Sunday, October 31, 2010

You are not alone

I loved the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. One of the many highlights was the performance by Mavis Staples and Jeff Tweedy of Tweedy's great song "You Are Not Alone." Here is a great home-video version of the song with Mavis and Jeff:

I'm happy to see that C-Span is offering a recording the entire rally online here. Especially because I missed the fear montage and R2D2 while traveling to the midtown phone bank.

Jon Stewart sure loves that Lincoln Tunnel entrance analogy - this is like at least the third time he's used it. Great line too: "we live in hard times, not end times."

Also great part of Jon Stewart's "sincerity" speech:
Unfortunately, one of our main tools in delineating the two broke. The country's 24-hour politico pundit panic conflict-onator did not cause our problems, but its existence makes solving them that much harder. The press can hold its magnifying glass up to our problems and illuminate problems heretofore unseen, or it can use its magnifying glass to light ants on fire, and then perhaps host a week of shows on the sudden, unexpected dangerous-flaming-ant epidemic. If we amplify everything, we hear nothing.

There are terrorists and racists and Stalinists and theocrats, but those are titles that must be earned. You must have the resume. Not being able to distinguish between real racists and tea partiers, or real bigots and Juan Williams and Rich Sanchez is an insult -- not only to those people, but to the racists themselves, who have put forth the exhausting effort it takes to hate. Just as the inability to distinguish between terrorists and Muslims makes us less safe, not more.
The entire speech can be read at Rolling Stone

I loved stuff leading up to the Rally too - like this bit when Stephen asks Jon if he has an "anaerobic announcement." This is why Stephen Colbert is so unique - nobody else would ever say such a wacky but awesome thing:

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Daily/Colbert - Anaerobic Announcement
Daily Show Full EpisodesPolitical HumorRally to Restore Sanity
I ended up not drunk-dialing Republicans after all, but rather calling Democrats in upstate New York to tell them to vote for Bill Owens for Congress. And I had but the teensiest cabernet sauvignon buzz on.

Next up this weekend: VIP box at the Village Halloween parade - I will post the video online this week.