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This was in my inbox about a half an hour ago. In case you missed how this whole thing started, here’s a link to the original article. I’m really not sure what to think about anything anymore. Things have gotten simply too weird.
Anyway, here’s Sarah…
I want to clear up some misconceptions that came up in my review of Ghost’s “Opus Eponymous”. I have received a good amount of angry emails from people who felt that I made remarks that were demeaning towards Swedish people. I even received an angry message from the Swedish embassy. I want to go on the record as saying I have nothing but respect and admiration for the Swedish people. Some of the most significant Americans of the last 100 years have been Swedes. John W. Nordstrom, founder of the Nordstrom’s retail chain, was born in Sweden. Astronaut and American hero Buzz Aldrin is part Swedish. Even wonderful entertainers like Julia Roberts and Tippi Hedren claim Sweden part of their great ancestry.
Just so you know, I was one of the first shoppers at IKEA when it opened in Anchorage. They have all of those sturdy pieces of furniture with the silly names. I think we bought a Flarn for Piper’s room that day. Every Sunday, Todd and I drive an hour to treat the family to breakfast at the closest IHOP over in the town of Chuloonawick. Every week without fail I order the Swedish pancakes. Surprisingly enough, both my and Todd’s favorite candy are Swedish fish. I ask you, do I sound like someone who hates Swedish people?
The point I was trying to make was not that we should hate all Swedes or the country of Sweden. Sweden is clearly an up and coming country. They have their own embassy, which tells you a lot about them. IKEA has a business model all Americans can be proud of. Once they grow out of their socialist phase like Russia did, they could easily rejoin the great nations that have refuted socialism and embraced values we can all stand for. The point I was trying to make in the article really had nothing to do with Swedes. It was more the idea that we should naturally be aware that some foreigners are against what we stand for and are dangerous. Since we can never be quite sure which ones are the bad ones, we must naturally be aware of all of them and treat them with appropriate caution. There is nothing wrong with a little bit of vigilance when our safety and well-being is at stake. When we are dealing from refuges from a socialist country like Sweden we must be even more prepared for the threat of potential anti-Americanism or worse. Even a writer and poet as great as Shakespeare understood this. He put it brilliantly when he wrote those now famous words “something is rotten in the state of Sweden.” I am clearly not the only one with these sorts of concerns.
I was very upset by your comments last night on MSNBC. After reading your article about the Beatles, I was sure you were someone I had a good deal in common with. How wrong I was! The statement you made about “condoning my metalheadedness but not my blockheadedness” was simply unfair. First of all, metalheadedness is not a word. Secondly, it upset me to no end to hear you give ammunition to an arm of the liberal media empire like MSNBC. They are clearly out to destroy me. In a week where I’ve experienced such awful attacks and personal suffering I would think you could have been a bit nicer. I simply will not write anything else for your stupid little blog.
#1 by iamsarahk on January 14, 2011 - 5:27 PM
#2 by juan don on January 14, 2011 - 8:19 PM
My ex-wife was half Swedish and half Wolverine! Around here, Palin is known as Hootie Belle. The older regulars at The Dark Yodeler Pub and Grill-ed (where I get my mail) take advantage of free Wi Fi to scour the intertubes seeking risqué photos. The only thing close is a porno called “Nailin’ Palin.” Of course, Palin’s not really in it. But it’s weird to think that if the old dude had won, Palin would’ve made history as not only our first female vice president in history, but the first to have a skin flick videotaped in their honor.
I know it’s wrong but I developed a dislike for all-things-Swedish — all because of a lousy six month marriage. Even though it’s dumb to project my problems with Malin onto millions of Scandinavians, I can’t watch Bergman movies anymore without grinding my molars or feel sorry for Tiger’s ex. (It’s really hard to empathize with anybody who walks away with enough cash to buy Iowa). Without sounding too existential, I would’ve married Tiger if I’d eventually walk with enough dough to become Keith Richards’ next door neighbor. I know that’s easy to say. But considering the state of my finances, moral flexibility gets really loose when $700,000,000 is involved. Besides, I’d be the only injured party involved — and no kids would grow up in a divorced environment.
Anyway, dig the blog!
#3 by Keith Spillett on January 15, 2011 - 2:52 PM
Ha! Great reply. Thanks for the love dude!
#4 by The Mad Swede on January 14, 2011 - 8:45 PM
I have never been so angry in my life!!!! This is very disturbing!
#5 by Keith Spillett on January 15, 2011 - 2:52 PM
I’m sure there are worse things to be worked up over…aren’t there?
#6 by Finn on January 15, 2011 - 4:01 AM
“Something is rotten in the state of Sweden,” indeed! LOL. She quotes the name of Shakespeare correctly, at least. 😉
#7 by Keith Spillett on January 15, 2011 - 2:54 PM
She was within a few hundred miles. I’m willing to give her the benefit of the doubt. Thanks for the reply!
#8 by faza on January 15, 2011 - 12:44 PM
#9 by Keith Spillett on January 15, 2011 - 2:54 PM
#10 by michaeleriksson on January 15, 2011 - 12:49 PM
Reading the above, I see two possibilities: Either Palin is an even greater bimbo than the Democrats claim or someone (likely you) has written the above in bad faith (be it with humorous or libelous intent).
Assuming the latter (which does seem to be the more likely alternative by a considerable margin): The publication here is simply not defensible and I would very strongly urge you to delete this post.
#11 by Billy on January 15, 2011 - 1:17 PM
Tina Fey should probably do the same thing next time she does a Sarah Palin impression on SNL. It is obviously satire. You can’t see that?!?!?!
#12 by michaeleriksson on January 15, 2011 - 2:20 PM
If you re-read my comment, you will see that it is abundantly clear that I saw satire (or some other form of humor) as one of two main alternatives. I stand by my claim that this post should be deleted: In the case of Tina Fey, we have something that is officially satire. What is done here is something that claims to be the truth while being satire. This is not only highly unethical, but also potentially dangerous: There are many Democrats who would be quite willing to believe the above to be true (just like many Republicans would believe corresponding claims about Obama). (The great number of very stupid people is proven by the popularity of astrology, creationism, homeopathy, whatnot—or a brief tour around the blogosphere.) Worse, a few quotes or a careless linking later (be it by someone who sees satire or truth) and an out of context claim (“Palin thinks Hamlet was Swedish! Ha! Ha!”) could be taken as true even among those not stupid.
#13 by Keith Spillett on January 15, 2011 - 2:55 PM
Michael, thanks for your reply. You state your argument in a convincing way, but I think we are going to have to agree to disagree on this.
#14 by Billy on January 15, 2011 - 2:26 PM
When did it claim to be truth?
#15 by Billy on January 15, 2011 - 2:27 PM
He claims that she “shot a moose with a rocket launcher” in the last one for gosh sakes!!!
#16 by Billy on January 15, 2011 - 2:29 PM
It’s not like he called her a “bimbo” or something.
#17 by Keith Spillett on January 15, 2011 - 2:56 PM
Thanks for your spirited defense of the article.
#18 by G-LO on January 16, 2011 - 1:19 PM
She’s such a d*&#he! 🙂
#19 by Keith Spillett on January 16, 2011 - 5:02 PM
I thought she went a bit far calling my blog little and stupid. She isn’t wrong….but is it really necessary to throw that at me!?!?!?!
#20 by G-LO on January 16, 2011 - 8:13 PM
My apologies Keith… I’ll keep it clean. She is, per the Urban Dictionary, “an individual who has shown herself to be very brainless in one way or another”.
#21 by Keith Spillett on January 16, 2011 - 8:24 PM
No problem dude!!!! I like the rephrased version just as well.
#22 by Rory on January 17, 2011 - 8:05 AM
“They have their own embassy, which tells you a lot about them.”
Could she be any more condescending?
#23 by Keith Spillett on January 17, 2011 - 12:54 PM
Yes, as a matter of fact! She could mention in a speech that her being linked with violence is an example of “blood libel”.
#24 by Paul on January 18, 2011 - 11:01 PM
HAHAHAHAH awesome, i cant believe anyone would want this kind of person in power shes a nutcase, socialism still trying to take over the world huh
#25 by Paul on January 19, 2011 - 12:04 AM
haha you had me going actually had to read twice
#26 by Keith Spillett on January 19, 2011 - 7:52 PM
Thanks for reading it once (twice is even better). This was a lot of fun!
#27 by karlescro on May 25, 2011 - 5:58 PM
Good luck wiht all that ..