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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Good God, this post is horrifying from beginning to end. And like you, I'm particularly saddened to hear what's happening in Denmark given their history with the Jews. Did you see the stats on France? I have a ton of (Jewish) relatives there and I'm sure the situation is similar. And what's the deal with Spain? I'm sure the European anti-Semites will have a field day with their Der Stürmer-like cartoons of Obama and his Jewish cabal including Rahm and others. Gotta go read all those links...


It began last week, when Olav Nielsen, headmaster of Humlehave School in Odense, publicly stated that he would ‘refuse to accept the wishes of Jewish parents’ who wanted to place children at his school, because it might create tension amongst the Muslim children. Other headmasters echoed his refusal to school the children of Jews, claiming that they were putting children’s safety first.

All horrifying, but this part made me tear up visibly enough for my son to notice and ask me if something's wrong.

Hell, yeah, kid.


There is a third leg to American resistance to anti-semitism, and that leg is the memories of WWII veterans. My family is Christian, but my father made sure we saw documentaries about the war- including the Holocaust- as soon as we were old enough to grasp them- I guess 7 or 8. Later on in life a coworker told me about how her own father helped to liberate one of the camps. The vets are dying off now, but the memories aren't. And,whether they intend it or not, those ugly chants at Muslim protests are keeping them fresh.


Lynne: fascinating point. Cultural ingredients are very mysterious. Like cooking: a small amount of an intense ingredient can flavor the whole.

reader: my heart is too heavy to say much more.


Americans, who come from all these places where hate happens, probably are as able to feel ethnic hatred as anyone anywhere. The good news is, we've usually been too busy trying to make money to do anything about it. When hate has become a strong element among some of us, it typically has been among groups that have little to do and little to aspire to.

That's part of the reason I think spreading the American model in the Middle East is, at least in theory, a good idea.


But, what about the people who come to the US to escape war or some atrocity or other--(war pretty much sums it up, though)and then still turn on us through terror attacks and their own issues of bigotry?

NPR was talking about Somalian boys from the Twin Cities that disappear- supposedly recruited by Somali terror groups... who may return to America w/their legal passports to kick us in our teeth.

They were ~brought here~ by Lutherans to escape from their terror- only to want to wreak havoc on where they found safety- built new homes and raised families? Are these the same Muslims who are the extraordinary folks that just want what's best for their children(a la President Obama's tongue)?

I only ask to learn more- these were the impressions i was left w/after hearing the broadcast. We all know that we have our owm Timothy McVeighs to worry about, too.

RW Rogers

Spain's anti-Semitism is age-old and well-documented so that was no surprise. 10 years ago, the goings-on in Denmark would have struck me as a real shocker but less so now, after the domestic reaction to the publication of those cartoons a few years ago. How very sad. The diminishment of free speech rights in the Netherlands is a portent of things to come, I imagine.

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