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Instapundit is a very conservative political blog in the United States produced by Glenn Reynolds, a law professor at the University of Tennessee. It is one of the most widely read political blogs.[1] The blog, started in August 2001, began as an experiment and a part of Reynolds' class on Internet law. Because of his long-standing prominence in the political blogosphere and his efforts to encourage new bloggers, Reynolds is sometimes called the BlogFather.[2] Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... See also Libertarianism and Libertarian Party Libertarian,is a term for person who has made a conscious and principled commitment, evidenced by a statement or Pledge, to forswear violating others rights and usually living in voluntary communities: thus in law no longer subject to government supervision. ... A political blog is a common type of blog that comments on politics. ... Glenn Reynolds (born August 27, 1960) is Beauchamp Brogan Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Tennessee, and is best known as the Internets Instapundit. ... The University of Tennessee (UT), sometimes called the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT Knoxville or UTK), is the flagship institution of the statewide land-grant University of Tennessee public university system. ... 2001 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December Deaths: August 25 - Aaliyah Films: August 10 - Osmosis Jones played by Chris Rock, starring Bill Murray August 24 - Bubble Boy Categories: 2001 by month ...


Instapundit is sometimes considered a "warblog" because of its frequent supportive coverage of America's War on Terrorism and war in Iraq[citation needed]. Other common topics are technology (such as nanotechnology, space exploration, and digital photography), individual liberty, domestic politics, the media, and the blogosphere as a social phenomenon. Reynolds has recently lent his support to the Porkbusters campaign. A warblog is a weblog devoted mostly or wholly to covering news events concerning an ongoing war. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... This article is about U.S. actions after September 11, 2001. ... For other uses of the term, see Iraq war (disambiguation) The 2003 invasion of Iraq (also called the 2nd or 3rd Persian Gulf War) began on March 20, 2003, when forces belonging primarily to the United States and the United Kingdom invaded Iraq without the explicit backing of the United... By the mid 20th century humans had achieved a mastery of technology sufficient to leave the surface of the Earth for the first time and explore space. ... Buckminsterfullerene C60, also known as the buckyball, is the simplest of the carbon structures known as fullerenes. ... Space exploration is the physical exploration of outer space by both manned and unmanned spacecraft. ... 10 MP Nikon D200 and a Nikon film scanner The Canon EOS 350D The Canon PowerShot A95 Digital photography, as opposed to film photography, uses electronic devices to record and capture the image as binary data. ... Blogosphere is the collective term encompassing all blogs as a community or social network. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ...

Much of InstaPundit's content consists of links to other sites, often with brief comments. (His frequent use of "heh," "indeed," and "read the whole thing" have been widely imitated and often parodied by other bloggers.) Reynolds encourages readers to explore the wider blogosphere and to fully read articles and posts to which he links. In 2005, Reynolds has at times added original video reports, shot documentary-style, to the site. He covered the 2005 BlogNashville convention using personally-shot video.

In January 2006, Reynolds began to host podcasts [3] from Instapundit, with his wife Helen Smith (who hosts discussion of the podcasts on her blog, "Dr. Helen"). Reynolds aggressively promotes the idea that bloggers, using now widely available tools such as digital audio and video, will eventually force more established news media to adapt a more agile approach to providing information [4]. Podcasting is a way of publishing sound files to the Internet, allowing users to subscribe to a feed and receive new audio files automatically. ... Dr Helen Smith is a forensic psychologist in Knoxville, Tennessee who specializes in violent children and adults. ...

Because of its popularity, an Instapundit link to another site can cause the traffic of that site to spike. Such an increase is often referred to as an "instalanche", a portmanteau for "Instapundit avalanche". (See the Slashdot effect for a similar phenomenon.) Example graph of web traffic at Wikipedia in December 2004 Web traffic is the amount of data sent and received by visitors to a web site. ... Look up portmanteau word in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Example graph of web traffic at Wikipedia in December 2004 Web traffic is the amount of data sent and received by visitors to a web site. ... The Slashdot effect is the term given to the phenomenon of a popular website linking to a smaller site, causing the smaller site to slow down or even temporarily close due to the increased traffic. ...

Political stances

Reynolds describes himself as a libertarian [5], specifically a libertarian transhumanist [6]. He tends to favor free markets, although he sees endemic corruption in certain private-sector markets such as "Mainstream Media". He also distrusts bureaucratic action in both economic and personal affairs of American citizens, although he is more supportive in the realm of military affairs and actions that involve non-citizens. He strongly supports the war on terrorism and the war in Iraq. He also strongly supports gun rights. The European Union, the United Nations, Islamic-world governments, American universities, and Mainstream Media are frequent targets of negative remarks or links. (On the other hand, he once described the New York Times as "the most important news source on or off the Net"[7].) See also Libertarianism and Libertarian Party Libertarian,is a term for person who has made a conscious and principled commitment, evidenced by a statement or Pledge, to forswear violating others rights and usually living in voluntary communities: thus in law no longer subject to government supervision. ... Libertarian transhumanism is a political philosophy synthesizing libertarianism and transhumanism. ... A free market is an idealized market, where all economic decisions and actions by individuals regarding transfer of money, goods, and services are voluntary, and are therefore devoid of coercion and theft (some definitions of coercion are inclusive of theft). Colloquially and loosely, a free market economy is an economy... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... Face-to-face trading interactions on the New York Stock Exchange trading floor. ... Gun politics fundamentally involves the politics of two related questions: Does a government have valid authority to impose regulations on guns? And, assuming such authority, should a government regulate guns?[1] The answer to these questions and the nature of the politics varies and depends on the national and local... The foundation of the U.N. The United Nations (UN) is an international organization whose stated aims are to facilitate co-operation in international law, international security, economic development, social progress and human rights issues. ... The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ...

Reynolds, who "worked for Al Gore's 1988 campaign",[8] now largely agrees with mainstream Republican positions on major issues such as the war in Iraq, tax cuts, health care, illegal immigration, and the environment. He often dwells on accusations against Democrats and liberals and he disputes or sidesteps many of their accusations against Republicans and conservatives. He often criticizes Republicans, especially for betraying libertarian principles. His association with the conservative side of U.S. politics includes participantion at the 2006 Conservative Political Action Conference.[9] A favorite blog theme is that reasonable political discourse must be defended from liberal bias and from leftist tendencies such as "Bush Derangement Syndrome". However, Reynolds holds liberal positions on social issues when they are consistent with libertarianism. For example, he supports embryonic stem cell research, abortion rights and same-sex civil unions. He has written: [10] The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... The Democratic Party is one of two major political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. ... Liberalism is an ideology, philosophical view, and political tradition which holds that liberty is the primary political value. ... CPAC 2006 Conservative Political Action Conference is an annual political conference attended by some 5000+ conservatives, activists, and elected officials from across the United States. ... Bush Derangement Syndrome (BDS) is a political epithet invented by American political columnist Charles Krauthammer in a satirical article to describe complaints raised against the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush, and his administration, associates, affiliates and supporters. ... Mouse embryonic stem cells. ... The morality and legality of abortion are controversial topics. ... A civil union is a recognized union similar to marriage. ...

Personally, I'd be delighted to live in a country where happily married gay couples had closets full of assault weapons.

Reynolds often blogs in support of Porkbusters, which he helped create. He has vigorously criticized politicians from both parties for pork barrelling and earmarking. This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... Pork barrel, in a literal sense, is a barrel in which pork is kept, but figuratively is a supply of money; often the source of ones livelihood. ... An earmark has a different meaning in the field of public finance than in US politics. ...

Criticism and controversy

Reynolds and his blog are frequent targets of criticism, mainly from other bloggers. Reynolds has been accused of promoting violence[11] and demonstrably false information[12][13] by linking to others with such material, but by not explicitly endorsing it since his trademark short comments often fail to explicitly state an opinion on the matter[14]. Glenn Greenwald has written that "Reynolds' need to parade around as the moderate, reasonable libertarian - always promoting and applauding the grossest extremism while staying safe enough distance away from it to give plausible deniability - is inherently deceitful to its core".[15] Glenn Greenwald (born March 6, 1967 in New York City) is an American attorney, author, and popular blogger. ...

In April 2007, John Amato accused Reynolds of uncritically quoting the Drudge Report and failing to correct his post when contrary facts came to light.[16] In fact, Reynold did update the post[17] and explain his correction[18], but Amato has not updated his post attacking Reynolds. A typical day at the Drudge Report. ...

Other critics argue that the site has become increasingly partisan, in particular that it expansively defends the war in Iraq and minimizes negative developments there.[19] Given that the Libertarian Party opposes the war in Iraq [20], Reynolds' position can be interpreted as a drift away from libertarianism. For other uses, see Iraq war (disambiguation). ...

Like many prominent bloggers, Reynolds is a frequent target of various insults. For example James Wolcott has described Reynolds as "Instadunce"[21], "publicity-whory"[22] and a "rube"[23]. Reynolds was for a time called "Instacracker"[24] [25] [26] by some bloggers. Brian Leiter has called him "Glenn 'no bit of right-wing sliminess is beneath me' Reynolds" [27]. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Brian Leiter (born 1963) is an American professor of law and philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin, where he has been teaching since 1995. ...

Blogs inspired by Instapundit

Instapundit's fame has led to the common adoption of the suffix "-pundit" in blog titles. Some of the more prominent ones are:

There are many other "-pundit" blogs of all political stripes. An extensive listing of blogs inspired to some degree by Instapundit may be found here. AllahPundit is a satirical blog known for impersonating the Islamic deity that bears its name. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ...

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