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   Bettijo posted on Weird But True  Maybe this washing machine should add a note that you have to remove your clothes from your body before trying to wash them.
   6 hours ago .

   Rake King  You can thank the Personal Injury Lawyers for stupid tags like this, and on almost everything you buy.
6 hours ago .

   Bettijo posted on Crafts  I lost the site where I got this idea, but basically the designer said to purchase 1/2 inch dowels a couple or so inches longer than container and you can see the rest.
   8 hours ago .

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   Bettijo posted on Crafts  I just found a wonderful web site which gives you estimates of how much yardage you need to make anything from bedding to slip covers to clothing.
   23 hours ago .

   Bettijo posted on Coffee Klatch  We have lots of problems, but I think one problem with our country today is that nobody is allowed to fail. Everyone (including individual, banks, and motor car manufacturers ) have the right to fail. We learn more from our failures than from our successes. Students need to experience failure early in life when the ramifications are few and minimal so that they will understand how to handle failure later in life when it has more serious and long-term consequences.

Case in point: Years ago I was teaching an elective course in high school. A student did not turn in all of his assignments and he failed. His mother came to see me to beg me to allow son to complete assignments during exam week. I told her that would not be doing student any favors as he needed to learn the consequences of his actions. He failed. As a senior he retook my course and did well. Several years later I had younger brother in same class. Younger brother was doing A-B work. Mom came to see me again. This time she asked me to fail younger brother. She said that experience has done more to wake-up older brother than anything else. Naturally I refused her request again. I suspect Mon had always bailed her sons out of any difficulty they got into as a result of their poor choices. Young people need to learn that choices do have consequences and there will come a time when Mom cannot bail them out.

Young people are not learning this lesson today and as a result they are growing up to be irresponsible. They have been taught they are “victims,” therefore they are not responsible for their predicaments due to poor choices. We must hold individuals and businesses (not to mention government and elected officials ) responsible before we can turn this great country around.

Just my opinion. Comments welcome.
   Tuesday at 11:25 EST .

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   Gerty  I don't believe students 'need' to fail. However, when they do fail (on their own ), they really need responsible adults who can provide the guidance the student will need to learn the proper and productive coping mechanisms. These adults can be teachers, parents, religious leaders, etc.

OTOH Let's not forget the enormous amount of help that is possible from others of their own age!
Yesterday at 06:27 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Household Hints  Can somebody advise me on what kind of light bulbs to purchase to get the equivalent of 100 watts?
Tuesday at 10:47 EST .

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   Gerty  It depends on the type of bulb you are thinking of buying. However, it has been my experience that the equivalent wattage is stated on the product's packaging.
Yesterday at 06:17 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Dogs, Cats & Critters  The Elephants Knew

And some will say there is no God.
Try and tell that to the elephants.


Lawrence Anthony,
a legend in South Africa and author of 3 books including the bestseller,
The Elephant Whisperer.
He bravely rescued wildlife and rehabilitated elephants all over the globe
from human atrocities, including the courageous rescue of Baghdad Zoo
animals during US invasion in 2003.

On March 7, 2012 Lawrence Anthony died.
He is remembered and missed by his wife, 2 sons, 2 grandsons, and
numerous elephants.

Two days after his passing, the wild elephants showed up at his home
led by two large matriarchs. Separate wild herds arrived in droves
to say goodbye to their beloved 'man-friend'.

A total of 31 elephants had patiently walked over 112 miles
to get to his South African House.

Witnessing this spectacle, humans were obviously in awe not only
because of the supreme intelligence and precise timing that these
elephants sensed about Lawrence's passing, but also because of
the profound memory and emotion the beloved animals evoked
in such an organized way: Walking slowly, for days,
making their way in a solemn one-by-one queue from their habitat
to his house. Lawrence's wife, Francoise, was especially touched,
knowing that the elephants had not been to his house prior to that day for well over 3 years!

But yet they knew where they were going. The elephants obviously
wanted to pay their deep respects, honoring their friend
who'd saved their lives - so much respect that
they stayed for 2 days 2 nights without eating anything.
Then one morning, they left, making their long journey
back home.


   Monday at 19:45 EST .

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   MeiDei  Some things are pleasantly beyond comprehension. I'm a believer.
Monday at 21:14 EST .

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   Gram77  This gives me the shivers. Bless these huge beasts
Yesterday at 20:39 EST .

   Bettijo posted on Jokes  I think it was Coach Tonto Coleman, the late SEC Commissioner and former Assistant Athletic Director under Bobby Dodd at Georgia Tech who used to tell this joke. Or it could have been the baseball coach, Joe Pittman (I think was his name ) who was there at the same time. (Any of you remember the name of the baseball coach, my age is catching up with me. ) Anyway, I hope I can do this joke justice.

A fly ball went over the center fieldman's head, the next one went just to his right, the next one went just to his left, finally one went between his legs. The manager was so angry, he stormed out onto the field and said, "I'll play center field!" The first ball went right over the manager's head, the next one when just to his right, the next one went just to his left, finally one went between his legs.

The manager threw down his mitt and screamed, "Now, see what you've done! You have center field so messed up nobody can play it."

That is how I feel about Obama. I fear he has this country so messed up, nobody can straighten it out.
July 19 at 07:30 EST .

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   Gerty  I don't know much about baseball, MissBettijo. But I fully understand and agree wholeheartedly with your last sentence.

Lord help us!
July 19 at 10:57 EST .

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   Alice  Good joke, Bettijo, it gave me my first laugh of the day.

My husband and I agreed last night that what sets Obama apart is that he has demonstrated a weakness in the American system of government that we had not perceived in the past: the separation of powers depends on integrity rather than enforcement.

I'm sadly pretty ignorant of American history, but Obama's administrative actions seem unprecedented.

What is scary is that the Democratic Party as a whole encourages him and does not see a bad precedent in his expansion of presidential powers to re-writing laws. He is not operating in a vacuum; Pelosi, Reid, Debbis W-S, and on down through the ranks think he's a fine president -- including my own in-laws.

It's hard not to think we are toast when so many seem to happily accept what I see as looming totalitarianism.
July 19 at 11:38 EST .

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   Bettijo  @Alice:
Dwight D. Eisenhower once said, I paraphrase his quote, "The most important quality for a any leader, sport, business, military, or government, is integrity." Sadly, our current leader doesn't even know the meaning of "integrity."
July 19 at 12:31 EST .

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   Balogreene  @Alice. It's not so bleak (I hope ). It's easy and fun to learn history (at least for me ). Go on Amazon, subscribe to, check out the national archives free audible books (or the Connections reading page ). I have a Kindle, but, you can get the app for your PC (or MAC ), many books are free. It's amazing what you learn. I don't read a lot of fiction, and a lot of books are free on Kindle, or from various sources. If we don't know history, we are doomed to repeat our mistakes.

We've been here before as a nation, and have fought back. We just have to learn from the past.
July 19 at 23:18 EST .

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   Alice  @Bettijo, thanks for the paraphrased quote, and Amen!

@Balogreene, thanks, just checked out Bookbub, good idea!
Monday at 14:21 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Main Page The Lobby  “According to, there are currently 104,000 American kids waiting to be placed into homes. So how will flooding the foster system with illegal immigrant children and offering a high monthly stipend to house them alter the chances of all these American children finding homes?

For the answer, just contrast the above advertised rates for illegal kids [Breitbart recently reported that the federal government is offering (through a Southern California charity ) up to $6,000.00 per month (tax free ) to house illegal immigrant children.] with the 2013/14 statewide foster rates for American children in California. By housing a child 0-4, a household will be reimbursed $657.00 per month, and for children over fifteen, the rate jumps to $820.00 per month. Those who house six older children would be reimbursed $4,920.00 per month. So choosing to house American children instead of illegal immigrants would result in $1,134.00 of lost potential income – or, to put it another way, the monthly payments for two very nice automobiles.”
July 19 at 06:32 EST .

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   Gerty  Our own foster children deserve more---they are already starting out life with two strikes against them.

That is not to say that these illegal immigrant children do not deserve help. They their own countries, under the care of their own parents.
July 19 at 10:30 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Health & Diet  Read this article which includes the story about how one unvaccinated 2-year-old traveled to Kenya, contracted measles, returned home and infected 3,000 people. Just think what the thousands of unvaccinated children (and adults ) invading our southern border and being dispersed all over the country are capable of spreading.
July 15 at 07:42 EST .

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   Alice  Don't get me started... I'm saying this to myself, not you, Bettijo. Simmering, must move on now.
July 15 at 12:11 EST .

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   MeiDei  To add to the discomfort:
July 15 at 12:25 EST .

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   Phooey  Ring-a-round the rosie,
A pocket full of posies,
Ashes! Ashes!
We all fall down.
July 16 at 16:44 EST .

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   Gerty  Mr. Phoo---that had to do with....small pox? It was one of those horrors.
July 18 at 14:21 EST .

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   Phooey  Ms. Gerty, always heard the rhyme referred to the plague however, Wikipedia writer does not accept that notion.
July 19 at 12:52 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Main Page The Lobby  Obama Will Go Down as the Worse President Ever! Watch what Chicago Blacks have to say about Obama:

July 15 at 07:32 EST .

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