User Profile: Lloyd Drako

Lloyd Drako

Member Since: September 02, 2010


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  • [1] December 18, 2014 at 7:55pm

    The “phoros” part of your name, and your reference to Easter, which a western Christian might neglect to mention, since this particular piece concerns the coincidence of Hanukkah and Christmas. Just a friendly speculation.

  • [1] December 18, 2014 at 6:06pm

    Let me play too! Are you Eastern Orthodox?

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  • [3] December 18, 2014 at 6:04pm

    How about a visit to Cuba by Obama? If Nixon could go to China . . .

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  • [1] December 18, 2014 at 1:45pm

    George Washington is also dead and, presumably, in Heaven, though not as close to God the Father as Jesus. Nevertheless, it should be perfectly possible to extract some of his DNA from, say, his false teeth, if those survive, or items of his imtimate apparel, and to use that, in turn, to determine the degree of his genetic relationship to, say, Ronald Reagan or Barack Obama. (He left no descendants that we know of, but he will have had common ancestry with them.)
    Insofar as Jesus was human, it should be possible to do the same with Him. Two thousand years is not such a long time in these matters, it’s been done with Neanderthal remains twenty times older.

  • December 18, 2014 at 1:38pm

    You misunderstand Common Core. I’ll assume you refer to its math component, which has gotten most of the hate. There are no Common Core questions. There are Common Core ways of arriving at answers to questions. I suspect that what you dislike is not so much the content of Common Core, at least in math, as the very idea of common national standards being required (rammed down your throat, if you prefer) as a condition of getting No Child Left Behind/Race to the Top funding.

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  • [5] December 18, 2014 at 1:34pm

    How so? Wavering on Common Core will count against Walker in the primaries and make him less likely to be nominated. Common sense against ambition, is what I’d call it.

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  • [2] December 18, 2014 at 12:01pm

    The great American tradition of not recognizing, and imposing sanctions on, countries whose governments we dislike goes back to–are you ready for this?–Woodrow Wilson, who refused to recognize Mexico’s “government of butchers” under Victoriano Huerta in 1913. Perhaps not the best example to be following?

    From revolutionary Mexico to the USSR to the PRC to Vietnam to East Germany to North Korea to Iran to Cuba, for periods varying from 2 to 53 years, the US has acted like a petulant child in imposing diplomatic non-recognition and economic sanctions on regime after regime. All of them nasty, to be sure, but none of them moved in the slightest, and most of them only strengthened, in their resistance to American pressure.

    The only exception I can think of has been South Africa, where almost every other country also applied pressure to bring down apartheid and where America for the most part practiced Reagan’s “constructive engagement” rather than totally shunning the Pretoria regime.

    Our long-standing hissy fit against Cuba, in which no other country in the world has joined, is an excellent example of “American exceptionalism”–and not in a good way.

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  • [-2] December 18, 2014 at 11:48am

    As with evolution, where the paleontological and molecular-biological records tend to reinforce one another, perhaps someone should undertake an investigation of Jesus’ actual genome to see to what extent it correlates with the Biblical genealogy. Did He have two sets of chromosomes, one from Mary and the other . . . also from Mary? Maybe a little DNA- snipping from the Shroud of Turin would help?

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  • [1] December 18, 2014 at 10:53am

    It seems to me that Snowden and Assange are upholding traditional American values, such as the right for citizens to know what their government is up to, especially if it involves spying on them.

  • [1] December 18, 2014 at 10:50am

    “The-Monk”: In your eagerness to score on “Hollywood,” which probably in your mind stands for the liberal corruption of our culture, you are ignoring something important.There are hacks and there are hacks. Hacking goes on all the time, perpetrated by everyone from pimply-faced teens in Kazakhstan the Chinese government. Most of it takes the form of pranking, probing or testing. But can you think of another instance where an entity the size of Sony, whether corporate or governmental, has been as thoroughly penetrated and compromised as Sony? It’s the canary in the coal mine, a first warning of something so serious that the government had damn well better “work tirelessly” to deal with whoever did it.

  • [4] December 18, 2014 at 10:32am

    Hanukkah is not anti-Christian, it’s anti-Seleucid.

  • December 18, 2014 at 10:31am

    Jesus is in fact “the reason for the season.” Jews would celebrate Hanukkah even if Jesus had never been born. But Christianity today is the dominant religion in the US, hence we have a months-long “season” with Christmas carols celebrating his birth, gift-giving to commemorate Jesus as a gift to mankind, and a Santa Claus with all sorts of pagan trimmings (flying reindeer and all that) but derived also from St. Nicholas, a Christian bishop. It’s only within the past few decades that the broader society has embraced Hanukkah.

  • December 18, 2014 at 10:14am

    DLV: I’m not sure what you mean by “ambiguity.” Only six countries currently have the MB on their lists of terrorist organizations. All of these except Russia are Muslim countries. The US currently does not “outlaw” the MB, but it does have Hamas, an offshoot of MB, on its list.

  • December 17, 2014 at 4:04pm

    Besides rum, cigars and straw hats, Cuba has minerals, including oil. Why deny ourselves these because the regime has a worse human rights record than Denmark but a better one than North Korea?

  • December 17, 2014 at 4:02pm

    Wrong, and even more howlingly wrong than usual. If you take the trouble to have a look at the official list of terrorist organizations, you will find that the great majority are Islamic.

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  • December 17, 2014 at 9:49am

    I know. And I really hate it when the Kale Police come by to inspect the contents of my refrigerator.

  • December 17, 2014 at 9:46am

    If you want to do away with Common Core and the Department of Education, fine with me. You misunderstand what I’m trying to say. Sally does not get credit for “2 + 2 = 5″ with CC any more than with traditional math. She gets credit for knowing how to arrive at “2 + 2 = 4″ (actually, usually, something a little more involved) in a variety of ways. The more ways she knows, the more credit. That most definitely will boost her STEM scores.

  • December 17, 2014 at 9:39am

    This article does not have to do with Common Core as such, only Common Core math. Whether the rest of it is “socialist” isn’t for me to say. I haven’t heard much about other subjects, only math. It’s not belittling parents to suggest that, so long as there is homework and parents are expected to help, they should step up and learn what they need to learn. (Personally, I don’t think there should be homework at all. Most of those foreign countries whose kids outperform ours have less of it, or none at all.)

    In math, the presentation of the questions, for example “1 – 2 + 3 – 4 + 5″ is actually the same in Common Core as in traditional math. What Common Core does is show that there are different ways of arriving at the right answer–which, contrary to what you may have heard–is the same no matter which route you take to it. If you know different routes, you are more math proficient. Period.

  • December 17, 2014 at 9:25am

    A plot using CC math would have several ways of calculating his fuel load or weight and balance. That would enable him to cross check more accurately, making him a better pilot.

  • [1] December 17, 2014 at 9:13am

    Ghost: Yes, right. And a serial baby raping murderer is worse yet. As is a roomful (hopefully a cellful) of baby raping murderers, even if each one only raped and murdered one baby. What I object to is use of the word “evil,” as in “progressivism is evil” or “evil torture defender Dick Cheney” It serves to shut off all consideration of the opposite point of view. It suggests a “worst,” but in truth there is no “worst.” It is always possible to think of something worse.Yesterday I heard Chris Matthews–a man pretty well besotted with liberalism, describe the Pakistani school murders as “absolute evil.” Yet the murderers were avenging the deaths of their own children at the hands of US drones and the Pakistani army, which they no doubt would describe as “evil.” Fight valiantly against those who threaten you, kill them when you must, but don’t deceive yourself by dehumanizing them. You have more in common than you think.

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