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Daily Mail = UK Fox

THIS STOPS ME FROM COMITTING SUICIDE BECAUSE…….There is still too much racism in the world to stop to kill myself.

Ridiculous Daily Mail article on Barack Obama’s father:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1381444/Barack-Obamas-father-serial-womaniser-warned-stop-playboy-ways.html

Article suggests that Obama took so long to provide his birth certificate because he didn’t want people to know about his father. Rubbish. There have been articles about Obama’s father since before he was running for president and Obama has previously addressed these issues personally.

The most shocking implication is that one reason Obama’s father was a ‘slippery character’ was because his black father married his white mother in 1961 when interracial marriage was illegal in certain states.

Is the Daily Mail supporting racist out-of-date US laws? Another proof that the Daily Mail is trying too hard to become UK’s Fox News. Blatant racial prejudice is also worse than ‘chasing tail’.

A 2008 Nicholas Kristof article on Obama and his family can be used to destroy their argument beautifully:

Frankly, I worry that enemies of Obama will seize upon details like his grandfather’s Islamic faith or his father’s polygamy to portray him as an alien or a threat to American values. But snobbishness and paranoia ill-become a nation of immigrants, where one of our truest values is to judge people by their own merits, not their pedigrees. If we call ourselves a land of opportunity, then Obama’s heritage doesn’t threaten American values but showcases them.

An important reminder that unequivocally prejudiced media isn’t just prevalent in the United States.

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Posted by on April 29, 2011 in Politics

 

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Mock Draft 2011

This prevents me from comitting suicide because…….Because the draft season is so much better than the regular season

1. Carolina Panthers – Cam Newton

2. Denver Broncos – Blaine Gabbert

3. Buffalo Bills – Marcell Dareus

4. Cincinnati Bengals – AJ Green

5. Arizona Cardinals – Von Miller

6. Cleveland Browns – Julio Jones

7. San Francisco 49ers – Patrick Peterson

8.Tennessee – Nick Fairley

9. Dallas Cowboys – Tyron Smith

10. Washington Redskins – Prince Amukamara

11. Houston Texans – Robert Quinn

12. Minnesota Vikings – Jake Locker

13. Detroit Lions – Cameron Jordan

14. St. Louis Rams – Corey Liuget

15. Miami Dolphins – Christian Ponder

16. Jacksonville Jaguars – Ryan Kerrigan

17. New England Patriots – JJ Watt

18. San Diego Chargers – Mike Pouncey

19. New York Giants – Mark Ingram

20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Adrian Clayborn

21. Kansas City Chiefs – Aldon Smith

22. Indianapolis Colts – Anthony Castanzo

23. Philadelphia Eagles – Nate Solder

24. New Orleans Saints – DaQuan Bowers

25. Seattle Seahawks – Ryan Mallett

26. Baltimore Ravens – Derek Sherrod

27. Atlanta Falcons – Muhammed Wilkerson

28. New England Patriots – Cameron Hayward

29. Chicago Bears – Marvin Austin

30. New York Jets – Akeem Ayers

31. Pittsburgh Steelers – Danny Watkins

32. Green Bay Packers – Brooks Reed

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Posted by on April 28, 2011 in NFL, Sports

 

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The Best Players in the NFL – Top 5 MLBs

THIS STOPS ME FROM COMITTING SUICIDE BECAUSE…….These guys are beasts.

This is the 4th part of my top 5 rankings for every position in the NFL.
It will culminate in an overall top 10 players in the NFL list.

Previous: Top 5 OLBs – https://minsminions.wordpress.com/2011/04/17/nflbestolbs/

The Middle Linebacker (MLB) or Inside Linebacker (ILB) is one of the most storied positions in the history of the NFL. Not only was it the main run stopping defensive position in a sport which primarily relied on the run, but it was also the position of the defensive leader on the team. Therefore, some of the most iconic defensive players in NFL history are MLBs such as Dick Butkus, Mike Singletary and Ray Nitschke. The position has evolved now. The 3-4 defensive means that the position is not as unique as it once was. In today’s game, athletic ability is starting to replace toughness as the defining feature of the position. You will now only be on the field all 3 downs if the MLB can cover proficiently.

On my list, I still primarily looked for players who go downhill and consistently stop the run. After that, leadership, sideline-to-sideline ability and coverage skills were used filter out the next set of players. Even with the evolution of the position, any good MLB must still be a tackling machine. For the last 10 or more years, my no. 2 has dominated any MLB list. He is arguably not far from overtaking (or maybe he already has) Dick Butkus as the greatest MLB of all time. But, last season I saw the first signs of him slowing down a little. He wasn’t the pure machine that he once was. No.1 in this list will dominate this list for at least the next 5-7 years. He is a phenom at the position. The rest of the top 5 is filled with a mixture of defensive leaders, an impact player and an undersized but hugely aggressive and athletic tackling machine.

5. Jonathan Vilma – New Orleans Saints


One of the members of arguably the greatest college team of all-time, Jonathan Vilma is the heart of the Saints defense. He doesn’t blow you away on the field and is undersized at only 230lbs when entering the NFL, however, his impact is greater than any stats can show. He is a very smart player and a good leader. On an otherwise poor Saints defense, his organisation and leadership makes sure that the defense at least plays a successful complementary role to their explosive offense. If you watch the Saints’ 2009/2010 America’s game, it gives you a glimpse into the on-field impact that Vilma makes on the team.

 

4. Brian Urlacher – Chicago Bears


A highly athletic monster of the midway, Brian Urlacher has continued the Bears’ famous legacy at the position. Along with fellow linebacker Lance Briggs, he has been the core to that consistently stout defense ever since he entered the league in 2000. Before his injury, there were certain people saying that he was overrated. However, his absence showed everyone how much of an impact player he is to the Bears. He led the Bears defense back to 4th overall in terms of points allowed this season. He can play downhill, sideline-to-sideline and he was once arguably the best MLB in coverage in the NFL and he can still cover proficiently. I wish he was used more in the blitz game. Although he is now leaving his prime, he still is a fantastic player on a team that is finally building an offense to match the defense’s long term production.

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3. Jon Beason – Carolina Panthers


‘The Beast’ is the centrepiece to the Carolina defense. He is the only true elite player on Carolina’s defense now that Julius Peppers has left town. Like Vilma, he is undersized but he is highly athletic and very aggressive. He is one of the surest tacklers in the league. He was temporarily moved to OLB due to injuries, showing is versatility, but his best position is in the middle. He is superb in coverage. He deserves better players around him especially better DTs up front because he is at his best when he has a free path to the RB because he is one of the few MLBs who can keep up athletically with most running backs in the league. Although, he doesn’t make as many game changing impact plays as I would like to see, it may be due to the lack of talent around him. Although, Carolina will probably pick a QB if they do draft Marcell Dareus, it will give Jon Beason a chance to maximise his considerable abilities.

 

2. Ray Lewis – Baltimore Ravens


Arguably the best MLB of all time, he is everything you want in a middle linebacker. Athletic ability, intensity, sure tackling, hard-hitting, game-changing plays and one of the best leaders the NFL has ever seen. You cannot just measure his game in stats although they are pretty impressive. He is a 12-time pro-bowl, 7 time first team all-pro selection and this season became only the 2nd player to collect 30 sacks and 30 interceptions in his career. He led possible the greatest defense of all time in the 2000 Ravens and his Ravens did not allow a 100 yard rusher in 51 consecutive games from 1998 through 2001 with Lewis at the helm. Although he is clearly slowing down, his greatness is undisputed and nobody doubts he will be a first ballot hall of famer.

1. Patrick Willis – San Francisco 49ers


Patrick Willis is the heir apparent to Ray Lewis with just as much talent as Ray had. He is a 245lb machine with 4.4 speed and unbelievable all-round athleticism. He is the best open field tackler in the NFL and has no real weaknesses to his game. But to get to Ray Lewis’ level there are a few things he needs to improve on. He needs to make more impact plays. Ray consistently made plays that not only changed the course of a game but changed the course of the Ravens’ season. Patrick Willis is not there yet. He also needs to become a better leader and makes his whole defense better. The 49ers have an average defense but with Ray at the helm, the Ravens were consistently a top 3 defense largely due to Ray’s ability to make everyone around him better. Patrick must use his on-field reputation to influence the players around him positively. If he does improve on these things, he will go from being a great linebacker to one of the best of all time.

Overrated: Bart Scott –  A loudmouth who is lucky to have been around a fantastic defensive coordinator like Rex Ryan, he doesn’t justify his talk.

Underrated: Paul Posluszny/London Fletcher – An instinctive tackling machine on a team void of much talent. He has thrived in both the 4-3 and the 3-4 when others crumbled. He cannot truly maximise his talents if the talent around him is not upgraded. London Fletcher is the most underrated player of the last decade. He is a fantastic near HOF-worthy MLB with only two pro-bowls in two of his declining years.

One for the Future: Lawrence Timmons – This guy is the whole package. Fast, tough, instinctive and learning from some of the best. He has all the skills to be better than his mentor, James Farrior

GOAT: Dick Butkus/Ray Lewis – Could not choose between the two. Dick Butkus was everything you wanted from an old-school MLB. Ray Lewis is everything you want from a modern MLB.

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Posted by on April 27, 2011 in NFL, Sports

 

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Real Life Simba

This prevents me from comitting suicide because…….Because your heart melts and your tear ducts split.

One of the most touching videos I have ever seen:

[WARNING] Not all lions are this friendly towards humans! Even the ‘trained’ ones….

http://animal.discovery.com/videos/untamed-and-uncut-trained-lion-attacks-owner.html

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Posted by on April 21, 2011 in Story

 

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The Best Players in the NFL – Top 5 OLBs

THIS STOPS ME FROM COMITTING SUICIDE BECAUSE…….I love watching great players with great hair i.e. Troy and Clay.

This is the 3rd part of my top 5 rankings for every position in the NFL.
It will culminate in an overall top 10 players in the NFL list.

Previous: Top 5 CBs – https://minsminions.wordpress.com/2011/03/05/nflbestcbs/

Many NFL team’s transition towards the 3-4 defense has meant that the OLB position has become the key position for many defenses in the league. Thus, nowadays this position is loaded with talent. Pass rushing ability is obviously important but you need all-round ability to be a cornerstone. I only have one 4-3 OLB on this list. 10 years ago the 3-4:4-3 ratio would have been the other way around with players like Bulluck and Brooks. I have a mixture of players in my top 5: all-rounded players (one with tremendous athletic ability and the other known for his toughness) as well as relentless pass-rushing impact players at 3 and 5. It was difficult to leave off many from this list with Shaun Phillips, Terrell Suggs, Chad Greenway, Elvis Dumervil (although he is going back to the 4-3) and Lamarr Woodley amongst others deserving recognition.

Note: I thought Brian Cushing was one his way to be the best 4-3 OLB in the league before he got caught cheating.

5.  Tamba Hali – Kansas City Chiefs #91


The ‘Tambahawk’ is the least well-rounded player on this list. In fact, he is a pure pass rush specialist. However, I believe he deserves his place. , The only consistent pass-rushing threat on the young Chiefs team, he still manages to continuously disrupt the passing game. He had 14.5 sacks last season (his first double digit sack season) because he finally learnt to finish plays and get the QB on the ground. Armed with a great story of his family escaping war-torn Liberia, he has tremendous upside and expect to hear his name a lot more as he enters his prime.

 

4. Lance Briggs – Chicago Bears #55

Briggs is the only 4-3 linebacker on this list. He is a just a fantastic player. Fast, instinctive and versatile, his partnership with Brian Urlacher allowed the Bears to consistently have one of the best linebacking corps in the NFL for many years.  Some Bears fans rate him higher than Urlacher. Although he is technically better, as Urlacher’s return from injury last season showed, Urlacher is more of an impact player than Briggs. He looks to still be in tremendous shape as he begins his football life in his 30s.


3. Clay Matthews – Green Bay Packers #52


Armed with some of the best nicknames in the NFL, ‘Thor’ or ‘Bloodline’ is one of the future superstars of this league. Instantly recognisable with his hair and playing style, he is a huge-impact, playmaking OLB. His best traits are his speed and relentless. His ridiculous 10 yard split at the combine of 1.49 seconds shows up on the field. To get that into perspective, in that combine, only 9 cornerbacks had a better 10 yard split. He can be inconsistent against the run but his pass rushing skills are extraordinary and his coverage ability his excellent. He is always around the ball and makes game-changing players consistently.  He was one of the cornerstones in the Packers’ Superbowl run and will be the cornerstone of a potential future dynasty.

 

2. James Harrison – Pittsburgh Steelers #92

Undrafted and apparently undersized, scouts seriously underrated his athletic ability, strength and most of all toughness. He is arguably the toughest player in the NFL and has developed into an all-pro, all-rounded defensive force. At less than 6’0” but 242lbs he plays with great leverage and power and by getting under the shoulder pads many offensive tackles he dominates the line of scrimmage. He is tremendous against both the pass and the run and he is also very good in zone coverage. Since getting the mental part of his game together in the 2007 season, in 4 seasons he has 45 sacks, 2×100 tackle seasons and one 98 tackle season. Although he is now already 30, due to lack of wear and tear he has many more years left to be a dominating force.

 

1.DeMarcus Ware –  Dallas Cowboys #94


DeMarcus Ware is the best OLB in the league. He is the best pass-rushing OLB as well as the most all-rounded OLB in the NFL. He has already led the league in sacks in 2 seasons. He has prototypical size at 6’4” 262lbs and reminds me so much of Charles Haley in his prime. DeMarcus Ware will be just as good and maybe better than the HOF-worthy former Cowboy. A fantastic athlete, he has 80 sacks in 6 seasons and is consistently strong against the run and the Cowboys have no qualms about leaving him in both man and zone coverage. Although I would like to see him make more game-changing impact players with his ability, he is the prototypical 3-4 outside linebacker that any 3-4 team is looking for.

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Overrated: Scott Fujita – Now a member of the Cleveland Browns, even during the superbowl run of 2009/2010 whilst at New Orleans Saints he was an OLB just not athletic enough to be an impact player.

Underrated: Daryl Smith – Vastly underrated on a defense strong against the run. He is a versatile, aggressiveoutside linebacker who consistently disrupts the opponents’ running game.

One For The Future: Cameron Wake – Although he already broke out last season, the athletic freak from the CFL has a lot more to give. Already 29 years old, he has only had 2 seasons in the NFL after crafting his body into a pass-rushing beast. He will get better against the run with more game time. I foresee 5 more years of elite play.

Greatest of All-Time (GOAT): Lawrence Taylor – The original LT is arguably the best defensive player to ever play the game. He changed how offenses were structured and his blend of athletic ability, instincts and relentlessness will be difficult to find for a long time.

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Posted by on April 17, 2011 in NFL, Sports

 

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Kids Say The Funniest Things

THIS STOPS ME FROM COMITTING SUICIDE BECAUSE…….as Oscar Wilde says ‘we get more stupid as we get older’

[Guest writer: Pep]

hi kids

Since Michael Barrymore left the world of show business there has been something missing in everyone’s lives. Kids say the funniest things. Fortunately I have the next best thing: actual quotes from actual kids in actual classrooms. I hope they are as funny written down as they were when overheard.

“How do you cut a tomato?”

“Mangina! Mangina!”

“Miss, what’s masturbation?”

“I’m giving up religious views for lent”

“Teleport, teleport, teleporting fat guy” (sung)

“If I get a nose job will my kids have my old nose or my new nose?”

“Toupee machines? Do they even do them anymore?”

“FRIDAY, FRIDAY, GOTTA GET DOWN ON FRIDAY” (sung by class)

“Slap the fatty! Just do it, kid!”

“”When I was asleep and sleep-walking I went into my mum’s room and weed on her”

“hypotenu…hypote…potty training!”

“It’s all fun and games until someone gets a yeast infection”

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Posted by on April 1, 2011 in Funny, Quotes, Random

 

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