Archive for October, 2014

Gay Marrieds are Happier than Straight Marrieds! Especially the Lesbians!

17/10/2014
Percent Very Happy by Gender, Marital Status, and Sexuality: 1990-2012 GSS

Percent Very Happy by Gender, Marital Status, and Sexuality: 1990-2012 GSS

Dok Zoom was waxing poetic about the latest stupid article by pro-marriage activists, and it got me thinking, mostly because of an off the cuff comment made by the conservative pundit suggesting that gay marriage advocates could help their case by providing evidence that gay marriage makes you happier. Well, Here. It. Is. Above you can see the chart from the 1990-2012 General Social Surveys. Indeed, married people are happier than unmarried people—but the mostest happiest of all of the people are the married lesbians! 49% reported being “Very happy” compared to only 42% of married women who do not have sex with women. Married gay men are also substantially happier than married heterosexual men, with 47% of gay married men being “very happy”, compared to only 40% for married straight men.  Bisexuality makes married men sad, but married bisexual women are more happy than unmarried bisexual women. But, for sure, this is scientific proof that all of those married heterosexuals need to get themselves gay married. Looking at the unmarrieds, the gays are also significantly happier—25% of gay men are very happy, compared to only 18% of straight unmarried men, and unmarried bisexual men are also happier than unmarried straight men (23% compared to 18%). Differences aren’t as large for unmarried women, but lesbians tout the highest score. So, if you can’t get gay marrired, at least get gay.

Notably, about 4.4% of GSS respondents report having had sex with someone of the same sex, and among those with exclusively same sex sexual ties, 18% of “gay” men and 28% of “lesbian” women identify themselves as “married” in the GSS. The results above are based on reasonably sized groups, with 54 married gay men and 60 married lesbians (total N for those groups are 294 and 214, respectively).

Gender, Marital Status, and Democratic Voting: Clarifying the gender gaps in voting.

15/10/2014
Obama vote among whites by gender and marital status: 2010-2012 GSS

2008 Obama vote among whites by gender and marital status: 2010-2012 GSS

Over at TMP, Josh Marshall was waxing about how race and gender are used as foils to compare against “real voters”, who are white men. I’ve been playing around a bit with the election and gender variables in the GSS, mostly to get examples for my statistics class, but some of the findings don’t square well with the common narrative that women vote Democratic. The reason is the interaction with race—men are underrepresented among African Americans and Latinos  in survey data, and since both groups side heavily with the Democrats it gives an appearance of a gender gap which may not exist. Second is the interaction with marital status, which presents a much more complicated picture than the Rush Limbaugh assertion that single women want to be taken care of by Sugar Daddy Barry. I can’t make much of the specifics of ethnicity, marital status, and voting along these lines, so I limit this to white voters. In line with much of the common narrative, Barack Obama lost the married white vote—and there is a more than five point gap between married men and married women in the expected direction. And, while less than half of divorced men voted for Obama, about 59% of divorced women voted for the Kenyan—a full ten point gap among the divorced.

The problem is with the other two groups—the widowed and the never married—which together constitute over 27% of white voters in the GSS. The widowed, of course, tend to be old, and tend to be female, yet there is no gender gap in Obama voting among the widowed, and just over 53% of widowed men and women sided with Obama. Similarly, among the never married (who tend to be young) there is no gender gap—with 69% of unmarried with women and men voting for Obama. Married white men are clearly the outlier, divorce or the death of a spouse improves their affinity for the Democratic Party. So no wonder Barack Hussein is pushing this gay marriage divorce down our throats along with the kill grandma Obamacare death panels!

War Against Islam 10.0, the “Oh Mighty ISIS” edition.

04/10/2014
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Goat Fucking all over again…

A gaggle of dissident Syrian Sunni cab drivers kidnapped and murdered a couple of hipster journalists who were flouting travel precautions to uncivilized areas, so now it is imperative that we bomb the fuck out of everyone, or, at least someone. Barak Hussein Obama must prove that he isn’t an actual member of Al Quaida and the head of ISIS by just bombing someone. Anyone. It’ll help, right? It’ll help get him back in favor the the military industrial complex. It’ll help Hillary the Neocon in her bid to become the next Republican President. It’ll help everyone who wants permanent war in the Middle East. The reason why ISIS rose so quickly is because we funded it through secret Saudi funds to supposed “moderates” in Syria. This was because people thought Obama looked like a sissy compared to Putin, and they wanted him to “do something” about Assad. So, we had our theocratic “friends” who bombed us on 9-11 pick our “moderates” to give them arms. Way to go! Everyone at the CIA needs to be fired or placed into early retirement. They can move to Arizona. It’ll still wind up going “mexican” once “mexican” Americans finally become enfranchised.

 

One thing is clear, now is the time for an independent Kurdistan. They are the only nation in the area. All they lack is control over their lands. Turkey needs to be brought into the civilized world by relinquishing their ethnic and religious hatred and acknowledging that Kurdistan is an important and meaningful state, and that it is vital to the stability of the region. They can even profit from this. I hope Erdogan and the rest can swallow their ethnocentrism and see this.  The ONLY actor in this conflict who we should be assisting with arms is Kurdistan, and only if they are moving to be a real state. Fuck Syrian terrorists. Fuck Iraq. Iraq needs to be encouraged to forge alliances with Iran if they can’t defeat Sunni terrorists. And, we should be facilitating this, not blocking it.