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A high-school art project on Bush and Hitler (Student gets an A)
http://www.knoxstudio.com/shns/story.cfm?pk=HITLER-ART-02-08-05&cat=AN ^

Posted on 02/09/2005 10:44:05 PM PST by hipaatwo

By MARK REYNOLDS The Providence Journal February 08, 2005

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Jeffrey Eden devised his award-winning project less than 30 minutes after his high-school art teacher asked him to express a thought or two in a three-dimensional way.

So, in the wake of last year's polarizing election and the war in Iraq, the 17-year-old built an abstract scene comparing President Bush's war policies with Adolf Hitler's pillage of Europe.

The student's diorama-like assemblage juxtaposes Hitler quotes with Bush statements, Nazi swastikas with American flags, desert-colored toy soldiers with olive plastic figures. And so on.

Eden said he's trying to point out certain similarities between the U.S.-led war in Iraq and the German blitzkrieg - without actually equating Hitler to Bush.

In this, the success of his project is debatable.

Nonetheless, it has earned the Charlestown student a silver key at the Rhode Island Scholastic Art Awards. It has also tested the contest's commitment to an overriding principle: that students should be encouraged to express their own thoughts through art.

The piece, titled "Bush/Hitler and How History Repeats Itself," triggered a complaint soon after it was displayed at a store with other award-winning entries last week.

"It's offensive to me," said Paul Lewis, a 34-year-old North Providence man.

Lewis asked that Eden's piece be removed and phoned newspapers as well as TV stations. He said he sees zero relationship between the policies of Bush and Hitler.

"It's a stretch," he said.

Lewis said the piece poorly conveys what Eden told The Providence Journal he was trying to convey because it leaves too much to interpretation. Someone might think the artist believes the president is as evil as Hitler, he said.

"I believe he should have been a lot more clear in putting those two things together," Lewis said.

The store refused to remove the exhibit, but the store did attach a disclaimer. The views of the artist do not represent the store, it said.

"We don't censor art," said store owner Hershel Alpert. "We're not in the business of censoring art."

Eden hopes to study art after he graduates from Chariho Regional High School next year. Eden said that although he supports U.S. soldiers, he believes the invasion of Iraq was unjustified.

The recent election in Iraq has not changed his views.

"At the time we invaded we did not have the justification nor the intelligence to take him (Saddam Hussein) out the way we did," he said.

Eden thinks the work is comparing Hitler and Bush - not equating them.

"I felt I was clear about what I was trying to get across," he said. "I believe those who misconstrued the artwork didn't take the time to really read into it."

His teacher, Lynn Norton, believed he got his point across. She gave him an A.


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1 posted on 02/09/2005 10:44:05 PM PST by hipaatwo
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To: hipaatwo

Ward Churchill would be proud!


2 posted on 02/09/2005 10:46:34 PM PST by West Coast Conservative
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3 posted on 02/09/2005 10:47:16 PM PST by nutmeg (democRATs = The Party of NO)
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4 posted on 02/09/2005 10:47:53 PM PST by nutmeg (democRATs = The Party of NO)
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To: hipaatwo

Bush has nothing in common with the anti-christian (called it a 'gutter religion') leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party


5 posted on 02/09/2005 10:48:49 PM PST by GeronL (--- Loading, Loading...)
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To: hipaatwo

Hasn't Hitler been over-represented in these feeble historical analogies? I'm sure Jenjis [sic] Khan, Napoleon, and Alexander the Great could use some attention. Come on, Leftists, there are other adventurer-conquerors out there!


6 posted on 02/09/2005 10:49:28 PM PST by Cyclopean Squid (The 80s belonged to the Gipper, the Aughts belong to Dubya!)
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7 posted on 02/09/2005 10:49:52 PM PST by hipaatwo
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To: hipaatwo

trying to point out certain similarities between the U.S.-led war in Iraq and the German blitzkrieg .. ???

So, for his next project, will he equate the Nazi extermination camps to Gitmo?

Incredible how impressionable little minds are and how ignorant teachers feed them.


8 posted on 02/09/2005 10:49:59 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ...... The War on Terrorism is the ultimate 'faith-based' initiative.)
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To: hipaatwo
"Eden said that although he supports U.S. soldiers, he believes the invasion of Iraq was unjustified."

I sure would like to hear Eden explain how "he supports U.S. soldiers".
9 posted on 02/09/2005 10:50:00 PM PST by Texas_Jarhead (I believe in American Exceptionalism! Do you?)
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To: Cyclopean Squid

Exactly. I'm sure Saddam, Pol Pot, Kim Jong-il, Stalin and Arafat could use some attention too...wait, nevermind...they are all leftists. They can't possibly be evil.


10 posted on 02/09/2005 10:52:46 PM PST by West Coast Conservative
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To: Texas_Jarhead

Of course, he supports them by spitting on them and calling them babykillers and mindless savages. Just like the hippies in the '60s supported our guys in Nam.


11 posted on 02/09/2005 10:53:03 PM PST by boofus
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To: hipaatwo

that is ridiculous
my kerry-shrek diorama got me a c-


12 posted on 02/09/2005 10:53:40 PM PST by lungfish
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To: hipaatwo
The piece, titled "Bush/Hitler and How History Repeats Itself," triggered a complaint soon after it was displayed at a store with other award-winning entries last week.

What the hell kind of History are the teachers at that school teaching???

13 posted on 02/09/2005 10:55:42 PM PST by Mo1 (Question to Liberals .. When did supporting and defending Freedom become a bad thing??)
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To: hipaatwo

Some whacked out nut killing several million people should NEVER into our considerations as to wheather something should be done about the touchy feely turdbucket,,,right?


14 posted on 02/09/2005 10:56:36 PM PST by Waco
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To: hipaatwo
This gets a standing ovation for pure left wingnut idiocy.

Kudos, absolute kudos.

BRAVO!!

15 posted on 02/09/2005 10:58:47 PM PST by zarf
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To: hipaatwo

Gee, I wonder where the lil' punk got the idea to equate President Bush and Hitler?,,,, hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm


16 posted on 02/09/2005 11:00:08 PM PST by CatAtomic ("If Tom Landry isn't in heaven, we're all in trouble." - Roger Staubach)
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To: hipaatwo

Another kid getting brainwashed by liberal teachers. Where do you think this kid learned this stuff?


17 posted on 02/09/2005 11:01:12 PM PST by Pro-Bush (Can't afford Medical care? Thank an illegal alien.)
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To: hipaatwo

The kid doesn't know that Bush is different than Hitler, and that's worth an "A". I'm glad to see that positive reinforcement hasn't been abandoned at our nation's high schools. < /sarcasm >

Perhaps the teacher or group of them, that gave this kid an "A" could explain for us the similarities between freeing people who were being butchered by Hussein, and Hitler conquering a free people in a stable prospering economy.

Husseing responsible for the death of millions, Hitler responsible for the death of millions, Hitler's focus on Jews... aw hell why go on?

This is despicable. If the teacher or teachers don't know this, fire them for incompetance.


18 posted on 02/09/2005 11:05:02 PM PST by DoughtyOne (US socialist liberalism would be dead without the help of politicians who claim to be conservative.)
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To: hipaatwo
Its seems likely to me that someone put this little loser up to the task. I think some ACLU creep gave him a bag of weed to crack this little prank just so that they could showboat with a big court case.

Teenagers are stupid, but not even the biggest bonehead in the world would pull a stunt like this on their own, unless they were interviewing for an internship with Ward Churchill.

19 posted on 02/09/2005 11:07:28 PM PST by GunRunner
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To: hipaatwo
Obviously the RIISD has failed this kid. He doesn't know who Hitler was or was about. Looks like a future welfare recipient in the making.
20 posted on 02/09/2005 11:12:25 PM PST by Dallas59 (Bush said the "F" word 27 times January 20th, 2005!)
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To: hipaatwo

In this case "A" stands for Assinine.


21 posted on 02/09/2005 11:13:42 PM PST by taxesareforever
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To: hipaatwo

"Eden hopes to study art after he graduates from Chariho Regional High School next year. Eden said that although he supports U.S. soldiers, he believes the invasion of Iraq was unjustified."


Children should be seen and not heard.

I don't know when we decided people under thirty should be taken seriously. When I was his age I had one child and worked a full time job. The only people, back then, who took notice to anything I said were dumber than I.


22 posted on 02/09/2005 11:13:46 PM PST by Razz Barry
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To: hipaatwo

That PoS got a 'A'? Wow.

Home Economics perhaps. Doesn't look like much creatively than a few pieces of fabric. Where are all the facts?

I bet this kid doesn't know his ass from a hole in the ground when it comes to the differences between Hitler and Bush. I bet he doesn't know daggoned thing about Hitler, how he came to power, what he did, etc. Well, obviously he doesn't or he's just flat out stupid.


23 posted on 02/09/2005 11:14:27 PM PST by Fruitbat
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To: hipaatwo

The Left obviously has not gotten the memo about Godwin's Law.


24 posted on 02/09/2005 11:21:22 PM PST by Arkinsaw
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To: hipaatwo

In related news late today, Eden was chosen as the recipient of the "Ward Churchill 'ethnic studies' skolarship" at C.U.

Said Churchill, "This fine young person has nothing to apologise for. I am proud of his achievements in waking people up, and I think with proper indoctrination - er I mean diligence, he will become a great little Eichmann..."

(/sarcasm off)


25 posted on 02/09/2005 11:22:33 PM PST by AmericanArchConservative (Armour on, Lances high, Swords out, Bows drawn, Shields front ... Eagles UP!)
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To: hipaatwo

"I felt I was clear about what I was trying to get across," he said. "I believe those who misconstrued the artwork didn't take the time to really read into it."

"His teacher, Lynn Norton, believed he got his point across."

Art is always open to the audience's own interpretation, as an Art teacher she should know that. So why does this teacher and student try to attach one meaning to it. Art? More likely, teacher/student political agenda. In any event, disgraceful.


26 posted on 02/09/2005 11:27:09 PM PST by SeaBiscuit (God Bless all who defend America and the rest can go to hell.)
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To: hipaatwo

I just don't understand why the left keeps bashing their hero, hitler.


27 posted on 02/09/2005 11:27:16 PM PST by E=MC<sup>2</sup> (...And on the 666th day, satan created the demonrat party.)
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What the hell kind of History are the teachers at that school teaching???

Heavily revised, liberal approved

28 posted on 02/09/2005 11:27:31 PM PST by GeronL (--- Loading, Loading...)
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To: Texas_Jarhead

Translation of Eden's comment: "I am sure that those US soldiers who do not believe in their mission and return to the US (after their tour is finished) ready to dish some dirt on their officers and fellow soldiers are probably decent and acceptable human beings. The others I will spit upon, or accuse of lying, torture and atrocities, and supporting an imperialistic, oil-grabbing, whitewash effort."


29 posted on 02/09/2005 11:31:20 PM PST by AmericanArchConservative (Armour on, Lances high, Swords out, Bows drawn, Shields front ... Eagles UP!)
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To: GeronL

Adolescents can throw that stuff around soooooooo impressively.


30 posted on 02/09/2005 11:31:33 PM PST by JBGUSA (If it's us or them, I choose us.)
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To: hipaatwo
Eden thinks the work is comparing Hitler and Bush - not equating them.

Lying idiot. One compares similar things and contrasts dissimilar things. If you compare, you meant to show small differences between similar things.

"I felt I was clear about what I was trying to get across," he said. "I believe those who misconstrued the artwork didn't take the time to really read into it."

There you go again Eden, feeling when you should be thinking.

His teacher, Lynn Norton, believed he got his point across. She gave him an A.

I would say Eden is at a second grade level for artistic merit. For a high schooler, he sucks.

31 posted on 02/10/2005 12:05:37 AM PST by LoneRangerMassachusetts (Some say what's good for others, the others make the goods; it's the meddlers against the peddlers)
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To: hipaatwo

I wonder if a student had an artwork praising President Bush or Christainity, it would've been removed for being 'offensive'.


32 posted on 02/10/2005 12:10:00 AM PST by Simmy2.5 (DUmmies in mourning. World is a better place.)
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To: hipaatwo
We don't censor art," said store owner Hershel Alpert. "We're not in the business of censoring art."

Hershel Alpert sells furniture at this place

33 posted on 02/10/2005 12:16:10 AM PST by LoneRangerMassachusetts (Some say what's good for others, the others make the goods; it's the meddlers against the peddlers)
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To: hipaatwo

I bet ya mommy or daddy (or both) had a role in this!


34 posted on 02/10/2005 12:19:14 AM PST by Pro-Bush (Can't afford Medical care? Thank an illegal alien.)
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To: hipaatwo

Idiot teacher -- Lynn.Norton@Chariho.K12.ri.us


35 posted on 02/10/2005 12:25:44 AM PST by doug from upland (I would trust Stevie Wonder to give me a ride before I'd trust Ted Kennedy)
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To: Cyclopean Squid
Hasn't Hitler been over-represented in these feeble historical analogies?

Not really. After the art was displayed, the student and his entire family were transported to a death camp and gassed. < /sarcasm>

36 posted on 02/10/2005 12:43:22 AM PST by Polybius
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To: Cyclopean Squid
Hasn't Hitler been over-represented in these feeble historical analogies? I'm sure Jenjis [sic] Khan, Napoleon, and Alexander the Great could use some attention. Come on, Leftists, there are other adventurer-conquerors out there!

Let me see...Attila the Hun, Pol Pot, East India Company, Stalin, George A. Custer,...makes ya wonder, doesn't it? They must be emotionally wrapped in this Hitler motif.
37 posted on 02/10/2005 12:46:08 AM PST by carumba
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To: hipaatwo
How about a collage showing this kid's mug next to a bunch of pentagrams, swastikas, street thugs et al.?
38 posted on 02/10/2005 12:48:14 AM PST by Mmmike
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To: hipaatwo
The kid is 17 and this is the best he can do for "Art"? He had better plan a different career path.


39 posted on 02/10/2005 12:48:26 AM PST by Flyer (Got Domain? - $8.99 a Year! - https://dahtcom.nameservices.net)
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To: hipaatwo

Hey, this kid is ready to work for the DNC. He could be Howie "Screamin" Deans paige. If not that, MSM definitly has a place for him at their stable. He can take over for Eason Jordan at CNN and you wouldn't even notice the difference.

:-)


40 posted on 02/10/2005 12:51:09 AM PST by kb2614 ( You have everything to fear, including fear itself. - The new DNC slogan)
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To: Flyer

My thoughts too. Not only is it uncreative, he paints at a 3rd grade level.


41 posted on 02/10/2005 1:40:59 AM PST by boop (Testing the tagline feature!)
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To: lungfish
my kerry-shrek diorama got me a c-

Ya should've gone with the old standard: Kerry-Lurch

42 posted on 02/10/2005 1:48:16 AM PST by dread78645 (Truth is always the right answer)
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To: hipaatwo

It absolutely frosts me that kids are so stupid that they equate Hitler with Bush. Is the distinction of killing people vs. freeing two nations beyond their grasp?


43 posted on 02/10/2005 1:51:42 AM PST by Peach
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To: hipaatwo
that students should be encouraged to express their own thoughts through art.

I think Jo the nanny would have him stand in the corner - or rather his teachers.

Sure, free to express. Uh-huh. Riiiiggght. I get it.

Because you just know the same group of fanatics would say EXACTLY THE SAME if the kid decided to portray the late MLK, Jr. as a thick-lipped, bug-eyed Step-n-Fetchit character. They'd say the same. Sure they would.

Unfortunately there's only one Jo the nanny to go around. The kid's teachers might only be somewhere down on the list.

44 posted on 02/10/2005 2:07:32 AM PST by sevry
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To: Flyer

Oh-some Hollywierd lib will probably pay him big money to put on an exhibit. His art may stink, but there are plenty of morons out there who share his contorted worldview.


45 posted on 02/10/2005 2:11:49 AM PST by 91B (God made man, Sam Colt made men equal.)
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To: hipaatwo
the 17-year-old built an abstract scene comparing President Bush's war policies with Adolf Hitler's pillage of Europe.

How can students be rewarded for being so factually wrong?

46 posted on 02/10/2005 2:27:16 AM PST by Right_in_Virginia
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To: hipaatwo

He may have gotten a A in art, But I bet he failed Gym.


47 posted on 02/10/2005 2:33:49 AM PST by BigCinBigD
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To: hipaatwo

First mention of Hitler loses! He should have gotten an F.


50 posted on 02/10/2005 8:18:23 AM PST by SlowBoat407 (Speculating idiot)
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