Three Hours of Peace, Love and Understanding, sorta

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November 20, 2010 by billie789

I’ve been meaning to publish a few pics of our recent trip to DC and The Rally to Restore Sanity hosted by Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. We were so far away from the stage and it was canned sardine-tight quarters in front of the multiple huge screens planted in intervals down the Mall. We loved every minute of it!

It was a beautiful, warm, fall day all the way around and for three hours, the vibe was friendly and kind of charming in a strange and inviting way. Not a sign of protest or anger and the most political sign we saw was “Sanity, Not Hannity!” The shot of the empty grass area of the Mall with the Capitol Building in the background was taken at 9:00 am the next morning. I couldn’t find a candy wrapper on the ground.

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6 thoughts on “Three Hours of Peace, Love and Understanding, sorta

  1. Becky says:

    Love it! Wish I could’ve been there. Saw a bunch of great signs on TV the day after. Laughed my ass off. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Bill says:

    You’re welcome. It was actually a great way to recharge batteries, step back from the cliff and get some reassurances that the world isn’t really as bad as the way a handful of people with megaphones try to make it sound for money.

  3. Jane says:

    good pics. thanks for going, i think it was important. i wanted to be there but couldn’t make it happen and i live alot closer

  4. torqdog says:

    OK, time for this Dog to eat a little crow. I was admittedly wrong as to my prediction that it was just gonna be an extension of Stewart’s and Colbert’s TV shows where they do spend allot of time bashing conservatives. There was hardly any mention of politics throughout the 3 hours that I watched it on C-span though when Stewart gave his closing remarks, I found them to be realistic and “right-on”. Especially poignant was when he said that to be a “racist”, you have to earn that title, a remark placed right at the feet IMHO of those who are quick to label the whole Tea Party movement as racist. Oh yeah, I’m a Lib now so I guess that includes me.

    It looked like fun times were had by all from my armchair viewing position. I especially liked when those two nutty science guys from the Myth Busters show tried to make a seismic event by having everyone jump at the same time. It did register on the seismograph, but not as much as I had expected.

    One observation worth noting was the crowd demographics. Judging from the many different camera shots at different locations throughout, that crowd was about as lily white as a Tea Party or Restoring Honor rally. I was really kind of surprised considering the average age and political demographics of the crowd, I just thought we’d see more color, not that it really makes any difference anyway.

    Glad you two had a good time Bill.

  5. Bill says:

    There were lots of people of color there, Randy, but not a lot of black people, honestly. There is a point where black people won’t participate in anything from anyone if it doesn’t speak directly to them, like a Sharpton rally or similar. Comedy Central has taken a fair amount of ribbing, like Fox News, for not having more black talent on camera. The Daily Show has two black reporters and a Middle Easterner. That’s out of six or seven. Colbert has none, but that’s in line with his white, Republican, conservative spoof: “He doesn’t see color because he’s a conservative.” Naturally, the inference is he doesn’t see color because people of color don’t register on his radar, at all. That’s the spoof.

    One of the funny things that happened was Ozzie coming out and singing “Crazy Train” only to be interupted and drowned out by Cat Stevens coming on stage and singing,”Peace Train.”

    Here’s what I say about that and this hits gay people and Latin people, etc., as far as representation: If your race represents 10% of the population, should you expect more than that in the staffing of a tv station or a tv program? I don’t think so.

    • torqdog says:

      Yeah, the “bean counting” does go overboard more often than not.

      The Ozzie/Stevens skit was pretty hilarious. I’d forgotten about that one.

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