Saturday, April 18, 2015

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: APRIL 12-18, 2015

TODAY IS ZIMBABWE'S INDEPENDENCE DAY.
APRIL 22 IS EARTH DAY!

AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD THIS PAST WEEK...
*As both countries strive for improved diplomatic relations, United States President Barack Obama wants to remove Cuba from the States who Sponsor Terrorists list.
*Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demands that any agreement with Iran over their nuclear program includes a clause where Iran officially recognizes and will not act against Israel's right to exist.
*The European Union has officially charged Internet giant Google with Anti-trust Breach allegations.
*Wikileaks has recently posted a lot of material originating from the cyber attack against Sony Pictures Studio.
*Space X has yet to successfully recycle their Falcon 9 rocket after a mission.

BETWEEN RUSSIA AND THE UKRAINE...
*Russian President Vladimir Putin has authorized the delivery of the S-300 missile air defense system to Iran, despite protests from Israel and the United States that Iran is a known terrorist sponsor.

TERRIBLE TERRORIST ACTIVITIES...
*For reason(s) unknown, terrorists attacked the South Korean embassy in Tripoli, killing 2 guards while wounding another. Security otherwise successfully repelled the attack. Then the Moroccan embassy in Tripoli was bombed later that same day. ISIS/ISIL forces have claimed responsibility for both events.
*It has been confirmed that Al-Qaeda forces have captured the Riyan Airport, along with the seaport and oil terminal in Al Mukalla, Yemen.
*Civilians are fleeing the city of Ramadi, Iraq; after ISIS/ISIL forces initiated an attack.

PASSING PARADE...
*Author G√ľnther Grass (The Tin Drum, Dog Years) is no longer with us.
*Singer Percy Sledge ("When A Man Loves A Woman") has left the stage.
*Herb Trimpe, famed comic book artist and co-creator or Wolverine, has passed.
*Former diplomat and historian Elizabeth Brown Pryor is no longer with us.
*Actor and anime voice artist Kinya Aikawa has taken his last bow on life's stage.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA...
POLITICALLY...
*Hillary Clinton has formally announced her campaign to win the Democratic Presidential nomination in 2016. Political analysts are already applauding her stragety of not only linking herself to America, because then any attack ads against her would also appear to be attacking the country itself; but also actually announcing an agenda (helping working families succeed, climate change, clean energy, and building small businesses) for her first term, should she be elected President in 2016.
*Florida Senator Marco Rubio has announced his hope of becoming the Republican nominee for President in 2016.
*While Jeb Bush is still "exploring the possibility" of running for the Republican Presidential nomination in 2016, there is evidence to suggest that as Governor of Florida, he directed almost $2 billion dollars in pension funds to companies that supported his brother George W.'s 2000 and 2004 bids for the Presidency.
*Congress is fast tracking the United States joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, despite protests that much of the details have yet to be made public.
*As both countries strive for improved diplomatic relations, President Barack Obama wants to remove Cuba from the States who Sponsor Terrorists list.
ELSEWHERE...
*Wal-mart has suddenly closed 5 stores between Texas, California, Oklahoma, and Florida without any advanced warning. These 5 locations recently experienced "plumbing problems". While the company has announced plans to eventually repair and reopen the stores, no building or construction permits have yet to be applied for at post time, and it has been noted that most of the locations were sites where employees have demonstrated for better wages.
*George Lucas now plans to build a low income housing project on property he owns in Marin County, California; despite protests from local residents of the exclusive neighborhood, who previously rejected Lucas' proposal to build a movie studio on the land.
*Former professional football player Aaron Hernandez has been convicted of first degree murder.
*Jordan Spieth won the 2015 Masters Professional Golf Tournament.

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: APRIL 18, 2015

FUN FACT
Because of its unique orbit, technically Neptune will be the farthest planet (including Pluto!) from our sun, between 2227 and 2257.

Another weekend is upon us, and puzzle lovers know what that means!


FAMOUS FIRSTS
Who was the first actor to portray the noted British secret agent James Bond?


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

We'll reveal all next weekend. But for now, let's open up THE ANSWERS BOX and discover the results from the April 11, 2015 Puzzle Corner.

COMMON BONDS
The items in each subset have something in common. Do you know what it is?

01. {I Don't Want To Miss A Thing by Aerosmith, Pilot of the Airwaves by Charlie Dore}
Both songs start out discussing not wanting to go to sleep.
While not many people recognized the tune, Pilot of the Airwaves was Charlie Dore's only "hit" in the United States, about a woman who preferred to stay up late and listen to her favorite disc jockey on the radio.


02. {Daydream Believer by The Monkees, Manic Monday by The Bangles}
Both songs start off discussing the difficulties of getting up in the morning.

THE 50/50 CHANCE
This is just like a regular Trivia Time question, only there are just 2 possible answers, hence the even odds of getting it right. Ready?

TRUE OR FALSE: Every field position is mentioned in the classic (Bud) Abbott and (Lou) Costello routine Who's On First?

Answer: FALSE! While Who's on First, What's on Second, and I Don't Know on Third were the most talked about, every other baseball field position is mentioned at least once except the right fielder.


All videos courtesy of YouTube.
Pilot of the Airwaves (c) Charlie Dore.
Who's on First? (c) the Bud Abbot and Lou Costello estates.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

SUNDAY FUNNIES: A LAZY DAY (random jokes)

Hello everybody! Autumn the Puppy here.
It's actually a nice day for a change in my yard.
Bearable, until that chill wind hits you, so I'm trying to clean out and spruce up my doghouse in anticipation of the warmer days to come.
Provided Spring ever shows up.
So while I've been cleaning, my mind's be wandering and wondering.
And before you ask, yes it is old enough to be left unattended. Anyway...

Wouldn't it be nice if whenever we messed up our life we could simply press 'Ctr Alt Delete' and start all over?

Just remember, if the world didn't have gravity, we all would of been spun off it ages ago!

Garden Rule: When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant.

The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement.

Who was the first person to look at a cow and say, 'I think I'll squeeze these dangly things under her and drink whatever comes out?'

Who was the first person to say, 'See that chicken there? I'm gonna eat the next thing that comes outta its butt.'

If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a song about him?

Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle?
Doctor WHO?

If someone was going to make a generic soft drink to get people away from
buying the real thing, shouldn't they at least come up with a better name for the product?

And why am I out here cleaning out my dog house when I can be nice and warm with my people back inside their house?

On that note, have a great week everybody and we'll be back next weekend with more Sunday Funnies!—AtP.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: APRIL 5-11, 2015

AMERICAN INCOME TAXES ARE DUE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15th.
THE APOLLO 13 MISSION LAUNCHED ON THIS DATE 45 YEARS AGO,
BUT SOON THOSE DREADED WORDS "HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM" WOULD BE HEARD.
APRIL 15th MARKS THE 60th ANNIVERSARY OF THE McDONALDS FAST FOOD COMPANY.

AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD THIS PAST WEEK...
*A cyber attack on TV5Monde has resulted in increase security of all media outlets in France.
*The United Nations warns that the situation in Yemen is seriously deteriorating. The World Health Organization suspects the civil war has resulted in over 500 dead, 1700 wounded, and over 100,000 fleeing the country. Most of all these statistics are civilians.
*Cuban President Raul Castro and United States President Barack Obama met during the Summit of the Americas in Panama. It is the first time the leaders of those two countries have formally met face to face since the Cuban Revolution.

BETWEEN RUSSIA AND THE UKRAINE...
*Sweden has announced they are joining a number of European countries that will not be attending the memorial ceremony commerating the end of World War 2 in Russia this May, in protest over Russia's actions in the Ukraine situation.




TERRIBLE TERRORIST ACTIVITIES...
*An unsuccessful attempt on the life of Afghanistan's Attorney General happened in the Balkh Province.
*ISIS/ISIL forces are bragging they killed 52 people along the Syria border this past week.

PASSING PARADE...
*Stage Actress Julie Wilson (Kismet, The Pajama Game) is no longer with us.
*Actor Richard Dysart (L.A. Law, Wall Street) has taken his last bow on life's stage.
*Actor James Best (The Dukes of Hazard, Sounder) has passed away.
*Actor Geoffrey Lewis (High Plains Drifter, Bronco Billy) is no longer with us.
*Comedian Stan Freberg has given us our last laugh.
*Actress/director Judith Malina (Dog Day Afternoon, The Sopranos) has passed away.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA...
POLITICALLY...
*After it failed to be accepted the first time, Congress has resubmitted its budget proposal that includes eliminating the Affordable Care Act, cutting social programs, and adding more tax benefits for upper income earners.
*Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has announced his bid for the Republican Presidential nomination. His first order of business? Telling the media they cannot use/quote any statement given by or accredited to him before the announcement.
*Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to announce her bid for the Democratic Presidential nomination Sunday, April 12.
*United States President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro met during the Summit of the Americas in Panama. It is the first time the leaders of those two countries have formally met face to face since the Cuban Revolution.
*The Tea Party in held a protest in Miami to complain about land that might be given back to the Florida Everglades conservation program. However, it's been proven that their protesters were PAID ACTORS!
ELSEWHERE...
*A suspect from the Boston Marathon Bombings of 2013 has been found guilty on ALL 30 charges.
*The Duke Blue Devils defeated the Wisconsin Badgers to win the 2015 NCAA College Basketball Men's Tournament.
*The Connecticut Lady Huskies defeated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Ladies to win the 2015 NCAA College Basketball Women's Tournament.

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: APRIL 11, 2015

FUN FACT
A dimpled golf ball has less drag and flies farther than a smooth one.

COMMON BONDS
The items in each subset have something in common.
Do you know what it is?

01. {I Don't Want To Miss A Thing by Aerosmith, Pilot of the Airwaves by Charlie Dore}
02. {Daydream Believer by The Monkees, Manic Monday by The Bangles}

THE 50/50 CHANCE
This is just like a regular Trivia Time question, only there are just 2 possible answers, hence the even odds of getting it right. Ready?

TRUE OR FALSE: Every field position is mentioned in the classic (Bud) Abbott and (Lou) Costello routine Who's On First?

We'll reveal all next weekend. Meanwhile, let's peek inside THE ANSWERS BOX and discover the results of the April 4, 2015 Puzzle Corner.

THE LETTER SHUFFLE
How many new words can you find within the letters of EASTER?

A, are, art(s), as, aster, at
Ear(s), ease, east, era(s), ere
Rest, reset
Sea, sear, seat, see, seer, set
Tea(s), tear(s), tee(s), terse

More than the 29 listed above might be possible.

DO YOU KNOW?
Below are the official scoreboard designations for every team in Major League Baseball. Do you know who's who?

ARI = Arizona Diamondbacks, ATL = Atlanta Braves, BAL = Baltimore Orioles, BOS = Boston Redsox, CHC = Chicago Cubs, CIN = Cincinnati Reds, CLE = Cleveland Indians, COL = Colorado Rockies, CWS = Chicago White Sox, DET = Detroit Tigers, HOU = Houston Astros, KC = Kansas City Royals, LAA = Los Angeles Angels (at Annehiem), LAD = Los Angeles Dodgers, MIA = Miami Marlins, MIL = Milwaukee Brewers, MIN = Minnesota Brewers, NYM = New York Mets, NYY = New York Yankees, OAK = Oakland A(thletic)s, PHI = Philadelphia Phillies, PIT = Pittsburgh Pirates, SD = San Diego Padres, SEA = Seattle Mariners, SF = San Francisco Giants, STL = Saint Louis Cardinals, TB = Tampa Bay Rays, TEX = Texas Rangers, TOR = Toronto Bluejays, (and) WSH = Washington Nationals.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

SUNDAY FUNNIES: HOPPY EASTER 2015

Greetings. It's your old friend E.B. the Easter Bunny here, bringing everyone some fun Easter jokes.
I've been told that your regular hostesses, Autumn the Puppy and Waxy Dragon, have the holiday off to be with their families.
If you had to work today, unless you're in the military, law enforcement, fire prevention, or medical industries; shame on your employers!

Now it's time to kick back, relax, put your feet up and let your hare down as I tell a few yolks, I mean: jokes.


A magician called a bald man onto the stage. "I am going to make a rabbit appear on top your head. Alakazam! A rabbit is now on your head."
The man felt around on top his head and there was nothing.
"Go ahead and keep feeling around," said the magician. "Soon you will feel a little hare."

What do you call a cow on Easter?
Whatever you call it the rest of the year!

What did the chicken say when it laid a square egg?
Ouch!

What do you get if you cross a flea with a rabbit?
A bug's bunny!

What are four hundred rabbits hopping backwards?
A receding hare line.

What did the evil chicken lay?
Deviled eggs.

Where do tough chickens come from?
Hard boiled eggs.

An Easter Parade
If a rooster climbs to the top of a barn roof and lays an egg and the barn is facing east and the wind is blowing north, which way will the egg roll?
Does it matter? Roosters don't lay eggs!

A pack of wolves were chasing a pair of rabbits. They dashed beneath a bush to hide for a moment. One says to the other, “Should we make a run for it, or wait until we out number them?”
The other says, “We’re both male, We better run for it.”

What do you call a rabbit that cannot make a decision?
An Either rabbit.

How do rabbits fly?
By hareplane.

What is the bunny motto?
"Don't worry, be hoppy."

Did you know carrots are good for the eyes?
After all, you've never seen a rabbit wearing glasses, have you?

What is a rabbit's favorite dance style?
Hip-hop.

Where do rabbits go after their wedding?
On their bunnymoon.

Well, that's it for this year folks. It's been fun.
As usual, I'm gonna hop home, kick back, relax, hang out with my peeps, and take a well deserved carrot break.
See you in 2016.--e.b.

The Sunday Funnies will return next weekend.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: MARCH 29-APRIL 4, 2015

EASTER IS SUNDAY, APRIL 5th.
TODAY IS CHILDREN'S DAY IN HONG KONG AND TAIWAN.
SENEGAL CELEBRATES ITS INDEPENDENCE DAY TODAY.

AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD THIS PAST WEEK...
*Turkey experienced a severe power outage this past week that affected 65% percent of the country. While power has since been restored, the cause is still under investigation.
*Despite Republican interference, the United States has helped broker a deal between Iran and six other countries concerning their nuclear program. However, the measure has yet to be officially accepted, especially since Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claims his country will still be at risk.
*After extending the voting hours due to terrorist activity, Muhammadu Buhari has been elected President of Nigeria.
*The recovered flight recorder from Germanwings 9525 sadly confirms the co-pilot's successful suicide attempt, taking the rest of those on board the plane with him.
*Islam Karimov has been re-elected President of Uzbekistan.
*Queen Elizabeth II has officially dissolved the British Parliament and scheduled a general election for May 7th.
*In the final match, Australia defeated New Zealand to win the 2015 World Cup of cricket.

TERRIBLE TERRORIST ACTIVITIES...
*So far, 43 people are confirmed dead after Boko Haram tried to stop the Presidential election in Nigeria.
*The Arab League is uniting military forces to respond to security/terrorist threats.
*Pakistan and The People's Republic of China have both evacuated its citizens from Yemen over security concerns and the current state of the country. Saudi Arabia has since been accused of intentionally bombing a Yemen refuge camp.
*United States President Barack Obama's administration has established a sanctions program against overseas cyber terrorists.
*ISIS/ISIL forces have claimed responsibility for the deaths of 15 Egyptian soldiers during an insurgence in Sinai.

PASSING PARADE...
*Noted comic book scribe Roger Slifer is no longer with us.
*Cynthia Lennon, the first wife of John Lennon, has passed away.
*Bob Burns, drummer for Lynyrd Skynyrd has taken his final bow on life's stage.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA...
POLITICALLY...
*Despite Republican interference, the United States has helped broker a deal between Iran and six other countries concerning their nuclear program. However, the measure has yet to be officially accepted, especially since Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claims his country will still be at risk.
*Indiana's infamous SB 101 bill, originally allowing businesses to discriminate against potential customers on religious grounds has since been amended after the state experienced severe backlash from the rest of the country.
*The Obama administration has established a sanctions program against overseas cyber terrorists.
ELSEWHERE...
*With the alteration to Indiana's SB 101, the NCAA has stated the Final Four and the championship games of both the mens and womens college basketball tournaments will be held in Indiana as originally scheduled.
*Trevor Noah has been announced as Jon Stewart's replacement as host of The Daily Show.



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