Category: News


Justin Blackmon’s Reaction To Watching Blaine Gabbert In Training

It didn’t take long for the true colours to show or fame to go to his head. Wide Receiver Justin Blackmon, picked fifth overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars in April’s draft, was arrested for aggravated DUI early Sunday morning.

For Blackmon, this is the second time he has been arrested on a DUI complaint. In October of 2010,

Blackmon, who caught 252 passes for 3,564 and yards 40 touchdowns for the Cowboys in three seasons and led the nation with 20 scores in 2010, was thought to be the “safest” pick among the elite receivers in his draft class. Notre Dame’s Michael Floyd, who some believed to be more purely talented, went 13th to the Arizona Cardinals; his draft stock was impacted by a history of alcohol-related arrests.

Jaguars spokesman Dan Edwards says the team is aware of the report and is gathering information.

Chris Hayes is trending, praise the Lord!

It’s refreshing to know that there’s somebody in America who has an opinion that runs contrary to the general belief that anything military related needs to be exalted. Unfortunately for Chris Hayes, his thoughts on the use of the word hero have resulted in him being demonised to point where he has had to issue an apology for his comments. Obviously, as a journalist he wishes to maintain his job and career, so I don’t read to heavily into the sincerity of the apology.

While I greatly respect him for the initial argument of which I deemed to be a valid one, his subsequent reversal in light of the fire-storm of the general public has rescinded some of the respect I had for him.

As we all know, America has the US Constitution which contains The First Amendment . Said Amendment prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances.

As so many Americans are quick to quote this to justify the opinions that they wish to express, it seems that when something is contrary to what the majority of the general public believe, this Amendment seems not to exist. I think it’s a sad reflection of the country as a whole and it highlights the success of the government in their ability to spin a belief that anything remotely negative concerning the troops of the United States borders on blasphemy.

I take this stance as someone who was born in Ireland and still resides here. I have an innate understanding of what war is, not from the atrocities that have plagued the North of Ireland but from the actual stories and reasoning behind the people who died for Ireland through-out the country’s history and during various wars such as WWI and WWII.

Do I have an opinion on certain people and the reason they died? Yes I do. Where some people will call Bobby Sands a hero for his death during a hunger strike in 1981 I would not. Does it make me a terrible person? No. Does it make my opinion less valid? It doesn’t as I can present my reasoning for it in a lucid and sensical manner.

Padraig Pearse – A Man Deserved Of The Title Hero

When I think of a hero, in the genuine sense of the word, somebody like Padraig Pearse immediately springs to mind. He was one of the leading men of the 1916 Rising and fought to secure the freedom of Ireland from an invading force and altruistically died for the greater good of the country. There was no oil supplies to be gained or trade relations improved by his actions. This is what a hero is. Selfless and for the greater good of his country.

It’s not to detract from the efforts of thousands of  US troops who whole-heartedly deserve both the praise and the title of hero. The men and women responsible for the assassination of Osama Bin Laden make the world a safer place for all but to deem every single person who serves as a hero is wrong and it detracts from the heroics of the people who are deserving of it.

As Chris Hayes alluded to, the branding of the word hero seems like a way to justify the continued casualties of soldiers who are fighting wars they do not fully understand the reasoning behind or the need for. America has gained financially from wars in the past such as The Gulf War. This is common knowledge and is not disputable. Soldiers also make a good living from their jobs, albeit with a massive risk in some cases.

The people of America need to take a backwards step and review their society. In a country that has such a gulf and divide between rich and poor, do they not see a need to spend a proportion of the allotted $1 trillion military budget in a way that will benefit the people of the country financially? The argument will be made that by spending that their ”freedom is safe” but this is something that has been ingrained to be true when it’s questionable.

It’s refreshing to hear Chris Hayes’ views and although some may say his timing was off, what he says holds validity. You just need to view it impartially to appreciate it.

Anybody Lose A Wedding Ring?

It’s trending like nobody’s business today so I may as well jump on said bandwagon and give this some coverage. I do it with conscience intact because it’s a pretty amazing sight and CCC loves nothing better than a moon in front of the sun.

Or even a Supermoon as we covered here on 5th May.

If you were lucky enough to live in Asia, the western United States or any land mass in between, you would’ve been graced with the sight above of what looked like a ring of fire in the sky. Or more specifically, an annular eclipse.

An annular eclipse occurs when the Sun and Moon are exactly in line, but the apparent size of the Moon is smaller than that of the Sun. Hence the Sun appears as a very bright ring, or annulus, surrounding the outline of the Moon.

All very scientific but the most important thing is that you end up with lots of lovely picture to look at as a Google Image search will attest to.

Queen of Disco and Hot Stuff signer Donna Summer has died aged 63 following a reported lung cancer battle.

Her family released a statement, saying Summer died on Thursday morning and that they ‘are at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continued legacy’.

Summer came to prominence just as disco was burgeoning, and came to define the era with a string of No. 1 hits and her luxurious hair and glossy, open lips.

Disco became as much defined by her sultry, sexual vocals — her bedroom moans and sighs — as the relentless, pulsing rhythms of the music itself.

“Love to Love You Baby,” released in 1975, was her U.S. chart debut and the first of 19 No. 1 dance hits between 1975 and 2008 — second only to Madonna.

She was a five-time Grammy Award winner and the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach number one on the US Billboard chart

Summer released her last album, Crayons, in 2008. It was her first full studio album in 17 years. She also performed on American Idol that year with its top female contestants.
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Donald “Duck” Dunn, the bassist who was part of the legendary group Booker T. and the MGs has died in his sleep according to a Facebook post by musician and friend Steve Cropper.

Dunn, who was part of the Stax Records in-house band as Booker T. and the MGs, contributed to classics such as “In the Midnight Hour,” ”Hold On I’m Coming” and “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay”

Booker T. and the MGs had its own hits, including “Hang ‘Em High,” ‘’Soul-Limbo” and, before Dunn joined the band, the cool 1962 instrumental “Green Onions” and was later inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Dunn also did session work on recordings by Clapton, Young, Dylan, Rod Stewart, Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty.

He is survived by his wife, June; a son, Jeff; and a grandchild, Michael.

The Millionth Picture From The International Space Station

In what is a pretty incredible milestone, astronaut Don Pettit provided us with the millionth picture taken from the International Space Station.

The pic features a green strip of aurora light, which  is caused by the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms in the high altitude atmosphere.

Science lesson over for today.

To date, space station astronauts have snapped enough photos to fill at least 319 single-layer DVDs, or 60 single-layer Blu-ray discs, NASA officials said.

80 year old woman emergency lands a plane. Click the pic to view the article.

In a pretty miraculous display of nerve and concentration, 80 year old Helen Collins completed an emergency landing of a Cessna plane after her husband passed out while seated next to her. Unfortunately he was eventually pronounced dead at the hospital.

This is redemption for all women after the previous goal-keeping post on here.

I’m just glad the keeper wasn’t at the controls on this occasion.

Just when the Chinese thought it was safe to turn on their computers, they’ve fallen foul of the tech whizz group that go by the unsurprisingly low-key name of Anonymous.

They informed China to ”Expect us because we do not forgive, never. What you are doing today to your Great People, tomorrow will be inflicted to you. With no mercy.”

While it is ominous no doubt, I most like the fact that they link the song Baba O’Reilly by The Who when carrying out their on-line terror campaign possibly against the most potentially dangerous country on the planet.

It’s always great to see good taste in music prevailing overall.

I’m sure it’s a touch the Chinese will really appreciate.