Two good ideas on the car. Don’t drink and drive and don’t smoke.

Two good ideas on the car. Don’t drink and drive and don’t smoke.

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Once again, people confusing public finances with private finances. Unlike an individual, a state is, theoretically, immortal. Debt is necessary and a positive. You do run into problems when it gets too high, but it should never be completely paid down.

Once again, people confusing public finances with private finances. Unlike an individual, a state is, theoretically, immortal. Debt is necessary and a positive. You do run into problems when it gets too high, but it should never be completely paid down.

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Yo Mama Jokes for the Modern Non-Welfare State. The name says some of it.

The vegans that act like jackasses really give veganism a bad name

Replace vegan with any group where less than 50% of its members are jackasses and you will get a true statement. If more than 50% are jackasses, the group is mostly jackasses and the non-jackasses give the group a good name.

(Source: thehackerformerlyknownas4chan)

Hooray for child abuse.

Changes

I got really bored of looking for bible verses. It’s not particularly difficult, but that book is really boring. So I’m changing it to just another atheist blog but probably with more stats analysis.

fucktheism:

An Arizona bill that creates a high school course for public and charter school students that teaches the Bible and its role in Western culture is headed to the Republican Gov. Jan Brewer’s desk for approval.

It’s possible that this wouldn’t violate the separation of church and state.  Even though it’s poorly written, the BIble is hugely influential on Western literature and the its culture. But it seems likely that this is just an excuse to sneak preaching into the public schools. Do these people not realize most kids’ parents are doing a pretty good job indoctrinating them?

(Source: thehackerformerlyknownas4chan, via )

Fuck it, let’s talk about homophobia

Pew had a poll on gay-marriage two years ago, which broke down views in quite a few demographics. Gallup had a poll in May 2011, but it didn’t break it down beyond age and party ID.

Plenty of liberals talk about homophobia in the Black community (conservatives hate gays, so they don’t give a shit). It’s true that opposition to same-sex marriage is higher in the Black community in 2010 it was 30% for and 59% opposed while among whites it was 42 to 48. But as you can see age, religious affiliation, religiosity (as measured by frequency of church attendance), whether or not you identify as a Republican are better indicators, and whether or not you went to college are better predictors. All of these are interconnected. 

Not surprisingly, the best predictor is religion, specifically Judaism or atheism versus evangelicalism (which is almost the exclusive domain of whites). The three biggest numbers among a single demographic, by quite a wide margin, (i.e. not something such as white and Catholic, or female and protestant) are support for marriage among atheists (80%) and Jews (76%) and opposition among evangelicals (74%).

Since there is quite a bit of fluidity in religious affiliation outside of Jews, it’s hard to say whether homophobes are drawn to evangelicalism. I encourage people to check out Pew’s data on religious conversions here.

Kind of related what I said I was going to be doing.

Kind of related what I said I was going to be doing.

Break

My grandfather died on Thursday. I also started a somewhat intense treatment for depression on Friday (TMS). I’ll try to get back to posting some crazy shit again pretty soon.