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


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. Your Conan O'Brien roundup, just because

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  1. John

    According to St Paul's writings in the Bible, any Christian that sins after being saved will burn.
    Hebrews 10:26-31
    26I f we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left,
    27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.
    28 Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.
    29 How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?
    30 For we know him who said, "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," and again, "The Lord will judge his people."
    31 It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

    So, if you've sinned after becoming a Christian, if your holy book is infallible and divine, then you're gonna burn with the rest of us. Better hope the non-Christians are correct.

    If you'd like a more mellow and laid-back religion, try neopaganism! More festivals, less judgment. Added bonus, in the unlikely even that fundamentalist Christianity is 100% accurate, you'll be in good position to reign in hell, and you can laugh at all the sinner Christians as they trudge in wondering where they went wrong.

    August 27, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      First line should be
      26 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left,

      Put a space in the wrong place. Whoops! Gonna burn!

      August 27, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. zaglossus

    Beck is either (a) a shameless huckster; (b) a paranoid suffering from delusions of grandeur; or (3) both!!!

    August 27, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. colton

    I think it's an insult to let this un-American racist speak on the anniversary on MLKs "I Have A Dream Speech". I just hope that freedom of speech gives Beck enough rope to hang himself.

    August 27, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • pattyg

      I have never seen a more distorted view of American life , as its reported by Beck, and never seen a more confused, driven and misguided "preacher" such as Glen Beck. I truly think we are seeing the slow mental and moral breakdown of a man who at best looks like a court jester to the thinkers in this country. Give him enough rope he'll hang himself say those who think, feel and act rational. We're waiting. The crime is evident...selling gold, making up his brand of history and selling fear to rally crowds all for $$$$$$ . THIS MAN IS SNAKE OIL SALESMAN . We are all witnessing a crime take place. Here is a man who spews hatred for fellow man, President and non Christians (like him?) . Does he really think that his slice of perverse interpretations will last? What would Jeses do? He'd kick that man's ass to the curb for mixing religion with his brand of rhetoric.. He & Sara Palin are laughing all the way to the bank because they put on a good show.

      August 27, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. anthony fantacone

    Who is Glenn Beck?

    August 27, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      God I envy you

      August 27, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. russ gibbs

    I don't know why the media pays any attention to these wackjobs.Beck,Palin and the like are all in it for them selves. MONEY-– Beck is an ADHD sufferer and he acts like it every time he gets on TV. When he talks about the Nazi's brain washing people what do you think he's doing to all the ignorant of History people!!! Remember our schools don't TEACH HISTORY any more!!! And there is a good reason for that which you are witnessing right now in the whole Nation>

    August 27, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Anthony C


    August 27, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • guest

      Nobody cares. Go spread the word elsewhere.

      August 27, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Are they criminals?

      Under U.S. law, being in the country illegally is only a civil violation (meaning, on par with illegal parking or illegal speeding). The Obama Administration has increased the rate of deportation, and the speed of deportation, by focusing on illegal immigrants who have *also* committed criminal acts. Under US law, if they've committed a *crime* (not a civil violation, but something like theft or assault), then they can be immediately deported.

      August 27, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark C

      That's because this administration, unlike you useless, posing gasbags, is about doing something productive. There is an overwhelming backlog of deportation cases, and they are prioritizing cases involving real criminals.

      August 27, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Yeah, I wasn't talking about it like it's a bad thing. It's one of the many untold success stories of the Obama administration.

      August 27, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. april

    "I had a nightmare" lmao...that's exactly what it is. fear-mongering for profit. evil sob is a real piece of you know what.

    August 27, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. cw41

    If the anchors and hosts of MSNBC and CNN combined tried to have an event like this no one would show up!! Face the facts everyone, Glenn Beck speaks to the people who will be taking this country back in November..I know you don't like him but you have to deal with the fact he is more popular than all the other hosts put together. Sorry haters, America has spoken. Your job now is to listen up or be left behind.

    August 27, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Iconoclast

      I think it remains to be seen who has to do the listening up or leaving behind. The election of 2008 disappointed you and I am certain the elections of 2010 as well as 2012 will disappoint you and your friends as well. As to events tomorrow I suspect it's going to be a real blow out only in the sense that every effort will be made to make 3,000 people appear like 300,000 and the smell of disillusionment and bigotry will be in the air. The fact that Beck would abuse the anniversary of MLK's speech in such a fashion only attests to his insufferable arrogance and his follower's "down home American" naivity. Can't wait to hear the Tea Party whining after the coming November shock.

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

      Dear CW41 please refer to my previous comment (about racist beck and evidently yourself) We as a people in order to form a more perfect union, will have a dream tonight on how to make a racist, moronic, dolt such as yourself, become a more productive member of society! And your obviously to stupid to realize we spoke up and didn't allow another Moron in the white house ie Palin!

      August 27, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. religionsux

    this is suppose to draw 300,000 people, yet there are how many people in the US........300 Million plus.........this guy's followers are nothing but sheep who cannot think or breathe on their own........

    August 27, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • cw41

      So much hate. Obama could not draw 100,000 people if he gave away free health care.....OH! thats right, he already did.
      Thats why over 500,000 will show up on Saturday. Time to take the country back. Deal with it.

      August 27, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark C

      No, the reason 500,000 people will show up on Saturday is that they're clueless imbeciles. It's one great big imbecile-fest.

      August 27, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark C

      As for what the gathering of imbeciles will "take back," it's hard to say. It won't be the country and it certainly won't be a clue. A few posters of their pudgy weepy baby-man hero, I guess.

      August 27, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • sdwalm

      cw41, you are delusional at best. 500,000 showing up tomorrow for this clown?? Don't make me laugh! And if they do, so what? There are millions more to replace you fools, that's why President Obama became president in the first place. See you in November right?? Ooh, I can't wait. Silly you thinking that your fleabags will gain control of the house and senate. You are in for a rude awakening if you think that the good folk of this nation will sit home and let you people take over. Come back in November & we will discuss. As a matter of fact, come back Monday and we will discuss this charade of a man. Ditto heads who follow a fool!

      August 27, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JackL

    Beck has his own, "I have a dream!" – it's wet with him making lots of money from hatemongering worn out regressives!

    August 27, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Igor Kanin

    Ladies and Gentlemen... i see you are scared to death by Glen.... we have (still) freedom of speach.... and i see some of you would love to take it away.... i lived 30 yeaer under socializm... it just does not work.... you should try it in Cuba or North Korea before you write your expert opinions here.... 😉
    see you tomorrow at 10 at Lincoln Memorial

    August 27, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |

      When someone speaks untruths then he or she is not worth listening too! If you do listen then you are no different than the one who is speaking!

      August 27, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Halley

      THANK YOU for the most honest commet I have read, as of yet. SOCIALISM will never work. You can not take from one sorce and give to another without repercussions.

      August 27, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • guest


      I completely agree, you cannot take from one source and give to another without repercussions. Our economy is currently facing the consequences of the Bush administration's policies that resulted in a large transfer of wealth from middle class to the wealthiest 1% of individuals. President Bush was the one wanting to "spread the wealth around"

      August 27, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ray

    I'd like to know how a man that dedicates entire shows to present the history of major Black contributors to American history is somehow "racist"?

    How is pointing out that it was progressive Woodrow Wilson who segregated the military and was one of the biggest racists to ever hold office racist? How is pointing out that Lyndon Johnson resisted the Eisenhower civil rights legislation racist? How is pointing out Harry Reid's blatantly racist remarks racist?

    What do you think of Black Liberation Theology, which is the flavor of Christianity that Obama follows, which calls for all white people to give everything they have to black people in order to be true Christians and preaches the concept of "collective salvation", which is counter to Christian philosophy?

    Open your eyes and remove the hate. It is the left that is full of it. I for one welcome you and hope you can open your heart and your mind to the concepts of freedom and liberty that come when you DON'T depend on government for everything.

    August 27, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • guest

      See that's how Beck gets ya. He sets up seemingly believable premises, then when he makes the leap to the outrageous non-sensical conclusion (President Obama wants to make white people give all their money to black people), people don't even question it because it confirms their paranoia. Why would a man who is half-white and raised by his white mother and white grandparents want to punish white people? Beck just plays to our worst fears as Americans, and unfortunately, some people just eat it up.

      August 27, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ray

      Obama has regularly used the term "collective salvation" in his speeches. He is implementing policies which have always been destructive to economies and has openly admitted to "spreading the wealth around".

      Considering he sat in the pews of one of the most openly racist and anti-semitic men to be the leader of a "church", then I have to wonder about his own philosophy.

      And you don't deny the philosophy of Black Liberation Theology, whose leaders are on video spewing their hate, you simply attack what is blatantly obvious.

      What would you say of a man who attended KKK rallies? Would his attendance of such things be indicative of his own beliefs even if he didn't openly say so?

      Nevermind. If he's a leftist, you'll defend him. (Senator Byrd, anyone?)

      I don't think Obama is a Muslim, but a Christian he's not. And i say that as an immigrant who has already lived through the left's attempt of implementing Liberation Theology in my own native land.

      It's evil. Anyone who practices it is scary. I say that having lived it. Sorry if that is too ignorant for you.

      August 27, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark C

      Beck's not racist. He isn't ANYTHING other than a huckster, making money off of his moron followers. He admitted in one interview that he couldn't care less about politics, he's just in it for the money.

      They guy is so transparent that if you can't see it, you should probably just do the gene pool a huge favor and kill yourself.

      August 27, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike l

      You personally know that President Obama practices Black Liberation Theology, ray? Are you personal friends that you know this for a fact? Did you know that Sen. Byrd long ago left and apologized for being in the Klan? Did you know that LBJ got the Civil Rights Act passed, no matter what he may have felt before? Did you know that more illegal immigrants have been rounded up and deported in Obama's 18 months than in bush's 8 years? Do you know that you know nothing?

      August 27, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jamie

    I don't see the big deal that it happens to be on the day of Martin Luther King Jr's speech. Seriously. Its a Saturday, when many people can come, in a city representative of the whole country, in front of a national monument, that just happens to be the same spot where some other guy made a speech long ago. Really???? Of all the things going on you pick the day/location to complain about? What about the issues at hand?

    August 27, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Katie

      Jamie, it's the fact that it's a "Take Back the Dream" rally, which is specifically referencing MLK Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, that is the issue. Same place, same date, event name that references it ... it's all planned, and it's all a way of undermining something incredibly moving and historically significant by having it associated with Glenn Beck's hysterical, racist, ignorant tripe.

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

    Who is Glenn Beck? I see him on TV but I dont think of him any more than I think about Nancy Grace.

    August 27, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jennifer

    You mention Sarah Palin speaking but not Alveda King on Marting Luther King's anniversary? Was this omission intentional to perpetuate FOX/Beck as far-right crazies? And you wonder why FOX is kicking CNN's butt in the ratings...

    August 27, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • 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, MSNBC, or listen to NPR! Fight the Islamofascists with your TV remotes!

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

      But don't you find it curious that MLK's OWN CHILDREN won't be speaking at this whatever you want to call it?? I mean, MLK has three grown children and not one of them is coming to this mess. Believe me, their absence speaks volumes! And as a matter of fact, MLK III will be speaking at the National Action Network's rally which is just across the way on the same day. So what does that tell you? The niece he can have, but the children of the man who actually lived it and lived through it says more to me then what she/Alveda King could ever say.

      August 27, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
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