Twitter Digest: May 14, 2011

  1. RT @GreeGreece: Osama bin Laden sought 'new 9/11' to force US out of Middle East (all unverified statements ... (cont) . May 12, 2011 @ 18:54

  2. To support Presbyterian homosexuality, Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards quoted Paul (an anti-homosexual). May 12, 2011 @ 20:05

  3. I liked a @YouTube video . Inside Story: Bahrain - the black hole of Arab uprisings? May 12, 2011 @ 22:15

  4. euronews terra viva: Safe as houses: building with straw May 12, 2011 @ 22:32

  5. I liked a @YouTube video . Bernie Sanders "We Have To Move Beyond Healthcare Reform To Med May 12, 2011 @ 23:46

  6. More Info On Giant Military Radar Parked In Port Of Seattle May 12, 2011 @ 23:57

  7. Congress grills big oil on subsidies May 13, 2011 @ 00:12

  8. I liked a @YouTube video 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism May 13, 2011 @ 00:44

  9. Posted: October 25, 2008; Updated: May 13, 2011: "TROY DAVIS: THEY CAN'T KILL HIM NOW" May 13, 2011 @ 13:03

  10. Some genius: Palestine/Israel BDS: Bob Dylan Neighborhood Bully: [Christian]-Zionist at Heart May 13, 2011 @ 14:19

  11. I favorited a @YouTube video "Let Me Waterboard Donald Rumsfeld and Then We'll See if He May 13, 2011 @ 14:46

  12. Those people are not Christians; they don't know anything; and mark my words, their prophecies will not come true. May 13, 2011 @ 15:25

  13. I favorited a @YouTube video AIPAC 101 — What Every American Should Know May 14, 2011 @ 00:50

  14. They killed Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden, but Qaddaffi can't just stop attacking civilians and shut his mouth. May 14, 2011 @ 02:30

  15. The only problems with Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security are greedy Plutocrats. May 14, 2011 @ 02:34

  16. It's stupid not to pick which industries to support over others to reduce energy costs and create jobs while not poisoning the environment. May 14, 2011 @ 17:16

  17. Right now, choosing oil, gas, coal, & nuclear rather than solar, wind, geothermal, tidal, etc., will cost much more in the mid- & long-term. May 14, 2011 @ 17:18

  18. Anti-environmentalists have dung for brains and stones for hearts. May 14, 2011 @ 17:19

  19. A fast way to create lasting, healthy, environmentally sound jobs is via direct public-employment bringing public alternative-energy online. May 14, 2011 @ 17:23

  20. Overcome. Use brains. Be logical: "I think it's very difficult to trace the intellectual and logical behaviour behind everyone's sexuality." May 14, 2011 @ 17:39


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