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The Rally To Restore Sanity And/Or Fear Photo Gallery And/Or Open Thread

Did anyone watch the Rally to Restore Fear and/or Sanity on Saturday? Did anyone GO? I turned it on for a little bit. The Myth Busters were there? Fair enough. By all accounts, it seems to have been a huge success. More than 200,000 people were in attendance. There were musical performances. (Have you read Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom yet? You should read Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom, because it’s really good and it’s weird that no one is talking about how it is good. But also there is a part in that book that is VERY reminiscent of the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. Hi, Jeff Tweedy!) Anyway, live comedy things are always a little weird, just in general, and live comedy things that have an “Important Message” are even weirder, because the space between comedy and sincerity is, if not cold, at the very least decidedly awkward. And also confusing. David Carr at the New York Times complains that Jon Stewart’s target was too easy. Politico says this won’t change tomorrow’s election (Duh Aficionado Magazine: Politics Page). But it is always nice to see people in this world TRYING. And Jon Stewart’s speech is nice (watch here). The world is a complicated place, and laughter is not the best medicine. Medicine is the best medicine. But we all need to find something in this world that makes us happy. And then on Monday, we have to talk about it in the comments, riiiiiiight?!