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. picturethisifyouwill

    Yes, cw41, like, omg, I'm just so busy cleaning the gay off my body while washing my Prius that I totally like forgot to think about how bad of a prez Obamao is.

    What new ideas do the republicans have? None. Same as Bush. Same leadership. No progress.

    August 27, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • cw41

      At least we agree Obama is a horrible President....As for washing off the gay, thats between you and your bf. And you better not have BP gas in your Prius! You will be kicked out of the liberal party for that. The new ideas will come from the many new faces running on both sides, not just the Republican party. You assume to much because your busy hating. Curl up with your bf in your in Prius and take a chill pill...Anger will get you nowhere.

      August 27, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • picturethisifyouwill

      At least I agree that you don't understand gobbing amounts of irony.

      August 27, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. picturethisifyouwill

    Hey teabaggers, what kind of event is Beck throwing? A community organizing one.

    August 27, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • cw41

      For someone who has to clean the gay off...i'm guessing you are the only true teabagger in the room

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

      Don't make fun of community organizers! Sarah Palin will put you in her rifle sights.

      August 27, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Willy da Blizz

      Yes, GB is playing the role of community organizer, but at least he has no intention of running for POTUS with "Community Organizer" as the headlining crediential as qualification for the job.
      Too bad BHO never actually had a REAL J-O-B to learn how a business makes money; if so, then maybe he might have more appreciation for the tax-payer's hard-earned dollar from which he mooches. . . and a lower unemployment rate.

      August 27, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. picturethisifyouwill

    Do you have any idea how hard it is to get this stuff off?! I mean, hellllllll-oooo! 41 years for Ken Mehlmen! I bet he just loved gobbling up the suds backstage at the RNC!

    August 27, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • cw41

      You would be the expert on gobbling up suds!...I'm sorry you can't wash that off once you drink it...Do take your tea with lemon or sugar or AZT?

      August 27, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • picturethisifyouwill

      Sorry dude, I think a few repub senators and party chairmen have a couple more years on me. After all, I'm only a recent graduate from San Francisco. Oh, the heatheness is so delicious! What family will I corrupt with European values next?!

      P.S. You know what AZT is! Here, have a gold star.

      August 27, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Why not a little rainbow? Gold is so tacky!

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

      Oh John, you ever so read my mind! Rainbows stars for allllll!

      August 27, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Willy da Blizz

      Bill Clinton knows all too well how hard it is to get those stains out. . . . Maybe you could write him for some advice, or maybe Al Gore . . . no wait . . nevermind. Hey, at least Al can recommend a good massauese which might be the only happy ending for any democrat come November.

      August 27, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bradley

    I've been listening to Beck on the radio for many years. While he can be over-the-top at times, he has been right about many of the trends occuring in our country. I heeded his advice to get out of debt before the financial meltdown in 2008 and its the best thing I've ever done.

    August 27, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      "Get out of debt" is good advice at all times and regardless of the larger financial situation in the economy as a whole. It's like saying somebody is a visionary for telling you to eat healthy and exercise. And then OHMYGOD, you don't have a heart attack! A miracle!

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

      Did you buy gold?

      August 27, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Willy da Blizz

      Didn't buy any gold . . . went with ammo instead.

      August 27, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. John

    Higher ratings for Fox means more money for the ground zero victory mosque. Follow the money!
    1. Fox uses fear to generate ratings
    2. Ratings generates advertising dollars, enriching the shareholders of Fox
    3. Rupert Murdoch's media corporation is News Corps, Fox's parent company
    4. The second largest shareholder in News Corps, after the Murdoch family, is Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, nephew of Saudi King Abdullah. So those advertising dollars and profits go right to the Saudi Royal Family, making Prince Alwaleed one of the world's richest men
    5. Prince Alwaleed is one of the major donors to the "ground zero" mosque
    6. Prince Alwaleed has also been associated with funding radical madrassas around the world, by Fox guest Dan Senor.

    This means that when you watch Fox, you're supporting terrorism. So, if you want to fight terrorism, you have to watch CNN, or MSNBC! Fight the Islamofascists with your TV remotes!

    August 27, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mario

      Higher ratings for Fox means more money for the ground zero victory mosque. Follow the money!
      1. Fox uses fear to generate ratings – Fox uses truth that's why people watch
      2. Ratings generates advertising dollars, enriching the shareholders of Fox, true and Fox is killing the rest ....
      3. Rupert Murdoch's media corporation is News Corps, Fox's parent company, that's right and he is a conservative!
      4. The second largest shareholder in News Corps, after the Murdoch family, is Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, nephew of Saudi King Abdullah. So those advertising dollars and profits go right to the Saudi Royal Family, making Prince Alwaleed one of the world's richest men, that is true and George Soros controls the Obama administration and they are togetehr doing a lot of business in Brazil with PetroBras.
      5. Prince Alwaleed is one of the major donors to the "ground zero" mosque, he may very well be that is what Fox is trying to find out and they have already uncovered some shady deals behind closed doors.
      6. Prince Alwaleed has also been associated with funding radical madrassas around the world, by Fox guest Dan Senor. Again probably true but watching FOX does not support terrorism. You progressives that watch matthews and CNBC do.

      This means that when you watch Fox, you're supporting terrorism. So, if you want to fight terrorism, you have to watch CNN, or MSNBC! Fight the Islamofascists with your TV remotes! There are no Islamofascists, but there are a lot of communists that want to destroy this nation.

      August 27, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Wow, you did a really terrible job of quoting.

      Anyway, yes, advertising dollars for Fox go to the Fox shareholders who also fund the near-Ground Zero mosque as well as madrassahs around the world. There's a reason why when they talk about the shadowy figure with sinister ties to the mosque, they never show a picture or give his name, they don't want to tick off their boss.

      Fox advertising dollars directly support members of the Saudi Royal family. If you can't wrap your brain around that, too bad.

      August 27, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Also, Murdoch is hardly conservative, his ideology is money. Bilking folks like you for $$$ because you're too dumb to know better is all the politics he needs.

      August 27, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. mark

    I just love how the liberals cannot come up with any facts and resort to name calling and wishing people were dead. You have the right to your opinions but come up with something respectable and meaningful instead. Beck is stressing Honor and no better way to do that than thanking some troops. God bless America!

    August 27, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buster Bloodvessel

      mark, thanks for managing not to say "libtards resort to name-calling" like most conservative posters seem to do. A+

      August 27, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mario

      God bless America!

      August 27, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tony Leyton

    It's not widely known, but Beck's middle name is Adolf and he was born in Mendasia, which is a small island off the Canada coast. So I guess he's not quite a US citizen.

    August 27, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mario

      You must be a progressive; if you don't like the message just attack the messenger.

      August 27, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mark

    Little more mature than resorting to second grade name calling.

    Barracks middle name is Hussein and was born in Kenya. Whats the difference?

    August 27, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony Leyton

      Where in Kenya and when?

      August 27, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Willy da Blizz

      Now, now Mark. Nobody said that BHO was born in Kenya. . . except for his grandmother who said she was there for his birth in that little hut on the prairie.
      Of course she was then whisked away back to Kenya before Robert "Family Guy – Peter Griffith" Gibbs could tell us what she actually meant to say. . . . And all that before the hors d'orves were served at the Inaugral Ball. . . .

      Just can't understand why there would be such a brew-ha-ha about BHO's illegitimacy, uh . . . I mean legitimacy, as President.

      ???

      August 27, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Alex

    Beck is playing them for a fool. This is only about him. I thought he had some decent ideas when he was on CNN, but he's just gone plain loony since he went to Fox.

    August 27, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ben

    So, a man who represents what appears to be a very mainstream and peaceful group trying to put something at a sacred site for American and particular groups of Americans. However, while his particular group appears peaceful and like good Americans, there are fringe elements that may or may not be associated with this group that might take great glee in the fact that a lot of people might think this group, and its views, are offensive to the site and the memory of the important event that occurred there years before. Lots of people saying they shouldn't have this event there for that reason (all of them liberal). Interesting paraell to a little contraversy in NYC???

    August 27, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Steve

    Another nut job. This clown is crazy and frankly disturbing.

    August 27, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Prince Tamino

    Hopefully he will be assinated just like MLK. What audacity to stand in that great man's shoes. He is right up there as one of the most anti-American forces ruining our nation today. What a shame.

    August 27, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mario

      He is standing in his own shoes and the first amendment gives him the right to do so. You can play the race card and claim is a nut job because you cannot accept the truth but his message is coming across loud and clear and many Americans are beginning to pay attention.

      August 27, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Halley

      Prince Tomino,
      YOU, sir are very disturbed.

      August 27, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. cody

    I'm sure it's been said already but I don't have time to read 113 responses......

    Beckapaloser.......

    August 27, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. sfree

    What time doe the goose stepping start.

    August 27, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. American Patriot

    Let's get this REVOLUTION STARTED, it's time to dance.

    This Government is dictatuing to the people, not the other way around.

    YOU either March on Washington and fight for your right to work and have a home and privacy, or we are all going to lose everything.
    Prepare yourselves, the DEPRESSION is starting.

    HELL IS COMING TO DINNER

    August 27, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • guest

      Where were your concerns for privacy when the NSA was illegally wiretapping American citizens under the orders of the Bush Administration? President Bush did far more to encroach our civil liberties than President Obama has.

      August 27, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dr.G

      Wake up, delusional idiot.

      August 27, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
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