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.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Idaho Women Gain Ground

A message from Susan Philley, Activist:
Good News!!  You helped Idahoans gain ground in the War on Women!
Your petition with 5000+ signatures was presented with Testimony to the Senate State Affairs committee and applause from the room full of opponents. It received extensive media coverage and was also presented to the Governor. You may wonder if petitions work. They DO help educate people and shift public opinion! Your hundreds of phone calls and letters also made a huge impact! Thanks to you, this bill didn't pass, but it will resurface if we aren't vigilant.
The senators who voted for this bill are Senators Andreason, Bair, Brackett, Cameron, Darrington, Davis, Fulcher, Heider, Hill, Johnson, Lodge, McKague, McKenzie, Mortimer, Nuxoll, Pearce, Rice, Siddoway, Smyser, Tippets, Toryanski, Vick, and Winder. If you feel they were over-reaching, please join others to remind the voters in your district that these legislators are willing to impose legislation based on their personal moral values that may diminish your individual rights and those of your family members and friends. Know who is running for office in your district—gather information on their voting records.
This is the link to the candidates in Idaho:
Women’s health is being attacked in a number of ways. Senator Nuxoll (a woman) sponsored bills related to limiting contraception access for women and the Natural Death Bill that was called “unnecessary” by doctors, intrusive by opponents, and passed after changes were initiated by the Idaho Medical Association. Senator Nuxoll’s personal Right to Life perspective is infringing on you and your family’s freedom to manage your own health, and impacting YOUR family/physician relationship and end of life decisions. Note that one result of this bill is that every Idahoan should have a copy of Idaho Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment (POST) document signed by a physician on file that clarifies end-of-life wishes. Speak with your doctor and local hospital for more information. 
Bad legislation is a distraction from real issues that should be addressed. Bad legislation has already cost Idaho taxpayers millions of dollars in lawsuits and legal actions. Of course, when it receives national attention, it also makes Idaho less competitive in attracting new businesses and industry.
If you would like to get more involved in helping to transform Idaho, please email me and ask to get on the mailing list of our bipartisan grassroots organization. Our name, Idahoans United, will be changed in the next week or so. We will post the new name on the Facebook page for the newIdaho Broad Coalition and other places.
Please accept my heart-felt appreciation that you took time to oppose this horrible bill and to speak your truth!
Sue Philley

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