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.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Support a "No" Vote on Mississippi 26

No on 26 Save Women's Lives
A joint message from National Organization for Women and The Feminist Majority Foundation:

We're emailing you together for the first time, because the situation is critical. Never before have we joined together to ask for your immediate help.
Our message is urgent. We must stop the outrageous movement to give fertilized eggs more rights than women and girls. An extremely dangerous amendment to the Mississippi state constitution is on the state November 8th ballot. It grants personhood and constitutional rights to a fertilized egg.
Election day is just over one week away and we are entering the final days of the campaign to defeat this deceptive anti-woman amendment. Help the statewide Mississippi coalition campaign buy desperately needed television and radio ads.
This outrageous 'personhood' initiative on the Mississippi ballot (Initiative 26) could recklessly endanger women's health and privacy. By giving constitutional rights to a fertilized egg, it could ban emergency contraception, birth control pills, and IUDs as well as all abortions, even in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the woman or girl. It could even eliminate medical choices for women like some cancer treatments, in vitro fertilization, and could allow the state to investigate and even prosecute a woman for a miscarriage. Undoubtedly it would lead to many court cases.
If this extreme measure passes, it could spread from state to state. We can't let this happen. Contribute now to defeat this dangerous ballot measure. We have defeated it twice in Colorado. If we beat it in Mississippi too maybe the extremists will abandon this horrific tactic. If not such amendments will be on many more 2012 ballots.
Your emergency contribution will go to the statewide Mississippi coalition which is purchasing television and radio media ads.
Both Feminist Majority Foundation and National Organization for Women members and supporters are working hard in Mississippi to alert voters to the possible consequences of this dangerous amendment. You can help in this get-out-the-vote effort by urging everyone you know in Mississippi - your friends, family, co-workers, or members of groups you are affiliated with - to Vote No on Initiative 26.
For women's lives,
Ellie SmealEllie Smeal
Eleanor Smeal
Feminist Majority Foundation
Terry O'Neill
National Organization for Women

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