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October 03, 2010

A Tale of Two Rallies

The Washington Post describes attendance at yesterday's One Nation progressive rally (top photo below):

"Tens of thousands attend progressive 'One Nation Working Together' rally in Washington":

A wide array of progressive groups drew tens of thousands of activists to the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday for a rally aimed at firing up their members and showcasing the diversity of their movement.

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How the Washington Post described attendance at the conservative Restoring Honor rally (bottom photo) on August 28th:

"Glenn Beck 'Restoring Honor' rally draws thousands"

Remember people - perspective is important:

"Tens of thousands" (top photo).

"Thousands" (bottom photo).

Update: Unintentionally funny line of the day (referring to the One Nation rally) comes from one of the WaPo's numerous (diversity being such a core value, donchaknow) progressive blogs:

Did I hear that a few people hung out on the National Mall yesterday?

Almost as funny as their reaction to the Beck rally! There is some serious assclownery going on here.

15 Photos of the One Nation Rally You'll Never See in the Legacy Media

The Princess didn't attend the rally yesterday, but she was downtown near the Mall attending another function last night. On the drive in, there was literally trash everywhere.

Isn't it remarkable that a crowd many times smaller than the Beck crowd left so much more trash behind? So much for living up to progressive principles.

Posted by Cassandra at October 3, 2010 03:54 PM

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The Washington Post Company is a public corporation, which has certain fiduciary obligations to its shareholders. A case could be made that these are being violated when its reporting is so partisan as to threaten its long-term viability by unnecessarily alienating many of its potential readers.

Posted by: david foster at October 3, 2010 05:37 PM

Isn't it remarkable that a crowd many times smaller than the Beck crowd left so much more trash behind? So much for living up to progressive principles.

Apparently these were largely Union members. I'm pretty sure "That's not my job" is a core principle for all good Union workers.

Posted by: Grim at October 3, 2010 08:43 PM

Nooo! I am a true believer! How could you destroy my faith in the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus, all in one go?

*sobs*

Posted by: Cricket at October 3, 2010 09:04 PM

The main selling point about progressive principles is that they can be modified or discarded to suit the user.

Posted by: Smart Grunt at October 3, 2010 09:07 PM

They expect the government to clean up after them, not understanding that they are the government.

Posted by: htom at October 3, 2010 09:16 PM

Fifteen years after the Lewinsky story, the liberal media is still doing its job: protecting their man in the White House

Posted by: jeff at October 3, 2010 10:20 PM

One Nation... under Obama the God-King.

The fix is in. It was already in but people started noticing it recently.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at October 3, 2010 10:48 PM

I suppose on a concrete level, Americans will know when they are winning when organizations like ACORN and SEIU simply cannot get any more money. No way whatsoever. That'd be a sign of success.

Anything else is just a sign of struggle and contest. Things are contested, but not yet won by either side.

Btw, the Left wants to bring war dollars home so Obama can fight the real enemies: patriotic Americans.

Democrats will "fight". Who are they going to fight against? Real enemies.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at October 3, 2010 10:56 PM

There were dozens upon dozens of Progressives at that rally...

Steve
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Posted by: Steve at October 3, 2010 11:22 PM

"Isn't it remarkable that a crowd many times smaller than the Beck crowd left so much more trash behind? So much for living up to progressive principles."

Ummm...progressively trashier, they are?
(Channeling Yoda...)

Posted by: camojack at October 4, 2010 01:22 AM

The only thing they *know* how to do is trash things -- once they're finished with something, it's dropped and forgotten.

Besides, they're too intellectually superior to sully their paws by picking up anything they dropped. Mama Gaia is made of -- ewwwwww -- *dirt*...

Posted by: BillT at October 4, 2010 01:48 AM

So much for living up to progressive principles.

There are only two progressive principles.

1. Say anything to gain power.

2. Do anything to remain in power.

Posted by: BillT at October 4, 2010 02:24 AM

Since we're playing the stereotype game here, it stands to reason that families with jobs and kids can afford to buy a lot of food and drinks sold at "progressive" rallies.

Hence, they will probably leave slightly more trash behind than the unemployed and/or elderly folk that can barely afford to attend Beck's rallies in the first place.

Posted by: Craig at October 4, 2010 11:15 AM

Guess they didn't have to worry about cleanup at Beck's New Jersey rally this weekend...

http://www.app.com/article/20101002/NEWS/100930134/Glenn-Beck-conservative-talk-show-host-kicks-off-Restoring-America-tour

700 people in an arena that can hold 8,000!

That's almost 10% attendance in a state that elected wingnut Chris Christie and is running Carl Paladino for guv'nah across the river!

Success!!!

Posted by: Craig at October 4, 2010 11:18 AM

Hence, they will probably leave slightly more trash behind than the unemployed and/or elderly folk that can barely afford to attend Beck's rallies in the first place.

Considering that most of the trash in the pictures consisted of leaflets, posters, and other political handouts, I'd say your argument is as flawed as your logic.

Posted by: BillT at October 4, 2010 11:25 AM

Oh come now, Bill. Everyone knows that people who have the money to buy refreshments inexplicably lose the ability to use the common trash can.

Also, if hardly anyone attended Glenn Beck's rally in NJ then the WaPo doesn't need to be accurate or objective in its reporting of two rallies that occurred in DC.

Duh :)

Posted by: Cassandra at October 4, 2010 11:34 AM

Who said anything about logic?

This post is about dirty hippies v. tea baggers.

Posted by: Craig at October 4, 2010 12:27 PM

Actually, what it's about is tens of thousands of noble, high minded diverse patriots flocking to DC to save America, vs. a bunch of racist tea baggers who are fortunately so few that the WaPo can pretend to do their jobs by wondering whether Glenn Beck is good for Mormonism :p

Posted by: Reality: Now Starring as Craig's Bitch at October 4, 2010 12:34 PM

Oh, I thought it was about FOX reporting eleventy billion patriots attending a rally held by two of their employees and then reporting that the One nation rally was "Crawling with Socialists":

http://www.thefoxnation.com/must-see-video/2010/10/04/watch-one-nation-rally-crawling-socialists

Posted by: Craig at October 4, 2010 01:01 PM

...in a state that elected wingnut Chris Christie...

Figgers. The only counter the Dems had to his message was namecalling, too.

But he's in, and Corzine's wondering why nobody wants to pay him for his "Goldman Sachs financial wizardry" that left NJ with a $34 billion hole in its budget...

Posted by: BillT at October 4, 2010 01:10 PM

...then reporting that the One nation rally was "Crawling with Socialists"

Just goes to prove that there's still some honest reporting in some segments of the MSM...

Posted by: BillT at October 4, 2010 01:13 PM

Craig, it begs the question: If progressives can buy food and drink, then why leave the trash? Especially if One Nation is United to Save Gaia?

Posted by: Cricket at October 4, 2010 02:24 PM

My best friend and her husband attended the 8/28 rally. They aren't unemployed old people. They are (egad!) middle-aged people with decent jobs. They weren't bussed in to the rally from AR by any group. They paid their own way, paid their own hotel and meals, also. She commented to me about the kinds of people who attended. Lots of families with kids, too. So much for that "unemployed and elderly people" meme. She also commented about how clean everyone left the area. Simple solution to overflowing trash cans: you take your trash with you until you can dispose of it properly.

Posted by: Miss Ladybug at October 4, 2010 02:57 PM

Boquisucio was a marshal at the Beck rally, handing out free bottled water and trash bags. People thanked him for both.

Interesting that Craig assumes that throwing garbage onto the nearest patch of grass is *normal* human behavior.

Posted by: BillT at October 4, 2010 03:39 PM

"Oh, I thought...."

EUREKA! I found your problem!! And I have an Rx for you -- free of charge, even. Next time *that* urge comes over you, let it die of loneliness.

Posted by: DL Sly at October 4, 2010 05:43 PM

What this post should be about is Craig's incessant drive for cult membership, recently with 1010 in mind.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at October 5, 2010 09:17 AM

I am simply stating that the notion that dirty hippie socialists leave more trash than anybody else is ridiculous.

It is a patently false stereotype used by wingers to make themselves feel somehow superior to people they disagree with.

No, I do not condone littering of any kind.

Showing pictures of garbage on the streets of DC proves absolutely nothing. DC is a s*thole of epic proportions, made that way by its residents, rentors, and visitors, regardless of political ideology.

Posted by: Craig at October 5, 2010 11:49 AM

I'm sure it's the residents of DC that left all those SEIU signs and those empty lunch boxes all over the Mall and surrounding areas on Saturday... Visitors, yes - those "visitors" bussed in for the rally...

Posted by: Miss Ladybug at October 5, 2010 11:52 PM

It is a patently false stereotype used by wingers to make themselves feel somehow superior to people they disagree with.

It's a shame (for your argument) that it's not "stereotypes" in this case, but instead photographic evidence. The crowd at Beck's rally WAS larger but was reported as smaller by the WaPo. That's not a stereotype.

The crowd at the Beck rally left less trash behind. Photographic evidence proves this. Once again, no stereotype needed.

On the other hand, in favor of your position you have the following:
wingnut Chris Christie
This post is about dirty hippies v. tea baggers.
It is a patently false stereotype used by wingers to make themselves feel somehow superior to people they disagree with.

And last I checked, ad hominem is less effective evidence than photography.

Posted by: MikeD at October 6, 2010 12:33 PM

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