User Profile: Lloyd Drako

Lloyd Drako

Member Since: September 02, 2010

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  • [1] August 29, 2014 at 3:59pm

    In Locke’s time, the word “liberal” was not used, except to say something like, “Pour me a liberal glass of rum.” It meant “unstinting” or “generous,” and did not acquire a political meaning until the early 19th century.

    Locke in his own terms was a straight-up Whig, or maybe an adherent of the “Country” (as opposed to the “Court”) party.

    It isn’t mentioned here, but 1689 was also the year of the “Glorious Revolution,” a more or less peaceful affair (except if you were Irish) in which James II, not only authoritarian but Catholic, was overthrown in favor of William of Orange, who agreed to certain limitations on the powers of the Crown in exchange for annexing English resources in his war against Louis XIV.

  • [2] August 29, 2014 at 2:23pm

    Knowing, say, the ratio of Palestinian to Israeli deaths in the latest go-round is not going to help you balance your checking account. Knowing by how much income inequality has increased in the US since the 1970s, on the other hand, may help explain why there is so little in your checking account.

  • August 29, 2014 at 2:18pm

    Of course, no time frame. There is nothing dumber than a dumb poll question. The correct answer is, “Short term, Isis, long term, climate change.”

  • August 29, 2014 at 2:15pm

    Drive on the right, pass on the left. Never under any circumstances zoom up past some slowpoke in a lane to your left and try to squeeze through the hole between him and the car ahead of you. Such is my dictum.

  • [3] August 28, 2014 at 5:02pm

    Since public schools have received Federal funding for 50 years, that train has left the station. You should direct your complaint to Lyndon Johnson.

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  • [2] August 28, 2014 at 5:00pm

    There’s a match I’d pay to see.

  • [11] August 28, 2014 at 4:59pm

    Stewart suggests that even a neurosurgeon, if black, will have suffered some indignity because of his race. Paging Dr. Carson! Surely he can set matters straight here.

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  • August 28, 2014 at 4:55pm

    The 1st amendment says two things about religion: that there can be no law prohibiting free expression of religion (“freedom of religion”), and that there can be no law “establishing” religion. Pastor Schmidt is confusing the two. He, and any players who so desire, are perfectly free to worship as they choose; contrary to his overheated statement, no one is telling them to be atheists. But an official (i.e., taxpayer-funded) chaplaincy constitutes the entering wedge for an “establishment” (or, as the board puts it, “endorsement”) of religion, which is unconstitutional. If the Orange County District did not receive funding from the Federal government, no problem. But it does, which means atheists, and also religious people who follow non-theistic traditions, are paying, however little, for the expression of a faith they do not share.

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  • August 21, 2014 at 8:03pm

    Why is the universe a result of a dead God and not a living one? Does that make us dead or alive? Is God a sort of compost, or what? What makes you say we don’t “think beyond ourselves?” I do that every day when I’m driving in traffic. I’m not much of a Judeo-Christian, but I think others would like to have some answers before signing on to whatever it is you’re peddling.

  • August 21, 2014 at 7:57pm

    Why does this matter? It’s not only box office numbers that count in a film, it’s the engagement of the audiences, the passion with which they view it. “Teen-Age Mutant Ninja Turtles” may outdraw “God Is not Dead,” but for all that the latter may turn out to be the more significant film. Not many people, for example, saw “Office Space” when it first came out, but it’s become a cultural touchstone. Which 1999 film drew top box office?

  • [4] August 21, 2014 at 7:41pm

    We’ve wasted a lot of resources on nuclear weapons. Aerosolized lard bombs would have been a better way to go.

    When the British put down the Sepoy Mutiny in 1857, they hanged Muslim mutineers sewn up in pig skins.

    Not sure what they did with the Hindus. Maybe they forced them to eat nice juicy rib-eyes.

  • [2] August 21, 2014 at 7:38pm

    Love the sentiment, question the logic. For the scenario laid out in this perfervid screed to materialize, ISIS would need to have an air force and a navy. Failing that, terrorist attacks by ISIS veterans from the US returning to the homeland would seem most likely. It’s hard to see how even 21 million angry American veterans could do much about that, particularly if many are, as Powers points out, “dysfunctional.”

  • [1] August 21, 2014 at 6:08pm

    Monk, when ever did the earth do that? Perhaps in the so-called bombardment era 4 billion years ago, when the earth was hit repeatedly by heavy objects, but when since? I know that the earth’s magnetic field flip flops every few hundred thousand years, and that release of methane caused by massive volcanic flows may have extinguished all life nearly 250,000,000 years ago, but what force could cause the earth to shift suddenly on its axis? What does the science say? Because we know what it says re global warming.

  • [2] August 21, 2014 at 5:59pm

    Do I have this right? If you use a gun in committing a crime, then you lose the right not to have your neighbors know what you did.

    Seems entirely reasonable, and maybe even an spur to people who have never considered buying a gun to go out and do so, when they find out who’s living next door.

    Good for the felon, who will have to walk the straight and narrow as never before.

    Good for the new gun owner, who now has a new toy to fondle and admire, as well as a measure of protection, provided he knows how to use the damn thing

    Good for the local or online gun dealer, who will do brisk business.

  • August 21, 2014 at 5:44pm

    Delightful. And if global warming causes the Antarctic ice sheet to melt, we won’t have to drill through half a mile of ice to get at them. Now let’s calculate how many milliliters of water with these little guys we’d need to light your barbecue grill, and the cost of doing so.

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  • [2] August 21, 2014 at 5:38pm

    The people killed in Aurora, Newtown, etc.? Mostly white, and quite a few of them too. Seems to me BO gave them a passing mention.

  • August 21, 2014 at 5:36pm

    Well, since ISIS claims to be a state, there might be some legal justification for this. It was silly to declare war on terror, but this might not be. Perhaps we could induce Syria, Iraq, Kurdistan, Iran, Egypt and Israel to do the same? After all, they have troops closer to the scene. Don’t expect, though, that even if ISIS is crushed militarily, you will have heard the last of this hydra.

  • August 20, 2014 at 3:26pm

    Avenger: had you noticed that last night’s protests were smaller and less violent than on previous nights?

    Maybe the police have finally found the right balance of firmness and respect for people’s right to exercise free speech.

    Maybe community leaders, pastors among others, have persuaded enough locals that violence is not the way to go, no matter how just the cause.

    Or maybe, just maybe, the locals themselves have finally begun to notice that the bulk of the so-far available evidence tends to exonerate Wilson.

    They do after all have brains. Let’s be generous enough to believe that they’ve finally begun to use them.

  • [3] August 20, 2014 at 12:57pm

    You are right, of course. Who remembers Anna Kournikova for her tennis?

  • [1] August 20, 2014 at 12:49pm

    You are seriously behind. Russia has not been Communist since 1991 and has never really been liberal, whether as we use the term today or in the original 19th-century sense.

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