hank-paulson.jpg Ball point pen on the morning newsprint Hank Paulson may be the most important man in Washington today. In 2006 he left behind a 37 million dollar annual salary to become a public servant as Tresury Secretary. The one time Eagle Scout is one of the few Bush appointments that came to Washington prepared for the job....Good thing, considering the mess he found when he got their. This is a painting I did a few years back, after Hurricane Katrina tested another Bush appointment, Mike Brown. His experience at the International Arabian Horse Association didn't prepare him for the job. mike-brown.jpg ...

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sarah-palin_2.jpg Ball point pen on the morning newsprint John McCain picks Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate, but Hurricane Gustav rains on the GOP parade truncating the planned events and speeches for the first day of the Republican National Convention. bobby-jindal.jpg Ball point pen on the morning newsprint ...

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clinton-obama.jpg Last night the Democratic party kicked off its four day convention to nominate Senators Barack Obama and Joe Biden to lead the party in this falls election and become the next president and vice president of our nation. The delegates were treated to a speech by Caroline Kennedy; a Ken Burns tribute film to the Lion of the Senate, Ted Kennedy; a speech by the 76 year old senator, who recently suffered from a malignant brain tumor but made the journey to Denver to endorse Barack Obama; what I thought was a great speech by Michelle Obama; and capped off by Michelle and Barack's adorable girls teleconferencing with their daddy from Kansas City..... but I couldn't help notice that there was a subtext to the proceeding ...

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obama-convention_b.jpg Ball point pen on the morning newsprint The 2008 Democratic National Convention starts today. Obama has already proven that he and his campaign have great stage craft and there should be a big bounce from the four day show.... but then again, this is the democratic party... factor in the protesters, demonstrators and team Clinton, and all bets are off. Piggybacking off of Stephen Gardner's Sketch of the Day postings of multiple versions of the same drawing I'm posting these doodles this morning. These are done very quickly (about a minute or two) so I don't mean to compare them with Stephen's studied drawings. Spontaneity often takes precedence over accuracy with these quick doodles. They are filled with mista ...

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stephanie-tubbs-jones.jpg Ball point pen on the morning newsprint  Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones served the 11th district of Ohio since 1998. She was Ohio's first Black congresswoman, the first black woman to serve on the powerful Ways and Mean Committee. She chaired the House Ethics Committee and was  a strong opponent of the War in Iraq. She suffered an aneurysm on Monday and passed away yesterday from complications of the brain hemorrhage . She was 58. ...

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musharraf.jpg Ball point pen on the morning newsprint Pakistani President Musharraf announced his resignation yesterday. His party having lost an election, his popularity plummeting after declaring a state of emergency to eliminate his enemies and the prospect of loosing long time allies Bush and Cheney left him with no political options but to step down. ...

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phil-bakes.jpg Ball point pen on the morning newsprint The president of Eastern Airlines Phil Bakes, announced yesterday that the airline has agreed to pay a $9.5 million fine for failing to comply with routine inspections of it's fleet. After an investigation, the F.A.A. said it had found nearly 70 cases in which planes were operated in violation of Federal regulations, sometimes repeatedly. The fine is by far the largest ever imposed by the FAA. Bakes said that Eastern had agreed to the penalty because the prospects of litigation ''were clouding both Eastern's outstanding safety record and Eastern's substantial maintenance improvements.'' Also....check out this post by scholar Craig Conley in which he writes about doodles, highligh ...

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