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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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Romney & Bain Capital

Explosive news broke last week that Mitt Romney may have been in charge of Bain Capital well after he claimed to leave in 1999, as Bain continued to outsource American jobs.1
Romney's own tax returns could help clear up his actual role at Bain during this time and his responsibility for what happened to those workers, but he's refusing to release them.
Even Romney's Republican allies, including two governors, are now calling on him to release more of his returns.2 And guess what? The one complete tax return Romney did release details massive offshore investments in the Cayman Islands and a Swiss bank account.3
Enough's enough. It's time for Mitt to come clean. Public pressure is building and we have the opportunity to pour it on with a MASSIVE petition, because even Mitt's Republican friends (and your conservative uncle) understand that Americans need to know the basic truth about our presidential candidates.
We'll deliver the petition soon to his campaign headquarters in Boston. So after you sign, be sure to share the petition with everyone you know—including your conservative uncle.
The American public deserves to know more than one year's worth of tax history for a presidential candidate—especially when there are legitimate questions about his financial record. And Americans need to know how long Romney was involved with Bain Capital as it continued to bankrupt American companies and outsource American jobs.
Romney's going against a tradition of transparency started by his own father, who released 12 years of returns when he ran for president saying, "One year could be a fluke, perhaps done for show."4 It's time for Romney to come clean and let the American public know the truth about his taxes.
On Friday, MoveOn members went to Romney's campaign offices across the country to get him to come clean. Now this petition can put even more pressure on Romney to release his tax returns.
Then share the petition—and remember, not just with your friends but with your conservative uncle too! 
Thanks for all you do.
–Justin, Victoria, Emily, Milan, and the rest of the MoveOn team
1. "Mitt Romney stayed at Bain 3 years longer than he stated," The Boston Globe, July 12, 2012
2. "Bill Kristol: Mitt Romney 'Should Release The Tax Returns Tomorrow,'" The Huffington Post July 15, 2012
3. "Mitt Romney's offshore accounts draw more fire," The Boston Globe, July 9, 2012
4. "On tax returns, Mitt won't follow the leader—his dad," The Washington Post, July 11, 2012
"Biden to Latino group: 'Romney wants you to show your papers, but he won't show us his,'" ABC News, July 10, 2012

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