Ok we can safely say that the attendance at the 9/12 rally was between 500,000 and 2 million people. Either way that an awful lot of people.

The MSM will see this sign
The MSM will see this sign

Charles Johnson has seen some signs he didn’t like, and also pointed out that the John Birch Society planned to attend. He didn’t mention the Ron Paul guys but from the Tea Party in Boston I attended a few months ago there were a few Ron Paul guys there so I’d be shocked if there weren’t thousands of Paulians there.

I didn’t like the signs he pointed out either, the John Birch Society are a bunch of nuts and I’m already on record referring to Ron Paul as a Crazy Uncle.

On that subject lets talk about crazy uncles:

It’s not so odd that 1% of any population might be off its rocker, the problem is in a country of 300,000,000 that is 3 million people. Even if 1/10 of one percent is crackers that’s 300,000 people. To give you some perspective that’s more troops than we have in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Based on the 1% theory that would put the number of absolute nuts there between 5,000 and 200,000. If you use the 1/10 theory that makes a range of 500-20,000

Now if I’m the MSM and I’ve ignored the buildup to this story I’m going to highlight those crazy uncles and their signs and dismiss the movement altogether.

A promoter of the parties might choose to totally ignore the crazy uncles altogether.

As I proclaim myself a normal reasonable person I’m going to notice between 499,500 and 1,980,000 normal American with legitimate complaints about the moves this government has made without forgetting also that there is going to be a smattering of crazy uncles in the mix.racism anyway

Oh and I suspect like the Boston Tea Party I attended there will be practically no arrests (if any) and no damage. After all these are the taxpayers, they would be paying for repairs.

I submit that the last sign and the stuff you will see posted by Vodkapundit and Glenn (where 12,000 showed up in Illinois) are much more typical. And I’ll also bet that all the adults know what their signs say.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion but based on what I’ve seen both from the net and personally 99% or more of these are regular people who have just decided they’ve had enough. There will be hangers on who want attention and the movement should take note to keep the fringes on the fringe. Pointing that out is just being honest, but attempts to make this something this movement something is not that’s either an agenda or Sullivan’s syndrome.

Update: More signs via the corner

…that the census bureau is taking action:

WASHINGTON – The Census Bureau on Friday severed its ties with ACORN, a community organization that has been hit with Republican accusations of voter-registration fraud.

“We do not come to this decision lightly,” Census director Robert Groves wrote in a letter to ACORN, which was obtained by The Associated Press.

In splitting with ACORN, Groves sought to tamp down GOP concerns and negative publicity that the partnership will taint the 2010 head count.

“It is clear that ACORN’s affiliation with the 2010 census promotion has caused sufficient concern in the general public, has indeed become a distraction from our mission, and may even become a discouragement to public cooperation, negatively impacting 2010 census efforts,” Groves wrote.

Stephen Buckner, a census spokesman, confirmed the letter, but declined additional comment.

Hey how is that ignoring Glenn Beck and Fox stuff working out guys?

Meanwhile CNN can’t get an interview with the man of the hour, here’s why:

Here’s what I have noticed from your coverage: You brought in the damage control crowd to FRAME the story. Before even airing our damning Baltimore video. You know your audience would turn on ACORN if you showed them the evidence. So instead you put your competitors in journalism in the crosshairs instead of airing a blockbuster report making massive waves elsewhere.

You even trotted out shameless Clinton era apologist Joe Conason to challenge the ETHICS of our expose. Unreal.

What about the ethics of those at ACORN caught on tape trying to help create a brothel featuring illegal immigrant age range 13-15 from El Salvador?

What about the countless laws broken on tape from a group that stands to get billions from President Obama’s “stimulus” package?

Why don’t we wait to have the Columbia Journalism School debate on “journalistic ethics” after you do actual journalism.

When you air the raw ACORN footage that is now viral on the Internet, and being played on FOX NEWS and countless talk radio shows, then and only then — when America can see, hear and smell the stench we have exposed — will I subject myself to a CNN hit job.

Well they have been showing clips today. The times they are changing.

On Morning Joe this morning John Meacham talked about the Newsweek reporter who has been held in Iran for several months.

He is of course correct to be upset about this and lambasting Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the irony of him coming to the UN to freely speak when a reporter can’t freely report a presidential election.

During the discussion it was pointed out that Iran is developing Nukes and as I watch I couldn’t believe it. Didn’t the senior editor of Newsweek Michael Hirsh say that lumping Iran into the axis of evil was “devastatingly stupid?

Amazing the perception difference when George Bush is not in the White House.

…to Chuck Todd in this post:

Chuck Todd explained on Hardball why Americans oppose Obamacare.
It’s not because the legislation stinks.
It’s because they’re racists.

That sounds really bad and I’d be really upset with Todd if I didn’t ya know watch the embedded clip:

Barnicle asks if there is any sense in the White House that race has a part to play in the opposition to the president.

Todd states that the White House is staying away from that argument with a ten foot pole but the advisers who are “outside” the White House are jumping all over it first. He gives their argument but doesn’t endorse it.

Now watching it you might conclude that Barnicle is endorsing that opinion obliquely but you can’t, in my opinion fairly state that Todd is.

…concerning the MSN case:

What other major stories are they missing — or sitting on?

Answer: What ever they damn well can get away with! And by the tone of his post Dan Riehl would agree.

I think the MSM needs a Lombardi to coach them and insist on excellence. I can imagine their Max McGee moment:

Lombardi once opened pre-season camp by holding up a ball and saying, “Gentleman, this is a football.” To which team cut up Max McGee replied, “Can you slow down coach. You are going a little fast.”

Jake Tapper can be Lombardi, he actually does the work, I think Barnicle can play be McGee.

Update: RS McCain demonstrates the crazy uncles are driving the coverage on the left.

Jane Hamsher, Alan Colmes, and Keith Olbermann apparently live inside an echo chamber where a man who was a leader of a Marxist outfit like STORM, and who subsequently signed a 9/11 Truther petition, is not legitimately controversial. (The next time Colmes goes on Fox, somebody needs to ask him, “Hey, Alan, do you think Marxism is a bad thing?”)

That someone like Jones could be appointed as a White House policy “czar,” and that Olbermann can’t see where some people might have a problem with that, tends to disprove the worry-wart concerns of certain centrist Republicans that the GOP is the more “extreme” of the two major parties. Does anyone seriously expect an avowed “Birther” to get a White House job in the next Republican administration?

We need to remember that phrase when power comes our way and our own crazy uncles try to rise.

Update: VDH expands on the left’s indifference to this stuff:

What is strange about all this chic-radicalism is how would-be revolutionaries that wish to dismantle America as we know it and/or emulate failed systems abroad, always do so from comfort, security, affluence, and freedom of choice unique to America and Europe, suggesting that radical politics and those who agitate for them are sort of a fashion statement, aimed to resonate among particular elite leftist audiences and to bring dividends from them, but not to be taken too seriously as guides in their own lives.

Not so strange it’s the gravy train.

The larger scandal of the Van Jones business is now really coming to the front.

Now that Jones’ resignation is a fait acompli the media can’t ignore it, but neither can they bother to report what Jones actually said without displaying their own complicity in silence and inaction.

So the meme begins. The internet is a sewer, he said something mean about republicans, a victory for republicans, poor vetting, a vicious smear, controversy over past statements, past activism.

No suggestion of the actual story.

I submit the media/left know of other administration crazy uncles whose views mimic Mr. Jones’. They either support those views or so dislike their opponents (the anti-anti’s) that they are willing to do whatever they can to protect them, even at the cost of their own integrity.

What a difference a Drudge link makes

Yesterday Van Jones was the invisible man to the New York Times, the Washington Post, NBC Nightly News, ABC World News and the CBS Evening News

Today after one Drudge link the Washington post

White House officials offered tepid support Friday for Van Jones, the administration’s embattled energy efficiency guru, who has issued two public apologies this week, one for signing a petition that questioned whether Bush administration officials “may indeed have deliberately allowed 9/11 to happen, perhaps as a pretext for war.

and the CBS Evening News discovered the story.

The New York Times NBC Nightly News, ABC World News still can’t place the name.

Van Jones? Van Jones? Didn’t he play base guitar for the 60’s band Ian and the Chestertons?

No wonder people don’t worry about the Media’s opinion of them.