User Profile: Lloyd Drako

Lloyd Drako

Member Since: September 02, 2010


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  • March 29, 2015 at 12:36pm

    Interesting, that Weinstein’s suggestion that Jews organize “like the Mafia” is used as a lead-in to a screed declaring that European Jews should arm themselves.Politically, ideas like these will not play well in Europe. Should Jews be allowed to arm themselves, while the rest of the population has to obey current restrictive gun laws? Or should they arm themselves clandestinely, further fueling suspicions that there is such a thing as–God help us–an “international Jewish conspiracy?” Either way, I would expect old-style fascist hooligans, xenophobes and militant Muslims join a domestic European arms race from Tallinn to Toulouse, and to redouble their verbal and physical assaults on Jews. Any other bright ideas?

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  • [1] March 29, 2015 at 12:28pm

    Great news. You want boots on the ground? There are your boots on the ground. The rest of the world, America most of all, should quarantine the whole region until they’ve finished fighting it out among themselves.

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  • [5] March 28, 2015 at 11:00am

    Dunham’s mother is Jewish, which under Jewish law makes her Jewish. She has said she feels “culturally” Jewish. Self-deprecating Jewish humor is as old as the Torah. Big foofaraw over nisht.

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  • March 27, 2015 at 2:56pm

    As in a looking glass, it means exactly what they choose it to mean, neither more nor less.

  • [2] March 27, 2015 at 2:31pm

    Good of your headline writer to put “Religious Freedom” in quotes. As recent events in Georgia make clear, these laws are all about discrimination, not religious freedom.

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  • March 22, 2015 at 7:53pm

    Sorry, not buying. What makes you think the measures the Israelis have taken so far have been either necessary or wise? Should the Israelis now reannex Sinai because of what is going on in Egypt? Sometimes the best defense is a good defense. Yours is a formula for endless war and ethnic cleansing.

  • March 22, 2015 at 7:50pm

    The term “Palestina” was used by the Greeks and Romans to refer to Judaea and Samaria, we well as adjoining districts, for hundreds of years before the Jewish revolt. What “Caesar” (in this case, the Caesar Hadrian) did after 135 AD was to expel all Jews from Judaea and Samaria and rename them so as to give “Palestina” an official meaning for the first time.

    Christians, Jews and Muslims alike used the term freely for the next two thousand years to mean the land between the Jordan and the Mediterranean. Jews did live there in small numbers, but when modern Zionist settlement began, the Jewish component of Palestine’s population was about 10%, that is, 90% were Arabs, whether Muslim or Christian.

    Those Arabs, and their descendants today, have every right to be called “Palestinians.” It is the greatest of conceits to think that they are somehow a “made up” people. Were they to be entirely driven from the land tomorrow, as the extreme right wing in Israel and its abettors in the US seem to want, they would not cease to be Palestinian any more than the Jews ceased to be Jews because Hadrian changed the name of their (ancestral) homeland.

  • [-6] March 22, 2015 at 2:58pm

    Maher’s comparison is incomplete. To complete it, imagine that the US had annexed portions of the Arab countries that attacked it, and extended white American settlement into those areas, while extending no sort of citizenship whatsoever to people living there. These stateless ones I(let’s call them “Negrostinians”) could quite rightly claim the sympathies of their black cousins in white-majority USA.

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  • [2] March 21, 2015 at 4:35pm

    Maybe. Depends on what’s in the hookah.

  • [2] March 21, 2015 at 4:35pm

    Everyone has racist attitudes, tells racist jokes, feels undefinably more comfortable with others of the same race and culture. It’s an admirable thing to try to see others’ perspectives, understand others’ histories and sympathize with others’ past and present histories of oppression, but at the end of the day, we all need a “safe zone” to retreat to. We can’t help it, we’re tribal animals. What we can help is letting racist attitudes take over our lives and become central to our politics.

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  • [-3] March 20, 2015 at 12:20pm

    So, um, what’s his position on collective bargaining rights for public school teachers?

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  • March 20, 2015 at 12:19pm

    Dude, you couldn’t like, cover it up with your algebra book or something?

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  • March 19, 2015 at 8:26pm

    No, it doesn’t mean you came to this country to become a citizen. The student who recited the Pledge in Arabic may well be a citizen, possibly born here. The story doesn’t say.

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  • [1] March 19, 2015 at 8:24pm

    Just to be clear, there was no change to the Pledge, as the headline suggests. It was simply recited in a language other than English. It means exactly the same thing whether recited in English, Arabic or Klingon.

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  • [5] March 19, 2015 at 8:20pm

    Most Muslims know some Arabic, because the Koran has to be recited in that language. I doubt the complainants thought much about what language people speak in Afghanistan, I think they were just objecting to a language associated with Islam. It may be a violation of D of E regulations, but I doubt anyone would have squawked like this if the Pledge had been recited in French, Japanese or Hebrew.

  • [2] March 19, 2015 at 12:32pm

    Note please “Kerry and the Pentagon” will be managing the US-Israeli relationship going forward. Let’s ignore Kerry. Everybody else does.But isn’t there a strong suggestion here that US military aid may be severely restricted as a way of bringing Israel to heel? It will be interesting to see what both countries’ militaries have to say about that.

  • March 19, 2015 at 11:46am

    The Palestinian Authority does recognize Israel’s right to exist. What it does not recognize is Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state. There are all sorts of reasons why it might be better for there to be a single state between the Jordan and the Mediterranean, but under Bibi’s version it would no longer be the democratic Israel we all know and pretend to love. The majority of its population would be Arabs, who would either have to be given full citizenship rights, be ethnically cleansed from the West Bank and Gaza, or live perpetually as stateless people.

  • [-2] March 18, 2015 at 4:41pm

    Obama will be gone in two years and Bibi maybe sooner, who knows? Longer term, is it in the interest of the US basically to back anything any Israeli government, ever, may decide to do? Is it in Israel’s interest to let the demographic growth of the Palestinians swamp its Jewish population, with or without violence? Because that’s what Bibi’s one-state solution ultimately implies.

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  • [-3] March 17, 2015 at 9:00am

    Don’t just look to motives such as the stresses of the workplace. With doctors, law enforcement and military, surely a main factor is ready access to the means–drugs and firearms.

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  • March 16, 2015 at 1:16pm

    In a gesture of patriotism I urge others to emulate, I have filed my 1040 and paid the considerable sum I owe a month in advance.

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