Read These Now or The Holy Spirit Will Cast His Vote

Developing countries, including China and India, are unwilling to sign up to a new global climate change pact to replace the Kyoto protocol in 2012 because the rich world has failed to set a clear example on cutting carbon emissions, according to the UN's top climate official. (Guardian)

Accidental 35-cent gas drives throngs to station, jams roads. (Wilmington)

The Chinese Ambassador to London, Fu Ying responds to the the Olympic torch protests in London. (Telegraph) The comments section is worth a read.

Historic talks held between China and Taiwan.

No signs of Al Qaeda at U.S.-Mexican border.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has said he would veto any initiative that would ban same-sex marriages. (AHN)

Senator Hillary Clinton sips a Crown Royal shot with a beer chaser. She should visit the VirtualPub where some real drinking occurs! Video here.

Hillary Whiskey

"A visibly agitated Barack Obama accused Hillary Clinton Sunday of acting like 'Annie Oakley …packin’ a six shooter' in her attempts to connect with gun owners, and used some of his most heated language to date to attack her and her campaign for her reaction to his comments from a now infamous California fundraiser. 'Shame on her!' he told a Steelton crowd." (CNN)

Then the two, holding hands, walked into the sunset. Oh WAIT! First, they had to attend the Compassion Forum at Messiah College to prove to us all that GOD and faith is important to winning the election. Can I have an AMEN?

Does life begin at conception was one of the many questions. (WP) Just a few thoughts here: Conception is an issue for the religious right. The real issue is a woman's right to make decisions over her body. I don't give a fuck what mythology either candidate believes as long as it doesn't rule their decisions. I know that may sound naive when pandering is the ultimate tool for a successful win, but I would hope that all progressives/liberals would want logical, realistic decisions for our age; not some antiquated scripture that mimics truth. We ain't trying to elect Michelle Bachmann. While many feel (Thank you Candy Crowley and Roland Martin for your analysis afterwards.) this is a big step for the Democrats to speak openly about their faith and quote their favorite Bible scripture, I do not. And call me doubly naive, I like that idea of separation. Faith should remain private and not a dictate for law. I do not want some "Holy Spirit" making ANY decisions about my life in this country.(Rant Over)

The candidates answers on conception and abortion:
Senator Clinton:"I believe that the potential for life begins at conception. But for me, it is also not only about a potential life, it is about the other lives involved.

And, therefore, I have concluded, after great ... concern and searching my own mind and heart over many years, that our task should be in this pluralistic, diverse life of ours in this nation that individuals must be entrusted to make this profound decision. Because the alternative would be such an intrusion of government authority that it would be very difficult to sustain in our kind of open society."

Senator Obama: "I absolutely think we can find common ground. And it requires a couple of things. Number one, it requires us to acknowledge that there is a moral dimension to abortion, which I think that all too often those of us who are pro-choice have not talked about or tried to tamp down. I think that’s a mistake because I think all of us understand that it is a wrenching choice for anybody to think about.

“The second thing, once we acknowledge that, is to recognize that people of good will can exist on both sides. That nobody wishes to be placed in a circumstance where they are even confronted with the choice of abortion. How we determine what’s right at that moment, I think, people of good will can differ.

“And if we can acknowledge that much, then we can certainly agree on the fact that we should be doing everything we can to avoid unwanted pregnancies that might even lead somebody to consider having an abortion.”

"This is something that I have not, I think, come to a firm resolution on. I think it's very hard to know what that means, when life begins. Is it when a cell separates? Is it when the soul stirs? ... What I know, as I've said before, is that there is something extraordinarily powerful about potential life and that that has a moral weight to it that we take into consideration when we're having these debates." (A more thorough and accurate transcript will hopefully be available soon.)

The Reuters' "Factbox" concerning the Compassion Forum.

Another important question faces mankind: When is it appropriate to start wearing shorts?

Mating Like an Animal: The Real Story (Discover)

A new Tel Aviv University study has found that girls improve boys’ grades markedly at school. (Science Daily)

Ya think? Methamphetamine Use In Pregnancy Damages Learning Ability Of Offspring, Study Suggests.

Spoilers from the upcoming 'Sex and the City Movie.' (NY Post)

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