Posted by Tim Ireland at October 14, 2008

Category: US Presidential Election 2008

John Cleese on Sarah Palin

No dead parrot jokes, please. Too easy.

Posted by Tim Ireland at October 14, 2008

Category: The Political Weblog Movement


Paul ‘Fangio’ Staines emerged from the weekend with booze on his breath and egg on his face after posting a poor item in poor taste, deleting it, and then compounding the error by defending himself anonymously. When commenting under his main ‘Guido Fawkes’ ID (i.e. when not pretending to be somebody else speaking for him), Paul also promised that the item would return “later as a longer piece”. (more)

We’re still waiting.

(taps foot)

The deleted post used to be here:


Then, after weeks of groundlessly accusing Derek Draper of attempting to manipulate the blogosphere via anonymous comments (more), both Dale and Staines happily allowed themselves to be spoon-fed this series of ‘boom and bust’ quotes via… erm, someone attempting to manipulate the blogosphere via anonymous comments.

Shortly after this, Staines published a post that appeared to suggest that an embarrassed government had ‘disappeared’ the information in question and cast it into the memory hole. Because they’re fascists that can’t be trusted, obviously.

But Paul Staines can be trusted. Because when he found out that he got his wires crossed somewhere, he… erm… ‘disappeared’ the information and cast it into the memory hole.

Perhaps we can look forward to its return… “later as a longer piece”.


The deleted post used to be here:

3. Still, some good came of it all. I was so inspired by the ‘list of quotes’ technique used by their mysterious comment contributor that I decided to have a got at it myself this lunchtime with the help of a selective search in Google.

I recently blogged about Staines’ use of the word ‘chinky’, and a defence put forward by a semi-anonymous comment contributor here made it necessary, believe it or not, to point out that Staines also happily published the word ‘chink’. And not for the first time.

Here, for the doubters, is proof that the man is perfectly happy with the use of this word on his website as an ethnic slur; a list of uses of the word ‘chink’ under comments that Staines has allowed on his site this year…

Saturday, March 15, 2008: “We don’t criticise the chink dictatorship here…”

Tuesday, March 25, 2008: “some visiting gang of ancient, chink communist fellow torturers…”, “anti-Chink protest…” and “So I was allowed a visa to visit places that the smell of deadly pollution alone would make you want to throw-up your breakfast. Problem is some of the poor Chinks are so desperately poor, you worry they might eat it. NO JOKE.”

Wednesday, March 28, 2007: “If your [sic] thinking of battling the establishment media take heed of that Sun Tzu guy. The Chink who wrote ‘The Art of War’.”

Sunday, April 6, 2008: “chink body guards yellow runners and a black outer rim followed by how many riot vans?”

Monday, April 7, 2008: “Chink thugs”, “Chink Clink”, “We should thank the Chinks for helping us out with our problem…” and “…Rudd was effectively telling the Chinks to fuck right off.”

Saturday, April 12, 2008: “…the sight of the prime minister of the United Kingdom kow-towing to chink thugs in his own Downing Street frontyard…”

Thursday, June 19, 2008: “Just look at Jock Newsnight interviews, any responsible, sensible job is done by an English person, a Pole, or a Chink. Jock is like the native Fijian. Idle whining bastard, anyone can do the work as long as its not him, good for fuck all. Just like you. Jock, England’s burden.”

Tuesday, August 19, 2008: “Who gives a fuck if some c**t can run quicker than a Chink or a Yank.”

(Psst! Do keep in mind as you read all of this that it is very easy to lose control of a mob once you get one started.)

I have no doubt that Paul can somehow find a way to spin any or all this to his advantage; he excels at this craft that he claims to despise.


Posted by Tim Ireland at October 14, 2008

Category: Christ..., US Presidential Election 2008

Guardian – Desperate McCain gives beat to the dark heart of conservatism: It built up over the course of the week, as supporters at the rallies of John McCain and Sarah Palin started randomly screaming “terrorist!” and “off with his head!” and “treason!” and even “kill him!” at the mention of Barack Obama’s name…

AP – Angry anti-Obama taunts grip McCain, Palin events: Some of the anger is getting raw at Republican rallies and John McCain is mostly letting it flare… When a visibly angry McCain supporter in Waukesha, Wis., on Thursday told the candidate “I’m really mad” because of “socialists taking over the country,” McCain stoked the sentiment.

McCain And Palin Incite Mob Mentality

“What could very well be the sleaziest 4 days in modern political history” – Keith Olbermann

And then suddenly – in a manner that surprised at least one person – inflaming hatred led to a mob as dangerous and as unpredictable as fire:

CBS News – McCain Booed For Telling Audience To Be Respectful of Obama: In stark contrast to his last town hall meeting yesterday, John McCain dramatically toned down his attacks on Barack Obama, even after many in the audience were asking him to go on the offensive. McCain was even booed when he told the audience to be respectful and that “you don’t have to be scared” of Obama

The most unsettling aspect of this is that it wasn’t just online activists and mainstream media that prompted the gentle tap on the brakes that was so poorly received in Minnesota, but the intervention of the secret service!

That’s a campaign out of control, right there; I don’t care which side you’re on.

(Erm… unless you’re so far to the right that you think that the reporting of these comments to the secret service is part of a conspiracy involving the Democrats, the media and “…the liberal elite (who) want you to believe this race is over,” in which case you may as well stay right where you are. In your box.)

OK, so now I think would be a good time for Sarah Palin to ignore any wishy-washy objections from McCain or his people, and start sending ‘the right signals’ to the End Timers in her electoral base.

Just so we can get *them* revved up and feeling so downright biblical that little things like the law no longer seem to matter.

After all, what harm could it do?

UPDATE (15 Oct) – Great work from The Daily Show, as usual.

Posted by Tim Ireland at October 14, 2008

Category: Photoshopping, Teh Interwebs

Infiltration was relatively straightforward, and there’s no need to burden you with details.

Upstairs and down; every speck of spare wall space is a noticeboard in the Student Union Common Room / Bar at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), but I tried not to overdo it; that would make other people wishing to use some of this space unhappy.

I’m using Flickr for the first time in a long time, and you can see the SOAS photos starting here.

Next: Posters in the workplace, I guess. I already have one picture on file. Would you care to add one? Put a poster up at work and send it in!

Posted by Tim Ireland at October 13, 2008

Category: The War on Stupid

There’s no coming back from this.

42 days has been chucked out by the Lords for being, in the words of Baroness Mallalieu; “dangerous, wrong and completely and wholly unnecessary in practice”

Brown doesn’t have the time or support required to push back, so it’s over.


There may still be an entertaining hissy-fit from Rebekah Wade and she may even drag the Page 3 girl into it.

UPDATE – BBC – Ministers drop 42-day detention: Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has said that plans to extend terror detention to 42 days will be dropped from the Counter-Terrorism Bill. It follows a heavy defeat for the government in the House of Lords, which threw out the plan by 309 votes to 118. Ms Smith said instead the measure would be in a separate piece of legislation to be brought to Parliament if needed.

UPDATE – Dave Cross reports on the predicted (if somewhat muted) hissy fit.

Posted by Tim Ireland at October 13, 2008

Category: Gordon Brown

Yahoo gets hopes up.

I’m sure this got a few right-wing bloggers excited before they read the fine print. Not that any of them are desperate for an excuse to drink on a Monday afternoon or anything…

Posted by Tim Ireland at October 13, 2008

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

Since an encounter with the BNP at the start of his political career was rediscovered, Paul ‘Guido Fawkes’ Staines has gone to great (and yet disappointing) lengths to assure us that he is not a racist.

Those of us who originally wrote about Staines’ 1986 adventure a couple of years back didn’t regard this to be the central issue at the time, but Staines did. He is, after all, the type of person who will take any scrap of evidence and misrepresent its significance without hesitation… so hopefully you can see how his name being connected to the BNP would make him hypersensitive to the dangers of a ‘racist’ tag.

So what the hell is this about?

Paul ‘Guido’ Staines – Mandy’s Chinky Drinky Kidney Linky: Peter Mandelson drank Chinese milk 9 days before his kidney problems surfaced. He flamboyantly drunk a glass in front of the Chinese media to “show his support for the Chinese dairy industry” which has been hit child poisoning contamination disasters.

*Chinky?!* In this day and age? Really?

Oh well. At least it gives me an excuse to wheel out this excerpt from a Captain Hurricane strip that I found in the boys-annual archives last night. This, apparently, was acceptable entertainment for young boys in 1973:

(Yes, I am aware that this strip is about Japs, and not chinks, slopes or gooks. Like it makes a difference to some people.)

(Psst! A mistake like “He flamboyantly *drunk* a glass in front of the Chinese media…” is an easy one to make. If you happen to be drank at the time.)

UPDATE – The homophobia in that thread is tipping the scales a bit, too. Here’s a highlight featuring both racism and a certain assumption favoured by many homophobes:

45govt said:

I hope the Chinks didn’t let Barren Mandelsboy near any of the children – he might be on a scouting trip for his new group Gay Gordo and the Paedos*

*For booking gigs, call Enver Hodge, sole agent.

October 13, 2008 1:17 PM


1. Justin McKeating – Say ‘no’ to 42 days.: The House of Lords debates 42 days today and is expected to vote against it, but with the Prime Minister still insisting that he will push through the 42-day proposals, [Amnesty International] will keep on campaigning until it’s defeated once and for all.

Sign the petition. Pass it on.

2. AlertNet – 12 New Stomach-Turning Revelations About Sarah Palin: Palin has taken to smearing Obama. But it’s her own record that continues to yield alarming information, undermining her skills and credibility.

3. Web user makes his views known on the fine body work done by Import Image / iDesign in Walnut, CA. (Ta to Lawrence for the link.)

4. Telegraph – Alisher Usmanov to drop interest in Arsenal takeover: Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov has been advised not to go ahead with a takeover of the club and is reportedly ready to sell his shares.

(Psst! We were chatting at the table the other night when Usmanov’s name came up. The youngest griglet asked who he was, and a certain 10-year-old was heard to reply; “He’s Dad’s Russian arch-nemesis.” I was impressed by the correct and necessary use of a modifier more than anything.)

5. Birmingham: It’s Not Shit – Ten things we found out at the Tory Party Conference: …it became obvious that Nadine [Dorries] didn’t really like blogging (apart from the way that it got her comments straight to the diarists of newspapers), and didn’t really do it anyway – she emails the “blogs” that are part of her “online diary” to a guy who does her website…

Posted by Tim Ireland at October 13, 2008

Category: Photoshopping, Teh Interwebs

The Happy Poster mission to Godalming on Saturday was just as revealing/rewarding as the 2004 mission, but rather than filing a full report I am instead going to suggest that you admire this single image of a sun-dappled noticeboard, because this is what the afternoon felt like:

Next: Happiness comes to a London campus

Posted by Tim Ireland at October 13, 2008

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

The Tory Troll claims to have caught Paul ‘Guido’ Staines making anonymous comments and pretending to be someone else speaking in his favour.

How Staines reacts to the charge could be revealing; this is the same guy who has for years published a seemingly endless series of claims that he’s the victim of a party-political and/or government-funded sock-puppet squad without producing a shred of evidence to back it up.

Will he actually have the temerity to scream ‘conspiracy theorist’, or (just as likely) will he instead never return to this thread and forbid all mention of it on his website?

(In recent weeks, on Staines’ ‘Guido Fawkes’ site and on the site of Iain ‘liar’ Dale, these authors and their contributors have been imagining the direct input of Derek Draper behind any/all anonymous comments not 100% in their favour. Their only evidence? An article stating that that one day in the future Draper might be developing a ‘rapid response’ unit for weblogs, which was interpreted/presented by the right-wing shouties as an announcement of the immediate launch of a sock-puppeting squad…. presumably because a team of sock-puppeting gits making personal attacks is what passes for the rapid response unit in the funny world where Dale and Staines live.)

[Psst! Paul has yet to clarify which variety of bankrupt he is; former, recently-discharged, or what. Kind of important when he’s claiming to play the market (by short-selling, no less) and telling judges that he earns his money from “advertising”. Meanwhile, the MessageSpace paperwork appears to distance him from the money and any position of responsibility in that advertising network, and the family car (and almost everything else) is filed under the name of his wife and/or somebody else with the last name of ‘Staines’.]

UPDATE – You’re going to love my choice of bonfire fodder this year, I’m sure… but it’s not a local bit player like Dorries, Staines or Dale. Regardless, I have been known to recycle and repurpose cheap Halloween costume materials when building guys in the past, so this £1.99 vampire wig in a local supermarket caught my eye…

This, according to Tesco, is what a bloodsucking servant of evil looks like:

(Note – For newcomers, I should point out that the resemblance is merely uncanny. You would have to ravage the face with years of drug and alcohol abuse, then add a few pounds and some ‘city boy’ clothes that have seen better days to make it downright spooky.)

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