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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It would have been really interesting if 9-11 had happened during Bill Clinton's presidency.

No, I'm not being sarcastic. There might well have been a remarkable leader underneath all that charm and intelligence and pollwatching that Clinton never tapped into because he didn't have to.


I think he and Hillary really do love each other. But I think one (just one, not the whole thing) component of that love is mutual political admiration and a belief in their strength as a political team. So it sometimes seems more cynical than I think it really is, to those of us on the outside looking in.

Huxley, you may be right. I suspect that Clinton (or at least his upper level staff) were of mixed minds about that (in their heart of hearts, at any rate). The administration I worked for left office a year before Katrina hit. We watched our successor administration do a not-very-good job, and thought alternately: "We would have done MUCH better" and "Thank GOD that didn't happen on our watch, 'cause we may have screwed it up, too."


I watched the speech on C-Span's feed, and through the first half of the speech whenever they flashed on Michelle Obama she looked like she was about to have a root-canal with no anesthetic.

Ben (The Tiger)

It just kills Bill Clinton that his presidency was in precisely that gap when the United States didn't face a significant foreign policy challenge.

He'd have loved to lead the country through a time like that, and it just didn't happen.

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