Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Worker Bee Shuts Down Sunday Funnies

This showed up in a comment in case any of you were wondering what happened to Worker Bee's blog on Dr. Laura (a small yabbadabbadoo edit is included -- sorry about that WB!):

I took down the Sunday Funnies because truthfully I just don't want to read Laura Shlessinger's column ever again or ever think about her. It was fun while it lasted, and I wish there were 25 hours in the day to make fun of Laura, but to make fun of her you actual have to absorb and consider her mind numbing thoughts.

I took it down entirely to take away the temptation of giving that woman the time of day just to crack some jokes. It's not worth it. Obviously she says outrageous things because she knows it will tick some people off and she welcomes the rumbling because it helps her book sales, etc. I just don't want to contribute.

That said, in the privacy of my own home, I will continue to persue my new hobby of pasting Mr. Yuck stickers over pictures of YABBADABBADOO. Thank you.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Abandoning her usual noisome red herring style of journalistic outrage, Phd. Laura in Sunday's NewPress taught us the lesson when one's pants are literally down deflect the intended embarassment and turn it into a culpable asset.

Sua sponte she raised the issue of the decades old photos of her in the buff and essentially declared "Damn, I was cute then".

And she was. Those are photos with no new or shocking human anatomical revelations that reveal more than anything a young, pretty, trusting and vulnerable woman in love.

Never thought you had anything positive to teach me Luara, but today you did. And now it is Worker Bee's time to skulk off in embarassed silence.

And the good news is she will appreciate these photos more and more as the years wear on.

Duchess of Windsor has photos taken during her Shanghai days wearing nothing more than strategically placed life saver ring. And I bet she loved looking at those photos decades later too.

When 80% of American woman hate their bodies, Laura's photos show nothing but loving hers. Brava Laura.

4/08/2007 12:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Worker Bee is right. Too much energy spent for a cause with little more effect than a chuckle or three. Better to direct the flames elsewhere, where they might do more good.

And in other news of the day, the News Press ironically (or not) runs a story about Circuit City employees being fired ... for being good employees.

Now, I don't subscribe, but this quote on the web site's home page says it all:

"But instead of being rewarded for their loyalty and hard work, their employer," ...

Ironic. Simply, deliciously ironic.

4/08/2007 2:41 PM  
Anonymous First District Streetfighter said...

Maria Zate wrote that article about Circuit City sacking its most experienced employees to save about $30 per day per employee fired.

Obviously, to highlight the value of experienced workers is a personal bias in that article and the writer should be fired herself by the Newspress.

Besides, needs a good business writer.

Pine for the Nine!
(Does that quip deserve another citation in the McCandless legal briefs?)

4/08/2007 6:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wendy McCaw and two columnists she hasn't fired, Laura Schlessinger and Travis Armstrong, all seem cut from the same cloth: bitter, thin-skinned and plainly unhappy.

Judging from McCaw's recent court filing and Schlessinger's recent column, they both seem to spend a disproportionate amount of time fretting over local blogs.

4/08/2007 6:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I liked the laughs with Worker Bee. I didn't like the stickers, but they were nice? I don't like the photos at all but they are symbolic of all her hypocrisy. Teenage boys like the one on the floor. A few months ago I thought she was a psychologist, the little exposure she got had it's good points. She has a bad quality it will be good to move on and discuss more than one person's effect on the community. I'm through with the N-P, too.

4/08/2007 6:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was it written somewhere in their contract loyalty would be rewarded? Customers have loyalty to bargain with as well.

Can't tell here whether loyalty is good or bad now with this group. Disloyalty to Wendy was okay, but Circuit City disloyalty to employees is bad.

Are you sure this is not appreciating the boss/employee relationship, and not really the virtue of loyalty?

Some showed little to Wendy - what do you expect.

4/08/2007 6:19 PM  
Anonymous nomdecrayloa said...

While WB's blog was a bit childish, it did remind us all what a tremendous self-righteous hypocrite Schless really is.

4/08/2007 6:29 PM  
Anonymous Worker Bee said...

Anon 12:18:

I'm not suliking in silence. I think Laura's nude photo's are an ongoing outlet for making fun of a woman who makes a career out of taking advantage of weak minded people who confuse her banter with reasoned advice.

I know she doesn't care what people think about her - I understand we in the blogosphere don't really bother her no mater what goes down. And I know those photos have been around for year. I'm no fool in this. My blog, above all else, was for a laugh. And I'll tell you, if you don't get the joke that is Dr. Laura, you probably don't have a very good sense of humor. And if Dr. Laura is teaching you things, well, you're part of the joke you're not getting.

4/08/2007 8:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found it interesting that we found out the first name of Editor Bird over at SB Blog today AS IF the moderator's identity was not anonymous -- or is it? I guess a step more identity keeps it from being anonymous?

4/08/2007 9:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I think of the A2 columnist & book sales, I think of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE . . someone keep an eye on her orders.
It's too bad when humorists aren't more adult. Jim Carrey and Jenny Mc Carthy would be alot funnier doing adult comedy, too. I bet they never had to read A2 before a performance. gave Jenny an award. She has a relationship book that is better than whats her name. I'll miss the blog but WB will keep us going.

4/08/2007 10:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How interesting that Laura is now patronizing a website where people can be anonymous. Wasn't it just recently that she announced that she disdains the veil of anonymity?

Laura is just a shill and a front for She-who-must-not-be-named.

Thanks for the site, Worker Bee. It was a fun read.

4/08/2007 10:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry to see you retired, WB, both because "Dr" Laura needs impugning on a regular basis, and because she will feel vindicated by your departure. Nevertheless, enjoy your ride into the sunset!

4/08/2007 10:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe "Dr. Laura" is proud of her nude photos but most people who have lived in Santa Barbara for many years would find them gross and the whole concept tawdry.

4/08/2007 11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will miss the Sunday Funnies. Your reporting of her hypocrisy was hilarious and dead-on. Of course I totally understand your reason for ending the blog, I wouldn't want to read her column either. Thanks for all the laughs.

4/09/2007 8:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous 9:20, about finding out the name of "editor bird" at Santa Barbara's blog - what is it? All I saw was the quoting of the "dr"'s column and "Thank you, (Editor Bird), I am grateful to your invitation...."

I assume the "dr" of physiology is a media personality since he/she notes the blog is open to "all media personalities, newsmakers, local leaders, and dignitaries" and DL is none of the others. Surprising that a relatively recent twice a week column in the NP count is a "media personality"?

4/09/2007 11:29 AM  
Anonymous jqb said...

"Dr." Laura has found new friends -- the anonymous blogger at and some of his anonymous bloggers:

You won't see my comments there, despite submitting some. First I wrote

What happened to Dr. Laura's boycott of anonymous blogs and blogs that allow anonymous comments? Do you have anything to say about Dr. Laura's blatant hypocrisy?

Editor Bird "moderated" that down to

What happened to Dr. Laura's boycott of blogs that allow anonymous comments?

So then I submitted

Editor Bird, why do you delete people's comments just because you personally don't like them? That itself is hypocritical. I noted that you yourself are anonymous — that's obviously true, so why would you delete it? I noted that Schlessinger is being blatantly hypocritical — that's obviously true, so why would you delete it? Such editing, without any indication that it was done is misrepresentation — I did not write what you have put under my name, you essentially are the author of it.

He not only didn't post that or respond to it in any way, but he deleted his watered-down version of my previous comment.

No wonder "Dr." Laura likes him.

4/09/2007 1:12 PM  
Anonymous jqb said...

I found it interesting that we found out the first name of Editor Bird over at SB Blog today

So "Dr." Laura outed him in her column, he quoted her, and he has since edited his own name out of his quote of her? That's too funny.

4/09/2007 1:16 PM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

jqb -- I think you answered the question above for me. Very interesting...thanks.

4/09/2007 2:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People should know that I've noticed uses cookies that fill in your "online identity" on the site. No real commitment to anonymity over there even though "Editor Bird" prefers to use a pseudonym and/or remain anonymous.

4/09/2007 2:27 PM  
Anonymous jqb said...

I'm not sure what your point is about cookies. Cookies are stored on your machine, not on the server, so the fact that they include information about you - information that you yourself have entered (in the case of, your id and email address) doesn't have any impact on anonymity (if you're using a public computer and want to remain anonymous, you should of course not enter any information that can be traced to you, and you should turn off cookies and/or clear them when you leave the computer).

4/09/2007 2:45 PM  
Anonymous jqb said...

"the anonymous blogger at and some of his anonymous bloggers"

Oops, I meant "some of his anonymous commenters".

4/09/2007 2:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting alright, jqb. I've had the same experience. I also saw a week end editor Tina, that was changed. The gang that can't shoot straight? Anon 2:27PM, that's a little more chilling. It has felt like a set up over there.

Did anyone see the comment where a "Dr. Laura C. Schlessinger" makes a point of signing full name? Also claims "I am credentialed in psychotheraphy (MB 14914- marriage and family theraphist in State of California)". A big deal was made out of John Palminteri name/comments, and marked (imposter). Eventually, (unverified) was quietly added to Schlessinger. How is it they could not verify or know imposter? Now with "cookies that fill in your "online identity" on the site" they would definently know right away?

4/09/2007 3:45 PM  
Anonymous worker bee said...

For the record: I took down the Funnies on Saturday morning and didn't learn until today that Schlessinger cited the Funnies in her column on Sunday. I quit because the thought of planning Sunday morning around Schlessinger just for some yuks - Mr. Yucks, as it were- gave me actual physical anxiety. I dislike her disturbing views that much. No joke.

Her specific column, which I did not read because I find her unreadable, did not instigate the take down. Her previous record of unreasoned and outright warmongering and hateful views did.

Look at how much we bother these people by letting them know that they no longer control all of the airwaves. Clearly, the best thing she could have done was ignore the Funnies. I'm so glad she had to consider it. It bugs her. I promise. She could use her pulpit to do much greater things, but she uses it to talk about my dumb blog. HA!

To my beloved Laura: There's a new restaurant critic in town. You may find yourself popping up in his blog.

4/09/2007 5:54 PM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

3:45 pm -- with a known public figure, my policy is always to say right away that the person is unverieid. There's really no way to tell on an anonymous blog unless the moderator gets an email that matches the person. For instance, is a known email address for her -- posting a comment, however, can't be verified.

4/09/2007 6:08 PM  
Anonymous boB said...

I don't think that we will ever get the former SBNP back. It is probably wishful thinking to imagine that any of the fired staff will return to the newspaper in their old jobs or in any other ones there.

Perhaps it is just time to Accept the Things we Cannot Change and Change the Things we Can.

What we cannot change is the transformation of a solid daily newspaper with both excellent and breaking local, national, and international news coverage, into a publication that features a predominantly large collection of local interest photos (well done, BTW) and short accompanying stories (not so well done), and a relatively uninspired but more or less reasonable collection of national and international wire stories and photos that may be a day or more old.

Our daily oldtime movie house newsreel if you will. Where's the roaring lion? ;-)

What can we change? Well, hmmm! Maybe we can point out how many people might resubscribe, after time of course, if we had a new editorial page editor.

That editor could still support animals and wildlife and ecology and property rights and indigenous persons and all that good stuff that we all more or less support here in Santa Barbara, but maybe she or he could do it without all of the vitriolic denunciation by name of city and county government elected (by the people, BTW) office holders and city and county staff.

If that happened (yes, I know that it could possibly be worse but I'm willing to take that chance) not only might old subscribers begin to resubscribe, but old advertisers might even come back to the paper to fill up the pages that now are full page ads about why you should advertise in the SBNP.

My wife and I still subscribe to the SBNP. I don't mind the A and B sections and actually enjoy the photos. I avoid A2, but then in truth I always have even though I really like the person who used to be there. That page just never seemed to be easy to read at our small breakfast table with my bifocals. My wife read the old A2 religiously and reported to me so it was all good!

I generally gag on the daily editorial, and certainly don't agree with all of the columnists but do feel they have the right to be heard and do like some of them.

The comics are good and the Business section is not too bad, but then my investments are real estate and mutual funds so I don't really know how the stock reports work for you who watch daily. Sports is just not the same, but Mark Patton is a good guy!

Then I brush my teeth (:-D), walk out of the house to my LA Times in the driveway and take it to coffee for my serious joe and serious read. I'm distressed about what's happening with Tribune and worry about Sam Zell and am kind of rooting for David Geffen, but then get a little nervous about somebody with lots of money wanting the hometown newspaper.

I grew up in Los Angeles so I need my LA fix and happen to really think that they do a good job with investigative reporting and world and national news.

So for me, life would be sweet if that one change occurred. Just that one change! A new name in the SBNP personnel box on A2 for opinion page editor and a new name as editor on the editorial pages.

How about it people? Even if we think that more is needed, can we at least all get behind that one change?

Remember that the third part of paragraph 2 is the Wisdom to Know the Difference.

4/09/2007 9:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sara, That's helpful, thank you.

If a new friend public figure used their own e-mail and did another post weeks later, Editor could verify. If it was new friend public figure and strange e-mail why let it slide for days? He knew Palminteri was an imposter. It's a sketchy gang over there.

I've not heard of Laura and this credential before: "I am credentialed in psychotheraphy (MB 14914- marriage and family theraphist in State of California)", Does anyone know of it being documented? Her MFCC has been inactive for many moons. She is so cloistered she never has to answer questions that aren't staged. I'm with WB on reading her. It is her intolerance and war promotions that need continued vigilence. All the other questionables add up, too. Some real tawdry goings on in her radio business? The FCC made it all legal? Has anyone contacted any of the make money at home ads? I think on website and radio.

4/09/2007 10:20 PM  
Anonymous jqb said...

How is it they could not verify or know imposter? Now with "cookies that fill in your "online identity" on the site" they would definently know right away?

The cookies simply save (on your own computer) the name and email address you enter when you post, so that you don't have to retype them. They aren't some magical investigation service that can tell a blogger whether people posting are who they say they are.

4/09/2007 10:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excuse me while some of us gag over your round of self-congratulations. There was plenty wrong with the old NewsPress, just like it still infuriates another group today. Depends on what side of the story you are on.

But please don't congratulate yourself so unilaterally with no recognition the former NewsPress carried its own brand of bias -- that many of us are glad to see gone.

Now if we can put a kabosh on Travis pettiness and more on independent investigative reports, we may have the makings of a darn fine local rag. We don't need mind-numbing cheerleading the way the former NewsPress functioned. We need an independent Fourth Estate.

4/10/2007 7:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about something more important to talk about, such as telling Yardi that we don't want anymore building.

I think they should take their company and leave town.

4/10/2007 8:03 AM  
Anonymous nomdecrayola said...

Earlier today on Santa Barbara's Blog was an announcement that Dr. Laura started her own blog. I posted a comment (and I am assuming several others did, too) saying it would be nice if The Blog could go at least a week without mentioning the Schless. My comment never appeared and now the original announcement is GONE!

4/10/2007 10:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Blog listens to comments, and your (nomdecrayola) point about too much DRL was right on and applied.

Identifying/verifying posters is a tough, yet important task, another lesson learned, and Sara does as good a job as anyone in town. Kudos on 500 posts as well.

4/10/2007 11:36 AM  
Anonymous elvis.... said...

I, too, posted on Santa Barbara's Blog re: the announcement of "D"L starting a blog. It was edited out of my post though.

My comment deleted-

"DL's blog? I doubt very much that it will be any more a blog than her printed column is. In other words, it will just be regurgitation of her rant with heavily edited commentary that parrots her message. Oh, and lot's of not so subliminal messages encouraging the purchase of her pocket fisherman and vegimatic."

It looks like Tom Bird keeps tight control over the message conveyed on his blog. He's not afraid to use the delete key, that's for sure.

I just removed his blog from my favorites list. Who knows what other points of view are systematically deleted.

4/10/2007 4:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The good news is we saw enough of what Santa Barbara's Blog is and Schless isn't even worth much around there. The lone "debater" is going into her feminist battle with Leslie Bennetts, who is an authentic writer. Does thoughtful research and interviews to reach conclusions. Her new book counters Schless.

Schless rallies her troops of SAHMs, some who buy into her ads to make money at home (internet). It's all legal? They don't disclose the connections? Speaking of Imus, Schless can only attack Bennetts eating, she ate the wrong sandwich 10 years ago, only Schless $AHMs don't see that as petty. I heard that on the radio Schless did a bad fast food diatribe, went to a perfect call for Schless to make her point and say "Leslie Bennents" take that or some such statement. The person who heard this couldn't believe how staged she still sounds.

Not much has changed since Leslie Bennetts 1998 Vanity Fair article.
"Schlessinger concedes that she's not a psychotherapist and that what she's doing isn't therapy, those distinctions seem lost on the 60,000 people who call in every day, asking tremendously for the 'doctor'."
"When a Dr. Laura Web site was established, 310,000 people clicked onto it at once, crashing the system.
"She loathes weak women who choose victimhood. "I love women who volunteer'."
"At times she even jokes about her own sadism."
"Often Schlessinger weighs in with a diagnosis before callers have a chance to explain the facts."
"Nor does she consider social context."
"There is a similar absence of medical and legal context."
"The more autocratic Dr. Laura is, the more they prostrate themselves. She hates it when they try to clarify matters with relevant facts."
"'I am a prophet,"" she crowed to the Los Angeles Times early this year." Schless denies. "("She said it twice," reports the writer, Janet Wiscombe.)"
"Dr. Laura maintains that character assassination is tantamount to murder; in that case she may have some explaining to do on Judgement Day, which she firmly believes in."
"'Even before she was a star, she had the attitude that 'the rules don't apply to me,' says one former colleague."
"After 22 years of bouncing from one radio station to another, after all the shows when her husband and Shelly Herman had to call Dr. Laura with fake problems because nobody was calling in with real ones, she now has her own, custom-designed studio and can buy a Mercedes whenever she wants."
"Petty quibbles about her own life merely serve to distract from her crusade to change the world, a task she believes she is accomplishing."

Crusade to change the world. And now she's accomplishing this from Santa Barbara.

4/10/2007 5:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah, SantaBarbarasBlog has recently gotten really lame. removing it as well. pity, it had a lot of potential.

4/10/2007 9:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MesaAnon says: As the pool of interest in news dissemination issues gets smaller the blogs are starting to eat their own on that issue. Everyone is so bored with the newspaper/blog comments that even the bloggers are at each others throats if only to fill time and space. In the interest of my own bent on the term "Move On", I, for one, am more interested in hearing more discourse on the other recent topics such as building development and school/juvenile issues which affect the community on a far larger basis.

4/10/2007 11:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the Newsroom, Indy and Daily Sound for local issues. Blogabara and Indy blogs are great for discussions. The diversity of all the blogs are tremendous. Like MesaAnon says "Move On" if you aren't interested. Blogabara has a variety of topics. I even like comics and discussing movies. Not suggesting as topics here, but I like that it is not only building and school issues. I think the news on sexist/racist behaviors of media personalities, like Imus, has effect in our community. Leslie Bennetts new book is not just for women, it's about social-economic impact as well. We have one of her antagonists right here.
We may not have public schools if they are proven obsolete. I don't know the alternative plan and after school, but it would be a good discussion.

I just heard from a young lady that Planned Parenthood closed, did they move? She can't have children, but needed their services for medical care. It's a hard adjustment to make changes on deeply personal matters. Where can these people go for the same quality of service?

4/11/2007 10:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like Santa Barbara's Blog has a new way of promoting itself -- providing "unverified" comments from public officials. One showed up from Pedro Nava thanking The Blog (sic) for commenting on his involvement. Anyone that knows Pedro know he wouldn't do that. Snarky.

4/11/2007 9:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Worker Bee, You are missed. It looks like we'll only read, you knows, chronicle of Imus.

4/15/2007 8:59 AM  

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