George Rucker's Newsletter for September 27, 2016

The first Tuesday Letter of 2016 Fall season,

It is about time to take the air conditioners out of the windows.  Our nights here on the cape are back in the 50s.  Soon we will be getting some turtle stranding, we already are having dolphin running aground.  I might need to subscribe to the Cape Cod Times, my problem is it is very liberal, which to me is annoying as I can see right through the ploy.  The NY Times who send me recipes on line just offered me one year at 50% off.  That would be a 50% waste of my money.

Those black birds must be on their way south as the few are now at my feeder are not in huge flocks.  I have a chart by the door that does not seem to fit the birds of this area.  I wonder if climate change has managed to give them a different route to the south.  During the 60s here on Cape Cod we had many gross beaks but not so much anymore.  I think our winters were warmer in the 60s as many came to the Cape to play golf in the winter.  It was rare for five inches of snow to fall at a time.

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This recipe was on face book and probably a zillion calories but the taste is amazing.  I probably gained three pounds just smelling them cook.  It has everything not wanted in a healthy recipe except for that amazing taste.

Apple Dumplings

Ingredients

    2 Granny Smith apples
    2 cans (8 Oz.) crescent rolls
    2 sticks butter
    1 cup sugar
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    cinnamon, to taste
    1 can (12 Oz.) Sprite or Mountain Dew (I used Mountain Dew for the caffeine)

Instructions

    Peel and core apples and cut into 8 slices. Roll each apple slice in a crescent roll. Place in a 9 x 13 pan lined with cooking spray.

    Melt butter in a large bowl, then add sugar and stir. Stir in vanilla and pour entire mixture over the wrapped apples. Pour Sprite around the edges of the pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Serve with vanilla ice cream, and sauces from the pan over the top.

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This has been around before, but it is still funny!

IN CASE YOU DIDN'T ALREADY KNOW THIS LITTLE TIDBIT OF WONDERFUL TRIVIA..............

ON JULY 20, 1969, AS COMMANDER OF THE APOLLO 11 LUNAR MODULE, NEIL ARMSTRONG WAS THE FIRST PERSON TO SET FOOT ON THE MOON.

HIS FIRST WORDS AFTER STEPPING ON THE MOON, "THAT'S ONE SMALL STEP FOR MAN, ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND," WERE TELEVISED TO EARTH AND HEARD BY MILLIONS.

BUT, JUST BEFORE HE RE-ENTERED THE LANDER, HE MADE THE ENIGMATIC REMARK "GOOD LUCK, MR. GORSKY."

MANY PEOPLE AT NASA THOUGHT IT WAS A CASUAL REMARK CONCERNING SOME RIVAL SOVIET COSMONAUT.  HOWEVER, UPON CHECKING, THERE WAS NO GORSKY IN EITHER THE RUSSIAN OR AMERICAN SPACE PROGRAMS.

OVER THE YEARS, MANY PEOPLE QUESTIONED ARMSTRONG AS TO WHAT THE 'GOOD LUCK, MR. GORSKY' STATEMENT MEANT, BUT ARMSTRONG ALWAYS JUST SMILED.

ON JULY 5, 1995, IN TAMPA BAY, FLORIDA, WHILE ANSWERING QUESTIONS FOLLOWING A SPEECH, A REPORTER BROUGHT UP THE 26-YEAR-OLD QUESTION ABOUT Mr.   GORSKY TO ARMSTRONG .

THIS TIME HE FINALLY RESPONDED BECAUSE HIS MR. GORSKY HAD JUST DIED, SO NEIL ARMSTRONG FELT HE COULD NOW ANSWER THE QUESTION. HERE IS THE ANSWER TO

    "WHO WAS MR. GORSKY?":

IN 1938, WHEN HE WAS A KID IN A SMALL MID-WESTERN TOWN, HE WAS PLAYING BASEBALL WITH A FRIEND IN THE BACKYARD.  HIS FRIEND HIT THE BALL, WHICH LANDED IN HIS NEIGHBOR'S YARD BY THEIR BEDROOM WINDOW.  HIS NEIGHBORS WERE MR. AND MRS. GORSKY.

AS HE LEANED DOWN TO PICK UP THE BALL, YOUNG ARMSTRONG HEARD MRS. GORSKY SHOUTING AT MR. GORSKY,  "SEX! YOU WANT SEX?   YOU'LL GET SEX WHEN THE KID NEXT DOOR WALKS ON THE MOON!"

It broke the place up.

NEIL ARMSTRONG'S FAMILY CONFIRMED THAT THIS IS A TRUE STORY.

Do pass it on, it's too choice not to be shared

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This was written by Jeff Foxworthy:

If plastic water bottles are okay, but plastic bags are banned, — you might live in a nation (state) that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots .

WE DO LIVE IN SUCH A DUMB COUNTRY!!

If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not for entering and remaining in the country illegally — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

If you have to get your parents' permission to go on a field trip or to take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

If you MUST show your identification to board an airplane, cash a check, buy liquor, or check out a library book and rent a video, but not to vote for who runs the government — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

If the government wants to prevent stable, law-abiding citizens from owning gun magazines that hold more than ten rounds, but gives twenty F-16 fighter jets to the crazy new leaders in Egypt — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots

If, in the nation's largest city, you can buy two 16-ounce sodas, but not one 24-ounce soda, because 24-ounces of a sugary drink might make you fat — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

If an 80-year-old woman who is confined to a wheelchair or a three-year-old girl can be strip-searched by the TSA at the airport, but a woman in a burka or a hijab is only subject to having her neck and head searched — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

If your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

If a seven-year-old boy can be thrown out of school for saying his teacher is "cute" but hosting a sexual exploration or diversity class in grade school is perfectly acceptable — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

If hard work and success are met with higher taxes and more government regulation and intrusion while not working is rewarded with Food Stamps, WIC checks, Medicaid benefits, subsidized housing, and free cell phones — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

If you pay your mortgage faithfully, denying yourself the newest big-screen TV, while your neighbor buys iPhones, time shares, a wall-sized do-it-all plasma screen TV and new cars, and the government forgives his debt when he defaults on his mortgage — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

THINK BEFORE YOU VOTE IN ALL UPCOMING ELECTIONS. MOST OF THE IDIOTS RUNNING THIS COUNTRY SAY ONE THING AND DO THE OPPOSITE KNOWING THAT THE PEOPLE WHO VOTED THEM IN DO NOT PAY ATTENTION

LET'S SEE IF I GOT THIS RIGHT!!!

IF YOU CROSS THE NORTH KOREAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU GET 12 YEARS HARD LABOR.

IF YOU CROSS THE IRANIAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU ARE DETAINED INDEFINITELY.

IF YOU CROSS THE AFGHAN BORDER ILLEGALLY, YOU GET SHOT.

IF YOU CROSS THE SAUDI ARABIAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE JAILED.

IF YOU CROSS THE CHINESE BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU MAY NEVER BE HEARD FROM AGAIN .

IF YOU CROSS THE VENEZUELAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE BRANDED A SPY AND YOUR FATE WILL BE SEALED.

IF YOU CROSS THE CUBAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE THROWN INTO POLITICAL PRISON TO ROT.

IF YOU CROSS THE U.S. BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU GET . . .

A JOB, A DRIVERS LICENSE, SOCIAL SECURITY CARD, WELFARE, FOOD STAMPS, CREDIT CARDS, SUBSIDIZED RENT OR A LOAN TO BUY A HOUSE,
FREE EDUCATION, FREE HEALTH CARE, A LOBBYIST IN WASHINGTON for
BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF PUBLIC DOCUMENTS PRINTED IN YOUR LANGUAGE, THE RIGHT TO CARRY YOUR COUNTRY'S FLAG WHILE YOU

PROTEST THAT YOU DON'T GET ENOUGH RESPECT AND, IN MANY INSTANCES, YOU CAN VOTE.

I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE I HAD A FIRM GRASP ON THE SITUATION !!!

PLEASE KEEP   THIS GOING!!! ......

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This is what our candidates should support!

Your Grandfather watched as his friends died in WWI ...

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

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!!!

YOU ARE WELCOME HERE IN OUR COUNTRY!

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!

    And

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

AND

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!

WAKE UP AMERICA!!!

If You agree pass this on...

If You don't agree, Just Delete It but Shame On You if you delete it!!!

             ~ IN GOD WE TRUST ~

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I have missed finding an invention that changed mankind for a couple of weeks now, so I guess I will write about another medical marvel that is prolonging life for many, the Pacemaker.  Implanted pacemakers have revolutionized medicine.  Since 1960, well over two million pacemakers have been surgically inserted giving their wearers healthier, more active lives.

Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States; approximately one million men and women die of it every year.

Heart diseases can cause arrhythmias, which are problems with the rate of a person’s heartbeat – likely caused by aging.  Pacemakers were invented to treat arrhythmia, and this is how they work: sensors, called electrodes, detect activity in the heart and send information through wires to a tiny implanted computer.  If the rhythm is abnormal, the computer directs a generator to send electrical pulses to the heart via wires that runfrom the computer through the vein.  Then electrodes attached to the right ventricle simulate the heart muscle.  Some pacemakers also attach to the right atrium and the left ventricle, depending on a patient’s diagnosis.  Modern pacemakers can also detect other data such as breathing and blood temperature, giving the computer information that allows it to adjust the rhythm depending on the patient’s activity level.

About the size of a wristwatch, a modern titanium pacemaker can last for many years.  Doctors and innovator’s continue to perfect the life-saving device, sending shock waves through the world of medicine.

It all started in 1930s with better understanding of the heart and experimentation with electrotherapy.  These rudimentary pacemakers were large, bulky devices that drew current from a wall socket to shock the patient’s heart into a regular rhythm.  They were used on the operating table during surgery and could not travel with the patient after discharge from the hospital.

The first wearable pacemaker, designed by the American engineer Earl Bakken, was warn around the neck but common infections made it risky.  Scientists search for a way to implant the device into a patient’s chest, just below the collarbone, to minimize risk, and a breakthrough eventually came by accident.  While building a device to record the heart’s rhythm, Wilson Greatbatch, an assistant professor of electrical engineering at the University of Buffalo, reached into a box and pulled out the wrong size transistor, He noticed the transistor emitted a pulse that could mimic a beating heart.  After conducting several experiments on dogs, Greatbatch received a patent in 1959 and began implanting the device inside human patients.

At first, the new device wasn’t perfect.  Body fluids permeated the electrical system, causing it to fail.  Greatbatch then developed a long-life, corrosion-free, lithium-iodine battery to power the pacemaker.  Now patients undergo a short surgical procedure to receive an implantable pacemaker that can last for 10 years.

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California Gov. Jerry Brown kept up his assault on climate change  Monday, pushing through a law meant to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from dairy farms and landfills. USA TODAY

  California Gov. Jerry Brown kept up his assault on climate change Monday, pushing through a law meant to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from dairy farms and landfills. "You know, when Noah wanted to build his ark, most of the people laughed at him?" Brown said, per the Sacramento Bee, adding that that ark saved Earth's species. "We've got to build our ark, too, by stopping ... dangerous pollutants." Brown's approval of Senate Bill 1383 goes after short-lived climate pollutants, which include methane, black carbon, and HFC gases, per the AP. Although these gases don't linger in the atmosphere, they still make people sick and hasten global warming due to their heat-trapping ability, per Reuters. "We're protecting people's lungs and their health," Brown said, per Courthouse News.

One of the main methane culprits: manure. Per the bill, dairy farmers have to cut methane emissions to 40% below 2013 levels by 2030. Under a cap-and-trade plan, farmers will receive aid from the $50 million or so raised via polluter fees, which they can then put toward machinery that uses methane to create energy they can in turn sell to electric companies. The state's Air Resources Board can also now regulate bovine flatulence, as long as there are practical ways to reduce the cows' belching and breaking wind. Under the bill, emissions from HFCs also must be reduced by 40% from 2013 levels by 2030, while black carbon emissions will have to get to 50% below those levels by the same year. Composting also has to go up by 50% within four years to curb methane from organic waste. The state's head of the National Federation of Independent Business rails against the "arbitrary" limits and says they're a "direct assault on California's dairy industry," per the AP.

This story originally appeared on Newser

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See some of you this morning during exercise and many around town.  Stay well and smile.


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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