Archive for July 24th, 2005


I got a comment saying “Fuch (sic) you all, bloggers.”

The e-mail address was

Obviously this was not from Chris Matthews.

As you know, I hate the respect respectable conservatives show to liberals so they can be “respectable.”

So it may surprise you that I wrote back, “I knew Chris Matthews when I was on Capitol Hill. He was our opponent, but we respected him and I do not appreciate your using his name this way.”

Naturally the note came back as undeliverable. Chris had nothing to do with it.

This was a reaction, not a thought-out response.

Am I a hypocrite?



Break a Leg!

Now that I am doing interviews, I often hear the phrase “Break a leg!’

As you know, it is considered bad luck in theater circles to wish an actor good luck. So you say to him, “Break a leg!”

Recently a well-wisher told me, as I faced an interview, “Break his leg!”

I replied that “Break his leg” is not necessarily a good thing to say to a former combat mercenary. It was a joke, but it reminded me of something.

Once I was waiting for a plane in an airport in Eastern Europe.

You know how it is, in cases like that you strike up conversations with people and it turns out that the people you just happen to talk to you are amazingly similar to you. So I started talking with a guy and it turned out he was a former member of the Special Forces, Army.

The man is now wealthy, but I would be willing to bet that, like me, he got an assignment in that country and was doing the work gratis.

I know that a lot of you are experts in martial arts and will tell me I don’t know what I am talking about, but a million years ago when I was young I learned a special kick to take out a person’s knee.

When I say take out, I do not mean a temporary incapacitation. If you are in unarmed combat and you used that kick, the knee was gone forever. Maybe modern surgery can take care of it, but back then it shoved the knee backwards and took out everything that goes with it.

It is a useful kick. It puts a lot of pressure on something and I use it to shove luggage back into line and so forth. I did that in the airport. When I did, I noticed one guy who was also waiting for the plane flinch. He could see the horror I could be doing to the person such a kick was intended for.

I said to the former Special Forces man, “I’ll bet you that man there is somebody we can relate to.”

So I got that guy into the conversation and, lo and behold, he too had been Special Forces, Air Force.

It was an interesting experience on a number of levels, and I hadn’t remembered until someone told me, “Break his leg.”


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The Big Guy

You cannot imagine what a relief it is to me that my staff REALLY TALK to each other.

When our team got started I told everybody they had to be SENIOR staffers. They took over because they LOVE the idea.

When a congressman or an executive hires senior staff, the main directive is, “Do it.”

I was a professional senior staffer.

People think that the man in charge, the Big Guy, wants to be on top of everything. In the real world, that’s the last thing the Big Guy wants.

If he did, he wouldn’t be a Big Guy.

I’m not a Big Guy, but one of my staff enjoys referring to me as “Hisself.” People who don’t understand the real world feel they are really “getting things done” when they talk directly with Hisself Himself.

But if Hisself knows what he is doing, he gets staff who keep on top of things. When you talk to me, I immediately call my staff and try to remember what the conversation was about.

That’s what every Hisself does.

There are no dictatorships. All governments are oligarchies.

Don’t mistake this for humility. This is reality.

I don’t think I have humility. I think I have guts. It takes guts to delegate. I used to tell the people who worked under me on Capitol Hill, “I will take responsibility for anything you DO. I will NOT take responsibility for what you DON’T do.”

People who can’t delegate lack the guts to take responsibility for the people they trust.

I am a lousy conduit. The fact is that when you are talking to any member of my staff you are talking to the person who is really responsible for what is going on.

They have told me that they are proud, and even “damned honored” to be my Senior Staffers.

[What He said. –Staff]


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You Can’t Be Right if You’re not Willing to be Wrong

I said that there no Annotated Constitution and Traeger Smith informed me that there is, and that there has been for a long time.

I am beginning to believe that there is NOTHING one or another of my commenters don’t know about. That would scare the hell out of the average college professor.

Which is one reason I am no longer a college professor.

I taught in college and I had to take over some graduate classes. Everybody there except me got to grad school by taking down what the professors said and regurgitating it. There are no surprises in class.

It is boring as hell.

No student is going to look something up to hit you with the way my commenters do. No student is going to have a point of view he won’t back away from.

I wasn’t like that, and you will notice that I didn’t make it in Academia.

This blog is entirely different. You KNOW things. You are willing to stick your necks out and be hit back.

I am willing to stick my neck out and I fully expect you to knock me down when I’m wrong or when you disagree. That’s what I ENJOY.

I am an actual intellectual. I am not interested in a producing a bunch of intellectual clones who say predictable things. Old Bob is the dictator of his own little blog, but his little blog is here to hammer out what is right and what is wrong.

Ole Bob has been wrong many times in the past and Ole Bob will be wrong many times in the future.

When I am wrong, it can be embarrassing, but I also know that if you are never wrong, something is wrong with YOU.

If you’re so careful you never say anything stupid, you are not doing any serious thinking or any serious questioning.

Any person who really thinks is going to be wrong a LOT.

So when I’m wrong you tell me so.

People are always warning me against making sweeping statements. They tell me it makes me vulnerable.

Vulnerable to what?

Well, they say, it makes me vulnerable to getting caught making a mistake.

The difference between them and me is that what they call making a terrible mistake is what I call learning.



Help Wanted!

reaching out to trained eyes


I’m scheduled to do a nightly radio program through the month of August on the same Memphis AM radio station where James Edwards runs The Political Cesspool broadcast – WLRM 1380 AM. It will start off with a new interview of me by James about my book. We will then use a combination of my Untrained Eye programs and other interviews or repeats and see how things go. The broadcasts will be streamed live over the internet, as well as archived on my website.

The program scheduled now to run from 2 – 3 in the morning, Central, and we have no idea what kind of response we will get. It is a perfect month for talking about the subject in my book, as August is back-to-school time.

The program will not be cheap. I’m funding it out of my pocket. We would be ecstatic if we could even sell enough books to cover the cost. But we’re doing this to help out James, who is trying to build a whole 12 hour-a-day populist broadcast. It is a very important project, and one whose time has come.

Here is where you can help. Radio time costs money. I have to pay for it up front. If I can get sponsors, that will make a BIG difference. If you, or anyone you know, would be willing to buy commercial time, please email me at

Here is the deal. We are going to sell a one-minute spot to run on all 23 shows for $100.

That is less than $5 per spot. We will even record the commercial for you, if you don’t have one already.

My staff and I are doing all of this on a voluntary basis. I’m funding this out-of-pocket. If we could line up 3 or 4 sponsors, that would really give us a good start.

If you know anyone in Memphis with a business, or anyone with an internet business, or anyone else interested in advertising, please have them email me at

Remember this is an FCC licensed broadcast, and we don’t need anything silly or distasteful. All ads will be subject to James’s and my approval.

As he says, “ON to victory.”

reaching out to trained eyes


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