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:

usa-today

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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If Dems control the Senate, Obama will pack the Supreme Court, and you can bet Harry Reid will go nuclear on it.

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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.

While we talked about the controversy concerning the People’s Choice awards there were other award won by worthy bloggers that were no less worth attention nor any less deserved.

The highlight for the crowd was Michelle Bachmann’s speech to the bloggers.

She then presented the award for blogger of the year (this is separate from ACU’s award)

Julie’s blog is here.

No person deserved the lifetime achievement award more than Glenn Reynolds most of us wouldn’t exist without him.

But the highlight for me was the best kept secret award. Yid with lid was the runner-up but when they announced the winner as my friend Karen the Lonely Conservative I was so busy clapping with joy I forgot to film.

I made up for it with an interview directly after.

That was simply wonderful Karen deserves more credit than she gets

BRIAN: Brothers! Brothers! We should be struggling together!

FRANCIS: We are! Ohh.

BRIAN: We mustn’t fight each other! Surely we should be united against the common enemy!

EVERYONE: The Judean People’s Front?!

Life of Brian 1979

Sire, you risk having no Spain at all!

Ed Cid 1961

This is just foolish:

I was just disinvited from a scheduled speech by the Utah County, Utah GOP because — after a special meeting to discuss the subject — I was deemed “too controversial” because of my support for gay rights. Er, okay.

Having an unpaid speaking gig (which I seldom do anymore) canceled is no hardship. And people are welcome to believe what they want to believe, and invite whom they want to speak — but as the GOP looks at why they’re viewed as intolerant, well, this kind of thing might be part of it. “Big tent” or teepee? Your choice.

Now if the speech had been at a Mormon or a Catholic Commencement I can see this (he is in favor of Gay Marriage & unless I’m very much mistaken Abortion) but this is a speech to a GOP group Glenn & Instapundit has been one of the smartest and best voices on the right over the last 10 years. He has treated the GOP better than it deserves Any GOP or Tea Party group that would exclude him are fools.

On a personal level I’m very Catholic, very against the narcissistic nonsense that is called “gay marriage” and about as anti-abortion as you can get. I don’t make a secret of it and I’m sure Glenn and I disagree strongly on these issues and would be happy to debate him (or any one else) on these issue publicly or privately.

Yet Glenn Reynolds been kind enough to answer my letters before I blogged, promoted my links when they are worthy, hit my tip jar when it is needed and correct my grammar when I’ve missed it and more importantly thrown me the occasional word of encouragement…and we’ve never even met each other in person.

Glenn’s not Catholic (I don’t even know if he is Christian) but he seems to be operating under the following rule:

 ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.‘ (Matt 25:40)

I’m lucky he doesn’t operate under the standard the Utah GOP does.

Update: The Utah GOP in Action!

No wonder they couldn’t get Mia Love elected

Update 2: Apparently not everyone in the Utah GOP is clueless:

Good for him.

Yesterday Glenn Reynolds said this:

When taking office, the President does not swear to create jobs. He does not swear to “grow the economy.” He does not swear to institute “fairness.” The only oath the President takes is this one:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

By sending — literally — brownshirted enforcers to engage in — literally — a midnight knock at the door of a man for the non-crime of embarrassing the President of the United States and his administration, President Obama violated that oath. You can try to pretty this up (It’s just about possible probation violations! Sure.), or make excuses or draw distinctions, but that’s what’s happened. It is a betrayal of his duties as President, and a disgrace.

a few hours earlier the Worcester Gay Pride March complete with drag queens and strippers in tighty whities. These images would be considered bad under Islam. Should President Obama be arresting these guys?

The reaction of concern trolls was not surprising but this tweet from Joe Scarborough who I watch regularly caught me by surprise:

If you read the series of tweets at that article on Twitchy you will see the conversation began with the whole “Romney Gaffe” theme I’ve already stated even stipulating the nonsense idea that the Romney statement was the ‘gaffe heard round the world” in retrospect with this image all over the net:

But if Joe disagrees I have a suggestion. Invite Glenn Reynolds on the show Monday to discuss the issue.

It’s a great move, Glenn is a former MSNBC contributor, he has one of the most powerful one man web sites in the world with numbers so strong he can crash smaller servers by linking to them. He has a libertarian bent in favor of both abortion and gay marriage so he would fit in socially with the crew and most important it would bring eyes that would normally not be there.

Most important of all if you have Heilman, Mika, Capeheart, and Yourself taking Glenn on, the fight might almost be even and if you feel it’s not you can always throw in Andra Mitchel to help you out.

You spend a lot of time dismissing bloggers, lets see if you can hold your own against one. If Monday is bad go for Tuesday or Wednesday and promote the hell out of it.

I like you Joe, but I think you guys wouldn’t have a prayer against Glenn Reynolds and if you think otherwise your going to have to prove it to me.

Consider it the first debate of the 2016 presidential season.

Update: If Joe doesn’t want to face Glenn there is Always Mark Steyn

Look at Jonah’s post immediately below; look at the picture. What a pity Ambassador Stevens didn’t enjoy the same level of “protection” as Mr Nakoula. Why, if only the United States could bring the same amount of firepower to bear in its Benghazi compound as it brings to a probation-violation arrest in Cerritos. But it’s all about priorities, isn’t it?

Any curiosity about that? Apparently not, judging from Scarborough’s nothing-to-see-here tweets.

or Jonah Goldberg

Good thing this is no longer John Ashcroft’s America!

Hell I could even do it if you are worried about those guys, fly me down & I’ll bring Cannoli (that will drive Mika nuts)

It’s a rare day when I take CBS’s side over Powerline and Glenn but I have to say that CBS in general and Katy Conrad in particular did the right thing concerning the Koch/Zimmerman non-story.

You have a story that is starting to go around the net to the point where snoops is talking about it, it is a meme that a rival network with the same audience as you has already been suggesting and it is concerning a topic that has been front page national news, of course they are going to inquire.

I assume CBS looked for evidence outside of just asking Koch industries and if they had found some actual meat to this story they would have run with it contrasting it with the Koch denial after all people deny things they have been doing every day. (I actually e-mailed Katy Conrad with some questions along that line but I didn’t get a response).

This tells me that the editorial people at CBS (who I’m sure would have loved to run with this one) did what editors and producers are supposed to do, check the facts and decide if there is a story or not. Indeed Katy Conrad not only did not publish but explicitly stated so to the interested party.

Now if they HAD run it after the email exchange with Koch industries and had no further evidence that would have been worthy of outrage, but that’s not what happened here, perhaps CBS learned something from Rathergate after all.

Two final thoughts:

If Katy Conrad had been an editor at the Washington Post instead of a producer at CBS this morning Elizabeth Flock might still have a job today.

It’s a sad commentary on the MSM when a reporter/producer doing their job properly at a major news network is a story worth writing about.

Update: As a reporter long before he was a blogger Stacy McCain gets it:

Katy Conrad did her job. If Ed Schultz is going to permit Karen Finney and Van Jones to lie about the Koch brothers on MSNBC, other news organizations are obligated to check out the facts, which Conrad did, to her credit.

And being a good reporter he also suggests a story CBS could have run:

While Koch Industries lawyer Mark Holden asked that CBS “not mention Koch in any way in your broadcast,” perhaps it would have been even better if CBS had re-focused its story on how MSNBC abets left-wing liars engaging in politically motivated slander against Koch.

He’s right but since both CBS and MSNBC work from the same customer base it might be too much to expect them to throw a punch in that direction.

It was a great show today, and an even better party afterwards, but if there is one thing that a person who lives off of ads wants to see it’s something like this at Instapundit:

If you do have an interest in ads, my price list is here, and if you want to see just what kind of reach this blog has, look here.

How do you properly thank someone who tries to make your business a success?

There seem to be two different conservative camps of thought on the Herman Cain “scandal”, I put “scandal” in quotes because we don’t have an actual accusation of wrongdoing or a specific charge.

The first is personified by People I respect such as Glenn Reyonlds and William Jacobson concerning the lack of you know evidence of actually wrongdoing,

Jacobson:

Let’s sum up the “facts” as they are known right now. Mostly unnamed people accused Herman Cain of unspecified conduct which some people who will not specify the people or the conduct have deemed “inappropriate.” And one of the unnamed people received a piddly $35,000 severance package almost 15 years ago for unspecified conduct which included conduct unrelated to Cain.

Glenn Reynolds in a repeated meme:

Would Jonathan Martin, Maggie Haberman, Anna Palmer and Kenneth Vogel have put their names on a similar piece, with no named sources, aimed at Barack Obama? Would Politico have run it?

Stacy McCain summed it up nicely here:

Whether the Perry campaign was behind the story is, however, less important to Cain’s fortunes now than whether the story is true. And there is no way for voters to judge the credibility of the accusations against him as long as the accusers remain anonymous. Yet reporters continue to shield the women and, late Wednesday, Bennett told the New York Times that his client “has a life to live and a career, and she doesn’t want to become another Anita Hill.” Cain’s life and career, meanwhile, are evidently viewed as collateral damage in the bizarre shadow war being fought for the 2012 Republican nomination.

So it’s a question of a lot of talk but nothing resembling evidence, I think that is why you have seen so many people react the way they have, such as No One of any Import who says:

First, getting accused of sexual harassment is extremely easy. The comment thread at that link contains similar stories of harmless compliments being taken the wrong way. Many years ago, a good friend of mine lost his job thanks to an accusation of harassment.

I knew him well enough to be outraged. He was a good guy. He didn’t even get to find out who the accuser was. His position was low-level, and the corporation was more interested in averting lawsuit risk than getting to the bottom of the allegation.

Second, these women may not be lying. They may just be too easily offended. The level of political correctness that has saturated our culture is well past ridiculous. Herman Cain is not known for being politically correct.

Third, a $35,000 severance is no biggie, and not evidence of guilt. Back when Erick Erickson was a lawyer, he handled several sexual harassment suits. None settled for less than the high-end of six figures.

and NeoNeocon who is not a Cain Partisan wants facts.:

How convenient. He can’t say what it was, but he can nevertheless allege that it was bad and would finish Cain’s political career—and that statement is legally okay? And why can’t he talk about it; was he a party to the lawsuit bound by the confidentiality agreement? Or is he afraid of being sued for defamation?

It hardly matters anymore what happened; the sides are probably set in stone. Those who already considered Cain a buffoon and idiot (and it is amazing how much vitriol of that sort was directed against him on left-wing blogs even before these revelations) will continue their condescension and hatred. Those who like him will probably like him more because they will feel he is another target of a high-tech lynching.

Cain was not a favorite candidate of mine even before this, but I have respect for his achievements and I have learned to be extremely wary of sexual harassment charges—and I actually have a quaint habit of trying to reserve judgment on these things till a few relevant facts are in.

Bottom line as the old commercial (and Walter Mondale) used to say “Where’s the beef?”

The other side of the coin comes from those who say it’s not a question of the charges now but how they are being handled by the Cain Campaign, to wit;, Allah Pundit:

Did I miss something or are they tossing this grenade based on nothing more than the fact of Curt Anderson’s hiring? Granted, the timing of the that hiring roughly coincides with this scandal breaking, but there’s no reason to think rival camps heard about the harassment claims recently. They might have been sitting on them for months and leaked them now because of Cain’s surge in the polls. It’s not as if Anderson was the only insider besides Cain who knew about the settlements either.

Dan Riehl has a plethora of posts of which this is my fave:

According to a neutral source, his spokesperson, Gordon, doubles as his foreign policy adviser. Cue China nuke gaffe. The guy isn’t even wasting time on briefing books, nor worrying about how he comes off. He’s raising money, alright. But he isn’t spending any of it, except for a few ads on already friendly conservative turf.

As far as loving it, oh yeah. This guy loves the attention, isn’t that obvious by now? This was a non-story folks, even Pro-Publica admitted as much when it first came out. Cain had a long career as an effective CEO with maybe one or two nuisance suits garnered along the way. It happens. He knows that.

He also knows he has a long list of references, character and otherwise, willing to stand up for him. But not Herman Cain. Oh no. He doesn’t want anyone to get in between that camera and him. And why not, he’s still winding down his book tour. Cain is and will be just fine, though I’d wager he’s thinking ambassador, more than VP in any potential Romney administration. That type of appointment suits him and leaves him more options down the road, given his age.

Red State:

Having said that, I don’t care. Whomever pointed this story out to Politico did the GOP a great service. I can’t imagine what the landscape would look like if Cain had won several primaries, or Heaven forfend, the nomination and then had this drop.

The fact is that despite Politico’s editorial sleaziness and water carrying for Democrat politicians, they got this story 100% right. The fact is that Cain had ten (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10) days to prepare for this story and either couldn’t or didn’t. The fact is that Cain has changed his story at least four times since Monday. If you count the fact that he lied to the guy he’s accusing of leaking the story (no Herman there wasn’t “one” case, there are at least three, and I’m betting some multiple of that are yet to emerge), he’s changed it five times.

But the best phraseology comes from this re-tweet that I saw from non conservative Dave Weigel:

The bottom line

(His story isn’t bad either)

That is the bottom line. The story has become how he is handling the story.

Herman Cain is running to be the most powerful man in the world. A President literally has the power of life and death over millions worldwide. He has the nuclear suitcase. His statements and/or misstatements will have catastrophic effects nationwide and worldwide.

This is politics. Everybody has to learn that this is not a game that is played fair, and if you think the election game is played dirty, wait till you see how actual governing and international diplomacy is played. If Cain didn’t know that before he should know it now

Oh btw, if the story among conservatives that Perry has done this become the tale Perry is toast, but let me remind you of something I said day one:

If it turns out another campaign was pushing this story I don’t think the tea party right will forget or forgive this. There is an obvious suspect but because there is such an obvious suspect it’s not impossible that a different campaign pushed it to take out both Cain and the obvious suspect.

In the end fairness has nothing to do with anything, this is politics and the bottom line is all about results (ask Bill Clinton).

Herman Cain will be judged by two things. How he handles this attack and where is campaign is one week from today.

If he is able to weather this storm (and I think the odds are at the moment slightly in his favor) then he will be fine.

Morning Joe reports he’s already raised 1 mil this week and is launching a moneybomb today, let’s see how that does.

Jimmie Bise has already made his decision, we will find out if it was the right decision seven days from now. (The Cain campaign should still hire him and Stacy McCain too.)

BTW if you like this post please consider kicking in to my November Fundraiser. Still 260 subscribers short at the Beanie Level ($2 a week) of paying the bills.

The Internet’s Instapundit, aka the Blogfather, is at HLS’s Con Con Con.  As a constitutional law professor, he’s excited about the idea of a constitutional convention – too excited, perhaps.  Updates below!

Prof. Reynolds said that there is a “widespread sense that something is wrong.”  There is “bipartisan agreement” that we have the “worst political class in the country’s history.”

He defines himself as a “libertarian transhumanist”, and have discussions about mind-uploading and the rights of beings with artificial intelligence.  “Small c conservatives” would look at this differently: a constitutional convention may cure some of the intellectualism and attack of the political class.  However, it can be a dangerous proposition, one akin to hitting the ‘hyperspace’ button in the game Asteroids.

Prof. Reynolds queried as to whether or not we are in need of such a convention.  According to Rasumussen, only 17% of the people think that the government has the consent of the government – a number which is approximately half the number of the late eighteenth-century, pre-Revolutionary War number.  Yet America is relatively strong country, even with the last few years of economic difficulty.

Since it’s analogy time at Con Con Con, the constitution is akin to an operating system, with legislation and regulations akin to applications.  Specific social problems ought not be dealt with in the operating system, but as an application; this leads to less instability should something go wrong and is easier to fix.  The operating system is not meant to address little problems, but to set the structure and allocate the resources for the users. (Anyone else in geek heaven?)

A Constitutional Amendment should change the structure of the system, but is not meant to be used to prevent future change.  Most Constitutional Amendments are “structural re-allocations of power between the states, the federal government, and the people.”  The only example of taking a legislative issue and promoting it to a constitutional issue was Prohibition, and also (in Prof. Reyonld’s opinion) the biggest failure.

Continue reading “Live Blogging the BLOGFATHER’S speech at Harvard Law School!”

A few minutes ago while I was upstairs away from the TV and my kids were downstairs with the TV on Morning Joe my oldest noticed something on the TV and called up the stairs with a question:

Dad? What’s the point of building secret drone bases if its going to be on the Front Page of the Washington Post?

Simple and direct. I started to prepare an answer about how the modern press unlike in say World War 2 doesn’t understand that you can’t win a war if you telegraph what you are doing to the enemy, about how since Vietnam many in the press consider being a journalist more important than being an American, how some in the media because they disagree with the war policy and will report such a thing to change it regardless of the effects on both the war and our foreign policy, when he added an addendum, to his question proving he knows me well:

…and Dad, please don’t give me a speech.

So problem: How do I convey all of that in a statement complete enough to explain it, yet brief enough for him to pay attention? The answer came from Glenn Reynolds:

Son, They’re not anti-war, they’re just on the other side.”

to which he answered:

Oh! OK.

Instapundit, giving direct simple solutions to the complexities of life since 2001. No wonder the left hates him.

Update: Daily Pundit links, thanks

When I first saw the report of PBS’ selective editing of the president’s speech on Instapundit before my show I left the following comment at their site:

Is there a reason why the flub concerning Abe Lincoln is not included in this transcript?

Furthermore it has been alleged that comments concerning said omission are being deleted from this page.

Is that true and if so why?

It is a topic that I will be discussing on my radio show on WCRN this morning. I’m sure my listeners within our 50,000 watt range would be interested in the answers to both questions.

We talked about it on today’s show on WCRN and commented on the press’ relationship with the president.

Lo and behold I come home and the following is now up at the PBS site:

EDITOR’S NOTE: The original transcript provided on this page, as was noted, reflected the president’s remarks as prepared for delivery and released by the White House. This transcript has been updated to reflect the remarks as delivered and released by the White House.

Now I’m sure that other links made a bigger difference but it’s not a bad thing to have 50,000 watts of radio to back up your blog.

via Sissy Willis:

There’s a whole army of patriotic Davids out there across this great country ready to stand up and to speak out in defense of liberty, and these Davids aren’t afraid to tell Goliath “don’t tread on me.”

That’s just one line (Sissy has more here) but consider.

That is the second time in under a month in a major presentation that she quoted Glenn Reynolds (the other was the blood libel line from his WSJ piece).

Can we assume that Sarah Palin reads Glenn Reynolds? (Some enterprising radio host should have him on his show.)

Glenn Reynolds draws between 250,000 and 500,000 hits a day and gets 30-60 posts up per day EVERY DAY. If Sarah Palin is quoting him them perhaps a wise reporter would get to know him, or a smart producer would have him on the air.

Then again I don’t expect much from the MSM, supposedly the NYT was there and couldn’t even get her meeting people after the speech right

Prospective candidates, particularly if they are courting supporters, routinely sit through dinners and mingle with guests. But in her case, Ms. Palin entered the room only for her speech and left immediately after.

Actually Palin stayed and took photos with attendees as was announced at the start of the speech. If they can’t get that detail right when they were supposedly there why would I expect them to follow-up on this kind of story.

You know there is a reason why Instapundit took down the “NYT of bloggers” comment from his site. The times should work for the day when they can be called the “instapundit of newspapers”.

Update: Conservatives for Palin notices

Tonight Little Miss Attila Joins us from the left coast for DaTechGuy on DaRadio.

Her posts may take a minimalist approach but her opinions sure don’t. Last week I suggested Glenn Reynolds would be a tough act to follow and her reaction was:

I can beat Glenn Reynolds any day of the week. Especially on a Saturday.

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As you might guess the show got a bit of attention last night with Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit as the guest. The calls started right at the beginning of the show and didn’t stop till the end of the hour. (I’m afraid we’ve given Little Miss Attila a tough act to follow).

Now would be a good time to remind folks that starting on Feb 5th my show will be going to two hours ; with more bloggers, more talk, more guests and more fun!

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Update 2: There are instalanches and then they’re instalanches!

Given that it’s a 50,000 watt station that blankets New England — including New Hampshire — I would have expected that a show reaching so many bloggers and Tea Party types would be running national political ads, but either (1) it’s too early for those yet, or (2) those advertisers just haven’t caught on yet. If not, they’re missing out, I think.

I make my living off of the ads of my blogger radio show, that’s how the mortgage gets paid. That paragraph in blogosphere terms, is as close to an “Oprah endorsing your book” moment that there is.

Update 3: Little Miss Attila accepts the challenge

Update 4 …and reminds me of the “H” I dropped in Instalanche

Tonight on DaTechGuy on DaRadio we have just about the biggest guest you can have in the blog world.

Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit the blogfather himself joins us for the hour. We will talk about his place in the blogging world. His book An Army of Davids, his Wall Street Journal piece of the week and just how he manages to get 62 posts up in a single day like Thursday.

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In his examiner column today Glenn Reynolds (tomorrow’s guest BTW) talks about how the rules concerning “patriotic dissent” apparently change as desired by the holders of the meme:

“Protest is patriotic!” “Dissent is the highest form of patriotism!”
These battle-cries were heard often, in a simpler America of long ago — that is, before last November. Back then, protests — even if they were organized by the usual leftist apparatchik-groups like ANSWER or ACORN — were seen – at least in the media – as proof of popular discontent.

Yes we remember those halcyon days of yesteryear, when one could call for the murder of a president and yet simply be expressing dissent, exercising the rights guaranteed under the constitution. Who cares if some group might have fronted it. However now that the tea party has become a source of such protest…

Funny how fast the worm — or maybe it’s the pitchfork — has turned. Now that we’re seeing genuine expressions of populist discontent, not put together by establishment packagers on behalf of an Officially Sanctioned Aggrieved Group, we’re suddenly hearing complaints of “mob rule” and demands for civility.

Civility is fine, but those who demand it should show it. The Obama administration — and its corps of willing supporters in the press and the punditry — has set the tone, and they are now in a poor position to complain.

That’s why a “living breathing Constitution” is in my opinion BS. That allows people to decide it says what they want it to say rather than what it actually says (a contract).

I guarantee we will be talking about this tomorrow.

Hughey Woodring and Jason Fitzgerald talk to me about the Tom Marino campaign and Pa in general.

The most important words said in this interview:

Me: What would you like to say to those people not only in this country but all across the country republicans and conservatives who are thinking: “It’s looking good and we can ease off a little?

Hughey Woodring: Get out and volunteer and get the word out!

Me: Is there any other way to win an election without working just right till the end?

Hughey: No!

Hughey Woodring advice about not getting complacent predates Glenn Reynolds, after all Hughey is old enough to be his blogfather

Update: Stacy McCain has an update with some good poll numbers for the district

Update 2: Here is an example of a Poll not as reliable

Anyone who believes Ann Marie Buerkle is down 12 in NY-25 likely thought that Tom Marino had no chance in Pa-10

Update 3: Instalanche, check out the links to all of my posts on the road trip here.

Remember when everyone was convinced that George W. Bush was going become a dictator and go after his opponents?

Ah how thing change in just a few years, the Wall Street Journal via Tax Prof blog editorializes:

Democrats claim only to favor “disclosure” of donors, but their legal intimidation attempts are the best argument against disclosure. Liberals want the names of business donors made public so they can become targets of vilification with the goal of intimidating them into silence. A CEO or corporate board is likely to think twice about contributing to a campaign fund if the IRS or prosecutors might come calling. If Democrats can reduce business donations in the next three weeks, they can limit the number of GOP challengers with a chance to win and reduce Democratic Congressional losses. …

Faced with electoral repudiation as the public turns against their agenda, Democrats are unleashing government power to silence their political opponents. Instead of piling on, the press corps ought to blow the whistle on this attempt to stifle political speech. This is one more liberal abuse of power that voters should consider as they head to the polls.

As DaScienceGuy notes today:

In a five minute google search I found on a US Government website (the FEC) a name under President Obama’s donators for the last presidential election. Hassan Nemazee. Too bad he is an Iranian citizen. But we will forget that one.

I personally think Sam Rayburn would be rolling in his grave.

Via Glenn who throws out this nugget

Just don’t complain when President Palin starts the investigations in 2013

To steal a phrase Heh, Indeed!

Apparently not because he makes the following statement:

They weren’t around protesting during the Bush years BECAUSE THE TEA PARTY IS REPUBLICANS. They don’t care about the deficit. They care that a Democrat (and a black “Muslim,” to boot), is in the White House. They don’t care about fiscal restraint, they care that a Democrat is in the White House.

Now I’ve attended a few tea parties and talked to people there. The trust level for republicans is not very high. If you had interviewed these people you would know this. As for the suggestion that people who support the tea parties care only that a Democrat is in the White House well, let me make the introductions…

John Cole…meet Glenn Reynolds. You might have heard of the man, he was writing about something you might recalled known as porkbusters. The earliest entry in the 3 pages of archives when you search for “Porkbusters” is May 16 2006. There is actually a blog entry from Sept 18th of 2005 as well available.

John Cole…Michelle Malkin. You might know the lady. (I’ve met her very gracious and did a kind deed for my older brother) I took the liberty of searching her archive for “porkbusters” and lo and behold it goes back to Sept 19th 2005.

Now I don’t claim to have a photographic memory but I seem to recall that there was no democrat, black or otherwise in the White House at the time nor was there a republican majority in the house where spending originates.

If you want to pretend that it’s all about President Obama’s pigmentation you go on ahead. It will earn you hits from the left and love from the media. Just don’t expect people who know how to use a search engine to take you seriously.

Update: Bad link, Thanks to Patrick for spotting it.

Update 2: Patrick does more than correct my bad link:

The reason I raised a stink about this, is because John Cole is doing two things; first of all, he is doing something that I feel is just wrong — but is what the liberal left is known for and that is collectivism. Blaming an entire group for the actions of a few. Which, I feel, is wrong. Secondly, Cole is playing fast and loose with the facts and with pinning blame, which I think he knows; but because he hopped the fence, because Bush did not do things, like he thought they ought to be done, he bailed on the right — he feels that he has to recite the talking points of the left, in order to remain in their good graces. Although, I could be wrong on that one.

Glenn Reynolds tell the tale.

I just noticed one formerly friendly journalist dissing me in the comments on a lefty blog, and when I checked my email I noticed that the friendly messages stopped right after I plugged his book.

You know if you treat people with respect you will earn respect, if you act like a weasel don’t expect people to remember you as anything but weaselly.

Glenn shows the class that the person he refers to doesn’t by not naming him. I suspect any subsequent book however won’t get a plug. Nothing like burning bridges is there?

Update: A lesson for the journalist in question: Instead of abandoning someone who does me a favor I sent a thank you note for the promotion of my attempt to make a living at this and got a very friendly reply…and ANOTHER Instalanche.

People are not a commodity to be used and discarded. They are our friends and brothers to be treasured and respected.