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Stephen Colbert is holding a rally: the March to Keep Fear Alive.

It began with a Reddit comment. Next there was a website seeking donations for Donors Choose, a charity Mr Colbert is known to support.

The donations kept growing until then man himself sent a personal message of thanks for the donations.

The total amount raised currently sits just below $240,000, and Jon Stewart has joined the cause with his Rally to Restore Sanity.
posted by twirlypen (444 comments total) 49 users marked this as a favorite

 
This post is an awesome coincidence. I just got an email from a teacher who needed basic school supplies and was accidentally missed by other DonorsChoose visitors. I found her request by searching for "soap", called upon Reddit to help her out, and she had her supplies within 3 hours. Just read her heartfelt messages to the whole group, and there's no mistaking it-- a teacher will go to school happy today.

I encourage MetaFilter to find similar requests on DonorsChoose. Don't forget to add the Truthiness ID to the URL: &challengeid=39361
posted by shii at 3:29 AM on September 17, 2010 [15 favorites]


double.
posted by adamvasco at 3:34 AM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


I'm not so sure this is a double -- that is, it could have referred more to the rally. Or, rather, the COMPETING rallies between Colbert and Stewart.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 3:55 AM on September 17, 2010


The earlier post was from before the rally existed. Double, you say? It will take more than a double for us to Keep Fear Alive! Shh. What's that sound?
posted by Obscure Reference at 3:58 AM on September 17, 2010


Stay home. Call voters.
posted by Vectorcon Systems at 4:05 AM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


Stay home. Call voters.

Given a period of time great enough you can do more than one thing.
posted by codacorolla at 4:24 AM on September 17, 2010 [33 favorites]


I'm thinking my sign will read: "I have carefully checked the spelling of my sign."
posted by Naberius at 4:30 AM on September 17, 2010 [89 favorites]


How about a sign that reads, "I've given it some thought, and I'm pretty interested in the ways in which my country is changing, and I'm excited to see where it goes." Maybe a bit punchier.
posted by Ghidorah at 4:39 AM on September 17, 2010 [14 favorites]


"God Hates Everyone."

Or as the Austin Lounge Lizards once put it, Jesus Loves Me (but He Can't Stand You).

I love Stewart and Colbert. They speak for me.
posted by fourcheesemac at 4:43 AM on September 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


Stephen Colbert is holding a rally is using the shameless self-promotion of Glenn Beck as a platform to promote his own brand. Just because it's about politics doesn't make it political: these guys are all about the money.
posted by three blind mice at 4:46 AM on September 17, 2010


I dunno, something tells me if Colbert had the choice between $10,000 and a really funny joke, he'd pick the joke.
posted by starman at 4:51 AM on September 17, 2010 [53 favorites]


Right, because he's already got ten thousand bucks. Dude is mos' def' a thousannaire.
posted by Mister_A at 4:55 AM on September 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


these guys are all about the money.

Colbert et all? If profit is their main (only?) motive -- is that what being "all about the money" means to you? it's a sloppy phrase -- they hide it well, because to me they seem to be motivated by more than just money. They appear to have a great time entertaining people by using sharp jabs of humor and truth to deflate evil idiots.
posted by pracowity at 5:00 AM on September 17, 2010 [12 favorites]


these guys are all about the money.

I too have opinions for which I can offer no support other than a sad young person's misanthropy.
posted by ND¢ at 5:03 AM on September 17, 2010 [90 favorites]


don't feed the troll.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 5:04 AM on September 17, 2010 [20 favorites]


Stephen Colbert is holding a rally is using the shameless self-promotion of Glenn Beck as a platform to promote his own brand. Just because it's about politics doesn't make it political: these guys are all about the money.

Do you seriously not realize Colbert is a satirist, or are you just taking the jaundiced point of view that he only satirizes for a buck, and no other reason?
posted by Devils Rancher at 5:06 AM on September 17, 2010 [3 favorites]


Is the price of gold in freefall yet?
posted by R. Mutt at 5:11 AM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


Do you seriously not realize Colbert is a satirist, or are you just taking the jaundiced point of view that he only satirizes for a buck, and no other reason?

Colbert is an entertainer who uses satire. Glenn Beck is an entertainer. Both of them are using the heat of American politics to make a buck. Beck is doing it in a crowded field so this has to give him an edge in the voting.

Nothing wrong with it. I admire both of them for developing an audience and making a living as entertainers, but I do not allow myself to be fooled into thinking that these are genuine political voices.
posted by three blind mice at 5:15 AM on September 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


All them satirists are loaded. Voltaire had a fuckin' harem. Swift had a 50-foot statue of hisself smiting the Irish. People definitely get into satire for the money. It's all about the Jacksons, man.
posted by Mister_A at 5:16 AM on September 17, 2010 [37 favorites]


Soros says gold is the next bubble—I have a wacky tea-party relation who is buying up ticky-tack gold things... I have urged her to reconsider but she seems to think that gold is the one commodity that never goes down in value...

sigh.
posted by Mister_A at 5:19 AM on September 17, 2010 [4 favorites]


Voltaire had a fuckin' harem.

I read this as "Voltaire had a fuckin' ham."

To which I thought, "You bet he did!"

And in that dread moment of porked Enlightenment, a historical dark sex comedy was born.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 5:24 AM on September 17, 2010 [25 favorites]


genuine political voices

Is this limited to people who don't make money from enterprises related to their political expression?
posted by shakespeherian at 5:24 AM on September 17, 2010 [3 favorites]


I do not allow myself to be fooled into thinking that these are genuine political voices.

Not sure whether to begin by criticizing your use of "genuine," "political," or "voices." Nobody in politics is motivated purely out of some unadulterated desire to lead their fellow citizens or do good in the world. Also, just because somebody is motivated by money does not make them ingenuine, nor does it make them not political, or not a legitimate voice. Newsflash: Money plays a large part in politics.
posted by ekroh at 5:26 AM on September 17, 2010 [5 favorites]


Stephen Colbert is holding a rally is using the shameless self-promotion of Glenn Beck as a platform to promote his own brand. Just because it's about politics doesn't make it political: these guys are all about the money.
Where did that come from? It doesn't even make any sense.
Nothing wrong with it. I admire both of them for developing an audience and making a living as entertainers, but I do not allow myself to be fooled into thinking that these are genuine political voices.
They haven't even tried to imply these rallies are about anything other then getting together and having fun. How did you manage to get that stick so far up your ass?
posted by delmoi at 5:28 AM on September 17, 2010 [11 favorites]


I AM SO BRINGING 5 PAIRS OF UNDERWARE BITCHES!
WOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOO!
posted by liza at 5:36 AM on September 17, 2010


I admire both of them for developing an audience and making a living as entertainers, but I do not allow myself to be fooled into thinking that these are genuine political voices.

You know, there is a difference between that and thinking Colbert does it just for the money.
posted by crossoverman at 5:42 AM on September 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


Has anyone seen Steven Colbert and Glenn Beck together? See?

Wow. It's actually way easier making comments like that than it is actually putting together a reasoned argument. Hmmm... maybe I've cracked this internet commenting thing finally.

1) create a ridiculous proposition, based on your desire to be the most cynical person on the internet. Because there might be a prize.
2) stick to it
3) umm... that's it. Well done! We're all jolly proud of you, but sadly there's no prize. Repeat.
posted by ob at 5:49 AM on September 17, 2010 [14 favorites]


Everything is political - their voices are just as political as mine, or yours, or a politician's.
posted by smoke at 5:52 AM on September 17, 2010 [3 favorites]


There's a not-meaningless distinction between a self-proclaimed comedian / entertainer doing something for self-promotion, and a self-proclaimed righteous moral authority doing it.
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 5:53 AM on September 17, 2010 [6 favorites]


I would go to the rally, but I am afraid there might be bears.
posted by briank at 5:55 AM on September 17, 2010 [7 favorites]


I came back here hoping to find more DonorsChoose links. Talk about naive.
posted by shii at 5:55 AM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


Please stop responding to the derail.

Also, I think the name for this rally is genius and I wish I'd thought of it. I also wish I could go!
posted by theredpen at 5:56 AM on September 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


Colbert is an entertainer who uses satire. Glenn Beck is an entertainer. Both of them are using the heat of American politics to make a buck.

It's an interesting comparison, but it seems clear from Beck's Goldline controversy that he is primarily interested in the money in a way that Colbert does not appear to be.
posted by Busy Old Fool at 5:59 AM on September 17, 2010 [6 favorites]


They haven't even tried to imply these rallies are about anything other then getting together and having fun.

Glenn Beck held his "rally" in front the Lincoln Memorial on the anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech. From what I read, it was a political rally, organized, promoted, and lead by an absolutely shameless self-promotor. Jimmy Swaggart never got close to doing what this Beck guy is doing. The man has talent and it scares me that so many people see him as a genuine political voice - i.e., someone who speaks for, represents the views of, and has the support of a sizeable portion of the Republic.

Colbert is also talented, but he hasn't got Glenn Beck talent, or maybe his audience is tougher. In any event, Colbert's subject rally is Colbert Inc. taking the opportunity Beck Inc. created to promote the Colbert Inc. brand. Indeed, by convoying on Beck's hard work, he is also showing himself to be the less capable entertainer.

So while Colbert makes money mocking Beck, it is Beck who owns the right to mock Colbert.
posted by three blind mice at 6:03 AM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


If we're fooled into thinking these are "genuine political voices" but not fooled into believing that Beck is an entertainer as he says, but you are, does that make us even Steven?
posted by juiceCake at 6:05 AM on September 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


I think we need to get back on track here, and start talking about Voltaire sex comedies with dead animals, or whatever was going on upthread.

Because that sounded interesting, and I'd like to see more of it.
posted by aramaic at 6:12 AM on September 17, 2010 [12 favorites]


Are we missing the part where a member of his audience asked him to do the rally? Or is that part of the conspiracy now? Wait--I know--it was the CIA that set this up. And Blackwater is taking a cut for providing security, right? And all the food will be packed full of CORN SUGAR.

Jesus.
posted by TrialByMedia at 6:12 AM on September 17, 2010 [6 favorites]


Can this please be the thread where we post our ideas for signs to carry instead of the one where we have a stupid argument about whether Colbert is better than Beck?

For the Restoring Sanity crowd:

"President Obama was born in the United States."

"Some Americans are Muslims."

"If the crazy people in your religion do something violent, respond with by building something positive like a house of worship or community center." <--that one needs to be pithier.
posted by straight at 6:16 AM on September 17, 2010 [17 favorites]


The cover article in the most recent New York Magazine is a profile on Jon Stewart and talks a little about the planning of his show's 'rally' and a lot about the writing of the show in general. link.
posted by shemko at 6:16 AM on September 17, 2010 [4 favorites]


Can this please be the thread where we post our ideas for signs to carry

Agreed. For Restoring Fear I think I will stand next to a black guy and have a sign with an arrow pointing next to me and reading "AHHHHHHHH!!!!!"
posted by ND¢ at 6:28 AM on September 17, 2010 [31 favorites]


I do not allow myself to be fooled into thinking that these are genuine political voices.

Wow, that's some seriously naive analysis.

Also: DC meetup thread in 3...2...
posted by mediareport at 6:31 AM on September 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


I'm thinking my sign will read: "I have carefully checked the spelling of my sign."

Isn't there only one "l" in speling?
posted by TedW at 6:33 AM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


So while Colbert makes money mocking Beck, it is Beck who owns the right to mock Colbert.

That doesn't even make any sense.

Colbert is also talented, but he hasn't got Glenn Beck talent, or maybe his audience is tougher.

what
posted by rtha at 6:34 AM on September 17, 2010 [29 favorites]


Since I took the bait I feel bad saying this, but it seriously is not worth it. You can't reason someone out of a position they didn't reason themselves into, and generalized "Aw man you people can't see you're just a bunch of sheep" is no more the product of reason than "People didn't like my band because they just couldn't understand it."
posted by ND¢ at 6:40 AM on September 17, 2010 [6 favorites]


So while Colbert makes money mocking Beck, it is Beck who owns the right to mock Colbert.

That doesn't even make any sense.

Colbert is also talented, but he hasn't got Glenn Beck talent, or maybe his audience is tougher.

what
posted by rtha at 6:34 AM on September 17 [+] [!]


Seconded. Beck v Colbert isn't a rap beef.
posted by ben242 at 6:42 AM on September 17, 2010


Sign idea: "Don't build the Freedom Tower at the site of my Mosque!"
posted by pwally at 6:49 AM on September 17, 2010 [21 favorites]


Stephen Colbert is holding a rally is using the shameless self-promotion of Glenn Beck as a platform to promote his own brand. Just because it's about politics doesn't make it political: these guys are all about the money.

Do you seriously not realize Colbert is a satirist, or are you just taking the jaundiced point of view that he only satirizes for a buck, and no other reason?


You know, this reminds me of a time when I was discussing Colbert's show with a friend who, it became clear, actually didn't know that Colbert's show was satirical. Given, she hadn't really watched the show, she'd just heard of it briefly and assumed it was along the lines of Mind of Mencia conservative-barely-humor, and hadn't bothered to really explore it.

So, it's entirely possible that three blind mice really is just unaware. Maybe.
posted by odinsdream at 6:55 AM on September 17, 2010


these guys are all about the money.

Well, Colbert has repeatedly stated he is all about the money, who are we to doubt him?
posted by Artw at 6:56 AM on September 17, 2010 [3 favorites]


Glenn Beck is an entertainer.

Belatedly, no he isn't. Beck is a demagogue who sometimes calls himself an entertainer in order to excuse away his bullying as jokes and his lack of real information as something allowable, as he is not a journalist. Comparing Beck and Colbert, as though the two had any common ground besides the fact that the both address politics on television, is exceptionally shallow, as is your unsupported dismissal of Colbert, as though he and Beck, by virtue of their superficial similarities, had exactly the same motivations.
posted by Astro Zombie at 6:56 AM on September 17, 2010 [72 favorites]


I would carry a sign that says: "There is no religious bigotry here. I do not look down on Jews, Muslims, Christians, or Hindus. Here you are all equally worthless."
posted by norm at 6:57 AM on September 17, 2010


It's an interesting comparison, but it seems clear from Beck's Goldline controversy that he is primarily interested in the money in a way that Colbert does not appear to be.

I think Colbert is really missing out on making some awesome fake Goldline commercial spoofs to play right before his real breaks.
posted by odinsdream at 6:57 AM on September 17, 2010 [5 favorites]


Sign idea: "Don't build the Freedom Tower at the site of my Mosque!"

Too angry for Stewart's rally, wrong polarity for Colbert's.

That's why we need to discuss this now. It's going to be hard to get thousands of people to get the nuances right.
posted by straight at 6:59 AM on September 17, 2010 [15 favorites]


"There is no religious bigotry here. I do not look down on Jews, Muslims, Christians, or Hindus. Here you are all equally worthless."

Too angry for Stewart's rally, wrong polarity for Colbert's.
posted by straight at 7:01 AM on September 17, 2010 [4 favorites]


I would bring an elaborate set of signs outlining my complaints against the wretched state of tea in this country.
posted by Artw at 7:01 AM on September 17, 2010 [7 favorites]


Colbert is also talented, but he hasn't got Glenn Beck talent, or maybe his audience is tougher. In any event, Colbert's subject rally is Colbert Inc. taking the opportunity Beck Inc. created to promote the Colbert Inc. brand. Indeed, by convoying on Beck's hard work, he is also showing himself to be the less capable entertainer.

Um... Colbert does satire. By definition satire has to comment on, riff on, "convoy on" things that other people have said or done. Otherwise it's just a joke.
posted by Tomorrowful at 7:01 AM on September 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


Stay home. Call voters.

Believe Obama pioneered the "call them from the rally via cell phone thing.
posted by Ironmouth at 7:02 AM on September 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


More sign ideas: "Proud to be a TEArrorist," "No TV and No Beer Make Homer Go Crazy," "Freedom Isn't Free; Plastic Bags Are $.05," "Shoelaces of the World: Untie."
posted by MimeticHaHa at 7:03 AM on September 17, 2010 [3 favorites]


Dr. David Snider, a media historian and author of the book Frothing, Shouting Dim-Bulbs: An American Tradition, said that the current porcine loudmouth is the latest in a long line of pink-faced half-wits that began in the 1930s with the incendiary radio broadcasts of Father Charles Coughlin, a pink-faced half-wit Roman Catholic priest.

According to Snider, this original pink-faced half-wit exploited the Great Depression to foment his message of virulent anti-Semitism—a tactic of shamelessly preying upon American misery and misfortune that has since been employed by nearly every pink-faced, intellectually corrupt piece of shit asshole to open his fat, disgusting pig mouth since.

posted by KokuRyu at 7:04 AM on September 17, 2010 [6 favorites]


ND¢: "Can this please be the thread where we post our ideas for signs to carry

Agreed. For Restoring Fear I think I will stand next to a black guy and have a sign with an arrow pointing next to me and reading "AHHHHHHHH!!!!!"
"

I have a feeling that these rallies will be only slightly less white than the Tea Party rallies.
posted by symbioid at 7:07 AM on September 17, 2010 [12 favorites]


Riffing off something in an earlier thread, I'd like to make one of those tea party "don't tread on me" flags, except instead of a coiled snake ready to strike that only looks like a turd on the sidewalk, we'd have an actual picture of a turd on the sidewalk.

Or Hannity's face, whatever, same thing.
posted by fourcheesemac at 7:07 AM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


I admire both of them for developing an audience and making a living as entertainers, but I do not allow myself to be fooled into thinking that these are genuine political voices.

This is not the work of a man primarily concerned with maintaining a profitable brand.
posted by EarBucket at 7:08 AM on September 17, 2010 [20 favorites]


MORE SIGNS:

"GOOGLE CONFIRMATION BIAS"
"HELPING EACH-OTHER ISN'T SOCIALISM"
"ALL CAPS YELLING IS NOT A CONVERSATION"
posted by Potomac Avenue at 7:10 AM on September 17, 2010 [28 favorites]


Too angry for Stewart's rally, wrong polarity for Colbert's.

Whose rally is "You're Not The Boss Of Me" appropriate for?
posted by norm at 7:11 AM on September 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


I remember another comedian who wrote a book making fun of Rush Limbaugh... Kinda like what Colbert and Stewart do to Beck and Palin... I wonder what he's doing now?
posted by valkane at 7:11 AM on September 17, 2010 [15 favorites]


GOP: Getting the poor and downtrodden to vote against their own interests since 1981
posted by rosswald at 7:11 AM on September 17, 2010 [13 favorites]


This is not the work of a man primarily concerned with maintaining a profitable brand.

Thanks for reposting. I had kind of forgotten what a hero Colbert actually is.
posted by KokuRyu at 7:12 AM on September 17, 2010


"Grumble, grumble"
"I had an excellent saying all ready to go, but then my rage ran out (and so did my sharpie)."
"Never before have so few done so little with not much."
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, something something... Despotism."
"Hell no, we won't go. Unless there are bears."
posted by purephase at 7:15 AM on September 17, 2010 [3 favorites]


Even if this is "all about the money" (to which I say: grar), I can't imagine this event will be anything but a Good Idea, not least because it very easily has the potential to show that rational, sane, silent-majority people can come together in numbers that are very likely to dwarf those of Beck's rally to send the simple but vital message that we speak for many more Americans than the Teafolk do and to their fulminations we say "ha."

Has anyone seen Steven Colbert and Glenn Beck together?

Has anyone ever seen Sarah Palin and Lady Gaga together? Boom. I win the Internet.
posted by kittyprecious at 7:15 AM on September 17, 2010 [8 favorites]


Let's see, signs for the rally. . .

"HOLY SHIT"

"AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE IS EXACTLY THE SAME THING AS STALINISM"

"READ MY SIGN OR THE TERRORISTS WIN"

"GOD HATES TAXES"

"YOU CAN HAVE MY APOSTROPHE'S WHEN YOU PRY THEM FROM MY COLD DEAD HANDS"

(OK, that was a little cheap. . .")
posted by flotson at 7:15 AM on September 17, 2010 [15 favorites]


PAVED ROADS ARE SOCIALISM
US ARMY IS SOCIALISM
LIBRARIES IS SOSHALIZM
GOVERNMENT OUT OF MY MEDICARE
GOVERNMENT OUT OF MY MEDICAID
GOVERNMENT OUT MY DREAMS AND INTO MY CAR
HULK ANGRY
I DON'T HATE OBAMA BECAUSE HE'S BLACK. ACTUALLY I FORGET WHY. HE IS BLACK THOUGH
I AM ANGRY AND SCARED
ALBINOS GO HOME
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHH
GLENN BECK WILL PROTECT ME FROM MORMONS
I HAVE A DREAM WHERE IMMIGRANTS ARE COMING TO STEAL MY GOLDLINE ANTIQUE COINS
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 7:17 AM on September 17, 2010 [139 favorites]


Whose rally is "You're Not The Boss Of Me" appropriate for?

Of course you're free to bring any sign you want, but it might be nice to color code signs like yours. Maybe blue for "I don't really get the joke," and red for "I get the joke, but I don't care."
posted by straight at 7:17 AM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


"I don't like that guy from Hootie and the Blowfish singing Country music!"

"Dear Mr. President, there are too many states now-a-days, please eliminate three. I am not a crackpot."
posted by ND¢ at 7:18 AM on September 17, 2010 [3 favorites]


DON'T TAKE MY "GUNS"
posted by ukdanae at 7:20 AM on September 17, 2010


CORDOBA HOUSE WAS AN INSIDE JOB.
posted by shen1138 at 7:22 AM on September 17, 2010 [5 favorites]


PLENTY OF PEOPLE HEAR VOICES IN THEIR HEADS
[Picture of Beck]
ONLY SOME CLAIM THAT IT'S GOD
posted by MimeticHaHa at 7:22 AM on September 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


"Stop government tyranny!
Other than forcing women to bear their rapist's children."

"Democratically elected governments doing things I don't like is tyranny!"

"Why won't my grand kids call more?!"
posted by ND¢ at 7:23 AM on September 17, 2010 [5 favorites]


UNDERWARE BITCHES

Rude women with hidden computers.

I like it.
posted by mmrtnt at 7:23 AM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


I can't attend the Colbert rally, but would someone please go for me with a sign that reads "Hitler Big Bird Muzlem Nipple!"?
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 7:23 AM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


Colbert's show is just a thinly veiled attempt to get us all to be in giant Irish Catholic families, obsessed with Lord of the Rings, and cultivate a surprising interest in indie music.

Basically Glenn Beck with a French name people.
posted by haveanicesummer at 7:25 AM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


My sign:
"GOOGLE RUPAUL"
posted by schmod at 7:26 AM on September 17, 2010 [59 favorites]


"Your red state is costing my blue state $$$$"
posted by R. Mutt at 7:27 AM on September 17, 2010 [8 favorites]


I read this as "Voltaire had a fuckin' ham."

And there's a monk out back with a ladder!
posted by thesmophoron at 7:27 AM on September 17, 2010 [4 favorites]


I want to go. I really, really want to go.
...There isn't a meetup thread yet?
posted by flex at 7:28 AM on September 17, 2010


My sign:
"GOOGLE RUPAUL"
posted by schmod


Ohman ohman ohman. I have figuratively literally died of laughter on three seperate occasions when I've been eating dinner with my family and brought up Ron Paul. After about two minutes of talking about him, my dad will go "Ru Paul??!" with this wonderful amazing perplexed reaction. And I die.
posted by haveanicesummer at 7:29 AM on September 17, 2010 [17 favorites]


Indeed, by convoying on Beck's hard work...

That word doesn't mean what you think it means, and shows that you play way too much Diplomacy.
posted by thesmophoron at 7:30 AM on September 17, 2010 [4 favorites]


Of course you're free to bring any sign you want, but it might be nice to color code signs like yours. Maybe blue for "I don't really get the joke," and red for "I get the joke, but I don't care."

For that matter, maybe we should color code our comments. Although I'm pretty sure your last one wouldn't show up for me, as I am a Default Blue Mefite, not a Professional White Backgrounder.
posted by norm at 7:30 AM on September 17, 2010


FUND THE DEFICIT

PROGRESSIVE TAXATION

GREED IS NOT GOOD

KITTENS!

IMPROVE OUR INFRASTRUCTURE

FLUFFY BUNNIES!
posted by warbaby at 7:31 AM on September 17, 2010 [5 favorites]


"GOVERNMENT HANDS OFF MY MEDICARE"
posted by norm at 7:31 AM on September 17, 2010


I DON'T HATE OBAMA BECAUSE HE'S BLACK. ACTUALLY I FORGET WHY. HE IS BLACK THOUGH

genuine LOLs
posted by Potomac Avenue at 7:32 AM on September 17, 2010 [25 favorites]


Great, on a Thursday of course. They know a lot of their audience is employed, right?
posted by furiousxgeorge at 7:33 AM on September 17, 2010


If thousands of people don't show up at the Colbert march holding signs that say, "RABBLE RABBLE RABBLE" then the terrorists have won.
posted by notion at 7:34 AM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


Oh, October. Carry on.
posted by furiousxgeorge at 7:35 AM on September 17, 2010


on a Thursday of course.

Most of their audience knows how to use a calender too.

(sorry I'm just all het up on snarkiness. 10.30 is a Saturday. Day before Halloween so there will be hella costumes!)
posted by Potomac Avenue at 7:35 AM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


I'm having a house party in DC that night and you're all invited.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 7:36 AM on September 17, 2010 [4 favorites]


Too angry for Stewart's rally, wrong polarity for Colbert's.

Eh.. it's fake outrage, not anger. Sarcasm = win.
posted by pwally at 7:36 AM on September 17, 2010


Great, on a Thursday of course. They know a lot of their audience is employed, right?

October 30th is a Saturday.
posted by EarBucket at 7:36 AM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


I threw that extra comma in there for free.
posted by notion at 7:36 AM on September 17, 2010


(Failure to preview!)
posted by EarBucket at 7:36 AM on September 17, 2010


♔ KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON
ACTUALLY TAXES ARE THE LOWEST SINCE TRUMAN. SERIOUSLY
ACTUALLY SENIORS ALREADY HAVE SOCIALIST HEALTHCARE, IT'S PRETTY COOL
ACTUALLY THE FOUNDING FATHERS LIKED FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
IF YOU CAN'T SAY ANYTHING NICE CALL RUSH LIMBAUGH
♔ MIND HOW YOU GO
WE SHOULD PROBABLY HELP THE POOR A BIT
♔ NOT SO LOUD, PLEASE
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 7:39 AM on September 17, 2010 [56 favorites]


They know a lot of their audience is employed, right?

Collecting your liberalnazi socialist security/unemployment/welfare/moneyjustforbeinganillegalimmigrantorwhatever checks while you watch Comedy Central isn't technically a job.
posted by haveanicesummer at 7:39 AM on September 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


"DOWN WITH GOVERNMENT-RUN GOVERNMENT"
posted by mneekadon at 7:40 AM on September 17, 2010 [9 favorites]


MARK HARMON/THAT HANDSOME YOUNG MAN FROM JAG 2012!
posted by ND¢ at 7:42 AM on September 17, 2010 [4 favorites]


The real question is this: will the delightful (and brazenly, OPENLY interracial!) Mr and MrsMoonPie have a gay marriage booth?
posted by Madamina at 7:44 AM on September 17, 2010


Astro Zombie

Thank you


posted by mmrtnt at 7:44 AM on September 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


DOWN WITH THIS SORT OF THING
posted by fight or flight at 7:47 AM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


WE FEAR CHANGE!
posted by ND¢ at 7:47 AM on September 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


ACTUALLY MUSLIMS BELIEVE IN THE SAME GOD CHRISTIANS DO, AND THEY THINK JESUS WAS PRETTY AWESOME
WE DON'T ACTUALLY KNOW WHERE ON THE LAFFER CURVE WE ARE too wonkish?
posted by thesmophoron at 7:48 AM on September 17, 2010 [5 favorites]


SEAN HANNITY IS NOT VERY SMART. AND HE'S MEAN AND UNFAIR.

FOX NEWS: COME FOR THE BABES, STAY FOR THE LIES

CAN'T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG (EXCEPT YOU)?
posted by fourcheesemac at 7:48 AM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


OBAMACARE BEARS ROTTEN FRUIT (carebears collage included)
posted by haveanicesummer at 7:49 AM on September 17, 2010


STEPHEN COLBERT IS SECRETLY A BEAR
posted by kmz at 7:49 AM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


MARK HARMON/THAT HANDSOME YOUNG MAN FROM JAG 2012!

GOD HATES JAGS.
posted by fourcheesemac at 7:50 AM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


ANYONE HAVE A SHARPIE? MINE SEEMS TO BE RUNN
posted by haveanicesummer at 7:51 AM on September 17, 2010 [7 favorites]


CAN WE TALK ABOUT SOMETHING ELSE?
I MAY _LOOK_ REASONABLE
RE: RE: RE: FW: RE: FW: FW: MY OPINION
posted by MimeticHaHa at 7:51 AM on September 17, 2010 [29 favorites]


AZ: Belatedly, no he isn't. Beck is a demagogue who sometimes calls himself an entertainer in order to excuse away his bullying as jokes and his lack of real information as something allowable, as he is not a journalist. Comparing Beck and Colbert, as though the two had any common ground besides the fact that the both address politics on television, is exceptionally shallow, as is your unsupported dismissal of Colbert, as though he and Beck, by virtue of their superficial similarities, had exactly the same motivations.

Thanks Astro Zombie.

The comparison between Beck and Colbert arises, of course, from Colbert's apparent parody of Beck's recent rally - as if Stephen should be mocking Glenn. In a crowded field against guys like Limbaugh, Hannity, Palin, all of those local right wing TV and radio personalities, this Glenn Beck guy has made a name for himself and his stock is rising along with the price of gold. On the other hand, Colbert has the unenviable struggle to find something, anything funny to say about Palin and Beck.

But a Colbert rally in DC? C'mon. Colbert is just poaching on Beck's wave.
posted by three blind mice at 7:52 AM on September 17, 2010


YOU THINK YOU'RE BETTER THAN ME JUST CAUSE YOU'RE MORE EDUCATED, ACCOMPLISHED AND INTELLIGENT?! NEWSFLASH: I'M WHITE!
posted by ND¢ at 7:53 AM on September 17, 2010 [6 favorites]


East Manitoba etc: "WE SHOULD PROBABLY HELP THE POOR A BIT" will be my sign.

We need to go to DC again, soon, anyway and now you've come up with the sign that woks best for me. So, I guess I could find time in between going to work, and volunteering at the legal clinic, and with the Red Cross, and spending time with my friends and family, and my yoga class, to make a sign. And if I've made a sign, I might as well go with a bunch of other vaguely-like-minded, but certainly rational people who recognize that discourse includes not agreeing, and that problem-solving is hard, and that most people can agree on something. I mean, if we can spend the money on plane tickets, instead of, you know, bills or something. We could pack a lunch.
posted by crush-onastick at 7:57 AM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


...not a Professional White Backgrounder.

Hey!
posted by mmrtnt at 7:58 AM on September 17, 2010


STEPHEN COLBERT IS SECRETLY A BEAR

No he's a-not, he's a-wearing a necktie!

*rimshot*
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 7:58 AM on September 17, 2010 [6 favorites]


On the other hand, Colbert has the unenviable struggle to find something, anything funny to say about Palin and Beck.

What? Beck and Palin are extremely low hanging fruit when it comes to finding things to make fun of.
posted by haveanicesummer at 7:59 AM on September 17, 2010 [7 favorites]


But a Colbert rally in DC? C'mon. Colbert is just poaching on Beck's wave.

It's certainly possible, but it seems the idea for the rally genuinely began with a comment on Reddit. Also, I think it's a bit generous to refer to what happened at Beck's rally a 'wave'.

Also:

EAT MOR CHIKIN
posted by Mooski at 7:59 AM on September 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


DON'T TAKE MY "GUNS"

I endorse this sign if it features a photo of a guy flexing his biceps.
posted by shakespeherian at 7:59 AM on September 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


Colbert is just poaching on Beck's wave.

Because satirists should stick to obscure references. CHINESE RARE METALS PROTECTIONISM WHAT'S UP WITH THAT
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 8:01 AM on September 17, 2010 [16 favorites]


Colbert and Stewart better start announcing insane unrealistic numbers of rally attendees before the event has even happened.
posted by haveanicesummer at 8:01 AM on September 17, 2010 [4 favorites]


DON'T TAKE MY "GUNS"

I endorse this sign if it features a photo of a guy flexing his biceps.


Or a gnu flexing its biceps.
posted by troika at 8:08 AM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


This thread reminds me: I have been meaning to find an excuse to post this for a while. It's the most perfect, the most quintessential protest-sign picture I have ever seen.
posted by MimeticHaHa at 8:09 AM on September 17, 2010 [11 favorites]


MimeticHaHa: "RE: RE: RE: FW: RE: FW: FW: MY OPINION"

This is brilliant.
posted by theredpen at 8:10 AM on September 17, 2010 [15 favorites]


Colbert is just poaching on Beck's wave.

I think this perception is exactly the reason why they decided to have two rallies. One that mocks (I mean, come on, it's comedy gold), and one that says what really needs to be said - which is that the national conversation has gotten out of hand.

Which is kind of odd, since I think that Stewart actually does the better Beck impersonation. But I see the motivation, which brilliantly takes the original reddit idea and gives it purpose.
posted by fungible at 8:10 AM on September 17, 2010


YOUR A MORON
posted by mmrtnt at 8:14 AM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


Well, I'll be there. I'm liking "You can have my gnu when you take it from my cold dead hands!" - thanks for the inspiration above!
posted by ChuraChura at 8:14 AM on September 17, 2010


Keep Your Truth Out Of My Mind
Bring Back Arrested Development
Keep Delaware Boring
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 8:14 AM on September 17, 2010 [5 favorites]


I don't know if it was because they're "all about the money". But they are scabs.

The bottom line, though, is that every joke on the shows this week was made while the writers remained on the picket lines without pay, and as Stewart and Colbert continued to collect paychecks.

An inconvenient truth, as they say.
posted by Joe Beese at 8:16 AM on September 17, 2010


"So, it's entirely possible that three blind mice really is just unaware. Maybe."

Or, y'know...blind.
posted by mr_crash_davis mark II: Jazz Odyssey at 8:19 AM on September 17, 2010


HELVETICA
posted by mintcake! at 8:21 AM on September 17, 2010 [6 favorites]


are these three blind mice posts some form of satire? There's gotta be some meta joke going on here I don't get.
posted by dig_duggler at 8:21 AM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


Crap. I started thinking about GNU CONTROL slogans and somehow that veered off into birth control for gnus and now I can't stop picturing giant furry condoms.
posted by nebulawindphone at 8:22 AM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


...it became clear, [she] actually didn't know that Colbert's show was satirical.

Yeah ... and some believe that those who invited him to perform at the 2006 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner didn't realize he performs in character. He was invited to speak at the dinner by Mark Smith, outgoing president of the White House Press Corps Association. According New York magazine, "Smith later told the Times he hadn't seen much of Colbert's work". And, boy did he deliver right in front of President Bush and the Washington insiders. "Peter Daou on Salon called it 'a biting rebuke of George W. Bush and the lily-livered press corps.'"
"I stand by this man. I stand by this man because he stands for things. Not only for things, he stands on things. Things like aircraft carriers and rubble and recently flooded city squares. And that sends a strong message, that no matter what happens to America, she will always rebound—with the most powerfully staged photo ops in the world."
Video of Colbert's performance [starts at 53:35].
posted by ericb at 8:24 AM on September 17, 2010 [14 favorites]


I'm still not seeing enough wang jokes, people.
posted by aramaic at 8:26 AM on September 17, 2010


A sign with a picture of Pedobear on it would be pretty funny, until you got yourself thrown in jail.
posted by Xoebe at 8:26 AM on September 17, 2010


I don't know if it was because they're "all about the money". But they are scabs.
posted by Joe Beese


Or they threatened layoffs of non-writing staff. Even the WGA said "Comedy Central forcing Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert back on the air will not give the viewers the quality shows they've come to expect." They weren't picketed like Carson Daly... so maybe there's more to the story than the pure conjecture of your article?
posted by haveanicesummer at 8:26 AM on September 17, 2010 [5 favorites]


I think a simple "OBAMA IS BLACK!" sign says quite a bit. Man, I wish I could go.
posted by papercake at 8:29 AM on September 17, 2010 [3 favorites]


On the other hand, Colbert has the unenviable struggle to find something, anything funny to say about Palin and Beck.

Are you kidding? That shit writes itself! "Unenviable struggle"? Like the kind of struggle it is to go into McDonald's and order a burger?

If what you are doing is satire, please let me know. My satire meter clearly needs recalibrating if that is so.
posted by rtha at 8:30 AM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


STOP POACHING MY WAVE
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 8:32 AM on September 17, 2010 [3 favorites]


I think the struggle with Palin and Beck is to find something funny that they haven't already unwittingly said themselves.
posted by papercake at 8:34 AM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


DOWN WITH THIS SORT OF THING

I saw a protester on a news report about the Pope's visit to Scotland totally carrying this sign.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 8:36 AM on September 17, 2010 [13 favorites]


maybe there's more to the story than the pure conjecture of your article?

Did they resign from the WGA once they felt unable - for the sake of argument, due to a hostage situation - to honor their strike?

Did they at least give the money they were "forced" to accept to a strike fund?

If so, bygones. Otherwise, no.
posted by Joe Beese at 8:36 AM on September 17, 2010


I saw a protester on a news report about the Pope's visit to Scotland totally carrying this sign.

It's a Father Ted reference. Careful now!
posted by chorltonmeateater at 8:38 AM on September 17, 2010 [3 favorites]


Ah. Here we go.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 8:39 AM on September 17, 2010 [3 favorites]


(Disjointed but must defend my nerdom - Yes, I knew it was Father Ted!)
posted by robocop is bleeding at 8:40 AM on September 17, 2010


Someone needs to put this picture on a sign.
posted by homunculus at 8:41 AM on September 17, 2010


FUCK HELVETICA! COMIC SANS
posted by waraw at 8:43 AM on September 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


> So while Colbert makes money mocking Beck, it is Beck who owns the right to mock Colbert.

Colbert's show has been on before Beck rose to prominence. Let's not forget Colbert's epic trashing of Bush. Beck has talent like Manson has talent.
posted by Burhanistan at 8:43 AM on September 17, 2010


just reblogged at culturekitchen. here's my partial list of signs:

IT'S NOT A MOSQUE; IT'S A COMMUNITY CENTER

I SPELL-CHECK MY POLITICAL RAGE

HAWAII IS THE UNITED STATES

KENYAN IS NOT A WORLDVIEW

ANTI-COLONIALISM IS NOT A DIRTY WORD

SPANISH IS THE US' SECOND LANGUAGE. DEAL WITH IT!

YOU CAN BE A MUSLIM AND AMERICAN

LEAVE ALL HOLY WARS BEHIND

PLEASE ASK, DO TELL

THE 13TH AMENDMENT IS ALSO FOR WOMEN'S BODIES

NATIVISTS SHOULD BE NATIVE AMERICANS
posted by liza at 8:44 AM on September 17, 2010 [4 favorites]


GET A BRIAN, MORANs!
posted by robocop is bleeding at 8:48 AM on September 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


I like this one posted over at the 'March to Keep Fear Alive' Facebook page:
"REASON is just one letter away from TREASON!"
BTW -- here's the 'Rally to Restore Sanity' Facebook page.
posted by ericb at 8:49 AM on September 17, 2010 [8 favorites]


PROTECT YOUR RIGHT TO ARM BEARS!
posted by sonika at 8:50 AM on September 17, 2010 [7 favorites]


BE EXCELLENT TO EACH OTHER
posted by chugg at 8:50 AM on September 17, 2010 [28 favorites]


INVEST IN PROTEST SIGNS
posted by robocop is bleeding at 8:51 AM on September 17, 2010 [3 favorites]


STOP POACHING MY WAVE

CONVOY ON AMERICA
posted by mmrtnt at 8:52 AM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


Hopefully there will be a lot of people wearing these.
posted by brundlefly at 8:57 AM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


Did they at least give the money they were "forced" to accept to a strike fund?
posted by Joe Beese


MICHAEL WINSHIP (president of the WGA): Not getting any. The talk-show hosts, I mean, I have to say again—Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, all these folks—for the first couple of months of the strike, they were paying their writing staffs. (from Democracy Now interview)

It seems odd that you are holding them to a higher standard than the WGA who they supposedly screwed over so badly.

Also a good deal of the content of the shows was supportive of the strike and the writers--

JON STEWART: The dispute is actually between the Writers Guild of America and the Association of Motion Picture and Television Producers, or NAMBLA. Now, that joke is grandfathered in. That’s from a long damn time ago! The dispute is over pay for the internet. The writers [inaudible] want to be paid for internet content. Now, they’re already paid for content that is on television, so why is the internet any different from television? It’s a very interesting question. Now, you may say to yourself, “Jon, I’ve been on the internet, and I’ve been on the iTunes, and your show costs $1.99 per episode. Why shouldn’t the writers get a piece of that?” Well, that’s not a content charge. That’s a shipping and handling charge. Should the writers be paid for shipping and handling? Because what is the internet?

SEN. TED STEVENS: It’s a series of tubes!

JON STEWART: That’s right, it’s a series of tubes. That was Senator Ted Stevens, the ex-head of the Commerce Committee in the Senate, responsible for regulating the internet. That $1.99 goes to fuel for tiny trucks and also for Blackwater mercenaries that guard against World of Warcraft wizards.

posted by haveanicesummer at 8:58 AM on September 17, 2010 [19 favorites]


Honestly, I think this might have to be my sign.

I liked the idea better when I thought it was just a 'Restoring Sanity' rally. It's a little to easy to Keep Fear Alive.
posted by maryr at 8:58 AM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


MANDATORY GAY MARRIAGE
SOCIALIST ABORTIONS FOR ALL
posted by theredpen at 9:00 AM on September 17, 2010 [4 favorites]


I AM JUST LOOKING FOR A USED CAR . . . WHAT IS ALL THIS?
posted by ND¢ at 9:00 AM on September 17, 2010 [16 favorites]


The Colbert Report actually started as a satire of Bill O'Reilly's show. That's where his "The Wørd" segment comes from, that's where most of his tone is drawn from, that's where his persona of arrogance and shouting down of guests during interviews comes from, that's where his "on notice" and "dead to me" boards and his Threatdown schticks come from.

The fact that this rally is a parody of Glenn Beck's event... well, it's interesting, isn't it? There were no plans to hold this rally. But the viewership of these two shows (supposedly around 2 million people nightly, although I suspect it may be higher) saw an opportunity for a real life culture jam parody and DEMANDED that Colbert hold this rally. Interesting, when the audience who respects and appreciates the work of a satirist sees a clear target for that person's work and wants to take full advantage of it to help drive that artist's satirical point home. Or I think it is, anyway.

i'm tickled that they're holding this rally. I think they'll do it right. At the very least, it won't be a weepy pseudo-religious partially political event where the main speakers are wearing kevlar vests out of fear... It should be a great time, and may end up being Important on some level. I'd like to think so, anyway.

And seriously, three blind mice... how much Stewart and Colbert do you even watch? Your comments are pretty tone deaf, as if you're describing classical music and only have ever listened to Britney Spears.
posted by hippybear at 9:03 AM on September 17, 2010 [23 favorites]


here's my partial list of signs:

See the problem with those is that they are not funny. At all. I mean, the sentiments behind them are eminently reasonable and worthy of support, but the Colbert/Stewart Rallies are not going to be serious things. You can't show up to a satirical rally and take it seriously without missing the point.
posted by modernnomad at 9:03 AM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


My wife wants to go to this so we can each be on opposite sides of the rally trying to shout one another down.

Some sign thoughts:

MY OPINION IS LOUD
I DISAGREE!!1!
NO, YOU SHUT UP! I CAN'T HEAR YOU LALALALA

vs

USE YOUR INSIDE VOICE
I AGREE.
Let's Talk About It Like Adults
posted by quin at 9:03 AM on September 17, 2010 [11 favorites]


I'M WITH STUPID
(arrow points at self)
posted by Hutch at 9:04 AM on September 17, 2010 [7 favorites]


INTERNET MEME REFERENCE
posted by robocop is bleeding at 9:06 AM on September 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


Acts of mass irony.
posted by charred husk at 9:09 AM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


I AM NOT CARRYING A FIREARM
SOMEONE IS TOUCHING MY BUTT
GRRRAAAAAAARRRRRRRRR!!!!!
posted by orme at 9:10 AM on September 17, 2010


did somebody say dems weren't into this election? Looks like they are.
posted by Ironmouth at 9:10 AM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


Or satire. I don't know what the fuck I'm talking about. Nevermind me.
posted by charred husk at 9:11 AM on September 17, 2010


I don't know if it was because they're "all about the money". But they are scabs.

I was on the picket line during that strike, and I disagree strongly with your opinion. The strike was particularly devastating to crew, even more so on basic cable shows where pay is already lower, and the vast majority of writers I know didn't begrudge their decisions to return. Inconvenient truth? More like your truthiness.
posted by incessant at 9:12 AM on September 17, 2010 [6 favorites]


"REASON is just one letter away from TREASON!"

The guy on facebook was just repeating what Colbert said on his show last night.
posted by lullaby at 9:13 AM on September 17, 2010


Look, if a rally is called Keep Fear Alive then the only worthwhile signs are as follows:

AAAAAAAAAHH!

AAAAAAAAAAAAAHH OH GOD

AIEEEEEEEEEE

and so on -
posted by FAMOUS MONSTER at 9:13 AM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


"BRING BACK IRONY TO THE WHITE HOUSE"
"OBAMA = OTTO von BISMARK"
"OBAMA IS A SECRET HAWAIIAN"
"THERE ARE MORE HIPSTERS HERE THAN AT A PAVEMENT CONCERT, NO SERIOUSLY LOOK AT ALL THESE HIPSTERS, YOU'D THINK ARCADE FIRE WAS PERFORMING"
posted by geoff. at 9:13 AM on September 17, 2010 [8 favorites]


YES, THIS SIGN IS SATIRE
posted by AugieAugustus at 9:14 AM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


THIS SIGN INTENTIONALLY LEFT BLANK
posted by dirigibleman at 9:15 AM on September 17, 2010 [3 favorites]


Mazola declines with regrets 
the kind invitation of Stephen Colbert 
for Saturday, the thirtieth of October. 

He is unable to attend due to acute fear 
and will instead sit in his closet 
and stare out at the world.

posted by mazola at 9:15 AM on September 17, 2010 [4 favorites]


I'm loving all the sign suggestions. Much LOLing.

But, like Ironmouth says, is there a way to take this enthusiasm, sustain it, and channel it into political action, that would make a difference in November?

I've heard that the GOP/Teaparty unholy alliance has peaked early, and risk becoming self-parodying and counterproductive. Any way to capitalize on this?
posted by Artful Codger at 9:15 AM on September 17, 2010


VOTE HOT NOT SMART
posted by maxwelton at 9:15 AM on September 17, 2010


GIVE PEAS A CHANCE

GOD HATES FANGS

NO MORE SOCIALIST TAXIS
posted by MuffinMan at 9:17 AM on September 17, 2010 [3 favorites]


Both of them are using the heat of American politics to make a buck.

Who isn't?

Name one person who isn't who's not also dead, catatonic, comatose, or institutionalized ..... and you win the super grand jackpot prize!

"Mr. Barnum is essentially a popular man in his own country, and that popularity has been well earned by 'go-a-head' business adventures, in which, pervaded as they may be, with what he somewhat glories in, the character of 'humbug,' he has displayed pre-eminent tact, shrewdness, and ability, combined with the strictest honour and integrity in carrying out all his engagements with those who have entered into contracts with him: in this relation he appears to have gained warm friends and advocates on both sides of the Atlantic." -- The Life of P.T. Barnum, Written by Himself, Publisher's Note [1854]
posted by blucevalo at 9:22 AM on September 17, 2010


I don't know if it was because they're "all about the money". But they are scabs.

I seem to remember that the strike was by writers, and Stewart returned to the show under the stricture that nobody else be able to write the material he presented, and he might even have been forbidden from actually writing the show, but instead could only plan it out in bare bones fashion and had to improvise on the air.

I remember those shows particularly being a turning point in a lot of ways. Stewart's tone was markedly different, and his political analysis was a lot sharper and darker. Less jokey stuff, with a lot more actual insight being shared. I think it emboldened him, in a lot of ways, when the audience seemed to appreciate that the humor wasn't always necessary for the point to be well-taken.

And yes, the start-up of the shows during the strike was specifically so the rest of the crew that WASN'T the writers wouldn't suffer. I remember that they even did segments by the writers (many of whom are also on-air personalities for TDS) FROM the picket lines.

They weren't trying to soft-peddle the strike. They weren't trying to work around it. They were using the show as a platform to provide a voice for those who were striking.

You're welcome to your opinion about the situation, but I'm not sure that it's one which actually is in line with the reality of what went on.
posted by hippybear at 9:22 AM on September 17, 2010 [19 favorites]


Colbert is also talented, but he hasn't got Glenn Beck talent, or maybe his audience is tougher. In any event, Colbert's subject rally is Colbert Inc. taking the opportunity Beck Inc. created to promote the Colbert Inc. brand. Indeed, by convoying on Beck's hard work, he is also showing himself to be the less capable entertainer.
Let me see if I understand your argument: Colbert is morally no better then Glen Beck. But Glen Beck does a better job of cynically brainwashing people into forking over money, so therefore Beck is somehow the "winner" in terms of cynically manipulating people into giving him money?

Because that's fucking retarded.

As far as Mocking Beck, Colbert has been around longer (at least then Beck's current popularity). If beck wasn't around Colbert would be mocking someone else. Seriously you're spouting gibberish.
posted by delmoi at 9:23 AM on September 17, 2010 [6 favorites]




SUPPORT OUR TROPES

WHAT DID DELAWARE? I DUNNO, I WAS BUSY MASTURBATING
posted by BitterOldPunk at 9:23 AM on September 17, 2010 [8 favorites]


SOCIALIST ABORTIONS FOR ALL

Ahh! You reminded me:

ABORTIONS FOR SOME, MINIATURE AMERICAN FLAGS FOR OTHERS
posted by rkent at 9:23 AM on September 17, 2010 [9 favorites]


PALIN/SIDIOUS 2012!
posted by SPUTNIK at 9:25 AM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


WHERE IS JON STEWART'S BIRTH CERTIFICATE
WHERE IS A BEAR'S SHITTING-IN-THE-WOODS CERTIFICATE
I WEAR WHITE SHEETS BUT I'M SCARED OF MUSLINS
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 9:28 AM on September 17, 2010 [5 favorites]


GOD HATES JEDIS!
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 9:28 AM on September 17, 2010


i think this thread is making run out of favorites to give.
seriously.
posted by liza at 9:29 AM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


SCOOTY-PUFF JR. SUCKS!

(Yes, I really did register an account just for that.)
posted by mrgoat at 9:29 AM on September 17, 2010 [7 favorites]


Back in the day I wanted to make bumper stickers that said HANG ON GUYS IT'S MORE COMPLICATED THAN THAT. I figured it was an appropriate position on any political issue. I'd totally bring that sign to this, call myself a member of the Bean Plater Movement.
posted by nebulawindphone at 9:30 AM on September 17, 2010 [8 favorites]


PALIN/HUCKABEE 2012!
posted by theredpen at 9:32 AM on September 17, 2010


“Stewart was an important factor in the unionization of the writers for Comedy Central. The Daily Show writers were the first of Comedy Central's writers to be able to join the guild, after which other shows followed.

He supported the 2007 Writers Guild of America strike, commenting on The Daily Show episode just before the strike in a sarcastic manner about how Comedy Central had made available all of the episodes for free on their website, but without advertising, and said 'go support our advertisers'. The show went on hiatus when the strike began, like other late night talk shows. Upon Stewart's return to the show on January 7, 2008, he refused to use the title The Daily Show, stating that ‘The Daily Show’ was the show made with all of the people responsible for the broadcast, including his writers. During the strike, he referred to his show as A Daily Show with Jon Stewart until the strike ended on February 13, 2008. Stewart, as well as several other late night talk shows, returned to TV early in January even though the strike was not over, because their stage crews and production teams were suffering much more than the writers from the financial crunch, and by that point had been out of work for two months.” *
Union Deal for 'Daily Show' Writers.

Comedy Central Writers Win WGA Contract.
posted by ericb at 9:33 AM on September 17, 2010 [9 favorites]




They haven't even tried to imply these rallies are about anything other then getting together and having fun.
"Stewart said he's not aiming for anything wild and/or crazy, but rather provide an event 'for some nice people to get together for fun, maybe some special guests and some great conversation...It will be like a chat room, but real!'"*
posted by ericb at 9:36 AM on September 17, 2010


THERE ARE ONLY TWO TYPES OF PEOPLE:
MASTURBATORS AND O'DONNELL
posted by maxwelton at 9:40 AM on September 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


My (hopefully) helpful comparison of Glenn Beck and Stephen Colbert:

Glenn Beck is an opportunistic, loud-mouthed, right-wing demagogue.

Stephen Colbert just plays one on TV.
posted by wabbittwax at 9:44 AM on September 17, 2010 [8 favorites]


THERE ARE ONLY TWO TYPES OF PEOPLE:
MASTURBATORS AND O'DONNELL


Technically only until she gets elected: That's when the Law of Republican Morality kicks in and it's a ticking clock until she's outed as a chronic masturbator.
posted by Artw at 9:46 AM on September 17, 2010 [3 favorites]


Stewart sign:

I DISAGREE WITH YOUR OPINION BUT YOU RAISE SOME INTERESTING POINTS.

Colbert sign:

We have nothing to fear but.... OMG FEAR!!!!!!!
posted by Bonzai at 9:50 AM on September 17, 2010 [6 favorites]


Some group should get together and go as the 101st Division of the Fighting Keyboardists. Lots of military regalia and pot noodle/ long john combos, with signs like THE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM BEGINS IN YOUR MOTHER'S BASEMENT and I SERVE MY COUNTRY SITTING DOWN and such and such.
posted by milquetoast at 9:52 AM on September 17, 2010 [4 favorites]


Too angry for Stewart's rally, wrong polarity for Colbert's.

Well that's an awesome sign right there!
posted by mazola at 9:54 AM on September 17, 2010 [4 favorites]


So, where's the Reddit meetup going to be? Imma gonna suggest the Irish Times.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 9:57 AM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


Pretty much everyone here owes me (well, my work) a new keyboard.
posted by rtha at 9:58 AM on September 17, 2010


I BET FOX NEWS WON'T SHOW THIS.
posted by contessa at 10:10 AM on September 17, 2010 [8 favorites]


> awesome fake Goldline commercial spoofs

Way too many people already know about the "Gold=Money" Secret.

For those who are really willing to stare hard at the trends, and where this country is headed, and think about things, alot, and care about their families, alot, it's clear the real opportunity is in jerky... especially premium Grizzly and Polar.

There'll always be a need for Bear Jerky, and God put it there for people who care about the future to capitalize on it.
posted by darth_tedious at 10:12 AM on September 17, 2010


Some group should get together and go as the 101st Division of the Fighting Keyboardists. Lots of military regalia and pot noodle/ long john combos, with signs like THE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM BEGINS IN YOUR MOTHER'S BASEMENT and I SERVE MY COUNTRY SITTING DOWN and such and such.
posted by milquetoast at 12:52 PM on September 17

SIGN ME UP... if i can be commander of the of the 101 Blogdiva Division :)
posted by liza at 10:12 AM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


I read this as "Voltaire had a fuckin' ham."

I guess that's why they called him 'Monsieur Jambon'.
posted by ovvl at 10:18 AM on September 17, 2010 [3 favorites]


FOR SALE: USED IKEA EKTORP SOFA. SLIGHT STAIN ON ARMREST. $400 OBO

IT IS NOT OKAY TO CONTACT THIS POSTER WITH SERVICES OR OTHER COMMERCIAL INTERESTS
posted by Think_Long at 10:20 AM on September 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


SIGN ME UP... if i can be commander of the of the 101 Blogdiva Division :)

We need patches.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 10:20 AM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


I BET FOX NEWS WON'T SHOW THIS.

In seriousness, though, they're probably going to cherry-pick the 5 or 6 most outrageous signs that showcase the godless elitist socialist liberal agenda, and show those same signs every few minutes for the entire weekend.
posted by naju at 10:25 AM on September 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


I am not a crackpot.
That'd make a pretty good sign all by itself.
posted by hattifattener at 10:28 AM on September 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


anyone want to recommend a hotel? this comment is super-buried but message me on here, probably showing up in the morning and leaving sun early at union square...
posted by lslelel at 10:29 AM on September 17, 2010


THIS IS A CLEARLY VISIBLE OBJECT, GENERALLY FLAT, BEARING A SHORT MESSAGE IN WORDS OR PICTURES!
posted by Dumsnill at 10:32 AM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


Because that's fucking retarded.

Thanks for the laugh!
posted by mmrtnt at 10:34 AM on September 17, 2010


QUETZACOATL IN 2012

KERRY/EDWARDS IN 2008

Also, I was once at a protest and there was a guy on stilts all circused out. He had a sign that said "I HAVE NO POLITICAL AGENDA. I AM NOT A PROTESTOR."
posted by Galaxor Nebulon at 10:35 AM on September 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


I'M REALLY A KENYAN ANTICOLONIALIST 1950S LUO TRIBESMAN
posted by blucevalo at 10:36 AM on September 17, 2010 [3 favorites]


GRARmeh

I'M SLIGHTLY APPREHENSIVE!

I'M APATHETIC AND I well I don't vote actually
posted by Smedleyman at 10:37 AM on September 17, 2010


ME SO HORNY
posted by Mister_A at 10:37 AM on September 17, 2010


CALMER THAN YOU ARE
posted by theredpen at 10:39 AM on September 17, 2010 [15 favorites]


anyone want to recommend a hotel? this comment is super-buried but message me on here

May I suggest our sister site? You'll be guaranteed to be seen and get good answers there.
posted by hippybear at 10:40 AM on September 17, 2010


TOO ANGRY FOR STEWART, WRONG POLARITY FOR COLBERT
posted by horsewithnoname at 10:48 AM on September 17, 2010 [8 favorites]


I HAVE A SIGN
posted by Mister_A at 10:48 AM on September 17, 2010 [6 favorites]


Surely you mean this sister site?
posted by Artw at 10:49 AM on September 17, 2010


So, where's the Reddit meetup going to be? Imma gonna suggest the Irish Times

This caught my attention, why The Irish Times?

posted by TwoWordReview at 10:50 AM on September 17, 2010


THIS SIGN IS JUST LIKE ONE FROM 1930s GERMANY
posted by rosswald at 10:51 AM on September 17, 2010 [4 favorites]


MY OTHER SIGN IS A "KEEP OFF THE LAWN!"
posted by hell toupee at 10:51 AM on September 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


Everyone should show up wearing Che Guevara t-shirts and carrying "Free Mumia!" signs.
posted by charred husk at 10:52 AM on September 17, 2010


Dear John:

A million
is not a good benchmark
for your mensch march.
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 10:53 AM on September 17, 2010


MAO? MAU MAU? THOSE ARE BAD THINGS RIGHT?
posted by Think_Long at 10:54 AM on September 17, 2010


I'M REALLY A KENYAN ANTICOLONIALIST 1950S LUO TRIBESMAN

UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE IS ANTICOLONIALISM!
posted by mmrtnt at 10:54 AM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


UREQUITED LOVER OF FIVE MAN ELECTRICAL BAND
posted by hell toupee at 10:55 AM on September 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


IF YOU CAN READ THIS, YOU'RE TOO CLOSE !!!
posted by mazola at 10:58 AM on September 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


GODWIN HAD THE RIGHT IDEA.


Too meta?
posted by SPUTNIK at 11:01 AM on September 17, 2010 [3 favorites]


In seriousness, though, they're probably going to cherry-pick the 5 or 6 most outrageous signs that showcase the godless elitist socialist liberal agenda, and show those same signs every few minutes for the entire weekend.

Oh, well in that spirit, then, I propose:

GODLESS ELITIST SOCIALIST LIBERAL (HI FOX NEWS!!)
posted by contessa at 11:03 AM on September 17, 2010 [11 favorites]


THIS SIGN NOT PAID FOR BY KOCH INDUSTRIES.

or, if I wanted to take it to another level a la "Obama is a Half Breed Muslin":

THIS SIGN NOT PAID FOR BY COCK INDUSTRIES.
posted by Dr. Zira at 11:06 AM on September 17, 2010 [4 favorites]


SHUT UP, THAT'S WHY.
posted by dirtdirt at 11:08 AM on September 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


  • BRITAIN DESERVES BETTER
  • CAPITALISM IS BORING
  • CHICKEN LITTLE WAS RIGHT!
  • IT'S SCOTLAND'S OIL
  • THREE WORD CHANT!
  • RUM, ROMANISM AND REBELLION
  • I STILL LIKE IKE
posted by mazola at 11:10 AM on September 17, 2010 [3 favorites]


LIFE IS DEMANDING WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 11:11 AM on September 17, 2010 [21 favorites]


DON'T YOU TELL ME!
posted by haveanicesummer at 11:11 AM on September 17, 2010


NUANCE
posted by shakespeherian at 11:16 AM on September 17, 2010 [4 favorites]


LIFE IS DEMANDING WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING

Ok, totally LOLed.
posted by sonika at 11:16 AM on September 17, 2010


I'M STEEPED!
posted by mazola at 11:18 AM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


FEAR SCARES ME
ANGER MAKES ME FEEL POWERFUL
BE MEAN TO WEAKER PEOPLE (BEING MEAN TO STRONGER PEOPLE CAN BACKFIRE)
posted by mer2113 at 11:21 AM on September 17, 2010 [4 favorites]


This caught my attention, why The Irish Times?

Why not? It's near the train station and the mall.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 11:26 AM on September 17, 2010


IF I WAS RICHER, I'D STILL BE WITH YA! HA! NOW AIN'T THAT SOME SHIT (AIN'T THAT SOME SHIT)
posted by sarahnade at 11:27 AM on September 17, 2010 [5 favorites]


REVERSE OSMOSIS !!!
posted by mazola at 11:29 AM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


IT'S NOT LIKE THEY DIDN'T WARN US
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 11:30 AM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


AIN'T THAT SOME SHIT (AIN'T THAT SOME SHIT)

I APPROVE OF THIS TOPICAL REFERENCE
posted by shakespeherian at 11:30 AM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


another sign idea...

"Obama: 'Dreams of My Father'
IT'S A COOKBOOK!!!!"
posted by stifford at 11:31 AM on September 17, 2010 [15 favorites]


A comment in the article ericb linked to:

"How can they in good conscience pick that particular date? That happens to be the same date of national mass hysteria caused by Orson Welles and the radio program, "War of the Worlds". How can they ask Americans to relive that horrific experience?"
posted by merelyglib at 11:33 AM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


Ah, I see that having just come here from reading the headlines in The Irish Times combined with the Father Ted references upthread, my brain short circuited and I assumed I was missing an obscure reference instead of the rather more obvious fact that The Irish Times is a bar.

I'll go drink some more coffee now...
posted by TwoWordReview at 11:35 AM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


  • MY ARM'S TIRED !!!
  • I HAVE TO GO TO THE BATHROOM !!!
posted by mazola at 11:36 AM on September 17, 2010 [4 favorites]


SOMEONE HERE MIGHT BE A PEDOPHILE
posted by maxwelton at 11:37 AM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


I HAVE A
DENTIST
APPOINTMENT
NEXT WEEK,
DON'T LET ME
FORGET!
posted by jefbla at 11:38 AM on September 17, 2010 [3 favorites]


Potomac Avenue: "GOOGLE CONFIRMATION BIAS"

Genius.
posted by callmejay at 11:40 AM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


I would bring an elaborate set of signs outlining my complaints against the wretched state of tea in this country.

WHY CAN'T I FIND ANY DECENT GREEN TEA!?

I'M NOT WEARING ANY PANTS

I'M COLD, AND THERE ARE WOLVES AFTER ME

WHO SHOT WHO IN THE WHAT NOW? (which will also be the name of my pop-punk band)

making CHANGE FRIGHTENS ME please just leave a tip

WHEN DID THE FOUNTAINHEAD BECOME LEGITIMATE POLITIC THOUGHT?
posted by Ghidorah at 11:41 AM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


WHERE IS JON STEWART'S BIRTH CERTIFICATE

Oh wow, I love this one.

We Have Nothing To Fear But People Who Hate Our Freedom (and bears)
I'm 6'3'' And I Vote
Gay, Black, Jewish Klansmen For Colbert (Local 531)
Don't Be Stupid/Be A Smarty/Come And Join/The Colbert Party
Has Anyone Seen My Keys?
posted by It's Never Lurgi at 11:43 AM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


NAMELESS, UNREASONING, UNJUSTIFIED TERROR
MISTER WE COULD USE A MAN LIKE HERBERT HOOVER AGAIN
PRIVATIZE GOVERNMENT
LOOSE LIPS GET MULTI-YEAR, MULTIMILLION DOLLAR CONTRACTS
PROUD PART OF THE INCONVINCIBLE 25%
IN-GROUP GOOD; OUT-GROUP BAD
posted by MimeticHaHa at 11:46 AM on September 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


STUART LEIBOWITZ?!?!?
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 11:47 AM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


EVERYONE WHO DISAGREES WITH ME IS KIND OF LIKE HITLER IF YOU REALLY THINK ABOUT IT
posted by burnmp3s at 11:55 AM on September 17, 2010 [4 favorites]


I AM AFRAID OF THE OTHER... AND I VOTE!!!

HEY MSM: MORE REPORTING ON THE SUBSTANCE OF POLICY DISPUTES, PLEASE

TU STULTUS ES

EAT GASEOUS WORMS!!

Y'ALL DON'T KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE
BEIN' MALE, MIDDLE-CLASS AND WHITE
posted by ibmcginty at 11:56 AM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


A PSYCHOSIS IN EVERY POT
posted by mazola at 11:58 AM on September 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


LEMON CURRY!?
posted by Dumsnill at 12:01 PM on September 17, 2010


ANCHOR BABIES WERE AN INSIDE JOB
posted by gompa at 12:01 PM on September 17, 2010 [4 favorites]


DO THIS!
DON'T DO THAT!
LONG-HAIRED FREAKY PEOPLE NEED NOT APPLY!
posted by jrossi4r at 12:01 PM on September 17, 2010 [10 favorites]


I RIDE THE ORANGE LINE.
posted by QIbHom at 12:04 PM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


CERTERUM CENSEO CARTHAGINEM ESSE DELENDAM!
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 12:13 PM on September 17, 2010 [6 favorites]


I MORALIZE AND I VOTE.
posted by contessa at 12:16 PM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


I'M WRONG!! - BUT FOR ALL THE RIGHT REASONS!!!
(I'M RIGHT!! - BUT FOR ALL THE WRONG REASONS!!)
posted by klarck at 12:18 PM on September 17, 2010


INVEST IN GOLD CONS
posted by malocchio at 12:18 PM on September 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


I DON'T KNOW WHAT WE'RE ANGRY ABOUT
posted by EarBucket at 12:19 PM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


PETRIFIED -- AND *LOVING* IT
posted by mazola at 12:21 PM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


7/11 HAS JOBS INSIDE!
posted by haveanicesummer at 12:23 PM on September 17, 2010 [21 favorites]


WE HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR BUT FEAR ITSELF
(BUT THAT'S ENOUGH FOR ME)

posted by brundlefly at 12:25 PM on September 17, 2010


PORN STARS FOR JESUS
posted by Mister_A at 12:26 PM on September 17, 2010


All We Are Saying,
Is Keep Fear Alive
posted by Flashman at 12:27 PM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


Moar signs.

* GOD HATES BEDBUGS
* "I'm gonna let you finish, but Glenn Beck had one of the best rallies of all time."
* SAVE FERRIS

mcginty, keep rockin' the suburbs. And dammit, mazola, I was going to suggest "My Arms Are Getting Tired."
posted by maryr at 12:31 PM on September 17, 2010


POPULAR SLOGAN!
posted by Smedleyman at 12:32 PM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


E PLEBNISTA!
posted by Smedleyman at 12:32 PM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


BATHE SANTA TODAY
WE WANT HEN FAP
posted by dr_dank at 12:35 PM on September 17, 2010


WE DEMAND A COMPETENT, ACCOUNTABLE
GOVERNMENT WITH WELL THOUGHT-OUT
FINANCIAL POLICIES THAT CAREFULLY BALANCE
FREE-MARKET ECONOMICS WITH REGULATION,
TAXATION AND SOCIAL SPENDING. AND WE
WANT IT FOR THE LONG TERM, STARTING AS
SOON AS PRACTICALLY POSSIBLE.
posted by suetanvil at 12:38 PM on September 17, 2010 [42 favorites]


I HATE CAULIFLOWER
posted by Mister_A at 12:40 PM on September 17, 2010


DEVOLUTION IS REAL.




Unfortunatly, too true to be funny.
posted by SPUTNIK at 12:42 PM on September 17, 2010


Another Simpsons inspired sign

"THE POLITICS OF FAILURE HAVE FAILED!
IT'S TIME TO MAKE THEM WORK AGAIN!!"
posted by stifford at 12:59 PM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


HELVETICA

...in Arial.

Or Papyrus.
posted by Evilspork at 1:05 PM on September 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


DAMMIT, PEOPLE, PROOFREAD YOUR SIGNS

I DON'T KNOW WHY I'M SHOUTING

SIGNS ARE AN INEFFECTUAL MEANS OF COMMUNICATING MY NUANCED VIEWS ON A VARIETY OF ISSUES THAT CANNOT BE REDUCED TO A SIMPLE PITHY SLOGAN

WE'RE HERE

THIS SIGN IS A CYNICAL, NAIVE PLOY FOR ATTENTION

I DO NOT KNOW THE MEANING OF SATIRE
posted by Pronoiac at 1:08 PM on September 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


ESCHEW OBFUSCATION
posted by Devils Rancher at 1:13 PM on September 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


Running with the tea theme:

UP WITH HERBAL TEA!
PROPER TEA IS THEFT!
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas at 1:13 PM on September 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


I'm white as hell and I'm not gonna take it anymore!!!
posted by Mick at 1:14 PM on September 17, 2010 [7 favorites]


IMPEACH CLINTON 12 GALAXIES GUILTIED TO A ZEGNATRONIC ROCKET SOCIETY *
posted by Pronoiac at 1:17 PM on September 17, 2010 [6 favorites]


United we cowar
posted by Mick at 1:17 PM on September 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


Metafilter: Too angry for Stewart, wrong polarity for Colbert.
posted by neuron at 1:17 PM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


I AM AGAINST PROTESTING

WHAT
posted by chugg at 1:19 PM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


ESCHEW OBFUSCATION

IS YOUR ESCHATOLOGY APOCALYPTIC?
posted by TedW at 1:20 PM on September 17, 2010 [4 favorites]


I'M TOTALLY IRRATIONAL... AND I VOTE!
posted by Devils Rancher at 1:21 PM on September 17, 2010 [3 favorites]


  • FEAR HEART DISEASE
  • FEAR CANCER
  • FEAR STROKE
  • FEAR CHRONIC LOWER RESPIRATORY DISEASES
  • FEAR ACCIDENTS & UNINTENTIONAL INJURIES
  • FEAR DIABETES
  • FEAR INFLUENZA/PNEUMONIA
  • FEAR ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE
  • FEAR CAR ACCIDENTS
  • FEAR NEPHRITIS
posted by mazola at 1:23 PM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


LOUD NOISES!
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 1:28 PM on September 17, 2010 [3 favorites]


THIS
posted by chugg at 1:33 PM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


ROMANES EUNT DOMUS!
ROMANI ITE DOMUM

(Write it out a hundred times. And if it's not done by sunrise I'll cut your balls off. Hail Caesar!)
posted by TedW at 1:35 PM on September 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


...which leads obviously to:

PEOPLE'S FRONT OF JUDEA
and
JUDEAN PEOPLE'S FRONT
posted by workerant at 1:38 PM on September 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


I AM NOT A CROCKPOT
posted by Astro Zombie at 1:40 PM on September 17, 2010 [5 favorites]


This event is already driving hotel prices up around the National Mall. I was checked prices this morning and was now ready to book, but prices gone up significantly.
posted by zeikka at 1:45 PM on September 17, 2010


SHOW ME ON THE DOLL WHERE OBAMA TOUCHED YOU.
posted by ND¢ at 1:46 PM on September 17, 2010 [14 favorites]


AT LEAST WE KNOW IT'S A JOKE
posted by Mick at 1:52 PM on September 17, 2010 [27 favorites]


I MISSED OUT ON THE SIXTIES
AND THERE IS NO MORE ACID
AND SO I RAGE
posted by angrycat at 1:54 PM on September 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


AT LEAST WE KNOW IT'S A JOKE

Favorite x 10,000,000,000.
posted by contessa at 2:08 PM on September 17, 2010


IF OBAMA'S NOT A COMMIE THEN WHY DOES HE HAVE CZARS?
posted by ND¢ at 2:14 PM on September 17, 2010 [3 favorites]


WHAT AREN'T THEY COVERING WHEN THEY SHOW YOU THIS?
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 2:15 PM on September 17, 2010 [5 favorites]


DON'T BLAME ME. I VOTED FOR THAT OLD GUY AND TINA FEY!
posted by ND¢ at 2:17 PM on September 17, 2010 [3 favorites]


For the Restoring Sanity rally:

We came unarmed this time!
As we will next time and on all subsequent occasions.
posted by ND¢ at 2:23 PM on September 17, 2010


Seriously 8 years of Bush and NOW you want to talk about what's unconstitutional?
posted by ND¢ at 2:23 PM on September 17, 2010 [6 favorites]


SAY NO TO MASTURBATING HUMAN-MICE HYBRIDS!
posted by ND¢ at 2:25 PM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


F. DUNNING AND KRUGER!
posted by ctmf at 2:26 PM on September 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


Picture of Simon MacCorkindale stepping into the car from Auto-Man with a cartoon battery in it's trunk, caption: NO MANIMAL HYBRIDS.
posted by Artw at 2:27 PM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


JESUS WAS A DARK-SKINNED JEWISH ARAB!
posted by five fresh fish at 2:28 PM on September 17, 2010 [6 favorites]


DE-IMMANENTIZE THE ESCHATON!
posted by Devils Rancher at 3:00 PM on September 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


I'M ACTUALLY STILL KIND OF MAD ABOUT QUANTUM LEAP BEING CANCELLED.
posted by Jofus at 3:00 PM on September 17, 2010 [5 favorites]


Z̮͓͕̬̳̬̹̫ͩͯ͊̔̌A̛̟̰̭͔͕̍͑̊͌ͣĻ͔͉͂̍͋̓ͥ̋ͨ̈̕G̺̮͚̣̰̤̓̍̊ͫ̆̚O͎͈̮̩͙̫͎̎ͅ
posted by everichon at 3:01 PM on September 17, 2010 [4 favorites]


WE'LL GIVE Y'ALL YOUR OWN STATE IF YOU GIVE US
...NEVER MIND JUST PLEASE MOVE TO YOUR OWN STATE
K THX
posted by everichon at 3:03 PM on September 17, 2010 [3 favorites]


I
HAVE EATEN
THE PLUMS
THAT
WERE IN
THE ICEBOX
posted by everichon at 3:04 PM on September 17, 2010 [21 favorites]


DO NOT READ THIS
posted by shakespeherian at 3:07 PM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


Sign idea: "Don't build the Freedom Tower at the site of my Mosque!"

Too angry for Stewart's rally, wrong polarity for Colbert's.


In a way, it's actually funnier said completely straight:
HOW DARE PEOPLE BUILD WHATEVER THEY WANT NEAR A FREEDOM TOWER?!
posted by LionIndex at 3:17 PM on September 17, 2010 [15 favorites]


Tea Party: People Confused About How to Properly Express Their Dissatisfaction with the Government
posted by rosswald at 3:18 PM on September 17, 2010


I WAS TOLD THERE'D BE TEA
posted by brundlefly at 3:21 PM on September 17, 2010 [10 favorites]


DO NOT READ THIS

TOO LATE
posted by EarBucket at 3:25 PM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD.
posted by vito90 at 3:35 PM on September 17, 2010 [4 favorites]


7/11 IS AN INSIDE JOB
although the pay and benefits are limited
posted by Homeboy Trouble at 3:35 PM on September 17, 2010 [5 favorites]


NOBODY MOVE!!! / I think I lost a contact lens / oh wait, here it is
posted by Ritchie at 3:49 PM on September 17, 2010


WHERE IS THE MIRTH CERTIFICATE?
posted by kirkaracha at 3:54 PM on September 17, 2010 [4 favorites]


Too angry for Stewart's rally, wrong polarity for Colbert's.

Too crazy for Boys Town, too much of a boy for Crazy Town.
posted by kirkaracha at 3:54 PM on September 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


DEATH TO EXTREMISTS!
posted by zerbinetta at 3:57 PM on September 17, 2010


HELP!!! MY NATION FELL DOWN WITH FEAR AND IT CAN'T GET BACK UP!!!
posted by snsranch at 4:21 PM on September 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


RUM, SODOMY, AND THE LASH!!
posted by Lord Chancellor at 4:24 PM on September 17, 2010 [4 favorites]


AMERICA: TOO BIG FOR TEN WORDS
posted by Navelgazer at 4:28 PM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


Also, I've noticed more and more that whenever "legitimate" news services do a story on Stewart or Colbert, they intentionally adopt this faux-out-of-touch naivete that clearly says, "don't take these guys seriously!" And I understand, since those guys have made their message entirely on calling bullshit on the "legitimate" media.

But let's be honest here. Among other things, Colbert was the guy who shook the White House by telling truth to power at the Correspondents' Dinner. Stewart was able to completely change the perceptions of Tucker Carlson and Jim Cramer. Stewart had four guests this past week. One of them was Tony Blair. Another was Bill Clinton.

So yes, they are comedians, but they are absolutely political voices as well, and more powerful and formidable ones than they are given credit for.

(That said, I hope this doesn't turn out to be a Scott Pilgrim/Snakes on a Plane type of thing.)
posted by Navelgazer at 4:45 PM on September 17, 2010 [13 favorites]


SCOTT PILGRIM ON A PLANE!
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 4:49 PM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


IRL
posted by Navelgazer at 4:50 PM on September 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


(That said, I hope this doesn't turn out to be a Scott Pilgrim/Snakes on a Plane type of thing.)

If it has both Samuel L. Jackson AND little comic-book action words that appear in the air and then disappear to denote action... THAT WOULD BE AWESOME!
posted by hippybear at 4:51 PM on September 17, 2010


How about:

ALL OF THE FOUNDING FATHERS MAY HAVE BEEN WHITE MEN, BUT THIS COUNTRY HAS ALWAYS BEEN A FUNDAMENTALLY MULTI-RACIAL, MULTI-LINGUAL SOCIETY.

or

AS FAR AS I CAN TELL, THE WORLD HAS ALWAYS BEEN GOING TO HELL IN A HANDBASKET
posted by colfax at 5:11 PM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


inspired by public enemy: 9/11 WAS AN INSIDE JOKE
posted by AJaffe at 5:16 PM on September 17, 2010 [8 favorites]


(That said, I hope this doesn't turn out to be a Scott Pilgrim/Snakes on a Plane type of thing.)

Wait... you don't want this to be awesome?!
posted by brundlefly at 5:20 PM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


Whose rally is "You're Not The Boss Of Me" appropriate for?
posted by norm at 10:11 AM


The ones for Christine O'Donnell's campaign, it would appear.

Earlier today at the Values Voters Summit, O'Donnell took to the stage to the strains of Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" and addressed the true-believing crowd: "The ruling class elites may try but they will never have the last word on liberty. There's something about our national DNA that insists on shouting at those who would be our masters, 'You're not the boss of me!'"

Satire has to move pretty quickly these days to stay ahead of reality.
posted by Doktor Zed at 5:30 PM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


BUY LONG-TERM INDEX FUNDS
posted by designbot at 5:39 PM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


Waaah I'm on the wrong coast for this, somebody who lives in DC should go to this with one of those apartment banners that say "IF YOU LIVED HERE YOU'D BE HOME RIGHT NOW!"
posted by drinkyclown at 5:52 PM on September 17, 2010


DON'T WORRY, I'M ONLY PROTESTING IRONICALLY
posted by Galvatron at 6:17 PM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


DOWN WITH PROTESTORS!
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 6:21 PM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


YOU JUST PROVED THESE SIGNS WORK!!
posted by wabbittwax at 6:32 PM on September 17, 2010 [4 favorites]


THERE WILL BE TEA AND COOKIES IN THE GANDHI ROOM AFTER THE REVOLUTION.
posted by QIbHom at 6:49 PM on September 17, 2010


WHERE ARE THE CRUMPETS?

YOU KNOW WHO ELSE HAD A SILLY MUSTACHE? HIPSTERS

DOWN WITH GRAMMAR NAZIS
posted by notswedish at 7:00 PM on September 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


What would make this perfect would be a performance by John Daker singing God Bless America and followed, quickly thereafter of course, by Amora...
posted by juiceCake at 7:10 PM on September 17, 2010


WTF FTW!
posted by crossoverman at 7:12 PM on September 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


DEATH TO SMOOCHY
posted by Sys Rq at 7:16 PM on September 17, 2010 [6 favorites]


I VOTE BY THE BOOK: THE NEW YORK MAGAZINE LOOK BOOK.
posted by Dr. Zira at 7:37 PM on September 17, 2010


I VOTE BY THE BOOK: THE EGYPTIAN BOOK OF THE DEAD.
posted by Dr. Zira at 7:39 PM on September 17, 2010


I VOTE BY THE BOOK
[as long as it's written by Steig Larsson]
posted by Dr. Zira at 7:41 PM on September 17, 2010


FOX HATES FAGS
posted by Sys Rq at 7:46 PM on September 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


THEY CALL ME

MR. TIBBS
posted by EarBucket at 7:46 PM on September 17, 2010 [3 favorites]


CHRIST

ARE WE

FUCKING

NUTS OR

WHAT

I MEAN

JESUS
posted by EarBucket at 7:53 PM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


STEPHEN COLBEAR OMG!!
posted by JHarris at 8:00 PM on September 17, 2010


Whose rally is "You're Not The Boss Of Me" appropriate for?

They Might Be Giants concerts.
posted by JHarris at 8:01 PM on September 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


SOMEBODY DIARRHEAED IN THE 6TH PORTA POTTY FROM THE END OVER BY THE TREES BACK THERE.
posted by jefbla at 8:05 PM on September 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


WELCOME TO Y'HA NTHLEI, OBAMA'S BIRTHPLACE
posted by JHarris at 8:09 PM on September 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


SORRY. THAT WAS ME. SORRY.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 8:10 PM on September 17, 2010 [6 favorites]


what with the 10.30 event date, this baby's happening on the Saturday of Halloween. I'm pretty psyched for the costume-sign tie-in possibilities. Last year, I was a [very well done, if I do say so-just did!] homemade Rosie the Riveter, and I'm thinking of reviving the costume and carrying some double-sided variation on the " We Can Do It!" sign. As in:
We Can Do It!*
[*disagree without being disagreeable]
--
and some inflammatory version for the other side

clearly I need to work on the funny, relevant asterisk portions.
posted by atomicstone at 8:45 PM on September 17, 2010 [3 favorites]




"NOTICE OF PROPOSED LAND USE ACTION"

Then draw the White House with huge mutant flowers growing out of the roof.
posted by spinifex23 at 9:43 PM on September 17, 2010


It would be nice if Bender Bending Rodríguez could show up with his sign.
posted by warbaby at 9:47 PM on September 17, 2010


I'd like to go to the Colbert rally in a bearsuit with an assault rifle and a "BLOOD OR HUNNY!" sign.
posted by gamera at 9:54 PM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


CAN I GO HOME YET?

SPIDERS SCARE ME, CAN WE DO SOMETHING ABOUT THEM?

OH CRAP - I FORGOT TO VOTE AGAIN, DIDN'T I?

MY SIGN IS OBSCURING THE PEOPLE BEHIND ME.

I LIKE CEREAL!

SO MUCH FOR PATHOS!
posted by cerulgalactus at 10:05 PM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


Your fear is scaring me.
posted by joost de vries at 10:10 PM on September 17, 2010 [4 favorites]


WHO ELSE WANTS PANCAKES?
posted by Navelgazer at 10:43 PM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


FOR SOME REASON I CAN'T EXPLAIN, I KNOW ST. PETER WON'T CALL MY NAME.
posted by wv kay in ga at 10:44 PM on September 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


I FEAR MY GOVERNMENT (specifically, Michelle Bachman, the guy with the orange tan and Christine O'Donnell (if she's elected)).

IF YOU CAN READ THIS, THANK A TV CAMERA
posted by vverse23 at 10:45 PM on September 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


[Cheezburger cat image]

SCHLOCK AND AWWW!
posted by maxwelton at 10:56 PM on September 17, 2010


My sign will read: I LIVE ON THE GREEN AND YELLOW LINES.
posted by evoque at 10:59 PM on September 17, 2010


MEH!!!!

APATHY IS NOT A CRIME!

MARRIAGE IS GAY!

NAMASTE, A**HOLES!

IF YOU DO NOT POINT OUT MY SIGN TO 10 MORE PEOPLE BEFORE THE END OF THE RALLY SOMETHING BAD WILL HAPPEN TO SOMEONE YOU CARE ABOUT!!
posted by secondhand at 11:19 PM on September 17, 2010 [4 favorites]


CITIZENS COMMITTEE FOR THE RIGHT TO KEEP AND ARM BEARS
posted by Sys Rq at 12:12 AM on September 18, 2010


XUCK RENOPHOBES
posted by Sys Rq at 12:13 AM on September 18, 2010


MEEK PEOPLE HATE BEING MEEK TOO.
posted by ZeusHumms at 12:15 AM on September 18, 2010


CAPRICORN

This joke relies on someone asking me what it is, so that my answer can be "it's my sign".
posted by jonnyploy at 12:24 AM on September 18, 2010 [7 favorites]


Um... I think I meant FENOPHOBES.
posted by Sys Rq at 12:33 AM on September 18, 2010


MORE BREAD! MORE CIRCUS!!
posted by Glibpaxman at 2:48 AM on September 18, 2010 [4 favorites]


SO IS DON DRAPER GOING TO GET HIS LIFE TOGETHER OR WHAT
posted by gc at 5:45 AM on September 18, 2010 [3 favorites]


I THOUGHT WE WERE BEYOND THUNDERDOME
posted by gc at 5:49 AM on September 18, 2010 [3 favorites]


I HAVE MIXED FEELINGS ABOUT THE GREEN DAY MUSICAL
posted by gc at 5:50 AM on September 18, 2010 [2 favorites]


My friend has vowed to return to this rally as well with another sandwich-themed sign.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 6:27 AM on September 18, 2010


THIS TURNED OUT MUCH BETTER WHEN AARON SORKIN WAS WRITING IT
posted by LiliaNic at 7:00 AM on September 18, 2010 [13 favorites]


i can't stop laughing. i actually ran out of favorites to give this morning. this thread is insane :D so, am actually doing a meetup for this rally. amy NYC mefites going to the rally too?
posted by liza at 8:16 AM on September 18, 2010


These really should have been tweeted as well. It should be a trending topic, etc.
posted by five fresh fish at 8:44 AM on September 18, 2010


GREEN DAY HAS A MUSICAL?!

IF YOU KNOW OF A BETTER WAY TO EXCHANGE LONG PROTEIN STRANDS, TELL US ABOUT IT

(for gc)

WHO RUNS BARTER TOWN?
posted by Ghidorah at 9:42 AM on September 18, 2010


WE WANT A CAR
GIVE US A CAR
posted by Rev. Syung Myung Me at 1:36 PM on September 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


THE ONLY GOOD BUG IS A DEAD BUG

WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW MORE?
posted by brundlefly at 2:12 PM on September 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


CATS ARE WEIRD
posted by rtha at 3:04 PM on September 18, 2010 [6 favorites]


WHERE'S JESUS' BIRTH CERTIFICATE?
posted by puddleglum at 4:21 PM on September 18, 2010 [7 favorites]


KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF MY ASSETS (oh the Beck thing was when again?)
posted by vverse23 at 5:39 PM on September 18, 2010


I <3 BECK

TWO TURNTABLES & A MICROPHONE

DEVILS HAIRCUT & E-PRO 4-EVA
posted by Pronoiac at 6:15 PM on September 18, 2010


I was on the picket line during that strike, and I disagree strongly with your opinion.

Yeah, I'm a member of the Writer's Guild as well (although too new a member to have been on the line for the strike) and no one I know (including a Daily Show writer) would agree with Joe Beese about this.
posted by Bookhouse at 7:04 PM on September 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


OWLS ARE ASSHOLES
posted by brundlefly at 8:48 PM on September 18, 2010 [3 favorites]


This sentence is in Spanish while you're not looking!

Hi, my name's Guybrush Threepwood and I want to be a pirate!

I'm selling these fine leather jackets!
posted by blueberry at 10:03 PM on September 18, 2010 [2 favorites]


GOD HATES FIGS
Matthew 21:18-22
Mark 11:12-25
posted by Sys Rq at 11:22 PM on September 18, 2010 [9 favorites]


That reminds me of my favorite placard ever: at a Gay Day parade in San Francisco some time in the late 90's, in the midst of the floats and bombast, one small man marched up the center of the street, proud and entirely alone, with a sign that said: GAYS WITHOUT DATES.
posted by goofyfoot at 6:48 AM on September 20, 2010 [2 favorites]


I HAVE A SIGN
posted by cereselle at 2:02 PM on September 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


My wife further suggested that we stand on opposite sides, respectively holding signs "No Fear!" and "No Sanity!"
posted by quin at 2:11 PM on September 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


HOORAY FOR OUR SIDE
posted by ibmcginty at 4:07 PM on September 20, 2010 [2 favorites]




Er, Beck briefly wishes Stewart and Colbert good luck.
posted by Burhanistan at 10:39 AM on September 21, 2010




I'M A RAD!!!! Where my cackle at???
posted by Sophie1 at 9:43 AM on September 22, 2010


DOG HATES GAFFES
posted by Sophie1 at 9:45 AM on September 22, 2010


MAKE MINE A DECAF!!!
posted by Sophie1 at 9:45 AM on September 22, 2010


POT IN EVERY GARAGE!
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 10:05 AM on September 22, 2010


NO MORE METAPHORS!

alt version:
GOD HATES METAPHORS
posted by Mister_A at 10:26 AM on September 22, 2010


I'M WHITE AS HELL AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANY MORE

Actually, that probably sums up the whole Tea Party movement. Maybe this sign isn't really all that funny.
posted by It's Never Lurgi at 10:41 AM on September 22, 2010


"It is futile to attempt to indoctrinate a superannuated canine with innovative manoeuvres."
posted by Dragonness at 10:48 AM on September 22, 2010 [2 favorites]


This is fast turning into the Million Meme March.
posted by mazola at 10:53 AM on September 22, 2010


SUPERSIZE ME!
posted by sonika at 10:55 AM on September 22, 2010


WHO WILL KEEP
posted by Grangousier at 11:53 AM on September 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


AMERICA FREE?
posted by Grangousier at 11:53 AM on September 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


SOME GUY WE SAW
posted by Grangousier at 11:53 AM on September 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


ON THE TV
posted by Grangousier at 11:53 AM on September 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


BURMA-SHAVE
posted by Grangousier at 11:53 AM on September 22, 2010 [2 favorites]


WE MUST OBLITERATE THE BROWN RACES ABROAD TO PRESERVE THE FREEDOMS THAT WE ONLY PAY LIP SERVICE TO AND HAVE MOSTLY BEEN SYSTEMATICALLY ERODED WHILE WE HAVE BEEN SLEEPING AND CONSUMING

Wait, not cheeky enough.
posted by Burhanistan at 11:57 AM on September 22, 2010


EXTERMINATE ALL RATIONAL THOUGHT.
posted by Artw at 12:06 PM on September 22, 2010


NOTHING IS TRUE, EVERYTHING IS PERMITTED
posted by Grangousier at 12:53 PM on September 22, 2010


Glenn Beck calls Colbert/Stewart rally a "progressive plot": "They are going to activate the youth to try to get them to vote with the labor unions apparently."
posted by ericb at 12:53 PM on September 22, 2010


Not the labour unions! Those bastards are responsible for such ungodly things as the 40 hour week, vacation time, the middle class, and employee safety standards!
posted by five fresh fish at 12:59 PM on September 22, 2010 [3 favorites]


LOSE HATE NOW
ASK ME HOW
posted by Grangousier at 1:04 PM on September 22, 2010


From my six year old daughter :

1) Don't do the wrong thing !
2) Help the crying people first !
3) No throwing scissors !

I find these very useful in every situation
posted by epjr at 1:49 PM on September 22, 2010 [21 favorites]


BUT WHY IS THE RUM GONE?!
posted by Ruby Stevens at 2:08 AM on September 23, 2010


epjr: your child's signs remind me of the rules we had in our shared house in college:

1) with regard to throwing: only soft things up; never hard things at
2) with regard to other people's feelings: no poking the bunnies with a stick
3) anyone mesmerized by a lamp is not allowed to drive

That was pretty much it, actually.
posted by crush-onastick at 11:38 AM on September 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


I LOVE LAMP
posted by Artw at 11:43 AM on September 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


GET LAMP
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 12:23 PM on September 23, 2010


YOU CAN'T SEE LAMP HERE
posted by Burhanistan at 12:45 PM on September 23, 2010 [2 favorites]


DOUCHES FOR DOUCHES!

MY *OTHER* SIGN IS RATIONAL!

I'M SORRY I *WON'T* APOLOGIZE!
+----------------+
|    HATE NOW!   |
|  (ASK ME HOW)  |
+----------------+
        ||
        ||

posted by mazola at 1:12 PM on September 23, 2010


I BIKE TO WORK SOME DAYS, BUT NOT EVERY DAY. SOMETIMES I DRIVE OR TAKE THE BUS.

I'M FIGHTING THE CULTURE WAR NOT FOR THE CHILDREN . . . BUT FOR ME
posted by Think_Long at 2:08 PM on September 23, 2010


Jokester Colbert goes to Washington
Television comedian Stephen Colbert has gotten famous by using his trademark conservative faux-outrage to label the United States Congress as a joke.

On Friday, a House subcommittee – maybe, sort of, actually we really don’t know -- might have played along.

“I certainly hope that my star power can bump this hearing all the way up to C-SPAN One,” Colbert promised members of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees, and Border Security, where he appeared as a witness on the issue of migrant farm work.

The subcommittee chairman invited the Comedy Central personality to testify at the hearing, which addressed the possibility of offering illegal immigrant farm workers a path to citizenship. Colbert’s “expertise” in the arena of immigration and farm labor stems from a July 2010 episode of his TV show “The Colbert Report,” during which he joined subcommittee chairwoman Rep. Zoe Lofgren to spend a day doing the work of an agriculture laborer.

Speaking in character as a bigoted and irate “free-market guy,” Colbert argued in his testimony that “we have to do something” about the plight of farm workers “because I am not going back out there.”

“At this point, I break into a sweat at the salad bar,” he said.

It's unclear upon how many members of the committee the joke was lost.

Rep. John Conyers, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, initially requested that Colbert leave the hearing room before his testimony, arguing that his presence had achieved its purpose by bringing attention to the hearing's subject matter. Lofgren interceded, saying that Colbert was in attendance at the subcommittee’s request, and Conyers relented.

Colbert did not stick to his (joke-free) prepared testimony, breaking from his planned dry statistics about American agriculture in favor of gags about entering his colonoscopy results into the Congressional Record.

If the committee’s intent was garnering publicity by inviting a late-night comic as its star witness, it worked. Lofgren commented at the outset of the hearing that she had not seen so many cameras in a hearing room since the impeachment.

Colbert did note the seriousness of the issue of immigration during the hearing's question-and-answer period, saying that he likes "talking about people who have no power."

"Migrant workers suffer. And have no rights," he said.
Video.
posted by ericb at 9:15 AM on September 24, 2010 [2 favorites]


This is the can't-miss part of Colbert's testimony, in my opinion.
posted by EarBucket at 5:08 AM on September 25, 2010


      IF YOUR
      BELIEFS 
      FIT ON
      A SIGN

      THINK
      HARDER!

posted by Riki tiki at 8:13 AM on September 28, 2010 [4 favorites]








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