Sunday, September 27, 2020

SUNDAY FUNNIES: LOOKING (HOPEFULLY) AHEAD

HELLO EVERYBODY! Autumn the Puppy here enjoying the first official weekend of my namesake.
Thankfully it's still warm enough right now so my people are running around in shorts and T-shirts and I'm enjoying a nice warm sunny spot as I post this.
The leaves🍁🍂 are beginning to turn all kinds of interesting colors.
Of course some people complain about having to rake them all up after they fall, but it's just part of the natural cycle of life.
I do hope everyone is composting (where applicable), but it's nice to know that despite all the problems that this world has faced so far this year, some things still remain the same.

Looking ahead, soon it will be Halloween.🎃
And we even have a (blue) full moon🌕 on October 31!
I definitely intend to do some howling at it, weather permitting of course.
Yet with the pandemic still a major problem, how will the kiddies safely Trick or Treat this year?👻

Then comes Thanksgiving, although everyone can make their own jokes about the current crop of political turkeys🦃🦃 that will hopefully be lame ducks🦆🦆🦆 by the end of that month.
Of course in politics it's not whether you win or lose but how you place the blame. 

After that is Christmas🎄, which will certainly be an interesting season this year.
"Honey, I got you the new PPE set you wanted for Christmas."
"Oh dearest, you really do love me!"💏💑

And then, what will 2021 bring besides a hangover for a lot of people January 1?
After all, a fool and his money can throw one heck of a party!🎉🥳

Anyway, time⌛ will tell.
Signs of the times. 😉

But right now it's time for me to tell some jokes! Ready?

If quitters never win and winners never quit, what fool came up with, "Quit while you're ahead?"

I believe for every drop of rain⛆☔ that falls, a flower grows.
And a foundation leaks and a ball game gets rained out and a car rusts and...

WATCH THIS SPACE!

Did it do anything?
Oh well. Maybe next time.😉

Have you've noticed the increase in ads for medicines lately?
If 4 out of 5 people suffer from something and need the product being sold, does that mean the fifth person enjoys whatever problem they have?

You may be addicted to your smart phone📱 if you’ve spent more on its accessories than what the phone itself cost.

Have you ever wondered if people at tea factories take coffee breaks?

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

Saturday, September 26, 2020

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: SEPTEMBER 20-26, 2020





♫COLOUR
MY
WORLD
WITH
HOPE...♫*





FOR THOSE OBSERVING, YOM KIPPUR BEGINS AT SUNDOWN SEPTEMBER 28.
SEPTEMBER 30 MARKS THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FLINTSTONES,
THE FIRST ANIMATED PRIME TIME SERIES.
OCTOBER IS A BLUE M🌕🌕N MONTH!
OCTOBER 2 MARKS THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PEANUTS COMIC STRIP.
OCTOBER 5 IS CHILDREN’S HEALTH DAY AND WORLD TEACHERS’ DAY.
2020 MARKS THE 45TH ANNIVERSARY OF
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW.
2020 MARKS THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF HERCULE POIROT’S DEBUT IN
THE MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR AT STYLES,
WHICH WAS ALSO DAME AGATHA CHRISTIE’S DEBUT NOVEL.

*Chicago, 1970.

AM😷NGST EVENTS AROUND THE W🌍RLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*October is a blue
m🌕🌕n month. The full m🌕🌕ns will be October 1 and 31.

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…🌐

😢PASSING PARADE…
*Drummer Leo Kerslake has passed away.
*Movie art director Alan Tomkins (The Empire Strikes Back, Saving Private Ryan, more) is no longer with us.
*Actor Michael Lonsdale (The Day of the Jackal, Remains of the Day, more) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Tommy DeVito of The Four Seasons has passed away.
*Movie prop/set designer Ron Cobb (The Star Wars and Back to the Future franchises, more) is no longer with us.
*The professional wrestler known as Animal of the Road Warriors (Joseph Laurinaitis) has passed away.
*Professional football🏈 player Bob Atkins is no longer with us.
*Comedian Dudley Riggs (Brave New Workshop) has passed away.
*Former Olympian Steve Smith is no longer with us.
*Former professional football🏈 player Gale Sayers (Brian’s Song) has passed away.
*Singer/actress Juilette Greco (The Sun Also Rises, Night of the Generals, more) has taken her last bow on life’s stage.

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. But what about the health/safety of all the “detainees”???
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…🗹
*The Central Intelligence Agency suspects Russia and Vladimir Putin of influencing the election in Trump's favor!
*Despite what Trump and other Republican's claim, there was no intentional attempt at fraud. It's the temp's fault.
*If it happens, will Trump be a “gracious” loser??? It’s doubtful. (There are 3/THREE separate links in this item.)
POLITICALLY…

SOCIAL (IN)JUSTICE… (originally just George Floyd news)
😷THE US VERSUS COVID-19… (separated from the purely political news)
*The state of your state, from two different perspectives. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
IT’S FACT CHECK TIME!
REPLACING RUTH (the battle for Ginsburg’s Supreme Court position)
*♫There’s battle lines being drawn...♫ Republicans versus Democrats. (There are 4/FOUR separate links in this item.)
*What is Mitt Romney planning??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Trump has announced his pick, and what will happen if she's sworn in. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
MEANWHILE, IN CONGRESS…
ELSEWHERE…
*Sorry folks. No more Nintendo 3DS.
😀AND FINALLY, SOME GOOD NEWS…

THE PUZZLE CORNER: SEPTEMBER 26, 2020

😎FUN FACT
Upon her return to Earth as the first American Woman in outer space from NASA Mission STS-7, Astronaut Sally Ride refused a bouquet of roses🌹🌹🌹 because none were available for the rest of the (all male) crew.

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: Heterochromia Iridium is a serious problem.

TRIVIA TIME⌚
The Flintstones celebrate their 60th anniversary as the first prime time animated television series (since previous animated efforts had more than one feature within each episode) this coming week. What series was the second?

We’ll reveal all next weekend but for now, let’s open up THE ANSWERS BOX📦 and discover the results from the September 19, 2020 Puzzle Corner.


TRIVIA TIME⌚
“We travel through time to help history along. Give it a push where it needs it,” describes what show from TV’s past?

RHYME TIME⌛
The clue to something is below, but no matter how long your answer is, each word within it must rhyme. Ready?
A Gardener’s Strength? = Flower⚘💮🎕 Power.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

REPLACING RUTH (An editorial)

 The following is an editorial.

There is no denying how remarkable Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020) was both on and off a judicial bench. She was a great woman who will be sorely missed.
Yet while no one will ever be able to replace the person, her absence has created a now highly contested vacancy upon the Supreme Court.
Let's look at the facts.

FACT ONE
Article II, Section 2, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution, known as the Appointments Clause, does empower the president of this country to nominate and, with the confirmation (advice and consent) of the Senate, to appoint public officials, including justices of the Supreme Court.

FACT TWO
Neither the Republicans nor the Democrats can seem to agree on when this should be done, let alone by who.

CASE IN POINT...
When Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away in 2016, then President Barack Obama was prepared to nominate a replacement under that article of law.
HOWEVER....
Mitch McConnell, leading a Republican majority in the Senate, said the "next" President of the United States should have the authority and honor of doing so, despite the fact that we were then still months away from the November 2016 election, let alone the end of Obama's last term of office in January 2017.
This is how "President" Donald Trump got Neil Gorsuch on the bench to replace Scalia.

TODAY...
How Justice Should Be
Citing the same Article in FACT ONE, McConnell, Trump, and other Republicans are rushing to fill Ginsburg's position, despite the fact that her funeral isn't even officially being held until the end of September!
MEANWHILE...
The Democrats are saying that, to honor Ginsburg's dying wish, the potential nominee shouldn't even be named until after whoever wins the November 3 election (Trump or fellow Democrat Joe Biden) is sworn in next January.

YOU CAN'T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS FOLKS!

Granted Obama was unjustly cheated, even to the point of the Republicans breaking the law by keeping him from officially naming an appointee, let alone the Senate refused to even consider his potential candidate for the Supreme Court.

WHY ALL THE FUSS?
Even if Trump loses the November election and Joe Biden replaces him come January 2021, that would give the Republican Party potential influence over the Supreme Court and their decisions for years to come having 3 judges on the bench, counting Trump replacing Ginsburg.
Many Americans (including me) are deathly afraid of this happening, especially because within the coming months the Court is scheduled to hear cases concerning the Affordable Health Care Act (something that should NOT be messed with during a pandemic!), Roe versus Wade/women's rights, various Equality issues and scores of other topics whose judgements/decisions will affect this country for years, if not decades to come.
Depending upon the results, it might even come down to the Supreme Court having the final say in who wins the 2020 Presidential Election!
Akin to the George W. Bush versus Al Gore situation of 2000.

SO WHAT'S THE ANSWER?
Fear of how Justice would be pro-Republicans


THE POLITE SOLUTION would be to at least wait until after Ginsburg's funeral and a respectable mourning period ends before starting the entire debate, but it's too late for that.

THE FAIREST SOLUTION would be for the Republicans to admit they were wrong (as if that will ever happen!) and let Obama have a "make up pick". I'd be all for this, especially if Obama chooses another lady to replace Ginsburg, which is the only thing Trump has said during all of this mess that I actually agree with.
Of course the Senate could turn around and repeat 2016 by not even considering Obama's "make up pick"/nominee, like they did in regards to Merrick Garland not replacing Scalia.

And obviously if Trump somehow manages to win re-election in November, with or without Russia's help as the CIA is currently investigating, all of the above would be for naught.

BUT THE ABSOLUTELY BEST SOLUTION would be to somehow keep politics completely out of all levels of the judicial system, yet I freely admit I have absolutely no idea how one could ever hope to accomplish such a major endeavor!

Lee Houston, Junior
Editor-In-Chief, The Free Choice E-zine
23 September, 2020

The above was an editorial.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

SUNDAY FUNNIES: CAT-ATUDE

Hello Everybody! Piper D. Katt here.
Thanks for all the kind words between my first solo appearance and my team up with Autumn the Puppy last week.
I got to tell you a little bit about myself in my debut, but now let's go more in depth.
I'm a lady, "owned" by a nice family of reliable pet 😻lovers, so you can rest assured that all my needs and their responsibilities are well met.
As previously mentioned, I love to sing♫, but please don't call it caterwauling. That's just simply degrading to both of us.
I groom and nap on a regular basis, the sunnier🌞 the spot for the latter, the better.
And, as any other feline, I'm curious by nature. I'm always getting into things wanting to know what's going on, even though some people think I shouldn't be. Especially when it comes to meals on the dining room table.😺
I also know how to properly use a litter box, and have my people well trained in its maintenance. 
Then again, I think I deserve more than just an open tray in an unused corner of the bathroom. I wonder if I can talk my people into one of these fancier boxes? After all, a lady does need her privacy.

Cats walk with grace and style because we always work on our pawsture.
We don't just enter a room. We own it.

While there are felines in the jungle, us cats don't play cards with them because there are too many cheetahs.
Then again, we don't play Hide and Seek with the leopards🐆 either because they're too easily spotted.😉
We also don't trust the King of Beasts because they're usually lion.🦁
Besides, who crowned👑 them King to begin with?
You're cute, but wrong mouse kitten!
Not any cat I know!

Cats know better than to attempt attacking your computer mouse.
After all, they don't taste good no matter how much ketchup you put on them.
We would love to have Mice🐁🐭 Krispies for breakfast, but no one seems to know how to properly prepare it for us, so we settle for whatever comes out of the can or bag, despite the fact no one has yet to develop a decent mouse flavor in that either.
But we do like sitting on top of the monitors (and your televisions) because felines feel we should be the center of your attention.
No human has ever truly experienced rejection until they've been ignored by a cat.

If we ever get to go shopping, we prefer to do it by catalogue.
I can't speak for other felines, but my favorite color is purrrple.

Don't know about you, but us cats are also sick and tired about the weather joke concerning the rain.
It is NOT raining cats and dogs. Stop and think about that for a second. How would they get up in the clouds to begin with?
Besides, I've never heard a human complain about it hailing taxis.🚕🚕
And just like nature, cats abhor vacuums too!
Well, I think that's that for now.
There's a sunny🌅 spot with my name on it waiting for me to take a quick cat nap in, so take care.
STAY SAFE! 😷And please be back here next weekend for more Sunday Funnies!PDK.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: SEPTEMBER 13-19, 2020








FOR THOSE OBSERVING, ROSH HASHANA
BEGINS AT SUNDOWN SEPTEMBER 19.
SEPTEMBER 19 IS INTERNATIONAL TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY.
SEPTEMBER 21 IS THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE.🕊
Why can’t this be all year round?
FOR THOSE OBSERVING, YOM KIPPUR BEGINS AT SUNDOWN SEPTEMBER 28.

AM😷NGST EVENTS AROUND THE W🌍RLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*Libya will soon need a new Prime Minister, while Japan has just elected one. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Is there life on Venus??? And why does Russia want to claim the planet??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*September 22 marks the 45th anniversary of the Viking Probe discovering Mars has a polar ice cap.
*September 25 marks the 330th anniversary of the Publick Occurrences newspaper📰 publishing its first and only edition!

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…🌐
*Even if a wildfire is not directly near you, the smoke is still an issue!
*Despite the West Coast Wildfires, Trump STILL denies climate change!
*Considering how many hurricanes there have already been this year, what do you do when you run out of names???

😢PASSING PARADE…
*All the innocent lives lost during the West Coast Wildfires.
*Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is no longer with us.
*Songwriter Al Kasha (♫There’s Got To Be A Morning After♫, ♫We May Never Love Like This Again♫, more) has passed away.
*Actress Sei Ashina (Silk, Kamui Gaiden-The Lone Ninja, more) has taken her last bow on life’s stage.
*Author Terry Goodkind (The Sword of Truth series, other works) is no longer with us.
*Former professional football🏈 player Larry Wilson 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. But what about the health/safety of all the “detainees”???
*The wall was originally estimated at $30 MILLION per mile, NOT counting maintenance, but could be breached with a cordless chainsaw! Have you heard anything on the subject lately???
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…🗹
*“Why are you using my song?”—John Fogerty to the Trump Campaign.
*Trump versus Biden on Climate Chang via the West Coast Wildfires. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
POST OFFICE DISPATCHES… (this item important enough to deserve its own listing)
*Just how bad are the postal problems??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
POLITICALLY…
SOCIAL (IN)JUSTICE… (originally just George Floyd news)
😷THE US VERSUS COVID-19… (separated from the purely political news)
*The state of your state, from two different perspectives. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Opinion: does Trump even care??? Either way, he’s protected! (There are 3/THREE separate links in this item.)
IT’S FACT CHECK TIME!
MEANWHILE, IN CONGRESS…
ELSEWHERE…
*Macy’s will try to hold a Thanksgiving Parade this year, BUT—
*September 22 is the 35th anniversary of the very first Farm Aid concert.
*September 25 marks the 100th anniversary of the Disabled American Veterans Organization.
😀AND FINALLY, SOME GOOD NEWS…

THE PUZZLE CORNER: SEPTEMBER 19, 2020

😎FUN FACT
No two tigers🐯🐯 have the EXACT same stripe pattern.

TRIVIA TIME⌚
“We travel through time to help history along. Give it a push where it needs it,” describes what show from TV’s past?

RHYME TIME⌛
The clue to something is below, but no matter how long your answer is, each word within it must rhyme. Ready?
A Gardener’s Strength?

We’ll reveal all next weekend but for now, let’s open up THE ANSWERS BOX📦 and discover the results from the September 12, 2020 Puzzle Corner.

REBUS
Something familiar is represented in the image below.
Do you know what it is?
⛆☔⋈ = Rainbow.🌈

COMMON BONDS
We’ve only got one subset this time because it’s a big list, but what do the following musicians all have in common?
{Keith Richards, Steve Winwood, Quincy Jones, Herb Alpert, Billy Joel, Neil Young, John Fogerty, Hank Williams Junior, Roberta Flack, Julian and Sean Lennon}
Our big list inducted the very first group of musicians into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
Richards = Chuck Berry, Winwood = James Brown, Jones = Ray Charles, Alpert = Sam Cooke, Joel = Fats Domino, Young = the Everly Brothers, Fogerty = Buddy Holly, Williams = Jerry Lee Lewis, Flack = Little Richard, and the Lennon siblings = Elvis Presley.