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Sunday Funday – December Is November

Ho, ho, ho. These questions are crazy

Ho, ho, ho. These questions are crazy

We seem to have had a turn over in our weather patterns. Shortly after Halloween we went directly to cold December type weather complete with snow. Since December 1, we seem to have reverted to November weather with highs in the cool autumn mode. If this proves anything, I think it is do not anger the weather gods. They mess with us just for fun. If we complain, they just mess with us more.

Speaking of messing with us, I had almost forgotten that Dec. 12, 2000 was the date of the last American revolution. If you have forgotten, that is the date that five members of the US Supreme Court chose the president over the vote of the American people. Disaster ensued.

Were you paying attention last week?

1) December has many holidays that represent the return of light (the sun). This Swedish festival celebrated on Dec. 13 features young girls wearing a head wreath of leaves with candles and a white gown. Can you name the saint at the center of this festival?

2) Speaking of Scandinavian countries, our Patent Office refused a patent to a Norwegian company because the name of their product was “offensive.” Do you know the product’s name?

3) The final nail in coffin for Democrats came in Louisiana Tuesday when Sen. Mary Landrieu was defeated by what challenger?

4) Folks in what Iowa tourist mecca took an icy “polar bear” plunge last Sunday to raise money for ‘Toys For Tots’?

5) Many players in what pro sport wore pre-game warm ups that had a message saying “I Can’t Breathe”?

6) Which former major retailer and it subsidiary announced last week that it would close approximately 15% of its stores next year?

7) December 16,1944, Iowa lost one of its most famous sons. There is still controversy on what may have happened, but we know that what famous band leader of the era died in a plane crash on that day?

8) Well, the Senate Intelligence Committee released its report on CIA torture this week. What Republican senator was the only one who said the report needed to be released?

9) With oil prices tumbling, what do many analysts feel that the break even price for pumping North American oil is?

10) Thursday the US House passed a funding bill to fund the government until September except for one department. What is the department and why was it excluded?

11) In that funding bill there was an add on clause that many critics claim was written by what financial company?

12) Once again I was disappointed as I was passed over for Time Magazine’s Person of the Year. Who did win this honor this year?

13) For the second time in a couple of weeks, citizens of what state are getting pummeled by powerful storms that may signal an end to one of their longest droughts ever?

14) Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will kick off his presidential campaign with a prayer rally in Baton Rouge on Jan. 24. In a handout in preparation for the event, Jindal blames natural disaster’s such as Hurricane Katrina on what?

15) What GOP presidential primary runner up in 2012 announced his 2016 candidacy to a deafening roar of silence Thursday?

Remember while we are freezing here in the north, folks in the southern hemisphere are going through yet another record breaking summer.


1) Lucia aka Santa Lucia or Saint Lucy

2) Comfyballs (yep just what it sounds like)

3) Bill Cassidy

4) Clear Lake

5) Professional basketball (the NBA)

6) Sears along with Kmart plan to close @235 of 1800 stores

7) Glenn Miller – some thought is that he was lost in a spy mission

8) John McCain because he was tortured

9) $50/ barrel. Oil prices were in the middle $50s at the end of the week.

10) Homeland Security. This was to punish Obama for his “amnesty” of immigrants

11) Citibank. This provision gutted the main provision of Dodd-Franks

12) Ebola fighters

13) California

14) homosexuality and abortion. He plans a massive stadium prayer rally to announce his candidacy

15) Rick Santorum. Someone call Foster Friess!

Sunday Funday – Awful Christmas Shows Edition

So easy an elf could ace this one

So easy an elf could ace this one

It is always a challenge anymore to see if we can withstand the onslaught of horrible Christmas shows with so many has been or never were stars singing Christmas songs in tortured ways that cause the writers of said songs to roll in their graves. This is in addition to the knuckleheads that insist that saying “happy holidays” or anything that isn’t “merry christmas” is an insult. Sorry there Bubba, but it is just a greeting that happens every year around the winter solstice. There are many religions and non-religions that celebrate the return of the sun somewhere in December that most any greeting is okay.

It was a quiet week wasn’t it? Or Maybe it wasn’t:

1) Meeting in Washington, DC last week what extreme business oriented group handed out their desired laws for next year to state legislators?

2) Can you identify the Tamir Rice mentioned in today’s introduction?

3) “December 7, 1941 – A day that will live in infamy.” Who spoke these words before a joint session of Congress?

4) December 5th, 1933 was indeed a day to celebrate. An era ended on that day when the 21st amendment to the constitution repealed what?

5) Information meetings began across Iowa preparing for the construction of what?

6) Maybe you didn’t notice, but last week America officially became the world’s #2 economy behind what other country?

7) Were “Black Friday” sales – a retail indicator every year – up or down this year?

8) A congressional committee is investigating Japanese auto parts maker Takata for what defective part they have supplied to numerous auto makers?

9) Yesterday was one of the first holidays of December, a month with many holidays. This holiday is big in Europe. What holiday was celebrated yesterday?

10) Akai Gurley was shot by police in a stairway by police in Brooklyn. What unusual step did police then take as Mr. Gurley lay dying?

11) As one wit said “He pointed at himself and said “Out!” Dale Scott became the first member of what profession to come out as gay?

12) Iowa’s Board of Regents voted last week to do what to tuition at Iowa’s regent universities last week?

13) As badly needed as the rain and snow were, it brought a mixed bag of good effects and bad to what drought stricken state last week?

14) SCOTUS justices heard arguments Wednesday in the case of a woman who was refused to be given light duty and then was fired by UPS because of what physical condition she had acquired?

15) While police and National Guard confront protestors on the streets of Ferguson, Mo. what armed volunteer militia is watching the proceedings from rooftops?

Bonus: The US did something it hasn’t done for 42 years Friday. Do you know what it was?

Double bonus: The Supreme Court announced Friday that it will hear oral arguments in a case involving Texas’ ability to choose the messages it allows on government-issued license plates. What symbol is Texas trying to keep off its license plates?

Stay warm – soon we celebrate the return of the sun.



2) The 12 year old boy shot in Cleveland by police. He had a pellet gun in his hands at the time in a nearly deserted park.

3) FDR

4) the 18th amendment aka prohibition

5) the Bakken oil pipeline that will cut across Iowa diagonally

6) China

7) down about 11% and that includes Thanksgiving day sales

8) air bags – they have exploded in some vehicles for no reason killing some.

9) St. Nicholas Day

10) texted their union representative.

11) baseball umpires

12) freeze tuitions for in state students for the 3rd year in a row

13) California

14) pregnancy

15) Oath Keepers (how do they get away with that you wonder? So do I)

Bonus: Launched a crew capable space craft above low earth orbit

Double Bonus: The confederate flag. (maybe I am nuts but isn’t that a flag of treason?)

Sunday Funday – Shop Til You Drop Edition

tough quiz today! Ho, ho, ho

tough quiz today! Ho, ho, ho

Who can forget those immortal words of George W. Bush? “Go shopping” Bush said. In the face of crisis, this is the new American answer. Now we live in a world of increasing income inequality and increasing racial divide. Could George Bush’s words ever ring more true? Go shopping even if you have no money or are in the ‘wrong’ part of town. And when best to go shopping than that unique American holiday, Black Friday? Makes it one proud to do their patriotic duty!

Were you paying attention last week or were you so stuffed with turkey you slept through the week?

1) Feel a smile coming to your face today? November 30th is the birthday of America’s greatest humorist and observer of humanity. What great humorist was born on this date in Florida, Missouri in 1835?

2) This man’s name became a household name by the end of this week. What is the name of the St. Louis County prosecutor who announced the decision in the Darren Wilson case this week?

3) Liberals held their breath when news that what SCOTUS justice was treated for a heart blockage with a stent?

4) OPEC met last week and decided to do what with their production in the face of falling oil prices?

5) What legendary writer, performer and director and one of the few winners of the EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony) awards died last week?

6) Negotiations between the state of Iowa and its employees union began last week with the parties far apart on what two issues?

7) The European Parliament is considering a proposal to break up what company?

8) Russia is losing as much as $100 billion a year due to what?

9) December 1, 1955 Rosa Parks is arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white person in Montgomery, Alabama. On December 5th what response to her arrest began?

10) Pope Francis is on a little trip. Where is the Pope venturing out to?

11) A gunman in Austin, Texas went on a rampage Friday morning shooting at several government buildings, including the Mexican consulate. One motive was thought to be what?

12) President Obama and his family kept up their Thanksgiving tradition of doing what for the poor on Wednesday?

13) A work of art by what woman was auctioned off for a record $4.4 million, a record for a woman artist?

14) Workers for what major retailer once more staged demonstrations throughout the country on Black Friday?

15) Protestors of the Ferguson grand jury decision temporarily shut down 3 malls in what major city Friday?

In a time honored tradition, yours truly will do his shopping sometime on December 24th. I mean, what’s the hurry?


1) Mark Twain or Sam Clemens if you wish

2) Bob McCulloch

3) Ruth Bader Ginsburg

4) nothing – maintain their current production

5) Mike Nichols

6) wage hikes and who pays what for health insurance

7) Google

8) the downturn in oil prices

9) the Montgomery bus boycott

10) Turkey

11) the new executive order on immigrants

12) handing out food at Bread for the City.

13) Georgia O’Keefe

14) Walmart

15) St. Louis

Here is a brief video of the first family handing out food. For the life of me I can not understand why they are so vilified.

Sunday Funday: Buffalo Still Exists Edition

we can try the quiz after dinner

we can try the quiz after dinner

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.


1) Japan

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

9) chocolate

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.
Happy Holiday

Sunday Funday – Sit In At Walmart Edition

you folks want to take the quiz?

you folks want to take the quiz?

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

2) comet

3) Rush Limbaugh (it is ok to laugh)

4) Mary Landrieu

5) Gettysburg, Pa.

6) Dahl’s

7) troops in Iraq

8) uniform time zone plan consisting of 4 time zones

9) net neutrality – seems right wingers want NN also

10) immigration

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

15) Duracell

Bonus: They are father and son. Governor Mike Beebe and son Kyle Beebe

Sunday Quiz – Not A Fun Day

I am sure they would approve this quiz

I am sure they would approve this quiz

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


1) 5.8%

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

13) Islam

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

Sunday Funday – Get Out The Vote Edition

I think I voted
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 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.


1) Durant

2) ebola

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

15) Frozen

Sunday Funday – Still Colorful Edition

fall trees 1

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

5) 8

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

7) Mitt Romney (who? many may ask)

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

9) 100 years in prison

10) behind

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

12) Doug Bustier, Libertarian

13) clowns

14) Muslim

15) Amazon. Yes Amazon

Sunday Funday Homecoming Edition

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

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

a couple of weeks but only for a short stint.

Were you paying attention?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


1) it is Thanksgiving Day in Canada Monday

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

3) St. Louis

4) The old water tower

5) Spain

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

7) Mulala Yousafzai

8) 2010

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

10) the need for photo ID to vote.

11) health insurance

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

13) Ben Bernanke.

14) Kim Jong Un

15) 14.5%

Facing A Problem With Humor

happy children back to school

happy children back to school

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

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

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

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

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.