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

Issa's Continued Harassment of Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren, perhaps America's leading consumer advocate, has done a superb job standing up the Republican bullies in charge of the House Oversight Committee. And the GOP's harassment of Professor Warren has provoked strong rebukes from Democrats on the Oversight Committee as well as tens of thousands of progressives across the country. 

But they don't seem to be getting the message. 

One week after a subcommittee chair, Rep. Patrick McHenry of North Carolina, publicly accused Professor Warren of perjury in an exchange that quickly became a viral online video, Oversight Chairman Darryl Issa sent Warren what the Huffington Post's Hill Update called "an unusually obnoxious-sounding invitation" to appear before his full committee. 

40,000 PFAW supporters have already spoken out and joined our petition telling Republicans to back off and stop their smear campaign against Elizabeth Warren. We're still shy of our goal of 50,000, which we really want to hit in time to deliver the petitions to the Oversight Committee in advance of Professor Warren's next appearance this month. That's why I'm asking you to add your name right now -- we need you to help us close the gap and hit 50K. 

Add your name here -- we need you.

Thank you for all your hard work in helping us stand up to the Right. 

-- Ben Betz, Online Strategy Manager 

Original message: 

Don't Let the Right Wing Smear Elizabeth Warren

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Dear PFAW Supporter,

Elizabeth Warren, recognized by many as a natural choice to head the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and a fierce advocate for consumers' rights, is rightly seen as a bulwark against unscrupulous corporate special interests by GOP members of Congress. 

They'll do anything to stop her because of how effective she is at standing up to corporate rapaciousness and malfeasance ... they've threatened a filibuster of her confirmation in the Senate and, now, in the House, they're attacking her character. 

Take action here to defend Elizabeth Warren against right-wing smears. 

In the latest of Rep. Darryl Issa's sham oversight hearings, Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC) -- a right-wing corporatist whose top campaign contributors are Wall Street banks and who is no stranger to accusations of ethical misconduct -- accused Warren of lying about an agreement she had with McHenry's office over the length of the hearing and then attacked her "sense of entitlement."1 

Personal attacks on one of American consumers' greatest champions are a step over the line. It's likely that the motivation behind Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darryl Issa's hearing was to put Elizabeth Warren on the spot and try to discredit her. He and his attack dog, Rep. McHenry, should be ashamed of themselves. 

Hundreds, if not thousands, of Warren supporters have already posted messages scolding McHenry on his Facebook page. Now we need to send the message directly to the Republicans leading the attacks against Elizabeth Warren. 

Sign our petition to Reps. Issa, McHenry and the House Leadership telling them that Americans won't stand for these attacks against Elizabeth Warren. 

Thanks for defending a true champion for consumers and constitutional values against the right-wing smear machine. After you take action, please help spread the word and rally others to support Elizabeth Warren. 

-- Ben Betz, Online Strategy Manager


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