john-mccain.jpg Ball point pen on paper napkin This week lets take a look at John McCain. Today, McCain on waste. He claims never to have asked for an earmark and wants to do away with them. I'm on board with that. Lets bring the pork above board. The US Dollar has tanked in recent years, in large part due to out of control spending and budget deficits by a republican administration. (BTW, Crude oil is traded in US Dollars) Can he successfully distance himself from that? Tomorrow, running mates...I take requests. ...

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antonin_scalia.jpg Ball point pen on the morning newsprint I have an early photo shoot in the city today, so talk amongst yourselves...here's a topic: Yesterday the Supreme Court struck down a 32 year DC law that banned handguns and required that rifles and shotguns kept in private homes be unloaded and either disassembled or protected by a trigger lock. Will other states with tough gun control laws have their laws declared unconstitutional? ...

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dwayne-kelley.jpg Ball point pen on the morning newsprint New Jersey State Trooper and Army Reservist Dwayne Kelley died Tuesday in a bombing at a local government office in Baghdad. Dwayne grew up in Willingboro, is the father of two, spoke fluent Arabic and lived in South Orange for the past fifteen years. The tragic loss marks the 101st Jerseyan to have sacrificed their lives in Iraq. Dwayne was 48. Today I did a second sketch in a newsprint pad free of any text. dwayne_2.jpg Ball point pen on clear newsprint paper ...

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alyssa.jpg Ball point pen on our home town paper There is no bigger news item than our daughter Alyssa Graduating from South Plainfield High School tonight. A member of the National Honor Society, National Arts Honor Society, National Scholastic Society and Girl Scout Silver Award recipient, Alyssa will be a freshman this fall at Rutgers University, New Brunswick majoring in Journalism. Congratulations Alyssa! ...

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george_carlin.jpg Ball point pen on the morning newsprint George Carlin was a rare comedian that made his audience think as well as laugh. His seven words you can never say routine, put him in the center of a legal battle that went all the way to the supreme court. Although the ruling went against Carlin, he never abandoned the material and would be arrested a number of times for performing the controversial routine. Funny how one person can be perceived as dangerous, hip, and finally, affable by succeeding generations. My kids will remember him as the genial narrator of the PBS children's program Thomas The Tank Engine. George was 71. ...

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saying_goodbye.jpg Ball point pen on the morning newsprint Our daughter is graduating from High School next week. The Army, Navy and Marines, armed with a list of graduates, have been calling our house over the past few months asking to speak to her about the great opportunities a life in the armed forces can afford. We're very proud of her as we are of our son, who graduated two years ago. Both worked hard throughout their academic careers and had many opportunities open to them upon graduation. She will be a freshman in September at Rutgers University majoring Journalism and our son will be a Junior at Rowan University majoring in Mathematics. Yesterday 103 men and 7 women said their goodbyes at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey, before heading off to Iraq. They are part of the largest num ...

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bush.jpg Ball point pen on the morning newsprint Four dollar a gallon gasoline is going to spark another nimby debate. Many believe a combination of building nuclear power plants and tapping the oil reserves in Alaska and off the coast of Florida will decrease our dependancy on foreign oil and lower the cost of energy. It may be true, but the Not-In-My-Back-Yard debate will make it an uphill fight. ...

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sunday_morning.jpg Yesterday, the Communication Arts 2008 Illustration Annual 49 arrived in the mail and the CD cover illustration I did for the Sunday Morning Music Series is featured on page 36. If anyone is interested in a signed and numbered, limited edition, archival Giclee Print, on 100% cotton acid free paper, please contact me for the details. ...

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Yesterday I had two reference photo shoots for book covers I'm working on. That means a train ride to the city. Here's a medley of ball point pen on newsprint doodles I did along the way. in_the_hieghts.jpg In The Heights wins the Tony Award for Best Musical dodd.jpg Chris Dodd, Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, accepts sweetheart loan from Countrywide. gore.jpg Gore backs Obama. kessel.jpg Governor of NY to tap Richie Kessel to run NY Power Authority. hayden.jpg CIA Director Hayden likens Ira ...

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