Mike Mustang

I believe what I say and believe I am right. Thus, the title of my column, Undeniably Right. Take it as you will, that I'm a conservative or I have a huge ego and believe I am always correct. Sometimes those things overlap, sometimes not.

Mike Rowse

Big Banks Get Bigger

Yes, and what happens to our small local or regional banks?

Read more ...

The FISA Court Abuses Were Worse Than Imagined

Those of you that have been paying attention know that the investigation into Donald Trump and Russian collusion during the presidential campaign was triggered bye FBI agents who received a FISA warrant to surveil Carter Paige. Some of you probably know that the information contained in the warrant application was not only falsified but was planted by the FBI in newspapers, with the cooperation of the reporters, in order to justify obtaining said warrant. I think we all know how bad that is. But it turns out it is much worse.

The FISA courts were created to allow law enforcement agencies at the federal level to obtain warrants to surveil foreign entities or people. Those who may be spying upon the United states or trying to influence the outcome of elections or similar activities. Section 702 that created the FISA courts specifically said it cannot be used to obtain warrants to surveil American citizens. And many of us suspected that the FBI nor the FISA courts were adhering strictly to that rule as we learned more about the investigation into Donald Trump.

Read more ...

Can an opinion be a lie?

Interesting question! Guess we'll have to listen to find out what Mike thinks.

Read more ...

Principles Matter

Which principles matter to you? I know what ones matter to me. We'll see what Mike's are.

Read more ...

Wag the Dog

There are so many stories that would be worthy of reporting in the news that it makes it difficult to decide what to talk about. And it makes it hard to figure out which ones are "wag the dog" type stories and which ones are really newsworthy, but they don't want us to be aware of what's going on. It's kind of like being hit in the face full blast with water from a hose.

Mike McCormick, former White House stenographer that spent several years following Joe Biden around when he was vice president confirms that Joe knew about Hunter's business dealings while he was vice president. Jake Sullivan, then an aide to Joe Biden, gave a briefing on Air Force 2 as they were headed to the Ukraine to announce among other things, a $50 million payment from the US government to boost Ukraine's energy industry. Joe Biden has said multiple times he had no idea about his son's business dealings. Jake Sullivan gave a briefing to members of the press on Air Force 2 touting the $50 million payment from the United States government to help bolster the Ukrainian energy industry, specifically fracking for natural gas. Burisma was a recipient of a large amount of that money. We now have bank records that show some of that money was paid to Hunter Biden's company and redistributed to members of the Biden family including one identified only as 'Biden'.

Read more ...

It's Not Really About Choices

HMMMM. Guess I'll have to listen to it to find out what's it's really about.

Read more ...

Framing The Argument

This morning prior to writing this column, I responded to an e-mail that asked me to participate in a survey. I've been a member of this group for several years. The surveys can cover a number of topics, from marketing of products to politics to rating television shows. At the end of every survey they ask you what you thought about the survey and I can honestly say that several times I have given them a low rating because of the formation of their questions. I think it reflects what goes on in public discourse.

The first question on this particular survey that demonstrated what I have concerns about had to do with issues that I feel are of high importance to our nation. There were probably 20 options and you could pick as many as you would like. One of the options asked if I was concerned that climate change would negatively affect me in my lifetime. My answer is, yes I'm somewhat concerned but I know the authors have framed the question about climate change to infer that it is man caused climate change. I'm not worried about man caused climate change, I'm worried about natural climate change. Our earth goes through cycles and I don't want to live in this area during a cycle that brings drought to our part of the world.

Read more ...

Parenting: Who's Responsible?

I think most of the Beat readers KNOW who should be responsible!

Read more ...

Content on the Beat

WARNING: All articles and photos with a byline or photo credit are copyrighted to the author or photographer. You may not use any information found within the articles without asking permission AND giving attribution to the source. Photos can be requested and may incur a nominal fee for use personally or commercially.

Disclaimer: If you find errors in articles not written by the Beat team but sent to us from other content providers, please contact the writer, not the Beat. For example, obituaries are always provided by the funeral home or a family member. We can fix errors, but please give details on where the error is so we can find it. News releases from government and non-profit entities are posted generally without change, except for legal notices, which incur a small charge.

NOTE: If an article does not have a byline, it was written by someone not affiliated with the Beat and then sent to the Beat for posting.

Images: We have received complaints about large images blocking parts of other articles. If you encounter this problem, click on the title of the article you want to read and it will take you to that article's page, which shows only that article without any intruders. 

New Columnists: The Beat continues to bring you new columnists. And check out the old faithfuls who continue to provide content.

Newsletter: If you opt in to the Join GCB Three Times Weekly Updates option above this to the right, you will be subscribed to email notifications with links to recently posted articles.

Submitting to the Beat

Those new to providing news releases to the Beat are asked to please check out submission guidelines at https://www.grantcountybeat.com/about/submissions. They are for your information to make life easier on the readers, as well as for the editor.

Advertising: Don't forget to tell advertisers that you saw their ads on the Beat.

Classifieds: We have changed Classifieds to a simpler option. Check periodically to see if any new ones have popped up. Send your information to editor@grantcountybeat.com and we will post it as soon as we can. Instructions and prices are on the page.

Editor's Notes

It has come to this editor's attention that people are sending information to the Grant County Beat Facebook page. Please be aware that the editor does not regularly monitor the page. If you have items you want to send to the editor, please send them to editor@grantcountybeat.com. Thanks!

Here for YOU: Consider the Beat your DAILY newspaper for up-to-date information about Grant County. It's at your fingertips! One Click to Local News. Thanks for your support for and your readership of Grant County's online news source—www.grantcountybeat.com

Feel free to notify editor@grantcountybeat.com if you notice any technical problems on the site. Your convenience is my desire for the Beat.  The Beat totally appreciates its readers and subscribers!  

Compliance: Because you are an esteemed member of The Grant County Beat readership, be assured that we at the Beat continue to do everything we can to be in full compliance with GDPR and pertinent US law, so that the information you have chosen to give to us cannot be compromised.