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   Bettijo posted on Recipes  I made the most delicious vegetable/ground beef soup a few weeks ago. It contained spicy V-8, which gave it the best flavor. It also contained beef broth and frozen soup veggies. It did NOT contain potatoes or noodles. Now I cannot find the recipe. Can anyone help? Thanks.
March 24 at 18:29 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I love V8 in soup better than canned tomatoes.
Yesterday at 20:16 EST .

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   Balogreene  I always use V-8 (spicy or pepper ) when it calls for Tomato juice.
Yesterday at 21:54 EST .

   Bettijo posted on Main Page The Lobby  Is Obama a Saudi Muslim "plant" in the White House?

March 24 at 06:36 EST .

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   Gram77  Bettijo: I am very careful with comments and I am not a political student, but when Obama arrived on the scene a very close friend of mine and myself said that this man was a a figure being handled by powerful people, that he had no thoughts of his own. She and I have kept quiet but here it is for anyone to see and think about.
March 24 at 07:36 EST .

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   Gerty  Agree with you and your friend, Gram!
March 24 at 15:40 EST .

   Bettijo posted on Computers &Tech Issues  Why does it take me between 15 and 20 seconds to move from one wall to another? I checked it with a stop watch. My computer has just returned from a tune up at the Geek Squad and should be in top notch condition. Also, it takes about as long (have not timed it ) on my iPad.
March 23 at 08:03 EST .

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   Bettijo  Then it take another 15 seconds to post after I hit share.
March 23 at 08:04 EST .

   Bettijo posted on Health & Diet  How to Pick a Pickle
Are you addicted to the crunch of a tasty dill pickle?

Although pickles are super easy to make at home, most people buy commercial jars, not realizing what's inside. Lets take a look at Vlasic Original Dills, for example, to see what goes into industrial pickles these days. Here is the ingredient list:

Cucumbers, Water, Distilled Vinegar, Salt, Calcium Chloride, Polysorbate 80, Natural Flavors, Potassium Metabisulfite (Preservative ), Yellow 5.

The first four ingredients make sense - they are what your grandmother used to make pickles, except she also added lots of dill, which is surprisingly missing from this ingredient list. Now on to the "bonus ingredients".

Calcium Chloride is a preservative that doubles as a food preservative. It adds to the salty flavor without the added sodium. Although on its own calcium chloride is an irritant, it is safe when part of a food.

Polysorbate 80 is an emulsifier used in ice creams to keep their texture smooth. It is also used as a solubilizer, helping to dissolve ingredients that would not otherwise do so. We're not sure why it is needed in pickles. Perhaps to dissolve massive amounts of calcium chloride and salt?

Natural flavors can be anything that improves the taste of the pickle, so long as it comes from nature, not a lab. Be sure that a lab creates the natural flavor from a varied source of "natural ingredients", but the manufacturer is not obliged to disclose the exact formulation. It is a trade secret.

Potassium Metabisulfite is an additive that inhibits the growth of mold. Important when the shelf life is measured in months.

Yellow 5 is an artificial food coloring that is being phased out in European countries, as some studies have shown it to cause hyperactivity in children. Unfortunately, it makes the pickles look brighter and thus fools people to believe they are tastier.

Bottom Line
Here we've got a dill pickle without any dill, but on the bright side - it glows in the dark.

Supermarket Tips
If you want to take a stab at making your own pickles, here is our very own easy recipe.

If you are buying pickles, read the ingredient list and avoid products with artificial colorings and other ingredients you can't find in your own kitchen.

Copyright 2015 Fooducate, LTD.
March 23 at 07:24 EST .

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   Balogreene  I do make my own pickles (buy them also ). On the internet you can find recipes for refrigerator pickles. You put the cucumbers in a jar, pour boiling water, vinegar, and whatever other ingredients into the jar, cover and refrigerate overnight. You don't need special equipment to do hot water canning (jarring ), except for the jars and lids. We didn't have a pot big-enough, so I bought one with a strainer to keep the jars off the bottom of the pot.
March 24 at 19:54 EST .

   Bettijo posted on Main Page The Lobby  You must watch this! It is so beautiful and moving.
March 19 at 17:48 EST .

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   Bettijo  This is for Cap Marine Tet 68.
March 19 at 19:14 EST .

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   NotaBene  Bettijo, that is beautiful and so wonderful to dedicate it to Cap Marine Tet.
March 20 at 02:02 EST .

   Grahamcracker  I'm speechless!
March 20 at 10:28 EST .

   Escaped commieny  Opening statement from cap at the Luci reunion:
"Many thanks to Randy, Wendy, Lucianne and her staff, and the various people who conspired behind the scenes to make this incredible event possible, Each and every one of you demonstrate what it looks like to be Love on Feet.
I want to express my profound gratitude, appreciation, and utter amazement at being asked to speak before this rather stellar group of people, for whom I have such high regard. I have gotten to know some of you via e-mail on a much deeper level than we can do in a 200 word post in a non-chatting environment..."
Thanks to Josh for making a forum where we can chat, both of them RIP
PS: I have the whole speech, too lengthy for here but my email is on the mothership for anyone wanting a copy. EC aka L
March 20 at 11:22 EST .

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   Balogreene  Wow, what a song, what a voice.
March 21 at 18:52 EST .

   Bettijo posted on Jokes  A Marine enters the Catholic Church confessional booth.

He tells the priest, “Bless me, Father, for I have sinned.”

“Last night, I beat the hell out of a Muslim”

The priest says, “My son, I am here to forgive your sins, not to discuss your community service.”
March 18 at 10:17 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Main Page The Lobby  “So Hillary claims she dodged sniper fire to get to her car. Here’s is the video of what really happened, and in the footage I’m not sure I see any sniper fire,” Raso said. “What makes this truly disgusting to me is that when she was called on it, she dismissed it like it was no big deal. Only someone completely arrogant, ignorant and disrespectful of what really happens in war could say something like that.”

“I’ve seen sniper fire and there’s nothing casual, nothing small and nothing ordinary about fighting for your life on the battlefield,” he added.

- See more at:
March 12 at 07:22 EST .

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   Bettijo  What did I do wrong to keep video from embedding?
March 12 at 07:23 EST .

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   StormCnter  Bettijo, there is nothing wrong with your posting or your link. I copied and pasted your link on another wall as a test and the embedded video came up just fine. Why don't you try it again? Maybe there was just a glitch when you posted this. You did it just right.
March 12 at 17:28 EST .

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   StormCnter  Oh, I forgot. You'll have to start a new comment to try it again. A video won't come up on an "added" comment.
March 12 at 17:29 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Main Page The Lobby  JFK Address before the American Newspaper Publishers Association, April 27, 1961

The very word "secrecy" is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it. Even today, there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating its arbitrary restrictions. Even today, there is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment. That I do not intend to permit to the extent that it is in my control. And no official of my Administration, whether his rank is high or low, civilian or military, should interpret my words here tonight as an excuse to censor the news, to stifle dissent, to cover up our mistakes or to withhold from the press and the public the facts they deserve to know.

President John F. Kennedy
Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City
March 11 at 05:48 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Main Page The Lobby  What does this mean? "Access Denied. Invalid Session from proc:Post_Comment !" I keep getting it when I try to post. After 4 times yesterday, I gave up. I logged off and logged back on. Same message "Access Denied." Same thing is happening now. I am copying this comment in case I need to repost it.

Yep, just as I expected, the above comment disappeared when I tried to post it but I had saved it in a Word document. I rebooted my computer, loaded The Connection, logged on again, and am trying again. Am copying/pasting into Word before I hit share and have everything go AWOL.
March 7 at 07:54 EST .

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   StormCnter  Bettijo, have you gotten a response from Luis on this? Or did the problem go away?
March 8 at 14:53 EST .

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   Bettijo  Had this problem Friday and Saturday. This is the first time I have tried to post today. Let's see what happens. No I have not heard from anyone.
March 8 at 21:07 EST .

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   Bettijo posted on Coffee Klatch  

Joshua Sutherland, who uploaded the footage, elaborated more.

“Did you know lions could open car doors?” he wrote. “My sisters were visiting our parents, while serving a mission in South Africa, and had an experience of a lifetime.”

The footage was published in 2014, but only gained widespread attention online this week. At the time of publication, it had received more than 1.4 million views on YouTube.

March 6 at 12:52 EST .

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   Gram77  This tickled me but I wasn't in the car. Had I been, my heart would have stopped!!
March 6 at 18:33 EST .

   Ole buzzard  I don't think those are the kinds of kittehs you want to meet up close and personal, Gram.
March 9 at 19:06 EST .

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