Monday, March 06, 2006

Dirty Tricks

Two of my favorite innovations of the past few years are Caller ID and the No-Call List. Still, annoyances have a way of getting through:

Last fall, the office of U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, started getting phone calls from constituents who complained about receiving recorded phone messages that bad-mouthed Mr. Murphy.

The constituents were especially upset that the messages appeared to come from the congressman's own office. At least, that's what Caller ID said.

"People thought we were making the calls," Mr. Murphy said.

The calls, which he estimated in the thousands, were apparently placed with fake Caller ID. That has been possible for a long time, but it generally required special hardware and technical savvy.

You know, this is enough to make me want to cancel my land line and throw away the phone.

I have had a ton of these calls coming in at home, almost all identical. Some pre-recorded Moonbat mentions the Congressman's name, and immediately starts getting snippy about it. It's a message that only a Moonbat could love, and not just in my district. These calls are being placed to constituents in Republican-held districts in different parts of Pennsylvania. The message is the same, with only the name changed to that of the local representative.

It's bad enough that I have to take these calls and then hang up on the Bat-Bot. But if I am not home, my answering machine records the whole automated message. That's enough to make me want to throw away the answering machine and chop down the telephone pole in front of my house.

I seriously hate the flood of campaign mailers that hits my mailbox every year at election time. It's even worse when it comes over the phone. I hate this for the same reason that I hated telemarketing: Some uninvited guest is virtually barging into your living room and forcing you to listen to a sales pitch for something that you really don't care about (or a plea for a donation that you really don't want to make) and you can effectively give them the bum's rush and hang up on them to stop the pitch. When I was younger and had more leisure time, I would let them talk for the whole two minutes or however long it took and them turn them down, knowing that I had wasted a lot more of their time than I had of mine. After I married, I lost my patience for the invasion of privacy and just hung up.

They never bothered to leave messages.

Now that the jig is up, and everyone knows how their scheme works, the Moonbats running this phone operation ought to be shut down for the fraud that they are committing. If they want to anonymously convey "annoying" propaganda about politicians, why don't they just get a blog? It's cheap if not free, and no one goes into people's private computers and forces them to read blogs. Yet I somehow suspect that if they could, they would do it.

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