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Monday, October 19, 2009

Testing... testing...

Out of curiosity, I clicked one of the links to the LGF RSS feed above -- and it worked. No more redirect to the IDF homepage! (Note to new LGF Watch watchers: almost since the very beginning of LGF Watch, Charles has been redirecting all links from this site to the homepage of the Israel Defense Force -- or else to an oh-so-amusing graphic reading "I Is An Idiot" or similarly witty verbiage.)

Here's a link to the LGF front page, and here's a link to a specific article.

Are they working for you? Let us know.

WARNING: If you do decide to test the links, be aware that Charles can and does follow and ban the IP addresses of those who visit his site from certain locations. You have been warned.

Thursday, October 15, 2009


It may interest you to know that it has been more or less exactly six years since LGF Watch started watching LGF.

Here's what was going on back in October 2003:

Too bad there's no such thing as time travel (despite what some of the CERN boffins have been saying), because a conversation between today's Charles Johnson and his 2003 self would be something to behold.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Little Green Stalkers

Charles Johnson has recently posted a selection of ugly and hateful comments from Hot Air:

(Link: )

Here’s our latest installment of a new recurring feature — the most disgusting comments recently posted at Hot Air, and not deleted or even disapproved of by the “moderators.” There’s an endless stream of this kind of hate speech at Hot Air, and I don’t expect we’ll run out of material very soon. (Thanks to the LGF readers who helped point out today’s batch of ugliness.)

(...) [Comment quotes with links]

Let’s not forget the hundreds of comments previously posted, calling Michelle Obama a “wookie.” (It’s a sleazy way to call Michelle Obama an “ape,” without actually using that word.)

And of course, the comments I pointed out yesterday, calling me a “child molester,” are still posted and those commenters have not been blocked.

Stay classy, Hot Air!

Let's see.. Quoting hateful and racist comments written on another website, then pointing out that they don't get deleted or merit any sort of reprimand from moderators, in order to show what kind of trashy cesspool of hate this site is. And according to him, it's just one installment of a recurring feature. Wait.. HOLY CRAP ON A STICK, Charles is becoming one of us now!

Aahh, screw it. Welcome to stalkerdom, Charles! :)

(Or at least, welcome to the spot where we were standing against you and your blog for.. I don't know, several years on end?)

Friday, October 09, 2009


Interesting that Congressmen Sam Johnson (TX 03) Ralph Hall (TX 04), State Rep Jerry Madden (Texas District 67) and Collin County Judge Keith Self would choose to invite Racist, Birther and all-round-loon Pamela Geller to headline a fund-raiser for them. Presumably, they encourage and endorse this kind of "discourse":

"So why not tell the truth about Obama and his reported strange sexual predilections? My question is, it is well known that Obama allegedly was involved with a crack whore in his youth. Very seedy stuff. Why aren’t they pursuing that story? Find the ho, give her a show!"

GELLER: "Barack Hussein Obama Jr Malcolm X Barack Hussein Obama Sr. Barack Hussein Obama Sr., Tom Mboya, and Philip Ochieng, all share common physical features of the Kenyan Luo tribe: Modest stature under six feet, round faces, small chins, wide set eyes, slanted back foreheads, and retracted hairlines…none of these features are shared by Malcolm X and Barack Hussein Obama Jr."

And Representative JODIE LAUBENBUERG (TX DIST 89) and Representative KEN PAXTON (TX DIST 70) will no doubt CHEER, as members of the PATRIOTIC HOST COMMITTEE when Ms Geller demonstrates modern Patriotism, as practiced by the GOP:

"Why isn’t CNN pursuing the nude pornographic photos of Obama’s mom…I never ran the pics, as it was unseemly and wasn’t relevant. But this assault on Palin is too disgusting. It’s time to tell the ugly truth about the enemy in the White House and his whores in the media."

Pamela Geller then "runs" alleged nude pictures of Obama's deceased mother on her cesspool blog. We will not link.

We look forward to pictures of Pammy and the Collin County Republicans. And if the local Dems don't move on this one, they should find something else to do.

Steve Kelso.
(Note: I haven't been doing much "watching" of CJ these days, since, astonishingly, he's recovering from his 9/11 Stress Syndrome. Pamela Geller, on the other hand, is a real phenomena and seems to embody the essence of rabid tribalism, racism, carnivorous sexuality and batshit craziness that seems to stir the turgid loins of Right Wing Loons and Wingnut Texans).

To V & other fellow bloggers here: maybe we should consider widening our brief, perhaps changing or adding to the blog name since Charles Johnson is slowly trudging back into the light. email discussion?


It's been a while since we looked in at Dennis the Peasant's place, which is why we missed this post from a couple of weeks ago in which he discusses Charles Johnson's mental state and tries to make sense of the Great LGF Switcheroo.

He is, needless to say, not impressed:

When I met Charles, back in 2004, he was fiftyish and driving a somewhat battered Hyundai. According to Raj [Roger Simon, the head honcho of Pajamas Media -ed.], he'd been cleaned out in recent divorce and didn't have much more than that Hyundai, his computer and his bike. That's got to be a tough thing to take at fifty. It is probably fair to say that Little Green Footballs and the blogosphere were about the only things Charles had going for him. Which is, quite frankly, somewhat sad.

Sad, and dangerous.

Dangerous because it gave Charles Johnson, middle-aged mediocrity, the out he needed when it came to dealing with the fact that he was just another average guy. It's something that the vast majority of us have to deal with at some point in our lives. We spend our first forty or so years believing that we are indeed special, that we can indeed do anything we want to (if only we work hard for it). It's what's been drilled into us since birth. And then, one day, we wake up and realize that we aren't special. We cannot do whatever we put minds to. We discover we are mediocre. We are average.


And herein lies the seeds of Charles Johnson's self-destruction: He is not a leader. He's an average guy.

I'd be the last person to claim I know Charles Johnson well. I spent parts of two days around the man back in 2004. But, brief as it was, my contact with him allowed me to size him up in certain respects. What those two days told me, more than anything, was that Charles Johnson was not a leader of men. His bearing did not catch the eye or command respect. Had he been more than average, he might have been able to leverage his Rathergate and LGF success. But as it turned out, cable TV gave him some time and found him wanting. Pajamas Media provided another opportunity, which, if my sources are to be believed, he wasted by playing the disenchanted loner (rather than being a leader).

More important than anything Charles did or did not do, though, was the fact that between 2004 and 2007 we collectively came to understand both the power and the limitations of the political blogosphere. In the heady days of 2003-2004, it was assumed that site traffic conferred, in and of itself, real power to the blogger. That has now been disproved. What we've learned is that it is what the blogger does that confers power. Charles Johnson gained famed not because of his inherent worth as an individual, but because - for one moment in time (Rathergate) - he managed to produce a set of facts that had a material impact on political events. Once Charles stopped producing those sort of facts, his fame (and influence) receeded.

Puzzled commenters often wonder what exactly this blog is for, now that (it appears) Charles Johnson largely agrees with us politically. But that begs the question: what exactly is LGF itself for anymore?

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Zombie Banned?

As much as it pains us to link to the loathsome troglodytes (apologies in advance to trogs everywhere for the insult) of the LGF2 ilk, we do so now in the interest of documenting yet another big twist in the ongoing CJ Vs. The World soap opera.

The fun begins around comment #176.

Cliff Notes version: it appears that Charles' longtime faithful doppelgänger Zombie has severed his/her* ties with LGF, or vice versa, or both, or something.

*The spurned LGFers appear to believe that Zombie is a female, but since he/she has yet to "out" him-/herself, his/her gender remains a mystery unto him-/herself. At least for now.

(h/t to commenter Southside Suarez)