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USA and even "rich" Norway display a ridiculous standard of living.
03/18/2011 | westernculture

Posted on 03/18/2011 8:19:55 PM PDT by WesternCulture

Why do Americans drive around in Fred Flintstone vehicles and what's the underlying problem behind the vast majority of Brits buying Fords and Vauxhalls year after year? Why does your tap water taste like sh*t and why don't Italians tear down buildings that no longer are in use?

What's the idea of building a house out of cardboard?

Denmark has the highest wages on Earth. Norway can compete. OK. But why is it that every time I visit our dear western neighbors I feel sorry for people driving wrecks instead of Volvo V70s?

Is the V70 a far too sophisticated vehicle for your marijuana-inflicted brains?

Get a grip.

Grow up.

You have a nation to run.

Please visit Sweden once in your lifetime and study how civilized people live and work.

In case you're healthy and normally furnished in the brain department there's no reason why you should not drive a nice Volvo/BMW/M-B/Audi/SAAB/Cadillac and own a nice home.

Feel free to criticise me.


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To: WesternCulture

Could you please inform us as to the point of this post? *Who* has a nation to run? Why are the Italians brought into this? My tap water doesn’t taste like sh*t, as it’s well water from a pure brook, so this doesn’t apply to most of New England... this entire post is so incoherant that I really do not understand who it is that you’re complaining about. Want to edify?

Thanks


51 posted on 03/18/2011 8:38:56 PM PDT by CT Little Tiger (Even when I was young and stupid I voted smart - aka - Republican ( Palin/Jindal 2012))
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To: WesternCulture
Why do Americans drive around in Fred Flintstone vehicles ... OK. But why is it that every time I visit our dear western neighbors I feel sorry for people driving wrecks instead of Volvo V70s? Is the V70 a far too sophisticated vehicle for your marijuana-inflicted brains?

I know in a previous post you said you used to work at Volvo (or maybe you still work there) ... but you are letting your company loyalty drive you ... er... Berserk ... I suppose its in your nature (Definition of BERSERK 1 : an ancient Scandinavian warrior frenzied in battle and held to be invulnerable 2 : one whose actions are recklessly defiant) ... but its only a car.
Give a rest, and have some lukefish... or reindeer burger ... or some of whatever is the Swedish national dish...

52 posted on 03/18/2011 8:39:09 PM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: WesternCulture

Actually, we live in a nice house on a beautiful lake. We don’t own a summer house, but we do own a ranch in Texas.


53 posted on 03/18/2011 8:39:09 PM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: WesternCulture
We drive this in the US

And the Euros drive this. And this is merely Opel, owned by GM!


54 posted on 03/18/2011 8:39:15 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: WesternCulture

But what do people own in Sweden besides their cars and TVs? Americans own a great deal of real estate and a lot of stock in corporations throughout the world. In the US, we pay about 30% of our income in all forms of taxes (income, property, and sales taxes). What is that percentage in Sweden....closer to 50%, isn’t it? But you get government-run health care. Here we would rather keep more income and pay for our own health insurance. That’s the conflict we have with Obamacare, which was rammed through congress by a bunch of socialists who were thrown out of office last year.


55 posted on 03/18/2011 8:41:04 PM PDT by socialism_stinX (Why did California go bankrupt?...because of unfunded mandates, medicaid, and illegal immigration.)
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To: mnehring
Texans don’t own vacation homes, we own the equivalent of small states that we can go shoot small furry and feathery things on.

My younger brother owns 5500 acres with another guy in which they lease most of it for exactly that.

56 posted on 03/18/2011 8:41:08 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: eyedigress

I’ve never owned a “nice” car because a to me they are just a means to get where I am going. I have even bought rebuilts because they cost about 2/3 of book value and then I just drive them into the ground.


57 posted on 03/18/2011 8:41:24 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: WesternCulture
Why do Americans drive around in Fred Flintstone vehicles

If it's good enough for Fred Flintstone, it's good enough for me. The man uses a brontosaur to move boulders and body slams a saber-toothed tiger at the end of every episode.
58 posted on 03/18/2011 8:41:29 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: ccmay

But I’ll readily concede that Swedish girls are hot!


59 posted on 03/18/2011 8:42:07 PM PDT by socialism_stinX (Why did California go bankrupt?...because of unfunded mandates, medicaid, and illegal immigration.)
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To: WesternCulture

Henning Mankell presents quite a different view of Sweden.


60 posted on 03/18/2011 8:42:19 PM PDT by Mears
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To: WesternCulture
You probably don't realize it because you sound like one of those ugly Americans that refuse to learn the language of their host country....but----

Volvo = "I Roll" in Swedish.

If you've ever been behind one in a corner, you'll realize it's fact.

61 posted on 03/18/2011 8:42:32 PM PDT by HardStarboard (I'm sure George and Dick had quiet smiles while watching the election results!)
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Swedes - Not just for breakfast anymore :
62 posted on 03/18/2011 8:42:45 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: CT Little Tiger; WesternCulture
Could you please inform us as to the point of this post?

Go back over "Western Culture's" posting history and you'll see this type of post is a regular Friday night deal. He/she/it likes to tweak us because, as a Swede, he/she/it is SO much better off than we are.

He/she/it has admitted to posting while drunk in the past and although he/she/it denies it tonight - well, you decide.

63 posted on 03/18/2011 8:43:24 PM PDT by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: sheana

Doesn’t Ford own Volvo?


64 posted on 03/18/2011 8:43:42 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: WesternCulture

In a perfect world everyone would drive Mercedes Benz and have eggs for breakfast.


65 posted on 03/18/2011 8:44:49 PM PDT by DTA
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To: WesternCulture

Sweets for my Swedes,
Sugar for my honey

66 posted on 03/18/2011 8:44:53 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: WesternCulture
Is the V70 a far too sophisticated vehicle for your marijuana-inflicted brains?

Volvo? Weren't those overpriced elitist mobiles built for self important Yuppies back in the 80s? Do they make anything that could pull a 35 Foot 5th Wheel Toy Hauler?

I guess I'll have to stick with a Cummings Diesel 1 Ton. Don't drive too slow if you see me behind you. I might have to run over your little Volvo.

67 posted on 03/18/2011 8:45:48 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: WesternCulture
Volvo Sucks.

You have no understanding of this country. You're trying to compare a multicultural country of 300 million people with small homogeneous country of just 9 million. Our economic systems are very different. We don't tax our citizens like Sweden does to support a welfare state, nor do we want to. We're the only country left in the world that can stop the totalitarians who would separate you from what's left of your freedom.

You can try and compare our countries like you have here but, like you, it makes absolutely no sense. Unless you're high.

68 posted on 03/18/2011 8:45:48 PM PDT by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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To: RegulatorCountry

Yep


69 posted on 03/18/2011 8:46:05 PM PDT by sheana
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To: WesternCulture
(But I admit to having been drunk while posting on other occasions)

So even when you're sober you're just not that bright!?!

70 posted on 03/18/2011 8:46:11 PM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: WesternCulture

71 posted on 03/18/2011 8:46:36 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: mnehring
Shoot? I killed a small feathery thing today after lunch and had chicken pasta salad for supper. Tomorrow, I have 2 little piggies showing up to help prep for Sunday dinner. No firearms were or will be involved. ;)

Deer or feral hogs.... maybe a rifle is appropriate. But most of what I've eaten in the last 2 months has come from the blade of a 4" Japanese folded steel paring knife. Firearms are for emergencies.

/johnny

72 posted on 03/18/2011 8:46:56 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: sheana

Well, if he works for Volvo, he’s in Trollhatten.

Oddly apropos.


73 posted on 03/18/2011 8:48:39 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Straight Vermonter

I Rebuilt a 74’ pinto in the mud. It cost my mom 600 bucks. I will never forget it. It was the cost to having a car that would go somewhere.


74 posted on 03/18/2011 8:48:39 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: WesternCulture
Say it again and we will f***ing nuke you.

That's how AMERICA rolls, beyotch.


75 posted on 03/18/2011 8:49:22 PM PDT by Lazamataz (The Democrat Party is Communist. The Republican Party is Socialist. The Tea Party is Capitalist.)
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To: WesternCulture

Because Americans generally don’t travel abroad, they have an extremely difficult time imagining that folks in other countries are productive, content, and sophisticated. They refuse to believe that there is a single aspect of a foreign existence that is not is every way inferior to life in the United States. It is very unfortunate - Americans could learn a great deal about lifestyle from other nations - but they won’t. It’s too bad...


76 posted on 03/18/2011 8:50:26 PM PDT by stormer
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To: WesternCulture
I'd rather stick hot pokers in both my eyes than go to Sweden! Your country has nothing whatsoever to intrigue me and yes, I have been to other foreign countries,many times over.

Do YOU own a summer house?

Do you live in a house or an apartment and what is the size of your domicile? Dollars to donuts, whatever size your abode is, it could be plunked into my house and not be noticed. And the same could be said, no doubt, re your friends homes.

FYI..........I don't know of anyone who: 1) drives a wreck 2) lives in anything but a spacious, lovely home 3) lives in an crime ridden neighborhood 4) has only 1 or 2 T.V.s 5) hasn't been on lovely holidays, in America ( this nation has far more to offer than yours does ! ), as well as in other nations

And FYI..........posting drunk, or even when slightly inebriated is extremely stupid !

Oh and FYI............I have NEVER smoked pot, nor taken any illegal substance.

Sweden's taxes are obscene, you have a bloated welfare state, your illegitimate birth rate is much higher than the USA's ( as a total, not amongst various different racial components ), and your Muslim problem is pretty bad.

And to top it all off, you posted this in the wrong place! Your wee rant is not wining you any friends here.

77 posted on 03/18/2011 8:50:47 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: WesternCulture

What exactly is the point of this post? Are you attempting to commit freepicide?

I think you are. You just insulted some of the most fiercely patriotic Americans you could have chosen to pick a fight with.

Think I’ll watch you roast slowly. Ought to be fun.


78 posted on 03/18/2011 8:50:53 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: WesternCulture

Is the V70 a far too sophisticated vehicle for your marijuana-inflicted brains?
Get a grip. Grow up. You have a nation to run.
Please visit Sweden once in your lifetime and study how civilized people live and work.


WTH?

If anyone is marijuana inflicted, your post would hint that you have been toking. This is one of the most bizarre posts I have read...What is your point?

BTW, isn’t Sweden a fairly socialist country? I thought they have huge issues with muslim immigrants.


79 posted on 03/18/2011 8:52:11 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: WesternCulture

Kick out the muzzies in Malmo and other places and we can talk.


80 posted on 03/18/2011 8:52:25 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: WesternCulture

Sweden civilized? Puhleaze


81 posted on 03/18/2011 8:52:55 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: WesternCulture

Did you get into the Aquavit, beer and grilled, dilled salmon again?


82 posted on 03/18/2011 8:53:44 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Grizzled Bear
Do they make anything that could pull a 35 Foot 5th Wheel Toy Hauler?

ROTFLMAO!! There ya go.

83 posted on 03/18/2011 8:53:55 PM PDT by roamer_1 (Globalism is just Socialism in a business suit.)
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To: Lazamataz

Two words—nuclear f-—— weapons, OK? Russia, Germany, Romania - they can have all the democracy they want. They can have a democracy cakewalk right through the middle of Tiananmen Square and it won’t make a lick of difference, because we’ve got the bombs, OK? John Wayne’s not dead - he’s frozen! And when we find a cure for cancer, we’re gonna thaw out the Duke and he’s gonna be pretty pissed off. You know why? You ever taken a cold shower? Well, multiply that by 15 million times. That’s how pissed off the Duke’s gonna be.

- Dennis Leary A*Hole


84 posted on 03/18/2011 8:54:02 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: mlocher

Wife number one. From Trondddheimm. Her father use to come and visit. Didn’t speak a word of English. I did not speak Norwegian. But his favorite adventure was having me take him to the Liquor Barn where he just liked to walk around and look at the booze. It was like the Louvre of liquor. Now I like to have drink as well as the next fella. But those Scandinavians drink until it’s all gone or they pass out. What ever occures first. They look like us but they don’t think like us. I will not buy a car made by a socialist. That over the course of my lifetime has limited my options. She still lives here but is a raving lefty. I asked her why she didn’t move back to Norway. She said because they didn’t have garbage disposals.Spoken like a true American: give me convenience or give me death.
And they do make there own home-brew and drink in coffee.I’ll stop now....


85 posted on 03/18/2011 8:54:11 PM PDT by crabpott (' we are living in the strangest, most perilous, and unbelievable decade in modern memory' VDH)
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To: Straight Vermonter

It lasted eight more years.


86 posted on 03/18/2011 8:55:06 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: WesternCulture

In Sweden I’ve only visited Malmo but of all the cities in Europe I’ve visited it had the most US like ‘look and feel.’ The cars are decent but the hottest women in Europe IMHO are Maltese.


87 posted on 03/18/2011 8:55:06 PM PDT by posterchild
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To: WesternCulture

I love Sweden and have been there several times. It’s filled with hard working, friendly, decent people who love the outdoors (except Malmo). Half of my family came from Sweden. If I had to live somewhere other than the US, it might be Sweden, except in the winter.

But regarding Volvos, I used to drive a Volvo. I got rid of it as soon as I had to buy parts. Volvo is criminal in what they charge for parts. I now drive a different, similarly priced car. It’s a better car in almost every respect and the parts are much more reasonably priced. That’s why I don’t drive a Volvo.

On another point, drinking water. Where I live, it’s great. In Dallas, it sucks. Depends on what’s in the ground. That’s life.

And, in Sweden, you can’t spank your kids, home-school, or carry a gun. You can’t have a Pentecostal church—only Lutherans allowed—Sweden actually has an established church. We have to sneak missionaries into the country as students or something else!!

Those happen to be important things to this Pentecostal, homeschooling guy with a carry permit, who has been known to spank his kids, when necessary for their proper growth.

And, you don’t have the Rocky Mountains or Moab.

One thing Americans and Swedes share—we both think we’re a lot better than other people and that our country is much better than other countries. However, Americans don’t have a superiority complex about their cars :)


88 posted on 03/18/2011 8:55:26 PM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: WesternCulture

I think you took too much of that cold medicine.


89 posted on 03/18/2011 8:56:00 PM PDT by FourPeas
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To: WesternCulture

My neighborhood is clean and there’s no crime here either. I have a nice car and only want one TV. Thats because I’m smarter than you and have a life outside of TV. I don’t need to go ‘abroad’ because my state is bigger than your country. My country is bigger than your continent. I live where folks from your continent come to have a vacation.

When your wife goes out shopping on vacation she’s paying my taxes. Thank you, I appreciate it.


90 posted on 03/18/2011 8:56:08 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: WesternCulture

ridiculous is much too slow for us....prepare for a ludicrous standard of living....we may go all the way to plaid


91 posted on 03/18/2011 8:56:22 PM PDT by xp38
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To: WesternCulture

Mr Culture, if that is your real name, after you've inflicted ABBA on the rest of the unsuspecting world, do you think you can teach the rest of us something? We'd all rather be inside the failing nuclear reactors in Japan than listening to your perverted, torturous pop music!

92 posted on 03/18/2011 8:58:06 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: raybbr

Some kinda envy thing going on.


93 posted on 03/18/2011 8:59:14 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

He speaks as if televisions are some sort of status symbol. What’s a 50” run these days, four hundred bucks? Our poor have more and better televisions, lol.


94 posted on 03/18/2011 8:59:28 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: WesternCulture

P.S. Can you by any chance get me in touch with the brunette in #66? Thanks in advance.


95 posted on 03/18/2011 8:59:45 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: xp38

I am the Pinto Guy and my outlook is to take care of INDIA and her complicated energy outlook. Shhhh.


96 posted on 03/18/2011 9:00:10 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: stormer

“It is very unfortunate - Americans could learn a great deal about lifestyle from other nations - but they won’t. It’s too bad...”

Have you always been so ignorant and intolerant?


97 posted on 03/18/2011 9:01:12 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

“Compare and contrast to european grocery stores. We win. Hands down. Lots of it, and lots of variety. 40 brands, sizes and types of canned tomatoes alone. Stores measured in acres, not square feet.”

I’m American. This is not true about Sweden and I’ve spent a lot of time there. They have grocery stores comparable to American stores. You are thinking other European countries. Their cars are too little, though.

He’s right in some ways. Sweden is MUCH nicer than other European countries and the people are great, although they get kind of insufferable when they tell you how good they are compared to America :) And they do. You just kind of have to accept that they are convinced that is true and that they have the right to say it to your face. It’s actually kind of cute.

Sweden has never had to deal with different cultures living together until very recently. Not nearly as challenging as what America bit off. In that regard, they are blowing it with the Muslims badly and it will ruin their country in the not too distant future.


98 posted on 03/18/2011 9:02:50 PM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: crabpott
I’ll stop now....

Dang, I was really enjoying what you had written!

BTW, there have been a number of studies that state the rate of alcoholism is inversely proportional to the amount of sunlight a country gets in a given year. Sweden does not get much. Drunk people often times are very pacified with what they have (I know someone will flame me on that statement.)

99 posted on 03/18/2011 9:03:43 PM PDT by mlocher (Is it time to cash in before I am taxed out?)
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To: eyedigress

We visited Sweden last year. The people were robotic, the prices unreasonably high and the general attitude reflected people smoking up too much. Overall, while an interesting brief visit experience I wouldn’t live there for several reasons.


100 posted on 03/18/2011 9:03:55 PM PDT by hal ogen (1st amendment or reeducation camp?)
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