Dear Friends: I wanted to take a moment to send my prayers to my dear friend and fellow-SLOB, Charles Charles, who (according to a report I read in HillBuzz) is in the crowd of over 500,000 in Washington DC at Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally. He and his lovely Cleopatra are listening to Beck, Sarah Palin, and other Tea Party activists. Hot Air has a thread devoted to this event, which includes live-stream video of the main stage (click HERE).
I have a call into Charles, so I hope to get a live report!
Both Tammy Bruce and HillBuzz are reporting that Google Map has been leading people to another location, instead of the Lincoln Memorial. RedState has a full report: A Funny Thing Happens On The Way To The Lincoln Memorial …Posted by Caleb Howe. Here is where Google Map has been leading them:
Check back through the day for updates!
Update 2: Cleopatra notes in FaceBook that “everbody here is wonderful”. Team HillBuzz is having a TWEET-athon, and their running tweets as they experience the rally are on the bottom-right of their excellent website. They agree with Cleopatra:
# People helping each other find lost friends…going on coffee runs for each other…taking care of each other. Million strong family
HillBuzz featured some dialog on one of the award winners, Jon Huntsman. It seems he is a billionaire who has vowed to spend all his money helping people before he dies, and who has authored a book I need to track-down and read: WINNERS NEVER CHEAT.
His book is fantastic. The most giving man on this planet. IMO. He doesnt give money to enviromental gibberish like most billionaires. It goes to cancer research.. he has a hospital that is amazing..battered women. I saw him interviewed and he was crying saying he will spend it all before he dies on helping people
UPDATE 3: I want to welcome Hot Air readers, and do a small programming note. If you’re sad you missed today’s event, and itching to go to a rally yourself, Tea Party Patriots is hosting a series of large events on September 12: Recycle Government. Click HERE for details, including information on St. Louis, Washington DC and SACRAMENTO. The reason I am featuring Sacramento? I will be speaking there about my experiences with Italy’s Tea Party — so, I am hoping to see as many Tea Party friends there as possible!
UPDATE 4: HillBuzz is reporting there is an incident of “Tea Party Violence” — that is, the Left is aggressively attacking the patriots at the rally. Here is the report:
The Left is here and they’re picking fights with #restoringhonor attendees. Just saw physical assault.
UPDATE 5: The first news item I have located, from the AP: Beck says US has `wandered in darkness’ too long. It includes this aerial shot, for those interested in “counting heads”.
The AP’s take on the subject? “Thousands gather”. Bonus – some elite media types are portraying this event as “controversial”.
UPDATE 6: According to Gateway Pundit, two to three thousand attend the corresponding Al Sharpton “march”. Here is a fun new game we can play: Let’s predict the elite media headlines for today. “THOUSANDS ATTEND TWO RALLIES IN D.C. TODAY“.
Three minutes after the Update 6: I CAN’T BELIEVE IT. I JUST HEARD THE ABC RADIO NEWS — THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT THE NEWS ANNOUNCER SAID! Then, he went on to describe both rallies without definitive numbers.