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The Secret Service lied again! Remember that fence jumper?

You know the one that made it to the portico un-armed until we found out he was armed with a knife? Well this is stunning to me.

The man who jumped the White House fence this month and sprinted through the front door made it much farther into the building than previously known, overpowering one Secret Service officer and running through much of the main floor, according to three people familiar with the incident.

An alarm box near the front entrance of the White House designed to alert guards to an intruder had been muted at what officers believed was a request of the usher’s office, said a Secret Service official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The officer posted inside the front door appeared to be delayed in learning that the intruder, Omar Gonzalez, was about to burst through. Officers are trained that, upon learning of an intruder on the grounds, often through the alarm boxes posted around the property, they must immediately lock the front door.

After barreling past the guard immediately inside the door, Gonzalez, who was carrying a knife, dashed past the stairway leading a half-flight up to the first family’s living quarters. He then ran into the 80-foot-long East Room, an ornate space often used for receptions or presidential addresses.
What the hell is going on here? (seriously, read the entire article.)

ETA: Here is the kicker, and why I just do not believe the Secret service anon sources at this point:
Chaffetz said he plans to ask Pierson how an alarm meant to alert officers to intruders could be silenced or turned down. The congressman said two people inside the agency told him that boxes were silenced because the White House usher staff, whose office is near the front door, complained they were noisy. A Secret Service official told The Post that the usher’s office was concerned the boxes were frequently malfunctioning and unnecessarily sounding off.

I had a big scare and I have a small sad.

-- and when I say small sad , I mean this in the greater idea of things.

We had tickets to the Giants game tonite being played at Fed Ex field pretty sweet tix. (lower level, 30 yard line Giants side.) I have never seen my beloved big blue play live, not even when I was in NY. Hubby was working from home because we had friends the coincidentally we going to the game as well and we were going to tailgate together. They were bringing the meat, we would bring the grill and the growlers of home brew.

Out of the blue, This morning my husband got sick. At 11 am he said I am not feeling well (he was fine earlier in the day) I brought him tea and took his temp… 101.8. He was having chills so badly it looked seizure like. I put Ice on him to bring the fever down. Took it again about 20 minutes later and the fever was still rising. We went to the urgent care office (he's got a primary care doctor, but this was closer and was urgent) They took his temp again and now his fever was 102.7 plus, his heart beat was thru the roof (147 per minute). They got the fever to come down (tylenol and Ibuprofen) and his heart rate to slow down. Diagnosis: He has a viral Flu like thing. They did not call it the flu. He will be ok. He is resting here at home. Unless his fever shoots up again or his heart starts racing again he just needs to let this work itself through. If anything like this happens in the next 72 hours, we were instructed to go to the ER as they can take blood tests and get results far more quickly, makes sense. This is an amazing urgent care facility.

He wanted me to go to the game anyway, and I was like hell no. (It was a no brainer. The Giants are here every year, we can wait another year)

I'm just a little bummed about the game but very happy that Hubby is alright. In order to get him to stop feeling bad about this, we both decided to give the tickets away with one string attached: Pay it forward.

It makes my sad a lot less knowing that someone else is enjoying the game tonite.

Appeals court upholds decision overturning Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban!!!

From WaPo:
By a 2 to 1 vote, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond said that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed under the Constitution regardless of sexual orientation.

“We recognize that same-sex marriage makes some people deeply uncomfortable,” said Circuit Judge Henry F. Floyd. “However, inertia and apprehension are not legitimate bases for denying same-sex couples due process and equal protection of the laws. Civil marriage is one of the cornerstones of our way of life.”

I am watching my friend hosting an amazing event! #LadyPartsJustice


Lizz is an amazing woman. You can watch it live now!

Hello Loungers!

I don't have much to say, so I just wanted to say hi!

So come January, who'll be the GOP leader?

I don't know if we can get the seat. I think we need to scramble and figure out who Jack Trammell is. (and get behind him)

Until then, if the GOP retains the house, who will take that role? They lost a pretty big senior member tonite. and when I say senior member…

… I'll stop..

Good bye to Cantor. Farewell.

Question about Those that are making statements about Elliot Rodger:

Things like, Was he gay; Was he an MRA, was he just a self entitled ass (or any version of the sort… There has been a lot of speculation on DU about this. That's understandable, as this is a discussion board)

I'm not quite sure how to phrase this, but it appears as tho a lot of people are coming to a thesis based on his 'manifesto', and assuming that everything he wrote was absolute truth. This guy created a work of his own truths, as I see it.

I have not had a chance to read or even seen any comments from the many people he grew up with, or his family. Why are we taking his manifesto as truth? How do we know that anything he wrote was true at this point?

I assume it's easy to believe that the result of that very disturbed writing is proof. (and I am actually reading it, it looks like he was making excuses for what he did, blame blame blame)

Has anyone of the many MANY people mention in that writing had a chance to comment on what happened? The guy killed people. HE killed a lot of people, why should we take his words as truth?

He was a selfish murderous POS, I base this on his actions. I am not willing to get into his motives based on his words and his words only. I would very much like to see what so many of the people who interacted with him have to say. He named a lot of people; people who might be able to verify or discredit anything he wrote or recorded.

He killed innocents, I am not sure that I willing to give his words or manifesto credence.

I don't post here much, but an appreciation thread is (IMO) in order…

A thread for NRaleighLiberal!

I have been a gardener since as long as I can remember. I love growing my own stuff.

That said, NRaleighLiberal is an amazing resource in this group and deserves a huge appreciation.

To every gardener on DU:

I am going outside to plant. We have 4 years of spent grain (home brewers) compost that is rich, lucious soil and filled with earthworms that I have a need, a need -- for seed!

Keep on planting on! and once again, thank you NRaleighLiberal for all you do!

Not only do I love the Grateful Dead, I also love Mr. Bob Dylan.

I've spent a good portion of my afternoon listening to Bob Dylan Radio -- they play all sorts of dylan stuff. Live concerts. people who have covered him and the covers he has done of other people.

I loved this cover:

I want to ask a question, and it comes from an honest and naive place.

I just read this post http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024761241

I agree with the OP, this is a right. (it's a shame that a right needs to be legislated) but it popped a question into my head. Blu

Does DU have any AA members that experienced/lived through the era prior to the civil rights act being signed into law?

I would love to read the perspective of what people thought after it was signed into law. Did supporters of the Civil Rights Act(s) ever feel like they had to apologize for what it did? Did the CRA have the same kind of reaction that the ACA is having?

It's my opinion that the CRA could have gone farther, but my perspective is one based on history. I was born in 1967, so for me, hindsite is 20/20. Did people at the time feel they needed a disclaimer to proclaim their support for the CRA?

(I may not be around tonite to respond, but I will be here tomorrow during the day)

I hope this all makes sense.

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