John Armor

Death by Talk Radio: the Amnesty Bill

By John Armor on Jul 8, 2007 - 12:25:00 PM
I've done a lot of talk radio beginning with Chuck Boyles on WBAL in Baltimore in 1968.  It's a challenging form of communication.  You don't know what's coming, yet you must be ready for it.  It is true that talk radio killed the amnesty bill in the Senate, for the second and final time, last week.

  Duke Is Not Off the Hook

By John Armor on Jul 1, 2007 - 10:42:00 AM

This week Duke University reached a "non-disclosed settlement" with the three lacrosse players who were savaged by the District Attorney in Durham, Mike Nifong. He wanted to hoodwink black voters into putting him back in office.  That succeeded, but he has now been removed from office, and disbarred.

Bar Fight in the Blue Ridge:The Coming Battle for NC 11

By John Armor on Jun 24, 2007 - 11:31:00 AM
You'd think that what happens in western Carolina, in the 11th Congressional District, isn't very important to the powers-that-be in Washington.  That's usually so.  But not now.  And two extraordinary events that have occurred a year and a half before the 2008 election for that seat, prove the point.

  Feudin' Banjos, 'n Writin' Laws

By John Armor on Jun 17, 2007 - 10:07:00 AM
At the end of every week I take stock of what's happened.  Rare are the weeks which have actual bookends - something that was sublime, and something that was ridiculous. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

John Edwards: 21st Century Marie Antoinette

By John Armor on Jun 10, 2007 - 9:41:00 AM

This is my first complete column about John Edwards.  I hope it’ll also be the last.  The bottom line for us in North Carolina is quite clear.  Edwards didn’t run for re-election to the Senate because if he had, he would have lost.

  On Mass Murder

By John Armor on Apr 29, 2007 - 11:56:00 AM
WRAL-TV in Raleigh, NC, was one of hundreds of news outlets to publish an AP story on 21 April, entitled "Mass Shootings More Common Since 1960s."  The pathetic aspect of this story is that the reporter found and included the truth of the matter in paragraphs nine and ten, but otherwise acted as if he had never seen it.

Katie Couric, Meet Becky Johnson

By John Armor on Apr 8, 2007 - 1:10:00 PM
Who are these people?  Katie Couric used to be on the Today Show, then she fell off the map.  You've never heard of Becky Johnson?  Allow me to help....

  Charlie and Rosie Are Scum

By John Armor on Mar 25, 2007 - 10:54:00 PM
I've been writing for publication for 50 years.  I have never before referred to a fellow citizen as "scum."  Growing up, I was taught that all human beings have worth, and that even "bad" people have some virtues.  So, what could possibly make me call Charlie Sheen and Rosie O'Donnell, scum?

Rudy Beats Hillary - End of Story

By John Armor on Mar 11, 2007 - 6:08:00 AM
This weekend we were at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.  All but one of the 2008 Republican candidates were there.  The conservatives sought to buttress their support from the right, to seek the support of the whole party.   Rudy Guiliani was there to show he doesn't have two heads.  John McCain, to his disgrace and harm, did not bother to show.

  Like Watching a Train Wreck

By John Armor on Mar 4, 2007 - 11:36:00 AM
On Thursday morning, I turned on my satellite TV to surf 24-hour news
programs, as I worked on the computer on various projects.  To my horror, Fox News had gone to continuous coverage of the train wreck known as the Anna Nicole Smith body custody trial.  As a lawyer, I watched a few minutes of it....

Next, We’re Going to

By John Armor on Feb 25, 2007 - 10:34:00 AM
Nope, in our household that is not the equivalent of Payton Manning saying after the Superbowl that he's going to Disney World.  It has nothing to do with Disney World.  It has everything to do with Sam Walton.

  The Smoky Mountain

By John Armor on Feb 11, 2007 - 10:00:00 PM
We went over the mountains last weekend to attend the Smoky Mountain Storytelling Festival.  Before I describe that, what do you think it was? Do you imagine a bunch of good ol' boys in bib overalls, swapping outrageous fish tales?  No such thing.  It was far more interesting than that. . . . .

Briton Hadden Spins in his Grave

By John Armor on Jan 14, 2007 - 4:59:00 AM
I first learned journalism in the Briton Hadden Memorial Building.  Hadden died at age 31, so few people know that Time magazine and its whole empire were his idea.  He and Henry Luce worked together on the Yale Daily News......

  Statement on the Election of 2008

By John Armor on Nov 12, 2006 - 10:00:00 PM
That is not a misprint.  This is about the 2008 election in the 11th District of North Carolina. .......

Recess at Salisbury State

By on Oct 29, 2006 - 10:00:00 PM

Children have a natural need to run around and scream......

  An Open Letter to President Bollinger

By John Armor on Oct 15, 2006 - 10:00:00 PM
I thought of writing you a letter, but my experience with people as important as you is they seldom answer their mail. So I thought it would be better to make this a public letter. Those who agree with me can make copies of this and send them in to you.

The Supreme Court and the Gitmo Prisoners Case

By John Armor on Jul 9, 2006 - 6:54:00 PM
Because the Hamdan case was not up on my favorite research site at Cornell Law School early this morning, I read the press coverage first and the decisions afterward.  The press has only a superficial understanding of the case, and missed the most important aspect of the decision.

  Stomping on the Constitution, California-style

By John Armor on Jun 11, 2006 - 7:45:00 PM
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The California Assembly just passed a bill widely described in the press as an end run around the Electoral College. It now goes to the California Senate, which is likely to agree.  There is only one slight problem with this proposal.  It is thrice-times unconstitutional.

Ray Nagin Good and Hard

By John Armor on Jun 4, 2006 - 6:51:00 PM
Ill be brief this time about Mayor Ray Nagin of New Orleans.  Due to stupidity and incompetence, he did not carry out the evacuation plan for his city.  As a result, more than a thousand of his constituents died, and tens of thousands suffered personal disaster, and had to be rescued by the Coast Guard and the National Guard.

  The Ed McMahon Solution for Illegal Aliens

By John Armor on Apr 23, 2006 - 7:39:00 PM
Decades ago, the Publishers Clearing House launched a campaign to give away $1 million with Ed McMahon and Dick Clark as spokesmen.  In addition to the prize and fat payments to the sponsors, PCH had millions in costs for its advertising and direct mail.  That campaign offers a solution to the illegal alien problem in the United States today.

Of Hornets and the Death of Civilization

By John Armor on Apr 9, 2006 - 7:03:00 PM
There are hornets in the siding of my home.  Every time I smoke them out, they set up shop elsewhere.  But todays tale is about the ones inside.  A few get in through the bathroom vent.  They wear themselves out against the plate glass window, trying to escape.  Eventually, they fall to the floor and die.

  The Chocolate Minds of Mayor Nagin and Senator Clinton

By John Armor on Jan 29, 2006 - 7:33:00 PM
Two elected Democrats took the occasion of Martin Luther Kings birthday celebration on January 16 to give race-baiting speeches before black audiences.  One did it because he is stupid.  The other did it because she thinks blacks are stupid.  Both dishonored the memory of King, who had a dream that all Gods children would be judged not by the color of their skin, but the content of their character.

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