Fact Check: The Eternal Avatar

Since it appears that CJ is going to hang on to this stern-looking, arms-crossed, monochrome image of himself indefinitely, and since the question of its age and origin pop up from time to time, the BRC decided to take a few minutes and do a little digging. So if anyone was ever curious, here you go…

First, for our visitors, here’s the image in question:


He must really be fond of this picture (go ahead and speculate as to why), as it has graced his avi spot in his twitter, facebook, and LGF profiles for as long as most can remember. We’ll get to just how long in a moment, but we’ll start with the question of where the picture was taken, since that turned out to be kinda easy…

A clue lies in the image itself. In the brick wall background you can see text etched into it. Look closer, and you see that it appears to be a quote from Cesar Chavez. With a little Google-fu, one finds:

“Quotation Courtyard (1995) by Barbara McCarren

“Quotation Courtyard (1995) by Barbara McCarren

“Quotation Courtyard”

Description: inscribed limestone panels mounted on 4 freestanding brick walls
Location: City Hall Courtyard, 9770 Culver Boulevard, Culver City


Quotation Courtyard comprises four free-standing walls that are constructed from the bricks of the former City Hall that was erected on the site in 1928. Each side of the four walls contains a limestone panel etched with a quotation. The quotations represent a culturally diverse group of historical and civil rights leaders, including Cesar Chavez, Albert Einstein, Coretta Scott King, and Mahatma Gandhi.

Yep, safe to say that’s the place. Now on to the when

For that we can use a reverse image search, and when you scan through that stuff, you’ll discover a few interesting bits.

When giving a quick glance at the list, a first impression is that the image serves as CJ’s one official “head shot“, as it appears on a good variety of sites and pages over the years where he is the subject. Did he request that some of these sites use this pic specifically? Probably.

Anyway, digging into the older links (and with a little help from the Wayback Machine), the avi shows up on an old Pajamas Media “about” page the Archive cached in May 2008.

It also shows up in an old Forbes(!?) article from January 2007: The Web Celeb 25. He’s #20!

But the oldest timestamped appearance of that image goes back to November 21, 2006, when someone uploaded it to Powerbase.

Thus, the pic was taken sometime before then. Perhaps some more digging could reveal an older usage (or even the actual date), so if any of you want to try different methods, by all means give it a go. In any case, it’s pretty old (certainly by headshot standards, as it would easily fail the “That’s you?!?” test).

With that context added, I suppose we could move on to the fun of speculation, and talk about just what CJ might have been doing at Culver City Hall back then, and why he looked so, I dunno…angry?

Are there any clues on LGF? Welp, fire up The World’s Greatest Blog Search Engine™, and we do find an old comment specifically about Culver City Hall (note the timestamp):

Charles 2006-06-26 08:53:24
OK — I spoke with a friend who has extensive building experience in Culver City and he said, “No way.” But when I pointed out that the mosque is funded by Saudi Arabia, he said, “Hmm.”

Any permits would be on file at the Culver City Hall.

“Hmm” indeed.

That comment appears in LGF thread #21224:


Ahaa!!! THAT mosque!

Could this be it? Did Johnson hop on down to city hall and start digging into building permits? While there, did he stop for a nice promo shot?

Only he knows. He looked very concerned about…something, however.

But as far as a follow up to the mosque tunnel story goes, the Freepers seemed convinced that it was there, but I couldn’t find anything on LGF. Tunnel or no tunnel?

Charles Johnson calls Sam Knight a scumbag!

Poor Mr. Toot, there are still those on the Left who do not accept them. They know Charles is an opportunist and has nothing to contribute to their cause, unless they needed less food at their tables. As usual, he complains that a Leftist still does not accept him.

Sam Knight

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If Mr. Toot is referring to us as “ex-fans,” I totally dispute that notion. We here at DOD are your #1 fans. You provide us daily entertainment and laughs. Keep up the good work, Charles, you are one of the funniest individuals I ever came across.

Charles Johnson Hides Behind Curious Lurker To Disparage Dr. Ben Carson

Furious Burka 1

Isn’t it interesting that Muslim Apologists always seem to find pedants to justify, yet contradict, their own scripture? Look at the first paragraph. To paraphrase: “Most of you don’t believe in crap, but Dr. Ben Carson is an ignoramous.” All Dr. Carson did was offer his opinion when asked, and never once did he attempt to define or criticize Islam, despite what Curious Lurker insinuated.

Her second paragraph cements it: “If you disapprove of the tenets of Islam, that’s your problem not mine.”

Well yes and no, missy. When the tenets of Islam allow and encourage muslims to ignore established law and deliberately violate the same under the cloak of shari’a, to enslave women and children, and to kill and maim with impunity, then we have a problem.

Curious Lurker proceeded with some cut ‘n paste, adding her own bold and italics highlights:

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“Muslims are generally obliged to abide by the laws of the land…”

No contradiction there, but she’s got a problem with a woman she’s never met. Then there’s that strawman law that will compel Curious Lurker to submit to daily inspections to make sure she shaved her unibrow, pits, legs and upper lip while forcing her to guzzle more Coors Light than a high school surfer on a 3-day suspension. No law forces anyone to do that (at least not in this country).

Furious Burka 3

Yeah. No contradictions. Follow the law of the land unless you don’t want to, and a brain surgeon is a bigot because he doesn’t agree.  Pheeew.

Now go shave your upper lip, enjoy some pork ribs, pound down a few brewskis and drop your own thinly veiled racist bigotry.

Or you can move to… well, you know.

Everyone is lying!

The content is extremely thin at LGF. There is only so many times a website can repeat itself with absurd claims like some Nazi takeover plot, on a daily basis.  If not spouting conspiracy theories, Mr. Toot accuses everyone of being a liar.

Liar Liar!

Charles really needs to expand his limited vocabulary.


Mr. Toot Is Silent About A Saudi Prince Arrested For Sexual Assault

Charles Johnson has become such an apologist for Islam, that when a Muslim commits a crime he is silent. Saudi prince Majed Abdulaziz Al-Saud has been arrested in Hollywood for sexual assault. This would have been a post 10 years ago, but today’s LGF is now Sharia complaint.

Saudi prince was arrested at a hillside compound near Beverly Hills on Wednesday after being accused of trying to force a worker to perform a sex act on him, Los Angeles police said.

Police were called to the gated property in the Beverly Glen area, within a gated community on Wallingford Drive, after a caretaker at the home reported a disturbance, officials said. After officers interviewed people inside, a 28-year-old man identified as Saudi prince Majed Abdulaziz Al-Saud was arrested on suspicion of forced oral copulation of an adult.

The LAPD has a consul liaison division that checks with foreign nations’ consulates regarding diplomatic immunity, said Capt. Tina Nieto.

Police determined Al-Saud does not have immunity in this case, she said.

Some foreign royalty do have diplomatic immunity, but it depends on the dignitary’s status in his home country’s government and the level of the offense he commits in the U.S., she said.

LGF should be renamed Little Good Dhimmis.


Chicago TV station uses Nazi symbol for Yom Kippur story. The corpulent, flatulent, hygiene challenged, Nazi obsessed blogger has no comment

Too bad this was not Fox News using the infamous Yellow Star with “Jude” at the center to commemorate Yom Kippur. The usual suspects such as Debbie Waserman-Schultz, Media Matters for America, and an unemployed has-been from Culver City would be all over it claiming that despite our government’s acquiescing in Iran’s getting a nuclear bomb, the real anti-Semites are the “wing-nuts”. Another intellectual epic failure by the Left and the “grievance machine”. This was the equivalent of a burning cross symbol to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

WGN-TV Chicago Apologizes for Nazi Symbol in Yom Kippur Segment



The news director of a Chicago TV station apologized after a staff member mistakenly chose a symbol of Nazi Germany to illustrate a story about Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement.

“Regrettably, we failed to recognize that the artwork we chose to accompany the story contained an offensive symbol,” the director, Jennifer Lyons, said in an apology on Wednesday. “This was an unfortunate mistake. Ignorance is not an excuse.”

The apology came the morning after Tom Negovan, an anchor with WGN-TV Chicago, read a 20-second description of the holiday. Over his shoulder, viewers could see a graphic of a Star of David badge emblazoned with the German word “Jude,” or Jew, on striped material of the kind used in Nazi prisoner uniforms.

Marc Karlinsky noticed the badge and posted a photo of the segment to Twitter, which was widely shared.
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In an on-air acknowledgment that lasted roughly as long as his original Yom Kippur segment, Mr. Negovan made what he called a “major correction” and said that anchors were not able to see the symbol during the original broadcast.

“We apparently used a symbol that is extremely offensive to the Jewish community,” he said. “We mistakenly showed a symbol used by Nazi Germany to identify Jews.”

The badge, which has been used in various forms to discriminate against Jews since the Middle Ages, was used by Nazis in Germany to isolate Jewish people from the rest of society. Aside from using the threat of violence to force Jews to wear the badges on their clothing, Nazis also used the symbol on propaganda leaflets, according to the Holocaust Memorial Center. “Whoever bears this sign is an enemy of our people,” read one example.

After the station apologized online, on air and on Twitter, people on social media were still in disbelief that no one at the station caught the error.

“How did this ever get broadcast without someone catching the mistake?” one user asked the station on Twitter. The station did not answer.

Another failure by the Race Detective. Mr. Toot fails to notice raaacism in the hipster and elitist neighborhoods of Brooklyn

That Liberals are hypocrites is no great discovery. We know that they prefer your children to be bused to dangerous, and under performing school districts all the while their children either go to fancy, expensive private schools, or remain in lily white school public districts. The hipsters and progressives of the trendy and elitist Brooklyn neighborhood of DUMBO (Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass) are exhibit 1. These Obama voters cannot stand the idea of their kids being put on a bus, sent to under performing low-income school districts where they will be robbed of their lunch money and terrorized by “children of color” (is that the same as “jeans of blue”?). Charles Johnson aka Mr. Toot, aka the Race Detective is not so surprisingly silent about liberal “raaacism” , however you can bet the mortgage that if this was a neighborhood in conservative Ft. Worth, Texas or Scottsdale, Arizona –  the tweeter tubby would go on the twitter warpath.

by Reihan Salam

Brooklyn — the Capital of Liberal Hypocrisy –  Progressive parents fight integration in their children’s public schools. I live in a small slice of Brooklyn wedged between Brooklyn Heights, one of New York’s most prosperous neighborhoods, Dumbo, a relatively new neighborhood that is essentially a forest of condominiums catering to financiers, techies, and “creative professionals,” and Farragut Houses, a sprawling public-housing complex that borders the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Though you won’t find gated communities in this part of Brooklyn, you will find buildings with doormen, which is of course a quite similar phenomenon. The retail establishments catering to affluent professionals don’t formally exclude poor residents, but their high prices do the work of explaining who is welcome and who is not. Very rich people and very poor people live side by side in this part of Brooklyn, yet their lives rarely intersect. Rich Brooklynites and poor Brooklynites do, however, share their local public schools. And as you can imagine, not all of Brooklyn’s bourgeois parents are thrilled about this fact.

Kate Taylor of the New York Times has written a fascinating report on a school rezoning in my part of town. Basically, Public School 8 in Brooklyn Heights is massively oversubscribed while Public School 307 in Vinegar Hill, right by the Farragut Houses, is undersubscribed. The city has thus proposed shifting Dumbo families from P.S. 8 to P.S. 307, which seems sensible enough. So why are parents in Dumbo so outraged? Taylor explains:

P.S. 307’s population is 90 percent black and Hispanic, and 90 percent of the students’ families receive some form of public assistance. Its state test scores, while below the citywide averages, are closer to average for black and Hispanic students, with 20 percent of its students passing the math tests and 12 percent passing the reading tests this past year. At P.S. 8, whose population is 59 percent white, with only 15 percent receiving assistance, scores are considerably above the city averages. Almost two-thirds of its students passed each test.

Taylor cites evidence that blacks and Hispanics benefit from attending integrated schools. What she does not address is whether white and Asian students attending these schools also fare better, which is the chief concern of the largely white Dumbo parents subject to this rezoning. My first instinct in reading Taylor’s story, and in observing the anguished reaction from Dumbo parents who see themselves as committed progressives, is to note their hypocrisy. As Laurie Lin recently remarked, it’s easy to imagine how these Dumbo progressives might have reacted had this story unfolded in Atlanta or Birmingham — they’d surely chalk up resistance to the rezoning to racism. More than one Dumbo parent has tried to explain to me how they’re totally different from other people who fight against integration. They explain that what they really want is a better world in which we spend far more on our public schools, not mentioning, or perhaps not knowing, that New York city spends $20,331 per pupil, almost twice as much as the national average of $10,700, and that much of this money is spent very inefficiently. Of course they want integration, they’ll tell you, but only if it entails no sacrifice on their part. “It’s more complicated when it’s about your own children,” says one Dumbo parent. Well, yes, it is more complicated, and that is exactly what every parent believes, whether they are in Brooklyn or South Boston or Kansas City.

In fairness to the progressive parents of Dumbo, their concerns are not entirely unfounded. Poor students tend to fare worse than better-off students academically, for a variety of reasons. They are also more likely to have serious behavioral problems, which is really the more pressing concern. According to Robert Cherry of Brooklyn College, these behavioral problems flow from the fact that these children face serious stresses that no child should ever have to face. Poor families are far more likely than better-off families to experience multiple-partner fertility, in which mothers have children with more than one father. Though children in some multi-partner-fertility families thrive, Cherry has observed that multi-partner fertility is associated with high levels of father abandonment and child maltreatment. Boys with absent fathers are far more likely to engage in aggression, rule breaking, and delinquency than boys living with both parents, and they are also far more likely to face multiple suspensions. (Indeed, these problems are so pronounced for boys raised in single-mother-headed households that one wonders whether single-sex schools staffed with teachers with specialized training might be the best way to give these boys a fighting chance at succeeding in school.)

The central challenge facing teachers and administrators in high-poverty schools is that many of their students are raised in chaotic households. Disruptive behavior is a far more potent problem among adolescents than it is among elementary schoolers, to be sure. But the central challenge facing teachers and administrators in high-poverty schools is that many of their students are raised in chaotic households, and these students need a great deal of individualized care and attention. When students from stable families learn alongside students from unstable families, there is good reason to believe that students from the latter backgrounds benefit. It is also true, however, that teachers with students from difficult backgrounds often have no choice but to devote less time to instruction and more time to maintaining order and discipline in their classrooms than is ideal. The effects of being raised in a chaotic household can last for a lifetime. In How Children Succeed, Paul Tough describes the work of researchers at Kaiser Permanente who found a powerful correlation between the health status of adults and whether or not the adults in question had experienced various traumas as children. Adults who had been abused as children, or who had lived through a divorce or with a parent who was incarcerated or addicted to drugs or alcohol, were more likely to suffer from heart disease, depression, and alcoholism, among other maladies. And of course these health problems are difficult and expensive to treat. Our failure to seriously address the problem of family breakdown is having baleful consequences not just for children attending our public schools — it will be a problem for decades to come, as these children age and as they carry their childhood traumas with them through life.

I don’t expect the progressive parents of Dumbo to be thrilled about the prospect of sending their children to P.S. 307. But my hope is that they will come to appreciate that their children are no better than the poor children growing up in their midst, and that what these children need, and what all children need, is what their own children tend to take for granted: stable, loving parents who are capable of keeping them safe.