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Saturday, November 20, 2010

The end of fear is where we begin

Belatedly, as promised, a few pictures from the Rally to Restore Sanity in Washington a few weeks ago. (Really -- only three weeks ago. It seems much longer ago than that.)

I was lucky enough to get into one of the sections reasonably close to the stage, and the police closed it off to newcomers before it got very crowded, so I actually had room to lie down on the grass and read while waiting for the show to begin. Which seemed quite, well, reasonable.

And though all the reports said the crowd was very young and very white, that wasn't the case in my section, and a rather petite gray-haired woman in front of me managed to insert her hair into almost every picture I took, making Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert appear to be floating on a blurry gray cloud.

The crowd was uniformly good-natured and polite, as was the show. There was nothing inflammatory whatsoever about the event (except maybe the appearance of noted terrorist Cat Stevens) and while I suppose that was the point -- to show how far the reasonable liberal-leaning middle is from the Fox News stereotypes of the Angry Left -- I think I would have liked a little more inflammation. Jon Stewart is often at his funniest when he's angry, and I think it's hard to be sane right now without being furious at all the insanity around us.

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