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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Hunting Scenes from Lower Hungary

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Secretary of State for the Prime Minister's Office, János Lázár hosted a group of his friends for a hunting weekend. Among the guests we find "Archduke (sic) Michael Habsburg (!) of Lotharingia, Earl (!) László Károlyi and his wife, Prince (hhh) Michael of Liechtenstein and his wife who is the younger sister of the Prince (grrrr) of Luxembourg," writes the pianist Donatella Failoni, a member of the Hungarian State (!) Opera House, herself an aristocrat, in her Facebook (!) page (removed from FB). (Signs of irony, expletives and general dismay have been inserted by yours truly.)

During the weekend, 913 (nine hundred and thirteen) pheasants have been shot, coming to an average 80 (eighty) pheasants per "hunter." (If you would like to see some photographs, including the bodies of the fowl, arranged in neat concentric circles, and a rite of passage ceremony inducting the Secretary of the Hungarian Holocaust Memorial Committee (headed by Lázár), involving the beating of the inductee with a ramrod, executed by Lázár, click here. Fair warning: You won't like them if you have good taste. Definitely not the part of the Secretary of State subjecting his employee to physical abuse, even if the latter is asking for it. Seriously too much information, I'd say.)

The State Secretary is angry at the news reports and demands that his and his "long-time friends'" (8-DDDD) privacy (sic) must be respected. No journalist has thought of asking the local poor who are routinely hired for hunts to trample through the field to stir the fowl to flight what they think about the story. Reports mainly focus on the degree to which proper fees and rent have actually been paid.

For, all this is done on state land and in a hunting lodge that belongs to the (supposedly democratic) state of Hungary. In the 21st century, that is.

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