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The New Year's Concert from Vienna on PBS tonight was enjoyable as always, although Walter Cronkite needs to be really retired. He has had a stroke, and it is embarassing to watch and listen to him. He is sooo old.

 

But they have ballet settings to some of the waltzes and polkas with dancers from the Austrian National Ballet. Vienna is going to be hosting the European championships in soccer in a few weeks, and so they choreographed a ballet for a dozen men in soccer uniforms (sort of). Delightful eye candy and nice dancing. Pleasant change from the endless ball dancing in the endless rooms of the Hofburg. The dancing horses (Lippizaners) were also fun.

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Karl, I must respectfully disagree with your comments about Walter

 

Cronkite. He is among the last of a generation of true journalists.

 

What we have now is newsertainment.

 

 

Every new person who sees Kronkite is someone who may explore his

 

history and learn that once upon a time America had a generation of

 

guardians of free-speech who questioned authority, exposed

 

corruption and demanded that government be accountable to the

 

governed.

 

 

When Cronkite/Brokaw/Scheaffer/MacNeil/Bernstein/etc are gone all

 

that will be left are the Puppetheads who repeat White House

 

Propoganda and who are more concerned with what Paris Hilton did to

 

whom, than what transpired in the halls of congress/the courts and

 

legislatures of our Nation (Please Insert Fife and Drum Version of

 

The Battle Hymn of the Republic here as Music Bed).

 

 

As to Cronkite's stroke, he along with Dick Clark are iconic examples

 

to our only perfect is acceptable nation, that people with

 

physical and mental disabilities have tremendous value and worth and

 

can and should contribute to their fullest desire and capabilities.

 

 

Disability is the hidden discrimination in our society, yet each

 

and every one of us is literally one missed step, or distracted

 

moment behind the wheel or hidden medical condition away from

 

becoming a member of that marginalized societal fringe class

 

labeled as disabled, and once labeled as such are dismissed because

 

of said disability as being of lesser societal value.

 

Much the way the members of the GLBT community are dismissed as of

 

lesser or satanic negative societal value for our differences from

 

the accepted or expected norm.

 

 

A Happy and HEALTHY New Year to All!

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PS - If we are ALL LUCKY ENOUGH we will be Cronkite's age someday -

 

and if our luck holds out - we will all be able to work and contribute

 

at our advanced age if we are indeed that fortunate and so inclined!

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>The New Year's Concert from Vienna on PBS tonight was

>enjoyable as always, although Walter Cronkite needs to be

>really retired. He has had a stroke, and it is embarassing to

>watch and listen to him. He is sooo old.

>

>But they have ballet settings to some of the waltzes and

>polkas with dancers from the Austrian National Ballet. Vienna

>is going to be hosting the European championships in soccer in

>a few weeks, and so they choreographed a ballet for a dozen

>men in soccer uniforms (sort of). Delightful eye candy and

>nice dancing. Pleasant change from the endless ball dancing

>in the endless rooms of the Hofburg. The dancing horses

>(Lippizaners) were also fun.

 

 

The ballet (done to Strauss, Jr's "Chit Chat Polka") was both exhilarating and campy. As for Cronkite, he seemed kind of sickly but he was definitely on his game and showed what a pro he was when pronouncing those harsh Germanic names, lol.

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