voting-ballot-box-clip-art-image-large-red-ballot-box-with-a-padlock-acinv5-clipartThe people have spoken and the results are in. No, not in the presidential election. This morning, we hit 30,000,000 views. It is fitting to hit this milestone on election day. We have strived to offer something unique among blogs as a place for civil but passionate discussion of legal and policy issues (and a few wacky stories thrown in). We continue to rank in the top legal blogs in the world and we are continuing to see a growing international readership. We often use these milestones to look at the current profile of the blog and its supporters around the world.

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.

So here is our current profile:

In the last full month, our ten biggest international sources for readers (after the United States) have been:

United Kingdom
The Netherlands
New Zealand

Welcome to all of our new readers from those countries. I have always found our foreign commentators particularly valuable in giving us an insight from beyond our borders — and domestic media coverage.

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

1. The Murder of Professor Dan Markel: Confession of Contract Killer Raises Questions Over Role of Wendi Adelson

2. New Disclosures in Murder Of FSU Professor Dan Markel Raise New Questions About Adelson Family More stats

3. Comey Sends Letter To Congress Citing New Evidence (and An Investigation) In The Clinton Email Scandal [UPDATED]

4. Smithsonian Insists That Clarence Thomas Simply Did Not Make The Cut Of Great African Americans At The Opening Of The African American Museum . . . While Anita Hill Did

5. Libertarian Presidential Nominee Gary Johnson Names Top Pick For The Supreme Court . . .

6. Twenty-Five Years Later, Tawana Brawley Tracked Down In Virginia And Hit With Roughly $500,000 Bill

7. Conservative Filmmaker James O’Keefe Suspended By Twitter

8. CNN: It Is Illegal For Voters To Possess Wikileaks Material

9. Reid Alleges That Comey May Have Violated Federal Law In Disclosure To Congress

10. “They Wanted To Get Away With It”: Newly Released Emails Show Rising Alarm Over Clinton Aides Withholding Information On Email Scandal

The most frequent commentators in the last 1000 comments were:

Squeeky Fromm, Girl Reporter
Paul Schulte
Michael Aarethun

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.

We are currently around 22,000 followers on Twitter. It actually puts us at near the top of legal commentator twitter accounts.

Thanks again to those who try to keep our discussions passionate but civil. We obviously have relapses into personal attacks, particularly during this poisonous political season. However, for those who refuse to succumb to childish name calling and juvenile digs, our success remains largely to your efforts. We have had a lot of trolls and hacks targeting the blog, particularly from the respective two political extremes in this election. They have been unsuccessful in harassing and obstructing the discussion for the most part. What remains is worth the effort. There remains a core of people in this country that want to speak objectively about the problems in our country — both legal and political. Some have found their way to this blog and I hope more will join them. We hope that this forum can remain a pluralistic and open forum for mature people to engage in mature discussions. Such discussions have never been more important.

Thanks again everyone and congratulations on the latest milestone.

33 thoughts on “RES IPSA REACHES 30,000,000”

  1. Congratulations on the milestone and kudos to you. Way to go with the ability to voice opinions of all persuasions. I can always depend on you to promote what’s right, without spin.

  2. Kudos to Jonathan. I read this blog daily and appreciate it’s content. Thanks for letting me visit and contribute. Frank

  3. Congratulations to everyone who contributes to this blog. This is my favorite legal blog. We have a nice diverse group of intelligent people who have stayed for a long time.

  4. And another great thing about this free speech blog is that we can feel free to deviate from the topic at hand. I would like to offer this:

    My brother from another mother, Will Gaillard, who is an activist for peace and environmentalist issues is venturing into the “belly of the beast.” In my opinion he is this generation’s equivalent of MLK, Jr. as he is putting himself in very possible danger to travel to North Dakota to show solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and others who are trying to protect their water from an oil pipeline. This is, btw, not only affecting Native Americans but also Iowan farmers who have had their property taken over due to imminent domain. Profits before people and the environment.

    I have mixed feelings about this – Will is married and has a 5 year old girl and an 18 month old boy AND he is a black man which will obviously make him stand out so part of me wishes he was not going up there given all the violence — YET he is following his heart and conscience so I feel compelled to support him.

    If you would like to contribute to defray his costs here’s his snail mail:

    Will Gaillard
    7821 St. Andrews Road
    Unit 3012
    Irmo, SC 29063

    or on the LTMB website there is (I think) a PayPal option.

    His email if you’d like to contact him directly is

    1. Autumn,

      I know this is going to sound off the wall, but maybe he needs an Indian name to distract. Maybe Dark Buffalo, or Black Wolf, or something like that??? Because in Louisiana there are a ton of people of mixed Indian and black heritage. Heck, in South Louisiana, everybody is a mix of something, white, apache, black, mexican, etc. Sometimes, they are called Redbones, but officially nobody knows what Redbones are.

      Anyway, blacks being part Native American is pretty common:

      Squeeky Fromm
      Girl Reporter

    2. Autumn,
      I have family in Iowa and they are very upset about the pipeline.

      ” “Our protesting is our last resort, because everything they`ve been doing out here is illegal, until that lawsuit gets through and the judge says ‘yes they could use eminent domain.’ They do not have the right to do what they`re doing right now. If you read the Constitution, they’re overstepping their boundaries by miles and miles,” said Gerjets about the construction of the pipeline.”

      I am not related to this lady, but my family and I share her sentiments.

  5. You’re welcome, Mr. Turley. Please provide an address of your Registered Agent for invoicing.

  6. Thank you Professor. I learn a lot here. I came here originally for some understanding of the Amanda Knox case, and keep learning details of the law. Good deal.

  7. This is great site. Even if I don’t agree with you, I still like reading differing points of view.

  8. Dear Prof Turley, I don’t feel special anymore. Seriously, congrats, great site.

  9. The names change here to protect the innocent. Censorship is the high goal of the JT mindset.
    Oh, and the reason I shot JFK is because he had sex with Marilyn.

  10. Geez,, This is proof that during the last few weeks I have been on the internet way too. Hopefully, after today I can turn my attention to a fitness program. 🙂

    1. Maybe you should consider a “mental fitness” regimen, too! You know, one of those Luminosity type thingies that opens up synapses, and gets the neurons and axons bouncing around and hooking up with each other. You know, our brains are terrible things to waste.

      Squeeky Fromm
      Girl Reporter

      1. Squeeky! For heaven’s sakes! Professor Turkey complimented the blog’s civility!

        1. Prairie, Squeek is just busting chops w/ good nature. And, even if she wasn’t, SWM is tough.

  11. This blog has become one of the most interesting and civil on the web. Kudos to JT, Darren, and all good commenters.

  12. If you had told me 10 years ago that today Id be wondering if the Democrat Party is being run by a Satanic Cult of Pedophiles I would have laughed at you. Now i am thinking it just might actually be the case.

  13. Podesta deleted his instagram account when it was exposed. I cna vouch it was up until early Monday morning around 7 AM. This is an archive. Scroll down to see the pictures and comments he had on his instagram account

  14. Congratulations Professor Turley! And thank you for providing this always interesting blog. I had read it for several years and finally jumped in this summer. I was familiar with Squeeky, Paul, Nick, Steve and Darren and liked the tone and variety of discourse. This community has helped me “digest” this horrid (s)election cycle – I’ve learned a lot and laughed a great deal as well. I hope you will continue to host this blog for many years to come.


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