George Rucker's Crackerjack Newsletter for October 17, 2017

Another Tuesday Letter,                                                               17 Oct 2017

Last week I had a recipe for Mexican Corn.  I tried it last Wednesday and I give it an A+.
I thought I would have trouble finding the “Cotija Cheese” but it is sold by Market Basket, my closest supermarket.  The cheese is a little salty so it is probably the reason for no salt on the corn.  I actually used real mayonnaise because I felt Miracle Whip might wreck the recipe.  If you still have your grill out you will find it does a great job cooking corn.

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I have been trying to bite my tongue and stay away from politics.  I must say it is getting harder and harder not to to speak my mind.  Things like, Harvey Weinstein will be stripped of the honorary doctorate degree he received in year 2000 in the wake of new sexual harassment allegations against him by the University at Buffalo.  He currently has fled the country.  Democrats like Hillery and Obama are struggling to distance themselves from him.

Here is an email I found interesting:  Trump's lack of decorum

I have no idea who wrote this but it's well done.

Trump's lack of decorum, dignity, and statesmanship

My Leftist friends (as well as many ardent # Never Trumpers ) constantly ask me if I’m not bothered by Donald Trump’s lack of decorum. They ask if I don’t think his tweets are “beneath the dignity of the office .”

Here’s my answer:

We Right-thinking people have tried dignity.  There could not have been a man of more quiet dignity than George W. Bush as he suffered the outrageous lies and politically motivated hatreds that undermined his presidency.

We tried statesmanship. Could there be another human being on this earth who so desperately prized “collegiality” as John McCain?

We tried propriety – has there been a nicer human being ever than Mitt Romney?

And the results were always the same. This is because, while we were playing by the rules of dignity, collegiality and propriety, the Left has been, for the past 60 years, engaged in a knife fight where the only rules are those of Saul Alinsky and the Chicago mob.

I don’t find anything “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper” about Barack Obama’s lying about what went down on the streets of Ferguson in order to ramp up racial hatreds because racial hatreds serve the Democratic Party. I don’t see anything “dignified” in lying about the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi and imprisoning an innocent filmmaker to cover your tracks I don’t see anything “statesman-like” in weaponizing the IRS to be used to destroy your political opponents and any dissent. Yes, Obama was “articulate” and “polished” but in no way was he in the least bit “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper.”

The Left has been engaged in a war against America since the rise of the Children of the ‘60s. To them, it has been an all-out war where nothing is held sacred and nothing is seen as beyond the pale. It has been a war they’ve fought with violence, the threat of violence, demagoguery and lies from day one – the violent take-over of the universities – till today. The problem is that, through these years, the Left has been the only side fighting this war. While the Left has been taking a knife to anyone who stands in their way, the Right has continued to act with dignity, collegiality and propriety. With Donald Trump, this all has come to an end. Donald Trump is America ’s first wartime president in the Culture War.

During wartime, things like “dignity” and “collegiality” simply aren’t the most essential qualities one looks for in their warriors. Ulysses Grant was a drunk whose behavior in peacetime might well have seen him drummed out of the Army for conduct unbecoming. Had Abraham Lincoln applied the peacetime rules of propriety and booted Grant, the Democrats might well still be holding their slaves today . Lincoln rightly recognized that, “I cannot spare this man. He fights.”

General George Patton was a vulgar-talking, son-of-a-bitch. In peacetime, this might have seen him stripped of rank. But, had Franklin Roosevelt applied the normal rules of decorum then, Hitler and the Socialists would barely be five decades into their thousand-year Reich.

Trump is fighting. And what’s particularly delicious is that, like Patton standing over the battlefield as his tanks obliterated Rommel’s, he’s shouting, “You magnificent bastards, I read your book!”

That is just the icing on the cake, but it’s wonderful to see that not only is Trump fighting, he’s defeating the Left using their own tactics. That book is Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals – a book so essential to the Liberals’ war against America that it is and was the playbook for the entire Obama administration and the subject of Hillary Clinton’s senior thesis. It is a book of such pure evil, that, just as the rest of us would dedicate our book to those we most love or those to whom we are most indebted, Alinsky dedicated his book to Lucifer. (I checked the dedication with Snopes and this is true-geo) (The book is also the basis for 1971 Hillary Clinton's 1969 Political Science Thesis) (One more fact: Obama taught Alinsky tactics to university students).

Trump’s tweets may seem rash and unconsidered but, in reality, he is doing exactly what Alinsky suggested his followers do. First, instead of going after “the fake media” — and they are so fake that they have literally gotten every single significant story of the past 60 years not just wrong, but diametrically opposed to the truth, from the Tet Offensive to Benghazi, to what really happened on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri — Trump isolated CNN. He made it personal.

Then, just as Alinsky suggests, he employs ridicule which Alinsky described as “the most powerful weapon of all.” ... Most importantly, Trump’s tweets have put CNN in an untenable and unwinnable position. .. They need to respond. This leaves them with only two choices. They can either “go high” (as Hillary would disingenuously declare of herself and the fake news would disingenuously report as the truth) and begin to honestly and accurately report the news or they can double-down on their usual tactics and hope to defeat Trump with twice their usual hysteria and demagoguery. The problem for CNN (et al.) with the former is that, if they were to start honestly reporting the news, that would be the end of the Democratic Party they serve.
It is nothing but the incessant use of fake news (read: propaganda) that keeps the Left alive. Imagine, for example, if CNN had honestly and accurately reported then-candidate Barack Obama’s close ties to foreign terrorists (Rashid Khalidi), domestic terrorists (William Ayers), the mafia (Tony Rezko) or the true evils of his spiritual mentor, Jeremiah Wright’s church.. Imagine if they had honestly and accurately conveyed the evils of the Obama administration’s weaponizing of the IRS to be used against their political opponents or his running of guns to the Mexican cartels or the truth about the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the Obama administration’s cover-up.

So, to my friends on the Left — and the #Never Trumpers as well — do I wish we lived in a time when our president could be “collegial” and “dignified” and “proper”? Of course I do. These aren’t those times. This is war. And it’s a war that the Left has been fighting without opposition for the past 50 years. So, say anything you want about this president - I get it - he can be vulgar, he can be crude, he can be undignified at times. I don’t care. I can’t spare this man. He fights for America!

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I doubt if this will be my last invention that changed mankind, however it is the last one in this book by “Popular Science.”  This article is titled “Steel Skyscraper”

From a distance, it’s easy to spot skyscrapers: very tall buildings that seem to pierce the clouds, dominating the skylines of London, NewYork, Shanghai, Tokyo, Sao Paulo and a host of other cities around the globe.  To what do we owe these modern, soaring views?  Steel.

New skyscrapers seem to go up – and up – every week.  Yet barely 100 years ago, there were no skyscrapers anywhere on Earth.  Although definitions vary the term “skyscraper” was first applied to buildings at least 10 stories high in the late 1800's.  A story is any level part of a building that people can use.  Generally it is about 10 feet high plus the thickness of the floors between each level.

Why did skyscrapers suddenly appear in a number of cities?  The answer is steel-frame construction.  Instead of using masonry (stone on stone), builders began to use steel to make a skeleton frame.  Because steel was becoming more plentiful and because steel beams linked together provided a very strong bond.  Buildings could be raised higher and higher into the sky.  Steel frames also allowed for large windows in each story, as the frame – not the glass – bore all the weight of the building.  Other practical improvements also enabled builders to erect taller and taller buildings of more than six stories were rare because no one wanted to climb great numbers of stairs, and water pressure was usually insufficient to supply running water above 164 feet.  The invention of the elevator solved the stairs problem, and hydraulic engineering solved the water problem.

The first steel-frame skyscraper was the Home Insurance Building erected in Chicago in 1885.  Today, vast improvements in steel construction and design have allowed architects and engineers to build taller and taller skyscrapers.  The Burj Khalifa building in the country of Dubai raises 2,722 feet into the sky and has 163 stories.  It is the tallest man-made structure in the world.  Another skyscraper under construction is Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Tower, which is planned to rise more than 3000 feet above the city of Jeddah.

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I doubt if this will be my last invention that changed mankind, however it is the last one in this book by “Popular Science.”  This article is titled “Steel Skyscraper”

From a distance, it’s easy to spot skyscrapers: very tall buildings that seem to pierce the clouds, dominating the skylines of London, NewYork, Shanghai, Tokyo, Sao Paulo and a host of other cities around the globe.  To what do we owe these modern, soaring views?  Steel.

New skyscrapers seem to go up – and up – every week.  Yet barely 100 years ago, there were no skyscrapers anywhere on Earth.  Although definitions vary the term “skyscraper” was first applied to buildings at least 10 stories high in the late 1800's.  A story is any level part of a building that people can use.  Generally it is about 10 feet high plus the thickness of the floors between each level.

Why did skyscrapers suddenly appear in a number of cities?  The answer is steel-frame construction.  Instead of using masonry (stone on stone), builders began to use steel to make a skeleton frame.  Because steel was becoming more plentiful and because steel beams linked together provided a very strong bond.  Buildings could be raised higher and higher into the sky.  Steel frames also allowed for large windows in each story, as the frame – not the glass – bore all the weight of the building.  Other practical improvements also enabled builders to erect taller and taller buildings of more than six stories were rare because no one wanted to climb great numbers of stairs, and water pressure was usually insufficient to supply running water above 164 feet.  The invention of the elevator solved the stairs problem, and hydraulic engineering solved the water problem.

The first steel-frame skyscraper was the Home Insurance Building erected in Chicago in 1885.  Today, vast improvements in steel construction and design have allowed architects and engineers to build taller and taller skyscrapers.  The Burj Khalifa building in the country of Dubai raises 2,722 feet into the sky and has 163 stories.  It is the tallest man-made structure in the world.  Another skyscraper under construction is Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Tower, which is planned to rise more than 3000 feet above the city of Jeddah.

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First Shipment of Genetically Modified Salmon Likely Sold in Quebec: Environmentalists report

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Canadian Press] SIDHARTHA BANERJEE - October 13, 2017

Environmental groups say the first shipment of genetically modified salmon in the world arrived in Canada earlier this year and likely ended up on the plates of Quebec consumers.

An investigation by the groups found that 4.5 metric tonnes of the genetically modified fillets – previously announced by U.S.-based AquaBounty Technologies in August – were shipped from Panama and arrived in Quebec.

The genetically modified salmon are produced by AquaBounty Technologies, based in Maynard, Massachusetts. Their AquAdvantage salmon are Atlantic salmon that combine a growth hormone gene from Chinook salmon and a control gene from an eel-like creature called the ocean pout that cranks out the growth hormone. The result is that the AquAdvantage salmon grow faster, cutting the time to reach market weight by about half – 18 months compared instead of three years required by normal salmon. Despite the accelerated growth rate, the resultant salmon don’t grow to be any larger than their wild counterparts.

I am a fan of salmon however I only eat wild caught salmon, I prefer Atlantic as usually it is not frozen but in a pinch will eat the wild caught salmon, flash frozen off the Alaskan coast.  Lets hope some of the GMO salmon do not escape from the farm.

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It is that time of year when many of the local Cape Cod fisherman switch over to catch those delicious bay scallops.  I am not saying that sea scallops are not good but the actual bay scallops are smaller and sweeter.  The prices in October are usually the lowest and will continue to rise as the local temperature goes down.  What happens is fewer people will go out to there to brave the cold and harvest them.  Many just use this time of year to earn some extra Christmas money either gathering or shucking.

Some say they are delicious. Bay scallops are so sweet and succulent, in fact, and so good for you, that they may be considered one of nature’s perfect foods.

Kyler’s Seafood Market, my favorite, does not have them on their website yet but sell Sea Scallops at $22/pound (10-15 scallops). Perhaps the season is to young still.

While talking to my brother-in-law at a party this Saturday, he said he went out to gather some scallops on October first and in his usual spot and there were none to be had.

The Best Broiled Scallops

You’ll need

1 ½  pounds bay scallops
1 tablespoon garlic salt
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons lemon juice

How to make it

Turn broiler on.

Rinse scallop and place in a shallow baking pan. Sprinkle with garlic salt, melted butter or margarine and lemon juice.

Broil 6 to 8 minutes or until scallops start to turn golden. Remove from oven and serve with extra melted butter or margarine on the side for dipping.

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A couple met on separate trips at Myrtle Beach and fell in love. They were discussing how they would continue the relationship after their vacations were over.

“It’s only fair to warn you Jody.” the man said. “I’m a golf nut. I live, eat, sleep and breathe golf.”

“Well, since you’re being honest, so will I,” Jody said. “I’m a hooker.”

“I see,” he said. Then brightening, he smiled. “It’s probably because you’re not keeping your wrists straight when you hit the ball.”

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A farmer went to a local bar and ordered a glass of champagne.

The woman sitting next to him said, 'How about that? I just ordered champagne, too!'

'What a coincidence' the farmer said. 'This is a special day for me. I am celebrating.'...

This is a special day for me too, I am also celebrating,' said the woman.'

'What a coincidence!' said the farmer. As they clinked glasses he added: 'What are you celebrating?'

'My husband and I have been trying to have a child and today my gynaecologist told me that I am pregnant!'

'What a coincidence!' said the man. 'I'm a chicken farmer and all last year my hens were infertile, but today they are all laying eggs again.'

'That's great!' said the woman, 'How did your chickens become fertile?'

'I used a different cock,' he replied.

The woman smiled, clinked his glass and said 'what a coincidence'!

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Maple-Garlic Marinated Pork Tenderloin from www.allrecipes.com

"A delicious, sweet marinade using real maple syrup. Great on chicken or pork tenderloin."

Ingredients

    2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
    1 teaspoon sesame oil
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    fresh ground black pepper to taste
    1 cup maple syrup
    1 ½  pounds pork tenderloin

Directions

    Combine mustard, sesame oil, garlic, pepper, and maple syrup. Place pork in a shallow dish and coat thoroughly with marinade. Cover, then chill in the refrigerator at least eight hours, or overnight.

    Preheat grill for medium-low heat.

    Remove pork from marinade, and set aside. Transfer remaining marinade to a small saucepan, and cook on the stove over medium-low heat for 5 minutes.

    Brush grate with oil, and place meat on grate. Grill pork, basting with reserved marinade, for approximately 15 to 25 minutes, or until interior is no longer pink. Avoid using high temperatures as marinade will burn.

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Sweet and Savory Bacon Wrapped Shrimp,

This is from www.therecipecritic.com and one extra note: Every recipe I have made from this web site has been great.

These bacon wrapped shrimp are coated in a sweet and savory glaze and broiled to perfection. The perfect easy appetizer or main course!


Ingredients

    16 extra large shrimp
    8 slices bacon
    5 tablespoons maple syrup
    3 tablespoons soy sauce
    1 teaspoon chili powder
    salt and pepper to taste
    1 tablespoon chopped parsley
    cooking spray

Instructions

    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a sheet pan with foil and coat with cooking spray.

    Lay the slices of bacon out in a single layer on the pan.

    Bake for 8-10 minutes or until bacon is partially cooked.

    Cool for 5 minutes, then cut each slice of bacon in half crosswise.

    While the bacon is cooking, whisk together the maple syrup, soy sauce, chili powder, and salt and pepper to taste in a medium bowl.

    Remove 2 tablespoons of the marinade and reserve for later use.

    Place the shrimp in the bowl and toss to coat in the marinade. Cover the bowl and chill; marinate for at least 10 minutes or up to 8 hours.

    Preheat the broiler. Coat a sheet pan with cooking spray.

    Wrap one piece of bacon around each shrimp and secure with a toothpick.

    Place the shrimp in the oven and broil for 5 minutes, or until shrimp is pink and bacon is crispy.

    Flip the shrimp and broil for 1-2 minutes more on the other side.

    Remove from oven and brush with reserved marinade. Sprinkle with parsley and serve immediately.

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You may have to play this a couple of times in order to identify everyone.

The video is special to me because so many of the people in the video are gone now
and the younger gen-kids probably won't even appreciate all that talent in one place.

CLICK BELOW AND CLICK ON

https://www.youtube.com/embed/UFv-fqQ9D_Y?rel=0

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A farmer went to a local bar and ordered a glass of champagne.

The woman sitting next to him said, 'How about that? I just ordered champagne, too!'

'What a coincidence' the farmer said. 'This is a special day for me. I am celebrating.'...

This is a special day for me too, I am also celebrating,' said the woman.'

'What a coincidence!' said the farmer. As they clinked glasses he added: 'What are you celebrating?'

'My husband and I have been trying to have a child and today my gynaecologist told me that I am pregnant!'

'What a coincidence!' said the man. 'I'm a chicken farmer and all last year my hens were infertile, but today they are all laying eggs again.'

'That's great!' said the woman, 'How did your chickens become fertile?'

'I used a different cock,' he replied.

The woman smiled, clinked his glass and said 'what a coincidence'!

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While learning CPR Chuck Norris actually brought the practice dummy to life.

What every sports player should say after winning? "First of all, I would like to thank Chuck Norris for not competing."

When Chuck Norris was in middle school, his English teacher assigned an essay: "What is courage?" He received an A+ for turning in a blank page with only his name at the top.

If you spell Chuck Norris wrong on Google it doesn't say, "Did you mean Chuck Norris?" It simply replies, "Run while you still have the chance."

Chuck Norris can fold airplanes into paper.

Chuck Norris can divide by zero.


Chuck Norris can make scissors beat rock.

Chuck Norris and Superman once fought each other on a bet. The loser had to start wearing his underwear on the outside of his pants.

Chuck Norris uses a stunt double during crying scenes.

Chuck Norris knows Victoria's secret.

Chuck Norris ordered a Big Mac at Burger King, and got one.

A cop once pulled Chuck Norris over...Luckily, the cop left only with a warning.

Death once had a near Chuck Norris experience.

Chuck Norris won gold for sitting in the crowd at the Olympics.

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Just a note: Patty and I spent a week using the same hotel as Chuck Norris.  “Atlantis” in the Bahamas.

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That is all for now...  See some of you at exercise as usual.

George

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