George Rucker's Newsletter for February 28, 2017

Maidin mhaith is how to say good morning in “Irish Gaelic.”

The opening for my letter this week   Maidin mhaith, which is the simplest way to say “good morning” in Irish, is a direct translation of the English phrase.

Maidin: Morning

Mhaith: Good

(In Irish, the adjective comes after the noun, much as in Spanish or French).

Pronunciation for this varies a bit among the three main Irish dialects:

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Everyone by now knows that the 9th Circuit Court upheld a decision made by a lower court judge regarding the Presidents attempt of banning people coming in from seven countries.  This ban was imposed by the President for the protection of our country.  I have for at least 25 years referred to this court as the 9th Circus Court.  The President intends to rewrite his dictate or  kick their rejection to the next level of court, a U.S. Federal court with appellate jurisdiction over the district courts.

What surprise me while looking up this information was the 9th Circuit is not the worst of these lower courts.  The actual worst happens to be the 6th Circuit Court.  Can you believe that a court of any caliber could see 27 of their 28 decisions reversed.   The San Francisco-based court has frequently been the most reversed among the circuit courts, seeing 27 of its 28 decisions reversed or vacated by the high court.  I do see that both of these courts are in California so I feel they must have a very weak jurist pool or just those that disregard the law or the constitution.

Back to my looking into data on the 9th Circuit itself.  Does the Supreme Court Overturn 80 Percent of Ninth Circuit Court Decisions?  Some confusing wording suggested the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals' decisions almost never "stick."  Among less than one tenth of one percent of circuit court decisions are reviewed by the Supreme Court, of those reviewed about 80 percent of the Ninth Circuit Court's decisions were overturned.

Eight of out of 10 cases from the 9th Circuit reviewed by the Supreme Court are overruled, according to a 2010 analysis published by the American Bar Association. The 9th Circuit, which is known for its liberal tendencies, has the second-highest reversal rate of the 13 appellate courts below the Supreme Court.  This is where I found the mention of the 6th circuit court, who I think might be trying to become the new 9th circuit court.  I had to know how any court could have been worse.

So how did the Ninth Circuit get the reputation for being the “rogue circuit”? Well, “figures don’t lie, but liars figure.” One measure of a circuit’s success “is the extent to which its decisions have been reviewed and reversed or vacated by the Supreme Court.”

Reversal rates for each court of appeals would be very small, in the range of a tenth of a percent, if calculated as the total number of cases reversed over the total number of appeals terminated by that court. Conversely, if the reversal rate is calculated as the total number of cases reversed over the total number of cases reviewed by the Supreme Court, the ratio increases dramatically. So, in the big picture, i.e., considering all of the appeals terminated by each circuit, reversal rates for all courts of appeals could be very low, if calculated by the former method, or very high, if calculated by the latter method.

They only count cases that go to the Supreme Court for this study and over a 10 year period 175 times their decision was appealed.  107 were reversed, 33 were vacated, and 35 were upheld; what this proves is that even a totally broken watch is right twice a day.

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Church Receives $80,000 Winning Lottery Ticket in Collection Plate

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Jerry's Mart convenient store is often referred to as "the lucky store," Manager Junior Patel said.

The walls are plastered with winning tickets, the highest totaling $750,000 and soon another will be added. One lucky person picked up a $3 Lemon Doubler Cashword ticket and was fortunate enough to scratch off $80,000 what they did next was even more unbelievable.

The unknown winner placed the winning ticket in the collection plate at Cathedral of Prayer Church in Columbus, donating every penny of the cash earnings to the church.

"The money is going towards the church and we have to supply the food for the neighborhood, the clothing, everything costs and we give this stuff away free," says Alfonzo Riggins.

Riggins has been attending cathedral of prayer church for the past 15 years, He also handles security for the pastor and first lady of the church.

He says he has already received criticisms from people in the community about the church accepting the money.

"God said a blessing is a blessing you know, no one at the church played the lottery so it had to be an outsider that came in and did this," Riggins said.

Gloria Rodgers, chief financial officer of Cathedral of Prayer, spoke on behalf of the church, claiming the prize Aug. 26 at the Georgia Lottery's Columbus District Office.

"It's an excellent thing," she said. "People in the community have come by and put lottery winnings in the offering through the years."

The $80,000 prize is by far the largest they've received.

"When we saw this, we didn't know," Rodgers added.

According to Rodgers, burglars stripped the air conditioning unit of its copper three weeks ago, leaving the edifice without cool air. The anonymous donation will go toward fixing the unit.

"Everybody is just thrilled," she said. "We're thankful."

Church members leaving Bible study had no idea about the huge donation their church had gotten but agreed that it was in fact a gift from above.

"Everything comes from God, everything is a blessing however we received it, and it's a blessing I'm not telling anybody to go out and gamble but however God gave it to you then receives it as that," Riggins said. "I haven't found out yet and I'm not going to ask that question unless it's given to me as a direct order to figure out where it came from."

For now this church's $80,000 blessing will for now remain a mystery.

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Do you want to learn how to become rich?  It is not the way I lived my life although I feel pretty comfortable.  I did in fact work until age 70 and with two heart attacks.  I envy some and some envy me but we are all losing the game of Monopoly as somebody out there owns Boardwalk.  I have retired three times plus social security and feel I get by..

Nobody I know becomes rich by consuming things but they do so by not consuming things.  I found a site you might be able to use that explains the process.
  Getting Rich: from Zero to Hero in One Blog Post

 Hi there. If we haven’t met, my name is Mr. Money Mustache. I’m the freaky financial magician who retired along with a lovely wife at age 30 in order to start a family, as well as start living a great life. We did this on two normal salaries with no lottery winnings or Silicon Valley buyout windfalls, by living what we thought was a wonderful and fulfilling existence. It was only after quitting the rat race that we looked around and realized why we had become financially independent while most people, even with higher incomes, end up stuck needing to work until age 65 or later.

I’m writing this post to use as kind of a permanent “Hello!”, since at any given moment in time, about half of the readers of this blog are pretty new, and casting around wondering where to start on a giant site like this with over 400 published articles. Most people arrive with the same question:

    “I hear Mr. Money Mustache writes some useful stuff and many people are building happy, wealthy lives for themselves using his advice”, they are saying, “but I am a busy person. How can he make me rich Right Now!?”

Want more?  Go to:
  http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2013/02/22/getting-rich-from-zero-to-hero-in-one-blog-post/

I will look at some of his articles in the next few letters or you can visit it now.

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A truly amazing website, especially if you listen to the radio.  You can choose any country and pretty much any station in the world.  I did notice a few of my local stations were not included but the larger ones were there.

              http://radio.garden/live/

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Let’s see what I can do for this weeks invention.  How about something that effects most us.  “Oil Refining,” an oil refinery converts crude oil into usable gasoline and other petroleum-based products.  Crude oil pumped from the ground is not pure, and in the unrefined state, it may damage an engine or produce a foul-smelling smoke.

The goal of refining is to isolate usable liquids.  First, the oil is heated to about 350 degrees Celsius and sent through a fracking tower, where it becomes cooler as the height increases.  As the vaporized oil cools inside the tower, the liquids separate.  Kerosene collects near the top, while heaver substances like tar are found at the bottom.  After the oil is distilled, pipelines and trucks transport the products around the world to consumers who depend on it for innumerable purposes.

Petroleum is thought to have originated from microscopic marine organisms that have bee transformed by high temperatures and pressures beneath Earth’s crust.  The oil and gas migrate through porous rock until they are trapped by impermeable rock.  Early miners who discovered the foul smelling substance saw it as a nuisance and often burned it or deposited it in rivers.  But in the 1840's in Pennsylvania, an entrepreneur named Samuel Kier tried to turn the oily byproduct into something of value.

Kier’s first thought was to use the flammable substance as a light, but it created a lot of smoke and the smell was awful.

He then sought the help of chemist James Booth and together they developed a simple way of refining petroleum, creating a new type of lamp oil, that burned with little smoke or odor.  By the 1860's there were 58 refineries in Pittsburgh alone.  These early refineries used horizontal stills that held five barrels at a time, raising the temperature very slowly.  Only concerned with kerosene, they disposed of the rest of the byproducts, like gasoline, for which they had no use at the time.

Today, all compounds in crude oil find uses after refining, but the greatest demand is for gasoline.  One barrel of crude oil contains only 25 to 35 percent gasoline, but the demand is so high that oil refineries break down other molecules, in a process called cracking, to make a low quality gasoline.

The refineries also spit out many important substances.  Asphalt, for instance, is used to pave roads, and fuel oil burns in furnace to generate heat.  Trucks and boats burn diesel fuel.  Kerosene becomes jet fuel and supports heating and cooking.  Petroleum gas can be used in heating appliances and refrigerants, and lubricating oils, such as motor oil, reduce friction.  Paraffin wax insulates buildings, and even bitumen, or tar is used for paving roads and waterproofing.  In sum, oil enhances nearly every facet of modern life, powering vehicles, creating medicines, forming plastics and more, all made possible through oil refineries.

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Saudi Arabia Breaks Records on Oil Exports and Output for Year

Saudi Arabia boosted oil exports and production last year to the highest monthly averages on record as the global crude market endured oversupply.

Exports climbed to 7.65 million barrels a day on average last year, from 7.39 million barrels a day a year earlier, according to Joint Organizations Data Initiative monthly data compiled by Bloomberg. Production rose to 10.46 million barrels a day from 10.19 million, on average, over the same period.

What do I think of this?  . . . well the Saudi’s now want to end the world crude glut and for the first two months of 2017 have reduced their output.  This after they pretty much caused the world glut with their huge production in 2015 and 2016.

 Oil Producers Promised Output Cuts. Here’s the Reality.

4 countries reduced oil production by 5.6 million barrels a day, Saudi, Angola, Oman, and Qatar.

17 countries did not meet the goal, Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Kuwait, Bahrain, U.A.E., Sudan, South Sudan, Malaysia, Brunei, Mexico, Iraq, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Venezuela.

Russia is now the worlds leading producer, and has surpassed the Saudi’s oil output.

Note: The U.S. is the third highest producer of oil in the world and is not considered an OPEC or non-OPEC nation.  Something I find interesting and should look into as we probably are one of the largest consumers in the world.

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Bacon-Cheddar Chicken and Potatoes (from www.kraftrecipes.com)

Top this dish with parsley for the perfect finishing touch.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup KRAFT Classic Ranch Dressing
6 large bone-in chicken thighs (1-3/4 lb.), skin and visible fat removed
4 slices OSCAR MAYER Bacon
1-1/2 lb. red potatoes (about 5), cut into 1-inch chunks
1 onion, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
1 cup KRAFT Shredded Triple Cheddar Cheese with a TOUCH OF PHILADELPHIA
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley

Instructions:

Pour dressing over chicken in shallow dish. Refrigerate 30 min. to marinate.

Heat oven to 400ºF. Cook bacon in large skillet on medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from skillet, reserving 1 Tbsp. drippings in skillet. Drain bacon on paper towels.

Add potatoes and onions to reserved drippings; cook 5 min., stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Crumble bacon. Add to potato mixture; mix lightly. Spoon into 13x9-inch baking dish. Remove chicken from marinade; discard marinade. Place chicken over potato mixture.

Bake 55 min. to 1 hour or until potatoes are tender and chicken is done (165ºF). Top with cheese and parsley.

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Do you like rice served in a Mexican restaurant?  I is easy to make without using any of the boxed mixes.

Mexican style rice.

Ingredients

1 cup rice, white, basmati and jasmine work great
2 cups Progresso chicken broth
1 10oz can Old El Paso enchilada sauce
salt and pepper to taste


Directions

In a large skillet or saucepan add the rice, Progresso chicken broth and Old El Paso enchilada sauce. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, stir well, cover the pot, then turn down the heat to a medium.

Cook for about 10 to 15 minutes, or until the rice is completely cooked, stirring occasionally.

Season with salt and pepper.

Top with tomatoes, green onions and cilantro or whatever else you prefer before serving.

I could personally just have rice, or rice and beans for lunch or dinner. I know not everyone feels that way though. This rice works as a filler for burritos as well. You’ll find that it’s simple to remember, too; which allows you to just whip it up whenever as the perfect side. This rice goes so perfectly with pretty much anything that you don’t have to pay too much attention to your main dish.

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A small bit about Ted Nugent . . . By: Ted Nugent

NO VACANCY! No room at the inn! Full up! I’m sorry, we are plum overloaded here, you will have to find somewhere else to live.

With more deer, cougar, bear, wild turkey, geese and other game in North America than ever in recorded history, the expansive wildlife habitat across the land is filled to the max with every critter it can possibly support.

There simply is No Vacancy!

Even elk, bison and in some regions, moose, wild sheep and pronghorn are currently in numbers better than in more than 100 years. I am convinced that these are indeed the good old days of hunting in America.

There is, in reality, no place in North America that can handle any more deer, elk, bison, cougar or most game critters. The habitat is literally full-up.

This past season I had the best dove hunting, squirrel hunting, waterfowl hunting, deer hunting and bear hunting I have had in more than 60 years of chasing critters. I had so much fun I could hardly stand myself!

As I gear up for my Sonic Baptizm tour across America all summer long preparing to perform my 6,574th concert, I have to come to grips with the fact that I won’t be able to hunt with my beloved dogs every day for a while. I won’t be able to check my trap  line every morning, hunt hogs, exotics and varmints, or take my daily walks in my sacred swamps and woodlands or commune with the precious wildlife that gives me so much life.

What do I say about Ted Nugent? . . . We have more seals, whales, sharks of all sorts including the dreaded Great White shark off of Cape Cod.  One of the whites bit the end of a Kyack.  We also had a visit from two orca whales (A.K.A. Killer whales).  They can and have killed the great white.   He might just be right, there is no more room at the Inn...

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This was on the south side of Chicago.

When I heard Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson were going to be guest preachers at a nearby church, I decided to go and check them out in person.

As soon as I sat down, Reverend Sharpton came over to me. I don't know why, maybe it was because I was the only white person in the church. He laid his hands on my hand and said: "By the will of Jesus the Lord Almighty, and the will of God, you will walk today."

I told him I was not paralyzed.

Then Jesse Jackson came by and said: "By the Grace of God, and his Son Jesus, the Lord Almighty, you will walk today."

Again I said that there is nothing wrong with me.

After the sermon I stepped outside and lo and behold --- My Car Was Gone!

Amen

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This has to be one of the best singles ads ever printed.  It is reported to have been listed in the Atlanta Journal.

Love the response this ad got!!

SINGLE BLACK FEMALE seeks male companionship, ethnicity unimportant. I'm a very good girl who LOVES to play. I love long walks in the woods, riding in your pickup truck, hunting, camping and fishing trips, cozy winter nights lying by the fire. Candlelight dinners will have me eating out of your hand. I'll be at the front door when you get home from work, wearing only what nature gave me.... Call (404)  875-6420  and ask for Annie, I'll be waiting.....

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Over 150 men found themselves talking to the Atlanta Humane Society.

If you don't pass this along, Something is wrong with you!

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When I lived in Mississippi and there were certain things going on that I could easily just hop in my car and down the road to attend, say the Mardi gras.  I went quite a few times while stationed there.  Well here in New England the same is also true just not the Mardi gras as that drive would probably be a 30 hours.

Coming up locally there are a few festivals with the same theme.  The theme for this time of year also called seasonal celebrations happens to be Maple Festivals.

When I was young and still living on the farm we had approximately 20 sugar maple trees.  They were taller than our seven bedroom house, sorry now six bedrooms as we had upgraded the home to have an inside bathroom using the smallest bedroom (18x12), and also the largest bathroom of any house I have lived in since.   This to me was a very big improvement as I hated the outhouse.

My grandmother and her brother would set the taps into the trees and attach a bucket to each, then for perhaps three to four weeks would constantly have the oven in the kitchen on low while they both would be making maple syrup.  The warmth and the smell made it very pleasant to be awake while getting ready for school.

Well locally, it your look, you can find a maple festival.  All the New England states have at least one.  I will list what I think are the three easiest drives.  You should take your children or your grandchildren.

Connecticut (Hebron Maple Festival) March 18 19, tours, crafts, food and music.
http://hebronmaplefest.com/

Massachusetts (Maple Days at Old Sturbridge Village) March 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26.  On display will be gathering procedures utilized by Native Americans to those of today.
https://www.osv.org/

Rhode Island (Maple Sugaring Weekends) March 4-5, 11-12,18-19,25-26.   It happens to be located on the once estate of Samuel P. Colt, a Federalist-era salt marsh farm and museum.  http://www.coggeshallfarm.org/

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Remember to smile.  George

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