Saturday, April 20, 2024

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: APRIL 14-20, 2024: NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

 
WE NEED MORE
GUN RESPONSIBILITY
NOW! 

ALL INEQUALITY HAS TO STOP!

BAN BOOK BANS AND BURNINGS! 
WEAR YOUR MASK😷 WHEN NECESSARY
& BEWARE ANY VERSION OF

APRIL IS JAZZ APPRECIATION MONTH🎷 & GARLIC🧄 MONTH.
APRIL 22 IS EARTH🌍 DAY.
APRIL 25 IS ANZAC DAY FOR AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND, LIBERATION DAY FOR ITALY AND WORLD PENGUIN DAY.🐧
APRIL 26 IS WORLD INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY DAY.
APRIL 27 IS HAIRBALL AWARENESS DAY TO PROMOTE BETTER PET HEALTH.
APRIL 28 IS ARBOR🌳 DAY AND WORLD ASTRONOMY DAY.🔭

AM😷NGST EVENTS AROUND THE W🌍RLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*The COVID state of the world, as of April 20, 2024.

*There are 4/FOUR separate links in the header above.


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…
*April 22 is Earth🌍 Day.
*April 25 is World Penguin🐧 Day.
*April 28 is Arbor Day.🌳

🌌SPACE NEWS…
*April 28 is World Astronomy Day.🔭

😢PASSING PARADE…
*TikTok star Kyle Marisa Roth is no longer with us.
*Dickey Betts of The Allman Brothers Band has passed away.
*Grammy winning singer Mandisa is no longer with us.
*Former professional baseball player and 2004 World Series winner Dave McCarty has passed away.
*Former professional football🏈 player and coach Steve Sloan is no longer with us.
*Former professional football🏈 player turned executive Bill Tobin has passed away.
*TV consultant, producer and screen writer Bob Ellison (numerous credits over a long career) is no longer with us.
*Former professional football🏈 player Roman Gabriel has passed away.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…
CAPITAL CHAOS: JANUARY 6, 2021>AFTERMATH
POLITICALLY…
🗹ELECTION 2024…
THE SUPREME COURT REPORT…
SOCIAL (IN)JUSTICE…
😷THE US VERSUS COVID-19…
IT’S FACT CHECK TIME!
MEANWHILE, IN CONGRESS…
*The House still wants to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, but even after a distraction, the Senate said “No”. (There are 3/THREE separate links in this item.)
TRUMP’S TRIAL(S)…
*The ins and outs of finalizing a jury. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
ELSEWHERE…
😀AND FINALLY, SOME GOOD NEWS…

THE PUZLE CORNER: APRIL 20, 2024

 😎FUN FACT
It takes 40 gallons of Maple🍁 Tree Sap to make 1 gallon of Maple Syrup.

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

COMMON BONDS
The items in each subset below have something in common. Do you know what it is?
01. {Dolly Parton, Whitney Houston} and yes we know they are both singing actresses.
02. {Hawaiian, Sicilian}

We’ll reveal all next weekend but for now, let’s open up THE ANSWERS BOX📦 and discover the results from the April 13, 2024 Puzzle Corner.

NUMBER PLEASE
Get ready! We ask the question, but the answer is just a number.
What is the minimum number of pitches in the average Major League Baseball⚾ game?
162. Three Strikes per Out multiplied by three Outs per half inning, multiplied by nine innings and then doubled to account for both teams. Yet 162 would result in a 0-0 shutout tie with no one ever getting on base at the end of regulation play, sending the game into extra innings

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


Sunday, April 14, 2024

SUNDAY FUNNIES: CELEBRITY CITINGS REDUX

 Hello Everybody! Piper D. Katt here!

Our late friend and mentor Autumn the Puppy used to have this routine where she would post actual celebrity comments and then comment upon the comments in a hopefully comedic way.
It hasn't been done since Autumn crossed the Rainbow Bridge🌈, but I'd like to try my paw at it today.

"I was ashamed of myself when I realized life was a costume party, and I attended it with my real face." ~~ Franz Kafka (1883-1924)
William Shakespeare said "To thy own self be true," so I have absolutely no idea what Mister Kafka has to be ashamed about.

"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." ~~Mark Twain (1835-1910)
Just because a lot of beings are doing the same thing doesn't always make it right. After all, unless you're the lead dog on the sled team, the view never changes. 😼

"Of course I talk to myself. I’m a good speaker and I appreciate an intelligent audience." ~~ Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)
If you talk to yourself and are rich, some just consider you eccentric.
If you talk to yourself and are poor, some question your emotional state of mind, but if you talk to yourself while holding a cellphone📱, you can confuse them all.

“I wake up in the morning, the first thing I do is look in the obituaries to see if my name is in there. If it is not, I start my day." ~~ George Burns (1896-1996)
The man lived to be 100, so he must have been onto something there.

"But some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again." ~~ author C.S. Lewis (1898-1963)
Although in this case he was probably talking about being a parent and reading them to your children, age is just a number and a question of mind over matter.
If you don't mind, it don't matter.

“Everybody misspells my name.” ~~ Anony Mouse. 
Anony Mouse is a prolific author and commentator. There is a lot accredited to him(?) or her(?) that no one ever takes the credit for.
Considering some of the things Anony Mouse allegedly says and believes, I can see why.

"Because it is so unbelievable, the truth often escapes being known." ~~ Heraclitus, ancient Greek Philosopher.
"When you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." ~~  Sherlock Holmes via author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
"Believe it, or not." ~~ LeRoy Robert Ripley, founder of Ripley's Believe It Or Not.
I think these three go hand in paw. Yet how many out there still believe that the Earth is flat or any of that other silly nonsense?

"ANGRY people want you to see how powerful they are. LOVING people want you to see how powerful you are." ~~ Chief Red Eagle. (1765-1824)
Do you really need a current example of THAT? 😾

So on that note♫, take care.
STAY SAFE! 😷
Have a great week and please be back next weekend for more Sunday Funnies!—PDK.

Saturday, April 13, 2024

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: APRIL 7-13, 2024: NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

 
WE NEED
MORE GUN
RESPONSIBILITY
NOW! 

ALL INEQUALITY HAS TO STOP!

BAN BOOK BANS AND BURNINGS! 
WEAR YOUR MASK😷 WHEN NECESSARY
& BEWARE ANY VERSION OF

APRIL IS JAZZ🎷 MONTH & GARLIC🧄 MONTH.
APRIL 13 IS INTERNATIONAL PLANT🪴 APPRECIATION DAY,
THE PRELUDE TO EARTH🌍 DAY.
APRIL 13 IS THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS GAME DEBUT.
FOR THOSE CELEBRATING, APRIL 13 IS ALSO VAISAKHI.
APRIL 14 IS DOLPHIN🐬 DAY.
APRIL 14 IS THE 85TH ANNIVERSARY OF
JOHN STEINBECK’S THE GRAPES OF WRATH.
APRIL 15 IS WORLD ART APPRECIATION DAY.
APRIL 16 IS THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ROSE IS ROSE COMIC STRIP.
APRIL 16 IS THE 35TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DILBERT COMIC STRIP.
APRIL 22 IS EARTH🌍 DAY.

AM😷NGST EVENTS AROUND THE W🌍RLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*The COVID state of the world, as of April 13, 2024.

*There are 4/FOUR separate links in the header above.
*Could Israel versus Iran be near??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)

*Even as the Russian airstrikes continue…  (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)

THE TERRORIST REPORT…
*The Free Choice E-zine does not support terrorism, no matter what the “cause” or alleged “justification”. Thus we will only be posting news items in this section whenever terrorists are brought to justice.

🌐THE CLIMATE CHANGE CHRONICLES…
*On the issue of “Forever Chemicals” in American drinking water. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
*April 13 is International Plant🪴 Appreciation Day, the prelude to Earth Day.
*April 14 is Dolphin🐬 Day.
*April 22 is Earth🌍 Day.

🌌SPACE NEWS…

😢PASSING PARADE…
*2013 Nobel Prize winning Theoretical Physicist Peter Higgs of the Higgs-Boson Particle is no longer with us.
*Famed Journalist Robert MacNeil (PBS News Hour) has passed away.
*Artist Trina Robbins (numerous credits over a decades long career) is no longer with us.
*K-Pop singer/songwriter Park Bo-ram has passed away.
*Former professional football🏈 player Eric Sievers is no longer with us.
*Drummer Keith LeBlanc (Sugar Hill Gang, NIN, more) has passed away.
*Sound engineer Dan Wallin (numerous films over a long career) is no longer with us.
Documentary creator Eleanor Coppola (Heart of Darkness, Paris Can Wait, more) has passed away.
*Former professional football🏈 player turned actor and accused murderer O. J. Simpson is no longer with us.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…
FEDERAL & STATE INCOME TAX FORMS HAVE TO BE FILED BY APRIL 15.
POLITICALLY…
🗹ELECTION 2024…
*Independent Candidate Cornel West has announced his Vice Presidential running mate. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
THE SUPREME COURT REPORT…
SOCIAL (IN)JUSTICE…
STOP THE SENSELESS VIOLENCE!
😷THE US VERSUS COVID-19…
IT’S FACT CHECK TIME!
MEANWHILE, IN CONGRESS…
*House Republican Mike Gallagher has announced his impending resignation, shrinking the Republican lead even further.
TRUMP’S TRIAL(S)…
*A look at Defendant Trump’s current financial status. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
ELSEWHERE…
*The University of Connecticut won the Men’s Division while South Carolina took the Women’s 2024 NCAA College Basketball🏀 championship title. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
😀AND FINALLY, SOME GOOD NEWS…
*The NCIS franchise (Los Angeles, New Orleans, Hawai’i and Sydney included) will be celebrating its 1000th episode April 15th with “A 1000 Yards”. The Hawai'i episode that night is aptly entitled "The Next 1000".

THE PUZZLE CORNER: APRIL 13, 2024

 😎FUN FACT

NUMBER PLEASE
Get ready! We ask the question, but the answer is just a number.
What is the minimum number of pitches in the average Major League Baseball⚾ game?

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



We’ll reveal all next weekend but for now, let’s open up THE ANSWERS BOX📦 and discover the results from the April 6, 2024 Puzzle Corner.

FAMOUS FIRSTS
🥇
Who was DC Comics first superhero?
Doctor Occult by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster first appeared in New Fun Comics’ sixth issue, dated October 1935; predating by three years the pair’s more famous creation: Superman.

TRIVIA TIME
In what movie would you hear the line: ♫Fine swine. Wish he were mine.♫
The line is from the song “Zuckerman’s Famous Pig” in the Hanna-Barbera version of Charlotte’s Web, released in 1973.

Sunday, April 7, 2024

SUNDAY FUNNIES: KNOCK KNOCK, AGAIN

 Knock, Knock.
Who's there?
Koda?
Koda who?
Hello Everybody! Koda Canine here.
It's been quite a while since I've done this last, but I thought I'd try my paw again at telling Knock Knock jokes.
Ready?

Knock, knock.
Who's There?
Ashe.
Ashe who?
Bless you!


Knock, knock.
Who's there?
Nobel.
Nobel who?
There is no bell🔕, that's why I knocked!
What? Did you think you were going to get a prize for answering the door?

Knock, knock.
Please Knock Politely.
Who's There?
Lettuce.
Lettuce who?
Lettuce in and you'll find out!

Knock, Knock.
Whose there?
Wooden Shoe.
Wooden Shoe who?
Wooden Shoe like to know!

Knock, knock.
Who's there?
Little Old Lady.
Little Old Lady who?
I didn't know you could yodel.

Knock-knock.
Who's there?
Tank.
Tank Who?
You're welcome!

Who's there?
Knock, knock.
Who's there?
Hoot, hoot.
Hoot, hoot, who?
Are you an owl?🦉

Knock, knock.
Who's there?
Hawaii.
Hawaii who?
I'm fine. Hawaii you?

Knock, knock.
Who's there?
Orange. 🟠
Orange who?
Orange you ever going to open the door!
Of course you should never open the door to an unknown stranger.
I'm just strange, for a dog, but that's besides the point.

So with that Public Service Safety Tip, it's time for me to say take care.
STAY SAFE! 😷
Have a great week and please be back next weekend for more Sunday Funnies!—KC.

Saturday, April 6, 2024

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: MARCH 31-APRIL 6, 2024: NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

 
WE NEED
MORE GUN
RESPONSIBILITY
NOW! 

ALL INEQUALITY HAS TO STOP!

BAN BOOK BANS AND BURNINGS! 
WEAR YOUR MASK😷 WHEN NECESSARY
& BEWARE ANY VERSION OF

APRIL IS JAZZ🎷 MONTH & GARLIC🧄 MONTH.
FOR THOSE OBSERVING, RAMADAN IS MARCH 10 THROUGH APRIL 9.
APRIL 6 IS TARTAN DAY.
APRIL 7 IS THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN’S
SOUTH PACIFIC DEBUTING ON BROADWAY.
APRIL 9 IS VIMY RIDGE DAY IN CANADA & THE PHILIPPINES’ DAY OF VALOR.
APRIL 13 IS INTERNATIONAL PLANT🪴 APPRECIATION DAY,
THE PRELUDE TO EARTH🌍 DAY.
APRIL 13 IS THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF
THE DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS GAME DEBUT.
APRIL 14 IS DOLPHIN🐬 DAY.
APRIL 14 IS THE 85TH ANNIVERSARY OF
JOHN STEINBECK’S THE GRAPES🍇 OF WRATH.
APRIL 15 IS WORLD ART🎨 APPRECIATION DAY.

AM😷NGST EVENTS AROUND THE W🌍RLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*After their Embassy in Ecuador was raided, Mexico has stopped diplomatic relations with that country. (There are 2/TWO separate links in that item.)
*The COVID state of the world, as of April 6, 2024.

*There are 4/FOUR separate links in the header above.

THE RUSSIAN REPORT...

*Russia is drafting more soldiers, while the Ukraine lowered their enlistment age to 25. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)

THE TERRORIST REPORT…
*The Free Choice E-zine does not support terrorism, no matter what the “cause” or alleged “justification”. Thus we will only be posting news items in this section whenever terrorists are brought to justice.

🌐THE CLIMATE CHANGE CHRONICLES…
*April 13 is International Plant🪴 Appreciation Day, the prelude to Earth🌍 Day.
*April 14 is Dolphin🐬 Day.

🌌SPACE NEWS…
*Depending upon your location, are you ready for the Solar Eclipse April 8??? (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)

😢PASSING PARADE…
*Former House of Representatives member William Delahunt of Massachusetts is no longer with us.
*Actor Chance Perdomo (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Gen V, more) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Actor Ron Harper (numerous roles over a decades long career) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Attorney and baseball⚾ executive Larry Lucchino has passed away.
*Professional football🏈 player Vontae Davis is no longer with us.
*Comedic actor Joe Flaherty (SCTV and many more credits over a long career) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Artist Ed Piskor (Marvel Comics and many independent works) is no longer with us.
*Actress turned Casting Director Barbara Baldavin (original Star Trek, Rawhide and much more) has taken her last bow on life’s stage.
*Former professional football🏈 player and Super Bowl 7 & 8 winner Mike Kolen is no longer with us.
*Actress Barbara Rush (numerous credits over a long career) has taken her last bow on life’s stage.
*Actor Cole Brings Plenty (Yellowstone: 1923, more) has taken his last bow on life's stage.
*Actor Adrian Schiller (Beauty and the Beast live action movie, Doctor Who, various video game voices, more) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…
FEDERAL AND STATE INCOME TAX FORMS HAVE TO BE FILED BY APRIL 15.
THE BORDER WALL-KIDS-IMMIGRATION ISSUES…
*Former President Trump declared a “national emergency” to build his border wall, separating families upon apprehension. President Joseph Biden nullified the emergency, but other matters pertaining to these issues still have to be dealt with.
NOTE: While we are doing our best to provide coverage, the above is a serious ongoing issue. Especially since no one has yet to fully discuss the health and safety of all the detainees as well as the various costs under Donald Trump of separating families and who is truly responsible for the deaths of FIVE detainees (known to date), let alone if anyone might actually be making a profit from this situation.
POLITICALLY…

🗹ELECTION 2024…
*Candidate Trump is apparently against voting by mail. Unfortunately the Republican Party isn’t.
*Looks like the abortion issue will be on Arizona’s ballot this year too.
SOCIAL (IN)JUSTICE…
😷THE US VERSUS COVID-19…
IT’S FACT CHECK TIME!
MEANWHILE, IN CONGRESS…
TRUMP’S TRIAL(S)…
*Three different pretrial motions denied in one day. (There are 3/THREE separate links in this item.)
*New York wants to know if Trump’s bond is real. Here's some reasons why. (There are 2/TWO separate links in this item.)
ELSEWHERE…
*April 8 is the 50th anniversary of Hank Aaron passing Babe Ruth’s home run record in Major League Baseball⚾. Aaron was the last player (to date) to do so cleanly: not using any Performance Enhancing Chemicals.
😀AND FINALLY, SOME GOOD NEWS…
*The NCIS franchise (Los Angeles, New Orleans, Hawai’i and Sydney included) will be celebrating its 1000th episode April 15th with “A 1000 Yards”.


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