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Pershing Square Says 'NO' To Sanity, Denies Permit For Los Angeles' Jon Stewart Rally

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Image by Ron Bassilian via Rally To Restore Sanity: Los Angeles on Facebook

Image by Ron Bassilian via Rally To Restore Sanity: Los Angeles on Facebook
Comedy will be king on October 30 when Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert hold dueling rallies on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. In Los Angeles and other parts of the known world, shadow rallies are being organized in solidarity of inside-voices, sanity, and not throwing stuff.

Stewart announced The Rally to Restore Sanity as plea for the country to "take it down it down a notch," with Colbert's March to Keep Fear Alive functioning as its faux pundit-fueled conservative counterpart. Both are a parody of, and an alternative to, the current state of rallies in the nation.

It's a platform for the like-minded "busy majority" of relatively mellow humans to gather and be heard. But chill-like. "We're looking for the people who think shouting is annoying, counterproductive, and terrible for your throat; who feel that the loudest voices shouldn't be the only ones that get heard; and who believe that the only time it's appropriate to draw a Hitler mustache on someone is when that person is actually Hitler. Or Charlie Chaplin in certain roles."

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Yesterday, organizers in Los Angeles were denied a permit to gather for the rally in downtown's Pershing Square, and are currently looking for a new venue.

Not in L.A? Find your nearest rally at RALLYMAO.