Sunday, October 31, 2010

Send In The Clowns. Post Script

A quick follow-up to the Rally to Restore Sanity: According to the Christian Science Monitor today, the rally restored some $150,000 to the National Mall Trust the day before the event.

That should just about clean up the rally aftermath of all those folks on the National Mall yesterday! Hopefully, more donations will pour in so that this bit of pop culture silliness won't be simply an entertainment event that keeps Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert in the ratings game.

October 31, 2010

Friday, October 29, 2010

Send In The Clowns. Please.

Americans are idiots. Well, a lot of them are.

Just a few days away from election day, (as if THAT makes a difference), two "rallies" in over 900 cities across the country will be held to "restore sanity" and "keep fear alive", hosted by comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert respectively. You know, to provide a counterbalance to the "extremists" who have been making noise and trying to upset the Democratic Administration's apple and orange cart. It's the leftist entertainment world's comedic response to the rightist wing nut
Glenn Beck. And let me be clear about one thing: I absolutely DO think that Beck is a wing nut. And so is the Republican Party's one trick pony shill Rush Limbaugh. They're just two examples of a herd of blathering heads on TV and radio.

Really, though, it is a fundraiser for helping the National Park Service restore the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Here's the funny part: Many sane and reasonable folks across the land think it's a REAL political rally. And an even funnier part: The people attending the event in D.C. will be trampling all over the very National Mall that all proceeds are supposedly going to help restore!

Restore Sanity, indeed!

In September the LA Times ran a story on the rally and told about Marble Falls, Texas resident Shawna Riley who was booking hotel and airline tickets to attend one of these shows. Never mind the fact that one of these events is being held in Austin, Texas and Ms Riley could have just driven there from Marble Falls and saved a butt load of money. Call me crazy....

Yes, Ms Riley was quoted as saying the event was going to be "one of those we-got-to-be-there moments." (We-got-to... not we've-got-to) She went on to say, "We're tired of the fear-mongering in the mainstream media." I guess she isn't going to tune into Colbert's
March To Keep Fear Alive.

That thousands of people like Ms Riley think of these events as serious political statements validates Colbert's March To Keep Fear Alive.

The real rally for restoring sanity should be for the rest of us to tell Republicans, Democrats, political analysts, celebrities, and talk show hosts like Beck, Limbaugh, and the rest to just shut the *bleep* up.

Enough already! Save your hotel money, airfare, and gas expense. Yeah...restore sanity, you idiots, and save the environment by NOT flying or driving. You know, carbon footprint and such. I mean these are the very people who, on any other day, and during any other rally would be shouting about global warming and carbon offsets and telling us how we're killing the environment by driving cars and eating the meat of farting cows. The more I think about all of it, the more it all drives me insane!

Colbert has it right. Keep Fear Alive. Tell everyone that all these clowns are serious about politics, and go out and have rallies.

Then tell them to go vote. Now THAT scares me half to death!

Rick Baker
October 29, 2010
Rochester, NY

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