I pretty much share your take on Dr. Laura. She really did preach a good game, but I'm shocked at the words she chose to defend her disavowal of Judasim. FEELINGS? I mean, really.
Nobody can count the number of hapless callers who began their on-air plea for help w/her, lamenting that they weren't feeling good about such and such, only to be lambasted by her telling them that she wasn't interested in their feelings, as feelings were transitory, and not substantive enough to base a decision on.
And while I don't want to too harshly judger her on the occurrence w/her mother, it is shocking that she could have remained deceased for so long without anyone in the family knowing about it. She has counseled even children who were abused, and whose Mothers enabled the abuse to continue by their living in denial, to make sure that their parents had the basics that were necessary for life. Talk about not passing the smell test!
I remember her saying once that the Torah taught that just because something was true, that was not license to verbalize it. Yet she seemed to take such relish in calling women SLUT! And that's what it was that was always so off-putting about her, she seemed to so enjoy meting out the lashes. That's what made her on-air personality so objectionable to me, and to many others I would guess.