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  • Annmarie Throckmorton, M.A.

The Gates of Hell On Earth

Relaxing on Twitter, I see that in my second month of active tweeting, I have accumulated a new follower every few days or so. I am up to 22 followers, and I am following about 50± tweeps, twitterers, tweeters, which is a group of people so new to the world that their name has not even fully formed! Amusing, pleasing, curious are the feelings this generates.

By the by, the twitter (of a bird) is “a call consisting of repeated light tremulous sounds”, whereas a tweet is “the chirp of a small or young bird”, all of which sounds kind of insulting when applied to people. However, these definitions will sort themselves out as tweeters begin to more effectively wield the powerful weapon that Twitter is.

The tweets from prominent figures, and then the common wo/man’s twitterings that follow have an intimacy that news has never had before. Twitter brings the issue up close and personal. It feels close enough to kiss or bite, more like a rough lion’s tongue or the slash of a hawk’s beak. Today is no exception.

Sarah Sanders@PressSec

9:53 AM - Jun 23, 2018

Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left. Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so

81K people are talking about this


06/23/18, 54 minutes ago

Replying to @DRUDGE_REPORT #MAGA be careful when choosing to dine out, stories all over the country about liberals messing with food & drinks, like a starbucks employee putting hormone medication into drinks of people that looked conservative. This story could have been worse. We know they're vindictive.

Random Twitter: “The post went viral when the director of Clean Virginia, a left-leaning energy focused nonprofit, shared the post on Twitter, along with a handwritten note purportedly from the restaurant that reads, among other things, “86 — Sara Huckabee Sanders.” “86” is restaurant industry slang meaning “throw out” or “get rid of.”

From: Annmarie Throckmorton <>

Sent: Saturday, June 23, 2018 12:38 PM


Subject: you may be a red hen, but you acted like a turkey

America is about respecting differences, you failed this fundamental test for being American when you turned away the American President' s Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, how about sending her a gift certificate for a dinner party of twenty to atone? With contrition?

Now, that I have had time to absorb all of the above, I am beginning to be frightened that some crazy young people will smile in my face, and hurt me behind my back, putting these last years of my life at the gates of hell on earth. Throughout my life I have known that support in my old age would be difficult to find, but I never anticipated active harm based simply on how I look. So do I change my look to placate the little goblins? Absolutely not, I cannot in good conscience hide who I am. I must remain true to me, an old woman who speaks up for justice when the circumstances require it. A black and white television cartoon from my childhood sums it up in a goofy but true way:

Quote by Popeye: “I am what I am, and that's all that I am.”

Caption: The Gates Of Hell On Earth

by Annmarie Throckmorton 2018

Caption: "I am what I am, and that’s all that I am" - Youtube screen capture.

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