Monday, November 12, 2007

Off topic: Freedom of Speech?

If you can't lash out at some political SPAM as part of your first amendment right to the freedom of expression, especially when you belong to the 5th column, then truly the terrorists have won.
Washington Post music critic got some SPAM from the staff of.... well guess:
Must we hear about it every time this Crack Addict attempts to rehabilitate himself with some new and typically half-witted political grandstanding? I'd be grateful if you would take me off your mailing list. I cannot think of anything the useless Marion Barry could do that would interest me in the slightest, up to and including overdose. Sincerely, Tim Page.

I don't completely disagree but the moral side of me tells me that I shouldn't wish for nor be unmoved by an overdose. Not wishing for anyones death. But really, if we can't call our elected leaders nasty names then the democracy is in grave danger. And if you can't blast spammers, including political spammers who apparently didn't blind copy (I'm taking a guess here if Page hit 'reply all' then it should have just gone to the sender and those cc'd), then I don't know what.
Yes, Page shouldn't have sent the reply from his work email, where he received the offending email, there he was in the wrong. But is it a firing offense? Heck naw. An offense deserving leave? Admin. or leave without pay? Admin. with pay, for a few days, with flowers and a gift basket, maybe.
There is more here too, apparently Mr. Barry's staff is dismissive regarding bloggers.

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5 Comments:

At 11/12/2007 10:55 PM, Blogger IMGoph said...

i say spam the dude that spammed mr. page first. turnabout is fair play here.

 
At 11/13/2007 12:21 PM, Blogger DC said...

Most of the time I can filter this stuff out, but evey once in a blue moon something catches my eye that turns out to be spam, but is of interest to me.

In such an information rich time, the filter in your brain, can sometimes be the most effective, just ignore it like you do with other spam.

Amanda DC Metrocentric

 
At 11/13/2007 12:35 PM, Anonymous jimbo said...

I wish more people in DC were as honest as Tim Page in that instance. I think we could get more work done around here if everyone was clear on what each of us feel about each other.

 
At 11/13/2007 2:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 11/14/2007 1:26 PM, Blogger Mari said...

Anon I agree, however, I'm a cracking down on the anon comments today.
Apparently Mr. Page had called Mr. Barry's office and asked to get taken off the mailing list, and reportedly was cussed out by unnamed Barry staffer, then Mr. Page wrote & sent the nasty email. Excusable, technically, no, but understandable.
I was challenged on the statement that Barry is a crack addict. What proof do I have that he's still doing drugs well over a decade since his drug bust in that hotel room where he uttered his most famous line, 'the bitch set me up.'

 

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