LGF 2013: The State of the Swamp

As disgusting people, right wing loons and basketcases, obsessed freaks, weirdos,  nutjobs, lunatics, and obsessive obnoxious abusive sick deranged creepy psycho stalkers, it is only natural that we should take a moment to reflect on the year that was and assess the State of the Swamp 2013.

5 Consecutive Years of Double-Digit Decline
2013allyearsLowest Comment Activity in 11 Years2013allyearsFewest Number of Front Page Posts Ever2013postcountKings (and Queens) of the Swamp

  • Gus scores a three-peat, though for the first time he had a serious challenger
  • It took only 10 individuals to post 34% of the comments (down from 51 in 2007)
  • Charles is now one of the top 10 commenters on his own blog

2013top10Stay obsessed you deranged freaks and have a psychotic 2014.

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106 Comments on “LGF 2013: The State of the Swamp”

  1. Octopus says:

    His appeal is becoming more selective.

  2. d says:

    Wow. I tell ya the shrinkage is bad. What’s Chunky’s excuse? He was in the pool?

  3. Octopus says:

    Thanks, Obama! 🙂

  4. ISTE says:

    Graphs!

  5. Octopus says:

    Okay, so A&E is apparently chagrined that their monster-hit show about wacky duck hunters has come to represent and define their brand. They’re a bunch of liberal proggies, it seems, and they were hoping to get America laughing AT the Robertsons, instead of with them. Well, the best-laid plans, as the saying goes, often get all fucked up along the way.

    So, I see tonight as I’m clicking around that the programming wizards up in the A&E management offices have been cooking up a new show, one that will surely have America clucking their tongues and looking snidely down their noses at Stupid Redneck Americans. What a concept they’ve embraced this time!

    I’m so in. When are they going to start doing some publicity tours? I wouldn’t mind a ride-along, either. 🙂

  6. Octopus says:

    ISTE :
    Graphs!

    …built this goddam blog.

  7. Octopus says:

    Don’t forget the geometric logic.

  8. ISTE says:

    Bunk X :
    Do men in Parts of Rural America Face Worsening Mortality Rates, too?

    I was going to ask that.

    Is it a woman thing or a general thing?

    I do know that where I live if I dial 911 and yell “I just accidentally sawed my hand off and blood is squirting everywhere” then it will be at least 20 minutes before help gets to me. Can I squirt for 20 minutes?…

    Also what reasons for the womens mortality have worsened?

  9. ISTE says:

    LMAO!

    It is supposed to be a high of -10F on Monday here so today I turned up the heat to 75F in the house so we would have some thermal inertia when it got cold. It is normally set to 64F

    Well… the place is now swarmed with flies and beetles and other unidentifiable multi legged monsters. They think spring is here!

  10. Pakimon says:

    penis penis penis lol … in da sky

    http://tinyurl.com/mjq5mpt

  11. Pakimon says:

    Looks like Alouette aka Viscous Douche-ka made a serious run at unseating Gus_802 aka Garage Boy from atop the LGF scrotum pole in 2013.

    Will 2014 be the year that she becomes Queen of The Bog?

    Place your bets, people! 😆

  12. Pakimon says:

    Other than 2013, when was the last time Chunkles made the “Top 10 Commenters” list at The Bog?

    The exertion of farting out so many “intellectual brown notes” at LGF and Twitter must be taking a toll on The Chunkster.

    The mana powering his Magical Jazzy Pony-Tail must be getting pretty low by now. 😆

    • Apollodorus V says:

      Other than 2013, when was the last time Chunkles made the “Top 10 Commenters” list at The Bog?

      Never:

      2005: 260th
      2006: 265th
      2007:   45th
      2008:   23rd
      2009:   11th
      2010:   35th
      2011:   32nd
      2012:   19th
      2013:     9th

      One can’t help but notice the correlation between CJ’s increased comment activity starting in 2007, and the subsequent implosion of the place. This is one of those rare cases when correlation does imply causation.

  13. rightymouse says:

    Ride the decline!! 😆

  14. Doppel milyo says:

    at this rate of decline, the IPCC predicts Charles will have 11 million comments/year by 2030

    /the science is settled

  15. trebob says:

    Most telling statistic to me: 1 out 3 comments are made by the same ten people.

    Echo chamber indeed.

    • Barry Soetoro, esq says:

      and 11% are by only 2 people

      They are the two loudest turds in the echochamber pot

      _barry

  16. windbag says:

    Well, you have to admire him for sticking to his business plan……….okay, you don’t have to admire him, but mocking and laughing at him is optional.

  17. Pakimon says:

    I think someone just pegged the Butthurt Meter. 😆

  18. Pakimon says:

    Complaining about MSNBC is one way to make a certain corpulent ponytailed blogger become peevish.

    Very peevish. 😆

  19. Pakimon says:

    There’s a cure for this, y’know.

    Get a job so you don’t have to live in someone’s garage.

    • rightymouse says:

      I thought he had an architecture job. What happened? 🙄

      • rightymouse says:

        BTW, do architects have to be certified? One of my step-sons has a Masters in Civil Engineering but he had to pass a special test to get a stamp/seal for drawings. I would think that architects have something similar.

      • Because says:

        Depending on the state, but yeah. If you’re going to be selling your services to the public, you need to pass an exam and get a stamp.

        There are a few lowlife architects and engineers without licences, but they belong in a gulag somewhere.

      • rightymouse says:

        If Gus has a stamp/seal, there should be no reason for being out of work. In the engineering world, the stamps are golden. I can’t imagine it being any different for an architect.

      • Pakimon says:

        I vaguely recall that subject coming in a thread here a long time ago.

        If I remember correctly, the BRC posted some comments of Gus whining at The Bog about not being able to get a job and one of the Bog sycophants asked him if he was certified as an architect and after some hemming and hawing, Gus admitted that while he had “training” as an architect, he wasn’t actually certified.

        Much mocking ensued here seasoned with snarky comments about Legos and Erector sets. 😆

  20. Pakimon says:

    A little Gus and Chunky mocking has brought me out of my funk over the Eagles losing in that heartbreaker last night. 😀

    • Abu bin Draftpick says:

      Sorry to see your team lose. OTOH, I loved watching Andy Reid’s Chiefs wet the bed. Never liked Reid. Felt sorry about his family but found a way to dislike his teams.

      • Pakimon says:

        Thanks Abu, I appreciate that.

        The Eagles are a young team and with some shoring up of the defense and a few tweaks on offense, they’ll be making runs deeper into the playoffs in the coming years (hopefully).

        As far as Andy Reid goes, watching the Chieves yesterday brought on horrific flashbacks of Eagles playoff debacles under his regime.

        The poor guy couldn’t “clock manage” to save his life. *sigh*

  21. Barry Soetoro, esq says:

    Hmm.
    Charles’ blog numbers look a lot like my poll numbers. I smell a conspiracy of Brothers Koch

    -Barry

  22. poteen2 says:

    rightymouse :
    BTW, do architects have to be certified? One of my step-sons has a Masters in Civil Engineering but he had to pass a special test to get a stamp/seal for drawings. I would think that architects have something similar.

    The state, like any criminal extortion organization, requires it’s vigorish.

    • rightymouse says:

      How else are they going to afford their boondoggles??

    • Minnow says:

      You could look at it that way, or you could look at it as the State setting minimum standards of experience so that idiots like Gus aren’t out designing buildings that will fall down and kill people.

      Of all the things government does and shouldn’t be involved in, I am glad they regulate this aspect of things.

      • rightymouse says:

        I remember him saying that the test was really hard.

      • I would imagine that is what building codes and inspectors are for. Brilliant, careful engineering means nothing if not assembled to specs, if I’m not mistaken.

      • poteen2 says:

        City engineers and inspectors are usually people who failed or got tired of trying to run their own gig. Went for job security. Often as not, ‘plan checking’ is done by outside firms under contract. Gus lives under the porch because sketches on cocktail napkins don’t qualify him for either.

      • Because says:

        That’s why we also license and bond contractors separately. It’s got to be designed right, and it’s also got to be built right. And the contractor doesn’t get away with failing to conform to codes just because the A/E inadvertently allowed it.

      • Minnow says:

        I knew a guy who was educated as an architect in ______. His education and qualifications were not adequate to let him call himself an architect in the US. All he could do is whine and bitch about the “system”.

        I have also worked at an engineering firm comprised of (approx.) 35 immigrants from all over the world and (approx.) 10 Americans. Every one of those immigrants were smart as whips and did whatever needed to qualify here. There was no complaining. Very talented people. One of the most fun jobs I have ever had.

        Talent….. you either have it or you don’t. (Hi Gus!!)

  23. poteen2 says:

    Because :
    That’s why we also license and bond contractors separately. It’s got to be designed right, and it’s also got to be built right. And the contractor doesn’t get away with failing to conform to codes just because the A/E inadvertently allowed it.

    Don’t be too confident in either. Contractors always want to save a buck. Many don’t know where to save it safely.
    From planning to building codes to environmental rules to recycling plans, the whole process has become a clusterfuck in a minefield of special interests and incompetents.
    Nothing I built 30 years ago could pass code today,,,, but it’s all still plumb, level and in no danger of coming down.
    –And today’s costs are in no danger of coming down–

  24. OLT's Been In The Business Since 1985 says:

    Re: engineering “licenses” (in most of the US this is known as Professional Engineer, PE):

    If you work for a corporation (as I do), the corporation takes liability for your designs. Most corporations therefore require that you are a DEGREED engineer, but not necessarily a STATE-LICENSED* engineer (PE).

    In my job, the PE is worth $0/year. However, up the road at Exxon/Mobil I would not be employable without it.

    I used to have this discussion once a week with a supervisor who just could not/would not understand the law in Texas. That only lasted six months before I took a different spot in the company, so I feel better now, LOL. Unfortunately, he left, went back for his PhD, and now teaches his stoopid in another state. Good luck, everybody else!

    OTOH, if I wanted to hang my shingle out and start my own business, I would damned well need the PE. This did have the effect in the 1800s of cutting back on deaths and destruction from self-styled engineers.

    * PE differs from state to state and it used to be that reciprocity was EXTREMELY limited. In that respect it’s like gun control laws, LOL.

    • Minnow says:

      NOTE: I know plenty of P.E.s who do nothing but fire blanks…… 😉

      • OLT's Been In The Business Since 1985 says:

        It’s not hard to find that, or the inverse (a non-degreed person with no chance of getting a PE who is a fantastic designer).

        I won’t name names, but there was (is, maybe, I don’t know) a gentleman at NASA-JSC who was instrumental in the space program for years with respect to crew equipment but had no degree and couldn’t be hired for his function by NASA. So he worked for a contracting company (at NASA’s SPECIFIC direction) so his design work could be accepted.

      • Minnow says:

        Couldn’t agree more. I know a handful of fabricators who I don’t even need to make drawings for. They are so astute, it blows me away. I can be describing some detail that most people couldn’t comprehend even if seen on a drawing. These guys build it exactly right. Every single time.

      • rightymouse says:

        Gus must suck if he can’t get a job or hold on to one.

      • Because says:

        Not true about the non-degreed. It’s a bigger hill to climb, but non-degreed can get a P.E. But that means passing a test that washes out half the degreed takers.

        If you can do that, you’re ahead of a lot of college know-it-all hippies.

  25. Octopus says:

    http://www.weather.com/weather/tomorrow/Novi+MI+48374:4:US

    They’re saying -17 tomorrow night, for a low. I’m tempted to wake up for that, just so I can see what that feels like. Maybe make the wife and kid have a contest, see who can stay outside the longest in their jammies. Yes!

    • Pakimon says:

      Do it, Octo!

      I’ve been there and let me tell you, it’s “bracing” and “invigorating”.

      It’ll be a cherished memory and your family will never let you forget it. 😀

      • Octopus says:

        They already said, “No.” 😦

        I might have to go out by myself, or take my dog George out for a stroll. First, I’ll read “To Build A Fire” by Jack London to him, to get him stoked. He’s always stoked, but even more so. 🙂

      • Pakimon says:

        Your family said no?

        Maybe they would change their minds if they were “properly incentivised”.

        How you would go about doing that, I’ve got nothing but all the same, I’m just trying to be “Mr. Helper”. 😆 😀

      • Octopus says:

        There is no incentivising this duo, meaning my wife and youngest daughter, whose holiday break has just been lengthened at least one “snow day.” They are nearly the same person, and they stand firm against my crazier ideas. Now, my older daughter in New York is like me, and willing to take risks with her health for the sake of novelty. On the other hand, she’s not a morning person, so she’d probably nix this one.

        That means it’s me and you, George. Two against Teh Warmening! George says, “Hi, psycho-stalkers!” 🙂

  26. Octopus says:

    Speaking of architects and crazy people (hi, Garage Boy), I have a colleague whose brother was an architect in the ’80’s, before his schizophrenia got too bad for him to work regularly. He became convinced that a school auditorium he had designed was going to collapse and kill all the elementary school kids. No amount of discussion could completely clear his mind on this matter. It was really sad. Almost as sad as Gus’s predickymint.

    • Because NTTAWWT says:

      Most architects I know are teh ghey. Something to do with an artist trapped inside of an engineer’s skull or vice-versa or something.

      • rightymouse says:

        Come to think of it, the only architect I know is flaming. 🙂
        He used to be a Republican and then acquired a boyfriend who was not. Like a dutiful lass, he changed to please boyfriend.

      • poteen2 says:

        Residential building today;

        Architect meets with client and shows them beautifully drawn concepts.

        Client chooses, architect turns drawings over to engineer saying “Make it work”. Engineer says “WTF” are you thinking?

        Engineer adds beams, ties, footings and hardware so project looks almost like the drawing and won’t fall down in a month.

        Good contractor gets set of plans for bid. Makes 132 inquiries to architect and engineer asking “WTF are you thinking?” or “How am I gonna get THAT in THERE without a tower crane?”

        Good contractor submits bid to client. Client asks “Why so much? My cousin’s guy says it should cost half that.”
        Cousin’s guy gets job.

        4 months later client calls contractor for bid to “Finish job”.

        WTF are you thinking?

      • gizbot7 says:

        Good contractor submits bid to client. Client asks “Why so much? My cousin’s guy says it should cost half that.”
        Cousin’s guy gets job.

        4 months later client calls contractor for bid to “Finish job”.

        LOL. The hubby runs his own contracting company and that is so true it’s sad.

  27. rightymouse says:

    Get an effing job!!!!!

    • poteen2 says:

      You gotta admire the twitwarrior in one respect.
      Most homeless shelters and urban junkie campgrounds have heat or some accommodation for a degree of warmth. Most don’t have free WiFi.
      Frostbite in service to the cause?

    • Octopus says:

      Go to the nearest Salvation Army Center, or wherever they take in bums where you live, if Sis won’t let you have the juice for a space heater in the garage. Can’t really blame her, since you already set the place on fire by smoking and dropping ashes on a pile of newspapers and oily rags (your clothes).

      Is a job really completely out of the question? Just think about it, man. We don’t need an answer today. Just sometime in the next year or five.

  28. ChenZhen says:

    What is the first graph showing? Is it commenting levels relative to 2008?

    • poteen2 says:

      I noticed Charlie clears bottom comments every other day now. Red numbers must bother him.

    • Apollodorus V says:

      Yup. Blue is the comment count relative to 2008, Red is the year-over-year loss. I recycled that one from last year’s SOTS in slightly modified form.

      Now updated for improved clarity.

  29. OLT's Been In The Business Since 1985 says:

    Because :
    Not true about the non-degreed. It’s a bigger hill to climb, but non-degreed can get a P.E. But that means passing a test that washes out half the degreed takers.
    If you can do that, you’re ahead of a lot of college know-it-all hippies.

    It’s completely, absolutely true in Texas.

    http://engineers.texas.gov/lic_faq.htm

    Been down this road a thousand times. You have to go state by effing state.

    • Minnow says:

      Washington is like Texas apparently. I happen to know the last person (ie. non-degreed guy) that the State let take the P.E. test under “grandfathered” rules. That is, his experience (he claimed) qualified him to take the test.

      And, wouldn’t you know it!? He is one of the crappiest engineers I know!!

      Gee – amazing!

      • Because says:

        I know for a fact that non-degreed engineers can take the P.E. in WA, because I’ve known a few. However. You still have to show engineering experience, get personal recommendations, etc. Not an easy row to hoe.

        And then you have to pass the test that half the degreed guys flunk.

  30. Pakimon says:

    Where is this knucklehead tweeting from? Is he huddled in someone’s yard stealing their Wi-Fi? 😆

  31. iSpeakJive says:

    An architect can’t design himself a warm shelter? Seriously? If I was freezing to death, I could construct out of plywood scrap and black paint, and stuff from habitat for humanity, a warm cozy hogan. For about $200.
    Frank Lloyd Wright, this guy AIN’T.

    • Pakimon says:

      I’m desperately fighting the urge to post YouTube videos of Lego houses collapsing along with lots of pithy snark directed at Gus.

  32. Pakimon says:

    Chunky tweeted this link last night.

    Where’s the “ICYMI”? I was expecting an Earth shattering “ICYMI” ! 😆

  33. Pakimon says:

    Chunky finally weighs in, oblivious to the irony.

    I can’t even… 😆

  34. Octopus says:

    Sorry that shitty song posted twice — I didn’t know it would do that.

  35. trebob says:

    Not a word on the CAGW angle or who the “passengers” were or why they were on a cruise to the south pole.

    How strange they wouldn’t include that.

    • Abu Bwahahahahahahah says:

      Well it is summer in Antarctica. Likely they were swimmers training for the winter Olympics.

  36. Octopus says:

    Things have really gone to Hell at the swamp. Something a bit more suitable than XTC is in order. 😈

  37. Pakimon says:

    TRANSLATION: I’m trying to get this urine soaked, outdated and decrepit old smartphone that I found in a dumpster behind the Burger King to work. 😆

  38. ChenZhen says:

    Interesting about the number of front page posts going down so much over the last few years. Truly thinning content. What’s worse is that is seems a very high % of what does get posted is just meaningless videos and “promoted” pages from what’s left of the lizards. If we could somehow quantify the # of actual Johnson-authored current event or topic relevant articles I think it’d be even bleaker.

    Either the twitter theatre is too much of a distraction or he’s decided to mail it in and ride the lizards for content going forward. Maybe a bit of both.

    In any case, he’s still asking for your money, so…

    • Apollodorus V says:

      I actually started tabulating the posts by author numbers, but decided to publish what I had ready. I’ll could throw together a SOTS addendum with some other stats that didn’t make it into this post. Suggestions welcome.

      • ChenZhen says:

        we like addendums

        we like stats

        I don’t suppose we’ve got numbers to crunch for the LGF Pages, do we? Author participation (as in, the number of authors) appears to be dwindling there too, just at a glance.

  39. Abu Bwahahahahahahah says:

    Green Bay chokes!

    The ghays aren’t gonna like this. Not at all.
    http://weaselzippers.us/?p=166673

    • poteen2 says:

      And so begins the seven month darkness. I blame basketball. Anyone over 6’6″ is a racist.

      • Octopus says:

        Hey, spring training’s less than two months away. In the meantime, get into hockey. 🙂

      • OLT's As Bad As "Lacrosse" says:

        Yeah, nothing racist about white guys with sticks chasing a black “puck” for a “slapshot”.