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 8, 2012

Patriot Act Misuse

A message from   Senators Ron Wyden and Mark Udall have been blowing the whistle: 
Law enforcement is using a secret interpretation of the PATRIOT Act to spy on people who aren't connected with terrorism.
The FBI operates under a cloak of secrecy, so we only know about this because these two courageous senators are defying the intelligence agencies and speaking out. 
Here's the New York Times:
Mr. Wyden and Mr. Udall have for months been raising concerns that the government has secretly interpreted a part of the Patriot Act in a way that they portray as twisted, allowing the Federal Bureau of Investigation to conduct some kind of unspecified domestic surveillance that they say does not dovetail with a plain reading of the statute.
Wyden and Udall deserve our vigorous support -- we know how unusual it is for politicians to take a strong stand in support of civil liberties.  We need to encourage them -- and others -- to carry this torch.
Thanks for fighting for our freedoms.
-Demand Progress

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