8/23/11

Liberals Stunned to Learn That There's More to Sweden Than Stieg Larsson Novels and IKEA Furniture

Claiming this is a common practice in her country, a Swedish mother left her baby, alone, in a stroller outside an Amherst, MA burrito eatery's courtyard, for ten minutes, in broad daylight. The cops were called; pandemonium broke out. (The tot was not harmed; no charges have been filed against the mum.)

This casual treatment of a wee tot (even in some 'safe' European city where people are largely walkers, not drivers) is deplorable. Worse, has this woman not noticed the seedy characters that often traverse - at all hours - that courtyard? I wouldn't leave a 9-year-old alone there.

But the issue that has many chattering about this multicultural imbroglio is this: Is it the type of parental neglect that merited calling law enforcement and social service personnel?

It is interesting to notice that it was the we-are-the-world denizens of Amherst (who continually mount the soapbox to lecture the rest of us rubes about the need to be 'culturally sensitive') that went all Big Brother on this hapless foreigner.

Conversely, the Swedish mother has learned some lessons in cultural differences herself: Never leave a babe unattended in a public place in the good ol' USA (yes!), and American cops who carry guns are supposed to be intimidating (yes!).

Cute little guy. Glad he's ok.



Photo credit: Larry K.

9 comments:

Ed said...

Izzy,

As one of the millions of white males in college whose lives have been made into a living hsll in the post-VT era, I don't feel sorry for the woman.

Yes it is a case of "welcome to hysteria" but still, how is (or should) she be better than I?

TCC said...

Ed, sometimes the 'good' guys, who live in Occupied Territory, win:

http://archive.frontpagemag.com/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=12771

LarryK4 said...

Besides Ed, she's a heck of a lot cuter than you.

TCC said...

Teehee, Lar.

Ed the victim of ACT said...

Izzy, if you ever met his wife, you would understand where he got his strength to fight that mess and why he won. But that was in 2004 == this is 2011 and the whole world has changed.

It is hard to understand just how far through the lookng glass umass has gone if you arent there...

TCC said...

I actually met the man - and his wife - as I wrote a column about him and interviewed him in his home. I think Dr. Miller also won because he made it public (i.e. went to the media) ... but yes somethings are accelerating ... in a bad way ... like our economic problems.

Doesn't coastal Maine sound more pleasant?

Allan Wall said...

I don't really understand a lot of material in these posts, what are you all talking about?

TCC said...

Sorry, Allan, some of this is inside-baseball. Ed, Larry, and I (lived or live) in Amherst, Mass., a super liberal college town. None of us are PC, and we frequently clashed with the 'tolerant' denizens of the community since we constantly challenged their sacred cows. Ed is from Maine and is a grad student who has had some challenging experiences at UMass, and I'm always urging him to return to that part of New England to get a break from the madness. Larry, on the other hand, is a fifth-generation Amherstite who thrives on being the lone voice in the wilderness.

Allan Wall said...

OK, thanks!