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, February 17, 2012

"Blunt Amendment" Update

A vote on the Blunt amendment, which would allow all employers to deny their employees access to ANY form of health care they claimed a personal "moral" objection to, has been pushed back until after next week. 

35,000 PFAW supporters have already signed our petition to stop that and similar bills. We now have another week to DOUBLE that number -- will you help us? 

Please sign the petition now and tell the Religious Right they are not above the rules.

Yesterday, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrel Issa (R-CA) held a sham hearing about the contraception debate that was dominated by male, religious conservatives. 

Another desperate attempt to frame their culture war on women's health as a fight for "religious liberty," the title of the hearing even included the question, "Has the Obama Administration Trampled on Freedom of Religion?" But even more outrageous, in a hearing about women's access to preventative healthcare, only two of the ten witnesses were women. On the first panel, exactly zero witnesses were women. 

Three Democratic committee members walked out in protest, while one right-wing member, Congressman Walberg (R-MI) argued the contraception rule would lead to the collapse of America by quoting Stalin! This is what we're up against. 

Please sign the petition now and help spread the word. Thanks! 

-- Ben Betz, Online Strategy Manager 

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