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Sunday Funday: May Day! May Day! Edition

May 1 is also an international day in honor of workers

May 1 is also an international day in honor of workers

May Day! Republicans obstruct at state level!
May Day! Koch money will be big in state races!
May Day! Voting rights in danger across the country!
May Day! Money corrupts politics to the core!
May Day! Climate warming rapidly with no stopping in sight!
May Day! Gun Violence in America out of control!
May Day! Labor unions decline hurting all Americans!
May Day! Income inequality worst since 1929!

May Day used to be an international day to honor workers. Well, as Warren Buffet once said, there has been a class warfare and my class won.

Were you paying attention?

1) Stop Trump! What two campaigns aligned to do just that last week?

2) Which US retailer said their transgendered customers could use the bathroom of their choice, prompting immediate protests?

3) Former Pennsylvania senator Harris Wofford stunned many when he announced that he would be getting married (yesterday) to whom?

4) Prince’s death stunned the world last week. Unknown to most, Prince was a devout practitioner of what Christian sect?

5) What national restaurant chain announced it would close 27 restaurants and layoff 1100 workers?

6) What car maker joined Volkswagen in admitting it falsified test results, in this case on fuel consumption, for 25 years?

7) In the Republican party primary in the 4th congressional district, what major Iowa politician refuses to endorse incumbent Steve King?

8) What legendary Indiana athletic figure said he will campaign for Donald Trump prior to Tuesday’s primary?

9) What legendary labor leader was born on May 1st, 1830 in Cork Ireland? A national muckraking magazine in the US is named in this leader’s honor.

10) Republicans in the Iowa House chose to address the water crisis in Des Moines by doing what?
11) John Boehner insulted Lucifer by comparing what presidential candidate to him?

12) The city of Cleveland settled with the family of Tamir Rice for how much in Rice’s death?

13) Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert was sentenced to how long in prison in his banking laws case?

14) A fraud case against what presidential candidate was allowed to proceed to trial Tuesday in New York? The case involved a fake “university.”

15) President Obama will be visiting what crisis stricken US city this Wednesday?

16) Prince’s studio in suburban Minneapolis is know as what?

17) Ted Cruz pulled out the woman card and named who as his running mate?

18) Five years ago tomorrow, President Obama came on TV in the evening to announce the death of what man?

19) Tennessee’s governor signed a bill into law that allows counselors to deny service based on what?

20) May 5th, 55 years ago – America stops and watches the launch and 15 minute flight of what man’s suborbital flight?

21) A report Friday highlighted a little known effect of climate change, the deoxygenation of what area of the earth?

22) Looks like a bill to legalize what July 4th favorite will not pass the Iowa legislature this year?

23) Marco Rubio finally dropped his 10 month hold on the nominee for ambassador to what country?

24) In Kenya Friday, officials burned what poached material to send a message that they will not tolerate poaching?

25) The Large Hadron Collider in Bern Switzerland was shut down overnight Thursday due to what?

Enough with the questions! We need answers!

1) Kasich and Cruz. Little late fellows.

2) Target

3) a man, Matthew Charlton, 50 years his junior. Wofford was previously married to a woman.

4) Jehovah’s Witnesses

5) Bob Evans

6) Mitsubishi

7) Gov. Branstad

8) Bobby Knight. Look for a ceremonial chair toss at their joint appearances

9) Mary Harris (Mother) Jones

10) reorganize the Des Moines Water Works Board to cut the urban influence on the board.

11) Ted Cruz

12) $6,000,000

13) 15 months

14) Donald Trump for his Trump University

15) Flint, Michigan

16) Paisley Park

17) Carly Fiorina

18) Osama Bin Laden

19) religious grounds

20) Alan Shepard

21) the oceans

22) fireworks

23) Mexico. Yep, another aspect of Republican obstruction.

24) ivory – some 100 tons (200,000 pounds)

25) a small animal (possibly a weasel) chewed through a power cable.

Cooked weasel for supper again?

Sorry, No Quiz Today

republicans refuse to work

The old quizmaster has some family issues to deal with. He will be back on the job next week with a few extra questions to make up for his absence.

“Til we meet again!

Sunday Funday: Is Spring Really Here?


Let’s see, cats laying on the porch instead of my chair? Check
Buzzy little motors all over the neighborhood? Check
Saturday night races ruining the quietness as we open the windows for the first time in months? Check
Yep, must be spring!

Were you paying attention?

1) Wow. Just 10 days ago, SpaceX landed a missile on on a barge at sea. Truly incredible. What famous entrepreneur is the head of SpaceX?

2) Bernie Sanders asked the GAO what percentage of corporations did not pay federal income taxes last year. The GAO responded with what percent?

3) In Peru the daughter of former Prime Minister Alberto Fujimori led after the first round of voting. Where is Alberto Fujimori at the present time?

4) Former Senator Bob Graham of Florida went on 60 Minutes last weekend to call for the release of what document(s)?

5) April 15th, 1912. What boat sunk after hitting an iceberg?

6) Who did Chuck Grassley have breakfast with Tuesday?

7) In New Jersey, the state School Board has posted its list of religious holidays for which students may be excused. About how many religious holidays are listed? (note: this includes all faiths)

8) What former Beatle said “no, no, no” to a North Carolina appearance?

9) Goldman Sachs agreed to pay more than how much to settle for their conduct related to Mortgage backed securities?

10) “Listen my children and you shall hear, Of the midnight ride of” who? “ ‘Twas the 18th of April in ’75.”

11) What happened on the 19th of April, 1775?

12) What former Iowa congressional candidate was rejected by the Iowa senate for a post on Iowa’s HAWK-I medical program for kids?

13) The Panama Papers take down another world politician as the PM of what former eastern bloc country resigned?

14) Monday, which presidential candidate declared “The system is rigged, it’s crooked”?

15) If approved by parliament, Czechia will be the new name for what country?

16) April 20th, 1889. What infamous world leader is born Braunau am Inn, Austria?

17) What little competition there is in US corporate news got even less last week as what cable news service signed off for the last time Tuesday?

18) Officially, the Center for Disease Control has linked what virus to microcephaly?

19) “I believe you should only turn to a person who has participated in the primary” said what politician as he once again spurned talk of a presidential draft?

20) What team no longer holds the NBA record for wins in a season, as of Wednesday?


1) Elon Musk. He’s also selling a lot of Tesla’s right now

2) 20%

3) He’s in jail in Peru for crimes committed while PM

4) The 28 pages redacted from the 9/11 commission report

5) the Titanic

6) Merrick Garland.

7) 100 (muslim, hindu, christian, bahai, wiccan etc.)

8) Ringo!

9) more than $5 billion

10) Paul Revere

11) the battle of Lexington and Concord and the start of the American Revolution

12) Marrionette Miller-Meeks

13) Ukraine

14) Donald Trump. He was talking about the Republican delegate system

15) The Czech Republic. That won’t be confusing.

16) Adolf Hitler

17) Al Jazeera

18) the zika virus

19) Paul Ryan

20) the Chicago Bulls. The Golden state Warriors won #73 on the last day of the season to pass them.

Sunday Funday: Everyone’s Packing Edition

WWJS - who would Jesus shoot?

WWJS – who would Jesus shoot?

Iowa like so much of the country seems to be headed down the path to the good old days of the wild west. But in a less noisy way. They didn’t have silencers back in the day when the gun ruled the west. With silencers, a mass murderer can kill people in the darkened theater without disturbing other patrons. The silencer also will also help the mass murderer maintain good hearing into his or her old age. See? Isn’t that much better both for customers and patrons?

But if you like noise, now you can blow off your fingers and toes with Iowa bought fireworks this year. Scare the living crap out of livestock, cats, dogs and veterans. Hours of fun for everyone from your friendly Iowa legislature!

To be honest, I am not sure these bills have passed, I am amazed they are even being considered. Our predecessors did have some good ideas.

Were you paying attention last week? Hardly anything happened.

1) Remember the song “A Big Panama with a Purple Hat Band”? After last week “A Big Panama” might refer to what?

2) How many days has it now been since Antonin Scalia died and Charles Grassley has refused to have hearings for a replacement?

3) After a loss of well over 500,000, what bloody American war ended 151 years ago yesterday?

4) How many Tesla Model S cars have been ordered for its late 2017 delivery?

5) Candidate Donald Trump proposed paying off the national debt by doing what?

6) The first casualty of the Panama Papers revelations was the leader of what country?

7) Monday higher minimum wage laws were signed in what two states?

8) Another “religious liberty” bill that allows discrimination based on individual religious beliefs was signed into law in what southern state last week?

9) In one of the most exciting championship games ever, what school won the men’s NCAA basketball championship on a buzzer beater?

10) Connecticut won the women’s NCAA basketball title making it how many straight championships?

11) April 12th, 13th and 14th are significant in the history of American presidents. Which president died on April 12th, which was born on April 13th and which was shot on April 14th?

12) The attorney for what former Speaker of the House is seeking probation for his client claiming he had been “punished by public shaming”?

13) The coloring book for grownups craze has led to a shortage of what?

14) Two men died and 31 were injured when an Amtrak train hit what that was sitting across tracks near Philadelphia?

15) Governor Branstad said everything went well, but Democrats in the legislature heard quite a different story as what was privatized on April 1st?

16) Who got 12 days in prison for each of the 29 men who died in a mine explosion for which this man was found guilty?

17) Pfizer’s attempt to takeover Allergan was scuttled by new rules on what tax avoiding practice by the Obama administration?

18) Connecticut women’s basketball coach, Geno Auriemma, passed what legend for most NCAA championships?

19) After Donald Trump stated he would pay for the Mexican wall by taking money from money orders from the US to Mexico, Steve King stated that such money is usual what?

20) A leak in the Trans-Canada pipeline in South Dakota first estimated at a few gallons was now estimated to be nearly how many gallons?


1) a big tax avoiding account offshore

2) 57

3) the Civil War

4) 325,000

5) sell off government owned assets

6) Iceland

7) New York and California

8) Mississippi

9) Villanova

10) 4

11) FDR, Thomas Jefferson and Lincoln in that order

12) Dennis Hastert. This guy was 3rd in line for the presidency for a decade?

13) colored pencils. don’t throw a tantrum

14) a track maintenance vehicle

15) Medicaid

16) Don Blankenship owner of Massey Coal

17) inversion

18) John Wooden. Auriemma won his 11th championship

19) laundered drug money. Is King racist or is he racist?

20) 16,500 so far, so between 10,000 – 20,000

Sunday Funday: Cruelest Month Edition

hat tip to the Ames Historical Society

hat tip to the Ames Historical Society

No idea why TS Eliot called April the cruelest month and not too interested in learning why. For those of us in the North who are emerging from our winter seclusions we want warmth and sunshine, April often greets us with cold wind and cold rains. If my memory doesn’t fail me, Iowa’s biggest snowstorm occurred somewhere around April 9th or 10th in ’73.

Pretty much every year farmers and gardeners try to rush the season by planting during some of those warm early April days, only to have their tiny crop nipped in the bud by a hard frost in April. This year, though, we can get much warmer air over Iowa as candidates fly over on their way to make speeches for primaries around the country.

Were you paying attention?

1) She played identical cousins, Helen Keller and many other challenging roles all while suffering from bipolar disease. Who was this giant of Hollywood who died last week?

2) Which car company sold 100,000 vehicles in advance of its expected late 2017 rollout?

3) Sadly, this family hosted its last Easter Egg roll Monday. What is this family’s name?

4) At least 20 killed and scores more injured as what crashed down on a crowded neighborhood in Kolkata, India?

5) A suicide bomber killed 72 in an attack in what Pakistan city?

6) The male to female wage gap is one of the major issues in a wage discrimination complaint filed by members of what US sports group?

7) California and Oregon both have democratic governors named Brown. Within a month of each other they will have signed historic legislation relating to what kitchen table issue?

8) April 4th, 1968. What civil rights leader is assassinated in Memphis, Tn. touching off rioting throughout the country?

9) What former MSNBC commentator let it be known that he is accepting offers to get back on the air?

10) Mother Mary Angelica died last week at age 92. She was most well known for founding what cable TV Catholic station?

11) The law school at George Mason University will be named after Antonin Scalia. What somewhat fitting acronym will the law school have?

12) Due to fracking and drilling, Oklahoma rose to the top of the list for most likely to have what kind of disaster?

13) The campaign manager for what presidential candidate was charged with battery last week in an incident with a female reporter from

14) A Washington DC madame is threatening to release a client list that he says will include who?

15) So-called ‘religious liberty’ bills were passed in 3 southern states last week. Which state’s governor signed the bill causing immediate backlash from corporations?

16) A deadlocked Supreme Court last week caused what union fee to remain in effect?

17) An aide to Alabama Governor Robert Bentley resigned in the face of what kind of scandal in his administration?

18) Following the primary debacle in Arizona, voters in other states are checking and finding that their what has been changed?

19) Ohio Governor Kasich blamed what group for his state’s high infant mortality rate?

20) The FBI ended their standoff with Apple over the unlocking of the iPhone of the terrorist bomber by doing what?

Sports fans change balls this weekend. time to replace the basketballs with baseballs.


1) (Anna) Patty Duke

2) the much anticipated Tesla model 3

3) Obama

4) An overpass

5) Lahore. He blew himself up next to a playground, killing mostly women and children

6) the women’s US soccer ieam

7) minimum wage. Gov. Kate Brown of Oregon signed legislation last month, Jerry Brown of California expected to sign bill Monday.

8) Martin Luther King

9) Keith Olbermann

10) EWTN – eternal word television network

11) Antonin Scalia School of Law or ASSOL

12) earthquake

13) Trump’s manager Corey Lewandowski

14) a major presidential candidate still in the race.

15) North Carolina. Governors in Georgia and Virginia vetoed such bills.

16) fair share or agency fees that non-union members pay for representation by the union.

17) a sex scandal. The aide is said to be involved sexually with the governor and being paid by the state. (Rebekah Mason Caldwell)

18) party affiliation on their voting registration.

19) the black community

20) having a 3rd party hacker crack the code.

See you next week.

Sunday Funday: Smoking Of The Green Edition

this picture has nothing to do with today's puzzle. But Easter is next week

this picture has nothing to do with today’s puzzle. But Easter is next week

Another great quote from John Fugelsang this one concerning St. Patrick’s Day festivities:
“Alcohol: 75,000 US deaths per year. Cannabis: Zero. Maybe next St. Patrick’s Day more people need to go green.”

And there is green in that there green: Oregon generated $3.48 million in taxes in their first month of legalized sales. Iowa can’t even let sick people who desperately need medical marijuana have a sniff.

Were you paying attention?

1) Despite repeated warnings from Republicans that they would stomp their feet and refuse to play, Pres. Obama named who as his SCOTUS nominee?

2) Sad incident on the Iditarod trail in Alaska when at least one dog was killed by a what?

3) Five Sheriff’s deputies in Cumberland County (Fayetteville) N.C. were demoted and lost pay due to their conduct at what presidential campaign rally?

4) Chuck Grassley relented a bit and said he will meet with the SCOTUS nominee for what purpose?

5) Big primaries last Tuesday. Who put a small roadblock in the way of Donald Trump’s path to the Republican nomination Tuesday?

6) The man who shot people in Kalamazoo Michigan claimed his mind had been taken over by what?

7) On the Democratic side in Tuesday’s primaries, despite some very close races who ran the table Tuesday?

8) In a major reversal of a previously announced policy, the Obama Administration said that it will no longer allow oil drilling where?

9) March 25th, 1911 fire raged through a garment factory in NYC, killing 123 young women and 23 men. This incident is infamously known as what?

10) A three member panel from the Legislative Services Agency labeled Iowa’s economy as what last week?

11) An NFL official last week admitted there was a link between football and what?

12) An internet video went viral last week that showed a man at a Kellogg factory doing what?

13) Monday who announced a withdrawal of troops from Syria, surprising the world?

14) How many states did Marco Rubio win before dropping out of the presidential race Tuesday?

15) Once again Donald Trump said what may take place at the convention if the power brokers deny him the nomination?

16) Despite what happened in Indiana and Arkansas when those states passed a bill allowing discrimination by religious followers, what state passed another such bill last week?

17) What two former Iowa Lt. Governors led a group calling for Senator Grassley to hold hearings for President Obama’s SCOTUS nominee?

18) Having made the ethanol industry mad, what Republican congressman now faces a primary challenge in June?

19) Appearing before the House Oversight Committee Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said blame for the Flint water crisis belongs to who?

20) The Economist listed the election of what presidential candidate as a threat to the world economy equal to jihadi terrorism?

The High Holy Days of Basketball reach a crescendo this week with the start of the NCAA tournament. Enjoy


1) Merrick Garland

2) a drunken snowmobile driver

3) a Trump rally

4) to tell Garland that he (Grassley) will refuse to hold a hearing on his nomination

5) John Kasich won Ohio. Trump took the rest

6) the Uber app

7) Hillary Clinton

8) the Atlantic Ocean

9) the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire.

10) “lackluster”

11) brain damage (CET specifically)

12) peeing on products made at a Kellogg production plant in Memphis, Tn.

13) Putin

14) one – Minnesota

15) riots

16) Georgia

17) Joy Corning (R) and Sally Pederson (D) with the group “Justice, Not Politics”

18) Steve King will be challenged by State Senator Rick Bertrand

19) not him of course – the EPA.

20) Trump.

Sunday Funday: St. Paddy’s Day Edition

st. patrick drives the snakes

As one who claims Irish heritage and was prone to a swallow of green beer on March 17th this time of year comes with many somewhat blithered memories. All that mixed in with Irish lore – St. Paddy chasing the snakes from Ireland, leprechauns, the great potato famine, all those Irish politicians and of course the blarney. As the old Irish wish goes, May you be in heaven half an hour before the devil knows your dead.

Were you paying attention?

1) It was a little less formal when what neighbor came calling at the White House last week?

2) Did you set your clock ahead this morning?

3) The primary season supplied its first major upset when what candidate squeaked out a narrow victory in Michigan?

4) What two favorite son candidates will try to stop the Trump victory march in what two states Tuesday?

5) Who dropped out of the presidential race he was never really in last Monday?

6) The SCOTUS unanimously reversed a ruling from what state that prohibited lesbians from adopting?

7) Last Friday was the 5th anniversary of what major world disaster?

8) Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said any Obama nominee to the Supreme Court would be treated like a what by Republican senators?

9) Iowa’s state senate voted to extend hate crime laws to cover what group?

10) Who was famously murdered on the Ides (15th) of March?

11) The richest female athlete in the world admitted to taking a banned substance last week. Who is the female athlete?

12) What man who was instrumental in the background as producer and arranger for the Beatles died at age 90 last week?

13) In West Virginia lawmakers made what substance legal then got sick when they sampled some?

14) Republicans in the Iowa House jumped on the stupid train last week when they voted to ban researched using what?

15) A female reporter from what right wing website was beaten by Trump’s campaign manager at a Trump rally but the story was covered up by the website?

16) The US claimed that it killed 150 terrorists with an air strike in what country?

17) In a scandal in the newspaper industry, the editor of what section of USA Today has been accused of stealing some of his material from the New York Times?

18) Big endorsement for the Trump campaign. What former foe turned friend with his endorsement Friday?

19) Right wing media slammed President Obama for not going to whose funeral?

20) Which Republican candidate declared Friday that after Thursday’s debate he is “done debating”?

And the High Holy Days of basketball approacheth quickly. The high school portion has ended. Services may be viewed most any time of day next week as the season comes to a climax.

1) Canadian PM Justin Trudeau.

2) if you did you got it right this time!

3) Bernie Sanders

4) Kasich in Ohio and Rubio in Florida

5) Michael Bloomberg

6) Alabama

7) Fukishima

8) a piñata

9) transgendered people

10) Julius Caesar

11) Maria Sharapova pro tennis player

12) George Martin

13) unpastuerized milk

14) fetal tissue from abortions

15) Breitbart news

16) Somolia

17) crossword puzzle

18) Ben Carson. He had to soften his previous description of Trump as “pathological”

19) Nancy Reagan

20) Donald Trump of course.

Enjoy your Sunday!

Sunday Funday: Moving To Canada Edition

Maybe we should build a wall?

Maybe we should build a wall?

The Hill reports that as Trump victories piled up on Tuesdsay so did googles for “moving to Canada,” far surpassing the previous record high following George W.’s re-election. No doubt Trump will be starting a service to help accommodate those people he will drive out of the country. This could be a textbook example of Republicans creating a crisis and then profiting from it.

The question is: will Canada accept refugees from the USA. After all, the USA refused to help Syrians.

Were you paying attention? It was a busy week!

1) Did you set your clock ahead this morning?

2) According to Marco Rubio, Donald Trump has small what?

3) The brother of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers, Charles, a civil rights leader himself, endorsed who for president Friday?

4) In a surprise, South Dakota’s Governor Dennis Daugaard vetoed a bill regarding whose use of public school bathrooms?

5) In a national sweep last week, major participants in what resistance action were arrested?

6) The SCOTUS heard arguments in a case that could have major consequences for what hot button issue?

7) NASCAR head Brian France jumped on board for what presidential candidate last week?

8) Wow! Only seven years later Republicans form a task force to create an answer to what democratic program?

9) Which potential Grassley challenger turned in paperwork to be listed on the primary ballot on the first day possible?

10) In a very rare move Chief Justice John Roberts rejected a plea to block implementation of a rule on what?

11) It made national headlines when this man spoke at work Monday. How long had it been since Justice Thomas spoke in SCOTUS session?

12) Imagine sitting in a vehicle for a year! Who returned to earth Tuesday after a year in space?

13) So a President goes to a baseball game? Why is the game Obama plans to see on March 22 such a big deal?

14) Seventy years ago yesterday in Fulton, Missouri Winston Churchill uttered one of the most enduring phrases of the cold war. What was this phrase?

15) To get the iditarod Dogsled Race going Anchorage, Alaska had to do what?

16) According to data from weather satellites, temperatures in February compared to other Februarys in what way?

17) In a announcement last week, the Chinese government said what will happen to nearly 2 million workers?

18) Who broke the unwritten Republican 11th commandment with a scathing speech denouncing Donald Trump?

19) President Obama is said to be seriously vetting what federal appellate judge from Cedar Rapids to replace Antonin Scalia?

20) The president said his family will live where after his term is up?

Another exciting girl’s state basketball tournament ends as the High Holy Days of basketball builds to a crescendo.


1) if you did, set it back. Daylight time starts next week!

2) hands. But the implication was genitals.

3) Donald Trump. really

4) transgendered students

5) the resistance at the Cliven Bundy ranch

6) abortion – a loss or tie in this case will be bad for women

7) Donald Trump – despite having pulled races from his venues.

8) the ACA – they always said they had a plan. Now they may actually get one.

9) Rob Hogg

10) air pollution at power plants. complicated but he stopped a block that the Court before Scalia’s death had implemented

11) 10 years

12) Astronaut Scott Kelly

13) The Devil rays play Cuba in Havana

14) “the iron curtain”

15) ship in trainloads of snow. All their snow has melted

16) the warmest ever by a huge 1.5 degrees

17) they will be laid off – an unusual move in China

18) Mitt Romney

19) Jane Louise Kelly

20) Washington, DC at least until Sasha finishes high school. They may move into a smaller house, though.

Sunday Funday: And The Winner Is Edition

can you beat this guy?

can you beat this guy?

In the tiff between the Pope and Donald Trump:

Just a reminder how this little tiff went down: The Pope during his visit to Mexico mentions in a speech that that it would be immoral and unchristian to build a wall between Mexico and the United States. For some reason leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump takes umbrage at this statement. Trump then makes a statement of his own. He lets it be known that if ISIS attacks the Vatican when he is president he may not be in any hurry to send help to the Vatican. Trump claims that attacking the Vatican is high on ISIS’ to do list. Besides, says Trump, doesn’t the Vatican have a wall around it.

Now for the comment that really sums this tiff up from John Fugelsang (as heard on the Thom Hartmann Show) “Thus we have his Holiness versus his assholiness.” Hard to beat Fugelsang or Andy Borowitz for some classic snark.

Were you paying attention last week?

1) The major controversy around tonight’s Oscars are the lack of nominations for who?

2) As the first 2 months of the year come to a close the US has had how many mass murders already?

3) Visiting in Mexico, Pope Francis said what was ok to use since the zika virus can cause such horrible problems?

4) The Confederate battle emblem will remain a part of what state’s flag, since their legislature failed to act in time to have it removed last week?

5) The mass murderer in Kalamazoo, Michigan was working at what job while committing the murders?

6) March 4, 1933 was the last time what major ceremony took place on March 4th?

7) At a basketball game between Perry and Dallas Center Grimes what word did the DCG students use as a racial slur against Perry players?

8) What Iowa Republican icon congressman has been threatened with a possible primary opponent this year?

9) President Obama once more announced his intent to close what last week?

10) Looking for a job with lots of travel, maybe? More than 18,000 applied for what training last year smashing all previous records?

11) Ted Cruz’s communication direct had to resign last week after he admitted he doctored a video to make it seem that Marco Rubio said what?

12) The legal battle heated up between Apple and the FBI concerning Apple’s refusal to do what?

13) The White House stunned some folks when it was leaked that who was under consideration to replace Antonin Scalia on the SCOTUS?

14) The Catholic archbishop of St. Louis reminded folks not to buy what as the organization that sells them supports LGBTQ rights?

15) The Senate Judiciary Committee officially announced it would not do what last week?

16) British Prime Minister David Cameron announced Britain would vote on June 23rd on what issue?

17) $130 million was blown in the failed attempt to make who president during the past year?

18) What two Republican senators placed a hold on a bill for aid for Flint, Michigan to help in their water crisis.

19) What MSNBC host walked off her show following multiple disputes with MSNBC brass over policy during the presidential campaign?

20) Donald Trump picked endorsements from what two eastern governors last week?

Last week was a busy week for the old quizmaster. Getting hard to keep up anymore.


1) minority actors.

2) 33 as this is written but may be higher by the time it is posted.

3) contraception

4) Mississippi. It is the only one in the US left like that.

5) Driving for Uber

6) Presidential inauguration

7) “Trump” It was a slur because Perry HS is 48% minority, mostly Latino and Trump has made deporting Latinos from the US an issue this year.

8) Steve King

9) Guantanamo prison

10) astronaut training. Just people looking for free ride on the government

11) that Rubio didn’t really like the bible much. Rubio had actually said “all there answers were in the bible.”

12) unlock the encryption of the San Bernardino mass murderer.

13) Nevada Republican Governor Brian Sandoval

14) Girl Scouts

15) hold any hearings for a nominee to replace Scalia on SCOTUS

16) Britain leaving the EU (aka Brexit)

17) Jeb!

18) Ted Cruz (Texas) and Mike Lee (Utah)

19) Melissa Harris Perry. Here is a link to an email she sent her staff

20) Chris Christie (NJ) and Paul LePage (Maine). These were the first “establishment” endorsements for Trump.

We will now be entering March, the end of sane time and the High Holy Days of basketball.

Sunday Funday: Mainstream Hate Edition


Headline: SPLC – Republican Party Is Now A Hate Group

In a report released today the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) announced officially what has repeatedly been made plain to anyone who listens to the demagogic crop of Republican presidential candidates: the GOP has become the nation’s leading advocate for right-wing hate, and their rhetoric is fueling a dangerous rise in hate groups. The SPLC’s annual report on domestic extremism released today found that right-wing hate and anti-government organizations grew by 14% last year to some 1,900 individual groups.

And, crucially, the SPLC identifies the divisive hate-fueled rhetoric of the Republicans as a key source of increasing right-wing extremism; while the ranks of right-wing groups grew significantly after president Obama’s election, their numbers had been on the decline in recent years until demagogic fear-mongering racists like Donald Trump and Ted Cruz seized the mainstream stage to exhort the Republican base to turn on such convenient scapegoats as Muslims and Mexicans. As SPLC President Mark Potok put it, “We have real enablers in the political mainstream who are helping the ideas of the radical right grow. We are living in an era of incredible political irresponsibility.”

The examples of Republican presidential candidates giving a voice to extremist right-wing hate are legion, from Donald Trump re-tweeting a neo-Nazi claim that African-Americans were responsible for 80% of murders committed against whites to his endorsement of a cartoon showing Jewish candidate Berne Sanders being gassed to proposals for religious tests for admission to the United States. The later proposal was put forward by Jeb Bush, who, alarmingly, is a moderate in the race in that he only wants to ban Muslims rather than, say, round them up in internment camps.

Que surprise?

Were you paying attention?

1) Atticus Finch, Boo Radley, Scout and Jem were lead characters in one of the most popular books ever. The author died Friday. Who was this author?

2) Iowa’s Senator Chuck Grassley says his opposition to replacing Scalia before the election goes back to something that what democratic senator said in 2007?

3) Due to the ramifications of the zika virus, Pope Francis told the faithful Thursday that it would be ok to do what?

4) February 21, 1965 – what major black leader is killed in an assassination just before he was to address an audience in Manhattan?

5) Students from what city wore t-shirts saying “I’m Worth Less” when they lobbied Iowa legislators for a change in school funding formula?

6) Oklahoma continues to shake due to fracking. Last week a major quake near Fairview measured in at what on the Richter scale?

7) Indianapolis lost over 1,400 jobs when what air conditioner company announced it was moving manufacturing to Monterey, Mexico?

8) The Iowa House Commerce Committee dipped its toe ever so gingerly into helping people with epilepsy and constant pain when it approved highly limited use of what?

9) Tech giant Apple was ordered by the US government to do what last week?

10) Three OPEC countries plus Russia agreed to freeze what at January levels on Tuesday?

11) Brazil announced Monday that it would switch from what currency to do business with Iran?

12) Chuck Grassley’s current position on hearings for replacement for Antonin Scalia is he will or he won’t have hearings?

13) South Dakota became the first state to pass a bill governing use of bathrooms by who?

14) We’re #3!. A report released by the Road and Transportation Builders Assn. placed Iowa at #3 worst for what?

15) A woman in Iowa has been diagnosed with what currently highly feared disease?

16) The Pope said Donald Trump’s plan to do what “was not Christian?”

17) Trump responded that if who attacked the Vatican when he was president he would not come to the Vatican’s aid?

18) It’s not a vacation? Who will be visiting Havana next month?

19) What western state is trailblazing raises in minimum wages and basing minimums on geographic locations?

20) British Prime Minister David Cameron threatens to leave what group if they do not accede to his demands for a better deal?

Just as the tournament looms, Iowa and Iowa State basketball teams looking not so good.


1) Harper Lee

2) Chuck Schumer

3) use contraception

4) Malcolm X

5) Davenport

6) 5.1

7) Carrier. Their parent company United Technologies also closed another Indiana plant that employed 700 the same day

8) cannabis oil

9) break into the encrypted phone of the San Bernardino shooter

10) oil output

11) the US dollar (this could have big ramifications)

12) currently he will, I believe

13) transgendered people

14) bridges with structural deficiencies

15) the zika virus

16) build a huge wall between the US and Mexico

17) ISIS

18) Pres. Obama

19) Oregon – larger cities will have higher minimum wages.

20) the EU.

See you next week