- Twitter Digest: June 22, 2011 http://nblo.gs/jxagt..... June 22, 2011 @ 20:22
- What would Mohammed do? (WWMD?): "Subaru: Stop Selling Cars Where Women Can't Drive" http://t.co/ofvN4Kk..... June 23, 2011 @ 10:37
- "No organization prevents more abortions than Planned Parenthood" [by providing contraception...]. More than the Host of Heaven by love? No. June 23, 2011 @ 11:11
- I liked a @YouTube video http://youtu.be/IvH_0etJ1cs?a..... Al Gore Talks Extreme Weather, Climate June 23, 2011 @ 11:28
- The same people who claim AGW isn't real also claimed (many probably still fals (@YouTube http://youtu.be/IvH_0etJ1cs?a.....) June 23, 2011 @ 11:56
- YouTube - Al Gore Talks Extreme Weather, Climate http://nblo.gs/jyy74..... June 23, 2011 @ 12:14
- Mormons are doing an expensive ad campaign in which they claim to be Christians. They're not Christians. Joseph Smith was not a Christian. June 23, 2011 @ 12:21
- "Climate of Denial: Can science and the truth withstand the merchants of poison?" by Al Gore http://nblo.gs/jyHd1..... June 23, 2011 @ 13:04
- How the Hell can the US hold people indefinitely without real trials? It's Nazi crap. Is the US a fascist state or not? http://t.co/IKcdK2N..... June 23, 2011 @ 13:11
- Does multi-party democracy equal neo-liberal economics? You can be opposed to one-party dictatorship and neoliberalism at the same time. June 23, 2011 @ 13:26
- You can be opposed to Qaddaffi and Assad and political-Zionism and neoliberal economics all at the same time. I'm living proof of it. June 23, 2011 @ 13:29
- Why did Barack Obama cave in concerning Van Jones? June 23, 2011 @ 13:43
- "What's particularly striking about this prosecution is that it involves digging deep into the ancient past (t... (cont) June 23, 2011 @ 22:47
- Texas Is a Shining Example of Right-Wing Governance in Action and That's Why It's a Complete Basket-Case June 23, 2011 @ 23:11
- "Over 400,000 Traumatic Brain Injuries for Vets Coming from Iraq and Afghanistan." The Peace Movement told them not to enlist and was right. June 24, 2011 @ 10:23
- Governments give contraceptives to minors without parental consent yet hold parents responsible for the behavior of incorrigible children. June 24, 2011 @ 11:08
- The things I dislike visually the most about the Huffington Post are that there're too many pictures and, more so, they are way too large. June 24, 2011 @ 11:19
- "Pakistan to let bin Laden widow return to Yemen." Strangely, some say she's lying Osama was shot & killed by a US Navy Seal on May 2, 2011. June 24, 2011 @ 11:45
- China's Communist Party is hyper-elitist and, therefore (among other reasons), anti-real-communism/socialism. June 24, 2011 @ 12:19
- Turkey's activists dropped out of the upcoming Gaza Freedom Flotilla (AP). Do they openly admit it's due to pressure from the government? June 24, 2011 @ 12:30
- Slash spending? Slash the Pentagon. Balance the budget? Raise taxes on the rich. Eliminate the National Debt? Issue United States Notes. June 24, 2011 @ 12:35
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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)