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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RW Rogers

dog fish?

RW Rogers

Speaking of mad bull elephants, we can thank them for this bit of madness now contained in the so-called stimulus bill. Reminds me of the consequences of getting GOP input into original bail-out bill last year. Guess their snouts are permanently affixed to the trough upon re-election. Oink, Oink, Oink. If net of result of listening to the GOP is going to be massive increases in already bloated pork legislation, what's the point?


EEEK!! Genetic engineering?!

RW Rogers

Animation, dear. Animation. Xlnt animation at that. (I got it wrong, too: apparently it is a officially called a "fishdog.")


Eerily well done, then.


Maybe they want the genetic engineering so they can clone The One to run every branch of government. Stiumlus, indeed!


In fairness, Randy, whatever the merits of that provision, it's not "pork." May be bad policy, but it's bad policy which would affect, potentially, every home buyer in the country. Pork is a project which is local in nature (the "bridge to nowhere") and which provides benefits to a very small group of people (and many of them contractors who get hired to build the pork project).

RW Rogers

Sorry, Pat - it is pork brought to us courtesy of the National Association of Home Builders. The likelihood of abuse costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars is great. It is not a stimulus - its a payoff to a special interest group. They tried the same trick a couple of weeks ago in California, Pat, and have been shopping this idea in other state legislatures as well. The fact that the congressional GOP bought into it so easily proves they are as clueless today as to why they are out of power now as they were after the 2006 debacle.


I'm not defending the proposal, Randy, just quibbling over the definition of "pork."

According to Wikipedia:

"Typically, "pork" involves funding for government programs whose economic or service benefits are concentrated in a particular area but whose costs are spread among all taxpayers. Public works projects, certain national defense spending projects, and agricultural subsidies are the most commonly cited examples."
RW Rogers

I see your point, Pat.


"Typically, "pork" involves funding for government programs whose economic or service benefits are concentrated in a particular area but whose costs are spread among all taxpayers.

Well, the economic benefits would be concentrated in the housing sector, so I think this can still qualify as pork.


It might be considered pork because of the Nat'l Assoc. of Home Builders involvement. Close call. If the motivation for the support is populism and gaining votes, I'd call it non-pork, because of its broad impact. If the motivation for the support were to gain more campaign contributions and the like from the NAHB, then I'd call it pork.

But I don't think the concentration in the housing market is what makes it pork. That's a BIG market. When the tax deduction for home mortgage interest first passed, that wasn't "pork."

Horace Jeffery Hodges

I just hope that we don't have Carter redux. Is Obama old enough to recall why that didn't work?

Jeffery Hodges

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I didn't like him or vote for him, but even so, have been quite surprised and disappointed by how negative he is. Maybe I believed that "hope" rhetoric?

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