Once upon a time, there was a safe welfare state called Sweden, where people rarely locked their doors.
Now, this country is a night-watchman state — each man is on his own. When the Minister of Justice, Morgan Johansson, encourages breaking the law, it means opening the gates to anarchy. Mr. and Mrs. Swede have every reason to be worried, with the influx of 190,000 unskilled and unemployed migrants expected this year — equivalent to 2% of Sweden’s current population. The number is as if 6.4 million penniless migrants who did not speak English arrived in U.S. in one year, or 1.3 million in Britain.
And the Swedes are preparing: demand for firearms licenses is increasing; more and more Swedes are joining shooting clubs and starting vigilante groups. After a slight dip in 2014, the number of new gun permits has gone up significantly again this year. According to police statistics, there are 1,901,325 licensed guns, owned by 567,733 people, in Sweden. Add to this an unknown number of illegal weapons. To get a gun permit in Sweden, you need to be at least 18 years old; law-abiding; well-behaved, and have a hunting license or be a member of an approved shooting club. In 2014, 11,000 people got a hunting license: 10% more than the year before. One out of five was a woman.
|A general visits an army hospital to check on the conditions and inspire the troops. Its WWI, trench warfare is living hell, and the men could really use some inspiration. The general starts talking to the wounded soldiers.
He goes up to the first man and says: “What brings you in here son?”
The soldier replies: “sir, I got dysentery in the trenches, something awful.”
The general asks him: “How are they caring for you in here?” and the soldier replies: “Well sir, every day the nurses put a cool cloth on my head and they clean my behind with a soft brush.”
The general asks: “Is there anything else we can do for you?” and the soldier says: “No sir, the nurses are doing the best they can.” The general seems satisfied, thanks him for his service and moves on to the next man.
The general approaches the second man’s bed and asks: “What brings you in here son?” The soldier replies somewhat embarrassed:
“Sir, I got gonorrhoea from a woman while I was on leave.” The general laughs and says: “It happens to the best of us son, how are they caring for you in here?” and the soldier replies: “Well sir, every day the nurses put a cool cloth on my head and they clean my privates with a soft brush.”
The general asks: “Is there anything else we can do for you?” and the soldier says: “No sir, the nurses are doing the best they can.” The general once again seems satisfied, thanks him for his service and moves on to the next man.
The general approaches the third man’s bed and asks: “What brings you in here son?” The soldier tells him: “sir, I got strep throat in the trenches.”
The general asks: “How are they caring for you in here?” and the soldier replies: “Well sir, every day the nurses put a cool cloth on my head and they clean my throat with a soft brush.”
The general asks: “Is there anything else we can do for you?” and the soldier says:
“Actually sir, there is one thing… I’d like to be the first one to use the brush.“
There have been glorious calls in Europe and I am sure elsewhere for the nations of the Western World to combine their resources in order to address the situation which is the Islamic State or ISIS. They call for the first stage to be an all-out diplomatic assault to deny ISIS its Raison D’être thus drying up much of their attraction and ability to draw more fighters, especially fighters from the West. This sounds like a great start though it would likely be a lot more productive to initiate a twenty-four-seven bombing campaign for about three weeks or for however long it would take to put a half million armed forces in Jordan and both northern and southern Iraq. Then the bombing should be slowly rolled back as armored divisions and artillery took up close combat support with the heavy battle tanks moving forward supported by A-10 Warthogs flying close…
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An Italian headmaster has been forced to resign after he scrapped his school’s Christmas carol concert following the Paris attacks in a move that sparked outrage across the country.
Marco Parma, 63, decided to ban traditional festivities at Garofani school in Rozano, near Milan, so as not to cause offence to non-Christian pupils.
Instead he planned to organise an evening of song in January, transforming the event into a winter concert rather than a celebration of Christmas.
But the move provoked anger among parents of pupils at the school, riled politicians of all stripes and prompted calls for intervention by the education minister.
Matteo Renzi, Italy’s prime minister and leader of the Democratic Party, expressed indignation that political correctness had been allowed to get in the way of such an important part of Italian culture.
“Discussion and dialogue does not mean to say we can drown our identity for the sake of a vague and insipid form of political correctness,” he told Corriere della Sera. “Italians, both non-religious and Christians, will never give up Christmas.”
David Cameron is proceeding full steam ahead with his plans to call a Commons vote on bombing Isil in Syria, encouraged by the fact that the Opposition won’t be standing united against him. The vote is being pencilled in for Wednesday, with PMQs set to be cancelled to allow for a full day’s debate on action. You can follow all the twists on our liveblog. Estimates of the number of pro-war Labour MPs range from 40 to 100 now that Jeremy Corbyn has been forced to give his Shadow Cabinet a free vote. “Instead of “stopping the rush to war”, Jeremy Corbyn has cleared the path for it,” Dan Hodges writes in today’s paper. “If Corbyn had insisted on whipping Labour MPs, Cameron would have considered pulling a vote on military action altogether. Now the Prime Minister can safely secure a majority for intervention.”
The Labour leader also tried to get a statement that the party was anti-war, which would have forced those inclined to vote for action to open themselves up for abuse from Corbynite activists, but was rebuffed. Corbyn may portray his free vote was the product of consensus, but he has been vigorously against the idea for days beforehand, looking at ways to force his MPs to oppose action. “Corbyn has blinked”, said James Kirkup. The Labour leader will inevitably disappoint anti-war activists who wanted a harder line, and some of his own colleagues. “A party of government has to have a position on peace and war,” Diane Abbott told Radio 4 yesterday, and now Corbyn has avoided exactly that.
This comes after a chaotic shadow cabinet meeting, during which Corbyn was savaged by his own ministers, who branded in “disgraceful” and “embarrassing”. “It was a riot in there,” was how one shadow minister described it. They were particularly incensed when they saw tweets from journalists at the start of the meeting stating that Labour would declare it was an anti-war party, suggesting that Corbyn had decided, and pre-briefed, Labour’s position before it was even discussed. The tensest point came when Corbyn told Hilary Benn that he would not be able to close the Commons debate on strikes, as would be expected for the Shadow Foreign Secretary. “If you do that, I’ll just do it from the backbenches,” he shot back. So now Corbyn will kick off the debate by setting out Labour’s anti-intervention case, while Benn wraps it up with Labour’s argument in favour.
As David Cameron quietly gets on with the vote for action, something the public back him on, Labour is tearing itself apart over the issue. Ian Warren, a polling expert who advised Ed Miliband, has some sobering research in the Guardian, warning that Corbyn is seen “as an increasingly unpopular leader across almost all demographic groups”, while Labour is viewed as “increasingly out of step with majority opinion in the country”. His analysis is fascinating, setting out why Labour is alienating voters and could be drifting “slowly and inexorably …towards its unfortunate but inevitable death”. Is Corbyn too late to avoid electoral disaster?
“I am confident that when we bring this matter to a vote in Parliament we will now see a majority of parliamentarians supporting the action.” Philip Hammond
BMA Suspends Strikes, For Now
The British Medical Association has agreed to suspend strikes planned by 40,000 junior doctors, just hours before industrial action was due to start. The truce came too late to stop thousands of operations being affected. More than 20,000 operations and procedures have been postponed under NHS contingency plans, including more than 3,000 which were due to take place within hours. If the fresh round of talks break down, the BMA still has the right to hold its strikes before a new deadline of January 13.
Clarke Targets Lord Feldman
Lord Feldman was aware of bullying claims involving young Conservative activists, so-called “Tatler Tory” Mark Clarke is expected to tell an independent inquiry into the scandal.
Alan’s In For Britain
Labour has released a video, narrated by party MP Alan Johnson, as part of its “In for Britain” campaign launch to keep the UK in the European Union. You can watch it here.
MPs Warn On Heathrow
David Cameron has been handed the chance to delay the highly controversial decision on Heathrow expansion after MPs said the airport must not be given the final go-ahead until a series of environmental conditions were met.
Deeply Troubling Divide
Children in the north of England and the Midlands are much less likely to attend a good school than those in the South, in a “deeply troubling” trend, Ofsted head Sir Michael Wilshaw will warn today.
According to Wikipedia:
Giving Tuesday, often stylized as #GivingTuesday for purposes of hashtag activism, refers to the Tuesday after U.S. Thanksgiving in the United States.
It is a movement to create a national day of giving at the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season.
Giving Tuesday was started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation as a response to commercialization and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season (Black Friday and Cyber Monday).
Dry Bones- Israel’s Political Comic Strip Since 1973