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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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Presidential Wing-Nuts

Keep Them OutPerhaps the only thing scarier than the Republican presidential candidates are the right-wing crowds at their debates. At last night's Fox News debate, the crowd actually booed a gay soldier who asked a question about Don't Ask Don't Tell! At the first debate, mention of Rick Perry's record-setting number of state executions as governor drew huge applause. And the crowd at the first official Tea Party debate cheered just as raucously for the suggestion that the way to deal with a sick person without health insurance is to "let him die." Of course, in all these instances, the candidates said nothing to dissuade the crowd.

Don't let these people pick the next President! We need your help now to keep Perry, Romney and Bachmann OUT of the White House. Renew your support today and your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar, DOUBLING your impact!
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From: Michael Keegan
Date: Thursday, September 22, 2011
Subject: President Perry
Irrational, delusional, nihilistic or just plain scary — all are valid descriptors for the GOP’s top three Presidential Candidates for 2012.
Can you imagine Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, or Michele Bachmann in the White House next year? One of them WILL be the GOP’s candidate and WILL be running against President Obama. We only have 12 months until the 2012 election which is why we need your renewed support today to gear up for the fight now.

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You know, People For is on the front lines combating right-wing extremism every day, and each nominee seems more extreme than the next.
  • Mitt Romney recently railed against raising corporate taxes asserting, “Corporations are people!” And he’s appointed Robert Bork who was famously rejected by the Senate for a Supreme Court seat because we was such a far-right radical — as his chief adviser on judicial nominations! If that’s not a clear signal to both the Radical Religious AND Corporate Right that Romney is willing to do their bidding on judicial nominations and a host of other issues, I don’t know what is.
  • Texas Governor Rick Perry has written that Social Security is unconstitutional and called it an “outrageous lie” and a “Ponzi scheme.” This summer, Perry hosted an exclusionary prayer rally with some of the most bigoted leaders on the Religious Right and he’s such a shill for Big Oil that he said of the BP Oil Spill, “from time to time, there are going to be things that occur that are acts of God that cannot be prevented.”
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  • Michele Bachmann perhaps more than any other candidate is a product of the Religious Right, and she has certainly done the most to appeal to the Tea Party. Before she was using virtually every breath to accuse the president of “socialism” and completely distort the meaning of the U.S. Constitution, Bachmann was crusading against gay rights saying it would essentially lead to students being encouraged to “try it” and said LGBT people were the victims of sexual identity disorders.
One of these three politicians WILL be the GOP Presidential candidate. Due to this heightened level of extremism, we need the support of all our members today. So don’t miss this chance to have your renewal gift DOUBLED, you only have until midnight on September 30.
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Michael Keegan, President

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