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The Push For Colbert's "Restoring Truthiness" Rally

samzenpus posted about 4 years ago | from the giving-truth-the-bump dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 703

jamie writes "A grassroots campaign has begun to get Stephen Colbert to hold a rally on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to counter Glenn Beck's recent 'Restoring Honor' event. The would-be rally has been dubbed 'Restoring Truthiness' and was inspired by a recent post on Reddit, where a young woman wondered if the only way to point out the absurdity of the Tea Party's rally would be if Colbert mirrored it with his own Colbert Nation.'"

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Count me in (4, Funny)

jeffmeden (135043) | about 4 years ago | (#33467182)

If he will resort to weeping publicly over his concern for our great Republic, I will show up and offer him a kleenex. It's only decent.

Re:Count me in (4, Insightful)

houstonbofh (602064) | about 4 years ago | (#33467228)

Knock what you want, but Beck must be doing something right. Now everyone wants to hold a rally...

Re:Count me in (5, Funny)

humphrm (18130) | about 4 years ago | (#33467306)

Yeah, Beck was the first one to think to hold a rally, and now everyone else is just mimicking Beck.

Re:Count me in (0, Troll)

mark72005 (1233572) | about 4 years ago | (#33467364)

It was sad enough to see Beck's shameless self promotion, let alone to now see Colbert's cynical copycatting of shameless self-promotion

Re:Count me in (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33467410)

It was sad enough to see Beck's shameless self promotion, let alone to now see Colbert's cynical copycatting of shameless self-promotion

Haver you never seen Colbert's show?

Re:Count me in (2, Informative)

LaRainette (1739938) | about 4 years ago | (#33467744)

No he hasn't.
OR he has a very keen and subtle sens of sarcasm.

Re:Count me in (4, Insightful)

spun (1352) | about 4 years ago | (#33467458)

Colbert's entire shtick is parodying shamelessly self promoting pundits like "Papa Bear" O'Reilly and Beck.

Re:Count me in (1, Insightful)

Wyatt Earp (1029) | about 4 years ago | (#33467602)

No, the Nation of Islam and the Million Man March did it first, then the Promise Keepers did it, now it's goddamned political theatre.

Re:Count me in (2, Interesting)

Red Flayer (890720) | about 4 years ago | (#33467788)

No, the Nation of Islam and the Million Man March did it first

It goes back longer than that. Hell, even the crowds that went to see MLK Jr weren't the first to organize a protest or march at the National Mall.

Re:Count me in (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33467808)

Umm, I can think of at least one person who held a rally on the steps of the Lincoln memorial before the Million Man March.....

Re:Count me in (1)

space_jake (687452) | about 4 years ago | (#33467480)

Rally, Blaze, I'm not sure I want what is coming next.

Re:Count me in (5, Funny)

jeffmeden (135043) | about 4 years ago | (#33467242)

Also, in case you needed more of a reason, the proposed date is 10/10/10... Are you thinking what I'm thinking? 101010 in binary=42 in decimal. The answer is right in front of us!

Re:Count me in (4, Funny)

DriedClexler (814907) | about 4 years ago | (#33467790)

But that's for the British convention of dd/mm/yy. What happens if you read October 10th with mm/dd/yy?

Go Stephen! (5, Interesting)

bhsx (458600) | about 4 years ago | (#33467190)

Yes, it was funny when it made the top page of Reddit. It was funnier when they acknowledged it on the Comedy Central blog. It will be the ultimate insult to GB and Fox WHEN Stephen gets about 1M more people there than Glen did.

Re:Go Stephen! (1)

2obvious4u (871996) | about 4 years ago | (#33467266)

If he does this I will be there.

Re:Go Stephen! (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33467358)

I'm sorry, but every political/issue rally is absurd. Million man march anyone? The countless demonstrations for the environment? Any rally with a politician?

These events only serve to make the participants feel like they are doing something.

Re:Go Stephen! (1)

LaRainette (1739938) | about 4 years ago | (#33467786)

Yeah because the march of Martin Luther King really proved itself useless...
Like the protests of Gandhi...

You're dismissing people actually taking part into something because you are passive. Maybe it makes you feel better but it's still retarded.

Re:Go Stephen! (2, Insightful)

RightSaidFred99 (874576) | about 4 years ago | (#33467758)

What exactly is funny about it? I'm no Glenn Beck fan, he's a delusional religious nut. But I don't get what's deep about what basically amounts to "Durr, let's do a mock rally". Seriously, the idea to lampoon somebody is original or clever?

He won't do it because anybody with half a brain sees how unoriginal, dreary, obvious, and boring the idea is. I don't watch his show, but going for the obvious tack doesn't seem his style.

Re:Go Stephen! (1)

phantomfive (622387) | about 4 years ago | (#33467828)

It will be the ultimate insult to GB and Fox WHEN Stephen gets about 1M more people there than Glen did.

It will show that Americans care more about comedy than about politics. Why would it be surprising in a country where only a small percentage of the people vote?

What the hell? (3, Insightful)

MyLongNickName (822545) | about 4 years ago | (#33467192)

Why is this on Slashdot?

I couldn't care less about the Tea Party or Colbert. It isn't real news. It certainly isn't for nerds.

Re:What the hell? (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33467226)

There's a reason it's tagged with "Idle"

Page hits, my man, page hits (4, Funny)

spun (1352) | about 4 years ago | (#33467250)

Controversy leads to page hits. Page hits lead to advertisers. Advertisers lead to income. Income leads to getting laid.

Mystery solved.

Re:Page hits, my man, page hits (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33467436)

Income leads to getting laid.

So again, why is this on Slashdot?

Re:Page hits, my man, page hits (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33467442)

Getting laid leads to marriage. Marriage leads to... SUFFERING.

Re:Page hits, my man, page hits (1)

spun (1352) | about 4 years ago | (#33467554)

And thus, the cycle is complete.

Re:Page hits, my man, page hits (1)

DeadDecoy (877617) | about 4 years ago | (#33467572)

and suffering leads to the dark side.

Re:Page hits, my man, page hits (2, Insightful)

jeffasselin (566598) | about 4 years ago | (#33467556)

Should the dark side be somewhere in the chain of reasoning?

Re:Page hits, my man, page hits (3, Insightful)

spun (1352) | about 4 years ago | (#33467694)

I think the fellow below had it right when he completed the cycle with "Getting laid leads to marriage, and marriage leads to SUFFERING!"

Re:Page hits, my man, page hits (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33467588)

Getting laid leads to the Dark Side of the Force. Once you step foot on that path, forever will it dominate your destiny.

Re:What the hell? (1)

Stavr0 (35032) | about 4 years ago | (#33467286)

You are now officially ON NOTICE [shipbrook.com] .

Don't make me put you on the DEAD TO ME list.

Re:What the hell? (2, Funny)

MyLongNickName (822545) | about 4 years ago | (#33467352)

"The person who posted this image is incapable of reading directions. Feel free to publically ridicule him or her."

Consider yourself ridiculed.

Re:What the hell? (1)

Stavr0 (35032) | about 4 years ago | (#33467466)

Yeah, yeah, rehost the pic don't hotlink. It was just for the cheap laugh.

Re:What the hell? (1)

MyLongNickName (822545) | about 4 years ago | (#33467440)

And your sig has been domain parked... check those links once a decade or so, please.

Re:What the hell? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33467302)

It's funny, though. But your truthy-fu is quite impressive.

The Date (3, Insightful)

bsDaemon (87307) | about 4 years ago | (#33467412)

The date they want to hold the rally is 10 October of '10. I.E., 10/10/10, however they have the poster written with the date as 101010, which is binary for 42, which, as we all know, is the answer to life, the universe and everything. Its the ultimate truthy thing. It's the ultimate nerd thing. Only thing its missing is a sign saying "Repent! The Singularity is Nye!" with the Science guy himself staring everyone down like Uncle Sam.

Re:The Date (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33467852)

42 isn't the answer to life, etc.; It's the answer to the ultimate question about life, the universe, and everything. Small but critical difference.

obligatory (1)

jDeepbeep (913892) | about 4 years ago | (#33467424)

insert obligatory comment illustrating how to modify your account settings to not see stories from politics section

Re:obligatory (1)

MyLongNickName (822545) | about 4 years ago | (#33467866)

insert obligatory comment to tell you to go stuff yourself and learn how to capitalize and use punctuation

Seriously. There is nothing wrong with politics on Slashdot. It should be tech centered. Failing that, it should at least be relevant.

Re:What the hell? (5, Insightful)

eln (21727) | about 4 years ago | (#33467428)

It's in the Politics section. As incredibly depressing as it may be, Glenn Beck crying on camera and Colbert making fun of him represents the height of political discourse these days, so it fits.

We don't debate things anymore, we have competing demagogues shouting past each other, lying, and using naked appeals to emotion to push their agendas. Beck is the most visible at the moment, but he's certainly not the first nor the last. Hell, they don't even really debate things in the halls of Congress anymore, they just shout their talking points at each other to rile up the extremists on either end of the political spectrum because they're apparently the only ones who still vote.

Meanwhile, comedians like Colbert try to point out the absurdity of it all, and everyone has a good laugh, and no one changes their behavior. A rally at the Lincoln memorial would accomplish nothing. Beck's followers would either ignore it or use it as fuel to steer even further toward the extreme and follow Beck even closer. Beck's detractors would have a good laugh about it, but they're already convinced Beck is a nutbar so it's preaching to the choir for them.

On the other hand, if it was well-executed it would probably give Colbert a ratings boost, so at least he and the guys over at Comedy Central would get something out of it.

Re:What the hell? (2, Informative)

Drakkenmensch (1255800) | about 4 years ago | (#33467712)

It would serve to accomplish one thing - to show that the so-called "silent majority" the conservatives love to quote so much isn't necessarily as big they paint it out to be. Their opponents are numerous, and not so silent.

Re:What the hell? (1)

Un pobre guey (593801) | about 4 years ago | (#33467796)

The most depressing part of it all is the enormous fraction of the general public that puts all of its faith in the moronic demagoguery from across the political and social spectrum. Didn't they learn anything in school? Have they no common sense? Do they not have even a rudimentary ability to reason things out? Does everything have to reduce to magical-religious thought and outright superstition?

This plays so neatly and tidily into the hands of those who suckle with great force at the government teat and have their hands firmly lodged in all of our pockets. These people and organizations are brilliant masters at pushing people's buttons and exploiting us mercilessly.

Re:What the hell? (4, Insightful)

atchijov (527688) | about 4 years ago | (#33467472)

Do you really want your kids to learn creationism in school, have 99% of the budget spend on military and hunting homeless and immigrants become a recreational activity? This is what will happen if everyone (including nerds) will keep saying - "That none of my business".

Re:What the hell? (5, Insightful)

feepness (543479) | about 4 years ago | (#33467642)

Do you really want your kids to learn creationism in school, have 99% of the budget spend on military and hunting homeless and immigrants become a recreational activity? This is what will happen if everyone (including nerds) will keep saying - "That none of my business".

Don't forget the oceans will rise to swallow the coasts and corporations will take all our rights.

All because of that party of FEAR!

Re:What the hell? (0, Troll)

Klinky (636952) | about 4 years ago | (#33467826)

If you're not concerned about the environment & pollution here's an experiment you can try. Go into your garage, make sure all doors are closed, turn your car on... wait...

Let me know how it goes...

Re:What the hell? (1)

oldspewey (1303305) | about 4 years ago | (#33467850)

  • your kids to learn creationism in school
  • have 99% of the budget spend on military
  • hunting homeless and immigrants become a recreational activity
  • oceans will rise to swallow the coasts
  • corporations will take all our rights
  • ???
  • PROFIT!

Re:What the hell? (5, Insightful)

mea37 (1201159) | about 4 years ago | (#33467534)

The Tea Party isn't news?

The group whose dominating and inept control of the conservative voice in 2009 was a key factor in passing the sweeping healthcare reform bill isn't news?

No, they're news. It's just that no matter which side of the aisle you're on, they're bad news.

Re:What the hell? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33467540)

Oh, you speak for all of us now? And with certainty to boot.

What? Other people have opinions, too?

How novel.

DIAF.

Re:What the hell? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33467686)

you should care: if Glen Beck and the Tea Partiers gain control, the Internet is doomed. Headed for North Korean-esque thought control

Re:What the hell? (2, Funny)

oldspewey (1303305) | about 4 years ago | (#33467880)

Nah, you're overreacting. We will still be free to use subtlety and nuance. Teabaggers are unable to detect or comprehend subtlety and nuance.

Ignore the Troll (2, Insightful)

al3k (1638719) | about 4 years ago | (#33467232)

It seems like 3/4th of the publicity Glenn Beck gets is from people calling him a raging idiot. Maybe if we just stop paying attention to him, and Jon Stewart stops making fun of him every single show, he might just go away when he realizes most people don't care about the crap he spews out of that hole he calls a mouth.

Re:Ignore the Troll (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33467268)

Just like Hitler went away when Americans ignored WW1.

Re:Ignore the Troll (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33467474)

What does Hitler have to do with WW1 ?

Re:Ignore the Troll (1)

Un pobre guey (593801) | about 4 years ago | (#33467882)

The ruthless and punishing terms of the armistice, and the ensuing economic disaster in Germany during the 1920s, are widely credited as setting the stage for the rise of Hitler and the Nazis. The rest, as they say, is history.

Re:Ignore the Troll (1)

Nadaka (224565) | about 4 years ago | (#33467476)

I guess that -1 flamebait is an analog for -1 retarded?

Re:Ignore the Troll (1)

rotide (1015173) | about 4 years ago | (#33467272)

You seem to have missed the point of "Comedy Central" and satire.

Re:Ignore the Troll (1)

mark72005 (1233572) | about 4 years ago | (#33467408)

Comedy Central used to be a little more "give it to both sides"-y.

Anymore, it is just in-jokes for liberals. Disappointing.

Re:Ignore the Troll (1)

rotide (1015173) | about 4 years ago | (#33467456)

What's really disappointing is watching someone try to politicize a satire show on "Comedy Central".

Re:Ignore the Troll (1)

RightSaidFred99 (874576) | about 4 years ago | (#33467778)

Satire.. that word. It doesn't mean what you think it means.

Re:Ignore the Troll (4, Informative)

spun (1352) | about 4 years ago | (#33467490)

You stopped watching during the Bush years, didn't you? Comedians tend to make fun of those in power. Comedy Central ridicules Obama and the Democrats plenty, now that they are the ones in power.

Re:Ignore the Troll (3, Insightful)

Mongoose Disciple (722373) | about 4 years ago | (#33467498)

Both sides still get it pretty regularly.

But let's be honest, there isn't a liberal Glenn Beck. There just isn't anyone even in that league in terms of humor value. You have to go where the jokes are, and a guy who writes crazy conspiracy crap on a chalkboard while crying is a gold mine.

Even if you somehow secretly cloned, say, President Obama and raised him in a secret lab to be the worst parts of everything his detractors claim him to be, then somehow swapped him for the real president, the result would still not be the comedy fodder of a Glenn Beck.

Re:Ignore the Troll (2, Informative)

jeffmeden (135043) | about 4 years ago | (#33467518)

Is it their fault all the good fun is to be had pointing out how hypocritical and untalented the Right Wing is? If you want to watch jokes (try to be) made at the expense of the Establishment/Left, just watch Saturday Night Live (you may or may not laugh)...

Idle? (3, Insightful)

brunes69 (86786) | about 4 years ago | (#33467244)

Shouldn't this be in idle?

It's the answer!!!! (2, Insightful)

hort_wort (1401963) | about 4 years ago | (#33467254)

If you put in the proposed date into a binary translator, 10/10/10, you get an output of 42!!! The answer to everything is this rally!!!

This is better than geese flying over.

I have one question. (1)

Even on Slashdot FOE (1870208) | about 4 years ago | (#33467262)

Where can I register? I want to go!

Most of the pople who Watch Colbert..... (-1, Flamebait)

jameskojiro (705701) | about 4 years ago | (#33467282)

Are usually nerdy college students or people who live in their parent's basement rent free. In other words dependents who are dependant upon staying out from the daylight. You really think they are going to get a bunch of them pryed away from their gamestations and computers long enough to go outside to a rally in the hot burning sun?

You would have better luck convincing Vampires to eat a cloves of garlic while standing in an open air church at high noon.

Re:Most of the pople who Watch Colbert..... (4, Insightful)

spun (1352) | about 4 years ago | (#33467334)

Are usually nerdy college students or people who live in their parent's basement rent free. In other words dependents who are dependant upon staying out from the daylight. You really think they are going to get a bunch of them pryed away from their gamestations and computers long enough to go outside to a rally in the hot burning sun?

You would have better luck convincing Vampires to eat a cloves of garlic while standing in an open air church at high noon.

You shouldn't assume that everyone who watches the same shows you do is like you.

Re:Most of the pople who Watch Colbert..... (1)

bsDaemon (87307) | about 4 years ago | (#33467492)

Unless its Glenn Beck. I don't think anyone who isn't "one of them" can stand that crap for more than 5 minutes, if that.

Re:Most of the pople who Watch Colbert..... (5, Funny)

spun (1352) | about 4 years ago | (#33467678)

Oh, no, there are all kinds of Glenn Beck fans. For instance, there is the crazy wing: libertarian crazies, religious crazies, racist crazies. Then there is the retard wing, home-schooled retards, closeted retards, old senile retards. We also have the diabolically evil faction, Wall Street evil, coal mining evil, big oil evil, the military industrial evil complex.

Glen Beck's popularity spans all sorts of crazy, retarded and evil.

Re:Most of the pople who Watch Colbert..... (2, Insightful)

rotide (1015173) | about 4 years ago | (#33467354)

Just curious, but what data are you basing that extremely general claim off of? Or is your post meant to troll all those who like Colbert/Stewart for whatever reason you have?

Re:Most of the pople who Watch Colbert..... (2, Funny)

Lunix Nutcase (1092239) | about 4 years ago | (#33467444)

Speaking from personal experience?

Re:Most of the pople who Watch Colbert..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33467596)

Well, Beck got a bunch of Medicare recipients to stand around in the sun complaining about THE EVILS of government healthcare, so anything's possible...

Re:Most of the pople who Watch Colbert..... (1, Funny)

Lunix Nutcase (1092239) | about 4 years ago | (#33467794)

Yeah, it's hilarious to hear a Tea Bagger proclaiming that the government should "keep their hands off my Medicare".

Journalism (4, Insightful)

Ukab the Great (87152) | about 4 years ago | (#33467284)

Every so often I think it's a sad state of affairs for journalism when satirists like John Stewart and Stephen Colbert on a comedy channel are considered more reliable, trustworthy, and objective in their reporting than "serious" (for lack of a better term) journalists like Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly on what's supposed to be a news channel.

Re:Journalism (5, Insightful)

Lunix Nutcase (1092239) | about 4 years ago | (#33467462)

"serious" (for lack of a better term) journalists

The better term is "opinion show hosts".

Re:Journalism (5, Insightful)

longacre (1090157) | about 4 years ago | (#33467486)

Just because they're on a channel with "news" in the name does not make them journalists. Beck and O'Reilly are entertainers, just like Nancy Grace, Larry King, Keith Olbermann, Rick Sanchez, etc.

Re:Journalism (5, Insightful)

Mongoose Disciple (722373) | about 4 years ago | (#33467622)

I don't know that that's entirely fair. These things are on a continuum.

You look at an O'Reilly or an Olbermann (to pick two guys with very different politics), and if you're not in line with them politically, you'll probably disagree a lot with their interpretation of an event or its implications, but in some sense their starting point feels based in reality even if where they end up isn't.

I don't get that same sense out of, say, Beck.

Re:Journalism (4, Informative)

NiteShaed (315799) | about 4 years ago | (#33467504)

than "serious" (for lack of a better term) journalists like Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly

There's your mistake. Beck and O'Reilly aren't journalists at all, serious or otherwise. Their shows are opinion pieces, start to finish. They're "serious journalists" in the same way that professional wrestlers are "serious athletes".

on what's supposed to be a news channel

FOX should just give up the word news and start calling themselves a "political commentary" channel. That's what they really seem to want to focus on, and what they want to be. Why not just go with that? Note to FOX fans who take this as insulting, this isn't necessarily intended to be a negative thing. If anything, it would probably eliminate a lot of the criticism aimed at FOX News. There's nothing wrong with being a political commentary channel, and you don't need to pretend to hold to some kind of "Fair and Balanced" standard.

Re:Journalism (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33467508)

Every so often I think it's a sad state of affairs for journalism when satirists like John Stewart and Stephen Colbert on a comedy channel are considered more reliable, trustworthy, and objective in their reporting than "serious" (for lack of a better term) journalists like Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly on what's supposed to be a news channel.

Beck and O'Reilly aren't journalists, you goon. They're commentators. There's a difference. People don't seem to get it. Fox News has real news with real journalists, but they also are an outlet for opinion shows with political commentary. It's sad that you can't tell the difference.

Re:Journalism (0, Flamebait)

HundyCougar (732944) | about 4 years ago | (#33467520)

Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly have never positioned themselves as Journalists, and never have positioned themselves as neutral.

Re:Journalism (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33467568)

Glenn Beck, Bill O'Reilly, Keith Olbermann and the like are not "serious" journalist the editorialize and entertain (well they entertain some people they disgust me). John Stewart and Stephen Colbert do the same thing with some jokes thrown in... Reporters who stick to the facts, that's real journalism my friend and you and I don't know their names because they are all "AP contributor" and the like.

Re:Journalism (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33467684)

I agree, but it's your misplaced consideration that makes it sad. So stop believing satirists. They are there to exaggerate and be sensational, and often completely fabricate if not bend the facts greatly in order to get a laugh.

Re:Journalism (0, Flamebait)

RightSaidFred99 (874576) | about 4 years ago | (#33467838)

Begging the question. And yes, I used the phrase correctly. I love how when people see that phrase they automatically assume only they know how it's used, but I digress.

You're like one of those guys who goes on and on about how fake WWE wrestling is and how it's hilarious those hillbillies think it's real. Here's a clue: Nobody but young children and (literally) retarded people think it's real. They know it's entertainment.

Nobody thinks Beck or O'Reilly are "journalists" in the sense of just reporting on news. So your whole premise is flawed.

Re:Journalism (2, Informative)

lazarusdishwasher (968525) | about 4 years ago | (#33467840)

journalists like Glenn Beck

I think Glenn Beck might disagree with that statement.

GLENN: Now remember, I'm not a journalist. They always make fun of me: Glenn Beck, he's a pseudojournalist. No, I'm not a journalist. I never claimed to be a journalist. I am an opinion person.

http://www.glennbeck.com/content/articles/article/198/24124/ [glennbeck.com]

It's certainly easier... (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33467376)

where a young woman wondered if the only way to point out the absurdity of the Tea Party's rally would be if Colbert mirrored it with his own Colbert Nation.'"

It's certainly easier than, you know, actually acknowledging and dealing with their ideas...

Re:It's certainly easier... (4, Insightful)

Lunix Nutcase (1092239) | about 4 years ago | (#33467516)

You mean like how pretty much all of what they complained about was happening also under Dubya's reign in office and yet they only started complaining about these things once Obama got into office and continued the stupid policies of the previous administration?

Re:It's certainly easier... (1, Flamebait)

spun (1352) | about 4 years ago | (#33467536)

They don't have any ideas worth acknowledging and dealing with. We all have a limited amount of time and attention, there is no sense wasting a limited resource on trivial things.

Re:It's certainly easier... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33467660)

Exactly. When logic and reason aren't on your side, resort to mockery. It's the liberal way!

Re:It's certainly easier... (5, Insightful)

JoshuaZ (1134087) | about 4 years ago | (#33467672)

It's certainly easier than, you know, actually acknowledging and dealing with their ideas...

What ideas? You mean ideas like somehow thinking that Patrick Henry was a supporter of the US Constitution http://scienceblogs.com/dispatches/2010/09/patrick_henry_and_the_tea_part_1.php [scienceblogs.com] . Or maybe you mean Glenn Beck's pseudoscientific ideas about how the Smithsonian is involved in a massive conspiracy to cover up 19th century archaelogical facts?http://anthroslug.blogspot.com/2010/08/glenn-becks-pseudo-archaeology-part-1.html [blogspot.com] . Or maybe you mean the idea that Obama is going to put Republicans into concentration camps http://boingboing.net/2009/03/17/foxs-glenn-beck-says.html [boingboing.net] ? You know, what? I'm sick of the notion that there is anything resembling worthwhile ideas coming from this man. At a certain point, it is a waste of time to actually respond to this paranoid nonsense in any other way than ridicule. And to the people who believe him or listen to him? Fuck 'em. Fuck every one of them for being too lazy or too stupid or too tribalistic to exercise their brains at all.

Now, if you just we're talking about the saner end of the Tea Partiers then there might be some argument that they have actual ideas, mainly resembling the form "I like government policies that make life better for me but not for other people." Do I need to address what's wrong with that also or are we done?

Re:It's certainly easier... (2, Insightful)

RightSaidFred99 (874576) | about 4 years ago | (#33467860)

Exactly. She waves her hand and says something like "Oh, they wouldn't know real debate so we shouldn't bother". The ironing cracks me up. One group of dim, smug assholes mocking another group of people for being dim, righteous assholes.

Well, this is still America... for a little while. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33467438)

Colbert can do whatever he likes. As for one child's comment on Reddit, I'm afraid that she hasn't yet learned that just because she has an opinion doesn't make it so. The fact of the matter is that those of us who pay REAL taxes are fucking sick and tired of seeing it all handed over to special interests - be they banks, auto companies, "green" energy companies with horribly unprofitable projects that they think they can get a fat check from Uncle Sam for, reckless mortgage borrowers, or just plain shiftless people who expect the nanny state to keep them clothed, fed, and housed for doing jack shit. Where's my bail-out, you fucking bureaucratic fetishist faggots?

Re:Well, this is still America... for a little whi (1)

jeffmeden (135043) | about 4 years ago | (#33467582)

Stop being an elitist, insulting curmudgeon, learn how to sign in to Slashdot, and your check will arrive in 4-6 weeks. See? Was that so hard?

Why do it? (-1, Troll)

Wyatt Earp (1029) | about 4 years ago | (#33467562)

It'll just add more publicity to Glenn Beck and the Teabaggers, then they get to complain they are being harassed by the "Mainstream Media", of which Glenn Beck is a chunk of (formerly of CNN and now with Fox News) while the other side of annoying asshats like Olbermann use it to hammer on Beck which turns into more reaction from Beck and asshats on the other side.

I swear the echo chamber of windbags on TV from all sides is annoying.

Limbaugh is fine, he is just a junkie windbagging on AM radio, it's easy to avoid him and you really have to opt in to hear his wargarble, besides I think he is purely doing it to spin people up and make money, he is just an entertainer. Olbermann/Beck/O'Reily really believe in the crap they spew, it's dangerous and bad.

Think not what your country can do for you.... (1, Funny)

Gaian-Orlanthii (1032980) | about 4 years ago | (#33467616)

...but what you can do for your country TO GET RID OF GLENN BECK. I'm pretty sure that's how it goes.

Well, because it's a "young woman" ... (5, Funny)

guanxi (216397) | about 4 years ago | (#33467654)

I wasn't interested in this at all, until I read that it was a young woman who made the post to Reddit. Now I'm definitely interested. Does anyone know what she looks like? I mean, being a woman implies she's old enough, and young is certainly promising, but you never know. Before I get involved in something like this, I definitely want to know what she looks like. I've been burned on more than one blind date and Internet romance. Also, of course, is she married? Is she dating anyone? How seriously? Is he socially conscious? Because I am, and that's usually my hook, because I'm not really like a jock or anything, but some girls are into that. Also, we both like Colbert, so that's something in common too. Anyway, if anyone gets her email address or some pics, please send them to me, because this seems like a really cool idea from a young woman.

Smug Internet people. (4, Insightful)

RightSaidFred99 (874576) | about 4 years ago | (#33467658)

Wow, you mean some smug Internet denizen came up with a way to launch a "hilarious" yet substance-free attack on a group she and all her cool friends just "know" is silly? What stunning news! Strawman used by baselessly smug group of left wingers against group of right wingers!

What next, are we going to have a story about a group of right wingers painting left wingers as Anti-American and playing the Outrage Card to rouse the rabble?

A pox on both their houses.

Doesn't it get boring after a while, reveling in how clever you and your Internet buddies who have developed some lame shared-language of goofball Internet memes are?

Oh, wait...

Truthiness (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33467696)

For ANYONE to claim that he/she possesses some sort of "truth" in the political arena is bullshit. Colbert and Beck are both tools.

I would fly out for it (1)

nickdwaters (1452675) | about 4 years ago | (#33467718)

If Colbert did this, it would be an amazing speech. I would love to be there for it. If you haven't seen it yet, see his speech he gave to and about George Bush. It is on YouTube.

Too much going on that day (1)

The Wookie (31006) | about 4 years ago | (#33467762)

I was gonna celebrate the answer to the ultimate question of Life, the Universe and Everything on 10/10/10.

They already had a counter-protest (2, Insightful)

Quila (201335) | about 4 years ago | (#33467812)

The race profiteer Al Sharpton led a small group to protest the "hijacking" of MLK's memory.

Yes please ... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33467878)

... throw an anti-tea party rally. To be fair, you'd have to have your platform be the opposite of the tea party platform. So I guess the RT rally would be for a non-balanced budget, pro-emissions trade, pro-more complex tax system, anti-auditing the Federal Government, pro-escalating federal budgets, pro-earmarks, pro-tax increases.

Sounds like we already have all that. So you are rallying for the status quo.

Good Job you socially progress folks.

You mock yourselves.

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