Thousands of demonstrators rallied Saturday in Washington to demand tougher gun control laws, many describing themselves as first-time capital marchers who’ve had enough of gun violence.
On a cold day, a vanguard led a blocks-long procession with a big blue banner, declaring “March on Washington for Gun Control: When we stand together, we stand a chance.”
The demonstrators want reinstatement of the federal ban on the sale of military-style semi-automatic rifles such as the one used in the recent Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting that left 20 children and six adults dead, plus the gunman and his mother. The protestors also want a ban on the sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines and universal background checks.
Many marchers just carried black-and-white placards bearing the names of victims of gun violence, such as Veronica Soto, a Newtown teacher who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre.
Here’s something interesting: while doing my janitorial rounds, I noticed referrals coming from Reddit, from a discussion of a new anti-Occupy Wall Street smear circulating on Facebook, a photograph of some anarchists with a sign that says, “Fuck the Troops.”
The photograph’s real enough:
But it’s almost 5 years old; it was posted in March 2007 at Little Green Footballs. And it was nowhere near Wall Street; it was an anti-war demonstration in Oregon.
So when you see this photo start showing up at right wing blogs, now you’ll know where it really came from.
(By the way, if you want to talk about a disturbingly nasty leftist demonstration, that one in 2007 was the real deal; they also burned a US soldier in effigy.)
Washington DC’s Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has announced that they set a new record for the highest Saturday Metrorail ridership last weekend, due to the Jon Stewart-Stephen Colbert Rally to Restore Sanity And/Or Fear.
Metro set a new record for highest Saturday Metrorail ridership on Saturday, October 30. Officials estimate 825,437 Metrorail trips were taken, with many people traveling to the National Mall for the “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear.”
In anticipation of the crowds, Metro added extra trains, and additional Metro personnel were on hand to assist customers at the fare gates and with purchasing fare cards. But because of the record setting ridership, Metro experienced unprecedented crowds throughout the day with long lines at many end-of-the-line stations early in the day as customers waited to enter the system.
Average Saturday Metrorail ridership is typically about 350,000. Yesterday’s record ridership surpassed the 1991 Desert Storm rally, which was held on June 8, 1991 and held the top spot for 19 years.
As noted previously at LGF, CBS News commissioned a scientific estimate by AirPhotosLive.com, based on aerial photographs taken at around 2 pm, using the same methodology they used to calculate the crowd size for Glenn Beck’s 9/12 rally, and came up with the figure of 215,000.
More of the photos used in AirPhotosLive’s analysis are here: Rally for ‘Sanity and/or Fear’ Pictures.
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Sometimes I wake up, have some coffee, load up Tweetdeck to check Twitter, and discover that all the wingnuts are chattering excitedly about a crushing new post by someone that really puts me in my place, smacks me down, and destroys the last shreds of my credibility. Seems to happen every few days.
They’ve used that “last shreds” line dozens of times; where do these shreds keep coming from?
Today’s incredibly lame credibility-shredding post appears at the website of Patterico: Charles Johnson Shreds the Last of his Credibility Discussing the Stewart Rally.
It was intellectual dishonesty, for instance in the controversy when Barack Obama bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia. First he posted video that supposedly showed that “Bush bowed too.” Then when called on the lie he told, he added the word “metaphorically” without noting the change in his post. I watched him do it in real time and called him on the change. He lied to my virtual “face” about it with a comment directed at me, and my account was banned, a familiar story. Now he has completely rewritten that post.
All the claims about me in that paragraph are pure and simple lies. I didn’t rewrite anything. I’m such a boogeyman to these people now that they resort to just making things up.
(By the way, Bush did bow to the Saudis, over and over, both literally and metaphorically.)
But the point of this dumb post, what author Aaron Worthing believes is the shredder of my last shred, is the usual tedious claim that the Glenn Beck 9/11 rally was much, much larger than yesterday’s Stewart-Colbert rally. Wingnuts are nothing if not predictable; they do this every time.
And the latest from Johnson is now he is bull___ting about Stewart’s rally. Like I said, I don’t care about crowd size at these things, but I do expect honesty on the subject. So as of now, Johnson has a post that proclaims that 215K attended the Stewart rally. And to prove it, he quotes CBS news…
It’s not really a surprise to see the wingers rejecting scientific measurements — it’s what they do — but if anyone’s interested in how the crowd estimates are calculated by AirPhotosLive (not CBS News), here’s an excellent page at Microsoft Photosynth that shows how they measured the Beck rally: Crowd Counting tools at Beck-Palin Rally.
Based on aerial photos taken by AirPhotosLive.com, the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear attracted approximately 215,000 people, more than twice as many as Glenn Beck’s 9/12 religious right rally.
An estimated 215,000 people attended a rally organized by Comedy Central talk show hosts Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert Saturday in Washington, according to a crowd estimate commissioned by CBS News.
The company AirPhotosLive.com based the attendance at the “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear” on aerial pictures it took over the rally, which took place on the Mall in Washington. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 10 percent.
CBS News also commissioned AirPhotosLive.com to do a crowd estimate of Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally in August. That rally was estimated to have attracted 87,000 people. Amid criticism from conservatives that the estimate was low, CBS News detailed the methodology behind it here.
From The Stewart/Colbert Rally, our photo of the day (courtesy of LGF reader simoom):
Here’s the live video feed for the Stewart-Colbert Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. An estimate from an unnamed Parks Service employee puts attendance at “well over 200,000,” according to the New York Times’s Brian Stelter.
Publicly, Parks Service doesn’t estimate crowds. Privately, it has told Viacom there are “well over 200,000” people at the rally, exec says.
UPDATE at 10/30/10 12:03:35 pm:
Rally’s over, so the video is now removed.
Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s dueling rallies are shaping up to be truly massive.
Sign-ups for the rally have been tallied on Facebook. Beyond the 290,000 who have so far signed on as definite attendees, 145,000 more have listed themselves as maybes.
The site Rallymao.com has assembled a roster of the scheduled satellite events in more than 25 states. One in New York City has been set for the SoHo Gallery for Digital Art. Other sites include the Capitol Rotunda in St. Paul, Civic Center Park in Denver, Manuel’s Tavern in Atlanta and Wasilla Middle School in Alaska.
The international locations so far include London, Paris and Melbourne (no specific sites mentioned), along with the Copenhagen Town Hall in Denmark and, perhaps most intriguingly, “base camp” at Mt. Everest in Nepal.
Mr. Stewart and Mr. Colbert have so far offered few specifics on the event. Mr. Colbert’s blowhard-conservative character will try to counter Mr. Stewart’s message — seeking a more rational approach to political discourse — by urging participants to “keep fear alive.”
But the Rallymao site made an attempt to characterize the event: “It’s like Woodstock, except it’s going to be everywhere, and without the mud.”
The “One Nation” liberal demonstration is now under way on the National Mall in Washington DC, and you can watch it live at C-SPAN.