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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michael Reynolds

Obama does radiate a certain off-putting arrogance. But if you think McCain can beat him, turn off the sound sometime, try to set aside all you know about McCain and just watch him. He looks angry, tense, volatile. And he looks old.

Ruth Anne

And, if I were an Islamonazi, McCain would scare the snot outta me.

Ruth Anne

Also re: the earmarks. Not just $0 last year, but $0 for all 25 years he's been a Congresscritter. Also: when Geo HW Bush raised taxes [you know, the read my lips no new taxes] McCain would not do it.

Never voted for a tax increase. Ever.

I think he's done his penance for Keating 5 [McCain/Feingold anyone? which has made him a pariah of the right], too, so that's a dead alley with me.

Maxwell James

I voted Obama in the primary, but I can also think of a simple reason to vote McCain. The Dems control both houses of Congress, and are likely to extend their control in the fall.

Generally, I prefer the parties to have to split power. And I've personally found the Bush administration much more tolerable ever since the Republicans lost their majority.

That said, Obama's main problem on policy is that he's timid; choosing party orthodoxy when he has to, and milquetoast centrism otherwise. A few more bold stands might cost him most of the adulation, but he'd deserve it more.

Ruth Anne

Maxwell James: I agree! Gridlock for everyone! When government gets good at racing three-wide at Talladega, we're in for a big crash. I much prefer them putt-putt-putting along in an FDR era Model T.


I've pretty much gotten on board with McCain -- but Michael's right, he's going to have a hard time beating Obama. He's going to look old and mad compared to Obama's youth and joyful glow. It's going to be just like Nixon looking gruff and unkempt to Kennedy's charm and beauty.

Image does matter. We'll see if McCain can overcome.


Michael: old he certainly looks. If I end up going with Obama, it will be because of that sense of going with the future, even if it is a throw of the dice.

Randy (Internet Ronin)

If you tell them you don't think it's that simple, they look at you like you've sold your soul to the devil....

In other words, the ends justify the means. Rather like both Clinton and Obama who were appalled when they saw up-close and personal proof of union "electioneering" in Nevada, yet both support abolishing secret ballots in union elections. Because it would be good for the union movement. And the union movement is a good thing. Everyone knows that. Union members vote Democrat! Well, most union members do most of the time, or some of the time, or enough of the time, or at least once so that their majority rules that once and the minority is publicly intimidated into silence forever after. California state unions spent almost $200 million opposing Schwarzenegger's proposed reforms yet about 45% of union voters sided with the Governor. Those 45% are still paying off the debt accumulated in that campaign against their wishes.

Randy (Internet Ronin)

Michael, I heard McCain was going with Jindahl and their slogan will be "We're Young on Average!"


In case you haven't seen it, this>article in Slate mentions 2005 papers by U of Oregon Professor Richard Frank and Mark Lawrence McPhail of Miami University. The papers are behind the MUSE firewall, but Shafer hits the highlights (and lowlights). These papers were written in 2005, mind you.


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sail on

McCain?? Say it ain't so!Ambivalent or addled?


Thereby proving my point . . .


She's my sister, see . . .


You mean, as in, "She ain't heavy..."


Do you really want another administration leaning constantly toward war and occupation?


No, do you think McCain would "lean constantly" toward war and occupation? Think he'd start another reckless war?

I want an administration that recognizes that two wrongs don't make a right, and that leaving Iraq on some kind of political timetable would be to 1) hand al Qaeda a huge propaganda victory and recruiting incentive -- they'd brag that they drove one superpower out of Afghanistan and now the other out of Iraq; 2) hand al Qaeda a training ground and/or hand Iran an enormously enlarged sphere of influcne; 3) abandon the Iraqis, who didn't ask for any of this, to a probable bloodbath; that is, abandon them AGAIN.

Because in a democracy the half of us who didn't vote for a squeaker (pipsqueak) president still have to accept that his is OUR president, we inherit the responsibility for cleaning up George Bush's mess: it is by definition our mess too. We don't do that by saying "He should never have gone in, so we're getting right out." Too late. The game has changed.


You know- i think it was on the Anchoress that i saw data where they fudged(as in greatly exaggerated)the #of Iraqi countryfolk that were killed. It's always been reported as being 100s of 1000s, but is actually way below that. I should look and see if i can find that data, eh? Saying it doesn't mean much.

As for inheriting "Bush's War"- wasn't that voted on& passed by Senators?


You're doing a good job of convincing me to vote for McCain Amba. I would really like to get rid of the Republicans for a while, but I do agree with your analysis.

"try to set aside all you know about McCain and just watch him. He looks angry, tense, volatile. And he looks old."

What are you talking about mR? McCain looks and sounds like a very nice guy. If you want a beautiful young president you can write in Britney Spears.


As for McCain's cozying up to the Republican base, I'm trying to ignore it. That's how the suasage is made. A few months ago I realized that every last candidate had said or done something to piss me off -- so I decided to give them all a pass and start over. I'll treat the national election the same way. Whatever happens in the primaries stays in the primaries.

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