George Rucker's Outstanding Newsletter for April 11, 2017

Good Morning in Japanese is "Ohayou,"

My computer could not print the letters in their spelling, just mine.



Starting Monday the 3rd of April visitors to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom will go through metal detectors and get bags checked at the Transportation and Ticket Center.  They always did the bag check but have now increased the search criteria to include metal items.

For me I feel anything to make the population safer is a good thing.  Much of the world has gone mad.


 almost hate putting the following into my letter as I know it is sure to start a fight.  Some of these I have used before but some are new.  These statements to me are just so funny I can’t help myself.

My wife and I were watching “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” while we were in bed.

I turned to her and said, ‘Do you want to have sex?’

‘No,’ she answered.

I then said, ‘Is that your final answer?’

...She didn’t even look at me this time, simply saying, ‘Yes..’

So I said, “Then I’d like to phone a friend.”

And that’s when the fight started...

I took my wife to a restaurant.  The waiter, for some reason, took my order first.

“I’ll have the rump steak, rare, please.”

He said, “Aren’t you worried about the mad cow?”

“Nah, she can order for herself.”

And that’s when the fight started .....

My wife and I were sitting at a table at her high school reunion, and she kept staring at a drunken man swigging his drink as he sat alone at a nearby table.

I asked her, “Do you know him?”

“Yes,” she sighed, He’s my old boyfriend.  I understand he took to drinking right after we split up those many years ago, and I hear he hasn’t been sober since.”

“My God!” I said, “Who would think a person could go on celebrating that long?”

And that’s when the fight started....

When our lawn mower broke and wouldn’t run, my wife kept hinting to me that I should get it fixed.  But, somehow I always had something else to take care of first, the shed, the boat, making beer...Always something more important to me.

Finally she thought of a clever way to make her point.

When I arrived home one day, I found her seated in the tall grass, busily snipping away with a tiny pair of sewing scissors.  I watched silently for a short time and went into the house.  I was gone only a minute, and when I came out again I handed her a toothbrush.

I said, “When you finish cutting the grass, you might as well sweep the driveway.”

The doctors say I will walk again, but I will always have a limp.

My wife sat down next to me as I was flipping channels.

She asked, “What’s on TV?”

I said, “Dust.”

And then the fight started...

Saturday morning I got up early, quietly dressed, made my lunch, and slipped quietly into the garage.  I hooked the boat up to the van and proceeded to backout into a torrential downpour.

The wind was blowing 50 mph, so I pulled back into the garage, turned on the radio, and discovered that the weather would be bad all day.

I went back into the house, quietly undressed, and slipped back into bed.  I cuddled up to my wife’s back; now with a different anticipation, and whispered, “The weather out there is terrible.”

My loving wife of 5 years replied, “And, can you believe my stupid husband is out fishing in that?”

And that’s how the fight started...

My wife was hinting about what she wanted for our upcoming anniversary.

She said, “I want something shiny that goes from 0 to 150 in about 3 seconds.”

I bought her a bathroom scale.

And then the fight started....

After retiring, I went to the social Security office to apply for Social Security.  The woman behind the counter asked me for my driver’s License to verify my age.  I looked in my pockets and realized I had left my wallet at home.  I told the woman that I was very sorry, but I would have to go home and come back later.

The woman said, ‘Unbutton your shirt.’

So I opened my shirt revealing my curly silver hair.

She said, ‘That silver hair on your chest is proof enough for me’ and she processed my Social Security application.

When I got home, I excitedly told my wife about my experience at the Social Security office.

She said, ‘you should have dropped your pants.  You might have gotten disability too.”

And then the fight started...

My wife was standing nude, looking in the bedroom mirror.  She was not happy with what she saw and said to me, “I feel horrible; I look old, fat, and ugly.  I really need you to pay me a compliment.’

I replied, “Your eyesight’s damn near perfect.”

And then the fight started.....

I rear-ended a car this morning...the start of a REALLY bad day!

The driver got out of the other car, and he was a DWARF!!

He looked up at me and said ‘I am NOT Happy!’

So I said, ‘Well, which one ARE you then?’

That’s how the fight started.

One year, I decided to buy my mother-in-law a cemetery plot as a Christmas gift...

The next year, I didn’t buy her a gift.  When she asked me why, I replied, “Well you still haven’t used the gift I bought you last year!”

And that’s how the fight started.

I think these were all written by Chuck Norris . . .

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This weeks invention will be the rifle as the rifle has a much storied place in our social history.

A rifle is a shoulder weapon with a steel barrel attached to a wooden or plastic handle called the stock.  A bullet cartridge gets inserted in the firing chamber at the opposite end, called the receiver, and the bullets leave the muzzle end of the weapon.  A sight located on the muzzle helps the handler fire accurately, when the trigger is pulled, a spring releases the hammer to strike a firing pin and ignite a powder charge.  The energy from the powder charge explosion forces the bullet from the chamber.

Firearms were first designed with smoothbore barrels that created very little friction, allowing for maximum speed of the projectile, but not necessarily accurate aim.  In spite of long barrels, the maximum shooting range of these guns was limited to a distance of 50 to 75 yards.

To imitate the rifling (or angle) of bow-and -arrow feathers, which were much more accurate, blacksmiths began cutting spiraling grooves on the inside of gun barrels, significantly boosting the rifle’s accuracy and increasing the range of the weapon to 200 to 300 yards.  These upgraded muskets – further improved with trigger-released, spring-loaded mechanisms that ignited gunpowder using an interior flint striking a steel surface – became referred to as rifles.

Although they provided terrific aim, the guns were not practical in combat.  Unlike in smooth-barreled muskets, the gunpowder residue that remained in a rifle barrel after firing had to be cleaned more frequently.  As a result, they were not the weapon of choice on the battlefield and were used primarily for hunting.  Four centuries later, in the 1800s, advancements in manufacturing processes allowed for uniform mass production of commercial rifles.  The Baker rifle became the first standard-issue rifle used by the British infantry.

The signature of the British-made weapon was the quarter twist or a quarter -turn, of rifling inside the 30-inch barrel.  Until 1848, rifle ammunition consisted of soft lead balls that were loaded into the muzzle of the gun and pounded into place with a mallet.  This process was time-consuming and left soldiers vulnerable during the time it took to reload.  Then French army officer Claude-Etienne Minie introduced a cone-shaped lead bullet that could be loaded without using a ramrod or mallet.  The new ammunition also proved more accurate and more lethal.

Now, even troops stationed away from the front lines had to protect themselves from far-reaching enemy fire, and the practice of building trenches and fortifications began.  By 1863 repeater weapons – rifles that could fire seven shots in 30 seconds – were introduced, with the most famous design being the Spencer carbine.

Rifles continue to evolve even today.

In 2007, for instance, CVA Muzzleloaders released a muzzle-loading riffle called the electra, which features an electronic ignition that acts as a micro switch and transfers a charge when pressed.  A spark created by a 9-volt battery fires the bullet when the trigger is activated, making the action of firing almost instantaneous.


More than a few Millennials have admitted to being stumped when asked to explain the function of the United States Congress.

It should not be that much of a surprise, however, when past Congresses have spent their time hauling in baseball stars to discuss steroid use in the MLB, subpoenaing oil execs to discuss why the price of gasoline was so high at one point, and inviting celebrities to talk about Alzheimer’s disease.

What exactly does the body of elected representatives in the nation’s capital do?

Simply put, Congress’ function is to write the laws, and to keep the other two branches of government in line.

So in 2010, when Congressional Democrats were openly admitting that they, “Didn’t have the time,” to read the Affordable Care Act in its entirely, but were certain that they knew what was in it because they had hired experts, an argument could be made that Congress had not done its job.

The Legislative Branch had written and passed a bill that the majority, if not all, of those who voted for did not read.

The Left has claimed that Congress had to ram the bill through because if everyone took the time to read it, analyze it, and pick it a part, the bill would have been held up for years, and health-care reform would not have happened.

However, as one of the architects of Obamacare, Jonathan Gruber, pointed out, the issue was not about time, but more about a lack of transparency.

The Obama administration and the Democrats in Congress had to keep the American people in the dark about what was exactly in the bill in order to get it through. They were counting on the complacency, and, according to Gruber, “the stupidity” of the American people.

The second function of the Legislative Branch is to keep the Judicial and Executive Branches in check, to ensure that neither one of them becomes too powerful.

For example, if a president were to rule through executive orders with his “mighty pen and phone,” or provide unauthorized prisoner exchanges with terrorist organizations or nations that sponsor terrorism, Congress would have the option to consider impeachment proceedings.

Congress also has the task of vetting every justice of the Supreme Court, and can weed out any potential judges who were members of La Raza (the race), and who stated that a Latino woman is better suited to make decisions than a white male.

Congress could also eliminate anyone who was a solicitor general for an administration, with absolutely zero judicial experience.

Perhaps the fact that congressional leaders have been failing, for years, in doing their jobs is the reason why the American people’s trust in Congress has been so low.

H/T The Federal Papers


Another recipe for moist cornbread from a reader

I made this two weeks ago and it was delicious!!

I doubled the batch and put in a bunte cake pan

Ingredients for rich and moist cornbread recipe

1 Box Jiffy Mix

2 eggs

1/4 cup vegetable oil

½  teaspoon salt

½  cup sour cream

a dash of cinnamon

a drop of vanilla flavoring

3 tablespoons of sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8 inch square or round pan.

2. Empty Jiffy mix into large mixing bowl. Stir in oil and 2 eggs. Mix in salt, sour cream, cinnamon, vanilla flavoring and sugar. Whisk until combined.

3. Pour batter into greased pan. Sprinkle 2 teaspoons of sugar overtop of the batter.

4. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center of pan comes out clean


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