September 27, 2009

The Birther, the Truther, and the Frogger @ LGF: Charles Foster Kane Johnson Pwnd and Pied

Charles Foster Johnson: Don't worry about me, McCain! Don't worry about me! I'm Charles Foster Johnson! I'm no cheap, crooked blogger, trying to save himself from the consequences of his posts and comments!

[Screams louder]

Charles Foster Johnson: McCain! I'm going to send you to Raaaaacist Sing Sing! Raaaaacist Sing Sing, McCain! Raaaaacist Sing Sing! -- Citizen Kane (1941) - Memorable quotes

Warning: This is a Sunday / Inside Blogball item.

If you haven't been foolish enough to follow the transmogrification of Charles Foster Johnson of Little Green Footballs into Charles Foster Kane of Citizen Kane (but without the fortune and the editing skills) it's probably too late to start now.

Now the popular sentiment is that Charles Foster Kane Johnson's Little Green Choo-Choo has gone round the bend. True enough but far too simple for such a potent cocktail of Asperger's and OCD on the rocks.

The short form of a more accurate interpretation is that Johnson once said certain kinds of things for money and now is saying opposite kinds of things for money. In addition he's been crazed by all the untrue things people said about him when he was saying his previous things for money. Plus, he's now running low on money and that makes him a bit more testy and paranoid than usual. Can't stay on the right when all the money's on the left, especially when a blog is all you have.

Off the Cliff @ LGF. Clearly, something had to be done. And it was.

That's the short form. I'll spare you, for now, the long form of backstory, charts, the other money graphs, and tedious thread quotes. Others such as Stacy McCain are doing this in a detailed and unrelenting manner.

Still it isn't stretching a point that Charles Foster Kane Johnson has risen to his present level of revilement the old fashioned way, he's earned it. And continues to do so every waking moment of every day.

At this point Charles Foster Kane Johnson has been reduced to running Victor Hanson's afterthought on LGF, along with Stacy McCain slander slam posts at the top of the home page and then echoing them to the top of every story link.... just so you can't miss them. It's as if he thinks clever programming takes the place of real content. In addition, he won't link to the Hanson article because it's on Pajamas Media, Johnson's main source of money for years in more ways than one, because Johnson delinked Pajamas for publishing articles by Stacy McCain. Oh, what a tangled web he weaves... that Charles Foster Kane Johnson. It's all as sad as a long bike ride to photograph an empty beach. And not a little desperate.

Charles Foster Kane Johnson was first pwnd by Glenn Beck on national television for falling for the transparent "frog in the water" gambit. Then, he was pied in the face by Pamela Geller at Atlas Shrugs with a Downfall parody.

Now many Downfall parodies have been spawned on YouTube, but if you are up on the back story on Charles Foster Kane Johnson, LGF, Glenn Beck, and the killing of the rubber frog, this one from Pamela at Atlas Shrugs is the killer app: Lizard Lounge: Frogger Gate - Atlas Shrugs

If you like blogwars, this is the red meat on the table. Yummy.

Posted by Vanderleun at September 27, 2009 10:28 AM
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In more ways than one?

Posted by: ninme at September 27, 2009 5:08 AM

An alternate graphic for LGF: Some bouncing Little Green Pills. (Clozaril is an anti-psychotic medication.)

Posted by: pst314 at September 27, 2009 5:20 AM

I started to worry about Charles when the cascade of technical posts started. Every techy tweaks their code, but when they become obsessive they are in an infinite loop and need a break; followed by a long vacation.

Posted by: charris at September 27, 2009 7:04 AM

Nearly all men can withstand adversity, but if you want to test a man, give him power--Abe

Posted by: james wilson at September 27, 2009 8:15 AM

An interesting quote about power. The irony is of course that if you have a blog, even a very big blog, you have about as much power as a midge.

Posted by: vanderleun at September 27, 2009 8:55 AM

I can't stop watching the deterioration unfold. Ironic that he has become the Dan Rather of the blogosphere, just as Dan Rather became the Richard Nixon of journalism.

Posted by: Gagdad Bob at September 27, 2009 9:06 AM

By the way, using Charles the Queeg's insane moral logic, we could accuse him of anti-Semitism for linking to a book by Richard Dawkins.

Posted by: Gagdad Bob at September 27, 2009 9:22 AM

One more point -- as you suggest, there are always thirty pieces of silver waiting for the conservative apostate who has "evolved."

Posted by: Gagdad Bob at September 27, 2009 9:25 AM

Well, a storm of midges can be a frightfully powerful motivator.

Posted by: Joan of Argghh! at September 27, 2009 9:30 AM

Until last Tuesday I had not yet been officially banned from the lizard ranch. So I decided to remedy that situation. I logged in, and posted the whole 1200+ names on the banned list. Well, I tried anyway. It only fit up to the "E's". It took less than a minute for the monitors to nuke the post and my account.

"JWM, you've been hanging with stalkers."



Posted by: jwm at September 27, 2009 10:41 AM

I find his behavior sad and inexplicable. Like Andrew Sullivan, it was like watching someone get Alzheimer's - they were both fierce, cogent and determined to get the truth out.

Then they both went bat-squealing crazy.

Posted by: John at September 27, 2009 4:36 PM

I dumped Johnson -- who had been a regular read before -- when he started his jihad against creationism and intelligent design. While no great fan of either school of thought, his ignorance and superficiality of understanding of the deeper issues involved, a core mean-spiritedness, combined with the tedious sameness of post after post on the topic, soon relegated him to the binary dustbin of blogging history. Life is too short to waste time on such drivel.

Posted by: Dr Bob at September 27, 2009 8:26 PM

I took him off my rss feed. He is happier and I am happier.

Posted by: Fat Man at September 27, 2009 9:35 PM