User Profile: Lloyd Drako

Lloyd Drako

Member Since: September 02, 2010


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  • February 13, 2016 at 5:58pm

    What aggression?

    Over Ukraine, maybe, though it’s worth remembering that the destabilization of the Yanukovich government was instigated in part by the US, the EU and an assortment of NGOs.

    Over Syria, I must respectfully ask WTF? Russia is not wantonly invading a sovereign state there, it is defending one against rebel forces.

  • February 13, 2016 at 4:23pm

    Sanders strikes me as a man of consistent principles, unlike almost anybody else in this race. No one who knows anything about him could doubt that he was on the side of civil rights in those now ancient times. Unlike Hillary, who was a Goldwater Republican before becoming a liberal Democrat, or Trump, who has at times backed Democrats and endorsed Democrat ideas and could just as easily BE a Democrat now, equally his obnoxious self but playing to “progressive” rather than “conservative” frustrations. Or any of the others, who have all either flip flopped or flop flipped.

  • February 13, 2016 at 4:17pm

    I quite agree, and for reasons of fairness as well as reducing the national debt. Easy peasy postcard filing is the lure, a regressive tax that bears disproportionately on the poor and middling is the hook.

  • [2] February 12, 2016 at 2:47pm

    Any college professor who has ever faced a student angry about a bad grade will understand why guns are needed for personal protection. (Even if he won’t say so out loud.)

  • February 11, 2016 at 10:27pm


    We’ve done quite enough invading to last us quite a while, thank you very much. I don’t see anyone calling for war with Venezuela.

    But I would like to ask Bernie Sanders, why call yourself a socialist at all, if all you propose is campaign finance reform, regulation of Wall Street, free college, single-payer health care and higher taxes on the wealthy? The “political revolution” you constantly talk about seems to mean getting lots of people to vote for you. All laudable enough; but Marx, Lenin, Stalin, and Mao would find all this laughably unsocialist.

  • [1] February 11, 2016 at 10:16pm

    I think what most people hate about the income tax is not the amount they have to pay, but how devilishly complicated it all is, what with Form This and Schedule That. Advocates of a flat tax have a point by calling for something simple enough to be completed in five minutes by filling in blanks on a postcard, even though the flat tax itself is not likely to happen.

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  • [1] February 11, 2016 at 10:10pm

    An income tax is a direct tax, that is, one which in principle can be collected from everybody, not a tax collected indirectly, like a tariff or a liquor or sales tax, which is folded into the cost of things you buy.

    The original Constitution does allow for direct taxes, but it prohibits Congress from levying them unless the revenues are apportioned from the states according to population. So, for example, if Connecticut and Arkansas have equal populations, income tax revenues must be roughly the same from both, even though that would place a greater burden on individuals from a poor state like Arkansas.

    The 16th Amendment remedied that by allowing income taxes to be collected from individuals. It was ratified at a time when government revenues from traditional sources, like sales of public lands, were declining, and when tariffs had been radically reduced to help lower the cost of living and promote farm exports, in a country that was still somewhat agrarian.

    It was not “smoke and mirrors.” You might try to repeal it, but only fools believe it is not legitimately part of the Constitution.

  • [44] February 11, 2016 at 9:37pm

    Does the Cruz campaign know who Mary Magdalene was?

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  • [2] February 11, 2016 at 9:33pm

    Ironic, that the Democratic Party is less small-d Democratic than the Republican Party. The Dem establishment has managed to bake itself into the cake.

  • [-3] February 11, 2016 at 7:41pm

    The most charitable explanation is that they listen to a lot of talk radio, watch Fox News and frequent places like Breitbart and TheBlaze, where “socialism” means things like single-payer health care, free (i.e. tax-funded) higher education, campaign finance reform and taxation that redistributes downward, rather than upward as in the last 40 years.

    It means no such thing. Historically, it has always meant public ownership and operation of major means of production, distribution and finance. If you doubt this, ask a socialist. Ask Bernie Sanders, if you can pin him down. Not even he is currently advocating socialism in that sense.

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  • [6] February 8, 2016 at 5:17pm

    I don’t think Christie was suggesting that Rubio doesn’t have an ideology or a preferred direction in which he would like to take the country. His main point was that Rubio’s Senatorial job only requires posturing and voting, not taking executive responsibility for governance and policy.

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  • [16] February 3, 2016 at 4:23pm


    Our purebred dogs are the result of artificial selection with a view toward characteristics desired by humans. Many of these characteristics turn out to be genetically linked to blindness, tumors and other defects.

    Their ancestors under natural selection bred with other dogs indiscriminately, not poodle with poodle or lab with lab (because there were no poodles or labs until humans bred them).

    Allowed to reproduce according to their own instincts, today’s pure breeds would swiftly revert to muttdom, and would exhibit fewer genetic defects.

    Hope this helps.

  • [1] February 3, 2016 at 4:13pm

    There’s a thing at the bottom of the page that says “Speak your mind.” I take it that’s what rvick did.

    There’s also considerable turmoil in the Beck organization, in part because subscriptions and visits to this site are down.

  • [-1] February 3, 2016 at 4:09pm

    I’m prophesying that Glenn Beck’s days as a prophet are numbered, too.

  • [15] February 3, 2016 at 4:05pm

    Nothing Bush said is wrong exactly, except that he was the one who said it.

  • [2] February 3, 2016 at 4:04pm

    The most dogged opponent, ever, of the theory of evolution was a Democrat: William Jennings Bryan. Also the name of a political party should be capitalized.

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  • [9] February 3, 2016 at 4:02pm

    Ridiculed on Twitter! Dear me! Let us hope it’s not true, but if it is, let’s hope it does not become generally known.

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  • [1] February 3, 2016 at 3:03pm

    It was a prayer breakfast in Washington that got Carson into the ridiculous position of being a presidential candidate in the first place. It got conservatives cooing, “Ooh, you confronted Obama to his face! Will you be our new Great Black Hope?” Unfortunately, the good doctor could not resist the siren song.

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  • [-1] February 3, 2016 at 1:06pm

    Sorry, sagebrush can’t vote.

  • [2] February 3, 2016 at 11:46am

    It would seem that the cleanest candidates in this regard are Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.

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