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   Bettijo posted on Coffee Klatch  I stole this off another site.

A young child asks his illegal alien mother, "Madre, what is Socialism and what is Racism?" "Well, nino,... Socialism is when citizens work every day so we can get all our benefits, you know... like free (no deductible ) no co-pay ) health care, rent subsidy, food stamps, EBC, utility subsidy, bilingual teachers and books, free breakfasts and lunches at school, and on and on, ...you know. That's Socialism ". "But Madre, don't the citizens get pissed off about that? "Sure they do Honey. That's called Racism!"
August 10 at 11:40 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Coffee Klatch  An old veteran told his grandson, “There is a battle between two warriors inside all of us. One is Evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies, ego, and hatred. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy, and the truth.” The young boy thought for a while, and finally asked his Grandfather, “Which warrior wins?” And, the old veteran quietly replied to him, “The one you feed.”
August 6 at 11:33 EST .

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   Gerty  I often look for interesting/timely things to put into cross stitch patterns. (I know, you guys can stop snickering now! :- )

This both interesting and timely, MissBettijo! Now if I could only get it down to fewer words.

What a different world we would be living in if parents were to teach this to each of their children.
August 6 at 11:50 EST .

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   MeiDei  Thanks for sharing that, it was in my Quotations/Memorable Sayings file before my hard drive crashed - it's in the new file now.
August 6 at 11:58 EST .

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   MeiDei  I'm still rebuilding my quotations file Gerty, but I found a short one for your cross-stitching. Do you have this one?

"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote."
ANON
August 6 at 21:14 EST .

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   Gerty  Matter of fact, I don't. But it is interesting.
August 6 at 21:32 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Health & Diet  Which is Healthier - Ketchup or Mayonnaise?

Ketchup and mayonnaise are the most popular condiments in American meals. They are found in almost every household across the nation. We were asked by a Fooducate community member which is healthier. This is a tough question to answer, as neither of the two is viewed as a healthy food.

A serving of ketchup is one tablespoon. It is only 15 calories, but all of them are from sugars! Ketchup contains no fats or proteins. Ketchup is surprisingly high in sodium, with 190 milligrams - 8 percent of the daily maximum in just one teaspoon. The one redeeming aspect of ketchup is that it is made from tomatoes, and thus contains some nutrients, especially lycopene antioxidants.

A serving of mayonnaise is also one tablespoon. It has 90 calories, 6 times the amount in ketchup. All the calories are from fat, 9 grams to be precise. There are no proteins and no carbs. Mayo has about half the amount of sodium as ketchup.

So which is healthier?

The right question should be "which is less unhealthy?". If you are watching your weight, mayo is a dangerous calorie delivery mechanism. On the other hand, ketchup helps maintain a sugar addiction, and is easy to over-consume.

Bottom Line

Choose your (favorite ) evil; just make the portion as small as possible.

   August 4 at 16:26 EST .

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   Balogreene  Because Mayo's calories are from fat, not sugar, I as a diabetic, find Mayo to be healthier. Besides, I never use ketchup, never have. We use it in sloppy joes, nothing else in our family. And, I like mustard the best of all.
August 14 at 18:56 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Main Page The Lobby  Does anybody know what has happened to EC and Rake King? I have not seen any posts from them in some time and I miss them. Sure hope they are all right.
August 2 at 07:30 EST .

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   HopeandGlory  Hello Bettijo, I think, but am not sure, that EC was banned.

I know for a fact, that Rake King has been having problems logging in for the past two days or more.
August 2 at 16:58 EST .

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   Balogreene  I got an email today that Rake was banned for improper posting. So, now, I will probably be banned for letting that out. Yes EC was also banned, as were, I believe, Nugoddess and Yotty.
August 2 at 20:13 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  Yotty? Nugoddess? Banned?
August 2 at 20:47 EST .

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   Gerty  Mr. Buzz---come on...what's going on?
August 2 at 21:11 EST .

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   Balogreene  OK, I confess, Yotty and NU were a guess. EC was banned, she was told two others were also, because of their interactions. Yotty and Nu disappeared at the same time. I come on looking for them, I always liked their stories, but haven't seen either for months.
August 2 at 21:46 EST .

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   NotaBene  Ole Buzzard, You are surprised about Yotty and Nugoddess being banned. I hope that is not true. Have to say I miss their postings. Can you convince them to return to the connection?
August 3 at 00:05 EST .

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   WAN2  When one is banned/blocked, is one told why?
August 3 at 09:37 EST .

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   Balogreene  WAN2, not necessarily, "inappropriate posting" seems to be the reason given most often. And, no warnings are given, contrary to the rules of the site.
August 3 at 10:56 EST .

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   Belwhatter  Several missing Connectors - what's going on? Has Lucianne.com been infected with some kind of discriminatory virus? Hope that is not so. A cautionary note from management should be sufficient if management feels it necessary, but why on earth have these good people been rendered incommunicado? Just asking.
August 3 at 19:14 EST .

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   Alice  I hope they are all OK too, and it never crossed my mind they might have been banned. I'm curious why think that.
August 4 at 12:41 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Household Hints  Haven’t tried this myself, but sounds interesting

How to Defrost Meat in Just 5 Minutes
No special equipment necessary!
PUBLISHED: JULY 10, 2014 | BY JENNA BIRCH
How to Defrost Meat in Just 5 Minutes No special equipment necessary!

Let's say you have a frozen chunk of meat you want to defrost before dinner, but (whoops! ) you forgot to transfer it from the freezer to the fridge last night. Who hasn't been there?
Now, you don't have to risk overcooking the meat in your microwave if you want to have dinner before 11 p.m. Instead, just grab two metal pots, and flip one upside down with the meat on top. Then, fill the other with water, and place it on top of the meat. Wait five to 10 minutes (depending on how thick your meat is ), and BOOM—your dinner-to-be is defrosted. Here's a video that details the trick, courtesy of CTi, a Taiwanese cable TV network (the video's in Chinese, but it still provides helpful visuals ): http://www.womenshealthmag.com/nutrition/defrost-meat-in-min
utes?cm_sp=Hotlist-_-Nutrition-_-HowtoDefrostMeatinJust5Minu
tes

How does this work? Metal conducts heat, and aluminum in particular is a great conductor of ambient heat—which is actually enough to thaw a steak quickly. The weight from the water also presses the metal on top of the meat, increasing its surface area so it can conduct more heat from the air—all of which results in a faster thaw time.
...And now you'll never have to stress about deciding which meat you want to defrost hours ahead of time ever again.
August 1 at 17:12 EST .

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   MeiDei  There's bound to be a day when this will come in handy. That gorgeous steak in the video - that's $15 per pound now here.
August 1 at 18:10 EST .

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   NotaBene  Thank Bettijo for posting this video. I will try this.
August 3 at 00:13 EST .

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   NotaBene  Thank Bettijo for posting this video. I will try this.
August 3 at 00:15 EST .

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   Gerty  Miss Bettijo--both pots have to have aluminum bases, right?

If this works, it will be the best thing to happen to me in a few weeks! I always forget to defrost in the summer.
August 4 at 17:55 EST .

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   Wrightwinger  Aluminum transmits heat very well indeed. For an experiment, put an ice cube on the counter and a another one on an aluminum pan. Watch what happens!
August 4 at 21:50 EST .

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   Balogreene  We have a NuWave oven, you can cook from frozen relatively quickly, and the meat is still tender (I don't know, I don't eat meat, but my mom compliments my sister ). The NuWave is BOGO, for about $100.
August 14 at 18:58 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Dogs, Cats & Critters  Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin uploaded this image of Russian president Vladimir Putin posing with a leopard alongside an image of Obama holding a white poodle

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2713032/Kremlin-mock
s-Obamas-masculinity-tweeting-picture-holding-poodle-Putin-p
etting-leopard.html#ixzz399L2PFlN

   August 1 at 10:11 EST .

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   Wrightwinger  I think the poodle is holding BHO!
August 2 at 20:11 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Pet Peeves  My number one pet peeve is packaging. I have probably ranted and raved about this here before. Amazon said the most complaints they ever got was about packaging, so they have their suppliers pack merchandise in plain brown boxes. They can do this because they do not have customers browsing their shelves like stores do.

Anyway, yesterday I was getting ready to go to the doctor and I needed to open a new bottle of mouthwash. After getting rid of the plastic covering the cap, I had to "squeeze" the top to override the childproof protection. I could not open it. I squeezed and squeezed--nothing. I tried pliers--nothing. I went into the kitchen and got every type of jar opener I own and started trying them. Finally one, an adjustable metal one designed to fit different size lids also had something that worked. I was almost late to my appointment because of the $@&^# cap. Even my grandchildren are too old to drink mouth wash and if they weren't it stings so they would spit it out immediately. We did not have child proof caps when my children were growing up and I cannot remember a single poisoning. I think the irresponsible parents have become so litigious that manufacturers have to protect themselves.

Childproof caps are almost as bad as the thick clear plastic many items now come packaged in. I have actually cut myself on that plastic trying to get at the merchandise I purchased. I understand this packaging is a result of merchants' experience with shoplifting. Why should a few thieves and irresponsible parents inconvenience the rest of us; especially the elderly!
August 1 at 09:10 EST .

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   Gerty  I can help with one of those annoying situations. Cutting open the hard plastic containers for so many of the things we buy can cause bodily harm! Ask me how I know!!

There are several brands of scissors out now that are made specifically for this purpose. My favorite are those which have recessed cutting heads. (difficult to put into words ). All get the job done and are handy to have around even for every day cutting chores.
August 2 at 21:25 EST .

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   StormCnter  I use my kitchen shears for plastic packaging. Matter of fact, I use the kitchen shears for all kinds of non-kitchen things.
Don't get expensive ones. There is no need. I also don't like the ones that are made to come apart.

These are good ones:

http://www.amazon.com/Kitchenaid-Classic
-Shears-With-Black/dp/B0050U240O/ref=sr_
1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407154274&sr=8-1&keywor
ds=kitchen+shears
August 4 at 08:12 EST .

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   MeiDei  It's those tiny inner seals (ketchup, mustard. etc. ) with tiny tabs that can't be gripped - or rip off when they can.
August 5 at 14:42 EST .

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   Bettijo  Actually, Storm, I have those KitchenAid shears. They are good. Thanks for tip. I have not tried them on plastic. I am sure others can use this tip.
August 8 at 07:19 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Jokes  The Pearly Gates

Saint Peter is sitting at the Pearly Gates when two guys wearing dark hoodies and sagging pants arrive.

St. Peter looked out through the Gates and said, "Wait here. l'll be right back."

St. Peter goes over to God's chambers and tells him who is waiting for entrance.

God says to Peter: "How many times do I have to tell you? You can't be judgmental
here. This is heaven. All are loved. All are brothers. Go back and let them in!"

St. Peter goes back to the Gates, looks around, and lets out a heavy
sigh.

He returns to God's chambers and says, "Well, they're gone."

"The guys wearing hoodies?" asked God.

"No. The Pearly Gates
July 31 at 14:52 EST .

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   MeiDei  Now that's funny! This would be just as funny if a mafia type, or any ethnic group was referenced.
July 31 at 15:34 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Jokes  The Tomato Garden

An old gentleman lived alone in New Jersey. He wanted to plant his annual tomato garden, but it was very difficult work, as the ground was hard.
His only son, Vincent, who used to help him, was in prison.
The old man wrote a letter to his son and described his predicament:
Dear Vincent,
I am feeling pretty sad because it looks like I won't be able to plant my tomato garden this year. I'm just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. I know if you were here my troubles would be over. I know you would be happy to dig the plot for me, like the old days.
Love, Papa


A few days later he received a letter from his son.


Dear Papa,
Don't dig up that garden. That's where the bodies are buried.
Love, Vinnie


At 4 a.m. the next morning, FBI agents and local police arrived and dug up the entire area without finding any bodies. They apologized to the old man and left.
That same day the old man received another letter from his son.


Dear Papa,
Go ahead and plant the tomatoes now.
That's the best I could do under the circumstances.
Love you,
Vinnie

   July 31 at 14:41 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Jokes  Results of a recent survey regarding America’s population…

Are there too many illegal aliens in the United States?

YES 22%
NO 17%
NO COMPRENDE 61%
   July 31 at 11:10 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Crafts  Here is my first attempt at slip covers. There were two of these chairs, just alike.
   July 29 at 17:29 EST .

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   Gerty  These are beautiful, MissBetijo! And I also like the black and white color combination---a favorite of mine.

If this is your first try at upholstery, you have definite talent!
July 29 at 19:46 EST .

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   NotaBene  Congratulations Bettijo, it looks wonderful. Not an easy job but you did a wonderful job.
July 29 at 23:54 EST .

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   Bettijo  Thanks. I purchased the slipcover course on Craftsy.com and after watching it, have decided to redo these slip covers. I think I can make them more "professional" looking. The purpose of these slipcovers was to protect the chairs from my daughter's two Siamese cats which think the chairs were made for sharpening their claws. The redo will have to wait as the chairs and I are over 700 miles apart.
July 31 at 15:54 EST .

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   StormCnter  I think your slipcovers are very professional looking and attractive, Bettijo. Well done. If you're like me, once you've successfully done something like that, you begin looking around the house to find the next candidate.

I haven't tried slipcovering in years, but the hardest job was making slipcovers for the worn bucket seats on my husband's '64 Valiant. I made them from red naugahyde and I have to say, they came out looking pretty good.
August 6 at 17:28 EST .

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   Bettijo  Wow! Storm. I cannot imagine even attempting slipcovers for a car! Do you have a picture? I made a cover for a friend's gas grill and she had purchased a thick, laminated vinyl. I don't know if it was naugahyde, but it was really heavy and difficult to sew on. In spite of that, the grill cover was a success.
August 8 at 07:13 EST .

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   StormCnter  No, I never thought to take a picture. It was some years ago and I thought they turned out rather well. But, I hated sewing naugahyde. It won't slide through the machine, so you have to use paper or cellophane tape at the seams. Back in the years when faux leather clothing was all the thing, I made a cute pink jumper for my daughter and vowed never again. Your gas grill cover sounds like a challenge. I'm glad it turned out nicely. We seamstresses can pretty much do anything, don't you think?
August 9 at 07:38 EST .

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