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Legal Insurrection is 5 years old

Legal Insurrection is 5 years old

You know the story why this blog was started on October 12, 2008 at 5:42 p.m.

Here’s what the blog looked like on November 15, 2008 and for the first 2 1/2 years while we were on Google Blogger (Yikes! It’s like looking at your junior high school photo):

Legal Insurrection November 15 2008 Wayback Machine

Hey, look who our first two followers were, continuing commenter 49erDweet and “Our Lawyer” Ron Coleman!

Legal Insurrection Followers November 15 2008 Wayback Machine

Our big change came in June 2011 with the current self-hosted design.  There will be some design tweaks rolled out in a week or two after we’re done, ahem, testing.

We turned College Insurrection live in August 2012, and in February 2013.  Will there be more Insurrections and Wikis?

Thanks to the many authors who have contributed here over the years.  I can’t provide the breadth of coverage without them.  We’ve got a great team here and at College Insurrection, so given them a hoorah.

I also am interested in adding another regular, experienced lead author, preferably someone with strong research, media and/or activism capabilities; reach out to me.

Many thanks to the tons and tons of blog friends without whose help Legal Insurrection could not have made it to where it is now.  I keep in mind every single day that we survive on the kindness of strangers who read, share and link to us.

One thing I’ve tried to do a little more of is interact with readers.  I’m always so surprised when I meet someone who actually has read the blog. The kind words (and free coffee) mean a lot to me.

For years I’ve been urged to write The Legal Insurrection Manifesto.  All I need is time. Time. And more time.  I’m also trying get out there more, giving talks on college campuses and elsewhere.  I may even attend another bloggers conference.

And of course, thanks to my wife, who puts up with all this.  We celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary this coming year, an achievement that means the most.

Where is Legal Insurrection heading?  I wish I knew.  I’m just trying to survive Obama’s America.


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Sheesh….I forgot how icky this blog looked when I first came here. Could it be that it was content rather than it’s now cool appearance?

You betcha!


    GrumpyOne in reply to Joy. | October 12, 2013 at 11:04 am

    My first experience with this blog came during the Sarah Palin/Paul Revere brouhaha three or so years ago when I simply followed a link.

    What a pleasant surprise! The carefully laid out sequence of events citing Revere’s personal account did it! Finally a blog with well researched information regardless of direction.

    Thank you prof for the flow of dependable information over the years!

Hippo, birdies, two ewes…!!!

Happy Birthday and many more!

I appreciate all you do. Thanks for all the hard work, especially the bulldog tenacity in chomping at Lieawatha.

DINORightMarie | October 12, 2013 at 9:44 am

Happy Blog-Birthday, Professor! And many more!!

Love the old and new……I’m a “lifer.”

Thanks to Mrs. J. for sharing you during this crisis that is Obama’s America.

You serve America well.

Congratulations to you! When you look back at all the ground you have covered……
I’m grateful to along for the ride. Many happy returns to the day; to you, to Mrs. Professor, and to all of your co-writers.

I found Illegal Insurrection the old fashioned way.

I first began using the internet (other than fishing reports) in late 2007. I thought blogs were dumb.

I started on Huffington Post, because that’s the only blog I heard of (from tv). I searched for somthing more conservative.

I would click every name on someone’s blogroll, and write down what I thought was worth revisiting. That became tedious.

So, I changed tactics.

I saw your name, Illegal Insurrction on a blogroll (either PJ Media or Blogprof), and clicked it because…it sounded cool

Happy Birthday to one of the best blogs on the net. Thank you, Professor, for five years of excellence.


I have been a reader of your blog for almost 5 years, but mainly from links from other blogs such as Instapundit. You are now on my daily reading list, and you keep moving up.

Lawyers(and law professors)tend to have the best blogs because of the discipline of the profession. When you argue your case it will be challenged, so factual accuracy is an absolute necessity. Plus, your topics are interesting and germaine.

Keep up the great work.

[…] A lot of hard work,dedication and meticulousness went into the past 5 years […]

It is an anniversary of note and look what has happened since those early days… Legal Insurrection is now a Dynasty.

I started following your blog within a few months of it’s birth and it remains at the tippy-top of my RSS list of blogs.

Yours is the first I check when awakening and the last I check before going to bed.

You have made a name and a place for yourself in American history.

Happy Insurrection Day, Wm! You write the LIM, and I will edit it for you.

“The kind words (and free coffee) mean a lot to me.”

We’ve lost him. He’s all about getting his entitlements now.

LI started one day after my b-day Nov 14th so I won’t forget its birth.
Thanks for being there and for all the hard work. You have made a difference!

I offer you a voucher to some free coffee the next time you are in Chicago.

One of my favorite reading destinations. Thank you Professor. And to all of my fellow posters as well. I’ve learned a lot!

Just one question. Why do you do this? It’s obviously an enormous dedication of time.

You are simply the best out there. Your team of authors hit the target repeatedly. Your commenters are among the best in the blog world. Trolls are few and most are totally inadequate in defending their positions and quickly disappear. I visit the site numerous times a day for updates. Happy birthday and many, many more.

Congratulations. Here’s to looking forward for 5 more years. (Or as long as you enjoy it, whichever comes first 🙂 )

TrooperJohnSmith | October 12, 2013 at 11:04 am


Five years old! How many is that in dog years?

Happy Birthday to your blog Prof! “And many more …” I was one of your earlier followers. I’ve always been thankful of the day I found it because your sane view of the world politically helps keep me from feeling so alone. You are very appreciated. God bless from SE Georgia. ~:)

Happy Birthday, Professor, to you and to your crack staff of writers/investigators. You are as hard nosed and transparent as they come, and your flaying of hacks and liars is a consistent pleasure to me. I wish you many more.

Happy Birthday and thank you.

Like Tina sang- Simply the Best.

My heartiest congratulations, sir! I’ve only been a reader for a little over a year, but LI has become one of my daily reads…and I hope it will continue to be so for many years to come.

Happy 5th!

Of course it was the Blogfather that originally brought me here, but nowadays you are on my Yahoo page & I scan your blog regularly, even though I rarely comment.

I was a little wary of reading new authors, but the additions have been wonderful. Also, you’ve been kind to me and my little blog, linking on occasion, and I want to thank you.

My best to you in this time of survival!

Long-time lurker here (everyone seems to say it better than me, lol), who found your blog about a year ago. Congratulations! I really appreciate the work that you and all your co-bloggers do to point out the truth, using reason, logic and the law!

congrats … five is so young, especially compared to the leftist network dinosaurs.

If only one in 300 Americans become informed enough to escape the MSM hypnosis, and read here, that would be a million readers. That seems pretty reasonable to me. 🙂

The past is just prologue for greater things.

Happy Birfday Legal Insurrection! As a relative newcomer, I never saw you on Blogger. So i got that going for me. Newcomer since sometime in 2011, took a long time to ever comment though.

Happy anniversary.
Many more, and keep the light shining!

Henry Hawkins | October 12, 2013 at 1:56 pm

יום הולדת שמח, מרד משפטי!

So you’re a big boy all of 5 today, eh?

I remember my fifth birthday. The Beatles arrived in America that day.

Another thing I remember as a five-year-old future insurrectionist:

Walking home from kindergarten one day, I found a dead Blue Jay. I stopped to marvel at its exquisite beauty. After brushing off the ants, I picked up this lovely jewel of nature and was struck with a marvelous idea. “What a wonderful surprise present to give to Mom,” I thought. As I carried it home, I kept imagining how thrilled she’d be when I presented her with this gorgeous blue bird. I was so excited when I rang the doorbell and hid the Blue Jay behind my back.

Mom opened the door and I affectionately said, “I have a present for you, Mom!” She saw I was hiding something behind my back. As long as I live, I will never forget her smile as she playfully asked me what it was. “Surprise!” I shouted, as I thrust the dead bird forward with both hands.

I will also never forget, as long as I live, her screams and what seemed to be an eternity of her trying to slap it out of my hands as I held it tight. After at least a half-dozen or so hysterical slaps finally dislodged the beautiful present from my hands, she grabbed me by both wrists, led me into the bathroom, and proceeded to wash my hands at least a dozen times.

Nature or nurture? I dunno. But I owe my lifelong obsessive-compulsive hand washing disorder to my mother.

I like to date my first conservative stirrings upon the third or fourth rinsing that day, when Mom was lathering the bar to soap up my innocent hands yet again. This scrubbing of the beautiful gift-giving truth of harsh reality left me feeling intellectually alone and, in all frankness, figuratively naked. I was too young to effectively articulate my protests at the time, but the innate, inchoate proto-verbal dissension synapsing in my tender pre-frontal cortex loosely translated as, “Mom, this is nanny-state Obamacare overkill !!”

The moral of the story is obvious:

Sometimes reality is shocking, but, nonetheless, we have to present it to those we love.

We’ll keep our hands clean, for sure.

But we’ll also stand athwart a complete scrubbing of the truth and yell, “Stop!”

May Legal Insurrection continue to hand out dead Blue Jays to fellow Americans on the left.

Enough of being deep and stuff. I don’t wanna break my brain or anything.

The great Sheriff John:

By the way, this guy flew 50 combat missions as a gunner in WWII. Shouldn’t that have left him a psychologically-scarred, ticking-time bomb of a serial killer … and not the gentle host of a Los Angeles children’s TV show? That generation sure defied the current wisdom of violence causation.

The world is a better place with Legal Insurrection in it.

    Browndog in reply to Viator. | October 12, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Yea, let’s hope that someday he won’t be forced to go underground, and change the name to Illegal Resurrection.


David Gerstman | October 13, 2013 at 11:26 am

Two things that stick out about LI for me. One was a post Which city would you sacrifice? which asked a question that liberals refused to ask. The other was the way that you recognized Scott Brown’s potential. I have no idea if you made a difference (though I suspect that you did.) But your instinct proved correct.
Needless to say, I’m honored to contribute to LI given all the wonderful work you have done.

franciscodanconia | October 13, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Congrats to the Professor and all of the contributors to LI!

Most blogs don’t make it a month.

Happy blogversary. I am much less enthusiastic about this site—and more fatalistic about the future—than I once was, but acknowledge that you’re doing some good, and definitely more good than harm.

Afaic the main limitation of the blog is that it preaches to the choir. The articles are good enough to persuade open-minded undecided voters or wavering leftists, but afaic the comment section slams those open minds shut. There are superb commenters like NC Mountain Girl, but also there is a noticeable number who are nuts. The Left is doing a more than adequate job of demonizing the Right; the Right does not have to be helpful.

Oh, well. To repeat, LI does more good than harm.

    gs in reply to gs. | October 17, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    But honesty compels me to mitigate my reaction to your post (to which comments are closed) about libertarians.

    Libertarians can be effective at identifying problems, i.e. at pointing out the elephant in the room. However, if left to our their own devices, our their solutions could be worse than the problems.

    This partial walkback of my defense of libertarians is not a walkback of my concerns (to put it mildly) about the condition of American conservatism.