Sunday, August 7, 2022

SUNDAY FUNNIES: THIS AND CAT'S FUN FACTS

 Hello Folks! Piper D. Katt here!
Koda Canine and I are already gathering material for our annual Back To School salute, which is scheduled for the first Sunday Funnies after Labor Day in September.
Why so late, in comparison to when most schools actually start nowadays?

Well into the 1970s, many schools didn't start their new school year until the Tuesday after Labor Day and ended for the season the Friday before Memorial Day that next May.
It's only been in the last couple of decades that schools have started as early as mid-August and stayed in session as late as the beginning of June!
Even with weekends, "Teachers In Service" Days and other holidays has the class year lengthened but, any way you look at it, that is a long haul.
Individual school districts can require students to attend classes anywhere from 180 days up to a full 200!
And that's just covering the basics of public schools' Grades Pre-Kindergarten through Senior Year (12th Grade) in the United States.
Private schools and acquiring an education in other countries is a whole different kettle of fish.
Hmmm.... fish...๐ŸŸ๐Ÿ ๐ŸŸ๐Ÿ 

Scientists have found water on Mars!
Sorry. Got distracted there for a moment.
Tomorrow, August 8 is INTERNATIONAL CAT DAY! ๐Ÿ˜ธ A big paws up for whoever got that established.
Hope you're taking care of your friendly felines and to all you other cats across the globe: MEOW!

In any event, here are some other interesting facts you might not know.

Reading while sunbathing will make you well red.

To date, only 12 people have walked on the moon.๐ŸŒ”
Thankfully they didn't have to walk TO the moon or that number would be much smaller!

Here's a tip for all you Humans on how to dress for Winter.
Put on your pajamas and go to bed. ๐Ÿ˜ผ

England has a Liverpool but no Kidney Bank.


The point of acupuncture is a jab well done.

For those who stay up all night to see where the sun๐ŸŒž went don't worry.
It will dawn on you.๐ŸŒ…

๐ŸšฒBicycles cannot stand alone. They're just too tired.

Just before the clock strikes midnight on December 31st, make sure you raise your left leg.
That way you will start the New Year on the right foot.

So on that note♫ have a great week everybody!
Take care.
STAY SAFE!๐Ÿ˜ท
And please be back next weekend for more Sunday Funnies!PDK.

Saturday, August 6, 2022

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: JULY 31-AUGUST 6, 2022: NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

WE NEED MORE
GUN RESPONSIBILITY!

BULLYING HAS TO STOP!

BAN BOOK BANNINGS & BURNINGS!


GET VACCINATED, WEAR YOUR MASK๐Ÿ˜ท
& BEWARE ANY VERSION OF

AUGUST 6 IS DOUGHNUT๐Ÿฉ DAY!
AUGUST 8 IS INTERNATIONAL CAT DAY. ๐Ÿ˜ธ
AUGUST 9 IS THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE WORLD'S INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AND WOMEN'S DAY IN SOUTH AFRICA.
AUGUST 11 IS CHAD’S INDEPENDENCE DAY.
AUGUST 13 IS THE CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC’S INDEPENDENCE DAY.
AUGUST 13 IS THE 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF DISNEY’S BAMBI.๐ŸฆŒ
AUGUST 14 IS THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF PAKISTAN’S INDEPENDENCE.
AUGUST 15 IS INDIA’S INDEPENDENCE DAY AND
KOREA’S LIBERATION DAY DURING WORLD WAR 2.

AM๐Ÿ˜ทNGST EVENTS AROUND THE W๐ŸŒRLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*COVID and its variants continue to be a global problem. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Thankfully the vaccination battles continue too. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*The COVID state of the world, as of August 6, 2022.
*Unfortunately, Monkey Pox has become a serious medical issue also. (There are 3/THREE separate links in this item.)
*The global Monkey Pox status, as of August 6, 2022.
*August 9 marks the 120th anniversary of Edward VII being crowned King of England.
*August 16 marks the 60th anniversary of The Beatles replacing Pete Best with Ringo Starr.

*Despite the war, the grain shipping has begun.
*Russia continues to shell Ukraine targets, including a nuclear power plant! (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)

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.

THE CLIMATE CHANGE CHRONICLES…๐ŸŒ

๐Ÿ˜ขPASSING PARADE…
*The innocent lives lost during the Russian invasion of the Ukraine.
*Actress Nichelle Nichols (Uhura on Star Trek) has boldly gone to the stars above.
*House of Representatives member Jackie Walorski has passed away.
*Former professional football๐Ÿˆ player Lars Tate is no longer with us.
*Basketball๐Ÿ€ Hall of Famer and coach Bill Russell has passed away.
*Actor John Steiner (many roles over a multi-decade career) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Comedian/voice actress Pat Carroll (a decades long career of note) has taken her last bow on life’s stage.
*Comics writer/artist, TV producer Ron Zimmerman (numerous credits) is no longer with us.
*Famed baseball⚾ announcer Vin Scully has stepped away from the mike for the last time.
*Former professional football๐Ÿˆ player Jack Deloplaine has passed away.
*Actor Clu Gulager (many roles over a long career) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Judith Durham of The Seekers (♫Georgy Girl♫, more) and a solo singing career is no longer with us.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…
THE BORDER WALL-KIDS-IMMIGRATION ISSUES…
*Former “President” Trump declared a “national emergency” to build his border wall, separating
families upon apprehension. President Joseph Biden nullified the emergency, but other matters pertaining to these issues still have to be dealt with.
NOTE: While we are doing our best to provide coverage, the above is a serious ongoing issue. Especially since no one has yet to full y discuss the health and safety of all the “detainees” as well as the various costs under Donald Trump 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.
CAPITAL CHAOS: JANUARY 6, 2021>AFTERMATH
*Can the Investigating Committee find something useful in the Alex Jones trial transcripts??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
POLITICALLY…
*The latest Primary results. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Opinion: So what now???
*Noted Republican and former Vice President Dick Cheney’s opinion of Donald Trump.
THE SUPREME COURT REPORT…
SOCIAL (IN)JUSTICE…
*Alex Jones stood trial for calling the Sandy Hook Elementary school massacre a fake. He lost, but is appealing the verdict. (There are 4/FOUR separate links in this item.)
*THIS is Idaho???๐Ÿ˜จ
*Opinion: Is he serious???
๐Ÿ˜ทTHE US VERSUS COVID-19…
๐Ÿ˜ทTHE US VERSUS MONKEY POX…
MEANWHILE, IN CONGRESS…
*House of Representatives’ Speaker Nancy Pelosi went to Taiwan. (There are 3/THREE separate links in this item.)
*Opinion: Will Congressional Republicans realize their latest mistake??? Apparently, yes. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
ELSEWHERE…
*In case you missed it, the latest on Walmart Store #02022.
*They’re upset over a Vegan Breakfast??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*August 7 marks the 140th anniversary of the earliest confirmed skirmish in the legendary Hatfield-McCoy feud.
๐Ÿ˜€AND FINALLY, SOME GOOD NEWS…



THE FREE CHOICE E-ZINE WOULD LIKE TO THANK ITS LOYAL READERSHIP FOR GRANTING US 2,677 PAGE VIEWS IN JULY 2022. 

THE PUZZLE CORNER: AUGUST 6, 2022

๐Ÿ˜Ž FUN FACT
There is a city named Batman in Turkey!

FILL IN THE BLANKS (BRAND NEW GAME!)
All you have to do is what the title says, literally fill in the blanks to acquire the answer. The given letters are all shown, none of those are missing. Ready?
PLACE: _AR _ _, _RA _ _ _

THE 50/50 CHANCE
Just like a regular TRIVIA TIME question except there are only two possible answers, hence the even odds of getting it right. Ready?
TRUE or FALSE: On the television series M*A*S*H, there was never a laugh track during the operating room/surgery scenes.

We’ll reveal all next weekend but for now, let’s open up THE ANSWERS BOX๐Ÿ“ฆ and discover the results from the July 30, 2022 Puzzle Corner.


TRIVIA TIME
What is Lunula?
The whitish part of the average fingernail.

WHO AM I?
Can you identify the person (real or fictitious) based upon the clue below?
♫Get his planet on the phone. Tell them he ain’t coming home.♫
Answer: ♫They call him Howard the Duck.♫

Monday, August 1, 2022

STATUS CHECK: WALMART #02022

 THE FOLLOWING IS AN EDITORIAL.

ADDENDUM BELOW.

Since my last post on the subject, we have received a few e-mails and comments from Free Choice E-zine readers wondering what the latest is in regards to the safety hazard situation at Walmart #02022.

TRUTHFULLY?
I honestly don't know.
The way my life and agenda has gone since July11, 2022 I've only been in the store once and even then I only had time to grab what I had to and leave because I needed to be somewhere else on time. That situation never had me going past the Deli at the front of the store, so I didn't have the time nor opportunity to look around and see whether or not things might have improved.

Personally, I seriously hope they have for all the reasons I listed in the previous two posts on the subject.
Whenever I do get the opportunity to do more than "a quick shopping dash and go" I will look around and report my findings but until then...

ADDENDUM

Well, I'm man enough to admit when I'm wrong. I DID have to go to my local Walmart tonight after all.
I have GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS and OMG WTF News.

First, the GOOD NEWS.
CARTS!
Either someone at Walmart #02022 has been reading my posts about their store or came up with the idea independently but, as you can see in the image on the right, they finally acquired CARTS! ๐Ÿ˜€

That will create a bit of a more organized mess on the selling floor in the public areas when working merchandise because THE BAD NEWS, they are still leaving pallets of goods on the selling floor!๐Ÿ˜’

This one was to the left of where I took the cart picture.

And of course, as you can see in the next two photos, Walmart #02022 is STILL fulling the back aisle with pallets.๐Ÿ˜’

Front of back aisle













Back of back aisle


Of course most of the pallets pictured leave much to be desired from a safety perspective.


Now for the OMG WTF news.
For whatever reason the Deli was already closed for the night by the time I even entered the store, because the overhead lights were already off and there was absolutely no one behind the counter that I'm aware of.

While whoever closed packed all the leftovers for sale as you can see in the lower half of my last picture below, they left all the dirty, empty (save for scraps) heating trays right where they were in the display case!

Although not an actual safety hazard, THIS IS A MAJOR HEALTH HAZARD!
Some Deli!

So in the end while there was some progress, Walmart #02022 still has a long way to go.
ESPECIALLY in light of the Deli Development.

Sincerely,
Lee Houston, Junior
Editor-In-Chief: The Free Choice E-zine
August 1, 2022

THE ABOVE WAS AN EDITORIAL.

Sunday, July 31, 2022

SUNDAY FUNNIES: WHAT'S IN A NAME?

 Hello Everybody! Koda Canine here!
Our beloved mentor Autumn "The Puppy" just loved the Internet and was always joking about what she could "dig up" to share with you.

Well, the other day I finally found the courage to check her old computer to see what might be on there and I found this. It was a bit about weird town names that Autumn never got around to using.

So in classic canine comedy tradition, I'm going to post the name and then comment afterwards. Ready?

From the United States of America...
WHY, ARIZONA.
I've never been there, but why not?

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, NEW MEXICO.
Someone must have really loved the game show to name a town after it.

PIE TOWN, NEW MEXICO.
I guess whoever named that one loved the dessert. Either that or was a mathematician. ๐…

NOTHING, ARIZONA.
While the sign IS in an appropriate spot, there has to be something else around there to officially designate a town.

๐Ÿ”CHICKEN, ALASKA.
I'd like mine medium well please.

๐Ÿฅš๐ŸฅšTWO EGG, FLORIDA.
I thought there were 12 in a dozen.
But between these two places, which came first?

NOWHERE, OKLAHOMA.
Is it a sister city to NOTHING, ARIZONA? Either way, I'd like to think they were being factious naming these two places.

GOBBLER'S KNOB, PENNSYLVANIA, home to Punxsutawney Phil.
You can make your own jokes about the groundhog, but whatever happened to the turkey๐Ÿฆƒ the place was named after?

BIRD IN HAND, PENNSYLVANIA.
Well, trying to hold a groundhog does get tiring after awhile even if you only do it one day out of an entire year.

RABBIT HASH, KENTUCKY.
No thanks. Even I'm not that hungry!

BORING, OREGON, sister city to DULL, SCOTLAND.
Considering how life is in some of the more major metropolises of the world, I wouldn't complain too much about having some peace and quiet.

FRANKENSTEIN, MISSOURI.
Must be a really fun place around Halloween! ๐ŸŽƒ

And in other parts of the world...๐ŸŒ
LOST, SCOTLAND.
Scotland lost? In what game? I certainly can't imagine that.

NOWHERE ELSE, AUSTRALIA.
You just have to love that town spirit when they admit they can't picture a better place than where they are.

A quick check of the Internet revealed there are a LOT more than just what that article named, but I'll save them for another time.
Meanwhile take care.
STAY SAFE!๐Ÿ˜ท
And please be back here next weekend for more Sunday Funnies!KC.
All links were active at the time of posting.

Saturday, July 30, 2022

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: JULY 24-30, 2022 NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

WE NEED MORE
GUN RESPONSIBILITY!

BULLYING HAS TO STOP!

BAN BOOK BANNINGS & BURNINGS!


GET VACCINATED, WEAR YOUR MASK๐Ÿ˜ท
& BEWARE ANY VERSION OF

JULY 30 IS INTERNATIONAL FRIENDSHIP DAY & THE ISLAMIC NEW YEAR.
2022 IS THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF DC COMICS’ THE BLACK CANARY.

AM๐Ÿ˜ทNGST EVENTS AROUND THE W๐ŸŒRLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*COVID and its variants continue to be a global problem. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*The state of the world, as of July 30, 2022.
*Unfortunately, Monkey Pox has become a serious medical issue also. (There are 5/FIVE separate links in this item.)
*The global Monkey Pox status, as of July 30, 2022.
*Pope Francis’ apology to Canada. But is retirement in his future??? (There are 3/THREE separate links in this item.)
*August 9 marks the 120th anniversary of Edward VII being crowned King of England.

*Are there Russian victories??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)

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.

THE CLIMATE CHANGE CHRONICLES…๐ŸŒ

๐Ÿ˜ขPASSING PARADE…
*The innocent lives lost during the Russian invasion of the Ukraine.
*Film director (Easy Rider, 5 Easy Pieces, more) and television producer (The Monkees, others) Bob Rafelson has passed away.
*Actor David Warner (numerous credits over a long career) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Actor Paul Sorvino (Law and Order, Good Fellas, much more over a long career) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Actor (The Leave It To Beaver franchise, more) director (Babylon 5, others) artist Tony Dow is no longer with us.
*Actor Bernard Cribbins (Doctor Who and much more over a seven decades long career) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Former professional football๐Ÿˆ player Wayne Hawkins is no longer with us.
*Actress Mary Alice (many TV and movie roles over a decades long career) has taken her last bow on life’s stage.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…
CAPITAL CHAOS: JANUARY 6, 2021>AFTERMATH
*Gathering more evidence and testimony before the next hearing, tentatively scheduled for sometime after Labor Day. (There are 3/THREE separate links in this item.)
POLITICALLY…
*President Biden is back on duty. Or is he??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Trump addressed fellow Republicans in Washington, DC this week. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*August 4 marks the 45th anniversary of then President Jimmy Carter establishing the Department of Energy.
SOCIAL (IN)JUSTICE…
๐Ÿ˜ทTHE US VERSUS COVID-19…
๐Ÿ˜ทTHE US VERSUS MONKEY POX…
*More cases, but more vaccinations planned. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
IT’S FACT CHECK TIME!
MEANWHILE, IN CONGRESS…
*Will there ever be better gun regulations??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
ELSEWHERE…
*So who won???๐Ÿ˜•
*August 4 marks the 130th anniversary of Lizzie Borden being arrested but later acquitted of killing her father and stepmother.
*August 7 marks the 140th anniversary of the earliest confirmed skirmish in the legendary Hatfield-McCoy feud.
๐Ÿ˜€AND FINALLY, SOME GOOD NEWS…

THE PUZZLE CORNER: JULY 30, 2022

๐Ÿ˜ŽFUN FACT
Famed author Roald Dahl also wrote the screenplay for the James Bond movie You Only Live Twice.

TRIVIA TIME
What is Lunula?

WHO AM I?
Can you identify the person (real or fictitious) based upon the clue below?
♫Get his planet on the phone. Tell them he ain’t coming home.♫

We’ll reveal all next weekend but for now, let’s open up THE ANSWERS BOX๐Ÿ“ฆ and discover the results from the July 23, 2022 Puzzle Corner.

THE 50/50 CHANCE
Just like a regular TRIVIA TIME question, except there are only two possible answers, hence the even odds of getting it right. Ready?
CHECKERS or CHESS. Which game is older?
CHECKERS, counting from its original name Draughts.

RHYME TIME⏳
The clue to something is below, but no matter how long your answer is, each word within it must rhyme. Ready?
Footwear container = Socks Box.