Q:I'm watching Lincoln and in the film he is just going around with little or no protection (which worked out great) and I was wondering a) if that was true and b) if so when did the Secret Service begin protecting the President so extensively
Yeah, pretty crazy, isn’t it? And, as little protection as Lincoln had, he was probably the most protected President up to that point in history due to the Civil War and the fact that Washington, D.C. was within reach of Confederate forces on several different occasions. Plus, Lincoln had received so many threats against his life. Still, his protection was minimal and, at times, it was due to Lincoln’s old friend Ward Hill Lamon deciding to take it upon himself to watch Lincoln’s back.
Even with Lincoln’s assassination, protection wasn’t regularly provided for Presidents. It wasn’t until after William McKinley’s assassination in 1901 that Congress finally expanded the Secret Service’s mission to include Presidential protection. They realized that the fact that three Presidents had been murdered with ease in just 36 years suggested that there might be a problem.
Even then, Secret Service protection for Presidents had to be renewed year-by-year until 1950. That’s when two Puerto Rican nationalists tried to shoot their way into Blair House (where the First Family lived during the renovation of the White House) in an attempt to kill President Truman. The wild gun battle in the streets while the President was upstairs left one White House Police Officer and one of the gunman dead, and finally convinced Congress that the President required permanent protection instead of yearly renewals.
Interesting piece of historical knowledge
The Kochs exemplify a new reality that strikes at the heart of America. The vast wealth that has accumulated at the top of the American economy is not itself the problem. The problem is that political power tends to rise to where the money is. And this combination of great wealth with political power leads to greater and greater accumulations and concentrations of both — tilting the playing field in favor of the Kochs and their ilk, and against the rest of us. America is not yet an oligarchy, but that’s where the Koch’s and a few other billionaires are taking us.
This last election has shown us that presidential nominees need one wealthy donor to run a campaign. Sheldon Adelson singlehandedly bankrolled Newt Gingrich. Peter Thiel funds Ron Paul. Foster Friess kept Rick Santorum frothy with funds. Not to mention Karl Rove's American Crossroads PAC was a who's who of billionaire donors.
Overturn Citizens United. Campaign finance reform NOW!
"Where is your trunk, human?" [x]
Cutest elephants ever.
hi how are you! my name is Lelophent *tries to shake, feels around awkwardly, finds nose* oh… your trunk is kinda small… hm… well momma said everyone is different and special… nice to meet you “shakes stubby human trunk*
MY GRANDPA WANTED TO BE AN ARTIST
BUT HE HAD 7 KIDS AND A WIFE TO FEED SO HE ENDED UP OWNING A GROCERY STORE AFTER SERVING IN WW2
TODAY MY DAD WAS CLEANING THE HOUSE AND FOUND SOME PENCIL DRAWINGS THAT MY GRANDPA DID AND ASKED IF I WANTED TO HAVE THEM AND I
CAN WE JUST LOOK AT THIS
MY BAD WEBCAM PICTURES DON’T EVEN DO THEM JUSTICE LIKE LOOK AT THESE
MY GRANDPA NEVER BECAME A FAMOUS ARTIST
BUT I WANT TO MAKE HIM KNOWN
An investigative report published Monday by Politico reveals that taxpayers in the United States will give nearly $1 billion this year to private schools that teach children creationism and discredit the theory of evolution.
Journalist Stephanie Simon of the Washington, DC-based publication wrote that hundreds of pages of course descriptions, textbooks and school websites were scoured to see what type of curriculum was being offered by private institutions that receive public subsidies.
This is the Bush legacy. Separate church from state. Tax dollars are not meant to teach creationism.
The Game Cube can be hit with a sledgehammer and work just fine. The Nintendo DS was specifically designed to be able to survive a 1.5 meter (five foot) drop onto solid concrete without breaking, and one of the company’s bigwigs wouldn’t let it go past the design phase until the design team could guarantee it could survive the drop at least 10 times. In fact, Nintendo products have such a reputation for being impossible to break through normal means that they spawned the term “Nintendium”—an all-purpose phrase given to pieces of technology that survive extreme punishment. For example, take the Gulf War Game Boy, an original Game Boy console that survived having a freaking bomb dropped on it.
Nintendo never advertises their products as being durable, they don’t brag about their Game Boys being bomb-proof or their consoles being tough enough to survive being hit by a car. They just expect their customers to be human and include features to prepare for that humanity. While other companies decide that they’re nice by including a cover to protect the screen of the $600 phone you just bought in case you drop it, Nintendo just builds a device that can survive being dropped in the first place and doesn’t make a big deal about it. Because that’s how a real company does business.