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Jon Stewart's Million Moderate March Meetup: now with plans!

cloudeaglecloudeagle Registered User regular
edited November 2010 in Debate and/or Discourse
Yes, this is a real thing.
Glenn Beck came to Washington D.C. last month to "restore honor." Jon Stewart hopes to "restore sanity" when he gets to the capital next month.

The Comedy Central host announced Thursday night that he will hold a rally at the National Mall on Oct. 30, capping a week of "Daily Show" broadcasts from Washington.

Stewart says he's not looking for the seasoned rally-goer who may flock to hyper-political gatherings carrying an homemade Obama-is-Hitler--or Bush-is-Hitler-- sign. Instead, Stewart described the event as a "million moderate march" and a "clarion call for rationality"—in other words, an antidote to the overheated protests on the left and right.

"You may be asking yourself, right now, sitting at home, but am I the right type of person to go to this rally," said Stewart. "The fact that you would even stop to ask yourself that question, as opposed to just, let's say, jumping up, grabbing the nearest stack of holy books, strapping on a diaper and just pointing your car towards D.C.—that means I think you might just be right for it."

Stewart also promised to have pre-made signs for all the busy, non-conspiracy-minded attendees who don't have time create their own. One possibility: "9/11 Was An Outside Job." And Stewart closed the segment with another banner that he feels captures the rally's theme: "Take It Down A Notch For America." (You can watch Stewart's announcement below)

Beautiful, right? But it gets much, much better.
But what's one major Washington rally without a counter-rally? Beck had Al Sharpton and other civil rights leaders holding their own event as he descended upon the capital. Stewart has his own (pretend) nemesis: Stephen Colbert.

"Shame on you Jon Stewart," Colbert said later on his own show. "America cannot afford a rally to restore sanity in the middle of a recession. Did you even consider how many panic-related jobs that might cost us in the fear-industrial complex?"

Colbert, in an attempt to fight Stewart's "creeping reasonableness" and "restore truthiness," announced a competing event on October 30: the "March to Keep Fear Alive" You can watch Colbert's announcement below.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_upshot/20100917/en_yblog_upshot/stewart-colbert-to-hold-rallies-in-washington-d-c

WATCH THE VIDEO EMBEDDED IN THE LINK ABOVE. It's glorious, especially the part where Stewart explains the significance of holding a rally on Oct. 30.

And we'll be there! Well, a bunch of us, anyway. Here's the planning to attend list so far:

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nstf --local resident
syndalis
sterling3763 --local
Bama
adytum --local
SammyF --local
Nostregar --local
noir_blood
cyphr --local
lonelyahava
Fartacus --local
RUNN1NGMAN
ransim --local
Robziel --local
Nostregar
oldsak
Litejedi
Spacemilk
PuddingSenator

The rally is from 12-3, Oct. 30. The tentative plan is to meet up at the Elephant and Castle at 19th and I Street afterwards. (Yes, there's one closer, but we're trying to avoid a clusterfuck from thousands of thirsty rally attendees.) It's relatively large, has decent food and won't break the bank. And the waitresses are smoking, if you're into that sort of thing. It's also a block from the Farragut West Metro. We can plan further adventures after a few beers.

All sorts of useful info, like federal regulations at the mall, directions and whatnot, are here:

http://www.rallytorestoresanity.com/faq/

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    SpacemilkSpacemilk Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Huzzah! I should probably buy my plane tickets now, eh?

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    ForarForar #432 Toronto, Ontario, CanadaRegistered User regular
    edited September 2010
    This has so much potential to be the absolute best thing.

    In related news: fuck you, Comedy Network, for making me miss Colbert's announcement.
    Spacemilk wrote: »
    Huzzah! I should probably buy my plane tickets now, eh?

    I was just thinking this myself.

    It's been years since I bought plane tickets; would it be cheaper to buy now, or closer to the date? I assume the price will go up as the supply dwindles?

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    THEPAIN73THEPAIN73 Shiny. Real shiny.Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Oh man I would love to be apart of this.

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    adytumadytum The Inevitable Rise And FallRegistered User regular
    edited September 2010
    October 30th, eh?

    Considering it's a short metro ride away, I'll be there.

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    QuidQuid Definitely not a banana Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Why the fuck are you on the other side of the planet from me, DC? Why?

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    ArchArch Neat-o, mosquito! Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Why did I sign up to take the GRE on October 30th? Whyyyyy

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    TomantaTomanta Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Damn me having a relatively low-paying job and not enough vacation time. And being in Texas instead of the northeast.

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    adytumadytum The Inevitable Rise And FallRegistered User regular
    edited September 2010
    More importantly: which rally do I go to? D:

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    TomantaTomanta Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    According to Facebook, 26000 have confirmed attending the Rally to Restore Sanity with only 12000 attending the March to Keep Fear Alive.

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    nstfnstf __BANNED USERS regular
    edited September 2010
    adytum wrote: »
    More importantly: which rally do I go to? D:

    They'll probably both be in the same place, and DC is small enough you can get between them even if they aren't.

    Since I could walk there no reason not to.

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    ChillyWillyChillyWilly Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Tomanta wrote: »
    According to Facebook, 26000 have confirmed attending the Rally to Restore Sanity with only 12000 attending the March to Keep Fear Alive.

    Don't you mean 2.6 million and 1.2 million?

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    adytumadytum The Inevitable Rise And FallRegistered User regular
    edited September 2010
    nstf wrote: »
    adytum wrote: »
    More importantly: which rally do I go to? D:

    They'll probably both be in the same place, and DC is small enough you can get between them even if they aren't.

    Since I could walk there no reason not to.

    It would be fantastic if they were on opposite sides of the mall.

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    TomantaTomanta Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Tomanta wrote: »
    According to Facebook, 26000 have confirmed attending the Rally to Restore Sanity with only 12000 attending the March to Keep Fear Alive.

    Don't you mean 2.6 million and 1.2 million?

    No, but since facebook only represents a small portion of the population that is a good estimate for actual attendance!

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    DeebaserDeebaser on my way to work in a suit and a tie Ahhhh...come on fucking guyRegistered User regular
    edited September 2010
    adytum wrote: »
    More importantly: which rally do I go to? D:

    They're at the same place at the same time... That should make it easy to "jump" from one to the one.

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    RUNN1NGMANRUNN1NGMAN Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    IT'S ON BABY!!!

    No, really. I'm strapping on the Bjorn and bringing the baby.

    This is going to be awesome.

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    DeebaserDeebaser on my way to work in a suit and a tie Ahhhh...come on fucking guyRegistered User regular
    edited September 2010
    The only question in my head is should I take a 3AM train from NYC, head out Friday night, or drive down?

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    adytumadytum The Inevitable Rise And FallRegistered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Why not take the bus? You can walk to the mall from Chinatown.

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    nstfnstf __BANNED USERS regular
    edited September 2010
    Deebaser wrote: »
    The only question in my head is should I take a 3AM train from NYC, head out Friday night, or drive down?

    Chinatown Bus, there is another one as well.

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    SniperGuySniperGuy SniperGuyGaming Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Deebaser wrote: »
    The only question in my head is should I take a 3AM train from NYC, head out Friday night, or drive down?

    You people and your decent public transportation make me sad.

    Little way to get there from down south other than just driving. And that's a looooong drive.

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    OptimusZedOptimusZed Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    I would rather attend Stewart's rally, but as a seasoned political rabblerouser and someone who absolutely hates the term "Moderate" being used in a political context, it looks like I should be figuring out how to dress up as a bear who is himself dressed up as Thomas Paine.

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    adytumadytum The Inevitable Rise And FallRegistered User regular
    edited September 2010
    nstf wrote: »
    Deebaser wrote: »
    The only question in my head is should I take a 3AM train from NYC, head out Friday night, or drive down?

    Chinatown Bus, there is another one as well.

    There's like 3,000,000 bus companies now between DC and NYC, and I've ridden on almost all of them if anyone needs any advice!

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    DeebaserDeebaser on my way to work in a suit and a tie Ahhhh...come on fucking guyRegistered User regular
    edited September 2010
    I thought the only people that rode the bus were masturbating homeless people with cat ears and Naruto headbands.

    If this is not the case I would appreciate any tips for bussing down to DC.

    Do you know of any companies that run super early morning?

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    OptimusZedOptimusZed Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    If I can swing it, I'll be riding the Chinatown bus up from Philly.

    Anybody else from around here want to do the same? Get some safety in numbers going on?

    Since we're afraid of all the brown people on the bus, obviously.

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    nstfnstf __BANNED USERS regular
    edited September 2010
    SniperGuy wrote: »
    Deebaser wrote: »
    The only question in my head is should I take a 3AM train from NYC, head out Friday night, or drive down?

    You people and your decent public transportation make me sad.

    Little way to get there from down south other than just driving. And that's a looooong drive.

    Amtrack?

    And I wouldn't call our public transportation outside of the major cities here "decent". There is a train corridor and some busses that just hit major cities, that's about it. And those can be a pain in the ass.

    If you are coming from the north and don't want the shitty bus https://www.boltbus.com/ http://us.megabus.com/routemap.aspx

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    nstfnstf __BANNED USERS regular
    edited September 2010
    Deebaser wrote: »
    I thought the only people that rode the bus were masturbating homeless people with cat ears and Naruto headbands.

    If this is not the case I would appreciate any tips for bussing down to DC.

    Do you know of any companies that run super early morning?

    That's the chinatown bus, look into boltbus

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    GoslingGosling Looking Up Soccer In Mongolia Right Now, Probably Watertown, WIRegistered User regular
    edited September 2010
    I'm guessing that they'll be on opposite ends of the Mall.

    Or on the same end of the Mall, standing right next to each other, and Colbert gets amusingly dispatched early on, leaving Stewart to rally unopposed.

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    mrt144mrt144 King of the Numbernames Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Tomanta wrote: »
    According to Facebook, 26000 have confirmed attending the Rally to Restore Sanity with only 12000 attending the March to Keep Fear Alive.

    Don't you mean 2.6 million and 1.2 million?

    :lol: Good one.

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    DeebaserDeebaser on my way to work in a suit and a tie Ahhhh...come on fucking guyRegistered User regular
    edited September 2010
    What time does the rally start? For some reason i remember hearing 8AM, but that can't possibly be right

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    NeadenNeaden Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    OptimusZed wrote: »
    I would rather attend Stewart's rally, but as a seasoned political rabblerouser and someone who absolutely hates the term "Moderate" being used in a political context, it looks like I should be figuring out how to dress up as a bear who is himself dressed up as Thomas Paine.

    Shouldn't you be dressed as a bear dressed as Joe Biden or something?

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    SpacemilkSpacemilk Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    So a couple of questions for you DC-based folks:

    1) Where are some good hotels and places to stay, where it won't be too difficult to travel to the Mall? Price is definitely a factor here. D:
    1b) Anyone want to split a hotel room?!
    2) Once I head into town from the airport, can I pretty much rely on the metro to cart me around?
    3) Any other helpful tips on visiting DC would be nice! I've only been to the city once, and that was on business, so I had a paid hotel, a rental car, and I really didn't have any time to see the city.

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    SpacemilkSpacemilk Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Deebaser wrote: »
    What time does the rally start? For some reason i remember hearing 8AM, but that can't possibly be right
    I think it's 10 a.m. I know Jon Stewart made a joke about needing to be home by 6 for the babysitters, so it won't last past 6 p.m. :P

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    adytumadytum The Inevitable Rise And FallRegistered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Deebaser: MegaBus (who is awesome) have buses that leaves at 1:15 AM and 6:40 AM from Penn Station

    I wish I hadn't just moved on 9/1, I could have hosted a bunch of people with easy metro access :/

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    agoajagoaj Top Tier One FearRegistered User regular
    edited September 2010
    It's only going to by 2-3 hours.

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    OptimusZedOptimusZed Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Well shit. I figured this would be on Friday. I've got class on Saturday morning.

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    nstfnstf __BANNED USERS regular
    edited September 2010
    Spacemilk wrote: »
    So a couple of questions for you DC-based folks:

    1) Where are some good hotels and places to stay, where it won't be too difficult to travel to the Mall? Price is definitely a factor here. D:
    1b) Anyone want to split a hotel room?!
    2) Once I head into town from the airport, can I pretty much rely on the metro to cart me around?
    3) Any other helpful tips on visiting DC would be nice! I've only been to the city once, and that was on business, so I had a paid hotel, a rental car, and I really didn't have any time to see the city.

    1) What is your actual budget, what people here think is cheap tends to be more expensive than what most think. NW is more expensive than any place else and the closer you get to Farragut (ie K street and business area) it goes up.

    2) yes, and if you fly into Regean you can metro into town from the airport. If you fly into BWI you can take a train into Union Station and then take the subway, you don't need a care at all.

    3) Don't get lost in some places of NE or SE. Be aware that there are a fuck ton of cops all over the place, but they are generally laid back. If the cop car has a gold badge on the side it's uniformed SS. If you are looking to have fun/party you want Dupont, AM, U Street. Oh and don't try to eat or drink on the Subway.

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    NoughtNought Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Hmm. It seems I could get monday 25th to monday 1st for about 1.300€ or 1.700$. And I have never been to the US, so it might be a great time fore it.

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    CommunistCowCommunistCow Abstract Metal ThingyRegistered User regular
    edited September 2010
    adytum wrote: »
    More importantly: which rally do I go to? D:

    I think it is obvious. Go to the colbert one because you get to wear a colonial outfit and get the challenge of trying to make signs that are more crazy and mocking than the tea party's actual signs. :mrgreen:

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    cloudeaglecloudeagle Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    And by the way:

    WATCH THE ANNOUNCEMENT VIDEO LINKED IN THE OP.

    It's glorious, especially the part where Stewart explains the significance of holding a rally on Oct. 30.

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    SpacemilkSpacemilk Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    nstf wrote: »
    Spacemilk wrote: »
    So a couple of questions for you DC-based folks:

    1) Where are some good hotels and places to stay, where it won't be too difficult to travel to the Mall? Price is definitely a factor here. D:
    1b) Anyone want to split a hotel room?!
    2) Once I head into town from the airport, can I pretty much rely on the metro to cart me around?
    3) Any other helpful tips on visiting DC would be nice! I've only been to the city once, and that was on business, so I had a paid hotel, a rental car, and I really didn't have any time to see the city.

    1) What is your actual budget, what people here think is cheap tends to be more expensive than what most think. NW is more expensive than any place else and the closer you get to Farragut (ie K street and business area) it goes up.

    2) yes, and if you fly into Regean you can metro into town from the airport. If you fly into BWI you can take a train into Union Station and then take the subway, you don't need a care at all.

    3) Don't get lost in some places of NE or SE. Be aware that there are a fuck ton of cops all over the place, but they are generally laid back. If the cop car has a gold badge on the side it's uniformed SS. If you are looking to have fun/party you want Dupont, AM, U Street. Oh and don't try to eat or drink on the Subway.
    1) $100-150 per night is probably my max amount. And I would very much want to find a hotel buddy if it's that much. But I could stay in a roach motel if I had to, I really don't care.

    2) BWI = Baltimore? Because based on what I saw when booking my business travel, I know tickets from Houston to Baltimore are about $200 while directly to D.C. is more like $1000. D:

    3) Thanks for the helpful tips!

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    adytumadytum The Inevitable Rise And FallRegistered User regular
    edited September 2010
    BWI is Baltimore / Washington International. It's a ways out of the city, but there's public transit links like NSTF said.

    You [strike]can[/strike] might be able to get a hotel right downtown (a few blocks off of Dupont, for instance) for $150 [strike]no problem[/strike].

    edit- just looked up my CC receipts from when I stayed downtown last time, the Hilton off Dupont was $285 a night. D:

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