Daily Show: Different Strokes for Different Folks?

29 09 2006

Senate Chamber Desks

The prolific Diane Flynn Keith sends out a daily home-learning link to subscribers, this one a refreshing change to what passes for government and political news, especially in Congressional election years. See more about this in a minute . . .

But first, did you catch the Daily Show last night??

I squirmed through an unfunny, peephole-sex-would-be-classier episode of the often smart and satiric show last night — with my kids, my bad! — and was ready to call the cable censors myself.

“Daily Show” viewers are 78 percent more likely than the average adult to have four or more years of college education, while O’Reilly’s audience is only 24 percent more likely to have that much schooling. . .

(Are they kidding? No kidding, nothing “kidding” nor informative about the Sept 28 episode, which isn’t for kids or their moms, imo. But don’t go look now, dummy! It’s flat and smarmy and sad. The biggest joke of the day was when the interview with a real elected political figure, actually in the news for writing a lies-sex-and-government scandal book, segued so seamlessly from pathetic-guy masturbation in libraries as tv journalism -also apparently based on real news rather than fake?)

I’ll get over it, likely watch again next week — I have so much college education myself that it’s probably compulsory for me like it or not . . . But I know thinking moms and kids who’d prefer something like Diane’s recommended site of the day, for THEIR daily dose of fun political news and info at home.

History of Signed Senate Desks

One difficulty in verifying the desks’ 19th century assignees is the fact that for many years Senate doorkeepers closely guarded such privileged information. Isaac Bassett, who worked in the Senate Chamber from 1831 to 1895, feared that souvenir hunters might damage the historic furniture if it was widely known which pieces were used by such famous senators as

Daniel Webster, Henry Clay, or John C. Calhoun.

Diane writes:

Each new senator that occupied a desk contributed to its heritage — many signed their names on the inside of the desk drawers. There is historical trivia associated with every desk. This exhibit lets you explore the fascinating legacy behind each one. . .

See a map of the seating arrangement of the Senate. The places are numbered. Click on any one, and you can find out which Senator currently occupies the desk. Double click on it and you can see the inside of the desk where Senators have signed their names. You can also read about desk condition, conservation and preservation.

Explore how the design of the desks changed to better accommodate the needs of the Senators from the early 1800s to the late 1900s. . .
Find out what the “Cherokee Strip” is and learn where the “Candy Desk” is located. Read about the Senators who have occupied the desks through time. Discover how seats are chosen with each new Congress, and where party leaders are located.

When you are through exploring the online exhibit, you can get
acquainted with Senators, Committees, Legislation, U.S. History, and even the many works of art (paintings and sculptures)
maintained in the Senate

Wonder if Diane means the Senators themselves are “maintained in the chambers”? 😉

Just kidding . . .



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