Archive for January, 2013

Sullivan passes along a study on stress related hormone levels is homosexual and heterosexual people:

Perhaps most significant, though, was the secondary finding that they hadn’t even been searching for: In their study, lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals all tended to have lower stress levels and a smaller chance of depressive symptoms if they’d come out to friends and family than those who’d kept their sexual orientation a secret. “Coming out,” the authors write, “may no longer be a matter of popular debate, but of public health.”

His qualifier: “the study’s limited sample size means that these results can’t be interpreted as definitive, and further study is needed to confirm that they hold true on a widespread level.”

I suppose that makes sense, though I  would add a second, though related qualifier. Closeted individuals, by definition, don’t tell people about their sexual orientation. That includes researchers. It is impossible to control for a variable like closeted homosexuality, as you have to rely on the subjects self identification. The heterosexual control group may or may not have contained closeted individuals. We can’t be sure, by definition. Given that the incidence of homosexuality in the general population is very low, a large enough sample size could correct for this, as the study’s author alluded to.


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Heavily Armed Housewives

Shorter Gayle Trotter:

AR-15 assault rifles should be the weapon of choice for a woman to defend her home and her babies because they are light enough for a woman to hold and without a big strong man around she will need a scary looking gun to fight off all the violent hardened criminals, the men don’t need that because as men they are big and strong.

Jesus H Tapdancing Christ, her ability to cram so much sexism into nine sentences is truly amazing. A woman’s place is in the home with the babies! Women are helpless without the men around! Women are weak!

So you see, if you support an assault weapons ban, you’re the sexist one!

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Pot, Kettle, Scalia


[Justice Scalia], who shared the stage with his co-author Bryan Garner, argued that good jurisprudence is about sidelining one’s personal beliefs.

“The judge who always likes the results he reaches is a bad judge,” Scalia said.

That’s a good one!


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Just to recap, the Republicans will argue that the institution of marriage exists to protect society from the scourge of unplanned pregnancy, and thus is not applicable to gay people. 

Protecting society from the scourge of unplanned pregnancy via sex ed, contraception, and family planning is unacceptable, naturally. 

Also, too:

A Catholic bishop who was instrumental in creating California’s Proposition 8 says that same sex marriage is a natural impossibility and granting marriage rights for LGBT couples “is like legalizing male breastfeeding.”

That’s true! In the sense that it is, in no conceivable way whatsoever, true.

So there you have it. Gay people can’t get married because lactation, be it by a male or a (single) female.

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Actually, They Shame Themselves

Andrew Sullivan loathes “Media Matters’ campaign to shame and target individuals for appearing on Fox News” 

It’s worth pointing out that MM does not shame people for appearing on Fox, it shames them for the things they say during the appearance. I do not believe that accurately reporting offensive statements, frequently without comment, is at all loathsome.

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I’m no stranger to shitty arguments, having made my share. But this, just, wow:

Marriage should be limited to unions of a man and a woman because they alone can “produce unplanned and unintended offspring,” opponents of gay marriage have told the Supreme Court. By contrast, when same-sex couples decide to have children, “substantial advance planning is required,” said Paul D. Clement, a lawyer for House Republicans.

This argument brought to you by the same people who almost shut down the Federal Government in order to kill planned parenthood. Not even Scalia, world’s biggest hack, could find that argument persuasive. (via)

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You know what would be awesome? 

If we could borrow a lot of money for free, and then give it to people. I’m sure we could find some stuff for them to fix in exchange.

But we won’t do that, because austerity. 

No one was using those bridges anyway, except the 16,284 people who travel across them on an average week day. I’m sure we can fit thousands more cars on the highway during peak commute time, so it’ll be OK. 

Less sarcastically, King of Prussia is the biggest suburban employment center in the Philly metro area, and the only way to get there via train is the Norristown line, which will be the first to lose its bridge this summer. Traffic on the only major route into KoP from the city is notoriously bad, so the plan to bus passengers around the failed bridge will be subject to unpredictable delay. Unpredictability will effectively eliminate the rail line as an option for folks commuting to work, so this really is a big deal.

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