Monday, February 08, 2010

From the "It Had to Happen Sooner or Later" File

I'm tired of whining about all our snow. It hasn't done much good, particularly since the latest forecasts are calling for an additional FIVE TO TEN INCHES of the white stuff in our next storm, scheduled for tomorrow afternoon through Wednesday afternoon. The Federal Government is closed today, since nobody can get out of their neighborhoods to get to work, anyhow, and will probably reopen tomorrow morning, just in time to have everyone struggle to work in time for an early release necessitated by our next hammering on winter's anvil. At this point, I'm just hoping to be able to get out of our neighborhood tomorrow morning for my dental appointment. Sigh.

Okay, new topic. Well, old topic. Actually, an updated rant on a previous topic.

As you know, I have very strong opinions on the Supreme Court's incredible decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (the decision that essentially equated corporations and individuals by deciding that unlimited corporate spending on political campaigns is a form of constitutionally protected free speech). It's time to take that sad story to the next level: from the It Had to Happen Sooner or Later file comes this story from the New York Times - Corporation Says It Will Run for Congress.

Yes, friends, Murray Hill, Inc., in a satirical political ad you can view at the New York Times link above (and on YouTube), has announced it will run for Congress. The ad laments that corporations could never be sure candidates they'd supported "would do our bidding," and so Murray Hill is going to run to ensure that corporate interests are directly represented in the lawmaking process. As the ad says of government, "We bought it, we paid for it, and we're going to keep it," and "Now that government is for sale, Murray Hill is offering top dollar."

Yes, the ad is tongue-in-cheek satire, but the message is real. And unfortunate.

Have a good day. More thoughts tomorrow. Before the next storm.


P.S. - At the intersection of Government and Too Much Snow comes the comparison of the Supremes' decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission to an avalanche: a high-level snow job of massive and overwhelming proportions.

You're welcome.



Mike said...

No more Bilbo for President stuff. We need Bilbo for dictator so you can stop all this sillyness.

Leslie David said...

Another 5 to 10 inches? Break out the cross country skis! Another week screwed up, think it'll melt by Memorial Day?

Amanda said...

I haven't visited any blogs in a few days so I'm only seeing the photos from your previous post now. They're AWESOME!

I do hope you get a break from the snow looks extremely tiring.

Rugly said... the little woman safely on her way to Germany...or is she still shoveling?

The Mistress of the Dark said...

I managed to make it out of my house briefly today.