So I said to Judge Bob – “Dude, what the….”

Bob Orr
BobLee
July25/ 2016

There are a select group of fool-hardy individuals on the planet who will risk Life, Limb, and Reputation daring to be seen in public with yours truly.   Within that already small bunch is a much smaller mini-bunch….

Those who do not require we sit at a table waaay in the back and they get to sit facing the wall so no one will see them. Among the ones who actually sport “I’M A BOBLEE BUDDY” license plates on their SUV gas-gusslers is My Pal: Bob Orr

“Judge Bob” Orr a/k/a “JBO”

JBO is not the only former/current State Supreme Court Justice I count among my “call if I need a kidney…. or to get out of a parking ticket” list; but he is currently the only one juggling hand grenades wearing oven mitts while riding a unicycle in the dark…. through a mine field.

There is a fine line between “Judge Bob, I admire your courage in your convictions” and “Judge Bob have you completely lost your feeble mind?” ….. Even Karl Wallenda would have a tough time walking that tightrope…. but leave it to Ol’ JBO.

Perhaps you know of Judge Bob from his several state-wide election runs…. or his time as a NC State Supreme …. or his representation of several UNC student-athletes against The Evil NCAA …. or him being the only human being on earth to look me in the eye and, without giggling, say he likes Dickie Baddour.

Several have tried that but end up quickly admitting they were just kidding to get my reaction. I’m convinced Judge Bob meant it.

With that quite obtuse thought process I was not surprised that last week in Cleveland Judge Bob sent Charlotte Observer / N&O reporters into blissful dilerium when he rented a freakin’ megaphone to scream out something to the effect:

….. I, Judge Bob Orr, HATE DONALD TRUMP MORE THAN I HATE DUKE …. And I would rather kiss Christian Laettner on the lips than vote for Donald Trump.

I don’t share JBO’s opinion, and question why he chose to use one of Jim Goodmon’s WRAL dumpster diving weasels as his media leak.  The only use for a Goodmon toadie is ….. we won’t go there.

The ecstacy that created for the journo-weasels from WRAL and McClatchy’s failing newspapers was NOT matched in kind by JBO’s fellow North Carolina delegates. His floor credentials became bogus-ized and his ride home became a Greyhound with 27 stops between Cleveland and Raleigh.

During that bus ride home, JBO had time to consider his now-altered career options. Being Trump’s choice for the REAL Supreme Court having just been thoroughly kiboshed.

After some deep thinking…. JBO decided he would sue New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for Violation of The Hatch Act. ?? Apparently “Mario’s kid” is running ads across NC attacking Gov PatMc and HB2 which violates whatever The Hatch Act says you can’t do.

NOTE: It is “Mario’s kid” who is keeping that BB team and that field hockey team from coming to NC to play area college teams. One would think the AWESOME economic impact from “losing a field hockey opponent” would be punishment enough for NC, but Mario’s kid decided to pile on. He didn’t count on Judge Bob needing a pinata to whack.

So early Monday AM I read on Facebook, Twitter whatever about JBO’s latest “media event”. You just KNOW I had to contact him ……

So JBO…. I get this call from Kid in St Louis…. Dad, is that my favorite Former Supreme Court Justice Bob Orr who just blew up the NC Delegation in Cleveland?  Dad, why are your friends always causing trouble…..?

“Judge Bob I have no clue what The Hatch Act is or what your end game is in all this ??? Are you seeking forgiveness from your fellow delegates ….. or angling for an invite to Art Pope’s Christmas Party …. Or, hell, maybe to get Art’s Sancho Panza – John Hood – to beg Jim Goodmon’s toadie – Tom Campbell – for a guest appearance on NC Spin ?? …. or as state-wide right-wing pundits are surmissing you have indeed lost your feeble mind…. ? Which is it? ….. I’m about to officially rename you Judge “Bob & Weave” Orr….”

I think the line about Art’s Christmas Party and NC Spin caught him between a hoot and a holler. There was silence as he marshalled a retort.

“BobLee…. First, tell Kid I said Hi.  All I was doing with all of this (the Cleveland KABOOM & the Hatch Act thingy) was calculated to get a mention in your column…..”

There HAD to be more to this. Had I been duped in this Machiavellian conspiracy.

“BL, remember that column you did last week about the Randy Parton Trainwreck Presser? ….. Well, I was there and you didn’t mention me even once.”

True enough although I did refer to the $500/hour suits from Poyner & Spruill I did not name’em.

“You mean you were part of Baby Brutha Randy’s Dream Team of legal beagles?”

“Heck no. I was there to sue the pants off “Slick Rick” (Watson…. Randy co-conspirator). By the way your description of that trainwreck was Dead Solid Perfect….”

There comes a point in one of these conversations when all parties are out of zinger ammo. You both realize it and it’s ….. “Say goodnight Gracie” time.

It was actually 8:45 Monday morning but I said “Say Good night Judge Bob”.

“Good night BobLee…..”

I get asked a LOT…. BobLee you obviously aren’t getting rich off your websites. Why do you do it?

Take another three minutes and reread this column. Tell me who had more fun this morning …. Me & JudgeBob Orr …. or anyone else you can imagine.  I WIN!

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For my fellow “lesser of two evils” Trump voters…. Not to worry. I have already procurred a fake Bob Orr voter ID and I will be voting for The Donald as JBO’s proxy.  In fact I may do it (vote) several dozen times.  Rev Barber taught me how to do that …. oops.  I wasn’t suppose to say that, was I?

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Don’t miss Art Chansky’s “bigoted backwoods” screed …. LINK

BobLee
  • bigalsouth Reply
    10 months ago

    Hey BobLee. When you said that JBO was a Kasich fan, it all kinda came together for me. I’ve known a couple of them: decent, principled, family types. But you know what? The Klinton Kamp is counting, no praying, that the “principled” amongst the great unwashed out here in flyover/backwoods country will stay home and not vote for the caricature of The Donald the media hopes to convince us is the real threat.

    Yeah, I’ve got principles too. They just stop right at the polling booth where the choice is the grossly incompetent Stay-Puft Marshmallow Woman, or a guy who has been able to control the media like no other Republican has dared.

    • BobLee Reply
      10 months ago

      The “take my vote and go home” crowd will determine the election. Whatever their ginned-up dislike of Trump should not result in an advantage to HRC but it will. There is still time to win them over.

  • Old Kicker Reply
    10 months ago

    JBO has been a force in the state for quite a while. I remember way back in the late 70’s when he was the “spiritual” leader for the GCPC champion softball team where he “counseled” us after our triumphs at a local Asheville “eatery” !! Fun times!!

    • BobLee Reply
      10 months ago

      OH MY! You have just made his day. 🙂

  • BOG Guy Reply
    10 months ago

    Big fan of Judge Orr. I will echo my friend Bob Kennel’s remarks about the Judge’s great work on the Connect NC bond referendum. Outside of Wolfpack sports, Kennel and I don’t agree on much, but I am with him on that one.

    I also understand, and share to an extent, the Judge’s frustrations with the GOP nominee for president. I will unabashedly admit my lack of conviction for Mr. Trump. He is no conservative (or maybe I am not as conservative as I thought I was – and I worked for Jesse Helms!) and I am not a particular fan of his style. But when I walk in that booth in November I will vote for him, regardless of my personal feelings. After watching that despicable Sen. Elizabeth Warren last night at the DNC, any doubts about my vote were erased. Having that lunatic any where close to the levers of power in an administration is the most frightening thing I can possibly imagine. So, I will not remove my “Rubio for President” bumper sticker from my gas-guzzling SUV (my last act of defiance) but I will most assuredly NOT do anything that might help Hillary Clinton get elected as our next president.

    Other than that, how are you, BobLee? Hope we get a chance to talk soon.

    • BobLee Reply
      10 months ago

      BOG Guy – WHERE YOU BEEN DUDE? The phrase “lesser of two evils” has become trite (like calling your political enemy – “Hitler”). I’m considering a turn on that phrase – “Vote Against The Worst One”. No question in my mind. I’m not watching the Philly Phanatics for the same reason I don’t watch porn. Both warp my already askew opinion of the Human Race. I only watched about 20 minutes total last week just to see The Trump Kids. Quite impressive at least to me. I’m sure BK saw their horns and cloven hooves. At what point this week with the Hillaryites drag out the cadaverous Ol’ James Taylor to do his angry aged hippie thing? I did pass by the TV last night to catch a few crying snowflakes… poor babies!
      .
      As for getting together…. you’re the one galavanting around and trying to save Western Civilization 24/7. Time & Place BG… Time & Place. I did a gig on Henry’s radio show last week. John Boy & Billy Look Out …. Here come BobLee & Henry!!!

      • BOG GUY Reply
        10 months ago

        Hate I missed the BobLee and Henry show! And let me make it clear that it was never a “lesser of two evils” choice of Trump or Hillary for me – I was considering voting for Gary Johnson, the Libertarian former governor of New Mexico, as a protest vote. But I decided that stopping Hillary is way more important that my own meaningless protest.

        • BobLee Reply
          10 months ago

          I’m with you BG.

        • Doug Reply
          10 months ago

          That makes three of us. BOG Guy, have you see Harry P lately?

          • BOG GUY
            10 months ago

            Doug, I ran into him at a station getting my car inspected one day. First time I had seen him in a while. He seems to be enjoying retirement, although he is still doing some custom clothing business with a few old customers. It was good to see him..

            Hope you are well. Lots of changes at our old place….

  • K'Ville River Rat Reply
    10 months ago

    BL, I like the way your friend JBO thinks. I was just listening to a DNC speaker talk about rebuilding our country’s infrastructure. That sure sounds a lot more useful than building a wall along the Mexican border.

    • BobLee Reply
      10 months ago

      WHOA! Don’t mistake JBO’s anti-Trumpism for being a Lib/Dem. Far from it. Seems like I recall Ol’ Walter Mondale and Mike Dukakis talking about “rebuilding infrastructure” too. It gets brought up about this time every four years… along with “a chicken in every pot” and “every day will be Christmas”(or Ramadan I guess these days).
      .
      One of the co-authors of the Left Behind series died today. I’m banking on Nicolae Carpathia – The Antichrist popping up.

    • Doug Reply
      10 months ago

      Didn’t BHO use that same line a couple of times in each election too? Standard stump speech stuff.

      • BobLee Reply
        10 months ago

        They’ve all used it. Andrew Jackson was one of the first. It has a universal appeal. With BHO, Goofy Ol’ Joe (Biden) was going to be in charge of those “shovel-ready” projects. Then BHO put Ol’ Joe in charge of “curing cancer”. Thinking up stuff to keep Ol’ Joe occupied is a full time gig. As the only non-Muslim in BHO’s administration, he doesn’t have to stop to pray six times/day like the all the rest do.

  • Doug Reply
    10 months ago

    Great story. My judge story involves a hometown friend of your folks. In the 70’s “The Judge” declared NC’s law which banned topless dancing unconstitutional. BTW, for those new to NC politics or convenient amnesia, this law was introduced, sponsored, & passed by the Democratic controlled NC Legislature. He got slammed, even in the N&O. In case you haven’t noticed, times have changed there too. “The Judge” would gleefully share some of his best hate mail with me from time to time. He was so proud.

    • BobLee Reply
      10 months ago

      JBO has also had his share of “controversial verdicts”. It’s my understanding he has managed to pretty well piss off everyone at one time or another. Always a good sign… 🙂

  • ncsu1987 Reply
    10 months ago

    Don’t know Mr. Orr personally, but have always admired him from a distance. Whether I agree or not, I always admire a principled stand, and this appears to qualify.

    • BobLee Reply
      10 months ago

      JBO will appreciate your compliment. 🙂

  • Bob Kennel Reply
    10 months ago

    Didn’t know you knew the good Judge Orr. He did a great job on the Connect – NC Bond Issue this year.
    He’s supposed to get a very special basketball from Chancellor Woodson, if not already.

    By the way, the Kennelian worldview is not necessarily wrong 😃😂😉

    • BobLee Reply
      10 months ago

      I know a great many people. 🙂 …. Never fear BK. Throughout history, any plan that offers “free stuff” with seemingly no strings attached always finds a following… until they discover those strings. 🙂

  • NCSU68Grad Reply
    10 months ago

    Not knowing the Esteem JBO in a personal or (thank God) professional manner, I TOO was amazed when I read the article about him pressing charges and making a stink. Obviously NOT as much as exists in the DNC which was just banged to order. One thing was for sure. Debbie does NOT do the DNC anymore and she will be be banging the ultraliberal baton of the DNC.

    Listening to the opening as I type and watching a laptop upgrade to Win10. The Opening sounded like Elvis’ American Triology….except the arranger left out Dixie. Wonder why. The ghosts of Orville Faubus, Robert Byrd and George Wallace were appalled….I say AGHAST at stealing Elvis’ classic (which you have to really HUNT HARD for on YouTube) and then editing out the Dixie bars.

    Back to Ole’ JBO…..DId you ask him if he was off his meds when he snitched to Cullen Browder? I caught a little of it and JBO was the STAR of Jimmy G’s Political Coup. I THINK that they are working on a special with the RIng Leader, Laura Leslie (I don’t care WHERE I pee or WHO i pee on….) doing the narrative. She does NOT possess the attributes (physically as well as journalistly) that Mandy Mitchell does….which was a GREAT Kinston story recently.

    JBO must have an ulterior motive….and obviously he and Robyn will NOT be playing in a foursome in Pinehurst anytime. Talk about “Get OUUTTAA my face or Plane….

    It MUST have been the heat and the satanic beat coming from the RoR HoF that afflicted BJO with such perceptions of reality….

    Old Pat McC is trying to figure out just WHO’s side BJO is….as well as the entire RNC. Time will tell. He did more a DISS that Teddy (Vote for me 2020) Cruz….

    • BobLee Reply
      10 months ago

      He (JBO) IS going to be NC Spin this week. I dared him to call Fitzsimons “Blinky” and suggested he not make any physical contact with John Hood. If 50 people from here tune it it will be a Top Ten All-Time ratings bonanza.

  • Blueghost Reply
    10 months ago

    If the judge hates Trump so much, he will love the ultra-liberal judges, especially the three or four Supreme court judges, that HRC will appoint if she is elected president… perish the thought. It would take our country longer than either of us will live to overcome that nightmare.

    It’s amazing that a renowned judge like Judge Orr would prefer a crook to a successful businessman. Hopefully the good judge will see the light before November.

    • BobLee Reply
      10 months ago

      I understand how it IS a Trump OR Hillary option. Believe me I GET IT. But in JBO’s defense he was a dyed-in-the-wool Kasich-er from Day One. He was simply going down with that ship …. not switching to The Very Dark Side.

      • OldAlphaWolf Reply
        10 months ago

        So, if Kasich ever quits drinking the Kool-Aid, will JBO switch.a rhetorical question…for the life of me, I can’t understand theses folks who rather have 5 liberal supreme court justices than the Donald..There is no violation of principle involved in that choice…Kasich signed the pledge, too…where’s that principle..

        • BobLee Reply
          10 months ago

          I totally understood all the nasty primary fighting as the numbers shrank. Why there is still such animus in light of the alternative beats me, but there is. Oh well… America will get what it deserves. History seems to guarantee that.

  • MaHa Reply
    10 months ago

    “Judge Bob”…. I know him well. Next time you talk to or see him tell him Herby says hello.

    • BobLee Reply
      10 months ago

      Maha, you just told him yourself. JBO is forwarding copies of this column to all his friends. Of course, if it had been a week ago that list was a LOT longer… 🙂

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