Tuesday, April 7, 2020

♫WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!♫ (an editorial rally)

THE FOLLOWING IS AN EDITORIAL.

Folks, the United States of America is far from the only country facing the pandemic known at COVID-19/Coronavirus.

These are some VERY trying times for every citizen of the world, and the efforts of everyone on the proverbial "front lines" in the various sectors of the medical profession cannot go unnoticed or unacknowledged.

When all this is over, and at some point it WILL be, I hope there is some kind of MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS' APPRECIATION DAY.
Okay, the name needs work but the concept is solid.

In the meantime, we must all continue to pull together not only as family units amongst ourselves, but as counties, cities, states, countries and, most importantly AN UNITED EARTH!

With that in mind I've been thinking, among other things, about a potential rallying song to attempt lifting everyone's spirits.
There are a LOT of possibilities.

Yet in the end, there was only one tune that I personally thought was most appropriate to unite us all.




♫We Are The Champions♫ by Queen because let's face it, we're all in this fight together, and together is the only way we will be victorious!

STAY SAFE AND STRONG EVERYONE!

Lee Houston, Junior
Editor-In-Chief The Free Choice E-zine
7 April, 2020

♫We are the Champions♫ written, performed, and © copyrighted by Queen/The Freddie Mercury Estate.
Video accessed and shared through YouTube via Google/Blogger.

THE ABOVE WAS AN EDITORIAL.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

SUNDAY FUNNIES: IT'S JOKE TIME! (misc. jokes)

HELLO EVERYBODY!
AUTUMN THE PUPPY HERE!

Now, over the past few weeks, besides our usual responsibility of trying to entertain everyone, Waxy Dragon and I have also tried our paws at keeping everybody's spirits up during these troubled times of COVID-19/Coronavirus crisis.

Our past efforts can be found between ♫Under Pressure♫, Cheer Leading, and ♫Smile Darn Ya Smile♫. 😀
Whenever this crisis is over, we'll go back to just our regular entertaining duties, but until then..

Did you know in King Arthur’s time, one of the knights of the Round Table collected taxes?
His name was Sir Charge.
Of course, Sir Cumference⌼ was great at geometry. 😉

What kind of car does an Egg🥚 drive?
A Yokes Wagon.

A physicist and a biologist had a relationship, but alas there was no chemistry so they broke up.

I'm sure many of you are tired of being cooped up indoors.
Have you tried reading?
Two new books have recently been released and are now available online.📚
101 Ways to Fix Blubber by S. Kimo and Fifty Yards to the Outhouse by Willy Makit with a Foreword by Betty Wont.

There's also political satire for those interested.
The comedian on the other side of the link doesn't look a thing like his target, but man the voice impression is so accurate!

And before we part company for today, a quick announcement.
Waxy and I will both be off next Sunday as we have our annual visit from Easter Bunny🐰.
So please hop back then for that hare raising experience.
Try to have at least a good, if not great week everyone and please STAY SAFE!
Until the next Sunday Funnies... AtP.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: MARCH 29-APRIL 4, 2020


APRIL 4 IS THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF A FAVORITE BLOG.
APRIL 5 IS PALM SUNDAY, FOR THOSE OBSERVING.
APRIL 9 IS PASSOVER FOR THOSE OBSERVING.
APRIL 10 IS GOOD FRIDAY FOR THOSE OBSERVING.
APRIL 12 IS EASTER SUNDAY FOR THOSE OBSERVING.
2020 IS THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PICKLES COMIC STRIP.

AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE W🌍RLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*A STAGGERING STATISIC!
*WHY didn’t they think of this before???
*Some good news on the COVID-19 front!😀
*Selfish acts of kindness abound!
*Who stole the Van Gogh???
*With everything else going on in the world right now, North Korea conducted more missile “tests”.
*For those wondering, NO Wimbledon🎾 this year, for obvious reasons.
*Look! Up in the sky!
*Be sure to keep an eye on Venus this month!
*A “new” black hole???
*April 10 sadly marks the 50th anniversary of Paul McCartney officially confirming the break up of The Beatles while promoting his solo album: McCartney.

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…🌐
*Some help in local areas, but alas not against global warming.

😢PASSING PARADE…
*Musician/songwriter Alan Merrill (created ♫I Love Rock and Roll♫) has passed away.
*Journalist Maria Mercader (CBS) is no longer with us.
*Country singer/songwriter Joe Diffie (♫Third Rock From The Sun♫) has passed away.
*Actor Vincent Marzello (The Witches, Never Say Never Again) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Actor Andrew Jack (Star Wars franchise) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Musician/songwriter Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne, “That Thing You Do”) is no longer with us.
*Former professional basebal⚾ player Ed Farmer has passed away.
*Artistic scholar David Driskell is no longer with us.
*Poet Bruce Dawe has passed away.
*Comedian Eddie Large is no longer with us.
*Singer/songwriter Bill Withers (♫Lean On Me♫, ♫Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone♫) has passed away.
*Actor Logan Williams (The Flash) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
Election Day IS Coming!
*Artist Juan Gimenez (Heavy Metal) has passed away.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…
THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION…
*Campaign issue: the environment.
*Well, he did say it
*Delaying the nomination.
POLITICALLY…
*EVEN ONE DEATH IS TOO MANY SIR!
*STAGGERING estimates!
*Do the stimulus checks have strings attached???
*Can’t we all just get along???
*Has the testing issue been fixed???
*Doing this instead of that.
*How low can you go??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*FINALLY!
*Has even FOX News turned against Trump over America’s virus crisis re/actions???
*SAY WHAT??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Will the states get help???
*Aren't there higher priorities to address???
*Seriously???
*Everyone has the RIGHT to vote!
*Are they doing the right thing???
TRUMP TWEETS...
*Isn't he supposed to be on their side???
IT’S FACT CHECK TIME!
*Trump on COVID-19/Coronavirus.
*Oh, yeah???
*Did he listen???
*The pandemic is NOT an anti-Trump attack!
*NO, America’s slow response to the virus crisis was NOT because of the Impeachment trial! Even Trump said so! (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Trump did NOT “inherit” an empty stockpile!
*Unmasking the truth!
MEANWHILE, IN CONGRESS…
*A FOURTH stimulus package???
*Even in a crisis they still can’t get along.
*People who live in glass houses...
ELSEWHERE…
*Those who do not learn from history
*The medical ship has arrived in New York!
*We’re working as fast as we can!
*Did he or the Navy do the right thing???
*Scamming does NOT pay!
*The 2020 inductees to the Basketball🏀 Hall of Fame are...
😀AND FINALLY, SOME GOOD NEWS…
*Some good news on the COVID-19 front!
*Selfish acts of kindness abound!
*A family staying “together” in troubled times.


THE FREE CHOICE E-ZINE WOULD LIKE TO THANK ITS LOYAL READERSHIP FOR GRANTING US 5,100 PAGE VIEWS IN MARCH 2020.

THE PUZZLE CORNER: APRIL 4, 2020

😎FUN FACT
There will be a “Super Moon”🌕 in the night sky above Earth April 7.

REBUS
Something familiar is represented by the image on the right.
Do you know what it is?


The misquote is below. All you have to do is give us the correct quote and source. Ready?
“Oh give me The Beach Boys and free my soul”

We’ll reveal all next weekend but for now, let’s open up THE ANSWERS BOX📦 and discover the results from the March 28, 2020 Puzzle Corner.

TRIVIA TIME⌚
April 1 marks the 60th anniversary of TIROS-1 being launched. What was it?
The Television Infrared Observation Satellite for studying the Earth’s weather from above.

BEFORE AND AFTER
Two separate items share at least one word, and so can be combined to create something new. Based upon the clue below, do you know what the new thing is?
Famous film maker’s sea food dish?
Oliver Stone Crab.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

NEWS FOR APRIL 1, 2020

Dear Readers:

With the current virus crisis, we have been strongly considering what, if anything, to post today.
But between the hoarders and the panic buyers, there is one item that might go neglected by consumers.

BLINKER FLUID!😉
Every vehicle has turn signals to alert traffic as to your driving intentions at intersections.
They're also equipped with four way flashers, also called blinkers, to activate in case of an emergency.
Now granted, there is always the risk of a blown fuse or a burnt out light bulb somewhere in this electrical system, but given everything else going on, do you really want to run out of blinker fluid?

😷STAY SAFE EVERYBODY!😷

Sunday, March 29, 2020

SUNDAY FUNNIES: ♫SMILE, DARN YA, SMILE♫

HELLO EVERYBODY! WAXY DRAGON HERE!
For those who came in late—Autumn the Puppy and I have taken it upon ourselves to attempt cheering📣 everyone up as this stupid virus crisis continues.
Of course, if necessary, I look much better in a skirt and holding a pair of pom poms than she does. 😉
You can find my and her first efforts at this by clicking the links.

Anyway, while this is absolutely nothing to take lightly, we must keep our spirits up because it's way too easy to be or become depressed in these troubled times.

But it appears that Autumn and I are far from the only ones attempting this.
Neil Diamond got into the act with a new version of ♫Sweet Caroline♫!


Of course, this also brings up the subject of how to talk to your children about all of this, so here's one person's advice on that subject.

But this wouldn't be the Sunday Funnies without some jokes, so...

I am not sure how many cookies🍪 it takes to be happy?
I'm at 37 and still hungry.
Then again, I know I'd never get my full if we were discussing Belgosian Dark Chocolate!🍫

What has 4 wheels and flies?
A garbage truck.

A man opens a bottle🍾 and a genie appears!
The Genie🧞 says, “I shall grant you three wishes.”
The man👨 replies, “I wish a world without lawyers.”
The Genie says, “Done.  You have no more wishes.”
The man complains, “But you said I had three wishes.”
The Genie replies, “So sue me.”

Now then, I have one last video to share with everyone today.
The song is also the title of this week's post, and dates all the way back to the original Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies in the 1930s before being reused in a more modern classic.
It was good advice then and definitely good advice today. So...


Take care everybody!
STAY SAFE!
And please be back online again next time for more Sunday Funnies!wd.

All videos courtesy of YouTube.
The Free Choice E-zine didn't create, post, or own any of them. We're simply sharing to attempt cheering everyone up.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: MARCH 22-28, 2020


MARCH IS WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH!
MARCH 28 IS SERFS EMANCIPATION DAY IN TIBET.
MARCH 28 MARKS THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SILENT SCREEN DEBUT
OF DOCTOR JEKYLL AND MISTER HYDE.
MARCH 31 IS CRAYON DAY. 🖍
APRIL 1 IS APRIL FOOLS’ DAY.
APRIL 1 MARKS THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF TIROS-1 BEING LAUNCHED.
APRIL 2 IS WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY.
APRIL 5 IS PALM SUNDAY, FOR THOSE OBSERVING.

AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE W🌍RLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*There ARE COVID-19/Coronavirus survivors!😀
*COVID-19/Coronavirus is NOT a race issue!
*How to discuss the virus crisis with your children.
*Will South Korea help the United States fight COVID-19???
*The Summer Olympics WILL be postponed after all! (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*COVID-19 and you.
*Neil Diamond’s ♫Sweet Caroline♫, the COVID-19 edition.
*North Macedonia has joined NATO. (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…🌐
*Has anyone else noticed clearer skies and cleaner air with the current virus crisis travel restrictions???

😢PASSING PARADE…
*Musician Eric Weissberg (🪕Dueling Banjos🪕) has passed away.
*Actor Mark Blum (Desperately Seeking Susan, Crocodile Dundee) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Artist Albert Uderzo (Asterix) is no longer with us.
*Playwright Terrence McNally (Ragtime, Kiss of the Spider- woman) has passed away.
*Film maker Stuart Gordon (Honey I Shrunk the Kids/Blew Up the Kid, Space Truckers) is no longer with us.
*Voice actor William Dufris (Lupin the Third, Patlabor, Bob the Builder, Venus Wars) has passed away.
*Former baseball⚾ player Jimmy “The Toy Cannon” Wynn is no longer with us.
*Curly Neal of the Harlem Globetrotters🏀 has passed away.
*Songwriter Bill Martin (♫Puppet on a String♫) is no longer with us.
*Singer/songwriter Bob Andy (aka Keith Anderson) has passed away.
*Civil Rights leader Rev. Joseph Lowery is no longer with us.
*School teacher Harriet Glickman, who convinced Charles Schulz to integrate Peanuts, has passed away.

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.
*Opinion: America’s current immigration policies in action.
*COVID-19/Coronavirus is NOT a race issue!
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 (known to date), let alone if anyone might actually be making a profit from this situation.
THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION…
*Bernie Sanders won the Democrats Abroad Primary, and will keep running. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Speculation: who might be the lady Vice President???
*Apparently Trump doesn’t like being quoted, even in an ad. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*New York is delaying their primaries till June for obvious reasons.
POLITICALLY…
*Does Trump think COVID-19/Coronavirus is a NON issue???
*Opinion: how does Trump see himself right now???
*“Are you kidding?”—Joe Biden, in response to the above.
*Does FEMA know what it’s doing???
*Is Trump more concerned about the stock markets than people???
*Is this realistic???
*A state governor takes a stand.
*Trump appears to be unhappy with states’ reactions.
*Trump versus the state of New York emergency, but Michigan is a disaster area. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Just because he’s right doesn’t make him wrong, but Trump appears prepared to turn against doctor’s advice anyway. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Should those that need help be punished???
*The Trump Administration versus CNN.
*Another relief bill becomes law. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*WHO'S responsible???
*Will South Korea help the United States fight COVID-19???
*April 1 marks the 50th anniversary of then President Richard Nixon signing the cigarette advertising ban into law, which became effective January 1, 1971.
IT’S FACT CHECK TIME!
*“Are you sure about that bill?”—Elizabeth Warren.
*Is she lying???
*The latest COVID-19 claims.
MEANWHILE, IN CONGRESS…
*Who are economic relief plans supposed to help: people or businesses???
*Either way, the first attempt didn’t pass as is.
*Could help have come sooner???
*Senator Rand Paul isn’t happy.
*Who’s side is he on??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
ELSEWHERE…
*Damned if you do...
*It was only because of the virus, so why sue???
*Apparently he may not watch his own “news”.
*Lying DOES have consequences!
*God apparently forgot to include paid sick leave, according to one “source”.
*To draft or not to draft??? Professional football🏈 and women’s basketball’s🏀 plans. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*This year’s Indy 500🏁 will NOT be on Memorial Day weekend.
😀AND FINALLY, SOME GOOD NEWS…
*There ARE COVID-19/Coronavirus survivors!
*“Look what I found!”
*A “new” tune from Paul Simon!
*A good laugh in troubled times.