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Salem-News.com (July 03,2008 02:19)

Salem-News.com Announces New Online Oregon Comic Strip

Salem-News.com artist Glen Bledsoe, AKA "Leonardo", releases new original comic strip, celebrates 100 editions of 'Nota Bene'.

(SALEM, Ore.) -Salem-News.com`s Glen Bledsoe- AKA `Leonardo`Just at the crest of its popularity Salem-News.com's ever-popular comic strip Nota Bene by Leonard ceases following it's one-hundredth issue.

The creator of Nota Bene, Leonardo of Salem, AKA Glen Bledsoe, has been busy generating the completely unique Oregon cartoon strip since the first edition was published on Salem-News.com August 6th, 2006. Poignant and politically relevant, the series utilizes movie frames highly customized through Glen's unique touch. The new series, Benny and Sid`s Your Public Service Announcements, is more unique; the artwork in the new series is entirely created by Glen from scratch.

Few people seem to enjoy their professional careers more than Glen and Karen Bledsoe. When Glen joined Salem-News.com he was working as a university professor. Today he is lending his skills toward an even more important set; elementary school students.

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Salem-News.com (June 25,2008 07:07)

Cartoon Strip: Nota Bene by Leonardo No. 100 - Breakdown

This is the one hundredth installment of the Salem-News.com original series "Nota Bene by Leonardo" by Salem cartoonist Glen Bledsoe.

(Salem) -Nota Bene #100 breakdownWe are all pressed to our limits. The challenges of life in the 21st century are greater than any of us imagined.

After nearly eight years of a politics of division we are ready to tear one another's throats out and dance in the carnage. What else could possibly go wrong? Could the next stress be the straw which breaks the camel's back? Join me with this one-hundredth issue of Nota Bene and learn what it means to be really afraid. Prepare yourself for the breakdown of our world as we have known it.

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Salem-News.com (June 18,2008 07:16)

Cartoon Strip: Nota Bene by Leonardo No. 99 - The Thrill is Back

This is the xxxxx installment of the Salem-News.com original series "Nota Bene by Leonardo" by Salem cartoonist Glen Bledsoe.

(Earth-Alpha-Zed) -Nota Bene #99 The Thrill is BackBarack Obama's speech at the AIPAC recently caused some ripples. Although liberal organizations such as Open.org clearly understood it as political posturing, others were upset that it represented a hawkish Obama that they had never previously seen. "Change you can believe in" will only happen if the man is elected.

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Salem-News.com (June 11,2008 07:30)

Cartoon Strip: Nota Bene by Leonardo No. 98 - `It`s an Uphill Climb`

This is the ninety-eighth installment of the Salem-News.com original series "Nota Bene by Leonardo" by Salem cartoonist Glen Bledsoe.

(Multiple-Earths) -Nota Bene - 98 Its an Uphill ClimbRepublican handlers throughout the multiverse find that their presumed candidate for the presidency has made statements which they are struggling to defend or even explain.

That will be true, however, of candidates from both parties between now and the election. Open mouth, insert foot, say something stupid. It's pressure that I know I wouldn't handle well.

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Salem-News.com (June 04,2008 07:23)

Cartoon Strip: Nota Bene by Leonardo No. 97 - Clinton vs. Obama

This is the ninety-seventh installment of the Salem-News.com original series "Nota Bene by Leonardo" by Salem cartoonist Glen Bledsoe.

(Earth-Obscura) -Nota Bene No. 97 - Clinton vs. ObamaTwo anonymous figures in deep conversation over current events appear in the multiverse browser. Anti-verse static confuses the signal making it unclear which Earth-variant we are watching. Does it matter?

Hillary Clinton is Hillary Clinton and her below-the-belt, hell-bent campaign varies little from world to world. With her teeth locked on the ankle of Barack Obama, what further damage can she cause? Walk through several scenarios. How many produce happy endings for a nation and a world looking for a leader to guide us through some of the toughest times in human history?

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Salem-News.com (May 28,2008 07:02)

Cartoon Strip: Nota Bene by Leonardo No. 96 - Aid & Comfort to the Enemy

This is the ninety-sixth installment of the Salem-News.com original series "Nota Bene by Leonardo" by Salem cartoonist Glen Bledsoe.

(Earth-Gleich-Selbst) -Nota Bene #96 Aid  Comfort to the EnemyIt has been characteristic of the numerous iterations of George Bush across the universes in parallel to make statements and move the nation without full reflection on the consequences.

He beat the drum for the invasion of Iraq with the notion that Sadam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. He could hardly have believed this statement since his evidence had long been debunked as anyone knew who read independent news outlets even superficially.

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Salem-News.com (May 21,2008 08:55)

Cartoon Strip: Nota Bene by Leonardo No. 95 - A Common Purpose Unites

This is the ninety-fifth installment of the Salem-News.com original series "Nota Bene by Leonardo" by Salem cartoonist Glen Bledsoe.

(Earth-Ditto-Alpha) -Nota Bene #95For all the bitterness of the Democrat campaign the pieces are beginning to fall into place.

The common enemy unites as no other force can on our world or its sister worlds scattered through the universes in parallel. The players take their places onstage.

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Salem-News.com (May 14,2008 07:51)

Cartoon Strip: Nota Bene by Leonardo No. 94 - The Real Maverick

This is the ninety-fourth installment of the Salem-News.com original series "Nota Bene by Leonardo" by Salem cartoonist Glen Bledsoe.

(Earth-Loca Terra) -Nota Bene #94 The Real Maverick.Republicans across the multiverse are setting their strategies for the fall election.

Without exception they are grasping for issues which they can use to highlight the strength of their chosen candidate. They may call him strong on defense, a war hero, a supporter of conservative social issues, an experienced politician. They also believe they have the right to call him "The Real Maverick."

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Salem-News.com (May 08,2008 08:07)

Cartoon Strip: Nota Bene by Leonardo No. 93 - Got Yer Rebate?

This is the ninety-third installment of the Salem-News.com original series "Nota Bene by Leonardo" by Salem cartoonist Glen Bledsoe.

(Earth-Spiegel 17) -Nota Bene #93 got your rebate? How kind and thoughtful of American governments across the universes in parallel to give tax-payers a little bonus for their support of policies which in every other regard do them little good.

For the moment Christmas in April is here. Buy yourself a gift. You earned it and will pay dearly for it in the long run.

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Salem-News.com (April 30,2008 07:20)

Cartoon Strip: Nota Bene by Leonardo No. 92 - The Liar, the Witch and the Oilman

This is the ninety-second installment of the Salem-News.com original series "Nota Bene by Leonardo" by Salem cartoonist Glen Bledsoe.

(Earth-Spiegel) -Nota Bene #92 The Liar, the Witch and the OilmanThe earths-in-parallel act out their directives in the most curious of ways. What is a major event on our planet, may amount to no more than a hill of beans on another, yet the event echoes even so. While on our world the liar, the witch and the oilman play major roles in our world's history. On Earth-Spiegel other leaders take the reins and control their planet's destiny in quite a different way. None of us chooses our parents we are born to and likewise none of us chooses the parallel earth we inhabit.

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Salem-News.com (April 23,2008 07:53)

Cartoon Strip: Nota Bene by Leonardo No. 91 - Our Town Like Many Others

This is the ninety-first installment of the Salem-News.com original series "Nota Bene by Leonardo" by Salem cartoonist Glen Bledsoe.

(Earth-Tempo Tango) -Nota Bene #91Our Town Like Many OthersBeyond the sound byte, beyond the catch phrase, real Americans are debating among themselves. They question what the media tells them. They question what they are given for news.

They bicker. The disagree. They know there aren't any easy answers because the problem would have been solved long ago if there were. They may be white, blue-collar. They may be elderly. But with few exceptions they are concerned about their nation and where they are being led.

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Salem-News.com (April 16,2008 07:12)

Cartoon Strip: Nota Bene by Leonardo No. 90 -

This is the ninetieth installment of the Salem-News.com original series "Nota Bene by Leonardo" by Salem cartoonist Glen Bledsoe.

(Earth-Tango 13) -Nota Bene #90 A Romantic InterludeThroughout the history of the human race there has been the intimate conversation between lovers. In modern times across the universes-in-parallel it is called "pillow talk."

It is wrong to pry into these privacies, but for the sake of getting a sense of how Americans view the race for president we will allow this one exception.

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Salem-News.com (April 09,2008 07:34)

Cartoon Strip: Nota Bene by Leonardo No. 89 - The Fabulous 2008 Salem Follies

This is the eighty-ninth installment of the Salem-News.com original series "Nota Bene by Leonardo" by Salem cartoonist Glen Bledsoe.

(Earth-Salem) -Nota Bene No. 89 - The Fabulous 2008 Salem FolliesLike many communities across infinite variations of the United States across the universe, Salem, Oregon has suffered at the economic policies of the Bush administration.

On one anonymous world, an out-of-work (naturally) troupe of artists puts on a show and they tell it like they see it.

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Salem-News.com (April 02,2008 07:37)

Cartoon Strip: Nota Bene by Leonardo No. 88 - Question for the Candidate

This is the eighty-eighth installment of the Salem-News.com original series "Nota Bene by Leonardo" by Salem cartoonist Glen Bledsoe.

(Earth Tango-21) -Nota Bene #88 Question for the CandidateA revolution is in progress. Candidate Barrack Obama and all his echoes across the universes-in-parallel are addressing Americans in sentences with words containing more than one syllable.

No longer are simple slogans and double-speak responses to important issues acceptable. Oh, it hurts our little brains to have to think about complex issues, but it's something that citizens of the 21st century are just going to have to do.

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Salem-News.com (March 26,2008 18:13)

Cartoon Strip: Nota Bene by Leonardo No. 87 - Defection! Betrayal!

This is the eighty-seventh installment of the Salem-News.com original series "Nota Bene by Leonardo" by Salem cartoonist Glen Bledsoe.

(Earth-Terra 14) -Nota Bene #87With tiny variations the battle between the two democratic candidates for president ebbs and flows across the infinite earths-in-parallel.

What's the next tiny insignificant news item or bit of gossip which will cull enough votes to perpetuate the pre-election blood bath. Slowly, however, lines are being drawn and delegates and super-delegates are choosing sides.

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Salem-News.com (March 19,2008 07:20)

Cartoon Strip: Nota Bene by Leonardo No. 86 - What`s It All About, Sidney?

This is the eighty-sixth installment of the Salem-News.com original series "Nota Bene by Leonardo" by Salem cartoonist Glen Bledsoe.

(Earth-Terra Beta) -Nota Bene #86 What`s It All About, Sidney?Much has been made of the middle name of presidential hopeful Barack Obama.

Perhaps if he'd taken the nickname of Skip or Bubba or even Gimpy he would have been accepted as just one of the guys, But no. Mr. Obama stuck with all three of his given names and two of them kinda rhyme with (or are identical to) high profile enemies of the United States. Tough luck that.

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Salem-News.com (March 12,2008 08:14)

Cartoon Strip: Nota Bene by Leonardo No. 85 - Don`t Call Her Monster!

This is the eighty-fifth installment of the Salem-News.com original series "Nota Bene by Leonardo" by Salem cartoonist Glen Bledsoe.

(Earth-Terra Beta) -nota bene #85Actions speak louder than words across the multiverse. Hillary has learned well from G. W. Bush. She believes now that messages of fear, that the strategy of swift-boating will defeat her opponent for the nomination when her qualities of leadership will not. Of the infinite varieties of Earths, how many will be taken in by her and how many will recognize her for what she is. Don't call her Monster, but if the shoe fits...?

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Salem-News.com (March 05,2008 07:26)

Cartoon Strip: Nota Bene by Leonardo No. 84 - Vinnie, the Idea Guy

This is the eighty-fourth installment of the Salem-News.com original series "Nota Bene by Leonardo" by Salem cartoonist Glen Bledsoe.

(Earth-Terra Beta) -Nota Bene by Leonardo No. 84 Vinnie, the Idea GuyThe struggle for power is ugly. Any candidate running for office on any of the Earths-in-parallel must withstand a barrage of lies, insults and innuendos while showing strength, courage and dignity. Who are the people who plan this scum and do they differ from middle school rumor mongers in any way other than age? And more incredibly: Why are some voters so naive as to believe the rumors when they contradict common sense?

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Salem-News.com (February 27,2008 08:12)

Cartoon Strip: Nota Bene by Leonardo No. 83 - Superdelegate

This is the eighty-third installment of the Salem-News.com original series "Nota Bene by Leonardo" by Salem cartoonist Glen Bledsoe.

(Earth-2D) -Nota Bene #83 SuperdelegateWhat is the saying about power corrupting absolutely? What would any of the candidates do for the power? Bush has created an imperial presidency, one above the law and there are many who drool at the thought of that much untempered power. Will this power be used for good or evil? Will the next president reign in the extend of the power of the president and cap it thus for the future? Will a President Obama stop the war in Iraq, put America on a wise and forward-looking energy plan and restore jobs to America?

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Salem-News.com (February 20,2008 09:30)

Cartoon Strip: Nota Bene by Leonardo No. 82 - The Swiftboat Boys at Play

This is the eighty-second installment of the Salem-News.com original series "Nota Bene by Leonardo" by Salem cartoonist Glen Bledsoe.

(Earth-Zed) -Nota Bene #82  Swiftboat Boys at PlayThese are historic times across the universes-in-parallel. Earths of all variations will make important decisions in choosing their leaders of the most powerful nation on their planet.

Who it will be will alter the fate of their world. (Of course there are worlds in which Al Gore won the 2000 election and the issues of global warming, for example, have been firmly addressed.) Obama? Clinton? McCain? Huckabee?

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Salem-News.com (February 13,2008 07:42)

Cartoon Strip: Nota Bene by Leonardo No. 81 - Shock of the Truth

This is the eighty-first installment of the Salem-News.com original series "Nota Bene by Leonardo" by Salem cartoonist Glen Bledsoe.

(Earth-Terra 17) -Nota Bene #81 Shock of the TruthArmchair experts across the multiverse believe that their oddball perspectives are somehow enlightened and that common sense should kneel before it.

Black is white and green is red. Let's rewrite a little history while we're at it. They might argue that Truth is a matter of perspective. When does a detention facility, for example, become a concentration camp?

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Salem-News.com (February 06,2008 07:48)

Cartoon Strip: Nota Bene by Leonardo No. 80 - Education: X-treme

This is the eightieth installment of the Salem-News.com original series "Nota Bene by Leonardo" by Salem cartoonist Glen Bledsoe.

(Earth: X-treme) -Nota Bene #80If the article in The New York Times "New York Measuring Teachers by Test Scores" seemed a bit odd to you (why would anyone teach in NYC when the City hangs a "kick me" sign around teachers' necks), it's because your perspective is confined to this world and this world only.

There are other worlds which are populated with teachers who enjoy being underpaid, under-represented, given the mathematically impossible task of making every student "above average," and being humiliated for their efforts.

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Salem-News.com (January 30,2008 07:31)

Cartoon Strip: Nota Bene by Leonardo No. 79 - Boss Lady and Mr. Zipper

This is the seventy-ninth installment of the Salem-News.com original series "Nota Bene by Leonardo" by Salem cartoonist Glen Bledsoe.

(Earth Omega-Zed) -Nota Bene #79Spending hour upon hour surveying the multiverse is generally an arduous task. But on occasion, as the reader will see this week, the results can be startling.

Reception on the multiverse browser is seldom HD quality, but this past week, it has been better than I could have hoped. Earth Omega-Zed is ahead of us in time by some ten months. Already they have not only selected their parties' champions, but the race has been run and the next American president chosen.

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