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The race is on! Who’s going to snag a permit for the next MLK anniversary rally?

A tip for anyone who wants to plan a Lincoln Memorial rally on the next anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech: The permit process is now open.

Fox News personality Glenn Beck snagged the National Park Service permit this year for his August 28 “Restoring Honor” rally in front of the memorial, a move that caused a ruckus among black leaders who said Beck’s rally would promote “fear and division” and “tarnish the legacy” of the late civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

But because the National Park Service accepts rally permit applications on a first-come, first-serve basis, there was nothing critics could do but hold their own demonstrations elsewhere in the city. Washington D.C. Democratic Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton said at the time that if Beck “has any respect for the unity across racial lines that August 28 represented, he would not hold what looks to be an all-white march that cannot possibly appeal across racial lines because of how he has modeled himself on radio and television.”

Well, he did it anyway, and could very well do it again next year.

The National Park Service accepts applications for rally permits as far as one year in advance of the scheduled event. As of midnight on August 29, the permit for a 2011 rally  is officially up for grabs. According to a spokesman for the National Park Service, no group has yet scheduled to hold an event on the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 2011.

“No application has been approved as of right now,” Park Service spokesman Terry Adams told The Daily Caller Tuesday.

The Park Service requires that groups planning large rallies, meetings or protests on the National Mall apply for a permit to ensure that there is adequate security, restroom facilities and transportation options to safely accommodate anticipated crowds. Once the Park Service approves an application for a permit, the location — in this case the Lincoln Memorial — is considered reserved and other groups that want to organize an event requiring a lot of logistical prep-work are out of luck.

The four-page application can take weeks to approve once it is submitted, Adams said.

As for whether organizations who made a fuss about the Glenn Beck rally have begun the long application process, they haven’t said. Spokesmen from Al Sharpton’s National Action Network and Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition did not immediately return requests for comment.

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  • TrueWord4Real

    GLENN BECK’S SORRY RALLY TO ABSURDLY FANTASIZE RESTORING HONOR WITH DISHONOR

    GLENN BECK, A BLATANT EMPTY CAN ROLLING IN FRONT OF A MIC
    THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN EMPTY CAN AND A FULL CAN IS: THE EMPTY CAN MAKES MORE NOISES

    If Glenn Beck maintains that the timing of his frivolous rally “Restoring Honor” is coincidental to the 47th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, he implicitly proves that he and his whole staff along with his sponsors, naive followers, affiliates and Sarah Palin -we’ve already seen how misinformed she is so she’s just being used for window dressing- are so ignorant or he’s just a big fat deceitful liar.

    For someone who foolishly believes he’s so smart and rumbles loud and clear acting as if he knows so much about the country, the history of the nation and how to restore the country or the people’s honor -for one, you have to be honorable to restore honor, but I guess when you are hallucinating, you daydream like a child of being a hero or something you can never be-, I can’t intelligently see how Glenn Beck and any reasonable person in his entourage can honestly fail to realize that this particular day (August 28th) marks an important event in the history of our nation. So Glenn tell us: ARE YOU JUST A CRETIN PRETENDING TO BE SO BRIGHT OR A BIG FAT DECEITFUL LIAR? Like they say you can fool some people sometimes, but you can’t fool all the people all the time.

    Here’s another example to understand how ignorant Glenn Beck is. Few months back in the winter, he and his staff were mocking President Obama who was commenting on global warming and explaining how the weather is still hot yet some part of the country is experiencing a very cold season. The feign genius, Glenn Beck, and his staff came up with the most absurd analogy ever said. They were laughing and babbling that what President Obama said is pretty much as saying we’re in an oven and inside the oven, the temperature is at 400 or 500 degree, but some parts of the oven is still cold. “What a moron!” I thought to myself. I couldn’t believe how dumb this loud mouth is to not understand the difference between the weather and the temperature inside an oven. Apparently he and his staff don’t have a clue but talk so much shit. They don’t know that people in Chicago or New York can have a terrible snow storm, experiencing extreme cold, while in Arizona people are walking around in shorts and t-shirts. Unlike an oven, the climate is not necessarily the same around the country or the world for that matter. In fact, some parts may be very cold while others are hot or very hot. Glenn, get your facts right or read some more and keep on stealing people’s ideas and talking as if your came up with something great.

    Glenn, it’s easy to incite with pretense shallow or desperate people with racist mentality so don’t think you’re so important or you’re doing something remarkable. You’re just another clown being financed to create anarchy in a society.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matt-Herrick/100000969560328 Matt Herrick

    When the civil rights movement and the left in general abandoned and in fact, disrespected religion, they transplanted their own heroes as Saints, certain days to them are “Holy”, and they have a theology that can’t be questioned. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss…

  • rainmaker1145

    Beck could hold the next rally on the surface of the moon and still out pull any combined rally of Jessee, Al and Ed 50 to 1.

  • mowermike3

    Did you notice that Big Al used that day to slam Mr. Beck and what he stands for instead of using it to honor what the day is really supposed to stand for. He’d rather spew some more of his “I hate white people crap” all over the world instead of a nice peaceful message like GB did. Maybe Glenn should make a donation to the NAACP and we can call it a rental fee for the day since 500K of us ignorant crackers used this day without Brother Al’s permission.

  • mowermike3

    Haven’t you heard folks ? Al (Mr. Racist) Sharpton already owns this day, it’s his lock stock and barrel! We should have known right away that this racist con man would use this day to drive another one of his poison stakes between the whites and those poor abused black friends of his. This man speaks as if slaves are still being bought and sold at market. He has got rich off the backs of his brothers. If Dr. king were still alive he probably wouldn’t like Sharpton because he’s doesn’t stand for the same things that MLK stood for. MLK was a great man and our whole country is a better place because of him. Al Sharpton is a sleeze bag that doesn’t want us all to get along because he wouldn’t have anything to do. Even if Glenn Beck picked that day on purpose so frickin what Al it doesn’t belong to the NAACP.

  • brettrow

    It would be tough for Sharpton or Shultz pull in 500K, which is what Beck did. I doubt Shultz could pull in 100K, most of which would be bussed in by MSNBC.

    • Ms. Jones

      I was there Saturday. 500,000 was the official estimate, but based on the areas on the mall that were filled with people (from the Lincoln Memorial all the way back to the Washington Monument, on both sides of the reflecting pool) I would say the number was closer to a million. After the rally I spoke to employees at both the Smithsonian and at Mt. Vernon, who were delighted with the uptick in customers–courteous customers who waited patiently, spent generously and cleaned up after themselves! Contrast the immaculate mall post-Beck to the mountains of trash blowing through the streets of the Capital following, say, the Obama innaguration, and I suspect the ordinary working people of DC would welcome back Glenn Beck!

  • grayzel

    “Democratic Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton said at the time that if Beck “has any respect for the unity across racial lines that August 28 represented, he would not hold what looks to be an all-white march that cannot possibly appeal across racial lines because of how he has modeled himself on radio and television.”
    And just why is that you race hustler?

    “As for whether organizations who made a fuss about the Glenn Beck rally have begun the long application process, they haven’t said. Spokesmen from Al Sharpton’s National Action Network and Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition did not immediately return requests for comment.”
    No, they wouldn’t comment. How would it look if they did and got say 50,000 people to show?

  • thephranc

    “a move that caused a ruckus among black leaders”…should read “a move that caused a ruckus among black race baitors” The only reason these hucksters are seen as “black leaders” is because you keep calling them that. They do not lead.

    • anniebanannie

      Exactly. The only thing Sharpton is “leading” them to is a fast trip off a cliff.