Dispatches From the Circumlocution Office

In the past two weeks, the government of Romania has threatened genocide against its own people, left the leader of Japan cooling his heels at a museum like an ordinary tourist, legalized corruption (once again), and seen the downfall of a second prime minister in less than a year. We’ll have to wait another week or so to find out just how bad Romania’s first … Continue reading Dispatches From the Circumlocution Office


Oh my, this story really made me laugh. Original link in Romanian is here, but the gist of it is that long-time Romanian president Traian Basescu has had his (Republic of) Moldovan citizenship stripped by the new (Moldovan) President Igor Dodon. This truly is hilarious on several levels. After spending literally his entire life in Romania (and president of the country for 10 years), Basescu … Continue reading Stripper

I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag

I sure do get a lot of messages, tweets, emails and other written correspondence of all kinds. In fact, if you’ve written me lately and I haven’t responded, hang in there as I’m steadily making my way through the “pile”. Nonetheless, I got a message here recently asking me what it takes to become a Romanian citizen. The official answer is here. If you’re reading … Continue reading I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag