Category Archives: Sweden

Man Who Prayed On Train!

He was a devout Muslim whose religion compelled him to pray going to work and on the way back. The other day on his homeward trip, the man began to pray when a conductor came to check tickets. He motioned that he was in prayer and wanted to complete his daily obligations to God. “I started to pray, but when the conductor arrived and shoved me three times in the back almost causing me to topple over.” The conductor shouted: “Show me the ticket!” He did not quickly respond so the conductor contacted police and the man was thrown off the train.

He was placed on a platform lacking sufficient money to pay for a room. He was just left standing there, alone and confused because the ticket was not shown quickly enough. I am certain among the most important issues of Swedish trains it interfering with prayer and throwing people off trains.

The man DID have a monthly ticket, but it was not produced fast enough. The man was thrown off the train and peace reigned once more on Swedish trains!

Face Of Hate

Judge Stefan Wikmark is concerned about people in his courtroom since he is afraid there might be  terrorists lurking behind the faces of those present. “I feel responsible for order in this court room and I feel I can’t achieve that if I am unable to see the faces of those present.” He therefore ordered the removal of three Muslim women who he claimed were wearing niqabs to disguise their faces. The women were attempting to attend the trial of Abi Aziz Mahamud, charged with planing an attack or a murder of Roda Sten, an artist.

Actually, the women were wearing burqas, not niqabs, but what the heck, it is a face covering.  The women were not on trial, they were not witnesses, they simply were spectators to the trial. The Swedish secret service, Sapo(talk about an appropriate name for a secret service) originally claimed four Muslim men were going to murder someone and after releasing one, downgraded charges to “planning” to kill someone.

I am confused. Am I to assume judges survey the faces of all spectators in order to ascertain –what? Why are judges worried about faces? I would assume they would be more concerned about what is in the minds of people, not their faces.

To Die Or Not To Die?

I have never witnessed in any debate among Republicans seeking the nomination for president of any discussion regarding the right of individuals to commit suicide. Ron Paul constantly proclaims the right of individuals to decide their life choices, but he never engages with the issue of assisted suicide. A group of Swedish MPs have  formed a task force whose goal is to legalize assisted suicide.

Eva Flyborg, a supporter of euthanasia argues, “it is not worthy of Sweden in the 2000s for seriously ill people  to b e tormented and tortured to death.” She, and her  group of MPs, argue that individuals should have the right to determine the end of their lives. A recent case involved a 57 year old doctor who allowed the death of a premature  baby with  brain damage who was going to die within a few months.

So, who decides life–state or I?

Anything Goes On Facebook

I am 81 years of age and have lived through World War II, the Vietnam war and assorted other mad events in human history, but each day on Facebook provides one with sufficient evidence that humanity is stark raving  crazy. A Swedish actor who lives in Stockholm was approached on line  by “linda”  who sent him ”her”picture and they engaged in sex talk. An old fart like most probably would have wondered why “linda” wanted to flirt, but, alas, such thinking is not found in all too many humans, circa, 2011.

Linda challenged the actor to masturbate before a camera, send her the picture and promised he would get one in return. Alas, “Linda” is no Linda, but some guy who makes out with idiots willing to send him their pictures of masturbating. The unknown man then demands money. ’Linda” is presently under investigation for nine such fraud cases.

The next time “Linda” wants you to masturbate, turn around!

Stay Tuned Little Children

A new experiment in Sweden will allow daycare staff to use GPS systems in order to track the behavior and wanderings of little children in their care. Each child will carry a transmitter which allows staff to keep note of how a particular child moves about. There is no doubt it could help if a child strayed away. Of course, it also conditions children to live with being watched and observed each minute of their lives.

This is one of those technology events in which we can see sunshine or clouds. It is great to add another tool in the quest to ensure safety for young children. On the other hand, it is another example of introducing being observed for the rest of your life by those in  authority positions. Was it 1984 that we feared or is it 2084 that we fear?

In Sweden Don’t Hit Child

The people of Sweden have high regard for children and actually believe if you are a child  then adults can not treat your body as a punching bag. Giovanni Colasante was on a trip to Sweden with his family and just about ready to enter a restaurant. His twelve year old boy refused to enter so dad hauled off and began assualting the child. According to one eye witness, “he lifted his son up by the hair.”

Poor Mr. Colasante was forbidden to leave the country until conclusion of the trial. Sweden was the first nation to issue a ban on corporal punishment of children. I guess this means no Swedish mom or dad spanks children. Speaking as the father of four, I have never felt the need to beat up my kids.

I guess Mr. Colasante thought he was back in Italy which allows corporal punishment when with your children.

Care To Buy A Slave?

A few months ago, the student association, Halland Nation, decided to hold a slave auction and being good old fashioned racists went ahead and blackened bodies and placed chains on them. OK, so they used expressions like “nigger” and a few other words most black skinned folk do not like, but it was all in fun. Or was it? I have a hunch this group of students would like nothing more than to have a few black skinned slaves around who would do their work.

The issue is whether one has a right to be a bigot and make inappropriate remarks? Many human rights groups urged prosecution of these students. Frankly, we believe all humans have the rights to be bigots or ignorant as long as they do not do bodily harm to another. I lived in an era in which Jews constantly heard anti-Semitic remarks. I can handle the remarks, it is the Holocaust that    no one can handle.

Just remember the bigot today may one day be the person who endures bigotry!

Why Can’t People Speak Swedish?

There is a growing problem in Sweden because immigrants do not arrive being able to speak the Swedish language. Worse, some of these folks wind up in court and that causes another problem– where are the interpreters to help the judge conduct a trial. It is estimated half  of courtroom interpreters are so poor  in language skills that their mistakes can lead to total confusion in trials. They may know some words in the foreign language, but few are familiar with judicial terms and this causes confusion.

In one recent case a boy claimed to have fled his homeland because a grenade was thrown at his house, but the interpreter got confused and told the judge he fled because a pomegranate was thrown. It is now not uncommon to end trials because of language problems between judges, interpreters and clients.

The solution is simple. Let’s have all trials conducted in English. That will then require judges to learn English and they will be in the same situation as the person on trial who does not quite grasp Swedish.

Perhaps, Karl Marx Was Right

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union the ongoing mantra among conservatives, liberals and libertarians has been that capitalism is the only way to function in a modern society. As I recall, Karl Marx predicted that capitalists were greedy and only concerned withe their own economic interests which meant they would be more than happy to destroy the middle class and create a society in which a small group of wealthy were in control. As one examines modern capitalism, that prediction increasingly describes what is.

In nations like the US and England, the top one percent control about 20% of the wealth and the top 5% control over 40%. Statistics reveal the middle class has been continually declining in wealth over the past twenty years. In other words, exactly what was predicted by Marx is now a reality. Does this suggest that Capitalism is inherently designed for the top five percent while the remaining population lives off crumbs thrown by those above?

Perhaps, it is time to revisit Karl Marx and pose a different question: were his ideas insightful, but placed in the hands of those who never understood him, the result was an economic disaster? After all, isn’t that what happened to the ideas of Jesus Christ?

Obama Silence Empowers Right Wing!

Swedish author, Henning Mankell recently told the BBC that failure on the part of liberals to challenge right wing groups is a factor in their continued rise in power. He made clear that liberals must not be silent when crazy people speak of hate and violence, but “you have to take the dialogue to them.” Barack Obama is living proof of the accuracy of this comment. He has remained aloof in the White House while those spouting anger, hate, and ignorance are allowed to dominate the media.

As of this date, the president has failed to even propose a program of job creation. He has refused to attack the wealthy. Instead he scurries about the land holding out his hand for money from those who are in power. Instead of being the leader of powerless people, he has become the spokesperson of Wall Street and hedge fund billionaires. He allowed distortion to proceed about the health plan he pushed through Congress and never once went around the nation explaining his OWN program in words that most could understand.

Barack Obama is a silent man living in a White House which has no connection to those who lack jobs. Oh, sorry, every so often, he expresses “concern” for those without jobs and promises them things “are getting better!”