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Archive for March 19, 2017

Removal Vote On Mayor Of Muscatine Thursday Morning

Muscatine City Council with Mayor Broderson

The somewhat mysterious process that the Muscatine City Council has used in their proceedings against Muscatine Mayor Diana Broderson will become much clearer Thursday morning when a removal hearing will be held at City Hall at 8AM.

As far as I can tell the meeting is open to the public.

The attempts to remove Mayor Broderson have been reported across the country. There have been undertones of sexism and of highly partisan politics for those of us viewing it from outside of the city. Removal of mayors is not a common process in this country.

Perhaps the best in depth story on this situation comes from the Voice of Muscatine blog from last month.

Since the council has been united in this process, one can probably expect a vote for removal to be a foregone conclusion. I have no idea what action may be taken after that, if any.

Sunday Funday: Basketball Sunday Edition

A man who could pick the winners!

Please do not disturb the lump on the couch. That is me. I have not had much chance to watch my favorite sport this year{ college basketball. Today is my day. If disturbed I may react strangely. I may break down in loud sobs asking some deity “Why, Why, Why????” So please approach with caution.

It is still women’s history month and so we will work in a couple of good questions on women along with many on the continuing strange saga of the world and the US of today.

Were you paying attention?

1) “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.” Who made this statement in a tweet last week?

2) In response to the above tweet white supremacist leader David Duke stated “sanity reigns supreme” where?

3) Who was the female Speaker of the US House of Representatives?

4) Which of Iowa’s senators claimed “little faith” in CBO estimates for the number that would become uninsured under the Republican replacement for the ACA?

5) Approximately how many did the CBO say would lose insurance in a decade under the Republican replacement?

6) Due to the Brexit vote, what part of Great Britain is renewing calls for a referendum on independence?

7) In a much anticipated vote in the Netherlands Tuesday what favored white nationalist candidate came in a distant 2nd?

8) The administration’s proposed budget will eliminate what popular and necessary program that helps sustain seniors?

9) What major cable news program broke the big story of having received a copy of the current president’s taxes in the mail?

10) Who did they speculate may have sent them the Trump tax return?

11) A state senator from what state was caught engaging in sex with an underage boy?

12) The new Secretary of State said that it may be necessary to take “pre-emptive military action” against what other country?

13) Who was the first woman in space?

14) The Girl Guides (Girl Scouts) from what country have cancelled all trips to the US due to the fear of problems at entry and exit?

15) Two former administrators from what university pled guilty to mishandling sexual abuse reports in the Jerry Sandusky probe?

16) What oldest golf club in the world voted to admit women to avoid being dropped from the rotation for the British open?

17) “Bombogenesis” is the term used to describe the coming together of what recent storm?

18) Who was the first woman to run for vice-president on a major party ticket?

19) The administration’s proposed budget also eliminates funds to what parent entity of Big Bird’s network?

20) What woman was the first to run for president on a major party ticket?

Today’s nugget of wisdom comes from Upton Sinclair “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!”

Answers:

1) Iowa’s own Steve King

2) In Steve King’s district!

3) Nancy Pelosi

4) Grassley

5) 24 million

6) Scotland

7) Geert Wilders

8) Meals on Wheels

9) Rachel Maddow

10) Donald Trump himself

11) Oklahoma

12) North Korea.

13) Valentina Tereshkova in 1963 – believe she just turned 80

14) Canada

15) Penn State

16) Muirfield

17) the blizzard that hit the northeast US Tuesday and Wednesday

18) Geraldine Ferraro in 1984

19) Corporation for Public Broadcasting. One way or another CPB will probably be cut

20) if you missed this hang your head – Hillary Clinton.

Time to catch some games!