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Recess

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

Shellee Hale

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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. While they admitted there was a security breach, they say that no customer information was leaked and they’re suing for slander. Hale is now seeking protection as a journalist from disclosing her sources.
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King Abdullah II of Jordan

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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 commission as a Second Lieutenant. In 1987, he completed an advanced studies and research program at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He took command of the Jordanian special forces in 1993 as Major General and became King in 1999, upon the death of his father King Hussein.

Also… In light of Earth Day, I’d like to point out that no trees are sacrificed to maintain this blog. Today, as always, I completed my morning drawing on recycled newspaper.

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Hugo Chavez

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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.

Mariano Rivera

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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.

John Madden Retires

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73 year old beloved broadcaster is retiring half way through his six year deal with NBC Sports to spend more time with his family. Madden was a former Pro Football player, head coach for the Oakland Raiders, video game magnate, broadcaster and inductee in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His unbridled enthusiasm, blue collar persona, descriptive and often humorous use of the telestator, and distinctive “Boom” call will be missed by football fans. He will be replaced on Sunday Night Football by Cris Collinsworth.

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Alan Bersin


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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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Harry Kalas

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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.

Hear a Kalas call here

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Phil Spector To Face The Music

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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

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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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Donna Hayes

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As the world economy sinks into crisis, people are seeking refuge in the world of romance and happy endings. As newspapers and magazines continue to loose money and close their doors, sales of romance novels are once again on the rise. Harlequin Enterprises, the world’s leading publisher of romance novels, reported that fourth-quarter earnings were up 32 percent over the same period last year. Donna Hayes, Harlequin’s chief executive, said that sales in the first quarter of this year remain very strong.

While I’m working in my studio, I always have a TV on in the background tuned to a cable news station. I just happened to be working on a commission from Harlequin when this story came over the air. I can’t help having mixed feeling about this story. While I know many are suffering under this bad economy, I can’t help being glad that sales are up and proud that the covers I paint might have played even the smallest role in helping some escape the realities of this difficult time.

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Richard Phillips

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Richard Phillips, Captain of the US-flagged freighter Maersk Alabama, gave himself up to save his crew. He’s being held hostage by Somali pirates on a life boat in the Indian Ocean, 300 miles east of Mogadishu.

Rick Santelli

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Tea anyone? Rick Santelli, CNBC’s corespondent who reports from the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade, has started an upscale, affluent, white guy, white collar, populist movement of professionals, and tea parties are being organized across America.

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I too lived within my means and played by the rules. I’m upset at the state of our economy and mad at the people responsible, but I’d like to know what 8 million foreclosures would do to the assets of Santelli, myself and the rest of those making tea.

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Roy Williams

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Last night Roy Williams won his second mens basketball NCAA title, coaching his North Carolina Tar Heels over Michigan State Spartans 89 -72. Williams is 3rd in all time winning percentage in the NCAA. He coached for 15 years at the University of Kansas with an 80% winning percentage before accepting the position at North Carolina. He and his teams have been to (and won at least on game in) 20 consecutive NCAA tournaments. He has been to 7 final fours, winning titles in 2005 and 2009.

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Seth Rogen

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Seth Rogen made news this week by saying he hates kids. Don’t worry, parents won’t boycott his movies, Rogen has perhaps the most valuable asset any comedian can possess: it’s hard not to like him. Writers are free to mine any subject for a laugh without fearing the audience will turn on his lovable characters. A police officer who drinks on the job and abuses his power – lovable – an illegal alien, drug smoking, irresponsible, unemployed, overweight, pornographer – cute as a button. Hell, it even seems plausible that the beautiful, successful Katherine Heigl would fall for him.

A trimmed down Rogen is out promoting his new movie “Observe and Report” opening this Friday. Rogen plays an obsessed mall security guard. I haven’t read a review of the movie, but I already know that audiences will love him.

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Leonardo da Vinci Discovered

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Nicola Barbatelli, a medieval historian, discovered a 24×17 damaged portrait of Leonardo da Vinci that experts have dated to the 16th century. Barbatelli said the painting could be a self-portrait, since the words “Pinxit Mea” are written on the back of the canvas in reverse, which was one of Leonardo’s trademarks. The word Mea translates to “me”, and Pinxit “was painted by”.

Jack Johnson

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John Arthur Johnson became the first black Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World in 1908. The controversial figure spawned the search for the “Great White Hope” to take the title away from Johnson in the ring, but it was the law that dealt the “Galveston Giant” his biggest blow. Johnson was convicted of violating the Mann Act for having a consensual relationship with a white woman across state lines. Now Senator John McCain and Representative Peter King are championing the champ by asking the first African American President to posthumously pardon the first African American Heavyweight Champion.

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Illustrator Arrested

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Today illustrator Larry Roibal was arrested and charged with copyright violation. Authorities have been building a case against the illustrator for posting his doodles over copyrighted newspaper articles. The raid took place at seven am this morning as the illustrator was sitting at his kitchen counter in a t-shirt and crocheted slippers, doodling on his morning paper. Arresting officers were forced to taser Roibal when a ball point pen was mistaken for a weapon. Detectives posing as workers for the Recycling Agency have been collecting evidence against the illustrator for a little over a year. Lawyers for the defendant claim the illustrator never profited from the doodles and his blog is mainly a way of saving on therapy bills as he has two children in college.

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Gordon Brown

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The G20 leaders meet in London this week amidst protesters. The world economy is in shambles and most agree that little will be accomplished at the summit besides grandstanding. The UK unemployment rose to levels not seen since 1971 and the Bank of England policy maker David Blanchflower called for more stimulus as Prime Minister Brown’s rescue package has failed to stop the downturn….Stay tuned…