You Don't Have to Watch Dynasty to Cop an Attitude

Last month I mentioned that the conspiracy theorist Carrington Steele, author of Don't Drink the Kool-Aid: Oprah, Obama, and the Occult, wasn't the first person to worry that a Church of Oprah was rising. But I didn't realize just how unoriginal Steele was. The Christian outfit Lighthouse Trails Research reports:

Upon reading Steele's work ourselves, our editors discovered that the 80-page book was filled with verbatim passages copied from other writers material, which was presented as Steele's own authorship....

While we regret to issue this finding because we do believe that Oprah Winfrey's efforts to convert the public to her New Age beliefs must be exposed, we fear that Steele's book could negatively reflect upon and misrepresent long-standing and reputable ministries. In addition, because the author also plagiarized some secular sources (such as CNN, Fox News, and Rolling Stone magazine), we believe this book may, in addition to being a poor Christian testimony, be legally problematic.

There's a political angle:

Because the chapter on Obama did not contain any documentation that he was involved in the occult or the New Age, Lighthouse Trails asked Steele if there was political motivation involved. What's more, the chapter on Obama did not seem to fit in with the rest of the book. Steele said she was not politically motivated.

Fuel for future conspiracy theories:

When Lighthouse Trails spoke with Carrington Steele, she stated she had done both the writing and the research on the book without help or support from others. However, it was pointed out to her that she often said "we" and "us" in her interviews, and we wondered to whom she was referring. At this point, Steele said she could not answer that question, saying she was not at liberty to say. We found this response to be curious and disturbing.

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    "If Bender had to find religion, why couldn't he have picked a mainstream one, like voodoo or Oprahism?"

  • Episiarch||

    You Don't Have to Watch Dynasty to Cop an Attitude

    Is this some kind of backhanded slap at Joan Collins?

  • lunchstealer||

    Carrington Steele? Where's his gritty-but-feminine sidekick/boss Lori Colt?

  • Fluffy||

    Wow, Elvis Costello and Prince inspired headlines in the same H&R morning?

    You guys seem too young to be dating yourselves with references to MY music. Shouldn't you youngins be posting The Mars Volta references or something?

    And actually, I always heard the line as "...to have an attitude..." Never heard "cop" in there.

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    Is this some kind of backhanded slap at Joan Collins?

    Tell me that you aren't really unfamiliar with Price's "Kiss"

  • Episiarch||

    Tell me that you aren't really unfamiliar with Price's "Kiss"

    J.O.K.E. One cannot mention Joan Collins too much.

  • Episiarch||

    Shouldn't you youngins be posting The Mars Volta references or something?

    I suppose Jesse could do that, if he felt like looking like a colossal poser/douchebag.

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    Bad writer is bad. News at 11.

  • Jesse Walker||

    I always heard the line as "...to have an attitude..." Never heard "cop" in there.

    You heard the lyrics correctly. I altered the line to fit the story.

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    The ideas might be a little crazy, but at least the DVD cover art is understated and tasteful.

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    If this is true - and that's a big if - it would seem to imply that people who engage in character assassination to try to tip political races have questionable ethics.

    Naw, that can't be right.

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    At this point, Steele said she could not answer that question, saying she was not at liberty to say. We found this response to be curious and disturbing.

    You mean, out of all the whack-job shit in that book, this is what they found "curious and disturbing"?

  • ||

    Carrington Steele? I loved his work in Blue Ribbon Butt Fucks 2.

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    This sounds like fun. Can I play?

    Does Obama belong to a secret society that worships a goddess? Was his grandfather financially connected to the occultic Nazi regime? Are there testimonies and videos of him using obscenities long after claiming to have become a christian?

    Just asking . . . .

  • Abdul||

    However, it was pointed out to her that she often said "we" and "us" in her interviews, and we wondered to whom she was referring

    Obviously, "we" means Ms. Steele and the Lord. duh!

  • Neil||

    By embracing this far left loon, oprah will kill her popularity. It will be much lower a year from now especially since Hussein will lose.

    You shold've endorsed McCain, oprah.

  • Episiarch||

    Neil, would you say that Duran Duran's best song was Rio, or Hungry Like the Wolf? I'm partial to The Reflex, myself.

  • Neil||

    Episiarch the fact that you chose The Reflex means you are truly a man of good taste.

  • zoltan||

    Come on, The Chaffeur, anybody? Although The Reflex is indeed a damn fine song.

  • Episiarch||

    Neil, thanks. Don't ever change.

    (snaps fingers and points both hands at Neil, Vic Ferrari style)

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    Gotta be The Chaffeur.

  • Neil||

    At least we all agree on our love for New Wave.

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    At least we all agree on our love for New Wave.

    Uh, I don't consider Duran Duran to be New Wave.
    The Clash? Sure. The Psychedelic Furs? Undoubtedly.
    But Duran Duran? Hmmmm. Explain, please.

  • Episiarch||

    Now I want to see Neil and Jamie get in a huge 100-post argument over the definition of "New Wave".

    Remember, nobody, knows, so let's find out. Because Devo was first and best.

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    Epi ---
    I think a lot of Americans have a lazy definition of New Wave, which is "any U.K. band that has a synth player."
    Devo fucking rocked.

  • nebby||

    Ordinary World is the best DD song, fucking fogies.

    It was used perfectly in Layer Cake.

  • nebby||

    And yes, Devo rocked, but that is because they are not men.

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    fucking fogies.

    I just turned 40 on Saturday. And we all know that 40 is the new 18. So I'm going to fuck your sister.

  • nebby||

    Better my sister than my mom, and my mom's not bad.

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    I think a lot of Americans have a lazy definition of New Wave, which is "any U.K. band that has a synth player."

    And asymetric haircuts.

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    When "Ordinary World" was released, a reporter asked Simon LeBon if it was about his post-rock star life, and he was genuinely taken aback.

    The thought had never occured to him.

    Tell you what, it occured to everyone who heard the song.

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    Not to claim to be a connoisseur of DD, but "Girls on Film" had the best uncensored video. Lot's o' T & A. Good enough for this young man at the time.

    And Devo rocked because they wore a hat and brought home the bacon. One chromosome too many for teh win.

    Jamie--Welcome to club amigo. And just to confirm it for you, no, the girls aren't noticing you any longer, except for fatherly advice.

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    Jamie, Jamie - the Clash? New Wave? Wha?
    Why, they had neither keyboards nor asymetrical hairdos.

    Of course,in a battle between Duran Duran and Ultravox...this OAP punk rocker will always choose the latter.

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    WHEN YOUR INNER 'I' IS READY TO STILL ITS THOUGHTS, TO EXPERIENCE THE OPRAH SHOW FREED OF THE EGO'S NEED TO LABEL FORMS WITH WORDS, AS A CHILD EXPERIENCES OPRAH, THEN YOU WILL BE READY TO JOIN THE RISING ENERGY FIELD OF THE GLOBAL OPRAH AWAKENING. WHEN YOU ARE READY, MY HUMBLE BOOKS, AVAILABLE AT YOUR LOCAL BOOKSTORE OR ONLINE, ARE PREPARED TO GUIDE YOUR BLOSSOMING.

  • Blue brain on the left||

    100 quatloons on Oprah!

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    I'm half expecting to find out that no original work has been published for the past twenty years.

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    I read:

    100 quatloons on Oprah!

    and immediately flash to the woman in Total Recall who had, what, six breasts?

  • Metal Messiah||

    Barack Obama is

    (A) a stealth Moslem.
    (B) a member of a "kill whitey" church.
    (C) a closeted Wiccan.
    (D) all of the above.

    Actually, it's kind of fun watching the nutty right try to make something stick to Obama.

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