Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Want To Steal Someone's Schtick? Just Do It!

More media outlets spying on Johnny A-List, I'm afraid. For my new Politics TV rant, I used a "Nike: Just Do It" theme to explain how Republicans operate. Well get this: Jack Cafferty did the same "Republicans 'Just Do It'" bit OVER SIX MONTHS AGO. (Wolf Blitzer even says "'Just Do It,' like a Nike commercial.") Why, if you were looking at these clips side by side and you didn't know better, you'd think that I stole THEIR idea. What the crap is going on here? Does every major media news outlet have my apartment bugged?

39 Comments:

Blogger Everyday Activist said...

But Johnnie, you are so cleaver, and you have coined many things. You have also made a name for Mary Cheney, Jeff
Gannon, Dr. Laura, and the list goes on and on and on.

I am kind of shocked that you didn't invent Pepsi and Jesus too!

8:16 PM  
Blogger Everyday Activist said...

I meant "clever" and not "cleaver" I am such a bad D plus list blogger. You on the other hand spell so well, I will bet you can spell hypocrite backwards!

8:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone left the following comment about the Politics TV piece:

John-

Apparently you missed the news that there are 2 investigations. The first is that the Marines (different from Soldiers, by the way)may have killed those folks in cold blood. The second, which you choose to ignore because you want to stir up your base, is whether the commanders in this case covered anything up. I find it interesting, in this case, that two company commanders and the battalion commander were ALREADY relieved, and are going to face even more extreme punishment than losing their careers if found guilty.

Look, I'm sure you're a great guy, and you have a large and loyal following. But you're making your money here spreading half truths and even lies. If you get it straight and tone your rhetoric down, you could make the jump to the main stream national stage. Until then, you'll be relegated to this crowd of syncophants and band-wagon jumpers.
DMG | 05.31.06 - 8:10 pm | #


So this evil right-wing troll is calling US - your loyal fans - "sycophants and band-wagon jumpers."

Naturally, it spurred a little conversation that I am sure you will delete.

We worship you, John. We would never be swayed by a traitor like this troll. Why can't the comments be just for FANS ONLY. I'm sending another $1000 to help you with Aravosisblog 2.0 so you can protect us from these evil trolls.

8:34 PM  
Anonymous Voodoo Queen said...

You better start wearing your tin-foil hat Johnny A-List. Someone is calling Miss Cleo about your scoops.

Next time you see one of your stories posted several days or weeks earlier than you post it, I'm telling you, put the damn GRIS GRIS on their asses!

{Pronunciation: 'grE-(")grE}

8:38 PM  
Anonymous Prewnella said...

I read DMG's comment too, anonymous. My favorite comment in that thread was this one:

http://tinyurl.com/morra
...People are welcome to have different views, but trolls need to be squashed so serious conversations don't end up getting lost. ...
rikc | 05.31.06 - 8:54 pm | #


To be honest, Johnny A-List, I've never seen a serious conversation in your threads. All they want to do is criticize your clothing choices. You could do with a higher caliper of commenters. Maybe with all the money you're pulling in, you'll attract a higher class of riff-raff that can speak to people like me who can kill a philodendron with a gaze. I tried orchids. They hate me.

8:48 PM  
Blogger Everyday Activist said...

"syncophants and band-wagon jumpers"

Perfect!

8:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BTW he looks like he lost a few pounds. That or he is wearing a bra and a girdle. You can hardly see his man-boobies jiggling, although his chins are still wiggling. I guess there is nothing he can do about his eyes being too close together.

8:57 PM  
Blogger Everyday Activist said...

It's heating up. The following was taken from A-blog. Yes, the sheeple are defending their leader but some are speaking up and out:

"rikc & Champagne-

The comment left by DMG at 8:10 is a valid critique. Maybe it could have been worded in a way that offended the gentle readers here a bit less, but DMG makes good points. I don't comment much here anymore because I don't feel that frank two-way conversations are really welcome anymore and that scares me. Believe me. I am no troll. I have been here for years. I suspect DMG is no troll either, just noting that the brand of spin applied here doesn't always pass the smell test. The real test is whether comments like DMG's (or mine) will be permitted or deleted. Think about it.
RandyH | 05.31.06 - 8:36 pm | # "

9:01 PM  
Anonymous Chris In Paris said...

Oh, sure. From the United States, Johnny A-list's t-shirt looks wrinkled, but from Paris he's cute as a button. [wink, wink] Luvs ya, honey pie.

9:06 PM  
Blogger Everyday Activist said...

The comment count on americablog is a bit deceiving. Often only a few of the same people are using the comment section like a chat line. Add to that all of the "Frist" "Dude" and "Merlman is gay" and not much of substance is being posted.

Also, about a year ago, a rumor surfaced that some of the right wing "trolls" stirring things up and increasing comment totals were in fact
Aravosis himself. I tend to think it is true. We all know how much Aravosis loves wearing masks!

9:07 PM  
Anonymous Mindy said...

I am a student at California State University Los Angeles. I posted a comment against John Aravosis about the big girl comment. Now every internet link to my school John Aravosis has banned. We have over 20,000 students. I wonder if I should submit an article to our University Times regarding Aravosis and censorship?

9:13 PM  
Blogger Anonymous said...

"syncophants and band-wagon jumpers"

...More like "camp followers!"

9:15 PM  
Blogger Everyday Activist said...

Everytime I read one of those comment sections on Americablog I hear "lick, lick, lick".

9:20 PM  
Blogger Everyday Activist said...

The only reason that comment hasn't been deleted is because people are paying attention to what is and is not being deleted now. Either that, or Johnnie is on the treadmill trying to fit into his tux for the next pseudo-lebrity licking event.

He has to look pretty for his close up!

9:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

mindy -- go for it!
:-)

9:27 PM  
Anonymous Mindy said...

I think I will. I am doing a power point presentation on censorship. I am going to use Americablog as an example of censorship and tell all the people in my class to post comments on his blog protesting blocking all of our internet access to his blog.

And I will write an article about it in the University Times. Blogger Bans
California State University Los Angeles Students' Right To Be Heard.

This is the most ethnically diverse public university in the nation. The students are really political. I hate to get them mad!

In this case, I would love to!

9:31 PM  
Anonymous Bubba said...

Mindy, good luck with your presentation and please come back and post a link to your article if you can. I'd love to read it, I, being one of the people who've been banned from AmericaBlog several times.

9:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

mindy -- report back to us, ok?

I can understand banning one person's computer -- after all, it IS his blog and he can do that if he wants to (he banned me, too, and for a civil but opposing viewpoint) -- but banning ALL the computers from CalState?! Sheesh! Talk about biting the hand that feeds you...

9:37 PM  
Blogger clonecone said...

I have yet to be banned but I've been doing a lot of ball watching lately. I'm also not a big girl. It probably won't take long to get banned since I'm a real life long Democrat with genuinely liberal ideas. My kind ain't too welcome in Americablog land.

9:41 PM  
Anonymous Bubba said...

He's too ignorant in some IT matters. He bans whole pools of IP's just to get one person.

9:43 PM  
Blogger clonecone said...

Banning an entire university shows John's complete lack of understanding of technical issues. Good thing he has an awesome tech guy hard at work on Blog 2 Electric Boogaloo.

9:43 PM  
Anonymous Bubba said...

Maybe he can blame his awesome tech guy for the banning f**kup sort of like how Bush blames the intelligence agencies.

Note to Johnny A-List: I just gave you your next topic for an article. Call my agent.

9:46 PM  
Blogger clonecone said...

Maybe he'll ban my entire IP range. Nothing like knocking out all of eastern Iowa. We're not important to Johnny A-List but presidential candidates sure like us a whole lot.

9:54 PM  
Blogger clonecone said...

Another reason we [heart] Atrios

A chance for ALL of us to get banned. Must resist urge to post snarky comment...

9:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Tony... Was that you?

Another reason we [heart] Atrios

You mean other than the fact that 70% of his material and story links wind up here an hour or two after he posts them?
clonecone | Homepage | 05.31.06 - 11:04 pm | #


Shameful.

10:35 PM  
Blogger clonecone said...

guilty as charged.

10:38 PM  
Anonymous Mindy said...

We have several computer labs all over campus and in the library. Every computer terminal I checked when logged onto Americablog showed that all posts were banned. I checked at least 14 computers. He shut out the entire school!

This is a large university in the second largest city in the nation.

What was he thinking?

10:48 PM  
Blogger Everyday Activist said...

I live in Los Angeles. I will drop by Cal State L.A. later this week to check up on this.

10:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

mindy-

There's actually a simple explanation. Haloscan, the provider he uses for comments only allows you to ban by IP address (as seen from the internet-side of your network.) It is very possible that all publicly accessible interenet connections at CSU-LA are actually working off of one externally visible IP address with a NAT router between the internal network and the internet. Just like here at home, I have one IP address on the outside theough my cable company, but several computers in the house, each with their own internal address. So if he banned me at home, he would affect all computers on my (small) internal network and in your case, all of CSU-LA's (large) internal network.

Banning by IP is a bad idea because these setups are EXTREMELY common. You could effectively ban all users at an ISP, a large company. a wireless "hot spot" or even a university by banning one or a few addresses that you don't know are shared by many users.

So users of Haloscan really wind up hurting themselves if they start censoring and banning. John knows this though and periodically un-bans alot of addresses for this reason.

Maybe his "tech guy" has explained this to him...

11:27 PM  
Anonymous KathyF said...

Mindy's problem is exactly why we need to help Johnny even more. A-Blog 2.0 will allow precision banning, so only Mindy's mindless little tirades will be banned. Other more thoughtful students from her school will continue to be able to suck up.

Here's another $50.

Please, people, give till it hurts really really bad.

2:07 AM  
Anonymous Mindy said...

Anon,

Every terminal at my school has its own IP address, they do this for security reasons. What I think happened was that he looked up the IP address at the school, and then banned all IP addresses to the school.

Remember, all terminals were banned. This is a large campus, and they were banned across the entire campus.

This was deliberate.

7:41 AM  
Anonymous Bubba said...

I still think what he does is ban pools of IP addresses. If the college IP's begin with "123.456" instead of banning the exact offending IP# ("123.456.789.123" for example), he bans everything that starts with "123.456" resulting in the banning of 65,535 other possible IP's.

It works the same way for anyone using dynamic IP addressing, such as anyone still using dial-up ISPs. Dial-up users are assigned a temporary IP# for the duration of their online presence, but Johnny bans whole pools of IP's due to his brute-force strategy of enforcing conformance on his blog.

8:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Either way, he sucks.

8:29 AM  
Anonymous Bubba said...

Or as Bart Simpson might say he sucks and blows at the same time.

8:36 AM  
Blogger Kate R said...

I feel so unloved. I haven't been banned ANYWHERE yet.

J A-List: if you sell shirts that say "Banned By the Best" Or "Johnny Hates Me and Comment Thread I Rode In On" I'll buy one just to look like one of the cool kids. And to help send you out with the orcas run wild and free

9:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aravosis wearing a t-shirt to show that he lost a few thirty pounds.

9:24 AM  
Anonymous Jezebel From Hell said...

His face is even more plastic and robotic than before. Soon he will be asking for donations for his botox fund. He is in his mid-forties now, and simple Oil of Olay and sunscreen won't help him now.

He needs a good Beverly Hills cosmetic surgeon. Sadly, there is to date no operation that can make his eyes a normal distance apart.

9:26 AM  
Blogger Princess Sparkle Pony said...

Wow, whole universities banned from commenting on Americablog?

Um, how horrible for them!

11:51 AM  
Anonymous Adcmo said...

Wow, stunning in yellow. You could go so many places with that..But then I never get invited to any of those cool DC A-list gay parties anyway. Maybe I should start charging people for my opinions, too, since I am now a proud member of the banned-for-life at that other blog club.

9:56 PM  

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