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Sunday Funday: What A Week In Science Edition


If finding out that we may have another earth like planet to escape to after we destroy this one wasn’t enough there was also exciting news in the health and another astronomical mind boggler.

In the other story concerning space, astronomers seem to have discovered a galaxy made up mostly of dark matter. This, to our minds, strange galaxy seems to be about the same size as our galaxy but made almost entirely of dark matter. Something truly tangible for astronomers to study. So when you look into the night sky the darkness may not be just empty space. Keep watching this one for future discoveries concerning dark matter.

Here on earth, a major discovery has been made in how cancer spreads throughout the body. This is a major step in figuring out how to stop cancer from spreading. As noted in the article

“Catching these secondary growths is incredibly important, because most cancer deaths are caused not by the original tumour, but by the cancer spreading.” If that spread can be stopped, many lives may be saved.

Such exciting news. It is too bad that Republicans don’t believe in science, because discoveries like this could really add hope to their lives.

BTW – that trip to the new earth is only about 25,000,000,000 miles. Pack accordingly

Were you paying attention?

1) In a speech in Reno, Nv. Hillary Clinton tied Donald Trump to what new group on the right?

2) In Atlanta, GA., Martin Blackwell was sentenced to 40 years in prison for pouring boiling water on a couple because they were what?

3) In France, officials banned beach wear often worn by Muslim women known as what?

4) Iowa 4th district congressional candidate Kim Weaver called for legalizing what as a soil and water conservation measure in Iowa?

5) Which candidate dispelled rumors of health problems by appearing on Jimmy Kimmel’s show and opening a jar of pickles?

6) This date in 1963 the march on Washington took place. Who was the originator and main organizer of this march?

7) What Louisiana KKK leader celebrated Trump’s hiring of Steven Banon by stating with a guest on his radio show stating “We have taken over the Republican Party”?

8) Donald Trump appealed to what group for their votes by proclaiming “What the hell do you have to lose”?

9) The Clinton Foundation has come under attack recently by Republicans. How many people worldwide has this Foundation been estimated to have helped?

10) After doing some of that illegal over the TV diagnosis on Hillary Clinton, what doctor has had his TV show canceled?

11) A man in Manchester, England died in 2014 from a lung disease. In a paper published this week it was revealed that the man died from mold growing in his what? (hint: musical instrument)

12) August 31st, 1786 what rebellion began in Massachusetts that would in some degree lead to a constitutional convention to strengthen the central federal government?

13) The epipen made news this week with a 400% rise in price. The CEO of the company that is the only manufacturer of the epipen has what tie to congress?

14) What Iowa congressman called for Republicans to unite behind Donald Trump, despite Trump’s moves to the extreme right?

15) The Iowa Utilities Board in an emergency meeting voted 3-0 to deny a request from which group in the Dakota Pipeline eminent domain dispute?

16) September 2, 1945 President Truman officially declared what?

17) Yet another sexual harassment lawsuit has been filed against Fox News by what former Fox News host?

18) Speaking to Der Spiegel in Germany, what former Bush administration “architect of the Iraq War” said he will probably vote for Hillary Clinton?

19) Iowa’s own anti-immigrant stalwart Steve King said he is “uneasy” with the softening by who on immigration?

20) Well known British racist leader Nigel Farage joined what candidate for a rally in Jackson, Mississippi last week?

Is it already time for college football again? By golly it is! Go Hawks!


1) the alt-right. Trump’s new campaign manager is one of the leaders of the movement.

2) gay.

3) burkinis

4) industrial hemp – smart idea

5) Hillary Clinton

6) A. Phillip Randolph

7) David Duke

8) blacks

9) 400 million including some 11 million who get AIDS medication

10) Dr. Drew – on CNN

11) bagpipe which he played daily

12) Shays Rebellion

13) She is the daughter of West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin

14) Rod Blum – grab that anvil while you sink Rod

15) landowners whose land the pipeline will cross

16) Victory over Japan day!

17) Andrea Tantaros

18) Paul Wolfowitz.

19) Donald Trump

20) Donald Trump

Sunday Funday: Is Anyone Covering Hillary Edition?

Still running, just can't be seen for the train wreck on the other side.

Still running, just can’t be seen for the train wreck on the other side.

Watching what little media we do along with what little radio we consume – mostly NPR – there seems to be a decided lack of coverage of the Democratic side of presidential contest. The old axiom in the news business is that if it bleeds it leads. There is certainly no denying where the bleeding is happening right now.

The bleeding is being caused by the train wreck of a campaign on the Republican side. It is actually not just a train wreck, it is more like the movie “Groundhog” was about a train wreck and this guy keeps waking up and it is train wreck day again. And it happens over and over and over and over, just like in “Groundhog.” Only this is a presidential campaign and it is time to focus on serious issues rather than just covering the endless train wreck.

I do have a feeling that this Republican campaign will be immortalized in book and film, mostly comedies. too bad the title “Trainwreck” has already been used.

Were you paying attention? Pretty busy for a quiet August.

1) Wow! Feet of rain fell particularly in what state last week?

2) Ivanka Trump was seen hanging out in Croatia last weekend with the girlfriend of what international leader?

3) Conservative website Breitbart conducted a poll to show that other polls were wrong. How much did they show Trump leading by?

4) In a huge story last Sunday, the New York Times uncovered payments made by a pro-Russian Ukranian political party to what major republican campaign operative?

5) Iowa got a visit from what major Democratic politician Wednesday?

6) Despite his well known obstruction what Iowa politician ironically touted his bipartisanship in a weekly Republican radio address last weekend?

7) Fifty-seven years ago today we sewed that 50th star on the flag for what state?

8) Two House Republicans, Jason Chaffetz and Bob Goodlatte, announced yet another investigation of who?

9) “The Nightly Show” was cancelled by Comedy Central last week. Who was the host of “The Nightly Show”?

10) It appears that Donald Trump may participate in the presidential debates. He hired who as a debate coach last week?

11) The Obama Administration set new standards for fuel efficiency for what class of vehicles last week?

12) What long standing political show host passed away last week at the age of 89?

13) What old disease once thought well under control seems poised for a comeback as stockpiles of vaccines dwindle in Central Africa?

14) What major Trump supporter claimed last week that “there were no terrorist attacks in the US until Obama became President”?

15) Which presidential candidate received their first security briefing last week?

16) Secretary Clinton stopped to visit what pop idol of her youth as both happened to be in Cleveland at the same time?

17) Russia launched air strikes into Syria from what unexpected location last week?

18) Aetna’s withdrawal from much of the ACA seems to have been triggered by the Dep’t of Justice’s attempt to stop their merger with what other insurance company?

19) The Drug Enforcement Agency refused to reschedule what drug, thus delaying research for possible medicinal applications?

20) To show her support of the nation’s police, Hillary Clinton met with what group Thursday?

Tweet from Keith Olbermann: But Conway and Bannon, @RealDonaldTrump? Because George Zimmerman and David Duke weren’t available?


1) Louisiana

2) Vladimir Putin. His current squeeze is former Rupert Murdoch wife Wendy Deng

3) 0, more specifically they had him trailing by only 5 points.

4) Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort

5) Democratic VP candidate Tim Kaine

6) Chuck Grassley

7) Hawaii. After that Obama was born there – really.

8) Hillary Clinton.

9) Larry Wilmore

10) Roger Ailes, formerly of Fox News

11) trucks, buses and vans

12) John McLaughlin

13) yellow fever

14) Rudy Guilliani – seems he forgot what happened in his own city while he was mayor

15) Trump

16) Paul McCartney the former Beatle

17) Iran

18) Humana

19) marijuana

20) the nation’s top law enforcement officials

School is back in session next week, just in case you notice the kids are gone.

Sunday Funday: Steve King Border Wall Designer Edition

Berlin Wall configuration thanks to

Berlin Wall configuration
thanks to

Funny thing last Thursday. Steve King grabbed that Des Moines Register soapbox at the Iowa State Fair to spread a little bit of his unvarnished hate for people not white. King made this statement Thursday:

“On the immigration issue, I don’t have any qualms with Donald Trump’s position on immigration,” King told the crowd of about 80 people. “The most effective way we can do that is to build a wall on the southern border. I’d add to that: first build a fence near the border, then go up about 100 feet, build a wall, then go another 100 feet, build another fence. Then you have two no-man lands there that you can enforce easily within and patrol and put the sensors on there.”

If I recall that is the basic configuration that the Soviets eventually ended up with for the Berlin Wall, one of the great symbols of hate and fear ever foisted on Mankind. Good job, Congressman, learn from the best. And as a bonus, the Soviets were very white. Oh and by the way, Steve, how about arresting those employers who enticed folks to come to the US with jobs meant to bust unions and lower wages?

Can we keep Trump out of the quiz this week?

1) Thursday the Dow Jones Industrial, Nasdaq and S&P 500 all did what on the same day?

2) Evan McMullin had 15 minutes of fame last Monday. Do you know why?

3) Due to protests and lack of sales Monsanto will tear down a huge GMO seed corn plant in what South American country?

4) A small controversy erupted as the Iowa state fair opened concerning the ability to carry what into the fairgrounds?

5) 71 years ago today, Americans celebrated into the night as what was announced?

6) 81 years ago today, older Americans got some great news as President Roosevelt signed what into law?

7) Hillary Clinton once again reiterated her opposition to what trade pact in a speech in Detroit?

8) 50 Republican security officials signed a letter warning that who would put the country “at risk”?

9) Which highly regarded Republican senator joined the growing list of Republicans who have publicly stated they would not vote for Trump?

10) Salaries and bonuses for what board that controls Iowa’s institutions of higher learning came into question last week because they were so high?

11) What major airline experienced computer problems that resulted in thousands being stranded at airports last week?

12) After cutting state money for mosquito control, what governor is pleading with the federal government for money for mosquito control as the zika virus invades his state?

13) Tim Tebow bombed out in football, but is trying to bring his famous te-bow to what other major league sport?

14) The “scary” statue of what late comedian was replaced with a more normal statue in her hometown of Celoron, NY?

15) August 19 is 70th birthday for what left-handed, former democratic president?

16) What phrase used by Republicans did Trump employ to make a veiled threat on Hillary Clinton Monday?

17) In winning his 13th gold medal Michael Phelps broke the record for the most individual Olympic gold held by what ancient?

18) The DEA refused to reclassify what substance, thus ruling out its use as medicine or allowing its study as a medicine?

19) A 23rd lien has been filed against what Trump golf resort in Florida for non-payment for work done?

20) Who founded ISIS with an assist from who according to Donald Trump?

The Perseid meteor shower continues this week at a slower pace. Best time to catch it is very early morning.


1) closed with record highs. Thanks, Obama!

2) he has been picked to be the establishment Republicans alternative to Donald Trump

3) Argentina

4) guns

5) Victory over Japan (VJ day)

6) the Social Security act

7) the Trans Pacific Partnership

8) Donald Trump

9) Susan Collins of Maine

10) the Iowa Board of Regents

11) Delta

12) Governor Rick Scott of Florida

13) baseball – I can hardly wait to see the te-bow again

14) Lucille Ball

15) Bill Clinton. How many hints do you need?

16) “second amendment solutions”

17) Leonidas of Rhodes who won his last medal in 152 BCE

18) marijuana

19) Doral National Golf Course. Remember the PGA will no longer schedule events there either due to remarks Trump has made

20) Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton assisting. Amazing for a guy who is always on vacation

Back to school draws near, children!

Sunday Funday: Belated Happy Birthday, Mr. President

I love to relax with the Sunday Funday quiz!

I love to relax with the Sunday Funday quiz!

Fifty-five years ago last Thursday a baby boy was born in Kenya with plans to take over the most powerful country in the world within a scant 47 years. A birth notice was put in the Honolulu, Hawaii newspaper and a birth certificate created to give the future ruler citizenship in America. The planners of this incredible plot had even made sure that Hawaii would be a state before the child was born. Few details were left to chance.

Even though the child was black and at that time many of his race were not allowed to even vote in that country – the United States of America, the plan went forward. As the child grew and gained knowledge and grace and some basketball skills, those in charge of the nefarious plot made inroads into breaking down racial barriers. Into the 1980s the now young man was educated in some of the country’s best schools to establish credentials as he made his planned ascent into the highest office in the country.

In 2008, right on schedule the now adult Barack Obama won election as president as the country suffered through a major depression brought on by the manipulation of world economies by those plotting for Obama’s ascent. Obama has been in power for 7.5 years and appears ready to hand the reins of power over to a new president in January. But many know this is merely a ruse as his cabal plots the takeover of the US. We only need the reports from the agents that Donald Trump sent to Hawaii a couple of years ago to see how this plot will finally unfold. We expect that report soon. Reporters should be asking how soon we will see it.

Things I have learned on the inter-tubes. Happy belated birthday, Mr. President

Once again, what a week. I am so curious how the Onion stays in business when reality is so much stranger than much of what they write. Can we keep Trump’s name out this week?

1) “I’ve seen it raining fire in the sky” goes the John Denver song. What astronomical delight takes place this week? (it has already started BTW)

2) Once again Donald Trump sees things no one else does. What did he claim to have seen last week that he could not have possibly seen.

3) Donald Trump and Mike Pence split on endorsing what Republican candidate for reelection?

4) August 6th, 1945 Hiroshima became the first victim of an atomic bomb. Approximately how many were estimated to have died immediately or later from that bomb?

5) What billionaire offered to release his tax returns if Donald Trump would?

6) The mosquitoes that carry the zika virus have been identified in the US in what state?

7) The mother with a son in the Air Force was booed at a rally for whom last week?

8) August 10th, 1874 what future president who would preside over a world wide depression was born?

9) Roger Stone, advisor to Donald Trump predicts what will happen if the election is “stolen” from Trump?

10) The small Iowa town of Arcadia garnered national attention with a parade float that featured who in jail?

11) Rep. Richard Hanna of NY got his name in the news when he became the first Republican in congress to do what?

12) Scientists found a potential antibiotic to act on the superbug MRSA where?

13) August 8 & 9, 1974. The US seemed to almost stop as what ongoing national drama came to a decisive end?

14) What former CEO of Hewlitt-Packard and California gubernatorial candidate said she would support Hillary Clinton this fall?

15) Amid political strife and many questions concerning health and safety of participants, what major international event kicked off Friday night?

16) As the Republicans claim the economy is in the toilet how many jobs were created in July?

17) Donald Trump held a rally in Green Bay, Wisc. Friday. What 3 Wisconsonites were too busy to attend?

18) Republican Party officials are scrambling to figure out what to do in case of what unprecedented action by their presidential nominee?

19) George Zimmerman was in the news last week as what happened when he was bragging about killing Trayvon Martin in a Florida restaurant?

20) Apparently Trump doesn’t have a binder of women like Mitt did. Who did Trump float as a potential female member of his cabinet?

State Fair Time!!! Starts next Thursday. Will be held in the usual place!


1) the annual Perseid meteor shower which will peak Thursday and Friday.

2) The US handing $400 million in cash to Iran

3) Paul Ryan (the freaking Speaker of the House!)

4) ~205,000

5) Warren Buffet

6) Florida

7) Mike Pence

8) Iowa’s own Herbert Hoover

9) “a bloodbath” looks like we’d better let Trump win, folks

10) Hillary Clinton. Children were encouraged to throw water balloons at Clinton

11) endorse Hillary Clinton

12) in the human nose

13) Watergate. President Nixon announced his resignation on August 8th in a nationally televised address and he resigned at noon on the 9th.

14) Meg Whitman

15) The Rio Olympics

16) 250,000

17) Gov. Scott Walker, Rep. Paul Ryan, Sen. Ron Johnson

18) what to do if he quits before the election

19) someone came over and punched him in the mouth

20) his daughter Ivanka

Now it appears that presidential debates may be in jeopardy as the Trump camp quibbles with the schedule.

float in Arcadia Iowa parade. (credit to the Carroll Times Herald)

float in Arcadia Iowa parade. (credit to the Carroll Times Herald)

Sunday Funday: Treasonous Trump Edition

My teeth damn near fell out watching the strange press conference called by Donald Trump Wednesday. When he called for Russia to hack Hillary Clinton’s email account, like so many, I was stunned. Did he just call on an enemy nation to hack into the email accounts (invade as it were) of our government officials for his political gain?

At least when Nixon and Reagan consorted with the enemy they had enough brains not to announce it in a press conference.

If Trump is elected you won’t have to worry about the NSA spying on our calls and emails. Nope, like most of his work, that will be offshored to whatever the KGB is called today.

Were you paying attention?

1) Stephen Colbert stated that he liked Michelle Obama’s speech so much he could hardly wait to hear it again when who gives it?

2) Right wing heads exploded when Michelle Obama stated that what had been built with slaves?

3) In that strange news conference, Trump also stated that Tim Kaine had been a lousy governor of what state?

4) August 1, 1944 the last entry to this future best selling book was penned by what author before she and her family were arrested in Amsterdam?

5) Tim Kaine’s father-in-law, Linwood Holton, is the former Republican governor of what state?

6) At an appearance in Iowa, Donald Trump reiterated his support for the use of what in interrogations?

7) Marni Nixon died last week at age 86. She was a movie star in the 50s and 60s but was seldom seen. Why?

8) The Solar Impulse completed its mission last week, becoming the first what?

9) Tim LaHaye died at age 90. He couldn’t wait to be raptured. LaHaye sold millions of books as the author of what series?

10) New Zealand has declared war on weasels, rats and feral cats in an effort to save what?

11) What comic during a presentation at the DNC told the Bernie or Busters “You’re being ridiculous!”?

12) Once valued at over $100 billion, what company was bought by Verizon for $4.8 billion last week?

13) Who was released from a government psychiatric hospital this week to live with his mother because “he was no longer a threat?”

14) In Davenport, Donald Trump stated he wanted to do what to some of the speakers at the DNC?

15) During the roll call of states in the vote for president, Iowa’s delegation highlighted its history as being a state of many firsts for what group?

16) Last year’s “ice bucket challenge” money funded research that led to a major breakthrough in the fight against what disease?

17) Yet another mass shooting took place early Monday morning in what city? (2 dead 17 injured)

18) One of the longest ovations was for what former congress person and survivor of an assassin’s bullet?

19) Trump has advisors and his campaign chair seriously confused when he came out for and against what issue last week?

20) As a gift in honor of Finland’s 100th anniversary of its independence, neighboring Norway is considering offering them what?

Wasn’t that convention just plain fantastic. Let’s bring it home now.


1) Melania Trump

2) the White House. Bill O’Reilly tried to soften the effect by saying the slaves were “well fed.”

3) New Jersey. Which is true, since Kaine was governor of Virginia

4) Anne Frank

5) Virginia

6) water boarding and worse

7) She was the singing voice behind stars like Deborah Kerr in “The King and I,” Natalie Wood in “West Side Story” and Audrey Hepburn in “My Fair Lady,” among many others.

8) solar powered airplane to circumnavigate the world

9) the “Left Behind” series

10) their unique wild bird populations

11) Sara Silverman

12) Yahoo!

13) John Hinckley, Jr. who attempted to kill Reagan

14) hit them so hard their heads would spin. Give him the nuclear football and he can really hit them.

15) Women

16) ALS

17) Fort Meyers, Florida

18) Gabby Giffords

19) minimum wage. He has so far come out with 5 or 6 different positions

20) a mountain. They are considering an offer to move the boundaries to give Finland a mountain that would be its highest peak.

Let’s go get some votes.

Sunday Funday: Unconventional Convention Edition


Many people warned that the Republican convention would break the mold. They were actually moderate in their prediction. It shattered every prediction on just how bad it would be.

Abandoned by many of the delegates, undermined by pissed off rivals, cribbing from the mortal enemy, celebrities that no one heard of and hate pouring from every pore and at every turn. It was almost literally the Walt Kelly Pogo cartoon strip “We have met the enemy and he is us” come to life.

Yet things are so goofy in this country that a candidate as bad as Donald Trump could win. The strategy is to suppress the Democratic vote by trying to create a caricature of Hillary Clinton that is so bad no one will vote for her. Let us hope Democrats face reality and get out to vote.

Were you paying attention? Even if you were I dare say you missed a lot.

1) What ground breaking news executive was shown the “out” door after sexual harassment charges?

2) Forty years after taking the world by storm the last of what recording devices will roll off the production line next week?

3) A clearly unarmed middle-aged black man was shot by police in Miami as he tried to help who?

4) Meredith McIver is a name that will disappear from the collective mind quickly. Until then what did Meredith McIver do that got her name at the top of the news this week?

5) Donald Trump Jr. allegedly offered “the most powerful vice-presidency ever” to what Trump rival in March?

6) In Maine, Progressive Insurance asked to raise rates on seniors based on what criteria?

7) This man brought us many laughs and launched stars such as Robin Williams, Julia Roberts and Anne Hathaway. What entertainment icon died last week at 81?

8) The NBA followed through on a threat and moved next year’s All-Star game from what city due to transgender issues?

9) A snapshot of Paul Ryan with Republican House interns elicited controversy for what reason last week?

10) Almost missed this in the hubbub about the convention. What out-of-this-world event took place July 20, 1969?

11) After being promised a prime time spot, what Iowa politician ended up speaking to a near empty hall late in the night at the RNC?

12) Have you forgotten him already? Who is Trump’s vice-presidential pick?

13) Which star of the current movie “Ghostbusters” has been harassed unmercifully online since the movie came out?

14) Voter suppression laws were ruled against in court in what 3 states last week?

15) Who wrote an article for the Journal of the American Medical Ass0ciation on the progress of US Health reform?

16) Temperatures for the first 6 months of this year compared to other years in what way?

17) Wright State University in Ohio has already withdrawn as a site for a presidential debate because of what?

18) Both the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Koch Brothers have already withdrawn support from what sitting senator?

19) Which former Republican presidents or presidential candidates showed up in Cleveland last week?

20) In a candid moment George W. Bush opined that he may have been the last what?

Now – we get to see a party that believes that government is necessary and a force for good in our country.

photo from Us magazine

photo from Us magazine


1) Roger Ailes. Ground breaking in that Fox has sure changed the course of news in this country.

2) VCRs

3) An autistic man he was in charge of who had run away.

4) Supposedly plagiarized Michelle Obama in a speech she wrote for Melania Trump

5) John Kasich

6) Age – the older you are the higher the rate.

7) Garry Marshall

8) Charlotte, North Carolina. HB2 strikes again

9) The Republican interns were nearly 100% white

10) Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walk on the moon

11) Joanie Ernst

12) Mike Pence

13) Leslie Jones

14) Wisconsin, Texas and Michigan

15) Barack Obama

16) They are the highest ever worldwide

17) They can’t afford the cost of security

18) Ron Johnson – he trails Russ Feingold by a large margin

19) Bob Dole only. He did not speak

20) Republican president

Get your popcorn ready!

Sunday Funday: Get The Popcorn Ready Edition

Cleveland,  here we come!

Cleveland, here we come!

This coming week will most likely go down in the annals of politics for many reason. The question we may all have to ask ourselves is: Do we have the stomach to watch?

We probably won’t. While I could stand the speeches and cheerleading for Trump, what we will not be able to stomach will be the corporate news media fawning over this @#(*&%$ as if he were truly mainstream and a representation of America. No doubt there will be plenty of opportunities for them to run down Hillary Clinton and to mention emails that turned out to be absolutely nothing. That last part will be left out, however.

Another historic week. We’ll try to capture some of the smaller stories and maybe some convention trivia.

1) One woman took the reins of power unelected in a democracy last week Who is she and where did this take place?

2) Tuesday July 12, Portsmouth, New Hampshire – what took place?

3) Monday night which disgruntled former Republican presidential candidate had an interview on MSNBC in which he trashed Donald Trump?

4) The Republican Party nominated who as their first presidential candidate in 1856 in Philadelphia?

5) In a photo that evoked Tianamen Square, a young black woman in a flowing dress stood calmly in front of police in what racially embattled city?

6) What Supreme Court justice stepped into the political arena this week with some comments on Donald Trump?

7) In 1860, Republicans convened in Chicago to nominate their first successful ticket – Abraham Lincoln and who?

8) After 45 years the FBI announced that it was no longer actively investigating what legendary case? (case took place Nov. 24, 1971)

9) In Britain, what brexit supporter and failed leadership candidate was announced as the new foreign secretary Thursday?

10) The 1912 Republican convention saw William Howard Taft nominated despite major primary wins by what challenger?

11) Senator Grassley took to the twitters Monday to post a disparaging remark against what group of people?

12) July 20 of what year did the world hear these words: “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind”?

13) The police chief of Dallas challenged protesters to be part of the solution by doing what?

14) Indiana democrats were happily treated to news that what popular former senator would run for his old seat?

15) The Republican convention became a TV event for the first time in what year?

16) Another controversial law in North Carolina where Gov. McCrory signed a bill blocking the release of what recordings into the public record?

17) 1952 Republicans chose the very popular WWII commander Dwight Eisenhower over what son of a former president?

18) As Republicans predicted the economy is in a tailspin. Last week saw huge job numbers, this week what economic indicators hit new records?

19) Molly Ivins said “I liked it better in the original German” as she commented on the convention speech by what Republican pundit in 1992?

20) As congress rushes to adjourn what critical piece of legislation had to pass at the last minute?

Our sympathies to the French who once more appear to have been victimized by terrorists attacks.


1) Theresa May was picked to be PM of Great Britain by the conservative party replacing David Cameron Wednesday

2) Bernie Sanders endorsed Hillary Clinton for president

3) Jeb!

4) John C. Fremont of California

5) Baton Rouge

6) Justice Ginsburg

7) Sen. Hannibal Hamlin of Maine

8) the airplane hijacking and subsequent parachute disappearance of DB Cooper

9) Boris Johnson

10) former president Theodore Roosevelt

11) journalists

12) 1969

13) joining the police force

14) Evan Bayh

15) 1940

16) police body cam era recordings

17) Robert Taft son of William Howard Taft

18) stock market averages – Dow Jones and the S&P 500 – thanks Obama

19) Pat Buchanan

20) stopping GMO labeling on food

The weather will be hot next week. Will it be hotter than Republicans as they nominate Trump?

Sunday Funday: DeCosters Go To Jail Edition


Remember the DeCoster family? The ones whose egg companies pleaded guilty to bribing officials and misbranding eggs to appear fresher. This led to thousands of food borne illnesses throughout the country. Now six years later on appeal they may finally see the inside of a cell. Remember they purposely caused thousands to get sick.

Here is what one of the deciding judges wrote on the decision:

“Because the DeCosters were negligent, their liability is not vicarious,” Judge Raymond Gruender wrote. “Instead, they are responsible for their own failures to exercise reasonable care to prevent the introduction of adulterated food. The law is clear that a defendant can be sentenced to imprisonment based on negligence — or, for that matter, based on strict liability stemming from his own conduct.”

But here is the money quote from Cato:

Pro-business groups, including the Cato Institute and the National Association of Manufacturers, filed briefs in support of the DeCosters, arguing executives shouldn’t serve jail time.

Got this response from a lawyer for a victim:

“Interesting that they seem so concerned about some rich white guys spending a few months in jail for selling bad products,” said Bill Marler, a Seattle-based lawyer who represented a Texas boy sickened in the salmonella outbreak.

If jail isn’t a consequence and fines are not much of a deterrent then what do you have?

Were you paying attention? Another busy, busy week.

1) We started the week with a major holiday with the traditional Nathan’s hotdog eating contest. How many dogs did the winner stuff down in 10 minutes?

2) The black man shot by police in suburban St. Paul, Minnesota was stopped by police for what reason?

3) The Chilcot Report was released in Great Britain. What issue was the Chilcot Report concerned with?

4) President Obama ended the week visiting what country?

5) ISIS bombed the second holiest site in Islam Monday. What is that and where is it?

6) Oops we missed a couple of birthdays last week. What notable young lady turned 18 on July 4th?

7) The other birthday we missed last week was what grand old member of rock and roll royalty on July 7th?

8) After a couple of disappointing months on the jobs front the economy posted how many new jobs in June?

9) Also over in Great Britain, after a Conservative part vote by MPs we know that the next Prime Minister will be a what?

10) What two of the frequently mentioned names as Trump’s VP choice said “thanks, but no thanks” last week?

11) A Des Moines church is suing the Iowa Civil Rights Commission over what hot button issue?

12) After many investigations and millions of dollars the FBI concluded that who did nothing wrong concerning emails?

13) In Iowa a new law took effect that allows those close to a heroine addict to administer what drug to the addict?

14) July 14, 1789 is a landmark day in history. What is significant about July 14th?

15) Donald Trump’s campaign created quite a stir when they tweeted an anti-Clinton picture featuring what antisemitic symbol?

16) Trump compounded that by praising whose handling of terrorists while he was in power?

17) The Georgia Supreme Court said what group would be allowed to ‘adopt a highway?’

18) One more Trump question – Trump went on a peace mission Thursday. Where did he go and who did he visit there?

19) What state allowed bible reading on the grounds of their county courthouses over the July 4th weekend in a clear violation of the separation of church and state?

20) Built with the aid of tax incentives from the state, what Christian attraction opened in Kentucky last week?

Woody Guthrie’s birthday is Thursday. Pick out a few favorite Guthrie tunes to hum during that day. I like “Union Maid.”


1) 70 or about one every 9 seconds.

2) his car had a broken tail light.

3) Britain’s entry into the Iraq war

4) Poland for a NATO conference

5) the prophet’s tomb in Medinah

6) Malia Obama

7) Ringo Starr who turned 76. He was a Beatle in case you’ve forgotten.

8) 287,000 – a good economy bodes well for the party in power.

9) woman. The top two vote getters were women.

10) Bob Corker of Tenn. and Joni Ernst of Iowa.

11) transgendered people using their bathrooms.

12) Hillary Clinton

13) naloxone

14) Bastille day – the beginning of the French Revolution.

15) a star of David (used by Nazi Germany to designate Jews)

16) Saddam Hussein

17) the KKK

18) the US congress to visit Republicans in the House and then in the Senate. There were several skirmishes

19) Iowa

20) a recreation of Noah’s Ark. The tax incentives are very controversial (state supporting a specific religious view.)

Prepare for the conventions!

Sunday Funday: Happy 240th Birthday Edition

We will sign after we finish the quiz

We will sign after we finish the quiz

For a country that is 240 we don’t look too bad. It’s all that exercising of democracy that keeps us young, I tell ya. That staying away from that junk food like the anti-science wants us to eat. No, no, no – we eat a good diet of facts. We experiment so that we learn the truth. We create visions that we put out as a destination to work toward. But we can only reach those destinations if we continue to exercise and eat right.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Wow – it just doesn’t slow down anymore. Were you paying attention?

1) The unfolding Brexit story is fascinating. Thursday what likely next leader of the Conservative Party announced he would not seek the leadership?

2) SCOTUS had their usual busy year end this week. A majority ruled that what state had created “undue burdens” on women seeking abortions?

3) Also among SCOTUS decisions the former governor of what state had his bribery conviction set aside pending retrial?

4) Meanwhile, Iowa’s Supreme Court made national headlines when they said that what group did not have the right to vote based on the Iowa constitution?

5) Down in Kansas a group of what former officials formed a group called “Save Kansas” to stop Gov. Brownback’s dangerous agenda?

6) In soccer, what small country defeated one of the favorites in the UEFA championships?

7) Whose diary entry for July 4th, 1776 read “Nothing of importance happened today.”?

8) The closing of the mental health institutes in Clarinda and Mount Pleasant were among the reasons that what department had to shift money around to address shortfalls?

9) Volkswagen settled US lawsuits in the emission scandal for how much (nearest billion)?

10) The winningest coach in NCAA history died last week from dementia at age 64. Can you name this coach?

11) Donald Trump used money from his own charity to but what for himself from another charity’s auction?

12) Trump’s campaign appears to have violated fundraising laws when they solicited for donations where?

13) Violating the separation of church and state, what exercise is being conducted outside of Iowa’s 99 courthouses this weekend?

14) A federal judge in Mississippi ruled that clerks cannot cite what in refusing to issue marriage licenses thus nullifying a law that was about to go into effect?

15) MSNBC reported Thursday that what two people being vetted for the Republican VP spot?

16) Following an address to the Canadian Parliament, President Obama was greeted with shouts saying what?

17) A last minute bill was passed by the senate and rushed to President Obama’s desk to help who avoid bankruptcy?

18) What state had a GMO food labeling bill go into effect July 1, which may force food processors to begin labeling though out the country?

19) Voted by historians as the worst president ever, who celebrates his birthday Wednesday?

20) How many Americans signed the Declaration of Independence?

Most of the signers actually signed the Declaration on August 2, 1776.


1) Boris Johnson shocked Britain with that announcement

2) Texas. This may nullify most of the so-called TRAP laws.

3) Virginia – Bob McDonnell

4) convicted felons

5) governors. Four former governors (2D, 2R) are attempting to convince Brownback to stop the crazy supply side ecumenic experiment

6) Iceland defeated England

7) King George III

8) department of corrections

9) ~ $15 billion

10) Pat Summit, former women’s head coach at Tennessee

11) A football helmet signed by Tim Tebow

12) Great Britain. It is against the law to solicit donations from foreign citizens.

13) reading of the bible. It is expected to continue through most of Sunday

14) religious beliefs – another of the so-called religious liberty laws

15) Chris Christie and Newt Gingrich

16) “Four more years” from Canadian MPs

17) Puerto Rico

18) Vermont

19) George W. Bush

20) 56

Have a safe holiday, all!

what true independence looks like

what true independence looks like

Sunday Funday: Stonewall Is A National Monument Edition

new national monument

new national monument

The popping of heads heard across the land was not for Brexit. Nope, that is a simple problem compared to what else happened Friday. The Kenyan, Muslim, fascist, communist dictator made the Stonewall Inn a national monument! CAN YOU IMAGINE THAT??? A MONUMENT FOR THE GAYS!!!

How is any American going to be able to go to heaven when they come from a country that has monuments to homosexuals? God will bring America to its knees!

Or maybe not. Thanks, Obama.

Were you paying attention? Seems like things are just getting busier and busier.

1) The Stonewall Inn became famous when police were attacked by customers as police gays for arrest. What city is the Stonewall Inn in?

2) When did the riot take place (month & year)?

3) The Brexit vote was prompted by a challenge to the Tory Party from the right by what small British Party?

4) Next Friday is the national birthday of what North American country?

5) In Amelia Ohio, what happened to the owner of a gun store when he was teaching a gun safety class last Sunday?

6) Governor Branstad launched his “see something, say something” campaign to target what problem?

7) In a storybook series, what homegrown star carried his team to the NBA title last week?

8) As the Brexit vote took place what US politico was in Scotland on a business trip?

9) John Lewis led a sit-in by Democrats on the House floor this week. Lewis learned this strategy as the head of what civil rights organization in the 60s?

10) Corey Lewandowski, former head of the Donald Trump campaign, landed a plum job with what cable newser?

11) Tuesday Trump promised what group that he would allow them to be involved in politics and still be tax free?

12) Which rogue nation launched a couple of medium range missiles last week?

13) Boeing sold $25 billion worth of aircraft to what former foe’s national airline?

14) How did America do in the Copa America soccer tournament?

15) July 2, 1964 President Lyndon Johnson signed what far reaching legislation spurred by the previous year’s murder go Medgar Evers?

16) The new head of the Trump campaign in Iowa is a scion of what political family?

17) What former presidential contender put his running shoes back on for the senate race in Florida?

18) Steve King tried to pretend he wasn’t playing the racist card when he introduced an amendment that would have effectively blocked who from the $20 bill?

19) The Supreme Court handed down some decisions this week, including a surprise that upheld what for admission to colleges?

20) 30 people burned their feet in a fire walking demonstration during a seminar by what well known motivational speaker?

BONUS: The Brexit vote may be used as a cause for a redo of what vote for independence in 2014?

This has been one historic week. Hope it settles down a bit.


1) New York City

2) June 28, 1969

3) UKIP or the United Kingdom Independence Party

4) It’s Canada Day July 1. Happy 149th birthday ya pup!

5) He was accidentally shot and killed

6) terrorism in Iowa.

7) LeBron James of Cleveland

8) Donald Trump was opening a golf course

9) SNCC or the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee

10) CNN – so much for objective

11) tax-exempt groups especially churches

12) North Korea

13) Iran

14) they got creamed by Argentina in the semis 4-0

15) The 1964 Civil Rights bill

16) Branstad (Eric)

17) Little Marco Rubio ( sorry I couldn’t resist)

18) Harriet Tubman

19) affirmative action

20) Tony Robbins – if you wonder how its done watch this but don’t do it at home or anywhere else!