William Kevin Stoos

Copyright © 2017 William Kevin Stoos William Kevin Stoos (aka Hugh Betcha) is a writer, book reviewer, and attorney, whose feature and cover articles have appeared in the Liguorian, Carmelite Digest, Catholic Digest, Catholic Medical Association Ethics Journal, Nature Conservancy Magazine, Liberty Magazine, Social Justice Review, Wall Street Journal Online and other secular and religious publications. He is a regular contributing author for The Bread of Life Magazine in Canada. His review of Shadow World, by COL. Robert Chandler, propelled that book to best seller status. His book, The Woodcarver (]And Other Stories of Faith and Inspiration) © 2009, William Kevin Stoos (Strategic Publishing Company)—a collection of feature and cover stories on matters of faith—was released in July of 2009. It can be purchased though many internet booksellers including Amazon, Tower, Barnes and Noble and others. Royalties from his writings go to support the Carmelites. He resides in Wynstone, South Dakota.

“His newest book, The Wind and the Spirit (Stories of Faith and Inspiration)” © 2011, is scheduled for release in the summer of 2011. All the author’s royalties go to support the Carmelite sisters.”

Most Recent Articles by William Kevin Stoos:

Ivan’s Red Star Station

Jul 13, 2018 — William Kevin Stoos

Ivan's Red Star Station

“The U.S.S.R. has announced plans to construct a natural gas pipeline from Siberia to West Germany. The pipeline is expected to be operational by 1984.” (November 16, 1981). [William Kevin Stoos, Manchester Union Leader, 1981]

Wolfgang drove up to
The Sign of the Star
And a smiling attendant
Leaned into his car.
(He wore a Red Star
On his fuzzy brown cap
And a Misha-Bear patch
Over each pocket flap.)

Opioid Abuse and the Prescription Monitoring Program

Oct 17, 2017 — William Kevin Stoos

The Iowa Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) is designed to provide patient specific prescription data to individuals authorized by Iowa Code (IC) section 124.553(1)(a) and 657 Iowa Administrative Code (IAC) Chapter 37. A prescriber or pharmacist is authorized to request a Patient Rx History Report on an individual only if: (a.) The request is for the purpose of providing medical treatment or pharmaceutical services; and, (b.) The prescriber or pharmacist has a current practitioner-patient relationship or is initiating a practitioner-patient relationship with the individual named in the request.

“Jihadi Jane” Lands a New Gig—(Kathy Griffin to Entertain ISIS)

Jun 16, 2017 — William Kevin Stoos

“Americans just don’t appreciate good humor these days,” lamented Kathy Griffin in a hastily planned phone interview with Hugh Betcha, Ace Reporter for the StoosViews International Media Conglomerate. Hugh, winner of the CNN award for “Conservative Reporter We Would Most Like to Hang With, 2017,” a reporter respected on both sides of the aisle in Foggy Bottom, who walks with kings and princes—recently returning from the Mideast where he was asked to secretly broker a peace treaty between the Palestinians and Israel—is the go to guy when Hollywood wants publicity.  Just finishing up his review of Al Gore’s newest book, ‘Inconvenient Humans’ © 2017, he had some spare time. Griffin, eager to share her plans with the world and show she is still relevant , explained.

“Obviously a lot of folks did not appreciate the Trump severed head thing. I don’t care who you are, that was freaking hilarious,” she giggled.  “I got a lot of undeserved flack for that one—which disappointed me greatly and just showed that most Americans are uncultured,lack political sophistication and do not enjoy a good bloody head gag. When did we lose our sense of humor?”

The Hard Left Turn

Aug 6, 2016 — William Kevin Stoos

“Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” John F. Kennedy

“What can Uncle Sugar give you?”Barack H. Obama

The candidate was a man of great courage. A decorated war hero, he was nearly killed in combat. He risked life and limb to save his comrades and never left their side. He was a true patriot in every sense of the word. After his military service, he devoted his life to public service. He stood for strong national defense, a vigorous economy, and promotion of free enterprise. He vowed to fight socialism and believed with all his heart in the principles of freedom and capitalist democracy—which made the United States the most powerful country on earth. He knew how to salute the flag—you know, with the hand over the heart.

Hillary to Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky and Pennsylvania Coal Miners: “McDonald’s is Hiring!

Jul 15, 2016 — William Kevin Stoos

When Hillary Clinton spoke at an Ohio town hall meeting during her primary campaign earlier this year, her flippant remark that she would “put a lot of coal miners outta work,” if she is elected President, was as welcome to coal miners as a skunk at a picnic. In an effort to un-ding the bell and reverse the political damage caused by her remarks (undoubtedly one of the reasons that 30,000 Democrats in Pennsylvania switched to the GOP in recent months) she quickly reversed herself with an equally clumsy statement that she “misspoke”[sic] when she said she would put a lot of miners out of work.

Now assured of the Democrat nomination and desiring to play to her radical left-wing, anti-carbon, whacko green base, she called Hugh Betcha to clarify her position once more. Longtime friend of the Clintons, CNN’s “Most Trusted Reporter, 2016,” MSNBC’s “Reporter We Would Most Like to Hang With, 2015,” and a reporter widely respected on both sides of the aisle—a man who walks with kings and princes—Head of the Environmental News Desk of Stoos Views International Media Conglomerate, Hugh settled into a comfortable overstuffed chair in the great room of Clinton’s posh mansion to conduct an exclusive interview with Mrs. Clinton. The Clintons’ go-to guy in times of trouble with the press, Hugh was summoned to set the record straight on the issue of Hillary’s position on coal. As her husband Bill busied himself interviewing female interns upstairs for possible White House positions, Hillary began.


Jun 24, 2016 — William Kevin Stoos

A Hugh Betcha Special to Canada Free Press—Satire

In the wake of the tragic terror attack in Orlando which killed 49 Americans and injured scores more, Loretta Lynch—point person for the Obama Administration—decided to get serious about ISIS.  It was time to go on offense. And, as is usually the case, whenever the President or his advisers need to break such a story to the press, they call on Ace Reporter Hugh Betcha, Head of the Middle East Bureau of the Stoos Media Conglomerate.  Hugh, winner of the 2016 MSNBC award for “Reporter of the Year,” recipient of the 2016 “Al Sharpton Most Articulate Reporter of the Decade” award for his ability to string two sentences end to end, a reporter who walks with kings and princes and is admired on both sides of the aisle in Foggy Bottom, was quick to respond to the call.

The reporter—with a bag over his head at the insistence of the Secret Service agents in order to preserve anonymity—was ushered into Lynch’s office under tight wraps. He sensed something of great importance in the tone of her voice when she called him at o’dark thirty that morning.

2017—President Hillary’s New Best Friend, Vladimir Putin

Mar 7, 2016 — William Kevin Stoos

It was January 21, 2017, and an exhausted President Hillary Clinton was basking in the afterglow of her swearing in the day before. Narrowly defeating Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, she settled into her chair in the Oval Office on her first full day at the helm. She surveyed the room and dreamed of how she planned to serve out the third and maybe fourth terms of Barack Obama—just as she had promised to do during the campaign.

As she sat back in the comfort of the First Chair and while her husband, First Philanderer Bill Clinton busied himself interviewing new female interns, President Hillary waited for the next congratulatory call from the next head of state. There were, of course, the oil sheiks from the Mideast who had so generously contributed to the Clinton Slush Fund over the years and who wished to remind her that, well, they were owed. Then there were the traditional allies, Britain, France and a nervous Israel—worried whether the new President would be as hostile to the interests of our only Mideast ally as was her predecessor. There was the congratulatory call from Obama who called once more to suggest that he might be interested in a Supreme Court vacancy in the event that some current Justice were to die or retire due to health reasons. After all, Obama’s ringing endorsement of President Hillary last summer buoyed her flagging campaign. And there was the wink and a nod to the Attorney General that resulted in no untidy criminal charges as a result of her email indiscretions. There were strings attached to all such favors as the Clintons knew better than anyone.

The Christmas Candle

Dec 25, 2015 — William Kevin Stoos

“Candle wicks, like memories, flicker faintly at times, and burn brightly at others.”

Dickens could have been writing about my father, William Christian Stoos, when he said of Scrooge that he knew how to keep Christmas well. Dad was the Spirit of Christmas in our household. Each year he anticipated the holiday with a childlike glee. Although a stoic man, and deeply spiritual , he became a child at Christmas time—his favorite time of the year.  Whether it was the gaudy Christmas tree with its 2,000 lights that warmed our cozy house, the pine candles and exotic incense that filled it with the wonderful scent of Christmas, the ice tree he made each year in the front yard, or the pile of presents under the tree, which he and Mom worked so hard to buy—Dad reveled in the trappings and the spirit of Christmas.  Whatever adversity the year may have brought previously was forgotten, for nothing mattered more than this season. It was, for him, a time of joy, wonder, and mystery, but most of all—togetherness.

A Clear, Cold Night

Dec 24, 2015 — William Kevin Stoos

Christmas was, for me, a clear, cold night. 

I grew up in a small Midwestern town during the 50s and 60s. There was never a better place or time to grow up. Of that I was certain. And my perfect childhood was never more perfect than at Christmas. I had a Peter Billingsley, Christmas Story Christmas every year. I was that chubby little kid with the horn rimmed glasses and nerdy clothes with the three buckle snow boots who wished for and got the Red Ryder BB gun on his ninth Christmas. My mom always told me that “being poor” was the best thing she and Dad ever did for my brother and me. But if we were poor, I never knew it, for my childhood was a happy one. My folks knew how to keep Christmas well. They saved all year so that they could pile presents under the tree and make Christmas day a joyous time for two little blond haired boys who waited behind the bedroom door at 5:30 in the morning anxiously awaiting Dad’s annual proclamation: “Well, it looks like Santa has been here again!”  And there on the floor beneath the magnificent Christmas tree, illuminating the house and warming the living room with the radiant heat of 500 lights, and adorned with glass balls and plastic icicles, lay the cap guns, rocking horses, Radio Flyer wagons, sleds, paint sets and stereoscopes, chemistry sets and board games that would provide hours of endless enjoyment for us. Each year my folks vowed to cut back, and each year they never did.

Ebeneezer Biden: Better at Giving Away Your Money Than His

Aug 27, 2015 — William Kevin Stoos

Recently, Ace Reporter Hugh Betcha—named Univision’s “Most Trusted Conservative Reporter, 2015,” and MSNBC’s “Reporter We Would Most Like to Hang Out With, 2015”  overheard a discussion in the ObamaMedia about Republican politicians’ charitable giving habits. Since liberal politicians are so caring for the poor, since Hillary is taking a nose dive in the polls, and kindly Uncle Joe Biden is about to enter the race for President, Hugh decided to explore the would-be Democrat standard bearer’s history of charitable giving. Certainly his private giving must match his avowed love of and desire to help the poor.

But just when Hugh thought that there was no politician stingier than Barack Obama—who, before he became President, gave as little as .6% of his income to the poor—lo and behold we find that Obama had picked as his running mate, a man who gives far less to the poor than Obama himself. While Obama’s tax returns prior to his 2008 election reveal a portrait of a man who privately gives very little to the poor—less than any Republican Hugh knows—Joe Biden gave even less. In fact, Biden’s past history of charitable giving is so abysmally poor that he makes even Obama look like Santa Claus. Biden may well have been the stingiest man in the Senate before he became VP. For two of the most liberal politicians in Washington, they were embarrassingly conservative when it comes to reaching into their own pockets and helping the poor, whose cause they pretend to champion. If they thought that the public actually knew how little they do to help the poor, these two hypocrites would never again spout their populist drivel about Republican “trickle down” economics or criticize the Republicans for not doing enough to help the poor.

Words we Cannot say in the White House—On Immigration and Terrorists

Jul 30, 2015 — William Kevin Stoos

Hugh Betcha Interviews Obama—Satire—
—There Are No Illegals or Terrorists in America, says the President

In an effort to justify his refusal to protect the southern border of the United States from the torrent of illegal immigrants, drugs, and the spread of violence that has cost the lives of United States citizens such as Kate Steinle, as well as terrorist attacks on military personnel that resulted in the tragic death of five young Marines in a country they (ironically) served to protect, President Obama summoned “The Most Trusted Name in the News 2015,” CFP’s own Hugh Betcha, for an exclusive interview in the Oval Office.

This Day of Freedom’s Birth

Jul 4, 2015 — William Kevin Stoos

“Posterity: you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.” 
John Quincy Adams

It’s more than just a banner
Framed in azure skies,

On the Anniversary of Roe v. Wade…..

Jan 22, 2015 — William Kevin Stoos

“Don’t fail to rescue those who are doomed to die. Don’t say, “I didn’t know it!”  God can read your mind. He watches each of us and knows our thoughts. And God will pay us back for what we do.”  (Proverbs 24:11-12—Contemporary English Version)

Since 1973 when two women, prompted (some might say, used) by their activist radical women’s rights attorneys, challenged laws prohibiting abortions and won[1], nearly 50 million unborn and nearly born babies have been killed. That is nearly 16% of the current population of the United States.

“I Stood Shoulder to TV with the Paris Marchers”

Jan 18, 2015 — William Kevin Stoos

Scorched by a firestorm of universal criticism for his abject failure to stand shoulder to shoulder with scores of world leaders who met in Paris to protest the murder of 17 reporters and others by several radical Islamists, President Obama did what he normally does in such situations: he called his friend, confidante and media advisor, Hugh Betcha Ace Reporter for Stoos Views Media Conglomerate and runner for the Mighty Canada Free Press. Hugh, winner of the 2014 “Most Admired Christian Reporter” award by CAIR and “Caucasian Reporter We Would Most Like to Hang With, 2014” awarded by the Most Reverend Al Sharpton Foundation for the Promotion of Racial Harmony, a reporter respected by both sides of the aisle in Congress, was there, as usual to ask the incisive questions.

Sharpton to head new Federal Agency: The Hate Department

Jan 9, 2015 — William Kevin Stoos


In addition to his clerical duties guiding the moral and religious life of Americans, the Most Reverend Al Sharpton has been elevated to a cabinet level position in a new agency created by his friend Barack Obama, whom the good Reverend has visited over eighty times during Obama’s tenure.

The Christmas Candle

Dec 25, 2014 — William Kevin Stoos

The Christmas Candle

Candle wicks, like memories, flicker faintly at times, and burn brightly at others.

Dickens could have been writing about my father, William Christian Stoos, when he said of Scrooge that he knew how to keep Christmas well. Dad was the Spirit of Christmas in our household. Each year he anticipated the holiday with a childlike glee. Although a stoic man, and deeply spiritual, he became a child at Christmas time—his favorite time of the year.

A Clear, Cold Night

Dec 24, 2014 — William Kevin Stoos

Copyright © 2004 William Kevin Stoos

Some say that Christmas is too secular, that the glitter, music, gifts and family dinners are really not what the holy day is about. They hold that the Baby Jesus has been forgotten in the cacophony and confusion of commercial Christmas.  They say that it is only about the birth of Christ. Everything else, they say, is a distraction or, even worse, sacrilege. Others say Christmas is not a holy day, but a day for family, friends, and presents—that Jesus was an historical figure, whose life should not be celebrated any more than the birth of Gandhi, or Mohammed. They believe we should not say “Merry Christmas.” We should, they say, celebrate “Winterfest,” or “Winter Solstice” instead.  They argue that talking about or singing about Christ is not politically correct. They want a politically and religiously sanitized civil holiday that inspires no one and therefore offends no one.

The Simple Faith of Humble Men

Nov 27, 2014 — William Kevin Stoos

(Originally appearing in the Manchester Union Leader)

“Thus out of small beginnings greater things have been produced by His hand. And as one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindled hath shone to many. Let the glorious name of Jehovah have all the praise.”  (William Bradford, Governor of Plymouth County, 1621)

When the Jobs Fairy Visited My Business

Oct 30, 2014 — William Kevin Stoos

I am unsure how a woman who has never started a business, who is famous for being married to Bill Clinton and who has had a fairly undistinguished career as a public servant could be so wise about business matters, but I tip my hat to her. People scoffed when she dared to speak the truth earlier this week that: “Business does not create jobs.” [sic] But I am a believer.

Alison Grimes promises Job Fairs, for unemployed Kentucky Coal Miners after she is elected

Oct 24, 2014 — William Kevin Stoos

Alison Grimes promises Job Fairs, for unemployed Kentucky Coal Miners after she is elected

Alison Grimes—the anti-coal Obama supporter who has twice refused to simply admit that she voted for the now-toxic President Obama during the last two elections—called Ace Reporter Hugh Betcha to clarify her positions on the future of coal in Kentucky and her race to the finish against Mitch McConnell for his Kentucky Senate seat.