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.


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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Senate Rejects Fair Pay Bill: Thank or Spank Your Senators

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Senate REJECTS Fair Pay Bill: Thank or Spank Your Senators for their Votes
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Yesterday afternoon, the Senate voted along straight party lines to prevent the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 3220) from receiving an up-or-down vote. Even with support by a majority of senators, this important fair pay legislation was blocked by procedural rules and partisan deadlock.

This is so frustrating! Two-thirds of American families depend fully or in part upon women's paychecks, and yet women still make just 77 percent, on average, of what men made on average in 2010. The senate's inability to act has significant, real-world implications for millions of American women and families.

Your senators need to hear how you feel about their votes. If they supported the bill you can strengthen their resolve and encourage them to keep fighting for fair pay. If they chose partisan gridlock over real change for women, you can express your disappointment in their vote.

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