Friday, April 26, 2013

Open letter to Barak Obama, one father to another


April 26, 2013

Dear Barak:

Your two girls are getting big, too big to carry around on your back.  Too big to hold hands with them when you walk with them.  They're now teenagers, and teenagers have a need for independence.  As one father to another, you should give it to them.

You've done a good job raising them so far, but even with round-the-clock armed security, a long list of scheduled activities, and a strong Muslim religious faith, you still can't stop them from wanting to be like other American girls.  If you try to stop them from listening to the television shows that other American girls listen to, they'll do it behind your back.  If you try to stop them from sending messages to their teenage friends, they'll do that behind your back.  Can you really find the time to watch them when you have so many other things to do?

During the turbulent 1960s, wall posters were sold with this saying:

"If you love something, let it go.
If it comes back to you, it's yours.
If it doesn't, it never was."

The same thing happens with children.  If you truly love them, you have to let them find their own unique individual identity.  Even though you, their father, are an immigrant, according to the extensive research provided by an Arizona Sheriff, Malia and Sasha are Americans.  As long as they live here, they will want to be like other people who live in this country.  First-generation immigrants sometimes mourn the loss of the culture that they enjoyed in "the old country", but assimilation is impossible to avoid.

Please avoid the urge to force your daughters to be more like Kenya where you were born or Indonesia where you grew up.  You will only alienate them.  You may be able to prevent them from influencing foreign policy, and you may be able to prevent them from speaking their mind in public about the tax code, but in less than four years, you won't be President any more, and you will lose a lot of your ability to control what they see and hear as well as your ability to control how they communicate with other Americans.  You should get used to the idea that they will have different ideas than you do.

I have heard rumors that Malia is dating.  Some of these rumors were started by YOU.

From an article posted on the Huffington Post February 15th.  The links are theirs:
During a stop in Georgia Thursday, where he pushed his education agenda, President Obama hinted that one of his daughters -- most likely the eldest, 14-year-old Malia -- is officially dating.

"I do have to warn the parents who are here, who still have young kids, they grow up to be, like five feet 10 inches. And even if they're still nice to you, they basically don't have a lot of time for you during the weekends," he told the crowd. "They have sleepovers and dates. So all that early investment just leaves them to go away," he said.

A White House official declined Yahoo.com's request for comment and clarification on the president's remark, but it's safe to say that First Boyfriend watch is officially in effect.

In an interview with People magazine last month, the Obamas talked about the influence their marriage will have on their daughter's inevitable relationships with boys.

"The great thing about the girls is they've got a wonderful role model in their mom. They've seen how Michelle and I interact — not only the love but also respect that I show to their mom. So I think they have pretty high expectations about how relationships should be, and that gives me some confidence about the future," Obama said.

Case in point: The romantic Valentine's date the president said he and Michelle had lanned last night.

"She made me promise to get back in time for our date tonight. That's important," Obama said during his Georgia stop, "I've already got a gift, got the flowers," he went on to say.

During their father's second term, Sasha, 11, who arrived in the White House as a second-grader, moves on to middle school while Malia begins the many adventures of your average teen.
Don't look now, Barry, I mean Barak (sorry, I keep forgetting to use your Muslim name), but Malia is fooling her mother.  She's not really interested in dating a Muslim.  She's only doing it because you're trying so hard to push your ideas onto her.  What she really wants is some romantic diversity.  If she had her way, she would date someone who looks like America, and if you really loved her, you'd let her.

You see, Mister President, as much as you hate the concept, this country is a melting pot.  Two centuries ago, the children of British immigrants welcomed Germans and Irish into our country.  Most of them intermarried, and now, it's hard to tell them apart in a crowd.  The melting pot did its' job.  Since then, many people from many countries have come to our country, and the melting pot is still doing the same job, creating Americans out of a hundred other nationalities and a thousand other cultures.

If you truly love your daughters as an immigrant, and as a father, let your daughters learn that this nation takes pride its' immigrants because of what they contribute to the whole country as blended un-hyphenated Americans who are proud of our country and friends to allies like Canada, most of western Europe, and many other nations.

Tell the same thing to your strong-willed wife, too.  She, even more than you, needs to know why we are the strongest nation on the face of the earth.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

This is why they call it Great Britain


All of the following photos were taken at yesterday's London Marathon.

The race began with a moment of silence, to demonstrate their deep respect for all of the victims of the Boston bombing.






Every runner passed under this banner.

It says:


"Run if you can,

walk if you must,

but finish for Boston."




Other photos from the marathon:





May

God

continue

to

bless

The

Queen

Monday, April 22, 2013

An idea whose time has come


A radio station that broadcasts exclusively in Spanish and whose hosts are people who like this nation and its' Constitution.

The story in Politico, dated January 27, 2012.

The first five paragraphs of the story and an audio link.
(Note: All links in these paragraphs are Politico's.)
A former Bush administration official is launching a Spanish-language talk-radio show in hopes of bringing a conservative political message to a medium popular with many Hispanics.

“It will be like Rush Limbaugh but with a little Piolín flavor,” said host Alfonso Aguilar, referring to the godfather of conservative talk and the country’s dominant Latino broadcaster.

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Last Saturday, Aguilar began what will be a weekly, hour-long show in 11 top Univision radio markets by interviewing Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio. An interview with Newt Gingrich will air Saturday morning, just four days before Florida’s primary. The show airs live and features newsmaker interviews as well as listener phone calls.

It’s the first national conservative talk show in Spanish and the idea is to reach Hispanics on a station that draws millions of listeners — but doesn’t often include a conservative perspective.

“Right now, the problem that we have is Latinos have been voting for liberals because we haven’t showed up,” said Aguilar, who served as chief of citizenship for President George W. Bush and now serves as executive director of a group called the Latino Partnership for Conservative principles. “It’s important for conservatives to reach Latinos directly.”

You know, I'm starting to like immigration ....

Sunday, April 21, 2013

My favorite tweet during the past week


"The punk placed a bomb next to a child.  I don't need to know why.

Because why will not change the fact that he placed a bomb next to a child."

This message was sent via Twitter by Greg Gutfeld on April 20th.

On April 19, 2017, I added the actual tweet from Mr. Gutfeld.
If you click on the date at the end of this tweet, you will see this tweet on his Twitter account.

**********

Note: I agree one hundred percent with the righteous indignation.

However, after professional law enforcement agencies find accurate information about these two individuals, and after professional lawmakers use this information to pass better laws, the new information and the new laws may prevent further crimes.

When I say "professional" law enforcement and "professional" lawmakers, both phrases refer to people who will let the facts outweigh the politics.

This was not done when our embassy in Benghazi was attacked, and it was not done when thirteen U.S. soldiers were murdered at Fort Hood in Texas.  Both are clear cases of murders being done by Islamic extremists, and both events have multiple sources of evidence that is ready for a courtroom, but in both cases, President Obama never acknowledged the fact that Muslims committed the crimes.

In the case of Benghazi, President Obama never allowed available units of the U.S. Military to fight back against the heavily-armed Islamic extremists who were attacking the embassy, which was located on U.S.-owned land, as is true with every U.S. Embassy.


Why has Presisent Obama refused to label Muslim extremism "terrorism"?


Because President Obama IS a Muslim.

This video was posted on YouTube Sept. 7, 2008.

Barak was being interviewed by George Stephanopoulis of ABC News.

At that time, he was a U.S. Senator and a candidate for the Presidency.



More information about Barak Obama's Muslim background is available in a story published by the Washington Times on September 11, 2012.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

This is why this abortionist is on trial for murder


This is not just "human tissue".

This is A BABY GIRL, and he killed her.






These are the first three paragraphs of a story published 24 hours ago on the website of the Atlantic Monthly, which still prints and mails out a monthly magazine (I have a subscription).

Note: The links in the following paragraphs were in the original article.
The grand jury report in the case of Kermit Gosnell, 72, is among the most horrifying I've read. "This case is about a doctor who killed babies and endangered women. What we mean is that he regularly and illegally delivered live, viable babies in the third trimester of pregnancy - and then murdered these newborns by severing their spinal cords with scissors," it states. "The medical practice by which he carried out this business was a filthy fraud in which he overdosed his patients with dangerous drugs, spread venereal disease among them with infected instruments, perforated their wombs and bowels - and, on at least two occasions, caused their deaths."

Charged with seven counts of first-degree murder, Gosnell is now standing trial in a Philadelphia courtroom. An NBC affiliate's coverage includes testimony as grisly as you'd expect. "An unlicensed medical school graduate delivered graphic testimony about the chaos at a Philadelphia clinic where he helped perform late-term abortions," the channel reports. "Stephen Massof described how he snipped the spinal cords of babies, calling it, 'literally a beheading. It is separating the brain from the body.' He testified that at times, when women were given medicine to speed up their deliveries, 'it would rain fetuses. Fetuses and blood all over the place.'"

One former employee described hearing a baby screaming after it was delivered during an abortion procedure. "I can't describe it. It sounded like a little alien," she testified. Said the Philadelphia Inquirer in its coverage, "Prosecutors have cited the dozens of jars of severed baby feet as an example of Gosnell's idiosyncratic and illegal practice of providing abortions for cash to poor women pregnant longer than the 24-week cutoff for legal abortions in Pennsylvania."


The babies he killed are all in heaven, because they're all innocent of any human crimes.

If Kermit Gosnel, who killed them, wants to join them there, he had better start spending a lot of time begging God to forgive him.



This is a link to a 281-page PDF-format Grand Jury report on this case.

04/18/13 update.  The last prosecution witness told the jury that he saw, as an eyewitness, ten babies breathing before Kermit Gosnel killed them.  Oh by the way, some third-trimester abortions are permitted under the "Roe vs. Wade" Supreme Court ruling.  Any baby that breathes is a baby that has a right to life.  If those parents don't want that baby, there are millions of married couples who would love to be given that baby because they can't have babies of their own.

June 22, 2016 update.
These are the first five paragraphs of a May 13, 2013 New York Times story.
PHILADELPHIA — A doctor who was responsible for cutting the spines of babies after botched abortions was convicted Monday of three counts of first-degree murder in a case that became a sharp rallying cry for anti-abortion activists.

The doctor, Kermit Gosnell, 72, operated a clinic in West Philadelphia catering to poor women that prosecutors called a “house of horrors.”

The case turned on whether the late-term pregnancies Dr. Gosnell terminated resulted in live births. His lawyer, Jack McMahon, argued that because Dr. Gosnell injected a drug in utero to stop the heart, the deliveries were stillbirths, and movements that witnesses testified to observing — a jerked arm, a cry, swimming motions — were mere spasms.

But after deliberating 10 days, the jury found Dr. Gosnell guilty in the deaths of victims known as Baby A, Baby C and Baby D. He was found not guilty of murdering Baby E.

Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty when the trial moves into the sentencing phase next Tuesday.

February 21, 2017 update.
These are the first four paragraphs of a Daily Mail (U.K.) story dated today.  The link in the first paragraph was in their story.
Superstar Will Smith was brought into this world by the most notorious abortion doctor in America, DailyMail.com can reveal exclusively.

And now Kermit Gosnell, who is serving life in prison for running a horrific clinic, is trying to make contact with the Collateral Beauty actor in a bid to get him to take up his case.

‘I’m fond of asserting that there could never be a Men in Black if I had dropped you on your head,’ Gosnell, now 76, wrote in a letter he sent to Smith, a copy of which has been provided to DailyMail.com.

Father-of-six Gosnell was convicted in 2013 of the murder of three babies who were born alive and the involuntary manslaughter of a patient who died during a botched abortion. He agreed to a sentence of life without parole if prosecutors did not seek the death penalty.

A Florida teacher asked students to throw away the Constitution


Copied VERBATIM fom a story that was published yesterday in The Blaze.  I have already tweeted this story to my followers.

The photo was published by The Blaze, as part of their story.
The words are written in crayon, in the haphazard bumpiness of a child’s scrawl.

“I am willing to give up some of my constitutional rights in order to be safer or more secure.”

They’re the words that Florida father Aaron Harvey was stunned to find his fourth-grade son had written, after a lesson in school about the Constitution.

Harvey’s son attends Cedar Hills Elementary in Jacksonville, Fla.  Back in January, a local attorney came in to teach the students about the Bill of Rights.  But after the attorney left, fourth-grade teacher Cheryl Sabb dictated the sentence to part of the class and had them copy it down, he said.

The paper sat unnoticed in Harvey’s son’s backpack for several months until last week, when his son’s mother almost threw it away.  The words caught her eye in the trash, and she showed it to Harvey, who said he was at a loss for words.  He asked his son, who said Sabb had spoken the sentence out loud and told them to write it down.  Harvey said he asked some of his son’s classmates and got a similar answer.

“Everybody has their opinions,” Harvey told The Blaze.  “I am strongly for proper education, for the freedom of thought so you can form your own opinion and have your own free speech in the future… [but] the education is, ‘when was the Constitution drafted, when was it ratified, why did this happen, why did we choose to do this…all these things, why did they particularly choose those specific rights to be in our Bill of Rights.’”


More important than any words written in crayon

These words are what every President says, with his hand on a Bible, when he takes the Oath of Office at the beginning of his presidential term:

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States."

- The United States Constitution, Article 2, Section 1.


Also more important than words written in crayon

"The price of liberty is eternal vigilance." - Thomas Jefferson, our third president

Friday, April 12, 2013

Gabrielle Gifford's husband likes to shoot his gun


Copied VERBATIM from a story published April 9th (three days ago) in "The Hill", a news journal that focuses on Capitol Hill politics.

A video is included, lasting just under three minutes, showing him shooting at clay flowerpots and plastic water bottles with a 9mm Glock that has a 17-round clip.  He originally bought it as a gift for her.  He says so in the video.

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) sometimes watches her husband shoot guns recreationally.

CNN released a taped interview with Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, where Kelly is shown shooting a Glock 9 millimeter handgun at pots and bottles while Giffords watches on a patio at her mother's house in Arizona.

The Glock 9 millimeter is the same gun that was used in the shooting massacre in Tucson, Arizona in early 2011 where Giffords suffered a gunshot wound to the head.

Kelly notes that the Glock he fires recreationally holds 17 rounds while the one used in Tucson held 33 rounds.

Kelly and Giffords have become some of the most prominent proponents of strengthening gun laws. They run the group Americans for Responsible Solutions which advocates policies meant to reduce gun violence.

Americans for Responsible Solutions recently released a video of Kelly buying a Sig Sauer .45 in Tucson, Arizona. The video argued that it's currently too easy to buy a gun.

President Obama has urged Congress to pass new gun laws. On Monday Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced that he would block a package of gun-control measures Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) hopes to bring to the Senate.

Read more: http://thehill.com/video/in-the-news/292577-giffords-and-husband-still-enjoy-recreational-gun-use#ixzz2QHkuyipD

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If Gabrielle Gifford's husband can buy and use a firearm and ammo for it, and if he tells the rest of the country that we have no right to buy and use a firearm and ammo for it, then he's either a dictator or a hypocrite.

Either way, the National Rifle Association is right and he's wrong.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

The U.S. Senate is voting on legislation THEY HAVEN'T READ


This happened with the Affordable Health Care Law, also known as "Obamacare", and it is happening RIGHT NOW with other legislation, being debated RIGHT NOW in the U.S. Senate.


The legislation would approve a United Nations treaty that would remove the protection of one of the rights in our Bill of Rights, a document that a hundred generations of American soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and coast guardsmen have fought and bled to protect.


U.S. Senator Mike Lee of South Carolina, speaking today about the legislation.

This video lasts five and a half minutes.


Call your Senator NOW.

Tell him/her that any legislation that hasn't been read should never be approved.

Seeing racism and sexism where it doesn't exist


When I was a young boy, one of my grandfathers taught me how to play chess, but because he lived far away, I couldn't play with him very often.

Later, as an older boy, I discovered that there was a group of people who played chess at my local public library.  They met once every week.  This was a very informal chess club, and it didn't own any chess boards or sets of the pieces that move around on the boards, but many people who came to the weekly meetings had their own chess sets (boards and pieces), and so, many people had an opportunity to play chess with a human opponent when they came to the weekly meetings.

These were friendly games.  Many of the players shook hands with their opponents after a game was finished.  Some players tried to teach strategy to their opponents.  Sometimes, this happened while a game was in progress.  The players who performed this act of kindness still felt the need to be competitive and to play at their best during organized chess tournaments, but when they attended the chess club, they cared so much about the game of chess and about the other players that they wanted to improve the skills of the other players.  These acts of kindness usually resulted in better and more interesting games later between those same two players.

Most of the people who came to the "club meetings" were male.  Did the club have a policy that prohibited women from attending our meetings?  No.  In fact, I doubt that the library would have allowed us to hold our meetings if we had such a policy.  In the absence of any sociological studies about this subject, I believe that most women simply don't like to play chess, and that this is why the club rarely had any women visitors.

The people who came to our club meetings were usually people who lived close to the public library, located a few miles away from a major U.S. city.  Some people might say that the club wasn't very "diversified", but again, the club didn't have any formal membership policies, so anyone who had an interest in the game of chess was welcome to come, even if all they wanted to do was to watch two other people play chess.

Was the club diversified?  Honestly, I don't really care.  There's less diversity in Saudi Arabia, but how many people are complaining loudly enough to make a difference?

From the website of the U.S. Department of State (and their 2005 report on religious freedom in Saudi Arabia):
The country is a monarchy with a legal system based on Islamic law (Shari'a).  Islam is the official religion, and the law requires that all citizens be Muslims.  The Government does not provide legal protection for freedom of religion, and such protection does not exist in practice.

The public practice of non-Muslim religions is prohibited.  The Government recognizes the right of non-Muslims to worship in private; however, it does not always respect this right in practice and does not define this right in law.


Leave chess clubs and other similar organizations alone.  They don't want diversity, and they don't need diversity.  Saudi Arabia does need diversity.  So does Iran, Egypt, Nigeria, and many other countries, too.

Racism and sexism exists now in these countries, but it did not exist in the chess club I attended as a boy, and it does not exist now in many other American organizations.

Look closely at some of the organizations that are accused of being racist and sexist.  You won't find it.



June 2015 update. While researching the reasons for the high male-female ratio among people who play chess, I have seen some people say, in writing, that it is because women "aren't smart enough" to play an intellectual game like chess.  I do not accept this idea.

I believe that men and women have a different psychology.  Male psychology is focused on competition, while female psychology is focused on cooperation.  Chess is a competitive game, so it naturally attracts more men than women.  On the other hand, it requires cooperation to be in a choir, a book-reading group, or to make a quilt.  Those activities attract women.

These links, listed in chronological order, mention research about the male-female ratio in chess.

Scientific American, December 29, 2008 Includes a downloadable 1-minute podcast and the transcript of it.

Phys.Org, January 12, 2009 Mentions a research study done by Oxford University (without mentioning the university by name).

Daily Telegraph (UK) January 27, 2009 Also mentions the research done by Oxford University.

Chess.com A discussion board that began June 3, 2010, but other similar discussions began two years earlier.

National Public Radio, August 15, 2010.  Their headline uses the unfortunate term "gender divide".

PhpBB discussion board topic began March 20, 2011.  This topic was started to compare the few female chess players with the large number of female bridge players.

The Guardian (UK) November 12, 2012 The first five paragraphs are about one expert female player.  Note, good players are called a "master", and the best players are called a "grandmaster".  These titles have to be earned by winning games against other players with certain numbered chess ratings.  The ratings and the titles are assigned by an international chess organization.



April 4, 2016 update.  As I wrote earlier in this essay, there is a lack of diversity in Nigeria, specifically religious diversity.  These are the first three paragraphs of a February 14, 2015 NBC News article.
Boko Haram forces appear poised to attack Maiduguri, a city of 2 million in northeast Nigeria -- meaning that 200,000 Christians could be at risk of slaughter by the Islamist terror group, say U.S. intelligence officials and experts on Nigeria.

"An attack on Madiguri is very likely," said J. Peter Pham, director of the Africa Project at the Atlantic Council, echoing U.S. intelligence officials. Pham believes, as do other experts, that Boko Haram has already placed "sleeper cells" among the tide of refugees who have fled the group's murderous rampage through Africa's most populous nation. "They've done it everywhere else they've gone," said Pham. "So why not Maiduguri?"

One big concern is the large number of Christians in the city -- about 200,000, most of them Roman Catholic. In previous attacks, Boko Haram has offered Nigerian Christians the opportunity to convert or be killed. Already, 200 Christian churches have been lost to the group's onslaught.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Why is this man in the White House?

He's a terrible basketball player!  Two successes and twenty failures!


Joe Biden could shoot baskets better than this guy!

Mitt Romney could shoot baskets better than this guy!!


Mitt Romney could also get people working again, put homeless people into good jobs and good housing, reduce the national debt to a manageable level, and restore the country's credit rating, but we'll have to wait until after Mr. Obama is kicked out of the Oval Office.

And there's one more thing.  Mitt Romney won't say that he can lower the oceans.



Barak did say that ...
but the waters kept rising!

"This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow!", he said.


Why is this man still in the white House??

Sunday, April 7, 2013

My Twitter info


I have had a Twitter account for some time, but it's not my favorite literary style.  I prefer to write essays, not short 140-character messages.  I don't read my tweets every day, but there's a good chance that I'll see your messages.  My e-mail address is available on my Blogger "about me" page, also.

If you want to send me a tweet, send it to @BennyTheKite.

I'm also registered on Gab as "David_fan_of_Ben_Franklin".  The word "Gab" is a clickable link to their site.

My Twitter handle was named in honor of Benjamin Franklin.

He was:

My personal standards for retweeting other people's messages

This is a repeat of an announcement that I have already made on Twitter.  As my personal policy on Twitter, I will not retweet certain messages.  Any message that has strong swear words will not be retweeted.  I have reluctantly retweeted messages from people who called someone else "an ass" or "a jackass", but stronger language is not acceptable to me.  Twitter may allow other swear words, but I do not.

Also, in accordance with my personal racial policy (I am color-blind), I will not retweet any message that includes a description of an individual or a group as being a member of a race.  No descriptions of anyone or any group as a "white person" or a "black person" are allowed.  No color-coded descriptions of a group of people are allowed, either.  I recently had a conversation with someone who had been a political candidate of a congressional district that he said was "majority black".  I did not retweet that message because it goes against the color-blindness that has been a part of my life for decades.


New retweeting policy as of December 2, 2015

Today, I found out that another person followed me whose Twitter account was strictly commercial.  There were no messages about any of my favorite subjects: politics, political science, or economics.  None of his messages interested me at all.  It seems that the only reason he followed me was because he believed that I would eventually retweet some of his messages, and he would get some free publicity

That was my policy for well over a year, but as of today, December 2, 2015, I am changing this policy.

Anyone is welcome to follow me on Twitter.  Anyone at all, including singers, writers, graphic artists, and anyone else who has a product to sell, but I will not retweet messages from Twitter accounts that are set up exclusively for a commercial purpose.

I will make exceptions at my own personal discretion.


The threats against the jury

I have only made one exception to this policy of not retweeting messages that include color descriptions of people or groups.  During the 2013 trial of George Zimmerman, I found a person who was tweeting threats against the jury.  As soon as I saw these messages, I looked for some way to report him to Twitter, but I didn't see any way to do it, so I began retweeting the messages verbatim, one after another, hoping that someone else knew how to notify Twitter and some law enforcement authority of the threat to this jury.

Fortunately, someone else that was reading my retweets retweeted them again to the Twitter support staff and to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Less than a half-hour later, the Twitter account of the person who was making the threats was suspended.  I can only hope that someone in the F.B.I. has arrested him, but I don't have a lot of confidence that this has happened, because the F.B.I. reports to the U.S. Department of Justice, which was headed by Eric Holder at that time.  He is well-known for not prosecuting certain kinds of people.


An additional policy

[04/01/15 update.  This is not an April Fool's joke.  Someone followed my Twitter account that was posting messages about only one subject - pornography.  Every message on that account included a photo of a naked woman.  I will not retweet any message that has pornography in it.]


The names of some of my followers

Elected Officials

Note: within each group, these officials are listed in the order that they followed me.  For example, Senator Cruz followed me before Senator Blunt did, so Senator Cruz is listed before Senator Blunt.
Name Other Information Twitter Handle
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz represents Texas Senate office website @SenTedCruz
Ted Cruz his personal Twitter account @tedcruz
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt represents Missouri Senate office website @RoyBluntMO
U.S. Representative Ann Wagner represents Missouri's 2nd District House office website @RepAnnWagner
U.S. Representative Brian Mast
Brand-new member of the U.S. House, representing Florida's 18th Congressional district. House office website.
@BrianMastFL
Gov. John Kasich Governor of Ohio and 2016 presidential candidate website @JohnKasich
Missouri State Treasurer Eric Schmitt He began following me when he was a Missouri State Senator. campaign website @Eric_Schmitt
Texas State Senator Brandon Creighton He is also the Vice-Chair of the Texas Senate. TX Senate website @SenCreighton
Texas State Senator Don Huffines He represents Texas Senate District 16.  TX Senate website @DonHuffines
Virginia State Senator Dick Black He represents Virginia Senate District 13.  VA Senate website @SenRichardBlack
Arizona State Representative Bob Thorpe He represents their 6th House District.  Link to his page on the AZ Legislature's website. @azrepbobthorpe
Florida State Representative Richard Corcoran He represents their 37th House District.  Link to his page on the FL Legislature's website. @richardcorcoran
Maine State Representative Matt Harrington He represents their 19th House District.  Link to his page on the ME Legislature's website. @mharrinngton181
Arkansas State Representative Bob Ballinger He represents their 97th House District.  Link to his page on the AR Legislature's website. @Bob_Ballinger
Massachusetts State Representative Geoff Diehl He represents their 7th Plymouth District in the statehouse.  Link to his page on the MA Legislature's website. @RepGeoffDiehl
Barnstable County Commissioner Ron Beaty List of the County Commissioners, on the website of Barnstable County. @ronbeatyjr
Phoenix City Councillor Sal DiCiccio His reelection website. @Sal_DiCiccio


Advocacy groups and journalists

The Massachusetts Tea Party my oldest follower (thanks) @MAteaparty
The Texas Republican Party
Home of US Senator Ted Cruz, State Senator Brandon Creighton, and Don Huffines
@TexasGOP
Americans For Prosperity
A strong voice in opposition to Obama's policies
@AFPhq
AFP, Alaska Branch
A strong voice in opposition to Obama's policies
@AlaskaAFP
AFP, North Carolina
A strong voice in opposition to Obama's policies
@AFPNC
AFP, Tennessee
A strong voice in opposition to Obama's policies
@AFPTN
AFP, Colorado
A strong voice in opposition to Obama's policies
@AFPColorado
AFP, Iowa
A strong voice in opposition to Obama's policies
@AFPIowa
AFP, New Hampshire
A strong voice in opposition to Obama's policies
@AFP_NH
AFP, Florida
A strong voice in opposition to Obama's policies
@AFPF_FL
AFP, Maine
A strong voice in opposition to Obama's policies
@AFPFMaine
AFP, Pennsylvania
A strong voice in opposition to Obama's policies
@AFPFPennsylvania
AFP, Georgia
A strong voice in opposition to Obama's policies
@AFPFGeorgia
American Spectator
Their Twitter profile says that they "provide witty political and cultural commentary from the nation's capital." Website.
@AmSpectator
Team Santorum
Rick Santorum was a 2012 presidential candidate.  The last tweet posted by this account was made January 2016.
@TeamSantorum
Freedom Matters
This account builds grassroots support for Ted Cruz.  This account was originally named Cruz Grassroots.
@CruzGrassroots
The National Center for Public Policy Research Chairman @AmyRidenour also follows me @NationalCenter
The Daily Caller Politics Their main page is @DailyCaller @TheDCPolitics
The Convention of the States Project
This group is organizing a convention of delegates who would agree on proposed amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
@COSProject
Uma Pemmeraju
Emmy-Award-winning Fox News Journalist
@UmaPemmeraju
Carla Chamorro Contributor to Fox News from Nicaragua @CarlaChamorros
Adelle Nazarian
Politics and National Security reporter for @BreitbartNews her most recent stories
@AdelleNaz
The Mass GOP Muni PAC
The full name is The Massachusetts Republican Municipal Coalition PAC
@MassGOPMuniPAC
The Thomas More Society
A national not-for-profit law firm that provides pro-bono legal services. Website
@ThomasMoreSoc
U.S. Dept. of Interior one of the cabinet agencies @Interior
U.S. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Service part of the Interior Department @USFWS


Recent candidates for public office

Rob Maness
Candidate for the U.S. Senate in Louisiana and a retired Air Force Colonel. Campaign website.  He didn't win his race.
@RobManess
Lori Bartley
Candidate for the U.S. House in Texas's 18th Congressional district. Campaign website.  She didn't win her race, and she deleted her Twitter account, but she also uses @AVFTVoiceless.
@LoriBartleyTX18
Note: Rob and Lori lost their elections, but Brian won his race, so he will be sworn-in as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives in January.  U.S. Representative Scott Rigel chose not to run for re-election, so in January, I will still have two members of the U.S. House following me, Ann Wagner and Brian Mast.

Lori Bartley deleted her Twitter account a day or two after the election was over.  I wish that she had used it to thank her supporters and to listen to the well-wishes of the people who voted for her, but she chose not to do that.  I think it was a bad decision, but it's her decision.

Other Individuals

former U.S. Representative Scott Rigell Represented Virginia's 2nd District until January 2017. House office website @RepScottRigell
former Kansas State Senator Garrett Love He represented Kansas Senate District 38 for one 6-year term @Garrett_Love
Sarah Steelman Commissioner of the Office of Administration in Missouri's State Government. @Sarah_Steelman
Michael Johns
Tea Party Leader & former White House Speechwriter
@michaeljohns
Jesse Columbo Forbes online columnist  His bio. @thebubblebubble
Jeff Kuhner
Radio talk show host on Boston's WRKO and columnist at the Washington Times
@TheKuhnerReport
MS Operator
Protection Detail Operator at Mexico Executive Protection Group
@MSOperator1
Barbara Boland CNS News Reporter @BBatdc
Melody Himel Clarke Regional Coordinator, Heritage Action @TheRightMelody
Andrew Malcolm Columnist at Investor's Business Daily @AHMalcolm
Amy Ridenour @AmyRidenour
Jamie Glazov Editor of Front Page Mag @JamieGlazov
Sean Hannity One of the top syndicated radio talk show hosts. @seanhannity
Jesse Lee Peterson
The host of a radio talk show.  Video and audio podcasts are available.
@JLPtalk
Steve Stockman former U.S. Representative from Texas, 1995-1997 and 2013-2015. @SteveWorks4You
Scott Brown
Former U.S. Senator from Massachusetts and retired Colonel in the Army National Guard
@SenScottBrown
Jesse-Jane McParland
2016 Junior World Champion, World Association of Kickboxing Organizations
@JJmcparland

These people and organizations have followed me in the past.

Montel Williams
The host of one of the longest-running talk shows on television.  Emmy winner in 1996.
@Montel_Williams
The Washington Examiner Recent headline: Carson: No Syrian Refugees in the U.S., should help Jordan instead @DCExaminer
Dave Brown Senior Editor at the Washington Examiner @dave_brown24
American Majority They train people to become politically active. @Am_National
Leslie Marshall
Nationally syndicated radio talk show host who streams her show on LeslieMarshall.com
@LeslieMarshall
Kris Gutierrez
Former national correspondent for Fox News, now working for KXAS-TV in Fort Worth, Texas.
@KrisGutierrez
John Grisham Best-selling author.  He followed me twice. @JohnGrisham
The Daily Caller Recent headline: Media rushes to blame Christians, Republicans for Planned Parenthood shooting @DailyCaller
Team Ted Cruz 2016
This account is controlled by his campaign staff.  The last post was July 20, 2016.
@TeamTedCruz2016
Linda Wang Professional actress.  IMDB listing. @LoveLindaWang
Alfons Lôpez Tena
The current leader of the separatist movement in Spain.  An Op-Ed he wrote about Catalonia.
@alfonslopeztena
Michele McPhee Emmy-nominated Investigative Reporter, Author, ABC News Producer. @MicheleMcPhee



I am now followed by two apparent fan clubs of The Beatles, the best musical group in history!  One Twitter account is @beatlssa.  There is another Twitter account, also called The Beatles, and they also follow me, but their Twitter account is @TBeatlesWorld.  I follow both of them, and I don't follow everybody who follows me.

I have said it in the past, and I said it again today (March 6, 2015) on my Twitter account.
None of the musical groups that existed during the past 40 years have produced this kind of enthusiasm in their fans.


The number of my followers is not accurate

In the middle of December 2013, I had about 235 followers.  They were following me at the rate of about two or three a day.  I was happy with this.  I have been rewarding new followers by retweeting some of their messages, and if I get 2-3 new followers a day, I can keep up with that pace and thank each one individually.

But then, I was away from Twitter for a few days.

When I came back and logged back on, I saw that I had over ten thousand new followers.  I tried hard to think what I could have done on Twitter or this blog to earn ten thousand new followers in a few days.

In a desperate effort to learn more, I started looking at some of these followers, and I started seeing two patterns.
  1. Many of these new followers had not sent out an original tweet in years.
  2. Many of these people had names that sounded Spanish.
I came to the conclusion that many of these people, perhaps even the overwhelming majority of them, had died, and that someone else had figured out some way to get the Twitter account of a dead person to "follow" someone.

Few of these strange new followers have corresponded sent me any tweets, and none of them have replied to anything I've written, which gives me even more reason to believe that they're literally the account of a dead person.

Since December, I still get about two or three new followers a day, on average, and I still reward them by retweeting some of their recent messages, but I would really like to have a private talk with whoever dumped those ten thousand dead accounts on me.

David