Saturday, October 30, 2010

Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear — UPDATED!!

I'm watching the live feed at Comedy Central.

The crowd is huge:

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Looks like it's all about fun and games:

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Great coverage from Brittany Cohan, who posted some pics earlier:

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Tania Gail should have photos posted a bit later, and I'll update. Meanwhile, expect a lot of leftist chatter about how the crowd for Stewart's rally beats Beck's rally, blah, blah ... Just know that photos won't be comparable, since Restore Sanity has gathered in front of the Capitol building rather than the Lincoln Memorial. Media Matters is going freak out anyway. Check back for updates.

RELATED: At New York Times, "
Live Blog: ‘Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear’" (via Memeorandum).

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UPDATE: Screencap of Ozzy Osbourne and Yusuf Islam:

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And Meredith Jessup tweets:

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Speaking of Wikipedia ... there's an entry for "Restore Sanity."

More on Yusuf Islam: "Cat Stevens Appearance at Sanity Rally Rankles Right Winger."

ADDED: From Aaron Worthing, "WTF?! Islamofascist at the Rally to Restore Sanity?! (Update: A trip Down Memory Lane with Stewart and South Park; Salman Rushdie on Yusuf Islam; Video: Yusuf Islam on Wishing He Could Burn Rushdie Alive)."

More pictures, via Jenn Q. Public:

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Death to right-wingers, but in a nice way. Kinda like "humane" executions:

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Here's Colbert's entry:

Okay, this is the moment I've been waiting for: My most excellent blog-buddy Skye at Midnight Blue is uploading her photos, via Twitter:

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Okay, MFM reports coming in, e.g., at WaPo, "Rally to Restore Sanity: 'If We Amplify Everything, We Hear Nothing'."

More pics, from
Mollie Hemingway:

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The Rally for Sanity folks have their history backwards:

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And you don't see stuff like this at the tea parties:

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And here's a bit on crowd size, at WSJ, "Counting the Crowd: Hard to Do for Jon Stewart’s Rally." I tweeted along these lines this morning.

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And Gateway Pundit has the overhead crowd comparison, and it's clearly no contest:

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Okay, now more photos coming in from Skye at Midnight Blue, on Flickr:

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More at Midnight Blue and Flickr.

5 comments:

Old Retired Petty Officer said...

Looks like meal time for a Rottweiler that hasn't eaten all week.

tapline said...

Donald, I don't understand,,,What's the point of this leftist rally????Doesn't look like God was present at this rally,,,,,Not according to the signs, I saw anyway......stay well....

A.W. said...

Aaron Worthing here.

First, thanks for linking to my post at patterico's pontifications. And notice i am borrowing your crowd-size pic for that site, with a credit and link back.

i keep waiting for someone to restore Yusuf Islam's sanity.

Dennis said...

Leftists never seem to learn. It is no wonder that they did not want pictures taken of the not as well attended event as the "media" would like everyone to believe. The lack of "sanity" and the "hate" signs will be the message that comes to represent the Left.
On the whole a win for the people, especially on the Right, who did not attend. A young person's Halloween party at best with all of the court's jesters in attendance.
One just has to love these people for providing the example of who they really are every time they get together. A rather sad affair.

Anonymous said...

The point of a rally of moderates is to say that the country should focus on doing what's really important in a civil manner.

If you can't argue your policies on their merits without resorting to ad hominem attacks likening your opponent to Hitler, then you probably shouldn't be inserting your comments into the debate before the American public.

Religious people were there. And irreligious. White people and brown people. Every rally of Americans that attempts to represent the entire country should thus be representative of the entire country.

That crowd size photo is misleading, mainly because the two images are zoomed in at different amounts, but also because the two areas of the National Mall are of different sizes but the pictures amplified to suggest that they are comparable. In very slight defense to the image, there is a scale at the bottom. Many other aerial photos show that the rally was densely populated from 3rd to 9th Sts. So much so that the side streets were backed up (especially north of the Mall), partially because people didn't want to be, say, near the Washington Monument in clear sight of the rally but with no video screens or loudspeakers.