Vandals splatter Lincoln Memorial with green paint
July 26th, 2013
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Vandals splatter Lincoln Memorial with green paint

Washington (CNN) - Vandals splashed green paint on the base of the Lincoln Memorial's statue overnight, prompting officials to temporarily close the marble fixture on Washington's National Mall, authorities said.

Police were alerted just before 1:30 a.m. and found paint splattered on the leg and base of the 19-foot-tall statue of Abraham Lincoln, U.S. Park Police Capt. Steven Booker told CNN Friday. There were no discernible letters or markings.

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  1. Rudy NYC

    It could have been worse, I supose. No sense in working up my blood pressure. The deed is done.

    July 26, 2013 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  2. Donkey Party

    Sounds like payback for Rand Paul's pet "Southern Avenger" for being forced to resign from the Paul camp. Those Confederates still have a beef with Lincoln.

    July 26, 2013 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    Perhaps people have begun to explore the truth about Lincoln...........a man we built a monument to........who was one of the worst presidents in this country's history..........who attacked and started a war, that left 640000 Americans dead, because he chose NOT to allow southern states to go their separate way, peacefully.

    Now we have another such man in the WH, and can only imagine, how ruthless he may become, as he seeks to take us into a Totalitarian state.

    July 26, 2013 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  4. Fair is Fair

    That's awful... just awful. I hope whoever did it gets the book thrown at them.

    July 26, 2013 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  5. Just a thought

    There is so much idiocy and hate in the country. The mentally unbalanced amoungst us with all their paranoia and hate for others are imploding. My guess is this isn't a bunch of kids playing out a college dare but fools trying to honor John Wilkes Booth in some silly way. Where was that guy that resigned from Rand Paul's campaign? A true racist if I've ever seen one. Heaven help this country overcome the racist, angry and wicked.

    July 26, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Rick McDaniel

    Perhaps people have begun to explore the truth about Lincoln...........a man we built a monument to........who was one of the worst presidents in this country's history..........who attacked and started a war, that left 640000 Americans dead, because he chose NOT to allow southern states to go their separate way, peacefully.
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    Lies, lies, lies, The South fired the first shot of the Civil War when Confederate troops opened fire on Fort Sumter, SC.

    July 26, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  7. Just a thought

    @Fair is Fair....did you see what Ricky McD said....He feels the southern states should have been allowed to continue their practice of slavery. ....and you and him hold the same poltical ideology. Does that tell ya something. I tells me plenty. Him I don't give much credit for sensibility. No matter how much he would wish slavery was still legal, it won't happy – (sorry Ricky boy)....But I'm concerned about you because you appear to be intelligent but the hate is definitely there...just like Ricky. What say you?

    July 26, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  8. Tom

    ...And Darrell Issa will probably start an investigation to accuse Hillary Clinton of doing it.

    July 26, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  9. Wake up People!

    I'm not surprised by this in the least bit, not after some of the comments I have read right here by posters like Rick M. Many HATE Lincoln for freeing the slaves, and still wish to this day that people like myself had no rights at all. The election of President Obama just brought it all out in the open.

    The mods are working overtime this week. Every comment I've made has been zapped.

    July 26, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  10. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    You know the whole Lincoln being on the "brown" penny facing the opposite direction of his predecessors may have something to do with it.

    July 26, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  11. Sniffit

    "Lies, lies, lies, The South fired the first shot of the Civil War when Confederate troops opened fire on Fort Sumter, SC."

    Yes, but as far as the GOP/Teatrolls are concerned, history is almost as inconvenient for them as our right to vote.

    July 26, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  12. Data Driven

    At least Rick is honest in his dislike of Lincoln. Indeed, there's no reason why a modern conservative should honor Lincoln - he was for stuff today's conservative is against. The primacy of the Federal government, for instance.

    July 26, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  13. Jason

    Lincoln was a Republican The Confederacy was started by the Democrats. Can any liberal state anything Democrats did for Civil Rights

    July 26, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  14. enuff

    I do not see why people have this need to deface or destroy.

    July 26, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  15. Just a thought

    @Jason
    Lincoln was a Republican The Confederacy was started by the Democrats. Can any liberal state anything Democrats did for Civil Rights
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    You need to take a history class. People essentially switch parties over civil rights. If you were a racist/bigot in the south, you joined the republican party. If you were tolerant, an intelligent white person or a minority you became a democrat. Here endeth the lesson...If you need further, please look at enrolling in a local school teaching history. Thanks for play "The inconvenient truth the GOP/Tea Trolls would like to forget – i.e. FACTS

    July 26, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  16. Fair is Fair

    Just a thought

    @Fair is Fair....did you see what Ricky McD said....He feels the southern states should have been allowed to continue their practice of slavery. ....and you and him hold the same poltical ideology. Does that tell ya something. I tells me plenty. Him I don't give much credit for sensibility. No matter how much he would wish slavery was still legal, it won't happy – (sorry Ricky boy)....But I'm concerned about you because you appear to be intelligent but the hate is definitely there...just like Ricky. What say you?
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    First of all, I don't believe any 2 people hold the EXACT same political ideology. I hold positions that are not considered conservative (being against the death penalty is one, there are others).

    Slavery? The fact that it ever existed in a country that was founded on the premise of liberty is, in my eyes, the darkest mark on this country's great history.

    By the way, I "hate" no one, and I take exception to that comment. Does that answer your question?

    July 26, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  17. The Real Tom Paine

    -Fair is Fair

    That's awful... just awful. I hope whoever did it gets the book thrown at them.
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    Absolutely.

    July 26, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Jason

    Lincoln was a Republican The Confederacy was started by the Democrats. Can any liberal state anything Democrats did for Civil Rights
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    Civil Rights Act. Voting Rights Act. Affordable Care Act, which contains a Patient's Bill of Rights. Any 5th grader could have answered that one. Right wing media may be hazardous to your mental health.

    July 26, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  19. Just a thought

    BTW "Fair" hating to pay taxes for a government supporting those receiving welfare, just sounds that you are hateful of the people that need that help....if not, resentful maybe? Since when does an intelligent person like you think your money is more important than some fellow citizens well being? Granted, there are some that are cheating the system. But cheating occurs at the welfare level as well as in corporate america...so you should be able to accept that as part of human nature with no regards to their financial means or lack thereof. But the point is, there are some people the need and deserve government assistance. Do you Hate or Resent those people? what about injured veterans?

    July 26, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  20. Joi Gibson

    Whatever your politics, I am sure we can all agree as Americans that this is just flat out wrong and when the person or persons who did this are caught, they should be made to put on orange jumpsuits and clean it up, in the middle of the day so everyone can see them cleaning up the mess they made.

    July 26, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  21. Sniffit

    "Always a speech; what about some action."

    Yawn. POTUS can only use executive authority to get us so far. Congress writes the legislation. He enforces it and manages the gov't. There's only so much he can do while the GOP/Teatrolls busy themselves making sure Congress does nothing. One of the things he can do, however, is take his message to the people to create the political will and public outcry for action, even certain actions, in order to help break the logjam in Congress. That's what he's doing. The GOP/Teatrolls are not going to act AT ALL unless they are faced with political pressure and forced into situations where it's in their best interests to stop obstructing everything and playing hostage games to break legislation and the gov't. Until then, they firmly believe that it's in their best interests to act like tantrum throwing 2 year olds, obstructing everything and spending all their time and energy on symbolic legislative circle-jerking and demagoguery.

    July 26, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  22. Jeff in Virginia

    I'd like to know- do Republicans love Lincoln, or do they hate him?

    We all know that Lincoln was a Republican and Lincoln would not let the south secede. Consider that most neo-Confederates and Tea Partiers are Republicans. This should mean that neo-Confederates and Tea Partiers are Democrats, but it's not how it is.

    That is exactly because political ideologies flipped- before the 100 year span from the Civil War to Civil Rights, the Democrats supported slavery and secession. Now it's the Republicans. End of Story.

    Sorry R's, you don't get to claim the mantle of Lincoln. Doing so only makes you look the fool.

    July 26, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  23. Sniffit

    "Lincoln was a Republican The Confederacy was started by the Democrats. Can any liberal state anything Democrats did for Civil Rights"

    Ignoring the party-switch in the south after passage of the Civil Rights Act and in response to desegregation, etc., is just silly. All the dixiecrats became GOPers, which birthed the Frankenbigot monster we know as today's GOP.

    July 26, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  24. Hector Slagg

    Well,
    Too many idle hours for the unwashed. There needs to be a farm system where all these idle youth can be put where they will have something to do. I know, I know, the Liberal's will say we can't harm these under privaledged youth because they don't have all the privledges of the rich. Sorry, how do you think people got rich? They need a good Marine Sargent.

    July 26, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  25. J'Cincinnai'Redd

    God help us!

    July 26, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
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