TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Good morning and welcome to your Sunday morning liveblog of your Sunday morning political chatfests. My name is Jason, and by the time your read this, I will be gone. Now, don’t worry. By “gone,” I do not mean that I have finally performed the act of seppuku over having to watch these shows. It will be many weeks before I’ll be ready to do that. No, other HuffPosty duties have demanded my attention today, and I must tend to those. Not to worry! I will be back next week! But then, yeah, I’ll be gone again the week after, because of vacation.

Anyway, sorry about that! I still thought it would be good to open up a thread here for people to watch the shows and interact with each other in the comments. I even solicited some topics for discussion, during the boring parts of the shows: like Fox News Sunday’s “Power Player” segment, This Week’s “Sunday Funnies” regurgitation, or anytime David Gregory is speaking, on Meet The Press.

–What’s with MSNBC’s lack of original news programming on the weekend? Shouldn’t weekend news be part of being a big-boy news channel? Or would no one bother to watch it, anyway?

–What’s with everyone NOT tracking where all the TARP money went, and then saying, “Oh, shucks, well, we couldn’t have tracked that TARP money, because that would require powerful magic, sorry!” Isn’t there a thing called “fund accounting?” Are any of you “fund accountants?” Are any of you powerful wizards possessed of TARP tracking magicks? Leave an incantation, in the comments.

–Lobbyists. They are THE SUCK. But what can be done about them? Is meaningful lobbying reform possible? Can it be reformed in DC, or have we reached the point where the imposition of term limits is the only thing we can do to disconnect politics from the money sickness. What would real reform look like, to you?

–What should I read at the beach? Right now I plan on reading the Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual, and my colleague Ryan Grim’s new book, This Is Your Country On Drugs: The Secret History of Getting High In America. Any other recommendations?

–Was mentioning Ryan’s book like that dangerously close to a shameless plug? Or would it be even more shameless a plug for me to suggest that if you love music and/or zombies and you live in the Washington, DC area, you should come see Wake The Dead, a one-night only cabaret performance from the supremely talented and magical and awesome friend of mine, Tracy Lynn Olivera, at the Davis Performing Arts Center on the campus of Georgetown University, Monday, July 27, at 7:30 p.m.?

Okay, we now return you to your regularly scheduled programming. Enjoy this day. Do try to not get arrested in the hopes that you will get to have a beer at the White House. Feel free to leave a comment, send an email to someone, or follow one another on Twitter. I will see you again next Sunday.

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