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Friday, October 15

A plea to Jon Stewart...HELP -- EVERYBODY IS TOO BUSY

I was so excited to hear about the rally being televised. I realized I had too much mommy stuff to take care of and couldn't afford another fun trip to The Mall. Well, actually I could have made the trip happen, but as I stated in this Seventy-Percent Solution Post when Jon first announced the rally, I didn't want it to be considered a direct response to glenn beck's rally. I wanted to see ALL CITIZENS taking turns at sharing solutions. NO MORE SIDES. No more jokes. We need to really get serious.

Then when I started to see that some locations across the country were planning satellite rallies I thought, ok now I'm going to get some local discussion going and test the waters. I'm just one person here -- famous last words. All I need is ONE other person to start. Then WE just need a third and voila, we have a crowd!

I immediately thought about the Mark Twain House here in Hartford. I love everything about that place. Hubby and I bought our first condo right across the street (I swear it was the day before the start of the last real estate fiasco in the late 80's) -- Great memories!! We stuck it out there as long as possible, eagerly awaiting the light rail system that was supposed to have passed right by our unit, taking us to a thriving downtown! Insurance Capitol of the World! Home of the Hartford Whalers!!!!! Good times ahead... Our unit "appreciated in value" 20k in less than 6 months (we only paid 40). The rest is history. After our insurance company finally dropped us from so many broken glass claims on our cars parked in the streets, and I didn't want to hide out at the Mark Twain House with a baby carriage, we decided to move. We ended up not being able to dump the condo because of the rapidly declining prices. We couldn't afford to do a short sale. Our only option out of there was bankruptcy. We just couldn't start out like that. We would have to try to rent it. (Gee, how convenient they changed the bankruptcy laws just in time for this latest real estate blow up.) Then we found out since is was a first time buyer financed deal, we weren't allowed to rent it. Sorry I'm getting side tracked here but as a former realtor, this whole mortgage thing is beyond crisis. (great comments here also) These banks really made a mess of things. Focus Jersey, focus. Sorry


Anyway, yesterday I jumped on the Mark Twain House website and wrote a quick email to some random names on their list of employees and board of trustees. I knew their calendar of events was full that day, but why not try:
Good Morning,
I am hoping someone in your organization might be aware of the upcoming Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert Rally to Restore Sanity/March to Keep Fear Alive on 10/30/10? I can't think of a better place to raise awareness of this event than at the Mark Twain House. Is there any chance at all that we could participate in this rally?

It's probably too late to put together a "peaceful gathering" and you never know who's going to show up. Any chance a small group of Mark Twain worshipers could gather inside and possibly get some "satellite coverage" so we could participate in this event? I truly believe this rally/march could be the start of a REAL grassroots movement. A call and an invitation for people to respectfully disagree, and to learn how to have rational reasonable discussions rather than just being so angry and combative all the time. I am hopeful that it isn't just a good time had by all, but a true call to the busy majority who are ALL fed up with
what is happening around us, regardless of our political beliefs.

Most of the problems that we the people are now currently facing are fixable by we the people. After all, we the people are the ones who created (or willfully ignored) our current state of affairs. We CAN fix things. We don't need to take sides to do so. The politi$ian$ (?elected officials??) and cable networks are so busy running their 24/7 non-stop political campaigning it's no wonder we can't agree on anything, much less get anything done.

Let's just at least take it local. It's where everything matters at the moment.

Perhaps someone on your Board of Directors knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who could get MARK TWAIN (via Hartford, CT) to open up, or make an appearance at the rally?
(where's Hal?)

"So you see, the quality of humor is not a personal or a national monopoly. It's as free as
salvation, and, I am afraid, far more widely distributed. But it has its value, I think. The hard and
sordid things of life are too hard and too sordid and too cruel for us to know and touch them
year after year without some mitigating influence, some kindly veil to draw over them, from time
to time, to blur the craggy outlines, and make the thorns less sharp and the cruelties less
malignant."
Mr Mark Twain

"Humor is the good natured side of a truth."
Mr. Mark Twain.

It looks like a group of people in St. Louis are organizing a satellite rally on the steps in front of the arch. It appears they are going all out though. Organizers are raising money, booking acts, etc.
Ours is a rally for the people who’ve been too busy to go to rallies, especially all the way in Washington D.C., who actually have lives and families and jobs (or are looking for jobs) — not so much the Silent Majority as the Busy Majority. If we had to sum up the political view of our participants in a single sentence… we couldn’t. That’s sort of the point.

If we can't open up the area to a few hundred people on 10/30/10, maybe we could stage a round table discussion inside (period dress of course). Film a 60 second PSA focusing on real issues and real concerns (ok, maybe a little humor) and send it to Comedy Central -- you never know! Maybe those Connecticut filmmakers Noah Cooper and Michal Trzaska could help us out. I see they will be there that same afternoon participating in Mark Twain & the Army of Darkness (oh what a great shot of irony to go along with that great sense of humor!). If we can't book an "event", there's got to be some way we could squeeze in a quick video shoot of a crowd in front of the Twain House rallying to restore a little sanity.

Any chance we could pull something together?

"When we remember that we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained."
~Mark Twain

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Someone actually responded today!! I was thrilled. A really nice, fairly long, and very sincere response. But........
they are too busy and I completely understand (I still think we could pull something together via satellite, video, whatever...) The one who responded to me actually would have gone to washington with some friends but is too busy working at the house that day. All events aside, the bottom line was that as an employee, they could not act as arbiter on my behalf.
Bottom, bottom line: Although it is not specifically a republican or democrat event, the fact that the rally is a fairly direct response to glenn beck’s rally would potentially put the museum in some people’s eyes as choosing sides. Too bad. THIS IS PRECISELY what needs to stop. We are ALL the busy majority and are smart enough to know that "they" are both sides of the same coin. Bear with me here folks, my train is veering again...You must must MUST read this post over at my favorite financial blog, Barry Ritholtz's The Big Picture The Left/Right Paradigm is Over: It's You Vs. Corporations. All of the comments that follow are a must read also (yours truly made a few). We need to stop debating about all of the different points of view out there and FOCUS ON FACTS VERSUS LIES and not the illusion. (I threw in a few Gordon Gekko quotes from WS1) I just read this one today from WS2: "Someone reminded me I once said "Greed is good". Now it seems it's legal. Because everyone is drinking the same Kool Aid. "


damn right!

We are way too diverse now in so many ways beyond race. It seems that everything that was so simple has now become too complicated as a result of this diversity. Everyone has their own way/idea of doing things. We all must first accept this fact and then put it to the side for a decade or two. THEN we start fixing the broken things that affect us all as guests on this planet (I think that's what the government tries to do?///)

DEMOCRACY IS MESSY - get over it.

OH - and don't forget -- the corporations are now considered "people" so in reality, it's we the people versus we the people. You Emerging Adults are inheriting a big mess. You can't get caught up in picking sides. You need to break these destructive cycles and just start fixing things.

I'm now off to bother some of my kid's professors at our local university. Maybe they will host a satellite rally that day, followed by a group of serious students/professors/members of the community participating in a civilized (one person talking at a time) discussion. Give everyone a shot at 60 seconds to share a thought that might be an example of a "sane idea" to fix one of the many problems facing us today. I'm sure some Film/Media majors could help out? And when everybody leaves, KEEP THE DISCUSSION GOING. Tape it and send it to Comedy Central.

I am begging Jon Stewart to then air submitted videos from around the country that offer real solutions, not points of view, from regular folk who are too busy, too poor, and too unconnected to become a politician in order to "serve the public." (Ha! good one - eh?) Stewart's the only one who might let our voices be heard.

I just read Colbert failed to get proper permits, had to partner with Stewart and it's the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear!

This is really morphing. Let's make sure it keeps going.

Maybe they could show our clips of real, attainable solutions with Stewart, and then Colbert could rip them all apart on his show with the fear angle.

Well, that's all for now folks. I've got to go send some emails.

Any suggestions on how I might get someone in Jon Stewart's office to read this?

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