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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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To: DollyCali

Sorry to hear about this.


751 posted on 08/21/2010 8:05:14 AM PDT by tob2 (I would rather have a nuclear power plant in my backyard than Gitmo detainees.)
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To: prairiebreeze

....since both he and I live in the NC mountains, he invited me to drop by for coffee some time...I told him that the next time I was down his way I would...I’m sorry that I didn’t get to do it...it would have been nice to have met him...he was a very interesting fellow, and he will be missed.


752 posted on 08/21/2010 8:09:05 AM PDT by STONEWALLS
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To: DollyCali


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.

The loss of John Armor, Esq. diminishes our country and FR.
RIP Mr. Armor.

(Let us pray the next John Armor comes along sooner rather than later!)


753 posted on 08/21/2010 8:15:46 AM PDT by VOA
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To: DollyCali

RIP


754 posted on 08/21/2010 8:17:03 AM PDT by stratman1969 (Regime Change Begins November 2, 2010)
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To: All

RIP...prayers lifted for God’s grace and peace to be bestowed upon all that mourn....


755 posted on 08/21/2010 8:25:47 AM PDT by PigRigger (Donate to http://www.AdoptAPlatoon.org - The Troops have our front covered, let's guard their backs!)
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To: DollyCali
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord. May perpetual light shine upon him. Amen.

I appreciated his insight and commentary on Constitutional and other legal issues.

756 posted on 08/21/2010 8:32:27 AM PDT by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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To: DollyCali

How incredibly sad. His expertise and thought-provoking commentryi will be sorely missed.

My prayers go out to his family, friends, and associates.

RIP, Congressman BillyBob. We sure will miss you...


757 posted on 08/21/2010 8:39:25 AM PDT by LibertyRocks (http://libertyrocks.wordpress.com ~ Anti-Obama Gear: http://cafepress.com/NO_ObamaBiden08)
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To: RoseofTexas

I’m so sorry to hear this. His last article seemed so upbeat. I will miss his participation here and will say a prayer for his soul. I see I’m not alone in my sorrow.


758 posted on 08/21/2010 8:45:29 AM PDT by Sunshine Sister
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To: DollyCali

His wisdom will be sorely missed.


759 posted on 08/21/2010 8:51:30 AM PDT by Logical me
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To: DollyCali

I knew about the cancer but I thought things were getting better. Very sad, he will be missed.


760 posted on 08/21/2010 8:51:30 AM PDT by free me (Sarah Palin 2012? You Betcha!)
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To: mcmuffin

What a shock! Poor thing! I just read his email of a few days ago where he indicated that his prognosis was very good according to his doctors.

He was so looking forward to getting well as fast as he could so that he could be at the 9/12 rally in DC again this year.

Like you, I met and talked with him last year on 9/12 when we were there. He was a great man and I will miss him very much here on FR.

Sending my condolences and prayers for his family and friends.

RIP John.


761 posted on 08/21/2010 9:04:03 AM PDT by Matchett-PI (BP was founder of Cap & Trade Lobby and is linked to John Podesta, The Apollo Alliance and Obama)
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To: DollyCali

RIP


762 posted on 08/21/2010 9:05:57 AM PDT by Hieronymus (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. --G.K. Chesterton)
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To: DollyCali
To Congressman Billy Bob's family:

May the Lord bless and keep you...

...and make His Face shine upon you...

...and bring you peace....

...Congressman Billy Bob IS at peace....he was a great man here on earth.

763 posted on 08/21/2010 9:07:09 AM PDT by B.O. Plenty (Give war a chance...)
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To: DollyCali

Prayers, prayers and more prayers.

He will be missed more than they ever know.


764 posted on 08/21/2010 9:09:16 AM PDT by AliVeritas (Pray, Pray, Pray. Stop Barrystroika.)
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To: kristinn; RaceBannon; Fudd Fan; HonestConservative; rodguy911; SoCalPol; Salvation; NYer

Prayer ping.

We have lost a giant.


765 posted on 08/21/2010 9:12:12 AM PDT by AliVeritas (Pray, Pray, Pray. Stop Barrystroika.)
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To: AGreatPer

Yep.


766 posted on 08/21/2010 9:13:28 AM PDT by BufordP (Once a Marine - always a Marine ... Until Jack Murtha.)
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To: Pride in the USA

Since you’ve mentioned this FReeper positively before, I thought you would want to know.

Prayers going up to friends and family.


767 posted on 08/21/2010 9:15:00 AM PDT by lonevoice (I can see November from my house!)
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To: DollyCali; 3D-JOY; abner; Abundy; AGreatPer; Albion Wilde; AliVeritas; alisasny; ...

That’s a damn shame. R.I.P., John.


768 posted on 08/21/2010 9:20:55 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Michelle Obama: the woman who ended "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.")
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To: DollyCali

RIP...A true patriot and a great contributor to the board. He will be missed.


769 posted on 08/21/2010 9:21:17 AM PDT by KirbDog
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To: DollyCali

Sorry to hear of this.


770 posted on 08/21/2010 9:22:34 AM PDT by mbj
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RIP, and to all who loved him, may his death bring fond memories.


771 posted on 08/21/2010 9:23:03 AM PDT by Jakarta ex-pat
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To: DollyCali
I'm stunned. RIP dear Congressman BillyBob.

Condolences for his friends and family.

I loved his posts and insights.

772 posted on 08/21/2010 9:24:43 AM PDT by mombonn (God is looking for spiritual fruit, not religious nuts.)
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To: SunkenCiv

A sad day for us and his family.


773 posted on 08/21/2010 9:29:04 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: DollyCali

Just terrible. He was one of my favorite posters. Rest in peace, Mr. Armor.


774 posted on 08/21/2010 9:35:09 AM PDT by WinOne4TheGipper (Truman: The buck stops here. Obama: Buck? What buck? Did I tell you how it's all Bush's fault?)
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To: All

I have a request. Is it possible to find a reading list from CBB re: founders/law and John’s writings on the same?

If possible, I would love for others here with expertise in these areas to educate and re-acquaint us with our roots.

Perhaps even CBB or John threads to learn and discuss for this purpose.

Any thoughts?


775 posted on 08/21/2010 9:43:14 AM PDT by AliVeritas (Pray, Pray, Pray. Stop Barrystroika.)
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To: DollyCali
BillyBob and Bahbah in the same year.

We have lost some great ones this year.

776 posted on 08/21/2010 9:48:29 AM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free, Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: DollyCali

Very sad..one of the few times I regret going on FR..I so enjoyed my occasional email correspondence with him..God was merciful to John and his family. Cancer is is a vicious foe, and from following his thread...while he died far, far too young, it appears that he had some time to prepare, get ready, too say goodbye, yet did not have to suffer too long. RIP my friend..


777 posted on 08/21/2010 9:48:55 AM PDT by ken5050 (Save the Earth..It's the only planet with chocolate!!!)
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To: SunkenCiv; Jim Robinson

I often wondered about him, who was he, why did he take that username, etc.

Does anyone have a narrative bio on Ol Billy Bob. He deserves one.

Maybe there ought to be a Freeper Hall of Fame for deserving members?


778 posted on 08/21/2010 9:53:59 AM PDT by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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To: DollyCali

God Rest his soul.


779 posted on 08/21/2010 9:59:41 AM PDT by februus
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To: DollyCali
Wow.

Just wow.

Completely unexpected. We've all lost a great one.

Rest in peace, you will not be forgotten.

780 posted on 08/21/2010 10:00:02 AM PDT by SW6906 (6 things you can't have too much of: sex, money, firewood, horsepower, guns and ammunition.)
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To: dynachrome

condolences and prayers


781 posted on 08/21/2010 10:02:19 AM PDT by Munz (All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.)
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To: DollyCali

Dolly, I’m trying to locate the post which related the story of how John and his wife met after so many years and married which I read last night. It’s such a charming story—I wanted to pass it to a friend—but I can’t find it. Don’t remember the number. I’m sure it was before their wedding photograph because I was so pleased to see them together. I hope it isn’t one that was removed.!

Thanks again for all the time you have spent putting this all together.


782 posted on 08/21/2010 10:03:41 AM PDT by GoldwaterChick (We Snowflakes will always remember our beloved Snowman with the incandescent smile.)
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To: DollyCali

Lord, we ask Thee to rest the soul of Thy servant John.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, amen.


783 posted on 08/21/2010 10:03:54 AM PDT by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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To: GoldwaterChick

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/22/fashion/weddings/22vows.html


784 posted on 08/21/2010 10:06:54 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: GoldwaterChick

It was post 246 & it was pulled.

I have written to the author of the post requesting the link in PM. I will share with you then.


785 posted on 08/21/2010 10:24:30 AM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell God how big your storm is...Tell the storm how big your God is!)
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To: DollyCali

RIP sir, I feel honored to have known you and blessed that I got to see you speak as Ben Franklin last fall. You will be missed.


786 posted on 08/21/2010 10:28:58 AM PDT by mykdsmom
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To: Liberty Valance

thnaks... I bookmarked it in case this one also disappears


787 posted on 08/21/2010 10:29:34 AM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell God how big your storm is...Tell the storm how big your God is!)
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To: onyx

(((((onyx))))))

It wasn’t a bad dream. :-(


788 posted on 08/21/2010 10:33:26 AM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights (.)
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To: DollyCali

I can’t begin to say how many messages I have received from CBB. May he rest in peace. Now NC FREEPERS it’s up to us to keep up the fight! LET’S ROLL!


789 posted on 08/21/2010 10:36:30 AM PDT by 100%FEDUP (I'm seeing RED!)
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To: DollyCali

I thought he was getting better.
What happened?
Post operative infection?
His heart ‘just quit’?
Any info at all?
This is.. weird.


790 posted on 08/21/2010 10:40:26 AM PDT by Darksheare (I shook hands with Sheryl Crow and all I got was Typhus and a single sheet of toilet paper.)
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To: DollyCali

Deepest condolences to Mrs. Armor and their family. Rest in peace, Mr. Armor.


791 posted on 08/21/2010 10:52:15 AM PDT by definitelynotaliberal
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To: Domestic Church

Likewise.


792 posted on 08/21/2010 10:55:08 AM PDT by definitelynotaliberal
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To: Protect the Bill of Rights

((((( Protect the Bill of Rights )))))

I know. Still very sad today, but the shock has subsided. Prayers now for his grieving family and his sweet soul.


793 posted on 08/21/2010 11:00:40 AM PDT by onyx (Sarah/Michele 2012)
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To: DollyCali
This is so sad, he was such a great poster and with profound wisdom,experience, and Education,he could post on almost every thread and make us better and wiser for it. God bless him, his Family,friends,and fellow freepers. We should further dedicate ourselves in his honor to take back our great Country. As a 13 year Colon cancer survivor (next week), this really is painful to hear.
794 posted on 08/21/2010 11:02:46 AM PDT by samantha (The New Media fighting the DBM for our Sanity, Survival ,Soldiers.)
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To: DollyCali

What an incalculable loss; not only for Free Republic, but for the country.

RIP, Sir, you will be sorely missed.


795 posted on 08/21/2010 11:15:57 AM PDT by Darnright (There can never be a complete confidence in a power which is excessive. - Tacitus)
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To: DollyCali

RIP Cong. BB


796 posted on 08/21/2010 11:18:25 AM PDT by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: DollyCali; Jim Robinson; John Robinson; MitchellC; Jimmy Valentine's brother; wideawake; Publius; ..

Sincere condolences to John Armor's wife Michelle, his children, relatives and friends,
in private life and here on FR.

797 posted on 08/21/2010 11:20:56 AM PDT by Albion Wilde (Rest in peace, Congressman BillyBob.)
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To: onyx

You know once he got settled he looked up Tony and told him how much we miss him. ;-)

I imagine “complications” means anyone of a number of unexpected events happened. Sometimes unrelated health issues seem to come out of the blue.

As a nurse, the human spirit has never ceased to amaze me. I think of his last column and I know, without reservation, he was saying goodbye. He may not have known it on a conscious level, but his soul knew he was leaving this earth soon. I have seen it over & over again. God has a way of putting the peices together.

Prayers for his family. May God wrap our prayers around his family for comfort and strength.


798 posted on 08/21/2010 11:21:59 AM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights (.)
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To: DollyCali
How sad.

Deepest sympathies to his family.

RIP, BillyBob.

799 posted on 08/21/2010 11:25:47 AM PDT by Churchillspirit (9/11/01...NEVER FORGET.)
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To: Albion Wilde

Great post. Thanks from all of us.


800 posted on 08/21/2010 11:27:32 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker ((.Go troops! " Vote out RINOS. They screw you EVERY time" Jim Robinson))
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