One of my pet peeves is automated telephone advertising. A machine calls my telephone and leaves a lengthy recording advertising something at me. I’ve had five calls recently from some recording saying a new newspaper is starting up here in Ottawa, and I should call soon to reserve my very own paper route. If I hang up on it, it goes to message and I have to listen to it again later in order to delete it.
This morning I heard that a number of people in Ottawa received this kind of call from the Larry O’Brien campaign last night. Not only that, but Larry’s bragging about it this morning like it’s a good thing – an exercise in participatory democracy – by calling it a “Tele-Town Hall meeting.” He says 13,000 people “participated” in it last night. (See David Reevely’s post about that.)
How sleazy and deceptive.
You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.
Have you all decided who to vote for yet? I’m still undecided, but I’ve narrowed it down to Charlie Taylor, Clive Doucet or Jim Watson. I’m leaning towards Watson because I think it’s essential we get rid of Mayor Larry. (I have a friend who says the problem with democracy is that we always vote against what we hate instead of for what we want. She’s got a point.) For councilor, here in River Ward, I’m voting for Nadia Willard. (Yesterday I delivered flyers for Julia Ringma in College Ward.)