Kasim we remember that you tried to ACTIVELY PROTECT Beverly Hall by attempting to strong arm the board into keeping Burks-Butler as the board chair.
Mr. McDaniel, we remember you were one of the ones who APPLAUDED at Beverly Hall's final BOE appearance, instead of giving her the silent rebuke she CLEARLY deserved.
Mr. McDaniel, looks like the chickens have come home to roost. You lost. ETHICS won.
"So the deaths of civilian women and children are more valuable than those of civilian men?"
I guess I assumed you would understand my point:
The deaths of innocent women and children is more tragic.
@ Mark from Atlanta
"Bush was the most incompetent President in the history of our country and it will be a long time before thinking Americans forget that he was the Gop's spawn."
Well, there we have it. Your real reason is political, not logical, and everything else thrown up as a reason is secondary.
I had hoped for better.
@ Mark from Atlanta
"You also have to factor in who died in each war. Because of the urban-oriented "shock and awe" carpet bombing in the initial stages of the Iraq invasion compared to the more frontier-oriented Afghanistan conflict Bush's Iraq war there were many more women and children innocents killed in Iraq as a percentage of the total deaths."
So the deaths of civilian women and children are more valuable than those of civilian men? Some would call that sexism.
@ Mark from Atlanta
"You ignored the 200,000 Iraqi men, women and children killed in Bush's bloodbath. Why?"
I didn't ignore it - read the 2nd post. I wrote the civilian casualties of both were comparable.
I'm looking for logic, not emotion and political bias.
Oh! And, full disclosure, I make paintings w found photographs, often w permission, often not. As well as the appropriation of graphics, illustrations, animated characters, film stills, paintings and anything else that serves the piece. Which I believe in the end is a wholey unique and new object.
When I was younger, and still today, I loved listening to Public Ememy, the Beasty Boys, and a variety of other rap acts. When I was older I got into James Brown, and only then realized that his music was the basis for 90% of Hip Hop music. It was astonishing to me.... But it didn't make me appreciate the "knock offs "any less? No. Was it easier for them to borrow? Sure... Did they make something new? I think so.
I have done some murals in town... A more popular and a more prolific muralist's work has often been confused for mine. There is a striking similarity in our visual language and application. To be honest I think that my work may have influenced theirs..I can't really know if this is the case. But the thought of it was frustrating to me for a while.
This is an interesting debate.... How many Todd Murphy knock offs were there in Atlanta after his success in the late 90's? And some would argue that he himself was riffing on the Starns Twins work! Pink Floyd was influenced by Mikes Davis...the Beatles Helter Skelter was inspired by the Who, a much younger and lessor known band at the time. Pablo Picasso didn't invent cubism as many in the public think.
I was reading a book on Damien Hurst. There was a story about his "dot paintings" in which his assistant, who did all if the actual painting of these pieces, asked if she could have one. If you are not familiar with these paintings they are very straight forward and in my option a little dull. Honestly anyone with a compass, access to a Sherwin Williams and some patience could make them. The assistant asked if she could have one. SHE ASKED IF SHE COULD HAVE ONE OF THE PAINTINGS SHE MADE!!??? He said no. His reasoning was that it was worth too much money to give to her. This begs the question of what gives art it's value? Is it the idea? The hand that makes it? Is it the artist? Is it authorship? Or is it the buying public?
I love Jiha's work. She is one if the brightest talents in Atlanta and beyond. But I do not think it diminishes her work or reputation. Nor do I think that this artist borrowing/stealing of a phrase from one of her paintings is advancing their work inordinately. That said I do understand her frustration.
"The number of civilian casualties in both wars are estimated as comparable."
In a very conservative estimate Brown’s Watson Institute for International Studies found that between 12,000 and 14,000 of them perished in Afghanistan. Another 120,000 died in Iraq.
That is a ten times more.
You also have to factor in who died in each war. Because of the urban-oriented "shock and awe" carpet bombing in the initial stages of the Iraq invasion compared to the more frontier-oriented Afghanistan conflict Bush's Iraq war there were many more women and children innocents killed in Iraq as a percentage of the total deaths.
Finally, a case could be made for going to war with the Taliban since they backed and harbored those responsible for 9/11. There was zero justification for the Iraq war since they had no involvement in 9/11 and no WMDs.
Bush was the most incompetent President in the history of our country and it will be a long time before thinking Americans forget that he was the Gop's spawn.
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