Thursday, August 24, 2006

Personal Asides: Chuck Johannes Wins the Trivia…Topinka Romances Daley with Chicago Casino: Smart Girl…And This Current Trivia

Trivia Winner Johannes.

Congratulations to Chuck Johannes who came out first thing in the morning with the answer to the trivia…about Lincoln’s statement concerning the boy who stubbed his toe in the dark—too old to cry but too hurt to laugh. Adlai E. Stevenson on his first presidential loss in 1952.


One doesn’t have to support Judy Baar Topinka (as I don’t) to admire the Chicago casino proposal as being adroit politics, winning the evident favor of Mayor Daley even if he hasn’t officially endorsed it. To the conservative base it is an add-on to gambling but I’ll be interested in hearing the rationale for it.

Current Trivia.

No search engines now…just your own bright minds. What female said this (not Judy Baar Topinka) and if you can, give the details:

“My lords, the present occasion is too serious to allow me to follow the convention that a woman should not speak in a man’s council. Those whose interests are threatened by extreme danger should think only of the wisest course of action, not of conventions.

“In my opinion, flight is not the right course, even if it should bring us to safety. It is impossible for a person, having been born in this world, not to die; but for one who has resigned it is intolerable to be a fugitive. May I never be deprived of this purple robe and may I never see the day when those who meet me do not call me empress.

“If you wish to save yourself, my lord, there is no difficulty. We are rich; over there is the sea and yonder are the ships. Yet reflect for a moment whether, when you have once escaped to a place of security, you would not gladly exchange such safety for death.

“As for me , I agree with the adage that the royal purple is the noblest shroud.”


  1. My guess, would be that it were Mary Queen of Scots; I do not believe that Marie Antoinette would bother speaking to Lord anyone - given half the chance.

    Nope, I'm gonna go with Cleopatra from Shakespeare's Tragedy which might have mirrored the heroic death of that Great Scottish Skirt - Mary Stuart. No search engine, huh/ Okay that's my answer Cleopatra

  2. Come on Tom. We as Republicans should be able to say that doing a 180 on gambling expansion, and pushing an "easy" way out that will regressively tax the poor and the weak-willed is most definitely BAD politics.

    Topinka doesn't even care about the budget, or the schools, or the kids, she just wants to be Governor. And the people behind her and giving her cash want this casino.

    By the way, Daley only wants a casino in Chicago if the city owns it. Wait for Topinka to throw that in too. She'll do anything to win.

    Tom, you nailed it a little while back when you said the truth just isn't in Topinka.

  3. To the chagrin of the naysayers who wanted to put her in a box.

  4. The Empress Theodora is reported to have put some backbone into her wavering husband Justinian when the blue and green racing factions in Constaninople combined to raise a revolt. This would be equivalent to Cubs and Sox fans combining to kick Daley out.

  5. Just to be different, I'll nominate Empress Josephine de Beauharnais, wife of Napoleon Bonaparte.

  6. Topinka's casino scheme is nothing but a scam. Trying to buy off some Chicago voters, in the city where she's doing horribly in the polls. She just wants to shut people up through the campaign.

    She knows darn good and well the casino plan will get bogged down. Then she comes out after the election and says, "hey, I tried, now I have no choice but to raise taxes." She'll flip flop on that just as fast as she did on gambling.

    Topinka's transperent scheme only works if voters let it.

  7. It's defiantly a speech Empress Theodora gave to "inspire" Justinian and his advisers to remain in Constantinople during a rebellion in the sixth century. As opposed to them fleeing into the Bosporus.