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Jimmy Carter, NYT EDITORIAL: A Five-Nation Plan to End the Syrian Crisis

Iran outlined a general four-point sequence several months ago, consisting of a cease-fire, formation of a unity government, constitutional reforms and elections. Working through the United Nations Security Council and utilizing a five-nation proposal, some mechanism could be found to implement these goals.

The involvement of Russia and Iran is essential. Mr. Assad’s only concession in four years of war was giving up chemical weapons, and he did so only under pressure from Russia and Iran. Similarly, he will not end the war by accepting concessions imposed by the West, but is likely to do so if urged by his allies.

Mr. Assad’s governing authority could then be ended in an orderly process, an acceptable government established in Syria, and a concerted effort could then be made to stamp out the threat of the Islamic State.


Editorial: Contraceptives, not extremists, reduce abortion rates

Editorial: Contraceptives, not extremists, reduce abortion rates

From balancing the federal budget to improving the economy, politicians have no shortage of important issues to tackle. Yet some continue to fixate on uteruses. They never tire of talking about ways to limit access to abortion. Some don’t even want the procedure available to save a woman’s life....

The bottom line: Women are undergoing fewer abortions because they’re not getting pregnant in the first place. They are using birth control, including long-range contraception like intrauterine devices. They are receiving education and information about how to avoid unwanted pregnancies.

This important tidbit that should be recognized by anti-abortion zealots. Because Planned Parenthood, the very health provider they demonize and want defunded, is frequently the provider of this birth control and education. In fact, additional support and funding for its health clinics and programs could cut abortion rates even more.


There is a smart, little observation circulating on the Internet that sums up the absurdity of political priorities in this country. The unidentified author suggests treating every young man who wants to buy a gun like every woman seeking an abortion.

“Mandatory 48-hour waiting period, parental permission, a note from his doctor proving he understands what he’s about to do, a video he has to watch about the effects of gun violence, an ultrasound wand up the — (just because). Let’s close down all but one gun shop in every state and make him travel hundreds of miles, take time off work, and stay overnight in a strange town to get a gun. Make him walk thorough a gauntlet of people holding photos of loved ones who were shot to death, people who call him a murder and beg him not to buy a gun….”

It makes more sense to expose gun buyers to such requirements and harassment than women seeking a legal health procedure, the author asserts. “No woman getting an abortion has killed a room full of people in seconds, right?


This will make your blood boil:

They Knew All Along

Exxon Knew about Climate Change Almost 40 Years Ago
A new investigation shows the oil company understood the science before it became a public issue and spent millions to promote misinformation

Exxon was aware of climate change, as early as 1977, 11 years before it became a public issue, according to a recent investigation from InsideClimate News. This knowledge did not prevent the company (now ExxonMobil and the world’s largest oil and gas company) from spending decades refusing to publicly acknowledge climate change and even promoting climate misinformation—an approach many have likened to the lies spread by the tobacco industry regarding the health risks of smoking. Both industries were conscious that their products wouldn’t stay profitable once the world understood the risks, so much so that they used the same consultants to develop strategies on how to communicate with the public.

Experts, however, aren’t terribly surprised. “It’s never been remotely plausible that they did not understand the science,” says Naomi Oreskes, a history of science professor at Harvard University. But as it turns out, Exxon didn’t just understand the science, the company actively engaged with it. In the 1970s and 1980s it employed top scientists to look into the issue and launched its own ambitious research program that empirically sampled carbon dioxide and built rigorous climate models. Exxon even spent more than $1 million on a tanker project that would tackle how much CO2 is absorbed by the oceans. It was one of the biggest scientific questions of the time, meaning that Exxon was truly conducting unprecedented research.




Placate The Creatures At Your Door With Union-Made Candy

(This Halloween cartoon is by Mike Luckovich in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.)

We're only a few days away from that time when you will likely be inundated by witches, ghosts, goblins, and other tiny nefarious creatures appearing at your door and demanding tribute. The best (and traditional) way to handle this is to ply them with copious amounts of candy -- and I suggest you do that. But not with just any kind of candy. As a good progressive, supply these tiny beings with the best candy -- candy made by union workers.

To help you do this, Daily Kos has provided a list of union-made candy. Here is their list:

5th Avenue
Abba-Zaba Original and Strawberry
Almond Roca
Baby Ruth
Big Hunk
Jelly Belly Candy Corn
Candy House Buttons
Caramello Bar
Clark Bar
Disney Jelly Beans
Ghirardelli Chocolates
Gimbal’s Fine Candies
Harry Potter Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans
Hersheys Kisses and Hugs
Hersheys Nuggets
Hot Tamales candies
Jelly Belly Jelly Beans
Kit Kat Bars
Laffy Taffy
Mallo Cups
Mary Jane
Mighty Malts Malted Milk Balls
Mike and Ike
Necco Candy Wafers
Pearsons Candy
Red Vines Red Licorice and Black Licorice
Rocky Road Original, Dark, Mint, and S’Mores
Russell Stover Candy
Sconza Candy
Smarties Candy Lipstick
Sour Punch
Sunkist Candies
Super Ropes
Sweethearts Mummy Hearts
Thin Mints
Tootsie Rolls


Ben Ghazi is right outside Your Window..Take a Look ..You probably can see HIM

Last Minute Halloween Costumes

Chris Christie, Sipping a Smoothie, Was Kicked Off an Amtrak Car For Screaming on His Phone

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is having a bad morning.

First, he nearly missed his 9:55 Amtrak train from DC to New York. Then, he didn’t get the seat he wanted on the train. Then, to make things even worse, he got kicked out of the quiet car!

Alexander Mann, a passenger on his way home to Manhattan, was traveling in that very same quiet car when Christie got on, and promptly got off. He told Gawker:

He got on last minute yelling at his two secret service agents I think because of a seat mixup, sat down and immediately started making phone calls on the quiet car. After about 10 minutes the conductor asked him to stop or go to another car. He got up and walked out again yelling at his secret service. He was drinking a McDonald’s strawberry smoothie.


Republican Alert!


Tony Blair is sorry the intel they sexed up to justify the Iraq War wasn't better sexed up.


Iraqi civilian deaths, 2003-2010

No one suffered more from the Iraq War than Iraqi civilians. The fluctuations in this chart show the three distinct stages of the war. The first, from 2003 to 2005, was the war between the US-led invasion force and Iraqi forces, including government forces as well as Islamist and nationalist insurgents. Civilians in this period were bystanders. In early 2006, however, Iraq's conflict became what is often described as a civil war, fought among three factions: Sunni insurgents, including Islamist extremists and former Saddam loyalists; Shia militias, some of them rogue members of state security forces; and the US-led occupation force. In this period, which lasted two awful years, civilians were often the target of the violence, with bombings and death squads seeking to ethnically cleanse Baghdad in particular. While conditions improved significantly after 2008, many fear that the current crisis could reignite the sectarian hatreds and militias of 2006 to 2007.
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