Thanks For All of the Hare-Brained Publicity, But…

Only one week in, I can already say it’s been a good month at BobMcCarty.com!  At the same time, however, I must say things could be much better.  Allow me explain.

Rabbit Kill Cook Eat 2 6-28-13

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Since it was published the evening of Friday, June 28 (not the optimum time to share a story), my article about Ozark, Mo.-based magician Marty Hahne has generated a great deal of interest for the site.  After all, who wouldn’t be interested in learning more about a smalltown magician being told by USDA officials that he had to write a disaster plan for the three-pound rabbit he uses in his magic act or face penalties as a lawbreaker.

The wave of publicity began after David Burge of IowaHawk fame wrote on his Facebook page“I swear I am not making this up.  In the annals of government stupidity, this story may very well be the Mount Everest.  H/T Bob McCarty Writes.”  After that, everyone seemed to pick it up.

DavidBurgeFacebookTo date, the list of outlets that have reported Marty The Magician‘s USDA saga has grown to include — but is not limited to — the following:

• TheBlaze.com/Glenn Beck (Dave Urbanski);

• Doug Ross (Larwyn’s Linx);

• Fox Nation (via NewsBusters);

• National Review (Mark Steyn);

• NewsBusters (Tom Blumer);

• Say Anything (Rob Port);

• The Rush Limbaugh Show (Mark Steyn);

The Washington Times (Jessica Chasmar); and

• Watts Up With That (Anthony Watts);

While I appreciate the attention this story has received, I would much prefer seeing our nation’s top bloggers, journalists and radio personalities devoting some attention to the topics I cover in the two nonfiction books I wrote during the past four years:  Three Days In August and THE CLAPPER MEMO.  Why? Because my books deal with life-and-death issues that impact our men and women in uniform who serve in harm’s way.

Please learn more by visiting the books’ websites, ThreeDaysInAugust.com and TheClapperMemo.com, and reading the reviews and endorsements.  Then, I hope you’ll take a chance and order a copy of one or both books.  FYI:  They’re available in paperback and ebook versions at Amazon.comThanks in advance!

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.

Japan on Edge After Explosion at Nuclear Plant (Update)

An explosion at the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant approximately 160 miles north of Tokyo has the world on edge this morning.

News reports range from fears of a meltdown to fears of another Chernobyl being expressed as a possible “worst-case scenario.”

An expert appearing on Fox News Channel this morning said the earthquake in Japan — now said to measure magnitude 9.1 — has resulted in the second-worst nuclear disaster in history, second only to the disaster in the Ukraine that caused 14,000 residents to flee and abandon the city of Chernobyl.

Stay tuned!

UPDATE 3/12/11 at 8:40 a.m. Central: Kyodo News Service reports that the reported explosion at the nuclear power plant did not occur at the reactor.

UPDATE 3/12/11 at 6:40 a.m. Central: The Wall Street Journal video below shows devastation in northeast Japan.

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Doctors Notes Scandal Continues in Wisconsin

The scandal involving medical doctors writing notes to excuse school teachers and other public employees union folks from work continues to evolve in Madison, Wisc.

In this video, an unidentified school teacher — who, by the way, is skipping work to protest against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker‘s effort to get this state’s fiscal house in order — tells Fox News Channel’s Griff Jenkins the doctor standing next to her was “giving me a doctor’s note in case I need it to keep my job.” Further, she adds, “It’s causing me mental anguish beyond belief” and “Who’s to say when I could crash, because I’m this close.”

It’s time to fight teachers and unions like the ones protesting in the “Cheese State” until situations like we’ve seen in Madison during the past week are a thing of the past.

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Hat tip: Freedom’s Lighthouse

Obama Correct in Saying ‘I didn’t raise taxes once’

During an interview that aired just before the big game on Super Bowl Sunday, President Barack Obama made the following claims to Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly“I didn’t raise taxes once.  I lowered taxes over the last two years.  I lowered taxes for the last two years.” And he’s right!  He’s raised ‘em a lot more than once!  According to the folks at Americans for Tax Reform, President Obama’s claims are “blatantly false.”  In a news release this afternoon, they offer proof, beginning with his first claim, “I didn’t raise taxes once”:

Barack Obama Caricature by Political GraffitiFeb. 4, 2009 – Obama signs federal tobacco tax hike: Just sixteen days into his presidency, Obama signed into law a 156 percent increase in the federal excise tax on tobacco – a hike of 62 cents per pack.  Obama’s signature on this tax hike was a violation of his central campaign promise – a “firm pledge” that no American making less than $250,000 would see “any form of tax increase”.  The median income of smokers is just over $36,000.

March 23, 2010 – Obama signs the healthcare bill into law: Obama’s signature on the health care bill enacted two dozen new or higher taxes (at least seven of which violate his “firm pledge” on taxes), including but not limited to:

  • – Individual Mandate Excise Tax
  • – Employer Mandate Excise Tax
  • – Small business 1099-MISC Information Reporting
  • – Surtax on Investment Income
  • – Excise Tax on Comprehensive Health Insurance Plans
  • – Hike in Medicare Payroll Tax
  • – Medicine Cabinet Tax
  • – HSA Withdrawal Tax Hike
  • – Flexible Spending Account Cap – aka “Special Needs Kids Tax”
  • – Tax on Medical Device Manufacturers
  • – “Haircut” for Medical Itemized Deduction from 7.5% to 10% of AGI
  • – Tax on Indoor Tanning Services
  • – Elimination of tax deduction for employer-provided retirement Rx drug coverage
  • – Blue Cross/Blue Shield Tax Hike
  • – Excise Tax on Charitable Hospitals
  • – Tax on Innovator Drug Companies
  • – Tax on Health Insurers
  • – Biofuel “black liquor” tax hike
  • – Codification of the “economic substance doctrine”

Later in that same news release, ATR addressed the second part of Obama’s claim — I lowered taxes over the last two years.  I lowered taxes for the last two years.” — via three key points:

  • President Obama’s entire claim of being a net tax-cutter rests merely upon the temporary tax relief he has signed into law.  The tax increases Obama has signed into law have invariably been permanent.  In fact, Obama signed into law $7 in permanent tax hikes for every $1 in permanent tax cuts.
  • Over 90% of the dollar value of the tax cuts Obama signed into law are only temporary.
  • 100% of the tax increases Obama signed into law are, however, permanent.
  • Permanent changes to tax law amount to a net tax hike of $618.7 billion.

For you liberals reading this, I ask one question:  “How’s that hope and change workin’ out?”

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Protests Like Shoes Being Tossed at Mubarak

Based upon what I’ve seen transpire on the streets of Cairo via Fox News Channel this afternoon, I think there’s a ring of truth in the latest animated short, “Saving Face,” produced by my liberal cartoonist friend, David Donar at Political Graffiti.  Showing ordinary Egyptians throwing shoes — a great insult in Islamic culture — at Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, I think it serves as an accurate depiction of events that will lead to a quick end to the 30-year reign of this oppressive ruler.  Watch it below:

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‘Recall Day’ Proposed as New Game Show

Thanks to a link on the Drudge Report today, I came across an Entertainment Weekly article about the cable channel, SPIKE, ordering “Repo Games,” a car repo game show, from the producers of the slimy-yet-popular show, “Jersey Shore.” While I’m certain the “Obama Economy” will produce plenty of contestants for the show, I’d rather see a different show take to the airwaves.

The show I’d like to see — perhaps on Fox News Channel? — would be called, “Recall Day,” and would feature members of a live studio audience quizzing currently-elected members of Congress (a.k.a., “contestants”).

Each episode of “Recall Day” would involve audience members — all of whom must be registered voters — quizzing members of Congress about their respective performances in terms of fulfilling campaign pledges, sticking to principles and serving as a genuine “representative of the people.”

At the end of each show, audience members and viewers — via phone and text message — would cast votes on whether or not to allow the elected officials to remain in office.  Too many “no” votes would result in an elected official being recalled and new elections being held.

I know, there are a lot of sticky wickets in this idea; still, I think “Recall Day” is worth consideration.  After all, millions of Americans watch shows like “Jersey Shore,” “American Idol” and “The Dr. Phil Show.”

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Did John Wheeler III Know Too Much? (Update)

With the memory of Vince Foster, the former White House aide who supposedly committed suicide in 1993, stuck firmly in the recesses of my mind, I felt compelled to float a “trial balloon” by readers of this blog:  Did John Wheeler III Know Too Much?

Mental note: I know, I know! This trial balloon will probably go down in the annals of blogging history as the product of a conspiracy theorist’s mind run amok, but I wanted to make sure I put it out there just in case it turns out to be true.  So let’s move on.

During the first few days of 2011, reports of dead birds and fish have filled the news wires. On Monday, I used this post to share news of more than 100,000 dead fish being discovered in Franklin County, Ark., and more than 1,000 birds — some say as many as 5,000 — falling out of the sky above Beebe, Ark., 30 miles northeast of Little Rock. Today, I came across a report that 100 tons of dead fish washed up on Brazil’s shores.  Do these incidents represent an ecological anomaly or just a coincidence?  I don’t know.  But I digress.

At about the same time as the news from Brazil reached the U.S. via Drudge Report, I happened to catch Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney‘s appearance on Fox News Channel to talk about the mysterious death of his friend and fellow veteran, John “Jack” Wheeler, whose body was found in a landfill in Delaware yesterday.

McInerney, a retired Air Force general, told America Live host Megyn Kelly that Wheeler had worked for at least two U.S. presidents and played a key role in raising funds to construct the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C.  Most importantly, however, he said Wheeler was well known as a biological and chemical warfare expert, that he thinks Wheeler was the victim of a professional hit, and that the matter should be investigated by the FBI — which leads to the question that appears as the headline of this post (and more).

Did John Wheeler III know too much? About what? Something related to his field of expertise? And was the knowledge that got him killed somehow related to the aforementioned plethora of bird deaths and fish kills? An experiment? A test run? My questions all. Not the general’s. I’m just saying…

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UPDATE 1/4/11 at 4:27 p.m. Central: Add bats in Tucson to the mix.

UPDATE 1/4/11 at 6:41 p.m. Central: More birds in Kentucky.

UPDATE 1/11/11 at 12:51 p.m. Central: Fish wash up on Chicago lakefront.

UPDATE 1/16/11 at 6:43 p.m. Central: 200 dead cows found in Wisconsin field.

UPDATE 1/30/11 at 7:50 p.m. Central: Cattle deaths mystery solved.  Sweet (potatoes)!

UPDATE 2/20/11 at 9:34 p.m. Central: Wife says husband killed by hitman.