I wish I wrote this as it perfectly illustrates the idiocy of the left on Trump:

I JUST WANT TO REASSURE ALL OUR FRIENDS ON THE LEFT: Trump is not going to put you all in camps and install a Nazi state. He can’t, because George W. Bush already put you all in camps and installed a Nazi state. Oh, wait, he never got to do it, because we were already all dead in the nuclear war our cowboy president, Ronald Reagan, started by talking tough to the Russians.

I am going to commit this to memory and recite it to every leftist who goes nuts near me over Trump

One of the things I wrote in my first two weeks of blogging at DaTechGuy blog when it was still just a wordpress site with very few readers was this about Instapundit & the NYT:

I can’t think of the New York Times without thinking of my favorite writer Glenn Reynolds. Of course he is not a professional writer but a law professor who blogs for at Instapundit I am one of his many blog children. I never forget that when I started reading him in 2001 he used to have a quote on the top of his page saying “The New York Times of Bloggers.” I remember when he removed from his site thinking its absence enhanced his reputation.

The day the New York Times can call itself the Instapundit of Newspapers is the day its stock will not be tanking, its building will not need to be mortgaged and will be worth reading again.

BTW the link to the story above about the Times Stock Tanking is from 5 months ago, since that time when it “tanked” it has lost a further half of its value.I can’t think of the New York Times without thinking of my favorite writer Glenn Reynolds. Of course he is not a professional writer but a law professor who blogs for at Instapundit I am one of his many blog children. I never forget that when I started reading him in 2001 he used to have a quote on the top of his page saying “The New York Times of Bloggers.” I remember when he removed from his site thinking its absence enhanced his reputation. The day the New York Times can call itself the Instapundit of Newspapers is the day its stock will not be tanking, its building will not need to be mortgaged and will be worth reading again. BTW the link to the story above about the Times Stock Tanking is from 5 months ago, since that time when it “tanked” it has lost a further half of its value.

Today when I went to Instapundit I saw this:

Now in one respect seeing a NYT ad at Instapundit is no surprise, after all despite Glenn’s regular critiques of the Times they’ve been advertising at his site since at least 2009 and he does link to them a lot, furthermore while his stats are dwarfed by the times (The 25% of the NYT total hits which come from China alone likely blow him of of the water)  his numbers are large enough that it’s a logical place to put ads.

But doesn’t it speak volumes that we’ve reached the point where the NYT is running banner ads at the top of Instapundit offering their product for a month for less than the price of 4 chicken nuggets at Wendy’s in the hopes of finding some of Glenn’s readers willing to give them a shot?  Of course this might have something to do with it:

as New York magazine reported in 1992:

Not long ago, Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., the 41-year old publisher of the New York Times, was greeting people at a party in the Metropolitan Museum when a dignified older man confronted him. He told Sulzberger that he was unhappy about the jazzy, irreverent new “Styles of the Times” Sunday section. “It’s very”—the man—paused—“un-Times-ian.”

“Thank you,” New York Magazine quoted Sulzberger as replying, adding that the Times’ publisher “later told a crowd of people that alienating older white male readers means ‘we’re doing something right.’”

It’s no coincidence that the punitive worldview of Pinch and Raines took their toll on the paper’s quality. Four decades ago, the Times was once praised by no less than William F. Buckley’s National Review as being “so evenhanded that it must have been deeply dismaying to the liberal opposition…Were the news standards of the Times more broadly emulated the nation would be far better informed and more honorably served.”

Today, as Matthew Continetti accurately noted in 2014, the Gray Lady is staffed by overgrown versions of the high schoolers in the TV series Saved by the Bell. “Someone always has a crazy idea, everyone’s feelings are always hurt, apologies and reconciliations are made and quickly sundered, confrontations are the subject of intense planning and preparation, and authority figures are youth-oriented, well-intentioned, bumbling, and inept.”

Perhaps if they haddn’t rejected those “old white male readers” in the early 90’s they wouldn’t have to pay Glenn to try to get those same people to take just a taste.

Update:  A great gift for the 11th Day of christmas and a wonderful way to start the year is an Instalanche.  Welcome Insty readers,  take a look around and be aware our newest podcast is now available to non subscribers (click on the fedora), of course if you want to hear it when it comes out you can subscribe below.

Be aware that if you live in Minnesota, Michigan, Maryland, Montana or Missouri I’m looking to hire a part time (twice a month) writer from each of those states, details on the low paying low workload job here.

As for Glenn’s comment about who the Times should hire the NYT could of course hire a journalist part time who might appeal to Instapundit readers say a blogger that the President Elect trusts  but I don’t know if my reputation could take the hit.

 


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Politico reports that USA today has decided to go SJW:


USA Today has suspended the column of a conservative commentator for one month after he called for drivers to “run … down” demonstrators protesting police shootings in Charlotte, North Carolina Wednesday night.
“USA TODAY expects its columnists to provide thoughtful, reasoned contributions to the national conversation, on all platforms,” Bill Sternberg, the editorial page editor of USA Today, said in a statement to POLITICO. “Glenn Reynolds’ Run them down’ tweet, in response to a news report about protesters in Charlotte stopping traffic and surrounding vehicles, was a violation of that standard and can be interpreted as an incitement to violence. Reynolds, a law professor at the University of Tennessee who writes twice a week for USA TODAY, has apologized. His column has been suspended for one month.”

I’m sure they see nothing odd about suspending a conservative columnist during the final month of a presidential campaign but it’s USA today’s newspaper and they have the right to do as they see fit.

By that same token so do I and so do you.

For myself I am suspending USA today for one month until the return of Glenn Reynolds to the paper. I’ve blocked the on twitter for the duration of Glenn’s suspension, but on the off chance a link elsewhere leads to USA today without my knowledge I’ve installed the chrome extension Web Blocker and done this:

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Given the great variety of news sources out there I’m sure I can do without them USA Today for a month or maybe even more and I’m certainly sure they and their advertisers are delighted to do without tens of thousands of deplorables like me who read his column every week.

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I was going to hit the sack as I’ve been up all night but when I saw that Glenn Reynolds had been suspended by twitter it woke me up prompting a spake of tweets noting twitters double standards and the progressive increase in suspending conservatives from Stacy McCain to Milo to Him each one more prominent.

However Glenn Reynolds Instapundit did just fine before twitter and was set to do just fine after it so his initial reaction was rather amusing:

if Twitter doesn’t like me, I’m happy to stop providing them with free content.

It didn’t take long for Glenn’s banning to be picked up by conservatives all over. After all it isn’t every day that a prominent law professor, USA today columnist and one of the most prolific bloggers in history who inspired a ton of us. CNN Commentator Hugh Hewitt had him on his radio show where he said:

 

HH: And what would you say to those people who are urging that you be silenced and shut down and fired? This is a 1st Amendment that we’re talking about here. What would you say to them, Glenn Reynolds?
GR: That’s a lot for three words, especially considering all the hyperbole we’ve heard in this election already. We’ve heard plenty of people talking about the desirability of the assassination of Donald Trump and other things. It seems to me that that’s kind of a double standard, isn’t it?
HH: Have you read Ross Douthat’s column this morning, Hillary Clinton’s Samantha Bee Problem, about the cultural…
GR: I have read that column.
HH: What did you think of it? And do you fit into that narrative now?
GR: Oh, I don’t know. You know, there is a big lefty cultural apparatus that tries to enforce its views on everything. And frankly, it is probably the thing that is keeping Donald Trump alive, and it may be the thing that gets him elected, as Ross Douthat says. I think that’s totally right. And I think it’s funny, because you know, I grew up in the Civil Rights era. My dad was a moderately well-known civil rights and Vietnam protestor. And to be honest, it seems to me that then, the left was really all on for free speech, and now that they feel like they have gathered all the reins in their hands, they’re not so big on tolerance anymore.

 

Shortly after that was posted Instapundit’s suspension was revoked.

I have no idea if any explanation was given, I joked it was because he knows a lot of lawyers but re-reading his post on the subject I think I have isolated the twelve words Glenn wrote that really caused the suspension to be lifted

 

Twitter can do without me, as I can certainly do without Twitter.

 

Glenn Reynolds is a traffic machine, anyone who has ever gotten an instalanche knows this to be true, The only real value that twitter has is the ability to provide advertisers access to the tens to hundreds of thousands of people who want to see the tweets of a traffic machine like Glenn.

The Day the various traffic machines decide, like Glenn did, that they can do without twitter they are finished. Twitter not only loses its purpose but it’s ability to generate profit, in fact it might even lead to celebs demanding twitter pay THEM a per follower fee annually for using their platform and generating the traffic & eyeballs they need to have any chance of being profitable.

Twitter could survive anger, outrage or even venom from a major traffic generator like Glenn, but it can’t survive indifference.

Update: Stacy McCain comments thusly from his still continuing twitter exile:

What are we permitted to say about marauding gangs of thieves and thugs? The owners of Twitter have evidently hired Democrat Party activists to control the narrative on their platform, effectively turning it into a propaganda platform for a violent anti-white terrorist organization (to call #BlackLivesMatter what it actually is). Twitter’s policy can be considered an “in-kind” political contribution to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, which is counting on #BlackLivesMatter to help her win key swing states like North Carolina, Florida, Virginia and Ohio.
Do law-abiding citizens have no right to defend themselves against mob attacks? If a family is in their car on the highway and find themselves surrounded by a gang of criminals who have been roaming the streets committing violence, what are they supposed to do?

 

Why you are supposed to let yourself be killed of course

Update 2: Via Patterico

“Run them down” is sounding more and more like self defense to me.

Update 4: USA today has decided to suspend Glenn for a month, so I’ve decided to block them on twitter and in my web browser for (at least) a month


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I’m sure when Twitter decided to ban Robert Stacy McCain they figured the story would go away pretty quick.  Stacy’s Friends like myself has done all we can do keep this story alive but in the end we are small potatoes  (My Alexa rank worldwide is 296,388 and 50,856 in the US. with 386 different web sites linking in)

One of the people who has done a lot to keep this story alive is Glenn (Instapundit) Reynolds, his Alexa Rank is 5,239 worldwide and 1226 in the US with 4019 sites linking in.  This means that if his site links you a ton of traffic follows (Hence the term “Instalanche”) but even with many links from Glenn twitter seems unconcerned.

However they might have forgotten that Professor Reynolds also has a weekly platform at USA today.

Guess what he decided to write about yesterday?:

Twitter, for example, recently launched an “anti-harassment” campaign featuring, asEd Morrissey described it, the rather Orwellian-sounding Trust & Safety Council. Almost immediately thereafter, Twitter banned — without much of an explanation — Robert Stacy McCain, a prominent critic of one of the council’s members, Anita Sarkeesian. Shortly before that, Twitter had also de-verified gay conservative Milo Yiannopoulos, also a Sarkeesian critic. (The blue “verified” check mark is supposed to simply demonstrate that celebrity tweeters are the real thing, not to connote any sort of official endorsement, but, without explanation, Twitter took away Yiannopoulos’s, though he remains, in fact, the real Milo Yiannopoulos.)

As Reason’s Robby Soave notes, it looks suspicious:

“Twitter is a private company, of course, and if it wants to outlaw strong language, it can. In fact, it’s well within its rights to have one set of rules for Robert Stacy McCain, and another set of rules for everyone else. It’s allowed to ban McCain for no reason other than its bosses don’t like him. If Twitter wants to take a side in the online culture war, it can. It can confiscate Milo Yiannopoulos’s blue checkmark. This is not about the First Amendment.”

Soave continues, “But if that’s what Twitter is doing, it’s certainly not being honest about it — and its many, many customers who value the ethos of free speech would certainly object. In constructing its Trust and Safety Council, the social media platform explicitly claimed it was trying to strike a balance between allowing free speech and prohibiting harassment and abuse. But its selections for this committee were entirely one-sided — there’s not a single uncompromising anti-censorship figure or group on the list. It looks like Twitter gave control of its harassment policy to a bunch of ideologues, and now their enemies are being excluded from the platform.”

USA Today’s Alexa ranking is 316 worldwide and 70 in the US with 116,407 sites linking in.

I daresay there might be a few people around the country who will be hearing about #freestacy and Robert Stacy McCain for the first time today.  That’s what happens when one of the top 70 websites in the country writes about it.

So congratulations to Twitter, Anita Sarkeesian and company. Your new Trust and Safety council continues to get more and more national and even international fame.

Aren’t you lucky!

Update: I’m sure this is unrelated:

As if Twitter needed another problem, a recent survey suggests advertisers are souring on the social media platform.

Advertiser interest in Twitter began cresting early last year, but the latest survey by RBC Capital Markets found a significant jump in the number of advertisers who plan to decrease their spending on the website.

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The MSM is going to be crying “income inequality” for the next 12 months to attack the GOP. Fortunately for the party Glenn Reynolds has helpfully given you an answer:

What is to be done? Well, in the name of ending inequality, I have a few modest proposals.

  1.  We should eliminate the tax deductibility of contributions to schools having endowments in excess of $1 billion. At some point, as our president has said, you’ve made enough money. That won’t end all major donations to the Ivy League, but it will doubtless encourage donors to look at less wealthy and more deserving schools, such as Northern Kentucky University, recently deemed “more inspirational than Harvard” in the London Times Higher Education magazine.

2.  We should require that all schools with endowments over $1 billion spend at least 10% of their endowment annually on student financial aid. That will make it easier for less wealthy students to attend elite institutions.
3.  We should require that university admissions be based strictly on objective criteria such as grades and SAT/ACT scores, with random drawings used to cull the herd further if necessary. That will eliminate the Ivy League’s documented discrimination against Asians.

Hey if the rich are to pay “their fair share” this should be for you.  After all who is richer than the ivy league?

You would think that the GOP would be all in going after institutions that are pretty much exist to attack machines on conservatives and Christians but I have a feeling to the GOP establishment that’s a feature not a bug.

Update: You ever get the feeling the elites don’t really mean the things they say?

I’m old enough to remember when reporters had a reputation of fearlessness so I submit and suggest that if you are a writer and this sentence linking to a post of yours:

NEW FRONTIERS IN TOADYING: Jonathan Capehart Steps Up To Defend Valerie Jarrett From Those Meanie Journalists At Politico and TNR.

Causes you to block Instapundit on twitter you have no business writing for a major American Newspaper

I haven’t seen this level of abject fear since the Atraxi met the 11th Doctor

or Sir Robin met the Giant

On the bright side Veterans day is an excellent time to discover who you would not want to share a foxhole with.

Update: Perhaps the net savvy folks at Amazon who now own the Washington Post might want to explain to Mr. Capehart that an Instalanche is considered a “good” thing.

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I was looking at Chris Cillizza’s piece in the post concerning Rand Paul and Bill Clinton some posts around it I was instantly reminded me of Robert Stacy McCain’s exchanges with Jesse Myerson.

The Success of Jesse Myerson’s attempt to rationalize communism success is dependent on reaching a group of Salon readers who are not at all familiar with the actual reality of communism. If their only knowledge of it is “The soviets were our enemies 30 years ago” as opposed to stuff that is happening in Cuba right now like this:

An explosion of repression greeted anti-Castro activists in Cuba on Sunday morning in Santiago de Cuba and other cities as they tried to make their way to churches for Mass. In Santiago, there were at least 169 arrests of activists with the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), the Damas De Blanco, or “Ladies In White,” and other organizations.

& this  (translated from the Spanish via Chrome)

  • 179 arrested  violently on February 9 Sunday, today, in various parts of the province of Santiago de Cuba
  • 50 detainees with great violence in Palma Soriano on Friday, February 7
  • 28 detainees with great violence in Santiago de Cuba on Thursday 6th
  • 9 arrested Wednesday night in Petty 5, 3 of them were under age 6 who were also arrested
  • 36 arrested in Santa Clara on Monday 3, along with Guillermo Fariñas , spokesman UNPACU
  • 30 Ladies in White were arrested on February 2, Sunday in Santiago de Cuba

Robert Stacy McCain’s solid arguments not withstanding unless the young and low info voter audience that is Myerson’s target readership in Salon hear Stacy points, they will make no more sound than a tree falling in the forest no matter what  GEICO ads say.

The same dynamic is in play with Cillizza. His piece talk about the reasons why Rand Paul is making the case he is. All the reasons are concern things other than the democrat “War on woman” meme. In fact you can read the entire piece and not find the words “war on woman” anywhere in it.

I suspect that’s by design.

Meanwhile Ann Althouse gives a series of reasons for Paul’s attacks which includes the following:

Someone on the Republican side needs to be able to counter the “war on women” propaganda of the Democrats, and no one else seems to have the guts or skill to do it properly.

Her piece and four reasons for Paul’s attacks were linked and copied on Instapundit and made the HotAir headlines.

Now Althouse is a well read blog (alexa rank 79,554 worldwide & 17,632 in the US) The Hotair group blog is impressive (5,687/1,212) and while only a single person Instapundit is,  well Instapundit. (5,713/1330)

But the reach of the Washington Post greater by a factor of more than 10 in terms of Alexa Rank ( 299/88) not to mention MSM coverage so as long as Cillizza makes sure the average Washington Post reader, particularly ones born in 1984 or after, are focusing on his piece’s final paragraph:

Whatever the reason for Paul’s focus on Clinton’s private life, it’s a reminder (although we didn’t need one) that the Kentucky Senator operates under a different code of conduct than his colleagues and the people he will compete against for the 2016 nomination. It’s what makes him intriguing — and dangerous.

rather than statements from Senator Paul like this one:

for goodness sakes he [Bill Clinton] paid an $800,000 fine for sexual harassment

then the takeaway for those young unmarried women who vote democrat will be:

That GOP 2016 candidate Rand Paul is trying to bring down Hillary’s presidential bid by attacking her husband’s personal life.

rather than

THE Major fundraiser for Democrats crying “war on women” is a repeat sexual harasser who once paid $850,000 to settle a sexual harassment case.

and that dear readers is how the MSM game is played.

Hey Ezra Klien says there might still be a “journo-list” maybe he can get a spot in it, if he doesn’t have one already.

Note, Paul should have said $850K rather than $800K and it was a settlement.
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The entire debate about the NSA PRISM program comes down to these two different views from two people I respect:

Robert Stacy McCain

while the NSA’s access to phone and e-mail records raises Fourth Amendment concerns about potential abuse, there is no one who can point to an instance where actual abuse has occurred. So far as we know, no one has been arrested on the basis of illegally obtained information or targeted by the NSA because they’re on Obama’s Enemies List of political opponents.

Apparently, Glenn Greenwald’s idea to solve this problem was to present the world with Edward Snowden as the hero-victim, making him the symbol (as Greenwald saw it) of how the administration was punishing courageous truth-tellers. However, rational people (a category from which Greenwald long ago excluded himself) recognized this as problematic: Snowden wasn’t an IRS employee revealing important truths about unlawful political abuse of government power, or a DOJ staffer disclosing the surveillance of journalists. Snowden had top-secret clearance at an agency whose express mission it is to gather communications (“signals intelligence,” or sigint) about America’s enemies. There is a world of difference between these two categories, and my antennae detected this difference when I saw the quote from Snowden praising Army Pvt. Bradley Manning as “a classic whistleblower” who “was inspired by the public good.”

and Glenn Reynolds

The problem is, it’s hard to trust the people who are supposed to use that data to protect us to do so, when they abandoned their own in Benghazi. And it’s hard to trust them not to use that data to oppress us, when they’ve already abused their powers that way in other connections. Which is why abuse of power is itself a kind of treason: It weakens the fabric of the nation like nothing else, by undermining the trust that is essential for the system to work.

And that’s basically the problem under normal circumstances I’d give a pass to the NSA as an organization that these people have dedicated years to defending this country from terror attacks.

But we have an administration that lives by “Chicago Values” a president who claims to know nothing, and a press in bed with both of them.

Stacy is right that we have no evidence of this administration abusing PRISM, just like we didn’t have evidence of the IRS going after the tea party…right up until the moment we did.

This is what the Obama administration has done, like the Nixon administration it has taken action that destroys trust and without trust a republic can’t stand. Stacy one more time

Gen. Keith Alexander says Snowden is lying and so we have to ask ourselves who we believe, the career Army officer who has dedicated his entire life to defending America from its enemies, or the dropout gamer who is Glenn Greenwald’s new man-crush?

I don’t blame Stacy McCain for believing Alexander over Snowden & Greenwald nor do I blame him trusting General Alexander as a rule I trust him as well.

But I don’t trust the commander in chief whose orders he is sworn to obey or that commander in chief’s administration and I submit and suggest anyone who does is a fool.