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Sunday Talking Head Thread

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          (Photo by our own SharonW.)

Here’s the Sunday Talking Head schedule.  Read it and weep:  (via the WaPo)

Fox News Sunday (FOX). A discussion of the Gulf Coast one year after Hurricane Katrina with Don Powell, federal coordinator of Gulf Coast rebuilding, and New Orleans City Council President Oliver Thomas; Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) assesses international military conflicts; and an interview with Revolution CEO and Chairman Steve Case.

This Week (ABC). A discussion of Katrina with former FEMA head Michael Brown, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Don Powell, federal coordinator of Gulf Coast rebuilding; plus Bill Nye the Science Guy talks about Pluto’s downgrade.

The Chris Matthews Show. Topics are the Democrats’ hopes for the midterm elections and John McCain’s latest statements on Iraq; with Newsweek’s Howard Fineman, the New York Times’s Elisabeth Bumiller, Time’s Michael Duffy and MSNBC’s Norah O’Donnell.

Reliable Sources (CNN) assesses the JonBenet Ramsey case with Steve Friedman of CBS News and Mark Jurkowitz of the Project for Excellence in Journalism; the New York Times’s Sharon Waxman and the Hollywood Reporter’s Ray Richmond talk Tom Cruise; and former presidential press secretaries Mark McKinnon and Joe Lockhart plug their new Web site.  (CNN at 10)

Meet the Press (NBC) interviews New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and FEMA Director R. David Paulison on the first anniversary of Katrina; plus, a panel discussion with Bloomberg News’s Al Hunt, the Chicago Sun-Times’s Robert Novak, the National Review’s Kate O’Beirne and The Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson.

Face the Nation (CBS) asks if America is ready for another major hurricane; with Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) and FEMA Director R. David Paulison.

Late Edition With Wolf Blitzer (CNN) interviews Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki; Sens. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) and Carl Levin (D-Mich.) debate the Middle East; and a discussion of Hurricane Katrina with Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco (D) and Donald Powell, federal coordinator of Gulf Coast rebuilding.  (CNN at 11)

Q&A. With Peter Galbraith, author of "The End of Iraq: How American Incompetence Created a War Without End" (C-SPAN at 8 and 11).

Hmmmm…anything catch your eye in all of that? Wonder if they’ll talk about Rockey the thudding PR stunt?  Iraq’s going swell, right?  Hmmmm…at least they can discuss how things are going "swimmingly" in Afghanistan…oh wait, that was immediately debunked, too. 

Um…so, how’s the weather?  Uh oh.  Hurricane heading inland and gaining strength…so I’m guessing talking about the weather isn’t going to be an Administration fave, given our level of unpreparedness…still.  How about those first responders getting their communications equipment….oh…erm…well, not so much.

So…um…what’s for breakfast?

This gorgeous photo of an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail was sent to me by our own SharonW.  Isn’t it a fantastic shot?  She snapped it while the swallowtail was visiting her butterfly bush.  I loved the picture, and thought you guys would enjoy a photo taken by one of our own for this morning’s Sunday discussion. 

We have a darker purplish-red butterfly bush in the front of our house, by our sunroom windows, and the peanut and I spend lots of time watching butterflies on it throughout the summer.  I’ve spent some time since we moved into our house a couple years ago adding perennials that are butterfly and hummingbird friendly. 

We have some work to do on a retaining wall at our house, so I haven’t gone all out with the landscaping as yet — I’m just adding a plant or two at a time around the foundation of the house and in a flower bed that I added on the side of the house.  I’m filling in the gaps with some annuals like pentas and salvia and vincas and lantana and those fantastic wave petunias that hold up under our nasty humidity, all of which are also great for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds. 

If anyone has some other suggestions for heat and humidity friendly flowers, I’d love them.  We’re in Zone 5 for perennials, so it’s always a challenge.  But annuals seems to do fairly well here, so long as I stick to the full sun varieties.

It’s amazing what a difference just a few plants can make.  I’ll probably do what I did last year — pick up several pots of perennials at the end of the season (on sale — don’t you love that?) and get them planted and rooted in this Fall before things get cold.  This is really the best time to plant perennials here — the heat is lower, so there is less shock in the transplanting.  And we usually get some decent rain in the Fall — although this year may prove the exception (it’s been a little dry).  What’s going on in your yard?

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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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