From Fox News: As the partial government shutdown heads into its 28th day, Pornhub has reported a spike in traffic — coinciding with the same time some federal workers have stayed home from work.
The site’s Insights team analyzed data from Jan. 7 to Jan. 11, and found that not only has PornHub seen an almost six percent increase in visitors, it’s also seen a “distinct shift in the hours during which people are watching porn.”
The porn-viewing site’s traffic — pre-shutdown — was usually at its peak from 10 p.m. to midnight. But, post-shutdown, “late-night traffic increased by up to 14% above average, while early morning traffic from 9am to 10am had the smallest change.”
In Washington D.C. alone, Pornhub claims its hourly traffic has increased an average of 6.32 percent, with female traffic, in particular, increasing 12.3 percent above average.
The now-longest government shutdown in U.S. history started Dec. 22, and has left more than 800,000 federal workers and contractors without pay. Some federal employees have been deemed essential to government functions and are required to work without pay. Others have been furloughed, but are still left unpaid.
Both Democrats and Republicans are at a standstill as President Donald Trump continues to demand $5.7 billion for a border wall, a request that some Democrats have described as immoral.
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Tonight, at 9 p.m. EST, President Trump will speak to America about security along our border with Mexico. Trump will follow his speech with a visit to the border on Thursday.
Vice President Pence said the national address is due to congressional Demonrats’ refusal to even negotiate on funds for border wall construction, which would end the partial (25%) federal government shut-down that began December 22. President Trump asks for $5.7 billion for construction of a steel border wall.
A vast majority (86%) of Americans say illegal immigration is a problem, including 97% of Republicans, 82% of independents, and 83% of Democrats.
Only 7% of Americans think illegal immigration is “not a problem”, including 2% of Republicans, 7% of independents, and 12% of Democrats.
The remaining 6% of Americans are not sure if illegal immigration is a problem or not.
It is expected that in his national address, President Trump will declare a national emergency to build and pay for the wall. Indeed, border insecurity isa national emergency:
In fiscal 2017, as many as 3,755 known or suspected terrorists entered the U.S.
In fiscal 2018, which ended on Sept. 30, at the southern border:
Customs and Border Protection agents caught 17,000 adults who had criminal records.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement apprehended 6,000 members of gangs, including the violent MS-13.
A 73% increase in fentanyl, one of the deadliest drugs, totaling 2,400 pounds.
A 38% increase in methamphetamine.
A 38% increase in heroin.
50 migrants a day required medical treatment.
31% of female migrants said they were sexually assaulted on the journey to the U.S. (The Daily Signal)
And when/if President Trump declares border security is a national emergency, the U.S. Army will be the primary contractor to build the wall.
InfoWars reports that two days ago, on Sunday, January 6, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) sent a letter to Democratic House committee chairs, informing them that the Customs and Border Protection agency is coordinating with the army to fulfill President Trump’s goal of securing the border with a steel wall.
The letter also says that President Trump’s request for $5.7 billion would fund construction of approximately 234 miles of a steel border wall, and several other areas pertaining to border security, including more border patrol personnel, humanitarian supplies, and technology resources. (Read the letter on ScribD, here.)
Yesterday, a White House official said, “If the president declares a national emergency, the Army Corps of Engineers will kick into high gear. They’re already handing out contracts, and that would speed up a lot.”
In fact, the Army Corps of Engineers had begun soliciting bids in mid-2017 for companies to produce “a mix of border fence, border wall, border patrol roads, border access roads, border lights, border gates (for access to border monuments, for maintenance, and for Border Patrol operational use), border drainage improvements, levee walls, and other miscellaneous improvements, repairs, and alterations.” (Daily Mail)
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Did you know that Pres. Lucifer closed the World War II Memorial in D.C., although the memorial had been built with private (not government) funds?
Did you know, however, that illegals were allowed to demonstrate in the National Mall just a few feet away from the WWII Memorial, on Tuesday, Oct. 7 — notwithstanding the supposed government shutdown? ↓
Here’s an update of the Truckers Ride For the Constitution movement:
Our Constitutional demands are simple: We want our legislators to follow the law.
Independent truckers are leading this convoy to deliver their Trucker demands in their left hand, but must importantly, the U.S. Constitution and non-negotiable demands in their right hand. Here’s a few examples of what all Americans can get behind:
1) The U.S.A. shall not support al-Qaeda. Legislators such as John McCain and Lindsey Graham, et. al have already betrayed the American people in this regard, and must immediately resign.
2) The Debt-Ceiling shall not be raised. Period.
3) NSA Surveillance and archiving of the entire world’s communications must cease & desist.
4) The National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 must be nullified, and the public must be made aware of the implications of repealing the Smith Mundt Act. (allows Pentagon to spend billions on fake news stories for propaganda within the USA)
5) The I.R.S. must cease and desist their terror campaign upon political opponents on behalf of the Obama administration.
6) Benghazi, Seal Team 6, Fast & Furious, Syria Chemical Weapons attack and Boston marathon bombing must be investigated and publicly exposed.
7) Barack Obama must leave office voluntarily and immediately.
8) 9-11 forensic investigation filed in Dr. Judy Wood’s Qi Tam Case in the federal court system must be addressed and publicly disclosed.
9) CIA Whistleblowers with knowledge that Osama Bin Laden was dead well before Obama claimed must be granted immunity for their whistle blowing testimony. (Osama Bin Laden was on the US payroll in 1999, and the CIA delivered a dialysis machine to his death bed. We have audio testimony from a confidential whistleblower who will testify to these facts.)
10) All legislators and government officials who have sworn an oath to defend and support the U.S. Constitution must do so. Those who violate their oath shall be prosecuted immediately. All legislators who signed the NDAA 2012 must vacate their office immediately.
Instead of thousands or hundreds, only dozens of truckers showed up this morning. Fox Newsreports that although “Truckers Ride for the Constitution” had called for 10,000 truck drivers to show up Friday morning and circle I-495 for the next three days, according to a Facebook page for the event, police say a convoy of about 30 trucks began traveling north on Interstate 95 from Doswell, Va., this morning, and just a handful of people had showed up at a key staging area.
Virginia state police say they stopped four tractor-trailer drivers on the Beltway, pulling them over after they began driving side-by side across all four northbound lanes of the Beltway in Fairfax County, slowing traffic to about 15 mph. Officers warned the drivers not to impede traffic and did not write any tickets.
According to MyFoxDC.com, organizers say more could show up through the weekend.
Email from FOTM’s TnRick:
Just heard from Atty. Larry Klayman on the Pete Santilli show that Klayman has in his possession photos that show NG troops in busses that reportedly caused the Truckers to pull back. That being said there are still two more days to this event. There are reports of denial of service attacks at the Santilli site and the trucker site today as well. But the news people evidently have another agenda.
Beginning tomorrow, October 11, American (and Canadian) truck drivers will drive to and shut down Washington, D. C. for three days, to protest the “corruption against the Constitution.” (Read more about this, here.)
On Sunday, October 13, U.S. military veterans from across the nation will come to Washington, D.C. to march at the World War II Memorialas part of the “Million Vet March on the Memorials” to protest the “anti-American” barricadesand mounted police President Lucifer set up as part of the federal government shutdown last week. (Here’s their website.)
The Million Veterans March is sponsored by Special Operations Speaks, a group of veterans holding the Obama administration accountable for the Benghazi scandal and demanding that House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) form a Select Committee to investigate the matter.
Last week, veterans defied the shutdown by visiting the WWII Memorial
This is what we can do to support the truckers and vets:
Don’t buy or sell anything!
Send a message to America’s corrupt government by withholding our money!
Here’s an email from FOTM reader TnRick:
I’m sitting here feeling helpless and frustrated that our Troops overseas are being denied the opportunity to watch football this weekend so that this President can “make a point”. He has closed and prohibited entrance to our National Monuments, Parks and Cemeteries in a deliberate affront to our WWII Veterans yet his golf course is exempt. The Washington Times is reporting and I quote “It’s a cheap way to deal with the situation,” an angry Park Service ranger in Washington says of the harassment. “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.” Read more: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/oct/3/pruden-the-cheap-tricks-of-the-game/#ixzz2gnRE6izT
Now, if I owned a team, was a member of a team or had the ear of one of the above I’d suggest that we take the game “off “ to show that we, as Americans respect the sacrifice and just not show-up on Sunday but that’s not going to happen. Then I had this epiphany, on October 11-13 American and Canadian truckers are expected to converge on Washington D.C. in protest that we have all had enough. https://www.wnd.com/2013/09/now-truckers-convoy-to-d-c/
I suggest that we take it one step further let us all join in by simply dropping out. What I’m asking is that we make no purchases period, if we own a business close it for those three days. Pull the breakers from your panel and don’t participate with the “system in any way. Let’s make these three days a dress rehearsal for the times a lot of us are prepping for anyway. I believe it will draw some attention when there are few if any cars on the road and no revenue being generated.
If it’s too much to ask that you refrain from buying and selling for three days, Oct. 11-13, commit yourself to at least ONE DAY!
Since I don’t sell, I hereby promise I will not buy anything for two days, Friday-Saturday Oct. 11-12.
RedState.com claims it has spoken to sources within the Department of Transportation who say the feds plan to order armedNational Guard troops to close Washington DC’s Interstate Route 495 tomorrow in order to derail a mass protest and potential blockade being organized by Truckers Ride for the Constitution. (More here)
All the more reason for the rest of us — millions of us — to undertake a consumers’ boycott!!!!!!!!!!
After all, he did entitle his second memoir The Audacity of Hope.
Synonyms of “audacity” include “temerity,” “effrontery,” and “gall.”
Der Führer Obama has the temerity to threaten priests in the military with arrest if they dare to celebrate Mass voluntarily without pay! (Frankly, if I were one of the priests, I would rally my brothers to celebrate Mass en masse and dare Commander-In-Chief Lucifer to arrest us.)
And now comes news that Der Führer Obama has the gall to force Americans out of their private homes.
Jacqui Herinrich reports for KTNV Las Vegas, Oct. 4, 2013:
The government shutdown is being felt close to home for some locals. They say they’re being forced out of private homes on Lake Mead because they sit on federal land.
Joyce Spenceris 77-years-old and her husband Ralph is 80. They’ve been spending most of their time in the family ice cream store since going home isn’t an option.
The Spencers never expected to be forced out of their Lake Mead home, which they’ve owned since the 70s, but on Thursday, a park ranger said they had 24 hours to get out.
“I had to go to town today and buy Ralph undershirts and jeans because I forgot his pants,” Joyce Spencer told Action News.
The Stewart’s Point home sits on federal land, so even though the Spencers own their cabin outright, they’re not allowed in until the government reopens.
Park officials said property owners can visit only to retrieve belongings; they sent Action News a statement which reads in part, “Unfortunately overnight stays are not permitted until a budget is passed and the park can reopen.”
Joyce Spencer said she’s alright in the meantime, staying with nearby family, but the move was a lot to handle as a senior citizen.
“I had to be sure and get his walker and his scooter that he has to go in,” Spencer said. “We’re not hurt in any way except it might cost me if I have to go buy more pants.”
The Lake Mead properties are considered vacation homes; one of the lease requirements to own a plot is people must have an alternative residence.
Regardless, the Spencers said it’s their property and they should be allowed in, shutdown or not.
First, it was the World War II veterans who had to break down barriers to see the open air, un-attended memorial erected in their honor. A memorial which is on public land but is supported – including the National Park Service fee – with private funds. This week there was more security surrounding this memorial — just to keep elderly veterans out — than there was at our embassy in Benghazi the night it was attacked.
And for what? To inflict as much pain as possible through this government shutdown. It’s called Washington Monument Syndrome, and it’s pure political theater.
But now there’s a story just coming to light that takes things even further. According the Archdiocese for Military Services, GS and contract priests (who are paid by the federal government as independent contractors in places where there aren’t enough active-duty priests to meet the needs of Catholics in military service) are being forbidden from celebrating Mass, even on a volunteer basis.
If they violate this restriction, they face possible arrest. FOR CELEBRATING MASS.
There is a chronic shortage of active duty Catholic chaplains. While roughly 25% of the military is Catholic, Catholic priests make up only about 8% of the chaplain corps. That means approximately 275,000 men and women in uniform, and their families, are served by only 234 active-duty priests. The temporary solution to this shortage is to provide GS and contract priests. These men are employed by the government to ensure that a priest is available when an active duty Catholic Chaplain is not present. With the government shutdown, GS and contract priests who minister to Catholics on military bases worldwide are not permitted to work – not even to volunteer. During the shutdown, it is illegal for them to minister on base and they risk being arrested if they attempt to do so.
As an example, if a Catholic family has a Baptism scheduled at the base chapel at Langley AFB this weekend, unless they can locate a priest who is not a GS or contract priest, they should consider it cancelled. Likewise, a Marine who attends Sunday Mass at the Quantico Chapel will have to go elsewhere this weekend. If you are a Catholic stationed in Japan or Korea and are served by a Contract or GS priest, unless you speak Korean or Japanese and can find a church nearby, then you have no choice but to go without Mass this weekend. Until the Federal Government resumes normal operations, or an exemption is granted to contract or GS priests, Catholic services are indefinitely suspended at those worldwide installations served by contract and GS priests.
At a time when the military is considering alternative sources of funding for sporting events at the service academies, no one seems to be looking for funding to ensure the Free Exercise rights of Catholics in uniform. Why not?
This shutdown impacts Catholics in the military worldwide. In the DC-metro area, it specifically impacts bases like Quantico. On the Facebook page for the Archdiocese, Catholic military members commenting on the story are not happy. Comments include:
“This is outrageous!!! Especially threatening them with arrest to voluntarily do their job.”
“Unbelievable! I was worried about this because our priest is contracted as well. It is bad enough to be furloughed but to not have a Mass to attend, is a real downer,”
“Just one example, a couple is getting married tomorrow at a large Air Force Base that is staffed by a Contract priest. That priest did all of their marriage prep, and has gotten to know the couple very well over the past few months. But with the shutdown, he cannot perform their wedding. Instead of the priest that the couple has come to know and love, an active duty priest has to be sent in to perform the wedding of two people who are strangers to him and he to them.”
” Is anyone up there going to start a protest?! A rosary ?!?!? A nice Catholic riot maybe?! PLEEEAAASSEEE?! SOMEONE?! ANYONE?! Any real Carholics out there?!!!!???!”
This is outrageous. It is a violation of the First Amendment. It is a prohibition of the free exercise of religion to order priests under penalty of arrest that they cannot volunteer their time to offer Mass to the faithful on base. This cannot be allowed to stand.
As of this writing, I have not yet received a response to my inquiry to the Archdiocese for Military Services as to what specific action steps we can take to get this problem addressed. Until we have a path to resolution, please share this story as widely as possible. Make people aware that Catholics serving our country are being forcibly denied access to the sacraments. These are the lengths the administration and the Democrats in Congress are willing to go to in order to continue inflicting as much pain as possible on the American people during the shutdown.
UPDATE – 10/4/2013 @ 12:34PM: I received a response from the Military Archdiocese. Mr. Schlageter writes with a correction and additional information from the original release:
There will be Mass at Quantico because of the terms of service of the contract for the priest at Quantico. Nonetheless, 3 Masses have been cancelled at local Fort Belvoir. I have been told but cannot confirm that Mass has been cancelled at the Navy yard. In one situation a couple that is to be married at an Air Force Base this Saturday and did all of their preparation with a GS priest will now be married by an active duty priest who is being taken in from somewhere else. This means that the priest that the couple got to know over the past few months will not be able to witness their marriage. One priest in Virginia Beach will be celebrating Mass in a local park off base.
We are also learning that some chapel musicians will not be able to play at Sunday Mass during the furlough.
I think that the best thing people can do is to get the message out. I would suggest that they contact their local members of Congress, but in those cases where parishes are located next to a military base that will not have Sunday Mass, that people be kind and welcoming to their military brothers and sisters and their families.
Please do contact your local member of Congress and welcome our service members into your parishes. And continue to spread the message about these restrictions.
UPDATE – 10/4/2013 @ 2:32PM:
I just got word that while the Navy Yard is staffed with an active-duty priest who will not be impacted by the shutdown, the GS priest at the nearby Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling is furloughed. Since Anacostia-Bolling has the larger chapel, the active duty priest from Navy Yard will be celebrating Sunday Mass at Anacostia-Bolling instead of Navy Yard. The Catholic Community at the Navy Yard has been invited to attend Sunday Mass at Anacostia Bolling.