George Rucker's Newsletter for Much 14, 2017

Born dia meus amigos! In Portuguese

Bom dia is a Portuguese equivalent of 'Good morning'. The masculine adjective 'bom' means 'good, fortunate'. The masculine noun 'dia' means day'.

Some things I found out this week that I did not know.  The North Dartmouth BJ’s club sells beer and wine.  Years ago they did in a separate area then they stopped.  Now the beer and wine are sold along with the groceries.  I wish they did this in Plymouth.  It must be a town bylaw that allows it.

I have known for a while, listening to those TV chefs, that cooking wine is not as good as bottled wine that is sold in supermarkets.  Well the other day I made chicken Marsala with bottled wine and must say it was great.  While buying the bottle I was talking to my friend, the clerk, and he told me that all wine sold in supermarkets has a ton of salt added and that the bottled wine used mostly for cooking is always fortified.   Fortified means higher alcohol content than most wines and will last two or three months with out refrigeration.  The only advantage of the supermarket wine is that it lasts a very long time.  I am not sure if true but most alcohol left over from parties seems to last for years.  The Marsala wine I purchased was 17% alcohol or 34 proof.  I looked at my other cooking wines and disposed of them all and salt was in fact the second ingredient on the label.

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 America's Health Insurance

              The medical community is unable to reach consensus on what to do with America's health insurance situation.

        The Allergists were in favor of scratching it, but the Dermatologists advised not to make any rash moves.

        The Gastroenterologists had sort of a gut feeling about it, but the Neurologists thought the Administration had a lot of nerve.

        Meanwhile, Obstetricians felt certain everyone was laboring under a misconception, while the Ophthalmologists considered the idea shortsighted.

        Pathologists yelled, "Over my dead body!" while the Pediatricians said, "Oh, grow up!"

        The Psychiatrists thought the whole idea was madness, while the Radiologists could see right through it.

        Surgeons decided to wash their hands of the whole thing and the Internists claimed it would indeed be a bitter pill to swallow.

        The Plastic Surgeons opined that this proposal would "put a whole new face on the matter."

        The Podiatrists thought it was a step forward, but the Urologists were pissed off at the whole idea.

        Anesthesiologists thought the whole idea was a gas, and those lofty Cardiologists didn’t have the heart to say no.

        In the end, the Proctologists won out, leaving the entire decision up to the assholes in Washington.

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           A retired older couple return to a Mercedes dealership where the salesman has just sold the car they were interested in to a beautiful blonde in a mini skirt and halter top.

            The old man was visibly upset. He spoke to the salesman sharply. "Young man, I thought you said you would hold that car till we raised the $55,000 asking price," said the older man. "Yet I just heard you closed the deal for $45,000 to the lovely young lady there."

            "And if I remember right, you had insisted there was no way you could discount this model."

            The salesman took a deep breath, cleared his throat and reached for a large glass of water. "Well, what can I tell you? She had the cash ready, didn't need any financing help, and, Sir, just look at her, how could I resist?", replied the grinning salesman sheepishly.

            Just then the young woman approached the senior couple and gave the car keys to the old man... "There you go," she said. "I told you I could get him

            to lower the price.... see you later Dad"

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           A retired older couple return to a Mercedes dealership where the salesman has just sold the car they were interested in to a beautiful blonde in a mini skirt and halter top.

            The old man was visibly upset. He spoke to the salesman sharply. "Young man, I thought you said you would hold that car till we raised the $55,000 asking price," said the older man. "Yet I just heard you closed the deal for $45,000 to the lovely young lady there."

            "And if I remember right, you had insisted there was no way you could discount this model."

            The salesman took a deep breath, cleared his throat and reached for a large glass of water. "Well, what can I tell you? She had the cash ready, didn't need any financing help, and, Sir, just look at her, how could I resist?", replied the grinning salesman sheepishly.

            Just then the young woman approached the senior couple and gave the car keys to the old man... "There you go," she said. "I told you I could get him

            to lower the price.... see you later Dad"

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           A retired older couple return to a Mercedes dealership where the salesman has just sold the car they were interested in to a beautiful blonde in a mini skirt and halter top.

            The old man was visibly upset. He spoke to the salesman sharply. "Young man, I thought you said you would hold that car till we raised the $55,000 asking price," said the older man. "Yet I just heard you closed the deal for $45,000 to the lovely young lady there."

            "And if I remember right, you had insisted there was no way you could discount this model."

            The salesman took a deep breath, cleared his throat and reached for a large glass of water. "Well, what can I tell you? She had the cash ready, didn't need any financing help, and, Sir, just look at her, how could I resist?", replied the grinning salesman sheepishly.

            Just then the young woman approached the senior couple and gave the car keys to the old man... "There you go," she said. "I told you I could get him

            to lower the price.... see you later Dad"

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           A retired older couple return to a Mercedes dealership where the salesman has just sold the car they were interested in to a beautiful blonde in a mini skirt and halter top.

            The old man was visibly upset. He spoke to the salesman sharply. "Young man, I thought you said you would hold that car till we raised the $55,000 asking price," said the older man. "Yet I just heard you closed the deal for $45,000 to the lovely young lady there."

            "And if I remember right, you had insisted there was no way you could discount this model."

            The salesman took a deep breath, cleared his throat and reached for a large glass of water. "Well, what can I tell you? She had the cash ready, didn't need any financing help, and, Sir, just look at her, how could I resist?", replied the grinning salesman sheepishly.

            Just then the young woman approached the senior couple and gave the car keys to the old man... "There you go," she said. "I told you I could get him

            to lower the price.... see you later Dad"

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         A retired older couple return to a Mercedes dealership where the salesman has just sold the car they were interested in to a beautiful blonde in a mini skirt and halter top.

            The old man was visibly upset. He spoke to the salesman sharply. "Young man, I thought you said you would hold that car till we raised the $55,000 asking price," said the older man. "Yet I just heard you closed the deal for $45,000 to the lovely young lady there."

            "And if I remember right, you had insisted there was no way you could discount this model."

            The salesman took a deep breath, cleared his throat and reached for a large glass of water. "Well, what can I tell you? She had the cash ready, didn't need any financing help, and, Sir, just look at her, how could I resist?", replied the grinning salesman sheepishly.

            Just then the young woman approached the senior couple and gave the car keys to the old man... "There you go," she said. "I told you I could get him

            to lower the price.... see you later Dad"

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         A retired older couple return to a Mercedes dealership where the salesman has just sold the car they were interested in to a beautiful blonde in a mini skirt and halter top.

            The old man was visibly upset. He spoke to the salesman sharply. "Young man, I thought you said you would hold that car till we raised the $55,000 asking price," said the older man. "Yet I just heard you closed the deal for $45,000 to the lovely young lady there."

            "And if I remember right, you had insisted there was no way you could discount this model."

            The salesman took a deep breath, cleared his throat and reached for a large glass of water. "Well, what can I tell you? She had the cash ready, didn't need any financing help, and, Sir, just look at her, how could I resist?", replied the grinning salesman sheepishly.

            Just then the young woman approached the senior couple and gave the car keys to the old man... "There you go," she said. "I told you I could get him

            to lower the price.... see you later Dad"

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The Difference Between Red, White and Yellow Onions - from www.tiphero.com

When you see a recipe that calls for a yellow or red onion, you probably think you can just use whatever kind of onion you have hanging around the fridge in its place. But when some recipes call for a particular kind of onion, you might be surprised to hear that they actually MEAN that kind of onion.

Red, yellow, and white onions all vary slightly in flavor, texture, and color, but can usually be substituted for one another. In terms of cooking, they will all behave the same in the pan, but may have a slightly different taste.

Before going into the differences between your most common types of onions, how do you know which onion to buy at the store?

When buying onions, go for ones that feel heavy in your hand and firm. Avoid soft onions or ones that have a sharp odor before peeling; these signs indicate that the onion is old. Except for sweet onions, all these onions can be stored for several weeks in a cool, dark pantry or cupboard.

Why are sweet onions stored differently? Well, read on to discover why and other crucial differences between common onion varieties.

Yellow Onions

More often than not, yellow onions are our go-to variety, kind of like an all-purpose onion. They tend to have a nice balance of astringency and sweet in their flavor, becoming sweeter the longer they cook.

Yellow onions are usually fist-sized and have a fairly tough outer skin and meaty layers that can be difficult to cut (and will almost always make you cry.) The only variety of yellow onion that we are most likely to find in the store are Spanish onions. We find this kind of yellow onion to be slightly sweeter and more delicate in flavor.

White Onions

At least these onions LOOK a lot more distinct than other onions! White onions tend to have a sharper and more pungent flavor than yellow onions, and they also have a thinner, more papery skin. They can be cooked just like yellow onions, but they’re best minced and added to raw salsas and chutneys.

Sweet Onions

Sweet onions are trickier because they look very similar to your average yellow onion. While they may look similar, they taste entirely different than yellow onions do. They lack the sharp, astringent taste of other onions and really do taste sweet.

Typically, these are what you’ll enjoy thinly sliced on top of sandwiches. They can range in color from white to yellow and often have a flattened or squashed appearance. Sweet onions tend to be more perishable than other varieties and should be stored in the refrigerator, unlike their fellow onions.

Red Onions

With their deep purple outer skin and reddish flesh, these are really the black sheep (or more appropriately the purple sheep) in the onion family.

Despite the fact that they look so different, red onions are fairly similar to yellow onions in flavor, though their layers are slightly less tender and meaty. They tend to lean more towards the sour-end of the flavor spectrum. Red onions are most often used in salads, salsas, and other raw preparations for their lovely color and relatively mild flavor.

A quick tip: if you find the flavor of red onions too astringent for eating raw, as many do, try soaking them in water before serving.

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I am an Ice Cream fan . . .  Here are some local creameries opening this March.

1. Somerset Creamery, both locations: Wednesday, March 15

2. Dairy Maid, New Bedford: Wednesday, March 15 – NOON!!!

3. Acushnet Creamery; Thursday, March 16 –  weather permitting

4. Country Whip, Acushnet: Thursday, March 16 – tentative

5. The Ice Cream Barn, Swansea: Monday, March 20th

6. Capt. Bonney’s Creamery, Rochester: Thursday, March 23rd

7. Oxford Creamery, Mattapoisett: Thursday, March 30

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3 carrier ships plus the new USS New York

This makes me proud to be an American!!

Great pictures and a wonderful tribute to the U.S.S. NEW YORK

http://jwvsw.org/carriers.pdf

(For those of you who have daughters or granddaughters, check out photo 4)

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The other day while shopping at Market Basket, I saw and heard something I thought very funny.  A young boy talking to his Mother said, “Mom!, Mom!, would you buy some brussels sprouts.”

At 76 I have never heard any child ask for brussels sprouts, most children do not know what they are.  Yet there he was standing right in front of the little green cabbage like vegetable.

It got me to think I should have some for supper tonight so I grabbed some and just cooked them with butter and a little salt.  Growing up on the farm they were a frequent fall vegetable.

When people tell me they don’t like Brussels sprouts, my response is the same as when people say they don’t like sex:

“Oh, maybe you’re just doing it wrong!”

So next time you do Brussels sprouts, make sure you do it right.

Sauteed Brussels sprouts

Brussels sprouts suffer from bad PR, but this super-simple recipe will make you forget all your bad experiences as they are transformed into nutty, garlicky, caramelized balls of goodness!

Author: Jeanne Horak-Druiff
Recipe type: Vegetable side
Serves: 2

Ingredients

    About 600g Brussels sprouts (I guess about 15 or so)
    4 shallots
    2 cloves of garlic, crushed
    olive oil
    vegetable stock cube/powder

Instructions

    Clean the Brussels sprouts and cut each one vertically in half.  Finely chop the shallots and crush the garlic.
    In a large flat-bottomed frying pan, heat enough oil to cover the base of the pan.  Place the Brussels sprouts in the pan, cut side down, in a single layer.  Scatter the chopped shallots and garlic over the sprouts.
    When the sprouts are just starting to caramelize (you will smell them), turn them over and cook for another 5 minutes or so.
    Add enough water to just cover the base of the pan with about 1mm of water and crumble half a vegetable stock cube into the pan (I used Kallo organic vegetable stock cubes). Give the pan a good stir and then allow to steam-fry until all the liquid has cooked off and the sprouts are tender.  Serve hot.

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Now for this weeks invention, “Satellites.”  I have been alive for every launch and now we are being “watched” at all times.  About 2460 satellites, of all shapes and sizes, now orbit earth, including the huge International Space Station (ISS)

During my military career and assigned to the 1st Mobile Communications Group we had a satellite equipment section.  Those lucky ducks would fly and tent on a beach on far away islands like “Bali,” as there was no communications with satellites while on the so called dark side of the earth.  This is no longer true as with communications satellites all messages can now be relayed.  Just an FYI my section was Mobile Control Towers which was also in high demand due to the Viet Nam war, (sigh), just not a beach on Bali.

Satellites circle our planet in regular orbits.  When objects such as meteors draw close to Earth, they become trapped by the planet’s gravity and burn up in the atmosphere.  Satellites, however, are launched at precisely calculated speeds – fast enough to maintain a balance between a satellite’s velocity and Earth’s gravitational pull.  If a satellite is traveling at the predicted speed, it will repeatedly “fall” toward Earth, but Earth’s curvature and the satellite’s speed result in the satellite falling around the planet in orbit – instead of crashing down.  The exact speed needed to keep a satellite in orbit depends on the height of the orbit – the higher it travels, the less speed is required for the satellite to overcome gravity and avoid burning up.

There are several accepted zones of satellite orbits around Earth.  One is called low Earth orbit (LEO).  LEO extends from about 100 to 1,250 miles above Earth’s surface.  This is the zone where the ISS orbits and where the U.S. space shuttle orbited previously.  Most communications satellites occupy a different zone, however designed to keep them in geostationary orbit.  This is a zone above Earth’s equator at an altitude of 22,236 miles.  In this zone, the rate of “fall” around Earth is the same as the speed of Earth’s rotation.  Thus, from the ground, the satellite appears to be fixed in the sky.

This allows the satellite to keep a stable connection with stationary ground antennas.  Fixed satellites can receive and send hundreds of billion voice, data and video transmissions.

Regardless of its purpose, every operation satellite has three main parts; an antenna to transmit data and to receive radio wave instructions from Earth; and a payload, such as a camera or particle detector, to collect information.

Satellites were the stuff of science fiction as recently as 58 years ago, when the Soviet Union launched the first real operating Earth satellite, Sputnik 1, on October 4, 1957.  Sputnik’s success triggered the “space race” between the USSR and the United States.  The United States launched its first artificial satellite, Explorer 1, on January 31, 1958.

Today, besides Russia and the United States, more that 40 other countries have launched their own satellites.  A sky so full of satellites faces a new problem – space junk.  So many dead satellites, spent rockets and pieces of space hardware now circle the planet that they pose a hazard to operating satellites.  More than 21,000 pieces of space trash larger than 4 inches, plus half a million bits between a quarter-inch and 4 inches, are now estimated to travel in orbit around Earth.  Even tiny pieces of junk, moving at high speed can severely damage or destroy an operating satellite.

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 Isn't history more fun when you know something about it ?

The History of the Middle Finger:

Well, now......here's something I never knew before, and now that I know it, I feel compelled to send it on to my more intelligent friends in the hope that they, too, will feel edified.

Before the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, the French, anticipating victory over the English, proposed to cut off the middle finger of all captured English soldiers.  Without the middle finger it would be impossible to draw the renowned English longbow and therefore they would be incapable of fighting in the future.  This famous English longbow was made of the native English Yew tree, and the act of drawing the longbow was known as 'plucking the yew' (or 'pluck yew').

Much to the bewilderment of the French, the English won a major upset and they began mocking the French by waving their middle fingers at the defeated French, saying, See, we can still pluck yew!  Since 'pluck yew' is rather difficult to say, the difficult consonant cluster at the beginning has gradually changed to a labiodental fricative 'F', and thus the words often used in conjunction with the one-finger-salute!  It is also because of the pheasant feathers on the arrows used with the longbow that the symbolic gesture is known as 'giving the bird.'

And yew thought yew knew every plucking thing.

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From The London   Times:

A Well-Planned Retirement

Outside England's Bristol Zoo there is a parking lot for 150 cars and 8 buses. For 25 years, its parking fees were managed by a very pleasant attendant.....The fees for cars ($1.40),for buses (about $7) .

Then, one day, after 25 solid years of never missing a day of work, he just didn't show up; so the zoo management called the city council and asked it to send them another parking agent . The council did some research and replied that the parking lot was the zoo's own responsibility. The zoo advised the council that the attendant was a city employee.

The city council responded that the lot attendant had never been on the city payroll.

Meanwhile, sitting in his villa somewhere on the coast of Spain, or France, or Italy, is a man who'd apparently had a ticket booth installed completely on his own and then had simply begun to show up every day, commencing to collect and keep the parking fees, estimated at about $560 per day -- for 25 years. Assuming 7 days a week, this amounts to just over $7 million dollars ......and   no one even knows his name.

Sorry to say but this story is just an urban myth

This story originated with a feature on urban myths published in the Bristol Evening Post back in 2007 to coincide with April Fool’s Day, not as a reporting of a real-life event. After an American writer spun the legend out into a full-length book in 2010.

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think is the last thought in the head of a deer before you shoot him?  Is it, 'Are you my friend?' or is it 'Are you the one who killed my brother?'"

Nugent replied, "Deer aren't capable of that kind of thinking.  All they care about is what am I going to eat next, who am I going to screw next, and can I run fast enough to get away.  They are very much like the Democrats in Congress."

The interview ended.

For some of you I am sad to say this story is true

Origins:   Hard rock guitarist Ted Nugent is a man who has a penchant for expressing strong opinions in colorful fashion. This outdoors man, conservationist, bow hunter, Republican, Christian, gun rights advocate, anti-drug exponent, military supporter (his biography and list of affiliations expresses the essence of the man far better than we can) is notorious for the vehemence with which he expresses his views. He is not one to be shy about sharing his take on things with the media, and interviews with him make for highly entertaining reading.

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This came "through the grapevine" so to speak........from a friend of a friend.


From my brother-in-law as to the morale within the Pentagon.

Most of you know that our son works in a leadership position within US Special Operations, specializing in counter-terrorism, at the Pentagon. I spoke with him last night to get his view of how the first weeks of the Trump administration was perceived there. It was a short conversation but very informative.

He said the difference is nothing short of amazing. It is almost as though you can feel it in the air, in the pace of people strides, in the expressions on their faces. But beyond that, the change in process has been immediate.

Within 48 hours several action orders that had been languishing for up to six months between State, NSC, and the White House, were approved and executed. Over the last 8 years (our son has been there for about 15 years) and particularly, the last 3 to 4, the atmosphere has been stifling. Every little thing had to be vetted by dozens of 30-year old State Department lawyers (with no military experience) before it even got up the chain, effectively neutering the senior officers and reducing effectiveness to near zero. This past week, he took something to General Dunford, our Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and within minutes it was approved by the SecDef, General Mattis (both Marines, by the way [OOOORAH!]) and green lighted.

There is new energy flowing through the whole building. There is a new sense of purpose, a new resolve that is palpable. A cloud has been lifted.

Say what you will about our new President, and there certainly is a lot (pro and con) that could be and is being said, the folks at the pentagon are walking with a new skip in their step.

Thought you might like to hear about this.

Why don't you pass this good news on to others?

CLASSIFICATION UNCLASSIFIED

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That is all for this week . . . George  (No exercise today due to blizzard, will have a few copies of letter on Thursday)

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