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05-21-1999, 03:21 PM
Hi THere all you hungry kids. When I'm not applyin' the hairnet or scoopin the mashed potatoes, I like to skip around the AM dial on my ol' Wurlitzer, and I just heard that old gal Doctor Laura, and she was bein' quite nasty, I do declare.
Now, I understand that if your pappy is a cohabitin' with some young homewrecker, you best be turnin' the other cheek, and not mindin' him at all, but if your entire family's been blown to tarnation by a twister, she don't have the right to be screamin' atcha for feelin' sorry for yourself.
Just where does she get off is all I'm askin??

05-21-1999, 03:30 PM
Dr. Laura is iminently smack-worthy, but tarnation, child! Why're you a-talkin' like some refugee from Dogpatch? If you put yer banjo down you may be able to type in reg'lar English. :)

05-21-1999, 05:55 PM
When I saw this thread, I thought, "Dr. Laura: Smack-worthy?" was an inquiry about her recent nikkid photo spread, and whether she's worth spanking the monkey over. I haven't seen it so I wouldn't know myself.

05-21-1999, 06:07 PM
I'd slip her the pig.

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05-21-1999, 07:06 PM
The woman is horrible. I listen to her sometimes in the morning for the same reason some folks listen to Howard Stern . . . to see what sort of outrageous bunk she will spout next.

She has a website www.drlaura.com. I once posted a message to her board, which is filled with moral diatribes against sin, saying that my husband and I had lived together before we were married, and he hadn't used me, or refused to marry me or left me, or treated me poorly, like she direly perdicts on her radio show. Predictably enough, the moderator deleted my message. You can only post when you're in perfect agreement with her.

05-21-1999, 08:10 PM
I don't listen to her very much, but I have head Dr. Laura a few times. What I wonder is why the callers call. After all, the calls are screened, so you're not gonna get through unless they've already established that you're a prime candidate for a Dr. Laura hose-down.

05-22-1999, 09:32 AM
I've never heard anyone more obnoxious on radio. Rush is next, although he is right, sometimes.

I just avoid her show at all costs. It's pretty easy, just flip that dial.



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05-22-1999, 10:59 AM
I once posted a message to her board, which is filled with moral diatribes against sin, saying that my husband and I had lived together before we were married, and he hadn't used me, or refused to marry me or left me, or treated me poorly, like she direly perdicts on her radio show.

The sad thing is, it seems that everyone in my family eats her BS up like bread and butter. I tried explaining to them once that Dr. Laura didn't even get her doctorate in psychology (I think it's in physiology, but I'm not sure), but that didn't seem to help. I am somewhat interested in that "statistic" that says that couples who cohabitate before marriage have a 50% higher divorce rate, considering it seems to go in the face of logic. The only thing I can think of that would skew that stat is the fact that most couples who cohabitate don't have the hyper-strong religious values that generally occur in those who won't, and hyper-strong religious value families usually frown on divorce no matter how unhappy you are. Does anyone else have any opinions on this?

05-22-1999, 11:34 AM
If you search the net for 'Dr. laura nude pictures' you can see a set of them she did.

So I thought smack-worthy was another idea :-)

05-22-1999, 12:29 PM
I see a flaw in that statistic. Maybe I'm not thinking correctly, but if the divoce rate for all Americans is around 50% or so, and if the rate for cohabitating couples who marry is 50% higher than those that did not, is Dr. Laura saying that 100% of people who lived together before marriage going to get divorced?

A couple of months ago, a womaan called in and was asking Laura a question. Laura said very snippily "I don't like your tone." The woman replied; "Well, I don't like you either!" and slammed down the phone. It was great.

Her pompous, holier-than-thou-could-be-in-a-million-years attitude really annoys me. When those infamous photos were taken, she was cheating on her husband, whom she later divorced. And technically, she's not a stay-at-home mom either. Her hypocracy greatly diminishes her credibility in my eyes.

05-22-1999, 12:35 PM
I see a flaw in that statistic. Maybe I'm not thinking correctly, but if the divoce rate for all Americans is around 50% or so, and if the rate for cohabitating couples who marry is 50% higher than those that did not, is Dr. Laura saying that 100% of people who lived together before marriage going to get divorced?

No, she's saying that 75% are.

05-22-1999, 02:41 PM
Dr. Laura is a sexless, mysogynist psycho-bizacula.
Proof? Simply read the Vanity Fair article on her from September.
This deluded creature calls herself a "prophet", hasn't spoken to her mother or sister in over 20 YEARS, and is just plain evil.
ALso, Dr. Susan Bloch, a sex columnist, has this running curse on her, you can find it on the internet, it's pretty damn hilarious.
But truly, I do believe Dr. Laura is a mean, filthy McNasty liar.

05-24-1999, 12:46 PM
I guess the thing that burns me about her is her ranting against women (with children) working outside the home. HELLO! CAn you say "starve to death without 2 incomes". NOt all of us make 6 figures, Dr. Laura, and hey, don't YOU have small children at home? I don't think your studio is in your house! You can smell the hypocrisy from here!

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05-24-1999, 03:56 PM
In the Bay Area, of all places, you can hear Dr. Laura on KGO for 3 hours every weekday afternoon. Both my aunt and I were visitng Mom's house and Aunt had Dr. Laura on, though I begged her not to. Well, I'm doing my best to ignore the yacking, but a phrase does catch my attention and I ask *What crime was he convicted of?* Aunt snorts and looks at me bleary-eyed. The notion of Dr. L as lullaby hadn't occurred to me until then!

(And her advice sucked. The caller had overheard some relative discussing the caller's father's criminal past and wanted to know who to talk to about it - Dad, Mom, the relative? The pearl she received was *Forget about it - it's none of your business* Huh?

05-24-1999, 04:01 PM
The first (and only) time I ever heard "Doctor" Laura, the divorced woman she was talking to had called to find out what to do about her (just slightly pre-teen) son, who was throwing temper tantrums every time she attempted to go on a date (and was also being generally disobedient in other ways).

The main point of the answer as far as I could tell seemed to be "Your son is right; women who have children don't have any business dating." I immediately changed the channel and I've avoided that station since.

05-25-1999, 01:26 AM
Bead - The theory(?) behind the "higher divorce rate after co-habitation" goes like this:

Couples who live together but are not married do so because there is much less commitment involved. Either person can leave at any time - no muss, no fuss, no lawyers (unless someone screams "palimony!"). When the union is made "legal" through marriage, it is usually because of pressure from one half of the couple or through common law, not necessarily because the commitment level has increased. Thus a higher divorce rate.

I have seen these figures bandied about plenty of times, but have never seen the studies behind them. 'Till we can see the studies and how they were conducted, it's just more unsubstantiated statistics (see my sig line). Oh, and I believe her doctorate is in Sociology.

"I'm not a psychologist, but I play one on the radio."

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05-25-1999, 02:12 PM
A few points to clarify:

1. Dr Laura got her doctorate in physiology, but she is post-graduate certified in marriage and family counseling. She used to be in private practice.

2. She doesn't say that women with children shouldn't work, only that a parent should be home when the children are home. She doesn't oppose the father staying home while the mother works or mothers holding jobs that allow them to be home by the time the kids get home from school.

3. Sure she's a bitch, and I disagree with much of what she says, but it's hard to sympathize with her callers. Often the situations they describe that they've gotten themselves into deserve rebuke, and if they're calling her for advice, they must listen to and be familiar with the show, so they have no right to expect anything but to have their heads bitten off.

4. She's simply symptomatic of the mentality that makes such a big success out of shows like Jerry Springer and Judge Judy--people taking smug satisfaction in feeling morally superior to dysfunctionals who are sacrificially skewered for the entertainment pleasure. I get a kick out of her listening to her myself sometime.

05-25-1999, 03:42 PM
BunnyGirl said:I guess the thing that burns me about her is her ranting against women (with children) working outside the home. HELLO! CAn you say "starve to death without 2 incomes". NOt all of us make 6 figures,
Not to defend Dr. Laura, but you really don't need to make 6 figures to keep one parent home. My wife stays home with our children, and we're doing just fine (believe me, I don't make anything near 6 figures). It just takes a choice in the way you live.

Dr. Laura, and hey, don't YOU have small children at home? I don't think your studio is in your house! You can smell the hypocrisy from here!
Actually, where I think she is most hypocritical is the way she reacted to those nude pictures. First she claimed the owner of the photos was lying (when in fact she was the liar). She only came clean when the photos were put on the web, and then she made excuses, saying it was because she was an atheist then(!!).

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05-25-1999, 06:51 PM
I have heard DR. Laura a few times and I could not stand her. This Women does not give advise she acts as if she were a critic. She is constatly pointing out mistakes with out offering solutions.

05-26-1999, 03:49 AM
Well, I'm an atheist... Let me check something...
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Nope, my pants are still on.

05-27-1999, 04:13 AM
Dr. Laura is not in the business of helping people with their problems. She is in the business of getting people to listen to her show, which she does by beating up on the type of people that her ignorant listeners like to dislike.

05-27-1999, 10:01 AM
Lipochrome said:Well, I'm an atheist... Let me check something...
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Nope, my pants are still on.
:) Of course, her claim brought up the question of what is wrong with cavorting around naked with your own lover, no matter what religion you are. I don't remember any commandments about not taking naked photos.

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05-27-1999, 05:32 PM
I once tried to find those infamous nude pictures. Apparently large numbers of sites offering adult pictures have stuck her name on, I assume with the intent of luring people in. I haven't laughed so hard in ages.

06-01-1999, 08:47 PM
I know this thread is old, but I couldn't resist posting this:

I was listening to the Good Doctor today. A woman called in and asked what she should look for in a good man. Dr Laura asked her a few details about herself (I can't remember if the woman said she had lived with a man, or had been divorced). Then Dr Laura told this poor creature that no really decent man would ever want her, because she was "damaged goods." I just about drove off of the road.

06-02-1999, 01:51 AM
Anyone fool enough to call Dr. Laura deserves
her advice. She wouldn't be as popular as she is if there weren't so many masochists presenting themselves for psychological flagellation.

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06-02-1999, 12:49 PM
Then Dr Laura told this poor creature that no really decent man would ever want her, because she was "damaged goods." (Emphasis added)

What does that say then about Dr. Laura's own husband?

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06-02-1999, 04:04 PM
...masochists presenting themselves for psychological flagellation.

Frank, great turn of phrase, man!! I love it. Have to think of some way to use that myself (not on myself!) ;)


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06-03-1999, 02:53 AM
Personally, i think Dr. Laura is a Bizznitch (Bitch in the local vernacular =) ). She offers horrible advice, and then beats up on her callers. However, i cant fully blame her, her callers call in and set themselves up. If people didnt call in, then they wouldnt get the verbal lashing she gives out. She also wouldn't have a show. I cant remember the last time i listened to her, but sometimes i want to lay the smack down on her ass! =)>.

06-03-1999, 04:09 AM
Hi THere all you hungry kids. When I'm not applyin' the hairnet or scoopin the mashed potatoes, I like to skip around the AM dial on my ol' Wurlitzer, and I just heard that old gal Doctor Laura, and she was bein' quite nasty, I do declare. Now, I understand that if your pappy is a cohabitin' with some young homewrecker, you best be turnin' the other cheek, and not mindin' him at all, but if your entire family's been blown to tarnation by a twister, she don't have the right to be screamin' atcha for feelin' sorry for yourself. Just where does she get off is all I'm askin??

Oh my GOD! It's MRS. BIG HOGZ!!!!!

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06-03-1999, 11:49 AM
Has anyone else noticed her obsession lately with bestiality, of all things?
I listen pretty regularly, partly because she's an entertaining bitch and partly because I agree with a lot of what she says.
But lately it's become a game to see how long she can go without mentioning sex with animals. It usually happens within 30 minutes. She brings it up in the strangest ways, often as just an offhand reference to the evils of the world, as if that is a major problem in American society.
-- Greg, Atlanta

06-03-1999, 02:08 PM
They can actually receive <gasp> "non-judgemental answers"?! Well, there's her problem. To her, all answers are judgemental -- and she is the judge.

On the internet aspect and the library telling people to watch their own kids -- there was a letter to the editor in the local free weekly here, with a guy complaining that you could <gasp> find porn on the internet and so local communities should be able to ban the ENTIRE internet to avoid children being able to see these things. I wrote a letter back explaining that there is a new invention that will solve his problem. After going on for a paragraph about how this invention can prevent children from accessing improper material without censoring the rest of us, I noted that this invention is called "parenting." Heavy sarcasm. :)

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06-03-1999, 10:38 PM
I think this is getting a little off-topic. Instead of matters of parenting, we should be discussing spanking and (or more specifically, of) Dr. Laura. Unfortunately none of the nude pictures presented her derriere, but I would suspect it was quite spankable in its day, and would not altogether have lost its appeal after only twenty years.

Her congenital deficiency of humility, while otherwise a charater flaw, only enhances the appeal of this target.

My verdict: not only smack-worthy, but ripe for the cane.

Excuse me while I go look for some Dr. Laura pictures....

06-04-1999, 01:45 AM
Her pet battle of the moment is with the American Library Association, and its web-site. There is a link on there to a site called Go Ask Alice. It's aimed at teenagers, and it's a place where kids can ask questions about sex, drugs, and other such "unsuitable" topics and receive non-judgemental answers.

Her outraged, moralistic tirades against the ALA for their refusal to censor themselves is truly one of the most comical pieces of tripe that I have ever had the priveledge of being exposed to. A Dr. Laura classic. I really recommend that you guys check out her web site.

The exasperated ALA issued a statement after hordes of Dr. Laura avengers have harassed them, basically saying, "Hey, we're a library. There's a ton of books here. We don't decide what is proper and what is not. We offer internet access. But we can't watch your kid constantly to make sure he hasn't been exposed to stuff you find offensive. Why don't you watch your kid, for pete's sake."

06-04-1999, 04:11 PM
The woman is infuriating as hell.

A week or two ago she was on a tirade about that detergent commercial where the mom doesn't want to come down hard on her kid and his blankie, so she just makes sure it's clean. Dr. Laura was foaming at the mouth about how this was a demonstration of a parent abandoning their responsibility to their kid. HUH?

She drives me nuts...but I DO listen, for the same reason I listen to Christian Radio: know thine enemy.

And I agree with December. The unfortunate thing is that she's actually right on with about half of what she says, mostly having to do with parents being more focused on their children. But the WAY she says it is so completely awful it drains all the good right out of it.

And what everyone else is saying about the callers... the thing that gets me about the callers is that they even need to call! Listen to Dr. Laura for more than 10 minutes and you will know EXACTLY what she's going to tell you!



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06-05-1999, 12:21 AM
Gee, how disappointing -- apparently I actually AGREE with Dr. Laura on something. I've never listened to her show (I did read one of her books and was distinctly unimpressed), but I HATE that damn detergent commercial -- was the Doc having a hissy about letting the child have the blanket itself? Or the voice over? I quote: "When I come home from work, I just want to play with Sam, not be a disiplinarian." Bleech. BTW, it seems that Dr. laura and I are not alone in our disdain -- the last time I saw this spot the wording had been changed!

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06-05-1999, 01:58 AM
As an atheist, I regret Dr. Laura's attribution of her recommendations as coming from God.

I do agree with her constnat recommendation that parents put considerable time and effort into their children's well-being, even at some sacrifice of the parents' pleasure and finances. Even when I don't fully agree, she represents a point of view that should be aired.

As a listener, I find her radio show entertaining. Being totally full of herself seems to help move the show along. Similarly, arrogance seems to serve Rush Limbaugh well on his show. The two of them are roughly tied with about 20 million listeners, so they must be doing something right.

06-05-1999, 06:30 AM
Getting WAY off topic here, the thing i hate about that detergent commerical is how they think you need it to be anti-bacterial to make it "germ free". Ugh, like a washer of hot water and regular detergent isnt enough! Anyway, back on topic: When i do catch the big bitch Dr. Laura on the radio, i must admit it is funny hearing her callers stammer and nearly burst into tears after Dr. Laura uses her verbal S&M on them =).

06-12-1999, 02:28 PM
Admittedly nowhere near topic:

That commercial didn't make a lot of sense, but the one that had me laughing 'till I urinated was the one about the busy, harried mother making dinner for her son.

She pulls a frozen pizza out of the freezer, but about that time the boy shows her a drawing that he made for her. Geez, she thinks, he put so much effort into this picture for me and here I am about to give him a frozen pizza for dinner. So she puts it back and instead makes him:

Campbell's Tomato Soup.

Which, the last time I checked, involves slightly less cooking than a frozen pizza. Did anyone else find this a bit odd?

To be on topic: Dr. Laura is hopelessly out of touch. True, some people need to be torn a new one about their problems (some people don't respond any other way), but it should not be delivered from the high moral throne she sits on. See also: Judge Mills Lane.

Dr. J

06-13-1999, 07:03 AM
I'd slip her the pig.--Crimson Hipster

I haven't been back to this thread, but, ha ha ha, whatever the "pig" is, I'd like to slip it to her too.



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