George Rucker's Miraculous Newsletter for July 18, 2017

Hey you, Happy Summer,

Last week was a little short on jokes so I will start off with one. . .

Engineers Go To Heaven

An Engineer dies... and goes to Hell. Dissatisfied with the level of comfort, he starts designing and building improvements. After a while, Hell has air conditioning, flush toilets and escalators.

The engineer is a pretty popular guy.

One day God calls and asks Satan, "So, how's it going down there?"

Satan says, "Hey things are going great. We've got air conditioning and flush toilets and escalators, and there's no telling what this engineer is going to come up with next."

God is horrified. "What? You've got an engineer? That's a mistake - he should never have gone down there! You know all engineers go to Heaven. Send him up here! "

Satan says, "No way. I like having an engineer on the staff. I'm keeping him."

God says, "Send him back up here or I'll sue."

"Yeah, right," Satan laughs, "and where are you going to get a lawyer?"

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Once upon a time there were two nuns , one was known as Sister Mathematical (SM), and the other one as Sister Logical (SL).

It is getting dark and they are still far away from the convent.

SM: Have you noticed that a man has been following us for the past 38 ½ minutes? I wonder what he wants.

SL: It's logical. He wants to violate us.

SM: Oh, no! At this rate he will reach us in 15 minutes at the most! What can we do?

SL: The only logical thing to do of course is to walk faster.

A little while later...

SM: It's not working.


SL: Of course it's not working. The man did the only logical thing. He started to walk faster, too.

SM: So, what shall we do? At this rate he will reach us in 1 minute.

SL: The only logical thing we can do is split. You go that way and I'll go this way. He cannot follow us both.

So the man decided to follow Sister Logical.

Sister Mathematical arrives at the convent and is worried about what has happened to Sister Logical.

Then Sister Logical arrives.

SM: Sister Logical! Thank God you are here! Tell me what happened!

SL: The only logical thing happened. The man couldn't follow us both, so he followed me.

SM: Yes, yes! But what happened then?

SL: The only logical thing happened. I started to run as fast as I could and he started to run as fast as he could.

SM: And?

SL: The only logical thing happened. He reached me.

SM: Oh, dear! What did you do?

SL : I lifted my dress up

SM: Oh, Sister! What did the man do?

SL: He pulled down his pants.

SM: Oh, no! What happened then?

SL: Isn't it logical, Sister? A nun with her dress up can run faster than a man with his pants down.

And for those of you who thought it would be dirty......

Say two Hail Marys and be logical and forward this email to your friends!


 Moral of the Story is:

LOGIC BEATS MATH ANYTIME.

And Math cannot survive without Logic.

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This is just an observation and my own belief but in the news the words “May have” should not be allowed, or even those of “suspect that.”  One more thing is polls are not news, they are tools of probability, and lately polls have been more wrong than right.  I guess I should say more left than right. The actual provable news is news.  What happened to the old “Who, What, Why, Where and When” that was used when I went to school.  This might surprise you but I was in the Navy at 17 years old and was a High School dropout, so this was taught early in my school years, probably 5th or 6th grade.  I however did take a GED ( passed on first try with no studying or classes) while in my 20s and then started taking some college classes.  I finished college in my late 30s.  I continued to take classes until my 60s as there was still a lot I still wanted to know.  I do not know how many credits I have but it is over 300, more than many with a masters degree.  I feel my logic is pretty sound.  I also feel that news casters are not reporters and they just happen to be good readers of the prompters in front of them  They are very much just like a puppet of left leaning editors who type into their prompters.

I should give the above to my local paper for letters to the editor.

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President Trump Begs the question... What do psychiatrists think?

In the paragraphs below, Dr. Keith Abelow provides his opinions on this  subject.
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Remarks by Dr. Keith Abelow, Psychiatrist

Let me issue the standard disclaimer of psychiatrists who discuss the mental health of public figures: I have not personally examined President Trump.

Now, let me put to rest the concerns of Sen. Al Franken and political commentators John Oliver and Andrew Sullivan and anyone else who publicly or privately has questioned the president's sanity: Donald Trump is stone cold sane.

When a man acquires billions of dollars through complex real estate transactions, invests in many countries, goes on to phenomenal success in television and turns his name into a worldwide brand, it is very unlikely that he is mentally unstable.

When the same man obviously enjoys the love and respect of his children and his wife, who seem to rely on him for support and guidance; it is  extraordinarily unlikely that he is mentally unstable.

When the same man walks into the political arena and deftly defeats 16 Republican opponents and then the Democratic heir-apparent to a two-term president's administration, the odds of that man being mentally unstable become vanishingly thin.

And when that very same man attracts to his team the kind of intellect and gravitas represented (to name just a few) by Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis, a retired Marine Corps general and commander of the U.S. Central Command, he cannot be mentally deranged. Period. It is a statistical impossibility.

Those who assert otherwise are political opportunists, or fools, or both (and I am thinking here, in particular, of Sen. Franken).

President Trump is the first human being to win this nation's highest office without having held any other political office or serving as a general. Most political pundits thought his quest was pure folly.

Most journalists assessed his chances as zero. So who was laboring under quasi-delusional thinking?

Answer: Not Donald J. Trump.

Anecdotally, by the way, I have never had one bad Trump experience. Not one.  I own several of his ties — all of them of the highest quality. I have stayed in his hotels and never had a single complaint (and I am a born complainer). I have eaten in his New York restaurant — flawless service, excellent food. I own an apartment at Trump Place in Manhattan. Impeccable design, sturdy construction, fabulous amenities. A mentally unstable man would be unlikely to deliver superior products across multiple industries,     don't you think?

If you're still worried about the mental stability of the president, note this: The stock market doesn't like instability. Investors, en masse, can take the measure of a man pretty darn well. The stock market has hit record high after record high since Trump's election, and if you think that's an accident, or that investors have all been fooled, it's time to start wondering about your own capacity for rational thought.

I should note that nothing I am saying should besmirch the reputations of men like President Abraham Lincoln or Sir Winston Churchill, both of whom are said to have fought the ravages of major depression or bipolar disorder.  One was instrumental in ridding America of slavery. The other was instrumental in saving the world from tyranny.

Mahatma Gandhi, by the way, also reportedly suffered from depression.  Psychiatric illness does not, a priori, disqualify a person from rendering extraordinary service to mankind.

Mind you, neither Lincoln nor Churchill nor Gandhi led a nation after becoming a business sensation and television star. That trifecta defines one man: President Donald J. Trump.

Now, think about those who are rabble-rousing about the president's mental status. Take Sen. Al Franken. He's all worried about the president allegedly overestimating the crowd size at his inauguration. But Franken is allied with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who asserted she is Native American, when there is no evidence of that whatsoever.

And they're calling Trump's sanity into question? Really, you can't make this stuff up.

Dr. Keith Ablow, Psychiatrist
Walton H. Owens, Jr., PhD
Professor Emeritus of Political Science
College of Business and Behavioral Sciences
Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29631
twoprofs@bellsouth.net

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This weeks invention will be the “Lightbulb.”  I know I did one on the LED bulb a while back, which reduced the entire world’s demand of electricity by 20%, but the actual lightbulb is the precursor.  During my early twenties I actually took an incandescent bulb and made a vacuum tube out of it.  I was in an electronics school and wanted to see if I could make one.  I used scraping from some wooden match heads to void the bulb of oxygen and my seal at the bottom was modeling clay.  It did not work very long or well, plus I only made a triode, one step up from a diode, but I still made it. This was in the days before transistors, and way before integrated circuits.

Today, incandescent lightbulbs have been replaced by even-more-efficient devices, such as compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) and light-emitting diodes (LEDs).  But thanks to Thomas Edison, no one has used candles for everyday lighting since the turn of the 19th century.

In 1809 English scientist Humphrey Davy created the first light produced from electricity.  The arc lamp, as it was called, utilized carbon rods to create a spark.  But the lamp had disadvantages: it was too bright and too expensive for general use.  In addition, it gave off sparks, making it a fire hazard, especially when used indoors.  Over the next century, the technology improved, and the lamps could be found in public places and important buildings, such as light houses.  Many inventors had small success with adding a vacuum to the bulb or changing the type of filament.

Thomas Edison set up a lab to develop a more efficient and long-lasting lightbulb.  In 1879, Edison tinkered with the coating of the carbon filament, as well as the atmosphere inside the bulb, and patented his new lightbulb.  According to the department of Energy, Edison continued to improve his design, eventually using a carbon paper filament inside a vacuum to create new lamps lasting up to 1,200 hours.  They became the standard for the next 10 years.

Edison was not the first to create a lightbulb, but his improvement on existing technology brought light into homes and businesses around the world.  He was the first to patent the design, and he provided the energy needed to use his invention.  He demonstrated that electricity could be distributed from a central generator through wires and tubes.

He also began the first commercial power utility and figured out how to track each customer’s electrical use.  Consumers of the new technology were connected to a grid of electricity that still exists: almost every household and business is connected to an electric grid.  Edison also founded General Electric and Edison-Swan with Joseph Swan, which still dominate the energy world today.

Edison’s lightbulb increased the length of the workday, illuminated streets and public squares for safety and longer shopping hours, led to the development of motion pictures and jump-started the era of energy – prompting the creation of power plants, electric transmission lines and even electric motors.

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The other day I made a Cheese Tortellini Caesar Salad but thought that it was not good enough for my letter.  While eating I kept wishing that those small round pasta tortellini things were shrimp.  I would think that shrimp Caesar salad would be great.  I have had steak tips, both grilled and blackened chicken on the salad but never shrimp.  After reviewing a ton of these recipes with shrimp I see why they pretty much all have 4 stars maximum and all are using different kinds of dressing mixtures.  If I were to make this salad I would do the following.

Grill the shrimp on skewers and put on top of a normal Caesar salad.

Other than that...  Add some lemon juice to the creamy Caesar salad dressing and perhaps a couple of drops of hot sauce or 1/4 teaspoon spiracha sauce.

Lastly... only if you like these items.  Some sliced black olives, some minced anchovy filets, perhaps some diced tomatoes.

I did not like most of the recipes as presented for this type of dish, sorry.

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Time to review an interesting email regarding Houston Texas.

You Gotta Love Texas

The City of Dallas, Texas passed an ordinance stating that, if a driver is pulled over by law enforcement and is not able to provide proof of insurance ,the car is towed .

To retrieve the car after being impounded, they must show proof of insurance to have the car released.  This has made it easy for the City of Dallas to remove uninsured cars.

Shortly after the "No Insurance" ordinance was passed, the Dallas impound lots began to fill up and were full after only nine days.

Over 80% of the impounded cars were driven by illegals .

Now, not only must they provide proof of insurance to have their car released,   they have to pay for the cost of the tow , a $350   fine, and $20 for every day their car is kept in the lot.

Guess what?

Accident rates have gone down 47% and Dallas ' solution gets uninsured drivers off the road WITHOUT making them show proof of nationality.

I wonder how the US Justice Department will get around this one

Just brings tears to your eyes doesn't it?

*** GO Dallas ***

This has both truths and lies, plus two other printings of similar forms dating as far back as 2010 as the law was passed in 2009.

The truth here is that Dallas police may impound vehicles whose drivers fail to provide proof of insurance.

First false item is Dallas impound lots were full nine days after this crackdown began although Dallas police did have 256 uninsured vehicles towed during the first nine days of the statute’s enforcement, that city’s impound lots were not full after only nine days. Scott Walton, spokesman for the Dallas Police Department, said that “It never reached even close to capacity after this [law] was implemented.”

Next false item is  “80+ % of the impounded cars were driven by illegals,” no one is checking on the immigration status of the drivers or owners of impounded cars, so that number was fabricated by whoever penned the e-mail. Texas residents do not have to show they are legally in the country before purchasing vehicle insurance or reclaiming vehicles from city impound lots, and Dallas police don’t usually ask motorists they stop for traffic violations to provide proof of legal residency. As spokesman Scott Walton also stated, “We do not check citizenship or the status of immigration when people come to claim their car. I don’t know where that (percentage) came from.”

The next to the last false item is “Accident rates have gone down 47%” since the implementation of the impound ordinance, according to the Texas Department of Transportation’s Motor Vehicle Crash Statistics, the number of automobile accidents in Dallas went up in 2009, not down (36,932 in 2009, the first year of the impoundment of vehicles ordinance, compared to 35,388 in 2008) and have remained relatively steady since then (35,793 in 2010 and 35,273 in 2011).

The following is last and taken from the actual law regarding fees. Re: $350 fee above.

(b) A vehicle removed and towed under this section must be kept at the place designated by the chief of police until application for redemption is made by the owner or the owner’s authorized agent, who will be entitled to the possession of the vehicle upon payment of costs of towing, notification, impoundment, and storage. The chief of police shall charge fees for storage of vehicles at city pound locations in accordance with the following regulations:

(6) An impoundment fee of $20, in addition to applicable towage, notification, and storage fees, will be charged for a vehicle that has been removed and towed to a city pound location.

(7) A notification fee of $50, in addition to applicable towage, impoundment, and storage fees, will be charged for a vehicle that has been removed and towed to a city pound location.

The last update on this subject on this was 21 August 2012, but it does show that the internet has a lot of false data.  You can not believe all you read even in this letter as much of it is from the internet.  Many of my corrections come from my wife and sister as criticism is something that I like as most of my readers do not send me any corrections.

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This is from my insurance company...

Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. But along with preparing for fun in the sun, remember to practice summer safety as well.

Here are 5 important summer safety tips to pack along with the burgers, dogs and ice cream!

1. Flip or flop. Experts are warning against wearing flimsy flip-flops all summer long. They're OK for occasional use at the beach or the pool. But for steady walking, hiking or any type of sports, be sure to wear sturdier shoes made for the activity at hand. Or, afoot!

2. Don't feel the burn. You got this one, right? Always wear sunscreen. Avoid being out in the sun during midday when the sun's rays are the strongest. Protect skin with hats for the head, neck and ears, and light, loose clothing for the rest of the body. And don't forget those eyes – protect them with sunglasses.

3. Beat the heat. To prevent heat stroke, don't exercise outdoors when it's extremely hot. And stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water. Some people, like children, are especially vulnerable to getting sick from the heat. Their bodies don't cool down as fast as others'.

4. Can't touch this. Or eat it, either. Salads, sandwiches and other summer delights shouldn't be left sitting at room temps for more than a couple of hours. Even less if the temperature's 90 degrees or higher.

5. What's bugging you? Yes, they're back. Pests of all kinds. And they can cause serious illnesses. Pregnant women, or those hoping to become pregnant, should be especially careful of mosquitoes. In some parts of the country, they may carry the Zika virus, which can harm the unborn child. Some also carry the West Nile virus. Ticks, too, carry several serious diseases, including Lyme. And bees and wasps are buzzing about. Their stings are painful and can be deadly serious for those allergic to them. So arm yourself with proper clothing, repellent and first aid.

I put this in as my public service announcement for my Bio-Environmental friend Keith.

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As usual, see a few of you at exercise, as for the rest stay healthy and smile, as a smile goes a long way.

George

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