think we can claim that porn reduces rape. Or that it increases rape.

Assuming that porn doesn't cause crime and everyone involved is doing what they enjoy, I don't particularly care one way or the other as to whether it's produced or consumed. I don't care about how people have sex - get out there and enjoy yourself, whatever works for you. I read an exhortation earlier today warning that people can get injured having porn-film-style sex. I've never had the pleasure of receiving such an injury, but I have broken 5 bones and had some other injuries from playing sports, climbing things as a kid, and so forth. I won't implore people to avoid sports. (OK, I would urge you not to learn how to do hand stands on a skateboard while barefoot - that was a particularly stupid thing to do.)

Pornography does disturb me deeply when participants perform against their will, either from coercion or desperation. One obvious type is child porn. Disturbing beyond words, the producers and consumers are sick. It is a mental illness, I think. Some producers probably do it for enjoyment, but I'll bet that many do it for money. Sick. Sick. And illegal, of course.

A few months ago, I read an article stating that an astonishing number of porn films are made where women are inhumanly degraded - it is a subculture. Some of these women were interviewed, it seemed like most were doing it because it was the only way they could make a decent living, and they were disgusted and sad at what they had to do. This is also sick. It is a sign of a sick society, one where so many people are denied living-wage jobs and they must turn to degrading themselves. If you're lucky enough to be attractive, you eat and have a roof over your head. Not attractive? Tough shit, you starve on the street.

If we want to reduce the number of degrading spectacles around us, we need to take back our government from the Predator Class and create a new New Deal. We need living-wage jobs. As long as the 99% are held down by debt, austerity, and laws that give their money to the wealthiest, we will have very bad things happen.

We must fight.

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Jun 19, 2012, 09:14 PM (72 replies)
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