Thursday, December 31, 2009


Winter makes driving more difficult in the northern climates.
Party goers make driving more challenging everywhere.

Please be as bright as the blue moon that will be shining in the night sky and be aware of those around you if you are out and about this New Year's Eve.

A public service message of The Free Choice E-zine.


While others are compiling lists of the best and the worst covering not only this past year, but the preceding decade as well, The Free Choice E-zine continues its annual tradition of pausing to remember those who will not be welcoming in the new year with us.

Besides our family, friends, and loved ones; as well as those within law enforcement, medical services, and the military who lost their lives helping and/or protecting others; 2009 also suffered the loss of...

Gene Barry (Bat Masterson, the original film version of The War of the Worlds, Burke's Law), David Carradine (Kung Fu, Kill Bill), Karl Malden (The Streets of San Francisco, A Street Car Named Desire), Patrick McGoohan (Secret Agent, The Prisoner), Ricardo Montablan (Khan Noonien Singh on Star Trek, Mr. Roarke on Fantasy Island), Ron Silver (Reversal of Fortune, Ali), Patrick Swayze (Ghost, Dirty Dancing), James Whitmore (The Asphalt Jungle, Tora! Tora! Tora!)

Beatrice Arthur (Maude, The Golden Girls), Farrah Fawcett (Charlie's Angels, The Burning Bed), Jennifer Jones (Love Is A Many Splendid Thing, Tender Is The Night), Brittany Murphy (voice of LuAnne on King of the Hill, Sin City), Natasha Richardson (The Handmaid's Tale)

Artist Andrew Wyeth

David Eddings (The Belgariad and other series), Phillip Jose Farmer (World of Tiers and Riverworld series), Frank McCourt (Angela's Ashes), John Updike (the Rabbit series)

Director John Hughes (The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles)

Dom DeLuise (comedian, voice actor, chef)

Michael Jackson, Al Martino, Les Paul, Koko Taylor

Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of the Special Olympics

House of Representatives member Jack Kemp

Legendary Anchorman Walter Cronkite

And Senator Edward Kennedy, amongst others.

Sunday, December 27, 2009


Hello Everybody! Ms. Waxy Dragon here!
I had a wonderful Christmas and I hope everyone else did too.
I got lots of toys that a little baby girl dragon deserves (although I was not always as good as I should have been) and now I'm here to spread a little holiday cheer by sharing some Christmas time jokes with you.

Knock, Knock.
Who's there?
Dexter who?
Dexter halls with boughs of holly!

What? You didn't think that was funny? Well, I admit it hasn't achieved the classic status of that great Pogo Possum Christmas tune by Walt Kelly: Deck Us All With Boston Charlie, but I think my joke was funnier than that Christmas parody tune that goes
Jingle Bells!
Batman smells!
Robin laid an egg.
The Batmobile
It broke a wheel
And the Joker got away, hey!

Let me try another.

What is Tarzan's favorite Christmas carol?
Jungle Bells!

Well, do I have you rolling on the floor laughing your heads off yet?
Okay, I have space for one more this weekend, so here's my big finish:

Knock, Knock.
Who's there?
Mary who?
Mary Christmas everybody!

And I'll be back next weekend with a whole new year's worth of Sunday Funnies to start sharing with everyone!
Until then, take care.-wd.

Saturday, December 26, 2009


For those who begin the week long celebration of the principles of life (Unity, Self Determination, Responsibility, Cooperation, Purpose, Creativity, and Faith):


Christmas may technically be over, but I still have a few last minute gifts for all you puzzle lovers out there.
Let's see how well you were paying attention during the hustle and bustle of the past month.
Can you match the Narrating Host to their classic Rankin-Bass holiday special?
Note: Since not every narrator was actually a character within the story, some of them either appeared as "themselves" or did not actually appear on screen at all.

a. Fred Astaire
b. Shirley Booth
c. Jimmy Durante
d. Greer Garson
e. Andy Griffith
f. Buddy Hackett
g. Burl Ives
h. Roger Miller
i. Red Skelton
j. Jonathan Winters

01. Frosty The Snowman (1969)
02. Frosty Returns (1992)
03. Frosty's Winter Wonderland (1976)
04. The Little Drummer Boy (1968)
05. Jack Frost (1979)
06. Nestor, the Long Earred Christmas Donkey (1977)
07. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (1964)
08. Rudolph's Shiny New Year (1976)
09. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (1970)
10. The Year Without A Santa Claus (1974)

We'll unwrap the results next weekend. But now, let's peek inside THE ANSWERS BOX for last weekend's Puzzle Corner!

Noel, for there was No L decorating our Christmas tree.

So, who won when the brothers battled: Heat Miser or Snow Miser?
Actually, neither one did! Their Mother (Nature) negotiated a truce between them to prevent The Year Without A Santa Claus.


The Senate passed their version of a Health Care Reform Act before adjourning for their winter/holiday break. When Congress resumes activity, the House of Representatives edition will be merged into one bill to present President Barack Obama for consideration.
Meanwhile, those opposed to the entire concept are still continuing their attack ads, although the current crop is trying to urge Congress to scrap everything and start over! Now if they could just take all the money used to oppose Health Care Reform and use it to FIX Health Care to begin with...
For more, accurate information, just go to;; or any reputable news agency.

*Although no numbers have been posted yet from the 2009 Christmas season, retailers are now gearing up for the (hopeful) post-holiday sales.
*Despite the fact that the tsunami that hit Sri Lanka December 26, 2004 was a real disaster, International agencies are looking into what ever happened to the financial relief aid the country was supposed to receive. Some funds have gone missing outright while other accounts were spent on anything but who they were originally earmarked to help.
*Airline (in-flight) safety procedures are undergoing review by the FAA officials, who are looking at both domestic and foreign flights in and out of the United States in the wake of an alleged bombing attempt of a flight to Detroit from Nigeria.
*A small, private funeral service was conducted for actress Brittany Murphy Christmas Eve. Our condolences to her family.
*The College Bowl season is well under way. But some question the sponsorship which results in games like The San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl and The Advocare V100 Independence Bowl.

For more news at any time, feel free to scroll down to the IN OTHER NEWS feature at the bottom of your screen.

Friday, December 25, 2009


There is a lot that could be said about today.
The wish for Peace on Earth and Good Will to all.
The religious aspects of today versus the commercialism that is trying to take over.
The debate over the status of Santa Claus, who was once just a representative icon of Man's (hopeful) Good Will to their fellow beings and the misinterpretations that have evolved since.

But instead I will simply say the two words that seem to sum up the day best:


Monday, December 21, 2009


"Solstice" A poem by Nancy Hansen

Today the light grows shortest
And the darkest hours long
I think I'll light a candle
For the year is almost gone

Another season of promise
Another harvest past
And a whole new set of priorities
Replace the old at last

Some see this as a somber time
When winter winds do chill
But I see in dark the return of light
Because the sun still crests the hill

It's a matter of perspective
You can focus on the gloam
Or see the light that comes at night
When your loved ones are all home

And if you have no one to love
Nor a special little nook
There are plenty out there needing you
If you take the time to look

Give of yourself and you will see
What you offer, is what you reap
You can have warmth thrice returned to you
When the winter snows lie deep

For the solstice teaches patience
And to have a caring heart
The brightest lights shine from within
When the world is cold and dark

The Free Choice E-zine strives to bring you a variety of features for your reading pleasure. If you would like to contribute, just send an e-mail to our Editor-In-Chief Lee Houston, Junior at


An editorial.

Recently the B. Dalton's book retail chain shut down its store in Laredo, Texas as one of several that was closed due to its lack of profitability.
This was the last major book seller with an outlet within that city, which I find pretty amazing.
No Barnes and Noble? No Borders/Walden Books?
Nothing within a large metropolitan city of over 200,000 people that, besides supporting its own school district and community college system, is the home to Texas A & M International University and hosts a satellite campus of the University of Texas Health Science Center?

And it no longer has any book stores?

Do I really need to tell you what is wrong with that?

Sunday, December 20, 2009


Hello Everybody! Ms. Waxy Dragon here!

With Christmas fast approaching, I'm real busy around my dragon lair getting ready for the holiday: hanging the tree, stringing the tinsel, tossing the ornaments, setting the lights, or whatever it is I'm supposed to be doing with all this stuff.
But in any event, one thing I really look forward to is all the Christmas goodies!
Cakes, puddings, candy canes, cookies... Oh yummy! Yummy!
Yet it is a lot more fun to eat all the goodies than bake them, or so I thought until I saw these photos where one of our four legged friends decided to lend a paw and help out.

This puppy really got into its work!
Images supplied by reader Ann Lopez. And if you would like to contribute any images, jokes, etc.; just send them to our Editor-In-Chief Lee Houston, Junior at
Meanwhile, I'll see you next weekend with an extra special Christmas edition of the Sunday Funnies! - wd.

Saturday, December 19, 2009


News and editorial commentary.

*After much debate and negative attack (ads) from the various groups against the idea, the Senate has passed their version of a Health Care Reform bill to present to President Obama to consider signing into law. The exact contents/details are not completely known at this time.
*Meanwhile, Senator Joesph Lieberman came under scrutiny earlier this week when he backed out of supporting the proposition that Medicare coverage be extended to those between the ages of 55-64 because it would be a financial drain upon the program. The Free Choice e-zine applauds that, especially as a reminder that even the President has said that he will not sign any bill that endangers Medicare and/or Medicaid, or drastically increases the national debt. However: how come the gentleman from Connecticut did not offer a counter proposal to resolve that issue?
*And the idea of Health Care Reform has certainly had its detractors from Day One. The group mentioned in last weekend's news roundup has changed its parody image to avoid legal action from the Geico Insurance Company. But if you could take all the money that has been spent against Health Care Reform...

*Winter Storm Albert bears down on the New England area of the United States.
*The United Nations sponsored Climate Conference concluded in Copenhagen with the promise of financial aid to the poorer countries to help combat the effects of global warming and set new guidelines to try and curtail carbon emissions, there was no protocols established to enforce those guidelines.
*Disneyland has announced the scheduled return of the Captain Eo featurette, staring the late Michael Jackson, at their park in February 2010. Although it debuted in 1986, the attraction has not appeared in any Disney facility since 1998. No official word has been given for the planned return.

For more news at any time, please scroll down to the IN OTHER NEWS feature at the bottom of your screen.


Although it's the last weekend before Christmas, that doesn't mean we're out of Yule themed puzzles!

What familiar word or phrase is symbolized by the image at the left?
When the brothers battled, who won: Heat Miser or Snow Miser?
We'll unwrap these gifts next weekend. But for now, let's take a peek into THE ANSWERS BOX for the results from last weekend's Puzzle Corner.
Professor Hinkle had to write an apology to Frosty the Snowman 100 ZILLION times before Santa Claus would consider ever giving him another Christmas present.
Out of the letters in the word FESTIVAL (a, e, f, i, l, s, t, v; not Festival of Lights) you can form: A, Ale, Alive, As, At, Ate, East, Eat(s), Evil(s), Fast, Feast, File(s), I, Isle, Is, It, Its (not it's, since there is no apostrophe in the word), Last, Late, Least, Life, Lift, List, Live(s), Safe, Sat, Save, Seal, Sit, Slate, Stifle, Tale(s), Tile(s), Vial(s), and Vile. Other words besides the 42 listed might be possible.

Sunday, December 13, 2009


Hello Everybody! Ms. Waxy Dragon here!
This week, it's open mike time and I have a whole slew of jokes waiting to tell you.
I should know. I slayed them myself.

Now, I may be just a baby dragon, unless you're silly enough to believe that I'm just one of many avatars of an avid Internet user, but I do know a lot of stuff, like the fact that sometimes life can be confusing.

For example, why do you drive on a parkway and park on a driveway?
Of course, the parkway might have gotten its name from the fact that during rush hour nothing moves, which makes you wonder why they call it rush hour to begin with!

Now a lot of things are grown from seeds. Oranges, plants, apples, etc. But how come every time I plant bird seed nothing happens?

Of course, I will admit that I'm still trying to figure out mustard. It may come from mustard seeds, but I can never get any of those yellow jars to grow in my garden.

See if you understand this one.
A bus station is where a bus stops.
A train station is where a train stops.
So why do they call computers on desks work stations?

But while I may be too young to start school yet, I am smart.
I do know the difference between knowledge and wisdom.
Knowledge is knowing that tomatoes are considered a fruit.
Wisdom is not putting tomatoes in a fruit salad.

And remember: you can tune a piano, but you can't tuna fish!

I'll be back next weekend with more Sunday Funnies.-wd.

Saturday, December 12, 2009


*Despite a last minute filibustering attempt by Republicans, the Senate has officially passed an end of the year operating budget for the United States government.
*The Health Care Reform debate, and the anti-Health Care Reform attack ads, continue; including one that allegedly has lawyers representing the Geico Insurance Company looking into for potential copyright infringement violations.
*Iran has agreed (in principle) to the United Nations deal of swapping their enriched uranium for nuclear reactor ready fuel rods, but wants to do so on their own terms.
*I honestly don't know whether this is good news or bad news. But after recent hacking incidents, the Associate Press reports that while scientists investigating climate change/global warming had some reservations about revealing everything in light of wondering how the results would be accepted, they did NOT fake the evidence proving global warming!
*After numerous delays, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner will have its maiden flight this coming Tuesday.
*Depending upon the weather in your area, this weekend concludes the annual Geminids meteor shower.
*The Bowl bids have been set as the NCAA teams prepare for the holiday game season.
*Tiger Woods is taking a sabbatical of indefinite length from golf to try and work on the personal and marriage aspects of his life, after news of (multiple?) mistress troubles stemming from his recent car crash. The Professional Golf Association wishes him well and looks forward to his return. Meanwhile, the Gillette Corporation has announced that they will be cutting back on Woods' services in promotional spots for their products.

For more news at any time, scroll down to our IN OTHER NEWS feature at the bottom of your screen.


Another weekend has arrived as we edge closer to the Christmas Holiday with Hanukkah (or however the spell checker on your word processing program approves the spelling) beginning at sundown last night, so let's get right to this weekend's puzzling gifts.

At the end of the classic holiday special Frosty the Snowman, just HOW many times did would be magician Professor Hinkle have to write an apology before Santa Claus would consider bringing him a Christmas gift?

This week, how many words can you make out of FESTIVAL (of Lights)?

The results will appear next weekend.
But for now, let's open THE ANSWERS BOX for the results of last weekend's puzzles.

Number 4 ("Please Christmas, don't be late") is actually a line from the holiday classic The Chipmunk Song.
All the others ARE actual holiday tunes!
1. Mele Kalikimaha (Hawaiian for Merry Christmas) was recorded by Bing Crosby and the Andrew Sisters in 1950.
2. Suzie Snowflake was recorded by Rosemary Clooney in 1951.
3. Christmas Time Is Here is actually the official title to the opening number of A Charlie Brown Christmas. (1966) AND
5. I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas was recorded by Gayla Peevey in 1953.

Although always celebrated to some extent every year before that, Christmas was OFFICIALLY declared a holiday in the United States by then President Ulysses S. Grant just in time for the holiday season of 1870.

Friday, December 11, 2009


For those who celebrate the Festival of Lights, Happy Hanukkah.
(Or however your word processing program prefers to spell it.)

Sunday, December 6, 2009


Hello Everybody! Ms. Waxy Dragon here!
I'm sure by now everyone has (hopefully) finished up their Thanksgiving leftovers and are no longer being haunted by poultry-giests (turkey ghosts).
Anyway, the holiday season is upon us, and with that all kinds of wonderful Christmas specials.
Everything from the more modern productions like Shreck The Halls and Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer to the more timeless classics like A Charlie Brown Christmas and Frosty The Snowman.
I would like to say a few words about a special that is celebrating its 45th anniversary today: Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer.
Who could forget all those rein-dearing characters and moments like Rudolph trying to fit in, Hermey the would be Dentist, Yukon Cornelius, the Island of Misfit Toys, and of course Burl Ives as the voice of narrating Sam the Snowman and those wonderful songs "Silver and Gold" and "Holly Jolly Christmas".
Being just a baby dragon (unless you believe those tales about me being one of many avatars for an avid Internet user) I look forward to seeing Rudolph every year, both on TV and in the sky on Christmas Eve night.
Okay, I know I should be asleep then, but what kid doesn't have trouble falling asleep on Christmas Eve?

Anyway, that's all the space I have for this post. Please come back next weekend for more Sunday Funnies.

Saturday, December 5, 2009


*President Barack Obama authorized the deployment of 30,000 more American troops to Afghanistan.
*Meanwhile, NATO has announced that another 7000 troops with be deployed by member countries soon.
*It has been revealed that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, which insures bank accounts, is running at a deficit of over 8 billion dollars!
*American student Amanda Knox has been found guilty by an Italian Court for killing her British roommate while studying abroad in Italy. Knox and her boyfriend, Italian Raffaela Sulecitto (who was also found guilty) have each been sentenced to 25 years in jail.
*Crooked businessmen are not just an American commodity. Authorities investigating the possibility of hidden assets in the case of the Paramalat Dairy bankruptcy have discovered 19 art masterpieces secreted by Calisto Tanzi when it was feared that he would start selling the paintings before fleeing the country.

For more news at any time, just scroll down to the IN OTHER NEWS feature at the bottom of the screen.


All right you Chipmunks. Ready to sing your song?
It's Christmas Time again.
And The Puzzle Corner will be doing its part to help celebrate the holiday.

First up. One of the songs listed below is NOT an actual Christmas tune. Can you name which one it is?
1. Mele Kalikimaha
2. Suzie Snowflake
3. Christmas Time Is Here
4. Please Christmas, Don't Be Late
5. I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas

Meanwhile, it's TRIVIA TIME.
Although it has been celebrated since the Pilgrims first landed on Plymouth Rock, when was Christmas officially declared a holiday in the United States?

We'll have the results next weekend. But for now, let's look into THE ANSWERS BOX for the meanings of last weekend's TV acronymns.

01. Mister D.A.>District Attorney
02. Today's F.B.I.>Federal Bureau of Investigation
03. C.S.I.>Crime Scene Investigation
04. NCIS>Naval Criminal Investigative Service
05. The Man From U.N.C.L.E.>United Network Command for Law and Enforcement
06. A.E.S. Hudson Street>Adult Emergency Service
07. CHiPs>California Highway Patrol
08. M*A*S*H>Mobile Army Surgical Hospital
09. ALF>Alien Life Form
10. C.P.O. Sharkey>Chief Petty Officer

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


In an address to the nation televised live from West Point Academy, President Barack Obama announced that he has approved the deployment of 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan, starting after Christmas, to complete the on going mission against the Taliban and Al-Quida.
While the President has stated that he is not looking to conduct and endless war, he authorizes this action because the dangers represented by the Taliban and Al-Quida not only threaten national security, but global security as well.
Military action continues in that country in cooperation with forces from the United Nations since the September 11, 2001 attack in America and similar terrorist activities in London and elsewhere.

Sunday, November 29, 2009


Hello Everybody! Editor-In-Chief Lee Houston, Junior here.
Ms. Waxy Dragon has the holiday weekend off, but did leave one joke she wants me to share with everyone.

Q. Why did the turkey cross the road?
If you ask the question before Thanksgiving, the answer is: To escape being Thanksgiving dinner.
If you ask the question after Thanksgiving, the answer is: To celebrate not being Thanksgiving dinner.

Either way, I hope the turkey looks both ways before it tries to cross the street.

In any event, I do have two comedy news items to report on.

Robin Williams will have an HBO special scheduled to air December 6.
Even if he just sat on a stool and read old grocery lists it would be hilarious. So I'm sure this event will be a laugh riot, although being on HBO, the content might not be suitable for all viewers.
Check your local listings for specific time and channel.

But something that is age appropriate for everyone is taking the Internet by storm! The Muppets have released their own version of the Queen classic Bohemian Rhapsody that is a big hit on YouTube and other web sites right now.
Starting off with Gonzo and a chicken chorus before Animal takes a beautiful solo turn in the spotlight, the video features Rowlf the Dog on piano and Doctor Teeth and the Electric Mayhem along to rock the house. The video features over 40 Muppets during the course of the song.
Here's hoping that those zany characters decide to do more music videos.

And if you want to see the Muppets version of this tune, while I do not know the legalities of including the video with this post as some websites have done, I have included a link for you to see it directly on the YouTube site at:

How's that for a holiday trifecta? Turkeys, Robin Williams, and Muppets!
Everyone take care and we'll be back next weekend with more Sunday Funnies!

Saturday, November 28, 2009


*President Barack Obama has started procedures to continue military action in Afghanistan, citing a need to "finish the mission over there and not leave it for the next President to deal with". In a related note, Obama's use of the word "unprecedented" seems to be irking some Republicans, especially in regards his administration having to deal with on going problems of the past.
*As civil and political unrest continues in Iran, the United Nations is now concerned about a new radioactive material processing plant being constructed in that country.
*Two would be reality show contestants who shall remain nameless in THIS e-zine managed to crash a White House State dinner November 24. The Secret Service is investigating the matter.
In 1789, what is now North Carolina became a member of the United States of America while in 1889 Washington, along with North and South Dakota joined the Union.
*Police are investigating a recent car accident involving golfer Tiger Woods.
*While Oprah Winfrey might of announced the impending end of her long running television show, this week she announced that she will be starting her own cable network. Some pundits are wondering if she plans to star in and/or host a new program there once it is up and running.
*The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is celebrating its 25th anniversary!
*Comedy fans are looking forward to the impending release of a remastered collection of the Carl Reiner/Mel Brooks classic The 2000 Year Old Man routines.

For more news at any time, just scroll down to the IN OTHER NEWS feature at the bottom of your screen.


Okay Puzzle Fans. It might be a holiday weekend, but that doesn't mean we can't still have fun.

But before we begin, here's a math trick for you.
Everyone knows that one multiplied by any number equals that number (1 x # = #).
But have you ever wondered about the one itself?
1 x 11 = 11, 1 x 111 = 111; etc. But what if there were more ones on both sides?
11 x 11 = 121, 111 x 111 = 12321, 1111 x 1111 = 1234321; etc.
And if one side happens to have an extra 1 you get answers like 11 x 111 = 1221, 111 x 1111 = 123321, etc.
Try it for yourself and see!

Now then, here's an easy(?) TV Quiz for you!
Some shows have acronyms/initials in their names.
Your job is to say what the letters stand for, if you can.

01. Mister D. A.
02. Today's F.B.I.
03. C.S.I. (regardless of what city it's based in)
04. N.C.I.S. (whether the original or the Los Angeles spin off)
05. The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
06. A.E.S. Hudson Street
07. CHiPS
08. M*A*S*H
09. ALF
10. C.P.O. Sharkey

The show titles will be decoded next weekend. But for now, let's dive into THE ANSWERS BOX for the results of last weekend's Puzzle Corner.

While a day of giving Thanks was allegedly held by the Pilgrims upon the first anniversary of their arrival in the New World (America), the idea was first officially proposed by then President George Washington on October 3, 1789.
It wasn't until during the tenure of President Franklin Roosevelt that the date was finalized as the Thursday of the last full week of November.

So how many words could you make out of THANKSGIVING?
With some extra letters available to you (A, G, G, H, I, I, K, N, N, S, T, V) the following are possible: A, Ah, An, Ant(s), As, At, Gag(s), Gang(s), Gas, Gain(s), Giant(s), Gig(s), Giving, Hat(s), Having, Hi, High(s), Hiking, I, In, Ink(s), Inn(s), Is, It, Its (there is no apostrophe for It's), Kin, King(s), Kit(s), Knit(s), Nag(s), Nit(s), Sag, Saint, Saving, Shin, Sin, Sink, Sinking, Ski, Skin, Skit, Snit, Stain, Tag(s), Tank(s), Thank(s), Thin, This, Tin, Van(s), AND Visit.
More than the 70 listed above might be possible.

Thursday, November 26, 2009


As I post this, it is still about ninety minutes from midnight, and a few additional hours away from the start of the 2009 holiday shopping season as a lot of stores and (hopefully) consumers gear up for Black Friday.
In this case, the term is not politically incorrect but, depending upon which theory you believe, refers to either the retailers' hope that their profit margins go from the redness of debt to the blackness of profit; or the more modern theory that the name is derived from the fact that a lot of stores will be open long before sunrise Friday morning!
The average opening time for this event seems to be 4 a.m., with most open by six, although one retailer started advertising late Tuesday night that they would be opening at THREE A.M. when previous ads simply stated "Opening early Friday morning."
Now whether or not this annual sales gimmick works remains to be seen. Pundits theorize that a lot of the consumer base that is planning to shop this holiday season will be going for more basic staples of life instead of the more extravagant/high priced items of the past.
And weather will certainly be a factor in the northern climates, which might keep all but the most ambitious from shopping.

As for me, the only place I intend to be in the wee hours of Black Friday morning is sound asleep in my bed!



Over the years, the thoughts of preparing big fancy feasts, football games, and getting ready for the start of the Christmas shopping season have become part of today.
But let us not forget the TRUE purpose behind this holiday.
It is for taking the time to be grateful for what you have.
A chance to reflect upon and appreciate family and friends.
The opportunity to do something all of us should be doing EVERY day: appreciating life itself!
So regardless of whatever other activities you might participate in today, please don't forget to be thankful.

Thanksgiving 2009

Sunday, November 22, 2009


Hello Everybody! Ms. Waxy Dragon here!

After all the funny dog pictures last weekend, I went looking for some funny cat pictures and found a really great web site called "I Can Has Cheezburger?" at

They have a whole lot of funny cat photos and jokes that I really enjoyed.

There is also a funny dog website called "I Has A Hot Dog" at

Meanwhile, here is another funny dog photo from reader Ann Lopez. I wrote the joke with it.

"And to think, this is the runt of the litter!"
If you have any funny jokes or photos you would like to share, just send them to me in care of my editor at and we'll be back next weekend with more Sunday Funnies.-wd.

Saturday, November 21, 2009


*We begin this review as we did a previous one, apologizing for the delay in posting. Although this time it is so we can announce that the Senate has approved their version of a Health Care Reform Act. Sometime after the Thanksgiving holiday, Congress will convene to unify the Senate and House of Representatives bills into one measure to present to President Obama for consideration.
*One possible aspect of the Health Care Reform Act that is sure to get some attention is a new proposal that elective cosmetic surgery (liposuction, nips and tucks, etc.) should be taxed.
*Meanwhile, the President is still overseas concluding his current foreign relations tour.
*U.S. District judge Stanwood Duval has ruled that because of their negligence in maintaining the levees, residents of New Orleans (especially of the Saint Bernard Parish and the Lower Ninth Ward) have the right to sue the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for damages resulting from Hurricane Katrina.
*Due to budget cuts, postal workers are no longer forwarding letters to Santa Claus that have found their way to North Pole, Alaska instead of the actual North Pole.
*Although the service was so bad that they had to get their own silverware and napkins, patrons Pope and John Wagner were arrested by police at a Bethlehem, Pennsylvania restaurant for not paying the MANDATORY 16% gratuity! Although given the circumstances, their lawyer thinks the charges will be dismissed when the case is presented before a judge, remind me NEVER to eat in Pennsylvania!
*Did you know that Florida, Utah, Maine, Vermont, Colorado, and Hawaii all have legal restrictions against drying your clothes outside? And many home owner associations in other states are lobbying their lawmakers to pass similar measures? If they don't like the idea, get them to pay the electric bill for the dryers!
*Due to the heavy rains earlier this year, there may be a pumpkin shortage trying to prepare Thanksgiving dinner next week.
*Oprah Winfrey has announced that the end of the current (25th) season will also conclude her long running day time talk show.
*And People magazine has named actor Johnny Depp 2009's Sexiest Man Alive.

For more news at any time, just scroll down to the IN OTHER NEWS feature at the bottom of your screen.


Ah, it's the weekend.
And you know what that means.

With Thanksgiving coming up next Thursday, you're question is: who first proposed the idea of Thanksgiving in America?

A relatively simple one for those with a lot to do in the coming days. How many words can you make out of the letters in THANKSGIVING?

We'll find out next weekend, but for now, let's peek into THE ANSWER BOX for the results of November 14th's Puzzle Corner.

A staple of radio station WSM since its first broadcast on October 5, 1925; The Grand Ole Opry's name was first conceived by announcer George Hay on December 10, 1927 commenting that the country music program was following a presentation of the Grand Old Opera. Before that the show was known as the WSM Barn Dance.

That diverse grouping were all musical guests during the two years (1969-1971) Johnny Cash had his own TV show on ABC.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


An editorial.

I originally intended to post this article strictly in regards to the latest anti-health care reform propaganda.
On that note, there are now new commercials from organizations with the web addresses and (and with the first word in that e-address, it makes you wonder whose side they are on to begin with), stirring the anti-health care hornets nest; as if the ones allegedly sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce were not enough. Some of these even target specific Congress members who voted "yes" on Health Care initial reform proposal, urging their constituents to convince these people that they were wrong to vote the way they did.
I wanted to take the opportunity to once again remind everyone that although both the House of Representatives and the Senate have passed a Health Care Reform Act, the two versions must be merged into one cohesive edition to present before President Obama for consideration.

But what brings this post even more urgency is the latest news from a "study" that claims that women now only need a breast cancer screening every other year.
Breast cancer is a serious concern amongst the female population of this planet to even think such a thing.
Isn't an ounce of prevention supposed to be worth a pound of cure?
Wouldn't it make more sense to have a yearly exam than the costs physically, financially, and emotionally of actually fighting the disease?

People: pardon my blunt language, but all the bullshit has to stop!
Think of all the money that is being spend by whoever is trying to at least alter, if not outright prevent, something that potentially will benefit you.
Money that could be put to aid achieving the very objective they are trying to affect.
Now of course, I am not certain who all the "they" involved are, but when you stop and think about it, which would you rather have: the money used to improve a program or the same system you already have?

You are more than welcome to investigate all the information pro and con for yourself.
In fact, I urge everyone reading this to do so and make your own (hopefully informed) opinion.
There are several websites across the Internet where you can gather information and see what is going on for yourself.
And if you want a neutral website for information, I strongly recommend


Sunday, November 15, 2009


Hello Everybody! Ms. Waxy Dragon here!
This week, I want to talk about a subject near and dear to my heart: the Warner Brothers staple (or should that be stable?) of animated characters known as the Looney Tunes, although a lot of the original shorts were also released under the Merrie Melodies banner.

There is much that could be said about these beloved characters. From the early days of the 1930s when in black and white such stars as Bosko, Foxy, and Buddy lead the way before Porky Pig became the first of the group we are more familiar with today, debuting in 1935's I Haven't Got A Hat. But while Porky hasn't been used as frequently as some of the more popular mainstays in recent years, you can always count on him to bring home the bacon when needed.

Sadly, out of all the eligible contenders from each year of active production, only five ever received the Oscar for Best Short Subject: Tweetie-Pie (1947), For Scent-imental Reasons (1949), Speedy Gonzales (1955), Birds Anonymous (1957), and Knighty Knight Bugs (1958).
Meanwhile four others have since gone on to become part of the National Film Registry's preservation program: What's Opera, Doc (1957); Duck Amuck (1953), Porky in Wackland (1938), and One Froggy Evening (1955).

From Bugs Bunny's classic "What's Up, Doc?" to Pepe Le Pew always chasing Le Femme Skunk Fatale, you can always count on these characters for laughs as surely as Sylvester will never succeed in his quest for a Tweety sandwich.

And I'll be back next weekend with more Sunday Funnies.-wd.

Saturday, November 14, 2009


Hello everyone. Everything is back to what passes for normal, so lets get to this week's mysteries.

How did The Grand Ole Opry get its name?

The following all have something in common. Do you know what it is?
{Neil Young, Louis Armstrong, Kenny Rogers and the First Edition, Kris Kristofferson, Bob Dylan}

The answers will appear next weekend. And now, let's peek inside THE ANSWER BOX for the results of last weekend's Sesame Street Quiz.

1. I Love Trash is Oscar the Grouch's theme song.
2. C is for Cookie is the Cookie Monster's favorite song.
3. Rubber Duckie was the one for Ernie, for it made bathtime lots of fun.
4. It's Not Easy Being Green for Kermit the Frog.
5. Frank Sinatra and Ray Charles have also recorded number 4.
6. Sing! was a major hit for The Carpenters in 1973.
7. Snuffleupagus' first name is Aloysius.
8. Rafael was portrayed by actor Raul Julia.
9. The Number (or Mad) Painter was portrayed by actor Paul Benedict.
10. Molly the Mail Lady was actress Charlotte Raye.


*Preparations are being made in New York to try suspects in the September 11, 2001 terrorists bombings admist concerns of security logistics and judicial issues.
*United States President Barack Obama is currently in Asia taking part in an arms reduction summit as he continues to repair America's global standing after eight years of the previous administration's actions.
*After initial fears that the probe sent to the moon back in October of this year was a failure, scientists have discovered evidence that the lunar surface at least had, if not still might have, leaving NASA officials to ponder arranging another manned mission to our planet's lone satellite.
*The infamous parents of the "Balloon Boy" have pleaded guilty to charges in an arrangement with the courts in hopes of avoiding having the mother deported.
*Black Friday may be the looming upon the horizon as the first official day of the 2009 Christmas season, but retailers everywhere have been extending the concept in hopes of driving up sales revenue.
*The 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall was observed on Monday.
*The start to the 40th season of the PBS favorite Sesame Street on Tuesday.
*November 10th also marked the 234th anniversary of what is now the United States Marine Corps, first formed to defend the shores of the thirteen original colonies.
Semper Fi! to all members, past and present.
*Veterans' Day was Wednesday.
*The 2009 Country Music Association awards were handed out Wednesday night. Amongst the winners were Taylor Smith for both Entertainer and Female Vocalist of the Year, Brad Pasley as Male Vocalist of the Year (and both winners co-hosted the event!), and Lady Antebellum as Vocal Group of the Year.
*For those interested, although the CW Network might have been the first by canceling The Beautiful Life just a couple of weeks after it debuted, other networks have since followed suit. The axe has fallen upon Hank and Eastwick at ABC, although it promises the remaining episodes of the drama based upon the movie The Witches of Eastwick will air between December and January. FOX has sadly canceled Dollhouse, although promises to air the remaining episodes. NBC has canceled Trauma and Southland, although TNT has picked up the police drama and will begin airing it from episode 1 to the present starting in January 2010.

For more news at any time, just scroll down to the IN OTHER NEWS feature at the bottom of your screen.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


Today is Veterans Day, whereupon nations everywhere (or should, if they do not already) honor those within their various military branches past and present.
In times of peace and war they have served.
So if you are reading this and enjoy whatever freedoms and liberties you might have today, thank a Vet!

A public service message of The Free Choice E-zine.

Sunday, November 8, 2009


Hello Everybody! Ms. Waxy Dragon here!
Now to say that dogs can be humorous is an understatement. Snoopy, Marmaduke, Odie (from Garfield), Buckles, etc.; have well proven that beyond a shadow of a doubt.
So to celebrate our canine friends, I have decided to post some images of dogs at their funniest, along with some humorous captions I have composed for the occasion.

"Now if I can get a word in edgewise here..."

"The way you drive, why do you think I'm wearing the goggles?"

"Shaken, not stirred." OR, for those suffering from the morning after, "Some hair of the dog that bit ya'!"

"I'm ready for my close up Mister DeMille." OR
"Are you sure you know how to work that camera?"

If you have a humorous image you want to share, just send it to our Editor In Chief Lee Houston, Junior at

Meanwhile, the first image came to me unsigned and the others are from reader Ann Lopez.

And I'll see you next weekend with more Sunday Funnies.
Have a great week everybody!-wd.


Come and play, everything's A-OK, as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of that beloved children's program Sesame Street with a little quiz.

Who sang/sings the following songs?
01. I Love Trash!
02. C Is For Cookie
03. Rubber Duckie
04. It's Not Easy Being Green

Although popular Sesame Street songs, who has also performed the following in other venues?
05. It's Not Easy Being Green
06. Sing! (Sing A Song!)

07. Until he finally decided to make a public appearance, everyone thought Big Bird's friend Snuffleupagus was imaginary. But do you know his first name?

Although Muppets and live actors have intermingled since episode 1, the following characters were portrayed by real people before they became famous. Do you know who were...
08. Rafael, who ran the hardware store before it became Luis' Fix-It Shop
09. The Number Painter (aka The Mad Painter), who was always looking for somewhere to paint the number of the day/episode
10. Molly the Mail Lady

We shall peek inside THE ANSWER BOX next weekend to discover the results, but now, let's reveal just who came to our personal Mad Monster Party to celebrate Halloween during last weekend's Quiz.

01. He's expected, but never appears. H.) The Great Pumpkin of Peanuts fame.
02. He never drinks wine. F.) Dracula, quoting a classic line from the original movie with Bela Lugosi.
03. Despite his appearance, he's friendly. C.) Casper, the friendly ghost.
04. One has to wonder just how well he can play hockey. L.) Jason, from the Friday the 13th horror movie franchise.
05. A multi-faceted being. G.) The Frankenstein Monster, which is the correct name for the creature.
06. Everyone is hoping she doesn't crash the party. B.) Buffy, the Vampire Slayer.
07. He might bring the music. Q.) The Wolfman, and a nod to pioneering Rock and Roll DJ Wolf man Jack.
08. Complains about always having to sweep up afterwards. O.) Witch, with a hint to her alleged transportation, the broom.
09. Despite the name, he's not vampiric. A.) Batman, the DC Comics' super-hero.
10. He may love Christmas, but Halloween is his night! I.) The Grinch, and a direct hint to his second Doctor Seuss story: Halloween is Grinch Night!
11. He tried to steal Christmas too. K.) Jack Skellington, in The Nightmare Before Christmas.
12. Everyone goes to him for advice. P.) Witch Doctor, based on a line from the David Seville (aka Ross Bagdasarian) song.
13. No one knows if he ever does show up. J.) The Invisible Man
14. The other guests complain he's all wet and a social wallflower. E.)Creature from the Black Lagoon.
15. Always wants to rap. M.) The Mummy.
16. The Tally Man. D.) Count Von Count, from Sesame Street.

Saturday, November 7, 2009


*We begin tonight by reporting that The Free Choice E-zine waited until the last possible moment in case there were any developments on our lead story, and at this time we can report that the House of Representatives has decided upon a Health Care Reform Bill. Now their version of the measure will be compared/contrasted to the Senate edition so that one unified document can be put before President Obama for consideration.
*The investigation into the tragic shooting at Fort Hood, Texas continues; and our sympathies go out to the families and friends of those who have either lost loved ones or are waiting for them to recover from wounds received during the incident.
*Stanley Tools has entered into an agreement to buy rival Black And Decker. If the sale is approved, this would make the combined entity the largest tool manufacturer at least within the United States.
*Although we are still weeks away from Thanksgiving itself, many retailers are already starting early Christmas sales events in hopes of stirring up customer interests.
*November 9th marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
*Wednesday, November 11th is Veterans' Day.
*November 10 marks the 40th anniversary of Sesame Street.
*In England, the BBC has kicked off a celebration for the 20th Anniversary of Wallace and Gromit, although their first film (A Grand Day Out) did not air until December 25, 1989.
*Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin have been announced as the joint hosts for the 2010 Oscar Awards ceremony.
*The American League New York Yankees have won their 27th World Series, beating the National League Philadelphia Phillies 4 games to 2.
*Michael Jordan's son Marcus stuck to his family ties and wore a pair of Air Jordan sneakers while playing for the University of Central Florida's college basketball team, costing the university a premature end to their contract with Adias.

For more news at any time, just scroll down to the IN OTHER NEWS feature at the bottom of the screen.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


Although this is not a "major" election year, The Free Choice E-zine urges everyone to exercise their civil rights today and GO VOTE!

A public service message of The Free Choice E-zine.

Sunday, November 1, 2009


Did you remember to set your clocks back one hour today?
Daylight Saving Time ended in the wee hours between Halloween night and dawn this morning.
So unless you want to be extra early for everything...

A public service message of The Free Choice e-zine.


Hello Everybody! Ms. Waxy Dragon here!
Boy, I had a great time Trick or Treating last night. I got a lot of candy and if I'm extremely lucky, I might be able to make it stretch and last until breakfast tomorrow morning!
Now of course I did pretty good for a baby dragon (unless you believe that hogwash that I'm really just one amongst many avatars of an avid Internet user). I threw a grey blanket over me and flew around everywhere as a blimp.
Of course I'm not that huge. Or at least I won't be after all this Halloween candy digests.
But I think there have been enough jokes about that poor "balloon boy".
Anyway, although today is technically November 1st, let's see if I can scare up some Halloween jokes for you.

Who is the most famous person in Ireland on Halloween?
Jack O'Lantern.

What kind of a dog does Dracula have?
A bloodhound.

What musical instrument do skeletons play?
The trom-bone.

What is a Mummy's favorite musical genre?

What do baby ghosts wear on their little feet?

And as a special treat to all our loyal Free Choice e-zine readers out there, would you believe that this installment of the Sunday Funnies marks the 250th! post since we switched to as our web host?

Well, that's it for this weekend everyone. I think I'm going to call my local Witch Doctor and see what he recommends for a tummy ache.
See you next weekend with more Sunday Funnies!-wd.

Saturday, October 31, 2009


Let's scare up a little Halloween fun with this quiz!
We are holding our own Mad Monster Party, akin to the 1967 Rankin-Bass film.
All you have to do is match the description of each party goer with the name on the guest list.
There is only ONE correct guest for each description.
So if you're not scared to take the challenge...

01. He's expected, but never appears.
02. He never drinks wine.
03. Despite his appearance, he's friendly.
04. One has to wonder just how well he can play hockey.
05. A multi-faceted being.
06. Everyone is hoping she doesn't crash the party!
07. He might bring the music.
08. Complains about always having to sweep up afterwards.
09. Despite the name, he's not vampiric.
10. He may love Christmas, but Halloween is his night!
11. He tried to steal Christmas too.
12. Everyone goes to him for advice.
13. No one knows if he ever does show up.
14. The other guests complain that he's all wet and a social wallflower at parties.
15. Always wants to rap.
16. The Tally Man

a.) Batman
b.) Buffy
c.) Casper
d.) Count Von Count
e.) Creature From The Black Lagoon
f.) Dracula
g.) The Frankenstein Monster
h.) The Great Pumpkin
i.) The Grinch
j.) The Invisible Man
k.) Jack Skellington
l.) Jason
m.) The Mummy
o.) Witch
p.) Witch Doctor
q.) The Wolfman

The answers will be revealed in next week's ANSWER BOX, and hopefully we'll have the place cleaned up by then.
Meanwhile, here's the results from last week's Puzzle Corner:

Despite being enjoyed by costume manufacturers, candy makers, and children of ALL ages for generations; Halloween has never been officially recognized beyond its existence as October 31st in the United States.

So how many words can you make out of the letters in HALLOWEEN?
There is: all, allow, an, eel, eon, ha, hall, hallow, heal, heel, hell, hello, how, lawn, lawn, lea, lean, low, no, Noel, now, oh, wall, we, wean, wee, well, (and) well.
More might be possible than the 28 listed above.


*Tonight is Halloween. Watch out for all the Trick or Treaters roaming about!
*Tonight is also when Daylight Saving Time ends. Don't forget to set your clocks back one hour or you'll be early to everything Sunday.
*Another 10 million anti-H1N1 vaccines are being prepared for distribution.
*Larry Winten may be the new owner of the Paragon Inn in New Mexico, but it seems like he has some old fashioned management techniques. It was recently revealed in an Associated Press report that he told all his Hispanic employees to Angelize their names (John for Juan, etc.) and to stop speaking Spanish while on duty. You can imagine the hassles he's received since then.
*The ads calling for "proper" health care reform from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have been joined by new petitions from a group calling themselves "Seniors over 60" who are not only targeting specific Senators and Congressmen, but claiming that whatever version of a health care reform bill does become law will rob Medicaid and Medicare to pay for it.
People, we have been over this before! The anti-health care reform propaganda can be easily debunked at and other reputable websites!
*Just in time for Halloween, Forbes magazine has released its list of the richest dead celebrities, based upon how much their respective estates have made. The top five are:
5. J. R. R. Tolkien, based upon the Lord of the Ring movie franchise
4. Elvis Presley
3. Michael Jackson
2. Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein for the revivals of some of their more popular Broadway musicals over the last decade, and
1. Yves Saint Laurent, whose fashion empire continues on without him.
*In Sports, the World Series moves to Philadelphia for Game 3 Saturday night, with the series tied at a game each between the National League Phillies and the American League New York Yankees.

For more news at any time, just scroll down to the IN OTHER NEWS feature at the bottom of the screen.

Sunday, October 25, 2009


Hello Everybody! Ms. Waxy Dragon here!
It's been a while since I've done this last, so let's fly around (easy to do if you're a dragon, or at least have wings) and see what's happening in the comics sections of your local newspapers.

Baldo is making it's annual homage to Hispanic Heritage month this October. While the results are always hit or miss depending upon the guest contributors, you cannot fault the strip's creative team of Hector Cantu and Carlos Castellanos for being proud of their community.

This past week was National Volunteer Week, where everyone was encouraged to give a little of themselves to help their local communities and those in need. Among the comic strips noting this event were: Adam @ Home, Archie, Baby Blues, B.C., Big Nate, Dilbert, Drabble, The Family Circus, Frazz, LuAnn, Mother Goose and Grim, Over the Hedge, Red and Rover, and The Wizard of Id. If I have missed anyone, I do humbly apologize.

And wedding bells may finally be in the future for Oola and her long time beau Alley Oop. The comic strip celebrated its 75th anniversary earlier this year and the couple have been dating almost as long.

That's all the time (and space) I have for this weekend folks.
Join me next weekend when we get to celebrate Halloween only a day late this year with some appropriate jokes for all the ghosts and goblins out there.
So until next time...

Saturday, October 24, 2009


*Today concludes National Volunteer Week, whereupon people were encouraged to give of themselves to help others. But hopefully this a trend that will continue all year round.
*President Obama has declared the H1N1/Swine Flu situation a national emergency so that health officials can have the authority to act more quickly outside their traditional arenas (medical offices/hospitals) to help spread the vaccine and curtail a possible outbreak sooner.
*A massive Interstate drug bust was carried out earlier this week resulting in over 300 arrests.
*Before its official debut, software pirates beat Microsoft's street date on launching Windows 7 in China.
*Comedian and famed children's host Soupy Sales passed away earlier this week at the age of 83.
And in Sports, the National League's Philadelphia Phillies are waiting to see who their American League opponent will be in the 2009 World Series, for Game 6 of the playoff series between the Angels and Yankees was rained out in New York. The Yankees lead the best of seven series 3-2 and whichever American League team wins will have home field advantage during the World Series because of the AL's win in the 2009 All-Star Game.

For more news at any time, just scroll down to the IN OTHER NEWS feature at the bottom of the screen.


Another weekend, and you know what that means!
With Halloween next weekend, let's focus on that for awhile.

When did October 31 first become officially recognized as Halloween in the United States?

How many words can you make out of the letters in HALLOWEEN?

The answers will appear next weekend.
But for now, let's see what tricks or treats appear in THE ANSWERS BOX from last weekend's Puzzle Corner...

On M*A*S*H, Hawkeye's given name was Benjamin Franklin Pierce. The nickname came from his father's favorite book "The Last of the Mohican's".

IR is Fair and Square.

Sunday, October 18, 2009


Hello everybody! Ms. Waxy Dragon here!
Today, let's talk about the octopus.

Now first off, what is the plural of this animal? Octopuses, octopi, octopussies, octet?
(Don't worry, the last sentence is going to be about as risque as this column gets!)

Anyway, did you know that with enough time an effort, an octopus can open a jar? I'm pretty sure that would come in handy within a kitchen every now and then.

Once upon a time there was an aquarium that was wondering where all there fish were disappearing to after hours. After their installation, security cameras revealed that an octopus from a nearby tank was getting out of his confines, and going from neighboring exhibit to exhibit eating his fill along the way. Then the octopus would go back to his own tank before dawn with none the wiser. Needless to say that it soon faced the long arm of the law.

And do you know how to keep an octopus occupied? Give it a Rubik's Cube! They might not be able to solve it (who has?), but the fact is that they are dexterous enough to move the tiles around will keep them busy.

While I did crack a few jokes during this brief essay, the facts are true!
Just go to and read about it for yourself.

Meanwhile, I'll sea, I mean-- see everyone next weekend with more Sunday Funnies!--wd.

Saturday, October 17, 2009


*Authorities are warning computer users of new Phishing scams designed to part the consumer with their private information and hard earned money.
*Model Filippa Hamilton was fired six months ago by Ralph Lauren because at 5'10 and 120 pounds she is allegedly over weight. The lady is now suing the company not over her dismissal, but because Ralph Lauren has been using altered images of her since then photo shopped to their specifications. At 5'10 and 120 pounds, they thought she was OVER weight? Is our perceptions of what a woman should look like that screwed up?
*The Dyson Corporation has developed a new, blade less fan. Although much safer than traditional fans, the starting retail price on the new model might make it cost prohibitive for the average household right now.
*Paleontologists in China believe they might have discovered the remains of a new species of dinosaur. Based upon the bones unearthed thus far, the new one may have been at least as big as a Tyrannosaurus Rex.
*After a frantic search and rescue effort earlier this week, authorities are now pondering whether the set up that young Falcon Heene of Colorado took an unplanned hot air balloon trip might have been a hoax.
*A Justice of the Peace in Louisiana caused a controversy earlier this week when he refused to marry an interracial couple. Aren't we long past such outdated beliefs?
*Legendary comic artist George Tuska passed away Thursday at the age of 93. From 1939 on, Tuska drew practically everything from Doc Savage to The Avengers to Superman. But perhaps he might be better known by some fans as the artist on the comic strips Buck Rogers and Scorchy Smith.
*Country music fans might be happy to hear that musician Garth Brooks is planning to come out of retirement, starting with an extended engagement in Las Vegas of all places. It's an even money bet that a new album will probably be announced by next spring.
*The second round of the 2009 Major League Baseball playoffs begin as the Philadelphia Phillies take on the Los Angeles Dodgers (National League) and the Whatever-they're-officially called Angels square off against the New York Yankees (American League) for the chance to represent their division and play against the other side in the upcoming World Series.

For more news at any time, just scroll down to the IN OTHER NEWS feature at the bottom of the screen.


Another weekend has arrived, so let's solve some puzzles!

In light of last week's question, a little equal time. On the television show M*A*S*H, what was Hawkeye's full name?

A familair name or phrase is represented in the image below. Do you know what it is?


The answers will be revealed next weekend. But for now, let's look into THE ANSWERS BOX, for the results from October 10th's Puzzle Corner:

Back in Business

Hawkeye spent most of one M*A*S*H episode questioning what B.J. stood for. But even after being told by his friend that he was named after his parents Bea and Jay, Hawkeye still didn't believe him. If there is another answer, it was never revealed during the course of the series.

Sunday, October 11, 2009


Hello Everybody! Ms. Waxy Dragon here!

If there is one goal everyone wants to accomplish in life, it's to be able to get through whatever adversities may come our way.

With that in mind, and the fact that Health Care Reform has been so much in the news of late, let's take a look at humor within the medical profession.

A man with a broken arm was being examined by his doctor. The doctor told him that within a few more weeks the bones would be healed and then the cast could be removed.
The man then asked the doctor if then he would be able to play the violin, to which the doctor replied that he didn't foresee any reason why he couldn't.
"That's funny," replied the man, "I've never been able to play it before."

Why did the doctor lose his temper?
Because he didn't have any patients.

What did one tonsil say to the other tonsil?
Get dressed. The doctor is taking us out!

Why did the rabbit go to the doctor?
Because he felt jumpy.

What's the difference between the Bird Flu and the Swine Flu?
For one you receive tweatment and the other you get oinkment.

And finally, one group's approach on how to deal with the swine flu.

Image courtesy of reader Ann Lopez.

Okay folks, see you next weekend with more Sunday Funnies!--wd.

Saturday, October 10, 2009


*President Barack Obama has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his initiatives to reduce the nuclear arms race. Obama is the third active President of the United States (after Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt) and the fourth overall (after former President Jimmy Carter) to win the honor. The prize money associated with the award will be donated to charity.
*NASA has sent probes to the moon to explore for the existence (past or present) of water in that orbital body.

*After being dead for 160 years, famed author Edgar Allan Poe will receive a formal funeral Sunday in Baltimore, Maryland. Upon his death, which many fans of his literary works still question the cause of after all these years, Poe never received a formal funeral service, for a known rival of Poe's wrote the newspaper obituary notice, citing an inaccurate time and place amongst other false information. Then later, someone destroyed his grave's original head stone, leaving the exact site of his remains in doubt for years.
*Rush Limbaugh has been named the host of the 2010 Miss America Pageant.
*Of all the celebrities who could ever consider doing such a thing, Marge Simpson is allegedly going to be posing for a Playboy pictorial soon, and
*Not only does the "let's scare everyone over the health care debate" paranoia propaganda continue, but now there are ads allegedly sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Congress trying to convince people that whatever version of a health care reform act passes will astronomically raise taxes.
Listen up people: this has been covered before. Although Congress has yet to agree on a bill to present to the President, does anyone remember that Obama addressed Congress in a live telecast explaining what is and is not to be in any health care reform package that is sent for his approval. Feel free to go to or for more information.

And for more news at any time, just scroll down to the IN OTHER NEWS feature at the bottom of the screen.


Another weekend, and something to ponder while you relax.

A familiar phrase is represented in the image below. Do you know what it is?


On the television series M*A*S*H, what was Captain B. J. Hunnicut's first name?

The answers will appear in next weekend's Puzzle Corner.
But now, let's look in THE ANSWER BOX, for last week's results.

The very first episode of The Twilight Zone to ever air was "Where Is Everybody?"

"In this day and age, a cheap (MISER) executor of a funds program (GRANT) might be considered this." A RINGMASTER. (MISER + GRANT)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


An editorial.

To say that I love books is a serious understatement. I am always reading. So suffice to say I also visit my local library on a very regular basis.
On a recent visit, I happened to spot a lot of books piled up on a counter top there, with a sign at said "Free! Help Yourself."
Now I did not think much of this at first because the library is always getting donated copies of books that they already have in stock, although usually they sell those at a nominal fee akin to the price one might find a book at a garage sale, flea market, tag sale, etc.; to help underwrite their operating expenses.
But imagine my surprise when I discovered that the books in question this time were actually from the library's own shelves!
When I inquired about this, I was told that it was library policy every so often to check the inventory against consumer (reader/patron) interest and delete from stock any book that had not been checked out within the last seven years.
First off, you can imagine my shock at this revelation, but I acted quickly to rescue what discarded strays I could.
Amongst the rescued orphans, pictured below are three by Isaac Asimov: The Naked Sun, The Bicentennial Man (and other stories), along with The Gods Themselves. The other image with this post is to provide further physical evidence of this event, discreetly editing what library did this.

But the question before us is "Should libraries discard books?"
And to that I say a resounding "NO!"

What of all the classics of yesteryear whose pages may be lost to us now? Do we have all the works of Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Edgar Allen Poe, etc.; close at hand? Granted, with time and effort copies of most can be tracked down, and being in the public domain, some are perennially reprinted on a regular basis. But can we confirm that copies of everything created by these famous authors still exist?

Yet what of the works of such later day authors like Ellery Queen, Edgar Rice Burroughs, E.E. "Doc" Smith, Walter Gibson, etc.? The last time I checked, my local library had nothing by these gentlemen on their shelves! What of The French Powder Puff Mystery, Carson of Venus, The First Lensman, or The Shadow Strikes! (an example of each author listed, respectively.)

And what of today's wordsmiths? Another decade or two from now, how readily available will be the works of Isaac Asimov, Robert B. Parker, Sue Grafton, Tom Clancy, J. K. Rowling, etc.?

Some claim that the print media is a dying art form. In this computerized, electronic age; that might be a possibility that comes true.

Yet what is even more frightening is the possibility that reading itself becomes a dying art!
With all the budget cutbacks and other economic woes, there are already plenty of parents worried about the quality of education that their children are receiving.
What if someday those same children cannot read at all?


My point is that while I do realize any one specific/individual library is limited on space and needs to be selective in its acquistions to better serve its (regional) patrons; a library should also know better than to discard books as something akin to old, worn out shoes.

As stated above, in the past, my library has sold donated copies that duplicated already on hand inventory to help defray operating expenses at nominal (cheap) prices, and I see no reason why they could not do so again now.
Or better yet, why not donate the books to a library that does not have them. Local libraries are affliated at least by city and/or county, if not region and/or state. Surely what one library does not want the other might need?

Imgaine if one day no one could read Huckleberry Finn (for example) any more because no one had a copy?
What if one day the works of Mark Twain were completely forgotten and lost to the sands of time?
THAT is what I am hoping to prevent here!


After the Minnesota Twins defeated the Detroit Tigers in their "sudden death" one game play off, the showdown to the 2009 World Series can begin in earnest.
The games, and the lineups are as follows:
The National League Wild Card Colorado Rockies will play against the National League Eastern Champion Philadelphia Phillies starting this afternoon.
Then the American League Central champion Twins face the American League East champion New York Yankees this evening; followed by the Saint Louis Cardinals representing the National League Central division facing NL West champions Los Angeles Dodgers on the West Coast later in the evening to wrap up the night.
Thursday night, the American League Wild Card Boston Red Sox have the late West Coast game against the (whatever they are being called this season) Angels in California.
In the first round, those winning the best three out of five games will advance to the second round to compete for the right to represent their respective League in the 2009 World Series.
Cable network TBS has all the first round coverage. Check local listings for time and channel.

Monday, October 5, 2009


At this point within Major League Baseball, the regular season should be over as the remaining eight teams enter the post season competition to vie for the ultimate playoff position: representing their respective side in the World Series.
However the American League Central Division race ended Sunday with a tie between the Detroit Tigers and the Minnesota Twins, forcing a one game sudden death play off game between the two teams.
Yet instead of that game being played tonight, the National Football League either could not or would not reschedule the Monday Night game between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings, causing MLB officials to delay the Twins-Tigers playoff game to Tuesday night.
The first round of the baseball playoffs will start Wednesday, October 7th.
More on this story as it develops.

Sunday, October 4, 2009


Hello everybody. Ms. Waxy Dragon here.
This weekend, let's salute (humorously of course) those valiant men and women within the world's police departments.

Why did the police go to the baseball game?
They heard someone had stolen a base!

Why did the book want to join the police force?
It wanted to go undercover!

What do you call a flying police officer?
A heli-copper!

Why are police officers so strong?
Because they can hold up traffic!

A bruised and battered turtle crawls into a police station. Upon reaching the officer on duty, the turtle gasped: "A gang of snails just beat me up!"
The officer replied, "Did you get a good look at them?"
"Well, no, it all happened so fast!"

See you next weekend for more Sunday Funnies!-wd

Saturday, October 3, 2009


*Scientists in Japan have developed a new anti-WIFI paint that will block the signals to keep unauthorized users from accessing your service from outside your residence or business. However the cost per gallon might be prohibitive for some people thinking about redecorating or using this precaution.
*The IRS has set up a Tipsters hot line and website for those who want to report people and companies who might allegedly be cheating on their returns.
*As the investigation into his death continue, early autopsy results for the late Michael Jackson reveal that he was in average health for a 50 year old man before his murder.
*Even after speeches from Oprah Winfrey along with Michelle and President Obama, Chicago, Illinois, USA; along with Tokyo, Japan and Madrid, Spain were ruled out of consideration for the 2016 Summer Olympics before the International Olympics Committee awarded the hosting honors to Rio De Janerio in Brazil.
In Legal News...
*Accused child molester Roman Polanski was arrested earlier this week after visiting a country that did have an extradition treaty with the United States. For years, the movie director had been living in a country without legal arrangements with the United States to avoid prosecution on the charges.
*Meanwhile, late night talk show host David Letterman publicly admitted to cheating on his girlfriend (before they were married) with members of the female staff on his show as part of his cooperation with police to avoid a blackmail attempt. The suspected person behind the blackmail attempt has been arrested.
For more news at any time, just scroll down to the IN OTHER NEWS feature at the bottom of your screen.


Okay, so let's get right to this week's conundrums.

October 2 marked the 5oth anniversary of the original Twilight Zone, created and hosted by Rod Serling. Your question is: What was the title of the very first episode ever aired?

Figure out the two five letter words hinted at in the clue below, and then rearrange the letters in them to get the overall answer. Ready?

In this day and age, a cheap executor of a funds program might be considered this.

The results will appear next weekend. But for now, let's open THE ANSWER BOX and see what the September 26's Puzzle Corner brought us.

The Mugwumps were an early name for The Mamas and The Papas.

Although decades apart, both Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea and Alien Nation were movies before they were adapted into TV series.

Sunday, September 27, 2009


Hello Everybody! Ms. Waxy Dragon here.
This weekend, I thought we'd take a break and just go over some classic material.
Anyone up for a few "Knock, Knock" jokes?

Knock, knock.
Who's There?
Ashe who?
Bless you!

Knock, knock.
Who's there?
Nobel who?
There is no bell, that's why I knocked!

Knock, knock.
Who's There?
Lettuce who?
Lettuce in and you'll find out!

Who's there?
Tank Who?
You're welcome!

Knock, knock.
Who's there?
Hawaii who?
I'm fine. Hawaii you?

Knock, knock.
Who's there?
Orange who?
Orange you even going to open the door!

And I'll be back next weekend with more Sunday Funnies.
Have a great week everyone!-wd.

Saturday, September 26, 2009


*Fall officially began with the autumnal equinox September 21st.
*The G20 summit is being held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania over the weekend of September 26 as representatives from the top 20 global economies discuss the current financial situations.
*Security and safety concerns may prevent the Guantanamo Bay prison from closing by its original projected date.
*The United Nations is questioning Iran's fledgling nuclear arms development.

In Entertainment news:
*The Emmys were handed out September 20th. Amongst the winners were Mad Men for best drama series and 30 Rock for best comedy series.
*The Beautiful Life on the CW network becomes the first causality of the 2009 season, being canceled after only two episodes.

In Sports:
*While the high school, college, and professional football seasons are getting under way in earnest, Major League Baseball is entering the last week of its regular season. The National League Central's Saint Louis Cardinals are the only team as of September 26th to confirm their play off position by winning their division; although the Los Angels Dodgers, Boston Red Sox (as the American League wild card), and the New York Yankees look highly probable at this point. The remainder of the playoff picture is unconfirmed at this point.
Depending upon the outcome of the final week, the post season competition is tentatively scheduled to begin October 6.

For more news at any time, just scroll down to the IN OTHER NEWS feature at the bottom of the screen.


Everyone knows what to expect in these posts. so let's get right to it, shall we?

Who were the Mugwumps?

The following have something in common. What is it?
{Alien Nation, Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea}

The answers will appear next weekend.
But now, let's look in THE ANSWER BOX for the results from September 19, 2009.

The fact that both Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch had animated versions of their respective series was the answer I was originally looking for. But it has been pointed out to me that actress Natalie Schafer starred on one (Gilligan's Island) and had a guest appearance on the other (The Brady Bunch) so that is acceptable too.

Get it in writing.

Sunday, September 20, 2009


Hello Everybody! Ms. Waxy Dragon here.
Last Sunday, I gave Fido the forum to speak about the difficulties dogs encounter living with humans.
This weekend, Cleo speaks for the cats.

Now where should I begin? I could start about taking us to the vet. Don't get me wrong, if we're sick we definitely want medical treatment. But trying to squeeze us into those little boxes that are laughingly called 'Cat Carriers'? Don't you realize that maybe the reason we don't want to go in them first place is because we get claustrophobic being confined in such a small space!

Yet first and foremost, I must point out a glaring error of assumption humanity has been under for generations. One does not "own" a cat. One has the privilege of living with one of the finer specimens of the animal kingdom.
But what about when said "owner" comes home from work and does not want to spend time with us? A lot of you are more interested in the television or that funny device with all the buttons, although I must admit that if I ever find that mouse you claim to use with it, I'll be more than happy to show you what you are really supposed to do with that rodent!
Anyway, your faithful furry companion has been cooped up at home alone all day and it seems that the last thing on your mind is spending time with us! That is just wrong!

Then you have the nerve to complain about the stink in the litter box! You do remember I'm a cat, right? If you didn't want me to go in one specific place, either teach me how to use that porcelain object you do or else don't complain about having to clean my box!

And sometimes when you decide to pet us, but we are sound asleep at the time, so is it any wonder why we start hissing and growling about being woken up? I can tell you from first paw experience that my "owner" is never bright eyed and bushy tailed first thing in the morning.

Yet I have to stop and ask you folks one question straight out: what is it with all the gibberish you spout sometimes? Cats are an intelligent species, not new born babies. Don't you realize that all the "ga-ga goo-goo" baby talk is beneath both of us!

Thank you Cleo.
And we'll be back next weekend with more Sunday Funnies!-wd

Saturday, September 19, 2009


With all the concerns abound about Health Care Reform, unemployment, the economy, and the ongoing military actions overseas; here's a brief look at some other events of the past week.

*A happy Rosh Hashanah for those who believe that today is the start of year 5770 year.
*After their flubs over the past weekend, some are now joking that Kanye West and Serena Williams have now embarked upon "The 2009 Apology Tour" together.
*The Guiding Light ended a 72 year run between radio and television September 18th as CBS canceled the long time soap opera. Reruns of The Price Is Right will be shown in that time slot for a couple of weeks until a new version of Let's Make A Deal, to be hosted by comedian Wayne Brady, is ready to premiere in October.
*The Emmy Awards will be presented tomorrow night.

Unfortunately this past, we have lost a couple of notable entertainers.
*Mary Travers, of the classic music trio Peter, Paul, and Mary; who sang on such hits as Puff the Magic Dragon and Blowin' In The Wind.
*Patrick Swayze, noted for acting in such memorable films as Dirty Dancing and Ghost.
*Henry Gibson, a comedic stalwart of (Dan) Rowan and (Dick) Martin's Laugh-In and most recently had a recurring role on Boston Legal.

For more news at any time, just scroll down to the IN OTHER NEWS feature at the bottom of the screen.


Another weekend is upon us, and time for more fun.

The following have something in common. What is it?
{Gilligan's Island, The Brady Bunch}

What is suggested by the following image:


The solutions will appear next weekend. But for now, let's open THE ANSWER BOX (and I'm totally surprised it took me this long to come up with a decent name for this segment) to discover the correct responses to last week's brain teasers.

Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin worked for the United Network Command for Law Enforcement.
What the acronym for T.H.R.U.S.H. stood for was never officially explained in the series, but some of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. novels claimed it stood for Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity.

Our color coded answer key reveals that there were seven states hiding in the grid.


Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Maine (the last letter of each line vertically), Ohio (parallel to Maine vertically), Oregon, and Utah.

Thursday, September 17, 2009


The following is an editorial.

It has been over a week now since the televised coverage of President Barack Obama addressing a joint session of Congress as to what was and was not supposed to be in the Health Care Reform Act.
Yet the negative opposition/attack ads against such a bill are still running.
Granted, there are five different versions of a possible Reform Act floating around Capitol Hill at the moment, each with their own positives and negatives; and Congress needs to put its collective heads together to unify the positive aspects into one functional document to propose to the President.
I can understand the seriousness of the matter and everyone's concern that action not only be taken, but done correctly. Yet amongst those ads are ones that seem to be totally against the prospect of addressing Health Care Reform to begin with.
If you have legitimate concerns about this or any matter, then by all means you have the right to address your national representatives in a formal, polite manner just like everyone else.
But considering the cost of buying commercial time, let alone the expense of making these ads to begin with, and the more positive/beneficial things these funds could have been spent on...

Sunday, September 13, 2009


Hello Everybody. Ms. Waxy Dragon here.
Over the last couple of weeks, I have been using examples from the animal kingdom to take a (hopefully) humorous look at life.
This weekend, I have been asked to give equal time to the canines. So here, speaking on behalf of dogs everywhere, is Fido.

Woof! I mean greetings.
Now everyone says that a dog is a (wo)man's best friend, and on behalf of canines everywhere, we do thank you for the compliment and the kind thoughts. But living with people is not always easy.
Case in point:
Blaming weird smells in the house on us, claiming we've might have dragged something nasty in or rolled in something that is not nice. Now dogs have an excellent sense of smell, so I can tell you right now that although people do smell better than skunks, there are times when Limburger cheese smells better than some of you!
And what about when you yell at one of us for barking? We are dogs. If something is wrong or there is a situation that a canine should bring to your attention, what do you expect us to do: send a telegram?
Now granted, most humans do take good care of us dogs. But when we go for a walk, why won't you let us stop and smell all the things we want to check out? Exactly who's walk is this anyway?
And what about being asked to perform any trick that involves balancing food on our nose? Do you know how embarrassing that is?
But you really do not want to get me started about any hair cut that involves bows or ribbons. Not every dog is a female, and no canine should have to wear that stuff!
Which reminds me, about the slight of hand/fake fetch throw when you pretend to do something but don't? Some accomplishment. You managed to fool someone who trusts you! What's next? Going to apply for membership in Mensa?
Look, we both know the truth. You're just jealous. We both know who has better life here! After all, who goes to work practically everyday and who doesn't?

Okay. Thank you Fido. Sit. Stay.
We'll see you next weekend with more Sunday Funnies!-wd.