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Old 10-31-2010, 04:03 AM   #76
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I apparently must have totally missed that "controversial" stuff myself, then, 'cause from what I observed on TV/online, everyone seemed pretty calm and polite and just looked to be having fun *Shrugs*. And the signs seemed to be pretty light-hearted and funny. The only Nazi-related sign I saw was this one that somebody on another site shared a link to:

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That's officially my favorite sign of the whole day .

And Jon's end speech . Very moving, very sincere, and incredibly true. I'd like to think most people took those words to heart. I seriously hope so.

Agreed overall with Inner El Guapo's post, too. There needs to be legitimate, honest, good-hearted/intentioned attempts at change, from the voters on up. We need to get both parties to wake up and finally listen to what we have to say. Ultimately, in order to get anything moving again, people need to start CARING about what's going on around them, and they need to genuinely educate themselves on the issues that concern us. People have equated cynicism and wariness with complete apathy, and I find that strange. If anything, it should encourage involvement. If you're dissatisfied with what's going on, doesn't it naturally make sense that you'd want to fix whatever's making you unhappy in any way you possibly can? I'm all for having a healthy dose of skepticism, you should never be afraid to question and hold people accountable and all that sort of thing. You have the right to do that, the privilege to do that-lord knows I've done plenty of that in recent years myself. But I really don't understand just throwing in the towel and saying, "Why bother?" If you're going to think that way, then it's hard to take you seriously when you then turn around and complain and demand to know why things aren't being done.

One person can't solve all the world's problems, it kinda takes a mass effort to get things done. We all need to grow up, get over ourselves and our little clique-y mindsets, and start working with each other, or at least trying to-if someone doesn't want to cooperate, fine, leave them be and move on to find someone else who will. If those who refuse to work with others find themselves alone in the future, well, that's their problem to deal with.

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On the Ground at the Stewart/Colbert Rally | The Blaze

I interviewed a number of different people at the rally, asking each of them where they were from and why they came to DC for the rally. This is how the majority of those conversations played out:

Q: So what brings you to Washington today?
A: The rally!
Q: Well, duh. But why are you at today’s rally?
A: To restore sanity!
Q: But what does that mean? What message are you specifically hoping to send by being here today?
A: People need to stop acting crazy.
Q: Who is acting ‘crazy’?
A: Everyone! People need to stop acting crazy.


And the fact that multiple people showed up with pictures of Republicans with Hitler mustaches is just rich. Real Einsteins, these.
You're trying to find genuine meaning / political messages in a rally organized by two mainstream cable TV comedians?

Stewart's poignant closing remarks aside, you're falling into the same trap as Bill O'Reilly and those boobs from Crossfire who Stewart eviscerated on their own show; looking to a comedian for what your national news media should be providing you.
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I apparently must have totally missed that "controversial" stuff myself, then, 'cause from what I observed on TV/online, everyone seemed pretty calm and polite and just looked to be having fun *Shrugs*. And the signs seemed to be pretty light-hearted and funny. The only Nazi-related sign I saw was this one that somebody on another site shared a link to:

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That's officially my favorite sign of the whole day .

And Jon's end speech . Very moving, very sincere, and incredibly true. I'd like to think most people took those words to heart. I seriously hope so.

Agreed overall with Inner El Guapo's post, too. There needs to be legitimate, honest, good-hearted/intentioned attempts at change, from the voters on up. We need to get both parties to wake up and finally listen to what we have to say. Ultimately, in order to get anything moving again, people need to start CARING about what's going on around them, and they need to genuinely educate themselves on the issues that concern us. People have equated cynicism and wariness with complete apathy, and I find that strange. If anything, it should encourage involvement. If you're dissatisfied with what's going on, doesn't it naturally make sense that you'd want to fix whatever's making you unhappy in any way you possibly can? I'm all for having a healthy dose of skepticism, you should never be afraid to question and hold people accountable and all that sort of thing. You have the right to do that, the privilege to do that-lord knows I've done plenty of that in recent years myself. But I really don't understand just throwing in the towel and saying, "Why bother?" If you're going to think that way, then it's hard to take you seriously when you then turn around and complain and demand to know why things aren't being done.

One person can't solve all the world's problems, it kinda takes a mass effort to get things done. We all need to grow up, get over ourselves and our little clique-y mindsets, and start working with each other, or at least trying to-if someone doesn't want to cooperate, fine, leave them be and move on to find someone else who will. If those who refuse to work with others find themselves alone in the future, well, that's their problem to deal with.

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Great post Angela! I agree 100%.
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Old 10-31-2010, 02:30 PM   #79
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If anyone is interestested my brother wrote a great piece this morning on his blog at The Center for Justice and was clearly inspired by Jon Stewart's closing remarks yesterday.
By the way, Tim my brother was the recipient of the Edward R Murrow award at Wash.State University upon graduation for most outstanding journalism student in his class. I am proud of him!


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Catchy, but a little too direct for me...
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I get that, but

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Thanks for posting! That was hilarious!
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Having attended several rallies myself during the past decade in NY and DC both, in a crowd that large you are going to find all kinds of nut jobs. I have witnessed it first hand.
Big deal. The majority there got the point and the joke.
If you listened to Jon's closing remarks, he summed up how most people in the country feel. IMO. Did I attend today? Nope, but I wish I had!
Btw, my cousin is a reporter, lives in DC and was there all day. She also interviewed people and took tons of pictures.
There was not a single mention of the above "nazi references." Doesn't mean they weren't there, but if she saw any during her roving around, she surely would have told me, so I tend to think that this was a very small number presenting that message.
Here's Jon's closing remarks. Bravo.
YouTube - John Stewart's Closing Remarks at the Rally to Restore Sanity And/Or Keep Fear Alive
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Having attended several rallies myself during the past decade in NY and DC both, in a crowd that large you are going to find all kinds of nut jobs. I have witnessed it first hand.
Big deal. The majority there got the point and the joke.
If you listened to Jon's closing remarks, he summed up how most people in the country feel. IMO. Did I attend today? Nope, but I wish I had!
Btw, my cousin is a reporter, lives in DC and was there all day. She also interviewed people and took tons of pictures.
There was not a single mention of the above "nazi references." Doesn't mean they weren't there, but if she saw any during her roving around, she surely would have told me, so I tend to think that this was a very small number presenting that message.
Here's Jon's closing remarks. Bravo.
YouTube - John Stewart's Closing Remarks at the Rally to Restore Sanity And/Or Keep Fear Alive
Thank you so much for the link and posting it here.
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Jon Stewart Rally Attracts Estimated 215,000 - Political Hotsheet - CBS News

That is waaaay more than I ever expected to actually show up. Awesome.
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Jon Stewart Rally Attracts Estimated 215,000 - Political Hotsheet - CBS News

That is waaaay more than I ever expected to actually show up. Awesome.
Were they selling tickets to this? Or was this free to the public?
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