Monday, April 27, 2009



Some have asked us why we might not like the City employees and the police photographing us when we are set up for display. This photo from the late 30's might give you an idea how we feel.

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  1. I get it. The City is a Nazi machine singularly focused and committed to destroying an entire race. You are an oppressed Jew, confined in a ghetto and slated for extermination.

    Fine if you think it fashionable to use the word "Putz." But be a mensch and stop trivializing the holocaust.

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  2. I had a twang of hesitation before posting this picture. It was between this one and http://vousart0.tripod.com/

    "Putz" is about as universal as a bagel.

    The message was to be that these trepidations start with the seemingly smaller violations but imperceptively grow as we become accustomed to giving up our natural rights. Posting this photo does not make that clear.

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  4. I get it. It's about feeling helpless against a government regime. I don't think the use of the photo was to trivialize the holocaust. They want to use the pictures of the artists against them, or to "keep tabs" on whose who. Reminds me of Hoover!

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  5. You lose credibility when you traffic in ridiculous hyperbole.

    You should take caution not to trivialize the holocaust. Selling art in the Plaza isn't even in the same universe.

    Don't become Ed Slaven.

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  6. born in Krakow28 April, 2009

    it starts supposedly "small" and grows progressively until we sit around and wonder "How did this happen?"

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  7. Pastor Martin Niemoller said:

    In Germany, they came first for the Communists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist;

    And then they came for the trade unionists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist;

    And then they came for the Jews, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew;

    And then . . . they came for me . . . And by that time there was no one left to speak up."

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  8. St. Augustine's artist 25-year campaign of artist suppression ordinances resembles the Nuremberg Laws. I so stated at the meeting at Flagler College that was held by the tourism consultants for St. Johns County earlier this month, which was attended by the City Attorney, City Commissioners and City Manager.

    Not one person who was present disagreed that the 25-year campaign of artist suppression ordinances resembles the Nuremberg Laws.

    Of course, the silly "anonymice" from Plazabum (above), hiding behind anonymity, scoff. We wear their scorn as a badge of honor.

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