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.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Right-Wing Fraud

James O'Keefe
A message from PFAW:
James O'Keefe is a right-wing hit man. His deceptively edited undercover videos have been used by Fox News and Andrew Breitbart to attack NPR and Planned Parenthood and destroy ACORN. This week in New Hampshire, he and his accomplices violated the law.

According to news reports, O'Keefe sent his undercover operatives to commit fraud in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary. They went to polling stations, falsely presented themselves, and requested ballots under the names of recently deceased voters — a violation of state and federal law. O'Keefe even posted a video of their exploits on YouTube.

O'Keefe badly wants to convince Americans that voter fraud — an extremely rare phenomenon — is a pressing threat to our democracy. So badly, in fact, that he reportedly sent his own agents out to commit fraud. The reason is simple — he wants fewer Americans to vote.

Click here to tell the Attorney General and U.S. Attorney in New Hampshire to investigate O'Keefe's fraud.

In state after state, right-wing lawmakers are passing unnecessarily onerous rules on how and when people can vote. They are disenfranchising hundreds of thousands of mostly poor, minority and young Americans in the process.

O'Keefe, who is already on probation for tampering with a Democratic Senator's phone system, has shown that he is willing to go to any length to advance his right-wing agenda. He must be held to account for his actions.

Fortunately we already have effective state and federal laws that prevent and punish voter fraud while allowing eligible Americans to cast their ballots. O'Keefe should learn that the hard way.

Call on Attorney General Michael Delaney and U.S. Attorney John Kacavas to investigate right-wing fraud James O'Keefe.

-- Michael Keegan, President

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