Saturday, June 19, 2010

My Domestic Church Daily Clips 06/20/2010

  • Barbara Curtis had an interesting article on her blog today about the actual language skills of the presidents on an academic scale. Obama - he ain't all that and a bag of chips after all!
    • As
      such, the speech by 'the professor' stands in contrast to his
      predecessor, 'the cowboy,' George W. Bush, who was frequently skewered
      by the left and late-night talk show hosts for his public speaking
      abilities, his intelligence, and his misuse of the English language.



      Bush averaged a Flesch-Kincaid score of 10.4 across his
      seven State of the Union Addresses - or nearly two full grades higher
      than Obama's speech. Bush's speeches also averaged 2.4 more words per
      sentence than Obama, at 19.0.



      In other words, the text of George W. Bush's speeches are expected to
      be understandable (in written form) by an average sophomore in high
      school
      , whereas Obama's speech should be understandable by a junior
      high school student
      .


      Interestingly, George W. Bush's 10.4 Flesch-Kincaid score was also
      higher than several of his predecessors, including Ronald Reagan (10.3),
      Bill Clinton (9.5), and his father George H.W. Bush (8.6).
  • How readable is your writing? Here's a way to find out.
    • That's a Harvard University study's estimate of the per-gallon price of the president's global-warming agenda. And Obama made clear this week that this agenda is a part of his plan for addressing the Gulf mess.
    • I don't mind that the world doesn't really love babies, just that it pretends to. It's time we got honest about our priorities. Most people get a new car every two or three years, but one or two babies through the life of their marriage is plenty. You can get drunk on an airplane, laugh hysterically with your mates, and still not really anger people. But if you dare bring a crying baby on board you will be given malicious looks as if the little thing is a package that ticks. If you walk your dog along the street, people will stop you to tell you how cute he is. If you walk down the street with a baby, you might find a woman or two who coos, but for the most part, you'll be utterly ignored.

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