Strappado Wrack

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

Monday, June 30, 2014

Generals don’t make good Presidents

At the outset, only George Washington and Andrew Jackson were inspired presidents. Dwight David Eisenhower was at his best on the golf course. Taylor, Hayes, Arthur and Harrison aren’t known by most, while US Grant is remembered for his corrupt administration. So what would make any sensible citizen think that General Wesley K. Clark could ever aspire to be on the staff of Douglas MacArthur?

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Friday, June 27, 2014

The Dubious U.S. State Department

Once again Pat Robertson has stirred a hornets nest. Commenting on Joel Mowbray’s book - Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Endangers America's Security - the broadcaster offered this assessment: "I read your book. When you get through, you say, 'If I could just get a nuclear device inside Foggy Bottom, I think that's the answer.' I mean, you get through this, and you say, 'We've got to blow that thing up"'. He was referring to that bastion of the American Way - the preverbal core of the establishment bureaucracy itself - the U.S. Department of State. 

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Another Campaign to Nowhere

Bill Clinton was dubbed the first black president, so what should George W Bush be called the first rabbi chief executive? As the campaign to justify the war on terror continues, who has benefited from this insane journey down a road that can only end in a wreck, at the bottom of a political cliff?  If the world is being assaulted by a committed band of extremists and fundamentalists, why is there so much apprehension about asking exactly who are these zealots?

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

State Administered Viagra

Our society is sustained on a steady diet of hype. Incrementalism is the means that common folks are indoctrinated into regimentation. Drip by drip the IV, intravenous feeding, that starts at birth cumulates in the popular culture of fornication. The purpose of this behavior is not gratification or reproduction, it’s all about diversion. If you think the business of sex is about relations between two individuals, you have missed the point of the penetration.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Curse of Multiculturalism

The continuous ruin of cultured society has been fostered by the lunacy of multiculturalism. The abstraction that pluralism is a virtue and that diversity is beneficial has produced a popular culture that hastens our own self-destruction. Mexifornia is more than a shift in population, it is an insult to our national intelligence and individual dignity. Lost in the rush to succumb and adjust to a systematic country-wide suicide, is a fear that confronting the overwhelming reality of invasion will paint one a leper in polite society. What an obscene notion - defending self interest, traditional heritage and sovereign survival. 

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Risk Assessment and the Precautionary Principle

Is it preferable to allow science to assess the risk of new technology or is it better to adopt the precautionary principle? In a society that exalts all forms of technology as scientific progress, the notion of questioning new methods or discoveries as actual improvements, is often depicted as heresy. One area where this friction has taken root is in agriculture. From the outset, the subject of food; while often ignored, is an essential commodity that even the most intense idealist must consume. When passionate environmentalists seek to become purists, repeatedly humans suffer. 

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Friday, June 20, 2014

How can intelligent citizens support George W Bush?

Once upon a time, in the land of Oz, people conceived of leaders who respected their fellow citizens and governed with grace and justice. Wicked tyrants were the foe and greedy power seekers were enemies of the people. Government served the public and the state was limited in scope and function. A fairy tale, just a dream or reality? At the core of any political discussion is the purpose of the system that rules. Whatever one’s ideology, the common thread that bonds all constituents is that someone else governs in their name. Abstract purists envision a stateless realm within the confines of their own mind.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Who’s Burden is the Dark Continent?

At the turn of the twentieth century, Rudyard Kipling wanted the colonial powers to bear a burden that only advanced societies could endure. Take up the White Man's burden was the theme in his poem that summoned up an entire age of guilt and greed. When the verse first appeared in McClure's Magazine, the lines of empire were long drawn by Western Nations as they sliced and diced colonies under the chant that they were protectorates of the mother country. Cited by Jim Zwick, ed., Anti-Imperialism in the United States, 1898-1935 from a letter to the editor of The Nation, "Mr. Kipling's Call to America", Feb. 7, 1899, written by Alfred Webb - offers the following assessment:

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

NAFTA verdict undeniable

In a quintessential cover story in the American Conservative - Death of Manufacturing - Pat Buchanan exposes the fraud of Free Trade. This is a must read, especially for those Libertarians who cling to the abstract notion that intellectual possibilities are viable and practical in the real world. Notwithstanding their fantasies, self interest and national economic independence is the supreme basis for economic policy that benefits citizens. Those who strive to generate profit upon unholy alliances are at best, befuddled accessories or worse case, greedy traitors.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Hail Exclusion - Divisive is Normal

The multiculturalists would have you swallow that self interest is divisive if it conflicts with their frenzied agenda. At the core of this fallacy is that discord is worse than freedom. These quacks would have you believe that Populist Nationalism is the most dangerous of human aspirations. In a seminal speech to the Third Annual Conference on Authentic History and the First Amendment, Ken Schmidt strikes a cord that exposes the pretension of the hypocrites. He cites the historian and social thinker Christopher Lasch and what he calls a “Revolt of the Elites.” “The people that rule over us—the big business managerial elite, the media barons, the Zionists and the Manhattan intelligencia—adhere to values that are strongly at variance with those of working and middle-class whites.”

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Monday, June 16, 2014

A Mob For All Seasons

So Uday and Qusay Hussein rest on a slab with a name tag attached to their toe. Using a tank killer and TOW missile to finish the task, no surprise that the photos are not flattering to the deceased. As one looks upon the images, what exactly does one see? Contention over their authenticity, may become sport for a parlor game, but the facts remain - the Hussein boys are finally irrelevant. Definitely, it won’t be long before those pictures will undergo a creative metamorphosis into your favorite and hated foe. Can’t you already see a bloated Bill and Hill look alike in the garb of the wicked tyrants?

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Friday, June 13, 2014

A Rush of Ditto’s

Are you a fan of EIB? Do you still think that the cutting edge is heard coast to coast, on the syndicated phenomenon, that boasts - the greatest radio show on earth! Rush Limbaugh went national during the last days of the Ronald Reagan administration. Those who recall that bold and fresh attitude will remember that Rush was radical. Reminiscent of the early work of Larry King out of Miami, the broadcast hit at the under belly of the ruling class. One even heard carping of George H Bush back in those days, when the principles of the Gipper began to fade. As the Clinton’s took power, the show swung into high gear. And as Rush’s web site states: “The rest is history”.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Black Magic of Donald Rumsfeld

The Poetry of D.H. Rumsfeld may not rival that of D.H. Lawrence, but it certainly surpasses the occult skills of Aleister Crowley. What is known about Rumsfeld is not good. But what is projected by Rumsfeld is perceived as reassuring with a pinch of solace. The vision of a preempted strike does not make a ‘Donald of Arabia’, nor would that other Lawrence indulge with comfort the DHR legacy. The Full Spectrum Dominance  course of Rumsfeld conceals the purpose for - FSD - superiority over the entire range of battlefield threats.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Supreme Court Malady

The culture war is real and is a struggle to the death. Civilization hangs by a thread, that has just been frayed - by a judicial majority - bent on the eradication of all traditional morality. By striking down a ban on gay sex and invalidating a Texas law against "deviate sexual intercourse with another individual of the same sex", it has validated the road to perdition. If any diehards had any doubts about the sorry state of the law in the new American millennium, all qualms should be put to rest. Total depravity is the supreme law of the land.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Cloning the future for same sex marriages!

Do you ever sense that it can’t get any worse? Every so often seemingly unrelated events can put the entire quandary into a distinct perspective. Presently, the combination of Canada’s decision that would change its law to allow homosexual marriage and the American Medical Association endorsement of cloning for research purposes, hits a new low. Just what kind of society is humanity willing to accept?

Monday, June 9, 2014

The high cost of claiming: CHOSEN

Cheating the mark is a fundamental function of charlatans, scoundrels and scamps. But when the scalawag turns into a political devil, the whole world is swindled. It’s hurtful to be hoodwinked out of your money, but the harm from being deceived by frauds, who claim to be CHOSEN, is forbidding. The sinister deception that has parts of the planet sympathetic towards a phony and habitual fabricator of historic invention, has the world at the brink of destruction. The impending holocaust will engulf all of mankind in a clash between egoistic zealots and a globe that chiefly craves these extremist would just go calmly into the night. The hubris that claims to be “The CHOSEN”, is the focal lie that fuels the flames of this eternal scam. Forgiving souls who buy into this hideous declaration of devout deceiving, are the ultimate enablers.

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Friday, June 6, 2014

Which Diva Gets The Last Dance?

A federal prosecutor is the lowest slug on the food chain. The embodiment of unbridled arrogance, unrestrained capricious egotism and vicious retribution; those who aspire to play God become the government’s attorney. Note there is no pretense of representing “The People”, they are the agents for the STATE. Condensed retorts that they are the defenders for the law, fall from the simple weight of their fallacy. Arbitrary and selective prosecution is the only consistent conduct that this gang of assassins employ against those who become political targets.

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

The Loyal Opposition

The favorite American sport is politics. Even when the maddening crowd says they hate it, they can’t get enough. Reality TV seems pale in comparison, full contact football looks tame in contrast and GPS bombs test safe, as the duds and blanks of representative democracy unfold for all to see. The ravage caused from the process not only spreads collateral damage, it inflict terminal carnage. The notion that a two party system produces opposing options stretches the limits of hallucination. Nevertheless, people cling to the illusion of choice when the reality is unanimity.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Iatrogenic Diseased Health

The overriding theme from the DemocRAT clones running against the Fearless Leader, wants to charm you into accepting their formula for eradicating all your ailments. Much of the next presidential campaign will discuss, compare and knock each plan, while the central issue remains silent. Is the condition of national health enhanced with the centralization of mandated medicine? If you are one among the majority that view government as a benefactor, you will be looking for the most you can get out of the system.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Criminal Bar Association

Consider the undeniable systemic problem with the law. Attorney’s police themselves and are not accountable to the public. That’s exactly how lawyers want it. The concept of a Bar Association, comprised of members from the genuine oldest profession, having the dubious distinction of being “officers of the court”, is the height of arrogance. In its most bare and simplistic constitution, to become part of the pretender class, one must swear ultimate allegiance to the State and the Brotherhood. In order to sit at the table, the solicitor agrees to protect his own kind for the privilege of compromising the holy of holies - The Law. If you think this is a harsh assessment, just read the Bill of Rights and explain and defend why the predominance of current case law and court decisions so evidently violates the clear meaning of the U.S. Constitution?

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Monday, June 2, 2014

When States Build Empires

If you want to known how life functions in New York State, just follow the money. For the common man, it’s business as usual. The Big Apple has worms and Upstate folks are supposed to grow another crop of insect free fruit. Another broken record best chronicled in the style of the New York Daily News: "It is painful, but it's the right thing to do," Mayor Bloomberg said in Albany, flanked by state Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno (R-Rensselaer) and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan).

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