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   Bettijo posted on Coffee Klatch  The Most Touching Speech Made by Bride's Father to the Groom

March 12 at 16:31 EST .

   9 people like this.

   Surfhut  Bettijo, this is wonderful! Thank you!
March 13 at 19:39 EST .

  7 people like this.

   Balogreene  Oooh, that is beautiful.
March 13 at 21:30 EST .

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   Phooey  'Went steady' with my wife 5 years before we married. Afterwards, FIL said: "Do you know what your wedding cost me? I would have paid you two a small fortune to elope !!!"
BTW, we have been married 48 years in May.
Thanks again, Bettijo.
March 14 at 21:38 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Health & Diet  I don't know where to post this, but I am so frustrated I have to vent! As I posted earlier, I am scheduled for hip replacement surgery on March 18. Yesterday I got a call from the hospital re a pre-op appointment. When I asked the lady where I should report, she told me DULUTH. I live in LAWRENCEVILLE and was supposed to be going to Gwinnett Medical Center in LAWRENCEVILLE. The totally incompetent woman who schedules surgery for Orthopedic Surgery, PC, scheduled me for Duluth. It is too late to change now as Mimi (my daughter from Chicago ) has built her schedule around the 18th date. Surgery is stressful enough without being assigned to the wrong hospital. Tomorrow I have to be at the surgeon's office, here in LAWRENCEVILLE, at 9:00 and from there go to the hospital in DULUTH for the pre-op. I am so frustrated I don't know what to do.
March 12 at 15:44 EST .

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   Balogreene  Good luck on the surgery. My mom said when she woke up, there was pain from the surgery, but the unbearable hip pain she'd had for years was gone! Hope for you it is a wonderful hospital, and all are able to visit while you are there.
March 13 at 22:17 EST .

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   Attercliffe  Bettijo - Have been discussing with Mr A, some friends and acquaintances the seemingly sudden drop in competence in the health profession, whether front desk, bookkeeping or even RNs and MDs, etc.. Oh, and pharmacy employees.
I can only think that there have been lots of retirements of very well qualified personnel and the Obamacare-prompted rush to fill those positions FAST has resulted in incompetence, insufficient education, lowered standards--aha! That's it, isn't it? Lowered standards generally. E.g., our local Home Depot has discovered this phenomenon and the average age of its employees marches steadily upwards. I've switched my loyalty to the HD right across the street from Lowe's.

I won't even bother with all the anecdotal evidence I could relate, I'd crash the site. But far too many fall into the awful category of aggravation, worry, hair-pulling and tears of frustration you describe.

Not a great deal we can do, is there? Frankly, I'm worn out from being on hold for literally hours at a time, being shuffled around the customer service reps, having to repeat myself over and over and over, and still not getting anywhere. The latest: it took me four months to sort out what should have been a simple problem with my Humana Medicare supp insurance.

Aaargh! I grind my teeth in solidarity!
March 14 at 10:27 EST .

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   Bettijo  Today a lady from a medical supply company brought me a machine that cools the hip area following surgery (instead of ice packs ). I was telling her about my hospital mixup and she said that she had never known my surgeon to operate at the hospital I have been assigned to. She said he always operates in Lawrenceville. I hope he is upset, too.
March 15 at 14:40 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Recipes  1770 House Meat Loaf

2 tablespoons good olive oil
2 cups chopped Spanish onion (1 large )
1 1/2 cups small-diced celery (2 stalks )
1 pound ground beef
1 pound ground veal
1 pound ground pork
1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
3 extra-large eggs, lightly beaten
2/3 cup whole milk
2 tablespoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
2 1/2 cups panko (Japanese bread flakes )
Garlic Sauce (recipe follows )


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Heat the olive oil in a large (12-inch ) sauté pan over medium heat. Add the onion and celery and cook for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent but not browned. Set aside to cool slightly.

Place the beef, veal, pork, parsley, thyme, chives, eggs, milk, salt and pepper in a large mixing bowl. Put the panko in a food processor fitted with the steel blade and process until the panko is finely ground.

Add the onion mixture and the panko to the meat mixture. With clean hands, gently toss the mixture together, making sure it's combined but not compacted.

Place a piece of parchment paper on a sheet pan. Pat the meat into a flat rectangle and then press the sides in until it forms a cylinder down the middle of the pan (this will ensure no air pockets ). Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, until a thermometer inserted in the middle reads 155 degrees F to 160 degrees F. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes. Slice and serve hot with the Garlic Sauce.

Garlic Sauce

3/4 cup good olive oil

10 garlic cloves, peeled

2 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Combine the oil and garlic in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, until lightly browned. Be careful not to burn the garlic or it will be bitter. Remove the garlic from the oil and set aside. (I save the oil for vinaigrettes. )

Combine the chicken stock, butter and cooked garlic in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and cook at a full boil for 35 to 40 minutes, until slightly thickened. Mash the garlic with a fork, whisk in 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and taste for seasonings. Spoon the warm sauce over the meatloaf.
March 10 at 08:52 EST .

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   Bettijo  I have not made this yet as I did not have all ingredients, but it got rave reviews on internet--lots of sites. I plan to make it tonight.

Ina Garten featured this on The Food Network. “The 1770 House, built over 200 years ago as a private residence, is now an inn of exceeding comforts and a restaurant of elegance and distinction.”

"Under Executive Chef Kevin Penner, it has won glowing reviews from the New York Times and Wine Spectator.
Now, this is not your Mom’s Meatloaf. There is no sticky ketchup or barbecue sauce glaze on top. There’s no thick brown gravy served with it, but rather a light, buttery (is that even a word? ) herbed gravy. It doesn’t have breadcrumbs or oats or something acting as a binder, but rather finely ground Panko. And it is filled with fresh herbs (the thyme even came from our garden! ) which give it such a wonderful and unique flavor."
March 10 at 09:02 EST .

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   Balogreene  It looks good. I love meatloaf, but, I hate the taste of meat. Looks like it would never taste like meat.
March 10 at 20:34 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Health & Diet  OMG, I just bought Campbell's Chicken Noodle soup yesterday. :-(


The Problem with Soup
The Fooducate Team

This has been a brutal winter, and in some parts of the country the bone-seeping cold does not seem to be letting up. Soup is a great way to warm up, and to enjoy a nutritious meal. There is nothing quite like homemade soup, but for some reason, many people prefer to settle on ready-made. The food industry has known this for decades; prepared soups are a billion dollar industry.

There are several problems with prepared soups. The first and obvious one is that they simply don't taste as good as home made. Of course, if you don't know how to make your own soup, this is a non issue.

The second problem is the use of lower quality ingredients than you would use at home, for example meat scraps that would never be sold in a supermarket. Additionally, some of the ingredients used would never be found in your home kitchen. Here is an example ingredient list, for Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup:

Chicken Stock, Cooked Enriched Egg Noodles with Added Calcium (Wheat Flour, Calcium Carbonate (In excess of standard ), Eggs, Egg Whites, Niacin, Ferrous Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid ), Water, Cooked Chicken Meat, Contains Less than 2% of: Salt, Cooked Mechanically Separated Chicken, Vegetable Oil, Potato Starch, Chicken Fat, Monosodium Glutamate, Onion Powder, Yeast Extract, Modified Food Starch, Spice Extract, Beta Carotene, Soy Protein Isolate, Sodium Phosphates, Chicken Flavor (Contains Chicken Stock, Chicken Powder, Chicken Fat ), Dehydrated Garlic.

Lastly, one of the biggest problems with prepared soups is their extremely high sodium content. America has a long standing love affair with salt, and consumes almost twice as much as the 2300 milligram daily limit. Too much salt contributes to hypertension and heart disease. A single serving of the chicken soup above has 890mg of sodium, 39% of the maximum recommended daily intake. Because of soup's liquid nature and great taste, people often consume more than one serving, which exacerbates the sodium intake.

Bottom Line

If you love soup, consider preparing your own soup at home. You will know exactly what ingredients go in, and will be able to control just how much salt is added.

   March 10 at 08:06 EST .

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   Hollyhock  My DH feels like he must have soup in cans on the shelf. Every time I open a can of Campbell's chicken noodle I pick out all of the funky weird "chicken" pieces. I have no idea what that stuff is. To me canned soup has a funny off flavor.
March 10 at 11:15 EST .

  13 people like this.

   MaxWedge  I'll be looking forward to some yummy homemade soup recipes being posted now in the recipe section. : )
March 10 at 11:37 EST .

  15 people like this.

   BirdsNest  Canned soups taste like the can....metallic taste. I have been noticing the same thing with tuna.
March 10 at 12:36 EST .

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   Balogreene  Oh Bird, I still like Tuna, but I have been doing homemade soup for about a year now. And, I don't use meat. I use tofu, or just veggies, spices, and vegetable broth. I do like the boxes of Lipton's noodles and broth (in my childish vernacular, noodles and juice ). That is my "sick" food.
March 10 at 20:39 EST .

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   Balogreene  MaxWedge, I posted three recipes. Not your normal recipes, but three of my four favorite. I keep the Chilled Moroccan Tomato on hand almost always.
March 13 at 22:18 EST .

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   Attercliffe  I stopped buying any Campbell products when the company announced it was using all halal food--without a warnijng label. We don't eat that much meat and are eating more and more vegetarian dishes so it doesn't affect us much. It's more of a general principal--why pander to a very small minority and make all of us eat halal meat without a caution label? I want to know what I'm eating!
March 14 at 10:33 EST .

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   Linder  Balo, Recently had a craving for Lipton chick/noodle soup...bought a box and to my disappointment it didn't taste like it used to. Next, bought the store brand boxed soup and it tasted more like the old Lipton's that I remembered and it cost less.
March 16 at 17:00 EST .

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   Carmen  It is a healthy idea to just stay away from processed foods all together. Get back to cooking.
April 12 at 10:02 EST .

   Bettijo posted on Dogs, Cats & Critters  Feline pianist

March 5 at 17:46 EST .

   7 people like this.

   Gram77  Now you all know I'll be the first to post! That kitty really played with passion.
March 6 at 09:38 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Coffee Klatch  Absolutely beautiful pictures of Niagara Falls

Frozen: Lights that usually reflect the water of Niagara Falls illuminate the ice after it froze over on Monday

   March 5 at 10:11 EST .

   11 people like this.

   Phooey  Glad I live in Florida. Brrrrrr....
March 5 at 14:19 EST .

  13 people like this.

   Gram77  Wow, glad I changed addresses in 1989! I'll stick with humidity.
March 5 at 14:54 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Coffee Klatch  A VISITOR FROM THE PAST (Thelen Paulk )
Eternally vigilant and armed: minuteman with rifle--symbol of the Second Amendment.

I had a dream the other night, I didn't understand.
A figure walking through the mist, with flintlock in his hand.
His clothes were torn and dirty, as he stood there by my bed.
He took off his three-cornered hat, and speaking low, he said:

"We fought a revolution, to secure our liberty.
We wrote the Constitution, as a shield from tyranny.
For future generations, this legacy we gave.
In this, the land of the free and the home of the brave.

"The freedom we secured for you, we hoped you'd always keep.
But tyrants labored endlessly while your parents were asleep.
Your freedom gone, your courage lost, you're no more than a slave.
In this, the land of the free and home of the brave.

"You buy permits to travel, and permits to own a gun,
Permits to start a business, or to build a place for one.
On land that you believe you own, you pay a yearly rent.
Although you have no voice in choosing, how the money's spent.

"Your children must attend a school that doesn't educate.
Your Christian values can't be taught, according to the state.
You read about the current news, in a regulated press.
You pay a tax you do not owe, to please the I.R.S.

"Your money is no longer made of Silver or of Gold.
You trade your wealth for paper, so your life can be controlled.
You pay for crimes that make our Nation, turn from God in shame.
You've taken Satan's number, as you've traded in your name.

"You've given government control, to those who do you harm,
So they can padlock churches, and steal the family farm,
And keep our country deep in debt, put men of God in jail,
Harass your fellow countrymen, while corrupted courts prevail.

"Your public servants don't uphold the solemn oath they've sworn.
Your daughters visit doctors, so their children won't be born.
Your leaders ship artillery, and guns to foreign shores,
And send your sons to slaughter, fighting other people's wars.

"Can you regain the freedom for which we fought and died?
Or don't you have the courage, or the faith to stand with pride?
Are there no more values for which you'll fight to save?
Or do you wish your children, to live in fear and be a slave?

"People of the Republic, arise and take a stand!
Defend the Constitution, the Supreme Law of the Land!
Preserve our Great Republic, and GOD-Given Right!
And pray to GOD, to keep the torch of Freedom burning bright!"

As I awoke he vanished, in the mist from whence he came.
His words were true, we are not Free, we have ourselves to blame.
For even now as tyrants, trample each GOD-Given Right,
We only watch and tremble, too afraid to stand and fight.

If he stood by your bedside, in a dream, while you're asleep,
And wonders what remains of our Rights he fought

   March 3 at 06:00 EST .

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   Bettijo  What would be your answer be if he called out from the grave?
Is this still the land of the free and home of the brave?
March 3 at 06:02 EST .

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   Gerty  Miss Bettijo---who would dare to say this isn't true1?!

If this doesn't give you chills, question your love of our Country.
March 3 at 09:42 EST .

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   Phooey  So true, so sad. Thanks Bettijo.
March 3 at 19:21 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Politics  Joe the Plumber; 2014 Version

Only weeks after leaving office, Barack Obama discovers a leak under his sink, so he calls Joe the Plumber to come out and fix it. Joe drives to Obama’s new house, which is located in a very exclusive gated community where all the residents make more than $250,000 per year. Joe arrives and takes his tools into the house. Joe is led to the guest bathroom that contains the leaky pipe under the sink. Joe assesses the problem and tells Obama that it’s an easy repair that will take less than 10 minutes.

Obama asks Joe how much it will cost. Joe checks his rate chart and says, “$9,500.”

“What?! $9,500?” Obama asks, stunned, “But you said it’s an easy repair!

Joe says, “Yes, but what I do is charge those who make $250,000 per year a much higher amount so I can fix the plumbing of poorer people for free,” explains Joe. “This has always been my philosophy. As a matter of fact, I lobbied the Democrat Congress, who passed this philosophy into law. Now all plumbers must do business this way. It’s known as ‘Afordable Plumbing Act of 2014.’ I’m Surprised you haven’t heard of it.”

In spite of that, Obama tells Joe there’s no way he’s paying that much for a small plumbing repair, so Joe leaves. Obama spends the next hour flipping through the phone book calling for another plumber, but he finds that all other plumbing businesses in the area have gone out of business. Not wanting to pay Joe’s price, Obama does nothing and the leak goes unrepaired for several more days. A week later the leak is so bad that Obama has had to put a bucket under the sink. Michelle is not happy as she has guests arriving the next morning. The bucket fills up quickly and has to be emptied every hour and there’s a risk that the room will flood, so Obama calls Joe and pleads with him to return.

Joe goes back to Obama’s house, looks at the leaky pipe, checks his new rate chart and says, “Let’s see, this will now cost you $21,000.”

Obama quickly fires back, “What! A few days ago you told me it would cost $9,500!”

Joe explains, “Well, because of the ‘Affordable Plumbing Act,’ a lot of wealthier people are learning how to maintain and take care of their own plumbing, so there are fewer payers into the plumbing exchanges. As a result, the price I have to charge wealthy people like you keeps rising. Not only that, but for some reason the demand for plumbing work by those who get it for free has skyrocketed! There’s a long waiting list of those who need repairs but the amount we get doesn’t cover our costs. This unfortunately has put a lot of my fellow plumbers out of business, they’re not being replaced, and nobody is going into the plumbing business because they know they can’t make any money at it. I’m hurting too, all thanks to
March 1 at 17:37 EST .

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   Bettijo  greedy rich people like you who won’t pay their fair share.”

Obama says, “Joe! This is really bad. If all the rich people learn how to fix and maintain their own plumbing and you can’t charge the poorer people, you’ll be broke! What will you do then?”

Joe replies, “I may have to run for office!”
March 1 at 17:45 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Coffee Klatch

Let's see - if we take these kids and make sure they're captured in urban schools whose real mission is providing jobs for members of the teachers unions - and contributions to the Democratic Party - surely no vouchers that would allow them to escape - then have them come into the labor market with no education or skills to compete with the millions of illegal aliens also sans education and skills -

Then, to make sure the program works even better, make sure the cost of employing a person goes up and up - with minimum wage increases along with taxing and regulatory efforts, add Obamacare - so that the uneducated can't possibly provide value anywhere near the cost of employing them -

Then, act surprised that they are unemployable, blame it on racism, turn them into wards of the government all assuring dedicated voters for the Democratic Party.

A good plan for political gain - horribly inhumane
March 1 at 06:57 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Jokes  Don't know whether this is true or not, but it is reported to have been listed in the Atlanta Journal.

SINGLE BLACK FEMALE seeks male companionship, ethnicity unimportant. I'm a very good girl who LOVES to play. I love long walks in the woods, riding in your pickup truck, hunting, camping and fishing trips, cozy winter nights lying by the fire. Candlelight dinners will have me eating out of your hand. I'll be at the front door when you get home from work, wearing only what nature gave me.... Call (404 ) 875-6420 and ask for Annie, I'll be waiting.....

Over 150 men found themselves talking to the Atlanta Humane Society.

   February 28 at 14:49 EST .

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   Gerty  That's one of the things I like about our pet dogs---they're so human!
March 1 at 01:49 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  It is true. I saw it on Craigslist and on Facebook.
March 1 at 17:29 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Jokes  ObamaGolf

(Receptionist ) Hello, Welcome to ObamaGolf. My name is Karen. How can I help you?
(Customer ) Hello, I received an email from Golfsmith stating that my Pro V1 order has been canceled and I should go to your exchange to reorder it. I tried your web site, but it seems like it is not working. So I am calling the 800 number.
(Receptionist ) Yes, I am sorry about the web site. It should be fixed by the end of 2014. But I can help you.
(Customer ) Thanks, I ordered some Pro V1 balls.
(Receptionist ) Sir, Pro V1s do not meet our minimum standards, I will be happy to provide you with a choice of Pinnacle, TopFlite, or Callaway Blue.
(Customer ) But I have played Pro V1 for years.
(Receptionist ) The government has determined that Pro V1s are no longer acceptable, so we have instructed Titleist to stop making them. TopFlites are better, sir, I am sure you will love them.
(Customer ) But I like the Pro V1. Why are TopFlites better?
(Receptionist ) That is all spelled out in the 2700 page "Affordable Golf Ball Act" passed by Congress.
(Customer ) Well, how much are these TopFlites?
(Receptionist ) It depends sir; do you want our Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum package?
(Customer ) What's the difference?
(Receptionist ) 12, 24, 36 or 48 balls.
(Customer ) The Silver package may be okay; how much is it?
(Receptionist ) It depends, sir; what is your monthly income?
(Customer ) What does that have to do with anything?
(Receptionist ) I need that to determine your government Golf Ball subsidy; then I can determine how much your out-of-pocket cost will be. But if your income is below the poverty level, you might qualify for a subsidy. In that case, I can refer you to our BallAid department.
(Customer ) BallAid?
(Receptionist ) Yes, golf balls are a right; everyone has a right to golf balls. So, if you can't afford them, then the government will supply them free of charge.
(Customer ) Who said they were a right?
(Receptionist ) Congress passed it, the President signed it and the Supreme Court found it Constitutional.
(Customer ) Whoa.....I don't remember seeing anything in the Constitution regarding golf balls as a right.
(Receptionist ) There's no explicit mention of golf balls in the Constitution, but President Obama is a former constitutional scholar and he believes it would have been included if the Constitutional had not been drafted by a bunch of slave-owning white men. The Democrats in the Congress and the Supreme Court agree with the President that golf balls are now a right guaranteed by the Constitution.
(Customer ) I don't believe this...
(Receptionist ) It's the law of the land sir. Now, we anticipated most people would go for the Silver Package, so what is your monthly income sir?
(Customer ) Forget it; I think I will forgo the balls this year.
(Receptionist ) In that case, sir, I will still need your monthly income.
(Customer )
February 28 at 14:34 EST .

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   Bettijo  (Customer ) Why?
(Receptionist ) To determine what your 'non-participation' cost would be.
(Customer ) WHAT? You can't charge me for NOT buying golf balls.
(Receptionist ) It's the law of the land, sir, approved by the Supreme Court. It's $49.50 or 1% of your monthly income.....
(Customer )(interrupting ) This is ridiculous; I'll pay the $49.50.
(Receptionist ) Sir, it is the $49.50 or 1% of your monthly income, whichever is greater.
(Customer ) ARE YOU KIDDING ME? What a rip-off!!
(Receptionist ) Actually sir, it is a good deal. Next year it will be 2%.
(Customer ) Look, I'm going to call my Congressman to find out what's going on here. This is ridiculous. I'm not going to pay it.
(Receptionist ) Sorry to hear that sir, that's why I had the NSA track this call and obtain the make and model of the cell phone you are using.
(Customer ) Why does the NSA need to know what kind of CELL PHONE I AM USING?
(Receptionist ) So they get your GPS coordinates, sir
(Door Bell rings followed immediately by a loud knock on the door )
(Receptionist ) That would be the IRS, sir. Thanks for calling ObamaGolf, have a nice day...and God Bless the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.
February 28 at 14:35 EST .

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   Mildred  This is a hoot. I passed it on to my daughter and we are both still laughing. Unfortunately it is also true. So glad I'm on Medicare although that could change soon also. Thanks so much Bettijo-you don't know how much I needed that laugh.
March 5 at 09:02 EST .

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