Jon Stewart Is Shocked (But Not Surprised) By GOP Killing Veterans Bill


This must be seen to be believed.

The Fifth Column

The Huffington Post

When a bill came up for vote that would have expanded health care and education for veterans, we knew two things would happen next. First, Republicans would block the bill, because that’s kind of their thing. Then, Jon Stewart would deliver a passionate monologue explaining just how disgraceful this is.

Stewart did just that on “The Daily Show” last night, correctly attacking senate Republicans for their shaky argument for voting against the bill — which was somehow made even worse when an unrelated Iran sanctions amendment was attached to it. Of course, at least one senator argued that it was the only way the bill would get noticed.

“How do you justify attaching the Iran sanctions bill to the veterans’ benefits bill?” Stewart responded. “That’s right, you’re the victim here. You’ve been denied something that you need by an impersonal government bureaucracy. How can anyone know the…

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London Woman To Be Awarded Blue Water Medal For Setting Records On The High Seas


A woman did it! You go girl. Hugs, Barbara

CBS New York

NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — At first glance you would never be able to tell who Jeanne Socrates is or what she does.

The 71-year-old London woman is a sailor par excellence, CBS 2’s Scott Rapoport reported. Sailing is her life. She has sailed around the world solo three times.

In 2013, at the age of 70, she became the oldest woman to sail around the world, by herself, non-stop.

“It’s just an amazing feeling,” she said, “It’s as if I own the world and the ocean.”

Socrates didn’t start sailing until she was 48-years-old and her children were grown up. She began sailing with her husband as a form of relaxation. When he died of cancer in 2003, Socrates carried on and started dreaming of sailing the world.

However, her trips were not without danger.

“Well I lost a boat on a beach in Mexico. And I’ve been in a major…

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Paragon of Fine Art Blogger Award


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Thanks to HuntForTruth for nominating me for this lovely award.  Marlyn Suarez-Exconde’s new award celebrates those of us who love art, and I appreciate very much that Eric thinks I am deserving of this.  I am very pleased that my love for art has come through in my blogs, in addition to the passions I have for justice and women’s rights.

I am an artist — I’ve been a photographer for many years, and began painting 5 years ago, now.  I’ve also come to view my blog as another form of art, at the urging of my fellow bloggers, so this award is very special to me.

Rules for the acceptance of this award:

  • Along with the acceptance of the PFAB Award please post anything that would express your love for art, it may be in a form of a painting, a photograph, an illustration, a poem or essay, anything done for the love of art.
  • Choose 6 bloggers who should merit the said award.
  • Notify the deserving bloggers of the award, let them know the rules.
  • Acknowledge the presenter of this award by linking back.
  • Pin the Ajay-inspired badge on your blog.

In keeping with the Rules, I am posting a painting I did of a courtyard in New Orleans:100_1726

French Quarter, New Orleans (copyright Barbara Mattio, 2010)

My nominees:

  1. dubrovniklady
  2. Friendly Fairytales
  3. KA Bryce
  4. Aquamosh’s blog
  5. Gallery of Roses
  6. 4ever21christina