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FLASHBACK: A Presidential Candidate Lied to Me in 2011

EDITOR’S NOTE: Four years ago today, I published a piece about my trust in then-Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain being placed in peril and, eventually, broken more than eight months after I’d asked him a serious question during a phone call. Hoping the 2016 candidates are paying attention, I share it again (only slightly modified for republication) below:

My question to Herman Cain March 14, 2011.

Above: My question to Herman Cain March 14, 2011.

On March 14, 2011, I participated in a conference call with a number of online writers — including bloggers, citizen journalists, reporters and others.  During that call, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain answered plenty of questions, one of which was mine.

At the time, I didn’t intend to write a post based on what transpired during the call; instead, I simply wanted to hear the man speak and answer some questions.  Little did I know almost nine months later how important the question I asked him would become.

Though I don’t remember the exact wording of my question, it went something like this:

“When the opposition research folks start digging into your background, are they going to find any skeletons in your closet?”

I found what appears, based on my recollection of the call, to be an accurate recap of Cain’s answer to my question on the Sundries Shack blog:

Herman Cain's answer to my question March 14, 2011.

Above: Herman Cain’s answer to my question March 14, 2011.

“They’ll find I have a 20 handicap in golf and it never got lower.  I have an original copy of my birth certificate.  I have no illegitimate children, I have no mistresses.”

So, did Herman Cain tell me the truth?  Is he telling the truth today?  At this point, it appears he did and he is — unless, that is, one wants to count as indisputably true the numerous accusations made in recent weeks without evidence to back them up.

Still, many Americans think Cain isn’t telling the truth, and I suspect much of their skepticism stems from a combination of two factors:

• First, the boneheaded statement Linn Wood gave to an Atlanta television station did not help the candidate’s cause [Note:  See the paragraphs in italics at the end of this report to read Cain’s lawyer’s statement]; and

• Second, the mainstream media’s penchant for smearing black conservatives.

Have I completely given up on the “Cain Train” because of recent events?  No.  Do I think he’s off track?  Yes.

Today, he needs to come back with both fists swinging, demanding someone show proof — beyond phone bills, that is — that he is a philanderer.  After all, his name isn’t Herman Kennedy.

UPDATE 11/30/11 at 5:03 p.m. Central:  See also Brent Bozell’s recent column.

UPDATE 12/02/11 at 8:37 a.m. Central:  When news broke yesterday afternoon that Cain had been paying Ms. White money without his wife knowing about it, I had to end my ride on the “Cain Train.”  After all, if he’s willing to keep things from his wife, he’ll probably do the same thing to taxpayers – and that’s not good!

With the 2016 presidential election season running full steam ahead, remember to ask your favorite candidates questions. Tough questions. A lot of tough questions. In short, make them earn your trust.

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Bob McCarty’s Weekly Recap: Dec. 21-27

I like to think I emphasized quality instead of quantity during the week of Christmas 2014. That in mind, I share highlights of the past seven days at BobMcCarty.com below:

This January 2014 photo shows Butters, my office assistant, looking into his porcelain bowl in an effort to predict how the year might turn out.

This January 2014 photo shows Butters, my office assistant, looking into his porcelain bowl in an effort to predict how the year might turn out. I shared it in a post Dec. 23. To read it, click on the image above.

Sunday, Dec. 21 — Distracted by family obligations, I posted nothing at BobMcCarty.com this day. It gets better below, I promise!

Monday, Dec. 22 — While spending most of my day working on my next book, I did share some good news about my just-released crime fiction novel. Read about it under the self-explanatory headline, The National Bet Receives Two 5-Star Reviews.

Tuesday, Dec. 23 — Under the headline, 2014 ‘Most Unusual Year I’ve Experienced’ Online, I explained what it was that made my eighth year online dramatically different than the previous seven.

Wednesday, Dec. 24 — Because I’m married to a flight attendant, I’m accustomed to being flexible around the holidays. This year, as we had during each of the previous nine, we celebrated Christmas a day early to accommodate her schedule. As a result, I focused on family and food instead of fodder for this website.

Thursday, Dec. 25 — After a Washington Post article about the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta caught my eye Christmas Eve, I shared details about how the CDC fits into the mystery inside my just-released crime-fiction novel, The National Bet.  Some of those details appear under the headline, Error-Prone CDC Figures Prominently in New Fiction Novel.

Friday, Dec. 26 — Recent news about the al-Shabaab terror group reminded me of the action in the opening chapter of The National Bet, so I shared an excerpt in a post under the headline, Africa-Based Terror Group Plays Part in New Fiction Tale. Later the same day under the headline, Top Intel Official Gets Away With Lies for 53 Weeks (so far), I reminded readers that Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. had gotten away with lying to Congress for more than a year thanks to inaction by soon-to-depart Attorney General Eric Holder. I ended the day with humor. Finally, after coming across a 2016 presidential straw poll at Townhall.com, I thought it might be fun to ask my online friends to enter my name as a write-in candidate — so I did ask! Details at Author Asks for Your Presidential Straw Poll Write-In Vote.

Saturday, Dec. 27 — I ended the week with a look back at a shoddy act of journalism that took place two years ago. You can read it where it appears under the headline, Flashback: Stars and Stripes Reporter Fails To Do Her Job.

The remainder of the year will probably be as slow as the past week, so I recommend you get your fix of Bob McCarty by ordering copies of my books. Details about how to do that appear below.

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Error-Prone CDC Figures Prominently in New Fiction Novel

A Washington Post article caught my attention yesterday, because it reminded me of how the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta fits into the mystery in my just-released crime-fiction novel, The National Bet.

Ebola

Ebola

After receiving some critically-important news from the CDC director, the book’s main character, FBI Special Agent “Joe-L” Wilson, remains unfazed. Excerpted from page 207 of the paperback version of the book, the paragraph below explains why:

The news didn’t register as much of a shock to Wilson, because he remembered reading reports during the past two years about a half-dozen incidents involving CDC employees and the mishandling of some potentially deadly pathogens, including smallpox, anthrax, botulism bacteria, and a virulent bird flu virus. And who could forget the Ebola debacle.

If you like crime-fiction stories that seem as if they could have been ripped from the headlines, I think you’ll love The National Bet as much as others have already. See the reviews here and here.

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UPDATE 4/19/2015 at 1:27 p.m. Central: Check out the limited-time free-books offer here.

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Will Ebola Thrive in ‘Refriger-Nation’ This Winter?

In The Old Farmer’s Almanac prediction for this winter, editor Janice Stillman used some choice words to describe another teeth-chatteringly cold winter that’s on its way across the United States:  “Colder is just almost too familiar a term. Think of it as a refriger-nation.” Coupled with recent news reports about Ebola, this prediction makes me think we might be in for one of the roughest winters ever.

Among the Ebola-related news items that surfaced this week, two stand out when it comes to this winter weather prediction.

The first involves officials at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. Today, they admitted that droplets from a person’s sneeze could spread the Ebola virus. Rumor has it that they made their admission after watching a snotty public service announcement (above) in which South Australians are urged to get their flu shots.

Two days ago, the world learned about Ebola being able to survive on surfaces for almost two months when stored at low temperatures. Winter temperatures.

While I hope the folks at The Old Farmer’s Almanac are wrong, they claim to have an 80-percent-accurate track record when it comes to predicting the weather. At the same time, the folks at CDC (a.k.a., “Masters of the Obvious”) have no such track record to tout. As a result, this winter could turn out to be very cold and very deadly for folks in the United States. I hope and pray that it turns out otherwise.

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Second Dallas Hospital Receives Possible Ebola Patient!

Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas received its first possible Ebola patient Thursday night, a hospital spokesperson confirmed today.

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Baylor spokesperson Craig Civale confirmed during a phone conversation at 8:21 a.m. Central, that a patient arrived at the hospital around 8:30 p.m. Central Thursday. After being brought into the facility through a private entrance and put into isolation, the patient was monitored for a few hours before being transferred to Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas.

Careful not to reveal anything about the patient’s identity, Civale emphasized the patient had only screened positive (i.e., reported risk factors and showed symptoms that could indicate an infection) for Ebola, but had not yet tested positive for the virus.

If further tests reveal an infection, this patient will become the fourth Dallas-area Ebola patient to date.  The list of others includes Nina Pham, who was transferred Thursday to the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., and Amber Vinson, who was transferred to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta two days ago. Both women are Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas nurses who had been involved in the care of Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberia native who was the first person in the United States to die from the virus.

Baylor UMCD is one of three Dallas area hospitals to have set up. Parkland Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Dallas are the other two, according to a Dallas News report ten days ago.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Stay tuned for updates if anything new develops.

UPDATE 10/17/2014 at 2:41 p.m. Central:  Baylor UMC_Dallas issued the statement below at 1:45 p.m. Central which pretty much repeats what Civela told me this morning:

Baylor Scott & White Health has not received any confirmed cases of Ebola.

A patient presented at Baylor University Medical Center Thursday evening reporting Ebola symptoms and indicated contact with someone with the disease. The patient was transferred within hours to Texas Health Presbyterian as directed by the Dallas County Health Department.

Upon arrival to Baylor University Medical Center, the patient entered the hospital through a private entrance. That entrance was then closed, and the patient was immediately isolated. While again, there is no confirmation this patient is infected with Ebola, we are following all CDC disease-containment guidelines.

UPDATE 10/17/2014 at 7:08 p.m. Central:  Boston.com reported at 6:45 p.m. tonight that the patient was released. Stay tuned for more updates as they develop.

See also: INSIDER: Ebola Fears Drive Patients From Dallas Hospital and Six Reasons to Panic.

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