**Written by Doug Powers
Today is Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” gathering at the Lincoln Memorial (this is also the 47th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s “I have a dream” speech, which you can watch here). Beck partnered with the Special Operations Warrior Foundation to sponsor the event, which starts at 10 a.m. eastern, and you can watch it live on C-Span. You can watch live via Facebook here. MLK’s niece Alveda King will be there, as will Sarah Palin and many current and former members of the US military.
We’re hearing a lot about people criticizing the timing of the event, calling it insensitive for having the rally on the anniversary of Dr. King’s speech — but since most of this criticism is coming from people who are calling critics of the ground zero area mosque over-sensitive, let’s move on.
I couldn’t make it to DC today, but there are a few people attending who are sending photos my way, so I’ll use this space today to pass along any pictures or stories that may be of interest.
Not to be outdone, of course, Al Sharpton has a counter-rally scheduled after Beck’s event around a reflecting puddle on Constitution Ave NW, and C-Span will carry that at noon. One person who Sharpton stood up for and defended not long ago will not be able to attend.
There are long lines (one example) at DC area Metro stations.
A while back, Bill O’Reilly reportedly told Glenn Beck that if he got over 100,000 people at today’s event, Beck needs to anchor his 8 p.m. time slot. Judging from this picture taken at 7:30 this morning I’d say Bill can go ahead and start sliding out of the way.
A friend just emailed to say there are probably a couple hundred thousand people there already — which, after we run it through the MSM Tea Party Crowd Size Re-Estimator, comes to about 12,000.
Here’s another picture from somebody there.
The live stream is up now:
Update II: Uh-oh, in spite of hundreds of thousands of peaceful patriots converging on Washington who will probably leave the place as clean or cleaner than they found it, the MSM already has their lead story for tonight: Tea Party vandals invade nation’s capital
Update III: Equal time — CNN’s live coverage of Al Sharpton’s rally. It’s a more intimate setting.
Update IV: Via Sister Toldjah, the New York Times is already spinning this as the Tea Party “claiming MLK’s mantle.” They’re hardly “claiming” Dr. King’s mantle — but maybe sharing it. And isn’t that what King’s message was all about?
Update V: Albert Pujols and Tony La Russa are there, but it was Palin who just hit it out of the park.
Update VI: Crowd estimates. It’ll probably end up being higher than those numbers.
Update whatever-the-next-Roman-numeral-is: Here’s a great aerial shot of the crowd.
Update IXEIDXXVI: If anybody is looking for people who are “dishonoring” Dr. King’s memory today, unfortunately they’ll need look no further than the memorial to Dr. King, because the Code Pink harpies will be there:
Also, 2,000-3,000 showed up for Sharpton’s rally. Wow, that means that only 1/2 of 1 percent of all the people at the two rallies weren’t racists.
Update ∞: Should we hold our breath waiting for the MSM to point out the apparent lack of diversity at Sharpton’s rally? Didn’t think so.
**Written by Doug Powers
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