Sunday, February 16, 2020

SUNDAY FUNNIES: BARKING AROUND

Barking away
Hello Everybody! Autumn the Puppy here!
After co-hosting with Waxy Dragon for the last two weeks, we had to stop and figure out who's solo turn it was today.
It turned out to be mine but truthfully, I thought it was Waxy's and didn't have anything prepared until our esteemed especially steamed Editor-In-Chief called wanting to know where today's episode was.
Best I can do at the moment is just share with you things I've observed living with people so, on with the show.

Children🧒🧒 really brighten up a household🏡. They never turn the lights off.

Life doesn’t come with instructions🚫.
And even if it did, how many of you would follow them anyway?

A man was going to quit all his bad habits for the New Year, but then remembered nobody likes a quitter.

Some people say that growing up in the 60s was a lot more fun than being in their 60s.
Me? If I'm in my 60s, I never realized my paws🐾 could reach the pedals!🚗

If we were not meant to have midnight snacks, why is there a light💡 in the fridge?

Have you ever wondered why everyone's looking for Waldo to begin with?
I bet Waldo either owed someone money or is on the lam for some reason.
You don’t get that good at hiding for no reason.
Then again, while others are wondering "Where in the world is Carmen San Diego?", I want to know WHO she is and why I should be so concerned about where she is in first place?

Boy, I really dug up a couple of oldies with that last one, didn't I?
All links were active at the time of posting and on that note♫, have a great week everybody and please be back here again next weekend for more Sunday Funnies!AtP.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: FEBRUARY 9-15, 2020


FEBRUARY IS HEART💓 HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH.
FEBRUARY IS AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH.
FEBRUARY 15 IS THE 55TH ANNIVERSARY OF CANADA’S MAPLE LEAF FLAG.
SERBIA CELEBRATES STATEHOOD FEBRUARY 15.
FEBRUARY 17 IS INDEPENDENCE DAY IN KOSOVO.

AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE W🌍RLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*The Olympics versus the Coronavirus! (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*The Aboriginies get to stay in Australia!
*It will soon be officially illegal to discriminate on the basis of gender or gender preference in Switzerland.
*So much for that idea.
*A grand way to celebrate Valentine's Day!💕
*Can you hear it???

ENGLISH ITEMS...
*Great Britain’s post Brexit e-border might not be ready before 2025!
*Prime Minster Boris Johnson is reshuffling his cabinet. (There are 3/THREE separate links in this item.)
*Prime Minister Johnson versus American President Donald Trump???

PHILIPPINES’ POINTS…
*Can the Philippines silence the media???
*Is President Rodrigo Duterte reducing alliances with the United States???

CONCERNING CHINA...
*What happened to the reporters???

THE TERRORIST REPORT…
*Stopped before they could get organized.
*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.

THE CLIMATE CHANGE CHRONICLES…🌐
*BP hopes to achieve ZERO carbon emissions by 2050!

😢PASSING PARADE…
*The growing death toll from the Coronavirus. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Actress Paula Kelly (Soylent Green, Night Court, much more) has taken her last bow on life’s stage.
*Rock poster artist Bonnie MacLean has passed away.
*Actor Patrick Jordan (The Pink Panther Strikes Again, Star Wars 4: A New Hope) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Actress Lynn Cohen (the Broadway stage, Sex and the City, various other TV shows) has taken her last bow on life’s stage.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…
THE IMPEACHMENT AFTERMATH...
*Will Trump's post impeachment actions be investigated???
THE BORDER WALL-KIDS-IMMIGRATION ISSUES…
*With families being separated upon apprehension, President Trump declared the lack of a border wall a “national emergency”. There have since been legal and legislative battles initiated over this.
*Which is more important???
*WHAT’S paying for the wall???
*But is the wall effective???
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 FOUR detainees (known to date), let alone if anyone might actually be making a profit from this situation.
TARIFF TALK…
*“We warned you!”—Big Oil.
POLITICALLY…
*Is the 2020 Presidential election protected from outside interference???
*Is Trump trying to sway public opinion his way???
*Roger Stone WAS found guilty, but the sentence will be…??? Causing the prosecution team to resign from the case! (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Who watches the watchman???
*Was she punished for actually doing her job???
*Is Attorney General Barr responsible for all the recent Department of Justice problems??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*How Trump is considering avoiding another Ukraine “situation”.
*Trump versus Democratic hopeful Mike Bloomberg, Rounds 2 and 3. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Trump versus New York.
*Trump versus John Kelly.
*Trump versus British Prime Minister Boris Johnson???
*He needs the protection, but the bill??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Does Education Secretary Betsy DeVos know???
*February 17 is Presidents Day.
THE NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIMARY…
*The winners and losers.
*What it means for the Democrats.
*From Trump’s perspective.
*No longer in the running: Andrew Yang, Senator Michael Bennett, and Deval Patrick. (There are 3/THREE separate links in this item.)
TRUMP TWEETS...
*It’s Anti-Romney time!
*A joke???
*Guess who doesn’t like Trump’s Tweets!
IT’S FACT CHECK TIME!
*Trump refused to shake hands and the speech was torn up AFTER he gave the State of the Union address. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Was it true???
THE BUDGET BATTLE…💲
*A budget to get re-elected by???
*The problems the proposed budget will cause in regards to health care. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
MEANWHILE, IN CONGRESS…
*The Senate FINALLY shows some concern!
*But a phone call???
*“You abused your power. Again!”—Nancy Pelosi.
*Hand forcing???
*Attorney General Barr is scheduled to appear before the House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee March 31.
*Speculation: Will Barr be the House’s next investigation subject??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
ELSEWHERE…
*Harvard and Yale: innocent or guilty???
*How NOT to do your job!
*The merger has been approved between the US divisions of T-Mobile and Sprint.
*The 2020 Oscars, for the Best in movies, were awarded to…
*The 2020 Golden Raspberries (aka, the Razzies) NOMINEES, for the Worst in movies, are...
😀AND FINALLY, SOME GOOD NEWS…
*After all these years
*A super solver!

THE PUZZLE CORNER: FEBRUARY 15, 2020

😎FUN FACT
Our moon🌔 crosses in front of Mars February 18.

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

TRIVIA TIME⌚
What famous Aerosmith hit was actually inspired by Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein?

We’ll reveal all next weekend but for now, let’s open up THE ANSWERS BOX📦 and discover the results from the February 8, 2020 Puzzle Corner.

FAMOUS FIRSTS🥇
Who invented the world’s first official word processor?
Evelyn Berezin.

THE LETTER SHUFFLE
How many new words can you make out of the letters in VALENTINE?
A, alien, alive, an, ant, at, ate
Eat, eave, even, evil
I, in, inn, inane, it
Lane, late, Latin, lean, leave, lei, lenient, lent, lie, line, lint, live
Neat, nine, nit
Tan, tea, ten, teen, tile, tin, tine
Veil, vein, vent, vial, vile
Other words than the 43 listed above might be possible.

Friday, February 14, 2020

VALENTINE'S DAY 2020


The Free Choice E-zine hopes that everyone has a great Valentine's Day, for the world DEFINITELY needs more love (and other positive emotions) than what it has actually experienced in recent years.

And remember, it's not who you love but how you show that emotion, for only you can decide who the right one for you is!

Take care everybody!

Sunday, February 9, 2020

SUNDAY FUNNIES: VALENTINE'S DAY 2020

Loves her family
Loves Bubblehead, but don't tell him!
HELLO ALL YOU LUCKY PEOPLE!
Once again you have both Autumn the Puppy AND Waxy Dragon here as we celebrate Valentine's Day.

That's right Autumn. Of course, Valentine's Day actually isn't until this coming Friday the 14th, and luckily it isn't on a Friday the 13th, but considering we only work Sundays, this is the closest we can get to celebrating romance this year.

Afraid so Waxy, and considering how much we love💕 jokes, let's get right to them!

What did the stamp 🖃 say to the envelope on Valentine's Day?
I'm stuck on you!

Why is lettuce the most loving vegetable?
Because it's all heart.💗

What do squirrels give for Valentine's Day?
Forget-me-nuts.

What did one volcano🌋 say to the other?
I lava you.

Why did the banana🍌 go out with the prune?
Because it couldn't get a date.

What did the caveman give his wife on Valentine's Day?
Ughs and kisses!

Why did the boy put candy under his pillow?
Because he wanted sweet dreams.

What did the paper clip🖇 say to the magnet🧲?
I find you very attractive.

What did the elephant🐘 say to his girlfriend?
I love you a ton!

What did one pickle say to the other?
You mean a great dill to me.


What did the light bulb💡 say to the switch?
You turn me on.

What did the boy bird🐦 say to the girl bird on Valentine's Day?
Let me call you Tweet heart!

What did the boy cat🐱 say to the girl cat on Valentine's Day?
You're purrr-fect for me!😻

Knock, knock
Who’s there?
Atlas
Atlas who?
Atlas, its Valentine’s Day!😍

And on that note♫, have a great week everybody! Show the one you love how much you care about them on the 14th and the rest of the year as well, and please be back here again next weekend for more Sunday Funnies!AtP and wd.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: FEBRUARY 2-8, 2020


FEBRUARY IS HEART💓 HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH.
FEBRUARY IS BLACK HISTORY MONTH.
FEBRUARY 8 MARKS THE 110TH ANNIVERSARY OF
THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA.
FEBRUARY 14 IS VALENTINE’S DAY.💕
FEBRUARY 14 MARKS THE 90TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MALTESE FALCON
BY DASHIELL HAMMETT BEING PUBLISHED.
FEBRUARY 15 IS THE 55TH ANNIVERSARY OF CANADA’S MAPLE LEAF FLAG.
2020 MARKS THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF MAIN STREET BY SINCLAIR LEWIS.

AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE W🌍RLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*The Coronavirus is now a global concern!
*A bank spying scandal???
*Battery Gate???
*Who hacked Facebook’s Twitter account??? (And isn’t it ironic Facebook even HAS a Twitter account!)

THE TERRORIST REPORT…
*A bad “celebration” for Brexit avoided!
*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.

THE CLIMATE CHANGE CHRONICLES…🌐
*Winters ARE getting warmer! (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)

😢PASSING PARADE…
*The growing death toll from the Coronavirus, including Li Wenliang, the man who tried to warn the world about the situation.
*Actor Kirk Douglas (credits too numerous to mention) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Actor Robert Conrad (The Wild, Wild, West; Baa Baa Black Sheep) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*TV producer Gene Reynolds (MASH, Lou Grant, etc) has passed away.
*Actor Kevin Conway (credits too numerous to mention) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Author Roger Kahn (The Boys of Summer) is no longer with us.
*Actor Orson Bean (credits too numerous to mention) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…
THE IMPEACHMENT TRIAL!
*Waiting for the verdict vote February 5.
*Censure???
*Recap, February 3: Closing arguments for both sides.
*No "official" action was taken February 4 because of the State of the Union address. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*February 5: Except for Republican Mitt Romney concerning abuse of power, it was 52 Republicans to 48 everyone else, and a true party split (53-47 on obstruction of Congress) in favor of ACQUITTING President Donald Trump on both charges! (There are 5/FIVE separate links in this item.)
*Analysis: What happened???
*How Mitch McConnell pulled it off, but will there be repercussions??? At least one Republican Senator is already receiving death threats! (There are 3/THREE separate links in this item.)
*Opinion: What next, as Democrats rally to move forward. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Family reaction.
*“I was acquitted. It was hell, but how dare he vote against me!” (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Speculation: Mitt Romney's impact upon the (immediate) future. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Revenge against Trump’s “enemies”: Adam Schiff, Alexander Vindman, and Gordon Sondland. (There are 3/THREE separate links in this item.)
*Guess why.
*NOW at least a few Senators gain a conscious!
*Trump's “victory” speech, while defending his actions over "personnel changes". (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*What should the President's powers be???
THE BORDER WALL-KIDS-IMMIGRATION ISSUES…
*With families being separated upon apprehension, President Trump declared the lack of a border wall a “national emergency”. There have since been legal and legislative battles initiated over this.
*Wall construction costs are one thing, but the maintenance fees!
*Policing their own!
*“Dad, hate IS wrong!”
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 FOUR detainees (known to date), let alone if anyone might actually be making a profit from this situation.
POLITICALLY…
*Trump versus BloombergBloomberg replied, and the primaries haven’t even started yet! (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*IOWA??? While some are uncertain, Bernie Sanders is claiming the Democratic victory but questions remain, including rethinking the whole process for next time! (There are 5/FIVE separate links in this item.)
*Trump’s opinions on Iowa.
*Donald Trump and the National Anthem!
*Politics and God DON’T MIX!
*Trump may soon be running unopposed for the Republican Presidential nomination.
THE 2020 STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS...
*President Trump gave a campaign speech the 2020 State of the Union address February 4, along with a Medal of Freedom to Rush Limbaugh. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*An opinion on Trump’s gun “control” position.
*Questioning Trump on immigration.
*The House of Representatives initial response.
*Another opinion.
*The GOP versus Pelosi.
*Trump versus “Shredder” Pelosi.
*What’s good for the goose…
*The TV ratings stank.
IT’S FACT CHECK TIME!
*Impeachment = official indictment on criminal charges. Trial = Kangaroo court acquittal!
*Trump and the economy.
*The New Hampshire Democratic Presidential Candidates Debate.
MEANWHILE, IN CONGRESS…
*“It’s Obama’s fault!”
ELSEWHERE…
*How NOT to treat a seizure victim!
*Macy’s is planning store closings and layoffs!
*A Beach Boy’s protest.
*A poor attempt at celebrating Black History Month.
*Victoria’s dirty secret???
*While Super Bowl 54 is over, what do you do with the LOSER’S merchandise??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*There is a new nut in town! (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*This year marks the 100th anniversary of construction beginning on what would eventually become the Holland Tunnel.
😀AND FINALLY, SOME GOOD NEWS…
*The Groundhog did NOT see his shadow February 2! Hopefully this means six weeks of good weather and an early spring. (There are 2/TWO links in this item.)
*No more "dolphin🐬 surfing"!
*That toy car is worth HOW much???

THE PUZZLE CORNER: FEBRUARY 8, 2020

😎FUN FACT
💕Romance advice for Valentine’s Day and EVERY day: Pay more attention to your PARTNER than your phone!📵

FAMOUS FIRSTS🥇
Who invented the world’s first official word processor?

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

We’ll reveal all next weekend but for now, let’s open up THE ANSWERS BOX 📦and discover the results from the February 1, 2020 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?
TARDIS operator on a comedy show.
Doctor Whose Line Is It Anyway?

NUMBER PLEASE
Get ready! We ask the question, but the answer is just a number.
How many opening moves are there for each player in a game of Chess?
20. Each of the eight pawns has the option of up to two squares on its opening move (only one square per move thereafter) and since the Knights can jump over any piece in their way, that adds an additional 4 possibilities.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

A GROSS MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE!

THE FOLLOWING IS AN EDITORIAL!

Truthfully, this is one editorial that I hoped would not have to be written.
On February 5, 2020 the world has witnessed one of, if not the biggest example of a gross miscarriage of justice in the 21st Century as the Republican Party controlled Senate voted to acquit fellow Republican President Donald Trump on all pending Impeachment charges!

Now, let's backtrack for a couple of moments and look at this rationally.

While the House of Representatives is currently a Democratic majority, they gathered evidence and listened to witness testimony before leveling two charges of potential Impeachment against the President.
1. Abuse of Power.
2. Obstruction of Congress (for interfering with their investigation)

Both accusations stemmed from Trump attempting to withhold foreign aid from the Ukraine unless they would investigate Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden.

Although the first is FAR more serious than the second, neither could be taken lightly, and weren't by the House who continued their investigation, gathering even MORE evidence to support and prove said charges even after officially leveling/filing them.

However, it is the Senate's responsibility to actually conduct the trial, which brings us back to the present, for Senate Majority Leader and fellow Republican Mitch McConnell (among other things) refused to allow any witnesses to testify against the President!

SO WHAT NEXT?

A lot can and probably will be said on the subject in the days and weeks to come.
But first and foremost: although some will naturally be angry and upset over the verdict: violence is NOT the answer!
Yet there is one thing that the parties, the lobbyists, the career politicians, and even the President himself have all forgotten, or at least ignored over time.

In the end, it is not them who hold the power, but WE THE PEOPLE!
That's right folks!
Whether by honest votes or outside interference, every member of Congress and the President was ELECTED into office and they can be voted OUT of office too!

Between the primaries this Spring and the main election on November 3 we can get fresh people in Washington who might actually accomplish something positive for the future rather than for themselves and their "sponsors".

After all, do you really want your children and all the generations to come growing up thinking that their voice and vote, let alone justice, don't matter any more?

THE ABOVE WAS AN EDITORIAL.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

SUNDAY FUNNIES: GROUNDHOG VERSUS FOOTBALL 2020

I can catch that ball! *CHOMP!*
Forget the football. PASS THE SNACKS!
Hello All You Lucky People!
Today you have both Autumn the Puppy AND Waxy Dragon here as we celebrate a double header for the February 2, 2020 Sunday Funnies!

That's right Autumn, because today is BOTH Groundhog's Day and the annual competition known as "The Big Game" for those of us who will not pay the corporate licensing fees to have the rights to call the 54th edition by its proper name.

Personally, I've never seen the attraction to football🏈 myself Waxy. After all, they're hard to grip in your teeth and taste awful.
But, with the dependability of a certain Bill Murray movie, we are proud to present our annual salute to that furry rodent.

“Is this the law firm of Dewey, Cheatum, and Howe?” asked the lady as she walked in my front door.
“Yes it is,” I replied. “I’m Howie Cheatum. And you are--?”
A groundhog.
“Susan Woo,” she replied, “but you can call me Sue.”
“Okay Sue. And what can I do for you today?”
“I want to engage your services to represent myself as I initiate a law suit.”
“Well, you’ve come to the right place. Who do you want to sue?”
“Punxsutawney Phil.”
“You want to sue who?” I asked in disbelief.
“Not myself silly. Punxsutawney Phil.”
“The groundhog?” I asked, trying to confirm what I heard the first time.
“Yes, that filthy animal,” replied Sue.
“Why?”
“Because this year he/it claimed we would have six weeks of relatively mild weather and an early spring. None of that came true. I couldn’t break out my spring wardrobe when I wanted to. I hurt my back shoveling the driveway myself because I dismissed the snow plow service early thinking I wouldn’t need them any more this season. Should I go on?”
“No, I get the idea. And on what grounds would you like to initiate this lawsuit?”
“Don’t you think at a courthouse would be best?” she asked.
“What I meant was, for what reasons did you want to sue?”
“I figured breach of promise at the very least, and whatever else is applicable,” she replied. “The late winter has just totally ruined spring, and who knows just how that is going to affect summer. The trees are barely beginning to bud as it is. Besides, I wouldn’t be surprised if fall arrives on time anyway and cuts whatever is left of spring and summer short this year.”
“I see,” I said, pausing momentarily to wonder why I always got stuck with the live ones. “Let me look up some reference material on the subject,” I said, before turning to use my computer terminal. After a couple of minutes on Wikipedia, I said, “You do realize that this is all just traditional superstition dating back to at least the 1800s in America and at least the fifth century in Europe.”
“So, that means that Punxsutawney Phil should have been a lot more accurate in his prediction than he actually was, right?”
“Well, that’s one way of looking at it,” I agreed while reading the data some more. “While he only has a 39% accuracy rating, it says here that Punxsutawney Phil isn’t the only one who is used to predict the weather.”
“Oh?”
“There’s Jimmy the Groundhog in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin; Holtsville Hall and Dunkirk Dave, wherever they reside, all said that there would be six more weeks of winter. Phil and a bunch of others on this list all predicted an early spring,” I said, showing her what it said on my computer monitor.
Or am I?
“Good. Let’s start a class action suit and go after all of them!”
“It just doesn’t quite work that way. The animals themselves never specifically said what the weather would be. Humans just interpreted the situational conditions as best they could.”
“Well let’s sue them,” said Sue.
“That doesn’t work either. None of them were trained professionals paid to do that job. It would be like me trying to predict the weather just by looking out the window.”
“Then are you suggesting that I should sue the weathermen?”
“Actually, you don’t have a case against anybody involved with Groundhog’s Day predictions. That’s all they were, just predictions. None were legally binding.”
“Then can I sue you?”
“For what?” I asked in disbelief.
“For not taking my case.”
While it would not actually get far in the court system, in this day and age, I’d be surprised if she didn’t find somebody willing to take the case.

Well Autumn, for what it's worth, the Groundhog did NOT see his shadow today, so hopefully we will have six weeks of good weather and an early Spring!
But while my favorite sports are baseball⚾ and eating Belgosian Dark Chocolate, especially if I can eat Belgosian Dark Chocolate AT a baseball game, we dive into the Sunday Funnies Archives and present that great classic: Andy Griffith's What It Was, Was Football! Unfortunately we couldn't find the version we posted for years that was accompanied with the illustrations from the Mad magazine adaptation by George Woodbridge, but this one is courtesy of YouTube too and remember, we didn't create the video or the material within, we're only sharing it with our fans.




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

Saturday, February 1, 2020

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: JANUARY 26-FEBRUARY 1, 2020


FEBRUARY IS HEART💓 HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH.
FEBRUARY IS BLACK HISTORY MONTH.
FEBRUARY 1 IS THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF
THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE.
FEBRUARY 2 IS GROUNDHOG’S DAY AND SUPER BOWL🏈 LIV/54.
FEBRUARY 3 IS SETSUBUN (day before Spring) IN JAPAN.
FEBRUARY 7 MARKS THE 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF
WALT DISNEY’S VERSION OF PINOCCHIO.
FEBRUARY 8 MARKS THE 110TH ANNIVERSARY OF
THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA.

AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE W🌍RLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*The Coronavirus is spreading across the globe as the World Health Organization declares it an official International Emergency! (There are 3/THREE separate links in this item.)
*England is on the verge of Brexit!
*Now that they “left”, what next???
*Is there a potential disagreement between Great Britain and the United States brewing???
*Reaction to American President Donald Trump’s proposed Israel-Palestine peace plan, WITHOUT Palestinian input! (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Palestine has since cut ALL ties with the US and Israel because of the above.
*Mexico and Canada now have a new trade deal with the United States.

CONCERNING CHINA...
*FACTS concerning the Coronavirus!

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.

THE CLIMATE CHANGE CHRONICLES…🌐
*No longer supporting fossil fuels.

😢PASSING PARADE…
*The growing death toll from the Coronavirus.
*Basketball legend Kobe Bryant and the rest of the innocent victims of a helicopter crash January 26.
*Model Nina Griscom has passed away.
*Bob Shane of the Kingston Trio is no longer with us.
*Screenwriter Harriet Frank, Junior (Hud, Norma Rae) has passed away.
*Actress Marj Dusay (Guiding Light, The Facts of Life) has taken her last bow on life’s stage.
*TV producer Fred Silverman (too many shows to list) is no longer with us.
*Author Mary Higgins Clark (over 50 novels) has passed away.
*Actor Alan Harris (Star Wars: A New Hope through Return of the Jedi) has taken his last bow on life's stage.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…
THE IMPEACHMENT TRIAL!
*Recap, January 27: The defense resumes. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Is there more than Impeachment on the line???
*Is Trump already planning a “victory” party???
*Mulvaney v. Mulvaney.
*FOX News versus John Bolton.
*Recap: January 28: The defense rests. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Witnesses after all??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*A fuss over CHOCOLATE milk! Geez.
*Recap, January 29: Debating, but the defense still wants no witnesses and acquittal!
*Opinion: Danged if they do
*Recap, January 30: What next??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Why did Rand Paul leave??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Does one side know what the other is doing???
*Recap, January 31: Questioning the judge.
*It’s official: NO WITNESSES!  (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*The House of Representatives' response to the above.
*So, IS there a cover up??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Is the Department of Justice doing its job???
*As of February 1, 2020: the verdict vote was still pending.
THE BORDER WALL-KIDS-IMMIGRATION ISSUES…
*With families being separated upon apprehension, President Trump declared the lack of a border wall a “national emergency”. There have since been legal and legislative battles initiated over this.
*The Supreme Court has “okayed” the Public Charge Rule.
*Never say never.
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 FOUR detainees (known to date), let alone if anyone might actually be making a profit from this situation.
POLITICALLY…
*Where is Vice President Pence during current events???
*Will the State of the Union address still be given February 4???
*Reaction to President Trump’s proposed Israel-Palestine peace plan, WITHOUT Palestinian input! (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Palestine has since cut ALL ties with the US and Israel because of the above.
*Who leaked John Bolton’s book???
*Did the White House try to stop the book???
*America now has a new trade deal with Mexico and Canada.
*Is this on the Trump agenda???
*Does he remember what he said in 2015???
*Not everyone agrees with Mike Pompeo.
*MORE land mines???
TRUMP TWEETS
*Is Trump going after the Impeachment Prosecution on Twitter???
IT’S FACT CHECK TIME!
*Impeachment = official indictment on criminal charges. Trial = ???
*What happened to John Bolton testifying???
*On Trump and recent events.
MEANWHILE, IN CONGRESS…
*A divided party.
*Fighting for the Equal Rights Amendment!
*John Delaney is no longer seeking the 2020 Democratic Presidential nomination.
ELSEWHERE…
*Rule change time for D.C. police.
*Will there be prison reform in Mississippi???
*And this year’s Grammy Award winners are...
😀AND FINALLY, SOME GOOD NEWS…
*THIS IS OUR 2300TH BLOGGER POST!
*Finally accredited, 91 YEARS LATER!



THE FREE CHOICE E-ZINE WOULD LIKE TO THANK ITS LOYAL READERSHIP FOR GRANTING US 7,474 PAGE VIEWS IN JANUARY 2020.

THE PUZZLE CORNER: FEBRUARY 1, 2020

😎FUN FACT
There will be a “blue” moon in October, with the second full one on HALLOWEEN!🎃

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?
TARDIS operator on a comedy show.

NUMBER PLEASE
Get ready! We ask the question, but the answer is just a number.
How many opening moves are there for each player in a game of Chess?

We’ll reveal all next weekend but for now, let’s open up THE ANSWERS BOX📦 and discover the results from the January 25 2020 Puzzle Corner.

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: ALL the witches were accounted for in the 1938 movie version of The Wizard of Oz.
FALSE! Dorothy’s house fell on the Wicked Witch of the East, leading to the battle with the Wicked Witch of the West while Glenda, the Good Witch of the North helped the lady from Kansas and her friends, but there was never any mention of a Witch of the SOUTH.

AKA, ALSO KNOWN AS
Who do we know Farrokh Bulsara better as?
Freddie Mercury of Queen!

Sunday, January 26, 2020

HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE: FEMME FATALE NOW AVAILABLE!

Although I am proud to serve as Editor-In-Chief of The Free Choice E-zine, I am also an author in my own right, so I hope you kind folks don't mind a bit of self promotion.

😀THE WAIT IS OVER!😀

Cover art by Larry Nadolsky
The third book (and second full length novel) in my HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE series has been released in both print and Kindle formats by Pro Se Press on Amazon!

The private detective of the far flung future is back in a brand new adventure that hits a little too close to home when his girlfriend's apartment is ransacked and her roommate goes missing!
But is the lady on the lam from the villain(s) or the authorities?

From Pro Se's press release...
NEW PULP’S FAVORITE RETRO FUTURISTIC GUMSHOE IS BACK!
Author Lee Houston, Jr. returns to the glistening and grimy streets of science fiction mystery with his own futuristic shamus.

“In the early days of Pro Se,” says Editor in Chief Tommy Hancock, “not only was Lee Houston, Jr. one of our first authors, he also introduced one of the characters that people still ask about. Taking everything a fan of 1950s type detectives would enjoy and wrapping it up in the glittery, galaxy studded package of the future, HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE shows the impact of Pulp as a style and what a dedicated writer like Lee can do with it. FEMME FATALE is a long awaited addition to this fantastic series.”

Even in the future, love and lust can get a Private Eye killed.
Hugh Monn finds his latest case strikes too close to home when his girlfriend's apartment is trashed and her roommate goes missing. But is the lady on the run from the villain(s) or the authorities?
As Hugh fights to find both the truth and the woman, he trips across a few old favorites of any galactic gumshoe: thieves, a blackmail scheme, and murder.
But the lines between love and hate, life and crime, victim and Femme Fatale get blurred as they tangle about Hugh’s proverbial neck!

Featuring an atmospheric cover by Larry Nadolsky, main title design by Sean Ali, and formatting by Carol Morris, HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE VOLUME THREE: FEMME FATALE is available in print for $9.99 or the Kindle for only $2.99.
The book is also available to Kindle Unlimited members for free.

Hope you like the book everybody!—lh,jr.