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Revenge of the Jesters

© Jim Morin

Who says comedy can’t change the world? In his last show of the year, Jon Stewart dedicated the entire show to shaming the Republicans for unanimously filibustering a bill that would fund health care for the 9/11 first responders whose health was affected by their heroic efforts. Suddenly, the bill was back in the Senate, with a few changes to help the Republicans save face, and it passed by unanimous consent. After the bill passed, NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg made special mention of “great New Yorkers like Jon Stewart.”

UPDATE: NPR has a good summary of how Jon Stewart influenced the passage of the bill.



  1. Iron Knee wrote:

    Merry Christmas, and thanks to all my readers for helping make the world a better place.


    –iron knee

    Saturday, December 25, 2010 at 11:05 am | Permalink
  2. 🙂

    Saturday, December 25, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Permalink
  3. Dan wrote:

    Thank you Jon Stewart. However, I do not think the credit is all his, Reid did threaten to make them come back the week after Christmas…
    From where I’m sitting, this web-site is an important part of the national discussion, it’s on my Facebook, I tell everyone I can about it, and I have been known to slip some of the info into the the very local “newspaper” (more of an extreme newsletter) I print each week.
    Thank you.

    Sunday, December 26, 2010 at 9:21 am | Permalink
  4. starluna wrote:

    Merry Christmas to you as well. Looking forward to a good new year.

    Sunday, December 26, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Permalink