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The Rally to Restore Sanity, Seattle Edition - Elf M. Sternberg
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The Rally to Restore Sanity, Seattle Edition
Rally To Restore Sanity Seattle
Rally To Restore Sanity Seattle
Omaha and I took the kids to the Seattle satellite rally at Westlake Center for Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert's Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. After a quick breakfast, we took the light rail into town. There were a number of other rally-goers on the train, and we all met and shook hands and laughed and had a good time.

When we got to the rally, the place was completely packed to the brim. There were a lot of signs, most of them completely reasonable, although
Crazy Woman at the Rally
Crazy Woman at the Rally
there was this one woman carrying a sign that was pure, unadulterated madness. The usual crowd of crazies did populate the periphery: 9/11 truthers, Larouchites, Wobblies were all in evidence, passing out their odd little pamphlets to an unimpressed crowd.

The rail fell and nobody cared. The bandwidth to DC sucked and we had to live with interruptions throughout. I talked to a woman from security who said this was the most mellow crowd she'd ever seen, the cops had nothing to do. I mentioned I was surprised nobody was smoking weed, and she agreed that that was surprising to her too.

When Father Guido Sarducci was onstage, asking God for a sign about which religion was truth, he went down the list and when he got to "Islam! Is Islam the one true religion, God?" this crowd of four or five very cute girls behind us suddenly squee'd with delight. It was very cute indeed, and as this is seattle, nobody gave a damn.

Family At The Rally
Family At The Rally
We left after two hours, having done our civic duty of adding our voices and numbers to the population that showed up. When they talk about the crowd count at the Mall, which was about double that of Glenn Beck's (who is also an entertainer, a "rodeo clown," in his own words), I wonder if they'll add in the numbers of all the people who attended the satellite rallies. After all, it would be unreasonable to fly all the way across the country after a school week and the day before Halloween for some mere entertainment.

More photos, including a massive crowd panorama.

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wyrdone From: wyrdone Date: November 1st, 2010 02:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Since I live in DC, I went to the one on the National Mall. It was quite the cross section of humanity. Everyone was courteous, helpful and inspite of Metro-Fail more than capable of organizing ourselves without being herded like sheep.

Was a very good time.

Also Metro is reporting that ridership saturday broke a 19 year record with 825,000 riders. Typical ridership on a saturday is <300,000.

Edited at 2010-11-01 02:23 pm (UTC)
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