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Sunday Talking Head Thread

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Here’s the line-up for the Sunday Talking Head Shows, via the WaPo:

FOX NEWS SUNDAY (FOX): Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice , Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Marisa West of Prom Dress Express.

THIS WEEK (ABC): Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales , former senator John Edwards (D-N.C.) and "America’s Most Wanted" host John Walsh.

FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.) and Gonzales.

MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), Rep. Charles Whitlow Norwood Jr. (R-Ga.) and Rice.

LATE EDITION (CNN): Sens. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Australian Prime Minister John Howard , Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert , U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad and Feisal Amin al-Istrabadi , Iraq’s deputy permanent representative to the United Nations.

Lots to watch, but little to happily anticipate, I’m afraid, for this morning. I think we should start calling "Meet the Press" something else — perhaps "Meet the Republicans, with the occasional Democratic Guest thrown in for fun."  Pathetic.

I have some talking head news of my own today, of sorts, although I refuse to think of myself as a talking head (more like a person who is interested in her country):  I’ll be on with Laura Flanders on Air America this evening, discussing the week in journalism and, likely, issues ranging from the NSA and Gen. Hayden through the CIA leak case through immigration.  I hear I’ll be on with a wonderful journalist from The Nation (I think it’s Bruce Shapiro, but I’m not 100% positive, so wait for an update) — and that we’ll be on during the 8:00 pm ET hour.  More details as they are posted on the website.  I’m really looking forward to this — Laura has fantastic discussions, and it should be an enjoyable discussion and debate.

The photo today is a blue jay (sent to me by a friend who thought I would like it — and she was right — lovely pix!).  We’ve had a blue jay pair take over the birdfeeders by the kitchen window lately.  They’ve been picking all the peanuts out of the birdseed blend and chasing away the cardinals and anyone else who dares to feed on the ground while they are around.  They truly are that bright as far as plumage colors, and I’m going to try a little experiment and get some shelled peanuts (no salt) and see if I can’t distract them from the feeders by scattering them further out on the ground.

When the blue jays aren’t around, the rest of my little bird ecosystem is eating me out of house and home.  It’s that time of year when seeds haven’t yet set on well, but the birdies have little nestlings to feed anyway, so I try to stay stocked up as much as possible.  Am going to have to make a birdseed run today, or there is going to be some serious trouble.  It looks like it is going to be gorgeous here today — sunny and clear — and we got the back porch swept of all the pine needles yesterday (thanks to Mr. ReddHedd), so I suspect that a small girlie may be out in her playhouse at some point this afternoon, once the morning chill eases off a bit.  Hope everyone has a great day!

UPDATE:  I get questions about West Virginia all the time from readers, and today the NYTimes has an article on my state that isn’t half bad.  Mercifully, they appear not to have gone as far up a holler as they could to find some toothless, uneducated hillbilly to get quotes — the usual media M.O. when dealing with my state — and for that, I am supremely grateful.  (Thanks to reader Landreau for the heads up on this one.)  In the article they talk about the WV Welcome Center in Williamstown (been there), the Ramp Festival in Richwood (been there) and a book store in Buchannon (haven’t been there yet, but it’s now on my list of stuff to do).  (Buchannon, fyi, is the bigger town near where the mining accident occurred in January where we lost 12 miners in the explosion.)  When I was a kid, it was all I could think about — getting out of this state.  But it is absolutely true that once you are out, and in the big city surrounded by concrete and buildings and people and cars, that you begin to long for the lush green hills of West Virginia.  And I honestly can’t think of a better place for us to raise our daughter.  For a little taste of our "almost heaven," have a Sunday morning read.  And now for another cuppa coffee…

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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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