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  1. A good gesture by the U.S. Army Europe and Africa Band & Chorus. To commemorate 200 Years Greek Independence Day, members of the Soldiers’ Chorus perform the Greek folk song “Dance of Zalongo.”


  2. For argument's sake, if they were successful in ''having a go at him'', would and should they stop there? If so why? Shouldn't their 'courtesy' extend to all those that meet their 'courtesy requirements', which is 90% of those that oppose them ideologically?

    Also, I am assuming that you agree with 17 November ideologically since you endorse a hypothetical event. But endorsing the actions of 'someone else' is puzzling, especially since you set forth no conditions as long as they achieve the desired outcome. In this case: as long as somebody has a go at Dick Cheney, you wouldn't and couldn't care at all what they stand and why they did it. Does that sound about right?

    Or maybe I just totally misunderstood your statement.  (It happens sometimes)

    On 3/12/2021 at 10:07 PM, athinaios said:

    He's not incarcerated because of his politics--let's get this straight. He's imprisoned because he has murdered 11 people and terrorized the public.

    Yes, people need to understand this distinction. Murder is a murder is a murder no matter how you coat it.

  3. 9 hours ago, Brklyngrk said:

    The problem in all of this is that if you get rid of the filibuster, than you set bad precedents.

    The filibuster has no place in a modern representative democracy. It's an archaic process in the US Senate and has been overly abused by both parties over the years. For those that don't know what 'filibuster' is (our members outside the US), here's a link: Wikipedia.

    Elections have consequences and the winning party has to govern according to the wish of the people that elected them. That's what having a majority is about. 50%+ 1 gives one the majority. The minority should have a voice and present it for discussion and consideration.

    Bipartisanship is achieved by two parties cooperating - the winning party sets the tone of discussion in the particular branch of government. The minority party brings up its arguments and own proposals for discussion and to make the public aware of where it stands. One party refusing to participate in governing - with the sole goal of accusing the other party of failing in legislating - is not what legislating and bipartisanship is about. Although it it what it has become. Which makes it the appropriate to change, the appropriate time to move forward.

    The Democratic party will have to live with the consequences of doing away with the filibuster if and when the Republican party gains majority in the Senate.

  4. 7 hours ago, Tzatziki said:

    You are right Laz. But innocence in the eyes of the law does not mean necessarily mean that one is morally or ethically beyond reproach.

    All good points! And by no means do I consider myself being right. Just questioning things (like you are) and trying to make sense of what is happening around me.

    Back to the subject. Personally I would not put Mandela or Kolokotronis in the same boat as Koufodinas. I would not hold 17 November on the same level of moral equivalency as the Greek Revolution for Independence. But it definitely is worth discussing why not. Of course this is not going to happen in this single post, but a conversation that we can delve deeper into with time.

    I will outline my thoughts as time permits.

  5. 4 hours ago, Tzatziki said:

    Also my reply was in response to the ppst above mine about the killing of"many innocent" people. 

    And that description was accurate, was it not? Those people were innocent in the eyes of Justice and under the laws of the country. Just because some people might consider them guilty of wrongdoing because they work for a different government, may be part of a different political system or believe in a different God, does not make it so.

    In modern society, we cannot have unqualified individuals acting as judge and executioner. Then we would all have a very short life span.

    17 November did not refrain from having collateral casualties because of any sort of belief, standard or political philosophy. They did so because they needed public support and Greece's left wing fringe behind them. None of that would be possible if they had innocent bystanders paying the price for them being sloppy. And if the public was not behind them or just sympathize with them, they would not have lasted that long without being arrested and dismantled.


  6. Just noticed that on a page that @Dutch Eagle is working on, you mention: "He has been capped four times for the Ethniki sofar, scoring one goal in his second game, a friendly against Cyprus. "

    I think that since the article does not have any date references this information is a little confusing. The terms "sofar" doesn't help the reader understand the time referenced, since he doesn't know when that page was created  or edited.

    I changed "Capped four times ...so far" to read: "As of February 2021, he has been capped four times for the Ethniki,"

    If possible, I think we should reference time in a way that would allow for the article to appear accurate even after a few months or years. Otherwise, we'll have to remember to keep changing those references as information changes. That's OK for 1-5 articles, but when you have a bunch of 'em, it's a little difficult to keep up to date.

    If you can think of a better way to reference this type of information, please, by all means go ahead.


  7. According to Greece's legal system he has been found guilty of murder (or assassination). You can call it what you want -- the end result is the same. He has deprived people of the right to live. Whether for political reasons or religious reasons or whatever reasons, depriving a human being of life is considered a punishable crime in modern society. Koufodinas has been fully aware of his actions and has not claimed insanity or other outside factors that would render him incapable of controlling his actions.

    He has not shown any remorse and has not repented for inflicting harm upon others.

    Should the country's laws not hold him accountable and punishable by whatever the legal and social system deems as a fair punishment?

    On 3/7/2021 at 8:24 AM, Brklyngrk said:

    I am sorry but you can't ask for mercy when you are responsible for so many deaths.

    He is demanding it! It would have been more appropriate for him to beg for it but he give the impressions that his sense of entitlement does not allow him to acknowledge any wrongdoing -- hence his demand.

    If one considers 'honorable' the trade of 'murder for political reasons' , why does being 'honorable' not extend to paying the price of incarceration - when found guilty - for breaking laws and trampling on the rights of others? It's the honorable thing to do, isn't it? You play the game - you pay the price if caught!

    What political ideology denies a human the right to life?

    Alas, I don't have the answers to any of my questions.


    Biden to appointees: I'll fire you if you treat someone with disrespect. In his remarks to over a thousand of his appointees, President Joe Biden laid out what he expects from them and what kind of administration he will have.


  9. Nothing at this stage. We are all lucky (at least in the US) that this clown was totally incompetent.

    There is talk about implementing reforms, and passing laws that would protect the country and the constitution from this kind of abuse happening again.

    We'll have to wait and see. We're not in the clear yet.

  10. On 1/9/2021 at 9:32 AM, athinaios said:

    Jan. 6th, 2021, will be remembered as a day when the Trump rioters, thugs, and insurrectionists stormed the US Capitol during the joint session of Congress was meeting to certify the Electoral College results and seal the election.

    Sad, sad, sad moment in American history that has been in the making since 1999 (when Newt Gingrich served as the 50th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives). It culminated on Jan.6, 2021 at the end of Donald J. Trump's Presidential term.

    Unfortunately, we don't know yet if this is the end of an era or simply the beginning of something much-much worse. The Republican Party has morphed into the greatest danger for democracy in this country. Unless there is somebody that has the balls to steer the Party in a different direction and correct its course, the only thing that could save this country is if the Party were to split. Short of that, Democracy cannot exist if the losing Party refuses to acknowledge the results of an election.

  11. 1 hour ago, ukworm said:

    FT assessment of current status:

    The Financial Times article is only available to subscribers. Too bad! 😞

    Any other reference that you think would help us better understand the UK and its Brexit strategy is welcome.

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