Originally Posted 09/22/09
The Raptor continually receives site material from
my conservative friend base and today's post is another one of those
comical diatribe's which are quite popular...please note Raptor comments
in the body of the text...
AGREEMENT – By John J. Law – Law Student and Real American
American liberals, leftists, social progressives, socialists,
Marxists and Obama supporters, et al:
We have stuck together since the late 1950's, but the whole of
this latest election process has made me realize that I want a
divorce. I know we tolerated each other for many years for the
sake of future generations, but sadly, this relationship has run
Our two ideological sides of America
cannot and will not ever agree on what is right so let's just end
it on friendly terms. We can smile and chalk it up to
irreconcilable differences and go our own way.
Here is a model separation agreement:
Our two groups can equitably divide up the country by
landmass each taking a portion. That will be the difficult part,
but I am sure our two sides can
come to a friendly agreement. After that, it should be relatively
easy! Our respective representatives can effortlessly divide other
assets since both sides have such distinct and disparate tastes.
We don't like redistributive taxes so you can keep them. You are
welcome to the liberal judges and the ACLU. Since you hate
guns and war, we'll take our firearms, the cops, the NRA and the
You can keep Oprah, Michael
Moore and Rosie O'Donnell (You are, however, responsible for
finding a bio-diesel vehicle big enough to move all three of
The Raptor responds here...The Raptor absolutely considers
these individuals to be awful and I never ever support or watch
their stuff...in addition, The Raptor does not watch "The View"
either. The Raptor primarily watches CSI Miami and CSI New
York both excellent dramas. Also, The Raptor watches NCIS
and Law and Order SVU
We'll keep the capitalism, greedy
corporations, pharmaceutical companies, Wal-Mart and Wall Street.
You can have your beloved homeless, homeboys, hippies and illegal
aliens. We'll keep the hot Alaskan hockey moms, greedy CEO's and
rednecks…We'll keep the Bibles and give you NBC and Hollywood.
You can make nice with Iran and Palestine and we'll retain the
right to invade and hammer places that threaten us.. You can have
the peaceniks and war protesters. When our allies or our way of
life are under assault, we'll help provide them security.
The Raptor responds here...now that you have considered this
somewhat generic statement which is embedded here the
conservative you should also consider that it will be the less
fortunate among us who will have to bear the results of your
conservative motivation to wage war on third world countries
that "threaten us" The conservative wing never considers that
we now live in a world society and it is no longer practical to
involve our military in these chicken shit skirmishes which
seem drag on for generations.
President George W. Bush and his foreign policy staff, which
included limp dicks like Cheyney, Wolfiwicz and Chris Demuth
(look him up) screwed this whole thing up from pillar to post
and now they travel the country touting their accomplishments,
which are ZERO.
Sorry...I lost my head...carry on
PS...you can stick that hot Alaskan Hockey Mom back to Alaska -
she is a lightweight skank!
We'll keep our Judeo-Christian values…You
are welcome to Islam, Scientology, Humanism and Shirley McClain.
You can also have the U.N…but we will no longer be paying the
The Raptor responds here...those values that the conservative
wing speaks of are the same values that spawned Pat Robertson,
Jimmy Swaggart, Jim Bakker, and Jerry Falwell...not to mention all
the Catholic Priest rapists who fondled their way to plum
positions in the Diocese. The Raptor doesn't need some
cracker in a flashy suit to tell me how to live my life...Judeo_Christian
We'll keep the SUVs, pickup trucks and
oversized luxury cars. You can take every Subaru station wagon you
The Raptor responds here...those damn SUV
really piss me off! It always seems I am stuck at an
intersection and can't see anything as a result - they are
creating havoc on the roadways and their excessive gross vehicle
weights are wearing out our infrastructure!
You can give everyone healthcare if you can find any practicing
doctors. We'll continue to believe healthcare is a luxury and not
The Raptor responds here...this is wrong is
so many ways - The United States is a nation and it's important to
protect our citizens...that's why we have armies...it's about time
to face the fact that health care is less of a luxury and more of
We'll keep The Battle Hymn of the
Republic and the National Anthem. I'm sure you'll be happy to
substitute Imagine, I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing, Kum By Ya
or We Are the World.
We'll practice trickle down economics and you can give trickle up
poverty your best shot. Since it often so offends you, we'll
keep our history, our name and our flag.
Would you agree to this?
P.S. Also, please take Ted Turner, Sean Penn, Martin
Sheehan, Barbara Streisand, Tim Robbins, George Clooney, Susan
Sarandon, & Jane Fonda with you.
The Raptor responds here...again...this group
is a bunch of actors...but they are cool...The Raptor would much
rather chat with Sean Penn or perhaps hang out with Susan Sarandon
than some creep like Orin hatch or Mitt Romney!
P.S.S. And we won't press 1 for English.”
Originally Posted 08/07/09
There are probably many who tune into this
page who turn to The Raptor to learn all about current events.
At present the biggest stories on the national scene are: The Two
Journalists Held Hostage In North Korea, The Health Care Issue,
Confirmation of Supreme Court Candidate Sotomayor, Republican
Elected Officials caught up in "relationships" with soul mates and
President Obama's Birth Certificate.
I wish I had the time to sit back and come up
with snappy dialog for these issues but I can safekly say that my
many friends and acquintances have fed me fodder on these matters.
As an example - here is a quote by Dr. Adrian
Rogers from 1931...this was sent to me by a learned individual who
is doubtful that President Obama was the right man for the
job...he voted for "old man" McCain....
"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the
wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working
for, another person must work for without receiving. The
government cannot give to anybody anything that the government
does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people
get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half
is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the
idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going
to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end
of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
OK - The Raptor is starting to feel the love here.
There is no doubt that the United States is in big trouble.
I am but a simple scribe so I do not possess a solution but I can
go back to the previous administration where President Bush
advocated large tax cuts and a reduction in services to the poor.
So how did that work out?
Here is another "story" from a strict
conservative, white businessman who really despises all that is
the "liberal" Democratic Party...
Dinner with Obama, a parable....
Once upon a time, I was invited to the White House for a private
dinner with the President. I am a respected businessman, with a
factory that produces memory chips for computers and portable
electronics. There was some talk that my industry was being
scrutinized by the administration,
but I paid it no mind. I live in a free country. There's nothing
that the government can do to me if I've broken no laws. My wealth
was earned honestly, and an invitation to dinner with an American
President is an honor.
I checked my coat, was greeted by the Chief of Staff, and joined
the President in a yellow dining room. We sat across from each
other at a table draped in white linen. The Great Seal was
embossed on the china. Uniformed staff served our dinner.
The meal was served, and I was startled when my waiter suddenly
reached out, plucked a dinner roll off my plate, and began
nibbling it as he walked back to the kitchen.
"Sorry about that," said the President. "Andrew is very hungry."
"I don't appreciate..." I began, but as I looked into the calm
brown eyes across from me, I felt immediately guilty and petty. It
was just a dinner roll. "Of course," I concluded, and reached for
my glass. Before I could, however, another waiter reached forward,
took the glass away
and swallowed the wine in a single gulp.
"And his brother Eric is very thirsty," said the President.
I didn't say anything. The President is testing my compassion, I
thought. I will play along. I don't want to seem unkind.
My plate was whisked away before I had tasted a bite.
"Eric's children are also quite hungry."
With a lurch, I crashed to the floor. My chair had been pulled out
from under me. I stood, brushing myself off angrily, and watched
as it was carried from the room.
"And their grandmother can't stand for long."
I excused myself, smiling outwardly, but inside feeling like a
fool. Obviously I had been invited to the White House to be
sport for some game. I reached for my coat, to find that it had
been taken. I turned
back to the President.
"Their grandfather doesn't like the cold."
I wanted to shout- that was my coat! But again, I looked at the
placid smiling face of my host and decided I was being a poor
sport. I spread my hands helplessly and chuckled. Then I felt my
hip pocket and realized my wallet was gone. I excused myself and
walked to a phone on an elegant side table. I learned shortly that
my credit cards had been maxed out, my bank accounts emptied, my
retirement and equity portfolios had vanished, and my wife had
been thrown out of our home. Apparently, the
waiters and their families were moving in. The President hadn't
moved or spoken as I learned all this, but finally I lowered the
phone into its cradle and turned to face him.
"Andrew's whole family has made bad financial decisions. They
haven't planned for retirement, and they need a house. They
recently defaulted on a subprime mortgage. I told them they could
have your home. They need it more than you do."
My hands were shaking. I felt faint. I stumbled back to the table
and knelt on the floor. The President cheerfully cut his meat, ate
his steak and drank his wine. I lowered my eyes and stared at the
circles on the tablecloth that were water drops.
"By the way," He added, "I have just signed an Executive Order
nationalizing your factories. I'm firing you as head of your
business. I'll be operating the firm now for the benefit of
all mankind. There's a
whole bunch of Eric’s and Andrews out there and they can't come to
you for jobs groveling like beggars."
I looked up. The President dropped his spoon into the empty
ramekin which had been his crème brulee. He drained the last drops
of his wine. As the table was cleared, he lit a cigarette
and leaned back in his chair. He stared at me. I clung to
the edge of the table as if it were a ledge and I were a man
hanging over an abyss. I thought of the years behind me, of the
life I had lived. The life I had earned with a lifetime of work,
risk and struggle. Why was I punished? How had I allowed it to be
taken? What game had I played and lost? I looked across the table
and noticed with some surprise that there was no game board
What had I done wrong?
As if answering the unspoken thought, the President suddenly
cocked his head, locked his empty eyes to mine, and bared a
million teeth, chuckling wryly as he folded his hands.
"You should have stopped me at the dinner roll," he said
When are you people gonna learn...the reason
that we are getting deeper into it is as a direct result of the
partisan, bitter awful Presidency of George W. Bush. Great
guy...right? So the nation is split roughly 50-50 with the haves
and the have-nots. The have-nots got their noses rubbed in
it for 8 years and now it's the haves turn - If you could have come
up with a capable candidate last year it might be a different
Think about it...let the words roll of your
tongue..."McCain"...or "Palin"...had the POW and The Cuda been
elected instead of "the Man From Kenya", The Raptor feels we
would in just as much of a mess as we are now.
See you soon
Originally Posted 07/02/09
The Raptor is here to report the four entertainment icons have
passed on in the past week. They include: Farah Fawcett,
Michael Jackson, Ed McMahon and Karl Malden.
This erstwhile group are four Raptor Favs.
It should be noted that The Raptor was probably the only
adolescent male in the world who didn't have Farah's Hottie
Poster in the bedroom. I just checked the poster out on line
though...quite a dish! The Raptor remembers with fondness
the introduction of Charlie's Angels to the scene back in about
1977. The Raptor was at Penn State at the time and the
assembled masses went nuts in the TV Lounge the night it came on.
Awesome!...Lee Majors was a lucky man!
Michael Jackson had so much potential. At the height of
his creative period, he crafted the iconic tune, "We Are The
World" with other popular music performers such as Quincy Jones,
Lionel Ritchey and Stevie Wonder. Paul McCartney may have
also been involved as this project, know as "Live Aid" took center
stage in the summer of 1985. The Raptor remembers a little
about Live Aid as it occurred due to a trip to Penn State to
participate in a reunion weekend with my old friend Rob. Rob
came back to campus with his gal Margy. I on the other hand
escorted my friend Beth. The weekend also coincided with the
annual Summer Arts Festival. It was during a refreshment
break at the Lion's Den that we watched The Cars perform "You
Might Think" at the Philadelphia Vets Stadium over the MTV
Network. That still gives me the shivers.
Jackson had crafted his popularity with artful stuff, like The
Moonwalk, Billie Jean, Beat It and Thriller. All Raptor Favs.
But his for rays into pedophilia really gagged me. I would
prefer to remember Michael from his days as the lead singer for
the J5. Now that was entertainment..."Oh, Baby, give me one
The Raptor was a big fan of Ed McMahon. From his salad
days as Johnnie Carson's sidekick (how about the sports cheer...hiiiiioooooh!)
to his pitchman forays into stuff like the Reader's Digest
Sweepstakes and AARP - Ed was the greatest.
Then there is venerable Karl Malden. Malden was 97 years
old when he passed. He was well known as a film and TV
actor. One of Karl's best film roles was in "Patton". Malden
played the bookish and stoic General Omar Bradley to foil the
outrageous doings of General George S Patton, played to the T by
George C. Scott. The Raptor also used to tune into The
Streets of San Francisco to watch Malden head up the crime
division as Detective Mike Stone. Malden had the biggest red
nose in the world but he was a beloved figure.
All will be missed in some way, shape or form...God Speed.
Originally Posted 06/15/09
HELL EXPLAINED BY
The following is an
actual question given on a University of Washington chemistry mid
The answer by one
student was so 'profound' that the professor shared it with
colleagues, via the Internet, which is, of course, why we now have
the pleasure of enjoying it as
Bonus Question: Is
Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs
Most of the
students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle's Law (gas
cools when it expands and heats when it is compressed) or some
however, wrote the following:
First, we need to
know how the mass of Hell is changing in time. So we need to know
the rate at which souls are moving into Hell and the rate at which
they are leaving. I think that we can safely assume that once a
soul gets to Hell, it will not leave. Therefore, no souls are
As for how many
souls are entering Hell, let's look at the different religions
that exist in the world today. Most of these religions state that
if you are not a member of their religion, you will go to Hell.
Since there is more than one of these religions and since people
do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all
souls go to Hell. With birth and death rates as they are, we can
expect the number of souls in Hell to increase exponentially.
Now, we look at the
rate of change of the volume in Hell because Boyle's Law states
that in order for the temperature and pressure in Hell to stay the
same, the volume of Hell has to expand proportionately as souls
are added. This gives two possibilities:
1. If Hell is
expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter
Hell, then the temperature and pressure in Hell will increase
until all Hell breaks loose.
2. If Hell is
expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in Hell,
then the temperature and pressure will drop until Hell
So which is
If we accept the
postulate given to me by Teresa during my Freshman year that, 'It
will be a cold day in Hell before I sleep with you,' and take into
account the fact that I slept with her last night, then number two
must be true, and thus I am sure that Hell is exothermic and has
already frozen over. The corollary of this theory is that since
Hell has frozen over, it follows that it is not accepting any more
souls and is therefore, extinct......leaving only Heaven, thereby
proving the existence of a divine being which explains why, last
night, Teresa kept shouting 'Oh my
THIS STUDENT RECEIVED AN A+.
Originally Posted 06/12/09
Wow!- it's been a long while since this site has seen some
new content and The Raptor is awfully sorry about that.
There were probably many of you who have stopped here daily and
seen the same old stuff. Motivation has been lacking and
more often than not, good ideas surface but never reach a state of
A perfect example is a circumstance a couple of weeks ago when the
whole "tea party" thing was cultivated. During the hubbub, a
lot of pols and pundits exchange ideas on Senator Demint's
volitile exchange with CNN's Rick Sanchez, which went something
CNN's voluble Rick Sanchez had squared off against Sen. Jim
DeMint (R-SC), on April 28th -- with Sanchez querying the
conservative DeMint on the GOP's apparent political shrinkage, as
evidenced by the Arlen Specter switchover to the Democratic Party.
DeMint didn't like the question and Sanchez didn't think much
of the answer.
SENATOR JIM DEMINT (R-SC): That's quite the opposite.
We're seeing across the country right now that the biggest tent
of all is the tent of freedom. And what we need to do
as Republicans is convince Americans that freedom can work in
all areas of their life for every American, whether it's
education or health care, or creating jobs...
SANCHEZ: What, what the hell does that mean, freedom?
The biggest tent is freedom? Freedom?! I mean you gotta do
better than that.
Same old Republicans. Sanchez's reaction was similar to
mine. The Republican Party, teaming with aging, pasty,
chubby, waspy, creepy, has beens, continues to beat their low tax
war drum and they sound ridiculous. "Big Tent Of Freedom" is
all that's left for the GOP. I could go on and on so I
will...the next piece is a forward I received from another of my
Republican Scared Cats who is concerned about the onset of
Socialism - rear on...
Catching Wild Pigs
A chemistry professor in a large
college had some exchange students in the class. One
day while the class was in the lab the Professor
noticed one young man (exchange student) who kept
rubbing his back, and stretching as if his back hurt.
The professor asked the young man what was the matter.
The student told him he had a bullet lodged in his
back. He had been shot while fighting communists in
his native country who were trying to overthrow his
country's government and install a new communist
government. In the midst of his story he looked at the
professor and asked a strange question:
'Do you know how to catch wild
The professor thought it was a joke and asked for the
punch line. The young man said this was no joke.
You catch wild pigs by finding a
suitable place in the woods and putting corn on the
ground. The pigs find it and begin to come everyday to
eat the free corn. When they are used to coming every
day, you put a fence down one side of the place where
they are used to coming. When they get used to the
fence, they begin to eat the corn again and you put up
another side of the fence. They get used to that and
start to eat again. You continue until you have all
four sides of the fence up with a gate in the last
side. The pigs, who are used to the free corn, start
to come through the gate to eat, you slam the gate on
them and catch the whole herd.
Suddenly the wild pigs have lost
their freedom. They run around and around inside the
fence, but they are caught. Soon they go back to
eating the free corn. They are so used to it that they
have forgotten how to forage in the woods for
themselves, so they accept their captivity.
The young man then told the
professor that is exactly what he sees happening to
America. The government keeps pushing us toward
socialism and keeps spreading the free corn out in the
form of programs such as supplemental income, tax
credit for unearned income, tobacco subsidies, dairy
subsidies, payments not to plant crops (CRP), welfare,
drugs, benefits for illegal aliens, bailout binging,
the looming threat of "free" high-priced health care,
etc., etc., etc., while we continually lose our
freedoms -- just a little at a time.
One should always remember: There
is no such thing as a free lunch! Also, a politician
will never provide a service for you cheaper than you
can do it yourself.
Finally , if you see that all of this wonderful
government 'help' is a problem confronting the future
of the American Republic, you might want to send this
on to your friends. If you think the free ride is
essential to your way of life then you will probably
delete this email, but God help you when
the gate slams shut!
Keep your eyes on the newly elected
politicians who are about to slam the gate on
"A government big enough to
give you everything you want, is big enough to take
away everything you have".......
Okay...The Raptor is back. That is some compelling reading
and it's certainly painting a dreary picture of the future.
It looks bleak and the current GOP strategists are preparing for
an all out offensive in order to redirect the nation's agenda
towards 1952. Golly, wouldn't it be grand to return to a
world where the nation was humming along in humungous Cadillac's
built by the big three auto manufacturers. A nation where
the Negroes went to the back of the bus and a nation where it was
acceptable to lynch the uppity ones?
Again and again, The Raptor reads about the exploits of Republican
stalwarts such Sara Palin and Newt Gingrich. How they are
posturing to take back the Big House with their Big Tent of
Freedom and make it white again. So sad. I could
continue but I have to prepare for the upcoming visit of Past
President, George W. Bush to Erie for next weeks Manufacturer's
Dinner Party. It should really make my day.
Originally Posted 04/23/09
Raptor is listening to Hardball with Chris Matthews tonight and
the debate is presently centering around the now infamous torture
memos. For those of you who haven't been following this
nonsense it goes something like this.
Democratic President of the United States has decided to release
some memos dealing with CIA procedures which were approved and
encouraged by the previous Bush Administration. The Bush
White House referred to these procedures as "advanced
supporters of President Obama like to call these techniques
torture. Meanwhile, the supporters of the previous
Administration are expressing outrage and accuse President Obama
of hurting the credibility of the CIA and the United Site's
does The Raptor come out on this issue?. The Raptor thinks
it's all a big lump of crap. If the Conservative's want to
argue that these techniques, which included a procedure called
"waterboarding", prevented further terrorist attacks, I
want to see the proof.
one thing to babble on about how an attack was thwarted but give
us more detail. That's all I ask.
the local scene, the controversy of Police Officer James Cousins
has gone worldwide. It's a terrible thing. But one
aspect of the case that sticks out in The Raptor's mind is the
individual who recorded Cousin's drunken outburst at that small
town bar. His name is Jeremy Orr and was in town visiting with
relatives when the incident took place. Orr is from
Australia and stated that "My
motivation was 'this just isn't right, and something needs to be
done about it,"' he said. "It didn't sit right with
me." He said he posted it on YouTube because he thought
Cousins' behavior illustrated a concern he has long held about
it stands, the whole world has come crashing down on the backs of
Erie Mayor Joe Sinnot, Police Chief Steve Franklin and Internal
Affairs investigator James DeDionisio.
three individuals were culpable in the aftermath of this fiasco
but Dedionisio's behavior stands out more than the others.
Once it was determined that Orr's brother could shed some light on
the motivation of putting the video on YouTube, DeDionisio and
Cousins visited him Tuesday at a construction site in Erie where
he was working. He said DeDionisio told him the video could
involve a federal wiretapping violation. This in itself is
somewhat questionable. As for Mayor Sinnot, he is lucky that he is
running unopposed in the upcoming primary election. This
type of incident can ruin a political career in a heartbeat.
Originally Posted 04/11/09
Raptor has been tracking another of those non-issue issues, which
are beating this country apart. What it is folks, is the
recent decision by Notre Dame University to invite Barack Obama,
to give the commencement address to its graduating senior class.
an honor...right?...wrong...While the student body is looking
forward to hearing what the President has to say, the faculty,
alumni and the Catholic Community at large are up in arms.
As a matter of fact, the Diocese of Ft Wayne, Indiana has stated
that their priests, bishops and associated flock will not be
issue here is the ultra polarizing matter of Abortion. The
Catholic Church has had as one of its prime directives the
elimination of this medical procedure. After all these years
of Roe v Wade and Conservative Control of Federal Judges and the
Supreme Court, President Obama has tossed up a Hail Mary in the
form of relaxations on stem cell research and some funding for
Abortions and this has the Catholics seething mad.
the Notre Dame alumni have been moving about the country asking
the standard rhetorical questions about Obama's motivations.
Many have even petitioned to have his invitation rescinded.
Raptor thinks this is a silly development. First, every one
who has a pulse knows Abortion is not a good thing but
unfortunately it is a procedure that occurs in this society for
some unfortunate reasons.
Raptor can't believe that there are women out there who get
pregnant on purpose so that they can have the fetus aborted.
Any sane individual realizes that the embryo is a collection of
living cells. So the Catholic belief is that Abortion is
murder. It's murder because 99% of Abortions are
to Catholics (and by extension, Christians), stem cell research is
bad too. It's bad because in the event that an embryo is
discarded, it shouldn't be further engineered but should be
flushed down the drain. Even it could some how help a living
being...that wouldn't be God's will.
it's come down to another Republican versus Democrat issue.
The Republican Party panders to the Christian Coalition and
promotes heady themes like the family, the National Rifle
Association, bans on stem cell research and the overturning of Roe
versus Wade. Silly
Democrats on the other hand pander to a woman's right to choose,
gay marriage, stem cell research and bans on assault weapons.
Raptor has a few questions. If you’re pro-life and believe
Abortion is wrong then how do you justify Abortion in the instance
of rape or incest? In addition, do you also allow for
Abortion if the life of the mother is threatened? What does
she have to do...say an extra Hail Mary after Confession?
you are a Republican and you are pro-life, why do you advocate
Capital Punishment? On one hand you find it unacceptable to
murder the unborn, but your all for murdering criminals who
receive the death sentence…probably because they have murdered
someone. What if
someone was convicted and had exhausted all appeals and was
executed. Then, after
the execution, new evidence was found which exonerated him.
If you as a Christian advocated that now dead felons
execution would you now be guilty of murder in the eyes of God?
(Since he wasn’t guilty).
how about the war thing…it seems that most Republicans are all
for the war. The
people that are killed in that war…the technical position of the
church could be that their not murdered since that were enemy
if this war turns out to be ethically and morally reprehensible in
the eyes of history…does that mean your advocacy is murder? (For
both the collaterally damaged civilians as well as the
the end of the day perhaps Notre Dame should have thought a little
more clearly before the invitation was issued to President Obama
to give the commencement address.
This boycott BS being talked about as well as the
demonstrations will do more damage than allowing the President to
give his address. If
the alumni are so passionate about this issue maybe they ought to
just cancel to whole graduation.
The Raptor would like to note that I graduated from Penn
State University on two occasions and I can’t remember who gave
my commencement address in either instance.
Originally Posted 03/13/09
The Raptor is sending out a hearty hello to
all of his Republican buddies tonight. Your brand of
conservatism as promoted by such learned individuals as George W.
Bush (The Compassionate Conservative) and Mitt Romney (Hair Club
For Men's Poster Boy) has taken a back seat to offensive
liberalism as promoted by Barack Obama and his minions. It's
the end of the world...right?
Well...cheer up because before long, it will
be "Morning in American" again!...In the meantime here
is a program guide of your parties most trusted leaders.
|First up on The Republican
Party Hit Parade is Rush Limbaugh...Rush has been referred
to as the defacto leader of the Republican Party by many
pundits as well as pols...Limbaugh was recently caught
addressing the annual CPAC and he received a tremendous
amount of publicity over it. The Raptor was
impressed with Limbaugh's "look" as Rush came to
the event dressed in black from head to toe. He was
Submitted here for your consideration is a
advertisement showing Rush behind bars with the
caption..."If people are violating the law by doing
drugs...they should be locked up" - Keep in
mind that Rush is addicted to OxyContin Pain Killers
|Next batter up is Joe The
Plumber. Joe, who's name is Wurtzelburger, became famous
during the Presidential election campaign as the guy who single-handedly
uplifted ole' Man McCain's candidacy to mediocrity.
Up to that point McCain actually had a chance to win but
once he brought Joe on board, his chances crashed like a
Dash 8. Joe has his own book and probably a website
as well...Go check it out
|If your a Republican, you
probably are hoping that there are some elected officials
who might...just maybe...offer some sort of hope in
2012. Unfortunately the House and Senate leadership
is lacking. Consider Mitch McConnell, the Minority
Leader of the Senate Republican's. Mitch is so dour,
it's hard to believe he can crack a smile. Shown
here with his wife, who is some hot stuff, Mitch is
in a grand mood as he has just fondled her rear end!
|Perhaps House Minority
Leader, John Boehner is your future champion. He's obviously
well groomed, he has a fabulous tan and comes from our
sister state...Ohio. Boehner has been a fierce
critic of the Obama administration and to thell the truth,
The Raptor much prefers his stern demenour over
lightweights like Bobby Jindal.
|Last but not least is Sara
Palin. Sara is HOT! HOT! HOT! And she isn't going
away...So get ready to see more of her. and don't be
surprised if it turns out to be a tastefully done
pictorial in Playboy
Originally Posted 03/10/09
If you were to scroll down and read the
thread below, you would learn that folks have their grapes in a
bunch over President Obama's disrespecting the Office of The
President. The Raptor thought the whole issue to be sour
grapes and now there is some support from Michael Hall of Erie,
who posted his thoughts in the Erie Times New Op-Ed Page.
Mr. Hall writes:
"Back in January 2001,
a photograph of a new president, George W. Bush, showed him in the
Oval Office at his desk without a suit coat.
I don't seem to recall anyone getting upset or accusing him
of dishonoring the dignity of the office.
After a similar or a photo
of President Barack Obama appeared, Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and
the Reverend John Detisch (Erie Times News, Feb 12th),
accused him of dishonoring that office.
If you want to scold the
President for not wearing a suit coat in the Oval Office, fine,
just do it. Please
don't insult our intelligence by claiming that failing to wear a
suit coat somehow disgraces the office.
By secretly recording
conversations, engaging in romantic interludes and deciding to
torture prisoners and eavesdrop on innocent American citizens,
earlier Presidents have done much more damage to the honor and
dignity of the office.
Further, please don't
suggest that by wearing a suit coat, the President is helping to
teach American man not only how to dress, but also how to behave
Apparently, suit wearing the Presidents of the past
have not had much effect on improving or sustaining such behavior."
The Raptor responds: excellent letter
Michael! It's not often that someone would agree with The
Raptor. I couldn't have said it any better myself and
welcome to my world.
Originally Posted 02/24/09
There are two issues that have been on The
Raptor’s mind lately.
The first is the recent controversy regarding
President Obama’s decision to have an action photograph taken of
himself while working in the Oval Office sans his jacket.
This immediately drew the ire of former Bush
Administration Chief Of Staff, Andy Card, registered
disappointment that President Obama couldn’t work in his jacket
and show some respect for the office.
Mr. Card was also deeply
and profoundly saddened and depressed. I am sure Mr.
Card was convinced that this act of defiance was a conspiracy
because Obama’s handlers wanted to portray The President as a
“regular guy”. Actually
by not wearing the coat, President Obama eliminated the American
Flag lapel pin from the camera shot.
This was considered by Card to be Un-American.
You see folks; the Bush Administration made
it their business to restore honor and dignity to the Office of
The President. So in
order to do so, President Bush's handlers went to the tried and
true “Reagan Route”. I other words, ‘if you can’t dazzle them with brilliance,
baffle them with bullshit’.
Suit coats…flag pins…and flags...lots of
flags. Anytime the President made an appearance his backdrop
was a lot of American Flags. Anything to distract from the
job at hand. This
honor and dignity snow job worked its way into our local newspaper
recently. It was in our Erie Times news Op-Ed section the Reverend John
Detisch opined a similar sentiment as Mr. Card.
Father Detisch, the pastor of Sacred Heart
Parish is a true stand-up guy.
He is hard working and loyal.
He has been a community leader for many years and is in
fact a huge booster of The Raptor’s alma mater, Cathedral Prep.
For many years Father Detisch spoke eloquently on local
television and helped individuals who were “shut ins” pick up
the Word of God. This doesn’t excuse his blind devotion to the
antics of past presidents. No
wonder this country is in such a mess!
If the Bush Administration had paid less
attention to theatrics and concentrated instead on actual
leadership, perhaps things would be different now…but their not.
Who knows why Obama wasn’t wearing a suit coat…maybe it
was hot in the room. Maybe
he dropped a dollop of guacamole on his coat at lunch and didn’t
want to have a picture of it!
The bottom line here is that both Andy Card
and Father Detisch are crazy.
It’s always something.
Obama doesn’t wear his suit, Tim Geithner is a
lightweight, and tax cheats staff the Presidents cabinet...fill in
from here Republicans.
Here is the content of Father Detisch’s
letter to the editor, which was published on Thursday February 12th,
Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush never went into the
Oval Office without a coat and tie.
And they kept them on while they were in it.
did that in order to always give honor to the dignity to such a
wondrous place, the center of the American presidency.
White House released its first picture of President Iraq Obama at
work in the Oval Office. There
he was in his shirtsleeves.
Mr. President, don’t give in to so many other American men
who are constantly lowering their standards.
Lead us by example.
the men in our country to take their ball caps off in restaurants
shave before they go to work and open the door for their wives and
young men to pull their pants up, wear a belt and wear pants that
fit. And have some
respect for themselves and the other people around them.
Teach our young people to stop wearing gym shorts and
T-shirts in churches and formal gatherings.
Mr. President, lead us by example.
Teach us to raise our personal standards.
Please keep your suit coat on and the Oval Office.”
The Raptor responds:
Father Detisch, what are you kidding me here. You have really sold yourself short on this issue.
Consider the statement
“Teach the men in our country to take their ball caps
off in restaurants”. The Raptor eats out all the time and I rarely see men
wearing ball caps while they eat.
Of course I generally eat in fine dining establishments like
the Oakwood and TGI Fridays. However,
I can attest that recently while eating at the Buffalo Wild Wings,
during a Pittsburgh Steelers football game…there were people
wearing ball caps that had Steelers logos on them!
Father Detisch…I was shocked and extremely offended.
In addition, I was saddened...deeply saddened.
What is this world coming to?
Here is another observation Father
Detisch. Your letter to
the editor states that the three Presidents, Reagan, Bush and Bush
“never went into the Oval Office without a coat and tie.
And they kept them on while they were in it.”
The Raptor would like to know how you know that?
We’re talking 20 years of Presidential use here.
So can you in good faith make that statement or are you using
creditable sources such as: Gordon Liddy, Oliver North, Michael
Deaver, Karl Rove and Andy Card? Do you think there was ever a
time when one of the Presidents had forgotten his phone or
something? Maybe he had already went to the Lincoln Bedroom
for some sugar and decided to hike back to the Oval Office///perhaps
One final observation…The
President can’t “Teach young men to pull their pants up, wear
a belt and wear pants that fit.”
Father Detisch…that what parents are for.
Issue number two is more recent
and revolves around The Raptor’s old friend Grandpa John McCain.
Yesterday, while President Obama was chatting with members of
Congress, McCain made a stink about the bundle of taxpayer dollars
being spent on a replacement helicopter to take The President and
his entourage on short journeys.
I am guessing here but I figure that would be to the airport
or perhaps over to Camp David.
Needless to say, those machines don’t last forever so maybe
for safety purposes, it was decided to build a newer, more secure
So what does Ole Man McCain do?
“Gee whiz President Obama, do you think it’s right to spend
taxpayer dollars on a new helicopter when our nations economy is so
weak”. This is the
same gomer who said the economy was fundamentally sound…remember
that? This is typical
McCain double speak. If
that was the best that he’s got…it’s a good thing the voters
The Raptor doesn’t know a single
thing about Presidential Planes, Helicopters or Sport Utility
Vehicles. However, The
Raptor will gladly pay some taxes to help fund essential modes of
transportation to keep The President, his cabinet, his family and
the assorted other sycophants who must travel with him safe.
John McCain is an OFF.
If you can’t figured out what that means then get with the
There is one thing that is certain
here. With Republican
governors such as Jindal, Pawlenty, Barbour and Sanford already out
on the campaign trail this next election, which in effect has
already started should be a real barnburner.
Consider this gem. Bobby Jindal, governor of Louisiana, stated that his state
could not accept the $3.8 billion dollars in stimulus money recently
offered to his state, due to the strings attached.
When pressed further, he then stated he could take some of
the stimulus money. Maybe $3.7 billion...that was
the portion with now strings...What a tool!
Originally Posted 02/03/09
The Raptor was intrigued by a letter to the
editor by Roger Fenton of Erie. Mr. Fenton is a supporter of
former President, George W. Bush and he writes...
"In response to your
editorial “How will we accept Obama's challenge?” (Erie
Times-News, January 21):
You ask us to make changes
and to answer a call to “escape from the nasty political
environment that has strangled attempts to work together.”
In this vein, it is time for you, the Erie Times-News, to
do a little soul searching.
How long have you been
featuring the nasty political cartoons against George W. Bush?
It's been a steady barrage of disgusting satire and
commentary. It can be
likened to a never-ending plague or scourge.
On January 18, the paper
gave excellent examples of my thesis.
How nice was Cam Carlow’s cartoon?
How edifying was Rick Horowitz's commentary?
He is still crying over the 2000 election.
You might reply that these
do not reflect this newspaper's view, but this is the atmosphere
that has been perpetuated by the news media for several years.
You are the source of the nasty political environment.
Why would Bush's popularity
wane? Because the people were constantly reminded by the media what
they wanted them to believe, and it wasn't pleasant.
Why was Bush booed and
heckled at Barack Obama's inauguration?
Because of the nasty political environment that has been
ingrained in them and the media.
If changes need to be made,
let the guilty parties, the venomous lecturers of hate, repent of
their ways. I believe that most Erieites would agree with that.
It was not the decent, honest, peace-loving people who put
this country in such a dire condition."
The Raptor responds: When the election of the
President occurred in 2000, the outcome was a tossup in a number
of ways. After a
difficult campaign, the winner, George W. Bush, was awarded the
office by The Supreme Court.
The first issue that dogged the now President Bush was the
nagging question of whether Bush had actually won.
Democratic Candidate Albert Gore, had
conceded the election. It
has been thought by The Raptor that Gore did this in a totally
altruistic gesture to insure that The United States would maintain
a level of world credibility.
So what did Bush and his Administration do?
For starters, they assumed a stunning position of aloofness
towards the Democrats and the County in general.
They stated that the were going to bring honor and dignity
back to the White House.. Rather
than adopt a humble approach, President Bush came into office with
his guns blazin’.
The Administration took shape with some old
Washington hands including: Richard Cheney as Vice-President and
Donald Rumsfeld as Secretary of Defense.
Colin Powell, the most respected black man in America,
became The Secretary of State and John Ashcroft assumed the top
spot at The Justice Department as Attorney General.
It is widely known that Cheney and Rumsfeld,
who had worked in the Administration of Gerald Ford, were joined
at the hip and vowed to “get it right” this time.
The Bush Administration continually lied to
the American people from the moment that the President walked into
the Oval Office. By
the time the President was in office for a little over six months,
the attacks of September 11th occurred.
Who could forget the aftermath? For The Raptor it was the over matched Powell being trotted
into the United Nations to sell that august body on a need to
attack Iraq of all places. Weapons
of Mass Destruction?…a slam dunk.
Then how about Vice President Cheney and
Secretary Rice uttering the classic “smoking gun/mushroom
Then there was the Terry Schiavo fiasco.
And right smack dab in the middle of that clunker was The
President! How could he be so dumb? He looked like a fool.
Then The President egged on by Vice President
Cheney ousted Colin Powell in favor of lap dog, Condi Rice.
Then, when Ashcroft took ill, President Bush
brought in noted dim wit (certified 20 watt bulb) Alberto Gonzolez
to become Attorney General. Who
can forget Gonzolez sitting in front of Congress and stating over
and over “I can’t recall” with that tortured look on his
Then President Bush attempted to nominate
lightweight Harriet Meyers to The Supreme Court.
Mixed in to this charade was the Iraq war,
which is awful to the highest degree.
Toss in the Hurricane Katrina event and the rising cost of
gasoline. All the
while, stooges like Karl Rove controlled the agenda. It should be
noted that at the end of President Bush’s Administration, his
only remaining Cabinet were Cheney and Rice, all the others were
gone with the wind.
How about when The President called
conservative radio and talk show personalities like Rush Limbaugh
and Sean Hannity to the White House to encourage them to promote
his agenda on their shows?
It was easy to hammer the President…the environment
was target rich. It
is individuals like Fenton who maintain that President Bush will
receive his just dessert in the annals of history and be deemed a
“great President: That is highly unlikely.
Originally Posted 01/13/09
“I Knew It…I Knew It…I Knew It”
The Raptor’s daughter is an extremely smart
kid. She is in fact
so smart she knew exactly what to gift The Raptor for
Christmas..it was the 30 year anniversary DVD of “Animal
House”. This flick
is perhaps at the top of a long list of Raptor Favs.
It was a hit with the college crowd when it came out in the
late 70’s and its characters were legendary.
Pinto, Flounder, Otter, Boon and Bluto were
the principals while D-Day, Stork and Hoover played smaller but
Many of the skits within the movie are
memorable but one of The Raptor’s Favs was that point in the
movie where the Delta Boys have returned from the road trip and
the Dean, Vernon Wormer, has summoned the members of Delta in
order to inform them that they have been expelled.
Assembled before the Dean were D-Day, Pinto,
Hoover, Flounder and Bluto. The
Dean asked as to the whereabouts of the other two..Stratton and
Shoenstein, to which Hoover replies “we looked everywhere, but
couldn’t find them”. The
dean waves off Hoover’s response and pulls out his file on the
Delta’s and reads off the grades from the mid term.
Pinto is at the top of the top of the Delta Pledge Class,
while Bluto’s grade point average is “zero point zero”
That is priceless dialog.
After the Delta’s were dismissed from The
Dean’s office, they gathered back at the frat house where Bluto
uttered his classic “seven years of college…down the drain”
and Hoover, looking utterly defeated while staring at the floor
said over and over…“I Knew It”.
And that’s exactly how The Raptor feels
about real world issues, especially the stock market.
Each passing day seems to bring out another round of “I
Knew Its”. First it
was the rising cost of gas. Then
it was the failure of Washington Mutual, Then the failure of Merrill
Lynch, then Goldman Sachs, then AIG Insurance.
Then it was the parochial way that politicians like Sara
Palin rolled Freddie and Fannie off their tongues like they
actually knew what they were talking about.
Then the world found out that America’s
Auto manufacturers were verging on bankruptcy, which prompted
stooges like President Bush, Vice President Cheney and Senator
John McCain to look the American people in the eye and state that
the economy was “fundamentally sound”. Again..are you kidding me?
Now we have the stock broker community giving
out sage advice on planning for the long haul and to avoid panic.
These are the same brokers who cooked their analytical
possesses this past
spring and summer which created artificially high price targets
which skyrocketed the price of crude oil which hit Americans right
in the wallet. It’s
not like I can go to my broker and take my money back.
What the hell am I going to do with it?
That money was supposed to double every seven years to the
point that I would have hundreds of thousands of dollars for
if that were to happen now, by the time I turn 65, I will have
about $100,000.00. That
will last me about 3 years.
Now Americans are learning that the
$700,000,000,000.00 bailout (see…it looks more compelling that
700 Billion) is another sham.
Apparently, the banks who received the funds will not
reveal what was done with the money and now that’s gone.
So Congress is being pressured to release the remaining
funds and what will happen to those funds?
I said it before and I will say it again.
If you voted for George W. Bush in 2000 and then voted for
him again in 2004, The Raptor hopes your getting every thing you
wished for because right now your probably just shaking your head
and uttering the phrase “I Knew It” over and over
Originally Posted 01/12/09
So Long Mr. President...
President George W. Bush conducted a press
conference today and to The Raptor’s amazement, every word that
came out of his mouth was of a predictable nature..
The capstone of the President’s legacy was his post 9/11
go get em’ attitude against Al-Qaeda.
His resolve on this front has given The President some sort
of platform from which he can leave his office with the somewhat
dubious claim that his actions have protected our “homeland”
from a terrorist attack.
Here is where The Raptor stands on this
issue. Let’s use a
hunting analogy here. If
the hunter has found his mark with one muzzle in his double barrel
shotgun, it is in his best interest to save the other shell for
another target. Al-Qaeda
nailed it on 9/11. The
planning for the attacks may have begun on the vapors of the first
attack on the World Trade Center, which occurred in 1993. That was eight years previous to 9/11. The reason Al-Qaeda hasn’t returned to our “homeland”
is because they are still in the planning stages.
It’s not like the sleeper cells presently
lurking in the shadows of our cities need to act quickly…after
all President Bush’s flimsy mandate, which was passed to him by
the Supreme Court in the aftermath of the 2000 Election was
crushed in a couple of hours. As a result, the USA is in a swan dive on a number of fronts.
Whether it be the economy or our crumbling infrastructure
or even the collapse of our auto industry, even if he will not
admit it, the nation is in turmoil and President Bush and his
Republican Party are responsible for it.
Now The President has the gall and the
temerity to go in front of the Nation and state that he is
“disappointed” that there were no weapon’s of mass
destruction found in Iraq or that it wasn’t a good idea to put a
“Mission Accomplished” banner up on an aircraft carrier that
the President used like a movie prop in order to promote his
agenda. In addition,
he thinks that elitists and “opiners” may not agree with him
and this doesn’t necessarily mean that the USA’s luster is
tarnished around the world…what are you kidding me Mr.
The Raptor could go on for hours on this
matter, but in closing let me note that author Ron Suskind stated
on Hardball today that while The President is attempting to
embellish his place in history, he is in fact in a “State of
Denial”…apparently Mr. Suskind must have read Bob Woodward’s