Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Dance Charisma vs. Political Charisma

Dancing With the Stars

With the elimination of the weaker contestants, Dancing With the Stars is now seeing a tighter contest. The next person to go should be Susan Lucci -- she just doesn't have the passion that's needed to be among the final contestants.

Cody Linley was at the bottom of the judges scores, but we have to give him a break because his usual partner, Julianne Hough, is out of the contest right now recovering from surgery. Cody had to dance with a different partner with whom he had no previous contact -- a disadvantage at this stage in the event. He still did a pretty good job and we hate to see him go home without another opportunity.

Brooke Burke received a perfect score for her dance with Derek Hough. She is outstanding and will probably win it all as long as voters vote for the most qualified contestant and aren't swayed by someone else's charisma (oh, wait -- this sounds like another election that's going on right now).

The contestants were split into two groups to perform team dances. The first group was good, but the second group was outstanding. It's amazing how these people are able to learn one and two dances in just a few days time.

Due to election coverage tonight, the DWTS results show will not air until Wednesday night. Which is the bigger nail biter -- who will be President or who will be eliminated from DWTS? Unfortunately, we'll probably be more disappointed in the choice of President.

A Letter To the Editor

Letters To The Editor - Richmond Times
Monday, Jul 07, 2008 - 12:09 AM

Beware Charismatic Men Who Preach 'Change'

Editor, Times-Dispatch:Each year I get to celebrate Independence Day twice. On June 30 I celebrate my independence day and on July 4 I celebrate America's. This year is special, because it marks the 40th anniversary of my independence.

On June 30, 1968, I escaped Communist Cuba and a few months later I was in the United States to stay. That I happened to arrive in Richmond on Thanksgiving Day is just part of the story, but I digress.

I've thought a lot about the anniversary this year. The election-year rhetoric has made me think a lot about Cuba and what transpired there. In the late 1950s, most Cubans thought Cuba needed a change, and they were right. So when a young leader came along, every Cuban was at least receptive.

When the young leader spoke eloquently and passionately and denounced the old system, the press fell in love with him. They never questioned who his friends were or what he really believed in. When he said he would help the farmers and the poor and bring free medical care and education to all, everyone followed. When he said he would bring justice and equality to all, everyone said "Praise the Lord." And when the young leader said, "I will be for change and I'll bring you change," everyone yelled, "Viva Fidel!"

But nobody asked about the change, so by the time the executioner's guns went silent the people's guns had been taken away. By the time everyone was equal, they were equally poor, hungry, and oppressed. By the time everyone received their free education it was worth nothing. By the time the press noticed, it was too late, because they were now working for him. By the time the change was finally implemented Cuba had been knocked down a couple of notches to Third-World status. By the time the change was over more than a million people had taken to boats, rafts, and inner tubes. You can call those who made it ashore anywhere else in the world the most fortunate Cubans. And now I'm back to the beginning of my story.

Luckily, we would never fall in America for a young leader who promised change without asking, what change? Would we? How will you carry it out? What will it cost America?

Manuel Alvarez Jr. Sandy Hook.

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