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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Melinda

I'm in the office--we're on deadline and could not take off on pain of defenestration--and I cannot get a live feed to save my life!

We will pause for a pity party where I say, "Those sourballs on Althouse who think they're at the Algonquin Round Table; THEY can get a connection, but I can't."

I was on c-span for a while and got kicked off.

CNN.com is just saying, "You've got to be kidding! hahahahahaha!"

amba

That SUCKS! I can't believe this isn't online somewhere!!

realpc

80% of Americans approve of Obama, and he hasn't done anything yet!! They are worshiping him like a movie star. It's kind of sick.

My progressive relatives are in ecstasy. No more war, no more religion! Just imagine!

Yes I voted for Obama and yes he is smart and it's nice to have a black president. But why is it such a big deal that he's black?

I am getting tired of being an American.

And the progressive economists are in ecstasy now, because they know exactly how to fix the economy, and they know that Obama will follow all their advice.

Melinda

It's online all over the place, but too many people are trying to access it at the same time.

michael Reynolds

You're right, not much of a lift off. It struck me as a serious speech rather than an elevating one.

amba

why is it such a big deal that he's black?

real: then this post may crack you up.

Melinda

My favorite Inauguration Day speech comes from a Mel Brooks/Carl Reiner sketch, "The Poet Laureate":

"President, president, Lea-DER!
RicketyZACK RicketyZACK!
Bring that glory back."

amba

If only! That would've been such an improvement! This was sort of dishwater Whitman.

amba

They should've had a rapper. Really.

amba

So, Melinda, you didn't miss that much. Unlike Althouse, I loved the music and thought that was both the prayer and the investiture.

jason

I thought it was somber, an appropriate mood given the circumstances, and a hint of hope thrown in for good measure. A good speech? Yes. An exciting oration? Not so much. To me, that felt right.

80% of Americans approve of Obama, and he hasn't done anything yet!! They are worshiping him like a movie star. It's kind of sick.

I think one thing that's being ignored in that sentiment is that a good deal of the excitement about Obama comes entirely from him representing the end of the Dubya debacle. I'm excited about Obama simply because he isn't Bush. At list so far as lip service goes, he seems ready to put our truest ideals back in play. That works for me.

Personally, the hype is a bit much, yet likewise I understand it because it's the end of a very bad mistake (possibly leading to a new one, sure, but let's get through the excitement of sweeping out the old garbage before we decide if we replaced it with new garbage).

Danny

The commenters on Althouse make me want to cancel my DSL service. Loved your comment about Obama becoming President during the beautiful Yitzchak Perlman/Yo-Yo Ma number. On top of everything else, I hope President Obama stresses the importance of the arts in our lives, starting with our schools. It is not a frill, it is necessary!

Perfect that Aretha was there, too. Her voice, figure, and ego may have seen much better days, but I love the significance of her presence. I remember her haunting performance at Martin Luther King's funeral. And I loved the hat--no hiding that light under a bushel!

I thought Rick Warren couched his mention of Jesus in a way that made it more palatable to non-Christians but I still question the presence of such religious invocations at all at such events. It is the opposite of inclusive and should be dumped.

michael Reynolds

Danny:

Althouse is becoming the home office for facile cynicism and unearned knowingness. A bunch of tedious sophomores vying for the attention of their rather dull but fascinating-to-herself hostess.

He says, while demonstrating the ease with which facile cynicism and unearned knowingness can be achieved.

jason

Your great self-deprecating humor notwithstanding, michael, you're right about Althouse. I used to follow Annie's links over there and wade through the comments like a servile little boy doing as he was told. But this time I couldn't get beyond the first fifteen or so. Both the hostess and her band of merry henchmen (i.e. regular commenters) make even the most mundane news unpalatable, and (I don't believe in) God forbid if you have a contrary view to the party line. Makes we want a swirly in bleach to clean the foul residue from my head...

amba

Half the guys over there have groveling crushes on the hostess, and are vying for her favor.

RW Rogers

I thought the speech was fine. Although a tad understated, it had its moments which may assume prominence depending on the course of events. This commentary posted yesterday strikes me as a stronger version of the subtle message delivered today. We shall see.

Ruth Anne

Will Smith started out as a rapper. He would've been a 'safe' pick [recalling the comments of the Lincoln Memorial Obamafest]. Maybe Obama could've resurrected The Fresh Prince, much like Clinton brought Fleetwood Mac together.

amba

Real missed opportunity, don'tcha think?

Outis

What, no comment on the benediction? I thought it was nice, the way it implied that all Republicans are minions of Satan, and that Obama is the CHOOSEN OF GOD! But the best part was Obama nodding knowingly as the minister said "we ask you to help us work for that day ... when white will embrace what is right." Someday all us typical white people will finally become good people! Barack promised! Hooray!

Tom Strong

On the other hand, for us classic film geeks, Obama worked in a sly reference to this (h/t Dave Schuler).

amba

Outis, I had real trouble understanding Lowery, so I tuned out.

Simon

I suppose the good news is that between "under God" and Warren's explicitly Christian prayer, Michael Newdow and his troup must have felt as alienated and excluded as the people who didn't vote for Obama. Scurry back to your cages was the message today - as divisive, partisan an inaugural speech as I've seen, with the occasional wisp of unconvincing centrist icing, I thought. I particularly liked the classy touch where, after he and his supporters have spent years fearmongering, they branded the election as a choice between hope and fear where hope had one, and the deeply unrealistic pablum about how concerns that don't meet his approval are now obsolete. A victory speech, to be sure - but a victory speech.

Simon

Dannny:

It is the opposite of inclusive and should be dumped.
The speech is exclusive, too, so it can't be exclusivity that really bothers you. What's really bothering you?

Danny

The need to invoke images of Our Heavenly Father and our service of Him at political gatherings. Leave that to the churches!

Melinda

Do people actually remember benedictions, valedictions, maledictions, whatever?

All I remember about the Clinton inauguration--besides Jim and I dancing around the living room chanting "No More Quayle! No More Quayle!" after Gore took the VP oath--was Maya Angelou reading a poem that ended with "Good morning!"

We observed that she could have been up there saying nonsense syllables and everyone would have nodded sagely.

realpc

"80% of Americans approve of Obama, and he hasn't done anything yet!! They are worshiping him like a movie star. It's kind of sick."

"I think one thing that's being ignored in that sentiment is that a good deal of the excitement about Obama comes entirely from him representing the end of the Dubya debacle."

I am not ignoring the Bush hatred, and I understand that Americans are relieved to have a president they don't hate, for a change. It's easier to blame Bush for everything that went wrong than to acknowledge the complexity of the problems.

If it was all the greedy stupid corrupt Bush administration's fault, then all we need now is a good, smart, Democrat to straighten things out.

I would be very shocked if it turns out to be that simple.

karen

"we ask you to help us work for that day ... when white will embrace what is right."

I caught that one, Outis. At 1st-- i was taken aback, but what the hell- it's to be expected. Even if some of us white folk may have the blood of other than in our veins-- or so i'm told.

What did (all/any of) you think about Colin Powell? He was on CBS- the clearest picture even if the nosiest anchor to listen to.

Ron

I'm excited about Obama simply because he isn't Bush.

So, if McCain had won, would you feel as happy for the reason give here? I doubt it.

I'm not so much an Althousian sourball, but more of an Atomic Fireball kind of person.

Melinda

Ron, you're in a category of your own.(grin)

Outis

What did (all/any of) you think about Colin Powell? He was on CBS- the clearest picture even if the nosiest anchor to listen to.

Karen, I largely ignored all of it. During the afternoon I took a brief online news break and discovered the many ways of the classy OBAMA NATION. If I HAD been watching I would have changed the channel when Powell appeared. I have never liked that man, and as time passes I like him less and less. He outed Plame (through a minion) and then sat back for years as others paid the price for his back stabbing.

Powell is nominally a Republican, but it's a mistake to think of him as a Republican. It would also be a mistake to think of him as a RINO, or as a Democrat in all but name. Powell is an Insider. His only real loyalty is to himself and to his own position. By screwing Bush (starting with the Plame outing) he started a long process of rehabilitation. I doubt he'll ever get there, though, as the Left will not forgive him for his involvement in Iraq, and the Right isn't going to forgive his later behavior.

So, no opinion on Powell's act today. I'm sure whatever he did it was more for the benefit of Colin Powell than anything else.

Simon

Callimachus said...

[Obama said that] 'we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.¶ On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.' Here's where I start to feel like Tonto in the old George Carlin routine: “What you mean 'we,' kimosabe?”
Quite.

For one who likes to speak in unifying language, he reveals too much in opening his address by excluding slightly less than half of the people who voted from his vision (they voted for "fear" - a hilarious claim in light of the Democrats' fearmongering over the last eight years).

And just what is this purpose that he thinks unifies us? Is it "resolved, this union prefers real coke to new coke"? Is it that "happiness is good"? "America is swell and we'd like it to remain the land of the free"? We are not unified abot anything specific enough to unite us in common cause. We are unified on general aspirations, yes, but divided - irreconcilably, it seems to me - over what those aspirations mean and how to achieve them.

We would do so much better to drop the facile pretense that simply because there is more that unites us than divides us, that those things that divide us do not matter, and Obama would do so much better to realize that he is not synthesis but antithesis (or thesis, ir you would prefer). His election comes to this: the boot is on the other heel. One of two competing worldviews is now in power. No more.

Obama can call me - and dismiss me as - a cynic. But the ground is steady beneath my feet, Mr. President, and I commend to you Ambrose Bierce, who would remind you that those who you demean as cynics are simply blackguards whose defective vision shows them the world as it is rather than as they would prefer it to be.

Simonize Onehour

I am filled with loathing and despair at this moment as I gaze in horror upon the grimly depressing sunset logo of the Dread President Obama. (DPO.)

I hold the rope in my hand! How can I go on knowing that marginal tax rates on millionaires may be raised? How can I live in a world where a liberal Supreme Court justice might be appointed to replace Antonin Scalia (who isn't exactly dead, but could be.) And how can anyone expect me to trudge, grief-stricken and shattered through a world where health care is universal or even . . . the horror . . . the . . . horror . . . single payer?

Farewell cruel Obamaworld! I must now take my own life. Or possibly move to Kansas. Which is pretty much the same thing.

karen

Better have your ruby slippers on, then-- because there is no other way back to Kansas, Michael.

Outis, you'd love MoltenThought. He's a (former) military man and feels the same way you do about Powell. Exactly for the same reasons.

Wonder when he'll enact FOCA? Today?

PatHMV

Yes, Simon, how dare you criticize a politician for supporting policies you disagree with. How horrible! That's exactly the same as declaring that the world will end tomorrow!

Yes, all good patriotic Americans should support the policies of the new President. That's what we've always done, right? Any criticism is just stupid foolishness and fear-mongering.

Outis

Yes, all good patriotic Americans should support the policies of the new President.

Or else they will be sent to the re-education camps.

I'm just thrilled that I will be able to finally become a good person because of Barack [don't dare mention his middle name] Obama.

Outis

I hold the rope in my hand! How can I go on knowing that marginal tax rates on millionaires may be raised?

I don't care about Obama's plans for the marginal rates on millionaires - I'm sure he will put in plenty of loop holes for the ones that give him lots of money. I'm more concerned that he plans on turning 40- to 60-million Americans into recipients of welfare under the guise of "middle-class tax cuts".

Outis

Karen, thanks for the blog tip - Teflon seems like my kind of guy!

Outis

My wife noticed that Obama can't count, nor can his fact-checkers. To be fair, I didn't notice this, although others did. I once again got caught by assuming they knew what they were talking about. I need to stop doing that.

Obama got as far as three sentences into his Presidency before he started having problems with counting. Perhaps that's why some of us don't trust his economic policies....

amba

As a fact checker, I know how surprisingly often people who should know better get things like that wrong. We've published articles based on books where I found errors in the book and our article was more correct than the book was. (Not that I am a perfect fact checker -- far from it, I miss things too, sometimes comically obvious things.) In the age of Wikipedia, misinformation accepted as fact is even more rampant. People have become sloppier than ever, perhaps as part of the insidious creeping media disease that "perception is reality." (An excellent article was written somewhere about how this form of relativism has now infected the political right as well as the left. I think there's a link to it in here. Thank you, Typepad!!)

That said, I think American Thinker falls all over himself in his haste to find something mentally or morally wrong with President Obama, and elevates a molehill into a mountain. (I admit I may be biased here by the fact that I DIDN'T KNOW THIS ONE EITHER.) If he'd waited a few days, I'm sure he could have found something better.

PatHMV

I don't think the "44" error is much of anything at all. I mean, we spent the past 8 years distinguishing between "Bush 41" and "Bush 43." 43 + 1 = 44. To be 100% precise, he would have to say "44 times this oath has been administered," but even that would be incorrect, because the oath is administered anew at the beginning of each term, even after a reelection.

And if he said "43 people," then somebody somewhere would be giving him grief about not knowing that Bush was the 43rd President, so he ought to be able to add 1 to that and come up with 44. This is an inaugural address, not a research paper with footnotes. Knowing how the internet works, I'm quite certain that the defense that "43 is really technically correct" would not resolve the dispute, and plenty of people would be making fun of his math regardless of which number he used. Perhaps better to avoid the entire topic, then, but I think it's good to call to mind the history of it, and the idea that the new guy is just one among many who have held the post.

Really, the only person to blame is Grover Cleveland, who screwed up the counting.

amba

Someone, I forget who -- Althouse? -- said the solution would have been to say "44 presidents have taken this oath."

PatHMV

When is a president not a person? 44 Presidents have taken this oath, but only 43 people have.

So I don't think that solution would fix the problem. The problem is inherent in the counting method adopted long ago by custom (very difficult to argue with, custom) and the fact that Grover Cleveland served 2 non-consecutive terms. There is no simple way to say it.

Outis

Really, the only person to blame is Grover Cleveland, who screwed up the counting.

I note that Grover was a Democrat.

Outis

Pat, Obama should have said 43 men, or avoided specifics. If people had come back at him on the 43, a simple statement that Grover Cleveland was the 22nd and 24th President would have sufficed. As it was, he made an error. Still, it was better than the word 'forebearers'. Oddly enough, 'decider' is in my old college dictionary, but 'forebearer' isn't.

michael Reynolds

Pat:

I would never suggest that Simon stop writing. Au contraire! I've become quite a fan of his comic stylings.

You see, Pat, there's a certain generosity of spirit that comes to those of us who have been right. A certain tolerance, even pity, for those like yourself who have been so thoroughly wrong.

I can look at you now with the headshaking amusement one might feel talking to a Marxist still prattling on about the dialectic and the inevitable forces of history. In 1990.

There are any number of places I can (and do) go to hear from conservative thinkers. But it can't all be serious. In these tough times we need the pie-in-the-face, baggy pants comedians of the Right as well.

Simon
You see, Pat, there's a certain generosity of spirit that comes to those of us who have been right. A certain tolerance, even pity, for those like yourself who have been so thoroughly wrong.
You're a condescending ass. And while it was the losing side, it wasn't the wrong side.
PatHMV

Michael, we all know you're a condescending, patronizing ass. You can stop trying to prove it every day.

Why, oh why did I break my rule about ignoring Michael from here on out?

karen

Better watch it, Michael. I predict all the crowing you do will end up roadkill and you'll then have to eat it. Be certain to get it while it's still warm.

Are you a ~ketchup~ kinda guy? Heinz, possibly- or, are your tastebuds so far evolved on pate & Havanas that you've forgotten it's worth?

karen

Oh-& amba? For someone not ~Liveblogging~, you hit every necessary note that was of interest.

I like your ~wait&see~ attitude and your admiration, minus the fawning, for Obama-- thank you for this post.

Melinda

Yes, Annie, I agree with Karen.

The last celebrity I fawned over was Bambi.

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