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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Dave Schuler

What concerns me is the possibility that he may be one of the Muslim moderates we've heard so much about.

Tom Strong

Oooh, I know I should resist this, but I can't.

John Kerry did not call terrorism a nuisance. You can read the entire article here.

Rather, Kerry spoke of reducing terrorism to a nuisance -- something that "does not threaten the fabric of our lives." That means preventing future 9-11's and nuclear attacks, but acknowledging that as a political weapon, terror can probably never be completely eliminated.

If you don't think this is an appropriate focus for our efforts, try asking some citizens of Israel. Or England.

Yes, he should have chosen his words better, but the crux of his argument was and is eminently moderate. I don't think Kerry's take on terrorism is unassailable, but I do think he is generally right, and that his opponents did everything they could to twist his argument beyond recognition. It's really depressing to see this twisted

Tom Strong

Sorry, that should read:

Yes, he should have chosen his words better, but the crux of his argument was and is eminently moderate. I don't think Kerry's take on terrorism is unassailable, but I do think he is generally right, and that his opponents did everything they could to twist his argument beyond recognition. It's really depressing to see this twisted

Tom Strong

Alright, I don't understand why my last sentence is getting cut off. It is: It's really depressing to see this twisted version become the CW about what he said.

amba

Sorry about that glitch. I have no idea what it is.

Quite right you are: Kerry did not say terrorism is a nuisance. My face is red.

But he did, I think, give an impression that reduced the seriousness of the threat. As time went by after 9/11 with no new major or successful domestic attack, I think it was a temptation for many people to begin to think the terror threat had been overblown for political purposes.

These jihadist wannabes might just be fantasizing. Some of them. Some of them surely are not.

Think of some of the emotions that drove the Weather Underground.

sleipner

Actually the terror threat WAS overblown for political purposes. Bush has been milking the issue for every iota of political capital he can squeeze out of it for almost 4 years now.

Whether or not terrorists are going to strike, the paranoia he has engendered is irrational and damaging, both economically and psychologically.

In my opinion, the fearmongering he has engaged in and the media hype has done much of the terrorist's work for them. If we merely saw "50 dead in London" a few times instead of plastered over weeks of news coverage, along with the Magenta Alert and presidential posturing, the issue would be gone soon, and terrorists would not be receiving anywhere near the press and impact they have achieved.

The difficulty is that terrorism is almost impossible to fight in a defensive war. They're like cockroaches - step on one and 20 more show up where you least expect them. If you shore up your defenses in one spot, they just avoid that spot and attack somewhere else. The world has far too many easy targets to defend them all.

The only effective ways to decrease terrorism is to cut off their funding, to encourage better education and better economies in those countries where terrorism is engendered, to discourage fanatical religions. And of course (listen, Bush!) to not piss the Arab world off so badly that they get thousands of new recruits monthly seeking those 79 virgins that martyrs supposedly get in the afterlife.

On another note - perhaps the US could take notes from the terrorists with our recruitment drive for the military. Instead of working from the "your country needs you" angle, which obviously isn't working, they should go to the Bible Belt and recruit fundamentalists there using the slogan "Join us and smite the heathens in the name of Allah...err...Jesus!" Maybe they can convince them that the terrorists are surreptitiously funding abortion clinics in America to make it stick better. Two problems solved - fewer radical fundamentalists on both sides of the Atlantic ;)

Tom Strong

These jihadist wannabes might just be fantasizing. Some of them. Some of them surely are not.

No doubt. While I'm not a hawk -- among the birds of prey, I have a stronger affinity for ospreys and falcons -- I have no desire to minimize the problem of terrorism.

And please don't be embarassed. Normally I wouldn't be so sensitive; this particular "meme" just tends to get under my skin.

Sissy Willis

Thanks for the nice link, Amba. I think we're both on to something. 'Wish others would write more about this.

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