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   Bettijo posted on Main Page The Lobby  The passing of the Greatest Generation
Approximately every three minutes a memory of World War II – its sights and sounds, its terrors and triumphs – disappears. Yielding to the inalterable process of aging, the men and women who fought and won the great conflict are now mostly in their 90s. They are dying quickly – at the rate of approximately 492 a day, according to US Veterans Administration figures.
Honoring the 20th-century veterans’ sacrifice before they pass from the scene, is at the forefront of everything we do at The National WWII Museum – from our exhibits, to oral histories, to the Museum’s $325 million expansion, a lasting tribute to the Greatest Generation.
“There’s no time to lose,” said Gordon H. “Nick” Mueller, President and CEO of the Museum. “We want to be able to finish and dedicate our expansion while we still have members of the Greatest Generation to thank for their sacrifice and service to the nation and to show the world what they mean to the principle of freedom.”
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The graph below uses statistics from the Veterans Administration to illustrate the urgency of our mission. During the war, 16 million Americans served their nation. Today, that number stands at just over a million. By 2036, it is estimated there will be no living veterans of World War II left to recount their experiences.

   August 30 at 00:39 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Jokes  This Would Be Hilarious if it Wasn't so True.

A Republican, in a wheelchair, entered a restaurant one afternoon and asked the waitress for a cup of coffee. The Republican looked across the restaurant and asked, "Is that Jesus sitting over there?"

The waitress nodded "yes!" So, the Republican requested that she give Jesus a cup of coffee, on him.

The next patron to come in was a Libertarian, with a hunched back. He shuffled over to a booth, painfully sat down, and asked the waitress for a cup of hot tea. He also glanced across the restaurant and asked, “Is that Jesus, over there?" The waitress nodded, so the Libertarian asked her to give Jesus a cup of hot tea, "My treat."

The third patron to come into the restaurant, was a Democrat on crutches. He hobbled over to a booth, sat down and hollered, “Hey there honey! How's about getting me a cold mug of Miller Light!" He, too, looked across the restaurant and asked, “Isn’t that God's boy over there?" The waitress nodded, so the Democrat directed her to give Jesus a cold beer. “On my bill,” he said loudly so everyone in the restaurant could hear.

As Jesus got up to leave, he passed by the Republican, touched him and said, “For your kindness, you are healed.” The Republican felt the strength come back into his legs, got up and began to praise the Lord.

Jesus passed by the Libertarian, touched him and said, “For your kindness, you are healed." The Libertarian felt his back straightening up, he raised his hands and he, too, began to praise the Lord.

Then, Jesus walked, with a huge smile on his face, towards the Democrat. The Democrat jumped up and yelled, "Don't touch me....... I'm on disability."

For Those Who Understand, No Explanation is necessary. For Those Who Do Not Understand, no explanation is possible.
   August 29 at 07:52 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Main Page The Lobby  I did not watch Trump's press conference yesterday, but have been reading about it and I just LOVE this comment by a poster on another site.

"I personally loved the Jedi MindTrick Jujitsu mastery Trump Pulled to underscore the point.

Illegals do not have the right to cut in line, the must wait their turn.

Ramos does not have the right to ask questions before he is called on.

Illegals must be deported because they broke the laws.

Ramos is booted from the room for breaking the rules.

We will let the good illegals back in with proper documentation if they follow the rules.

Ramos was allowed back in with the understanding that he must wait to be called on.

Once illegals act like legal immigrants they get the proper treatment.

Once that little *@$* ramos behaved himself trump called on him and let him ask way more than one question.

It was a magnificent display.

And completely missed by so many because the way trump trounced him in the discussion back and forth which was compelling and so strong.

You people do not realize how d**m smart trump actually is. He is playing 4th dimensional chess while the idiots who oppose him think he is playing checkers."
   August 26 at 08:00 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Household Hints  And we drink this stuff?

Coca-Cola (or Coke ) is the most recognized brand in the world. The dark, carbonated, sugary beverage has become the most widely consumed drink in the world since WWII. There are many studies and documentaries showing the ill effects of Coke on the human body, but this addictive drink has other, more beneficial uses that the Coca-Cola Company may not want you to know:

16 Uses for Coke

1. Remove stains from china
Soak stained china in Coke for a few hours, and it will remove all the stains.

2. Remove marker stains from a carpet
Pour Coke on the marker stain, and then scrub it with a soapy solution for a quick and easy cleanup.

3. Clean burnt residue off of pots and pans
Pour enough Coke to cover the burnt residue in the pot/pan and let it soak overnight. You’ll be amazed how easily the gunk comes off in the morning.

4. Get rid of grease stains your detergent can’t handle
Pour some Coke into the washing machine with your greasy clothes and see the magic.

5. Diet Coke can fix a bad hair-dye job

Did you accidentally botch up your hair dye? Just soak your hair in Diet Coke for 15 minutes and watch the dye fade away.

6. Strip paint from metallic surfaces
Soak a towel with Coke and leave it on the painted metallic surface for several hours. When you remove the towel – the paint will come off with it.

7. Keep your car battery working for longer
If your car battery’s terminals are covered in corrosion, pour Coke on it and watch how the corrosion melts away.

8. Effective slug pesticide
If your garden is experiencing a slug infestation, pour a Coke into a bowl and leave it outside overnight. The sugar will draw them in, and the acidity will kill these pests.

9. Remove grout from tiles with ease
Pour Coke on gritty tiles and let it sit for a few minutes. The grout should be easily removed now, leaving you with clean tiles.

10. Clean your toilet
Pour a can of Coke into your toilet and leave it overnight. The acidity in the Coke will strip off any nasty residue that accumulated in the bowl.

11. Make old coins shine again
Soak dirty coins in Coke for a few hours and then rinse them – they’ll look like they were minted yesterday.

12. Coke + aluminum foil = clean chrome
Pour Coke on dirty chrome surfaces, and then wipe away with aluminum foil. The chrome will look shiny and new again.

13. Coke makes for an effective insect repellent
Pour a can into a bowl and leave it outside for an hour before you entertain. When your party arrives, move the bowl away and enjoy an insect-free environment. The bugs will be too busy with the Coke to harass your friends.

14. Remove blood stains from clothes
Soak the bloody part in Coke for an hour, and then wash it away. (Repeat if necessary )

15. Get rid of gum stuck in your hair
Soak the gum in Coke for 15 minutes and simply wipe it away.

16. Clean
   August 25 at 21:58 EST .

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   Bettijo  16. Clean up oil stains from floors
August 29 at 09:23 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  Hmmmmm . . . that's kind of scary when you think about drinking the stuff. What's it doing to your insides?
September 2 at 09:35 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Photography  This goes with Ole Buzzard's post of the N&W engines below. Had to start new thread to post picture. I painted this picture in the 1960s when these beauties were still running.
   August 9 at 21:07 EST .

   19 people like this.

   HopeandGlory  Very powerful painting Bettijo . . . i can almost hear the steam . . . Whoosh!!!
August 9 at 22:05 EST .

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   Gram77  This is magnificent!!!!
August 11 at 07:36 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  The one on the left is an M1A Mountain, and the other is a K4 Pacific. Two of the Pennsy's finest locomotives. The Pennsylvania was well known for innovative designs, but also stuck with tried and true designs.
August 13 at 22:26 EST .

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   Surfhut  WOW! You are so talented!
August 15 at 08:53 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Bettijo I remembered your talent and wondered why you had not posted any recent paintings. Please share more of your paintings.
August 26 at 10:49 EST .

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   Bettijo  Gosh, Ole Buzz, I am impressed that you can identify these engines.

Bird, I have not posted any new paintings as I have not done anything I like recently. Thanks for asking.
August 30 at 00:02 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Coffee Klatch  

August 5 at 05:54 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Main Page The Lobby  Think about it for a while if it is too deep for you.

Hint: Any object, wholly or partially immersed in a fluid, is buoyed up by a force equal to the weight of the fluid displaced by the object.

— Archimedes of Syracuse

   July 29 at 06:58 EST .

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   Safetydude  I must be missing something. The way I see this illustration, the poverty level is fixes to the economy so raising the minimum wage will also raise the economy. The boat is designed to float above the waterline, the white line on the hull ???
July 29 at 14:55 EST .

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   Safetydude  ...'fixed' to the economy...
July 29 at 22:43 EST .

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   MeiDei  I think it means - adding to the wage "increases the force" which keeps the boat floating 'higher' {as high] - or no change in general, the poverty line stays the same. I'm open to another interpretation.
July 30 at 11:16 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  To me the picture says that no matter how high the "minimum wage" goes there will always be a poverty line above it.
July 30 at 17:06 EST .

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   Safetydude  Roger that.
Most union contracts are based on a fraction multiple of the minimum wage. So, raise the minimum wage and the wages above it go up as well.

Remember..."a rising tide lifts all boats"...?
That was John F. Kennedy. What happened to his Democratic party?
July 30 at 17:51 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Household Hints  The Difference between Spices and Herbs
We often hear the term "herbs and spices". As any amateur chef knows, herbs and spices are vital ingredients in many dishes. They add flavor, aroma, color, texture and even nutrients.

Both spices and herbs are parts of plants (fresh or dried ) that are used to enhance the flavor of foods. They've also been known to preserve foods, cure illness and enhance cosmetics.

Have you ever stopped for a moment to think what the difference is between the two?

The difference between the two is the part of the plant they are obtained from:

Herbs come from the leafy and green part of the plant
Spices are parts of the plant other than the leafy bit. This includes the root, stem, bulb, bark or seeds.
Examples of herbs include basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, parsley and mint. They are often grown in temperate areas compared to spices. They have great medicinal value and are also used in the preparation of cosmetic products.

Spices are usually dried before being used to season foods. Some examples are cinnamon, cloves, ginger and pepper. Unlike herbs, they are grown in more tropical countries. They've also been known to preserve foods. Some spices have medicinal value, for example turmeric has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal properties.

Despite the above clarification, according to the American Spice Trade Association, spices are defined as "any dried plant product used primarily for seasoning purposes". This really broadens the definition of spices, allowing it to include herbs, dehydrated veggies, spice blends and spice seeds.

Below is a short list of 5 herbs, then spices, along with their reported nutritional/health benefits.

Basil - Rich in Vitamin A and K. Assists with combating bowel inflammation and rheumatoid arthritis
Oregano - Assists with inflammation
Parsley - Protects against rheumatoid arthritis, antioxidant-rich, fights cancer, high in vitamin C and iron
Thyme - Contains the oil, thymol, especially helpful for chest and respiratory problems, also acts as an antiseptic and disinfectant.
Mint - Helps with digestion and asthma
Cinnamon - May potentially lower blood sugar levels, LDL (bad ) cholesterol and triglycerides, especially in people with type 2 diabetes
Ginger - Can stop nausea and may also relieve heartburn and bloating
Chilli - Contains capsaicin which puts the heat in chilies, may lower the risk of skin and colon cancers; shown to suppress appetite and boost metabolism
Cloves - Have antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antiseptic properties; they are known for relieving flatulence and can actually help promote good digestion as well as metabolism
Mustard seeds - Contain phytonutrient compounds that protect against cancers of the gastrointestinal tract; believed to reduce the severity of asthma
Bottom Line
Herbs come from the leafy and green plant parts. Spices come from all the other parts.

Reduce your sodium intake by adding herbs and spices to your dishes!
July 27 at 08:08 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Household Hints  Dave Hax, the clever YouTuber behind the sneak-more-pizza trick, has another food hack that will make your life undoubtedly easier next time you have to deal with a load of rogue tubers.

To start, simply cut a thin line around the circumference of the potato. Don’t cut too deep, but mind your fingers as you move the blade around. After each potato is cut, boil until done. Cool them off with some cold water and then the magic begins.

No knives, or extra utensils needed, just use your fingers to glide the skin right off. It’s really that simple. Dave Hax appears to be using a small variety of Russet potato but we imagine this trick works with most tubers.

July 26 at 19:17 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Coffee Klatch  My thoughts exactly!

As Senator James Lankford said on the Senate floor last week, “You can’t say in one moment that’s not a human and then sell it for the next moment as a human organ and say now suddenly it is. It was a human all the way through. There was never a time that wasn’t a child, never a time that wasn’t a human, and it seems the ultimate irony to me that we spend time talking about humane treatment of animals being put down… and we completely miss children being ripped apart in the womb and their body parts being sold.”
July 20 at 07:46 EST .

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   Safetydude  It's time the wozzes in congress de-fund(stop giving them our tax money )Planned Parenthood.
July 21 at 21:32 EST .

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   Surfhut  That would be my senator. He is a very, very good man.
August 2 at 10:44 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Main Page The Lobby  Stunning Surprise Revealed in The May Jobs Report

The BLS Monthly jobs numbers reported during the Obama Economic Recovery always seem a bit suspect.

This month, May 2015, appears to be no exception.

A close look inside the numbers reveals a surprising trend about who is landing jobs.

This Zero Hedge article dives inside the job report numbers to reveal that “foreign born workers” are landing most of the jobs:

But the biggest surprise came from Table 7, where the BLS reveals the number of “foreign born workers” used in the Household survey. In May, this number increased to 25.098 million, the second highest in history, a monthly jump of 279K.

Assuming, the Household and Establishment surveys were congruent, this would mean that there was just 1K native-born workers added in May of the total 280K jobs added.

Alternatively, assuming the series, which is not seasonally adjusted, was indicative of seasonally adjusted data, then the 272K increase in total Household Survey civilian employment in May would imply a decline of 7K native-born workers offset by the increase of 279K “foreign borns.”

But while all of these comparisons are apples to oranges, using the BLS’ own Native-Born series, also presented on an unadjusted basis, we find the following stunner: since the start of the Second Great Depression, the US has added 2.3 million “foreign-born” workers, offset by just 727K “native-born”.

Of course, the Main Stream Media will never report what’s really happening inside the job numbers. Also, we’ll never hear that “the ‘foreign-born’ category includes both legal and illegal immigrants unfortunately, the BLS is unable, or unwilling, to distinguish between the two.”

This report confirms what most “native born” and legal United States citizens know. When 75% of the jobs are going to “foreign born” workers, wages are kept low and the economic recovery is an illusion for many American citizens.

It’s all a dangerous smoke and mirrors monetary policy that keeps wages depressed for skilled, hard-working Americans.
July 20 at 06:54 EST .

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