Ball point pen on the morning newsprint

Today's a slow news day so I'm returning to yesterday's lefty notables - as in left handed, not political affiliation. Five of the last seven presidents have been left handed including Bush 41. I can't think of Bush the elder without thinking of Dana Carvey's spot on impersonation and famous tag line, "Nope, not gonna do it, wouldn't be prudent". In fact, he was prudent when compared to his right handed son. 41 angered many conservatives who wanted him to expand the mission beyond the UN Resolution in the first Gulf War. After liberating Kuwait, many wanted US troops to continue on to Baghdad and oust Saddam. ...

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The issues and problems are omnipresent for our new president, but I for one am comforted by Obama's command of the facts and eagerness to engage. It's a stark contrast from our previous chief executive.

A side note: Five of the last seven US Presidents have been left handed: Ford, Bush the elder, Reagan, Clinton and Obama, what's more, no matter who won the previous election, we were destined to put another lefty in the White House since both Obama and McCain are left handed. Other lefty notables: Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, Angelina Jolie and my daughter Alys ...

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New York Attorney General, Andrew Cuomo has railed against bonuses for employees of company's receiving bailout money. He's fought to get a list of those at Merrill Lynch who seemed to loot the company on the way out the door.  Yesterday Cuomo announced that nine of the top ten and fifteen of the top twenty recipients of bonus money at AIG have volunteered to return their bonuses. ...

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Well, it's that time of year when newspapers insist on depicting college basketball by showing countless photos of people with their mouths open. The Mens NCAA basketball tournament has had little surprises so far, with all of the number one seeds, Louisville, Connecticut, Pittsburgh and North Carolina having advanced to the sweet sixteen. In fact, every #2 and #3 seed also advanced, with the Missouri getting the biggest scare, needing a comeback to best Marquette. ...

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One year of doodles

Today marks the one year anniversary of Larry Roibal Drawing On Observations, A mostly self indulgent journey of my obsession with news and my love of drawing. Over the previous year (less two, week long vacations) I've posted every weekday and occasionally on a weekend for a total of 289 posts. Now studies have proven that doodling hasn't just improved my drawing skills but actually can help my memory and comprehension. Newsweek's Dina Fine Maron reported recently that doodling in class may be a good thing, I wish my grammar school teachers could have read that. Thanks to everyone who's vis ...

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Tony Award winning actress tragically passes away. Wife of Liam Neeson, daughter of the Venessa Redgrave, star of stage and screen, sadly lost her life after falling and suffering a head injury during a beginners ski lesson. Perhaps best known for her film roles in The Parent Trap and Patty Hearst she was revered for her stage work winning a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical portraying Sally Bowles in Cabaret. ...

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In spite of the deep financial crisis within AIG last year, they still managed to pony up $103,100 in campaign cash to the Chair of the Senate Banking Committee, Chris Dodd and 101,332 to then Senator Obama...... Now, who changed the language in the original bailout bill that would have prohibited taxpayers money from going towards bonuses? Answer: Chris Dodd's staff after talking to Obama's Treasury department...hmmm ...

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