- Twitter Digest: November 15, 2010 http://bit.ly/aueBH0..... via @AddToAny #
- Christian woman falsely sentenced to death in Pakistan for blaspheming Mohammed http://bit.ly/cEezZB..... via @AddToAny #
- George W. Bush, have you watched this? "An RUC interrogator speaks: Northern Ireland's forced confessions revealed" http://bit.ly/9m6s6X..... #
- 10 Freakiest Things About Frankenfish http://bit.ly/caMYxa..... via @AddToAny #
- Naked scanners & groping: Where's the multitude standing up against the planned degradation by the elitists? http://bit.ly/alnXS7..... #
- Sakineh Mohammadi, not just an adulteress but a conspirator in a plot to murder her husband? http://bit.ly/a7mLEU..... via @AddToAny #
- "...with its richly-featured email system which gives every Facebook user an @facebook.com address" — Spam or for FB "friends" only? #
- "...you will be able to make voice or video calls simply by clicking a name in your Facebook friend list." Typing & reading will suffer. #
- "The number of U.S. households that reported getting emergency food from a food pantry almost doubled between 2007 and 2009." It's not over. #
- "...more than 50 million [Americans]...at least 17 million children, lived in households uncertain of having or getting enough food...." #
- Cancerous, naked scans; pat-downs inside thighs & buttocks...." What's next, cavity searches? She's only 4. So? You're all suspect cattle. #
- When everyone, including Obama, has to go through scans & feeling up to get on Air Force One, then maybe. On 2nd thought, why even then? #
- Nigeria (oil), Russia (oil) and Egypt gave least coverage of climate science of the Copenhagen climate summit. I would have thought Arabia. #
- Fascist Zionists "seen accepting new settlement freeze." Do they have a real choice? There's suicide. Stay at it Gaza Freedom Flotilla! #
- "'We don't think a modern messaging system is going to be e-mail,' Zuckerberg said." if you don't want to think before you write, FB.... #
- "Facebook will...[filter] out...messages it deems less important from strangers or overly chatty friends...." "it deems"! "overly chatty"? #
- Will Facebook's email algorithms be "reading" emails? Will they allow for encryption for confidentiality and the utmost in personal privacy? #
- Now that citizens are complaining about lack of privacy & health risks, elitists will consider injuring & killing, not foiling "plots." #
- Doesn't "tolerance" include tolerating people not accepting other's "sexual orientation"? If you don't tolerate that, won't violence result? #
- Just to be clear, I do not pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America. No Christian rightly can. The USA is not my God. #
- I (heart) boobies! bracelets get girls suspended. I hadn't been exposed. I thought: "Breast cancer?" Bingo! "I love healthy breasts"? No? #
- "US truck dealer triggers buying spree with free AK-47s." Do they come with free caskets? #
- "Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Germans debating Muslim integration to stand up more for Christian values." What does she think those are? #
- A Pew Research Center survey finds that only 40% of voters favor leaving the Bush administration's tax cuts intact. #
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And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. (Matthew 17:24-26)