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Sunday Talking Heads

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Here is the announced Sunday line-up for all the talking head shows:

Meet the Press (NBC):  Nancy Pelosi, the WaPo’s Dan Balz, Vanity Fair’s Todd Purdum, and comedian Steve Bridges (the Bush impersonator).  

[RH says:  was on a call with Rep. Pelosi earlier this week, and I hope she’ll talk about the MedicareD deadline coming up and what it means for seniors, the disabled and their families trying to make their way through the maze of different plans.  What a mess.  Am looking forward to Purdum talking about his new article on Dick Cheney as well — should be interesting.]

This Week (ABC):  Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX), Howard Dean, Martha Raddatz, Katrina vanden Heuvel, George Will, and a farewell to Scott McClellan. 

[RH says:  Chambliss and DeLay in the same hour.  I’m not certain my stomach can take it that early in the day.  Maybe I’ll tune in to the second half once Dean starts and to see what they do in the McClellan send-off.  Or maybe we’ll just be better off watching Totoro instead.]

Face the Nation (CBS):  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), the WaPo’s Colbert King and the NYTimes David Brooks. 

[RH says:  Yawn.  Although Colbert King is always a good interview.]

Late Edition (CNN):  Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS), Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA), Mike Leavitt, Health and Human Services secretary, Dr. Mowaffak al-Rubaie, Iraq’s national security adviser. 

[RH says:  Hmmm…wonder if Fornigate will come up.  And I wonder if Mike Leavitt has any explanation as to why the MedicareD plan sucks rocks.]

Fox News Sunday (FOX):  Rep. Pete Hoekstra, Sen. Arlen Specter, Jim Gilchrist, founder of The Minuteman Project, and, Mark Lerner, new Washington Nationals owner. 

[RH says:  Ooops, forgot to do Fox’ Sunday programming.  Sorry gang.  Although, frankly, not all that exciting.]

The above photo is a male ruby throated hummingbird flying near a red petunia.  I found this great picture on an educational page that has some fascinating information about the coloration of feathers among birds — well worth the read on both that page and the other link to the Cornell birding website.

We have a little male ruby throat that hangs out at our windowbox under the kitchen window that looks out onto our back patio.  I generally plant some fuschias and some red impatients in there, and he jealously guards "his" flowers all summer long.  It’s so funny, because he chases off bees, other hummingbirds and even us, on occasion, if he thinks we are getting to close to his nectar stash.

At our old house, we had a lovely front porch that went the length of the house, with a lovely porch swing on one end.  Every year there, I would put up a hummingbird feeder on the end opposite our swing, and hanging baskets of red ivy geraniums on the end closest to the swing.  We always had a number of hummingbirds who visted each summer, including a little male ruby throat who liked to perch in the geraniums and serenade us when we were out on the swing.

Am planning on putting together a couple of planters with red pentas, lantana and alyssum (butterflies love these, but the hummers like the pentas as well) and perhaps a canna or two for our front porch this year, along with the hanging baskets of miniature wave petunias and ivy geraniums.  We ought to have quite a few butterflies and hummingbirds out front this year, especially with all the other perennials I’ll have coming up around our front porch.  If I could only get the butterfly weed (asclepias) to thrive, I’d be in heaven but, alas, it never seems to grow well for me.

The rhododendrons on the side of our driveway are budding.  When the flowers pop out, I’ll snap a picture or two to share with everyone.  Last year’s display was gorgeous, and I’m hoping we’ll get a bit more rain to push this year’s along as well.  Now, if I can only find some time for some weeding in my flower beds, I’ll be very happy.

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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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