Bob McCarty’s 2013 Rumpelstiltskin Recap

For those of you who slept through the past week — or, worse yet, slept through the past 12 months — and missed reading my top stories of the year, I’m issuing this RUMPELSTILTSKIN RECAP with links to a half-dozen articles highlighting my most-popular stories of 2013.

SCOOP_NYTI shared my Top 4 Scoops of 2013 Dec. 20.  Included are stories I discovered and reported before anyone in the mainstream news media reported them.  In one case, I scooped ABC News by four months.  In another, I scooped The New York Times by 100 days.

I published my Top 10 Military Justice System Stories of 2013 Dec. 21.  It’s a topic that became near and dear to me after so many readers of my first nonfiction book, Three Days In August (October 2011), contacted me to share stories of military injustice that impacted their lives and those of their loved ones.  As we speak, lives and promising careers of men in uniform are being ruined by people with an agenda that does not serve the best interests of our country.

Untold Stories of the OKC BombingI revealed my Top 5 Oklahoma City Bombing Stories of 2013 Dec. 22.  Among them are two stories, both of which could have been described as “scoops.”  One is about a new Oklahoma City Bombing trial set for May 5 in Utah, while the other is about the FBI’s “Sensitive Informant Program.”  Haven’t heard about either?  You should read these stories.

I shared my Top Four ‘Extortion 17′ Stories of 2013 Dec. 23.  If you haven’t heard about the extremely-controversial incident involving members of a well-known U.S. Navy SEALs unit that took place in Afghanistan Aug. 6, 2011, and is recorded as the single-largest loss of life in Naval Special Warfare history, you should read these stories.  [Hint:  It makes the attack at Benghazi look like child's play in comparison.]

Edward Snowden ShouldAlso on Dec. 23, I revealed my Top 10 Stories Related to THE CLAPPER MEMO.  All share a connection to the major findings I made during an exhaustive four-year investigation into the use of credibility assessment technologies, including the polygraph, by government agencies.  The topics covered are not only interesting and troubling, but they make up the “meat” of the scandal inside my latest nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO (May 2013).

Finally, I drew from all of the categories above to reveal my overall Top 10 of 2013.  Published Dec. 24, the list includes the ten most-popular posts of the year based on the number of views each received.

Rabbit Kill Cook Eat 2 6-28-13Though heavy on military- and government-related topics, the list ends with a hare-raising scoop about Big Government run amok.  After it was published in June, this scoop of mine went viral and captured the interest of several top news media and talk radio outlets across the country.

In closing, I want to “Thank you” for being one of almost 350,000 UNIQUE VISITORS who made nearly ONE MILLION VISITS to BobMcCarty.com, ThreeDaysInAugust.com and TheClapperMemo.com and enjoyed more than 3.1 MILLION PAGE VIEWS during 2013.  Your loyalty is appreciated!

If you enjoyed what I shared online in 2013, you’ll love reading my nonfiction books, Three Days In August and THE CLAPPER MEMO.  Both are available for ordering in paperback and ebook versions at Amazon.comOrder today!

Happy New Year!

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.

Bob McCarty’s Top 4 Scoops 2013

Though I spend most of my time writing books, I still find time to uncover the occasional scoop.  Below are my Top 4 Scoops of 2013:

Scooped Brian Ross

#4.  SCOOPED: ABC News Reporter Four Months Late to the ‘Party’ — On Nov 15, I revealed how ABC News’ Brian Ross had finally caught up with me in reporting about the U.S. Government’s reckless approach to business and warfare.

Show-Me Jihad Scoop

#3.  ‘Show-Me Jihad’ Murder Suspect Committed to Mental Institution — On Aug. 15, I was the first media outlet — and, perhaps, the only one — to report that Mohamed H. Dawod (a.k.a., the “Show-Me Jihad” murder suspect who allegedly shot and killed a fellow traveler at a Springfield, Mo., bus station less than 48 hours before the 10th anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.) had been committed to a mental institution.

Stratus Scoop

#2.  Colorado Firm Disavows Work on Behalf of Plaintiff in $19 Billion ‘Shakedown’ Lawsuit in Ecuador — On April 12, I shared news about Stratus Consulting’s decision to disavow the work they had done on behalf of the plaintiff in a “shakedown” lawsuit in Ecuador that could have cost Chevron Oil Company billions.  Notably, this scoop came 27 months after I published an exclusive story about the firm’s role in the lawsuit and, in so doing, scooped The New York Times by 100 days.

Marty Hahne Scoop

#1.  USDA Tells Magician to Write Disaster Plan for His Rabbit — On June 28, I broke the story about Marty Hahne (a.k.a., “Marty the Magician”) being told by officials at the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service that he had to write a disaster plan for the three-pound rabbit he uses in his magic act.  Needless to say, it didn’t take long for the story to go viral.  It wasn’t long before a lot of peopleJohn Stossel and Rush Limbaugh among them — helped this hare-raising story go viral.

If you enjoyed these stories and others I shared during 2013, you’ll love reading my books.  Be sure to add Three Days In August and THE CLAPPER MEMO to your libraries today!  Both are available in paperback and ebook versions at Amazon.com.

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 Another Banner Year at BobMcCarty.com!

Though most of my efforts this year were directed toward promoting one book and completing another, my three websites continued to attract an audience.  Combined, they recorded more than 5.5 million page views during 2012, nearly doubling the numbers of the previous-best year, 2011.  Thank you for helping make these numbers possible!

New Header 9-23-12

The vast majority of visitor eyeballs focused on posts published at BobMcCarty.com, my flagship site that launched in October 2006.  At the same time, however, a decent number also read news and updates at the 16-month-old site promoting my first book, Three Days In August, and the eight-month-old virtual home to my soon-to-be-published second book, the working title of which is THE CLAPPER MEMO.

The most popular non-book-related posts of the year focused, not surprisingly, on politics.  Among the Top 10, three involved coverage of Republican Party politics.

St. Charles County GOP

In the top spot was my post, “St. Patrick’s Day Massacre” Takes Place During GOP Presidential Caucus in St. Charles, Missouri.  Published March 17, it was followed by 14 other related posts which combined to make the St. Charles County (Mo.) GOP Caucus the most-popular subject matter of the year.

Gen. David Petraeus

Gen. David Petraeus

The second-most-popular post of the year, CIA Director’s Resignation Raises Several Troubling Questions, was published Nov. 10 and, sadly, the questions I asked remain largely unanswered.

In third place was another caucus-related post, St. Charles County GOP Chair Says Caucus Letter “Actually Drafted by Santorum’s Campaign Team,” published March 22.

In fourth place was a piece, Senator Marco Rubio Not “Natural Born Citizen.”  Published April 24, it must raised the hackles of GOP loyalists by pointing out that the Florida Republican isn’t eligible to run for president in 2016 — unless, that is, the same standards of qualification applied to Barack Obama are employed for him.

Fifth-place honors went to another caucus-related post, Source, Phone Message Revealed in St. Charles County Republican Central Committee Scandal, which garnered quite a bit of local media coverage during the month of March.

Uphill Battle for Answers

Read the series about the Weldon Spring Site.

On Jan. 23, I published the sixth-most-popular post, Missouri Health Agency Officials Refuse to Answer Questions About New Weldon Spring Cancer Report.  It served as a launching pad for my series, “Uphill Battle for Answers,” which included seven additional posts.

On the one hand, I was surprised to see my post, Wishing for a “One-Handed Economist,” finish in seventh place.  On the other hand, I wasn’t.  Read it, and you’ll understand why “the buck stops here.”

Again, quite unexpectedly, eighth place went to a Jan. 10 post, Harvard Law Classmate of Obama Releases Transcript as Part of Run for Missouri Governor, which contained interesting news from Bill Randles, a 2012 GOP candidate for governor.Barack Obama Caricature by Political Graffiti

Rounding out the Top 10 were two posts by guest writer Paul R. Hollrah published April 27 and March 15, respectively.

In his ninth-place piece, A Fish Rots From the Head, Hollrah asks the question, “How could the Turks have known about Barack Obama so many centuries before he was born?”

If the headline, Barack Obama — Worst ‘Knock! Knock!’ Joke Ever, doesn’t make Hollrah’s tenth-place effort worth reading, then mentions of the Jamaican Bobsled Team and the Siberian Synchronized Swim Team surely will.

Again, thanks for your support!  Please come back often!

UPDATE 1/03/2012 at 7:53 a.m. Central:  As a final “thank you,” I wanted to share some exact numbers as an update to this post.  During 2012, readers viewed 5,540,602 pages on my websites:  BobMcCarty.com, http://ThreeDaysInAugust.com and TheClapperMemo.com.  Thanks again!  Despite the gloomy eco-political outlook, I’m looking forward to a successful 2013.  Hope you are, too!

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice, a nonfiction book that’s available in paperback and ebook via most online booksellers, including Amazon.com. His second book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, is coming soon.

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Happy New Year Offered in Post #4578

I’m using this 4,578th post to wish you a Happy New Year and all the best as 2011 draws to a close at BobMcCarty.com.

Thanks to people like you sharing news of this site with friends and acquaintances, nearly 3 million visitors have visited since I began tracking them in the fall of 2007.  In total, you and others have viewed more than 10 million pages on this site.  Most importantly, you gave me a voice.

This year, I leveraged that voice and morphed from blogger to nonfiction author and published my first book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice.  In upcoming months and years, I plan to write and publish other works as well.  Two are in the works at this moment.  One should be completed by fall.

Though writing and researching stories for my books has reduced the amount of time I spend blogging, I think the end results will be worth it. Those who’ve written reviews of Three Days In August seem to agree.

Thanks again!  See you next year!

Bob McCarty’s 2011 Year In Review

With Christmas only days away, it’s time to take a look back at the best of what has appeared on the virtual pages of this site during 2011.  And when I say best, I’m referring to pieces that involve original research and reporting by yours truly.

MY MOST-(fill-in-the-blank) STORIES

On Jan. 6, I published my most-disgusting post, Veterans Counter Westboro Baptist Church Protest, about an event I wish had never happened.  The video that accompanied that post went on to be viewed nearly 19,000 times during the 12 months that followed.

One day later, I published my most-satisfying storyPlanned Parenthood Loses War in South Texas, about the demise of a pro-abortion organization which I helped to make happen.

On March 2, I published my favorite piece of the year, I Do Not Like Barack O’Bam, in conjunction with the 107th anniversary of the birth of Ted Geisel, the American-born writer best known for writing children’s books under the pen name, “Dr. Seuss.”

On May 16, I published what is probably my saddest story of the year, Wrongly-Convicted Soldier ‘Celebrates’ 28th Birthday Behind Bars at Fort Leavenworth.  The only story that gives it a “run for the money” was published two and a half months later under the headline, Appeals Court Upholds Army Officer’s Conviction, Ignores Evidence in Death of Al-Qaeda Operative.

On May 19, I began reporting a story, Family Facing $4 Million in Fines for Selling Bunnies, that became my most-viral story of the year after it was publicized on the Drudge Report (Sort Of) and later discussed by Rush Limbaugh.

UNDER-REPORTED NATIONAL STORIES

The first of five stories that received too little attention from the mainstream media was published Jan. 4 under the headline, Did John Wheeler III Know Too Much?

Thirty-nine days later, the second story, CBP Officer: WMDs Have Been Detected in U.S., surfaced.

Five months later, I published another bombshell:  Project Gunrunner Tied Directly to President Obama.

Finally, I shared news of what appears to have been a terrorist attack in Springfield, Mo., in my Sept. 9 post, Police Say Deadly Shooting at Bus Station on Eve of 9-11 Anniversary Was Random, But Was It Really?

OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING

After publishing dozens of post about the Oklahoma City Bombing in recent years, I shared three new posts this year about missing videotapes, hidden evidence in secret FBI databases and bombing videotapes that an FBI official said, ‘might have been misfiled, impossible to know where’.

SHAKEDOWN IN THE RAIN FOREST

Though I’ve published more than 50 pieces about Chevron’s $113 billion shakedown environmental lawsuit in Ecuador since April 2009, three pieces published this year are important.

I scooped The New York Times by 100 days when I published a piece that linked the Obama Administration to the sham lawsuit.  I exposed left-wing liberalism in a piece about key evidence being withheld from the final cut of an Oscar-nominated documentary about the lawsuit.  Finally, I noted how Chevron was awarded $96 million in an arbitration claim against the corrupt government of Ecuador and how the Shakedown in the Rain Forest was nears an end in court.

SHOW-ME STATE NEWS

Closer to home, I started the year with a Jan. 11 report — with video — about an 85-tear-old ‘Potato Lady’ running for office in St. Peters, Mo.  Two months later, I followed up with her allegations of wrongdoing and her call for an investigation of a state trooper’s visit to her home.

On April 8, I shared disturbing news about two St. Louis-area girls who were told to shut down their cookie stand.

On June 15, I outlined how a Missouri dad had spent $100,000 fighting to save his kids from their violent, ex-con mother.

On Sept. 15, I shared more troubling news from the St. Louis area under the headline, Government Burning Family Tree at Both Ends, and from tiny Moberly, Mo., under the headline, Small Missouri Town Loses Some of Its ‘Magic’.

Ten days later, I published news about floating horse teeth going on trial.

MY BOOK

Finally, and perhaps most important to me personally, I published my first book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice, which chronicles events in the life of Army Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart leading up to and following his wrongful conviction by a court-martial panel during three days in August 2009.  Details are available at ThreeDaysInAugust.com.

What will next year hold in store?  Stay tuned and find out.

The Year in Review: 2007

When people ask me what I do for a living, I tell them I’m a blogger and online entrepreneur. While most seem to understand the “online entrepreneur” part, few actually hear those words as they’re still processing the word, “blogger.” That in mind, I thought it might help them — and you if you’re not familiar with blogging — to review some of my work from the past year at Bob McCarty Writes. Below, I’ve listed noteworthy posts by category which appeared on this blog during the past 12 months:

CAPITALISM — Posts written to both entertain and promote merchandise at The Bob McCarty Shop.

The Warmin’ ChurchEnvironmentalism a Religion, Gore Its Leader

Mustard Lover Calls for CINCO DE MUSTARD!

‘Name A Storm After Someone You Love’

CULTURE– Posts written about a wide range of topics outside of pure politics.

Dad’s Official Army PhotoDad-Daughters Debate Yields ‘Global Heartwarming’

My Father’s War Stories from World War II

Photo of ‘TB Guy’ and Wife Raises Questions

Researcher Discovers Way to Burn Salt Water (YouTube video)

Sheryl Crow Touts ‘One-Square-Per Visit’ Future

FAVORITE HEADLINES — Headlines that were as good or better than the posts themselves.

Cover of “23 Minutes in Hell”‘23 Minutes In Hell’ Well Worth Your Time

Equal Rights for Hairy-Legged Women Coming Back

‘My name is Rudy Giuliani, and I’m a politician’

Pelosi: ‘We were blindfolded, bound and stripped’

HUMOR — Posts and videos that expose this writer’s admittedly-warped sense of humor.

Author Exposes ‘Sheik-Down’ of U.S. Culture

Colbert Campaign PhotoDid Stephen Colbert Hire Illegal Aliens?

Does Divine Intervention Float Your Boat? (YouTube video)

Newest Taste Sensation Headed for Racetracks

‘Softball Time!’ Video Fills Void for 27-Year Veteran (YouTube video)

Sydney Security Breach Gets Little Coverage Here (YouTube video)

Terrorists Recognize ‘Power of Cheese’

Warning: Ron Paul Image

LOWLIGHT – The post that has resulted in thousands of hits and a lot of unwanted attention from followers of a long-shot Republican presidential candidate.

Blogger’s Ron Paul Image Tops Google Image List

POLITICS – Posts and videos related to news from the world of politics and presidential election campaigns.

Mitt Romney PhotoIowa Radio Host Gets Under Mitt Romney’s Skin (YouTube video)

John ‘Pretty Boy’ Edwards Stars in Makeup Flick (YouTube video)

‘The Ghost of Hillary Past’ Debuts on YouTube

The ‘W’ Primary of 2060 — and, eight days later, Blogger Ready to Rescind Post on Bush Legacy

‘Where’s the Fence?’ TV Spot Simple, Effective (YouTube video)

PUBLICITY HIGHLIGHTS – Posts about products from The Bob McCarty Shop that have gained attention in the national news media.

Mancow with Shirt on Fox & Friends Show‘Don’t Taze Me, Bro!’ Shirt on Fox

‘Don’t Taze Me, Bro!’ Shirt Gains National Attention!

Anti-Hollywood Line Featured in Chicago Sun-Times

Is Mitt Romney Feeling Pressure from Blogger?

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