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Freeper Congressman BillyBob has died
20 August 2010 | Dolly Howard/DollyCali

Posted on 08/20/2010 6:45:10 PM PDT by DollyCali

Thanks to FReeper libbylu

Congressman Billybob has died.

ACRU Mourns the Passing of John Armor

John Armor”John was a great American, a dear friend and a champion of liberty,” says Susan Carleson, CEO and Chairman of the American Civil Rights Union. “He will be sorely missed.”

On August 20, 2010, ACRU Senior Legal Counsel John Armor passed away in a North Carolina hospital, following cancer surgery. He had appeared to be in full recovery, so his death was a shock to family and friends.

Armor, a graduate of Yale University and the University of Maryland School of Law, had a long and distinguished career, practicing before the U.S. Supreme Court for 33 years and authoring eight books and hundreds of articles. His latest book, These Are the Times That Try Men’s Souls: America Then and Now in the Words of Tom Paine (ACRU 2010), is being released in early September.

“It was a blessing that he got to see it, hold it in his hands,” Carleson said.

These Are The Times That Try Men’s Souls A favorite at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and Tea Party events, especially in North Carolina where he lived, Armor dressed in colonial garb and impersonated Benjamin Franklin, explaining the origins of American liberties to 21st Century audiences. Some of his performances can be seen on YouTube.

“John was one of the first people that my husband Bob [Carleson] brought on board at the ACRU when there was no money, just great spirit,” said Carleson, who met Armor when they worked together on the National Commission of the Bicentennial of the Constitution in 1986. “He has been a delight to work with and will be sorely missed. This is a deep loss to his wife Michelle, to his children, his friends and his colleagues at the ACRU.”

Armor, who was one of the few attorneys to write an amicus brief in the presidential election case in 2000, was a well known legal scholar of American politics, particularly third party movements. He represented Eugene McCarthy during the Minnesota Senator’s challenge of Lyndon Baines Johnson’s presidency in 1968.

“John was also the first to figure out the constitutional basis of recalling federal officials,” Carleson said. “That led to the ACRU’s current campaign, RecallCongressNow.org, to educate Americans about the laws in 11 states that allow for recall as a way to ensure greater accountability.”

For the past several years, Armor wrote the weekly “ACLU Outrages” feature for the ACRU’s Website. “John had his finger on the pulse of the ACLU, tracking their misdeeds and writing amusing and disturbing accounts,” Carleson said. “He said he never worried about finding material, because the ACLU’s absurd stances came as reliably as ‘the rain falling on the fields of Ireland.’”

Susan Carleson, Chairman, CEO


TOPICS: Breaking News; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: august2010; billybob; book; cancer; cbb; johnarmor; obituary; prayers; rip
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Hey John, thanks for the laughs and the continued good fight.

See ya later.


401 posted on 08/20/2010 8:31:33 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus)
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Prayers up for the family...RIP John...


402 posted on 08/20/2010 8:32:16 PM PDT by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: BufordP
So sorry to hear about John. Really, really a wonderful person.
403 posted on 08/20/2010 8:32:57 PM PDT by AGreatPer (Tea Parties have been going on for years, they were called Freepers back then.)
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To: DollyCali

Oh, I’m so sorry to hear about this! I’d just posted on one of his threads a day or two ago! I pray for the repose of his soul, and for God’s peace for his family.


404 posted on 08/20/2010 8:34:17 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: CAluvdubya

Very sad to hear. Condolences to the family.


405 posted on 08/20/2010 8:34:33 PM PDT by Leto
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To: DollyCali

I am shocked. BillyBob’s threads were some of the best of FR. Thanks for the post.


406 posted on 08/20/2010 8:34:40 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the occupation media. There are Wars and Rumors of War.)
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To: DollyCali

Condolences to his family. Although I didn’t know him, I’ll miss him. I always enjoyed his posts here.


407 posted on 08/20/2010 8:35:28 PM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: DollyCali
This is a very sad shock, especially after his upbeat post just a few days ago about his health.

Memory eternal!

408 posted on 08/20/2010 8:35:28 PM PDT by nevergiveup (When in Rome, speak Roman.)
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To: Tainan

This hurts as bad as when Harpseal and Mustang and many others passed.

But they don’t really pass from us, they’re always with us.


409 posted on 08/20/2010 8:35:37 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: DollyCali; AAABEST; Uncle Bill; billbears; Victoria Delsoul; Fiddlstix; fporretto; Free Vulcan; ...

rip


410 posted on 08/20/2010 8:35:52 PM PDT by Sir Gawain
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To: DollyCali; All

A great light has gone out in this world.

RIP FRiend


411 posted on 08/20/2010 8:36:01 PM PDT by TheRobb7 (BLAMING BUSH NEVER FED A HUNGRY CHILD.)
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To: DollyCali

Sorry to see this!

One of our best thinkers.


412 posted on 08/20/2010 8:36:06 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Obamacare is America's kristallnacht !!)
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To: swheats
rdb3 I’m glad to see your screen name. Hope all is well with you and fam. Nothing like a family reunion. :)

Likewise. I'm well and you're right.


Runaway Slave

Apostle Claver tells the world how the real party of racism is the Democrats

413 posted on 08/20/2010 8:36:31 PM PDT by rdb3 (The mouth is the exhaust pipe of the heart.)
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To: passionfruit

Agreed. He will be sorely missed. RIP to a great man.


414 posted on 08/20/2010 8:37:18 PM PDT by BCR #226 (07/02 SOT www.extremefirepower.com...The BS stops when the hammer drops.)
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To: DollyCali

The last post I remember from John made me think he had been recovering. This is a real shock and I am very sad. Prayers and condolences to his wife, children and other family members. We will all miss John’s wit and wisdom.


415 posted on 08/20/2010 8:38:04 PM PDT by Angelwood (FReepers are Everywhere! We Support Our Troops! (NEVER TRUST DEMOCRATS))
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To: DollyCali
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"...I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth … and touched the face of God".

www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WDrbbtaO0E

R.I.P. BILLYBOB!


416 posted on 08/20/2010 8:38:14 PM PDT by Dick Bachert (The upcoming election is the most important in our lifetimes!!! BE THERE!!!!!!!)
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To: little jeremiah
LJ, here's an appearance John did last year portraying Ben. He wrote his own stuff and it is so prerscient.
417 posted on 08/20/2010 8:38:36 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Dem voters, believing they cannot be deceived, it is impossible to convince them when deceived.)
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To: B4Ranch

What a wonderful story. Thank you for posting it.


418 posted on 08/20/2010 8:39:20 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: Angelwood

He did that thread in his usual spirit ... to help other get colonoscopies to avoid going through what he was enduring.


419 posted on 08/20/2010 8:40:48 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Dem voters, believing they cannot be deceived, it is impossible to convince them when deceived.)
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To: DollyCali

Oh my. I am so sorry to all that knew and loved him. I only knew of him here, and mainly his nickname, which was easy to remember, and always made me smile. May he RIP.


420 posted on 08/20/2010 8:41:05 PM PDT by PghBaldy (Like the Ft Hood Killer, James Earl Ray was just stressed when he killed MLK Jr.)
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To: DollyCali

Sad news.


421 posted on 08/20/2010 8:41:23 PM PDT by BenLurkin (They do their business behind closed doors, and pretend that the world is just beggin' for more.)
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To: MHGinTN

Thank you, MHG! I just bookmarked it and will listen up tomorrow.


422 posted on 08/20/2010 8:43:07 PM PDT by little jeremiah
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To: DollyCali

Absolute Shock! He will be missed - Prayers up!


423 posted on 08/20/2010 8:43:07 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Socialism is the philosophy of failure, - W Churchill)
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To: rdb3
Exactly what John would want us to continue to do.


424 posted on 08/20/2010 8:43:45 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: txhurl

BillyBob was a Freeper original and an inspiration. I shall miss him greatly. Rest in Peace, Congressman.


425 posted on 08/20/2010 8:45:17 PM PDT by Jack Black ( Whatever is left of American patriotism is now identical with counter-revolution.)
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To: DollyCali

Prayers up for the family.


426 posted on 08/20/2010 8:45:17 PM PDT by SouthTexas
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To: SunkenCiv

Thank you for the ping SC always enjoyed BB posts..
RIP BillyBob,gone but not forgotten...


427 posted on 08/20/2010 8:45:56 PM PDT by GSP.FAN (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: DollyCali

RIP John. Thanks for the Vista Print business cards tip.

Prayers for your family.


428 posted on 08/20/2010 8:46:10 PM PDT by upchuck (Unemployment benefits -- the NEW Welfare.)
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To: mylife

Thank you. His recovery was not easy. Congressman BillyBob was very anxious to caution everyone about early detection.


429 posted on 08/20/2010 8:46:42 PM PDT by GoldwaterChick (We Snowflakes will always remember our beloved Snowman with the incandescent smile.)
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To: DollyCali

Oh My God!!!!
I am in shock.


430 posted on 08/20/2010 8:47:12 PM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights (.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Rest In Peace, Congressman.


431 posted on 08/20/2010 8:47:12 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Why are 100% of Rape / Assaults in Oslo, Norway, committed by Muslims?)
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To: DollyCali

Dolly, how sad... I loved conversing with John on FR, and finally met him in person at CPAC this year.

A great American and a great friend... God speed and God bless you, John.


432 posted on 08/20/2010 8:47:56 PM PDT by bootless (Never Forget. Never Again. (PursuingLiberty.com))
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To: DollyCali

I didn’t know he was sick. I hope his family finds at least a little comfort in knowing his writing and ideas touched some of us who never met him, but knew him only through his posts here.


433 posted on 08/20/2010 8:48:40 PM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown. -- written by Robert Towne)
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To: DollyCali

Man this sucks. Really sucks!

CB was an FR anchor. He did so much good work.

Damn.


434 posted on 08/20/2010 8:48:50 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (No prisoners, no mercy. 2010 is here...)
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To: B4Ranch

Beautiful. Thank you for posting it.


435 posted on 08/20/2010 8:49:10 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Dem voters, believing they cannot be deceived, it is impossible to convince them when deceived.)
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To: DollyCali

Thanks for posting the thread, Dolly. I always enjoyed his posts and valued them immensely. Prayers for his soul and for comfort to his family. RIP.


436 posted on 08/20/2010 8:49:52 PM PDT by Fudd Fan (Where [politics] wishes to do the work of God, it becomes not divine but demonic. -Pope Benedict XVI)
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To: GoldwaterChick

Bookmark!


437 posted on 08/20/2010 8:49:52 PM PDT by GoldwaterChick (We Snowflakes will always remember our beloved Snowman with the incandescent smile.)
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To: GoldwaterChick

Time for the old barium milkshake I guess.


438 posted on 08/20/2010 8:50:39 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1 Halfbaked 50c)
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To: DollyCali

Such sad news .. my thoughts and prayers are with his family


439 posted on 08/20/2010 8:50:55 PM PDT by Mo1
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To: DollyCali

Sending my condolences. This is truly sad.


440 posted on 08/20/2010 8:51:09 PM PDT by hsmomx3
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To: DollyCali

My heart has just been torn from my chest. I will miss you Billy Bob, and America will miss you.


441 posted on 08/20/2010 8:51:57 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Hey, Barack "Hubris" Obama, $10 is all it would take, why spend millions to cover it up?)
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To: DollyCali

Very sad news. Prayers for his family and friends.


442 posted on 08/20/2010 8:53:01 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: txhurl

443 posted on 08/20/2010 8:53:20 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: Askel5

Yes — that thread from B4Ranch was a touch of joy at such a sad time.

Really happy to see your post here, Askel. C’mon back!!


444 posted on 08/20/2010 8:54:29 PM PDT by Exit148
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To: DollyCali

He will be sorely missed.

Prayers up for his family and friends.


445 posted on 08/20/2010 8:55:38 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: FreeAtlanta
My heart has just been torn from my chest. I will miss you Billy Bob, and America will miss you.

Exactly what I am feeling. Thanks for putting it into words for me.

Rest in peace, dear friend John.

446 posted on 08/20/2010 8:56:29 PM PDT by freespirited (There are a lot of bad Republicans but there are no good Democrats.--Ann Coulter)
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To: DollyCali
OMG. I am so shocked. Just the other day he was in full recovery and thankful he caught it early. Today is a sad day for all of us. This is a very special man who will always be remembered. His last post is a fitting tribute and speaks volume. This is it below.....

"Hope this saves a few lives". John / Billybob

447 posted on 08/20/2010 8:56:59 PM PDT by Orange1998
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May God guide his family during this time of their sorrow.

This freeper will miss Congressman BillyBob greatly. Though I'd not always agreed with him, I've always respected his opinion.

Sad day for all freepers.

448 posted on 08/20/2010 8:57:28 PM PDT by zeugma (Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam)
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To: Just A Nobody

I’ll bet he has so many questions that they’re running overtime ...


449 posted on 08/20/2010 8:57:40 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Dem voters, believing they cannot be deceived, it is impossible to convince them when deceived.)
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To: DollyCali

As long as FreeRepublic is remembered, so shall you be, John Armor. May you be in heaven half an hour before the O**** knows you’re dead.


450 posted on 08/20/2010 8:58:50 PM PDT by bIlluminati (Don't just hope for change, work for change in 2010.)
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