Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."

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Charlie (Colorado)

Amba, hon, I still can't find anyone who can actually tell me anything FEMA did wrong; not something Brown or Chertoff said wrong, but any action FEMA didn't do that it *could* do. Until someone can come up with some examples, I think we ought not to criticize them too much.

Similarly, I'd rather have Bush et al doing the right things and not managing perception than managing perceptions first.

Re O'Reilly and his ilk: damn right.


Broussard of Jefferson Parish named three things FEMA did wrong: turned back trucks of water from Wal-Mart, refused to let fuel trucks fill up from a tanker in port, and cut Jefferson Parish's communication lines (maybe by accident).

What I'm saying is that conveying a strong impression of being in command, concerned and "on it" is, in the first days after a disaster, while the response is being marshaled, an action the president needs to take. A symbolic action, but one that makes a difference to people's morale. He took that symbolic action only when it seemed his political standing was threatened, not when his citizens' lives were threatened.


Maybe a few administration types needed to be embedded with the media, for a change?

I just want to say that I think this is the brilliant idea in this post. Watchdogs to watch the watchdogs. Seriously brilliant! It reminds me of the idea of teaching science in sunday schools - You want to teach Intelligent Design in public schools? Fine... here's the deal...


writing this comment Wednesday night 9/7, and the Governor is on saying that she refuses to order a MANDATORY evacuation of New Orleans, even though the Mayor has asked for it -- with the water testing 30 times the safe level for many water-born contaminants.


Todd Olsen

"Their first concern does not appear to be the country. Their first concern appears to be consolidating power semipermanently in Republican hands."

They think such consolidation IS good for America. I believe Karl Rove used the term "Permanent Republican Majority" to describe his vision of what the Grand Strategy of the party should be.
It could be innocuous after all, all parties would like to be in the majority forever. However, it does raise the question of exactly what he is willing to do to achieve this vision.

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