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Jane Fonda had her eyes done. Granny — an 83-year-old property manager from Santa Ana, Calif. — is making national news for her "boob job." And not to leave out the men reading this, it has been reported that tough guy Lakers star Kobe Bryant was seen recently having a mani-pedi — a manicure and pedicure.

Every one of them has an excuse, sort of.

Fonda reminds us that she is an actress who needs to be ready for her close-up.

Bryant is trying to deal with injuries to his hand and knee.

As for granny, she's still working as a property manager, still active and vibrant, even as gravity is literally dragging her down. My guess is that, not being a celebrity, she probably didn't expect that what would otherwise be considered routine surgery in Southern California would become the national story it is.

Should age matter? Yes.

Should gender? No.

When I say age matters, I don't mean old age. I have been a fan of Fonda for, well, a very long time. If she wants to let go of her bags, including the ones under her eyes, more power to her. As for granny, I hope her doctor explained to her the risks of anesthesia and took whatever steps he could to minimize those risks. I don't see myself being willing to take those risks to get rid of the sag and add a cup size or two, but ask me again in a quarter of a century.

There are plenty of people in this town who are visibly stretched too tight and more than enough doctors who don't seem to have learned the word "no." But excess and risk taking are not limited to plastic surgery. For my part, I wouldn't ride a motorcycle at any age.

If Fonda or granny wants to get on a Harley, the most I'll do is tell them to wear a helmet and drive safely. Ditto for climbing Mount Everest. We live in a free country, which gives people the freedom to take risks, even risks others would consider foolish.

It's the grandkids that worry me: the teenagers getting boob jobs and sucking fat out of their thighs before they're old enough to vote; the baby actresses parading high-priced bodies toppling out of dresses that have every 15-year-old running out to search for similar slut-wear and hating themselves for having the body of someone their own age.

I've asked my son any number of times about getting a pedi or a polish-free mani. I'm pretty sure he's not going to be influenced by Kobe's example, but I'm not worried about it, either. A foot massage feels great without regard to gender. I'm not a big Kobe fan, but I love my manicurists, and what's good for them is fine with me.

Nor do I foresee a rush of 73-year-olds getting their eyes done or 83-year-olds getting boob jobs, if for no other reason than the recessed economy. But the impressive thing about Fonda and Granny is that, by their own definition, the purpose of their surgeries was to make their bodies match the vibrant and active lives they live.

On that score, more power to them. If your body is sagging and your mind is sharp, you can decide for yourself.

It's the children we should be concerned about, the kids trying to change bodies that have yet to develop in the first place, the parents scraping into their savings to change their kids' bodies instead of trying to change their minds, and the doctors who are too eager to cut or too busy to heal.

Too old for plastic surgery? No. Too young? Absolutely.

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Any surprises here that arch liberal Susan is a big fan of Hanoi Jane, who should have been tried and convicted of treason and jailed many years ago never to have seen the light of day again.
Comment: #1
Posted by: joseph wright
Thu Aug 11, 2011 4:31 PM
"For my part, I wouldn't ride a motorcycle at any age."

Thank God

"Any surprises here that arch liberal Susan is a big fan of Hanoi Jane, who should have been tried and convicted of treason and jailed many years ago never to have seen the light of day again."

Absolutely no surprise here. I would expect Susan to do the same thing today.

Comment: #2
Posted by: SusansMirror
Thu Aug 11, 2011 6:28 PM
"For my part, I wouldn't ride a motorcycle at any age."


Thank God. Now I can enjoy my motorcycles in peace.



"Any surprises here that arch liberal Susan is a big fan of Hanoi Jane, who should have been tried and convicted of treason and jailed many years ago never to have seen the light of day again. "

No surprise here as I would expect Susan to do the same thing today.

Comment: #3
Posted by: SusansMirror
Thu Aug 11, 2011 6:31 PM
Re: joseph wright She was, is and ever will be a traitor and should have been shot the day the b$tch got back from Hanoi
Comment: #4
Posted by: Paul
Thu Aug 11, 2011 7:07 PM
"We live in a free country, which gives people the freedom to take risks, even risks others would consider foolish." Wow, I can't believe Susan either said that or believes that, because it runs counter to the core of the nanny state.
Comment: #5
Posted by: pb1222
Fri Aug 12, 2011 4:54 AM
Re: Paul

My apologies sir, you are absolutely correct.
Comment: #6
Posted by: joseph wright
Fri Aug 12, 2011 5:37 AM
I do believe Susan's idea of freedom is different from mine. Example: what does she think of the 'food police' as promoted by the first(soon to be ex) lady?
Comment: #7
Posted by: Early
Fri Aug 12, 2011 6:15 AM
Re: pb1222

"We live in a free country, which gives people the freedom to take risks, even risks others would consider foolish."

Wow, I can't believe Susan either said that or believes that, because it runs counter to the core of the nanny state.

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Well, you must remember Susan is an elitists liberal. Thus, when Susan says we are free and have "the freedom to take risks . . . that others find foolish", Susan does not mean any risk, Susan means we are free to take "risks" that are among the list of risks of which elitists Liberals approve. You see, elitists believe they are intellectually superior to everyone else, and thus, have a DUTY to RULE us for our own good.


When it came to Jemery Lusk, Susan had this to say:


"Why risk your life doing a flip on a motorcycle? Best I can tell, the activity has no particularly redeeming purpose, evidences no particularly useful social skill, amounts to nothing but an electronic envelope that you're trying to prove you could push further than anyone else."


"The short answer to why Lusk is dead might be that the wind in the stadium was not quite right, or that the money was too good not to try, or that he wasn't smart enough or scared enough to believe that risking your life doing motorcycle jumps wasn't worth whatever were paying. According to new reports, he had been riding motorcycles since he was 3. That should be against the law, at least."


"Climbers take risks, but the upside, I'm told, is both physical and spiritual, measured not only by the satisfaction of discipline done and muscle built but by a soul that is never the same.


What exactly is the social good of hanging off a motorcycle flying through the air so a bunch of people who pay money to see whether you will live or die can get their money's worth? Or not."


You see, elitists liberals will let you know what risk have social value, and us, are acceptable the take.


When it comes to America and Hanoi Jane, she is clearly a hero to liberals like Susan. Liberals champion the concept of multiculturalism. What 'multiculturalism' boils down to is that you can praise any culture in the world except Western culture - and you cannot blame any culture in the world except Western culture.


So Hanoi Jane set out to show the world how wonderful a person and soul she had by fraternizing with the enemy in giving them comfort and aid. Susan would have done the same.


As for me, I agree that Hanoi Jane should have been put to death the moment she returned to the United States. Instead, Hanoi Jane suns herself in the freedom defended by the men and women whom Hanoi Jane betrayed and dishonored. I can think of few Americans that are more worthy of the title "human garbage".


Comment: #8
Posted by: SusansMirror
Fri Aug 12, 2011 6:43 AM
What a surprise; seven comments consisting of non sequiturs based on halfwit reactionary fantasies.

Here's one actually relevant to the column: I agree with the main point. There's something deeply wrong about very young people, not suffering illness or deformity, feeling that they have to get cosmetic surgery to match some mass-market image of perfection. I don't understand parents who'd encourage that instead of concentrating on health and finding a fulfilling life.
Comment: #9
Posted by: Steven Doyle
Fri Aug 12, 2011 6:53 AM
Re: Steven Doyle
The libs have destroyed the ability of parents (and teachers) to discipline children. Now they want to control their behavior. Get it?
Comment: #10
Posted by: Early
Fri Aug 12, 2011 7:24 AM
Re: Steven Doyle

"non sequiturs based on halfwit reactionary fantasies"

That's it? That is the best insult/defense you can advance in support of Susan? Really?

I am not impressed.


Comment: #11
Posted by: SusansMirror
Fri Aug 12, 2011 7:27 AM
Re: Steven Doyle

It seems that Doyle has heard of the literary device of non sequitur and has decided to deploy it without any real understanding of its meaning or use. Another prime example of the truth of the old proverb "he who knows not and knows not that he knows not is a fool" Non sequitur literally latin for "it does not follow" has application to many of positions taken by Estrich within her writings and her actions but has no application to the posts above. Estrich could have simply stated the fact of the treasonous Fonda having her eyes done (who cares what that bitch does?) but went on to express admiration for her as follows "I have been a fan of Fonda for, well, a very long time." A very long time must be taken to mean just that and to include the Viet Nam era and it is clearly no non sequitur to take issue with that expressed admiration.

By way of example for Doyle. If I were to reply to Susan in terms such as the present Obama administration is the most anti American anti business and most fascist Administration in US history, whilst the statement true in every respect it would indeed be non sequitur to Estrich's underlying remarks.
Comment: #12
Posted by: joseph wright
Fri Aug 12, 2011 8:17 AM
Just seems with all that is going on in the world, the press and commentators are selecting a topic that isn't that relevant in a free society.

They can do what they want. End of story. No big deal.

The problem arises when media people select the news for us and make people think that what they wrote is important.
Comment: #13
Posted by: barry1817
Sun Aug 14, 2011 9:23 PM
dear susan; re' your article in buff news on 8/15/11, you discuss our values and the afghan people. people who must really hate us; wondering what we're doing in their countrty. mideast values are such; some idiot in the u.s. burns a koran, and innocent people are murdered in afghanistan, because of it. perhaps murder is like a venial sin to these people. doesn't sound like our values. let's just pick up and leave the middle east like we did in vietnam. why wait until ten years from now to realize we made a mistake. those few dozen al quaida people aren't coming here, let's bring the troops home and protect our border with mexico. perhaps the mexican government will seek our help in getting rid of the drug cartels.
Comment: #14
Posted by: jim kelsey
Tue Aug 16, 2011 11:53 AM
I wrote a respone to Kelsey about illegals, etc. And again I was blocked. Nice post and honest, but anti- illegals! So I was blocked again. Very strange...never get blocked by anyone else! Typical libs. Let's see if they post this.
Comment: #15
Posted by: Charlie
Wed Aug 17, 2011 10:01 AM
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