Renaissance Grumblings…

Today I find myself grumbling…perhaps its the weather, perhaps it’s my knee, and perhaps it is recent annoyances, which include…

Pennsylvania primary-I do hope the people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania come to their collective senses and retire Arlen Spector.  It is not that he is more moderate than I, nor that he switched parties.  It is because Spector is representative of all that is wrong in American politics.

When he ran for reelection in 2004, buffeted by a strong conservative challenge, he talked conservative and got the backing of conservative GOP figures.  The moment he thought his chances of winning reelection were damaged by the GOP ballot line, he switched parties, going back to the party he left almost 30 years ago.  He was quite frank about changing parties in order to stay in office.  Now he claims that he was all but guaranteed reelection as a GOP member, and that he changed parties out of conviction.

Horsefeathers…he went to the GOP when he couldn’t get elected out of the Democratic Party in the 1970’s, and now he is back to it. Winston Churchill said of his own Tory to Liberal to Tory switches “anyone can rat, but it takes a certain amount of ingenuity to re-rat”.

Take him out, Pennsylvania!

You know I am a reality tv junkie, especially the competitive shows where folks start from scratch on an even playing field. But this season’s “Dancing With the Stars” went so far overboard to guarantee that Nicole Schwerzinger, lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls, won it borders on the ludicrous. I thought she had an edge because of the dancing she did for their stage shows and the preparation therein. Then I discovered that in fact she has been dancing and training since she was about 13 or so…because she went to a HS for the Performing Arts in Kentucky.

If you are going to have a competition show, the field needs to be even. Nicole is a ringer, and that is not too far short of feeding answers to a particular contestant. It is one thing to send out an athlete who has no dance training but by aptitude and habits developed in their field does well on this show…sending out someone who is a dancer by training is different and just wrong. They tried it with Stacy Keibler, and she lost. Hopefully the same karma strikes next week.

Here’s hoping the next couple of seeks brings some small bit of equity and balance back to our worlds, small those said worlds might be.

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