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.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Revoke Corporate "Personhood"

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A message from PFAW:
Help undo the damage of Citizens UnitedUrge your U.S. senators and your U.S. representative to cosponsor legislation to amend the Constitution and stop the unlimited corporate spending that's undermining our democracy. 

To restore the ability of Congress and the states to regulate corporate influence in elections, Democratic Senators Tom Udall (NM) and Michael Bennet (CO), along with Senators Mark Begich (AK), Dick Durbin (IL), Tom Harkin (IA), Chuck Schumer (NY), Jeff Merkley (OR), Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) have introduced S.J. Res. 29, a constitutional amendment that would reverse the effects of the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. FEC. The ruling, which granted corporations the same Free Speech rights as people to spend money in support of or against candidates for office, has led to an unprecedented flood of corporate money in elections across the United States, often under the cover of anonymity. 

Last month, Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D-MD) and Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers (D-MI) introduced a similar constitutional amendment in the House -- H.J. Res. 78 -- that would restore to Congress and the states the authority to regulate corporate spending on political activity, including contributions in support of or in opposition to a candidate for public office. 

Please take action now to support this legislation in both chambers of Congress by emailing your representative and senators and urging them to cosponsor these bills! 

We must take our democracy back from the corporations and restore Government By the People. Will you stand with us? 
-- Marge Baker, Executive Vice President for Policy and Programs 

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