John McDonald

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Heading to the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear

October 27th, 2010

Now that I’ve got the camera, I’m going to really put it to use.  This weekend will be a nice trial run because on Friday morning we’re heading up to Virginia and on Saturday we’ll be walking along to see the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear.

What is it about?  Well.. kind of… sort of…

The first I heard of it was as a crazy idea posted to Reddit.  Someone had a dream of a Colbert rally mocking Glen Beck, and we all thought it was hilarious.

Well, someone else thought it would be something worth running with, and convinced a whole bunch of us to donate to Colbert’s favorite causes through – in hopes of getting their attention for the idea.  By the time Reddit had completed the self-planned donation marathon, people at the Comedy Central studios were starting to notice $$$ signs.

So what is it about?  It really is just a series of jokes being made about jokes (like Beck).

Oddly enough though, some people are taking this very seriously and some on the left have created a bit of their own controversy on Reddit about whether or not controversial causes should be represented or welcomed at the rally.  Specifically, it seems like a lot of people don’t want NORML to be there, even though the very idea behind NORML was that marijuana law reform is completely compatible with what we call normal day to day life.

In the meantime, I’m watching Colbert right now and he’s urging the audience to come dressed up in their Halloween costumes. So I really don’t know where anyone is getting the idea that this needs to be incredibly stuffy and held back.  I’m headed to D.C. for a fun weekend of political parody!

Anyway, I’ll be there in about a day and I’ll try to get as many pictures and videos as my memory card and battery can take.

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