Blog Hits 26,000,000

200px-Crowd_in_streetJust last March, we passed the 25,000,000 mark and today we hit 26,000,000. We have used these moments to give thanks for our many regular readers around the world and give you an idea of the current profile of readers on the blog. We continue to rank in the top legal blogs in the world and we are continuing to see a growing international readership. As always, I want to offer special thanks for our weekend contributors: Mike Appleton, Larry Rafferty, Darren Smith, Kimberly Dienes, and Cara Gallagher. I particularly want to thank Darren who has continued to help manage the blog and help out folks who encounter posting problems. The increasing traffic on the site is gratifying and reaffirms that there are many people looking for mature and civil debate. While we have some who cannot resist personal attacks, we try to discourage such posters and this site remains remarkably civil for its size. Due to litigation demands, I appreciate all of the effort by the vast majority of posters to keep discussions civil and non-personal. Even among the top sites, I believe that we offer a unique forum of different views and backgrounds in the discussion of law and politics (and a few quirky items).

So here is our current profile:

So far this year, our ten biggest international sources for readers came from:

1. United States
2. Canada
3. United Kingdom
4. Australia
5. Germany
6. France
7. India
8. European Union
9. The Netherlands
9. European Union
10. Norway

The only change is the EU pulling ahead of the Netherlands and the rise of Norway.

The top ten posted in terms of readership in the last 30 days:

1. Texas Police Officer Suspended After Release of Videotape Of Response To Disturbance At Pool Party

2. Blackhawks Head To The Stanley Cup But Should The NHL Move To Deal With The Ducks

3. NAACP Official Faces Accusations That She Is White . . . From Her Mother

4. Hell: Exothermic or Endothermic?

5. Why is it Illegal to Feed the Homeless?

6. University of Michigan Frat Suspended and Faces Criminal Investigation After Trashing Hotel

3. Did Harvard;s New Saudi Scholar Try To Have Women Flogged For Revealing Her Affair

4. Dr. Sami Al-Arian Leaves The United States

5. Liar, Liar: Oregon Man Sues Police For Jailhouse Beating

6. Why Is It Illegal To Feed The Homeless

7. 10 Reasons The U.S. Is No Longer The Land Of The Free

8. Pittsburgh Officials Remove Bus Slogan After Complaints That It Reminds Riders Of A Racial Slur . . . When Read Backwards

9. FEDERAL COURT TO HEAR HISTORIC CHALLENGE OVER SEPARATION OF POWERS

10. Former House Speaker Hastert Indicted

I am particularly happy to report that the fifth most popular story this cycle was written by our weekend blogger Lawrence E. Rafferty.

The most frequent commentators in the last 1000 comments were:

Nick Spinelli
Karen S
Paul C. Schulte
Squeeky Fromm, Girl Reporter
I. Annie
issac
BarkinDog

Thank you to all of our regular commentators. We remain an extraordinarily broad and diverse body of commenters from different parts of the world and different political and social backgrounds. Thanks again.

57 thoughts on “Blog Hits 26,000,000”

  1. @aridog

    The whole AME thing is very sad. I am not sure that any lessons can be drawn beyond, white people are NOT supporting the little murdering creep. Nobody is blaming the Irish Potato Famine, Reconstruction, ans overwhelming student load debt. No. Pretty much all the white folks I have spoke with about it are all for hanging the SOB, sooner rather than late.

    I am very disappointed at the white liberal types, but not surprised. Like I have said before, they are just the flip side of the KKK coin, with the same general mindset of the kluxxers. Let’s see, little Dylann blames all black people for what the crummy black people do, sooo, he applies collective guilt to the whole black race and goes after the nearest black folks. Who happen to be at prayer meeting.

    To show their disdain for this act, the liberal white folks blame all white folks for what Dylann did, and apply collective guilt to the whole white race and go after us.

    Yep. What a difference. Not.

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

  2. The blog has a large audience. Yet few send in comments. As a dog on a blog I sometimes feel like a bump on a log. And when I log on the blog I often read until my fellow dogs head for the bog. I speak for all the dogs in my dogpac and my fellow dogs will seldom chime in on the blog. FartinDog says that he will give a few comments and HumpinDog says he will too.

  3. I. Annie … you’ve thanked me enough when you stepped up when several others were critical. I am fully aware of how you felt back in those days and I had no choice but to step up for you. It’s what good people do, and you demonstrated that once again…however many other differences we may have.

  4. Since the Emanuel AME Church tragedy has been mentioned, here is my question: What is there to say?

    Anyone of good conscience is appalled by the inexcusable violence against innocent unarmed people, whatever their color or ethnicity. In the case in Charleston, it is worse because it was intentionally planned to be divisive and drive a hate war. The statements by the families of the victims speaking of forgiveness, permitted by the judge in Roof’s arraignment, will hopefully hold sway. I would be very hard pressed to be so forgiving myself, were I or my relations involved. Fact is, I could not and it would break me.

    There is nothing I could say that would be helpful, and much I could do that would not be so. I prefer to just say little. Few things shock me today, but I will admit this incident did so. So absolutely pointless. Roof was an outsider to the Charleston community, where I have spent some time (at the Naval Base) and that gives me pause when outsiders come here, to my hometown, to stir up hate. Will one of them one day be Roof II?

    We have one nut case, from Arizona I believe, promising to come here to “save Muslims” … will he be the one? Can anyone guarantee he’s not the violent loon, or a follower perhaps?

    PS: I give Professor Turley credit for offering a place where free speech is not only “tolerated” but accepted. Agreement is not required.

  5. Well, thank you again Aridog, no matter what may transpire, you will always have my gratitude and respect for that.

  6. I. Annie … nearly did say that to you over there, however by the time I got back to it, the thread grew to proportions that made any attempt to thank all those who were reasonable for their statements something that would have been lost in the morass. And most likely just fodder for more contention 🙂 So I said it here. I do not conflate the two places, both are good at what they do…whether I agree or not is immaterial…and prefer to keep them separate. However, you deserved to hear my thoughts unfettered, so I gave them. We agree on so little, it is nice to be of one mind occasionally, and this thread seemed appropriate to say so.

  7. forgotwhoiam … good Lord man, what, just what are you talking about at 2:58 PM? I truly have no idea.

  8. If you are among the most frequent posters to this blog (or any other), then you are missing out on too much of the only life you will ever have. Get out of here and go live a little.

    Balance people. Balance.

  9. Yes SWM, it seems she might actually be a good representative for what RIL has become. Jag should give it some serious consideration. Maybe she’ll grace us with an Irish poem about the AME church massacre.

  10. I. Annie
    1, June 19, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    “The killer of the black worshipers just got arraigned, while people are gathering outside the AME church singing gospel hymns. And this blog has no posting about this hate crime, unbelievable. Why?” Many posters here probably don’t believe there is such a thing as a “hate crime”. Squeeky would make a great weekend contributor. She has fans here and is certainly in tune with the current ethos of the blog.

  11. Forgot,
    I used to reference “unalienable” in all my communications and I found people would get wrapped around the axle on it. So now I use inalienable or natural rights and hopefully the discussion moves beyond dictionaries.

  12. Squeeky, you go, girl!

    “Congratulations! BTW, which means “by the way”, if you ever need an extra weekend contributor, I am available! I have experience and everything, sooo I won’t need much training.”

    LYNYRD SKYNYRD 1977
    “I Know A Little”

    Say I know a little
    I know a little about it
    I know a little
    I know a little ’bout it
    I know a little ’bout love
    And baby I can guess the rest

    .

  13. I. Annie,

    A day without Squeeky is like a day without sunshine.

    Tread lightly.

  14. Aridog,

    Indulge my presumption to apologize for everyone who ever had an opinion at variance with yours,

    and to apologize for the passion to attempt to effect corrective action in the face of corruption of the American thesis of freedom and self-reliance, corruption of the “blessings of liberty” as freedom and free enterprise without interference by severely limited government, and corruption of the literal, intended and essential context, the Preamble, the very Constitution itself and the original, constitutional Bill of Rights.

    After the unfathomable, egregious suspension of Habeas Corpus by Lincoln at the outset of his “Reign of Terror,” the most compelling example of corruption currently is the unconstitutional imposition of affirmative action as bias, under the principle of American freedom.

    Definitively unalienable.

  15. The killer of the black worshipers just got arraigned, while people are gathering outside the AME church singing gospel hymns. And this blog has no posting about this hate crime, unbelievable. Why?

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