I’ve been pretty busy this weekend but as I checked my e-mail I noted that my videos of Breitbart in Lexington were drawing not only a respectable number of hits but an inordinate amount of comments, primarily from the left.

It wasn’t until a few minutes ago that I had time to google it to find out why and what to my wondering eyes would appear but Charles Johnson’s site Little Green Footballs using my video and pushing the (false) idea that Breitbart is calling for civil war.

It brought me back to the days when I pointed out that the right was armed and the left not back in an e-mail on Instapundit, it was the first time I was called a Nazi by a vast swath of people I’d never met.

But I found something much more interesting and that was the hit counts for the videos themselves.

There was a time when attention from Charles Johnson’s site drew new coverage and debate. Where his linkage might take a video viral.

It hit me I would be able to see what kind of influence Charles had by the number of views on the video. Both Charles and Crooks and liars liked to it and as they are important sites of the left I expected to see viral numbers all over it. So I went to Youtube and took a screen shot. The total number of hits Charles and Crooks have generated for the video they have embedded is wait for it….

4318 views as of 9:53 p.m. EST Sunday night. That’s it? Is all the attention that LGF, Crooks and Liars and the other minor leftist sites combined can generate for a video they claim shows Breitbart pining for a new civil war?

In comparison Ladd Ehlinger’s surfing Rabbi video which was released only a day or two before ny-9 managed to draw over 10,000 views with only limited linkage from the right.

Alas how the mighty have fallen. Gone apparently are the days when people like Dan Rather and Mary Mapes feared what Charles Johnson and his ilk had to say. Now look he can’t even outdraw a short term ad even with Crooks and Liars to help him.

Given the choice of having him back as an ally of the right or not, I think I’ll stick with Film Ladd, Stacy McCain Glenn Reynolds and Andrew Breitbart. They have more relevance and spread that relevance among those who work with them. That’s why it was Big Journalism editor Dana Loesch sitting with CNN before the last debate, and not Kilgore Trout.

Update: here is the screen shot:

Sorry chucky you banned Peg who was doing me a favor, no link for you

I would have put a link but he banned Peg (among others) for doing me a favor, no link for you.

Update: Instalanche, thanks Glenn and Stacy McCain has a killer line as usual:

Some people can’t deal with this blunt statement of reality. And there is a place for people who can’t deal with reality: Little Green Footballs.

Update:2 Mediate has linked it too, they seem to do better for hits but the commentators still seem to be twisting it. I note that the views have doubled since Glenn Reynolds, Stacy and Mediate have linked, too bad Charles can’t drive traffic like that.

I must confess when I saw this story at gateway pundit

On Thursday, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said that they were surprised by the applause at the memorial pep rally on Wednesday for the victims of the Tucson shootings.

I will say that I read the speech several times and thought that there wouldn’t be a lot of applause if any. I think many of us thought that. But I think there was a celebration, again, of the lives of those who had been impacted. Not just at that grocery store but throughout the country. And I think that, if that is part of the healing process, then that’s a good thing.

Oh really?
Then why was it printed on the Jumbotron?

my first thought was: “It has to be a photoshop, not even this administration can be that crass and/or foolish.”

Some of Jim commentators suggest it was closed captioning. Assuming that is correct it seems to me odd that the “applause” tag would have been fed into the feed if the jumbotron was simply for the audience (who being there could see it without being told). Also since the remarks were prepared remarks it suggests that those applause markers would have been pre-programmed too. A bit tacky to say the least, but I don’t know for sure and a little digging from people there can establish the truth. I’m willing to give the admin the benefit of the doubt till then.

What IS much more interesting is Charles Johnson’s reaction. Not that he is hitting Jim Hoft, at this point anyone right of media matters is the enemy to Charles. What is absolutely classic is this bit:

Since Hoft likes to float these smears and then delete them when it finally sinks through his dense cranial matter that they make him look like an idiot, here’s a screenshot:

I am not aware of Jim Hoft deleting posts however Charles Johnson’s efforts in trying to change is history has been documented which prompted this classic line from Tim Blair:

Little Green Footballs is becoming littler by the day.

Interesting note, do a bing search for “jim hoff” deleting posts and you get 39 results. Do the same with “Charles Johnson” instead of “Jim Hoff” and you get 89,100 results as of 5:07 p.m. today. That isn’t just projection, that’s a 12 screen multiplex with features offered in 3D. UPDATE: It would help if I spelled Jim’s name right. The corrected search is below.

I’m certainly not inclined to take Mr. Johnson’s word concerning Mr. Hoft (who I met at Blogcon and had the pleasure of interviewing) when it comes to bad form by a blogger, but he is welcome to provide actual evidence to back the slander libel up. Till then it is just another case of Mr. Johnson signaling that he continues to need our prayers. Remember while there is life there is hope and no soul is worth abandoning.

Plus I like happy endings.

Update: It’s been pointed out that slander is spoken and libel is print, corrected to reflect that.

Update: BIG correction I misspelled Jim name, the search should have been “Jim Hoft” redid the post with the right spelling and redid the search. Number of results is 3120 vs Johnson’s 89,100. My very big bad.

Update 2: Revenge is a dish best served ironic:

Yesterday Charles Johnson was praising this far left crackpot for blaming conservatives for the Tuscon shootings.

Today that same freak was arrested and charged with with threats and intimidation and disorderly conduct.

Jim finishes with this gem:

UPDATE: Fuller will undergo a psychiatric evaluation. Charles is still on the loose.

Mr. Fuller at least has an explanation for his actions having recently suffered the trauma of a gunshot wound. No word on what Mr. Johnson’s excuse is.

…is Charles Johnson attacking those who don’t fall for this bunk.

Well tomorrow is another year and to my knowledge he still hasn’t changed sides on Israel so there is still a slight hope for him, but I wouldn’t want to make book on when that will change.

…you know I’ve always assumed that some traumatic personal effect had a lot to do with Charles Johnson’s volte fache over the last couple of years. That along with an ability to hold a grudge is bad news indeed.

However now apparently Charles is crossing a line in blogger etiquette that I wouldn’t have thought was beneath him:

it turns out, every link in that post to one of charles’ posts regarding the flight 93 memorial is dead now. so here’s a screenshot to show that google’s spiders, with their indifferent eyes, have recorded charles’ deceit.

and Wrist action using a bit of irony in his follow up post. I won’t rob him of the link go and check it out.

Now when I’ve spotted grammar errors on old posts I’ve fixed them but this type of stuff is just plain dishonorable. Considering the season and the excitement going on it’s a great time to do it in hopes that it is ignored. As one of the oldest blogs and one I at one time defended I’m very disappointed. Tim Blair has the perfect line:

Little Green Footballs is becoming littler by the day.

Ironically his dishonorable attacks on Robert Stacy McCain and my banning led to our friendship, the Scott Brown stuff, CPAC the Tea Party express coverage and my recent trip to Blogcon. This only goes to show that God takes even bad things and can use it for good.

I’ll keep praying for Charles, and you should too, not in the hopes that he changes political sides again but I’d like him to get over whatever is troubling him.

Life is too short to spend it angry.

Jan 17, 2010, Boston:

NOT the confederate flag!
“That’s a Confederate Flag” said one African American woman observing the coiled snake on the yellow field. It took the word of several people around her to convince her that the flag was in fact the Gadsden Flag from the American Revolution (an odd thing to miss in Boston).

March 28, 2010: The little nook of the cyberspace world known as Little Green Footballs.

NOT a Neo-Nazi flag
Does anyone recognize the red flag being carried at the Washington Anti-healthcare demonstration in this video of the Rep Emanuel spitting incident? I’m fairly sure this is a neo nazi flag, but I haven’t found the exact logo yet.

At least the woman at the rally didn’t have access to the greatest single source of information in history at her fingertips when she started ranting in anger. Because of this Mr. Johnson gets the Nelson and she does not.

There was a time when you could count on Charles Johnson to search the internet for information on a subject, that time is now apparently past. It’s very sad.

This is why Yesterday Stacy got the instalanche and Charles didn’t.

Charles slanders Glenn and Patterico calls him out on it.

I’m not surprised by this and Glenn isn’t holding his breath waiting for an apology but the best revenge is this, Charles has not managed an instalanche since Aug 27 2009 and Patterico just received his 2nd of the new year.

If that isn’t enough my instalanche monday is one more than Charles has managed since then too . He’s still 232 instalanches up on me but I’m working on it.

Meanwhile Charles’ arch enemy Robert Stacy has managed 3 additional instalanches onthese posts since my last report bringing his total to 14 since Charles last one however Glenn has yet to link to the new site.

He must not be a fan of ‘bama.

Update: Glenn remembers what our grandmothers used to say:

Charles, I wish you well, but . . . well, I don’t really have much else I want to say right now.

It doesn’t matter Glenn; Charles will fill in the blanks

Update 2: Smitty corrects me on the link, that’s why his blog has 13 instalanches to my one over the last 5 months.

A: Both got more attention this week then they have in a very long time.

Doc Weasel might think I’m a putz but he makes a very good point on the subject:

The madness of King Charles might be deeper than you think. He crowed about getting 6k pagehits yesterday like it was an Instalanche. Our site is FAR from a top-shelf righty blog, and we get 2k-2.5k pagehits a day. And we don’t allow comments: he has an active comment community who must reload dozens of times EACH many times a day.

I think the only time anyone goes there at all is to see what madness he’s descended to now.

I think that’s exactly right. My rare visits come when significant events happen with Israel to see if he has changed sides concerning them. As long as he hasn’t I think there is hope.

Tweak him, laugh at him, he has earned it lately; but never forget he is an actual person with the same value before God as all others.

We don’t know what personal problems he might be dealing with, (at least I don’t) but I would be very pleased if he decided to contact Robert Stacy, and Pam Gellar et/al privately and talk to them and get his personal house in order.

As for Meridth Baxter. Can you think of the last time you thought of her? Can you even name the month that was in?

Update: The Doc is kind enough to link back again. I’m redeemed from Putzhood but must plead guilty as charged on the other charge, I’m always in the hunt for a happy ending. BTW I should point out that his blog is definitely Not work safe, but apparently in line with every 20 year old man currently alive.

You know as someone who got less hits all of last year as Robert Stacy managed in the month of November you might expect me to put up a “look at me” post to drive some traffic over here.

It’s a real measure of how far LGF as fallen to see him putting up a “Look at me” post. There was a time when he was one of the top 10 bloggers around. But when you have thrown almost everyone under the bus, censored comments and stifled dissent and attracted readers with all the friendliness of a Basil Faulty something has to be done.

A lot of this stems from his feud with Pam Geller but the breaking point was actually in April when Glen Beck hit him. The real bus throwing started around that time.

Ironically I wrote a post defending Johnson that week, and a quick follow up that didn’t take sides. I then discovered Robert Stacy’s Magnum Opus on the subject that prompted a long post of my own, my first comment , link and regular reading of his blog.

The turning point for me was was two fold, the Van Jones story and gave this warning:

one must always beware the specter of Sullivan’s syndrome that turned a once reasonable blogger into a Bush hating trig truther. Beck’s issues (and he HAS some) do not make the Obama administration in general or Van Jones in particular clean. A lot of Bush Derangement and Palin Derangement comes from the it

I accepted Charles Challenge to research Jones and found evidence that supported his position, it was also around that time that I got more into comments on LGF and discovered that like the Senate and amendments the real action at LGF is in comments. It was in comments that I had a personal dispute with Charles where I considered myself slandered and demanded satisfaction. After pressing the issue I got an acceptable response in comments and deleted the detailed post on the subject I had prepared. That really opened my eyes but since the response was acceptable I was ready to leave it there.

Then came the attack on the Tea Parties in general and Robert Stacy in particular.

to me the attack was cheap and came from nowhere. Robert Stacy being Robert Stacy did what was required, he fought back but more importantly people who knew him spoke up for him leading me to say this:

I don’t know Robert Stacy McCain personally, but after hearing his friends come to his defense, I sure would like to.

As I followed the fight in detail I investigated in the same way and concluded that Charles behavior dishonorable:

However there is another factor here, Robert Stacy McCain is the father of six. Those six carry his name and to some degree his reputation. He is fighting for their honor, his father honor and his great grandfather’s honor. He also as a father has to set the example for his children to stand up for themselves. If he lets this go without satisfaction he the example he will be setting will be terrible. As a father I see it and nod.

This is why as long as there is not an honorable resolution Robert Stacy will make sure in the words of Jeb Stuart whom he quoted “He will regret it but once, and that will be continuously.” It is not possible for him to do anything else, the consequences otherwise are too great and the longer it lingers the smaller the chances of an honorable solution will be..

All of this ended in my banning at LGF and others (Hi Peg), sudden LGF love from Andrew Sullivan and Firedoglake my single favorite post. Some brief defenses from Charles’ minions in my comments, and a long phone call from Robert Stacy which began a long distance friendship.

In the meantime LGF was last linked by Glenn Reynolds Aug 27, 2009 (on rathergate) and Charles last mentioned by name on April 16th 2009 (Beck v Johnson can’t we all just get along?). Robert Stacy’s Instalances? I count 11 Instalanches for him since Charles last one.

And here lies the REAL reason for today’s post by Charles…

Look at this page, you will see that Charles last instalanche was his 234th. Roll that number in your heads bloggers that is 233 more than me (are my posts that boring?) His first instalanche was April 22 2002. So in a 90 month period that is an avg of 2.6 instalanches a month or just under one instalanche every twelve days. Just to remind you here is what my one instalanche from last Feb did to my traffic:


Also consider that an instalanche means other blogs will pick up your posts in reference. Imaginable the cumulative effect of this happening every two weeks for 8 years. It is mind boggling!…

…and then it suddenly stops!

Now suddenly his blog has to stand on it’s own two feet, Charles is a good programmer and his blog design is in my opinion one of the best on the web but what good is that if you aren’t getting the traffic?

The left already hates you and doesn’t link, Glenn doesn’t link and neither does the right, even LGF watch hasn’t posted on him in over a month what do you do?. He choose Rule 4. Pick a fight but it can’t be just any fight, the right has left you and the left doesn’t trust you enough to link so to win the left over it is necessary to pick the Right Fight!

Plan A was to hit Sarah Palin via association, it took 5 days but Rachel Maddow picked up his attack obliquely. But it still didn’t do the trick, the hits didn’t keep coming so now comes plan B…

Pull an Ariana Huffington/David Brock: The left absolutely LOVES people who cross over. His post today is an attempt to get Dede Scozzafava attention. She has become the left’s favorite Republican. This is Charles play to get love from the lefty bloggers in general and maybe even MSNBC.

If he can manage to get himself on Maddow’s show he will have the attention he wants, it will not be the Instalanche but it will do.

This is all about ego and Charles need to feed it. Will it work, that depends on the if the left thinks he can be a useful idiot. At the moment he has the idiot part down pat but his support of Israel and the war on terror (proving his has not totally lost it yet) is going to be a sticking point, but maybe that will be their “big tent” move. Here’s how I think it will end…


I can hear the words from Charles now: “All right Mr. Reynolds I’m ready for my instalanche!”

Update: He got a link at Politico, that might be his “in” to morning joe. Will the plan work?

Meanwhile Ann Althouse (who still gets plenty of instalove) puts it in perspective:

Personally, I don’t need to go through the exercise of figuring out what happened to Johnson. I’ve avoided him all these years because he seemed too extreme and hateful. Now, he’s fired up about other people being extreme and hateful? And he’s fired up in a way that seems extreme and hateful? I do not need to go there. That was never my scene.

You don’t need to go there but he needs your link. This is trolling for an instalanche to start and MSNBC to finish.

Jules who is quoted by Ann expands on it:

I would have preferred a detailed description of the moment when all that inclusive thoughtful concern hit him like a silver bullet, when the switch flipped on the bright shining light on the road to Damascus, when … enveloped by its warm, mentally balanced, nurturing embrace … he started frothing about the hateful craziness. Also, how the crazy hating on his new side of the aisle fits into his new anti-hate/crazy world view. Not on offer in this brief crazy hate-a-thon. But it’s pretty obvious he bought this line that it is all about crazy hateful bigoted insurrection, which comes across ironically as crazy and hateful sounding.

Jules you aren’t getting it, it’s about the hits today that will be up and the gig tomorrow that he dreams of.

Update 2: Can we now safely say that HotAir’s move of Charles to their left channels slot was right? I still have a front page link to him myself, it is the “Rush Limbaugh, Honorary Lizardoid” link that goes to his Oct 20th 2006 post by that title. He has not pulled it yet or re-directed it. It will stay there to show we remember.

Update 3
: Jules Crittenden links, thanks! I’ve always wondered if he was the newspaper guy standing next to me at the Boston Tea party talking about how he got out in time to another reporter.

I haven’t checked out Charles’ site in a long while but I was interested in seeing what the new convert (great timing btw) to Al Gore’s Global Warming religion thought of the e-mails, he obeying the voices in his head says it is all a conspiracy to derail Copenhagen.

Even funnier he is still flogging his attacks on Robert Stacy, and continues the “canard by association” attempting to taint others, in this case, Hanna Giles and James O’Keefe who are the godparents of the Acorn revelations.

This is the same thing he tried in terms of association with Sarah Palin to attack her book.

I wonder how that has worked out? Oh I know:

Sarah Palin appears well on her way to becoming a million-selling author.

“Going Rogue” sold 700,000 copies — a number that includes pre-orders — in its first week of release, according to a publishing official close to the former Alaska governor. The official was not authorized to release the sales figure and asked not to be identified.

Based on his success rate It’s a shame I don’t have a picture with Robert Stacy, if I can get Charles to attack me with one my interview success tomorrow is assured!

Motive a mystery after Fort Hood Rampage



I had some weird dreams last night but I didn’t dream anything that weird.

Wasn’t this the same MSNBC that made fun of Pelosi yesterday over calling Tuesday’s election a win? (And did so today on Morning Joe)

I can’t imagine why some of us might think Jihad would have been the motive.

Doris Kerns Goodwin on Morning Joe says she can’t figure out what could drive to this. This is a Historian?

Gee maybe if she talked to the military friend I talked to last night she might get a clue from the earlier case of Sgt Hasan Akbar.

Its avoidance of reality has real consequences, increasing the dangers Americans face. “This country’s officials are in a state of denial and confusion that is almost as frightening as the terrorism they are supposed to be fighting,” observes Dennis Prager, only slightly exaggerating.

Second, the Akbar incident points to the suspect allegiance of some Muslims in government. The case of Gamal Abdel-Hafiz recently surfaced: an FBI agent whose colleagues say he twice refused to record conversations with suspected financiers of militant Islamic terrorism (“A Muslim does not record another Muslim”). [The Seattle Times reports three witnesses recalling that John Allen Muhammad, the man accused of the Washington, D.C.-area sniper murders last fall, had thrown a grenade into a tent during the 1991 war against Iraq.] Other cases are under investigation.

All of which reinforces what I wrote in January: “There is no escaping the unfortunate fact that Muslim government employees in law enforcement, the military and the diplomatic corps need to be watched for connections to terrorism, as do Muslim chaplains in prisons and the armed forces. Muslim visitors and immigrants must undergo additional background checks. Mosques require a scrutiny beyond that applied to churches and temples.”

Hasan now sits on death row.

BTW if you want to know how far LGF has fallen, none of his posts on the subject mention Islam or the fact that he is Muslim. So for the benefit of LGF readers who are convinced that this is another case of the Flemish Menace striking again, here is how you identify them.

know the flemish menace
Your guide to the Flemish Menace!

I guess Charles has joined the MSM, after all it was the same MSM that was ready to tag tea party sympathizers for the Bill Sparkman… Murder suicide?

Investigators probing the death of a Kentucky census worker found hanging from a tree with the word “fed” scrawled on his chest increasingly doubt he was killed because of his government job and are pursuing the possibility he committed suicide, law enforcement officials told The Associated Press.

Two officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case, said no final conclusions have been made in the case. In recent weeks, however, investigators have grown more skeptical that 51-year-old Bill Sparkman died at the hands of someone angry at the federal government.

The officials said investigators continue to look closely at suicide as a possible cause of Sparkman’s death for a number of reasons. There were no defensive wounds on Sparkman’s body, and while his hands were bound with duct-tape, they were still somewhat mobile, suggesting he could have manipulated the rope, the officials said.

That still seems a stretch to me but I’ll defer for now to Robert Stacy who actually reported from there.

That article had a dateline from Washington, D.C., where Barrett is based, so you can bet money that it was Barrett’s unauthorized source at the Justice Department — and not McMurray’s sources in Kentucky — who leaked the tidbit about “fed” scrawled on the chest and the “anti-government sentiment” motive.

OK, so here’s the deal with anonymous sources: The source who gives a reporter bad information automatically forfeits his right to anonymity. Barrett’s source misled him, so that the entire premise of that Sept. 23 article was bogus.

Remember the same papers (and Charles) who were POSITIVE that this was a tea party murder has no idea why Islamic Killer Major Malik Nadal Hasan did it.

Al-Qaeda got a win yesterday, the media is trying to give them a second one. It is an insult to our intelligence. As via Glenn Phillis Chester says:

The Jihadist Is Always the Victim


Update: MSNBC jumped away from the new conference to talk to Jim Miklaszewski. He is reporting that he shouted “Allah Akbar” while shooting. Mika looks like someone just peed in her cereal. They now bring up the possibility that is it a “political” killing…and immediately jump to the AARP endorsing Obamacare. That’s the story of the day apparently.

Update 2: Yes I know I can’t spell to save my life, but while I’m fixing that spelling error let’s link to the Newsbusters story that reminds us of some of the Sparkman speculation. You can find my coverage of it here.