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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 .

   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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   Bettijo posted on Veterans' Page & Militaria  18 Things You Never Knew About The B-52 Stratofortress
July 18 at 06:36 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Main Page The Lobby  20 Obama Quotes About Islam Contrasted With 20 Obama Quotes About Christianity
July 18 at 06:06 EST .

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   MeiDei  Thanks for posting. I always shudder when I hear him proclaim reverently "The HOLY Koran" while casually mentioning the "bible" (his small b ). Seems to me he also confuses the pre-Islam Persians with the post Arabic Iranians who caused the Persians to flee their country or be sacrificed.
July 18 at 08:44 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on The Range 2nd Amendment  Black conservative leaders discuss how the NRA was created to protect freed slaves

July 18 at 05:49 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Main Page The Lobby  This is the second video I have posted of a young black American who has "caught on" to Democrats. The other was a 12-year-old boy from Georgia who got taken off YouTube for his conservative videos.

July 7 at 06:14 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Jokes  It's hell to be in your seventies....

OLD people have problems that you haven't even considered yet!

A 75-year-old man was requested by his doctor for a sperm count as
part of his physical exam.

The doctor gave the man a jar and said, "Take this jar home and
bring back a semen sample tomorrow."

The next day the 75-year-old man reappeared at the doctor's office
and gave him the jar, which was as clean and empty as on the
previous day.

The doctor asked what happened, and the man explained, "Well, doc,
it's like this -- first I tried with my right hand, but nothing.
Then I tried with my left hand, but still nothing. Then I asked my
wife for help. She tried with her right hand, then with her left,
still nothing. We even called up Arleen, the lady next door and
she tried too, first with both hands, then an armpit, and she even
tried squeezin' it between her knees, but still nothing."

The doctor was shocked!

"You asked your neighbor?"

The old man replied, "Yep, none of us could get the jar open!"--
July 7 at 05:54 EST .

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   NotaBene  I had a hood laugh. The end was completely unexpected.
July 8 at 02:00 EST .

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   NotaBene  Sorry, good laugh!
July 8 at 02:00 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Main Page The Lobby  This goes with Fireball's post a week or so ago about Justice Roberts being blackmailed.

"It’s time to start asking the question. It’s time to be cynical. It’s time to assume the worst of this government. Was Supreme Court Justice Roberts blackmailed or intimidated? I would put nothing by this administration that lives and rules by the Chicago thug playbook.
Justice Roberts voting for Obamacare twice is as likely as me voting to save Obamacare. Like me, Justice Roberts is a lifelong dedicated conservative warrior. He was born to kill Obamacare. He was appointed by President Bush to become the key conservative vote to block “the fundamental transformation of America.”
Justice Roberts was born, raised and groomed for one job in this life- to join that Supreme Court, strike down Obamacare, protect the Constitution and end big government overreach. Yet he is the man responsible for saving Obamacare-twice. His legacy as a “conservative warrior” will be that he protected big government, supported government overreach and helped to hasten the fundamental transformation of America. This doesn’t seem odd to you? This doesn’t smell rotten?"

Read it all at:
July 3 at 05:42 EST .

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   MeiDei  Very interesting but as one commenter mentioned: "

The government can now electronically create anything they want as evidence against anyone who opposes them or whom they wish to control. They can plant electronic "evidence" as well as physical evidence. They can create contacts, calendar events, text messages, emails, etc. all that point the finger of guilt at someone who won't "cooperate" with them. If they can plant classified info on a News reporters computer with the intent of framing her to shut down her investigating their practices, then you and I don't really have a chance. We have moved from a police state to a cyber state, where the government can create any reality they want." (ref: Sharyl Attkisson ) what can be done to correct abuses?
July 3 at 10:45 EST .

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   MeiDei  Should have added her testimony:
July 3 at 10:56 EST .

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   Namma  If this happened to Justice Roberts, don't you think that Justice Roberts voting against obamcare and gay marriage that conservatives would not support him. And Roberts is on the court for life. Why would he cave.
July 3 at 11:55 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Coffee Klatch  I have been saying for years that we should have to pass a short "government literacy" test before being allowed into the voting booth. This proves it.

Published on Jul 1, 2015
Media analyst Mark Dice asks beachgoers in San Diego, California some basic questions about America's 4th of July Independence Day celebration and their answers are quite disturbing.

July 2 at 07:43 EST .

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   MeiDei  Agree with you Bettijo.
July 2 at 11:49 EST .

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