George Rucker's Weekly Newsletter May 16, 2016

Hello again from this second Tuesday in May,

I was thinking about the snakes out on that island in Quabbin Reservoir, primarily what a horrible idea it was to put these rattlesnakes on any of these islands.   All snakes can swim and as soon as the food gets scarce off they go.  I wish man would just stop screwing with nature.  This next video is from Virginia and is pro Timber Rattlesnake...         

Timber Rattlesnake - Crotalus horridus, By virtue of their large size, timber rattlers are the most dangerous snakes in northeastern America. Fortunately, when encountered most timber rattlers are mild in disposition unless aroused, and make little attempt to rattle or strike. This striking is believed to have occurred in at least 25 counties prior to 1800. Today, the timber rattlesnake is listed as an endangered species by the Ohio Division of Wildlife and is known from only seven Ohio counties. 

Thinking of snakes in general here is one video that comes to mind that is a little funny.  It is about Willie Whistle’s snake experience.    Remember Willie Whistle the clown with the high pitched voice?  When dealing with this snake his high pitched whistle voice boarders on a shrill scream.  Here is the ONLY footage I have seen from ... Willie Whistle Clown From WSBK Boston TV Youtube;   This is old so the video is a little blurry.                 

Just hot off the press...Someone has submitted pictures of this Boston water source during a drought and guess what the islands are just hills when the water is low.  The city-boy running the program has withdrawn his request to put snakes on what is currently islands as the lake is full once again.                               

Coffee tastes good - but is it good for you? More than half of Americans are java junkies, yet the average joe doesn't know beans about the health effects of our daily brew. In fact, scientists say there are grounds to claim that coffee has many effects on health - some good, some bad.                                    
Moderate coffee drinking -- less than five cups per day -- has been linked to a decreased risk of death from chronic illnesses like heart disease, type 2 diabetes and neurological diseases. The study from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health 
This is for both regular and decaf coffees.

About three cups of coffee each day might stave off Alzheimer's for older adults experiencing memory declines. A small study found coffee consumption helped slow the progression of mild cognitive impairment, a condition that often leads to Alzheimer's. 

Coffee may lower the risk for the most serious type of skin cancer, malignant melanoma. A 2015 study found that frequent coffee drinkers -- those who consumed four cups or more per day -- had a 20 percent lower risk for developing malignant melanoma.  Not true for decaf.

Coffee contains almost no calories - as long as you drink it black. But fancy sweetened drinks sold by specialty coffee retailers are often loaded with sugar and fat - and hundreds of calories that can contribute to weight gain.

Caffeine can increase blood pressure - but apparently mostly transiently. Long-term studies have found no link between regular coffee consumption and high blood pressure, a.k.a. hypertension.

Preliminary studies have shown that habitual consumption of coffee is linked to lower risk for depression, at least among women.

Heavy coffee consumption during pregnancy has been linked to miscarriage and low birth weight. A developing fetus isn't good at metabolizing caffeine, and research has shown that the stimulant easily crosses the placenta. To limit the risk, doctors often urge women to have no more than one cup of coffee a day during pregnancy (or two cups of tea).

Studies have shown that men who drink lots of coffee have a below-average risk for Parkinson's, a neurological condition marked by tremors and difficulty to coordinate movements. Animal studies suggest that caffeine prevents the death of nerve cells that produce the neurotransmitter dopamine, which is a core problem in Parkinson's. 

Recent evidence suggests that coffee lowers the risk for both liver cirrhosis and liver cancer, though there's no clear explanation of the apparent protective effect.

There is more if you want to check the internet.  This is probably why I have been drinking coffee since about the third grade.  Of course at that age I needed a lot of sugar but now I am sweet enough, so no sugar.  I have always followed my own intuition and what to eat and drink and avoid so called experts. 



At a time when  politicians tend to apologize for our country's prior actions, here's a refresher on how some of our former patriots handled negative comments about our country.

These are good

JFK'S Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in  France  in the early 60's when DeGaulle decided to pull out of NATO.  DeGaulle said he wanted all US military out of France as soon as possible.
Rusk responded, "Does that include those who are buried here?"
DeGaulle did not respond.

When in  England, at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury  if our plans for  Iraq  were just an example of 'empire building' by George Bush.
He answered by saying, "Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders.  The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return."

There was a conference in France where a number of international engineers were taking part, including French and American.  During a break, one of the French engineers came back into the room saying, "Have you heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft carrier to  Indonesia  to help the tsunami victims.  What does he intend to do, bomb them?"
A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly:  "Our carriers have three hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people; they are nuclear powered and can supply emergency  electrical power to shore facilities; they have three  cafeterias with the capacity to feed 3,000 people three meals a day, they can produce several thousand gallons of fresh water from sea water each day, and they carry half a dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and injured to and from their flight deck.  We have eleven such ships; how many does France have?"

A  U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included Admirals from the U.S., English, Canadian, Australian and French Navies  At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large group of officers that included personnel from most of those countries.
Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a French admiral suddenly complained that, whereas Europeans learn many languages, Americans learn only English. He then asked, "Why is it that we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than speaking French?"
Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied, "Maybe it's because the Brit's, Canadians, Aussie's and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't have to speak German."

Robert Whiting, an elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane.  At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry on.
"You have been to France before, monsieur?" the customs officer asked sarcastically.
Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously.
"Then you should know enough to have your passport ready."
The American said, "The last time I was here, I didn't have to show it."
"Impossible.  Americans always have to show their passports on arrival in France !"
The American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look.  Then he quietly explained, ''Well, when I came ashore at  Omaha Beach on D-Day in 1944 to help liberate this country, I couldn't find a single Frenchmen to show a passport to"

If you are proud to be an American, pass this on! If not, delete it.

I am proud to be of this land, AMERICA 


I missed an invention last week so I will now put one in this weeks letter, one I personally like as it can be used for quite a few things is Velcro.

Many artificial objects were inspired by something organic or found in nature.  Velcro, sometimes called “the zipperless zipper,” is one of those items, modeled after the common seed case of a plant.

Velcro consists of two surfaces: one made up of tiny hooks and the other composed of tiny loops.  When the two sides are pressed together, the hundreds of hooks latch onto the timy loops, producing a firm binding that is easy to undo by pulling on the top surface making a rasping sound that is familiar to just about everyone.  Today Velcro is use in hundreds of consumer products from coats to children’s shoes, blood pressure guages to airplane flotation devices.

The idea for Velcro came unexpectedly.  In 1948 George de Mestral, a swiss engineer, went hiking in the woods with his dog.  Both he and the dog came home covered with burrs that had stuck to them during the hike.  Suddenly, an idea occurred to him: could what made the burrs stick on clothes have commercial use as a fastener?  Studying a burr under a microscope, he discovered that it was covered with tiny hooks which had allowed many of the burrs to grab onto clothes and fur that brushed up against the plants as he and his dog passed by.

Armed with this idea, de Mestral spent the next eight years developing a product he called Velcro, a combination of the words “velvet” and “crochet.”  He obtained a patent on his hook-and-loop technology in 1955 and named his company Velcro. (Strictly speaking, the word “Velcro” today refers to the company founded by de Mestral, not the product the company produces.)

Few people took de Mestral’s invention seriously at first, but it cought on.  Particularly after NASA used Velcro for a number of space flights and experiements.  In the 1960's Apollo astronauts use Velcro to secure all types of devices in their space capsule for easy retrieval.  Starting in 1968 shoe companies like Puma, Adidas and Reebok integrated Velcro straps into childrens’s shoes.

A 1984 interview between television talk-show hose David Letterman and Velcro’s U.S. director of industrial sales ended with Letterman, wearing a suit made of Velcro, launching himself off a trampoline and onto a wall covered in Velcro, sticking to it.  This widely publicized stunt only furthered the craze, resulting in even more companies adapting Velcro into their products.

This is a video of the show but notice the error of when it was patented as the year mentioned is 1948 and that was the year that de Mestral started thinking abut the burrs.  It was patented in 1955, 7 years later. 


A man was involved in a terrible accident which left his member mangled and torn from his body. The doctor assured him that modern medicine did make it possible for his manhood to be rebuilt, but since it was considered cosmetic surgery, his insurance would not cover the surgery.

On hearing this, the man asked the doctor what the cost would be.

"You have three choices," replied the doctor. "$4,000 for small, $7,000 for medium, and $15,000 for large."

The man appeared pleased with this news, but couldn't decide whether he wanted the medium or the large. The doctor suggested that since the decision also affected the man's wife, he talk it over with her privately before making a final decision. The doctor then left the room to give the man some privacy while he phoned his wife to explain the options.

When the doctor returned to the room, he found the man looking very depressed and staring into space.

"Have you and your wife reached a decision?" the doctor asked.

"Yes," the man replied, sounding very dejected. "After discussing it, my wife has decided she'd rather remodel the kitchen."


Further evidence that if you try to make something' Idiot Proof,' the universe will invent better idiots.... Herewith, some more evidence that the gene pool may need a little chlorine: ----------

Sign in a gas station: Coke -- 49 cents. Two for a dollar. 


All my readers know that many times when I put a recipe in my letter I have modified it a bit, probably for either Patty or my tastes. 

I have never sat down and try and make my own recipe, but many times I have thought about it.  Two of my favorite recipes during the summer are “Cold Tuna Macaroni Salad” and “Caprese Salad with Balsamic Reduction.”  You can buy Balsamic Reduction in most stores and it is much less work and as good.  Both of these recipes can be found at

Well I combined the two recipes and guess what, it was a B- type recipe as the Balsamic Reduction and tuna just do not hit it out of the park.  Patty mentioned that a person at work thought it would be better with grilled chicken.  Here is the new recipe 

Grilled Chicken, Pasta, and Caprese Salad


1 pound grilled chicken, grilled and cut into bite size pieces
20 small salad tomatoes, halved
2 Tablespoons sliced green olives
1 teaspoon of dried basil
8 large leaves of fresh basil, cut or torn into small bits
12 small fresh mozzarella balls, halved
1 box of cold cooked pasta (I used 12 ounce box of tri-color penne pasta)
3 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
Balsamic glaze


Combine first eight ingredients, stir, and chill

Drizzle with Balsamic glaze prior to serving


I am not sure what party you are in.  I am a conservative supporting Trump.  I just received a phone call not blocked by my service, .  They claim to have a message from Trump but it was so badly spliced together I reported it as a robotic call.  Wanting to donate a few dollars I found the site you use to go directly to the campaigns of either candidate...  For Donald use and for Hillary use I do think there are those that will be calling for both parties that will be fraudulent.  Just in case Hillary is arrested for past misdeeds you might be looking for 

I have been around for many elections.  I started as a Democrat and even shook hands with George McGovern (July 19, 1922 – October 21, 2012).  Somewhere along the line I detested paying taxes, probably because of this state, Taxachussetts.  We had a govornor named Michael Dukakis, born November 3, 1933, who raised my taxes.  To send him a message I switched my party affiliation from Democrat to Independent.  The next year, he did it again, so I switched again to Republican.  I do vote occasionally for Democrats but only those that are fiscally responsible which lately have been far and few between.. 


        "All Of A Sudden"         

        Before Obama there was virtually no outlandish presence of Islam in America .       

        • All of a sudden, Islam is taught in schools. Christianity and the bible are banned in schools.         

        • All of a sudden we must allow prayer rugs everywhere and allow for Islamic prayer in schools, airports and businesses.         

        • All of a sudden we must stop serving pork in prisons.         

        • All of a sudden we are inundated with law suits by Muslims who are offended by American culture.         

        • All of a sudden we must allow burkas to be worn everywhere even though you have no idea who is covered up under them.         

        • All of a sudden Muslims are suing employers and refusing to do their jobs if they personally deem it conflicts with Sharia Law.         

        • All of a sudden the Attorney General of the United States vows to prosecute anyone who engages in “anti-Muslim speech”.         

        • All of a sudden, Jihadists who engage in terrorism and openly admit they acted in the name of Islam and ISIS, are emphatically declared they are NOT Islamic by our leaders and/or their actions are determined NOT to be terrorism, but other nebulous terms like ‘workplace violence."         

        • All of a sudden, it becomes Policy that Secular Middle East dictators that were benign or friendly to the West, must be replaced by Islamists and the Muslim Brotherhood.         

        • All of a sudden our troops are withdrawn from Iraq and the middle east, giving rise to ISIS .         

        • All of a sudden, America has reduced it’s nuclear stockpiles to 1950 levels, as Obama’s stated goal of a nuke-free America by the time he leaves office continues uninterrupted.         

        • All of a sudden, a deal with Iran must be made at any cost, with a pathway to nuclear weapons and HUNDREDS of BILLIONS of dollars handed over to fund their programs.         

        • All of a sudden America APOLOGIZES to Muslim states and sponsors of terror worldwide for acts of aggression, war and sabotage THEY perpetrate against our soldiers.         

        • All of a sudden, the American Navy is diminished to 1917 Pre-World War I levels of only 300 ships. The Army is at pre-1940 levels. The Air Force scraps 500 planes and planned to retire the use of the A-10 Thunderbolt close air support fighter.  A further draw down of another 40,000 military personnel is in progress.         

        • All of a sudden half of our aircraft carriers are recalled for maintenance by Obama rendering the Atlantic unguarded, NONE are in the Middle East .         

        • All of a sudden Obama has to empty Guantanamo Bay of captured Jihadists and let them loose in Jihad-friendly Islamic states.  He demands to close the facility.         

        • All of a sudden America will negotiate with terrorists and trade FIVE Taliban commanders for a deserter and Jihad sympathizer.         

        • All of a sudden there is no money for American poor, disabled veterans, jobless Americans, hungry Americans, or displaced Americans but there is endless money for Obama’s “Syrian refugee” resettlement programs.         

        • All of sudden there is an ammunition shortage in the USA          

        • All of a sudden, the most important thing for Obama to do after a mass shooting by two Jihadists, is disarm American Citizens.         

        ... "By his fruits you will know him."         

        All of a sudden, I am sick to my stomach. 

And finally, 

   All of a sudden, America's president is getting ready to visit Hiroshima and apologize for an earlier president's decision to end the war the Japanese got us into.


I have and exercise friend, Walter, who is an alumni of University of Oregon.  He us easy to spot as he is usually in Oregon Duck garb.  He has started adding my letter to his website.  If you visit the site my letter is the last thing posted.  If you are local and have a business that need advertising, you might want to look him up for a spot on his site. 


"Here is a pirate joke to tickle your funny bone...."

The pirate joke

A pirate walked into a bar and the bartender said, "Hey, I haven't seen you in a while. What happened? You look terrible."

"Shiver me timbers, what do you mean? me hearty", said the pirate, "I feel fine."

Bartender, "What about the wooden leg? You didn't have that before."

Pirate, "Well, we were in a battle and a cannon ball took it clean off, but I'm fine now."

Bartender, "Well, OK, but what about that hook? What happened to your hand?"

Pirate, "We were in another battle. I boarded a ship and got into a sword fight. Me hand was cut off. I got fitted with a hook. I'm fine, really.

" Bartender "What about that eye patch?"

Pirate, "Oh, one day we were at sea and a flock of birds flew over. I looked up and one of them pooped in me eye."

"You're kidding," said the bartender, "you could lose an eye just from bird poop?"

Pirate, "Aarrgghh! It was me first day with the hook." 


Exercise once again at 1100 this fine Tuesday .....Aarrgghh.