Twit-Watch UK – 9/01/2011

Inspired by @Chislehurst, this is the first TwitWatch UK post.. if all goes to plan and you like them, I will make them weekly all year ūüôā

Coalition raise VAT to 20% – Twitter plot’s to scupper the extra tax on biscuits by pledging to buy Jaffa Cakes instead of HobNobs..¬† mwa¬†ha ha..¬† (I had trouble finding Jaffa Cakes today, they were sold out in a lot of stores #TwitterWin )

1st Anniversary of the day a man made a stupid joke¬†¬†– A year ago this week, Paul Chambers sent the #TwitterJokeTrial¬†tweet, which led to a conviction and him losing his job.¬† Paul (with the help of fantastico¬†lawyer @JackOfKent aka David Allen Green) is taking the case to the High Court in a bid to clear his name.¬† To help Paul, please donate what you can to the Trial Fund or buy a fab T-Shirt or Mug ūüôā

I Am Spartacus!

Kenneth Tong, You’re SO Wrong..¬† This week also brought us the joy that is Kenneth Tong, a man with the plan to make all women a size Zero. I have NEVER been a size Zero in my life, certainly not going to try it now.. pass the Jaffa cakes..

RIPs РTwitter mourned the loss of Gerry Rafferty and Pete Posselthwaite this week and for an hour or so, that of Gabrielle Giffords, the US Senator who was critically injured (first thought of as dead) in a horrific shooting for which the Tea Party are seemingly responsible.. if only indirectly, which left 6 people including a nine-year old girl, dead.

Expenses Scandal MP Jailed Р On Friday, Labour MP  David Chaytor was rightfully imprisoned for 18 months over his £20,000 expenses fraud. This news was somewhat overshadowed by sordid revelations by my MP!

Hashtaggery – A silly hashtag #LameToFame gave us all a laugh this week, my contribution was the fact I have a pair of Johnny Vaughn’s discarded long-john’s.. long¬† john’s/long story.. !

Jaffa Cakes – In support of the splendid Jaffa Cake and inspired by¬†last week’s TV special #StarGazing presented by Professor Brian Cox, Humph revives the wonderful “Eclipse” advert…

Full Moon...

 

Half Moon....

 

Total Eclipse !!

“VII‚ÄĒA MAD TEA-PARTY”

I keep seeing tweets and headlines about a “Tea Party” in the USA, curiosity finally got the better of me today..

” The Tea Party is a political movement in the United States that emerged in 2009 through a series of locally and nationally coordinated protests.

The movement has no central leadership but is a loose affiliation of smaller local groups. The movement’s primary concerns include, but are not limited to, cutting back the size of government, lowering taxes, reducing wasteful spending, reducing the national debt and federal budget deficit, and adhering to the United States Constitution. Many of the movement’s members also speak out on a wide variety of other issues such as illegal immigration.

In 2010¬†¬†Tea Party endorsed candidates upset establishment Republicans in several primaries, such as Alaska, Delaware, Florida, Nevada and South Carolina, giving a new momentum to the conservative cause in the 2010 elections, and boosting Sarah Palin’s visibility.

In the fall 2010 elections, the New York Times has identified 129 Republican House candidates with significant Tea Party support, as well as 9 running for the Senate.” taken from Wikipedia.¬†

Recently the Tea Party produced posters comparing Barak Obama to Hitler..

Last week, following a vote of the Tea Party members, Sarah Palin was only voted into 2nd place as chosen figure-head, being ousted by rival Chris Christie. (wonder if he’s a Christian.. the Christian Chris Christie? )

The Tea Party Movement puts Ms Cushion in mind of our very own wackos Libertarians..¬† Last week, Sarah Palin made this¬†peculiar speech.¬† Thinking about Sarah Palin and “her” Tea Party Movement¬† reminded Ms Cushion of another wacky tea party..

“VII‚ÄĒA MAD TEA-PARTY”

Alice played by Sarah Palin

Mad Hatter played by Chris Christie

Dormouse played by Barak Obama

March Hare played by Ms Cushion

The table was a large one, but the three were all crowded together at one corner of it. “No room! No room!” they cried out when they saw Alice coming. “There’s plenty of room!” said Alice indignantly, and she sat down in a large arm-chair at one end of the table.

I’m glad they’ve begun asking riddles‚ÄĒI believe I can guess that,” she added aloud.

Do you mean that you think you can find out the answer to it?” said the March Hare.

Exactly so,” said Alice.

Then you should say what you mean,” the March Hare went on.

I do,” Alice hastily replied; “at least‚ÄĒat least I mean what I say‚ÄĒthat’s the same thing, you know.”

Alice gave a weary sigh. “I think you might do something better with the time,” she said, “than wasting it in asking riddles that have no answers.”

Take some more tea,” the March Hare said to Alice, very earnestly.

I’ve had nothing yet,” Alice replied in an offended tone, “so I can’t take more.”

You mean you can’t take less,” said the Hatter; “it’s very easy to take more than nothing.”

At this, Alice got up and walked off. The Dormouse fell asleep instantly and neither of the others took the least notice of her going, though she looked back once or twice; the last time she saw them, they were trying to put the Dormouse into the tea-pot.
 
At any rate, I’ll never go there again!” said Alice, as she picked her way through the wood. “It’s the stupidest tea-party I ever was at in all my life!”
 
Never was a truer word spoken” said The March Hare.

The Stupidest Tea Party?

Extracts from “Alice in Wonderland” written by Lewis Carroll.

** Latest news: Reality TV takes Palin into political wilderness

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