image
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Saturday Topinka Blogging

Saturday, Dec 18, 2004

Oops. I was out of the office Friday afternoon and forgot all about my Topinka blogging duties.

To the left is an album cover from the Czech band Houpací konÄ›. The first cut off the 2003 album, PísnÄ› z bistra, is called, believe it or not, “Topinka.” Not sure what all this means, but the state treasurer is a Bohemian, so maybe she knows.

You can listen to a sample of the “Topinka” track here. The lyrics can be found here.

A translation of some of the lyrics by Intertran gives us this mangled mess:

WITHIN bistru where shadows hangering as forth as nappy air them here supine plus wind číny Trencher sake two wedges chandry plus spleen she has wine he stewed fruit out of dýní

Wall like out of Číny Bože are supine transpose them out of whistles up mellow loam

I’m as baffled as you are.

Here is some info from an English language website:

The band started playing in 1991. Such a long time ago. In the beginning it was simple rock-songs with czech lyrics, boosters and a mad bass guitarist. Everything was expressive, bitter and noisy. During the years the band has played hundreds of concerts all over the republic and elsewhere – in Slovakia, Germany or Holland, has released three albums, changed members, sound and audience’s interest. In fact they didn’t make it to the first league.

The current sound of the Houpací Koně is not so violent as it used to be. The band realised that hiding behind the wall of guitars and acting in a kind of rocker pose were no longer necessary. However, the y like that with some other bands. But, what has not changed is autenticity and emotional performance. If you understood Czech, you could find a drunk female receptionist polishing her nails and also halfmoon, that fell in love with a ticket collector from the train to hell. One of the founding members of the band, who doesn´t play with them any more, says that the right time for houpaci kone is yet to come. If this prediction turns out true, it will probably mean a denial of all physical laws. But we can experience the above said anyway because they are working on new songs at the moment and they are enjoying it very much.

And that, dear friends, concludes your weekly Topinka blogging.

- Posted by Rich Miller   2 Comments      


Slone gives up

Friday, Dec 17, 2004

Rep. Slone finally gave up the ghost this week (via PeoriaPundit):

State Rep. Ricca Slone is giving up the fight for her 92nd District House seat after a two-day recount failed to turn up any major problems in the city or county election outfits, she said Thursday.

Slone, who lost her seat to Republican Aaron Schock by 235 votes, said “no, of course not” about whether she would ask a judge to order a full recount.

Schock will be sworn in Jan. 12; he said he’s looking forward to putting his legislative office together after the backlash of a contentious campaign that lasted more than a month after Election Day. […]

Mary Harkrader, the former Peoria County clerk who represented Slone, said the only things the group found during the county recount were a handful of ballots that had not been initialed and a few ballot applications that were unsigned by the voters. Those problems were few and sporadic, she said. […]

As for Slone, she is looking for employment and beginning to close down her Peoria office. Though she still is technically the area representative, she advised constituents with problems of any magnitude to call Schock’s office.

Schock doesn’t technically have a legislative office yet, and his soon-to-be hired assistant is sharing Rep. David Leitch’s office. The representative-elect said he would do what he can to help in the interim.

Schock is now in for the ride of his life. The House Democrats will go all out to beat him in two years, and that means running bills at him in the interim that will be tough for him to vote for or against.

For instance, a bill to give unemployment insurance to locked out workers would be greatly opposed by Peoria gargantuan Caterpillar, but 100 percent supported by the by Peoria’s unions, particularly the very strong United Auto Workers.

- Posted by Rich Miller   3 Comments      


Fallout

Friday, Dec 17, 2004

Here’s a link to Governor Rod Blagojevich’s new website, “Safe Games Illinois” that I wrote about in today’s Capitol Fax. The site is owned by Jascula Terman, a Chicago PR firm.

The 2003 poll about parental attitudes on media influence can be found at the Common Sense Media website.

Meanwhile, the blogoshpere is up in arms about the governor’s proposal to criminalize the sale or rental of violent/sexual video games to minors.

Most of the blogging is super negative. My favorite headline is Governor Rod Blagojevich Thinks You’re an Idiot on momentago.

Another, from Libertarianism ,and entitled “Dem Rod Blagojevich is villainizing videogames,” is far more strident:

“I hate Illinois Nazis”
-Jake Blues, The Blues Brothers

The Software/Videogame industry has policed itself for years with the ESRB ratings. But the Dems and Repubs (surprisingly it’s the Dems that have mostly been fighting against videogames lately) just don’t trust industry organizations to police themselves. Why? Because if industries police themselves then the government can’t create new bureaus and consume more taxpayer dollars and make politicians wallets fatter by doing a half-[redacted] job of regulating things.

(Except that many, including the governor, contend that retailers aren’t doing a very good job of regulating themselves.)

Some, like brothersjudd take the opposite view.

This is an excellent values issue and one the GOP should quickly swipe.

As I told you in Capitol Fax today, other Democratic governors are reportedly about to jump onto this bandwagon.

- Posted by Rich Miller   8 Comments      


Not

Friday, Dec 17, 2004

These guys wonder why local bigtime media outlets haven’t picked up on this story yet, and suggest I might. Not gonna do it.

Here are some of the operative sentences (emphasis mine):

The Justice Department is considering a request to investigate the disclosure of secrets about an expensive U.S. spy satellite project criticized by some senior Democratic senators, a law enforcement official says. […]

The Justice Department has not yet determined whether classified information was leaked and has not decided whether to investigate, the official said.

The request came from an unspecified intelligence agency. […]

The Senate Ethics Committee might be asked to determine whether Rockefeller, Wyden and Durbin disclosed any sensitive information and should face sanctions, a congressional aide said.

Sorry, but as of now that looks more like a payback leak to a compliant wire service reporter than a real story.

- Posted by Rich Miller   1 Comment      


« NEWER POSTS PREVIOUS POSTS »
* Schilling endorses LaHood
* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* Duckworth to announce on Monday
* Rauner mulls selling Thompson Center
* Question of the day
* It's just a bill...
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Brown: Exploring an exploratory committee is "under review"
* Rauner administration denies union report of progress on fair share suit
* *** UPDATED x2 - Durbin out of the running? *** Illinois Republicans react to potential Durbin elevation
* Is a new era finally dawning in Illinois?
* Meanwhile, in Opposite Land...
* Good morning!
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * Charge your Pebble smartwatch on the go with NomadKey
        * Chrome OS on Beta receives new launcher with Google Now
        * HTC’s One E9+ gets quietly announced with high resolution 5.5-inch screen
        * Apple Watch thoughts, New Moto 360, Tag Heuer comments & more – Pocketnow Daily Recap
        * Our 5 favourite new Windows Phone apps of the week
        * Drowning In The Live Streams
        * 5 top #TileArt tips from March’s top #TileArt artist

        * Get The Latest Wireless Laser Trackball Mouse From Sanwa
        * Mouse Computer’s Latest 15.6-Inch Full HD Notebook With GeForce GTX 960M Graphics Card
        * Phase One iXU 180 – World’s Smallest And Lightest 80 MP Medium Format Aerial Camera
        * Apple CEO Tim Cook Criticizes Pro-Discrimination “Religious Freedom” Laws
        * HTC Unveils One E9+ 4G LTE-Enabled Android 5.0 Smartphone
        * This Cute, Tiny 3D Printed TV Actually Works
        * Here’s What Super Mario 64 On The iPhone 6 Looks Like

        * 'Athletic' Sale makes progress during simulated game
        * 'Athletic' Sale makes progress during simulated game
        * Danks complimented by comparison with old pal Buehrle
        * Johnson has edge in second-base competition
        * Robertson throws sharp inning in return to mound
        * Johnson, Flowers, Kottaras lead offense with flurry of doubles
        * Drabek throws bullpen session on first day in White Sox camp

        ...............


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        March 2015
        February 2015
        January 2015
        December 2014
        November 2014
        October 2014
        September 2014
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * Lawmakers eye end to state's prevailing wage laws..
        * Legal Analysis of Right to Work..
        * Rauner’s ‘right-to-work’ proposal focus of larg.....
        * Illinois auto-theft task forces closing due to .....
        * Bill pushes for possible municipal bankruptcies.....
        * Caterpillar CEO: State’s biggest critic and sup.....
        * McHenry County represented on Bruce Rauner's go.....
        * While the population is decreasing in Illinois,.....
        * Governor Bruce Rauner discusses state 'crisis' .....


        * Chicago-area community college to offer free tuition
        * Illinois auto-theft task forces closing due to budget crisis
        * 7-year-old plane crash survivor to live with half-sister
        * Former opponent endorses Emanuel in Chicago mayor's race
        * Illinois school district provides Internet to needy families
        * Skunks stinking up spring season in suburban Chicago
        * Bill pushes for possible municipal bankruptcies in Illinois
        * Chicago mayoral runoff election pulling in early voters
        * 12-year-old shot to death in Quincy
        * Chicago's retired Cardinal George readmitted to hospital

        * Bill pushes for possible municipal bankruptcies in Illinois
        * Stripped of funding, auto theft task forces shutting down
        * Rauner looks to Kentucky right-to-work zones as labor model
        * Rauner's business prescriptions are popular, but no cure-all
        * Stripped of funding, Illinois auto theft task forces are shutting down
        * Statehouse Insider: Now the tough budget talks begin
        * Effingham native Jim Schultz brings entrepreneurial spirit to state agency
        * Rauner's 'right-to-work' proposal focus of larger debate on business climate
        * Effingham native Schultz brings entrepreneurial spirit to state agency
        * Irresistable force, immovable object on business reform

        * Former opponent Fioretti endorses Emanuel
        * Indiana governor supports bill to 'clarify intent' of religious-objection law
        * Indiana governor defends religious-objections law: 'This is not about discrimination'
        * Chicago likely to get sacked by NFL draft
        * Would Cat be better off at half the size?


          * Critic Fioretti says Emanuel has changed, but Garcia downplays endorsement
          * Blue minivan involved in Brighton Park robberies
          * Cupich says Cardinal George, recently hospitalized, is in good spirits
          * East Garfield Park man wounded during shooting
          * Officials: No injuries in Lakeview blaze
          * Churchgoers urging higher minimum wage march into Logan Square McDonald's
          * Aspiring budtenders seek training to run medical marijuana dispensaries
          * Elgin man loses arm in industrial accident
          * Woman dies following car, semi wreck
          * Man charged with misdemeanor after 2-year-old son is found in the street


          * With GOP votes, Indiana House approves religious objection bill
          * After spending scandals, Rep. Aaron Schock says goodbye
          * Legislature to consider Madigan plan to fill state budget gap
          * Rauner signs into law compromise plan to fix budget hole
          * Where can a politician wield more influence? Chicago's City Council vs. Illinois' Statehouse
          * More people moved away from Illinois last year than any other state
          * Flamin' Hot Cheetos top Chicago Public School vending machines
          * Flamin' Hot Cheetos top some Chicago Public School vending machines
          * Flamin' Hot Cheetos top Chicago Public School vending machines
          * ACLU: Chicago police make more stops than New York at its peak


          * Our Opinion: Rianne Hawkins for Springfield city clerk; Misty Buscher for city treasurer
          * Bill pushes for possible municipal bankruptcies in Illinois
          * Stripped of funding, auto theft task forces shutting down
          * Rauner looks to Kentucky right-to-work zones as labor model
          * Rauner's business prescriptions are popular, but no cure-all
          * Statehouse Insider: Now the tough budget talks begin
          * Statehouse Insider: Now the tough budget talks begin
          * Bernard Schoenburg: Use of city seal on campaign materials becomes issue in Ward 7 race
          * Our Opinion: In Springfield mayor's race, Jim Langfelder gets our endorsement
          * Effingham native Jim Schultz brings entrepreneurial spirit to state agency


          * Top LEO candidate a Smoot(h) operator
          * Streakbusters: Men's tennis cruises past Ohio State
          * UI roundup: Baseball falters; softball sets record
          * Former opponent endorses Emanuel in Chicago mayor's race
          * Lanes on I-80 bridge open two days early
          * Man hospitalized following fire
          * 7-year-old plane crash survivor to live with half-sister
          * Foreigner at the Virginia Theatre
          * Municipalities in metro-east worry about possible state cuts
          * Woman dies after car plunges off ramp to demolished bridge


          * Images: iHeartRadio Awards
          * Australia mandates at least 2 people stay in cockpits
          * Bulls' Mirotic knows playoffs will be different
          * Late audits halt trading in Morgan Stanley-backed stocks
          * Taylor Swift tops iHeartRadio Music Awards

          * St. Louis-area members of Congress votes f...
          * St. Louis-area members of Congress votes f...
          * Daily Kos Elections presents our fully int...
          * National Ag Day sends message to Capitol Hill
          * Post office named for prominent Champaign ...
          * ‘Smelled it, tasted it, felt it’: VFW lead...
          * Post office named for Champaign County's 1...
          * Bill Aimed at Changing Requirements for FE...
          * Congressman helps anti-drug overdose clini...
          * Senators pitch changes to FEMA disaster de...

          * Dems Not Optimistic About Chances in 18th ......
          * Senate Democrat Reid to retire; wants Schu......
          * Letter: Durbin a hypocrite...
          * 'Conversations on race’ often result in gu......

          * Boehner's goal? Keeping '218 frogs in a wh......
          * Daily Kos Elections presents our fully int......
          * NJ/DC: Menendez backers stand by their man...

          * Kentucky vs. Rahm – whose “victory” was likely more predictable?
          * Computer Taken for Evidence in Round Lake Area
          * The Chuy we have been waiting for.
          * When it comes to unions and Fair Share, Governor Private Equity brings out that don’t-tell-me-what-to-do spirit.
          * Ho, Ho, Ho, It's Magic!
          * Senate bill enhances notice requirements for local governments
          * Opportunity Race: RPAC postcards back Hale
          * I can’t resist posting this comment about the Tribune and Hinsdale senior Marissa Dupont.
          * Chicago 10th Ward debate.
          * Rauner sinking to Blago-level approval levels. No support for his attack on Fair Share.


          * Governor Rauner Takes Bill Action
          * Nominating Petitions Available For Illinois Commodity Board Seats
          * Health Matters: 2015 Illinois Minority Health Efforts - Creating & Sustaining Healthy Communities
          * ‘Text First, Talk Second’ Often Best Way to Contact Loved Ones When Disaster Strikes - IEMA Encourages People to Have Plan for Communicating with Family Members, Friends during Emergencies
          * New Illinois Server Training Law effective July 1 - State currently offering FREE responsible beverage server classes




              Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller