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   Bettijo posted on Coffee Klatch  Excellent history lesson regarding Boehner's lawsuit here:

"Finally, the {Supreme] Court has the power and duty to interpret and uphold the Constitution. The Constitution provides that “[t]he judicial power shall extend to all cases, in law and equity, arising under this Constitution, [and] the laws of the United States.” As Chief Justice Marshall wrote in Marbury, “[i]t is emphatically the province and duty of the Judicial Department to say what the law is.” President Obama re-writes and ignores legislation as he sees fit, derogating from Congress’s Article I powers. If the separation of executive and legislative powers is to have any substance, the Court must assert itself and perform its duty to say what the law is, no matter the practical or political challenges."
July 11 at 07:24 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Main Page The Lobby  

July 6 at 06:14 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Recipes  The other day I read a post by a chef telling how to form hamburgers. I just tried it and it works. Wish I had saved it as he had a picture, which I will try to explain. If you preseason your meat do that first. Then divide into equal parts, roll into a ball. Take a piece of plastic wrap and place a beef ball in the middle. Twist the wrap, turning it, until the ball fits fairly tight in the twisted wrap. (This would work for meatballs, too. ) Then take the ball out of the wrap. I then take a jar lid the size I want the patties, lay a piece of wax paper over the lid. Press the beef ball into the lid to shape and flatten into a patty, and you have a perfectly shaped patty. Mine used to have ragged edges, these do not, and they hold together well.
July 4 at 16:08 EST .

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   Gerty  Miss Bettiijo--tried that this evening--it works!

Thank you.
July 4 at 22:35 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Gardening & Landscaping  I got my garden planted this morning: 2 tomatoes, green pepper, mint, parsley, basil, and rosemary. First time in about four years I have tried a garden and after planting tomatoes realized trees have grown so that tomatoes are no longer in full sun, in fact they are in shade in attached pic. Think I am going to have to move them to the right with the mint..

I have more room, any suggestions of what else to plant? I am thinking lettuce, potatoes and onions.

   July 4 at 14:53 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Jokes  

   July 4 at 14:36 EST .

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   MeiDei  CLEVER! Catchy tune : )
July 4 at 22:16 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Main Page The Lobby  Watch Megan Kelly set Sandra Fluke straight.

July 3 at 08:58 EST .

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   MeiDei  As the left hopes - if you say a lie often enough it will become truth in some minds.
July 3 at 09:17 EST .

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   WAN2  So smart and lovely Megyn has 30% of the country cheering as she preaches to the choir. But are minds being changed? Proclaim that women should pay $9 a month for their OWN contraception and...lose the (single? ) women's vote.
July 3 at 10:40 EST .

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   MeiDei  Isn't it more a matter of giving women the whole truth? For instance 62 million women in this country are of child bearing age. Approximately 17 million of them use the pill. If only 1% become sterile from using it that equates to 170,000. What are the percentages of those 17 million getting an STD, pulmonary thrombosis or worse? If those issues are considered then it is a health problem & one that women should take seriously - especially those women who are giving it to their daughters in their early teens. It is not the government's business, but between doctor & patient - except now the government has made it its business. The cost @ your $9 a month is about the same as one cheap tatoo and certainly less than having your nails done once a month, or giving up a fancy cup of coffee once a week - smart gals have always been able to handle the cost of that which is important to them.
July 3 at 13:48 EST .

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   MeiDei  Statistics above from the LA Times 2013, 28% of 62 million on pill, other forms of birth control i.e., IUD, diaphragm, condoms, etc. make up the other 70% with about 1 - 2% sterile.

$9 x 12 months x 17,000,000 = how much "free" costs.
July 3 at 14:17 EST .

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   Fireball27  A fertilized egg is a growing baby, period! It has its own DNA. You can call it whatever you want, but no matter what you call it, it is a growing baby. If you stop that baby from growing, by your own "choice", then in my mind that is murder. Maybe we have to carry around signs explaining conception. Fertilized egg=New DNA, New DNA=Growing Baby,Killing New DNA=Killing Baby! Its science! Maybe some t-shirts with pictures would help.
July 5 at 11:24 EST .

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   Bettijo  @Fiureball27: I totally agree that abortion is murder and that this government makes abortion legal cannot be pleasing to God.
“For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” Psalm 139:
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart” Jeremiah 1:5.
Didn't our moral downfall begin about the time of Roe v. Wade (1973 ); at least what was not started by LBJ earlier.
July 5 at 15:18 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Main Page The Lobby  “Today’s decision jeopardizes the health of women that are employed by these companies,” said White House spokesman Josh Earnest.

How in the world can not having "insurance covered" birth control possibly "jeopardize the health of women"? You would still have to have a doctor's prescription for some drugs; then you would go to the drug store and purchase them just like you do now.

"Birth control pills can come at very different prices. Sometimes they’re actually more expensive if you have insurance!"
July 1 at 06:56 EST .

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   Bettijo  OMG, I just read Hobby Lobby co

"Hobby Lobby offers coverage for 16 different types of contraception for its employees." Apparently there are only two types they are unwilling to cover, the morning after pill and two kinds of IUDs.
July 1 at 07:43 EST .

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   MeiDei  I remember a time when doctors would only prescribe contraceptives if you were in your late 30's/early 40's and you were through having children. The idea being that you would only take them for 15 years - which at that time was considered a safe period of use. They would also prescribe, for short term only - less than a year, to correct a medical condition.

Today privacy & modesty are a thing of that past. With so much publicity & in your face sexual encounters it's difficult to keep from being a Peeping Tom by default. It's also difficult to refrain from thinking - thank God those women are not reproducing.

Maybe I'm wrong but I'm really not interested in what Sandra Fluck thinks or does, or any celebrity, or my next door neighbor when it comes to something that should be their business only. OK, that's my rant.
July 1 at 10:51 EST .

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   Balogreene  Today, listening to Mary Katherine Ham ( ), and Dan Bongino on (actually, since I live in the DC area, I listen mostly on the radio ), Mary Katherine said there is a huge difference between a refusal to pay, and a ban on an item. Just because they don't want to pay for 4 of the 20 drugs, does not mean you cannot go out and by them yourself.
July 1 at 21:32 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Main Page The Lobby  Things that Require Photo ID (unless your name is Obama )
Adopting a pet
Applying for a fishing license
Applying for a hunting license
Applying for a job
Applying for a mortgage
Applying for food stamps
Applying for Medicaid
Applying for Social Security
Applying for unemployment
Applying for welfare
Buying a car
Buying a cell phone
Buying a house
Buying an "M" rated video game
Donating blood
Driving, a car
Getting married
Getting on an airplane
Holding a rally or protest
Opening a bank account
Picking up a prescription
Purchasing a gun
Purchasing alcohol
Purchasing certain cold medicines
Purchasing cigarettes
Purchasing nail polish at CVS
Renting a car
Renting a hotel room
Renting a house
Renting an apartment
Visiting a casino
Visiting a new medical facility or doctor or therapist
Voting? Not necessarily

Is there anyone left that does not need a photo i.d. for everyday life?

Can you add to this list?
June 30 at 10:51 EST .

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   MeiDei  Replacing lost/stolen car keys.
June 30 at 10:58 EST .

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   Belwhatter  Bettijo - on reading your very comprehensive list, one is left to wonder why all these things exceed in importance the act of voting.
June 30 at 14:33 EST .

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   Bettijo  I just discovered you must present picture id to make an even exchange at Wal-Mart, if you do not have a receipt. Also, I forgot about cashing a check.
June 30 at 16:27 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Nostalgia  The U.S. standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails ) is 4 feet, 8.5 inches. That's an exceedingly odd number. Why was that gauge used?

Because that's the way they built them in England, and English expatriates designed the U.S. railroads.

Why did the English build them like that?

Because the first rail lines were built by the same people who built the pre-railroad tramways, and that's the gauge they used.

Why did 'they' use that gauge then?

Because the people who built the tramways used the same jig and tools that they had used for building wagons, which used that wheel spacing.

Why did the wagons have that particular odd wheel spacing?

Well, if they tried to use any other spacing, the wagon wheels would break on some of the old, long distance roads in England, because that's the spacing of the wheel ruts.

So, who built those old rutted roads?

Imperial Rome built the first long distance roads in Europe (including England ) for their legions. Those roads have been used ever since. And the ruts in the roads?

Roman war chariots formed the initial ruts, which everyone else had to match for fear of destroying their wagon wheels.

Since the chariots were made for Imperial Rome, they were all alike in the matter of wheel spacing.

Therefore, the United States standard railroad gauge of 4 feet, 8.5 inches is derived from the original specifications for an Imperial Roman war chariot.

In other words, bureaucracies live forever. So the next time you are handed a specification, procedure, or process, and wonder, 'What horse's you-know-what came up with this?', you may be exactly right.

Imperial Roman army chariots were made just wide enough to accommodate the rear ends of two war horses.

Now, the twist to the story:

When you see a Space Shuttle sitting on its launch pad, you will notice that there are two big booster rockets attached to the sides of the main fuel tank. These are solid rocket boosters, or SRBs. The SRBs are made by Thiokol at their factory in Utah.

The engineers who designed the SRBs would have preferred to make them a bit larger, but the SRBs had to be shipped by train from the factory to the launch site. The railroad line from the factory happens to run through a tunnel in the mountains, and the SRBs had to fit through that tunnel. The tunnel is slightly wider than the railroad track, and the railroad track, as you now know, is about as wide as two horses' behinds.

So, a major Space Shuttle design feature of what is arguably the world's most advanced transportation system was determined over two thousand years ago by the width of a horse's you-know-what

And you thought being a horse's you-know-what wasn't important!

Now you know, horses' you-know-whats control almost everything...

Explains a whole lot of stuff, doesn't

   June 27 at 12:02 EST .

   MeiDei  Great post! : )
June 27 at 14:34 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Main Page The Lobby  I remember reading a long time ago, that the GOP could not challenge the Demos re voter fraud. I went looking for the article and found this.

The Republican Party made an agreement 30 years ago with the Democrat Party NOT to ensure voting integrity and NOT to pursue suspected vote fraud.
Yes. You read it correctly.
In fact, legally the GOP cannot ensure voting integrity, nor can it prevent vote fraud.
Here’s the astounding reason, which is kept from the American people.
June 27 at 09:55 EST .

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   StormCnter  No, it's not true that the GOP cannot challenge voter fraud. They are limited in how it can be done, but they are not prevented.

I've been reading about this for years. Maybe this analysis from The Blaze would be helpful information.
June 27 at 10:39 EST .

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   MeiDei  As RR said, "Trust but verify" - this is a sticky subject because we have strong suspicions that voter fraud exists i.e., precinct counts well over residency, software techs admitting to default counts, boxes of ballots mysteriously showing up favoring one decidedly, etc. I read all the above links including those within the links. While I'm disappointed in my vote being cancelled by the opposition I can accept it; what is infuriating is having my vote meaningless by fraud.

Wasn't it Stalin who said, "it's not who votes that count, but who counts the votes" - & isn't this why Soros spent much on the election of State Secretaries?
June 27 at 11:29 EST .

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   Belwhatter  Thanks for posting the link Bettijo - there were plenty of additional interesting facts contained within that article - if only we had had the internet back in 1981 - it makes me wonder how much else we missed by being dependent on the dead tree industry for news. Mei Dei, The Cochran debacle is being protected by a socialist secretary of state
June 28 at 04:04 EST .

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   Alice  Thank you for posting the link, Bettijo. In 1981, I was a young adult whose work was demanding enough that I missed a lot of news. Even so, it's long enough ago that if I saw it at the time, it has been deleted from the gray cells.
June 30 at 14:53 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Gardening & Landscaping  How to Grow Back Vegetables from Leftovers.
I have recently discovered that many of the leftover veggies we throw away after cooking can be used to regrow pesticide free and healthy plants, right in the backyard.

There’s nothing like eating your own homegrown veggies and while it won't work each time, any experienced gardener will tell you that even store bought plants and seeds don’t always grow. So next time you are cooking, keep the leftovers from your uncooked vegetables. You just might eat them right out of your garden the next time you cook!
Leeks, Scallions, Spring Onions and Fennel

For any of these vegetables, you can use the end of the white root most people don’t eat. Instead of cooking it with the rest of the food, simply place the white root end in a glass jar with a little water, and leave it in a sunny spot. The green leafy part of the plant will continue to shoot. Freshen up the water each week and once you see it's starting to grow roots, move it to a pot or to your garden. When it’s time to cook, just snip off what you need from the green growth and leave the rest to keep growing.

To regrow lemongrass, place the root end (after you’ve cut the rest ) in a glass jar with a little water, and leave it in a sunny spot. Within a week or so, new growth will start to appear. Transplant your lemongrass into a pot with rich soil and leave it in outdoors where it can get lots of sun and fresh air, which it needs. You can harvest your lemongrass when the stalks are around a foot tall (30 cm ), just cut off what you need and leave the plant to keep growing.

Celery, Chinese Cabbage, Romaine Lettuce & Cabbage

Similar to leeks and spring Onions, these vegetables will regrow from the white root end with one minor difference. Cut the stalks off as you normally would, and place the root end in a shallow bowl of water, enough to cover the root but not the whole thing. Place it in a spot with a lot of sun and occasionally spray it with water to keep the top moist.
If the plant is strong you will start to see roots and new leaves appear after a few days. After a week or so in the bowl, move the plant into soil and cover everything but the new leaves. Within a few weeks it will sprout a whole new head, give it time to grow and enjoy it when it's ripe.


Ginger is one of the easiest plants to regrow. You just need to plant a piece of ginger rhizome (the thick knobbly bit you cook with ) in potting soil and keep it well watered. Ginger enjoys filtered, not direct, sunlight. Makes sure to plant it with the newest and smallest buds facing upward for a better chance at regrowth.
Once the plant is ready for harvest, pull out the
June 26 at 13:13 EST .

   Bettijo  whole plant, roots and all. You should find a nice big rhizome which you can use. As an added bonus, in between harvesting you will enjoy a beautiful new house plant.
PotatoesI often leave my potatoes unused for too long they start sprouting out. If you want to regrow them instead of throwing them away, pick a potato that has robust new sprouts and cut it into large squares. Make sure each piece you cut has at least 2 sprouts. Leave the pieces at room temperature for a day or two to dry and ensure that the new shoots get the maximum nutrition from each potato piece.
Add some compost to where you will want to plant them, as potatoes plants enjoy a high nutrient environment, and plant each piece around 8 inches (20 cm ) deep. Place them with the new growth facing up and cover your plant half way through the pot of the hole you dug for it. As your plant begins to grow and more roots appear, you can cover the rest in more soil to help support its growth
GarlicA single clove of garlic is all you need to regrow it. Plant it, root end pointed down, in a warm position with plenty of direct sunlight. Once established, cut back the shoots and the plant will put all its energy into producing a tasty big garlic bulb.
OnionsOnions are another great and healthy vegetable anyone can regrow. Cut off the root end of your onion with about half an inch (2cm ) from the bottom of the onion itself. Place it in a sunny part of your garden, cover the top with moist soil and water it daily. Once you'll see new green leaves growing out, you have yourself a new onion.
Sweet Potatoes When planted, sweet potatoes produce eye-shoots much like a potato. Bury all or part of a sweet potato under a thin layer of soil in a sunny location and keep it well watered. New shoots will start to appear through the soil in about a week. Once the shoots reach around four inches (10 cm ) in height, remove them and re-plant them far away from each other.
Sweet Potatoes are hard to grow and also take a long time to do so. It is essential to use an organic source since most commercial growers spray their sweet potatoes to prevent them from shooting.
Mushrooms: Mushrooms are one of the most difficult veggies to regrow, but it can be done. Prepare a mixture of soil and compost in a pot (not in the ground ) so you can control the temperature of your mushroom. Just remove the head of the mushroom and plant the stalk in the soil, leaving the top exposed. I have found most success with a warm filtered light during the day and a cool, indoor environment during night.
In the right conditions, and with a moderate amounts of water, the base will grow a whole new head. You should see if it's working on not
June 26 at 15:37 EST .

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   Bettijo  after a few days.
Pineapples: To regrow pineapples you'll need to remove the green leafy piece from the top and ensure that no fruit remains attached. Scrap any fruit bits with a knife or they will rot and kill the plant before it even starts growing. Carefully slice small, horizontal sections from the bottom of the "crown" until you see root buds (the small circles on the flat base of the stalk ). Remove the bottom few layers of leaves leaving about an inch (2.5 cm ) base at the bottom.
Plant the crown in a warm and well drained environment. Water it regularly at first, reducing to a weekly watering schedule once the plant is established. While you will see growth in the first few months, it will take around 2-3 years before the pineapples grow, so don’t sit there waiting.
Carrot Tops While you can't actually regrow a carrot, you can make an attractive flowering plant for the kitchen. They’re easy and lots of fun to grow, it's even something your kids can do!
Cut the top off a carrot, leaving about an inch (2.5 cm ) of vegetable at the root. Stick toothpicks into the sides of the carrot stump and balance it inside a glass or jar. Fill the glass with water so that it reaches the bottom of the carrot. Let it sit in filtered, indirect, sunlight and ensure the water is always touching the bottom of your cutting. You’ll see roots sprout in a few days, and you can transplant your ‘pet’ carrot into soil after a week.
Remember, you won't always succeed in growing these things, but getting your hands dirty and trying is all part of the fun. In my experience, a bit of trial and error is required, so don’t be afraid to do some experimenting and do something differently then what is suggested here. Good luck!
June 26 at 15:40 EST .

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   MeiDei  My printer is on the fritz, but I'm very grateful for the above. Will copy & paste to a draft email for future reference.
As an aside, I clean an avocado pit & put 3 evenly spaced toothpicks in it much like your carrot mention above. Always get a good plant. Once I forgot about a bag of carrots in one of the veg. drawers & they became very hairy and soft. Instead of throwing them out I dug a hole & decided to compost them. Several months later while digging in the area for something else I discovered all the carrots were completely refreshed & super sweet, I think they over-wintered in that space. In today's economy it's well to err on the side of frugal.
June 27 at 23:09 EST .

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   Balogreene  My daddy taught me to eat the white part of scallions. You cut the small little root part off, clean off some of the outside "leaves", dip the white in salt, and eat. One bite was usually all daddy ate.

It wasn't until I started watching the cooking channel, and reading about cooking, and eating "scallion pancakes" in NY, that I learned the green was edible.

So, now you're telling me to root at least some of the scallions I buy? This sounds like fun, they are one of my favorite veggies.
July 2 at 18:39 EST .

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