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I have a thing against right wing talk radio, and in Indianapolis, that means WIBC.

WIBC has a host named Greg Garrison.  Greg is the normal type of conservative host, pompous, arrogant, given to saying that people who don't think like him are brainless (Obama), Marxists, basically stupid and brainwashed.

So, as he is an easy target, I've kept up a running commentary against his grosser stupidities.


You can Google Greg Garrison EMMIS, Greg Garrison WIBC...  I think it's a game.  After all, WIBC has chosen the politics of stupidity, so they should expect some push-back.

Today the producer and telephone screener at Greg's program emailed me.

Criticism and dialogue have always been welcome. For a while, you operated under the rules of civility. Quite some time ago you decided to step away from those rules and got very ugly.
I’ll make a deal with you Dana. If you stop abusing yourself and quit listening to the show (and sending e-mails), I won’t forward ALL of your e-mails to the folks at (your job).

Now, is that nice?

I have fun with aliases.  Demosthenes (From Ender's game), Rabid Blonde, Nemesis (from Resident Evil), Dana...  I've never been interested in blocking my IP addys, or being particularly subtle.  I let everyone at WIBC know when Greg is lying or exaggerating or being a moron.  It is fun, and keeps me on my toes.

But...  Whatever should I do about this threat?  Oh dear me, should I get a lawyer?  Should I cower in a corner?  Should I just end it all now???

(I am a drama queen...)

Originally posted to angrytoyrobot on Tue Jul 08, 2008 at 05:34 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Yo Demosthenes! (8+ / 0-)

    For those who haven't read the trilogy

    a kid gets used in a war to commit genocide...

    but the kid's sister controls the world through the "Internet" (which Orson Scott Card envisioned three decades ago.)

    So Go, Demosthenes.

    •  Ender's sis (the innocent) (5+ / 0-)

      and big brother (the sadist) bring down a government while Ender destroys a race of aliens...

      Good series of books.

      Dana Curtis Kincaid Ad Astra per Aspera! The enemy is not man, the enemy is stupidity.

      by angrytoyrobot on Tue Jul 08, 2008 at 05:41:23 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Orson Scott Card: Democratic Concern Troll (3+ / 0-)
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      ogre, murrayewv, angrytoyrobot

      Card identifies himself as a Democrat [...]

      Card is a vocal supporter of many aspects of George W. Bush's leadership style, the war on terror, aspects of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and aspects of the USA PATRIOT Act.[...]

      He has described himself as a Moynihan Democrat, and later as a "Tony Blair" Democrat, saying he has to look outside the U.S. for someone representative for his views now that Moynihan has died and the Democrats oppose Bush. He has written columns condemning extremist liberals as being part of what's wrong with America, and praises Zell Miller for trying to save the Democratic Party. During the 2004 election Card wrote many articles supporting the Bush/Cheney ticket, criticizing John Kerry, and lambasting his own state's senator, John Edwards, as being absurd, insincere, and an opportunistic shill. [...] He has also been a staunch defender of Fox News, stating that "It's a good feeling to hear about our war from people who actually think it would be a good thing if we win."

      Card has also frequently criticized precipitate action on global warming [...] Similarly, he has voiced distrust of Darwinism as dogma in opposition to Intelligent Design

      &c &c...

      Spineless. Blue. Slow. Leaves trail of slime. Hit it with something - if it doesn't hit back, it's a Democrat. -- Bucky looking at a slug in "Get Fuzzy"

      by Lurtz on Tue Jul 08, 2008 at 06:14:40 PM PDT

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  •  I think... (4+ / 0-)
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    greenearth, Lurtz, slksfca, banjolele

    you should keep writing letters, because those are hilarious.

    Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society -Mark Twain

    by gooners on Tue Jul 08, 2008 at 05:41:58 PM PDT

    •  And if this person, who knows where I work (2+ / 0-)
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      greenearth, Lurtz

      (by accident - I slipped up) emails the people I work with?

      Dana Curtis Kincaid Ad Astra per Aspera! The enemy is not man, the enemy is stupidity.

      by angrytoyrobot on Tue Jul 08, 2008 at 05:45:56 PM PDT

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      •  what exactly is the risk to your job? (2+ / 0-)
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        greenearth, slksfca

        is there really anything you can be fired for?

        Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society -Mark Twain

        by gooners on Tue Jul 08, 2008 at 05:56:00 PM PDT

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        •  I could be yelled at for sending one email from (1+ / 0-)
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          a work computer.

          Dana Curtis Kincaid Ad Astra per Aspera! The enemy is not man, the enemy is stupidity.

          by angrytoyrobot on Tue Jul 08, 2008 at 05:57:22 PM PDT

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          •  And? (1+ / 0-)
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            When being blackmailed, which is what this is, don't be afraid to go to the police after you speak with your employer. Heck, consult a lawyer, too, while you're at it.

            But don't forget that most men without property would rather protect the possibility of becoming rich, than face the reality of being poor. (1776)

            by banjolele on Tue Jul 08, 2008 at 06:29:06 PM PDT

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      •  "Depends" (2+ / 0-)
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        bustacap, greenearth

        Depends on your employer. I had something similar happen to me twice.

        Once, a guy called up my office out of the blue -- I hadn't written anything I wouldn't have put my name to -- in fact I WAS using my own name. The guy was a crank who worked for the city or something. Our company was about six people, the reaction was "crazy guy is calling us why?"

        The second time was two years later, working for a large corporation. Someone on a message board took note of my IP root, which was a famous name, and posted a threat about emailing my company's IT about me posting from a company PC on company time. Which was hilarious, because due to a spinoff of a multinational corporation, the name of the company now belonged to some French organization, and we still had all the products, buildings and the IP address. Yeah, go ahead, tell someone in France what I'm doing. Moran.

        I'm in an industry where we work day and night. It's hard to draw a line between "work time" and "non-work time" since it's all "work time".

        Spineless. Blue. Slow. Leaves trail of slime. Hit it with something - if it doesn't hit back, it's a Democrat. -- Bucky looking at a slug in "Get Fuzzy"

        by Lurtz on Tue Jul 08, 2008 at 06:06:33 PM PDT

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      •  I'd ask a lawyer if (1+ / 0-)
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        you're being blackmailed.

        You're being threatened.

        We need not think alike to love alike -- Ferenc Dávid

        by ogre on Tue Jul 08, 2008 at 07:43:07 PM PDT

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    •  I think so too (1+ / 0-)
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      I would say block your IP address, but he already has it probably.  Can you take on a different style or tone and give yourself a new name?  Keep at him.  

  •  Are you sending these emails from (3+ / 0-)
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    greenearth, browneyes, MariaWr

    ... a work email address?  Cause that'd be a big, fat mistake.  

    i am jack's complete lack of surprise -- fight club

    by bustacap on Tue Jul 08, 2008 at 05:46:30 PM PDT

  •  I guess it depends on (2+ / 0-)
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    bustacap, greenearth

    whether you would get in trouble with your employers if he called them.

    These people aren't worth your time if it hurts your life in the end. Guys like this don't make any difference. They preach to the choir, and the choir consists of tone deaf people.

  •  Check their privacy statement - if you lose your (2+ / 0-)
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    greenearth, wils02

    job, you might be able to make back some of your lost income via a big, noisy lawsuit (or even get them shut down?).

    Most sites stop at blocking the IP address of the computer used to send "offending" messages. Sharing what you've written with your employer seems extreme in an extortionist, blackmailing kind of way...

    "Operation Iraqi Liberation" - Ari Fleischer, 2003

    by 1BQ on Tue Jul 08, 2008 at 05:54:03 PM PDT

    •  Extortion? Blackmail? (4+ / 0-)

      Sounds very Republican to me...

      They can dish out name calling, lying, defaming awfulness all day, but they can't take it in return.

      A good example is Bill-O.

      Dana Curtis Kincaid Ad Astra per Aspera! The enemy is not man, the enemy is stupidity.

      by angrytoyrobot on Tue Jul 08, 2008 at 05:56:47 PM PDT

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      •  I don't think it's extortion... (1+ / 0-)
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        because she did not commit a crime.

        To me it's a pretty clear cut case of blackmail. I would inform my boss that I believed I was being blackmailed, and then file a criminal complaint.


        -7.88 -8,77 Just a wine sipping, brie eating, $6 coffee drinking, Prius driving, over educated, liberal, white, activist, male New Englander for Barack Obama.

        by EquationDoc on Tue Jul 08, 2008 at 07:19:55 PM PDT

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  •  Do what Bush would do: double down! (3+ / 0-)
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    greenearth, angrytoyrobot, Alec82

    If WIBC is like most stations that schedule conservative talk radio, it's not itself an especially right-wing's just choosing the programming that brings in the most listeners ad ad revenue for the smallest outlay.  The station, as a corporate entity, almost certainly doesn't like controversy.  Find out who the real corporate overlords are, and send them the producer's email.  I'm confident they will tell the dude to back off, at the very least.

    -5.38/-3.74 I've suffered for my country. Now it's your turn! --John McCain with apologies to Monty Python's "Protest Song"

    by Rich in PA on Tue Jul 08, 2008 at 05:58:50 PM PDT

  •  Beat Them To It (3+ / 0-)
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    greenearth, ArtfromMI, Losty

    Go public with the threat.

    But make sure about your position with employers by letting them know about it first, get their take about your job by asking them.

  •  PISS on that O'Reilly bastard. (2+ / 0-)
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    greenearth, ArtfromMI

    It's about time we go after these scumbags and go at them HARD. They've never spared us. I suggest we go at them ruthlessly, and see how they like it.

  •  There's another such ...... (1+ / 0-)
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    idiot broadcast out of the South Bend , IN area named Mike Ghallager . He once said when a caller called him out on some outrageous comment , that he doesn't have to work in journalistic guidelines , because he's not a journalist , but a talk show host . They are all nothing but a cross between Glen Beck and Charles Manson . Scary part is they have a following .

  •  I often thought we should form a group (1+ / 0-)
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    Just listen and every so often bombard the station with calls one after the other challenging the nonsense they spew.

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