Happy New Year to everyone. I am still smoking a turkey to our traditional Bowl of The Wife of Kit Carson Soup at the Turley house. All of the kids made it to midnight last night, which was also my 16th (or 24th if you count 8 years of dating) anniversary. We eloped in Alexandria, Virginia on New Year’s Eve in 1997.

Since we were in Chicago for the Bears-Packers game, we are not having our huge party this year but just a smaller affair. Nevertheless, I am ramping up our Wasabi bloody Mary’s this morning.

It has been another great year on the blog, particularly in our selection for the ABA Journal’s Hall of Fame. Thanks to all of our regulars and particularly our our talented and popular weekend team of guest bloggers: Mike Appleton, David Drumm, Mark Esposito, Gene Howington, Elaine Magliaro, Larry Rafferty, Darren Smith, Mike Spindell, and Charlton Stanley. We are closing in on 20 million views and we remained in the top ten most visited legal blogs in the world. I can now give some figures on our last year.

In 2013, there were 1,643 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 12,097 posts.

In addition to the United States, our two leading contributing countries were Canada and Great Britain.

Our busiest day of the year was July 13th with 77,641 views. The most popular post that day was Wounded Soldier Writes Letter About Pain And Being Forced To Commit War Crimes In Iraq . . . Then Commits Suicide.

The five most visits stories last years were:

1 95-Year-Old Man In Nursing Home Resists Going To Hospital . . . Police Arrive And Shoot and Kill Him With Stun Gun And Bean Bag Rounds 295 COMMENTS September 2013

2 Wounded Soldier Writes Letter About Pain And Being Forced To Commit War Crimes In Iraq . . . Then Commits Suicide 90 COMMENTS July 2013

3 10 Reasons The U.S. Is No Longer The Land Of The Free 702 COMMENTS January 2012

4 An Inconvenient Truth: Members of Congress Go Silent Over Prior False Testimony On Surveillance 164 COMMENTS June 2013

5 Missouri Legislator Introduces Bill To Teach Creationism As A Scientific Theory And To Teach Evolution As A Philosophy 78 COMMENTS February 2013

Our five most active blog regulars were:

5 most active commenters:

1 nick spinelli 4615 COMMENTS
2 Dredd 3520 COMMENTS
3 University Graduate 3377 COMMENTS
4 Bron 2819 COMMENTS
5 Gene H. 2759 COMMENTS

Thanks again everyone for making this site and 2013 such a great success!

Best wishes for the New Year!

Jonathan Turley

28 thoughts on “HAPPY NEW YEAR AND THANKS FOR A GREAT 2013!”

  1. Blouise and Elaine, I’m not taking a step outside if I don’t have to. Luckily I’m not picking up any shifts this week, I’m getting too old for this bad weather driving, I hate it.

  2. Elaine,

    It’s coming to you. Visibility here is just a few feet and the snow and winds are doing battle. It’s lovely if one doesn’t have to be outdoors.

    Thanks for the remind about maple syrup on snow!!

  3. annie,

    At the moment, everything looks beautiful around here. The snow is soft and fluffy and falling steadily. We don’t have howling winds. I poured maple syrup on some new-fallen snow for my granddaughter and she loved it. Fortunately, I don’t have to commute to and from work and deal with some of the ditzy motorists who forget how to drive in snowy weather.

  4. Elaine, just heard the latest weather report, sorry we sent you this system, please don’t send it back! 😉

  5. Rafflaw, you folks in Chicago got a lot more than us in SE WI. As for cold, I hear we’re getting down to 19 below for a low by Monday. Too cold for man or beast, even beasts with fur coats.

  6. Wonderful…. I wonder what it’d be like without this blawg…..

    I’m familiar with all of the names but university graduate….

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