Thanks for Another Banner Year at BobMcCarty.com!

Though most of my efforts this year were directed toward promoting one book and completing another, my three websites continued to attract an audience.  Combined, they recorded more than 5.5 million page views during 2012, nearly doubling the numbers of the previous-best year, 2011.  Thank you for helping make these numbers possible!

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The vast majority of visitor eyeballs focused on posts published at BobMcCarty.com, my flagship site that launched in October 2006.  At the same time, however, a decent number also read news and updates at the 16-month-old site promoting my first book, Three Days In August, and the eight-month-old virtual home to my soon-to-be-published second book, the working title of which is THE CLAPPER MEMO.

The most popular non-book-related posts of the year focused, not surprisingly, on politics.  Among the Top 10, three involved coverage of Republican Party politics.

St. Charles County GOP

In the top spot was my post, “St. Patrick’s Day Massacre” Takes Place During GOP Presidential Caucus in St. Charles, Missouri.  Published March 17, it was followed by 14 other related posts which combined to make the St. Charles County (Mo.) GOP Caucus the most-popular subject matter of the year.

Gen. David Petraeus

Gen. David Petraeus

The second-most-popular post of the year, CIA Director’s Resignation Raises Several Troubling Questions, was published Nov. 10 and, sadly, the questions I asked remain largely unanswered.

In third place was another caucus-related post, St. Charles County GOP Chair Says Caucus Letter “Actually Drafted by Santorum’s Campaign Team,” published March 22.

In fourth place was a piece, Senator Marco Rubio Not “Natural Born Citizen.”  Published April 24, it must raised the hackles of GOP loyalists by pointing out that the Florida Republican isn’t eligible to run for president in 2016 — unless, that is, the same standards of qualification applied to Barack Obama are employed for him.

Fifth-place honors went to another caucus-related post, Source, Phone Message Revealed in St. Charles County Republican Central Committee Scandal, which garnered quite a bit of local media coverage during the month of March.

Uphill Battle for Answers

Read the series about the Weldon Spring Site.

On Jan. 23, I published the sixth-most-popular post, Missouri Health Agency Officials Refuse to Answer Questions About New Weldon Spring Cancer Report.  It served as a launching pad for my series, “Uphill Battle for Answers,” which included seven additional posts.

On the one hand, I was surprised to see my post, Wishing for a “One-Handed Economist,” finish in seventh place.  On the other hand, I wasn’t.  Read it, and you’ll understand why “the buck stops here.”

Again, quite unexpectedly, eighth place went to a Jan. 10 post, Harvard Law Classmate of Obama Releases Transcript as Part of Run for Missouri Governor, which contained interesting news from Bill Randles, a 2012 GOP candidate for governor.Barack Obama Caricature by Political Graffiti

Rounding out the Top 10 were two posts by guest writer Paul R. Hollrah published April 27 and March 15, respectively.

In his ninth-place piece, A Fish Rots From the Head, Hollrah asks the question, “How could the Turks have known about Barack Obama so many centuries before he was born?”

If the headline, Barack Obama — Worst ‘Knock! Knock!’ Joke Ever, doesn’t make Hollrah’s tenth-place effort worth reading, then mentions of the Jamaican Bobsled Team and the Siberian Synchronized Swim Team surely will.

Again, thanks for your support!  Please come back often!

UPDATE 1/03/2012 at 7:53 a.m. Central:  As a final “thank you,” I wanted to share some exact numbers as an update to this post.  During 2012, readers viewed 5,540,602 pages on my websites:  BobMcCarty.com, http://ThreeDaysInAugust.com and TheClapperMemo.com.  Thanks again!  Despite the gloomy eco-political outlook, I’m looking forward to a successful 2013.  Hope you are, too!

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice, a nonfiction book that’s available in paperback and ebook via most online booksellers, including Amazon.com. His second book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, is coming soon.

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U.N. Election Monitors Coming to Polling Stations Nationwide

News that officials in four states — Texas, Alabama, Iowa and Ohio — have taken steps to ban United Nations officials from monitoring elections in their states begs the question, “Why haven’t officials in the remaining 46 states done the same?”

United Nations Election Observer Deployment 2012

As things stand today, people in four U.S. cities — Oklahoma City, Okla., Jefferson City, Mo., Indianapolis and Lansing, Mich. — will see their election day activities monitored by Baurzhan Yermegiyayev and Bolat Bersebayev of Kazakhstan, a former Soviet Central Asian state that has had serious problems with its own elections.

In a Jan. 16 article published under the headline, Observers criticize Kazakhstan election, The Washington Post reported problems during that former Soviet Central Asian republic’s election:

But observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said the government prevented some parties and candidates from contesting the election; the media operated under self-censorship; and “necessary conditions for the conduct of genuinely pluralistic elections, which are a prerequisite for functioning democratic institutions, were not provided for by the authorities.”

Similarly, Americans in Boston and Concord, N.H., will see their elections monitored by Elchin Musayev of Azerbaijan, another former Soviet satellite where, as recently as last week, new legislation has been proposed to prohibit public protests ahead of 2013 elections.

Take a look at the list of election-monitoring plans above and, if you see a city in your state set to be monitored by someone from the U.N., contact your elected officials and demand those efforts be stopped.

Bob McCarty is the author of “Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice,” a nonfiction book that’s available in paperback and ebook via most online booksellers, including Amazon.com. His second book, “The CLAPPER MEMO,” is set for release this fall.

First-Generation Americans Warn About Dangers of Socialism

With Americans facing a choice between socialist Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney, I decided to share three videos in which first-generation Americans warn about the dangers of socialism.

The first video features Thomas Peterffy, a man grew up in socialist Hungary, warning about the dangers of socialism.

The second video features my interview Ionel “Greg” Grigore and his mother, Dumitra, who came to the United States from Romania 28 years ago.  Read more about him in my April 12, 2010, post, “Let ‘em have one finger, they take your whole hand.”

The third video features my interviews with three first-generation Americans“Anne” from India, “Marty” from Cuba and “Linda” from Brazil — who share their beliefs about what’s at stake when it comes to Americans deciding the future of their country.  To read more about each of them, read my Nov. 1, 2009, post, Three First-Generation Americans Offer Advice.

I trust, after watching these videos, you’ll SHARE THEM BEFORE ELECTION DAY, NOV. 6Thanks in advance!

Bob McCarty is the author of “Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice,” a nonfiction book that’s available in paperback and ebook via most online booksellers, including Amazon.com. His second book, “The CLAPPER MEMO,” is set for release this fall.

OCTOBER SURPRISE: Blockbuster Story and Video

I’ve never been a huge fan of Sean Hannity, the television and radio talk show host, but you can guarantee I was stunned by excerpts of a video he showed on his Fox News Channel program tonight.  If the news media does the job of real journalists, this video showing an uncensored candidate Barack Obama speaking to a room full of black clergymen about racist treatment of blacks by the federal government should be the “October Surprise” that causes Obama’s re-election bid to crumble.

The full story (plus the full video on page 3) is available at The Daily Caller.  Meanwhile, Andrew SullivanThe Atlantic writer mentioned by Tucker Carlson on Hannity’s show tonight and who nominated me for a prestigious award in 2010) — is using an article to point readers to the video below which offers 9 minutes of the 40-minutes speech.  Sadly, Sullivan’s effort to capitalize on the “buzz’ only scratches the surface.

Shameful!

Vote wisely Nov. 6.

UPDATE 9/04/2012 at 9:15 a.m. Central:  Read Chicago Sun-Times columnist Lynn Sweet’s article about Obama’s Hampton University speech back in 2007.  Includes transcript!

 Bob McCarty is the author of “Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice,” a nonfiction book that’s available in paperback and ebook via most online booksellers, including Amazon.com. His second book, “The CLAPPER MEMO,” is set for release this fall.

GOP Convention Featured Same Dirty Tricks Used at Caucuses

The 2012 Republican National Convention wrapped up in Tampa last week, but not without a lot of dirty dealing, the worst of which involved teleprompter scripts, inexplicably-long bus rides and sham voice votes.

The shenanigans highlighted in the video above are not new.  Some of the same political skullduggery took place this year at local and state-level presidential caucuses all over the country, including St. Charles County, Mo., where the “St. Patrick’s Day Massacre” took place and resulted in many Republican voters feeling as if their votes did not really count.

Though little can be done to change things before Nov. 6, the day on which all Americans must set their differences aside and vote Barack Obama out of office, much can be done during the next four years.

At every level of government — from school board to Congress and everything in between — “Big-C” Conservatives (a.k.a., “little r” republicans) must get involved so that we can take the Republican Party back from the people who seem to have hijacked it.

Now, get to work!

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct '11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May '13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct ’11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May ’13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

‘Chair-ish’ is the Word I Use to Describe… Barack Obama

To celebrate National Empty Chair Day, I’m putting a new spin on the title-shaping words of a 1966 hit song by The Association and telling everyone that “CHAIR-ISH” is the word I use to describe President Barack Obama.

Hat tip to Clint Eastwood for the unconventional inspiration he provided at the 2012 Republican National Convention to make this day possible.

 

Writer Reveals True Face of the Democratic Party

By Paul R. Hollrah, Guest Writer

It is not unusual for Democrats to say something reasonable and then do what is totally unreasonable.  We’ve come to expect that; it’s the “nature of the beast.”  But when they feel politically threatened, as they now feel threatened by Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, it is then we get to see the true face of the Democratic Party.

In recent days, an Obama SuperPAC, funded and managed by people close to President Barack Obama, has produced a TV ad in which Mitt Romney is accused of being responsible for the death of a steelworker’s wife.  The truth is, the steelworker’s employer, which went into bankruptcy, was shut down by Bain Capital two years after Romney left the company.  When the steelworker, Joe Soptic, lost his job, his wife continued to have company health insurance for at least another two years.  She was not diagnosed with cancer until five years after her husband lost his job.

Then, on Aug. 14, in a speech before a largely black audience in Danville, Va., Vice President Joe Biden suggested that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan would like to “put y’all back in chains.”  Surely, Biden understands that it is his own party that has maintained black Americans in slavery and in political and economic bondage since the earliest days of our republic.

The saddest part of Democratic Party history took place during the post-Civil War era when they attempted to nullify Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation through Jim Crow laws, Black Codes, and worst of all, the Ku Klux Klan.  Between the years 1882 and 1951, some 3,437 blacks and 1,293 whites, nearly all Republicans, were lynched by the KKK, acting as the paramilitary arm of the Democrat Party.  No one knows how many thousands more were lynched by the KKK between the close of the war and 1882 because Tuskegee Institute and NAACP archives don’t contain those statistics.

Above (left to right): Rod Blagojevich, Jesse Jackson Jr., Barack Obama, Antoin “Tony” Rezko

As a product of the Chicago Democratic political machine, Barack Obama is not what one would call a man of compassion or refined sensibilities.  Like his Democratic forebears of the 19th and 20th centuries, he has shown little respect for human life.

While a member of the Illinois State Senate, he openly supported legislation allowing abortionists to destroy viable fetuses, post partum, who survived late term abortion procedures.  During World War II, Nazi concentration camp guards regularly slaughtered Jewish babies.  So how does Obama distinguish between that and the ghoulish practice envisioned by the partial birth abortion legislation he supports?  The only difference appears to be in methodology, so exactly where does he draw the line?

In the years since the Woodrow Wilson administration (1913-1921), Democrats have attempted to clean up their image by adopting a mostly non-violent approach to political hegemony.  Realizing that votes can be purchased in blocs, they have increased their numbers through the adoption of special-interest constituencies.

As a result, the party now consists primarily of abortion rights advocates; blue-collar unions; teachers unions; public employee unions; race-based minorities; radical feminists; radical environmentalists; radical youth; radical academics; the gay, lesbian, and transgender community; and trial lawyers… all of whom want something from government.

With the recent adoption of the same-sex marriage issue, it is hard to find a radical left issue or agenda that has not already been adopted by Democrats.  When Democrats meet in early September to re-nominate Barack Obama and Joe Biden, many of the party faithful… Christian fundamentalists, Muslims, blacks, and others… will be forced to hold their noses as their party votes to add same-sex marriage to their party platform.  Why?  Because, unable to raise the funds and unable to attract the same adoring crowds he drew in 2008, Obama has cynically flip-flopped on the issue because he needs the money and the votes of the gay and lesbian community.

Although it seems highly improbable that any party could manage a coalition of such diverse interests… many whose interests are in direct conflict with those of other constituencies… it all works because each of the special interests are willing to subordinate some of their secondary interests so long as they can expect the same consideration on their core issues.  As the American people go to the polls Nov. 6, it is critical they understand that the Democratic Party has taken full ownership of the following issues and agendas:

Labor union racketeering and its ties to organized crime, forced unionization through “card check” and National Labor Relations Board interference in private sector economic decision-making;

The monopoly power of public employee unions and the systematic plundering of state and local government treasuries;

The systematic growth of high unemployment rates through promotion of uneconomic minimum-wage standards;

Opposition to reform and restructuring of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, Medicare, Medicaid and food stamps programs;

The systematic destruction of the housing sector through creation and promotion of the sub-prime mortgage market and the systematic corruption of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac;

The de-construction of the teaching profession, the dumbing-down of public education and opposition to popular reforms such as charter schools and voucher programs;

The destruction of the black family unit, black teen pregnancy rates and the growing incarceration rates of young black males;

The gay, lesbian, transgender, and bisexual agenda, support for same-sex marriage and repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act;

The illegal immigration, open borders, and sanctuary cities agenda;

Late-term and partial-birth abortion;

The exportation of weaponry to drug cartels in Mexico;

The support of fraud, violence, and intimidation in our electoral process; opposition to political reforms such as photo ID laws;

Class warfare and the vilification of business enterprises, large and small;

The overt attack on religious liberty and Roman Catholic Church doctrine; support for Islamic expansionism throughout the Christian world;

The domination of the public sector over the private sector; the use of excessive and oppressive environmental regulations as an anti-business weapon;

The opposition to American energy independence; opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline and the un-economic subsidization of “green” energy projects;

Support for frivolous lawsuits and opposition to tort reform;

The weakening of U.S. military capability and repeal of the Clinton-era “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy; and

The abandonment of strategic international alliances and longtime allies.

A bit harsh?  Not really.  One of the things that most distinguishes Democrats from Republicans is the extent to which Democrats attempt to mask who and what they are.  And although they may attempt to put a kinder, gentler face on some of their more outrageous policies, all of the above will be included in one way or another in the platform they will adopt at their national convention in Charlotte.

Without mentioning Democrats by name, former Secretary of State Condi Rice, in her rousing speech before the Republican National Convention, described exactly what it is that separates Republicans from Democrats.  She said, “My fellow Americans, ours has never been a narrative of grievance and entitlement.  We have never believed that I am doing poorly because you are doing well.  We have never been jealous of each others’ successes.   No, ours has been a belief in opportunity.  And it has been a constant struggle… to try to extend the benefits of the American dream to all.  But that American ideal is indeed in danger today…”

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are both men of honor, men of the highest caliber.  They are straightforward, honest, and trustworthy and those traits are self-evident in every one of their public appearances.

Obama and Biden, on the other hand, never fail to come off as evil, angry and mean-spirited.  They are the true face of the Democratic Party, and it is they who put the American ideal in jeopardy by persisting in their efforts to divide Americans along racial and economic lines.

Paul R. Hollrah

Paul R. Hollrah is a contributing editor for the National Writers Syndicate and the New Media JournalHis blog is found at OrderOfEphors.comHe resides in the lakes region of northeast Oklahoma.  Click here to read more of Paul’s columns.

Be sure to pick up a copy of my first nonfiction book, “Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice.” and get ready for my second book, “The CLAPPER MEMO,” due out this fall.