Of all the places that would be hard to intrude, it seems like the White House would be the hardest. But Omar Jose Gonzalez, the man who was arrested earlier this month for charging into the residence, made it much further than Secret Service officials initially reported, according to the Washington Post. Early reports said the intruder was stopped at the front door, but it seems a knife-wielding Gonzalez managed to jump the White House fence, sprint across the lawn, past a Secret Service guard, into the residence and into the White House's East Room before finally being tackled by an agent. In fact, he darted right past a staircase that led directly to the Obamas' living room.
The security breakdown appears to begin with "crash boxes"—alarms that are set to go off whenever anyone treads on the White House lawn. Those had been either turned down or completely disabled by White House ushers who found them "disruptive." But the list of failures doesn't end there—Gonzalez, intentionally or otherwise, dodged at least five checkpoints, including a group of plainclothes officers, a security guard, an attack dog and an entire SWAT team. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson will testify about what went wrong in front of Congress on Tuesday and has called the breach "unacceptable" ... Discuss
He may be President of the United States of America, but young Madison of Washington DC knows who really run the world. So when Madison's teacher informed her class they'd be having a special guest help them with their 9/11 memorial project, Madison got her hopes up that Queen Bey would stop by, only to have her hopes crushed when it merely turned out to be President Barack Obama and the First Lady. When Obama took a seat next to Madison to help her out, she told him outright: "I really wanted it to be [Beyoncé]," she said, "but then I realized it was gonna be you."
To his credit, the President responded, "Malia and Sasha would feel the same way." Madison later tried to recant and say she was really glad the President was there but, between this and the President's young guest from earlier this week, it's difficult to shake the feeling that kids may just not care about politics all that much ... Discuss
In this picture, we see President Barack Obama meeting with a departing Secret Service agent and his wife, thanking them for their service to their country. We also see the couple's son, and he is just not having any of it. Whether this photo says more about the state of politics or parenting probably depends more on the viewer than anything, but maybe there is no metaphor here, other than yet another monumental tribute to the boredom of childhood and the fact that kids can get away with things that most of us can not ... Discuss
These stories are getting a littletoocommon. Over the weekend, fake news site KCTV7—which posts these types of lies for the sheer joy of watching the world burn—"reported" that Michele Bachmann was advocating putting detained undocumented immigrant children into what she (the site) called "Americanization Facilities" where they would spend "half of their day working, and the other half learning what every child should learn, and that's English."
Of course, the congresswoman had said no such thing, but that didn't stop several sites—among them, Daily Kos and Think Progress—from running the story anyway, since fact checking just takes too much time anymore. It wasn't till Sunday that Raw Story definitively called shenanigans on the story, and the sites sheepishly published their apologies ... Discuss
If you're not familiar with David Icke, here are the basics: He was a BBC sports commentator until a psychic told him he was the "Son of the Godhead" and he announced that the world is being secretly run by a cabal of reptile-like extraterrestrials. Ah, yes. One of those. His theories have a whole Wikipedia page, which isn't that big of a deal, but someone noticed yesterday that the Wikipedia page had been edited by someone in the U.S. House of Representatives. See if you can spot the changes some anonymous, high-ranking editor changed:
Icke has claimed on multiple occasions that many of the world leaders are, or are possessed by, reptilians ruling the world.
Icke has claimed on multiple occasions that many of the world leaders are, or are possessed by, reptilians ruling the world. These allegations are completely unsubstantiated and have no basis in reality.
Hmmm. Just what you'd expect a reptilian possessed member of the House of Representatives to say, right? Very suspicious. The truth is out there. Eyes open, sheeple ... Discuss