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Weird but True: Little Green Footballs Attacks Autistic Blogger

By far, this is one of the oddest tales that I have found on the internet. Even worse, it turns out to be true. According to a late-October article written by Jumping in Pools (JiP) claimed that Little Green Footballs (LGF) had attacked an autistic blogger.

Some back-story is definitely needed to sort out this piece. Jumping in Pools had been posting articles on LGF until Charles Johnson, the head of the site, banned them. Two months later, a satire piece of JiP's was picked up by major radio personalities like Rush Limbaugh and Lou Dobbs as fact. The truth came out, eventually, and Charles Johnson had a field day bashing Rush and JiP.

This article elicited no response from Jumping in Pools, until the members of the LGF community started to comment on a picture that JiP has as its website banner. The picture turned out to be one of an autistic friend that the writers of Jumping in Pools know. Now, Charles Johnson has stated several times that any comment left on a website is as if the owner of the site wrote it himself. In a response, Jumping in Pools asked that Little Green Footballs take down the comment:

That picture happens to be of Joseph Chicoine, an autistic 20-year old college student who is a friend of my brother and I. We put a picture of him on the top of our blog, something that made him ecstatic. We made a difference in his life. We put him next to his hero John McCain so that everyone can see him in that light.

And along comes Cato the Elder, who could do nothing better than to insult an innocent autistic gentleman...

Charles, get over yourself and put a retraction.

Now, put yourself inside the mind of Charles Johnson for a second. You know that one of your commenters inadvertently made fun of an autistic person and you have the ability to retract it. Wouldn't you take down the offensive comment and state that you had no way of knowing that the person in question was handicapped? Instead, Charles Johnson not only did not take down the comment, but then insulted JiP again.

To truly exasperate the situation completely, three days later Charles Johnson actually declared that he 'had a right' to attack autistic people. What in the hell was he thinking?

Now, it took me a little while to write this article and I was extremely skeptical of the charges that Jumping in Pools made at first. But after digging into the links they provided, it appears that they were indeed telling the truth. All I can say is...wow.


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Comments (51)

Did CJ sell his site to som... (Below threshold)
davidt:

Did CJ sell his site to someone who is now using his name?

I do believe that CJ has fi... (Below threshold)
ac:

I do believe that CJ has finally taken the train to Loonyland with no return ticket.

davidt...I've wonder... (Below threshold)
ac:

davidt...
I've wondered about that myself. Time will tell.

LGF's Johnson is rocking th... (Below threshold)
Victory is Ours:

LGF's Johnson is rocking the right wing blogosphere, ever since he published /littlegreenfootballs.com/article/35243_Why_I_Parted_Ways_With_The_Right" a few weeks ago - citing the racist, bigoted, stupidity that permeates the conservative arena these days.

You guys are really reaching with this one.

Keep trying, but you just keep driving more readers to Johnson's site.

Vic
depp=true

4."..citing the ra... (Below threshold)
Sky Captian:

4.

"..citing the racist, bigoted, stupidity that permeates the conservative arena these days."

Apparently, CJ has yet to read any of VIC's or Steve Green's posts.

1.It's been obvious ... (Below threshold)
RicardoVerde:

1.
It's been obvious for some time. He's likely sitting under a palm on Tahiti.

LGF is nothing more than a ... (Below threshold)
Jojo BoZley:

LGF is nothing more than a lefty blog. I was kinda shocked you would think this issue is "weird" as if CJ once had actual credibility. When was his blog of any consequence? (I mean really?) I read through a bunch of entries and man, what a total load of crap. I know a few bloggers on the right referenced them throughout the years - well what the hell happened over there?

I remember the posts you ci... (Below threshold)

I remember the posts you cited. Thanks for the update, since the only LGF-related posts I will ever read from now on will not be from Charles Johnson, but about Charles Johnson.

- USCitizen, Banned of Brothers blogger

"You guys are really reachi... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"You guys are really reaching with this one."

Everything is a 'reach' for you VIC, unless it comes out of Barry's ass. Then you're right there.

Still want to comment on Barry's preference for a 'single-payer' medical system?

It's the balloon juice synd... (Below threshold)
Trump:

It's the balloon juice syndrome.

Sold out for whatever reasons, Funny and sad at the same time

He does have a right to tra... (Below threshold)
astonerii:

He does have a right to trash talk handicaps, and when he does, people have the right to shun him for having done so. LGF did only one good thing that I have ever seen, and that was catching Dan Rather with fake documents. So, I think the best thing to do is what I have done. I deleted my link to his webpage and I ignore him.

I can remember several year... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

I can remember several years ago when LGF was actually an interesting blog. Not true any more. I have no idea what happened to CJ's mind, but whatever he's taking, it's no good for him.

Vic,"Keep trying, ... (Below threshold)
914:

Vic,

"Keep trying, but you just keep driving more readers to Johnson's site"

Have a nice trip.

Vic,"Keep trying, ... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

Vic,

"Keep trying, but you just keep driving more readers to Johnson's site"


Um, seen his stats lately?

"Better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool, than to open it and remove all doubt." ~ Mark Twain

Tell ya what, Vic - hang ou... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Tell ya what, Vic - hang out over there. We won't miss you, honest. And just so you're forewarned, if you dissent from the orthodoxy over there, you WILL be banned in a heartbeat.

But hey, you're okay with that, right?

Joined LGF and stayed for t... (Below threshold)
Prairie:

Joined LGF and stayed for two weeks and deleted the link from my favs. RIP LGF

I do see this as a bit of a... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

I do see this as a bit of a 'gotcha' game. However, live by the sword, die by the sword. LGF deserves it.

I put myself inside the min... (Below threshold)
Roy:

I put myself inside the mind of CJ for a second, and bumped into Andi Sullivan. Could explain some stuff.

I used to visit LGF frequen... (Below threshold)

I used to visit LGF frequently. Now I have deleted it from my blogroll and I don't visit any more.

So how does one "look up the stats" on a website? Please provide the link so we can check your assertion.

Johnson had his 15 minutes ... (Below threshold)
davidt:

Johnson had his 15 minutes of fame with the Throbbing Memo, and couldn't regain the spotlight no matter how much he flailed about.

Now lunacy is his claim to fame.

Where's the outrage?!!... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

Where's the outrage?!!

Freerepublic on Helen Thomas:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2404585/posts#comment

Adrian,Are you say... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

Adrian,

Are you saying that Helen Thomas is autistic? I never knew. She has my sincerest apologies.

Off topic and for the recor... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

Off topic and for the record: The talking ads on Wizbang are REALLY annoying.

"Yeah, I just looked the... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

"Yeah, I just looked them up. He's killing you guys. His web site stats are increasing while Wizbang's are decreasing."

Why don't you help decrease the stats here some more and leave? Putz.

Yeah - the truth gets in th... (Below threshold)
Victory is Ours:

Yeah - the truth gets in the ways sometimes doesn't it, Oyster?

Vic, you wouldn't know trut... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

Vic, you wouldn't know truth if it jumped in your lap. But if you and the other trolls want to keep jacking up the visitor number here then fine. Now, care to show us where you got your "stats" from? Or is that just another "Oh yeah? Well, you're dumb" episode you're so adept at?

I deleted LGF from my favor... (Below threshold)
storyteller:

I deleted LGF from my favorites long ago. Charles has gone off the deep end and I think has a mental problem. I pray that he gets the help he needs. (That will drive him even more nuts!) I am sincere though.

"Now, care to show us wh... (Below threshold)
Victory is Ours:

"Now, care to show us where you got your "stats" from? Or is that just another "Oh yeah? Well, you're dumb" episode you're so adept at?"

I'll be happy to, after Jim Addison shows us where he got his numbers.

Vic, "Keep trying, but you just keep driving more readers to Johnson's site"

Um, seen his stats lately?

"Better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool, than to open it and remove all doubt." ~ Mark Twain

14. Posted by Jim Addison | December 10, 2009 4:24 AM

Addison opened his mouth, now it's time for him to show us what he means by "Um, seen his stats lately?" Addison implied that I was wrong when I said

I suspect Addison didn't even check, but just assumed that LGF stats have gown down.

They haven't, they've gone up.

You see, that's how the right wing blogosphere works. That's why they don't link to their sources they link to other bloggers who are repeating the same lies instead.

And if they do link to a source, in my experience if you follow the link you'll find that they sometimes either twist the information or are leaving out information that goes against their stated position.

So show us yours, Jim Addison, and I'll show you mine - and we'll compare and see which one is bigger.

Hint for those paying money - I'm right again and Jim Addison is lying according to what I'm seeing, but let's let Jim tell you he's right before I prove that he's wrong.

Assuming he had the huevos to actually show up here again.

Vic

Lord Vickington, Count of C... (Below threshold)
ac:

Lord Vickington, Count of Cut, Copy and Paste
It's good to know all your fellow basement buddies are giving The Loony One the traffic he deserves.

vic "LGF's Johnson is ... (Below threshold)
Marc:

vic "LGF's Johnson is rocking the right wing blogosphere"

Yeah as you are "rocking" Wizbang. If by "rocking" you mean being a complete asshole.

vic "I suspect Addison didn't even check, but just assumed that LGF stats have gown down."

Here nitwit, I'll do the dirty work for you, considering you're too friggin' lazy and only want to whine about what others fail to do. I.E. whine, cry, and pout rather than posting your stats and shutting everyone up.

That's too easy for you, much easier, or rather preferable, for you to criticize and call in your on standby Whambulance.

You're partly right. But partly wrong.

LGF over the last few months has gained traffic, but over that last year on average has maintained what they had a year ago.

Wizbang on the other hand has lost some traffic over what they had the last few months of 2008, however Wizbang has remained at a steady level since the first of the year.

Also note Wizbang has been up 24%, with LGF up 26% over the last 3 months. Hardly a significant difference and hardly down in Wizbangs case as you suggest they are.

So, like Marc said, while t... (Below threshold)
liberal troll:

So, like Marc said, while trying desperately not to, Vic was right and Jim was wrong. That's what I found too.

As for the subject of the post, what does autism have to do with anything? My 13 year-old niece knows that they were making fun of a picture on a blog, not a person with autism. Do you really not know that? Or are you just pretending?

Weird but True: wizbang authors can't tell the difference between a picture on a website and a real person.

#32Loser.... (Below threshold)
914:

#32

Loser..

libturd troll "So, lik... (Below threshold)
Marc:

libturd troll "So, like Marc said, while trying desperately not to, Vic was right and Jim was wrong. That's what I found too."

Have zero clue how to read a graphic representation of blog traffic do you?

If you has the slightest clue you would see "vic" [the other libturd troll] wasn't right but wrong.

But hey if you can explain how Wizbang can remain at a steady level for the last three months is a loss of traffic I'd be glad to entertain your thoughts.

Until then, STFU and....

FOAD

Hey, "VIC", don't let the d... (Below threshold)
Wanderlust:

Hey, "VIC", don't let the door hit ya.


I stopped going to LGF after I found out that Charles was not only banning people for disagreeing with him, but going so far as to ban their IP addresses from the site so that he could prevent them from even accessing it.

/wanker

Yep - Marc is using the sam... (Below threshold)
Victory is Ours:

Yep - Marc is using the same source I did. Still waiting to see Jim Addison's numbers - maybe he still trying to find a crayon so he can make them up.

LGF over the last few months has gained traffic, but over that last year on average has maintained what they had a year ago.

Wizbang on the other hand has lost some traffic over what they had the last few months of 2008, however Wizbang has remained at a steady level since the first of the year.

And the inconvenient truth that Marc intentionally left out (those of you who have learned to follow links and think for yourself already know this but for the vast majority of you who take whatever a conservative says as 'gospel') -- what Marc intentionally left out is the most telling numbers - that in the last month LGF is up 36% while Wizbang is down 6%.

About a month ago Wizbang blogger Jay Tea wrote several posts about LGF and Charles Johnson.

So when Jim said "Um, seen his stats lately?"

and I replied "Yeah, I just looked them up. He's killing you guys. His web site stats are increasing while Wizbang's are decreasing.

I hope he sends you guys a Christmas card thanking you for the help.

I was referring to the recent period during which Wizbang has written three or four derogatory posts about Little Green Footballs - some of which no doubt contributed to LGF's increase while Wizbang was decreasing.

In addition, what seems to have helped LGF lately was Charles Johnson's piece titled "Why I Parted Ways With The Right". Among the list of reasons Johnson gives is this little gem: well -- heck, I'll give you the whole list. Note how many of the reasons he lists are the same valid criticisms I and other liberals have expressed and get spittle-filled rants like Marc's above shoved back in response.

1. Support for fascists, both in America (see: Pat Buchanan, Robert Stacy McCain, etc.) and in Europe (see: Vlaams Belang, BNP, SIOE, Pat Buchanan, etc.)

2. Support for bigotry, hatred, and white supremacism (see: Pat Buchanan, Ann Coulter, Robert Stacy McCain, Lew Rockwell, etc.)

3. Support for throwing women back into the Dark Ages, and general religious fanaticism (see: Operation Rescue, anti-abortion groups, James Dobson, Pat Robertson, Tony Perkins, the entire religious right, etc.)

4. Support for anti-science bad craziness (see: creationism, climate change denialism, Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, James Inhofe, etc.)

5. Support for homophobic bigotry (see: Sarah Palin, Dobson, the entire religious right, etc.)

6. Support for anti-government lunacy (see: tea parties, militias, Fox News, Glenn Beck, etc.)

7. Support for conspiracy theories and hate speech (see: Alex Jones, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Birthers, creationists, climate deniers, etc.)

8. A right-wing blogosphere that is almost universally dominated by raging hate speech (see: Hot Air, Free Republic, Ace of Spades, etc.)

9. Anti-Islamic bigotry that goes far beyond simply criticizing radical Islam, into support for fascism, violence, and genocide (see: Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, etc.)

10. Hatred for President Obama that goes far beyond simply criticizing his policies, into racism, hate speech, and bizarre conspiracy theories (see: witch doctor pictures, tea parties, Birthers, Michelle Malkin, Fox News, World Net Daily, Newsmax, and every other right wing source)

And much, much more. The American right wing has gone off the rails, into the bushes, and off the cliff.

I won't be going over the cliff with them.

#8 is the problem I cite most often, but they are all really common on this site. and this latest post by LGF is the reason why right wing hate sites are going out of their way to piss on Charles Johnson and the LGF web site, as this post accusing him of attacking an innocent austic person so beautifully illustrates.... and all the while LGF is seeing an increase in traffic.

Marc tried desperately to spin reality...

Also note Wizbang has been up 24%, with LGF up 26% over the last 3 months. Hardly a significant difference and hardly down in Wizbangs case as you suggest they are.

Nice try, spit bucket. The last month has seen a dramatic increase in traffic at LGF, and that will translate into a big difference in the three month numbers come January. For now, in the last month, LGF is up 36% wile Wizbang is down 6%. That's significant.

Apology accepted.

Vic

Hey Vic why don't you go bu... (Below threshold)
ironyshines:

Hey Vic why don't you go buy a pineapple shaped anal plug? I bet Charles Johnson hawks them on his Amazon cart and he'll sure thank you for the nickel profit he makes for it.

"Hey guy's my stats are down, how about supplementing my income with either my paypal tip jar, or my Amazon wares I had to add when everyone left my echo chamber"

vic "Nice try, spit bu... (Below threshold)
Marc:

vic "Nice try, spit bucket. "

Thanks for the complment.... asshole, it was nice and accurate.

Over the last 11 months Wizbangs numbers have remained at a steady level. If you want to hang your [dunce] hat on a 30 day blip or less go head, feel free to do so.

vic "8. A right-wing blogosphere that is almost universally dominated by raging hate speech (see: Hot Air, Free Republic, Ace of Spades, etc.)"

Psst... "Best political sites: Liberal, conservative, and nonpartisan"

Funny only one of your so called purveyors of "hate speech" make the list.

However on the libturd side hate speech purveyers such as Daily Kos, Huffington Post and Move.on.org are three of the top five.

And you DAMN sure don't see much hate speech offered on most, if not all of the top 100 conservative blogs.

I had no idea CJ was a para... (Below threshold)

I had no idea CJ was a paranoid schizophrenic. I will try to control my emotions......

......in either direction.

I used to read LGF regularl... (Below threshold)
kat:

I used to read LGF regularly, however about a year or so ago I noticed his postings were consistent with someone who is becoming mentally ill. I no longer read his blog and I do feel sorry for him because unless he gets help soon, he will find himself in a mental hospital or worse. Please keep this in mind when you take him to task for his writings.

Over the last 11 months ... (Below threshold)
Victory is Ours:

Over the last 11 months Wizbangs numbers have remained at a steady level. If you want to hang your [dunce] hat on a 30 day blip or less go head, feel free to do so.

Addison asked about if I'd seen the LGF traffic stats lately.

Lately -- LGF is kicking ass over Wizbang. You're just too much of a clown to admit it. That's why I suggested the Johnson should send a Christmas card to Wizbang thanking them for the traffic - all of which has been sent to LGF lately - as a result of the 3 or 4 posts written lately and posted here at Wizbang.

But if you really want to see a comparison check out this - a two year look at how LGF and Wizbang traffic compares. Especially in the last year or so - LGF steady increase, Wizbang steady decrease.

February 2009 the 2 sites has almost equal traffic. Now, 10 months later, LGF has double the traffic of Wizbang.

Currently:

LGF ranks 7,098 in the U.S. among all web sites in the US.

Wizbang ranks in at 24,232 among all web sites in the US.

And Marc wants you to believe that they are equal and that LGF isn't increasing. Just look at the chart and you can see is full of shit.

And all you hear from some commenters is how they used to read LGF but don't any longer - meanwhile LGFs traffic is steadily improving. So there must be a lot more people coming in to that site than are leaving.

Apology accepted.

Vic

Vic:That would be th... (Below threshold)
ironyshines:

Vic:
That would be the liberal dipshits and gawkers that come over to look at his train wreck. The last time I checked this site wasn't suggesting I buy my pants or groceries from Amazon using a referral link, or begging with a tipjar after every post? Perhaps you can explain if LGF is so strong why Charles Johnson has to panhandle after every post - I don't recall that being the case when he was considered a Conservative blogger.

I think if CJ gets any more desperate for traffic and cash he might stand outside with a bucket and a squeegee or let passersby stub cigarettes out on his forehead for a dollar. This is why he will post anything on his blog for attention. Now be a good boy and buy something from his Amazon cart, I hear he has a redemption code for sycophants.

and FYI - The chart showing... (Below threshold)
Victory is Ours:

and FYI - The chart showing a comparison between LGF and Wizbang isn't displayed at the link above - you have to go to that page, then enter wizbangblog.com in the "compare to" box below the chart and then hit the "Compare" button.

It's amazing! And it's exactly as I said. LGF's traffic is steadily increasing over the year and dramatically increasing in the last month... while Wizbang is in a steady decline.

Which for some strange reason doesn't match what Marc's been telling you at all or what Jim Addison implied.

Imagine that, conservatives who lie to you and hope you never bother to check out their stories.

Wonder how long that's been going on...

Vic

OK..So let me see if... (Below threshold)
Knightbrigade:

OK..
So let me see if I got the gist of this story and comments......so far

A) Charles Johnson is a douchebag. (which everyone knows the goof has gone full blown liberal, but now morphes with being an ass)
B) Trolls have infested Wizbang like cockroaches since BlueWiz has closed.

YA that looks about right.

If you want to talk about b... (Below threshold)
ironyshines:

If you want to talk about bloggers that lie, perhaps you can comment on the fact that Charles Johnson has javascript that removes google adverts if they match the urls for Atlasshrugs or Spencers website but he told you rubes he couldn't get rid of the advert for Glenn Beck or Palin appearing on his website? While we're on the subject of web tech you do know that Alexa is a "representative" ranking system based on users who have the Alexa toolbar installed visiting a site? Ever met anyone who has the Alexa toolbar installed? Neither have I.
It is however ran by Amazon, where I believe you can get a sponge and a bucket for half price if you use CJ's referrer ID.

4. Posted by Victory is Our... (Below threshold)
914:

4. Posted by Victory is Ours | December 9, 2009 9:24 PM | Score: -31 (31 votes cast)

Feel free to pad Your stats anytime Vic. I wont look!

You know you're over the ta... (Below threshold)
Victory is Ours:

You know you're over the target when you start catching flak.

Half of it is probably Marc and another third Addison. Liars hate to be outed.

Vic

This stats debate is silly.... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

This stats debate is silly. Conservatives will never be able to compete with government-subsidized liberals who are paid to sit on their asses and whine. China uses paid plants to control public opinion. I doubt Obama is far behind. It's right up his corrupt little alley.

"So there must be a lot ... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

"So there must be a lot more people coming in to that site than are leaving."

Rubberneckers.

It's obvious to me that wiz... (Below threshold)
liberal troll:

It's obvious to me that wizbang is desperately trying to ride the coattails of LGF. I'd bet JT is working on a screed right now about how CJ is a big crazy meanie.

As I thought, no answer. Wh... (Below threshold)
ironyshines:

As I thought, no answer. What a troll.

LGF reminds me of my first ... (Below threshold)
Studyhard:

LGF reminds me of my first grade teacher. He wanted to impress the kids so bad.




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