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Macon County Commissioners

Coverage of the meetings of the Macon County Board of County Commissioners.

Franklin Town Board of Aldermen

Coverage of the meetings of the Franklin Town Board of Aldermen.

Macon County School Board

Coverage of the meetings of the Macon County School Board.


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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Jim Davis Appearance on Dr Dan's Freedom Forum

**Note** Some people have reported issues with getting the video to play. Click here to see if it will work on Ustream. If it doesn't work there, then the problem in with Ustream.

Dr Jim Davis appeared on Dr Dan Eichenbaum's Freedom Forum tonight, and here is the video of the conversation he had about his political philosophy and his campaign.

Visit the Jim Davis for NC Senate website to find out how you can help his campaign.

Jim Davis is also on Facebook and Twitter.

Also, you can visit Dr Dan's website to find out what he has been up to since the May primary.

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Mike Bayer – Communist Agent in the Bernie Sanders Camp?

Flag of the Communist Party USA

As a student in Chicago, Sanders was active in the Young Peoples Socialist League and has a decades old relationship with America’s largest marxist organization, Democratic Socialists of America.

It was in conjunction with D.S.A. that Sanders formed, in 1991, the Congressional Progressive Caucus, now a more than eighty strong alliance of far left Senators and Congressmen.

Mike Bayer’s closeness to Senator Sanders, however I takes things to a new level. While Bayer is no longer the open communist he once was, there is evidence that he is acting as a spy on Sanders’ Party and may be be some kind of liaison man or agent-of-influence for the Communist Party.

Bayer has lived in Vermont since 1996, working as Chief Financial Officer of Vermont Legal Aid. He has been a leader in the leftist Vermont Progressive Party, since its earliest days.

Currently Bayer is running for the position of State Auditor of Accounts for Vermont, on the Progressive Party ticket. The position is currently held by Republican, Thomas M. Salmon.

Before moving to Vermont, Bayer was for many years, Indiana District organizer of the Communist Party USA and a regular contributor to the Party paper Peoples Daily World/ Peoples Weekly World.

Source: Key Wiki Blog (be sure to read the rest there and add that blog to your daily reading list or RSS Reader)


The communists and socialists have never really gone away. They just changed their name to progressives. Their goal remains the government control over every aspect of your life.

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Name Change Coming for Annual Vance-Aycock Dinner
Aycock's Name to be "Retired with Honor" by Democrats

After three years of lying low, the Democrats are finally taking the advice of the Carolina Stompers [their website is currently down it's back up now], and doing away with the name Aycock from their annual dinner at the exclusive Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC. I notice that they're not doing anything regarding honoring the North Carolina Confederate Governor, Zebulon Vance, who was also a racist. Here is an excerpt of a speech he gave in 1890 while serving in the US Senate:

In this great struggle to escape Negro rule and restore our State governments to the control of those who made them, and whose ancestors had established their principles in their blood, we had both the aid and the sympathy of Northern Democrats everywhere. We had neither from you. [source]

In the fall of 2007, I joined with Richard Bernier of URTV's Sound Off Buncombe to cover the Democratic Fundraiser after Chad Nesbitt of The Carolina Stompers brought it to my attention that the event was named after a racist North Carolina Governor named Charles Brantley Aycock. 

Here are some videos taken by Richard Bernier and me. The first four are mine, and the last four are Richard's. 

And here is Mudcat Saunders giving the Keynote. 

As far as I know, Richard and I are the only two people to ever provide extensive video coverage of the exclusive fundraiser. I would go and do this every year, but Asheville is a bit far for me to travel on a lark.

In an effort to downplay Governor Aycock's blatant racism, Democrats have tried to say that they have honored him for his educational reforms. Really? Either they are completely ignorant of the types of educational reforms he supported, and his thinking behind them, or they support them. 

To make sure that to honor him for his educational reforms is still honoring his racism, here is the thinking behind North Carolina Governor Charles Brantley Aycock's educational reforms in the early 20th Century from a book I have on the subject:

In 1900, North Carolina's public education for both races was among the poorest in the nation. Democrat Charles B. Aycock, a racist educational reformer, was elected governor that year. He believed that the primary reason for improving education was to train white voters. Uncharacteristically, from 1895 through 1898 Fusionists - agrarian Populists (many former democrats) and Republicans (many of them african Americans) - had controlled state government. In 1900, Democrats used the Fusion period to justify white supremacy and African American disenfranchisement as safeguards against "Negro domination." It is no wonder, then, that Aycock, whose view on education for African Americans was limited, was chosen to rescue the state. He and other educational liberals cleverly used the race question despite opposition to their centralizing educational tendencies from white rural fundamentalists and blacks who recognized the inequities of public education. A related issue was the state's need to educate a cheap, docile, but effective African American labor force. Yet the political threat of African American voters was the center of the white supremacy campaign behind the school reform movement around 1900.
Source: Charles W. Wadelington and Richard F. Knapp Charlotte Hawkins Brown and Palmer Memorial Institute: What One Young African American Woman Could Do (UNC Press 1999, p 7-8) [Amazon]

For more on the effort of the Carolina Stompers to protest the honoring of a White Supremacist by the North Carolina Democratic Party:
2007 Vance-Aycock Dinner Signs
NC Dems Dinner Named After White Supremacist [Black & Right]

GOP Group to Protest Vance-Aycock [Under The Dome]

Carolina Stompers starting to get on Dems’ nerves [Mountain Xpress] 

The exhuming of Charles B. Aycock [Greensboro News-Record]

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Video of the Restoring Honor Rally in Washington, DC

If you could not afford to go to Washington, DC this weekend, or had other is Glenn beck's Restoring Honor Rally as broadcast on C-SPAN today. Since his 9-12 March on DC was co-opted by "Grass-Roots Orgs based out of Washington, he (in my opinion) started this one.

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Yosemite Nature Notes - Episode 10 - Rock Fall

An Iconic Image of Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park would be a cool place to visit.

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(VIDEO) Asteroid Discovery From 1980 - 2010

Asteroid Discoveries by Scott Manley

**For some reason, the full frame won't embed here. Go to YouTube for the full experience.

This video by Scott Manley gives me an opportunity to point out that there are resources just waiting to be exploited by mankind, if we only had the gumption to go get it. See some of what people are thinking at PERMANENT

There are an estimated One Billion (!!!) undiscovered asteroids larger than 300 feet in diameter in the Asteroid Belt.

From the Video Description:

View of the solar system showing the locations of all the asteroids starting in 1980, as asteroids are discovered they are added to the map and highlighted white so you can pick out the new ones.

The final colour of an asteroids indicates how closely it comes to the inner solar system.

Earth Crossers are Red

Earth Approachers (Perihelion less than 1.3AU) are Yellow

All Others are Green

Notice now the pattern of discovery follows the Earth around its orbit, most discoveries are made in the region directly opposite the Sun. You'll also notice some clusters of discoveries on the line between Earth and Jupiter, these are the result of surveys looking for Jovian moons. Similar clusters of discoveries can be tied to the other outer planets, but those are not visible in this video.

As the video moves into the mid 1990's we see much higher discovery rates as automated sky scanning systems come online. Most of the surveys are imaging the sky directly opposite the sun and you'll see a region of high discovery rates aligned in this manner.

At the beginning of 2010 a new discovery pattern becomes evident, with discovery zones in a line perpendicular to the Sun-Earth vector. These new observations are the result of the WISE (Widefield Infrared Survey Explorer) which is a space mission that's tasked with imaging the entire sky in infrared wavelengths.

Currently we have observed over half a million minor planets, and the discovery rates snow no sign that we're running out of undiscovered objects.

Orbital elements were taken from the 'astorb.dat' data created by Ted Bowell and associates at

Music is 'Transgenic' by Trifonic.

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Music Break:
"Way Out Here" by Josh Thompson


Our houses are protected by the good Lord and a gun
And you might meet 'em both if you show up here not welcome son
Our necks are burnt, our roads are dirt and our trucks ain't clean
The dogs run lose, we smoke, we chew and fry everything
Out here, way out here

We won't take a dime if we ain't earned it
When it comes to weight brother we pull our own
If it's our backwoods way of livin' you're concerned with
You can leave us alone
We're about John Wayne, Johnny Cash and John Deere
Way out here

We got a fightin' side a mile wide but we pray for peace
'Cause it's mostly us that end up servin' overseas
If it was up to me I'd love to see this country run
Like it used to be, oughta be, just like it's done
Out here, way out here

We won't take a dime if we ain't earned it
When it comes to weight brother we pull our own
If it's our backwoods way of livin' you're concerned with
You can leave us alone
We're about John Wayne, Johnny Cash and John Deere
Way out here

We won't take a dime if we ain't earned it
When it comes to weight brother we pull our own
If it's our backwoods way of livin' you're concerned with
You can leave us alone
We're about John Wayne, Johnny Cash and John Deere
Way out here, way out here

Our houses are protected by the good Lord and a gun
And you might meet 'em both if you show up here not welcome son

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Real Jobs NC Sends Out Mailer Attacking NC Senator John Snow

Page One of Real Jobs NC mailer attacking John Snow. Photo by Bobby Coggins

Today, I received a political mailer attacking District 50's Democratic Senator John Snow. The above image is the cover of the advertisement. Here are the rest, in order, with commentary following:

Page Two of Real Jobs NC mailer attacking John Snow. Photo by Bobby Coggins

Page Three of Real Jobs NC mailer attacking John Snow. Photo by Bobby Coggins

Page Four of Real Jobs NC mailer attacking John Snow. Photo by Bobby Coggins


I had not heard of this group [Real Jobs NC] before, and wondered if they were connected to the secretive camera crew who filmed a commercial for Jim Davis Monday Night at the County commissioners meeting. I say secretive because they would not tell me, or another reporter the name of their company. One of the crew members said that they "did not want to get involved with the press."  I'm guessing the guy doesn't know the name of his company will be appearing (or should, if everything is on the up and up) on the Jim Davis for NC Senate Committee campaign finance reports. 

Real Jobs NC is, according to the NC State Board of Elections, a Non-Profit Organization involved in electioneering communications. According to a report filed on August 12, 2010 [download PDF], the group has received $500,500 in contributions recently. $100,000 on 6/10/2010 from the Republican State Leadership Committee [website] of K Street in Washington, DC. $100,000 on 07/15/2010 from Variety Wholesalers [website] of Henderson, NC. $100,000 on 07/21/2010 from, a 527 Group formed in 2008, [website] and $200,000 additional funds from the Republican State Leadership Committee on 07/12/2010. 

These people are some heavy-hitters in republican circles. Ed Gillespie, chairman of the Republican State Leadership Committee, was the former counsel to President George W Bush during the last 18 months of his term and recently was involved with the very successful gubernatorial campaign of Bob McConnell in Virginia. He is also credited with being the principle drafter of the 1994 Contract With America. I had never heard of Variety Wholesalers before, but when I discovered that John Pope ran that company, it made sense. He is the funder of the John W Pope Civitas Institute, and hated by Progressives across North Carolina. 

RightChange is also another group I had not heard of before. A little digging around revealed that the group is based out of Wilmington, NC and the Treasurer is Fredric Eshelman, Chairman of the Board of Pharmaceutical development, Inc also based out of Wilmington, NC. He is also hated by Progressives across North Carolina. [You Tube Video of Eshelman]. 

Sounds to me that Jim Davis has my kind of people (Neo-conservatives) on his side, sending out mailers to help him along. Visit the Jim Davis for NC Senate website to find out more about Jim.

My thoughts are if BlueNC hates these people, then they gotta be doing something right!!!

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Rolling Thunder 2010 - A Marine's Vigil

A solitary Marine holds vigil at full attention during the Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally in tribute to fallen comrades.

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Macon County Commissioners 08-23-2010
Meeting Videos

Here is the video of the August 23, 2010 meeting of the Macon County Commissioners. It ran over three hours, so I've had to cut the video into two parts.

Part One:

Part Two:

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New Jeff Miller Ad:

Screengcap from the Jeff Miller Politicians Campaign Ad

Press Release from the Miller campaign:

Jeff Miller for Congress unveils his latest TV ad, “Politicians”

Hendersonville, NC – Jeff Miller, candidate for U.S. Congress has unveiled his latest television ad titled, “Politicians,” which began yesterday and sums up America’s frustration with career politicians in Washington and the record high deficit and unemployment rate.

“As a small business owner, I am very aware of the hurdles our businesses are facing today,” said Miller. “I will fight to reduce taxes and control government spending. We cannot tax our small businesses out of business. We must recognize the top two creators of jobs are business start-ups and expanding businesses. We must get government out of the way of business so everyone will see North Carolina is the place to grow or start a business.

Miller has run an impressive race winning a 6 way primary in May. This latest television ad, which will air in a large broadcast buy in Western North Carolina, focuses on Miller’s pledge to fight raising taxes and his experience as a small business owner.

“One of the main reasons I am running for Congress is because if the reckless deficit spending continues in Washington, it will not be me but my son and his children that have to pay for it years from now. Our children deserve the same opportunity to achieve the American Dream as generations before us have.”


As soon as the Miller campaign comes to the Franklin or Sylva areas in Macon or Jackson Counties (and I hear about it), I'll bring you coverage of the events. 

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A Little Morning Sun in the Fog

Early Morning Dew. Photo by Bobby Coggins

It has been a while since I've posted photos to my blog. So, here goes!

Jungle Trees. Photo by Bobby Coggins

Wider shot of the foggy morning. Photo by Bobby Coggins

A foggy sun rise over a Maple Tree. Photo by Bobby Coggins

Closeup of the blank sun. Photo by Bobby Coggins

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Macon County Commissioners 08-23-2010
Meeting Agenda and Live Coverage
Updated with Audio of Meeting

**08-24-2010** Here is the audio of the meeting. The full video will be available in a couple of days. A shorter highlights video will be available later today.

Macon County Commissioners meeting coverage announcement. Graphics and Photo by Bobby Coggins

Today is the third Monday of the month and the Macon County Commissioners are having their afternoon meeting at 2pm. I plan on being there and (if WiFi is available) tweeting the meeting using the #MaconGov hashtag and uploading photos during the meeting. I will also be videoing the meeting.  A handy-dandy widget is at the bottom of the post for you to follow along.

Here is the video of the last meeting, and coverage of the meetings since January 2010

Here is the agenda for today's meeting:

AUGUST 23, 2010 - 2 P.M.
1. Call to order and welcome by Chairman Beale
2. Announcements

A. Open house at the renovated Highlands Town Hall
on Thursday, September 2nd from 3 - 6 p.m.
3. Invocation
4. Pledge of Allegiance

5. Public Hearing

A. NCDOT Secondary Roads
  • Annual meeting/hearing
  • adoption of funding resolution
B. Property Acquisition for use by Board of Education
(Iotla School) - County Attorney

6. Public Comment Period

7. Adjustments to and approval of the agenda

8. Reports/Presentations:

9. Old Business:
10. New Business:

A. SCC - Modular Units (Curtis Dowdle)
B. School Projects update/request - Terry Bell, Construction Liaison
1. Iotla School - Fuel Tanks
2. Nanthala School - proposed contingency expenditure
C. Approval of revised interlocal agreement
with Board of Education (County Attorney)
D. Resolution - Review officer for maps and plats
E. Legislative Goals
11. Consent Agenda All items below are considered routine and will be enacted by one motion. No separate discussion will be held except on request of a member of the Board of Commissioners.

A. Minutes
B. Budget revisions
C. Proclamation - National Preparedness Month
D. Tax Department
12. Appointments

13. Closed session (If necessary)

14. Adjournment/Recess

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Challenging Net Neutrality:
FCC on Path to Most Dangerous Expansion of Federal Power Since Civil War

Net Neutrality is an evil force that will crush freedom on the Internet

Video Hat Tip: Political Pistachio, from whom I've swiped the video. Also, be sure to check out his radio show on Blog Talk Radio.

More from Ryan Radia:

Reclassifying the transmission component of broadband Internet access as a Title II telecommunications service would undermine the Commission’s statutory mission and harm consumers in several ways. First, it would discourage private investment in both broadband Internet networks and in networks yet to be imagined. Second, it would thwart the natural evolution of the dynamic telecommunications marketplace. Third, it would pave the way for a future Commission to regulate virtually every aspect of the Internet and digital communications in destructive and unforeseen ways.

It is no coincidence that America's most vibrant communications platform, the Internet, has evolved largely free from regulatory intervention. As this proceeding illustrates, the greatest threat to the evolution of communications wealth in the United States comes not from broadband providers or content companies, but from the Commission itself.

Download the full PDF of the statement.

More here:

To be sure, the virtues that neutrality proponents espouse– open access, transparency, democracy, and the like — are all legitimate, even important values. Arguably, the open nature of the Internet has been instrumental in fostering many of the innovations that consumers enjoy today. But it is wrong to assume, as neutrality proponents do, that today’s “capital-I” Internet is the end all, be all network, and that the future of global communications ought not include some proprietary elements.

Technological innovation is an unpredictable beast. Networks for transmitting data that have yet to emerge — so-called “splinternets” — may well reshape the nature of global communications in years ahead. One need only look to the FCC’s widely criticized telephone and cable regulations to witness how rigid federal mandates can thwart high-tech evolution and steer the market in unnatural directions.

Fortunately, not all hope is lost for consumers. A group of Republican Senators, led by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), have announced that they will lead a charge in Congress to thwart the FCC’s push for neutrality. And if the FCC bites off more than it can chew and enacts overly broad rules, network providers may well challenge the agency in court. Only two weeks ago, the FCC was sharply repudiated by a federal circuit court for ignoring the facts in its regulation of the cable industry.

If net neutrality ultimately goes through, the threat to infrastructure wealth creation is serious. When regulators gain new powers, they rarely cede them in response to marketplace changes without a fight. Under a neutrality regime, the telecom industry would likely retreat, take fewer risks, and divert investment toward more fruitful pursuits. It’s no coincidence that the Internet, a sanctuary of governmental restraint, has spawned such unparalleled innovation. In the relentlessly fast-moving digital age, regulatory intervention is a recipe for entrenching the status-quo.

Read the complete article at The Technology Liberation Front

For more information, click on the links below:

FCC on Path to Most Dangerous Expansion of Federal Power Since Civil War (PDF Download)

Net Neutrality, Banned Business Models & Price Controls


I think this goes hand-in-hand with the desire of the Obama crowd to seek a kill switch for the danger that the vast Free Market of the Internet represents to the Progressive designs to re-shape America in their own image.

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

VJ Day in Honolulu Hawaii
August 14, 1945

Screen Capture from VJ Day in Honolulu

VJ Day, Honolulu Hawaii, August 14, 1945 from Richard Sullivan on Vimeo.

I am glad that there were people shooting footage of the events around them in 1945, especially in color. 

From the producer of the film:

65 Years Ago my Dad shot this film along Kalakaua Ave. in Waikiki capturing spontaneous celebrations that broke out upon first hearing news of the Japanese surrender. Kodachrome 16mm film: God Bless Kodachrome, right? I was able to find an outfit ( to do a much superior scan of this footage to what I had previously posted, so I re-did this film and replaced the older version There are more still images from this amazing day, in color, at

Hat Tip: John Batson via email.

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Friday, August 20, 2010

John Armor, Defender of the US Constitution
Rest In Peace

John Armor, Defender of the US Constitution, at the 2008 Macon County GOP Convention. Photo by Bobby Coggins.

John Armor, Defender of the US Constitution passed away this morning due to complications that arose from Colon Cancer.

I knew him since 2004 from Free Republic, where his screen name was Congressman Billybob.

John Armor was many things throughout his life. He was a writer, a lawyer, a businessman, a lecturer, and the best raconteur I ever knew. He practiced law in the Supreme Court, and in the 1980's worked for the Commission on the bicentennial of the US Constitution. 

He cared very much about America and worked tirelessly to defend the US Constitution and to raise awareness of what the Founders had intended. He could quote sections from the Federalist Papers from memory and referred to them as the epistles of Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay to America.  

I was fortunate enough to be able to meet him, and film him on numerous occasions during his 2008 run for congress, and at other events afterward. I thoroughly enjoyed speaking with him and his wife, Michelle Mead Armor, who he had just married a couple of years ago. 

I will miss John. He was a good guy. 

Brainshrub has a piece on his experience with John Armor at Scrutiny Hooligans. Read it. It is a testament to John that he could carry on a conversation with progressives. 

I'll let John have the last word, which was a warning that could save your life...

The End of My Cancer

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 am cancer-free. Going in my purpose for this column was, and still is, to save some lives. Three of the most common cancers in America today are colon and prostate cancer for men and breast cancer for women. All three have a common characteristic. They can be often and easily cured if they are detected early.
Let me repeat that, and pardon me for shouting, but THESE CANCERS CAN BE EASILY CURED IF THEY ARE DETECTED EARLY.
What stands in the way of early detection? The tests for these cancers, especially colon and breast, are obnoxious. Everyone winces and shudders when the tests are mentioned. I know.
I felt the same way when a routine examination with no symptoms showing, saved me from colon cancer once before. That one was only pre-cancerous. But it would have developed to the point of killing me years ago, if I had let it go.
After one time at the rodeo, you get cautious. I got routine exams on a routine basis. The readers of my columns are, I know, older and better educated than most. Many of you are woman or men “of a certain age.” Or, you may have risk factors for cancer in your personal or family history.
If there is any reason in your age or risk factors why you should have a routine exam for any of these cancers, set this column aside and make the call. A day or two’s worth of discomfort, yes, and embarrassment, is a small price to pay for a couple decades of not being dead.
I’ve written about my situation as if it was, or had become, a day at the beach. It isn’t and it hasn’t. Chemotherapy and radiation both tear up your systems. When my father died of cancer, forty years ago, both of those treatments were crude, in their infancy, and nearly as harmful as the cancer itself. Today, the reverse is true. Both treatments have been refined, and are used together to shrink the cancer in advance of surgery. That’s exactly what happened in my case.
With the good news I got yesterday, I ought to be in a good mood. Well, there is this gastric tube down my nose that is continuously draining my stomach. That is to compensate for the fact that my colon has not fully awakened from its slumber. And, did I mention that I’ve given up all pain killers to aid in that process?
Try being stitched up down your front like a baseball. Add to that your must cough to clear your lungs, to avoid pneumonia. Then add that I have refused any pain shots. Since 11 August I have eaten nothing but ice, and two cups of apple juice. Life ain’t easy for a boy named Sue.
I am not, however, complaining. As Maurice Chevalier said of old age. “It is fine, considering the alternative.” The alternative is what I came to talk with you about, today. There are people reading this right now, whose lives can be saved, if you get an exam right now.
I expect and hope that about five people will have their lives saved by my relating my experiences in this column. And, yes, the title of this column was a deliberate pun. If this works for you, please let me know.
Note that I haven’t mentioned my doctors or nurses. There were nine doctors, and many more nurses. I am grateful for the excellence of their medical care.
Changing subjects abruptly, part of the goal of my surgery was to be ready on 12 September to March down Constitution Avenue with 38 of my fellow citizens, dressed as the signers of the Constitution. I get to be Ben Franklin. There should be about a million Americans there. I hope the American press might even notice and cover that event.

About the Author: John Armor practiced before the Supreme Court for 33 years. John_Armor@aya, His latest book, now in print, is on Thomas Paine.


Free Republic thread on his death. 

His Earthlink Homepage

Publius' Forums notes his passing


Ben Franklin Speaks About the US Constitution

Flat Rock Debate Videos

WWNC Radio Debate Videos for NC-11 GOP Primary

John Armor, Fred Smith Win Macon County Straw Poll

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