Monday, May 14, 2007

Something Savage This Way Comes

A follow up to the News-Press entry from last night....

It seems I missed half the fun by not actually scrounging about for a copy of the print edition from Sunday, for INOTBB's favorite moral scourge Dr. (of Physiology) Laura had to put her two cents in about the Jerry Roberts accusations on page A2. Oh, and I don't mean to use a cliche when I say she put her two cents in--that's precisely what her notions are worth. According to Craig Smith, at the end of her column she writes:

I must say, however, that Mr. Roberts working at The Daily Nexus, which typically presents its own version of vulgar sexuality (check out the "Wednesday Hump" section looks bad . . .

Jerry Roberts was hired in late January 2007 to be publications director of UC Santa Barbara's Daily Nexus. The Nexus, although it has some advisory staff, is primarily student-run, and certainly student written and edited. It has run a sex column (not a section, as Dr. Laura called it, but then again, the people left in charge at the News-Press don't know their newsholes from a hole in the ground), called the Wednesday Hump, at least as far back as 2002, when then Hump-ster Beth Van Dyke was quoted in USA Today.

That USA Today article went on to say (starting with an amazing first clause that must warm the cockles of every non-free speech loving heart, but here I'm assuming Dr. Laura has one):

First Amendment issues aside, defenders say the columns address an issue important to its primary readers. "It's no secret that sex is a popular topic among college students and that, for a lot of us, it's our first chance to explore our sexuality," says Larry Griffin, editor of The Heights at Boston College. "It's worth it just to get the topic out there."

Given her own youthful indiscretions, you would think Dr. (of Physiology) Laura would have a bit more forgiveness for the perky, curious, and enthusiastic sexuality of those in college. It's less surprising she doesn't seem to care for First Amendment rights, which for her, and her employer Ms. McCaw, seems to mean, "Those who have the most money are first among equals, and therefore get to have the most right to speak." Why else would Schlessinger seem to think every blog should offer her a soapbox when we can hear her across the nation on Talk Radio Network stations?

And speaking of the company that sydicates her show, if she thinks Roberts somehow is besmirched by allowing college students to continue to write the paper they wrote before he came on board (some of which just happens to be about sex and gets specific about acts and uses dirty words and stuff--eww, gross!), should she also be calling out Chancellor Yang for allowing the paper to be published at UCSB? Or, perhaps we should ask--Dr. (of Physiology) Laura, you work for Talk Radio Network, who also represents Michael Savage, shouldn't that give you moral pause? To hit just some of his low-lights Michael Savage has:
  • Agreed 100% with a caller who said that gay rabbis would likely rape teen age boys
  • Blamed the Columbine shootings on sexual reassignment surgery
  • Said Condoleeza Rice was "pushed up the ladder all of her life because of social engineering"
  • Called "civil rights" a "con" and asserted: "It's a racket that is used to exploit primarily heterosexual, Christian, white males' birthright" (he did this on Martin Luther King Day)
  • Said of Larry King and Wolf Blitzer: "The two of them together look like the type that would have pushed Jewish children into the oven to stay alive one more day to entertain the Nazis"
  • Asserted after the 2004 tsunami: "Many of the countries and the areas in these countries that were hit by these tidal waves were hotbeds of radical Islam. Why should we be helping them destroy us?...I truthfully don't believe in foreign aid."
  • Told off a caller in 2003 with the lines, "Oh, you're one of the sodomites. You should only get AIDS and die, you pig."

This man, Michael Savage, is sold by the same people that sell you, Ms. Schlessinger. Tell me, if we're going to tar people with the blunt brush of association, who looks dirtiest now--you or Jerry Roberts?

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Anonymous Mel said...

"youthful indiscretions"? She was almost 30. She knew how to get a job. She worked on a teacher for years until she got knocked up. Not everyone who went to school with her is dead. Didn't Barbara De Angelis know her? I think she lives here, why is she tolerating these atrocities? SPEAK UP.

11:35 PM  
Blogger Drew said...

Unless I'm mistaken, the Hump debuted when I was a freshman in 2000. The Humper back then was a girl by the last name of "Blank," which led to the long-standing tradition of the sex columnist's actual given name sounding a lot like a pseudonym. Seriously, if I hadn't known this girl with the last name "Paradise" was a real person before she got the job, I would have assumed she had to be fake. Beth is the one that made it a big deal, however, and that was in 2001.

1:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Umm... awkward point... Henry Yang is a good buddy of Wendy. It's the money, which he believes UCSB needs. Simultaneously, he did not veto the hiring of Roberts. A many faceted man.

7:36 AM  
Blogger Jami said...

I'm not sure if you want to attack Dr. (of physiology) Laura, or Mike Savage, or both. At any rate social liberals will always attack social conservatives and vice versa. The fundamental disagreements between the abortionists and pro-lifers, the defeatists and the hawks, the commies and the patriots, when these arguments cease will we truly be at the dawn of the apocalypse, for conservatism will likely suffer an unfortunate death at the hands of the Hollywood elite (yes I employ the oxymoron).

8:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Dr. Laura knew anything about the Daily Nexus, she would know that the publications director has little to no interaction with the day to day runnings of the paper. They usually are called in only if there is a problem. I know, I used to work there.

8:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Give me break. As a mother and a woman, I am appalled at the "friskiness of many college girls". Causal sex produces shame and undermines self respect. It is also makes for interesting conversations years later when this same woman must explain to her husband why she thought having sex on a casual basis was ok but gosh, let's hope our kids don't! How about having self respect and not seeing your body as a tool to have some fun with that actually leaves emotional scars later on. Virture and self respect are values to seek and hold onto regardless of what the vast majority of college students are doing. To deny that is when the shame sets in. Our society glorifies sexual promiscuity though it rarely speaks of the shame that comes with it. I say this as one who like Dr. Laura made mistakes when I was young and I pray my own daughter does not do the same. She is precious to me and I want her to be loved by someone who sees her as the precious girl she is, not as some sexy body to "hump" for a night.

8:45 AM  
Blogger George said...

Wow, this one got people worked up!

Mel, if our president could have his youthful indiscretions until he was 40, let's give Dr. Laura a break.

Drew, thanks so much for the proper Nexus Hump History.

Anon 7:36, never let it be said the chancellor wasn't good at attempting to please everyone.

Jami, I'm not sure I understand your seeming threat. I also appreciate your brilliant black-and-white list that I believe leaves me an abortionist, defeatist, commie, Hollywood elite. It's exactly that kind of dialogue that will save us from the apocalypse, but I assume you figure you and your friends get lifted away to Rapture-land at that point no matter.

Anon 8:40, I appreciate the inside view that confirms my initial claim.

Anon 8:45, you seem to be making the old argument that if a person has any sex, he or she will instantly become a slut, just like the person who takes one toke of pot soon ends up a heroin addict.

Shame is in the eye of the shamer, no? And what I think is a shame is that as a society we too often want to deny we are sexual beings (while, yes, I will admit, we over-sexualize things in marketing and the media, thereby sending mixed messages that can leave people mightily screwed up). Can't women (or girls, if you insist) be both precious and sexy?

9:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course women can be precious AND sexy and they should be. The point is how precious is a women who is offering sex as recreation during her college years (or at any other time)? We are definately sexual beings.It is the most intimate experience two people can share. My arguement is that when intimate experience is confused with recreation, shame is the result. Sex is an intimate experienced that should be shared with someone you love, not someone you happened to pick up for the night and whose name will be soon be forgotten. That is a waste of a one's self and not what I want for my kids when they are older.

9:46 AM  
Blogger Drew said...

Quote from anonymous:

"How about having self respect and not seeing your body as a tool to have some fun..."

Lady, for your daughter's sake, thank GOD that the whole sexual liberation thing was lost on you. I hate the idea of any women thinking they can derive enjoyment with their bodies through anything other than monogamous, Christian, heterosexual love. I'm putting the Nexus on the line and telling them you should write next year's sex column.

10:42 AM  
Anonymous Mel said...

I'll give the gal a break on her age. I hope you don't let her slide in this attack. You wouldn't remember all the lives destroyed from the red scare days. There are those who will see the back & forth of 2 opposites and not much else.

What (of Physiology) Laura did here is a crime in my book and that needs to be hammered home. It's not about child porn or college sex, it's about who are the ones destroying the lives. If their lives are filled with dirty little secrets that contributes to their low morals, it's not that important. Only in that hypocrites are the best at going after others.

12:54 PM  
Blogger Jami said...

like Al Gore...

1:06 PM  
Blogger Marty said...

I'm a little jealous, George. I thought I was the only crazy person reading your blog.

2:05 PM  
Blogger Trekking Left said...

The problem with Dr. Laura and most of her kind is the hypocrisy: Limbaugh is a drug addict, Bennet has a gambling problem, Laura posed for nudy pictures. They have endless judgement for others, but they must remain free of criticism themselves. It amazes me that we still take any of them seriously.

As far as the comments about women and sexuality is concerned ... I'm not a parent, but if I was, I would certainly hope that my daughter wouldn't have sex until she's 40. However, the reality is that burying your head in he sand and denying human nature doesn't work. If you don't believe me, just look at the latest statics regarding abstinence only programs.

I say, teach your children how to be smart, independent, responsible, thoughtful people and hope for the best. If you teach them that sex is icky and wrong, then you can guarantee they will be discussing your lessons with their therapist.

2:34 PM  
Blogger Trekking Left said...

jami - When you point to Al Gore, I assume you are talking about his house. For the record, he pays for carbon credits to offset the energy he consumes. And local government regulations prevented him from getting solar panels. He addressed this in the Senate hearings. The Right harps on this constantly to veer attention away from his message.

2:38 PM  
Blogger Jami said...

Make an Al Gore joke and the apologists come running out. Look the difference is that the hypocrites you point to are talking heads; they're entertainers. The hypocrite on your side I point to is your presiential candidate. Although I have to admit Mr. Gore's foray into entertainment has gone very smoothly thus far.

3:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What this is all about is an attack on Dr. Laura's opinions. She is serious and take her that way. Jami may sit on the fence, but when the time comes he'll be with Dr. Laura. She has credentials and people must listen to her on global warming science and islamofascists. The only crime is they targeting her again like that Matthew LaPlante. He's a liar. She'll prove him wrong as she always does. This is upsetting her deeply. It is not a crime to want a draft when it is necessary. Women do not belong in wars. Get over it!

3:57 PM  
Blogger George said...

Anonymous 3:57--

You're right I forgot her credentials--those Ph.D.s in Climatology and Middle Eastern Studies in particular.

You might also want her to use the Ph.D. she most likes to pretend she has, the one in psychology, with you--you seem to have a touch of ADHD, given how you jump about so.

4:18 PM  
Anonymous truth machine said...

People who are "appalled" about sex are generally idiots.

11:45 PM  
Anonymous truth machine said...

Unlike Jami, Al Gore is a ethical, intelligent, and accomplished human being.

11:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This blog is extra entertaining when everyone's all riled up and frothy!

9:03 AM  
Blogger Marty said...

I know conservatives who can write logically and spell and who like sex very much (ask the madame), but apparently they aren't reading this blog. Might you be current News Press employees?

12:41 PM  
Blogger Jami said...

Hey marty im a conservative who can write logically, spell, and i like sex too. We are representing. I don't work at the News-Press though. I tried to get in there about a year ago, but I don't think they liked my sense of humor. Their loss! and Trekking and Truth Machines gain! Love you guys, mcconfrontation

1:55 PM  
Blogger George said...

Oh no! If I told you once I told you a million times--we must fight the trolls on the Independent site or else we will have to fight them at home!

2:11 PM  
Blogger Jami said...

Muhahaha! You're a funny guy George. I like you.

2:46 PM  

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