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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spud

One would get the impression all those in the military support the Iraq war when many are against it. Look at all the generals who have spoken out against the war. Is it because they hate America as many right wingers would have us believe?

Anchoress's website is obsessed with the non existent MSM and BDS. She think the enemies of America are liberals and the New York Times. Anchoress, like Karen thinks liberals want the terrorists to win and can't understand why Bush has only 28% support from the American people.

PS. The cartoon is a perfect example of stupidity. As if the democrats want the terrorist's to win. Not one supporter of the Iraq war has yet to explain to me what winning is. How can they when they use the meaningless word "surrender". Surrender to me would be like in WW11 when France surrendered to Germany. That's surrender, hardly the case we have before us now. Does anyone here think the terrorists can over throw are government?

rick robotham dvm

old Italian proverb....................

"Things were better when they were worst"

karen

Heh- "We've lost the war." Harry Reid.

You're right, spud. That's not the same as surrendering. That's admission of defeat.

From a Dem.

PS i loved the cartoon. It shows humour, spud. C'mon, don't you remember what that was?

amba

If you saw Bill Maher's show last night (Arianna Huffington was on), you would have to admit that there is such a thing as "Bush Derangement Syndrome."

There are people who are seriously frightened by this administration (like Jack Whelan of After the Future), and although I hope their fears are exaggerated, I listen to them too, because I think the administration has given them some cause for alarmed vigilance (on civil rights, cronyism, and signing statements, for three examples, in addition to their wlllful deafness to good counsel on the war).

But the people on Maher's show were smug and gleeful and superior and utterly closed-minded. Just sure that they were the good guys, the smart guys. At that point you have long since ceased to be "reality-based." And reality bites. It bites anyone who is blinded to it. Right or left buttock, it doesn't care.

Michael Reynolds

We don't the "liberal media" to convince us things are going poorly. The Vice President cannot announce his visit to Iraq in advance, and when he does show up he's wearing a kevlar vest. After 4 years. That pretty much summarizes the security situation in Iraq.

When an American politician can walk from his plane to his motorcade without a bullet-proof vest that will demonstrate that the security situation is improved.

Kougar

Can we once and for all put to rest this silly notion that the news coming from Iraq is all Al Qaeda propaganda? Can we just come to grips with the fact that it is very, very, very bad over there? And why is it that the "go to" blog for all bloggers right wing is "Iraq the Model"? There are the Iraqis that were flown to the US to meet President Bush...think they may be a little biased? Sorry guys, jig's up. I don't care if the MSM is liberal, it's clear that the situation in Iraq is awful, and Al Qaeda has very little to do with that. It has to do with what we can now finally call a "civil war". Reality, folks, reality.

karen

I'm suprised Cheney doesn't wear a bullet proof vest @home here in the US as much as folks hate him.

And, really- Presidents get shot @ and/or death threats here in the US. Is it any wonder why the #2 guy goes to Iraq and wears a kevlar?

Michael Reynolds

Karen:

List every other country where a visiting US Veep wears Kevlar.

Kougar

Karen,

You're kidding, right? You really think it's just a matter of course that Cheney has to wear Kevlar in Iraq, but nowhere else in the world? You wingnuts really are getting loony.

spud

Heh- "We've lost the war." Harry Reid.You're right, spud. That's not the same as surrendering. That's admission of defeat.From a Dem.PS

karen, I looked up what Harry Reid said. He's right, "As long as we follow the President’s path in Iraq, the war is lost." Below is more of what he said. Oh yes, I can see why you would find the cartoon funny, but it's dishonest and therefore not funny to me.

"I believe myself that the secretary of state, secretary of defense and — you have to make your own decisions as to what the president knows — this war is lost and the surge is not accomplishing anything as indicated by the extreme violence in Iraq yesterday." "As long as we follow the President’s path in Iraq, the war is lost. But there is still a chance to change course and we must change course. No one wants us to succeed in the Middle East more than I do. But there must be a change of course. Our brave men and women overseas have passed every test with flying colors. They have earned our pride and our praise. More important, they deserve a strategy worthy of their sacrifice."

spud

Karen,

You're kidding, right? You really think it's just a matter of course that Cheney has to wear Kevlar in Iraq, but nowhere else in the world? You wingnuts really are getting loony.

Posted by: Kougar

I just want to say I love Karen, and her husband is one of my best friends. We are neighbors and we both have organic dairy farms. But if George Bush was to announce to the world, we are going to get rid of every organic dairy farm in the United States, Karen would still support him.

jamal

if usa withdrew this wouldnt occur.

karen

You know what- there's a War in Iraq. Guess who's targeted?

I'm glad Cheney covers his head w/kevlar- wouldn't you?

Spud, think what you want about me and my loyalties- that's fine, but you really don't know me much.

Love to you- too :0).

Kougar

That's not the point Karen. The point is that since it's been over 4 years when Mr.CHeney has told us that the insurgents are in their last throes and that we would be greeted as liberators, it is ironic that he has to where a Kevlar vest in a country he thought would be a model for the Middle East in short order. The point is that that Kevlar vest proves how terribly wrong he and the rest of the neoconservatives were about this war. It's ironic, and it's also very sad.

Peter Hoh

The correct way to use the flag planting on Iwo Jima analogy in reference to the Iraq situation would be to have the Marines point out to the President that the flag won't stand up in quickstand, no matter how hard they try to push the flagpole in the ground.

karen

The point is that that Kevlar vest proves how terribly wrong he and the rest of the neoconservatives were about this war. It's ironic, and it's also very sad.

This may be true- i really don't know anymore, but it's reality in Iraq.

~sigh~. I've seen you on Anchoress, Kougar. I appreciate your civility. I just also believe that the way things are presented to us @ the time they occur can impress us and we never forget. It's unfortunate that people cannot give even a little leeway of truth that we ~liberated~ oppressed peoples from a dictator who shot, shredded and gassed(& hung& raped& beheaded)maybe 10s of thousands of people whenever the hell he pointed his finger. He came into power, i believe, by betraying his own Uncle.

Did we trade their hell under Saddam for a newer, fiercer hell? Looks like it, yet- there are pokets of success that can grow.

I still maintain it's a free for all w/Iranian, Syrian& Pakistani ~insurgents~ & has been right along. I think that's a lot different than fighting the peoples of Iraq.

reader_iam

I just want to say I love Karen***, and her husband is one of my best friends*. ...

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Just, wow.

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Did I just forget to say: Just, wow?

spud

Hey reader_iam
Do you find that unusual? It happens all the time. :-)

Kougar

Karen,
I think we can disagree and be civil. I do agree that at the time, the case was made convincingly to many people (including myself), that Iraq posed an imminent danger. When we look back though, it was a case made by senior ideologues in the Bush admin that were intent on a military confrontation with Iraq. I would put the Pres and VP in that category also. They used our fears from 9/11, and stoked them ever so much with visions of mushroom clouds, using cherry picked information from our intelligence services to back them up. Instead a real debate about the need to preemptively attack Iraq, the Bush administration didn't trust the American people to make up their own minds, and ended trading in their integrity to realize their goals. I don't doubt their good intentions, I just think they fell into the trap that the ends justifies the means, and we know that that is usually immoral. As for Saddam being an evil dictator, there can be no doubt. Much of the evil he inflicted on his people happened decades ago, and even though he was still ruthless, there was not a genocide occuring before the invasion. Just because evil people can rule over countries does not justify attacking them, because, as we've seen, we may unleash more evil. Of course there are pockets of success, but without the rule of law, these "pockets" will come to naught, and we simply do not have the resources nor the patience to gain control over the entire country to ensure the rule of law. It would take trillions more dollars, thousands more dead, and perhaps our entire military force engaged in that region, and from a strategic point of view, it would leave us very vulnerable. As for the makeup of the insurgency, while there is a foreign element to it, our own military tells us that it only comprises 10% of whole. The point is that even though there are outside influence, most of the fighting is from the Iraqis themselves, not Syrians, Iranians, and certainly not Pakistanis. So the notion that our main fight is against foreign jihadists of Al Qaeda is simply for domestic political consumption, and does not reflect the realities on the ground.

amba

Instead a real debate about the need to preemptively attack Iraq, the Bush administration didn't trust the American people to make up their own minds, and ended trading in their integrity to realize their goals. I don't doubt their good intentions, I just think they fell into the trap that the ends justifies the means ...

I think that's basically right, but my suspicion is that the administration felt they were trying something so bold and risky that the American people probably wouldn't go along with it. I think they wanted to a) go dramatically on the offensive post 9/11, on the assumption that "the best defense is a good offense," and b) yes, try to change the stagnant status quo in the Middle East and usher in democracy. Saddam was the target of opportunity because he was a bad guy, with documented bad intentions, and if all else failed you could still justify attacking him on moral grounds. ... But does such a gamble justify going to war? If you were forearmed, forewarned, and prepared to the teeth, maybe yes. But the American people in their natural conservatism would almost certainly have said no.

However, how and why we got in there now is moot. We're there. Now what?

As for al Qaeda being only 10% -- they are the 10% who are inflaming the other 90%. All they have to do is bomb one revered Shi'a mosque for the reprisals to reverberate back and forth throughout Iraqi society for a generation. They will not allow the order most Iraqis long for to be established, because they have a vested interest in creating chaos. That's the sense in which this is not simply a civil war that we can't stop from playing out.

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