User Profile: Lloyd Drako

Lloyd Drako

Member Since: September 02, 2010

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  • [1] October 20, 2014 at 2:03pm

    There’s a 60-year-old remedy ready to hand: the Bricker Amendment.

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  • [1] October 19, 2014 at 6:59pm

    Anabasis:

    Most of the pictures of starved prisoners and stacked bodies were taken by the western Allies in concentration camps like Buchenwald and Bergen-Belsen. Many of these prisoners were not Jews but rather political prisoners. As you say, the war’s closing phases brought ruin and disruption to German transportation and supply, exacerbating what were already horrible conditions.

    It was the Red Army that liberated Auschwitz and the extermination camps further east. They took few pictures, though they did gather abundant evidence of other sorts. Hungarian Jews, as well as many from western European countries such as the Netherlands, actually often were reasonably well fed right up to their deportation and gassing, since they had never been “ghettoized” as thoroughly as Polish Jews. Their were cremated, so it’s not likely that you ever will see any images of their bodies, though there are surviving photos of them being loaded on and off the trains.

    Much ink has been expended on the logistics of gassing, most of it beside the point.As others have pointed out, the number of Jews gassed by the Nazis and other collaborators) was much lower than the proverbial 6 million. Most were simply shot or died or starvation or disease.

    In 1940 there were about 15 million Jews in the world, 9 million of them in Europe. At the end of WWII, about 9 million remained, only 3 million in Europe. You do the math.

  • [1] October 19, 2014 at 6:39pm

    Your comment about the “American Left” applies to the Communists only. Most liberals and many socialists favored intervention to aid the British from the fall of France if not before. In 1939-1941 the most vociferous advocates of “America First” were almost all on the right, from Charles Lindbergh to Herbert Hoover to Robert Taft.

  • [16] October 19, 2014 at 1:05pm

    Of course “Fury” is top BO. World War II was probably the last thing most Americans can agree America did right.

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  • October 18, 2014 at 4:09pm

    JP4JOY, of course. Hitler professed himself smitten with the beauty of Ukrainian girls, and Nazi policy was solicitous of the various German-descended populations of Ukraine, the lower Volga and elsewhere.

    These are all lovely ladies, by Nazi or any other standards. The one who stands out is the one who looks as if photoshopped from a 1958 movie magazine. I’m suspicious of the others as well. The Russians are very adept at disinformation, and they know the very appearance of Nazi anything sets everyone’s hair on fire. As for the Ukrainians, Russian propaganda would have you believe the new, improved, western-oriented Ukraine is one giant Nazi revival tend. Under Putin, social media are commonly manipulated. I think someone is indulging in some political catfishing.

  • [2] October 18, 2014 at 3:35pm

    For those who have ears to hear, here’s proof that Carson does in fact have political, presumably presidential, ambitions. Obama would never nominate him for SG, but if he did, and if Carson accepted, he would forever foreclose all possibility of getting the Republican nomination for anything. Pity, because he might actually do some good in the position, which has often been as good a bully pulpit as the presidency itself.

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  • [2] October 18, 2014 at 3:02pm

    Even the blondes have suspiciously Slavic features. I’m not sure the Fűhrer would approve.

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  • [-5] October 17, 2014 at 12:23pm

    I’ll be brief.

    You are “more and more convinced that Obama intends to let Ebola wreck [sic] havoc across the land.” And I am more and more convinced that you have been “cheesing.” Seriously, get help.

    Klain has some experience with the disbursement of funds, which will be critical in figuring out which anti-Ebola efforts should get more, and which should get less support.

    Perhaps it’s not the identity of the “czar,” but the very existence of the position of “Ebola czar” that should concern you. Wasn’t Obama accused of promoting “government by czars” a few years ago? So who needs another czar? Why not let the free market handle it?

  • [5] October 2, 2014 at 1:06pm

    Would the media please stop showing pictures of the virus? Unless you carry a microscope around, what does that add to your store of useful information? Find some other imagery with which to frighten us.

  • [2] October 1, 2014 at 12:55pm

    So it begins. Phones are becoming increasingly subject to reflexivity, a concept developed by George Soros. Chilling.

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  • October 1, 2014 at 12:53pm

    Question: Have US military operations in the Middle East, whether under Bush the Greater, Clinton, Bush the Lesser or Obama, made these American jihadis more or less fanatical and determined to wreak havoc here? My money says more.

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  • October 1, 2014 at 12:37pm

    Biblically at least, Moses is a heroic figure, but the Exodus is presented as a miracle, not a military accomplishment. It’s Joshua who gets the military cred, though he also has divine help.

    Neither the Israelites nor their Egyptian opponents, however, would likely have operated as cavalry like the trailer shows. There’s little evidence that horses were ridden until maybe 300-400 years later.

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  • October 1, 2014 at 12:33pm

    The Exodus–assuming there was such an event–would have taken place shortly before 1200 BC. That was a time of enormous convulsion all over the Middle East and around the eastern Mediterranean–plagues, famines, invasions and mass migrations. In particular, the so-called “Sea Peoples” caused a panic among the rulers of Egypt. However, the Bible doesn’t have the Israelites coming by or from the sea. It’s most likely that a group of slaves in the eastern Delta took advantage of the confusion to escape across the Sinai, and that once in Canaan, which was slipping from the Egyptians’ grasp, they formed a decisive component of a secession movement that was already underway there. There is only one Egyptian document from that period that even mentions “Israel,” and that is a Pharaoh’s boast that he has defeated a people by that name. Meanwhile, in Canaan, there are signs of general impoverishment and a reversion to a more localized way of life, but no significant changes in house construction, pottery, weaponry or the like, that would suggest the intrusion of a significantly new ethnic element. Clearly, heroic, dramatic and formative events were underway some 3200 years ago, both for Israel and–by way of the Trojan War and its aftermath–for the Greeks, who became the other “rootstock” of the western tradition.

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  • October 1, 2014 at 12:02pm

    RobbCobb:

    OK, but since we’re going technical, let’s go to the timeline. The Mexicans arrested Tahmooressi on March 31. By May, more than a month later, wasn’t the 4th Civil Affairs Unit aware of this? Was he wearing a uniform or any insignia when the Mexicans arrested him? I haven’t read that he was. Something smells a bit off.

    Let me be clear: I have every sympathy for this guy. He made a mistake, attributable probably to his PTSD. (My own brother has PTSD from three Iraq wars back, so I know something about it.) If he’s being ignored by the administration, it’s equally true that his plight is being exploited by its opponents.

    None of this is very helpful. Hence headlines like the one above, suggesting that the government is willfully violating the sacred “leave no man behind” precept, which is hardly the case.

  • [2] October 1, 2014 at 11:27am

    Didn’t you notice that it’s a couple of Republican Congressmen who’ve been in talks with Mexican authorities, on the basis of which they’re making predictions that Tahmooressi will soon be home?

    Most leftists have never heard of this case, and could not care less when or even whether Tahmooressi comes home. When he does, it’ll be all over the conservative media as a victory for the right.

    Fox News will feature him daily, taking shameless advantage of a man who still suffers from PTSD. He’ll be caught up in a whirlwind of interviews and press conferences, which will not be conducive to healing. But so what, as long as you can score political points?

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  • October 1, 2014 at 11:07am

    Chief, when we start getting a body count, then we’ll know it’s time to give up hope. That was our “measure of success” in Vietnam, and we know how that turned out.

  • [5] October 1, 2014 at 11:02am

    Nothing wrong with what this guy did. It’s totally in the spirit of private enterprise. We’ve already privatized security, prisons, schools, garbage collection and who knows what else, so why not electronic surveillance?

  • [-7] October 1, 2014 at 10:57am

    Tahmooressi is not a Marine. He’s an ex-Marine. It’s not as if the Mexicans nabbed a serving, uniformed member of the USMC just to spite the US.

    I know, I know, once a Marine, always a Marine. The Mexicans were perfectly within their rights to arrest him, though probably not to hold him as long as they have.

    His name is Farsi, that is, Iranian. Maybe it’s not his pigmentation but his ethnicity that’s suspicious?

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  • September 30, 2014 at 4:36pm

    Nah, you must have it wrong. On TV and in the movies I see women all the time–policewomen, female FBI and CIA agents, crime- and terror-fighting superheroines, usually in skin-tight costumes–take down bad guys with guns, blades and fists. She must have just been having a bad day.

  • September 30, 2014 at 4:28pm

    Doherty and Woods were not in fact Navy SEALS. They were ex-Navy SEALS who were working as civilian security contractors for the CIA. This does not detract from their undoubted bravery, or excuse the government’s failure to provide better security for our people in Benghazi, but it never hurts to get your facts straight.

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