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Steven Colbert and Jon Stewart Rallies in DC

 
 
JPB
 
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Reply Sat 30 Oct, 2010 02:36 pm
@dyslexia,
Cool
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chai2
 
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Reply Sat 30 Oct, 2010 04:25 pm
@JPB,
JPB wrote:

Here's one crowd pic from Yahoo. Looks like quite the gathering.

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/ap/20101030/capt.de120182dfe24358810d3786c06c30be-de120182dfe24358810d3786c06c30be-0.jpg?x=230&y=345&q=85&sig=TNhzLEkPJeNeP.PU8XKJ3w--

Also, AP is now running a storyline that is being picked up by the news services.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39925382/ns/politics-more_politics/


I see Tsar!

He's on the left, standing next to someone.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 30 Oct, 2010 05:00 pm
@chai2,
I liked the times the cameras focused on people in the crowd. I guess that is sort of voyeur-ish, but it seemed quite the good will group, did look like fun.
It has been twenty three years since I've been to the Mall but I remember it well. New buildings and much else there now, of course.
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msolga
 
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Reply Sat 30 Oct, 2010 05:37 pm
This is how the rally was reported on (Australian) ABC News online this morning.
It was the lead story.
(video clip below):


Quote:
Stewart, Colbert rally for fear and sanity
By Washington correspondent Craig McMurtrie, wires
Updated 1 hour 23 minutes ago
Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart in Washington
http://www.abc.net.au/reslib/201010/r664906_4789779.jpg
Restoring sanity: Stephen Colbert with Jon Stewart (Reuters: Jason Reed)
On the eve of America's midterm elections, tens of thousands of people have crowded into downtown Washington DC for a rally hosted by comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert....<cont>

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/10/31/3052937.htm

Quote:
VIDEO:US comedians Stewart and Colbert stage Rally to Restore Sanity
Source: ABC News
Published: Sunday, October 31, 2010 8:52 AEDT
Expires: Saturday, January 29, 2011 8:52 AEDT

On the eve of US mid term elections comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert hold a rally in downtown Washington DC

http://www.abc.net.au/news/video/2010/10/31/3052942.htm
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rosborne979
 
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Reply Sat 30 Oct, 2010 06:29 pm
@Butrflynet,

Yup, that was a good speech... "If we amplify everything, we hear nothing."...
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 30 Oct, 2010 06:50 pm
@rosborne979,
Glad to hear it again, thanks.
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JPB
 
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Reply Sat 30 Oct, 2010 07:24 pm
@rosborne979,
I was thinking of Spendi re Media during the first half.
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littlek
 
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Reply Sat 30 Oct, 2010 07:33 pm
I have two friends, from two different parts of my life, posting (on FB) about this rally..... pretty cool.
dlowan
 
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Reply Sat 30 Oct, 2010 07:35 pm
@littlek,
has the sanity level gone up yet?


The speech:

http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/17389/228438
kickycan
 
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Reply Sat 30 Oct, 2010 07:37 pm
The sanity level at Fox News surely hasn't gone up.

Fox News' take on it is that those bad people there are lying liberal evildoers disguised as reasonable people! Idiots.

Stewart, Colbert Throw 'Non-Political' Rally in Washington Ahead of Midterms

WASHINGTON -- Just three days before pivotal midterm elections, comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert threw a "sanity" rally in the shadow of the Capitol that organizers insisted wasn't about politics.

But there were political undertones to Saturday's event as the two Comedy Central hosts entertained a huge throng stretched alongside the National Mall by poking fun at the nation's diversity and its ill-tempered politics.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/10/30/thousands-expected-stewart-colbert-rally-washington/?test=latestnews?test=latestnews#content
dlowan
 
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Reply Sat 30 Oct, 2010 07:39 pm
@kickycan,
What a surprise.
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msolga
 
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Reply Sat 30 Oct, 2010 07:43 pm
From today's BBC News:
Quote:
What was Jon Stewart's rally in Washington all about?

People at Jon Stewart's "sanity rally" explain why they are there
.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-11656214
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sozobe
 
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Reply Sat 30 Oct, 2010 07:56 pm
@dlowan,
Awesome, thanks!

It says that they'll "swap in" the video when they get it, so I'm copying and pasting in case that means they'll remove the transcript:

Quote:
I can't control what people think this was. I can only tell you my intentions. This was not a rally to ridicule people of faith. Or people of activism or to look down our noses at the heartland or passionate argument or to suggest that times are not difficult and that we have nothing to fear. They are and we do. But we live now in hard times, not end times. And we can have animus and not be enemies.

Unfortunately, one of our main tools in delineating the two broke. The country's 24-hour politico pundit panic conflict-onator did not cause our problems, but its existence makes solving them that much harder. The press can hold its magnifying glass up to our problems and illuminate problems heretofore unseen, or it can use its magnifying glass to light ants on fire, and then perhaps host a week of shows on the sudden, unexpected dangerous-flaming-ant epidemic. If we amplify everything, we hear nothing.

There are terrorists and racists and Stalinists and theocrats, but those are titles that must be earned. You must have the resume. Not being able to distinguish between real racists and tea partiers, or real bigots and Juan Williams and Rich Sanchez is an insult -- not only to those people, but to the racists themselves, who have put forth the exhausting effort it takes to hate. Just as the inability to distinguish between terrorists and Muslims makes us less safe, not more.

The press is our immune system. If it overreacts to everything we eventually get sicker. And perhaps eczema. Yet, with that being said, I feel good. Strangely, calmly good, because the image of Americans that is reflected back to us by our political and media process is false. It is us through a funhouse mirror, and not the good kind that makes you slim and taller -- but the kind where you have a giant forehead and an ass like a pumpkin and one eyeball.

So, why would we work together? Why would you reach across the aisle to a pumpkin assed forehead eyeball monster? If the picture of us were true, our inability to solve problems would actually be quite sane and reasonable. Why would you work with Marxists actively subverting our Constitution or racists and homophobes who see no one’s humanity but their own? We hear every damn day about how fragile our country is -- on the brink of catastrophe -- torn by polarizing hate and how it’s a shame that we can’t work together to get things done, but the truth is we do. We work together to get things done every damn day. The only place we don't is here or on cable TV. Americans don't live here or on cable TV. Where we live our values and principles form the foundation that sustains us while we get things done, not the barriers that prevent us from getting things done.

Most Americans don't live their lives solely as Democrats or Republicans or conservatives or liberals. Most Americans live their lives that our just a little bit late for something they have to do. Often it’s something they do not want to do, but they do it. Impossible things get done every day that are only made possible by the little, reasonable compromises.

With footage of lanes of slow-moving traffic playing on screens behind him, Stewart went on to build a metaphor based on the traffic merger at the Lincoln Tunnel between New York and New Jersey.

These cars -- that’s a school teacher who thinks taxes are too high…there’s a mom with two kids who can’t think about anything else...another car, the lady’s in the NRA. She loves Oprah…An investment banker, gay, also likes Oprah…a Latino carpenter…a fundamentalist vacuum salesman…a Mormon Jay Z fan…But this is us. Everyone of the cars that you see is filled with individuals of strong belief and principles they hold dear -- often principles and beliefs in direct opposition to their fellow travelers.

And yet these millions of cars must somehow find a way to squeeze one by one into a mile-long, 30-foot wide tunnel carved underneath a mighty river…And they do it. Concession by concession. You go. Then I’ll go. You go, then I’ll go. You go, then I’ll go -- oh my god, is that an NRA sticker on your car, an Obama sticker on your car? Well, that’s OK. You go and then I’ll go…"Sure, at some point there will be a selfish jerk who zips up the shoulder and cuts in at the last minute. But that individual is rare and he is scorned, and he is not hired as an analyst.

Because we know instinctively as a people that if we are to get through the darkness and back into the light we have to work together and the truth is, there will always be darkness. And sometimes the light at the end of the tunnel isn’t the promised land. Sometimes it’s just New Jersey. But we do it anyway, together.

If you want to know why I’m here and what I want from you I can only assure you this: you have already given it to me. You’re presence was what I wanted. Sanity will always be and has always been in the eye of the beholder. To see you here today and the kind of people that you are has restored mine. Thank you.
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Sat 30 Oct, 2010 09:00 pm
Squinney, were you at the rally?

http://www.baltimoresun.com/media/photo/2010-10/57213833.jpg
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sat 30 Oct, 2010 10:28 pm
@JPB,
IT was so wicked awesome seeing the Mythbusters pull off the their appearance.

I'll upload my photographs Sunday noonish.

All and all a most excellent day had by all. Hope it had an impact on those in the targeted so called independent voters and sway them away from the dark side of the Tea Party.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sat 30 Oct, 2010 10:32 pm
@chai2,
Chai! I had a much better view of the stage then these late comers.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sat 30 Oct, 2010 11:16 pm
@tsarstepan,
I managed to get an early bus back from Washington DC. Loaded up the photographs tonight so here they are:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157625277420748/
Butrflynet
 
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Reply Sun 31 Oct, 2010 01:03 am
@tsarstepan,
Some beautiful night-time scenes of the capitol...and that guy's head that was in front of your camera for a lot of the shots. Razz Laughing
msolga
 
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Reply Sun 31 Oct, 2010 03:09 am
Quote below from the NYTimes report on the rally.

I listened to Jon Stewart's final speech (posted by BBB) & was very moved by his words. Sanity, tolerance & working together ...
For a comedian, he sounded amazingly sane. Wink
Say nothing of constructive.:


Quote:
At Rally, Thousands — Billions? — Respond
Published: October 30, 2010/NYT

.... Mr. Stewart struck a serious note in his finale speech at the rally, making an appeal for bipartisanship.

“We know instinctively as a people that if we are to get through the darkness and back into the light we have to work together,” he said.“And sometimes the light at the end of the tunnel isn’t the promised land. Sometimes it’s just New Jersey. But we do it anyway, together.”


http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/31/us/politics/31rally.html?_r=1&src=ISMR_HP_LO_MST_FB
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lmur
 
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Reply Sun 31 Oct, 2010 04:01 am
@tsarstepan,
Great signs.

RESTORE SANITY NOW COS MY SITTER CHARGES BY THE HOUR AND I HAVE A BIT OF A DRIVE.
Very Happy
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