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Time to hit the history books America!

According to a Gallup poll released yesterday, Americans appear to be under the impression Ronald Reagan is the greatest U.S. President, Abraham Lincoln coming second 5 points behind.
I had difficulties believing the results at first but looking at historical scholar rankings on Wikipedia, Ronald Reagan seem to have been consistently climbing in the ratings since the beginning of the 21st century. Now, I could start a lengthy post about the issues I have with his presidency and what I consider inflated claims by today’s conservatives but what would be the point? I’ll instead take a quick look at some of his predecessors.

John F. Kennedy: The Cuban Missile Crisis and the Space Race.
Dwight D. Eisenhower: The Interstate Highway System.
Harry S. Truman: The Marshall Plan, the founding of the United Nations and the use of the atomic bomb on Japan.
Franklin D. Roosevelt: The New Deal, Social Security. World War II.
Theodore Roosevelt: Youngest President at 42, instrumental in the completion of the Panama Canal, first American to win a Nobel Prize with the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906 for negotiating an end to the Russo-Japanese war.
Thomas Jefferson: The separation of Church and State, the Louisiana purchase
Abraham Lincoln: the Civil War, the Gettysburg address, the abolition of slavery.

And if none of these mattered, George Washington who as the first President of the United States defined the presidency as we understand it today.

I’m not implying Ronald Reagan had no accomplishments during his terms in office but what exactly did he do that easily tops putting a man on the moon, abolishing slavery, leading the nation through the greatest war the world has ever known or through a civil war? What gut wrenching decision did he take that came remotely close to the use of the bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki or writing a response to Nikita Khrushchev during the Cuban Missile crisis?

This poll shows a terrible contempt for history and I find it troubling.

You just can’t make this shit up

CNN entertainment is proud to report the GOP will have its own share of stars during its convention including Rage Against the Machine. I hope someone gave them the heads up because here is the beginning of their performance for the DNC in 2000.
The same nice guys who brought you “Testify”, making clear at the time, they didn’t see any difference between Bush and Gore.

If I lost my job today

I was browsing CNNMoney today looking for a recap of this week’s disastrous events on Wall Street when I stumbled on this poll:I can’t say I was surprised by the question, I often ask it myself and I wasn’t exactly shocked that 6 out of 10 people have enough savings for 6 months or less. What I really find appalling is that these results are coming from people who read CNNMoney. I think at the very least the 35% who answered “I don’t have any savings” would better spend their time rethinking a thing or two about their financial lives rather than visiting the business section of CNN.

I always have at least one year before you ask.

What are they smoking? (CNN Shirt Edition)

As I am compulsively refreshing the CNN homepage like I do every day, I suddenly notice there’s a new icon next to some headlines in the “Latest News” section (it’s the one to the right of the headline).It looks like the letter T but upon closer inspection more like a T Shirt. Why would a T Shirt icon sit next to selective headlines at cnn.com? For CNN headline shirts of course!

At that point I distinctly remember hearing the exclamation “Brilliant!” from that Guinness commercial. I mean seriously CNN headline T Shirts? Who would want to wear that?

Let me just give you a concrete example to get an understanding of how bad it is. The first shirt available was “DUI Gizmo might’ve been wrong 2 years” and here is what it looks like

The next is “Principal sets up drug sting on student”… WTF! So now here I am, obsessively refreshing the T shirt’s homepage to see how low this can possibly go. Nothing too appalling so far, but on the other hand nothing I would even remotely consider wearing.

Since I had questions, well I’m not sure I had actual questions but I was puzzled I went to the FAQs section and was pleased to find answers to such pressing questions as”How can I share my shirts on Facebook?” or “I took my CNN shirt on vacation and I have great pictures. Where can I send them?” Since I don’t expect that part of the CNN site to be up for very much longer, I’ll go ahead and post the whole thing:

Frequently Asked Questions about CNN Shirts.Thank you for your interest in CNN Shirts. With CNN Shirts you can wear the news. If you have any issues or questions regarding CNN Shirts please read the answers to the frequently asked questions below.


What are the minimum computer specifications required to use CNN Shirts?


  • Microsoft Windows®: 98SE, 2000, Millennium Edition, XP Home Edition, or XP Professional
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5, Netscape Navigator 7, Firefox 1 or Opera 7.51
  • 128 megabytes (MB) of RAM
  • Broadband Internet connection or access to a high-speed network
  • Super VGA (800 x 600) or higher resolution


  • Mac OSX
  • Safari 1.2, Firefox 1 or Opera 7.51
  • 256 megabytes (MB) of RAM
  • Broadband Internet connection or access to a high-speed network
  • Super VGA (800 x 600) or higher resolution

How do I get a CNN Shirt?

To get your own CNN Shirt please visit CNN.com. In the latest news section you will see a series of headlines with little t-shirt icons next to them. Click the icon that accompanies your desired headline. You will then be able to preview your shirt and proceed to checkout.

How long are headlines available for?

Headlines that can bought as shirts are only available as long as the headline stays in the latest news section.

How can I share my shirts on Facebook?

When you purchase shirts from the CNN Shirt store you will see “Share on Facebook” links that accompany all purchased headlines in your receipt page. When you click the share button the headline you purchased shows up in your news and mini feed.

What kind of shirts are headlines printed on?

CNN Shirt uses high quality American Apparel t-shirts. Please visit americanapparel.net for more information.


What colors are CNN Shirts available in?

Currently CNN Shirts come in gray, white, or black.

What is the little timestamp on my shirt?

The little timestamp on your shirt is denotes the date and time your headline was created.
I took my CNN shirt on vacation and I have great pictures. Where can I send them?

Please upload any photos of you wearing a CNN Shirt to www.ireport.com/tshirt. Your photo will be considered for future contests, and our CNN Shirt photo archive.

CNN Shirt Store:

My CNN Shirt has not arrived yet. Who can I talk to?

Please take up any billing or shipping inquiries with Spreadshirt, our vendor partner. Please use their provided contact form and be sure to include your order confirmation number.

How much is a CNN Shirt?

Currently CNN Shirts are priced at $15.00 US. This price does not include tax or shipping costs.

Where can I redeem a coupon for a CNN Shirt?

If you have a coupon for CNN Shirts, redeem it for discounts and free shirts at the CNN Shirt store. Pick a headline that you want to purchase from CNN.com, customize it and proceed to checkout. In the checkout phase there is a coupon code field that you can enter your code into. Your coupon code is printed on your discount card, or in your discount email. Please remember that all codes expire on 12/31/08 at 12:00 am EST.

How can I track my CNN Shirt order?

All order tracking is done through Spreadshirt, our vendor partner. Orders can be tracked by logging into Spreadshirt and using the order tracking system, or by following the order confirmation links in your purchase confirmation email. For any other inquiries please contact spreadshirt directly

I might eat my words but I’ll make a prediction. Two things will either happen with this:1. Someone at CNN will realize how terrible an idea this is and shut down the service but if it stays long enough I predict

2. We will get a T Shirt along the lines of “20 bodies found floating near Bahamas” and then CNN will shut down the service.

The Power of Mints

I was out Christmas shopping yesterday and because I live in New York but am originally from France, I was looking for gift ideas for friends and family from the other side of the pond in tourists stores on Times Square when I stumbled on this:
My first question was what is it doing in this store? Do they think that some random tourist is going to walk in and say “Hey, nothing says New York City like a box of Nintendo Power Mints!” and second why would Nintendo even license such a product?Anyway, I love them but it seems so improbable and made for such a tiny niche market, you can’t help but wondering.

The NES pad is just a regular mint not even that strong and the blue Shroom contains blue raspberry sours but not that sour either.