• The Dueling Rallies Go Global

    This should be a real load off the minds of the  good-natured, concerned folks over at Fox and Friends.

    It's looking like not only are Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are well on their way to outpacing Glenn Beck's rally attendance in Washington DC, but they're likely to be joined by thousands of people across the country in a bunch of satellite rallies…

    [T]here are shadow rallies planned in 47 states and six foreign countries for October 30, according to rallymao.com, and predicted attendance numbers keep climbing. It seems the world is going crazy for sanity…

    "A couple of weeks ago, while we were having dinner together, we were talking about how much we wanted to go to the D.C. rally," wrote Lee, a 38 year-old who works in production and H.R, and Wright, a 32 year-old post-doctoral biology scholar at Caltech, in an e-mail. "Unfortunately, we couldn't afford the time and money it would take to travel all the way to the East Coast." They said that within two weeks of setting up a Facebook page for their event, 2,500 people had signed up to support a rally at L.A.'s Pershing Square.

    "We are Jon Stewart fans who love the spirit of the D.C. rally to 'Take it Down a Notch for America'," Lee and Wright added. The pair, along with a number of volunteer organizers, are trying to raise funds for a LED Screen to broadcast the main D.C. event to the crowd.

    And it's looking like I'll get to attend this one in my adoptive city of wind and sausages

    [A] group of Chicagoans are planning a satellite event in Grant Park on the same evening without the show’s endorsement or support…

    Chicago's event coordinator Angie McMahon [founder of Chemically Imbalanced Comedy]… expects 5,000 people. The rally received a conditional permit, which means it is approved for using Grant Park as long as it comes up with the money required. There is a $5,000 security deposit as well as an estimated $1,600 for insurance, but they hope to raise $30,000. There are various other costs for an event, such as getting a live broadcast of the D.C. rally.

    Oh, and I know what you're going to ask, so let me just tell you: Yes, there is going to be a rally on Mt. Everest in Nepal

    This rally will include some Tibetan style symbolism. I'll be taking flags to Base Camp.

    Obviously.

    You can find the closest rally to you over on rallymao.com.


    Tags: California, Chicago, Fox, Illinois, Jon Stewart, Los Angeles Times, March to Keep Fear Alive, Rally to Restore Sanity, Stephen Colbert, The Daily Show, Washington DC

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