It sounds like a mockery of sorts but, is there some truth behind it all?
Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart says he will host a “Rally to Restore Sanity” on October 30 and Stephen Colbert countered with a “March to Keep Fear Alive”.
It all started in response to the recent take on the Washington Mall by a certain talk show host.
“I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore!”
Who among us has not wanted to open their window and shout that at the top of their lungs?
Because we’re looking for those people. We’re looking for the people who think shouting is annoying, counterproductive, and terrible for your throat; who feel that the loudest voices shouldn’t be the only ones that get heard; and who believe that the only time it’s appropriate to draw a Hitler mustache on someone is when that person is actually Hitler. Or Charlie Chaplin in certain roles.
Are you one of those people? Excellent. Then we’d like you to join us in Washington, DC on October 30 — a date of no significance whatsoever — at the Daily Show’s “Rally to Restore Sanity.” Ours is a rally for the people who’ve been too busy to go to rallies, who actually have lives and families and jobs (or are looking for jobs) — not so much the Silent Majority as the Busy Majority. If we had to sum up the political view of our participants in a single sentence… we couldn’t. That’s sort of the point.
Think of our event as Woodstock, but with the nudity and drugs replaced by respectful disagreement; the Million Man March, only a lot smaller, and a bit less of a sausage fest; or the Gathering of the Juggalos, but instead of throwing our feces at Tila Tequila, we’ll be actively *not* throwing our feces at Tila Tequila. Join us in the shadow of the Washington Monument. And bring your indoor voice. Or don’t. If you’d rather stay home, go to work, or drive your kids to soccer practice… Actually, please come anyway. Ask the sitter if she can stay a few extra hours, just this once. We’ll make it worth your while.
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c|
|Rally to Restore Sanity|
Stewart says that his event is a “clarion call for rationality.”
So, Steven Colbert has answered with plans for his “March to Keep Fear Alive.”
“Now is not the time to take it down a notch. Now is the time for all good men to freak out for freedom,”
|The Colbert Report||Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c|
|March to Keep Fear Alive|
And they mean it!
They’ve submitted an application for a permit for the Washington Monument grounds on October 30.
Some of us may think they’re just comedians but, Time magazine named Stewart “America’s most trusted newscaster.” Stewart captured 44 percent of that vote, with NBC’s Brian Williams finishing a distant second at 29 percent.
In 2007 by the Pew Research Center for People and the Press found Stewart tied for fourth place as viewers’ favorite news person, ranking alongside Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw, Brian Williams and CNN’s Anderson Cooper, and just behind Katie Couric, Charles Gibson and Bill O’Reilly.
Saturday 9: Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying
1. When was the last time you cried?
The last time a meme asked me this question. OR was it the time before that?
2. If you could wake up tomorrow with a new talent, what would it be?
Be a ‘meme-reader’- get it?
Lame. I know.
3. Who is someone (other than yourself) would you like to go back into your past and talk to and why? My parents. I recently lost them both.
4. What is your favorite meal eating out?
Mexican by real people from Mexico, particular the restaurant here. They just get it and do it right.
5. Do you feel energized or drained by being in a group situation? If the answer is “it depends,” on what does it depend? I thought I was drained until I read the story above.
6. What word do you use far too frequently?
Crack- “are you on crack?”
7. What’s a word you’ve invented? (alternate question: What needs a word but doesn’t have one yet?) Memeanomics. The economics behind memes. Are they worth while or are we wasting our time?
8. Pick out one of your favorite songs. Go to Song Facts and tell us about the song’s history.
Can you tell I’ve been listening to a certain British TV show while I do this?
“House of Fun” is a song by British ska/pop group Madness, credited to Mike Barson and Lee Thompson. It was released as a one-off single on April 30, 1982, and reached #1 in the UK charts, spending 9 weeks in the charts. The song was re-released in 1992, reaching #40. As of 2008, it is the band’s only number one single in the UK.
I think the song has something to do with a boy ‘becoming a man’.
9. What is your absolute favorite piece of furniture you have and why? My bed cause I sleep in it.
Hey- Monday Mayhem is back!