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  •  I had an interesting phone call before (1+ / 0-)
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    the election from College Young Republicans.

    (Don't ask why Republicans would think I support them. I suspect it has something to do with them obtaining passport lists, because my name appears only in that form on my passport and not on any other official documents, etc.)

    A nice young woman asked if I would take a one question survey.  I said, "Yes, why not?"   She said she would play a recording for me and then have her question.  

    Obviously, I knew this was a push-poll, but I decided to stay on the line to take up as much of their time and resources as possible.

    The recording was of the national president of College Young Republicans.  He went on and on about "taking America back" and that he "promised he would Go To War for your values and your rights."   Over and over, war imagery and the word "war" was used.

    At the end, the young woman asked whether people of my generation would like to support College Young Republicans.  

    I had two questions for her: 1)  How do you know what generation I am?  (she said she didn't, but why talk about generations at all, then?)  And 2)  Why were they using talk of "War" against fellow Americans?

    She said they didn't mean it "that way."  But I told her that "war" was a loaded word, filled with destruction, death and hate.  I told her that I wouldn't support anyone who wanted to go to war against Americans as I considered that to be treasonous.  

    She sounded somewhat shocked at the idea, said thank you and hung up.

    I think we should call them on the "war" talk, over and over.  These people are seriously off-kilter and need to be brought back to reality:  Talking about War against fellow Americans is wrong.

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 10:49:05 AM PST

    •  An excellent idea for computer vox calls (0+ / 0-)

      when you can tell the other end of the line is a vox system (voice activated) and it's a rude robo-call, then have a pre-recorded voice of yourself just saying over and over:

      (pause a few seconds)
      Since you're rude enough to robocall me, I'll robo-respond to you.  I've connected your call to a recording, assholes.
      (pause a few seconds)
      uhhh.... let me think about it.
      (pause a few seconds)
      uhh.... three
      (pause a few seconds)
      uhh.... seven
      (etc forever in a loop)

      Then walk away and get back to whatever you were doing while you play this recording into the phone's microphone.

      It's exactly the sort of thing that would be nice to have in a smartphone app but there is the danger that you're costing yourself just as much money as the caller then, given how most mobile phone plans work.

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