Twitter Digest: August 22, 2011

  1. Twitter Digest: August 20, 2011 http://t.co/dmdnEaZ..... August 20, 2011 @ 13:25

  2. Buy a bond, you gamble. The issuer crashes, you lose. Otherwise, it's rigged. Superrich bond holders are being "bailed out" via your taxes. August 21, 2011 @ 06:02

  3. I liked a @YouTube video http://t.co/3rrqApm..... Dubious Evidence Israeli Bus Attackers Based in Gaza August 21, 2011 @ 06:14

  4. I favorited a @YouTube video http://t.co/3rrqApm..... Dubious Evidence Israeli Bus Attackers Based in Gaza August 21, 2011 @ 06:15

  5. Israeli's proof the Gazans did it: the attackers used Kalashnikovs. Ergo, all Kalashnikov users are Gazans or some Ashkenazim are dimwits. August 21, 2011 @ 14:52

  6. Palestine to UN "non-member state" doesn't require Security Council approval. Why aim low? Force ZOG US to first veto member-state status. August 21, 2011 @ 15:12

  7. ZOG (Zionist Occupied Government): "...conspiracy theory...that [some] Jews secretly control...." — aren't any Jewish Zionists in US gov.? August 21, 2011 @ 15:23

  8. The New York Times is sticking with its story, so it's saying Darrell Issa's proof is a pack of lies? http://t.co/WYHvkG6..... August 21, 2011 @ 15:32

  9. Were Jesus tweeting, what would self-styled "freethinkers" & atheists name lists upon which they'd place him: Illogical, Unreasoning? August 22, 2011 @ 06:01

  10. There was never a stalemate in Libya but planning, training, equipping, setting up, & executing. Shame on Qaddaffi for not reforming. Peace! August 22, 2011 @ 06:31

  11. Time for the EU to throw out the European Union Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia's definition of anti-Semi... http://t.co/Qy5hA5Z..... August 22, 2011 @ 07:43

  12. "If Libyan rebels win, can they rule?" What do you mean, if? When they win, they will rule. Hold them to very high standards. August 22, 2011 @ 11:36

  13. Qaddaffi says he will stay in Tripoli "until the end." He's had a death wish. If he can't be dictator, he'd rather be dead. Weak! August 22, 2011 @ 11:48

  14. Qaddaffi's tanks are going to be nothing more than sitting ducks: target practice for tank-killers. Qaddaffi's clinging is only more death. August 22, 2011 @ 12:07

  15. Qaddaffi's current loss is Assad's coming loss. Assad, stop being stupid. You're not helping a soul. You're blowing it. Listening, Putin? August 22, 2011 @ 12:12

  16. Iran cut Hamas funds for failure to support Assad: enemy of one's enemy can be one's enemy. Reportedly, Assad attacked Palestinian refugees. August 22, 2011 @ 12:31

  17. Mustafa Jalil, chairman of the National Transitional Council (NTC), better get to Tripoli to start talking about holding elections ASAP. August 22, 2011 @ 12:51

  18. "Layoffs sweep Wall Street." There will be reprisals. August 22, 2011 @ 13:13

  19. Assad warns military action against him will backfire. Spoken just like Qaddaffi. August 22, 2011 @ 13:16

  20. What's going on between Iran and Hamas shows further that the picture of a united Islamic front against the Zionists has been nonsense. August 22, 2011 @ 13:30

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