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The Revolution Will Be Televised: Comedy Central To Air, Stream D.C. Rallies (VIDEO)

Jason Linkins- Huff Post

First Posted: 10-13-10 11:31 AM   |   Updated: 10-13-10 12:23 PM

On last night’s “Daily Show,” host Jon Stewart announced that the upcoming Rally To Restore Sanity would be televised, just like the “revolution” you were promised not too long ago. And in addition to being carried live, on Comedy Central, the event will be streamed live on Comedy Central’s website. Plus, if you are the sort of people who can only watch teevee with other people, or are interested in using the Rally To Restore Sanity as an inroad to conquering your crippling agoraphobia, head on over to RallyMAO (which stands for “Rally My Ass Off,” and not “Rally Mao Zedong,” don’t get it twisted, Glenn Beck!) to find a “satellite rally” near you, where you can join people in your local community in rededicating yourself to classical Stoicism.

This is good news for all who cannot attend, and especially good news for Democrats, because I’ve been led to believe that their entire volunteer workforce for that weekend’s Get Out The Vote effort were going to be flying across the country to attend the rally, because that’s precisely the sort of wealth that’s been concentrated into the hands of campaign volunteers. Our position on this remains the same, by the way. If you’ve agreed to work for a political campaign, you should honor your commitment. And if you’re a candidate running the sort of campaign that doesn’t inspire the same fealty as a teevee show in people, perhaps you ought to consider another line of work? Thanks ever so much!

In addition, Stewart offered up many important rules for attending the Rally To Restore Sanity, including: “No nudity, no throwing stuff, and no totalitarian fascism. When in doubt, don’t be douchey.” (That last one will be a difficult task to master for any and all Congressional staffers who might be attending.)

Watch the clip for the rules, and stay for one of the better Huffington Post Bus jokes you’re likely to hear. For the record, we’ve no affection at all for the brutal, autocratic regime in North Korea, but we nevertheless see the appeal of a military culture that seems to think that their best means of intimidation is to spend all day lindy-hopping around the town square.

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Meanwhile, poor Stephen Colbert! He forgot to apply for a permit for his March To Keep Fear Alive! But at the very least, he’s got important news: Rally/March merchandise! And, as Colbert has done in the past, proceeds will benefit the Yellow Ribbon Fund, a fine organization which assists our veterans in convalescence at Walter Reed and Bethesda Naval hospitals, their families and their caregivers.

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Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)

Contact:  Garrett Russo //

13 Oct 2010 //

Washington, D.C. – Corrupt lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are polluting the United States Capitol.  These members highlight the need for increased oversight by the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), including expanding its reach to the Senate. Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released The Most Corrupt Members of Congress: Unfinished Business, highlighting the urgent need for active ethics enforcement in Congress. In fact, ethical lapses are the only true bipartisan activity in Washington today, and further highlight the need for increased enforcement in the 112th Congress. Many of these same characters will likely remain on the public payroll.

“Since CREW released our first Most Corrupt report in 2005, more than half of the unethical members of Congress we’ve highlighted have left office,” said Melanie Sloan, CREW’s Executive Director.  “That’s a pretty good batting average, but not good enough. 26 shady politicians remain, most of whom haven’t even been investigated by the congressional ethics committees. Congress must give the OCE the tools it needs to ensure that every corrupt politician is held accountable for his or her actions.  In addition, the Senate would benefit from the creation of a similar office with jurisdiction to inquire into senatorial misdeeds.”

Currently the OCE has no subpoena power, a very limited time frame to investigate any allegations, and can only look at misconduct that occurred since March 2008.  In spite of being forced to fight with one hand tied behind its back, the OCE has referred 13 cases to the House Ethics Committee for review, though the committee has taken action against only two.  Even that limited success has prompted members of both parties to openly talk of stripping away the OCE’s authority — or even dismantling the office altogether — in the 112th Congress. Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-OH) has proposed legislation that would eviscerate the OCE, and Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) has said he wants to “take a look” at its usefulness.

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