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Pope Francis Honors Dutch Abortion Activist with Pontifical Medal of Knighthood

No, really.

Pope Francis has conferred the title of “Commander of the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great” on Lilianne Ploumen, a Dutch politician and vocal agitator for abortion rights.

Last year, Ploumen founded a pro-abortion organization called She Decides, which offers funding and support for international NGOs that provide, facilitate or campaign for abortion.

In an email to the Catholic Herald, Ms. Ploumen said that she was “very honoured” by the pontifical medal, which was sent via the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs last month.

In an interview with Dutch radio, Ploumen said she views the honor as a sign of the pope’s progressivism, as well as acknowledgement for her work in supporting abortion rights.

Ms. Ploumen said that the award came after much personal investment in contacts with the Vatican, which she defined as “lobbying.”

“Yes, because you know, the Vatican, especially under prior popes, had a rather rigid attitude when it came to the rights of girls and women,” she said.

The Order of St Gregory the Great was founded by Pope Gregory XVI in 1831, under the patronage of Pope St Gregory I. It is bestowed on those who have distinguished themselves in public service or given support to the Church.

During the investiture ceremony, the prelate sponsoring the candidate recites a formula noting that membership in the Pontifical Order of St Gregory the Great “is conferred as a reward for services to the Holy See and the Church on gentlemen/ladies of proved loyalty who must maintain unswerving fidelity to God, the Supreme Pontiff, the Holy See and the Church.”

“Becoming a Knight/Dame does not merely mean receiving a title of honour—even though it is well deserved—but fighting evil, promoting good and defending the weak and oppressed against injustice,” the rite continues.

The approval of candidates for this high honor must be given by the pope himself.

The Vatican press office has confirmed that the honor was indeed awarded to Lilianne Ploumen, but insists that it was not meant to signal approval of her pro-abortion activities.

As if that denial means jack…

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WaPo hack fears Beijing accessing Grindr profiles

LOL! 🙂
 

China experts and former intelligence officials are raising concerns about user data privacy following the acquisition of Grindr, the world’s largest gay dating application, by a Chinese technology firm. The Chinese government, they say, could be in a position to demand sensitive and embarrassing details on the lives of millions of non-Chinese citizens.
This week, the Kunlun Group completed a full buyout of Grindr, a gay, bi, trans, and queer dating app that claims 3.3 million daily users. The Chinese firm bought 60 percent of the company in Jan. 2016 for $93 million and has now acquired the remaining stake for $152 million, according to stock filings. Grindr announced that Kunlun executives will take over leadership of the company.
That announcement set off alarms among officials and experts that track Chinese intelligence and foreign influence operations in the United States. The Chinese government is sweeping up massive amounts of data on not only its own citizens, but also Americans and others, as part of a unique and well-planned effort to build files on foreigners for intelligence purposes.

 

Shoulda thoughta that before you signed up! 😉
 

Drag queen was to star in Madrid Epiphany parade today

It’s not enough they have their own parades; they have to colonize Christian ones like St. Patrick’s, too, and now this:

Conservative politicians in Madrid have condemned the decision to cast two women and a celebrated drag queen as an alternative “Three Wise Men” in a local Epiphany parade.

The trio will star on one of 16 floats at the event in the Puente de Vallecas district on 5 January.

Drag queen La Prohibida will be joined by cabaret dancer Roma Calderón and hip hop singer Dnoé Lamiss.

The three will be dressed as stuffed animals in pyjamas.

The annual Three Kings parades, held the night before Epiphany on 5 January, are a much-loved feature of Spanish Christmas celebrations, popular with children.

Traditionally, three local men dress up as the Magi from the Christmas story and process through their town or village, handing out sweets.

This year’s alternative version was proposed by the Orgullo Vallekano association, a Gay Pride collective in Madrid’s Vallecas neighbourhood.

“We planned to do a parallel parade but when we proposed it in the municipal council, they told us to join the main one,” a representative told El Mundo (in Spanish).

“It’s yet another example of the diversity of Madrid,” said supporter Carla Antonelli, a gay rights activist and Socialist Party politician.

However, critics have argued that Madrid City Council should respect the parades’ traditional form.

“We support Gay Pride and the rest of the celebrations, but we believe the Kings’ Day should be respected as a religious holiday,” said Jose Luis Martinez-Almeida, the Popular Party’s spokesman for Madrid council.

“Sometimes, a Cavalcade of Kings must simply be what the children expect it to be – a Cavalcade of Kings,” tweeted Begoña Villacís, a Madrid councillor for the centre-right Ciudadanos party.

Singer La Prohibida – also known as Amapola López – says that is not a problem, and that she hopes to enrich the traditional festivities.

“The parade is for children and it will be a party for the children. There will be no glitter, no crowns, no different dresses… It is a festive thing, but it is neither the Carnival of the Canary Islands nor Gay Pride,” the drag queen told El Mundo.

In her view, all traditions evolve – and it is the ones that adapt for modern times that endure.

People could equally ask why “SpongeBob Squarepants or the Star Wars characters” take part in a religious parade, she noted.

That’s a fair point; really, pop culture B.S. of any kind should be rejected…

 

Guy keeps unopened gift from chick who dumped him almost a half-century ago

Brothers, don’t be this guy

FFS…

Throw it away already!

Or burn it!

Something!

Just get rid of it, already!

 

Because folks today aren’t vain enough, apparently…

London cafe unveils the ‘selfieccino’ – self portraits in froth

LONDON (Reuters) – A cafe in London is taking barista art to a new level by giving customers the chance to sip on their own self-portraits.

A customer drinks a ‘Selfieccino’ coffee at the Tea Terrace in London, Britain, December 19, 2017. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

The Tea Terrace, based in House of Fraser’s Oxford Street branch, has become Europe’s first location to deliver the “Selfieccino,” which features an image of customers’ faces on the frothy topping of their drinks.

Patrons send their headshots via an online messaging app to the barista and are given the choice of either a cappuccino or hot chocolate as their canvas.

The image is uploaded to the “Cino” machine while the drink is placed in position. The picture is then scanned and reproduced onto the froth using a flavorless food coloring.

The process takes around four minutes before an image is presented on the froth, ready to be photographed and sent to all points via social media before drinking, and costs around 5.75 pounds. ($7.5)

”Due to social media, the dining experience has completely shifted,“ Ehab Salem Shouly, owner of The Tea Terrace told Reuters. ”It’s not enough any more to just deliver great food and great service – it’s got to be Instagram worthy.”

Over 400 of the personalized drinks have been sold since they launched on Saturday, with the hash tag “Selfieccino” going viral across various social media platforms.

The Tea Terrace hopes to trademark the term as they expand the service across their other two locations in London Victoria and Guildford, Surrey.

 

Prog anti-Christmas hate even extends to the secular elements

The War on Christmas keeps getting wider in its focus:

I’ll bet you didn’t realize that “Jingle Bells” is an unabashed celebration of white supremacy and that “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” inadvertently celebrates the bullying of a closeted homosexual.

What’s worse, I find your willful ignorance on these issues to be highly problematic.

According to the pelican-faced Kyna Hamill of Boston University:

The legacy of ‘Jingle Bells’ is one where its blackface and racist origins have been subtly and systematically removed from its history….Although ‘One Horse Open Sleigh,’ for most of its singers and listeners, may have eluded its racialized past and taken its place in the seemingly unproblematic romanticization of a normal ‘white’ Christmas, attention to the circumstances of its performance history enables reflection on its problematic role in the construction of blackness and whiteness in the United States.

As far as I can tell, she thinks the song would have been more accurately titled “Slave Bells Ring.” She appears to be arguing that behind every “Jingle Bells” lies Emmett Till’s bloated corpse. Remind me not to buy her a Christmas card.

Over at Slate, Christina Cauterucci and her ill-advised hairdo are waxing wroth about the fact that Santa Claus treats Rudolph—who obviously was intended by his creators to represent a bullied Gay Everyman—like a sweatshop worker in his capitalist Ponzi scheme. Santa is scolded for not stepping in and protecting Rudolph against body-shaming until he realizes he can exploit the little battered gay reindeer’s shiny red nose for profit.

The only problem I see here is the fact that people see problems here.

The rest of the article, though not about Christmas, is highly amusing and entertaining, showing progs devouring their own, coming down against the sort of things they used to love. Guess we shouldn’t be surprised that a virtue-signalling purity spiral ends with the prog Ouroboros eating its own tail… 😉

 

War on Christmas meets rape hysteria: Northern Ireland police claim kissing under mistletoe without consent is rape

Incredible.

Police have warned Christmas party goers to obtain consent before kissing under the mistletoe otherwise they may be guilty of rape.

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Some respondents suggested PSNI had failed to understand the law regarding rape, while others said it showed the organisation had a “warped view of the world”.

The tweet was subsequently deleted, with the force later saying it had been “taken out of context”.

The message was intended to form part of PSNI’s “without consent” campaign, launched in 2013, which has previously run into criticism for allegedly “victim blaming” over a tweet in March warning women about the dangers of “overindulging”.

One Twitter user, @69mib, wrote: “Bumping into someone, under the mistletoe, is now considered rape? Why do you trivialise such a serious issue with such a nonsense tweet?”.

Another, Mike Love, responded: “This tweet tells people that a kiss is rape. Do you realise what you’ve said?”

While the offence of sexual assault involves intentionally sexually touching another without consent and without reasonably believing the other consents, rape must involve penetration with a penis.

PSNI later appeared to defend the thrust of its earlier message, tweeting on Sunday: “We posted a message on Twitter yesterday that some may have taken out of context but the message remains the same; when you are out socialising over the Christmas period, please remember without consent it is rape.”

Some Twitter users appeared more offended about what the messages said about the police force’s attitude to Christmas than crime.

One responded: “Don’t put a downer on things sure! Very cheerful Mr PSNI”; other people said they were astounded that @PoliceServiceNI was not a spoof account.

In August a probe was launched following allegations that six PSNI officers and staff had tweeted sexist and racist messages, as well as those that could aggravate sectarian messages, which may potentially prejudice criminal investigations.

Some of the tweets were said to have included allegations against a Northern Irish journalist and also the abuse of another journalist from a Belfast radio station.

Kissing under the mistletoe is a centuries-old tradition inspired by a belief that the plant increases life and fertility.

Historical accounts suggest the ancient Norse tradition was to kiss the hand of a host under the mistletoe, rather than the cheek or lips.