Sunday, September 28, 2014

SUNDAY FUNNIES: IT'S A DOG'S LIFE

"I bark, therefore I am."
Hello Everybody. Autumn the Puppy here.
Now, we've had plenty of dog related discussions before, ranging from everything like "the dog days of summer" to the classic dog joke:
Man: "How's life?"
Dog: "Ruff."
Man: "That bad, huh?"
Dog: "You try being on my end of the leash and see how you like it."

But let's look at some other aspects of life from the canine perspective.

From what my nose can detect in the laundry room, dryer lint has to be the cremated remains of everybody's missing socks.
That and the fact that some people need to do their laundry more often than whenever they're out of clean clothes because the hamper is overflowing with dirty stuff.

People look at the proverbial glass of life as either half empty or half full.
Dogs will enjoy whatever's there.
Something you should do with life as much as humanly possible.





Once you lick the frosting off a cupcake, it becomes a muffin, and muffins are healthy.
But then again, do you really need all those calories to begin with?





Sometimes people complain about a dog barking too much, but remember: we only bark when we have something to say.
It's not our fault the birds, squirrels, chipmunks, and other critters trespass in our yards whenever they feel like it.
Everything we have to say may not be completely important from your perspective, but there have been plenty of times when our positions are reversed.
Like when you offer to take us for a car ride and we wind up going to the vet!

Dogs always strive to be the best we can be.
Sure, we may have our "lazy moments" during the day. After all, it's not our fault the moon is only in the night sky. Somebody has to howl at it when necessary.
People may know more than one dog within their lifetimes, but a dog will know their person their entire life.
And for better or worse people, like dogs, only have one lifetime.
The canine seal of approval

So go live life safely to its fullest.
Go out and play fetch or for a run in the park.
Just remember to take your dog with you.
We like to have fun too, and doing that stuff is more interesting than watching you sitting on the couch watching football on a lovely Sunday afternoon in the fall.
Especially when we're not allowed on the couch to begin with!

Have a grrrr-eat week folks and please be back here next weekend for more Sunday Funnies.--AtP.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: SEPTEMBER 21-27, 2014

THE FREE CHOICE E-ZINE HAS BEEN EXPERIENCING PROBLEMS WITH ITS INTERNET SERVICE. WE APOLOGIZE FOR THE POSTING DELAY.

AMONGST EVENTS HAPPENING AROUND THE WORLD THIS PAST WEEK...
*Airstrikes have begun against ISIS/ISIL forces in Syria. Meanwhile, it has been confirmed the terrorists are responsible for the beheading of a French tourist because of his country's participation in the military action.
*Several independent rebel groups in Syria have announced they are putting aside their differences, at least for now, and are uniting in the fight against a common enemy: ISIS/ISIL forces.
*The World Health Organization has announced the death toll in the West Africa Ebola Virus Crisis at almost 3000 victims.
*University and college students across Hong Kong are skipping classes and risking arrest to protest Beijing's plan to no longer have fully democratic elections. The movement has led to the formation of a new group: Occupy Central With Love And Peace.
*NASA's Mars Atmospheric And Volatile evolutioN (MAVEN) and India's Mars Orbiter have both reached the red planet. Some critics are noting that the Indian Space Research Organization's probe cost their country far less than the American one did the United States.
*The Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument has been expanded to 490,000 square miles.
*The German pharmaceutical company Merck KGaA will be buying the American Sigma-Aldrich company for $17 BILLION US dollars, while Seimens AG will be acquiring the Dresser-Rand Group for $7.6 BILLION US dollars.
*The trio of white tiger cubs have made their public debut at the Buenos Aires Zoo.

BETWEEN RUSSIA AND THE UKRAINE...
*Demonstrations in support of the Ukraine and against the pro-Russian
separatists/the war currently in Donbass have taken place all over the world, including MOSCOW!
*Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko that he will restrict access to Russian markets if the Ukraine participates in any trade agreement with the European Union.
*Between the Ukrainian situation and Russia's interests in a contested island off its coast, Japan has increased its sanctions against Russia.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA...
*Eric Holder has announced he will be resigning as the United States' Attorney General as soon as the Senate appoints his successor.
*America is participating in the air strikes against ISIS/ISIL forces in Syria.
*President Barack Obama has signed the memorandum expanding the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument to 490,000 square miles.
*Two American companies, Sigma-Aldrich and the Dresser-Rand group, are being sold to German businesses.
*Derek Jeter will be ending his 20 year career in Major League Baseball with the New York Yankees in Sunday's season finale against the Boston Red Sox.

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

THE PUZZLE CORNER: SEPTEMBER 27, 2014

FUN FACT
Ants were alive during the age of dinosaurs!

TRIVIA TIME
What is a rubricator?

IN OTHER WORDS
All the clues in the group below are synonyms for what word?

Ecstasy, Elation, Euphoria, Happiness

We'll reveal all next weekend. But for now, let's open up THE ANSWERS BOX and discover the results of the September 20, 2014 Puzzle Corner.

COMMON BONDS
01. {The Black Unicorn, The Tangle Box}
Novels within the Magic Kingdom of Landover series by Terry Brooks, and I really wish he would write more Landover books.
02. {A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Sword}
Novels within the saga A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, although inaccurately referred to a lot by the title of the first novel and the HBO series: Game of Thrones.
But when's the next volume coming out Mister Martin?
03. {Groups 1 and 2}
Novels within fantasy series

AKA (Also Known As)

Theodosia Burr Goodman was the birth name of silent screen movie legend
Theda Bara.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

BANNED BOOK WEEK 2014

THE FOLLOWING IS AN EDITORIAL.



This is Banned Books Week here in the United States of America, although the problem is far more widespread than just in our country, and requires a lot more attention than just one week.

Books have been banned throughout the world on religious, political, moral, and other reasons as simple as the person who read the book didn't like it.

Everyone is entitled to their opinions.
BUT NO ONE HAS THE RIGHT TO FORCE THEIR OPINIONS UPON OTHERS!

If you start reading a book and find something objectionable within it, then you simply don't finish reading it.
If you're the parent of an underage minor, then you do have some right in regards to keeping whatever the book in question is away from your children.

BUT THOSE ARE YOUR ONLY RIGHTS!

It is up to another child's parents to decide what is right or wrong for their children!
Another adult is perfectly capable of deciding whether something is right or wrong for themselves.

The same rules are applicable for movies, television programs, music, etc.

These are your rights people!
Don't let anyone take them away from you!

THE ABOVE WAS AN EDITORIAL.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: THE EXECUTION BY DICK WOLF

Harper Collins
The sophomore volume of Dick Wolf's fledgling Jeremy Fisk series begins shortly after the conclusion of the debut novel: The Intercept.
Fisk of the New York Police Department's Anti-Terrorist Intel Division is on mandatory desk duty, mourning the loss of his former partner/girlfriend, while making threat assessments and security arrangements for visiting dignitaries because New York City is about to host the annual United Nations Week.
Meanwhile, an assassin for hire known only as "Chuparosa" is also on his way to NYC, as well as the very determined Mexican Intelligence agent Cecilia Garza, who vows not only to protect her President as he heads to New York on a diplomatic visit, but to catch the killer too.

Dick Wolf, the creator of the Law and Order and Chicago Fire/PD franchises for television, is a masterful storyteller who has written another page turner that keeps you wanting to know what happen's next even after the end of the book.

It was wise of him not to give Jeremy Fisk another love interest so soon, although there was definitely some mutual interest between Fisk and Garza.

However, while I caught no obvious errors like the New York Yankees/Mets situation in his first book, I am quite surprised by Fisk's actions towards the end of the novel.
I'm not saying I don't understand the reasons why Fisk did what he did, but that I perceived the character to be a better man than to do the deed in question.

In any event, I give The Execution my highest recommendation and eagerly await the third installment of this series.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

SUNDAY FUNNIES: JOKE TIME

Our novel hostess
Hello everybody! Waxy Dragon here!
Afraid I don't have a theme or particular subject to build this weekend's Sunday Funnies around.
Just a lot of great jokes to share. Ready?

What is a sailor's least favorite color?
Maroon.

Did you hear about the concert that only cost 45¢ to attend?
It featured 50 cents and Nickelback.

Why did the stadium get hot after the ball game was over?
All the fans left.

What do you get when you cross a goat with an owl?
A hootenanny.

What did the snail say after he rode on the back of a turtle?
"Wheee! That was fast!"

A slug is just a snail with a housing problem.

Did you hear about the poor farmer who's wife ran away with a tractor salesman?
He got a John Deere letter.


What did the tree say to Autumn (the season, not the puppy)?
Leaf me alone.

What is the only kind of nail a carpenter hates to hit?
A fingernail.

And on that note, have a great week everybody, and please be back here next weekend for more Sunday Funnies!--wd.


Friendly reminder: Waxy's literary debut in Companion Dragons Tales, Volume 2: Finding Waxy by Roger Stegman and Nancy A. Hansen is now available from Amazon in both print and e-book formats.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: SEPTEMBER 14-20, 2014

AMONGST EVENTS HAPPENING AROUND THE WORLD THIS PAST WEEK...
*Australia has sent combat forces to Iraq to face the Islamic terrorist ISIL threat after terrorist incidents on their own shores.
*As the Ebola virus crisis grows in West Africa, the United States has agreed to send medical forces and troops to the region, in light of rioting and the killing of medical personnel there. It is estimated over 2500 people have lost their lives to the disease!
*Sierra Leone has decided to lock down the entire country in wake of the Ebola crisis!
*The Philippines fear an eruption of the Mayon Volcano and have evacuated the surrounding area.
*Al-Qaeda terrorists seized control of the Pakistani frigate Zulfiquar, but the Pakistan Navy regained ownership before the terrorists could use it as a weapon.
*Miro Cerar is the new Prime Minister of Slovenia.
*North Korea has sentenced American tourist Matthew Miller, detained since April 2014, to six years of hard labor.
*Fiji's first general election since 2006 resulted in the Fiji First Party winning by a 60% majority.
*Voters in Scotland have decided against seeking their independence from Great Britain.
*Microsoft has announced an agreement to buy the Swedish firm Mojang for $2.5 billion US dollars, which would give them ownership of the Minecraft franchise.

BETWEEN RUSSIA AND THE UKRAINE...
*Ukraine has joined the European Union as an independent country, an act
Russia opposes.
*Fighting between Ukrainian forces and Pro-Russian rebels set the Donetsk International Airport on fire.
*Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko visited the United States in hopes of obtaining military help against the rebel forces. The US Congress has yet to make a decision on his request.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA...
*The United States Senate has authorized President Barack Obama to spend money equipping and training anti-ISIL forces in Syria.
*It is estimated that by the end of the 2014 calendar year, the United States Congress will have actually "worked" less than six out of the twelve months.
*Democratic and Independent candidates are crying foul against "super pacs" and other supporters pouring enormous amounts of money into Republican campaigns across the country for the 2014 mid-term elections in November after Supreme Court decisions earlier this year seriously changed the election rules.
*Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Tony Auth has set down his pencil for the last time.
*Actress Polly Bergen (the original Cape Fear, War and Remembrance) has left life's stage.

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