aljazeera: Emmanuel Macron
Minister Farrakhan: Have No Fear For The Future: The Future is Ours!
I had a nice evening at Brian Kramer’s Blue Monday at Engelen
I dropped by expecting Chuck Anthony to be playing with Brian and was pleasantly surprised that it was Stevie Klasson – a real blues showman being featured – it was a round of applause for each and every solo by Kramer, Klasson, Kramer’s steady bass man, great harmonica, drums. I first saw Klasson at a music shop – I saw this guy with a feather in his hat come in, pick up a steel string acoustic guitar and was wondering, “Can he do something?” and then listened to him rip off some Blind Lemon Jefferson, straighten up and leave just as mysteriously, left me wondering, “Who’s that dude?” Next week same time, same place, Kramer & Co with Jon Berger. The evening came to a rapturous end just before 2300 pm. but,
The fallout from President Trump’s innocent comments about Sweden, will never end
Who can stop it? It is vibrating and will be re-verb-erating till “the last syllable of recorded time”…
The villain of the piece is one con-man impersonator by the name Nils Bildt a wanton, pathological liar and a malicious purveyor of false news about our Sweden. The surname Bildt might sound familiar but let me hasten to add that this sodden piece of goods “Nils Bildt” is an unknown entity in Sweden and not even remotely related to our son of the soil, even though he has the same first name ” Nils” and the same surname “Bildt”, as our former Prime Minister of Sweden whose full name is Nils Daniel Carl Bildt, of noble Swedish breed and minted here in Sweden!
The tale spins on with this very latest : Sweden’s Former PM Says Mass Migration Makes Country Safer
From time to time I have reasoned like that too:
that since Sweden is not bombing IS, IS has no reason to be bombing Sweden,
that since Sweden’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström is demonstrably supportive of the Palestinian cause – no supporter of the Palestinian cause has any reason to be wishing to do our Sweden any harm and since the Swedish trade delegation led by our Prime Minister arrived in Tehran – and because of the numerous Iranians living here in Sweden there has never been nor is there ever likely to be any bad wishes for Sweden from the Islamic Republic or allies. (For some enlightenment about Sweden-Iran relations and such good relations go back several centuries, please read Ashk Dahlén‘s forward to Kent Eklind’s book on Iran
It was Fredrik the Great Reinfeldt, so far the most successful leader of the Swedish/ the New Swedish Conservative Party who started the ball rolling during his last days in office when he exhorted his Swedish countrymen and women with his clarion call : Open your hearts !
I was also moved by his words, not that my heart had been closed before he said “open your hearts!” – like God said “Let there be light” – and there was light. With the Great Fredrik, for some people whose hearts remain closed it has been mostly like what John said about Jesus: “and the light shineth in the darkness and the darkness comprehendeth it not”
It is this “open your hearts” policy that Carl Bildt is “personally very proud” of as he blows his Swedish horn in his Washington Post opinion piece entitled “The truth about refugees in Sweden”
So far, his opinion piece has generated 700 comments in that paper, giving us a fair idea of what mostly non-Swedes believe is happening/ has happened in Sweden. His article has also been generating strong reactions in other media outlets, especially here in Sweden. The curious thing is that right now there is a hue and cry about how wrongly Sweden is being presented to the outside world by this sexed up Fox News documentary, but no one has really taken e.g. Ingrid Carlqvist to task for crowning Sweden “The Rape capital of the West”
or for these her articles about Sweden which do not showcase her beloved country in anything like a glorious light.
Normally, it should have been a golden opportunity for the new party leader Anna Kinberg Batra as the successor to the Great Reinfeldt to be chirping along or at least to be blowing her own trumpet for Sweden, in unison with Carl Bildt her former party leader, Prime Minister, Special Envoy to the Balkans and lastly Foreign Minister in the Great Reinfeldt’s government, but for the fact that just a week ago she (a wannabe next prime minister of Sweden) unwisely made a major announcement – a wrong move that has caused her popularity to nose-dive in the opinion polls: she announced that the anti-immigration party the Sweden Democrats was to be her comrade-in-arms in toppling our wonderful Social Democrat Government.
But there’s still room for her recovery. No doubt she is now the underdog and as underdog she might win some sympathy, even if not a round of applause for each and every solo. I don’t forget Mingus
Sweden Democrats stoutly resist the holy rosy picture being painted of Sweden and are strongly asserting that it is disingenuous to say that they are smearing beloved country Sweden
“Somebody got murdered on New Year’s Eve
Somebody said dignity was the last to leave
I went into the city, went into the town
Went into the land of the midnight sun…
I went down where the vultures feed
I would’ve got deeper, but there wasn’t any need
Heard the tongues of angels and the tongues of men
Wasn’t any difference to me …
Soul of a nation is under the knife
Death is standing in the doorway of life…”(Dignity by Bob Dylan)