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My favorite song with a variation of "love" is an old one by Irving Berlin...

called (I'll be loving you) Always.

I first heard it as a child in the 60s when watching an old black and white movie on TV called, Blithe Spirit and it's hauntingly lovely melody been a big favorite since.

There have been a lot of singers that have done it but of the ones I could quickly find that I thought were especially wonderful are...

This is a gorgeous newer rendition...


And...
Patsy Cline did a powerful rendition the year I was born...

Trump 2020 - LoL! Isn't it ironic...




Constitutionally he 'could' deliver it to the senate since...

the senate is the "congress" too. Constitutionally he can give it in written form only. According to the Constitution he can also WAIT since it the wording is "from time to time'.

While we tend to think not it as traditional for the president to give his State of The Union report in the spoken form in the House Of Representatives with a written form given in advance it's not always been done this way and doesn't have to be.

Oh, and I've not found anything that says the president's report is "congressionally mandated" to be given on the 29th. What I did find however is although an invitation was issued, neither the Senate nor the House has passed the necessary resolution yet. Perhaps this is what the writer is thinking of but there's no '"mandate" yet.

WaPo has a very informative article on the history of the State of the Union. If needed I suggest using 'private browsing' to view the rest of it but below are what I consider the major points pertaining to this...
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/congress/q-and-a-does-trump-have-to-give-state-of-union-speech-no/2019/01/16/c7fafabe-19b6-11e9-b8e6-567190c2fd08_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.f5b278100a02
Does Trump have to give a State of the Union speech? No.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Constitution mandates in Article II, Section 3 that presidents “shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the state of the union, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.”

But the Constitution offers no specifics on how that should be done. Indeed, the modern State of the Union address — the pageantry, the televised address and the agenda-setting message — is a far more recent phenomenon. And the practice of delivering an in-person address before a joint session of Congress has not always been the norm.

Here’s a look at the history of the State of the Union address as the White House weighs its response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s suggestion that President Donald Trump delay this year’s address or give it in writing because of the partial government shutdown:

-snip-

Q: Does it have to be a speech?

A: No. For Thomas Jefferson’s first address on Dec. 8, 1801, he sent written copies to both houses of Congress to be read by each chamber’s clerks. Jefferson wanted to simplify what he believed was an aristocratic imitation of the British monarch’s speech from the throne, which he thought ill-suited for a republic.

The practice of sending written copies to Congress continued for more than a century, when Woodrow Wilson resumed the tradition of delivering the annual message in person on April 8, 1913. He’s also credited with transforming the speech from a report on executive branch activity into a blueprint for the president’s legislative agenda for the year.

-snip-

Q: Has the speech ever been postponed?

A: Yes, there have been several instances — though all appear to have been initiated by the White House, historians say.

Ronald Reagan’s 1986 address, for instance, was postponed after the Challenger space shuttle exploded in flight on Jan. 28 of that year. And in 1944, Franklin D. Roosevelt was scheduled to deliver his address on Jan. 11 but instead transmitted a written message because of his poor health.

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Q: What about during a shutdown?

A: The State of the Union address has yet to coincide with a full or partial government shutdown since the beginning of the modern budget process in the late 1970s.

The closest the country has come? Trump’s 2018 State of the Union, which was delivered on Jan. 30 — the week after a two-day shutdown that ended Jan. 22. In 1996, Bill Clinton delivered his State of the Union several weeks after the end of a 21-day shutdown that had previously been the country’s longest, offering to “all of you in this chamber: Never, ever shut the federal government down again.”

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Q: Can’t Trump just show up?

A: Nope.

Anytime a president comes to speak, it must be at the request of Congress, said Donald Ritchie, the former historian of the Senate. “It’s a very inflexible arrangement,” he said.

A resolution agreed to by both chambers specifies a date and time for a joint session of the House and the Senate “for receiving such communication as the president of the United States shall be pleased to make to them.” [*There hasn't been one passed yet.]

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Q: Is there a State of the Union speech every year?

A: No. Recent presidents — Reagan in 1981, George H.W. Bush in 1989, Clinton in 1993, George W. Bush in 2001, Barack Obama in 2009 and Trump in 2017 — have chosen not to deliver official State of the Union addresses during their first years in office. Those speeches would have come soon after their inaugural addresses. However, many, including Trump, have delivered major speeches in front of Congress that have had the feel of the State of the Union without the title.

“It’s up to the president,” said Ritchie, “whether or not he wants to come at all.”

-snip-

Q: Could Trump choose an alternative?

A: There’s no reason why not. Trump could deliver a speech from the Oval Office or organize an alternative event on Jan. 29 — the date Pelosi had originally invited Trump to deliver his address before a joint session of Congress. The White House also could choose to delay the speech, as Pelosi has suggested. It was unclear how the White House planned to respond.

But Ritchie said it would be to the president’s advantage to find a way to deliver the address.

“You don’t want to waste a dramatic moment,” he said.


...And goodness knows 'Don the Con' Trump loves a "dramatic moment".

More BS & flat out LIES: "rain that grounded the president's helicopter"...

It was an ALL weather helicopter sort like what the Coast Guard uses. If these things can fly in a friggin HURRICANE the rain in France would have been a piece of cake.


If all the other world leaders could make it, than so the hell could he.

From Dan Rather #steady #courage

(as he posted/shared on Facebook)

https://www.facebook.com/theDanRather/posts/10160569764755716

For decades, Republicans have been able to have it all ways. Promise a radical reactionary rethink of American democracy to its rabid base, and hide behind a court that protected them from what would be a very unpopular set of policies with the general public. Well no longer.

Do we really want to outlaw abortion? We may soon know. Do we really believe we can attack gay rights and other rights at unprecedented levels? We may soon know. Do we really believe that our corporations should have unfettered power and workers have relatively none? Here again, the movement is already afoot.

The farce is shattered, the fig leaf has disappeared, the obfuscations have been replaced by clarity. And what is in its place is a very unpopular President stoking the flames of a massive backlash.

I do not say this to be Pollyannish. The president and his supporters have a lot of power, and tens of millions of fervent members in their base. But we have seen a growing realization from not only moderates but conservatives who still care about the constitution and recognize how perilous is the threat of the modern GOP. Look at Michael Bloomberg pledging tens of millions of dollars to elect Democrats. Look at opinion writers who have preached for the GOP in the past say now is a time to elect Democrats. Look at men and women of power and fame who are arguing that this cannot stand.

I know there is a feeling among many progressives that they have lost, that the future is a foregone conclusion. They see the forces arrayed against them on the battlefield of justice and feel the doom of certain and impending defeat. But turn to your left and right and see the long lines of fellow citizens. Look behind you and see the formidable artillery of wealth and power that is on YOUR side. Take a deep breath and feel the cool air of hope and justice in your lungs, and then march forward.
#steady #courage


For so many of us there simply isn't any other realistic choice except to continue to fight for what's right, "march forward" and never.give.up. If not for ourselves then for 'our' children, grandchildren and future generations.

Dear Trump, Trumpsters & Trump enablers...

I'm a mother and a grandmother. If I had or my now grown children treated their children like you are those children and babies that are being KIDNAPPED from their parents, we'd be tossed in jail and rightfully so. It's CRUEL, it's incredibly damaging to those innocent children and it's child abuse.

Deflecting blame is basically just more of your LIES and people are catching on that this is YOU... not Dems, not Obama, not Hillary, not even George W Bush but YOU. You and anyone who defends this horrendous policy that YOU created are the anti-Christian MONSTERS that most of us knew you to be long ago... This just confirms it.

Oh and P.S...

Snakes Have Legs (Stop Being Dumb On The Internet!)

The original "Snakes have Legs" animation by Danny Casale.

Bernie and Larry David on the PBS show, Finding Your Roots

Not only does Larry do a great Bernie but it was interesting to see how similar the lives and ancestry of these two men is.

The thing I found the most interesting was watching how they each reacted as they learned more about the history of their family members. It was very moving and as they learned more I too gladly learned a bit more history that I hadn't known that much about.

http://www.pbs.org/video/episode-1-the-impression-t9e1xe/

Can't Afford the Dentist? You're Not Alone - USA News

I've long felt very strongly that dental care is just as important to have covered by any single payer/Universal healthcare, as regular physical checkups and needed surgical care is. It was also one of the things I felt should have been addressed by the ACA but unfortunately wasn't.

Nobody loves a trip to the dentist, but for many middle-aged Americans even basic dental care is now financially out of reach, a new poll finds.

In fact, 28 percent don't have dental insurance, while 56 percent don't get dental care except for serious dental problems, researchers said.

Even more troubling is that 51 percent of people surveyed said they didn't know how they will get dental insurance after they turn 65, said lead researcher Erica Solway. She's a senior project manager at the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation.

According to the poll, 40 percent said they don't get regular cleanings or other preventive care, Solway said.

"For the majority of folks, cost was the main barrier to dental care," she said.


This sounds good but...

Solway noted that dental clinics or dental schools often provide care at lower costs or with a sliding scale based on income.

"There are options for people who can't afford getting care from a traditional dentist's office," she said.


Although options may be available for many, for many others who live in more rural areas the only option is traveling an hour or more and for low income, seniors and disabled that's more easily said than done especially for work that needs more than one or two appointments.

The rest of the article isn't very long at all to read and worth the time to do so IMO.

Vincente Fox Is Running For President (NSW)....

Of the USA.

Yes, we all know he can't but watch the video anyway, it's worth it. (Oh and don't tell my husband but I've got a bit of a crush on this awesome man. )

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