Restore the Sanity

I’m heading to Westlake Center for the Seattle satellite rally of the Restore the Sanity/Keep Fear Alive rally, and as bit of a novelty, I plan to tweet my coverage.

So please follow me on Twitter, and discuss the rally here.

Comments

  1. 1

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    Goldy–
    I’m sure this list of “entertainers” will really help!!…NOT!

    The list of entertainers included musicians Sheryl Crow and The Roots. Actor Sam Waterston and Don Novello, who years ago played Father Guido Sarducci on “Saturday Night Live,” were also expected to appear.

    Now that is about as pathetic as it gets!
    Father Guido Sarducci…a headliner!?????
    I didn’t even know he was still alive.
    And who the heck are The Roots????
    If it were Trace Atkins, Toby Keith and Montgomery-Gentry…you’d have 500,000 people without Oprah bussing them in!

    Puddy–can it get any more pathetic than this?

  2. 3

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    Here is the article about this pathetic effort to try and claim the “civility” high road after the most vicious Democrat campaign ever!!
    It’s laughable–
    http://www.foxnews.com/politic.....latestnews

    Huffpo is supposedly bussing in 10,000 from NY on 200 busses. I wonder if the busses have shitters in ‘em??

    At least it’s a decent day–high of 60, 15MPH winds and partly cloudy.

    Even more pathetic than going in person would be to go to Westlake and watch it on a big screen.
    My God Goldy, have you no shame?
    The most foul-mouthed, slash & burn Blogger in Washington participating in a Civility Rally???

    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha !!!!

    As the phrase Puddy coined here at HA–
    TOO
    DAMN
    FUNNY!

  3. 4

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    Id–
    Can you imagine Stewart and Colbert leading a “civility” rally??
    And Goldy right there at Westlake…cheering for civility?
    Just when you think they cannot get any crazier.
    What a desperate, too little/too late attempt.

    How many voters will be swayed? Answer-None.
    Perhaps a few dozen folks might vote that otherwise wouldn’t…but most of them will vote for R’s because of how literally insane this is!

    Father Guido Sarducci????? Headliner?
    He will probably have a shitbag under his robe.

  4. 5

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    ImamObaMao simply cannot help himself.
    He cries for unity…then takes a jab at the opposition. I love this guy. He is currently a Conservatives best friend. On the day of a civility rally, once again ImamObaMao chooses to mock & ridicule the opposition.
    By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press – 2 hrs 47 mins ago

    WASHINGTON – Whatever the outcome of Tuesday’s election, it’s time to put aside partisanship, President Barack Obama is telling Democrats and Republicans.
    Yet his appeal for unity includes a jab at GOP leaders in the House and Senate for comments that the president said were troubling.

  5. 6

    ld spews:

    cyn, could we bring in a couple of bags and drop them off in the area so they could claim another major terrorism attempt days before the election as they did yesterday. Or maybe a flyover of the 40 planes and three helicopters en route to obamas 3 day trip, plus the navy and let’s parade them 50 secure autos too, in the name of global warming we could kill the planet on that one trip. Throw in a free night at the 5 star tja ma haul hotel for a dem vote

  6. 8

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    Id–
    It would not shock me if the desperate progressives were to stage something dramatic and then try to blame it on the R’s.
    Election cheating isn’t enough.
    And R’s really beefed up the oversight to try to eliminate more of the Chicago-style electioneering.

    These KLOWNS have basically taken the sword of power and slashed themselves to death with it.
    Arrogance, mock & ridicule…have ended up cutting themselves. they are collapsing, bleeding to death by a 1,000 cuts.
    One harsh word after another.

    Voters tolerate harshness to some degree from those NOT in power. But Dems failed to make the transition and will pay the price.
    I still don’t think they get it.
    Look at their Leader, ImamObaMao.
    He calls for partisanship and civility…and in the next breath he unfairly rips Republican leaders.
    The guy has some serious issues Id.

    We don’t need to do much to beat these KLOWNS.
    They have literally beaten themselves.

  7. 10

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    Goldy–
    Not as pathetic as the line-up of headliners and the whole concept of 2 sharp-tongued men rallying folks for “civility”. Make that 3…you included.
    You KLOWNS have tickled my funnybone one mistake after another.
    Back to the drawing board Goldy.
    Are you committed to “civility” Goldy??
    Really, are you?
    How about if Puddy & I become deputized as the “Civility Police”??
    You can even call us Barney & Gomer if it makes your ego feel a little better.

    Goldy, come on. There is no way you are going to change your ways here. Nor are your groupies…members of your NW Division of Lunatic Moonbats.

    This Civility Rally is what we call a RUSE or a SHAM.

    But enjoy Father Guido and The Roots (whoever they are).

  8. 11

    czechsaaz spews:

    @3

    This is precisely why conservatives are doomed with people under 40.

    The Roots have had multiple top 40 songs and albums, are the current house band on “Fallon” and appear semi-regularly on
    “Yo Gabba Gabba.” (I have kids, I know my D.J. Lance Rock.) Yo Gabba Gabba is a particularly huge meme at the moment.

    Sheryl Crow (I find her boring but..) 8 Top Ten Billboard Albums. Trace Adkins – one, Toby Keith – 13, Montgomery Gentry – one. And if you want to go toe-to-toe on artists who could draw 500,000 to a free outdoor show, you’re going to run out of New Country jokers WAAAAY before we run out of McCartneys, Springsteens, Dylans and on and on.

    And I assume you have no idea who Jeff Tweedy is but a lot of people under 30 do…

    The insular little world of the modern conservative. “I’ve never heard of it, so it must not be popular. Everyone agrees with my tastes.”

    (Sometimes the goal is to be funny. And if you can find me a better “fake priest” to deliver a “fake” benediction than Father Guido, I’ll take it. He’s been out of sight for a good bit, but you still remeber him. Why? ’cause it’s funny.)

  9. 12

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    I notice the Seattle forecast shows showers, breeze and a high of 54 degrees.
    Do you have an umbrella and long johns?

  10. 13

    Lily spews:

    The trolls are very freaked out by the Rally For Sanity. Must be because they can’t comprehend sanity.

    Talk to you doctor about adjusting your meds, ok? You’ll feel better soon. Paranoia and delusional thinking can be treated.

  11. 14

    ld spews:

    Its your playground Goldy, CYN and I are just the truth detectors until Tuesday when the truth is revealed. If you didn’t have us you’d just have the paroting left and at a time like this we don’t want to see you do anything rash w yourself. We promise we’ll check back on Wed to make sure you are ok.

  12. 15

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    czechsaaz-
    I guess I am sheltered. I don’t watch Yo Gabba Gabba…or Jimmy Fallon.
    And I agree, Sheryl Crow is boring.

    But you may not grasp the growth in popularity of Country Music the past decade–
    From Wikipedia-

    While album sales of most musical genres have declined since about 2005, country music experienced one of its best years in 2006, when, during the first six months, U.S. sales of country albums increased by 17.7 percent to 36 million. Moreover, country music listening nationwide has remained steady for almost a decade, reaching 77.3 million adults every week, according to the radio-ratings agency Arbitron, Inc.[4][5]

  13. 17

    czechsaaz spews:

    I grasp country music’s popularity. I live in the semi-rual part of Puget sound. Some of it is actually O.K. by me but most of it is formulaic and crappy. Kind of like a lot of top 40.

    Toby Keith, politics aside, is as original and interesting to me as say, Brittney Spears.

    Straying way off topic. I’ll stop now.

  14. 18

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    Czechsaaz-
    A huge part of the amazing growth of Country Music is women. I have seen some numbers but cannot find them now. Anyway, it’s big.
    There are a few Liberals in the business.\
    Tim McGraw was a fairly vocal supporter of Obama…but has been very quiet the past 2 years.
    I may be wrong, but I don’t see him helping Democrat candidates anywhere…do you??
    Darius Rucker is a popular Black Country Singer who has never said much about politics (apolitical)…but hangs out with Conservatives like Dierks Bentley and Rascal Flatts and comes from a strong Christian background.

    And the Dixie Chicks, because of the mouthy fat one, really fell off the charts the past few years.

    Country=Conservative.
    Country is growing.
    Country listeners vote.

  15. 19

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    13. Lily spews:

    The trolls are very freaked out by the Rally For Sanity. Must be because they can’t comprehend sanity.

    Talk to you doctor about adjusting your meds, ok? You’ll feel better soon. Paranoia and delusional thinking can be treated

    Lily, do you still wear plastic pants?

  16. 20

    K spews:

    Cny @8- are you joking? Bush perfected the timing of the elevated terror alert to coincide with his agenda. What are we today? Orange? Yellow? or if he really needed to attack Democrats, Red?

    A bit of projection from you.

  17. 21

    Cracked spews:

    Trolls are getting overtime this weekend for posting early and often! Its like Black Friday for trolls.

    But it’s worked. Money well spent for their employers.

  18. 24

    K spews:

    Or on the lighter side from Mr. Stewart-
    Sometimes the light at the end of the tunnel is not paridise, its only New Jersey

  19. 25

    why do liberals hate free speech? spews:

    I bet goldy is writing off the expenses to attend the Gathering of Idiots as a business expense.

    keep up the scam goldy – but remember that shit always catches up to you.

    and how is your buddy geoff simpson? you guys go out on a double date yet? bet you guys are real popular with the ladies..

  20. 26

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    K-
    WTF??
    You think folks don’t know we live in hard times??
    Stewart is a comedian. That’s what he does.
    The issue is what has Obama & the Dems done to improve the Economy? Do voters agree with the Big Government approach or do they want a stronger Private Sector?
    Do they believe in massive Deficit Spending with no plan on how to ever pay it off?

    This is about specific issues and philosophical beliefs…not silly platitudes.

  21. 27

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    25. why do liberals hate free speech? spews:

    I bet goldy is writing off the expenses to attend the Gathering of Idiots as a business expense.

    Goldy would need income to write the expenses off against. Therein lies the problem.
    Kn

    w what I mean?

  22. 28

    K spews:

    OK cyn, he stopped the crash. Remember where we were going. Yes we are not revovering as fast as hoped, but we are not continuing to the bottom.

    And your (and our) private sector set the conditions for the race to the bottom. We may well see a move to the right Tuesday. There are a lot of short attention spans. But Obama and the Democrats did not dig the hole we are in, and they are certainly not getting us out fast enough.

    Deficit spending!!! Can you actually push that with a straight face? Again, look at the deficit hole and who caused most of it? Facts have a libeal bias and fantasy is the basis for your positions.

    While a comedian can make valid points, a joker like you rarely does.

  23. 30

    Blue John spews:

    The trolls are the only ones at their computers this morning. So of course they babble away.
    I only skim their posts, but from what little I read, they are very very angry and bitter as usual.

  24. 31

    czechsaaz spews:

    @18

    Darius Rucker = Hootie. (Yeah, I know he put out a country record.)

    I guess I’m not completely done with this.

    Your numbers are 4-5 years old. Take a gander at the top grossing touring acts in 2009. (Couldn’t find a breakout of Just U.S. instead of North America so discount a tad if you like.

    U2, Springsteen, Elton John/Billy Joel, Brittney Spears, Kenny Chesney, Jonas Bros, Dave Matthews Band, Fleetwood Mac, Metallica. One country artist on that list. Toby Keith toured most of 2009. Not on the list.

  25. 33

    proud leftist spews:

    30: “I only skim their posts, but from what little I read, they are very very angry and bitter as usual.”

    No kidding–though it hardly seems possible, Cynny is even more off-the-wall than usual. All this talk of sanity and civility really sets off our trolls. If you read their posts above, you’d have to characterize them as anti-civility and pro-insanity.

  26. 34

    proud leftist spews:

    I attended the rally. It was uplifting. Thousands of well-behaved, polite people (I didn’t see anyone packing a sidearm) standing in the pissing rain because they give a shit about this country. Hell, the cops were so unconcerned about misbehavior that they were gathered together to the side, joking and hardly watching the crowd.

    If it wasn’t clear before, it is certainly clear now–John Stewart is one of the most influential people in the country. He is a voice of hope and reason, and I’m sure glad he’s on our team. The wingnuts have no one of his status. He doesn’t use hate to try to divide us, he uses humor to try to unite us. Have Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh ever made an effort to unite Americans? Given the message of today’s rally, I’ll try to refrain from troll-bashing today. At least for an hour. Except for Cynny. I get to bash him.

  27. 35

    Steve spews:

    Great music. The Roots! And with John Legend, no less. heh- Love that tuba. The O’Jays. Sheryl Crow and Kid Rock. Ozzie. Tony Bennett. Funny, cleverly written signs. Hundreds of thousands of happy people having a great time. A message to restore sanity. Who couldn’t get into that?

    “Now that is about as pathetic as it gets!” “You KLOWNS” “And who the heck are The Roots????” “Puddy–can it get any more pathetic than this?” “Are you committed to “civility”” “Not as pathetic as the line-up of headliners” “Country Music” “ImamObaMao” “do you still wear plastic pants” “the mouthy fat one” “How about if Puddy & I become deputized as the “Civility Police”??”

    Oh, Oh, here comes the…

    “Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha !!!!”

    …psycho-laugh!

  28. 37

    Michael spews:

    We’re getting so many robo-calls, we’ve had to unplug our house phone.
    I can’t wait for this thing to be over.

  29. 40

    Zotz sez: GOTV! spews:

    @39: Great clip! Wish we’d seen this blanket the airwaves months ago when it would have made a difference.

  30. 42

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    29. K spews:

    And after reading our trolls, I’m ready for the day’s next task, snaking out a toilet.

    An excellent project to get done before Tuesday night because your gonna certainly shit when the results come in.

  31. 43

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    35. Steve spews:

    Great music. The Roots! And with John Legend, no less. heh- Love that tuba. The O’Jays.

    Did the O’Jays dedicate “Backstabber” to Obama?

  32. 47

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    Dreams & reality meet!

    Dream–The liberal Huffington Post was sending a caravan of 10,000 people on 200 buses from New York..

    Reality–

    Shannon Escobar, 31, of Bangor, Pa., came with a group of 400 people on buses chartered in New York. A supporter of President Barack Obama in 2008, she said she’s tired of nasty rhetoric from both sides and disenchanted with lack of progress in Washington.

    Huh?
    The media reports no independent estimates of ACTUAL attendance. All they report is how many people SAID they would come on Facebook. Who gives a shit. How many were there? They are report the permit in DC was for 60,000. Who cares! How many were there?

    The Seattle Times puts out a little headline about the Seattle Rally being one of the largest in America based on how many SAID they would be there.

    This really is humorous.

  33. 48

    Zotz sez: GOTV! spews:

    I agree with PZ and Tom Paine on the rally (as I intimated to PL above):

    had the Stewart/Colbert rally on in the background most of today. There were funny bits, there were entertaining bits, I’m sure everyone there had a good time. It was a pleasant afternoon of entertainment on the mall.

    But in the end, I was disappointed. It was also an afternoon of false equivalence, of civility fetishism, of nothing but a cry about the national tone, of a plea for moderation. And you can guess what I think of moderation.

    A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.

    Tom Paine

    Here: http://scienceblogs.com/pharyn.....r_tone.php

  34. 49

    Michael spews:

    @47

    I’ve been saying for a while now that the media’s not even trying to make sense anymore. It’s all just semi-random he said, she said, they said.

  35. 50

    proud leftist spews:

    zotz @ 48
    Perhaps that’s so. I think being there, absorbing all the friendly vibes, probably just made me feel all warm and fuzzy and less than objective about the end result. After all, moderation is probably not a sanguine response to vicious extremism.

  36. 51

    Michael spews:

    @18

    Actually, the Dixie Chicks are doing just fine, they’ve just been black balled off of the tight-pants-corporate-country stations.

    The big growth in country is in Alt-Country and artists like Neko Case and The Old 97′s. Alt-Country is 99% apolitical and liberal.

  37. 53

    Michael spews:

    @18

    And the Dixie Chicks, because of the mouthy fat one, really fell off the charts the past few years.

    Really? ‘Cause I did a little research and just found out that the Dixie Chicks first release after the “mouthy fat one” did her thing debuted at #1 of the charts and that they pulled down 5 Grammies with it.

  38. 54

    proud leftist spews:

    Michael,
    Isn’t it remarkable how whatever Cynny likes is what real Americans like, and what he doesn’t like real Americans reject? His claim on country music is nuts. I love country and always have. Cynny would think it impossible that a leftist could love country. His suggestion that good country artists are of his political persuasion is simply untenable. Let me see, there must be some leftist country singers . . . Oh yeah, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris, Johnny Cash (RIP), Steve Earle, John Prine, Lucinda Williams. Damn, he’s an idiot.

  39. 56

    Michael spews:

    @54

    I grew up listening to country from the 50′s and 60′s & love the old stuff and the new alt-country, alt-bluegrass stuff. The stuff they play on commercial radio is crap (hmm… maybe that’s why radio’s dying, but Pandora’s growing like crazy) Have you heard The Lonesome Sisters?

    Reading interviews with all the old country folks in In The Country of Country by Nicholas Dawidoff, all the old timers hate the new “Tight Pants” country that’s on the radio, but are digging the Alt. stuff.

    Proud to Be an Okie: Cultural Politics, Country Music, and Migration to Southern California by Peter La Chapelle is a good read as well.

    Dwight Yoakam, doesn’t exactly strike me as Tea Bagger material. And then there’s the Americana folks where the political ones are mostlymembers of the left, folks like John Mellencamp and Chris Isaak.

  40. 57

    proud leftist spews:

    55
    Of course, he’d probably just say she isn’t country. Wonder what he’d say about Jimmy Buffett. Even Merle Haggard is a bit to the left; he was for Hillary, but not Obama. And, then we have those leftists who tend toward rock, but do some mighty fine country–Neil Young, John Fogerty, Bruce Cockburn. Cynny’s head would spin if he ever let facts fuck with his worldview.

  41. 58

    Zotz sez: GOTV! spews:

    @57: Bruce is Canadian, I don’t think he’s done citizenship. Not sure about Neil, also Canadian. Or Joni…

    There are few artists that are conservative, let alone wingnuts.

    Charlie Daniels used to be leftish, then he found Jesus. Now his music sucks / hasn’t been the same since.

  42. 59

    proud leftist spews:

    58
    Yeah, I suppose you can’t count Canadians. I have to agree with you about Charlie Daniels–somewhere along the line, he lost it. He used to have his own groove going; now, he’s a caricature of himself. A couple other D-leaning names for Cynny–Faith Hill and Lorrie Morgan. Cynny, as Zotz points out above, artists tend toward the left because the left tends to produce creativity. Even country artists. You’re right about Trace Adkins. You can have arrogant, anti-labor bigots like him. Most of the time, he doesn’t even write his own songs.

  43. 60

    Zotz sez: GOTV! spews:

    There are few artists that are conservative, let alone wingnuts.

    The requisite intelligence and appreciation of beauty are inconistent with right wing predilections like anonymous airport / park bathroom blowjobs, meth fueled sex with male prostitutes, and sex with prostitutes on the public’s dime while wearing diapers.

  44. 61

    Zotz sez: GOTV! spews:

    The requisite intelligence and appreciation of beauty are inconistent with right wing predilections like anonymous airport / park bathroom blowjobs, meth fueled sex with male prostitutes, and sex with prostitutes on the public’s dime while wearing diapers.

    The right wing, electeds and otherwise, are frantically compensating because they’re scared shitless they’ll be found out for the sick pieces of shit they are.

  45. 62

    Puddybud identifying useless Moonbat!s since 2005 and identifying rujax as an arschloch! spews:

    It should have been called continue the insanity. Especially placing a Hitler Moustache on Eric Cantor.

    And you can’t tell Puddy DUMBOCRATS care about blacks anymore with these racist shenanigans. My people are sheeple. And you fools can’t see how you are showing latinos how you really think of them.

  46. 63

    spews:

    62 – Defeating the insane nutjob Rubio now means racism.

    There goes our favorite fool of these comment threads doing his favorite thing- race hustling.

    how you are showing latinos how you really think of them.

    Yeah Latinos don’t like it that Obama is deporting more undocumented than Bush. I’ve seen 18 years old kid who’ve been in this country since they were a few months old, who know nothing about Mexico get deported.

    Right wingers should like it but it’s Obama who’s doing it and they’ve been conditioned by the right wing bullshit junk they shoot in their skulls to hate everything he does.

  47. 64

    Puddybud identifying useless Moonbat!s since 2005 and identifying rujax as an arschloch! spews:

    Using racist tactics on black candidates is racism ya dumb dirt stain!

    We all remember your North Pasadena commentary dirt stain!

  48. 65

    Puddybud identifying useless Moonbat!s since 2005 and identifying rujax as an arschloch! spews:

    I’ve seen 18 years old kid who’ve been in this country since they were a few months old, who know nothing about Mexico get deported.

    What part of illegal don’t you get dumb dirt stain ylb?

    Why do you hate American citizens dirt stain?