Sunday, July 15, 2018

SUNDAY FUNNIES: BONING UP ON BOOKS (Literacy IS important!)

"I love to sink my teeth into a good book!"
Hello Everybody! Autumn the Puppy here.
Now, for those of you who don't know, I'm a smart dog.
I've been to Obedience School and everything.
Okay, I'm still not quite sure who was supposed to be obeying who, but anyway...

One thing I love to do when I have time on my paws is read a good book.
After all, EVERYONE should be able to read. It's an unalienable right of existence!
So I thought I'd share some of titles I've read of late with you.
Ready?

Desert Crossing by Rhoda Camel was a hot page turner.

The Art of Archery by Beau N. Arrow got right to the point.

Stop Arguing by Xavier Breath is one every hot head should read.

Positive Reinforcement by Wade Ago certainly needs no encouragement.

Swimming In The Ocean by C. Lyons was all wet. Then again, maybe I'm biased because the best I can do is dog paddle.

Songs For Children by Barbara Blacksheep is best read aloud in a soft voice at bedtime.

I Lost My Balance by Eileen Dover and Phil Down tells the story about a clumsy tightrope walker who quickly found a new line of work.

Bee Keeping For Beginners by A. P. Array is getting a lot of buzz right now.

But while the above was comedy, the fact that literacy IS important and everyone should not only be able to read, but has the RIGHT to read cannot be denied!
So if you need help reading, don't hesitate to ask someone who does know how for help.
If you haven't been to your local library lately, get there!

Have a great week and the Sunday Funnies will return next weekend.—AtP.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: JULY 8-14, 2018

JULY 14 IS BASTILLE DAY IN FRANCE.
JULY 17 IS W🌍RLD EM😎JI DAY.
JULY 19 MARKS THE CONCLUSION OF
THE VERY FIRST TOUR DE FRANCE 115 YEARS AGO.



AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*The latest on the Tham Laung cave rescue efforts. ALL have been rescued! 😁(There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*More American tariffs against China.
*Will Macedonia join NATO???
*Turkey released over 18,000 government employees before their new President took office.
*Cabinet members are resigning over details concerning Great Britain’s departure from the European Union. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*The winners of the 2018 Wimbledon Tennis 🎾🏆 Tournament, except for the Men's Singles Champion, which will be determined July 15th.
*A new active volcano has been confirmed on Jupiter's moon Io.
*WHY haven't any human beings been to the moon 🌔since 1972???
*July 12 was the 25th anniversary of the 9 Chickweed Lane comic strip.

AMERICAN PRESIDENT TRUMP IN EUROPE...
*At the latest NATO Summit, American President Donald Trump believes Germany “is a captive of Russia” and Germany’s response. Trump later went on to say that he doesn’t believe “America is treated fairly” and that the other members will soon start “raising their defense spending”. (There are 4/FOUR separate links in this item.)
*Then Trump went on to the United Kingdom, and the New York Times fact checks his statements there. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Did Donald Trump insult Queen Elizabeth???
*Trump is taking a golfing break in Scotland before his scheduled meeting with Vladimir Putin in Russia, but his thoughts on the trip 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.

😭PASSING PARADE…
*Those who have lost their lives in the Japanese floods of 2018.
*Saman Kunan, the diver who lost his life during the Tham Laung cave rescue efforts.
*Actor Robert Perry (credits too numerous to mention) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Choreographer Alan Johnson (The Producers, Young Frankenstein) has passed away.
*Actor Tab Hunter (credits too numerous to mention) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…
THE BORDER-KIDS-IMMIGRATION ISSUE…
*A Federal Judge has ruled on part of the issue.
*President Trump’s latest executive order on the matter.
*Does the Senate Majority Leader know where the babies are???
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 all this, let alone if anyone might actually be making a profit from this situation.
TARIFF TALK…
*More American tariffs against China.
*Is the trade war hurting the American auto industry???
POLITICALLY…
*President Trump wants Brett Kavaughan as his new Supreme Court Justice, and the impending debate on the matter. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*This week, President Trump attended the latest NATO meeting and went on to visit England before his planned stop in the Soviet Union to see Russian President Vladimir Putin. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*The New York Times fact checks Trump in England, and did our President insult Queen Elizabeth??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Now what does the Trump Administration have against breast feeding babies, and why it's wrong.
*Donald Trump pardoned Dwight and Steven Hammond???
*Is it just coincidence that Stormy Daniels was arrested while President Trump is out of the country??? In any event, the charges were quickly dropped.
*Jimmy Kimmel versus Donald Trump???
MEANWHILE…
*Indictments have been issued for 12 Russian Intelligence officers suspected of hacking the Democratic Party’s National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign during the 2016 Presidential campaign; and President Trump believes it's all former President Obama's fault. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*The Republican Party's new slogan.
ELSEWHERE…
*How a “Build A Bear” promotion backfired.


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THE PUZZLE CORNER: JULY 14, 2018

😎FUN FACT
Anyone in Switzerland wanting to own guinea pigs much have at least 2, because they suffer from loneliness.

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?

A Dick Wolf, Stephen Bochco team up?

FAMOUS FIRSTS
Who won the very first Tour de France in 1903?

We’ll reveal all next weekend, but for now, let’s open up THE ANSWERS BOX 📦and discover the results from the July 7, 2018 Puzzle Corner.

NUMBER PLEASE
Get ready! We ask the question, but the answer is just a number.
What number signifies that secret agent James Bond has a license to kill?
00. (The 7 just means he is the seventh authorized agent.)

AKA, ALSO KNOWN AS
By what more familiar name do we know the pollex?
Pollex is another name for thumb.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

SUNDAY FUNNIES: WINGING IT (misc. jokes)

Hello Everybody! Waxy Dragon here!
I'm really enjoying my summer vacation so far.
Unfortunately, I've been enjoying it so much I barely had any time to make up today's post, so I'm just going to wing it.
Ready?

I saw a guy at the local coffee shop today with no phone, no tablet, no laptop, not even a book. He just sat there drinking coffee. I never could figure out what was wrong with him.

Does refusing to go to the gym count as resistance training?

What do you call a Bee that can't make up its mind?
A MAYBE.

What kind of shoes do frogs wear?
Open Toad.

 I gave all my dead batteries away today. Free of charge.

If you want to avoid technical problems, never let a printer know you're in a hurry.

What is the fastest liquid on Earth?
MILK. It is pasteurized before you see it.

I was going to watch the World Origami Championships before it folded, but then I learned it was only paper view.

If at first you don't succeed, blame the other guy.
WAIT A SECOND...

Note to self: The fact that it pops into my head does not mean it should come out of my mouth.
And on that note♫, have a great week folks and please be back here again next weekend for more Sunday Funnies!—wd.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: JULY 1-7, 2018

JULY 9 IS THE 55TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FRED BASSET COMIC STRIP.

AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*Andrés Manuel López Obrador has been elected the new President of Mexico.
*The latest on the Tham Lung cave rescue efforts.
*Scott Donaldson has become the first person to successfully cross the Tasman Sea in a kayak.

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.

😭PASSING PARADE…
*The little girl killed at her own third birthday party July 2! WHEN WILL THE SENSELESS VIOLENCE END???
*Legendary comic book creator Steve Ditko (Spider-man, Dr. Strange, The Question, The Creeper) has passed away.
*Those who have lost their lives in the severe flooding in Japan. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Dame Gillian Lynne (The Phantom of the Opera, Cats) is no longer with us.
*Musician Richard Swift has passed away.
*TV producer Peter Firmin (various children’ programs) is no longer with us.
*Recording engineer Jim Malloy, who oversaw records by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and other musical greats) has passed away.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…
THE BORDER-KIDS-IMMIGRATION ISSUE…
*President Trump wants Congress to “fix” immigration regulations.
*Will this issue affect the 2018 mid-term elections???
*While NOT recommended, one lady took protesting the issue to new heights.
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 all this, let alone if anyone might actually be making a profit from this situation.
TARIFF TALK…
*Does Trump want to ESCALATE the trade war???
*Who’s losing the trade war???
*What is President Trump’s position on other trade matters???
POLITICALLY…
*President Trump doesn’t want to enter into any NAFTA agreement until after the 2018 mid-term elections.
*Who will be Trump’s Supreme Court nominee???
*Scott Pruitt has resigned from the Environmental Protection Agency, but his temporary(?) replacement is a former coal lobbyist! (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Will the unaccounted for funds raised to cover Donald Trump’s inauguration celebration affect Mueller’s Russia investigation???
*Who’s side is Wal-mart on???
*Donald Trump versus Elizabeth Warren???
MEANWHILE…
*Churches don’t want to pay taxes??? At least not the Republican ones.
*Apparently, Kentucky’s governor doesn’t like Medicaid, even if the courts say otherwise.
*What (if anything) did Jim Jordan know and when did he know it???
*So, why are 8 Republican Congressional members currently in Russia???
ELSEWHERE…
*Hawaii’s volcano troubles continue.
*Algae once more plagues the Florida coast.
*Voters’ Rights have won a court case against Voter Suppression!😃
*MAJOR gun protest in Chicago!
*It seems like Pricewaterhouse Coopers owes the Federal Government money for failing to do its job properly.
*Vermont has decided to legalize recreational marijuana.
*Sears has increased the total of planned store closings this year to 78.
*What’s wrong with the bathroom???😕
THE FREE CHOICE E-ZINE WOULD LIKE TO THANK ITS LOYAL READERSHIP FOR GRANTING US 2,031 PAGE VIEWS IN JUNE 2018.

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THE PUZZLE CORNER: JULY 7, 2018

😎FUN FACT
Crocodiles 🐊 are color blind.

NUMBER PLEASE
Get ready! We ask the question, but the answer is just a number.

What number signifies that secret agent James Bond has a license to kill?

AKA, ALSO KNOWN AS
By what more familiar name do we know the pollex?

We’ll reveal all next weekend, but for now, let’s open up THE ANSWERS BOX and discover the results from the June 30, 2018 Puzzle Corner.

COMMON BONDS
The items in each subset below have something in common. Do you know what it is?
01. {candle, legion} = Roman.
02. {guitar, ice} = picks.

THE 50/50 CHANCE
Just like a regular TRIVIA TIME question, except there are just two possible answers, hence the even odds of getting it right. Ready?

True or False: Pepe Le Pew’s helpless feline femme fatale was nameless.
Answer: True, with an explanation.
The feline remained nameless until the 1995 Looney Tunes’ short “Carrotblanca”, when she was officially named Penelope Pussycat. However, during the course of previous cartoons, the character was called Penelope (“The Cat’s Bah”), Fifi (“Two Scents Worth”), Fabrette (“Really Scent”) or simply Le Cat in many others.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

JULY 4, 2018

THE FOLLOWING IS AN EDITORIAL.

Dear Readers:

Today is America’s 242 birthday.

Like any country, the United States has had its share of growing pains. Ups and downs, prosperity and poverty, etc.

One must acknowledge that there has been a lot of commentary made about America since January 20, 2017. Good and bad, from friends and enemies alike.

Yet I would just like to take a moment to humbly remind everyone that, regardless of the specifics involved in any given situation, the actions of some do not always represent beliefs of everybody.

Sincerely,
Lee Houston, Junior
Editor-In-Chief of The Free Choice E-zine
July 4, 2018


THE ABOVE WAS AN EDITORIAL.