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Sunday Funday – Rummage In The Ramp Time.

whoops make that 2014

whoops make that 2014

One of my favorite events of the year is on once more. The giant garage sale known as “Rummage in the Ramp” started Friday and continues until next Sunday, August 3rd. If you are unfamiliar with this event, it is something unique to Iowa City. Apartment leases in Iowa City go from August one year through July of the next year. As students and others move out, they often leave behind some pretty decent furniture.

A few years back someone had the brilliant idea to sell the stuff rather than bury it in a landfill. Over the years the City has expanded to taking donations of usable items from anyone. And thus you have the makings of a giant garage sale. New stuff is added daily, so if you have an item in mind you may want to chck back daily. Under the Chauncey Swan parking ramp by the City rec center. More info here:

Were you paying attention?

1) They can’t do anything, but Texas Governor Rick Perry is sending who to the border?

2) A Florida jury last week leveled tobacco company RJ Reynolds with a judgment worth how much in damages for a tobacco related death?

3) Deaths last week included this usually unflappable hero of TV series and movies. Who was this solid lifelong liberal, best known as Maverick?

4) The FDA issued a warning that the powdered form of what common substance – even a teaspoon – could be fatal following the death of an Ohio teenager?

5) Two big annual events in Iowa had their culmination yesterday, one in Davenport and one in Guttenburg. What are these two events?

6) In the crazy middle East, Israel shelled what thought to be safe building, killing 4 and wounding 16?

7) This June joined May as a record setter for what?

8) Once more acting because Republicans in Congress refuse to do their jobs, President Obama signed an executive order banning discrimination by federal contractors against what group?

9) Jack Hatch blasted Governor Brandstad last week for turning down what?

10) According to LULAC spokesman Joe Henry, how many Central American refugee kids have come to Iowa (+-25)?

11) In northeast China the largest microraptor dinosaur fossil, Changyuraptor, was found. It had what unusual feature?

12) Tuesday two federal courts issued conflicting rulings about an hour apart on the legality of what?

13) The Johnson County, Iowa Board of Supervisors passed resolution Thursday to encourage the testing of what concept car in Johnson County?

14) History you never hear in school department. In 1919, the worst of the “Red Summer” race riots begins in what midwest city on July 27, 1919?

15) Republicans came unglued when the FAA banned American airline companies from landing in what airport due to danger from war?

And these are just a few of the happenings this week. Sixty-one years ago, the Korean War ended, but just 11 years later President Johnson sent 5,000 more “advisors” into Viet Nam signalling the involvement buildup yet to come. Oy Vey!

Answers:

1) National Guard troops.

2) $23.6 billion

3) James Garner

4) caffeine

5) In Davenport, the annual Bix Biederbeck celebration. In Guttenburg RAGBRAI ended.

6) a hospital

7) global temperature.
The average temperature over global surfaces for June 2014 was 1.3 degrees above the 20th-century average of 59.9 degrees. In May, the Earth’s temperature was 1.33 degrees above the average of 58.6 degrees.

8) LGBT

9) $1 million grant to study solar applications in Iowa

10) 139 (114 – 154 range)

11) Four wings (and feathers)

12) ACA exchanges

13) driverless cars

14) Chicago – much of our labor and race history is seldom taught

15) Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv.

August next week which means (here it comes) back to school time!

Sunday Funday: County Fair Edition

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Come one, come all to the great Muscatine County Fair in historic West Liberty, Iowa. We have exhibits of plants and foods; we have show animals of all varieties and we have a midway with thrilling rides and scrumptious one of a kind fair food – including elephant ears and half-pound tenderloins and delicious fried onions! Mmmmm, Mmmmmm, once a year that is some fine eating.

See your friends, see your neighbors. Enjoy a show in the grove while you eat a delicacy. Stay for the races and cheer on the local favorites! See YOU at the fair.

Got to wonder how much longer the whole Fair circuit will survive. I am sure it is one tradition that will not go away easily. Many, many kids remember the fair with love all their lives – the rides, the animals, the friends. But most fairs are just scraping by these days. We wish them another hundred years of success.

I got some questions for you

1) The two big stories of the week happened within the same hour on Thursday. One was the downing of the plane in Ukraine. What was the other?

2) The Branstad administration nixed a million dollar deal from the feds this week which would have studied what in Iowa?

3) Surprisingly, an overwhelming number (74%) of Republicans who have this like it very much. What is it?

4) Steve King is seeking to end this wage scale on projects paid for with federal funds. What is this wage scale called?

5) A proposed pipeline that would cut across Iowa would move oil from where?

6) Reaching back to a historic events, 25 years ago yesterday was a tragic day in Sioux City. What happened?

7) Another week, another judge declares laws against marriage equality invalid. What state joined the ranks of equality this week?

8) Netroots Nation met in Detroit this week. Along with all its other troubles, Detroit is now cutting what utility from households in arrears in payments?

9) 73 in real years, but still looking all of 17, what character died taking a bullet aimed at his gay friend?

10) You would think after this long this guy could run on his record. Who spent $1M on his re-election in 7 weeks?

11) After becoming a right wing whipping dog, what soldier is out of therapy and assigned to a low pressure desk job?

12) In Arizona, a Congressional candidate staged a big show of stopping a bus of immigrant kids only to be informed the bus was actually what?

13) In California, a measure to split the state up has enough signatures for the 2016 ballot. This measure will split California into how many states?

14) What major tech company announced it would be laying off 18,000 over the next year?

15) If you lived in Los Angeles and wanted to wash your car, how much might it cost you?

Where were you 45 years ago when Armstrong and Aldrin landed on the moon? I was working at a gas station on the interstate. I had a small B&W TV that barely got a picture. Customers came and went, most stopping for a few moments to watch events unfold. It was a magic day.

Answers:

1) The invasion of the Gaza Strip by Israel

2) Solar Energy

3) Obamacare or the ACA. Please keep fighting it, Republicans.

4) the prevailing wage scale

5) North Dakota (the Bakken Field)

6) United Airline Flight 232 crash landed after losing all flight controls

7) Florida

8) Water. Citizens of Detroit have appealed to the UN.

9) Archie Andrews. Killed off after a long run

10) Branstad. And no, he can’t run on his record

11) Bowe Bergdahl

12) a group of YMCA kids going to camp. He said they looked really scared

13) 6

14) Microsoft

15) $500 for frivolous use of water.

RAGBRAI??? Never heard of it!

Sunday Funday – Sue ‘Em Edition

'tis patriotic to follow the news

’tis patriotic to follow the news

Ever wonder who’s advising the Republican on just what the public wants to see them do? Last year it was shutting down the government. Very popular move among about 10% of eligible voters. Then there is their constant war on women. They claim they love women, yet they do all they can to cut their pay, cut any public assistance and of course their old stand by cutting off birth control. Just to top it off Todd Akin – famous for his “legitimate rape” comment two years ago – has a book out where he says he should not have apologized, that his first statement was true.

Apparently the very rule to be a Republican is never, ever admit a mistake. If something went wrong, it was someone else’s fault. Bet they couldn’t make it through today’s quiz without making a mistake. They would blame it on me, no doubt.

Here we go:

1) The World Cup has been full of drama and heroes. Except for Tuesday when what team absorbed the worst defeat in World Cup semifinals history?

2) This man led the 3rd district Republican convention up to the last ballot. Now he is exploring a run for congress as an independent. Who is this man?

3) The Republicans in Congress are suing President Obama. Where did one tweeter suggest the Republicans get the offset to pay for the cost of the suit?

4) President Obama asked congress for $3.7 billion to address what bubbling up crisis?

5) There is a predicted shortage of what product that went on sale in Washington this week?

6) Former mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced to 10 years for corruption during his stint as mayor of what major American city?

7) The Supreme Court may have to reconvene to ban a potential new type of birth control that is administered how?

8) “She’s looking for a new job to quit” quipped John Fugelsang about what political persona who expressed interest in hosting “the View?”

9) Iowa Republican Party’s leaders are having a hard time picking up where the former leaders left off. What do the old leaders know that the new leaders don’t?

10) Three weeks or so after losing a Republican senate primary bid in Mississippi, who is threatening to sue claiming “irregularities?”

11) Despite his claims to the contrary the state workforce in Iowa under Branstad has actually grown or decreased?

12) This major American city is having a good week. First what city was picked to be the site of the 2016 Republican convention, then had its native all-star NBA player announced he was returning to play there this fall?

13) Caught with her mouth moving and words coming out. A tape of Joni Ernst from last January shows her calling for what?

14) California is looking to come down hard on people who waste what natural resource?

15) A study from Stanford points to dramatically less time spent in what activity as a major reason for the obesity epidemic in America?

Rosie O’Donnell is coming back to the View. Pugnacious is all I can think of. Put on the gloves here come Rosie. It will be fun.

Answers:

1) Brazil got a butt-kicking.

2) Brad Zaun

3) don’t pay Republican lawmakers.

4) the immigrant children at the borders.

5) marijuana

6) New Orleans

7) by remote control – well in 2018 anyway

8) Sarah Palin

9) the user names and passwords to get into the computers.

10) Chris McDaniel

11) grown

12) Cleveland

13) Obama’s impeachment. She also called him a dictator

14) water

15) exercise time per American is way down.

Sunday Funday – Sad Week Edition

let's be honest!

let’s be honest!


“Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses” wrote Emma Lazarus. Apparently this no longer applies. What happened in Southern California Wednesday is an incredible disgrace to America. There are some folks who should be deported and not those kids on the bus.

If you are unaware there is a huge influx of refugees from a country that has been in severe economic strife. Why is Steve King, Louie Gohmert and Michelle Bachmann not all over this scandal like a wet blanket. Thousands and thousands of Irish are coming to our shores and taking jobs from Americans and getting free government services! Why are they not meeting them at the dock? What’s that? The Irish are
white, so shut up? Ok, but I warned you!

Hope you have had a good weekend! Now let me ruin it.

1) Iowa’s squabbling Republicans threw out their old chair and replaced him with an eastern Iowan. Can you name the new Iowa Republican chair?

2) The Supreme Court ended another memorable term with some killer decisions. When will they be back to work?

3) Here’s an interesting note from history. What president signed the first income tax bill on July 1st? The year gives it away, but there was a major war going on.

4) An old favorite question. What two Revolutionary heroes died within hours of each other on July 4th of 1826, the 50th anniversary of the Declaration?

5) What modern Tea Party politician suggested last week that the Founders had it right when they limited who could vote?

6) The US lost in the World Cup round of 16 despite a record breaking performance by which of their players?

7) Bob McDonald was tapped to be Obama’s new Veterans Secretary. What major corporation did McDonald once lead?

8) The actual separation from England legally took place on what date in 1776?

9) An Iowa teenager drowned when he was swept away by flood waters Monday in what Iowa city?

10) What other founding father and former president died on July 4th? Hint, he died in 1831.

11) Among new laws that took effect Tuesday included the ban of sales of what product to minors?

12) The five justices voting against contraception coverage in the Hobby Lobby case share what religion?

13) Which justice wrote the opinion in the Hobby Lobby case?

14) The just concluded June averaged 9.6 inches of rain in Iowa. Approximately what percentage of normal is this?

15) What song writer of such famous songs as “O Susanna” and “Swanee River” was born on July 4th of 1826?

16) What former French head of state was brought in for questioning on influence peddling charges?

OK that is enough for this week. Hope you had a great Fourth and can still function on the Seventh.

Answers!

1) Jeff Kaufmann of Wilton

2) The first Monday in October, so Oct. 6th this year.

3) Abe Lincoln. There was this war to pay for.

4) Thomas Jefferson and John Adams.

5) Rick Santorum

6) Goalie Tim Howard set a record for stopped shots with 16.

7) Procter and Gamble

8) July 2.

9) Cedar Rapids

10) James Madison

11) e-cigarettes

12) catholicism

13) Alito

14) almost twice normal or 200%

15) Stephen Foster

16) Nicolas Sarkozy.

Want a hoot? Check out the tweets of Top Conservative Cat here https://twitter.com/TeaPartyCat

Sunday Funday: Fireworks Edition

let's be honest!

let’s be honest!


The tradition of fireworks goes back to that prankster John Adams giving old Ben Franklin a hotfoot while old Ben was reading a draft of Tom Jefferson’s masterpiece. Ben hopped around a bit and then went and got some gunpowder, wadded it up in a paper, lit it on fire and threw it back at John. Next thing you know fireworks are a-flying and we won the war. It happened just that way I tell you! Well, it could have happened.

Founding Fathers or Merry Pranksters? Which were they? While you ponder That question I will hit you with some more. There may be a revolutionary question or two in the bunch.

1) We may have asked this before. What other major country shares a national founding day next week?

2) Put on your thinking caps. One hundred years ago yesterday (June 28,1914) what event happened that would greatly affect history?

3) This company said its sales are slumping. That may be good news for those of us who don’t want to get shot by their product. What company is that?

4) Worldwide, was the just concluded May hotter or cooler than normal?

5) July 2,1965. President Johnson intimated the Democratic Party would lose the South for a generation because he did what?

6) A year prior to the Declaration of Independence, the colonies sent a petition for peace (the Olive Branch Petition) to England. What happened to this petition?

7) In a real surprise last weekend, 3rd district Iowa republicans selected what dark-horse candidate to oppose Staci Appel for congress?

8) Despite charges from his challenger of many voting irregularities and cross over voting, what Miss. senator won The republican nomination Tuesday in Miss.?

9) In a comment that cost him his job, an Arkansas official said who “would get shot at the state line” if they tried to come into Arkansas?

10) The first commemorative celebrations for Independence Day were held in what city? What year if you can remember?

11) A Nebraska legislator raised a ruckus when an Iowa survey on gambling showed that Nebraskans gambled how much money at Iowa casinos? (+- $50 million)

12) The Postal Service suddenly has an odd backer when what retiring Iowa congressman came out for Saturday delivery and the Postal Service in general?

13) In a somewhat surprising 9-0 decision, the Supreme Court said police can’t search what without a warrant?

14) In a really unusual and odd move, House Speaker John Boehner announced that the House (using our money) will sue who?

15) A bill to stop cuts in Social Security Services was introduced into the US House by what Iowa congressman?

It is time to celebrate! Bring on the bands and the fireworks and hide the critters. On a serious note, I have heard over the years that some veterans of war are very sensitive to fireworks. Please be very respectful of this. Thank you from blogforiowa.

Answers!

1) Our neighbors to the North. Happy Canada Day on July 1!

2) The shooting of Archduke Ferdinand in Sarajevo that sparked WWI

3) Smith and Wesson

4) The just completed May was the hottest May ever

5) signed the civil rights bill of 1965

6) It was rejected in London, thus giving fuel to colonists who wanted to rebel.

7) David Young

8) Thad Cochrane

9) Hillary Clinton

10) In Philadelphia (Pa) of course in 1777

11) $327M or about 1/4th of Iowa casino revenues.

12) Tom Latham – where was he when it counted?

13) your cell phone

14) President Obama – I think for presidenting while black.

15) Bruce Braley. His opponent wants to end SS and Medicare.

Be safe this week!

Republican “Warfare Queens”

Jon Stewart really nailed the Republican aka Tea Party the other night. Nary a penny will they spend here at home to help the ordinary citizen in times of trouble, yet they have an open checkbook for all sorts of foreign misadventures. Let us note that that those checks they write are all borrowed money because they cut taxes for corporations and for the wealthy to near all time lows while waging two wars abroad.

It is certainly a sad commentary that the very best news analysis in this country is done by comedians plus a small handful of liberal journalist. Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Bill Maher and their writers cut through the crap daily to get to the real core of what drives our insane policies. But then, our government, especially the Tea Party, gives them so much material to work with.

Here is the clip:

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Remember, if you vote for a Republican you are voting in favor of this kind of policy at all levels. If you do not vote this election you are in essence voting to support the Jeff Sessions, Lyndsey Grahams and John McCains of the world.

Iowa and most of our neighbors have provisions to vote early. If you do not feel you may be able to vote on election day, please be sure to vote early. For that matter, just vote early and be done with it. Voting early will make you feel good!

Sunday Funday – Hot-n-Humid Edition

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today’s host

As my old friend used to tell me all the time, it ain’t the heat but the stupidity that gets you. When we speak of stupidity my thoughts immediately turn to the Tea Party. If Obama does it they are immediately against it

I sometimes wish Obama would sign an executive order mandating that all Americans breathe. Many on the right may self-suffocate just to continue to obstruct anything Obama may do. Until then we have a quiz.

1) I missed Juneteenth? What the heck is Juneteenth?

2) GM recalled another 3.4 million cars this week. That brings their total recall for this year to approximately how many cars? (+-3 million)

3) Hope you didn’t miss this. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Hatch announced who as his running mate?

4) This silver tongued radio voice of years past and the voice of Shaggy on Scooby-Doo died last week. Can you name this host of America’s Top 40?

5) 50 years ago during the “Freedom Summer” in Mississippi, 3 civil rights workers were murdered. What city did this act take place near? Give yourself extra points if you can remember the workers’ names.

6) Researchers at New Mexico University and Northwestern found vast quantities of what 400 miles below the earth’s surface?

7) Two dozen Delta Force commandos seized Ahmed Abu Khattala Monday. What is Khattala accused of doing?

8) Senate candidate Bruce Braley came out totally in favor of what government program while his opponent has called over and over for privatizing it?

9) Also 50 years ago this week the Catholic Church handed women a major setback when they issued a condemnation for what medical item?

10) What FOX News(?) host made headlines by telling former VP Dick Cheney to his face “You got it wrong, sir!” Who is this Fox talking head?

11) Two other extreme right wing personalities came out this week and said invading Iraq was the wrong thing to do. Can you name them?

12) People in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Minnesota have been overwhelmed by what the past couple of weeks?

13) In Florida a man was bringing his newborn baby and his wife home from the hospital when what happened to him?

14) The new Pope seemed to be picking up much liberal cred up until this week when he came out and condemned what?

15) In a shocker, the US patent office said that what word was offensive and thus no longer can be trademarked?

16) For the first time since WWII the displaced population worldwide has passed what number?

Thought I’d throw an extra one in to give you a reason not to go out and cut grass. We’re done now. Here are some answers:

1) June 19th every year commemorates the day that Texas finally was notified that the slaves had been freed. Thus it commemorates the ending of slavery in the US.

2) 20 million

3) Monica Vernon of Cedar Rapids

4) Casey Kasem

5) Philadelphia, Ms. the workers were Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Cheney

6) water

7) master minding the attack at Benghazi

8) Social Security

9) the birth control pill.

10) Megyn Kelly

11) Pat Robertson and Glenn Beck

12) weather – repeated strong storms with torrential rains.

13) He was killed by a bullet that penetrated his home’s exterior wall and hit him in the back of the head. His neighbor was playing with
his gun when it went off.

14) marijuana

15) Redskins

16) 50 million. Currently at about 52 million.

Sunday Funday – Stephanie Miller Edition

Thou Shalt Not Cheat

Thou Shalt Not Cheat

Today I will dedicate the quiz to Stephanie Miller. We took a trip to Minneapolis last week to see what may have been the last of her “Sexy Liberal Tour.” Stephanie and a changing cast of hilarious cronies have been touring the country for the past several years bringing liberal humor and some sexy humor to the hinterlands. In case people don’t know Stephanie Miller is the daughter of late Republican VP candidate William Miller of New York. Stephanie does a liberal radio show out of Los Angeles. Unfortunately thanks to Rush Limbaugh talk radio in general has become toxic.

The show was hilarious. Up and coming star John Fugelsang with a wide ranging set. Fugelsang had some great jokes. The only one I remember is “The economy is broken because an elephant sat on it.” Carlos Alazraqui added some humor from his home. Then Steph came out less to perform and more to schmooze with a very friendly audience. The evening ended with a quite humorous panel of the three. All in all a great evening. Stephanie can be heard online at 8AM central at http://www.chicagoprogressivetalk.com/

Were you paying attention?

1) ISIS is no longer just an Egyptian goddess. Why is ISIS in the news these days?

2) Joni Ernst is getting some help from the home team. What member of her family called Hillary Clinton a “hag” on facebook?

3) To avoid a controversial decision, what development in Sioux City declined money from the Vision Iowa Fund?

4) He’s back! Surely you know the name of the now controversial(?) POW who returned to the US this week?

5) Comedian Tracey Morgan was critically injured in a traffic accident when the driver of the truck that hit his cab fell asleep. Why did the truck driver fall asleep?

6) US House powerhouse Eric Cantor had his plug pulled in the Virginia Republican primary this week. Who defeated Cantor?

7) Ford company is joining with what American food processor to create plant based plastics for their cars?

8) The Iowa Supreme Court last week allowed a case concerning the attempted removal and then pay cut for a state employee against what official to proceed?

9) Another week, another school shooting. Where did this week’s incident occur?

10) After her bill to bring some relief to college debtors was blocked by Republicans, Elizabeth Warren essentially declared war on what Republican leader?

11) Once more turning to executive orders where congress fails to act, Pres. Obama issued an executive order to cap student repayments on loans at what percent of their income?

12) Holy fix the rotten Iowa highways, Batman! What Iowa politician called for a 10 cent increase in the gas tax to fix our crappy roads?

13) A bill that attempts to make some fixes to the problems at VA hospitals passed the US senate 97-3. What polar opposites drew up this bill?

14) In an incredible move, what leading edge auto technology company made all its patents open source?

15) “Copa Mudial.” What does it mean?

I must mention that the condition of Iowa’s highways compared to Minnesota’s is like the difference between heaven and hell. We need someone who cares leading Iowa. Not someone who sees it as his retirement job.

Answers:

1) ISIS (Islamic Stte in Iraq and Syria) is heading up the other side in the Iraq civil war.

2) Her husband Gail. He also had a post calling Janet Napolitano a “traitorous skank”

3) The proposed Christian park

4) Bowe Bergdahl

5) He had been driving for 24 hours for Walmart.

6) Dave Brat

7) Heinz – using the fibers from tomato skins.

8) Gov. Branstad

9) Reynolds High, Troutdale, Oregon

10) Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Tell me again why 40 votes defeats 60?

11) 10%

12) Jack Hatch

13) Bernie Sanders and John McCain.

14) Tesla

15) “World Cup” as in it’s World Cup time again!

Sunday Funday – Cutting That Grass

Thou Shalt Not Cheat

Thou Shalt Not Cheat

I have complained and complained and complained, but the grass just keeps growing. So once more I trotted out this morning to whack them bloody blades. Who says that training a child to do something over and over and over won’t stick with them? As much as I complain I can still hear my dad’s sarcastic “When are you going to cut the grass?” I have been cutting grass since I was seven. I have come to view lawn grass as an enemy I must vanquish at every turn. So even though I get plenty good allergic reaction from time to time I still sally forth to attack the enemy on my trusty steed.

I have always told my wife that if after I die someone says we kept a neat house, we did something wrong. Yet I am so compelled to keep the grass looking like a picture. Here’s one for you, dear Father!

Were you paying attention?

1) Well Joni Ernst made a little faux pas at the GOP senate debate. Answering a question about an ad showing her shooting she said the ad was shot before “the accident.” What was she referring to as “the accident?”

2) After a couple of weeks of hearings and finger pointing this head of the VA resigned. Who was the secretary of Veteran’s Affairs?

3) A new automobile company? Who garnered much attention last week with their driverless, no steering wheel car?

4) Who can forget? 70 years ago next Friday my Father-in-law was among those paying a little visit to what beach on the French coast?

5) This one time youth icon became a great grandfather last week. He has been like a rolling stone his whole life. Who is he?

6) One Iowa and the Iowa pride Network announced they will join forces. What mutual issue do they work on?

7) It looks like the NBA’s controversial owner may be gone already. Who is said to have bought the LA Clippers and what was his previous job?

8) Which British Royal was called on to abdicate after he/she compared Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler over Crimea?

9) Iowa’s Regents will consider a new budget proposal next week based in part on the number of Iowa students in the university population. Which of the 3 state schools looks to be a big loser based on preliminary numbers?

10) Her most famous appearance was to read one of her poems at Bill Clinton’s first inaugural. What poet laureate of the United States died this week?

11) The average CEO in the United States now makes about how much per year?

12) ” your dead kids don’t trump my Constitutional rights.” What proud gun owner declared that this week?

13) What long serving Tea Bag senator opined this week that “legal gay marriage is almost certain to become a reality throughout the United States.”?

14) Jumping on to the fame and fortune of TV, which current cable star did the Republican party name as its lead speaker at their Republican Leadership Conference?

15) Maybe he ran out of words? Who stepped down as Pres. Obama’s Press Secretary Friday?

Hard to believe that Republicans would take a stand for crappier, more unhealthy food for kids in schools. What am I saying? No it is not. Treating all but the 1% like dirt is what being a Republican is all about. I often wonder how parents tell their kids they voted Republican? Glad we never had to.

Answers:

1) last weeks mass murder in Santa Barbara

2) Gen. Shinseki

3) Google

4) Normandy Beach as a part of the D-Day invasion.

5) Mick Jagger.

6) gay rights

7) Steve Balmer, former CEO of Microsoft

8) Prince Charles

9) Iowa – possibly as much as $60 million

10) Maya Angelou

11) $10.5 million/year or about 8.8% more than last year

12) Samuel Wurzelbacher aka “Joe the Plumber” (his head was in the toilet too long)

13) Orin Hatch

14) Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty (there’s an empty seat in the clown car, Phil)

15) Jay Carney.

Sunday Funday Memorial Day Edition

I gave the other guy a week off

I gave the other guy a week off

I believe summer officially starts today. Let me stick my head out – yep it is warm. Time for me to start whining about the heat and the bugs and the humidity and the bugs and the burns and the bugs and the pollen and the loud noises and the bugs and the humidity and the bugs. Did I mention the bugs?

I used to look forward to Fall to see summer end, but now summer doesn’t end until almost Halloween. That is only 5 months of bugs and burns and humidity away.

Were you paying attention last week?

1) This went by almost unnoticed on May 20th just like it almost did 50 years ago. What was unknowingly recorded on May 20th, 1964 when two scientists were trying to record waves from an Echo balloon?

2) Which Iowa congress person is proud to be named last week as stopping any action on immigration?

3) As part of a responsible investment initiative, what city is in the process of divesting its portfolio of Walmart bonds?

4) 100 protesters were arrested at McDonald’s HQ protesting for higher pay. What major city area is McDonald’s located in?

5) Did you miss it? Overnight Friday to Saturday a spectacular sight from what lit up the skies?

6) President Obama became visibly upset when discussing problems in what agency?

7) 11 year old Lucy Li of Redwood Shores, California became the youngest person to do what last Monday?

8) What country soundly threw out the party that had held power for 50 of the the last 60 years?

9) At a forum in Bettendorf, how many of the 5 Republican candidates for US Senate supported an increase in minimum wages?

10) Gov. Branstad at an appearance in Des Moines compared his opponent Jack Hatch to what other opponent from 1982?

11) MERS is all over the news. What is MERS?

12) Early wild fires took place around what major California city last week?

13) By the end of this week, there is only one state that has not had a case filed concerning discrimination over same-sex marriage. What is that state?

14) Late last week a judge ordered that thousands of pages of a John Doe investigation be turned over to a Milwaukee county Wisconsin executive. Who is the object of the John Doe investigation?

15) What liberal radio talker and MSNBC host announced that he would abandon his radio show at the end of last week?

BONUS: To date how many heterosexual marriages have been destroyed in the US due to the existence of same-sex marriage?

So much stuff going on I get dizzy. So how did you do?

Answers:

1) background cosmic rays from the big bang.

2) Steve King

3) Portland, Oregon

4) Chicago (Oak Brooke) Illinois

5) a new comet which crossed paths with the earth that night

6) Veterans Health Administration

7) qualify to play in the US women’s golf open

8) India

9) 0

10) Roxanne Conlin

11) Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. Thought to be transmitted from camels.

12) San Diego

13) North Dakota. South Dakota, the other holdout, had suits filed Friday.

14) Gov. Scott Walker. There is an expectation that some of the investigation information will become public.

15) Ed Shultz

BONUS: As of the last official count 0. Maybe you know someone.