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Sunday Funday: Stonewall Is A National Monument Edition

new national monument

new national monument

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

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

Or maybe not. Thanks, Obama.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Answers:

1) New York City

2) June 28, 1969

3) UKIP or the United Kingdom Independence Party

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

5) He was accidentally shot and killed

6) terrorism in Iowa.

7) LeBron James of Cleveland

8) Donald Trump was opening a golf course

9) SNCC or the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee

10) CNN – so much for objective

11) tax-exempt groups especially churches

12) North Korea

13) Iran

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

15) The 1964 Civil Rights bill

16) Branstad (Eric)

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

18) Harriet Tubman

19) affirmative action

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

Sunday Funday: Father’s Day Edition

no, no guys it's Fathers Day. You guys are up in a couple of weeks

no, no guys it’s Fathers Day. You guys are up in a couple of weeks

Some quick memories from raising a couple of very strong women:

* Being rescued by the girl scouts when I got lost in the woods at Indian Creek Nature Center when we took s group up to watch maple syrup being made.

* Taking our girls “grazing” – sampling foods in the grocery stores during Saturday morning shopping.

* The youngest trying to teach the dog to say “thank you” when he got a treat.

* Using the stairs as a summer time sledding hill

* Sledding at the golf course in -10 degrees with a howling wind. Followed by hot cocoa and a pleasant murder on “Murder She Wrote.”

* Junior High Girls Basketball. Nothing – and I do mean nothing – like it in the world.

* Having to be on my toes in science and math to stay ahead of them

* Meeting the boyfriends. Having much sympathy for these guys. I was in your shoes once.

Were you paying attention? It was a busy week!

1) Republicans immediately claimed the Orlando massacre was caused by what?

2) Wow – what historical musical cleaned up at the Tonys last Sunday?

3) Due to the Orlando massacre the LGBT community was at the top of the news all week. What does LGBT stand for?

4) Also in Orlando, what other tragedy happened at Disney World?

5) The Rio Olympics face a lot of problems this year. The newest is the banning of what country from the Games for repeated doping?

6) Chuck Grassley took a stand on allowing terror suspects to buy guns. What side of the issue does Chuck fall on?

7) Donald Trump surprised many with his reaction to the Orlando massacre. What was it?

8) A British MP was murdered after meeting constituents in Birstall. The murder appeared to be tied to what emotional issue that comes to a vote next week?

9) At the UEFA soccer tournament in France, what two countries continually clashed even though they were threatened with disqualification?

10) The name of the nightclub in Orlando where the massacre took place is what?

11) A year ago June 16th, you could have picked up a quick $50 by going to what event?

12) Microsoft acquired what social networking company last week for $26 billion?

13) Margaret Vinci Heldt died last weekend. Her claim to fame was what hairstyle ubiquitous in the 60s? (hint: Marge Simpson)

14) Michu Meszaros also died last week. Meszaros was best known as what short, out of this world tv character?

15) June 16, 1963 the first Russian woman in space. June 18, 1983 the first American woman in space. Can you name these pioneering women?

16) A heavily armed man from Indiana was arrested in California on his way to what event?

17) The Supreme Court handed what US commonwealth a major setback in its bankruptcy problems?

18) A Dutch woman had her drink spiked and was raped in Qatar. How was this handled by Qatar authorities?

19) Which senator took over the chamber and held a filibuster until some concessions were made on gun control legislation?

20) David Jolly ended his senate bid in Florida and will run for his current seat in the House. Jolly’s change was in anticipation of what?

BTW – Iowa needs blood. Give your local blood bank a call and set up an appointment. Our hospitals go through a lot of blood in the summer!

1) Islamist terrorists

2) Hamilton – won 11, one short of the record 12 by “The Producers”

3) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered

4) a toddler was snatched in a lagoon by an alligator – found dead a couple of days later.

5) Russia

6) he’s in favor of letting them buy guns

7) tweet that many had congratulated him on being right. It was about him!

8) the British exit from the EU. The murderer favored exit.

9) Russia and England

10) Pulse

11) Donald Trump’s presidential announcement. He had to pay people to join the audience.

12) linkedin

13) the beehive

14) ALF

15) Valentina Tereshkova and Dr. Sally Ride. Tereshkova is still alive if you are curious

16) the Los Angeles Pride Parade

17) Puerto Rico. Now they must depend on congress for help

18) The woman was arrested and convicted of having sex outside of marriage. She was fined, given a suspended sentence and deported. The rapist received 40 lashes.

19) Chris Murphy of Connecticut

20) Marco Rubio’s entry into the race. Rubio had promised he would not run for his seat previously.

Sunday Funday: Summer Is Just Around The Corner Edition

someone needs his catnip tea

someone needs his catnip tea

When summer starts it’s going to really get hot. I looked up some heatwave humor to try to cool off: http://www.cybersalt.org/clean-jokes/heat-wave-humor

It is so hot that:

*The potatoes cook underground, and all you have to do to have lunch is to pull one out and add butter, salt and pepper.
*The birds have to use pot holders to pull worms out of the ground.
*The trees are whistling for the dogs.
*You can make instant sun tea.

Were you paying attention?

1) Iowa State Senator David Johnson of Ocheyedan sent shock waves around the country when he did what?

2) The day before the last of the “super Tuesdays” what news organization claimed Clinton had already won the nomination?

3) June 12, 1963, what civil rights leader is shot in his driveway in Jackson, Miss. leading Pres. Kennedy to propose a comprehensive civil rights bill?

4) Did Swiss citizens accept or reject a proposal for a guaranteed annual income in a vote last Sunday?

5) Judge Alan Persky became social media famous last week following his decision in what case?

6) In a bit of a shock Thursday Iowa House Ways and Means chair Tom Sands announced what?

7) Today is the anniversary of the birth of what world’s best selling author? She never lived to see her diary of hiding from the Holocaust become a book.

8) One year ago next Friday, what heinous racially motivated crime took place?

9) Over in Illinois, Republican Senator Mark Kirk became one of the first Republicans to do what regarding Donald Trump?

10) There is one more primary this week then it’s over. Where is this week’s primary?

11) The Playboy mansion in Los Angeles has been sold. But the sale comes with what unusual stipulation?

12) A nationwide blackout in Kenya was caused by what?

13) June 13th, 1971- the New York Times really tested freedom of the press when it began publication of what top secret documents?

14) The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that concealed weapons carry was what?

15) In a major endorsement, what star of the Progressive movement endorsed Hillary Clinton Thursday?

16) In addition to the above endorsement, what two high ranking party officials endorsed Clinton Thursday?

17) June 13, 1966, the Supreme Court handed down the Miranda v. Arizona decision. What practice for police came out of this decision?

18) What supposedly liberal comedienne surprised her public by endorsing Donald Trump?

19) Commercial airline flights can now begin between US cities and what formerly forbidden Caribbean nation?

20) Another sports legend died Friday. What hockey legend mostly known for his association with the Red Wings died at 88?

Answers:

1) resigned from the republican party because of Donald Trump

2) AP – they recounted super delegates and found enough to put Clinton over the top

3) Medgar Evers

4) rejected by a huge amount

5) the Stanford rapist case. He gave the rapsit a very light sentence which enraged the public

6) That he would retire and not run for reelection.

7) Anne Frank – 1929

8) the shooting of nine black people in a church in Charleston, SC.

9) Pull his support from Trump after Trump’s racist remarks concerning the Latino judge

10) Washington, DC

11) Hefner can continue to live there tip he dies. Hef is 90.

12) A monkey who tripped off a power station which caused others to overload and trip off. The monkey survived.

13) Pentagon Papers

14) not in the constitution. This will probably set up a case to go to there SCOTUS. Vote Clinton.

15) Elizabeth Warren

16) Pres. Obama and VP Biden

17) reciting the Miranda or constitutional rights to an arrestee.

18) Roseanne Barr. She said Trump wasn’t Hillary Clinton

19) Cuba

20) Gordie Howe

Speaking of hockey, stay cool.

Random Thoughts On A Hot Weekend

Denali Photo Credit - Wikimedia Commons

Denali Photo Credit – Wikimedia Commons

Too hot to work too hard today:

Congratulations to Patty Judge on her nomination to defeat Chuck Grassley this fall. Judge has always outperformed expectations. Let’s hope she can do it one more time. Grassley, you have obstructed your last Judge!

Note to Robb Hogg. Congratulations on running a great race. Now that you have time to think a little, think about a job opening coming up in Des Moines in 2018. The current occupant of Terrace Hill has been there way too long. If it is not Branstad, then Reynolds is way too right wing for Iowa.

– Paul Ryan called Donald Trump on his (Trump’s) racist remark concerning the judge in the Trump University case. Ryan then said he would vote for Trump. Does Paul Ryan have a clue what that last statement meant? After a while one begins to wonder if the Republican Party has a full deck among the lot of them.

Trump’s remarks have Republican office holders at all levels seemingly playing a game of dodge ball trying not to get hit with the slime of Trump statements while trying to look like a party loyalist. For the most part the Republican office holders just can’t seem to say “I quit you, Donald.” Thus they have become oddly pathetic creatures that can’t seem to stand up and are afraid to say anything. Certainly not worth a vote.

Tuesday night we watched Clinton’s speech. She hit all the right notes. For me, suddenly I got it. I thought about my daughters and how great it must be for them to see a woman, just like them, to be preparing to run for the presidency. And a tear crept out of my eyes. This is huge.

– America deserves a presidential campaign that lives up to the historic occasion. Unfortunately on one side we will have a candidate with the mentality of a 5th grade boy who wants lots of attention.

Now that Trump woke the press up by nastily insulting them directly to their faces at his so-called press conference, one has to wonder if if he (Trump) still feels that “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose any voters, OK?” It’s, like, incredible.”

Last week Physicist Stephen Hawking got oodles of press when he answered a question on how to explain Donald Trump , he said ” “I can’t. He is a demagogue, who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator.” What was little reported was the remainder of the comment where Hawking said, “A more immediate danger is runaway climate change,”

– BTW – do you remember in 2008 when Republicans reported that Britain’s National Health System would abandon people with illnesses like Dr. Hawking?

As we sit here sweltering in yet another record or near record heat, don’t forget that one transcendent issue must be climate change. The earth won’t go way if we don’t address it, just most of the inhabitants.

What is the word that Republicans will be using when they are jumping the sinking ship named Trump? De-endorse? Unendorse? Disendorse? Never heard of the guy?

– Don’t forget that all that billionaire money – especially the Koch brothers money – will probably not be going to Trump. Therefore it will most likely be showing up in state and congressional races. Expect some to show up in all of Iowa’s congressional races, the senate race and certain state races. Mike Gronstal is one of the major targets so I think we could expect Koch money over there.

Sunday Funday: National Cancer Survivor’s Day Edition

cancer

Congratulations to all here who have conquered one of man’s most dreaded diseases.

Major thanks to all who have worked tirelessly over the decades to eat away at the power of cancer – researchers, doctors, staff and some credit to you the taxpayer who has helped fund the research.

Were you paying attention?

1) The incredible string of months with job increases didn’t end, but the pace slowed. How many jobs did the economy add in May?

2) Libertarians put forth a presidential ticket featuring what two former governors last weekend?

3) Meanwhile Sunday what former governor ruled out any kind of a run for the presidency this year?

4) Also on the candidate front, dissident Republicans put forth who as an alternative to Donald Trump this week?

5) In Japan, a 7 year old boy was found alive six days after what happened to him?

6) No climate change, but record flooding inundated what southwestern state?

7) More no climate change. Art was moved from what famous museum as France continues to get nailed by flooding?

8) A Trump news conference turned into a media chastisement this week. What was the purpose of the news conference?

9) Iowa’s primary for state and federal races will be held when?

10) A sad anniversary today. June 5th, 1968 what presidential candidate was assassinated following the California primary?

11) A major case in sexual freedom was decided June 5, 1965. What was the issue in Griswold v. Connecticut?

12) SiriusXM suspended what well-known right wing talker after a guest made a veiled threat on Donald Trump’s life?

13) In San Diego, federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel unsealed documents in a lawsuit against what business?

14) Hillary Clinton got a major endorsement from what former foe of her husband’s?

15) The OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) said what must be done to avoid “low growth traps”?

16) In a well reported story out of Cincinnati, a silver back gorilla was killed after what happened?

17) Kenneth Starr was in the news as he announced he would leave his remaining job at what university?

18) What normally anti-Obama governor was begging the administration for help concerning what crisis?

19) The CFPB (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) proposed new rules that will directly affect what so-called industry?

20) From the foreign bureau – What international leader endorse Donald Trump saying Trump was a “wise politician”?

As basketball end, football starts.

Answers:

1) 38,000

2) Gary Johnson (New Mexico) and William Weld (Mass.) – both were once republicans

3) Jesse Ventura

4) David French – don’t know and don’t care

5) his parents abandoned him in a forest as punishment

6) Texas

7) the Louvre

8) To reveal who received money from Trump’s fund raiser for vets

9) June 7th (Tuesday)

10) Robert Kennedy

11) privacy in matters of birth control

12) Glenn Beck

13) Trump University

14) Gov. Jerry Brown of California

15) governments must boost spending

16) a 3 year old boy got into the gorilla’s cage

17) Baylor

18) Rick Scott of Florida. But Obama has no power here. Republicans left town without funding zika programs

19) the Payday Loan Industry

20) Kim Jung Un of North Korea

See you next week!

Sunday Funday: Memorial Day Edition

pretty much says it all from one who knew

pretty much says it all from one who knew

Were you paying attention?

1) Which old foe of the US had a US arms embargo against them lifted last week?

2) One of the most severe food crises in decades appears to be gathering steam on what continent?

3) “Give me liberty, or give me death!” Happy 280th birthday today to what revolutionary figure who spoke those words?

4) It is incredibly hot in India and critters get cranky. A camel did what to his owner after the camel was left out in the heat all day?

5) Sometimes the campaigns get silly, we hope anyway. What businessman was floated as a possible veep for Hillary Clinton?

6) The Chilcot Report in Britain, to be released in July, may lead to calls for investigation of what former Prime Minister for war crimes?

7) The US Supreme Court threw out a Virginia congressional map for what is known as what practice?

8) Schools in 20 states were disrupted Monday by what?

9) At a rally in North Dakota, Donald Trump stated “ You have to be,” what “to be great?”

10) In the ironically ironic file. Who was fired as Baylor’s president this week due to ignoring a sex scandal in the Baylor football program?

11) Federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty for Dylan Roof. What did Roof do?

12) The Center for Disease Control released smoking data for 2015. What percentage of people currently smoke in the US?

13) At the Iowa Republican state convention last week Chair Jeff Kaufmann claimed that Donald Trump was “a heck of a lot better than “ who?

14) Baltimore Police Officer Edward Nero was found not guilty in the highly publicized death of who?

15) President Obama, on his trip to Asia, visited what infamous site Friday?

16) What percentage of Americans smoked fifty years ago?

17) Donald Trump picked up another notorious endorsement when what embattled Pharma CEO endorsed him?

18) In SCOTUS news, a death sentence in Georgia was nullified because the jury was what?

19) According to a GAO report released this week, the computer systems that launch nuclear missiles are run by what outdated technology?

20) The Federal Reserve released a study Wednesday that showed that nearly half of America’s households would struggle if they had an unexpected expense of how much?

21) One question on Memorial Day. When did Memorial Day become an official federal holiday?

It is somewhat surprising that the anyone is still smoking tobacco in this country.

Answers:

1) Vietnam

2) Africa due to climate change

3) Patrick Henry

4) bit his head off and killed him

5) Mark Cuban

6) Tony Blair

7) gerrymandering

8) robocalled bomb threats

9) wealthy. So Jesus Christ, Mahatma Ghandi was not great

10) Ken Starr – the lawyer who relentlessly pursued Bill Clinton’s sex life.

11) Last June, Roof went into a black church in South Carolina and murdered 9 members in a racially motivated attack

12) 15% – the lowest ever and dropping fast

13) Hillary Clinton – and he said it with a straight face

14) Freddie Gray

15) Hiroshima where the first nuclear bomb used in war was used

16) 42.4%

17) Martin Shkreli the ‘pharma bro’ who jacked the prices of needed drugs through the roof

18) all white with blacks purposely excluded from serving – Thomas dissented

19) the old 8 inch floppy discs that really flopped

20) $400 in unexpected expenses.

21) Memorial Day was not an official federal holiday until 1971.

Smoking costs the US well over $300 billion per year in lost work days and medical expenses.

Have a safe and solemn holiday all.

Sunday Funday: Graduation Time

Before they can graduate they must pass this week's quiz

Before they can graduate they must pass this week’s quiz

May is for graduations. We hope all of you graduates out there have a very successful post graduation, whether it be going on to further education or taking s crack at the working world. There is much work that needs to be done in the United States these days, the question is whether anyone is willing to pay to have it done.

Were you paying attention last week?

1) At an NRA convention in Louisville, Donald Trump declared that who would “abolish the 2nd amendment?”

2) Tourists at Yellowstone Park tried to assist a baby bison that looked to be ill. What happened to this bison?

3) Tuesday saw one more round of presidential primaries. Which Democrat won in Kentucky?

4) Eric Fanning was confirmed as Secretary of the Army by the senate Tuesday. What is significant about this appointment?

5) $57,600,000 was the price for what jewel sold at auction in Geneva, Switzerland on Wednesday?

6) Accusations flew back and forth between Clinton and Sanders camps all week concerning conventions the previous week in what state?

7) US Special Forces last week admitted they are helping what country to fight ISIS?

8) An estimated 279 pregnant women in the US may have been infected with what?

9) A young woman in Connecticut who had just donated her hair to make wigs for children with cancer was accused by another customer in a Walmart restroom of being what?

10) The man who recommended Sarah Palin to John McCain has been hired by Trump to do what?

11) An EgyptAir flight disappeared over the Mediterranean Sea Thursday on a flight from where to where?

12) Golfer Phil Mickelson, whose disdain for paying taxes is well known, was charged by the SEC with what on Thursday?

13) The gun used to kill Trayvon Martin was reportedly sold on an internet auction site for how much?

14) Last week “60 Minutes” had tribute to this long time reporter; this week the reporter died. Who was this “60 Minutes” reporter?

15) In Oklahoma, Governor Mary Fallin vetoed a bill that would have made what a felony?

16) Donald Trump met with what former very controversial Secretary of State last week?

17) Scientists unveiled evidence that what had taken place on Mars millions of years ago?

18) June 22 at 2PM what former 2nd person in succession to the presidency will report to federal prison to begin his sentence on violating banking laws?

19) Philodi, Rajasthan, India reported a high temperature of 51 Celsius Thursday. What is that in Fahrenheit?

20) Friday afternoon an armed man was shot by Secret Service near what national building?

One of the youngsters we mentored is graduating this year and has earned a ton of scholarships. Makes us feel so good to see her success.

Answers:

1) Hillary Clinton – all by herself. Read that constitution, Donny – may come in handy some day

2) After his contact with humans he was rejected by other bison and ended up having to be put down.

3) Clinton

4) Fanning is openly gay

5) The “Oppenheimer Blue” diamond

6) Nevada

7) Libya

8) zika virus

9) a transgendered male in the women’s restroom

10) Vet vice presidential candidates. Does he still have the magic?

11) Paris to Cairo

12) insider trading.

13) $120,000

14) Morley Safer

15) performing an abortion.

16) Henry Kissinger

17) a tsunami

18) Dennis Hastert

19) 123.8 F – India is experiencing a severe heat wave this spring

20) The White House. The President was not home.

Sunday Funday: Tomato Planting Time

tomato plant

My dad loved tomatoes. We had a couple plants every year. Like many, as the weather got warmer, he grew antsy to get his planted and get them growing. Even as antsy as he got, he always heeded the warning not to plant until the “ice days of May” had passed. The ice days of May end today. Maybe you noticed last night was damned cold for this time of year. That should be the end of the threat of getting your tomatoes froze off. Iowans, Plant You Tomatoes!

Were you paying attention?

1) One of a Midwesterners worst nightmares, a Nebraska man rode out a tornado by doing what?

2) 44 years ago today what man was shot while running for president? A strange outcome of this incident was to eventually totally change his views on race.

3) Reviews of what Iowa political practice that has national implications began last weekend in Des Moines?

4) Once more going where no President has gone before, the Obama Administration announced the President will visit what historic site at the end of May?

5) The disappearance of five Pacific islands was confirmed last week signaling reality of what climate change phenomena?

6) This summer, the name “Budweiser” will be replaced with what word on all packages in a patriotic marketing move?

7) May 17, 1792. Meeting under a buttonwood tree on Wall Street in New York City, two dozen merchants establish what?

8) Iowa Republicans are promoting who for Donald Trump’s VP?

9) The national mammal of the US has been named. What animal made it back from near extinction to be so named?

10) A passenger was removed before a flight took off when another passenger saw the man scribbling in a foreign language. What was the foreign language?

11) A city councilor is reconsidering his vote in Mason City concerning what hog slaughtering operation?

12) The lawsuits against Trump University had their day in court delayed until when?

13) A summit meeting of Republican leaders had what two people meeting Thursday?

14) With nothing else to do, the US Senate voted over and over on an amendment offered by Tom Cotton that would hinder what major peace effort?

15) President Dilma Rousseff was suspended as President of Brazil pending impeachment trial. How long has she been in office?

16) Ahead of the presidential campaign, candidate Donald Trump has refused to release what?

17) What long standing member of the “60 Minutes” member retired this week?

18) A woman in India became a first time mother at what age thanks to an IVF procedure?

19) In what has to be the ultimate in chutzpah, who is selling the weapon he murdered Trayvon Martin with in an online auction?

20) Who is John Miller?

Have you gotten an insult name from Trump yet? You’re not one of the cool kids until you do!

Answers:

1) hanging on to a tree.

2) Alabama Governor George Wallace. He later recanted his racial views, due to some of the people that had cared for him after his injury.

3) the Iowa caucuses

4) Hiroshima

5) rising oceans

6) America

7) New York Stock Exchange

8) Joni Ernst

9) the bison

10) mathematics – apparently foreign to many Americans

11) Prestage

12) Nov. 28, 3 weeks after the election

13) Trump and Ryan

14) the Iran treaty

15) since Jan. 1, 2011. Started 2nd term in 2015

16) his tax returns

17) Morley Safer – been there since 1970

18) 72 – yes that is 72

19) George Zimmerman

20) Miller is a person Donald Trump created and played pretending to be a publicist for Trump in the 1970s to the 1990s

Sunday Funday: Some Possible Grassley Campaign Ideas

Sure, I can pass the quiz!

Sure, I can pass the quiz!

Always happy to help out. So today I will suggest some themes that Chuck Grassley can use in his campaign.

“Never Too Old To Be In The Senate!”

“Helping President Trump Put Judge Judy on the Supreme Court”

“Don’t Be My Death Panel, Iowa”

“I’ve Never Had Another Job, So Don’t Fire Me”

“Just Following Orders”

“Party Then Country”

“I Really Hate Cutting My Grass”

Were you paying attention?

1) The Mason City city council tied on a final vote, thus denying what type of company to build a plant in Mason City?

2) And the clown bus empties out. What two of the three remaining candidates dropped out of the Republican presidential race?

3) 101 years ago yesterday (May 7, 1915) what British passenger liner was torpedoed by a German submarine which helped draw the US into WWI?

4) What noted Jesuit priest and peace activist from the Vietnam War era died last Saturday at age 94?

5) Ringling Brothers announced early retirement starting last Sunday for what group of circus performers?

6) Who set a record last week for the shortest Vice-presidential campaign last week?

7) “Welcome to negro night at Washington ….” began what host for the White House Correspondents Dinner?

8) President Obama visited what city under stress Wednesday?

9) A jury found staffers for what former presidential candidate guilt of bribing a former state senator for his endorsement?

10) Speculation on republican vice-presidential candidates includes what Iowa senator?

11) Australian Craig Wright exposed himself as the creator of what computer based exchange medium?

12) On the eve of the Indiana primary Monday, Donald Trump accused Ted Cruz’ father of being involved in what historic crime?

13) What major tech player announced it will work on a new subscription streaming TV package due next year?

14) “America Needs You, __________ ____________” Chicago sang decades ago. What former president’s birthday is today?

15) Researchers at Johns Hopkins University listed what as the 3rd leading cause of death in the US?

16) Wildfires in what Canadian province has forced the total evacuation of a city of 80,000?

17) Friday Londoners elected the first what to be mayor of their city?

18) The Wrestling Hall of Fame rescinded all awards given to what recently disgraced former major politician?

19) The endorsements are not exactly rolling in for Donald Trump. What major Republican leader stated “I’m just not ready to do that (support Trump) at this point”?

20) They may not be tobacco, but the FDA announced Thursday that they would treat what just like other tobacco products?

Answers, answers, answers:

1) Hog slaughter operation

2) John Kasich and Ted Cruz

3) the Lusitania

4) Daniel Berrigan

5) circus elephants YAY!

6) Carly Fiorina

7) Larry Wilmore

8) Flint, Michigan

9) Ron Paul

10) Joni Ernst (really!)

11) bitcoin

12) the assassination of President Kennedy

13) Google (through youtube)

14) Harry Truman

15) medical errors, behind heart disease and cancer.

16) Alberta. The city of Fort MacMurray has been evacuated.

17) Muslim. Sadiq Khan beat Zac Goldsmith in a racially charged campaign

18) Dennis Hastert

19) Speaker of the House Paul Ryan

20) E-cigarettes or vaping

We should have a contest to give our old friend Chuck a hand.

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?