Saturday, July 20, 2019

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: JULY 14-20, 2019

JULY 20 MARKS THE 5OTH ANNIVERSARY OF
JULY 21 MARKS THE 65TH ANNIVERSARY OF
THE GENEVA ACCORDS DIVIDING VIETNAM INTO 2 SEPARATE COUNTRIES.
JULY 21 MARKS THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF
JULY 24 MARKS THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF
APOLLO 11 SAFELY COMING BACK TO EARTH.๐ŸŒŽ
JULY IS ALSO THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF DAVID BOWIE’S ♫SPACE ODDITY♫
JULY 26 IS LIBERIA’S INDEPENDENCE DAY.

AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE W๐ŸŒRLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*Since when do you need a missile???
*Trade issues.
*Guatemala’s President Jimmy Morales has decided not to discuss (im)migration with American President Donald Trump after all.
*The winners of the 2019 Wimbledon Tennis๐ŸŽพ Championship are…
*England has won the 2019 Cricket๐Ÿ World Cup.

THE LATEST FROM/ON IRAN...
*The tanker story, thus far. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*The drone story, thus far. (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.

๐Ÿ˜ขPASSING PARADE…
*Actor Richard Carter (Mad Max: Fury Road, 2013 version of The Great Gatsby) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Professional baseball player Elijah “Pumpsie” Green (Boston Red Sox, New York Mets) has passed away.
*The innocent victims of the arson attack on the Kyoto Animation Studio July 18.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…
THE BORDER WALL-KIDS-IMMIGRATION ISSUES…
*With families being separated upon apprehension, President Trump declared the lack of a border wall a “national emergency”. There have since been legal and legislative battles initiated over this.
*A HOAX???
*The impending new raids.
*Trump liked them, but were they truly “successful”??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*The future???
NOTE: While we are doing our best to provide coverage, the above is a serious, ongoing issue. Especially since no one has yet to discuss the costs of separating families and who is truly responsible for the deaths of FOUR detainees (to date), let alone if anyone might actually be making a profit from this situation.
POLITICALLY…
*The investigation suddenly ends???
*Is there truly any “justice” under Attorney General William Barr???
*The Trump-Epstein connection??? (There are 3/THREE separate links in this item.)
*Was Kellyanne Conway advised “don’t do it”???
*Other possible investigation impediments.
*Another Republican says goodbye.
*The Trump administration wants to make it TOUGHER to become a US Citizen.
*“Why can’t we go straight to Mars?”—Donald Trump.
*Wanna buy a straw???
TRUMP TWEETS
*So what was it??? The women, their politics, or their backgrounds???
*What other Republicans think, and Congressional action on the issue. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*But did the Tweets break the law???
*An opposing view.
*But not every Republican supports the President.
*NOT a good way to stir a crowd!
*Supportive or not???
*Who else is he tweeting about???
*What lies in Trump's future???
MEANWHILE…
*“Can’t we all just get along?”
*“We must impeach!”—House Representative Al Green.
*“Sorry. We’re not.”—Nancy Pelosi.
ELSEWHERE…
*Should you BUY silence???
*A new water problem???
*“El Chappo” sentenced.
*She doesn’t like what she saw.
*TWO different bad things that should not of happened. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Glad I don’t have to clean that up.
๐Ÿ˜€AND FINALLY, SOME GOOD NEWS…
This one’s for you daddy.♫
*Kids helping other kids. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*“But we’re hungry.”๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง

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THE PUZZLE CORNER: JULY 20, 2019

๐Ÿ˜ŽFUN FACT
“That’s one small step for man. One giant leap for mankind.”—Astronaut Neil Armstrong; July 21, 1969.

This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of a major historic event๐Ÿš€๐ŸŒ‘, so…

TRIVIA TIME⌚
Who stayed in the orbiting return craft as Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin explored the lunar surface?

AKA, ALSO KNOWN AS
The landing capsule was called Eagle.๐Ÿฆ…
“Houston. Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.”—Astronaut Neil Armstrong; July 20, 1969.
But what was the name of the craft that stayed in lunar orbit?๐ŸŒ•

We’ll reveal all next weekend, but for now, let’s open up THE ANSWERS BOX๐Ÿ“ฆ and discover the results from the July 13, 2019 Puzzle Corner.

NUMBER PLEASE
Get ready! We ask the question, but the answer is just a number.
What was the first number retired in Major League Baseball ⚾history?
4, worn by Lou Gehrig of the New York Yankees on July 4, 1939.
Many people said Jackie Robinson’s 42, but the question was IN MLB history, not BY the MLB.

TRIVIA TIME⌚
What is a pangram?
A sentence that contains at least one appearance of every letter in the alphabet, so this one still needs G, J, K, M, W, X, and Z to qualify.๐Ÿ˜‰

Sunday, July 14, 2019

SUNDAY FUNNIES: LEGALLY WED?

Hello Everybody! Autumn the Puppy here!
There are a lot of married people in the world.
Some of them must really love being married, considering that they are on their third or fourth.
The people I live with are still on their first and have been married a lot longer than I've been alive, which I find sweet.
To spend your whole life with your beloved soulmate?๐Ÿ’•
That must be Heaven on Earth.
But have you ever wondered why there are so many laws governing the subject?
My comments are in italics, but FOR EXAMPLE...

In Vermont, a wife must obtain written permission from her husband before wearing false teeth.
Shouldn't that be between the woman and her dentist?

In Truro on Cape Cod, the groom-to-be must prove his manliness before marriage by hunting and killing either six blackbirds or three crows.
And that is on top of acquiring the ring, staging the ceremony and the reception afterward!

In Delaware, it's legal to obtain an annulment if you got married on a dare or as a prank. The official law states that a marriage may be annulled if one or both parties entered the marriage as a jest or dare.
I guess whoever wrote that law never heard that marriage is supposed to have its fun moments too.

In Salem, Massachusetts, it's illegal for a married couple to sleep nude in a rented room.
I guess that lawmaker has never been on a honeymoon!

In Wichita, Kansas, the mistreatment of a mother-in-law can be used as grounds for divorce.
Now, considering some of the things I've heard about how mother's treat their in-laws, is this fair?

In Kentucky, it is actually illegal to marry the same person four times.
Isn't once enough? Besides, do you really need to renew your vows if they are supposed to last forever?

A married couple can NOT kiss in public on Sundays in Hartford, Connecticut!๐Ÿ‘ซ
WHY? Was whoever wrote that law jealous of somebody?

And before anyone says anything, these laws were all legal and enforceable at some point in the past, if not still on their respective books today.
Besides, being a puppy, what do I personally know about marriage to begin with? ๐Ÿ˜‰

So on that note๐ŸŽต, have a great week everybody, and please be back here again next weekend for more Sunday Funnies!—AtP.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: JULY 7-13, 2019

JULY 14 IS BASTILLE DAY IN FRANCE.
JULY 16 MARKS THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF
THE APOLLO 11 MISSION LAUNCH.
JULY 20 MARKS THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF
APOLLO 11 LANDING ON THE M๐ŸŒ‘๐ŸŒ•N!
THIS IS THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF
♫SUGAR, SUGAR♫ BY THE ARCHIES, THE #1 HIT OF 1969.



AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE W๐ŸŒRLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*Turkey is still getting its missiles, despite hopes otherwise.
*It looks like there will be no extradition bill in Hong Kong.
*"And we lift our lamps beside the golden door!"
*Britain’s ambassador to the United States has resigned, and why! (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Kyriakos Mitsotakis is the new Prime Minister of Greece.
*The US team has won the 2019 Women’s FIFA World Cup of professional soccer⚽ (football). But when will women’s teams receive equal pay???
*Can the Vatican mystery be solved???
*The Volkswagen Beetle 2 is ending.

THE LATEST FROM/ON IRAN...
*They allegedly tried to do what???

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.

๐Ÿ˜ขPASSING PARADE…
*Actor Cameron Boyce (Jessie, Grown Ups, Descendants) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Business tycoon and former Presidential candidate H. Ross Perot has passed away.
*Actor Rip Torn (Men In Black, The Larry Sanders Show) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Former professional baseball player (Astros and Yankees), author (Ball Four) and actor (The Long Goodbye) Jim Bouton is no long with us.
Actress Valentina Cortese (Malaya, Brother Sun-Sister Moon, Day For Night) has taken her last bow on life’s stage.
*Actress Denise Nickerson (Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, The Electric Company, Dark Shadows) has taken her last bow on life’s stage.
*Actor Albert Shepherd (Crossroads) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…
THE BORDER WALL-KIDS-IMMIGRATION ISSUES…
*With families being separated upon apprehension, President Trump declared the lack of a border wall a “national emergency”. There have since been legal and legislative battles initiated over this.
*One observation on border conditions.
*"THE CRISIS IS REAL!" ๐ŸคฏThe Vice President toured border facilities. “Are you comfortable?”–Mike Pence. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*The kids have their say.
*Trump still wants his wall!
*One opinion about an impending set of new raids.
NOTE: While we are doing our best to provide coverage, the above is a serious, ongoing issue. Especially since no one has yet to discuss the costs of separating families and who is truly responsible for the deaths of FOUR detainees (to date), let alone if anyone might actually be making a profit from this situation.
POLITICALLY…
*The issue of getting a citizenship question on the 2020 Census apparently isn’t over yet. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Did he or didn’t he??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*President Trump needs a new Secretary of Labor.
*The question of emoluments at Trump Hotels will remain unanswered, at least for now.
*Has President Trump turned on FOX News??? He certainly doesn’t like “Fake” news. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Trump’s more recent opinions on the media.
*While he’s still supporting the current ones, can Trump find new supporters online??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Is there a Republican Trump DOES like???
THE MUELLER REPORT…๐Ÿ“–
*“We don’t want you testifying.”—the Department of Justice.
*A slight delay on the much anticipated event.
*And other investigations continue...
MEANWHILE…
*Who monitors Congress???
*Will Congress get to see at least Trump’s STATE tax returns???
*Justin Amash on his ex-fellow Republicans.
*Republicans versus Paul Ryan on Trump.
*The first departure as another candidate now hopes to be the 2020 Democratic Presidential nominee. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
ELSEWHERE…
*Protesting REVERSE price discrimination!
*Does he or doesn’t he???
*Sorry. That ship has sailed.
*Is there a strike in Major League Baseball’s ⚾future???
*The END of Mad magazine??? Yes, me worried!
*Maybe the principal needs to go back to school!
*The winners of the 2019 ESPY Awards are…
*For those interested, R. Kelly now faces even more official charges.
*Whatever happened to all of Bob Ross’ paintings??? He always painted 3. A preshow attempt to see how a project would turn out, the actual one produced during recording an episode of The Joy of Painting, then a final version after the show to correct any “mistakes”.
*What would you do if your guest didn’t show up???
๐Ÿ˜€AND FINALLY, SOME GOOD NEWS…
*THE DOG๐Ÿถ CAME HOME!
*AT&T is planning to start blocking robocalls!
*“We finally found your wallet! Granted, it's 75 years later though, but still...”

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THE PUZZLE CORNER: JULY 13, 2019

๐Ÿ˜ŽFUN FACT
Out of the water, a group of penguins๐Ÿงis called a waddle, presumably based upon the way they walk.

NUMBER PLEASE
Get ready! We ask the question, but the answer is just a number.
What was the first number retired in Major League Baseball⚾ history?

TRIVIA TIME⌚
What is a pangram?

We’ll reveal all next weekend, but for now, let’s open up THE ANSWERS BOX๐Ÿ“ฆ and discover the results from the July 6, 2019 Puzzle Corner.

COMMON BONDS
The items in each subset below have something in common. Do you know what it is?
01. {Wally Cox, Adam West} and we are not going for the obvious.
The obvious would be actors who have played superheroes, Underdog and Batman, respectively. But the answer we were going for is both guest starred in an episode of Alias Smith and Jones entitled “The Men Who Corrupted Hadleyburg”, even sharing a scene together, making that the closest the world will ever come to an Underdog-Batman team up outside of a comic book.
02. {Glen, Neve} = the surname Campbell.

FAMOUS FIRSTS๐Ÿฅ‡
What is the biggest (as of June 2019) one hit wonder of all time?
It’s actually a tie between Survivor’s ♫Eye of the Tiger♫ and ♫Somebody That I Used To Know♫ by Goyte, featuring Kimbra. Both songs have achieved Platinum status EIGHT TIMES so far.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

SUNDAY FUNNIES: LAZY DRAGON THOUGHTS (misc. jokes)

Hello Everybody! Waxy Dragon here!
It's a lazy Sunday afternoon where I'm at.
Then again, it would be a lazy Sunday afternoon regardless of where I am right now. ๐Ÿ˜‰
Don't you just love good weather?
Nothing to do but hang out. Sit under a tree.
Be careful of the ants๐Ÿœ though. I can tell you from first hand experience that they don't like being sat on.
Anyway, I'm just avoiding the chores Bubblehead wants me to do, kicking back and relaxing while telling some good jokes.
Ready?

Waxy's drawing of her human companion
I know a lady who studies animals that live in the ocean.
Yet for some reason, she doesn't like it when you call her Maureen Biologist.

Did you know that in one year, 1990 will be 30 years ago?
When I think 30 years ago, I think 1970.
Then again, I wasn't hatched until a couple of years ago as it is.
But I'm out of (baby) Dragon School for the summer, so why am I doing math to begin with when I don't have to?

Is your refrigerator running?
Because if it is, I'd vote for it, if I was old enough to.
“Fridge 2020, because American needs to chill out!"

Bubblehead, my guardian (although sometimes I wonder who's watching out for who ๐Ÿ˜‰) told me once that everybody must love camping because they're always living in tents.
When I asked him what he meant by that, since we live in a house, he told me, "Everybody is either content or discontent."
I thought about it. Considering some of the adventures I've gotten into with him, sometimes I wish Bubblehead and I lived in a circus tent ๐ŸŽช, but I certainly wouldn't want to be put on display like some performing animal. ๐Ÿ˜

If you count your money when it comes out of an ATM machine, you officially don’t trust anything!

The only thing I really don't like about summer vacation is that I hardly ever get to see any of my fellow dragons until school starts again in the fall.
I miss my friends, but there's always room for more.
You don’t have to be crazy to be my friend. I'm willing to train potential new applicants.
And remember, ๐Ÿ•ŠDove's chocolate tastes a LOT better than their soap!
(If Bubblehead would just stop hiding the Belgosian Dark Chocolate...)
So on that note๐ŸŽต, take care, have a great week, and please be back here again next weekend for more Sunday Funnies!—wd.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: JUNE 30-JULY 6, 2019

JULY 6 IS INDEPENDENCE DAY IN MALAWI & STATEHOOD DAY IN LITHUANIA.

AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE W๐ŸŒRLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*Donald Trump met North Korea’s Kim Jong-un in the Demilitarized Zone, making Trump the first American President to visit Korea diplomatically. But what does it all mean??? Japan's hopeful. (There are 4/FOUR separate links in this item.)
*China’s latest missile test, as Russia ends an arms treaty with the United States. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*The European Union versus potential voting interference.
*She got proof of the crime, but SHE has to do the time???
*Roger Daltrey fears his performing days may be coming to an end.
*Did you see the only solar eclipse of 2019???
*Another planet???

THE CLIMATE CHRONICLES...
*Even without the current European heatwave, American President Donald Trump’s position on climate change was NOT popular at the recent G20 Summit in Japan. (There are 3/THREE separate links in this item.)
*If climate change isn’t real, then why did Guadalajara, Mexico suffer a SEVERE HAIL STORM IN SUMMER???
*Let alone the fact that Alaska is experiencing a heat wave!
*And if the glacier collapses...

THE G20 SUMMIT IN JAPAN…
*Why was Ivanka Trump there???
*American President Donald Trump’s position on climate change was NOT popular there. Yet sadly, Japan has resumed whaling.๐Ÿ˜ž (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)

THE LATEST FROM/ON IRAN...
*President Trump has given Iran a stern warning.
*Yet, while not enough to arm a weapon, Iran still has some uranium.
*Are they planning to increase production???
*Iran is apparently not happy with Great Britain right now. (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.

๐Ÿ˜ขPASSING PARADE…
*Former Baltimore Oriole and San Francisco Giants player Luis Mercedes has passed away.
*New York Times journalist David Binder is no longer with us.
*Comedian Arte Johnson (Rowan & Martin’s Laugh In, Love At First Bite, and numerous other credits) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Pitcher Tyler Skaggs of the Los Angeles Angels has passed away.
*Composer Sid Ramin (West Side Story) is no longer with us.
*Actor Glyn Houston (Doctor Who, The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, Inspector Morse) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*The real life Petey Jones (portrayed in Remember The Titans) has passed away.
*Business executive turned writer Lee Iacocca (Where Have All The Leaders Gone?) is no longer with us.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…
THE BORDER WALL-KIDS-IMMIGRATION ISSUES…
*With families being separated upon apprehension, President Trump declared the lack of a border wall a “national emergency”. There have since been legal and legislative battles initiated over this.
*A secret Border Patrol Group???
*The interior of one detention center???
*Trump is promising more deportations after July 4.
*Are illegal immigrants being fined or billed???
*Future freedom for the asylum seekers???
*One proposed resolution of the issues.
*The issues versus campaigning.
NOTE: While we are doing our best to provide coverage, the above is a serious, ongoing issue. Especially since no one has yet to discuss the costs of separating families and who is truly responsible for the deaths of FOUR detainees (to date), let alone if anyone might actually be making a profit from this situation.
“TRUMP”-ETING THE FOURTH…
*Trump wanted tanks at “his” Fourth of July parade, as a question concerning funding for the event arose. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Was there a difference of opinion concerning having this???
*I don’t remember there being any airports during the American Revolution. Do you??? But Trump is blaming his teleprompter. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*The parade itself. How it actually went, but did Trump miss the point??? (There are 3/THREE separate links in this item.)
*One opinion about the event.
POLITICALLY…
*President Trump met North Korea’s Kim Jong-un in the Demilitarized Zone, making Trump the first American President to visit Korea diplomatically. But what does it all mean??? Japan's hopeful.  (There are 4/FOUR separate links in this item.)
*Stephanie Grisham, Trump’s new Press Secretary, is apparently pro-press access.
*Why did Vice President Pence suddenly change his travel plans??? Will we ever know??? And where was the President during this??? (There are 3/THREE separate links in this item.)
*“HEIL TRUMP!”???
*Fake Trump supporters in his campaign ads???
*Can Trump actually take credit for this??? Well, at least demotion is better than jail. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Trump was seriously considering delaying the 2020 Census if he can’t get a Citizenship question added. But apparently will not now. Or will he??? And who made the decision??? (There are 4/FOUR separate links in this item.)
*In the end, guess it will come down to the lawyers, because an executive order won’t cut it. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*One man’s theory about Attorney General William Barr.
*Will it be a tell all???๐Ÿ“–
THE MUELLER REPORT…
*Has the man who started everything disappeared???
*Trump plans to hold a campaign rally on the day Robert Mueller’s scheduled to appear before Congress.
*What might happen when Mueller appears.
MEANWHILE…
*Should they or shouldn’t they??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Will Trump’s tax returns ever be examined???
*Guess who’s leaving the Republican Party, and how Trump feels about that. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*"Can a woman become President?"
*July 12 marks the 35th anniversary of Geraldine Ferraro becoming the first woman to seek high office as Walter Mondale’s Democratic Vice Presidential running mate, although the pair would eventually lose to a Ronald Reagan-George H. W. Bush re-election campaign.
ELSEWHERE…
*The fetus’ death isn’t her fault, but they arrest the former mother-to-be anyway???
*Is this (mis)behavior still happening today??? One man’s opinion. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*THIS is a fake news maker.
*The future of the Opioid Industry is…???
*FACT CHECK TIME!
*Another editorial cartoonist was fired despite the First Amendment!
*Supreme Court watching.
๐Ÿ˜€AND FINALLY, SOME GOOD NEWS…
*It can’t be theft if the food's paid for.

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