Here is one and here is the other.
The two stories discuss matters related to the safety of President Barack Obama. The first deals with the meteoric rise in death threats that the Secret Service has dealt with since Obama became president. I believe the death threats have increased by 400 percent. (Oh and shout out to my homie Torrance over at Raw Dawg Buffalo, 'cause that's where I got this story from.) It also talks about the manpower shortages the Secret Service is dealing with.
The second story talks about a man who brought a loaded gun to a recent health care meeting with the President. I'll let Makheru Bradeley, who visits a blog I like, give a better description of the incident:
Kostric was “legally” armed and carrying a sign that read “IT’S TIME TO WATER THE TREE OF LIBERTY” which is taken from a Thomas Jefferson quote, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.”
Clearly, we have a problem.
It was noted during the presidential campaign that all this talk of President Obama's death was stupid. Even the man's wife came out to calm people down. But, clearly, this issue will not die because it is a real one.
Some people view the president as an evil tyrant bent on stripping them of their rights. They believe that as such a tyrant, he holds power illegally and deserves to be killed for that offense. And, those people have guns.
I don't know that something bad is going to happen, but, increasingly, I'm losing faith that something bad WON'T happen. This is not because I think nutsos are everywhere and all powerful, it's because I believe that the government agencies tasked with protecting the president are not equipped to handle the current level of danger.
More importantly, I think it's pretty damn telling that despite the horrible, HORRIBLE job the previous president did, there was not this sort of clamor for his head. There just wasn't. That tells me that it's time to take a good hard look at my own personal arsenal because I'm convinced that there are quite a few people who believe anyone with my worldview and skin color doesn't deserve to live.
That is all.