Tuesday, October 17, 2017

BACK IN OPERATION!

It was a rough, emotionally exhausting experience; but I have returned from attending my mother's funeral and other family matters.

The Free Choice E-zine now resumes operations!

Barring anything unforeseen, our regularly scheduled features will continue at their normal times.

The Week In Review (news) and The Puzzle Corner this coming Saturday October 21, 2017. While The Week In Review will be living up to its name and starting fresh news coverage from Sunday, October 15, 2017; The Puzzle Corner WILL include the answers from the September 30, 2017 edition, which was the last one posted before things got interrupted.

The Sunday Funnies will resume October 22, 2017 with Waxy Dragon, who would have been next in the hosting rotation before I had to put everything on hold to deal with the personal situation.

I would like to thank everyone for their time, patience, understanding, and loyal readership of this E-zine.

ONWARD!
Lee Houston, Junior
Editor-In-Chief: The Free Choice E-zine
17 October, 2017

Sunday, October 1, 2017

EVERYTHING'S ON HOLD!

I know everyone is expecting to see The Sunday Funnies in this space today, but unfortunately I must put everything connected to The Free Choice E-zine on hold for a while.

Tomorrow we should have been wishing my mother a "Happy Birthday!"
Sadly, we're now planning her funeral. đŸ˜­

She died unexpectedly this morning of a heart attack. Funeral arrangements are pending as I post this.

Since I became its Editor-In-Chief, The Free Choice E-zine has been pretty much a one man operation, with input from contributors and a couple of close friends as needed.
But in the end, I bear the ultimate responsibility for this site's content, which is why my name has been the only one ever listed in the POSTED BY line.

It will be at least a week before operations resume, but they WILL!
At that time, our regular features will restart at their next scheduled appearances.
The Week In Review and The Puzzle Corner the first viable Saturday, with answers to the September 30, 2017 games included as news coverage picks up where it left off for that specific week.
And of course, The Sunday Funnies will return the next day.

I would like to thank all our loyal readers for their support and patronage of this blog.
It is for you that I continue posting, and will post again when I return from taking care of family matters.
Until then...

Lee Houston, Junior
Editor-In-Chief, The Free Choice E-zine
October 1, 2017

Saturday, September 30, 2017

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: SEPTEMBER 24-30, 2017

SEPTEMBER IS CHILDREN’S CANCER AWARENESS MONTH.
ANYTHING THAT DEBUTED IN 1962 CELEBRATES
ITS 55TH ANNIVERSARY THIS YEAR.
OCTOBER 2 MARKS THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THURGOOD MARSHALL BECOMING THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN MEMBER OF THE SUPREME COURT.





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AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*North Korea has announced it considers a recent reconnaissance flight by the United States “a declaration of war”.
*Puerto Rico has officially requested federal aide from the United States in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. But who’s to blame for their trouble, and when/if will they get assistance??? (There are 3 separate links in this item.)
*Although the referendum was nonbinding, Kurdistan voters would like their Independence from Iraq, although Iraq’s Prime Minister wants the vote results canceled. (There are 2 separate links in this item.)
*Japan will have a general election October 22, 2017, after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved the lower house of Parliament. (There are 2 separate links in this item.)
*Ireland will hold a referendum concerning abortion in Spring 2018.
*Africa’s Great Green Wall is proving to be an ecological success!
*Dubai is encouraging its citizens to switch from petrol to electric automobiles.
*So, what did happen to Gary Paton???
*Saudi Arabia will soon allow women to drive in their country.
*Australia has announced it will form its own space agency.
*Anyone for sologamy???

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.

đŸ˜­PASSING PARADE…
*Author Kit Reed.
*Actor Jan Triska (The Karate Kid Part 3, 2010) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Soul singer Charles Bradley
*Bobby Knutt, Elizabeth Dawn, and Tony Booth of the long running show Coronation Street have all sadly taken their last bows on life’s stage this week.
*Actor Barry Dennen (Jesus Christ Superstar, Fiddler on the Roof, The Shining) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Playboy founder Hugh Hefner has passed away.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…
POLITICALLY…
*The annual open enrollment period (November 1-December 15, 2017) for the Affordable Care Act, aka “Obama Care” is approaching.
*North Korea has announced it considers a recent reconnaissance flight by the United States “a declaration of war”.
*Puerto Rico has officially requested federal aide from the United States in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. But who’s to blame for their trouble, and when/if will they get assistance??? (There are 3 separate links in this item.)
*Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has taken it upon herself to rescind all of the previous Obama Administration’s rules concerning rape on college campuses (known as Title IX) because she considers them unfair… to the rapists!
*President Trump has entered the debate over kneeling during the National Anthem at sporting events.
*With the temporary injunction over, the Trump Administration’s travel/immigration ban continues with new countries added to the list; while the Department of Homeland Security has announced it will soon begin collecting social media information on all immigrants, green card holders, and naturalized citizens beginning October 18, 2017. But are immigration authorities rounding up illegals, even in "sanctuary cities"??? (There are 3 separate links in this item.)
*President Trump is planning a diplomatic visit to Asia.
*Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price has resigned over controversy concerning his use of private planes.
MEANWHILE…
*Opposition seriously increased on the latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, aka Obama Care, to the point of failure. But now the Blame Game has begun. Or the possible lying. (There are 4 separate links in this item.)
*The latest attempt at a tax plan and what it might mean for you, President Trump and the rest of “the 1%”. (There are 3 separate links in this item.)
*Facebook, Twitter, and Google representatives are all scheduled to testify as the investigation into Russia’s possible interference in the 2016 Presidential election continues.
*Does the GOP think the wrong Republican won the recent primary in Alabama???
*Republican Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee has announced he will not seek reelection in 2018.
ELSEWHERE…
*In the aftermath of Hurricane Harveyjust who will pay for all the repair bills in Houston, Texas??? (There are 2 separate links in this item.)
*Acting Drug Enforcement Agency Chief Chuck Rosenberg has announced his retirement, effective October 1.
*The United States Marine Corp has its first female officer.
*The University of Louisville, Kentucky’s troubles continue. (There are 2 separate links in this item.)

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

THE PUZZLE CORNER: SEPTEMBER 30, 2017

FUN FACT
All varieties of fish have teeth!

WHAT’S THAT SONG?
A line from a famous song is below. All you have to do is know its name. Ready?

♫I need you more than want you...♫

FAMOUS FIRSTS
The opening line to a book is below. Do you know what the novel is?

It was always the same for her when she arrived to meet the body.

We’ll reveal all next weekend, but for now, let’s open up THE ANSWERS BOX and discover the results from the September 23, 2017 Puzzle Corner.

BEFORE AND AFTER
Two separate things share at least one word in common, so can be combined to form something new. Based upon the clue below, do you know what the new thing is?

Retired baseball player turned mystery writer?

Charles Todd Walker
Charles Todd is famous for writing the Inspector Ian Rutledge and Bess Crawford mysteries, while Todd Walker is a retired eleven year veteran of Major League Baseball turned announcer.
While there are other former athletes who turned to writing, this is the combination we were thinking of that fits the BEFORE AND AFTER category.

TRIVIA TIME
Who or what is Cullan Skink?
It’s a variety of fish.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

BANNED BOOK WEEK 2017

The following is an editorial.




September 24-30 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.

Believe it or not, every title in the image above was actually banned by some group, county, or state within the United States at one point or another.

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.
After all, you don't want someone else saying what you can and can't read, do you?

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.

SUNDAY FUNNIES: LEGAL LAUGHS

"Raise your right paw."
Hello Everybody! Autumn the Puppy here!
In Henry VI, Part II, during Scene 2 of the fourth act, William Shakespeare had Dick the Butcher say, "The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.''
Now of course, the character was referring to the unethical ones involved within the play's events.
Like any profession, you have to take the bad ones with the good.
Yet for every Perry Mason or Rafael Barba, there is an attorney not as bright, but they do provide great comedic moments.
I submit the following as proof to the court of laughs...

Attorney: "The youngest son. The 20 year old. How old is he?"
Witness: "Don't you know?"

Attorney: "What's your current marital status?"
Man: "I'm a widower."
Attorney: "Who died?"

Attorney: "Didn't you say the murder victim was shot in the woods?"
Coroner: "No, I said he was shot in the lumbar region."
Of course, the court room scenes of Airplane 2! The Sequel! are quite funny too.

Attorney: "Any theories as to why this isn't a murder trial?"
Witness: "Because I'm still alive."

Attorney: "You were there until you left, correct?"
This one ranks right up there with the Bugs Bunny/Daffy Duck routine "This week was next week last week."

And on that note♫, have a great week everybody and we'll see each other again next weekend for more Sunday Funnies!—AtP.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: SEPTEMBER 17-23, 2017

SEPTEMBER IS CHILDREN’S CANCER AWARENESS MONTH.
2017 MARKS THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF REGULAR SEASON INTERLEAGUE PLAY IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL.
SEPTEMBER 23 IS NATIONAL DAY IN SAUDI ARABIA.
SEPTEMBER 23 IS ALSO "CELEBRATE BI-SEXUALITY DAY".
SEPTEMBER 24-30 IS BANNED BOOK WEEK.
SEPTEMBER 25 MARKS THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PRINCESS BRIDE MOVIE.
SEPTEMBER 29 MARKS THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GIANTS LAST BASEBALL GAME BEFORE MOVING FROM NEW YORK CITY TO SAN FRANCISCO.
SADLY, SEPTEMBER 29 MARKS THE 35TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE STILL UNRESOLVED TYLENOL POISONING CASE, WHICH SOON LED TO BETTER PRODUCT SEALING.



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AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*Will Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolve Japan’s House of Representatives soon to prepare for a new general election???
*Ownership of Rolling Stone magazine is now available for purchase.
*Uber is apparently out in London, England.
*Since climate change IS real, could another mass extinction be in our future too??? (There are 2 separate links in this item.)
*So, did Neanderthal brains develop slower than those of modern humans or not???
*Believe it or not, a German World War 1 submarine has been discovered!

NORTH KOREA VERSUS…???
*American President Donald Trump made his first appearance before the United Nations this week.
*What he said.
*North Korea’s possible reaction to Trump’s address.
*The US Congress’ initial response to Trump’s speech.
*President Trump has since levied new sanctions against North Korea.
*While China is honoring existing sanctions, what about the recent earthquake in North Korea??? (There are 2 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.

đŸ˜­PASSING PARADE…
*Those who lost their lives during the recent earthquakes in Mexico.
*Musician/producer Laudir de Oliveria (Sergio Mendes, Chicago) has passed away.
*World Wrestling Entertainment Icon Bobby “The Brain” Heenan is no longer with us.
*Film producer Kate Guinzburg (One Fine Day, Dangerous Minds) has passed away.
*Former professional football player turned actor Bernie Casey (Revenge of the Nerds, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure) is no longer with us.


HURRICANE JOSE AFTERMATH...
*As clean up and recovery efforts from its destructive journey continue, Jose was last reported as a Tropical Storm, stalled and acting as a Nor'easter off the New England coast. Some fear this may act as a “magnet” to attract Hurricane Maria, but that deadly storm’s course remains to be seen.


WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…
POLITICALLY…
*The annual open enrollment period (November 1-December 15, 2017) for the Affordable Care Act, aka “Obama Care” is approaching.
*What happened to the $107 million dollars that President Trump’s Inaugural Committee promised to charity???
*California has filed suit against President Trump’s proposed border wall.
*How Donald Trump might be paying his current legal bills...
MEANWHILE…
*Mitch McConnell is happy that the GOP is trying another attempt at repealing the Affordable Care Act, aka “Obama Care”, but there is opposition to that both in and out of Congress. (There are 4 separate links in this item.)
*What lies within the possible new tax plan???
*Facebook is turning over material into the investigation of potential Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election.

ELSEWHERE…
*California has officially rescheduled their 2020 Presidential primaries for March of that year.
*Is Coca-Cola healthy??? One man’s opinion.
*Amongst the winners of the 69th Prime Time Emmy Awards are Veep (Outstanding Comedy, Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Outstanding Comedic Actress), The Handmaid’s Tale (Outstanding Drama, Elisabeth Moss for Outstanding Dramatic Actress) and Saturday Night Live (Outstanding Variety-Sketch program, Alec Baldwin for Outstanding Comedic Supporting Actor, Kate McKinnon for Outstanding Comedic Supporting Actress).
*Toys ‘R’ Us has filed for bankruptcy protection as it tries to reorganize.
*What happens when you wear the same dress to a wedding???

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