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Here’s the Sunday Talking Head line-up.  Read it and weep (or not, as the case may be…) (via the WaPo

ABC’s "This Week" — Former Vice President Al Gore; author John Updike.

CBS’ "Face the Nation" – Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

NBC’s "Meet the Press" – Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del.; former U.N. chief weapons inspector Hans Blix.

CNN’s "Late Edition" – Rice; Blix; Sens. George Allen, R-Va., and Carl Levin, D-Mich.

"FOX News Sunday" – Rice; Sens. Jack Reed, D-R.I., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

So, after two weeks of no Democrats on the show, Russert decides to go with Joe Biden today. And Hans Blix — who is also on Late Edition, along with Condi (who is also on Face the Nation)…is anyone else detecting an "Iran…discuss" pattern here? 

I’d also expect Condi to talk a bit about the foiled terrorist group in the Toronto area — am looking forward to some better reporting on this, frankly.  Thus far it looks like it was a joint investigation between the FBI and the Canadian authorities, and at this point two men from Georgia have been identified as being involved in the planning.  More on this as I find it.  A huge thank you to the agents involved in this investigation — great work!  According to the sketchy news reports thus far, it looks like they were building the same sort of bomb that McVeigh used in Oklahoma — thank goodness they were apprehended before anyone was hurt.

BTW, that whole troops on the scary Mexican border while we ignore the larger Canadian one is looking pretty weak now, isn’t it?  Way to plan, Bushie.

Hmmm…Sen. Reed is an economics wonk, and I’m having trouble figuring out why he and Hayseed have been booked for FOX together.  Anyone have an intersection topic theory on that one?  The lower than expected jobs numbers?  The deep division in the GOP over immigration issues?  Nah, it’s FOX.  They’ll be talking about how well Iraq is going and how we’re all deluded for not being amazed at the robust economy.

Oh, what’s that bright spot on the horizon?  Why, it’s Al Gore on This Week.  For the second week in a row, ABC has someone I want to watch who might talk about something controversial and actually be honest about it.  Whoa!  What’s up with that?

This morning’s photo is a swan with what I think are some female mallard ducks (the picture angle for them makes it difficult for me to say for sure — anyone else have a better identification on them?).  It seemed like a lovely and peaceful way to start the morning – I thought everyone would enjoy this one. 

In the town where I grew up, there is a wetlands area with a pond.  Every year this pair of swans would come back, raise a brood and then spend the summer fishing and swimming and just being lovely for everyone to see. 

Then, one year some stupid, cruel kids threw a rock and hit the female in the back of her head, and she died.  My dad told me at the time that swans mate for life, and after the female died, the male continued to come back every year…alone.  He was so gorgeous, but it was always so sad to see him out there floating and swimming without her.  They tried a couple of times to introduce another female to him, but he would never choose another mate.

It’s gray and overcast here, and I’m afraid I’m in a bit of a melancholy mood this morning.  I’ve spent the weekend trying to get over a nasty cold before I head out to YearlyKos this week, and wracking my brain to come up with something positive to write about — something hopeful and forward-thinking.  But I’m afraid the cold medicine, or my disgust at where things are at the moment, is getting the better of me. 

So, I’m going to throw this open to the comments.  What is giving you hope lately?  What inspires you to stay politically active?  What actions have you taken lately — and have you seen results from them — change someone’s mind, gotten comments about a letter to the editor, spoken with an elected representative who actually listened?  What are you doing to make your little corner of the world a better place?  What have you read or heard or seen lately that made you want to jump up and cheer?

And let me take a moment to ask the folks who lurk to join in the discussion.  It’s a nice pond here at FDL — please dip a toe in, the water’s fine.

UPDATEThe NYTimes fills in some more details on the Toronto terror cell arrests — missed this article somehow this morning, and wanted to let everyone know it was out there.