Sunday, October 13, 2019

SUNDAY FUNNIES: I'M ME!

Hello Everybody! Waxy Dragon here!
I hate to say this, but I'm feeling a bit down today, and blue isn't my best color.
Have you ever wondered about things?
I don't mean just the big questions in life like, "Why do we drive on a parkway and park in a driveway?" or "Have you ever noticed baloney is nothing more than hotdog pancakes?"
I'm talking about more IMPORTANT things like:
Who am I?
Why am I here?

Waxy's drawing of Bubblehead
My Dragon School teacher asked all of us what we wanted to be when we grew up.
Well, a Companion Dragon, duh!
I think I'm already doing a good job putting up with living with Bubblehead, the human I take care of.
Then again, he looks out for me too, so that makes us a family.💕

But I'm not sure what kind of an answer Ms. Fyre was looking for.
Anyone who asks me what I am going to do tomorrow, likely assumes I know what day of the week it is.
After all, I'm only a baby by dragon standards.
I've got a LONG way to go before I reach adulthood.

I may not have won any acting awards (yet), but I can certainly put on quite a performance when I want to do something Bubblehead doesn't agree with.😉

I may not be a spectacular athlete like a some humans are, but I have yet to see one of you people flap your arms and fly like I can.😀

I always knock on the fridge door before I open it, just in case there’s a salad dressing.😳

I am the kind of baby companion dragon who will admit my faults, If I ever get any.😉

My friends say I need to work on my humility, but I have no idea why they say that.😕

If you need something to believe in, start with yourself.

Happiness is not about getting all you want, it is about enjoying all you have.

WOW! I'm feeling better already!
And on that note♫, have a great week everybody, and please be back here again next weekend for more Sunday Funnies!—wd.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: OCTOBER 6-12, 2019


OCTOBER 12 IS NATIONAL DAY IN SPAIN.
OCTOBER 14 IS COLUMBUS DAY.

AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE W🌍RLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*President Donald Trump has decided to withdraw American Forces from Syria, drawing criticism from not only US allies, but both his own party and the Democrats too. (There are 4/FOUR separate links in this item.)
*Turkish forces have since entered Syria.
*Will Uganda start executing those who like their own gender???
*Is a trade deal between the United States and China on the horizon???
*What about the trade dispute between Japan and South Korea???
*Italy has decided to reduce the size of its government.
*And you thought the cruise with Gilligan was bad! 🚢
*What holds the universe together???

THE 2019 NOBEL PRIZE WINNERS ARE…
*In Physics: TIED between Jim Peebles for his physical cosmology theories and Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz for discovering exoplanet 51 Pegasi B.
*For Chemistry: John Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham, and Akira Yoshino for their work on lithium ion batteries.
*Of Physiology or Medicine: Peter J. Ratcliffe, William Kaelin Junior, and Gregg L. Semenza for discovering how cells sense and adapt to varying oxygen levels.
*In Literature: The 2018 Prize belatedly to Olga Tokarczuk and the 2019 Prize to Pete Handke.
*For Peace: Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
*In Economics: a statement on the status of this award will be issued October 14, 2019.

THE CLIMATE CHANGE CHRONICLES…
*Sadly, new wildfires are being fought in California, USA.
*What you can do to help the birds🐦, bees, and butterflies🦋 locally.

THE TERRORIST REPORT…
*The Free Choice E-zine does not support terrorism, no matter what the “cause” or alleged “justification”. Thus we will only be posting news items in this section whenever terrorists are brought to justice.

😢PASSING PARADE…
*Those who died during the recent California wildfires.
*Actress Juliette Kaplan (Last of the Summer Wine, Coronation Street) has taken her last bow on life’s stage.
*Drummer Ginger Baker (Cream, Blind Faith) is no longer with us.
*Actor Robert Forster (The Black Hole, Jackie Brown) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Comedian Rip Taylor (credits too numerous to mention) has passed away.
*Bassist Larry Junstrom (38 Special, Lynyrd Skynyrd) is no longer with us.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…
THE BORDER WALL-KIDS-IMMIGRATION ISSUES…
*With families being separated upon apprehension, President Trump declared the lack of a border wall a “national emergency”. There have since been legal and legislative battles initiated over this.
*The wall, no matter what!
NOTE: While we are doing our best to provide coverage, the above is a serious, ongoing issue. Especially since no one has yet to discuss the costs of separating families and who is truly responsible for the deaths of FOUR detainees (known to date), let alone if anyone might actually be making a profit from this situation.
TARIFF TALK…
*Is a trade deal between the United States and China on the horizon???
POLITICALLY… Including the Impeachment Inquiry.
*President Donald Trump has decided to withdraw American Forces from Syria, drawing criticism from not only our allies, but both his own party and the Democrats too. (There are 4/FOUR separate links in this item.)
*It should come as no surprise that neither Trump nor Guiliani will cooperate with the Impeachment inquiry, despite the fact a couple of Rudy’s “assistants” have been arrested. (There are 5/FIVE separate links in this item.)
*Are Trump’s lawyers ready to defend him???
*Now the Environmental Protection Agency wants Trump investigated!
*Is potential impeachment as an asset???
*The Department of Homeland Security needs another new “acting head”.
*It should come as no surprise that Donald Trump does not like negative comments about him.
*Is the Trump Administration AGAINST unions???
*Trump MUST let New York examine his past tax returns! Unless he wins his appeal. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*WHO’S paying for security???
*You can’t please everybody.

*We should OBEY God and Trump???
TRUMP TWEETS
*Trump thinks he can intimidate other countries via Tweets???
*One reporter’s thoughts on Trump's latest comments.
MEANWHILE…
*A look at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s current Congressional record.
ELSEWHERE…
*The Supreme Court is considering gay rights in the work place.
😀AND FINALLY, SOME GOOD NEWS…
*Mom did the right thing.
*Let's play!
*A helping hand paw.
*How did I catch THAT???

THE PUZZLE CORNER: OCTOBER 12, 2019

😎FUN FACT
“The elephant 🐘 in the room” refers to something everyone knows about but no one wants to discuss, not an actual animal.

REBUS
Something familiar is represented in the image below. Do you know what it is?

E E E E E E E E

COMMON BONDS
The items in each subset below have something in common. Do you know what it is?
01. {“Della and the Dealer” by Hoyt Axton; The Virginian television series}
02. {Memory, Penny}

We’ll reveal all next weekend, but for now, let’s open up THE ANSWERS BOX📦 and discover the results from the October 5, 2019 Puzzle Corner.

RHYME TIME
The clue to something is below, but no matter how long your answer is, each word within it must rhyme. Ready?
Extra glasses = Spare pair. 👓👓

NUMBER PLEASE
Get ready! We ask the question, but the answer is just a number.
In what year was the lie detector invented?
1921. It’s older than you thought, huh?

Sunday, October 6, 2019

CAN YOU HELP JAIME RAMOS?

Okay, I'm trying to help my friendly neighborhood beta-proofreader Nancy Hansen help out our mutual (writing) friend Jaime Ramos.
If you personally cannot assist, can you please at least spread the word in hopes of finding someone out there who can?
THANK YOU!

Our friend and fellow writer/editor Jaime Ramos has end stage kidney disease. He posted the following today:
Jaime, with his son and wife.

I had a check up with my kidney team...
My numbers aren't good. Got many shots and an infusion of iron. 
Hemoglobin is down... so is protein.
I got a flu vaccination.
End Stage Renal Disease... no fun.
Still looking for a kidney donor.

While prayers and well wishes are important and appreciated, what Jaime really needs is a donor kidney!
PLEASE, if you can do something along those lines, all kidney patients in similar circumstances would appreciate it. At the very least, please share this post—I have Jaime's permission to do so. Let's blanket the world with the news and see if we can locate a donor.

Here is where you can find out more about the donor that Jaime needs.
The people you need to speak with concerning donating a kidney are...

Barnes Jewish Transplant Center
866-886-3003

SUNDAY FUNNIES: IT'S AUTUMN/FALL! (2019)

It's Fall Autumn!
Hello Everybody! Autumn the Puppy here!
Or should that be Fall the Puppy, for I was named after the season that's upon us.
Yep, it's fall.
The days start to turn grayer, shorter, and colder.
The leaves🍂 start falling from the trees.
I'm okay with that last part, since I don't have to lend a paw to rake them up.😉
It's actually fun to romp and play in them when they're nice and crisp.
It's when they turn soggy after a hard rain that they're no longer any fun.

So, let me try to brighten your day a bit with some jokes. Ready?

Does a lone leaf🍁 hanging from a tree🌳 fear it might have missed its falling in life.

Why don’t cats🐱😼 play poker in the Jungle?
Too many cheetahs.

How do you tune a violin🎻 to play Blue Grass music🎵?
You have to Fiddle with it.

Somebody stole my limbo stick!
How low can you go?

Justice is best served cold... because if it is served warm, it would be just water.

Sign on a tree in Sherwood Forest: Jousters wanted for seasonal employment. Must work knights.

My people have discovered that answering the phone by saying: “Sheriff’s office, fraud division.” sure has slowed down the telemarketer calls.

I am happy to report that my inner child is still ageless.😁

And on that note𝆔, have a great week folks and please be back again next weekend for more Sunday Funnies!—AtP.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: SEPTEMBER 29-OCTOBER 5, 2019

OCTOBER 6 MARKS THE 130TH ANNIVERSARY OF
THE MOULIN ROUGE OPENING IN PARIS.
OCTOBER 6 MARKS THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF
THE VERY FIRST PAPAL VISIT TO THE WHITE HOUSE, BY POPE JOHN PAUL II.
OCTOBER 7 MARKS THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF
STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE.
FOR THOSE OBSERVING, YOM KIPPUR BEGINS AT SUNDOWN OCTOBER 8.
OCTOBER 8 IS INDEPENDENCE DAY IN CROATIA.
OCTOBER 9 MARKS THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THEN PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA RECEIVING THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE.

AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE W🌏RLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*North Korea wants to resume talks after “testing” another missile??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*"The violence MUST stop!"—the United Nations.
*Was it a frame up???
*Is an athlete being penalized for being "too good"???
*Forever 21 has gone into Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
*The first official drone airline???
*NASA's future plans.
*In at least one reality, 2019 marks the 25th anniversary of the moon’s destruction that led to the world of Thundarr the Barbarian.

THE CLIMATE CHANGE CHRONICLES…
*Another iceberg is loose!
*How hot was it???
*The endangered and at risk animals of the world. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)

THE LATEST FROM/ON IRAN...
*Did Iranian based hackers already try to affect the 2020 American Presidential election???

THE TERRORIST REPORT…
*The Free Choice E-zine does not support terrorism, no matter what the “cause” or alleged “justification”. Thus we will only be posting news items in this section whenever terrorists are brought to justice.

😢PASSING PARADE…
*Songwriter (“Try”, “Summer Nights”) “busbee” (aka Michael James Ryan) has passed away.
*The victims of the B-17 crash October 2.
*Actress Diahann Carroll (Julia, the original Dynasty) has taken her last bow on life’s stage.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…
THE BORDER WALL-KIDS-IMMIGRATION ISSUES…
*With families being separated upon apprehension, President Trump declared the lack of a border wall a “national emergency”. There have since been legal and legislative battles initiated over this.
*Provided he said that, what was Trump thinking???
*Why do they want detainees DNA???
NOTE: While we are doing our best to provide coverage, the above is a serious, ongoing issue. Especially since no one has yet to discuss the costs of separating families and who is truly responsible for the deaths of FOUR detainees (known to date), let alone if anyone might actually be making a profit from this situation.
TARIFF TALK…
*Now a trade war against the European Union???
POLITICALLY, WITH MOST OF THIS COVERING THE TRUMP/UKRAINE SITUATION...
*A question of loyalty???
*Trump wants to know who the whistle blower is, but one man disagrees. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Trump thinks he’s a “coup victim”???
*Trump still wants Joe Biden investigated, but NOT by the United States! (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Did the Ukraine do it???
*A “new defense”???
*Is there a case for impeachment??? It's been done before. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Trump versus Fox News, again.
*No Trump tax returns for California???
*Trump TV???
*Speculation as to who might wage Trump's civil war.
IT’S FACT CHECK TIME!
*Trump and this past week.
MEANWHILE…
*Could the Mitch McConnell Senate rule in favor of Trump??? Maybe. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Whatever happens, Congressional Republicans aren't happy about the Impeachment proceedings. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Is Bernie Sanders out of the running for the 2020 Democratic Presidential nomination???
ELSEWHERE…
*What lies in the future for the Federal Reserve???
*The Supreme Court prepares to hear an abortion issue. What might happen???
*Does this make any sense???
*Does it matter???
*Bed Bath and Beyond plans to have 60 less stores by this time next year.
*Why would someone do such a thing???
😀AND FINALLY, SOME GOOD NEWS…
*Some advice from Dan Rather.


THE FREE CHOICE E-ZINE WOULD LIKE TO THANK ITS LOYAL READERSHIP FOR GRANTING US 1,876 PAGE VIEWS IN SEPTEMBER 2019.

THE PUZZLE CORNER: OCTOBER 5, 2019

😎FUN FACT
While acknowledged as the inventor, Doctor Jonas Salk never patented the Polio Vaccine to make sure everyone who needed it would receive it.

RHYME TIME
The clue to something is below, but no matter how long your answer is, each word within it must rhyme. Ready?
Extra glasses.

NUMBER PLEASE
Get ready! We ask the question, but the answer is just a number.
In what year was the lie detector invented?

We’ll reveal all next weekend, but for now, let’s open up THE ANSWERS BOX 📦and discover the results from the September 28, 2019 Puzzle Corner.

TRIVIA TIME⌚
Who is currently the world’s largest tire producer?
Believe it or not, the Lego Company!  🧱

AKA, ALSO KNOWN AS
What is the formal name for the Western Lowland Gorilla?🦍
Technically, it’s Gorilla Gorilla Gorilla!🦍

Confirmation of the answers can be found on the other side of the links.