Monday, July 21, 2014

APOLLO 11: 45 YEARS LATER

The last few days mark a historic achievement in Humanity's history.

LIFT OFF!
From the moment the Saturn V rocket blasted off from Launch Pad 39A at the (John F.) Kennedy Space Center in Merritt Island, Florida; until Astronaut Neil Armstrong was filmed by one of the lunar module's exterior cameras taking that first tentative step on the moon's surface, the world figuratively held its collective breath wondering if this attempt would be successful.

One "small" step...

Could (hu)man set foot on the moon?

Everyone knows the answer, as astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, and Michael Collins made that extraordinary journey as the first beings to leave their home and explore another world.


(l-r)Armstrong, Collins, Aldrin; circa 1969
Much has been said about the success and failures of not only the American space program, but those of other countries as well in the years since.

The day that humanity reaches for the stars again through a means that does not involve the various entertainment media or automated probes is one many look forward to.

Hopefully that will happen again, if not within my lifetime, at least within the next couple of generations.

When it does, let us remember two things.

First, that the achievement should not be that of any individual countries, but that of an entire species. As Neil Armstrong said upon taking that historic first step:


THAT'S ONE SMALL STEP FOR (A) MAN.
ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND.

And secondly, when humanity does travel amongst the stars beyond the orbit of our own world once more, we go not only representing the entire planet, but we go in peace.




Lee Houston, Junior
Editor-In-Chief of The Free Choice E-zine
21 July, 2014
All images courtesy of Wikipedia

Sunday, July 20, 2014

THE SUNDAY FUNNIES: WINGING IT!

On a wing and a prayer...
Hello Everybody. Waxy Dragon here.
Before I post this week's Sunday Funnies, I've been asked to read this special announcement.

"Ladies and Gentlemen."
Well, you folks should know who you are.

"Today's installment of the Sunday Funnies is our 1300th Blogger post for The Free Choice E-zine and--"

WHAT? THIS IS POST 1300?!?

Great! No pressure on the cute baby dragon.
Now I've totally blanked out on what I was going to do.
Guess I'll just have to wing it.

Who is the big wheel at the county fair?
Mister Ferris.

What automobile is the same, whether it's running forward or backward?
ALL OF THEM! You aren't going to switch cars before you change directions, are you?

Why are rivers so rich?
They have TWO banks!

Why are flowers so lazy?
They stay in their bed all the time.

What is a frog's favorite drink?
Croak-a-cola!

What did one rain drop say to the other rain drop?
"My plop is bigger than your plop."

What is the only kind of nail a carpenter hates to hit?
A finger nail!

What is the worse day to be a fish?
Fry Day?

What is the worse day to be a baby dragon?
When you have to have something VERY special planned for the Sunday Funnies, but nobody let's you know in advance!
But hey! I've got through it!
A special thanks to all our loyal readers, and we'll be back next week with more Sunday Funnies.--wd.

Editor-In-Chief's Note: No baby dragons were harmed or stressed out, comedicly or otherwise, in the making of this post.
The 1300 celebration is based only upon our Blogger history.
While The Free Choice E-zine has been in existence longer than we have been here, all our previous posts were lost when our last server/host suddenly went out of business, wiping out our archives in the process with no advance warning or chance to save any of the old material.--lh,jr.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: JULY 13-19, 2014

MONDAY MARKS THE 45TH ANNIVERSARY OF
THE HISTORIC APOLLO 11 MOON LANDING!

TOMORROW'S SUNDAY FUNNIES WILL MARK
THE FREE CHOICE E-ZINE'S 1300TH POST ON THIS WEBSITE!





AMONGST EVENTS HAPPENING AROUND THE WORLD THIS PAST WEEK...
*Electronics giant Samsung has suspended ties with a Chinese supplier after finding evidence of that company possibly using child labor in their manufacturing plant.
*The West Africa Ebola Virus outbreak continues, with over 500 confirmed deaths.
*Japan claims North Korea fired two missiles into their sea recently. Meanwhile, South Korea says North Korea is still firing missiles along their disputed borders.
*Japan is preparing to reactivate two nuclear power plants post-Fukushima disaster.
*Typhoon Rammasun has claimed over 40 lives in the Philippines as it swings past China.
*On the heels of hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Brasil is now hosting the sixth annual BRICS Summit.
*Jean-Claude Juncker is the new President of the European Commission.
*Women will soon be allowed to become Bishops within the Church of England.
*Germany defeated Argentina to win the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
*Professional golfer Mo Martin won the 2014 Women's British Open.
*Civil unrest continues in Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, and along the Gaza Strip.

BETWEEN THE UKRAINE AND RUSSIA...
*A NEW INTERNATIONAL INCIDENT MIGHT BE BREWING IN WAKE OF MALAYSIA FLIGHT 17 BEING SHOT DOWN over Hrabove on a flight between Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. All 298 people on board (from various countries) have been reported as killed, but ALL evidence at the crash site is allegedly being destroyed! However the United States claims the missile was fired by Russian separatists in the Ukraine, and that Russia bears responsibility for the disaster.
*United States sanctions against Russia have increased to include banks, energy companies, their defense industry, and individuals known to support the separatist movement.
*Fighting continues along the Ukrainian/Russian borders, while Germany called Russia to task for not ending the violent disputes, and threatens further sanctions from that country and the European Union.
*In an unrelated(?) matter, scientists are now investigating a giant hole/crater that has appeared in the Yamal Peninsula of Russia.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA...
*Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner is reportedly going forward with his frivolous law suit against President Barack Obama for "abuse" of executive privilege, while using federal funds to finance the action.
*Meanwhile, Congressional Republicans are chastising President Obama for not taking a more direct (military?) response in light of the Malaysian Flight 17 crash.
*A Federal judge has ruled California's death penalty is unconstitutional.
*Actress Elaine Stritch has taken her final bow from life's stage.
*Blues legend Johnny Winter has passed away.
*The American League won the 2014 All Star Game 5-3 against the National League, thus giving that side the home field advantage during the World Series of Major League Baseball this fall.

The Free Choice E-zine once again wishes to thank our loyal readership for giving us another month of 2000+ page views, continuing our streak began September 2013.

For more news at any time, either scroll down to our IN OTHER NEWS feature at the bottom of your screen or visit any other reputable news source.

THE PUZZLE CORNER: JULY 19, 2014

ADDENDUM
Since posting the answers in the July 5th Puzzle Corner, it has been brought to our attention that there is also SATURDAY Night's Alright (for fighting) by Elton John and SATURDAY's Child by The Monkees, although the latter was never officially released. We have since adjusted the corresponding ANSWERS BOX accordingly.

THE 50/50 CHANCE
This is just like a regular TRIVIA TIME question, only there are just two possible options, hence the even odds of getting the right answer. Ready?

TRUE OR FALSE: There really was a Dr. Pepper behind the famous soft drink?

FAMOUS FIRSTS
In keeping with our summer time theme this week, what WAS the first commercial soft drink offered to the public? Hint: It was already called by the name you know it today.

We'll reveal all next weekend. But for now, let's open up THE ANSWERS BOX and discover the results from our July 12, 2014 Puzzle Corner.

REBUS
The item pictured was (literally) a riding lawn mower.


TRIVIA TIME
Although musical numbers were part of stage and movie productions for decades prior, THE MONKEES are accredited with creating what we know today as the music video.
So enjoy this classic clip of their very first song, courtesy of YouTube, although we have no control over the "watermarks".


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

"SPEAKING WORDS OF WISDOM..."

AND NOW, AN INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE
FROM THE FREE CHOICE E-ZINE TO THE WORLD...



THE ABOVE HAS BEEN AN INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE
FROM THE FREE CHOICE E-ZINE

Sunday, July 13, 2014

SUNDAY FUNNIES: IT'S SO HOT...

Keeping cool. Easy in winter.
Hello Everybody! Autumn the (eternal) Puppy here!

Okay, I'll be the first to admit that this is an odd picture of me to post today, but considering we're in what some people consider "the dog days of summer"; that sultry humid time
associated with the warmest days and Sirius the Dog Star within the constellation Canis Major.

So while everyone is hopefully staying cool, let's have fun by sharing some jokes that all start with:

"HOW HOT IS IT?"
"IT IS SO HOT..."

The birds are using pot holders to pull worms out of the ground!

The trees are whistling for us dogs in hopes that we will cool THEM off!
(Considering this is a PG rated forum, I shouldn't have to go into details about
how.)

The best parking places are determined by shade, not by closeness to your final destination.

Hot water is coming out of BOTH faucet taps!

You break into a sweat the moment you step outside at 6 in the morning.

You feel chilly when the temperature drops below 95 degrees.

You can cook meals on the sidewalk.

You discover that asphalt DOES have a liquid state.

Art by Nick Cardy
Farmers are feeding their chickens crushed ice to keep them from laying hard boiled eggs.

Cows are giving evaporated milk.

"I saw the Flash chasing the Mirror Master and they were both walking!"
(From "The Midnight Murder Show" in Action Comics issue 442, circa December 1974, written by Cary Bates.)

Our Editor-In-Chief says the last one is a fond memory from his youth.

In any event, during this time of year, it's important to stay cool, and especially children, the elderly and pets!

There have been too many stories of children left in hot cars and our older folks unable to pay their electric bills, provided they had any fans or air conditioning to begin with.

So please take care of yourselves and each other, and we'll be back next weekend with more Sunday Funnies!-AtP.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: JULY 6-12, 2014

THIS MONTH IS THE FIRST "SUPER MOON" OF 2014.
TODAY IS INDEPENDENCE DAY FOR
KIRIBATI, ALONG WITH SAÕ TOMÉ AND PRINCIPÉ.
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL'S ANNUAL ALL STAR GAME
WILL BE PLAYED TUESDAY, JULY 15TH.

AMONGST EVENTS HAPPENING AROUND THE WORLD THIS PAST WEEK...
The moon, super and otherwise
*Scientists are worried that pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides are causing a serious DECREASE in some of the world's fauna, including the Monarch Butterfly, the common firefly, and 14 different species of birds. There is fear that these animals may become endangered and eventually extinct!
*Category 4 Super Typhoon Neoguri is still a concern in the Pacific, but the current (known) death toll has been "minimal" because of the advanced warnings being heeded by citizens in its path.
*There are reports of a cholera outbreak in South Sudan, which has already claimed 60 lives.
*South Korea says that North Korea has fired two more missiles into the water near its borders.
*Civil servants are on strike in the United Kingdom over salary freezes and budget cuts.
*Sengal President Macky Sall has named Mohammed Ben Abdallah Dionne his country's new Prime Minister.
*Australia has signed a free trade agreement with Japan.
*The United Nations Permanent Court of Arbitration has ruled in favor of Bangladesh in a border dispute with India over the Bay of Bengal.
*Germany and Argentina will face each other in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final Sunday, July 13th. Meanwhile, The Netherlands beat Brazil to win the Third Place Cup.
*The prehistoric Pelagornis sandersi is now believed to be the largest (known) flying bird ever.
*Civil unrest continues in Syria, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, and Afghanistan.

CONCERNING THE UKRAINE AND RUSSIA...

*Moldova's TV and Radio Council has suspended the license for Russia-24, and sanctioned four local stations due to a lack of pluralism.
*Ukrainian military forces have reclaimed Kostiantynivka, Artemivsk, Siversk, Kramatorsk, and Druzhkivka from pro-Russian separatists. They have since started rendering aide to the locals and repairing the infrastructure, while accusing insurgent leader Igor Strelkov of ordering death sentences under laws from the Joseph Stalin era of Russia.
*Russia's Angara rocket successfully completed its maiden flight. It is Russia's hope to develop a system independent of the factories located in other parts of what was once the Soviet Union.
*The European Union has begun imposing sanctions against known pro-Russian dissident leaders, including travel bans and freezing assets.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA...
*There is a grass roots effort in progress in hopes of getting Congress to consider legislation that would overturn the Supreme Court's recent decision favoring corporations in regards to medical coverage based on religious beliefs.
*While Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner is still considering legal action President Barack Obama for trying to accomplish what Congress won't, former governor and Republican spokeswoman Sarah Palin is now attempting another impeachment rally against the President. Do our readers know what a "wasted effort" and "smoke screen" are?
*The U.S. Department of Justice is currently holding trial against the American Express credit card company on anti-trust allegations.
*The Federal Reserve has announced that it will end quantitative easing (bond purchasing) this October.
*Germany expelled the Central Intelligence Agency's Berlin station chief over a "series of spy scandals".
*Tommy Ramone, former drummer with The Ramones, has lost his battle against cancer.
*Tracy Morgan; on behalf of his fellow passengers Ardley Fuqua, along with Jeffery and Krista Millea; is suing Wal*Mart after one of their truck drivers (who allegedly had already been on the road beyond daily safety limits at the time) crashed into their vehicle, resulting in the death of comedian James McNair, aka: Jimmy Mack, while injuring Morgan and the rest of his passengers.

The Free Choice E-zine wishes to thank its readership for continuing our 1000+ Page Views streak, began September 2011.


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