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.

SUNDAY FUNNIES: WINGING IT

♫Flying away on a wing and a prayer♫
Hello Everybody! Waxy Dragon here!

Well, we're still in a bit of a quandary here, uncertain whether to run our annual Groundhog Day satire or our humorous salute to "the big game" 🏈 because both the holiday and the last football game of the season, which everyone claims will be really "super" 😏 are scheduled for February 2, which is our next Sunday Funnies.


But that just leaves little ol' me here to wing it for today, so...

Are people prone to violent tendencies?
A waiter asked a patron if he wanted a box for his leftovers.
The man replied, "No, but I'll arm wrestle you for them."

I've heard that approximately 95% of all ocean critters are allegedly still undiscovered.
If this is true, the ocean can certainly keep its Sea Crits.
Well read?

The patient admitted, “I’m addicted to collecting magazines.”
The therapist replied, “It sounds like you have issues.
"There's so many, I have volumes!" confessed the patient.

How did the librarian retrieve her lost copy of Moby Dick?
She used a bookworm.😉

Who is constantly a fowl of the law?
A stool pigeon!

I'm glad I don't work for some big corporation.
"We are going to keep holding meetings until we can figure out why we aren’t getting any work done," the executive told his employees.
I think I already know what the problem is!

I'm not sure whether this is smart or dumb.
A teacher asked a student how to spell orange.
The student wanted to know if the teacher was asking about the fruit🟠 or the color.

And on that note♫, have a great week everybody and please be back here again next weekend for more Sunday Funnies and the answer to our Groundhog's Day versus "the big game" dilemma!wd.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: JANUARY 19-25, 2020

JANUARY 25 IS SAINT TATIANA DAY IN RUSSIA.
JANUARY 26 IS AUSTRALIA DAY & INDIA'S REPUBLIC DAY.
JANUARY 27 MARKS THE 140TH ANNIVERSARY OF
THOMAS ALVA EDISON PATENTING THE LIGHT BULB💡.
JANUARY 28 MARKS THE 175TH ANNIVERSARY OF
EDGAR ALLAN POE’S THE RAVEN
JANUARY 29 MARKS THE 120TH ANNIVERSARY OF
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ESTABLISHING THE AMERICAN LEAGUE.⚾
JANUARY 29 IS PUZZLE DAY!
JANUARY 31 IS NATIONAL GORILLA🦍 SUIT DAY,
ACCORDING TO DON MARTIN OF MAD MAGAZINE.
FEBRUARY IS HEART 💓 HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH.
FEBRUARY IS BLACK HISTORY MONTH.
FEBRUARY 1 IS THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF
THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE.
2020 MARKS THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF
EDITH WHARTON’S THE AGE OF INNOCENCE.

AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE W🌍RLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*What’s going on in Puerto Rico???
*Is Brexit still on???
*How NOT to win friends and influence people!
*The “Chinese” Corona Virus has spread to Taiwan, America, and Europe! (There are 4/FOUR separate links in this item.)
*Can Spain and Morocco work things out???
*Preserving the Titanic.


IRAN ITEMS…
*Will Iran enrich any uranium???

CONCERNING CHINA...🌏
*What is the virus spreading through China???
*China has decided to start phasing out the use of plastic bags.

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…🌐
*How long will they still be here???
*The clock IS ticking!
*How are things in Antarctica???
*Miami, Florida, USA hopes to change things, regardless of others' opinions.
*China has decided to start phasing out the use of plastic bags.

😢PASSING PARADE…
*Those who have lost their lives from the "Chinese" Corona Virus.
*Terry Jones of Monty Python’s Flying Circus is no longer with us.
*Actor John Karlen (the original Dark Shadows, Cagney & Lacey) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Singer Robert Parker (“Barefootin’”) has passed away.
*Saxophonist Jimmy Heath of the Heath Brothers is no longer with us.
*Journalist Jim Lehrer has passed away.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…
THE IMPEACHMENT TRIAL!
*Is Trump’s defense to accuse the accuser of what you’re accused of???
*The House of Representatives response to the above.
*Republican Senator Lindsey Graham (among others) isn’t happy the Impeachment process has reached the trial stage. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*The Senate’s proposed trial “rules” and the House’s reaction. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Amending the rules, but still in Trump’s favor???
*Will John Bolton even GET to testify???
*NO White House documents???
*NO new evidence???
*Recap: January 22. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Is there more than one potential cover up happening???
*Recap: January 23. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Subpoenas versus executive privilege.
*The defense prospective???
*How is Chief Justice Roberts doing???
*Is the “fix” in???
*Recap: January 24.
*The defense's opinion.
*And where is Trump during all of this??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Opinion: Despite the prosecution's case, will the Republican dominated Senate still acquit Trump???
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.
*“Stay there!”
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…
*The Trade War’s second anniversary. Who’s winning???
POLITICALLY…
*Why is Trump’s Russia adviser on administrative leave???
*Is Trump considering cutting even MORE social programs??? Maybe. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Trump may have more legal problems than just possibly being impeached, like “Where did that money go?” (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Opinion: How is Donald Trump financially???
*Republicans and taxes.
*Mike Pompeo’s bad day.
*Trump’s new Space Force has new uniforms, but… DESERT CAMOUFLAGE???
*And why does the Space Force logo look like Star Trek's??? Cast and fans certainly think so! (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
IT’S FACT CHECK TIME!
*Impeachment = official indictment on criminal charges. Trial = ???
*Trump's impeachment defense.
*The TRUTH about the Green New Deal!
MEANWHILE, IN CONGRESS…
*A Congress divided.
*Where is Lindsey Graham???
ELSEWHERE…
*The future of Roe v. Wade???
*The costs of child care.
*Did the FBI celebrate Doctor Martin Luther King Junior Day???
*Some “customer service!”
*Oregon will no longer allow “conversion therapy”.
*40 Bed, Bath & Beyond stores are scheduled to close this year.
*Is Planters’ Mister Peanut dead???
😀AND FINALLY, SOME GOOD NEWS…
*Some customer service!

THE PUZZLE CORNER: JANUARY 25, 2020

😎FUN FACT
This April will see a “Super” moon🌕, when Luna is closer than normal to the Earth.🌎

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.

AKA, ALSO KNOWN AS
Who do we know Farrokh Bulsara better as?

We’ll reveal all next weekend but for now, let’s open up THE ANSWERS BOX📦 and discover the results from the January 18, 2020 Puzzle Corner.

REBUS
Something familiar is represented below.
Do you know what it is?

🧀🎂= cheesecake.  (🧀Cheese + 🎂cake = cheesecake)

TRIVIA TIME
Eggs🥚🐣 with what colored shell are the most nutritious?
Actually, the color does NOT matter! How the chickens🐔 were raised and cared for does, with pasture raised chickens producing the best/most nutritious eggs.

Monday, January 20, 2020

DOCTOR MARTIN LUTHER KING JUNIOR DAY, 2020

The following is an editorial.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

Since practically the dawn of time there alas have been those among us who seek to belittle, categorize, and even segregate their fellow human beings regarding race, creed, skin color, wealth or the lack thereof, our various personal preferences, and other aspects real or imagined.

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or the darkness of destructive selfishness.

While peace, understanding, co-existence, harmony, and the other forces of good have been triumphant over the centuries, it amazes me that such narrow minded viewpoints still persist to this day.

Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

We are one race upon a singular planet within the vastness of the universe.
Regardless of who you are, we must all work together for not only the betterment of this world, but ourselves and our civilization today and the generations to come.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

All the words in blue are quotes from the late Doctor Martin Luther King, Junior, a man assassinated because he dared to believe in peace and nonviolent resolutions to the problems that face us all.

I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream.

We honor the dreamer today and strive to carry on until his dream fully becomes reality from now until long after anyone reading these words is only with us in spirit.

The above was an editorial.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

SUNDAY FUNNIES: FUR FITNESS

Hello Everybody! Autumn the Puppy here!
Now technically it should be Waxy Dragon's turn in our hosting rotation, but she's still celebrating Dragon Appreciation Day.
Turns out that's a big Draconian🐲 to do and a LONG holiday weekend for them, especially since it fell on a Thursday this year.
Waxy will be back next weekend, but we do have a bit of a scheduling dilemma ahead of us.

Sunday February 2 is both Groundhog Day AND when the 2020 edition of "the big football🏈 game", since only licensed sponsors can call it by the event's official title, will be held.
So which classic routine do we do that day? The lady wanting to sue the groundhog for the inaccurate weather forecast or sports jokes, ending with Andy Griffith's famous routine "What it was, was football"?

Anyway, they say what goes around comes around, but don't you think "they" would get awfully tired and dizzy traveling in circles so much?
Yet Humans never cease to amaze me.
It's the start of a new year so once again everyone tries, or at least promises they're going to get into shape.

One of my owners bought some strength building tablets, guaranteed to build muscle in a very short time.
Unfortunately he can't get the cap off the bottle, and it isn't even child proof!

He then joined a gym, but the next time he tried to go there, my man couldn't find his membership card.
A replacement/new one was $10. A donut and coffee at the nearby shop were $3.
Guess who saved $7?

What is it with roosters?🐓
Just because they see the sunrise,🌅 they think they've got to crow and shout about it, waking everyone else up in the process.
Hey bird! Just because you're up at the crack of dawn doesn't mean I have to be.
Then again, why everyone complains when I howl at the full moon...🌕

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

Saturday, January 18, 2020

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: JANUARY 12-18, 2020

JANUARY 20 IS DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JUNIOR DAY.
JANUARY 20 IS THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF
THE AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION BEING ESTABLISHED.
JANUARY 22 IS PENGUIN🐧 AWARENESS DAY.
JANUARY 23 MARKS THE 35TH ANNIVERSARY OF
THE ORIGINAL THUNDERCATS TV SERIES DEBUT.
JANUARY 23 IS SQUIRREL APPRECIATION DAY.
2020 MARKS THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF RAGGEDY ANDY.
(HIS SISTER DEBUTED 5 YEARS EARLIER.)
JANUARY 25 IS THE CHINESE NEW YEAR (OF THE RAT🐀)

AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE W🌍RLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*A difference of opinion between Japan and North Korea.
*Guatemala has a new President, while closing its Venezuela Embassy. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Russia has a new Prime Minister.
*Does North Korea need a new Foreign Minister???
*Where in the world is Carlos Ghosn???
*You can no longer use a credit card to gamble with in England.
*Will there soon be a new trade agreement between Canada, Mexico, and the United States???
*Opinion: London without Harry and Meghan.
*Older than the Earth itself???

IRAN ITEMS…
*Returning the "black boxes".
*What might lie ahead???

CONCERNING CHINA...🌏
*A new trade deal with the United States is on the horizon, but tariffs still exist.

THE TERRORIST REPORT…
*Stopping an attack before it could be initiated.
*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…🌐
*In America: The Trump Administration versus the environment.
*EMPTY canals???

😢PASSING PARADE
*Neil Peart, drummer/songwriter for Rush, has passed away.
*Christopher Tolkien, son and overseer of J. R. R. Tolkien’s literary legacy, has passed away.
*Former professional wrestler Rocky Johnson, father of wrestler/actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, is no longer with us.
*Actor Derek Fowlds (Yes Minister) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…
IMPEACHMENT VERSUS IMPENDING TRIAL…
*The plan behind filing charges.
*Trump wants all charges against him DISMISSED!
*Will the issue of potential witnesses come down to a vote???
*A trial date???
*January 15: The House HAS FILED the Impeachment Charges with the Senate! (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Senator Mitch McConnell should recluse himself!
*NEW information! NEW EVIDENCE! (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Lev Parnas WHO???
THE TRIAL!
*The Senate started the Impeachment Trial of President Donald Trump January 16, 2019!
*Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will NOT be presiding, but can he be an impartial juror??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Could there be a cover up???
*With the entire Senate sworn in as jurors, the trial begins with debate over allowing witnesses and/or evidence Tuesday, January 21.
*Was this Pelosi’s plan all along???
*What might lie ahead...
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.
*Even if there isn’t an America versus Iran War, now is NOT a good time to take more money from the military for wall construction!
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…
*The United States has started negotiating a new trade deal with China, but tariffs still exist.
*Will there soon be a new trade agreement between Canada, Mexico, and the United States???
POLITICALLY…
*“Are you sure about the embassy?”—Justin Amash.
*Opinion: Was Trump right about Iran???
*Now the reason doesn’t matter???
*Who knew what WHEN???
*President Trump explains his strategy.
*No civilian drones. Guess why!
*What your school children might soon be eating!
*Opinion: Why all the misinformation???
*Speculation: If America and Iran go to war, what happens to American Muslims???
*Opinion: IOWA???
*Not what the military was hoping for.
TRUMP TWEETS
*Trump versus Democrats over Iran.
IT’S FACT CHECK TIME!
*Impeachment = official indictment on criminal charges. Trial = ???
MEANWHILE, IN CONGRESS…
*New Jersey Senator Cory Booker is no longer seeking the 2020 Democratic Presidential nomination.
“If necessary, President Trump can postpone the annual State of the Union address because of the trial.”—House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
*Chris Collins’ sentenced.
ELSEWHERE…
*“It WAS an act of terrorism!” —Florida’s Attorney General.
*Who’s right???
*The end of an era???
*Did a jetliner dump fuel over a school???
*She shouldn’t of died!
*The Supreme Court will review Obama Care again.
*Decades after the deadline, Virginia has FINALLY ratified the Equal Rights Amendment! What happens next???
*The wrong picture is worth HOW MUCH???
*We’re not saying aliens. Just an unidentified flying object.
*Microsoft is no longer supporting Windows 7. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK!
*And the ULTIMATE Jeopardy! Champion is….
*And the 2019 Oscar Award🏆 nominees for the best in motion pictures are…
*And the 2019 Razzie Awards🍇 nominees for the worst in motion pictures will be announced January 20! NOW February 8. They changed the date as of January, 2020.
The Houston Astros need new managers: STAT! Will Alex Cora, currently with the Boston Red Sox, be next??? YEP! (There are 3/THREE separate links in this item.)
⚾And even though Carlos Beltran was only a player with the Astros at the time, he has resigned from being the New York Mets new coach before even starting the job.
😀AND FINALLY, SOME GOOD NEWS…
*“Guess what I found?”
*Please say YES!
*My new fur-ever home!
*VHS tape still important!

THE PUZZLE CORNER: JANUARY 18, 2020

😎FUN FACT
Our moon🌒 will “cross” in front of Mars February 18.

REBUS
Something familiar is represented below.
Do you know what it is?
🧀🎂

TRIVIA TIME
Eggs🥚🐣 with what colored shell are the most nutritious?

We’ll reveal all next weekend but for now, let’s open up THE ANSWERS BOX📦 and discover the results from the January 11, 2020 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?
A woman’s possible answer to the question: “Are you pregnant?”
“Maybe, baby.”🚼

NUMBER PLEASE
Get ready! We ask the question, but the answer is just a number.
How many sweat glands can you find in one square inch of human skin?
625!

Thursday, January 16, 2020

DRAGON APPRECIATION DAY 2020!

So excited!

Hello Everybody! Waxy Dragon here!
I CAN'T BELIEVE IT!
After all these years...
After all the bad imagery and negative press we've had to overcome.

😀DRAGON 🐉 APPRECIATION DAY!😀

WOW!

You know, not every dragon has ever believed that Humans are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.
The fact that in Medieval Times, some thought dragons only ate "canned" food (all those armored soldiers) that they would rather kill us than get to know us better first.
Well, it just goes to show you that prejudices and stereotypes CAN be overcome!

Dragon Society has been lobbying day and knight for centuries to establish peace in our time between humans and dragons, but we never expected this!

Okay, dragons are sometimes still portrayed as the villain(s) in fantasy works, but to have a whole day in honor of us?

My faith in human kindness knows no bounds!

Now if all of you could only treat yourselves and each other better...
But one step at a time.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

SUNDAY FUNNIES: FUR THOUGHTS

Hello Everybody! Autumn the Puppy here!
WOW! It's 2020!
Where has the time gone?
I haven't even finished burying all of 2019's bones yet.
And before anyone goes looking for double meanings or hidden messages in that last sentence remember: I AM A DOG!🐶

Anyway, moving right along...
It's joke time!

I don't use auto-correct all of the time, but when I due... 😉

Upon realizing how poorly he played his first game, the new golfer🏌 said about improving his
performance, "I have a fairway to go."

Becoming an optometrist and learning how to prescribe eye wear must be a fine art.
After all, you don't want to make a spectacle of yourself.

How do locomotives🚂 know where they are to go?
Training.

As hunters, trains are good at following tracks. 🛤

Logic will get you from A to Z, but Imagination will take you everywhere.

It's not always easy being a dog.
Sometimes you just have to roll down your car window, smell the breeze as your owner drives because they won't let you do so despite being licensed, and bark at people you pass to brag about everything you've already smelled.

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

Saturday, January 11, 2020

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: JANUARY 5-11, 2020

JANUARY 13 IS COMING OF AGE DAY (MATURITY CEREMONY) IN JAPAN.
JANUARY 16 IS DRAGON APPRECIATION DAY (FOR FANTASY LOVERS)

AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE W🌍RLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*"Happy Birthday."🎂 Thanks, but not talks. Yet???
*Oman has a new head of state.
*The latest on Brexit.
*The Marshall Islands and Croatia have new presidents. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Reducing Royal Responsibilities, for now.
*The signal is coming from WHERE???
*The origin of the humming noise is…???
*January 13 marks the 75th anniversary of Bugs Bunny missing his first “left turn at Albuquerque” in Herr Meets Hare.

IRAN ITEMS…
*Hindsight IS 20/20!
*Saber rattling time! Is he serious??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Threats? Okay, if you must. But WAR???
*Now Iran is out of the nuclear deal Trump had America leave in 2018.
*Allies??? Enemies??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Iran launched missile attacks against American bases in Iraq January 8. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*It’s sanction time! But is there more to the story???
*Other countries to consider the situation.
*Establishing a “no fly” zone.
*The “unintentional” target.
*It might have been a mistake, but no one’s happy about it.
*Canada and Iran disagree on what happened.
*Maybe we did, but it was still unintentional.
*Iraq isn't happy about "being caught in the middle".

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…🌐
*Sadly, the Australian wildfires continue.

😢PASSING PARADE…
*Everyone onboard Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 January 8.
*Writer Silvio Horta (Ugly Betty, Jake 2.0) has passed away.
*Actor/screenwriter Buck Henry (Get Smart, The Graduate, Heaven Can Wait) is no longer with us.
*Actor Edd Byrnes (77 Sunset Strip, Grease 1) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Writer Mike Resnick (Goddess of Ganymede, Stalking the Unicorn) has passed away.
*Former Major League Baseball Pitcher Ed Sprague, Senior (Oakland A’s, Milwaukee Brewers, Cincinnati Reds) is no longer with us.
*Actress Neda Arnerić (Shaft in Africa, The End of the War) has taken her last bow on life’s stage.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…
IMPEACHMENT VERSUS IMPENDING TRIAL…
*Could the Senate change the rules or even DISMISS the charges against Trump??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Would John Bolton testify at a Trump Trial???
*Nancy Pelosi on the above.
*What will Mitch McConnell do???
*New developments/evidence???
*Constituents say: DO THE RIGHT THING!
*WHEN will the House send the Senate the charges against President Trump???
*The Senate “trial” will proceed.
TARIFF TALK…
*WHO is paying the tariff costs???
POLITICALLY…
*MORE secret meetings???
*Well, according to Vice President Pence...
*Apparently not everyone in the Trump Administration wants a potential war.
*Differences of opinion. Round 1 and Round 2. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Does President Trump know the meaning of the term “military secret”???
*The Trump Administration could change the housing rules!
*NOT something to be proud of.
*Opinion: Like Father, like Daughter.
*A race… against RACE???
*One less contender in the 2020 Presidential campaign.
*January 15 marks the 150th anniversary of Thomas Nast’s Donkey becoming the symbol for the Democratic Party.
TRUMP TWEETS
*“I warned you via Twitter!”—Trump to Congress about Iranian strike. SERIOUSLY???
*Tweeting against impending trial, AGAIN!
IT’S FACT CHECK TIME!
*Impeachment = official indictment on criminal charges. Trial = ???
*The image was FAKED! (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Trump on Iran, and Obama’s dealings with same. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
MEANWHILE, IN CONGRESS…
*Congress is back from their Winter Break.
*Did Trump try to bypass Congress over Iran???
*Altering plans.
*Will the House of Representatives limit President Trump’s “war powers”??? YEP! (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Opinion: Will it work???
*Guilty Republican leaving office!
ELSEWHERE…
*“I’m cancer free!”—Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
*More problems for Boeing???
*Vermont: NO cellphones for those under 21???
*Pier 1 Imports is preparing to close 450 stores. Could bankruptcy be in their future???
😀AND FINALLY, SOME GOOD NEWS…
*Aren’t they beautiful???

THE PUZZLE CORNER: JANUARY 11, 2020

😎FUN FACT
Red blood cells are produced in/by bone marrow.

RHYME TIME⌛
The clue to something is below, but no matter how long your answer is, each word within it must rhyme. Ready?
A woman’s possible answer to the question: “Are you pregnant?”

NUMBER PLEASE
Get ready! We ask the question, but the answer is just a number.
How many sweat glands can you find in one square inch of human skin?

We’ll reveal all next weekend but for now, let’s open up THE ANSWERS BOX📦 and discover the results from the January 4, 2020 Puzzle Corner.

THE LETTER SHUFFLE
How many new words can you form out of the letters in NEW YEAR?
A, an, any, are, aye
Ear, earn, ewe, eye
Nay, nee, near
Ran, raw, ray, renew
War, ware, warn, way, wean, wear, weary, were, wren
Yarn, yaw, yawn, yea, yearn
New and Year don’t count because they were part of the original phrase. Other words than the 30 listed above might be possible.

COMMON BONDS
The items in each subset below have something in common. Do you know what it is?
01. {♫Tracy♫ by The Cuff Links, ♫Sugar Sugar♫ by The Archies}
Both were actually performed by singer Ron Dante. Being one hit wonders does NOT qualify because ♫Sugar Sugar♫ was actually the third of five releases for The Archies with ♫Jingle Jangle♫ also a Top 10 hit for them.
02. {Strawberry Alarm Clock, Lynyrd Skynyrd} = singer/songwriter/guitarist Ed King was a member of both groups.
Don't feel too bad if you couldn't correctly answer the last one, for a lot of people were thrown off by the items in that subset.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

SUNDAY FUNNIES: JUST LITTLE OL' ME...

A curious baby dragon!
Hello Everybody. Waxy Dragon here with the first Sunday Funnies of the NEW year!

Of course, right now I don’t see what’s so new about this year other than the date because so far it looks just like the start of last year to me.
The sky’s are gray☁ and even the day is cold.
Why does winter have to last so long, anyway?

But, being quite an inquisitive (and I looked that word up, so I know I'm using it right!) baby dragon, those aren’t the only questions I have. Like…

How come you only get a happy ending if you play a country music song sdrawkcab?

What do people mean when they ask, “Can you see what I’m saying?”
Am I supposed to be listening with my eye teeth🦷 or what?

When someone says they’ve “souped up” a machine, what kind did they use?
I’m partial to chicken🐔 noodle myself!

Just what does a turkey🦃 have to be thankful for on Thanksgiving?
I guess if it’s one of the lucky ones that isn’t invited to dinner...

What happens to an ice carving after it melts?

I wonder what Internet service providers do to waste their time?

Do you know what actually makes me smile?😀
Facial muscles!

Now to make you smile.
Aren’t you glad this is my last question?

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

Saturday, January 4, 2020

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: DECEMBER 29, 2019-JANUARY 4, 2020

JANUARY 5 IS BIRD DAY. REMEMBER OUR FINE FEATHERED FRIENDS.
JANUARY 6 IS CUDDLE DAY.
JANUARY 7 IS OLD ROCKS DAY,
WHICH IS ACTUALLY A GOOD PORTION OF THIS PLANET!
JANUARY 10 MARKS THE 100 ANNIVERSARY OF THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS,
FORERUNNER TO THE UNITED NATIONS, FORMING.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!🥳
♫LET'S HOPE IT'S A GOOD ONE, WITHOUT ANY (MORE) FEAR!♫

AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE W🌍RLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*Keeping a weary eye on North Korea, but are their new nuclear experiments the United States’ fault??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Why was an American Embassy in Baghdad attacked??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Is the Samoa measles epidemic over???
*Algeria has a new Prime Minister.
*WHAT A TRIP!

IRAN NEWS…
*After recent events, Iran has vowed to obtain revenge. American President Donald Trump has ordered more troops deployed, while the world waits to see what happens next. (There are 4/FOUR separate links in this item.)
*WHAT second attack???
*Retaliation???

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…🌐
*The coldest December in Bangladesh history sadly claimed victims.
*Bush fires continue in Australia as the temperature keeps rising. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Despite all the (Republican) Climate Change Deniers, the Environment will be a serious issue of the 2020 American Presidential campaign!
*An ecological ban on… sun cream???

😢PASSING PARADE…
*The innocent victims of a CHURCH shooting December 29!
*Comedian/writer/musician Neil Innes (supporting player: Monty Python’s Flying Circus, The Rutles) is no longer with us.
*Fausta, the world’s oldest known rhinoceros, has passed away.
*Design artist Syd Mead (original Blade Runner movie, original Tron, Aliens) is no longer with us.
*Actress Sue Lyon (Lolita, Night of the Iguana, Arsenic and Old Lace) has taken her last bow on life’s stage.
*Musician Jack Sheldon (The Merv Griffin Show, Schoolhouse Rock) has passed away.
*Former professional baseball pitcher Don Larsen (New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles, San Francisco Giants) is no longer with us.
*Rapper Lexii Alijai has passed away.
*West Texas music pioneer Tommy Hancock is no longer with us.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…
IMPEACHMENT VERSUS IMPENDING TRIAL…
*The impending trial’s impending defense???
*Even Republicans are questioning the impending trial’s “ethics”. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Is there more to discover???
*WHO exactly loaned Donald Trump money???
*Trump thinks the Democrats are up to something and would like the Senate to drop the whole thing! (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*How might current events in Iran affect things??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
POLITICALLY…
*Keeping a weary eye on North Korea, but are their new nuclear experiments the United States’ fault??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*Why was an American Embassy in Baghdad attacked??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*WHO exactly loaned Donald Trump money???
*Despite all the (Republican) Climate Change Deniers, the Environment will be a serious issue of the 2020 American Presidential campaign!
*Fumbling an attempt to do the right thing.
*Opinion: How the Trumps ushered in the New Year. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*There is now one less candidate competing for the Democratic Presidential nomination.
TRUMP TWEETS
*Trump is still trying to expose the “whistle blower” who started everything!
IT’S FACT CHECK TIME!
*Impeachment = official indictment on criminal charges. Trial = ???
*The NON-EXISTENT 9-11 connection.
MEANWHILE, IN CONGRESS…
*No more Roe v. Wade???
*How many have left???
*Congress is in recess until the conclusion of their Winter Break.
ELSEWHERE…
*The law says it WAS a hate crime!
*If you’re being used, what do you do???
*What, if anything, did grandma do???
*NOT the best place for a selfie!
*Preparing for the end...
😀AND FINALLY, SOME GOOD NEWS…
*This cat needs a new travel agent!
*SAVED!


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