Friday, February 16, 2007

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's CHRIS CHRISTIE!!!

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From an editorial in today's Press of Atlantic City:

"The U.S. Attorney for the state of New Jersey, Christopher Christie, has finally served a subpoena on the state Office of Legislative Services, seeking memos, e-mails and other communications with lawmakers involving the “Christmas tree” items that are tacked on to the budget every year."

"This last-minute spending, which invariably goes mostly to districts controlled by the party in power, involves hundreds of millions of dollars. Christie apparently wants to know whether some officials steer some of that money to organizations that benefit the lawmakers or their families. (Naaah ... in New Jersey?)"

"But OLS, which serves as the Legislature's nonpartisan legal counsel and research arm, is fighting the subpoena. The agency, which is supervised by 16 lawmakers serving on the Legislative Services Commission, has refused to comply with the subpoena and, according to The Star-Ledger, has even hired an outside attorney to make its case at $275 an hour."

To read the full editorial, click here.

I want the truth!

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Thursday, February 15, 2007

Pocket Cartoon Course

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Over at the ComicsDC blog, Mike Rhode has posted pages from The Pocket Cartoon Course, a portable drawing guide for wanna-be cartoonists "on-the-go."

I wish I'd known about it. Maybe I'd have reconsidered the whole Joe Kubert School thang. Althought I don't see a Hy Eisman how-to-letter section. Suckers.

Thanks to Mike Lynch where I first saw this.

Aggressive negotiations for Corzine

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Well, good old Corzine now has to put his money where his mouth is. He's insisted all along that a component of property tax cuts would have to be a cut in the costs of benefits and salaries to state employees and labor unions, a stance that has been greeted harshly among those it would effect. As the property tax bill was being considered by the assembly, Corzine insisted that he would handle the negotiations to lower costs with the unions themselves, and that the legislature should take a "hands-off" approach.

All right Governor, let's see what you've got.

Here's the sketch:

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Be my Valentine?

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As I heat up my truck this morning, hopefully defrosting the think ice it received last night, I thought I might as well post my latest cartoon. I should have it colored by this afternoon, so check back later and let me know what you think.

Here's the sketch:

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Guess that cartoon!

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I sketched my cartoon today at work, so I thought I'd post a sneak peak and see who can guess what it's going to be about. I'll finish the cartoon tonight and have it posted tomorrow morning, so check back and see how close you were.

Handelsman shows how to draw

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I don't know how long it's been up on the Newsday website, but their editorial cartoonist Walt Handelsman has a short flash slideshow showing his creative process as he draws, inks and finishes an editorial cartoon. There is also a link to the animated cartoons that he's produced.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Moor-MAN! Moor-MAN!

For anyone that questions the toughness of the Buffalo Bills, check out this play from Saturday's NFL Pro Bowl, where Brian Morman gets decked by Sean Taylor of the Redskins. Morman, a punter on the AFC squad, jumps right back up after the hit and congratulates Taylor, one of the most feared safeties in the league.

Thanks to my boy, theSon of Davinci for the link.