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August 13th, 2010
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Dr. Laura apologizes for using N-word

(CNN) - Talk radio host Dr. Laura Schlessinger has issued an apology for saying the N-word several times during an on-air conversation with a caller this week.

"I talk every day about doing the right thing. And yesterday, I did the wrong thing," Schlessinger said on her radio show Wednesday.

"I was attempting to make a philosophical point, and I articulated the N -word all the way out - more than one time. And that was wrong. I'll say it again - that was wrong."

Schlessinger was referring to a call she got on her show Tuesday from an African-American woman who said she was married to a white man and was getting fed up with her husband allowing his family and friends to say things that she felt were racist.

Schlessinger asked the woman to give her some examples and then said that she thought the examples the woman gave were not racist.

The woman then asked about the use of the N-word. Read More

Judge gives green light for same-sex marriage in California

Los Angeles, California (CNN) - A federal judge ruled on Thursday to allow same-sex couples to marry in California, starting on August 18, handing another victory to supporters of gay rights in a case that both sides have said is likely to end up in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker in San Francisco struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage last week, ruling that voter-approved Proposition 8 violates the U.S. Constitution. Walker had issued a temporary stay on his decision, which on Thursday he said he would lift.

The high-profile case is being watched closely by supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage, as many say it is likely to make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. If it does, the case could result in a landmark decision on whether people in the United States are allowed to marry others of the same sex.

Same-sex marriage is legal in five U.S. states and in the District of Columbia, while civil unions are permitted in New Jersey. The five states are Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, Iowa and New Hampshire. Read More

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  1. Jerry Simoneaux

    Dr. Laura's bigoted views should not come as a surprise to a regular listener. She has a long history of comparing gay people to pedophiles and calling them "biological mistakes". Jade says she was a long time listener, but where was her outrage when Dr. Laura attacked this other group? How could she continue to listen and expect unbiased advice?

    August 19, 2010 at 8:08 am |
  2. John w hartman

    on the mosque issue. it seems, the people against the center are guilty of violating our basic rights, and the moslim community is guilty of poor taste. why would a religion go so far out of its way to create controvesy? a religion that to my ear, is always silent when there isan opportunity for understanding. this mosque/education situation is a perfect example of that question.

    August 17, 2010 at 8:39 am |
  3. redkn1ght

    Regarding the 9/11 attack, how many police, firemen, office workers, and airline passengers were Muslim?

    August 14, 2010 at 10:40 am |
  4. Smith in Oregon

    Fear and racist hate are all the Republican potty seems to know and use to get the voters to elect them. With Republican Politicians not having a clue nor any working plan to restore American Jobs and restore America's Economy, all the Republican Potty has is 'terror babys'. Yes, they want Americans to believe brown skinned infants born from illegal immigrants are promoting terror in America!

    Despite that claim having no basis in fact whatsoever of course doesn't stop the Republican Potty repeating that non-sense.

    The Republican lawmakers have no plans to fix America's economy so it's elect the Republican Potty'ticans so they'll deal with the 'terror babys'.

    August 14, 2010 at 2:07 am |
  5. Ginger

    In the marvelous words of the "Late Great" Marvin Gaye–"What's Going On"? "Race Matters". No matter how people try to tone it down or play it up, it is not going away. The reason it matters is because there are those individuals or groups of people, who want to pretend it doesn't exist. It was a problem for this country in the past and it continues to be a problem in this country more so today. It has to be resolved, so that the words from Dr. Laura's and the likes are just mere sound bytes carried away in the wind, scribbled in the sand, and washed away by the ocean tides several leagues under the sea never to be heard or repeated again. This Great Country we call America is corroding and "we the people" are the culprits. Why should God continue to BLESS AMERICA when "we the people" continue to "tare down" instead of "build up" one another?

    August 14, 2010 at 2:03 am |
  6. Billy

    This afternoon you had two quests on one of your shows discussing this subject of the N word. One quest was white and one was black. The white gentleman said that white people should never use the N word.
    If white people should not use it then why is it alright for black people to use it. That seems like a double standard to me. Black people use the N word in their music, language, etc. almost on a daily basis. I am white and I choose not to use this word and most of the people I know don't use it either. I would come close to saying that it is mostly black people that use it which would almost seem to me that it is one thing that keeps racism alive. If you look in the dictionary for the N word you will find that it has no color conotation in the meaning.
    As for Dr. Laura she has admitted she made a bad judgment and said the wrong thing in using this word. She has apologized to the world for this wrongdoing. So...why keep bashing her. I don't hear the black people who use it in any fashion stepping forward and apologizing for their error. If it is Ok for black people to use it and wrong for whites then that my friends is RACISM.

    August 13, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
  7. S Dukes

    Dr Laura's comment ref. race does not shock me. I stopped listening to her years ago when it was reported that she and her Mom do not communicate because they have personal issues. I did not always agree with my mother but I cannot imagine going without speaking to her. How can she be so hard on others when she can not get along with the person that gave birth to her.

    August 13, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  8. wjb

    DR. Laura is out of control! Years back the leaders of the Black community had a burial for the "N" word.She's Role modeling horrible behaviors!. Racisim is a mental illness.

    August 13, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  9. marjen

    I did not hear where Dr. Laura apologized! She just said that she was "wrong". That's not enough. She should say, "I'm sorry" for being so insensitive and pompous". She should be taken off the air.

    August 13, 2010 at 4:46 pm |
  10. Ro Giles

    I think the whole issue is handled wrong. Movies, songs, and people say it in a personal setting because it depends on the listeners. If you are unsure of your listener, you should ask how comfortable each person is with the word before you blurt it out. Never say it publically because you never know how people of any color will react. Im cool with the word as long as context and setting is takin into account. I definitlly wouldnt say it around my parents or their's, but some in those generations use it a little more lightly. Main message: Ask first.

    August 13, 2010 at 4:08 pm |
  11. jamie

    I am a white man and my wife is black we have 3 kids and if I were to use the n word I wouldn't get away with it I'd probally get divorced even if I apologized but a famous person does it and their forgiven i think deep down dr laura is not secure with people of another race. Dr laura and all the famous people that use this disgusting word think it's ok to use if they say sorry after using it.

    August 13, 2010 at 3:45 pm |
  12. Billy Harris

    If its wrong for "white" people to use the "N" word, then why is it not wrong for black people to use it. It seems to me that the more black people keep using the "N" word it just keeps racism alive. I am white and I don't use the word. In the dictionary the meaning of the word doesn't carry a color conotation with it. Dr. Laura did use the word but she has apologized and admitted she said the wrong thing. So why keep it stirred up.

    August 13, 2010 at 3:15 pm |
  13. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    One day our country will breed its self into one race and then we will have to find something else to be stupid about .

    August 13, 2010 at 11:53 am |
  14. carolyn

    Since the election of our new president, I have seen more in the news about racial division than in the last 10 years, and I keep waiting to see someone come out and state the obvious.
    In 2008, we did not elect a black president. We elected a half black president. Why is this an important distinction? Because in 20, 30, 40 years the question of racial prejudice will become moot. As more and more of the population intermarry and have children, racial lines will begin to disappear, and it will become impossible to hate based on race. This is the evolutionary reality that Hitler was so afraid of, and we can only hope that it will hold true for religious, sexual, and other prejudice as well.
    Unfortunately, we have not yet invented a cure for those that harbor so much insecurity that they feel they must lash out at others to feel better about themselves. Rest assured that until we do, they will find some other reason to hate.

    August 13, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  15. Arno

    So Dr. Laura sais a lot of black people voted for Obama because he is half black?
    Can she sell the point that I voted for him because he's half white then?
    I like to listen to Dr. Laura because she's a half a doctor. And that makes the other half very funny.

    August 13, 2010 at 11:18 am |
  16. jerry

    Dr. Laura is getting off freely on this matter. Nothing's being said about how she blamed President Obama for what she sees as a rise in racism, she said people shouldn't marry others of a different skin color, she gave the impression that the NAACP is merely a hate group, and she went off on all these tangents on a black woman who called in for help without even asking about those things. It was disgraceful.

    August 13, 2010 at 10:03 am |
  17. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    The -N- word what are we a bunch of preschool children America must look stupid to the rest of the world running around telling on each other for saying the -F- word or the hidious -N- word this is a stupid law made up by a child being observed by grown up children .

    August 13, 2010 at 9:46 am |
  18. Ronny

    Typical in America... the double standard bug has struck Dr. Laura Schlessinger. People should learn to never speak the truth in this country anymore.

    August 13, 2010 at 9:08 am |
  19. John Dennis

    Recently, a federal judge ruled that California PROP 8, which banned same gender marriage, was unconstitutional because it violated the 14th Amendment. That is, PROP 8 denied same gender couples equal protection under the law, i.e. it discriminated against them. If this is true, then it seems that people who wish to practice polygamy are subject to the same discrimination. In 1880, Mormon men said that their religion required them to marry more than one woman and the US Constitution guaranteed freedom of religion. The US Supreme Court ruled that the US Constitution guarantees freedom of religious believe but not freedom of religious practice. Perhaps, in 1880 the Mormons should have found a liberal activist federal judge and said that the government was discriminating against them.

    Thank you,
    John Dennis
    Columbus, Ohio

    August 13, 2010 at 8:56 am |
  20. vic nashville tn

    I wish every one avoid using “N” word including African Americans. Radio host should know what words should avoid in conversation

    Legalize the same sex marriage . Two soul love each other let them marry why we have to look which sex

    August 13, 2010 at 8:52 am |
  21. Gordon

    Too late Ronny. There are already a lot of people profiting from the song and video that had no part in making or starring in it. There are far too many people with one liner responses that in no way provided a response to the question at hand.

    August 13, 2010 at 8:49 am |
  22. Ronny

    I would really like to hear what set these "abusers" off. Just saying they abused women isn't enough.

    August 13, 2010 at 8:32 am |
  23. greg

    You people are acting like the typical illegal alien apologists. You maintain that illegal aliens do not come here just to have children and create anchor babies. That is a red herring. It does not matter why anyone comes here illegally. The fact is that they are here illegally and having children that should be born in their own country. The illegal alien women typically do not work and their men hide their presence \and income so the women can get food stamps and medicaid. All we hear from i the press is the point of view of you people in the ruling class. You do not have them invading your neighborhoods and schools. You do not see them at the grocery stores buying huge quantities of coca cola, cheetos, candy and cookies with food stamps or bringing their whole families here including aging parents who end up in our public health system. Get out opf your gated community and come to our world. Put some middle class Americans on the show who have to live with this stuff.

    August 13, 2010 at 8:09 am |
  24. Ronny

    None of the proceeds from the video should go to anybody that didn't have a hand in making it or starring in it. That idea is nothing more than legalized robbery.

    August 13, 2010 at 7:48 am |
  25. Pauly

    Domestic violence isn't the "new norm." Domestic violence was & is despicable. It used to be acceptable practice. The problem was that women used to be considered property. Even the 10th Commandment suggests this: You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

    In our not so distance past, police who were called would dismiss domestic violence as a personal matter. Polygamy used to be an accepted practice. Minors were allowed to marry in several southern states until very recently. Some judges still don't believe domestic violence is a serious crime. At least not until the battery escalates to murder. We've come a long way but we still have a long way to go in protecting women & children from cowardly men. And any man who beats a woman or a child is a coward!

    August 13, 2010 at 7:41 am |
  26. Ronny

    How about some objective reporting on the subject of domestic violence without making women appear to be the only victims of it.

    August 13, 2010 at 7:40 am |
  27. Jenny

    Regarding domestic violence, mothers have so much power that we are throwing away. Before our daughters and sons go off on their own, we mothers should firmly implant two values:
    1. Never hit, push, or throw things at anyone.
    2. It is totally unacceptable to get hit, pushed or struck with things, it isn't anything deserved, and here is what you do if that should ever happen...

    More emphasis on teaching the young, and on steps to take should one feel the urge to be violent, or be the recipient of it is the key here.

    August 13, 2010 at 7:39 am |
  28. Suzanne Campbell from Stratford Ontario

    One angle that I haven't heard is that this song by Rhiana and Eminem brought up an opportunity for my husband and I to have a frank discusion with our 12 year old daughter and 15 year old son about domestic violence. We talked about what they thought about the song and then we discussed the impact of violence on a relationship. It was a great conversation opener and because they like the song they were open to discussing it. I did like the idea that at least some of the proceeds go to domestic violence programs.

    August 13, 2010 at 7:36 am |
  29. Jim

    domestic abuse in never acceptable under any circumstances, but what is domestic abuse.
    How did Mel's girlfriend abuse him to bring Mel's reaction?
    How did Charlies wife abuse him to bring on his reaction?

    August 13, 2010 at 7:34 am |
  30. mike sey

    Unfortunately your depressing piece on ingrained police corruption in New Orleans is not a one off. Think corruption in Bell, Tulsa, Los Angeles and sherriff's stopping out-of -towners and robbing them blind. Makes one wonder who is the pot and who is the kettle when Americans rail against corruption in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere, or rant about Pakistan or Iran not doing enough to maintain border security.

    August 13, 2010 at 7:23 am |
  31. Autumn Meadows

    Dear Dr. Laura,
    You use Leviticus in old testament to prove that homosexuality is an abomination but I have more questions about the OT since we are still following those laws.

    •I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?
    •I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness (Lev. 15:19-24). The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.
    •Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?
    •I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?
    •A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination (Lev. 11:10), it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this?

    August 13, 2010 at 7:14 am |
  32. Daniel

    hello, can anyone tell me the name of the song that was played around 6:47 am eastern time as the show was going to commercial?
    and... instead of all the negative things about the wars in the middle east you guys should show this two part video from

    it is a two part video showing soldiers coming home and surprising loved ones.

    August 13, 2010 at 7:13 am |
  33. Liz

    I have seen the Eminem and Rihanna video and I don’t believe that the main message of the video was simply just domestic violence. I also don’t believe that the video romanticizes domestic violence or makes it acceptable. I believe the point of the video is regarding unhealthy love/hate relationships between couples. Some couples have a sort of natural high in being in a love/hate relationship. For example, the term “make-up sex” is widely used throughout to describe sex between couples after a fight. Make-up sex is considered to be amazing because the emotions are heightened after the fights. Considering this, you can understand how some couples can take that “make-up sex” to a whole different level; as in constantly being in a love/hate relationship, fighting and making up, fighting and making up. It is an endless cycle that ultimately leads to psychological damage and a wrong sense of what is right and acceptable in a relationship. I believe that the video was simply making a point of those types of relationships.

    August 13, 2010 at 6:59 am |
  34. Gordon

    For some strange reason we tend to fuel artist creating works that are often damaging to people who are all to quick to hear what they want to hear and justify what they do. It is really sad that those already rich artists can't exercise some restraint. To hear Rhianna say, "when I read the lyrics I knew it was going to be a hit and why wouldn't I want to be a part of a hit" pretty much sums up the sad situation. But that doesn't really answer the question. Certainly domestic violence is not "the new normal". Perhaps the new normal is actually people not reporting domestic or other violence. From shootings next door to bruised and battered children who end up dead, we all need to participate in the solution.

    August 13, 2010 at 6:45 am |
  35. Jake D

    domestic violence is not a mom was abused by my father when i was a child which is why i became a police officer and had the pleasure of arresting many of such people....all of these bad people will get what they deserve sooner or later

    August 13, 2010 at 6:38 am |