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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.

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