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May 21, 2007

Dr. Laura's son a sicko?

Looks like the apple of one family values crusader's eye has a lot of explaining to do:

The soldier son of talk radio relationship counselor Laura Schlessinger is under investigation for a graphic personal Web page that one Army official has called "repulsive." 

The MySpace page, publicly available until Friday when it disappeared from the Internet, included cartoon depictions of rape, murder, torture and child molestation; photographs of soldiers with guns in their mouths; a photograph of a bound and blindfolded detainee captioned "My Sweet Little Habib"; accounts of illicit drug use; and a blog entry headlined by a series of obscenities and racial epithets.

The site is credited to and includes many photographs of Deryk Schlessinger, the 21-year-old son of the talk radio personality known simply as Dr. Laura. Broadcast locally on 570 KNRS, "Family Values Talk Radio," the former family counselor spends three hours daily taking calls and offering advice on morals, ethics and values. She broadcast a show from Fort Douglas, in Salt Lake City, last week. [SCT]

Republic of Pelau has the background on Dr. Laura and her perfect son Deryk.  More from Pensito Review.

My favorite part of the story is where the military tries to blame the web page on the terrorists:

That was a contention echoed by Army spokesman Robert Tallman, who said "it may be possible that our enemies are actually behind this.

"Our enemies are adaptive, technologically sophisticated, and truly understand the importance of the information battlespace," Tallman continued. "Sadly, they will use that space to promulgate and disseminate untrue propaganda." [SCT]

Al Qaeda is impersonating the son of a minor conservative talkshow host who berates military wives. Suure they are.

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Is the webpage really gone, or did someone save and upload it?

There's video of Deryk pulling a female protestor to the ground and kicking her.

I'd love to see this asshole receive a dishonourable discharge.

Lesley -

That turned out to be a different person kicking her.

Link about the suspected kicker (who denies it):
http://www.citypaper.net/articles/2004-09-23/naked3.shtml


Suburban Guerrilla linked to this as well. I like beating up on Dr. Laura as much as anyone, but my first reaction is that this says a lot more about the effects of war than it does about Schlessinger's approach to child-rearing.

I'll accept that Deryk's an asshole, but there's a pretty big gulf between being a run-of-the-mill insecure bully and talking about how "'godless crazy people like [him]' have become 'a generation of apathetic killers.'" That's some cry-for-help shit right there and his own writing as much as spells out the cause as his experience in Afghanistan.

If his college drop out, Carolina friends speak up.. people will earn more of how sick&twisted. War doesn't help, but didn't create this one.

The foto is not the worst of the site. The brothers are coming "home" to let nothing go "unpunished". Like mother he's mad about extension.. had a cheating woman and hates everyone he is fighting for. Addicted to war and guns and... no ones safe if these brothers aren't locked up.

Sounds like you know the guy pretty well, FOTO.

I have no love for Dr. Laura, and I think if the story is true it would be a delicious irony. But, it seems to me very plausible that the stuff written on the website was done by an impostor seeking to shame Dr. Laura and/or her son. I mean, who really says they are a godless apathetic killer?

"I mean, who really says they're a godless apathetic killer?"

Neurotic twentysomethings who are trying to claim some faux-Nietszchean glamour for themselves. But Dr. Laura's act has always had more than a little whiff of sado-masochism, like all reactionary culture these days. Nothing excited the audience at the Republican debate more than the candidates trying to outdo one another in their enthusiasm for torture, and we have neoconservative world-domination fantasies as our national policy. The conservative base yearns for nothing more than a Strong Leader they can cringe and fawn over. Like Amanda's point earlier about the "creepy uncle factor", does it really surprise anyone when these people turn out to have pathologies that look a lot like their politics?

"That was a contention echoed by Army spokesman Robert Tallman, who said 'it may be possible that our enemies are actually behind this.'"

Don't forget: whenever an on-talking-point Republican speaks of "the enemy" instead of "the terrorists," there's a reason. By referring to "the enemy," whatever they say can be taken to refer to the "enemy" they hate and fear the most: liberals.

been way too busy to keep up with the decay of the world in general. So Majikthise is a good spot to hit first. OK, Bush learned he can convince ANYBODY but McCain to send more IED fodder and decided to do it on the QT...not surprising, disgusting but very much according to form.


But this sentence: "People who haven't even read the book are attacking Jessica because of who she is (white, college educated, attractive), rather than what she actually says in her book.
"
is pretty alarming. I know I lead a sheltered life but MOST of the women I run into, be it at work, socially or in shul have all those characteristics and that is supposed to be good. Was there some sort of revolution while I was busy and a whole bunch of things that used to be positives became cause for attack? This sounds so sick. I don't expect that the attacks are coming from other good looking educated white women..if that were the case then the complaints would be in the nature of the privileged claiming betrayal by one of their own..a claim a man simply hasn't the standing to make. When the book came out, I added it to my list (in hopes I might figure out why I my comments at Pandagon and Feministe sometimes have Zuzu or Amanda coming after me with a branding iron;)...in other words, a book from a feminist perspective is a learning opportunity whether you buy the attitudes or the theories and that is a thing of value.

Crap. I have no time to go read yet another bunch of posts and comments to figure out just what sickness is afoot. I cut work to do my writeups about Kathy Sierra.

was there some sort of revolution while i was busy and a whole bunch of things that used to be positives became cause for attack?

yeah. the republicans took over.

The video has already been proven as a false ID of Deryk. This is a fake My Space page, the man is out there taking care of busines. He doesn't have time to create a blog! Get real people!
This is all just another scandal thought up by the liberal extremists to attempt to make their perceived enemies, the conservatives look bad. It's boring, predictable and even disgusting of an American to even think about. Dr. Laura should be supported in the public eye during a time when her son, one our fellow countrymen and a soldier, is being attacked! Please, all of you, wake up to the truth and stop marinating yourselves in propaganda!

The video has already been proven as a false ID of Deryk. This is a fake My Space page, the man is out there taking care of busines. He doesn't have time to create a blog! Get real people!
This is all just another scandal thought up by the liberal extremists to attempt to make their perceived enemies, the conservatives look bad. It's boring, predictable and even disgusting of an American to even think about. Dr. Laura should be supported in the public eye during a time when her son, one our fellow countrymen and a soldier, is being attacked! Please, all of you, wake up to the truth and stop marinating yourselves in propaganda!

DUH.. obviously it's fake. We study Lena Riefenstahl and want to compare the propaganda. They are sophisticated. It is an important study.

Deryk is saved and needs his My Space. Dr. Laura, PROUD MOTHER, will explain everything! Keep the faith!

LIBERAL BAD! THE RIGHT BAD! REPUBLICAN BAD! DEMOCRAT BAD! IS IT ANY SURPRISE NOTHING SEEMS TO GET DONE.

IN REGARDS TO DERYK, LETS WAIT FOR THE SOME PROOF AND GET SOME REAL!! FACTS. UNTIL THEN LETS LEAVE THIS STORY TO STAR MAGAZINE.

P.S. I FIND IT AMUSING THAT SOME OF THE "BLOGGERS" ON THIS SITE AND OTHER SITES, LOVE TO USE THEIR BIG S.A.T WORDS AND FANCY WRITING SKILLS TO SOMEHOW MAKE WHAT THEIR SAYING SOUND MORE CONVINCING, BUT FOR GOD SAKE JUST GET TO THE POINT!

The next move is Deryk's. Has he confirmed or denied that he wrote the page? If he didn't write it, he should say so and save himself a lot of trouble.

The RNC video wasn't a fake. Somebody misidentified the young Republican kicking the protester at the RNC as Deryk. As you say, Lynn, it wasn't him. It was another kid.

Point 1) Nowadays, Grunts in the field have plenty of time to fuck around on the internet when they're not getting shot at. I managed to keep my Livejournal updated every few days in Iraq, this idiot could certainly have kept up a Myspace page.

Point 2) Any computer networks he would have had access to in Afghanistan, have had tracking software installed in them by the Army. It should be trivially easy for them to prove whether or not he did it. I would think that if it _wasn't_ him, they'd say so ASAP, but you know how the Army is with the hurry-up-and-wait thing.

Point 3) Where'd the page go, dammit? I understand that Myspace deleted it, but _someone_ should have cached a copy somewhere. I wanna see exactly how fucked up the bozo is!

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