Tuesday, October 12, 2021

ON MEDICAL LEAVE

Dear Free Choice E-zine Readers:

Afraid I will be away from my computer and this E-zine for awhile as I enter the hospital for another heart operation.

Back in early 2007 I was rushed into the Emergency Room and stayed for almost a month because of an aortic aneurysm.

Part of the procedure was receiving a new heart valve. I've gotten 14 good years out of it but for some reason the part is starting to develop calcium deposits and needs to be replaced with a new and better model before the problem becomes a life threatening situation.

I will be gone roughly a week to ten days.

Then I will be back home on personal recovery for at least 4-6 weeks afterwards in between Doctor's appointments.

Once the pain killers are out of my system and I can sit and think coherently again, I WILL be back at my computer taking care of this E-zine!


Until then...

Take care and STAY SAFE!๐Ÿ˜ท

Lee Houston, Junior

Editor-In-Chief, The Free Choice E-zine

October 12, 2021

Sunday, October 10, 2021

SUNDAY FUNNIES: THINGS I'VE LEARNED WATCHING HUMANS

Hello Everybody! Piper D. Katt here!
Once again, I'm back with another in depth look at you humans from the feline perspective.
You say us cats are inquisitive by nature, and that's certainly true.
Especially in regards to the people we love.
And I've learned a lot watching people, so without further adieu...

Money can't buy happiness, but—
It sure makes misery easier to live with.
It's much nicer to cry in a Maserati than in a VW Bug.

When a human claims it wasn't another person's fault, why do they still blame that person anyway?
And to think I'm always told "Don't play with your food!"

Exactly what IS Cauliflower?
It's not a flower nor a flour?

KNOWLEDGE is knowing a tomato is a fruit.
WISDOM is not putting a tomato in a fruit salad.

When filling out any job application, where it says, 'In case of emergency, notify:' , the correct answer is "DOCTOR!"
Or VET in my case.๐Ÿ˜‰

Why does every anchor begin the evening news with 'Good Evening,' then proceed to tell you why it isn't?

To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism.
To steal from many is research.

War does not determine who is right, only who is left.

Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

Then again, us cats never speak unless we have something important to say, but we're still waiting for a lot of you to finally listen to us.

On that note♫ take care.
STAY SAFE!๐Ÿ˜ท
And please be back again next time for more Sunday Funnies!PDK.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: OCTOBER 3-9, 2021

GET VACCINATED & BEWARE ANY VERSION

OCTOBER 9 IS THE 320TH ANNIVERSARY OF YALE UNIVERSITY.
OCTOBER 9 IS LEIF ERIKSON DAY.
OCTOBER 11 IS COLUMBUS/NATIVE AMERICANS DAY IN THE UNITED STATES.
OCTOBER 12 IS WORLD EGG๐Ÿฅš DAY. (Koo-koo-koo-choo!๐Ÿ˜‰)
OCTOBER 13 IS THE US NAVY’S BIRTHDAY.
OCTOBER 15 IS BOSS’ DAY.
OCTOBER 16 IS SWEETEST DAY.
IT’S THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF
ANYTHING THAT DEBUTED IN 2001, LIKE SMALLVILLE.

AM๐Ÿ˜ทNGST EVENTS AROUND THE W๐ŸŒRLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*COVID and its variants continue to be a global problem. (There are 3/THREE separate links in this item.)
*Yet the vaccination battle against it continues. (There are 3/THREE separate links in this item.)
*The state of the world, as of October 9, 2021.
*“Don’t question our missile tests.”—North Korea to the United Nations’ Security Council.
*What happened to Facebook and related apps October 4??? (There are 6/SIX 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 2021 NOBEL PRIZE WINNERS ARE…
*Physiology/Medicine: David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian for discovering the receptors of touch and temperature.
*Physics: Climatologists Syukuro Manabe and Klaus Hasselmann with Theoretical Physicist Giorgio Parisi for comprehending physical systems through climate models.
*Chemistry: Benjamin List and David MacMillan for advances in molecular engineering.
*Literature: Novelist Abdulrazak Gumah.
*Peace: Reporters Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov for preserving freedom of expression.

THE CLIMATE CHANGE CHRONICLES…๐ŸŒ
*A totally green tractor, and we don't mean the John Deere coloring.

๐Ÿ˜ขPASSING PARADE…
*Announcer Alan Kalter (The Late Show with David Letterman) has passed away.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…
THE BORDER WALL-KIDS-IMMIGRATION ISSUES…
*Former “President” Trump declared a “national emergency” to build his border wall, separating families upon apprehension. President Joseph Biden nullified the emergency, but other matters pertaining to these issues still have to be dealt with.
NOTE: While we are doing our best to provide coverage, the above is a serious, ongoing issue. Especially since no one has yet to fully discuss the health and safety of all the “detainees” as well as the various costs under Donald Trump 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.
CAPITAL CHAOS: JANUARY 6, 2021>AFTERMATH
POLITICALLY…
*President Joseph Biden plans to undo “President” Trump’s weakening of the National Environmental Policy Act.
SOCIAL (IN)JUSTICE
๐Ÿ˜ทTHE US VERSUS COVID-19…
IT’S FACT CHECK TIME!
MEANWHILE, IN CONGRESS…
*Is Wyoming Senator John Barrasso a prime example of current Republicans??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*McConnell versus the Debt Ceiling. The wrong move could equal another government shutdown and/or bankruptcy! (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
ELSEWHERE…
*The state of Georgia is investigating Trump. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*For better or worse, “Pillow Man” is still at it.
*On the Supreme Court’s opening docket… (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*What happened to Facebook and related apps October 4??? (There are 6/SIX separate links in this item.)
๐Ÿ˜€AND FINALLY, SOME GOOD NEWS…

Saturday, October 9, 2021

THE PUZZLE CORNER: OCTOBER 9, 2021

๐Ÿ˜ŽFUN FACT
The urban legend is that Reed Hastings founded Netflix after racking up over $40 in late fees for not returning Apollo 13 on time.

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?
Popular fast food franchise selection in New Orleans?

NUMBER PLEASE
Get ready! We ask the question, but the answer is just a number.
How many dimples are on a regulation golf ball?

We’ll reveal all next weekend but for now, let’s open up THE ANSWERS BOX๐Ÿ“ฆ and discover the results from the October 2, 2021 Puzzle Corner.


TRIVIA TIME⌚
The original Star Trek is accredited with foreseeing what we know today as personal computers and cellphones, among other things. What series foresaw online classes and the video call, among other things?
The Jetsons.

REBUS
Something familiar is represented in the image below.
Do you know what it is?



♫Raspberry Beret♫ by Prince and the New Power Generation.

Sunday, October 3, 2021

SUNDAY FUNNIES: CELEBRITY COMMENTARY

Hello Everybody! Autumn the Puppy here!
Something I haven't done in a MIGHTY LONG time is Celebrity Quotes!
Don't know how I managed to avoid the topic for so long, but it's time to take care of that. Especially with so much going on in the world๐ŸŒŽ right now.
As usual, my thoughts will be after the actual quotes. Ready?

"Truth is stranger than fiction, but that is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn’t."—Author Mark Twain (aka Samuel Langhorne Clemens) 1835-1910.
Truth also sticks to these stubborn little things called FACTS that some people don't like.

“The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.” – Albert Einstein, 1879-1955.
Unfortunate, but true. Look at Wile E Coyote.๐Ÿ˜‰

“War teaches Americans geography.” – Author Ambrose Bierce,1842-1914.
Though you'd think War would be a better instructor of Peace.

“My opinions may have changed, but not the fact that I’m right.” –  Cartoonist Ashleigh Brilliant, born 1933.
♫Nobody's right, if everybody's wrong.♫ From "For What It's Worth" by Buffalo Springfield.

“The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.” – Cartoonist Bill Watterson, born 1958.
They may have visited, but they never stay. Why? With a nod to Douglas Adams, we have plenty of towels.

“As a child, my family’s menu consisted of two choices: take it or leave it.” –  Comedic Actor Buddy Hackett, 1924-2003.
The same holds true for a lot of folks and sadly, not by choice.

“It would be nice to spend billions on schools and roads, but right now that money is desperately needed for political ads and other lobbying tactics.” – Comedy writer Andy Borowitz, born 1958.
TAKE A HINT POLITICIANS!

On that note♫, have a great week everybody!
Take care.
STAY SAFE!๐Ÿ˜ท
And please be back here again next weekend for more Sunday Funnies!AtP.

Saturday, October 2, 2021

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: SEPTEMBER 26-OCTOBER 2, 2021



♫ALL WE ARE SAYING,
IS GIVE PEACE A CHANCE.♫
John Lennon and the Plastic (Yoko) Ono Band.




GET VACCINATED & BEWARE ANY VERSION

OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH.๐ŸŽ—
OCTOBER 2 IS THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF NON-VIOLENCE.
TOO BAD WE CAN’T HAVE THAT EVERY DAY!๐Ÿ˜ž
ANYTHING THAT DEBUTED IN 1961, LIKE THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW,
IS 60 YEARS OLD THIS YEAR.
OCTOBER 4 IS DICK TRACY’S 90TH ANNIVERSARY.
OCTOBER 5 IS BOTH CHILDREN’S HEALTH DAY & WORLD TEACHERS DAY.
OCTOBER 8 IS CROATIA'S INDEPENDENCE DAY.
OCTOBER 9 IS THE 320TH ANNIVERSARY OF YALE UNIVERSITY.
OCTOBER 11 IS COLUMBUS/NATIVE AMERICANS DAY IN THE UNITED STATES.
THE SATURDAY EVENING POST CELEBRATES ITS BICENTENNIAL THIS YEAR!
THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL TURNS 70 THIS YEAR.

AM๐Ÿ˜ทNGST EVENTS AROUND THE W๐ŸŒRLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*COVID and its variants continue to be a global problem. (There are 4/FOUR separate links in this item.)
*Yet the vaccination battle against it continues. (There are 3/THREE separate links in this item.)
*The state of the world, as of October 2, 2021.


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…๐ŸŒ
*EXTINCT???๐Ÿ˜จ

๐Ÿ˜ขPASSING PARADE…
*Keyboardist George Frayne IV (Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen) has passed away.
*Actress Jean Hale (TV’s Batman, In Like Flint, much more) has taken her last bow on life’s stage.
*Singer/songwriter/record producer Andrea Martin (“Before You Walk Out of My Life”, “Don’t Let Go”, more) has passed away.
*Actor Tommy Kirk (numerous Disney productions, other productions through early 1970s) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Actor Michael Tylo (Lonesome Dove, Zorro, various soap operas, other productions) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Actor Ravil Isyanov (James Bond’s Golden Eye, JAG, NCIS, more) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…
CAPITAL CHAOS: JANUARY 6, 2021>AFTERMATH
POLITICALLY…
*Despite political problems (see MEANWHILE, IN CONGRESS below) the Federal Government will stay “in business” until December 3.
SOCIAL (IN)JUSTICE
๐Ÿ˜ทTHE US VERSUS COVID-19…
IT’S FACT CHECK TIME!
MEANWHILE, IN CONGRESS…
*They were going to do WHAT??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*A look at the Republicans’ current strategy, from two different perspectives. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
ELSEWHERE…
*Trump lost another one. And another. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
๐Ÿ˜€AND FINALLY, SOME GOOD NEWS…


THE FREE CHOICE E-ZINE WOULD LIKE TO THANK ITS LOYAL READERSHIP FOR GRANTING US 8,726 PAGE VIEWS IN SEPTEMBER 2021.

THE PUZZLE CORNER: OCTOBER 2, 2021

๐Ÿ˜ŽFUN FACT
Thomas Alva Edison holds the record for the most patents granted to an individual at 1,093!

TRIVIA TIME⌚
The original Star Trek is accredited with foreseeing what we know today as personal computers and cellphones, among other things. What series foresaw online classes and the video call, among other things?

REBUS
Something familiar is represented in the image below.
Do you know what it is?









We’ll reveal all next weekend but for now, let’s open up THE ANSWERS BOX๐Ÿ“ฆ and discover the results from the September 25, 2021 Puzzle Corner.

FAMOUS FIRSTS๐Ÿฅ‡
October 1 marked the 30th anniversary of the FOR DUMMIES series of books.
What was the first title published?
DOS For Dummies.

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: Actor Michael Dunn as Doctor Miguleito Quixote Loveless was the only recurring villain on the classic television series The Wild, Wild West (1965-1969).
FALSE! While Doctor Loveless was the most (in)famous villain with ten appearances, Victor Buono appeared twice as Count Carlos Mario Vincenzo Robespierre Manzeppi, a “dark” magician and criminal team leader.