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  •  There wasn't a chance for me to talk back (0+ / 0-)

    to the caller; it appeared to be more of a robo speech.  Perhaps along the lines of what ActivistGuy mentioned.  

    I just looked at the Do Not Call Registry again:
    and this was part of the complaint form:

    "You may also file a complaint if you received a call that used a recorded message instead of a live person (whether or not your number was on the Registry)."

    So my complaint to "Do Not Call" was valid.  It would be amusing to give unexpected answers to a real person, however.

    •  Do Not Call does not apply to political calls. (2+ / 0-)
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      pelagicray, 207wickedgood

      They are considered a public service.

    •  No, it was not valid. See the limitations at (0+ / 0-)

      Q&A: The National Do Not Call Registry #28-30. Number 28 gives the overview (my underlines & italics):

      28. If I register my number on the National Do Not Call Registry, will it stop all telemarketing calls?

      No. Placing your number on the National Do Not Call Registry will stop most telemarketing calls, but not all. Because of limitations in the jurisdiction of the FTC and FCC, calls from or on behalf of political organizations, charities, and telephone surveyors would still be permitted, as would calls from companies with which you have an existing business relationship, or those to whom you’ve provided express agreement in writing to receive their calls. However, if you ask a company with which you have an existing business relationship to place your number on its own do-not-call list, it must honor your request. You should keep a record of the date you make the request.

      Note that request to the caller to drop your number applies to "companies" and not political, charitable or survey organizations. I would expect even a non "Roberts Court" to strike restriction on political calls as a violation of the 1st Amendment as "political speech" has had extraordinary protection over history. That is emphasized in #29:

      29. Are calls from political organizations or calls soliciting for charities covered?

      Political solicitations are not covered by the TSR at all, since they are not included in its definition of "telemarketing." Charities are not covered by the requirements of the national registry. However, if a third-party telemarketer is calling on behalf of a charity, a consumer may ask not to receive any more calls from, or on behalf of, that specific charity. If a third-party telemarketer calls again on behalf of that charity, the telemarketer may be subject to a fine of up to $16,000.

      At least there is a provision to try, and I emphasize "try," to stop those boiler room calls claiming to be the police or fire departments. Since those seem to operate on the edge anyway I don't expect much real luck.

      The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

      by pelagicray on Tue Oct 19, 2010 at 05:32:49 AM PDT

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