25 Minutes

What happens when a British royal is 25 minutes late for a critically important lunch with the American president?

Didn’t Even Bother to Learn Their Names

Want to feel better about yourself? There’s a simple solution – spend a ton of money treating yourself to a charity vacation in Romania: The team was assigned a family that we would primarily be doing our work for. Our family (not that I can remember the name of this family, they were Romania, it…

Cultural Suicide

WORD COUNT: 1764 Well, I don’t think that it’s news to anyone any longer than the refugee crisis that I wrote about is now effecting serious changes on all of Europe. Last week, the EU member states (which include Romania, but not Moldova) had a vote and it split almost perfectly down the east/west axis,…

With “Historians” Like These…

Since I’m not busy cashing checks from Romanian or American intelligence agencies it sometimes takes me a while to catch up on what’s been going on and be able to properly respond to accusations made here on the blog. Luckily, this week I’ve been able to carve out some time to address this nonsense. The…

Now We’re the Victim

One thing I find rather wearisome is when some people in this country get a little bit too caught up in playing the Now We’re The Victim game. Exhibit 1: Realitatea, a 24-hour news channel with a campaign saying Now We’re The Target: Here’s the key passage in the article: Acum, în proiectul legii Insolvenţei…

Codependency

You know, I’ve been writing about tropes in Romania for a while in an effort to understand the mentality of the people in this country. Yesterday, a few unrelated events suddenly “clicked” something in my head and I had a blinding flash of insight. The first thing that happened was that I was watching the…

Let’s go hand in hand into Lovely Land

I know or have met a tremendous number of foreigners in this country over the years. Whether I’m getting paid or not, I already am the Minister of Tourism in some situations. But out of all of those foreigners, permanent residents or regular visitors, only a tiny percentage of them get paid to write about…

We don’t need no thought control

I know this is going to sound weird but for a long time I thought that Pink Floyd was an American band but realized later obviously it wasn’t. Of course you’d think most British people would know about Pink Floyd but apparently Rebecca Ratcliffe at The Guardian had not. Fair enough, I said. So I…

What I resist, persists, and speaks louder than I know

I used to have a friend who was an incredibly attractive young woman. She still is beautiful but in her early 20’s she was ethereally attractive. She was the kind of woman who needed no makeup, who looked beautiful both with messy hair in the morning and when she was dressed up for a formal…

Baby Killers: Part 2

Well time for a little update on yesterday’s post because I found some additional information. To begin with, it looks like TVR did send a camera crew down to the hospital to get some footage and do (slightly) some more follow-up so bravo to them at least for that (the other networks did nothing more…

Filthy Baby Killers

Well I have about a billion other things to do today but my inbox has been blowing up about a story from my ancient nemesis, Alison Mutler so I guess I’ll have to address it. The unsleeping eye actually picked this up last week but if you haven’t seen it yet, here is the original…

Daddy Mark Is Not Happy

I was trolling around looking for something else when I found this article (in Romanian). It says it is quoting a Mediafax article but I can’t seem to find the original. Nonetheless, here’s what the Emissary from Our Great Father in Washington had to say: “Putem să avem cei mai buni procurori, cei mai buni…