Sunday, January 15, 2017

SUNDAY FUNNIES: REMEMBER...?

LONG memory
Hello Everybody! Autumn the Puppy here with my first Sunday Funnies of 2017.
Where has the time gone?
Seems just like yesterday I started working here.
Actually, it was probably the day before, but anyway, lot of good memories here.

A fax machine
The times they are a changing and may you live in interesting times are two classic fortune cookie sayings, and a nice set up for me to look back at some things of the past.

Remember fax machines???
After the Telex (and that's going WAY back), they were the quickest way to send hard copies of documents over the phone lines before the Internet was developed.
Of course, that was provided you didn't mind tying up your phone line and you didn't run out of toner and paper from all the spam messages you received before the important stuff was actually sent!

Remember when you gave your kids or grandchildren money to buy themselves a gift?
True, you did it because either they were far away or you didn't know what to get them to begin with.
Nowadays, it's got to be either store gift cards, direct deposit, or "Pay Pal".
Isn't it supposed to be the thought that counts?

Facebook, Twitter, texting, e-mails.
Remember when people actually TALKED to each other?

Remember when the concept of color television was just wishful thinking?
Now we have TV sets as big as oil paintings hanging on our walls, but what happened to the art?

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

Saturday, January 14, 2017

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: JANUARY 8-14, 2017

JANUARY 14 IS NATIONAL FOREST CONSERVATION DAY IN THAILAND.
TODAY IS ALSO RATIFICATION DAY IN THE UNITED STATES, WHEN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION WAS OFFICIALLY DECLARED OVER.
TODAY IS ALSO THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HUMAN BE-IN, WHICH OFFICIALLY KICKED OFF THE SUMMER OF LOVE IN 1967.
JANUARY 16 IS MARTIN LUTHER KING, JUNIOR DAY IN THE USA.

AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD THIS PAST WEEK...
*An unprecedented winter storm hit Europe this week, disrupting traffic, electricity, and other services in England and France while actually freezing the Danube River!
*In radio, Norway hopes to completely switch from analog to digital audio broadcasting by the end of this year.
*After analyzing lunar minerals brought back during the Apollo program, an UCLA research team,  reports that the moon is at least 4.51 billion years old, which makes it up to 150 million years older than previous estimates.





THE TERRORIST REPORT...
*Bombs still seem to be the premiere weapon of choice, with several incidents reported across the Middle East over the past week.

PASSING PARADE...
*Comedian Tony Rosato (Saturday Night Live, SCTV) has taken his last bow on life's stage.
*Singer/pianist Buddy Greco is no longer with us.
*Artist Tony Booth (most famous as a publicist helping Brian Epstein promote The Beatles) has passed away.
*Novelist William Peter Blatty (The Exorcist) is no longer with us.
*Actor Dick Gautier (credits too numerous to mention) has taken his last bow on life's stage.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA...
POLITICALLY...
*President-elect Donald Trump has appointed businessman/son-in-law Jared Kushner as his senior adviser, but is his administration facing a crisis before he has even officially taken office?
*Among his final acts as President, Barack Obama gave a moving farewell address on national television Wednesday night, awarded Vice President Joe Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction, the end of the Wet Feet/Dry Feet policy in regards to undocumented immigrants from Cuba, and easing sanctions against Sudan.
*Still doubting any Russian involvement in the 2016 Presidential election, Donald Trump is making his opinions known on Twitter once again. (There are 2 separate links in that item.)
MEANWHILE...
*Despite Donald Trump's campaign promises, will America still lose jobs to China?
*The Congressional hearings to approve Donald Trump's cabinet picks are underway, but it isn't easy, including at least one witness against a choice. (There are 3 separate links in that item.)
*Congress has also taken the first steps toward their goal of repealing the Affordable Health Care Act (aka Obama Care). However, no replacement plan for the AHCA has been announced. Yet some suspect this may cause problems between Trump and the Republican dominated Congress. (There are 2 separate links in that item.)
*The IRS plans to delay tax refunds for millions of low-income families over issues of fraud and identity theft.
*Congress is addressing the issue of "abusive" legislation. But what is their definition of "abusive"?
ELSEWHERE...

*La-La Land was the big winner at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards (including Best Picture, Ryan Gosling Best Actor, Emma Stone Best Actress, in the Musical/Comedy genre).
*Clemson University's team defeated Alabama's to win the 2017 NCAA College Football Playoff National Championship.
*In professional football, the Chargers will officially move from San Diego to Los Angeles, starting with the 2017 season later this year.



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: JANUARY 14, 2017

FUN FACT


Smiling has been medically proven to improve both your mood and immune system.

WORD ASSOCIATION NEW GAME!
Kind of like COMMON BONDS in the two words listed below have a connection, but you just have to know the word that connects them. Ready?

Boy Woman

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

01. {Doctor, Sergeant}
02. {Oven, Treat}

We’ll reveal all next weekend, but for now, let’s open up THE ANSWERS BOX and discover the results from the January 7, 2017 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?

Salutation at a comedic event. = Roast Toast.

TRIVIA TIME
What part of the human body is the Glabella?
It’s the formal name for the space between your eyebrows.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

SUNDAY FUNNIES: KICKING OFF THE NEW YEAR (misc. jokes)

Okay. It is the first Sunday Funnies of the new year.
I'll flip this coin into the air and the one who accurately calls how it will land gets to host first to start the new rotation.
Ready?
(coin sails into the air)
Heads.
Tails.
(coin falls down and lands on the desk top)
And the winner is...



Hello Everybody! Waxy Dragon here!
I've been stockpiling jokes for the last couple of weeks now, so let's kick off 2017 with a good laugh.

I once held the door open for a clown. It was a nice jester.

My life has a superb cast, but I can't figure out the plot.



To the person who invented zero. Thanks for nothing.

Stop worrying about making a spelling mistake or you'll become a typochondriac.

I went to a really emotional wedding last week. Even the cake was in tiers.

Because of the drastic extremes the world is experiencing now from climate change, it is REALLY cold this winter!
How cold is it?
It is so cold, cows are giving ice cream!
"Now that's udderly ridiculous!"

I had a fight with my alarm clock.
It wanted me to get up and I disagreed.
Things got violent.
Now the clock is broken and I am awake.
In all honesty, I'm not sure who won.

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

Saturday, January 7, 2017

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: JANUARY 1-7, 2017

JANUARY 11 MARKS THE 45TH ANNIVERSARY OF
THE FIRST KOLCHAK, THE NIGHT STALKER MOVIE DEBUTING.
JANUARY 12 ALLEGEDLY MARKS THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE INFAMOUS HAL 9000 COMPUTER COMING ONLINE WITHIN 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
(1992 IN THE MOVIE, 1997 IN THE ORIGINAL NOVEL).

AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*As Antonio Guterres begins his term as its Secretary General, the United Nations’ Security Council officially supported the Syrian cease fire between Russia and Turkey. Meanwhile Bolivia, Ethiopia, Italy, Kazakhstan, and Sweden are the Council’s newest members on the United Nations rotation.
*Kim Jong Un of North Korea claims his country is close to developing an intercontinental ballistic missile.






THE TERRORIST REPORT…
*ISIL has claimed responsibility for the Istanbul, Turkey New Year’s Eve nightclub attack.

PASSING PARADE…
*The innocent victims of the Campinas, Brazil shooting New Year’s Eve.
*The innocent victims of the Istanbul, Turkey New Year’s Eve nightclub attack.
*Actress Francine York (credits too numerous to mention) has taken her last bow on life's stage.
*TV writer/producer Sam Lovullo (The Jonathan Winters Show, Hee Haw) is no longer with us.
*Former President and Prime Minister of Portugal Mario Soares has passed away.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…
POLITICALLY…
*On its first day back in session, the Republican controlled Congress officially elected Paul Ryan the House Speaker again. It came as no surprise afterward when Ryan announced Congress will seek to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act (aka “Obama Care”) and remove all federal funding from Planned Parenthood. Yet there are some who now believe Planned Parenthood might be able to save "Obama Care".
*President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Robert Lighthizer as America’s chief trade negotiator. Lighthizer previously served as a deputy trade negotiator during the Ronald Reagan administration.
*Trump also nominated Katie Walsh as Deputy White House Chief of Staff and Rajiv Shah as White House Research Director. Both currently hold similar positions with the Republican National Committee.
*Trump would also like to have Joe Hagin as White House Chief of Staff: Operations, Rick Dearborn and Jeff Sessions to head the White House Legislative Affairs office, former The Apprentice contestant Omarosa as Director of Communications for the Public Liaison Office, Dan Coats as Director of National Intelligence, and Wall Street lawyer Jay Clayton to head the Securities and Exchange Commission.
*Despite the continuing investigation and the ever growing mountain of evidence, President-elect Donald Trump still swears there was no outside, let alone Russian, involvement with the 2016 Presidential election; referring to it as a "witch hunt". (There are 4 separate links within that item.)
MEANWHILE…
*The Republican controlled Congress passed a bill to prevent President Barack Obama from passing
any "last minute" legislation before leaving office January 20th.
*Before leaving office, Vice President Joe Biden has performed a time honored tradition.
*President Obama is scheduled to give his farewell address January 10 in Chicago, Illinois so as to not "interfere" with the impending inauguration.
*Elizabeth Warren has announced her campaign to continue being a Senator.
*The state of Texas soon hopes to have their own "bathroom bill", where people must use the bathroom of the gender they were born as, not the one they are now.
ELSEWHERE…

*The Ford Motor Company has announced it will remodel its Flat Rock, Michigan factory instead of opening a new facility in Mexico.
*In preparation for becoming Secretary of State (pending Congressional approval) Rex Tillerson has retired from Exxon/Mobil with a $180 million dollar retirement package.
*The United States defeated Canada to win the 2017 World Junior Ice Hockey Championship.



THE 2016 CHRISTMAS RETAIL SEASON...
*No winners (businesses that actually broke even, let alone made a profit) have yet to be discovered from the 2016 Christmas retail season.
*Macy's plans to close 68 stores, cutting 10,000 jobs in the process.
*While planning to close over 100 K-Marts and 40 Sears retail stores after a poor 2016 Christmas retail season, the Sears company also announced it is selling its famous Craftsman tools line to Stanley/Black & Decker.
*J C Penney and Kohl's are also reporting bad Christmas results too.
*The Limited will close ALL its physical stores on January 8 to concentrate solely upon online sales.


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THE PUZZLE CORNER: JANUARY 7, 2016

FUN FACT
The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France acquires a new coat of paint every seven years as three shades of brown are applied over a fifteen month period.

WELCOME TO THE FIRST PUZZLE CORNER
OF THE NEW YEAR!

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

Salutation at a comedic event.

TRIVIA TIME
What part of the human body is the Glabella?

We’ll reveal all next weekend, but for now, let’s open up THE ANSWERS BOX and discover the results from the December 31, 2016 Puzzle Corner.

WHAT’S THAT SONG?
A line from a famous tune is below. Do you know what song it’s from?

♫A Picasso or a Garfunkel♫

“If I Had A Million Dollars” by Bare Naked Ladies, because the preceding line was: ♫I'd buy you some art♫

THE LETTER SHUFFLE
How many new words can you form out of the letters in the phrase NEW YEAR?

A, an, any, are, aye
Ear, earn, ewe, eye
Nay, nee, near
Ran, raw, ray, renew
War, ware, warn, way, wean, wear, weary, were, wren
Yarn, yaw, yawn, yea, yearn

New and Year don’t count because they were part of the original phrase. Other words than the 30 listed above might be possible.


Sunday, January 1, 2017

LOOKING AHEAD: 2017

The new year is upon us, so let's pause to see what's on the horizon.

Besides the fact that The Free Choice E-zine will be celebrating both its 1800 and 1900th posts this year (based upon the strength of just our regular features), President-elect Donald Trump is scheduled to be sworn in and begin his administration January 20, despite much controversy and questions surrounding the election results.

Among other major milestones in the year ahead...

1015 Anniversaries (1002)
Leif Erikson and his crew first landed in what we know today as North America on October 9.

230th Anniversaries (1787)
Delaware became the first member of the United States on December 7. The rest of the 13 original colonies would officially join in 1788.

225th Anniversaries (1792)
Kentucky joined America as the 15th state on June 1.

215th Anniversaries (1802)
Washington, DC became the capital of the United States on May 3.

205th Anniversaries (1812)
Louisiana joined America as the 18th state April 30.

200th Anniversaries (1817)
Mississippi joined America as the 20th state December 10.

180th Anniversaries (1837)
Michigan joined America as the 26th state January 26.

155th Anniversaries (1862)
President Abraham Lincoln announced the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22.

140th Anniversaries (1877)
The first catcher's masks were used in professional baseball as their season began April 12 of that year.

105th Anniversaries (1912)
Sadly, the RMS Titanic sank April 15.

90th Anniversaries (1927)
Aviator Charles Lindbergh made his historic Trans-Atlantic solo flight on May 20.
The Columbia (Phonograph) Broadcasting System, CBS, began its radio career on September 18.
The Holland Tunnel officially opened on November 13.

85th Anniversaries (1932)
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley was first released January 30.
Aviator Amelia Earhart became the first woman to perform a Trans-Atlantic solo flight on May 20.
The Alley Oop comic strip debuted on December 5.
Radio City Music Hall officially opened on December 27.

80th Anniversaries (1937)
Petunia Pig (Porky's long time girl friend) debuted in Porky's Romance on April 3, while Daffy Duck premiered in Porky's Duck Hunt on April 17, back when cartoons were a regular part of movie programs.
The Golden Gate Bridge officially opened on May 27.

75th Anniversaries (1942)
Tweety Bird debuted in the cartoon short A Tale of Two Kitties on November 21.

70th Anniversaries (1947)
Jackie Robinson broke "the color barrier" in Major League Baseball on April 15.

65th Anniversaries (1952)
The Adventures of Superman with George Reeves debuted on September 19.

60th Anniversaries (1957)
Russia launched Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite on October 4.

55th Anniversaries (1962)
The U.S.S. Arizona Memorial was dedicated that Memorial Day.
The movie version of The Music Man premiered on June 19.

50th Anniversaries (1967)
Although it wasn't called that for the first game, what we know as the Super Bowl technically began January 15 of that year.
The United States, Great Britain, and Russia unilaterally agreed there would be no nuclear weapons in outer space on May 19.
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band♫ released by the Beatles on June 1.
Baseball's New York Giants played their last game on September 29, and would become the San Francisco Giants the following season.

45th Anniversaries (1972)
Kolchak the Night Stalker (first TV movie aired January 11)
Magnavox's Odyssey system debuted on May 24, ushering in the video game age.
Atari released Pong! the first arcade video game on November 29.

35th Anniversaries (1982)
Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan premiered on June 4.
Scott E. Fahlman created the computer smilie :-) on September 19.

30th Anniversaries (1987)
The FOX network began broadcasting on April 5.
June 14th is technically the wedding anniversary of Peter (Spider-man) Parker and Mary Jane Watson Parker.

20th Anniversaries (1997)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer debuted as a TV series February 10.
The Pathfinder probe first explored Mars on July 5.