MILAGRO

spanish for "miracle"
1. A marvellous event manifesting a supernatural act of a divine agent.

de l'espagnol pour "miracle", n.m.
1. Phénomène répute contraire aux lois de la nature et attribué à l'intervention divine.

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Thanks For The Beats, 2011.

December 25th, 2011 by Martine St-Victor

Like many, my life has a soundtrack. Music is both solace & motivation, every single day. Silence might be golden but music, is platinum. 2011 was a year of many things, including great tracks

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Welcome back, Koppel.

October 17th, 2011 by Martine St-Victor

I liked Ted Koppel as much as I did Simon Lebon. Because like Lebon, Koppel was the leader of a cool band. The Nightline band.

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Pierre Nadeau

June 27th, 2011 by Martine St-Victor

There are journalists and then there’s Pierre Nadeau. A reference in the world of media not only in his native Québec but also beyond its borders, Pierre Nadeau got all the exclusive interviews and spoke the language of Molière in a way that is today too seldom heard. The man who had the looks of [...]

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Lettre d amour à Oprah.

March 2nd, 2011 by Martine St-Victor

En 25 ans passés sur les bancs de votre école, je me suis épanouie. Bien au-delà de la couleur de votre peau, qui est la même que la mienne, j’admirais vos faiblesses, parce que vous avez su les convertir de passives à actives. Votre passé trouble et votre constant combat avec votre poids sont certaines des caractéristiques qui ont fait de vous l’une de nous. Mais il y a vos forces aussi: votre culot, votre curiosité et, bien sûr, votre générosité, qui a fait rougir les plus riches de cette planète.

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The Haitian Citizen: My Person Of The Year

December 14th, 2010 by Martine St-Victor

The title should be bestowed on the Haitian Citizen. For sentimental reasons, of course, but also because I don’t remember a community not at war, being put through the ringer so much in such a short time. The Haitian Citizen has been failed by Mother Nature, by science and by Human kind camouflaged in greedy political administrators and yet, he is still standing.

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Where I Was September 11th, Nine Years Ago & What I Learned From It.

September 11th, 2010 by Martine St-Victor

On the morning of September 11th 2001, I was living my 4th year in Miami and I was on the phone with my travel agent, booking a last minute trip for the next day to Port-au-Prince on American Airlines. Once confirmed on the flight, I left my apartment & drove to my office with the [...]

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Gary Coleman: pioneer. Yes, pioneer.

June 5th, 2010 by Martine St-Victor

You know how many Black actors complain there aren’t any good roles for them on television and how they make much less than their White counterparts when they do find roles? Now imagine 1978 and cue-in Gary Coleman. In 1978, NBC premiered “Diff’rent Strokes”, the sitcom that turned Gary Coleman into the loveable Arnold Jackson. [...]

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Revenge Of The Nerds.

October 1st, 2009 by Martine St-Victor

Last week, former U.S. veep Al Gore received the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. An Oscar nomination, a Golden Globe, a walk on La Croisette, Leo Di Caprio on his speed dial: Al Gore has made it. For many years, he was associated with stiffness and having a wife who didn’t enjoy Prince’s Purple Rain but [...]

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Bouquets and Bridesmaids.

May 25th, 2009 by Martine St-Victor

Tis the season for I do’s and vows. I love weddings (well, most of them) and I’m delirious with excitement over the one I will attend in a few weeks. I have seen in friends and family members that have gotten married the positives of matrimonial unions: the emancipation, the complicity, the support and the [...]

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Deadbeat Dads Are So Passé.

March 30th, 2009 by Martine St-Victor

Watching Steve Kroft interview Lebron James on 60 minutes, my rage surpassed my amazement. Amazed because of course, we all know how great King James is. Not only on the basketball court but because he’s proven to be a savvy, successful & generous businessman who has not only understood the old boys’ network but has [...]

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Why Katie Couric Will Keep on Failing.

January 27th, 2009 by Martine St-Victor

I’ve before voiced my opinion on Katie Couric. Despite my unfavourable words towards the overpaid anchorwoman, I had begun to root for her again following her Tour de force during the Sarah Palin interview. A Tour de force not because the interview was so spectacular but simply because Couric kept a straight face while conducting [...]

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History Will Teach Us Nothing.

January 14th, 2009 by Martine St-Victor

In these unpeaceful times, not only in Gaza but also in the forgotten Congo and in all the other conflicts you don’t see on your 6’oclock newscasts, little makes sense. One would think it’s the first time we’ve forgone harmony for the sake of bullies. But it really isn’t. The first video is of Oliver [...]

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Turning Hope Into a Generic Brand.

December 1st, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

Driving up trendy Montreal staple, St-Laurent Boulevard, I was stunned to the point of pulling over. I triple-blinked, in disbelief, at the sight of a giant sign that read “YES WE CAN” next to the picture of a aluminum can, in the window of a soon to be open bar. What?! Are these people for [...]

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So Desperate.

October 28th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

I have been asking for Elizabeth Hasselbeck’s quick dismissal from The View for quite some time but in reality, she’s provided me with much content for this blog thus perhaps she should go on as the resident idiot. Last weekend, Hasselbeck travelled with Governor Palin in Florida, to rally the troops. Regardless of one’s political [...]

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One Giant Step Back.

October 27th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

I would think, in a time of global turmoil, that CNN would embrace its original mission statement to bring hard but comprehensive news to TV viewers across the world. Helas, I am wrong, Kings-of-comedy dead wrong. As of last Saturday, comedian D.L. Hughley has his own show in primetime on CNN. Somewhere, Aaron Brown is [...]

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The Next Three Weeks Will Be Ugly.

October 13th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

The Republicans are down in the polls and the mob side of the Party is rearing its ugly head. The attacks have gotten more personal and if you squint at the crowds at some of the McCain/Palin rallies, you can spot at least one Grand Wizard. Some advanced ballots in New York State printed “Barack [...]

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After The Chatter.

October 6th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

The much anticipated Vice-Presidential debate is now over. Pundits and Monday-morning quarterbacks have overanalyzed it to death when in fact, the Debate boils down to this: . Governor Palin can retain information even if clearly, she doesn’t understand it; . Governor Palin cannot, like W, pronounce the word “nuclear” and I can’t help but wonder [...]

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Why It Failed.

September 29th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

Republicans were so quick to call Barack Obama an elitist. Had they bothered to look up the definition and the application of the word, they would see that today, in the wake of the bailout’s failure, the word applies to them. Instead of vulgarizing what the $700 billion would actually do and deciding to forgo [...]

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Not Only in America

September 23rd, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

On Wednesday night, ABC will air in-depth profiles of Senators Obama & McCain. The by-line to the TV commercial is “Only in America”. It’s a fitting by-line as both Presidential candidates have often stated that only in America would their ascension and pretention to the Oval Office could happen. They are indeed impressive ascensions but [...]

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Ostentatious Doesn’t Win Elections.

September 17th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

In Beverly Hills last night, the great Barbra Streisand and the even greater Steven Spielberg respectively hosted Obama events at $2800 and $28500, a plate. The major faux-pas is that Senator Obama attended them. In the wake of financial crumbles, mortgage nightmares and major job cuts, the last image Middle America needs to see is [...]

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Thank you, Sarah.

September 4th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

I would like to thank the former female Hillary supporters who now support the McCain-Palin ticket. You’ve eradicated all the progress made by women in the last century.  May your husbands club you in the head tonight and drag you back to your caves.

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Turns Out John McCain is A Genius. Well, Sort Of.

September 2nd, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

By choosing Sarah Palin as his Veep pick, McCain made us think about what is acceptable and what isn’t. If you take Palin and study her to the 2nd, 3rd and 4th degree, obviously, the thought of having her as a Vice-President is preposterous. But the average Joe in Middle America doesn’t think that far. [...]

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The Morning After.

August 26th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

First, the expectations were too high. It’s the Democratic National Convention, not the parting of the seas. What is scary about the Conventions (both the current Democratic one and the upcoming Republican one) is that we’ll judge both the candidates on matters which will be irrelevant to how they could perform in the White House [...]

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Condi Rice is Not My Homegirl.

August 19th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

When she learned of President Musharraf’s resignation, U.S. Secretary of State Condeleeza Rice praised him for his strides and efforts against terrorism. I beg your pardon, Condi? Are you serious? Perhaps Ms. Rice needs to be reminded that President Musharraf took over power in a coup which is the most blatant disregard for Democracy. And [...]

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Two Wrongs Makes it Worse, not Right.

August 6th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

Worse than John McCain’s vulgar recent political ad are media outlets reporting Paris Hilton’s response. What’s next? Media outlets reporting on the candidates’ shoes? Oh, wait … never mind.

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All Babies Are Not Created Equal.

July 24th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

There was a time when carrying your newborn’s picture in your wallet would suffice as a bragging tool. Nowadays, you must get the cover of People, US Weekly or InTouch and command a vulgar price for it, ranging from a few hundred thousand dollars (sorry Jamie-Lynn, overexposure’s a bitch) to multi-million dollar price tags (proof [...]

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In Case Senator Obama Reads This.

July 17th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

I know, he won’t. No need to send me your recommendations for medication. I’m not that delusional. But still, I can’t help but add my opinion to the already too loud chorus of suggestions for the Senator’s Vice-Presidential choice. Facts & Suggestions: 1. It must be a woman. First, because it’s time. Second, there is [...]

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Nuts? Almost.

July 11th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

The problem about Jesse isn’t that he suggested that he would cut Senator Obama’s nuts off, as it was a private comment erroneously made public. The problem is that once again, Jesse Jackson has fed his irrelevance. Barack Obama doesn’t talk down to Black people. Instead, just like Bill Cosby before him, he cautions the [...]

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Life is a True Story

June 27th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

Today, famed-French magazine and new Milagro friend Paris Match releases a special issue, declaring its love for the province of Québec. It does it with style and photography like only Paris Match can do. The mag also recently released poignant commercials, evoking life’s various emotions since after all, la vie est une histoire vraie. Here’s [...]

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Cleavage Vs. Cleavage

June 16th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

Last week, Québec’s Women Council rang the alarm on the hypersexualization of girls and women by men. I wish they would shut up and concentrate on real issues like increasing the number of shelters for battered woman and on toughening laws against the cowards who beat them up. I wonder why the Council has chosen [...]

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If It Was Sunday Morning, It Was Café au Lait & Tim Russert.

June 15th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

By now, you’ve heard the news and you’ve seen the touching tributes. The great Time Russert is dead. He was smart, unpretentious, clear and fair. Beyond the human tragedy of the death of this father, husband and by all accounts, loyal friend, is the lost for Television. Tim Russert was part of a rare breed [...]

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Imbecile. Truly.

May 20th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

On May 9th, an American soldier in Iraq used the Quran as target during a bullet-practice round. Although the media have reported on this incendiary act, I find it hasn’t been given enough attention. This news needs to be the headline today, tomorrow and everyday until the President of the United States apologizes for the [...]

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And The Winner Is: Vanity Fair! Again.

April 29th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

Over the weekend, pictures of 15-year-old Miley Cyrus in a Vanity Fair spread, surfaced to stunned pop cultural followers. It isn’t the image of a bare-backed 15-year old that was shocking but rather the fact that anyone, would toy with the billion-dollar Industry both the Disney Channel and Team Miley Cyrus have created. That’s simply [...]

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The New Laurel & Hardy

April 18th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

Like 20 000 people who have left messages on ABC.com’s message board, I was outraged by Wednesday’s Debate (and I use the word “debate” very loosely). So I will not talk about the bias-bashing toward Senator Obama but I will say this: having George Stephanopoulos as one of the moderators was an insult to anybody [...]

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The Speech

March 19th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

With yesterday’s speech, Senator Barack Obama re-conquered electors he already had in his pocket: educated Liberals. Despite its eloquence and its truth, the speech certainly failed to convince the average GM worker who is afraid of loosing his job to India. That worker is scared and has been left behind by too many Administrations and [...]

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Mind Your Business.

March 13th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

I don’t defend Governor Spitzer but I can’t condemn him either. What is clear even though the raging moral police seems to ignore it is that a married man who used the services of a prostitute on Valentine’s Day obviously had marital problems. We know nothing of Eliot Spitzer’s personal life and we know nothing [...]

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I’m Watching.

February 20th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

Fidel has stepped down and despite the media fanfare and its over-analysis of this historical move, it is not there that the power lays. The next step is in the hands of the Cuban Diaspora, located primarily in Miami. The Nostalgics and Exiled have been roaring for 49 years. And so I’m watching this Diaspora, [...]

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Catwalking All The Way To The Bank.

February 19th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

Here we go. First there was the article in Fortune magazine last year. This week, it’s the front page of Entertainment Weekly and the matching media tour, starting with the Today Show. Tyra Banks is out and about and, to my complete disbelief, has risen from likable supermodel to mogul-to-be? Yes, almost a mogul. Her [...]

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It Was A Creed, Written Into The Founding Documents, That Declared The Destiny Of A Nation.

February 5th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

It’s Tuesday and apparently, it will be Super. Today, 22 states will create trends and possibly forecast the Presidential outcome. My previous oscillation between Clinton and Obama has dissipated. I’m hypnotized by three words that also happen to be a good mantra to adopt: Yes, We Can. And even if your vote – imaginary or [...]

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Yes. We Can.

February 3rd, 2008 by Martine St-Victor
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Pets Before Vets?

January 31st, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

There have always been inequalities and it’s a safe bet to say there always will be. Inequalities in opportunities, in wealth distribution, in looks, brains and in priorities. The latter is the most difficult to digest as it’s not based on DNA lottery or geography but rather most often on ignorance. Case in point: I [...]

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How Do You Spell Privacy?

January 24th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

Since Heath Ledger’s death two days ago, the media attention has been more on how he died than what he actually accomplished in his short life. What Heath Ledger did is public domain as he chose to be an Artist and to share his Art through films. Who Heath Ledger was is private. Do we [...]

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Untimely

January 23rd, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

The cause of death has yet to be confirmed but regardless, it was senseless.When I heard of Heath Ledger’s death yesterday, images of his last interview came to mind. He seemed tired, uncomfortable, burdened. Epithets uncharacteristic of his youth, his talent, his promise. But watching news reports of his death, I realized that all concentrated [...]

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The One and Only

January 21st, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

Never have the words of Martin Luther King been so primordial. Never have we needed them more as guidance. I really wish both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama would stop using their names and their so-called achievements in the same breath as Dr. King’s. It’s insulting and inaccurate. We all need the guidance and should [...]

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Naked Icon

January 12th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

This week, icon Simone de Beauvoir would have turned 100 years old. And, as lit-fans across the world celebrated her achievements and status, much of the attention has been on Le Nouvel Observateur. The weekly magazine published on its cover a naked picture of Madame de Beauvoir, to headline a tribute to the anniversary. Feminists, [...]

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Passion is Good

January 8th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

When I first saw the footage of a teary-eyed Hillary Clinton I knew her opponents would use it as ammunition against her. Most media who showed the clip reminded viewers that a campaign is much like an Olympic event where you give blood, sweat and tears and where often fatigue takes over resilience and ambition. [...]

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A Change Is Gonna Come

January 7th, 2008 by Martine St-Victor

I think my reticence’ origin was fear. Fear that outsiders would kill the dream I dared dreaming. From the very beginning, my imaginary vote went to Barack Obama. Over the past months I had doubts and thought Hillary’s speech was at times, more convincing. But I realized that speech was fed by lobbyists and interests [...]

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Clear And Present Danger

December 28th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

Pakistan’s loudest voice for democracy was silenced yesterday. Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in a scenario that must have played in her head, a million times. I remember as a young loud mouth, being in awe of her election at the tender age of 35. Simply historic. Madame Bhutto had hundreds of millions of dollars in [...]

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Brains, Beauty & Bashing.

December 21st, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

When a picture of Hillary Rodham Clinton emerged a few days ago, it sparked a plethora of comments, most unflattering. The first to throw a stone was conservative and Hillary-hater, Rush Limbaugh. I think unattractive people living in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. As for all the unpleasant comments on Hillary’s picture, I think it’s [...]

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Hardcore Huckabee.

December 18th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

U.S Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee mat not have the glam & glitz nor the celebrity endorsements (Chuck Norris is not a celebrity) but what he lacks in Hollywood and foreign affairs quotient, he makes up for in pure guts (which may also be camouflaged naïveté.). His latest ad campaign is simple but I predict he [...]

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Rehab.

December 12th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

“They tried to make me go to rehab I said no, no, no”.… and just like that, prophetically, Amy Winehouse’ first hit single, Rehab, was a glimpse into her less-than-perfect lifestyle. And now, emulating what seems to be the norm in the Entertainment biz, Winehouse is spiraling out of control in the difficult and unkind [...]

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Battle of the Rolodexes.

December 11th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

Oprah, Obama and now Will Smith? In what promises to be a celebrity-filled bandwagon, Will Smith announced yesterday that he would lend his support to the Barack Obama campaign. How that would help, I’m not sure and I worry about a candidate who could actually benefit from a Will Smith endorsement. Madonna has now joined [...]

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A Word On Ingrid.

December 10th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

A reader has asked me to comment on the Ingrid Bétancourt ordeal. I have limited knowledge of Columbian politics. However, from where I’m standing, Ingrid Bétancourt is a survivor. 5 years in captivity cannot be easy and must be even harder when you have two children at home, pining for your return. Here’s where once [...]

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The Definition of Fascinating.

December 9th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

The end of the year has many traditions: Christmas, Hanukah and the Barbara Walters special. Her famed “The 10 Most Fascinating People” is for TV freaks like me, a must. I was however skeptical of the list when in a trailer for the show, I saw Imus was part of the list. Imus? He certainly [...]

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To Endorse Or Not To Endorse

December 5th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

Barbra Streisand is endorsing Hillary and Oprah is getting on the Obama campaign bus.Celebrities have the right to voice their political preferences even if they would be much more helpful fighting concrete social issues such as the pitiful state of education in poorer neighbourhoods but that might not be glamorous enough. Many pundits have condemned [...]

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TV’s Much Needed Facelift.

November 22nd, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

American Princess and famed journalist Maria Shriver recently announced she would not be returning to NBC News. She’s quit the profession all together after being disgusted by the Anna Nicole Smith coverage, following the starlet’s death. It was indeed nauseating. We are far from Walter Cronkite reporting JFK’s death. Times have changed. Let us not [...]

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Look Who’s Turning 50.

November 20th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

I’m not a big-action film type of girl. I don’t fancy weight lifters either. I do however marvel at Arnold Schwarzenegger. Today, Arnold turns 50. With all he has accomplished in such a short time, 50 is really nothing. To say Schwarzenegger is the American Dream on steroids is an understatement. He made a seemingly [...]

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels On The Loose.

November 7th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

Arrrgggh! Explain to me why TV shows are booking Dog the Bounty Hunter Chapman. Fox’s H&C last night, Larry King tonight and I imagine a slew of others in upcoming days. The man used the word Nigger in a private conversation with his son. That makes him an interesting TV guest? When is Television going [...]

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Dirty Dog.

November 5th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

When news broke that a tape containing a racist rant by Dog « The Bounty Hunter » Chapman had been leaked to the National Enquirer, a few days ago, all media-hell broke loose. All eyes were turned to Al Sharpton and to A&E, the network which broadcasts the Bounty Hunter’s TV show. As expected, Al [...]

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Picking the Right Battles

October 16th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

This is one of these days when little makes sense. Former lead singer of French Rock-Band Noir Désir, Bertrand Cantat, is being released today after serving four of the eight-year jail sentence he received for the brutal and deadly beating of his former love, French actress Marie Trintignant. Four years? I’m disgusted. Enough with defending [...]

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Hear Me Roar

October 16th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

Not so long ago, women were confronted with black & white choices. Love or security? Career or baby? Full or half-cup cut? Now, it doesn’t have to be one or the other. It’s not about having it all, it’s about having choices. With time, barriers have broken down and a woman’s impact has far surpassed [...]

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Idiots

September 14th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

These are the girls giving blondes those stereotyped labels.

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Je me souviens

September 13th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

A year ago, a misunderstood, misguided, lonely and crazed gun man opened fire at Montreal’s Dawson College, quieting one soul and wounding countless others. And, two days ago, we sadly celebrated the sixth anniversary of September 11th. Some have questioned the yearly commemorative celebrations of these events. It is primordial that we remember. The same [...]

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The House Britney Built

September 10th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

The buzz was definitely over-rated and borderline annoying. The MTV Music Awards were to open with a breathtaking Britney Spears performance. Well, breathtaking it wasn’t. Britney simply looked uncomfortable and rusty. Mind you, I’m a big Britney fan. I think all she needs is discipline and a good kick in the ass and she’ll be [...]

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Arrivederci, Grande Padrone.

September 6th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

The Original velvet teddy bear has died. Luciano Pavarotti has always been great. Long before his ascension into popular charts with various duets alongside contemporary pop cultural iconic figures, Pavarotti had dominated a world where so few are chosen. Big and bigger than life, he was the Original. His tumultuous love life had only confirmed [...]

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Live and Let Die

September 4th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

A recent study in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health revealed that Rock Stars are 2 ½ times more likely to die in the first 5 years of their success than the average (talentless, I suppose) American or European. Really? I have my own study: the average American, European and yes, even the average [...]

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Woof.

August 23rd, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

I’m sick to my stomach. Although I’ve already posted my view on the Michael Vick affair, the matter has only gotten worse since that post (see July 18th Post). Yes, Michael Vick was barbaric and despicable but the plausible sentence of over a year in jail and a possible lifetime ban from the NFL is [...]

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Gorby Groupie

August 15th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

A couple of weeks ago, famed malletier Louis Vuitton unveiled its new brilliant advertisement campaign, starring various pop cultural figures. Amongst the Catherine Deneuves and André Agassis of this world, an unlikely pinup: Mikhail Gorbachev. What is extraordinary with this Louis Vuitton shot is that it forces us to look at this towering historical figure [...]

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And the Answer is: "What is the End of An Era"?

August 13th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

Merv Griffin. The name might not ring a bell but if you’ve watched television between 5pm and 8 pm, you know of his ingenuity. The man behind such classics as Jeopardy & Wheel of Fortune passed away this weekend. Besides his daring creativity (remember these shows were respectively created in the 70’s and 80’s and [...]

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Hitting Below the Breasts

August 1st, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

The U.S. Presidential race has brought out the worse in pundits and in tank thinkers. Candidates have been rattled over their pocket books, their Rolodex, their spouses and their cleavage? In a desperate attempt to mince Hillary Clinton’s judgement, Washington Post writer Robin Givhan pointed out to Mrs. Clinton cleavage. Givhan writes: “She was talking [...]

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Tour de Fake

July 25th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

Here we go again. After the start of what its organizers swore would be a clean edition, the Tour de France was splattered by doping allegations. This year’s culprit? Kazakh Alexandre Vinokourov. Singled-out since the Tour’s early stages as a plausible future yellow-jersey wearer, Vinokourov was kicked off the Tournament, leaving this prestigious event with [...]

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Aaaarrrgh!

July 18th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

Multi-talented athlete Michael Vick has been indicted and will possibly be arrested for allegedly keeping a dog fighting ring for over 6 years. These are despicable charges for despicable acts, if true. Regardless, I find the media’s attention on this matter to be loathsome. No, Michael Vick cannot be immune to scrutiny because of his [...]

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Coming To America

July 16th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

Dear Victoria,Dear David, Welcome to America but more importantly, thank you. Thank you for being here and for dethroning Brangelina from the cover of every single entertainment magazine. Thank you for bringing style back and for shunning Juicy Couture sweat suits. I hope that with all this style, substance will follow …eventually. I hope you [...]

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The Problem with Barry

July 12th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

Barry Bonds is an all-star baseball player. His lineage alone makes him baseball royalty and his career is tattooed with a slew of broken records. All eyes are on Barry now as he is on the verge of breaking the mother of all records: Hank Aaron`s number of career home runs. Like many high-profiled athletes [...]

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In Michael We Should Trust

July 11th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

Michael Moore is fat and not-fashionable. Perhaps in this look-obsessed society, this is why we tend to see him as a marginal standing on a soap box. But, whether we like it or not, he delivers the bitter bill we fight to not swallow. On CNN last night, the filmmaker blasted my beloved Wolf Blitzer [...]

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Can’t Take Him Anywhere

June 13th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

After a meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, France’s newly elected President Nicolas Sarkozy appeared to be slightly inebriated at a G8 briefing. I love it. Cheers!

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Private Matters

May 30th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

News directors need a reality check. From Larry King Live to national news broadcasts, all reported last night on Lindsay Lohan’s latest debacles and immediate return to rehab. Substance abuse is difficult and its resolution is painful, private and hardly news material. I couldn’t care less about Lindsay Lohan but it pisses me off that [...]

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Of Course She Quit

May 28th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

After what can only be described as a very unpleasant nauseating confrontation with co-host Elizabeth Hasselbeck, Rosie O’Donnell chose to not honor her contract that was to see her at the employment of The View for another three weeks. Her premature departure is asymptomatic of an omnipresent current in Corporate America: the lack of loyalty. [...]

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She’ll Be Just Fine

May 17th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

I’m late putting up this post today. I was waiting to take the pulse of American Idol-obsessed TV Viewers and critics before shouting from my own peanut gallery thus pardon my tardiness. Melinda Doolittle, arguably the best Idol has ever seen, was eliminated last night leaving Blake and Jordin as the Final 2. This morning’s [...]

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It’s Not the Ovaries

May 14th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

New ratings, same conclusion: the CBS Nightly News broadcast is still a distant third behind ABC & NBC’s. With Katie Couric at the helm, the news show has never known such low ratings. But here’s the shocker (listen up old school chauvinist dinosaurs): the ratings aren’t low because Katie Couric is a woman. The ratings [...]

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The Little Billboard that Could.

May 11th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

Much ado about nothing. The malaise is over a blunt billboard on a roadside in Chicago. Its message: “Life is short. Get a divorce” has wrinkled many and the controversy it has stirred in just a few days has surely proven profitable for the law firm behind it. I find extremely amusing such fuss is [...]

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Beating A Dead Horse

April 30th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

From the very beginning of the eruption of the Alec Baldwin phone message fiasco, there was uneasiness because it is an extremely private matter that peanut galleries all over the world should have no say in. However, by being a guest on last Friday’s “The View”, Alec Baldwin dragged us back in his business. At [...]

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Defending Alec

April 24th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

Last week, an audio tape of a phone message Alec Baldwin left his daughter Ireland was released to the media. On it, Baldwin berates his 12 year-old daughter like a crazy man who skipped about three doses of his medication. It’s difficult to listen to the tape because additionally to its raw vulgarity, it is [...]

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Killers and Superstars

April 19th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

When NBC received video and pictures from the Virginia Tech killer yesterday, there must have been at least on second when they hesitated to show or divulged its content. Unfortunately, the hesitation did very little and they made the wrong choice. Showing pictures of an already admitted killer and publishing excerpts of his very disturbing [...]

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Pretty is Killing the News

March 21st, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

Anderson Cooper is too pretty for the news. Yes, he’s good but it’s difficult to hear news about nuclear threats from a man whose eyebrows are better shaped than mine. Should he be discarded as a news anchor because he was blessed with good genetics? No. Should he have gotten Aaron Brown’s CNN spot because [...]

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New Kid on the Blog

February 28th, 2007 by Martine St-Victor

Dear Fellow Internet Cowboys, Here’s my spankin’ new blog. In my never ending “to-do”list, starting and keeping up a blog was not included. I have many wrongs to make right in my life, I have a company to lead and take to the top of the Forbes list, I have thighs that need firming, I [...]

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