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Sunday Funday – Still Colorful Edition

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What can we say? It is sure pretty out. Beautiful weather too. Wish we could bottle it. Be sure to enjoy it during its brief time.

Take some time this week to get that absentee ballot or to take a trip to your local auditor’s office to vote. Then enjoy the fact that on election day you have already done your duty. Or maybe you could help get the vote out for our great Democratic candidates.

Were you paying attention?

1) The fear of ebola spreading in the US were heightened when a nurse who tested positive for ebola said she had done what?

2) In the Florida gubernatorial debate Republican Rick Scott at first refused to debate because his opponent had what?

3) According to one tweet, Republicans that fear the ebola virus may mutate into a virus that could be caught via the air admitted to what?

4) In Fort Dodge Thursday morning an Iowa couple was stopped for speeding and held at gunpoint by police. Why were they speeding?

5) In a real surprise in baseball the Kansas City Royals swept to the world series by winning how many straight games?

6) Republicans called for an “ebola czar” while at the same time blocking the nomination for what post?

7) Joni Ernst had a major hitter come in to campaign for her last weekend. Can you name the former presidential candidate who campaigned for Ernst?

8) September 2014 ranked as what in the recorded history of world temperatures for September?

9) In Orange City, a baby sitter was given what sentence in the death of a toddler she was watching?

10) Is the harvest in Iowa ahead of or behind schedule this year?

11) Which state in West Africa has been declared free from ebola, according to the WHO?

12) A candidate for US senate from Iowa died in a small airplane crash this week. Can you name him?

13) In Bakersfield, California there have been 20 incidents of people being terrorized by what in recent weeks?

14) With the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize last week, 5 of the last 12 winners have what in common?

15) Tired of online shopping? What cyber giant will open a brick and mortar store in downtown Manhattan before Christmas?

The early evenings and the cool temps really set the stage for a warming fire and a good movie. Oh and another Hawkeye win!

Answers:

1) Taken a flight to Cleveland or taken a cruise

2) a fan placed under his podium

3) evolution – that the virus would have evolved from it contact form of spreading

4) They were on the way to the hospital for a birth. However, the police were not notified

5) 8

6) Surgeon General – Republicans have blocked the nomination of Vivek Murthy because of guns. The NRA(via Republicans) are blocking it.

7) Mitt Romney (who? many may ask)

8) #1 – following a string of hottest months this summer.

9) 100 years in prison

10) behind

11) Senegal – no new cases for 42 days as of Friday.

12) Doug Bustier, Libertarian

13) clowns

14) Muslim

15) Amazon. Yes Amazon

Sunday Funday Homecoming Edition

Homecoming 2014
Little can match the fun and pageantry of homecoming. From high schools to the big colleges homecoming is always a festive occasion. The color, the crisp weather and with any luck a good game and a victory just makes for an almost magical weekend. It only comes once a year.

All that to say I am back after a short absence and am ready to drop some questions on you!. Sorry to say I need to take another hiatus in

a couple of weeks but only for a short stint.

Were you paying attention?

1) Monday Americans take a holiday for Columbus day. Our friends in Canada also have a holiday Monday. Do you know what they celebrate Monday in Canada?

2) The Supreme Court is back in session every first Monday of October. This year it shocked everyone by not doing what?

3) The symphony orchestra of what city was interrupted by a “Requiem for Michael Brown” by an audience flash mob.

4) The city council in Clear Lake, Iowa rejected a request by a citizen to turn what old municipal property into a home?

5) Western Europe got a touch of Ebola in what country last week?

6) It is Nobel Prize time. American and Japanese scientists shared the prize for perfecting what environmentally friendly technology?

7) Another Nobel Prize, this one for Peace, was won by a Pakistani teenager. No more hints – can you name her?

8) 72 Iowa judges are up for retention vote this election. What year did Iowans remove 3 Supreme Court justices for their votes on marriage equality?

9) 522 years ago Christopher Columbus landed in the Bahamas. Where did he believe he had landed?

10) In yet another surprise in their opening week the Supreme Court issued a decision stopping what in Wisconsin?

11) In order to fatten their owners pocketbooks, Walmart cut what benefit from their part-time workers?

12) Democrats charged this week that contracts awarded in Montgomery County were a conflict of interest when who was a county official there?

13) What well known financial guru was unable to finance a mortgage last week due to stringent rules put in after the financial collapse?

14) What leader of the world’s most secretive country missed a major event Friday increasing speculation that he may have been deposed?

15) The Iowa Insurance Commission approved an increase of what percent for those Iowans with Wellmark policies?

I see that our illustrious governor, who did all he could to stop the ACA and the expansion of Medicaid in Iowa is all over the health thing these days. “Take a walk” he says. No doubt a much better idea than being able to see a doctor. Oh, please, we so need universal single payer health care. Iowa had a walking Wednesday for its ‘healthiest state initiative.’ Time to tell Branstad to take a walk. But I digress

Answers:

1) it is Thanksgiving Day in Canada Monday

2) not hearing any cases pertaining to gay marriage, thus letting gay marriage go forward where it has been declared legal.

3) St. Louis

4) The old water tower

5) Spain

6) LED bulbs. Note the term is ‘perfecting’ not discovering. They invented the blue LED to add to the red and green to combine to make white light.

7) Mulala Yousafzai

8) 2010

9) The Indies. Most scholars take this to mean the Spice Islands or what we call Indonesia and Indochina.

10) the need for photo ID to vote.

11) health insurance

12) Joni Ernst. The contracts were won by her father.

13) Ben Bernanke.

14) Kim Jong Un

15) 14.5%

Facing A Problem With Humor

happy children back to school

happy children back to school


No doubt you have heard of various efforts to push extreme policies only to be ridiculed to death by the intended victims and their sympathizers on facebook or twitter or other social media. This week we had an absolutely hilarious response to the right wing school board of Jefferson County (Denver area), Colorado being ridiculed for their attempt to remove all that nasty stuff from American History classes, like civil rights and how bad slaves were treated and how the labor movement was crushed at every turn.

I am not sure if the tweeters on this thread are students or not, but they definitely have enough knowledge of the subject to make the school board look like the utter fools they must be.

Alan Franklin ‏@alanfranklin Sep 24
The back of the bus is where the air conditioning is, so no one ever really complained. #JeffCoSchoolBoardHistory #copolitics

matt meister ‏@akronwobbly 2h
Remember the Alamo, but forget that they were fighting to expand slavery in other countries.
#JeffCoSchoolBoardHistory

Gideon Hodge ‏@gideonhodge 3h
Crossing the Delaware was actually the first IceBucketChallenge. George Washington still owes ALS $100 #JeffCoSchoolBoardHistory

Jack Wylie ‏@twylier Sep 23
The First Amendment was crafted to protect our right to do as we’re told. #JeffCoSchoolBoardHistory #copolitics

Brendan Smith ‏@blacksab67 Sep 23
Jesus wrote the Declaration of Independence on the back of one of Ben Franklin’s kites. #JeffcoSchoolBoardHistory

Crutnacker ‏@Crutnacker Sep 23
Joseph McCarthy was a kindly patriot who was driven to ruin by a witchhunt by communists in the liberal media. #JeffcoSchoolBoardHistory

Kathryn Poindexter ‏@klpoindexter Sep 23
Dust Bowl was a football event sponsored by Lemon Pledge #JeffcoSchoolBoardHistory #copolitics

Many, many more here. But I warn you, be prepared for some of the funniest, most original stuff you have seen in a long time. Then let it sink in how these folks attacked a ludicrous, unnecessary problem with a really potent weapon.

In the end I am reminded of Mark Twain’s take on school boards:
In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards.

Sunday Funday – And It Is Autumn

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There isn’t much that can top autumn. The warm days, the cool evenings, the harvest going on all over. Color bursting everywhere as the trees and other plants get ready for a winter’s slumber by giving us a glorious show. For the sports fans there isn’t a much busier time. For those who love the delicacies of dining there are scrumptious flavors all over, especially from the ripening fruits.

The only problem is that autumn seems to speed by like a race car and then leaves us with the realities of winter. But before that happens we do have the wonderful holidays of Halloween, Thanksgiving and the Christmas season. Then we must wait another year for the exhilaration of another autumn.

As for us, one of the real highlights of autumn is that first pot of chile. No two pots of chili are ever the same around here. We often don’t know what will go in a pot until we start making it. Happy autumn all!

Were you paying attention ?

1) At the current time, which party has requested the most absentee ballots in Iowa?

2) September 26th, 1960. Can you remember the major event that took place that night?

3) Eric Holder announced his resignation as Attorney General this week. Who was his predecessor as AG?

4) Citing climate change as their motivator, which family that grew rich on oil began divesting themselves of oil ties?

5) Left over from last week – what major American owned beer label was sold to a Russian company?

6) Just a week ago a march for what reason drew a half a million people and went nearly unreported by the main stream media?

7) Monday the US began airstrikes in what ME nation?

8) Google, Facebook and Yahoo were among internet companies that ended ties with what ultra right wing group this week?

9) High school students in the Denver, Colorado area walked out this week over the altering of what course content?

10) A grand jury in Columbus Ohio refused to indict police officers for what incident in a Walmart in August?

11) In Kansas, Sam Brownback’s right wing utopia has been forced to do what to fill in the huge holes in the state budget?

12) The ACA or Obamacare is expected to save American hospitals about how much caring for uninsured patients this year?

13) Flights in and out of Chicago airports were halted Friday when what happened at the air traffic control tower in Aurora?

14) Thursday marked the beginning of what in Iowa?

15) An American workplace had a major incident when an “out of control” employee did what physical harm to another employee?

Well – let’s get this over so we can enjoy the day.

Answers:

1) Democrats with over 50%

2) The first Kennedy – Nixon debate took place. It was broadcast on all TV networks

3) Michael Mukasey (bet a lot said it was Gonzalez)

4) The Rockefellers

5) Pabst.

6) Climate Change

7) Syria – targetting ISIS among others.

8) ALEC – about time!

9) History – the right wing Jefferson county school board tried to downplay civil disobedience and related subjects.

10) The shooting of an unarmed black customer reported to have a gun

11) Sex toys. Read the story here

12) About $5.7bn.

13) A disgruntled employee started a fire in the basement of the facility

14) Early voting!

15) beheaded one woman and stabbed another man.

Sunday Funday – The Divorce Didn’t Happen Edition

dinna cheatAnglophiles everywhere can sleep better tonight. The rumored breakup with their rascally little partner, Scotland, did not come to pass. That doesn’t mean all is bliss. England made lots of promises to keep the marriage together. We will see how well those promises are kept in the near future. But for now we can visit their home without having to duck flying dishes and nasty name calling. Peace – isn’t it wonderful?

Were you paying attention last week?

1) President Obama committed troops and money to combat what potential major threat in Africa?

2) What independent senator made his very first appearance on Meet The Press, saying issues are pushing him to run for president?

3) Claiming he was “too busy” what official was able to get his scheduled deposition delayed until after the election?

4) A vintage Kent State sweatshirt with what looked like bullet holes and blood was marketed last week by what company?

5) What Chinese company attracted major publicity for its initial public offering Friday on the New York Stock Exchange?

6) Is this a sign that things are getting better? The number of gamblers in Iowa increased by what percent in 2013?

7) Let no man out asunder. England and Scotland are still together. When were they put together under one parliament?

8) Who was the leader of the of the “YES” position in the vote to split Scotland from England?

9) The No Child Left Behind law has listed more or less than half of Iowa’s schools in need of help?

10) September 24 1957. President Eisenhower sends federal troops to Arkansas for what purpose?

11) While many major corporations have threatened to uncouple from the NFL over the domestic abuse issue, what corporation has actually pulled its campaign against breast cancer from the NFL?

12) In the run up to the independence vote in Scotland, what major financial company threatened to move its headquarters out of Scotland?

13) What politician joined the Nuns on the Bus as they kicked off another national tour this time promoting voter registration?

14) In a horrific crime Thursday in Belle Florida, a man killed who?

15) In Florida, a bill that gives students “sole discretion in determining whether an inspirational message is to be delivered” at a student assembly has been embraced by what religious sect?

Well I guess I won’t have to get my kilts out and press them. Never did look good in them anyway.

Answers:

1) Ebola

2) Bernie Sanders

3) Gov. Branstad. – Hey,guv, we all get busy.

4) Urban Outfitters

5) Ali Baba – already worth more than Amazon

6) 9%

7) 1707

8) Alex Salmond

9) more than half – 54.4%

10) to desegregate Little Rock’s Central HS

11) P&G

12) RBS or Royal Bank of Scotland

13) VP Joe Biden

14) his daughter and his six grandchildren before killing himself

15) The Satanic Temple which in turn is rallying for Florida governor Rick Scott.

Sunday Funday – Oops About That Harkin Steak Fry

harkin_braleyIf I am not wrong I wrote last week’s quiz as if the last Harkin Steak Fry was last week. I am a total Bozo, but I am not telling you anything you already didn’t know. If you did go to the event last week you no doubt secured an excellent seat. Hopefully you get squatter’s rights for this week.

Thirty-seven years is a long time. I think phones were still connected to the wall 37 years ago. Thank you Senator and a long life to you. By the way, I certainly hope we don’t see you as a lobbyist for any corporation.

And now: the quiz!

1) In recent years Harkin has invited 3 folks who have made noises about running for the Democratic nomination in 2016 besides Hillary. Can you name them (hint: 2008,2011, 2012)

2) Which state has had its bond rating downgraded for the seventh time and second this year under their governor who wants to be president?

3) The eyes of the world will be on what want-to-be nation next week as it votes for its independence?

4) At a Board of Supervisor’s meeting in Maquoketa, a gunman died while apparently trying to kill what county official?

5) Experimental vaccines have kept a group of macaque monkeys free from what disease for 10 months?

6) Two Minnesota senators have addressed the crowd at the Harkin steak fries over the years. Can you name them?

7) Multitudes of female Ravens fans attended Thursday night’s game wearing the jersey of what Ravens player?

8) The National Organization for Women (NOW) called for the resignation of what business leader this week?

9) On Wednesday, President Obama announced what strategy for the Middle East?

10) The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that for the first time ever fewer than half of American adults were what?

11) DNA tests revealed Aaron Kosminski as one of history’s most sought after mystery men. Who was Aaron Kominsky revealed to be?

12) Yet another major retailer announced that its credit customers may have been compromised. What retailer announced it was hacked this time?

13) What major world economy contracted at an annual rate of 7.1% in the second (April – June) quarter?

14) The Apple watch was introduced this week. The screen of the Apple watch will be made of what ultra-hard substance?

15) The sheriff of Rock Island County, Illinois resigned this week when he pled guilty to official misconduct for what actions?

It was a busy week. Bet Senator Harkin won’t miss the foofahrah all that much.

Answers:

1) 2008 – Brian Schweitzer, 2011 – Bernie Sanders and 2012 – Martin O’Malley

2) New Jersey

3) Scotland

4) the county assessor – he had a tax complaint.

5) Ebola

6) Paul Wellstone and Al Franken

7) the suspended for domestic violence Ray Rice

8) NFL commissioner Roger Goodell over his handling of the Rice affair.

9) air strikes on ISIL

10) married – maybe we need more marriage equality.

11) Jack the Ripper

12) Home Depot

13) Japan

14) sapphire glass

15) cyber stalking a woman.

Sunday Funday: The Last Harkin Steak Fry

Senator Tom Harkin

Senator Tom Harkin

In case you forgot today is the last annual Harkin Steak Fry. This is an annual fundraiser that helps pay a lot of bills for the Iowa Democratic Party. We can’t go this year due to previous commitments, but we do encourage all others. In case you hadn’t heard (do you live in a cave?) the headliners this year are that family from Arkansas, the Clintons.

We have been to a couple of these events. Always ran into friends from across the state. This was the main attraction for us. We did see an up and comer from Chicago name of Obama one year. I think that odd name may have held him back from going anywhere in politics.

Were you paying attention last week?

1) First the bad news. Oktoberfests in Germany are being threatened by a strike by the makers of what?

2) Jack Hatch claimed Branstad “can’t buy back his integrity.” What was Hatch referring to?

3) Eric Cantor couldn’t wait to leave his old job to get to his new job. How much will Cantor make in his first year as a Wall Street lobbyist?

4) Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager quit. This man is the central figure in the bribery conviction of what former Iowa state senator?

5) Amid crises in the Ukraine, Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq what group met in Wales last week?

6) A federal judge in New Orleans ruled Thursday that what company was guilty of “gross negligence” in the 2010 Gulf oil spill?

7) What would be football pioneer was released by the Rams and is now a free agent?

8) What scion of a notable American political family left her job as an NBC reporter, raising speculation one of her parents would run for president?

9) Thursday marked a major job action by workers in what industry?

10) Spontaneous combustion was blamed for a fire near Sioux Center that burned a large amount of what?

11) From the governor’s mansion to the jail house. The last governor of what state is now facing decades in jail after being convicted of corruption?

12) In a major breach of privacy what were leaked and posted on the internet?

13) President Obama pledged to defend what states against a threat from Russia?

14) A judge in Chicago had a two-fer Thursday when he overturned gay marriage bans in what two states at one time?

15) What company announced the siting of its giant battery factory in Nevada after a huge multi-state competition?

As most know, Joan Rivers died last week. She was truly a unique personality.

Now for some answers:

1) Pretzels. Pretzel bakers are threatening a strike just before Oktoberfest.

2) The hush money scandal that continues to swirl around the Branstad administration.

3) $3.4 million. That is about $10,000 a day.

4) Kent Sorenson

5) NATO

6) BP. finally someone is standing up to them.

7) Michael Sam

8) Chelsea Clinton.

9) Fast food industry protesting low wages.

10) Corn, about 2.7 million bushels.

11) Virginia. Governor Bob McDonnell

12) private celebrity nude photos, apparently hacked from a cloud storage site.

13) the Baltic states (Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia)

14) Indiana and Wisconsin

15) Tesla. The plant is expected to employ 6,500.

Should be good fall weather for the Harkin event. I hope everyone enjoys it.

Sunday Funday: Labor Day Edition

Happy Labor DayTraditionally this was the start of political campaigns and the end of summer vacation for school age kids. Now politics goes all year long and nearly every aspect of our lives has been politicized by the right, including how we choose to use our own bodies and what we believe or don’t believe spiritually. Kids have been in school for weeks now. No doubt the 12 month school year is probably on the horizon.

Labor is having somewhat of a resurgence, but is far from recovering from the blow delivered by the Gipper, one of America’s worst presidents ever.

Many of today’s questions will focus on labor, to remind us that labor has never had an easy row to hoe.

1) In a meeting that just came to light this week, Tea Party senate candidate Joni Ernst paid homage to who for making her campaign viable?

2) 1842 is crucial to labor history in the US. In the case Commonwealth v. Hunt settled the legality of what entity?

3) An American was killed last weekend fighting for ISIS in Syria. He had what patriotic sounding name?

4) Samuel Gompers is one of the most recognized names in Labor history. What Labor organization did Gompers head?

5) A reclassification by the Drug Enforcement Administration will make it much harder for patients to get what popular and addicting pain killer?

6) What Iowa born Labor leader was head of the mine workers union from 1920 to 1960 and helped form and the lead the CIO?

7) The largest university in Iowa welcomed over 34,000 students last week. Which university is Iowa’s largest?

8) Governor Branstad, in an odd linkage, blamed layoffs at Deere on who?

9) In 1955, a merger of major Labor unions brought together what two unions?

10) In what may become known as the “Branstad Tax” the governor proposed what to replace the gas tax?

11) A poll commissioned by two Republican groups found what demographic thought Republicans to be “stuck in the past”,”intolerant” and “lacking compassion?”

12) A proposed merger will join what Canadian fast fooder with what American fast fooder?

13) Of all the silly things to cover this week, ESPN had a segment on the after work showering habits of what person?

14) Can you name the 3 largest unions in the US based on number of members?

15) Using government powers to make sure an organization does what it says it will. What Iowa elected official wants the government to monitor the ALS foundation to verify it uses money raised by the ice bucket challenge for research?

My project for this weekend is to get all available immigration documentation about my grandparents in case Republicans win both houses. I am only 3rd generation American and I am not sure if that will be enough under their auspices. If they cut the date off at 1900, I may have a problem.

1) Charles and David Koch and the group of funders they put together.

2) unions

3) Douglas MacArthur McCain

4) American Federation of Labor (AFL).

5) Vicodin

6) John L. Lewis

7) Iowa State

8) the EPA. Odd for many reasons. Remember Joni Ernst has signed on to oppose renewable energy with Exxon.

9) AFL and the CIO

10) a sales tax on gas.

11) Women

12) Tim Horton’s (Canada) and Burger King (US). This is so Burger King can avoid US taxes. So I avoid Burger King.

13) Michael Sam, the rookie pro footballer who came out as gay.

14) The NEA, the SEIU and AFSCME

15) Charles Grassley. Look out for the Tea Party with attitudes like that, Chuck!

Sunday Funday – Back To School

happy children back to school

happy children back to school


The kids across the street got a new above ground pool 2 weeks ago. From morning until sundown the neighborhood was filled with shrieks and giggles and all other sorts of joyful noises. It sounded wonderful. Then Wednesday it was painfully quiet in the neighborhood. The Grinch that stole summer (aka school) reappeared after a 3 month absence and made his presence known.

As sure as day follows night, school follows summer. We hope most kids had as cheerful of a summer as the neighbor kids did. This summer will never happen again, but let us hope they can replay the joy in their minds years from now. Tempus fugit.

And speaking of tempus fugiting, were you paying attention before last week fugited? Let’s see:

1) The official tornado season has ended in Iowa. This year Iowa counted 52 tornadoes. Is this more or less than normal?

2) Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol did something few humans have done. What did they do?

3) Mo’ne Davis had quite a week. What did she do?

4) The annual Harkin steak fry announced its headline guests for its last event. Who are the headliners for the last Harkin steak fry?

5) The Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati came out against the ice bucket challenge. Why?

6) James Foley was captured and executed while covering Islamist unrest in what country?

7) A third baby was turned over to the Iowa state DHS under the safe haven law this year. The law has been in effect since 2001. How many babies have been turned over in that time?

8) Climate change is blamed for an increase in insects in Iowa. This increase in insects has led to a dramatic increase in what two insect-borne diseases in Iowa?

9) Wikileaks founder Julian Asange said he would be leaving his embassy asylum “soon.” What country has offered Asange asylum for the past two years?

10) Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon drew ire when he announced he would not replace who in the Michael Brown case?

11) Ferguson, Missouri was visited by what high ranking official Wednesday?

12) The rich get richer. In a surprise move the NFL asked potential Super Bowl halftime acts for what?

13) I had Chris Christie in the ‘next governor to be indicted by a grand jury pool”, but this guy beat him out. What governor got indicted last week?

14) Remember the trip that John McCain took to Syria last year to support the rebels? Those rebels have turned out to be what now well known group?

15) Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus, or PEDV, a killer of millions of piglets in the past year has been discovered to travel through what?

Sarah Palin seems to want to take some credit for Tina Fey’s success. Seriously Palin? Like a tick taking credit for the deer.

Answers:

1) a bit more. Normal is 46.

2) survived ebola. Both released from an Atlanta hospital this week.

3) First girl to throw a shutout in the Little League World Series, Mo’ne became the first little leaguer on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

4) The Clintons, Bill and Hillary

5) Because it benefits ALS. ALS researchers use embryonic stem cells in research.

6) Syria

7) 20

8) Lyme disease and West Nile virus

9) Ecuador

10) St. Louis county prosecutor Robert McCulloch

11) US AG Eric Holder.

12) Money. The NFL wants a cut of post-Super Bowl tour money made by acts.

13) Rick Perry of Texas

14) ISIS or ISIL

15) livestock feed.

Sunday Funday – Wha’ Happened To August?

last day for the state fair!

last day for the state fair!


August. A quiet time before school starts. Usually filled with vacations and last minute fun before it is back to the books and studying.

Time for some last minute time at the pool or down at the the old fishing pond. August, a lazy, hazy quiet time — wait – what? The world seems to be exploding! Somebody spike the water with something really nasty? Settle down, people! It is August.

Well, at least John Boehner has it right. No work for congress in August and little more all year. That way you can’t blame Boehner, he has done nothing. Not one damn thing.

Can you keep up with it all?

1) Which Republican presidential candidate missed the Family Leader hate fest in Ames last week thus raising the ire of Bob Vander Plaats?

2) The police chief of Ferguson, Missouri said victim Michael Brown may have done what before he was gunned down by police?

3) Well-known star Robin Williams died early this week. What show did Williams make his TV debut on?

4) Lauren Bacall, another major Hollywood star from an earlier era also died last week. Bacall once said she was the dreaded ‘L’ word. What did she mean?

5) Bacall was half of a famous Hollywood marriage. Who was her long time husband?

6) The mayor of what Iowa city has been charged with 5 counts of sexual abuse of a minor?

7) Haider al-Ibadi is a name we will be hearing in the news a lot in coming months. Who is Haider al-Ibadi?

8) Iowa gubernatorial candidates debated Thursday on IPTV with what venue as the background?

9) A woman was charged with second-degree theft in Waterloo when she left a Hy-Vee with what item?

10) In Britain, medical trials are beginning on an injection of a gene into what part of the body to spur protein production that will allow this part to recover.

11) Pope Francis is visiting South Korea. North Korea says that they did not do what in response to the Pope’s visit to the South?

12) Ninety-four years ago Monday, what large group was granted the right to vote?

13) Aloha! Fifty-five years ago on August 21st, what President signed a proclamation bring Hawaii into the union?

14) President Obama accepted a hug from what recent critic of his at a private party Wednesday night?

15) The dumbest man in politics Thursday claimed that “undocumented Democrats” were bringing Ebola into the US from Central America. Can you identify this dumbest man in politics?

There was so much more that happened last week that it may take me a week to recover. May be time for a movie or something. I hear “Boyhood” is quite the movie.

Here are the answers:

1) Rand Paul.

2) stolen cigars from a convenience store. Paid quite a price if he did.

3) revival of Laugh-in in 1977

4) she was a Liberal!

5) Humphrey Bogart

6) Oelwein

7) the new prime minister of Iraq

8) The state fair

9) one of their motorized shopping carts. She claimed an employee said she could take it home as she had no ride.

10) into the heart.

11) Shoot three missiles from their coast just before the Pope’s arrival.

12) Women! August 18th, 1920

13) Eisenhower

14) Hillary Clinton

15) no, it is not Steve King. There is one even dumber, Louie Gohmert

Sounds like just in time for school to start, it will get plenty warm. Of course it will.