Jesus Christ Utah Star


Jeremy Johnson :: The Christ-like Ginger King of the Mormon Mafia … in The New York Times.

It’s good … but it’s bad.

In Utah, a Local Hero Accused

Seems like a pretty fucking annoying headline :: because JJ is so obviously not a hero … but he was in fact a local hero. It says something scary dangerous about the particular local.

Here’s Utah’s sitting Attorney General at the time :: Mark Shurtleff … accepting the Best of State Humanitarian Award in the stead of “his friend” Jeremy Johnson.

Shurtleff fucking tweeted it :: so yeah … local hero.

But this is just dumb …

Mr. Johnson, 34 at the time, had never traveled to Haiti before. But his decision to stage a private airlift, using his own aircraft, did not surprise his friends and family. They were used to his impulsive acts of magnanimity.

Magnanimity :: really … that’s the NYTimes-crossword that you’re going with? Like magnanimity :: the Aristotelian virtue said to arise from the possession of the other virtues? Like the fucking virtue of virtues? Like that magnanimity? Because … no.

One local resident who befriended Mr. Johnson when they were both Boy Scouts described him as “one of the most Christ-like people I have ever come to know.”

He’s talking about Christ’s other brother Darryl Christ … who {funny story} was actually one of the money changers in the temple that day when JC went all hippie-messiah-postal on their asses.

… or something.

Why can’t I get any Mormon readers? This is salt-of-the-earth shit right here.

“Now the F.T.C.’s allegations of fraud have some Utahans wondering whether Mr. Johnson financed his endeavors with ill-gotten gains.”

Any Utahans still “wondering” :: should have their temple recommends revoked … boom! … Mormon slam!

“The F.T.C.’s pursuit of Mr. Johnson is part of a larger law-enforcement crusade to rid online marketing of malefactors. Over the last few years, the agency has shut down a number of online operators who marketed free trials and then charged sizable recurring fees.”

aka … they have done NOTHING! You can’t plug a black hole with low-sodium peanuts. The FTC hasn’t even slowed 90’s huckster Kevin Trudeau yet :: after more than a decade of supposed trying … we’re doomed if they’re the whole of what we’ve got.

The government’s account of Jeremy Johnson follows a similar narrative, albeit updated for the online era, wherein a congenial schemer and his loyal crew, operating on the wild frontier of e-commerce, manage for a time to elude the Internet sheriffs.

There are “Internet sheriffs?” No shit? Can I get their phone numbers? Because I was pretty certain that it was just bumbling-clueless-bureaucrats :: without proper jurisdictional authority … all the way down.

Here’s my impression of talking to a not-internet sheriff about online scams …

SD :: blah blah blah … web criminals.

Sheriff :: Wait … what? … what? Wait … what?

SD :: oh just forget it … have a nice day Barney Fife.

Georgetown law professor David Vladeck :: former director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection … who worked on the Johnson case …

“There is a Robin Hood aspect to Jeremy’s behavior,” said Professor Vladeck, the former F.T.C. official — the difference being that Mr. Johnson, he asserted, defrauded needy consumers to give to the needy.

So he’s like Robin Hood … with the possible exception of being nothing at all whatsoever like Robin Hood.

“I would hate to think there is someone bigger than Jeremy out there that we missed,” said Professor Vladeck, the former F.T.C. official. “In this field, Jeremy is a whale.”


Jeremy is “a whale” only if by “this field” you mean … not understanding what’s happening on the Internet.

The point is this :: dozens and dozens of spoiled stupid rich kids from Utah are minting HUNDREDS OF FUCKING MILLIONS … because of an overt conspiracy that involves government corruption to the highest levels. Any non-conspiracy prosecution is a drop in the muddy bucket :: and a waste of breath. Sorta seems like just the sort of thing The New York Times would be interested in :: but I guess not.

>> bleep bloop

36 thoughts on “Jesus Christ Utah Star”

  1. I think we need to present arguments that do not result in the response “Wait.. What? Wait.. What? As I sometimes say the same thing when I read this. Could you perhaps get away from the breaking down of what people say? It’s very weak.

    1. @Robo,
      SD can be obscure at first, but i do not understand this kind of criticism. In this article, SD presents the direct quotes from the New York Times that illustrate that, while they did a pretty good job, they don’t have any idea the scope and depth of the “Jeremy Johnson” problem.

      The Salty Droid has written about Jeremy Johnson, in intense, exposing detail, a few times before:


      and here:

      and here:

      and here:

      and here:

      and here:

      and here:

      and there’s more stuff too, if you look at the “jeremy johnson” tag section:

      so you might say he has a right to simply say ‘i told you so’ on this one.

    2. @Robo ::

      Who is this “we” you speak of chuckles?

      Cause I don’t recall you being there to help any of the times I’ve had no luck explaining the webz to people who carry guns but can’t figure out Amazon Prime.

      and also … i told you so!

      1. @SD, have you ever been to that site sociopath world or whatever the hell it is? Said person wrote a book about being a sociopath, and admits to being a Mormon because it is the perfect religion for a sociopath. The book sounds fascinating but I hate the idea of buying it

  2. Since Jeremy can no longer scam people on the internet he claims he’s supporting himself in this fashion:

    “Banned from marketing grant programs while the cases proceed, Mr. Johnson recently bought a portable sawmill on eBay and is lumberjacking in forests near where his great-great-grandfather had a sawmill.”

    Be careful there, Jeremy. Remember it takes only seconds to lose a limb, beware of saw kickbacks.

    For everyone else, don’t sign up for a great deal on lumber through any internet sites, the Ginger King may be behind it. He’s your source for warped, split and twisted lumber straight from his great great grandpappy’s woods.

    I would love to see the feedback on that ebay sale.

  3. “Mr. Johnson still lives with his wife and their two daughters in their Tuscan-style manor with an outdoor pool and pond in a suburb of St. George. Well-fed orange tabby cats strut about the grounds like royal peacocks, as if they owned the place.”

    With any luck Jeremy will go to jail and those cats will own the place, they’re certainly more deserving than Johnson.

  4. Well it’s a good enough article.

    For random visitors, there’s a thread over here discussing the NYT article:

    And again I note

    There are “Internet sheriffs?” No shit? Can I get their phone numbers? Because I was pretty certain that it was just . . . [turtles] . . . … all the way down.

    your strange fascination with turtles.

    Furry cows moo and decompress.

    P.S. But seriously yeah–where the hell is any sort of government action when we need it? Oh wait I know–it is busy keeping us calm and complacent because at some point–I didn’t get the memo–it seems like that’s become the government’s #1 priority–not to protect us from Epic Level Bad Shit but just to keep us all calm and docile like Hindu cows while it happens.

    Remember when the government did the trust busting thing? Damn that was cool.

    1. @Wyrd,
      Most egregious display of Turtlebackery
      (a la Urban Dictionary) I’ve seen in a bit.
      Unfortunately, the commonality that Turtles, hapless blondes and JJ’s victims share, is that all three get screwed when they’re on their backs.

  5. Sharla Johnson, wife of the Ginger King, continues to run websites critical of the FTC despite U.S. District Magistrate Judge Paul M. Warner issuing a gag order telling Johnson and his “agents” to stop or there will be sanctions.

    “I’m not going to have Mr. Johnson’s wife do what he can’t do,” the judge said. “If he wants to divorce his wife and have no legal relationship, that’s a different matter.”

    I guess that’s just another wifely duty in the Mormon church, wives must keep their husband’s anti-government websites current when the husband is under a gag order. Can the sister-wives at least help out?

  6. Swing and miss, NYT… swing and miss.

    How they could have ignored JJ’s murky connections to Utah’s top legal honchos, is beyond me. What, not even a hint about the boiler room operation? And a more incriminating tone would have definitely been appropriate. After all, he was arrested, charged and estimated to defraud consumers by $275 million (!!)…

    Here are some of my thoughts about it:

    The zenith of the mainstream journalistic world has finally went after a huge scammer… and did a half-assed job. Or perhaps we should just be thankful that they featured something at all.

  7. The Daily Mail retweets The New York Times …

    It ends like this …

    The FTC case against Johnson in the District Court of Nevada is ongoing, and the criminal charges against him will be pursued at its conclusion.

    … which is precisely exactly wrong. The civil proceeding will almost surely be stayed until the conclusion of the criminal matter. And for reasons quite germane to the story …

    Oh well :: I guess it’s hard to get the basics right when you haven’t done your own reporting eh Daily Mail?

    1. @SD,

      As you’re almost certainly aware, the Daily Mail is a joke of a paper, regularly trolling the world with outrageous opinion pieces to ensure a nice fat advertising kickback.

      They also be on some kind of weird quest to classify every inanimate object by whether they can either cause or cure cancer as recorded by these sites: (the eagle-eyed will note coffee allegedly both causes AND cures)

      In short, it’s the type of rag CrYstAl cOx would read…

    2. @SD, Hmmm.

      “U.S. District Judge Miranda Du refused a government request to halt a civil lawsuit in Nevada against the St. George businessman while prosecutors pursue a criminal case in Utah.”

      Also…from mr. Johnson’s Comedian-Attorney:

      “Karra Porter, a Salt Lake City attorney who represents Johnson’s wife, parents, I Works and other related entities in the Nevada suit, welcomed the ruling.

      “It means we get the discovery we need for our side of the case just like the government was previously able to do for its side of the case,” Porter said. “It also means we won’t have to wait years to get our day in court.” The U.S. attorney’s office for Utah declined to comment.””

      1. @Jack,

        Karra Porter is quite the attorney. She lists as one of her major accomplishments the following:

        “Successfully aided large national client in resisting union organization drive.”

        That’s something to crow about, treating workers contemptuously and doing your damnedest to keep them from organizing to obtain a fair wage or decent working conditions. No wonder she appreciates the scamming of the Ginger King.

        I also learned that Karra has been recognized by Super Lawyers magazine. Which leads me to wonder whether she’ll wear her cape in the courtroom. What powers do “Super Lawyers” possess that garden variety attorneys do not?

  8. It really is time for the plan (link at the end of the article) to be followed…

    “In particular…

    5. Slap down intermediaries.

    The badguys in the fake world are totally reliant on the negligence and greed of the morons in the real world. Cut them off from the real world by slapping down their enablers :: who unlike the scammers … may still have something to lose.

    Start with …

    – PowerPay — merchant accounts
    – Infusionsoft — list management
    – Google — paid traffic ”

    …here’s hoping.

      1. @Jack, I liked the same problems, different era, from Allan Sherman.

        The academic breakdown of how Google is so clever in capturing the market to get more traffics is not just academic: it indicates that the regulators are not quite bright enough to understand and keep in any way on top of Google’s market violations.

        Somewhere some how I think Google could sell an ebook on their secret to getting more and more traffic and getting richer and richer…. or not.

      2. @Jack,

        I once saw a documentary thingie on the Googles and certain other tech start-ups of the past 15 yrs or so. I very much wish I had any idea as to the name of the thing. Because it touched on parts of this time that I was not familiar with. The only story I really knew of was Apple vs. Microsoft. This show talked about different stories. There was Google, Netscape (vs. Microsoft), Craigslist, and Facebook. Interestingly this was after Facebook was out there “in the wild”, but before it got big. At the time this documentary came out, MySpace was still the thing.

        According to that show, when the two guys first started Google they had the problem that many, many startups have. They had a kick-ass search algorithm. Nifty. What they did not have was any idea how to turn a profit with it.

        They got a venture capitalist to fund them with a pile of cash based on the awesomeness of their algorithm. But that only goes so far.

        And then–Poof!–text-based ads! I can’t remember if the show stated or merely implied that Google stole the idea from Bill Gross of Idealab. I do remember the show talked about how there was eventually legal action. I think the show said the same thing the below-linked wikipedia article says–that the matter was resolved out of court.

        The original idea was invented by Bill Gross of Idealab who, in turn, borrowed the idea from the model of the Yellow Pages. Google wanted to buy the idea but a deal could not be reached.[citation needed] Not wanting to give up on this form of advertisement, the company launched its own solution, AdWords in 2000.[12] AdWords followed a model that was significantly similar to Bill Gross’ creation which led to legal action between the two parties. Eventually the dispute was settled out of court.[citation needed]

        Anyway… since the article has [citation needed] flags on everything important, I think there’s a good place there for some web researching whenever there’s time. … maybe using Bing. (But just so we’re clear–M$ is evil too. You shoulda heard what they did to the Netscape guys. But then again, it’s not like the Netscape guys were saints or something. They were just the little guy looking to beat up on Goliath. It don’t always work out so great for the little guy in the Really Real World. Which, I guess, is a primary theme of this whole website.)

        Furry cows moo and decompress.

        1. @Wyrd,

          “documentary” isn’t quite the right word. Instead it was sort of like: “Recent History of the Recent Rise of Certain Web Technology Companies” with your host —some-guy’s-name–.

  9. I would like to see an article dedicated to the company who Johnson used to sell for, The Coaching Department. This piece of shit company is one of the biggest coaching companies in Utah. They have a multitude of shit sales companies pitching this crap. Lots of credit card laundering, failed promises and deception. Just Google the owner, Ken Sonnenberg.

    1. @Mark Felt, Here you go for an article dedicated to Coaching Department:

      “According to the Attorney General, defendants Novus North LLC, doing business as Your eCommerce Support International LLC, YES International, Apply Knowledge LLC, doing business as Coaching Department, and VI Education LLC marketed a program that would help consumers create, develop, market, and run their own Internet businesses from home. The businesses also marketed additional products they claimed were essential to any successful business.

      Sales representatives often made verbal promises that consumers could recover their initial investment in one to three months or earn $3,000 to $10,000 per month working only seven to 10 hours per week, but the Attorney General alleges that they failed to honor Ohioans’ valid requests to cancel their agreement and failed to provide full refunds.”

  10. Speaking of Kevin Trudeau: the FTC is still grinding along trying to “do something” — while ex-KT sycophants such as Loony Coldwell and Loony’s young protege Abe continue to shout and cheer that KT is finally coming to justice, and it is mostly THEIR doing. Trudeau is due back in court before Judge Gettleman this Monday as the hearing involving one of his attorneys, Marc Lane (who helped found GIN), drags on. Katie’s wings are clipped for now because he had to hand in his passports, but he has had to do that before, so I’m not holding my breath.

    As @SD said re the FTC, “We’re doomed if they’re the whole of what we’ve got.”

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