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It's Monday... [Monday, May. 4th, 2009|05:31 pm]
The richest girl in town.
I'm in hate.

First of all, I hate Talk of the Nation on NPR. I know plenty of people on the left don't like NPR's politics, but I generally don't have a problem with them and know plenty of people on the right probably have more to bitch about. But then there's that show.

Neal Conan is a bitter conservative who wrings every bit of joy that he can out of his daily two-hour show. I woke up this morning to Republicans arguing about how to rejuvenate their party. The clincher was the black woman who came in as a guest towards the end of the segment and actually used the recent poll that found churchgoers are more likely to back torture (though she insisted on calling it "interrogation") to support her claim that black Americans are actually really conservative--even though the study "did not include analysis of groups other than white evangelicals, white non-Hispanic Catholics, white mainline Protestants, and the religiously unaffiliated, because the sample size was too small." (Hat tip, wordweaverlynn.)

This was then followed by an interview with Retired Adm. Jerome Johnson, who along with three other retired members of the military, recently wrote an op-ed in the NYT about President Obama's promise to dismantle the discriminatory rules about sexual orientation in the military. This guy was talking lots of shit with no facts to back it up and refused to say how many people have been dishonorably discharged because of sexual orientation. There was no counter-point guest, and Conan was rude to the people who called in and disagreed, including a woman who served for several years, was stationed in Iraq, and was then discharged after someone found a photo of her with another woman--taken long before she enlisted.

And then there's a local burlesque performer with some axe to grind talking shit about Hubba all over the Bay Area and on an international listserv, falsely claiming that folks appeared at the Viva La Revolucion show in brownface. Blame it on the photog from the SF Weekly, who managed to apply some weird-ass filter to the photos he took that have us ALL looking darker than we are if not not-quite-human. (Seriously. What's up with my eyes there? And Ari's? And where did Whitney's freckles go?)



(Bonus points--I don't think that photographer's white, either.)

Other pictures by different photographers are here.

What really chaps my hide is that this performer didn't bother to ask anyone in the show--including any of the people of color who performed--about this or what they thought of the show's content. Instead, she went straight to bashing it and the producers as publicly as possible. Nice.

So, yeah. I kind of want to chew metal right now.
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[User Picture]From: 0ntological
2009-05-05 01:13 am (UTC)
Cause that picture is badly photo shopped AT ALL!!!

GRRRRRRR
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[User Picture]From: benchilada
2009-05-05 01:17 am (UTC)
What an absolutely bizarre thing to do to a photo...
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[User Picture]From: ariyanakylstram
2009-05-05 01:27 am (UTC)
ever since that thing came out I've thought "wow, alien eyes!"

they pulled up all the whites out of proportion, amongst other things. Look how white all the tanks and our San Bananador flag patches look, and how white Jim's sash is. Also how my eyes ended up so crazy white, I suspect.

This photo belongs on that blog of major photoshop fail.
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[User Picture]From: elusis
2009-05-05 06:25 am (UTC)
Yeah, IIRC Jim's sash was silver/grey.
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[User Picture]From: sushispook
2009-05-05 02:29 am (UTC)
i just photoshopped a swastika onto your photo - why do you hate the jews?
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[User Picture]From: lilmissnever
2009-05-05 03:04 am (UTC)

Because they're all Communists.
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[User Picture]From: blackestsheep
2009-05-05 03:14 am (UTC)
yep that's solid photoshop whatthafuckery... WHY? That's the real question...
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[User Picture]From: 0ntological
2009-05-05 03:24 am (UTC)
That is the question of the day. Has anyone emailed SF Weekly about this, cause I'll do it. And how.
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[User Picture]From: fightingwords
2009-05-05 05:20 am (UTC)
Supposedly, the White Performer Complaining On Behalf of All Brown People Everywhere emailed the Weekly and didn't hear anything back.
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[User Picture]From: 0ntological
2009-05-05 08:02 am (UTC)
Well, I'm not sure what she wanted to complain about, but I just want to give them shit for this horrible photo shopping. In fact, I'll CALL them. I'm already irritated with them since they used a photo off the DNA website without asking or crediting it (it belonged to Mr. Girling).

Also, I agree with other comments that this photo really is kind of terrifying. I am going to be having nightmares about ari and you chasing after me with machine guns and strangely glowing eyes.........
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[User Picture]From: 0ntological
2009-05-05 04:51 pm (UTC)
I should clarify that I want to complain about the fact that it looks like several of the people in the picture are wearing dark make up, not just that it's generally bad photo shopping.....though wow, it really really is.
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[User Picture]From: fa_ikaika
2009-05-05 03:31 am (UTC)
I've never been a big fan of Talk of the Nation. there's almost never enough substantive discussion and instead the NPR equivalent of talk show mundanity.

I didn't realize Neal Conan was a rightwinger but it sure makes sense of some of his programming.

Also, this person complains about a poster? and a clearly badly photoshopped one at that? Really?

The sour grapes are strong in this one.
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[User Picture]From: fightingwords
2009-05-05 05:24 am (UTC)
I don't know that Conan is, but he smells that way. I remember him being extra-special one morning when John McWhorter was on, shortly after the huge spike in cross-burnings and noose spottings all over the country. He was straight-up hostile to anyone who called in to disagree with Whorter's assertion that black people should just "ignore" racist displays.

As for the show--this wasn't even a poster. It was one of the pictures taken at the show by photographers from a local weekly paper. We had no control over them. And she knows that.
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[User Picture]From: latemodel
2009-05-05 04:41 am (UTC)
I always wondered what you lot would look like in an 8-bit video game.

Seriously, that photo is terrifying.
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[User Picture]From: elusis
2009-05-05 06:27 am (UTC)
What the FUCK? Is this someone we know, or just some random douchebag? I hope to hell she's getting some serious "oh no you DIDN'T!" from people who actually... bothered to pay attention...
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[User Picture]From: fightingwords
2009-05-05 07:05 pm (UTC)
She's performed at HHR before, but not in a couple of years, I'd reckon.
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[User Picture]From: wordweaverlynn
2009-05-05 11:30 am (UTC)
Looks like you all got caught in a bad spray-tanning booth.
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[User Picture]From: gordonzola
2009-05-05 04:52 pm (UTC)
aww, c'mon, let's name some names here...
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[User Picture]From: fightingwords
2009-05-05 07:04 pm (UTC)
Nope.
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[User Picture]From: erg
2009-05-05 07:11 pm (UTC)
I wanna know, if as Zombies, you've escaped being baptized by the Mormons, after you've "died" or not.

You could tell her that the photographer tried to do White Face (clown base) makeup too, but this resulted in too much glare to get a good shot.

Wetards; Wherein Llama's wrestle with Baah'd.

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[User Picture]From: sparklydevil
2009-05-05 08:27 pm (UTC)
some people would rather spew bile and cause drama than focus on their own art (or in this case, lack there of)
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