Saturday, January 18, 2020

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: JANUARY 12-18, 2020

JANUARY 20 IS DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JUNIOR DAY.
JANUARY 20 IS THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF
THE AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION BEING ESTABLISHED.
JANUARY 22 IS PENGUIN🐧 AWARENESS DAY.
JANUARY 23 MARKS THE 35TH ANNIVERSARY OF
THE ORIGINAL THUNDERCATS TV SERIES DEBUT.
JANUARY 23 IS SQUIRREL APPRECIATION DAY.
2020 MARKS THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF RAGGEDY ANDY.
(HIS SISTER DEBUTED 5 YEARS EARLIER.)
JANUARY 25 IS THE CHINESE NEW YEAR (OF THE RAT🐀)

AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE W🌍RLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*A difference of opinion between Japan and North Korea.
*Guatemala has a new President, while closing its Venezuela Embassy. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Russia has a new Prime Minister.
*Does North Korea need a new Foreign Minister???
*Where in the world is Carlos Ghosn???
*You can no longer use a credit card to gamble with in England.
*Will there soon be a new trade agreement between Canada, Mexico, and the United States???
*Opinion: London without Harry and Meghan.
*Older than the Earth itself???

IRAN ITEMS…
*Returning the "black boxes".
*What might lie ahead???

CONCERNING CHINA...🌏
*A new trade deal with the United States is on the horizon, but tariffs still exist.

THE TERRORIST REPORT…
*Stopping an attack before it could be initiated.
*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…🌐
*In America: The Trump Administration versus the environment.
*EMPTY canals???

😢PASSING PARADE
*Neil Peart, drummer/songwriter for Rush, has passed away.
*Christopher Tolkien, son and overseer of J. R. R. Tolkien’s literary legacy, has passed away.
*Former professional wrestler Rocky Johnson, father of wrestler/actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, is no longer with us.
*Actor Derek Fowlds (Yes Minister) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…
IMPEACHMENT VERSUS IMPENDING TRIAL…
*The plan behind filing charges.
*Trump wants all charges against him DISMISSED!
*Will the issue of potential witnesses come down to a vote???
*A trial date???
*January 15: The House HAS FILED the Impeachment Charges with the Senate! (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Senator Mitch McConnell should recluse himself!
*NEW information! NEW EVIDENCE! (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Lev Parnas WHO???
THE TRIAL!
*The Senate started the Impeachment Trial of President Donald Trump January 16, 2019!
*Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will NOT be presiding, but can he be an impartial juror??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Could there be a cover up???
*With the entire Senate sworn in as jurors, the trial begins with debate over allowing witnesses and/or evidence Tuesday, January 21.
*Was this Pelosi’s plan all along???
*What might lie ahead...
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.
*Even if there isn’t an America versus Iran War, now is NOT a good time to take more money from the military for wall construction!
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.
TARIFF TALK…
*The United States has started negotiating a new trade deal with China, but tariffs still exist.
*Will there soon be a new trade agreement between Canada, Mexico, and the United States???
POLITICALLY…
*“Are you sure about the embassy?”—Justin Amash.
*Opinion: Was Trump right about Iran???
*Now the reason doesn’t matter???
*Who knew what WHEN???
*President Trump explains his strategy.
*No civilian drones. Guess why!
*What your school children might soon be eating!
*Opinion: Why all the misinformation???
*Speculation: If America and Iran go to war, what happens to American Muslims???
*Opinion: IOWA???
*Not what the military was hoping for.
TRUMP TWEETS
*Trump versus Democrats over Iran.
IT’S FACT CHECK TIME!
*Impeachment = official indictment on criminal charges. Trial = ???
MEANWHILE, IN CONGRESS…
*New Jersey Senator Cory Booker is no longer seeking the 2020 Democratic Presidential nomination.
“If necessary, President Trump can postpone the annual State of the Union address because of the trial.”—House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
*Chris Collins’ sentenced.
ELSEWHERE…
*“It WAS an act of terrorism!” —Florida’s Attorney General.
*Who’s right???
*The end of an era???
*Did a jetliner dump fuel over a school???
*She shouldn’t of died!
*The Supreme Court will review Obama Care again.
*Decades after the deadline, Virginia has FINALLY ratified the Equal Rights Amendment! What happens next???
*The wrong picture is worth HOW MUCH???
*We’re not saying aliens. Just an unidentified flying object.
*Microsoft is no longer supporting Windows 7. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK!
*And the ULTIMATE Jeopardy! Champion is….
*And the 2019 Oscar Award🏆 nominees for the best in motion pictures are…
*And the 2019 Razzie Awards🍇 nominees for the worst in motion pictures will be announced January 20!
The Houston Astros need new managers: STAT! Will Alex Cora, currently with the Boston Red Sox, be next??? YEP! (There are 3/THREE separate links in this item.)
⚾And even though Carlos Beltran was only a player with the Astros at the time, he has resigned from being the New York Mets new coach before even starting the job.
😀AND FINALLY, SOME GOOD NEWS…
*“Guess what I found?”
*Please say YES!
*My new fur-ever home!
*VHS tape still important!

THE PUZZLE CORNER: JANUARY 18, 2020

😎FUN FACT
Our moon🌒 will “cross” in front of Mars February 18.

REBUS
Something familiar is represented below.
Do you know what it is?
🧀🎂

TRIVIA TIME
Eggs🥚🥚🥚 with what colored shell are the most nutritious?

We’ll reveal all next weekend but for now, let’s open up THE ANSWERS BOX📦 and discover the results from the January 11, 2020 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?
A woman’s possible answer to the question: “Are you pregnant?”
“Maybe, baby.”🚼

NUMBER PLEASE
Get ready! We ask the question, but the answer is just a number.
How many sweat glands can you find in one square inch of human skin?
625!

Thursday, January 16, 2020

DRAGON APPRECIATION DAY 2020!

So excited!

Hello Everybody! Waxy Dragon here!
I CAN'T BELIEVE IT!
After all these years...
After all the bad imagery and negative press we've had to overcome.

😀DRAGON 🐉 APPRECIATION DAY!😀

WOW!

You know, not every dragon has ever believed that Humans are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.
The fact that in Medieval Times, some thought dragons only ate "canned" food (all those armored soldiers) that they would rather kill us than get to know us better first.
Well, it just goes to show you that prejudices and stereotypes CAN be overcome!

Dragon Society has been lobbying day and knight for centuries to establish peace in our time between humans and dragons, but we never expected this!

Okay, dragons are sometimes still portrayed as the villain(s) in fantasy works, but to have a whole day in honor of us?

My faith in human kindness knows no bounds!

Now if all of you could only treat yourselves and each other better...
But one step at a time.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

SUNDAY FUNNIES: FUR THOUGHTS

Hello Everybody! Autumn the Puppy here!
WOW! It's 2020!
Where has the time gone?
I haven't even finished burying all of 2019's bones yet.
And before anyone goes looking for double meanings or hidden messages in that last sentence remember: I AM A DOG!🐶

Anyway, moving right along...
It's joke time!

I don't use auto-correct all of the time, but when I due... 😉

Upon realizing how poorly he played his first game, the new golfer🏌 said about improving his
performance, "I have a fairway to go."

Becoming an optometrist and learning how to prescribe eye wear must be a fine art.
After all, you don't want to make a spectacle of yourself.

How do locomotives🚂 know where they are to go?
Training.

As hunters, trains are good at following tracks. 🛤

Logic will get you from A to Z, but Imagination will take you everywhere.

It's not always easy being a dog.
Sometimes you just have to roll down your car window, smell the breeze as your owner drives because they won't let you do so despite being licensed, and bark at people you pass to brag about everything you've already smelled.

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

Saturday, January 11, 2020

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: JANUARY 5-11, 2020

JANUARY 13 IS COMING OF AGE DAY (MATURITY CEREMONY) IN JAPAN.
JANUARY 16 IS DRAGON APPRECIATION DAY (FOR FANTASY LOVERS)

AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE W🌍RLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*"Happy Birthday."🎂 Thanks, but not talks. Yet???
*Oman has a new head of state.
*The latest on Brexit.
*The Marshall Islands and Croatia have new presidents. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Reducing Royal Responsibilities, for now.
*The signal is coming from WHERE???
*The origin of the humming noise is…???
*January 13 marks the 75th anniversary of Bugs Bunny missing his first “left turn at Albuquerque” in Herr Meets Hare.

IRAN ITEMS…
*Hindsight IS 20/20!
*Saber rattling time! Is he serious??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Threats? Okay, if you must. But WAR???
*Now Iran is out of the nuclear deal Trump had America leave in 2018.
*Allies??? Enemies??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Iran launched missile attacks against American bases in Iraq January 8. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*It’s sanction time! But is there more to the story???
*Other countries to consider the situation.
*Establishing a “no fly” zone.
*The “unintentional” target.
*It might have been a mistake, but no one’s happy about it.
*Canada and Iran disagree on what happened.
*Maybe we did, but it was still unintentional.
*Iraq isn't happy about "being caught in the middle".

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…🌐
*Sadly, the Australian wildfires continue.

😢PASSING PARADE…
*Everyone onboard Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 January 8.
*Writer Silvio Horta (Ugly Betty, Jake 2.0) has passed away.
*Actor/screenwriter Buck Henry (Get Smart, The Graduate, Heaven Can Wait) is no longer with us.
*Actor Edd Byrnes (77 Sunset Strip, Grease 1) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Writer Mike Resnick (Goddess of Ganymede, Stalking the Unicorn) has passed away.
*Former Major League Baseball Pitcher Ed Sprague, Senior (Oakland A’s, Milwaukee Brewers, Cincinnati Reds) is no longer with us.
*Actress Neda Arnerić (Shaft in Africa, The End of the War) has taken her last bow on life’s stage.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…
IMPEACHMENT VERSUS IMPENDING TRIAL…
*Could the Senate change the rules or even DISMISS the charges against Trump??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Would John Bolton testify at a Trump Trial???
*Nancy Pelosi on the above.
*What will Mitch McConnell do???
*New developments/evidence???
*Constituents say: DO THE RIGHT THING!
*WHEN will the House send the Senate the charges against President Trump???
*The Senate “trial” will proceed.
TARIFF TALK…
*WHO is paying the tariff costs???
POLITICALLY…
*MORE secret meetings???
*Well, according to Vice President Pence...
*Apparently not everyone in the Trump Administration wants a potential war.
*Differences of opinion. Round 1 and Round 2. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Does President Trump know the meaning of the term “military secret”???
*The Trump Administration could change the housing rules!
*NOT something to be proud of.
*Opinion: Like Father, like Daughter.
*A race… against RACE???
*One less contender in the 2020 Presidential campaign.
*January 15 marks the 150th anniversary of Thomas Nast’s Donkey becoming the symbol for the Democratic Party.
TRUMP TWEETS
*“I warned you via Twitter!”—Trump to Congress about Iranian strike. SERIOUSLY???
*Tweeting against impending trial, AGAIN!
IT’S FACT CHECK TIME!
*Impeachment = official indictment on criminal charges. Trial = ???
*The image was FAKED! (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Trump on Iran, and Obama’s dealings with same. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
MEANWHILE, IN CONGRESS…
*Congress is back from their Winter Break.
*Did Trump try to bypass Congress over Iran???
*Altering plans.
*Will the House of Representatives limit President Trump’s “war powers”??? YEP! (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Opinion: Will it work???
*Guilty Republican leaving office!
ELSEWHERE…
*“I’m cancer free!”—Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
*More problems for Boeing???
*Vermont: NO cellphones for those under 21???
*Pier 1 Imports is preparing to close 450 stores. Could bankruptcy be in their future???
😀AND FINALLY, SOME GOOD NEWS…
*Aren’t they beautiful???

THE PUZZLE CORNER: JANUARY 11, 2020

😎FUN FACT
Red blood cells are produced in/by bone marrow.

RHYME TIME⌛
The clue to something is below, but no matter how long your answer is, each word within it must rhyme. Ready?
A woman’s possible answer to the question: “Are you pregnant?”

NUMBER PLEASE
Get ready! We ask the question, but the answer is just a number.
How many sweat glands can you find in one square inch of human skin?

We’ll reveal all next weekend but for now, let’s open up THE ANSWERS BOX📦 and discover the results from the January 4, 2020 Puzzle Corner.

THE LETTER SHUFFLE
How many new words can you form out of the letters in 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.

COMMON BONDS
The items in each subset below have something in common. Do you know what it is?
01. {♫Tracy♫ by The Cuff Links, ♫Sugar Sugar♫ by The Archies}
Both were actually performed by singer Ron Dante. Being one hit wonders does NOT qualify because ♫Sugar Sugar♫ was actually the third of five releases for The Archies with ♫Jingle Jangle♫ also a Top 10 hit for them.
02. {Strawberry Alarm Clock, Lynyrd Skynyrd} = singer/songwriter/guitarist Ed King was a member of both groups.
Don't feel too bad if you couldn't correctly answer the last one, for a lot of people were thrown off by the items in that subset.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

SUNDAY FUNNIES: JUST LITTLE OL' ME...

A curious baby dragon!
Hello Everybody. Waxy Dragon here with the first Sunday Funnies of the NEW year!

Of course, right now I don’t see what’s so new about this year other than the date because so far it looks just like the start of last year to me.
The sky’s are gray☁ and even the day is cold.
Why does winter have to last so long, anyway?

But, being quite an inquisitive (and I looked that word up, so I know I'm using it right!) baby dragon, those aren’t the only questions I have. Like…

How come you only get a happy ending if you play a country music song sdrawkcab?

What do people mean when they ask, “Can you see what I’m saying?”
Am I supposed to be listening with my eye teeth🦷 or what?

When someone says they’ve “souped up” a machine, what kind did they use?
I’m partial to chicken🐔 noodle myself!

Just what does a turkey🦃 have to be thankful for on Thanksgiving?
I guess if it’s one of the lucky ones that isn’t invited to dinner...

What happens to an ice carving after it melts?

I wonder what Internet service providers do to waste their time?

Do you know what actually makes me smile?😀
Facial muscles!

Now to make you smile.
Aren’t you glad this is my last question?

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