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Monday, October 31, 2005

The new élite

Jack Grant, of the centrist blog "Random Fate," is not a big fan of the Roger & Charlie Show.

Not a big fan at all.

In fact, he's quite irate:

the complete lack of communication for months before informing me there was a change in the business model and I was not one of the weblogs that “made the cut” does not exactly warm my heart towards your launch of the “New ‘Citizen Journalism’ News Service” given that you essentially shit on most of the citizen journalists (at least 230, given I received a congratulatory email for being weblog #300 to sign up and you only accepted 70…).

So, explain to me exactly how this new elite is different from the old elite?

Well, for one thing, the new élite seems to think they can build a new revolutionary infopinion empire on the strength of a little bitty ordinal indicator (a nice crisp €10 note says their logo will have a giant "th" on it).

If this is how Pajamas Media is treating their would-be content providers, how must their advertisers (whoever they are) be feeling right now?

We think Pajamas Media is doomed, for reasons we'll explore in another post. In the meantime, check out what this former PJM insider has to say. Wow.

Christian rioting erupts in Belfast

Remember that LGF headline from last month?

Neither do we.

Last month some Unionists rioted in Belfast. Some of them used petrol and blast bombs, resulting in injuries to 80 police. But Charles decided that the religious mayhem in Belfast simply wasn't worth covering.

As opposed to the recent riots in a predominantly Muslim suburb of Paris, which have garnered such LGF headlines as "Fourth Night of Muslim Riots in Paris."

Leaving aside the fact that the riots weren't in Paris at all (how would Charles like if it a riot in Watts were reported as being in El Segundo?), why would he choose to ignore the Belfast riots and focus instead on those other riots in Clichy?

(I think we all know the answer to that one.)

From neo-con tool to...Pajamas Media

Look who's slated to deliver the keynote speech at the Pajama Media launch party:

(hat tip SK)

LGF: context free content

Charles posts a picture of a sticker saying "Israel off the map now", and comments:

"Iranian 'president' Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s call for Israel to be 'wiped off the map' has struck a chord at Harvard. LGF reader JS emailed this photo of a sticker posted all over the place by a leftist group"
Interesting that CJ should be able to identify the sticker as being "posted all over the place by a leftist group" seeing as it does not bear the name of a group, website or anything else.

Is Charles simply assuming he knows who posted the sticker? Some explanation is in order, surely?

Sunday, October 30, 2005

All the world is football-shaped

At least that's the impression one gets from viewing RSS feeds from all the Pajamas Media bloggers in one place.

Of course, what will soon formerly have been PJ Media will have editors. But how will they pick 'n' choose among such a torrent of fantastically diverse opinions? Will they choose the articles at random, or will they be...

1, 2, 3, 4, 5 censors working overtime?

(With apologies to Andy Partridge)


Center-right blogger Mister Snitch has a few observations about the entity soon to be known as the thingie formerly known as Pajamas Media:

Glenn Reynolds has of late been complaining about 'cronyism' in the selection of Miers for the Supreme Court, but has no problem endlessly touting his buds for 'Pajamas Media'. Wired News has a short sketch on the PJ media site, which seems to have tapped just about every blogger to which Reynolds has been linking for the past year or two.
" 'It will be the best of mainstream media and best of blog media, side by side, sometimes fighting, sometimes agreeing,' said Roger Simon, a novelist and blogger who co-founded Pajamas Media."
No, it won't, Roger. It will be your and Reynolds' blogging buddies, similar in temperament (and profession) - some of whom aren't particularly good bloggers.

That's gotta hurt.

For me, but not for thee

Here's an addition to the "maybe Islamo-fascists aren't so bad after all" file.

The story in question concerns Saudi Arabia, which has sentenced a 14-year-old Egyptian murderer to death. Charles mentions this monstrous decision without editorializing, knowing full well that his lizards would do it for him.

And they have, by revisiting the case of Roper v. Simmons, in which a narrow majority of the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that executing criminals under 18 is unconstitutional. The ruling caused a collective aneurysm among the right-wing élite, as it was based in part on the overwhelming rejection, among civilized peoples, of the idea that the state-sponsored killing of adolescents is OK.

Charles didn't comment on the case at the time, but many of his future Pajamas Media colleagues did. Such as Pajamazoid Eugene Volokh, who "found Justice Scalia's powerful dissent pretty tough to refute as a matter of constitutional law."

Here's an excerpt from Scalia's dissent (emphasis in original):

The Court begins by noting that “Article 37 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, [1577 U. N. T. S. 3, 28 I. L. M. 1448, 1468–1470, entered into force Sept. 2, 1990], which every country in the world
has ratified save for the United States and Somalia, contains an express prohibition on capital punishment for crimes committed by juveniles under 18.” Ante, at 22 (emphasis added). The Court also discusses the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), December 19, 1966, 999 U. N. T. S. 175, ante, at 13, 22, which the Senate ratified only subject to a reservation that reads:

“The United States reserves the right, subject to its Constitutional restraints, to impose capital punishment on any person (other than a pregnant woman) duly convicted under existing or future laws permitting the imposition of capital punishment, including such punishment for crime committed by persons below eighteen years of age.” Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, International Covenant on Civil and
Political Rights, S. Exec. Rep. No. 102–23, (1992).

Unless the Court has added to its arsenal the power to join and ratify treaties on behalf of the United States, I cannot see how this evidence favors, rather than refutes, its position. That the Senate and the President—those actors our Constitution empowers to enter into treaties, see Art. II, §2—have declined to join and ratify treaties prohibiting execution of under-18 offenders can only suggest that our country has either not reached a national consensus on the question, or has reached a consensus contrary to what the Court announces. That the reservation to the ICCPR was made in 1992 does not suggest otherwise, since the reservation still remains in place today.

To paraphrase: "we should be able to execute kids if we want to, and if the rest of the world doesn't like it, tough shit." Translated into Farsi, that would fit right into a typical speech by Ahmad Ahmadinejad.

Oh, and speaking of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, one of the nations that has ratified it is Saudi Arabia -- and if it does execute that teenager, it will be in violation. No wonder Our Leader likes the Saudis so much -- their disdain for international law, not to mention international standards of civilized behavior, is second only to his own.

As for the lizards, they should make up their minds. Is is OK to execute minors, or isn't it? On this issue, there's no such thing as "nuance."


I went into the weeds again, this time at Little Green Footballs, and as expected, I found several "alternate reality" posts. I couldn't finish the thread about "Scooter" Libby's indictment but below is a fair sample of BushBot thinking, along with the needed corrections.

#5 mglazer 10/28/2005 12:48PM PDT
A political aide in Washington LIED TO

30 years in jail!

It is the Politics of Persecution
(POP) played out by the MSM

FITZGERALD: At the end of the day what appears is that Mr. Libby's story that he was at the tail end of a chain of phone calls, passing on from one reporter what he heard from another, was not true.
It was false. He was at the beginning of the chain of phone calls, the first official to disclose this information outside the government to a reporter. And then he lied about it afterwards, under oath and repeatedly.
This is a very serious matter and compromising national security information is a very serious matter. But the need to get to the bottom of what happened and whether national security was compromised by inadvertence, by recklessness, by maliciousness is extremely important. We need to know the truth. And anyone who would go into a grand jury and lie, obstruct and impede the investigation has committed a serious crime. LINK

#35 BulgarWheat 10/28/2005 01:01PM PDT
# 111 Drool.
Here we're wondering whether or not someone leaked a name
of a un-covert-CIA agent,....

#78 Model4 10/28/2005 01:19PM PDT
Odd, when I listen to the press cover this, they constantly talk as if a spy was outed.

Harlow, the former CIA spokesman, said in an interview yesterday that he testified last year before a grand jury about conversations he had with Novak at least three days before the column was published. He said he warned Novak, in the strongest terms he was permitted to use without revealing classified information, that Wilson's wife had not authorized the mission and that if he did write about it, her name should not be revealed.
Harlow said that after Novak's call, he checked Plame's status and confirmed that she was an undercover operative. He said he called Novak back to repeat that the story Novak had related to him was wrong and that Plame's name should not be used. But he did not tell Novak directly that she was undercover because that was classified. LINK

#146 goodbye_natalie 10/28/2005 01:56PM PDT
#11 drool,
I'm not sure how much the Ken Starr investigation cost, but
it wasn't as much as this one that didn't lead to anything

The Iran-Contra investigation cost $47.5 million. The Whitewater and other investigations cost $70 million. LINK After Independent Counsel Lawrence E. Walsh's appointment in December 1986, 14 persons were charged with criminal offenses. Eleven persons were convicted, but two convictions were overturned on appeal. Two persons were pardoned before trial and one case was dismissed when the Bush Administration declined to declassify information necessary for trial. On December 24, 1992, President Bush pardoned Caspar W. Weinberger, Duane R. Clarridge, Clair E. George, Elliott Abrams, Alan D. Fiers, Jr., and Robert C. McFarlane. LINK

#154 acwgusa 10/28/2005 02:01PM PDT
Besides, the Senate Impeaches, the House does the Conviction.

Article. I.

Section. 2.
Clause 5: The House of Representatives shall chuse their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.

Section. 3.
Clause 6: The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments.


Saturday, October 29, 2005


gudbI haryt mIez
u hd no jUdishl xpEriens
& nw u nvr wl

(from the great TFT)

The politicization of crime

In the brief blurb accompanying his post about the Libby indictments, Charles Johnson uses the phrase, "the criminalization of politics." This is pretty much what you'd expect from a partisan GOP hack -- which as Charles' defenders always insist he isn't.

The phrase "criminalization of politics" can be traced at least as far back as 1990, when the rabidly right-wing editorial page of the Wall Street Journal deployed it against Lawrence Walsh, the special prosecutor in the Iran-Contra scandal. It also popped up during the Clinton era, as in this Molly Ivins column from October 2000.

But now that the Prada loafer is firmly back on the other foot, it's the right-wing élite that's screaming bloody murder again. In April, the quondam House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, who was facing serious ethics charges, wrote a whining letter to his supporters which included the following:

Democrats have made clear that their only agenda is the politics of personal destruction and the criminalization of politics.

Now the phrase is routinely use by apologists for the White House, such as Bill Kristol and Bob Novak (!).

Along with Charles Johnson.

Because LGF is a Republican blog.

The sea! The sea!

Or, if you prefer, "Θαλαττα! Θαλαττα!"

That's the punchline of a bizarre recent MSM report about Pajamas Media. I meant to write about it yesterday, but I've happily discovered that TBogg has beaten me to it:

PajamAmway Media is going to cause a tectonic shift in the paradigm by thinking outside the box and creating synergy.

I think the previous sentence is what passes for their business plan.


Friday, October 28, 2005

Spin, spin, spin

A top aide to the vice president gets indicted by a grand jury for obstruction of justice, perjury and making false statements, and Charles Johnson of LGF fame has nothing to do but to moan about the "criminalization of politics". I mean, how dare they accuse a politician of doing something criminal? What kind of country do they think we live in? This is the USofA! Our politicians are all squeaky clean! Except that Clinton guy, he was a murdering, philandering, corrupt motherfucker. That's why we spent millions on a special prosecutor and attempts to impeach him for not living up to high Christian morality! But, you see, that's different from lying for *political* reasons. If your motivation is *political*, then you can lie, break laws, endanger secret service agents, because it's *political*, right...?

/Charles Johnson

Weapons of mass distraction

The right-wing élite is understandably reluctant to discuss today's events in Washington, D.C.

So here are some other suggestions for substitute news stories with copious opportunities for LGFian innuendo:

We're LGF Watch, and we're here to help.

Hey, little buddies!

Someone somewhere thinks y'all should see the emails I've been sending to a certain person in order to resolve a certain issue.

We here at LGFW aim to please. So, here they are.

The first one, in its entirety:

I have never spammed anyone.

I am not orchestrating a spam campaign against anyone.

I condemn in the strongest possible terms anyone who engages in such behavior, and especially if they attack me in the process.

If you have something to tell me, tell me to my face. And if you're going to accuse me of spam attacks, provide proof. Otherwise, please retract your slanderous allegations.

Thank you.

Pretty vicious stuff! No wonder my correspondent is mad at me.

Here's the second one, also in its entirety, but with certain names redacted out:
I have not been attacking [name withheld]. Where did you get that idea? Perhaps someone has been posting comments using my nickname. In that case, please provide the IP address of that person so I can prove to you that I'm not responsible.

Why are you so concerned about defending [name withheld] anyway? Can't he defend himself?

And when you say "our site," what are you talking about? You have yet to identify it. I have no idea which site you're talking about.

Finally, your threat of lawsuits would be funny if it weren't so pathetic. You need help. Have you considered therapy?

OK, that last bit was a cheap shot. But warranted under the circumstances, wouldn't you say?

And finally, despite entreaties not to respond, I composed and sent a third email, which went like this:
Once again: You haven't told me *which* site is allegedly being targeted by spammers who are allegedly "controlled" (ha!) by us. There are lots and lots of pro-LGF sites out there. I'm not a mind reader, so I couldn't possibly guess which site you're talking about.

If people are doing that in our name, they need to stop. LGF Watch does not tolerate or condone comment spamming. In the past, as you probably know, we've been the target of incredibly persistent and copious spam attacks -- so much so that we had to turn comments off.

Incidentally, I've never posted on, or even visited, Indymedia. Yet another claim you can't prove.

There you have it -- the entire email correspondence between me and the person who's falsely accusing the LGF Watch team of orchestrating spam attacks. And in accordance with this person's request in a fourth email he sent me, which I won't post* -- because isn't this all getting rather tiresome? -- I will not be emailing him any more.

* No, really, I won't. Though I will drop a few hints: the latest missive contains the following words: [redacted] (it rhymes with 'punt'); crap, slanders, hallucinated (oh, the irony!), semantical, and the utterly baffling maktopia. As well as the phrase "screw you and the pink elephant you rode in on."

The name game

As long as we're on the topic of anonymity, here's a list of Pajamas Media "top bloggers" who choose to remain partially or completely anonymous:

  • Iraq the Model

  • Gates of Vienna

  • Manolo's Shoe Blog

  • Martin Solomon (a pseudonym)

  • Pamela of Atlas Shrugs

  • The Daily Brief

  • Israellycool

  • Neo-Neocon

  • Grim's Hall

  • "Rusty" of The Jawa Report

We at LGF Watch begrudge no one their right to blog anonymously. We also recognize that some people have excellent reasons for doing so -- the brothers responsible for Iraq the Model, for example, whose lives would certainly be in danger if their identities were revealed. (Though it's unclear how well the inclusion of so many anonybloggers will serve PJ Media if it achieves its goal of becoming a major news source; an MSM story that begins, "An anonymous blogger reported today that..." lacks a certain je ne sais quoi. But I digress.)

If every blogger were suddenly forced to reveal his or her real identity, the blogosphere would be a very different place -- and not necessarily a better one.

We get mail

A seriously deranged LGFer, not content with fabricating allegations against us (in this case, that we are somehow responsible for a flood of comment spam on another site, which he refuses to identify), now wants to send us all to the poorhouse! (Identities have been obscured, but spelling and grammar are as in the original.)

"The attacks on [name withheld] are nothing but retaliatory strikes against his constant ridicule of your site which is packed with nothing but slanderous lies anyway. You know your little buddies are responsible, you just think I can't prove that. You just dont know.

Be pissed off that now Charles Johnson has names to attach to the law suits Im certain he will be filing against [the three of us] (haha, right).

I know where the attacks against [name withheld] on our site are coming from. By the time Im done all of you will be identified and named. When Charles settles out of court for all your lifetime earnings, along with all the money of all your little hallucinating buddies, I wont take a damn dime in reward.

Filthy trash like you and your little buddies are the bad side effect of free speech. Frothy headed crosstalk banter mimicking with all your might the conscious people who actually understand life and reality. You attack like you think your covert. Its a new world. You aint.

Oooh, scary.

When asked to identify the site that was allegedly victimized by the Vast LGF Watch Conspiracy, and to provide proof (in the form of IP addresses, for example), my correspondent replied as follows:

"You need to call your little buddies off. I dont know how it is that you cant see that? Judging by your work at lgf watch, an attachment to reality isnt one of your strong points. Go back to indymedia and work your weak mojo there. Out here in the real world honest folks have no need for shit stains like you.

And you can stop emailing me. Spend that time tugging the leash back on all your little buddies. Or dont. Thats all on you.

OK then. I don't honestly know who he means by "all my little buddies," but if anyone reading this is responsible for committing acts of mayhem on other sites: please don't. LGF Watch does not engage in, or condone, comment spam attacks. Anyone doing so in our name, or in the name of any of us individually, or by impersonating people who happen to be blogrolled on one of our other websites (and yes, this has happened), should stop right away.

Or else we'll sue you, and we'll kidnap your dog, and we'll sell your sister to an Omani sheik.

So there.

Merry Fitzmas!

On July 4, we repeated the following statement from Charles Johnson:

"Sorry to disappoint the moonbats, but if Rove did something wrong it will be covered here just like any other news."

Well, today's his big chance to prove that he's not merely a GOP shill after all.

Interestingly, Charles' definition of "any other news" did not include the Supreme Court nomination of Harriet Miers, which he did not mention one single time -- until yesterday, when she threw in the towel.

We suspect that the next nominee will be an ultraconservative judicial activist who will garner quite a lot of attention from Charles -- all of it favorable. But we'd love to be proven wrong.

Thursday, October 27, 2005


What do you get when you go up to people with a camera, give them a friendly look and say 'Smile'? Our friend LGF zombie gets friendly with the peace crowd and pulls off another deception.

Charles Johnson: certified idiot

Charles Johnson read about last weekend's riots in Birmingham on that well-known impartial news website, and without pausing to think he latches onto her claim that the "mainstream media ignored the story". Now we may have been watching other rolling news channels, listening to other radio stations, reading other websites and newspaper than Phillips, but we certainly didn't get the impression the MSM ignored the riots.

Neither did Google News: birmingham + riot = 507 results.

Oh well, chalk one up for stupidity, eh Charles?

'No shoot-to-kill policy' says Met chief

Eh? What is the Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Steve House on about?

Scotland Yard gave a robust defence of its tactics for dealing with suicide bombers, insisting its policy was not "shoot-to-kill" but "shoot-to-incapacitate".


"It may seem like semantics, but it is not. If you speak to anybody in central operations, they do not shoot-to-kill - they shoot to incapacitate people. The first action they take after firing a shot is to try to save the life of the person they have shot. There is no intention to kill people.
If shooting someone in the head seven times isn't shooting to kill I don't know what is. As for shooting once and then trying to save their lives, this is obviously a bald faced lie in the wake of the Jean Charles de Menezes incident. I hope he explained the policy in a far better way to the de Menezes family.

The New Iraq: Women's Rights

Ghali Hassan, writing for Counter Currents documents the erosion of women's rights in the new Iraq. It's a worrying and sobering read and yet again asks the question "What noble cause?"

Prior to the arrival of U.S. forces, Iraqi women were free to go wherever they wish and wear whatever they like. The 1970 Iraqi constitution, gave Iraqi women equity and liberty unmatched in the Muslim World. Since the U.S. invasion, Iraqi women’s rights have fallen to the lowest level in Iraq’s history. Under the new U.S.-crafted constitution, which will be put to referendum on the 15 October while the bloodbath mounts each day, women’s rights will be oppressed and the role of women in Iraqi society will be curtailed and relegated to the caring for “children and the elderly”.

Immediately after the invasion, the U.S. embarked on cultivating friendships with religious groups and clerics. The aim was the complete destruction of nationalist movements, including women’s rights movements, and replacing them with expatriate religious fanatics and criminals piggybacked from Iran, the U.S. and Britain. In the mean time the U.S. moved to liquidate any Iraqi opposition or dissent to the Occupation.


Since March 2003, Iraqi women have been brutally attacked, kidnapped and intimidated from participating in Iraqi society. The generation-old equality and liberty laws have been, replaced by Middle Ages laws that strip women of their rights and put them in the same oppressive life as women in Afghanistan, the nation which the U.S. invaded to “liberate” its oppressed women. The 1970 Iraqi constitution is not only the most progressive constitution in the Muslim World, but also the most equal. Iraqis were mentioned only as “citizens”, and Iraqi women’s rights were specifically protected.

In December 2003, the U.S.-appointed Iraqi Governing Council (IGC) – constituted mostly of the current puppet government – approved resolution 137, which will replace Iraq’s 1959 Personal Status Laws with religious law to be administered by conservative religious clerics from different religious groups with different interpretation of Islamic laws. The laws could affect women’s rights to education, employment, and freedom of movement, divorce, children custody and inheritance. The 55-member Constitutional Committee, who allegedly drafted – under the American radar – the new constitution, is only 17 per cent women. Like the January elections, the drafting of the constitution was undemocratic and lack public participation. Amid the escalation of violence, Iraqis are asked to vote on a constitution they do not understand. Many Iraqis believe “the new constitution weakens the state and strengthens religion within the government”, which can be used to suppress people’s rights and freedom in general and women’s rights in particular. Its main purpose is to legitimise the Occupation and the puppet government. Iraqis, women in particular do not need a constitution; they need peace and security.


The only hope left for Iraqis to gain their freedom and liberty is the immediate and full withdrawal of U.S. troops, and their collaborators from Iraq. The forming of an Iraqi government based on national unity and independence should provide laws that are legitimate and that guarantee human rights for all Iraqis.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Smart move, Charles

Charles Johnson is seething and whining about the brazen effrontery of those who wish to acknowledge the tragic fact that 2,000 U.S. servicemen and -women have died in Iraq. In fact, he's so upset about the MSM's refusal to ignore this fact that he's posted 13 articles about it already, including a truly revolting Cox & Forkum cartoon, with more sure to come.

The image of Basil Fawlty "not mentioning the war" comes inevitably to mind.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Lizards hatch a murderous plan

Our good friend SK has been lurking in the lizard den recently and sent us the following dispatch, along with the question: "what exactly is Charles hosting here? "Iron Fist" who has identified himself (on LGF) as Steve Johnson, a felon from Knoxville TN, has often posted threats of violence on LGF. Seems to be fine with Charles. But really, look at this, posted today: (and note that these people have had weapons and explosives "meetups" organized through LGF)."

A good point. Read on...

reaganite 10/24/2005 05:33PM PDT
#9 Iron Fist

But, hey, it's not "One Nation Under G-d". One Caliphate under Allah is perfectly acceptible to the Anti-Christ Liberation Union.
How can people be so stupid?

#15 Iron Fist 10/24/2005 05:34PM PDT
And, more seriously, you see which comes first if you read their pledge. America comes second.

I will grant them this: they beat the L³eft. I honestly don't believe that America enters into the equation where the L³eft swears their allegiance.

#27 Iron Fist 10/24/2005 05:42PM PDT
#14 reaganite,

Breathing is handled by the autonomic nervous system. No thinking required.


I really believe that they see exactly what they are dealing with. Both the Muslims and the L³eftists think that those on the other side are useful idiots to be disposed of once people like thee and me are out of the way.

It could work. But if it does, I expect the Muslims to win. The L³eft will have a happy-happy, joy-joy moment where they cheer the downfall of the United States, and the Islamofascists will kill them.

For myself, if they win, well, I'll be dead. I have no intention of dying just yet. When given the choice between my death and the death of my enemy, I'll take the latter.

There's a time and place for everything. I'm just scoping out the time and place.

#37 Havoc 10/24/2005 05:48PM PDT
#27 Iron Fist

Give me a call when you get situated.

I'm keeping a "little Black Book" of "friendlies", Cached supplies and amm_ er .... ah .... I mean stuff to trade for.. yeah that's it...

When Havoc Jr. #2 finally has his fill of the Big Apple and wants to wend his way home. Thinking of sending him his 16 guage, and his 7mm Remington Mag and a case of shells out around Christmas.

#56 Iron Fist 10/24/2005 06:07PM PDT
#37 Havoc,

I don't know if you've been told, but I'm going to be in your general neighborhood at Thanksgiving. We should talk.

Email me or call me.

At the end of the day, we the people are responsible for this Republic. If our elected representatives fall down on the job, we have no choice but to step up.

Beyond Abu Ghraib

Certain commentators may write off the 'torture' at Abu Ghraib as 'not serious' or 'similar to hazing' but how do they explain or justify murder? They don't. They won't. It doesn't warrant a mention.

At least 21 detainees who died while being held in U.S. custody in Iraq and Afghanistan were killed, many during or after interrogations, according to an analysis of Defense Department data by the American Civil Liberties Union.

The analysis, released Monday, looked at 44 deaths described in records obtained by the ACLU. Of those, the group characterized 21 as homicides, and said at least eight resulted from abusive techniques by military or intelligence officers, such as strangulation or "blunt force injuries," as noted in the autopsy reports.

The 44 deaths represent a partial group of the total number of prisoners who have died in U.S. custody overseas; more than 100 have died of natural and violent causes.

In one case, the report said, a detainee died after being smothered during interrogation by military intelligence officers in November 2003. In another case cited by the report, a prisoner died of asphyxiation and blunt force injuries after he was left standing, shackled to the top of a door frame, with a gag in his mouth.

One Afghan civilian, believed by the ACLU to be Abdul Wahid, died from "multiple blunt force injuries" in 2003 at a base in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, according to an autopsy report provided by the Defense Department.

Wahid, 28, was taken from his home by Afghan militia and accused of being a terrorist. The autopsy report said he died in American custody, though his father has blamed the militiamen.

The detailed list of prisoners whose deaths the report considered homicides includes two detainees who were beaten and died from "blunt force injuries" at the Bagram Airfield detention center in Afghanistan, according to the autopsies.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

A twofer

Here are a couple of excellent blog posts about the warniks' hysterical reaction to events being planned by the American Friends Service Committee (a.k.a. Quakers) to commemorate an impending milestone: the inevitable, tragic, and pointless death of the two-thousandth U.S. soldier in Iraq.


What's the evidence for calling the AFSC, a group made up of members and the families of members of the American armed forces, a group of phony pacifists? Are they phonies? Are they not really pacifists? Why? LGF has no real message - it's just a random, generic smear for the sake of a smear.

But what's truly nefarious is referring to a candelight vigil for 2,000 dead soldiers as a party. A party? I've read the entire AFSC website describing the event, and nowhere do I see mention of cake, balloons, pinning the tail on a donkey, silly hats, noisemakers, champagne, Spin the Bottle, 7 Minutes in Heaven, bobbing for apples, necking with the girl who answers the phones in the supply room, white elephant gifts, punch, keg beer, chicken wings, pizza or costumes.

In fact, there's no suggestions at all for what type of event people should hold in their communities. The group is simply suggesting that Americans get together to discuss the fact that 2,000 of their fellow citizens have died. That's it. To Little Green Footballs, that sounds like a good time. Like a party.

[Michelle Malkin] cites an LGF post claiming that anti-war activists are holding “parties” to mark the 2000th dead soldier killed in Iraq, to happen any day now. Malkin doesn’t interpret “parties” to mean a “gathering of people.” The way she writes, she’s interpreting “parties” to mean a bunch of drunken, boozed up idiots destroying the memories of our troops.

I was affiliated a while back with one of the groups that will be hosting a “party” in the near future. In fact, I received my invitation to this “party” in the mail today. The group hosting the Wilmington “party” is featured on the website of “event locations” that LGF cited in its post.

For those of you interested, below is the postcard I received in the mail this morning.

You'll have to click the link above to see the postcard. Sure doesn't look like a "party" to me. But then Charles and his anti-peace activists are accustomed to celebrating death in their own way, which is why it's so easy for them to project their own bloodthirsty fantasies onto others -- in this case, a group with a long and noble tradition of anti-violence.

Another watcher

We've just come across another 'watch' site that might interest some of you: CoulterWatch. As its title suggests, it's dedicated to dissecting the pensées of the shrieking Medusa known as Ann Coulter, who is a sort of life-size talking "Gestapo Barbie" doll for the basement-dwelling orange-keyboard crowd.

What's especially noteworthy about CoulterWatch is that it discusses her from a conservative perspective -- a Christian conservative perspective, no less. It's run by a guy called Daniel Borchers, who bills himself as a "principled conservative," which is not actually an oxymoron.

We won't be adding CoulterWatch to our blogroll -- not because it's a conservative site, but because the content thus far is (much like Coulter herself) quite thin, and, somewhat annoyingly, almost all in PDF form. And besides, there are plenty of other places to get your anti-Ann fix.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Blast from the past

As Charles Johnson appears hell-bent on achieving mainstream respectability, we thought it might be fun to remind his readers (and his Pajamas Media colleagues, and the advertisers they hope to attract), just how low he's capable of sinking when he's really inspired.

Let's start with this charming post from May 3, 2002, in which he evinces what appears to be anti-Catholic bias.

The post, in its entirety, reads as follows:

Reeling from pedophilia scandals, the Vatican has come up with a new way to improve the image of the Catholic Church.

It's accompanied by a photo of Yasser Arafat clasping the hand of a Catholic clergyman in a victory salute of some kind. The accompanying headline: "men of god" (this is back when Charles was still eschewing capital letters in his headlines, in some sort of misguided, half-assed attempt at hipness).

Charles Johnson seems to have utterly abandoned his animus toward Catholicism during the elevation of Pope Benedict XVI. It would be interesting to know why.

Rory speaks

Let's see how Charles spins Rory Carroll's account of his recent, and mercifully brief, abduction.

Without going too far out on a limb, I think it's safe to say that he and his lizards will studiously ignore this bit (that is, if they don't simply resort to repeating their claims that the entire incident was staged):

[A] moment I had dreaded since moving to Iraq nine months earlier had arrived: kidnap. A potential death sentence for Iraqi staff as well as the foreign correspondents who are the targets. Since hostages started having their heads sawn off we have all been obsessed by it.

Because, in The World According to Charles (hereinafter TWATC), "al-Guardian" is not supposed to acknowledge that some hostages in Iraq have had their heads sawn off.

And this bit:
The driver, stocky and stubbly, turned with a toothy grin and said "Tawhid al-Jihad". Otherwise known as Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's al-Qaida in Iraq, the beheaders of Ken Bigley.

Because, in TWATC, "al-Gardayan" is not supposed to acknowledge that al-Qaeda terrorists can be found in Iraq, and that they are vicious, murderous thugs.

And this one:
American helicopters buzzed overhead but however hard I visualised it, no Rangers came shimmying down on ropes.

Because, in TWATC, everyone at "al-Ghardiyan" hates America, and especially its military.

And this one:
The headcutters are Sunni extremists but Sadr City is Shia, a rival Islamic sect, and the fiefdom of the radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.

We had gone there to follow Saddam Hussein's trial on television at the home of a family persecuted by his regime. The kidnappers had learned of our presence and lain in wait.

Because, in TWATC, "al-Gardiyan" adores Sunni extremists and would never refer to them as "headcutters." Nor would it ever admit that Saddam Hussein had ever persecuted anyone.

And this one:
Cuffed again and back in the gloom, it occurred to me that the British government's official position was not to negotiate with terrorists. Fingers crossed for the Irish government.

Because, in TWATC, "al-Ghardayaan," being a tool of the Caliphate, would never acknowledge the idea that some EUrabian governments are so thoroughly dhimmified.

And this one:
Haji fetched an English-language version of What is Islam, a summary of the faith by the late ayatollah Muhammad Shirazi. He appeared not to have read up on 60 things forbidden by Islam, pages 38-41, which include a ban on imprisoning someone unjustly.

Because, in TWATC, "al-Ghardhiyian" would never point out that some Muslims are hypocrites who pick and choose the bits of the Q'u'r'a'n' they happen to like, and ignore the rest.

A practice that is remarkably similar to the way that Charles Johnson reports the news.

Friday, October 21, 2005

LGF rocks!!

No, really.

Fair and balanced

The best-laid plans...

I wrote this post earlier today and, being unable to post from work, emailed it to myself. Now I discover that Richard Silverstein of Tikun Olam had already posted an excellent article that makes the same basic point as mine, albeit from a different perspective. (See previous entry.)

However, since I hate to see all that hard work go to waste, here's my post anyway. Mine has pie charts!


On Tuesday, we noted an article in CNet:

Though the roster, which included Reynolds and Fox News, may at first glance seem weighted toward the conservative side, Simon insisted it would encompass viewpoints from across the political spectrum.

Sadly, No!*

The colors should require no elaboration. However, a “purple” category has been added in Figure 2 to encompass those Pajamazoids who are clearly not leftist but who have not fully partaken of the “anti-idiotarian” Kool-Aid®.

Naturally these opinions about the political orientation of other blogs are highly subjective (though I did look at each one, and my judgments are based on a quick scan of several recent posts and, most tellingly, their blogrolls). And I'm no big fan of the “red/blue” construct either, but we’re stuck with it.

Fans of the Roger & Charlie Show will respond by insisting that PJ Media is a worldwide operation, so the question of whether it reflects the political complexion of the U.S. is irrelevant. A ludicrous claim, since the list is heavily dominated by bloggers who are either American or U.S.-based** (or, most often, both), and we suspect that PajamaCorp, being a U.S. company, will be soliciting business mostly from U.S. advertisers.

Another possible objection is that Figure 2 above is nothing but a mirror image of the composition of the U.S. press corps, which is allegedly dominated by left-leaning scribblers and talking heads.

But here’s the thing. Real journalists have editors. And those editors have to answer to publishers. And it’s far from evident that U.S. editors and publishers have an institutionalized discernible left-wing bias. Certainly some of them do, but an overwhelming majority?

Sadl-- oh, wait, I've done that bit already.

To summarize: David Corn is going to have his work cut out for him if he wants to avoid becoming the “Alan Colmes” of the entity soon to be known as the thingie formerly known as Pajamas Media.

*Sadly, No! is a service mark of Sadly, No! G.m.b.H.

**In an exciting future episode of “Fun with Microsoft® Excel™ , we’ll be examining Charles Johnson’s claim to have recruited bloggers in “every corner of the planet" (FSVO “every corner of the planet" meaning the U.S., Australia, and a couple of places in Asia, but absolutely nowhere in Europe that we can tell. Or Africa, South America, or Antarctica either. But it’s early days yet).

Some background info on PJ Media

Richard Silverstein of Tikkun Olam has an interesting post about the political slant that is becoming obvious in the Pajamas Media editorial team.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

A sad day in Lizardopia

Guardian journalist Rory Carroll, who once wrote an article in which he described ordinary Iraqi Shia people happily voting in last January's election, has been freed.

Garbage in, garbage out

Yesterday Charles posted some horrifying survey results which show 37% of respondents to a Turkish poll favoring the death penalty for female adulterers.

In his own words:

In a new survey by a Turkish university, almost 40% said a woman who commits adultery deserves to be murdered.

However, a number of lizards proceeded to fact-check Charles' ass, by pointing out that the survey was conducted in Diyarbakir, a poor, conservative, devout -- and, incidentally, heavily Kurdish city (and aren't the Kurds officially our friends now?) -- and is thus not representative of Turkish public opinion as a whole.

This person said it a whole lot better:
#93 evaneinwindir 10/19/2005 11:17AM PDT

Yet another post regarding Turkey that is completely devoid of any context. Diyarbakir is the largest city in southeastern Turkey, and is largely Kurdish and conservative. To look at the views of a single university in Kurdistan as representative of the Turkish public opinion on the issue of honor killings is the same as conducting a poll on abortion at Liberty University and citing the results as representative of American public opinion.

It's obviously too much to expect Charles to issue a clarification of his typically disinformative little blurb, but the really unfortunate thing about what Charles does is his malign influence over so many others who can't be bothered to do their own research -- or, it seems, their own thinking, because they simply parroted the official Lizard Line, completely devoid of any context.

Here's one example.

And another.

And another.

And another (with special extra double bonus points for the headline, "Moderate Muslims?", which deftly combines two favorite LGF themes: the timeworn myth of the "myth of the 'moderate Muslim'", and the mystical power of the question mark as a sort of rhetorical "Get Out Of Jail Free" card)

This is what they think ought to replace the mainstream media.

Murder Fantasies

An Irish journalist has been kidnapped in Iraq, and while some lizards make a point of wishing for his safe return, others revert to type and call for his speedy execution. Below is a sample of comments, helpfully compiled by our friend SK:

#2 Fred Z 10/19/2005 03:38PM PDT

See, the MSM does so report good news out of Iraq.

#15 Nosubforvictory 10/19/2005 03:44PM PDT

Couldn't have happened to a nicer tool.

#20 ploome hineni 10/19/2005 03:47PM PDT

why don't I care?

#29 Maine's Michael 10/19/2005 03:50PM PDT

It might be salutory for the guardian staff to watch this guy have his sputtering head sawed off with a butterknife.

#43 trigger girlie 10/19/2005 04:00PM PDT

Ohh, how sad, let me take out my tiny thumb sized violin.
I hope they make him a foot (or a head) shorter.

#61 Pitiricus 10/19/2005 04:12PM PDT

Something about it couldn't happen to a more deserving chap comes to mind...

#62 JamesW 10/19/2005 04:12PM PDT

Wow. I've not felt this much schadenfrude since the elections! Gonna OD on irony!

#77 red satellite 10/19/2005 04:18PM PDT

With any luck, the journalist will be sporting a burqa by sundown. The muslim psycopaths will think he's a virgin.

Payback's a bitch....and in the case, you might become one.

#154 Iron Fist 10/19/2005 05:05PM PDT


[Dark, malevolent laughter]

Seeing as how he is on their side, maybe they'll give him an opportunity to earn his raisins.

Or at least use a sharp knife when they behead him ;-P

163 Londoner 10/19/2005 05:10PM PDT

I don't know about you guys, but I just can't get upset about a guy from a newspaper that's been supporting Hammas, Islamic Jihad and printing sympathetic articles on Islamism.

I guess it would be bad for this guy to get his head chopped and displayed on Al-Jazera. But considering how sympathetic his paper has been to the head choppers, it might bring home to the Guardian just what cultural differences we're talking about here.

#170 Iron Fist 10/19/2005 05:16PM PDT


The death of an enemy is, as Martha Stuart [sic!] says, a good thing. That it comes at the hands of the side he supports is a delicious irony. If, instead, this is staged, and he walks away to extol the virtues of his "kidnapers", well, here's hoping that a stray round puts an end to him.

202 Nosubforvictory 10/19/2005 05:41PM PDT

I hope they slice off his feces filled cranium. Do you really think his tone will change if he comes back alive? Or will he continue to work propaganda for the islamnazis? If he continues to assist the enemy it is that many more dead Iraqis and Americans. Its not personal. Its strickly business.

..and so on...

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

The enemy of our enemy

This is interesting:

Iran has sent a list of charges against the former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein to the Iraqi government, a day before his trial is to begin in Baghdad.

Iran says its indictment includes charges of genocide and the use of chemical weapons.

Saddam Hussein is to appear in court on charges related to the deaths of 143 people in the town of Dujail in 1982.

The former president and his seven co-defendants could face the death penalty if convicted.

A spokesman for the Iranian judiciary, Jamal Karimirad, said the petition of charges was filed through diplomatic channels to the Baghdad court where Saddam goes on trial on Wednesday.

The charges have not been fully revealed, but he said they were connected to the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war, which left more than one million dead.

"The invasion of Iran in 1980 was definitely one of the crimes committed by Saddam. We want the court to investigate the charges brought by Iranian people," Mr Karimirad told a press conference.

Poetry corner

So, the Nat’ralists observe, a Flea,
Hath smaller Fleas that on him prey,
And these have smaller Fleas to bite ‘em,
And so proceed ad infinitum.

-Jonathan Swift

Big time

Wow, Pajamas Media is bigger than we thought:

A group of bloggers including mainstream journalists from outlets such as CNBC, The Nation and The New York Times are banding together to strike a blow at established media and pick up some ad dollars in the process.

Operating initially as Pajamas Media--a play on criticism that bloggers are "just a bunch of guys in their pajamas"--the site will offer original content and links to affiliate sites written by more than 70 bloggers, as well as basic news feeds from sources like The Associated Press, said novelist and screenwriter Roger L. Simon, one of the founders.

Contributors include: CNBC's Larry Kudlow; U.S. News & World Report senior writer Michael Barone; Nation columnist David Corn; Glenn Reynolds of fame; New York Post columnist and Fox News contributor John Podhoretz; Adam Bellow, Random House editor and son of Nobel Prize-winner Saul Bellow; Clifford D. May, ex-New York Times editor and current president of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies think tank; Jane Hall, panelist of Fox News Watch; and co-founder Charles Johnson, author of the Little Green Footballs blog.

Let's see. What do CNBC, U.S. News & World Report, the New York Post, Fox News, and the New York Times have in common?

(Hint: it's an three-letter acronym, consisting of two M's surrounding a lonely S.)

But wait, there's more!
Though the roster, which included Reynolds and Fox News, may at first glance seem weighted toward the conservative side, Simon insisted it would encompass viewpoints from across the political spectrum.

"We believe that the power of the blogosphere can transcend the old-fashioned traditional left-right dichotomy in its search for truth," he said.

One suspects his idea of "transcending the old-fashioned left-right dichotomy" could involve something on the order of silencing non-rightist voices altogether -- hey presto, no more dichotomy! -- but we shall see.
"Our purpose is to garner advertising income by aggregation," he said, "but more importantly, to leverage blogs and raise their credibility higher than they are now." Unlike professional journalists, bloggers don't have to follow standard newsroom rules governing sources and bias.

"In some senses we will compete with mainstream media. News will be generated through blogs because we have bloggers in every corner of the planet," [Charles] Johnson said. "We'll have the fan base of a rock and roll band...(that can) give instant feedback on stories that you post. That's a valuable part of it, the community aspect."

But how will Charles' own "community" survive the transition? Without his devoted corps of yes-men and -women, LGF would be almost entirely valueless. But with them -- and who could imagine LGF without the lizardoids? -- he's saddled with a gigantic, putrescent albatross that could burst at any moment and shower him, and his cherished dreams of burying the hated MSM forever, with a torrent of toxic goo.

Whatever happens, it's bound to be interesting. And we'll be watching. That's what we do.

Monday, October 17, 2005


This ad has been running in several British newspapers for the past couple of weeks.


You can donate directly to the Guatemalan Red Cross here.


The IoS reported yesterday that those 'Iranian' bombs which have been used so successfully by Iraqi insurgents against British forces in Basra might actually have reached Hizbollah via Palestinian groups, who in turn got the knowledge from the IRA, who originally received training from...British anti-terrorism officers.

The mind boggles, but in an age where innocent Brazilians are executed at point blank on the Tube because they look a bit foreign, perhaps we shouldn't be surprised that British counter-terrorism has a dodgy history.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Breaking: Sanity spotted at LGF

Yes, you heard right. Sanity is breaking out all over, at least in the comments section to Charles' recent post about yesterday's constitutional referendum in Iraq.

Leading the way is commenter "Yanqui in Europe," whose comment at #59 reads as follows:

[O]n this question we *are* on the same side as the Muslims and the "people of color".

Unfortunately there are a number of LGF commenters who don't see this. Let's face it, there are a *lot* of anti-Islam comments here. If any of our Iraqi allies read some of the comments here, which paint Islam as an enemy ideology, talk about desecrating the Koran, etc. (or use nicks like "religion of bacon"!), I think they'd be more than a bit offended.

I hope more LGF readers will indeed realize that we *are* on the same side as the Iraqi Muslims, that virtually all of our allies there are Muslims, and that there are millions of Muslims -- not all of them Iraqis -- who hate the al-Qaeda-inspired terrorist groups just as much as we do, and who have suffered from their actions much more than we have (such as the thousands of Iraqis killed in bombings so far).

Why anyone reading this site would think we're at war with Islam is beyond me.

Let there never be another LGF comment claiming that all Muslims are terrorist sympathizers, that "moderate Muslims" don't exist, or anything else of the like.

Well, good luck with that. It's pretty clear to us that the myth of "the myth of the 'moderate Muslim'" will prove to be a fairly durable one.

As for the constitutional referendum, we shouldn't even have to say that the vote was a Good Thing. But apparently we do. So: the vote was a Good Thing. Whether the constitution itself, if approved, will also turn out to be a Good Thing (particularly where the rights of women and secular-minded Iraqis are concerned) is an open question.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Now we know

Now we know why LGF has all those disclaimers everywhere.

No kidding.

Why, it's even blurbed by über-"idiotarian" Kurt Vonnegut.

Sadly, Buzzell found it necessary to scrub his blog, or at least most of it, shortly after his superiors discovered it. So if you want to read all about his experiences in Iraq, you'll have to buy the book.

I think I just might.

Meanwhile, let's see how long that ad lasts at LGF. I can't imagine there's much of a market among the lizardoids for reading material described as unfit for people who "want to read a book that tells you everything is going fine in Iraq."

Another LGF myth demolished

Well, sort of.

Pakistan on Saturday welcomed an offer of earthquake assistance from Israel but said it would have to be channeled through the United Nations, the Red Cross or donated to a relief fund.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam said since Pakistan does not have diplomatic relations with Israel it could not receive aid directly from the Jewish state.

"We have established the president's relief fund and everyone is free to contribute to it. If Israel was to contribute, that's fine, we would accept it," Aslam told The Associated Press.

Earlier, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Mark Regev said Israel offered the aid through direct channels with Pakistan, and will decide Sunday what teams and equipment to dispatch to the disaster zone.

Israel was one of the first countries to offer aid to Pakistan, and several of the LGF Collective instantly leapt to the conclusion that Pakistan would categorically reject it. Like so much else that is purveyed by Charles Johnson and his saurian horde, this claim turns out to have been completely bogus.

A few good men

The U.S. Marine Corps is aggressively recruiting Americans who speak Arabic.

Barbara "Bobbie" Mercer got a letter from General W.E. Gaskin, the commanding general of Marine Corps recruiting.

It says: "Now is the time to put your unique language skills to the test as a member of the United States Marine Corps. Your command of the Arabic language will be invaluable..."

The letter came to the Mercer home on Capitol Hill late last month. It's a home where the password is peace and peace messages are on display.

"He wanted to recruit me for my skill in the Arabic language," she said. "I don't speak Arabic. I learned a little French but my accent is terrible."

The general thought she did. He urged Mercer to seize the opportunity to defend our nation and spread the message of freedom.

Her reaction: "Well, I just thought they were pretty desperate for wanting an 85-year-old."

Has Michael Brown been put in charge of USMC recruitment, or what?

And why are the Marines going after peace-loving little old ladies, when there are so very many peace-hating young men and women who are perfectly eligible to serve?

We are not alone

We here at the LGF Watch Editorial Board are not the only LGF watchers out there. We regularly discover, and occasionally post, items from other bloggers who are just as concerned as we are about what people like Charles Johnson are doing to the discourse.

Which brings us to an excellent post on a blog called "The S.N.A.F.U. Principle," about the tawdry P.R. stunt Our Leader pulled last week and the desperate desire of the LGF Borg to avoid facing the reality that it was, well, a tawdry P.R. stunt.

LGF is a wonder filled sugar coated world where they dramatically cover their eyes and shout "I can't see you! Can you see me?" and then proceed to prove their non-point by avoiding any pesky facts or physical reality ("I can't see you, that means I can't hear you!"), conveniently ignoring facts that contradict their narrow view ("What hands? I can't see any hands covering my eyes. It's too dark.") and generally offering diversionary logical fallacies ("You're a crazy Moonbat and as such you think that hands covering the eyes means we can't see you, but we see you with our minds!") which their dutiful readers swallow whole like starved chicks in a nest perched upon the craggy rocks of reality.

It is at its heart a site run by trolls, for trolls. And, it is rather extraordinary in that regard. It is always humbling visiting LGF and seeing the daily parade of proof that there is apparently no shortage of persons stupendously ignorant enough to willingly fill the ranks, undying in their allegience to ideology before reality.

Rather than deal with facts, they simply obscure the facts, or better, taint the facts with their own special home grown blend of Blame the MSM.

Which isn't a bad hobby all in all, media watching. It's near and dear to my heart as well. Thing is, more often than not, they get it wrong. It's almost always entirely intentional. I simply can't bring myself to think they are really entirely that stupid.

Okay. I can.

We couldn't have said it any better ourselves.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Become a Republican!

The only way to win! (via TFT)

Dean's list

Dean Esmay, who happens to be one of the Pajamas Media stable of respectable yet "raffish" bloggers,
makes some observations that Charles Johnson and the LGF Borg won't like one bit:

There is a belief in widespread circulation, mostly spread by conservative pundits and general hawks (Mark Steyn and the Little Green Footballs crew spring immediately to mind) that Islam is an inherently intolerant, slavery-oriented religion incompatible with democratic pluralism. The picture they paint is often of a dying West allowing the growing cancer of Islam to spread, with liberalism having weakened us to the point where we no recognize the threat or have the will to fight it.

If this picture is true, we should be seriously considering forbidding any muslims to immigrate, and looking with suspicion on all muslims within our borders.

It is, however, untrue. By objective, scientific measure.

He supports this thesis by delving into statistics that show no particular correlation between the quality of democracy in already-democratic nations, and the size of their Muslim populations.

All of which probably goes to explain why Esmay doesn't link to LGF in his blogroll, or vice versa. It also nicely illustrates the fact that our original assumptions about Pajamas Media were wrong: it isn't going to be an echo chamber for the radical regressives after all, although the list of "top bloggers" mentioned thus far does have a discernible right/"libertarian" tilt.

As ever, we'll simply have to wait and see how the diversity of opinion within the PJ Media Editorial Board plays out in practice. Another thing we're eagerly awaiting, as are many PJ Media affiliates, is the appearance of PJ Media blog ads, "testing" of which according to the announcements page was supposed to have started a couple of weeks ago. We haven't seen any sign of this yet, though to be honest we haven't been looking especially hard. Of course, we're also on tenterhooks waiting for the grand gala unveiling of PajamaCorp's new name in a little over a month.

Maybe by then they'll have figured out just what the online thingie soon to be known as the venture formerly known as PajamasMedia is for.

Is this news?

Or another scripted PR stunt?

Thursday, October 13, 2005

On the propaganda trail are following the 'good news from Iraq' bullshit trail.

Did you know that there are five police academies in Iraq that produce over 3,500 new officers every eight weeks? Well, if you're among the millions of recipients of that "Did You Know?" e-mail proliferating on the Internet, you "know" that "fact" along with a whole lot of other good-news items about Iraq – astonishing nuggets of information like "Did you know that there are 1,192,000 cell phone subscribers in Iraq?"

I'll refrain from making yet another place on the Web where the entire list is reproduced. There are plenty of those already. But you may wonder where the list is coming from.

The urban-legend trackers at have followed e-mails of this type back to mid-2003, not long after President Bush declared "major combat operations" in Iraq completed. They write, "The earliest known antecedent appears to be a Coalition Provisional Authority briefing given by L. Paul Bremer, the U.S. presidential envoy to Iraq, on 9 October 2003."

But the "Did You Know" e-mail itself provides no links or sources to support any of its assertions. As notes, it's impossible to attach a "truth value" to such lists, "because they typically contain a mixture of fact, opinion, subjective statements, inaccuracies, and literally true but often misleading claims."

As you already know – because you're reading – one look beyond your inbox shows that there's no shortage of documented facts about conditions in Iraq. Most of them, unfortunately, are pretty grim.

To cover one's eyes and pluck one example: The Oct. 9 edition of USA Today carried a story by Rick Jervis headlined "Iraq Rebuilding Slows as U.S. Money for Projects Dries Up." From the information in that single article (which ran in a publication not known for publishing radical peacenik propaganda), you can assemble your own "Did You Know" e-mail and forward it to all your friends and foes:

Did you know that half of all Iraqi households still don't have access to clean water?

Did you know that only 8 percent of Iraqi households outside Baghdad are connected to sewage networks?

Did you know that out of 81 water and sewage treatment projects planned as part of the reconstruction effort, 68 have been abandoned?

Did you know that the power in Baghdad is out for 14 hours a day?

Did you know that 330 reconstruction contractors, mostly Iraqis, have been killed?

Did you know that a quarter out of every dollar allocated for reconstruction is being spent on security instead?

Did you know that Iraq's oil production is lower than before the 2003 war, and 46 percent lower than before the 1991 Gulf War?

Did you know that nearly $100 million in U.S. taxpayer-funded reconstruction money for Iraq is unaccounted for? [This figure is far too low. Other estimates of missing funds range from $1 billion to $8.8 billion.]

Did you know that the unemployment/underemployment rate in Iraq stands at 50 percent?

Did you know that all 11 multinational firms working through the Iraqi Project and Contracting Office have "cost-plus" contracts, which guarantee that they will be paid all of their costs, no matter how high they go, plus a profit?

Did you know that expenses for construction of one water treatment plant under a "cost plus" contract have grown from $80 million to $200 million, with taxpayers, not the contractor, making up the difference?
Read it all.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Whatever happened to...James Yee?

Back when James Yee, the one-time Muslim chaplain of Camp Delta, was charged with espionage, Charles F Johnson was all over the story, holding it up as an example of the perfidious nature of Islam and its adherents, that they would dare to infiltrate an illegal US prison on foreign soil and say/write bad things about the place.

Well, a few years down the line it turns out Mr Yee has been cleared of the espionage allegations and given an honorable discharge from the army, and the story he has to tell about the whole affair is quite interesting (RealPlayer required).

Rats leaving a sinking ship

The Financial Times has an interesting piece documenting the 'phenomena' of more and more advocates of the Iraqi war changing their minds, expressing doubts and criticising the war in Iraq.

Even among the strongest advocates in Washington of the war in Iraq there is a sense of alarm these days, with harsh criticism directed particularly at the draft constitution, which they see as a betrayal of principles and a recipe for disintegration of the Iraqi state.

Expressions of concern among conservatives and former Iraqi exiles, seen also in the rising disillusionment of the American public, reflect a widening gap with the Bush administration and its claims of “incredible political progress” in Iraq.

Over the past week, two of Washington's most influential conservative think-tanks, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and the Heritage Foundation, held conferences on Iraq where the mood among speakers, including Iraqi officials, was decidedly sombre.

Kanan Makiya, an outspoken proponent of the war who is documenting the horrors of the Saddam regime in his Iraq Memory Foundation, opened the AEI meeting by admitting to many “dashed dreams”.

He said he and other opposition figures had seriously underestimated the powers of ethnic and sectarian self-interest, as well as the survivability of the “constantly morphing and flexible” Ba'ath party. He also blamed the Bush administration for poor planning and committing too few troops.

The proposed constitution, to be taken to a referendum on Saturday, was a “profoundly destabilising document” that could “deal a death blow” to Iraq, he said.

The constitution was a recipe for greater chaos, said Rend Rahim, a former exile who had been designated as Iraq's first postwar ambassador to the US. Unless revised, it would lead to such a devolution of power that the central government would barely exist, she said.

Qubad Talabani, Washington representative of the Kurdistan regional government, delivered a stinging indictment of the central government that echoed the growing divisions in the ruling alliance of Shia and Kurds.

Danielle Pletka, senior analyst at AEI and conference moderator, called the constitution deeply flawed, describing it as the result of political machinations between Iraqis and Americans. She said the process had been reduced to a benchmark for the exit of US troops.

With growing numbers of Americans wanting an early withdrawal from Iraq, Mrs Pletka's remarks reflect the concerns of conservative ideologues that the Bush administration will succumb to internal pressures and pull out prematurely.

Believe in Jesus, become a crony

George W. Bush, the President with a direct line to God, has revealed a major reason he hired Harriet Miers. She's a Christian.

President Bush said Wednesday his advisers were telling conservatives about Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers' religious beliefs because they are interested in her background and "part of Harriet Miers' life is her religion."

"People are interested to know why I picked Harriet Miers," Bush told reporters at the White House. "They want to know Harriet Miers' background. They want to know as much as they possibly can before they form opinions. And part of Harriet Miers' life is her religion."

Bush, speaking at the conclusion of an Oval Office meeting with visiting Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski, said that his advisers were reaching out to conservatives who oppose her nomination "just to explain the facts."

He spoke on a day in which conservative James Dobson, founder of Focus on Family, said he had discussed the nominee's religious views with presidential aide Karl Rove.
Beyond parody really isn't it?

Blogging Hurricane Stan

Here is a roundup of some of the blogging related to Hurricane Stan, which killed thousands in Central and North America:

Taken out and shot

Charles 'Laughing Boy' Johnson is at it again. Cherry picking that is. Something that his critics are always accused of when it comes to criticism of his sordid little hate site. This time he picks up on a letter to the editor of (yep that's right, a letter to the editor) and complains that someone said in a just world, Bush, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld, Cheney, Rice, Feith and their underlings would be taken out and shot. That really is terrible isn't it Charles. It's not as if you'd allow that in your comments section. If you have trouble remembering the shit that has passed for commentary from some of your more 'trusted' members of that big hearted brain trust you have going on. Check our archives, or better still scroll down this page to the post 'Feel The Love'.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

An Internet primer

For Charles, and other Web newbies, here is some basic information on the recent US-EU-RoW Internet control debate:

The EU does not intend to scrap Icann. It would continue in its current technical role.

Instead Europe is suggesting a way of allowing countries to express their position on internet issues, though the details on how this would happen are vague.

"We have no intention to regulate the internet," said Commissioner Reding, reassuring the US that the EU was not proposing setting up a new global body.

Rather she talked of a "model of cooperation", of an international forum to discuss the internet.


Monday, October 10, 2005

Feel the love

Courtesy of our regular reader SK, we bring you some Lizard quotes on the recent death of tens of thousands of people in South Asia:

#50 Leper 10/9/2005 04:48PM PDT

The Muslims just had a 7.8 Ramadan celebration from Mother Earth. Hopefully they'll have an 8.5 soon.
#54 whiterasta 10/9/2005 04:50PM PDT


Just being a member of the muslim death cult means one has diminished mental abilities.

I truly believe that islam is a manifestation of mental illness.
#19 Pitiricus 10/8/2005 02:37PM PDT

Sam I am:

this is why in this case I won't contribute a penny to relief efforts.

Or if I can only have it sent to India...

I won't help the ROP in any way I can!

And if this makes me a bad person, so be it!
#60 El Gringo 10/8/2005 04:13PM PDT

Casualties would have been fewer if we'd invaded their country and converted them all to Christianity.

71 trigger girlie 10/8/2005 06:16PM PDT

Let's see, how much money should I send to the people who want my country annihilated and my people dead?...Oh, wait, NONE!
Call me cold hearted, they are not getting my money. Unfortunately, I have to work with Pakis on a daily basis, and there's nothing good about them.

4 Gringo 10/8/2005 06:39PM PDT

Muslims! Hear me!
Your Allah sent Katrina to punish the our God has sent this earthquake, one of other diasters to come, as punishment for your interference with His believers!
You didn't learn with the tsunami, maybe you'll learn now...

#75 Jakester 10/8/2005 06:45PM PDT

couldn't have happened to a nicer bunch of folks
#77 alkmyst 10/8/2005 07:19PM PDT

I don't feel bad in the slightest for the girls in that school. I'm 100% sure they're in a better place now that they won't be raped and honor-killed. (possibly any more)

As for the paki soldiers:

Boo F'n hoo.

The good people of New Delhi and other non-islam parts of India are well-needing help, though, and I would be proud if Israel offered them even half as much as we're giving to the paleos.

#82 amyc 10/8/2005 08:03PM PDT

It's a terrible tragedy except for any girls who were saved undergoing the savagery of FGM, and then being married off to some bastard who would basically rape her every time he felt the urge for the rest of her life.

Read enough? Well, thankfully some people at LGF have seen the light now too:
#116 Claudius 10/9/2005 10:41AM PDT

You guys are disgusting.

/probably never coming back here again

Synagogue attacked and vandalised

This is a terrible story. Now if this attack had been committed by Muslims, Charles Johnson would be all over this like bad cologne. Unfortunately for Charles, a golden opportunity to spread his unique brand of Islamophobia has been dashed by the revelation that the culprits of this senseless, violent and disgusting attack were Jewish.

AN orthodox Jewish synagogue in Stamford Hill has been attacked and vandalised - not by anti-semetic thugs, but by fellow Jews who regard its leaders' outspoken condemnation of Israel as a betrayal.


Windows at the synagogue in Alkham Road were smashed after bottles were hurled at them last Thursday evening and the front of the building was covered with red spray paint.

The synagogue belongs to Neturei Karta, an ultra-orthodox sect opposed to the Zionist political movement that established the state of Israel as a national homeland for Jews.

Quote of the week

A great comment in the Hitchens Watch comments.

Yeah, the LGF'ers get a little...testy if you express any opinion that differs from or opposes theirs. If they call you an anti-semite, it pretty much means you've nailed it. I'm guessing that some/all of you are in the British Isles...and all I can say is, if you have mouth-breathing numbskulls like this over there, just thank your lucky stars they aren't as heavily armed as ours.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Spread the word

Just over 24 hours since a massive earthquake brought death and destruction to South Asia, Charles 'one post is all they deserve' Johnson has moved on to more important world events, such as "Another Checkpoint Knife Attack Averted"

Ah well, some people are beyond help. However, others are not, and we at LGFWatch urge you to give what you can to your local Red Cross/Red Crescent organisation, who will undoubtedly be doing something to help the victims of Earthquake Charles and Hurricane Stan.

Failing funds, you can always help spread the word about these human tragedies by linking to:


One of the fundamental responsibilities of any information provider, whether it's a wire service, a TV news network, a small-town newspaper, or a weblog, is deciding which stories to cover, and to what extent. Most news organizations follow the time-worn maxim, "if it bleeds, it leads," because lurid tales of death and destruction help to sell papers and ads. Those who criticize the "MSM" for focusing on such stories at the expense of more substantive but less "sexy" items have a point, but such criticism is almost inevitably issued through an ideological filter -- and for every right-wing cause célèbre that is allegedly ignored by the "MSM" (and it's striking how often such claims turn out to be wildly exaggerated, if not completely false), there is a glaring failure to report on ruling-class skulduggery.

Most bloggers are amateurs (and please remember the etymology of that word!) which means that they are not subject to the requirements of the market. But now, as we all know, there are people who want to change that. They envision an marketplace of ideas in which bloggers -- unfiltered, non-fact-checked, unapologetically biased bloggers -- are co-equal with the "MSM" that currently provides most of their material. In short, they want to take blogs, or at least a carefully selected subset of them, to the next level -- whatever that is (and there's some evidence that they're not really sure). But to do this, they will, to put it bluntly, have to grow up. A blog like LGF, which mostly consists of news items that are carefully selected to perpetuate a single notion (in Charles' case, the notion that all Muslims are murderous savages who want us all dead), and that are usually served up with a piping-hot side order of snarling innuendo, might be fun to read, but those who use it and/or its many ideological clones as their primary or only source of information about the Middle East, or the world in general, are -- to put it mildly -- missing a lot.

Which brings us to a natural disaster that has, over the past few days, resulted in a larger death toll than Hurricane Katrina, but has been receiving quite sparse coverage. Charles has yet to mention it at all (nor, to be fair, did we, until now). I'm referring, of course, to Hurricane Stan, which, according to some reports, may have killed 1,400 people in one Guatemalan village alone, and several hundred others elsewhere. By contrast, the total death toll from Hurricane Katrina currently stands at around 1,200.

There are, of course, some perfectly understandable reasons why the MSM and bloggers alike devoted so much more coverage to Katrina, and even to Hurricane Rita, which was a comparatively minor event, than (so far) to Stan. LGF is an American blog, and Katrina and Rita affected many of Charles' readers directly; he probably doesn't have very many acolytes in Central America. Perhaps "compassion fatigue" is also responsible; it has, after all, been an exceptionally active year for natural disasters.

But to us, the differing media responses to Stan and Katrina are symptomatic of a deeper malaise: an apparent belief that some human lives are worth more than others. According to the cruel calculus practiced by Charles and so many of his fellow-travelers, an innocent Iraqi life snuffed out by suicide bombers is worth infinitely less than that of a similarly martyred Israeli. A Palestinian boy shot by Israeli soldiers is not worth mentioning at all. And neither, apparently, are the hundreds and hundreds of destitute foreigners whose lives ended under piles of mud and debris in Guatemala last week.

And lest you contemplate flinging similar accusations against this site, let me just say this: LGFWatch isn't trying to change the world. But Charles Johnson is. And that's why we do what we do.

(Information on targeted relief donation efforts for victims of Hurricane Stan will be provided as soon as we find it.)

Earthquake in South Asia

Over 20,000 people are feared dead in an earthquake that hit parts of Paskistan, India and Afghanistan on Saturday morning. As yet the full extent of the damage is unknown, but as communication is restored to rural areas it is expected the destruction will turn out to be massive. Like with Hurricane Katrina, now is the time for the world to act and send what help it can to those affected. Unlike with Katrina, it probably won't.

Leading the pack of those who don't really care about 20,000 backward Muslims dying is a certain Mr C Johnson of California, USA. So far, he has posted ONE item about the quake. It will be interesting to compare and contrast his reaction to Katrina and to the earthquake over the coming days.

Perhaps people would pay more attention to earthquakes if they had names, just like hurricanes do. I put forward a suggestion for Saturday's tremblor: let's call it Charles.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

God told me to do it

Hoist with his own petard

Oh, Arnold. How could it come to this?

A California physician launched an effort to gather a million signatures to force a recall vote on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who came to office two years ago following an unprecedented recall.

Kenneth Matsumura announced the campaign prior to submitting a petition to California's Secretary of State, who oversees elections.

"People are desperate, they're suffering, and I think the governor's going to have to listen," he told reporters, saying Schwarzenegger has hurt the poor and students.

"The task at first seemed daunting but in the last week the number of hits to our Web site at '' has been really overwhelming."

Back in the day, Charles and most of his lizards enthusiastically applauded the turfing-out of Democratic Governor Gray Davis -- which, to their deluded minds, was nothing less than a "tectonic shift" marking the beginning of the end of Democratic dominance in California. Now that Schwarzenegger's approval ratings are even lower than those of Our Leader, will Charles (a) ignore the situation; (b) leap to his defense; or (c) haughtily denounce the entire recall process as a perversion of democracy?

He'll most likely select option (a), unless the petition drive succeeds, in which case he'll rapidly switch to plan (d): namely, blaming Arnold's potential downfall on nefarious conspiracy theories involving the eeevil MSM (especially the L.A. Times), the unions, MEChA, and Jesse Jackson, which will provide a nice counterpoint to the quite plausible allegations involving the demise of Gray Davis, whose popularity was fatally wounded by an energy crisis orchestrated by companies with ties to Schwarzenegger himself.

It's far too early to speculate on the outcome of Dr. Matsumura's efforts, but if Schwarzenegger does end up following his predecessor into political oblivion, we will gleefully repeat the words of LGF commenter andreaSF (#45), who, on Election Night 2003, remarked:
The citizens of California have finally gotten up on their hind legs and said ENOUGH! And as the state of CA goes, so does the nation.

On to 2006!

Friday, October 07, 2005

Cheer up, Charles

If the LGF thing or the JammieCorp thing don't work out quite as well as you had planned, you could just get a job.

I come not to praise Charles Johnson but to pity him

Picked this up from Sadly No, it hits the nail on the head. This is what's going on at LGF. This is 'astoundingly', 'outrageously', 'unbelievably' good. (snigger)

Charles Johnson is not a very good blogger. People dont visit his site to read his witty or insightful comments about current events because um....well he has none. He has no analytical ability to speak of.If he had any he would have used it by now. He cuts and pastes large swathes of other peoples creative work and then adds superlatives like 'astoundingly', 'outrageously', 'unbelievably' etc.

(TunnelvisionChuckie has no insightful comments, but his inciteful comments he sells wholesale, Heh)

His large traffic comes from LGFers revisiting the forum to see if anyone has replied to their latest inane comment post about banging Michael Moores head in with a cluestick or grotesque Rachel Corrie and Cindy Sheehan jokes.

Its a slow motion chatroom with a single topic. If it were available on Yahoo! it would be the 'anti-Muslim' room. (Invitation only of course)..

His descent into wingnuttery is lasting so long because he hangs around with complete strangers who are hysterical, naive outcasts who encourage that mindset.
Comment by i come not to praise charles johnson but to pity him

Breaking: Charles Johnson is a ninny

Quoth Charles:

Breaking: Progressive Community Laughs at Terror Threat

Quoth CNN:
New York's busy Penn Station returned to normal on Friday after a rush-hour false alarm caused by a suspicious substance found in a soda bottle near Amtrak's ticket counter, authorities said.

The scare came a day after authorities warned of a possible terror threat against the city's subway system.

Police closed the station's main entrance and about half of Amtrak's main platform near the place where the bottle was found.

New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly later said the whole incident "appears to be a prank" and the liquid was "a Drano-type substance," referring to the household drain cleaner.

A Coke® bottle with Drāno in it.


The betrayal of nutjob, wingut Americans by Charles Johnson

Charles amazingly posted this picture on his open thread. This is obviously crescent. A symbol of Islam. It's a betrayal of all those right-wing nutjobs that post on his site. It insults the memory of all wingnuts before him, even those who died in the crusades. We also suspect that that odd shaped tree represents a star and points towards Mecca. Shame on you Charles.

Bush Confused About The Real Enemies of America

A Beginners Mind Blog takes up the story of that 'major' speech.

Now, I am utterly flabbergasted that the leader of our country would use a ridiculous propaganda term like "Islamo-fascist" (popularized by the happy-go-lucky racist nutjobs at LGF) in a speech to the American public. The term shows a complete lack of understanding about both Islam and fascism, things with which Bush really ought to be more familiar.

Perhaps the President had better take a closer look at some of the real, closer-to-home radicals opposing the American way of life and the ideology they espouse.