Strappado Wrack

Strappado Wrack
Provocative Political Archive Articles for Unlocking the Meaning of Current Affairs

Friday, May 30, 2014

Hessian Regiment from the Hussein Campaign

Just as the greater the lie, the bigger the theft - the easier it becomes. Now that the troops are coming home, the spoils of war can be integrated into the big picture. Back in the 1950’s a favorite program was named “The Big Picture” which presented the significance of a particular news event. How those events fit into the cultural viewpoint was seen as a valid approach for understanding the issues of the day. Hollywood took the slant that entertainment, even in a war comedy flick, could spoof a basic human flaw - greed. 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

The White Rabbit becomes Rabid

Go ask Alice! Well, how much does she really know? If you think this gal plays with Easter Bunnies, you got the wrong broad . . . In today’s world the fond nostalgia of innocence in the 60’s is relegated to those who lived during the “beat goes on” generation. Most self-righteous detractors of that era, want to carp that the youth were hippies and were nothing more than narcissists, consumed with self indulgence. Better that they would have been yuppies, and tax payers . . . follow the rules and salute the flag. How many times have you heard this crowd of defamers, mock and condemn what they neither understand nor cherish? 

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Our Dear “Beloved Leaders”

Once there was a grand land where individuals achieved great things. They fought for their freedom and formed a representative government, based upon a constitution. Their leaders were noble men and understood the lessons of the past. A system called “federalism” was designed that shared authority and restricted amassing too much power in any particular political office. A unique distribution of duties and responsibilities were defined and all remaining functions and ruling charges were retained by separate and independent states that made up this fine experiment for union. What an admirable attempt to protect the human dignity of citizens and to invent an environment for personal prosperity and that gracious concept - the pursuit of happiness . . .

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

News you can distrust

That old prudent man standard, once implied that one should be a skeptic towards all news reporting. As events proved that measure wanting, the evolution to outright cynicism became the most valid gauge. Today, developments in reporting surpass even that criterion. For now, the only sensible rule, is total disbelief in ALL reported news. We have entered an age of designer reality, based upon a message that best fits the emotional needs of the viewer and the desired objectives of the journalist. The role of the editor is to protect the agenda of the publisher, as the publisher serves the interests of his benefactors.

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Monday, May 26, 2014

How to Rehabilitate the UN

It has been established that the UN is not only irrelevant but terminal; however, that won’t prevent an attempt to resurrect it from the dead. Kofi A. Annan, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, has proven to be a disaster. He has demonstrated that under his tenure, the organization serves no useful function. The absence of any recognizable leadership is evident for all the world to see. So what is the alternative?

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Media Inducted into the Military

That nice-nellyism - S & A - is not even worth the print to spell out the letters. Let’s just call it for what it is: barf and gag! If you ever needed proof of “contrived reality”, just watch all those pretty boys riding high on top of a tank preaching the War Party line as the mechanized panzers shout - “Let’s Roll” . . . This place might be a desert, but the only fox in this wasteland is devouring the chickens - cooped inside a ring of slaughter by GPS ordinance. 

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

George W Bush - el bandido

This is a time to be brutally honest. Within a week, all likelihood is that the ‘War of Iraqi Conquest’ will begin in earnest. At that point, George W Bush would cross the Rubicon - the political river of no return. The last vestige of the Republic will be cast aside, never to flow again, from the streams of a free people. We know you can impeach a president, but is it possible to remove one from office? As it stands today, the answer is all too stark. The commander and chief heads legions not to protect and serve, but to control and conquer. And no Court or Senate will challenge the force of Caesar.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Politicos feed a moldy loaf

The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales, also applies to politics. Those yarns of fantasy are told by the wizards and witches and believed by the children. Make believe is their way of life and substance is a condition to be avoided. Lessons deserving to be taught, no longer fit the mold. In this palace no one lives happily ever after. Only sorcery has sway and the frogs do all the kissing. But they never smooch with a princess, only with a wiccan; and school all the little kids in the practice of hocus pocus.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

KSM caught - declare victory

Now that Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, a senior operative in Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida network, has been caught; the ranks of this terrorist group have suffered a severe loss. Shouldn’t that instill confidence that the quest to locate those responsible for 911 is working? The history of those events seems to be written already, composed for most Americans. Well, before any serious investigation, all the conclusions have been reached. So we are told!  All those unanswered questions that led up to that tragic day, simply need to be ignored. So why not rejoice, the completion of the task is in sight. KSM will spill the beans and give up bin Laden.

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Sometimes Friends Know Best

How pompous those people are, who do they think they are, and why are they supporting a thug? Arrogance from a friend is very disappointing, they act like the Bonaparte family is running the country! Just who is this imperial dictator that’s sending that "Grand Army" to the far corners of the empire? Who wants that "Continental" economic system that places sanctions on countries that oppose us! Just what kind of a world is it - run by an emperor - what a betrayal to the "Revolution". One would think this guy is a madman, a pyramid worshipper, wants to rule the world and ram his law down all our throats! Have all those peasants lost sight of why they got rid of the King? Now they willingly let this fellow place a crown on his own head while the mob cheers! What’s next, a swift crash of monarchical punishment coming straight down on your head? 

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Is the Whole World Wrong?

If you listen to the mainstream media their reports say that the White House respects the democratic rights of people around the world to demonstrate. Do you believe that to be the case? Has there ever been a more striking example where the United States has rammed a more contested policy down the throats of the rest of the world? Preemptive invasion just doesn’t seem to be playing to standing applause, if you ask the throngs that are marching around the globe. For most of the world, Iraq is not an imminent problem and disarming Saddam Hussein is not a primary objective. Thugs and villains abound, what makes him the inborn enemy that demands immediate, decisive and definitive removal?  What rational person can reasonably assert that Iraq is the indisputable focus of undeviating evil in the world? Has Iraq changed that much since they were the agent and cohort of the United States during their war against Iran?

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Village Idiot Strikes Gold

With all the success that Bill O’Reilly has achieved, one would think the king of cable news must be reporting a message that the public frantically loves. Well, it seems style - once again - wins out over substance. The only talking points you need to remember is that a “No Spin Zone” doesn’t mean it has no filters. When Fox News broke the mold and zoomed in on the rage of a modern day Joe Pyne, the viewer got a nightly fix most needed. O’Reilly was not a new boy on the block. Ever since his hosting of  "Inside Edition", he had a popular following. But his “Factor” has a format that cuts through the clutter, with all the ease of melting butter parting ways, with his sharp tongue skirmishes with guests. Any junkie addicted to the program knows when Bill doesn’t host, the spectacle falters. A tight focus and investigated reports often strike a direct hit. 

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

French Foreign Policy

By now you probably have heard public personalities express the sentiment that “France should be bombed after we are done with Iraq”. Such rants typify the extent of the lunacy that seems to have taken root. So the latest verbal attack upon France, comes as no shock. The French reject the “call to war” based upon a contrived hysteria that has infected the United States since 911. 

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

McDonalds and Starbucks Convergence

Recent news about the very different financial conditions of McDonalds and Starbucks, is only part of the story. McDonald's Expects to Post Its First-Ever Loss is like waking up to hear that no one watched the Superbowl. Starbucks brews record profits comes as more of a surprise, at first look; but actually reveals more about our current society than Ronald McDonald growing old. Ordering an Egg McMuffin and an overly hot coffee always seems to be a sensible and normal habit. And who could deny nature when it comes to those fries?  Most knew that those Big Mac’s would cause bloating, and should be avoided; but who could resist that creamy dessert when leaving after a rest room pit stop? This is America and McDonalds is red, white and blue!

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Monday, May 12, 2014

A Czar is un-American

Is Ivan the Terrible now leading the bureaucracy or is Tom Ridge a modern day Rasputin to a failed imperial house? This cenobite is faithful to the regime, but will his efforts bring salvation? More likely he will lay an egg, and not one of a design that would make Faberge proud. His methods may be subtle compared to the Romanov dynasty, but his office may have more lives than the mad monk. In the end, the results of Homeland Security will copy the Stalinist model, one that would bring cheer to the legacy of that other despot, Churchill.

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Friday, May 9, 2014

Matt Hale an enemy combatant?

Whatever you think about Matt Hale, the recent arrest came as no surprise. His strange saga first brought national attention when his application to practice law was denied by the Illinois Supreme Court's Committee on Character and Fitness. Most of the public would consider him an avowed racist and his "World Church of the Creator" a bizarre sect. But this account is not about the merits or falsehoods of his politics or doctrine. He is charged with a crime, according to the New York Times - Law enforcement officials with Chicago's Joint Terrorism Task Force said Mr. Hale had crossed the line when he asked another person to "forcibly assault and murder" Judge Lefkow.

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

2003 - The Year of the Revo-Ami

The unprecedented surrender of LIBERTY during the last year has marked a country in total free fall. The funeral for the Republic took place and very few were in attendance. Most were oblivious to its death. Appropriate and traditional mourning has been absent. Only gleeful jingoism permeates the national mania and an offensive frenzy that accompanies support for the policies of the WAR Party government. Party distinctions have evaporated into a black hole. Labels have lost their meaning, while the significance of a disastrous ideology leads the people into bondage. We warned of a false Patriotism and called 2002 The Year of the Radical. By now there can be no doubt left, even for the most timid. The enemy of the Nation is the STATE and only a modern day Tory would champion the aberrant machinations of President Bush. George W has exceed King George III as tyrant. 

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Never too soon to pick the 2004 President

The bore know as Gore, finally got the message and is out, or so he says. The mad race is on for finding the Bush spoiler. The crowd seems to be many, but the one who will emerge will have a facility that none of the rest possess. Want to know what that is and who has it? Or are you one of those that take enjoyment in the facade, thinking that it is a game that anyone can win? Millions will be spent to keep you distracted and in suspense, when the fix has already been made and the candidate has been picked. Predictions can be tricky, but this one is low risk. 

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Many Colors of Ignorance

It never ceases to astound how people forget the significance of the Tower of Babel. Efforts to eradicate cultural division among races are always doomed to failure. The meaning of diverse, means differences. The fallacy that America is a melting pot has always been know by blacks. So why do so many folks of color go ballistic, when they are told what they already know? By now we would hope that broad agreement would accept that all people should be equal under the law. However, only the idiot would conclude that all cultures are similar in a desire to integrate and live as neighbors. 

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Monday, May 5, 2014

The Papers We All Accept

Is our identity our own or is it assigned? Well, if you ask the government, you will get an answer that is unsettling. At the core of all civic connections is the central issue of the sovereignty. Does it reside in the person of the individual or is it some obscure collective composite? If you ask the STATE - it will tell you it is theirs, and you belong to them . . . For any of us to live in a world of forced compliance, we all make compromises on practical circumstances. One such restriction the vast plurality readily accepts is the issuance of a passport. The stated purpose of this document is to provide a trusted verification for the person bearing its likeness and name. 

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Lament for a Society of Shame

The celebration of Thanksgiving has lost its purpose over the centuries. Consider the meaning of George Washington's 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation: 

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:" 

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Commissar Daschle Shows His Colors

Senator Thomas Daschle is one of the most detestable politicians of the last decade. Many deserve this same description, but the newly relegated minority status is just too much to bear for an egomaniac of his ilk. Once and for all let the record state that this rabid partisan of the Socialist State is a falsifier of reality and a deceiver of the People. You need not be a believer in the integrated welfare society to want the betterment for our fellow citizens. But for anyone to conclude that the policies of centralized distribution is the best way to achieve sweeping quality of life, you would be in need of a brain transplant. Daschle is a toady for “collectivism” and a swindler of our heritage. When he whines that he is a victim - dejected and depressed because he didn’t get all his schemes passed, he insults the intelligence of every American. That is exactly how deceitful this prevaricator treats the public.

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