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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Paragon of Fine Art Blogger Award



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

The Non-Existence of The Iraqi Conflict

Sweden and the Middle East Views

This article was originally posted on A Brave New World’s website.

Have you been to any of the neighboring countries of Iraq recently? Have you seen the Iraqi widows begging in the streets? Or the teenagers that have lived most of their lives outside their home country, raised without proper education or housing, on the run as long as they can remember? On the 11th anniversary of US invasion of Iraq, the country is again leaning towards the brink of a civil war and the remnants of the mass exodus in the last decade are still present, scattered around the conflict-ridden region. In Jordan and Lebanon, the Iraqi refugees are now intermingling with the Syrians; in Turkey they blend in easily with the masses of trafficked people who are trying to survive on the dangerous streets of Istanbul.

Last week, Baghdad and Mosul were the latest targets in the series…

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