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Bob McCarty Weekly Recap: Oct. 18-24, 2015

Though I spent much of the week engaged in offline research and writing, I did manage to knock out a few pieces for publication. Those pieces and other details of my week appear below in this weekly recap for the week of Oct. 18-24, 2015.

Butters, my office assistant, on guard.

Sunday, Oct. 18

While I published nothing new on my website Sunday, I did manage to air some opinions on my Facebook page. For instance:

• When I learned Captain America was battling right-wing conservatives in Comicbookland, I called that “INK that st-INK-s”;

• After reading a CNN report about astronaut Scott Kelly breaking the American record for number of days in space, I said “I don’t miss him.” As far as I’m concerned, the husband of former Arizona congresswoman Gabby Giffords can stay in space indefinitely — or until he backs away from his belief that gun laws need to change because of the act of one nutcase;

• I shared a two-year-old photo (above) of Butters, my office assistant, on duty; and

• On the day before the fourth anniversary of the release of the paperback version of my first nonfiction book, Three Days In August, I shared a photo of a war hero, whose life is chronicled in the book, shaking hands with a country music superstar, Toby Keith.

Kelly Stewart & Toby Keith

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Monday, Oct. 19

On Monday, I published a piece that might make you sit up and take notice of what could happen, real and imagined, to your retirement plan in the not-too-distant future. At the same time, it qualifies as shameless self-promotion of my crime-fiction novel, The National Bet. Either way, I think it’s worth reading. You’ll find it under the headline, Bob McCarty: ‘I Had No Advance Knowledge of President Obama’s Sinister Plan to Hijack Your Retirement Savings.’

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Click on image above to order your copy of The National Bet by Bob McCarty.

That same day, I marked the aforementioned publishing milestone by publishing an article under the headline, Pentagon ‘Witch Hunt’ Continues as Book About Wrongful Prosecution of Green Beret Marks Fourth Anniversary. In sharing the article on Facebook, I made a statement and asked a question:

Even after beating this “drum” for more than four years, it seems too few people give a damn unless they see one of their own family members impacted by this witch hunt. Do you give a damn?

Sadly, the answer for most people is “No.”

In addition, I shared more observations and opinions on Facebook. Among them were the following:

• I wrote, “I smell a lawsuit,” after reading about a shootout at the OK Corral that mistakenly involved real bullets;

• I labeled Richard Branson’s opinion piece about drug policy a “headscratcher”;

• I wrote, “Glad to see this. I’ve never paid for a review or for social media “friends” to promote my books — and never will,” after reading a piece about Amazon suing more than 1,000 people over fake reviews; and

• I shared some old memories, including the Facebook cover photo (below) that I had used three years earlier.

My Facebook cover photo Sept. 22, 2012.

I used this graphic as my Facebook cover photo Sept. 22, 2012.

Tuesday, Oct. 20

I published nothing new on my website Tuesday, but I did use Facebook to alert people to several items, including:

• A challenge issued to folks following my coverage of the military justice saga of Army Maj. Christian “Kit” Martin:

Your mission should you choose to accept it: 1) Watch this interview; 2) Read the letter I sent recently to Army Chief of Staff General Mark A. Milley; and 3) Contact the officials listed at the end of this piece, and let them know you believe Maj. Christian “Kit” Martin deserves better than he’s receiving at the hands of the military justice system.

• A radioactive waste-related story I had published In January 2015; and

• Two great LifeZette articles, Time for Senate Geezers to Go and Paralyzed by Bureaucracy, by my California friend Katy Grimes.

Wednesday, Oct. 21

After coming across reports on the CBS Evening News and in the The Los Angeles Times about the inherent dangers of radioactive waste colliding with an underground fire in St. Louis County, I tried Wednesday to rekindle interest in a story I had published for the first time in January 2012 and, again, nine months ago. Published under the headline, Will Missouri Legislators Finally Decide to Pay Attention to Radioactive Waste Issues Outside of Saint Louis County?, it concerns radioactive waste issues in St. Charles County, Mo., and a state agency report due to be published in January 2016. It’s a must-read if you live anywhere near St. Louis!

Click to read about my "Uphill Battle for Answers."

Click on image above to read the story I published Jan. 23, 2012, and, again, nine months ago, about radioactive waste issues outside of St. Louis County, Mo., and about a state agency report due to be published in January 2016.

I also pointed my Facebook friends to a Washington Post article about the “trap” that is the U.S. military’s whistleblower law and how it allows general officers to “get away with it” while innocent men and women suffer. In turn, I pointed them to my own article about abuse by an Army two-star general that has a career Army officer facing sexual assault allegations made against him by a woman who is a convicted felon.

Thursday, Oct. 22

On Thursday, I covered the first several hours of the congressional “lie-athon” with a piece under the headline, House Benghazi Committee Grills Hillary Clinton. I had to stop when I, along with members of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, took a lunch break. I was afraid I might lose my lunch if I continued to watch the hearing.

Friday, Oct. 23

On Friday, I published nothing new on my website but did express disappointment over the following news items:

• I wrote, “Shaking my head in disbelief even though I’m not surprised. Or something like that,” after reading news about the Department of Justice opting against prosecuting former IRS official Lois Lerner;

• In sharing this sad news, I wrote, “I’m sick of reading reports in which ‘unnamed military officials’ are cited as having confirmed details about the activities of elite warriors. They are known as “quiet professionals” for a reason. Divulging details about their activities, even after their deaths, only serves to put future missions at greater risk. That said, I still offer my SALUTE to Sergeant Wheeler, a fellow Okie!”; and

After reading that drinking beer slows down Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, I shared a far-less-serious note, writing, “It’s true! I can’t remember the last time I shook uncontrollably after enjoying a beer,”

Saturday, Oct. 23

Today, I plan to read through some trial transcripts I received during the week while also watching some college football on television, so don’t expect anything more from me today.

FYI:  Related to one of those trial transcripts, I was able to track down the female accuser of a U.S. Soldier who had reportedly moved from her hometown in Europe to California and married a different U.S. Soldier she had met in her hometown. It turns out she didn’t move to the Golden State at all. Instead, I found proof she is living and working in another state more than a thousand miles away. Stay tuned as I try to help the Soldier she accused of rape — who’s already completed his prison sentence and is living as a convicted sex offender — have his sentence overturned. Meanwhile, enjoy your weekend!

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American Cat Confirmed as Cecil the Lion’s Distant Cousin!

Although I rarely discuss family matters of any kind on this site, I decided to make an exception today after receiving confirmation over the weekend that one of my cats is a distant relative of the late Cecil the Lion who died last month in Zimbabwe.

Cecil the Lion and Butters the House cat bear an uncanny resemblance.

Though distant cousins, Cecil the Lion and Butters the House cat bear uncanny resemblance.

Seven-year-old Butters the House Cat (a.k.a., “Butters, my office assistant”) is, according to Miz Lize Terre Blanche, Zimbabwe’s High Chancellor of Feline Affairs, the 215th cousin of Cecil the Lion.

Cecil the Lion is, according to media reports,  the 13-year-old few Zimbabweans even knew existed before he was hunted down and killed by Walter James Palmer, an American dentist from Minnesota who apparently deserves to die, according to people like animal rights activist and former game show host Bob Barker.

The news arrived Saturday via unsolicited email from the high chancellor herself, and I was fortunate enough to discover the message in my spam folder before it was automatically deleted. In her message, she told me I can receive a copy of the official government documents that prove the existence of the familial relationship between Cecil the Lion and Butters the House Cat if I am willing to pay, via Western Union money order, administrative and acquisition fees totaling USD $10,500.

Now what should I do? Launch a GoFundMe account to raise the money to pay the fees and launch a public relations campaign to capitalize on the commercial viability of Butters’ confirmed relationship to the posthumously-famous Cecil? You tell me.

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Bob McCarty’s Weekly Recap: Dec. 28-Jan. 3

Though it was, admittedly, a lighter-than-usual week at BobMcCarty.com, I think my offerings during the past seven days justify further attention in the weekly recap below:

Putting together jigsaw puzzles during the holidays would be more fun IF Butters, my office assistant, would help.

Putting together jigsaw puzzles during the holidays would be more fun IF Butters, my office assistant, would help.

One day after speculating about the cause of another Malaysia-owned jetliner’s disappearance, I began reading DIE TRYING by Lee Child Sunday, Dec. 28 and worked on a jigsaw puzzle with Butters, my office assistant.

On Monday, Dec. 29, I followed up a stimulating Facebook conversation by wondering if Bill Cosby might be innocent until proven guilty.

On Tuesday, Dec. 30, I raised a question — Does ‘Domestic Terrorism’ Label Apply to OKC Bombing? — before sharing news about a lawsuit filed by a fallen Marine’s family members.

On New Year’s Eve, I shared an excerpt from my first nonfiction book about a falsely-accused and wrongly-convicted Army Green Beret before going to bed at 10:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

I began Day One of the New Year by sharing video about a four-year investigation into a “policing for profit” scam in Tennessee and followed up by sharing the latest review of my just-released crime-fiction novel, The National Bet.

Though I spent most of the day Friday, Jan. 2, working on my next fiction novel, a sequesl to The National Bet, I found time to share some college football championship humor aimed primarily at folks from my home state, Oklahoma.

Unless something pressing comes up Saturday, Jan. 3, I’ll spend most of my working hours in much the same fashion as I did the day before.

If you appreciate the unique perspective I provide and would like to help keep me afloat for another year, please show your support by ordering copies of my books and encouraging others to do the same. Thanks in advance!

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Welcome

For years, I’ve toiled online, using my journalism training — and, sometimes, my sense of humor — to report news most of the major media outlets ignored.  As I approach the eighth anniversary of my online presence, I’ve decided to change directions in a substantial way — that is, I’m moving away from writing on a daily basis on these pages.

Above: Butters shows his keyboarding skills.

Above: Butters shows his keyboarding skills.

With help from Butters, my office assistant (shown above), I’ll continue to churn out books I think you’ll enjoy reading.  To keep up to date about what’s new with me, I hope you’ll follow me on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and whatever else comes down the social networking pipeline.

But I won’t. Instead, I’ll simply hope you remain patient and point you to my Amazon Author Page until we see a fix. Thanks for your patience!

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