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The 100,000

The 100,000

At 8:31 p.m. Eastern tonight we received the 100,000th comment, by Oregon Mike, who hasn’t been a frequent commenter here but has been commenting since July 2011.

100,000 isn’t a lot for many blogs, where the use of third-party software like Disqus encourages free-for-alls.  I probably could up page views significantly with such software, but I like the comment section the way it is, so that’s not in the plans.

The pace of commenting is picking up.  When we left Blogger in mid-June 2011, there were just over 32,000 comments in 2 1/2 years.  We’re now running at about 7,000 comments a month.

We now have 4857 registered users, and have had to ban only 76 usernames (representing fewer people because a handful of banned people kept registering new usernames).  Not using third-party comment software helps keep out the drive-by commenters, who usually are just on hit-and-run missions anyway.

I’m glad I upgraded the server package a month ago, because we survived the first and likely only and last Drudge link we’ll ever receive, at the peak 1,000 visits per minute.  And the blog didn’t even hiccup.  Thanks Ed for a great doomsday configuration.

What a year so far.  Was able to change the national conversation for a day or two on the Newt-Reagan relationship, the phony Contraception War, and the Stop Rush effort.  And the candidates, Mia B. Love and Richard Mourdock.  And in a category all her own, Elizabeth Warren.  And The Tweet.

Things are looking up.  I think Anne has been a great addition, and hopefully she won’t succumb to blogger burnout.

Sleep well, the walls are guarded.


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Congrats, Professor! I love your blog.

ShakesheadOften | May 22, 2012 at 9:42 pm

This is one of my top-3 internet destinations. One of the most intelligent and insightful spots on the web!

LI = My 1st stop of the day. Love the blog, Professor.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to VinnyJ300M. | May 23, 2012 at 3:42 am

    It’s my first stop each day, too. Gotta check in at least twice a day out of fear I’ll miss something.

9thDistrictNeighbor | May 22, 2012 at 10:06 pm

It is my privilege to extend to you a Laurel, and Hardy handshake….

(Just had to do that….)

Juba Doobai! | May 22, 2012 at 10:09 pm

You and your gang are doing a great job, Wm. Yeah, every now and then we smack around one of the young’uns, but that’s a good learning experience for ’em. Congrats to y’all.

Very cool. And this is the only username I use . . . at least here . . . at least so far.

As one of the few conservatives in IL, I salute you, Professor. Keep up the good work!

your blog is by far the best conservative blog that i browse through every day! the alternate media has made it a real pleasure to keep up with current events.

BBE = best blog ever

TeaPartyPatriot4ever | May 22, 2012 at 10:32 pm

First, Congrats to you and this excellent web site of factual honesty, truthfulness, integrity, professionalism, and enlightened introspective and retrospective paradigm thought, Professor Jacobson.

Second, anyone who refuses to use Disqus is an instant enlightened web page administrator person.

And thirdly, as a common layman, whose simple but honest opinionated introspective and retrospective thoughts on the issues and subjects that we are now facing in our Nation and Society, I try to be as qualitive as possible, and not quantative.

Professor, you quickly rose through the ranks of the blogs I visit and are #2 just behind Drudge. Drudge is a habit, LI is a pleasure.

Congrats Professor! 🙂

Cowboy Curtis | May 22, 2012 at 10:41 pm

OT: Palin seems to have endorsed Orrin Hatch on Greta.

    Juba Doobai! in reply to Cowboy Curtis. | May 23, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Strategically sound move. Make him the Elder Statesman who can show the young blades the ropes. At the same time, they will stiffen his old knees so he won’t fall for junk. IMO, what makes him attractive to her was the BBA, Reagan, and his time on the judiciary. Hatch stood strong for Thomas and others. I think she’s not going for a toss them all out play cuz that will leave the newbies susceptible to the cons and scams of the Communist Democrats. Better Hatch than McConnell, Lyndsay Grahamnesty or any other of those old farts.

Because of the respect I have for this blog I come here first, rather than go to other sites that have a longer list of new threads.

We need you on that wall, Professor.

MaggotAtBroadAndWall | May 22, 2012 at 10:47 pm

OT: After a convicted felon sitting in federal prison in Texas got 41% of the Democrat vote in the West Virginia Democrat Presidential primary, tonight in Kentucky 42% of the people who voted in the Democrat primary chose “uncommitted” rather than vote for who Newsweek calls the first gay president. When 42% go to the polls to express a symbolic “no confidence” vote, it can’t be a good night for team Obama.

The good news is that in Arkansas, where the first gay president is not running against a federal prison inmate, he is currently up 62% to 38% with about a quarter of the precincts in.

    alan markus in reply to MaggotAtBroadAndWall. | May 22, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    That is very interesting – I see that Arkansas at 58% reporting is now 59.3% Obama and 39.7% Wolfe. Imagine if there had been a real contender earlier in the year.

    Fully expect a Hail Mary Pass – Biden gets dumped, Hillary Clinton becomes running mate. Will happen sooner than later. The desperation in the air is thick enough to cut with a knife.

      Hillary would begin acting as co-President from the moment she was nominated, ignoring any agreement she’d made with Obama. Senior co-President, cutting deals with Congress and foreign leaders. Seizing every available opportunity to humiliate Obama. It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

      But I don’t expect Valerie Jarrett and Moochelle to allow it, even if it costs them the election. Nevertheless, Intrade gives Clinton a 5.5% chance.

      MaggotAtBroadAndWall in reply to alan markus. | May 23, 2012 at 12:19 am

      You may be right, but note that all of these embarrassments are occuring in the south where Obama is unlikely to win no matter who his vice president is on the ballot.

      The only reason why I was watching the AR results tonight is because of the AR-04 race. It’s the only district in the state represented by a Democrat and the incumbent is retiring. The GOP ran two very high quality candidates, Tom Cotton and Beth Rankin. My preference is for Cotton, but whichever of the two wins I thought stood a strong likelihood of winning in November. But so far the Democrat turnout has been huge in this Republican-leaning district (according to Charlie Cook). This should have been a net pickup for Republicans, but now that Democrats have demonstrated they are energized and willing to turn out, I’m worried.

alan markus | May 22, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Anne Sorock is really “rocking” this blog – don’t let her get away! Her posts are quite compelling & her style matches yours – sometimes I can’t tell that you didn’t write it yourself without looking at the top of the post. Hope the two of you can “tag team” and prevent either of you getting the blogger burnouts.

Doug Wright | May 22, 2012 at 10:59 pm

Congrats! Professor: LI is small in size yet huge in influence throughout the blogosphere! The RUSH is on!


I’m not trying to take away anything but I find myself here more now that Don Surber quit.

Sleep well, the walls are guarded.

I hope you’re right, because:

1. The Atlas Shrugs blog on the blog roll reports that Ron Paul people are infiltrating Romney delegations. Supposedly they are planning to take advantage of a technicality in national rules to switch their votes from Romney.

Intrade gives Romney a 96.5% chance of being nominated, followed by Paul at 2%, followed by Jeb Bush and Huckabee at a half percent each.

A turbulent convention on national TV would pretty much discredit Romney’s supposed executive skills, and quite possibly the entire RINO Establishment.

2. Instapundit just linked to a report that the administration, in effect, is reintroducing SOPA.

This baffles me. Why are they reviving the most unpopular legislation in years as the election approaches? Either they’re really desperate or really confident. Or maybe the Congressional GOP is even more corrupt and incompetent than I fear.

3. So far, surprisingly, the bulk of the unforced errors has come from the incumbent administration. I will be pleasantly astonished if the GOP avoids flagrant blunders till November. I expect a wild ride.

4. Finally, I mostly agree that Anne hasn’t been too bad. (Actually she’s been terrific but I don’t want her to get complacent!)

    scooby509 in reply to gs. | May 23, 2012 at 12:21 am

    On SOPA, as Gingrich pointed out, Hollywood pretty much owns the Democrats. And they need campaign cash.

radiofreeca | May 23, 2012 at 12:03 am

Since I found LI, to misquote a famous media person: “Who’s Drudge?”.


My favorite blog and the only comment section on the internet worth reading!

Pretty funny! I’ve been suffering from blogger burn-out for about 8 weeks. I’m just now starting to come out of it. Which is why I reached out to you about appearing on my BlogTalkRadio show.

Professor Jacobson, don’t put me back in another funk by not answering!

frequent visitor, occasional commenter here. you’re in my top ten destination sites…maybe top five. just don’t get a swelled head about it.

How many people pushing out Lame Stream Media stories are even close to being as smart and as informed as Our Prof? Why would anyone bother with them when blog sites such as this exist?

We see how their leading lights do in a real contest of smarts: Not … well.

Oregon Mike | May 23, 2012 at 1:07 am

As another famous blogger would say, “Heh!”

I’m honored to be the 100,000th!

My list: Instapundit, LI, Hot Air, Powerline, Althouse, Volokh, Wattsupwiththat, and Ace, with occasional side trips to Iowahawk. If my memory were better, I’d read Tigerhawk more.

This is an intelligent and witty blog. Keep it up, Professor!


JackRussellTerrierist | May 23, 2012 at 3:39 am

Congratulations, Professor. Thank you for the wonderful job you do with this site and for allowing me to be a guest here. Your posts are always interesting and often heroic.

Congratulations, Professor! You and your carefully selected co-talent make LI one of my first stops each morning.

I’ve heard LI read several times by Jim Quinn on the War Room on WPGB FM News Talk 104.7. Well-written becomes well-read there.

Congratulations…I’d love to have that many comments on my blog…hell, I’d love to have that many READERS! But then, with the press of my wife’s cancer and work, I’ve not been posting as much as I’d like.

Rich Vail
Pikesville, Maryland

aguyfromjersey | May 23, 2012 at 6:20 am

Congratulations, Professor and Oregon Mike. I’m what you once called a lurker, but I had been counting the comments, and must have missed a few. What’s the next milestone?

Great Job, Professor WJ.

Speaking of: Hey “Thanks Ed“, you just may want to cast an eye at Blog-wise,at any rate, seems he’s being stalked, by a convicted felon.

From what I’ve read, the stalker just loves carrying around items that could be equated to, “skittles, ice tea” and some tools noted for their use for burglary possibilities.

Umm, he also adores and rainy nights and hoodies.

Yes, there are other ways to end stalking, but don’t know if the stalkee possesses such items.


Anne has been great as have some of your informative “Guest Contributors” – I’m particularly into insights on [misuse of] Polling Techniques, recollecting Iowahawks pre 2008 “Balls and Urns” humorous ‘heres how they get ya”.

I’ve got several favorite commentators – some are on twitter where we’ve connected, several have their own blogs as well as commenting here [the very informative Zilla comes to mind, but there are others].

I would like to see some sort of FAQ – I discovered “Spam Removal Package” cuts any comment with more than one link, and reflected that two or three times I went through some time consuming efforts for what could have been useful posts.

What comes to mind is the Wiki link for I think the 1896 (???) House election that turned over 126 seats in comparison to our own 2010 that “Only” picked up 66.

Others are the 1912 Election that got us into this, the 1920 Election that solved a worse situation than the 2008 crash well inside 18 Months.

Don’t forget the links to the Palin 2011 “I’m not running interview” MP3 download. Parse that several times and it seems to me to focus on Insuring that smaller-government constitutional Congressmen get elected.

Notably I enjoy reading lukehandcool, Juba Dubai, and Subotai Bahadur –

My “Kobayashi” is a reference to “Kobayashi Maru” and the famous Captain Kirk “I don’t beleve in ‘no-win scenarios'” which is I think a great philosophy going into the 2012 General Election [100th Anniversary of the Disastrous 1912 Presidential Election].

Discovered after the fact that “Kobayashi Maru” translates loosely as “Ship of Grove of Trees”.

Academic Engineer who enjoyed aceing Japanese and Oriental History.

My usual avatars were two different ‘Don Quixote” tilting at windmills etchings, but discovered the place “Heavy Cav” played in the “Reconquista” after the 2008 Election.

I’m looking for better references for Mongol General Hulagu who seems to have solved the Jihad problem in the 12th century in part because there were many Refugee wives of some of the Mongol leadership.

Akira Kurozawa and “Kagemusha” and “Ran” and the actual history of the Tokugawa shogunate.

Keep om Keepin on, Prof!

I love it when a plan comes together!

I am always grateful for how you helped Rush.

Also you forgot to mention your role in the Martin-Zimmerman case. You have helped shine a light on the real facts and not the phony talking points.

Taxpayer1234 | May 23, 2012 at 9:50 am

Way to go, Professor!

At the rate you’re going, however, you’ll need to have Ed do another server upgrade soon. I’m seeing your blog mentioned and linked in more places…

When I go to other blogs, I am regularly called a “moron,” or “an idiot,” or a “dim-wit,” and other such epithets. Although it hurts, I know that it’s because the posters have a small vocabulary or lazy blog (speech) habits. However, when I come to this one and am called such a thing, I know that it’s said out of sincerity and truthfulness. What a truly refreshing and renewing experience. Thank you. Thank you very much!

JimMtnViewCaUSA | May 23, 2012 at 11:29 am

You do a superb job of picking issues and then adding value by your research and considered judgment.
This is a not a big heavyweight blog, but it punches WAY above its weight in terms of influence!

Congrats professor, daily visit here is a must. Love your no nonsense approach to the issues being commented on.

LukeHandCool | May 23, 2012 at 12:43 pm

When the comment count goes over 999,900 some time next year I shall start commenting at a furious pace.

Here’s to the coming 1,000,000th post! Mine!! All mine!!

You are my favorite trusted blog. Please keep up your good work.