Ball point pen on the morning newsprint

Ball point pen on the morning newsprint

Looking back on 08, will the big story be: the election of the first African American President, the first woman Vice President, or the economic meltdown of our financial system? I'm betting on the latter.  Politics be damned, foreign policy debates be damned, James Carvel had it right, it's the economy stupid! ...

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Ball point pen on the morning newsprint

Ball point pen on the morning newsprint

Everyone is in agreement that in order for our financial system to work we need to restore confidence. What started as a sub-prime mortgage meltdown has turned into a crisis of confidence. Enter Chris Dodd, as chair of the senate's Banking Committee, it has been his job to oversee the banking industry and it's regulators. But after he admitted to accepting two sweetheart loans from Countrywide shouldn't he step down as chair of the Banking Committee? Do we have confidence in him to oversee these hearings structuring a deal to instill confidence? ...

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Ball point pen on the morning newsprint

Ball point pen on the morning newsprint

Yesterday opportunity knocked on my door in the form of two local democrats and I drew their portraits for my blog. in the newspaper biz, I did what they call burying the lead. With all due respect to those two fine gentlemen, on Sunday evening the last game was played in the house that Ruth built, Yankee Stadium. Built in 1923 the Yankees played 6,579 games there going 4,132 - 2,430 - 17. I was lucky enough to have attended a small fraction of those games and it was always a thrill. ...

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Ray Petronko in ball point pen on my local paper

Ray Petronko in ball point pen on my local paper

All politics are local....Yesterday I was listening to the Football Giants game and painting a landscape for a California wine label when my door bell rang. Local Democratic Councilmen, Ray Petronko and Joe Scrudato were going door to door asking if I had any questions about this November's election and their positions on the issues. The news junkie that I am, of coarse I've been following the race, and while I'm not going to go into the local issues ...

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todd-palin.jpg Ball point pen on the morning newsprint Okay, now that all of our financial woes are all taken care of...NOT!! Lets get back to politics. Todd Palin is refusing to cooperate with a subpoena to testify in an abuse of power probe looking into whether Sarah Palin tried to use her influence as Governor to fire a trooper who was going through a messy divorce with her sister. ...

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hank-paulson.jpg Ball point pen on the morning newsprint Hank Paulson may be the most important man in Washington today. In 2006 he left behind a 37 million dollar annual salary to become a public servant as Tresury Secretary. The one time Eagle Scout is one of the few Bush appointments that came to Washington prepared for the job....Good thing, considering the mess he found when he got their. This is a painting I did a few years back, after Hurricane Katrina tested another Bush appointment, Mike Brown. His experience at the International Arabian Horse Association didn't prepare him for the job. mike-brown.jpg ...

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