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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I was watching it on CNN and I got tired of watching that continually-scrolling "audience reaction" graph running along the bottom.

I switched to NY1 where it's just the time and temp.


I'm listening on NPR, and I am half-glad not to have to watch and half-wondering what I am missing in posture and expression.


"Earmarks as a gateway drug." I like that one.


Tax cuts for 95% of working families. I'll have to read up on that one.


McCain gets extra points for using the word "festooned" in a sentence.


We'll have to design Mc a seal of his very own now.

Althouse has a drinking game going on and the words chosen aren't even being used much.

"Look" would have been a good one.
"Let's be clear", would have been another phrase.


Mc seems to be gaining energy as he speaks of energy(Russian). Finally. He did seem a tad off at 1st, didn't he? Probably trying not to lose his temper:0).


What is it w/B. Obama and the 60's? "We have to make them(other countries around the world) like us?"

Freaking "A"!!


Okay, I'm back to CNN. So now the table of political consultants is gonna hold up numbers like it's the Olympics.


Karen, I don't know if it's "like us" as much as look up to and respect us, which many people feel they're not doing anymore.


CNN Guy: Two defining phrases in tonight's debate: McCain's "You don't understand" and Obama's "John is right."


Could be. He just seemed a little like Sally Fields to me. I wonder how many folks STILL come here for an education and how much easier it is now than in his Dad's time- for a superior education.

PS- i really don't like Joe Biden. He did grill Petraeus when he was in DC for hearing on Iraq-- and i couldn't believe the disrespect and the rude, snooty behaviour. And how polite Petraeus was in answering "Sir", etc.

If the Pubs lose- i'll support my new President(because i'm an American 1st)- but, i'll be scared for the future of our country.


Maria: Posture and expression were predictable, so you didn't miss much. In their interactions with each other, McCain was condescending and Obama was indignant. In their disquisitions on the issues, McCain was soft-spoken, stressed his personal experience, and got in some good digs (like that Obama's stubborn refusal to admit he'd been wrong on the surge reminded him of "this administration"). Obama was more firm and forceful in defending his positions than you might have expected. Obama is vulnerable on his record (they both are, of course, being politicians), which is why I'm interested in the fact-check part. Is McCain really distorting what Obama said, as Obama claims, or is Obama fudging his record?

RW Rogers

There is no reason to believe that CNN is capable of producing an honest check of the facts stated by either candidate in this debate.

Now that we know that both men are wearing bracelets, can we expect an upsurge in that niche market? Will bracelets be the must buy item of the holiday season? Maybe we can market bracelets of unemployed Lehman Bros. workers or foreclosure notice recipients and wear them until they get a new job or a new house as the case may be.

Tom Strong

Obama gave a considerably stronger performance than I anticipated.

I didn't catch the whole thing (and mostly heard it on radio), but I thought he was terrible. He seemed leaden, repetitive, and heavily reliant on standardized Democratic pabulum. Admittedly I tend to read debates differently from many people, but in a week when McCain's chances seemed to be cratering, it seemed like Obama was doing everything possible to keep him in it.

Now that we know that both men are wearing bracelets, can we expect an upsurge in that niche market?

LOL! Next thing we know, the new trend will be mangles.


Maybe we can market bracelets of unemployed Lehman Bros. workers or foreclosure notice recipients


Zachary Paul Sire called it "Bracelet Gate 08."


Tom: really interesting, since you were probably somewhat more predisposed to like Obama than I was. I wonder if the difference is watching vs. listening. There was the same disconnect about Michelle Obama's speech at the convention: I talked to people who watched who liked it (myself included) and people who listened who hated it.

How did McCain come across in audio only? He is unembarrassed about repeating his familiar stock phrases that we've heard so many times, as if he knows familiarity is reassuring.

Donna B.

Maybe I'm alone in that they both annoyed me. McCain for not pursuing some openings that Obama created and Obama for outright lies.

There is no way that any tax plan can cut taxes for 95% of Americans. More than 5% of Americans pay no tax at all!

I do not like Obama's tax plan because it will raise taxes on my children who are definitely what I consider middle class. It will, however, lower my taxes as a retiree. $100 for me versus each of my children paying $500 more?

No thanks. They need the money to pay for my nursing home room with a view.


Obama mentions McCain's Spain gaffe (there's a "My Fair Lady" rhyme in there somewhere)

As I said at Althouse: "McCain in Palin's plane still isn't sure who's running Spain!"


Who else would I count on!!

Tom Strong

How did McCain come across in audio only?

IMO, better than he does on live TV, where his old-timey mannerisms can seem strange. His voice has a nice timbre to it, faintly Reaganesque but still its own thing.

Apparently I missed the econ section, where Obama was apparently strongest. But that aside, I have to agree with the CW that he's a remarkably poor debater. There were several times when I thought: "Hillary would have knocked that one out of the park."

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