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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David Leftwich

I'm with you on this one. At first, when my more hawkish friends, complained about the "liberal" media's coverage of the war, I tending to defend the media. Now, more and more, I think they are right. The media's coverage of war almost seems to insure failure. You have to wonder if there was daily coverage of WWII, a much deadlier conflict by far, on par with the coverage of Iraq, would the greatest generation have shown such amazing resolve. In addition, I think there is very little historical context presented by the media. If you look at the other two major post-WWII conflicts, Korea & Vietnam, the casualties (dead & wounded) were much higher for the US & its allies, enemy forces, and the civilian populations than Iraq, and much less was accomplished. Korea was a stalemate at best, and we lost Vietnam. At least in Iraq, we have toppled Saddam and are moving toward elections and, hopefully, establishing a more liberal & pluralistic government. I think Bush can be blamed for some of this, because he either mislead the public, or was himself misguided, about the cost of this war, and he failed to present the war as a national sacrifice, but instead encouraged us to just go about our daily lives. (I think Bull Moose is correct in his most recent post that they should cancel the inaugural parties). I am not sure if it is the media’s fault or Bush’s fault or a combination of both, but I think the public lacks a general understanding of war, the costs of war, and the historical context of war. In today’s New York Times there is front-page article, detailing the public’s opinion. One guy was quoted as saying, “It leads me to believe we have less control when we can’t guarantee their [US Soldiers] safety.” Unfortunately, it is a war zone. If the criterion for using the military is that we guarantee the soldiers safety, then we might as well disband the military now. I don’t mean to rant on like someone over at I much prefer a nonviolent solution, but once we have committed to using the military then we have to show resolve. Pursuing half-measure may be the worse option of all, it drags out the destruction and cost for everyone. I would hate to see us give up now and guarantee that the US and Iraqi deaths were in vain.

Spear Shaker

Aaron Brown reminds me of a strip mall chiropractor without the credential. . . . . . Shaking Spears . . . nice post.


Great post! Now you know how so many of us feel. I have no doubt that we can defeat the terrorists if we keep our resolve; therefore, the only way we can be defeated is to have that resolve undermined. The MSM is the worst offender of this.

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