Sunday, November 16, 2014

SUNDAY FUNNIES: POE-TAY-TOE, POE-TAH-TOE (potato jokes)

Hello Everybody! Waxy Dragon here.
Now, if it's one thing dragons know in life, it's how to eat. After all, how do you think we get so big and strong?
And let me remind everybody once again, it is only the very bad dragons that believe that humans are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.
Anyway, today I'm going to talk for a bit about potatoes, or taters for those in the southern places. For something that grows in the ground
and comes out looking real dirty, they certainly taste good once you clean them up and cook them right. I know French Fries did not start in France, but I have yet to meet one that I didn't like. Especially when they're cooked crispy on the outside and are still tender on the inside.
I know some lazy people are called couch potatoes, although I've yet to figure out why. They just sit around doing nothing but watch TV all day. A nice job if you can get it, especially if you can find someone to pay you to do nothing but watch TV all day, but definitely an insult to spuds.
In any event, here are some other potato people you might have met.

Those who never participate in anything, but watch others do all the work are called "Speck Taters".

Those who never do anything to help but always find fault with the way others do things are called "Comment Taters".

Those who are always looking to cause problems are "Agie Taters".

Those who never get around do doing what they said they would are "Hezzie Taters".

Those who pretend to be someone they're not are called "Emma Taters".

Hmm... all those potato jokes are making me hungry. Think I'll go get something to eat. But to really add the sour cream, bacon bits, and chives to all this potatoey goodness, courtesy of YouTube, here's "Weird" Al Yankovic performing his hit song Addicted To Spuds.


Have a great week everybody and please be back with us next weekend for more Sunday Funnies!--wd.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: NOVEMBER 9-15, 2014

TODAY IS REPUBLIC DAY IN BRAZIL.
THIS IS SHICHI-GO-SAN DAY (7-5-3) DAY IN JAPAN.
THE WIZARD OF ID COMIC STRIP CELEBRATES
ITS 50th ANNIVERSARY MONDAY.

AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD THIS PAST WEEK...
*The European Space Agency's Rosetta Probe successfully deployed the Philae Lander, which completed the initial phase of its mission by landing on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko! It is already sending back pictures of the comet's surface.
*Citizens of Mexico are up in arms over the disappearance of 43 students from a college in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico and the subsequent discovery of a site of mass graves. No confirmation yet whether any of the missing students are amongst the dead, but local riots have been occurring since.
*While the Catalan people of Northern Spain voted on the issue of self-determination, the government said the referendum was unauthorized.
*Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong are being warned to stop their actions now, or face arrest and prosecution.
*Terrorists in the Middle East seemed to prefer using suicide bombers more than direct attacks on civilian and military targets this past week.
*Chinese government official Xi Jinping and United States President Barack Obama have struck an accord to limit greenhouse gases between the two countries.
*New cases of the Ebola virus have been confirmed in the Mali region of West Africa as the confirmed death toll breaks 5,000+ victims.
*Cuba is reportedly trying to defend North Korea to the International Criminal Court on charges of crimes against humanity.
*Sweden can confirm its claim that a foreign submarine entered their waters this past month, although whose sub and why it did so remain unknown(?).
*The G-20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia is underway.

BETWEEN THE UKRAINE AND RUSSIA...
*NATO is now claiming Russian military forces have entered the Ukraine to support pro-Russian separatists.
*Meanwhile, Russia says it will resume long distance military flights across the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea for the first time since the start of the Cold War.
*Investigating Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 may take up to an additional 9 months due to difficulties reaching the crash sight and local interference.


PASSING PARADE...
*Author R. A. Montgomery of the Choose Your Own Adventure series has passed away.
*Actress Carol Ann Susi (The Big Bang Theory, Death Becomes Her) has taken her final bow from life's stage.
*Noted screenwriter Ernest Kinoy (the TV adaptation of Roots, X Minus 1) has passed away.
*Henry "Big Bank Hank" Jackson of The Sugarhill Gang (Rapper's Delight, etc) has left us.
*Television producer and series creator Glen A. Larson (The Fall Guy, Battlestar Galactica, Knight Rider, Magnum P.I.; etc) has passed away.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA...
POLITICALLY...
*Congress is officially back in session until their winter holiday break. First on the agenda, the House of Representatives approved the Keystone Pipeline, which President Barack Obama has environmental concerns about.
*The Republican members of Congress admit they are divided on how to address the issue of Immigration Reform, but do not want the President taking any Executive Action on the matter.
*The winners of the 2014 mid-term elections will not be sworn into Congress until the start of new session in January 2015.
ELSEWHERE...
*The last American medical workers were cleared from quarantine, following their return from West Africa.
*The first winter storm of the 2014/2015 season has come across the United States, bringing snow and colder temperatures to the northern regions of the country.
*Clayton Kershaw of the National League's Los Angeles Dodgers and Mike Trout of the American League's Los Angeles Angels have been named the 2014 Most Valuable Players of Major League Baseball.


Although from this point forward The Free Choice E-zine will only be reporting its readership stats at the end of every month, we would like to thank our loyal readers for already granting us 2000+ page views this month.




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THE PUZZLE CORNER: NOVEMBER 15, 2014

FUN FACT
While early TVs and VCRs only showed them in traditional black and white, the Kansas sequences in the 1939 MGM movie The Wizard of Oz are actually in sepia tones!

1939 movie poster
Today's Puzzle Corner celebrates the 75th anniversary of the classic musicalThe Wizard of Oz with a special quiz!
version of

01. What does the initial represent in author L. Frank Baum's name?
02. How did Baum come up with the name Oz?
03. Who did the MGM studios originally hope to cast as Dorothy Gale?
04. Who was originally cast as the Tin Woodsman?
05. True or False: Like much of the main cast, Judy Garland had a dual role in the film.
06. True or False: One performer actually had more than two roles in the film.
07. What musical number was cut from the movie to make it more "timeless"?
08. What, if any, Oscars did The Wizard of Oz win?

We'll reveal all next weekend. But for now, let's open up THE ANSWERS BOX and discover the results of November 8, 2014 Puzzle Corner.

FAMOUS FIRSTS
Who was the first President of the United States to have his own, official Presidential Library?
Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

TRIVIA TIME
What is the formal name of the device used to measure your feet in shoe stores?
It is The Brannock Device.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

SUNDAY FUNNIES: LATEST CELEBRITY CITINGS

I speak. Are you listening?
Hello Everybody. Autumn the Puppy here with another batch of Celebrity Quotes with a couple of interesting photos too. So let's get right to it.
As usual, my comments afterwards are in italics.

Roberts, 2011
"I've never been chosen as one of the 'Top 5 hottest
actresses in a bikini', and honestly, it's a godsend."
Julia Roberts
Humans certainly look better in clothing than us canines. Other than our ID and anti-flea/tick collars, a good winter coat or other weather protection, why do people want to dress pets up to begin with?
A REAL car dealership in Wellington, Ohio, USA!
Richie, circa 2010

"I've been having kid cereal my whole life. It's the only cereal I can reach."
Nicole Richie.
Actually, I'm more dependent upon either whatever my people give me or what falls on the floor. But as long as you're having a good breakfast each morning...
Somebody didn't read the sign.



On the right is a joke that was too good to pass up! Pictured, in order of appearance, are Misters Gates, Cosby, Shakespeare, Clinton, Nye, Murray, and Maher. I have no idea who that is to the left of Mister Bill, the Claymation/Play-doh figurine, who is to the left of Maher.


Stone, circa 2009

"You're only human. You live once and life is wonderful. So eat that red velvet cupcake."
Emma Stone
I get the point. Live life to its fullest. Unfortunately, there are some human foods that aren't good for dogs, so check with you vet before eating anything questionable. After all, just because it smell goods doesn't mean its edible.

Well folks, I'm going on to see what I can dig up for next time. Meanwhile, have a great week and please be back here next time for more Sunday Funnies!--AtP.

Celebrity images courtesy of Wikipedia. Dealership and "Bill Collection" via Facebook. All pictures used under known open media regulations to the best of our knowledge.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: NOVEMBER 2-8, 2014

THIS IS THE 125th ANNIVERSARY OF MONTANA AND WASHINGTON JOINING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
NOVEMBER 10th MARKS THE 25th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BERLIN WALL BEING DESTROYED, THE 45TH ANNIVERSARY OF SESAME STREET BEGINNING, AND THE 60th ANNIVERSARY OF THE IWO JIMA MEMORIAL BEING DEDICATED.

AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD THIS PAST WEEK...
*The World Health Organization has appointed Doctor Matshidiso Moeti of Botswana its new Chief of Operations in Africa, as the current Ebola Virus death toll has surpassed 5,000 victims.
*An International, joint law enforcement operation reports shutting down over 400 illegal domains and marketplaces of the "dark net".
*Apple Computers reports two new malware viruses, called "WireLurker" and "RootPipe" are specifically targeting their products.
*The new Juncker Commission, the European Union's executive body until 2019, has officially taken office.
*Protectionist won the 2014 Melbourne Cup in professional horse racing.
*Star Wars, Episode VII has been officially subtitled The Force Awakens.

TERRORIST CONCERNS...
*ISIS/ISIL terrorists are allegedly attempting to recruit children from around the world to join their cause. Meanwhile, authorities prevented a possible ISIS/ISIL assassination attempt against Queen Elizabeth the II of England before any potential assailants reached Europe, but they do stand accused of slaughtering over 300 members of the Sunni Albu Nimr tribe in Iraq.
*Fighting continues in Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Yemen.

BETWEEN THE UKRAINE AND RUSSIA...
*Voters in the separatist "People's Republic's" of Donetsk and Lugansk, which
are still technically part of the Ukraine, went to the polls to elect their own officials, although the results will only be recognized by Russia.
*Kiev claims Russia has sent 30 more tanks and ammunition into the Ukraine, in violation of the current cease fire agreement.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA...
ON THE POLITICAL FRONT...
*As previously reported, after the 2014 mid-term elections, the Republican Party not only maintained their majority in the House of Representatives, but manged to buy win a majority in the Senate, giving them "control" of Congress starting January 2015.
*Analysts and pundits are concerned that the Republicans might attempt taking advantage of the situation to undo past progress like the Affordable Health Care Act (aka "Obama Care"), or threaten more shutdowns if things don't go their way.
*While there has been no official statements from any Republicans concerning their upcoming agenda, an opinion editorial published in The Wall Street Journal, written by re-elected Senator Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House John Boehner did mention those possibilities, along with potential tax breaks for the rich and restructuring corporate (tax) laws; with no word about raising the minimum wage, equal pay for women or protecting their "reproductive rights", and nothing about improving voters' rights and registration processes.
*President Barack Obama has publicly stated that he hopes "both sides" can cooperate to continue achieving progress for America and its citizens.
*Meanwhile, voters in Alaska, Oregon, and the District of Columbia decided to legalize "recreational" marijuana; as voters in Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota decided to raise their minimum wages locally.
ELSEWHERE...
*The official autopsy results for the late Robin Williams reveal NO presence of illegal substances or alcohol in his body at the time of his death. The comedian sadly lost the battle with his inner demons without any outside interference, while trying to come to terms with being in the early stages of Parkinson disease.
*Although originally scheduled for September 11th, 2014 for obvious reasons, the new One World Trade Center is officially open.

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THE PUZZLE CORNER: NOVEMBER 8, 2014

FUN FACT
A tiger's night vision is six times better than that of a Human being's.

FAMOUS FIRSTS
Which President of the United States was the first to have his own, official Presidential Library?

TRIVIA TIME
What is the official name of the device used to measure your foot size in shoe stores?

We'll reveal all next weekend. But for now, let's open up THE ANSWERS BOX and discover the results of the November 1, 2014 Puzzle Corner.

TRIVIA TIME
Who is the Murphy behind the infamous "Murphy's Law": anything that can go wrong will?

In truth, nobody knows. Guess our mysterious Murphy was right again.

THE 50/50 CHANCE
IT'S TRUE!
The (in)famous Trix's Cereal mascot rabbit received ONE bowl of the cereal in both 1976 and 1980 as the result of a voting contest among kids mirroring the Presidential elections of those years.
The publicity stunt has not been repeated since, so the most the rabbit averages is one potential spoonful, depending upon the commercial.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

2014 ELECTION RESULTS

After a long campaign trail that saw an estimated $4 BILLION United States dollars in ads and other expenses, with Democrats being outspent by a wide 3 to 1 margin, the Republican Party has not only retained control of the House of Representatives, but has bought won a majority seating in the Senate come the new session, beginning January 2015.

Many political analysts are now wondering what the next two years will hold, as Democratic President Barack Obama finishes out his last term in office.
Some hope the messages of bipartisanship and cooperation will finally be heard.
Other analysts dread more government shutdown threats, let alone either attempted changes in existing laws or new legislation proposed to undo the progress of the last six years.
No Republican has issued an official statement concerning any national agenda as these words are posted, and Democratic officials are taking a "wait and see" approach.
Whatever happens, 2015 will be an interesting political year as both sides start considering their candidates for the 2016 Presidential Election.