Sunday, June 17, 2018

SUNDAY FUNNIES: HAPPY FATHER'S DAY 2018

Hello Everybody!
Today you have both Waxy Dragon AND Autumn the Puppy here as we salute Father's Day.

Father's Day has been celebrated for quite a while in over 40 different countries!

Yet the tradition of Fatherhood dates back a lot farther, so let's look at some famous daddies of history...

HISTORIC EXPLORER CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS'S DAD
"I don't care what you've discovered, Christopher.  You could have written while you were away for so long."

RENAISSANCE ARTIST MICHELANGELO'S DAD
"Mike, can't you paint on walls like other children?  Do you have any idea how hard it is to get that stuff off the ceiling?"

ONE TIME EMPEROR OF FRANCE NAPOLEON'S DAD
"All right. If you aren't hiding your report card inside your jacket, then take your hand out of there and prove it."

SCIENTIFIC GENIUS PROFESSOR ALBERT EINSTEIN'S DAD
"But, Albert, it's your senior picture. Can't you do something about your hair?  Styling gel, mousse, something...?"

FIRST PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES' GEORGE WASHINGTON'S DAD
"Son, I admire your honesty, but there was no need to cut down that cherry tree. We have plenty of firewood as it is."

FAMOUS INVENTOR THOMAS EDISON'S DAD
"Of course I'm proud that you invented the electric light bulb, Thomas. Now turn off that light and get to bed!"

So, as you can see, the details of the situations may have changed over the years, but like motherhood, fatherhood is a noble profession too.

With that, we take our leave so we can spend time with our respective fathers.
This is Waxy Dragon and Autumn the Puppy reminding you that although being a father is simply a matter of biology, it takes someone special to be a dad.

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

Saturday, June 16, 2018

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: JUNE 10-16, 2018

JUNE 16 IS THE 55TH ANNIVERSARY OF VALENTINA TERESHKOVA BECOMING THE FIRST WOMAN IN SPACE.
JUNE 16 IS THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF GREASE: THE MOVIE.
JUNE 16 IS ALSO INTERNATIONAL SURFING🏄 DAY.
JUNE 19 IS THE ANNUAL JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION IN GALVESTON, TEXAS.
JUNE 19 IS GARFIELD’S 40TH ANNIVERSARY.
JUNE 21 IS THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF
THE LONG PLAYING RECORD’S💽 PUBLIC DEBUT.
JUNE 23 IS THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE TYPEWRITER.
JUNE 23 IS THE 230TH ANNIVERSARY OF
VIRGINIA JOINING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.


AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*Highlights from the summit between North Korea and the United States include a meeting between America and host country Singapore, the North will work on denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula while America promises “security guarantees” and the United States will no longer be doing joint military exercises with South Korea. (There are 3/THREE separate links in this item.)
*South Korea’s reaction to the summit.
*What does American President Donald Trump have against Canada???
*China to face more American tariffs and China's new tariffs against the US. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Were you safe during Pacific Hurricane Bud???
*Is El Nino returning???
*The winners of the 2018 French Open of professional tennis.
*The 2018 FIFA World Cup competition has begun.
*There are new planets in the universe!

THE TERRORIST REPORT…
*The Free Choice E-zine does not support terrorism, no matter what the “cause” or alleged “justification”. Thus we will only be posting news items in this section whenever terrorists are brought to justice.

😭PASSING PARADE…
*Author Christopher Stasheff (The Warlock In Spite of Himself, The Enchanter Reborn) has passed away.
*Animator/director Rumen Petkov (Johnny Bravo, Dexter’s Laboratory) is no longer with us.
*Guitarist Matt Murphy (Saturday Night Live, The Blues Brothers) has passed away.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…
POLITICALLY…
*Highlights from the summit between North Korea and the United States include a meeting between America and host country Singapore, the North will work on denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula while America promises “security guarantees” and the United States will no longer be doing joint military exercises with South Korea. (There are 3/THREE separate links in this item.)
*Fact checking Trump in North Korea and his opinions on Kim Jung Un’s human rights record. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*What does President Trump have against Canada???
*Apparently Trump doesn’t like the FBI or ex-director James Comey either.
*Trump has approved new tariffs against China and China's new tariffs against the US. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Trump’s version of the Federal Communications Commission has officially ended “net neutrality”.
*Fact checking Trump's latest interview.
*It should come as no surprise that Trump doesn’t like “fake news”, but how is his relationship with the Fourth Estate???  Considering an editorial cartoonist was just FIRED for criticizing Trump... (There are 3/THREE separate links in this item.)
MEANWHILE…
*What will Congress do now that President Trump has said he doesn’t like their new immigration plan???
*The results of this past Tuesday’s primaries.
*Some Republicans are apparently not happy that HE won the Nevada primary.
ELSEWHERE…
*ARE VOTERS STILL REGISTERED???
*Hawaii’s volcano troubles aren’t over yet.
*The wildfires continue.
*Paul Manafort has been denied bail before his new trial on obstruction charges.
*American Airline's latest problems.
*A school has closed in Wisconsin forever!

Our IN OTHER NEWS feature at the bottom of your screen has been temporarily(?) suspended while Blogger works on updating some of its gadgets.

THE PUZZLE CORNER: JUNE 16, 2018

😎FUN FACT
Honeybees🐝 have hair on their eyes.

FAMOUS FIRSTS
Who was the very first James “Bond Girl”?

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

Odd facial hair.

We’ll reveal all next weekend, but for now, let’s open up THE ANSWERS BOX📦 and discover the results from the June 9, 2018 Puzzle Corner.

NUMBER PLEASE
Get ready! We ask the question, but the answer is just a number.
According to Tommy Tutone, what is Jenny’s phone number?
867-5309, but thankfully he never included an area code in the song.

TRIVIA TIME⌚
Here’s a classic question that has stumped many a scholar.
Who is buried in Grant’s Tomb?
Nobody! To be entombed means you are laid to rest ABOVE ground.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

SUNDAY FUNNIES: DIZZY DJ SPINS SILLY SONGS

Hello Everybody! Autumn the Puppy here!
Last Sunday, Waxy Dragon told an interesting joke. To wit:

Have you ever wondered about what the singer is actually singing when they perform their songs?
After all, I really don't think the song goes ♫She's a good girl. She loves her Llama. Loves Cheezits and Asparagus too.♫

Waxy's example is far from the first time a song, in this case Free Falling by Tom Petty and the Heart Breakers, has been misheard.
Rockin' Around The Clock 😎

So here are some more...

♫Oh since she put me down there's been owls hooting in my head♫
Really? All the time or just at night?
You must have a really big head for more than one owl to be in there.

Of course, the above is someone who misheard a line from the Beach Boys' Help Me Rhonda.

Perhaps the most famous misquote is from Creedence Clearwater Revival's Bad Moon Rising.
♫So don't go out tonight, for it's bound to take your life. There's a bathroom on the right.♫

This misquote has become so popular that even John Fogerty himself has been known to use the erroneous line at concerts.
Then again, when it's time for me to use the bathroom, outside is the only place I can go folks.

Anyway, you get the idea.
Was Elton John asking for Tiny Dancer or Tony Danza to hold him closer???

In the rock classic Purple Haze, did Jimi Hendrix want us to excuse him while he ♫kissed the sky♫ or this guy???

Was the Fifth Dimension celebrating the dawning of the ♫Age of Aquarius♫ or Asparagus???

When Johnny Nash proclaimed ♫I can see clearly now♫ was that because the rain or Lorraine was gone?
One is a bigger cause to celebrate than the other, unless Lorraine was a jerk to begin with.
Not that I've ever met the lady in question. That was just a guess on my part.

And of course, the greatest source of misheard lyrics is none other than parodist "Weird" Al Yankovic.
I can listen to him all day long and never hear the same song exactly the same twice.
So, I hope everyone enjoyed this brief musical interlude.
Have a great week and please be back here again next weekend for more Sunday Funnies!—AtP.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: JUNE 3-9, 2018

JUNE 9 IS THE ANNUAL QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
IN THE UNITED KINGDOM.
JUNE 16 IS THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF GREASE: THE MOVIE.

AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*Will there be a summit between Syria and North Korea???
*American President Donald Trump’s thoughts on the recent G-7 conference, and vice versa. But what happens next??? (There are 4/FOUR separate links in this item.)
*Can Russian President Vladimir Putin use the European Union’s opinions about Donald Trump to his advantage???
*Did Chinese hackers attack a United States Navy contractor???
*Life 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…
*The victims of Volcan de Fuego.
*Actor Leonid Nevedomsky (The Blue Bird, Monologue) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*TV producer Kevin McCray (Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie) has passed away.
*Journalist Jerry Hopkins (Rolling Stone magazine) is no longer with us.
*Designer Kate Spade has passed away.
*Actor Jerry Maren, the last surviving Munchkin from The Wizard of Oz, took his last bow on life’s stage before the sad event was actually made public knowledge.
*TV travel/food host Anthony Bourdain is no longer with us.
*Guitarist Danny Kirwan (Fleetwood Mac, Tramp) has passed away.
*Actress Eunice Gayson (James Bond movies Dr. No and From Russia With Love) has taken her last bow on life’s stage.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…
POLITICALLY…
*President Donald Trump’s thoughts on the recent G-7 conference, and vice versaBut what happens next??? (There are 4/FOUR separate links in this item.)
*Special Investigator Robert Mueller has indicted Paul Manafort on obstruction of justice charges.
*As the investigations into Donald Trump’s Presidential campaign continue, he says that any investigation is unconstitutional(???), and that he has the power to pardon himself! (There are 3/THREE separate links in this item.)
*But what do other Republicans think???
*Apparently, President Trump doesn’t like football players exercising their First Amendment Rights either, even to the point of canceling an impending White House visit by the Philadelphia Eagles, the 2018 Super Bowl champs. Instead Trump held a hastily organized Patriotism event, where a man knelt during the national anthem! (There are 4/FOUR separate links in this item.)
*Will President Trump visit Canada or not???
MEANWHILE…
*Apparently the Senate WON’T be going on summer vacation this year.
*One Congressman’s theory about President Trump.



ELSEWHERE…
*Is the First Amendment in danger???
*Did Chinese hackers attack a United States Navy contractor???
*Scattered wildfires have occurred in California, New Mexico, and Colorado.
*Was the baker right??? The Supreme Court seems to think so.
*Another high school graduation speech "edited" by the school!
*The Miss America contest will no longer include a swimsuit competition.
*Does the source of a quote matter in its applause???
*Can "Justify" win the 150th Belmont Stakes to claim the Triple Crown of professional horse racing??? YES! (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*The Washington Capitals have won the 2018 Stanley Cup in professional ice hockey.
*The Golden State Warriors swept the Cleveland Cavaliers to win the 2018 NBA Finals.
*Will the New York Yankees boycott ESPN???

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: JUNE 9, 2018

😎FUN FACT
LAST WEEK'S PUZZLE CORNER WAS THE FREE CHOICE E-ZINE’S 2000TH BLOGGER POST!

NUMBER PLEASE
Get ready! We ask the question, but the answer is just a number.
According to Tommy Tutone, what is Jenny’s phone number?

TRIVIA TIME⌚
Here’s a classic question that has stumped many a scholar.
Who is buried in Grant’s Tomb?

We’ll reveal all next weekend, but for now, let’s open up THE ANSWERS BOX📦 and discover the results from the June 2, 2018 Puzzle Corner.

REBUS
Something is represented in the image below. Do you know what it is?

DELIVERY
    NIGHT      is Overnight delivery.

TRIVIA TIME⌚
In what sport does the defense control the ball throughout the game?
Baseball.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

SUNDAY FUNNIES: SCHOOL'S OUT 2018

Hello Everybody! Waxy Dragon here!
Dragon School is now closed for Summer Vacation, so I'm a free dragon again. 😎
At least, until after Labor Day. 😒
Anyway, all I want to do is kick back, relax, and enjoy the warm sun on my scales.
Yet, I can't help thinking about some of the things I've learned over the past year.

I would like to go to Holland some day. Wooden shoe?

Have you ever wondered about what the singer is actually singing when they perform their songs?
After all, I really don't think the song goes ♫She's a good girl. She loves her Llama. Loves Cheezits and Asparagus too.♫
Then again, does anyone REALLY love Asparagus?
I know I'm not much of a veggie eater, although I should be, but still...

Why isn't Sean pronounced Shawn instead of Seen, but Dean is pronounced Deen instead of Dawn.

Your fingers have fingertips, but your toes don't have toe tips and yet you can tiptoe but you can't tipfinger.
Does that make any sense?

Why is the plural of Goose Geese while the plural of Moose isn't Meese?

How do you count cows?
With a cowculator.
Of course you want to be careful with your math or you might make an udder mistake.

Never make snow angels at a dog park.

Which state has the smallest soft drinks?
Minisoda.

And on that note♪, have a great week everybody, and please be back here again next weekend for more Sunday Funnies!—wd.
And don't worry, I may be on Summer Vacation, but I'll still be taking my turns with Autumn the Puppy.—waxy.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: MAY 27-JUNE 2, 2018

JUNE 2 IS THE 65TH ANNIVERSARY OF
QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND’S REIGN.
JUNE 5 IS DONUTS DAY.

AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*Will there be a new wall on the Gaza Strip???
*North Korea is still hoping a summit with the United States will occur in June, with President Trump saying it is now "on" again. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*The United States’ White House is planning new tariffs against Chinese imports starting June 15, while tariffs on steel and aluminium imports are now in effect. Of course, other countries (Mexico and Canada) have already initiated responding tariffs against the US. (There are 5/FIVE separate links in this item.)
*Has the world's oldest fossil been found???
*Pluto has dunes of methane gas.
*Are Unidentified Flying Objects making a comeback???

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…
*Science Fiction writer (Hunter’s Run, Morning Child) and editor (Isaac Asimov’s SF Magazine) Gardner Dozios has passed away.
*Art director/set decorator Michael D. Ford (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Titanic) is no longer with us.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…
POLITICALLY…
*North Korea is still hoping a summit with the United States will occur in June, with President Trump saying it is now "on" again. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*The White House is planning new tariffs against Chinese imports starting June 15, while tariffs on steel and aluminium imports are now in effect. Of course, other countries (Mexico and Canada) have already initiated responding tariffs against the US. (There are 3/THREE separate links in this item.)
*President Trump criticizes The New York Times, “regrets” choosing Jeff Sessions as Attorney General, and still believes former President Obama was wrong about Russia. (There are 3/THREE separate links in this item.)
*One look at Trump business practices in China.
*Did President Trump actually violate Federal Rules???
*Where is the First Lady???
*A retired English teacher believes President Trump or whoever did it for him cannot write a decent letter.
*Despite the opinions of the Trump Administration's version of the Federal Communications Commission, California has decided to continue honoring net neutrality.
*Apparently President Trump's conversation with parents after a Texas school shootout was not helpful.
MEANWHILE…
*Many states are taking independent action because they disagree with Trump and the Republican controlled Congress about Obama Care.
*Montana’s Senatorial race is heating up.
*Virginia’s Republican House of Representatives member Thomas Garrett has announced he will not seek re-election this fall.
*Missouri Governor Eric Greitens has announced his resignation amidst several allegations of wrong doing.
*Apparently Republicans now don't like Netflix.
ELSEWHERE…
*Hawaii's volcano woes continue.
*Will a Maryland police officer’s death fuel more racial tension???
*Upcoming Supreme Court cases.
*Was Texas right in suspending a Teacher of the Year???
*A high school versus a student’s First Amendment Right to Free Speech. Who won???
*Was a teacher right to criticize parents on social media???
*Sears is planning to close 63 more stores.
*After her incredibly racist Tweet, ABC Television has reversed their decision and canceled Roseanne (Barr). Yet President Trump still thinks the network owes him an apology. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Despite it being Danica Patrick’s last race, Will Powers won the 2018 Indy 500.

THE FREE CHOICE E-ZINE WOULD LIKE TO THANK ITS LOYAL READERSHIP FOR GRANTING US 2,331 PAGE VIEWS DURING MAY 2018.

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: JUNE 2, 2018

😎FUN FACT
Portland, Oregon was named as the result of a coin toss. The alternate name that lost was Boston, Oregon.

REBUS
Something is represented in the image below. Do you know what it is?

DELIVERY
   NIGHT

TRIVIA TIME⌚
In what sport does the defense control the ball throughout the game?

We’ll reveal all next weekend, but for now, let’s open up THE ANSWERS BOX 📦 and discover the results from the May 26, 2018 Puzzle Corner.

COMMON BONDS
The items in each subset have something in common. Do you know what it is? And yes, we know all of them are fictional characters.

01. {Lois Lane, Della Street} = Both ladies have road related surnames.
02. {Superman, The Cabbage Patch Kids} = All were adopted.

THE LETTER SHUFFLE
How many new words can you form out of the letters in the word MEMORIAL?
A, aero, ail, aim, air, ale, alm, am, ammo, are, arm
Ear, elm, em (a printer's measure), era
I, ire
Lair, lea, lei, liar, lie, lime
Ma, mail, male, mar, mar, me, meal, memo, mil (wire thickness), mile, mime, mire, mole, moral, morale, more
Oar, oil, oiler, ole, or, ore
Rail, ram, real, realm, ream, rile, rim, role

More than the 53 listed above might be possible.

Monday, May 28, 2018

MEMORIAL DAY 2018

The following is an editorial.

Although other countries have their own version of the event, today is Memorial Day in the United States of America.
This is a time where we pause to honor the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend the freedoms and liberties we enjoy today.
Those Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, etc.; knew the importance of what they were fighting for and the terrible cost that would be paid if those freedoms and liberties were lost. So their sacrifices were made in hopes that life would continue.
It may not always be possible, but one should always hope for a peaceful resolution to any conflict.
War IS hell.
So please, remember the brave that are no longer with us.


The above was an editorial.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

SUNDAY FUNNIES: HERE KITTY KITTY... (cat jokes)

Avid reader since my youth
Hello Everybody. Free Choice E-zine Editor-In-Chief Lee Houston, Junior here.

Autumn the Puppy and Waxy Dragon are off today because it's the Memorial Day holiday weekend here in the United States, and hopefully people will remember this time is for a lot more than just sales, cookouts, and the unofficial start of summer.

Anyway, I've been wondering what I could do to try and entertain everyone for a few minutes, and I finally decided to dig into the ladies' feline files and tell some cat jokes.
Remember the Veterans this Memorial Day Weekend!

Ready?

What do cat actors say on stage?
"Tabby or not tabby?"

What do you get if you cross a cat and a lemon?
A sour puss!

What do cats eat for breakfast?
Mice Crispies.

What is a cat's favorite song?
♫Three Blind Mice♫

What do you call a catburgular? 
The purrpatrator. 

What do cats like to eat on a hot day? 
A mice cream cone. 

Why I NEVER!
Why don't cats play poker in the jungle? 
Too many cheetahs.

Why can't a leopard hide?
Because he's always spotted!

Why was the cat grouchy? 
Because he was in a bad mewd.

"I caught the mouse!"

What is a cat's favorite magazine? 
Good Mousekeeping.

Why are cats good at video games?
Because they have nine lives!

What do you call a pile of cats?
A Meowtain.

And on that note, I hope everyone has a great holiday.
If you're celebrating, please remember the veterans.
After all, if it wasn't for them, you wouldn't be able to enjoy the freedoms you have today.
Otherwise, have a great week everybody and please be back here again next weekend for more Sunday Funnies!—lh,jr.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: MAY 20-26, 2018

MAY IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH.
MAY 28 IS MEMORIAL DAY.
MAY 29 IS THE 170TH ANNIVERSARY OF
WISCONSIN JOINING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
MAY 29 IS THE 65TH ANNIVERSARY OF SIR EDMUND HILLARY
AND TENSING NORGAY SUCCESSFULLY CLIMBING MOUNT EVEREST.
JUNE 2 IS THE 65TH ANNIVERSARY OF
QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND’S REIGN.




AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD THIS PAST WEEK…
REMEMBER THE VETERANS!
*The latest between Iran and the United States.
*Will the summit between North Korea and the United States ever happen??? US President Trump has canceled it, for now, but North Korea has destroyed the Punggyeri nuclear test site, while that country and South Korea are still talking. (There are 4/FOUR separate links in this item.)
*Despite allegations of massive irregularities, President Nicolas Maduro has won re-election in Venezuela.
*New changes to the General Data Protection Regulations of Europe have taken effect.
*Voters in Ireland have overturned that country's ban on abortions.


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…
*Actress Patricia Morison (Kiss Me Kate, The Song of Bernadette) has taken her last bow on life’s stage.
*Legendary movie poster artist Bill Gold (Casablanca, A Streetcar Named Desire) has passed away.
*Actor Clint Walker (Cheyenne, The Dirty Dozen) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Author Philip Roth (Goodbye Columbus, The Human Stain) is no longer with us.
*Pop Artist Robert Indiana has passed away.
*Novelist Richard Peck (A Year Down Yonder) is no longer with us.
*Atari co-founder Ted Dabney has gone to “that great video arcade in the sky”.
*Astronaut Alan Bean (Apollo 12 and Skylab 3 missions) has returned to the stars.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…
POLITICALLY…
*The latest between the United States and Iran.
*Will the summit between the United States and North Korea ever happen??? Trump has canceled it, for now, but North Korea has  destroyed the Punggyeri nuclear test site, while that country and South Korea are still talking. But Donald Trump apparently doesn't like Time magazine's coverage of recent events. (There are 5/FIVE separate links in this item.)
*Is President Trump right or wrong about the MS-13 migrants??? He certainly doesn’t seem happy about the status of America’s borders. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*President Trump has demanded the Justice Department do their own investigation into the 2016 Presidential election.
*President Trump seems to like his new CIA Director.
*President Trump has posthumously pardoned boxing legend Jack Johnson, while giving Navy SEAL Britt K. Slainski the Medal of Honor. (There are 3/THREE separate links in this item.)
*What Education Secretary Betsy DeVos would like to do with undocumented school children.
*Donald Trump’s latest Tweet inaccuracies and his latest concern: “Spy Gate”. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*President Trump’s latest executive order REDUCES civil service protections!
MEANWHILE…
*Will banking regulations become even more loose???
*The latest primary results.
*Bernie Sanders is seeking re-election as Vermont’s Senator.
*Just WHO should be able to buy a home in California???



ELSEWHERE…
*It’s not just the lava that those in Hawaii have to worry about! (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Can the Supreme Court limit class action lawsuits???
*United Airlines is being sued, again.
*Sarah Rose Summers is the 2018 Miss USA.
*Billboard magazine’s idea of how to acknowledge recent events versus what actually happened.
*The annual Indy 500 auto race is scheduled to be held May 27. It shall also be driver Danica Patrick's last race before retirement.
*Wellington Castillo of the Chicago White Sox has been suspended for 80 games.
*The Carolina Panthers of professional football have a new owner as the National Football League has enacted news rule concerning kneeling during the national anthem, although team owners say they never got to vote on them. (There are 3/THREE separate links in this item.)

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: MAY 26, 2018

It's Memorial Day weekend!
😎FUN FACT
In baseball⚾, team managers used to also play while they managed, which is why their uniforms still have numbers on them too.

COMMON BONDS
The items in each subset have something in common. Do you know what it is? And yes, we know all of them are fictional characters.

01. {Lois Lane, Della Street}
02. {Superman, The Cabbage Patch Kids}

THE LETTER SHUFFLE
How many new words can you form out of the letters in the word MEMORIAL?

We’ll reveal all next weekend, but for now, let’s open up THE ANSWERS BOX and discover the results from the May 19, 2018 Puzzle Corner.

TRIVIA TIME⌚
What country spans the most time zones?
France, which spans TWELVE!

AKA, ALSO KNOWN AS
Who do we know Eric Marlon Bishop better as?
Actor Jamie Foxx.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

SUNDAY FUNNIES: FLIGHTS OF FANCY

Hello Everybody! Autumn the Puppy here.

Now, don't get me wrong, I love being a dog.
But sometimes I wish I had been born an Airedale instead of a Golden Retriever, because then I could fly every once in a while.
I mean, I do have a Dog License and the rest of my tags, but the people I live with still won't let me drive the car.
Just because my paws can't reach the pedals...

Anyway, I lay in front of my dog house on the good weather days and watch the birds (and a certain draconian co-host of this column) and wonder what it must be like to fly.
If I ever do find out, I hope I don't get air sick, but in the meantime, how about some flight jokes?
NOT the Joss Whedon series

What did the firefly say to the other firefly?
If you got the glow, you have to go.

How do birds stop in mid air?
They use air brakes.

Did the Wright Brothers truly invent the airplane or just a new way to lose your luggage on a long trip?

Bookworm, not actual size
Why do birds hang around libraries?
To catch the bookworms.

When your pet bird sees you reading the newspaper, does it wonder why you are staring at his carpeting?

Why do owls only come out at night?
They don't give a hoot about catching a tan.

Well, they say time flies when you're having fun, but then again I have no control over my space allotment, which means its time to end this installment of The Sunday Funnies!
Take care and have a great week everybody!—AtP.

Before I go, the following video is courtesy of YouTube and, as far as I know, is okay to post.


Saturday, May 19, 2018

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: MAY 13-19, 2018

MAY IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH.
MAY 23 IS THE 230TH ANNIVERSARY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
JOINING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
MAY 24 IS RED NOSE DAY FOR CHILDREN'S CHARITIES.
MAY 24 IS THE 135TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE OPENING.
MAY 25 IS THE 35TH ANNIVERSARY OF STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI.
MAY 25 IS TOWEL DAY TO CELEBRATE
DOUGLAS ADAMS' HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY SERIES.

AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*Are North Korea’s potential new relationships with South Korea and the United States in trouble??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Unfortunately, the new outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo continues.
*Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are officially married. The Free Choice E-zine wishes the happy couple all the best.
*Kenya has officially outlawed cyber crimes.
*Although there are still some who question the relocation, the United States has officially opened its Embassy in Jerusalem.
*Will the Bishops of Chile resign???

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…
*Those who lost their lives in the senseless gun violence at a Texas High School!
*Actress Margot Kidder (Lois Lane to Christopher Reeve’s Superman) has taken her last bow on life’s stage.
*Author Tom Wolfe (Bonfire of the Vanities, The Right Stuff) has passed away.
*Playwright Tom Murphy (A Whistle In The Dark) is no longer with us.
*Actor Joseph Campanella (credits too numerous to mention) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Actress Yuriko Hoshi (Mothra versus Godzilla, Ghidorah, Godzilla versus Megaguirus) has taken her last bow on life’s stage.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…
POLITICALLY…
*Is North Korea’s potential new relationship with the United States in trouble??? The White House hopes not. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Although there are still some who question the relocation, the US has officially opened its Embassy in Jerusalem.
*Leakers may be cowards, but if it’s all fake news, how do you find someone that doesn’t exist??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*The New Yorker looks at the current status of the Trump Administration.
*For better or worse, Gina Haspel is now the new Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
*Donald Trump apparently still doesn’t like "some" migrants.
MEANWHILE…
*President Trump wants Congress to finally pass a formal budget (including funds for his border wall to begin construction) before they go on their summer vacation in August, while Congress doesn't like some of his comments about them. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
ELSEWHERE…
*When will the Hawaiian volcano(es) stop erupting???
*Will the Supreme Court allow sports gambling NATIONWIDE???
*Female student disagrees with college professor. Who’s right???
*After the Facebook Fiasco, Cambridge Analytica has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
*Could THIS be the infamous D. B. Cooper???
*Robinson Cano of the Seattle Mariners has been suspended for 80 games!
*Do the New York Yankees need a better travel agent???
*Laurel versus Yanny???

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