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.

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 18, 2017

😎FUN FACT
Corn always has an even number of rows on every ear!

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?

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

We’ll reveal all next weekend, but for now, let’s open up THE ANSWERS BOX and discover the results from the November 11, 2017 Puzzle Corner.

AKA, ALSO KNOWN AS
By what more famous name do we know Jerry R. Hubbard?
Country music singer-songwriter Jerry Reed. Reed was his middle name.

TRIVIA TIME
Put your thinking caps on for this one folks!
What has 4 letters, sometimes 9, but never 5?
TRICK QUESTION! What has 4 letters. Sometimes has 9 letters, and Never 5 letters!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

SUNDAY FUNNIES: TRYING TO FIGURE OUT FOOTBALL

"Hike?"
Hello Everybody! Waxy Dragon here!
Now, I know I'm only a baby (companion) dragon, but even after all this time, I still don't understand football.
I don't mean the new problems that have arisen like "To Kneel, or Not To Kneel" but more of the classic things like when the Quarterback (and is that all the money the poor guy has? Twenty-five cents?) yells "Hike" before snapping the football, is he expecting his team to go on some long march?
After all, they're already running like crazy hoping to be the one he throws the ball to.
Then again, considering some of the plays I've seen, they should be hoping to successfully catch it instead of just being the player the quarterback throws the ball to.
In any event, some fans' dedication to the game is beyond belief.
Here are some examples...

In preparation for a romantic evening, they consider a football helmet formal head wear.

Their wedding colors were the same as their favorite team's uniforms.
I wonder how long that marriage lasted?

They spend more for season tickets than any other expense.
Do they at least have a roof over their head and food on the table?

They've worn the same shirt on Sundays for seven years.
I hope they've at least washed it!

They've worn face paint to Sunday church.
Aren't they supposed to be showing faith in something else for a couple of hours that morning?

A man takes his seat at the Super Bowl. He looks to his left and notices that there is a spare seat between himself and the next guy.
“Who would ever miss the Super Bowl?” the guy asked
“That was my wife’s seat," replied the other man. "We have been to the last five Super Bowls together, but sadly she passed away.”
“That’s terrible," observed the first man, "but couldn’t you get another member of the family, a friend, or even someone else to come with you?”
The second man just nodded his head negatively and said, “No, they're all at her funeral.”

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

Saturday, November 11, 2017

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: NOVEMBER 5-11, 2017

NOVEMBER 11 IS VETERANS’ DAY IN THE UNITED STATES.
NOVEMBER 13 MARKS THE 90TH ANNIVERSARY OF
THE HOLLAND TUNNEL OPENING.
NOVEMBER 13 40 YEARS AGO ALSO SAW THE LAST ORIGINAL
LIL ABNER COMIC BY AL CAPP PUBLISHED.
NOVEMBER 13 IS THE 35TH ANNIVERSARY OF
THE VIET NAM MEMORIAL IN WASHINGTON, DC.
NOVEMBER 16 IS THE 110TH ANNIVERSARY OF OKLAHOMA’S STATEHOOD.


AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*United States President Donald Trump is on a diplomatic visit to Japan and South Korea. (There are 2 separate links in this item.)
*Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has fired his Vice President Emerson Mnangagwa.
*During a Disarmament Conference, Pope Francis has said that "countries should not stockpile nuclear weapons even for the purpose of deterrence."
*Did Russia or Kazakhstan have a nuclear accident and not tell anyone???
*Vatican City retailers will stop selling most tobacco products, effective January 1, 2018.
*The Fukuoka Soft Bank Hawks defeated the Yokohama DeNA Bay Stars to win the Japan (World?) Series.

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 victims of the senseless killings at a Sutherland Springs, Texas Church Sunday, November 5, 2017.
*Those who died during Typhoon Damrey.
*Author Nancy Friday (My Secret Garden, Women On Top) has passed away.
*Former Baseball player Roy Halladay (Toronto Blue Jays, Philadelphia Phillies) is no longer with us.
*Actor Brad Harris (Pirates of the Mississippi, Goliath Against The Giants) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Actor John Hillerman (Magnum PI, Blazing Saddles) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Actor Ray Lovelock (Fiddler on the Roof) 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!
*President Donald Trump is on a diplomatic visit to Japan and South Korea. (There are 2 separate links in this item.)

MEANWHILE…
*New Jersey and Virginia have elected new DEMOCRATIC governors. (There are 3 separate links in this item.)
*What the Republican Party’s major losses of Tuesday November 7 hold for the future. (There are 2 separate links in this item.)
*Whether or not Alabama Republican Senator hopeful Roy Moore is guilty of sexual misconduct allegations, what are his chances of being elected???
ELSEWHERE…

*A lone gunman opened fire in a Sutherland Springs, Texas Church November 5, killing 26 people and injuring 20+ more. While the gunman was killed on the scene, authorities are still investigating the case, because there is no logical reason why this should have happened.
*Shalane Flanagan and Geoffrey Kamworor were the top winners in the 2017 New York City Marathon November 5.
*The Justice Department has informed AT&T that it MUST sell off either DirecTV or the Turner Broadcasting System before it can acquire Time-Warner.

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 11, 2017

😎FUN FACT
THIS is The Free Choice E-zine’s 1900th post!

AKA, ALSO KNOWN AS
By what more famous name do we know Jerry R. Hubbard?

TRIVIA TIME
Put your thinking caps on for this one folks!
What has 4 letters, sometimes 9, but never 5?

We’ll reveal all next weekend, but for now, let’s open up THE ANSWERS BOX and discover the results from the November 4, 2017 Puzzle Corner.

COMMON BONDS
The items within each subset have something in common.
Do you know what it is?

01. {The Marx Brothers, Queen} = Both groups have experienced A Night At The Opera and A Day At The Races.
02. {Puff, Smaug} = dragons

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

Nocturnal viewing aid = Night Light

Sunday, November 5, 2017

SUNDAY FUNNIES: TIME ON MY PAWS (struggling guitarist jokes)

♫I CAN sing! Arroooooo!♫
Hello Everybody! Autumn the Puppy here.
Got some extra time on my paws right now because America fell back last night as Daylight Saving Time ended for us.
Why Congress keeps messing with it, considering the rest of the world stopped using DST LAST weekend...

Anyway, been wondering about a lot of stuff lately.
Like, knowing I can sing {♫woof woof woof wooooof!♫}, but wondering why I've never taken up a musical instrument.
Of course with these paws, it would all depend upon what type of instrument I pursue. Then again, I haven't smelled any nearby lately that I could hunt and chase, so...

With that in mind, how about some jokes about struggling guitarists who have yet to make it big. Ready?

How many struggling guitarists does it take to screw in a light bulb?
20. One to screw it in and 19 to say "Not bad, but I could have done it better".

What do you call a struggling guitarist who knows two chords?
A music critic!

What's the definition of an optimist?
A struggling guitarist with a mortgage.

How do you figure out who the struggling guitar player is at a party?
He'll tell you.

How do you get a struggling guitar player off your front porch?
Pay him for the pizza.

Why are so many struggling guitarist jokes one liners?
So the rest of the fledgling band members can understand them.

And on that note♫, remember: you can tune a piano, but you can't tuna fish!
Take care. Have a good week and please be back here again next weekend for more Sunday Funnies!—AtP.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: OCTOBER 29-NOVEMBER 4, 2017

NOVEMBER 10 MARKS THE 35TH ANNIVERSARY OF
THE VETERANS’ MEMORIAL OPENING IN WASHINGTON, DC.

AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD THIS PAST WEEK…

*Afraid of possibly being assassinated, Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri has resigned.
*The debate between Spain and Catalan continues.
*After the right to drive, women in Saudi Arabia can add “going to public sporting events” to their increased “privileges” in 2018.
*Despite those claiming climate change is a hoax, Earth’s carbon dioxide (CO2) levels ARE rising!
*The Tapanuli Orangutan has been identified as a new species of great ape.



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 vehicular assault in Manhattan, New York October 31.
*Actor Dennis Banks (Thunderheart, Last of the Mohicans) has taken his final 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!
*President Trump’s proposed ban of transgender personnel entering the military has been legally banned, but not the part about the military/government paying for their gender reassignment surgery while serving.
*Trump’s March-August 2016 campaign manager Paul Manafort and deputy manager Rick Gates have surrendered to Federal authorities on money laundering, conspiring against the US, and failing to register as foreign agents as part of Robert Mueler’s investigation into Russia’s possible meddling in the 2016 Presidential election. Former Trump campaign staffer George Papadopoulos has been arrested for lying to Federal investigators.
*Trump would like Jerome Powell to be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve, but who is actually getting potential positions??? (There are 2 separate links in this item.)
*As Trump’s approval rating continues to fall, another voice of dissent over his administration.
MEANWHILE…
*The failure of eliminating “Obama Care”: the TRUTH, as presented by the Associated Press.
*Although it didn’t happen, President Trump wanted the inclusion of repealing “Obama Care” in any proposed tax plan.
*The potential winners and losers if the proposed tax plan passes. (There are 2 separate links in this item.)
ELSEWHERE…
*Although the driver has been arrested, authorities are still investigating the vehicular assault in Manhattan, New York October 31 because while they are calling it “an act of terror”, there is currently no evidence to support ISIL terrorists’ claims of involvement. (There are 2 separate links in this item.)
*Puerto Rico has canceled the contract with the two-man company (and possible Trump supporter) that was supposed to restore that country’s electrical grid.
*Depending upon the results of the 2017 Christmas retail season, more Sears and K-Mart stores will close in January 2018.
*Is Amazon responsible for the closure of a book store chain???
*Why are bibles disappearing from motel/hotel rooms???
*Although the American League’s Houston Astros won the 2017 World Series of Major League Baseball by defeating the National League’s Los Angeles Dodgers 4 games to 3 in the best of 7 contest, what was up with those series specific baseballs???

THE FREE CHOICE E-ZINE WOULD LIKE TO THANK ITS LOYAL READERSHIP FOR GRANTING US 2,917 PAGE VIEWS IN OCTOBER 2017.

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

THE PUZZLE CORNER: NOVEMBER 4, 2017

FUN FACT
Mountain Lions can whistle! They don’t know any tunes though, but still...

COMMON BONDS
The items within each subset have something in common.
Do you know what it is?
01. {The Marx Brothers, Queen}
02. {Puff, Smaug}

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

Nocturnal viewing aid?

We’ll reveal all next weekend, but for now, let’s open up THE ANSWERS BOX and discover the results from the October 28, 2017 Puzzle Corner.

FAMOUS FIRSTS
What was the first liquid laundry detergent?
Wisk, which recently celebrated its 60th anniversary before the manufacturer suddenly replaced it with Persil for some unknown reason(s).

THE LETTER SHUFFLE
How many new words can you make out of the letters in HALLOWEEN?

A, all, allow, an, awl
Eel, ell, eon
Ha, hall, hallow, heal, he, heel, hell, hello, how
Law, lawn, lea, lean, low
No, Noel (as a season, not a name), now
Oh, on, owl
Wall, we, wean, wee, well, well, (and) who.

More than the 35 listed above might be possible.