This fixes some encoding issues I have while running under 1.9.2p290.. not sure if you want to merge it.
fix encoding issues
Instead of replicating this on every line, have you tried adding the "magic comment" to mark the file where all these packets are defined as utf-8?
add magic comment instead of changing the encodings
Heh. Apparently, it had to be just the other way round: since the strings are invalid utf-8, the files have to be declared ascii-8bit. That fixes it for me.