Saw this Mike Lukovich cartoon and just had to share it. Being in Iowa we will be viewed as the epicenter of politics until sometime in January. Yet in the Republican Party the epicenter is actually a much smaller group. You may have heard that the Koch brothers, Charles and David, will be involved in picking the next Republican candidate in this election round. They were a bit put out that the party chose such a stinker last time around. Even though he was wealthy, Mitt Romney just didn’t meet their criteria.
Charles and David will be holding a beauty contest among 5 candidates – their own Scott Walker, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and another damned Bush. Winner gets as much from them as they will from the Republican party itself. Perhaps as much as a billion dollars. Those two are their own third American Political Party.
1) Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) introduced legislation to extend what just in case Republicans get the win they want in King v. Burwell?
2) After all the bluster against Loretta Lynch, who was the only senator to not vote on the confirmation of Lynch for Attorney General?
3) Freddie Gray died while in police custody last Sunday. What major US city did this happen in?
4) How did Iowa’s senators vote on the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as US Attorney General?
5) The FBI stunned the jurisprudence world this week when it admitted that it faked what type of forensic investigation?
6) Loretta Lynch’s confirmation vote was held up until a vote could be taken on what issue?
7) The former president of what country was sentenced to 20 years in prison?
8) The World Meteorological Association has removed what name for hurricanes starting in 2016?
9) The Prime Minister of New Zealand had to issue an apology for continually doing what to a waitress?
10) President Obama issued an apology when it was revealed that an American and an Italian citizen were killed by what in January?
11) What brand of ice cream has made a major recall due to a listeria problem?
12) Chicken and turkey farmers in northwest Iowa have been hit with a major outbreak of what disease?
13) An anti-bullying bill pushed by Gov. Branstad and passed overwhelmingly by the Iowa senate is being stalled by who?
14) A century ago (boy April seems like a violent month) last Friday was the anniversary of beginning of the genocide of what people?
15) Twenty-nine years ago today, the world is stunned by the meltdown of a nuclear power plant at what city in Russia?
16) A speed record for trains was achieved in Japan when one recorded going 590kph. What kind of train made this record?
17) A blogger who pushed a vegan diet claiming it cured her cancer was revealed to never had to have had what?
18) The son of what presidential candidate was cited (not arrested) for DUI after running into a parked car?
19) Pumps at what nuclear plant that suffered a meltdown stopped last week causing radioactive water to leak into the ocean?
20) Despite giving away state secrets what man got a suspended sentence and (for him) a small fine?
Ray-ban has asked Rand Paul to please remove their sunglasses from his online store. No doubt bad publicity for them.
1) subsidies to those who now get subsidies through the ACA. These subsidies would last through 2016 (to avoid Repubs being blamed for the loss of subsidies)
2) Ted Cruz
4) Both voted no.
5) Hair analysis – great story here
6) Human trafficking
9) pulling her pony tail
10) a drone attack
11) Blue Bell
12) bird flu
13) House speaker Kraig Paulson
16) a bullet mag-lev (magnetic levitation) train
17) the cancer she claimed she had
18) Rand Paul
20) David Petraeus. 2 years probation and a fine equal to about half of one speaking fee.
I have been cutting grass since I was 8 years old. I hate it – just hate it with a passion. It seems like so much make work to me. Grass’s main function is as a ground cover and an allergen. As a ground cover mine doesn’t do it’s job. As an allergen it is doing a wonderful job.
Despite how much I hate cutting grass, I am driven to do it because my father drilled it into me so well. Not sure if anything else he taught me took, but cutting the grass sure did. If it starts looking shaggy at all, I start to get nervous until I can get out and cut it. OY VEY, I am a basket case.
Were you paying attention last week?
1) What two people announced that they would be running for president last week?
2) Hugh Rodham’s grave stone was toppled in Scranton, Pa. last Monday. Why?
3) 20 years ago one of the worst terrorist attacks to take place on American soil happened. Where did this attack take place?
4) Do you remember the name of the perpetrators of the above mentioned attack?
5) Take me out to the ball game, but don’t forget to take me home! Which 2 teams played a 19 inning, 7 hour marathon last week?
6) April 20th, 1914 is the day of the massacre at the Ludlow, Colorado mine where strikers and women and children were shot. Who owned this mine?
7) Bad news for Iowa’a turkey industry last week. What was found in Buena Vista county last week?
8) The bible was nearly named the official state book in what state?
9) April 20th, 1999. The nation is shocked at what event in Colorado?
10) What 2 Republican presidential candidates came out for raising the age to get Social Security?
11) According to George W. Bush his brother will have one major problem getting elected. What is it?
12) Jack and Peter Decoster were sentenced to how much time in prison for selling tainted eggs that made over 2,000 people sick?
13) A coffee shop in Le Claire, Iowa was the site of what event this week that got national attention?
14) The Pope had a little set-to with what country when he marked the 100th anniversary of the genocide of what people?
15) A deputy in Tulsa has been charged with what in the death of an unarmed black man he shot during an arrest?
16) April 15th saw a major action by workers in fast food and other industries in at least how many US cities?
17) The CEO of a Seattle based credit card processing firm made headlines when he announced what that he will do to employees salary?
18) Singer Percy Sledge died this week. What was his most famous song?
19) A postal worker landed on the lawn of the Capitol this week in what kind of a vehicle?
20) Tomorrow is the Boston Marathon. This will be the what running of this event? (number of this marathon)
Be sure to acknowledge Earth Day Wednesday. It is the only planet we got and neither God or anyone else can change that. Let’s take care of our home.
1) Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio
2) It was the day after his daughter announced she would run for president
3) Oklahoma City – The Murrah building was bombed
4) Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols
5) Red Sox and Yankees – do you care who won?
6) John D. Rockefeller
7) A turkey farm that had bird flu
8) Tennessee – the AG warned such an action would be declared unconstitutional
9) the shootings at Littleton high school
10) Chris Christie and Jeb Bush. Christie favors moving it to 69.
11) having George W. Bush as a brother.
12) 3 months
13) Hillary Clinton’s first campaign stop in Iowa
17) raise all employees to at least $70,000/ year
18) “When A Man Loves A Woman”
19) a gyrocopter
remember Earth Day!
The winds of change blew last week and they blew very hard. Seems a little early here in Iowa to be getting such strong storms, but Mother Nature doesn’t do things by the calendar. If it wasn’t tied down, it may no longer be around. So be careful when you put the dog or the kitty out and make sure they have tags or a microchip for later identification.
Were you paying attention last week?
1) Hey Mon! Obama went to Jamaica last week. What museum was one of his first stops?
2) Cyclone nation’s got your back! What Cyclone coach will be undergoing a second heart procedure Friday?
3) Call the Republicans! We got another case of voter fraud! What presidential candidate lied on his voter registration form by listing himself as “Hispanic?”
4) A young man walking to work caught quite an event on his cell phone camera in South Carolina Monday. What was it?
5) In Altoona, Pa. a parishioner disrupted Easter Sunday mass by doing what?
6) Rarified air. What college basketball coach joined John Wooden as the only 2 to win 10 NCAA titles last week?
7) Touchy, touchy. What presidential candidate lost his temper with interviewers 3 times last week when he didn’t like the way a question was asked?
8) Truly a poorly held secret. What presidential candidate is expected to announce today?
9) Christians were pretty bent out of shape when a representative of what religion gave the opening prayer at the Iowa legislature Thursday?
10) To no ones surprise, who was convicted in the Boston Marathon massacre last week?
11) There are rules. Whose presidential announcement was taken down by youtube due to copyright violation?
12) What metropolitan area that includes an Iowa segment is slowly approaching 1 million residents?
13) Tuesday is the 150th anniversary of what tragic event?
14) The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee touched off a bit of a storm by recommending what kind of diet?
15) At a meeting next week a federal advisory group is expected to recommend the shutting down the harvest of what on the West Coast?
16) April 12, 1961 – who is the first human to be launched into space?
17) It is up and running again with twice the power. Coming off a two year shutdown following the discovery of the Higgs bosun what major scientific tool is ready to go again?
18) “The 18th of April of ’75. Hardly a man is still alive who can remember that famous day and year of” what?
19) A yacht race has been proposed for the summer of 2017 at what once impenetrable place?
20) The pizzeria in Walkerton, Indiana proved it – hate pays. How much was raised from an online site to support their stand?
In case you missed it, the Chicago Cubs opened yet another season with a loss. Wait til next century!
1) The Bob Marley museum
2) Fred Hoiberg. He will have an operation at the Mayo Clinic Friday.
3) Jeb Bush
4) The murder of an unarmed black man by a police officer
5) Accidentally shooting a gun he had in his pocket
6) Geno Auriema, coach of the Connecticut women’s team.
7) Rand Paul
8) Hillary Clinton
9) wiccan or pagan
10) Djokhar Tsarnaev
11) Rand Paul’s
12) Omaha-Council Bluffs (or is it Council Bluffs-Omaha?)
13) the assassination of Abraham Lincoln
14) vegan – both for health and environmental reasons
15) sardines – overfished and none left for the sea lions to eat
16) Yuri Gagarin
17) The Large Hadron Collider
18) the midnight ride of Paul Revere
19) The Arctic Ocean. Some expect it to be free enough of ice by then to stage such an event
The high holy days of basketball come to an end this week with college champions being crowned for the men on Monday and for the women on Tuesday. I think there are some other religious holidays this week also.
Lots happened last week. Were you paying attention?
1) Most parties to the Iranian framework agreement were excited. What potential player(s) seemed intent on scuttling any agreement?
2) Nothing like name recognition when you’re in politics. What governor and potential presidential candidate’s name was repeated over and over in conjunction with a RFRA bill he signed?
3) After being maligned throughout the season, which men’s college basketball conference put 2 teams in the final four?
4) Michigan’s football team seems to have picked up a transfer in what former Iowa quarterback?
5) When is Passover this year?
6) The Fair can go on! What date did the Iowa legislature agree to for the earliest beginning date for schools in Iowa?
7) Next Thursday, April 9th, will be the 150th anniversary of what?
8) Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson was already to sign a RFRA bill similar to Indiana’s until what 800 pound corporate gorilla in Arkansas suggested that he not do so?
9) The American Pharmacists Association recommended that its members no longer supply what to states?
10) The Iowa senate continues to struggle with the gun bill. However, shootings should be quieter as most agree that the sales of what should no longer be banned?
11) March goes down as one of the driest months in Iowa’s history. Thus, what became a serious threat throughout the state this week as winds whipped across the state?
12) George Pataki says bet that he will run for president in 2016. What is George Pataki’s claim to fame?
13) He is not going to visit his birthplace, but President Obama will visit Kenya this summer. Why?
14) One of my favorite named politicians, Goodluck Jonathan, lost in his bid for re-election as president of what country?
15) Pediatricians recommended using what to help avoid overdoses of prescribed drugs by children?
16) The world’s formerly oldest living person died in Osaka, Japan this week. How old was she when she died?
17) Next Thursday, April 9th, the opening prayer in the Iowa House will be offered by what unusual clergy person?
18) Out of sight, out of mind rather quickly. What two food processing giants announced a merger about 10 days ago?
19) Comedy Central announced what relatively unknown comedian as its replacement for Jon Stewart on The Daily Show?
20) Militant group Al-Shabab killed 147 non-Muslims in an attack at a university in what African country?
BONUS) What native Iowan, known mostly for TV evangelical work and the “Crystal Cathedral” died in Los Angeles this week?
McDonald’s got tons of free and mostly favorable publicity this week for announcing a $1/hour pay raise for it’s employees. But the whole story is that this applies only to company owned stores and will have no effect on most of the employees who wear the “McDonald’s” apparel when working. Most employees work for franchises and thus will get no raise. Misdirection by the news media?
1) the Republican Party
2) Mike Pence of Indiana
3) the Big Ten(14) with Wisconsin and Michigan State
4) Jake Ruddock seems to be moving to Ann Arbor and will be eligible to play immediately
5) Right now!. Started at sundown last Friday and ends next Saturday
6) August 23rd (that is a Sunday and the last fair date in 2015)
7) Lee’s surrender to Grant at Appomatox Courthouse to end our civil war
9) drugs for state executions
11) grass fires
12) former three term governor of New York
13) He will attend a conference on economic development in Africa
15) the metric system – seems parents often confuse teaspoons and tablespoons etc.
17) a Wiccan priestess
18) Kraft and Heinz
19) Trevor Noah
BONUS) Robert Schuller
Happy Easter all
Back in the day there was a young man who wrote for the Des Moines Register by the name of Donald Kaul under the banner Over The Coffee. One of Kaul’s great delights or perhaps painful duties was to inform Iowans how the legislature annually made a mockery of what most Iowans considered common sense by hashing over seemingly ridiculous folderol. Once more the legislature is giving wits much fodder with their debate over when schools should start. Seems that the major economic driver in Iowa is the State Fair, no doubt the greatest of all State Fairs ever. Reading and Cyphering learning must be compliant to the whims of the awesomest of State Fairs!
Well, Sunday Funday is here with a solution for the legislature wanting to feed the fair and the schools wanting to – uh you know – educate. There are other breaks in the schools year that could easily be eliminated so the State Fair can be attended to. Start with Christmas and Easter breaks. It is usually cold in Iowa at those times, so let’s take time for the State Fair from the winter and spring breaks and move it to summer.
Were you paying attention?
1) Many folks called Ted do not really have Ted as their given name. What is the given name of ‘Ted’ Cruz?
2) With friends like this who needs enemies? What country was accused by the Wall Street Journal of spying on talks between Iran and the US?
3) Ted Cruz claimed a strange conversion occurred in him on 9/11 that caused him to turn away from what in favor of what else?
4) Appearing in Iowa last weekend, what potential presidential candidate said it is time to “crack down on Wall Street recklessness.”?
5) What Iowa legislator was photographed reading a book titled “Sex After Sixty” instead of paying attention to floor debate?
6) It appears one man in Iowa has decided that current Medicaid needs dismantling and that may be enough to make it happen. Who is this man?
7) He got away with murder, now he blames Obama for his image problems. What former darling of the right claimed Obama ruined his image?
8) Lieutenant Rags, move your troops! The National Park Service is considering using dogs at the Lincoln Memorial to stop what from happening?
9) Utah takes a few steps back as they once more opt for what method of executing prisoners?
10) Two US senators announced they would not run in 2016. Can you name them and their states?
11) As of last week, Starbuck baristas will no longer write what phrase on customer’s coffee cups?
12) After demonizing Obamacare, what Tea Party presidential candidate was discovered to be planning to sign up for Obamacare, claiming Obama was making him do so?
13) Indiana governor Mike Pence signed a Religious Restoration Act last week. One of the major consequences will be that, based on religious reasons, businesses can do what?
14) The SCOTUS is taking a case from Texas concerning free speech and the placing of what on Texas state license plates?
15) A combination Russian and US crew took off for a mission on the ISS. How long is this mission expected to last?
16) Jumping on the bandwagon, Willie Nelson is expected to launch a brand of what that will bear his name?
17) Bowe Bergdahl was charged with what this week?
18) In another major scoop for Wikileaks, what closely guarded document did the group release this week?
19) A state Senate Committee voted to make what medicinal crop available to possess Thursday after they made using it legal last year?
20) A sure sign of spring! What states got hit with tornados Wednesday?
Ok here is a new sport. It is up to you to figure out what it is:
3) turned away from rock and roll music and picked up country music
4) Martin O’Malley
5) Ross Paustian of Walcott
6) Governor Branstad
7) George Zimmerman
8) geese pooping around the National Mall
9) firing squad
10) Dan Coates of Indiana and Harry Reid of Nevada
11) “race together”
12) Ted Cruz!
13) discriminate based on their religious feelings
14) the confederate flag
15) a year – the longest for a US astronaut
18) the TPP trade agreement
19) medical marijuana
20) Oklahoma and Arkansas
It only comes but once a year, so let’s all try to wring every ounce of joy out of this holiday season. May the gods and goddesses of the scoring table smile kindly on your team.
Were you paying attention last week or were you in front of the TV?
1) Senate Leader Mitch McConnell is using a vote on Human Trafficking to delay a vote for what Obama nominee?
2) Twenty years ago on March 20th, Tokyo subways were attacked by terrorists who used what for their attack?
3) Netanyahu was re-elected as Prime Minister of Israel. He needs a coalition of a majority of the Knessit. How many seats are there in the Knessit?
4) Tom Cotton, junior senator from Arkansas, has picked up quite a nickname due to his authorship of the letter to Iran. What is that nickname?
5) One of the most powerful cyclones ever, Pam, devastated what tiny island nation?
6) What state has implemented some extraordinary measures in response to water shortages?
7) In the Muncie, Indiana Walmart restroom, a local man was running what business?
8) The Secret Service has asked congress for $8 million in order to build an exact replica of what building?
9) The state of Iowa placed how many teams in the NCAA tournaments?
10) Mortal sin, Iowa style. What candidate’s campaign advisor tweeted offensive things about the Iowa caucuses?
11) A letter sent to the White House was laced with what substance?
12) There was a resignation from the US House last week. Who resigned and why?
13) John Rowland, former governor of what state, was sentenced to 30 months in prison for violating clean election laws?
14) What former presidential candidate and former heavyweight boxing champion have arranged to have a charity boxing event?
15) Democrats and Republicans in the Iowa senate agree, doing what while driving is not a good idea?
What happened to ISU? I had them going all the way!
1) Loretta Lynch
2) Sarin gas
3) 120. Netanyahu needs to control 61
4) Tehran Tom
7) a meth lab
8) the White House
9) 5 – 3 in the men’s tournament and 2 in the women’s.
10) Scott Walker
12) Aaron Shock of Peoria. He resigned due to investigations of his spending.
14) Mitt Romney and Evander Holyfield
I have a foolproof snow removal system. I call it the middle of March. Been pretty reliable the past few years. Requires a lot of patience and the ability to ignore lawsuit threats. Looks like it will be working once more this year.
Here is something to do as you ignore those threats. Were you paying attention?
1) Republicans claim Obama is a communist fascist and anti-capitalist. How many jobs were reported as added Friday?
2) What long serving female senator announced her impending retirement early in the week?
3) A NASA probe entered orbit around what dwarf planet Friday morning?
4) Two months ago, Hillary Clinton handed over 55,000 what to the State Department?
5) 1995, 1995, 1996, 2002, 2009, 2012 and again last week, what international leader claimed there was an imminent nuclear threat from Iran?
6) King v. Burwell was argued before the SCOTUS last week. What major issue is at stake in this case?
7) Who denied any connection to the murder of political rival Boris Nemtsov?
8) There are fewer women running companies than men named what?
9) A non-profit has begun a campaign to replace what person with a woman on American currency by 2020?
10) Holy port-a-potty, Batman! What once extremely remote place now accumulates as much 26,000 pounds of human feces a year?
11) According to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, the US will once more hit what limit on March 16th?
12) Inventor John Sylvan admits he won’t use his own invention because they are expensive and bad for the environment. What did he invent?
13) Jim Clark became a household name 50 years ago yesterday. What was his job back then?
14) Talk about the parade becoming a stampede. As more US states approve marriage equality, so are European countries. What country became the 11th European country with marriage equality Tuesday?
15) Budget woes in what deep red state with a tea bag governor is forcing the state to look to at expanding Medicaid?
16) The Justice Department released a scathing report concerning the police department in what US city?
17) A bill allowing children under the age of 14 to posses what survived ‘funnel’ week in the Iowa legislature?
18) A second hospital in Los Angeles, Cedar-Sanai, Tuesday reported that a patient had been stricken with what dangerous infection agent?
19) A train carrying what hazardous material derailed near Galena, Illinois Thursday?
20) Did you forget to do something this morning?
First answers then basketball!
2) Barbara Mikulski of Maryland
3) Ceres – in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter
4) pages of emails
5) Bibi Netanyahu
6) Whether the ACA would continue in its present form
7) Russian Premier Vladimir Putin
8) John – according to the New York Times
9) Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill
10) Mt. Everest
11) the debt ceiling
13) Sheriff of Selma, Alabama
16) Ferguson, Mo.
17) a pistol or revolver
18) the super bug, aka CRE, which is resistant to antibiotics
19) oil from the Bakken oil fields
20) set your clock ahead, maybe?
Enough winter, bring on some spring. I hate to see what is under the white, but I will have to face it someday.
Oh – and don’t forget to change your clocks next week.
Were you paying attention?
1) Blue and black or white and gold? What the heck am I talking about?
2) One was black and one was white and their romp captured the attention of the nation Thursday. Who were they?
3) He wasn’t here, he wasn’t there. Apparently he wasn’t anywhere he said he was. What national news figure is taking a lot of heat for embellishing his cred by claiming to be on the scene of many important events?
4) Wisconsin faces a vote in their legislature that will make them yet another right to work state. What high profile labor union came out against the right to work vote in Wisconsin?
5) A guy named Chuy pulled a real upset Tuesday when he forced what politician into a runoff election for the Chicago mayor’s office?
6) The nets are free at least for now. What was the vote for making the internet a common carrier Thursday?
7) March 1, 1961 new president John Kennedy established what organization that sent young Americans volunteers abroad to help developing countries?
8) What went into effect today in Iowa, thanks to quick passage by both houses of Iowa’s legislature and the governor’s signature?
9) Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma proved once and for all this week that climate change was bunk by doing what?
10) A bill in the Iowa House will ban the sale of palcohol in Iowa. What is palcohol?
11) What target in the United States was specifically mentioned in a message from Al-Shabob?
12) Who is scheduled to address a joint session of Congress Tuesday?
13) In Idaho a Republican legislator asked a doctor testifying before his committee if a doctor could conduct what kind of exam remotely by having the woman swallow a camera?
14) Iowa’s largest utility companies reported last week that they have approximately how much in past due bills?
15) Manufacturers of what ubiquitous grocery and department store item delayed a ban on their product when they gathered signatures to put the ban on the ballot in 2016?
16) What Republican presidential wannabe is leading in Iowa in a very early Quinnipiac poll?
17) Earl Lloyd died at age 86 this week. He was noted because he was the first what?
18) 70 years after the death of its author and 90 years after it was first published what book will once more be published in Germany in 2015?
19) Boris Nemtsov was shot to death Friday evening in Moscow. He was the leader of what in Russia?
20) Congress averted a shutdown of Homeland Security Friday night for how long?
Special mention to Leonard Nimoy whose portrayal of Dr. Spock on Star Trek helped inspire many future scientists.
1) a dress that sparked a fierce internet debate over its real colors. Some saw it as blue and black, some as gold and white.
2) Two llamas that cavorted around the Phoenix area Thursday
3) Billo O’Reilly
4) the NFL Players association
5) Rahm Emmanuel
6) 3 – 2 on basically a party line vote
7) the Peace Corps
8) 10 cent a gallon tax to pay for road repairs
9) taking a snowball onto the Senate floor and noting it was cold outside
10) powdered alcohol
11) the Mall of America in the Twin Cities
12) Benjamin Netanyahu
13) a gynecological exam. Really he did.
14) $39 million
15) the plastic bag.
16) Scott Walker
17) black basketball player in the NBA
18) “Mein Kampf” by Adolph Hitler
19) Opposition to Vladimir Putin
20) a week. Yep next week will be a repeat of this week.
I can almost hear the happy dancing starting. March is but a week away. March is associated with Spring and warm weather. February is associated with all the bad things we associate with winter. What a difference a day can make in our outlook.
Were you paying attention?
1) What former Republican leader claimed that president Obama “did not love his country?”
2) Since that remark, which current Republican presidential candidates have condemned that comment?
3) Millions of citizens may be forced to flee Sao Paulo, Brazil because of what crisis?
4) “What Pet Should I Get” is a newly discovered manuscript from what extremely popular writer?
5) Think hard folks. Today is what great American’s birthday?
6) A major vote on a proposed rule is scheduled for Thursday. What federal agency is holding the vote and what is the subject of the vote?
7) A bill was submitted in the Iowa senate Monday to allow for possession of what substance?
8) Walmart astounded nearly everyone Wednesday when they announced what?
9) What company had a major failure in London with its promotion KKK Wednesdays?
10) 11.4 million. That’s how many people signed up for what?
11) Judge Andrew S. Hanen ruled in favor of 26 states that challenged what administration policy, thus putting its implementation on hold?
12) In Ankeny, a kindergarten teacher was arrested for what odd behavior in a classroom?
13) John Boehner admitted on Fox News last week that he bypassed the White House on inviting Netanyahu to address. Why did he do so?
14) “You Don’t Own Me” a very early feminist type song, was originally recorded by what 60s singer who died last week?
15) Supporters of marriage equality were disappointed last week when a federal judge delayed ruling on a marriage equality suit in what state?
16) A wave shuddered through the auto industry when it was learned that what company was exploring entering the automobile field?
17) Elon Musk, the chair of what major tech company, announced that his company was close to a battery that could hold a charge for several days and even power a house?
18) A 69 year old Viet Nam war vet froze to death in Michigan after what happened?
19) Authorities in Michigan announced Wednesday that a woman who died of a gunshot wound on New Year’s Day killed herself when the gun accidentally discharged while she was doing what?
20) A meeting between what two women in December was revealed Tuesday sparking much speculation?
Why hasn’t some restaurant come up with an ice cream dish called the “polar vortex?”
1) Rudy Giuliani
2) so far, just Marco Rubio. Guess it is OK with the others?
3) drought causing lack of drinking water
4) Dr. Suess – I didn’t say ‘living’ did I?
5) George Washington
6) The FCC is voting on net neutrality
7) medical cannabidiol oil. Folks can be prescribed it legally, but can’t obtain or possess it legally
8) A major raise in their minimum pay for their employees
9) Krispy Kreme donuts (Krispy Kreme Klub)
10) the ACA this year (so far)
11) the new immigration policy
12) she was arrested for public into when she was discovered with two empty beer cans and four full ones
13) because he didn’t want Obama to interfere with his interference of foreign policy
14) Leslie Gore
18) his gas was shut off in the middle of January
19) adjusting her bra holster. She shot herself in the eye.
20) Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clinton.
Anyone feel like some cherry pie?
Tip of the hat to www.dailykos/comics
As some of you may have read here Thursday Iowa is in the process of “studying” allowing the Bakken Oil to build a pipeline across Iowa. Minnesota is also looking at a pipeline from North Dakota crossing their land.
Rivers in West Virginia have had all sorts of chemicals and sludge dumped into them as though they were corporate toilets. Yet even with all that the West Virginia legislature is discussing rolling back environmental provisions even further.
Republicans have been targeting the Environmental Protection Agency from the day it was conceived by, oddly enough, Richard Nixon’s Administration. While crying about environmental laws in this country, corporations take their processes to countries with few laws so they can pollute freely over there.
One of the world’s largest cities is running out of water due to climate change, a condition many on the right refuse to acknowledge.
Oklahoma now has daily tremors, a condition that did not exist before fracking. Across the country we see many youtube videos of folks lighting their tap water on fire thanks to fracking.
In Iowa the water works in Des Moines is resorting to the courts to try to force the sate or county governments to enforce some standards on nitrates.
After many years companies are finally slowly taking micro beads out of cleansing products after these products had done much damage to fish and other aquatic wildlife.
And of course we are approaching the 5 year anniversary of the huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico (here is a story on the anniversary last year). Over the years the effects of the spill have slowly faded from the collective memory. The perpetrators have slowly been released from paying for the damages they caused. And projects with huge potential damage are in the works or being planned with little thought toward recovery in the case of problems. Call me old and cranky, but like many I don’t think that a company or a person should leave an area in worse shape than it was before they came. At the very least it should look like no one was there.
The earth is closing in on some tipping points. We may already be too late to reverse climate change with all the feared effects of wild weather and drought. Overpopulation has put a huge stress on earth’s resources. But some of the greatest stresses that the earth must endure are those put on it by industrial polluters. Using the skies, the rivers and the oceans as their toilets they have endangered much of the life on earth and their own species.
It is like they believe there is some kind of an escape hatch, some type of a new America that they can run from the mess they have made. News flash folks: they can’t and neither can we. The earth is full. There are no undiscovered lands on the earth. There are no “nearby” planets that can sustain life. There are no remote and undiscovered planets that could sustain our type of life. Even if there were planets we knew of, how would we get there?
Some subscribe to a theory that a supreme being will swoop down and make it all good. Aside from some mythological books written in the iron age there is no proof nor any real expectation that such will happen.
What we are left with then is humanity’s collective desire to survive on the one world we have and the only world we will have into the foreseeable future. Few want to see their children or grandchildren suffer. People will sacrifice today for their posterity. Our forefathers and mothers did so. Before we have pipelines we need real plans for clean up and restoration. Resources (money) for such restoration must come from those who stand to gain from such projects and not from the taxes of the citizens.
But our political systems worldwide are geared to serve those who have money and power. This has always been true to some degree, but the Supreme Court took the lid off a few years back wight the Citizens United v. FEC decision. Now we find power pretty much fully controlled by those with money.
One thing for sure. No one dies from a spill of sunlight.