I took a stroll over to The Mothership this afternoon and found that she was down for unknown reasons. Thinking that my FireFox bookmarks might be corrupted due to the recent upgrade, I googled The Blogmocracy and clicked that link. No dice.
Instead I found an amusing blast from the past by Robert Stacy McCain in 2012. Down in the comments, “Jacobus” posted a link to this:
The last phrase in that self-description says a lot.
So 33-year-old Magical Jazzy played with Chicago in 1986? News to me, so I searched the BRC Archives. He never once mentioned the band, and he’s not listed anywhere in their lineups. Go figger.
One misreported story about Donald Trump Jr., and the rest are vapid nothings. Nice work, Charles. You’re a mover and a shaker.
China has been playing trade games and manipulating their currency for decades. Trump’s comment was well-timed and well-placed subtle sarcasm, and Charles Johnson missed it by a milyo.
Charles Johnson doesn’t understand the concept of “sarcasm” or how it works, and it doesn’t work like this:
That’s called whining.
Jeez, Charles. You’re embarrassing yourself more than usual, and “more than usual” means most of the time. Maybe you could reinvent Little Green Footballs as a news aggregation site instead of parroting memes and tropes promulgated by liars and spin doctors, instead of copy-pasting C-level comedians posing as news sources.
Just a thought, Master Ponytail.
No class, no compassion, no sympathy. The man who finally brought the insane killer down, Stephen Williford, was a member of the NRA and an instructor on the use of firearms. Never mind that the killer was already identified as dangerous and deranged by the Federal Government and wouldn’t have been allowed to purchase weapons had existing laws and procedures been enforced.
Charles, please tell us. What does it feel like to be a lying craven suckpuppet?
Keep echoing fabricated lies, Charles, and we’ll keep mocking you as a large pathetic dollop of protostupid with a 64 year old ponytail. BTW, how is Mr. Mossberg doing these days?
Then there be this:
Two Americans and five Argentinians were killed, and a dozen others injured, by a self-admitted islamic terrorist who was granted a permanent VISA under a bizarre program that has something to do with diversity, the late Ted Kennedy and Chuck Schumer. What other hidden government programs sponsor this kind of dangerous idiocy, and what does Charles Johnson think?
Charles couldn’t be bothered as he’s apparently getting all his important news analysis from people like Stephen Colbert.
I don’t know Babs, but I do know this. Charles, you’re a mess.
Print it out full size, cut it out, wrap it around your face and be Charles Johnson 2007 for Halloween. Go trick-or-treating while muttering “…Pam…Pam…Pam…” No one will get it but you and Charles. Bonus points for sporting a magical jazzy ponytail.
A short history is in order. By 2007, Charles Johnson was already preparing for his infamous hairpin turn to the left, and the signs were there. Some spotted the clues, others didn’t. For those who did and mentioned it, Johnson threatened his LGF members/critics with the phrase:
“If you don’t like it, start your own website.”
Many in the gated community called Little Green Footballs recognized what was coming down and decided to take the suggestion. LGF 2.0 made its debut in 2007.
Current and former “lizards” showed up at this experimental site, and it became popular for those who would rather post and discuss current events without Johnson’s ban stick hanging over their heads, without interference and dogpile tactics, his threats of censorship, and without his manipulation/editing of commenters’ posts.
Johnsons’ reaction was typical. He referred to this new website as “The Stalkers” and often claimed that the site was infested with viruses (with no evidence at all – it was a WordPress site) in order to discourage his followers from reading criticism. LGF 2.0 operated in similar fashion to LGF, but without the squelch, and posters enjoyed mocking Charles Johnson from beyond his reach. This inflamed the vindictive blogger, and Johnson made a move that was noticed by LGF 2.0: he filed for trademark protection with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, presumably to protect his “brand” and to shut down his critics on LGF 2.0.
During the process, Johnson probably learned that you can’t trademark initials, but several hundred dollars and approximately eight months later, he was granted a trademark for the name “Little Green Footballs.”
Meanwhile, he’d flashed his cards enough times that LGF 2.0 morphed into The Blogmocracy.
So what’s the point of all this? Aside from the USPTO, two people knew about this. One was Charles Johnson. The other? Internet Septic Tank Engineer, aka BRC Engineer No. 1.
On 21 October 2016, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office declared Little Green Footballs DEAD.
Here’s a blow up of the screen cap with little red boxes added for emphasis.
What’s coming next? I don’t know, Babs, but I do know this. Charles Johnson needs to pony up some more clams before someone in Pyongyang scoops up Little Green Footballs and starts charging him royalty fees.
Or he can wait and see…