Twitter-Sessions Digest, April 19-21, 2010

  1. The Tea Partiers don't trust government. Do they remember all the corporate scandals? Government is controlled by the banksters. Break that. about 9 hours ago via web

  2. The Tea Party Movement isn't talking about false-flag attacks, illegal wars, torture, spying, or the bankster-caused economic crash, etc. about 9 hours ago via web

  3. Where's the outrage over all the lies in the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq? Where's the outrage over torture and illegal domestic spying? about 9 hours ago via web

  4. Yak, yak, yak about less government. Where's the outrage over 9/11 and WTC 7 coming down in a sickeningly obvious controlled demolition? about 9 hours ago via web

  5. The Folly of Attacking Iran: Lessons from History about 15 hours ago via FriendFeed

  6. Congress Members Urge Timeline for Military Withdrawal from Afghanistan about 15 hours ago via FriendFeed

  7. I'm now following @justfp Just Foreign Policy about 16 hours ago via web

  8. RT justfp Karzai declares reconciliation with Taliban leaders should be centerpiece of efforts to end conflict in #Afghanistan 10:08 AM Jan 28th via Retweeted by you

  9. I'm now following: @LikeTheDew Progressive Southern (Southeast US) Culture and Politics about 21 hours ago via web

  10. Max Keiser Discusses Goldman Sachs Market Meltdown Con on Alex Jones Tv 1/5 1:31 AM Apr 20th via FriendFeed

  11. Alex Jones: Search Engine Giant Censors Alex Jones Material for "Promoting Violence?" 1:31 AM Apr 20th via FriendFeed

  12. Max Keiser Discusses Goldman Sachs Market Meltdown Con on Alex Jones Tv 2/5 1:31 AM Apr 20th via FriendFeed

  13. "Ben Bernanke: Time to shift from stimulus to federal deficit" / The Christian Science Monitor via @AddToAny 11:33 PM Apr 19th via AddToAny

  14. PDF Summary: The Wall Street Transparency & Accountability Act of 2010 via @AddToAny 11:30 PM Apr 19th via AddToAny

  15. Germany mulls legal action against Goldman Sachs | Business | Deutsche Welle | 18.04.2010 via @AddToAny 11:26 PM Apr 19th via AddToAny

  16. Brown Says He Wants Special Investigation of Goldman Sachs - BusinessWeek via @AddToAny 11:23 PM Apr 19th via AddToAny

  17. Ecuador threatens to take over foreign oil firms | Reuters via @AddToAny 11:18 PM Apr 19th via AddToAny

  18. "Hillary Clinton - supreme commander of Israel?" by Earl Cox. via @AddToAny 11:14 PM Apr 19th via AddToAny

  19. World Jewish Congress - Full Text of Letter from Ronald S. Lauder to President Obama via @AddToAny 11:10 PM Apr 19th via AddToAny

  20. President Franklin Roosevelt's 1933 Inauguration Audio/Video via @AddToAny 11:01 PM Apr 19th via AddToAny

  21. LA's ex-gangsters train to go against gang life via @AddToAny 10:57 PM Apr 19th via AddToAny

  22. The Tea Party Crowd Needs to Wake Up to Who the Real Villains Are | via @AddToAny 10:53 PM Apr 19th via AddToAny

  23. Richard Falk Salutes UC Berkeley Divestment Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) against Israel 10:48 PM Apr 19th via AddToAny

  24. Are Establishment Republicans Turning Against Fox? - via @AddToAny 10:39 PM Apr 19th via AddToAny

  25. Where Do Your Tax Dollars Go? - TaxDay 2010 | National Priorities Project via @AddToAny 10:20 PM Apr 19th via AddToAny

  26. Facebook in Germany: Minister Slams Site Over Privacy - TIME via @AddToAny 10:18 PM Apr 19th via AddToAny

  27. Twitter-Sessions Digest, April 16-19, 2010 via @AddToAny 9:17 PM Apr 19th via AddToAny


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