harvey_korman.jpg Ball point pen on the morning newsprint Growing up, I loved the Carol Burnett show. Part of it's charm was that they didn't edit out the mistakes...the cast was so funny that they cracked each other up. The more they tried to control themselves and get through the dialog, the funnier it was. They were having such a good time doing the show that the laughter was contagious. Sadly, Harvey Korman passed away yesterday at UCLA Medical Center. He was 81. ...

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dirty_jobs.jpg Ball point pen on the morning newsprint Andrew Keen's Book "The Cult of the Amateur, How The Internet Is Killing Our Culture" hypothesizes that Web 2.0, where content and information are increasingly being controlled by amateurs, is a very dangerous step backwards for our culture. Where in the past, information was disseminated by learned people who had to go through a screening process of acquiring degrees, convince a publisher or being hired by a publication, now anyone with a computer (yes, even I'm doing it) can start publishing their thoughts. Sites like Wikipedia, where the content is written and edited by amateur volunteers are often filled with grammatical errors, misstatement of facts or even vindictive slander. The more polarizing the subject the more policing/editing the to ...

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sydney_pollack1.jpg Ball point pen on the morning newsprint Filmmaker Sidney Pollack passed away yesterday at his home in Pacific Palisades California. He was 73. Nominated 11 times for Academy Awards, Pollack won 7 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director for the epic film Out Of Africa starring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep. Pollack wore many hats in his career as a filmmaker including those of director, writer, producer and even actor in films like Tootsie and Michael Clayton. ...

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nixton.jpg Ball point pen on the morning newsprint Steven Rubenzer Speeking at the International Society for Political Psychology found of all the presidents, Hillary has the most in common with Richard Nixon "Both introverts, combative, conscientious, not impulsive, having lapses in judgment, lack of a high sense of moral responsibility, and willingness and ability to lie." Joanne Miller assistant professor of political science at the University of Michigan specializing in political psychology says, To cope, one "engages in interpretative strategies to deny you're going to lose. You make an external attribution for the failure. We're already seeing this with Hillary-she's blaming the media now more than she ever has before." Bruce Buchanan, professor of government at the University of Texas and an expe ...

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ted_kennedy_3.jpg Ball point pen on the morning newsprint. (I did this drawing walking full stride between 34th Street and 16th Street) At 76 years old Ted Kennedy has an malignant tumor in the left parietal lobe of his brain. Although it can be treated , because it is aggressivly growing within the brain tissue and not matastasized, in almost all cases it is not curable. Members of both sides of the isle have come forward to praised the Senator for his abilities as a legislator. john_kerry.jpg Ball point pen on the morning newsprint (done on the train) Tomorrow...The Beat Goes On, Part Three ...

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jon_lester.jpg Ball point pen on the morning newsprint As a rookie in 2006, Jon Lester won his first five major league starts pitching for the Boston Red Sox. He had a seven and two record when he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a blood cancer that might have ended his career. Lester underwent four courses of chemotherapy, was pronounced cancer free, and went back to his normal life. Well,... in Jon's case, an exceptionally rare and gifted life. Medical breakthroughs in the treatment of cancer enabled Jon to continue pitching for the Boston Red Sox, appear in a World Series and yesterday he accomplished the greatest feat in baseball by pitching a no hitter. I can't cure cancer and I certainly can't throw a no hitter for a major league team. Some may even argue the merits of my draftsmans ...

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