Sunday, October 30, 2005
Monday, October 24, 2005
The renewal of the battle for the border, My beloved Missouri Tigers (who took out Nebraska in convincing and punishing fashion) versus the dreaded Kansas Jayhawks. It's time... Pinkel.. take care of business... the fans demand it. Brad Smith, a true champion.
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[The Judicial Branch] may truly be said to have neither FORCE nor WILL, but merely judgment; and must ultimately depend upon the aid of the executive arm even for the efficacy of its judgments."
-- Alexander Hamilton
(Federalist No. 78, 1788)
Reference: The Federalist
It's never a good sign when a Supreme Court nominee is asked by the Senate Judiciary Committee to start over.
From the Washington Times this morning.... LINK
Even if it is Arlen Specter saying it.
Has it not been enough already... withdraw. Bring on the REAL nominee please
Thursday, October 20, 2005
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Friday, October 14, 2005
Monumental painted panoramas, comprising individual sections sewn together, were a popular entertainment form for much of the nineteenth century. Produced on the same linen canvas used by theatrical set painters, they were typically unrolled within a stage proscenium, creating movable narratives that mesmerized audiences. In October 1849 Samuel B. Waugh's fifty-scene panorama The Mirror of Italy made its exhibition debut in Philadelphia before embarking on a tour to New York City and Boston. Sometime thereafter, the artist returned to the episodic painting, adding a dozen revised "chapters" to it. Under the name Italia, this expanded tableau (about eight hundred feet long) was shown at bookings around the nation, including a featured appearance in 1859 at New York City's New Hope Chapel just below 8th Street.
A descriptive handbook accompanied Italia, identifying each of its sixty-two segments and attributing the project's genesis to "sketches taken by the artist during a residence of several years in Italy."1
The Bay and Harbor of New York, the concluding scene of this "grand tour," depicted the homecoming of passengers to New York Harbor. Waugh recorded this vista from a point just above the Battery. The companion notes explain its contents: "On the left lies Castle Garden, and off the Battery, the Chinese Junk, Keying, which visited the United States in 1847. In the distance are Brooklyn, Governors Island, and Fort William; and on the right, an Emigrant Ship, discharging, while the wharf, in the fore-ground, is crowded with the passengers, their property, and friends."
The painting's precise dating has been a matter of some confusion owing to Waugh's inclusion of the Keying, a teak-hulled junk from China (visible offshore, with conspicuous upswept ends), in the same composition as the ship discharging passengers and the line of immigrants filing into, or out of, Castle Garden. As the first vessel from the "Celestial Empire" to visit New York, the Keying met with great fanfare when it moored at the Battery in July 1847.2 Its arrival presumably would have been fresh in Waugh's mind when he conceived The Mirror of Italy. The disembarkation vignettes, however, more likely associate the canvas with Waugh's later, enlarged panorama of 1854 -1855. In that case, artistic license probably accounts for his retention of the exotic Keying, which helped to emphasize New York's internationalism. It was only in 1855 that Castle Garden (previously an entertainment center) was converted into a new immigration depot.3 Here, Waugh recognizes the landmark's recent change in function.
The foreground scene emphasizes the volume of human cargo offloading into New York by the mid-nineteenth century. In 1860 there were 105,123 immigrants admitted at Castle Garden, of whom 47,330 were Irish, 37,899 German, and 11,361 English. Unlike their predecessors, who were vulnerable to waterfront fraud and other abuses, "greenhorns" arriving on the piers near Castle Garden now benefited from police surveillance and the assistance of emigrant aid societies. The reforms in the landing experience at New York Harbor also may have been a factor in Waugh's choice of dockside subject.
Through careful costuming, the artist authenticates the mix of nationalities and social classes both disembarking from ships and greeting travelers. The crowd contains a well-dressed element, although it is unclear whether these figures represent fashion-conscious New Yorkers or newcomers dressed in their Sunday best. Even though Eastern Europeans would not emigrate to the city in significant numbers until the later nineteenth century, a few passengers appear in the black garb and wide-brimmed hats traditionally worn by Jewish men. Most voyagers, however, reflect the predominantly Irish composition of immigrants streaming through Castle Garden in the years following the Great Famine. The ethnic prejudice faced by rural Irish entering this country is indicated in the trunk in the lower right labeled "Pat Murfy for Ameriky" and in the almost simian caricatures of the Irish farm boys attired in worn frock coats, peaked hats, and outmoded knee pants.4 Cluttered around the trunk are kitchen utensils typical of simple hearth-prepared meals. A shawled woman resting on the trunk as she gazes out at the harbor, with children on her lap and at her side, appears more poignant, the pose perhaps alluding to the Mise Eire figure symbolic of Ireland's bereavement over her exiles.5
Waugh, a Pennsylvania native, also painted romantic landscapes and portraits. His primary acclaim, however, rested on his panoramas based on an eight-year stay in Italy but produced largely in a studio he maintained at Bordentown, New Jersey. Waugh was elected an associate of the National Academy of Design in 1845 and termed an "honorary" academician in 1847, just as the Mirror of Italy was nearing completion. His wife and children, most notably his son Frederick Judd Waugh, also pursued careers as painters. Waugh's 1854 - 1855 panorama remained in the family's possession until early in the twentieth century, when Harriet C. Bryant of West 47th Street purchased a number of its segments. She in turn sold The Bay and Harbor of New York segment to Mrs. Robert Littlejohn, who donated it to the Museum.
Born in Mercer, Pennsylvania, Samuel Waugh became one of the most well-known portrait painters of Philadelphia and was also famous for his Italian panoramas. Among his portriat subjects were Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant. His father, James Waugh, was born in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania and later settled in New Wilmington where he laid out the town with his sons and opened the first general store. Samuel Waugh first left New Wilmington for Pittsburgh where he worked in a paint store, then received some early art instruction from J.R. Smith in Philadelphia, and then went to Italy, France, and England to study the Old Masters. In Europe, he painted many portraits and also panoramic scenes of Italy, for which he got some recognition there.
He settled in Philadelphia for the remainder of his life except for a year in New York City, 1844-1845, and Bordentown, New Jersey, in 1853. In addition to portraits, he also did several marine scenes of the New York harbor. In 1845, he was voted an Associate Member of the National Academy of Design in New York and in 1847 was made an Honorary Member. Exhibition venues included the Pennsylvania Academy as well as the National Academy.
Several family members became artists including his wife, Mary Eliza Young, and daughter, Ida, and his son, Frederick Judd Waugh who became a distinguished marine painter.Sources:Mercer County HIstorical Society records, courtesy Jackie Wolf HeinlPeter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art"
Charles Wilkes Rear Admiral,United States Navy
Painted by Samuel Bell Waugh (my 4-Great Uncle). Charles Wilkes was the first to discover Antarctica, 1840. More info... click here
Thursday, October 13, 2005
Abraham Lincoln by Samuel Bell Waugh
Samuel Bell Waugh is a 4-Great Uncle of myself and Abraham Lincoln was a 4-Great + man.
Samuel Bell Waugh was born in Mercer, Pennsylvania in 1814. As a young man, he was taught to paint by artist J. R. Smith. Waugh then went to Europe to study painting on his own, spending eight years traveling between France, Italy and England. He spent his time studying the techniques of light, color, composition and style of the old masters. When he returned to the States, he settled in Philadelphia and became a popular portrait artists, even painting portraits of Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant. Waugh was a member of the National Academy of Design and the Artistsâ€™ Fund Society. His work has been exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and the National Academy of Design. He paintings are represented in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D. C., the Edwin A. Ulrick Museum in Hyde Park, New York, the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Waugh was from a family of successful artists; his wife Mary Eliza Young Waugh, his son Frederick Judd Waugh, his daughter Ida Waugh and his nephew Henry W. Waugh were all painters. Waugh died in Janesville, Wisconsin in 1885.
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Senator Bond, Thank you for all of your good service to our state. I, a conservative Evangelical Republican, am writing to ask you to be tough in your request for questions of supreme court nominee Meirs. She seems like a nice lady, but we need more than that, and I as a constituent do not know much about her other than she broke through a "glass ceiling". I think we need more knowledge. I don't wish her failure, but I do wish accounting for judicial philosophy (in other words... show me Mr. President). And I guess that's the job of the Senate. As they say.. Do your duty I know we'll know more in a few months and then you'll have your decision. We could have done better, much better (and much worse I guess....)and I don't care if she's a Christian, I think we need someone well grounded in constitutional law.
Thank you for your time and your years of service.
Brad Fisher Wayne County MO
"Remember democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts,and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that didnot commit suicide."
-- John Adams (letter to John Taylor, 15 April 1814)
Reference: Original Intent, Barton (335); original The Works ofJohn Adams, C.F. Adams, ed., vol. 6 (484)
VALUE YOUR FREEDOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (trust means more than blind followings)
Columbus did not originally set out to discover America. He was looking for a quicker route to India. Do you know why he was trying to get to India? He was trying to get the King of Spain's computer fixed. ...
President Bush is out defending his Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers. He said that Miers has a good heart. Well sure, compared to Dick Cheney. ...
President Bush tried to assure conservatives that Harriet Miers was the best choice for the Supreme Court. Bush said "Twenty years from now she'll be the same person she is today." Really? Twenty years ago she was a Democrat and Catholic. ...
Harriet Miers issued a statement today saying that she is getting closer and closer to having an opinion on something. ...
Al Gore gave a speech claiming that American democracy is in grave danger. And then Tipper Gore said, "Al, just pay the pizza guy and let's eat." (NOW THATs FUNNY...........)