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The nation recently had the pleasure of a new phrase entered into the national lexicon – Kenyan, anti-colonial. The phrase was pushed into the political ether by Newt Gingrich. Newt was echoing an article written by Dinesh D’Souza for Forbes magazine. For the Right we’ll assume it has some dog whistle appeal as to be Kenyan is not an innately negative state of being. America has been described as a nation of mutts. Most of us are of a t least one and usually two or more ethnic backgrounds that lead back to somewhere other than the U.S. Most Americans, upon reading a fair history of European and American colonialism, would agree it was not an example of western civilization’s shining moments. So WTF was D’Souza writing about? Dinesh D’Souza’s poison

Forbes magazine has now “fact-checked” Dinesh D’Souza’s infamous September 27 cover story, “How Obama Thinks,” and has uncovered one “slight” misrepresentation, it says, of an Obama speech on the BP oil spill.  Such a “fact-checking” feint is irrelevant to this travesty of an article; you can’t “fact-check” a fever dream of paranoia and irrationality.  Sickeningly, while “How Obama Thinks” is useless as a guide to the Obama presidency, it is all too representative of the hysteria that now runs through a significant portion of the right-wing media establishment.   The article is worth analyzing at some length as an example of the lunacy that is poisoning much conservative discourse.

the original D’Souza column is lenghy. Surely their must be facts to check. On the contrary it is very possible to ramble on about what one imagines. Print those ramblings and said material be fact free. There are plenty of blog posts and essays where people go on about their feelings, what they imagine, their dreams of the future. All harmless enough and sometimes moving or entertaining. They generally don’t do much or should not count much in moving along arguments about public policy or disagreements about constitutional issues. There are also the not so harmless rantings of people like D’Souza, people who think they’re a deity and people who feel very deeply they hear are voices from another dimension telling them about their invasion plans. Magazines such as Forbes – known to lean Right – but close enough to mainstream to be read by people across the political spectrum – usually do not publish such batshit insane tripe as political analysis.

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Standardized violence-prevention programs may not prevent teen fighting, findings suggest

UT Southwestern Medical Center investigators have uncovered new insights on adolescent fighting: what triggers it, and how to stem it.

Varied real-life factors pile on daily to put teens on edge: destructive behaviors like drug abuse, drinking or high-risk sexual encounters; poverty; academic troubles; and even depression. Data analyzed by researchers at UT Southwestern suggests that when teens perceive support from their families and/or schools, it can help mitigate violence.

“Our findings tell us that it’s unlikely that traditional cookie-cutter violence-prevention programs will be effective for everyone,” said Dr. Rashmi Shetgiri, instructor of pediatrics at UT Southwestern and lead author of a new study, available online and in the September/October issue of Academic Pediatrics.

The analysis of more than 4,000 respondents suggests that violence prevention programs targeted to specific teen populations may be helpful in curbing aggression.

The researchers found that Caucasian and Latino teens who reported either smoking or alcohol consumption were more likely to fight, as were African-Americans living below the poverty threshold.

In addition, the study is the first to suggest that depression may increase the risk of fighting for Latino youth. Dr. Shetgiri said that finding is significant because prior investigations have shown that Latino adolescents have higher rates of depression than other groups.

“Our study didn’t examine why depression might lead to increased fighting among Latinos, but it showed that this mental-health disorder was a significant risk factor among both Latino boys and girls,” Dr. Shetgiri said.

In reported anti-fighting factors, Latinos who said they felt supported by at least one person at their school were less likely to fight. One of the most important protective factors for Caucasian adolescents was the level of perceived support from their families.

“We didn’t find distinctive protective factors for African-American kids, but there were trends toward both family and school support being potentially important,” Dr. Shetgiri said.

She added that while the way adolescents perceive support varies, those who were expected to succeed were less likely to fight. “Expecting them to be successful, expecting that they’re going to do a good job, could play a very important role in preventing fighting,” Dr. Shetgiri said.

Teen violence is a major problem throughout the U.S. Each year, one in three high-school students is involved in fighting, and homicide remains the second-leading cause of death among adolescents and young adults.

I continue to be amazed at how much relatively small things like basic emotional support from family and friends can make a difference between failure and success. Between walking up to the abyss and making the decision to cross that line. I’m amazed because we still live in a culture where there is till a lot of hey get over it – shake it off messages about the daily grind that teens, and adults for that matter, have to put up with.



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