August 27th, 2010
12:11 PM ET

Friday's intriguing people

Glenn Beck

His Restoring Honor celebration in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., tomorrow has managed to draw protest from civil rights supporters, Christians and, of all people, members of the Tea Party. The Fox News host has been planning this event for months, yet Beck says divine intervention led to the booking of the gathering on August 28, the 47th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. That speech also took place in front of the Lincoln Memorial.

Civil rights advocates, including a Washington, D.C., City Council member and the Rev. Al Sharpton, are organizing counter-events to "Take the Dream Back," officials said. Meanwhile, a religious concert at the Kennedy Center organized by Beck, which will include former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, has drawn ire from Christian conservatives. Beck is a Mormon, part of a religion not considered by some evangelicals as true Christianity.

Finally, Tea Party advocates think that Beck is knocking the wind out of events they have scheduled for September. "I hope they have a wonderful time, but I just don't get why he's having this and why now," Andrew Ian Dodge, Maine coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots, told NPR yesterday. He called the event "Beckapalooza."

NPR: Beck comes to D.C., controversy follows


Kim Yong Nam

The supreme leader of North Korea's Assembly reportedly told former U.S. President Jimmy Carter that his country wants to resume nuclear negotiations. Kim Yong Nam has been the de facto leader of North Korea since the mid-1990s - No. 2 to Kim Jong-Il.

"Kim Yong Nam expressed the will of the DPRK government for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the resumption of the six-party talks," the Korean News Agency said after Carter's departure. This has perplexed critics, because Kim Jong-Il was not present during Carter's visit to free an American sentenced to hard labor for crossing the border earlier this year.

While the son of Kim Jong-Il has been rumored to be his successor, Kim Yong Nam remains the diplomatic face of North Korea. News agencies report he has held meetings with various leaders from Africa, Syria, the Palestinians, and has been to Indonesia. He also attended the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Reuters: North Korea says it wants to resume nuclear talks

Col. Robert Sinkler

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers commander has served in two areas of the U.S. that have been obliterated by flooding. From 2006 to 2009, Sinkler commanded the Corps' Rock Island District, a $3.9 billion expansion/restoration of the locks and ecosystem along the Mississippi River. States protected by this project include Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Missouri.

Last year, he assumed command of the Corps' Hurricane Protection Office in New Orleans, Louisiana, whose mission is to rebuild levees and improve flood response. He is the third commander for the Corps there since 2005. The Corps has been targeted historically for making the levees vulnerable. Critics, however, admit to progress under Sinkler's watch. Meanwhile, he's trying hard to bolster the area. "We're doing about 15 to 20 years of construction work in about 36 months," he told CNN earlier this week.

Sinkler has been in the Corps since the early 1980s, serving in Bosnia, Iraq and the U.S Central Command in Florida. He is also an instructor at the Army War College.

CNN: Skeptics worry about post-Katrina levees

Quad City Times: Corps of Engineers welcomes new leader, says farewell to Sinkler

CONAN O'BRIEN

This Sunday, NBC will broadcast the annual Emmy awards telecast, and O'Brien is nominated for hosting "The Tonight Show." The Emmys will take place just three days before an agreement with NBC expires that prohibits O'Brien from "disparaging" his colleagues at the former network. This includes comments that are untrue, which leaves NBC vulnerable to O'Brien noting some truths: Ratings at the network are down, and a controversial acquisition of the network by Comcast has already been fodder at the O'Brien-friendly "30 Rock." Incidentally, "The Jay Leno Show" was not nominated for an Emmy. O'Brien's new late-night talk show on TBS will debut in November.

EW.com: Your Conan O'Brien roundup, just because

soundoff (247 Responses)
  1. TickedOFF

    Come on leftists, let's just get the party started. You hate us, we hate you. Fairly simple, we just need to set a date for the commencement of our upcoming conflict.

    November work for you?

    August 27, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Winter's a bad time to start a campaign, and the South would have a hard time invading the North because up here we're acclimated to it. Unless you want to follow in Napoleon and Hitler's footsteps with their failed invasions of Russia, I'd suggest spring. After Republicans fail to take back the House and Senate (and, to the confusion of the more politically ignorant conservatives, the White House), you can spend 3-4 months stirring up the desire for a second civil war, and then kick it off in the spring.

      Then you'll find out why we won the first time and will win again. Have fun!

      August 27, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • TickedOFF

      John: Unless you're a complete idiot, those geographical divisions no longer exist. No, the conflict will rage within every community, city and state within this "union". But, by all means, stay ignorant. It'll make the job easier.

      August 27, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      It's cute that you guys think you'll be better at guerilla warfare then the left. Yeah, we've only got 100 years of fighting guerilla wars. You've got 150 years of sitting around the VFW complaining about the War of Northern Aggression and knocking back bad American beer.

      I say again, have fun! Keep right on underestimating.

      How about this? Stop being a wuss and do something. Do it. Do it, you whining whinging pansy. Put up or shut up. Show us how many people you can organize to march off to war under your banner. Make it happen. Bring. It. The. Frack. On.

      You got a lot of talk but I don't think you've got the stones.

      August 27, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Willy da Blizz

      Hey John, what part of "the South will rise again' did you not understand?

      August 27, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark C

      "Hey John, what part of "the South will rise again' did you not understand?"

      Probably any of it; toothless hillbillies aren't known for their diction.

      August 27, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      With their obesity rates, they'll be doing good to stand up again and leave it at that.

      August 27, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stilladem

      hahaha! Now THAT was funny!!! Why don't we all just agree, to disagree? I'm a registered democrat, but I am LIVID at what is happening in Washington right now. STOP SPENDING SO MUCH MONEY!!! That's what I would tell Obama if he were listening...but he's not. Anyway, I thought that was pretty funny what you said. I guess we will ALL find out when we go to the polls in November...won't we?

      August 27, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike l

      Stilladem, what's the old market axiom: You've go to spend money to make money. That's why the vast majority of economist have complained about the stimulus: that it was too small, that not enough is being spent to create jobs and therefore, wages, taxes, commerce, etc. The healthcare bill isn't costing anything as most of its provisions don't take effect for several years. Cutting the taxes for those making under $200K has helped stimulate the economy and the auto industry bailout has kept thousand of Americans working and it is being paid back with interest. So why is that such a bad thing? You and the repubs want more Americans out of work, more businesses closing, more people on unemployment? Maybe repubs think that's the American way, but I sure don't.

      August 27, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Willy da Blizz

    CNN has to start talking to FNC talking points b/c nobody still watches CNN for their own talking points. . . Too much hope and change with not much reality. . .

    Funny that Rev. MLK's niece has no qualms with Glenn Beck (and his rally):

    http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/Opinion/2010/0826/Glenn-Beck-8-28-rally-It-s-a-matter-of-honor

    August 27, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • C3PO Hearts R2D2

      Also interesting how his own son does.

      August 27, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Tony in St. Louis

    Wonder if they'll allow guns for this. They should, people do have rights you know.

    August 27, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Halley

      If I recall on Thursdays Glenn Beck show, he asked those people who were going Saturday to bring their whole family for PRAYER. No posters or signs. A peaceful gathering. GOT IT.

      August 27, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. MikinAZ

    Nice how they soften the wording..."Beck is a Mormon, part of a religion not considered by some evangelicals as true Christianity" – Magic underwear is not even close to true christianity (fox couldnt have done that spin better) beck is insane (he has talks with god, who gives him directions), I hope it rains frogs – now that would be some "real" devine intervention...if you believe in that sort of nonsense to begin with

    August 27, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • cw41

      It rained frogs in 1997 in Mexico and it rained frogs in 2005 in Serbia.......Wish granted son...

      August 27, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • ficheye

      Beck gets his directions from God? I'm stuck with a budget GPS.

      August 27, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Billy

      Yeah, there's a fine line between being introspective and deciding that the voices in your head are God giving you politico-tainment advice.

      August 27, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Halley

      MikinAZ,
      Ronald Regan was one of the best Presidents this country has known. He also prayed to GOD for insight and wisdom.

      August 27, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Billy

    Now that he's declared himself a prophet, i hope some of his followers will realize he's full of sh**. Pretty bold move by Beck, to actually tell the world that God told him what the next move for America is. Maybe the celebrity/Mormon thing gave him a bit of a Joesph Smith syndrome? I think any Christians following this guy at this point might as well melt their jewelry down into a golden cow.

    August 27, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Don

    Beckonites unite your god is speaking..

    August 27, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Terry

    Sorry, Glenn Beck is a loser.

    August 27, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. MarkD

    If you listen a little, you may hear that it's important to understand our own history and the failed "Social Experiments" of the past . The importance may help enlighten you to what's right or wrong with current events. Don't follow anyone like sheep. Get your own information from many sources, analyze it and then stand for what that information leads you to believe is true. Isn't that what started this great country. I think this may be much of what is being proposed at this rally. It remains to be seen if the follow-through is as much. The left media focuses on Sarah Palin as key note speaker and misses the entire message purposely so. It doesn't fit their agenda. They don't even mention Alveda King (Neice of Martin Luther King) or many others. Get all the information and then stand. Don't be sheep, lemmings or blind followers of anything. Don't turn off your media, iPods, Computers as the President asks. Look, listen and learn the truth.

    August 27, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. NoMoreBULL

    Just for the heck of it, I figured I would read through this blog after reading the small little article about Beck's "Restoring Honor". I now know who the 50 people are that watch CNN. Some guy named John and abunch of other people (the term Liberal is too good for you) who have no idea what they are talking about and who's hearts are truly filled with HATE. Beck seeks to do nothing more than help restore our country to the greatest nation on earth. The USA has been sliding downhill for sometime thanks to our corrupt leaders, both Republicans and Democrates. If you want to hate someone, then direct it towards the Democratic and Republican crooks in our Congress.

    August 27, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • ficheye

      If you truly believe that then I will pray for you. You are right about the Democrats and the Republicans being completely dysfunctional. I agree. But Glen Beck is reveling a little too much in his celebrity for my taste. His ego is out of control, and that"s whats really annoying about him. And Palin as well. A little humility goes a long way towards creating credibility.

      August 27, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • NoMoreBULL

      We can all use prayers. And, so I will pray for you too my brother. There is plenty of arrogance these days. Fortunately or unfortunately, Beck is saying what many others are not. But, like him or not, his message this time has to do with our brave men and women serving in our Military. If you've never served, then you may never understand. BUT, you too should be grateful for their service.

      August 27, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • guest

      Sadly, you have become another Beck victim. Glenn Beck could care less about ordinary Americans. He and his Koch brethren care about making this country great for the wealthiest citizens, and have simply figured out that by manipulating public opinion and creating a fake "grassroots" movement is the best way to accomplish this. The irony is that he has turned the tables and convinced many of his viewers that it is the "liberal elite" that are ruining the country. Guess what, most "elite" individuals who are in the top tax bracket are Conservatives. Unless you are in the highest tax bracket, Glenn Beck (and the entire Republican Party for that matter) simply do not care about you. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

      August 27, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      I've served in the military and did two tours in the desert.

      I say this with all the mystic unassailable moral authority somehow imparted to people who served in the military:

      Beck is an idiot.

      August 27, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Katie

      Beck is NOT doing this for the military. Beck is using a military charity as a ruse. He's there to promote his book. Read the fine print on ads for the rally. All LEFTOVER money will go to the charity AFTER he uses the rest to pay for setting up the rally and all the fees that come along with it. I urge people who disagree with Beck to visit StopBeck.com to learn the truth. (Not my website.)

      August 27, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barry

      You are a moron! How in the world can Beck lead this country to anywhere but down the toilet. Once again your a moron!

      August 27, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cyd

    It's not so much what Glen Beck believes and for that matter Fox. It seems that he and Fox always, always have their facts wrong. I believe that GB is a right wing racist, who is a white supremist. I believe he thinks he is superior to anyone who does not look like him, especially minorities. But you mark my word, Glenn Beck will falter, most people like him, always do.

    August 27, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ray

      Again, based on what evidence? His hour long specials on Black historical figures that don't get taught in school yet played a major part in the development of this country? Is it in his regular interactions with King's niece? Perhaps his interviews with Al Sharpton and constant reverence of MLK?

      Yep, exactly what I'd expect a white supremacist to do. Praise MLK, talk to his niece, and then teach everyone about black heroes that are never covered in school.

      Sorry if his exposure of the evil and racist Woodrow Wilson is not to your liking.

      Want to see a racist? Look in the mirror. The left is full of them.

      Again, I proudly say these things as an immigrant you wish to enslave in a never ending state of government dependence.

      August 27, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Outside the Box

    Who cares what race or religion Beck claims to be. I have heard that he is basically saying "Thank You" to all those Men and Women who serve and have served our Country. If you are against this, then maybe your in the worng Country.

    August 27, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • NoMoreBULL

      That was very well said. Most of the people on this blog only focus on their hatred of republicans. Why I don't know.

      August 27, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Katie

      Please delve deeper into this, and realize that money from this event is not being given directly to the military charity. It is being used to cover all of Beck's costs for setting up the rally (which is just a ruse to get people to buy his book) and whatever loose change is leftover will go to the charity. It won't be much, I assure you. Sean Hannity did this a few months ago, too, for his Freedom Concert, where almost NONE of the money went to the troops.

      People, PLEASE go and do some reasearch on things. Do some Googling, look up facts, use your brains. Fox News and the people on it, is just a conservative money-making machine that is not news at all. It's all a way to con people who are too lazy to research for themselves into handing over more money. Don't take my word for it, LOOK IT UP.

      August 27, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Outside the Box

      Any rally that is held needs to be paid for unless someone chooses to pay for it all. Everything else will go to charity. It all depends on the people on how much they would like to donate. I believe the costs of the event will have to be public to follow the IRS rules. When it is all said and done, we can see the price of the rally.

      August 27, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. picturethisifyouwill

    Hey, outside the box, go back to school and learn how to spell.

    August 27, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. cw41

    This site will be virtually empty after November...If there is one thing i know about liberals and their nut bag friends on here it is that when they are out of power(and that will be in just over 2 months) they tend to disappear. They lose the balls to express their opinions once they are vanquished. Start digging the holes you will surely be crawling into this fall. The facts speak for themselves. Bad Congress, Bad President(possibly worst ever) Bad economy, Bad feelings = New Leadership.

    August 27, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • ficheye

      It's always refreshing to see that the world has no shortage of idiots. When you, and I mean YOU, blame everything on one group it's a sure sign that you know next to nothing about politics and the economy. Sure. Kick 'em out. Our troubles will not end under the genius of a conservative regime. They will only worsen, at which point you will blame the liberals again. Because you are smart.

      August 27, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      yeah, liberals disappeared in shame and defeat after 2004...

      August 27, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. picturethisifyouwill

    Buy Goldline, today! Send more money!

    Sucker.

    August 27, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. CRS

    Funny how the liberal press questions the proprieity of Glenn Beck's gathering and the possible insult to the civil rights
    movement, but condemns anyone that questions the propriety of the ground zero mosque.

    August 27, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ted

      What's the "funny" part?

      August 27, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
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