Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Letters to Verizon - Part 1

For more than a year, your blogstress has lost landline service every time it rains, because Verizon cannot find a way to protect the line that runs from my apartment to the pole from voracious, ferocious squirrels. Having gone without service for four days last week, and two days the week before, having fielded all sorts of lies from Verizon, having waited all day on Monday for the technician who never came, your cybertrix now resorts to blogging her complaints, which she sends to her Verizon abusers via their Website:

ONCE AGAIN, I HAVE NO DIAL TONE. THIS HAPPENS EVERY TIME IT RAINS. IT HAS BEEN HAPPENING FOR MORE THAN A YEAR. YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO SEND A TECHNICIAN ON MONDAY, BUT DID NOT BECAUSE MY SERVICE WAS MAGICALLY RESTORED AFTER FOUR DAYS OF NO DIAL TONE. THEN YOU INSULTED ME BY LEAVING ME AN AUTOMATED MESSAGE TELLING ME THE PROBLEM WAS ON MY END, SINCE THERE IS NOTHING WRONG ON YOURS. YOU KNOW WHAT THE PROBLEM IS, BUT YOU REFUSE TO FIX IT. SQUIRRELS CHEW THROUGH A LINE THAT YOU REFUSE TO REPLACE WITH A LINE THAT CAN'T BE CHEWED, OR TO ENCASE IN A SQUIRREL-PROOF CONDUIT. I WILL BE POSTING THIS ON MY BLOG.
Oh, and have a nice day.

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Brilliant send-up of "Women v. Women"

At Feministing, Ann Friedman offers a laugh-out-loud visual send-up of the front page of Sunday's now infamous Washington Post Outlook section.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO "MEN VS. MEN" ON FEMINISTING.

UPDATE: Check out Laura Rozen's incisive questioning (at her fine blog, War and Piece) of what was really going on when Post editors assigned the "Women v. Women" pieces to Allen and Hirshman.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO "PULLING UP THE DRAWBRIDGE" ON WAR AND PIECE.

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Meanwhile, at the Washington Post Web site...

...your blogstress states the feminist case for Obama:

The feminist rationale for an Obama vote is really quite simple: My grand-niece. Your daughter, if you have one. All the little girls who are growing up at a rather grim hour in American history.

Our nation is sinking deeper into recession. We are mired in a bloody, intractable conflict in Iraq, and may be losing the war in Afghanistan.Our beloved Constitution has been raped and pillaged. Instability and the specter of war threaten every continent. Climate change is hard upon us.

In difficult times, inspiration matters. The ability to lead lies less in the details of policy than in the ability to call people to sacrifice and courage, and to get them to comply. I'm not absolutely certain Obama can do that, but I'm pretty sure that it's not Clinton's strong suit. And given the similarities in their policies, I've cast my lot with him.
Meanwhile, at Comment is Free, the Guardian America's delicious blog, you can find your cybertrix's take on the Washington Post's decision to run the Charlotte Allen and Linda Hirshman pieces.

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