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Sunday Talking Head Thread


Here’s the Sunday Talking Head Show line-up, gang.  Read it and weep:

Meet the Press (NBC):  Ambassador Nicholas Burns, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs will talk about North Korea, among other things.  Then, we will have insights and analysis on the future of American foreign policy with North Korea.  With us, a man who has visited North Korea five times, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM); former Assistant Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, who currently serves as Co-Director of the Preventive Defense Project at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government; and former Ambassador Robert Gallucci, who was the chief negotiator for the 1994 North Korea Nuclear Agreement and now serves as the Dean of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.  Andrea Mitchell is subbing for Tim Russert, and on the East Coast, Wimbledon will mess with the regularly scheduled time, so you can catch it online or at 10:00 pm ET on MSNBC.

This Week (ABC):  Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Indiana, on North Korea’s nukes, Iraq, and immigration;  Sen. George Allen, R-Va., vs. Democratic challenger James Webb; The New Republic’s Peter Beinart, ABC News consultant Donna Brazile, and George Will; NBA superstar and kidney transplant survivor Alonzo Mourning

FOX News Sunday:  North Korea missile tests: What should the U.S response be? We’ll get options from Amb. Nicholas Burns; Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich.; James Woolsey, former CIA director, and Amb. Wendy Sherman.

Face the Nation (CBS):  Nicolas Burns  Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs; Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona)  Armed Services Committee; Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) Foreign Relations Committee.

Late Edition (CNN):  R. Nicholas Burns: Under secretary of state for political affairs; Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina: Armed Services Committee; Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-California: Foreign Relations Committee; Samir Sumaidaie, Iraqi ambassador to U.S.; Alexander Haig: Former secretary of state; Zbigniew Brzezinski: Former national security adviser; Peter Bergen: CNN terrorism analyst; author, "The Osama Bin Laden I Know"; Fouad Makhzoumi: Chairman, Future Pipe Group; Board member, Council on Foreign Relations. 

Looks like it is going to be an examination of the Bush Administration’s foreign policy (or lack thereof) and with Peter Bergen on CNN, most likely a discussion of the closing of Alec Station.  (And booking Brzezinski with Al Haig is just mean.)

Looks like Nicolas Burns is making the rounds for the Administration this morning. Lots of rounds.  Meet the Press is heavy on the policy critiques.  But This Week does have some promise with that Webb/Allen match-up — that could be good for some fireworks.  What’s with the rountable, though?  Sheesh!

Anyway, report on the news bits below.

I found this adorable photograph of a baby piping plover at a great website, with some equally gorgeous shots of a number of species of shore birds.  The inspiration for using this particular photo came from an e-mail that I received from reader "ppp" about an experience at the shore in New York:

I was at the Beach yesterday (Fire Island NY) and there was a baby Piping Plover running about in the sand keeping his mother very busy.  The baby plover was a little fuzz puff ball on long legs running and stopping every few feet all over, round and round for hours. There is a single string fence set up along the dunes to keep people away from the protected birds nesting area but this little plover wanted to test the waters. He knew to leave the protected area where mom was and mischievously dart around on the other side of the string. Mean while mom (and sometimes dad) kept attention all day long on the protected side of the string sometimes giving a special come back chirp when junior got out too deep.

Wish I had been there. I love sitting still on a deserted-of-people beach and watching the life just moving along around me, with the waves crashing continously into the sand.  Those few moments when you cease that constant racing in your mind and just let it all go, and soak in what is around you instead — for me, it is at the beach where all of that sloughs off and I can fully drink in the life around me.  Is it like that for everyone else?  (Poor Mr. ReddHedd has gotten used to sleeping with the windows open so that I can hear the ocean at night when we are on vacation — I swear it’s some sort of ancestral thrall for me from my ancestors who lived by the sea in Ireland.)

Anyway, it turns out the piping plovers are an endangered species.  So, as a reminder on behalf of all adorable chicks like the one above, please keep your pets on a leash at the beach at all times.  The nesting areas in the dunes are quite fragile, and constantly being encroached by housing and other development.  In order for these plovers and other species to have any chance at all, you can make a huge difference for them by simply making certain that their protected nesting areas remain as undisturbed as possible.

As I was telling TRex on the phone the other day, I finally got time to get my butterfly and hummingbird garden planted in the large pots that I put on our side porch every summer.  I’ve had the plants for over three weeks, but the deluge of rain we’ve been having hasn’t made it easy to get any planting done.  Finally got them all potted on Friday — lantana, salvia, some wave petunias, cherry red vincas, and some other assorted goodies. 

They are near enough to my scarlet bee balm clump that we always seem to draw in some hummingbirds every summer — I’m just hoping that I haven’t gotten them started too late this year.  I love being able to look out our kitchen window and catch the flashing jewel of a ruby throat darting among the salvia, or a monarch taking a break on the rim of a planter.  And I’ve got my eye on a bird bath/fountain that is solar powered — but I’m going to have to save my pennies for this one, so it may stay on the wish list for a while — but what a GREAT idea!  So, what’s new in your world these days?

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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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