A reader alerted us to another controversy blowing in Santa Barbara around Dr. Laura (KTTH m-f, 9p-12a) whose integrity was again found wanting after she was caught cheating in the arcane, wealthy world of yacht racing.
Two of her boats were suspended for three months of racing after a disciplinary hearing determined she'd had stripped down at least one of boats and raced it anyway.
New owners of a boat bought from Dr. Laura went directly to the local Performance Handicap Racing Fleet board when they discovered that she'd made modifications and never disclosed it to the PHRF.
(4) Dr. Schlessinger entered STING in PHRF SoCal sanctioned events.
(5) While racing in those events, STING had no holding tank, no bulkhead door, no forward floor boards and no plumbing connecting the sink to the thru hull.
In a highly competitive, fat-cat sport where a few pounds and ounces can mean valuable minutes in race times, being "light' can mean the difference between winning and losing. There are strict rules as to what must be left on these racing boats that are supposed to be pleasure boats.
(The Performance Handicap Racing is a handicapping system which allows dissimilar classes of sailboats to be raced against each other. They are larger sailboats over 7 meters. Schlessinger owns 4 or 5 five of them).
Cheating was working for her. Before the suspension, the Santa Barbara News Press reported she'd been winning:
The conservative radio talk host was typically humble before the revelations, telling the SBNP:
Schlessinger's trusted boatwright, Kenny Kieding took the fall, telling the board he'd not sufficiently inspected the work, and had forgotten stuff, and things were "overlooked."
They didn't buy it and made the suspensions.
"It's because she tries so hard," Kieding said. "Whatever she does, she succeeds in, whether it's karate (she has a black belt), or boats or her business."
So much for the moral authority of this scabrous scolder, and moralistic nag -- Dr. Laura has grabbed at least as many tabloid headlines as her role model Rush Limbaugh, and is apparently guided by the same moral compass.
Self-proclaimed as America's yenta; she's the morality counselor to the middle class, a multi-zillionaire values-hustler, and a very successful talk host, sharing the top of the talk heap with such moral and mental giants as Rush and Hannity.
She's ace among other right-wing blonde national nutcrackers like Ann Coulter, Laura Ingraham, Melanie Morgan, Monica Crowley, and Judge Judy.
Her dead mother was found mouldering in her apartment after years of estrangement and neglect from her famous, advice-mongering daughter.
Schlessinger's daytime TV show, cancelled in 2001, was supposed to propel her into the Oprah-strata of superstardom, but it turned out to be a bust. She blames it on The Gay whom she claims got it cancelled after she made some withering homophobic remarks. (Fact is, it was awful).
Her naked tush, photographed at her request by a program director whom she was sleeping (they were both married) with is all over the Internet.
In 2003, she gave up her orthodox Judaism for sailboat racing and has given it, apparently, the same vigor.