Saturday, December 16, 2017

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: DECEMBER 10-16, 2017

DECEMBER 16 MARKS THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE JUPITER 2 BEING LAUNCHED ON THE ORIGINAL LOST IN SPACE TV SERIES.
DECEMBER 16 IS NATIONAL DAY IN BAHRAIN AND
THE DAY OF RECONCILIATION IN SOUTH AFRICA.
DECEMBER 18 MARKS THE 125TH ANNIVERSARY OF TCHAIKOVSKY’S
THE NUTCRACKER DEBUT PERFORMANCE.

AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has banned several opposition parties from running against his re-election in 2018.
*Martial law in the Philippines will legally continue until the end of 2018.
*Political actions DO have consequences!
*After much discussion, preparations for Great Britain's departure from the European Union continues.
*Although many will deny the existence of Climate Change, the Arctic Ice continues to melt.



THE TERRORIST REPORT…
*Iraq Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has announced ISIL forces are defeated in his country after losing their last illegally captured territory.
*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…
*San Francisco’s current Mayor Ed Lee.
*Animator Bob Givens (Classic Looney Tunes and Tom & Jerry shorts) has passed away.
*Anime writer Michiru Shimada (One Piece) is no longer with us.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…
POLITICALLY…
*Despite Republican efforts to curtail it, the annual open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act, aka “Obama Care” has been deemed a success by those actually working towards getting more Americans health insurance.
*Yet what they can't get rid of, the Trump Administration keeps trying to change.
*With Michael Flynn cooperating with the Mueller investigation into Russia’s possible interference in the 2016 Presidential campaign, does that mean Vice President Mike Pence might be in trouble too???
*Political actions DO have consequences!
*What goes up, must come down.
MEANWHILE…
*Democrat Doug Jones has defeated controversial Republican candidate Roy Moore in the Alabama election for that state’s vacant Senate position.
*Could Senator Paul Ryan be planning to retire after the 2018 mid-term elections???
*Why some of President Trump’s judicial nominations are NOT being considered.
*Minnesota’s Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith will be replacing resigning Senator Al Franken. No word on who will take over Smith’s former duties as this was posted.
*Trump nominee Michael Duorson has withdrawn his name from consideration as assistant administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
ELSEWHERE…
*Although FCC Chairman Ajit Pi has achieved the end of “Net Neutrality” (for now), the legal battles over this loom.
*The Department of Education is being sued for not providing financial relief for students defrauded by “for profit schools”.
*Already owning ABC, ESPN, and other networks; Disney is poised to buy an interest in FOX! Pending approval by the Justice Department, of course.
*What else will The Simpsons actually get RIGHT???
*AIM instant messaging is no longer available on AOL.

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

THE PUZZLE CORNER: DECEMBER 16, 2017

😎FUN FACT
The Canadian Postal Service, the closest to the North Pole, has established an official zip code for Santa Claus: H0H 0H0! (A combination of H's and zeros.)


AKA, ALSO KNOWN AS
First introduced during A Charlie Brown Christmas, what is the official title of ♫The Peanuts Theme♫?

COMMON BONDS
The people in each subset have something in common. Do you know what it is?
01. {Justin Trudeau, Sissy Spacek, Jimmy Buffett}
02. {Rod Serling, Humphrey Bogart, Clara Barton}

We’ll reveal all next weekend, but for now, let’s open up THE ANSWERS BOX and discover the results from the December 9, 2017 Puzzle Corner.

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

A ♫Partridge In A Pear Tree♫, with the late David Cassidy of The Partridge Family.

THE LETTER SHUFFLE
How many new words can you spell out of the letters in CHRISTMAS?

A, act(s), ah(s), aim(s), air(s), am, arc(s), arch, arm(s), art(s), as, ash, ass, at
Cam(s), car(s), cart(s), cash, cast(s) cat(s), char(s), chair(s), charm(s), chart(s), chasm(s), chat(s), cram(s)
Ha, hair, ham(s), harm(s), has, hat(s), hi, him, his, hiss, hit(s)
I, I’m, is, it, its, itch
Ma, mach, march, mart(s), mash, mass, mast(s), mat(s), match, math, mint(s),mirth, miss, mist(s)
Racism, racist(s), ram(s), rash, rat(s), rich, rim(s)
Sash, sat, scam(s), scar(s), scat, sham(s), shirt(s), Sir, sis, sit(s), smash, smart(s), stair(s), star(s), starch, stash, stir(s)
Tar(s), this, trash, tram(s), trim(s), Tsar

Besides the 132 words listed above, Chris, Christ, and Sam might be eligible, depending upon your position of counting proper names in a game like this. Other words might also be possible.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

HAPPY HANUKKAH 2017

As the sun sets upon December 12, 2017; for those who celebrate
HAPPY HANUKKAH!


Sunday, December 10, 2017

SUNDAY FUNNIES: THERE OUGHT TO BE A LAW

"If I'm licensed, why can't I drive?"
Hello Everybody! Autumn the Puppy here!
Now then, there has been plenty of news–good, bad, or indifferent–featuring law makers lately.
But have you ever wondered about the "unwritten laws"?
Like, anything that can go wrong, will?
After all, everybody has stuff happen that makes us stop and wonder why.
With that in mind, let's look at some other interesting facts of life.

Despite opposing beliefs, there really is no such thing as a free lunch. After all, even if you specifically don't pay for the meal, the person who treated you to it did. So how could it be free?

Anything dropped will probably land in the least accessible spot.

You can't find something when you actually need it, but it shows up much later when the need is over.

The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.

When you're in a hurry to get from Point A to Point B, you always manage to drop or forget something, which slows you down.

Your favorite store doesn't run a coupon special on something you really need until after you've already bought it.

As soon as you find a product that you really like, they will stop making it.
Then again, how can manufacturers get away with selling less of something for the same price it used to be???
After all, ice cream is no longer in half gallon containers. There is less dog treats or dog food in any container that my people bring home than there used to be either. But how come nobody does anything about that???

Whatever line you're in, the moment you switch to another, the one you were in will start to move faster than the one you are in now.

The probability of meeting someone you know increases when you are with someone you don't want to be seen with.

A closed mouth gathers no feet.
Then again, why would you want to open your mouth and insert your foot to begin with.
Like the old saying goes: 'Tis better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

When you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal.

They say a fool and his money are soon parted, but if this person is a fool, how did they manage to have any money to begin with?

Just some stray thoughts to ponder.
In any event, have a great week everybody, and please be back here next weekend for more Sunday Funnies!—AtP.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: DECEMBER 3-9, 2017

DECEMBER 9 IS THE 1,015 ANNIVERSARY
OF LEIF ERICSON LANDING IN WHAT IS NOW NORTH AMERICA.
DECEMBER 10 IS HUMAN RIGHTS DAY!
HANUKKAH BEGINS AT SUNDOWN DECEMBER 12.
DECEMBER 13 IS THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF ANDY GREEN’S ATTEMPT TO BREAK THE SOUND BARRIER IN A ROCKET POWERED CAR. HE WOULD BE SUCCESSFUL (BY DOING IT TWICE IN A ROW) ON DECEMBER 15.
DECEMBER 16 MARKS THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE JUPITER 2 BEING LAUNCHED ON LOST IN SPACE.

AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*Because of past drugging violations, the International Olympics Committee has banned Russia from competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics.
*As a result of North Korea’s latest “missile test”, South Korea and the United States’ 2017 joint military exercises are the largest (to date), while the United Nations is dispatching a diplomatic envoy to North Korea in hopes of having a productive discussion on the matter. (There are 2 separate links in this item.)
*Has US President Donald Trump ended decades of American diplomacy in Israel??? The reactions to Trump’s actions are still ongoing. (There are 2 separate links in this item.)
*The Australian Parliament has decided to officially recognize same gender marriages in that country.
*Just what is that unidentified object on Mars???

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…
*Actor Conrad Brooks (Plan 9 From Outer Space) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Actor Steve Elmore (42nd Street) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Actor Steve Reevis (The Longest Yard, Fargo) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…
POLITICALLY…
*The annual open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act, aka “Obama Care” is NOW until December 15, 2017!
*Has President Donald Trump ended decades of American diplomacy in Israel??? The reactions to Trump’s actions are still ongoing. (There are 2 separate links in this item.)
*Is President Trump working without Chief of Staff John Kelly’s cooperation???
*Still wanting Hillary Clinton prosecuted, President Trump “feels bad” for Michael Flynn, but did Trump admit he obstructed justice, despite what his lawyers claim??? (There are 3 separate links in this item.)
*President Trump is bragging about currently having a 45% approval rating. While that is higher than some previous ratings, what about the rest of the country???
*Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell is planning to leave the Trump administration sometime next year.
*One look inside the current Trump administration, courtesy of The New York Times.
*The latest fact checking on President Trump's public statements can be found here.
MEANWHILE…
*The House of Representatives’ “tax cut” bill and the Senate’s version of “tax cuts” still have to become one cohesive document before presented to the President for approval.
*Will there be a “government shutdown” before the end of 2017 after all??? Congress has managed to pass another stop gap financial bill, but the final budget is still pending. (There are 3 separate links in this item.)
*Minnesota Democratic Senator Al Franken has decided to tender his Congressional resignation.
* Republican Arizona House of Representatives member Trent Franks has resigned from Congress, effective immediately.
*Is Alabama Senatorial hopeful Roy Moore pro-slavery???
ELSEWHERE…
*The Mueller investigation now has possession of at least some of Donald Trump’s personal financial records.
*Time magazine’s 2017 People of the Year: “The Silence Breakers”.
*Will FEMA workers have to give back some of their paychecks??? Yet they've certainly been working, considering the emergencies of 2017, like the current California wildfires. (There are 2 separate links in this item.)
*The Secretary of the Interior wants to shrink the boundaries of several more national monuments, like President Trump has already done to Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante; leaving many worried about the potential commercialization of the unprotected land. (There are 2 separate links in this item.)
*Better luck next time trying to raze the old Pontiac Silver Dome.
*How the 2017 College Bowl schedule is shaping up.

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

THE PUZZLE CORNER: DECEMBER 9, 2017

FUN FACT
Because Thurl Ravenscroft was accidentally unaccredited in the 1966 television special How The Grinch Stole Christmas, the singing of ♫You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch♫ is sometimes attributed to Boris Karloff.

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

THE LETTER SHUFFLE
How many new words can you spell out of the letters in CHRISTMAS?

We’ll reveal all next weekend, but for now, let’s open up THE ANSWERS BOX and discover the results from the December 2, 2017 Puzzle Corner.

TRIVIA TIME
When was the original version of Miracle on 34th Street released?
June 4, 1947; because Darryl F. Zanuck was under the impression even Christmas themed movies did better during the summer months. Either way, 2017 is the classic’s 70th anniversary.

WHAT’S THAT SONG?
The lyric from a famous Christmas carol is below. All you have to do is identify the song. Ready?

♫And mom and dad can hardly wait for school to start again!♫

The line is from ♫It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas♫, but one has to wonder how the parents of the past would feel about the over hyped commercialism of today.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

SUNDAY FUNNIES: THIS AND THAT (misc. jokes)

Hello Everybody! Waxy Dragon here!

Knock knock.
Who's there?
Butter.
Butter who?
♫You butter watch out, you butter not cry,  you butter not pout, I'm telling you why, Santa Claus is coming to town.♫

The annual Christmas team up between me and Autumn the Puppy is coming soon, but that doesn't mean I don't have plenty of jokes to share with you in the meantime. Ready?

My friend has black hair and her initials are PM and her boyfriend has blond hair and his initials are AM. They are as different as night and day.

Here is a mathematical trick. Take your age. Add five to it.
That is how old you will be in five years!

The police detective was questioning a chicken suspected of fowl play. "Which came first, you or the egg? Why does everything taste like you? Why did you cross the road? Why can't you say what is on the other side of that road?"
"Wait a second!" squawked the chicken. "What are you trying to do?"
"I'm grilling you," replied the detective.

My friend David had his ID stolen the other day.
Now we just call him Dav.

Robber, holding up a store: "Give me all your cash or you're geography."
Cashier: "Don't you mean history?"
Robber: "Don't change the subject."

And on that note♫, I hope everyone has a good week.
Don't let the over hypeness of the season get to you, and please be back here again next weekend for more Sunday Funnies.—wd.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: NOVEMBER 26-DECEMBER 2, 2017

DECEMBER 5 MARKS THE 85TH ANNIVERSARY
OF THE ALLEY OOP COMIC STRIP.
DECEMBER 7 MARKS THE 230TH ANNIVERSARY
OF DELAWARE JOINING THE UNITED STATES.

AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD THIS PAST WEEK…

*North Korea has conducted another “missile test”.
*Pope Francis is on a Papal visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh.
*Prince Harry has announced his engagement to Meghan Markle.
*Guess who else supports the LGBTQ community???
*The latest potential scandal facing the world: Elsagate!


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 300+ innocent victims of the terrorist attack on a Bir al-Abed, Egypt mosque.
*Actor Rance Howard (Apollo 13, Ed Wood, Cool Hand Luke) and father of sons Ron and Clint, has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Singer/Actor Jim Nabors (The Andy Griffith Show, Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C.) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…
POLITICALLY…
*The annual open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act, aka “Obama Care” is NOW until December 15, 2017! And President Trump isn’t happy with how successful the enrollment campaign has been this year.
*So, is a past allegation against Trump true or false???
*How to insult Native American Veterans, President Trump style; and the fallout since then. (There are 2 separate links in this item.)
*Does anyone know Trump’s opinions of the group whose videos he retweeted???
MEANWHILE…
*Despite Republican hopes to the contrary, President Trump has officially endorsed Senate hopeful and accused sex offender Roy Moore.
*The Senate version of Trump’s proposed “tax cuts” bill has passed. Now their version and the House of Representatives’ version have to be unified before being presented to the President for approval.
*The Republican tide is turning in Oklahoma.
ELSEWHERE…
*A “watchdog” group is trying to get Robert Mueller removed from the investigations into Russia’s possible interference in the 2016 Presidential election just as he’s making progress. But that hasn’t stopped the investigation, let alone former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pleading guilty to perjury and cooperating with the proceedings. (There are 2 separate links in this item.)
*Have authorities caught the Seminole Heights, Florida serial killer???
*As more women speak out against past sexual harassment incidents, NBC has fired Matt Lauer and National Public Radio has released Garrison Keillor from his contract. (There are 2 separate links in this item.)

THE FREE CHOICE E-ZINE WOULD LIKE TO THANK OUR LOYAL READERSHIP FOR GRANTING US 1,922 PAGE VIEWS DURING NOVEMBER 2017.

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

THE PUZZLE CORNER: DECEMBER 2, 2017

😎FUN FACT
It is actually illegal to feed the pigeons in San Francisco, California!

Despite the over-hypeness of the season elsewhere, now that it’s December, we shall start our annual Christmas themed enigmas.

TRIVIA TIME
When was the original version of Miracle on 34th Street released?

WHAT’S THAT SONG?
The lyric from a famous Christmas carol is below. All you have to do is identify the song. Ready?

♫And mom and dad can hardly wait for school to start again!♫

We’ll reveal all next weekend, but for now, let’s open up THE ANSWERS BOX and discover the results from the November 25, 2017 Puzzle Corner.

FAMOUS FIRSTS
What was the world’s first video game?
Pong, from Atari, which celebrated its 45th anniversary on November 29 of this year.

AKA: ALSO KNOWN AS
What do we know a lemniscate more commonly as?
The Infinity symbol.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

SUNDAY FUNNIES: PICTURE THIS...

Okay Everybody! The Free Choice E-zine's Editor-in-Chief Lee Houston, Junior here.
With this being a holiday weekend (Thanksgiving, NOT the start of the 2017 Christmas shopping season) our resident hostesses Autumn the Puppy and Waxy Dragon have the weekend off.
Therefore, I've lined up some visual gags to entertain you.
Ready?


Not that I actually believe in the potential of a zombie apocalypse, but this sign at a gas station pictured on the right was funny.



Okay, I found the image on the left while Internet surfing one day and thought it was cute.
My question though is: did the bird on top originally pose for the sign and is showing off now, or is this an avian protest of what the sign stands for?



Is whoever created the sign on the right hoping to drum up additional business, or are they bad at sales gimmicks?



I took the image on the left myself during a visit to my doctor's office.
Obviously a lack of communication between the original building contractor and whoever doesn't want to be disturbed on the other side of that door.












The meme on the right is an entertaining reminder of past accomplishments and what we can still do if we put our minds to it.

And on that note♫, have a great week everybody. Take care and please be back with us next weekend for more Sunday Funnies!—lh,jr

Saturday, November 25, 2017

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: NOVEMBER 19-25, 2017

NOVEMBER 26 IS CONSTITUTION DAY IN INDIA.
NOVEMBER 29 IS THE 45TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ARCADE CLASSIC PONG.

AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*The coup d’etat in Zimbabwe continues, including the resignation of President Robert Mugabe. But will a new President and elections next year resolve the issues??? (There are 2 separate links in this item.)
*United States President Donald Trump has declared North Korea “a sponsor of terrorism”.
*Has Palestine stopped talking to the United States??? And what is America's diplomatic future under the Trump Administration??? (There are 2 separate links in this item.)
*Plans for after the United Kingdom leaves the European Union continue.

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…
*Singer/actress Della Reese (Touched By An Angel) has passed away.
*Country music legend and actor Mel Tillis is no longer with us.
*Former teen heart throb David Cassidy (The Partridge Family) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Actor Buzz Belmondo (Out of This World, Baywatch) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Former (Smokey Robinson and the) Miracles member Warren Moore has passed away.
*Actor Rodney Bewes (The Likely Lads) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Infamous cult leader Charles Manson has passed away.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…
POLITICALLY…
*The annual open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act, aka “Obama Care” is NOW until December 15, 2017!
*President Donald Trump has declared North Korea “a sponsor of terrorism”.
*After Congress cuts taxes for the rich, Trump swears Obama Care will be repealed at last.
*Has Palestine stopped talking to the United States??? And what is America's diplomatic future under the Trump Administration??? (There are 2 separate links in this item.)
*President Trump has overruled departing Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Chief Richard Cordray in regards to who his (at least temporary) replacement should be.
*Will internal administration friction lead to problems at the upcoming Global Entrepreneurship Summit???
MEANWHILE…
*Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai says his agency will soon repeal the Obama era Net Neutrality rules and make the Internet a public utility, causing many to fear price hikes and poor service.
ELSEWHERE…
*The Justice Department has now decided that under no circumstances can AT&T merge with Time-Warner.
*Texas’ attempt at limiting women’s abortion rights wasn’t entirely legal, according to a Federal judge.
*Seattle, Washington still thinks the rich should pay their fair share in taxes, regardless of a state judge’s opinion.
*The Georgia Dome now only exists in historical records and memories.
*Why did Macy's have problems processing credit cards on "Black Friday"???
*Who will be Time magazine's 2017 Person of the Year???

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

THE PUZZLE CORNER: NOVEMBER 25, 2017

😎FUN FACT
Scientific studies have discovered that termites eat wood faster when listening to rock music.

FAMOUS FIRSTS
What was the world’s first video game?

AKA: ALSO KNOWN AS
What do we know a lemniscate more commonly as?

We’ll reveal all next weekend, but for now, let’s open up THE ANSWERS BOX and discover the results from the November 18, 2017 Puzzle Corner.

BEFORE AND AFTER
Two separate items have at least one word in common, so can be combined to form something new.
Based upon the clue below, do you know what the new item is?

Military Tool Instructor? = Power Drill Sergeant

THE LETTER SHUFFLE
With the impending holiday approaching, how many new words can you form out of the letters in the word THANKSGIVING?

A, aging, ah, akin, an, angst, as, at,
Gag(s), gain(s), giant(s), gas, gat(s) <old 1930's slang for guns>, gig(s), gin(s), gist, git(s) <Hillbilly slang for scram/get>, giving,
Hag(s), haggis <a Scottish delicacy>, hang(s), has, hat(s), having, hi <short form of "hello">, hiking, hint(s), hit(s)
I, ink(s), in(s), inn(s), is, it, its
Kin, king(s), kit(s), knight(s), knit(s)
Nag(s), nigh, night(s)
Sag, saint, sank, sat, saving, shag <a type of carpeting>, sight, sighting, sign, signing, sink, sinking, sin, shin, shining, sit, skin, skit, snag, snit, stag, staging, stain, staining, stank, sting, stinging, stink, stinking
Tag(s), tan(s), tank(s), than, thank(s), thin(s), thing(s), think(s), this, tin, vain, vat(s), visit, Viking(s), (AND) vista.
Other words besides the 117 above might be possible. But IV (the medical term) didn’t count because it’s an abbreviation. The Roman numerals II and IV are debatable, but the cuss word for human waste was not listed since this is a family oriented E-zine.

Friday, November 24, 2017

THANKSGIVING VERSUS BLACK FRIDAY 2017

The following is an editorial and all links were active at the time this was posted.

I hope everyone that tried to celebrate had a nice Thanksgiving Thursday, even if you wound up having to work.

The over-hyped Christmas retail season seems to grow bolder every year; with signage out in stores before HALLOWEEN and a lot of businesses opening even earlier than they used to to start "Black Friday" promotions, if they even bother to close for Thanksgiving anymore.

TWO different retailers started their sales events within an hour of each other at 5 and 6 pm respectively yesterday. The one that opened at 6 soon started receiving complaints from customers about running out of sale merchandise before the clock struck midnight to officially make it Friday!

Meanwhile, overnight crowds were so bad that police in Birmingham, Alabama actually CLOSED the Riverchase Galleria Mall to prevent further problems!

Once upon a time, the earliest a store opened on the Friday after Thanksgiving was 7 AM, because they were fully closed on the holiday!

Thanksgiving is supposed to be a time where one pauses with their family and friends to reflect upon their blessings, the positive things in life, and all they have to be thankful for.
Granted, that's something human beings need to do more than once a year, but I guess those that have to work should at least be thankful they have a job, even if many of those same employees are seriously being taken advantage of; regardless of how many jobs they have to work to attempt making ends meet.

As for me, my position of years' past still stands.
I will shop and support local businesses on "Small Business Saturday", and let my fingers do the walking on more major purchases via the Internet on "Cyber Monday" next week, but as for "Black Friday", may I represent this brief ode to the event...


SOME DARE BRAVE THE GLOOM OF BLACKEST NIGHT,
QUESTING FOR BARGAINS UPON THEIR TREK,
TO HIT EVERY SALE BEFORE DAYLIGHT.

ME? I PLANNED WELL AHEAD.
NO NERVES, CREDIT, OR CAR SUFFERED WRECK.
JUST RESTFUL SLUMBER WITHIN MY OWN BED.

I sincerely hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and remembered to thank the only ones who should of worked yesterday: those brave men and women in law enforcement, fire prevention, the medical profession, and the military keeping the country and the world safe.
And if you're in retail and had to work on Thanksgiving, you have my sympathy.

The above was an editorial and all links were active at the time this was posted.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

SUNDAY FUNNIES: QUICKIE JOKES (one liners)

"Pass the dog biscuits!"
Hello Everybody! Autumn the Puppy here!
Lots to do around my people's house with Thanksgiving coming up.
I'm trying to stay out from underfoot, especially since I don't want any of my paws stepped on, as everybody's relatives are going to descend upon us wanting to be fed.
Of course Thanksgiving used to be, and SHOULD be about a lot more than food, football, and the start of the Christmas retail season with the dreaded "Black Friday", especially considering more stores are staying open Thanksgiving Day AND night, seriously cutting back the time their employees have to spend with their families! 💔

So, since everybody seems pressed for time right now and I still want everyone to laugh and destress a bit, here are some one liners. Ready?
What lurks below???

Would a struggling business that served submarine sandwiches be going underwater?

If Climate Change is causing the sea level to rise, does this mean that the oceans are getting too big for their beaches?

I used to be addicted to seaweed, but I found Kelp.

Do forgetful cows yield Milk of Amnesia?

Those who don't want to be counted have taken leave of their census.

And on a more serious note♫: regardless of how tasty the meat is-chicken, turkey, duck, and fish bones are NOT good for your pets!
If you're going to feed your pet table scraps from your Thanksgiving dinner this week, please remember: NO BONES!
Otherwise, take care, have a great week, and please be back here again next weekend for more Sunday Funnies!—AtP.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: NOVEMBER 12-18, 2017

NOVEMBER 20 MARKS THE 70TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY OF THEN PRINCESS ELIZABETH TO PHILIP MOUNTBATTEN, THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH.
NOVEMBER 21 MARKS THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF
TWEETY BIRD’S DEBUT IN A TALE OF TWO KITTIES.
NOVEMBER 23 IS THANKSGIVING.

AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*North Korea faces more negativity over “missile tests” versus human rights violations.
*Zimbabwe is currently in the middle of a coup d’etat.
*Borut Pahor has been re-elected President of Slovenia.
*The Argentine Navy has lost contact with their submarines, the San Juan.
*The 2017 United Nations’ Climate Change Conference was held, without American representation.
*The Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci has a new owner.
*The existence of another planet has been confirmed.
*Have two black holes merged into one???

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 of the multiple location shooting spree in Rancho Tehama Reserve, California.
*Those who lost their lives during the November 2017 earthquake of Iran/Iraq.
*Actress Ann Wedgeworth (Three’s Company, Steel Magnolias, Evening Shade) has taken her last bow on life’s stage.
*Famous baseball player Bobby Doerr (Boston Red Sox) has passed away.
*Former Playboy Playmate Janet Lupo is no longer with us.
*Actor Keith Barron (Upstairs Downstairs) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Voice Actress Hiromi Tsuru (various anime productions) has passed away.
*Actor Robert D. Raiford (Matlock, original The Handmaid’s Tale movie) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Malcolm Young, co-founder of AC/DC is no longer with us.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…
POLITICALLY…
*The annual open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act, aka “Obama Care” is NOW until December 15, 2017!
*Alex Azar (a former pharmaceutical executive) is President Trump’s new Secretary of Health and Human Services.
MEANWHILE…
*The House of Representatives has passed their version of a “tax bill”. Once the Senate does the same and the two documents have been unified, it will go to President Trump for approval.
ELSEWHERE…
*Sexual abuse victims will no longer remain silent!
*One lone gunman went on a multiple location shooting spree in Rancho Tehama Reserve, California; leaving 5 dead and many more wounded. While the suspect died during a shootout with police, authorities are investigating the whys and wherefores. Especially in light of the fact the body of his dead wife was found in his home. (There are 2 separate links in this item.)
*Who is targeting innocent people in the Seminole Heights area of Tampa, Florida???
*Did the president of Hobby Lobby buy stolen antiquities???
*Did somebody steal Pirates of the Caribbean???
*Danica Patrick has decided that the 2018 Indy 500 will be her last professional auto race.

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