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Ball point pen on the morning newsprint Bizarre that on December 15th 2008, one year ago to the day, the big story was about an Egyptian correspondent who stood at a George W Bush press conference in Iraq and yelled “This is your farewell kiss, you dog” before throwing two shoes at our president. (here are my corresponding doodles from one year ago today) Today's news is about Massimo Tartaglia, who threw a souvenir statuette at Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. But unlike Bush, who dodged the incoming shoes, Berlusconi tragically took it square in the face breaking his nose and knocking out two teeth. To add insult to the prime minister's injuries, the mentally ill assaulter actually has supporters and a fan page on facebook....Bizarre ...

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Ball point pen on the morning newsprint Square foot for square foot, there is no place on earth I find more inspiring than the Metropolitan Museum of Art. That sentiment, shared by so many, is in no small part due to it's charismatic director from 1967 to 1977 Thomas Hoving, who passed away on Thursday from lung cancer. He was 78. From todays NTY ...

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Ball point pen on the morning newsprint I like the concept of Karma. Where no god or man can determine the fate of another, but rather each of us creates our own destiny by the natural laws of cause and effect. Do good, plant positive seeds and you will reap what you've sown. Accordingly, plant negative seeds and your fate will reflect that poisonous intent. Sadly, I find little evidence that such a thing exists. At least not this morning. ...

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Ball point pen on the morning newsprint For the past fifty one years Tommy Rowles has been behind the same bar. He left school in Dublin at 14, left home at 18, arrived in New York with $80 in 1958. He wandered into Bemelman's Bar looking for a bathroom, ended up behind the bar and has been ministering to thirsty patrons at the upscale Carlyle ever since. He's served drinks to Harry Truman, Jack Lemmon, Paul McCartney and you, If you walk in between 11:00 am and 6:00 pm. Cheers! ...

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