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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Anchoress covered this topic recently as a link in her round up, but i've searched and cannot find it. She mentioned the zeal of the Left for the plight of prisoners in GITMO, while our American prisons are... well, like this.

My brother got into a lot of trouble before he was diagnosed w/schizophrenia. He did something that landed him in the Pen(i was little so don't know where- NY i think)- and i think he was raped, i really do. SOMETHING happened to him.

He should never have been in there to begin w/.


This will break your heart and freeze your blood.

Right on both counts.

While the Old Testament standard of "an eye for an eye" sounds cruel, it was based on the principle was that the punishment should fit the crime. Are we doing any better here, or worse?

Tom Strong

I think a lot of people on the "left" and "right" care about this, karen. I know I do.

The problem is - while a lot of activists on both sides know and care about this topic, it's hard to make change happen. There's virtually no press about it, even though everybody knows that this happens a lot. The prison-industrial complex (if I can use the term without all of its historical baggage) is very firmly entrenched, and without a massive public outpouring of caring, isn't about to change.


Tom, maybe she Anchoress meant the press- that is exactly it, i'm sure. Of course, us on the "right" believe the press IS the "left" ;0).

Truthfully, i'd never heard about it or thought much about it- and i have never verbalized before about my brother-- it's been at least 30yrs- i've never put that feeling i have into words before today.

It's really awful to think about. I can't understand the turning of a blind eye by the guards.

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