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A rally for the Moderate and Rational MAJORITY to have fun!

I was there!  And I will post pictures...  And more details...  The turnout was HUGE.  

So far, the news I am seeing suggests a crowd 1/2 or even 1/3 of what was actually there.  The mall was packed all the way from the Capitol to the Washington Monument--that is 3rd to 14th street.  The rally was only scheduled from 3rd to 7th streets, and it seems organizers underestimated the turn-out--by at least half!!  There were no screens or speakers for the tens-of-thousands who filled in behind 7th.   I also could not see the end of the crowd extending up 7th street--they were  packed in at least 5 blocks away, where they disappeared over a slight hill.

Washington Post's first article headline claims "Thousands Attend."  This is utter bull. Also, all of the major news networks forbid their staff from attending. And only one helicopter flew over, and it was not carrying news markings. So...you guys will have to look at YouTube and elsewhere to get coverage.  C-Span did a good job capturing the scene.  

Heh!    wink.gif

The people immediately around me ranged from 8-65, came from all over the country:  Louisiana, Florida, Seattle, Ohio, Michigan, New Jersey, and were students, software developers, aerospace engineers, health professionals, retirees, teachers and artists.  A very substantive crowd....

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Lots of good photos already coming online.  First reporting on crowd estimates of 150,000--which was mentioned at the rally itself.  I suspect it was considerably larger, but I am still picking around with maps, archive photos of other rallies that had crowd estimates,  etc. to decide....


Just saw this little blurb:


Christian Science Monitor:

Jon Stewart's "Rally to Restore Sanity" in Washington has sparked more than 1,160 mini-rallies in 84 countries, morphing into something of a global political happening.


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Lots of good photos already coming online.  First reporting on crowd estimates of 150,000--which was mentioned at the rally itself.  I suspect it was considerably larger, but I am still picking around with maps, archive photos of other rallies that had crowd estimates,  etc. to decide....


Just saw this little blurb:


Christian Science Monitor:

Jon Stewart's "Rally to Restore Sanity" in Washington has sparked more than 1,160 mini-rallies in 84 countries, morphing into something of a global political happening.


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Lots of good photos already coming online.  First reporting on crowd estimates of 150,000--which was mentioned at the rally itself.  I suspect it was considerably larger, but I am still picking around with maps, archive photos of other rallies that had crowd estimates,  etc. to decide....


Just saw this little blurb:


Christian Science Monitor:

Jon Stewart's "Rally to Restore Sanity" in Washington has sparked more than 1,160 mini-rallies in 84 countries, morphing into something of a global political happening.


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A rally for the Moderate and Rational MAJORITY to have fun!

I was there!  And I will post pictures...  And more details...  The turnout was HUGE.  

So far, the news I am seeing suggests a crowd 1/2 or even 1/3 of what was actually there.  The mall was packed all the way from the Capitol to the Washington Monument--that is 3rd to 14th street.  The rally was only scheduled from 3rd to 7th streets, and it seems organizers underestimated the turn-out--by at least half!!  There were no screens or speakers for the tens-of-thousands who filled in behind 7th.   I also could not see the end of the crowd extending up 7th street--they were  packed in at least 5 blocks away, where they disappeared over a slight hill.

Washington Post's first article headline claims "Thousands Attend."  This is utter bull. Also, all of the major news networks forbid their staff from attending. And only one helicopter flew over, and it was not carrying news markings. So...you guys will have to look at YouTube and elsewhere to get coverage.  C-Span did a good job capturing the scene.  

Heh!    wink.gif

The people immediately around me ranged from 8-65, came from all over the country:  Louisiana, Florida, Seattle, Ohio, Michigan, New Jersey, and were students, software developers, aerospace engineers, health professionals, retirees, teachers and artists.  A very substantive crowd....
Thank you for the report. I watched it on Comedy Central and I could see there were a lot of people there. I looked for reports on the Internet to see what the crowd estimates were but couldn't find any numbers. One story left it at "thousands" -- not the Washington Post story you cited but an AP story, I think. Finally, I found a  story that said there were 60,000 people. I thought it looked like a lot more than that. It's good to have a first-hand account_74615. Hope you enjoyed it.

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Hey, thanks for being interested Julie (or is it Bryan?) :-)

CBS has now put the crowd estimate at 215,000--which feels about right to me.  That probably accounts for the unbelievably dense, can't move at all, shoulder-to-shoulder standing crowd on the mall itself and a block or so out on both sides.  But there was a lot of continuous movement too--in and out--in huge waves along the edges.  And thousands walking down streets.  So, if these are also counted, then 250,000 would not surprise me. 

Apparently the organizers anticipated 60,000, but arranged porta-potties for 125,000. 

The video link up top of Stewart's speech has some good crowd shots (and is a good speech, too.)  My photos came out poorly, but here are some gathered from the web:

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this next shot looks across the width of the Mall rather than the length. (ignore the fish-eye curve) We were deep and wide :-)
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Hey, thanks for being interested Julie (or is it Bryan?) :-)

CBS has now put the crowd estimate at 215,000--which feels about right to me.  That probably accounts for the unbelievably dense, can't move at all, shoulder-to-shoulder standing crowd on the mall itself and a block or so out on both sides.  But there was a lot of continuous movement too--in and out--in huge waves along the edges.  And thousands walking down streets.  So, if these are also counted, then 250,000 would not surprise me. 

Apparently the organizers anticipated 60,000, but arranged porta-potties for 125,000. 

The video link up top of Stewart's speech has some good crowd shots (and is a good speech, too.)  My photos came out poorly, but here are some gathered from the web:

9007263-standard.jpg

9007257-large.jpgs-RALLY-TO-RESTORE-SANITY-ATTENDANCE-large.jpg Aerial_Photo_2__370x278.jpg

this next shot looks across the width of the Mall rather than the length. (ignore the fish-eye curve) We were deep and wide :-)
9007251-standard.jpg
9007258-standard.jpgstewart_colbert_rally_aerial_1_620x350.JPG
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Hey, thanks for being interested Julie (or is it Bryan?) :-)

CBS has now put the crowd estimate at 215,000--which feels about right to me.  That probably accounts for the unbelievably dense, can't move at all, shoulder-to-shoulder standing crowd on the mall itself and a block or so out on both sides.  But there was a lot of continuous movement too--in and out--in huge waves along the edges.  And thousands walking down streets.  So, if these are also counted, then 250,000 would not surprise me. 

Apparently the organizers anticipated 60,000, but arranged porta-potties for 125,000. 

The video link up top of Stewart's speech has some good crowd shots (and is a good speech, too.)  My photos came out poorly, but here are some gathered from the web:

9007263-standard.jpg

9007257-large.jpgs-RALLY-TO-RESTORE-SANITY-ATTENDANCE-large.jpg Aerial_Photo_2__370x278.jpg

this next shot looks across the width of the Mall rather than the length. (ignore the fish-eye curve) We were deep and wide :-)
9007251-standard.jpg
9007258-standard.jpgstewart_colbert_rally_aerial_1_620x350.JPG
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There were so many people with better cameras than mine, I have decided to instead share some photos from around the web of yesterday's rally.  It was so cool!

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At some point, I will post photos from the conservative Glenn Beck rally and the liberal One Nation rally so that people can see how completely dwarfed both of those were by this massive event.  The throngs of people continued in the city well into the evening, and they were stacked up well beyond the periphery of the Mall, down the streets, several blocks deep, which does not show up in the photos and probably is not calculated into the crowd estimates.  Some have suggested that 1/2 million came.....this is not completely outside the realm of reasonableness.  Certainly the number was between a quarter to a half a million.  Probably closer to 1/4

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1030believe.jpg?w=620&h=465

1030nothitler.jpg?w=620&h=465

1030tempered.jpg?w=620&h=465

LOL!

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There were so many people with better cameras than mine, I have decided to instead share some photos from around the web of yesterday's rally.  It was so cool!

2photo.jpg

photo4.jpg

1photo.jpg

5photo.jpg

At some point, I will post photos from the conservative Glenn Beck rally and the liberal One Nation rally so that people can see how completely dwarfed both of those were by this massive event.  The throngs of people continued in the city well into the evening, and they were stacked up well beyond the periphery of the Mall, down the streets, several blocks deep, which does not show up in the photos and probably is not calculated into the crowd estimates.  Some have suggested that 1/2 million came.....this is not completely outside the realm of reasonableness.  Certainly the number was between a quarter to a half a million.  Probably closer to 1/4

rally-2-300x259.jpg

rally-4-300x270.jpg1030agreeable.jpg?w=620&h=465

1030believe.jpg?w=620&h=465

1030nothitler.jpg?w=620&h=465

1030tempered.jpg?w=620&h=465

LOL!

1030protesting.jpg?w=620&h=465

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There were so many people with better cameras than mine, I have decided to instead share some photos from around the web of yesterday's rally.  It was so cool!

2photo.jpg

photo4.jpg

1photo.jpg

5photo.jpg

At some point, I will post photos from the conservative Glenn Beck rally and the liberal One Nation rally so that people can see how completely dwarfed both of those were by this massive event.  The throngs of people continued in the city well into the evening, and they were stacked up well beyond the periphery of the Mall, down the streets, several blocks deep, which does not show up in the photos and probably is not calculated into the crowd estimates.  Some have suggested that 1/2 million came.....this is not completely outside the realm of reasonableness.  Certainly the number was between a quarter to a half a million.  Probably closer to 1/4

rally-2-300x259.jpg

rally-4-300x270.jpg1030agreeable.jpg?w=620&h=465

1030believe.jpg?w=620&h=465

1030nothitler.jpg?w=620&h=465

1030tempered.jpg?w=620&h=465

LOL!

1030protesting.jpg?w=620&h=465

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Jon Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear Closing Remarks:

“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. 

But unfortunately one of our main tools in delineating the two broke.  The country’s 24 hour political pundit perpetual panic conflictinator did not cause our problems but its existence makes solving them that much harder.  The press can hold its magnifying up to our problems bringing them into focus, illuminating issues heretofore unseen or they can use that 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 Rick Sanchez is an insult, not only to those people but to the racists themselves who have put in the exhausting effort it takes to hate--just as the inability to distinguish terrorists from Muslims makes us less safe not more.  The press is our immune system.  If we overreact to everything we actually get sicker--and perhaps eczema. 

And 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 fun house mirror, and not the good kind that makes you look slim in the waist and maybe taller, but the kind where you have a giant forehead and an ass shaped like a month old 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, of course, 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.  But Americans don’t live here or on cable TV.  Where we live our values and principles form the foundations 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, Republicans, liberals or conservatives.  Americans live their lives more as people that are just a little bit late for something they have to do—often something that they do not want to do—but they do it--impossible things every day that are only made possible by the little reasonable compromises that we all make. 

Look on the screen. This is where we are. This is who we are.  (points to the Jumbotron screen which show traffic merging into a tunnel).  These cars—that’s a schoolteacher who probably thinks his taxes are too high.  He’s going to work.  There’s another car-a woman with two small kids who can’t really think about anything else right now.  There’s another car, swinging, I don’t even know if you can see it—the lady’s in the NRA and she loves Oprah.  There’s another car—an investment banker, gay, also likes Oprah.  Another car’s a Latino carpenter.  Another car a fundamentalist vacuum salesman.  Atheist obstetrician.  Mormon Jay-Z fan.  But this is us.  Every one 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.  Carved, by the way, by people who I’m sure had their differences.  And they do it.  Concession by conscession.  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?  Is that an Obama sticker on your car? Well, that’s okay—you go and then I’ll go.

And 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 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 want I want from you, I can only assure you this: you have already given it to me.  Your 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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Jon Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear Closing Remarks:

“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. 

But unfortunately one of our main tools in delineating the two broke.  The country’s 24 hour political pundit perpetual panic conflictinator did not cause our problems but its existence makes solving them that much harder.  The press can hold its magnifying up to our problems bringing them into focus, illuminating issues heretofore unseen or they can use that 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 Rick Sanchez is an insult, not only to those people but to the racists themselves who have put in the exhausting effort it takes to hate--just as the inability to distinguish terrorists from Muslims makes us less safe not more.  The press is our immune system.  If we overreact to everything we actually get sicker--and perhaps eczema. 

And 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 fun house mirror, and not the good kind that makes you look slim in the waist and maybe taller, but the kind where you have a giant forehead and an ass shaped like a month old 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, of course, 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.  But Americans don’t live here or on cable TV.  Where we live our values and principles form the foundations 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, Republicans, liberals or conservatives.  Americans live their lives more as people that are just a little bit late for something they have to do—often something that they do not want to do—but they do it--impossible things every day that are only made possible by the little reasonable compromises that we all make. 

Look on the screen. This is where we are. This is who we are.  (points to the Jumbotron screen which show traffic merging into a tunnel).  These cars—that’s a schoolteacher who probably thinks his taxes are too high.  He’s going to work.  There’s another car-a woman with two small kids who can’t really think about anything else right now.  There’s another car, swinging, I don’t even know if you can see it—the lady’s in the NRA and she loves Oprah.  There’s another car—an investment banker, gay, also likes Oprah.  Another car’s a Latino carpenter.  Another car a fundamentalist vacuum salesman.  Atheist obstetrician.  Mormon Jay-Z fan.  But this is us.  Every one 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.  Carved, by the way, by people who I’m sure had their differences.  And they do it.  Concession by conscession.  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?  Is that an Obama sticker on your car? Well, that’s okay—you go and then I’ll go.

And 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 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 want I want from you, I can only assure you this: you have already given it to me.  Your 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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Jon Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear Closing Remarks:

“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. 

But unfortunately one of our main tools in delineating the two broke.  The country’s 24 hour political pundit perpetual panic conflictinator did not cause our problems but its existence makes solving them that much harder.  The press can hold its magnifying up to our problems bringing them into focus, illuminating issues heretofore unseen or they can use that 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 Rick Sanchez is an insult, not only to those people but to the racists themselves who have put in the exhausting effort it takes to hate--just as the inability to distinguish terrorists from Muslims makes us less safe not more.  The press is our immune system.  If we overreact to everything we actually get sicker--and perhaps eczema. 

And 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 fun house mirror, and not the good kind that makes you look slim in the waist and maybe taller, but the kind where you have a giant forehead and an ass shaped like a month old 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, of course, 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.  But Americans don’t live here or on cable TV.  Where we live our values and principles form the foundations 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, Republicans, liberals or conservatives.  Americans live their lives more as people that are just a little bit late for something they have to do—often something that they do not want to do—but they do it--impossible things every day that are only made possible by the little reasonable compromises that we all make. 

Look on the screen. This is where we are. This is who we are.  (points to the Jumbotron screen which show traffic merging into a tunnel).  These cars—that’s a schoolteacher who probably thinks his taxes are too high.  He’s going to work.  There’s another car-a woman with two small kids who can’t really think about anything else right now.  There’s another car, swinging, I don’t even know if you can see it—the lady’s in the NRA and she loves Oprah.  There’s another car—an investment banker, gay, also likes Oprah.  Another car’s a Latino carpenter.  Another car a fundamentalist vacuum salesman.  Atheist obstetrician.  Mormon Jay-Z fan.  But this is us.  Every one 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.  Carved, by the way, by people who I’m sure had their differences.  And they do it.  Concession by conscession.  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?  Is that an Obama sticker on your car? Well, that’s okay—you go and then I’ll go.

And 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 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 want I want from you, I can only assure you this: you have already given it to me.  Your 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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