A Nation of Laws.

Logo for the United States National Do Not Cal...
Logo for the United States National Do Not Call Registry. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am sure you have heard this term before..

The question is : just what does it mean..  Sure we have laws that govern almost everything we do.  There are laws that cover how we interact with each other, how we drive, and even laws that govern what businesses can do in pursuit of profit..

So, why do we have laws?  Simple.  In order to have a stable society there must be rules to govern conduct…  We have laws against murder, theft, certain types of lies, though that does not seem to cover politicians, and how we drive….

It seems that anytime there is some kind of even some politician will try to pass a law against it…  Just to give you an example..  I was listening to the radio the other day and the announcer was talking about some Florida State representative who wanted to put forth a bill that if you are diving in the left lane of the road and going more than, say 5 MPH under the speed limit you could get fined…  I ask  you this : where has he been?  There is already a Florida Statute that says if you are the slow traffic, not matter what your speed, and you are still holding up traffic you must get into the right lane…  It is called the “Anti-Road Rage Act”, or something similar..  So can we say “redundant”?

Now that I may, or may not, have your interest.  Just what is todays rant about?

Well, today is about the “Do Not Call Registry”…  There is the Federal DNC Registry and most states have one..  So what does it do?  Theoretically it tells telemarketers that you DO NOT want to hear from there…  The reality is that the law has a number of loopholes it it…  Charity groups, political groups, and surveys can still annoy you.  Of course they might consider that if you put yourself on a Do Not Call list you might not have anything to do with people rude enough to still call….  This is similar to putting up a “NO TRESPASS”  sign on your front yard, and the salesman can’t understand why you chase him off, after all he has a solicitation license.

If everyone obeyed the law we would have a bunch of empty jail around the country.  So for the most part we have people who are responsible for enforcing these laws.  For the National Do Not Call list the responsible party is the Federal Trade Commission…  I suppose they do something along those lines but, just what I do not know…

If you get a lot of, or just some, robo calls you can go to the web page whocalled.us and find out, maybe, who the phone number belongs to..

Today I got a call, on my pre-pay cell phone, from a number 484-589-5591 saying that if I had used Yaz, or Yazim, or something like it, that I might be part of a class action lawsuit..  From going to the whocalled.us website I found that the number probably belongs to something called the R2J2 Company.

If I want to have dealing with anyone, especially if it is going to cost me money, I will call them.  I don’t want some moron calling me so I can tell them that I am on the Do Not Call list, and even if I had a use for them I would not deal with them for that reason alone..

At one time I asked around to see if there was a way to forward these annoying calls to a 976 number so that they would get stuck with the charge but, so far I have not been able to find a way to do it…

The politicians won’t help..  These people are probably donors to their campaigns…

Maybe we could all call this number and let them know we don’t want to hear from therm..

Thanks,

That Joe Guy.

 

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4 Replies to “A Nation of Laws.”

  1. Ah, Yes! I remember this one well. I have an ujpdated opinion of my former opinion. Like to hear it? Here goes: No more laws will be passed until President Obama is out of office, unless, of course, they are laws refuting everything that he has done so far! I think that cover it pretty well. I also think we should be able to forward those unwanted solicitations to the FTC and have them pull their licenses to operate. OK… Now no one is ad-land likes me. Turnabout is fair play.

  2. I agree; there are a lot of redundant laws on the books. The DNC list is almost a joke. There are enough loopholes to make it look like Grand Central Terminal. One group sells to another group who takes partnership with another group, ad infinitum. I get calls from all kinds of solicitors and usually I am just as rude to them as they are to me for just calling me! Being nice gets you nowhere. Don’t tell me you haven’t noticed?! I remember George Carlin when he used to talk about the FBI wiretapping his phone, so he used to answer: “F— Hoover! Hello?” I liked that. I once got a national magazine/book club off my case my writing to them in this manner: “F— You. Nasty letter to follow.” I got an almost immediate phone call that said “We decided not to wait for your letter…” Problem resolved! There are some answering machines that won’t answer another machine! Robots of the World, Unite! (A friend of mine uses one. Works well.) I live in a complex with a sign on the entry gate that boldly states “NO SOLICITATION”. Several times in the past I have had certain groups come to my door ON A SUNDAY espousing their religious beliefs. I tell them F-O… Politely, of course. Once again, you get nowhere with folks unless you get as much in their face as they are in yours for disobeying the unwritten laws of privacy. I also once asked a certaqin “Church Group” if they would give me their addresses so I could come to their homes unannounced so night during dinnertime and bug them… I will assume most folks have heard of “Nice Guys Finish Last!” True. You should only give respect to those who desereve it. Solicitors do NOT deserve it. Period.

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