I'm on sabbatical for a week. I will resume my posting duties on Monday, May 3rd. I'll fill you in then on what I was up to while I was away and have an all new drawing. Until then, enjoy this series from the 08 election. PS. Due to the spam issue, all comments will be held for monitoring until I return.

Ball point pen doodle reruns from the campaign of 08

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Ball point pen on the morning newsprint

As bloggers and twitterers become increasingly popular, many have warned about unregulated content in the web 2.0 world. Now a case against a Pacific Northwest blogger in the New Jersey courts might test the boundaries of free speech on the internet. Shellee Hale maintains four blogs and has been writing about internet safety for five years. According to court papers, she also has a private investigator's license. When Hale posted on a message board frequented by those in the pornography biz, that a New Jersey web firm had a security breach giving hackers access to names and addresses of account holders, the company took legal action ...

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Ball point pen on this mornings recycled newspaper

President Obama is committed to reviving the Arab-Israeli peace process. Yesterday, King Abdullah II of Jordan came to the White House to present the Arab position. The meeting marked the fist time an Arab leader has had an audience with a US president. Abdullah attended school in England at St. Edmund's School , and Eaglebrook School and Deerfield Academy in the United States. His university training was at Pembroke College, Oxford. In 1980, Abdullah left Pembroke and entered the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in the United Kingdom as a cadet. He joined the 13th/18th Royal Hussars (Queen Mary's Own) upon commis ...

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It's Hard to break through all the political chatter to figure out the ramifications of President Obama's meeting with the President/Dictator of Venezuela. in the short term Chavez certainly has the most to gain and will milk every drop of propaganda out of shaking the hand of a US President. Will civility and graciousness pay any long term dividends? too soon to tell. ...

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The Yankees opened a new Stadium on Thursday. The house that Ruth built now stands empty across the street as the current crop of Yankees hope to build a winning tradition in their new digs. It was fitting that perhaps the greatest closer/relief pitcher of all time, Mariano Rivera, recorded the first ever save at the new stadium on Friday April 17th. ...

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Ball Point Pen on morning newsprint Justice Department official Alan Bersin was named Border Czar by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Bersin received an A.B. in government from Harvard, attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. and obtained a Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School. He has served as Secretary of Education for California, Superintendent of San Diego City Schools and Border Czar under Janet Reno. The job he had in the Clinton administration however, is similar in title only. The main emphasis has shifted from controlling illegal immigration to ending drug-cartel violence along the U.S.- Mexico border. ...

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Beloved baritone broadcaster Harry Kalas, voice of the Phillies and NFL Films passed away on Monday. Kalas called Phillie games for nearly four decades joining the team in 1971. He was awarded the prestigious Baseball Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award for his contributions to the game. Kalas was also the voice of NFL Films starting as a narrator in 1975, he did the voiceover for "Inside the NFL" from 1977 and became its primary voice following the passing of John Facenda in 1984. His voice was the sound track to many of sports most memorable moments. It seems fitting that his life should end in the broadcast booth. He was 73. Read More

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Legendary music producer Phil Spector was convicted of second degree murder for the shooting death of Lana Clarkson. An inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and creator of the "Wall Of Sound" Spector produced records for The Beatles, The Ronettes, The Righteous Brothers, Ike and Tina Turner, John Lennon, George Harrison and The Ramones. He became increasingly known for his eccentric behavior culminating in his arrest for the 2003 shooting death of Clarkson. After two trials (the first ending in a mistrial) Spector will now be forced to face the music. ...

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Angel Cabrera survived a three way sudden death playoff to win the 73rd Masters. Kenny Perry leading by two stokes going into the last two holes, and not having bogeyed in the 22 previous holes, looked like a sure thing to become the oldest golfer to win the prestigious tournament at 48, but Perry went on to bogey the next three out of four holes, to give the Argentine his second win in a major and first green jacket. Cabrera plays mainly on the European Tour. Known affectionately as "El Pato" Cabrera (The duck). He won the U.S. Open in 2007. ...

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