1. To punish, as by beating.
2. To criticize severely; rebuke.
3. Archaic. To purify.
Its Monday morning, bleary eyed I unpack my foll-dolls and boot up my PC. Point click…… wait……..send and receive……….wait……read…… the usual workday morning routine. What was unusual about this workday morning was an email i received titled “To Web Administrator, Achgohairithe Websiteâ€?, the web administrator that’s me I guess, I better have a look.
Not since Bill Cosby took it upon himself to ring Eddie Murphy and lecture him regarding the content of his shows has there been a chastising of such Biblical proportions. Like Eddie I too was shocked and a little insulted by the mainly disparaging remarks I was subjected to on this most unusual of Monday mornings.
First things first, I had to eliminate the possibility that it was an attempted hoax on the part of one of the lads. Usual suspects contacted, negative replies on all fronts. While I still have my suspicions, I do have a bit of time on my hands so bite why not, as the Japanese would say!
In the email I get accused of incitement; incitement of racial slander against the Muslim community! I also get called an emotionally crippled racist bigot!! Nice ha? The writer seems to have come to the conclusion that I’m a racist bigot on the grounds that the Friday Caption Comp shows me up as such. While I cannot control (to an extent) what comments/captions people come up with I can control the pictures. So let’s take a closer look at these pictures and see exactly how far I’ve slipped into this racist quagmire.
Caption Comp Pic # 1
(Muslim lady filling out a poling card, around the time of the Iraqi elections)
Caption Comp Pic # 2
(Group of, possibly Russian, soldiers fishing on a frozen lake)
Caption Comp Pic # 3
(Arabic looking man sitting in front of pile or rubble)
Caption Comp Pic # 4
(Business man lying down in a roadway, half constructed church in bg)
Caption Comp Pic # 5
(Swimmer wearing a funny hat getting given out to by a bald man)
Caption Comp Pic # 6
(A black child on a bike surrounded by a group of scary looking police men)
Caption Comp Pic # 7
(Group of Arabic looking soldiers standing in a circle talking and pointing)
Caption Comp Pic # 8
(Two lady pilots sitting in a jet fighter cock-pit)
Caption Comp Pic # 9
(Obligatory Bush doing something stupid photo)
Caption Comp Pic # 10
(Muslim man calling people to prayer)
Caption Comp Pic # 11
(Guy looking scared looking at a naked lady)
Caption Comp Pic # 12
(Bearded men dancing holding a stick)
Caption Comp Pic # 13
(Star Trek movie still)
Caption Comp Pic # 14
(UEFA/FIFA delegates making speech)
Caption Comp Pic # 15
(Obligatory Bush doing something stupid photo #2)
Caption Comp Pic # 16
(Arabic leader giving press conference, strange hand gesture)
Caption Comp Pic # 17
(3 one legged men paying soccer)
That’s 5 Muslim/Arabic themed pictures and 2 pictures containing people of colour. Given my propensity to use images of topical issues (where possible) as subject matter for the FCC, it’s hardly surprising in today’s climate that one subject seems to have cropped up more than once. This was in no way deliberate on my part and for someone to accuse me of having some hidden agenda or saying that I’m guided by an alterative motive when selecting pictures for the FCC is just plain WRONG!
There are some things on this Blog that should be taken with a pinch of salt; the FCC is one of these. It may not be very ‘pc’, but hell if I can’t be un-pc on the net where can I be un-pc??
Maybe i need a read of this:
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Friday, July 28th, 2006
Friday wouldn’t be Friday if I wasn’t hungover and we didn’t have the caption competition….i am and we do.
Tuesday, July 25th, 2006
A long overdue update on the ROT:
I’d like to arrange an appointment please!
To: Various different holistic centres in Dublin
To Whom It May Concern:
My friend Martina M O’Connor gave me your contact details and said that you might be able to help me out with my problem. I have been meaning to go to a Holistic centre now for quite some time but was a little hesitant given the sensitive nature of my problem…
To: Various VHS player Manufacturers
To Whom It May Concern:
My name is Martina Mary O’Connor and I am a proud owner of one of your fine VHS players. Hither to now I’ve had no problem what so ever with your product.
Why am I writing to you then you may ask? Well in the last 5 years since I’ve had the VHS player I’ve bee plagued by my parents EVERY night…
To: The National Parks & Wildlife Service Ireland
To Whom It May Concern:
My name is Martina Mary O’Connor and I’m an avid bird watcher. A question arose at our last meeting of the Kenmare Bird Watching Association (of which I’m the chair person) and I’m hoping you can help us with find out…
The Bull Run Revisited
To: Various insurance firms in Ireland (Follow up to The Bull Run)
Firstly I wish to thank you for getting back to me so soon regarding my initial insurance enquiry. It seems that we the Bruff Summer Spraoi committee were a little too forward thinking in our idea of holding a Pamplona style Bull Run through Bruff as part of our Summer Spraoi festival. ****** were one of many insurance firms, both in Ireland and…
The Reign of Terror
Friday, July 21st, 2006
Im very very hungover!!………….That is all………..
Thursday, July 20th, 2006
For the love of God will you give it over!!! How many pages now without a comment? And no I don’t want to know about self catering accommodation in Oughterard nor do I want to do your job for you by telling you about hotels in Killarney, actually hang on “There’s loads of the shagging things in Killarneyâ€? how’s that for a scoop??
Look just stop clogging up my corkblogs rss feed!! For the love of God…
Ireland’s Top Travel Website more like Ireland’s Most Annoying Travel Website!
Friday, July 14th, 2006
De hAoine Buiochas le Dia……..
Have a crack off this one….this picture made the rounds a while back but it’s worth another look.
Use the comment link below to add your caption…
Friday, July 7th, 2006
Same story as always…………last week bombed, this week……….??
Add your caption via the comment link below…
* UPDATE *
And of course by bombed I was referring to the lack of responses/captions to last weeks FCC and was in no way referring to the quality of the actual responses last week…which were great….spectacular even….
Thursday, July 6th, 2006
One-fifth of Irish people never exercise at all, while one-quarter only exercise once-a-month or less and a whopping seven-eights of Irish people would kick Kevin Myers square in the balls if given the opportunity, according to a new survey.
A spokesperson from the Irish Osteoporosis Society has expressed concern about the findings, saying that two-thirds of people are unaware that weight-bearing exercise is necessary for preventing brittle bones, he went on to add “Oh yeah. Right in the balls, man. Right square in the ballsâ€?.