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Re: “Heroin

@okkate I am really saddened how Gambit is playing into the drug panic of mainstream media. The phony causal relationship is just one problem with this article. But the facts it presents doesn't support the fear they are trumpeting. 68 out of 12,000 students in the RSD are said to have been expelled from school for drugs. That means that 99.5% of students aren't in so deep with drugs that they are losing educational opportunities. Even if you presume routine drug use is ten times higher than the number being caught that would still mean that only about 5% are actually routine drug users, which means that 95% are not routine drug users.

The quote by this Tulane professor is paranoid nonsense with no peer-reviewed research to back it up. He says, "The one rule I learned as a parent is that if they tell you they're not doing something, they probably are." Really? So even innocent children should be presumed to be using drugs. Because an innocent child will say "I'm not doing drugs." This man is irresponsibly telling parents that their children are doing drugs even when, in all likelihood they aren't.

What is this guy's expertise in the matter? He's a professor in tropical medicine? What's his expertise on teen drug use? The article doesn't say. Where does he get his data from? The article doesn't say. Instead, Gambit is simply taking his word that kids who say they aren't doing drugs actually are. That's a hell of a catch 22 for innocent teens to get out of.

I can see the parent-child discussion based on this man's advice:

Parent: Son, are you doing drugs?

Son: No, of course not.

Parent: That's it! You are doing drugs, I know because a professor at Tulane said if you deny doing drugs then you really are doing drugs! I read it in the Gambit!

The child, based on the only statistics in the article, in all likelihood, isn't doing drugs, but this man says they are doing drugs if they say they are not. Really Gambit? You call yourself the "alternative press." Alternative to what? Most certainly not an alternative to the mindless scare-mongering of the mainstream press. Shame on you!

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Posted by @okkate I am really saddened how Gambit is playing into (RfrancisR) on 09/14/2010 at 2:55 PM

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Re: “New Orleans scores high on the "first annual Pretention Index"

Lists are pretentious. List makers are extremely pretentious. People who write blog posts about lists are extremely pretentious. People who write comments on blog posts about lists grumbling about pretentious lists are the most pretentious of all.

I win!

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Posted by RfrancisR on 11/13/2015 at 5:45 PM

Re: “Gambit endorsement: Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne for Louisiana Governor

You didn't learn from your endorsement of Jindal? Keep endorsing Republicans so you can whine about their reactionary policies later? Geesh.

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Posted by RfrancisR on 10/24/2015 at 10:54 AM

Re: “Monumental issue

80% of southerners were literate at the time. And while you may argue that the writing quality was better than the vast majority of southerners, this was written by the elites, as sure as the Declaration of Independence was written in a style far superior to the common man of 1776. It was written by the elite as well. None of this is indicative that any of these documents were insincere and didn't fully state the reasons for each rebellion.

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Posted by RfrancisR on 07/17/2015 at 6:37 AM

Re: “Monumental issue

The actual Confederates documented their reasons for starting the Civil War and fighting against the United States of America. Each Confederate State wrote their own Declaration of Causes explaining exactly why they felt it was time to tear apart their country. They did not mince words. They did not equivocate.

If the actual Confederates did not mince words about their motives why do their modern apologists insist on mincing words?

If you are so proud of this Confederate heritage, then why not honor them by acknowledging their well-stated feelings on the matter of secession?

Here, my friends are the words of Louisiana Confederates as to why they engaged in treason against the United States of America:

"As a separate republic, Louisiana remembers too well the whisperings of European diplomacy for the abolition of slavery in the times of an­nexation not to be apprehensive of bolder demonstrations from the same quarter and the North in this country. The people of the slave holding States are bound together by the same necessity and determination to preserve African slavery."

Proud of your heritage? Then at least have the decency to acknowledge what it is!

Slavery. That was the issue. They didn't speak in code or niceties. They were clear.

South Carolina, the first state to secede:

"...A geographical line has been drawn across the Union, and all the States north of that line have united in the election of a man to the high office of President of the United States, whose opinions and purposes are hostile to slavery. He is to be entrusted with the administration of the common Government, because he has declared that that “Government cannot endure permanently half slave, half free,” and that the public mind must rest in the belief that slavery is in the course of ultimate extinction. This sectional combination for the submersion of the Constitution, has been aided in some of the States by elevating to citizenship, persons who, by the supreme law of the land, are incapable of becoming citizens; and their votes have been used to inaugurate a new policy, hostile to the South, and destructive of its beliefs and safety."

There is no ambiguity. They did not secede because of some amorphous notion of "heritage." Ok?

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Posted by RfrancisR on 07/16/2015 at 7:51 PM

Re: “A rough week for social conservatives

George W Bush may not have been as verbose about the culture war as, say, Bobby Jindal, but he most certainly was a culture warrior. The media seems to like the "Compassionate Conservative" version of George W Bush than the real George W Bush.

This is a man who ran on defending sodomy laws. The mainstream media pushed back at Barney Frank when he said Bush was in favor of jailing gay people. But that is the consequence of supporting sodomy laws. He railed against the Supreme Court's Lawrence decision on the same matter. He advocated for the Federal Marriage Amendment. He also backed his brother Jeb in the war over Terry Schiavo.

Jeb is no moderate on these issues either. He signed the law mandating single mothers publish their sexual histories to shame them. He was responsible for prolonging Terry Schiavo and her family's suffering.

These aren't moderate people, they are just more moderate in how they frame these issues.

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Posted by RfrancisR on 07/12/2015 at 3:45 PM

Re: “The 2014 Saints offense is one of the best Saints offenses ever

Big difference is in points scored. In the first five weeks of 2011, the Saints failed to score 30 points only once. In the first five weeks of 2014, the Saints failed to score 30 points three times. Had the Saints scored thirty points as often over the first five weeks they would have matched the 2011 record.

Over seven weeks, the Saints scored 30 or more points five times in 2011. Through seven weeks the Saints have scored 30 or more only three times, and scored under 20 twice. The Saints never scored less than 20 points in 2011.

Posted by RfrancisR on 10/29/2014 at 10:23 PM

Re: “Electric cars in New Orleans

Mjac, there are no gas engines as efficient as an electric motor -- not even close. There are no gas engines that get you instantly available torque. Gas engines are loud and obnoxious. EVs are quiet as they come. There is far less maintenance cost on EVs in comparison to ICE cars. I understand that shifts in paradigms scare people, but there is no need to be afraid. In about ten years from now, not only will you accept EVs, you will expect nothing less.

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Posted by RfrancisR on 05/25/2014 at 12:16 PM

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