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Old 10-04-2021, 10:27 AM   #1041
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WASHINGTON — Four major access points that Jan. 6 rioters used to break into and overtake the U.S. Capitol had something unusual in common: They were among a dozen or so ground-floor windows and glass-paned doors that had not been recently reinforced.

The majority of the Capitol’s 658 single-pane windows were quietly upgraded during a 2017-19 renovation of the historic building. The original wooden frames and glass were covered with a second metal frame containing bomb-resistant glass.

But planners skipped about a dozen ground-floor windows, including some located in doors, because they were deemed to be low risk in the event of implosion, largely due to their discreet or shielded location, or because the building couldn’t structurally handle the load of the heavier frames.

And whether by sheer luck, real-time trial and error, or advance knowledge by rioters, several of those vulnerable windows and two glass-paned doors — protected with only a thin Kevlar film added after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks — became easy entry points for hundreds of Trump supporters who overran and ransacked the building on Jan. 6.

Video shows some of the first rioters to break through the police line running past 15 reinforced windows, making a beeline for a recessed area on the Senate side of the building, where two unreinforced windows and two doors with unreinforced glass were all that stood between them and hallways leading to lawmakers inside who had not begun to evacuate.

A rioter’s fist cracked the glass of one window, video posted to social media shows. A stolen police riot shield and a wooden pole finished the job. In seconds, the unreinforced glass gave way in a single sheet. Rioters poured through the window. Similar methods were used to break glass in at least three other locations.

“I couldn’t believe that they were able to breach those points as easily as they did,” said Scott Lilly, a former House Appropriations Committee Democratic staff director. “It certainly shows that all of the money and inconvenience that we’ve instituted on those buildings was not particularly well spent.”
Is it possible they just got lucky? Of course. But what are the odds that they happened to run right past the reinforced windows and pick the unreinforced windows on the first try?
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Yeah, but hey, they were just tourists, so it's totally not a big deal, right?
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ton of fun here in DC

https://twitter.com/scottwongDC/stat...05028668301314
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I was in DC last week for a couple of days touring colleges with my daughter. Apparently we chose an uneventful week.
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I forgot to include the Headache residence on the tour.

Actually hadn't been down there in a long time. Was reminded of how much I like that area overall.
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On this subject …

For the four people still in here who know/care, Memphis and I are actually leaving DC at the end of the month.

West Coast here we come.
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Where west coast?
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Seattle. And probably a little bit LA.
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I can’t imagine not having AC.
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LA has some beautiful weather right now. Good time to visit. I think the hottest day forecast for the next week is 75. And it actually rained yesterday!
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it's fun to see them eating themselves.
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this is the shit we are subjecting our children to in the name of "mah freedoms"

https://twitter.com/davenewworld_2/s...86204909821953

fuck the second amendment.
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US Politics XXXIII: Get Inoculated!

https://twitter.com/hugolowell/statu...239294983?s=21

Ok Congress, either use your powers or you’re gonna lose them.

There has to be consequences for breaking the law.

Nothing was done when impeachment orders were ignored and look what transpired.

My hope is the committee will issue arrests but who knows
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this is the shit we are subjecting our children to in the name of "mah freedoms"

https://twitter.com/davenewworld_2/s...86204909821953

fuck the second amendment.
Just an ordinary Texas Friday.
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