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I don't sign up for Republican literature "just to see what's there." I haven't gotten anything until recently, and I don't know how I got on their list. I sent back some with notes to take me off the mailing list, after scribbling answers to their questions that no doubt didn't match what they expected. I was floored, however, to get a phone call from the "Tea Party Patriots" today. I mean huh? I was rather flabbergasted and after saying, "hah hah hah," I asked the soft-spoken woman who called me, "How did you ever get my name?" She said, "It showed up on my screen."

I explained it was rather odd that I would appear on her screen, but asked what she was calling about. She explained that there was a real deficit problem in Washington. I interrupted and said it was thanks to George Bush, his two wars, and his tax breaks for the wealthy. I then sputtered some more about Republicans giving tax breaks to oil companies and corporations not paying their fair taxes, and the disparity in this country between rich and poor.

I heard her make agreeing kinds of sounds and then say "but Obama" and I said, "Don't you blame this stuff on Obama. It belongs to George Bush." I never did find out what she called about, a failing on my part, but as we hung up, I told her I hoped she was getting paid for it.

Has anyone else gotten one of these calls recently?

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  •  That sucks (7+ / 0-)

    Computers do all the dialing these days.  Once your number is in their database, it's in there.  I doubt the person who you talked to has any way of removing your phone number from the database.

    I get too many computers calling me.  I simply don't answer anymore, unless I recognize the caller.  It costs them nothing to try to call your phone several times per day now.  Nothing.

    Republicans: Taking the country back ... to the 19th century

    by yet another liberal on Thu Jan 05, 2012 at 07:56:28 PM PST

  •  My advice: DO NOT LIE to pollsters (5+ / 0-)

    I think it was five years ago when I got a call from the Repugnants asking me what was my feelings on the HI governors race.  I told the called that I would vote for the Repugnant candidate - I LIED and said that I always voted Repugnant.

    Since then I have gotten all kinds of mail from the Repugnants.  From George Bush ( at least 4 times), Kyle, Sharon angle, Herman Cain, Bachmann, Mitt, etc. - I usually sent ALL of their junk back IF they have a paid return envelope and write that "I am a Democrat".

    •  Oh geez. Actually, I've never lied to them. I (3+ / 0-)
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      figure they must have made a mistake somewhere.  But when I get those paid envelopes I do return them that way.

    •  Who knows though, there are many sources for (3+ / 0-)
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      a list. Some of them can be computer generated randomly. The latter would be more of a waste of a political resource seeing as how usually a party wants to call only its registered members and possibly independents.

      Still, I've gotten robocalls the past couple years from some RW Republican congressman in southern CA holding some phony phone teleconference 'town hall meetings', like once every 6 months for the past few years. Weird, because I don't live in that guy's district and I'm a liberal Dem in northern CA. I have no idea how I've gotten on that jerk's call list.

    •  This is a good thing. (0+ / 0-)

      If millions of us did this, think about all the money they would waste.

  •  If Called, Agree Enough to Keep Them On the Line (6+ / 0-)

    till they hang up on you in desperation or, if you have the courage, complete their mission believing you to be onside.

    Every second we tie them up in a hopeless cause, and that includes their computers, is a second they're not reaching anyone persuadable.

    If you're shy or non-confrontational this is is pretty easy, the point is to reassure them so they linger. You don't have to challenge them or piss anybody off.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Thu Jan 05, 2012 at 08:55:27 PM PST

    •  I know the philosophy behind that approach, but I (3+ / 0-)

      seem to have trouble doing it, myself. I'll have to practice listening better next time at least.

    •  Oh, yeah-- it can be fun. (3+ / 0-)

      When I'm prepared and in the mood, I can spool those folks out for a good 10-15 minutes. Sometimes I wish I was recording them to play back later... but if I'm in a foul mood or rushed, I'll just say something snippy or rude or even hang up.

      But yeah, if a person's on their game when one of these calls happens, it's like a kitten with a ball of string. Hee!

      •  I got a call from some policeman's (3+ / 0-)
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        benevolent association in Georgia . The guy on the other end of the line had a deep fried southern accent. He was looking for donations.

        Now, I have a Brother-in-Law, Nigel, an Englishman who is a terrible practical joker. Nigel, who is a lawyer,  has  in his repertoire of voices the voice of a Mississippi sheriff.

        This guy on the phone was so over the top that I thought it was Nigel putting me on, so I played along.

        I did my best Scarlett O'Harra imitation never doubting that I was talking to someone other than Nigel .

        I remember very little of what was said...the call must have lasted more than  a half hour, except that at one point I asked if I put one of those one pretty little decals on my car whether that wouldn't protect me from being pulled down by the police.

        He tried to have it both ways saying that he couldn't guarantee that, but that it couldn't hurt either. He totally bought my accent and my dippy story.  After a very long time of back and forth, he finally got around to asking me how much it was I wanted to donate.

        I said. I was thinking about it. He pressed again.

        I answered in my sugar sweet drawl.

        How about.... mmm....nothing."

        You could feel the letdown on the other end of the line.

        He said,  "Ma'am, you are just plain crazy." and hung up.

        It was only at that point that I realized the voice on the other end of the line was not my BIL.

        One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." -- Plato

        by Jane Lew on Fri Jan 06, 2012 at 01:11:59 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  Yeah, this (0+ / 0-)

      and the opposing tactic too ...

      Never waste the time of Democrats canvassing your neighborhood or calling.

      Let them know that they have your vote, and move them on to the next house asap.

      I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
      but I fear we will remain Democrats.

      by twigg on Fri Jan 06, 2012 at 05:45:08 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Since I Got Rid Of My Landline (1+ / 0-)
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    I don't get any calls except from groups I have given my number to when making an on-line donation.  

    Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011)

    by Rosalie907 on Thu Jan 05, 2012 at 10:00:20 PM PST

  •  Rofl Lorikeet (3+ / 0-)
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    You missed a great shot..
    After you laughed you should have asked.  Are things so bad for the tea party that you are now recruiting Occupiers.  Whose next, the ACLU or Move On.org members?  Bwwwwah then hung up laughin.

    We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

    by Vetwife on Thu Jan 05, 2012 at 10:27:26 PM PST

  •  I used to get these calls all the time... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...because my predecessor at that phone number (a church parsonage) was both a fervent R and a devout supporter of  any Benevolent Fraternal Order of Law Enforcement Pretenders in Various Civic, Local, and State Organizations that came along asking for a handout. Telling such folks that "Shirley hasn't lived here for (five, six, seven) years" didn't work. It never worked.

    What finally did, though, was to ask a couple of questions. I had to speak to a supervisor (and a lot of times that request alone earned me the blessed click and dial tone). And then I had two questions:

    1) If I were to give you a dollar, how much of that would go towards the cause you are asking me to support?

    Most of the time, that question alone would get me an argument. "We don't have to reveal that." "We are not allowed to reveal that." One Republican even said that it was a matter of national security that they not reveal that. I guess Al-Qaeda could use the information. Eventually, though, nearly everyone broke down and admitted the truth: the answer would be somewhere between five and ten cents! Ninety percent would be going to the phone call center.

    2) What is the name and address of your call center business?

    Over five years, only two calls admitted their name and address. One guy--again on a political call--even said that this was a crappy business to be in and gladly gave me whatever information I would need. Another guy even let me quote him for the local paper (I was actually writing occasionally and told him I was a reporter.) The rest of the time this question got me the hangup I desired. Business would drop off for awhile. But the need for money is pretty great. Sooner or later, they would call for Shirley again. Not to mention my own calls.

    My favorite, though, was the one where the call was from a Republican committee for something or other informing me that my senator was having a nearby town hall meeting on health care and begging me to go and protest. I politely thanked him, told him I was a Democrat and a reporter and could use the information to go write an article. The man swore at me, used foul language, told me to go to hell. He slammed the phone down. I just called up my local Republican committee chair, read back the summary I had just written down, got him to give me a quote for the paper and an apology. It got me six months without Republican Shirley calls!

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