UPDATE: (Thr. 24 Jan. 2013) -- As of Wednesday, 23 January 2013, I am 'unblocked' and now able to post on Ross' Facebook page. Also, oddly-enough, a letter to the editor of a local paper published only about 12 hours after Ross' staff unblocked me, but this appears to be an unrelated coincidence, since Ross' office could not have reacted to the letter before it had published; thus, their unblocking me was a genuine, honest action, not a 'reaction' to news media pressure, which had not manifested until about 12 hours *after* their action. More details are below. -- End of update

UPDATE: (Sat. 03 Nov. 2018) -- Today, while looking at my web-ring, I noticed that I had forgotten to include one salient fact: When attending Rep. Colleen Burton's election-night party, four years ago (Tue.04Nov.2014), a source whom I chose to keep undisclosed assured me that Congressman Dennis Ross fired the staffer who was blocking constituents on social media, and I have confirmed this via other sources. So, in addition to unblocking constituents **BEFORE** my infamous "heavy-hand" letter published...
** “Ross Has Heavy Hand Online,” LETTERS, by Gordon Wayne Watts, The Ledger, Jan 24, 2013 [247-words]
  • ** https://www.TheLedger.com/article/LK/20130124/News/608070720/LL/ -- "Fair Use" caches, below:
  • ** https://Archive.vn/f7T4g (Archive Today)
  • ** https://web.archive.org/web/20201106044413/https://www.theledger.com/article/LK/20130124/News/608070720/LL (Wayback Machine)
  • ** "Heavy-Hand-Letter-Screenshot_PDF.pdf" (Local cache)
  • ** https://GordonWatts.com/DennisRoss-on-HigherEd/HeavyHandArchive-resolved/Heavy-Hand-Letter-Screenshot_PDF.pdf
  • ** https://gordonWAYNEwatts.com/DennisRoss-on-HigherEd/HeavyHandArchive-resolved/Heavy-Hand-Letter-Screenshot_PDF.pdf
  • ** https://ContractWithAmerica2.com/Heavy-Hand-Letter-Screenshot_PDF.pdf
  • ...he also fired the staffer responsible, which I confirmed from other sources, and thus he was not "reacting" to my letter which had as yet not published --and thus (even if we disagree politically on key issues), Mr. Ross deserves credit for showing honour and integrity. -- End of update

    UPDATE: (Sat. 25 Sept. 2021) -- Today, while looking at my web-ring, I noticed that I had forgotten to include one other salient fact: Because I later found out that former Congressman, Dennis A. Ross, was not the guilty party (but rather a staffer who did the social media blocking), I sent a 2ND "letter to the editor" to The Ledger the following day, which was not published there. But, I did, honestly/genuinely, try to clear his innocent name/reputation, and so I link a copy below to verify this claim -- and (more-importantly) assure/reassure Dennis & others that, while imperfect, my motives/intents are good/altruistic. See below...
    ** LINKS:
  • ** "Heavy-Hand-Letter-Screenshot_PDF.pdf" (Local cache)
  • ** https://GordonWatts.com/DennisRossHeavyHandFollowUp_Gmail.pdf
  • ** https://gordonWAYNEwatts.com/DennisRossHeavyHandFollowUp_Gmail.pdf
  • ** https://ContractWithAmerica2.com/DennisRossHeavyHandFollowUp_Gmail.pdf
  • ** https://Archive.vn/fj5DS (Archive Today)
  • ** http://Web.Archive.org/web/20210926010155/https://contractwithamerica2.com/DennisRossHeavyHandFollowUp_Gmail.pdf (Wayback Machine)
  • ... -- End of update, on Sat. 25 Sept. 2021.

    ----Original Message-----
    Date: Thr, 13 December2012 {4:41:45 P.M. -0500} 04:41:45 P.M. Eastern Standard Time
    Subject: 'Twittergate' (Update on the very bizarre U.S. Congressman)
    From: Gordon W. Watts <gww1210@aol.com>
    To: Gww1210@aol.com
    Bcc: [Undisclosed recipients]

    Dear friends at The Tampa Tribune, The Ledger, and elsewhere –
    You recall my email this past Nov. 30, I'm sure, where I told you that my U.S. Congressman, Dennis A. Ross (R-Fla-12th) was acting **very** bizarre and blocking a **whole** bunch of people from his Twitter, Facebook, and basically most/all of his social media. (Hence the subject title of this email: “Twittergate...,” a takeoff on Nixon's 'Watergate' scandal.)
    But, since I admitted that I had no proof to document my claims he was also doing this to others, I'm sure I looked like a loony-tune: In fact, one reporter I'm friends with asked me if I provoked the Congressman by (for example) posting too much, which was not an unreasonable question: On occasion I'm a bit talkative. (That was not the case here, though.)
    However, since my last email, I did find ample evidence of the Congressman blocking a BUNCH of people from ALL of his major social mediæ—for no other reason than they disagree with him, including, of course, his “public” Facebook, which is supposed to be open to all constituents to “hear our views” and help him represent us—so, now armed with the ability to cite sources & document my “wild claims,” I am notifying you of this, in case you too are alarmed that a Congressman REFUSES to hear from his constituents when their views slightly disagree or differ from his own:
    1 ) >> Congressman Ross, when confronted by a large, angry crowd, admitted that he blocked/banned a bunch of “postal employees” from his public Facebook page (not to be confused with his personal Facebook) allegedly “for abusive, vulgar, or personal attacks...because their posts and messages were abusive or bordering on the slanderous.”
    Source: www.GordonWatts.com/FannyDeregulation/Update-on-Ross-ban-block-situation.jpg
    Mirror: www.GordonWayneWatts.com/FannyDeregulation/Update-on-Ross-ban-block-situation.jpg 
    * This seems mighty suspicious: How could a person slander the Congressman, when all his votes are public record? (And, really, are we to believe that a LOT of posters had to be deleted, blocked, & banned “because their posts and messages were abusive or bordering on the slanderous.” Hmm...)
    * QUESTION: Did a bunch of postal employees really 'go postal' & slander the good congressman? Probably not: It is common knowledge that USPS employees were complaining that the 'prefunding' requirement of their retirement pension plans was excessive, thereby becoming a financial burden. (Note: While many USPS employees may not be in Ross' district, they are still is due representation because Ross sat on a nationwide House Committee overseeing restructuring of the U.S. Postal Service.)
    1—ANALYIS: Many U.S. Postal Service employees were blocked/banned for merely expressing a different opinion on whether the prefunded retirement deductions were excessive. (Please note also that one USPS employee, 'Guy,' mentioned in this screen shot—and discussed by a lot of people in several threads—had a whole lot of witnesses come out of the woodwork, repeatedly claiming they had carefully been monitoring his posts, and that NONE of his comments were, in any way harassing, threatening, vulgar, or to that effect; when many witnesses disagree with the Congressman here, I trust the 'many' witnesses, not the 'one' who has motive to lie to cover a mistake.) In Tinker v. Des Moines (393 U.S. 503, 1969), the US Supreme Court upheld the right of political speech in a public forum, of which the this Congressional page is a part (distinguished from Ross' personal Facebook page), so the Congressman is violating Free Speech.
    2) >> Facebook user, Steven Frediani, claims that: “My congressman, Dennis Ross blocked me from posting on his page because I voiced an opinion in opposition to his, and at the time I was not alone. There were several negative postings. Now there are only positive ones. I emailed him directly and asked him why,and he has not responded. Funny, I thought he was paid by the people to represent what we want, not dictate his ideals on us.”
    Source: https://www.facebook.com/congressorg/posts/123887641036922
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    2—ANALYIS: We don't know what happened, but if a “lot” of people are saying Ross is blocking them for no good reason, and it quacks like a duck, maybe it **is** a duck.
    3) >> A Google search, showing **lots** of complaints about the Congressman:
    Source: http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=%22dennis+ross%22+%22blocked+me%22
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    3—ANALYIS: The pattern here is obvious: If everybody's saying one thing and Ross is saying another, who do you think we can safely believe here?
    4) >> Virginia Hooper, a Google user, posted in Groups to the same effect, where she writes: “Congressman Dennis Ross then blocked me from Twitter...”
    Source: http://www.google.com/#hl=en&tbo=d&output=search&sclient=psy-ab&q=%22dennis+ross%22+%22blocked+me%22&oq=%22dennis+ross%22+%22blocked+me%22&gs_l=hp.3...1337.4995.0.5268.,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bvm=bv.1355272958,d.eWU&fp=fb2052ffe7ba6357&bpcl=39942515&biw=1247&bih=804
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    Note: While she later admits not being in his district, he sits on nationwide committees addressing her issues, so legally she should have been able to ask for representation, however, unable to email him, she tried social notworks: “Congressman Dennis Ross then blocked me from Twitter, which I used because you CANNOT email a US Congressman anymore if you are not in said government represtative's district, per regulations by Congressional legal enforcment].”
    4—ANALYIS: Virginia probably did nothing to justify getting blocked/banned. At the very least, it seems VERY unlikely that all these people would simultaneously threaten, harass, or slander the congressman—or use vulgar language.
    5) >> Someone else has a similar complaint:
    “Scp48 says:
    November 30, 2012 at 6:11 pm
    I fought my congressman for weeks on this,until he blocked me on all of his social networks,and that is Dennis Ross of FL,he lied to everyone about this bill,don’t trust anyone in DC,no one,they all are a bunch of criminals,anybody that believes anything they say, is nothing but a FOOL.”
    Source: http://www.PrisonPlanet.com/2013-ndaa-expands-power-of-military-to-detain-citizens.html
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    5—ANALYIS: The pattern is obvious—it seems unlikely that this guy did nothing more than express his opinion, protected under the First Amendment. Even strong opinions (Free Speech) are protected under the 1st Am. And, since this is a “public” page of the Congressman (not his private/personal page), First Amendment “Redress” is invoked (and Equal Protection, as well, for those of you legal eagles, keeping track).
    6) >> Steve Phillips, a Winter Haven, Fla. Resident, and one of Ross' constituents, had problems posting, and his was one of the many complaints I had not been able to document, until I did more research, and was able to access a Google cache of Ross' previously-deleted Facebook page. Steve posted on Ross' old 'public' Facebook fan page (before Ross deleted it & started over anew) that “FYI,Ross has blocked me on all of his social network,except this one,apparently he doesn't read this one or I would probably be blocked here too,Ross can't handle the truth,he must go,vote him out.”
    * Google cache by search on this term:
    * Google cache link: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=cache%3Awww.facebook.com%2Frepdennisross%2Fposts%2F485639681460366
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    * Off-site cache 2: www.GordonWatts.com/FannyDeregulation/StevePhillips-blocked-by-Congressman-too.JPG
    So far, there is damning evidence of Ross' refusal to hear opposing opinions from his constituents, but let's take a closer look at one of Steve's more recent posts to make that clear—since it was deleted, all we have, now, is this cache:
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    Here, you can see he posted a link to this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jv4CQJuANYM  by CREW (Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington), titled “Strategic Maneuvers - The Revolving Door from the Pentagon to the Private Sector.” Steve's post, however, is now missing:
    Link: https://www.facebook.com/dennis.ross.376/posts/439744936086142
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    Cache 2: www.GordonWayneWatts.com/FannyDeregulation/StevePhillips-post-missing.JPG
    This video claims that a bunch of retired generals and admirals went to work for defense contractors and defense consultants, whom they previously oversaw, but now making much more than when they were in the military, which might be a conflict of interest, since the contractors got money from the government—and then turned around and used these tax dollars to hire the former military at inflated salaries—and had credibility, as it featured Bryan Bender, a National Security Correspondent for the Boston Globe: http://www.bostonglobe.com/staff/bender
    6—ANALYIS: Therefore, Steve's post, here, is not slanderous, and neither vulgar, nor threatening, nor harassing, and his concern about misappropriation of tax dollars to over-paid “consultants” is a legitimate gripe for his Federal Lawmaker, Dennis Ross—one not justifying Ross delete his posts and block/ban him from posting on his public Congressional page.
    Lucky # 7) >> In my prior email, we saw my complaint of my posts all being deleted off Ross' public Congressional Facebook web-page, and then be being blocked/banned from posting:
    Link 1: www.GordonWatts.com/Cry-for-Help-BizarreCongressman.html
    Link 2: www.GordonWayneWatts.com/Cry-for-Help-BizarreCongressman.html
    (Note: Even though I had some positive things to say about the Congressman, he still was spiteful and vindictive, complete in his revenge, deleting ALL of my posts, and then blocking/banning me.)
    7—ANALYIS: The pattern holds: It's not “just Gordon,” who is a lone voice “crying wolf.”
    8) >> (LOTS MORE COMPLAINTS) Below, is my original post—which was deleted—even though it was not slanderous, harassing, spam, or threatening:
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    Cache 2: www.GordonWayneWatts.com/FannyDeregulation/Dennis-Ross-part-2-Screen-Capture.JPG
    That was a screen shot—to, you know, verify my claims: Here's the whole question:
    * www.GordonWatts.com/FannyDeregulation/dennis-part-2.doc 
    * www.GordonWayneWatts.com/FannyDeregulation/dennis-part-2.doc 
    * www.GordonWatts.com/FannyDeregulation/dennis-part-2.html 
    * www.GordonWayneWatts.com/FannyDeregulation/dennis-part-2.html
    As I said in my previous email, the post was deleted:
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    My mistreatment by the Congressman generated lots of complaints (see posts by Robert More, Brett Upthagrove, Jennifer Rash, and Donald Carney) >>
    Cache 1: www.GordonWatts.com/FannyDeregulation/Jennifers-Comment.JPG
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    After my post and then Brett's comments were all deleted, Carnley chimed in:
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    8—ANALYIS: “Lots more complaints” about Congressman Dennis A. Ross (R-Fla.-12th), including myself, make five.
    9) Ross surely doesn't want to hear disagreement, and deletes as many people as he can without drawing attention to himself. Brett Upthagrove, one of his constituents, who lives here in Lakeland, posted in my defense, seeking to argue that Ross was wrong to refuse to hear constituents' views; however, Brett's comment was deleted too. Take a 2nd look at Jennifer's comment, and notice Brett's comment is gone:
    Link: https://www.facebook.com/dennis.ross.376/posts/471240359580740
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    Cache 2: www.GordonWayneWatts.com/FannyDeregulation/copy-BrettsPosts-deleted-too.JPG
    But, it was there, between posts by Robert More and Jennifer Rash:
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    9—ANALYIS: Brett Upthagrove, a local well-known liberal Democrat (Google: “Brett Upthagrove” if you don't know him), is critical of the Congressman and Republicans in general, for over-spending:
    Link: https://www.facebook.com/GordonWayneWatts/posts/116675478497813
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    For Rep. Ross, who claims to be 'Conservative,' it is embarrassing to have people like Upthagrove (a liberal Democrat) saying Ross and his party are too liberal in how they over-spend. (That's like the time Communist Cuba offered to send poll observers to Florida: It was an insult that Florida had more voting problems than a Communist country!) So, Ross deletes all his posts.
    UPDATE: (Tuesday, May 21,2013)
    Here is a screenshot that Mr. Upthagrove sent me verifying his claims that he was blocked:
    Cache 1: www.GordonWatts.com/FannyDeregulation/Brett-Still-Blocked.jpg
    Cache 2: www.GordonWayneWatts.com/FannyDeregulation/Brett-Still-Blocked.jpg
    Notice that there is no dialogue box to enter your comment, or 'comment' link.

    That was back around Thursday, April 04, 2013, the day Rep. Ross had a Towh Hall Meeting in Plant City, Fla., as documented by the following screenshot:
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    (Note: The THM was actually on Thr. Apr. 04, 2013, as shown by the bottom half of this screenshot, but the top half, which has a Facebook post, apparently was posted the next day. Also, as stated in the inception of this blog entry, there was a major update: Ross' staff unblocked me, and later, unblocked Upthagrove, who we think were blocked by an over-zealous staff member no longer with Ross' office. So, Ross and his staff deserve credit here for unblocking us -and for allowing us to post unfettered on his Facebook fan page. In short, Ross' staff's unblocking of me was a genuine, honest action, not a 'reaction' to news media pressure, which had not manifested until about 12 hours *after* their action. END OF UPDATE ~G.W.)

    UPDATE: (Thr. 17 July 2014)
    It is also worth noting that Rep. Ross has allowed me way more than my fair share of questions in many, probably most, of all his subsequent Town Hall Meetings, be they in person _or_ be they Tele-THM's via the telephone. Also, when meeting him in person at one THM, for the first time I had seen him in person in years, he remembered me by name, was repspectful, and has always shown the highest regard for me, whether anyone in the news media was looking or not. Therefore, it all adds up to convince me: I am sure that Dennis and his staff, though human, have the highest honour and moral integrity. -- End of update.

    But, were Upthagrove's other posts slanderous, harassing, threatening? Let's see:
    Here, Brett is critical of Ross for protecting the rich (an opinion he has a right to express) >>
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    Here, Brett expresses his opinion about the famous “Grover Norquist” tax pledge—and about water-safety regulations:
    Cache 1: www.GordonWatts.com/FannyDeregulation/Bretts-2nd-post.JPG
    Cache 2: www.GordonWayneWatts.com/FannyDeregulation/Bretts-2nd-post.JPG
    Yet, even harmless opinions that 'disagree' are not tolerated!
    Link: https://www.facebook.com/dennis.ross.376/posts/474278279276948
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    Cache 2: www.GordonWayneWatts.com/FannyDeregulation/Bretts-2nd-post-is-deleted.JPG
    Meta-Analysis: Here we see far more than nine (9) people being blocked (some of these bullet-points dealt with several people, so the total number is > 9) —and those are only the ones I could document.
    Refusing to hear from constituents, and making (or implying) false claims that they were vulgar, harassing, slanderous, threatening, or otherwise 'abusive'—when there was a clear written record to refute it is questionable and makes me feel uncomfortable.
    If this Congressman would do that when there is a clear written record, how much more would he do if I called his office, and there were no witnesses to refute a false claim I was somehow harassing him or his staff?
    This is a clear violation of my First Amendment rights of 'Redress' to my government (Lawmakers in this case), as well as another First Amendment right to Free Speech (posting on a public, as opposed to private, social network), not to mention a denial of Equal Protection vis-à-viz 'special' or 'privileged' big donor constituents who can legally “buy” his vote—and his listening ear—by (legal but morally reprehensible) huge “Campaign Contribution$.” Example: more informally, this is proof of his desire to only listen to rich-money interests, such as the banks and/or higher ed interests—big campaign contributors—that would be hurt if they were forced to stop illegal predatory lending practiced I document in my research, & posted online—but not care about those whom he actually represents. (If he doesn't even want to hear opposing views, then, obviously, he does not care about his constituents.)
    ** CLARIFICATION ** I must address one point that was not clear in my previous email, where I said “(And, I'm genuinely *very* frightened, as I described below; please take a moment to check this out.)...I'm honestly very concerned, since other whistle-blowers in my position have turned up missing...”
    Some feedback have asked if I am paranoid of disappearing. While it is true that bankers would stand to lose billions of dollars if Standard Consumer Protections (such as bankruptcy) were returned to College Loans, as they are still available for Credit Card loans, if legislation were passed to this effect, I did not mean to suggest I feared for my life at this juncture—I was merely making a statement to illustrate a comparison. However, I meant every word where I said: “If he's intimidated that I've outed him as a 'Big Government' liberal...then what other bizarre things will he do? Will he try to do character assassination against me, trumping up false charges of some sort or another?” – As I've shown above, Congressman Ross has taken to making false statements about people, even when there is a clear 'paper trail' that says otherwise: It is unreasonable to think that all those people (including myself) caused trouble and had to be banned (in Ross' own words) “for abusive, vulgar, or personal attacks...because their posts and messages were abusive or bordering on the slanderous.”
    Source: www.GordonWatts.com/FannyDeregulation/Update-on-Ross-ban-block-situation.jpg
    Mirror: www.GordonWayneWatts.com/FannyDeregulation/Update-on-Ross-ban-block-situation.jpg
    Additionally, several Facebook users with whom I have spoken privately have said they feared retaliation if they come out and publicly speak out about Ross' mistreatment of people. One of them feared his job with the Federal Government would be lost in an attempt to appease Ross. Another feared his application for certain Federal benefits would be denied, in retaliation for speaking out. Of course, you have to take my word, as I shall NOT name them, to protect them, and out of respect (due to my religious beliefs). A third person (myself) is genuinely afraid that if I have direct contact with Ross' office in some way that can not be documented or recorded (such as a visit or a phone call), there will be trumped up charges, so my fear is not alone. Two other friends (for a total of five), one a political consultant and the other, a reverend, have both advised me that the Congressman might seek retaliation in the form of false charges if I give him the chance, and to not make contact with the congressman without other witnesses present. Thus, with five (5) plus people, saying the same thing, I do not think my fears are paranoid, but rather, based on rational reason.
    As further proof that I am not “abusive, vulgar, slanderous” or make “personal attacks,” please see this email I got from a Rachel East-Pniewski, apparently a liberal poster to the Lakeland Ledger's forums, and with different political/religious views:
    although we obviously have differing religious views, i want to thank you for keeping our recent conversation in the ledger friendly. so many times when religious views ( or non views) are brought up, things get ugly. the ugliness only adds fuel to each side's fire. it was a pleasure to have the debate with you.
    rachel pniewski
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    Mirror Link: www.GordonWayneWatts.com/FannyDeregulation/another-poster-thanks-me-for-being-civil.JPG
    For those who are wondering, yes, I did ask if it'd be OK to share her private email; she was kind & gracious enough to grant permission:
    Screen Shot: www.GordonWatts.com/FannyDeregulation/rachels-grant-of-permission.JPG
    Mirror Link: www.GordonWayneWatts.com/FannyDeregulation/rachels-grant-of-permission.JPG
    Background—this is where we 'met':
    Link: http://www.TheLedger.com/article/20121129/EDIT02/121129261
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    My point? I merely offer yet more proof that, while I'm human and do make mistake, (by all accounts) I am not a troublemaker, and all the complaints are pointing to Congressman Dennis A. Ross (R-Fla-12th) for the aberrant, off-centre, and bizarre behaviour he's displayed: In order to post on his page (and get representation), you either have to 'butter up' to him, or else be a 'big money' contributor, or political big-wig of some sort: He doesn't have 'regular' constituents.
    CONCLUSION: Dennis Ross is an absolute fruit-loop –and hasn't had enough attention from press coverage regarding his absolutely bizarre behaviour towards constituents, blocking, deleting, and banning them off ALL social media, and also NOT hearing their views, even when they communicate through more 'conventional' means such as phoning, writing, visiting, and/or emailing him—the 'conventional' methods of getting representation: Pres. Nixon and Watergate, move over—Mission Control, we now have 'Twittergate' liftoff.

    Additional Updates:

    (Sunday, 16 December 2012) -- Since I sent this email, I continue to find victims of Dennis' illegal block/ban, and so I shall continue to update this section of the web-based copy of my email to the local news media:

    Kenneth Bucklin, one local poster, is a constituent of Congressman Dennis Ross (R-Fla.-12th), and was wrongly blocked from Ross' public Twitter account, as well. (Note: Bucklin forgot to update his Facebook profile to reflect his Lakeland, Fla. residency, but he is, indeed, a local Lakeland resident, and thus a constituent of Ross, as public records will show. Ross is free to block people off his personal Facebook or Twitter accounts, but these are his public Congressional pages, which, by law, are supposed to be accessible/open to the public -especially constituents, such as Bucklin.)

    Bucklin wrote: "I am a constitute [sic - he meant: "a 'constituent' of the Congressman"] who asked the congressman on twitter about subsidies for the fossil fuel industry, the congressman's answer was to block me from asking anymore questions. Way to go mr ross there's just one small problem: I VOTE........"
    LINK: http://www.facebook.com/dennis.ross.376/posts/479813648723411 (In case this post, too, is deleted, here is a cached screenshot.)
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    (Friday, 21 December 2012) -- Yet another victim - this time, a 'Twitter' account (as opposed to a Facebook account) was blocked, not only from comments, but even from following the Congressman? LOL:
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    CONSERVATIVE -- This guy is a conservative, as shown by who Twitter suggests he follow, so if he has issues with Ross, perhaps the Congressman is not a true conservative:
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    ACADEMIC -- This guy is also of academia, and thus no dummy:
    Link: http://Twitter.com/Gordon_W_Watts
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    (Friday, 25 January 2013) -- Some resolution to this issue; still unanswered questions.

    On Wednesday, 23 January 2013, at 11:59am, I got a phone call from Congressman Dennis Ross' DC office, informing me that they had gotten my email about this situation, and unblocked me, so that I could post on Facebook. It still remains unclear why I, or so many others, were blocked.

    Then, on Thursday, 24 January 2013, this letter to the editor of The Lakeland Ledger (Cache 1: - Cache 2:) printed.

    Here is my statement about this:

    My Christian faith says that I must 'do the right thing' -and give Congressman Dennis Ross credit where it is due regarding this newly-learned information. Congressman Dennis Ross' staff unblocked me, so that I am now able to post: (cache 1 cache 2) Additionally, however, I must add this:

    Since it might appear as if Ross acted 'in reaction' to my letter, I wanted to point out that my letter published AFTER the fact, thus he couldn't have reacted to it. While the actual reasons for blocking me & others still remain unclear, I give Ross and his staff credit where credit is due: Congressman Ross has no doubt seen my posts on his Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/dennis.ross.376 but not objected or blocked me subsequently, so he's indeed open to hearing other views.

    Dr. Jay Dennis, the pastor at my church (1st Baptist Church at the Mall, Lakeland) has said it's our duty to not only speak against bad actions of leaders but also to praise them for good works; I concur. While I'm still very troubled at Ross' 'yea' votes on 4 of 6 of the appropriations votes I could locate (there may be more?), I can honestly say that, after attending both of his Town Hall Meetings yesterday (Thr 24 Jan 2013), I was impressed that he seems genuinely concerned, a very good listener, and very-well educated (with specific facts) on many issues.

    Moving forward, I'm hopeful that Ross' staff will work with constituents who were erroneously blocked from Facebook or Twitter, that constituents would be patient –and that Ross would simply become 'Dr. No' on ANY and ALL new spending bills. Additionally, I hope Ross considers the various proposed changes in Federal Law that would protect college students from lack of notice, illegal monopoly, predatory lending, and such.


    Lakeland, Fla., U.S.A.

    ** SUBJECT 2: Even more bizarre behaviour from Congressman Ross **
    I realise that it's not usual convention to include “more than one” subject in an email, because it usually just gets too long and confusing, but this is too good to pass up...
    It is well-known that America keeps adding to its National Debt, which devalues the U.S. Dollar, and pushes us more towards a 3rd-world banana republic, or towards economic collapse, like modern Greece, or like how ancient Rome fell... As both the conservative GOPusa and the liberal CBS report, National Debt has been growing non-stop  for many years now, putting us on the brink of financial disaster:
    quoting: http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/1601576978821580_651649.html
    and: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20027090-503544.html
    See also: http://zFacts.com/p/318.html
    See also: www.FactCheck.org/2011/07/fiscal-factcheck
    Cache of CBS's stats, just in case their server is slow, down, or has congested Internet traffic:
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    Since Congressman Dennis Ross (R-Fla.-12th) had been acting bizarre, and taking 'liberal' stances (e.g., his big govt over-reach in Higher Ed, including deep loans, which create a Higher Ed 'soaring tuition' bubble, and his refusal to keep his word to end the Dept of Education), I suspected he may be ultra-liberal, hiding behind a 'Conservative' persona, so I personally looked at his votes on the last four (4) appropriations bills, and I confirmed my suspicion:
    Since it is our “runaway spending” that keep driving up the Federal Debt, nonstop, then whomever votes “yea” on said appropriations bills is directly responsible, so let's see how Dennis Ross (R-Fla.) voted, shall we?
    *** On H.R. 1473, “BILL TITLE: Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011,” Dennis Ross voted “no” on 14-Apr-2011, but the bill still passed in the House by a vote of 260-167, with 6 “no votes.” (Note: That only adds up to 433, not 435. Hmm...?) It had more Republican support than Democratic support, but not exactly on a party-line vote. (Rep voting 179-59 in support, but Dems voting 81-108, not in support.) http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2011/roll268.xml (TRANSLATION: Ross was conservative in his freshman vote.)
    *** But: On H.R. 2055, “BILL TITLE: Making appropriations for military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2012, and for other purposes,” aka: “Latest Title: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012” http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d112:HR02055:@@@D&summ2=m& Rep. Dennis Ross voted “yea,” and the bill passed on 14-Jun-2011, by a vote of 411-5, with 16 “no votes.” (Note: That only adds up to 432, not 435. Hmm...?) It only had 5 votes  against it, and all 5 were Republican congresspersons, including Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX). http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2011/roll418.xml  (TRANSLATION: Ross was liberal in this vote: He drove up the Federal Debt.)
    *** AND also: On “H.R. 5856: Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2013” (19-Jul-2012) Rep. Dennis Ross voted “yea” here too. The bill passed 326-90, with 15 “no votes,” and: with support from both Republicans (225-11) and Democrats (101-79). The 326 + 90 + 15 only add up to 431. Hmm...? http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll498.xml  (TRANSLATION: Ross was liberal in this vote too: He drove up the Federal Debt; I'm wondering if House leaders pulled Ross aside and made some sort of threats to him—if he didn't keep driving up the Nat'l Debt? Ross is liberal, but not stupid. “Things that make you go 'hmm...'.”)


    (Saturday, 22 December 2012) -- Since I sent this email, I found another 2013 Military appropriations bill in which Ross participated:

    In his own press release, he stated that: "U.S. Congressman Dennis Ross (FL-12) supported the Conference Report on H.R. 4310, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013. This bill provides funding for the military for the 2013 fiscal year." ("Ross Votes to Fund Troops" (Press Releases), Washington, Dec 20, 2012) http://DennisRoss.House.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=315880

    This was confirmed by the Library of Congress: "5/16/2012 6:20pm: [line-break] The Speaker designated the Honorable Dennis Ross to act as Chairman of the Committee." (Bill Summary & Status, 112th Congress (2011 - 2012), H.R.4310, All Congressional Actions, Library of Congress) http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d112:HR04310:@@@X

    So, I went looking for more information on this, and confirmed my suspicion that Ross, again, is bent on spending us into the poor house:

    "According to the Administration, the FY2013 DOD budget request is consistent with the initial spending caps set by the BCA. However, both H.R. 4310, the version of the FY2013 National Defense Authorization passed by the House on May 18, 2012, and H.R. 5856, the companion DOD appropriations bill for FY2013, reported by the House Appropriations Committee on May 25, 2012, would exceed the Administration request—by $3.7 billion in the case of the authorization bill and by $3.1 billion in the case of the appropriation bill."
    * http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/R42607.pdf
    * ("Defense: FY2013 Authorization and Appropriations," by Pat Towell, Specialist in U.S. Defense Policy and Budget, and Daniel H. Else, Specialist in National Defense, Congressional Research Service, September 5, 2012; paragraph 3, page 2, Summary)

    Even the Conservative Tampa Tribune (normally an advocate of a strong national defense) agrees that Congress is spending too much on military. Here is a small 'Fair Use' excerpt:

    "We believe those threatened cuts of $600 billion over 10 years are too deep. They would weaken the military, including MacDill Air Force Base.

    But some cuts are necessary, given the size of the budget deficit. And even with the so-called sequester cuts, military spending would remain far above pre-2001 levels.

    Including the costs of current foreign engagements and adjusting for inflation, the U.S. military is spending far more than at any time since World War II, and almost as much as then. Military spending has grown 48 percent in the past 10 years.

    The United States is spending about five times what China spends on its military and almost 10 times what Russia spends each year.

    Let's remember Pearl Harbor, and also remember that times and threats do change."

    * http://www2.tbo.com/news/opinion/2012/dec/07/naopino1-forgetting-pearl-harbor-ar-579832
    * ("Forgetting Pearl Harbor," by Staff at the Tampa Tribune and TBO.com, December 07, 2012; emphasis in italics added for style; not in original)

    CONCLUSION: Ross is a tax-and-spend liberal, and his votes on the appropriations bills are directly responsible for "excess spending" and our soaring National Debt; I show elsewhere that tuition, a form of tax, is increasing on the middle class, and that Ross opposes measures to reign in this excessive tax (though he claims differently on his web page, his actions are what clue me in to his true intents and motives here).

    (Saturday, 05 January 2013) -- Update re Ross' fiscal cliff appropriations bill vote participated:

    Congressman Ross claimed that he voted against the recent 'Fiscal Cliff' bill (H.R.8, American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, introduced 7/24/2012 and voted on and passed on January 01, 2013, in the 112th Congress), which we all know did not address the spending problem.

    Oddly enough, the government's own website, http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d112:h.r.00008: does NOT show the roll call vote, but both http://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/112-2012/h659 and http://www.opencongress.org/vote/2013/h/659 verify Ross' claim here.

    So, while I am a vocal opponent of Ross, I will thank him (privately and publicly) for opposing this pork-laden bill; however, since he's voted for 4 of the 6 appropriations bills that have come before him, and the National Debt keeps rising, HE (and many other guilty spendthrifts in both the Democrat and Republican party) is at fault: Remember, even with all of his other 'good' fiscal votes, they are dwarfed by the annual military & domestic appropriations bills, and thus Ross is, on balance, 2/3rds fiscally liberal, when you look at the actual votes (the facts that matter).

    *** LASTLY: H.R. 5882: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2013 – Passed House (Jun 8, 2012)
    This bill passed in the House on June 8, 2012 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.
    confirmed: On H.R. 5882 (8-Jun-2012), BILL TITLE: “Making appropriations for the Legislative Branch for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013, and for other purposes” passed 307-102, with 22 “no votes.” (This accounts for 431 members, not the full 435.) Republicans supported it 211-19, and Democrats narrowly supported it 96-83. Rep. Dennis Ross voted for this bill as well. http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll377.xml (TRANSLATION: Ross was liberal in this vote, a well: He drove up the Federal Debt, assuming this passed the Senate as well & passed into law, but I can't quite confirm that; However, for the reasons immediately below, this is still an otherwise “very bad” bill.)
    “VERY IMPORTANT” >> Some of those “other purposes” include restrictions on Legislative date being published to the public and thus, this bill takes steps backwards for basic transparency & public information access. This bill does that by making it illegal for the electronic records of “bulk data” (machine-processable electronic records) to be be shared with 3rd party organizations.
    “The government data that makes GovTrack go has been the center of what looks like a failed political power play over the last week. Rep. Crenshaw, whose appropriations subcommittee issued a draft report last week that nearly halted access to “bulk data downloads,” now “agree[s] to free legislative information” according to a statement written jointly with House leaders yesterday.”
    (“Rep. Crenshaw backs down, loses control over bulk data issue,” June 7, 2012, by Josh Tauberer, GovTrack.us)
    ** http://www.govtrack.us/blog/2012/06/07/rep-crenshaw-backs-down-loses-control-over-bulk-data-issue/
    ** http://TeaPartyOrganizers.ning.com/forum/topics/emergency-alert-rep-ander-crenshaw-through-hr-5882-decided-to
    ** http://www.RonPaulForums.com/showthread.php?379312-H.-R.-5882-Legislative-Branch-appropriations-for-FY-2013
    See also: http://WeThePeopleUSA.ning.com/forum/topics/emergency-alert-rep-ander-crenshaw-through-hr-5882-decided-to-can
    (“Emergency Alert!! Rep. Ander Crenshaw Through HR 5882 Decided to Cancel Government Transparency To the Public On Bills,” Posted by McFixit1 on June 4, 2012 at 9:32pm in Congress Members & Legislation)
    Even with all these liberal actions in a “very conservative” Polk, Fla. district, voters still overwhelmingly voted in Dennis Ross, but they were a clueless electorate, and the same thing happened when Adam Putnam, a VERY liberal Republican, voted for both the T.A.R.P. And Stimulus bailouts, both very unpopular in Polk County—because “the redneck vote” turned out and voted for him—without first inspecting his voting record. Observe:
    ** H R 1424: Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, aka the 'Mortgage Bailout': Passed 263-171 in the house, with apparently 1 vacant seat: Adam Putnam voted 'yea': http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2008/roll681.xml and this passed into law: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/110-2008/h681
    ** HR 3997: Financial Asset Purchase Authority (Establishes the Troubled Asset Relief Program (T.A.R.P.) to allow the Secretary of the Treasury to purchase troubled assets from any financial institution (Sec. 101) = VERY unpopular in conservative Polk County, Fla.). Failed in the House 205-228, but Adam Putnam still voted 'yes' for this 'liberal' bill: http://www.gop.gov/votes/110/2/674 ; http://votesmart.org/bill/8060/22428/12913/financial-asset-purchase-authority ; http://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/110-2008/h674
    ** Adam Putman is quoted at length by many sources: “Republican says they lost the "white redneck" vote. Adam Putnam. FL”:
    ** http://www.BoomanTribune.com/?op=displaystory;sid=2006/11/17/13014/154 
    ** http://www.nopc.info/forum/showthread.php?t=19542
    ** http://www.dailykos.com/story/2006/11/17/272213/--3-Republican-says-they-lost-the-white-redneck-vote-Adam-Putnam-FL
    ** http://jdeeth.blogspot.com/2006/11/where-were-rednecks.html
    ** http://j-deeth.blogspot.com/2006/11/where-were-rednecks.html
    ** http://DownWithTyranny.blogspot.com/2006/11/howdy-doody-nimrod-adam-putnam-r-fl.html
    POINT: While it may (or may not?) be argued that Putnam was a little bit prejudiced with his comments here, it is indisputable that the “rednecks” vote in high numbers for the Republican, who claims to be 'Conservative' whether OR NOT he/she is actually conservative, and this “voting down party lines” (both parties are guilty here) is what contributes to continually sending spend-thrift morons back into Congress, continually rack up a larger-and-larger National Debt each year—including, as I've shown, Dennis Ross—who is (as I've shown elsewhere) also liberal in other areas besides budget, namely in regard to higher education issues.
    That is probably why Gene Roberts, a legendary Republican from Lakeland, just recently left the Republican Party:
    “Former Polk County Republican Party Chairman Gene Roberts, "Mr. Republican," to many in the Polk GOP, will leave the Republican Party this week [line-break] "It has gotten away from the basic Ronald Reagan Republican beliefs of family, education economics and budget," he said of the national party structure. [line-break] "It has left its values. I don't think we are taking stands on the issues that we should and I don't think Reagan would recognize the party in some respects," Roberts said. [line-break] Roberts said he intends to change his party registration to "no party affiliation" this week.”
    (“Roberts: Republican Party Has Left Its Ideals,” by Bill Rufty, POLITICS reporter, The Ledger, November 12, 2012, http://www.theledger.com/article/20121112/COLUMNISTS0502/121119853)
    CONCLUSION: Putnam, Ross, and a long litany of R.I.N.O.'s have kept driving up the National Debt, and refusing to get the “big hand” of government meddling out of things like Higher Education (see where that's got us now LOL), and have made 'true' Republicans (like myself and Gene Roberts) fed up—and these spend thrift morons and bullies (Ross) deserve to be outed and exposed by the news media.
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