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Ballpoint Reruns Its been a year since I last took a sabbatical from Drawing On Observations to visit London and Paris. This year we have something special planned. I'll tell you about it when I return. In the mean time, I'm reposting some of my favorite portraits doodled over the past year Due to spam issues all comments will be turned off until I return. ...

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Ball point pen on the morning newsprint 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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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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