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  • Nine Presidential Candidates Who Weren't Great Students in College

    09/22/2011 2:58:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Mental Floss ^ | 09/22/2011 | Ethan Trex
    The Huffington Post recently released a copy of Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry’s college transcript from Texas A&M. The academic picture wasn’t pretty. Perry struggled in some familiar classes (an F in organic chemistry, a D in economics) and some bizarre ones (a C in gym, a D in something the transcript labeled only as “Meats”). Are Perry’s low college marks all that astonishing for a high-profile politician? Apparently not. Let’s take a look at a few other big names who didn’t light the academic world on fire. 1. Al Gore Gore’s the brainiest politician around, right? Possibly, but you...
  • Defending the Integrity of Thomas Jefferson (new book on Jefferson-Hemings)

    09/06/2011 6:16:23 AM PDT · by tellw · 78 replies · 1+ views
    The Epoch Times ^ | Sep 5, 2011 | Gary Feuerberg
    WASHINGTONThe alleged liaison between Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings entered a new phase upon the release of an updated scholarly report at the National Press Club on Sept. 1. The Jefferson-Hemings Controversy: Report of the Scholars Commission seeks to overturn the widely held belief that the author of the Declaration of Independence and third president of the United States had an affair with one of his slaves, Sally Hemings, and was the father of one or more of her children. The liaison has gained acceptance and notoriety in popular culture. In February 2000, Sally Hemings: An American Scandal was shown...
  • An Educational Chart Identifying Our Presidents

    09/04/2011 11:01:44 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 8 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 9-3-11 | Jared H. McAndersen
    This will be especially useful to future the image for a larger version
  • Does academic achievement bring Oval Office success?

    08/28/2011 9:32:57 PM PDT · by martosko · 41 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 08/29/2011 | Jamie Weinstein
    How smart do we want our presidents to be, and what does their academic performance tell us about their chances for success? This month Texas Gov. Rick Perrys college transcript was leaked, and the Republican presidential contenders academic performance at Texas A&M turned out to be less than stellar. Perrys critics seized on the document to suggest that he didnt have the aptitude to serve as leader of the free world. Is there a correlation between success in the White House and a presidents perceived intelligence, or at least between academic performance and Oval Office success?
  • Jacqueline Kennedy Reportedly Believed Lyndon B. Johnson Behind JFK's Assassination

    08/08/2011 8:39:30 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 175 replies · 10+ views ^ | August 08, 2011
    Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis believed Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson was behind the assassination of her husband, according to tapes recorded by the former first lady just months after President John F. Kennedy's death, the Daily Mail reports.
  • Afghan President's Corrupt and Powerful Brother Assassinated

    07/12/2011 12:47:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    cns news ^ | 7/12/11 | MIRWAIS KHAN, Associated Press
    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai's powerful half brother, a lightning rod for criticism of all that is wrong with the Afghan government, was assassinated by a bodyguard Tuesday at his home in the southern province of Kandahar, officials said. Ahmed Wali Karzai, who was head of the Kandahar provincial council, had become a political liability for the Karzai government after a series of allegations, including that he was on the CIA payroll and involved in drug trafficking. He denied the charges, and the president repeatedly defended him, denouncing accusations that his brother was involved in criminal activities...
  • Betty Ford Dead at 93

    07/08/2011 5:58:26 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 146 replies · 2+ views
    CNN ^ | July 8, 2011 | CNN
    Betty Fordhas died at the age of 93.
  • Learning From the Worst Presidents. What factors predict lousy presidents to come.

    07/04/2011 7:27:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/04/2011 | Ron Lipsman
    <p>An increasing number of Americans -- and not just conservatives -- are expressing the opinion that Barack Obama's presidency is as calamitous for the United States as was that of Jimmy Carter. If so, then in the relatively short span of three decades, America has experienced two spectacularly flawed presidencies, each comparable to only a handful that have occurred over the life of the Republic. Could these two recent tragedies have been predicted? Are there any identifiable personality traits, past experiences, or political trajectories that might enable voters to foresee impending abject failure in a presidential candidate?</p>
  • Ronald Reagan dies at 93

    06/05/2011 1:51:36 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 47 replies · 2+ views
    CNN ^ | June 5, 2004 | RRPL
    Former President Ronald Reagan died Saturday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 93. Reagan led a conservative revolution that set the economic and cultural tone of the 1980s, hastened the end of the Cold War and revitalized the Republican Party. He suffered from Alzheimer's disease since at least late 1994. At least two of his children and his wife, Nancy, were at his bedside, according to the former president's Los Angeles office.Ron Reagan Jr. and Patty Davis -- children from his current marriage to Nancy Davis Reagan -- were with him at his home in the Bel Air...
  • The unhappiness of Woodrow Wilson

    04/27/2011 12:56:20 PM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    Salon ^ | Dec 21, 2007 | Andrew Leonard
    Did the president lament the day he "unwittingly ruined" his country by creating the Federal Reserve? ... " I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the civilized world -- no longer a Government by free opinion, no longer a Government...
  • The stuttering didnt end in The Presidents Speech

    03/30/2011 9:26:35 AM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    hot air ^ | 3/30/11 | Ed Morrissey
    In my latest column for The Week today, I use the Academy Award-winning film The Kings Speech to bookend my point about the incoherence of the Obama administration on its Libyan adventure. Like King George VI, Barack Obama needed to demonstrate leadership, inspire a nation, and give a clear account of why the nations forces had been sent to war after ten days of contradictions, incoherence, and silence from the administration. Unfortunately, Obama turned out to be no more coherent on Monday than George VI before his speech therapy: Later in the same speech, though, the president then said that...
  • The President's Speech: Being a leader is about more than reading off a teleprompter

    03/28/2011 6:16:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 3/28/11 | Staff
    When King George VI gave his Sept. 3, 1939, war message to the people of the British Empire, it was a time of great moment. It was a grave hour, he began, perhaps the most fateful in our history. The king said that for the second time in the lives of most of us, we are at war. That, however, was back when war was war. Now it is just kinetic military activity.
  • DC Museum Works to Save Thomas Jeffersons Cut & Paste Bible

    03/12/2011 6:50:19 PM PST · by STARWISE · 40 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 3-12-11 | Meredith Jessup
    By literally cutting and pasting biblical passages demonstrating the life and lessons of Jesus Christ from several Bibles, Thomas Jefferson put together a book that he titled The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth during his retirement in 1820. The former presidents finished product would become known to historians as the Jefferson Bible. "The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth" (CNN) Nearly 200 years later, conservationists at the National Museum of American History are working to carefully preserve the 86-page book and preparing to put it on display in November. Over time, the books brittle paper has become...
  • Reassessing Warren G. Harding

    03/04/2011 11:42:19 AM PST · by americanophile · 70 replies
    National Review ^ | March 4, 2011 | Ryan Cole & Amity Shlaes
    Change isnt all that its cracked up to be. Thats what most of us have come to realize in recent years, whether the change proposed came from Pres. Barack Obama or the Tea Party movement. Still, most havent quite reached the point where we oppose change and fight for stability. Maybe we ought to: Maybe sometimes it is the time for no change. That, at least, was the position of Warren Harding. Warren who? On the presidential roster, Harding is POTUS 43. No, that doesnt mean hes replaced George W. Bush: Hardings 43 is his aggregate rank among presidents. Since...
  • Name This School -- LET'S WIN ONE FOR THE GIPPER! (School Bd. to vote on Reagan Elementary name)

    02/28/2011 7:52:29 PM PST · by ReagansRaiders · 3 replies
    Virginia Virtucon ^ | 2/28/11 | Riley
    This Wed., March 2, the Prince William County School Board will be voting on what to name the new elementary school opening Fall 2011 on Linton Hall Road. The naming committee came up with the lame name of "Piney Branch Elementary School" -- Ronald Reagan didn't even make the top 18 suggestions of the committee despite it having strong supporters. I first suggested that name early last October and encouraged people to submit it to the naming committee by the Dec. 1 deadline. Following is the message that I sent to the naming committee: Since the new elementary school on...
  • Former Mexican Governor Admits Past Presidents Controlled Drug Trade

    02/28/2011 11:58:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/28/2011 | Grace Wyler
    The Mexican political world was sent reeling this weekend after a former PRI politician admitted his party had exercised strong control over Mexico's drug trafficking routes. During a recent university conference, former Nuevo Leon governor Socrates Rizzo said that previous PRI presidents had formalized agreements with drug cartel leaders to coordinate and protect Mexico's lucrative drug trade, Milenio reports. Rizzo argued that presidential control over smuggling prevented the widespread violence that has been commonplace since the 2000 election of PAN president Vicente Fox, which ended more than 70 years of PRI control. To add insult to injury, in a Wikileaks...
  • On Presidents Day: Lincoln is King (Among freshman Republican congressmen, exluding Reagan)

    02/21/2011 1:00:39 PM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 105 replies ^ | 2-21-2011 | Tim Mak
    On Presidents Day, Americans take a day to recognize the office of the presidency and to reflect upon the countrys best. FrumForum asked freshman Republican members which president they admired the most, but excluded President Reagan from contention to give the other presidents a fair chance. The fourteen Republican members who responded gave a range of answers, but President Abraham Lincoln came out on top. Interestingly, these freshman congressmen have something in common with President Obama, who has identified Lincoln as his favorite president. Independent voters also agreed a new Gallup poll shows that Lincoln was their favorite...
  • Presidents day in the plural. Which has been worthwhile lately?

    02/21/2011 11:57:24 AM PST · by Mark Landsbaum · 12 replies
    Today we celebrate a federal holiday, which is much more about giving your public servants another day off than it is to honor the names of Jefferson and Washington. They can be honored without sending the workers home. But why in the plural? Its because of the egalitarian necessity not to judge, we suspect. After all, who are we, mere American citizens, to say one president is better than another? Lets lump em all together and celebrate the U.S. Grants and Jimmy Carters too! Pollster Rasmussen Reports has an interesting survey on (or sort of on) point: . . .
  • Gallup: Americans Say Reagan Is the Greatest U.S. President

    (PRINCETON, NJ) Ahead of Presidents Day 2011, Americans are most likely to say Ronald Reagan was the nations greatest president slightly ahead of Abraham Lincoln and Bill Clinton. Reagan, Lincoln, or John F. Kennedy has been at the top of this greatest president list each time this question has been asked in eight surveys over the last 12 years.
  • Americans Say Reagan Is the Greatest U.S. President

    02/18/2011 7:44:55 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 50 replies
    Gallup ^ | February 18, 2011 | Frank Newport
    PRINCETON, NJ -- Ahead of Presidents Day 2011, Americans are most likely to say Ronald Reagan was the nation's greatest president -- slightly ahead of Abraham Lincoln and Bill Clinton. Reagan, Lincoln, or John F. Kennedy has been at the top of this "greatest president" list each time this question has been asked in eight surveys over the last 12 years.