Sunday, April 15, 2007

Malmö: A Hot Time in the Old Town Last Night

Here are the highlights of the latest “youth” rampage from Sydsvenska Dagbladet, the largest newspaper in the south of Sweden. For our American audience, I have heavily edited/commented on the translated version I received - mainly because the lack of action by the police feels so foreign to American sentiments.

[NOTE: while I was given the source for the story, there was no link provided. It’s difficult to find a link to a story in a language you don’t read. Nonetheless, it was a trustworthy source.]

Sounds like the police and fire personnel were busy all night in Rosengård:

Last night, the police were subjected to stone throwing in Rosengård, a district of Malmö, the third largest city in Sweden.

The first incident was sparked by an incident with a young man armed with a sword. As the police began filling out an incident report on his activities, a group of young people began throwing stones at the officers. The police stated they then backed off in order to “calm down the situation.” [That strategy worked as well as it always does with disorderly crowds, especially adolescents]

Soon gang reinforcements arrived and by 8:30 p.m. at least fifteen teenagers were engaged in throwing stones, eggs, and bottles. When they set fire to a storage shed, the fire department arrived and met the same treatment. The fire personnel said “because of…the current violence and disturbances in the area [we] will wait for police backup before we enter the area…”

By 11:00 p.m. two storage facilities were blazing. A large contingent of police officers arrived, which allowed the fire department to get near enough to the conflagrations to extinguish the fires.

Stone-throwing started again, but no one was hurt and no arrests were made.

An hour later [wash, rinse, repeat]…another storage facility was torched; the firemen went in with police backup and put out the fire. Due to the necessary wait for police, the fire grew larger and additional units had to be called in to deal with the blaze.

Meanwhile, a nearby store was attacked with stones and again the police came, only to be subjected again to a barrage of rocks. [Repeat after me: no arrests were made]

Jihad Watch was on the story last night, but I could find not one mention of this anywhere in the international news outlets. JW has The Local newspaper version now, but T.L. didn't have the story up last night. Scroll down the Jihad Watch page to see the earliest version, and links to Patrick Perrson Press pictures. What is it about arson and adolescent males?
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Maybe mayhem in Malmö simply isn’t considered breaking (so to speak) news. If it doesn’t bleed, it doesn’t lede, and fires aren’t enough to rate a mention anymore. If it’s Saturday night in Rosengård, there’ll be a hot time in the old town tonight…or however the old song went.


I was going to give you just the original lyrics of that song, written in the 1880’s after the Chicago fire. Remember Mrs. O’Leary and her cow?

Late one night, when we were all in bed,
Mrs. O’Leary lit a lantern in the shed.
Her cow kicked it over,
Then winked her eye and said,
“There’ll be a hot time in the old town tonight!”

In my googling, I ran across this variation, supposedly sung by children in Winnipeg in the 1940’s:

One, two, three, the cops are chasing me.
Four, five, six, they’re chasing me with sticks.
Seven, eight, nine, they chase us all the time,
There’ll be a hot time in the old town tonight

However, that childhood ditty is not a variation of the Chicago song, but a take-off on a number Bessie Smith made famous. This one was composed by Joe Hayden and Theodore Metz ten years after the Mrs. O’Leary version. Obviously, they describe a different scene entirely:

Come along get you ready, wear your brand, brand new gown,
For there’s goin’ to be a meeting in that good, good old town
Where you know-ded everybody and all know-ded you,
And you’ve got a rabbit’s foot to keep away the hoo-doo.
When you hear that the preachin’ does begin,
Bend down low for to drive away your sin,
And when you get religion, you want to shout and sing
There’ll be a hot time in the old town tonight, my baby.

verse 2:

There’ll be girls for everybody in that good, good old town,
For dere’s Miss Consolation Davis and there’s Miss Gondolia Brown,
And dere’s Miss Johanna Beasly, she am dressed all in red,
I just hugged her and I kissed her and to me, then, she said:
“Please, oh please, oh do not let me fall.
“You’re all mine, and I love you best of all;
“And you must be my man, or I’ll have no man at all.
There’ll be a hot time in the old town tonight, my baby.”

It makes you wonder…if those teenagers in Malmö had some Swedish-Somalian version of gangsta rap, would they be out throwing stones and making mayhem?

Probably. Unfortunately, not all music has powers to soothe the savage breast. Rap sure doesn’t.

I know, I know, not everyone considers this genre to be “music.” However, its very wealthy performers would disagree with you. Snoop Dogg says he’s an artist, man. Just ask him.

7 comments:

VinceP1974 said...

"More Moslems came, and soon a small mosque was built, which attracted yet others. As long as Zoroastrians remained in the majority, their lives were tolerable; but once the Moslems became the more numerous, a petty but pervasive harassment was apt to develop. This was partly verbal, with taunts about fire-worship, and comments on how few Zoroastrians there were in the world, and how many Moslems, who must therefore posses the truth; and also on how many material advantages lay with Islam. The harassment was often also physical; boys fought, and gangs of youth waylaid and bullied individual Zoroastrians. They also diverted themselves by climbing into the local tower of silence and desecrating it, and they might even break into the fire-temple and seek to pollute or extinguish the sacred flame. Those with criminal leanings found too that a religious minority provided tempting opportunities for theft, pilfering from the open fields, and sometimes rape and arson. Those Zoroastrians who resisted all these pressures often preferred therefore in the end to sell out and move to some other place where their co-religionists were still relatively numerous, and they could live at peace; and so another village was lost to the old faith."

Boyce, A Persian Stronghold of Zoroastrianism, pp. 7-8;

songdongnigh said...

The reaction of the authorities in Malmo are another pitiful example of dhimmitude before the fact.

The parallels of the American race riots of the 60's and the Muslim riots of the new century are revealing. Both were aimed at coercing government to give them something. Both were inspired by perceived inequities. Both were carried out by minority "youths" knowing full well that there was little likelihood of apprehension, much less prosecution. And if they were caught, that became a badge of honor.

The American riots subsided when government gave in via programs and handouts. However there can be no knuckling under to a mob of religious fanatics because there is no end to fanaticism.

Dymphna asks: What is it about arson and adolescent males? Simple, it creates a diversion and gives light by which to loot.

Jesus Christ Supercop said...

I think rubber bullets and tear gas might have been slightly more effective, but that would have harmed community relations and hurt Muslim feelings. We can't have that.

Dymphna said...

JC--

Oh my gosh...we agree on something. This may be a first. Are you mellowing? Am I getting tougher?

I think they should have been rounded up and put in a cell with a compass on the ceiling. And Monday morning, their parents should've had to take off work to come and bail them out.

Rubber bullets?? Handcuffs! Hey, the police in the US handcuffed a 13 y.o. girl for scratching on a school desk. Hauled her off to juvy before her parents could get there.

(Can't remember the exact source of this idiotic story, but I believe I read it at Education Wonk -- link on sidebar).

The police, in most of the West, are reduced to hassling the essentially law-abiding because they're so hemmed in by pc rules they can't perform their real jobs.

I wonder what kind of insurance premiums the municipality of Malmo pays, given its population in this district? Must be a whopping size. And, of course, it comes out of the average Swedish taxpayer's purse.

Dymphna said...

Vincep--

You've described a world-wide sociological phenomenon. Ask the Jews...they've been driven from more places than anyone else, despite what the whingeing professional victims say about how "unfairly" they're treated.

Funny thing is, the professionals often prove to be the most bloody-minded and uncivil of all. But it's not their fault, see? It's whitey's fault, or it's the Christers, or it's the Joos,or it's nasty men, or it's the brutal police.

Hang down your head in shame, folks, cause it's all your fault.

Mikael said...

Dymphna:

And Monday morning, their parents should've had to take off work to come and bail them out.

Work? That's the funniest thing I've read all morning! :-)
Why should they work when they can live rather comfortable on government handouts (financed by the taxpayers who actually do work)?

I know the situation is a little different in Sweden, but here in Denmark, the employers are screaming for manpower to the extent that they are putting a lot of pressure on the government to allow for more immigration. And still, the unemployment rate amongst Muslims is sky-high.

By the grace of the Gods, our center-right government keep telling the CEO's to take a hike.
And I for one, am more than willing to throw in the overtime. We don't need more immigrants. We need the one's already here to get off their lazy arses and start contributing to society.

Fröken Sverige said...

The police brings home the kids after assults or things like that, cause it´s all they really can do.

The Swedish law is too weak and it´s not made for the clashes between islam and the rest of us.

And it doesn´t matter if it´s night or day...everyone in the family(from the baby to old grandma) is watching Al Jaazera, 24/7.

And they just call the police "racists" and then explains that their kids where doing nothing...and if the did..."it was a swedish racists fault".

I live in Malmö. I pay the wellfare for people that takes every chance to insult me...

Cars are burning outside my house, there is power outrage, my male friends gets stabbed when the defend swedish girls, against muslim youngsters and som boys wearing swedish soccer sweaters during the world cup, is runned down by cars.

This is the future of all Europe - if we don´t fight back!


/FS