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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A better song would have been "Cold As Ice," by Foreigner:

"You're as cold as ice, you're willing to sacrifice our love
You never take advice, someday youll pay the price, I know...

Cold as ice - you know that you are
Cold as ice - as cold as ice to me
Cold as ice"

[I don't know about the not taking advice part. She comes off as so coached that it seems that all she does is take advice.]

My second choice would be "Lying Eyes," by the Eagles:

"You can't hide your lyin' eyes
And your smile is a thin disguise
I thought by now you'd realize
There ain't no way to hide your lyin eyes"

michael Reynolds

Into Action, by Tim Armstrong:

Let's get moving into action
Let's get moving into action
If your life's too slow, no satisfaction
Find something out there, there's an attraction
If you hesitate now, that's a subtraction
So, let's get moving girl into action.

The Sopranos parody was great. Hillary is doing very, very well.

Internet Ronin

As campaign songs go, it is ok. Not "Great!," but a tad better than most I've heard over the years, although not quite as good as a few others. Campaign songs are not, as a rule, memorableI wonder how many of the critics could name more than one previously used campaign song. Note that I don't say "can." I have discovered that, in this age of Google, far too many people look things like that up and then pretend they already knew, but the decline of personal ethics is another subject entirely.

The reaction to this in the media and the blogosphere is tremendously disproportionate to its importance. I lament the increasing need to analyze, pick apart, and armchair psychoanalyze every single tiny little thing people in the public eye do. (For the record, I am not criticizing our hostess here.)


Here's another nominee: "Maneater," by Hall & Oates (whenever I hear their name I think of a donkey pulling a wooden cart full of oats):

"She'll only come out at night
the lean and hungry type
nothing is new, I've seen her here before
watching and waiting
she's seated with you but her eyes are on the door

So many have paid to see
what you think you're getting for free
The woman is wild, a she-cat tamed by the purr of Jaguar
Money's the matter
If you're in it for love
you're not going to get too far

oh here she comes
watch out boy she'll chew you up
she's a maneater


I wouldn't if I were you
I know what she can do
she's deadly man,
she could really rip your world apart
Mind over matter
the beauty's there but a beast is in her heart"

Theo Boehm

In response to Ronin's comment above, I will confess that, sans Google, the only two campaign songs I can remember are "Happy Days Are Here Again," and "I'm Just Wild About Harry."  In contrast to those two, Sen. Clinton's song is unmemorable and dreary.  In contrast to anything, Sen. Clinton's song is unmemorable and dreary.

The ad also struck me as embarassingly unfunny.  Apparently I'm not alone.  I heard Neda Ulaby on NPR this morning preside over a program that pretty much said what I was thinking.  This proves that NPR is one media organization not completely in the tank for Hillary.  They better get on board, as Hillary is looking more and more inevitable.

If Mayor Bloomberg runs an independent campaign for President, as pointed to by his resignation from the Republican Party, it's obvious he would mostly siphon votes from Giuliani or whoever's the Republican, pretty much sealing the Hillary deal.   Amba's brother is right.  From a long-range Republican perspective, it would be wonderful to have Hillary play Nixon to Bush's Johnson.

All you Kos Kidz who have wanted to replay the Vietnam War: Your wish may come oh-so true.

Do you think we'll get Hillary cursing and ranting on tape, too?

Ruth Anne

Hannibal Lector spoke that line to a female Senator.

Amba: You are wickedly funny.

Ruth Anne

Many phrases in "Hotel California" could apply:

There she stood in the doorway;
I heard the mission bell
And I was thinking to myself,
'This could be Heaven or this could be Hell'


Her mind is Tiffany-twisted, she got the Mercedes Benz
She got a lot of pretty, pretty boys she calls friends
How they dance in the courtyard, sweet summer sweat.
Some dance to remember, some dance to forget


Last thing I remember, I was
Running for the door
I had to find the passage back
To the place I was before
'Relax,' said the night man,
'We are programmed to receive.
You can check-out any time you like,
But you can never leave!'

Which pretty much sums up how I feel about the legacy candidates on both sides...No Clintons, No Bushes. Wouldn't that be radical?

Peter Hoh

Ruth Anne wrote: No Clintons, No Bushes. Wouldn't that be radical?

How about no Yale or Harvard grads for a couple of election cycles?


No dynasties (din-nasties?), period.

And, yeah, a diversity in degree-related backgrounds would be nice, too.

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