User Profile: Lloyd Drako

Lloyd Drako

Member Since: September 02, 2010

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  • April 16, 2014 at 7:47pm

    If you add those who favor the ACA reforms as they stand to those who think they not only will but should collapse into single payer, you probably do in fact have a slight majority of the people as a whole.

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  • April 16, 2014 at 7:43pm

    WorriedNVMom, this isn’t about the 1st amendment or stifling free speech. It’s about whether Tea Party groups were entitled to tax exemptions on the grounds that they mostly advocated “social welfare.” Most of them, as it turned out, had arguable legal cases, but in the political atmosphere of 2010 or 2012, I think the IRS was entitled to raise an eyebrow, don’t you?

  • April 10, 2014 at 1:17pm

    It’s so good to be appreciated.

  • April 10, 2014 at 1:01pm

    No, the “Democrats are latter-day plantation owners” trope rings as a pathetic attempt to win the sympathy of black people without having to earn it.

  • April 10, 2014 at 12:51pm

    Sorry, Professor Cooper, it won’t do just to say “it was clear [that] distinguished leaders of the Democratic Party were the opponents ” of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

    Which leaders? Besides obvious southern segregationist diehards like Russell, Stennis and Byrd, there were plenty of pro-civil rights northern liberals who were also regarded as party leaders, such as Mansfield, Humphrey and Douglas.

    If Cooper does not know this, he is ignorant of some basic facts. If he does know it, he is being disingenuous to say the least!

  • April 10, 2014 at 12:19pm

    Twain never said anything about the propagation speed of a half-truth, which is what this “It was the Republicans who favored civil rights” business is.

    In 1964, in an overwhelmingly Democratic Congress, a large majority of both Republicans AND Democrats voted for the Civil Rights Act.

  • April 10, 2014 at 12:11pm

    Mom, what’s happened is that the right wing has fastened upon that one statement to make out that MLK was some sort of small government, laissez faire conservative. He most emphatically was not. He was all on board for affirmative action and wealth redistribution. When he died, he was in Memphis supporting a public employee union on strike. Pretty left, y’all ask me.

  • April 10, 2014 at 12:00pm

    If Goldwater did not understand that the Civil Rights Act was long-standing Republican policy, neither, apparently, did the Republican Convention that nominated him, or the millions of (still mostly white) voters in the five Deep South states that gave him their electoral votes.

    In 1964, you could not protest your lack of racial prejudice, which Goldwater eloquently did, and still shrill the dog whistle of “states’ rights, which he also did, and expect black support. Where they could vote, blacks had been trending Democrat for years, and his candidacy accelerated the trend.

  • April 6, 2014 at 1:36pm

    Since most of the comments here go to the race of the assailants, it seems in order to suggest that whoever turned them in is most likely black too.

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  • April 2, 2014 at 11:39am

    Very true. If Lloyd’s of London had had to insure creaking hulks as well as seaworthy vessels, it would have gone out of business 300 years ago.

    That’s why a single-payer system would have made more sense than this kludge called Obamacare. Strictly speaking, people don’t need health insurance at all. They need health care.

  • April 2, 2014 at 11:31am

    I can find nowhere that “The Two Bite Club” is actually for sale. More likely the government makes it available free.

    As a matter of historical record, other than tariffs, the main source of income for the US government between 1787 and 1913 was–wait for it–sale of government lands.

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  • April 2, 2014 at 11:17am

    I note that the one lone item of animal flesh depicted on the cover of this piece of propaganda is what appears to be a chicken leg. The pie chart shows “protein” but not meat. Hitler was a vegetarian. Chilling.

  • March 15, 2014 at 2:40pm

    Except for Slym, who was in manufacturing, not banking, we aren’t told anything about these people’s personal emotional circumstances. How many were having relationship problems? How many were on potent anti-depression or anti-anxiety medications?

    Otherwise, if there was any criminal activity going on, it was mostly likely not by Hillary Clinton or Valerie Jarrett but by the suicides themselves. Embezzlement is a perennial and powerful temptation in the banking business, but sooner or later you hear the footsteps of the auditors approaching. . . .

  • March 15, 2014 at 10:49am

    I’m still going with an accidental fire taking out avionics, followed by an attempt by the crew to reverse course, all the while struggling to regain control by hand-flying without vital information about airspeed and altitude, hence the reported altitude excursions, followed very quickly by decompression, the deaths of all passengers and crew, and a long continued flight ending with a crash into the Indian Ocean.

    I know, I know, totally irrational and impossible. Much less likely than a hijacking ending with the plane being retrofitted as a WMD at some jungle or desert airstrip. Please, somebody, talk me down.

  • March 15, 2014 at 10:19am

    A constructive suggestion! Rare on TheBlaze.

  • March 12, 2014 at 2:06pm

    We want Russia “to cease all efforts to change the status of Crimea contrary to Ukrainian law.” Distasteful as Yanukovych was, wasn’t he overthrown “contrary to Ukrainian law?” He could have been legally impeached; instead he was forced out in a most irregular fashion.

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  • March 12, 2014 at 2:02pm

    Don’t expect Putin to back down. Expect an independent Crimea recognized by Russia and some other nations but not recognized by the Europeans or the US. Expect this situation to persist for a long time, sort of like China and Taiwan, or the Baltic republics between 1940 and 1990.

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  • March 12, 2014 at 1:54pm

    OK, but where does it stop? Look for a profusion of whiteboard quotes from Richard Dawkins, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, Sylvia Plath, maybe even Glenn Beck. After all, these may be cadets but they are still college kids. Inoffensive as the quotes have so far been, the Academy has wisely decided to nip this in the bud.

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  • March 12, 2014 at 1:34pm

    I note that all three “plausible theories” presented here presume some sort of malicious or deliberately deceptive act on the part of terrorists, crew, Malaysian authorities–somebody, anybody, so we don’t have to accept that it was most likely an accident.

    The 777 may be a remarkable airplane, but explosive decompressions do happen. At 35,000′, such an event would have instantly incapacitated everyone on board, hence no distress signals or phone calls. With recipients of such calls probably living all over the world, how could any authority suppress knowledge of them? If there were premonitory signs that something was wrong, the pilots may have initiated a turn to the west southwest as shown on the maps and as reported by the Malaysian military, preparing for a later turn to the southeast back toward Kuala Lumpur. Following a subsequent decompression, the plane would have continued on the new course and at the same altitude until it ran out of fuel and crashed, somewhere around the Maldives. Or maybe even further west, since prevailing winds aloft in those latitudes tend to extend range.

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  • March 6, 2014 at 4:41pm

    Well, der. Obviously we have a problem with which is the “democratic,” “legitimate” government of Ukraine. Is it the one legally, democratically elected four years ago, which under some provocation abrogated the constitution and indulged in violent repression this year? Or the one latterly installed by an insurrectionary mob originally partly sponsored by western NGOs and joined later by an assortment of “right sector” quasi-fascists?

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