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   Bettijo  The passing of the Greatest Generation
Approximately every three minutes a memory of World War II – its sights and sounds, its terrors and triumphs – disappears. Yielding to the inalterable process of aging, the men and women who fought and won the great conflict are now mostly in their 90s. They are dying quickly – at the rate of approximately 492 a day, according to US Veterans Administration figures.
Honoring the 20th-century veterans’ sacrifice before they pass from the scene, is at the forefront of everything we do at The National WWII Museum – from our exhibits, to oral histories, to the Museum’s $325 million expansion, a lasting tribute to the Greatest Generation.
“There’s no time to lose,” said Gordon H. “Nick” Mueller, President and CEO of the Museum. “We want to be able to finish and dedicate our expansion while we still have members of the Greatest Generation to thank for their sacrifice and service to the nation and to show the world what they mean to the principle of freedom.”
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The graph below uses statistics from the Veterans Administration to illustrate the urgency of our mission. During the war, 16 million Americans served their nation. Today, that number stands at just over a million. By 2036, it is estimated there will be no living veterans of World War II left to recount their experiences.

   Yesterday at 00:39 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  Remember the months immediately post 9/11? In November NYC had a mayoral election. Bloomberg was elected to succeed Giuliani. But Guiliani was kept on for months past Bloomerg's inauguaration date in order to insure clean-up and other efforts of recovery from the attack maintained continuity from the top. Well, I've got a gnawing feeling that a "national crisis" is going to be ginned up to extend the life of the present govt. I see the seeds being sown.....when the govt. fears the people, that's liberty....when the people fear the govt., that's tyranny.......
   Saturday at 04:19 EST .

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   Fireball27  Hi Bettijo good to see you posting again. I posted a suggestion to you about your question on the Range/2nd Amendment page. Hope it gives you an idea of what type and size gun you might like.
   Friday at 08:55 EST .

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   Planononna  Help: this morning I started to read a post on home page, my computer crashed, tried to return to post. It was gone and I can't find it anywhere. the post was about James O'Keefe
having infiltrated Hillary campaign. He apparently has lots of videos. The article is gone and I can't find it....anyone know anything about this? Thank you.
   August 27 at 10:18 EST .

   Bettijo  James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas has released the first in what they say is a series of videos exposing lawlessness within Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
O’Keefe has targeted leftist groups in the past over voter registration practices—and now, he has taken that fight directly to Clinton’s grassroots operation. He claims that his undercover journalists have found Clinton operatives employing a cherry-picking method of registering new voters.
August 27 at 10:36 EST .

   Bettijo  Can someone tell me why my youtube video above did not embed?
August 27 at 10:37 EST .

   Bettijo  James O'Keefe: Yes Hillary, I Have Undercover Video of Your Campaign
August 27 at 10:46 EST .

   StormCnter  Bettijo, I can rarely get a video to embed from any browser except IE.
August 27 at 11:00 EST .

   Planononna  Thank you, Bettijo
August 27 at 11:05 EST .

   Planononna  Thank you, Bettijo
August 27 at 11:06 EST .

   Bettijo  I did not watch Trump's press conference yesterday, but have been reading about it and I just LOVE this comment by a poster on another site.

"I personally loved the Jedi MindTrick Jujitsu mastery Trump Pulled to underscore the point.

Illegals do not have the right to cut in line, the must wait their turn.

Ramos does not have the right to ask questions before he is called on.

Illegals must be deported because they broke the laws.

Ramos is booted from the room for breaking the rules.

We will let the good illegals back in with proper documentation if they follow the rules.

Ramos was allowed back in with the understanding that he must wait to be called on.

Once illegals act like legal immigrants they get the proper treatment.

Once that little *@$* ramos behaved himself trump called on him and let him ask way more than one question.

It was a magnificent display.

And completely missed by so many because the way trump trounced him in the discussion back and forth which was compelling and so strong.

You people do not realize how d**m smart trump actually is. He is playing 4th dimensional chess while the idiots who oppose him think he is playing checkers."
August 26 at 08:00 EST .

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   Gram77  Good morning all. I never get involved with politics but I had the 7AM news on this morning and I am in awe as to how mesmerized people seem to be with Trump. My gut tells me he is big time trouble for our country and yet numbers say different. Surely this man is not our future.
August 26 at 07:49 EST .

   StormCnter  Gram, you're a woman after my own political heart.
August 26 at 07:51 EST .

   Bettijo  I hate to disagree with two of my favorite people on this site, but I think Trump is the best thing to happen to any political campaign in years. He is shaking up the status quo, attacking the politically correct attitude that is destroying our free speech, and making the other candidates address issues they would prefer to avoid. And, perhaps best of all, he is beholden to no one; i.e., he cannot be bought like I think most of our elected representatives have been. I believe he would stand up and fight for this country which he loves as much as we do and wants to make great again. I will vote for him if he is nominated. I am sick of career politicians and lawyers. Give me someone with business experience, who is not afraid to stand up for and fight for We The People. I like Cruz too, but he is not a natural born citizen...not that that kept Obama out of the White House. I think Trump is big time trouble for the liberals.
August 26 at 08:11 EST .

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   Gram77  Not to worry Bettijo. The sharing of our thoughts and feelings is what gets us all to thinking. I am willing to read and think about everything we talk about. That's the shot in the arm The Connection needs.
August 26 at 10:05 EST .

   MeiDei  Bettijo, Papasparky put out a call for limericks, on the Politics Wall, about The Donald - think you can give it a try and add to those posted?
August 26 at 11:32 EST .

   Escaped commieny  Fireball asked about BettiJo
Her latest email:The professional power brokers who make up the RNC/GOPe “establishment” would rather see Hillary Clinton win an election, allowing them to remain in their power position, than to lose their place at the trough via a “conservative” or “outsider” who would take the executive branch and possibly remove their power.
August 23 at 07:06 EST .

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   MeiDei  Is Bettijo having computer problems?
August 24 at 19:33 EST .

   Escaped commieny  Don't believe so, have received many e meils
August 25 at 11:37 EST .

   Escaped commieny  mail
August 25 at 11:38 EST .

   MeiDei  She is well then? She was considering an operation a while back. We miss her posts.
August 25 at 12:17 EST .

   Bettijo  Thanks for your asking about me. I don't visit here as often as I used to as so often there are no new posts. For instance, on the Coffee Klatch wall the newest post is a week old and on the Household Hints wall the newest post is 3 weeks old. So, when I log on and have already read everything, I don't come back for several days hoping something new will show up. You know we are creatures of habit. At one time this was the first site I visited each morning, but I have gotten out of that habit. As you are aware, we have lost some of our regulars through death, banishment, whatever, and there are not many of us left. This site is just not as viral as it once was. I am sorry for that. I will make a concerted effort to be around more and to post more. I hope the rest of you will do so too.
August 25 at 21:17 EST .

   Bettijo  By the way, MeiDei, I am still facing a shoulder replacement. I wanted to have it done this summer, but could not get the doctor's office to schedule it until August and I had two church commitments beginning the middle of August that I did not want to cancel. So, I put if off. I do need to get this taken care of as it is painful and I have limited motion in my left arm. It is getting difficult to drive as turning the steering wheel is a one-arm turn, hold, move hand for more one-arm turn. When I get a date I will post it. Thanks for asking.
August 25 at 21:23 EST .

   StormCnter  Bettijo, try visiting the Movie Wall when you come to The Connection. Comments rarely last even a couple of hours without additional responses. You might enjoy it.
August 26 at 08:53 EST .

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   Bettijo  You are right, Storm, the Movie wall does have more traffic. Unfortunately, I am not a movie buff. In fact, I believe the last movie I saw in a theatre was "Gone With The Wind" when it was first released at Lowe's Theatre in downtown Atlanta. It is not that I don't enjoy movies, it is just that I have a severe hearing disability and I cannot hear dialog in most movie theatres. I do watch them on my iPad sometimes as I can turn on closed caption. But, since I so rarely see a movie, I am not in a position to comment on the Movie Wall. Thanks for the suggestion.

Have all of our poly sci enthusiasts left us?
August 27 at 10:24 EST .

   StormCnter  Oh, I'm sorry that you can seldom enjoy a movie, but thank goodness for closed caption. I use it sometimes if the accents are too tedious (some British films ). I hope you check out the Movie Wall occasionally, because there might be a face or title you recognize.
Friday at 15:27 EST .

   Fireball27  The big issue now is "anchor babies". Some are saying you can't do anything about it without changing the Constitution. I'm pretty sure we can do something about it in an easier way. First off, I think you are not allowed to profit off committing a crime. Entering the country illegally, using false identification, theft of services, are all crimes. Illegals are using all these to get to the "profit" of U.S. Citizenship for their children. You can't rob a bank, serve your time, and then have legal use of the money you took in the robbery. This should be considered the same. Committing crimes to get the result, which is an ANCHOR BABY!
August 21 at 14:39 EST .

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   Safetydude  roger that, Fireball.

Every illegal residing in this country is a prima facie criminal and could and should, by law, be deported.
We could divert welfare and food stamp money to deporting them. I'm not picking on anybody, but we could start with Mexicans since their country is the closest and would be the cheapest ticket. Doesn't Greyhound go to Mexico ?

I'd like to see a check-off box on our tax return to allow a contribution to the 'Ship Out The Illegals Fund' as a tax deduction since, according to the Democrats, we can't deport them because it would cost too much.

Ever hear of Stimulus, 'too big to fail', shovel ready job's and how about 'renewable energy' aka Solyndra. As long as it's for the Democrats to buy votes, we have the money.

Let's hear it for 'The Donald'.
August 21 at 15:40 EST .

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   Bettijo  Glen Beck quote:

"Why do we have automatic citizenship upon birth?" Beck asked. "Do you know? We're the only country in the world that has it. Why?"

Beck went on to explain that the 14th amendment granting citizenship to "all persons born or naturalized in the United States" was drafted after the Civil War "to protect newly freed slaves and their children and guarantee their rights as citizens. Last I checked, I don't think we're having that problem anymore. Can we have some common sense?
August 27 at 10:27 EST .

   Fireball27  Anyone know what's become of Bettijo?
August 20 at 14:28 EST .

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   Gerty  I've been out of the loop of late. Someone please help: What happened to Megan Kelly? I've tuned in two nights now and she has been replaced by someone else.

Is this the Trump effect?
August 18 at 21:53 EST .

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   MeiDei  She's on vacation.
August 19 at 01:22 EST .

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   Bettijo  I used to be a big fan of Megan Kelly. I was thrilled when she got her own show and I cheered when she got moved to prime time. But now I have lost all respect for her and have not watched her since the presidential debate. Believe it or not, I switch to CNN at 9:00, but go back to FOX at 10:00 for Hennity. I read on a blog that FOX was letting her go because of "unprofessional photographs" of a younger Megan. Don't know and don't care.
August 25 at 21:33 EST .

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