Saturday, December 15, 2018

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: DECEMBER 9-15, 2018

DECEMBER 15 IS THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF
THE FIRST CHRISTOPHER REEVE SUPERMAN MOVIE.
DECEMBER 16 IS NATIONAL DAY IN BAHRAIN & DAY OF RECONCILIATION IN SOUTH AFRICA.
DECEMBER 22 IS THE 7OTH ANNIVERSARY OF
“DECK US ALL WITH BOSTON CHARLIE” FROM POGO.

AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE W🌏RLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*British Prime Minister Theresa May survived a “no confidence” vote.
*Medical cannabis will soon be legal in New Zealand.
*Is the Eurasian Beaver back???
*Can the Orcas be saved???
*Voyager 2 has gone Interstellar!

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…
*Grace Millane.
*Production designer Michael Seymour (Alien, Beverly Hills Cop 3) has passed away.
*Jazz Legend Nancy Wilson is no longer with us.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…
THE BORDER-KIDS-IMMIGRATION ISSUES…
*Did a 7 year old girl have to die???
*The Associated Press fact checks Trump.
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 separating families, let alone if anyone might actually be making a profit from this situation.
POLITICALLY…
*As Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s possible interference with the 2016 Presidential election continues, President Trump’s opinion of former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony. (There are 3/ THREE separate links in this item.)
*Michael Cohen has been sentenced.
*How does the National Enquirer fit into everything???
*More on the illegal alien in the White House.
*Trump wants to deport VIETNAM WAR refugees???
*What might happen when John Kelly leaves, but one potential Chief of Staff has said “No thanks”. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*President Trump’s latest Tweet didn’t get the reaction he was expecting.
*Can Republicans get Trump reelected in 2020???
*Donald Trump’s legal woes continue.
*The Trump Administration is serious about non-disclosure agreements.
*What $14 million dollars is apparently worth.
*No White House Christmas Party for the press???
*Another opening in the Trump Administration???
MEANWHILE…
*Will it be Border Wall funds or a shutdown??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*A "Trump judge" has declared the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional! Congress' initial reaction(s) and what might happen next. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Apparently it’s not “in” to be a Republican right now.
*Pending the budget, Congress hopes to be on their winter/Christmas break by December 15.
ELSEWHERE…
*♫Baby It’s Cold Outside♫ is on the air again.
*Time magazine's Person of the Year for 2018 is... The Guardians (of truth).
*Tumblr is now blocking all NSFW material from being posted on their website.
*Did his wife REALLY need a Lamborghini???
*"No pipeline here", said the judge there.
*Who threatened Sandy Hook Elementary THIS time???
*Bill Cosby’s lawyers are trying to appeal his conviction.
*The 2019 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are...
*The Weekly Standard is ending publication.

Although our IN OTHER NEWS feature at the bottom of your screen was suspended when Blogger updated its gadgets, we have ADDED a new TRANSLATE feature in the upper right hand corner!

THE PUZZLE CORNER: DECEMBER 15, 2018

😎FUN FACT
The part of George Bailey in It’s A Wonderful Life was originally meant for Cary Grant, who turned down the role. When Frank Capra was named director, he wanted Jimmy Stewart and the rest is movie🎥 history.

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: the Christmas song ♫I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas♫ was recorded as a fund raiser for a local zoo.

TRIVIA TIME⌚
With everything that has been on TV this holiday season, only 4 specials have the unique distinction of being aired EVERY year since their debut! Can you identify this quartet?

We’ll reveal all next weekend, but for now, let’s open up THE ANSWERS BOX📦 and discover the results from the December 8, 2018 Puzzle Corner.

FAMOUS FIRSTS: THE CHRISTMAS🎄 QUIZ
All you had to do was tell us which came first in each group below.
The earliest item is highlighted.
01. TV Specials: Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer (1964) or A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
02. Literary Works: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (1843) or A Visit From Saint Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore (1823 anonymously, 1837 officially)
03. Songs: ♫White Christmas♫ (1941 by Bing Crosby) or ♫Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas♫ (1944 by Judy Garland in the movie Meet Me In Saint Louis)
04. TV Specials: How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) or Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol (1962)
05. Literary Works: Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1957) or Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer by Robert L. May (1939, via a Montgomery Wards’ Christmas promotion)
06. The song ♫Sleigh Ride♫: As an instrumental (1949 by the Boston Pops) or with lyrics (1950 by The Andrew Sisters)
07. Movies: Home Alone 1 (1990) or A Christmas Story (1983)
08. Songs: ♫The Chipmunk Song/Please Christmas Don’t Be Late♫ (1958) or ♫I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas♫ (1953)

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

PONDERING: "BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE"

The following is an editorial.

From time to time an issue arises that cannot be adequately covered in Saturday's regular feature: THE WEEK IN REVIEW.
I've posted editorials and closer looks at specific topics before, but thought that this article needed a subtitle, hence PONDERING.
Now then...

A radio station recently decided to stop playing ♫Baby It's Cold Outside♫ because of how some women have been treated over the years, which led to the #MeToo movement.

This decision led to national attention, even to the point of one famous singer's daughter weighing in on the subject.

Okay, I can understand the station's concerns.
While they are far from "the weaker sex", ladies are certainly the more targeted gender between sexual assaults, the proverbial glass ceiling, and other inequalities.

The radio station has since reversed their decision.
This was also their right and choice.

In its earliest form, ♫Baby It's Cold Outside♫ is basically about a man trying to convince a woman to stay with him instead of trying to brave the elements to complete her journey home for the night.

Granted, some later versions have gotten more risque that Dean Martin's rendition, but here's what I'm pondering...

WHAT IF THE ROLES WERE REVERSED?
Suppose the woman was trying to convince the man to stay with her because of the bad weather?
What would the public's reaction be then?
Just something to ponder...

Lee Houston, Junior
Editor-In-Chief, The Free Choice E-zine

The above was an editorial, and all links were active at the time of posting.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

SUNDAY FUNNIES: BOOKISH HUMOR

Having a fur coat helps, but it's still cold!
Hello Everybody! Autumn the Puppy here!

"Winter is the time for comfort. For good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire. It is time for home." ~ Edith Sitwell

Whether or not you believe in climate change, it is definitely colder outside than it was at this time in past years, so I'm glad I'm nice and safe within my warm doghouse, even if the people I live with consider it their house.
Okay. I guess they have that right. After all, I'm certainly not paying any of the utilities or mortgage. 😉

2B or not 2B. Maybe the address was 3A?
Anyway, while this puppy is staying in, I have to do something, so I've been curling up with a good book.

"Outside of a dog🐶, a book📕 is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." ~ Groucho Marx.

Actually, I've got to wait until after my people go to bed before I can pursue what they've been reading because for some reason, they're afraid I'll chew their books📚 up.
PERISH THE THOUGHT!

Now I've read some good ones. Some really great ones, and there have been a few clunkers that make me scratch my head and wonder how they ever got published in the first place. To wit...

How To Serve Your Fellow Man by Ima Cannibal
I Win by U. Lose
Robots by Anne Droid
Hot Dog by Frank N. Furter
Foot Problems of Big Lumberjacks by Paul Bunion
The Roof Has A Hole by Lee King

Okay. I made those up, but these ARE REAL!
And I'll let you make your own judgement call on THESE.

In any event, have a great week everybody. Stay safe wherever you are, and please be back here again next weekend for more Sunday Funnies!—AtP.
All links were active at the time this article was posted.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: DECEMBER 2-8, 2018


TODAY IS ROHATSU IN JAPAN.
DECEMBER 15 IS THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF
THE FIRST CHRISTOPHER REEVE SUPERMAN MOVIE.
2018 IS THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT.

AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE W🌍RLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*Proposed new fuel taxes in France will not be enacted for at least 6 months.
*New problems with Brexit???
*Afghanistan will have to attempt another election.

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 Ken Berry (Mayberry RFD, F Troop, Mama’s Family) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Director Geoff Murphy (Young Guns 2, Under Siege 2) has passed away.
*Actor Peter Armitage (Coronation Street, 1988 version of Jack the Ripper) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…
POLITICALLY…
*The latest on the investigations into Russia’s possible interference with the 2016 Presidential election.
*President Trump believes his low approval rating is because of the Mueller investigations???
*It should come as no surprise that Trump wants Mueller's "work" to end.
*What happened to Trump’s tax promise???
*The President's opinion on the national debt???
*The asylum ban is still a no go!
*Not every Republican is on Trump’s side.
*An illegal alien in the White House???
*Will John Kelly be leaving before the end of the year???
*President Trump’s new nominees.
MEANWHILE…
*Are they sore losers???
*Congress is back in session until their winter/Christmas break.
ELSEWHERE…
*Former President George H. W. Bush has been laid to rest.
*Another Republican who should be careful on the Internet…
*And the 2018 Game of the Year is...
*And the contenders for the 2019 Golden Globes are…
*While the 2019 Grammy competitors are...
*Seattle will gain its own professional hockey team in time for the 2021-22 season.

Although our IN OTHER NEWS feature at the bottom of your screen was suspended when Blogger updated its gadgets, we have ADDED a new TRANSLATE feature in the upper right hand corner!

THE PUZZLE CORNER: DECEMBER 8, 2018

😎FUN FACT
The original Miracle On 34th Street was actually released in JUNE 1947, and not during the Christmas holiday season!

FAMOUS FIRSTS: THE CHRISTMAS🎄 QUIZ
All you have to do is tell us which came first in each group below. Ready?
01. TV Specials: Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer or A Charlie Brown Christmas?
02. Literary Works: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens or A Visit From Saint Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore?
03. Songs: White Christmas or Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas?
04. TV Specials: How The Grinch Stole Christmas or Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol?
05. Literary Works: Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas or Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer by Robert L. May?
06. The song Sleigh Ride: As an instrumental or with lyrics?
07. Movies: Home Alone 1 or A Christmas Story?
08. Songs: The Chipmunk Song/Please Christmas Don’t Be Late or I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas?

We’ll reveal all next weekend, but for now, let’s open up THE ANSWERS BOX📦 and discover the results from the December 1, 2018 Puzzle Corner.


REBUS
It’s time to decorate our tree, but is something missing from the image on the left?
If so, what?
There is no L, for Noel.

AKA, ALSO KNOWN AS
When it debuted as part of the soundtrack to A Charlie Brown Christmas in 1965, what Vince Guaraldi composition became more commonly known as “The Peanuts Theme”?
♫Linus and Lucy♫

Sunday, December 2, 2018

HANUKKAH 2018

For those of our readership who celebrate the Festival of Light
HAPPY HANUKKAH!


SUNDAY FUNNIES: SCIENTIFIC OBSERVATIONS

I think, therefore I joke.
Hello Everybody! Waxy Dragon here!
I just looked at the calendar and discovered it's already DECEMBER! Can you believe it? 😲
Anyway, I've been learning quite a lot in Dragon School so far this year, especially in Science.
What? You thought dragons only believed in magic?
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."—Arthur C. Clarke.
See, Autumn the Puppy isn't the only one who can do the brainy stuff!
Anyway, it's time for some science based jokes!

MEDICINE: Did you hear about the doctor who won't rest until he finds a cure for insomnia?
Boy, is he tired!
Defiant!

LOGISTICS: Why does a room full of married people seem so empty?
Because there isn't a single person there.

ECONOMICS: When it comes to debt, a canary cannot handle a big bill, but a pelican.

BIOLOGY: After the birth of your first child, your role in life will become apparent.

ASTROPHYSICS: One Astronaut said to another, "I can't find milk for my coffee."
The second Astronaut replied, "In space, no one can. Here, use Cream."

PSYCHOLOGY: I've been diagnosed with a chronic fear of giants.
It is called Fe Fi Phobia.

ELECTRONICS: Why did the capacitor kiss the diode?
Because he could not resistor.

PHILOSOPHY: If at first you succeed, try not to look so astonished.
And on that note♫, have a great week everybody and please be back here again next weekend for more Sunday Funnies!—wd.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: NOVEMBER 25-DECEMBER 1, 2018

DECEMBER 1 IS WORLD AIDS AWARENESS DAY.
DECEMBER 2 IS NATIONAL DAY IN LAOS.
HANUKKAH BEGINS AT SUNDOWN DECEMBER 2.
DECEMBER 3 IS THE 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF
ILLINOIS JOINING THE UNITED STATES.

AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE W🌍RLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*The Administration of American President Donald Trump still denies the existence of climate change!
*Trump canceled a proposed meeting with Putin.
*At the latest G-20 meeting, guess who Trump talked to, but a good time wasn’t had by all as the summit concluded. (There are 4/FOUR separate links in this item.)
*Georgia the country has a new President.
*Brexit’s current status.
*So, what is a “Bitcoin” actually worth???
*After a tie-breaker in the 2018 World Chess Championship, a winner has been decided.
*Reggae’s cultural heritage honored.
*The latest probe arrives on Mars.
*What’s in a name???
*What does a pickle ornament on your Christmas tree🎄 mean???

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…
*Animator Stephen Hillenburg (Spongebob Squarepants’ creator, Rocko’s Modern Life) is no longer with us.
*Film director Bernardo Bertolucci (Last Tango In Paris) has passed away.
*George H. W. Bush, 41st President of the United States, has passed away.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…
POLITICALLY…
*Has Paul Manafort broken his plea deal??? President Trump says a pardon for Manafort is still a possibility. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*The Trump Administration is still denying the existence of climate change!
*Well, whatever your opinion of the man, you can’t say President Trump lacks self confidence.
*The President wants a balanced budget, yet is threatening a government shutdown if funds aren’t allocated to his border wall project. What happened to “Mexico will pay for it”??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Did Donald Trump have previous interest in Russia???
MEANWHILE…
*Congress gains another Democrat in 2019!
*The North Carolina election will remain undecided for a while longer.
*Will Nancy Pelosi be Speaker of the House again???
*Thanks to Vice President Pence, Trump "gains another judge".
*Congress is back in session until their winter/Christmas break.
ELSEWHERE…
*NEW developments in Robert Mueller’s investigation!
*Earthquakes in Alaska!
*Is General Motors in trouble???
*The Federal Department that isn’t, but should be.
*Are driver’s licenses becoming a thing of the past???
*Is Campbell Soups in trouble???

THE FREE CHOICE E-ZINE WOULD LIKE TO THANK ITS LOYAL READERSHIP FOR GRANTING US 2,642 PAGE VIEWS IN NOVEMBER 2018.

Although our IN OTHER NEWS feature at the bottom of your screen was suspended when Blogger worked on updating its gadgets, we have ADDED a new TRANSLATE feature in the upper right hand corner!

THE PUZZLE CORNER: DECEMBER 1, 2018

😎FUN FACT
Now that it is actually December, this feature begins its annual tradition of Christmas puzzles.

REBUS
It’s time to decorate our tree🎄, but is something missing from the image on the right? If so, what?

AKA, ALSO KNOWN AS
When it debuted as part of the soundtrack to A Charlie Brown Christmas in 1965, what Vince Guaraldi composition became more commonly known as “The Peanuts Theme”?

We’ll reveal all next weekend, but for now, let’s open up THE ANSWERS BOX📦 and discover the results from the November 24, 2018 Puzzle Corner.

AKA, ALSO KNOWN AS
In the Gasoline Alley comic strip, what is Skeezix Wallet’s legal first name?
Allison, a play on the term Alley son, since the babe was found abandoned in the alley.

TRIVIA TIME
Exactly what IS a Skeezix?
It’s Cowboy slang for a motherless calf.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

SUNDAY FUNNIES: LATE LAMENT & OTHER MONKEY BUSINESS

Hello Everybody! Your humble Editor-In-Chief Lee Houston, Junior here because our regular Sunday Funnies hostesses Autumn the Puppy and Waxy Dragon are finishing up their Thanksgiving holiday weekend with their respective families.

Before I get to some jokes, there is one order of business that must be taken care of first.
A lot of our loyal readers have e-mailed since Friday morning, wondering where our annual "Ode To Black Friday" is.
Well, part of the point of the TOO COMMERCIAL (2018) editorial that ran November 21 was asking the question, "With the current holiday season market trends, does Black Friday even still exist?"
Right now, I'm tempted to say "no".
The number of 24 hour/open Thanksgiving businesses might be smaller than those who were actually closed so their employees could spend holiday time with their families, but the open group were certainly the loudest, especially when it came to advertising.
But to please our loyal readership, here is the requested poem making its annual, although belated appearance.

AN ODE TO BLACK FRIDAY...
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.🛌💤

Now then, we still have time for a few jokes. Ready?

I cannot understand why people cry when chopping onions. Personally, I find it better not to get emotionally attached to any vegetable.

Considering the state of the world in regards to some people, I wonder if the ultimate Christmas gift would be a mirror with Photoshop capabilities.

Whenever I try to eat healthy, chocolate bars look at me and snicker.

And on that note♫, I sincerely hope everyone didn't overindulge too badly and have got their leftover poultry-giest 🦃situation under control.
Have a great week and one of the ladies WILL be back next weekend for more Sunday Funnies!—lh,jr.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: NOVEMBER 18-24, 2018



TODAY IS SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY.
NOVEMBER 24 MARKS THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF
THE GASOLINE ALLEY COMIC STRIP.
NOVEMBER 24 IS ALSO THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF
MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000.
2018 MARKS THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF
THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY CHRISTMAS TV SPECIAL.

AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE W🌏RLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*The world’s level of Carbon Dioxide IS on the rise!
*Ibrahim Mohamed Solih is the new President of the Maldives, and his country wants to rejoin the Commonwealth of Nations. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Interpol has a new president.
*Is the United Nations’ Global Compact for Migration in trouble???
*What is happening in Mexico???
*Will 2018 see a new World Chess Champion???
*The Leaning Tower of Pisa’s latest status report.

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 shooting at Mercy Hospital in Chicago!
*Actress Jennie Stroller (King Ralph, The Good Father) has taken her last bow on life’s stage.
*Ray Chavez, the oldest survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor, has joined his fellow service men.
*Actor Alyque Padamsee (Gandhi) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Actor/stuntman Koichi Funayama (Wolverine, 47 Ronin) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Actor Robert Blythe (High Hopes, Rebecca’s Daughters) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Movie director/cinematographer Nicolas Roeg (The Man Who Fell To Earth, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum) is no longer with us.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…
POLITICALLY…
*“The greatest threat to Democracy” debate.
*A difference of opinion on Trump’s Presidency, to date. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*President Trump visited California in regards to the wildfires, and fact checking his opinions on the event. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Trump’s latest thoughts on the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
*What does Trump have against the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court???
*The Trump administration’s latest climate assessment.
*CNN has dropped their lawsuit with the restoration of Jim Acosta’s press pass, but reporters must follow new guidelines. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*In an ironic twist, since it was part of his 2016 campaign against Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka has been using private e-mails for government business!
*Despite being President, there is at least one court trial Donald Trump might still have to face.
MEANWHILE…
*Future changes for Congress??? At least one more Democrat will be there! (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Congress was off from November 19-23 for Thanksgiving, but will be back in session from November 26 until their winter/Christmas break in December.
ELSEWHERE…
*Adrian Beltre has decided to retire from Major League Baseball.
*Welcome to the TURQUOISE arches!
*For those interested, Phil Mickelson beat Tiger Woods in a one on one game of professional golf.

Although our IN OTHER NEWS feature at the bottom of your screen was suspended when Blogger worked on updating its gadgets, we have ADDED a new TRANSLATE feature in the upper right hand corner!

THE PUZZLE CORNER: NOVEMBER 24, 2018

😎FUN FACT
The Gasoline Alley comic strip celebrates its 100TH ANNIVERSARY TODAY!🎂

In honor of that, let’s dive into today’s enigmas…

AKA, ALSO KNOWN AS
In the Gasoline Alley comic strip, what is Skeezix Wallet’s legal first name?

TRIVIA TIME⌚
Exactly what IS a Skeezix?

We’ll reveal all next weekend, but for now, let’s open up THE ANSWERS BOX📦 and discover the results from the November 17, 2018 Puzzle Corner.

TRIVIA TIME⌚
Where would you be if you ♫Come on down, it's around the back. Just a half a mile from the railroad track♫?
You would find yourself at Alice's Restaurant, according to Arlo Guthrie.

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

Thursday, November 22, 2018

SUNDAY FUNNIES BONUS: HAPPY THANKSGIVING 2018!

Well, the annual "Turkey Day" is upon us once more, but more importantly: IT'S THANKSGIVING!
Time for everyone to stop and think about what they are thankful for in life.

Both Waxy Dragon and Autumn the Puppy say they are thankful for having the extended holiday weekend off, leaving your humble Editor-In-Chief with this post and the regular edition of this feature over the weekend.

What am I thankful for?
Family, friends, my health, my writing.

But this wouldn't be The Sunday Funnies without some humor, and I still feel that the best Thanksgiving joke(s) of all time can be found in the classic WKRP In Cincinnati episode: "Turkeys Away!" 🦃

For those who haven't seen it in a while...
Feeling left out, Station Manager Arthur Carlson decides to stage "the greatest Thanksgiving Day promotion in radio history", with disastrous results.


As usual, we must point out that no one connected with The Free Choice E-zine posted the video on YouTube, we are only sharing the fun with our readers, and that WKRP, let alone this episode, are both owned and copyrighted by MTM Enterprises.

In any event, hope you enjoy the laughs.
Take care, and see you this weekend for more Sunday Funnies!
Editor-In-Chief Lee Houston, Junior

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

TOO COMMERCIAL (an editorial)

The following is an editorial.

It's been complained about at least as early as the 1965 holiday special A Charlie Brown Christmas, but let's face the facts here folks, Christmas IS getting TOO commercial!

Now, regardless of whatever your religious beliefs might be, practically everyone has been inundated with all kinds of advertisements and come ons specifically targeted at holiday consumers.

At least here in America, the gigantic retail conglomerate that starts with a W has been promoting Christmas—or should that be Chri$tma$?—since November FIRST!
Halloween was barely over October 31 and their stores were already decorated for the big, end of the year retail push.
This same corporation also has signs up within their 24 hour "super" locations that they will not be closing until 6pm Christmas EVE!

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THANKSGIVING???
WHAT ABOUT EMPLOYEES HAVING TIME WITH THEIR FAMILIES???

The sad part of all of this is that "W" is not the only retailer who will be open at least regular, if not "extended" hours, between November 21-23, making the day we set aside to officially give thanks for all we are grateful for practically a moot point, let alone leaving one to question why there is still even a "Black Friday" sales promotion to begin with.

Now, at this point within an editorial, after pointing out a problem, one should be able to offer a potential solution.
Unfortunately, I can't.
I do realize the importance of this holiday to the retail industry and what a steady cash flow means to any business in general. I can also comprehend just how much advance planning and effort go into something like this.

BUT COULDN'T YOU RETAILERS WORK ON YOUR TIMING???

Do your prep work gathering the merchandise, buying the advertising time, etc.; but don't start going all out on the decorating and announcing the promotions until the actual week OF Thanksgiving.
Let employees be with their families on Thanksgiving. You still have "Black Friday", although that is practically non-existent now with current sale policies.

Like I said, I wish I knew an answer that everyone would like and accept.
As for me, the only place I intend to be over the Thanksgiving weekend is within my own residence with my family.

Take care everybody and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
Lee Houston, Junior
Editor-In-Chief, The Free Choice E-zine
21 November, 2018

The above was an editorial.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

SUNDAY FUNNIES: PROFESSIONAL JOKES

Professional Puppy
Hello Everybody! Autumn the Puppy here!
There's all kinds of jokes covering just about every subject under the sun and if by some chance you happen to discover a topic that no one has made a joke about, just wait awhile. They will in time.
With that in mind, here's some jokes about various professions...

I was hooked on auctions after going once, going twice....

What does a painter do when he gets cold?
He puts on another coat.

If a doctor gives greeting cards to patients, is he a Cardiologist?

Did you hear about the greeter who was fired from his job at the Hawaii Airport?
He was lei'd off!

A Medical Library Librarian realized, "That's strange. We don't  have any back issues of The Chiropractic Journal."
Western movie extra needing
 a quick snack!

One sleigh dog said to the other, "I should find another line of work. The ad said I'd go places and see great sights, but all I've seen in front of me this whole trip is another dog's tail."
The sleigh dog next to him agreed. "And why does the driver keep yelling MUSH! I want steak for dinner!"


One guy bragged, "I always give 100% at work. I give 12% on Monday, 23% on Tuesday, 45% on Wednesday, 15% on Thursday and 5% on Friday."
Needless to say, he's giving a 100% on the unemployment line right now.

You know you're dealing with a bad mechanic when they say, "I couldn't fix your brakes, so I made your horn louder."

And on that note♫, have a great week everybody!
There will be a special edition of The Sunday Funnies to celebrate Thanksgiving Thursday.
Until then, take care.
AtP.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: NOVEMBER 11-17, 2018

ARE YOU AWARE OF


NOVEMBER 22 IS THANKSGIVING.🦃
😢SADLY, NOVEMBER 22 IS ALSO THE 55TH ANNIVERSARY OF
LOSING PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY.
NOVEMBER 23 IS THE 55TH ANNIVERSARY OF DOCTOR WHO.
NOVEMBER 24 MARKS THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF
THE GASOLINE ALLEY COMIC STRIP.
NOVEMBER 24 IS THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF
MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000.

AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE W🌍RLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*New information concerning the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has been internationally released.
*Is Great Britain closer to finalizing arrangements for “Brexit”??? If so, many are still unhappy about the impending departure from the European Union. (There are 3/THREE separate links in this item.)
*The recent Australian “strawberry scare” was intentional!
*The centennial celebration marking the end of World War 1.
*There will NOT be a “tampon tax” in Colombia.
*An UFO over Ireland???

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…
*Comic Book Legend Stan Lee is no longer with us.
*Actor Douglas Rain (2001: A Space Odyssey) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Country Music Legend Roy Clark has passed away.
*Actress Kathleen MacGregor (Little House on the Prairie, On the Waterfront) has taken her last bow on life’s stage.
*Author/screenwriter William Golden (The Princess Bride, All The President’s Men) is no longer with us.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…
POLITICALLY…
*President Trump does NOT want the votes recounted???
*The results of fact checking some of his recent comments for accuracy.
*CNN is suing to get Jim Acosta’s press credentials reestablished, but the White House calls it “grandstanding”. Yet Fox News is supporting it, and the first legal victory goes to CNN & Acosta! (There are 4/FOUR separate links in this item.)
*Does Trump really want his Acting Attorney General to stop Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russia’s possible interference with the 2016 Presidential election???
*What will happen to National Security Advisor Mira Ricardel???
*And now Trump is allegedly questioning Mike Pence’s loyalty???
MEANWHILE…
*There will be at least one more additional Democratic Senator in Congress after all.
*A sore loser in the Arizona Congressional race.
*Another Republican doesn’t want any votes recounted either.
*The winner, by ONE vote!
*"Did I lose my law suit or the runoff? What do you mean BOTH???"
*Will Congress protect the Robert Mueller investigation into Russia’s possible interference with the 2016 Presidential election or not??? As the investigation continues, charges have been filed against Julian Assange. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Congress was off from October 9-November 12 for the mid-term elections, but was only in session from November 13-18 before taking the 19-23 off for Thanksgiving.
ELSEWHERE…
*The wildfires in California continue, but where are the missing??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)

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THE PUZZLE CORNER: NOVEMBER 17, 2018

😎FUN FACT
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
But it’s uncertain whether turkey🦃 was actually on the menu back in 1621.

TRIVIA TIME⌚
Where would you be if you ♫Come on down, it's around the back. Just a half a mile from the railroad track♫?

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

We’ll reveal all next weekend, but for now, let’s open up THE ANSWERS BOX📦 and discover the results from the November 10, 2018 Puzzle Corner.

TRIVIA TIME⌚
What are you suffering from if you have Arachibutyrophobia?
The fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth.

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: A light year is a unit of time.
FALSE! It is a unit of distance, based upon how far light can travel within a vacuum during the course of one year.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

SUNDAY FUNNIES: MISC (jokes) FOR THE MILITARY

Hello Everybody! Waxy Dragon here!

Today is Veterans' Day, but that is too serious a subject to joke about; for those brave men and women of the past, present, and future have done all they can to help protect freedom and their country long before I was hatched.

Instead, let's have some fun! 😀

If you wish to be big, don't belittle others.
Honor the Veterans!

I feel sorry for people who grew up before smart phones.
All they had to amuse themselves was reality.

When your past calls, don't answer it.📵
It has nothing new to say.

The Tomato🍅 Family went for a walk.
The baby started lagging behind and the Father Tomato yelled "KETCHUP!"

I went for a walk in a corn field and got lost in the maize.

Everyone knows 6 was afraid of 7 because 7 8 9, but why did 7 eat 9?
Because you are supposed to eat 3 square meals a day.
(3 times 3 is 9, and if you have to explain a joke...)

A lone sharpie lid is 1 of the most terrifying things a parent can find.

I am a perfectionist with procrastinator complex, yet someday I will do something awesome!

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

Saturday, November 10, 2018

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: NOVEMBER 4-10, 2018

NOVEMBER 11 IS VETERANS DAY.
NOVEMBER 17 IS THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE INFAMOUS “HEIDI GAME”.
W. B. MASON IS 120 YEARS OLD THIS YEAR.

AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE W🌎RLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*New Caledonia has decided not to seek independence from France.
*Ross Edgley has become the first person to completely swim around Great Britain!
*A new version of The Beatles’ White Album!

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 senseless shooting in Thousand Oaks, California.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…
THE BORDER-KIDS-IMMIGRATION ISSUES…
*Getting ready to “greet”  the migrant caravan. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
POLITICALLY…
*Last week we report that President Trump said, “The fake news is creating violence,” and asked who is creating the fake news. Here’s one possibility. (There are 3/THREE separate links in this item.)
*Will the President’s Cabinet be changing again???
*Jeff Sessions is no longer Attorney General! What happens to Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s possible interference in the 2016 Presidential election now, and there’s a possibility that the Acting AG CAN’T be the Acting AG. (There are 3/THREE separate links in this item.)
*Is President Trump in trouble with HBO now???
*The backlash from suspending the press pass of CNN’s Jim Acosta. But is the “evidence” against him fake??? (There are 3/THREE separate links in this item.)
*Will Donald Trump, Junior soon be facing indictment???
*November 17 marks the 45th anniversary of former President Richard Nixon’s infamous “I am not a crook” speech.
MEANWHILE…
*President Trump does NOT like the results of the November 6 mid-term elections. His thoughts towards the winners and losers. (There are 3/THREE separate links in this item.)
*But it’s recount time in Florida! Will the outcome be decided in court??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Yet, could Trump benefit from the Republicans loses???
*Not every ad ran during campaign season!
*Congress is currently off from October 9-November 12 for the mid-term elections, but will only be in session from November 13-18 before taking the 19-23 off for Thanksgiving.
ELSEWHERE…
*New wildfires rage in California!
*What is happening to Shishmaref, Alaska???
*The controversial Keystone XL Pipeline is on hold again.
*Michigan has decided to legalize marijuana.
*Lowe’s is planning to close 51 stores.
*Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy will remain in production through at least the end of the 2022-2023 TV season.😀

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