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.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Pulling a Fast One: SOPA

A message from Demand Progress:
Some annoying news: As was widely reported last Friday, all indications were that the House Judiciary Committee would delay its vote on SOPA for a few weeks.  Now it looks like they might vote this week, if Congress stays in session:
PCMAG: "SOPA vote might happen this week after all"
ACTIVIST POST: "Congress tries to pull a fast one"
You've all been amazing as we've worked to spread word about SOPA, convinced more and more lawmakers to oppose it, and dragged out the hearing for a week -- that's pretty much unheard of.
But we need to ask you to pick up the phone once more:
Will you call Speaker of the House John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor and ask them to reign in Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith?  
Speaker John Boehner: (202) 225-6205
Majority Leader Eric Cantor: (202) 225-2815
Please be polite, but firm.  You can work off of this script:
I'm calling because Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith is pushing the Stop Online Piracy Act even though it will kill jobs, undermine cybersecurity, stifle free speech, and give comfort to totalitarian regimes that want to censor the Internet.  And they're doing it all to prop up a few Hollywood bigwigs.
His hearings are turning into a circus that's embarrassing for our country and for the House of Representatives. Please ask him to back down and hold real hearings on this legislation before rushing it through his committee.
These powerful leaders control what will be voted on by the full House, and we need to put them on notice.
And you can use these links to ask your friends to join the effort and email and call their lawmakers about the Internet censorship bills, or just ask them to visit
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Thanks for staying in this fight for another round!
-The Demand Progress team

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