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 for Benjamin Franklin.

He was also

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

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
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 Gruz 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 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
Michele McPhee Emmy-nominated Investigative Reporter, Author, ABC News Producer. @MicheleMcPhee
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



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