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. Iconoclast

    I hope they require birth certificates in order to be admitted and oh, stop by the gold selling booth. I'm sure there's going to be a lot of action going on there and it's right next to the survival garden supplies and t-shirt booths ("We Are All With Stupid" is a popular theme this year). Wish I had the "Obama as a Nazi"(muslim, Stalinist, cross-dresser, fill in the blank) franchise!

    August 27, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. harley

    a gathering of tea party goobers...its amazing that not one military person I know here at ft carson is going...beck is a @#$!

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

    you people make me sick, the only racists are yourselves,though it is reverse racism nowdays,Glenn Beck proves what he says everyday,can your great cnn ? no ,or they would discredit him at every chance,but they can't,because they got nada,loser liberals like you peolple are what the heck happenned tyo America. how's that change workin for ya now that we all are paying for your own lack of faith in Americans.

    August 27, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Randy

      Really? I thought it was the conservatives who supported big business so they could sell us out and move all the jobs to China.

      August 27, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. James Wilson

    If we could figure out a way to exterminate all those attending Beck's silly rally, the nations I.Q. average would increase by at least 10 points.

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

      I have family that will be there! They flew in from Oklahoma. I take EXTREME offense to what you just said! Come on now...did you really mean that?????

      August 27, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. gary

    James Wilson is the typical example of progressive social justice clowns, but stop hating and listen to the truth, America will never be a socialist or communist country,regardless of what Obama and his radical friends think,we will stop you. Never forget The Crusades,it may have to come here to save America,or the America that is supposed to exist, In God We Trust

    August 27, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • PDXSerric

      If you actually believe that Obama wants a Socialist or Communist foundation in America then you have fallen for Beck's (et al) magic voodoo. With the exception of health care, nothing Obama has presented is different from what republican leaders of the past have tried to do. SO unless you are willing to consider that the GOP are running on just as much a 'Socialist" agenda you'd better switch the tv back to cartoons.

      August 27, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Randy

      Wow, that's scary. Yes, by all means; let's bring back the Crusades. Might as well start the Salen witch hunts again too!

      August 27, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jeff

    Name calling, slandering, rewriting history and wishing death upon others. Talk about a classy bunch. Hurry, plunge your head in the sand... someone with a non-liberal opinion wants to speak. Shout him down NOW we can't let him talk!!! Everyone sounds so threatened and worried about some drama queen and his opinion. If he's so stupid and evil, why the overt, blatant concern?

    August 27, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Randy

      Simple. All the idiots who thinks his is the Word of God without checking the facts.

      August 27, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. johnsonj3

    Who cares about this crazy behind man and his followers? I fit make these people feel good about themself for the way they hate then in the end the only one that has all the power is Jesus. He should be the only one we fear.

    August 27, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dave

    Glenn Beck is only the worst mouthpiece of the history's largest, most powerful propaganda network. His job is to poison the airwaves with misinformation and fear-mongering. The man goes about this task with such obvious enjoyment it calls into question the moral character (or the lack of) behind everything he says.

    August 27, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Phil

    I'm sorry but I can't support this rally that Beck is hosting simply because everyone will be so inappropriately dressed. I mean, where are the white robes and hoods? Goodness, this slacker generation..

    August 27, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. johnsonj3

    Who cares about this crazy behind man and his followers? If hating make these people feel good about themself, then they have to answer to a higher power then Glen Beck.

    August 27, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Igor Kanin

    komrade James Wilson, you can learn how to exterminate people from Stalin, Mao, or Khmer rouge...or Hitler.... IQ of their coutries were sky high after they finished all those exterminations....

    August 27, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Frederick Ferguson

    Is there a relationship between Bush authorizing flights immediately after 9/11 to take Saudi nationals out of the country and "News" Corp & Fox "News" funneling millions of dollars from Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, nephew of Saudi King Abdullah to the Republican Governor's Association? Why do Republicans think it is okay for Saudis to fund their elections?

    http://web.archive.org/web/20011108145853/http://www.tampatrib.com/MGA3F78EFSC.html

    August 27, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. mark

    Please liberals post some facts instead of degrading. I think you are better than that!

    Harley, you are the first military person I know that doesn't support Beck.

    August 27, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Randy

      You can count me as the second. 😛

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

      Mark, surely you're smart enough to realize that silence does not equate to support? But then again, if you listen to Glenn Beck, maybe not....

      August 27, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terry

      For all you Beck fans and your belief that he is in the "facts" business, please do some reading. Especially Cathy. It's fine to be a God fearing American that loves their country, but quite another to use falsehoods to prop up your beliefs.

      http://www.politifact.com/personalities/glenn-beck/

      August 27, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Randy

    Glenn Beck doesn't bother me. Its those who give anyone a platform to spew their lies and drivel that bother me. Fox/News Corp/Murdoch should stick with the one thing they do well: The Simpsons.

    August 27, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. JImG

    They played "A Face in the Crowd" on TCM last night – scary how things don't really change in 53 years – demagods are still very much among us – and the mob still roars with approval.

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