Archive for the ‘america’ Category

October is national anti-bullying month in the US. But as most of you know, bullying isn’t restricted by borders, or languages, or culture, or even religions. Bullying is a nasty part of childhood, that for many, persists until adulthood. Swedes, Americans, whatever, bullying is everywhere. I was bullied in school. A lot. I moved a […]

If you are currently visiting the United States on vacation and are hoping to see the Statue of Liberty, Lincoln Memorial, or even Alcatraz, well, sad news, they are all closed. That’s because of the clusterfuckery of House Republications holding the budget hostage so they can “negotiate” with the Senate to delay the Affordable Care […]

This morning (well Washington DC time), The Supreme Court of the United States announced its deliberation on two of the most explosive issues of the term: gay marriage rights and due process. Specially, two cases were debated in front of the judges earlier in the year: the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, DOMA, […]

The Proposition 8 lawsuit is an interesting case. The case reached the Supreme Court by ways of proponents of the proposition who were unsatisfied with the lower courts decision. To clarify how this case made its way up the ranks, here’s a quick timeline of Prop 8. November, 2008 – Proposition 8 passes on a […]

For all that Swedes complain about the winter, weather, and rain, Sweden is one of the happiest places on Earth. And so is Finland, Norway, and Denmark. Our saddest little neighbor, Iceland, is only the 15th happiest place on Earth. Overall, the Nordic region is one happy family and Scandinavia is Disneyland in real life. […]

Today is the Super Bowl. That final game of the season where we football lovers drink bad beer, eat lots of nachos, and scream at a television. It is epic, it is fun, and it is slow. Yes, slow. A 60 minute game takes three hours to complete. You can thank the advertisements and all […]

Last night Lance Armstrong, the once king of cycling, was on a special Oprah interview to discuss doping and his problems. Or something like that. This has nothing to do with Sweden, but sports and doping affects everyone. And we, as fans and admirers, end up feeling betrayed and angry over years of denial by […]

Guns, Fear, & US

18, Dec 2012

By now, all of you have read or heard about the mass killings in Newton, CT. The killing of twenty children and seven adults has sent the nation into another state of mourning, the fourth this year, just before the happy holidays. There is a lot of talk now, as always after such a national […]

I’m going to start blogging the elections live from sunny California in San Francisco. Latest updates are at the TOP of the post but underneath this sentence. Times are in Pacific Standard time. For news in Swedish check here and here. Path to victory, The Electoral count: Obama: 257 Romney: 200 22:27 – Washington has […]

I had originally written a long post about the right to gay marriage after watching the fallout in North Carolina and Colorado this past Tuesday. On Wednesday, President Obama became the first president ever to endorse that gays “should” have the right to marry. I do wish he said “right” instead of “should” but at […]