sharp-james-2.jpg Ball point pen on the morning newsprint Yesterday, US District Judge William Martini, sentenced former mayor of Newark Sharp James to a slap on the wrist, proving that in New Jersey, crime does pay. The corrupt pol was tried for illegally steering public land to his mistress and cronies and was convicted of fraud and conspiracy. Martini ordering Sharp to serve 27 months and pay $100,000 fine. ...

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drilling-john-mccain.jpg Ball point pen on the morning newsprint I have a photo shoot in New York for a book cover illustration I'm working on, so today is another quicky. Right or wrong, I think that tapping our domestic oil reserves is a good place for McCain to go drilling for votes, but his gas tax holiday for the summer months crusade is loosing it's window of effectiveness. It's almost August and congress will soon be headed home to their districts until after Labor Day. It's beating a dead horse. ...

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goose-gossage.jpg Ball point pen on the morning newsprint Rich (Goose) Gossage was inducted into Baseballs Hall of Fame yesterday. Goose was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 1970. After five seasons with Chicago and a cup of coffee with the Pirates, the hard throwing reliever came to the Yankees in 1978. As a relief pitcher, he helped define the modern day closer, pitching the final out to clinch a Division, League or World Series title seven times. The Yankees, with the help of Goose, pioneered the set-up/closer configuration that every major league team has used since. He was named an All-Star eight times, played for nine major league teams, but I thought it was fitting he entered the Hall of Fame wearing a Yankee cap. ...

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ken-pringle.jpg Ball point pen on the morning newsprint I seem to be referencing Andrew Keen's book alot lately, The Cult of the Amateur, How The Internet Is Killing Our Culture. As I've stated before, Mr Keen makes a lot of very interesting points about Web 2.0 and how bloggers are filling the web with unprofessional content. I have to concede, there is a lot to be said for having an editor. Take this story about a mayor of a New Jersey shore town and a blog he writes detailing his frustrations with out of town, undesirable renters. You would think that a public official would know better, but he wrote a few derogatory ethnic slurs about Staten Island renters on his blog and now he finds himself in the middle of a very big controversy. Surely an editor would have stopped him from writing said slur ...

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johnny-carson.jpg Ball point pen on the morning newsprint Janet's top,.. Justin''s jaw,.. An the FCC fine. Ho, Ho, Ho. Janet's top... Justin's jaw... An the FCC fine. Ripppp. justin-timberlake.jpg Name three things that were dropped. A Federal Appeals Court through out the 550,000 fine imposed by the Federal Communications Commission against CBS for the infamous wardrobe malfunction at the 2004 Super Bowl. ...

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marilyn_monroe.jpg Ball point pen on the morning newsprint A while back, I wrote on this blog about an interesting book by Andrew Keen, The Cult of the Amateur, How The Internet Is Killing Our Culture. I agree with much of what Mr. Keen writes but ultimately disagree with his conclusions. Of course there are irresponsible, untalented and ill informed providers of content on the web, but if we intend to uphold our constitution and protect freedom of speech on the internet, we have to be savvy about separating the wheat from the chaff. As a blogger, my radar is always tuned to these issues, so naturally I gravitated towards an interview in this mornings paper with James Broderick and Darren Miller, co-authors ...

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