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posted at 10:40 pm on June 30, 2008 by Allahpundit

“You don’t invite your antagonists to a birthday party.”

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The parliamentary ombudsman is scheduled to rule in the case on September 8.

So is the birthday postponed until Sept 8?

And if it is, who gave parliament the right to stop time?

lorien1973 on June 30, 2008 at 10:45 PM

Fred Phelps was right, God does hate Sweden.

Damian G. on June 30, 2008 at 10:47 PM

My kids’ school has a similar policy – the kids can distribute invitations at school if everyone is invited. Otherwise, the burden is on the parents to get contact info for the ones who are being invited so that invitations can be sent privately. But people break the rule all the time, inviting only the girls or only the boys, or having the kids “sneak” invitations to their friends without going through the teacher. It’s a silly nanny state thing, but it’s never gone so far in the U.S. as to make international news. Sweden’s nannyism = yikes!

aero on June 30, 2008 at 10:48 PM

Socialism run amok.

whitetop on June 30, 2008 at 10:49 PM

The policy at the boy’s school in the southern town of Lund was that all children (or all the boys or all the girls) had to be invited to parties when their invitations were handed out in class.

Alone the fact that the school has such a policy…Sweden!

I’ll be very curious how the ombudsman will rule. Wake up Europe! Singing kumbaya will take us all over the cliff, like lemmings, going under, together.

J.P.O’Rourke toured Europe for a book, for a year. When he visited the Swedish female minister (hope to have the title right) he told her that he was glad to find that they had 380 holidays/year.

Entelechy on June 30, 2008 at 10:50 PM

Two news ads out from the National Black Republican Association:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=107lzHwZ93w

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkUJEDYBnBQ

KarmiCommunist on June 30, 2008 at 10:51 PM

My birthday is next year.. I plan on inviting* everybody except AllahPundit and commenter Doriangrey…
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*Just checking to see if this is a nanny blogospere*

Mcguyver on June 30, 2008 at 10:53 PM

Sweden is far gone in dhimmitude. The politicians are fools and they by ratifying the Lisbon Treaty they are, according to the text of the Swedish Constitution, liable to a charge of treason

I don’t just mean that they are traitors in the casual, infromal sense as in “Oh that NYT reporter/Democrat is a traitor” but that they are legally vulnerable to a legitimate charge of treason and as of a month ago a legal action has been launched against them.

If the laws of Sweden were properly enforced they might be convicted of treason and be swinging from the rafters but they have taken all the power and they will not let go of it.

aengus on June 30, 2008 at 10:54 PM

If the laws of Sweden were properly enforced they might be convicted of treason and be swinging from the rafters …

aengus on June 30, 2008 at 10:54 PM

Man, they better invite everyone to the execution or there is going to be trouble.

Blarg the Destroyer on June 30, 2008 at 11:00 PM

What is the difference between a smug society rifling through your inherent rights and those of your children, and a website that insists on short one or two line sentences rather than the complete posts of of highly regarded statesmen.

The answer is that there is no difference.

I have to assume that Hot Air agrees with national socialist politicians who love to hate individual choice.

winemkr on June 30, 2008 at 11:01 PM

I can’t believe the government is involved in this. It should be a warning to America what can happen if a socialist (BO) is elected.

HawaiiLwyr on June 30, 2008 at 11:08 PM

winemkr on June 30, 2008 at 11:01 PM

?

Blarg the Destroyer on June 30, 2008 at 11:08 PM

winemkr on June 30, 2008 at 11:01 PM

Dude.

I am very critical of AP and Ed which they very kindly tolerate.

It is the unwieldy and staggering length of your comments that impede the format of HA threads, making it very difficult to navigate through them.

Just do what I do and post the first paragraph, containing a link to the rest of the article. If its interesting people will read it.

Tidiness dos not equal national socialism.

aengus on June 30, 2008 at 11:10 PM

In the interest of Humanity, the editors have decided it is time to invade Sweden.

/TNR

VolMagic on June 30, 2008 at 11:15 PM

HawaiiLwyr on June 30, 2008 at 11:08 PM

Sweden does not have a secret ballot. When you go to vote in Sweden your voting card is clearly visible to your neighbours or anyone who looks in your direction.

Sweden is a quasi-free country and things are only getting worse.

aengus on June 30, 2008 at 11:15 PM

Tidiness dos not equal national socialism.

aengus on June 30, 2008 at 11:10 PM

winemkr, good one, I tried to tell you the same thing in the other thread. Just let go, heed the advice and carry on. No one’s after you and I love your contributions.

My birthday is next year…

Mcguyver on June 30, 2008 at 10:53 PM

Heh, no longer a secret :) Where’d you been incorrigible one?

Entelechy on June 30, 2008 at 11:22 PM

What is the difference between a smug society rifling through your inherent rights and those of your children, and a website that insists on short one or two line sentences rather than the complete posts of of highly regarded statesmen.

winemkr on June 30, 2008 at 11:01 PM

um….. you mean aside from the fact that one is a case of a government legislating restrictions on private activities and the other is a case of webmasters of a private website limiting the length of an internet posting…?

Or is that too obvious an answer?

dead-duck on June 30, 2008 at 11:22 PM

Ummm,in light of Canada’s orwellian starchamber,
please tell me Sweden has drifted into a parallel
universe,

or I’m actually having an OBE,and when I wake up
this will be just a dream!

With Jihady’s at the gate,WOT,Sweden is having a
crisis caniption fit over a birthday party snub,er
choice I mean!

This might sound a tad crazy,but,countries,and people
like this,wouldn’t it be a good idea,for say,Team World
ACLU for this Utopian done gone bad situation,a hum!haha.

canopfor on June 30, 2008 at 11:25 PM

Lew Rockwell is calling John McCain a muderer on his blog today…the right wing of moveon.org

jp on June 30, 2008 at 11:26 PM

Any kid who bullies my kid would get an invitation, along with his parents.
Would they dare show up?
I would be careful to show them, shall we say, special attention.

jgapinoy on June 30, 2008 at 11:27 PM

A boy blows out birthday candles

Thank goodness for the brilliant people in the caption dept. at AFP.Google; otherwise how would we know what the picture was about that accompanied the story….

Branch Rickey on June 30, 2008 at 11:33 PM

it’s officail the socialists want to CHANGE human nature and HOPE that people don’t CLING to their guns after the CHANGE.

unseen on June 30, 2008 at 11:35 PM

Sweden is in twilight. Its time to turn off the lights on the Swedish state. Time to start the airlift to evacuate their women. You know for humanitarian reasons.

elduende on June 30, 2008 at 11:36 PM

What is the difference between a smug society rifling through your inherent rights and those of your children, and a website that insists on short one or two line sentences rather than the complete posts of of highly regarded statesmen.

The answer is that there is no difference.

I have to assume that Hot Air agrees with national socialist politicians who love to hate individual choice.

winemkr Kool-Aid Drinker on June 30, 2008 at 11:01 PM

That’s better….IMAO

Branch Rickey on June 30, 2008 at 11:39 PM

Meanwhile in Sweden, real problems get ignored

Kini on June 30, 2008 at 11:44 PM

Where’ve I been?
Oh… out n’ about, in and out, around but not here and everywhere else but here.

Checking back to see if anything has changed… NOT!

There sure have been a lot of commentators here that have moved on, AWOL or otherwise dealing with their “tingling leg syndromes”…. I sure do hope it’s working out for them.

Mcguyver on June 30, 2008 at 11:45 PM

” . . . and those of us with ravaged faces
lacking in the social graces . . . “

snaggletoothie on June 30, 2008 at 11:53 PM

The list of European countries I’d like to visit is getting smaller by the day.

On the other hand: Swedish babes. Hmmm… what’s a principled but lonely conservative to do?

Lincoln on June 30, 2008 at 11:55 PM

Parlimentary ombudsmen resolve kids’ birthday party disputes?

What planet is this “Sweden” on?

Beagle on June 30, 2008 at 11:56 PM

Section 7, Article 478b, paragraph Q7

All children will like all other children unless said unliked child gives permission to be unliked. Punishment of the offending child shall be public humiliation in a likeable way.

Limerick on June 30, 2008 at 11:58 PM

The schools refuse to relinquish their position as primary defenders of the most stupid and extreme implementations of political correctness.

This confirms to all students that the school administrators have no ability to make sound or reasonable judgments, and that the teachers also deserve the students’ contempt.

landlines on June 30, 2008 at 11:59 PM

Limerick on June 30, 2008 at 11:58 PM

Epic win, sir.

joewm315 on July 1, 2008 at 12:02 AM

GOOD GAWD, so now daddy gov will decide who gets invited to a private party????????

allrsn on July 1, 2008 at 12:38 AM

Save Sweden, adopt a blond!

Time to blow out their leaders’ candles.

profitsbeard on July 1, 2008 at 12:43 AM

Enjoy life. Never surround yourself with a$$holes. Hemmorhoids are bad enough.

Travis1 on July 1, 2008 at 1:03 AM

These are the tiny rocks that are chipped away from true freedom. Alas, when you finally notice all the rocks on the ground, you look up at a statue of Stalin and wonder what the hell just happened.

Claypigeon on July 1, 2008 at 2:10 AM

The list of European countries I’d like to visit is getting smaller by the day.

On the other hand: Swedish babes. Hmmm… what’s a principled but lonely conservative to do?

Lincoln on June 30, 2008 at 11:55 PM

Appreciate the differences of other countries’ cultures while at the same time being glad that your country doesn’t do the same.

Because unfortunately, the same culture responsible for this story is the one that is responsible for the friendly Swedish babes.

misterpeasea on July 1, 2008 at 2:17 AM

Clearly, this is exactly like the case involving Emmett Till. Naturally, the commenters here celebrate their own exclusianary bigotry.

ccr6 is out for the night, so I’m filling in as the radical leftist reactionary racist for the evening.

TABoLK on July 1, 2008 at 4:11 AM

Talk about “America Alone”. Is Europe nucking futs?

Michelle Obama is right! We are a mean country. Thank God.

Agrippa2k on July 1, 2008 at 6:36 AM

Someone tell me WHY we worry about European countries liking us cause Im not getting it. None of them make any sense at all!

This is stupid, for God’s sake.

becki51758 on July 1, 2008 at 6:46 AM

The list of European countries I’d like to visit is getting smaller by the day.

On the other hand: Swedish babes. Hmmm… what’s a principled but lonely conservative to do?

Lincoln on June 30, 2008 at 11:55 PM

You better hurry up. The Ingas are converting to Islam

JiangxiDad on July 1, 2008 at 7:16 AM

The ones who were not invited felt sad and left out,

Sniff.

davidk on July 1, 2008 at 7:31 AM

Here’s a typical Scandi birthday party:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8I5BGsK5ZAU

Would you really want to go to one?

Tinian on July 1, 2008 at 8:01 AM

The funniest part of that article is AFP believing the those who read the article need a description of that photo.

drjohn on July 1, 2008 at 8:49 AM

Good grief. My kids’ schools have had that policy forever. Most schools do not even allow kids to bring in treats for their birthdays anymore, because “some parents might not be able to afford cupcakes or cookies for their kids.”

The school we left when we moved from Virginia, which was a great and fun school, had a new principal who canceled pretty much everything fun and/or competitive in the school. “Crazy hat and hair day” was canceled. “Wear pajamas to school day” was canceled. “Field day” was canceled because some kids are disabled and can’t run or jump. Halloween was canceled because some kids might not be able to afford costumes. She tried to cancel the sock hop but parents drew the line there. However, she did cancel the accompanying raffles, because some families might be too poor to buy raffle tickets and we shouldn’t be reminding them of that. She canceled the dance contest and the hula-hoop contest during the sock hop because the kids who lost these contests might feel bad. She even told some parents that eventually she wanted to do away with Honor Roll, because it was too “exclusive.” She moved it to the end of the honors assembly so she could emphasize the attendance and citizenship awards which virtually every child received. It was turning into Sweden. I was very glad to get my kids away from there.

I guess I am raising my kids right though. My daughter just demanded to try out for a travel soccer team because she was fed up with the intramural league where everyone was supposed to just have fun and not care about winning, and the rules are not enforced. She ignores the birthday rules and takes her party invitations to school. All the kids know she brings the best birthday treats every year. She’s a leader and I am going to make sure she continues to be.

rockmom on July 1, 2008 at 9:26 AM

Tinian on July 1, 2008 at 8:01 AM

“What has been seen cannot be unseen.”
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Banned, huh. I wonder why?

/sarc

artlover on July 1, 2008 at 9:47 AM

This may happen in Sweden where Swedes let it happen! It won’t happen here in America because we are a free people and there are plenty of us that intend to remain free despite the efforts of some to throw away their liberty! I for one shall never surrender mine…EVER! I did not get it from the government and I shall not give it back to the government!

sabbott on July 1, 2008 at 10:07 AM

Too much politics! I read the quote and thought it was a statement from a McCain rep about this story. I need to start reading about other subjects.

marykatharine on July 1, 2008 at 10:17 AM

sabbott,

Read the posts, friend. It is indeed happening here. My kids’ school has the same idiotic rule about birthday party invitations, All or None. PC dry-rot has infested our Publik Skoolz to varying degrees, and I live in a VERY conservative GA district. Educational Bureaucrats have a stranglehold on our schools. Defunding the Dept. of Education is the start of regaining control of our kids’ education.

common sensineer on July 1, 2008 at 10:31 AM

You better hurry up. The Ingas are converting to Islam…

=O Aw man, now I’m REALLY depressed.

Lincoln on July 1, 2008 at 10:38 AM

I was left out of a party at school, and it never affected me. I told my psychologist, after I was released, that the killings had nothing to do with not being invited, but I bet they won’t forget to invite me next time…well if they were still alive.

right2bright on July 1, 2008 at 10:50 AM

Sweden is a quasi-free country and things are only getting worse.

aengus on June 30, 2008 at 11:15 PM

True, but they have a rockin’ bikini team.

Zorg on July 1, 2008 at 1:16 PM