George Rucker's Dazzling Remarkable Fascinating Newsletter for November 7, 2017

Another week has gone by,                                                              7 Nov. 2017

I just can’t let this go. . .but I have new respect for the NHL as Hockey does it right. Hockey makes the anthem an event. It makes us pay attention. It gives us goose bumps. It gets us riled up at the exact moment we should be riled up. And that's something worth standing for.  Unlike the NFL, the NBA has a rule that states players must stand during the playing of the national anthem before all games.  My advice to Roger Goodell is you better grow a pair and fast and start earning your 44.2 million per year, much more than you are worth..


This app thing is getting away from us.  You can now get an App that will flip a coin.  - good grief.  Just an FYI, in March 2017 Google Play has 2,800,000 different Apps.  Want to know how many I have on my phone? Eight and I think that is too many.


In my last letter I mentioned a magazine I receive called “The Chili Pepper.”  I grabbed two recipes out of the publication.   I usually visit Walter’s website ( to see his additions, as some seem to hurt the letter, I also give him credit as there are also times when they are welcome additions.   I find that many people who do not eat meat are overly pushy.  While my rereading of the last letter I find I might have written a pretty good tongue twister.

“I find most people can tolerate jalapeno peppers, otherwise jalapeno poppers would not be so popular.”

It reminds me of one of Walter’s jokes on his blog.  In particular one of his sea shore jokes about the young female battery salesperson.  As “She sells C-cells by the sea shore.”

Sometimes I just love words.


Ever since I had the recipe regarding Mexican street corn in my letter I have been eating it perhaps once or twice a week.  I did notice that Market Basket was not selling any fresh corn this week.  Bummer.  Here is a Crockpot recipe I plan to try.  It was posted on FaceBook.  It also gets 4.93 stars with 14 reviews.

Crockpot Mexican Street Corn & Chicken Chowder


    1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs
    2 cloves garlic minced
    1 cup Swanson® Organic Free-Ranch Chicken Stock or broth
    2 cans (14.75 ounces EACH) cream style corn
    1 can (14.75 ounces) fire-roasted corn or regular canned corn or Mexicorn which has the added red & green pepper)
    1 can (15.5 ounces) black beans drained and rinsed
    1 can (4 ounces) fire-roasted diced green chiles
    2 teaspoons chipotle chili powder regular chili powder also works
    ½  teaspoon paprika
    1 and 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
    2 cups Colby OR Monterey Jack Cheese freshly grated; not from a bag
    2 cups half and half or heavy cream
    Salt and pepper to taste
    Optional additions: fresh lime, fresh cilantro, diced onion, hot sauce, sour cream, avocado


    Spray a large crockpot (I use a 6 quart crockpot) with nonstick spray.

    Trim the fat off of the breasts or thighs. If you are using breasts cut each breast into 2 pieces.

    Add the trimmed chicken, garlic, chicken stock, creamed cans of corn, drained fire-roasted corn, drained and rinsed black beans, undrained diced green chiles, chipotle chili powder, paprika, and cumin to the crockpot.

    Stir well. Cover and cook on high for 3-5 hours or low for 4-6 hours or until the chicken shreds easily.

    Remove the chicken and shred. While shredding the chicken add in the freshly grated (if you use cheese from a bag it gets greasy) cheese and the half and half.

    Return the shredded chicken and mix. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

    Serve with desired toppings: fresh lime, fresh cilantro, squirt of hot sauce, spoonful of sour cream, or fresh avocado.


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* If you attempt to rob a bank you won't have any trouble with rent/food bills for the next 10 years, whether or not you are successful.

* Do twins ever realize that one of them is unplanned?

* What if my dog only brings back my ball because he thinks I like throwing it?

* If poison expires, is it more poisonous or is it no longer poisonous?

* Which letter is silent in the word "Scent," the S or the C?

* Why is the letter W, in English, called double U? Shouldn't it be called double V?

* Maybe oxygen is slowly killing you and It just takes 75-100 years to fully work.

* Every time you clean something, you just make something else dirty

The word "swims" upside-down is still "swims".

- Intentionally losing a game of rock, paper, scissors is just as hard as trying to win.

- 100 years ago everyone owned a horse and only the rich had cars. Today everyone has cars and only the rich own horses.

- Your future self is watching you right now through memories.

- The doctors that told Stephen Hawking he had two years to live in 1953 are probably dead.

- If you replace "W" with "T" in "What, Where and When", you get the answer to each of them.

- Many animals probably need glasses, but nobody knows it.

- If you rip a hole in a net, there are actually fewer holes in it than there were before.

- If 2/22/22 falls on a  Tuesday , we'll just call it "2's Day". (It does happen to fall on a  Tuesday ) -


 The traffic ticket...

    A motorcycle police officer stops a driver for shooting through a red light. The driver is a real jerk, steps out of his car and comes striding toward the officer, demanding to know why he is being harassed by the Gestapo!

    So the officer calmly tells him of the red light violation.

    The motorist instantly goes on a tirade, questioning the officer's ancestry, sexual orientation, etc. in rather explicit offensive terms. The tirade goes on without the officer saying anything.

    When the officer finished writing the ticket, he put an "AH" in the lower right corner of the ticket.

    He then hands it to the 'violator' for his signature. The man signs the ticket angrily and when presented with his copy points to the "AH" and demands to know what it stands for.

    The officer says, "That's so when we go to court, I'll remember that you're an Ass Hole!"

    Two months later they're in court. The 'violator' has a bad driving record with a high number of points and is in danger of losing his license, so he hired a big gun lawyer to represent him.

    On the stand the officer testifies to seeing the man run through the red light.

    Under cross examination the defense attorney asks; "Officer is this a copy of the ticket that you issued to my client?"

    Officer responds, "Yes, sir, that is the defendant's copy, his signature and mine, same number at the top."

    Lawyer: "Officer, is there any particular marking or notation on this ticket you don't normally make?"

    "Yes, sir, in the lower right corner of the narrative there is an "AH".

    "What does the "AH" stand for, officer?"

    "Aggressive and Hostile, Sir."

    "Officer, are you sure it doesn't stand for Ass Hole?"

    "Well, sir," the officer replied, "You know your client better than I do."


The US Government Quietly Added $200 Billion To The National Debt This Month Alone (October 2017)

There’s been something happening this month that very few people have noticed.
It’s been lost beneath all the other headline-dominating news, from the Las Vegas shooting to Harvey Weinstein to the Mueller investigation.  But very quietly behind the scenes there’s been an extremely rapid uptick in the US national debt.  In the month of October alone, the US national debt has soared by nearly a quarter of a trillion dollars.
 This is pretty astonishing given that October is supposed to be a ‘good’ month for the US Treasury Department. The tax extension deadline means that October is usually quite strong for federal tax receipts.

And it has been– taxpayers have written checks totaling $190 billion to Uncle Sam so far this month.  Yet despite being flush with tax revenue, the US government still managed to pile almost a quarter of a trillion dollars more on top of its already enormous mountain of debt.  It’s always surprising to me how a story this monumental never receives any coverage.  The government of the largest, most important economy in the world is completely, woefully bankrupt. And its rate of decline is accelerating.



Papa John’s founder John Schnatter is going after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, saying weak handling of the league’s national anthem controversy has hammered sales of his pizza.

“The NFL has hurt us by not resolving the current debacle to the players’ and owners’ satisfaction,” Schnatter, who serves as the pizza chain’s chairman and chief executive officer, said on a conference call. “NFL leadership has hurt Papa John’s shareholders.”

The remarks follow a controversy over NFL football players protesting during the national anthem, a movement that started last season. The demonstrations have sparked calls for a boycott and raised concerns among league sponsors. But Schnatter’s comments mark the highest-profile example of an NFL partner publicly blaming the outcry for hurting business.

Its stocks are down 8.51% or 5.79% of the companies value.  I couldn’t find how much sales are down, sorry.  I can only think that NFL sponsors are starting to be boycotted due to Goodell’s handling of the kneeling thing .


Here is another article:  Get a refund from DirecTV

2ndVote reports that DirecTV, a subsidiary of AT&T, is offering customers a full refund for the NFL Sunday Ticket package if you want to cancel it because of opposition to the anthem protests.  Lucky I do not have that package or I would want my money back.


A man in Phoenix calls his son in New York the day before Thanksgiving and says,"I hate to ruin your day, but I have to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing; forty-five years of misery is enough.

"Pop, what are you talking about?" the son screams. We can't stand the sight of each other any longer," the father says. "We're sick of each other, and I'm sick of talking about this, so you call your sister in Chicago and tell her."

Frantic, the son calls his sister, who explodes on the phone. "Like heck they're getting divorced," she shouts, "I'll take care of this,"

She calls Phoenix immediately, and screams at her father, "You are NOT getting divorced. Don't do a single thing until I get there. I'm calling my brother back, and we'll both be there tomorrow. Until then, don't do a thing, DO YOU HEAR ME?" and hangs up.

The old man hangs up his phone and turns to his wife. "Okay," he says, "they're coming for Thanksgiving and paying their own way."


This is from Mass. Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.

Trout spawning underway

Each fall, fisheries biologists collect approximately 1.5 million trout eggs at the state fish hatcheries.

Mass Wildlife operates five fish hatcheries in the state, located in Sandwich, Belchertown, Montague, Sunderland, and Palmer. Rainbow, brown, brook, and tiger trout are raised for stocking rivers, streams, lakes, and ponds throughout the Commonwealth. Each fall, approximately 1.5 million trout eggs are collected by fisheries and hatchery staff. Trained staff extract eggs from females and milt from males and combine them with water to begin the fertilization process. After incubating for about two months, the eggs will hatch into fry. After growing in the hatchery for 1.5–2.5 years, these trout will be ready for stocking statewide.

Endangered turtles get a head start on life

Northern Red-bellied Cooters are spending the winter in fostering institutions to get a head start on life.

Last month, 164 Northern Red-bellied Cooter hatchlings were paired with fostering institutions where they will live for the next eight months. These fostering institutions—including schools, museums, and non-profit organizations—are part of Mass Wildlife’s Red-bellied Cooter Headstart Program. The Headstart Program began in 1984 as a way for Mass Wildlife’s Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program (NHESP) to help the survival of the species and increase awareness of endangered species in Massachusetts. This year is tied with 2001 for raising the most baby turtles since the headstarting program’s inception 33 years ago.

Over the next eight months, the walnut-sized fostered hatchlings are provided plenty of warmth and food, which encourages substantial growth throughout the winter when they would normally be inactive. In the spring, Mass Wildlife will release these turtles back into the wild. Headstarted turtles will potentially be the size of a grapefruit, greatly increasing their chance of survival in the wild. Larger turtles are less likely to be eaten by predators, giving these turtles a headstart at life.


SPRINGFIELD, Mo.— Steve Stepp and his team of septuagenarian engineers are using a bag of rust, a kitchen mixer larger than a man and a 62-foot-long contraption that used to make magnetic strips for credit cards to avert a disaster that no one saw coming in the digital-music era.

The world is running out of cassette tape.

National Audio Co., where Mr. Stepp is president and co-owner, has been hoarding a stockpile of music-quality, ½ -inch-wide magnetic tape from suppliers that shut down in the past 15 years after music lovers ditched cassettes. National Audio held on. Now, many musicians are clamoring for cassettes as a way to physically distribute their music.

The company says it has less than a year’s supply of tape left. So it is building the first manufacturing line for high-grade ferric oxide cassette tape in the U.S. in decades. If all goes well, the machine will churn out nearly 4 miles of tape a minute by January. And not just any tape. “The best tape ever made,” boasts Mr. Stepp, 69 years old. “People will hear a whole new product.”


This is the video about the Admiral in the navy giving the inspirational talk about navy seals.


While reading an article about the wild fires in Northern California, I read that some of the wealthy had hired fire fighters to protect their homes.  I will say that this does not bother me at all.  I look at this as form of body guard.  If you can afford one, why not have one?

I was thinking about all the catastrophes this year that must be costing the insurance companies a bundle.  If an insurance company can save some money by protecting some home again why not.

Increasingly, insurance carriers are finding wildfires, such as those in California, are an opportunity to provide protection beyond what most people get through publicly funded fire fighting. Some insurers say they typically get new customers when homeowners see the special treatment received by neighbors during big fires.

The services are complimentary to policyholders in certain ZIP Codes or states that are prone to wildfires. Some insurers require policyholders to enroll in the programs in advance, to give permission for workers to access the property and to obtain contact information.

This service is currently offered in 15 states and growing with leaps and bounds, and possibly a stock worth looking into.


Disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner has to report to federal prison on Monday.  (Yesterday)

The 53-year-old was sentenced to 21 to 27 months in prison for sexting a 15-year-old girl.

Weiner will serve his time at the Federal Medical Center, Devens, in Massachusetts.

The facility houses more than 1,100 male inmates who require medical or mental health care. It offers sex offender treatment.


This was posted Nov. 4th Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Red Cross: $6 million for Ebola fight stolen through fraud

Fraud by Red Cross workers and others wasted at least $6 million meant to fight the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the organization confirmed Saturday.

The revelations follow an internal investigation of how the organization handled more than $124 million during the 2014-2016 epidemic that killed more than 11,000 people in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

The disease erupted in Guinea and quickly spread to Sierra Leone and Liberia. The international aid response was initially slow, and money once it arrived was often disbursed quickly in the rush to purchase supplies and get aid workers into the field.

As much as $2.13 million disappeared as the result of "likely collusion" between Red Cross staff and employees at a Sierra Leonean bank, the investigation found. It is believed that the money was lost when they improperly fixed the exchange rate at the height of the epidemic.

The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said it was "outraged" by what it had uncovered, and was strengthening its efforts to fight corruption, including introducing cash spending limits in "high-risk settings."


A lady was picking through the frozen turkeys at the grocery store for Thanksgiving Day, but couldn’t find one big enough for her family. She asked a stock boy, “Do these turkeys get any bigger?”

“No, ma’am. They’re dead.”


A man buys a parrot, only to have it constantly insult him. He tries everything to make the parrot stop, but nothing works. Frustrated, the man puts the parrot in the freezer. After a few minutes the insults stop. The man thinks he might have killed the parrot, so he opens the freezer and takes the parrot out. The parrot is shivering. It stammers, “S-s-sorry for being r-r-rude. Please f-f-forgive me.” Then, after a moment, the parrot softly asks, “W-w-what exactly d-d-did the turkey do?”



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