- The State of the Union is important, and I suppose having all top levels of federal leadership present is symbolic, but it’s grown into a series of bits and I wish it would go back to the practice of a simply letter (thank you, Jefferson). Between the president having special guests (Clinton invited Sammy Sosa), senators and representatives saving seats for the likes of Ted Nugent, Ducky Dynasty television personalities, and Kim Davis, partisan clapping and standing, and the opposing party response that’s written before a draft of the speech is released, it’s just theater and what I think is now a waste of tax-payer dollars. It will never happen, the free air time and exposure is too much to pass up.
- With that said, I thought President Obama’s opening line about making the speech short so many of them could get back to Iowa was pretty funny. And I thought it was an interesting sight seeing Joe Biden and Paul Ryan behind the President considering those two debated each other several times on national television for the same office. I think that speaks well of our imperfect system. What else caught my attention was when the camera was panning our elected representatives, many of which were looking down on their phones. My guess they were tweeting during the event.
- Speaker Ryan should have kept his beard. And I may have missed it, but usually, a president will make some sort of acknowledgement of a new Speaker, and I think Obama failed to do that. I also think Obama didn’t reference anything about firearms, and if it was omitted, it was probably a good thing. Any comment from him on the comment would take the stage and the rest of his message would have been overshadowed.
- What It’s Like to Be the “Designated Survivor” for the State of the Union
- Interesting that Netflix aired a commercial for the new season of ‘House of Cards’ right after the SOTU, at least on CBS.
- WifeGeeding’s first comment on Gov Nikki Haley speech – she keeps a closed mouth when she talks.
- According to several articles, the first President to invite a guest to the State of the Union was Ronald Reagan. It was a federal employee who a few weeks earlier dove into the Potomac River to rescue a plane crash victim. Interestingly, George H.W. Bush once invited four governors as guests to the State of the Union, one of them was Bill Clinton.
- A little bit of history regarding the opposing party’s response – The practice of the party not occupying the White House giving a response to the president’s speech began in 1966, when top Republicans successfully lobbied the networks for an opportunity to answer President Lyndon B. Johnson. Future commanders-in-chief Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush were among the first crop of opposition responders. – The article also states that Bill Clinton gave an infomercial type of response thirty years ago after Reagan’s SOTU.
- I’m looking forward to President Trumps first SOTU. Actually, it will just be a joint session of congress, as it would be for any new president.
- The Texas Tribune – GOP Leaders Mostly Quiet on Abbott Plan to Amend Constitution – I thought it was odd for Gov Abbott to announce this on a Friday, the worst news day of the week. Friday is the day to announce things you really don’t want the public to know or pay attention to.
- KERA – Why Are There So Few Basements In North Texas? – In short:
- The soil is very expansive. “When it gets wet, it swells up; when it dries up in the summer, it shrinks. Those are a lot of forces, and a lot of engineering that has to happen to build a basement.”
- Up north, builders build down deeper to get the foundation below the freeze line. Since they’re already down there, it’s fairly inexpensive to make a basement and add square footage that way.
- The article mentions a business that builds basements in the area, about 12 a year.
- Disney seeks FAA approval to fly drones in new nighttime show (Thanks, Ben)
- A giant thermometer scarf that displays the actual temperature.
- Even a vasectomy can’t stop Antonio Cromartie from fathering 11th and 12th kids
- Dallas Eater – The Most Anticipated Dallas Restaurant Openings, Winter 2016 – I hear great things about Shake Shack, hope they live up to the hype.
- Today’s dose of ‘MURICA!
- Arizona news – Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced yesterday the state would begin publicly shaming fathers who owe child support by posting on Twitter their names, photos, and the amount of child support they owe.
- Guy Thrown Out of Donald Trump Rally for Holding a ‘Trump Likes Nickelback’ Sign
- GIF – Two dogs have a midair collision
- GIF – Wait for it – Toddler brings father water
- DaughterGeeding is a kindergartner, here’s this week’s lessons plans:
Things we will learn:
Grammar/ Phonics/ Spelling– Basic code practice (fluency for writing and reading), Phonograms ‘or’, Learning about nouns (what they are).
Literature– Chicken Little, Ugly Duckling, Helen Keller, See Saw Margery, Baa Baa Black Sheep, The Tortoise and the Hare, Momotaro:Peach Boy, Patricia Palacco, The Story of Ruby Bridges, Finish My Father’s Dragon, Mr. Poppers Penguins.
Science– 5 Senses smell, touch, sight, taste & hear
History– Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson,Martin Luther King Day.
Geography– 50 States
Recitation– Three Little Pigs
Homework will be the same on most nights unless I specify otherwise.
Reading 30 minutes– I would prefer you read to them, if they want to read to you that is fine (please don’t make this stressful on either one of you).
Math 15 minutes– something sent home to reinforce what was learned in class, work on simple addition, writing problems vertical and reciting addition math facts up to 20 (flash cards if you have them).
Spelling- Study for the test on Thursday- 1/14