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I presume Glenn Reynolds’s already uploaded most of his mind and what he loses here are the sad scraps that remain.

[ 168 ] September 15, 2012 |



Just after midnight Saturday morning, authorities descended on the Cerritos home of the man believed to be the filmmaker behind the anti-Muslim movie that has sparked protests and rioting in the Muslim world.




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  1. mark f says:

    You of course have already highlighted the best part — the “key bit” being the color of the officers’ shirts and not the apparent parole violation (“Sure.” [emphasis his] being — literally! — the only word Reynolds writes on that) — but the second-best part is Althouse’s hypothesis that the guy’s wearing a scarf over his face in an elaborate Oval Office scheme to get her to call him a nigger towelhead. Well, you won’t fool her this time, Mr. President!

  2. arguingwithsignposts says:

    Literally – I cannot believe this man sponges off the state of Tennessee for his wages – literally.

  3. Randy Paul says:

    I honestly don’t know why anyone on this side gives Glenn Reynolds any oxygen.

  4. arguingwithsignposts says:

    Also, from the reports I literally read, he went in for questioning and was not – literally – arrested or detained – literally, and he did so voluntarily. Literally.

  5. Davis X. Machina says:

    I demand Obama resign. Any minimally competent Constitution-fressing, out-of-control, power-abusing chief executive would have just droned the SOB.

    I mean, really. Midnight knocks on the door, in this day and age? Why bother even having the technology if you’re not going to abuse it?

  6. mark f says:

    And why is Eugene Volokh writing about potential anti-anti-Muslim speech laws?

    You would think the right would be pissed at this dude since, as Juan Cole pointed out, he literally tried to put blame/credit for his video on a cabal of Israelis. Insty was the most vocal about the “blood libel” committed against Sarah Palin, but somehow literally trying to incite violence against Jews doesn’t count as such. It’s almost like he’s insincere or something.

    • laura says:

      they’ve got that angle covered. The argument is that the liberal media gullibly reported the video as having been made by Jews before investigating the facts, thus proving once again that liberals hate Jews (even, especially, the ones that ARE Jews.)

    • timb says:

      Because Eugene has gone the full wingnut?

      Just an embarrassing website right now

  7. amok92 says:

    I DEMAND an retraction, Ann never mentions the color of there shirts even though it is a well known FACT that brown is Bill Ayers’ favorite colour !

  8. Remember when “knee-jerk” was a liberal thing?

  9. Dennis says:

    OMG, right, so this was just a routine question and answer session suddenly called up at midnight so they could find out exactly why he was using the internets. This is the kind of thing progressive lawyers usually go nuts over, but not they’re fine with this scapegoating tactic.

    And why did Barack Obama accept $1mm from Bill Maher, the man who directed ‘Religulous’, a film that dared to mock Islam? Hmmm.

  10. lakefxdan says:

    There’s another KEY BIT that Instaputz missed: The federal probation service is NOT a part of the government that is controlled by the President. It’s under the …. judicial branch. So, apparently JOHN G ROBERTS is the *actual* new Hitler here.

  11. laura says:

    Glenn Reynolds is a good desperation weather vane. It’s not that he’s desperate; I’m fairly confident he doesn’t give a shit. But when conservatives get demoralized about losing an election there’s traffic to be generated off leading with the most outlandish post and drawing people over to PJM. He knows enough not to overestimate his audience.

  12. big bad wolf says:

    obviously reynolds is absurd. but so too are the probation and supervised release conditions regularly imposed in federal court. and a midnight arrest on a possible supervised release violation is a ridiculous waste of resources. a call from his p.o. directing him to come in would be a reasonable response. it’s fun (and justified) to make fun of reynolds, but the arrest also illustrates an issue we should care about more—restrictions tenuously linked to the underlying crime and unlinked to rehab or reintegration. if reynolds weren’t being an ass and if this guy were someone we found more sympathetic we’d be focusing on how simultaneously silly and oppressive the criminal justice system can be. maybe we should anyway.

    • calling all toasters says:

      Ask me how I know you’re a liberal.

    • jameson quinn says:

      How can we focus on anything when there’s so much shouting on LGM?

    • SEK says:

      If I wanted to make a serious argument, it’d look like this:

      Many people are upset by Sam Bacile aka Nakoula Basseley Nakoula being detained and interviewed, apparently at the behest of probation officers. I think the situation bears careful watching. Based on 6 years as a federal prosecutor and 12 as a federal defense lawyer, let me say this: minor use of a computer — like uploading a video to YouTube — is not something that I would usually expect to result in arrest and a revocation proceeding; I think a warning would be more likely unless the defendant had already had warnings or the probation officer was a hardass. But if I had a client with a serious fraud conviction, and his fraud involved aliases, and he had the standard term forbidding him from using aliases during supervised release, and his probation officer found out that he was running a business, producing a movie, soliciting money, and interacting with others using an alias, I would absolutely expect him to be arrested immediately, whatever the content of the movie. Seriously. Nakoula pled guilty to using alias to scam money. Now he’s apparently been producing a film under an alias, dealing with the finances of the film under the alias, and (if his “Sam Bacile” persona is to be believed) soliciting financing under an alias. I would expect him to run into a world of hurt for that even if he were producing a “Coexist” video involving kittens.

      But Reynolds doesn’t deserve a serious rebuttal, because he’s not a serious thinker.

      • Visitor says:

        Thanks for that quote… glad I read that, & glad I went and read the rest of his points. Good stuff at a blog I’d never found before, mmmmmm tasty.

        Which is not to disagree w/your assessment re: petulant crank professors. *but* I wish more supposedly progressive (or neutral?) reporters eg at Raw Story would read that same page and stop blindly restating that this video caused the violence in Libya, etc, w/o adequate support for that. We know that Al Qaeda likes symbolism, so they may have been planning Sep 11 2012 attacks for a while.

      • Manta says:

        Thanks for the quote and link: I was wondering something similar (why would upoloading stuff in youtube be a parole violation?) and that was a good answer.

    • mark f says:

      Reynolds’s hackishness wasn’t in suggesting that midnight knocks demonstrate the sham of “voluntary” questioning sessions, it was in suggesting that a routine local police action was an unconstitutional assault on liberty carried out at the behest of the President of the United States.

    • Anonymous says:

      Or we could read the article:

      “[Updated at 1:40 a.m. July 15, 2012: Whitmore told The Times that Nakoula was taken in for a voluntary interview with probation officials and has not been arrested or detained.]

      Authorities waited until most media had left for the day to take Nakoula in.

      Earlier Friday, sheriff’s deputies had to escort attorneys through a scrum of news cameras into Nakoula’s home. When the man was taken away early Saturday, authorities had to dodge only a lone photographer for The Times and a few lingering reporters.

  13. calling all toasters says:

    It’s D’Souza, isn’t it? The trailed seemed to have his light, lyrical touch.

  14. toma says:

    “Sheriff Baca? This is your President. Ohama, that’s right. I want you to go and arrest this Nakoula Nakoula character. Whaddya mean that’s unconstitutional? I’ll tell you what the Constitution says, pal, and it says you’re going to lock that sonuvabitch up. Tonight at midnight. Or I’ll have the National Guard so far up your ass you’ll have to play reveille just to take a crap. Now do what the fuck I tell you, or else.”

    That’s how it all went down.

  15. bibliofishy says:

    As a local, I can tell two things: the sheriff’s shirts have literally always been brown and if they had literally arrested this guy they would’ve bounced him off the pavement first. Twice, if the international press was on hand.

  16. ianmorris says:

    speaking of brain uploading, Glenn and all the other singularity hopeful right wingers/libertarians should read “The Rapture Of The Nerds” by Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross, it would show you what to expect.

  17. Dr. C. says:

    PW3ND —

    So Professor Reynolds deliberately and quite obviously mimics the likes of Biden, Warren and Mika Brzezinski (i.e., ‘literally’) and Gore, Pelosi and Boxer (i.e., ‘brownshirts’) and everyone here was gullible enough to bite.

    Word of the day (although it might be a bit too long for the crowd here): hyperbole. Look. It. Up.

  18. commie atheist says:

    And sorry, claims that this was just a routine probation matter don’t pass the laugh test. They’re just pure hackery.


  19. the conspiratist says:

    I don’t know. Him being on probation means he is going to get a visit from the police when releases a video onto the internet asking for money.

    But it’s a religious video!?! OMG Freedom of Speech! Democrats hate God!!

    But I’m cynical.

  20. Joseph Nobles says:

    And then they released him 90 minutes later. He told them that he wasn’t returning home, so the cops said they did not know where he was when the press asked.

    Was this a real arrest? Or a “OK, answer some questions about your parole down at the station and we’ll get you out of this media circus” situation?

  21. SP says:

    I can’t believe Glann Reynouse missed the orange loop being held in the air behind the left-most deputy. They’re -literally- threatening to lynch this guy! What’s that, it’s a camera cable from another photographer? Well, it’s entirely possible to use electronics cables to lynch people too, don’t you know?

  22. Snarki, child of Loki says:

    I object, on technical grounds, to the title of this post: “Glenn Reynold’s already uploaded most of his mind…”

    It’s DOWNloaded. You can tell, because he has to flush afterwards.

  23. greylocks says:

    Khaki is the new brown.

  24. Davis says:

    Classic Althouse:

    That’s a scarf wrapped around his face, not a “towel.” Is the L.A. Times nudging us to think of this man as a “towelhead”?

    She is nudging me to think of her as a nut.

  25. […] one Glenn Reynolds, provided more evidence in support of Santorum’s view, calling on President Obama to resign: WHY BARACK OBAMA SHOULD RESIGN. Just for the record, this is what it looked like for a man who […]

  26. pedant says:

    That headline should read “Reynolds’s,” not “Reynold’s.”

  27. angelfoot says:

    This is one of my all time favorite Althouse pieces from 2008. I can’t believe anyone could possibly be this dense:

  28. Brian says:

    All the commenters here are revealed as utterly worthless partisan hacks, who are lying when they pretend to care about the Bill of Rights or civil liberties. The “probation” argument here is the precise analog of arguing in defense of cops who arrest blacks – and only blacks – and take them to the police station for “questioning”:

    “What part of JAYWALKING to you not understand!?!”

    Alleged probation violators are not rousted at midnight, with the media on alert, by a posse of armed cops, acting under the direction of federal authorities. The REASON why he was “voluntarily” taken in, and WHO directed this action, and WHO alerted the media, is crucially important – for those who care about liberty. But not for the partisan Obama fan boys who populate this site.

    (Then why are you here? Good question. But I’m not anymore.)

  29. BradP says:

    Its a shame that the White House immediately rolled out the “Blame those Muslim crazies who hate us for our freedom” crap:

    “This is a fairly volatile situation and it is in response not to United States policy, not to, obviously, the Administration, not the to the American people. It is in response to a video, a film, that we have judged to be reprehensible and disgusting, that in now way justifies any violent reaction to it, but this is not a case of protests directed at the United States writ large or at US policy, this is in response to a video that is offensive,and, to Muslims. Again, this is not in any way justifying violence, and we’ve spoken very clearly out against that, and condemned it.”

    …and nobody says a word.

    But some conservative troll pipes up and its time to break out the all caps.

    Meta-commentary is really beginning to outweigh the real stuff on here.

    • SEK says:

      Meta-commentary is really beginning to outweigh the real stuff on here.

      I teach and write about rhetoric, meaning 99 percent of what I write is going to be “meta-commentary.” It’s only been that way for, what, six years now?

    • laura says:

      How exactly is that statement evidence of “Blame those Muslim crazies who hate us for our freedom” crap?

      • BradP says:

        Outta the two competing explanations:

        1) The Benghazi attack was spontaneous mob violence based around public reaction to a youtube video, the Obama narrative.

        2) A terrorist attack with months of premeditation that had much more to do with US foreign policy than any video

        The former seems to rest on the far less charitable view of Libyans.

        What do you think: Did a mob of Libyans spontaneously assault the consulate with rocket launchers and murdered American diplomatic officials over the video alone?

        Or do you think outrage over US foreign policy and a desire for retribution for American attacks might have inspired a good bit of this?

        • laura says:

          Well, there is the fact that the crowds of protesters were specifically chanting about the video. It’s possible for something to have more than one monolithic cause, but to claim that the people who attacked the embassies were angry about the movie is a simple statement of fact. There’s nothing “anti Muslim” about it unless you prefer to just ignore what the protesters were actually saying because you think it makes them look better.

        • cpinva says:

          actually, i think it’s much more basic than that.

          Or do you think outrage over US foreign policy and a desire for retribution for American attacks might have inspired a good bit of this?

          it’s a gang turf war, where the gangs speak arabic, and they’re fighting for control of the country’s assets, so they can exploit them for gain. they simply use islam, like the crusaders used christianity, to publicly justify their greed, and con the locals into thinking they’re the good guys. it involves oil and drugs, both money-making propositions.

          it’s an activity and purpose as timeless as man.

        • Timb says:

          Outrage over the foreign policy which just prevented their former leader from making Benghazi a modern Carthage, complete with salted fields, etc?

          I bet tha would piss them off.

          How can this group of Libyans control the Bangladeshis and Sudanese?

          • Like man anti-imperialists, BradP is making the twin errors of:

            1. Projecting his own beliefs onto violent terrorists, and

            2. Projecting what he assumed to be the beliefs of those violent terrorists onto their societies as a whole.

      • DrDick says:

        Because it gives Brad an opportunity to bash that communistical Muslim Kenyan and prove that we are all a bunch of Obots because we cannot see the marvels of Ron Paul.

  30. […] one Glenn Reynolds, provided more evidence in support of Santorum’s view, calling on President Obama to resign: WHY BARACK OBAMA SHOULD RESIGN. Just for the record, this is what it looked like for a man who […]

  31. Bob says:

    Time for the University of Tennessee College of Law to cut this loon loose. He would fit in well at “The Blaze.” I’m sure Glenn Beck would give him his own law show.

  32. cpinva says:

    you have mastered the art of ALL CAPS POSTING! we are impressed. oh, glenn reynolds? just another twit on probation, for violating the basic rules of intelligent blogging. for posting on the internet, he’ll have to finish the terms of his original sentence.

  33. Flypaper says:

    Frankly, the most appalling part of this story is the fact that courts still think prohibiting someone from owning a computer or accessing the Internet is an acceptable parole stipulation.

    “Yep, we’ll let you go – but you’re not allowed to breathe anymore.”

  34. Ranger Jay says:

    “There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge…”

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