User Profile: Lloyd Drako

Lloyd Drako

Member Since: September 02, 2010


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  • May 4, 2015 at 1:53pm

    Thanks, kaydeebeau!

    Of course, Muhammad himself never said not to make images of him. Shia Islam especially has a long tradition of doing so. Sunnis are the real iconophobes, commonly extending their animus against all images, not just those of the Prophet. Hence the Taliban’s destruction of Buddha statues, and ISIS’ destruction of Mesopotamian antiquities long predating Islam.

  • [5] May 4, 2015 at 1:01pm

    Whom are you addressing? The White House? TheBlaze? Pam Geller? Surely not MSM? I’d like to see not just the winner, but all the entries. Maybe someone was in there with a smartphone and took some pictures of what was surely a lovely art exhibit. Holding my breath . . . turning blue.

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  • [1] May 4, 2015 at 12:21pm

    I have yet to see any of the entries in the Muhammad cartoon contest. Isn’t it time for TheBlaze to step up and stand for the right to be–in the words of the founders of Charlie Hebdo–”stupid and vicious?” Certainly MSM won’t do it. C’mon, just a taste. . . . for fraydom of xpreshun.

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  • [1] May 1, 2015 at 8:46am


    Think of it this way.

    Suppose I am pastor of the 1st Church of Jesus Christ Homophobe. My congregation is tiny, perhaps because my hateful sermons tend to drive people away, so my income is meager. To make ends meet, I also own and operate a bakery.

    In my capacity as pastor, I cannot be forced to perform marriage ceremonies for homosexuals. But in my capacity as a business owner, ostensibly serving the public, I should not be allowed to discriminate against gay couples any more than I should be allowed to discriminate against people with curly hair or foreign accents.

  • [-3] April 30, 2015 at 7:26pm

    Beck can’t help it. He is ill. He suffers from what I believe is known as DBS (Dietrich Bonhoeffer Syndrome).

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  • [3] April 30, 2015 at 7:17pm

    Beck is delusional.

    If gay marriage is held to be a civil right, churches (and temples, and mosques) that do not approve will no more be forced to perform gay wedding ceremonies than they are now.Divorce is a right recognized by all states, yet Catholic churches do not lose their tax exempt status for refusing to perform weddings for divorced people.

    Perhaps on the other hand, the churches should lose their tax exempt status. Spiritually, Christian churches have been at their best when they have been totally divorced from state sponsorship or favor and free to do what they do best, which is not to hold and manage property but to preach the Gospel and offer the sacraments. I see no sign that American Christians are in any danger of losing their freedom to do those things.

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  • April 30, 2015 at 2:11pm

    It’s hard to draw any real conclusions from this “study.”

    Some of the red areas on the map, in Appalachia, Michigan’s UP, etc. have very few black people. Some, like those shown in South Carolina, Mississippi and Louisiana, have black majority populations.

    Almost all seem to be rural areas. Cleveland, Pittsburgh and maybe Philadelphia seem to be the only really large cities in red areas.

    Even if it could be demonstrated that everyone who googled “ni**er” was white, which is surely not the case, you still would not have demonstrated a causal connection with black-white health disparities.

    A+ for race-baiting, D- for research methodology.

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  • [-1] April 30, 2015 at 2:03pm

    Well, all this is pre-Obama. Now the whole map would be red, right?

  • [1] April 29, 2015 at 3:25pm


    There are lots of foreigners at Columbia. I’d guess there were women from all over the world there. Probably her speech served a dual purpose: to fire up her base (“feminazi” is so tired I don’t think even Rush says it any more), and to reassure women’s rights advocates everywhere that a Clinton presidency would back them.

    Last time I checked, consultations, screenings and contraception (except condoms) weren’t available at gas stations, many more convenient (for women) forms of birth control couldn’t be had at drugstores, and millions of women in the US had to travel hundreds of miles to get even a face to face consultation about an abortion no matter how early-term. If it’s paying for someone else’s contraception or abortion that concerns you, you are penny wise and pound foolish, given the cost of raising, educating (probably poorly) and ultimately maybe incarcerating an unwanted child.

    The 1st Amendment says two things about religion: there can’t be an established religion, and Congress can’t infringe freedom of religion. As for religious attitudes, or the behavior stemming from them, hasn’t the Federal government has challenged them on several occasions? Slavery, often justified Biblically, was crushed by military force. Polygamy, a core principle for many 19th-century LDS, was outlawed. People have been jailed for “faith-based” refusal to pay taxes or submit to the draft.

    What’s wrong with “Yankee?” Isn’t that the New Hampshire state seal I see there?

  • April 29, 2015 at 2:55pm

    Hypocritical, power-hungry and grubbing for dollars, sure. But in no way a threat to religious freedom, unless you construe religious freedom to mean whatever in any religion makes for the subjugation of women.

  • [2] April 29, 2015 at 2:52pm

    If it’s warmongering fascism you’re really worried about, your only safe candidates would seem to be Bernie Sanders (as of tomorrow) and more doubtfully Rand Paul.

  • [2] April 29, 2015 at 2:24pm

    Where to begin?

    First, this was a “Women in the World” gathering, so it can be assumed Hillary meant her remarks to cover the spousal abuse that is rampant in Russia, the rape culture of India, the mutilation of girls in Africa and the subjugation of women in Muslim lands, all of which are much worse than anything endured by American women.

    Second, it’s not only in America that women lack access to reproductive health care, and reproductive health care covers a lot of things besides Beck’s hobbyhorse, abortion. It also covers things like consultations, screenings and contraception, without which there would surely be more abortions.

    Third, she did not say that government must change religious attitudes, just that they must be changed where they conflict with women’s rights. Your assumption that she’s referring to state actions is just that, an assumption.

    Fourth, a drive to change religious attitudes is a feature of religions themselves. Why else do Mormons go door to door, why else do a thousand preachers on a thousand media outlets evangelize their hearts out, or, for that matter, why else does ISIS make slick videos and sponsor social media come-ons to get recuits?

    I seldom see it mentioned, but Hillary comes from a deeply religious, albeit “mainstream Protestant” background. Much of her early activism stemmed from her Methodist roots, however much she may have since veered toward secularism.

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  • [-3] April 29, 2015 at 2:04pm

    juskom 95

    Yah, I’ve heard about how nasty MREs etc. are. I know the troops are enjoying their turkey and cheese and are grateful to Whole Foods.

    Still, there’s the question of appearances. Whole Foods is a place known for healthy food at a healthy price, exactly the sort of place the urban poor in Baltimore can’t afford to patronize. (I see Blackspeak and perhaps others have made this point as well.)

    It would be nice if Whole Foods sponsored some sort of initiative to make healthy food available at reasonable prices to impoverished urban populations. Maybe they already have. I’m not sure. It would also be nice if they weren’t pushed or bullied into it, but (sigh) they probably will be.

  • [-8] April 29, 2015 at 1:12pm

    The critics make a good point. It’s not as if the National Guard came into Baltimore without rations or secure supply lines. This is one case where a variant of “Support the Troops” seems a little tone-deaf.

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  • [412] April 29, 2015 at 12:54pm

    Baltimore doesn’t need more cops. It needs more indignant mamas and grandmas.

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  • April 29, 2015 at 12:51pm


    As you may know, the Soviets never attached as much importance to consumer goods, preferring investment in capital goods and weaponry. Hence, the poor quality of their autos and much else! But see my reply to argyle58 about how our records in space compare!

  • April 29, 2015 at 12:48pm


    I wouldn’t be so sure. A total of 13 Americans and 1 Israeli died in the Challenger and Columbia disasters. The Russians have lost only 4 men in space. In training or test flights, America has lost 8 astronauts, the Russians have lost 4 cosmonauts. Seems to me they have a safer record than we do, especially considering that their people have spent many more accumulated hours in space than ours.

    On the future, I’m with you. too look forward to more private endeavors in space, with government programs playing a smaller role.

  • April 28, 2015 at 7:02pm


    Do you live in Iowa? It has a surprisingly high percentage of native Spanish-speakers. It’s not Grant Wood country any more.

    When I was in school, we had two foreign-language choices, German and French. We lived close to the Quebec border, so French was my choice. (I have since learned German too.) I don’t recall any bilingual school concerts, but I do recall learning both the American and Canadian national anthems in French without feeling my loyalties subverted.

  • April 28, 2015 at 6:54pm


    I’m not making any policy recommendations for the present situation. My point concerns the history of immigration.

    Many pre-World War I immigrants had no intention of remaining in the US permanently. It’s a myth that they all kissed the ground of Ellis Island and immediately began to become American. In many cases, freedom and liberty and all that took second place to making a pile of money and going back to the old country.

    Native-born Americans took alarm, especially since so many immigrants back then were rootless young men and not intact families. WW I with its “100% American” call to hyper-patriotism provided the occasion for cutting the number of annual immigrants to about 150,000 annually, vs. 1,000,000 or more pre-1914, and making sure that those who did come tended to be from northwesternn Europe rather than from southern and eastern Europe. (Asia and Latin America hardly entered into the picture back then.) Racist, but effective.

    No longer having the option of returning to the US once they left, immigrants in the 1920s-1960s simply settled in, learned English and became culturally American. That’s what I meant by “letting the melting pot do its work.” Otherwise, why all those WW II movies where a Texan and a Brooklyn Italian and an Irish guy from Chicago and a Greek from San Francisco share a foxhole with lots of friendly joshing but no real antagonisms? The melting pot could not melt as long as new ingredients were constantly being added.

  • April 28, 2015 at 5:22pm

    No one who lives in SF and constantly reminds you of his exquisite taste in food and fine wine is exactly out of place there. The man makes fools of his listeners every day.

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