Snark: to annoy or irritate

"Snark" has been in English language dictionaries since at least 1906, and Lewis Carroll used the word to describe a mythological animal in his poem, The Hunting of the Snark (1874). Most recently, the word has come to characterize snappish, sarcastic, or mean-spirited comments or actions directed at those who annoy or irritate us.

At first, this blog was just going be a place to gripe, but because it's more satisfying to take action than it is to merely complain, now most of the posts/reposts suggest ways to get involved in solving problems.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Yet Another Form of Rape

The House just passed a bill that could force rape and incest survivors to prove to the IRS that they were assaulted.1
And now they are even threatening hold our entire economy hostageover it by attaching the contents of the bill to essential legislation that raises the debt ceiling. If the debt ceiling bill does not pass then it would devastate our economy—and Republicans want to use this threat to force Senate Democrats into voting for a bill with these anti-choice provisions included.2
It's absolutely outrageous. That's why we are teaming up with our friends at EMILY's List to pressure the Senate to reject this and other terrible attacks on the rights and well-being of women.
Can you sign the petition right now? Tell the Senate to stand up against this terrible bill—and speak out against the Republican war on women.
Republicans are waging an all-out war on women. The latest assault—a bill that would subject certain rape and incest survivors to IRS investigations—is simply inhumane. Sign the petition from EMILY's List and today to tell the Senate: Stop the War on Women! 
Sign the Petition!
H.R. 3 would impose tax penalties on small businesses and individuals who buy abortion coverage with their own money—with exceptions only for cases of rape, incest, or when a woman's life is in danger.3
The result? Survivors of rape and incest who seek abortion care could be forced to detail their assaults and provide proof to IRS investigators.4
Reliving a horrific sexual assault to the police and in court is awful enough. Forcing women to prove to IRS investigators that they were assaulted is simply inhumane. 
Unfortunately, H.R. 3 is just one horrendous part of a full-scale war on women. House Republicans have been churning out one vile bill after another that impinges on women's rights, health, and the constitutionally protected right to choice. It's clear their top priorities are not jobs and the economy.
Republicans clearly have no boundaries when it comes to attacking women's rights. But just as when they attempted to redefine rape, we can stop them from passing this anti-choice bill and subjecting rape survivors to inhumane interrogations—if we all speak out.
Can you sign the petition today? Just click below—and share this email with your friends, family, and social networks today.
Thanks for all you do.
–Kat, Wes, Carrie, Michael, and the rest of the team
1. "GOP Bill Would Force IRS to Conduct Abortion Audits," Mother Jones, March 18, 2011
2. "Republicans Could Force Anti-Abortion Bill Into Debt Limit Compromise," Firedoglake, May 4, 2011
3. "If H.R. 3 Becomes Law: One Woman's Story," National Women's Law Center, April 27, 2011
4. "GOP Bill Would Force IRS to Conduct Abortion Audits," Mother Jones, March 18, 2011
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