Monday, December 13, 2010

It Came Upon Monday Clear

...those glorious days of old...

Today is the feast day of Saint Lucy, the patron saint of all things eyes. There are major festivals in Sweden at this time.

At least there should be.

This is the Swedish prime minister's lukewarm response to a suicide attack this past week-end:

Sweden's Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt warned Sunday against drawing hasty conclusions with regards to the terror attacks in central Stockholm at the weekend.

"Three things happened last night, a car exploded ... a man died and (intelligence agency) S├Ąpo and (news agency) TT received a message threatening Sweden. The three events are not confirmed as having any link to each other," Reinfeldt told reporters....

"It's completely unacceptable for this to happen in Sweden but a lot of questions still have to be answered before we can draw any conclusions," Reinfeldt said.

"We need more facts and we need to of course discourage reactions to this until we know more," he added.

It's this kind of spinelessness and total lack of foresight that allows this kind of thing to happen.  The prime minister can stick his head in the sand if it makes him feel better. Had the attack been worse, I'm sure he might just do the same thing he is doing now. What leadership! What resolve! 

Yes it was a terrorist attack in a European country so liberal that even the Jews Raoul Wallenberg saved during the Second World War no longer feel safe because their new countrymen won't defend them. If people don't get it by now, they probably never will.

Sort of related: calling out hypocrites in the Netherlands.

Another blow to the community organiser-in-chief:

A U.S. federal court on Monday ruled a fundamental part of President Barack Obama’s signature health-care reform bill is unconstitutional, throwing a blanket of uncertainty over legislation that brought the biggest changes to the U.S. medical system in almost half a century.

In a 42-page decision, Judge Henry Hudson of Virginia’s eastern district found the federal government does not have the authority to impose an “individual mandate” forcing Americans to purchase health-care insurance.

God bless us, everyone.

I am not an expert on hunting. I don't hunt. I do, however, know what I see when I see it. I watched Sarah Palin's Northern British Columbia Alaska. I saw her take a rifle and shoot a caribou (not a moose- even a child could tell Aaron Sorkin that). I then saw her take that caribou home and process the meat for her family. 
What did that episode teach us? One: that metrosexual pundits have it in for Sarah Palin so badly that they would jump on her for anything. How sad. Two: that Sarah Palin really does know how to kill something and that something is an animal people really don't give two thoughts about. Three: not only is Mrs. Palin a locavore, but she also doesn't waste food.

From Rex Murphy:

I know that back home in Newfoundland, if your local Member of the House of Assembly (MHA) has a moose licence and can find a moose, shoot it, clean it and bring it out — why then that MHA has shown a kind of credential. He is an adult, a person who can take care of himself, who understands some of the rhythms of Newfoundland life and who is continuing some of its finer traditions. It’s a statement. The moose isn’t shot for politics, but it inevitably falls into some loosely considered political context. If you’re a numbnut who can’t find your way around in the woods and wouldn’t know a moose from an oil truck — why then that’s a statement too.


In her Sept. 11 interview with ABC's Charlie Gibson, Sarah Palin had this to say about Russia: "They're our next-door neighbors, and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska." Is that true?
Yes. Russia and Alaska are divided by the Bering Strait, which is about 55 miles at its narrowest point. In the middle of the Bering Strait are two small, sparsely populated islands: Big Diomede, which sits in Russian territory, and Little Diomede, which is part of the United States. At their closest, these two islands are a little less than two and a half miles apart, which means that, on a clear day, you can definitely see one from the other.
Just thought I'd throw that out there. 

(Sidebar: I am not encouraging anyone to try this. It's fraught with risk, danger, visas, passports, ect. DON'T do it.)

Why spend Christmas with family and friends when you can be a totally miserable downer like this lady?

Eleanor Rigby much? Remember when people like that were avoided? Yeah...

On a more cheerful note, two cats playing pat-a-cake revisited.

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