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Glenn Reynolds - Instapundit

Law professor at the University of Tennessee who writes the blog Instapundit. Strong supporter of the tea parties and apparently one of the owners of Pajamas Media.

On October 1, 2008 I sent him and other major rightwing bloggers an open letter detailing a highly effective way they could help defeat Barack Obama. I encouraged him to find people to engage Obama in debate on video at his public appearances. Not only would that have revealed the flaws in Obama's policies, but it would have helped raise the level of debate in the U.S.

If you're familiar with Reynolds' snarky, passive-aggressive style I don't need to tell you that he ignored the open letter, as did the others.

Instead, Reynolds supports things like mocking politicians and holding up "bunny ears" behind their head. That's despite the fact that in the latter case engaging that politician in debate on video could have shown hundreds of thousands of people on Youtube just how wrong his policies are.

Glenn Reynolds also told me to "STFU" on two different occasions (and perhaps more), while cowardly hiding behind a pseudonym.

Reynolds is a libertarian with Randroid tendencies, and he's repeatedly highlighted cases of those who threaten to "go Galt". That would consist of those who don't like policies crafted by our elected representatives turning their backs on the U.S. - taking their marbles and going home - even as the U.S. fights two wars and has massive unemployment. Some patriots.

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Don't take Glenn Reynolds' advice, Part 7271930B (Instapundit, USA Today, "A revolution in the works?") - 02/05/13

University of Tennessee law professors Glenn Reynolds of the "Instapundit" blog shows yet again why you shouldn't take his advice. This edition is in USA Today ( peekURL.com/zpU5SAG ) entitled "A revolution in the works?": ...According to a Pew poll released last week, more than half of Americans view government as a threat to their freedom. ...Add this to another recent poll in which only 22% of...

Elizabeth Price Foley confused by terms "liberal" and "conservative" - 10/15/12

... Principles. Over at the site of Glenn Reynolds, she offers a guest post [1] that even someone like Sean Hannity would realize is clueless: HOW PUBLIC SCHOOLS DEFINE "LIBERAL" & "CONSERVATIVE" (I KID YOU NOT): My middle school-aged daughter was studying for a civics test on the American political system. Two of her vocabulary words were "liberal" and "conservative." Here are the...

A question about Tea Party cleaning up trash left by Obama supporters (San Francisco, Sally Zelikovsky) - 10/09/12

... etc. [2] Naturally, linked by Glenn Reynolds and Pajamas Media. [3] Pictures at peekURL.com/zAxkDx3 . Those involved: "This protest was organized by the Sally Zelikovsky of the Bay Area Patriots. It was attended by patriots from the North Bay Patriots (Marin County), MyLiberty (San Mateo County), and other Tea Parties of the SF Bay Area." [4] That's a reference to Rep. Mike Kelly's call to "...

Walter Russell Mead blames the victims of globalization, mass immigration (California, The American Interest, Kotkin) - 07/15/12

... com/wrm/2012/07/14/ green-energy-bias-killing-california That's linked by Glenn Reynolds: instapundit . com/146646. He only provides an excerpt, meaning there's a very high chance he agrees. [2] thedailybeast . com/articles/2012/07/12/ the-energy-war-how-fossil-fuel-democrats-became-an-endangered-species.html

Tea Party incompetence: an example from PJMedia (Helen Smith v. John Scalzi) - 05/20/12

... com/2012/05/15/ straight-white-male-the-lowest-difficulty-setting-there-is [3] Smith is the wife of Glenn Reynolds, and the two have promoted the Teapartiers countless times on their sites (Reynolds' site is, of course, a very popular blog). [4] pjmedia . com/tatler/2012/05/16/ uncle-tim-the-lowest-difficulty-setting-there-is [5] Since they first started, Pajamas Media has been a very strong...

Two examples of conservative failure (CPAC, rap, Crowder, Reynolds, V. Jackson) - 02/11/12

... whom I presented the award), Glenn Reynolds (twice, with one award accepted on his behalf by comedienne Victoria Jackson), and our own blog, which was selected as Best Blog Overall. 1. TheTeaParty.net (not TeaParty.net, which is an anti-Teaparty site) is the successor to the group discussed in the post "Did Teapartiers get bilked out of nearly half a million dollars?" That would seem to...

Rightwing's muted response to Brown signing unpopular, anti-American immigration law - 10/09/11

... bill signing that I can find: * Glenn Reynolds' Instapundit * Redstate (checked: front page, recommended diaries, and California sections and Moe Lane's diary) * Daily Caller (checked: front page, US, and Politics sections) * Pajamas Media (checked: front page) * HotAir * Patterico * Just One Minute * Andrew Breitbart's Big Government, Big Journalism (which doesn't even have an immigration...

Amity Shlaes dares not tell you a major cause of high teen unemployment (Glenn Reynolds) - 07/04/11

... that the second is promoted by Glenn Reynolds, who quotes yet another of his readers and closes by running down younger Americans: "Well, given that old folks can’t afford to retire nowadays, at least they have that work ethic to fall back on." (instapundit . com/123602) All of this is yet another example of the Fiscal Con; see the link for a description and other examples. Note also that the...

How many millions of his fellow citizens does Glenn Reynolds think are "parasites"? - 05/31/11

... being momentarily taken aback by Glenn Reynolds referring to potentially millions of his fellow citizens as "parasites"; given his history I shouldn't be surprised that he'd write this [1]: WILL AMERICA SEE EUROPE-STYLE RIOTS? Newsweek sounds hopeful, but in America, unlike Europe, it’s usually the taxpayers who are behind the revolutions, not the parasites. Who exactly is Reynolds referring to...

George Will misleads about a root cause of California problems - 05/21/11

... promoter of the Fiscal Con is Glenn Reynolds; he links to Will's piece at instapundit . com/121134. While (as could be expected) he just quotes and doesn't add anything, he obviously approves of the article.

Glenn Reynolds, Ace support mindless, authoritarian heckling of Newt Gingrich - 05/17/11

... him in debate. And, of course, Glenn Reynolds does implicitly endorse the quote, linking to the Ace post with the text "very effectively" (instapundit . com/120852). Reynolds has already shown that he's a fan of heckling and other thuggish, mindless actions, and his goal is to highlight how effective he thinks the quote is. The alternative to how Ace and Reynolds approached this is to engage...

What Koch defenders aren't telling you (Reddit, Reason, Glenn Reynolds, Powerline, Weigel) - 02/24/11

... (vulgar language warning). 4. Glenn Reynolds links to Gillespie: pajamasmedia.com/instapundit/115651 5. John Hinderaker of Powerline hasn't linked to the Reddit piece yet (there's still time). However, he offers several pro-Koch posts in his stock pompous-but-empty style: powerlineblog.com/archives/2011/02/028449.php powerlineblog.com/archives/2011/02/028450.php powerlineblog.com/archives/2011/...

Yet another example of Teaparty being useful idiots for the Koch brothers? (Madison union protests) - 02/19/11

... peekURL.com/vhZ64cs ). Meanwhile, Glenn Reynolds is going all out (instapundit.com/115329, instapundit.com/115324, instapundit.com/115278 and probably more). On the one hand, unions are somewhat of a negative force in the U.S. because most of them support illegal immigration, with groups like the Service Employees International Union getting a good part of their dues from money that was earned...

Jared Loughner: anti-Bush, pro-small government? Intellectually dishonest Tea Party defenders - 01/17/11

... trying to blame Clarence Dupnik. * Glenn Reynolds links to the Lowry post with "LOUGHNER: NOT EXACTLY A TEA PARTIER: “His anger would well up at the sight of President George W. Bush, or in discussing what he considered to be the nefarious designs of government.”" (pajamasmedia.com/instapundit/113333) * Pat Dollard offered at post linking Loughner's school to George Soros and quoting the Bush...

Did Pima County Sheriff Dupnik ignore Jared Loughner's warning signs before Gabrielle Giffords shooting? - 01/13/11

... smear American Renaissance) * Glenn Reynolds denies Tea Party's history of intimidation * first post on Gabrielle Giffords shooting ----------- [1] From this, search for more: Dupnik called Arizona a "mecca for prejudice and bigotry," assigning a measure of blame for the rampage that killed six and wounded 14 others to overheated political "vitriol." [2] From a 1/9/11 Reuters report (link):...

Glenn Reynolds denies Tea Party's history of intimidation (Giffords shooting, Loughner) - 01/09/11

Glenn Reynolds takes to the pages of the Wall Street Journal to offer "The Arizona Tragedy and the Politics of Blood Libel" (link) in which he tries to run away from the toxic political environment that the tea parties movement - of which he is a leader - has created: With only the barest outline of events available, pundits and reporters seemed to agree that the massacre had to be the fault of...

Tea Party "Patriots" mostly silent about anti-American DREAM Act (and rightwing bloggers too) - 12/07/10

... there's nothing that I can see on Glenn Reynolds' front page about the bill. Likewise with fellow teapartiers and staunch Obama opponents Dan Riehl, Gateway Pundit, and Andrew Breitbart's BigGovernment.com [1]. Townhall has a poll on their front page, which isn't exactly the same as encouraging people to call their representatives. Hot Air has had some coverage, but there's nothing on their...

Why Joseph Fein isn't credible (political analyst/fund raiser; Los Angeles; DC, "Valley of the Shadows") - 11/17/10

... me would mean little, except Glenn Reynolds linked to it [2]. In the same post, Reynolds linked to a Google search for "shut the f--- up lonewacko", a phrase that the cowardly Reynolds twice posted in reply to my comments on his site; see the last link for the details on that and for many other reasons why Reynolds isn't a credible source. Here's a variant of the comment I left at Joseph Fine's...

Glenn Reynolds still supports childish mocking of politicians rather than intellectual challenges - 11/03/10

... weeks since I last showed how Glenn Reynolds is wrong, so let's take a look at his latest childish, thuggish advice [1]: BARNEY FRANK SURVIVED SEAN BIELAT’S CHALLENGE, but as this “train-wreck” victory speech demonstrates [2], it really got under his skin and he’s lashing out in what looks more like an angry concession speech. I think Barney Frank is actually hurt that he had to take it, not...

The Glenn Reynolds, Don Surber, Joe Walsh propaganda team (Illinois) - 10/22/10

... because one of those involved is Glenn Reynolds [1]. First, I'd like to ask you to read this post about "Allez Java". Then, compare that to this Don Surber post: link. Aside from the French locution, aren't they very similar? The post Surber links to is here. And, as a capper, a Joe Walsh video where he takes advantage of the Pledge incident is at http://peekURL.com/vbxj1xy That has a...

Ask John Yoo about how to save California for real - 10/02/10

... link is, of course, promoted by Glenn Reynolds (pajamasmedia.com/instapundit/107184). [2] Others ignoring immigration include - but are not at all limited to - Joel Kotkin (see the link) and Steven Greenhut of the Pacific Research Institute (http://online.wsj.com/article/ SB10001424052748703699204575017182296077118.html).

Ed Morrissey, Glenn Reynolds, Newsbusters don't tell whole truth about Bell, California - 09/22/10

... charged are all Democrats, and Glenn Reynolds [1], Ed Morrissey of HotAir [2], and Lachlan Markay of Newsbusters [3] take them to task. That's definitely a valid concern. However, at the same time, those three all fail to even acknowledge the role that massive/illegal immigration has played in the problems that Bell and other cities in that area have been having for years. When complaining about...

Tea Party "Patriots" Admit Failure (They Just Don't Know It) - 09/12/10

... video was, of course, promoted by Glenn Reynolds (instapundit.com/106062) * Note the FreedomWorks logo on the podium. Another aspect of their failure is that the tea partiers think they're going to take on the Beltway establishment while being useful idiots for Beltway hacks like Dick Armey. Script: The following is from an actual Tea Party "Patriots" promo video. They can't highlight how they...

Delusional John Hinderaker on the "Tea Party Majority" (Powerline) - 09/07/10

... a run for their money. In the Glenn Reynolds-linked [1] post "Tea Party Majority" [2] he says the following about the image below: One could draw many conclusions from this, but I would suggest two. First, far from being a fringe phenomenon, the Tea Party movement represents the solid core of mainstream American opinion. Second, when the Republicans take control of Congress, they should not be...

Mark Levin's insane tea party rant - 08/31/10

Glenn Reynolds [1] and Dan Riehl [2] direct our attention to the opening of yesterday's Mark Levin show in which that right-wing radio host gave, per them, a "Rousing Call To Arms For The Tea Party Movement": link. Levin recounts the events surrounding the Boston Tea Party and claims that those involved in that 1773 event are the spiritual ancestors of the current tea parties. What Levin fails to...

Bankrupting America's misleading government spending video ("Rebel Economist") - 08/13/10

Gretchen Hamel - formerly part of the Trade Representative's office in the George W Bush administration and now with the website Bankrupting America - offers the video entitled "REAL or FAKE: Can you tell which of these government spending projects are real or fake?" ( peekURL.com/v1mwxc7 ). It features woman-on-the-street interviews in which Michelle Muccio - the "Rebel Economist" - asks people...

Rand Simberg's Darwinistic, anti-American citizenship policy - 08/12/10

... Big Bag of Crazy known as the Glenn Reynolds / Pajamas Media universe. This time with the anti-American screed called "The Real Anchors / Anchor babies? Maybe we should worry more about native anchors" (pajamasmedia.com/blog/the-real-anchors) by one Rand Simberg. The fact that he's turning to Robert Heinlein to craft a new citizenship policy is actually the least of his sins. More important is...

Example of Tea Party not handling racism correctly; supporting massive immigration + far-left concepts; Glenn Reynolds stupidity - 07/31/10

... example of why taking the advice of Glenn Reynolds is a very bad idea. At pajamasmedia.com/instapundit/103874, Reynolds links to this using its sub-headline: "Spencer Wilking Finds That New York’s Tea Partiers Aren’t The Bigoted White Guys You Fear." In other words, the article is saying that the New York group consists of the "good ones"; the sub-headline implies that other tea party groups...

Glenn Reynolds has horrible advice for opposing the "ruling class" - 07/18/10

Just a couple years ago, Glenn Reynolds ("Instapundit") was a strong supporter of the status quo. Sure, he had a few quibbles with spending here and there, but he was a big fan of the George W Bush administration. Nowadays, of course, he hunkers in his bunker preparing for the end of the world and the time for the Righteous to make their journey to Galt's Gulch. And, now as before, he dispenses...

Mickey Kaus on immigration: not as bad as most Democratic Party leaders - 06/01/10

... the only promoter Kaus has is Glenn Reynolds, and that's just not going to cut it. Considering that a good part of the Democratic Party base does not support massive illegal immigration, you'd think this would be easier for someone who has a wider reach than this site.

Is Glenn Reynolds an anti-American extremist who hopes the "entitlement class" riots, or not? - 05/16/10

Glenn Reynolds ("Instapundit") excerpts "Arnold Schwarzenegger calls for state welfare to be ended in California" (instapundit.com/99408, article: link). Instead of correctly pointing out that if Arnold and most of the state legislature weren't completely corrupt they'd seek to reduce illegal immigration in order to reduce spending, Reynolds appends an update containing the anti-American,...

Will teaparty and rightwing bloggers stumble us into amnesty? - 05/09/10

As if there wasn't enough to worry about, here's something else: rightwing bloggers and the tea parties might "oppose" amnesty in such a way that makes amnesty more likely. Those in that orbit in effect helped Obama get elected by not opposing him in the correct way (see Obama opponents mistakes, this, and this.) Now, they're applying the same ineffective, less-effective, or counter-productive -...

Glenn Reynolds promotes ineffective tirades against politicians (borderline harassment; alcohol) - 04/13/10

... how does tea parties promoter Glenn Reynolds respond? Does he suggest that drunken, mid-air tirades against politicians aren't effective and just coarsen what little debate we have in the U.S.? Does he point out that Frank is generally approachable ( peekURL.com/v2q7zlh ) and that there's a time and a place? Does he suggest that instead of shouting things at politicians they try to ask them...

Why Shikha Dalmia isn't credible on immigration (Part 1?) - 04/07/10

... depth. UPDATE: Not surprisingly, Glenn Reynolds links her article, adding nothing (pajamasmedia.com/instapundit/97228). That would seem to indicate that he agrees, and that's also not surprising. [1] forbes.com/2010/04/06/ obama-immigration-reform-politics-opinions-columnists-shikha-dalmia.html [2] Oddly enough Bob Barr also today comes out against that plan due to the ID card; is there a Journ-...

Do Glenn Reynolds & Spencer Jakab of FT really think California needs a torturing dictator to keep spending under control? - 04/05/10

... bond market. Needless to say, Glenn Reynolds links to it ("BORAT GETS LAST LAUGH? Financial Health: California vs. Kazakhstan", pajamasmedia.com/instapundit/97122). This is all jolly great fun, except for the fact that millions of Americans live in California, and the "free trade, loose immigration" types like Reynolds and the Financial Times favor policies that have hurt we millions of...

Jack Cashill shows yet more tea party incompetence, analyzes McClatchy tea parties-as-racists article - 04/02/10

... (americanthinker.com/blog/2010/04/how_quickly_spread_the_tea_par.html, linked of course by Glenn Reynolds, pajamasmedia.com/instapundit/96898). This is in line with Cashill's more famous effort: wasting peoples' time by trying to prove the unprovable, and it like that is a minor example of Obama opponents mistakes. Instead of simply pointing out bias - and doing it in a way that will have a long...

What Evan Coyne Maloney won't tell you: the tea parties are far worse than the anti-Iraq war protests - 03/31/10

... (powerlineblog.com/archives/2010/03/025964.php) and by, of course, Glenn Reynolds (pajamasmedia.com/instapundit/96788). And, all of this is basically a mistake: 1. The loopy signs about Bush from the peace protesters are the exact mirror image of the loopy signs about Obama carried proudly at tea party protests; those listed above might want to back away from that fact. On the same page with the...

Glenn Reynolds promotes high-cost, low-payoff political tactics. Stupid or vain? - 03/28/10

Putative law professor Glenn Reynolds writes (pajamasmedia.com/instapundit/96580): SO LAST WEEK READER RYAN BLEEK WROTE, asking what he could do to fight big government plans, given that he lives in an uncompetitive Congressional district. Various readers chimed in. Here’s some advice.. [much deleted] ...I think the most important lesson is to stay engaged, and don’t be silenced. 1. The "much...

Tennessee: Roy Herron and Glenn Reynolds think you're stupid - 03/17/10

... running for Congress in Tennessee. Glenn Reynolds reprints an email he received from Herron (pajamasmedia.com/instapundit/95867):