Arthur, Ontario, Canada
May 22
I'm an old, short, fat, unsightly, grouchy, reformed troll with a bad attitude and a cricket bat. ---------------------------------------------------- I need to state clearly that English is not my first language. There are upwards of 600,000 words in the English language. In my native language there are a mere 11,000 and most of those are entire concepts (kind of like the theory of relativity) rather than words which translate individually. ----------------------------------------------------- Free advice: Don't.

MrsRaptor's Links
DECEMBER 6, 2014 4:36PM

What's new in the Raptors Nest?

Lots of things are "new" (relatively speaking) in the Raptor's Nest.   First, we moved to SD a while ago.   Living back "on the Res" has been interesting for me - small cultural behaviors which I had mostly forgotten have caused some consternation on my part.   Bigger cultural behavior… Read full post »

The title of the following is "Dear Police Officer" and I wrote it in the wake of the Grand Jury decision in Ferguson.   It's also apt in response to the failure to charge in the Eric Garner case.  


Dear Police Officer: 

Do you see that toddlerRead full post »

I started writing this post a LONG 22 months ago... anticipating a relatively short wait for all of the paperwork for KnK to come back approved.  Unfortunately, I was a wee bit ahead of myself.  

I have to go back almost three years to tell this story... because that is… Read full post »

MAY 29, 2013 3:31PM

Playing with a recipe...

I decided, when I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in October, I would create recipes for gluten free foods that TASTE like "regular" food.   To those ends, I have been having FUN with my food for the last few months.   Here are a couple of recipes that are simple,… Read full post »

I'm positive by the end of the election process this time around most of us are going to be singing some version of the following: 


 Why do I say that?  Because this has been a LONG election season and I think we are ALL pretty much on "election… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 2, 2012 7:14PM

I'm not just playing with myself...

 I'm not really playing with myself... I'm playing with my camera... or rather the special effects on my camera.  

 I took the photo below about a month ago across the back yard.  Just FYI that building you see is a Crematorium.   



I took these two… Read full post »

OCTOBER 16, 2012 12:39PM

My poor car was in an accident...

My poor car...   It was in an accident last night.  it's in bad shape...  

Me poor car

 I'm perfectly fine though...  

My car was sitting in my driveway and I was sitting in the house.  

Someone stopped by, for a minute, to pay a bill...  

And as he… Read full post »

Use of U.S. Citizenship Question on Application to Vote

In October 2011, the Application to Vote – Poll List form was prescribed to contain the question: “Are you a citizen of the United States? YES/NO.”

On October 5, 2012 a Federal District Court Judge issued a preliminary/Read full post »

OCTOBER 9, 2012 4:28PM

The many faces of one small boy

15 months ago a small boy by the name of Mason entered my life.  Mason has turned into an absolute HAM when it comes to a camera.   The following are just a few of the many faces of "Squeakerbutt" (as I call him). 



GEDC0001Read full post »

When Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach came out yesterday with the announcement that the Kansas State Board is considering removing President Obama from the ballot in Kansas he very publicly violated the law known as MOVE.  MOVE is the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act of 2009 and… Read full post »

I had a teenager hit me with it this morning...   and I'm still looking at him like he's an idiot a couple of hours later.   Why?  The kid came to me this morning and said "Did you know the Chinese were PAYING people to commit acts of terrorism on the US?"Read full post »

He wrote to a Maryland legislator, Emmett C. Burns Jr. who sent a snotty note to the owner of the Ravens regarding an opinion expressed by Brendon Ayanbadejo about marriage equality.  

You can see the letter written byEmmett Burns Jr. here: full post »

Honest, there are jobs out there... and the pay isn't too bad either.   It's actually quite good if you live in a fairly populated area. It's really good pay if you already own all the equipment (and most homeowners do).  

Cost of startup... however much it costs in your area… Read full post »

You know those errors you keep telling us should be "fixed"?  Well they aren't.   We're still getting them and they are bloody annoying.    Can ya PLEASE get the fellows in the back room to stop looking for their brains on the edge of a razor blade and start fixing the bRead full post »

Yesterday the Republican party put forth their "platform" for this election and the only way to describe it is "extreme".   Well, we could call it punative, abusive and ignorant as well. 

They start off with: We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and endorse legislatiRead full post »

This time four years ago you could have called me a conservative Republican.  You could have called me that and been reasonably sure I would not be offended.   I typically voted Republican.  I agreed more with the Republican Party than I did the Democratic Party.  To be hones… Read full post »

AUGUST 15, 2012 4:40PM

Cougars East of the Mississippi

I'm smiling this afternoon.   Just yesterday a photographer in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan released the following photo of a Cougar taken in the UP:  


That brown in the center of the photo is undeniably a Cougar.  The photo was taken by Fred Nault, of Baraga County,… Read full post »

According to his own filings with the Federal Election Commission the answer to that question appears to be "multiple times." 

In a letter dated March 16, 2012 from the Federal Election commission to the Romney Campaign treasurer, Darrell Crate, the FEC states the following with regard to the J… Read full post »

AUGUST 12, 2012 9:27PM

Seeing Sunday Miracles...

This morning I had to head for Hell (Michigan) for a business meeting.  

I left home expecting the 1:00 PM meeting to be about as "Thrilling" as getting a tooth pulled without benefit of anesthetic.   In other words - I was really NOT looking forward to this meeting.  … Read full post »

No, that headline is not a joke.  One of the men who guarded President Lincoln was an illegal alien.  There is even at least one photograph of the illegal alien in question guarding President Lincoln in the National Archives. 

I must admit, every time I see people screaming about "ill… Read full post »

Down through the years I have met many people "in the flesh" whom I met virtually (either online or on the radio waves) first. 

For years I went to what are called "hamfests" (the ham radio equivilent of a meet and greet combined with a trunk show) simply to meet… Read full post »

We went to Virginia for a week.   Fortunately we were there for the week of cooler weather.  

It was just us adults for a week.   Sort of.   A bunch of us who are old friends decided to all get together in rural Virgina.  Bedford County - where the… Read full post »

No, Seriously...  he's apparently not dead...  


 Attn: Dear Mrs Raptor,

Good Day and My compliment to you and your entire household,My name is Mrs Zainab Ahmed i am contact you Due to the current war and political differences going on in my country Libya, I have been
Read full post »

JUNE 19, 2012 2:03PM

The Boonies and Locking Doors...

I can't live in urban areas.  I've tried but I just can't do it... the noise, the pollution, the not being able to trust anyone...   NONE of those things are things which I am willing to deal with on a regular basis.

I don't lock my doors...  Matter of… Read full post »

There is an old saying to the effect of "you are unable to understand another until  you have walked a mile in their shoes" and it is a very true statement.   Another truth is that we do not spend nearly enough time as a society discussing the effects of domestic violence… Read full post »