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. Darth Cheney

    Any chance of a meteor impact in DC tomorrow?

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

      Funny that those opposed to GB and the TEA party movement do so by calling them racists and intolerant, yet here you are, opposing GB and the TP by hoping for a meteor to wipe them out and extinguish their lives. . . How sensitive and caring of you. Hypocracy for everyone, yay! BTW, that would only wipe out about 3 million African Americans living in the inner DC city limits, but what's a little genocide when we're talking about how intolerant the TP is? Always gotta have those priorities in order. . .

      August 27, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      I think its disgusting that you want Al Sharpton murdered. Racist!

      August 27, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Willy da Blizz

    Well, the bright-side is that CNN has enough people leaving comments for them to think that people actually do still watch and pay attention to their network. . .

    August 27, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Darth Cheney

    By the way, Beck is totally playing conservatives for fools. He used to be a liberal talk show host until he converted, not because of some sort of intellectual insight, but because conservative talk is where the money is. Why do you think he's bent even farther right since joining Fox?

    August 27, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      I am a conservative. I am not a Beck fan. I did not know he used to be a liberal, but with all his faux emotion, pregnant pauses, etc. I always thought he was a plant and once he got a following would yell racial slurs or something like the plants with signs at Tea Party rallies.

      August 27, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mark

    Amen Patriot

    August 27, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. David Scott

    Beck is a nobody, let it go... He is an ignorant agitator, whose only concern is to make waves. His bowels take place in his mouth. He just lets go and it all spews out. Sorta like he drank too much cherry wine and chucked it all up.

    August 27, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. just bob

    Religion = my book of fairy tales is better than your book of fairy tales

    August 27, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. blr

    um... Beck is a Libertarian... not a republican

    August 27, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. lcr

    um... Beck is a Libertarian... he is not a republican

    August 27, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jan

    Beck is just another Jim Jones. Just picture Jones on TV like Beck.,no telling how many would have drank the koolaid

    August 27, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dave B

    What's the difference between the insensitivity of a mosque built near the twin towers site and Beck taking over the DC mall on the anniversary of the Martin Luther King's March on Washington ???

    August 27, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Willy da Blizz

      The difference Dave, is that not only did thousands of people die at the site of the Trade Center, but the building, in which the mosque will be housed, was hit by the landing gear of one of those airplanes, and it's possible some victims may have been included with that landing gear as well. That building literally IS ground ZERO, and should be considered sacred ground that belongs to no single religion; if any religious center is to be built there, then it should the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox church that stood near GZ, but was destroyed that fateful day.

      MLK marched on Washington in the name of freedom, liberty, and tolerance in the hopes of helping the people of this country to judge an individual "by the content of their character, and not by the color of their skin." – Everyone, read your own postings, then imagine that those words are the only ones by which anyone could judge you by. . How should we judge your character?

      Beck is marching on the hallowed ground of MLK under the banner of restoring honor and to celebrate the freedoms and liberties of this great country; the GZ mosque only serves to desecrate the grave-site of those who died on 9-11. Yes, those behind the mosque may be trying to "reach out" to the community, but when enough people say uh-uh, no thank you, and yet they continue to proceed with the project in spite of the objections, then how sincerely are we to accept their gesture of reaching out to the public when they ignore the overwhelming majority of that same public? THINK ABOUT IT, PEOPLE!!!!

      August 27, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mario

    For progressives the concept of honor is non-existent since they don't know of boundaries, with them anything goes. Yet, when it comes to other points of view they are arrogant and intolerant, they do not handle dissent well, so they attack the messenger. Glenn Beck is an American patriot whether you progressives like it or not and whether you blacks like it or not. You can play your race card all you want for our first amendment will prevail. We do not live in Cuba, China, Russia or Iran and you progressives should be very thankful for it.

    August 27, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jerry

    I'm sorry, I thought this was a free country. And I didn't know that making a speech in DC was prohibited now since MLK made history doing it. Get over it people...CNN cares more about political bashing over things like this. Meanwhile, those nutjob religious folks continue to protest at military funerals. But I guess that's morally acceptable in the eyes of CNN. What a bunch of arrogant one sized worthless journalists.

    August 27, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mario

    So it is alright for Muslims to build a Mosque near Ground Zero in New York because of Freedom of Religion but it is not alright for Glenn Beck to exercise his Freedom of Speech. Speaking of nut jobs, bigots and racists, you progressives need to look at yourselves in the mirror, what a waste of humanity, what a bunch of hypocrites!

    August 27, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. DEW

    why is nobody talking about the biggest racist of all al sharpton, he 's got something going on too.i don't no how he got the name rev.this man is a bum he the kind of person if you say theres food there he show up. msnbc always have this man on.the only reason, he's black and thats it. this man is a leach, him and obama doing there best to start a race war. please keep this black racist off the tv. JUST SAY NO

    August 27, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. harley

    he is such a goober dork...anyone who listens to a word this moron says is well...a moron

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