Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Dr. Laura’s Demented Son?

Wow, this is quite a story. Remember Dr. Laura talking about her “warrior” son? If what is in this story is true, he may be a serious headcase.

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.

It gets worse:

“Yes . . . F—ING Yes!!!” said one blog entry on the Schlessinger site. “I LOVE MY JOB, it takes everything reckless and deviant and heathenistic and just overall bad about me and hyper focuses these traits into my job of running around this horrid place doing nasty things to people that deserve it . . . and some that don’t.”…

The site indicated Schlessinger’s team has survived numerous mortar, rocket and roadside bomb attacks. It also included several graphic cartoons. In one of the stick drawings, a top-hatted man laughs as he rapes a bound and bleeding woman in front of her family. In another depiction, a man forces a boy to perform oral sex at knifepoint as the child’s mother pleads for her son’s life.

It’s unclear who created the cartoons, but Army spokesman Robert Tallman said the drawings “are repulsive and not anywhere near being acceptable,” for a soldier’s personal Web page.

The Tribune learned of the Web page earlier this week from a former schoolmate of Deryk Schlessinger. Army officials said they were unaware of the site until alerted to its presence by the newspaper Thursday.

David Accetta, public affairs director for the 82nd Airborne Division in Afghanistan, said the Army “will investigate thoroughly and impartially.”

Now here’s the other side: the site might be a fake, put up by someone else to embarrass him:

Mike Paul, spokesman for Laura Schlessinger, released a statement which said, in part, “We hope all news media outlets will respect his privacy for his safety and the safety of those serving with him.” In an interview with The Tribune, Paul suggested that the page could be a fake.

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.”

It’s certainly possible that someone else put it up to discredit the guy, though the fact that the myspace page has links and friends from other soldiers serving in the same area suggests otherwise (surely he would have found out about it and had it shut down before now if he didn’t put it up himself). Either way, that should be quite easy to prove. No doubt Microsoft, which owns MySpace, has records of the origin of everything done to the page. On the other hand, the notion that the same division that brought us the Pat Tillman coverup is capable of investigating “thoroughly and impartially” can only provoke laughter.

Comments

  1. #1 M_James
    May 23, 2007

    Small niggling correction: Myspace is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s Newscorp. Not Microsoft.

    Other than that, we can now get a broader picture of what parenting the “Dr. Laura” way will get you.

  2. #2 FishyFred
    May 23, 2007

    Microsoft doesn’t own MySpace. Newscorp owns it.

  3. #3 Kristine
    May 23, 2007

    “Our enemies are behind it”? Who – Osama Bin Laden? Come on.

  4. #4 Brian
    May 23, 2007

    I dunno if the son would have known someone spoofed him, IF that had happened. Unless the linkers actually talked to the son, the son wouldn’t have known. I could set up a fake Ed Brayton profile right now, and unless it got big enough to make the news a la this story, you may never know about it.

  5. #5 Barry
    May 23, 2007

    “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.”

    Some blogger commented that if Al Qaida is doing so well that they can afford to do this, then we’ve lost – not just Iraq, but the whole world. Welcome to the Caliphate.

  6. #6 raj
    May 23, 2007

    The webpage may have been a spoof, but reports that I’ve read indicated that it had more than a few pictures of him, himself, and I would tend to doubt that a spoofer would have access to that number of pictures.

  7. #7 rpsms
    May 23, 2007

    “Some blogger commented that if Al Qaida is doing so well that they can afford to do this, then we’ve lost”

    Give me a break. My 11 year old can do this in an afternoon, if she wanted to. At the free library.

    —–

    If it *is* a valid MySpace account, I pity him. It is no secret that combat stress can break soldiers.

  8. #8 Timothy Sandefur
    May 23, 2007

    Wait, Al Quaeda is taking a break from all that bombing and killing to write spoof Myspace pages implying American soldiers have psychological problems? Damn, they are subtle devils!

  9. #9 Raging Bee
    May 23, 2007

    I could set up a fake Ed Brayton profile right now, and unless it got big enough to make the news a la this story, you may never know about it.

    If Ed’s friends, and/or his regular readers, found the fake profile, linked to it, and responded to it, then sooner or later Ed would hear about it, and almost surely have it taken down, or at least modified to admit it was a spoof. ESPECIALLY if it tried to make Ed look as demented as Laura’s son now looks.

  10. #10 Johnny Vector
    May 23, 2007

    I for one welcome our new l33t /\/\usl1/\/\ h4X0r overlords.

  11. #11 Mark P
    May 23, 2007

    Assuming that it is true, it raises some questions. Among them, when was this young man inducted? Was it before or after the Army started knowingly allowing in people who wouldn’t have been accepted before the Iraq adventure discouraged enlistment? Has the young man ever received treatment or been diagnosed with any kind of condition that would have indicated behavior like this? Or did our little adventure simply take an ordinary man and make him into what the site appears to show?

  12. #12 Brian
    May 23, 2007

    If Ed’s friends, and/or his regular readers, found the fake profile, linked to it, and responded to it, then sooner or later Ed would hear about it, and almost surely have it taken down, or at least modified to admit it was a spoof. ESPECIALLY if it tried to make Ed look as demented as Laura’s son now looks.

    The same can be said of the Schelssinger son – but we don’t know if his offline friends did link to it and tell him about it. Unless there was some kind of personal connection b/t the son and a linker to the site, the son may legitimately have had no knowledge of it until now IF it was a spoof.

    I’m not saying it was or wasn’t, but I do know from friends it’s happened to that you can be spoofed very easily on MySpace and not know for some time.

  13. #13 Nik
    May 23, 2007

    The MISINFORMATION CROWD published the wrong picture on KEYT TV. They got phone calls to change this right away. It took at least 15 hours. Sure enough the WRONG picture is in unsuspecting news stories.
    The December 21, 2006, IT’S PARTY TIME!, story in Montecito Journal http://www.montecitojournal.net/archive/12/29/609/

    Shows Deryk and Laura. Scroll down the page. They could remove it, so look quick and download.The “family values” & Schlessinger’s do have ways to control these things.

  14. #14 Nik
    May 23, 2007

    Santa Barbara, California
    KEYT TV newsroom, (805) 882-3930
    http://www.keyt.com/home/ticker/7620096.html

    They may deny.. It was explained about the picture they used. It was from http://www.cnn.com/interactive/us/0612/gallery.ireport.salute.troops/content.2.4.html

    It clearly states “Army Spc. Deryk Schlessinger (right) and Spc. Jon Moldovan (left).” and ” The “helper” is Megan Moldovan, Jon’s sister and Schlessinger’s fiancé.”

    Spc. Jon Moldovan is the picture they use. He is with Deryk in Afghanistan. Megan Moldovan was his lover for maybe a year. The story gets involved, we think she is the one mentioned in the My Space as “cheating”. KEYT knew which one was Deryk. It was left on long enough for other media to use a WRONG picture . When they did change, it was a My Space page.

    The MEDIA WATCHERS need to watch this spin.

    Laura with Megan http://www.drlaura.com/gallery/v-index.html

    The page had terrorist like threats. In danger from Deryk’s gang are “cowardly boys that say “I support the troops” and “HOOAH”. Also, like Laura Schlessinger, mad at Congress (all politicians?) for the “15months” extended time. We hear some people are terrorized? Wonkette said the website evidence has been wiped out?

  15. #15 Vic Vanity
    May 23, 2007

    “Other than that, we can now get a broader picture of what parenting the “Dr. Laura” way will get you. ”
    M_James , this claim is unfair regardless of Dr Lauras personal views, she took an active role in parenting her child and spent time and did many activties with him . Plus you can be the worlds greatest parent and your kids can still be miscreants and on the flip side you can be the worst parents and still have a child who is wonderful ( my son is proof of this he has two of the most selfish and hard headed parents ever and he turned out to be caring , polite and all around pretty well balanced )

  16. #16 Tiax
    May 23, 2007

    A top-hatted stick figure? Osama’s been reading xkcd!

  17. #17 mollyfurie
    May 24, 2007

    ” you can be the worlds greatest parent and your kids can still be miscreants. . . . . ” – Vic Vanity

    Not according to DR. LAURA!

    She says “don’t have em if you won’t raise em,” etc. I am sure she would blame this all on liberal parenting if it happened to someone else.

  18. #18 Patrick (gryph)
    May 25, 2007

    I think it better to withhold judgment on the young man and his motives. For one thing, its not the first time that a soldiers online space has been twisted. A few years ago a soldier in Iraq sent a picture of himself and a little Iraqi girl to his mom at home. In the picture he held up a sign that said, “Hi Mom” or something similarly innocuous. Someone got a hold of the photo file and altered the sign so it said he was basically having sex with the little girl. Army investigated etc. and found half a dozen versions of it sailing around the internet.

    The thing is, if the website is fraudulent, its more likely that it was created by an anti-military, anti-war activist type than Al Quaeda. They have been doing a lot of this sort of thing for some time now.

    But even if the website does belong to the soldier, it doesn’t mean he is going to cause the next Mai Lai massacre. Most people have done “angry” writing or drawing at some point to let off emotional steam. It depends of course entirely on the individual, about whom in this case we know very little.

    In the previous comments there seems to be some stereotyping going on about people in the military being bloodthirsty psychopaths. Its not a fair characterization.

  19. #19 Altadenanights
    May 25, 2007

    Dr Laura is Hypocrite period…….Her screwed up son should be in Jail…

  20. #20 Altadenanights
    May 25, 2007

    Dr Laura is Hypocrite period…….Her screwed up son should be in Jail…

  21. #21 mdhåtter
    May 26, 2007

    “combat stress” is clearly not the sole contributor to this mans issues.

    I support this soldiers right to a lifetime of free universal mental health care, as well as his sedation, and hopefully, his confinement.

  22. #22 Ivyfree
    May 26, 2007

    “if the website is fraudulent, its more likely that it was created by an anti-military, anti-war activist type than Al Quaeda”

    Who would bother creating a fraudulent website for Laura Schlessinger’s son? I mean, who cares anything about him? Or about her, for that matter? She is so 1990.

  23. #23 Paula
    May 27, 2007

    The whole Schlessinger part can be private for now. I’m concerned about why the Pentagon would “cleanse evidence”. There are frightened U. S. citizens right now. Do they get any protection?

    I just read about a guy Deryk’s age with honorabe discharge, Steven Green. The Army must do more to weed psychos OUT. What is the military thinking?

  24. #24 matt
    May 30, 2007

    you are full of shit you fat liberal fuck if it was not for people like dr.laura’s son your fat stupid ass would be killed by the islamofacist you fat ugly peice of shit you peacenicks are destroying this nation but trust me you liberal cowards are gonna get your punishment you stupid fucks we are gunnin’ for you and we are gonna get you just wait after the next big terrorist attack all you liberal fuckheads will be fair game you and the islamofacist just wait bitch soon it will be open season

  25. #25 anonymous
    May 30, 2007

    We saw the website attributed to Deryk Schlessinger, like Matt, he and his brotherhood are after the same people. Also mad at government because of the “15months”. Deryk said things similar to Matt -5/30/07. He’s after the same people. Deryk’s cartoons and pictures increased the threat. His writing was more subtle. We took it as a terrorist threat. Any other suspect would be arrested, not merely investigated.

  26. #26 BobbyV
    May 30, 2007

    Limbaugh and Coulter earn millions animating morons like Matt. Clean up the poor grammar, add some punctuation, and you could have the transcript for a typical Limbaugh or Coulter screed. It’s obvious that Matt never had an original thought in his life. In reading his poorly written threat, one can detect the accretion of fascist ideology so popular among conservatives. Matt’s overuse of the idiom “liberal fucks” or “fuckheads” calls attention to the absolute lack of any meaningful thought in his comment.

  27. #27 jay
    June 4, 2007

    welll.
    i heard dr. laura, on conversation with a caller say “what my son did or didn’t do…” that was friday, i can’t remember the pretext of the call but it was something about stress..
    in any case if the answer to the “did you do this?” question was “no, absolutely not!” then we would have known already.
    even if HE didn’t do it, and it was a hoax from the start.. hadn’t it been there for awhile before it made the news?
    all this “evidence”, at least what i can gather, is circumstantial. ehhh.. it seems very likely that he coulda done this.. his mom’s a hypocritical conservative celebrity (but i do enjoy her show.. the idiots who call her crack me up sometimes, no wonder she gets irate) and in case noone noticed celebrity kids (i.e. bush twins) have a tendency to be a little “off”. But there’s a part of me, an american part, that wants to give this soldier the benifit of the doubt..
    however, the “our enemy mighta dun it” explanation is so retarded, that it just shows the out of touchness with reality that her fans find themselves comfortable with.
    maybe there IS a reason that they haven’t come right out and said “NO WAY JOSE, that wasn’t me”.. maybe there’s some sort of ucmj thing that keeps him from coming out and saying .. “NOT ME”. maybe some quasi anarchistic jerk off posted the space as a sick joke, and the f.b.i is looking for them.
    but come on “our enemy”???????????? the army must LOOOOVE dr. laura waaaaay tooo much to flatter her so. but it’s just so wonderful to feel so important .. isn’t it..
    or he’s just some stupid meat headed dumbass who’d do this kind of thing…
    wouldn’t be suprised , that’s for sure..

  28. #28 column
    June 11, 2007

    She wrote about the only son sacrifice comparing it to traffic accidents.
    Sacrifices must be made for freedom
    Dr. Laura June 10, 2007 7:58 AM

    “Death toll passes 3,500: That’s the headline screaming around the world. And yesterday, I found out that my son, in combat in the Middle East, just lost one of his roommates last week. As far as I know, this is his first experience with the death in battle of someone very close to him. It pains my heart to even try to imagine what he must be feeling” — More Dr. Laura »

  29. #29 Missy
    June 11, 2007

    Suicide is increasing for Vets. What does Dr. Laura want of these young men and women?

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