Saturday, February 23, 2019

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: FEBRUARY 17-23, 2019

FEBRUARY IS NATIONAL HEARTšŸ’—HEALTH MONTH & BLACK HISTORY MONTH.
FEBRUARY 26 MARKS THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF
THE GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK.
FEBRUARY 28 MARKS THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF BOB CLAMPETT’S BEANY AND CECIL THE SEA SICK SEA SERPENT DEBUTING ON TIME FOR BEANY.
MARCH 1 IS THE 155TH ANNIVERSARY OF REBECCA LEE BECOMING THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN TO OFFICIALLY RECEIVE A MEDICAL DEGREE IN AMERICA.
MARCH 2 IS TEXAS INDEPENDENCE DAY.

AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE WšŸŒŽRLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*No humanitarian aid to Venezuela as their crisis continues??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Can China and the United States end the trade war???
*The US has agreed to keep some troops in Syria so France and the United Kingdom will not remove theirs. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*The return of the giant bee???

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.

šŸ˜¢PASSING PARADE…
*Musician Peter Tork of The Monkees and Shoe Suede Blues.
*Actor O’Neal Compton (Deep Impact) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Scientist Wallace Smith Broecker, who coined the term “global warming”, is no longer with us.
*Actor Vinny Vella (Casino, Analyze This, The Sopranos) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Songwriter Fred Foster (“Me and Bobby McGee”) has passed away.
*George Mendonsa, the "kissing sailor" of World War 2 is no longer with us.
*Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld is no longer with us.
*Singer Gus Backus of the Del-Vikings has passed away.
*Actor Morgan Woodward (Cool Hand Luke, Gunsmoke) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…
THE BORDER WALL-KIDS-IMMIGRATION ISSUES…
*With a new budget in place for the foreseeable fiscal future, since it had no funds to start construction, President Trump declared the lack of a border wall a “national emergency”.
*He has since been sued over the issue. and says he will veto any attempt to end the "emergency". (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
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 and who is truly responsible for the deaths of two detainee minors, let alone if anyone might actually be making a profit from this situation.
TARIFF TALK…
*Can China and the United States end the trade war???
POLITICALLY…
*The US has agreed to keep some troops in Syria so France and the United Kingdom will not remove theirs. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*President Trump still doesn’t like Saturday Night Live, nor investigations into his activities. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Trump’s latest comments on Michael Cohen.
*The next step against Planned Parenthood???
*Will America's current Ambassador to Canada become its next Ambassador to the United Nations???
*Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will resign in March 2019. Jeffrey Rosen is the designated replacement nominee. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Trump has announced he will veto any attempt to end the “emergency” over the lack of a border wall.
*A "reward", but with whose money???
THE BUDGET BATTLE…
*The shutdown began at midnight December 22, 2019.
*Congress came back into session with its newly elected members January 3, 2019.
*A new budget was achieved before the February 15 deadline to avoid another government shutdown, but since it came with no funds to start building it, President Trump declared the lack of a border wall a “national emergency”.
*Both the House and the Senate have separate measures going, but Trump has announced he will veto any attempt to end the “emergency” over the lack of a border wall.
MEANWHILE…
*Among the ever growing slate of Democratic hopefuls to compete against Trump in the 2020 Presidential election, Bernie Sanders hopes to try again. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Both the House and the Senate have separate measures going, but Trump has announced he will veto any attempt to end the “emergency” over the lack of a border wall.
*The one undecided race in North Carolina will have to be reheld!
ELSEWHERE…
*A new Supreme Court decision on the Eighth Amendment.
*Are singer R. Kelly and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft guilty??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*“Can’t we all just get along?”
*The Kroger layoff.
*Driver Danny Hamlin won the 2019 running of the Daytona 500 auto race.
šŸ˜€AND FINALLY, SOME GOOD NEWS…
*With apologies to Timex: “It takes a licking and keeps on computing.”

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