It Figures - Originally Posted
The Raptor has a number of favorite flicks
including such classics as “Animal House” “Caddyshack” and “The
Godfather Trio”. In addition to these epics, The Raptor is also a
big fan of the Will Smith genre which includes the “Independence
Day” as well as “The Men In Black” series.
When MIB shows up on evening TV it is a must
see event and much of the dialog has been committed to memory. Who
can’t forget one of the opening scenes when Edgar (played
admirably by Vincent D’Onofrio of the “Law and Order- Criminal
Intent” series) the farmer is introduced…
Edgar: “Is it too much to ask to come home to a decent meal after
a long day, Beatrice…about the only thing pulling weight around
here is my damn truck!”
|Edgar - Alien Creature From
"Men In Black"
|"Give Me Sugar...In
While Edgar bellows at his pitiful spouse,
the villainous Bug arrives from outer space in his ship and
crashes into the farm, obliterating Edgar’s truck in the process.
Upon hearing the crash, Edgar walks to the farmhouse screen door
and utters the word “figures” in a dry laconic
fashion….figures…say it with me gang…figures…and then shrug your
shoulders in frustration.
The recent round of shenanigans in Washington
DC regarding: tax cuts, unemployment benefits, estate taxes and
changes in Social Security withholding rules can tell you
everything you need to know about how politicians work a complex
system which Americans have come to despise and distrust.
The key issue in this cycle is the “Bush Era
Tax Cuts” (BETC’s) which are scheduled to lapse on December 31st,
2010. In a nutshell, these tax cuts lowered the top tax rate from
39.1% to 35% and the lower rates have been in effect since January
1st, 2003. When President George W. Bush fought for
and then implemented these cuts they were an absolute bonus for
the wealthy among us. The “savings” a married couple can accrue
will amount to about $20,000.00 per year if that couple has
adjusted gross income of $375,000.00. How about a couple making a
mmmmmiiiiiillllllioooon dollars a year in AGI? Do you think they
could appreciate an additional $46,000.00 which normally would be
used by the federal government in some arbitrary and capricious
The threshold of $375,000.00 per year is felt
to be a barometer that places an American of that means in the
“rich” category. Man…it would be so cool to be rich…being rich
makes life easy especially when the government would give you a
$20,000.00 (or more) yearly bonus to do any thing you desire
with…buy a TV or an iPod or even a new fancy Tasssimo Brew Bot…maybe
install a pool in your back yard or head out to California Wine
Country for a tour of the Earnest and Julio Gallo facility.
The key players in this tax cut saga include
our President, Barack Obama along with dour faced Mitch McConnell,
of the US Senate. McConnell is a Kentucky Republican and in the
Senate, he is in the minority party. However, since the Senate
Majority leader, Nevada Democrat Harry Reid, is somewhat of a
retard…Senator McConnell is the present and future face of that
President Obama attempted to broker a
“compromise” which would “extend” the BETC’s for two years. In
return for this plum, the Republican Party agreed in principal to
extend the unemployment benefits of over 2 million Americans for
an additional 13 months. Also, wage earners would experience a 2%
Social Security Tax Holiday while the estates of “millionaires”
would be taxed at 5 mmmmmiiiiiillllllioooon dollars rather than
the previously bandied 3.5 mmmmmiiiiiillllllioooon dollars.
|President Barack Obama (D)
|Senator Mitch McConnell (R)
|"I'm Old...I Take Viagara...I
Just Bought A New Snuggy...The Answer Is No!"
So what was the problem?...Well, for
starters, The President didn’t include the Democratic Party
controlled House Of Representatives in the discussions and they
are pissed…especially Nancy Pelosi. The House has not been
returning calls recently since their members were roundly trounced
in the election. Many of these lame duck officials have probably
gone home for Christmas rather than sit around watching their
replacements move in.
|Congress Woman Nancy Pelosi
(D) California aka Speaker Of The House
So as a result, Democrats (who normally are
the champions of the ethnic, poor, sick, elderly and mentally
challenged among us) have gotten all uppity about all the tax cuts
and they are “threatening” to take their ball and bat and go
home. Meanwhile, John Boehner, Speaker of The House elect is
looking to avoid compromise and instead is standing on a small
patch of real estate which he calls “common ground” weeping
uncontrollably so he is not getting involved and President Obama
has called out former President, Bill Clinton to put his stamp of
approval on this mess.
|Congressman John Boehner (R)
Ohio aka Speaker Of The House-Elect
|"I Just Worry That Our
Children Aren't Going To Live The American Dream...Sniff"
Ok, so The Raptor is as confused as many of
you and to top it off whenever I sit in the company of my fellow
“rich” friends I can tell that these shenanigans are not a
priority for them. All they talk about is being “overtaxed”. But,
and this is a BIG but, there are no solutions forthcoming. Think
about it….these tax cuts have been with us for almost 10
years…great things are supposed to happen when wealthy Americans
get to keep more of their income and or their estate…so how come
the economy is so weak? Its all a big sham and the only
additional comment The Raptor can think of is…”figures”…
That's Good Eatin' - Originally Posted
The Raptor noted that a "5 Guys Burger" open
last week just down the block from the office building I work at.
The structure is owned and operated by the Atlantic development
Group which has operated Pizza Hut Franchises in the Erie area for
many years. As a result, in addition to the 5 Guys Burger,
there is also a Pizza Hut in the sane facility.
|The 5 Guys Restaurant
Franchise is one America's greatest hopes of providing
employment to our nations former manufacturing
base...Congressman-elect Mike Kelly must be so happy to see
a positive move forward in his efforts to create jobs here
in Erie! This is almost as important of a development
as the time former County Executive Rick What's-His-Name was
extolling the virtues of opening up a Krispy Creme Donut
This restaurant has been very busy on a daily
basis and The Raptor knows why. I mean WTF...who wouldn't
want a delicious burger matched up with a HUGE bag of French
Fries....but what about the downside?...
Down the street from the shiny new stands the
looser in the struggle of franchising ideals...The Back Yard
|The poor Back Yard Burger
Restaurant...now just a shell of a building with a staff of
forlorn burger flippers with no one to serve...
So what's to happen here?...well here is what
I think happened...Pete Fedorko is the franchisee of BYB...in
addition, he is the owner of the land where the 5 Guys facility is
built. Since BYB isn't going anywhere...Pete has gotten a
piece of the action with the newest, bestest thing...that's what
makes America a great place....if need be, the forlorn burger
flippers can work up the street at the new place, taking their
experience flipping burgers to the major leagues while newbees who
are yearning to get into the burger flipping workforce can learn
their chops at the minor league level BYB...then after a short
stint at the grill, the burger flipper can seek a promotion to
manger and eventually take classes at the new Community College in
order to become a App developer for Sprint...all the while the
consumers continue getting fatter and more lethargic...
Political Science For Dummies -
Originally Posted 11/15/2010
The Raptor’s is always thankful when
interesting content shows up which I can insert here to educate
You have two cows.
Your neighbor has none.
You feel guilty for being successful.
You push for higher taxes so the government can provide
cows for everyone.
You have two cows.
Your neighbor has none.
You have two cows.
The government takes one and gives it to your neighbor.
You form a cooperative to tell him how to manage his
You have two cows.
The government seizes both and provides you with milk.
You wait in line for hours to get it.
It is expensive and sour.
CAPITALISM, AMERICAN STYLE
You have two cows.
You sell one, buy a bull, and build a herd of cows.
BUREAUCRACY, AMERICAN STYLE
You have two cows.
Under the new farm program the government pays you to
shoot one, milk the other, and then pours the milk down
You have two cows.
You sell one, lease it back to yourself and do an IPO on
the 2nd one.
You force the two cows to produce the milk of four
You are surprised when one cow drops dead.
You spin an announcement to the analysts stating you
have downsized and are reducing expenses.
Your stock goes up.
You have two cows.
You go on strike because you want three cows.
You go to lunch and drink wine.
Life is good.
You have two cows.
You redesign them so they are one-tenth the size of an
ordinary cow and produce twenty times the milk.
They learn to travel on unbelievably crowded trains.
Most are at the top of their class at cow school.
You have two cows.
You engineer them so they are all blond, drink lots of
beer, give excellent quality milk, and run a hundred
miles an hour.
Unfortunately they also demand 13 weeks of vacation per
You have two cows but you don't know where they are.
You break for lunch.
Life is good.
You have two cows.
You have some vodka.
You count them and learn you have five cows.
You have some more vodka.
You count them again and learn you have 42 cows.
The Mafia shows up and takes over however many cows you
You have all the cows in Afghanistan , which are two.
You don't milk them because you cannot touch any
creature' s private
You get a $40 million grant from the US government to
find alternatives to milk production but use the money
to buy weapons.
You have two cows.
They go into hiding.
They send radio tapes of their mooing.
You have two bulls.
Employees are regularly maimed and killed attempting to
You have one cow.
The cow is schizophrenic.
Sometimes the cow thinks he's French, other times he's
The Flemish cow won't share with the French cow.
The French cow wants control of the Flemish cow's milk.
The cow asks permission to be cut in half.
The cow dies happy.
You have a black cow and a brown cow.
Everyone votes for the best looking one.
Some of the people who actually like the brown one best
accidentally vote for the black
Some people vote for both.
Some people vote for neither.
Some people can't figure out how to vote at all.
Finally, a bunch of guys from out-of-state tell you
which one you think is the best
You have millions of cows.
They make real California
Only five speak English.
Most are illegal.
Arnold likes the ones with the big udders.
Requiem For A Heavyweight - Originally
The Raptor is recalling the early days of TV
and the teleplay “Requiem For A Heavyweight” which was written by
Rod Serling and was broadcast live on Playhouse 90 in October 1956
with Jack Palance in the starring role. The TV program was later
made into a motion picture starring Anthony Quinn. It was a sad
story with a former boxing champion seeing his career come to a
Last evening was a little somber at The
Raptor’s home as the family was reeling due to the loss of our
beloved 36” RCA TV which had expired last Thursday after 15 years
of daily usage. After a service tech gave the set the last rites
yesterday afternoon, The Raptor contacted the next door neighbor
to assist in the unceremonious dumping of the expired carcass on
the front porch where it shall remain on display until final
interment in the landfill.
This TV was more than a friend; it was like a
member of the family. Fully loaded with state of the art picture
quality (1995 style), plus all sorts of options and accessories,
it was too legit to quit. When set in place it costed about
$1,800.00 which was a LOT of money for a TV back in those pre HDTV
days. The favorite feature used by The Raptor was the
Picture-In-Picture (PIP) which allowed for many unique
This feature thoroughly ticked off The
Raptor’s wife as she was irritated by having two choices to
consider, since one choice had no sound. As a result, The Raptor
would keep it simple in her presence and perhaps watch a football
game along with the Weather Channel or…maybe NASCAR on the primary
screen with a Golf Tournament on the small screen. The PIP feature
was especially useful during some commercial interruptions since
it was possible to switch to the action which was occurring in the
The PIP placement was always a consideration
and The Raptor’s favorite position was generally to put the small
screen in the upper left corner of the display. However, in the
later years when the NFL began super imposing additional telemetry
regarding game stats or scores from other contests, this proved to
clash with PIP positioning. As a result, the PIP was sometimes
moved to the lower right quadrant.
The Raptor always fancied the High Tech
accessories which made TV viewing that much more enjoyable.
During it’s tenure, the RCA had a wild array of devices tagged in
including: a BETA VCR, VHS VCR, DVD Player, Digital Cable Box AND
Surround Sound….Seeing those four devices piled high was an
awesome tower of tech bells, whistles and LED blinks. This
necessitated a trio of remote controls to keep everything
Unfortunately, a universal remote was
difficult if not impossible to manage and The Raptor particularly
enjoyed staging four different shows at once which were viewed by
utilizing the recall button on two different remotes. If only
David Sarnoff had been alive to see that! (For those of you
unfamiliar with the name, Sarnoff became famous during the Titanic
Disaster while serving as a radio operator at the Wannamaker
Department Store. He claimed to have decoded the message which
was sent from the Olympic which gave official notification of the
sinking of The Titanic. This event may not have occurred as
Sarnoff claimed, but he was able to parlay the fame to become head
of Radio Corporation of America (RCA)).
What’s next for the spot previously occupied
by The RCA? It’s too early to make a hysterical decision of this
magnitude, so The Raptor has made a temporary transfer and
elevated the 32” tube from the office to the top position. While
much smaller than the 36” RCA, it will at least get us through
these troubled times while we reflect on the passing of a
Champion…perhaps it’s time to head up to Sam’s Club to see what
happening in the world of TV’s…LCD, Plasma, LED…wow! So many
choices, so little disposable income.
If The Raptor was filthy rich, I could see a
72” LED Samsung occupying the pole position, perhaps coupled to
both digital cable AND a digital dish, along with a blu-ray,
surround sound and a High tech, hardwired CAT5 PC in order to
interface HULU onto the wide screen…that would be
hot!....meanwhile bow your heads and recite a prayer as we observe
this Requiem for a Heavyweight…
Election Day Is Finally Here! -
Originally Posted 11/01/2010
The Raptor is here to tell you that this has
been the most fascinating election cycle he has ever
experienced...the candidates refused to campaign, they just sat by
and launched the most effective negative ads ever conceived!.
After all who could you believe. Each candidate whether they
were Democrat, Republican or Conservative Tea Party (how silly has
that name become?) all stated that the other candidate was
responsible for lost jobs and that they should be voted out.
The Raptor is going to make this short and sweet...
For Governor, I am endorsing Dan Onorato.
For US Senator, I am endorsing Joe Sestak
For US Representative In Congress I am
endorsing Kathy Dahlkemper....
If you have opened this link and have read
this far, then The Raptor would like to point out that the Sharon
Pennsylvania Herald is basically in the same district as Butler
Pennsylvania. Butler is the home of Candidate Mike
Kelly!....Kelly's local newspapers can't endorse him! That
is just plain sad!...
Now, The Raptor knows that many of the
browsers are Republican and I am OK with that. But, this is
one time when you could let your hair down and push the envelope
of common sense. Ms. Dahlkemper is from Erie...Mr. Kelly is
from Butler....Kathy's brother is the legendary Prep and Notre
Dame stalwart, Pat Steenberge...Kelly had to quit the team due to
injury...Ms. Dahlkemper's hubby is Dan Dahlkemper who is a Raptor
acquaintance from Penn State...there is a psychic connection here
When Kathy Dahlkemper tossed her hat in the
ring and sent Phil English packing over to the K-Street Deli to
plan his next meal, she did the 3rd Legislative District a
favor...now do The Raptor a favor and give her your vote!
Is That The Best You Got? Part II -
Originally Posted 10/25/2010
The Raptor is still watching a lot of TV and
is always amused during campaign season with the awfulness and
nastiness of the negative campaigning. While most good
people are nauseated by negative campaigning, The Raptor enjoys
and condones it. With that being said, Let The Raptor make a few
Candidate Mike Kelly, running for the seat in
Congress now held by Kathy Dahlkemper, really has no campaign
whatsoever...this was all pointed out in black and white this past
weekend when the Times News of Erie gave their endorsement to Ms.
Dahlkemper. The Times cited Mr. Kelly's lack of a platform
of any substance as proof enough of his skimpy preparation for
this important task.
It would be one thing if he had ANY
reasonable statement to make but when queried about what programs
presently being administered to by the Federal Government, he had
no specific one that he could with a straight face tell the
Editorial Board he would cut. This brand of disingenuous
tomfoolery is typical for Republican candidates since their only
reason for running is to provide fodder for people like The
How about Mr. Kelly's capstone argument...he
states in his advertisements that Ms. Dahlkemper's stewardship of
the seat has resulted in numerous jobs being created in China.
Meanwhile, Mr. Kelly states that he has "created" hundreds of jobs
at his Cadillac dealership in Butler, Pennsylvania...Oh really?...
Mike, does this mean that you have created
these jobs during the time that Ms. Dahlkemper has been in office?
Or...perhaps during the time that you have owned and operated the
dealership? Or, since the dealership opened in 1953?
Or, did you in fact cut a fact corner here?
The Raptor figures that if you have created
100 jobs in the past two years, that just means that you wade
through salesman like a Brahma Bull in a china shop...big
deal!...More than likely, your disingenuous advertisement is
typical Republic smoke and mirror stuff. If you are thinking
that because a hundred people work at your dealership that you
created "hundreds" of jobs than you have no right to represent
this district since you are clueless about the concept of job
creation. Your ability to get elected and then create jobs
The Raptor invites my conservative and
otherwise Republican browsers to choke on that as you prepare to
cast your ballot for Mr. Kelly...
Is That The Best You Got? -
Originally Posted 10/05/2010
The Raptor has been watching a LOT of TV
lately due to the miserable weather around here and most of the
content is advertisement for the major electoral races on the
ballot this fall.
Let's see...there is the Governor's race
pitting Democrat Dan Onorato versus Tom Corbett. Onorato
seems like a nice enough guy but he looks like an accountant.
Corbett on the other hand is dashing and a tough talker. As
the Raptor is a registered Democrat (or liberal Kook if you ask
Allan Collum), I will cast my ballot for Onorato. Even
though he wants to raise taxes. Go ahead and tax me - I can
Another race which has garnered interest is
the bi-annual grind of determining who is going to be Erie's
representative in the Halls of Congress. This year,
Democratic incumbent Kathy Dahlkemper is running against
Republican challenger Mike Kelly. Kelly who is head of the
family business, a Cadillac Dealership, earned the respect of his
party during a tough primary battle against Meadville businessman
Ms. Dahlkemper, on the other hand is a
candidate in rarefied air as she attempts to hold onto a seat
which has been reserved for the Republican Party for many years.
The most recent Congressman, Phil English, held the title for over
10 years. Prior that that, Tom Ridge did the same. And
before that the seat was held by Marc Lincoln Marks...also a
Republican This represents a 30 year period!
The 2008 election was a barn burner and it
was English's swansong as the voters swept out the last of the
officials who catered to the idealistic meanderings of George
Bush, Newt Gingrich and the Master of His Domain, Rush Limbaugh.
|Rush Limbaugh - America's
||Newt Gingrich- America's
Second Biggest Phony
What a difference two years make. Bush
is all but forgotten...Gingrich, is attempting to mount a
campaign to become our nation's next President, and a kinder
gentler Rush is roaming the airwaves in various capacities.
Before we move onto to the primary message with this post, lets
take a quick side step to explore some thoughts on the 2012
|Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich,
Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee...Obama is in for sure if
the Republican Party puts one of these capable candidates in
the top spot...
Now, back to Rush...Most recently he made a
strong cameo appearance on the Fox TV Networks staple, The Family
Guy, and he will soon pop up as Hank Haney's pupil on the Golf
Channel. The Raptor admires Rush for getting out of the
booth and demonstrating some fresh qualities. Whom ever
dreamt up this makeover should be commended....
When we last left Kathy Dahlkemper and Mike
Kelly, they were embroiled in a pressure cooker campaign which has
benefitted no one...except the advertising industry...and these
candidates will spend over 3 million dollars trying to secure this
seat. What is it all about?...Health Care....If the
Republicans can win this seat, they can repeal the law, as if that
is an accomplishment...but, there is one critical aspect of this
campaign that the voters should concentrate on and that is the
meaning of respect...
Work with The Raptor here...Mike Kelly states
he is a hard working, job creating, business man...yet he is so
creepy, he can't even show enough respect to state Congresswoman
Kathy Dahlkemper's name correctly in his TV advertisements.
The name Dahlkemper is well know to the region. Her family
has been involved in numerous business ventures and EVERYONE knows
how to pronounce her name. It's Dahlkemper and it rhymes
Kelly on the other hand is most disrespectful
in pronouncing Ms Dahlkemper's name by rhyming it with pal...he
makes a concerted effort to do this and by doing so he
demonstrates his lack of capability to be your next Congressman.
If he can't even say a name right, how do you expect him to
conduct the people's business...
The Gift That Keeps On Giving -
Originally Posted 09/23/2010
The Raptor periodically checks the statistics
report which is archived at the server site of this collection and
notes that there ARE some visitors to this site, several of whom
may visit here daily...hoping for a new kernel to digest...
Well, your prayers have been answered as that
section of humanity know as "The Gift That Keeps On Giving" aka
"Republican, Fundamentalist, Bush Apologist" has resurfaced just
when it was getting awfully boring around here...
The Raptor would like to take you back to the
section of this site known as "The Daily Thought - 2007" for
starters. Migrating to that page gets you to the archive of
Home Page Postings which occurred during 2007. On November
22, 2007 I had posted some thoughts which in effect painted
newspaper letter writer, Allan Collum as a "dweeb". Collum
had laid down a gauntlet at that time which The Raptor found to be
lacking a clear cut understanding of the ramifications of
involvement in the affairs of nations such as Iraq.
My ultimate take on the subject was that Bush
Apologists had to continue to defend the United States involvement
in Iraq as a homage to the fallen troops who bravely traveled to
that country to locate weapons of mass destruction only to stick
around there after none could be found in order to "fight the good
fight" and bring peace, justice and The American Way to that
troubled nation. So, The Raptor made a trite but firm
of the success of "the surge", Iraqi security forces will never
stand up. Those dopes couldn't secure a paper bag!"
Now, three years later, Mr. Collum has
responded directly to The Raptor in the following email...
I will accept and apology from you dopes for your predictions in
your article about the Iraq War on 11/22/07.
"Mr. Collum...regardless of the success of "the surge", Iraqi
security forces will never stand up. Those dopes couldn't secure
a paper bag!"
Looks like you kooks were wrong, again...America haters,
liberals, left-wing, Marxist goofballs usually do...
Allan...I am really not sure how to apologize
here...yes I did call you a dweeb and from the looks of things
this could very well be true...consider how you have framed your
statement...first, you open your remarks with the
salutation..."Raptor writers"...this is plainly wrong as The
Raptor is a singular writer...there are no other individuals who
publish content to this site (but I know a few who would like
Second, you state "I will accept and apology"
when in fact you should have said..."I will accept an
apology". Third, you state "America haters, liberals,
left-wing, Marxist goofballs usually do" when in fact you should
have said..."America haters, liberals, left-wing, Marxist
goofballs usually are.
Fourth...you are utilizing the standard
Republican/Conservative/Tea Party mantra of referring to realistic
Americans who might offer an alternative voice to your hysterical
ramblings as being "Liberal, Marxist, Kooks"...c'mon Allan how can
you call The Raptor a Kook. Are you kidding me!!!? If
you think that somehow, some way the Iraq nation is 100%...read
the papers...every day there is another story about a bomb blowing
up, or a bunch of people at a wedding party getting killed or any
number of other stories of tragedy and destruction...plus there
are still thousands of American soldiers in Iraq!...and they will
be there for years to come!
Any one with a pulse knows there was a
strategic rationale involved here...a quick look at a map tells
you everything you need to know about that region...it is
virtually impossible to construct a major, fortified Army base
anywhere except Iraq...it can't be put in Syria, Jordan, Israel,
Egypt or Saudi Arabia. The only way to manhandle Al-Qaeda
and The Taliban is to have a presence in the region so America can
help defend Israel. If that forlorn nation falls...all hell
will break loose...and like I said before, The Raptor will say it
again...there is no need for those dopes to secure their
nation...not as long as America will invest our capital in that
Allan, The Raptor is not a Kook. Nor do
I hate America....I love America. America is a great
place...it's like a huge country club and you are part of
it...this website is a tongue-in-cheek experiment and The Raptor
thinks you ought to relax and take what's written here with a
grain of salt...get ready for the fall elections since you will
have lots to celebrate over...us Kooks and Goofballs are in for a
tough stretch...but keep in touch as you and you friends from The
Right are "The Gift That Keeps On Giving"...
Originally Posted 05/21/2010
The Raptor was saddened recently upon hearing
the news that former Black Sabbath/Rainbow frontman, Ronnie James
Dio had passed away. Dio...shown here flashing his "Secret
Devil Sign" also known as...Rock Horns...
...was 67 years old at the time of his passing
and leaves behind a legacy of awesome heavy metal iconic music
which created a rep for him as a Metal God. The Rock Horns
were a homage to Dio's grandmother who used to make a hand
gesture to ward off the evil eye which is common among
superstitious Southern Italians. Dio threw the horns
during Black Sabbath live performances but they became a trade
mark and fans in the know love to flash the horns.
Dio's most popular rock icon songs included
"Rainbow In The Dark" and "Holy Diver" from the "Holy Diver"
Album which was released in 1982. There is nothing finer
than checking out the Holy Diver video on youtube to fire up the
horns. Ronnie James Dio...you were one of the best!
Originally Posted 05/14/2010
The Raptor listened to Sportcenter this
morning to catch the results of the Cleveland Cavs versus Boston
Celtics matchup which was held at Boston Garden. The
Cavaliers, with the NBA's best record during 2010 are led by
Lebron is also known as King James and his
stats are amazing. He can't be more than 25 years old but he
has been league MVP the past two years and he is a superb athlete
and truly deserves to win a championship. The Cavs were motivated
to win this thing in 2010 as the whole world wants LeBron to dump
Cleveland and play for the New York Knicks?...the worst team in
the Eastern Confernece. Cavs management even brought in
Shaquille O'Neil to bolster the middle.
The Boston Celtics on the other hand are a
team...they have been an NBA franchise since the get-go and are
legendary. The Raptor has been a Celtics fan since the early
60's...way back then they had charisma. Their coach was a
gent named Arnod "Red" Auerbach. Their roster included NBA
greats such as Bob Cousey, Bill Russell, KC Jones, Sam Jones, John
Havlicheck and Bailey Howell. at one stretch the team won NBA
Championships 11 times over a 13 year span from 1957 to 1969.
During the Larry Bird years...one of the most
beloved players ever to wear a Celtic uniform the team won
championships in 1981, 1984 and 1986. It was during those
years that Bird along with Kevin McHale and Robert Parrish battled
NBA Super Stars like Magic Johnson in thrilling contests which
held The Raptor's attention with authority!
Unfortunately...the championships dried up
and the interest faded. Prior to the 2008 season, a 22 year
drought existed and Celtic faithful were left with those what if
type dreams. The whole era seemed to be identified with the
tragic death of Len Bias, a fabulous collegiate ballplayer who was
drafted #1 by the Celtics and promptly partied himself to death.
The Celtics fought back with capable play by
new roster additions such as Paul Pierce, Rahjon Rondo and Kevin
Garnett. Garnett, who had been stalled in NBA hell over at
the Minnesota Timberwolves camp ignited the team into solidarity
and the Celtics went on to win the 2008 crown.
Fast forward to 2010...the Cavs and The
Celtics waded through preliminary heats to set up an epic matchup.
Unfortunately, it all came crashing down this week. After
trading spit decisions during the first four contests, the Celtics
totally humiliated the Cavs in Cleveland on Tuesday as Lebron
played one of the worst games of his career. Last nights
contest was equally distressing as Lebron tried valiantly to hold
things together. Scoring an impressive triple double was not
enough and the Celtics prevailed.
Its a weird feeling...The Raptor was pulling
for the Cavs even though the Celtics are my team. I really
wanted to see LeBron bring home the championship to a city that
needs a lift. Browns, Indians, Cavs...its been a tough 50
Originally Posted 03/29/2010
The Raptor has now spent the past two
weekends playing golf at WWGC after a layoff of about 4 months.
It has been great fun to get out and soak up the fresh air while
chatting it up with friends and making new friends in the process.
As a result of this early start to the golf
season...the other tasks have been negligenced. Right from
the get go the most compelling thread has to be how decimated
everyone's NCAA bracket pool has become. With only Duke
surviving the beat down on Number 1 seeds, the tournament has
become somewhat of a "so what" event. However, with West
Virginia surviving into the Final Four, there are a number of
local fans that will tune into to Saturday's game to root for the
The Raptor can't even guess who is going to
win this thing, The remaining teams include Duke, Michigan Sate,
Butler and the previously mentioned WVU, so I guess I will pull
for the Big 10 and cheer on the Spartans.
Also in the news is this ongoing "scandal"
which is about to envelope the Pope and is creating a lot of
controversy. In a nutshell, there were some priests who
performed heinous acts of pedophilia years ago that were not
disciplined by the Pope before he was the Pope. This is
laughable since The Raptor is pretty sure this Pope couldn't
discipline he way out of a paper bag let alone deal with complex
issues such as defrocking a pedophile. The irony here is the
fact that in other sections of this site, The Raptor tends to
build content which is contrary to the Catholics and Christians of
this world. The Raptor is saddened by news reports such as
this since there are real problems to be considered and this
should be one of them...perhaps if a few of these bozos were
defrocked in a more vicious manner some of this crap would
cease...but, how is it that The Catholic Bishops can get so
radical in their condemnation of elected officials who support a
woman's right to choose but can't protect the living members of
Finally, The Raptor is wondering which right
wing jackass (Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity etc.) is going to come out
swinging on President Obama's recent overnight trip to Afghanistan
to provide some encouragement to our troops while delivering some
tough talk to Hamid Kharzai. For sure the talking heads will
register disgust that Obama has some how politicized the war to
curry favor with the American People. Mark my words.
Originally Posted 03/14/2010
The Raptor is excited for the first time in a
long time about a pending change with Big Time College
Football...A Raptor Fav...the news?...The Big Ten (a group of 11
college sports programs which includes Penn State, Ohio State,
Michigan Sate, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Northwestern,
Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Purdue) is considering
incorporating another sports program into it's roster to provide
balance and other amenities and make for increased fan interest.
The principal motivation could very well be
to create conference championship games in the next generation of
the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) in order to REALLY make for
interesting match ups and further the capability of the Big 10 to
compete against other college programs such as Florida, Texas,
Alabama and USC. Notice that The Raptor didn't say
"college football programs" but that's what its all
Over the past 5 to 10 years The Big 10 has
been able to field some strong football teams and make a play for
the BCS Championship Game. Consider these past results...
Florida State (ACC)
Florida State (ACC)
Virginia Tech (Big East)
Oklahoma (Big 12)
Florida State (ACC)
Miami (Florida) (Big East)
Nebraska (Big 12)
Ohio State (Big Ten)
Miami (Florida) (Big East)
Oklahoma (Big 12)
Oklahoma (Big 12)
Texas (Big 12)
Ohio State (Big Ten)
Ohio State (Big Ten)
Oklahoma (Big 12)
Texas (Big 12)
There have been obvious trends but it is apparent
that teams like Florida, Texas and Oklahoma have dominated as of
late...but...Ohio State has played in the game 3 out of the past 8
contests and has won one of those games against a tough Miami team
in 2002 and that's probably due to letting Maurice Clarette play
when he should have been in jail. Unfortunately during their
past two visits, Ohio State has been totally and severely whipped
by obviously stronger opponents.
The Raptor can distinctly remember the crass
comments made by supra jerk Woody Page on ESPN's "Around The
Horn" a couple of years ago when Penn State was lurching
towards a possible National Championship Game after besting Ohio
State at home only to loose a heartbreaker to Iowa the following
week. Page thanked the Football Gods that Penn State
lost...thereby insuring the contest between Florida and
Oklahoma. This demonstrates a bias against well coached,
well disciplined teams by sportswriters like Page in favor of
athletic programs who "hire" the best teams in order to
provide the most compelling contest. Forget about the
student athlete...their only concern is the point spread.
Enter Notre Dame...
The Fightin' Irish are considered a prime
candidate to become the next college athletic program to become
part of the Big 10. It makes sense but there is buzz from
the alumni base that it's not necessarily a done deal.
Consider what a this Notre Dame alumni said recently in an email
exchange with The Raptor...
the BCS doesn't change the current rules, I really could not think
of a worse move than to join the Big Whatever. As far as making
money, the only sport that really matters is football and ND has
their own deal with NBC which puts them in a far better position
then they would ever be in if they were to join a conference.
Losing the NBC contract does not appear to be likely as it was
just renewed for an extended period of time for at least the 3rd
time that I can recall. Even with ND having a few bad seasons over
the last 15 years, people still love them or hate them and the
ratings are very good. If fact, almost every one of their away
games (ie not on NBC) are also on national TV. As far as the other
sports, they are already in the Big East which is very strong in
every sport and widely regarded as the strongest conference this
year in Hoops. I stand by my comment that ND can play anybody they
want because they are independent. Over the past 10 years, ND has
played the best teams in the BIG 10 nearly ever year( ie Mich, MSU.,
Pur., OSU, and PSU). No they have not played Wisc. or Iowa but
they also don't have to play NW, Ill. IND.,or Minn. every year.
Instead of playing the same teams every year, they have been able
to schedule teams like USC, LSU, Tenn, Fla. St., Neb., Texas
A&M, Geo. Tech and are able to schedule teams like Oklahoma,
ASU, USC and WSU in the future. It gives the fans and the recruits
a national audience as opposed to a regional one."
Also consider that the Big 10 tendered an
offer to Notre Dame way back in 1999 to join the Big 10 and the
Irish turned it down. Money talks and bullshit walks and its
the attitude of the alumni that they would rather see their
football program sink in a pool of mediocrity while acting as an independent
as opposed to belonging to a conference. It's time to be
As long as athletic programs
continue to award scholarships (see recent news reports about the
Oregon Football Program) to street thugs who may very well not be
able to spell their own name, quality institutions like Notre
Dame, Ohio Sate and Penn State will be hard pressed to compete for
the National Championship.
The Raptor has come
out in favor of Notre Dame joining the Big 10. While the
money is good in the present deal, it's possible that NBC could
change their segmentation strategy in the future. If the
Irish keep fielding mediocre teams, the fans who are still paying
attention will dwindle. Patton said it best..."All real
Americans love the sting of battle. When you were kids, you all
admired the champion marble shooter, the fastest runner, the big
league ball player, the toughest boxer. Americans love a winner
and will not tolerate a loser. Americans play to win all the
It's possible The Raptor could be
wrong but it makes sense for Notre Dame to join the Big 10.
What are the options?...Pitt?...come on Notre Dame get on board
and lets "Bring It On!"
Originally Posted 02/12/2010
There never seems to be enough time in the
day for important matters and lately with weather issues and other
responsibilities, it has been difficult if not impossible to keep
browsers of this site up to date on what is on The Raptor's plate.
One item that continues to burn is the
awfulness that is the Republican Party. Consider the GOP's
next candidate from hell, Sara Palin. Governor Palin was in
the news recently after her successful address to the annual Tea
Party Convention which was held this past weekend.
Palin, who continues, along with other
Republican dofuses such as Rush Limbaugh to be the gift that keeps
on giving...for The Raptor...is seen here lounging on a Bear which
she apparently shot in the wilds of Alaska
Going back to last weekend, Governor Palin is
hot for the Presidency and as such will say or do anything to
appeal to her base...whom ever it happens to be at that moment.
So when called upon to address our Nations voting block of
malcontents, she needed to keep several key issues on her mind.
Lacking a brain, she elected to write them on her right palm and
so now we know that Governor Palin is all excited about Energy,
Tax Cuts and Lifting The American Spirit. The coolest thing
to note here is how Governor Palin first wrote "Budget Cut"...then
wrote "Lift American Spirit"...then went back and crossed out
"Budget" and wrote in "Tax"...what happened here Sara?...no white
If this is all it takes to get mindless sheep
to vote for you maybe I should take a crack at it. What
could I write on my hand? Probably something
like...Childhood Obesity, Drug Addiction and Criminalizing the
Another major player in the present
Republican Strategy for 2012 game is Newt Gingrich. Gingrich
is the ultimate GOP role model. He's white, older, fat and
has a big obnoxious mouth as is evidenced by the photo...
It not to difficult to imagine what
Gingrich is saying here...probably something like..."Hey
Obama...your fly is open!"
Gingrich was recently seen on Comedy
Central's "The Daily Show" and decided to come out and criticize
President Obama's administration for reading the Underwear Bomber
his rights rather than interrogate the poor bastard in order to
gain some valuable intel on his Al-Quiada overlords. The
event is best summed up by Sam Stein of The Huffington Post...
"Newt Gingrich tried on Wednesday to brush
off the glaring gaffe he made this week on "The Daily Show" when
he insisted that the Bush administration was right to read shoe
bomber Richard Reid his Miranda rights because he was an American
But in doing so, the former GOP House Speaker
only dug his hole deeper.
In a post on his Twitter page, Gingrich
explained that when he made the Reid comment to the "Daily Show"'s
Jon Stewart his reference was actually to Jose Padilla. Reid,
after all, is a British citizen -- Padilla is American.
But Gingrich wasn't done there. In a dig at
the Obama White House, he added to the tail end of his tweet:
"Treating terrorists like criminals wrong no matter who is Pres."
That's a standard GOP talking point, and yet
when President Bush moved the Padilla case from a military setting
to the criminal system, it was Gingrich who came to his defense
despite conservative howls of protest, a Democratic source points
Appearing on Fox News in November 2005, the
former speaker said the following when asked whether it was "a
loss" for the Bush White House to have tried Padilla in civilian
courts after holding him for three-and-a-half years as an enemy
"Well, I think if they believe they have
enough evidence to convict him, going through the process of
convicting him and holding him, I suspect, maybe for the rest of
his life without parole would not be -- would hardly be seen as a
loss," Gingrich said.
The former speaker went on to note that Bush
was "wrestling with what are the real ground rules for dealing
with people who are clearly outside of normal warfare" --
suggesting, implicitly, that a criminal setting was appropriate
for Padilla because it was the most effective at the time. "[W]e
don't have a good set of rules," he declared.
But that is a mirror of the Obama
administration's current argument -- the one that Gingrich
criticized on Twitter.
The Raptor can sympathize with Gingrich.
I am fat too and a lot of times, I say things which are
inappropriate. The difference is that I am not an elected
official charge with managing the affairs of this Country!
Gingrich has stated he has not ruled out a possible run at the
White House. Another gift that keeps on giving...
Originally Posted 01/18/2010
The Raptor would like to mention that last
Wednesday, on my post which is reviewable below...I suggested that
certain members of the Republican Party would have their balls in
a bunch over the disaster in Haiti. Little did The Raptor
realize that the voice of the Republican Party, Rush Limbaugh,
would jump on the band wagon and perhaps get his tittie in a
twister in the process...you see...Limbaugh
a familiar pose behind bars...stated that real Americans should
NOT donate funds to Haitian disaster relief since it would improve
President Obama's position with "light skinned and dark skinned
African Americans"...Way to go Rush...you are the gift that keeps
Originally Posted 01/13/2010
It’s a new day and there are a fresh set of
stories migrating into our homes as we sip the morning Red
Bull...First, and obviously the most compelling is the devastating
earthquake which has struck the nation of Haiti. The quake,
measuring about 7.5 on the Richter Scale has apparently leveled
the capital city of Port Au Prince. The quake occurred about
one hour before darkness yesterday so those individuals unlucky
enough to be in one of the shanties which predominate the region
have now been crushed between concrete slabs for over 12 hours in
As their only recourse is to pray to a tone
deaf God, they can enjoy their life forces ebbing away all the
while knowing that soon...they will be in heaven. This is
another example for the Dave Heintziel's of the world (see The God
Page for additional background on Mr. Heintzel) to reinforce the
theme that God...and Jesus...love us. Yes...they love us
soooo much that they periodically have to engineer catastrophes
such as this earthquake in order to test faith and bring common
enemies together to save the residual zombies that will be sitting
on a stoop in their own excrement waiting for the help that will
come their way from...
...the U.S. Taxpayers. Can you imagine
the thorn sticking in the craw of such limp dicks as Mitch
McConnel, John Kyl, John Ensign, and John Boehner as they prepare
to offer their condolences and prayers for the Haitians all the
while wailing and gnashing their teeth over the government aid
which will flow to Haiti..
While it's taboo to help poor island nations
such as Haiti and Cameroon out of the squalor they exist in, it's
admirable to ravage a nation like Afghanistan to win the War on
Speaking of the other news of the day...The
Raptor's old friend, Sara Palin has been in the news again.
She has just come down from cloud nine after the successful
release of her book..."Going Rouge", only to realize that normal
individuals such as Mark Halperin and John Heilman can write too.
And write they did with their just released book..."Game Change",
which seems to deal with 2008 as it pertained to the Presidential
The most compelling stories to come from this
book involve Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid (D-NV) stating
that Barack Obama was desirous since he was a light skinned
African-American who did not possess the "negro dialect".
Also, that Bill and Hillary Clinton are awful (Clinton organized a
transition team before the primaries we over) and that Governor
Palin could not disseminate the reasoning behind a North and South
Korea. Palin also has been clashing with McCain/Palin
campaign staffer Steve Schmidt as of late. Schmidt came out
on 60 Minutes to reveal how Governor Palin was having difficulty
prepping for her debate with Senator Joe Biden and had a
unconscious tick which caused her to refer to him as "O'Biden".
She also went into a "blue funk' and became squeamish. This is
hilarious...What a dolt! And she wanted to be our latex
The Raptor is dismayed to learn that NBC has
messed up the late night talk show scene...again! It was
just about 15 years ago that Carson retired and Jay Leno and David
Letterman came out swinging to determine who would host the iconic
"Tonight Show". Now the combatants will be Leno and Conan
O'Brien. News to follow for sure but the gist of the story
is that O'Brien has been asked to step aside to allow Leno to host
a on half hour show preceding his show. For this he is
feeling unappreciated. This is all moot for The Raptor since
I am usually asleep by 10PM.
On the local scene, the region has seen
almost 4 feet of snow fall since January 1st and the piles are
impressive! Fortunately The Raptor has a 8 HP snow blower
with electric start capability and as a result the driveway is in
excellent shape. The Raptor enjoyed the shootout between
Green Bay and Arizona this past weekend and can safely say that
The Taliban don't know what their missing. If they could
figure out a way to take their difference to the athletic field,
the world would be a better place.
This weekend the matchups include: The
Cardinals versus The Saints (Sat - 4:30) and The Ravens at The
Colts (8:15). Meanwhile on Sunday The Cowboys will be
visiting The Vikings for a 1PM contest while the Jets will go
cross country to test the mettle of The Chargers in a 5:00 game.
Predicting the outcome can be tricky but here
goes...The AFC Championship game will pit the Chargers and The
Colts while the NFC Championship will feature The Cowboys and The
Cardinals. Meanwhile the Super Bowl will see The Cowboys up
against The Colts with The Colts winning the big Tamale.
Originally Posted 01/07/2010
It’s safe to state that everyone has a
morning routine and The Raptor is no exception. Aside from the
traditional procedures which involve personal hygiene, The Raptor
also likes to pick up a morning cup of coffee as well as some
munch able sandwich or sweet roll.
Many of you out there might say to
yourself…”how silly…he could just as easily brew a cup of coffee
at home and save a lot of money” If you are thinking that…forget
about it…saving money is not the operative issue here. It’s
trying to learn more about what is happening in the trailer park
regions of the world.
You see…most of the attendants who work at
places like McDonald’s or Burger King and make minimum wage either
live in a trailer, a shanty or a converted lean-to which they have
attached to a culvert.
In addition, if you’re the kind of sped that
likes to save money by brewing up a mug of coffee at home, your
probably also the kind of personage that will drive to Country
Fair, park at the gas pump, walk into the store, use a frequent
flyer credit card to purchase the 5 cent off gas card and walk
back out to the car to pump the gas. Consider this Mr. Thrift…at
5 cents a gallon you have just saved $.75 cents by filling up a
car that has a 15 gallon tank. If your car gets 20 miles to the
gallon and you drive 10,000 miles per year, you will save a
whopping $25.00 over the course of the year while spending almost
6 hours of your life walking to the store and back to the car
while inconveniencing the other patrons who are there trying to
get a cup of f***ing coffee!
Anyhow, back to the story…The Raptor’s
morning coffee routine is variable in that I have identified 3 or
4 places en route to work where I can pick up a coffee and a sweet
roll. The current prime spots are Tim Horton’s (cool jerks like
to refer to it as Timmy Hoes), Burger King (cool designation
unavailable) and McDonald’s (Mickey Dees). In a pinch The Raptor
will stop at the previously mentioned Country Fair but as a rule
despises getting out of the car for fear of having to get behind
the previously mentions gas saver jerk or the half asleep
on-the-way-to high school smoking skank. Also available is the
Kwick Fill which is the most poorly designed coffee emporium ever
conceived by man but is desirable since there is NEVER anyone
buying anything at that store…not sure how they stay in business.
The three prime locations feature differing
desirable delectables. At Tim Horton’s, The Raptor likes to pick
up a large coffee and a cinnamon roll lathered with frosting
(price - $2.56). At Burger King, I go with the large coffee
coupled with the croisssandwich with sausage and cheese (no egg
please) (price - $4.22). Finally, At McDonald’s The Raptor goes
with the large coffee with a sausage McMuffin with no egg (price
All was well with the world until Wednesday
January 6th, 2010 when The Raptor elected to try
McDonald’s for the morning routine. The Raptor was filled with
tremendous trepidation regarding this visit. You see…McDonald’s
have just opened their new store at 26th and Zuck which
was directly across from the old store on the South side of the
roadway. McDonald’s had performed this relocation for the simple
reason that breakfast has become extremely important to the
corporate bottom line and the owners felt they could maximize
revenue by getting the traffic which was entering the city as
opposed to the traffic which was leaving the city. Oh how wrong
this whole exercise has become.
For starters, the entrance to the parking lot
is extremely tight and two cars (or trucks) attempting to cross in
the apron of the drive could potentially run into each other.
Second, due to the busy intersection, there are instances where 5
or 6 vehicles could be stuck in queue waiting to exit the drive.
Third, this backlog of exiting vehicles shuts down the capability
of patrons attempting to place an order since they can not get to
the operator. Fourth, the order station has a robotic first
responded who asks a preprogrammed question such as “Welcome to
McDonald’s…would you like to order Mocha?” Immediately after that
occurs and you are so disorientated, an actual attendant comes
over the speaker to take your order. In the three times The
Raptor has tried to pick up a coffee, the operator has had
tremendous difficulty getting the order correct.
However, this most recent visit was the worst
one yet. Amazingly, there was very little traffic at the store as
it was about 6:45. Unfortunately, there was something wrong
inside the store and The Raptor couldn’t figure out if it was a
leak in the roof or an ice machine but everyone was stumbling
around the store. The attendant, who was a vacant appearing
blonde woman approximately 20 years of age was confused about the
order process but, come on…how tough can it be to punch up a
coffee and a Sausage McMuffin? After finally getting the order
straight, The Raptor was now stunned to learn that the price of
the order had shot up to $4.11! That was a 14percent increase!
The rest of the experience involved getting back on to 26th
Street which was near impossible due to snowy conditions coupled
with slow moving traffic.
The Raptor was forced to travel east to the
Country Fair at Zuck…drive through the parking lot and get onto
Zuck…then turn left or west to head to work…needless to say, The
Raptor will not be heading to McDonald’s any time soon. Sorry
Ronald!...it’s time to find a new vendor for the morning routine.
Originally Posted 12/12/09
The Raptor has been mulling over yesterday's
developments in this Tiger Woods melodrama. For most of the
day, The Raptor recalled the post which placed blame for Tiger's
demise on his wife's shoulders - it was the "she made me do
it" defense. This theory was further defined by a story
or "fable" which demonstrated the prevailing attitudes
and postures of many of our nations fairer sex.
The Raptor would like to reiterate here that
I've seen it all before and this concept I am trying to explore is
as a result of meeting up with way too many of the superficial
type of spouse who has adopted a persecution complex over
It is dead wrong to advocate adultery.
It's bad, there is no doubt in my mind.
So in fairness to Tiger Woods and his request
for privacy, I am extracting yesterday's post in hopes of
contributing a positive gesture. As a result, The Raptor
will formulate other threads later this weekend and submit them
for your approval