In September 2011, there was some behind the scenes discussion about dumping all the LGF Archives. So much valuable work was about to be given away and thrown into the communal dumpster. I hated the thought, and wondered “Who despises Charles Johnson so much that he might be willing to pay for the Archive?” Twitterwars were in full swing, and the obvious answer was Andrew Breitbart.
So I emailed him. We talked over the phone a bit about the work of The Boiler Room Crew, and just before the conversation ended I asked him if he’d be interested in calling into our podcast, not expecting him to do so. He replied “Sure. When is it?”
What a jaw dropper.
The day of the podcast, 03 October 2011, was nerve-wracking as we couldn’t tell anyone who the mystery guest was (to prevent a troll storm) and we weren’t sure if he would call in at all. We had an hour to go and hadn’t heard anything, so I emailed him to see if he was still interested. His response was two words: “I’m in.”
The audio above is that interview. Rodan & Savage did a great job keeping their composure while speaking to The Happy Warrior.
Five months later he was gone.
R.I.P. Andrew Breitbart (1968-2012)
What utter hypocritical bullshit, Charles.
Byrd was the founder and recruiter for the West Virginia branch of the Ku Klux Klan, and although he left the organization, his voting record on race never changed. He is relevant to current events as President Biden praised and supported Byrd’s race segregation and anti-civil rights policies.
Charles Johnson knows this. So why did he send this post down the LGF Memory Hole? Because his assessment in 2007 was correct.
Fortunately for us, The Way Back Machine provides us with all the info we needed to recreate the original (via the BRC Nil Stooge LGF Template). The text is verbatim; only the format differs slightly from the original. Right click on the image for larger view.
[Kudos to BRC Engineer ISTE for finding it on the WBM & h/t to Charles for reminding us.]
“Even in 2003, way before Little Green Footballs was on anyone’s radar, Charles Johnson was paranoid and couldn’t trust his own few commenters to police themselves on a Memorial Day weekend, so he shut off comments on LGF for four days.” – ChenZhen
Here are some more Memorial Day memories from the BRC Archives.
[The following is in reference to (then) Senator Obama’s Memorial Day speech, which was ripped apart by others as a total fabrication. Obama’s great-uncle served in the Navy.]
Charles was once harder than anyone.
Yep. He kicked Google CEO Erich Schmidt’s ass all over the internets because he said so, and still managed to make a national day of remembrance all about Charles Foster Johnson.
LOLOLOLOLOOOOL! OMG CHARLES WHERE DO WE START?!
First of all, Diary of Daedalus has never been a “far-right anti-muslim hate site.”
Secondly, regardless of your opinion of Glenn Greenwald‘s politics, at least he’s honest about his reporting and has written many unbiased stories, backed up with verifiable facts. Charles Johnson has been envious of him for decades, and his “criticism” of Greenwald amounted to almost non-stop harassment on Twitter. No debate, just insults and name calling, and Greenwald had enough.
Breivik had also written a “manifesto,” a rambling dissertation that listed those he admired and who influenced his opinions. Think Progress, a far-left website (now defunct), created a bar chart with names of people mentioned in Breivik’s manifesto, with the number of citations. All those people were well-known for their aggressive opposition to radical islam and muslim terrorism and its proliferation around the world.
Within hours of the Oslo Massacre, Charles Johnson began pointing fingers at those on the Think Progress chart and accused them of being responsible for the acts of a madman. Once the Manifesto was made available, we obtained a .pdf copy, and noticed someone missing from the list of Breivik’s heros and influences: Charles Johnson & Little Green Footballs.
We took the .pdf, converted it to MS Word, did a simple word search, and added the data omitted by Think Progress. These were the results, easily verified by anyone. Both charts are based on the same data.
Charles Johnson, after blaming everyone in Breivik’s manifesto as culpable for the atrocity, found himself near the top of the list of the very same people he condemned in July 2011.
[Update: Related post with links here.]
Charles “updated” his profile image and no one gave a foster, but he wanted to be sure we didn’t miss it. We noticed that someone had messed with it to mask the photogrodys, so we restored it to something closer to reality and gave it our best shot at a worthless mark.
We couldn’t get the suet pallor quite right, and he still appears a bit narrower in the neck department than in real life – not that he has either one. The un-enhancement indicates some semblance of a ponytail (judging from the terrified stray grays flailing against the hidden scrunchie sucked up tight to his no-neck on the right). Crack spackle hides the pumas in his crevasses.
His head was likely not vertical either: his torso would have been leaning backwards and no chair back could take that kind of abuse for long.
Got bored of that non-project real fast, but a dark mockery oozed from behind the rec room couch, from under the cat stuff, and whispered, “What’s behind the mask?”
Up in smoke is where their money goes.
Yeah, that’s a graph of actual and cumulative donations from data burgled from Charles Johnson’s own begging bowl, spanning June 2015 through March 2020. Except for an initial windfall of $2,583 in June, there hasn’t been a lot of activity. After 4 years and 7 months, the big boy has garnered just over 53% of his goal of $20K. BTW, I didn’t add the “smoke.” Excel did.
Here are the monthly totals (sans the June 2015 outlier). The unusual bumps in donations are a mystery, but the months with no donations whatever are no surprise.
Some folks here (including me) suspected that Charles has been priming his pump by taking his winnings and plowing them back into the fund for appearances. Breaking out the “anonymous” donors from the rest doesn’t prove the theory, and there’s not a lot of correlation.
Many or most of the anonymous donors could be legit, but they can’t be vetted – only Charles can do that because GoFundMe ID’s contributors and allows the host access. (The host can also edit the donors’ love notes as we’ve noted previously.)
GoFundMe also does something else: they charge fees. The going rate is 2.9% plus $0.30 per donation. As of 31 March 2020, Chuck’s begging bowl contained $10,615.00, so
[($10,615 x .029) + (237 donations x $0.30 per)] = $378.94 that he won’t get.
Oh yeah, almost forgot:
Happy 67th Girthday, Charles!
00657118 10593 49 Charles Sat, Apr 10, 2004 8:42:11am
[Screencap courtesy of The BRC & the late Nil Stooge.]
Yes it is, um, Charles, except for one thing. Microsoft’s translator app sucks donkeys. Here’s the actual Tweet:
Here’s the script cut-n-pasted directly from that tweet:
به مردم شجاع و رنج کشیده ایران: من از ابتدای دوره ریاست جمهوریم با شما ایستادهام و دولت من همچنان با شما خواهد ایستاد. ما اعتراضات شما را از نزدیک دنبال می کنیم. شجاعت شما الهام بخش است.
Here’s the Farsi to English Google Translate translation:
Here’s an enhancement of that translation:
Charles Johnson, you blew it again, just like you did with the laptop menu board, the Air Cav Hat, the Tennessee State Flag, the Ohio State Flag and your credibility.
Occasionally The BRC checks the Little Green Footballs ALEXA Statistics, and there appears to be an anomaly in the fabric of the futon vortex. Something happened on 20 September 2019 that gave Charles Johnson’s Little Green Footballs a significant bump in traffic.
According to ALEXA, in less than two months (52 days) LGF traffic increased by an astounding 143%. Did Charles Johnson post breaking news? No. Did he increase the number of headline posts on his front page? Yes. Does clicking on the LGF front page automatically tally all posts on the front page as having been read? Yes.
Compare today’s graph with this one from 25 September 2014:
In other words, Charles Johnson’s Little Green Footballs was ranked by Alexa at -73K in September 2014, and as of December 2019 it’s at -307K.
That’s some impressive work, Charles.