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Messed up priorities: Sunday money-making is now more important than Canada Day, apparently

So we have Sunday shopping, alas, and have had for some years now.

However, usually on public statutory holidays like Canada Day (which is tomorrow), many businesses close.

But I’ve noticed that this year, oddly enough, many businesses that normally close on holidays (including government-run provincial liquor stores) like Canada Day are actually staying open this year and instead closing on Monday, thus matching what the banks and civil service do (take off Monday if a holiday lands on a Sunday).

But that means that they stay open on the day of the holiday itself – which they otherwise normally take off – and instead close the day after the holiday, which makes no sense.

Apparently commerce is more important to them not only than the Lord’s Day, but even special individual Sundays here and there which happen to also be public holidays, period.

Bow down before Mammon, greedy businesses and government-run liquor stores, etc.

For that is your true god. At least the mask is off this time; I suppose we should be thankful for that at least…

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Fashionable armbands?

 

Patrick Brown running for his old job as Ontario Tory leader

Oh, this is perfect.

In a bizarre twist to a saga that has plunged Ontario’s official opposition Conservatives into chaos, Brown on Friday filed the paperwork to join the leadership race. His rivals blasted him.

Look, I never liked Patrick Brown, with his flip-flopping on the sex-ed issue – first rightly opposing Premier Wynne’s changes to the curriculum, then supporting them; his then further back-stabbing of the so-cons who elected him by marching in a gay pride parade, and his endless pandering to ethnic minorities, culminating in a recent long trip to India in December, which he tweeted endlessly about – but the false accusations against him which were way too convenient in their timing, with his Tories having finally risen enough in popularity (not because he was any good, but because Wynne is so awful) to threaten Wynne, have now even been partially shown to be false.

Now, Brown won’t stand a chance of winning this time, much less leading the Tories to victory, but why shouldn’t he throw a spanner in the works of those who seek to profit from the smear campaign that removed him from the Tory leadership? (Look, I like Doug Ford, and hope he wins, but one can’t deny the opportunism…)

Yeah, it won’t help the Tories any, who have consistently chosen incompetent leaders over the last 20 years which has kept the Liberals in power that whole time.

Oh well. Fun to watch not only the lashing out of the other candidates, but the whining in the media.

Revenge is a dish best served cold.

 

Arise again, Ford Nation, and rescue Ontario!

With Doug Ford throwing his hat in the ring, as the Ontario Tory leadership is in complete meltdown mode, there is an opportunity to clean house, and finally take back the province from Wynne and the Grits.

Go, Dougie! Win one for Rob (R.I.P.)! 🙂

Arise again, Ford Nation, and this time not just for Toronto, but the province! 🙂

 

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…

 

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…