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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Yet more proof that Joe Biden is an idiot. Yet he STILL thinks he would make a good president. Of course he IS one of our more 'distinguished' Senators. This is why I think no one should ever take any Senator seriously.


"His mouth is directly wired to some redneck collective unconscious."

I consider myself very Redneck-ish and yet- i NEVER would talk so outta my a$$ as this ~elitist~ dink.

Not all Rednecks are biggots.

(Man, we bought a new GMC-- Oh. My. It's beautiful- got a cool 4X4 sticker on it's butt and everything. I'm putting a ~LIFE is Precious~ sticker on it's tail when i wash it next :0). Kinda hard to wash it in below Zero weather!)


It does not ease the pain of having our own moronic public officials, but perhaps confirms that the hoof-in-mouth disease is rampant among the highest dignitaries of all lands. See Robert's report from Japan over at Pureland Mountain:

Ruth Anne

Holy Macaca, Amba!


"Clean" as in "he smells pretty good" or as in "he's not taking drugs"?

I suppose it's possible that he just meant "clean, fresh, new face" -- but isn't this the same guy who said you can't go into a 7-11 in Delaware unless you have an Indian accent?

Theo Boehm

As I said over on Althouse, I like Sen. Biden, but it does sometimes seem as if he only opens his mouth to change feet.

He also does like the sound of his own voice, doesn't he?

Anyway, Althouse people were over-analyzing and beating this to death, IMHO. Sure, it's fodder for Biden and Obama's political opponents—of both parties—but I'm not sure there were any clever political machinations involved. It's just bloviation gone astray, with perhaps a wee bit of a Freudian slip tucked away in there.

Damned funny, though.


Holy Macaca, Amba!

OH MY GOD, no! You stole my line, Ruth Anne!

I was just going to post the George Allen slip up, and say that this is MUCH worse.

I'm still trying to figure out what macaca means; I mean, okay it sounds like 'monkey' in several languages, but everyone on earth knows precisely what 'clean' means, even if it is in English.

I'll post on Annie's blog ;) what I posted on Althouses' one, in that I think someone figured out (correctly) that Joe Biden meant to say "clean-cut", and it came out "clean".

But when he went on the Daily Show, he realised (having had to scramble all day with what is termed "The Black Leadership" of America...why is it that Brazilians don't have a Black Leadership, hmm, hmm?), that this explanation would be too weak.

So he went for what I call the homerun save, and decided to use "fresh" instead.

How about dem apples?



We have a book called ~The Friendship~ that i've read a couple of times. By Mildred D. Taylor(winner of the Coretta Scott King Award).

There's a part of the book that deals w/Little Man(6), excited at the "shiny new things" he sees in the glass case upon the counter top of Wallace's Store. Forgetting sage advice to touch nothing- he leans forward and puts his little hands "against the top of the glass for a closer look".

He gets caught.

"...Dewberry, a full-grown man, stared down at Little Man. Little Man, only six, looked up. "Now I'm gonna hafta clean that glass again," snapped Dewberry,"seeing you done put them dirty hands-a yours all over it!"

"My hands ain't dirty," Little Man calmly informed him. He seemed happy that he could set Dewberry's mind to rest if that was all that was bothering him. Little Man pulled his hands from behind his back and inspected them. He turned his hands inward. He turned them outward. Then he held them up for Dewberry to see. "They clean!" he said. "They ain't dirty! They clean!"

Dewberry came from around the corner. "Boy, you disputin' my word? Just look at ya! Skin's black as dirt. Could put seeds on ya and have 'em growing in no time!"

Thurston Wallace laughed and tossed his brother an ax from one of the shelves. "Best chop them hands off, Dew, they that filthy!"

Little man's eyes widened at the sight of the ax. He slapped his hands behind himself again and backed away..."

There's way more to this story, but that's the gist of the theme of it.

I'm sure Biden didn't mean to sound so ignorant. He should have known better- as much as he uses his tongue to lash out words for all against his way of thinking- he should have known better.


The only thing more pathetic than someone, who thinks of and presents himself as an educated articulate white liberal democrat, being obtuse to his own covert racism, is an educated articulate white liberal democrat who haplessly tries to spin his own covert racism even when it is generously and softly pointed out for him to see with own two dissembling eyes .

ps: Is it just me, or does anyone else cringe at seeing Mr. Biden's Jimmy Carter-like toothy smile? Yeesh!

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