Obama and all but one US Presidents share ancestor

A seventh grade student, BridgeAnne d’Avignon, and her 80 year old grandfather traced President Obama’s ancestry back to a common relative with most of the other presidents. They’re all related to the former King of England from 1199 to 1216, John “Lackland” Plantagenet. You may remember John “Lackland” Plantagenet, or John of England from the […]

Obama / McCain Wordle

I downloaded the transcripts of all of Obama and McCain’s speeches from their respective official websites from March 25th, 2008 to the present and then put them each into Wordle. Wordle gives greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. I used 51 speeches by McCain and 61 by Obama. McCain’s […]

The Dilbert Economy

Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert, wondered why someone wasn’t doing something that would give American voters useful and unbiased information about which candidate has the best plans for the economy. Then he realized that he was someone. He commissioned a survey of over 500 economists, drawn from members of the American Economic Association, a nonpolitical […]

Obama for President

This electrifying speech by Oprah Winfrey solidifies my belief that nothing could be better for the United States and possibly the entire world, than Barack Obama as President. [LA Rally: Oprah Winfrey – YouTube] Here are a few stats from urbanfervor: Obama has received, on average, 51.2% of the votes in each of the states to […]