RES IPSA HITS 35,000,000

We just hit another milestone this weekend with over 35,000,000 views. We are also recently closing in on 60,000 followers on Twitter.  We like to call the site the “little engine that could” among blogs with our growing collection of people from around the world.  Despite a few contributors who insist on personal characterizations and attacks, this site strives to be a place for civil but passionate discourse on legal and policy issues  of our time (and perhaps a few wacky stories).

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 to Darren Smith who continues help up with periodic technical problems and our many regular commentators and readers.  We try to keep this blog as an open forum with as little interference or monitoring of the comments as possible.  Given our free speech orientation, we try not to delete comments and, for that reason, we are deeply appreciative of how most people avoid personal or offensive comments in debating these issues.  Obviously, our open forum allows trolls and others to spew comments that are at times offensive and obnoxious but we continue to believe that civil and balanced comments will prevail.  Thank you for voluntarily assuming restraint over the tenor and content of your comments.

So here is our current profile:

In the last 90 days, our ten biggest international sources for readers (after the United States) have been:

Canada

United Kingdom

Australia

Germany

Hong Kong

Mexico

India

New Zealand

Netherlands

France

Welcome to all of our new readers from those countries, particularly the sharp increase this year from regulars from Asia as well as Mexico. 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 90 days:

1.  Prosecutors Admit That They Wrongly Alleged Russian Woman Was Trading Sex For Access [Updated]

2.  Bar Complaint Filed Against Counsel For Dr. Christine Blasey Ford

3.  New Details Raise Serious Doubts Over The Credibility Of The Ford Polygraph

4.  Ex-Nobel Secretary Admits Obama’s Prize Was A Mistake

5.  MSNBC Analyst: Trump Will Resign In Two Weeks

6.  L.A. Prosecutor Arrested After Crashing Car and Then Drinking As He Waited For Police

7.  Mueller Witness Accused Of Blackmailing World Leader After Plea Agreement [Updated]

8.  Survey: BBC and FOX Are Most Trusted TV News Brands In U.S.

9.  Liberty University President Calls For Trump Critics To Be Arrested

10. Reasonable Doubt Or Per Se Defamation? Republicans Throw Chris Garrett Into The Fray [UPDATED]

The most frequent commentators were:

Mr. Kurtz

Allan

Paul C. Schulte

Tabarrok to the Pillory

Mespo727272

OLLY

Late4Diner.

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.

Thanks again to those who try to keep our discussions passionate but civil. We obviously have relapses into personal attacks, particularly during these heated political times. However, I am impressed how most people are able to transcend disagreements to avoid making our differences personal or offensive.  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. Now on to 36,000,000!

52 thoughts on “RES IPSA HITS 35,000,000”

  1. Kudos to the site! I enjoy the articles and comments posted. Thanks Prof. Turley for being the host! Frank

  2. SUNDAY NIGHT UPDATE:

    IS TURLEY HOSTING HOLOCAUST DENIERS..?

    On Friday Professor Turley posted a news development regarding the Florida man arrested for mailing pipe bombs to critics of Donald Trump. Turley’s account of that development was factual and free of political spin. But the responses to that post, by Trump supporters, have been shockingly deceitful!

    Most shocking were comments claiming that Hitler and his Nazis were actually the ‘liberals’ of their time. This deceitful narrative was pushed most aggressively by Allan and Tabarrok. They brazenly assert that today’s American liberals are philosophically linked to Nazi Germany. This narrative contradicts every book on Nazi Germany written since World War II. And it comes very, very close to Holocaust denial.

    To believe this narrative one must accept that Jews in Nazi Germany were actually the ‘conservatives’. And that was ‘why’ Hitler hated Jews, ‘they were too conservative’! This assertion ignores the fact that Jews were primarily urban with a disproportionate number living in Berlin; one of Europe’s biggest cities. Those Jews largely formed Germany’s liberal intelligentsia. Those Jews were, what we might call today, the ‘cultural elitists’. Berlin’s permissive arts scene, of the 1920’s, was largely composed of Jewish intellectuals.

    Because they were linked to intellectuals and cultural elitists, Jews in Germany became the targets of Nazis. Nazis abhorred free-thinking liberals! That was one of the big reasons they hated Jews so much. This has been accepted history for 70 years. But here, on Jonathan Turley’s thread, we now read that ‘Jews were actually conservatives’ and ‘Nazis were the liberals’!

    Again, one must emphasize that this deceitful narrative comes very close to Holocaust Denial. Therefore I request that Professor Turley address this issue promptly.

    1. Peter Hill – the Socialist in National Socialist did not stand for marshmallow roasters. It stood for Socialists. They didn’t all wear the same uniform because they were Cub Scouts, they did it because they were into group think.

    2. if there will be a scolding of users it should start with Mark M for slandering me and saying that “I watch Hannity and bag his balls” which is a homophobic slur, interesting that it came from a supposed progressive. but that is a small thing. to the point of PH:

      there is zero question that nazis were liberals. They certainly were not! but a valid question exists whether they were a left or right phenom.

      the question of whether or not the nazis were a left or right phenomenon depends on one’s interpretation of the left-right dichotomy.

      I won’t elaborate on that , but a thorough read of wiki will get anyone started

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Left%E2%80%93right_political_spectrum

      one might say the Nazis were definitely to the left of the Catholic conservatives who were lead by Franz Von Papen, who made a coalition government with them after the NSDAP party success in the 33 election, but who were ousted after the Night of the Long Knives.

      The Nazis, particularly in their time were almost technocratic, a feature now associated with the left

      They were not individualists that’s for sure; they advocated the importance of the German people over all other considerations. That is a collectivist or “Communitarian” philosophy that is sometimes called leftist in America. I observe that Jewish Ayn Rand and her successor Leonard Peikoff both elaborated on why they considered the Nazis extreme leftists.

      However there are reasons to view them a rightist phenomenon too. Their elevation of social hierarchy over egalitarianism, is the principal reason, which found its expression not only in the racist-nationalist ideology but also the increasing dictatorship and bureaucratic elitism of the government as things advanced to the Downfall.

      If readers are interested in this topic related to the question of peter above, try the book of British political theorist Roger Griffin.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palingenetic_ultranationalism

      overall, i think it is fair to say they were a rightist phenomenon, but, folks need a better sense over all of the left right dichotomy to make sense of it.

      1. Above, in which yet another historical revisionist would have us all pretend that the Nazis were not fascists or that fascism was not a right-wing movement. Pshaw!

  3. Thank you Professor Turley, Darren Smith and the commentators. It’s nice to read the blog and the comments that follow.

  4. So the top six most frequent commenters are all Trump supporters: Mr. Kurtz, Allan, Paul C. Schulte, Tabarrok to the Pillory, Mespo727272 and OLLY.

    The seventh most frequent commenter is a notable Trump detractor: Late4Dinner.

    I don’t mind those odds at all. And here’s why not: He Who Will Not Be Deterred, Robert Swan Mueller The Third.

    Besides, I’ve got Wally in my corner, PH on my wing and Field Marshal Natacha for a closer. I’m starting to feel sorry for you puny little street punks.

    1. L4Yoga/Annie/Inga enables David Benson, R. Lien and Marky Mark Mark – didn’t JT say something about playing nice? And you couldn’t even do it on the thread that he asked for it. How sad.

        1. L4Yoga/Annie/Inga enables David Benson, R. Lien and Marky Mark Mark – dueling is very honorable. What is your problem?

            1. David Benson is the God Emperor of Making Stuff Up and owes me twenty-two citations (one from the OED, one from the town ordinances and two from the Old Testament) and the source of a quotation, after twenty-one weeks, and needs to cite all his work from now on. – I would like a cite for that please and it needs to be for my town.

              1. You’ll have to violate the law against dueling to get your citation.

                Given that Dr. Benson may be a pacifist, it might follow that you’d never get your damned citation.

                1. L4Yoga/Annie/Inga enables David Benson, and the NPCs R. Lien and Marky Mark Mark – maybe like Chrissy, Benson is afraid to fly?

                  1. If dueling is legal in your town, and if Dr. Benson is a pacifist, then the only way that fear of flying could have anything to do with the fact that you still wouldn’t get your damned citation would be if you were the one who was afraid of flying to town like Pullman where dueling is against the law..

                    1. L4Yoga/Annie/Inga enables David Benson, and the NPCs R. Lien and Marky Mark Mark IF a frog had wings it wouldn’t bump its ass every time it jumped.

              1. PC Schulte,

                – Before you and your second hop a flight to Missouri, it says “MAY have legalized dueling”. 😉

                1. I am in an concealed carry state, no permits needed. An armed society is a polite society. We have a looooooooooooot of empty desert to duel in. 🙂

        2. firearm duels were usually held with single shot pistols.
          Chesty puller once challenged a man to a duel with sawed off double barrel shotguns. his critic did not show for the event.

          an ak 47 is a fine rifle but not suitable for such things, which are, of course, unlawful

    2. “The seventh most frequent commenter is a notable Trump detractor: Late4Dinner.

      I don’t mind those odds at all. ”
      **********************

      “It takes brains to know when to be scared, honey.”

      ~J.R. Ewing

      1. Mr. Treacle Head said, “It takes brains to know when to be scared, honey.”~J.R. Ewing

        Those who mistake ferocity for intellect are brainless twits.

        1. Spinelli thinks that wit is a personification.

          Or else Spinelli thinks that Mespo’s wit is a personification.

          Or maybe Spinelli thinks personification is brief.

          Who knows what Spinelli thinks.

          1. L4Yoga/Annie/Inga enables David Benson, and the NPCs R. Lien and Marky Mark Mark Well, at least we know you DON’T think.

            1. According to Mespo, L4D has brains if, and only if, L4D were afraid of being outnumbered six to one by ferocious Trumpanzees with AK47s.

              Given that the AK47s and the half-dozen ferocious Trumpanzees are but a bunch of blinking photons streaming out of a display screen, it follows that Mespo mistakes his own ferocity for his own intellect and that Spinelli further mistakes the same for wit.

              1. L4Yoga/Annie/Inga enables David Benson, and the NPCs R. Lien and Marky Mark Mark – I think the AK-47s are part of your fevered dreams.

    3. your gratuitous insult does not provoke me.
      I will say in reply, thank you for your many provocative remarks it has been a pleasure discussing with you.

  5. Thank you JT for letting us play in your sandbox. And thank you Darren for your yeoman work keeping it all together. And thank all of us for being here, good and not so good. 😉 Special thanks to Mr Kurtz for being King of the Mountain. 🙂

  6. It takes someone with a true vision of truth to attract a like minded brood. Thank God for you and that there are as many as us!!

  7. My comments, from the basement of DNC Headquarters, have given this blog a fresh, hip sense of relevance that was missing before.

    But seriously, I appreciate the opportunity to comment here. My thanks to Professor Turley and Darren Smith for their gracious hosting.

  8. Thank you, of course, Professor Turley, and Darren, for making this blog possible.
    P.S. we will be able to have a new goup photo made? The old one looks a little dated.😊

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