The Rally to Restore Sanity, The Million Moderate March, Dorks in D.C., whatever it’s called, this rally featuring the real Democratic leadership is promoted as the way Americans should do politics. Let’s look at some of the things that never made it into the news.
One of the staged spectacles was Ozzy Osbourne and Yusuf Islam (the guy who wants Salman Rushdie executed), a man who said:
“The Qur’an makes it clear, if someone defames the Prophet, then he must die.”
Salman Rushdie wrote a letter to The Sunday Telegraph titled Cat Stevens wanted me dead. It explains quite clearly how Yusuf Islam wants him to be killed and it makes for a curious spectacle to have this man on stage at a “Rally to Restore Sanity.” Perhaps Stewart or Colbert can address this later in the month.
The astroturf campaign waged by Oprah Winfrey and The Huffington Post also went unmentioned in many places. The ungrateful HuffPo brats could not stay off Twitter, pretty much exposing the typical faux-rally tactics employed by most Democrat machines. Michelle Malkin has a nice selection of tweeted whines.
The Guardian could not resist a puff piece featuring a teary Arianna Huffington:
“Not at all – this isn’t a political rally, it’s about how we conduct politics,” Huffington replied, splitting, some might say, the narrowest of hairs. “It’s about the foundation of democracy – how to debate without demonising and that … ” And then, for the first time that morning, she was totally silent.
“And that,” she said, suppressing tears, “is what I love about America, and, and, and, that is what today is about,” she finished, now in tears.
Well what do ya know kids? The lady who publishes articles alluding to Sean Hannity as a “secret child fu**er” is all weepy over demonizing people. When Bill Maher declared we all miss “the traditional, idiot housewife“ did she shed a few tears then? On 9/11/2008 she published Sarah Palin Naked, a poetic piece that featured such hits as:
“I want to have sex with her [Palin] on my Barack Obama sheets while my wife reads aloud from the Constitution.”
“…if you are a McCain/Palin/Bush voter, you and I do not have a difference of opinion. We have a difference in brain power.”
But let’s face it, you have to give it to the corporate sponsored astroturfers for giving “Can’t we all just get along?” the old college try. So what if they denied press credentials to people outside of their corporate fiefdom? They are just protecting their product, fake news by fake newscasters.
Washingtonexaminer.com put it best:
There’s the real irony: While this rally seeks to make fun of Tea Party activists who advocate for freedom, Comedy Central is looking to tightly control the event as much as possible. Lame.
Okay, so there’s a communist at the Rally to Restore Sanity, it’s not like he is one of those 9/11 Truthers.
Well, the rest of the rally was filled with sane people who would have made Arianna proud.
I felt that making fun of 9/11 nicely rounds off the Yusuf Islam appearance. They elevate the fatwa supporting guy and denigrate the Jihad-slain Americans all in one event. Why can’t the Tea Party movement get this organized?
Almost all of the pics are from Midnight Blue and I really appreciate her letting me abuse them in this fashion. At the end of her flickr set on the rally, she has a short clip of another Communist Party USA organizer at the event, right in the middle of the mall. He wields a megaphone behind a display and every journalist, blogger and attendee walked past him during the event.
To Jon Stewart’s credit, he asked the non-partisan, get along gang, sane crowd not to litter.
“A couple of things before we get started, no littering. I don’t know if you noticed but the the National Mall is a treasure and it’s in disrepair and we’re gonna help out, so I’m begging you lets leave this place as clean as we found it-no lets leave this place cleaner than we found it”
The non-partisan, sane moderates complied:
On November 1, The Huffington Post runs Time for Understanding by Melanie Billings-Yun. The money quote:
“When you simply dismiss another person’s perspective as crazy, idiotic, or wicked, you render any type of civil dialogue impossible.”
Reason TV did an excellent “man on the street” style video showcasing the crowd at the Rally to Restore Sanity:
PBS, not so much:
Get out and vote today.
UPDATE: Rory Albanese, a producer of The Daily Show, was arrested for punching a Truther in the face. Let the sanity flow.