George Rucker's Zany Newsletter for February 20, 2018

Here we are with one more week,                                             20 February 2018

Lately it seems like much of my time is putting together all these letters.  What the heck will I to do anyway as it does fill in time.  During my life I have had many hobbies, or interests that filled in my time.   I think my first was fishing and hunting but due to my eyesight hunting didn’t last long as I was always missing my target.  Scuba diving lasted a few years but who is counting.  I painted for a while once I learned how the color wheel worked.  Somewhere out there are some of my paintings as I no longer have any myself.  There have been many other interests that just have past by like, coins, stamps, scrimshaw carving, models which lead to slot car racing etc.  I have always envied those who have just one interest, so I guess my one interest lately has been this letter.  I started if shortly after my last retirement perhaps seven or eight years ago.


From the Washington Post by Michael Goodwin on February 10, 2018

The news is starting to peal off the layers of Hillary Clinton’s deceit

Thus, the Democratic nominee paid for and created allegations against her Republican opponent, gave them to law enforcement, then tipped friendly media to the investigation. And certain FBI agents are supporting Clinton were among the anonymous sources.

In fact, the Clinton connections are so fundamental that there probably would not have been an FBI investigation without her involvement.

That makes hers a brazen work of political genius — and perhaps the dirtiest dirty trick ever played in presidential history. Following her manipulation of the party operation to thwart Bernie Sanders in the primary, Clinton is revealed as relentlessly ruthless in her quest to be president.

The only thing that went wrong is that she lost the election. And based on what we know her claims about Trump were false.

The charge against four men brought by special counsel Robert Mueller, none involves helping Russia interfere with the election.

And neither the FBI nor Mueller has vouched for the truthfulness of the Blumenthal and Shearer claims or the Steele dossier. -Instead, the dossier faces defamation lawsuits in the US and England from several people named in it.


Thomas L. Friedman: Our democracy is in serious danger with Trump in charge


President Donald Trump is either totally compromised by the Russians or is a towering fool, or both, but either way he has shown himself unwilling or unable to defend America against a Russian campaign to divide and undermine our democracy.That is, either Trump’s real estate empire has taken large amounts of money from shady oligarchs linked to the Kremlin – so much that they literally own him; or rumors are true that he engaged in sexual misbehavior while he was in Moscow running the Miss Universe contest, which Russian intelligence has on tape and he doesn’t want released; or Trump actually believes Russian President Vladimir Putin when he says he is innocent of intervening in our elections – over the explicit findings of Trump’s own CIA, NSA and FBI chiefs.In sum, Trump is either hiding something so threatening to himself, or he’s criminally incompetent to be commander in chief. It is impossible yet to say which explanation for his behavior is true, but it seems highly likely that one of these scenarios explains Trump’s refusal to respond to Russia’s direct attack on our system – a quiescence that is simply unprecedented for any U.S. president in history. Russia is not our friend. It has acted in a hostile manner. And Trump keeps ignoring it all.Up to now, Trump has been flouting the norms of the presidency. Now Trump’s behavior amounts to a refusal to carry out his oath of office – to protect and defend the Constitution. Here’s an imperfect but close analogy: It’s as if George W. Bush had said after 9/11: “No big deal. I am going golfing over the weekend in Florida and blogging about how it’s all the Democrats’ fault – no need to hold a National Security Council meeting.”

At a time when the special prosecutor Robert Mueller – leveraging several years of intelligence gathering by the FBI, CIA and NSA – has brought indictments against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian groups – all linked in some way to the Kremlin – for interfering with the 2016 U.S. elections, America needs a president who will lead our nation’s defense against this attack on the integrity of our electoral democracy.

What would that look like? He would educate the public on the scale of the problem; he would bring together all the stakeholders – state and local election authorities, the federal government, both parties and all the owners of social networks that the Russians used to carry out their interference – to mount an effective defense; and he would bring together our intelligence and military experts to mount an effective offense against Putin – the best defense of all.

What we have instead is a president vulgarly tweeting that the Russians are “laughing their asses off in Moscow” for how we’ve been investigating their interventions – and exploiting the terrible school shooting in Florida – and the failure of the FBI to properly forward to its Miami field office a tip on the killer – to throw the entire FBI under the bus and create a new excuse to shut down the Mueller investigation.

Think for a moment how demented was Trump’s Saturday night tweet: “Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable. They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign – there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!”

To the contrary. Our FBI, CIA and NSA, working with the special counsel, have done us amazingly proud. They’ve uncovered a Russian program to divide Americans and tilt our last election toward Trump – i.e., to undermine the very core of our democracy – and Trump is telling them to get back to important things like tracking would-be school shooters. Yes, the FBI made a mistake in Florida. But it acted heroically on Russia. What is more basic than protecting American democracy?

It is so obvious what Trump is up to: Again, he is either a total sucker for Putin or, more likely, he is hiding something that he knows the Russians have on him, and he knows that the longer Mueller’s investigation goes on, the more likely he will be to find and expose it.

Donald, if you are so innocent, why do you go to such extraordinary lengths to try to shut Mueller down? And if you are really the president – not still head of the Trump Organization, who moonlights as president, which is how you so often behave – why don’t you actually lead – lead not only a proper cyberdefense of our elections, but also an offense against Putin.

Putin used cyberwarfare to poison American politics, to spread fake news, to help elect a chaos candidate, all in order to weaken our democracy. We should be using our cybercapabilities to spread the truth about Putin – just how much money he has stolen, just how many lies he has spread, just how many rivals he has jailed or made disappear – all to weaken his autocracy. That is what a real president would be doing right now.

My guess is what Trump is hiding has to do with money. It’s something about his financial ties to business elites tied to the Kremlin. They may own a big stake in him. Who can forget that quote from his son Donald Trump, Jr. from back in 2008: “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross section of a lot of our assets.” They may own our president.

But whatever it is, Trump is either trying so hard to hide it or is so naive about Russia that he is ready to not only resist mounting a proper defense of our democracy, he’s actually ready to undermine some of our most important institutions, the FBI and Justice Department, to keep his compromised status hidden.

<strong>That must not be tolerated. This is code red. The biggest threat to the integrity of our democracy today is in the Oval Office.</strong>

My Grandpa  watched as his friends died in WWI

My Father watched as his friends died in WWII and Korea.

I watched (1st hand) as my friends fought and died in Vietnam.

I watched as our friends and children fought and died in Desert Storm.

I watched and waited while our friends and children fought and died in Iraq . . .

None of them fought for or died for the Mexican Flag or any other foreign flag.
Everyone fought for and died for the U.S. Flag!

In Texas, a student raised a Mexican flag on a school flag pole; another student took it down.  Guess who was expelled . . . The kid who took it down.

Kids in high school in  California were sent home this year on Cinco de Mayo because they wore T-shirts with  the American flag printed on them.

Enough is enough.

The e-mail message below needs to be viewed by every American; And every American needs to stand up for America.

We've bent  over to appease the America-haters long enough....

I'm taking a stand... I'm standing up because the hundreds of thousands who died fighting in  wars for this country, and for the U.S. Flag can't stand up...

And shame on anyone who tries to make this a racist message...

Let me make this perfectly clear!

THIS IS MY COUNTRY! And, my making this statement DOES NOT Mean I'm against immigration!


Welcome! To come through legally:

1.  Get a sponsor!

2.  Get a place to lay your head!

3.  Get a job!

4.Live By   OUR  Rules!

5.Pay  YOUR  Taxes!

6.Learn the LANGUAGE like immigrants have in the past!!

7. Please don't demand that we hand over our lifetime Savings of  Social Security Funds to you.

If you don't want to forward this for fear of offending someone, then  YOU'RE PART OF THE PROBLEM!

When will AMERICANS STOP  giving away THEIR RIGHTS?

We've gone so far the other way...
We’ve bent over backwards not to offend anyone...
But it seems no one cares about the AMERICAN CITIZEN being offended!


If You agree pass this on..
If You don't agree, Just Delete It, But Shame on You!!!


I feel some of the best humor in the world comes from the wit of the Irish.  Here are some  that are very funny.

It doesn’t matter how big your house is, how much money you have, or that you wear expensive clothes.  Our graves will be the same size.  Stay humble.

The brain is the most amazing organ.  It works 24 hours a day, 365 days a year from birth until you fall in love.

Every woman’s dream.  Her ideal man takes her in his arms, throws her on the bed. . . and cleans the whole house while she sleeps.

Friendship is when people know all about you. . .but like you anyway.

I don’t like to think before I speak. . .I like to be just as surprised as everyone else about what I say.

What did our parents do when they were bored with no internet?
I asked my 18 brothers and sisters, and they didn’t know either.


Chicken noodle soup in just 30 minutes! "This is so easy to make and so good," says Gr8typist. "I cook the chicken breasts in the broth to make the broth a bit richer, then build the soup from there."

This recipe gets two thumbs up from Patty and I.  I did however add some garlic to the recipe.

Quick and Easy Chicken Noodle Soup


1 tablespoon butter
½ cup chopped onion
½ cup chopped celery
4 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth
1 (14.5 ounce) can vegetable broth
½ pound chopped cooked chicken breast
 1 1/2 cups egg noodles
1 cup sliced carrots
½ teaspoon dried basil
½ teaspoon dried oregano
salt and pepper to taste


1In a large pot over medium heat, melt butter. Cook onion and celery in butter until just tender, 5 minutes. Pour in chicken and vegetable broths and stir in chicken, noodles, carrots, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes before serving.


I made a recipe last night, that turned out exceptional.  If you go out to eat and sometime order Chicken Fajitas, well this recipe is actually as good or better than you can get in a restaurant.

Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

Ingredients for Seasoning

    2 tsp chili powder (preferably 1 tsp ancho chili powder 1 tsp regular)
    1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
    1 tsp ground paprika
    ½ tsp ground coriander
    Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Ingredients for Fajita filling

    1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts , sliced into 1/2-inch thick strips (slice extra wide strips in half)
    1 of each red , green and yellow bell peppers, cored and sliced into strips (3 whole total)
    1 medium yellow onion , halved and sliced from top to root
    2 cloves garlic , minced
    3 Tbsp olive oil
    2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
    3 Tbsp chopped cilantro

For serving

    8 taco size flour tortillas
    Sour cream , avocado slices or guacamole, diced tomatoes, Mexican cheese blend (toppings are optional)


    Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray an 17 by 12-inch rimmed baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.

    For the seasoning:
    In a small mixing bowl whisk together chili powders, cumin, paprika, coriander, 1 1/2 tsp salt and ½ tsp pepper, set aside.

    For the fajitas filling:
    Spread bell peppers and yellow onion onto baking sheet. Top with chicken strips then sprinkle garlic and seasoning evenly over chicken strips. Drizzle olive oil over top then toss everything to evenly coat. Spread into an even layer working to keep chicken from overlapping. Roast in preheated oven, tossing once halfway through cooking, until veggies are tender and chicken has cooked through, about 18 - 25 minutes (test a few of the larger pieces to make sure they are 165 in the center, careful not to over-bake it or the chicken may be dry). Wrap tortillas tightly in foil and warm in oven during last 5 minutes of fajita filling cooking.

    Drizzle lime juice evenly over top of the chicken fajita filling, sprinkle with cilantro and more salt to taste and toss to coat. Serve filling warm in warm tortillas with desired toppings.
    Recipe source: Cooking Classy, inspired by my Slow Cooker Fajitas


The payload, DragonX, that was launched on February 6th from the Falcon Heavy probably needed a better mathimation as the flight path is off for the Tesla to gain a Mars orbit.  Not a lot of math was truly needed as the actual flight was the test for the rocket capabilities. The launch from Earth and then to launch a satellite.   It did however skyrocket the sales of the 2008 Tesla Roadster with the Hot Wheels company.

Thinking of next Christmas it would be a good stocking stuffer for the children so you have almost a year to pick one up.  I would think almost any model company would have great sales for this Tesla also.  Having a dummy with a starman suit in the driver’s seat would just put icing on the cake.

Now exactly where is this Tesla headed?  I will check it out. Perhaps having a dummy in the driver’s seat is apropos.  For starters the space suit from the movie “Starman,” would probably kill you in minutes as it has absolutely zero radiation protection.   McDowell calculated that the Roadster will venture by Mars at a safe distance of about 70 million miles as it crosses the planet's orbit this July.

The closest it will ever get to Mars will be in October of 2020 at a distance of about 4.4 million miles, which is still "well outside Mars' gravitational sphere of influence," McDowell wrote on Twitter. This means that the Roadster definitely won't be orbiting Mars as Musk first announced it would in a tweet last December.

Even with the new, corrected trajectory, these numbers and time frames are not set in stone. NASA's ephemeris calculator for the Roadster states, "Over time, prediction errors could increase more rapidly than the formal statistics indicate due to unmodeled solar pressure, thermal re-radiation, or outgassing accelerations that are not currently characterized."

McDowell said that these factors could affect the Roadster's predicted encounters "by at least 10 percent in distance and several weeks in date."

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has made the Roadster data publicly accessible, and you can find it at (select "target body" -143205).

As the above site is better suited for technical needs and if you just want the laymen data visit. . .


The U.S. Navy Just Got the World’s Largest Uncrewed Ship

Meet the most revolutionary ship in the entire U.S. Navy.

The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of a revolutionary uncrewed surface ship, one capable of traveling long distances and conducting missions all without a human on board. The Sea Hunter Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel—or ACTUV for short—could someday lead to fleets of unmanned warships plying the world’s oceans, doing everything from hunting submarines to acting as spy ships.

The U.S. Navy ordered the ACTUV in 2012 as part of the Pentagon’s broader push into unmanned air, sea, and land systems. It was envisioned as a platform to test the autonomous concept in surface ships, explore how to safely and securely operate unmanned ships for months at a time over thousands of nautical miles, and create a vessel capable of tracking enemy diesel-electric submarines.

Built at the Christensen Shipyards in Vancouver, Washington, the 132 foot long, 140 ton ship is the world’s largest uncrewed ship. The pilothouse, necessary for a human crew to control the ship, can be unbolted and removed. The ACTUV has a single hull with two outrigger floats to enhance stability at sea, and has a maximum reported speed of 27 knots. From above the ship looks like a Klingon Warbird, its hull and two floats slicing through the water, leaving three wakes.

Printed February 5th in Popular Mechanics


After the Superbowl, Patty and I watched an episode of “This is Us.”  It was a great show.  The storyline is basically about human interaction and everyday things that happen to people.  The main couple are having triplets but one is stillborn.  A black baby boy was abandoned at the local fire station and brought to the hospital.  Their house is set up for three babies, 2 boys and a girl so the couple adopt the abandoned baby boy.  It is probably one of the best written TV shows I have seen in a while.

I am not sure what episode we saw after the football game but Patty downloaded onto our DVR 18 episodes.  I have watched the first four episodes and Patty I think about eight.

It comes with our recommendation if you wish to enjoy just plain old heartfelt entertainment.


        I received an email the other day that has so many truths that it looks like it will be a forecast of things to come.  Once the indictments are handed out I think we will be eating popcorn and eagerly watching our TV sets.
        If you put all the pieces together here’s what you get.
        The DNC rigs the Democratic Primary Election against Bernie Sanders so Hillary can win the nomination.
        Obama’s administration starts to request surveillance on Trump, his family, his transition team, and anyone associated with him.
        Donna Brazil gives Hillary the questions to a debate.
        The DNC pays Christopher Steel to come up with a smear dossier about Trump
        The mainstream media releases a taped conversation about Trump talking about grabbing women parts.
        After all this Trump still wins the General Election.
        Obama changes Executive Order 12333 to allow more agencies to have access to surveillance data.
        The democratic Party comes up with a scandal that Trump colluded with Russia to win the election with no evidence or proof.  This wild claim is backed up by the mainstream media.
        Obama hold overs start unmasking Trump’s transition team and staff members then release the classified information to the mainstream media.  Why?  Because the DNC and Obama administration colluded with the intelligence community to thwart Trump’s campaign efforts to get him elected president.
        All this Russia collusion is an attempt to coverup the fact that the Obama administration, the intelligence community, the DNC, along with the mainstream media used our nations surveillance as a political tool to try to get Hillary elected President.
        This makes Watergate look like a kindergarten play.  Let that sink in . . .


Working people frequently ask retired people what they do to make their days interesting.

Well, for example, the other day my wife and I went into town and went into a shop. We were only in there for about 5 minutes. When we came out, there was a cop writing out a parking ticket. We went up to him and said, "Come on man, how about giving a senior citizen a break?"

He ignored us and continued writing the ticket. I called him a Nazi turd. He glared at me and started Writing another ticket for having worn tires. So my wife called him a ****-head. He finished the second ticket and put it on the windshield with the first. Then he started writing a third ticket. This went on for about 20 minutes. The more we abused him, the more tickets he wrote.

Personally, we didn't care. We came into town by bus.


This man goes to confession and says, "Forgive me father for I have sinned." The priest asks if he would like to confess his sins and the man replies that he used the "F-word" over the weekend.

The priest says, "Oh okay, just say three Hail Marys and try to watch your language."

The man replies that he would like to confess as to why he said the "F-word". The priest sighs and tells him to continue.

Well father I played golf on Sunday with my buddies instead of going to church.

The priest says, "And you got upset over that and swore?"

The man replied, "No, that wasn't why I swore. On the first tee I duck-hooked my drive well left into the trees."

The priest said, "And that's when you swore."

The man replied, a little testily because of the constant interruptions, "No, it wasn't. When I walked up the fairway, I noticed my ball got a lucky bounce and I had a clear shot to the green. However, before I could hit the ball, a squirrel ran by and grabbed my ball and scurried up a tree."

The priest asked, "Is that when you said the 'F-word'?"

The man replied, "No, because an eagle then flew by and caught the squirrel in its sharp talons and flew away."

The priest let out a breath and queried, "Is that when you swore?"

The man replied, "No, because the eagle flew over the green and the dying squirrel let go of my golf ball and it landed within 5 inches of the hole."

The priest screamed, "Don't tell me you missed the putt!!!"


That is all for this week.     George

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But whatever it is, Trump is either trying so hard to hide it or is so naive about Russia that he is ready to not only resist mounting a proper defense of our democracy, he’s actually ready to undermine some of our most important institutions, the FBI and Justice Department, to keep his compromised status hidden.

<strong>That must not be tolerated. This is code red. The biggest threat to the integrity of our democracy <today is in the Oval Office.</strong>