User Profile: Lloyd Drako

Lloyd Drako

Member Since: September 02, 2010

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  • [-1] October 30, 2014 at 4:59pm

    Nonsense, Lori. Just because you can’t give the 10 Commandments a privileged position by, say, posting them on the walll like the lunch menu, doesn’t mean students can’t be taught about them and their historical significance.

  • [5] October 30, 2014 at 4:55pm

    Probably none, which is not a good reason for keeping students here in ignorance.

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  • [-5] October 30, 2014 at 4:53pm

    Nowhere here do I find any evidence of preaching or attempts to convert students to Islam. This is a world history lesson dealing with the rise of Islam, which is an important part of world history. Have we established beyond a doubt that students do not also study the origins and distinctive characteristics of other world religions such as Christianity? It appears that we merely make that assumption, apparently because “a Marine dad” says so.

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  • [5] October 29, 2014 at 4:37pm

    Slappy,

    I think you know the answers perfectly well.

    A minuscule proportion of southern slaves may have been white. Some few white-appearing slaves counted as black by inheritance because of the notorious “one drop” rule, a racist rule if ever there was one.

    A minuscule proportion of slaveowners may have been black, especially in remote colonial times, but there were even fewer, if any,by the time of the Civil War. Slave traders were almost always white, their merchandise was close to 100% black.

    I suppose your position is that the Confederacy was founded to preserve states’ rights. Indeed it was: states’ rights to have slave codes, to establish slave patrols, and to gag any speech or publication even vaguely critical of slavery. Which, institution, to repeat, was based on perpetual white supremacy.

    So, one more time, how was the Confederacy not founded on racism, and how does the Confederate battle flag not stand for racism?

  • [3] October 29, 2014 at 2:25pm

    He was left-handed. So it was natural for him to hold his walkie-talkie with his left hand, while he changed channels with his right hand because he was watching porn and needed his left hand free.

  • October 29, 2014 at 1:40pm

    “Stars and Bars” or not, it was the battle flag of the army of a (would-be) country whose founders, unlike those of 1787, wrote not only the existence but the perpetuity of slavery, into their constitution. As it happened, the slaves in question were black. So how is it not a symbol of racism?

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  • [3] October 29, 2014 at 1:29pm

    So how come the kid’s face is blobbed out, but not the Confederate Flag? If it’s that offensive, why are we allowed to see it at all?

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  • [188] October 28, 2014 at 6:42pm

    The fact that Anonymous use the term “murder” should tell us something about them. No one is disputing that Wilson killed Brown. Probably not an innocent slip.

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  • [1] October 28, 2014 at 6:38pm

    You mean you DON’T carry a firearm? What’s up with that?

  • [2] October 28, 2014 at 6:37pm

    You can be sure the government already monitors Muslim mosques. Exactly as with Communism 60 years ago, without reliable informers inside the community of the faithful you are operating at a disadvantage.

    Given recent terrorist targets in London, Ottawa and NYC, I would most certainly give priority to securing military installations and police stations. It might also make sense for police officers and military who are going to go around uniformed in public to go in groups and get additional training.

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  • [3] October 28, 2014 at 6:19pm

    I want him released even before Veterans’ Day. In fact, I want him released before election day, so we can argue over which politicians did the most to secure his freedom

  • [1] October 28, 2014 at 6:16pm

    Lucretius: You might add, “and you pour ridicule on people like Michael Bloomberg and Michelle Obama when they try to reverse the diet and lifestyle choices that lead to heart disease–and also some cancers, diabetes and other killers. WTF is wrong with you people?”

  • October 28, 2014 at 6:13pm

    “from the hot zone.” Obviously. But seriously, why would a doctor already inclined to go to West Africa be deterred by the prospect of a quarantine when he returned home?

  • October 28, 2014 at 6:06pm

    If you say things like “We don’t want no welfare,” you are a living example of the sort of subculture you want your people to rise above. Unless, of course, you say it ironically, like “We don’t want no steenking welfare.”

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  • October 28, 2014 at 6:02pm

    Let’s dispose of one objection to quarantine at the outset. Heath workers returning to the hot zone can be “supported,” as Obama said, honored and quarantined at the same time. Like the astronauts who came back from the moon.

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  • [1] October 25, 2014 at 2:45pm

    Excellent point about “thugs and misfits.” A hundred years ago these same sorts of people would have assassinated public officials and bombed public buildings in the name of anarchy, a secular ideology. Today, Islam, a historic religion.

    These things eventually burn themselves out. There have been very long periods when Islam has not been particularly prone to terrorism. This latter-day jihadism has been building at least since the 1970s,and will surely continue long after Obama has left office.

  • October 25, 2014 at 11:06am

    Officer Wilson won’t be found not guilty of murder because he probably won’t be charged in the first place. Expect further slow leaks until all the air is finally let out of the protesters’ figurative tires, so that the final finding of no cause will seem anticlimactic. Also expect it to go on until after November 4.

  • October 25, 2014 at 10:57am

    BobCIL: I was referring to Elena2010′s apparent belief that the Muslim God (again, the same God worshipped by Jews and Christians) does not understand any language other than Arabic. As for Sharia law, I think eventually some sort of space will be cleared for it in some circumstances, subject always to the wider framework of existing American law. Already the practice of Islamic finance is widespread in business and real estate transactions. Sharia-in-America will probably work out rather similarly to the way Jewish law is tolerated among the ultra-Orthodox, or Native American traditions are allowed to prevail within some reservations. I don’t foresee a time when you will have public beheadings and stonings in Times Square. Do you, seriously?

  • [1] October 25, 2014 at 10:45am

    Laughably naive.

    Even assuming you just mean existing populations of radicalized Muslims living in America, where will you send them? How will you do it without costing taxpayers anything? Most of all, how will you prevent people from converting in the future? You will have to make the mere profession of Islam a criminal offense. How will this work? Even at the height of the Cold War, it was never illegal to have Communist opinions. With radical Islam, the problem will be even worse. To be safe from covert conversions and taqqiya, you will also have to eradicate all mention of Islam from textbooks, root all works dealing with Islam out of libraries, and block Muslim websites. Otherwise disaffected people, one way or the other, will discover this forbidden fruit called “Islam,” convert and decide to go after someone with knife or gun.

    As my name may suggest, normally I am in favor of drakonian measures. But this is not a problem that will be solved with dragnets, roundups, deportations and/or firing squads.

  • [-2] October 25, 2014 at 10:34am

    Some misunderstanding of Islam here.

    Muslims don’t pray “to” the Kaaba just because they pray facing toward it, any more than Jews pray “to” their Torah scrolls or Christians “to” the crosses above their altars.

    They believe their God is exactly the same God, as that of the Jews and Christians, neither greater nor lesser, just better understood by them than in the older traditions.

    Catholic Christians conducted services in 12th-century Latin well into the 20th century, so why is Muslim use of Arabic a problem?

    Both Jews and Christians have performed prodigious feats of memory with their sacred texts, (I once met a young Baptist who claimed to have memorized the entire Bible), and it’s quite certain that Muslims pray from the heart, in their own languages as well as in Arabic. It’s only the Koran that must be recited in the original.

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