Sunday, August 18, 2019

SUNDAY FUNNIES: BUBBLEHEAD AND ME

♫Groovin' On A Sunday Afternoon♫
Hey Everybody! Waxy Dragon here!

I'm just chillin' on such a great warm summer day.
I'm perched up here on the roof of the house I share with Bubblehead, my human guardian, catching plenty of rays and enjoying the summer weather.
Of course, what I'm doing is certainly NOT recommended for humans.
You folks have so many safety precautions and health concerns that should be respected, it's a wonder you don't take better care of this planet!

Waxy's drawing of Bubblehead.
Bubblehead himself is asleep on his hammock in the shade of a couple of trees in our backyard.
I am NOT to disturb him. Then again, sometimes I think he's plenty disturbed as it is, but in this case we can both use some peace and quiet.

Bubblehead says he needs to lose weight, and I do think he is trying to make a sincere effort.
Why, just the other day he ordered a DIET soda with his double cheeseburger and super size fries.

I kid him a lot, and sometimes he can be a pain with stuff like wanting me to clean my room or take a bath, but I do like Bubblehead.
In some ways, I respect him too.
After all, he does have enough sense not to kick a cow chip on a hot day.😉

There are times when he proves himself to be a wise man by saying nothing.

Granted, I'm not sure how old Bubblehead actually is. All he will tell me is that he is "25, plus shipping and handling."
Whatever that means.

Unfortunately, sometimes I do think he lies to me.😢
I mean, no matter how much Bubblehead tells me otherwise, I disagree that Brussels Sprouts taste good.😬

Not sure what he does for a living though.😕
I mean sure, we have a roof over our heads, the bills are paid, and we eat regularly, but Bubblehead did complain once that they didn't spell his name right on the sign to his office.
It's B-U-B-B-L-E-H-E-A-D, not S-U-P-P-L-Y C-L-O-S-E-T.

But in any event, while I may be a baby companion dragon and he's my guardian human that I "sometimes" disagree with; there is one thing nobody can deny.
WE'RE FAMILY! 😁

Now if I could only find where he is hiding the Belgosian Dark Chocolate this time...

Take care everybody! Have a great week and please be back here again next weekend for more Sunday Funnies!—wd.

For more about Waxy Dragon and Bubblehead, check out their adventure on Amazon.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: AUGUST 11-17, 2019

AUGUST 17 IS INDONESIA’S INDEPENDENCE DAY.
AUGUST 21 MARKS THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF
HAWAII JOINING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
AUGUST 23 MARKS THE 105TH ANNIVERSARY OF
JAPAN ENTERING WORLD WAR 1 AGAINST GERMANY.

AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE W🌍RLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*Although a Norwegian delegation hopes to get both sides talking again, the crisis in Venezuela continues. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Protests against Hong Kong’s proposed anti-extradition bill continues.
*France has outlawed electric pulse fishing.

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.

😢PASSING PARADE…
*Author J. Neil Schulman (Alongside Night, The Rainbow Cadenza) has passed away.
*Animator Richard Williams (Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, The Thief and the Cobbler, The Pink Panther) is no longer with us.
*Actor Peter Fonda (Easy Rider, Ulee’s Gold) has taken his 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.
*Raid thoughts.
*What else might the children have to worry about???
* Not everyone agrees with Trump's actions, but what happens to THESE children???
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 (to date), let alone if anyone might actually be making a profit from this situation.
POLITICALLY…
*President Trump wants Jeffrey Epstein’s death investigated, while the autopsy results reveal… (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*“REWRITE” the Statue of Liberty???🗽
*NOT the speech he was supposed to give.
*Is the President willing to discuss new gun regulations???
*Trouble for Dayton, Ohio’s mayor because of Trump???
*Does Trump want to buy Greenland???
*A "PAID" audience???
*He might have been a supporter, but now…???
MEANWHILE…
*Congress is on vacation recess until after Labor Day 2019.
*There is one less contender for the 2020 Democratic Presidential nomination.
ELSEWHERE…
*Problems in the Supreme Court???
*Will Alaska have a new governor???
*The man behind the Dayton, Ohio shooting spree KNEW his sister would be one of the victims! (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Problems at the Veterans’ Affairs Administration???
*If she didn’t like the fund raiser, she could of just not donated.
*Why was he impersonating a police officer???
*Not a “quiet” meal.
*“Why is my photo not in the yearbook?”
😀AND FINALLY, SOME GOOD NEWS…
*Still together after all these years.
*Cop saves baby!

Although our IN OTHER NEWS feature at the bottom of your screen was suspended when Blogger updated its gadgets, we have ADDED a new TRANSLATE feature in the upper right hand corner!

THE PUZZLE CORNER: AUGUST 17, 2019

😎FUN FACT
The German word for cat🐈 is Stubentiger, meaning living room tiger.🐅

HUH?
It’s been quite a while since we last played this game.
The misquote is below. All you have to do is give us the correct quote and source. Ready?
“I guess he’s an expert and I’m more an attorney.”

THE LETTER SHUFFLE
Using just 6 letters, can you form words to represent the following:
An idiot, a tree, a boat necessity, and a grain?

We’ll reveal all next weekend, but for now, let’s open up THE ANSWERS BOX📦 and discover the results from the August 10, 2019 Puzzle Corner, where we celebrated two major anniversaries.

FAMOUS FIRSTS🥇
Who was the first act to perform at Woodstock 50 years ago?
Richie Havens.

TRIVIA TIME⌚
Cousins Fredric Danay and Manfred B. Lee combined their talents to create the Ellery Queen mysteries, which celebrate their 80th anniversary this year. But what other famous mystery series did they write under a different pseudonym?📚
As Barnaby Ross, Detective Drury Lane investigated The Tragedy of X, The Tragedy of Y, and The Tragedy of Z before experiencing Drury Lane’s Last Case.
All reprints of this classic series have been released under the Queen byline since public acknowledgment of the cousin’s involvement.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

#REMEMBERINGWOODSTOCK

Since hearing that there is apparently no "official" celebration, The Free Choice E-zine has taken it upon itself to make sure that there is at least some recognition of the historic Woodstock Music Festival today upon the advent of its 50th anniversary.
Whether they were a performer, an employee, attendee, or whatever; we've been asking anyone who can to please blog, Facebook, Instagram, Tweet, or whatever today their memories of August 15-18, 1969.

Of course, it would be remiss of us to ask others to do something that we do not ourselves, so...

August 15, 1969 I was 7 years old, still enamored by the recent completion of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing, and unfortunately nowhere near New York state, let alone the concert itself.
It wasn't until years later that I even realized what Woodstock was beyond a new character Charles Schulz introduced in the Peanuts comic strip.
But think about it for a moment.
Basically concert attendees had a 4 day vacation away from all the stress and turmoil (Vietnam, etc) of the world. Where the only things they really had to worry about were mud (being an outdoor event, there was no control over the weather) and the long line to the bathrooms.
People nowadays go out of their way to attempt obtaining such stress free moments. Traveling and paying high prices to find remote areas where there are no cellphone bars, or at least have a relaxing spa massage or a day on a quiet beach where one can veg out for a moment.
Yet for those 4 days in 1969 (events of the last night ran well past midnight, hence the references to August 18) one could have some brief serenity here on Earth.
That is really something, and a peaceful world is an objective we should all strive for now!
I love music. The songs of the 1960s are among my various memories and playlists.
If time travel is ever possible, I would love to go back and attend the Festival for myself. Maybe even record the whole event from start to finish for prosperity.
Hey, a man can dream.

PEACE!
Lee Houston, Junior
Editor-In-Chief The Free Choice E-zine

Sunday, August 11, 2019

FRIENDLY REMINDER: #REMEMBERINGWOODSTOCK

The following is an editorial.

This Thursday, August 15, marks the 50th anniversary of the original Woodstock Music Festival!

Since there appears to be no official celebration of this historic event, The Free Choice E-zine has humbly suggested we can have our own "party" that day.

Whether you were an entertainer, an attendee, someone working at the event, or (like me) too young to even fully grasp what was happening back then...
All you have to do on August 15 is just Tweet, Instagram, Facebook, blog, or whatever to help celebrate by sharing and reliving the moment with others.
That isn't too much to ask, is it?

By all accounts it was a magical time, the likes of which will probably never be seen again.
Human beings set foot on the moon that same year, so why can't this be remembered too?

#REMEMBERINGWOODSTOCK

The above was an editorial.
All links were active at the time of posting.

SUNDAY FUNNIES: LAZY LAUGHS (misc. jokes)

Hello Everybody! Autumn the Puppy here!
For humans and pets alike, this is a GREAT weekend where I'm at right now.
The temps are cool. The sky is clear. The breeze is pleasant and feels great on my fur...
🎵Summer breeze, makes me fine. Blowin' through the jasmine in my mind...🎵
This is what summer is SUPPOSED to be about!
And my humans are in the house staring at the TV, complaining that their team isn't doing as well as they should be in whatever game is on.

In any event, I'm certainly not going to waste such a beautiful day.
Let's see what jokes I can come up with off the top of my head...

When a female sheep 🐑wants to turn around, does she do a ewe turn?

Boss: “Think you can come in on Saturday? I know you enjoy your weekends but I need you here.”
Employee: “Yeah, no problem. I’ll probably be late though, as public transportation is slow on weekends.”
Boss: “What time will you get here?”
Employee: “Monday.”

"I'm a star. Want my autograph?"
Perfectionists are people who take great pains to make sure everything's right, but then gives those same pains to other people.

No matter how good a person👼 you are, you are always the evil one😡 in someone else’s story.

Two old women were talking about life. The first complained about being lonely.
The second said, "I’m never lonely. I have four men in my life. I get up with Charley Horse, I spend the day with Arthur Itis, I dine with Will Power, and go to bed with Ben Gay."

Have you noticed how many medicine commercials seem to be on TV nowadays.
From what I've watched, the ads seem to spend more time warning people about the possible side effects than the benefits of taking their product, which makes me wonder if you'd be better off with the problem than the cure.
But why are there never any good side effects to some medicine?
I would like see one claim “May smooth wrinkles and remove excess fat.”

In the police interview room, a suspect told the officer: “I’m not saying a word without my lawyer present.”
The cop replied, “But you are a lawyer.”
The suspect said, "Well then, where’s my present?"🎁

Well, whatever game they were watching must be over, because my humans just came outside.
Boy, they don't look happy.
Either their team lost big time or else they don't want me enjoying their hammock!
In any event, have a great week everybody, and please be back here again next weekend for more Sunday Funnies!—AtP.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: AUGUST 4-10, 2019

AUGUST 11 MARKS THE 85TH ANNIVERSARY OF
ALCATRAZ OFFICIALLY OPENING.
AUGUST 11 IS CHAD'S INDEPENDENCE DAY.
AUGUST 15 MARKS THE 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF
ELLERY QUEEN’S FIRST NOVEL: THE ROMAN HAT MYSTERY.📖
AUGUST 15 MARKS THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF
THE WOODSTOCK MUSIC FESTIVAL.
AUGUST 16 MARKS THE 65TH ANNIVERSARY OF SPORTS ILLUSTRATED.

AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE W🌍RLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*There's a dengue fever outbreak in the Philippines!
*Hinako Shibuno has won the 2019 Women’s British Open.🏌
*Are you ready for the Perseid Meteor Shower???


THE CLIMATE CHANGE CHRONICLES...
*Did they or didn’t they????
*Are the poles shifting???
*No water, but look what we found!
*Are salmon still safe???


THE LATEST FROM/ON IRAN...
*Iran has seized another tanker.
*Attempting to stop future seizures...

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.

😢PASSING PARADE…
*The innocent victims in the Dayton, Ohio mass shooting August 4.
*The innocent victims of an Orange County, California stabbing “spree” August 7.
*The innocent victims of the Philippines August dengue fever outbreak.
*Author Toni Morrison (The Bluest Eyes, Song of Solomon) is no longer with us.
*Voice actor Stu Rosen (credits too numerous to mention) has passed away.
*Comic book artist Ernie Colon (DC, Marvel, Harvey, etc) has passed away.
*The Village People’s producer/songwriter ("YMCA", "In the Navy") Henri Belolo is no longer with us.

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.
*And the raids continue...
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 (to date), let alone if anyone might actually be making a profit from this situation.
POLITICALLY…
*After the El Paso and Dayton shootings, President Trump has condemned white supremacists and wants better treatment for mental illness, but when will we have BETTER gun laws??? (There are 3/THREE separate links in this item.)
*One man’s opinion about Trump’s aforementioned comments.
*Trump visited Ohio and Texas, said he would support stronger background checks, but will not outlaw assault weapons. (There are 3/THREE separate links in this item.)
*He said/They said.
*Did Trump’s visits do any good???
*Behind the scenes...
*The NRA prepares for what might come. Especially their President. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Trump doesn't like new travel warnings.
*President Trump's version of the Environmental Protection Agency has been given out waivers on bio-fuel requirements in gasoline.
*“I’m qualified!”—Sue Gordon, upon her resignation.
TRUMP TWEETS
*TOLEDO???
*Trump versus Democratic contender Beto O’Rourke???
MEANWHILE…
*Congress is now on vacation recess until after Labor Day 2019.
*Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will not call Congress back in session early to discuss any gun legislation.
*Some recess!
*It’s unfortunate how he changed his mind😢, but a Republican finally wants to do something about guns.
*Another Republican leaves his party.
*It’s not nice wishing someone was dead.
*Why get upset over sharing information that is already public record???
ELSEWHERE…
*First El Paso, Texas. Now Dayton, Ohio. We need BETTER gun laws before someone else dies! (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Accused sex trafficker Jeffery Epstein was found dead in his cell August 10, 2019.
*The boy might not have known better. The adult should have, but “Trump made him do it”??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Mistreatment for being right results in lawsuit.
*Walgreens is expected to close 200 stores in the United States to match the 200 stores it will be closing across the United Kingdom.
*And the Sears liquidation continues...
*Is the meatless Whopper REALLY meatless???
😀AND FINALLY, SOME GOOD NEWS…
*Using a jet pack to successful crossed the English Channel.
*Police do the right thing on 911 call.
*An interesting no hitter. ⚾
*A record for the dogs! 🐕🐶

Although our IN OTHER NEWS feature at the bottom of your screen was suspended when Blogger updated its gadgets, we have ADDED a new TRANSLATE feature in the upper right hand corner!