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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Monday, July 30, 2012

Defend NPR, PBS, & Planned Parenthood


A bill to de-fund NPR. And PBS. And Planned Parenthood? And as if that's not enough, why not throw in AmeriCorps and Obama's healthcare law? Let's also slash funding for Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security while we're at it.

The nightmare labor, health and education bill introduced by Republicans in the House this week sounds like something out of the Tea Party's wildest dreams.1 But since Tea Party Republicans control the House, their wildest dreams could be about to come true.

Tell Congress: Don't de-fund NPR, PBS and Planned Parenthood! Click here to automatically sign the petition.

Tea Party Republicans have tried to destroy these popular programs again and again. And we've stopped them every time. But never have they put so much vitriol all in one bill.

In the best case scenario, this bill is just another arrogant, time-wasting exercise by Tea Party extremists who are too obsessed with their radical partisan agenda to make any good faith effort to constructively address the many problems facing our country.

But in the worst case, Republicans will unify around this bill as their starting point in budget negotiations to exact painful compromises from Democrats, something we've seen too often in the past.

We need to make it clear. De-funding NPR, PBS, Planned Parenthood and AmeriCorps isn't a starting point — it's a dead end.

Tell Congress: Don't de-fund NPR, PBS and Planned Parenthood! Click here to automatically sign the petition.

As corporate media consolidation threatens our informed democracy, only the Tea Party would think it's a good idea to de-fund public interest media.

As the reign of private insurance companies continues to leave millions of Americans without the care they need, Tea Party logic says to de-fund Planned Parenthood, one of the most venerable and trusted providers of health care services to women.

As banks have ravaged our economy and evaporated retirees' life savings into thin air, only the Tea Party would want to slash Medicare and Social Security, leaving seniors and retirees out in the cold.

And as the obstructionist Republican Tea Party feeds from the trough of corporate money and turns their back on everyday Americans in pursuit of the most radical agenda in history, only Democrats in Congress would think there was any compromising with them.

We need to push back hard to protect funding for NPR, PBS and Planned Parenthood, and keep these vital institutions off the chopping block.

Click below to automatically sign the petition:
http://act.credoaction.com/r/?r=6914103&p=npr_pbs_pp&id=43917-2593817-r7Tv2Gx&t=10

Thanks for fighting back.

Elijah Zarlin, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets


1. "House GOP Unveils Bill To Kill AmeriCorps, End Federal Funding For NPR, PBS, Planned Parenthood," The Huffington Post, 07-17-12.





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