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Sunday Talking Head Thread

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Here is the Sunday Talking Head Schedule: 

NBC, Meet the Press:  …devotes the entire hour to an in-depth discussion on Gas Prices with an exclusive guest line-up:  Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman, American Petroleum Institute President & CEO Red Cavaney, CNBC’s Jim Cramer, Assistant Democratic Leader Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), and NBC Global Energy Analyst Daniel Yergin, author of the Pulitzer-winning book, "The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power." 

FOX, Fox News Sunday:  ‘FNS’ celebrates their 10th anniversary, interview with the President Bush’s new chief of staff, Josh Bolten and Tony Snow, new White House press secretary.

ABC, This Week:  Condoleeza Rice, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Fmr. Sen. Bennett Johnston (D-LA), George Clooney, Fareed Zakaria, Jay Carney, Claire Shipman & George Will.

CBS, Face the Nation: Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Rice.

CNN, Late Edition:  Condoleeza Rice, Sen. Trent Lott, Sen. Barbara Boxer, Efraim Halevy (former head of the Mossad), James Woolsey (former CIA director).

It’s an odd assortment of gas prices, foreign policy, and the CIA.  With the obligatory Fox News administration kissy face line-up for their 10th anniversary.  (Pardon me if I skip that.) 

This lovely photo is of an American Goldfinch in full spring plumage, dressed up for mating season and looking very fine indeed.  We’ve had a whole flock of goldfinches on our thistle feeders the last few weeks, primping and flirting and plumping up on the free seeds.  It’s been fun to watch them switch over from their drab winter feathers to the bright gold of spring and summer.  Yesterday morning, I had a fine serenade from a female goldfinch who perched on the side of a thistle sock and gave me a song of thanks before feasting — Fiona and I sat enraptured through the whole ditty, and were glad to see her enjoy the meal after such a lovely tune.  Having a collection of bird feeders just outside our kitchen window, where I blog at our drop-leaf table, has its perks.

This particular photo is from a collection by G.W. Miller, who has several other gorgeous shots to peruse and purchase at his website – be sure to check out the "Fire on the Mountain" shot.  Thought you all would enjoy the spring goldfinch and a lovely Sunday browse through his other gorgeous work as well.

Picked up some new perennials for the yard yesterday — some lovely blue sage, some Arizona blanket flower (or goblin flower, depending on your common name for it), and some yarrow in a lovely shade of paprika/red.  We’ve already got some bright yellow yarrow coming up from last year’s planting, and I thought the rusty red would be a nice contrast — and would provide some incentive to the butterflies and hummingbirds as well.  I’m trying to add some perennials to the yard bit by bit, and will fill in the blank spaces with annuals like geraniums, vincas, lantana, spider flower and such.  We’ve got some lovely asiatic lillies coming up from bulbs as well at the moment — and I’ll be planting some canna lillies as soon as things warm up a bit more.  Should be pretty here this year, if I can keep up with the weeds (my arthritis slows me down with my flowers these days — at least that’s my weeding excuse, anyway…lol). 

It’s just about time to think about setting out the tomatoes and peppers and other veggie plants.  But first, there is much weeding to do and a whole lot of clearing up before I can get my plants in the ground.  I just love this time of year, don’t you?  All of the dogwoods are in bloom here at the moment, the leaves are all popping out on the trees, and you can just feel a sort of hum of the collective activity of spring.  Hope everyone enjoys their day as much as I am.

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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