Happy New Year to all of our blog community from around the world. The four kids made it to midnight again this year even though the parents were beginning to fade. This is a double celebration for me since it is also my 17th – or 25th if you count 8 years of dating as I do (over the objections of Leslie) anniversary. We eloped in Alexandria, Virginia on New Year’s Eve in 1997. With the start of 2015, I thought I would share a few of our annual statistics and successes on the blog.

We are having our New Year’s party with an expected record of 175 guests. I prepare a huge amount of our traditional “Bowl of the Wife of Kit Carson” soup. With the size of the crowd this year, I have smoked three whole turkeys to put into the soup this year. It is like cooking for a Navy Destroyer. I am also making Wasabi Bloody Marys for a flaming start to the New Year.

It has been another great year on the blog. Thanks to all of our regulars and particularly our our talented and popular weekend team of guest bloggers: Mike Appleton, Kimberly Dienes, Cara Gallagher, Larry Rafferty, Darren Smith, and Charlton Stanley. We are closing in on 25 million views and we remained in the top legal blogs in the world. I can now give some figures on our last year.

In 2014, we had roughly 5 million hits and 1553 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 13,504 posts.

In addition to the United States, our two leading contributing countries were again Canada and Great Britain. We have had visitors from 224 countries this year.

The most commented on post in 2014 was “President Obama Trades Al Qaeda-Linked Taliban Leaders For Release of American Soldier.”

Our five most prolific commenters this year were:

1. dagda 11,530 COMMENTS
2. Nick Spinelli 10,075 COMMENTS
3. Inga 7,312 COMMENTS
4. Karen S 4,321 COMMENTS
5. Dredd 4,195 COMMENTS

We finished 2014 with over 530,900 comments.

The five most visits stories last years were:
1. 10 Reasons The U.S. Is No Longer The Land Of The Free

2. Hell: Exothermic or Endothermic?

3. Teacher Admits To Sexual Relationship With 14-Year-Old Student But Is Sentenced To Only 30 Days In Jail

4. “12 Is About As Old As I Can Handle”: Former Illinois Rep Who Sponsored Child Porn Legislation Is Charged With Child Pornography Crimes

5 New Orleans Police Officer Turns Off Body Camera Minutes Before Shooting Suspect In Forehead

Thanks again everyone for making this site and 2014 such a great success!

Best wishes for the New Year!

Jonathan Turley

44 thoughts on “HAPPY NEW YEAR!”

  1. Thanks Davidm2575,
    I’m going to put those videos then on my site , and I will use your response as my defense if I get sued 😉

  2. Aridog

    I did the same thing to my brother and sister-in-law New Year’s Eve several years ago. Like you, I felt bad about it afterwards. But, friends and family are forgiving. Don’t worry your friend will understand.

  3. Happy New Year!
    I have a question, I am creating a webpage, and am wondering if it is legal to put youtube video links , for example, TED talks clips, on my site..?


  4. Ari, Don’t beat yourself up. Straight and honest, something you’re good at doing.

  5. Best wishes to everyone from the Appleton household for a happy and healthy 2015.

  6. Happy & a prosperous New Year to all here.

    That said, I made a gross social mistake last night. I wasn’t feeling like eating much and declined, at the last minute, to attend a dinner (alleged simple, but actually was sumptuous plus) put up as a surprise by my best friend for a few people. None of us “celebrate” New Year’s Eve partying. However, it’s a flaw when we think only of ourselves first, because I should have known what he was up to because he’s done it in the past on New Year’s Eve, since we don’t otherwise party down. I was distracted by my own concerns and blew it. I could have just gone and had some soup or a bite of the lobster, et al, he’d prepared. Just about the time I think I’m finally not a complete a$$, bingo…I am one. Now I must find a simple but honest way to express my apology to him. Has to be face to face and personal.

    Resolution, again, is for me to just shut up and do simple things when asked, convenient or not, if for no other reason than I can’t mess up like this again.

  7. Happy New Year to all and Happy Anniversary to Prof Turley. Am reading an interesting book published about 6 years ago , “Now the Hell Will Start,” by Brendan Koerner.

  8. Happy New Year, “Innocents Abroad” will be my next book

    And for all our pets who think we’re terrific no matter what.

    And to those who serve this country here and around the world, stay safe.

  9. Beldar here again: Flying back to New Orleans and then Saint Louis. Gonna rent a home in Ferguson and have two outposts here on Planet Earth- Ferguson and New Orleans. Next project is to research alligators– both human and four legged. I am in Ferguson to examine the likes of Sharpton and outsiders and in New Orleans for the four legged creatures. I want to cover the trial of the “protester” who set fire to the store while on candid camera. I met him when I was on my first visit. He said: Hands Up We Just Want To Loot. He said he was petitioning his government for redress of grievances.

  10. Happy New Year! I hope you share the recipe for the “Bowl of the Wife of Kit Carson Soup” and the origin of its name!

  11. Happy New Year everyone & Happy anniversary professor! May we all have a healthy, prosperous, and contention free new year… especially at this blog!

  12. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

    Happy New Year to all!

    1. Lloyd – If you have ever read Twain’s ‘Innocents Abroad’ you would never travel again. 🙂

  13. Good health and fortune to all. I’ve cooked for large parties, it is both fun and anxiety. But, for lovers of food, the fun outweighs the anxiety. Family and friends is what it’s all about. Oh, and food.

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