Author: Carol Baker

The Opinionated Bitch – The Swiftboating of An American Prisoner of War

The Swiftboating of An American Prisoner of War In 2004, Secretary of State John Kerry was a candidate for President of the United States. A group calling themselves Swift Vets and POWs for Truth waged a now discredited vicious campaign against then candidate Kerry to attack his military and service record in Viet Nam. The group claimed John Kerry inflated his role in the military and was a traitor to his country for his anti-war activities upon returning home. These were particularly personal attacks upon his character and after Kerry lost the presidency, it turns out none of those...

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The Opinionated Bitch – Dear Maya:

Dear Maya: My soul is filled with a sadness I have only known since the death of one of my closest friends. Meeting you was on my bucket list, but it was not to be. I did not know you personally and yet, and yet… At the tender and decades ago age of 23, I was browsing the stacks of a used bookstore in suburban Chicago with the help of a black and white tuxedo cat named Pandora, a permanent fixture in my favorite hangout. In retrospect, even my feline companion’s name was prophetic because I came across a...

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The Opinionated Bitch – Dear Monica Lewinsky

The Opinionated Bitch – Dear Monica Lewinsky Dear Monica, Hi. Carol Baker here, also known as “The Opinionated Bitch”. Don’t be put off by the nickname. It’s just what people call me because I have a tendency to calls ‘em like I sees ‘em. I’d like to talk to you about a few things, so, just between us ladies, can I call you Monica? M’kay. Great. Monica, dear… I haven’t actually read the entirety of your interview with Vanity Fair because it hasn’t been released yet, but it’s clear Vanity Fair has offered up a preview to plenty of...

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The Opinionated Bitch – On the Life and Death of Nelson Mandela

**Editor’s note: While this was published in June, when the world was told Mandela’s death was imminent, these were my reflections on one of my personal heroes. Though he hung on for another 6 months, my feelings are as true today as they were back then. Join me in mourning the death and celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela – a freedom fighter in the causes of social justice.** At this writing, life is ebbing away from Nelson Mandela. For more than 35 years I have been a student of his life and personal philosophies and have spent that...

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The Opinionated Bitch on “Those People”

“Those people” is a phrase to which I have become deeply sensitized.  “Those people” implies an other-ness I can’t seem to wrap my brain around. Maybe it’s because it’s always seemed so easy for me to relate to others on some level – even those with whom I deeply disagree. If I can’t agree on an ideological level, at least I try to relate to them on a human level. At our core, we are all human beings and as such it is my belief that we are all born with certain rights, no matter where we’re born. We...

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The Opinionated Bitch – My World Without God Goggles

My World Without God Goggles The first 40 years of my life were spent being assured that I believed in God, being told what to believe in God, and being told that people who didn’t believe in the same God I was supposed to believe in were just wrong. Being born open-minded, none of that ever quite settled too well with me. It was shortly after my 40th birthday that I decided it was time to stop trying so hard to believe in something that was so counter-intuitive to logic, reason and basic common sense, that I would suspend...

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