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Posted at 8:10 AM ET, 10/21/2010

Larry King gives Jon Stewart portable restroom for Mall rally

By Lisa de Moraes

[This blog post has been updated.]

Daytime diva Oprah Winfrey gave Jon Stewart transportation to bring his studio audience from New York to his upcoming Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear on the Mall in Washington later this month.


Stewart appears on Larry King Live Wednesday.

CNN primetime anchor Larry King gave Stewart a portable toilet.

"There's some controversy about whether there are portable potties at the rally," Larry King said while interviewing Stewart on his CNN show Wednesday night about the rally, Stewart's new book ("Earth") and the midterm elections.

"We have been in contact with the Porta-Potty people," Stewart said. "Right now they say they are 'efforting' Porta-Pottys. We will have toilets -- they may not be enclosed. I guess what I'm saying is we will either have toilets, or we will have shovels."

"Well we have something for you," King said. "I wanted to do my bit, for the rally attendees. This will be shipped to you. Open the curtain, please!"

(Video of King presenting a gift to Stewart.)

Down comes the curtain, revealing a brand-spanking-new traveling toilet.

"There it is! The first potty for the rally!" King bragged

"Is that the hyperbaric chamber that they store you in when you're not working?" Stewart asked.

"I don't know if you know this, but you can get Porta-Pottys pretty easy -- we've got a ton of them," Stewart broke the news gently to King. "Can we still take this one? We will delineate it as yours. I'm honored."

"You don't know what to say, do you?" King cackled gleefully. "Jon Stewart is stumped!"

"You know what -- that's the one I'm gonna use," Stewart said. "You're a good man."

Like Stewart said, Comedy Central has lined up plenty of portable restrooms to accommodate even the most optimistic estimates for attendance at its Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear on the Mall the afternoon of Oct. 30, contrary to a report in the New York Times that suggested otherwise.

"The organizers have arranged and contracted for facilities that exceed the recommended amount by the National Park Service," Stewart's cable network said Wednesday.

This had been of enormous concern -- here at The TV Column anyway -- since, earlier this month, when the New York Times reported that the Marine Corps Marathon had gone to great lengths to make sure its portable toilets would not be used by rally attendees. (The annual Marine Corps Marathon is happening the morning after Comedy Central's rally.)

Earlier this month, Marine Corps Marathon director Rick Nealis said that instead of using the usual plastic-strip ties that do so much to keep interlopers out of traveling toilets on the eve of the race, he planned to go that extra mile and would, for the first time use "real, live padlocks" on the 100-ish potties he was setting up around the Mall on Oct. 30 in advance of the race, to make absolutely sure no Stewart or Colbert fans could enjoy them.

"I understand that they were having problems ordering Porta-Pottys, that they might have to go as far as Baltimore to get them, but I just didn't want to share," Nealis is quoted as saying in the Times.

But when Washington Post TeamTV Comedy Central bureau chief Emily Yahr called Nealis the very day that report appeared, plans had already changed. Even though National Park Service spokesman Bill Line assured TeamTV's Mall bureau chief David Montgomery there are plenty of toilets for rent in the greater Washington/Baltimore area to accommodate both events, the Marine Corps Marathon decided it was taking no chances and changed its order to make sure its traveling toilets would not be used by Stewart fans.

"We realized the smarter thing to do is just to have them delivered later," Nealis told Yahr. "So where I might have the delivery come at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon, now it will come around 10 p.m."

Nealis said the whole sharing thing really did not work for him.

"One of the problems was, what if everybody did use [the Porta-Potties] and you ran out of toilet paper ... runners would be tweeting, and on Facebook, and that's not something, on our level of expertise ... that they're expecting from the Marine Corps Marathon."


Watch the conversation with Larry King and Jon Stewart here:

By Lisa de Moraes  | October 21, 2010; 8:10 AM ET
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Comments

Class acts.

Both of them.... at least on this issue.

Can we not use humor to get past the impossible situation we have?

Sometimes you just HAVE to laugh.... good for everyone...

Posted by: docwhocuts | October 20, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

I have something that Stewart can wear as a hat in his well deserved personal sewer.

Posted by: carlbatey | October 20, 2010 11:09 PM | Report abuse

I plan to be there, and I will keep a lookout for Larry King's personal Porta-Potty.

Posted by: ScienceTim | October 20, 2010 11:29 PM | Report abuse

I would laugh if their humor wasn't so partisan.

Posted by: dtysko | October 21, 2010 12:17 AM | Report abuse

"I would laugh if their humor wasn't so partisan."

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Yeah, restoring sanity is such a "partisan" issue.

I'm still blown away that so many vote against their own self interests.......

Posted by: tjconnor | October 21, 2010 12:34 AM | Report abuse

Stewart is actually making a fine effort to make his rally representative of the political spectrum within a standard deviation. I know of many liberals and conservatives planning to attend. Moreover, Stewart has been pushing back lately on idiot liberals, as well as conservative buffoons.

Moreover, anyone who considers Jon Stewart a liberal political leader/voice of the movement/a newsman for liberals is an idiot. Anyone who considers Stewart a source for news is similarly an idiot. The man is an entertainer, pure and simple. And he doesn't fancy himself as anything else.

Posted by: j762 | October 21, 2010 1:29 AM | Report abuse

it might seem obvious, but if i saw a locked porta-potty when i needed to use it, i'd probably tip it over.

does the military actually think when it plans?

Posted by: mgbgt95 | October 21, 2010 3:01 AM | Report abuse

Hmm, ...let's see, the Marine Corps is publicly funded by American citizen's tax dollars. Don't want to share citizen funded potties with American citizens? Hmm.

Gives new meaning to an 'elite' corps. Semper fi? To whom?

Posted by: ralphodavis | October 21, 2010 4:55 AM | Report abuse

I rent out portable toilets so you'd think this article would hold a modicum of interest for me... However I have to say, what a non story this is; it must have been a very slow news day. Must try harder Washington Post.

Posted by: cabinguy | October 21, 2010 5:53 AM | Report abuse

"Hmm, ...let's see, the Marine Corps is publicly funded by American citizen's tax dollars. Don't want to share citizen funded potties with American citizens? Hmm.

Gives new meaning to an 'elite' corps. Semper fi? To whom?"

Hmmmm....let's see - the porta potties are there to support the Marine Corps marathon. And are paid for by the registration fees from the runners, not the taxpayers. Who have an expectation that the facilities will be serviced and available for them when they run. Oh, wait, I'm letting facts get in the way of a political rant. Sorry.

Posted by: mcmitaly | October 21, 2010 7:03 AM | Report abuse

j762

Even if you are right, Stewart's news is better than Fox, or all the rest for that matter. Try al-Jazeera or the BBC if you actually want to find a half hour of actual information, sans the cute puppy moment.

Anybody who thinks Fox News is news is an idiot.

Posted by: daweeni | October 21, 2010 7:07 AM | Report abuse

pretty sure the Park Police require potties adequate for the expected crowd. Does this mean he'll need only one?

Stewart non-partisan? Seriously. If you think that you might want to check yourself. Beck is conservative and the Restoring Honor rally was steeped in conservative values but Stewart is a liberal and I guarantee there will be slurs and slaps at right wingers by the speakers. There were none at the Beck rally towards left wingers.

If you account for the just curious you could probably count the participants without taking off your shoes. I know this. If the Commie-Con rally recently held is any indication, if the rally is a bust the ComPost will ignore it and move on to the next smear or slanted left wing sludge piece it is so well know for. If a few thousand people get off at the wrong Metro stop and are photographed on the Mall the ComPost will declare it a rousing success and say it equalled Beck's rally. On that you can rely.

Posted by: theduck6 | October 21, 2010 7:21 AM | Report abuse

j762

Even if you are right, Stewart's news is better than Fox, or all the rest for that matter. Try al-Jazeera or the BBC if you actually want to find a half hour of actual information, sans the cute puppy moment.

Anybody who thinks Fox News is news is an idiot.

Posted by: daweeni | October 21, 2010 7:07 AM | Report
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It's not often you don't need to point out the lunacy and logic gaps in a post. This is one of those times.

Posted by: theduck6 | October 21, 2010 7:27 AM | Report abuse

It's a sad commentary when a comedian promoting reasonableness is funny because it's so unusual. It will be an obvious contrast to the ignorant, hyperreligious mob attracted by Glen Beck.

Posted by: DaveHarris | October 21, 2010 7:49 AM | Report abuse

"we will either have toilets, or we will have shovels."

That's almost as funny as the shere ignorance of not knowing how to plan a public event.

Of course, as we all know, those who will attend this event - Marxists (especially the bearded ones), commies, illegal aliens and most National socialists - aren't acquainted with indoor or portable plumbing.

Just like the last Mall event hosted by these radicals, you can expect them to leave the mall trashed and fouled for someone else to pay to clean up.

Still, it is good to know that, unlike the rest of the USA who are carrying torches and pitchforks and torches, Stewart has setlled on shovels.

That's symbolic of the where the liberals are heading in November.

Posted by: Patriot12 | October 21, 2010 7:59 AM | Report abuse

Just open your mouth Stewartstien.

Posted by: TonLoc1 | October 21, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

theduck6 - why do you hate America?

Posted by: Duke69 | October 21, 2010 8:25 AM | Report abuse

TonLoc1's comments are living proof of bigotry on the right

Posted by: 44fx2901 | October 21, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

"Stewartstien"(sic)?

Is that supposed to be some pejorative against Jews? Do you spell like a "moran"?

Posted by: Pupster | October 21, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

The whole concept seems 'shovel ready' and full of crap.

Posted by: jahoby | October 21, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

It's a sad commentary when a comedian promoting reasonableness is funny because it's so unusual. It will be an obvious contrast to the ignorant, hyperreligious mob attracted by Glen Beck.

Posted by: DaveHarris | October 21, 2010 7:49 AM

The contrast will be evident in the hyperatheist mob unattracted by Jonathan Leibowitz.

Posted by: jahoby | October 21, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

"Hmm, ...let's see, the Marine Corps is publicly funded by American citizen's tax dollars. Don't want to share citizen funded potties with American citizens? Hmm.

Gives new meaning to an 'elite' corps. Semper fi? To whom?"

Hmmmm....let's see - the porta potties are there to support the Marine Corps marathon. And are paid for by the registration fees from the runners, not the taxpayers. Who have an expectation that the facilities will be serviced and available for them when they run. Oh, wait, I'm letting facts get in the way of a political rant. Sorry.

Posted by: mcmitaly | October 21, 2010 7:03 AM | Report abuse

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Hey, hey, everybody relax. I recall a couple of weeks ago the Rally was offering to share the cost of the potties, and have them cleaned between the rally & the marathon. That's what makes Nealis' comments about not sharing sound, well, childish....

(for all he knows the same company could be delivering the potties to the rally, pick them up (or just clean them) and deliver them again....)

Posted by: anonymouslurker | October 21, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Glenn Becks gets 300,000+ to the Mall to restore America's honor, and Jon Stewart & Steven Colbert are the best Progressives can come up with?

All you intellectual Progressive hipsters are going to get your one-world, post-modern, ironic butts kicked on November 2nd!

Posted by: pmendez | October 21, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

What an embarrassing comment made by the MC Marathon leadership. Maybe someone needs to scrutinize whether such a comment was even appropriate for such an event. Maybe someone should review their funding and organizational guidelines for this type of brutish behavior.

And hear I thought the Marines were the best of the best. Perhaps not?

Posted by: HillRat | October 21, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

it might seem obvious, but if i saw a locked porta-potty when i needed to use it, i'd probably tip it over.

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Meh. Padlocks can be defeated with an aluminum can and a pair of scissors.

Adapt. Improvise. Overcome.

Posted by: mason08 | October 21, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Wow, the level of vitriol being spilled over something that - at the same time, from the other side of their mouths - the Righties say is useless, pointless and utterly without meaning. Scared much?

Posted by: northgs | October 21, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

"That's almost as funny as the shere ignorance of not knowing how to plan a public event.

Of course, as we all know, those who will attend this event - Marxists (especially the bearded ones), commies, illegal aliens and most National socialists - aren't acquainted with indoor or portable plumbing."
Posted by: Patriot12 | October 21, 2010 7:59 AM | Report

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But not as funny as the SHEER IGNORANCE of misspelling sheer, is it Patriot 12?
These Republitards make me laugh... I know, I know - proper spelling and grammar make me an elitist - mea culpa.

Posted by: Voodoodiver | October 21, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

When did the Marines stop caring about the American people?

This does not sound like the Marines I have know all my life.

The Marines I know would give their life for a fellow Marine or to Protect the American people...but hand's off my port-a-potty or else??? That just not sound like the Marines I know!

Shame on you Rick Nealis...You are not sounding like an American Marine to me...shame on you!

Posted by: imZandor | October 21, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

"Rally to Restore Sanity"? Oh you mean the "Glenn Beck Wannabe Rally". I'm not down with the whole Beck thing, but Stewart looked a guy who did original humor, not "me too" stuff. Disappointing, thought there was more intelligence there.

Posted by: tommariner | October 21, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

It's amusing that the Marines seem to think they're the only ones with access to padlocks, and the knowledge of how to use them.

You can have my padlock when you pry it from your cold, dead portapotty door...

Posted by: laboo | October 21, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

“Wow, the level of vitriol being spilled over something that...the Righties say is useless, pointless and utterly without meaning. Scared much?
Posted by: northgs | October 21, 2010 10:45 AM”

This is obviously a true statement – thanks for writing it. The more the righties on here rant the less they help their "cause". They just keep repeating things they wish to be true -- but simply aren't; so they end up looking dumb and completely out of touch with reality. I find it fascinating to read the comments from these people – most get their news exclusively from Fox News and it is interesting to see how out of touch they are. They really are in their own little bubble. It is actually kind of scary to see a group of people who willingly avoid expanding their knowledge or intelligence.

Posted by: TheOtherGuyInSection117 | October 21, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: pmendez

All you intellectual Progressive hipsters are going to get your one-world, post-modern, ironic butts kicked on November 2nd!
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You guys would recognize a butt-kicking, I guess. You've been taking them since 2006.

Posted by: mrdorkbutt | October 21, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

CNBC reports that Porta-Portys Company stocks are up after the news of stewart and marine marathon rally's overbooking of Porta Portys . Our CNBC Janitor Conributor has listed the companies to watch for...................

Posted by: kailashvg | October 21, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

" "we will either have toilets, or we will have shovels."

That's almost as funny as the shere ignorance of not knowing how to plan a public event.

Of course, as we all know, those who will attend this event - Marxists (especially the bearded ones), commies, illegal aliens and most National socialists - aren't acquainted with indoor or portable plumbing.

Just like the last Mall event hosted by these radicals, you can expect them to leave the mall trashed and fouled for someone else to pay to clean up.

Still, it is good to know that, unlike the rest of the USA who are carrying torches and pitchforks and torches, Stewart has setlled on shovels.

That's symbolic of the where the liberals are heading in November. "

I may disagree with you, but I don't think you're Hitler. See you at the rally.

Posted by: wwc4g | October 21, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Naming the rally the "Restore Sanity" rally is harmful to people who are mentally ill. Stewart should know how offensive and harmful it is to for him to associate politically controversial ideas with people who simply suffer from various forms of insantiy.

It's not just the implication that to differ with Stewart will result in him labeling you insane. It's just wrong to associate the mental ill with the people who Stewart dislikes.

I hope Stewart will see the harmful bigotry he's speading and change the name of what is today a hate-based rally to something more appropriate.

Posted by: blasmaic | October 21, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

To all the idiots complaining about the Marines not sharing their porta-potties. Those are paid for out of US taxpayer dollars. Emptying them is an extra cost. If the porta-potties are filled by Stewart fans then the cost to empty them should fall to Stewart and not the USMC and the US taxpayer.

Maybe some of you whiny liberals should stop and think before you go into your full-swing fanboy mode?

Posted by: jboston | October 21, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

I could be wrong but I'm pretty sure that Areanna Huffington of the Huffington Post is giving transportation for fans from New Your to Washington. Oprah Winfrey tweeted to all her fans about the rally.

Posted by: Konti | October 21, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

"I understand that they were having problems ordering Porta-Pottys, that they might have to go as far as Baltimore to get them, but I just didn't want to share," Nealis is quoted as saying in the Times.

Just in case it had been overlooked by anyone in this great nation, the Conservatives and the Republican Party are becoming the home of A#*hats in this country at an alarmingly exponential rate.


and always remember - Tea Parties are for little girls.

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | October 21, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

does lisa get paid by the word?
who cares about potty details? if stewart says there will be enough then that's all you need to know. if you don't like porta potties walk a oouple blocks and go to a restarant or bar.

Posted by: hwojie | October 21, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

No disrespect to the Corp but this guy Nealis is a wuss. You're telling me that it's impossible for them to find a few proud Marines willing and able to take on the daunting mission to replace the TP in 100 porty-potties before the race? Give me a break.

Posted by: LoneDemBama | October 21, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Glenn Becks gets 300,000+ to the Mall to restore America's honor, and Jon Stewart & Steven Colbert are the best Progressives can come up with?

All you intellectual Progressive hipsters are going to get your one-world, post-modern, ironic butts kicked on November 2nd!

Posted by: pmendez |
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I heard it was only 80,000 people at Beck's rally...

Posted by: Independent4tw | October 21, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Naming the rally the "Restore Sanity" rally is harmful to people who are mentally ill. Stewart should know how offensive and harmful it is to for him to associate politically controversial ideas with people who simply suffer from various forms of insantiy.

It's not just the implication that to differ with Stewart will result in him labeling you insane. It's just wrong to associate the mental ill with the people who Stewart dislikes.

I hope Stewart will see the harmful bigotry he's speading and change the name of what is today a hate-based rally to something more appropriate.
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Nobody associates insanity with actual mental illness anymore. Try again.

Posted by: MrSquirrel | October 21, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

I think a lot of people who posted here didn't finish reading the article.

Please be an informed poster and finish articles before posting. Because when you talk about how they must not know how to plan an event and at the end of the article it talks about how there won't be any issues with the number of toilets, you look someone who just wanted to try and throw any negative you could at this rally.

Also, people we get it, this is a "non-story". Don't bother with the must've been a slow news day comments. Not every story has to be headline material.

And fox news viewers, we get it. You don't think Stewart is qualified and that this is a ridiculous rally. Now you know exactly how all the moderates and democrats feel when you held your rally. Settle down, it's ok. Nothing is going to really change after this rally just like nothing really changed after your rally. It'll just be nice to know for that everyone who is attending that there are a lot of people who are in fact sane.

Posted by: rderr27 | October 21, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Jon Stewart is really Jon Leibowitz who hated his name as Americans would never accept anyone with his real name so he fooled you into accepting his Bolshevik rants by changing his name.

Posted by: mascmen7 | October 21, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Glenn Becks [sic] gets 300,000+ to the Mall to restore America's honor, and Jon Stewart & Steven Colbert are the best Progressives can come up with?
Posted by: pmendez | October 21, 2010 9:23 AM
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#1 your metaphor is illogical. You're comparing Glenn Beck's attendance numbers to the fact that Comedy Central is spearheading this rally. A more logical comparison would be to compare Beck's numbers to Stewart's numbers (when they are known). What's your point?

#2 you make a fatal logical flaw in assuming that some enigmatic, organized group called "Progressives" had a meeting and voted that Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert were the best representatives for their views, and they should host a rally specifically designed to promote progressive views.
Actually that logic doesn't hold true for Beck's rally, either, it wasn't like all the Conservatives got together and said "yes, let's hold a rally and have Glenn Beck host!"
These rallies were the brainchildren of these individuals and the corporations they work for, not a collection of all Conservative or Progressive politician/voters/PACs.
It's a free country, if someone wants to hold a rally, they can (check the 1st Amendment).

But, don't let logic get in the way of your idiotic partisan rant.

Posted by: JMGinPDX | October 21, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Not able to attend. But I hope people will be carrying signs that say,"Don't Drink the Tea!"

Kool-aid is so much better. :)

Posted by: wdrudman | October 21, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

You know what really cracks me up?

A TV entertainer and comedian gets his own show, and is paid by the network to draw in viewers by whatever means necessary, so he goes off on tongue-in-cheek rants and makes ridiculous statements that are designed to invoke a reaction, but are not in any shape or form REAL NEWS, yet gullible Americans suck in everything this person says as if it were gospel and basically elevates the aforementioned TV personality to a status of "expert," a position they do not deserve.

I'm talking about Glenn Beck, not Jon Stewart.

Posted by: JMGinPDX | October 21, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Nazis killed the insane and the politically offensive along with Jews:

"Overall it has been estimated that over 200,000 individuals with mental disorders of all kinds were put to death, although their mass murder has received relatively little historical attention. Despite not being formally ordered to take part, psychiatrists and psychiatric institutions were at the center of justifying, planning and carrying out the atrocities at every stage, and 'constituted the connection' to the later annihilation of Jews and other 'undesirables' in the Holocaust."

Characterizing political opposition as insanity should be repugnant to every American.

Stewart should re-name his rally today and respect the memory of those killed by Hitler. Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it.

Posted by: blasmaic | October 21, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Characterizing political opposition as insanity should be repugnant to every American.
Stewart should re-name his rally today and respect the memory of those killed by Hitler. Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it.
Posted by: blasmaic | October 21, 2010 1:09 PM
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That is patently absurd.
Oooooops, I just called you absurd, am I now equal to a jackbooted mercenary of the SS?

No one on either the left or the right - since BOTH sides use the term "insane" and "insanity" to describe their opposition - is using the term in the sense of actual mental illness. Even if they were, it is a huge leap of logic to then equate that definition to Hitler (and you should know the first rule of posting comments on a messageboard - the first person to invoke Hitler or the Nazis immediately loses the argument).

Everyone - expect for you, apparently - understands that the word is used to describe an approach, ideology or attitude that makes no sense and has gotten out of hand.
Indeed, the 3rd definition in Random House Dictionary demonstrates this usage of the word:
in·sane –adjective
1. not sane; not of sound mind; mentally deranged.
2. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a person who is mentally deranged: insane actions; an insane asylum.
3. utterly senseless: an insane plan.

Calling someone else's political ideologies "utterly senseless" isn't offensive to anyone except the target of the criticism, and if they can't handle it, they need to put on their big-boy panties and suck it up.

But, nice attempt at deflection from the real issue.

Posted by: JMGinPDX | October 21, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

JMGinPDX,

No, you called my ideas absurd. There's nothing wrong with that. I disagree that my opinion is absurd.

Why must Stewart lead his followers to believe that opposition to them is insane?

Here is the page from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum that details the extermination of the mentally and physically disabled.

http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005200

Stewart knows the harm and pain he is causing the mentally ill by rallying people in opposition to them with his "Rally to Restore Sanity."

Stewart should change the name of his rally today and stop fomenting hatred and discrimination against the mentally ill. That type of hatred should be repugnant to all Americans.

Fans of Jon Stewart, demand responsibility from your leader. Change the name of the rally today.

Posted by: blasmaic | October 21, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Carlos Lozada is a total idiot. He doesn't get it at all!

Besides, the funniest line on Stewart's Crossfire appearance was;

Tucker Carlson; "you're funnier on your show."

Stewart; "Tucker, you're a dick on any show."

Whereupon Tucker Carlson, with bowtie, was fired shortly thereafter - never to rise again, and Blow-Vac died of a brain tumor a few years after that. Yea, I'd say Jon Stewart won that round. Oh, and he's going to win the "beckapalooza" 2010 round just as handily!

Posted by: BattleOffSamar | October 21, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Hmmmm....let's see - the porta potties are there to support the Marine Corps marathon. And are paid for by the registration fees from the runners, not the taxpayers. Who have an expectation that the facilities will be serviced and available for them when they run. Oh, wait, I'm letting facts get in the way of a political rant. Sorry.
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Hmmm its on public property! Maybe the runners want to pay for the use of using Public Property.
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If you account for the just curious you could probably count the participants without taking off your shoes. I know this. If the Commie-Con rally recently held is any indication, if the rally is a bust the ComPost will ignore it and move on to the next smear or slanted left wing sludge piece it is so well know for. If a few thousand people get off at the wrong Metro stop and are photographed on the Mall the ComPost will declare it a rousing success and say it equalled Beck's rally. On that you can rely.
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Commie? What are you from the 50's?
Oh look how well Capitalization is doing for the country?
Idoit!

Posted by: shamken | October 21, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Dude, facts always get in the way!! Beck said there were 300,000 there. CBS news said from aerial photos that there were 87,000. It would seem that Beck has lied to you once again!! Now let us guess whether you will accept the truth or Beck's lie to go forward in your discussions!!

Posted by: nettie526 | October 21, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

OH wow, OK this makes a lot of sense dude.

www.being-anon.at.tc

Posted by: clermontpc | October 21, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Stewart knows the harm and pain he is causing the mentally ill by rallying people in opposition to them with his "Rally to Restore Sanity."

Stewart should change the name of his rally today and stop fomenting hatred and discrimination against the mentally ill. That type of hatred should be repugnant to all Americans.

Posted by: blasmaic | October 21, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse


Good lord... For someone going on about how "highly emotional" homosexuals are in the DADT article's comments yesterday, you sure are a delicate little flower.

Posted by: ModestProposal | October 21, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Regardless of our political POVs, can we acknowledge the fact that Jon Stewart is using this event to raise money for the National Park Service to restore the grounds of the National Mall (as well as restoring "sanity").
As a frequent visitor to the Mall, it is sorely in need of restoration!

Posted by: sandymd211 | October 21, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Good lord... For someone going on about how "highly emotional" homosexuals are in the DADT article's comments yesterday, you sure are a delicate little flower.

Posted by: ModestProposal | October 21, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Here we go with the name-calling again! What type of delicate little flower would you call me? Maybe a pansy?

In all seriousness, Jon is leading all his supporters to call anyone they don't like insane. What's troubling is that it is unfair to insane people.

Enjoy your friend's humor. I'm not opposed to a joke.

But please ask Jon to change the title name of his rally to something less harmful to the mentally ill and their families.

Here is the page from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum that details the extermination of the mentally and physically disabled.

http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005200

The mentally ill are not appropriate subjects of humor. Please have your friend Jon change the name of his rally to something less harmful. We can't have people hating the insane.

Thanks for your swift response, ModestProposal

Posted by: blasmaic | October 21, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Is it ironic or sad that there are all these partisan slams in comments about a rally which is looking to pull away from both the extreme right and left?

"I disagree with you, but I'm pretty sure you're not hitler..."

Posted by: NotAN1nja | October 21, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for your swift response, ModestProposal

Posted by: blasmaic | October 21, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Dude... Nobody, *nobody* in their right mind honestly believes that Stewart's rally has anything whatsoever to do with degrading the mentally ill.

"Sanity (, from sānitās) refers to the soundness, rationality and reasonableness of the human mind."

The rally is about promoting rational, reasonable political discourse. The name is appropriate.

Posted by: ModestProposal | October 21, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Dude... Nobody, *nobody* in their right mind honestly believes that Stewart's rally has anything whatsoever to do with degrading the mentally ill.

Posted by: ModestProposal | October 21, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

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Now you're saying that I'm insane "in their right mind" because I believe the title inappropriated leads his supporters to hate the mentally ill?

That proves my point exactly. Not everyone you hate is a mentally ill or insane person. Jon should direct his hatred at his enemies, not at the mentally ill. Otherwise, we could a return to the days when the mentally ill are hated for being disabled.

Please ask your friend Jon Stewart to read this page from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and change the harmful name of his big rally.

http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005200

Posted by: blasmaic | October 21, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Hope everyone has a good time at the rally, I cannot make it, but i will make sure i get the voter's out the election day, knocking on door's talking to people about what is important to them personally, never had a door slammed on me yet, cause sometime's people would just like to talk, even the one's who say they are republican or whatever, then i just ask them well what is it you'd like to see happen, wow...I do not like to argue so I just try to plant a seed and hopefully it will make sense on election day...not all republicans are nuts or bad, just the crazy tea party's type's ...leave my social security alone and don't touch my medicare...MORONS

Posted by: janetmramos | October 21, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Now you're saying that I'm insane "in their right mind" because I believe the title inappropriated leads his supporters to hate the mentally ill?

Posted by: blasmaic | October 21, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

All I'm saying is that you seem to be going out of your way to find things to be offended by. Political correctness is fine, but there comes a point where it becomes patently ridiculous (I'm sure you'll find something in that sentence to be offended by). I didn't call you insane or a pansy - You did, through some fairly impressive leaps of logic and language. Feel free to continue perceiving slights at every turn. I have a hockey game to watch.

Posted by: ModestProposal | October 21, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Why does blasmaic hate The United States of America?

Posted by: whynotajoke | October 21, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

ModestProposal,

You said, "you sure are a delicate little flower" and "Nobody, *nobody* in their right mind." Both of these statements are slurs against me and they serve to show how extremely important it is for Jon Stewart to change the harmful and hurtful name of his sanity rally.

Those who follow Stewart's lead are being conditioned to hate the mentally ill. Stewart, knowingly or unknowlingly, is leading his followers to denigrate the human value of the mentally ill, by describing his political enemies as insane.

Can't Jon Stewart have a laugh without harming the mentally ill? Or is he exploiting his followers' natural hatred of the mentally ill to increase the potentcy of his political rhetoric?

Either way, he's wrong and he should change the name of his big rally today.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ww800PzlJ6Y

Posted by: blasmaic | October 21, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

I love how we took a menial story on the donation of a porta-poty to a rally held by a fake news show (I watch the Daily Show and Colbert Report, love 'em both, but it's not news; it's a satirical poke in the ribs of CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, etc., meant for entertainment, and MAYBE a second-hand bit of news through the eyes of a third party whose only goal is to make you think, and make you laugh) and we've turned it into a hyper-partisan, polar p***ing contest... Maybe if people directed the passion they so terribly misplace in their political party into things that matter, instead of useless jargon and rhetoric, we could make some actual change in this country...... 'til then I'll just read stories like this and giggle, read comment streams like this and hang my head in shame at the fact that my country is so divided, and pray for the future.

Posted by: nksteps | October 21, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

blasmaic,

Your equating of the word sanity, which is being used in the context of reason and rationality - completely outside of the context of mental illness, to the Holocaust is such a staggering leap of logic that it boggles the mind.

The nazis also purged gays and lesbians, but you weren't exactly leaping to their defense yesterday. They purged their political enemies, so by your logic we should ban political disagreement altogether.

Synonyms of "insane":

batty, bizarre, cracked, crazed, crazy, cuckoo, daft, demented, derailed, deranged, fatuous, frenzied, idiotic, impractical, irrational, irresponsible, loony, lunatic, mad, maniacal, mental, moonstruck, nuts, nutty, of unsound mind, off one's rocker, out of one's mind, paranoid, preposterous, psychopathic, psychotic, rabid, raging, raving, schizophrenic, screwy, senseless, touched, unhinged, unsettled, wild

Nearly all of these are used in common speech day in and day out, and have been for ages. The use of them, however, has not impeded the field of mental health from advancing out of the dark ages into one of the most heavily studied fields in all of medical science. Quite the contrary - the mentally ill are well understood to be people who are capable of living full and productive lives with the proper care and treatment. Nobody with an ounce of reason to their name believes that they, or any class of people, should be systematically killed by the state.

In conclusion, I think you're out of your mind for trying to draw a line between the words "restore sanity" and the Holocaust, but I don't hate you and I don't think that you should be executed or forcibly sterilized.

Tadaa.

Posted by: ModestProposal | October 21, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

ModestProposal,

No problem on the DADT comments from yesterday. Re-read and quote any derogatory statements I made concerning all gays and lesbians. I made none. I do advocate for the policy that will minimize conflict between LGBTs and others, and I am aware that gays and lesbians were killed as undesirable in the Holocaust.

Here's the definition of insanity from Merriam Webster online. You cited a lot of synonyms, but you didn't want to cite this widely accepted source?

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/insane

Definition of INSANE

1: mentally disordered : exhibiting insanity
2: used by, typical of, or intended for insane persons
3: absurd
4: extreme

Why can't Jon Stewart be sensitive to all and change the name of his rally? It looks to me like he's using hatred of the mentally ill to add a kick to his rhetoric directed at his political enemies. Why must he imply that anyone who disagrees with him is insane?

It is entirely appropriate to question any speaker who uses infammatory rhetoric in a way that even remotely implies anything appropriate about the Holocaust.

Let's hear Jon Stewart say what he meant to imply with the word "sanity" -- after he re-names his rally.

(And if you want to know about America's adventure with forced sterlizations, there are histories that will send a chill down your spine.)

Posted by: blasmaic | October 21, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Hehe :) You're either one of those people who doesn't "get" sarcasm or a decent troll. Keep delivering the crazy, dude. It's been fun, but it's bedtime here on the east coast for those of us with jorbs to go to. Happy Friday!

Posted by: ModestProposal | October 21, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

John Stewart is a comedian. He's having a rally if you don't like it, think of it like a band having a concert. They are just doing what they do if you don't like it don't listen, watch, whatever. When or if Stewart becomes a politician then worry about his views or opinions, right now he's just expressing them as he is entitled to do. If you don't want the man to have power or pull don't give it to him, simple as that. What happened to the days of being tolerant of others views instead of degrading them? Stop worrying about what a professional comedian is doing if you don't like him, just don't LISTEN to him, if there's an article in the paper don't read it, if he's on TV or the radio change the channel or station, because last time I checked no one was forcing you to pay attention to the man. I think Glen Beck is a raging moron, but you know what I do I don't pay attention to him! Strange concept I know but you can ignore people. After all ignore-ance is bliss. GOOD NIGHT.

Posted by: Smurph1 | October 22, 2010 1:39 AM | Report abuse

"for those of us with jorbs to go to"

So now it's cool to kick the unemployed?

I'll just keep asking Jon's supporters to have him change the rally name to something less offensive.

Jon's funny enough. He doesn't need to kick the mentally ill to get a laugh. And he shouldn't label his political enemies as insane -- that's unfair to the mentally ill.

Posted by: blasmaic | October 22, 2010 3:55 AM | Report abuse

Jon Stewart is really Jon Leibowitz who hated his name as Americans would never accept anyone with his real name so he fooled you into accepting his Bolshevik rants by changing his name.

Posted by: mascmen7 | October 21, 2010 12:53 PM


So?

Posted by: dcstudent11 | October 22, 2010 4:04 AM | Report abuse

So many comments on a story of portable restroom? Sometimes I worry about the sanity of the posters including mine after I have read all those comments.

Posted by: demec | October 22, 2010 4:38 AM | Report abuse

Nealis is just insuring the purity of their precious bodily fluids.

Posted by: Nymous | October 22, 2010 5:49 AM | Report abuse


They came first for the Communists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.

Then they came for me
and by that time no one was left to speak up.


Technically speaking, the people the Nazis came for first were the physically and mentally disabled.

Jon can get laughs without kicking the mentally ill. He should not call his political enemies insane just to give his rhetoric stronger effect with his supporters.

Jon Stewart should change the name of his rally from "Rally to Restore Sanity" to something else.

http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005200

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ww800PzlJ6Y

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_they_came...

Posted by: blasmaic | October 22, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Stewart is a liberal jackass. Why do people watch him? Do you suppose Stewart has ever supported anything other than a 100% liberal leftist agenda. How do people find this entertaining. He mock you and you worship...liberals are a sad people!

Posted by: venturen | October 22, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

OH MY GOD! In reading these comments, that's all I can really say. My country's going to Hell and you people and people like you are leading the way! Look! There go the Chinese and the Indians as they fly by us in the left lane while we're busy arguing in the car over BS! Both sides are full of BS!

Posted by: cabterp | October 22, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Wow, blasmaic. Calm the eff down.

How you get from Jon Stewart calling his event the "Rally to Restore Sanity" to Jon Stewart inciting hatred of the mentally ill, I don't know. I do know you are sure going waaaaaay out of your way to build up a strawman, and then knock it down.

Way to go! Keep pummeling that strawman; I think you've almost subdued him.

Oh, on a serious note, I'd like you to find even ONE thing Jon Stewart has ever said (a quote; not paraphrased by you) which actually disparages the mentally ill.

Go ahead. I'll wait.

Posted by: zoe99 | October 23, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse


zoe99, don't wait too long because I don't know your friend Jon Stewart and I don't watch his show.

Many people laugh at him, but he is a charismatic and powerful man who holds people in thrall with his hypnotic speaking style.

He has summond his followers to join him for a rally just days before the election on the mall in front of the Capitol Building. It is truly the sacred ground of our Homeland, and his topic is ridding our culture of its insanity.

Why does Jon Stewart have to kick the mentally ill to make his rhetoric against his enemies more potent?

Seriously, he's being reckless and irresponsible, and implying that his political enemies are insane is unfair to the mentally ill. Stewart should change the name of his rally to something that is less offensive.

Posted by: blasmaic | October 23, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

"Oh, on a serious note, I'd like you to find even ONE thing Jon Stewart has ever said (a quote; not paraphrased by you) which actually disparages the mentally ill.

"Go ahead. I'll wait."


zoe99, oh of course why didn't I see it?

Jon Stewart's title for his big rally on the mall is the "Rally to Restore Sanity".

Jon disparaged all mentally ill people when he titled his rally in a way that implied his political enemies are insane.

Why can't Jon get laughs without harming the mentally ill?

I've provided the one example you required.

Now will you ask your friend Jon Stewart to change the name of his rally to something that's not harmful to the mentally disabled?

Post your request to Jon on this blog.

I'll wait.

Posted by: blasmaic | October 23, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Gee, blasmaic, you don't know him and you don't watch his show, but somehow you're sure that, "Many people laugh at him, but he is a charismatic and powerful man who holds people in thrall with his hypnotic speaking style." I think you've confused Jon Stewart with Glenn Beck.

Jon Stewart's speaking style isn't even remotely "hypnotic"; he's a comedian, and he delivers punch lines, night after night after night. That's it; he's a comedian. Deal with it.

The name of the rally is humorous, and bears no relationship to the mentally ill. Your schtick has gotten really tiresome and boring, so I hope you find something else to do with your seemingly limitless time and attention.

Do you spend this much time writing letters to used car dealers who say their prices are "insane!"?

Posted by: zoe99 | October 23, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse


zoe99, I can't think of a better use of my time and attention than this exactly.

After providing you with the example you requested of Stewart maligning the mentally ill, you did not budge in your views. Can your leader do no wrong?

The rally name is designed to equate Stewart's political enenmies with people who are literally insane. That's not fair to the mentally ill.

History shows that it was not the political adversaries of the Third Reich that the Nazis came for first... it was the physically and mentally disabled.

Read this web page at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. I hope it will give you some perspective on the vulnerability of the disabled to political extremism.

http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005200

I did a Google search on "used car insane prices" -- it returned no relevant results. Apparently the word "insane" is not used very often in automobile advertising. In fact, a search on "insane prices" returned no paid text ads or search results.

Jon seems alone in the use of mental insanity for commercial, comedic, or political purposes.

Posted by: blasmaic | October 24, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Out of curiosity, I googled the words "Jon Stewart Rally to Restore Sanity offended" and found that you are not the only one offended by the title of his event.

If you are serious, I suggest you send a letter outlining your concerns directly to Jon Stewart.

Posted by: zoe99 | October 24, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

zoe99, I tried it with bing and nothing but ads for the rally came up.

I've provided the example you've asked for. I've shown you the links that describe how political extremists in Germany first collected the physically and mentally disabled before anyone else. I've shown you that no one advertises with "insane" prices.

Still, I can't get you to budge that Jon Stewart should change the name of his "Rally to Restore Sanity."

Jon seems to be alone in his use of mental insanity in commercial, comedic, and political speech.

And you're still willing to follow him.

Posted by: blasmaic | October 24, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

blasmaic, I can only hope that you are not a teacher. I would hate to think that someone whose own reading comprehension is so poor could be trying to influence our young people.

Maybe you're being ironic? You can't be serious.

Posted by: zoe99 | October 26, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

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