September 24, 2016

Double Standards All Around: USA Today Suspends Instapundit’s Glenn Reynolds Following Charlotte-Related Tweet

On Wednesday, in response to news that violent people the press insists on describing as “protesters” in Charlotte were stopping traffic on Interstate 277, University of Tennessee law professor and Instapundit founding blogger Glenn Reynolds retweeted a related story with three words of advice: “Run them down.”

As a result, Twitter, which continues to allow the existence of and continued postings to hashtags like #killwhites and #killallwhitepeople, and has routinely done nothing about direct personal threats tweeted predominantly by leftists, suspended Reynolds’ Twitter account. Even after Reynolds and Twitter worked out their differences, USA Today, where Reynolds is a member of its Board of Contributors, suspended his column for a month.


Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (092416)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: Charlie Daniels at the MRC Gala

Filed under: Positivity,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 5:55 am

Recorded Thursday evening (Daniels’ speech begins at the 4:50 mark):

Excerpts from the related NewsBusters post:

10th Annual William F. Buckley Jr. Award for Media Excellence: Charlie Daniels

At Thursday’s 2016 Media Research Center Gala, President Brent Bozell presented the tenth annual “William F. Buckley Jr. Award for Media Excellence” to 2016 honoree Charlie Daniels. After celebrating the music career of the legendary country star, Bozell explained: “A few years ago I began reading Charlie’s columns….They were striking for their intellect, their passion, their beauty – reflecting both a fervent mind and a bursting heart.”

An outspoken patriot, beloved mentor to young artists and still a road warrior at age 79, Daniels has parlayed his passion for music into a multi-platinum career and a platform to support the military, underprivileged children and others in need. He’s always been a staunch supporter of the military, and for the past several years has headlined a special concert at David Lipscomb University benefiting the Yellow Ribbon Program which provides scholarships for veterans. He is also an avid writer, committed to conservative principles and telling the truth. He has been penning weekly columns for the MRC’s website for several years.

In accepting the award Thursday night, Daniels delivered a passionate and poignant address to crowd in attendance. He began by describing life in his hometown of Wilmington, North Carolina in the midst of World War II: “American ships leaving the port of Wilmington were attacked and sunk by German u-boats just off our shores….The enemy was close and we had air raid drills and blackouts in anticipation of the day when the Germans were able to bring the war on shore.” He declared: “I learned very early in my life that only two things protect America – that’s the grace of almighty God and the United States military.”

With that anecdote setting the tone of the speech, Daniels proclaimed: “Patriotism was a natural emotion and we wore our feelings for our nation on our sleeves as we said the word ‘America’ with something akin to reverence. America the beautiful, America the bountiful, land of the free, home of the brave….catchwords, phrases, colloquialisms, a whole unique lexicon describing how we feel about the nation.”

… the country to “take another look, not at the politicians and the propaganda machines many of our media have become, but a long, hard look at the goodness and the beauty of a nation that has existed and prospered for over two centuries.” He then offered a loving monologue on the greatest of America. …

As was mentioned in the video’s introduction, Daniels will be entering the Country Music Hall of Fame in October.

Well-played, sir.