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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That's funny, I was just watching that too...does this make Arnold the Ambivinator?

Ruth Anne

Yeah, right. After being a GOPer helped him. Post-partisan now that he's term limited.

RW Rogers

Those who don't live in California don't understand just how bad Arnold turned out to be. That's not to say that the GOP members of the state legislature are any better. They aren't. Almost all of them were quite prepared to turn over operation of the entire state government to some judge rather than negotiate in good faith.


The challenge for those who live in California (and I do): figure out who might realistically be elected Governor any time soon and who would also be able to do much better than Arnold has done. Because, until our totally disfunctional legislature is reformed, I doubt anybody is going to be very successfully trying to run the circus which is our state government.

Ruth Anne

To paraphrase?: He wasn't bad. He just governed that way.


I don't even know what this means. You have to do what the people want? What if the people want to do something really stupid? Shouldn't you do instead what you said you were going to do - the promises that got you elected? As to getting stuck in ideology, ideology is just a lens through which one looks that the world. The Governator's comment just makes me think of those people who think that leaders should be pragmatic, technocratic, should just do what works - all of which simply kicks the can down the road, as if "what works" was value-neutral. Your ideology is what helps you create a sense of what solutions will likely work. This idea that ideology is inherently blinkered seems dubious.


WJ, that seems to hit the nail on the head, doesn't it. Blaming Schwarzenegger for this mess seems misplaced given the trenchant opposition to anything he's tried to do from entrenched Democrats in the legislature. California is too much of a mess for a mere governor to fix. If you have a state that keeps electing liberal legislators and that defeats even the most common-sense ballot initiatives a decent Governor favors, y'all will be in a mess.

Of course, some tomfoolery here in Indiana has left us with a Democratic House, but what's to be done in such times. The nation is collectively bawling "mommy." The trick is to limit the damage until the grownups get home.

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