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.

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Help Wisconsin's Recall Efforts

Holy smokes! We can win in Wisconsin!
Yesterday we sent you an email asking you to chip in to help win the recall elections that could undo the attacks on workers in Wisconsin. As of yesterday afternoon, we had blown through our initial goal of $185,000! We've now doubled our goal to $370,000 so we can double down on our efforts.
The recall elections in Wisconsin are just 40 days away. This is a huge chance to reverse the infamous anti-worker law that took away bargaining rights from teachers and other public workers. If progressives unseat just three of the six Republicans facing recall, Democrats will take back control of the state senate.
It was revealed yesterday that one of the Republicans being recalled said, "We've got tons of government workers in my district—tons...We've got to hope that they, kind of, are sleeping" on Election Day.1 We can't let that happen—together, we can make sure ALL the voters are awake.
Thanks for all you do.
Adam at

MoveOn members have succeeded in Wisconsin in helping force recall elections of six tea party Republicans who led the crusade against teachers and public workers. We have just a few weeks to ramp up a huge get-out-the-vote effort and win. We urgently need your help—Can you chip in $5 right away? 

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Breaking news—we've now got a chance to beat six Wisconsin Republicans facing recall elections after helping force through infamous legislation taking away bargaining rights from teachers and other public workers. If we win, that would end Gov. Scott Walker's right-wing crusade. 
This election is a huge opportunity to turn the tide against tea party Republicans and their attacks on the middle class. But in a last-minute election like this, whoever can mobilize the most voters will win—so we've got to get to work. 
We've got an ambitious plan to get thousands more voters to the polls in Wisconsin, taking the technology and organizing tools that we used to help elect Barack Obama and applying them for the first time ever to a state-level election. 
MoveOn members contributed $1 million to the huge effort to force these recall elections, and worked tirelessly on the ground. "It's a huge victory that we succeeded in getting six recall elections, but now we need ALL MoveOn members around the country to help us actually win the races and unseat Walker's majority," says MoveOn member Steve Hughes of Madison.
But with just six weeks to go, we've got to raise $185,000 to get moving on this plan immediately.
If we win, we may even be able to reverse the anti-collective-bargaining law: A judge blocked the law last week, but Gov. Walker may try to pass it again. If progressives win three seats in the state senate, we can stop it. Furthermore, Republican governors and state legislators across the country are watching what happens in Wisconsin very closely, as are party leaders in Washington, D.C. 
Since special elections like these always have very low turnout, whichever side can get people to the polls will have the upper hand. So we've put together an aggressive plan to get thousands more Democrats to the polls in each of these districts. Here's just some of what we'll do:
  • Use our proven member-to-member calling system to mobilize thousands of MoveOn members in Wisconsin. 
  • Test a half-dozen different ways of using mobile phones and other new technologies to mobilize voters and get progressives out to vote on Election Day. 
  • Test an exciting new method for MoveOn members to most effectively find and persuade swing voters, using existing social networks. 
The state election oversight board announced yesterday that all the recall elections filed against Republicans will proceed, while all the retaliatory recalls Republicans filed against Democrats are mired in allegations of signature fraud.
These recall elections of right-wing Republicans could send shock waves through the nation, and a clear message: Voters won't stand for the extreme Republican attempts to trample on workers' rights. 
But to send that message, we need to win these elections. Can you contribute now to help get out the vote in Wisconsin?
Thanks for all you do.
–Adam R., Laura, Kat, Stephen, Milan, and the rest of the team
1. "Kapanke talk may halt election-day snoozers," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, June 1, 2011

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