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Home country: USA
Current location: Oregon
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About Me

Female. Retired. Wife-Mom-Grandma. Approx. 30 years in broadcasting, at least 20 of those in news biz. Taurus. Loves chocolate - preferably without nuts or cocoanut. Animal lover. Rock-hound from pre-school age. Proud Democrat for life. Ardent environmentalist and pro-choicer. Hoping to use my skills set for the greater good. Still married to the same guy for 40+ years. Probably because he's a proud Democrat, too. Penmanship absolutely stinks, so I'm glad I'm a fast typist! I will always love Hillary and she will always be my President.

Journal Archives

Welcome to DU, Alkene!

Glad you're here! Yeah, that's a reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaallly choice one, that rove video. And there's david gregory just dancing along and having a great time - with the guy who committed TREASON by outing an undercover CIA agent during wartime.

There was a time when david gregory was actually worth something. He was White House correspondent for NBC News and he did a masterful job trying to hold scott mcclellan's feet to the fire over dubya's sketchy Texas Air National Guard "service." He really grilled the guy. Wouldn't let it go. Asked all kinds of probing questions. Dominated much of this one White House news conference in early 2004. I remember how we here at DU were so thrilled - SOMEBODY was finally drilling down into this scandal with the Resident-in-Chief.

And then, after that, nothing. I think it was not too long after that - when this video came to light of some Washington black-tie affair, and there he is dancing and prancing and partying it up with the guy from "Whose Line is it Anyway" and good ol' "m-c rove."

After that, david gregory became utterly worthless. We didn't see that other guy from the news conference - any longer. And of course shortly thereafter he got "Meet the Press," and I guess you can't do that without selling your soul and becoming a wholly-owned subsidiary.

A true giant. I hope he's comfortable, at least.

We've been lucky enough to live in his time, to witness the changes and the evolution that he led, inspired, made possible, and for whose sake he suffered mightily. We'll teach our children and grandchildren about courageous and towering figures like him long after he makes the jump to lightspeed.

Only if the parent is never distracted and ALWAYS closes - AND LOCKS the safe

before leaving the room. Sadly, that doesn't always happen. Especially in a kid's room. I can personally attest: it's AWFULLY easy to get distracted upon entering.

She seems to have brought a whole new meaning to the nickname "Mouth of the South."

That one used to belong to Ted Turner if I'm not mistaken. Not about racism but mainly because he was quite open about his opinions - which slanted left.

I'm having a VERY wild time reading through all the comments, especially on the Food Network's Facebook page. HOLY COW!!! It's kept me pretty well entertained all weekend!

The posts are running what seems to be about eight-to-one supporting Paula Deen and excoriating the Food Network, but I'm no mathematician. Supporters of the Food Network's response are in the minority. Interesting and illuminating. I'd guess more than a few of them are teabaggers - noting spelling, syntax, punctuation, typos and other sloppiness, and various codespeak references. She has a large Southern fan base judging from the locations on some of the posts, but there are many and from lots of different regions.

Every now and then, inevitably, somebody dumps on liberals...

Paula Deen....you guys sux, you must be a bunch of liberal righteous bunch of idiots... Bet your closets are not so clean either. Will never watch your crappy station again.

...and they complain about black comedians using the "n" word and how that's a double standard since whites catch hell for doing the same thing...

FIRE PAULA DEEN? You've got to be kidding me! Are whites the only people that have to be held accountable for racial or politically correctness? What about the Rappers that call us CRACKERS, HONKIES etc? What about the flag stompers? NO ONE EVER APOLOGIZES TO US! Give it a rest. Paula Deen stays or you can kiss me and a lot of other, WHITE PATRIOTIC CHRISTIAN'S GOODBYE!

...and they rail against the curse of pervading political correctness. Several have pointed out that Paula Deen supported President Obama - and quote that crackpot online rag breitbart.com as their source (!).

And there are just a couple of real great ones! Like this exchange:

without paula I will no longer be able to watch,recieve books ;we all make mistakes !iam sure you are all not angles. just someone looking for free money !! we love you paula!!
Like 2 hours ago

2 people like this.
I hope no one is an angle. Being a geometric concept is awkward.
Like Reply 2 hours ago

...and this exchange, one of MANY quoting the Bible and forgiveness and how the Food Network needs to forgive Paula Deen for an infraction 20, 30, or 40 years ago (never mind that the plantation wedding story dated approx 2007 and the lawsuit by a white female former manager dates back only a couple of years)...

Irony is calling the FN small minded and ignorant.
Like Reply 51 minutes ago

everyone of us is without sin and would like to be forgiven
Like 48 minutes ago
Then by your logic shouldn't you forgive the Food Network. Now there's a true double standard.
Unlike 1 35 minutes ago

But my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE SO FAR (and it's best if you read it aloud, and out LOUD!) is from grubstreet:

If what is being posted about you dropping Paula Dean because of something that happened in the past is as stupid as what the media is doing to her because of WHO KNOWS WHY !!!! If you are going to drop her then I think that you need to check everyone that you have on your channel and drop everyone that has had a brush with the law or a TATTOO or A WEIRD HAIRCUT or HAS SAID ANYTHING THAT ''SOCIETY DOESN'T AGREE WITH" off of your network also....I know that I have said that word plus many many many more words that I am not elated about (as a teen and early adult) so does that mean that I should be crucified for them.....NO !!!! I am sorry and have changed as an adult...I want to know why Paula can't be forgiven ?????

Sweet God in Heaven, I LOVE THAT FIRST SENTENCE!!!

And then there are the realists, well, in my opinion anyway:

Paula Deen needs to retire gracefully. There is no forgiveness for being a bigot. And who really needs another recipe for cream of mushroom soup and mayonnaise?

(and from washingtonpost.com)

Paula Deen should have been fired a long time ago for poisoning people and contributing to this nation's epidemic of obesity and type 2 diabetes with her grossly unhealthy recipes. Who could forget her "breakfast sandwich?" (a fried hamburger patty, a fried egg and two strips of fried bacon with two glazed doughnuts as buns)

From the complaint I read, I sure as hell wouldn't want to work for her.

Especially anywhere around her racist, sexist, homophobic, and perverted brother "Bubba." It's mostly complaints about his intolerable behavior, but the white female manager who brought the complaint attempted to get help numerous times from a slew of people up at, or near, the top of the Paula Deen Family of Companies - including Paula Deen herself. And she got nowhere, and nothing. That's the last company or set of restaurants where I'd want a job, if that's how they treat their women employees! And the complaints about the racist language being spoken. It wasn't 30 years ago or 40 years ago or 20 years ago. The offending "dream" wedding with the plantation/slavery theme and an all-black wait staff dressed in servants' wear, was in 2007.




Kinda hard to find defensible things in here for Miss Paula and her operations. Including her Neanderthal brother.

The only reason I'd ever spend more than a few seconds on her show

was when they'd cut to her hands busily doing some cooking procedure, and drool at the diamond rings on those fingers.

YEEEOOOOOOWWW! If she's never back on TV, believe me, she won't starve. She's very well-situated by now. Probably will see an uptick in cookbook sales and such.

Btw - found another one from Food Network's FB page, amidst all the boycott threats and gnashing of teeth:

"Maybe her fans will eat better and lose weight now that she's off the air..."

Dang! I thought I was the only one who's

FUCKING SICK AND TIRED OF GUY FIERI!!!!! Good Grief, enough already! A little of him goes a loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooonnnnnnnng way. A VERY little.

And I also agree with you about Paula Deen. I found her grating as well. Not as obnoxious as Guy Fieri, but she's not my style, either. And her cooking would send me straight into late-onset diabetes too. It killed my dad, slowly and rather horribly. We have a really serious obesity problem in this country, and I don't think cooking like that is a good thing to glorify anymore. Not saying make it all go away, and of course, that's impossible anyway. But I don't think it should be celebrated the way she did.

Welcome to DU, dawn frenzy adams!

Good to have you with us! I posted earlier about the shitstorm on the Food Network Facebook page. Found another zinger among all the mourners who vow to cancel FN now, and/or if Paula Deen is not reinstated:

"You'll be tuning in within a few days so you can get some more sodium and fat in your system."

Welcome to DU, El Shaman!

Glad you're here! I've been checking the Food Network's Facebook page -


And MAN, first one shitstorm over what she said and how she didn't go on the "Today" show as she was scheduled to do, to comment, and how people wanted her gone.

Then a second shitstorm over the network deciding not to renew her contract, which was about to expire, in the wake of what she said! TONS of people posting about it, raining down condemnation and swearing they'll never watch the network again. Evidently, from the transcript of the deposition, and excerpts I've read, she indeed had, back then, used the "n" word, PLUS the "p" word used against an underage waitress. The manager of one of her restaurants said she had to share her office with Paula Deen's brother, who did nothing but watch porn all day. I'm not sure if this is the manager suing Paula Deen now.

Amid all the anti-Food Network vitriol, though, somebody posted: "I have a killer recipe for Whine and Buttered Crackers."
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