Monday, May 25, 2015

MEMORIAL DAY: 2015

THE FOLLOWING IS AN EDITORIAL


While other nations honor those who bravely served within their military forces at different times throughout the year, today is Memorial Day here in the United States of America.

Most look at today as the unofficial start of summer with the advent of warmer weather (finally!), outdoor activities, and plenty of sales from various retailers.
Yet no country should forget those brave men and women who thought not of themselves, but of others as they stood bravely to protect and defend the freedoms and liberties you enjoy today.

So please take at least a moment to remember the Veterans. Without them, life wouldn't be as we know it today.

THE ABOVE WAS AN EDITORIAL.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

SUNDAY FUNNIES: WATER, WATER, EVERYWHERE(?)

Hello Everybody! Editor-In-Chief Lee Houston, Junior
here because since it's the Memorial Day weekend here in the United States, Waxy Dragon and Autumn the Puppy have the holiday off.

Now, I've been thinking long and hard about what to do for this week's Sunday Funnies, and came up with Water!

Back in March of 2011, Autumn did a fantastic post on a submarine race.
Won't reprint it, but here's the link if you want to read it again.

But seriously, water is a precious commodity that is very necessary to life itself, yet there are those who don't think twice about contaminating it, let alone others who's only concern is to bottle and ship the water elsewhere in hopes of making a profit.


Yet have you ever truly stopped and thought about water?
It composes three quarters of this planet, but we named our world earth.
A typical cumulus cloud contains 1.1 million pounds of water, but are we afraid it's all going to come out at once?
We run for shelter when it starts raining, yet we don't think twice about going swimming, taking a bath, or a long soak in the hot tub when possible.

If you feel tired even after a good night’s sleep, you might be dehydrated.
Drinking water can wake you up. Yet most people's morning beverage of choice is coffee, leading to several franchise choices where you can stop and grab a mug on the way to work, if you can't last long enough to make it to the office and raid the coffee maker there.
Of course, that also gives you a lot of opportunities to pay more for a cup while you're out than it would cost you to brew some at home.

They found evidence of water on Mars!
And of course, there's also that age old question about whether the glass is half empty or half full?
The optimist says the glass is half full.
The pessimist says that the glass is half empty.
The engineer says the glass is full - half of water and half of air.
The scientist will want to run some tests first before answering the question, let alone decide whether or not it is safe to drink.
The banker would say the glass has under 50% of its net worth in liquid assets.
The seasoned drinker would say the glass doesn’t have enough ice.
The psychiatrist would ask “What did your mother say about the glass?”
The opportunist would leave a note “While you guys were arguing about the glass, I drank the contents of it.”

So whatever you do this holiday weekend and the rest of the week, enjoy a good clean glass of water from time to time, and please be back here next weekend for more Sunday Funnies!—lth,jr

Saturday, May 23, 2015

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: MAY 17-23, 2015

MONDAY IS MEMORIAL DAY IN THE UNITED STATES.
RHODE ISLAND CELEBRATES ITS 225TH ANNIVERSARY MAY 29TH.
THIS IS THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF
THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING BY J. R. R. TOLKIEN.

AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD THIS PAST WEEK...
*Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza is still in power after a failed coup attempt, and announced that the upcoming Presidential election will proceed as scheduled.
*Protests continue in Macedonia against incumbent Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski over possible wiretapping of opposing candidates and other allegations.
*South Korea has been reassured of the United States honoring its security commitments from Secretary of State John Kerry should North Korea attempt any action against that country.
*Five major banks in the Forex Probe (Barclays, Citi, RBS, JP Morgan, and UBS) were found guilty of manipulating foreign exchange currencies and sentenced stiff fines, totaling $5.7 billion US dollars.
*Ireland will soon be the first country to legalize same gender marriages by a mandate of the popular vote.

TERRIBLE TERRORIST ACTIVITIES...
*ISIS/ISIL forces have captured Ramadi, Iraq; Palmyra, Syria and the border town of Al Waleed. The terrorists now control over half of Syria at this time.
*Despite 3 deaths and 18 injuries, a Taliban suicide attack outside Kabul International Airport in Afghanistan was declared unsuccessful.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA...
POLITICALLY...
*Despite a previous blockage, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Pact has passed the Senate and is now pending approval in the House of Representatives. Many fear drastic cuts in Medicare and other social programs to finance support of this act if it becomes law.
*Meanwhile, it should come as no surprise that House Republicans killed the proposed Keep Our Campaigns Honest (K.O.C.H.) Bill; a measure that would have required candidates to disclose the source(s) of campaign contributions.
*President Barack Obama has announced that local police authorities will only receive "the appropriate" military equipment to help with law enforcement "where necessary".
*South Korea has been reassured of the United States honoring its security commitments from Secretary of State John Kerry should North Korea attempt any action against that country.
*Republicans removing infrastructure support from the budget over previous decades has been suspected of contributing to the recent Amtrak derailment in Pennsylvania.
*After Jeb Bush said at a public address that he turns to his brother, former President George W. Bush for advice on foreign matters; was silent when asked why he does that, since George W. is technically responsible for the formation of ISIS/ISIL.
ELSEWHERE...
*Five major banks in the Forex Probe (Barclays, Citi, RBS, JP Morgan, and UBS) were found guilty of manipulating foreign exchange currencies and sentenced stiff fines, totaling $5.7 billion dollars.
*A shootout between 2 rival outlaw motorcycle clubs/gangs in Waco, Texas resulted in 9 dead and 18 injured. Authorities are still investigating the situation.
*Six Baltimore, Maryland police officers face charges of reckless endangerment in the death of Freddie Gray.
*Los Angeles, California will raise the minimum wage locally to $15 an hour by 2020.
*Taylor Swift swept the 2015 Billboard Magazine Music Awards with 8 wins, including Best Artist of the Year.
*The New England Patriots have announced they will not appeal any fines or sanctions levied against them as a result of "Deflategate". Whether or not quarterback Tom Brady intends to do so remains to be seen.
*The 2015 Indianapolis 500 auto race is scheduled to be held Sunday, May 24th.
*The last Late Night with David Letterman has aired. Stephen Colbert is scheduled to take over in September, with the series in reruns until then.

For more news at any time, either scroll down to our IN OTHER NEWS feature at the bottom of your screen, or visit any other reputable news source.

THE PUZZLE CORNER: MAY 23, 2015

FUN FACT
Sternutation is the scientific term for sneezing.

IT'S THE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND HERE IN THE UNITED STATES, SO TODAY'S PUZZLES SALUTE OUR VETS.

THE LETTER SHUFFLE
How many new words can you make out of the letters in the word MEMORIAL?

TRIVIA TIME
What was Memorial Day originally known as before it officially became a holiday?

We'll reveal all next weekend. But for now, let's open up THE ANSWERS BOX and discover the results from the May 16th, 2015 Puzzle Corner.

BEFORE AND AFTER
Two separate things share at least one word in common, and can be combined to form something new. Based upon the clue below, do you know what it is?

Oriental breakfast delicacy? = Hard boiled egg roll

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

Astronauts can see the Great Wall of China from the surface of the Moon.
FALSE!
The landmark is too far away to be seen from the lunar surface.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

THE SUNDAY FUNNIES: IDLE THOUGHTS (misc. jokes)

Hello Everybody. Autumn the Puppy here.
It's a lazy Sunday morning out here in the yard. I'm lying down next to my doghouse enjoying the sun, listening to the bird songs (no, they don't take requests) and just kicking back enjoying the peaceful moments as my mind wanders over some idle thoughts.

The roundest knight at King Arthur's round table was
Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.

I dreamed once of seeing an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian.

Did you hear about the butcher who backed into the meat grinder and got a little behind in his work?

No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

If a homeless dog gave birth to puppies near the road, would it be cited for littering?

Two silk worms had a race.  They ended up in a tie.

Atheism is a non-prophet organization.

I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.

A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion.

Would a short fortune-teller escaping prison be a small medium at large?

A backward poet writes inverse.

Don't join dangerous cults: Practice safe sects!

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

Saturday, May 16, 2015

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: MAY 10-16, 2015

THE SANJA MATSURI FESTIVAL BEGINS TODAY IN TOKYO.
YESTERDAY WAS THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY
OF THE McDONALD'S FRANCHISE.
MAY 21ST IS THE 35TH ANNIVERSARY OF
THE ARCADE CLASSIC PAC-MAN.
MAY MARKS THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF STAR WARS, EPISODE III: REVENGE OF THE SITH AND THE 35TH ANNIVERSARY OF EPISODE V: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK.

NISSAN AND TOYOTA ARE RECALLING OVER 6.5 MILLION VEHICLES OVER FEARS OF EXPLODING AIR BAGS. Contact your local dealerships for more details.

AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD THIS PAST WEEK...
*A 7.3 aftershock in Nepal has claimed another 125 victims while injuring over 2500 more people and delaying rescue and relief efforts. While those efforts have since resumed; sadly, the overall death toll has surpassed 8000 victims.
*A coup against the established Burundi government has failed, with the suspected ring leader in custody.
*A temporary truce has been established between Yemen and Saudi Arabia, but charitable relief efforts have yet to enter Yemen.
*King Salman of Saudi Arabia has canceled his scheduled meeting with United States President Barack Obama, allegedly over disagreeing with a proposed Iranian nuclear deal.
*After North Korea successfully tested a ballistic missile, South Korea warns that it is prepared to defend itself, if necessary.
*Chile and the United Kingdom will each be establishing new governmental cabinets soon.
*Cuban President Raul Castro had a private audience with Pope Francis in Rome.
*United States Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin soon to discuss a peaceful resolution to the Ukrainian crisis.
*Nico Rosberg has won the 2015 Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix.


TERRIBLE TERRORIST ACTIVITIES...
*45 people were killed during an attack on a bus in Karachi, Pakistan.
*ISIS/ISIL's second in command has allegedly been killed during an air strike, while a "senior official" within the organization has been reportedly killed by an United States special forces operation.

PASSING PARADE...
*Blues legend B.B. King is no longer with us.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA...
POLITICALLY...
*According to Doyle McManus within an Los Angeles Times article, while David Koch might be privately favoring Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker as the Republican Presidential candidate in 2016, the Koch Brothers officially will only be endorsing with their huge monetary war chest whoever wins the nomination next year; although several potential candidates will be "summoned to a round of auditions this summer".
*Senate Democrats rallied to block a fast track passage of the Trans Pacific Partnership.
*The House of Representatives has voted to end collecting phone data under the USA Freedom Act. The measure has yet to be heard in the Senate.
*King Salman of Saudi Arabia has canceled his scheduled meeting with President Barack Obama, allegedly over disagreeing with a proposed Iranian nuclear deal.
*Texas Governor Greg Abbott has ordered the State Guard to monitor the United States military when they conduct Operation: Jade Helm 15 within the Lone Star State (and six other states) this summer to ensure that the military exercise isn't a cover for the federal government to seize control of the state, seize Texas citizen's guns, or round up "dissidents".
ELSEWHERE...
*The man found guilty in the Boston Marathon bombing has been given a death sentence.
*An Amtrak train derailed while traveling through Pennsylvania. There are 8 confirmed dead and over 200 injured. The train's black box has been recovered, but no word on the results of its examination yet.
*Verizon has agreed to purchase AOL for $4.4 billion dollars.
*A woman working for a company in California has been fired for allegedly disabling the app within her employer provided phone that allowed them to track her every movement 24/7.
*New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been suspended for 4 regular season games, while the team has been fined $1 million dollars and forfeits future draft picks as a result of the National Football League's investigation into "Deflategate". All sanctions are being appealed.
*"American Pharaoh" won the Preakness, the second leg of professional horse races' Triple Crown, and might complete the trifecta in June.

For more news at any time, either scroll down to our IN OTHER NEWS feature at the bottom of your screen or visit any other reputable news source.

THE PUZZLE CORNER: MAY 16, 2015

FUN FACT
When numerically noted in the standard format (month, date, year) May 10th through 19th are palindromes. 5/10/15 = 5/10/15, 5/11/15 = 5/11/15, etc.

BEFORE AND AFTER
Two separate things share at least one word in common, and can be combined to form something new. Based upon the clue below, do you know what it is?

Oriental breakfast delicacy?

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

Astronauts can see the Great Wall of China from the surface of the Moon.

We'll reveal all next weekend. But for now, let's open up THE ANSWERS BOX and discover the results from the May 9, 2015 Mothers' Day themed Puzzle Corner.

TRIVIA TIME
Who originally created the concept of Mother's Day in America?
Anna Jarvis, out of respect for her recently deceased mother, although she later tried to get the event rescinded because it was becoming too commercial.

THE LETTER SHUFFLE
How many new words can you find with the letters of the word MOTHER?

He, hem, her, hero, home, hot
Me, met, metro, more, moth
Oh, or, ore, other
Roe, rom, Rome
The, to, tome, tor, tore

More than the 23 listed above might be possible.