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Who’s Up for a Little Single-Payer News?

You haven’t eaten yet, have you? Good.

Just some headlines:

Mum who lost baby hits out at NHS staff shortages after two more newborns die at same hospital

One in 16 patients in NHS hospitals picks up infection, warns watchdog

Labour considers raising national insurance to fix £30bn NHS ‘black hole’

NHS bosses shut walk-in centres as A&E crisis deepens while desperate hospitals want to turn away patients

NHS faces strike threat as 500,000 healthcare staff to be balloted

‘I was accused of fraud, sexual impropriety and assault’: Whistleblower cardiologist details decade-long NHS bullying campaign after he exposed deadly hospital failings

All of which demands this be asked:

Who would now dare put their trust in the NHS?

Well, one person:

‘This time next year I won’t have a baby. I’ll be famous instead’: Four-months’ pregnant woman who had £4,800 boob job on NHS wants abortion so she can appear on Big Brother

These scandalous headlines come from the liberal and conservative press. They highlight some of the whopping lies Obama has spewed (bending the “cost curve”; universal coverage); they betray the folly of government-run health care being about health care rather than about government.

But the boob-job lady who wants to terminate her baby so that she can appear on Big Brother is the face of Socialized Medicine. She takes no responsibility for her actions—she’s a wholly owned subsidiary of the NHS. She takes silicon implants and returns an aborted fetus. And it’s all free, free, free! (If you call now, we’ll abort your twins for no extra cost!) She’s a monstrous extension of Sandra Fluke, who (as a 30-year-old, remember) wanted a Jesuit institution to cover birth control and abortifacients. It’s one thing to want that—it’s quite another to testify at a fake hearing to demand it.

All of these crushingly depressing headlines are as much a feature of socialized medicine as bed sores and MRSA epidemics.

In case you think I’m being unfair to Britain:

Sweden’s problem is access to care. According to the Euro Health Consumer Index 2013, Swedish patients suffer from inordinately long wait times to get an appointment with a doctor, specialist treatment or even emergency care. Wait times are Europe’s longest, and Swedes dependent on the public-health system have to wait months or even years for certain procedures, or are denied treatment.

For example, Sweden’s National Board of Health and Welfare reports that as of 2013, the average wait time (from referral to start of treatment) for “intermediary and high risk” prostate cancer is 220 days. In the case of lung cancer, the wait between an appointment with a specialist and a treatment decision is 37 days.

This waiting is what economists call rationing—the delay or even failure to provide care due to government budgetary decisions. So the number of people seeking care far outweighs the capabilities of providers, translating into insurance in name but not in practice. This is likely to be a result of ObamaCare as well.

Look at it this way, maybe we’ll all look as hot as Swedes.

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Useful Idiots

A small story, really, but huge in implication:

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During a tour of Sweden to celebrate 40 years of the reigning royals, King Carl Gustaf and his wife, Queen Sylvia, visited the neighboring area of the city of Sundsvall. There they were approached by a man who identified himself as an Iraqi refugee, and who gifted them with hand made keffiyehs, the traditional Arab scarf, as a thank you for allowing him to start a new life in Sweden. He then asked them to pose for the camera with the scarves.

Unbeknownst to the royal couple, however, the keffiyehs were adorned with an anti-Israeli inscription: “Al Aqsa is ours and is not their temple.” This fact that came to light only after the photo was published, Yedioth Ahronoth reported.

The pictures caused ripples of reaction throughout Sweden. Pro-Palestinian organizations expressed satisfaction with the support the royal couple showed with regards to the Palestinian right over Jerusalem, while others riled at the fact that the King and Queen—even unwittingly—served as a part of Palestinian propaganda.

It’s perfect, isn’t it? These smiling Swedish boobs unknowingly draped with antisemitic propaganda (I think the slogan qualifies as literal antisemitism) paraded before the cameras like circus animals for the amusement of their Muslim immigrants. That’s Europe today.

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A Plague of Youths

Locusts are swarming over the Middle East, cicadas are expected to swamp the eastern US—but nothing compares to the packs of marauding “youths” rampaging in Sweden lately:

There has been a sixth night of rioting in Sweden’s capital, Stockholm, despite police reinforcements being deployed.

Cars were set alight in poor suburbs inhabited largely by immigrants, although the unrest was reportedly not as serious as on previous nights.

The rioting also spread outside the capital for the first time on Friday, with youths torching vehicles and buildings in two towns.

The US and UK meanwhile warned their citizens to avoid affected areas.

The UK Foreign Office advised people to stay away from large gatherings in the Stockholm suburbs of Husby, Hagsatra, Ragsved, Skogas, and to take care and monitor local reports.

The riots began on Sunday in Husby, a deprived, predominantly immigrant area in the north-west of the capital.

It is believed they were sparked by the death of an elderly man nearly a week before, who was shot by police after he allegedly threatened to kill them with a machete.

Those poor “immigrants”. Beset by violence not of their own making.

Unless:

Youth unemployment is especially high in neighborhoods such as the ones where the riots have taken place, home to asylum seekers from Iraq to Somalia, Afghanistan and Latin America.

About 15 percent of Sweden’s population is foreign born. While many are from neighboring Nordic countries, others are drawn by the country’s policy of welcoming asylum seekers from war-torn countries.

It was sparked by the fatal police shooting earlier this month of a 69-year man, reported by local media to be a Portuguese immigrant and suspected of wielding a large knife, in the Stockholm suburb of Husby.

Is Portugal “war-torn”? It wouldn’t surprise me, given that crazy language they speak. Who can understand a word they say? Misunderstandings are inevitable. I’m just not aware of any Battle of the Algarve.

I know Aggie covered this story yesterday, but it still puzzles me. It sounds like a smaller outbreak of the rioting “youths” in the banlieues of Paris in 2005. Maybe like locusts and cicadas, this is just a natural cycle. Youth larvae emerge from their sacs and start to feed off the environment: cars, shop windows, policemen, etc. I blame global warming.

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Turn Around

Nice gesture—and empty, as most gestures are:

Six months ago, 39-year-old Jorgen Nilsson left his home in Sweden and embarked on a 4,500-kilometer (2,800-mile) pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

Jorgen, a knight in the Hospitaller Order of St. Lazarus, left the city of Lund on November 18 and was expected to arrive in the Israeli capital just in time for the first International Jerusalem Symposium on Green and Accessible Pilgrimage, which begins Sunday.

Nilsson explained last week why he chose to walk to Jerusalem: “First of all, the ancient and holy city was always a critical point both for peace and for conflict. The city serves as a symbol for the effort required to reach world peace.

“I am a member of the Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem. Last year, the Order returned to Jerusalem after hundreds of years of absence and exile in France. In light of that, as part of my desire to perpetuate our return to the holy city, I decided to do this historical walk to Jerusalem.”

Great. Nice to meet ya.

Now go home:

A Muslim Swedish politician resigned from his post on Sunday after coming under intense scrutiny for holding anti-Semitic views.

Omar Mustafa, head of Sweden’s Islamic Association, who was elected last week in Stockholm to the Social Democratic Party’s governing board, announced his resignation after being accused of anti-Semitism, sexism, and homophobia.

The Islamic Association, of which he is a member, is known for gender discrimination and homophobic sympathies.

Mustafa “liked” the Facebook page of Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Egyptian “guru”, to quote Arutz Sheva columnist Giulio Meotti, who called for suicide bombings against Israelis and called the Holocaust “Allah’s punishment” against the Jews for “their corruption.” Al-Qaradawi also prayed for “the conquest of the al-Aksa mosque” on the Temple Mount

A fatwa issued by al-Qaradawi, Meotti writes, permits the killing of Jewish unborn babies, on the logic that when Jews grow up they might join the Israeli army.

On the Left, it’s the sexism and homophobia that are deal breakers. Anti-semitism? Well, to them, just shows there’s good in everybody.

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Being Jewish In Sweden

means being harassed regularly

Kippah-wearing Jews and non-Jews are expected to march Saturday in Sweden as a sign of solidarity with Malmo’s Jews.

“The idea is to show ourselves and others that we refuse to be afraid or hide our Jewish affiliation,” Fredrik Sieradzki, director of communications for the Jewish community of Malmo, told JTA. He said he expected at least 100 marchers.

Malmö: Hatred of Jews in a Swedish city
Earlier this year, a rabbi from Malmo was physically assaulted.

In 2010, Malmo’s mayor, Ilmar Reepalu, said that a group of Jews in Malmo who were attacked by Swedish Muslims during a peaceful protest in support of Israel brought the violence upon themselves for not distancing themselves from Israel and its actions during the month-long Gaza War in 2008-09.

The first walk began in Malmo in January when members of the local synagogue decided to keep on their kippot upon exiting their synagogue. Reports about the march on Facebook helped draw more marchers in. The walk on Saturday is the fourth such event in Malmo, a city with a population of approximately 1,800 Jews.

It will be the first time that a kippah walk is organized by Stokholm’s much larger Jewish community.

On Friday, the newspaper Sydsvenskan ran an op-ed by Sweden’s minister for European Affairs, Brigitta Ohlsson, in praise of the kippah walk.

Sieradzki wrote that members of the community were being regularly harassed “predominantly but not exclusively” by young members of Malmo’s large population of residents of Muslim or Middle Eastern background. Anti-Semitic incidents involving members of the community who are visibly Jewish can occur on a daily basis, he said.

“The statement is that Jews should be free to walk in Malmo without fear, and that is sadly not the case right now,” Lena Posner-Korosi, president of the Council of Swedish Jewish Communities, told JTA. “Many Jews are frightened to show their affiliation. We in Stockholm are having a kippah march in solidarity with the Malmo community, but for our own sake as well. It`s a signal which says, `We are here, we don’t harm you so don’t harm us.’”

There is a fabulous documentary called “Being Jewish In France” which I highly recommend if you ever see it playing. It is difficult to find because it is not commercially available. It is a blend of historical footage – starting with the end of the Dreyfus Affair, moving to the Holocaust, modern French Jew-hatred and everything along the way – and interviews with prominent French Jews about their lives. Absolutely fascinating. But let’s face it, it ain’t just France. It’s Europe.

- Aggie

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More Party of Allah Shenanigans

My, isn’t Iran feeling its oats?

A man suspected of planning attacks on Israeli interests in Cyprus was detained by a court on the island on Monday, as the justice minister said his behavior bore some similarity to the suicide bomber who killed five Israelis in Bulgaria last week.

The 24-year-old suspect, who has not been named, was arrested in the Cypriot port city of Limassol on July 7, on suspicion of tracking the movements of Israeli tourists. He is a Swedish national of Lebanese origin.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday the man had been planning an attack similar to the suicide bus bombing in the Bulgarian city of Burgas last Wednesday.

Cypriot Justice Minister Loucas Louca told reporters in Nicosia on Monday: “There are some similarities between the behavior of the suspect, and the terrorist attack in Bulgaria.

Louca said the suspect was a member of an organization, which he did not name. The man has been widely reported to be a member of Hezbollah, classed as a “terrorist” organization by Israel and the United States, but not by the European Union or Cyprus.

The suspect was arrested at a hotel two days after his arrival from London. Lists of locations frequented by Israeli tourists were found on him, according to media reports which have not been disputed by authorities.

Another Swede! There’s some dispute, but the Bulgarian bomber might have been a Swede too. What are the odds? There must be something in the meatballs or the herring or whatever.

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We Have a Winner!

And the dead terrorist is…?

You know what? I don’t give a rat’s ass what his name was. His name can drift to the bottom of the ocean of obscurity as far as I’m concerned (though the Arabs will have a summer camp named after him before you can say Dalal Mughrabi).

It’s what he’s done what counts:

[Pig's-arse, not his real name] was reportedly a Swedish citizen, with Algerian and Finnish origins. He had been held at the US’s Guantanamo Bay detainment camp on Cuba from 2002 to 2004, having previously studied at a Muslim religious school and mosque in Britain, and traveled to Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. He was also reportedly among 12 foreigners captured trying to cross into Afghanistan in 2009.

We had this douche-bag in Gitmo and we let him go! I hope the ACLU is proud! And we had him in custody again three years ago. The Israeli tourists didn’t have to die.

There is so much about this that is telling. He was a devout Swedish Moslem (from Malmo, perhaps?), who studied in mosques and madrassahs, and who made no secret of his wish for jihad.

Israel is still fingering Iran, and I know they’re right. He doesn’t seem to have come across his US documents (passport, Michigan ID) legitimately.

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Stand Up for Sitting Down

If they criminalize urinals, only criminals will urinate.

Or something like that:

A Swedish political party is taking a stand against upright urination.

At a county council meeting Monday, the Left Party, or Vänsterpartiet, tabled a motion that would require office washrooms to be genderless with a sit-down-only requirement, reported the news agency Tidningarnas Telegrambyrå.

For men who might refuse to comply, party representatives suggested a separate set of toilets clearly labeled for stand-up urination only.

Vänsterpartiet, known as a socialist and feminist organization, believes seated urination is healthier for men and more hygienic for both sexes.

Party speakers cited medical research they said shows men empty their bladders more efficiently while seated. Improved bladder evacuation reduces the risk for prostate problems, according to the party. It also helps men who sit rather than stand achieve a longer and healthier sex life, it said.

Why didn’t you say so in the first place?

Since it seems we’re freely offering advice where none is asked for, may I suggest something to the “socialist and feminist organization” butting in here (pardon the pun)?

Pi** off. You’re not supposed to be in the gents loo anyway.

And how could we have evolved in such a way that sitzpinkel is unhealthy when the toilet seat wasn’t invented until Rome? (Prove that it wasn’t!)

PS: I bet Obama sits. Further proof that he wants to turn us into a Scandinavian socialist state.

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Apartheid State Update [UPDATED!]

Not the Apartheid State you might be thinking of:

[NB: Video's a little creepy, just so you know.]

Sweden’s culture minister was feeling the heat Wednesday after a weekend art exhibit in which she cut up a cake baked into the shape of a cartoonishly stereotyped African woman.

A group representing Swedes of African descent has called for Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth to resign over that it called a racist caricature. But Liljeroth defended her participation, saying the cake was designed to “challenge the traditional image of racism.”

“While the symbolism in the piece is despicable, it is unfortunate and highly regrettable that the presentation has been interpreted as an expression of racism by some,” Liljeroth said in a statement issued by her office. “The artistic intent was the exact opposite.”

The artist who designed the cake, Makode Linde, is of African descent himself and said the piece was aimed at condemning the practice of female genital mutilation. Pictures from the Sunday exhibition showed Liljeroth slicing into the cake from the “genitals” and feeding it to Linde, who told CNN he made himself the head of the figure and screamed in pain when it was cut.

“I didn’t intend for anyone to feel singled out or embarrassed,” he said. “But we’re talking about female genital mutilation — is there any comfortable or cozy way to talk about it?”

Fair enough. But to take such obvious and inappropriate pleasure in mutilating a black woman? Sorry, Sweden, you’re disqualified from speaking out on anything.

UPDATE: As Aggie observes in a comment, YouTube has pulled the vid (though I found it playing on another site.) It’s just as well; I felt icky about putting it up here.

But that means I get to post another picture of indifferent Swedish people:

Again, artists do crazy things. They think that makes them “relevant”. But white culture ministers should refrain from sawing away at the private bits of racist caricatures. As a rule.

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Sweden’s Obama

The title is even more of an oxymoron than you can imagine:

When Europe’s finance ministers meet for a group photo, it’s easy to spot the rebel — Anders Borg has a ponytail and earring. What actually marks him out, though, is how he responded to the crash. While most countries in Europe borrowed massively, Borg did not. Since becoming Sweden’s finance minister, his mission has been to pare back government. His ‘stimulus’ was a permanent tax cut. To critics, this was fiscal lunacy — the so-called ‘punk tax cutting’ agenda. Borg, on the other hand, thought lunacy meant repeating the economics of the 1970s and expecting a different result.

Three years on, it’s pretty clear who was right. ‘Look at Spain, Portugal or the UK, whose governments were arguing for large temporary stimulus,’ he says. ‘Well, we can see that very little of the stimulus went to the economy. But they are stuck with the debt.’ Tax-cutting Sweden, by contrast, had the fastest growth in Europe last year, when it also celebrated the abolition of its deficit. The recovery started just in time for the 2010 Swedish election, in which the Conservatives were re-elected for the first time in history.

Liberals often point to the welfare states of Scandinavia as an alternative to the stricter free market economies.

Yeah, right:

‘Sweden was a textbook case of European economic sclerosis. Very high taxes and huge regulatory burden.’ An economic crisis in the early 1990s forced Sweden on the road to balanced budgets, and Borg was determined the 2007 crash would not stop him cutting the size of government.

‘Everybody was told “stimulus, stimulus, stimulus”,’ he says — referring to the EU, IMF and the alphabet soup of agencies urging a global, debt-fuelled spending splurge. Borg, an economist, couldn’t work out how this would help. ‘It was surprising that Europe, given what we experienced in the 1970s and 80s with structural unemployment, believed that short-term Keynesianism could solve the problem.’ Non-economists, he says, ‘might have a tendency to fall for those kinds of messages’.

Oh my, whoever could he mean?

He continued to cut taxes and cut welfare-spending to pay for it; he even cut property taxes for the rich to lure entrepreneurs back to Sweden. The last bit was the most unpopular, but for Borg, economic recovery starts with entrepreneurs. If cutting taxes for the rich encouraged risk-taking, then it had to be done. ‘In most cases, the company would not have been created without the owner,’ he says. ‘There would be no Ikea without [Ingvar] Kamprad. We would not have Tetra-Pak without [Ruben] Rausing. They are probably the foremost entrepreneurs we have had in the last few decades, and both moved out of Sweden.’

But they were not rich, I say, when they were starting out. ‘No, but they were becoming rich. If you have a high wealth tax and an inheritance tax, people emigrate because it becomes too costly to own a company. Ownership is a production factor. Entrepreneurs are a production factor. Yes, these people are rich and you can obviously argue that we want to encourage social cohesion. But it is also problematic if you drive out entrepreneurs from your country, because they are the source of job creation.’

For pete’s sakes, Obamabots, even Sweden has wised up. Obama’s alleged smarts are anything but—and they’re forty years out of date. He sounds like the Ramparts magazines of my youth. He is President Bell-Bottom, the Sideburn-in-Chief of the United States.

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That Filthy Swedish Entity

First Abba, now this:

Danish prosecutors on Friday charged four people with terrorism for allegedly planning a shooting attack on a newspaper that had printed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

The four men — Swedes living in Denmark — wanted “to seriously frighten the population” and destabilize Denmark by planning a shooting spree inside the Copenhagen offices of the Jyllands-Posten newspaper, Svend Ulrik Larsen, Denmark’s top prosecutor, said.

The paper published 12 cartoons of the prophet in 2005, sparking riots in Muslim countries and calls for revenge against the Danish publishers and cartoonists.

Larsen said the group traveled to Copenhagen with arms and ammunition, aiming to kill “a larger number of people.”

I realize Swedes are a humorless people (I’ve seen my share of Bergman movies), but all this over a few cartoons? I’m a little annoyed that they still run Calvin & Hobbes, since the cartoonist “retired” years ago, and Doonesbury hasn’t been funny or relevant since the Nixon administration—but you don’t see me aiming to “kill a large number of people”. I don’t even blog about it—and I have a blog!

So, chill out, Sven.

The Danish Security and Intelligence Service described some of the suspects as “militant Islamists with relations to international terror networks.”

The men also were charged with possession of illegal weapons. Police said they found a submachine gun, a handgun and ammunition in raids in Copenhagen.

Oh-h-h-h. Those kind of Swedes. Why didn’t you say so?

It’s not my business to tell terrorists how to conduct theirs, but you don’t need a lot of planning to “kill a large number of people”. You can just go do it. I’m no expert, but it seems to me you can just take your submachine gun and ammunition any time you want and “kill a large number of people”. Sure, make a martyr video if you like, turn your thermostat down, cancel the papers—but then you’re free as a bird. A very nasty bird that plans to “kill a large number of people”.

Hope this helps.

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Israel MAY BE a Homicidal Maniac—I Said “May be!”

So, a Norwegian madman shoots up the seat of his government and then massacres kids at a socialist youth camp. Who does a Swedish academic blame?

[Jeopardy theme music]

The Jews!

A Swedish professor suggested Israel was behind the bloody terror attacks committed by Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik this past July, stirring up controversy in the country.

Research professor Ola Tunander of the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) published an article in the Norwegian academic journal Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift in which he called to further examine Brevik’s motives.

According to Tunander, it is possible that some country was behind the terror attacks, hinting that Israel might be that country.

The guy must be a subscriber to the NY Times (see below).

Tunander claimed that in order to carry out a terror attack of such magnitude the involvement of state forces is needed, “and we can’t rule out that being the case this time too,” he wrote.

While quoting the controversial article, the Swedish news site The Local presented the professor’s theory. Tunander mentioned the political tensions between Oslo and Jerusalem in the months prior to the terror attacks in light of Norway’s intent to recognize a Palestinian state.

He goes on to link between July 22, the date of Breivik’s killing spree, and the significance of that date in Israel’s history. Tunander brings up the Lillehammer affair of 1973, when Mossad agents accidently killed a Moroccan waiter in the Norwegian city believing he was Ali Hassan Salameh, the chief of operations for the 1972 Munich massacre of Israeli athletes. One of the agents was arrested the day after the murder, on July 22nd.

The Norwegian professor also discussed the bombing at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem carried out by the Irgun on July 22, 1946.

And after dumping all that circumstantial goo all over Israel’s reputation, he declares:

Tunander said that it was unfair to conclude from his article about any intention to link between Israel and the most murderous event in Norway’s history since World War II.

Sweet!

PS: Does the Swedish accent sound as silly in Norwegian as it does in English? Just wondering.

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