THE SKY IS FALLING! THE SKY IS FALLING! Or so it must have seemed in Buffalo, New York and environs last week. Epochal snowfall. Even Noah himself would have had trouble in this one. Once more a weather event points up that indeed the climate is changing and we are headed for more and more extreme incidents. Remember that little rain we had last summer? Remember those tornadoes that devastated Washington, Illinois last November? Once again Australia is burning up. Lakes in California are dried up. The United Nations says we must make drastic cuts in greenhouse gas emissions immediately.
Buffalo survives for this round. But the warning shots are getting louder.
We’ll mix in a little Thanksgiving trivia with the questions this week.
1) In a bit of a surprise what major world economy announced they were in recession at the beginning of the week?
2) President Obama made a major policy address on immigration Thursday. Which of the television networks carried this major address?
3) The Iowa Board of Regents will discuss a third straight tuition freeze since Iowa students graduate ranked as number what in debt load?
4) The first Thanksgiving Day Parade was held in 1920 by what department store? (Choices: Macy’s Gimbel’s or Penney’s)
5) The Keystone XL pipeline was “defeated” in the Senate by a vote of what?
6) Susan Hamm of Oklahoma City made headlines when she said she would appeal her divorce settlement as being too low. What was the settlement?
7) Benjy, the Irish bull was scheduled for the slaughterhouse before he was saved by activists who raised money to save him. Why was Benjy scheduled to be slaughtered?
8) History notes that the Pilgrims may have been dumped at Plymouth Rock because the ship’s crew feared running out of what staple provision on the way home to England? (hint: it was stored in kegs)
9) A wise Person would stock up now. Increased consumption and a disease called “frosty pod” threatens what staple of the American diet?
10) An Iowa man went where he shouldn’t have. R. j. Ranae Kapheim of Davenport was arrested where with what?
11) Campus shootings were recorded at two locations this week. Can you name one of them?
12) What long time humorist was not laughing this week as many women came forward with tales of sexual abuse at his hands?
13) Back in the day – 1621 – it took about how long to travel from England to America – two months, three months or four months?
14) The USDA approved a genetically modified potato for Simplot company. However, what company said they would not use this potato?
15) FDR tried to move up the Thanksgiving holiday by a week to stimulate the economy in what year?
Last I heard Buffalo had as much as 84 inches (7 feet) of snow. That is just unbelievable. Our best wishes for a recovery for those folks.
2) PBS – none of the commercial networks carried the address
3) sixth highest
4) Gimbel’s in Philadelphia. Macy joined the fun in 1924
5) 59 for 41 against – therefore the against wins in Senate math
6) She got $1 billion, but since that was only 6% of her husband’s fortune, she felt it too little
7) he seemed to be gay, only hung with the bulls and had no interest in mating
8) beer – fermented drinks were often used since water could kill a person
10) near the White House with several weapons and ammunition.
11) Edinburg, Pa. and Florida State
12) Bill Cosby
13) two months
14) McDonald’s said it would not use the potato for fries – at least for now.
15) 1939. In 1941 Congress passed a bill establishing the 4th Thursday as Thanksgiving. Moving the holiday was a major kerfluffle.
For those who just can’t get enough football, the Grey Cup is scheduled for next Sunday (Nov. 30) at 5PM Central time.
Thursday night some truly surprising news came out of Los Angeles – an old fashioned labor sit-in protest by employees was held at one of the LA area Walmarts. Reports that came out were a bit confusing to me and the protest was ended by county police a few hours later. However, I understood that the protestors were joined by a large number of supporters. Once more this year protests are planned for Walmart across the country on Black Friday. We wish them the best.
While that may have not been reported, much else was last week. Were you paying attention?
1) In case we forgot who was president, Obama had a very active week last week. Early in the week he announced an agreement with China on what major world problem?
2) Perhaps some of the most astonishing news of the week when the ESA announced the landing of a spacecraft on what?
3) The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) was threatened with a lawsuit for defamation by what right wing extremist radio host?
4) Coming back from a long layoff, Democrats in the US senate immediately scheduled a vote on the Keystone Pipeline in an effort to save whose senate seat?
5) November 19th, 1863. President Lincoln offers a few short remarks at the dedication of a battlefield as a cemetery located in what city?
6) What major Iowa grocery chain announced their filing of chapter 11 bankruptcy and sale to Associated Wholesale Grocers?
7) Keeping up his active week, President Obama authorized a plan that would double what?
8) November 18th, 1883. School teacher Charles Dowd proposes a solution to one of America’s most confusing problems. This problem made it nearly impossible to co-ordinate schedules in more than one town. What did Dowd propose?
9) Major extremist right wing heart throb Ted Cruz was hit hard on Facebook by his adoring fans when he made a sarcastic post aimed at what hot button topic?
10) Republicans promised to hold up the approval of Atty. Gen. nominee Loretta Lynch over what issue?
11) Last year was a disastrous roll out for this new government program. This year things are expected to go much smoother for the re-enrollments under what new program?
12) The Obama administration also floated a couple of balloons on possible action on two hot button issues. Can you name both of these policies?
13) For those of us who fear heights, Wednesday scared us to the quick as two window washers dangled precariously before they were rescued at what NYC building?
14) AFSCME, the union representing some 40,000 Iowa government worker, offered their proposal for a new contract this week. What was their proposed wage increase?
15) Procter & Gamble announced their first sale in their effort to slim their product lines. Warren Buffet bought what battery company for $6.4 B?
Bonus question: The governor of Arkansas announced he will pardon a young man convicted of drug offenses. What is notable about this pardon?
This hasn’t been a good year for Walmart. Early this week they issued a memo ordering their stores to sell more groceries and do a better job of rotating stock. They have been hurt badly by supporting cuts to food stamps and by their own labor policies. Too bad for them.
1) Greenhouse gas emissions
3) Rush Limbaugh (it is ok to laugh)
4) Mary Landrieu
5) Gettysburg, Pa.
7) troops in Iraq
8) uniform time zone plan consisting of 4 time zones
9) net neutrality – seems right wingers want NN also
11) Affordable Care Act.
12) executive orders on not deporting certain immigrants and a much higher minimum wage for federal contractors.
13) #1 World Trade Center
14) 8% over 2 years
Bonus: They are father and son. Governor Mike Beebe and son Kyle Beebe
Who backed up the truck and parked it over the top of us? The lesson in this year’s election is that voter suppression, gerrymandering, owning the voting machines, negative campaign ads that drive down turnout and owning the main stream media is a winning strategy. May not be popular, but it did win.
Right to the quiz:
1) As Republicans claim Obama ruined the economy, unemployment fell to what low number when reports came out Friday?
2) Shades of Move To Amend! How much was spent by outside groups in Iowa elections this year?
3) Nearly 50% of exit poll takers claimed what as their major issue in voting?
4) The SCOTUS agreed Friday to take up yet another issue with what law?
5) After 13 years and 2 months a new building was opened Monday at what address?
6) In a statement early this week a United Nations panel said there is no “ambiguity” on what issue?
7) One major repudiation of tea bag policies happened in Pennsylvania where who was elected as governor?
8) A six foot statue of an iPhone was removed in St. Petersburg, Russia to protest what?
9) The Vatican condemned the assisted suicide of what assisted suicide advocate?
10) Voters in Washington state passed a gun control measure which makes it necessary to do a background check for gun sales by who?
11) The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month – a well known phrase in history – what happened?
12) School buses in Iowa City have been equipped with cameras. So far they have caught 282 motorists violating what law?
13) Newly elected congressman Jody Hice of Georgia has declared that what major world religion is not a religion?
14) What former US senator distinguished himself Tuesday by being the first man to lose senate races to two different women in two different states?
15) Who did President Obama nominate to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General Friday?
Bonus question: What caliber gun will Joni Ernst be toting into the Senate in January?
Try to laugh, but be prepared to sharpen those congress writing muscles
2) $62 million
3) the economy. Apparently voters preferred the Bush disaster over the Obama recovery.
4) The ACA
5) One World Trade Center
6) human caused climate change
7) Tom Wolfe
8) Apple CEO Tim Cook coming out as gay
9) Brittany Maynard who lived in Oregon which allows assisted suicide. She had terminal cancer.
10) anyone who sells a gun including private sales
11) the end of WWI
12) passing a stopped school bus
14) Scott Brown – losing to Elizabeth Warren and Jeanne Shaheen
15) Loretta Lynch (not Loretta Lynn)
Bonus: 9MM is her weapon of choice I believe
Just in case you have been living in a cave this is a reminder that you must be done voting by 9PM on Tuesday night. Anything after that doesn’t count. So organize a group and get out and vote for your favorite Democrat.
Once this election is over, remember to vote with your dollars. Support businesses that support your values. You deserve it.
Did you hear any news between the candidate commercials?
1) Oh the humanity! What small eastern Iowa community is considering banning dogs from their park?
2) “You messed with the wrong redhead” said Kaci Hickox boyfriend. Ms. Hickox has been ordered to be quarantined by 2 governors even though she shows no signs of what?
3) Ted Cruz said he still loves his iPhone even though what CEO came out as gay this week?
4) Oregon and Alaska will be the next states to vote on what initiative this Tuesday?
5) Orbital Science, whose rocket blew up on the launch pad in Virginia this week, were using engines built for what purpose?
6) Out in Hawai’i what slow motion disaster is taking place?
7) The corn harvest in Iowa stays behind schedule. What is the reason given for the slow corn harvest?
8) The son of what nationally prominent politician said his Dad will “more than likely run for president” during an interview by ABC news?
9) While Republicans decry the economy, government statistics showed that the GDP grew at what annual rate in the 3rd quarter?
10) “She has disqualified herself” Hillary Clinton said about Joni Ernst because Ernst had done what?
11) What former major candidate said she might run for office again just to annoy the “haters”?
12) What small Iowa city had some major discrepancies in utility payments uncovered by a state audit, but lack of a paper trail made it hard to determine exactly what happened?
13) According to opensecrets.org outside spending in Iowa’s senate race has topped how much?
14) On Wednesday the Federal Reserve announced the end of what program that pumped money into the economy during the “Great Recession”?
15) In Iowa (and across the country it seems) the most popular Halloween costumes were based on what movie?
Speaking of scary things, what scares me the most is what happens inside those automated voting machines. We can’t have truly honest elections until we have paper trails and random audits.
3) Tim Cook of Apple
4) legalization of marijuana
5) They were 40 year old Soviet built engines for the Soviet moon program
6) lava flow from a volcano toward the small town of Pahoa
7) moisture in the corn is still too high
8) Jeb Bush – said by son George P. Bush
9) 3.5% very solid
10) refused to meet with newspaper editorial board in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Dubuque
11) Sara Palin
12) West Liberty
13) $60 million
14) quantitative easing
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!
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
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
11) Senegal – no new cases for 42 days as of Friday.
12) Doug Bustier, Libertarian
15) Amazon. Yes Amazon
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Anglophiles 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.
2) Bernie Sanders
3) Gov. Branstad. – Hey,guv, we all get busy.
4) Urban Outfitters
5) Ali Baba – already worth more than Amazon
8) Alex Salmond
9) more than half – 54.4%
10) to desegregate Little Rock’s Central HS
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.
If 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.
1) 2008 – Brian Schweitzer, 2011 – Bernie Sanders and 2012 – Martin O’Malley
2) New Jersey
4) the county assessor – he had a tax complaint.
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
14) sapphire glass
15) cyber stalking a woman.