The GOP - A Gift That Keeps On Giving - Originally Posted
Now that the Penn State Scandal has all but
floated away, it's time to once again get back to some important
news...that would be the Republican Party or GOP which continues
to amuse and amaze. There are many who come to this page for
sage advice from The Raptor and all I can say is to stay tuned.
Today was another banner day in politics as
Herman Cain, the past flavor of the month has all but crashed,
burned and had a fork stuck in him due to yet another incident
involving a woman who is not his spouse. This newest scandal
apparently is involving a gal who had a 13 year relationship with
Candidate Cain and included such juicy tête-à-têtes as a Mike
Tyson boxing match...let's face it folks...Herman has a
Also, our old friend Barney Frank is in the
news...Congressman Frank has decided not to run for re-election
next year and has proffered redistricting as his principal
rationale. It's obvious that Frank would have had to
actually campaign for a change so he will now become the Capital's
Speaking of lobbyists, Newt Gingrich, who is
also a GOP Presidential Candidate was in South Carolina yesterday
letting the voters know all about how he is such a great guy.
Gingrich, Former Speaker of The House of Representatives, spent
long hours criticizing President Bill Clinton over the definition
of "is" but now he is having trouble with the definition
of "lobbyist"...maybe he could ask Fannie Mae of the
Telecommunications Industry about that.
Not lost in this report is perennial looser,
Mitt Romney, who continues to plod along in his quest for the
nomination trying mightily not to discuss his past dealings whilst
he was Governor of Massachusetts...specifically his "health
care plan" which was a lot like the Obama Care Plan which
some Americans despise...
GOP Presidential Candidate, Mitt
Romney...If This Guy Isn't A "Douchebag" (In The
Mind Of Ann Coulter)...
Go Back A Year...These Were The Top GOP
Picks To Be Running For President...Gone Are Palina and
Huckabee, While Gingerich and Santorum Are Still Alive!
Candidate Romney is vehement in his criticism
of President Obama. There is nothing that he has done right,
but at the end of the day, Romney isn't "conservative"
enough to earn the respect of the Republican base. Gingerich
may be able to pick up that mantle but he has soooo much baggage
and hew is such a pompous gasbag that really....who could vote for
the SOB....well...The Raptor can think of a few who can and
will! Like I said..."The gift that keeps on giving!
The Rapture - Originally Posted
The Raptor has been seeing a lot of stuff in the news lately on
The Rapture...according to Wikeppedia...
Rapture is a reference to the being caught up referred to in the
Biblical passage 1 Thess 4:17 when in the End Times the Christians
will be gathered together in the air to meet Christ.
primary passage used to support the idea of the Rapture is 1
Thessalonians 4:15-17, in which Paul cites "the word of the Lord"
about the return of Jesus to gather his saints.
and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive
and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to
meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the
Lord.1… Thess 4
There are many views among Christians regarding the timing of
Christ's return (including whether it will occur in one event or
two), and various views regarding the destination of the 1
Thessalonians 4 aerial gathering:"
the consequences, The Raptor looks at this Rapture stuff as just
plain silly....that's right...if your feeble mind is caught up in
this metaphysical mush you should be Raptured. Perhaps if
only you could actually be swept away to heaven and leave the
Earth to normal people with normal feelings and a capability to
act in a reasonable and caring manner with out having the bonds of
religious zealots waving their Bibles around...whew! it was good
to get that out...now onward...
There has been a
rain problem lately and it 's not just here in Western
Pennsylvania...consider this pic of the circumstances down there
yonder at the Mississippi Delta...
Pictured Here Is The Extent Of The Rising
Waters Down In Mississippi Where Home Sites, Businesses and
Farmland Are Being Swallowed Up By The Overflowing
Mississippi River - This Is Tragic Stuff!
This years rain/flooding event is
being compared to the awful conditions that were prevalent back in
the late 1920's...and at that time there were not as many large
metropolitan areas which tried to fight the good fight against
"Old Man River" But, this weather pattern is not exclusive to the
Mississippi Basin. Down in Texas, severe drought is wreaking
havoc with farmers and the southeastern states of Florida and
Georgia also have been affected. However, here in the
Northeastern United States, it has been a rainy spring. How
rainy, you might ask...check this out...
||May Rain Days
||May Rain Fall
So, what does this mean from a historical
perspective. For The Raptor, it's all about golf.
The statistics don't lie...between 2007 and 2010 the average
rainfall in April has been about 2.50 inches. May, on the
other hand has had varying amounts of rainfall during that same
The Raptor recalls vividly how hard and fast
Whispering Woods Golf Club was in May of 2007. The course
opened on Friday, May 25th and the players were greeted to a
golf course which was drastically different that today.
The fairways really were firm and fast and as a result the
course played a lot shorter. The Raptor can recall many
instances where tee shots rocketed out in to parts unknown from
today's standpoint. So with less than an inch of rainfall
in May 2007, it was golfers delight.
Unfortunately, May of 2011 has been a totally
different story. Through May 18th, this region has seen over
four inches of rain fall with almost an inch of rain falling
yesterday and over one and one half inches of rain falling on
Sunday. This heavy rain has been devastating to the golf
industry not to mention the farmers and other individuals who
look forward to summer to ply their trade...Presque Isle,
Waldameer, Erie SeaWolves, Presque Isle Downs, The Erie
Zoo...the list is endless.
But, if you thought May was bad...look at April!
It rained 23 out of 28 days with totals of almost six and one
half inches of the wet stuff! This is four inches over an
average total for the month. No wonder there is so much flooding
in New Orleans...the rain has to go somewhere! Will this
rain ever end...probably but consider this...what if it doesn't
end? What if climate change is more reality than myth?
To reinforce this thread...consider this...way
back in 1986, The Raptor still played golf at the venerable Lake
View Country Club. The comparative stats for April and May
totaled as follows:
||May Rain Days
||May Rain Fall
This is not unlike many of the years 2007 to
2010. However, what happened in June was a thing of
||June Rain Days
||June Rain Fall
While it's too early to tell if June 2011 will
replicate what happened in June 1986, The Raptor can only
hypothesize that if seven inches of rain fell here in
Northwestern Pennsylvania after the miserable spring we have had
the consequences would be in a word...harsh...
Now, let's get out the Goretex and get ready to
play some golf!
Abbynormal...something - Originally Posted
As usual, The Raptor is building today's
thread on the basis of a classic film, "Young Frankenstein"...The
film's producer/director was the legendary Mel Brooks who also
came to the plate with another Raptor Fav, "Blazing Saddles".
If there is one scene in Frankenstein which
can resonate across the divide it would have to be the point in
the film when the Monster, played to a tee in the film by Peter
Boyle, has been brought to life and Dr. Frankenstein is about to
release him from his bindings.
The film's lead character was Dr. Froederick
Frankenstein, played by Gene Wilder...in the story, Dr.
Frankenstein is ambivalent about the practices of his grandfather,
the original "Frankenstein". However, once he moves to
Transylvania, he locates the workpapers of his Grandfather and
manages to create "The Monster" from a dead corpse.
"Dr. Frankenstein"...."Pull the third
Dr. Frankenstien's capable assistant was
Eyegor, played by Marty Feldman. It is Eyegor who did all
the "dirty" work and Froederick had given him the responsibility
of stealing a brain for the Monster from the Brian Lab. Dr
Frankenstein had hoped to plant the brain of noted smartguy Hans
Delprick in the skull of the Monster, but due to an accident which
ruined Delprick's brain, Eyegor grabbed a random brain and
scampered out of the Brain Lab.
As Dr Frankenstein released The Monster he
immediately knew something was amiss since The Monster grabbed
Frankenstein by the throat...Using charades as a communication
tool, Frankenstien was able to get Eygor to administer a
"sedative" which Eyegor initially thought was a "sedagive".
Frankenstein then sat down with Eygor to
determine that he had inserted a brina from Abbynormal" into the
Monster...and abnormal brain.
This concept of "abbynormal something" has
long been a buzz word in The Raptor lexicon and these past several
weeks have seen many of these abnormal situations. From the
tragic shooting of numerous people in Tuscon, Arizona to the wild
unrest in the Middle East, to the contentious debate going on up
in the great state of Wisconsin, it seems that there is nothing
going right...even the Steeler's were not exempt from this
abnormal behaviour as they let a Super Bowl victory slip away.
So abnormal is the order of the day and it
can be seen in a lot of locales. It was interesting to note
that some abnormal behavior occurred recently at The Creation
Museum down there in Christian Kentucky. For those of you unaware,
according to Wilipedia...
"The Creation Museum is a
museum that presents an account of the origins of the universe,
life, mankind, and man's early history according to a literal
reading of the Book of Genesis. This museum has been heavily
criticized by the scientific and academic communities as promoting
"fallacy over fact" and attempting to advance the tenets of a
particular religion while rejecting scientific knowledge. Its
exhibits reject universal common descent, along with most other
central tenets of evolution, and assert that the Earth and all of
its life forms were created 6,000 years ago over a six-day period.
In contrast to the overwhelming scientific consensus, exhibits
promote young Earth creationist claims, including the idea that
humans and dinosaurs once coexisted, and that dinosaurs were on
Noah's Ark. The museum exhibits are at odds with the determination
of the scientific community that the Earth is approximately 4.5
billion years old, and that the dinosaurs became extinct 65.5
million years before human beings arose. The museum has generated
criticism by the scientific community, several groups of
educators, Christian groups opposed to young Earth creationism,
and in the general press.
The museum, which is said
to have cost $27 million, is privately funded through donations to
the apologetics ministry Answers in Genesis and opened its doors
to the public on May 28, 2007. Based on projections, the museum
anticipated 250,000 paying visitors in its first year of
operation. According to AiG, within its first two months
attendance surpassed 100,000 visitors by July 21, 2007 and 200,000
visitors on September 20, 2007. They claim that visitor attendance
also exceeded first year expectations only 5 months and 5 days
after opening, with a total of 250,000 visitors on November 2,
2007, and the half-million visitor mark was reached just under 9
months later. The one-millionth visitor was announced on April 26,
2010, just over a month away from the museum's three-year
It comes as no surprise then
that abnormal behavior was possible at the Museum...so according
to the news of the day...the "USA Today" stated that "A Gay Couple
Shut out of Creation Museum Date"...
"A date-night event at the
Creation Museum here was disrupted when a same-sex couple was
While accounts differ, what
is clear is that a man who planned to enter the Feb. 11 event with
a male friend was told the two would not be allowed to enter.
Additionally, they did not receive a refund of the $71.90 for two
tickets they had purchased online.
"On the website, there was
no mention of sexual orientation," said Jonathan Meador, who was
involved in the situation.
Mark Looy, chief
communications officer for the Creation Museum, said it was clear
from promotional material that the event was for heterosexual
The event included dinner,
a talk from museum founder Ken Ham about love and the Biblical
view of marriage and musical performances.
"The message was one of
Christian marriage, which the Bible teaches is between a man and a
woman," Looy said.
Meador attended the event
with a female guest and a third man, who told security guards he
was waiting for his date.
By Meador's account, when
the male friend informed security personnel that the friend was
also male they were told they would not be allowed to enter.
Meador, who writes for an
alternative publication in Louisville, and his date were allowed
in. Meador said to his knowledge, no one in the group is
Meador admitted that the
other member of the group, Joe Sonka, had posted a blog entry in
January suggesting that it was the patriotic duty of his readers
to send a flamboyantly gay couple to the event.
Looy said that message
suggests the group was looking to provoke an incident.
"We are not going to allow
anyone to come to a private event and be disruptive," Looy said.
"It's not fair to the other people who also paid to attend the
event. We welcome anyone to come to the Creation Museum during
regular business hours because we want all people to be exposed to
Meador acknowledges that
the Creation Museum did not break any laws but feels they should
have at least refunded the admission cost.
"It is telling, however,
that they equate gayness and flamboyance with disruption," Meador
Is this what it has come down to in this once
proud Nation?...Creation Museum...dinosauars with Noah?...gays "on
a date"...talk about abbynormal...
15 Minutes - Originally Posted
The Raptor recalls that famous scrawny SOB,
Andy Worhol stated that "In the future, everyone will be
world-famous for 15 minutes." In reality, many pop culture
icons have had their fame extend waaaaay past that 15 minute
The Republican party's newest star is
Representative Darrell Issa (R) California.
"Hello Tom Delay....move over and let me
Rep. Issa is the now Chairman of the House
Oversight and Reform Committee and according to a story on the
Huffington Post, Rep. Issa was asked during a recent appearance on
CNN about a suggestion he made in November following the elections
that President Obama "has been one of the most corrupt presidents
in modern times." The Republican congressman found himself
addressing the controversial remarks despite having already
expressed regret over his choice of words....
The Raptor finds the next words to come out
of Rep. Issa's mouth to be typical of someone who is harvesting
their 15 minutes as carefully as possible...
"I corrected -- what I meant to say -- you know, on live
radio, with Rush going back and forth -- and by the way that was
because Rush had me on to answer the question of -- about coming
together, having compromise. He didn't like the compromise word,
when I said we're going to agree to disagree and then we're
going to find a kind of common ground, the kind of compromise
that makes -- and gets things done.
In saying that this is one of the most corrupt
administrations, which is what I meant to say there, when you
hand out $1 trillion in TARP just before this president came in,
most of it unspent, $1 trillion nearly in stimulus that this
president asked for, plus this huge expansion in health care and
government, it has a corrupting effect.
When I look at waste, fraud and abuse in the bureaucracy
and in the government, this is like steroids to pump up the
muscles of waste. "
Oh really...The Raptor knows exactly why
Congressman Issa is so worked up...his problem is size...like many
Republican elected officials and their minions Issa has a small
"presence" and he now joins a select club including the
|Size does matter...right
Is it too early to yell impeachment Re. Issa?