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Thursday, September 25, 2003

Call On Me (Reprise)

Right on cue, no fewer than three telemarketing calls between 6:30 and 8:30.

I wish I were more capable of doing this when a telemarketer called.
(Technical note to Kristin: Charitable groups can still make telemarketing calls, even when and if the Do Not Call list goes into effect.)

It is my sincere hope that Judge Lee West got at least that many telemarketing calls as he was sitting down to dinner this evening.

In any event, Congress is quickly on its way to clearing up the technicalities that were the linchpin of Judge West's ruling.

UPDATE: Another judge, Edward Nottingham of the U.S. District Court in Denver has blocked the Do Not Call List, this time on the merits. More details here.

Free speech does not give you the right to force other people to listen to what you have to say. It also does not give you an unlimited right to use whatever manner you like to convey your message - otherwise, someone could follow you around with a bullhorn and claim a First Amendment privilege to do so.

In order to be on the "Do Not Call" list, one has to affirmatively place oneself on a list, a purely voluntary action. (There would be a problem if the government banned or placed a blanket burden upon all telemarketing activity.)

If I were the more irreponsible sort, I might jokingly suggest calling Judge Nottingham at home and attempt to sell him vinyl siding, a timeshare, or perhaps whatever it is you have that want to get rid of. Wouldn't that be your free speech right? Heh. Times like this it stinks to be a responsible adult - besides, calling Denver from here costs money.


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