Stinky Beaumont and Alexa

Stinky Beaumont

Yep, that’s “Stinky Beaumont” with his banning stick circa 1862. Meanwhile there’ve been some folks here axing for graphs, so we plugged some pertinent info into Alexa only to find that their stuff is now a mess.

Alexa Blog Stats

No way no how is Charles Johnson’s Little Green Rumpswabs close to 100K over that span. Alexa‘s got some splainin’ to do.

Aside from the  Alexis Y-Axis Error, Pamela Geller and Jim Hoft are kicking ass on Charles Johnson, and they’ve got a lot to kick.

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The Ruse and Fail of Little Green Footballs: Part IV – The Flounces

This is Part 4 of a monograph about a blog named Little Green Footballs and its founder Charles Foster Johnson. Click the links below for related posts. They will be updated as the series continues.
Prologue
Part 1 – Overview
Part 2 – The Ascendance of Charles Johnson and LGF
Part 3 – The Bannings
Part 4 – The Flounces
Part 5 – The Turnaround
Part 6 – Current Events & The Future Of LGF

Bonus track: Revisiting Rathergate

PART 4 – THE FLOUNCES

In contrast to The Bannings, there were many who saw the writing on the wall at Little Green Footballs. Rather than wait for Charles Johnson’s own sock puppet “Stinky Beaumont” to fetch the banning stick, they decided to leave voluntarily. Most just walked away quietly, but there were many who wanted to have one last word before they left. These comments were referred to as “flounces.”

The record of “flounces” is sparse, as once a member of Little Green Footballs announced that he/she was leaving, Johnson would delete the comment, often within seconds, depriving other lizards and the public from reading the complaint. Once a lizard “flounced” he/she was no longer welcome, and was mocked by the remaining hive of LGF supporters. No matter how popular or prolific the “flouncer” had been at LGF, he/she was instantly demonized and smeared as someone who shouldn’t have been allowed to post in the first place.

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The Ruse and Fail of Little Green Footballs: Part III – The Bannings

This is Part 3 of a monograph about a blog named Little Green Footballs and its founder Charles Foster Johnson. Click the links below for related posts. They will be updated as the series continues.
Prologue
Part 1 – Overview
Part 2 – The Ascendance of Charles Johnson and LGF
Part 3 – The Bannings
Part 4 – The Flounces
Part 5 – The Turnaround
Part 6 – Current Events & The Future Of LGF

Bonus track: Revisiting Rathergate

PART 3 – THE BANNINGS

Every blogger, regardless of the size or popularity of his/her blog, eventually will have to deal with a troll. It’s no fun when someone shows up with the intent to irritate everyone.[1]

[First banning, post-911, courtesy of The Boiler Room Crew]

No one would claim that Charles Johnson never banned anyone from trolling on LGF. Indeed one unpopular commenter was banned in April of 2005 for his/her continual “baiting” of other posters, often creating an incredibly hostile atmosphere. In addition, there were some posters who for one reason or another went overboard (especially when discussing Islam and the Middle East) and were told that they might be happier elsewhere. Fair enough.

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Fact Check: Johnson’s “Saint Pancake” Comment Stood for Years

I know it’s been almost a year since we slapped CJ with the revelation of the infamous LGF comment #218822 (wherein, contrary to Johnson’s repeated claims over the better part of a decade, he did refer to Rachel Corrie as “Saint Pancake”), but there’s been a bit of a new development, and The Boiler Room  has caught him in yet another lie related to the whole episode.

You see, for the longest time, the BRC was unable to dive into the archives and retrieve the comment first hand, since Johnson had cravenly blocked the Internet Archive (Wayback Machine) from his site. Luckily, enough evidence of its original existence was to be found, and we were able to prove it indirectly. Still, it would have been nice to get a rough idea of how long it stood before it was [deleted], and the periodic snapshot caches taken by the Archive would have at least told us if it was in terms of days, months, years, etc.   To the point, we didn’t have much of an idea if this -one of the more definitive and comprehensive statements that CJ made about the subject when it blew up- was true, or complete BS:

The mystery ends today (sorta).  How? Well, Engineer no. 5 sent out an email about how, curiously, the LGF block on the Internet Archives was no longer in place, and now anyone can freely browse again (whether this was intentional on CJ’s part or not, we’re not sure; it seems strange for him to lift the block like this after more than a year). Almost immediately (or, at least after I read the email), I stretched my ctrl+c finger, and started pluggin’ some choice urls into the interface.  What popped up* was pretty interesting:

Note the Feb. 2, 2006, which means that #218822 was actually sitting there on LGF unmolested for almost 3 years (at least; this date is the most recent snapshot we can find). So, CJ is lying in one or more ways:

  1. It was certainly not [deleted] “very soon” after it was posted.
  2. CJ didn’t have a timestamp on his dashboard to indicate when a comment was [deleted].
  3. Both 1 and 2

To add insult to injury, Johnson could have been busted on this a long time ago, had a fact-check team such as the BRC been around back when the comment was still live. Check this exchange from 2004, in article #10619:

But alas, Johnson escaped unbusted.

Unfortunately, we can’t be sure if the comment was still live in 2009, when we saw this:

Again, the lizards took him at his word.

Our theory? CJ realized that he made his emphatic statement on his 2010 Guardian article outside the comfort of his living room, and with the BRC also lurking he decided to scrub the comment and block the Archive, in an attempt to save face. We’ll probably never know for sure, but it is probable that comment #218822 was live well into 2010.

The takeaway? It’s hard to believe that he didn’t remember essentially christening a term that became associated with LGF for years, so we’re pretty much left to conclude that virtually everything CJ’s has ever said about the “pancake” issue has been a complete pile of BS (which highlights the lengths he’g go and the size of the web he’d weave to protect his ego).

*We can thank the loozards for the tip vis a vis WebCite. We’re keeping that strawberry.

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Update: It appears that the screencap we grabbed for Johnson’s aforementioned “timestamp” comment differs from what I snipped today.  Can you spot the change (besides the additional updings)?

Update: For those who do not read here:


Correlation, Causation or Copulation? You Decide.

The Boiler Room Crew has a rep for bringing to light the best ChuckFactChecking of the entire internest.  What makes the BRC tick is that we all hate each other. Fortunately, most of the mudslinging goes on behind the scenes, and the emails are of little interest to anyone but us BRC bastards.

When a BRC Engineer proposes a project, the emails usually begin with a single word: “Bullshit.” Then the other Engineers tear it apart, slinging data and arguments until someone dares one of the others to post it. By that time, the post has been vetted as stone-cold and solid, and we all return to the foosball table. Here’s a recent example.

Many folks on this blog have noted that the number of comments on LGF dropped off significantly once Charles began commenting more. One of the BRC opined that it might be interesting to correlate Charles’ increased activity on LGF with the reduction of lizard comments over the same time span. The reply from The Boiler Room was typical. “Bullshit.”

Engineer No. 5 completed the requested assignment without complaint and added:
How’s this?  It’s average monthly comments for CJ and everyone, averaged across 6 month periods.  That spike in the second half of 2009 is due almost entirely to September in which CJ went apesh*t banning anything that moved, or didn’t move, or thought about moving.
It seems to show that LGF grew like a mofo before CJ joined the discussion.  Of course correlation isn’t causation, but in this case, who cares.

Also, iceweasel made its first appearance May 8, 2009.  Coincidence?

To top it off, you just can’t beat an arbitrary graph that looks like a reclining decapitated bimbo to make the point. Engineer No. 5 has since been promoted to BRC Bastard 1st Class.
Congratulations are in order.


LGF’s Long-Lost “Class of 2004”

Ahh…now this thread is not the result of some current event or a reaction to something recently posted. Rather, this is one of those “for the record” types of posts, prompted by raised eyebrows when those of us here in The Boiler Room fire up The World’s Greatest Blog Search Engine™ and stumble upon certain things…

On June 15, 2004 (article #11394, to be precise), teh Johnson embarked on a grand experiment, and for the first time began user registration at LGF.  Over the next few days, hundreds of new user accounts were created, as the then-current readers chose passwords and submitted email confirmations (thus, no user lizard profile page will show a date earlier than this).  At the time, it was cause for great celebration, and life for the lizards was good….for years…

But…

As one may have been clued in by the general disdain displayed in the above screencap, you won’t find too many of this original batch commenting on the blog these days. What is really amazing, however, is the sheer number of these netizens who are actually banned (as opposed to simply taking off). I mean, there can’t be another site on the political web with this kind of WWI-esque bodycount:

banned class of 04 – 1100+ nics (xlsx)

and…the xls version

That’s a lot of “troglodytes”…(and only those confirmed up to about 8 months ago, that we know about).


Buck calls out the Maharaja of LGF for his Weiner obsession

Charles Johnson is either a deranged idiot, or a brave admirable soul. He is the last man defending Anthony Weiner.

The maharaja of LGF  has concocted a plot involving Clarence Thomas and the Tea Party. Day after day he comes to Weiner’s defense, while the rest of the Left have kept their distance. Buck decides to speak the truth to Charles. As always, his minions don’t like it.

 That’s right. If you point out Charles Johnson’s defense of Anthony Weiner is embarrassing,  he threatens to ban you. He’s the last man out there defending Anthony Weinmer. It would be admirable, if it wasn’t so pathetic. Charles, can you pick a legitimate cause to be this stanch  in your defense? Anthony Weiner is a low life and this is what you want to go down in a blaze of glory over?

Rather than deal with reality, the Maharaja touts his invented relevance.

Charles, most of those tweets are people laughing at you. You have become the blog version of The Onion!