Monday, June 3, 2013
Europe Has a Wrong Sense of Priorities !
It was two weeks ago when Muslim immigrant rioters took to the streets of Stockholm's suburbs for eight nights in a row, torching 300+ cars, schools, stores, office buildings and residential complexes. On the last day, a police station in Ragsved, four kilometers south of Stockholm, was attacked and set on fire. The police let it happen! During those eight days, while the Stockholm riots kept spreading and intensifying, Swedish police adopted a tactic of non-interference. ''Our ambition is really to do as little as possible,'' Stockholm Chief of Police Mats Lofving explained to the Swedish newspaper Expressen. ''We go to the crime scenes, but when we get there we stand and wait,'' elaborated Lars Bystrom, the media relations officer of the Police Department. ''If we see a burning car, we let it burn if there is no risk of the fire spreading to other cars or buildings nearby. By doing so we minimize the risk of having rocks thrown at us.'' This can be called ''The Pussy-Protocol ,'' it's disgraceful!
However, Swedish parking laws continue to be rigidly enforced despite as the increasingly chaotic situation unfolded. On the forth day of turmoil, while documenting the destruction after a night of rioting in the suburb of Alby, a reporter from Fria Tider was shocked to observe a parking enforcement officer writing a ticket for a burnt-out Ford. When questioned, the female officer explained that the ticket was issued because the vehicle lacked a tag showing its time of arrival. The fact that the vehicle had been effectively destroyed -- its windshield smashed and the interior heavily damaged by fire -- was irrelevant to the meter maid, who asked the photographer to destroy the photos he had taken. ''Not in your life,'' exclaimed the photographer and had it published the next day. Such padentic stupidity!
Next, the ''we've-got-nothing-better-to-do EU. The European Union is to ban olive oil jugs and dipping bowls from restaurant tables in a move described by one of Britain's top cooks as ''authoritarian'' and ''damaging'' to artisanal food makers. Those cute small glass jugs filled with green or gold coloured extra virgin olive oil are familiar and traditional for restaurant goers across Europe but they will be banned from 1 January, 2014 after a decision taken by an obscure Brussels committee last week. From next year olive oil ''presented at a restaurant table must be pre-packaged'', factory bottles with a tamper-proof dispensing nozzle and labelling in line with EU industrial standards.
So instead of sorting out budget constraints, balance of payments, trade deficits, immigration failures and a myriad of political and economic problems, the use of the classic, refillable glass jugs and glazed terracotta dipping bowls and the choice of a restaurateur to buy olive oil from a small artisan producer or family business will be outlawed. Oh, the stupidity of it all! Sam Clark, food writer, chef and proprietor of the Moro restaurant in London told The Daily Telegraph, ''This will affect us. Yet more packaging is not going to be eco-friendly and will limit choice to more mass produced products. It would accelerate the demise in Europe of traditional ways of making and serving food in favour of large industrial producers. Haven't they already done enough damage to artisan products? There's got to be a money trail of bribes, I say, in this case.''
Officials defended the ban as a protection for consumers who would know that they were getting a safe, guaranteed product with proper labelling of its origin with tamper-proof dispensers.''We also expect hygiene to be improved too,'' said an official. Mr Clark countered with; ''The idea that customers, who enjoy olive oil with their bread or to dress their food, not being able to distinguish between a fake, inferior product and the real thing is just patronisingly stupid. It will seem bonkers that olive oil jugs must go while vinegar bottles and refillable wine jugs can stay. This sort of thing is what gets the EU a deservedly bad name, I hope people disobey this ban.''
Now it's UK police policing social media comments! The shocking events in London have revived middle-of-the-night raids by UK police on people using social networking. The media outlets are reporting that eleven people across the UK have been arrested for making racist or anti-religious comments on their personal Facebook and Twitter accounts. The outrageous arrests are against individuals merely suspected by police of breaking laws through use of social media posts. BIG BROTHER has arrived!
The Way I See It.....it's a sad indictment that UK residents now have to be very careful in what they post online, for fear of being raided and arrested at 3am for mere suspicion of committing an offence. I do hope this prime example of Political Correctness going over the top will sober up David Cameron and his Party to finally get on with the real business of immigration reform including profiling, cutting welfare, paid repatriation and if need be....deportation.
This olive oil fiasco will further damage the reputation of the European Union at a time of growing hostility to Brussel's overpaid bureaucrats. With the euro crisis, a collapse in confidence in the EU, and the faltering economy of its member states, surely the commission has more important things to worry about than banning refillable olive oil bottles.
And what can you say about Swedish pussy-whippedness and its pedanticness? This small example of these traits show that Sweden isn't all it's cracked up to be. With their high taxes and low regard for the type of immigrants they put on welfare, mixed with a misguided strictness for procedure that is so overshadowed by gross non-policing, it's anyone's guess what the future holds for them.