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  • The End of My Cancer

    08/16/2010 10:46:29 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 145 replies
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 16 August 2010 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    On 23 April I had a routine colonoscopy, and found out that I had cancer. I knew then I’d have to write this column once I knew the outcome. I had 25 days of chemotherapy, simultaneous with radiation therapy, followed by surgery on 11 August. The pathology reports came back yesterday. They were, as my surgeon said, ‘the best possible, given the circumstances.” They were clean margins and clean lymph nodes. The margins are the areas all around the site of the surgery. The lymph nodes are where cancer usually spreads first, from its original site. In laymen’s terms, I...
  • Smith and Napolitano Disgracefully Wrong

    08/09/2010 12:45:08 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 17 replies
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 9 August 2010 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Shephard Smith just interviewed Judge Napolitano on air on the subject of the two military tribunal trials just beginning at Gitmo. The judge went way beyond his competence in saying that "there was no constitututional basis for these trials." Fox News has no meand to post immediately any response to their mistakes on air. They also have no way to reach them by phone. (I know. I've tried many times.) The bottom line is that the Judge made statements that are appallingly, obviously wrong, and Shep nodded like a bobblehead and agreed with him. The Judge said that the Quirin...
  • Krauthammer: Dead Wrong on the 14th

    08/06/2010 5:32:26 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 71 replies
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 5 August 2010 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    There are parts of Fox News I cannot watch. There is that self-important blowhard. There is that worldwide ambulance chaser. But as often as I can, I watch their news program at 6 p.m. My favorite part of that program is the lightning round, and especially the contributions of Charles Krauthammer. Charles normally dissects an issue with precision and accuracy. But not today, the 5th of August. He posed the issue whether a Congressman was right to say we need to amend the 14th Amendment to deal with the problem of anchor babies. Krauthammer made the mistake of not reading...
  • Bureaucrats: ‘We don’ need no steenkin’ statutes.’

    08/03/2010 1:25:46 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 6 replies · 10+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 2 August 2010 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    The facts for this article, but not the legal conclusions, come from an internal memorandum in the US Department of Homeland Security, Division of Citizenship and Immigration. This extraordinary document is from the Chief Counsel and the Directors of Policy and Strategy, Field Operations and Service Center Operations. It is addressed to the Director of that Office. Though the ACLU has no direct involvement in this memo, it is entirely in line with the ACLU’s position that everyone who can sneak across the border is immediately entitled to all the benefits available to Americans and to legal residents in America....
  • Judge Bolton: An F for the Arizona Decision – Rewrite It

    07/31/2010 11:37:27 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 52 replies · 8+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 31 July 2010 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    It’s been thirty years, and I still miss the classroom. I taught American Political Theory to mostly seniors, Pre-Law or Political Science majors, that long ago. If any of them had submitted a paper as ill-thought-out as Judge Susan Bolton’s decision on the Arizona immigration law, I’d have given them an F, and made them rewrite it from scratch. Here’s why: The largest point is that this US District Judge ignored the very case that was presented to her for decision. The federal complaint attacked the Arizona law for only one general flaw. It claimed that the state law preempted...
  • Corruption Is Good, In the Right Hands

    07/24/2010 9:24:25 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 17 replies
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 24 July 2010 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    I listened to every word of President Obama’s statement on signing the financial institutions’ “reform” law, Wednesday morning. That was a filthy job, but somebody had to do it. The longest applause during the entire charade was when Obama thanked Rep. Barney Frank and Sen. Christopher Dodd for their “tireless work” in getting this bill passed. Now, class, let’s conduct a brief review. First, not every Act that contains the word “reform” actually reforms or improves anything. As your grandma used to say, “Just because the cat has kittens in the oven, doesn’t make them biscuits.” Second, this “reform” law...
  • The Missing Bone Hunters of Politics

    07/16/2010 12:15:33 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 6 replies
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 16 July 2010 | John Armor (Congressman Billybo
    On our way through eastern Tennessee on US 26 for the fortieth time, give or take a few, we decided to visit the Gray Fossil Museum. It is one of the most extraordinary preserves of fossilized bones of long-extinct creatures ever found. An excellent book describes how this sink hole that preserves thousands of whole skeletons of ancient creatures was discovered, preserved and exploited. The book is The Bone Hunters by Harry Moore. In some cases, the scientists can identify a species from a single tooth. Compare paleontology to political science. We know more about the life and death of...
  • A Tale of Two Women

    07/10/2010 5:57:48 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 29 replies · 2+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 10 July, 2010 | John Armor (Congressman Billybo
    “Important” events happened recently to two women. The relative attention paid and press coverage about the two tells a lot about where we are as a nation, and it isn’t good. The two women are Lindsay Lohan and Pam Murphy. All of you know that Lindsay Lohan is a spoiled, self-centered, self-destructive twit who was just sentenced to 90 days in jail for multiple instances of contempt of court. But how many of you know who Pam Murphy was? Let’s not always see the same hands. Pam Murphy was the widow of Audie Murchy, the most decorated US soldier from...
  • “The Orator, with his Flood of Words….”

    07/03/2010 1:35:31 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 3 July 2010 | John Armor (Congressman Billybo
    It’s been a long time since I debated John Kerry’s Liberal Party at Yale. (We, the Conservative Party, whopped ‘em good.) Even longer since I debated in high school. Having listened to and analyzed President Obama’s speech on immigration, I’m more convinced than ever that Obama is a one-trick pony, an increasingly unsuccessful one. The war in Afghanistan is in trouble, and the Talban might snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Therefore, Obama gives a speech. The American economy is in trouble and high unemployment persists. Obama gives a speech. Spewing oil in the Gulf is unchecked. Obama gives...
  • Poor Richard’s Internet

    06/26/2010 4:48:30 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 24 replies
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 26 June 2010 | John Armor (Congressman Billybo
    Let’s raise two questions: What would Ben Franklin think of the Internet? And, what would be his opinion of efforts by the current Administration to censor Internet content, or even shut it down in “an emergency?” Events in Franklin’s life may answer those questions. A recent two-hour TV special on him made one point that deserves repeating: Of all the Framers who created the United States of America in law and in fact, the one who would be “most at home in the modern world” was Dr. Franklin. First, Franklin was a scientist. He observed facts in the real world....
  • Trouble over Oiled Waters

    06/18/2010 7:45:15 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 10 replies · 547+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 20 June 2010 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    <p>At most times and in some circumstances presidential speeches carry weight far beyond the actual words spoken or written. A President’s verbal gaff can start a war, rather than prevent one. A slight mistake by a President can cause American, or even international, markets to collapse, rather than stabilize.</p>
  • Success, But Not in the Gulf

    06/13/2010 8:21:54 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 5 replies · 460+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 13 June 2010 | John Armor (Congressman Billybo
    When you’ve been writing weekly for 16 years, occasionally the question comes up: what on God’s green Earth am I going to talk about now? I was going to write about the Jones Act. That Act requires that ships operating in American waters be American-owned with American crews. Not stated in the law is its real purpose. The maritime unions have a headlock on American shipboard workers. So, the Jones Act requires, in reality, that all ships operating in American waters generate dues for the unions which translate into funds to elect Democrats. Skimmer ships are sitting idle in foreign...
  • The $5,000 Pancake

    06/07/2010 5:08:42 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 5 replies · 28+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Saturday a week ago I had a $5,000 blueberry pancake. Actually, I had two of them. They were just as delicious as the ones I had last fall. All of them were courtesy of the Scaly Mountain Women’s Club. Scaly Mountain is an unincorporated community just down the Dillard Road from us, about ten miles from the intersection of the North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia borders. In the summer, Scaly Mountain swells to several thousand people. In the winter, it shrinks to a few hundred. But, there is never a shortage of fine people who willingly give their time,...
  • ‘You’re the top! You’re the Coliseum’

    05/31/2010 10:08:34 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 14 replies · 477+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 31 May, 2010 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    I’ve seen the movie, De-Lovely, at least six times now. Cole Porter’s personal life was a wreck, But with words and music he had no peer. Not even in two people at once, like Gilbert and Sullivan, or Rodgers and Hammerstein, for instance. I begin this column with a Porter quote from ‘You’re the Top,” and the subject is Paul Krugman. As my wife says of people who take themselves with far too seriously, “He sends his shirts out to be stuffed.” By all that’s right and holy, Krugman should be one of the great men of our generation. He...
  • When I Was a Child....

    05/26/2010 6:34:56 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 4 replies · 423+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 24 May 2010 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Here are recent events concerning the new Arizona law on illegal immigrants in that state. First, the state passes a law which exactly tracks federal law on who is, or is not, an illegal immigrant. Then, President Obama and several other officials of the federal government condemn the law without bothering to read it. The most common claim against the law is that it authorizes any law enforcement personnel to go up to any person anywhere in Arizona and “demand their papers.” Anyone who bothers to read the law knows this statement is a lie. In an interesting development, it...
  • The Electronic Conscience

    05/16/2010 5:47:29 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 4 replies · 439+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 16 May 2010 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    What is the impact of the current forms of gathering and transmitting information from person to person? Can people be affected by communications they don't use, or even know how to use? There were five of us around a table in church this morning. All of us used the internet at least somewhat. Most of us did not use Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube. Our uses of the photo and video capacities of this generation of cell phones, fell someplace in the middle. But with some thought, the answer was clear. Whether or not we use these means of communication, they...
  • Burqa Mentality in the Blue Ridge

    05/08/2010 5:20:43 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 26 replies · 1,481+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 8 May 2010 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    I read, and I write for, the Highlands Newspaper, a weekly paper with a modest circulation. The Editor, also my editor, is Kim Lewicki. She ran an article in last week’s issue that was excellently written and edited, and worthy of sharing with my national audience. The week before, Erika Olvera, a former Police Officer in this town, filed an EEOC Complaint against the Town of Highlands. Our experience with Officer Olvera was limited, but we found her to be diligent and capable. She worked for the Town for two years. She is a naturalized American from Mexico, who has...
  • Not Protesting about Obama and the Constitution

    04/23/2010 4:47:35 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 14 replies · 942+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 23 April 2010 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every opportunity to talk about the Constitution while dressed and speaking as Benjamin Franklin. Then, President Obama decided to make a vacation visit to the Grove Park Inn, in Asheville, NC. That’s just a hop, skip and a jump from my home. So I planned a one-man demonstration, dressed as Franklin, as close as I could get on public property, to the main entrance of the Grove Park Inn. My wife protested that I really should “leave the guy alone when he’s on vacation with his family.” I thought about it, reluctantly agreed. So, this here is...
  • The Boy Who Talked About Violence

    04/16/2010 4:25:59 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 6 replies · 682+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 16 April 2010 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    I had the privilege and pleasure of spending four days as Ben Franklin in events connected with the Dayton Tea Party people, and their allies. Saturday I spoke at a special dinner for prime supporters and workers. Tuesday I spoke at the main rally in the Nutter Center. In between, I visited with nine different school classes in the Dayton area. Those are what I want to talk about today. One of the events was a session with an after-school program at a church in Springfield, Ohio, for “at risk” kindergarten, first and second grade students. Another was a combination...
  • The Town the Census Forgot

    04/10/2010 12:38:40 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 28 replies · 1,155+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 10 April 2010 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    This is more or less an open letter to Robert Groves, Director of the Census Bureau. Dear Bob. Can I call you Bob? I feel I know you since you’ve been all over the TV explaining that the screw-ups that have occurred in your Bureau about operations and cost will all be resolved. Well. here’s another screw-up for you to put on your plate. The Census has a rule that it will not mail Census forms to Post Office Box addresses. As a general rule, I understand and support that. There are probably more than a million people in the...
  • Edgie Russell’s Clams

    04/05/2010 6:45:29 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 1 replies · 337+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 5 April 2010 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    It was 55 ½ years ago in August that Edgie Russell and I set out in a wooden rowboat to bring some clams home to our families. Bear with me, because this is going to be like Mark Twain’s story of his father’s ram. Edgie, you say. That’s a funny nickname. No, it’s a real name. My childhood friend was Thomas Edgie Russell, III. His great-grandfather’s life had been saved by a sea captain named Edgie, so the name came into the family in the next generation. His parents were friends with mine, and they lived up the street. So...
  • Are you serious? Are you serious?

    03/28/2010 11:59:23 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 30 replies · 1,170+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 28 March, 2010 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    I’ve been preparing for a series of appearances as Benjamin Franklin at several different Tea Party events in Dayton, Ohio, from April 10 - 13. Despite his long and varied public career, Franklin had very little to do with partisan politics; Most of his service was as a diplomat, first in England and later in France. There is one quality that all successful diplomats share. They know how to hold their tongues. Enemies now may become friends later, and vice versa. Therefore, effective diplomats make an absolute minimum of public, personal attacks on anyone in a position of power. It...
  • Feeding Starving People

    03/20/2010 10:47:31 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 19 replies · 582+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 20 March 2010 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Last Saturday, we did something that was only a small step up from mindless, unskilled labor. I’m glad we did it. We recommend it to everyone else. An enthusiastic lady came to our Rotary meeting a week before. She was a teacher, acting as a volunteer for her church. She asked us to join with people from another half dozen other Rotary Clubs to pack 100,000 meals for starving people in Haiti. We decided it was a good cause, and we went. There were two shifts requested at the National Guard Armory in the County Seat of Franklin, North Carolina....
  • When Congress Cheats on Its Rules

    03/12/2010 10:00:09 AM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 73 replies · 2,278+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 12 March 2010 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    We are apparently at crunch point on the efforts of President Obama, Speaker Pelosi in the House, and Majority Leader Reid in the Senate to pass by whatever means necessary the “health reform” bill. In the national debate, however, no one has asked whether the Supreme Court has any role in this matter. It does, and it may be definitive. There is a question of what the bill is, since there are many versions, and several are under wraps. The opponents of the bill, whatever it is, includes Democrats and Republicans who believe that the bill is ill-thought takeover of...
  • Lies, Damned Lies, and Expert Testimony

    03/06/2010 9:30:37 AM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 6 replies · 495+ views
    Before we get rolling, a pet peeve. Entirely too many reporters are too lazy to check their quotes. Time and again, they will say in their lede that "some wag referred to lies, damned lies, and statistics." No, no, no. That was not "some wag;" that was the greatest of all American humorists, Mark Twain. Twain's Autobiography attributes the quote to the quick-witted British Prime Minister, Benjamin Disreali. But Disraeli's biographers can find no trace of it. Apparently, Twain attributed it to someone else who was conveniently dead, to fend off attacks for using that shameful word, "damned," I've modified...
  • 'I Was in the First Wave.'

    02/24/2010 7:11:38 PM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 30 replies · 1,298+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 24 April 2010 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    I was at breakfast on Sunday morning at the Sheraton National, in Arlington, Virginia. I was attending a conference elsewhere, but could only find space in Virginia. Also at my hotel were the members of the Iwo Jima Association. That Association was for survivors of that battle, and for the families of those who did not survive. At the table next to me were two, older gentleman. The younger man was in his 60's. He mentioned at one point where his father was buried at Arlington Cemetery, just a few blocks away. Then the older man, somewhere in his 90's...
  • “I am not an ideologue.”

    02/04/2010 6:54:46 PM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 14 replies · 528+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 2 February 2010 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Last week, I wrote about 11 factually false statements in President Obama’s State of the Union address. Normally, one should not repeat the same subject next week. But, did you see the appearance of Obama before the Republicans meeting in Baltimore? I know that a few hundred of you are political junkies like me, and you saw that live. I’m going to ask you a question. Don’t think/ Don’t pause. Answer with the first thing that comes to mind. What occurred to you, when you heard Obama say, “I am not an ideologue.”? I thought of Richard Nixon, toe to...
  • Sex, Lies, and the State of Union

    01/28/2010 3:06:11 PM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 33 replies · 1,145+ views
    Soecial to FreeRepublic ^ | 28 January 2010 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    I’m just a semi-retired lawyer, living on a gravel road in the Blue Ridge Mountains. But I am also an avid consumer of news in all forms. This is a test. I read none of today’s analyses of the State of the Union speech. Here are the obvious lies I saw, off the top of my head. Lie 1: “one in ten... cannot find work.” Government statistics show that unemployment is almost double that; 17% are out of work. But the “official” rate ignores the 7% who have given up looking for a job. Lie 2: “to get a government...
  • Earthquakes and other Human Disasters

    01/19/2010 11:17:18 AM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 3 replies · 506+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 17 January 2010 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    I have been to Haiti, once. It was in 1972. I remember it vividly. The sad thing is that Haiti has not changed materially since then. As a result of that continuing history of human failure, people are dying in the tens of thousands from easily avoidable consequences of the earthquake that centered on Port au Prince last week. Haiti’s successful revolution to gain its freedom from being a colony of France, was only a few years after our own Revolution against England. But since then, Haiti has had a constant series of governments composed of thieves, torturers, murderers. When...
  • The Eventual, Perfect Gift

    12/19/2009 10:20:49 AM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 17 replies · 814+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 19 December 2009 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    It was a simple question, posed to us in the Highlands Writers Group. “What was the best Christmas gift you ever received?” That question made me think deeply. I discovered that gifts change as years pass. I don’t mean the obvious, that you get different gifts in different years. I mean that the gifts you did get, even long, long ago, change with time. I was six in 1949, when the first Christmas I clearly remember, came around. We lived at 205 W. College Avenue, in Salisbury, Maryland. On the Eastern Shore, Salisbury was, and mostly still is, a sleepy...
  • Ben Franklin: On Science

    12/13/2009 6:41:44 PM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 26 replies · 1,360+ views
    Special to FreeRepublis ^ | 12 December 2009 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Ben Franklin: On Science by Ben Franklin As most of you know, the international recognition of me as a scientist began with the day that I captured lightning with a kite. Had I done that experiment the way the popular myth, I probably would have been electrocuted, an early end to an ordinary career. You probably recall that my formal education ended when I was 14. After that, I bought and read every worthwhile book I could find. I died in 1790, but one aspect of the Other Side that I can share with you is that we get to...
  • Reading What Isn’t There

    12/08/2009 12:20:59 PM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 12 replies · 985+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 6 December 2009 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    As an avid follower of and writer on political and legal subjects for almost fifty years, I’ve gotten on many mailing lists from all parts of the political spectrum. This week I received the “2009 Scorecard on Campaign Reform” from an outfit named North Carolina Voters for Clean Elections. Sounds like God, flag, and Mom’s apple pie, doesn’t it? I had never heard of this organization before. But there is a standard process I use to smoke out the bias, if any, in any new organization I hear about. My knowledge was new; the organization is, apparently, ten years old....
  • Little Barry Goes to School

    11/27/2009 3:38:03 PM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 19 replies · 1,662+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 27 Novenber 2009 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    It has been almost a year that little Barry What’s-His-Name, the Kenyan- Indonesian-African-American lad has been going to school as President of the United States. This is an interim Report Card to his political parents, the voters of the United States. English Comprehension: Barry has the most extraordinary ability to speak in English than all but a small handful of students who have ever attended this school. However, this ability to speak in complete sentences, using words that seem appropriate to the subject at hand, is coupled with a near total lack of content in those speeches. A+ for delivery,...
  • ACLU Wants Terrorists to Beat the Rap

    11/15/2009 5:09:40 PM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 21 replies · 1,905+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 15 November, 2009 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Some of he facts for this article, and some of the legal conclusions, come from an article on 13 November, 2009, on Frontpage,com by David Horowitz, entitled “The Worst Decision by a US President in History.” The title alone makes clear that Mr. Horowitz sharply opposes President Obama’s decision to have alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammad and his confederates tried in federal court in New York City rather than before a military tribunal. The ACLU, and its ally, the pro-Castro, Center for Constitutional Rights, have praised Obama’s decision as “presenting American justice to the world.” Since the ACLU is...
  • Nancy Counts on Corruption

    11/07/2009 9:33:26 PM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 55 replies · 2,739+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 7 Nov. 2009 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Nancy D’Alesandro Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives, has regularly accused the Republicans in the House of displaying “a culture of corruption.” Yet the critical vote to get the House version of the health bill out of the House, demonstrates that Speaker Pelosi not only likes corruption, she counts on it. Remember her middle name because it figures in the proof. On 7 November at 11:15 pm House bill 3962 passed by a vote of 220-215. Votes in favor of that bill included the following: Norm Dicks (D-Wash), Jane Harman (D-Cal), Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), Alan Mollohan (D-WVa). Jim Moran...
  • Ordinary Majesty, Extraordinary Failure

    11/07/2009 7:45:08 AM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 20 replies · 1,166+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 7 Nov. 2008 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Until the mass murder at Fort Hood intervened, I’d intended to write about Thursday’s bingo night to benefit the Girl Scouts. It was a cold and stormy night. Almost all of the summer visitors are gone. We thought there’d be sparse attendance at the monthly charity bingo game put on by the Rotary Club. But the place was packed, wall to wall. Dozens of Brownies and Girl Scouts in uniform were scurrying about, serving the players. Final figures weren’t available on the spot. From prior experience, however, I’m sure more than $1,000 was raised for the Scouts. How ordinary is...
  • Wars and Dead Soldiers

    10/30/2009 4:41:58 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 9 replies · 1,099+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 30 October 2009 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Late last week, in the dead of night. President Obama made an unannounced trip to Dover, Delaware, where he was photographed saluting some flag-covered coffins that were coming in from Afghanistan. There were 18 coffins on this day. And afterwards, Obama said that this experience “would influence his decision” on troop levels and future policies in the war in that Afghanistan. Well, first I fault the press. I’ve been saying for years that reporting on war casualties, in Iraq, Afghanistan, or wherever, is defective. The national importance of casualties should be gauged by relative casualties in other, American wars. It’s...
  • A Slimy ‘Man,’ a Slimy Network

    10/17/2009 9:11:44 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 14 replies · 2,138+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 17 October 2009 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Last week, on air, Keith Olbermann (a leading personality, if there is such a thing on his network), described columnist Michelle Malkin as “a mashed up bag of meat with lipstick.” Before I discuss all the things wrong with this comment, the “man” who made it, his network, and its corporate owners, here are my prejudices in the matter. First, I know and respect the journalistic abilities of Michelle Malkin. I was present in D.C. in February when she received an award for her work. On the other hand, I agree with the hundreds of millions of Americans who indicate...
  • Peace Prizes for War and Death

    10/09/2009 10:05:50 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 5 replies · 859+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 9 Oct. 2009 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Below are all the American Presidents and Vice Presidents who have received the Nobel Peace Prize, in order from first to most recent. It was an educational experience to review all the awards since the first was given in 1901. That bears on whether the Prize just awarded to President Obama is a positive or negative thing with respect to international war and peace. 1906 - (President) Theodore Roosevelt who “drew up the 1905 peace treaty between Russia and Japan.” This was an actual shooting war, which ended with the Treaty which Roosevelt negotiated. 1919 - (President) T. Woodrow Wilson...
  • Dubrovnik, Pearl of the Adriatic

    10/02/2009 8:45:18 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 6 replies · 937+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 2 October 2009 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Dubrovnik, Croatia, in the former Yugoslavia, is a relatively new city by European standards. It began in the 7th century AD, when sailors and traders in its area built the first fortifications to protect themselves from raids by various interests, all classified as "barbarians." We would not have gone to this town except that it was one of the ports of call of the Costa Fortuna, an Italian ship with fine crew and service, on a eastern Mediteranian tour. We are very glad that by accident, we got to Dubrovnik. It is one of the most successful of the city-states...
  • Julius and Julius (Caesar and Genachowski)

    09/22/2009 12:27:32 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 6 replies · 1,144+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 21 September 2009 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Two days ago we were sitting on the dock in Como, having a gellato, waiting for our ship to come in. Not actually a ship, just a small commuter boat that connects the small communities on the shores of Lake Como in northern Italy. It is a breathtakingly beautiful place. I can see why VIPs come to a small hotel, built by a mediaeval Cardinal as his residence, just up the Lake. No wonder that George Clooney has a villa here, that is reached only by helicopter, or so the gossip says. And, this area's history reaches deep into the...
  • A Million People Prove NPR Doesn’t Count

    09/14/2009 9:09:02 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 21 replies · 2,729+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 14 September 2009 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    How many people still listen to NPR (National “People’s” Radio) and take it seriously? Apparently that list doesn’t include the editors and reporters for NPR. Two cases in point, both having to do with numbers. As I was driving up to D.C. for the Rally on the Mall on Saturday, I heard NPR gushing over (excuse me, reporting on) the President Obama’s speech to a Joint Meeting of Congress. In that speech, the President said that “there are 30 million uninsured Americans.” Notice that the number dropped from 45 million because that part of the uninsured are not Americans. They...
  • Birth of a New Political Party

    09/04/2009 8:15:01 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 46 replies · 2,827+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 4 September 2009 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    The last time a new American political party came into being, one strong enough to elect a President, was in 1854. As you have guessed, that was the Republican Party. Its first elected President was Abraham Lincoln in 1860. Many third party and independent campaigns have been mounted since then. The Progressive Party around 1900 managed to elect Governors and majorities in the legislature of several states. Their high water mark was in 1912, when former President Teddy Roosevelt chose that Party as his vehicle to run again when the Republicans declined to nominate him, again. (No, there never was...
  • Birth of a New Political Party

    09/04/2009 8:06:05 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 138 replies · 6,325+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 4 September 2009 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    by John Armor (BB 670, Even, 4 Sept, 707 words) The last time a new American political party came into being, one strong enough to elect a President, was in 1854. As you have guessed, that was the Republican Party. Its first elected President was Abraham Lincoln in 1860. Many third party and independent campaigns have been mounted since then. The Progressive Party around 1900 managed to elect Governors and majorities in the legislature of several states. Their high water mark was in 1912, when former President Teddy Roosevelt chose that Party as his vehicle to run again when the...
  • Vanity for Ben Franklin

    08/30/2009 3:52:27 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 12 replies · 1,786+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 30 December 2009 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    I don't know how to post this, or whether to post this. So, I leave both questions in the hands of you, my colleagues on FreeRepublic. The first two links are to Parts I and II to an appearance by Ben Franklin at a conservative town hall for about 350 people in Raleigh, NC, last Tuesday. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Xa6rbgq1lw http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJ304mIo1eI The final one is an appearance by Ben Franklin at a Freedom Fest, sponsored by FreedomWorks in (appropriately) Franklin, NC, in June. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhbAVkvSaAw&NR=1 If anyone finds these worthy of interest, and knows how to post up these clips on FreeRepublic, feel free....
  • A Fitting Legacy for Teddy

    08/28/2009 1:03:46 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 16 replies · 1,850+ views
    Special to Free Republic ^ | 28 August 2009 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    What would make a fitting legacy for Ted Kennedy in the Senate? I think it would be the election of a Senator to take his place, who committed to the same great public ideas that Senator Kennedy spoke about, so often and passionately. Teddy often spoke of his dedication to and respect for the Constitution. This is to be expected where Sam Adams created the Sons of Liberty who threw the tea in Boston Harbor. And where the first shots of the American Revolution were fired at, and later fired by, the Minutemen at Concord and Lexington. So, the person...
  • The Plame Blame Game, for Real

    08/21/2009 3:34:12 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 10 replies · 1,773+ views
    Special to FreeRepublis ^ | 21 August 2009 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    The Associated Press reported today (Friday) that lawyers for certain detainees at the Gitmo Prison in Cuba, possibly violated federal criminal law by releasing the identity of CIA covert operatives. The current Justice Department investigation connects to both the Valerie Plame matter a few years ago, and the current issue of where and how Gitmo detainees should be charged and tried. First, the Plame affair. According to the mainstream media, that was about the “outing” of a CIA “covert operative” in violation of federal law. But that law applied only to people who had been a covert operative “within five...
  • Column 666, about President Obama

    08/07/2009 7:57:35 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 15 replies · 2,260+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 7 Aug 2009 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    This is the 666th column in this weekly series. It had to be spent on an overarching subject. So it is. President Barack Obama is the most accomplished liar I have ever encountered, and that includes several pathological liars I faced in court. The best of those I could not rattle even with a well-prepared and vigorous cross-examination. Only the weight of solid facts from other sources served to expose and defeat those people. Pathological liars can give the impression that they are telling the truth because they are smooth, accomplished, and effective. But the most important reason is that...
  • Cash for Clunkers, Gatesgate, Plus A Special Treat

    08/04/2009 2:10:37 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 14 replies · 1,800+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 2 August 2009 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Let’s begin with the easiest subject to understand – economics. Last week two important events happened. The Cash for Clunkers program shut down when it burned through money planned for four months, in four days. And based on a previously passed federal law, the minimum wage went up again. Now, the two programs are different in size. The minimum wage only increased by 70 cents an hour; whereas, the Clunker program is/was giving away up to $4,500 per transaction. So, the change was both larger and faster in the latter instance. I was on the road on family business and...
  • Remember Casey Stengel? Raise Your Hand

    07/25/2009 1:29:07 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 18 replies · 2,301+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic | 25 JULY, 2009 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    by John Armor (BB 664, Even, 25July, 676 words) How many of you remember Casey Stengel? If you do, raise your hand. For those who don’t know the name, Stengel was the legendary manager of the legendary Yankees for many seasons. When they cut him loose, he became the legendary manager of the Mets, who were legendary for losing, not winning, games. But Casey’s immortal contribution to American civilization was scrambling the English language beyond both comprehension and belief, while at the core having an excellent base of knowledge and statistics. His mantra was, “And you could look it up,”...