First, the death of Walter Cronkite brings back so many memories of his voice and presence – not so much as I was growing up (our household was too chaotic to remember the evening news), but after college. Marking his death throws into bright relief the movement of broadcast journalism from news to entertainment. From Walter Cronkite to Fox “News” and Brian Williams and Katie Couric … no comment …
… except to say that it reflects something about our devolution as a nation/culture, too. As ye sow, so shall ye reap … yup. Here’s the news of JFK’s assassination – a tragic and iconic moment that apparently didn’t require spin or graphics or a theme song to hold our attention. Imagine that!
Then we have the Gang of Six – that’s six senators bent on postponing healthcare reform. It’s reminiscent of the watering down of the stimulus by some of the same folks – something that many agree has made it much less effective. Anyway, these are the six: Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.),Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). Independent Joe Lieberman (Conn.), Olympia Snowe (R-Me) and Susan Collins (R-Me). Paul Krugman thinks they are full of shit … and I have to say that any measure that Joe Lieberman backs is suspect in my book. Would that this crew had been so careful and circumspect about voting to wage war in Iraq …
Krugman writes: If the Gang of Six really does kill reform, remember their names; they will bear the responsibility for vast, unnecessary suffering over the years to come.
Lets get the rest of the bad news out of the way. I ran into Alice yesterday after work (that’s not the bad news). She told me about a lecture she had attended recently about Lincoln and his record regarding civil liberties. The speaker (whose name I didn’t catch) had done a study of presidents through history and found that most were pretty abysmal when it came to upholding (or not violating) civil liberties. I did a Google search under “Lincoln” and “torture” and came up with a surprising number of citations – including a book by Mark E. Neely, Jr. titled The Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties – don’t know if he’s the guy Alice heard – but he sounded in the ballpark. I may take a look at it, as it sounds fascinating (and it’s challenging for me to round out my picture of Lincoln and let go of childhood worshipfulness).
Still, I do see him as a human of depth, seriousness and ethical scruples who would not have done whatever he did lightly. It is disturbing to think of Lincoln being used as an excuse and/or justification for ANY of the actions of Bush et al … and/or to think that they would view post 9/11 America as in any way comparable to the situation Lincoln confronted.
News flash – just found the article from the Concord Monitor – it WAS Mark Neely – sorry I missed it!
As for the Phillies part of this post … just wanted to say they won another on – in 12. This makes 7 wins in a row and 11 out of the last 12. Go Phils! The Red Sox started their second half on a high note, too – beating the Jays 4-1!
Re. Lindsay Graham … we’ll just let our main news source, Jon Stewart, give you the relevant information … so read the post and definitely watch the video!
The undefeated Boston Aztec WPSL Team is hosting a single elimination playoff game at 7 p.m. tonight at Amesbury Sports Park in Amesbury, MA. The Aztecs are the Breakers’ reserve team for 2009. Should Boston win their match against Lancaster, they would host the Mutiny/Lynx winner on Tues. 7/21. Here are directions to the park, soccer fans! Ski will be there … and JordanCornblog is on the fence.
In other women’s sports news, here’s your weekend schedule … ;>) … and beyond!
- Today at 5PM ET the Freedom play St. Louis in a match that will be webcast by the Athletica!
- Today in the WNBA we have NY vs. Washington at 7PM ET and Detroit vs. Phoenix (without DT) at 10PM ET. Both games will be available on the web via Live Access. Here’s the rest of the WNBA schedule for the month.
- Tomorrow we’ve got the Red Stars vs. surging Sky Blue FC at 4:30 PM (ET) on FSC. Prior to that, at 3PM ET on ESPN, we have the USWNT vs Canada. Then at 8PM ET, the Breakers face off against FC Gold Pride … and you can follow on MatchTracker at the WPS or the Breakers’ site. I haven’t seen anything about a webcast.
- On Wednesday night (7/22/09 – 8PM ET) the US and Canada face off again – this time on FSC.