Sunday, August 19, 2018

SUNDAY FUNNIES: ARE YOU PONDERING WHAT I'M PONDERING?

Hello Everybody! Waxy Dragon here!

Now don't get me wrong. As much as I love being on summer vacation, I do enjoy Dragon School and look forward to the new school year starting this fall.

After all, I've been flying around observing this and seeing that (sometimes with actual permission!) that I've got a whole long list of questions to ask my teacher when I see her again.
I've been collecting my thoughts and almost have a whole set.
Like...

Do GOOGLE self driving cars run on search engines?

Why do people socks only come in pairs?
Maybe they should make 3 socks in a set, so you have one to replace the one you will eventually lose somewhere between the washer and the dryer.

Don't you think it's about time they made a movie about the history of clocks?

If a prisoner takes his own mug shot, is that a CELLfie?

Was Sir Lancelot of King Arthur's Round Table a pimple popping dermatologist in his spare time?

What exactly are petrified forests afraid of?

I know New York was once called New Amsterdam, but what was wrong with the old Amsterdam?

And perhaps, the ULTIMATE QUESTION of all...
Why does my teacher always seem to get a headache whenever I ask questions like these in class?

And before I run out of space for this weekend, a tip of the wing to the classic routines of Pinky and the Brain for inspiring the title of this post!
Have a great week everybody and please be back here again next weekend for more Sunday Funnies!—wd.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: AUGUST 12-18, 2018

AUGUST 23 IS THE 105TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE LITTLE MERMAID BY HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSON STATUE IN COPENHAGEN, DENMARK.

AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*Could North and South Korea be planning another summit???
*Is China mistreating those of the Muslim faith???
*There will soon officially be three genders in Germany.
*Some BMWs are now banned in South Korea.
*A new probe to study the sun has been launched.
*The Beatles… mathematically???


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 Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin (credits too numerous to mention) has passed away.
*Professional wrestlers Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart and Jim “Doc” Dean are no longer with us.
*Reggie Oliver, a real life football player featured in We Are Marshall, has passed away.
*Former Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee is no longer with us.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…
TARIFF TALK…
*Another American company’s reactions to the Trump tariffs.
POLITICALLY…
*Donald Trump versus Omarosa Manigault Newman, but is the President a racist??? Omarosa says he might not be the only one! (There are 3/THREE separate links in this item.)
*Trump signed the bill into law, but apparently still isn’t happy with John McCain.
*The Army doesn’t deserve a pay raise??? They're certainly on the verge of losing their financial protection! (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Trump is revoking security clearances, but does it have anything to do with critics and the ongoing investigations??? (There are 3/THREE separate links in this item.)
*President Trump will NOT be getting his military parade this year.
*NOW Trump questions social media???
MEANWHILE…
*While Trump once more criticizes free speech and the press defends the first amendment to the Constitution, the Senate doesn’t like his comments. (There are 3/THREE separate links in this item.)
ELSEWHERE…
*Are naturalized Americans in danger???
*Is our air about to become further polluted???
*Are people being denied jobs because of their names???
*Miss America… silenced???
*A parent threatens another person’s child over which bathroom they use???
*Does FOX not know who Aretha Franklin was??? And two vastly different opinions about the Queen of Soul. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)

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THE PUZZLE CORNER: AUGUST 18, 2018

😎FUN FACT
Bad news: As of 2018, there are only 4 phone📞 booths left in all of Manhattan, New York, USA.
Good news: They are all free of charge to use.

THE 50/50 CHANCE
Just like a regular TRIVIA TIME question, except there are just two possible answers, hence the even odds of getting it right. Ready?

TRUE or FALSE: Heffalumps are part of the Harry Potter universe.

COMMON BONDS
The items in each subset below have something in common. Do you know what it is?
01. {cycle, form}
02. {feat, title}

We’ll reveal all next weekend, but for now, let’s open up THE ANSWERS BOX📦 and discover the results from the August 11, 2018 Puzzle Corner.

FAMOUS FIRSTS
Who was the first actress to portray Wonder Woman in a live action TV production?

Many people have said Lynda Carter, but it was actually Cathy Lee Crosby in a 1974 TV pilot movie attempt, predating Carter’s portrayal of the amazing Amazon in her classic series.
The brief (5 minute test reel) attempt of a pilot in the late 1960s by the same people behind the Adam West-Burt Ward Batman series was never aired on TV, hence the accuracy of the Crosby-Carter statement.

WHAT’S THAT SONG? ♫
Words from a tune of the past are below. All you have to do is give us the song title. Ready?

♫For he had always told the truth, Lord he was an honest man.♫
Brandy by Looking Glass.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

SUNDAY FUNNIES: TOO MUCH TIME ON MY PAWS

Hello Everybody! Autumn the Puppy here!
Can you believe it's already August? 😕
They say time flies when you're having fun.
Then again, I don't know what frogs🐸 think of that since they eat flies.

Anyway...
I recently discovered I possess a talent I was totally unaware of before.
I'm great at multitasking. I can waste time, be unproductive, and procrastinate all at the same time.
♫Rock Around The Clock♫😎

But why do you humans always complain that time seems to slow down during the day when you're
at work and rapidly speeds up at night when you get home?
Wouldn't the obvious solution be to stay home and not go to work?

Weekends never seem to be long enough for you either.
One moment it's Friday night and the next it's Monday morning again.
Stop and think about it folks.
There's only 24 hours in a day and 7 days in a week. How much time do you actually want?

Now, us dogs don't really have that problem.
When it comes to time, we only know day, night, food, and walks.
With us canines, it's always one of the four, just a question of which.

Sometimes you never value the moment until it becomes a memory.
I sincerely hope each and every one of you out there takes time to stop and enjoy life, because like the song says ♫Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got 'til its gone?♫

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

Saturday, August 11, 2018

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: AUGUST 5-11, 2018

AUGUST 11 IS CHAD’S INDEPENDENCE DAY.

AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*Although America may no longer be part of the international agreement, the US has reinstated sanctions against Iran. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*China has announced additional tariffs on American products, while the US tariffs Turkey. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*How far would you go to save a life???
*Should women be ashamed of breast feeding their babies???
*The population of Australia has risen.
*Georgia Hall won the 2018 Women’s British Open of professional golf.



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…
*Comedienne/actress Charlotte Rae (Different Strokes, The Facts of Life) has taken her last bow on life’s stage.
*Actor Robert Dix (Forbidden Planet) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Women’s Rights Activist Arvonne Fraser is no longer with us.
*Theater playwright/producer John Glines (Torch Song Trilogy) has passed away.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…
TARIFF TALK…
*The Trump Administration is initiating tariffs against Turkey.
*China has announced additional tariffs on American products.
*Another plant closes because of Trump tariffs.
POLITICALLY…
*Although America may no longer be part of the international agreement, the US has reinstated sanctions against Iran. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*“I destroy careers.”—Donald Trump, about Republicans against him.
*Will President Trump talk to Robert Mueller or not???
*So why is President Trump unhappy with Attorney General Jeff Sessions???
*How a Tweet made people roar, but not the way Trump wanted. Yet the President says he’s against “all types of racism”. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*One group’s look at life under President Trump.
*So, what is going on with Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame??? Let alone Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ yachts??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
MEANWHILE…
*Republican Congressional Representative Chris Collins has been arrested on charges of Federal Insider Trading violations and so will not seek re-election. But what does that portend for the elections this fall??? (There are 3/THREE separate links in this item.)
*Who will win Ohio's 12th congressional district special election??? It's too close to make an official call at the moment.
ELSEWHERE…
*Monsanto found guilty in court trial.
*Okay. Nobody likes wildfires, but are they California’s fault???
*Kroger versus VISA???
*The San Francisco Giants have retired Barry Bonds' #25.

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THE PUZZLE CORNER: AUGUST 11, 2018

😎FUN FACT
Most streets in Japan are nameless, at least in regards to having no public signs posted.

FAMOUS FIRSTS
Who was the first actress to portray Wonder Woman in a live action TV production?

WHAT’S THAT SONG?
Words from a tune of the past are below. All you have to do is give us the song title. Ready?
♫For he had always told the truth, Lord he was an honest man.♫

We’ll reveal all next weekend, but for now, let’s open up THE ANSWERS BOX 📦and discover the results from the August 4, 2018 Puzzle Corner.

NUMBER PLEASE
Get ready! We ask the question, but the answer is just a number.
How many points are on the Statue of Liberty's crown?
7.

TRIVIA TIME⌚
Everyone knows of the famous oceanographer Jacques Cousteau. But what was his middle name?
Yves.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

SUNDAY FUNNIES: BOTHERING BUBBLEHEAD

Hello Everybody! Waxy Dragon here.
Now, for those who don't know, I am a baby companion dragon who lives with a human guardian I call Bubblehead, because...
Well...
Just because sometimes I think he's totally out of tune with the needs of a dragon like me.
Granted, my needs aren't much.
Belgosian Dark Chocolate. A nice, safe place to live. Belgosian Dark Chocolate. Someone to talk to. Belgosian Dark Chocolate. Plenty of coloring books and crayons.
Did I mention Belgosian Dark Chocolate already???

Anyway, just like any parent-child relationship, sometimes we don't get along as well as we should.
The other day Bubblehead wanted me to clean my room.
I love the way my room looks. After all, I'm the one who lives in it, right?
But Bubblehead was looking around complaining about all the mess when I see lovely piles of toys, empty Belgosian Dark Chocolate wrappers that need to be refilled, and a whole lot of other neat stuff.
Then Bubblehead asks me what that ugly blue stain is on the otherwise beautiful brown carpeting of my bedroom.😕
I stared at the rug, trying to figure out what that blue stain was too.😧
Then I finally remembered.
Blue was the carpet's original color!😲

Okay. So, maybe I'm not perfect. What kid is?
Then again, Bubblehead isn't perfect either.

For example, he makes a lousy alarm clock.⏰
You tell him that you need to get up at 7. He'll wake you up at 6 and tells you it's 8.

Once I had to ask Bubblehead for new batteries because the television's remote control wasn't working.
He started bragging that he used to have to walk to the TV set just to change the channel.
What kind of barbaric, primitive society did he live in???

Then again, Bubblehead doesn't have a bad singing voice, even if he usually gets the words wrong.
The other day while he was cooking breakfast, I had to listen to Bubblehead sing Don't go bacon my heart. I couldn't if I fried.

Bubblehead tried working for a newspaper once, but it folded.
He tried working for a scissors manufacturer but couldn't cut it.
Bubblehead once tried helping out on a dairy farm but made an udder disgrace of himself.

But when I stop and think about it, you can't always pick out your family in advance, but I lucked out into a good one.
Bubblehead does love💓 me and looks out for me too.
Even if he doesn't buy me Belgosian Dark Chocolate as often as I'd like him to.😉

In any event, take care and have a great week everybody, and please be back here again next weekend for more Sunday Funnies!—wd.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: JULY 29-AUGUST 4, 2018

THE COOK ISLANDS CELEBRATE CONSTITUTION DAY AUGUST 4.
AUGUST 7 MARKS THE 85TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ALLEY OOP COMIC STRIP.
AUGUST 8 IS THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF ODIE’S DEBUT IN GARFIELD.
AUGUST MARKS THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE “BIG MAC”.

AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*While America’s Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says that North Korea will set the timeline for denuclearization, the United Nations Security Council says that country has yet to stop its program. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Pope Francis is against the death penalty.
*Sorry, but I’m afraid you can’t visit the Eiffel Tower right now.
*Geraint Thomas has won the 2018/115th anniversary edition Tour de France of professional cycling.🏆

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…
*Professional Wrestler Nikolai Volkoff has passed away.
*Actress Mary Carlisle (the Bing Crosby movies College Humor, Dr. Rhythm, and Double or Nothing) has taken her last bow on life’s stage.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…
THE BORDER-KIDS-IMMIGRATION ISSUE…
*A Federal judge has ordered the Trump administration to FULLY RESTORE the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act.
NOTE: While we are doing our best to provide coverage, the above is a serious, ongoing issue. Especially since no one has yet to discuss the costs of all this, let alone if anyone might actually be making a profit from this situation.
POLITICALLY…
*While America’s Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says that North Korea will set the timeline for denuclearization, the United Nations Security Council says that country has yet to stop its program. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Will Trump give a tax cut to the rich WITHOUT Congressional approval???
*The New York Times wonders if President Trump will wind up with blood on his hands.
*Obviously Donald Trump isn’t happy with Robert Mueller, since he wants Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end the “witch hunt”, but what does Trump have against the Koch brothers and LeBron James??? (There are 4/FOUR separate links in this item.)
*The trial of Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort is underway.
*The 2020 Trump re-election campaign may already be underway, but how do you “Make America Great Again” with flags made in China??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Trump formed panel claims no "wide spread" voter fraud. The independent investigation led by Robert Mueller is still ongoing.
*Now the National Park Service isn’t allowed to use SCIENCE???
*Since when do you need a picture ID to buy groceries???
*And more fact checking.

MEANWHILE…
*This time TRUMP is threatening a government shutdown, and Congress isn’t happy about it. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*One way to alienate voters.
ELSEWHERE…
*Is the National Rifle Association in trouble???
*Just WHO should pay the legal fees in this one???
*Well, hindsight IS 20/20.
*Apple Inc. is now worth $1 TRILLION US Dollars!
*Since when is it a crime to help the homeless???
*Has part of Thomas Jefferson’s “lost” library been found???
*How hot is it in Death Valley???🌞

THE FREE CHOICE E-ZINE WOULD LIKE TO THANK ITS LOYAL READERSHIP FOR GRANTING US 2,256 PAGE VIEWS IN JULY 2018.

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THE PUZZLE CORNER: AUGUST 4, 2018

😎FUN FACT
A group of kittens🐱 is also a kindle.

NUMBER PLEASE
Get ready! We ask the question, but the answer is just a number.
How many points are on the Statue of Liberty's crown?

TRIVIA TIME⌚
Everyone knows of the famous oceanographer Jacques Cousteau. But what was his middle name?

We’ll reveal all next weekend, but for now, let’s open up THE ANSWERS BOX📦 and discover the results from the July 28, 2018 Puzzle Corner.

BEFORE AND AFTER
Two separate items share at least one word, and so can be combined to create something new.
Based upon the clue below, do you know what the new thing is?

Actor portraying inventor of the telephone.
Jason Alexander Graham Bell.

THE LETTER SHUFFLE
Considering it’s the season, how many new words can you make out of the letters in SUMMER?
Em(s) (a print measure), emu(s)
Me, mer (French for ocean), mum(s), muse
Rem(s), rum(s), ruse
Sue (the legal action, not the name), sum, sure
Us, use, user
More besides the 20 listed above might be possible.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

SUNDAY FUNNIES: PUNNING AROUND

Hello Everybody! Autumn the Puppy here!

As long time readers of this feature know, I love puns.
So, without further adieu, I'd like to present a new batch of them to you. Ready?

Only a true king could remove the sword from the stone.
No one else could because they didn't have Arthurization.


Some aquatic animals escaped the zoo.
It was Otter chaos.

The man who repaired the Ferris Wheel is now bragging to everyone that he saved the whirled.

"I don't care if the musical is rated G sharp. I hear there is a lot of Sax and Violins in that movie."

Is a vulpine pretending to be an enemy when he ain't a faux?

A couple of bulls see a cow but have no idea who she is because they've never seen herbivore.

Unfortunately I am good friends with only 25 letters in the alphabet and I don't know why.

Isn't the Grand Canyon (pictured on the left) just gorges?

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

Saturday, July 28, 2018

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: JULY 22-28, 2018

JULY 28 IS THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 14TH AMENDMENT TO THE US CONSTITUTION, GUARANTEEING DUE PROCESS, BECAME ACTIVE.
JULY 29 DISNEY CELEBRATES MICKEY AND MINNIE’S 90TH ANNIVERSARY BASED UPON THE RELEASE OF THE FIRST SOUND CARTOON
STEAMBOAT WILLIE,
although the mice first appeared in Plane Crazy on May 15, 1928.
AUGUST 2 MARKS THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF PT-109 (COMMANDED BY THEN LT.jg JOHN F. KENNEDY) BEING SUNK DURING WORLD WAR 2.

AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*SALMONELLA IN SNACKS???
*Russian President Vladimir Putin’s impending visit to the United States has been postponed until 2019.
*The death toll in the 2018 Japanese Heat Wave has sadly risen to 77.
*Can there be peace in the trade war between the European Union and the United States???
*Medical marijuana is on the verge of being legalized in Great Britain.
*The remains of some of America’s soldiers from the Korean war have finally come home.
*Was Albert Einstein right about “red shift”???
*Francesco Molinari has won the 2018 British Open of professional golf.🏆
*There’s more water on Mars than first thought???
*Are Sauropods older than first suspected???
*Where were you during the "blood moon"🌑 eclipse???

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…
*Film/TV composer Patrick Williams (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Lou Grant, The Toy, Swing Shift) is no longer with us.
PAUL Williams is still with us! 😃

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…
TARIFF TALK…
*The Trump Administration is now planning a bailout of farmers hurt by the current trade war.
*Did Trump just “blink” in the trade wars???
*Yet the President thinks “the economy is great”???
*The Associated Press fact checks Trump on the above.

POLITICALLY…
*Because of Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation into the 2016 Presidential election, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s impending visit to the United States has been postponed until 2019. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Does Vice President Pence have any opinions of Trump???
MEANWHILE…
*More indictments as investigations into the 2016 Presidential election continues.
*Why does Congress want to impeach the Deputy Attorney General???
*Will Congress accomplish anything before Labor Day???
ELSEWHERE…
*The remains of some of America’s soldiers from the Korean war have finally come home.
*Individual states are starting to take precautions in case the Supreme Court eventually decides to overturn “Roe v. Wade”.
*What happens when a Democrat appears on FOX News???
*Why was there a sudden drop in Facebook stock???
*Disney buying part of FOX is closer to becoming reality.

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THE PUZZLE CORNER: JULY 28, 2018

😎FUN FACT
Hawaii’s state fish is the Humuhumunukunukuapua’a.
Even if the game of Scrabble allowed proper names, there wouldn’t be enough tiles or board space available to score on this word.

BEFORE AND AFTER
Two separate items share at least one word, and so can be combined to create something new. Based upon the clue below, do you know what the new thing is?

Actor portraying inventor of the telephone.

THE LETTER SHUFFLE
Considering it’s the season, how many new words can you make out of the letters in SUMMER?

We’ll reveal all next weekend, but for now, let’s open up THE ANSWERS BOX📦 and discover the results from the July 21, 2018 Puzzle Corner.

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

Part of an umpire’s job?
We’d accept either CALLS BALLS⚾ or SHOUTS OUTS as your response.

TRIVIA TIME
What did legendary voice artist Mel Blanc personally consider his greatest professional achievement?
His ability to sing on key, in character. (From his autobiography That Ain’t All Folks.)

Sunday, July 22, 2018

SUNDAY FUNNIES: MOVIE MAGIC

"Pass the popcorn. NOW!"
Hello Everybody! Waxy Dragon here!

Now, one thing parents always worry about when their kids are home are the little ones sitting in front of their TVs or computer screens playing too many video games.

Not ol' Bubblehead, who's responsible for my health and well being.
Considering I still haven't found where he hid the game controllers yet, I spend most of my screen time watching movies, and it's amazing the secrets you learn from them. Like...

Most movie dogs are immortal, which certainly makes Autumn the Puppy happy.

If being chased through town, you can usually take cover in a passing parade at any time of the year.
Failing that, there's always a handy, nearby crowd to lose yourself in.

All grocery shopping bags contain at least one stick of french bread, which must make the local bakery very happy.

It's easy to land a plane if there is someone in the control tower to talk you down.
Then again, when I go flying, I never need a plane.

Once applied, lipstick will never rub off.
Human females seem to love that stuff, but I think it tastes awful.

Waxy's favs!
The ventilation system of any building is the perfect hiding place. No-one will ever think of looking for you in there and you can travel to any other part of the building you want with little difficulty.

Kids, DON'T try that at home! It's difficult for a baby dragon to do so to begin with. I always have to keep my wings folded against my body to get through those things, which always gives me wing cramps.

Not big enough for Waxy!


When paying for a taxi, don't look at your wallet as you take out a bill. Just grab one at random and
hand it over. It will always be the exact fare.

Now if only I had one of those magic wallets. Then again, I never ride in taxis and those things never seem to work for anything else.

On that note, I'm going to watch some more movies if I can find where Bubblehead hid the remote controls for the cable box and the TV set.

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

Saturday, July 21, 2018

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: JULY 15-21, 2018

JULY 22 IS PARENTS' DAY IN THE UNITED STATES.
JULY 26 IS LIBERIA’S INDEPENDENCE DAY.
JULY 26 IS THE 230TH ANNIVERSARY OF
NEW YORK JOINING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
JULY 28 IS THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 14TH AMENDMENT TO THE US CONSTITUTION, GUARANTEEING DUE PROCESS, BECAME ACTIVE.

AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*Now American President Donald Trump claims there “is no time limit” on denuclearizing North Korea???
*World War THREE???
*Japan and the European Union now have a trade agreement.
*CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL FOLKS!😟 Japan is experiencing a heat wave while Vietnam is facing flooding problems. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*The United Kingdom hopes to build a “space port”.
*The “new” moons of Jupiter and confirmation of another exoplanet! (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*France won the 2018 FIFA World Cup in professional football/soccer.
*Novak Djokovic won the Men’s Championship to conclude the 2018 Wimbledon Tournament of professional tennis.
*Manny Pacquiao is the new WBA Welterweight champion.

AMERICAN PRESIDENT TRUMP IN EUROPE…
*The Associated Press fact checks Donald Trump, so far, but he was in error concerning Queen Elizabeth. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a private/behind closed doors summit meeting. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Trump takes Putin at his word that Russia didn’t meddle in the 2016 Presidential election. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Some thoughts on Trump’s summit performance, including those of aides and Congress. (There are 3/THREE separate links in this item.)
*Is Donald Trump an American Traitor??? At least one man believes Trump’s post meeting press conference bordered on treason.
*Is there a reason why there is no official record kept/made of whatever was said during the meeting between Trump and Putin??? Many want to know what was discussed, especially Trump's fellow Republicans.
*Now back home, has Trump changed his mind about Russia??? He certainly has expressed a different opinion here.
*Will Vladimir Putin be coming to America??? But is it just coincidence that Russia debuted new weaponry after Trump left??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)

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…
*Famed costume designer Yvonne Blake (Christopher Reeve’s Superman, original production of Jesus Christ Superstar) is no longer with us.
*Broadway actor Gary Beach (The Producers, Beauty and the Beast, La Cage aux Felles) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*1976 Nobel Physics Prize Laureate Burton Richter has passed away.
*The real Adrian Cronauer, the basis of Good Morning Vietnam, is no longer with us.
*Screenwriter Shinobu Hashimoto (7 Samuari, Rashomon) has passed away.
*Actor Robert Wolders (Laredo) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…
TARIFF TALK…
*Could China win the trade war???
POLITICALLY…
*"Your favorite President has done nothing wrong."—Donald Trump.
*Now President Donald Trump claims there “is no time limit” on denuclearizing North Korea???
*World War THREE???
*Acting Environmental Protection Agency Director Andrew Wheeler (a former coal lobbyist) has changed the agency's policies concerning fly ash, a by-product of burning coal for energy.
MEANWHILE…
*Another indictment as investigations into the 2016 Presidential election continues.
ELSEWHERE…
*The hotel is suing the shooting victims??? The action has only earned them serious negative publicity so far. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Why some people are angry at Victoria’s Secret.

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: JULY 21, 2018

😎FUN FACT
The M in MTV originally was for Music, but when is the last time they or VH1 actually played a music video???

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

Part of an umpire’s job?⚾

TRIVIA TIME⌚
What did legendary voice artist Mel Blanc personally consider his greatest professional achievement?

We’ll reveal all next weekend, but for now, let’s open up THE ANSWERS BOX 📦and discover the results from the July 14, 2018 Puzzle Corner.

BEFORE AND AFTER
Two separate items share at least one word, and so can be combined to create something new. Based upon the clue below, do you know what the new thing is?

A Dick Wolf, Stephen Bochco team up?
LA Law and Order.

FAMOUS FIRSTS
Who won the very first Tour de France in 1903?
Maurice Garin.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

SUNDAY FUNNIES: BONING UP ON BOOKS (Literacy IS important!)

"I love to sink my teeth into a good book!"
Hello Everybody! Autumn the Puppy here.
Now, for those of you who don't know, I'm a smart dog.
I've been to Obedience School and everything.
Okay, I'm still not quite sure who was supposed to be obeying who, but anyway...

One thing I love to do when I have time on my paws is read a good book.
After all, EVERYONE should be able to read. It's an unalienable right of existence!
So I thought I'd share some of titles I've read of late with you.
Ready?

Desert Crossing by Rhoda Camel was a hot page turner.

The Art of Archery by Beau N. Arrow got right to the point.

Stop Arguing by Xavier Breath is one every hot head should read.

Positive Reinforcement by Wade Ago certainly needs no encouragement.

Swimming In The Ocean by C. Lyons was all wet. Then again, maybe I'm biased because the best I can do is dog paddle.

Songs For Children by Barbara Blacksheep is best read aloud in a soft voice at bedtime.

I Lost My Balance by Eileen Dover and Phil Down tells the story about a clumsy tightrope walker who quickly found a new line of work.

Bee Keeping For Beginners by A. P. Array is getting a lot of buzz right now.

But while the above was comedy, the fact that literacy IS important and everyone should not only be able to read, but has the RIGHT to read cannot be denied!
So if you need help reading, don't hesitate to ask someone who does know how for help.
If you haven't been to your local library lately, get there!

Have a great week and the Sunday Funnies will return next weekend.—AtP.