Casting the Purple Stone

From the Guardian (UK): Basescu and his aides have been known to wear purple on certain days in an attempt to ward off evil. From the Wall Street Journal: Purple, she notes, is a power color. And in most professions, the ultimate question is how powerful you look. From the Independent (UK): Communist dictator Nicolae…

The Flipping Witch Tax: Part 2

Back in January, I seriously hoped I had heard the last of the flipping witch tax but alas, it is not so. My unsleeping internet “eye” picked up a gaggle of idiots chortling about the witch tax and I managed to track it down to this AP report filed by an anonymous reporter and released…

A Sense of Humor

Whew folks, I am insanely busy this week with lots of “behind the scenes” stuff, including adding the finishing touches to the new book. I’ll definitely be writing a full post when everything is set and ready to go. As you can see from the photo, last night I participated in another edition of the…

The Continuing Intransigence of Michael Noer

Unfortunately, Mr. Noer has not only refused to apologize for his hateful words about this country but has continued to write disrespectful and insulting comments on his blog in response to polite comments from readers. I have therefore written the following email to the editors at Forbes: On January 25, your editor Michael Noer began…

Another Idiotic Screed by Michael Noer

As I’ve mentioned many times, I keep an internet “eye” on who is discussing or mentioning Romania worldwide. With a basic knowledge of ngrams and the use of a few tools, it’s a rather easy thing to do. Yesterday I was shocked and angered to come across this piece from Michael Noer, an editor at…

Last Verse Same As The First

I was a little puzzled to see yet another hit piece out on Romania from The Economist, this one in the m-fing print edition, meaning literally every member of the English-speaking so-called “intelligentsia” around the globe is reading this garbage. And then suddenly the clouds parted and a golden beam of sunlight struck me squarely…

Poor Widdle Racist Romania *sniff*

Despite the Facebook, despite the Twitter, despite the literally thousands of wonderful and amazing Romanians who visit this site, talk about this site or link to this site, a tremendous number of visitors are drawn to this blog by searching for two things – “gypsy” and “Romania”. I’ve written about this (seemingly) hundreds of times,…