I stayed overnight only once in Philadelphia, in 1952. I visited my cousin whose husband is a cardiologist. He left Wichita to dare to study pacemakers with Dr. White, the noted scientist who is credited with saving President Eisenhower's life. However, in holiday mood I remember best the cute little second cousins at their house and, later, our drive to Valley Forge to see beautiful dogwoods in May.
Cheryl, good journalist she is, protected her data and up comes Chris Hedges' forlorn face, sufficiently seasoned as a war correspondent to stand back and take in the scene. How well he warned us about the insidious nature of what is happening in our country now! We haven't listened.
As I think about the persons who are caught in this nasty police grip, I also think about Senator Specter. There's a thread of thought there. Ike, warning us about a military industrial complex, my cousin-in-law doing his best to keep us alive, and a third Kansan, born in Wichita. Arlen Specter may belong to Pennsylvania but his diction sounds just like my relatives'. I've always been very partial to him. So it was time for me to seek out his professional webpage at the Senate to see what he's up to as he takes on yet another election.
Here it is:
Schumer, Specter Unveil Revised Reporter Shield Bill That Addresses National Security Concerns, Clearing Way For Passage by Key Senate Panel
Bill, Endorsed By 72 Media Organizations, Would Create a Legal Protection For Journalists Guarding Their Sources' Anonymity
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Killing people? That's easy without the other part of the equation. Someone has to know when bad things happen. This is Tuesday afternoon, the 15th. Perhaps I'm not the best Googler in the world but I'm not coming up with articles about what happened, not even from AP. So this is an appeal to Pennsylvanians who have a claim on their Senator. Is it possible that bill was meant to die? I hope not.