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It’s probably going to keep turning out that this attack was worse than we knew

NYT provides some fascinating perspective on who’s tried to do this before, and for almost exactly the same reasons: “In the confusion that followed Wednesday’s desecration of the Capitol, it was widely reported that the last time the building was stormed was in 1814. That overlooked a desperate day in 1861, nearly as lethal to democracy. On Feb. 13, a mob gathered outside the Capitol and tried to force its way in to disrupt the counting of the electoral certificates that would confirm Abraham Lincoln’s election three months earlier.”

There was at least one bit of sabotage done before the riots, which probably means there’s more to be found: “As people rushed out of other buildings on the Capitol grounds, staffers in [Ayanna] Pressley’s office barricaded the entrance with furniture and water jugs that had piled up during the pandemic. [Her chief of staff] Groh pulled out gas masks and looked for the special panic buttons in the office. ‘Every panic button in my office had been torn out — the whole unit.’

Pramila Jayapal (D-WA): “The Capitol police with us seemed very confused about who had the key to the doors. They were closed, but we weren’t sure if they were locked, and we were yelling, “Lock the doors! Lock the doors!” We heard shots being fired, presumably into the chamber.”

Jason Crow (D-CO, veteran): “I called my wife. I told her I loved her and told the kids I loved them and told my wife I might have to fight my way out. […] I did a double-check of all the doors, made sure they were locked. Escorted the more senior members away from the doors, moving them into a defensive position. Asked folks to take off their member pins so that if the mobs break down the doors, the members would be harder to identify. I took a pen out of my pocket to possibly use as a weapon.”

Nancy Pelosi talks about her young staffers, who knew what to do from their school active-shooter drills: “The staff went under the table, barricaded the door, turned out the lights, and were silent in the dark.” “Under the table this whole–” “–under the table for two and a half hours.”

“Moments later, there was yelling in the gallery, as staff and security details started to move around with a heightened sense of alarm. Inside the chamber, news photographers that Pelosi (D-Calif.) had allowed in to capture the historic electoral vote at the dais instead turned around and trained their cameras toward the doors in the back of the chamber.”

Same article: “Capitol police had said previously they didn’t need help, but Bowdich decided he couldn’t wait for a formal invitation. […] These teams typically gather at a staging area off-site to coordinate and plan, and then rush together to the area where they are needed. Bowdich told their commander there was no time.”

Less-reported-on, ordinary people throughout the city also had to hide from rioters wreaking havoc: “[In DC], a city long shaped by hardworking Black Americans and immigrants, the terror unfolded at home, forcing residents to lock themselves behind closed doors or commute from work through downtown streets filled with throngs of white supremacists and law enforcement officials who have often been openly hostile toward their communities. “

Meanwhile: “As this was unfolding on television, Donald Trump was walking around the White House confused about why other people on his team weren’t as excited as he was as you had rioters pushing against Capitol Police trying to get into the building.”

BuzzFeed News spoke to two Black officers who described a harrowing day in which they were forced to endure racist abuse — including repeatedly being called the n-word — as they tried to do their job of protecting the Capitol building, and by extension the very functioning of American democracy. The officers said they were wrong-footed, fighting off an invading force that their managers had downplayed and not prepared them for. “

The officer initially scopes out the door, sees it’s not guarded, and tries to block the way. More rioters pour up the stairs after them, and the officer seems to go with a new strategy – he shoves the first rioter, pissing him off, and then leads the whole mob the other way.” One specific black officer uses himself as bait for racists. Get this man a medal, please.

Not to forget the other cops whose behavior that day deserves to be recognized:”Two Capitol Police officers have been suspended and one has been arrested following the riots at the U.S. Capitol.”

And: “As investigators seek to identify rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol, police departments in Virginia and Washington state have placed officers on leave as authorities examine whether they took part in unlawful acts while off-duty.”

hi mom remember the time you told me I shouldn’t go to BLM protests bc they could get violent…this you?”

Some fallout:

At least one known-COVID-positive rioter identified among the chaotic and unmasked crowd. Inside, several Republicans sheltering-in-place refused to put masks on; presumably they aren’t getting tested afterward, or won’t reveal the results if they are. Meanwhile, Democrats who were forced to share the room with them are starting to report positive tests.

“Because Parler cannot comply with our terms of service and poses a very real risk to public safety, we plan to suspend Parler’s account effective Sunday, January 10th, at 11:59PM PST.” Contains a few choice screenshots of Parler-hosted content, for anyone who’s unclear about what Amazon considers a ToS violation.

“One member [of Congress, being briefed on plans for future riots] was explicit that these groups were trying to get journalists to report on their demonstrations. ‘Some of their main communications to organize these have been cut off, so they’re purposely trying to get the media to report on this as a way to further disseminate information and to attract additional support for their attacks.'”

Sadly, the graphic about Olive Garden canceling Lifetime Pasta Passes for various rioters and their supporters turns out to be a joke.

As is this resignation letter from the Death Star: “Destroying planets and using fear of this battle station to keep the local systems in line was my No. 1 passion until — about 30 seconds ago, weirdly! That was when I saw the X-wings that had evaded our turbo-lasers and were proceeding down a trench toward our vulnerable thermal exhaust port — and realized I had to speak up. I thought: What if remorselessly destroying planets isn’t my passion? What if my real passion is staying alive and avoiding the consequences of my actions?

Monday Works Roundup, 7/23/18

But I’m A Cat Person
Vintage Coats (art | Reseda, Kara Lynn, Cybele, Patrick, Poe | worksafe)
Fallen Patrick (sketch | Patrick, Bianca | worksafe)
Tiger Blep (sketch | Blake | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Magical Telga (art | Telga | worksafe)
Broadsword Hearts (art | Thorn, Violet | worksafe)
Magical Laurel (art | Laurel, Fallon | worksafe)

The Incredibles
Let me into the forcefield around your heart (art | Violet/Voyd | worksafe)

Star Wars
Force Kissing (comic | Finn/Kylo | G)

Steven Universe
…And your little pumpkin dog, too (art | Lapis, Pumpkin | worksafe)
Sisters Universe (art | Steven, Blue Diamond’s daughter, Yellow Diamond’s daughter | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Rainbow flag stamp – base (stamp)
Lesbian labrys flag stamp – base (stamp)
Bisexual flag stamp – base (stamp)
Thandiwe (commissioned character art, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Miranda finishes her theory, and everyone but Jany is very impressed.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Rowan trusts his new friend with some impressively personal information.

Monday Works Roundup, 6/18

But I’m A Cat Person
You Belong At Pride (comic | ensemble | G)

Leif & Thorn
Rainbow Ensemble (wallpaper | Rowan, Kale, Ivy, Juniper, Del, Thorn, Leif, Violet | worksafe)
Centaur Thorn (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)
29 Panels That Always Work (comic how-to | ensemble | G)
Modern AU pride chibis (comic | Leif/Thorn, Ivy, Del, WiB, Geirölul, Sigrún | G)

Revolutionary Girl Utena/Witch Hunter Robin
The Witch and the Hunter (art | Anthy, Robin | worksafe)

Sailor Moon
Goddess of Love is Love (art | Minako | worksafe)

Star Wars
May The Frose Be With You (sketch | Finn/Rose | worksafe)

Steven Universe
Catswap AU (art | Lion, Steven, Jasper | worksafe)
I think you’re so good, and I’m nothing like you (art | Pink/Pearl | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Webcomic Woes – Wonderful, if you insist (comic, G)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Messages of love, pride, and solidarity.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Can Leachtric have her big dramatic moment before the staff finally agree to evacuate the theater?

Monday Works Roundup 5/23/16

But I’m A Cat Person
Poe as Poe (art | Poe | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
This is a public ocean (comic | Ivy/Holly | worksafe)
Lace and body pillows (comic | Violet/Rowan | NSFW, barely)
This is a public garden (comic | Olive/Magnolia | worksafe)
Fancy Rowan (art | Rowan | worksafe)
Not!phone sex (comic | Annie/Birch | worksafe)

Black Butler
Dance with the devil (art | Sebastian/Ciel | worksafe)

Fake News
How Far I’ve Gone, How High I’ve Climbed (fic | Jon/”Stephen”, Steve, Sam, others | T)
In the darkness with you (art | Jon/”Stephen”)

Homestuck
Homestuck sketches (sketches | Dave/Karkat, Davepetasprite^2 | worksafe)

Star Wars
Force Hairstyling (sketch | Rey/Kylo | worksafe)
Stormpilot cuddling (sketches | Finn/Poe | worksafe)
Lightsaber Summer Fun Buddies (sketch | Finn/Rey | worksafe)

Steven Universe/Politics
Big Angry Cheeto Puff vs. Big Angry Cheeto Puff (art | Trump, Jasper | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Infinity tattoo design (text tattoo, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Start of a new chapter. How’s Jany been doing lately?

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Our heroes plan for their not!date. Then: Holly goes on a field trip.

Monday Works Roundup, 3/28

But I’m A Cat Person
Good With Kids (art | Josh, Maria, Dove, Lamb, Donkey, Cybele | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
These costumes are tacky, but… (prompt comic | Stanczia/Imri | mild NSFW)
This was supposed to be hot (prompt comic | Leif/Thorn | mild NSFW)
The cuddling got too intense (prompt comic | Birch/Annie | NSFW)

Phineas and Ferb
Candace Crush (art | Candace/Vanessa | worksafe)

Puella Magi Madoka Magica(/various)
Floofy Teenage Goddess (sketch | MadoSaya | worksafe)
Variant Incubator Breeds (art | Luna, Diana, Ryo-Ohki, Chuchu, Mokona, Mickey, Pikachu, Keroberos, Patrick | worksafe)

Red Dwarf/Star Wars
Imperial Officer Rimmer (art | Rimmer, Vader | worksafe)

Steven Universe
One Eyed Pearl (art | Blue Pearl | worksafe)
Rose’s Other Pearl (art | Lion as Pink Pearl | worksafe)
La Petite Perle (art | Crystal Gem Pearl | worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
It’s never a bad time for awkward middle-aged sexual tension, right?

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
The kids are okay, but Juniper is still in danger, and Thorn gets sidetracked while running to the rescue….