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I am choosing not to smoke.

November 30, 2010 1 comment

Yeah I read the book on “choosing to smoke”. Yes it is a great mind trick to buy a packet of cigarettes and walk around with the ability to choose whether to smoke or not and to firmly and strongly say no.

I’m choosing not to smoke because it is really bloody cold outside and I therefore can not be asked to go and get some cigarettes.

That emergency pack has been smoked. I’m choosing not to get cold. I have 72 hours to clear the nicotine addiction in the body and I’m 40 hours through that

Every time I have given up smoking I have lost any health benefit by adding about 50% to my weight. So if that carries on I will need a fireman to get me down he stairs and will look something like Larry Johnson writing NoQuarter.

LArry Johnson actingas Admin for NoQuarter

I will however be able to enjoy hassle free flights to the States as I’d be too big to fit in the nudey scan machines and the TSA will not want to grope me.

Don’t worry I won’t have a blog breakdown and insult a War Widow.

I may however spend the next night playing some version of call of duty just so I can play mass murder on-screen and not in real life as a result of nicotine withdrawal symptoms. I am scares that if I see my neighbour I may eat him and not in a way that he would find mutually enjoyable unless he is somehow related to these people.

One of the advantages of stopping smoking is that when you do stop for a prolonged period of time you get to enjoy nicotine highs and some very trippy dreams when or if you do start again.  Also when ever you pass a smoker your body goes all a flutter (and only the hypnotised or self deniers will tell you that the smell of that passive smoke makes you ill).

Anyway peeps wish me luck.

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Illegal Insurrection

November 30, 2010 1 comment

I really do not understand the idiocy of the right in America any more.  They actually terrify me because of their stupidity.

The reaction of American Conservatives to Wikileaks has been terrifyingly stupid. They either want the extermination of Julian Assange or in the case of Bible Spice, outright war with Europe. Bible Spice and the people that support her really do want open warfare with Europe because of wikileaks, like full on send in Predators with Hell Fire Missiles. Yay. Duck and Cover.

Seriously, this was Sarah Plains contribution to the Wikileaks debate

We all applaud the successful thwarting of the Christmas-Tree Bomber and hope our government continues to do all it can to keep us safe. However, the latest round of publications of leaked classified U.S. documents through the shady organization called Wikileaks raises serious questions about the Obama administration’s incompetent handling of this whole fiasco.

First and foremost, what steps were taken to stop Wikileaks director Julian Assange from distributing this highly sensitive classified material especially after he had already published material not once but twice in the previous months? Assange is not a “journalist,” any more than the “editor” of al Qaeda’s new English-language magazine Inspire is a “journalist.” He is an anti-American operative with blood on his hands. His past posting of classified documents revealed the identity of more than 100 Afghan sources to the Taliban. Why was he not pursued with the same urgency we pursue al Qaeda and Taliban leaders?

What if any diplomatic pressure was brought to bear on NATO, EU, and other allies to disrupt Wikileaks’ technical infrastructure? Did we use all the cyber tools at our disposal to permanently dismantle Wikileaks? Were individuals working for Wikileaks on these document leaks investigated? Shouldn’t they at least have had their financial assets frozen just as we do to individuals who provide material support for terrorist organizations?

Most importantly, serious questions must also be asked of the U.S. intelligence system. How was it possible that a 22-year-old Private First Class could get unrestricted access to so much highly sensitive information? And how was it possible that he could copy and distribute these files without anyone noticing that security was compromised?

The White House has now issued orders to federal departments and agencies asking them to take immediate steps to ensure that no more leaks like this happen again. It’s of course important that we do all we can to prevent similar massive document leaks in the future. But why did the White House not publish these orders after the first leak back in July? What explains this strange lack of urgency on their part?

We are at war. American soldiers are in Afghanistan fighting to protect our freedoms. They are serious about keeping America safe. It would be great if they could count on their government being equally serious about that vital task.

– Sarah Palin

When Liam Fox argued for the renewal of an independent nuclear deterrent, I bet he never expected that the Nation we would need to deter was a US governed by a wannabe Spice Girl.

The Human Rights Act: “Safe in Our Hands?”

November 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Now this is good news. Ken Clarke, the Justice Minister has confirmed that the UK will not be leaving he European Convention on Human Rights, which means that in any review of the Human Rights Act the ECHR will have to be a cornerstone of any Bill of Rights legislation proposed by the coalition.

In a reply to David Ruffley on the votes for prisoners issue, a poison chalice left by the last Labour Governent Clarke told the House of Commons

The coalition Government do not intend to withdraw from the European convention on human rights, which was imposed by the victorious British on the rest of Europe after the war in order to establish British values across the countries that were recovering from fascism and was drafted largely by Sir David Maxwell Fyfe, who put what he thought were the best principles of British justice into it.

The pledge to scrap the Human Rights Act and to replace it with a “Bill of Rights” was nothing more than Cameron pandering to the Daily Mail. The British Government is a signatory on the ECHR and therefore if cases were not handled by UK Courts they would be handled by Strasbourg (as they were before the passing of the Human Rights Act). The Conservatives, despite their claim for supporting the “Sovereignty of the United Kingdom” would have by dancing to the tune of the Daily Mail surrendered the sovereignty of the British Judiciary to Strasbourg.

The reaction of activists from the Conservative side of the coalition (if the blogosphere is actually representative of opinion) is predictable. The reaction on the left has been wrong (if the UK left blogistan is represented by Sunny Hundal). The coalition committed itself to reviewing the Human Rights Act and replacing it with a Bill of Rights. The fact that it will be built on the ECHR is a victory for common sense. The civil liberties agenda of the coalition does not make the cuts in public services any better but if implemented it will make the UK a freer, (if less fair) place to live. It also serves as a reminder why Neo-Con Labour had to leave the body-politic forever. It is telling quite telling that Ed Milliband recognises that as well.

The Ministry of Defence tries to D-Notice Wikileaks. Err what’s the point?

November 26, 2010 1 comment

Wikileaks has tweeted to say that The Ministry of Defence has issued Defence Advisory Notices to UK news outlets in an attempt to try and silence Wikileaks latest bombshell of information. Their next leak is to be the Communiqués between Diplomats and it is rumoured to include what Politicians on the World stage think of each other.

DA Noties (which were previously called D-Notices) are not legally enforceable but life can be made difficult for an Editor who refuses to comply with them. They are issued by the Defence, Press and Broadcasting Advisory Committee.

The last time a DA Notice was issued was in April 2009 after Bob Quick was stupid enough to leave his car with details of a terror raid on show as he arrived at No 10 Downing Street for a briefing. The briefing was picked by a photographer with a tele-photo lens and went round the World in minutes.

There are five standing DA-Notices:

* DA-Notice 01: Military Operations, Plans & Capabilities
* DA-Notice 02: Nuclear and Non-Nuclear Weapons and Equipment
* DA-Notice 03: Ciphers and Secure Communications
* DA-Notice 04: Sensitive Installations and Home Addresses
* DA-Notice 05: United Kingdom Security & Intelligence Special Services

DA-Notices are not subject to the Freedom of Information Act.

The Committee and the Government have a problem though. This  Committee seems to think our only new sources are the BBC, ITN and the UK newspapers. They forget about the Internet. I have easier access to the New York Times, or even Al-Jazeera than the Times of London. DA Notices are as irrelevant as the Committee.

All the MOD has done is remind tax-payers of a chunk of Government that is ripe for cuts. D-Notices and The the Defence, Press and Broadcasting Advisory Committee should be given their very own notice.

Colour me amazed. Climate Change deniers wrong again.

Former weatherman and climate change "expert" Anthony Watts

I used to go to Anthony Watts’ WordPress blog to read the diatribe and participate in the discussions. His blog, “Watts Up With That?,” is a conglomeration of reports and commentary about the ongoing climategate scandal. If features articles from “scientists” (notice the quotation marks [notice the parenthetical call to attention of the quotation marks]) the likes of Robert Ferguson , Dr. Frederick Seitz (who also was paid by big tobacco to deny its link to cancer) and Dr. Timothy Ball, an Exxon-paid hack. Not that Exxon , or other big oil companies, would have any financial interest in convincing the public that climate change isn’t real.
I say I used to visit the site, because I was moderated out of commenting when I correctly pointed out a few errors in logic and the funding sources of much of the research relied upon for Watts’ content.
So, it gives me great pleasure to direct you to this link:

Anthony Watts: Disastrously Wrong Again

Barbara Bush says “Just Say No” to Sarah Palin.

November 25, 2010 2 comments

Wow George HW Bush says he just does not get the Tea Party (nor does any one with a brain) and Barbara says exactly what the rest of the World says about Bible Spice, Sarah Palin is pretty but she should just stay in Alaska.

I agree, there is dumb and there is Sarah, the only Western politician who thinks that the US should side with North Korea.

 

ht Stupid Pumas

Dujan’s Daily Show Dream

November 20, 2010 11 comments

Does the stupid never end?

The cable show I was asked to do this week bumped me until December…which is better than being bumped with no future date set.

I understand the nature of the business, so depending on what’s in the news next month, this might not happen again either, but it looks like instead of being a panel of “gay conservatives” it would just be me in the future…one on one with the host, on a Comedy Central show that airs daily during the week.

It would be a lot of fun if it happened, and I think the host and I would be interesting television. He’d try to make fun of me as a gay conservative and I hope I’d get a jab in or two myself.

Seriously, he believes that he is going on either the Daily Show (or more fittingly the Colbert Report).He also has some fantasy that he could hold his own on the Daily Show? For a start they do a bit more digging when compared to so-called proper news companies  such as The Associated Press.  PUMAs also got off rather lightly the last time they were featured on the Daily Show.