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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It kind of embarrasses me to be an American now. This whole thing seems driven by anti-Islamic visceral hysteria. Sure these things need to be looked into especially in these days. And an extension period of 45 days sounded reasonable to me to subject the deal to further scrutiny.

I see that Warner was backing Bush, and he was the only guy to protest the Schiavo incident and one of the gang of fourteen, and I think he's with Graham and McCain on the torture issue.

From what I understand, Bush has done squat on securing our ports, but from what I gather the acquisition would have had little, if any, effect on security.

Sure we shouldn't trust Bush, but a stopped clock is right twice a day.

I don't think this was leadership by congress at all, it was pure reaction and political maneuvering.

I saw Dean on CNN and Dean maintained the position that he didn't think any foreign countries whatsoever should maintain our ports. Perhaps not a bad idea, but I noticed this was how he got around all of Blitzer's objections to his position. I noticed Dean felt that this was the strongest case to make and not one which focused purely on Dubai.

Probably a good political move by Dems, but I have come to understand why Bismarck said that people shouldn't see how either laws or sausage is made.


This whole Dubai ports fuss has been a red herring, or (to switch metaphors) an irrational lightning rod for all people's fears and xenophobia. Reader_iam said it best here:

We tend, in this country, to get ourselves whipped up into a frenzy and focus heatedly on a particular topic--or, to be more precise, on a piece of a topic--and then, drained and beset by battle fatigue, we move along, leaving the bigger picture largely untouched. It feels as if we've accomplished something, with all that energy expended, and so we assume that we have. Talk about sound and fury signifying nothing!

Respectfully ... Bush should understand that the the theory "every action has an equal and opposite reaction" applies to people as well as physics.

He has slammed the Dems as being soft on terror, but has NOT increased port security.

He has slammed the Dems as being weak on terror but has NOT increased border security.

Now he is seeing the reaction from the eloctorate. That is human nature

45 days? Well, even if it was 145 days it would not change the fact that once the deal goes through it is not a company that is in charge but a COUNTRY

It won't change the fact that in UAE it is illegal for a U.S. Entity to own a company, let alone one that controls their ports.

Where is the free trade theory? If we must live by certain guidlines in someone else's Country they call that free trade? If we (the people) want to apply the same logic it is xenophobia and anti-islamic hysteria? I don't .....think so. When the people go along with everything they are lambs ... when they drive the elected officials to an action ..... they are over-reacting. I think we all need to consider this one a little more critically.


Yes, but GN, people's opinions on this were not based on your subtle point. It was more that, "Oh no, the 'arabs' will send us a bomb," and a conflation of ownership with security. I wouldn't call what you said anti-islamist xenophobia, but I tend to think a lot of the angry constituents out there acted on the surface appearance rather than delving deeply.

Now I should have probably been less harsh with the American people, as they have many things to do, and on the surface, it DOES look bad and Bush hasn't exactly earned their trust. I'm more frustrated with the Congresspersons. The dems saw this as a great opportunity to get to the RIGHT of Bush on national security, using popular sentiment, and there was no way that the republicans would let them do that in an election year, especially given Bush's horrible ratings.

But I'm concerned because it just makes Americans look bad. It plays into stereotypes. I think Fareed Zakaria said something to the effect that most of the Arab world views this as proof that we're just unthinking anti-arab "racists."

Besides, the UAE seems like a government we want to help. It's super-liberal (for that region)with drinking, bikinis, and casinos [at least for western tourists]. We need more countries like that.

So my main concern is not necessarily the outcome of nixing the deal, but the "reasoning" that lay behind it.


Finally, gn, your point about different rules regarding free trade is a valid one, but I don't see a rush to change how we deal with China.

In these instances, we have to weigh carefully whether or not it is in our interest to go along with a country that doesn't have full free trade.

But hey, with all our agricultural subsidies, neither do we.

In any case, I think the UAE pretty clearly understands that it was because they were arabs, not because it was government owned.


China is a country that we do biz with (we are also not allowed to have full ownership there) BUT the Chinese government owned companies are nit doing the type of business in the U.S. that AUE is trying to do. The point you make regarding the reaction of the american people being "Uh OH it's the Arabs" is valid and I believe correct. How it makes us look as a whole is strictly dependent on your perspective. I get the same feeling when I see hoardes of people burning the American flag, beating specific people to death in effigy, and carying signs saying "Death to the American Pigs".

UAE does in fact run a loose shop in comparison to most Arab countries, but they also are the hub for MOST smuggling and illegal shipping in the world. they have one area of the port that is known worldwide as "Smuggler's Alley" and anything goes there.

Not to undersell your point about the general reaction of the people to this deal, that recognition supports my point about Bush tasting the equal and opposite reaction from his previous strategy. When he wanted to go into Iraq, he was content with the notion that the American people are too busy to pay attention ... so he drummed that whole Arab thing into our collective psyche. Don't blame the congress folks ... they are RESPONDING to their constituency. that is their job. they haven't heard from their constituency for five years, but are listening now.

I say we owe the UAE heartfelt thanks for their support and I say we should call it even for the underhanded assistance they have given our enemies in the past, but I don't think we should be giving foreign goveernments the keys to our house or the codes for our security alarms.

I deal on a regular basis with arabs, and have Arabs as personal friends, but I haven't given them the pin numbers for my accounts ... nor have I asked for theirs. If the end result from this contoversy is tightened security for the ports, and the borders by Americans, then the contovery will have been worth it.

Lastly, the issues regarding security had to come to a head considering that our volunteer Army has been supplemented by the folks who should be doing that job. that is why we distinguish between the Army and National Guard. We are pursuing the war on terror with the folks who are supposed to protect the homeland.

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