Saturday, January 23, 2010


"I'm so sorry, Grandmother!"

Week of utter disaster (in three parts).

1. Massachusetts discovers its inner idiot.

2. The Supreme Court issues the worst decision in the history of the court.

(I went to a lot of trouble to write the following for a post elsewhere, so I'm pasting it in various places.)

[getting up on my soapbox]

From the WSJ: "the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision supporting free political speech."

Here's the problem (aside from the issue of whether corporations are people): they keep conflating money with speech. Everybody already has free speech in this country. It isn't as though a corporation can't issue as many press releases as they want in support of whatever they want, or an individual can't get up on a soapbox in the town square or write a letter to the editor or sign a petition without fear of persecution.

What is at issue here is that money is not speech. It is power. Those who have more money have more power. If you conflate that with speech, then those who have more money have more free speech? What kind of democracy is that?

Speech will no longer be "free." You'll have to pay through the nose to keep up with what the corporations are doing.


3. I lost my Fitbit. I was babysitting the adorable Baby Jack (see above), and he kicked it out of my pocket, or kicked it loose enough to fall out when I went home, and I feel bereft and abandoned. We can't find it anywhere. I put in a Lost and Found inquiry to the MTA, but it takes ten days at least to find out anything. So I just bought a new Fitbit--I figured somebody somewhere could use the extra if it turned up--but that won't get here until the middle of February.


But at least there's a sweet picture of Baby Jack.


the Bag Lady said...

And how is your FatBet going without your Fitbit? (I just HAD to ask, simply so I could type those two words in the same sentence!)

Not being American, I'm not sure what the Supreme Court decision was about, but of one thing I AM sure - the more money you have, the more freedom of speech you are allowed. (Remember the old saying "Money talks"....)

Sbanfnyc said...

Well at least you got a new Fit Bit.

You should tell the story of same. With all the bad news, perhaps you will inspire others regarding the humanity left in our world.

Love U,

Scottie Dog