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SAY WORD! | NYPL EXHIBIT OF BUSH ADMINISTRATION MUG SHOTS THRU 01 27 07

SAY WORD! | NYPL EXHIBIT OF BUSH ADMINISTRATION MUG SHOTS THRU 01 27 07

By Led Black

Nypl_bush_exhibitAn art exhibit at the New York Public Library featuring doctored mug shots of George Bush and members of his administration has generated a tremendous amount of controversy and has some Republicans up in arms. Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese’s Line Up, which is running at the main branch of NYPL until Jan 27th, is an impressive multi-media display that is composed of the fake mug shots as well as video and accompanying audio.  In each of the photos members of the Bush administration hold a slate with the date when they told lies that the artists consider criminal.  In Bush’s case, his slate reads 1.28.2003, which was the date of the State of the Union speech that included the bogus claim that Iraq had attempted to acquire Uranium from the African country of Niger.   The lies continue and may just lead this country into another immoral and unprovoked war of choice with Iran.  Stay tuned….

For more info visit: www.nypl.org

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  1. Reply

    I guess multi-cultural/ethnic doesn’t include one-half of the country.

    My views are the polar opposite of my ethnicity, and I wear Republica Eyewear. Am I not welcome here?

    Is it a good business to intentionally alienate one-half of the country?

    Michael Jordan was asked why he didn’t support the Democrats. He said, “Republicans buy sneakers too.”

    Do you feel comfortable with your business being limited to one-half or less of the country?

    Do you really think that Republicans and conservatives are so monolithic, they don’t disagree with their leaders. That they aren’t sometimes disappointed with the direction of the country?

    This type of activism seems counter-productive for an up and coming company like Republica.

  2. Reply
    Led Black

    YJM – I KNOW you regret hitting the post button on your nasty, petty and some what vicious rant. If you could only take that back. Do you hear yourself? Am I to understand that reporting on a art exhibit that you seem to have a problem with has now become a “type of activism”? Really dude – get a grip. In addition, implying that you are somehow our masters with your chosen moniker, YJM, is a little bit over the top. Don’t you think? Is that necessary? Dominicans have a saying “si a ti no te gusta – no te lo coma” which means if you don’t like it then don’t eat it. End of story.

    Ya dig?

    Led Black

  3. Reply
    UR

    I love it when a post initiates discourse! As a Republica Update reader and a Republican who wears Republica as well, I don’t think that it’s about alienating anyone. It’s no longer about Democrat or Republican. It’s about the future of our country and our quality of life. Our position has been severely compromised at this point, so what are we as citizens going to do about it?

    I believe that there are self-serving politicians on both sides of the aisle just as there are very good ones.

    We’ve been divided, conquered and bamboozled into believing that it’s them versus us, which in the end only serves the self serving politicians who win.

    Politics and voting shouldn’t be perceived as a sports rivalry, yet that’s how it’s treated. Voting and our level of political literacy and discourse needs to rise if we, the U.S. of A are to make it out of the 21st century intact. We are at the proverbial fork in the road ladies and gentlemen. The time is now.

    It’s time for bi-partisan politics end. We need to vote across party lines for the very best and brightest politicians, no no matter what their political affiliation may be, be it Republican, Democrat or Independent.

    And if Republica is putting the Republican’s on blast, it is deservedly so. They have not done a very good job taking care of our country or standing up to their colleagues.

  4. Reply

    Led-
    You don’t really think my comment was vicious and nasty, give me a break. If you do, you’ve never dealt with the real thing. I thought I made some salient points regarding doing business.
    You know what is written here, all I had to do was peruse previous posts to get a flavor. I don’t have a problem wearing Republica product, even though I disagree with this blog. I think all discourse is welcome online.
    What I clearly stated in my comment was that it’s simply not good business practice for a company to involve itself in the kind of commentary I’ve seen here. Republica can do and say whatever it wants, but it will detract from it’s retail appeal.
    And my moniker is meant to be over the top. It was inspired by some Ron Paul supporters.
    “End of story” eh? There’s an appeal for open and free debate.

  5. Reply
    UR

    civilized disagreement is good…love it!

  6. Reply
    Led Black

    YJM,
    While the points you made may or may not have been salient they sure did reek of paternalism and censorship. The tinge of “you should do as I say or else” was unmistakeable. At this crucial juncture in American history, rank partisanship is a distraction that has mutated into a disease and you seem to have caught the contagion. Republicans as well as Democrats need to wake up and take back their country before it’s too late. This blog is all about free and open debate. Thanks for your input.

    Led Black

  7. Reply
    YJM

    Led,

    Perhaps I’m not coming across the way I’m intending to. I’m strictly talking about doing business. And yes, there are rules to every game, and business is a game.
    I would have never been hired, or retained at any job if I didn’t play by certain rules. Of course that’s definitely a result of the kind of business I’ve chosen to be in. I’m now self-emplloyed, and in a design field that requires atistic ability, but the clientelle tend to not be artistic, nor terribly open-minded. So to sell, I must work within the given constraints.
    All I’m attempting to get across is that there are folks out there who don’t agree, or may even be outright hostile to some of the points of view on this blog. And this blog is tied directly to Republica. If the opinion of the Republica management is that they don’t care, so be it. But if they don’t realize that supporting certain views could be bad for business, maybe it’s food for thought?
    Thanks for the engaging dialogue BTW!

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    Led,

    “This blog is all about free and open debate. Thanks for your input.”

    Why did am I tagged as spam? I thought we had a good dialogue going?

    Here’s what I was trying to post:

    Perhaps I’m not coming across the way I’m intending to. I’m strictly talking about doing business. And yes, there are rules to every game, and business is a game.
    I would have never been hired, or retained at any job if I didn’t play by certain rules. Of course that’s definitely a result of the kind of business I’ve chosen to be in. I’m now self-emplloyed, and in a design field that requires atistic ability, but the clientelle tend to not be artistic, nor terribly open-minded. So to sell, I must work within the given constraints.
    All I’m attempting to get across is that there are folks out there who don’t agree, or may even be outright hostile to some of the points of view on this blog. And this blog is tied directly to Republica. If the opinion of the Republica management is that they don’t care, so be it. But if they don’t realize that supporting certain views could be bad for business, maybe it’s food for thought?

  9. Reply

    YJM, firstly I want to take the opportunity to sincerely thank you for purchasing our eye wear, visiting our site and caring enough to engage us in what has turned out to be a very interesting and lively discussion that touches upon artistic expression and freedom of speech as it relates to commerce. You have some very valid business related points.

    When we started the blog version of the Republica Update in August of 2005, this is the exact direction we we’re hoping it would go in. A place where the intelligent exchange of ideas, point of views and opinions across race, gender, religion and politics could take place with an informative twist.

    República as a brand, at its core has always been rooted in the aspect of community (always supported and been reciprocally supported). We are and have always been an advocate for inclusiveness and not exclusiveness. To this day, it’s part of our DNA and this formula has been our foundation and a big part of our success. When we evolved the República Update from its original e-mail format to a blog, it was because we had access to a great deal of information that was coming through our in-boxes on an daily basis (i.e. film festivals, job openings, art exhibits, etc.), that we felt it was important to share this great content with our community of supporters on a more timely basis. Our blog became our way of giving back as well as communicating with our community.

    Since August of 2005, much has transpired in this great country of ours, some of it positive and a lot of it not so much (i.e. Iraq, immigration, health care, our currency, the sub-prime debacle, jobs and the list goes on.) It’s very unfortunate that this has come under the Republican’s watch. If this had happened under the Democrat’s supervision, it would have been them that we would’ve highlighted for malfeasance.

    I personally don’t buy into this whole Republican’s are evil and Democrats are not. What I like to do is vote across party lines for the best candidates be they Democrats or Republicans. We need to start driving this message into the American psyche. It’s not about the party. It’s about the politician. Ignorance and bad politicos are bleeding our country dry!

    I feel that as an American businessman, taxpayer and citizen, it is my duty to become an agent of change. We had to make a decision as to whether we we’re going to be proactive in informing or whether we we’re going to remain passive. By now, you can probably tell which path I chose and maybe foolishly. Only time will tell if I’ve charted the correct course for our company.

    YJM, all I know is that if our country doesn’t change direction soon, there might not be a “República” to leave to our kids in 25 years, much less anything else. I want to be able to look them in the eye and say to them, at least your father tried, our country was at a crossroad and I tried to make a difference. What will others tell their children?

    Sincerely,

    Rafael Jimenez
    Founder
    República Trading Co.

  10. Reply

    Rafael,

    You are a gentleman and I appreciate your response the the “debate of the day” so to speak. You have let me know that you have made an active choice/business decision to use your business as an agent for change, and I applaud you for it. Although it may hamper profits, you need to be able like what you do, and who you are.
    In my business, I have always put principle ahead of profit, and have been the better for it as well.
    I’m glad to hear that you take a hard look at both sides and vote across party lines. I just got the impression, from what I had seen so far on this blog, that it strictly supported a leftist point of view. If I was mistaken, I apologize.
    I’m a fan of your products, and as such I would extend the same invitation to you I did Led Black. Would you be interested in guest-posting on my blog? Perhaps we could direct a few additional customers your way, and at the same time forge more understanding between different points of view.

  11. Reply
    R

    Thanks YJM. A the end of the day if we don’t stop undermining our country’s values and what they stands for, hampered profits will be the least of our worries. As Americans we need to be weaned off of the short term, instant gratification, profits, profits, profits at any cost way of thinking and start working collaboratively on a longer term strategy that will ensure the American way of life for future generations to enjoy.

    As for what seems like our leftist leanings, keep in mind that our blog was born in the midst of a Republican runaway train, that very few tried to stop because we we’re afraid to question. A string of scandals leading up to them losing the house this year is testament that you can only take so many blows to the head before one starts to be affected. Had it been Democrats causing this much drama, it would have been them that we would of put under the microscope.

    Let’s hope that we can collectively get it together as a country before it’s too late.

    We are definitely open to guest posting. Let’s discuss.

    Best,

    R

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