Congratulations to Power Line Blog on its 10th Anniversary. Scott Johnson writes:
It was ten years ago this weekend — ten years ago today, I think, but maybe tomorrow — that John Hinderaker went to Blogger and set up Power Line. On Memorial Day that weekend he gave me a call and invited me to contribute. Once one of my kids helped me get into the publishing platform, we were off and running. Looking back, I thought I might take the occasion to offer a few random thoughts that I hope might be of interest to readers….
3. I think our first significant link came from Eugene Volokh at the Volokh Conspiracy. Thank you, Professor Volokh.
I think the first serious notice anyone took of us was Hugh Hewitt … The encouragement of Michelle Malkin also gave us a timely boost …. It wasn’t long before Glenn Reynolds began to find items worthy of notice on the site and to send us the horde of readers who look to InstaPundit to direct traffic. Thank you, Glenn.
John adds: The best thing about writing on the internet has been the many great people we have gotten to know. I don’t want to start naming them because there is no way to name them all, but our lives have been immeasurably enriched by the friendships we have made and the fascinating and sometimes powerful people we have met as a result of this web site.
Erick Erickson has received a SWATting similar to Patterico, although less threatening because Erickson already had alerted his local police department to the possibility when he started writing about Brett Kimberlin:
Last week we spent a lot of time writing about Brett Kimberlin and the incident involving blogger Patterico where someone spoofed his phone number and told 911 he had shot his wife.
Tonight, my family was sitting around the kitchen table eating dinner when sheriffs deputies pulled up in the driveway.
Someone called 911 from my address claiming there had been an accidental shooting.
It wasn’t nearly the trauma that Patterico suffered, but I guess the Erickson household is on somebody’s radar.
Luckily it was two sheriffs deputies who knew me and I had already, last week, advised the Sheriff’s Department to be on the look out for something like this.
Patterico has more, including this tidbit:
It was reported by Joe Gelarden that, when Kimberlin was incarcerated, he tried to have someone set off bombs with similar components to those set off in Speedway, to show that there was another perpetrator and that he therefore could not be guilty.
Stacy McCain has more on the sources of funding for Kimberlin’s non-profit.
Reader Brian e-mails:
In light of the naked agression and hatred that has been directed at you and other conservatives this week, i just wanted to offer my thanks for standing tall and not backing down. You have become an exemplary example of what it is to perform an act of courage. Thank you and my God continue to fill you with courage, strength, and fortitude in these days ahead. I will pray for you and your family and blogosphere brothers in arms. You have stepped out of the shadow of Brietbart and now cast forth your own sunlight and it shows in the quality of your words that you put forth daily. Thank you for picking up the standard. Most sincere thanks.
No aggression has been directed at me this week, but I will be contacting the local Police Chief to let him know of SWATting.