Twitter Digest: May 9, 2012

  1. Twitter Digest: May 3, 2012 http://t.co/Qt0KUSiS..... May 3, 2012 @ 13:56

  2. RE: @CafeNexo I wrote this before seeing your comment under "Pending" in DISQUS:Steven, you believe in Jesus and the ... http://t.co/p7ODyqMg..... May 3, 2012 @ 22:26

  3. RE: @CafeNexo "I don't like to complain, but you messed up my formatting." Which? I didn't touch your formatting. I w... http://t.co/SzOdIw3A..... May 3, 2012 @ 22:32

  4. RE: @CafeNexo I see nothing in my comment where I "messed up" your formatting. What specifically is the problem? http://t.co/3ASqMLbN..... May 3, 2012 @ 22:38

  5. RE: @CafeNexo Steven properly pointed out that I should have said Ham, not Canaan. I was thinking about the curse. Pe... http://t.co/xSspgfnM..... May 3, 2012 @ 23:00

  6. RE: @CafeNexo "That
    sounds like a preconception to me. The fact that you came to Jesus later
    doesn't change your prec... http://t.co/GXvFNLEI..... May 3, 2012 @ 23:11

  7. RE: @CafeNexo ""You don't appear to be willing to say that the main homosexual attraction is male-on-male anal interc... http://t.co/SbG7GWlR..... May 3, 2012 @ 23:54

  8. RE: @CafeNexo "I do hope that, for the sake of your soul, you will learn how to relate to Godless sinners in a way th... http://t.co/KZs5go1D..... May 4, 2012 @ 03:31

  9. RE: @CafeNexo You will see "(Edited by a moderator)" now at the end of several of your comments. The text is unchange... http://t.co/TgeiBlTL..... May 4, 2012 @ 03:55

  10. GMO "food" outrage! http://t.co/3DZylgzZ..... May 4, 2012 @ 04:13

  11. @CafeNexo I'm not sure why you keep on saying "You," as if I altered the formatting. Again, I hadn't touched it. Peace! May 4, 2012 @ 06:09

  12. @CafeNexo It is definitely how Disqus handled your input. May 4, 2012 @ 06:10

  13. @CafeNexo It is now fixed by my hand. May 4, 2012 @ 06:11

  14. RE: @JAaronLadd Good point! http://t.co/wLhiBIZi..... May 5, 2012 @ 04:36

  15. RE: From the article:

    David Pickup, a California marriage and family therapist, told a state Senate committee hearin... http://t.co/KPofoqV6..... May 5, 2012 @ 05:13


  16. My comment on a comment on "Ban urged on therapy to convert gays - Washington Times" http://t.co/P0D8thVy..... May 5, 2012 @ 05:23

  17. Moronic Heartland campaign: "If You Believe in Global Warming, You're Like the Unabomber | Mother Jones" http://t.co/8nqE75hQ..... May 5, 2012 @ 10:31

  18. It's time for Dan Savage to go, President Obama http://t.co/KbFebIyL..... May 5, 2012 @ 11:03

  19. Sometimes the "conservatives" are right, like now: "Dan Savage Has Long History of Rhetoric & White H... http://t.co/6sN4de97..... May 5, 2012 @ 11:30

  20. "Commercial claims should not supersede the release of chemical information or scientific evidence about public health risks." May 5, 2012 @ 11:48

  21. BP oil spill: The 'horribly mutated' creatures living in the Gulf - The Week http://t.co/kdV5N4z7..... May 5, 2012 @ 12:08

  22. Iraq's Radiation: Not Going Away : The Muslim Observer http://t.co/LeLFOrlu..... May 5, 2012 @ 12:23

  23. RE: You're a pretty snarky fellow, you know that? Show us all a peer reviewed study backing up why you "take the prim... http://t.co/G5Zj1Upo..... May 6, 2012 @ 06:58

  24. RE: @jeffbullas The worst aspect about the timelines in my view is one you didn't mention. It's surprising to me beca... http://t.co/OT7Xib4L..... May 6, 2012 @ 07:40

  25. Palestinian Resistance Shifts to Hunger Strikes - http://t.co/p5oh7Sna..... http://t.co/8bnIM7Ls..... May 6, 2012 @ 09:56

  26. Congressman [Joe Walsh] Endorses Apartheid, Ethnic Cleansing for Palestinians - Robert Wright - Inter... http://t.co/hJPuKGaz..... May 6, 2012 @ 11:00

  27. LGBT rights in Israel: 'Pinkwashing' oppression of Palestinians or illuminating the Middle East? - Ha... http://t.co/ihdDuDRP..... May 6, 2012 @ 11:17

  28. Illegal Settlements Bonanza: Israel Plots an Endgame http://t.co/a5PyDXN2..... May 6, 2012 @ 11:23

  29. U.S. Proposes Delayed Disclosure of Fracking Chemicals http://t.co/pAAbYr7s..... May 6, 2012 @ 12:26

  30. You know, you stated some valid points, but how about balancing it out even just a bit? Are you saying that all the g... http://t.co/GLPdhZP5..... May 6, 2012 @ 12:36

  31. Report: FBI Wants to Wiretap Facebook, Twitter, Google http://t.co/AI1f2G2s..... via @pcmag May 6, 2012 @ 13:19

  32. Anthropogenic Global Warming: Climate Science in a Nutshell #4 Too Much Carbon Dioxide - YouTube http://t.co/qyhT3qcr..... May 6, 2012 @ 14:13

  33. RE: I know what you mean by "direct counter-attack," but there are those on the other side of this issue who will del... http://t.co/vGqpOanC..... May 7, 2012 @ 02:00

  34. When Dissent is Stifled: The Same-Sex Marriage and Right-to-Treatment Debates http://t.co/DG8h2FxD..... May 7, 2012 @ 03:49

  35. Will François Hollande will strike fear into the hearts of the greedy? http://t.co/mTs9LrAE..... May 7, 2012 @ 13:05

  36. Will François Hollande strike fear into the hearts of the greedy? http://t.co/mTs9LrAE..... May 7, 2012 @ 13:20

  37. Heartland will fold: "The Short Hot Life of Heartland's Hateful Climate Billboard - . http://t.co/tXIyBBKq..... May 7, 2012 @ 13:57

  38. Where is it? The fascist Zionists won't allow it. "Habeas Corpus for Palestinians? - The Daily Beast" http://t.co/0bVENpbQ..... May 7, 2012 @ 14:59

  39. NARTH's President, Rosik, analyzes CA SB 1172: Unfounded attack on sexual-orientation-change efforts ... http://t.co/aOyc8Hy5..... May 8, 2012 @ 05:22

  40. Rachel Maddow and conservatism, the new liberalism - Opinion - Al Jazeera English http://t.co/vIX3reDY..... May 8, 2012 @ 09:57

  41. Greek voters reject austerity, turn to radical parties of left and right | The Raw Story http://t.co/SkLV2XT7..... May 8, 2012 @ 10:14

  42. The more Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks about Ayn Rand's philosophy vis-a-vis Christianity, the more confused he sounds. May 8, 2012 @ 10:17

  43. Pastor Andy Stanley doesn't express what Jesus meant by loving one another. Jesu . May 8, 2012 @ 10:37

  44. As Supporters Jump Ship, Heartland Institute Stands By Its Widely Condemned Anti-Science Hate Speech http://t.co/n5m98DrT..... via @thinkprogress May 8, 2012 @ 11:00

  45. Can Geoengineering Solve Global Warming? : The New Yorker http://t.co/pNJrxkto..... May 8, 2012 @ 11:56

  46. I liked a @YouTube video from @RepPress http://t.co/vL0Eoj8K..... Why Your Subscriptions Get Hidden From You & You On May 8, 2012 @ 13:17

  47. dcxVwEfq4bM That's Peter Sinclair's (aka greenman3610) "hateful" video, "Watts (@YouTube http://t.co/TuW8YVWb.....) May 8, 2012 @ 14:20

  48. Wind Energy at the Crossroad - YouTube http://t.co/nCeIjdxg..... May 8, 2012 @ 14:24

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