User Profile: Lloyd Drako

Lloyd Drako

Member Since: September 02, 2010


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  • [1] June 28, 2016 at 5:49pm

    Surely today’s enlightened female college student knows how to have a safe, legal abortion so early in her pregnancy that it will be almost as if she had never been pregnant at all. For some reason, this one did not or, as suggested here she was in denial. Normally life without parole is reserved for first-degree murder; I doubt this case qualifies unless she had been plotting for months first to give birth and then to kill the newborn. It will be interesting to see how her appeal goes.

  • [-11] June 28, 2016 at 5:41pm

    Stand down, Rush. The investigations have been mostly political, so why not the Democrats’ response?

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  • June 28, 2016 at 9:19am

    He didn’t lie about everything, no. But his revision of the weekly amount to be saved by not flushing it away to Brussels did reveal something about the Brexiteers, namely, that British Leavers, like Trumpublicans in the US, were by no means against the welfare state or enamored of free-market ideology. The savings were to be routed to NHS, or so we were told.

  • June 28, 2016 at 9:14am

    Would Farage like to see the Baltic states expelled from NATO, so as not to provoke the bear? He has an excellent point about Ukraine, though. It was a neoliberal equivalent of A Bridge Too Far.

    Why is it so scandalous for Obama to tell the Brits that Brexit would be bad for their trade, which it will, if only because it will require detailed renegotiations, but perfectly OK for Netanyahu in the US to berate the US government for its alleged perfidy over Iran and much else?

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  • June 28, 2016 at 9:08am

    I would question your definition of “tyranny.” A fetus cannot be tyrannized simply because it has no will. A woman, on the other hand, can experience tyranny if government tells her she must or cannot have an abortion. That’s where the tyranny comes in. Whether or not the right to abortion comes from God or nature or tradition I can’t say. Most human societies have recognized such a right, in practice if not in law, even our own, where laws outright prohibiting it only go back to the mid-19th century.

  • [1] June 27, 2016 at 4:57pm


    A fetus is human in that it has human DNA, but it is not a person. It has had no socialization, no interaction with other persons. It has no history, that is, no experiences in virtue of which it can have hope, fear, love, hate, joy, sadness or any of the other things we get from life among others of our kind. Those are what it takes to make a person.

    venrooy: Science does show that fetuses beyond a certain stage are capable of feeling pain, but if pain-capability is to be the criterion, we should all immediately become vegans. The pain we inflict on animals is far greater and lasts longer than any pain a fetus may feel.

    I’m aware that this will seem harsh, but it’s my position. I believe we are heading toward a grand culmination of many of the debates over “personhood” that have troubled our pol.itics, whether of fetuses or (at the other end of the scale) of corporations.

  • [5] June 27, 2016 at 11:22am

    They have no rights because they are not only yet citizens but also because they are not yet persons. They are fetuses. Do not be deceived by appearances, or by arguments from pain-capability and the like.

  • [-2] June 26, 2016 at 6:29pm

    The War on Poverty is working out just fine. The poor today are much better off than they were in the 1960s.

  • [1] June 26, 2016 at 3:42pm

    The referendum is not legally binding, so technically the present Parliament could simply ignore it. In that case, “Hell to pay” would be putting it mildly. However, what with the rise of UKIP, and the Tories and Labour both divided over the issue, and Scotland and Northern Ireland pursuing their own agendas, surely everyone should want a dissolution and fresh elections to clarify what the will of the people actually is? That, or the Brits will remain chained to the present Parliament as per the Fixed-Term Act of 2011, which is hard to imagine, as it would make their system as rigid as the American.

  • [5] June 26, 2016 at 2:45pm

    A gun rights advocate! And yet she failed to arm her daughters or, apparently, her husband. This takes bad mothering to a new low.

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  • [6] June 26, 2016 at 2:30pm

    Some of these are not micro-aggressions, they’re nano-aggressions. If they got much pettier, they’d be down in the quantum realm where we could not be sure if they were aggressions at all.

  • [3] June 26, 2016 at 2:25pm

    John_Blaze: You can mock these people with their conservative, white nationalist, evangelical ways all you like, but “safe space”–now them’s fighting words. They don’t need no stinkin safe space; they are all armed to the tonsils.

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  • [-2] June 26, 2016 at 2:05pm

    Not Trump at his most volatile, but certainly Trump at his most egocentric. He has routinely promised thousands of jobs at his UK golf resorts, and delivered hundreds.

  • June 26, 2016 at 1:59pm

    Management theorist Peter Drucker, wandering around Germany as a teenager in 1932, told of how he came upon a rally where a speaker was exhorting a crowd, chant-and-response:

    “Do we want higher bread prices?”


    “Do we want lower bread prices?”


    “Do we want stable bread prices?”


    “What do we want?”

    “We want National Socialist bread prices!”

    That is exactly the situation in much of the western world today: people want to “Take back control,” and to hell with the consequences for themselves or anybody else.

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  • [2] June 25, 2016 at 3:54pm

    One.Of.The.Frogs: Well, just as one example, the November 13 Paris attacks were carried out by people who were European-born, but they apparently got their guns in Germany, took them to Belgium where they hatched their plot, went to France to kill 130 people, and then fled back to Belgium. Absent the EU with its lack of border controls, that would have required three border crossings, two before the massacre where the plot might have been detected and a third that might have led to their capture or death months earlier.

  • [4] June 25, 2016 at 2:52pm

    What’s in Trump’s heart is in his heart, if he has one. Mostly I just see what comes out of his spleen by way of his mouth.Naturally any such video would have to be carefully vetted. I’d be careful accusing anyone of excessive arrogance when the subject is Trump!

  • [7] June 25, 2016 at 2:20pm

    When I see video of Trump in a white robe bent over backwards being baptized in a muddy creek, then I’ll believe he’s accepted Christ. Until then all I see is his usual opportunism.

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  • [18] June 25, 2016 at 9:46am

    “White identity” is going a bit too far. Brits have been every bit as resentful of white immigrants from poorer EU countries like Poland and Rumania, their equivalents of Mexico and Guatemala, as of those from Africa and the Middle East. They don’t blow things up, but they do take jobs. Everything is not about white racism.

  • [1] June 25, 2016 at 9:25am

    Heisendude: Before the EU, Europeans had previously only been united by force and very briefly, as under Napoleon and Hitler. Peaceful cooperation seemed preferable, and that was the point of the process that eventually led to the EU. Liberals as I understand them favor live and let live, but not anarchy. Excessive centralization of power is tyranny, but excessive dilution of power would lead back to something approximating feudalism. Brussels could be made more accountable without chucking the whole European project out the window. But we live in angry times, both in America and abroad, so I don’t expect reason to prevail.

  • [11] June 25, 2016 at 8:50am

    An self-professed “Aztec” banging on about how it was the Europeans who “messed s**t up” in the Americas? There has never been a human society that lived completely in balance with its environment whether natural or human. If the Aztec Empire hadn’t already messed s**t up pretty badly Mexico, the Spanish would not have found so many ready allies among other indigenous Mexican peoples.

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