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The Raptor Papers Part 17 - FB, CA, Personal Data and A Suitable Rejoinder - 03/24/18



Any of my FBF's who are considering a deleting of their account due to this recent discovery that FB sold user profiles and data to firms such as CA should fagitaboutit. The horse is already out of the barn and FB along with other Raptor Faves such as Google and Amazon are shredding share value in huge amounts much to the chagrin of us stupid's who invest in their chicanery

Just because the information could be used to develop memes and promos that could turn FB users into sycophants of a Baboon like Trump is no reason to give up now

Many of my FBF's probably love that The Raptor puts out opposition viewpoints so that they can use their vast knowledge of FB and general chat culture to post a "battle" rejoinder to keep the discussion going. Submitted for your approval are some popular GOP style rejoinders with some brief commentary

1/ "Thoughts And Prayers" - Primarily used by dipchit GOP Senators and Congressmen. Brought out when ever a tragedy occurs with guns. As in "thoughts and prayers are going out to the families of those who were taken from us recently at (insert location)...we in Congress can't do any thing about it for fear of loosing out A+ NRA Rating

2/ "First Responders" - Those same elected officials always thank the First Responders who show up after the tragedy to restore order. Maybe those same Senators, Congressmen and Trump ought to go to the killing field and help mop up the blood...just sayin'...

3/ "What About" - Whenever any kind of disparaging thread shows up how Trump is such a Baboon cause he used to pang porn stars and Playboy Bunnies while his present wife was sitting home with a new child, they rejoinder with "what about Bill Clinton?" as if some how what Clinton did made it acceptable for Trump to do what he did/does. Trump can KMA. Look at him...right now even as we speak he is probably fantasizing about panging YOUR wife!...

4/ "Pick A Lane" - FBF's using this rejoinder are usually pissed cause of the pile on. An example would be..."Geeze...Trump panged Porn Stars and he is savaging a struggling and improving economy with his reckless trade war" FBF's would find that offensive and ask to pick a lane - don't use two themes in one thread as it becomes confusing...

5/ Waiting For A Response - After a rejoinder, some GOP FBF's will post a second message such as "Waiting For A Response" or "Tapping My Toe" - It's as if all they ever do is sit around beating up their FBF's - Get. A. Life!

6/ Let That Sink In - This is where my GOP FBF's thread something which they have shared and/or copied and pasted from some other FBF and canonize it as profound with a "Let That Sink In" Again Get. A. Life!

7/ "Let Trump Do His Job" - This is the final rejoinder for today and is pretty much self explanatory. Many FBF's who are in the know having watched Hannity wail and gnash his teeth about Clinton Cash, Uranium One, The Corrupt Clinton Foundation and Those Damn E-Mails plead for the rest of FB Land to "Let Trump Do His Job". And What Job Is That Pray tell?...Besides Panging PlayBoy Bunnies. The Raptor has to #L2ms and post some thread ending pics to sum up...

Let That Sink In Whilst Trump Does His Job...





The Raptor Papers Part 16 - Respect - 01/12/18



The Raptor was called out recently for posting a disparaging photo of Trump while he was two fisting a glass of water during a moment of parchedness at a press conference. FBF's were aghast that someone would show such disrespect for a sitting President.

For starters, let's be clear here. Trump may be President for some but not for this guy. The Raptor will not even refer to him by his title and that says a lot. Take any other GOP Con out there including flaming dip chit from Ohio, Congressman Jim Jordan or Senator Ted Cruz of Texas (too many adjectives fit in here - insert your own) and The Raptor will make a special effort to provide some respect for them even it is a thimble full.

Trump has been a constant disappointment for some of the American People, He has been known to lie, cheat, grab, fondle, He makes despicable comments on a daily basis. He is unstructured and flaming mad at the world, President Obama and former Secretary Hillary Clinton

Recently Trump was conducting a meeting in The Oval Office with Congressmen and Senators from both parties when he became obsequious and then uttered several grotesque (FBF's, note here the insertion of ironic adjectives commonly used by Trump sycophantic spokesman, Stephen Miller) statements regarding countries such as Haiti, El Salvador and some of the many nations in Africa.

Trump in fact referred to these countries as chithole (FBF's, note here that The Raptor has avoided using the pejorative word so as to avoid having FB chit on me) countries. Let's not pussy foot around here. Trump later took to Twitter to defend his comments and attempted to sell a narrative that he wasn't referring to Haitian and Nigerian people with his comments. He was referring to the counties in general and as a result there was no racism involved.

The Raptor isn't buying it. When Senators Durbin and Graham came to The White House with their bi-partisan bill, they were attempting to develop a plan to help "people". People who live in countries that are in deep despair. People that need a helping hand. The kind of helping hand you can't offer when you reside in an golden condo on the penthouse floor of Trump Tower.

Trump may have done some parsing during his mansplain but by bringing the "people" of Norway into the discussion Trump was able to map out what was on his mind.

Trump pretty much says what's on his mind with no filter. The Raptor has a similar pedigree and it some times gets him in trouble (like today). There is a Presidential precedent for unusual behavior of this nature.

Think back to when Ronald Reagan was running for President. He was already in his late 60's but not as old as Trump. During the 1980 campaign, The Raptor's old friend, Gary Trudeau, creator of Doonesbury, come out with his pocket book, "In Search of Reagans Brain"

In the book, noted journalist extraordinaire, Roland Burton Hedley, Jr., began exploring Candidate Reagan's Brain and arrived at the preconscious portion of the brain. Trudeau describes it as a great staging area. Trudeau postured that Reagan's subconscious thoughts were admitted in the preconscious where they could be analyzed and edited before they move to full consciousness.

Trudeau further opined that campaign pressures forced Reagan to save time by circumventing this last critical stage of the intellectual process.

Trudeau diagrammed the phenomenon as the precociousness thoughts performing an end around, directly to Reagan's mouth with no filtering.

This appears to be the same deal with Trump. As a result, Trumps 60 Million supporters continue to believe that regardless of what Trump says or does, as long as the Stock Market continues to perform he should be left alone. Trump is the gift that keeps on giving but The Raptor shant be offering any respect...










The Raptor Papers Part 15 - Net Neutrality Debate Will Hurt The Litttle Guy - 11/21/17



According to an article published in Business Insider

"On Tuesday, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that it plans to vote on an order to roll back Obama-era rules that guarantee net neutrality.

Simply put, net neutrality means that all data on the internet is treated equally. An ISP can't prioritize certain companies or types of data, charge users more to access certain websites and apps, or charge businesses for preferential access.

Advocates of net neutrality argue that it ensures a level playing-field for everyone on the internet — while telecoms firms are largely against it because of the additional restrictions it places on them."

So what will this mean? It has to hurt the little guy. Let's say that you own a small business that uses Social Media and a website that you designed on "Go Daddy" to draw traffic to your store.

Once these rules are repealed and net neutrality is eliminated, " ISP's could: say "we don't like this site's politics,' or 'this site competes with us,' and then block or throttle it."

Also according to the article, "It could means that new "high-speed serving packages" for your small business may be created that would require your business to pay additional service fees of say, another $400/mo if you want your website to stay up during the holidays"

The Raptor has been managing a website for our family business and believe me when I tell you it is not easy to plan and design content and Search Engines such as Google and Bing can make or break you. And that is now!

Once the net neutrality rules are repealed, Google may decide my business doesn't get enough "hits" to even have a position in the Search Engine

The Raptor could go on and on here but that won't be necessary. All I know is that Trump is pushing this change and the a level playing-field for everyone on the internet will be suspended in favor of large telecom firms (AT&T) who are largely against it because of those additional restrictions it places on them.

It's always about restrictions and regulations with Republicans. The GOP would rather destroy the little guy than give him a chance all the while telling us little guys how they will help us.

Yeah, right...





The Raptor Papers Part 14 - The Ends Justify The Means - 10/07/17



The Raptor has been story boarding this thread for about two months now and it has been a difficult one to process and post.

Donald Trump has been a polarizing figure ever since he announced his Candidacy For President in June, 2015. He ran an agressive campaign and bullied and harrassed his way to the top of the heap and ultimately won the White House. It was the ultimate accomplishment for any one. After all, The President is the world's most powerful person.

During the campaign, Trump had little support from The Republican National Committee or the top Republican leaders in Congress. It's been reported that future (and now ex) White House Chief Of Staff, Reince Priebus asked Trump to drop out of the race during the General Election after The Pussy Tape surfaced.

Post election, Trump assembled a Transition Team of Toadies and Yes Men to prepare for his move to The Oval Office. The Republican's now faced an interesting situation as the GOP had control of both Houses of Congress. Along the way, Trump and Senate Majority Leader McConnell crafted a hijacking of the Supreme Court with the approval of Neil Gorsuch to the bench.

Once in the Oval Office Trump has proven to be his own man and has left a number of his Team on the sidelines while he forges forward on a destructive agenda. For Congress The Ends Have Justified The Means. Trump can operate the Clown Show while Congress enables Their Tea Party Plans.

While sucess has been limited in real legislation, a number of Exexutive Orders have been signed by Trump. Now submitted for your approval is a compilation of these EO's by Phillip Bump of the Washington Post. This is a long list and if you try to read them it may put you to sleep but it fits the theme that The Ends Justify The Means as some Americans suffer while others get rich

Politics | Analysis
What Trump Has Undone
By Philip Bump – Washington Post
October 6, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Despite Trump's claims, several presidents have signed more legislation than he has at this point in their terms. (According To Meg Kelly at The Washington Post)

President Trump has repeatedly argued that he’s done more than any other recent president. That’s not true, as measured by the amount of legislation he’s been able to sign. It is true, though, that Trump has undone a lot of things that were put into place by his predecessors.

Since Jan. 20, Trump’s administration has enthusiastically and systematically undone or uprooted rules, policies and tools that predated his time in office. Below, a list of those changes, roughly organized by subject area.

Did we miss something? Let us know.

1. Withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The trade deal would have established a trade partnership between the United States and countries on the Pacific Rim.
2. Revoked a rule that expanded the number of people who could earn overtime pay.
3. Reversal of a rule that would mandate that oil and gas companies report payments to foreign governments. The Securities and Exchange Commission will no longer receive this information.
4. Stopped a rule that would require large companies to report worker incomes by race and gender. The rule was aimed at reducing pay disparity.
5. Reversed an interpretation of the Civil Rights Act that provided protection to transgender workers.
6. Ended limits on the ability of states to drug test those seeking unemployment benefits.
7. Reversed a policy allowing states to develop their own work requirements for welfare recipients.
8. Revoked an executive order that mandated compliance by contractors with laws protecting women in the workplace. Before the 2014 order, a report found that companies with federal contracts worth millions of dollars had scores of violations of labor and civil rights laws.
9. Repeal of a rule allowing states to create retirement savings plans for private-sector workers.
10. Canceled a rule mandating that financial advisers act in the best interests of their clients.
11. Potentially broke an agreement with the E.U. to maintain European privacy protections for customers doing business with U.S. tech companies.
12. Repeal of a bill that mandated that employers maintain records of workplace injuries.
13. Removed information about worker injuries from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration website.
14. Killed a rule mandating that government contractors disclose past violations of labor law.
15. Rescinded a President Obama effort to reduce mandatory sentences. Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered that prosecutors seek the most stringent penalties possible in criminal cases.
16. Canceled a phaseout of the use of private prisons.
17. Reversed restrictions on providing surplus military gear to police departments. Those restrictions were implemented by the Obama administration after the unrest in Ferguson, Mo.
18. Reversed a ban on civil forfeiture. Law enforcement officials are now once again able to seize assets from suspects who haven’t been convicted of any crime.
19. Reversed the government’s position on a voter ID law in Texas. Under the Obama administration, the Justice Department argued that the law had discriminatory intent. Under Sessions, Justice withdrew that complaint. On Wednesday, a federal court threw out the law.
20. Reviewed Justice Department efforts to address problematic police departments. An effort to address concerns in the Baltimore Police Department was delayed.
21. In August, Politico reported that some representatives of oil and gas companies are worried that Trump’s moving too quickly to reverse regulations on their industry. “[Y]ou don’t need to roll things back so far that it opens an opportunity for outsiders to criticize, or something bad happens,” one analyst said.
22. Withdrew from the Paris climate agreement.
23. Blocked the Clean Power Plan. The plan implemented under Obama focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. In October, The Post reported that the administration would seek to repeal it entirely.
24. Ended a study on the health effects of mountaintop-removal mining. The process involves blasting away the tops of hills and mountains to get at coal seams under the surface.
25. Rescinded a rule mandating that rising sea levels be considered when building public infrastructure in flood-prone areas.
26. Reversed an Obama ban on drilling for oil in the Arctic.
27. Reviewed the status of national monuments for possible reversal or reduction. In April, Trump signed an executive order ordering a review of monuments added in the past 20 years, opening up the possibility that some areas previously set aside would have that status revoked. In August, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke made formal recommendations to the president.
28. Withdrew a rule regulating fracking on public land.
29. Announced plans to reconsider controversial protections for the sage grouse in western states. The bird’s habitat has been reduced as sagebrush has been removed in places that are being developed, often for oil and grass drilling. While not officially endangered, conservation groups worry about the sage grouse’s fate.
30. Postponed an EPA rule that would have had chemical plants better evaluate and inform the public about possible safety issues. This decision, made in June, drew new attention after Hurricane Harvey flooding led to an explosion at a facility near Houston.
31. Rejected a proposed ban on the pesticide chlorpyrifos. The month after this decision, a group of farmworkers were sickened by exposure to the chemical.
32. Reversed a ban on plastic bottles at national parks.
33. Repealed a ban on lead bullets. The bullets were banned under Obama because the lead can poison wildlife.
34. Rescinded a limit on the number of sea animals that can be trapped or killed in fishing nets.
35. Delayed and potentially rolled back automotive fuel efficiency standards.
36. Repealed the Waters of the United States rule. This rule expanded the definition of water bodies that were protected by the Environmental Protection Agency.
37. Ended a rule banning dumping waste from mining into streams.
38. Reversed a rule banning hunting bears and wolves. The ban applied to federal refuges in Alaska and prohibited hunting predators using certain methods.
39. Repealed a rule that would have overhauled the federal land management process.
40. Removed a bike-sharing station at the White House.
41. Intends to decertify the landmark agreement with Iran aimed at limiting that nation’s ability to develop nuclear weapons. Such a declaration would force Congress to decide whether sanctions should again be imposed on Iran.
42. Plans to phase out a policy under which people who immigrated to the U.S. illegally as children could work legally and avoid deportation. The program, begun under Obama, is called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA.
43. Cut the number of migrants and refugees allowed from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
44. Repealed a rule allowing transgender individuals to serve in the military.
45. Rolled back of Obama’s outreach to the Cuban government.
46. Ended the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents program. DAPA extended protections for some immigrant parents whose children were citizens of or residents in the United States.
47. Reversed a policy instituted by the Obama administration to expand punishments for campus sexual assaults.
48. Rolled back school lunch standards championed by Michelle Obama.
49. Withdrew federal protections for transgender students in schools. Under the rule approved by Obama, transgender students could use school bathrooms that corresponded to their gender identities.
50. Canceled a partnership with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau aimed at policing student loan fraud.
51. Reversed a rule that mandated how achievement is measured in schools.
52. Repealed a rule mandating certain requirements for teacher-preparation programs.
53. Reversed a rule that would ban gun sales to those deemed “mentally defective” by the government.
54. Reconsidered a ban on carrying firearms on Army Corps of Engineers land.
55. Narrowed the definition of “fugitive” to reduce the number of people allowed to own guns.
56. Halted or canceled hundreds of other minor regulatory actions.
57. Revoked a ban on denying funding for Planned Parenthood at the state level.
58. Determined that claims of violations of religious freedom would trump protections for gay and transgender people. This is the cake-for-a-gay-wedding issue; the Trump Justice Department takes the position that the religious beliefs of a business owner can take precedence over the civil rights of employees or customers.
59. Began the process of undoing the Johnson Amendment. The law bars religious institutions from taking positions on political candidates.
60. Repealed a rule mandating that Internet service providers seek permission before selling personal information.
61. Cut outreach aimed at bolstering enrollment in Obamacare.
62. Limited the Obamacare mandate that birth control be covered in health-care plans. The administration will give employers and insurers the right to exempt such coverage on religious or moral grounds.
62. Slow or nonexistent staffing at the Senate-confirmed and management level across administration agencies.
63. Repealed a rule mandating consolidation of transit planning authorities.
64. Ended the declaration of June as Pride Month and the practice of recognizing the end of Ramadan with an iftar dinner.
65. Canceled public reporting on visitors to the White House and other online data.

Philip Bump is a correspondent for The Post based in New York City.




The Raptor Papers Part 12 - First World Problems - Five Parts 09/12/2017 to 09/23/17


First World Problems - Part 1 & 2

In light of all of the wanton destruction occurring in places like Texas (Hurricane and Massive Flooding), Florida (Hurricane, Wind Damage and Massive Flooding), Californy (Wild Fires) and Oregon (Wild Fires) it's plainly silly to be worried about changes in cable TV access.

But, there it is...Spectrum Cable Systems shut down years of simple access to a decent TV signal and finally converted to a full digital signal.

... Cable TV arrived in the Erie area with a bang way back in the early 1980's and the original format had a group of channels that included channels such as WGN Chicago, TBS - Atlanta, ESPN, The Weather Channel. and MTV. Movie Channels included HBO and Showtime.

It was a glorious time. MTV was awesome and the sports programs made it even better. Cubs baseball, College football and extended coverage of Golf's Major Tournaments.

TV technology became essential. VCR's started to become a staple in every home. The Raptor made a ill fated decision back at that time to invest in a Sony Beta Max SL-2700 which was a top of the line unit. As a matter of fact, I still have the unit sitting in storage with hope that a new recording head can be acquired to get the beast up and running again.

First World Problems - Part 3

Later on, around 1988, The Raptor pick up the first of many VHS VCR's and as of this writing there are about 200 to 300 VCR Tapes sitting in storage from years of recording Star Trek Episodes, Golf Tournaments and Seinfeld reruns.

During this time Cable TV continued to change in a positive way. More channels, more movie options, more sports programming and unique options such as Food Networks and News Channels.

... About 10 years ago, cable TV was altered yet again with the advent of digital programming. The biggest change for The Raptor had to be moving The Golf Channel over to the digital band which required a "box" to watch the action.

So, today the world turned upside down when Cable shut down at about 11:45 last night and the need for a set top box on every TV in the home is now necessary. Since The Raptor has TV's in 6 rooms in the house, 6 set top boxes are needed. This is a terrible development and a real First World Problem

No doubt the offices of Time Warner/Spectrum will be inundated with calls today and The Raptor wouldn't be surprised if Spectrum doesn't just leave the phone off the hook.

Once the smoke clears The Raptor will visit the Spectrum office to pick up a few additiona set top boxes or perhaps make a move to some TV option such as a Dish or a ROKU.Foe the time being this household can get by with the two set top boxes in place (see attached pic for The Raptor office set up). Perhaps a few FBF's with provide feed back on how they handle the TV situation in their house

First World Problems - Part 4

The never ending pain that is cable television continues. Yesterday, research was done on some options for future television viewing and choices will have to be made.

What are the choices? First there is the no cable option, perhaps investing in anold fashioned antenna to receive the local channels which go by frequencies such as 12.1, 24.1, 35.1, 54.1 and 66.1. While these local networks are at it why not bring ...back the test patterns of the 50's and 60's...In reality,this may be an option to have one of the 6 TV's under consideration set up.

Second, Go to the Spectrum Service Center up by the mall and get in line with all the other unwashed to seek assistance (and some additional cable set top boxes at $11.00 per month). The Raptor took a drive by there yesterday and saw at least 30 to 40 infuriated individuals standing in line OUTSIDE the office waiting for assistance. Believe me when I tell you this, it is an awful consideration until the smoke clears in a couple of weeks

Third, go to Best Buy or Sam's Club and purchase a ROKU. It is my perception that a ROKU will only service one TV, so the other 5 TV's still need some device In addition, a ROKU probably requires a strong Internet connection and The Raptor can say here that this is presently mot the case since our home internet is a Verizon DSL which is prone to some poor connectivity. There is nothing worse than watching that circle spin on your monitor...Another observation about ROKU, everybody I have spoken with talks about how it is great for Netflix...well The Raptor has never watched a single episode of Game Of Thrones or Mad Men...much prefer Hardball with Chris Matthews, South Park Marathons and Documentaries about WWI Apocalypse so a ROKU may not be the best fit here

Fourth, call up Direct TV or Dish TV and get rid of Spectrum all together...maybe...but it will take additional research since there is no guarantee that connectivity problems may not materialize there too. Here is a question for the good of the order. If I convert to Direct TV are all six TV's in the home included under one set top box or would individual digital boxes be needed for each TV????? (Multiple question marks used here as a homage to pissed off white guys)

Yes these are real and legitimate problems but not a problematic as those 8 residents who were roasted to death in that Florida Nursing Home - need to keep this in perspective

First World Problems - Part 5 (Final Chapter)

After serious wailing and gnashing of teeth, The Raptor finally made a move on the cable TV project. Shoving aside reason, logic and the input from FBF's in a fashion similar to the way President Trump shoved aside that Prime Minister from Montenegro during a recent meeting in Europe, the decision was made to use the Spectrum Website to order up 2 additional digital boxes.

The process took about 3 mi...nutes and saved The Raptor the need to head up to the Spectrum Customer Service Office near the Mall which would have been an experience too horrible to contemplate or endure.

Hook up of the boxes went equally easy and at this point there are 4 TV's with total digital capability. Many FBF's swear by alternative options such as ROKU, Apple TV and Xbox/Netflix considerations. The Raptor did a little research and figured these options to be of a cost saving nature but at a reduction of TV flexibility.

The Raptor does want to send out thanks to those FBF's who posted their input - it was greatly appreciated...

Let's face it, cable TV is easy to use and it is perfect for my needs as I prefer Local News, Sports Programs, Politics Stuff, Comedy Channel, Some Movie Channels and The Weather Cannel all of which are easily available with my handy remote control plus I know where they are located (unless Spectrum decides to shake up the sequencing)

Next on the plate is the conversion to a robust internet connection since the Verizon DSL I have been using for the past 15 years is totally crapped out - stay tuned!


The Raptor Papers Part 11 - 08/07/2017


Rock Star

The Beatles have been trending lately, primarily due to the launching of an all Beatles Channel on XM Radio. The Raptor has been tuning in daily. It has been a great time to recall how much The Fab Four altered the music landscape with their sound.

The Raptor's favorite Beatle was John and it is sad to remember the night he was shot dead outside his home in NYC. Since his death, we have also seen the passing of George Harrison too.

Since the Beatles record releases occurred in the 1960's, The Raptor only has two of their albums in collection: "Introducing The Beatles" from 1962 and The Beatles "White" Album from 1968. The Raptor started purchasing albums in earnest in the late 60's - primarily in the hard rock and heavy metal categories.

Recently Ms. Raptor asked me what my favorite job would be and the answer is A Rock Star! Specifically A Guitar Hero in the vein of Jimi Hendrix, Ted Nugent or Blue Oyster Cult's Buck Dharma. We all know that recording artists get burned out and in many cases, such as with Hendrix or Jim Morrison loose their battles.

Submitted for your approval is a Beatles Chronology which was published in a book called The Rolling Stone History of Rock and Roll - For many of my FBF's The Beatles may not resonate but, without question, they were The Greatest - enjoy...

1940: John Lennon and Richard Starkey (Ringo Starr) born to working class families in Liverpool England as are Paul McCartney and George Harrison in 1942 and 1943 respectively

1953 – 1954: Rock and Roll, formerly ”race music” begins break through into White America.

1955: January - Bill Haley's "Shake Rattle and Roll" (a white American cover of a song by black bluesman Joe Turner) makes British charts.

1957 – March - John, almost 15 playing with his rock/skiffle group, The Blackjacks (later changed to The Quarrymen), meets Paul, almost 14, at Liverpool Church social. Their partnership begins.

1958: George, a 15-year-old guitarist influenced by Chet Atkins, Buddy Holly, and Scotty Moore, joins The Quarryman; group name is changed to Johnny and The Moondogs (later changed to Silver Beatles, after Buddy Holly's Crickets, then to The Beatles)

1959: Stu Sutcliffe, Liverpool art student, joins The Silver Beatles on bass.

1960: Liverpool "Mercybeat" scene forming on Beatles' model (emphasis on Rhythm and Big Beat) Pete Best, a drummer, is added, as Beatles leave for first of many all night gigs in Hamburg, Germany.

1961 - Beatles commute between Hamburg and Liverpool's Cavern; record “My Bonnie” in Germany. Sutcliffe leaves group to enroll in Art School to paint portraits and still life.

November - Brian Epstein, Liverpool record storeowner, seeks out Beatles at The Cavern; his interest queued by request for “My Bonnie”.

December - Epstein becomes Beatles manager

1962 - Epstein writes to journalists that his group would one day be bigger than Elvis, becoming only manager in Rock and Roll History to use this line and be right.

January - Beatles fail audition with Decca Records (with the comment from the Decca manager “Guitar Groups Are On the Way Out, Mr. Epstein”), win poll as top group in Liverpool.

April - Sutcliffe dies of brain tumor

August - Beatles signed to EM Records (with legendary producer, George Martin), but Capitol Records refuses American option. Next move still shrouded in mystery. John, Paul, George and Epstein replace Pete Best with Ringo Starr, drummer for Liverpool beat group Rory Storm and the Hurricanes. (Storm later dies in apparent double suicide with Mother).

1964 - January – “I Want to Hold Your Hand” released in US on Capitol Records with $50,000 financing and publicity from label; reaches number one, February 1st, 1964

February - Beatles appear on Ed Sullivan Show.

April - Beatles assume first, second, third, fourth and fifth positions on Billboard single charts (1.“Can’t Buy Me Love”, 2. “Twist and Shout”. 3. “She Loves You”, 4. “I Want To Hold Your Hand”, 5. “Please Please Me” along with 7 other singles in the top 100); “Meet The Beatles”, Capitol Records version of “With the Beatles”, becomes best selling LP in history up to that time. Beatlemania hits US. Mass hysteria reigns among American youth. DJ's claim “fifth Beatle” status. British Invasion begins.

August - Beatle film, “A Hard Day's Night”, opens to extra-ordinary critical and popular acclaim; first major American tour begins. Beatles introduced to Cannabis by Bob Dylan

December - Ringo's tonsillectomy inspires worldwide vigil

1965: Beatles gain 4th, 5th and 6th number one LPS, followed by Rubber Soul, hailed as artistic breakthrough, in December. George meets Ravi Shankar and begins learning to play the sitar.

American response to British Rock Renaissance includes Birds, Lovin’ Spoonful, Dylan's move to rock, beginnings of San Francisco sound, and The Monkeys.

August - second film, “Help!”, released.

1966: Dylan's “Blonde on Blonde”, Rolling Stones “Aftermath” and Beatles “Revolver” (hailed as avant-garde, showing influences of Motown, Mama's & Papa's, and Timothy Leary) all released, as big three of rock attempt to top each other.

August - Beatles make what will be last concert appearance, in San Francisco: return to England to make album to top all toppers. John meets Yoko Ono, avant-garde conceptual artist. Age of media psychedelia featuring dope, love, peace, Eastern religion - begins.

1967 - February - Beatles release “Strawberry Fields Forever”, hailed as psychedelic because of backward music fade.

June - on Eve of San Francisco's projected mass hippie “Summer of Love” influx, Beatles release “Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band”, super psychedelic LP that tops all toppers. Paul announces Beatle LSD use. On June 25th, 1967, the Beatles performed their forthcoming single, "All You Need Is Love", to an estimated 350 million viewers on Our World, the first live global television link. Released a week later, during the Summer of Love, the song was adopted as a flower power anthem

August - Brian Epstein dies of pill overdose. Beatles, on retreat with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Eastern religionist, announced they will manage themselves.

December - Beetle TV film, “Magical Mystery Tour”, bombs in Britain, first real Beatle failure.

1968: - January - Beatles filmed a cameo for the animated movie Yellow Submarine, which featured cartoon versions of the band members and a soundtrack with eleven of their songs, including four unreleased studio recordings that made their debut in the film. Released in June 1968, the film was praised by critics for its music, humour and innovative visual style. It would be seven months, however, before its soundtrack album appeared.

February - Beatles leave for India to receive instruction from The Maharishi. Beatles complain of bad food; Ringo leaves early. Maharishi tries to seduce women in the entourage. John and George leave after 2 months. John writes “Sexie Sadie” in anger

May - John and Paul hold press conference in US to sever relationship with Maharishi and launch Apple Corps LTD, new company meant to handle Beatles affairs and aid deserving artists. Move subsequently proved disastrous.

November - Beatles release “The Beatles” (AKA the "white album") with mostly solo vocals/

1969 - John and Yoko marry. Yoko seeks fifth Beatle status. Beatles decide to “get back” by recording “roots” album in order to recapture fading sense of combined self. “Abbey Road” appears instead. John forms Plastic Ono Band with Yoko on vocals; releases include “Give Peace A Chance”

1970 - Paul releases solo LP, with self as sole if not solo musician; press kit includes self-interview critical of other Beatles.

April - Paul announces departure from Beatles.

May - Beatles, effectively defunct, release “get back” LP as “Let It Be”, with accompanying “Let It Be” film.

December - Paul sues to dissolve The Beatles

1970 to 1975 - Beatles pursue individual careers with good financial but erratic artistic success. Paul forms new band, Wings, with wife Linda Eastman. John and Yoko release albums focusing on primal therapy, politics, self, and old rock and roll. Ringo makes movies and hit singles. George organizes Concert For Bangladesh and seeks a better way.

1980 – John Lennon is shot and killed by Mark Chapman in New York City outside his home at The Dakota.

2001 – George Harrison died of lung cancer

2017 – May 18th – Sirius XM Radio launches the 24/7 “The Beatles Channel”



The Raptor Papers Part 10 - 06/3/2017



Sea Change - The dictionary defines a "sea change" as a significant and/or systematic transformation. The term is frequently used in business and IT context as an alternative to the less desirous "paradigm shift"

Well, let it be told that a sea change is going on over yonder at ESPN. It started a couple of weeks ago when the long running show "The Sports Reporters" signed off on May 7th, 2017 to the total dismay of The Raptor. The show has been a Sunday staple for almost 30 years and was always "go to" "must see" TV for The Raptor during winter. During that time from about the years 2000 to 2015 The Raptor was usually golfing on Sunday morning, unless it was raining so there was less chance to see the show during the summer when the primary sports of baseball and the waiting game for the start of NFL Pre-Season were generally discussed by the panel.

The Sports Reporters was hosted by four moderators between 1988 and 2017...Gary Thorne, Dick Schaap, John Saunders and Mike Lupica. In it's early days some legendary Sports Reporters such as Bill Conlin (Philadelphia Daily News), William C Roden (New York Times), Bob Ryan (Boston Globe) and Mitch Albom (Detroit Free Press) served as Panelists. In addition, other frequent contributors included Jason Whitlock, Christine Brennan and Stephen A Smith.

While The Sports Reporters were mere mortals and their opinions did not have life and death ramifications, the setting of the stage and the quiet, mannerly interactions between host and panelist always appealed to The Raptor. On the flip side, the angry battles between Stephen A Smith and whomever is on First Take with him leave something to be desired

The Raptor has never been a big fan of Mike Lupica. He is a know-it-all jerk and is in need of a sucker punch. The Raptor has three issues. First, he was all poetic and lovey-dovey during Mark McGuire's historic run at the home run record back in the 90's and turned on McGuire (and the other batsmen of that era such as Barry Bonds, and Sammy Sosa) and rolled them all with a steam roller once the steroid issue materialized.

Second, Lupica was always anti Penn State and did a celebratory victory lap around the set about 10 years ago when Michigan QB Chad Henne beat The Nittany Lions at the last minute to remove Penn State from The National Championship chase.

Third, Lupica was embroiled in a controversy with the brother of a Face Book Friend regarding some local Connecticut kid's sports which resulted in the book called "Travel Team" It had been revealed by the FBF that Lupica was a jerk that time as well.

Even though The Sports Reporters was the title of a singular show, The Raptor used it as a catch all term when speaking to Ms. Raptor. It would go something like this..."hey Ms. Raptor, is it ok to turn on The Sports Reporters (Pardon The Interruption) instead of local news while we get ready for dinner?" Ms. Raptor will usually say yes but The Raptor is pretty sure she does not appreciate Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon yelling at each other.

Having lost The Sports Reporters, The Raptor couldn't take much more TV Land disappointment until the recent announcement that ESPN's Mike and Mike is also going down. While in some respects, the disharmony between show hosts Mike Greenburg and Mike Golic seems unusual, it is possible that friends can grow apart. Greenberg and Golic will now have their own shows it seems, and it won't be the same. The Raptor started tuning in to Mike and Mike each morning once my medical issues took center stage in January 2016 and it has been a nice run. They generally have had quality guests such as Herm Edwards and Golic's son, Mike Jr. Greenberg is extremely analytical (kind of like The Raptor) and has a very quirky but capable delivery. I especially like the animated skits where audio clips are incorporated into settings involving Mike and Mike to humorous outcomes.

What is the future of The Sports Reporters. Well, truth be told the available remaining shows leave something to be desired. In the unwatchable column, The Raptor can include: First Take (Molly Qerim, Max Kellerman and Stephen A Smith are pretty much awful), The Rich Eisen Show (Never Have Seen A Single Episode), The Dan Patrick Show (extremely cluttered set with a lot of backdrop Producers and Directors), The Herd with Colin Cowherd (what is it with Cowheard up on a high stage while his guests sit on a sofa at a lower level? Does Cowheard think he is The Pope?) , Skip and Shannon Undisputed (Skip Bayless is also a jerk), and The Six (Michael Smith is OK and Jemille Hill is smart and sexy but the show comes on during the news hour).

Watchable shows include ESPN's Around The Horn (Woody Paige can be a jerk but Tony Reali keeps the show real) and Pardon The Interruption (Kornheiser has a great sense of humor and Wilbon is a real pro plus The Raptor likes it when they yell at each other) with a maybe shout out to Intentional Talk on The MLB Network. These shows are conflicting on the schedule but, one of these days The Raptor plans to install a DVR.

Well there you have it FBF's The Sports Reporters in a nutshell. Totally boring all the time but, less caustic then posting disparaging commentary about the other important topics of the day Politics and Religion. The Raptor would really like to sound off in those areas but the topics would probably be designated as covfefe



The Raptor Papers Part 9 - 05/23/2017




A Racin' Weekend - Memorial Day Weekend is upon us and FBF's celebrate in many ways. Some, like The Raptor will head over to a Memorial Gardens more commonly referred to as Cemeteries (Al Czervik referred to them as wastes of prime real estate) to pay respect to those who have preceded us. Others will perhaps take in a baseball game, where picking up a dog and a beer in The Field Of Dreams Tradition will cost you $50.00. Golf will be on the mind of many, especially in the Northeast where the season is just getting underway.

The Raptor likes to look back several years ago when "Toonaments" were conducted up yonder at Whispering Woods Golf Club on the major summer holidays. While The Raptor tended to place himself in the first group supposedly to score the Toonament, it can now be revealed that it was a blatant move to avoid getting stuck behind the typical slower playing groups who didn't seem to mind stumbling around the golf course over 5 hours with "The Look Of The Wounded Animal"

Since golf is on the back burner these days, The Raptor will be gearing up for Race Day Sunday which features three quality auto races. Starting at around 7:30 in the morning, The Grand Prix of Monaco will kick off the festivities. This race has wound through the streets of that Municipality on and off since 1929 and is a wonderful way to absorb Formula One Racing...a type relatively unknown to Americans. Personalities abound in this form of racin'. Graham Hill was dominant in the 60's, wining five times between 1963 and 1969. The 70's featured 7 different winners with Jackie Stewart, Niki Lauda and Jodi Schecter each winning the race two times. The 80's were dominated by Alain Prost with four wins while the legendary Ayrton Senna picked up six wins between 1987 and 1993. Senna never made it to the 1994 race, having died in a race two weeks before at Imola. This brought in the era of Germany's Michael Schumacher who won five races between 1994 and 2001. Schumacher was famous for leaving the hapless Damon Hill in his dust and there was no love lost between the two when the podium ceremony was conducted. Since Schumacher's dominance, the race has been won by several popular Formula One Drivers including Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. Hamilton won last years race and was also featured on CBS's 60 Minutes .

The Raptor discussed some history at Indy in Raptor Papers - Part 7 but a little refresher is in order. According to Wikipedia - "The winner of the Indianapolis 500 receives many prizes, some which are based on past tradition. One of the most iconic traditions is for the winner of the Indianapolis 500 to drink a bottle of milk, a tradition started by Louis Meyer who won the race in 1936.. The winner is also presented with a wreath in victory lane, and has the opportunity to kiss the yard of brick (the start/finish line), an Indianapolis Motor Speedway tradition started by NASCAR driver Dale Jarrett in 1996 at the Brickyard 400 and adopted by 500 winners since 2003. The winner of the race also receives the pace car used during that race, and will have on the Borg-Warner Trophy a bas-relief sculpture of their face added to the base. The Borg-Warner Trophy has been used since 1936 and along with the sculpture on the original trophy, the winning driver and car owner receive a small replica. The Indianapolis 500 winner also receives a large purse, most recently at $2.49 million, given to Ryan Hunter-Reay in 2014." The Indy Race is an American Tradition and has been running since 1911.

The Raptor's favorite era is also known as The USAC (United States Auto Club) era running from 1956 to 1995. During this period, three drivers won the race four times. A. J. Foyt, Al Unser, Sr. and Rick Mears. The Raptor was a fan of each and was especially intrigued by Mears who almost won the race in 1982 but ended up losing to Gordon Johncock by a whisker at the finish line. Again using Wikipedia..."Johncock took a second Indianapolis 500 victory in 1982, winning by 0.16 second over Mears. This remains the fourth-closest Indy 500 finish in history. (Al Unser Jr.'s 0.043-second victory over Scott Goodyear in 1992 was the closest, followed by Ryan Hunter-Reay's 0.0600-second[1] victory ahead of Helio Castroneves in 2014, and Sam Hornish Jr's 0.0635-second victory ahead of Marco Andretti in 2006.) Mears was rapidly closing on Johncock in the final laps. In Mears' final pit stop, Mears' team made a miscalculation and filled his car with more fuel than it needed to finish the race. As a consequence Mears had to catch up a significant distance on Johncock, and on the 197th and 198th laps came from 3 seconds back to within car lengths. Johncock's tires were deteriorating by the lap, and with each turn the car understeered more severely. On the final lap, just after the white flag waved, Mears tried to pass Johncock for the win, with Johncock making a decisive defense of first place in Turn One, and Johncock began pulling away. In turn 4, Mears reeled him in and made a pass, but lost by 16-hundredths of a second (25 feet), which was at that time, the closest finish in Indy 500 history (now the 4th closest)."

As a side note, The Raptor always enjoyed the start of the race when Jim Nabors would sing "Back Home Again In Indiana" and Mary Hullman George would give the shout to start the engines. It's possible both may be dead now.

The Coca-Cola 600, held at The Charlotte Motor Speedway, is the final race of the day and runs from about 6:30 in the evening until well past midnight. Darrell Waltrip, who has found a home in the announcing booth shouting "Boogity!, Boogity!, Boogity!...let's go racin' boys!" at the start of each race, has won five times, while Jimmie Johnson is next in line with four victories. The Raptor has rarely been able to see the end of this race but I generally leave the race on while sleeping in order to catch all the action subconsciously.

The Raptor hopes you were able to read the whole paper without dozing off. I know that racin' is not a popular spectator sport but it has a lot more entertainment value than watching overpaid cry babies plying their trade in the NFL and NBA...and this write up was more rewarding than putting together a puff piece on how President Trump is making America Great Again...well maybe next time. In the mean time have a fabulous Memorial Day Weekend and don't forget the true meaning of the holiday...


The Raptor Papers Part 8 - 03/11/2017



Not So Fast President Trump... When President Trump came forth in the form of Supra Press Secretary Sean Spicer yesterday, it was to crow about the February Jobs Report just released by the DOL. Remember not to long ago, when then Candidate Trump disparaged these reports as being fake or false but that now that he has to read them they are real and they are spectacular (with a homage to Seinfeld)

Check out this table...what it shows is that yes, jobs had a 35,000 person increase, manufacturing jobs had a 40,000 person increase and goods producing jobs had a 102,000 increase but Healthcare related jobs went down 19,500, Retail jobs were down 74,400 and Private Service jobs (read that Accountants and Lawyers and Supermodels) went down 96,000.

The net effect of this is that comparing February 2017 to February 2016 resulted in 2,000 LESS new jobs being created this year versus last year. Jobs are jobs and it is nice to see some hard hats getting work, but the continued lies and misinformation that emanate from Press Secretary Spicer are starting to get old

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The Raptor Papers Part 7 - 02/26/2017



Daytona Day - For my FBF's who abhor auto racing, you don't have to read along but, let me continue for the others. The Raptor has been a racing fan since the early 60's when ABC Wide World Of Sports was the only play of the day. Back in those good ole' days, WWS would show races on either the following week or by a "tape delay".

The Daytona 500 began live TV "flag to flag" coverage in 1979 while live TV coverage of The Indianapolis 500 didn't start till 1986. The lag in live coverage for the Indy was thought to have been mandated by The Hulman family to keep the fans from staying home to watch the race. Keep in mind that the grandstands at Indy have a permanent seating capacity around 235,000, with infield seating racing capacity raising the total to about 400,000. The Raptor can attest to the sheer size of The Indianapolis Motor Speedway having seen The Brickyard 400 there in 2006 when "only" about 200,0000 came to the race. In those early days, Indy racing was dominated by drivers like A. J. Foyt, and Mario Andretti, while The Daytona was the home of Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough and Ned Jarett.

Racing fans like to soak up all of the event. Pre-race tactics, pit strategies, fuel conservation, tire preservation and avoiding the "big wreck" all become part of the action. The post-race celebration also includes a ceremonial drink of soda pop or Gatorade which can mean big bucks for the bottling company. The Raptor is surprised by folks who sour on racing since most Americans seem to drive like they are seeking the checkered flag every day. Previously,

The Raptor posted a "Rules of The Road" thread which dealt primarily with the violation of the safe following distance standards. A byproduct of this violation is the "drafting ploy". In this case, dangerous American drivers attain high rates of speed in normally posted roads and ride right up to the bumper of the leading car and then move slightly to the center of the lane so that the slower lead driver can see the drafter in the side mirror. While executing this maneuver, the drafting driver can make faces of anger or perhaps issue a hand jester to terrorize the slower lead driver. As a last resort the drafting driver may flash the headlights or sound the horn in the ultimate dick move. The Raptor continues to urge caution to my FBF's and try to maintain safe driving standards.

NASCAR is the promoter of The Daytona. It is a big business. and The Raptor recalls several past races used by Republican's such as Clarence Thomas (1999) and President George W. Bush (2004) to earn political points from the base. The greatest race day start has to be 2003, when pop star Mariah Carey, dressed in an extremely snug zippered fire suit (there was little left to the imagination), sang the National Anthem and also called for the drivers to start was. awesome! Surprisingly, The Raptor is not sure who won the race., but still remembers Mariah.

This years race will no doubt be exciting but The Raptor is saddened by the absence of Jeff Gordon (car # 24) along with Tony "Smoke" Stewart (car #20) who have retired. Younger drives such as Chase Elliot and Joey Logano seem to be dominating the headlines and there is a story brewing that fan fav Dale Earnhardt Jr. may be running in HIS last race. The Raptor will be pulling for Jimmie Johnson and Casey Kahne of Hendrick Motorsports and wouldn't mind seeing a win by Dale Jr. The race starts at 2:00 and weather looks to be outstanding. Enjoy the Great American Race!


The Raptor Papers Part 6 - 02/16/2017



It has been awhile since a new thread and with so much happening on the medical side, The Raptor has been a tad busy. FBF's may wonder how The Raptor comes up with content and my best response is: "Tools Of The Trade" In this case, it is a comprehensive library of historical information which is at my disposal night and day in my "office" The Raptor relies on books, movies and cartoons to supplement my deep thoughts. So, let's dive into this question on every one's mind about President Trump, The Elections and Russia's position in both.

My tools of consideration include: "The Good Shepard" (Matt Damon portraying OSS Operative James Angelton), "13 Days" (Book and Movie starring Kevin Costner as Ken O'Donnell during The Cuban Missile the Bahston Brahmin Accent), "The Manchurian Candidate" (Movie starring Frank Sinatra as Major Ben Marco dealing with Russian Operatives brainwashing an assassin in order to grab control of The White House), "Fail-Safe" (Book and Movie starring Henry Fonda as The President - a truly scary and terrifying film), "Dr. Strangelove" (Movie about Nuclear Proliferation and Destruction staring Peter Sellers in multiple roles along with George C. Scott) "Alas Babylon" (Book by Pat Frank about post Atomic War America) "Good Night, and Good Luck" (Movie starring George Clooney regarding McCarthyism and The Communist Scare of The 50's), Historical Documentaries about The Rosenberg's and J Robert Oppenheimer and the selling of Atom Bomb secrets to The Russians and Doonesbury and Bloom County, both Editorial Cartoons which deal primarily with Presidential Politics.

The Raptor has watched and read the books, movies and cartoons over and over again. I know them like the back of my hand. If one thing is clear from all these sources it's that The Russians are bad. There is no goodness there. It is silly for President Trump and his Administration TO BE COURTING RUSSIANS! END OF STORY! The Raptor won't sugar coat this. If you are Registered Republican, you had to vote Republican the same as Registered Democrats who vote Democrat. It's not your fault that a dipchit is running around in The White House. Don't be fooled by these feel good stories by journalists like Nicole Wallace who have come to Erie to see why Obama Democrats voted for President Trump. The Raptor won't hold their vote against them. Those voters were fooled by a con and it is unravelling in real time every freakin day. Many Rust-Bell-State voters who were fooled by metaphysical mush developed by The Trump Campaign (in contact with Russians during the campaign!) thought that Candidate Hillary Clinton was some monster.

The Raptor will not celebrate when the end is near but continue to report. The Raptor has been tuning to Morning Joe the past few days, mostly because journalist David Ignatius has been sitting in on the discussion. This is a serious reporter FBF's and his daily Cheshire like cat grin is a dead give away. Ignatius has been around as long as the previously mentioned books and movies have been around. He knows the score and he probably has President Trump's resignation column already written. There, I said it...go ahead...make my day...



The Raptor Papers Part 5 - 02/06/2017



After getting a good nights sleep following a big rout by the Atlanta Falcons over the hapless New England Pats (The Raptor checked out when the score went to 28 to 3 - no team could come back from that deficit), I am up bright and early to digest some talking points I wrote down over the weekend.

First, Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz has introduced a bill (HR861) to eliminate the EPA.

Second, Former Governor Mile Huckabee sent out in a pretty sma...rt tweet " Breaking news from Hollywood, Senator Charles Schumer cast in lead role for remake of "Boys Don't Cry"

Third, there is evidence that President Trump signed an Executive Order that assigned a permanent seat on the National Security Council to White House Counsel, Steve Bannon. Unfortunately, President Trump had not read the EO before signing and was "furious" afterward that he was not briefed on the EO before signing.

This brought an interesting Tweet from Politico Reporter, Jeff Greenfield who compared The Trump Administration to the shenanigans of Governor William J Lepetomanes's "work, work, work" bit I have brought it to this piece for your enjoyment.

The Raptor has always enjoyed the point when Governor LePetomane says "hello boys, had a goods nights rest? I missed you" and "I didn't get a hurrumpf outta that guy!" This must be a pretty accurate portrayal on how things work in this current White House.

Regarding Governor Huckabee, it would appear that he will have to fall back on the new GOP mantra to thoroughly humiliate someone and themselves and then state they were just trying to get a laugh. Not funny Governor...Senator Schumer was probably grief stricken over some incident from his past. Perhaps something to do with the holocaust. Maybe Governor Huckabee should give it a rest.

Finally, this initiative to eliminate the EPA seems genuine...what could go wrong? I mean these guys in Washington are pretty smart? They've got your back America!


The Raptor Papers Part 4 - 02/05/2017



The Raptor always was hesitant to actually tell my FBF's what is on my mind. It is plainly evident that much of what comes out of these fingers leaves much to be desired, especially to my FBF's who belong to The Party of Lincoln (L2ms). Today I will discuss an issue which perhaps is on the minds of most Americans and it has to do with The Rules of The Road.

For starters, The Raptor has been driving for over 45 years now, obtaining a Learner's Permit way back in 1972.. During that long span I have been involved in a few fender benders but no major head on collisions or roll overs. Therefore, I consider myself to be a capable driver and attempt showboating only when absolutely necessary.

What is sticking in my craw like a bad tooth today is the fundamental concept of "safe following distance" This may be little known or perhaps never discussed during the driving test but it goes something like this. While divining, it shall be the goal of every driver to follow the vehicle in front of yours at a safe distance and my recollection is 1 car length for every 10 miles per hour. So, when in a 40 mile an hour zone the nearest car should be 4 car lengths away. But seriously, when does this ever happen?

More often than not, the driver following is right on my rear bumper! At 40 miles per hour! In nasty weather condition! In total darkness! With school age children walking along the roadside, wearing a dark hoodie! They are insane I tell you! would be not recommended to perform some counter aggressive act such as a slow down or perhaps a carefully directed hand signal. That could result in a ramming or some exchange of gunplay.

Here where I come from, Erie PA, it takes about 15 minutes to get anywhere in the freakin county but there is always some dork that has to jump right on your bumper...pull into the middle of the road to terrorize you and give you a horn or some flashing lights, in the biggest SUV or Pickup Truck known to man.

It's my belief that drivers who do not adhere to the safe following rule are go dog go Republicans trying to pull themselves up by their bootstraps on the road to success. Cautions drivers, like my self are generally Democrats. Trying to drive by the Rule of Law and catch a ray of sunshine, while listening to 60's on 6, as we head on down to the unemployment center to sign up for benefits before we go over to Social Security Office to pick up a disability check so we can purchase Colt 45 Malt Liquor and some smoke. Please fellow road warriors, slow down!


The Raptor Papers Part 3 - 02/03/2017



Gun play in America and the continued ability to keep Second Amendment Liberties safe is on the mind of many in the Electorate. Day in and day out we get a snap shot of how pervasive our penchant for weaponry has become. While The Raptor does not own any guns, target practice was accomplished way back in the Penn State days when a gut course was sought for the Phys Ed Requirement. As luck would have it, a course in rifle was available and i...t was great fun pumping hot lead into those 30's era J Edgar Hoover perp targets. As a part of the course, the students (many of whom were ROTC) got to spend a day using the pistol for target practice too. Unfortunately, no silencers were used which add to the hotness of any handgun.

We all know that there is a jobs problem here in America. Those good paying manufacturing jobs just don't exist any more as durable goods that used to fail after a couple of years now last forever. This has left the workforce in a quandary as they struggle to find good paying jobs at Tim Horton's to make ends meet. The Raptor has a idea here. I propose that America take the reins of development on weaponry to the next level with the design and production of Star Trek style Phasers and Star Wars style Blasters.

This could eliminate the jobs problem in a heartbeat and the workers could get free products to sample as a condition of employment. While the Blasters are much cooler that Phasers, they are bulky and would be difficult to hide when you apply for concealed carry. But, work with me here....America will never be able to end gun play so we might as well roll with it. Plus by converting to a blaster, the need for bullets is eliminated. The owner could stop at Valu Home Center for a power pack or Starbucks franchises could be retooled so that the baristas would use some fancy interface to upload a new clip of "juice"

Unfortunately, I do not see Light Sabre's as a viable option because I believe only Jedi Masters can activate them. This is sad since they are much more elegant than a blaster (according to Obi-Wan Kenobi)


The Raptor Papers Part 2 - 02/03/2017



The Trump Administration is redefining the term "the gift that keeps on giving" Since yesterday here are the main talking points culled from MSM and Twitter.

First, at a meeting of some attendees at a Black History Month event, President Trump made some glowing comments about the Great Work that Frederick Douglas is doing. Yes, The Raptor is taking whatever President Trump said totally out of context. Buutt, the Raptor is "pretty sure" that President Trump thought Douglas was alive and well.

Moving on. President Trump attended a National Prayer Breakfast yesterday and piled on to what a terrible job Arnold Schwarzenegger (I looked up the spelling) is doing as host of The Apprentice. President Trump continued with the thread and asked the attendees to pray for Arnold so he could improve. The fact that President Trump smiled and laughed at this point is indicative of what is actually going through is mind (probably a fond memory from his time at the show).

The Trump Administration is also exercising some damage control over the outcome of media hysteria due to the supposed abrupt end to the phone call with Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull. Rather than report on this issue, all The Raptor can say is Australians are nice people (think Mick Dundee) and when PM Turnbull pulled the rug out on President Trump on the refugee deal, President Trump's normally enlarged gherkin more than likely turtled.

Later in the day President Trump's spokesperson, Kelly Conway came on to Hardball and floated a clearly invented terrorist attack in Kentucky called The Bowling Green Massacre as solid reasoning to implement a Muslim Ban (that's right I called it a Muslim Ban bad) It isn't necessary to add additional humorous comment here cause it ain't funny.

The Raptor has good intel that the Webster's Dictionary has now put Ms. Conway's picture into their reference section next to "dumas" Sure, there was an important Foreign Policy Victory when Ambassador Nicky Haley took to the United Nation GA yesterday and denounced the Russian transgression in Ukraine. But, this victory was usurped by a piece on Twitter that revealed a GOP led Congressional attempt to vote to allow mentally ill individuals to obtain weapons. Now what could possibly go wrong with this initiative? Let the shootin' begin


The Raptor Papers Part 1 - 02/02/2017



Over the past few days there have been several threads created here on FB by my Face Book Friends (FBF) that advocate the Muslim Ban as a way to "lock the door" in the same fashion that any normal terrified American locks their own door to keep out the "bad dudes" (L2ms).

I am here to remind you that in addition to the horrendous and savage acts of murder perpetrated in places like San Bernardino and the Florida Night Club there are also hallowed grounds in places like Columbine, The Colorado Theater, Sandy Hook and a South Carolina Church. Go ahead, FBF's, head to your safe room where you stockpile your arsenals and your bullets. Pull out you piece. caress it. kiss it, and do whatever else you do with your weapons. but always remember that no matter how hard the Trump Administration tries to work diligently to suspend immigration on "Bad Dudes" there may be a "Worse Dude" living right next door to you. Perhaps planning to shoot up a Restaurant where you eat or a Gym where you cheer on your kid. As circumstances would have it, I will be heading back to the hospital for some new medical care so "my days at Faber may be numbered" so I will initiate some continued daily posts to some day be called "The Raptor Papers" See you soon!







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