Lies, damned lies and forwarded e-mails: … Got this from a family member. It’s not true. With so much information out there to ding B— on, no one should have to resort to a made-up institute’s “report” passed around from in-box to in-box like so much pamphleteered propaganda.

Report:

President Bush Has Lowest IQ of all Presidents of past 50 Years

If late night TV comedy is an indicator, then there has never been as widespread a perception that a president is not intellectually qualified for the position he holds as there is with President GW Bush.

In a report published Monday, the Lovenstein Institute of Scranton, Pennsylvania detailed its findings of a four month study of the intelligence quotient of President George W. Bush.

Since 1973, the Lovenstein Institute has published it’s research to the education community on each new president, which includes the famous “IQ” report among others.

According to statements in the report, there have been twelve presidents over the past 50 years, from F. D. Roosevelt to G. W. Bush who were all rated based on scholarly achievements, writings that they alone produced without aid of staff, their ability to speak with clarity, and several other psychological factors which were then scored in the Swanson/Crain system of intelligence ranking.

The study determined the following IQs of each president as accurate to within five percentage points:

  • 147 .. Franklin D. Roosevelt (D)
  • 132 .. Harry Truman (D)
  • 122 .. Dwight D. Eisenhower (R)
  • 174 .. John F. Kennedy (D)
  • 126 .. Lyndon B. Johnson (D)
  • 155 .. Richard M. Nixon (R)
  • 121 .. Gerald Ford (R)
  • 175 .. James E. Carter (D)
  • 105 .. Ronald Reagan (R)
  • 098 .. George HW Bush (R)
  • 182 .. William J. Clinton (D)
  • 091 .. George W. Bush (R)

    or, in IQ order:

  • 182 .. William J. Clinton (D)
  • 175 .. James E. Carter (D)
  • 174 .. John F. Kennedy (D)
  • 155 .. Richard M. Nixon (R)
  • 147 .. Franklin D. Roosevelt (D)
  • 132 .. Harry Truman (D)
  • 126 .. Lyndon B. Johnson (D)
  • 122 .. Dwight D. Eisenhower (R)

  • 121 .. Gerald Ford (R)
  • 105 .. Ronald Reagan (R)
  • 098 .. George HW Bush (R)
  • 091 .. George W. Bush (R)

    The six Republican presidents of the past 50 years had an average IQ of 115.5, with President Nixon having the highest IQ, at 155. President G.W. Bush was rated the lowest of all the Republicans with an IQ of 91. The six Democrat presidents had IQs with an average of 156, with President Clinton having the highest IQ, at 182. President Lyndon B. Johnson was rated the lowest of all the Democrats with an IQ of 126. No president other than Carter (D) has released his actual IQ, 176.

    Among comments made concerning the specific testing of President GW Bush, his low ratings were due to his apparent difficulty to command the English language in public statements, his limited use of vocabulary (6,500 words for Bush versus an average of 11,000 words for other presidents), his lack of scholarly achievements other than a basic MBA, and an absence of any body of work which could be studied on an intellectual basis. The complete report documents the methods and procedures used to arrive at these ratings, including depth of sentence structure and voice stress confidence analysis.

    “All the Presidents prior to George W. Bush had a least one book under their belt, and most had written several white papers during their education or early careers. Not so with President Bush,” Dr. Lovenstein said. “He has no published works or writings, so in many ways that made it more difficult to arrive at an assessment. We had to rely more heavily on transcripts of his unscripted public speaking.”

    The Lovenstein Institute of Scranton Pennsylvania think tank includes high caliber historians, psychiatrists, sociologists, scientists in human behavior, and psychologists. Among their ranks are Dr. Werner R. Lovenstein, world-renowned sociologist, and Professor Patricia F. Dilliams, a world-respected psychiatrist.

    This study was commissioned on February 13, 2001 and released on July 9, 2001 to subscribing member universities and organizations within the education community.

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  • There is a Phyllis Bischof, sure, but this page for her was last updated in November 1997. Most likely, this was sent out with her name on it to give it the imprimatur of authority and truth.

    Furthermore, there is no Lovenstein Institute in Scranton, Pa., no sociologist named Werner R. Lovenstein and no psychiatrist named Patricia F. Dilliams. The last name is, in fact, some joker’s idea. It’s a play on the name of Patricia J. Williams, the MacArthur fellow and legal commentator. Lastly, there is no Swanson/Crain criteria of intelligence.

    Please take care when forwarding documents like these to large numbers of people. Bad data does not help matters. After all, there’s so much verifiable information about B— out there that no one should have to resort to making up stuff about him or passing it around. The truth is worse than anything floating around in a forwarded e-mail. It’s in our papers and on our TV screens nightly.

    Slanderous:Worse Than Queer goes LiveJournal on us, and makes us like it. In the last week, she’s been digging on “Tron,” 10-hour trips from Berkeley to Portland, rigged missile tests and this …

    There is some of the most FUCKED-UP anti-trans discussion happening over at the Ms. magazine bulletin boards, seriously. The “best” part is that the worst transphobic remarks are coming from self-identified “radical feminists,” who unbelievably continue to identify sexism as the root of all oppressions. (What cave have they been hiding in? Did they totally ignored all the feminists of color agitating in their midst, e.g., Audre Lorde, Gloria Anzuldua, et cetera?) Don’t bother reading this board unless you have a strong stomach for outrageously fucked-up comments. Someone at strap-on.org (which was referred to by one “radical feminist” as “Frankenstein’s castle” because of its public pro-trans position) said that reading the trans-related threads on the Ms. board was like being at godhatesfags.com, and that’s not far off.

    Dropping the soap: … in the Nando Times (via Den Beste)

    “We can’t keep blaming O.J. anymore … It’s a few years back now. If we haven’t recovered, it isn’t because of O.J., it’s because we’re not giving the audience what it wants.”

    Book suggestions: … for aspiring journalists, editors and media workers (a phrase that reminds me of “sex worker,” the latter-day euphemism for “prostitute,” “hustler” or “whore”), given freely and in number by readers of Jim Romenesko’s Media News. Hit up your local independent bookstore, librarian or freelance bibliophile for further suggestions.

    White: … Yeah, David, B— was right. Let him tell you: “I know what I believe. I will continue to articulate what I believe … and I believe what I believe is right.”

    Bingo with gay senior citizens and cool new local music: … RJ is funny as hell

    I celebrated my return to real life by playing bingo with gay senior citizens last night. I went with the woman who I’m going to set up with my mother, if they ever find themselves on the same coast. We both won a little, lost a little. The game I won was called “Tops and Bottoms.” The only bingo that counts in this game is the top row and the bottom row. When you win you have to stand up and declare which row you are. So fifty elderly people all laughed and pointed at me when I had to stand up and yell “I’m a bottom!”

    “What was that, sonny? I can’t hear you!” It amused them to make me repeat myself. “Haven’t you asked around town” I said to them. “This is news?”

    … but Flip learns me something cool that I haven’t heard about before.

    And I have finally tracked down the mystery artist I have been searching around months for – and it turns out she lives right here in Oakland. Faun Fables amaze me. I’ve been hearing her in the mornings on kfjc for some time. Amoeba records had never heard of Fawn Fibbles, or Fawn Fables for that matter – but the computer finally recognized Faun Fables tonight and sent me straight into the unusual/experimental section. The track Sleepwalker is one of em that sticks in my head for hours. Since she’s local I hope to catch her live soon.

    Go to his entry for the necessary links. I don’t feel like stealing them, and it’ll do you good to visit. Go on now, shoo, shoo!

    Liquid hijack Marlboros: … or fame and its downside as explained by Benicio Del Toro’s Benny to Jeffrey Wright’s Jean-Michel Basquiat in Julian Schnabel’s script for the movie. Maybe I should go see “Downtown 81” when it opens in the Bay Area … (via Drew’s Script-O-Rama)

    BENNY
    Famous people are usually pretty stupid. You’re too smart. You’d get bored to death. You don’t wanna be like John Henry—fighting the machine. Just do what you do. It’s about integrity. Follow your heart.

    BASQUIAT
    Who’s John Henry?

    BENNY
    Oh man! Folklore guy–worked on the railroad. Y’know, pounding in spikes and laying down track. Then one day they invented a machine to do it. And he says “Fuck that, I’m a MAN” and he challenges the machine to a race to lay down a mile of track. It takes two days. Neck and neck the whole time. They get right to the end, and he beats it by one spike. (pause) Got a cigarette?

    BASQUIAT
    So then what?

    BENNY
    He drops dead! See? Just do your shit like you do it! Your friends like you, you get laid, everyone walks by, sees your stuff everywhere. It’s good. What else do you want?

    They watch a long stretch limo cruises up across the street.

    BASQUIAT
    Like I said–my liquid hijack Marlboros.

    Is anybody reading Colson Whitehead’s “John Henry Days”?

    Black books:go pop on the bestseller charts.

    Henry Louis Gates Jr., chairman of the Afro-American Studies department at Harvard and editorial consultant at Basic Civitas Books, the black imprint of the Perseus Books Group, said: “This reflects the new capacity of the broader American reading public to identify with black characters; the black experience is a metaphor for the larger human experience. One doesn’t read `Hamlet’ to learn about the princes of Denmark.”

    He added: “Fifty years ago, white readers read Richard Wright to learn about the Other; now many whites have the capacity to see themselves through a black character.” Still, he said that “one of the greatest changes in publishing over the last 10 years has been the realization that black readers are a large and growing market.”