OPINIONATRIX…because my opinions dominate

Poor George Bush.  At this point, he is pathetic.  So much so, that I cannot help but feel badly for him.  His approval rating is dismal, he will undoubtedly go down as one of the worst presidents in history, and now it turns out all those folks in Iraq to whom he tried so hard to bring democracy aren’t all that appreciative.

I guess they aren’t fans of near civil war, constant bombs and civilian deaths over there in the Middle East… whouda thunk?  Well today Bush surprised the Iraqi’s by bestowing them with a visit – I’m sure they were thrilled! One Iraqi reporter decided to show his love and appreciation by screaming:

“This is a gift from the Iraqis; this is the farewell kiss, you dog” — and threw one of his shoes at the president, who ducked and narrowly avoided being struck. As chaos ensued, he threw his other shoe, shouting, “This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq.” The second shoe also narrowly missed Mr. Bush as Prime Minister Nuri Kamal Al-Malaki stuck out a hand in front of the president’s face to help shield him.  NYTIMES

Hmmm… I guess the USA and Iraq have more in common than I previously thought.  The same idiot has driven both countries and its’ citizens into a state of anger and despair.


{December 10, 2008}   Oh, Oprah…


When it comes to Oprah Winfrey, there are usually two camps of people: those who adore her and those who think she is totally overrated and can’t stand her.  Whatever group you’re in (and for the record, I adore her) she probably stands for a lot of things in your mind.

For me, Oprah is a powerful, warm and inspirational woman.  She epitomizes success.  She came from nothing and is now one of the highest paid TV celebrities with an entire media empire unto herself.  Couple that with the fact that she is undoubtedly one of the most philanthropic Americans, and she really comes out a winner in my book.

It is for these reasons that the recent publicity around the fact that Oprah has gained weight upsets me.  Oprah’s weight has been a 20 year battle, covered by the media, and stems from the big O herself.  In an upcoming article in January’s O magazine, Oprah states,

“I’m embarrassed, I can’t believe that after all these years, all the things I know how to do, I’m still talking about my weight. I look at my thinner self and think, ‘How did I let this happen again?”

While it may be comforting to some to realize that Oprah is just like the rest of us – battling her own insecurities in spite of all she has achieved, it saddens me.  I want to reach out to Oprah and let her know that most of us rarely, if ever, give a second thought to her weight. Oprah has achieved so much, and tends to look great no matter what she weighs.  Oprah’s fans could care less what the scale says.

Oprah has a unique gift.  She is able to play the best friend and confidant, while serving as role model and inspiration at the same time.  It is hard sometimes to realize that no matter how phenomenally talented, successful and adored one may be, loving oneself can be a never ending battle.

caroline kennedy

Now that Barack Obama has appointed Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, the guessing game as to who will take her place as the junior Senator from NY has begun.  A lot of names has been floated through the ether; Robert Kennedy Jr, Andrew Cuomo, Jerry Nadler, Nita Lowey and even Bill Clinton have been rumored to have their eyes on the prize.  So will someone please explain to me how out of many qualified and able candidates, it is Caroline Kennedy who has somehow floated to the top of the pack?

Don’t get me wrong, Caroline Kennedy is a strong and capable woman.  She is  philanthropic, interesting and a symbol of sorts, but she is not qualified to be Senator of NY.  First of all, she has never even held a real job! Sure, she has sat on school boards, charity committees and most recently was a prominent supporter of Barack Obama’s candidacy for president, but let’s be honest, is she really the best and most fair choice as Hillary Clinton’s replacement?  I think not.

If Caroline Kennedy is appointed by Gov. Patterson it will be yet another example of power, privilege and insider connections triumphing over the hard work and perseverance of others.  Some may argue that Hillary Clinton herself didn’t have much experience when she ran, but the difference here is that she did indeed run.  Clinton was elected by the people, whereas her replacement will be appointed – no input from the public needed.  Shouldn’t the seat go to someone with political experience?  There is no shortage of candidates.

Kennedy is a wonderful person.  She has given a lot to society and could definitely make a mark if she chose to, but lets test her out first.  Politics is not a gene.  Just because you come from a political family does not mean you yourself will be a great politician.  If Kennedy wants to get into the political arena then she should, but she should run for office, not get handed a giant prize just because her last name happens to be Kennedy.

American royalty or not, we need to keep in mind that this county was founded as a meritocracy.  There are no real Kings and Queens, and we should not be operating as though a royal family exists.

{December 7, 2008}   The Juice Is In The Can!

Never thought the day would come did you?  Me neither, but what can I say, karma’s a bitch!

OJ Simpson

OJ Simpson has been sentenced to 33 years in prison, after 9 of which he will be eligible for parole.  While I think OJ finally got what he deserved for all his arrogant, criminal and downright disgusting behavior, I can’t help but feel that this sentence is really for the crime committed 13 years ago.

Clearly, OJ committed a crime in this case as well, but most defandants in his position would have gotten off with probation.  Nevertheless, I am sure there will be appeals and motions filed on his behalf – I assure you we have not heard the last of OJ Simpson.  I do feel badly for his children though, it has gotta suck having him as a dad.

Lame Duck President George Bush made a short speech in Philly this week at the unveiling of his portrait which started out with “welcome to my hanging.”  The whole thing is actually sort of funny, and even (dare I say it) charming.  Gets you thinking… maybe he isn’t such a bad guy after all.  Horrible president though – no doubt about it.

et cetera