Sunday, January 17, 2010

Pat Boone? Seriously?

Our telephone has been ringing off the hook the last few days. We’ve suddenly become “popular” with various political organizations and action committees. We’ve gotten so many “robo-calls” lately, that this afternoon, Chuck picked up the receiver on what the Caller I.D. showed as another “unknown number” and he didn’t even bother to say hello. Instead of the expected taped message beginning to play, a woman’s voice began saying “Hello? Hello?” Ooops! A genuine human being was calling to encourage us to vote for Martha Coakley!

Later, while I was on the phone with my mother in Rhode Island, another robo-call message was left on our voice mail. This one was from Pat Boone. Yes, that Pat Boone, the singer, Mr. White Bucks himself. He’s now a spokesperson for an extremely conservative right wing organization (60 Plus Warning: a video plays automatically) which claims to be working on behalf of senior citizens. In my humble opinion, scaring the bejeezus out of seniors is more accurate. Pat was calling to tell us to vote for Scott Brown.

Pat Boone has always been on the far right in his politics. But in the last several years he’s joined forces with “World Net Daily” where he has published several screeds. Yes, that World Net Daily, home planet of the wingnuts. One of Boone’s pieces published in August 2009, compared liberals to the “black filthy cells” of cancer. When you go to the World Net Daily website (They’re easy to locate. I won’t link to them.) to read any of Pat Boone’s “commentaries”, you’ll find multiple Scott Brown ads all over the pages. These ads were all paid for by “The Scott Brown for U.S. Senate Committee”.

That is Scott Brown’s target audience.


dancingmorganmouse said...

Can you register yourslelves as "do not contact?" It would be an idea.
We don't have this problem in Australia, not yet anyway. I'm sure it's on the way.

Pink Granite said...

Hi DMM -
Our phone number is registered on the "Do Not Call" list here in the U.S. And it has made a huge difference in how few telemarketing calls we now receive. But political calls are not classified as telemarketing and therefore are not included.
Hope these robo-calls are one thing we don't export!
- Lee

cascadingwaters said...

Pat Boone? Wow! One always wondered what happened to him!

Miss Rachel said...

I totally know what you're talking about as far as the robo-calls. I was visiting my family in Massachusetts this weekend. I was only there for 24 hours, but during that time, they got a bunch of those calls; one was even from Bill Clinton!

Is tomorrow the big day?

Pink Granite said...

Hi CascadingWaters -
Yup. He's always been on the far right. But I guess after he went through his ill conceived heavy metal phase (replete with black leather) he went in this direction.
If only he had simply headed off to Branson...
- Lee

Hi Miss Rachel -
We heard from Bill as well. It feels as if everyone under the sun has called!
Yes, tomorrow is the big day!
Fingers crossed voter turnout is high!
- Lee