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A Nineteenth Century Actress

January 19, 2013

 

THIS IS a charming portrait by the American artist Thomas Sully of the actress Charlotte Cushman. Here is some background by the Library Company of Philadelphia:

Charlotte Cushman (1816-1876) was a Boston-born actress who became the leading American stage actress and immensely famous in both America and England. Cushman was the stage manager of the Walnut Street Theater in Philadelphia from 1842 to 1844, and this portrait was painted during that time. She was acclaimed for her strong and dramatic performances in roles such as Lady Macbeth. Cushman was also fond of male roles, particularly Romeo in Romeo and Juliet. In this portrait, Sully captured Cushman in character as Beatrice in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. The style of the painting is direct and emotionally expressive. Upon viewing the painting, Cushman would remark that it “established in my mind as a settled fact that I am beautiful.”[2] This painting remains an example of not only Sully’s skill but also as a record of a talented and successful female artist.

 

A Nanny Survives “Positive Discipline”

January 19, 2013

 

JULIA ANN writes:

Your entry on “consensual parenting” struck a chord with me. It reminded me of my recent experiences as a “nanny” for a family who believes in “positive discipline.” Since my family moved to a different part of our state, I had to leave the job. I do miss the children terribly, as I truly loved them, but I do not miss the battles due to their lack of sound discipline.

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Violent, Gun-Free Britain

January 19, 2013

 

DANIEL S. writes:

Liberal pundits such as the repulsive Piers Morgan have spent quite a bit of time over the past few weeks casting Britain as some sort of violence-free paradise due to its draconian gun control legislation, in contrast with America which is supposedly overrun with mass shooters and the like. Meanwhile, reality in gun-free Britain is something else entirely. Muslim rape gangs have been forcing through the most brutal of methods (including assorted forms of torture) white British girls as young as eleven into sexual slavery and prostitution. In other parts of London radical Muslim thugs have been enforcing a de facto shariah regime in Muslim majority areas, with those who imbibe alcohol or wear clothing not in accord with Islamic law receiving threats and harassment.

Britain is now a dystopic, crime-ridden, multicultural, surveillance state (think Nineteen Eighty-Four meets The Camp of the Saints), but at least it has banned assault weapons.

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Cardinal Dolan: A Shepherd Who Loves Wolves

January 19, 2013

 

DANIEL S. writes:

Judie Brown of Life Site News wants to know what is the exact nature of the relationship between Archbishop Timothy Dolan and the “Catholic” governor of New York Andrew Cuomo, notorious for his aggressive promotion of both abortion and homosexuality. Dolan and other bishops in New York have been emphatic about not denying Cuomo and other pro-abortion, pro-homosexuality “Catholic” politicians Holy Communion. To make the matter more troubling, Dolan seems to enjoy a chummy relationship with Cuomo according to Brown.  Read More »

 
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