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Sunday Talking Head Thread

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(Photo from our own reader Gordon.)

Here’s the Sunday Talking Head line-up.  Read it and weep:  (AP via WaPo)

ABC’s "This Week": Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del.; Sen. Lincoln Chafee, R-R.I., and his primary challenger, Cranston Mayor Stephen Laffey; actress and animal rights activist Bo Derek.

CBS’ "Face the Nation": Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean; Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

NBC’s "Meet the Press": Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., and his Democratic challenger, state treasurer Robert Casey.

CNN’s "Late Edition": Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn.; Iraqi deputy prime minister Barham Salih; Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iranian representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency; Teamsters president James Hoffa and Labor Secretary Elaine Chao; former Clinton adviser Lanny Davis and former Bush campaign strategist Matthew Dowd.

"Fox News Sunday": Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C., and Arlen Specter, R-Pa.; Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs.

Quite the odd mix, but I think it is fair to say that the November elections are on everyone’s mind. Luckily for the McConnell household CBS and CNN have their shows on at different times — so they can set the TIVO for Mitch’s earlier CBS slot, and still tape Elaine Chao’s match-up later with the Teamster’s President. (And won’t THAT be a lovefest? Not.  The match-up, I mean, not the McConnell’s watching themselves on taped replay…no idea whether they do ego-boo or constructive critique.) 

Meet the Press has their first debate match-up with Casey and Santorum from the Pennsylvania Senate race.  That should be an interesting one to watch.  If you missed it, EPU provided a link to a good Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial that is worth a read on Santorum’s (and the Bush Administration’s) use of false analogies to make themselves look better.  Wonder if Russert read it in his question prep?  (Ha.)

The above photo was taken and sent to me by one of our great readers — Gordon — and I just loved this shot.  I think it is a female ruby-throated hummingbird, but I thought I’d put the question out to the group because the female Anna’s also looks a bit similar (albeit smaller), and I am forever having to go to my Sibley’s guide and flipping back and forth between the two to identify the little rascals that hit my lantana and salvia in the pots on our side porch by the kitchen windows.  (Which have been placed there specifically for my viewing pleasure as I write and hang out with you guys on the blog.  I have had some amazing butterfly and hummingbird sights this summer, and I’m definitely going to have to get a new digital camera to capture them better for you guys.)

We’ve been getting a bit of rain the last couple of days, but not nearly the deluge that had been predicted.  Darn the luck on that, because we needed the rain, but it’s probably for the best considering the flooding that could have occurred for folks in low-lying areas.  I do hope we get much more rain, though, over the next few weeks or our Fall leaf show will be the lesser for all the dry, hot days we’ve had the last few weeks of summer.

My potted kitchen garden of herbs, though, is thriving with the little bit of showers after all that heat.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen my chives or my sage looking this good.  If you haven’t tried it, pick up an herb plant or two and start your own little fresh herb plot.  And be amazed what a difference some freshly snipped chives or a handful of fresh thyme leaves, lightly bruised, can do for a sauce.  Fresh sage leaves are amazing — so much better than dried sage, especially for stuffings and soups.  Honestly, fresh basil is the only way to go in summer if you have some homegrown tomatoes around — a little sea salt, a drizzle of good extra-virgin olive oil and a bit of good balsamic vinegar and I’m happy as can be. 

And, mercifully, most herbs are fairly forgiving about neglect and such because they come from a lot of difficult climates and are more than happy to thrive through some dry spells.

Plus, if you grow a pot of mint, you always have an excuse for a mojito — mint grows like crazy, I absolutely recommend keeping it in a pot because it will take over your whole yard if you let it.  But it needs to be thinned out periodically, and…well…a mojito is a great start.  Or some lovely tea.  Or whatever.  So, what’s going on in your yard?

(One other bit this morning, Bob Geiger did a great column last year about Katrina that he re-ran this week, and it is worth a read and then some.  Wonderful stuff.  For the jerk who sent me an e-mail saying we were only covering this issue for election purposes, here’s your answer as to why this is important.  Real people, real heartbreak, real issues that need to be solved.  Try some compassion for a change, you might find you sleep a little better at night.)

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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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