Question: Do You Research Before Posting?

Why Research

For those of us spending a lot of time on the internet, I found this article that was very appropriate.  When tweeting, re-tweeting, posting on Facebook or other places, it’s easy to accept a headline or an article at face value and share it with everyone. research1

I know I fit into this category and have had egg on my face more than once.

Several of my recent posts have pertained to a group I used to be associated with that is starting to solicit donations on a website Benghazi Truth and  a Twitter hashtag #TPFA  that uses Tea Party Fire Ants as  a foundation for the meaning of the hashtag.  Clearly they are counting on people to consider them as being associated with the Tea Party.

In Danny Jeffery’s essay Do Your Research on Fix Bayonets, he makes the following statement:

There has never been any field of endeavor that is immune to the influence of those who are less than truthful, it is therefore up to you to apply judgement in all that you read and believe. Failing to do so will leave you lost and stumbling about in the fog.

That reality applies to your everyday life, your job, politics, religion, daily news, and most assuredly those who would like to separate you from your hard earned money. It is up to you to separate the truth from deception. Unless you can do this, you are, and will continue to be, the victim of those who promote their agenda instead of the truth.

Since I am very familiar with the two purveyors of the #TPFA, twitter handles @FrankMDavisJr and @Kathy_Amidon, I have learned the hard way that these two are not honest.  Further @FrankMDavisJr is a moniker and no one (except maybe Kathy) knows who he is, in fact Kathy has never met him in person.

Later on in his essay, Danny states:

My early days on the internet proved embarrassing on two separate occasions believing what I read without further research. Those days are gone and I have become a hard core skeptic, believing nothing that cannot be validated. (snip)

One of the best guides is simply to employ common sense. That term, unfortunately, is almost a contradiction as common sense is none too common, but it never hurts to put forth the effort. (snip)

I think this goes without saying, if someone is soliciting money from you, use common sense.  My common sense is that if no one can uncover who @FrankMDavisJr is, does it make sense to donate to him?

research2While the subject of this post was of a personal nature, I think today it applies to everyone on the internet.  Before you  give your hard earned money to someone Do Your Research.  If you want to know more about my experience with the named parties, you can search this website.

I highly recommend you read the complete article by Danny Jeffery and apply it to your daily internet interactions.



Do Your Research  <== Full Essay

Take care….and be careful


About Stan Hjerleid - Senior Editor

Stan is the Senior Editor for He is a Tea Party Conservative and very concerned about the future of America. He is a Navy Veteran having served aboard the destroyer USS Laffey for 4 years. For the last 12 years he co-owns with his wife, Happy Cat Retreat, a cat boarding facility. He has owned 2 photography studios for 12 years and worked as an IT Specialist for 14 years. He loves animals and raises parrots in his spare time. He is also an avid road bicyclist and motorcyclist.

2 Responses to Question: Do You Research Before Posting?

  1. Kathryn Jaco February 25, 2014 at 9:27 pm #

    YES Stan,I too believe that one should do their due diligence before posting anything that they may come by through an unproven source. Thanks once again for bringing this to public attention..

  2. Kristen Snow-White March 7, 2014 at 2:15 am #

    I have started to question EVERY SINGLE article I see and do a SEARCH before RTing, @theblaze being the ONLY exception! There is a “process” for becoming part of the! Making up a hashtag (#TPFA), hijacking another (#Benghazi, which is NOTHING to be messing with) and “swarming” a/k/a spamming members of Congress under the guise of being associated with the TEA Party is disingenuous, at best and illegal at worst.

    Once you’ve been “had” on the ‘net, then used, abused, slammed and slandered you start to wonder: Is there an easier way? Really, it depends on the person. I have 2 kids, 10 yrs apart so I’ll start with my oldest.

    Adam, God love him! I could tell him 1 time or 100 times, “Don’t touch the stove, it’s HOT, it will burn you, that will HURT!” Didn’t matter… Adam HAD to touch the stove! Then he’d come crying, “Mommy, hurt!” (he was about 2 1/2!) I iced it, kissed it, put a Batman band-aid on it and he was fine. You would THINK, using Pavlovs’ dog as proof not theory, the adorable blonde child with ebony eyes who started talking at 6 months of age would think STOVE = HOT = HURT! Not so much. Maybe, just maybe, it WON’T be HOT this time! And so it went…and still does for the past 27 yrs., 11 months!

    My daughter, on the other hand, didn’t start talking until she was 14 months old, but she had a THOUGHT PROCESS way beyond her year! If I told her, “Lauren, don’t touch the stove, it’s hot, it will burn you, that will hurt.” She would examine the stove, look at her finger and without speaking a word, you could HEAR her thinking, “Oh HellNO! I’m not going there, EVER!” And she NEVER did!

    By now you’re wondering: How do these two silly anecdotes relate to a couple FRAUDS on the ‘net who are looking for the next person to use, then abuse and toss away? It’s simple really, you can READ what people say who have “been there, done that,” learn from THEIR mistakes and don’t TOUCH the STOVE! Or, you can believe the lies from a couple of cowardly ghosts, allow yourself to get sucked in to an Alinsky-like vortex that will turn a reasonable person with the very BEST INTENTIONS into a STOVE-TOUCHING “Useful Idiot.”

    I went with the former and did NOT touch the stove! By doing so, I have met some OUTSTANDING #Patriots that I am PROUD to call FRIENDS! Together WE will stand with OUR Republic and fight for what’s RIGHT! Not with some silly made up hashtag that gives a couple of unknowns there reason for being…

    Bottom line: If you see #TPFA; @Kathy_Amidon; or @FrankMDavisJr, turn tail and run! DON’T TOUCH the DAMN STOVE!

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