Saturday, August 26, 2006
Personal Asides: Answer to the Trivia Question No One Got A New Trivia Adding the Illinois Policy Institute Link Now that Tom Cruise Has Been Fired
Unsurprisingly, no one got the last trivia although there were some good guessesFrank Nofsingers suggestion of the Empress Josephine being one of them. The answer: Roman Empress Theodora, wife of Emperor Justinian in A.D. 532. Justinian was sure he was to be overthrown and killed by rebel leader Hypatius. His panicky supporters told him that they couldnt hold the fort much longer and that a fast galley was awaiting him and his wife Theodora to take them to Thrace. But Theodora had more guts than he and as he bolted for the door, thinking she was behind him, she stayed on her throne and delivered the speech outlined in this space two days ago. Know what? Her speech made him ashamed of his cowardice. He changed his mine, stuck around and rallied his troops. The rebels were beaten and slaughteredall thanks to his brave little Empress who wouldnt scoot.
This is from a president. Clue: he lived in my lifetime which, there having been so many isnt very helpful. A guess may make it. No search engines. Here it is:
Men do not make laws. They do but discover them. Laws must be justified by something more than the will of the majority.. They must rest on the eternal foundation of righteousness Do the days work. If it be to protect the rights of the weak, whoever objects, do it. If it be to help a powerful corporation better to serve the people, whatever the opposition, do that. Expect to be called a standpatter but dont be a standpatter. Except to be called a demagogue but dont be a demagogue. Dont hesitate to be as revolutionary as science. Dont hesitate to be as reactionary as the multiplication table. Dont expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong. Dont hurry to legislate. Give administration a chance to catch up with the legislation.
Illinois Policy Institute.
Today were going to add the Illinois Policy Institute as a link. And its not because its leader, Greg Blankenship bought me a steak at Gibsons-Rosemont. Not that it hurt but if you think Im for rent because somebody buys me a steak dinner, think again. But all the same, it didnt hurt. Anyhow, the IPI is doing the Lords work in researching and writing cogent fact-sheets on state government and the economy and is indispensable since Heartland has turned its entire attention to national problems. So with todays link-up, neophytes can find out why Im so high on IPIand welcome to this exclusive fold, Greg.
Now that Tom Cruise has been fired by Paramount, who among show business people or people in any public category would you like to have follow him? Mine begin with Madonna and continue through Paris Hilton, Whoopi Goldberg, Alec Baldwin and Donald Trump. Who among the politicians? I begin, of course, with Dick Durbin whom I would like to see censured, as well. Chuck Schumer belongs there as does Rahm Emanuel. John McCain for all his vaunted heroism should make the list if for no other reason than his curtailment of First Amendment rights with McCain Feingold. Speaking of whom: Feingold. Am undecided whether or not to include Bert Natarus (43rd). Id include Joe Moore (49th) but he fills an important slot on my shows. I would certainly add the Reverend-State Senator James Meeks to my list. Tell me your list on Readers Comments.