For LGF statistics fans, all three of you, your long wait is over. For everyone else, bear with me, I’ll be brief.
By plotting the same data in a series of charts, each covering a different 18-month period and rescaled appropriately, we see that with Charles’ steady hand at the wheel, the rate of LGF’s decline has been remarkably constant for over 4 years:
The final chart shows the LGF daily comment counts, averaged by week, from Nov. 2008 through last Friday. The high point was the 2009 Inauguration. The two yellow circles mark the 2012 election and the Boston bombings.
The red arrow is an exponential curve (exponential curves trace the value of something which increases or decreases at a constant rate). This exponential curve, which fits the LGF data so neatly, has a growth constant of -0.007851. Loosely translated, this indicates the LGF comment rate has, on average, been shrinking by 0.782% per week, every week, for four and a half years. Compounding weekly, this works out to 3.36% per month, 33.6% per year. LGF has earned a total of -84% compounded (dis)interest since the election of 2008.
The polls are closed and the votes as tallied by PollDaddy.com have a healthy margin of error that even Dan Rather would envy. No tracking of individual votes is possible. The polls could have been set up to block by IP address but that creates undesirable side effects – for example, every McDonald’s in Culver City might be inadvertently blocked by a single corpulent wifi vote. With those caveats out of the way, let’s proceed.
PRESENTING THE 2012 LGF AWARDS AWARDS
THE BUZZSAW AWARD is for intrepid and pithy flouncing, and is hereby awarded to right_wing2, aka MF Horn, who quietly kept his LGF account alive through The Great Purge, until resurfacing on 3 November 2012. His flounce survived for 6 hours and garnered a mere 7 downdings before Mr. ThinSkin was alerted and deleted it. It’s preserved in all it’s glory here courtesy of The BRC. Congrats.
THE IRISH ROSE AWARD is awarded to those sycophantic echo-chamber lizards possessing the thickest calluses on their lips. It takes a lot of suckage to earn this one, and it was a close race between Dark Falcon and Gus_802, both well deserving of this ignominious award.
Before we proceed with the formal award, we’d like to point out that Destro was in the running. This full-blown piece of anti-American crap got exactly ZERO votes. Anti-semite lizard Curious Lurker was a write in candidate who deserved to be included on the ballot, but she’s got nothing on the two front runners.
Dark Falcon, winner of the 2010 Irish Rose Award, is the mountain lion of this category once again. Dork climbs the LGF ladder rung by rung, gets smacked down, apologizes and repeats, over and over. Dork, you’re the epitome of a sycophantic suck up of the worst kind, and you deserve every last steaming chunk of This Glorious Award. You’ve held onto your crown of awesome, so kudos and congrats go to you, The Electrolux Posterboy, Dark Falcon.
THE JOHNSON AWARD – Really, who gives a Chuck, but before we move on to our final Award, we should mention some awesome that happened in 2012 on Diary of Daedalus.
The Ruse and Fail of Little Green Footballs was requested by the late Andrew Breitbart via direct communications with The BRC in fall of 2011. It resulted in the most extensive and detailed monograph on Charles Johnson & LGF ever posted on the internet to date. Perhaps the best smackdown came last June as a stand-alone report.
Revisiting Rathergate ripped apart Charles’ specious claims that he’d discovered and exposed the Killian Documents Forgery by creating the “throbbing memo” that eventually brought down Dan Rather. (Hint: He didn’t.)
This brings us to the final award of this auspicious occasion. A Most Prestigious Award was created to recognize those sentients from Beyond The Valley of Diary of Daedalus who chose to expose and mock the hypocrisy of Charles Johnson elsewhere in the blogosphere. Without further adieu, we are proud to present THE MILYO.
Awarded To One Most Deserving for the Following Excellent Reasons:
- He introduced Charles Johnson to Pajamas Media (and Pamela Geller) and explained his stunned amazement at Charles’ penchant for unwarranted backstabbing.
- He stuck Charles Johnson with the nic “The Magical Jazzy Ponytail.”
- He beat Charles Johnson in the #TwitterWars of 2011 and got him to whine about being blocked.
- He exposed Twitter links between Charles Johnson and some nefarious characters, eventually forcing Johnson to delete his own tweets and direct messages, and to abandon his former persona as @Lizardoid.
- He participated in an interview on Blogmocracy Radio, without pretense and with cordial nonchalance, and referred to Charles Johnson as “fuckface.”
- He passed away unexpectedly on 1 March 2012, yet Charles Johnson continues to attack him.
THE 2012 MILYO AWARD is hereby bestowed upon the late
Congrats to all who stalked, mocked, monitored, nominated, were nominated and voted for the 2012 LGF Awards. Rock on, y’all.
[Update: Poll results may be viewed here.]
As 2012 draws to a close and we pause to reflect on the year passed and contemplate the year ahead, it’s only natural that we may find ourselves pondering of some of life’s eternal questions. For instance,
Q1: How many consecutive years can a once prominent blog suffer double-digit declines in comment volume before it finally bottoms out?
Q2: Has the size of the commenting community at this once prominent blog continued to shrink as well?
A: Yes it has. In 2007, it took 118 people to provide 50% of the comments for the year. By contrast, in 2012 it only took 21:
Of the top 21 contributors in 2007, only 2 remain. However, in the face of all this decline and shrinkage, Gus had his most productive year ever, posting more than 31000 times and setting a few records in the process:
- Gus set the record for most posts in one year by a person not named Sharmuta or MandyManners.
- Gus wrote more comments than the next two posters combined. Unprecedented.
- Gus accounted for a record 7.6% of all comments (previous record: Gus, 2011, 4.4%)
- Two years running, Gus flopped 5 rungs up the all time poster list, kind of like a salmon:
Q3: Is this once prominent blog content with the whole echo chamber mil-yo it’s cultivated during the last few years?
A: Apparently yes. 2012 added only about 200 nics to the rolls of LGF commenters, down about 95% from the 4360 added in 2007.
A: Uh, no. Unlike the Class of 2007 which jumped right into the conversation, the Class of 2012 were mostly lurkers, contributing a mere 2% of this year’s comments.
Happy New Year from the BRC!
Yesterday, teh Johnson noticed that The Weekly Standard had what he referred to as a non-argument, and decided to put up a post with the tile heading “Facepalm”:
It is interesting, see, because the BRC noticed that the “idiotic” exercise of word-counting had come up on LGF at least one other time; The World’s Greatest Blog Search Engine™ found this little nugget:
We find it in LGF thread #35729, where Mr. Johnson is apparently trying to prove — prove, I say! — that the Sarah Palin is an uppity malignant narcissist who thinks she’s important for some reason.
The difference, I guess, is that perhaps we should assume that, unlike the folks at The Weekly Standard, he can’t count, as he calls on “somebody” else to handle those duties.
(Hat Tip: ISTE)
Although most of the fun is gone, I spent some time and updated my LGF comment stats. As expected, the numbers continue their steady decline into oblivion.
The attached charts are pretty self-explanatory. I’ll explain them anyway.
The average weekly comment chart shows that even the election season couldn’t reverse the downward trend, now entering its 5th year. Without the election, the decline would likely have been steeper. Has LGF hit bottom yet? 2013 may tell.
Maybe Charles will work on getting some new voices in there to liven up the conversation. Only 192 new posters showed up in 2012, down slightly from the 4171 new posters in 2007.
I also have some interesting ‘per character’ stats. Posting rates, karma trends, etc. Gus stories are always fun. I’ll send those later.
BRC Engineer No. 5
[From beneath the trap door behind The Blogmocracy Rec Room couch and hidden with the cat stuff comes this story from 2011. The Boiler Room Crew Engineer who forwarded it prefers to remain anonymous, but his initials are Bunk X. - Briareus]
Believe it or not, that’s NOT a photoshop. It’s a genuine screencap.
In the early days of The Boiler Room Crew’s escapades, many projects were discussed behind the scenes, and many were rejected. This was one that amused us privately, but never saw the light of day.
While some of the BRC Engineers were busy tunneling underneath the walls of Castle Chuck and stealing strawberries by the Gigabyte, another Engineer figured out how to scrape Charles’ posting-image code to produce FauxLGF screenshots containing whatever content we wanted. Another template allowed us to create FauxLGF comments that would look genuine, even to the big lizard himself.
These powerful templates were easy to use – just plug in the content in the various fields, post the html code in a draft file, preview the image and save a screencap. Voila! We had the power to create images of posts that never appeared on Little Green Footballs in any form, but would be indistinguishable from the genuine threads. (The image above was my own trial run, rediscovered while cleaning out old files. Apologies for the language.)
Shortly after the creation of this Generator, the Boiler Room Crew discussed what to do with it. All agreed that it shouldn’t be used for fake LGF screenshots and chicanery, not even for a satirical parody, because doing so would undermine the credibility of everything the BRC produced. Despite the hilarious fun we could have had with this awesome toy, the project was squelched.
We knew that posting the honest truth about Charles Johnson and Little Green Footballs, with authentic screen caps, verifiable statistics and quotes would do more damage to his credibility in the long run, and in the long run it was the correct choice.
See, Charles? Some people have ethics. The BRC could have burned your smarmy ass with the LGF Generator, but no. We’d rather burn your fat lying chairmuncher with your own words, and leave all the windows open while we do it, just so the rest of the blogosphere may enjoy the pungent aroma of a gamey burnt #rumpswab.
No, that’s not an Irish drinking song about a dory lost in a gale – or maybe it is, given the state of LGF today.
The Corpulent Charles Foster Johnson opined on the Cuckold John Forbes Kerry numerous times. Kerry (who served in VietNam and has an estimated net worth of about $200 million by marriage) is apparently being considered by the non-racist non-sexist Obama Administration as a better choice for US Secretary of State than either Hillary “Billy’s Big Caboose” Clinton or UN Ambassador Susan “Spo” Rice.
Think there might be some money involved? Nah.
Oh, the racist mysogeny. Here’s a sample from the LGF Archives, courtesy of The BRC.
202 Charles Tue, Jul 27, 2004 4:54:16pm
“John Kerry will not hesitate to use our military…”
He’ll just vote against every single defense spending bill that ever crossed his desk.
66 Charles Fri, Jul 30, 2004 2:24:11pm
Christopher Luebcke wrote:
Given that the mullahs’ nuclear arms development program speeds ahead with no intervention by the current administration, who’s to say that under John Kerry we’d do any worse?
Who’s to say? The mullahs themselves.
116 Charles Sun, Aug 1, 2004 9:48:04am
I’m with you on Kerry’s comments against the Saudis. I don’t know why Charles – who I happen to know from very long personal experience is as smart as they come – would seem so inconsistent on this point…
Howzit, Avram? Appreciate the comment, but you missed my point. Yes, on the surface, Kerry’s needling of the Saudis appears to coincide with my views. However, there are two deeper points here: 1) Kerry doesn’t mean it, like almost everything else he says — the statement was tossed off in a moment of cheap political pandering, and 2) it’s utterly inconsistent with Kerry’s own stated goal of “restoring respect for America overseas.”
The simple fact, stated by many others above, is that as distasteful and ugly as our relationship with the oil ticks is, this country needs their oil. Neither you nor anyone else (and especially not John Kerry) would enjoy what would happen if the petro-taps were suddenly shut. That’s why a statement like this, thrown out to the DNC crowd for pure “red meat” effect, is so disingenuous.
50 Charles Fri, Aug 13, 2004 8:53:12am
Please note the real point of this article: the position described here is on the far, far left, even for the nuclear freeze people.
If John Kerry is elected, he’ll be America’s first openly radical pacifist President.
10 Charles Sun, Aug 7, 2011 3:15:58pm
I can forgive John Kerry for many things, but I can’t forgive this:
Fuldkommen Gak. Yep. Chuck was hypnotized and deceived by the evil yet clever Wingnuts who commanded him to be consistent in his posts for almost a decade against his will. Charles, you’re a mess.
Charles Johnson is still still playing Twitter games, and for some reason decided to vaporize his @Lizardoid TweetBrand in favor of @Green_Footballs.
Of all the images Charles Johnson could choose from, he sticks with one that looks the least like him. For example, he could have picked one of these:
But he chose and saved his favorite, an image that he admires, perhaps because it shows him in a good light, in the sun with a Nike baseball cap and two fewer chins than he sports in real life.
So for some reason, Charles decided that he needed a new Twitter account, and he uses the same arcane out-of-date photo as before.
As of yesterday, Charles abandoned “@Lizardoid” as a twitter handle in favor of “@Green_Footballs,” yet kept the original as a forwarding mechanism. Why?
Might be because he wants to distance himself from some unsavory characters he’s been caught associating with. Maybe he wants the live Tweets links destroyed. Regardless, Charles works in petulant ways, and his photo is in dire need of updating, and that’s where Diary of Dadaelus comes in.
Maybe a magical jazzy pony tail just doesn’t make the nut anymore, and a headscarf might just cover for the aging forehead. The intrepid is promulgated by intrepids, and thus we have this:
The Open Question is “Why would Chuck destroy his own Twitter Links?” Answer: He hasn’t. Not yet. He’s moving them.
[Graphics h/t @Liz_Ardoid]
This is Part 6 of a monograph about a blog named Little Green Footballs and its founder Charles Foster Johnson. Click the links below for related posts.
Part 1 – Overview
Part 2 – The Ascendance of Charles Johnson and LGF
Part 3 – The Bannings
Part 4 – The Flounces
Part 5 – The Turnaround
Part 6 – Current Events & The Future Of LGF
PART 6 – CURRENT EVENTS & THE FUTURE OF LGF
No one argues that Charles Johnson had no right to change his mind politically. He has every right to do so. Happens all the time. What doesn’t happen all the time is when a one-time top-notch political blogger decides to attack those who helped push him into the spotlight rather than just carry on with his own business.
There are plenty of people who became more conservative after the tragic events of 9/11, Johnson among them. But the people who made Johnson’s blog great – his “Lizard Army,” his “minions” as they called themselves – were owed better than the backstabbing and subsequent kangaroo court trials followed by a bum’s rush to the door.
Once a loyal lizard was booted for stepping on one too many invisible eggshells, the vanquished was demonized by those remaining behind, and that’s what got people pissed off, both left and right, about Charles Johnson. He couldn’t be trusted. He exposed himself, not by his words, but by his actions. Johnson is nothing more than an opportunist with no loyalty to anyone but himself.
In retrospect, Johnson might have handled it better. He might have explained his progressive epiphany or allowed dissent on LGF, but he didn’t. There was no transition period, and without warning it was Johnson’s way or the highway. Over 16,000 people either picked the highway  or had the decision made for them.  Now Johnson presides over what is essentially an online cult. Johnson asserts that he doesn’t ban anyone for disagreeing with him or for questioning him, which is an out and out falsehood, and there are over 16K who know it.
The Little Green Footballs of today bears no resemblance to the Little Green Footballs of old. Today, Johnson and his blog are objects of ridicule, and the once insightful topic threads are merely echo chambers for his rants du jour. He makes feeble attempts to recapture national prominence by hawking outlandish claims against national conservative figures – a provocative Rush Limbaugh thread here, a Glenn Beck smear thread there, a snark against the GOP and Mitt Romney, hoping that someone will mention him. So far none have taken the bait, and none have done so because Johnson hasn’t come up with any original material.
That includes his one claim to fame: Rathergate. Believe it or not, Charles Johnson stole and took credit for that one, too.