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CURTAIN CALL: Report Marks End of 10-Year Online Journey; Books Remain on Sale at Amazon With More to Follow

In contrast to my 2014 year-in-review piece in which I lamented the disappearance of more than 5,000 articles written and published on my site since October 2006, I’m sharing no news this year about suspected cyberattacks and other forms of online skulduggery. Instead, after writing and publishing more than 300 additional articles during the past 18 months, it’s time to say goodbye. Yes, this is the final curtain call on my 10-year career as an online purveyor of opinions, investigative reports and an occasional dose of humor.

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Click on image above to order Bob’s books.

Why the curtain call? Because I recently accepted a position with a Fortune 500 company and, due to time constraints, am no longer able to continue this endeavor. I must say, however, that it’s been an interesting ride since the days when my website was known as “BMW: The Ultimate Blogging Machine” and ranked #82 among the world’s Top 100 Conservative Blogs.

Original caricature by David Donar.

My cartoonist friend, David Donar, drew this for my use as the “Ultimate Blogging Machine.”

As the virtual fabric of this curtain call, I’d like to challenge other journalists — including those “citizen” journalists so often looked down upon by many of my college journalism-school brethren — to pick up the torch and keep the sunlight of disinfectant shining on a handful of topics (below) that deserve continued attention:

• THE PENTAGON’S SEXUAL ASSAULT WITCH HUNT

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Click on graphic above to order a copy of Three Days In August by Bob McCarty.

Since the October 2011 release of my first nonfiction book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice, I’ve been contacted by hundreds of individuals in search of help after they or a loved one found themselves falsely accused of crimes — usually involving members of the opposite sex — and, too often, convicted of those crimes in the military justice system. The case I’ve followed most closely since late August involves Army Maj. Christian “Kit” Martin and will be, if I can possibly make it happen, the subject of my next book. It’s a big “IF” due to the career change, but I hope to make it happen nonetheless. My 49-minute Skype interview with Major Martin offers an overview of the people and allegations involved in this case prior to multiple dead bodies being discovered only a week ahead of the date on which the major’s court-martial was set to begin. It has now been pushed back to an as-yet-undetermined date in March 2016.

• INTERROGATION TECHNOLOGY

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Click on image above to order a copy of The Clapper Memo by Bob McCarty.

In April 2008, I wrote a short piece about the Pentagon’s plan to deploy portable polygraph technology to war zones, purportedly for use in interrogating terror suspects and others whose information might be valuable to our war effort. Twelve months later, I asked Pentagon officials a handful of questions about how well the portable polygraphs had worked during their first year of use. Unsatisfied with the answers I received which seemed to indicate the portable polygraph technology had failed miserably, I launched an investigation that would last more than four years and result in learning about an extremely accurate and effective interrogation technology that Department of Defense leaders had yanked from the “toolkits” of our warfighters.

Along the way, I interviewed men who had used that technology with much success. Among them, Defense Intelligence Agency contractors who interrogated members of Saddam Hussein’s “Deck of Cards” as well as al-Qaeda and Taliban terror suspects and Army Green Berets and Navy SEALs who had used that technology with much success on the battlefield. In addition, I obtained never-before-published copies of letters and reports written by men who had used that technology with much success to interrogate detainees at Guantanamo Bay during the early days of the Global War On Terror. In May 2013, I shared the results of my investigation in the form of my second nonfiction book, The Clapper Memo.

• The Oklahoma City Bombing Trial in Salt Lake City

Though many Americans don’t even realize it’s taking place, I’ve been writing about an Oklahoma City Bombing trial that’s been slogging its way through a federal court in Salt Lake City as part of a 19-year (so far) search for the truth. My most recent piece about the trial appeared under the July 1 headline, Pre-Blast Videotapes FBI Claims ‘Might Have Been Misfiled’ Remain at Center of Ongoing Oklahoma City Bombing Trial. Other recent pieces covered topics such as allegations of FBI witness tampering and the judge’s threat to slap FBI agents with contempt of court charges. In the interest of time and understanding what’s at stake, I recommend you watch this chilling one-hour video before you read my other posts about the Oklahoma City Bombing Trial.

Radiation Contamination in the St. Louis Area

In January 2012, I wrote my first report about radioactive waste issues in the St. Louis area. It had to do with a report about cancer concerns related to the Weldon Spring Site in St. Charles County, Mo., the county just west and northwest of St. Louis County (Mo.). Three years later, I offered an update under the headline, New Weldon Spring Cancer Report Due Out Early 2016. Sadly, state health department officials have refused to provide answers to my latest queries. As a result, the final word remains to be written on this subject.

There are, of course, many more topics I’d like to highlight, but I’ll let you peruse them via the drop-down menu of categories located just below the “SEARCH” block in the right sidebar.

Before closing, allow me to suggest you show any appreciation you might have for my decade of work by purchasing copies of my books as Christmas gifts for the readers in your life:

• Chronicling the life story and wrongful prosecution of an elite Army Green Beret, Three Days In August received endorsements from Pamela Gellar of Atlas Shrugs and Richard Miniter, New York Times’ best selling author and investigative reporter. For more details about the book, visit http://ThreeDaysInAugust.com.

• To read the list of high-power endorsements of my second nonfiction book, The Clapper Memo, visit http://TheClapperMemo.com.

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• For pure entertainment value, I recommend you read about FBI Special Agent Joseph L. Wilson and his effort to solve the mystery behind the deaths of thousands of Americans during the Fourth of July weekend. The biggest challenge of his law enforcement career, the investigation becomes personal after Wilson realizes he shares one thing in common with those who died: The National Bet.

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Thanks for everything and Merry Christmas to you and yours! It’s been a great ride!

FYI: Because I might write a few more pieces before the end of the year, I’ll leave this as a “Featured Post” until then. And, oh yes, I will keep posting occasional thoughts on my Facebook page.

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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Celebrate Cinco De Mustard Instead!

Instead of celebrating Cinco De Mayo, a holiday focused on Mexican culture, I urge my fellow Americans to celebrate Cinco De Mustard! After all, what’s more American than going to a baseball game and eating a hot dog or a hamburger topped with mustard? Nothing!

Cinco De MustardTo anyone who takes offense at this post, be advised that no offense is intended. Instead, I’m simply being pro-mustard instead of mayo. LOL

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Sunday Humor Round Number Two — Literally

Call it Round Two of my Sunday funnies. After sharing a piece involving the late actor, Don Knotts, earlier today, I thought I’d share more humor in the form of a television commerical for Poo~Pourri Before-You-Go Toilet Spray, a product actually sold around the world. Enjoy!

Yes, I know this viral video is almost nine months old and has been viewed more than 2.8 million times on YouTube, but I still found it funny enough to share. I’m on a laughing binge today.

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Nervous Weatherman Skit Big Break for Actor Don Knotts

Sometimes, one has to get away from business and politics and simply enjoy something funny. Today, I offer you the chance to do just that by watching a video of the late actor Don Knotts. Best known as “Deputy Barney Fife” on “The Andy Griffith Show,” he got his big break by playing a nervous weatherman in a skit on “The Steve Allen Show.”

According to the folks at the West Virginia Celebrities Facebook page, dedicated to news and information about celebrities who call West Virginia home, Knotts made his debut on “The Steve Allen Show,” playing a character named “Mr. Morrison,” a weatherman forced to ad lib the forecast without any information about the weather. As he spelled out a weather system moving into California on the map, it became clear he was writing the word, HELP.

The video above was one of the first things I came across this Sunday morning, and it really started my day off right. Hope it does the same for your day.

FYI: I’m not a West Virginia native and have no ties to the state, but I did grow up watching “The Andy Griffith Show.”

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