Brexit Explained in 5 Memes

Date: Thursday, February 2, 2017
Category: Blog

Brexit Explained in 5 Memes Watch the Video: Tired of Donald Trump news? Try European politics! For example, Brexit – the European version of ‘Winter is Coming.’ Here’s all you need to bring you up to speed on Brexit situation in 5 memes. It all started in June 2016, when 52% of Brits voted to leave the EU, an increasing number of whom are having a hard time explaining why they voted that way. Or as put it: Everyone […]

How to Get Your Kids to Celebrate Hanukah: Pay Them

Date: Thursday, December 22, 2016
Category: Blog, News

My Grandpa Hanukah Harry Much like ‘The Grinch Who Stole Christmas,’ my Grandpa Harry was ‘The Grim who Saved Hanukah.’ Here’s the family story of our very own Hanukah Miracle. Granada Harry was my father’s father, and as I kid I got the feeling my father was not the favorite. At least that’s what I assumed from the fact that my father was the one getting divorced every few years, while his sister and brother were starting nice, stable little […]


Date: Saturday, December 17, 2016
Category: Blog, News

CONSTRUCTIVE JOURNALISM MEETS DUTCH ‘JUST SAY NO’ MENTALITY De Nieuwe Liefde 16 Nov. 2016 So I got an online invite to an evening called “Constructive Journalism.” After Brexit, after Trump, it sounded interesting. The invite: “People tend to read less newspapers and use social media as their news source instead… negative newspaper articles create a false sense of danger and cause consumers to disengage… Constructive Journalism tries to restore the balance.”  The originator of Constructive Journalism (or solutions journalism) is […]

Trump, Zwarte Piet & How to Prepare for Prime Minister Wilders

Date: Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Category: Blog, News

Trump, Zwarte Piet and How to Prepare for Prime Minister Wilders 15 Nov. Election Day 2016. Too bad America won’t have its first female President. But we hope you enjoy America’s first president who’s legally insane. Congratulations America, you just had your own Brexit moment. And – in classic American fashion – it was bigger and badder. Yes, the Brexit campaign featured misinformation and xenophobia. But the Trump campaign had all that plus p***y grabbing, pathological lying and Russia-mania! And […]


Date: Thursday, June 30, 2016
Category: Blog, News

Brexit: Voting to leave the EU – to find out you don’t want to leave the EU. Such a clear example of British irony – even an American can understand! I predicted it! A week before the Brexit vote, I said: “Britain will probably vote to Leave the EU – but no one is going to let it really happen. Then all the EU haters who say ‘It doesn’t matter how I vote’ will have every right to say ‘I […]

Who Said it? Trump or Sanders?

Date: Friday, June 10, 2016
Category: Blog, News

Who cares if Bernie is mathematically eliminated? If you really #FeeltheBern, you want to see Trump & Sanders go head to head in October! Here’s a preview of a potential Bernie / Donald matchup, based on the campaign so far. It’s time to play: WHO SAID IT: TRUMP OR SANDERS? QUOTE 1 “I ran as a major party candidate for the media coverage.” ANSWER: SANDERS reported that Sanders – after years of being an Independent in Congress – initially […]

Brussels – How to Make Jokes About Terror

Date: Saturday, April 2, 2016
Category: Blog, News

This week, on ‘United States of Europe’ –  Terror attacks in Paris, then in Brussels… is Amsterdam next? On behalf of Amsterdam, I’ll point out Luxembourg is lovely this time of year! Is it too soon to make jokes about terror attacks? Diplomacy dictates: When in Europe, do as the Europeans do. And in Brussels they started making jokes almost immediately.  It wasn’t so much terror as it was defiance, summed up by a hashtag. Not ‘JeSuisCharlie, but #JeSuisSickofthisShit. Or as […]


Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Category: Blog, News

From the city that brought you the Chicago Fire, it’s time to fight fire with fire. Donald Trump haters gonna hate. SO Donald Trump got himself kicked out of my home town of Chicago. WATCH: “Tonight’s rally will be postponed.” Am I proud of my hometown? Oh yeah. (also proud of the famous hotdog place Wiener’s Circle with their special “Trump Footlong” featuring a 3-inch sausage) Trump ‘Footlong’ = 3-inch sausage Here are some of my friends’ comments that followed online: ‘Go home, […]

Are You Scared of Donald Trump?

Date: Monday, March 14, 2016
Category: Blog

Welcome to UNITED States of Europe RANTS! An an American in Europe, people keep asking me: ’Isn’t is scary how Trump is gaining all these followers when he’s basically a fascist?’ And my first response is: ‘Wow, if Europeans say fascist, they’re not just making things up. Franco, Mussolini, Hitler, Milosevic, Berlusconi, Orban, LePen, Wilders, Farage… They really know what they’re talking about.’ But my second response is to go back to the beginning of the question: ‘Isn’t it SCARY?’ Yes, it’s […]

WHY is Amsterdam the Capital of the Netherlands?!

Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Category: Blog, News

Do you want to understand the European Union? First ask: WHY is Amsterdam the capital of the Netherlands? Hooray for Amsterdam! It’s host city of the EU Presidency – for the same reason it’s the capital of the Netherlands. No good reason at all. These days Europe has a bad reputation for being complex and wasteful. There’s 2 of everything! There’s a European Commission, but also a European Council. There’s a European Parliament in Brussels – but it’s also in […]