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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.


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.

Sunday Funday – State Fair Edition

countyfair01-bigWith all the new gadgets and widgets and ways we can connect with the world almost instantaneously, going to the state fair has lost a bit of its luster. Growing up, per my father, we could not afford to go to the fair. So when I grew up I tended to look at the fair as a too expensive luxury. However, when we had kids we made it a point to go to the fair, so they would have the experience.

What experiences we had. Who can forget the time a super muggy day turned into a downpour while my kids were stuck in the air on the gondola ride that broke down? I felt sorry for laughing my rear off at them, especially after the two little drowned rats caught me laughing at them. Then there was the hottest day I have ever lived through. 107 degrees, and we spent it at the fair! At least we went through an hour of it at the fair before surrendering.

On your way, have some fun with these questions

1) Speaking at the state fair soapbox Thursday, Marianette Meeks sang an oldie but goody,accusing her opponent Dave Loebsack of being a puppet of who?

2) An old tradition died Thursday at Iowa State. The university’s president announced the end of what spring celebration at Iowa State?

3) Unwilling to wait too long to cash in on his tenure in congress, what former Republican leader announced he would leave congress on August 18?

4) Republicans had a good week spreading lies. Congressman Todd Rokita of Indiana claimed that immigrant children from Latin America carried what scary disease into the US?

5) Trying to outscare and out lie his colleague Rokita, Mo Brooks of Alabama claimed Democrats were waging a war on what racial group?

6) After taking a bullet in an assassination attempt on his boss, Ronald Reagan, what man fought for gun control until his death last week?

7) In a video confrontation between Steve King and 2 Dreamers, what potential presidential candidate can be seen running away like he’d seen a ghost?

8) This week in August has many major events, including the dropping of the atomic bombs on the two Japanese cities. Can you remember the two Japanese cities?

9) August 6, 1965. What historic legislation is signed into law on that date and has been gutted by the Supreme Court recently?

10) The Democratic candidate for Montana senator dropped out due to a scandal concerning what?

11) Thursday evening President Obama announced humanitarian aid for what group in Iraq?

12) Forty and fifty years ago last week were very historic. Forty years ago (Aug. 8), what President made an extremely historic speech?

13) Fifty years ago, the US Senate passed what resolution that was based on false information?

14) Bank of America agreed to pay about how much for their part in starting the economic meltdown in 2008?

15) President Obama espoused what position on the internet neutrality issue?

The twists and turns of history are somewhat strange at times. John McCain recommended that the US allow arms sales to Viet Nam. My guess is that the arms industry needs some sales. Really strange McCain!


1) Pelosi and Obama. Talk about repeating a theme.

2) Veishea

3) Eric Cantor. Guess he can smell the money

4) Ebola. Guess old Todd is no doctor, nor very smart.

5) Whites. yep that is what he said.

6) Reagan Press Secretary James Brady

7) Rand Paul, damn near choked on his hamburger.

8) Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Nagasaki was hit because the original target, Kokura had cloud cover.

9) the Voting Rights Act

10) plagiarism. Never bothered Rand Paul…..

11) Yazidis

12) Richard Nixon announced his resignation.

13) Gulf of Tonkin Resolution which gave Johnson the power to retaliate in Viet Nam

14) About $17 billion. Note that they “agreed” to pay. What ever happened to fines?

15) Obama came out in favor of net neutrality and against proposed “fast lanes.”

Today is Herbert Hoover’s 140th birthday. What ever you think of him he is Iowa’s only native President.

Sunday Funday – Cool Summer Edition

Don't cheat or you will get the heat

Don’t cheat or you will get the heat

It has been a cool and comfortable summer. Please do not do anything that may disturb the gods. Thank you.

Were you paying attention?

1) In the tradition of potential presidential candidates coming into help Iowa candidates, what Democrat has been working across the state for Democratic candidates?

2) The death toll from Operation Protective Edge is over 1300. What country is Operation Protective Edge being used in?

3) Due to his total commitment to right wing economic philosophies, what midwestern governor has bungled his states economy thus making it possible that a Democrat will win?

4) US House Republicans finally passed something quite historical before going on an extended break. They will sue the President! Why?

5) The Government Accounting Office released a report highly critical of the EPA’s oversight of what aspect of natural gas practices?

6) July 28th was the 100th anniversary of the official start of WWI when who invaded who?

7) Until WWII started WWI was known as what other name? (I have two)

8) According to John Boehner, who is starting all this ugly impeachment talk?

9) What reporter’s signature voice of over 30 years on NPR was silenced this week by cancer?

10) Down in Virginia, the trial for what former governor started with a focus on the couple’s marital problems?

11) As if California didn’t have enough water problems, aging water pipes burst sending millions of gallons to flood what campus in Los Angeles?

12) Joni Ernst was severely criticized for having a fundraiser held by what major corporation?

13) Iowa’s largest solar farm opened Thursday. It is located between what two eastern Iowa cities?

14) In a surprising ruling, labor regulators said what major corporation was a “joint employer” along with its franchisees and thus liable for working conditions in those stores?

15) Pro football player Ray Rice was suspended for how many games, causing an uproar among many folks who thought that it was way too soft of a penalty?

I hear Japan is sweltering this year with temperatures in the upper 90s and 100s. We are one lucky pocket of cool. Do not do anything to

disturb the force.


1) Martin O’Malley of Maryland

2) Gaza by Israel

3) Sam Brownback of Kansas

4) Because they didn’t like the way he implemented the ACA, which they tried to kill ove 50 times.

5) for failure to monitor injection wells of toxic waste from drilling.

6) Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia.

7) The Great War or The War To End All Wars

8) Democrats of course. They are doing it to raise money and make Republicans look bad.

9) Margot Adler

10) Bob McDonnell

11) UCLA

12) Exxon.

13) Iowa City and Kalona

14) McDonald’s

15) 2 games

Stay cool! See you next week!

Sunday Funday – Rummage In The Ramp Time.

whoops make that 2014

whoops make that 2014

One of my favorite events of the year is on once more. The giant garage sale known as “Rummage in the Ramp” started Friday and continues until next Sunday, August 3rd. If you are unfamiliar with this event, it is something unique to Iowa City. Apartment leases in Iowa City go from August one year through July of the next year. As students and others move out, they often leave behind some pretty decent furniture.

A few years back someone had the brilliant idea to sell the stuff rather than bury it in a landfill. Over the years the City has expanded to taking donations of usable items from anyone. And thus you have the makings of a giant garage sale. New stuff is added daily, so if you have an item in mind you may want to chck back daily. Under the Chauncey Swan parking ramp by the City rec center. More info here:

Were you paying attention?

1) They can’t do anything, but Texas Governor Rick Perry is sending who to the border?

2) A Florida jury last week leveled tobacco company RJ Reynolds with a judgment worth how much in damages for a tobacco related death?

3) Deaths last week included this usually unflappable hero of TV series and movies. Who was this solid lifelong liberal, best known as Maverick?

4) The FDA issued a warning that the powdered form of what common substance – even a teaspoon – could be fatal following the death of an Ohio teenager?

5) Two big annual events in Iowa had their culmination yesterday, one in Davenport and one in Guttenburg. What are these two events?

6) In the crazy middle East, Israel shelled what thought to be safe building, killing 4 and wounding 16?

7) This June joined May as a record setter for what?

8) Once more acting because Republicans in Congress refuse to do their jobs, President Obama signed an executive order banning discrimination by federal contractors against what group?

9) Jack Hatch blasted Governor Brandstad last week for turning down what?

10) According to LULAC spokesman Joe Henry, how many Central American refugee kids have come to Iowa (+-25)?

11) In northeast China the largest microraptor dinosaur fossil, Changyuraptor, was found. It had what unusual feature?

12) Tuesday two federal courts issued conflicting rulings about an hour apart on the legality of what?

13) The Johnson County, Iowa Board of Supervisors passed resolution Thursday to encourage the testing of what concept car in Johnson County?

14) History you never hear in school department. In 1919, the worst of the “Red Summer” race riots begins in what midwest city on July 27, 1919?

15) Republicans came unglued when the FAA banned American airline companies from landing in what airport due to danger from war?

And these are just a few of the happenings this week. Sixty-one years ago, the Korean War ended, but just 11 years later President Johnson sent 5,000 more “advisors” into Viet Nam signalling the involvement buildup yet to come. Oy Vey!


1) National Guard troops.

2) $23.6 billion

3) James Garner

4) caffeine

5) In Davenport, the annual Bix Biederbeck celebration. In Guttenburg RAGBRAI ended.

6) a hospital

7) global temperature.
The average temperature over global surfaces for June 2014 was 1.3 degrees above the 20th-century average of 59.9 degrees. In May, the Earth’s temperature was 1.33 degrees above the average of 58.6 degrees.


9) $1 million grant to study solar applications in Iowa

10) 139 (114 – 154 range)

11) Four wings (and feathers)

12) ACA exchanges

13) driverless cars

14) Chicago – much of our labor and race history is seldom taught

15) Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv.

August next week which means (here it comes) back to school time!

Sunday Funday: County Fair Edition

Come one, come all to the great Muscatine County Fair in historic West Liberty, Iowa. We have exhibits of plants and foods; we have show animals of all varieties and we have a midway with thrilling rides and scrumptious one of a kind fair food – including elephant ears and half-pound tenderloins and delicious fried onions! Mmmmm, Mmmmmm, once a year that is some fine eating.

See your friends, see your neighbors. Enjoy a show in the grove while you eat a delicacy. Stay for the races and cheer on the local favorites! See YOU at the fair.

Got to wonder how much longer the whole Fair circuit will survive. I am sure it is one tradition that will not go away easily. Many, many kids remember the fair with love all their lives – the rides, the animals, the friends. But most fairs are just scraping by these days. We wish them another hundred years of success.

I got some questions for you

1) The two big stories of the week happened within the same hour on Thursday. One was the downing of the plane in Ukraine. What was the other?

2) The Branstad administration nixed a million dollar deal from the feds this week which would have studied what in Iowa?

3) Surprisingly, an overwhelming number (74%) of Republicans who have this like it very much. What is it?

4) Steve King is seeking to end this wage scale on projects paid for with federal funds. What is this wage scale called?

5) A proposed pipeline that would cut across Iowa would move oil from where?

6) Reaching back to a historic events, 25 years ago yesterday was a tragic day in Sioux City. What happened?

7) Another week, another judge declares laws against marriage equality invalid. What state joined the ranks of equality this week?

8) Netroots Nation met in Detroit this week. Along with all its other troubles, Detroit is now cutting what utility from households in arrears in payments?

9) 73 in real years, but still looking all of 17, what character died taking a bullet aimed at his gay friend?

10) You would think after this long this guy could run on his record. Who spent $1M on his re-election in 7 weeks?

11) After becoming a right wing whipping dog, what soldier is out of therapy and assigned to a low pressure desk job?

12) In Arizona, a Congressional candidate staged a big show of stopping a bus of immigrant kids only to be informed the bus was actually what?

13) In California, a measure to split the state up has enough signatures for the 2016 ballot. This measure will split California into how many states?

14) What major tech company announced it would be laying off 18,000 over the next year?

15) If you lived in Los Angeles and wanted to wash your car, how much might it cost you?

Where were you 45 years ago when Armstrong and Aldrin landed on the moon? I was working at a gas station on the interstate. I had a small B&W TV that barely got a picture. Customers came and went, most stopping for a few moments to watch events unfold. It was a magic day.


1) The invasion of the Gaza Strip by Israel

2) Solar Energy

3) Obamacare or the ACA. Please keep fighting it, Republicans.

4) the prevailing wage scale

5) North Dakota (the Bakken Field)

6) United Airline Flight 232 crash landed after losing all flight controls

7) Florida

8) Water. Citizens of Detroit have appealed to the UN.

9) Archie Andrews. Killed off after a long run

10) Branstad. And no, he can’t run on his record

11) Bowe Bergdahl

12) a group of YMCA kids going to camp. He said they looked really scared

13) 6

14) Microsoft

15) $500 for frivolous use of water.

RAGBRAI??? Never heard of it!

Sunday Funday – Sue ‘Em Edition

'tis patriotic to follow the news

’tis patriotic to follow the news

Ever wonder who’s advising the Republican on just what the public wants to see them do? Last year it was shutting down the government. Very popular move among about 10% of eligible voters. Then there is their constant war on women. They claim they love women, yet they do all they can to cut their pay, cut any public assistance and of course their old stand by cutting off birth control. Just to top it off Todd Akin – famous for his “legitimate rape” comment two years ago – has a book out where he says he should not have apologized, that his first statement was true.

Apparently the very rule to be a Republican is never, ever admit a mistake. If something went wrong, it was someone else’s fault. Bet they couldn’t make it through today’s quiz without making a mistake. They would blame it on me, no doubt.

Here we go:

1) The World Cup has been full of drama and heroes. Except for Tuesday when what team absorbed the worst defeat in World Cup semifinals history?

2) This man led the 3rd district Republican convention up to the last ballot. Now he is exploring a run for congress as an independent. Who is this man?

3) The Republicans in Congress are suing President Obama. Where did one tweeter suggest the Republicans get the offset to pay for the cost of the suit?

4) President Obama asked congress for $3.7 billion to address what bubbling up crisis?

5) There is a predicted shortage of what product that went on sale in Washington this week?

6) Former mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced to 10 years for corruption during his stint as mayor of what major American city?

7) The Supreme Court may have to reconvene to ban a potential new type of birth control that is administered how?

8) “She’s looking for a new job to quit” quipped John Fugelsang about what political persona who expressed interest in hosting “the View?”

9) Iowa Republican Party’s leaders are having a hard time picking up where the former leaders left off. What do the old leaders know that the new leaders don’t?

10) Three weeks or so after losing a Republican senate primary bid in Mississippi, who is threatening to sue claiming “irregularities?”

11) Despite his claims to the contrary the state workforce in Iowa under Branstad has actually grown or decreased?

12) This major American city is having a good week. First what city was picked to be the site of the 2016 Republican convention, then had its native all-star NBA player announced he was returning to play there this fall?

13) Caught with her mouth moving and words coming out. A tape of Joni Ernst from last January shows her calling for what?

14) California is looking to come down hard on people who waste what natural resource?

15) A study from Stanford points to dramatically less time spent in what activity as a major reason for the obesity epidemic in America?

Rosie O’Donnell is coming back to the View. Pugnacious is all I can think of. Put on the gloves here come Rosie. It will be fun.


1) Brazil got a butt-kicking.

2) Brad Zaun

3) don’t pay Republican lawmakers.

4) the immigrant children at the borders.

5) marijuana

6) New Orleans

7) by remote control – well in 2018 anyway

8) Sarah Palin

9) the user names and passwords to get into the computers.

10) Chris McDaniel

11) grown

12) Cleveland

13) Obama’s impeachment. She also called him a dictator

14) water

15) exercise time per American is way down.

Sunday Funday – Sad Week Edition

let's be honest!

let’s be honest!

“Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses” wrote Emma Lazarus. Apparently this no longer applies. What happened in Southern California Wednesday is an incredible disgrace to America. There are some folks who should be deported and not those kids on the bus.

If you are unaware there is a huge influx of refugees from a country that has been in severe economic strife. Why is Steve King, Louie Gohmert and Michelle Bachmann not all over this scandal like a wet blanket. Thousands and thousands of Irish are coming to our shores and taking jobs from Americans and getting free government services! Why are they not meeting them at the dock? What’s that? The Irish are
white, so shut up? Ok, but I warned you!

Hope you have had a good weekend! Now let me ruin it.

1) Iowa’s squabbling Republicans threw out their old chair and replaced him with an eastern Iowan. Can you name the new Iowa Republican chair?

2) The Supreme Court ended another memorable term with some killer decisions. When will they be back to work?

3) Here’s an interesting note from history. What president signed the first income tax bill on July 1st? The year gives it away, but there was a major war going on.

4) An old favorite question. What two Revolutionary heroes died within hours of each other on July 4th of 1826, the 50th anniversary of the Declaration?

5) What modern Tea Party politician suggested last week that the Founders had it right when they limited who could vote?

6) The US lost in the World Cup round of 16 despite a record breaking performance by which of their players?

7) Bob McDonald was tapped to be Obama’s new Veterans Secretary. What major corporation did McDonald once lead?

8) The actual separation from England legally took place on what date in 1776?

9) An Iowa teenager drowned when he was swept away by flood waters Monday in what Iowa city?

10) What other founding father and former president died on July 4th? Hint, he died in 1831.

11) Among new laws that took effect Tuesday included the ban of sales of what product to minors?

12) The five justices voting against contraception coverage in the Hobby Lobby case share what religion?

13) Which justice wrote the opinion in the Hobby Lobby case?

14) The just concluded June averaged 9.6 inches of rain in Iowa. Approximately what percentage of normal is this?

15) What song writer of such famous songs as “O Susanna” and “Swanee River” was born on July 4th of 1826?

16) What former French head of state was brought in for questioning on influence peddling charges?

OK that is enough for this week. Hope you had a great Fourth and can still function on the Seventh.


1) Jeff Kaufmann of Wilton

2) The first Monday in October, so Oct. 6th this year.

3) Abe Lincoln. There was this war to pay for.

4) Thomas Jefferson and John Adams.

5) Rick Santorum

6) Goalie Tim Howard set a record for stopped shots with 16.

7) Procter and Gamble

8) July 2.

9) Cedar Rapids

10) James Madison

11) e-cigarettes

12) catholicism

13) Alito

14) almost twice normal or 200%

15) Stephen Foster

16) Nicolas Sarkozy.

Want a hoot? Check out the tweets of Top Conservative Cat here

Sunday Funday: Fireworks Edition

let's be honest!

let’s be honest!

The tradition of fireworks goes back to that prankster John Adams giving old Ben Franklin a hotfoot while old Ben was reading a draft of Tom Jefferson’s masterpiece. Ben hopped around a bit and then went and got some gunpowder, wadded it up in a paper, lit it on fire and threw it back at John. Next thing you know fireworks are a-flying and we won the war. It happened just that way I tell you! Well, it could have happened.

Founding Fathers or Merry Pranksters? Which were they? While you ponder That question I will hit you with some more. There may be a revolutionary question or two in the bunch.

1) We may have asked this before. What other major country shares a national founding day next week?

2) Put on your thinking caps. One hundred years ago yesterday (June 28,1914) what event happened that would greatly affect history?

3) This company said its sales are slumping. That may be good news for those of us who don’t want to get shot by their product. What company is that?

4) Worldwide, was the just concluded May hotter or cooler than normal?

5) July 2,1965. President Johnson intimated the Democratic Party would lose the South for a generation because he did what?

6) A year prior to the Declaration of Independence, the colonies sent a petition for peace (the Olive Branch Petition) to England. What happened to this petition?

7) In a real surprise last weekend, 3rd district Iowa republicans selected what dark-horse candidate to oppose Staci Appel for congress?

8) Despite charges from his challenger of many voting irregularities and cross over voting, what Miss. senator won The republican nomination Tuesday in Miss.?

9) In a comment that cost him his job, an Arkansas official said who “would get shot at the state line” if they tried to come into Arkansas?

10) The first commemorative celebrations for Independence Day were held in what city? What year if you can remember?

11) A Nebraska legislator raised a ruckus when an Iowa survey on gambling showed that Nebraskans gambled how much money at Iowa casinos? (+- $50 million)

12) The Postal Service suddenly has an odd backer when what retiring Iowa congressman came out for Saturday delivery and the Postal Service in general?

13) In a somewhat surprising 9-0 decision, the Supreme Court said police can’t search what without a warrant?

14) In a really unusual and odd move, House Speaker John Boehner announced that the House (using our money) will sue who?

15) A bill to stop cuts in Social Security Services was introduced into the US House by what Iowa congressman?

It is time to celebrate! Bring on the bands and the fireworks and hide the critters. On a serious note, I have heard over the years that some veterans of war are very sensitive to fireworks. Please be very respectful of this. Thank you from blogforiowa.


1) Our neighbors to the North. Happy Canada Day on July 1!

2) The shooting of Archduke Ferdinand in Sarajevo that sparked WWI

3) Smith and Wesson

4) The just completed May was the hottest May ever

5) signed the civil rights bill of 1965

6) It was rejected in London, thus giving fuel to colonists who wanted to rebel.

7) David Young

8) Thad Cochrane

9) Hillary Clinton

10) In Philadelphia (Pa) of course in 1777

11) $327M or about 1/4th of Iowa casino revenues.

12) Tom Latham – where was he when it counted?

13) your cell phone

14) President Obama – I think for presidenting while black.

15) Bruce Braley. His opponent wants to end SS and Medicare.

Be safe this week!

Republican “Warfare Queens”

Jon Stewart really nailed the Republican aka Tea Party the other night. Nary a penny will they spend here at home to help the ordinary citizen in times of trouble, yet they have an open checkbook for all sorts of foreign misadventures. Let us note that that those checks they write are all borrowed money because they cut taxes for corporations and for the wealthy to near all time lows while waging two wars abroad.

It is certainly a sad commentary that the very best news analysis in this country is done by comedians plus a small handful of liberal journalist. Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Bill Maher and their writers cut through the crap daily to get to the real core of what drives our insane policies. But then, our government, especially the Tea Party, gives them so much material to work with.

Here is the clip:

Jon Stewart 062614

Remember, if you vote for a Republican you are voting in favor of this kind of policy at all levels. If you do not vote this election you are in essence voting to support the Jeff Sessions, Lyndsey Grahams and John McCains of the world.

Iowa and most of our neighbors have provisions to vote early. If you do not feel you may be able to vote on election day, please be sure to vote early. For that matter, just vote early and be done with it. Voting early will make you feel good!