Boneheads Blindsided By Magyar Mea Culpa

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Raise a glass of Egri Bikavér and say egészségedre to Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany for his refreshing rant against his own "boneheaded" governance, which has been made public, along with his admission to some compulsive lying, after the release of a taped discussion:

"There is not much choice. There is not, because we screwed up. Not a little, a lot. No European country has done something as boneheaded as we have.

"Evidently, we lied throughout the last year-and-a-half, two years. It was totally clear that what we are saying is not true.

"You cannot quote any significant government measure we can be proud of, other than at the end we managed to bring the government back from the brink. Nothing. If we have to give account to the country about what we did for four years, then what do we say?"

Mr Gyurcsany thanks "divine providence, the abundance of cash in the world economy and hundreds of tricks" for keeping the economy above board.

In a speech sprinkled with obscenities, he says: "We lied in the morning, we lied in the evening."

Some analysts suggest the leak may be with the prime minister's permission as he posted a full transcript on his own web blog.

Mr Gyurcsany may be trying to emphasise the need for tough reforms, they say. Local elections are set for 1 October.

Mr Gyurcsany went on television on Sunday amid the row and said the "lies" he referred to were those politicians told citizens, who now believed they could have "happiness as a gift".

"We have to stop the deluge of lies which have covered the country for many years," he said.

Skilled Magyar speakers, or just residents of New Brunswick, N.J., can check out the full transcript at Gyurcsany's blog.

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  1. I once had Egri Bikaver from the straight from the cask in Eger. Heavenly.

  2. This will be hard for Amurikuns to grok as we are still deeply into lying about our lying.
    And we call rationalizing pragmatism.

  3. Bah! You don’t know a whit about pragmatism.

  4. John Dewey,
    Care to step outside to see if I do or don’t?

  5. And the IMF was…?

  6. I don’t believe he was really lying.

    I think he was framed by a cabal of Mel Gibson haters.

  7. At least they have a President who knows the difference between truth and lies. That’s more than I can say for us. The people at the top here have long since done away with such trivial distinctions.

    They also appear to have at least a few citizens that aren’t afraid to do something about it.

  8. I wish our President was that awesome.

  9. Boneheads Blindsided By Magyar Mea Culpa

    Nice. And it’s got alliteration going for it.

    I haven’t seen such a robust and refreshing display government non-conceit since the Judge in case involving RIMM against some other tech company begged the two concerns to come to a settlement cuz if not, he’d have to decide and he said that his decision could be a hideous mess cuz he didn’t have a clue about the technical issues attendant to the case.

  10. Skilled Magyar speakers, or just residents of New Brunswick, N.J.,

    So I guess there’re lotsa Hungarian folks in New Brunswick. And how are you hep to this, Tim?

    Off topic, but this is really interesting. Hungarian is a fascinating language. It’s like no other language in the region. It’s not Slavic, It’s not an Indo-European language. Some advance the theory that it has structural, word, and cultural affinity with ancient Sumerian! I’ve looked into it, and judging from the examples that the proponents cite and the crossfire that they engender, and how the theory dovetails with the archeological evidence, I’d say that the theory is on to something.

    BTW, the theory was opposed by various regimes in Hungary, including the Communist thugs.

  11. Some advance the theory that it has structural, word, and cultural affinity with ancient Sumerian!

    Oh, for Christ’s sake, it’s closely related to Finnish. According to my Hungarian father, you have likely been playing drinking games with a Hungarian expat with the national Slytherin sense of humor. In his day the rumor was apparently going around that the language was closely related to some other obscure language deep in Asia, or even that it was proof of alien (as in UFO) contact.

    At least they have a President who knows the difference between truth and lies.

    Don’t get their President mixed up with their Prime Minister. Their President right now is kind of shrugging and laughing about how his hands are so tied behind his back and how he can’t do anything to reprimand his wayward band of gypsies (that is decidedly not a compliment to a Hungarian by the way).

    pestiside.hu is a fun site that keeps up with developments in a toungue-in-cheek sort of way.

  12. Finnish and Estonian are close cousins. Hungarian is a more distant relative of the two. None of them are related to the other European languages, nor as far as anyone can tell related to any other languages for that matter, although there are those who think they may be distant relatives to some obscure and dying tongues in Asia.

  13. Bonehead seems like a non-literal translation to me. Anyone have a link to the actual transcript? The phrase he used is probably cruder, given the profanity-laced tone of the rest of it — more like balfassz or something…

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