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(Turncoat Charles Johnson - Little Green Footballs) Right-Wing Flame War!
NYT ^ | Janury 21, 2010 | Jonathan Dee

Posted on 01/23/2010 1:25:34 PM PST by DogByte6RER

Right-Wing Flame War!

By JONATHAN DEE

Published: January 21, 2010

Charles Johnson has been writing a blog for almost as long as the word “blog” has existed. A bearish, gentle-voiced, ponytailed man who for three decades enjoyed a successful career as a jazz guitarist accompanying the likes of Al Jarreau and Stanley Clarke, Johnson has always had a geek’s penchant for self-education, and in that spirit he cultivated a side interest, and ultimately an expertise, in writing computer code. His Web log, which he named “Little Green Footballs” (a private joke whose derivation he has always refused to divulge), was begun in February 2001 mostly as a way to share advice and information with fellow code jockeys — his approach was similar in outlook, if vastly larger in its reach, to the guiding spirit in the days of ham radio. His final post on Sept. 10, 2001, was titled “Placement of Web Page Elements.” It read, in its entirety: “Here’s a well-executed academic study of where users expect things to be on a typical Web page.” It linked to, well, exactly what it said. The post attracted one comment, which read, in its entirety, “Fantastic article.”

The next 24 hours would transform his blog and, ultimately, his career. “I grew up in Hawaii,” Johnson told me recently when we met in his Los Angeles home, “but I was born in New York. After I moved away at age 10, I would read the news stories about how the World Trade Center towers were getting closer to finishing. When they were attacked that day, that really hit home for me in a way that reached back into my childhood.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: banned; blog; blogs; charlesjohnson; defection; flamewar; lgf; littlegreenfootballs; turncoat; weblogs
The Dread Pundit Bluto surmises that Johnson is gay...
1 posted on 01/23/2010 1:25:35 PM PST by DogByte6RER
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So That’s It, The Lizard is Gay

http://dreadpundit.blogspot.com/2010/01/so-thats-it-lizard-is-gay.html


2 posted on 01/23/2010 1:26:19 PM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER
The ‘dead ponytail man holding a little green football’ bounce. Buh-bye.
3 posted on 01/23/2010 1:30:21 PM PST by JPG (Mr. Gore, we have a warrant for your arrest...put your hands behind your back.)
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To: DogByte6RER
Governor Crist’s favorite bar is the Green Iguana. Coincidence?
4 posted on 01/23/2010 1:31:01 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2 million for Sarah Palin: What will you do?)
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To: sauropod

read


5 posted on 01/23/2010 1:34:20 PM PST by sauropod (People who do things are people that get things done.)
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To: DogByte6RER; Buckhead
There is some dispute, even today, as to who was the first to expose the fraud behind the so-called Killian documents, ...

No there's not. It was our very own Buckhead in an exchange with Howlin.
6 posted on 01/23/2010 1:38:29 PM PST by wolfpat (Moderate=Clueless)
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To: DogByte6RER
Still, if you read L.G.F. today, you will find it hard to miss the paradox that a site whose origins, and whose greatest crisis, were rooted in opposition to totalitarianism now reads at times like a blog version of “Animal Farm.”

Yup. LGF and Johnson got their fame covering Islamic radicalism in the wake of 9/11. I looked in on LGF after a couple of years recently. Johnson's blog seems to have devolved into something far more trivial - it's devoted almost entirely to Johnson's personal dislikes and pet peeves, and he doles out information on these subjects to a handful of adoring commentators who are careful to agree with whatever he says.

Maybe Johnson's blog always was an exercise in navel-gazing - maybe Islamic terrorism was once the personal peeve Johnson most cared about when it was also an issue of great concern to people interested in finding out about the issue. In any event, Johnson's concerns have turned to more petty matters, he is careful to stamp out dissenting voices and interesting arguments, and his blog has shrunken in relevance.
7 posted on 01/23/2010 1:46:58 PM PST by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: DogByte6RER

The article mentions a female fiance. I don’t know, he absolutely is capable of a hissy fit! Could be.


8 posted on 01/23/2010 1:53:29 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: wolfpat
No there's not. It was our very own Buckhead in an exchange with Howlin.

The full story that the NYT fails to comprehend is available right here.

9 posted on 01/23/2010 1:56:32 PM PST by Interesting Times (For the truth about "swift boating" see ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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To: AnotherUnixGeek
What is funny is that LGF's Johnson claims he has not been banning long term members wholesale as well as anyone who has the temerity not to agree with him. Example:

"...to claim that their LGF accounts were blocked simply for disagreeing with me — a claim which, in the vast majority of cases, is simply not true."


The reality is this:



What a joke.

Johnson apparently gets his kicks banning people who he disagrees with and it does not take a rocket scientist to figure it out. Look at most of this threads, you will see 'deleted' as well him bragging that the member had been 'flounced'.






This guy was banned for pointing out that Charles was wrong about who attacked who - his punishment? Instant Ban.



Another example: What happens when someone posts an opinion contrary to Charles Johnson?

You are censored and unwelcome.





Why is Charles Johnson acting like a douche? Perhaps this explains it? No more money.



What about Johnson's self publicized divorce from the 'right wing'? Again, he appears to have a truth problem because he contradicted himself about his real position earlier. I bet that post was scrubbed too. Don't worry I have plenty examples of his hypocrisy.



I know you are probably reading this thread Charles, I doubt you will address this hypocrisy on your website, for that is why you have no honor nor integrity IMHO.
10 posted on 01/23/2010 2:10:59 PM PST by WaterBoard
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To: wolfpat
It was our very own Buckhead

Speaking of Buckhead, I just checked his page, and noticed he hasn't replied since Nov. of '09. Wonder where he is?

11 posted on 01/23/2010 2:11:46 PM PST by mupcat
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To: DogByte6RER

What a pathetic attempt to glorifying Johnson for his switch.

Flame war?

Most of us who also blog just deleted his link and moved on.


12 posted on 01/23/2010 2:15:22 PM PST by DakotaRed (What happened to the country I fought for?)
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To: wolfpat; TankerKC

TankerKC was also in on that conversation.


13 posted on 01/23/2010 2:20:24 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: mupcat; wolfpat

Buckhead uses a different posting name as the left tracked him down and posted personal info.


14 posted on 01/23/2010 2:22:36 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: DogByte6RER
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15 posted on 01/23/2010 2:42:47 PM PST by erman (Our President-A modest man, who has much to be modest about.)
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To: WaterBoard

The man has no honor. He’s a disgrace.


16 posted on 01/23/2010 3:22:21 PM PST by Youaskedforit
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To: DogByte6RER
Unlike the puff pieces in the LA Times and "Vanity Fair," the New York Times piece on the moronic turncoat is suprisingly balanced.

And in case anyone here wants to weep over the balanced handing Charles Johnson gets from the New York Times, do I need to remind you freepers of how he tried to smear Jim Robinson?

Schucky Johnson tried to have it both ways: accusing Jim Robinson of advocating massive violence "wink wink" while quoting Jim Robinson's words directly where Mr. Robinson says the opposite.

Wink wink....

17 posted on 01/23/2010 3:33:31 PM PST by Stepan12 (Palin & Bolton in 2012)
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To: WaterBoard
What is funny is that LGF's Johnson claims he has not been banning long term members wholesale as well as anyone who has the temerity not to agree with him. Example: "...to claim that their LGF accounts were blocked simply for disagreeing with me — a claim which, in the vast majority of cases, is simply not true."

That is a lie on his part. He banned me for taking issue with his stupid criticism of Vlaams Began and Filip DeWinter being secret squirrel Nazis (they're not).

18 posted on 01/23/2010 3:37:13 PM PST by Stepan12 (Palin & Bolton in 2012)
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To: Stepan12

As someone who has not tuned in to LGF in a while, I can’t say if he has taken to whacking off heads.

I can say the floor got pretty bloody around here for a while. Peaches and Howlin and then the whole Ron Paul crew and then just damn near anyone who the hatchet squad took a dislike to, it seemed.


19 posted on 01/23/2010 4:07:25 PM PST by AK_47_7.62x39
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To: AK_47_7.62x39

CJ is a loser, his site’s readership has been trending down for a long while. The only reason the NY Times devoted space to him is because he’s a lefty blogger. FR has ten times the number of unique visitors, but you don’t see a NY Times profile on JimRob.


20 posted on 01/23/2010 4:16:47 PM PST by PapaBear3625 (Public healthcare looks like it will work as well as public housing did.)
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To: DJ MacWoW; Buckhead
TankerKC was also in on that conversation.

True. I recognized that the documents were fake when they were flashed on the screen during the report and posted as soon as it was over. My assessment was based on format. Having spent many years in the Air Force, I new what a memo should look like.

Buckhead later supplied a thorough analysis based on fonts. That assessment was more conclusive, I think.

LGF was in the mix too. It really was in iterative effort.

21 posted on 01/23/2010 5:19:50 PM PST by TankerKC (But I used spell cheque.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Watching Johnson’s disintegration into batshit craziness, is like witnessing a slow trainwreck.

From something I posted on my blog back in April, 2009:

I am one of the latest posters to be banned from Charles Johnson’s site, Little Green Footballs. I removed him from my blogroll and will no longer link to or visit his site. Charles was never a really a conservative… he is a 9/11 Democrat.

About 2 years ago, he got on an anti-creationist tangent that pretty much consumed his daily life. I’m agnostic, so it didn’t bother me.

But since then, he’s gone into the abyss of a pre-9/11 mindset, and it’s flooded every niche of his blog.
It’s a shame because LGF used to be a good site. Johnson was one of the bloggers who exposed Dan Rather’s ‘genuine’ George W. Bush National Guard memos, and the enhanced Iranian missiles fauxtography.

I was booted for supporting the Tea Parties, and critiquing the downward spiral of his site:

“I watch Glenn Beck and visited LGF for basically the same reasons: to get commentary, information, and news on politics and issues that as a Republican, I feel are important.

I’m not sure when the turning point was, but LGF has morphed from a site where united conservatives could gather against the lunacy of the MSM, to something unrecognizable. It’s now comprised of a lot of backbiting targeted at people who take national security, Islamofascism, and the socialist Obamanation seriously. There are some people on here who think because I’m an Iraq War/Army veteran, outspoken Obama critic, anti-illegal alien, and a gun owner, I’m a “security threat” to the Obama State.

It’s sad and pathetic.”

His erratic behavior has alienated him from people like Pam Geller of Atlas Shrugged and Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch. He’s also attacked other prominent sites and bloggers: Ace of Spades, Michelle Malkin, Hot Air, Protein Wisdom, Powerline, Mark Steyn, Geert Wilders, and Dennis Praeger.

He tolerates no dissent, real debate is forbidden, and his enemies list rivals Bill Clinton’s FBI files. He sees nazis behind every door, and probably hiding under his bed. And those are just the people who don’t agree with him 100%. He’s been known to ban people for disagreeing with him on other sites. The man’s paranoia level is skyhigh.

Johnson has become increasingly sycophantic towards Islamofascism, which is ironic given the fact that he received death threats from jihadis, right around the time when CAIR wanted to get LGF classified as a “hate site”.

He has whole-heartedly embraced Janet Napolitano’s idiotic “right-wing” threat assessment, assigned creationists to be bigger villains than terrorists, and disparages ordinary citizens who protest Obama’s socialist policies.

Just what the leftwing needs; an Andrew Sullivan clone.

You know it’s bad when the New York Times thinks he’s nuts.


22 posted on 01/23/2010 5:47:59 PM PST by SFC MAC (SFC McElroy, US ARMY (RET))
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To: DakotaRed

>> What a pathetic attempt to glorifying Johnson <<

I didn’t read the article that way at all. Up until a few minutes ago, I knew almost nothing about the LGF controversy. But now, after seeing the NYT’s take, I can only conclude that CJ is a raving maniac.


23 posted on 01/23/2010 6:24:35 PM PST by Hawthorn
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To: AK_47_7.62x39
AK, it says you signed up Jan 2nd 2010. But in order to know about the goings on with Peaches and Howlin you must have been here under another handle or just lurking for a long time.

Who are you really? :-)

24 posted on 01/23/2010 7:23:57 PM PST by Spunky (You are free to make choices, but not free from the consequences)
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To: TankerKC; Buckhead

Either Buckhead gets blame or LGF gets praise. I remember that it was a few people that raised questions. Thanks for the refresher. :-)


25 posted on 01/23/2010 8:44:39 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: AK_47_7.62x39

What was your posting name back then?


26 posted on 01/23/2010 8:46:15 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: DJ MacWoW
What was your posting name back then?

I did not post back then, and would not be stupid enough to claim that I did if I had. I have followed FR, Lucianne, the Kos, DU, Huffington, Red State, and a number of other blogs/bulletin boards since before the "internet" was anything other than a bunch of fidonet hubs.

27 posted on 01/24/2010 5:31:42 AM PST by AK_47_7.62x39
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To: AK_47_7.62x39; Spunky

Sure.


28 posted on 01/24/2010 5:55:08 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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