User Profile: Lloyd Drako

Lloyd Drako

Member Since: September 02, 2010

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  • January 27, 2015 at 5:19pm

    Some other great 70th anniversaries coming up: Yalta, Rhine crossing at Remagen and subsequent failure to go for Berlin, death (?) of Hitler, Okinawa, Potsdam, Hiroshima-Nagasaki. Fun for all!

  • [9] January 27, 2015 at 4:53pm

    We’re not told here whether Jan Zabinski survived or not. If he really took part in the Home Army uprising in 1944 and was taken prisoner, odds are he did not. God bless him anyway.

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  • January 27, 2015 at 4:33pm

    Another minor detail: She ran for VP in 2008. She resigned from the governorship in 2009. I can’t say if she left Alaskans better off or not, but if she did, think how much better off they’d be if she’d served more than 1/2 of a full term. Since 2009, her other options have mostly involved incoherent twitterings, some sort of cross country bus tour and appearances at events where she mostly screeches to the converted.

  • January 27, 2015 at 4:24pm

    rob_pompolit: No, nothing we say or do is going to bring about a change of heart in someone who is already a jihadi willing to die so long as he can take a few infidels with him. We would like it if there were fewer alienated young men (plus a few women) tempted to become jihadis. Toward that end, not carelessly appearing to condemn the religion of Islam wholesale is probably a good start.

  • January 27, 2015 at 4:21pm

    Excomunicatedmarine: The western powers split up the Middle East after World War I, not World War II. Agreed, any number of nasty dictators helped keep the lid on there for many decades. One of the nastiest of these, namely, Saddam Hussein, was actually removed by US military force. Probably a mistake?

  • January 25, 2015 at 6:16pm

    matt_c: This story is more about what we should say than about what we should do. But since you bring it up, there is plenty that we have done to rouse up hatred against us all over the Middle East. For too long we unqualifiedly backed almost anything any Israeli government decided to do, even though the area where Israel stands has been Muslim and Arab for a thousand years. We have exploited the region for its natural resources, principally oil, so that favored regimes, not their peoples, got most of the benefit. We have taken it upon ourselves to invade and “nation build” in places like Afghanistan and Iraq where no plausible nation can be built, ignoring and further stirring up nasty tribal and sectarian hatreds. It’ll be a long time until the “extremely drastic reformation” you speak of comes along, It won’t be hurried along by wild talk about Islam as the spawn of Satan.

    bullcrapbuster: I am serious. If we can’t combat our enemies without properly naming them, let’s do so. Let’s call them “violent jihadis.” That makes it clear that it’s their violence we are fighting, and also that they are Muslims, without unnecessarily condemning all Muslims or Islam per se.

    junkman1031: 2.4 million Muslim extremists among nearly 2 billion Muslims? Not bad numbers. I can’t recall anyone in the administration calling the Tea Party “religious” extremists. Perhaps the “clinging to their God and guns” remark but that’s about it.

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  • [-7] January 25, 2015 at 4:21pm

    Yes, the choice of words is important.

    If the administration started talking about “radical Islam” like the critics say they want, how long do you think it would be before recordings started circulating through the bazaars of Araby with the “radical” subtly erased? “They have declared war on Muslims! They hate Islam!” It’s not up to us to say what’s radical and what’s not. The word can simply mean extremely devout, fundamentalist, puritanical–not necessarily bad things to be, if you insist on being religious.

    What we should object to is not radicalism, but physical violence. Shooting, bombing, stabbing, beheading. It’s not difficult to define. I would go further and say “violent jihadism,” to make it clear that we have nothing against even jihadism (if by that you mean a sort of “Onward Muslim soldiers” variant of Islam) but blood, dismemberment and death going by the name of jihadism.

    Just a suggestion to the administration, and to the domestic opposition that cannot resist nipping at its ankles over every little thing.

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  • [2] January 25, 2015 at 1:48pm

    That so many people try to live through music is just one of the many wrong turns our culture took back in the 1960s. If I could get back all the money I’ve spent on vinyl, tapes, CDs and downloads I’d be–well, close to the 1% anyway. I’ll still listen, but never buy. Though I consider myself an urban sophisticate ;-), I often listen to a country station on my car radio.

    Jews have learned to love Wagner. Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” was misappropriated by the Reagan campaign in 1984. Chrissie Hynde must hate herself for having to let Rush use her music day after day for thirty years. I loathe everything James Taylor ever recorded, though I’d probably agree with him on many political issues. I love Kid Rock and Nugent as musicians, though their politics is primitive to say the least.

    If there’s anything worse than political correctness, it’s letting political consistency govern your literary, artistic or musical taste.

  • [2] January 25, 2015 at 12:31pm

    At least when the teleprompter failed, she didn’t just quit. Wouldn’t want to leave the Iowa Republicans bereft of her sagacity like she left the people of Alaska.

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  • [-2] January 25, 2015 at 12:06pm

    sgtjarhead: What facts, sarge? That some decayed stockpiles from the 1990s turned up in Iraq 10 years after the invasion? If anything–repeat, anything–worth all the doomsday talk we heard had turned up, don’t you suppose Bush, Cheney et al. would have shouted it from the rooftops? Silence. Own it, Moore was right about the folly of our invasion of Iraq, and you, and I, and most of us, were wrong. It was a colossal strategic blunder.

  • January 25, 2015 at 11:10am

    Sure, Bryansblog, sure. Some aged and unusable stockpiles of chemical weapons finally turned up long after the US invasion. Nothing was ever found that would have been of the slightest use to Saddam Hussein in the circumstances of 2002-3. Nothing was ever found that could possibly constitute a justification for the trillion or so dollars we spent there, the thousands of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis killed and maimed, or the toxic brew of ethnic and sectarian hatreds that welled up after we destroyed Saddam’s government and army. Or do you know something I don’t?

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  • [1] January 25, 2015 at 10:50am

    The whole “WWJD” thing is getting to be about as tiresome as the overused argumentum ad Hitlerum. I’ll give Moore this, though: he was right about Iraq in 2003, and most of the rest of us, including me, were wrong. If we hadn’t let ourselves be hustled into war back then, Chris Kyle would probably still be alive, and so would several thousand other Americans, and a couple of hundred thousand Iraqis.

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  • [1] January 24, 2015 at 5:49pm

    Can’t say about drugs and crime, but according to PornHub, the state whose people have the longest and shortest visits to their site are, respectively, Mississippi and Rhode Island. Does this mean Mississippians are hypocrites or that Rhode Islanders are premature ejaculators?

  • January 24, 2015 at 5:39pm

    Even if we leave the question of charitableness and “Christian behavior” aside, “less Bible-minded” does not necessarily mean unholy or even less holy. Cities like Providence, New Bedford and Albany, and many others in the Northeast and Midwest which are neither top nor bottom 10, have large Roman Catholic populations which are every bit as devout but not as given to Bible-reading.

  • [-4] January 24, 2015 at 5:17pm

    East please check your facts. There was a trend toward income equalization between the 1930s and the 1970s, but that has been reversed over the past 40 years.

    I’d like to know how you figure that throwing ourselves into military quagmires “covers up the costs” of something that is not even happening. Rather, it makes the fiscal cost worse when we wage wars entirely on the national credit card instead of raising taxes as in all previous wars.

    No, there will never be absolute income equalization on this or any other planet. Nor should there be. But a movement away from more extreme income inequality than we’ve had since the Gilded Age, or even a popular perception that such a movement is under way, would do a world of good.

  • [-3] January 24, 2015 at 4:43pm

    An America in which more Americans felt themselves to be full participants, would automatically be an America more “safe, secure and strong.” Unfortunately a diminishing proportion of Americans feels that way. Some movement toward income equalization would be a start.

    Nowhere outside the right-wing wind tunnel have I heard the term “free stuff.” Obama’s “free community college” might qualify, except that people helped up in that way would become more productive taxpaying citizens.

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  • [-2] January 21, 2015 at 7:57pm

    woodyee: I think someone who goes by the name “Karenshepherd” is probably a she, not a he. I’m not really insinuating that she’s a liar, simply trying to discern what she might mean by “late.” Read on, please.

    808Patriot: thank you.Yours is an honest answer. I disagree, but I respect you for it.

    To me this is one of those “wedge” issues, “wedge” not as we usually use the term in politics, but “wedge” as in “entering wedge.” In many of our social and cultural wars, common sense is easily elbowed aside by extreme fanaticism. I think that, after waiting periods, parental notification, no partial-birth abortion, and the like, there is a hard core of anti-abortion activists who would like to see 808Patriot’s views prevail–no abortions, ever, for any reason. Step by step, the plan is to abolish abortion completely, even if the result is to have someone standing guard over a pregnant woman 24/7 until she comes to term, if she’s shown the slightest interest in ending her pregnancy. I know no one on the other extreme who actually celebrates abortion, but I’m sure there must be some. Similarly, extreme gun advocates won’t rest until everyone has the right to carry any sort of firearm anywhere he pleases, and there are some who’d like to repeal the 2nd Amendment in toto. And isn’t it obvious that “medical marijuana” has been a smokescreen (pun intended) behind which to advance the cause of unrestricted cannabis consumption?

    I’m sure you can think of other “wedges” like these.

  • [3] January 21, 2015 at 3:56pm

    Boehner’s invitation is not as outrageous as it will appear to those who think that the executive branch ought to handle foreign relations, or who are simply anti-Israel.

    Netanyahu is a member of the Knesset and the leader of a majority coalition, and Boehner is a leader of the majority party in the US Congress, and there is precedent for legislature-to-legislature dealings.

    The comparison is not exact, since the Israelis have a parliamentary system and we do not–and, of course, because its real point for both men is to undercut the American administration’s foreign policy.

  • [-4] January 21, 2015 at 2:05pm

    How late is late? Where will you draw the line? An honest answer, please.

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  • January 21, 2015 at 2:02pm

    I favor restrictions on abortion.

    I believe no doctor should be required to perform one while he is on his lunch break.

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