Friday, December 21, 2007

Merry Christmas


Well, I'm off to spend a couple of days in the bosom of my family.

I hope everyone has a merry X-mas and may your wishes come true when Santa makes his rounds.

Here's what I would like in my Christmas Stocking:







I'm telling you Santa, I have been nice all year! :-)

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Muslim Striptease



(With thanks to Danish blogger Hodja.)

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Tribute

A salute to the Danish fighting men in Iraq and Afghanistan who paid the highest price to protect our freedom:

Friday, November 16, 2007

Why the Motoons

Very good interview of Flemming Rose, the Danish editor who published the Motoons. In it, he explains the idea behind them and how the unrest that followed has changed the way we discuss Islam.

Its well worth ten minutes of your time.



(Hat tip: Idioten.)

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Stop the clocks, She is dead!!




Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message She Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

She was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.


Helle - my love, my life, my hope - farewell.
One day we shall be together again.
I yearn for that day.

May you rest in peace.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

MidEast terror-threats against Danish Election

Denmark is in the middle of an parliamentary election, and one of the parties, the outspoken anti-salafist Dansk Folkeparti (Danish Peoples Party or DPP) produced an ad in the beginning of the campaign:


Text reads: Freedom of speech is Danish,
censorship is not



Gates of Vienna covered it pretty well when the ad first appeared.
It is of course a reference to the Motoon-crisis Denmark went through last year. The drawing originates from a 400 year old translation of the Koran and you would think an old sketch like that would be incapable of hurting anyones feelings.

Never the less, the thought of someone picturing their precious prophet pisses your average Terrorist Joe off big time. So now the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades in Palestine, a group responsible for numerous suicide-attacks and assassinations on Israeli civilians, are threatening Denmark with retaliation.

This from the daily Jyllands-Posten: (link in Danish, my translation)

The Palestinian terror organization al-Aqsa Martyr Brigade is now directly warning DPP:
"This party is dealing with the blood of the Danish population," says a spokesman for al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade Khaled al-Jabbari who brings up the subject at an interview with Jyllands-Posten in Gaza


Is that a threat?
"No, it's not threat, it's warning. We do not want to see the Danish people as enemies, but this could push towards actions," he says and announces that he himself is ready to participate actively in actions against Danish institutions to defend the Prophet.

I'm not quite sure what "institutions" Mr. al-Jabbari is referring to. Surely he can't be talking about the Danish Foreign Ministry that has forked out 31 million US dollars of taxpayers money in less than ten years to the poor Palestinians.

But back to the story:
"I have heard that a Danish party is using the Mohammad drawings in its campaign and I have a message to the Danish people that this is the same as stabbing us in our hearts. They (the DPP) must be living on the moon to do something like this, for it is very insulting and not acceptable."

He warns that the brigade will put the DPP on it's list of enemies.

"They will not only be the enemy of the al-Aqsa Brigade, but to many Muslims," he says.



Needles to say, the leader of the DPP, Pia Kjærsgaard is outraged:
This is utterly insane, and we will under no circumstances bend to a terrorist organization. It is not us who have made the drawing, it's a 400 year old drawing of Mohammad that we use as a symbol of freedom of speech," she says.



Prime minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen (Liberal Party - liberal in the European sense of the word that is) is also outraged:
"It is of course completely unacceptable that a terror organization such as the al-Aqsa Brigade is attempting to intimidate Danish democracy," says Fogh and underlines that "we will in no way give in to that kind of pressure and influence from the outside."

Danish security police have heightened the overall protection of the campaigning politicians after the "warning" from al-Aqsa.

Funny thing though. Nowhere is it stated in the ad that it's Mo who is pictured. It could be Sheik Yerbouti for all al-Jabba the Hut knows.




Update: Exile is also on the case. Go read him, he's got some good comments on this affair.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Another Motoon crisis

This would be somewhat boring if it weren't for the terrible repercussions. An innocent cartoon published in a newspaper in Bangladesh led to the slaughter of nine Christians in Nigeria. (Hat tip: Kim Møller at Uriasposten)

This from Blogcritics Magazine:
Recently, a 20-year-old Bangladeshi Muslim cartoonist sketched a cartoon that appeared in a Bangla newspaper. It was intended to caricature the local culture where everyone tends to add “Muhammad” before their name. In the cartoon, when an elderly Muslim priest asks a little boy carrying a cat, what was its name; the boy answers, ‘Muhammad Cat.’ This created outrage among Bangladeshi Muslims. The leader of Khelafot Andolon (Caliphate Movement) Maulana Ashraf stated that: “the cartoon indicates disgrace of the Muslim prophet by naming a cat ‘Muhammad'. Similar to the Danish Cartoon incident prophet Muhammad has been defamed in Muslim majority Bangladesh.” The head cleric of Bangladesh’s National Mosque, said: "This is a grievous offense, this is dangerous."
But of course it is... Naming a cat after the most admirable man ever to have walked on the face of the earth... Blasphemy! Blasphemy I tell you!

Muhammad the Cat flees Mekka in 622 AD


I haven't been able to find the actual drawing, but according to this blogger the transcript of the heresy reads like this:

The text of the cartoon is a conversation between a boy and an aged person.
* Boy, what is your name?
- My name is Babu.
* It is customary to mention Muhammed before the name.

* What is your father's name?
- Muhammed Abu

* What's this in your lap?
- Muhammed cat


No wonder the religion of peace has its followers in an uproar.

But it gets a lot worse:
GENERAL Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Mr Samuel Salifu has condemned the killing of Christians in Tudun Dankande local government area of Kano State.

He called on the state government to bring the perpetrators to book, warning that Christians would no longer condone any attack on them.

Salifu who spoke with newsmen in Kaduna weekend said that reports reaching him from Kano state said there was trouble in Tudun Dankande local government area of the state Friday where nine Christians, including a youth corper serving in the area were killed and their property destroyed over an internet cartoon said to have emanated from a 20-year-old Muslim boy from Bangladesh.

"Information available to me is that almost all the churches within that local government area have been razed down and shops belonging to Christians had also been burnt including their houses. We have been told that they have been ejected and their property brought down and burnt.
Seems like the Christians in Nigeria has all about had it with all this insane violence:
He [Salifu] said Christians and their leaders were getting worried because both the Christian leaders and Muslims had been holding series of meetings within and outside the Nigerian Inter Religious Council (NIREC) to see how to bring about peaceful coexistence between followers of the two religions. Salifu regretted, however, that "the more we continue to meet with Muslim leaders the more some of these people attack our people.

"It is clear that the cartoonist is from Bangladesh and he is a Muslim, so why should they now visit their anger on Christians unless they are lunatics and if you call them this type of name, they say they are angry, but they go killing.

"They cannot control their anger, they take knives and slaughter. When you tell them what they are doing is wrong, they will turn round and start to kill. Very soon, there would be a lot of blood shed unless they stop this nonsense because the church is getting fed up.

The hapless cartoonist - needles to say, have been thrown in jail, the entire press in Bangladesh has apologized profoundly - needles to say to no avail, and meanwhile churches are burning in Nigeria, thousands of miles away.

These people are mad. As in frothing around the mouth mad. As in rabid. As in certifiable.

If only...


Update:
Commenter Atheist has kindly pointed me to the blasphemous cartoon:

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Surrender? Up yours!

In these days, with the torrents of fatwa's and hailstorms of death threats, not to mention general grievance and self-pity from Muslims as reaction to various "insults" from Western infidels it's interesting to look back in history.
How did our forefathers react to the threat of Islam?

Well, Danish blogger Snaphanen brought my attention to one way of answering Muslim demands of submission.

Back in 1667, the Zaporozhian Cossacks defeated a Turkish army that had been sent in to the south of Russia. In spite of his defeat, the Turkish Sultan, Mehmed IV, sent a letter to the Cossacks, demanding their surrender.

The letter went like this:
As the Sultan; son of Muhammad; brother of the Sun and Moon; grandson and viceroy of God; ruler of the kingdoms of Macedonia, Babylon, Jerusalem, Upper and Lower Egypt; emperor of emperors; sovereign of sovereigns; extraordinary knight, never defeated; steadfast guardian of the tomb of Jesus Christ; trustee chosen by God himself; the hope and comfort of Muslims; confounder and great defender of Christians—I command you, the Zaporozhian Cossacks, to submit to me voluntarily and without any resistance, and to desist from troubling me with your attacks.

So, what were the Zapoes response? Well, first of all, they did not apologize for defeating the Sultan's invading army and thereby insulting the Religion of Peace. Their newspapers did not post editorials and op-ed's and commentaries demanding the resignation of the Government, large exporting companies did not bring full-page hand wringing adds in leading Muslim newspapers explaining how sorry they were for the insult to their customers.

Instead, the Cossacks looked at the rather pompous letter and decided to tell the Sultan to get stuffed.

A reply was written:
Zaporozhian Cossacks to the Turkish Sultan!

O sultan, turkish devil and damned devil's kith and kin, secretary to Lucifer himself. What the devil kind of knight are you, that can't slay a hedgehog with his naked arse? The devil shits, and your army eats. You will not, you son of a bitch, make subjects of Christian sons; we've no fear of your army, by land and by sea we will battle with thee, fuck your mother.

You Babylonian scullion, Macedonian wheelwright, brewer of Jerusalem, goat-fucker of Alexandria, swineherd of Greater and Lesser Egypt, Armenian pig, Podolian thief, catamite of Tartary, hangman of Kamyanets, and fool of all the world and underworld, an idiot before God, grandson of the Serpent, and the crick in our dick. Pig's snout, mare's arse, slaughterhouse cur, unchristened brow, screw your own mother!

So the Zaporozhians declare, you lowlife. You won't even be herding Christian pigs. Now we'll conclude, for we don't know the date and don't own a calendar; the moon's in the sky, the year with the Lord, the day's the same over here as it is over there; for this kiss our arse!

Quite an appropriate response if You ask me. Should be nailed on the walls in every Western Foreign Ministry.

Screw all this PC stuff and all this Sensitivity. Muslims are offended by seeing their Prophet in a drawing? So what else is new. Next case!

(Click on the pic for a larger image.)(Painting by Ilya Repin)

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Don't Flash Swedish Flag in Swedish School Photo

Swedish dhimmitude at it's worst:

The principal of a Swedish school told pupils they couldn't be in the annual class photo when some of them turned up wearing Swedish National Football T-shirts. The reason? It could send a signal of xenophobia and racism.



Swedish daily Sydsvanskan reports (link in Swedish, my translation):
Eighth graders at the "Strandskole" in Klagshamn [in the Malmö region] are not allowed to be in the photos for the school yearbook. - School photos are not suitable for political manifestations, says the Principal.

There's a football match between Denmark and Sweden this weekend, and the kids wanted to show their support for the Swedish team. However, the Principal, Pär Blondell, got worried that a handful of 14-year old boys showing the Swedish flag on a photo would be seen as a display of "xenophobia and intolerance", something the school has a policy against.

Sydsvenskan have been talking to some of the boys, who seems to posses a lot more common sense than their Principal:
We meant no harm. And we had no idea that it could be perceived as racism. We have a lot of friends with immigrant background, says of of the boys to Sydsvenskan.

How can it be racist to wear a national football jersey, another pupil ponders.

The Principal will now discuss the situation with the pupils and their parents.
What can be seen as racism and xenophobia is a gray area. My decision can be perceived as intolerant. But it was the pupils who made this choice. I do not think it was a wise choice. And as a parent I don't think it was a good choice. And as a student - five years from now, I probably wouldn't think it was a wise choice, says Principal Pär Blondell

Bad choices... Five years from now.... He makes it sound like the kids where caught smoking in the boys room.

Anyway, here's a xenophobe racist who doesn't mind showing the Swedish colors on his shirt:



Zlatan Ibrahimović, one heck of a football player. Born in Malmö as the son of a Croat mother and a Bosnian father.



This is a goal he scored while he was playing for Ajax Amsterdam (Wearing number 9). He's also on the Swedish national team playing against Denmark on Saturday. Can you blame a kid for wearing a jersey his hero's also wearing?

In Sweden, absolutely.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Riots in Copenhagen - Again


Last night Nørrebro - a part of Copenhagen - was once again set ablaze by youths protesting their eviction from The Youth House six months ago. The young people who calls themselves "autonome" are part of the extreme and violent left wing fringe.

They used to have a house borrowed by the Municipality of Copenhagen, but after scores of riots and demonstrations the City sold the house and had the police clear it. The youth didn't leave peacefully to say the least, and last night was a reenactment of the vandalizing and looting by by about a thousand protesters.

The protesters were reinforced by gangs of young Muslims according to press.

Pictures are by Niels Hougaard, photographer at Jyllands-Posten. A Gallery can be found here.

Police responded with teargas to spread the crowd


Looting - a perfectly reasonable protest.


64 arrests were made


Footage from the looting and vandalizing of two ordinary supermarkets has been uploaded by the daily "Ekstra Bladet" here.

"Multi-nationals" such as McDonalds and 7-Eleven are frequently and ritually smashed in that part of town as they are seen as symbols of global capitalism, but this time the victims included a lingerie shop, a coffee shop and a Pet store as can be seen here.

This last one shows locals desperately putting out fires before it spreads to parked cars.
The man being interviewed basically says: "What do I think of this? I think it's all f*cked-up! (Sorry, but that's what he says).
The policeman who later shows up apologizes for the lack of fire fighters, but "they have there hands full all over the place!"

All in all, a busy night for the cops. And a busy day for the shop owners cleaning up the ruins of their livelihood. Some of the arrested were as young as 13. Nice job by the parents.

Needless to say, the socialists at City Hall are demanding that the City give the vandals a house. Only that will stop the violence, the logic goes. Well, I for one can think of a suitable house. I believe Alcatraz is uninhabited at the moment.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Chef won't serve Halal meat at Muslim wedding, gets reported for racism

First a little necessary background, so please bear with me:

In Denmark we have a quite well-known female Islamist, Helen Latifi, who came to Denmark as a toddler and is now a med-student and a voice in the debate. She is a board member of an organization called Muslims in Dialog, an offspring of Minhaj-ul-Quran. On the board is also Abdul Wahid Pedersen, one of the traveling Imams stirring up trouble in the Mid-East last year.

Helen Lafiti is about to get married (congrats!) with the Secretary General of Muslims in Dialog, Noman Malik.



The happy couple decided to order food for the wedding at a renowned restaurant, owned by the chef Ralf Dyrensborg. Alas, there was a minor dispute over the menu. Apparently the chef refused to prepare Halal meat for the party. According to Latifi's blog (link in Danish) there was an argument ending with the chef saying "I'm not serving any sh*tty Halal meat for You!". That's Helen's story anyway.

The cook, not surprisingly has an other version (link in Danish):
I'm in no way a racist. I only expressed, that I would not serve Halal meat at the party!

Of course, chef's are supposed to be flamboyant, if not downright eccentric. One does not simply buy his food, one also buys his attitude and his love for cooking.



(Story not online, h/t Islamofascisme and Hodjas Blog) (both in Danish)


So, how does a Muslim "dialogist" react to this? Does she engage in a dialog with the guy? Does she say "OK, that's your opinion, and you're entitled to it. I'll just find another restaurant and take my business there!"

Are you kidding? Of course not. As true "moderates", she and her spouse-to-be reported this incident to the police, claiming to be victims of racism! The knee-jerk reaction of Muslims: You're telling me I can't have it my way? Then you're a bigot and a racist and should be crushed under your own laws!

So now the police will have spend time, manpower and money investigating this "case". No matter what the outcome of the investigation, this "case" will show up on the score card when Denmark is scrutinized by the EUMC, Amnesty International, Humans Rights Watch and myriads of other more or less self-proclaimed "Watchdog" organizations.

For Denmark, there's no way to win:

Should the police decide not to investigate further? Bad: The reports will show Danish police to be a bunch of Mississippian rednecks.

The DA brings it to the courts.
DA loses: Bad: The judges are obviously xenophobic.
DA wins: Bad: The case proves that there is a disturbingly amount of Islamophobia in the Danish population (Damn right there is!) and the government should take action to suppress it, otherwise...

Set, game and match: Muslims 1 Danes 0.

"Muslims in Dialog". Indeed.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Ransom demand from pirates

8 Million DKK to be exact (1.5 million USD).

It's been 50 days since the caper of the Danish freighter Danica White was boarded by Somali pirates in international waters off the coast of Somalia.



The five Danish crew members where forced to sail the vessel into Somali waters, where they have been held hostage ever since.

It has now been published that the kidnappers have demanded 8M DKK for the release of the ship an her crew.

Problem is, the shipping company doesn't have that kind of money according to Danish TV2 (link in Danish.)

The company has major debts and only have around 1.5 million kroner in the cash registry. And the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will not fork out for fear of encouraging more piracy.

So the company can't pay and the Danish State won't. Which leaves a third option: Send a group of Danish SEALS and make an example. Next time a pirate captain sees a vessel with a Danish flag he'll back off. Not worth your life!




Wishful thinking! Not that it couldn't be done. Here is some footage from a rescue drill a few years ago. (wmv 2:42) They even have a dog with them. How cool is that? :-)

Monday, June 25, 2007

Kindergarten to be closed

The city of Copenhagen has decided to close the kindergarten Salem as it have been impossible to find a new management after the Hizb-ut-Tahrir take-over.

From Jyllands-Posten (link in Danish): "It was hard enough to find the one candidate who was interviewed today [who didn't get the job, ed] In the long run it would irresponsible to continue without a manager an a trained staff. We will do our utmost to insure that the children can proceed in other kindergartens", says Bo Asmus Kjeldgaard. [The mayor in charge]

Note the plural in kindergartens. The kids will be spread out on several institutions, nullifying the Hizb takeover. At least they get something right from time to time in City Hall.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Hitzb ut-Tahrir takes over Danish kindergarten

From the Danish daily Berlinske Tidende: The extreme Islamic organization Hizb ut-Tahrir recently took control over a kindergarten on Nørrebro (a neighborhood in Copenhagen with many Muslims.) The Hizb demanded that the children should not be brought up learning about democracy.

Article here, background article here. (Both links in Danish, the short excerpt translated by me.)
The parents have also demanded a ban on boys and girls playing together and last year furious parents demanded that the children cut up their Christmas elf caps [the caps were seen a a Christian symbol]




Some of the parents stressed that the children where not allowed to draw people or animals and they were not allowed to sing and dance. Much was "Haram". The children were forbidden to walk trough the Christian Assistens Cemetery [a last resting place for a lot of famous Danes, from Hans Christian Andersen and Niels Bohr to Ben Webster ed.] and they where not allowed to frequent curtain parks and beaches, as they risked seeing undressed people.




Here's the good news: The two-man Danish leadership have resigned in protest and the Municipality of Copenhagen have put the kindergarten under strict supervision and has cut it's funding according to the Mayor in charge.

You know, the next time I hear another Halal-Hippie state the argument that it's the ethnic Dane's responsibility that many Muslims aren't better integrated in the Danish society, I swear I'll bitch-slap him!


Update: For some reason I forgot to translate this little tidbit:
[new principles] stressed that the children should be brought up respecting equality and in a democratic spirit. (...) That triggered remarks [from the Hizb] that such principles would only lead to homosexuality and masturbation.
Hmm, that could make for some bumper sticker: "Spank the monkey if you're a democratic infidel"


Update II: Western Resistance is on the story. Good translation of the original article.

Sorry for the hiatus

It's been a while, but this blog ain't dead yet - it just smells funny!
However, posting should be more frequent in the future.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Chaos in Court

A large group of Turks created havoc in a Danish court when the jury acquitted a young Lebanese man of homicide.


This from Copenhagen Post:
The acquittal of a man suspected of stabbing another to death got friends and family member of the victim to rush the suspect and court representatives

A 21 year-old man was found not guilty of murder in an Århus court Tuesday, resulting in friends and family members of the victim leaping over the courtroom railings in an effort to attack the accused, the judge and the jury.

Up to 50 of the victim's supporters threatened to kill the defendant and had to be restrained by the five police officers on the scene, who used truncheons and pepper spray against the mob while reinforcements were called in. Chairs and other objects were thrown at the police and court participants by the angry group, several of whom were arrested.

`It was like a tsunami wave rolling over the railing,' said Judge Peter Lilholt, who presided over the case.

The man acquitted, a Lebanese Dane, had been charged with stabbing 21 year-old Turk Murat Karabulut to death during a brawl outside an Århus pizzeria 7 June last year. Despite a mountain of circumstantial evidence, the prosecution lacked the murder weapon and had only witness statements from the other group involved in the altercation and a purportedly missing getaway car.

It was not the first time family members to Karabulut caused trouble for the police, as a similar but less destructive demonstration took place at the suspect's preliminary hearing last June.

After the incident, the victim's family members reiterated threats outside the courthouse that they would kill the acquitted man.
Murat Karabulut was on parole from prison when he was stabbed, having done time for assault and robbery.

How nice it is to live i a multi-cultural society.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

"Dane" gets 42 months (no, not years) for inciting terrorism

Said Mansour was today sentenced three years and six months imprisonment for inciting to terror by the Copenhagen City Court. From The Copenhagen Post (link in English):
A Danish national born in Morocco was found guilty on Wednesday of inciting terrorism.

The Copenhagen City Court handed Said Mansour a prison sentence of three years and six months, claiming he spread propaganda that encouraged radical Islamist groups to commit terror acts.



Police accused Mansour of being in contact, for example, with the four young men from Glostrup, who were recently tried for planning a terror act in Denmark.
[The Jurors found all four guilty but the judges annulled the verdict and only sentenced one of the defendants. Prosecution is still pondering whether to appeal. Ed.]

During Mansour's trial, which began in September 2005, prosecuting attorney Lone Damgaard presented the court with hundreds of videotapes and CD-ROMs confiscated from the defendant's apartment which documented various terrorist acts and showed Americans being decapitated.

The prosecution also established that Mansour had been in close contact with Omar Abdelrahman, the blind sheik who received a 240-year prison sentence for the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.
It's not the first time Mansour make the headlines. Back in 2005, The Washington Post did a piece on Denmark's anti-terror legislation, interviewing Mansour as a case. (It's not a bad article, well worth reading, actually)



I'm really not to sure what to think of this case.

One the one hand, it's good that the Court has drawn a line in the sand. On the other hand, the prosecution wanted Mansour to be stripped of his Danish citizenship so he could get deported (something Copenhagen Post fails to mention) . This he was not, on the grounds that he has "strong ties" to Denmark (He's wife is a Dane and they have four kids attending school) and that he faces a "grave risk" of getting killed if he returns to Morocco.

Well I have strong ties to Denmark, and I face a grave risk of getting blown to smithereens on the subway because Said Mansour can continue to spread his hate-speech and violent propaganda from the sanctuary of his "home" country. Not to mention, that the said country have been feeding him for years. WaPo:
His wife is a public school teacher, but Mansour said he was unemployed and collected a monthly government welfare benefit of about $1,800.
With the time already done in custody and the usual deduction for good behavior, heck, Mansour could be out this time next year.

May the prosecution appeal and may the Higher Court judges have some very bad hangovers when they hand out the sentence.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Lest we forget

A group of Danish soldiers on the morning of the German invasion,
9 April 1940. Two of these men were killed later that day (Caps: Wiki)


On this day, the 9'th of April 1940 Denmark was assaulted and occupied by Nazi-Germany in Operation Weserübung, which also included the invasion of Norway.

The attack took Denmark by complete surprise and even though the army had been all but demobilized and equipped with obsolete weaponry, the army never the less resisted for a few hours at the border, loosing 16 men. The Germans have never made official their casualties, but it was at least a couple of dozens.


One of the brave young soldiers was Anker Jørgensen (not in the picture) who later became Prime Minister of Denmark (and an absolute disaster at that, but that, as they say, is another story.)

Simultaneously, the airfield of Aalborg was captured by German paratroopers and Copenhagen was overrun by troops landing in the harbor. A panicky and desperate Danish government agreed to meet the capitulation terms while hearing the sounds of small-arms fire as the outnumbered Royal Guards opened up on the invaders and the droning of heavy bombers circling the capital, waiting for the orders to unleash their deadly cargo in case of any further resistance.

Denmark's status during the war was an unusual one. She wasn't annexed and neither was she fully occupied, but remained a semi-autonomous country until 1943 when the government stepped down under the pressure of an ever-growing popular resentment (and the realization that the tide of war was turning against Germany, but in '43 it was still touch an go). One of the German responses was to arrest the Danish police and sending them to Buchenwald. I mention this, because my late father was one of those unfortunates. He was miraculously saved in the last weeks of the war by Folke Bernadotte's white buses. My dad never grew tired of praising Bernadotte, certain as he was he would not have lived to see the end of the war, had he not been evacuated from the horror of the camps.

My salute on this day goes to the men who, knowing full well any fight would be futile, fought none the less.



During the German occupation, King Christian X became a
powerful symbol of national sovereignty. This image was
taken on the King's birthday in 1940. Note that he is not
accompanied by a guard (Caps: Wiki)



More on Weserübung here, and the occupation of Denmark here.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Nazi Denmark?

A week ago, Flemming Rose, the cultural editor of Jyllands-Posten received the Free Press Society's award for his decision to print the Muhammad Cartoons and for "sticking to his guns" despite receiving death-threats from islamo-fascists in the after wake as the prize comity put it.

The event did evoke a few headlines abroad, such as this one from British Guardian (log-on). A short, no-nonsense report of the fact.

However, in dhimmified Sweden the reporting was a bit different. In his speach, the chairman of the Free Press Society, Lars Hedegaard, had compared calls for Rose and Jyllands-Posten to apologise for the cartoons to those calling for appeasement towards Nazi Germany before the second world war. That remark prompted this headline in Swedish tabloid Expressen [Link in Swedish, translation mine]:
In Denmark Islam is now compared with Nazism
The journalist end his (quite neutral actually) piece by qouting one Adb al Haqq Kielan, spokesman for the "Swedish-Islamic Union".
Mr. Kielan waste no time in bringing out the old worn-out violin:
It's not like Muslims are invading Denmark with tanks. The Muslims in Denmark are a vulnerable minority and they where hurt by Flemming Rose's idea.
During WW2 Sweden received hundreds of young Danish freedom fighters on the run from Gestapo and allowed them to receive military training, they took in thousands of Danish Jews, who had been smuggled across the sound separating our two nations. Back then, Sweden stood up against the Nazis. And now when Denmark are trying to stand up against another totalitarian ideology suddenly we are the Nazis!

What the heck happened?

(See also Sappho Free Press Society's on-line mag, with links in various tongues. If able, do read the speech Hege Storhaug gave at the event. Freedom is not for frightened people. It's in Norwegian, which is very similar to Danish. Link is also here. Norway did not come out of the motoon crisis looking good.)

Hmm, Dhimmies to the left of me, Cowards to the right...

Sunday, March 18, 2007

How not to integrate immigrants

Exile has put up a must-read post regarding a recent OECD report titled The Labour Market Integration of Immigrants in
Denmark
, and in the process of vivisectioning said report, Exile found and commented on this paragraph:
Labour market outcomes for immigrants have been significantly below those of the native-born
for more than two decades. This is partly attributable to the fact that immigration to Denmark has been
strongly dominated by refugees and family reunification – groups whose labour market outcomes tend to
be not as good as the native-born or economic migrants in all countries, particularly in the early years of
settlement.
Exile has this to say on OECD's newspeak:
They are correct in the statement that immigration has been strongly dominated by refugees and family reunification. Read "economic refugees". I emphasise that point by referral to the next point concerning welfare benefits; "...Denmark’s relatively high social benefits". In other words, if you don't want to work, you can make a healthy living by importing your family and having many children. More dependents, more money.
Exactly! Which brings me to this post.

I work as a blue-collar laborer and earn around 20,000 (roughly 3600 US Dollars) Danish Kroner a month, which isn't all that bad. (Then again, that leaves me with less than 11,000 Kr's after the tax-man produced first his pistol and then produced his rapier and robed me blind. Not that I mind, though. I'm sure the the nice men and women in the administration are doing a lot of good with my money. But I digress.)

Recently, a gentleman from abroad was presented to me by my boss: Could I please see if the man i question could perform well in an ordinary job? He had been sent by the municipality in an effort to take him off the dole, and the firm I work for had agreed to see what they could do. As a faithful employee, I naturally took on this assignment.

The gentleman turned out to be of somewhat lesser quality than the other colleague's I work with: He was constantly ill, couldn't do this, couldn't do that, every other day he would ask for time off to go to hospital examinations. He had been a policeman in Afghanistan, and for all I know, he could be suffering from PTSD, that's not the point. If he's sick, he's sick and should be treated for whatever ailment he may be suffering. But as the foreman in charge, I soon had to let him go.

No, the really bizarre thing is this: After having been granted asylum some years ago, the former member of Kandahar's Finest brought his wife and a herd of children to Denmark as was his right under the Re-Unification Act. The municipality installed him in an apartment with room for a pony, not to mention the kids, and have been covering his needs ever since by forking out 24,000 Kr's each and every month. The income he may earn in any new job will be deducted from this sum, which may or may not have been have been one reason for his deteriorating health.

I'd like to stress that it's not the behavior of this individual I find perplexing. On the contrary!

My question is this: Can anyone please explain to me, why an immigrant would find it attractive to find a job to support his family, contribute to his new society by paying taxes etc. and find pride in standing on his own two feet, while in the process loosing at least half his previous income?

If anyone can, please let me know. There may be an open slot as Minister of Integration in the Danish government.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Powder-scare at Jyllands-Posten (Now deemed harmless)

Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten received a letter with a suspicious powder today.

My translation:

Monday Jylands-Posten received a letter containing a powder. The letter is now being investigated by the police, Tage Clausen from the paper informed today.

All letters are opened by special staff in the mail room before further distribution. This has been standard procedure since Jyllands-Posten recived two letters containg powder in February 2006.

Danish Emergency Management Agency have worked since Monday morning investigating the letter and isolating the three post handlers who where in contact with the substance.


(Photo: Thomas Fredberg)


Most likely this a prank, but it's not a very funny joke. I'll post more when I know more.

Update: 16:30: A sample of the powder has been sent to Stockholm, Sweden, and the result is expected tomorrow, Tuesday. The three postal workers are in good spirits and are kept under medical observation.

Update: Tuesday 17.30: The powder has been deemed harmless by Swedish experts. "No biological hazard" was the verdict from the lab in Stockholm today, Tuesday.

So, it was a prank. However if the police gets the ones responsible, they will not get off with a slap on the wrist. So far, no news on who might be responsible. Must have been some very long hours for the mail handlers before the good news got back to them.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

We Had Fun Once

I realize it's a bit early to celebrate the 100' anniversary of Hergé, but this drawing is something that should be remembered:



From a time more innocent than these days. From a time before Political Correctness destroyed our civilization. A time when we where allowed to laugh at other cultures and not only of our own.
I'm old enough to remember those days, and I truly miss them.

I grew up reading Tintin, but had honestly forgotten this frame. Thanks to Danish blogger Monokultur for reminding me.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

A Non-Dhimmi Danish Dairy

Via Danish blogger Veritas Universalis from epn.dk.
The co-operative dairy "Bornholms Andelsmejeri" have stopped its export of dairy-products to the Middle East.

"It's all about being able to look at your self in the mirror each morning. I will not be judged on what some Danish paper writes, but on my products and my services. We have no intention to take up trade and have turned those who have approached us down", says Peter Olesen [head of the dairy]

Before last years Mohammad-Crisis 8-9 percent of the dairy's turnaround of a total of 240 million Danish Kroner [42 mill. USD] was exported to the Middle East. Peter Olesen however, doesn't believe the loss is that great as Bornholms Andelsmejeri has increased it's sales in other parts of the worl

Here's a change from dhimmied Arla. Nice to see a dairy-boss with more than skimmed milk in his, er, fridge.



So if your local store happens to stock St. Clement cheese, you really should buy some. Not only is it politically incorrect, it tastes great as well.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

At an ordinary train station on an ordinary Mondy night

This is a story from an ordinary woman on an ordinary event taking place on an ordinary Monday evening. From Basilisken via Hodja.

Judging from her picture, Basilisken is an ordinary woman in her prime, just an another ordinary Danish woman on her way home - and then showing a great deal of heroism. I have tried my best not only to translate it but also to capture some of the atmosphere of her story:
Wanted to take the local train on Hellerup [suburb of Copenhagen, ed.] Monday January 29 around ten PM. Passing five immigrant boys in the tunnel. They are shaking hands goodbye, the elder telling the youngest to take care. The three youngest starts to run, yelling they are about to miss the train. They must've missed it for they are sitting on a bench as I pass them [on the platform]. There is no one else present but us. I then feel two showers on my face, I'm thinking it cannot be possible they are spitting at me, but my doubts immediately disappears as they are having a barrel of laughs. I turn towards them and ask what they are doing. The oldest are sitting in the middle, and with a big grin he says nothing is going on. Something must have fallen from the roof, happens all the time - while the two youngest boys gleefully spits right in my face. I ask what their problem is and they spit again. I the lash out at one of them, he runs to the other side of me and kicks at my behind.
She returns to the tunnel and tries to call the police, but cannot get through. At this time she thinks the train must have pulled up at the platform, and she figures she will be safe on the train as there will be staff on-board.
As I am sitting down (at a distance) I see the boys rolling some newspapers into sticks and approach an elderly man who is sitting alone. Along with me, a young man (his name was "B" I'm later told) reacts. "B" very firmly grabs hold at the boys and get them to sit down. "Get my bag," he says; in his bag is his badge. The conductor is coming from the other end of the train, "B" tells me to ask him if he has called the police. Yes he has, as the boys have spend their idle time breaking windows. While "B" is searching their pockets (someone will be happy to get his mobile phone back) he tells me that they are three brothers, well known to the police and that they are frequently arrested, not only for mugging people, but also constantly stealing, break in and entering and vandalizing. Shortly thereafter four police officers enters. "Ah, them again". Only at this point does the boys stop their pleas that they have done nothing. Finally the train can depart. It is very unpleasant to sit in the train with a face full of spit. "B" says he will file a report, but that it won't do any good. The boys are all under 15, and the community and social workers aren't doing anything. Yesterday, when the boys where searched they had firearms. Whoops, I could have been shot.
A fellow passenger tells me: Don't be so negative.
Don't be so negative! Don't be so negative?? What the moron means is: don't be a racist. Well, he wasn't the one being spat in the face, now was he... perhaps next time it's his turn. Let's see how negative he will get when some juvenile punk kicks him in the arse.

Perhaps he will react in some extra-ordinary way like the brave basilisken. Then again, prolly not.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Editorial on Gore: A great man

This is really just an update on my last post.

Jyllands-Posten prints an editorial today titled "A great man" on Al Gore's refusal to be interviewed by Bjørn Lomborg and Flemming Rose, the culture editor of Jyllands-Posten. As usual, the link is in Danish, translation mine:
Al Gore is a great man. In fact, so great he came very close to become President of the United States of America.

He would then literally have ruled over life and death of individuals and nations and he would have had the largest military with the largest arsenal of nuclear weapons in the world at his disposal.

One would expect a certain amount of courage, strength and personal style. It is therefore fantastic to find that this great man doesn't dare to meet with a Danish statistician and therefore not a culture editor on a Danish paper.
(...)

It is fantastic that a Danish statistician can seem so terrifying to a man supposedly qualified to be president of the USA.

The explanation is of course that Gore is no more a fool than the next guy. He probably knows deep inside that his claims about the miserable state of the planet is thinly based, and that a meeting with Bjørn Lomborg would be a mental striptease. His nonsense work and exaggerated terror-scenarios would be ripped apart without mercy.

Apparently Bjørn Lomborg is so frightening that Al Gore didn't even dare to meet with a culture editor who had met Lomborg. Perhaps the statistician would have provided the editor with some annoying questions.

It can hardly be anymore pathetic than this.
Lomborg and Rose yesterday published an article in Wall Street Journal on the matter, however I can't find a link to it.

Update: The WSJ article is for subscribers only, however a PDF of the Lomborg/Rose piece can be found here. It's well worth reading.

(Via Tim Blair and Junk Science.)

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Al Gore refuses to meet Bjorn Lomborg

First of all my apologies for the quiet around here lately.

Anyway, the Danish Paper Jyllands-Posten reports that Former Vice President Al Gore who is spending a couple of days in Denmark on his seemingly endless Inconvenient Truth-Tour, Still won't debate with Bjørn Lomborg, who has criticized Gore for dealing with on subject in an alarmist way. (Gore's visit immediately triggered the Gore Effect, making an unusually mild Danish winter into a typical one with around-zero temperatures, chilling rain and hail and a freezing storm smashing into northern Europe.)

But back to the issue at hand. From Jyllands-Posten: (link in Danish, translation mine):

Bjørn Lomborg, together with Jyllands-Postens culture editor Flemming Rose [the man who got the idea and together with chief-editor Carsten Juste decided to publish the Motoons] were supposed to have interviewed Al Gore on Thursday. However, though his agent Wylie Agency in London, Al Gore announced Wednesday that the presence of Bjørn Lomborg was unwanted.

"This is not the first time this has happened. Several people have tried unsuccessfully to set a dialog-meeting between the two of us. It is deeply troublesome that he doesn't dare to be challanged and only want to speak to his followers", says Bjørn Lomborg.

(...)

The agent and Flemming Rose subsequently agreed that the interview would be done by Rose alone and that the subject would be the book and the movie.

However, an hour later Flemming Rose received an e-mail from the agent with the wording:

"We regret to announce that we have to cancel the interview."

No reason was giving but when the editor contacted the agent by phone, the agent said the cancellation was due to the fact that Lomborg had even been part of the process.

According to Bjørn Lomborg he's willing to debate Al Gore on global heating any time and anywhere.

So after more than a thousand lectures on "an inconvenient truth" Gore still won't meet an inconvenient opponent. Guess it must be easier to be a politician with that attitude.