Saturday, May 27, 2017

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: MAY 21-27, 2017

MAY IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH.
MAY 29 IS MEMORIAL DAY, AND THE 55TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE USS ARIZONA MEMORIAL BEING DEDICATED.
JUNE 1 MARKS THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BEATLES’ SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND ALBUM.

AMONG EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*North Korea’s latest “missile test” once again landed in the Sea of Japan, prompting concern from neighboring countries as Kim Jong-un has ordered mass production of the missile to begin while the United Nations’ Security Council investigates further. (There are 2 separate links in this item.)
*While concerns remain, the Norway "Doomsday Seed Vault" is safe, for now.
*Taiwan may soon become the first Asian country to legalize same gender marriages.
*Pope Frances has appointed Bishop Anders Arborelius to be the first ever Cardinal from Sweden. Meanwhile, the Pope met with United States President Donald Trump during his current foreign diplomatic visit.
*It has been officially confirmed that Mount Everest’s Hillary Step has collapsed.
*The results of NASA’s latest probe of Jupiter are interesting.
*The era of the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus is officially over.

FROM ENGLAND...
*ISIL forces are claiming responsibility for the unprovoked attack against innocent Ariana Grande concert goers at Manchester (England) Arena May 22. The singer has since suspended the rest of her current European tour.
*Meanwhile, suspected accomplices of the suicide bomber ARE in custody.
*Will Great Britain NOT leave the European Union if it costs too much to do so???

THE TERRORIST REPORT…
*Except for the suicide bomber that died during the cowardly Manchester Arena attack, British authorities believe they have all the suspects behind that horrible event in custody.

đŸ˜­PASSING PARADE…
*The 22 innocent victims of the Manchester Arena attack May 22.
*The 20 police officers killed in a Taliban raid against Southern Afghanistan May 21.
*TV writer Marsh McCall (Last Man Standing, Late Night with Conan O’Brien) has passed away.
*Actress Dina Merrill (Operation: Petticoat, Butterfield 8) has taken her last bow on life’s stage.
*Chess Grandmaster Viktor Kupreichik is no longer with us.
*Sir Roger Moore (several James Bond movies, The Saint) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Comic book artist Rick Buckler (credits too numerous to mention) has passed away.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…
POLITICALLY…
*It comes as no surprise to some that the Trump White House is attempting to prevent the investigation of ex-lobbyists on their payroll.
*Does President Trump actually support Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, which includes allowing civilians to kill even suspected users, dealers, and manufacturers?
*While on his first foreign trip, President Trump urged Muslims everywhere to confront "Islamic terrorBut while careful about what he said, many Muslims are wary of the President. (There are 3 different links in this item.)
*President Trump also didn't get the friendly greeting from members of the European Union he thought he should. Maybe because he tried telling them they all owe NATO money??? (There are 2 separate links in this item.)
*How are the President and his First Lady getting along abroad???
MEANWHILE...
*Under President Trump’s new proposed budget, anti-poverty programs such as health care and welfare are facing potential massive budget cuts, while military spending increases and the rich will be offered more tax breaks! (There are 2 separate links in this item.)
*No word on when the revised edition of Trump’s budget proposal will be issued that corrects the $2 trillion dollar accounting error, but how many campaign promises does his proposed budget break??? (There are 2 separate links in this item.)
*Executive Order # 13780, President Trump’s latest attempt at an immigration ban, is still a no go.
*There are 2 separate links in this item.)
*Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn appeared at the Senate Intelligence Committee's investigative hearing into possible Russia influence in the 2016 Presidential election only long enough to plead the Fifth Amendment (the right of protection against self incrimination) and leave.
*Yet did the CIA warn the FBI about Russia's potential involvement in the 2016 Presidential election???
*So, how involved with Russia is Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner???
*An investigation is pending into the actions of security personnel against protesters outside the Turkish Ambassador’s American residence May 17.
ELSEWHERE…
*SHOULD AN 11 YEAR OLD NEW MOM/RAPE VICTIM BE FORCED TO MARRY HER RAPIST???
*Should a farmer be seriously fined for plowing his OWN field???
*Does a class room punishment actually violate the Geneva Convention???
*If it becomes law, a proposed bill in Texas would allow child protection agencies to refuse services based on religion, although many feel this may be used to hurt LGBT parents.
*The US Supreme Court says some of North Carolina’s proposed new voter districts still violate the Constitution because they’re too heavily race based.
*If you used a credit card at Chipolte's, it may have been hacked!
*Former Senator Joseph Lieberman does not want to be the new head of the FBI.
*As if Mar-a-Lago hasn’t drawn enough criticism because of Donald Trump’s frequent trips down there as President, now a sink hole has opened up in front of the exclusive golf course.

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

THE PUZZLE CORNER: MAY 27, 2017

FUN FACT
Memorial Day originally began as Decoration Day, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union soldiers from the Civil War.

TRIVIA TIME
When did Decoration Day officially become Memorial Day?

THE LETTER SHUFFLE
How many new words can you spell, using the letters in the word MEMORIAL?

We’ll reveal all next weekend, but for now, let’s open up THE ANSWERS BOX and discover the results from the May 20, 2017 Puzzle Corner.

TRIVIA TIME
What is a snee?
An ancient dagger.

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


It's a Beach Bunny.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

SUNDAY FUNNIES: SOMETHING FISHY

Can't swim, but dragon paddles!
Hello Everybody! Waxy Dragon here!

Now, like most dragons, I prefer to fly rather than swim, because I don't want to risk even temporarily putting my pilot light out. đŸ˜‰

Then again, I do know a lot of sea creatures and consider many of them my friends, so with that in mind, here are some fish jokes!

What would you call an under water music technician?
A piano tuna!
Then again, you can tune a piano, but you can't tuna fish.

What was Dean Martin's big fish hit?
♫That's A Moray!♫

Why did the private detective think something was wrong at the fish factory?
He smelt a rat.

What was Paul Anka's big fish hit?
♫And they call it, Guppy Love...♫


Why did the man ride the dolphin?
For the halibut on porpoise.

Why did the fish ride the dolphin?
Because he missed the bus and was late for school!

Moby Dick was one whale of a novel.

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

Saturday, May 20, 2017

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: MAY 14-20, 2017

MAY IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH.
MAY 20 MARKS THE 90TH ANNIVERSARY OF CHARLES LINDBERGH BEGINNING HIS HISTORIC TRANSATLANTIC FLIGHT.
MAY 20 MARKS THE 85TH ANNIVERSARY OF AMELIA EARHART MAKING THE FIRST TRANSATLANTIC FLIGHT FOR A WOMAN.
MAY 22 MARKS THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE (HARRY S.) TRUMAN DOCTRINE BECOMING LAW.
MAY 22 IS ALSO WORLD BIODIVERSITY DAY, VICTORIA DAY IN CANADA, & UNITY DAY IN YEMEN.
MAY 24 MARKS THE 45TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MAGNAVOX ODYSSEY, USHERING IN THE AGE OF VIDEO GAMES.
MAY 25 IS THE AMERICAN VERSION OF RED NOSE DAY TO RAISE MONEY FOR CHILDREN’S CHARITIES.
MAY 25 MARKS THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF STAR WARS, EPISODE 4: A NEW HOPE.
MAY 29 IS MEMORIAL DAY.

AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD THIS PAST WEEK…

*The consequences from the weekend’s International cyber attack, and how it was stopped. (There are 2 separate links in this item.)
*What is the future of Japan's royal family now that Princess Mako plans to wed???
*Hassan Rouhani has won re-election as President of Iran.
*The Arctic World Seed stronghold suffered a flood recently!
*The 2017 Pemberton Music Festival season has been officially canceled as the organizers have filed for bankruptcy.


CONCERNING NORTH KOREA...
*North Korea’s latest “missile test” landed in the Sea of Japan off
the Russian coast, and an analysis of the remains claims it was nuclear capable.
*Does North Korea have any connection to this past weekend’s International cyber attack???

THE TERRORIST REPORT…
*Bombs are still the terrorists’ weapon of choice against innocent civilian and military targets.

đŸ˜¢PASSING PARADE…
*Producer Brad Grey (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Sopranos) has passed away.
*Actor Powers Boothe (credits too numerous to mention) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Roger Ailes of Fox News has passed away.
*Musician Chris Cornell is no longer with us.
*Cosmonaut Viktor Gorbatko (Soyuz missions 7, 24, and 37) has passed away.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…
POLITICALLY…
*Did President Trump fire FBI Director James Comey over the Michael Flynn investigation???
*President Trump's first official executive decision on public education? BIG BUDGET CUTS!
*Vice President Mike Pence has decided to create his own PACs ahead of the 2018 and 2020 elections, but what does the future hold for him in President Trump's "shadow"??? (There are 2 separate links in this item.)
*President Trump has begun his first official foreign diplomatic tour.
MEANWHILE...
*Will the House of Representatives need to vote on Health Care again before the Senate can officially tackle the issue???
*Is Donald Trump considering more staff changes??? Will White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer NOT be attending daily press briefings regularly any more??? (There are 2 separate links in this item.)
*In an event that has never happened before, did the President recently give classified information to Russia??? And Donald Trump’s defense of such action. (There are 3 separate links in this item.)
*So what happens next???
*Given recent events, just how much do Republican Senators agree with the President now??? Especially since some people now think America is under assault! (There are 2 separate links in this item.)
*What does the future possibly hold for the Republican Party???
*Under the Trump Administration, the Federal Communications Commission has voted to overturn the President Barack Obama Administration's rules on (Inter)Net Neutrality.
*Despite the fact that he is now President of the United States, one company does not fear Donald Trump.
*Goldman Sachs banker Jim Donovan has withdrawn from consideration as President Trump's possible Deputy Treasury Secretary.
*And the future of President Trump is...???
ELSEWHERE…
*Lana the Labrador HAS found a new home!
*A small town comes together to help one of their own!
*Utah Republican Congressional Representative Jason Chaffetz has announced he is formally stepping down at the end of June 2017.
*The United States executed their first “witch” in Salem, Massachusetts on May 27, 1647; making 2017 the 370th anniversary of the mistake.
*Sears is planning to close 30 more stores.
*Californians once again consider seceding from the United States.

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

THE PUZZLE CORNER: MAY 20, 2017

FUN FACT
Despite their name, centipedes actually do NOT have 100 legs.

TRIVIA TIME
What is a snee?

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 BOX and discover the results from the May 13, 2017 Puzzle Corner.

RHYME TIME
The clue to something is below, but no matter how long your answer is, every word within it must rhyme. Ready?

A seasonal romance. = Spring Fling

THE LETTER SHUFFLE
We’re going to do something a bit different this time. We’re looking for a specific 6 letter word, and the clues below will help you figure out the letters in that word. Put the letters to your answers in the right order, and you have the mystery word. Ready?

An article. = THE
A bug. = MOTH
Not him. = HER

What do they spell? = MOTHER

Sunday, May 14, 2017

SUNDAY FUNNIES: HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY 2017

"Woof! Mom!"
"I love you Mommy!"
Hello Everybody! Today you have both Autumn the Puppy AND Waxy Dragon here as we celebrate Mother's Day!

So Autumn, considering how on top of things Mother's always seem to be, let's take a peek inside Mom's Dictionary!
And as usual, our comments are in Italics.

DUMBWAITER: One who asks if the kids would care to order dessert.
The Mother's Library

Of course a kid is going to want dessert, along with most adults. What kind of a dumb question is that?

FEEDBACK: The inevitable result when the baby doesn't appreciate the strained carrots.
Of course, how the baby shows their disapproval might be another matter!

FULL NAME: What you call your child when you're not happy with them.
Warning to all children: Use of middle name indicates your Mother is REALLY upset!

GRANDPARENTS: The people who think your children are wonderful even though they're sure you're not raising them right.
In other words, they're treating your mom just like they were treated when trying to raise her.
SPECIAL DELIVERY!
HEARSAY: What toddlers do when anyone mutters a dirty word.
Warning to all children: Just because you heard an adult say something doesn't mean it's safe for you to repeat it.

INDEPENDENT: How we want our children to be for as long as they do everything we say.
If you don't understand this kids, ask your Mother to explain the phrase "Catch 22" to you.

PUDDLE: A small body of water that draws other small bodies wearing dry shoes into it.
It's like iron to a magnet, only your feet get wet.

SHOW OFF: A child who is more talented than yours.
EVERY child is special. Some just think they are more so than others.

STERILIZE: What you do to your first baby's pacifier by boiling it, and to your last baby's pacifier by blowing on it and wiping it with saliva.
Don't panic if you're not the first child in the family. It just means your mom is getting better at being a mother.

TOP BUNK: Where you should never put a child wearing superhero jammies.
Just because you're dressed in costume doesn't grant you super powers.

TWO MINUTE WARNING: When the baby's face turns red and they begin to make those familiar-grunting noises.
Get that kid to the bathroom, QUICK!

WHODUNIT: None of the kids that live in your house.
After all mom, did you own up to everything when you were their age?

And on that note, we hope Mothers around the world had a great day, and that everyone's back here next weekend for more Sunday Funnies!—AtP and WD.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: MAY 7-13, 2017

MAY IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH.
MOTHERS’ DAY IS SUNDAY, MAY 14.
MAY 13 IS THE 410TH ANNIVERSARY OF JAMESTOWN, VIRGINIA BEING SETTLED.
MAY 16 MARKS THE 15TH ANNIVERSARY OF STAR WARS, EPISODE 2: ATTACK OF THE CLONES.
MAY 17 MARKS THE 225TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE BEING ESTABLISHED.
MAY 19 MARKS THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE “NO NUCLEAR WEAPONS IN OUTER SPACE” ACCORD BEING SIGNED.
MAY 20 MARKS THE 90TH ANNIVERSARY OF CHARLES LINDBERGH BEGINNING HIS HISTORIC TRANSATLANTIC FLIGHT.
MAY 20 MARKS THE 85TH ANNIVERSARY OF AMELIA EARHART MAKING THE FIRST TRANSATLANTIC FLIGHT FOR A WOMAN.

AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*An International Cyber attack using the "Wanna Cry" Ransom Ware was launched against multiple sites Friday, May 12 and was still continuing into Saturday, May 13. The program demands payment in Bit Coins and threatens to erase all your data unless the ransom is paid.
*Moon Jae-in has been elected the new President of South Korea.
*Brazil has informed the World Health Organization that their Zika Virus state of emergency is over.

FROM FRANCE...
*Emmanuel Macron has been elected the new President of France.
*Water parks and aquariums in France can no longer breed killer whales or dolphins in captivity, and must expand the containment facilities for their existing occupants within 3 years.


THE TERRORIST REPORT…
*The Iraqi Army has announced it will soon liberate Mosul, Iraq from ISIL forces.
*Otherwise, bombs are still the terrorists’ weapon of choice against innocent civilian and military targets.

PASSING PARADE…
*Film maker Yoshimitsu Banno (Godzilla versus Hedorah, Throne of Blood) is no longer with us.
*Actor Curt Lowens (The Hindenburg, Angels and Demons) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Actor Michael Parks (The original Twin Peaks, Kill Bill) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…
POLITICALLY…
*President Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey. While the President has stated his “reasons”, many are speculating the action is because Comey would not end the investigations into possible ties between Trump and Russia. (There are 2 separate links in this item.)
*Yet, while the President maintains his innocence regarding Russia, actions have consequences, especially when you upset the FBI. (There are 3 separate links in this item.)
*But while Donald Trump was surprised at the reaction to Comey's firing, his poll numbers are now even lower than beforelet alone the average American's opinion of him has seriously changed. (There are 3 separate links in this item.)
*Is President Trump "skirting" election rules to promote his own agenda???
*Will anyone actually benefit if the Visa rules are officially changed???
MEANWHILE...
*Heather Wilson has finally been confirmed by the Senate as President Trump’s Secretary of the Air Force.
*Despite environmental concerns, Trump will soon allow a new mining project in Alaska.
*The latest obstacle in President Trump's border wall plan: land owners.
*Is the President reversing himself concerning financial support of African American Universities???
*While we know how he feels about former President Obama, how is President Trump’s disagreement with Stephen Colbert going??? (There are 2 separate links in this item.)
*But is Donald Trump actually unfit to be President??? One person's opinion here.
ELSEWHERE…
*Did the Republican Party defraud supporters???
*New Orleans, Louisiana is removing all of its Confederate/Civil War memorials.
*Will YOU adopt Lana the Labrador???

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