Bourbon Cowboy

The adventures of an urbane bar-hopping transplant to New York.

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I'm a storyteller in the New York area who is a regular on NPR's "This American Life" and at shows around the city. Moved to New York in 2006 and am working on selling a memoir of my years as a greeting card writer, and (as a personal, noncommercial obsession) a nonfiction book called "How to Love God Without Being a Jerk." My agent is Adam Chromy at Artists and Artisans. If you came here after hearing about my book on "This American Life" and Googling my name, the "How to Love God" book itself isn't in print yet, and may not even see print in its current form (I'm focusing on humorous memoir), but here's a sample I've posted in case you're curious anyway: Sample How To Love God Introduction, Pt. 1 of 3. Or just look through the archives for September 18, 2007.) The book you should be expecting is the greeting card book, about which more information is pending. Keep checking back!

Monday, November 06, 2006

Hey, Could You Stop Being Evil For a Second? Just Asking.

According to this article (and subsequent coverage by Talking Points Memo and Washington Monthly) , voters in Philadelphia are getting tons and tons of robo-calls that claim to have "an important message about Lois Murphy"---the Democratic candidate in the race. But the calls are coming from the Republicans, and seem to be designed to annoy the hell out of voters and make them assume Lois is doing the pestering. Who's responsible? The National Republican Congressional Committee. Is it legal? If it is, it shouldn't be. Fortunately, this article gives the number for the FCC.

Jim Tobin, the regional representative for the RNC tried phone jamming in New Hampshire last time around, and it worked, even though it was illegal. The guy in question got indicted later...after the election was over. God, I hate these guys. Relevant articles are here and here.

UPDATE: At the eleventh hour, the Attorney General has stepped in and stopped the practice ... sort of. Josh Marshall has the details.

LATER UPDATE: Turns out these FCC-violating robo-calls are happening in 20 districts.

P.S. I got hit with some crazy-ass robo-spam in my comments. I'm looking into how to delete the goddamn thing. Sorry for the annoyance.



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