Holsinger hearing set

Confirmation hearings for James “The Plumber” Holsinger are set to begin July 12.

They better not roll over and give Bush what he wants like they did with the Supreme Court nominees. Look where that got us this week.

Bush has no political capital left. They can’t let him keep getting away with this shit.

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6 Comments

  1. jf mckenna said,

    July 12, 2007 at 10:09 am

    the plumber idea is exactly on target. if you try to force parts where they don’t belong, damage results, and there is a battalion of hurting homosexuals to prove the point.

  2. Gina said,

    July 12, 2007 at 11:02 am

    JF McKenna,

    So you don’t have a problem with lesbians?

  3. jf mckenna said,

    July 12, 2007 at 12:01 pm

    According to a piece in the NY times this morning lesbians are at higher risk for cancer and other things. Among those in same sex marriages in scandinavia, they’re dying many years earlier than women in opposite-sex marriages. It’s unhealthy.

  4. Gina said,

    July 12, 2007 at 12:58 pm

    You mean the op-ed piece in the NY times that said that part of the health risk for lesbians is that “they are also less likely than other Americans to seek care from a medical system that they perceive to be judgmental, intolerant and even hostile”? Thanks, btw, for contributing to the intolerance.

    As far as the Scandinavian studies go, I assume you’re referring to the work of Paul Cameron, a quack whose work has been disproven many times. Cameron found that people who were part of registered gay couples in Scandinavia had a younger average death rate than people who were part of opposite-sex marriage. The problem with his data is that since registration for gay couples has only been recently available, and since most of those who have registered so far were under 40, the only ones who have died so far can’t be that old. We’re working with a sample of people who can only include people in their 50s or below, so of course if any of them has since died, they wouldn’t be 80, unless they could time travel. In contrast, the opposite-sex couples data reflects people who have gotten married over many decades, so they represent the entire age range, and since they’ve been allowed to get married for many years, that data set includes elderly people who died older.

    In other words, Cameron compared the average age of death of people in two samples. One is made up of people who within the last 10 years registered a same-sex relationship who were for the most part aged 40 or below. If their average age at marriage was under 40 and it’s only been 10 years, of course the average age of anyone who died is under 50.

    The other group is made up of people who have gotten married any time in the past 100 years. They may have gotten married yesterday or in 1920. That sample will have people of all ages, so their average death age will be much higher.

    It’s like saying that the average age of death of people who died in high school is lower than the average age of death of people who die in nursing homes.

    When same-sex marriages have been around long enough that we have comparable samples to compare, this study might mean something. As is, it’s meaningless, except as it’s been used by the right wing as propaganda.

  5. jf mckenna said,

    July 12, 2007 at 1:34 pm

    Data from the Center for Disease Control indicates that risky homosexual behavior is contributing to dangerous increases in rates of infection for syphilis. The CDC reported an 8 percent rise overall in 2004, a fourth consecutive year of increase. Approximately 64 percent of the new cases were among men who have sex with men, up from just 5 percent in 1999.

  6. Gina said,

    July 12, 2007 at 1:55 pm

    No response to the Cameron study, John?

    Oh, and John, plagiarism is unethical. Didn’t you know that? You can’t just cut and paste from Christian website and claim it as your own.


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