samedi 23 juin 2012

The Greeks are at it again

Grèce vs. Allemagne hier soir dans le cadre de l'Euro 2012.

11 commentaires:

Anijo a dit…

Nietzsche has just been booked for arguing with the referee. He accused Confuscius of having no free will. ha!

Flocon a dit…

Oh and there are other Monthy Python's videos available from that one. I've just watched the silly Olympics selection with a race for people with no sense of direction or a swimming contest for non-swimmers!! Totaly hilarious!!!

Too bad I just can't understand what they say with their sport reporters' voices at the top of the pitch.

Anijo a dit…

I was tempted to provide a translation, but the last time I did that you said that I wasted my time on such an effort. Still, I'm sure that between Ned, SemperFi and I, we could provide a thorough translation, should you so desire.

Anonyme a dit…

>>the last time I did that you said that I wasted my time on >>such an effort



Flocon a dit…

Merci de la proposition Anijo, it's just that I know writing down what is said within three minutes takes a lot of time and dedication. On the other hand, if SemperFi feels like providing a faithful transcription along with a flawless translation, I'll be too happy to send him my most sincere thanks of gratitude ;-)

Anonyme a dit…

Flocon: A translation for this comic gem would be worth the effort. But I am out of the game due to travel. Tomorrow, off to Marine Corps Base Hawaii on Oahu for two weeks. Must pack. As soon as I get back, off to a sailing race in South Carolina and an opportunity to compose my annual on-the-water post to Anijo. This important tradition must not die.

By the way, a translation will not capture the perfect pitch achieved in this video piece. Four years in the UK qualify me to tell you that every cadence and nuance of the British football commentator is captured here. Perfect.

Re the preceding post - I had a long comment about your Balkany example. A short version will have to do.

Balkany could never be elected in a substantial number of US states. These states permanently disqualify convicted felons from voting and holding office. All the other states, but two, disenfranchise felons in some way, even if it is only disqualifying them from voting while they are in prison. Two states, Vermont and Maine, have no disqualifications and felons can vote while in prison.
You may not be aware of this, but you have given up your sovereignty over this issue. The European Court of Human rights has ruled in a recent case that the UK cannot prevent felons from voting while they are in jail. Parliament is adamant that felons will not vote from jail, and this may be the de facto end of the court's jurisdiction over the UK. Odds are that HM Government will ignore the court.
What would Hollande do?

Anonyme a dit…

>>providing a faithful transcription


Flocon a dit…

Oh great! fantastic! Thanks Jan, you made my day!!

It never occured to me the script was available on the Net!

"Germany, having trounced England's famous midfield trio of Bentham, Locke and Hobbes in the semi-final"

What a delight!

Merci encore Jan, finding the transcription sure was no waste of time.

Flocon a dit…


re. Balkany who couldn't get elected in most American States, I read it as another example of the positive influence on morality of Protestantism over Catholicism.

Not only a fair number of American voters would be horrified by the very notion of a convicted crook seeking another elected office but the media too would scream blue murder about it.

Not so in Catholic Europe where detestation of the opposite party is such that they would vote for the Devil just to not have a Socialist elected.

Catholic Europe... And I don't even mention Greece and Orthodoxy.

After all, there were some reasons why Luther nailed his pamphlet at the door of the church.

Not much has changed since with Catholicism.

You may (perhaps) have noticed I'm not too much of a religious person but I concede Luther has done much more for the wellfare of humanity than all the Popes combined since the 16th century.


As pertains the loss of the right to vote while emprisonned, I certainly won't loose my sleep over it.

Yet I've done a quick research on the topic and I arrived here.

About what Hollande would do in the case you mention, la question ne se pose pas puisque les condamnés en France et dans presque tous les pays de l'U.E ne sont pas privés du droit de vote.

There are about 65.000 thousand inmates in France and I would be very surprised to learn that more than 1% of them actually take part to any election.

I'd also be very surprised to learn that these people would lament the loss of their civil rights if that were the case.

Il me semble que c'est une question qui relève presqu'entièrement de philosophie politique et presque pas du droit pénal.

This is probably the case you refer to

Le sujet est intéressant and calls for developments though

Anonyme a dit…

Flocon: According to my UK informant (who is usually informed, but not infalible)HM Government is still "slow-rolling" the voting issue (using a most discriptive bit of US Government jargon for stopping a change by not doing anything). Although it is actually not connected, most UK voters think that this is an EU issue. It is just adding to the anti-EU fervor of the UK electorate.

Anijo a dit…

I second the thanks to Jan for the link to the transcription! I didn't even understand everything they said.

And quite looking forward to SemperFi's report from the sailing race.