The Turley Blog Leads in Vote on Best Law Professor and Legal Theory Blogs

thumb_election_ballot_box_2The voting continues on the top blogs. The Turley blog was selected as one of the 100 top legal blogs by the good people at the ABA Journal. It currently holds the number one spot for law professor and legal theory blogs. The tally shows the Turley blog with 387 votes with Mirror of Justice with 234 votes. The voting ends on January 2nd. You have done well Turley bloggers.

You can still vote, click here. This is a perfect family experience with the kids, distant relatives and pets.

After following the last two presidential campaigns, I am ready for the final push on the campaign. We must now enlist Nigerian spammers and Chinese hackers to bring home the ABA bacon. In the meantime, I will start to spread vicious rumors about the other blogs to suppress their vote and redirect their votes to nonexistent voting locations. I am also offering voters free teeshirts reading “Turley Bloggers Do It Daily” (offer invalid in all fifty states and any foreign nation or territory).

I am also promising religious right voters a faith-based initiative on the blog where I will openly advance sectarian demands (particularly to the exclusion of minority interests).

For same-sex couples, I am offering to use my status as a blogger to officiate at marriages under the theory that the Internet is like a virtual waterway and I therefore have the status of a captain.

For law and order advocates, I promise to demonize anyone accused of crimes (wimps wait for convictions) while working in the terms Arpaio and soft-on-crime into every blog entry.

For vegetarians, I promise a meat-free lexicon by dropping terms like “get to the meat of the issue” or “ham it up” or “playing chicken.” For environmentalists, I promise to free the pandas currently being use on treadmills to power my computer.

To bipeds, I promise to bar Quadrupedalism in any form, shunning quadrupeds from guest blogging spots or features.

For Barry Manilow fans . . . well you need to go to The Tax Professor blog . . . there a just come things I cannot do.

Here are the current voting results for the top five law professor and legal blog competition.

The Turley Blog — 387 votes

The Mirror of Justice — 234 votes

The Tax Professor — 176 votes

Professor Bainbridge — 124 votes

The Faculty Blog (Univ. of Chicago) — 107 votes

48 thoughts on “The Turley Blog Leads in Vote on Best Law Professor and Legal Theory Blogs

  1. A Tale Of Two Presidential Workout Fanatics

    December 26, 2008 4:20 PM PT

    Fit Republican president = Selfish, indulgent, creepy fascist.

    Fit Democratic president = Disciplined, health-conscious Adonis role model.

    Ah, the perks of media affection. On Christmas Day, the Washington Post delivered a front-page paean to Barack Obama’s workout habits. The 1,233-word ode to O’s physical fitness read more like a Harlequin romance novel than an A1 news article.

    Sighed smitten reporter Eli Zaslow, “The sun glinted off chiseled pectorals sculpted during four weightlifting sessions each week, and a body toned by regular treadmill runs and basketball games.” Drool cup to the newsroom, stat.

    The Post enlightened us with more gushing commentary from Obama friends and associates, who explain how, as the subtitle of Zaslow’s opus put it, “Gym Workouts Help Obama Carry the Weight of His Position.”

    For adoring journalists, you see, Obama’s workout fanaticism demonstrates the discipline and balance in his life. Apparently, what’s good for Obama’s glistening pecs is good for the country.

    And when Obama feels better, the skies will part, the sun will shine (in moderate, environmentally correct, non-global-warming-inducing amounts, of course), and peace will reign worldwide!

    Too bad the doughy, McDonald’s-chomping, coffee-guzzling members of the White House press corps couldn’t see the merits of White House exercise over the past eight years.

    The same reporters who so greatly admire Obama’s lithe figure derided Bush for his training schedule.

    Former Post writer Jonathan Chait famously attacked Bush three years ago in an opinion piece for the Los Angeles Times headlined “The (over)exercise of power.”

    Recounting how President Bush ran 3.5 miles a day and preached more cross-training to a federal judge, Chait fumed: “Am I the only person who finds this disturbing? . . . What I mean is the fact that Bush has an obsession with exercise that borders on the creepy.”

    Chait argued that Bush’s passionate devotion to exercise was a dereliction of duty. “Does the leader of the free world need to attain that level of physical achievement?” he jeered. “It’s nice for Bush that he can take an hour or two out of every day to run, bike or pump iron. Unfortunately, most of us have more demanding jobs than he does.”

    Chait was not alone. Reuters journalist Caron Bohan weaved the same unhinged themes into a piece on Bush’s two-hour, 17-mile bike ride with cycling champ Lance Armstrong in Crawford, Texas, in 2005. After noting his six-days-a-week workout schedule, Bohan steered the piece into an anti-war screed:

    “Bush says exercise helps sharpen his thinking. But some of his critics view his exercise obsession as an indulgence that takes time away from other priorities. Among them is Cindy Sheehan, the Vacaville, Calif., mother of a soldier killed in Iraq, who until late last week was camped out down the road from Bush’s ranch seeking a meeting with him to discuss her opposition to the war. Sheehan, who left her vigil on Thursday to tend to her sick mother, has said she believes Bush should take fewer bike rides to have more time to focus on the ‘the nation’s work.’ ”

    The good news: In just a few short weeks, W. will be able to exercise in peace, free from the disapproving glares of journalists now rushing to mop the sweat — er, the glisten — from Barack Obama’s hallowed brow.

  2. ABC News is suggesting that the Oahy Marines gave Obama a lukewarm reception, and noted Obama snubbbed the Marines and ate Christmas dinner with family and friends at the 5,000 square foot $3,500 per night ocean front beach house where he is vacationing.

    Obama comes from an anti-military background, much like Bill Clinton, who famously wrote that he loathe the military. Maybe many of us are wrong to assume he is smart enough to understand that being President requires him not only to be symbolically pro-military, but to take an active interest in the welfare of our troops. The vast majority of Americans hope and expect that we’ll see more efforts on his part to build bridges to the military community.

    Obama must understand how little his experience has prepared him for the office he is about to assume, and he must wonder how he will bear up under the unimaginable strains the office implies.

    He must be aware that not only President Bush, but all of his predecessors have credited the prayers of millions of Americans with sustaining them in office.

    It will be interesting to see how the Godless anti-military left handles this awkward situation they are in now with this untested unproven President-elect who, while not even being out the gate and still sitting in the holding pen, is making many arguably wrong moves.

  3. Happy New Year Barry. (Great Post)

    Put yourself in Barack Obama’s shoes. In less than a month, you’ll be president of the United States and, upon entering the Oval Office, one of the biggest messes in history will be yours to sort out. So let’s make a list and see exactly what the new president will be facing.

    On the plus side, the media is still firmly on Obama’s side and will continue to blame George W. Bush for everything until at least 2011. The media, in general, has a lot invested in the new president and will spin most events his way. That gives President Obama some public relations room. He’ll have a few months before any pressure from the media comes directly at him. Heck, if the liberal press didn’t scream about the conservative preacher Rick Warren praying at the inauguration, you know the fix is in.

    Also, Congress is now dominated by pro-Obama Democrats, and it will do pretty much what the new president wants, so that will make Obama’s life a lot easier but makes things worse for America.

    Congress simply does not know what it is doing. The financial crisis caught our lawmakers by surprise, and the continuing chaos clearly demonstrates that these people have no idea how to deal with the recession. So Americans are just going to have to tough it out and pray the president and Congress don’t make things even worse.

    On the terrorism front, some Americans, including this one, are worried for a number of reasons, beginning with Obama selecting a clown like Eric Holder to be attorney general. This almost defies belief. In addition to lobbying for the pardon of uber tax cheat Marc Rich, Holder was part of the Janet Reno gang that made it impossible for the feds to investigate terror-related activities inside the USA. You’ll remember that then Attorney General Reno, with her assistant Holder’s guidance, actually ordered the FBI not to share information with the CIA. Thus, the 9/11 hijackers were free to roam this country until doing their deadly deeds.

    Now, Holder may be running the show at Justice, and unless he has had a complete Epiphany (apologies to you secular-progressives), his selection is chilling. The fact that President-elect Obama has had so much trouble finding a new CIA chief speaks to Holder’s situation. CIA veterans well understand that an anti-agency attorney general could cause them great harm.

    Overseas, the military is calling the shots, and Obama will not take on Gen. David Petraeus, the genius behind the Iraq turnaround. So, here, the fight against terror will continue to be waged aggressively. The prison at Guantanamo Bay may be shut down but not for years. Coerced interrogation will not be allowed on Obama’s watch. So the terrorists gain an advantage.

  4. Israel Launches Unprecedented Series of Strikes on Gaza
    Saturday, December 27, 2008

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli warplanes retaliating for continuing rocket fire from Gaza pounded dozens of security compounds across the Hamas-ruled territory in unprecedented waves of air strikes Saturday, killing at least 145 in the single bloodiest day in Gaza in recent memory.

    Hamas said all of its security installations were hit and in response fired more Grad missiles at Israel, reaching deeper than in the past.

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said “the operation will last as long as necessary,” but it was not clear if it would be coupled with a ground offensive.

    With 500 mortars and rockets raining down on Israel since the truce expired a week ago, and 5,000 since the beginning of the year pressure had been mounting in Israel for the military to crush the fanaticical killers.

  5. Happy New Year and Happy New Administration Mark. It’s heartening to see that you remain firmly ensconced in that 25% of Americans who live in an alternate universe. You no doubt see your world view as realistic hardheadedness in the face of outside threat. I would more characterize it as an admixture of hardheadedness driven to false conclusions by unreasoning fear. So driven are you that you post non sequitor comments in response to all articles. I wonder though: Is your response from fear, or from the unreality of your world view?

  6. Professor Turley,
    We knew you could do it, but more importantly you and you work deserve all the merit heaped upon it.

  7. mark, simon et als, ad nauseum:

    I have no problem with contrary opinions on this blog,and some are well reasoned and provocative in an intellectual way. However one would have thought that good manners would dictate that the commentators stay on topic. There is much room to debate policy positions and philosophical arguments, but bad manners should find no proponents here or elsewhere.

    BTW the “Mirror of Justice (234)” site seems cracked since, Res Ipsa Loquitur Rules (396)!! Becker-Posner needs a better agent it appears. Their law as economics theory now seems to have its own blog with an eye-catching 88 votes–“dismal science” indeed.

  8. Mespo,
    The troll society has been out in force as of late and they will do anything to deflect honest and open discussion of ideas. I try to ignore them and hope they will go away, but they periodically return with their nonsensical automatice writing.
    I have to congratulate Prof. Turley on his substantial lead in the voting. I know my voting finger is black and blue from repeated votes. When you win you will have to post a picture of the “shiny” trophy!

  9. OK, Turley, your shameless self promotion and pandering to your readers got you my vote today, now if you could just put in a good word with the AG office that handles pardon requests for me, I understand that a recent pardon may have opened back up…

  10. Shg:

    Like much of the stuff on this blog, this is tongue and cheek fun. Though I will not hesitate to post the status if we win. The fact is that this blog is maintained by the clinically insecure for habitual enablers. The blog is really the product of the regulars who opine on everything from the magnificent to the mundane. We believe that we are the best hope for world peace, ending global warming, and proper dental care. These competitions only serve to fuel our collective delusion.


  11. Bless you. Consider yourself pardoned. BTW, if you are an environmental felon, just wait for the White House recorded prompt and hit #2. Pardons are automatic.

  12. Quote from Aj:

    “Keep up the blogging. I am always interested in the misfits in our legal system!”


    Now, that broad of a comment could be interpreted as including the proprietor et al.

  13. Dear JT and all the Regulars,

    Seasons Greetings!

    I visit this site almost daily and have developed a great affection for you all. Happy 50th Birthday Mespo and Congratulations Rafflaw on the birth of you first grandchild that is wonderful news!
    I comment infrequently as I agree with so many of you and you express my thoughts so much better!

    Admiral Turley I can report a houseful of good cheer has bought the vote to 481!
    I am wishing you all a very Happy New Year!

  14. “We believe that we are the best hope for world peace, ending global warming, and proper dental care.”

    “We few, we happy few, we band of brothers (and sisters).”

    –Henry V

  15. CEJ,

    I’m always glad when you check in. Happy Holidays to you as well!


    You’ve got to go snag some readers from One News Now. I’m sure they consider this site their evil twin. It’s uncanny how the same stories show up with a completely different POV–it’s really interesting. I’m hoping for a blow-out! As Mike said before, “Professor Turley needs his “precious”! (I got the biggest laugh out of that Mike! Thanks.)

  16. Rafflaw,
    As you are no doubt quickly learning grandchildren present a unique joy for us all. All the joy and little of the poop. Mazel Tov.

  17. Voting Update:

    Turley’s Fanatics 524

    Mirror Of Justice Gazers 235

    Vote now the polls close soon, and I am getting measured for my morning coat even now!

  18. With the polls just hours away from closing, the vote stands at:

    Turley Blog 659

    Mirror of Justice 250

    TaxProf Blog 228

    I know the lead looks insurmountable but we need a mandate. Let’s top the 800 mark on our way to 1000!

    At the bottom of the heap rests the ponderously named “Empirical Legal Studies” blog with 35 votes. No offense but couldn’t they jazz that name up with something a little more passionate.

  19. Indeed, the campaign of misinformation and the politics of personal destruction have worked. In the waning hours, we have 661. My rumor campaign about how the Empirical Legal Studies professors engage in late night generalities worked marvelously. Likewise, my suggestion that Balkinization is a site run by actress Dawn Balkin rather than Yale Professor Jack Balkin appears to have hit the mark.

    I have stepped up the campaign in the final hours. I have the goods on Law School Innovations blog showing these professors engaging in traditional, non-innovative techniques. I have pictures, Mespo, pictures!

  20. JT:

    Good political work all, but what have you done to freeze the vote at Mirror of Justice. They are literally mired at 250. I suspect sorcery here!!

  21. Prof.Turley,
    You are smoking the competition. Any truth to the rumor that you have hired the trolls to enter votes on your behalf?!
    I missed your earlier congrats. Thanks.

  22. Indeed, like Lord Voldemort, I have made deals with the trolls and the giants. However, my favorite are my dementors who have chilled the other blogs to the core. Well done, my minions, well done. With four hours to go, our control of the blogoshere will be completed and then I shall let the trolls feast on their bones. [Add maniacal laugh here]

  23. waynebro:

    “Particularly considering my vote was number 666.”


    But Professor Turley said no sorcery! I am starting to feel like the naive guy in that old movie when he finally figures out at the end that everybody in town is in league with the devil. [insert demonic manical laughter here indeed] If Turley starts using “my pretty” as an affectation, I ‘m out a here.

    P.S. I am awaiting my gravatar. I think you will find it appropriate

  24. g2-1b2025b18c7ba873a1294adb2ed51c4b
    1, January 2, 2009 at 8:49 pm
    “If Turley starts using “my pretty” as an affectation, I ‘m out a here”

    Or worse “my prrrrrrecious”

  25. I’m not getting cocky. It’s mirror of justice–there could be a wicked queen telling her dawrfs to vote right now–counter insorcery!

  26. Okay, looks like Turley won the blawg contest for his group. Yea.

    Now, we need a contest to figure out just what a hammerhead shark standing on (or hanging above) a boardwalk and a PI lawyer have in common.

    My best guess is something to do with “The Practice” or that other show “Shark” Common theme: ambulance chasers…

  27. If one is quoting from the Wizard of Oz it’s ‘my little pretty’…
    …as in ‘I’ll get you ‘my little pretty’, and your little dog, too.

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