Rush, Rabbits, Rules and More: Three Weeks of News Reviewed

Because it’s been a while since I offered a week-in-review post, I thought I’d offer a review of the last three weeks of big news stories at BobMcCarty.com.

Limbaugh Letter Sept 2013On Sept. 1, I shared news about Rush Limbaugh highlighting a hare-brained story of mine in the September 2013 edition of The Limbaugh Letter.  That story highlighted the lunacy of the USDA telling Marty Hahne (a.k.a., “Marty the Magician”) he had to write a disaster plan for the three-pound rabbit he uses in his magic show.

On Sept. 2, I explained how, in his statement on Syria, President Barack Obama had demonstrated his support of mob rule by using the word democracy, instead of republic, to describe United States during his statement on Syria.

WaPo Black Budget Graphic

In a piece published Sept. 3, I observed how the content of “black budget” documents given to the Washington Post by NSA contractor-turned document leaker Edward Snowden resemble and/or overlap with the findings of the four-year investigation upon which my latest book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, is based.

ODNI GITMO Reengage 2013 LR

On Sept. 6, I made the point that 28 was too high a number when used to describe the percentage of detainees who have returned to their terrorist ways after being released from detention at Guantanamo Bay.  I even shared a table of statistics!

That same day, I shared news about an Indiana man being sentenced to eight months in prison for using well-known technological flaws in the polygraph to teach people how to pass polygraph exams.

On Sept. 9, I shared a retired Army two-star general’s informed opinion about possible U.S. intervention in Syria.  It was, of course, an opinion with which many might disagree; still, I shared it and found it quite logical.

Later that day, I broke news about a new Oklahoma City Bombing trial being set for Spring 2014 to resolve a legal battle over the FBI’s refusal to turn over videotapes recorded prior to 9:02 a.m. April 19, 1995. Not surprisingly, news about the upcoming federal trial in Salt Lake City went unreported by major media outlets for six days after it appeared on my front page.

On Sept. 10, I offered an update about the aforementioned case that involved an Indiana man and how-to-beat-the-polygraph lessons.  Of course, it included a glimpse of the “elephant in the room” that was ignored by federal prosecutors in the case.

Three days later, I used a new article to reveal how my latest book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, reveals disturbing documents related to the vetting process being used to screen Afghan recruits before they’re allowed to work alongside Americans.

Extortion 17 Lives lost

The images above are those of the men lost while serving their country in Afghanistan aboard a CH-47 “Chinook” helicopter — call sign “Extortion 17.”

On Sept. 16, I used a serious question — Did Afghan Officials Play Deadly Role in Navy SEALs Helo Crash? — in a headline to introduce the first of two pieces based on my review of an investigation report that followed the crash of a helicopter — call sign “Extortion 17″ — in Afghanistan Aug. 6, 2011.  That crash, by the way, resulted in the single-largest loss of life in U.S. Naval Special Warfare history.

On Sept. 18 and 19, respectively, I shared articles highlighting a not-for-profit foundation helps Gold Star family members heal and my virtual conversation with an Army polygraph instructor who told me he had purchased a copy of THE CLAPPER MEMO.

A sensor operator aboard an AC-130U performs preflight system checks before takeoff at Hurlburt Field, Fla. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ali E. Flisek.

A sensor operator aboard an AC-130U performs preflight system checks before takeoff at Hurlburt Field, Fla. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ali E. Flisek.

Finally, on Sept. 20, I shared a follow-up to my piece four days earlier about the Extortion 17 mission.  The crux of the story:  If the crew of an Air Force AC-130 gunship had been allowed to engage the enemy sooner, the single-largest death toll in U.S. Naval Special Warfare history might have been avoided.

Can’t wait to see what the rest of the month brings.

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.

Rush Limbaugh Newsletter Carries Rabbit Regulation Report

Today, I discovered the hare-brained story I wrote about Marty Hahne (a.k.a., “Marty the Magician”) being required by the USDA to write a disaster plan for the three-pound rabbit he uses in his magic show is featured on page 4 of the September 2013 edition of The Limbaugh Letter!

Limbaugh Letter Sept 2013This news comes one day after I learned that the Ozark, Mo.-based magician had traveled to New York City to be interviewed Friday by John Stossel for an upcoming Fox Business Network special about strange government regulations that should air in October.

Talk about a story having legs!  It’s been hopping coast to coast now for 64 days!

For previous stories about Hahne and others being harassed by USDA officials, read my series, Chasing Rabbits.

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.

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.

Barack Obama Stars in ‘DEBT MAN WALKING’

I heard conservative radio talk show giant Rush Limbaugh on Monday dubbed President Barack Obama “Debt Man Walking.”  That in mind, I decided to use a White House photo and some imagination to start cranking out the publicity for the film parody that will, no doubt, follow the words of El Rushbo.

With George Soros bankrolling the effort and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner directing, this big-budget production is sure to be a hit at next year’s “Yes, We Cannes” Film Festival.  Let me know what you think.

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Weekly Recap: The Week of May 29, 2011

Below is a recap of all the posts published at BobMcCarty.com during the week of May 29, 2011:

MONDAY, May 30

Barack Obama for President – of Kenya! — Guest blogger Paul R. Hollrah suggests that Barack Obama may have his long-term future already planned, saying he will serve as president of Kenya.

TUESDAY, May 31

Video Honors 540 Who Paid Ultimate Price — The Military Times put together this Memorial Day video tribute to the more than 540 soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who died for their country during the past year.

CNN Crew Prevented From Filming in Joplin — What could possibly justify the actions of law enforcement officials in Joplin who prevented members of a CNN news crew from filming on a public road?

WEDNESDAY, June 1

Bob McCarty Writes 97th on New ‘Conservative 100?Bob McCarty Writes is one of three websites cracking the latest list of the 100 most-popular conservative websites based on Alexa traffic rankings.

Director Admits He Withheld Key Evidence From Final Cut of Oscar-Nominated Documentary — Josh Fox, director of the Oscar-nominated documentary, Gasland, admits he withheld evidence showing gas can occur in water naturally and is not a result of fracking.

Rabbit Stories Discussed on Rush Limbaugh Show! — Two of my articles about John and Judy Dollarhite, a Nixa, Mo., couple in trouble with the USDA for selling too many rabbits, were cited by guest host Mark Steyn on today’s edition of The Rush Limbaugh Show.

THURSDAY, June 2

Magician Provides Update on USDA ‘Rabbit Police’ — I received an update from Marty Hawne, a magician whose story about being busted at a library was highlighted May 25 in USDA ‘Rabbit Police’ Stalking Magicians.

Listen to Commonsense Coalition Radio Friday — Friday at 10 a.m. Central I appeared as a guest on Commonsense Coalition Talk Radio, a program that airs ONLINE and on 43 stations in 19 states.  Here’s a link to the podcast of the show.

Animal Trainer Caught in USDA ‘Legal Circus’ — Dallas animal trainer Doug Terranova doesn’t fear lions and tigers and bears, but when it comes to USDA inspectors, no one could blame him for saying, “Oh, my!”

FRIDAY, June 3

Documents Reveal Cozy Relationship Between Obama Administration and General Motors — Documents obtained via the Freedom of Information Act reveal a far-too-cozy relationship between Obama Administration officials and General Motors executives.

Hope you enjoy(ed) these posts and encourage you to remember the note below!

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Rabbit Stories Discussed on Rush Limbaugh Show!

This blog has been on one heck of a ride during the past two weeks, thanks in large part to public interest in “Chasing Rabbits,” a series of nearly a dozen posts in which I highlighted the hare-raising plight of John and Judy Dollarhite, a Nixa, Mo., couple handed a $90,643 fine by the USDA for selling more than $500 worth of rabbits in a single calendar year.

Two days after breaking the story, I reported that the story was gaining traction.  With a week, the story had made it to Drudge – sort of.  Today, however, I learned that two of my articles about the Dollarhites — Family Facing $4 Million in Fines for Selling Bunnies and USDA Appears To Be Caving on Rabbit Fines — published at Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com were cited by Mark Steyn today as he sat in as Rush Limbaugh’s guest host on “The Rush Limbaugh Show.”

The articles appeared in Mark Steyn’s Stack of Stuff on Rush’s website between links to Steyn’s Orange County Register post about udderly insane regulations and Alan Fram’s Washington Post piece, Obama proposes revamping regulations to aid businesses.

The good news about all of this publicity for these stories and the Dollarhites is, as I reported May 24, that the USDA appears to be caving.

The only downside, if there really is one, is that I missed Rush’s show today while writing a piece about another case involving USDA thuggery.  Stay tuned for that!

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Blogger Offers to Serve as Embedded Reporter

When St. Louis was named the most dangerous city in the United States almost three years ago, I sent an e-mail to Rush Limbaugh.  In it, I let the conservative talk radio icon know I was willing to serve as an embedded reporter in the Gateway City and offer reports from the Show-Me State’s chart-topping “war zone” for his popular radio program.  And then I waited.  No response.

Today, I learned St. Louis was again named the most dangerous city in America, according to CQ Press, so I make my offer again:

“Rush, in the tradition of great war correspondents like Ernie Pyle and Michael Yon, I offer my services, free of charge, as an embedded reporter in St. Louis for your EIB Network.  Let me know when you want me to begin.  Send e-mail to BobMcCartyWrites (at) gmail (dot) com.  Thanks!”

Now, I wait for a response.