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What is another new day without another fake controversy created by a conservative rectal pucker, Study: Liberal leanings hurt Republicans’ place in history

According to a University of Miami study, those historical rankings of American presidents that pop up every year or so are significantly weighted in favor of Democrats, thanks to the liberal leanings of academia.

Political science professor Joseph E. Uscinski, one of the study’s authors, said the new analysis shows that the overwhelmingly liberal academic community consistently ranks Republican presidents about 10 spots lower than the public would.

So the vast majority of America’s brightest historical scholars lean liberal and those very bright people do not rate the horrendous leadership of conservative presidencies as being especially stellar. Maybe Republican presidents could learn to govern well. It also turns out that the hack who write this piece for the Moonie Times is about as lazy, mentally feeble and enterprising as the wing-nutty presidents he admires. This is from a poll of public opinion and US presidents,

A Gallup poll about presidential greatness, taken February 2-5, 2011, asked 1015 adults in the US, “Who do you regard as the greatest United States president?”[21]

Ronald Reagan (19%)
Abraham Lincoln (14%)
Bill Clinton (13%)
John F. Kennedy (11%)
George Washington (10%)
Franklin Roosevelt (8%)
Barack Obama (5%)
No opinion (5%)
Theodore Roosevelt (3%)
Harry Truman (3%)
George W. Bush (2%)
Thomas Jefferson (2%)
Jimmy Carter (1%)
Dwight Eisenhower (1%)
George H. W. Bush (1%)
None (1%)
Andrew Jackson (0%)
Lyndon Johnson (0%)
Richard Nixon (0%)

Isn’t it a little more bizarre that at least in this poll the public rates Reagan over George Washington, Franklin Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson and Lincoln. I’m not crazy about snapshot polls like this as great proof of anything, but WTF were these people using for their criteria. This Rasmussen poll taken June 13–24 of 2007 ( they seem to use a larger sampling of conservative respondents in their polls gave these results,

George Washington (94% favorable, 2% unfavorable)
Abraham Lincoln (92% favorable, 4% unfavorable)
Thomas Jefferson (89% favorable, 4% unfavorable)
Theodore Roosevelt (84% favorable, 8% unfavorable)
Franklin D. Roosevelt (81% favorable, 12% unfavorable)
John F. Kennedy (80% favorable, 13% unfavorable)
John Adams (74% favorable, 9% unfavorable)
James Madison (73% favorable, 8% unfavorable)
Ronald Reagan (72% favorable, 22% unfavorable)
Dwight D. Eisenhower (72% favorable, 15% unfavorable)
Harry S. Truman (70% favorable, 14% unfavorable)
Andrew Jackson (69% favorable, 14% unfavorable)
Gerald Ford (62% favorable, 26% unfavorable)
John Quincy Adams (59% favorable, 7% unfavorable)
Ulysses S. Grant (58% favorable, 24% unfavorable)
George H.W. Bush (57% favorable, 41% unfavorable)
Jimmy Carter (57% favorable, 34% unfavorable)
William Taft (57% favorable, 15% unfavorable)
Woodrow Wilson (56% favorable, 19% unfavorable)
Bill Clinton (55% favorable, 41% unfavorable)
James Monroe (49% favorable, 10% unfavorable)
Herbert Hoover (48% favorable, 34% unfavorable)
Lyndon B. Johnson (45% favorable, 42% unfavorable)
Andrew Johnson (45% favorable, 26% unfavorable)
Chester Arthur (43% favorable, 17% unfavorable)
James A. Garfield (42% favorable, 16% unfavorable)
William McKinley (42% favorable, 24% unfavorable)
George W. Bush (41% favorable, 59% unfavorable)
Grover Cleveland (40% favorable, 26% unfavorable)
Calvin Coolidge (38% favorable, 31% unfavorable)
Rutherford B. Hayes (38% favorable, 19% unfavorable)
Richard Nixon (32% favorable, 60% unfavorable)
Benjamin Harrison (30% favorable, 35% unfavorable)
Warren Harding (29% favorable, 33% unfavorable)
James Buchanan (28% favorable, 32% unfavorable)
James Polk (27% favorable, 21% unfavorable)
Zachary Taylor (26% favorable, 18% unfavorable)
Martin Van Buren (23% favorable, 19% unfavorable)
William Henry Harrison (21% favorable, 16% unfavorable)
Franklin Pierce (17% favorable, 25% unfavorable)
Millard Fillmore (17% favorable, 25% unfavorable)
John Tyler (9% favorable, 15% unfavorable)

Why Andrew Jackson rates above 20% is a mystery to me and I would call it a tie between Lincoln and FDR for first place. And finally there have been studies published which rank Presidents according to liberal and right-wing historians. This was on Wikipedia so it is not hard to find, but what else could we expect from a Moonie Times hack.

Presidential Rankings according to liberal and conservative historians

Even conservative historians admit that FDR belongs in the top three. Again, why is Andrew Jackson on either list. Have these people read the history of his presidency. Maybe they think he was a good president because his picture is on the $20 dollar bill. He should be replaced with FDR. I know that Ulysses S. Grant’s administration was pretty corrupt, but some historians have made a good case that he was not in the loop. Grant was a better president than Jackson, and John Adams.

Some related thoughts on the Right and newspapers in general perennial dumping down of knowledge and discourse. Some good points are made, though compared to broadcast news, newspapers remain one of the best sources of news in the U.S. Of all the far Right’s grievances about the media the last three years, one of the events they remain most bitter about is Katie Couric asked Sarah Palin what she reads. To read the accounts of that simple straightforward question by Palin herself and conservative web sites is to listen to humans squeal like self-pitying pigs. A tremendous amount of whining over a simple question. A question which only made Palin look bad because she was dishonest and revealed she lacks the kind of basic awareness of the world round her that should disqualify her for public office.

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What makes an image memorable?

A new study from MIT neuroscientists shows that the most memorable photos are those that contain people, followed by static indoor scenes and human-scale objects. Landscapes? They may be beautiful, but they are, in most cases, utterly forgettable.

[  ]…Each image’s memorability rating was determined by how many participants correctly remembered seeing it.

In general, different research subjects tended to produce similar memorability ratings. “There are always differences between observers, but on average, there is very high consistency,” says Oliva, who is also a principal investigator in the computer vision group at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

Not that people are not beautiful but doesn’t this suggest that people’s imaginations are more stimulated by other people rather than by pure esthetics. Despite the inundation of our consciousness by other people, other people are what we are most curious about. Every photo gives us a little window into the world of someone else. This ceaseless curiosity about other people and what they’re doing, what they are really, like fuels a lot of articles on the web. It seems like there can never be enough articles, revealing personal essays and even historical accounts of people’s personal lives. Finding photographs of people the most memorable would be consistent with what draws our attention in writing.

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