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Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012

* From another photo posted by Gov. Pat Quinn’s office documenting his trade trip to Brazil…


* The Question: Caption?

- Posted by Rich Miller        

57 Comments
  1. - Just saying - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 2:43 pm:

    Listen to what “I” am saying and not the person behind you.


  2. - OneMan - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 2:45 pm:

    Governor Quinn not realizing what two fingers like that means in Brazil caused a small incident..

    It turns out meeting with the head of the Brazilian Federation of State County and Municipal Employees was not a smart idea.

    Governor Quinn used two fingers to illustrate how much he cares about contracts….


  3. - WazUp - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 2:47 pm:

    “Este es el crazy gobernador hemos oído hablar de ello. Yo creo que él piensa que tiene un arma”.


  4. - Hilarity - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 2:49 pm:

    ‘Got a smoke?”


  5. - Money Walks - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 2:50 pm:

    Colbert’s hand gesture to Aaron Schock is can be broken down as…

    Regardless, he isn’t going to be Govenor so let’s change topics. I have…


  6. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 2:51 pm:

    WazUp, they speak Portugese in Brazil, not Spanish.

    Just sayin…


  7. - Old Shepherd - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 2:53 pm:

    Interesting…in America, scissors beat paper. You’re telling me that in Brazil that’s not the case?


  8. - WazUp - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 2:56 pm:

    Right Rich, but Quinn doesn’t know that…sshh


  9. - Yossarian Lives - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 3:00 pm:

    Gov. Quinn shares his magic budget-cutting scissors with Brazilian officials.


  10. - Ron Burgundy - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 3:01 pm:

    “Isaac the Bartender on Love Boat used just one finger, but us true Illinois sportsmen use the double-barreled Finger Shotgun.”


  11. - sal-says - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 3:01 pm:

    quinn: ‘I have 2 years left in office, at most. At most. Then I can be a consultant or ambassador or something like that for you right here in Brazil.’

    woman: ‘Isn’t that an obscene gesture he’s giving us?’

    man watching: ‘Why am I here?’


  12. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 3:03 pm:

    “Oh, this? Little accident in shop class.”


  13. - OneMan - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 3:03 pm:

    Translator: Eu acho que o governador disse apenas algum tipo de piada sobre ser confundido com Michael Jordan, eu sugiro que você acabou de rir …

    Translator: I think the governor said just some kind of joke about being confused with Michael Jordan, I suggest you just laugh …

    Brazilian Dude: Is this what’s in jail?

    Translator: No, that’s what your job is, in part, to a pawn broker ..

    Brazilian dude: I heard your financial situation was bad, but wow …
    Brazilian Dude: É este o que está na cadeia?

    Translator: Não, isso é o que deve o seu trabalho, em parte, a um corretor de peão ..

    Brazilian dude: Eu ouvi a sua situação financeira era ruim, mas wow …


  14. - Stones - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 3:04 pm:

    To execute the famous Stooges eye poke on a guy with a huge nose it is necessary to start from the side.


  15. - Scott217 - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 3:06 pm:

    So then Butch comes out shooting, because when you’re in a terrible spot, you need to rally around and utilize the resources you have because, no wait, that’s Bolivia. Nevermind.


  16. - b - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 3:08 pm:

    PQ- “so i met this woman on the beach here yesterday, she talked me into going with her to the favela where she lives. next thing I know -I had a guy sticking a gun in my face.. She was quite the temptress. I lost my lucky tie, so that was a bummer. Otherwise it was quite the adventure.”


  17. - OneMan - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 3:08 pm:

    If you call me Rahm one more time I am going to poke you…


  18. - WazUp - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 3:09 pm:

    “So this guy walks in a bar and holds up two fingers..”


  19. - OneMan - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 3:09 pm:

    The Social Media Pension Reform Firestorm got off to a slow start when Pat Quinn introduced their secret handshake too early…


  20. - Scottish - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 3:11 pm:

    “As I was saying, Brazilian travelers should come to Illinois for an authentic experience. We’ve got two great things in Illinois…Chicago and uh, and uh, everything else.”


  21. - Palos Park Bob - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 3:13 pm:

    This is the gang sign we flash whenever two members of the “Insane Democrats” meet on the street. If you don’t flash the same sign back, we assume you’re a member of the “Impotent Republicans” trespassing on our turf and we cap you!


  22. - railrat - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 3:16 pm:

    old indian sign “I speak with fork tongue”


  23. - Bobby S. - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 3:19 pm:

    Sure, we got people who talk Spanish in Illinois.
    But they don’t talk it very good.


  24. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 3:26 pm:

    No, I’m not kidding, he lost it at an Arby’s. True story.


  25. - El tercero - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 3:42 pm:

    I almost had 2 influential people come on this trip instead of this no name roster.


  26. - Bill - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 4:00 pm:

    What’s Lou Lang doing in Brazil with Quinn?


  27. - Arthur Andersen - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 4:00 pm:

    Darn it 47th, you beat me to the punch on that one. So:

    “For the second time, I’m not Blagojevich.”


  28. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 4:09 pm:

    “I said, accept my credit card or we cut our ties….snip, snip”


  29. - Norseman - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 4:18 pm:

    If you build an office in Illinois, I promise your taxes will only be $2.


  30. - Pale Rider - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 4:19 pm:

    You should see the mess I’m avoiding back home.

    I’ve made two good decisions this year, that’s a new personal best!


  31. - What planet is he from? - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 4:25 pm:

    “There are three kinds of people in this world, those who can count, and those who can’t.”


  32. - What planet is he from? - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 4:26 pm:

    (Interpreter to Brazilian President) “(No, I have no idea what he’s talking about either.)”


  33. - OurMagician - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 4:30 pm:

    “This is how many members of AFSCME still support me.”


  34. - sal-says - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 4:52 pm:

    - OurMagician - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 4:30 pm:

    “This is how many members of AFSCME still support me.”

    Nice; but probably closer to this: ‘This is how many State workers and retirees still support me.’


  35. - du jour - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 5:00 pm:

    With our finances the way they are the State had to take out a “non traditional” loan. We got a little behind on our payments and next thing you know I’m talking to a “collections guy”.


  36. - du jour - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 5:05 pm:

    Obi Wan Quinn-Obi uses his Jedi mind powers to convince the Brazilians to invest in Illinois.


  37. - Strobby - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 5:13 pm:

    Really I’m not going to end up in Federal Prison. I think??


  38. - du jour - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 5:17 pm:

    Emilio Largo: You wish to put the evil eye on me, eh? We have a way to deal with that where I come from.

    James (Pat Quinn) Bond: You may hex me. Let’s see what it does for the cards.

    Thunderball (1965)


  39. - aufjunk - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 5:22 pm:

    Quinn: “Whatever anybody else is offering you to come to their state, I’ll offer you twice - dos - as much.”
    Brazilian (through interpreter): “That’s nice, but “dos” is Spanish, and here in Brazil we speak Portuguese, which would be “dois.”
    Quinn: “Hey, that’s great. I never had any geese on my porch, but I would be glad to speak to them if they came, as long as they weren’t retirees or AFSCME members. I hope these porch geese you speak to aren’t carrying signs. And the one named Dois, what does his name mean in English?”
    Brazilian (whispered through clenched teeth to interpreter): “Get me out of this”.


  40. - Jose - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 5:35 pm:

    Can I get two of the Prostitute’s the Secret Service used back in April sent to my room tonight?


  41. - Michelle Flaherty - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 5:44 pm:

    C’mon, just pull the fingers. It’ll be funny.


  42. - jerry 101 - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 6:22 pm:

    Quinn: Soooo…thanks for winning the 2016 Olympics. Man, was that going to be a boondoggle. Illinois and Chicago are broke already. And that’s with a tax hike. Manomanoman, think about how much debt the state would have to take on to deliver an Olympic games that are up to snuff.

    Brazilian guy: Bem, nós estamos começando um período de dois para um negócio. Nós temos a Copa do Mundo em 2014 e depois os Jogos Olímpicos em 2016. É claro, nós realmente não sabíamos o que estávamos começando. Ele está nos custando muito dinheiro, e tudo o que estamos fazendo é alguns estádios e Reabilitação Adicionando algumas novas linhas de ônibus de trânsito rápido.

    Quinn: Oh, yeah, bus rapid transit. Yeah, they were going to try that in Chicago, but they decided to build bike lanes instead. Whats the copa do mundo? Is that like the Copacabana? Have you ever been to the Copa? It’s great. And have you ever heard that song, “The girl from eep-uh-…-nama?” I love that song, they used to play it at the Copa. By the way, I like your tie. You should think purple, though.


  43. - milkman - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 6:36 pm:

    you two know I can’t keep a promise right?


  44. - J - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 6:41 pm:

    “When those union people get out of hand in Illinois, I give them two fingers right in the eyes.”


  45. - state worker - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 7:35 pm:

    I have 2 more years to tell lies about my state workers


  46. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 7:51 pm:

    =WazUp, they speak Portugese in Brazil, not Spanish.=

    Obrigado, Rich. I was going to say something yesterday, but….


  47. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 8:17 pm:

    The translator is obviously confused as Quinn–who was trying to form his fist into a Figa as a greeting (gosh only knows why)–gets confused and instead issues a Vulcan salute, quickly followed by a few smacking, tweaking, and slapping gestures ala the Three Stooges which included a self-inflicted double-cheek slap, nose tweak, and forehead slap.

    This photo caught the Governor just as he was preparing to poke himself in the eyes, but was thankfully stopped by his own security team who wrestled him to the ground before, ummm…”someone” got hurt.


  48. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 8:40 pm:

    So you’re telling me that there’s more than one girl on the beach in Ipanema?


  49. - Tough Guy - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 8:55 pm:

    I generally have two fingers of Scotch in a glass, but yes, I’ll have a Margarita!


  50. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 9:03 pm:

    um … dois …

    Sempre assim,
    Em cima, em cima
    em cima, em cima
    Sempre assim,
    em baixo, em baixo
    em baixo, em baixo


  51. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 9:09 pm:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bx1iclqbNyM&feature=list_other&playnext=1&list=AL94UKMTqg-9AYg9rwQCh79DsVhh_HlCls


  52. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 9:22 pm:

    This one’s for you, “Tough Guy.” They’re coming to get you. *giggles*

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_o8zEGhaF8


  53. - Soccertease - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 9:58 pm:

    As governor i was thinking of replacing the middle finger salute with this-what do you think? It’s kind of a combination of the middle finger and two L’s for IL but maybe a little to close to looking like a V for victory. What do you mean I babble too much?


  54. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Sep 26, 12 @ 11:23 pm:

    Quinn: Nope. Nope. I’m pretty sure the Samba originated at the annual Carnaval in Madison, Wisconsin, and that those craaaaazy Republicans are to blame…um, I mean credit for it…um blame? You see, George Bush….

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9DHzpYSbjk


  55. - SAP - Thursday, Sep 27, 12 @ 8:24 am:

    Orange whip, orange whip, who needs an orange whip?


  56. - Re-elect No One - Thursday, Sep 27, 12 @ 9:14 am:

    2…..yes 2 pay-grades cuts to all my loyal hard working state employees. Yes its cruel and insane but it will look like I’m better than Ryan or Blago.


  57. - Jimmy - Thursday, Sep 27, 12 @ 9:22 am:

    “You’re right, I can see my reflection as well.”


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