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If Nero Had Only Had A Twitter Account

These are important days in our country.

Tensions are on the edge within the hallways of government as the balance of power begins to shift at the highest levels of the world’s greatest nation. There is much to be done. Laws to be written or rewritten, heads of agencies to be replaced, economic decisions that will affect every woman and child throughout the world to be made. One can only imagine how any man or woman faced with such responsibility could cope in the face of such pressure.

But thankfully, in today’s world we have a revolutionary advancement that gives us unique insight into the man who will lead our nation and represent us throughout the world. We can know exactly what overwhelming issues are weighing heavy upon his mind. Is it the future of Obamacare? Is it an economy that is growing but at such a stagnant rate that it is crushing the dreams and aspirations of thousands of Americans each day who can’t find a job that will pay their bills? Before 2016, one could only guess. But today, we are blessed with Twitter, a wonderful invention that allows us to know exactly which issues of the day our beloved Commander-In-Chief is focusing his priorities on. And the answer?


President-elect Donald J. Trump’s Twitter feed from January 6, 2017, 6:04 p.m.

Wow, the ratings are in and Arnold Schwarzenegger got “swamped” (or destroyed) by comparison to the ratings machine DJT.  So much for…

President-elect Donald J. Trump’s Twitter feed from January 6, 2017, 6:12 p.m.

being a movie star-and that was season 1 compared to season 14. Now compare him to my season 1. But who cares, he supported Kasich and Hillary


Okayyyyy. Not exactly what I expected from the soon-to-be most powerful man in the world in the days leading up to his cabinet picks going before congress, but maybe it’s a one-off. Surely he has other things to worry about, right?


President-elect Donald J. Trump’s Twitter feed from January 9, 2017, 4:27 a.m.

Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn’t know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes. She is a…..

President-elect Donald J. Trump’s Twitter feed from January 9, 2017, 4:36 a.m.

Hillary flunky who lost big. For the 100th time, I never “mocked” a disabled reporter (would never do that) but simply showed him…….

President-elect Donald J. Trump’s Twitter feed from January 9, 2017, 4:43 a.m.

“groveling” when he totally changed a 16 year old story that he had written in order to make me look bad. Just more very dishonest media!

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What? Let me speak to you directly Mr. Trump. I have no desire to get into the argument about whether or not Meryl Streep is overrated (she’s not, but her political rants do tend to get a bit loose with the facts, see: Walt Disney comments) but rather, do you realize she’s an actress? An ACTRESS! Hopefully I’m not the first to remind you of this, but hey, THE VOTES ARE IN! You won, dude! She can’t DO anything to you. So if she criticizes you on an awards show that is watched by less than 7% of the American public…here’s a thought…LET IT GO!

And Arnold? The man was brought in to fill a role on a “reality” show. That’s it! A show you are still listed as being an executive producer on, by the way. Which means that, in a roundabout way, YOU hired him! Okay, so he didn’t support you during the election, but does that really mean you have to take time away from preparing to run the free world in order to take a cheap shot? What in the name of Beelzebub’s french poodle is the matter with you? Four out of my five children have better sense than you are exhibiting, and the only one not included on that list is three years old.

But, wait. I should step back. Maybe these two examples are being cherry-picked. I’m sure since he won the election Mr. Trump has been under a lot of stress. Surely, as his many supporters have suggested over and over again he will, he is becoming more presidential and rational in his use of social media as the mantle of the office draws nearer.


President-elect Donald J. Trump’s Twitter feed from January 5, 2017, 6:25 a.m.

The dishonest media likes saying that I am in Agreement with Julian Assange – wrong. I simply state what he states, it is for the people….

President-elect Donald J. Trump’s Twitter feed from January 9, 2017, 6:45 a.m.

to make up their own minds as to the truth. The media lies to make it look like I am against “Intelligence” when in fact I am a big fan!


Wait a minute. Again to Mr. Trump directly. As president-elect, why on earth would you be quoting Julian Assange at all? The man is currently living in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in order to avoid being extradited to 1) Sweden, on charges of sexual assault and rape*, or 2) the United States, on possible charges of espionage, conspiracy to commit espionage, theft or conversion of property belonging to the United States government, violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and general conspiracy. And frankly, up until he decided to help you in your campaign efforts by releasing the hacked e-mails of your opponent, it was pretty much the consensus of the majority of American people who actually knew who he was, that Mr. Assange was an untrustworthy, vile reptile of a human being.

But secondly, I want to make sure I understand your logic. You use Mr. Assange’s words and state the same conclusions that he does, but you don’t agree with him? Or is there some nuance that you are trying to convey that just doesn’t come across well in 140 characters?

Nevertheless, this “lying media” or “dishonest media” line is one you like to use a lot. Take for instance this tweet.


President-elect Donald J. Trump’s Twitter feed from January 6, 2017, 4:19 a.m.

The dishonest media does not report that any money spent on building the Great Wall (for sake of speed), will be paid back by Mexico later!


Oh my Gosh!!! The “dishonest” media is not reporting that Mexico will pay back money spent on your precious wall because you have not provided one speck evidence that Mexico actually will be paying back any money spent on your precious wall. That’s called journalism. You report facts. You don’t report “Believe Me! They are going to pay it back because I’m awesome and I say they will,” as credible evidence. In fact, it would be dishonest of them to report that Mexico will pay back those funds because Mexico has stated unequivocally that they will, in fact, not pay back those funds or pay for the wall in any way. So, it would seem that by not reporting that any money spent on “the Great Wall” will be paid back by Mexico, the media is actually being honest in their reporting with the facts they have available to them.

In fact, you seem to question the honesty of any media person if their honesty happens to involve you. Take Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold. He bothered to look into whether or not you actually spent the money your foundation raised at an event supporting veterans on actual veterans. What he found was not very flattering to you. So what did you do? You called him “a nasty guy” and then went about covering your butt. Once you had done that to a level you felt comfortable with, you then blasted him and the rest of the media you continue to call dishonest for not being nicer to you. This “nasty guy” then went on to uncover the fact that your foundation spent money on…wait for it…pictures of you, that you then used to decorate the clubhouses at your own golf resorts. That’s priceless…aaaand also illegal. And to top it off, you totally validated this “nasty guy” who belongs to the “dishonest media” by admitting in your 2015 tax return that you had in fact done what he reported you had done.  When it comes to your use of the the word, “dishonest”, I believe quoting Inigo Montoya might be in order. “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

Bottom line, Mr. President-elect, I will end this post with some advice. 1) Toughen Up. You ran for the highest office in the land. People are going to take shots at you. Get over it. 2) Twitter is not your friend. In fact, at the rate you’re going, it could undo your presidency. You are putting far too many things “on the record” with your 140-character verbal diarrhea sessions that seem to occur at hours in which you really should consider sleeping. 3) Grow up! PLEASE!!! You represent all of us now. And frankly, you’re embarrassing.

If you can accomplish those three things…well, you’d still probably be an egomaniacal jerk. But at least you wouldn’t be proving it over and over again via an outlet that you can never take back and has no filter. On the other hand, if you’re not going to stop (which I fully expect you won’t), at least you will be the most entertaining president we have ever had. Which will be of great comfort to us all, I’m sure, when the whole nation’s economy implodes due to your YUUUGE border taxes and your best friends, the Russians, march in to pick up the pieces.


*The statute of limitations has run out and Julian Assange cannot be prosecuted on some of the charges he was facing in Sweden due to the actions of the Swedish prosecutor.

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This Mail Bag (Blog Post) is a Complete Ripoff

Do you enjoy being frightened? If so, I encourage you to google the phrases, “book blog” or “book reviews”. Go ahead, do it. I’ll wait.

Okay, assuming that your head didn’t just explode from an overload of information you couldn’t possibly process, and you were able to make it back to this post, you are now likely sitting there stunned at the number of people who blog about writing books, reading books, reviewing books they’ve read or some combination of the three. In fact, what you may not have seen, but trust me when I tell you it does exist, are blogs who sell a service known as book blasting where they will coordinate with a number of other blogs on an author’s behalf, so that your book will be featured on a large number of blogs at the same time. To a first time author, it’s overwhelming, believe me.

Now one of the things that is common on a lot of these blogs are “interviews” with different authors.  What this consists of is the blogger providing a list of questions to an author, who then fills out answers to said questions before e-mailing them back to the blogger. These interviews tend to be pretty generic (as one might expect) and often consist of questions like, “Favorite ice cream flavor” or “Dogs or cats”. At least that is what I have seen on the LDS book blogs. Maybe on other blogs, they move into the more provocative questions like, “Boxers or briefs”, but the truth is, I don’t know. I didn’t look.

But a common thing I hear a lot is that you have to get yourself out there, and these interviews are a way to do that. Well, that got me thinking. You know what would be way more fun than answering generic interview questions? Answering questions from all of my faithful readers and followers. It’s a concept that was designed by one of my favorite sports writers, Bill Simmons. But then I realized, in order for this concept to work, you actually have to have faithful readers and followers.

Or do you?

So, in a continued effort to “get myself out there”, I will be answering questions that cover a wide range of topics that interest me that have been submitted by my faithful fans…all of whom I have made up…along with their questions. We’ll see how this goes.

Do you believe it was an affront to Jesus and Christians everywhere when Denver traded Tim Tebow in order to have a chance at signing Peyton Manning?  B. Graham – Charlotte, NC

No, I do not. I believe the Denver Broncos are now the front runners to win the 2014 Super Bowl. If they had kept Tim Tebow, this would not be the case.

Follow up question: Does your lack of faith in Tim Tebow imply that you hate Jesus?

I sincerely hope not. But I will admit to hating all thing associated with the Florida Gators.

Are you a regular user of DoTerra oils?  M. Kay – Dallas, TX

No, I am not. I have heard great things about their products, but my only experience with them was when I accepted a small sample of an oil that claimed to be an aphrodisiac. However, after applying the oil, my wife reported absolutely no difference in my behavior. I apparently was as pushy and obnoxious as usual. In hindsight, maybe this experiment was a bad one to base any kind of judgment on.

Twitter or Facebook?  M. Zuckerberg – Palo Alto, CA

I recognize the possible irony of my answer as this post will go out via Twitter, but I will definitely have to go with Facebook. Maybe I am showing my age, but the whole point of Twitter is kind of lost on me. With Facebook, I feel a little like it is a huge family and school and mission reunion all rolled into one. I can have back and forth conversations with a lot of different people I have known over the years or just choose to peruse/stalk people’s lives that I have an interest in.

With Twitter, it’s different. To me, it feels like I walk into a room where every single person I am “following” is shouting at each other without taking the time to listen to what anyone else is saying. Having said that, anyone who found this post through Twitter, I obviously was not referring to you. So please be sweet and retweet. (As an aside, the best part of Twitter is also its worst feature: the easy retweet. It’s great when I want to share something without much hassle, but there are some people out there who sit and retweet everything anyone they are following has ever said. It’s ridiculous. I once saw someone brag-tweet that they had been cut off for exceeding their maximum tweets for one day. You have to be well into the triple digits to have that happen to you. And to be proud of that? Searching for a life might possibly be in order.)

What is your favorite movie?  S. Spielberg – Hollywood, CA

(Upfront, I admit that this question is barely a step up from “Favorite Ice Cream” but I don’t care, I wanted to answer it.)

When it comes to favorite movie, I think everyone should be allowed to take a Golden Globes approach as opposed to an Oscar approach, in that everyone should be allowed to have their favorite movie and then their favorite comedy or musical. If a comedy is your favorite movie, there is a possibility you may need more depth as a person. Or at least learn how to lie so it sounds like you have more depth.

Anyway, my favorite comedy or musical would have to be Maverick. I’m still despondent that a sequel was never made. As far as my overall favorite movie, for years and years it was The Hunt for Red October. But since 2008, that honor has belonged to The Dark Knight. (Any and all comments regarding my depth will respectfully be kept to yourself.)

Do you believe that the re-election of Barack Obama as president is a sign that western civilization as we knew it is over?  R. Limbaugh – Palm Beach, FL

No. I believe we reached that point when more than 5 people on earth found Kathy Griffin to be humorous in any way.

What was your favorite part about writing a book?  J. Grisham – Oxford, MS

The bitter arguments that nearly ripped apart my marriage when my wife would be forced to tell me that something I  had written wasn’t very good. She was always right, which only made hearing it that much worse.

What is your deepest, darkest secret that embarrasses  you still today?  O. Winfrey – Chicago, IL

That the character of Edward Cullen is actually based on me during my college days.

Follow up: Are you serious?

Of course not. What kind of moron shares their deepest, darkest secret with the world on a blog. Now if it was Cosmopolitan, People or OK magazine, that would be different.

What historical event, that happened during your lifetime, has most influenced your life?  R. Rapier – Thatcher, AZ

Dead serious here, folks. The 1978 decision by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to extend the priesthood to all worthy males, which basically meant black men of African descent. Learning about the history that surrounded this event forced me to evaluate all I ever thought I understood about my faith, my religion and my belief system. Some might suggest that thinking too much about this issue could only lead to a negative outcome, but for me it was just the opposite. I believe my faith is stronger today than ever. However, I now do tend to think about some things a little bit differently. Maybe we’ll revisit this in a future blog post. Maybe not. (Picture me shrugging my shoulders to indicate I’m not really sure.)

If you could change one decision you have made in your life, what would it be? 

I would have started to write my book sooner. I love writing. That’s why I keep a blog. (That and it is highly suggested by my publisher and several other writing friends.) I regret that I never took the time to make this dream a reality sooner. But the truth is, the book that I wrote would not be the same had it been written any sooner than when it was. So now that I’ve said that, maybe that’s a decision I wouldn’t change.

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Well, that’s it. My first Bill Simmons Mailbag rip-off. I hope he doesn’t have the idea of bolding the questions and leaving the answers unbolded copywrited. Now if anybody out there reading this has additional questions they want to leave in the comments section or through a message on facebook (you can try Twitter, but I offer no guarantees), I would be happy to produce a follow up post to this one. But again, that’s assuming anybody out there is actually reading this. And for anyone discovering ryansrapierwit.com for the first time, now comes the shameless promotional message that accompanies each post.

Ryan Rapier’s debut novel, THE RELUCTANT BLOGGER, hits shelves and Amazon warehouses on August 13. You can pre-order this book at Bookworms Bookstore in Thatcher, AZ or on Amazon.com by clicking here. Or, you can request a copy be ordered for you in advance of the release date at any store where LDS books are sold.

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