May 20th, 2010
08:42 AM ET

Thursday's Intriguing people

Robert Redford

Robert Redford

The actor and activist is calling on President Obama and Congress to put America back in control of its energy future. In a Huffington Post essay, Redford writes, “The American Power Act, drafted by Senators Kerry and Lieberman, is not perfect– but it is a significant step toward cutting our dependence on fossil fuels, limiting carbon pollution, and encouraging businesses to shift to clean energy sources.”

Redford explains that he worked with the Natural Re

sources Defense Council to record a new commercial asking that leaders in Washington “stand up to big oil.” Thursday marks one month since BP's oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 people and creating what may be one of the country’s worst environmental disasters.

The Huffington Post: Mr. President: Now Is the Time For Clean Energy

National Resources Defense Council

Mimi Sulpovar

Pakistan on Thursday blocked access to YouTube - a day after it shut down social networking site Facebook - in response to an online group calling on people to draw the Prophet Muhammad. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority ordered operators to shut down the video-sharing site "in view of growing sacrilegious content on it," officials said in a statement.

Devout Muslims consider it offensive to depict Muhammad. There were riots around the world in 2005  in response to a series of cartoons of Muhammad in a Danish newspaper.

Sulpovar, who started the Facebook group, said she read about the idea on a blog after Comedy Central bleeped out part of an episode of "South Park" that mentioned the prophet.

"This is meant to be in protest," she said. "This is something I have felt strongly about for a long time: Bullying by certain Muslim groups will not be tolerated in a free country," said Sulpovar, who is American. Pakistan blocks YouTube, Facebook over 'sacrilegious content'

Floyd Landis

The American cyclist whose 2006 Tour De France victory was nullified after a positive doping test now admits to using performance-enhancing drugs. He also claims that other Americans did the same, including seven-time Tour winner Lance Armstrong.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Landis, who has denied drug use ever since the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency suspended him from the sport for two years, sent emails to cycling officials and sponsors, saying he and other riders took synthetic blood thinners and steroids. He also called current anti-doping efforts “a charade.” Landis has presented no proof of the allegations against others.

Wall Street Journal: Cyclist Floyd Landis admits doping, alleges use by Armstrong and others

Michelle Pelton

The former student athlete from Massachusetts is scheduled to testify Thursday at a House Education Committee hearing on “The Impact of Concussions on High School Athletes.”

According to her prepared testimony, Pelton’s first two concussions occurred during junior high school basketball games. Her life changed to include hospitalization, headaches, dizziness, memory loss, lack of concentration and depression.

More sports—and more concussions—followed.

“I cannot even begin to explain the daily struggle my life has become and everything I have lost because of my concussions," she says. "No one can see my injury, but it’s there.”

Pelton, 19, doesn’t want one more student athlete to endure what she has been through. She says lawmakers need to encourage a standard policy across the country.

Sports Legacy Institute

Julian Galindo

The former Marine from Nebraska saw his dream come true. Galindo, 50, suffers from a rare degenerative brain disease. Doctors have given him a limited prognosis.

He wrote to the Dream Foundation that it was his lifelong wish to watch the Marine Corps Evening Parade and Silent Drill performance at the nation’s oldest Marine post in Washington. On May 14, shortly after Galindo and his wife, Vicky, arrived at the Marine barracks, they heard the announcement that the parade was cancelled because of rain.

While Galindo visited with Marines in the barracks, the rain let up and the clouds parted. Then, the Marines who were still there decided to get back into their event uniforms and put on a special performance just for the Galindos, who sat alone watching in the stands.

“The Marines did not receive a directive,” said Capt. Lisa Lawrence. “They independently decided to do this for Julian, their fellow Marine.”

Dream Foundation

soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. steven Segal

    Mr. Redford, with all due respect...take a clue from your old friend, Paul Newman. Create a food product that makes millions of dollars and donate it all to charity. You have created a ski resort called Sundance. Are all the profits being donated to charity? How about the hip, fashionable store called Sundance. Are all those profits being donated? Or what about profits from the Sundance Film Festival? Wait, don't answer that. I know the profits are not be donated to fight global warming. You talk a great talk but you need to start walking the walk. Like I said...just follow in the footsteps of Paul...and give it all to charity!

    May 20, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  2. aranhas

    Redford is just one more "celebrity" who believes his acting ability gives him special insight into social or political problems. The prime example of this hubris is Sean Penn – the dictator's friend. Bob, stuff it. Your views are anachronistic and uninteresting. Make a good movie for a change. Do a comedy. Get a facelift and some sandpaper for your skin.

    May 20, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  3. Ron C Clair

    Who anointed Redford?

    May 20, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mike

    The Government IS Big Oil !

    May 20, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  5. Michael

    The government can spend billions of dollars to send rockets into space but they can't seem to fix this oil spill. The governement's priorities are way out of place. Wake up Obama. Having you in office is ruining this planet!!!

    May 20, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  6. Dub

    RR continues to be two faced. He is in an industry that by definition encourages their customers to use as much fossil fuel as possible to do business with them. He also hosts some type of film festival in which hundreds if not thousands of people treck to God knows where to watch obscure movies and burn up millions of gallons of jet fuel in their orivate jets getting there to do so.

    What a joke. Mr Redford Stand up to Hollywood and for the American Public.

    May 20, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  7. Tom

    Is this the same guy (RR) who a few years ago "threatened" to move to France because he dident like the fact that George Bush was getting re-elected? Like, boo-hoo, "instead of staying here with everybody else to work the problem I'll just take my toys away and go somewhere else because I can afford to and you cant". Wah, wah, wah. Who cares what he thinks? He wants to move to France? I fail to see the threat.

    May 20, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  8. ac

    May be Robert is just getting ready to run for President. Why not? All you got to be is a pure blood liberal morron and you will become our new President.

    May 20, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  9. Sergio

    Hooray to bill..!!

    May 20, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  10. Martoon

    I think Redford's hair dye is affecting his brain. Why should anyone listen to him, because he is an actor? He does not represent mainstream Americans anymore than Farakhan, Lady Gaga or Obama.

    May 20, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  11. Brian OC

    Why is it so pathetically American to shoot the messenger instead of actually examining the message? I'm guessing if any of the d-weeds on this thread decided to stand up on this topic, not a soul would listen.

    May 20, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Steve in CT

    Arthur @ 10:14 a.m.
    Thanks for the reminder but I'm fully aware of the supposed process. My point is POTUS controls everything, including the money thru bullying his administration to get what he wnts. Thanks for highliting my point.

    May 20, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Steve in CT

    Jack @ 10:36
    You're the prime example. How aware are you of her accomplishm,ents when she was energy czar in Alaska. How aware are you of the toes she stepped on of the gov officials on the doal she torqued off? That's why she got so many felonious law suits, to break her financially. Do you believe Tina Fey? Research, my friend. Research beyond comedy TV.

    May 20, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dan


    May 20, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
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