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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Daniel Berczik

Nice post, amba. And thanks for the editing of my typos. It reads much better in English.

I have tried to veer away from some commentary that reasoned that life in prison for Moussaoui might mean all sorts of dastardly deeds. Some (and where this came form surprised me) reacted with a kind of glee that Moussaoui might be tortured or sexually abused, and as such, life was a far better punishment than death.

I think this was a better sentence because it was the right one (excuse me for the Bushism), not because it will cause more pain. It really shouldn't be any more complicated than that.


Yes, the low-down emotions of vengefulness are natural, but like so much that's natural, they need to be reined in, ridden with control -- not least because, to me at least, they smack of impotence. They show that the enemy has gotten to you and made you lose your warrior cool, and you are in danger of doing something foolish and foolhardy.

I'm repelled by some people's insistence that indiscriminate violence is the only true sign of strength.


"I'm repelled by some people's insistence that indiscriminate violence is the only true sign of strength"

Yes, especially when it's a sign of what is exactly the opposite of strength. Your repulsion, Amba, in my opinion, reflects a profound sense of humanity and courage. Reminds me of a quote from your astute bottom post on The Feldenkrais Method®

"General Washington said we will not do this. He said these people will be treated with respect and dignity and they will suffer no abuse or torture, because to do otherwise would bring dishonor upon our sacred cause[...]"

As if the war on terror isn't difficult and complex enough without having to reign in our own baser impulses. Let the dishonor remain upon the "sacred cause" of Zacarias Moussaoui and his consorts in cruelty and barbarism -- their so-called jihad. Our sacred cause, the idea of America, clearly requires our protection both without and within.


Good post. All of the revengespeak I have seen on other sites is quite alarming.

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