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Legal Insurrection is 7 years old

Legal Insurrection is 7 years old

The 7-Year Itch

I can’t believe I missed Legal Insurrection’s 7th anniversary on October 12, 2015.

I even had the date on my calendar, but I’ve been so distracted lately I didn’t pay attention.

The lights were turned on here on October 12, 2008. The first post was Obama is Door No. 2:

As in Let’s Make a Deal, choosing Door No. 2 carries great risks. So does choosing Obama.

Obama may be a post-racial healer, or he may be someone who carefully uses race and false accusations of racism to advance his political career. Obama may not have known about Jeremiah Wright’s political race-baiting, or he may have known but not cared. Obama may be someone who views this country as inherently good, or he may secretly share the views of his political enabler, William Ayers, that this country is inherently bad. We may know Obama better than Jeremiah Wright and William Ayers know Obama, or we may not know Obama at all.

And the fourth post was “Race” As Political Weapon:

We are on the verge of electing a president who built his political career on the backs of race-baiters and anti-american zealots, and we can’t talk about it out of fear of being called “racist.”

The suppression of legitimate political expression through false accusations of racism by the Obama campaign and its supporters is the defining theme of the 2008 campaign. This tactic, while it may be successful, is shameful and has damaged our society in ways we may not understand for years.

Sadly, within our first three days, I had correctly pegged what the Obama presidency would look like. The past 7 years have been an effort to hold back that foul tide.

In those early years, it was just me. For about two years.

Remember how you looked in Jr. High School? That’s how we looked in those early years on Google Blogger (November 18, 2008, via Wayback Machine):

Notice any familiar faces in those first 11 followers? “Our Lawyer” Ron Coleman was one; I don’t know how he found us. So was commenter 49erDweet.

Legal Insurrection November 2008 Wayback Machine Followers

As the screen capture below shows, at our one month mark we were rockin’ the blog traffic. Almost 7,000 page views in one month — I thought that was something:

Legal Insurrection November 2008 Wayback Machine One Month Old

I tend to get philosophical and introspective when I write these anniversary posts.

Those first couple of years were the most fun, in part because it was the first time in my adult life that I was openly political. Prior to that, I just kept my mouth shut, so the un-shutting of the mouth was liberating.

It also was an exciting time. The rise of the Tea Party movement was exhilarating, as was the growth of a vibrant individual conservative blogosphere.

The victories of 2010 gave us all hope that we actually could change things.  Unfortunately, that hope was soon dashed by the backstabbing of mainstream Republicans who saw the Tea Party movement as their true enemy.

I expected it from Democrats and the media, I didn’t expect it from Republicans. Boy, was I naive.

Over time, that has led to my greater disillusionment, which seems pretty pronounced at this moment. I’m just not excited about this election cycle. You probably noticed that.

But the blog kept on keeping on. Kathleen McCaffrey, at the time a Cornell Junior, was the first author here who was not me, and for another year or so it was just the two of us.  And then we moved away from Google Blogger to our own self-hosted website in June 2011, which was pretty similar to what we have now, though we have made some tweaks.

More and more of my time is spent on administrative and managerial issues that take me away from the type of deep research posts I enjoy the most, and have had the biggest impacts. Oh, and remember, this isn’t actually my job, so doing all this on top of all that is exhausting.

We do it all on a shoestring. If we had the resources to do more we would, but we don’t.

Traffic has grown slowly but steadily over the years, without any real sustained spikes. While it varies from day to day dramatically, our average over the past year has been a fairly consistent 45k page views a day. We’ve just not been able to break out of the range, for whatever the reason.

I don’t begrudge those who have been able to win the internet. Whatever it is the masses want, we’re apparently not selling it, and I’m not sure we ever will.

We are what we are.

Testing America Football Helmets

I’ve trended away from covering domestic politics as much as I used to, mainly because of the rise of the anti-Israel boycott movement in the past two years.

I’ve never met a more malicious, lying, dishonest, manipulative group of people than the anti-Israel boycott crowd. They are propagandists with Ph.D’s. The fight against them is not just a “pro-Israel” fight, it’s a pro-freedom, pro-American fight — as much as they hate Israel, they hate western civilization.

Israel’s fight is all our fight. And I expect it to be a central focus of my writing and campus involvement for the coming years.

What keeps me going?

Meeting some random person who says — so YOU’RE Legal Insurrection, I love that website. Emails of support from strangers. Meeting readers during travels. Mentoring conservative and pro-Israel students, letting them know they are not alone. Fulfilling, in a much smaller way, Andrew Breitbart’s goal of being the person who draws the fire, so you don’t have to.

Thanks go to the great authors and contributors who work so hard to keep the content flowing. And to the readers and commenters who keep coming back. And of course, thanks to the Wife of 31 years of marriage (yes, I confirmed the math with her) who puts up with all this.

So, that’s where the State of the Legal Insurrection stands.


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You know, this post is not the best announcement speech for a congressional run I’ve ever heard, but with a few tweeks it should be pretty good.

You got the Harvard Law degree, the experience in private practice and in academia … and your blog as a media and promotional tool …

It’s the next logical step. Even if you didn’t win, it would be a great experience and you’d learn a lot … for the next run. And it would also increase readership.

Win-win, so run-run.

Tentative campaign slogan:

Jacobson. When a screechy, America-hating progressive BDS nutcase just won’t do.

Jacobson. 2016. Yeah, he’s got his own private server. Filled with classy information.

…or he may be someone who carefully uses race and false accusations of racism to advance his political career.

You pretty much nailed that one, Professor.

But, did you predict his golf addiction?


Jacobson. 2016. For a thrill up your leg.

Jacobson. 2016. I don’t like to blog, but check out this pants crease.

    platypus in reply to LukeHandCool. | October 18, 2015 at 2:35 am

    If I didn’t know better, I’d swear you were bucking for a job … as a campaign manager.

      LukeHandCool in reply to platypus. | October 18, 2015 at 2:40 pm

      Oh, no. I can barely run my own life, let alone someone’s political campaign.

      I would just be an informal senior advisor Bill could call on … someone who could tell him how the campaign was coming across to Joe Public … outside of the bubble, after passing through all the filters.

      Sure, he’d insist I be there up on stage often for the optics and subliminal appeal to female voters, but I would only be available if it were being televised. I have to pick and choose my appearances.

      Having met him, I can say I think it the logical next step for the Professor. He could use the blog and go (what was it Reagan said, “over” or “around” the media?) directly to the voting public with his stand on issues and why.

      This would not preclude him from simultaneously striving to continue pursuing higher levels of media gigs like he’s doing now in newspapers, radio, and TV. The two could go hand in hand and actually fuel one another.

      I think his temperament and background lend themselves better to being a congressman than a freelance media personality. But, of course, the two are not mutually exclusive. I’ve been quite surprised at how fluent and talkative he is in radio interviews. Talking issues is his forte … talking small talk is not.

      So, those are his strengths and weaknesses as I see them. While still important, retail politicking is less important than in times past with access to voters with technology. He already knows how to run a website (for $100s of million less than it took Obama & Co. with the O-care site) and has a readymade site to talk to voters and receive donations.

      So, I guess what I’m basically trying to say is …

      Are you ready for Billy?

Henry Hawkins | October 17, 2015 at 9:24 pm

Congrats. Well done. Though it takes away your posts that first brought me here, I do believe your skills and limited time are best spent fighting the BDS animals.

And if Elizabeth Warren had decided to run she’d probably be leading the polls in the Dem nom race, perhaps to win it, and then get thrashed in the general due in large part to the oppo dossier you built on her. Heh.

Again, congratulations an keep it up! (Um, the fight I mean).

Professor, all your diligent efforts are fully appreciated by this sexagenarian from a deep-blue state who struggles with, as you put it, “the un-shutting of the mouth…”

I can’t begin to tell you how much I’ve learned from this blog. Many, many thanks!

You are an asset to freedom, liberty, and justice.
All I can say is “Thank You!”.

Sammy Finkelman | October 17, 2015 at 10:15 pm

Traffic has grown slowly but steadily over the years, without any real sustained spikes. While it varies from day to day dramatically, our average over the past year has been a fairly consistent 45k page views a day. We’ve just not been able to break out of the range, for whatever the reason.

That could be software problems, (including some slowness) or maybe a smaller percentage of people are reading blogs, as opposed to Facebook and Twitter.

But Legal Insurrection gets picked up by Google, and Facebook posts do not.

I think links from other sources that could lead people here may also be diminishing, or not increasing.

I hope blogs do not go the way of BBSs, but in any case, they’ve still got a few good years left.

One of my favorites. I started following with the Freddy Gray fiasco. Like the fact that the reporting is concise and no unnecessary inflammatory yellow journalism .Love Andrew Branca articles. This American thinker and CTH are favorites although CTH sometimes a little too conspiracy minded

    platypus in reply to dmi60ex. | October 18, 2015 at 2:38 am

    Being a conspiracy nut doesn’t always mean you’re wrong. And it ain’t a conspiracy if they’re ALL out to get you — it’s teamwork.

nordic_prince | October 18, 2015 at 1:59 am

Congratulations on your blogaversary! It’s frightfully easy to succumb to burnout, so we are glad that you have others who help share your burden. Take heart and know that all your work here on the blog is appreciated, and may you be strengthened as you continue your part in resisting those who threaten our freedoms.

Here’s to another fruitful 7 years!

A truly great seven years, and much recognition you deserve from conservative opinion leaders.

Many of us here have come to look forward to your daily contributions to the ideas and events that matter to us. So, please plan on another 60 years or so of blogging.

Henry Hawkins | October 18, 2015 at 9:17 am

BTW, still no doughnuts in the lobby?

“If you own a dog, you’ve heard this rule: 1 year for Fido equals 7 years for you. Turns out, the math isn’t that simple. Dogs mature more quickly than we do early on. So the first year of your fuzzy friend’s life is equal to about 15 human years.”

If you own a blog…

Mazel Tov!

I believe I found my way here via a link from Powerline early in 2009. They used to be a daily read and I would pop in here occasionally to see what you were talking about. Now this blog is a daily read and I only visit powerline a couple of times a month.

Thanks especially for the George Zimmerman stuff. I was glued to this site back then.

Congratulations on building one of the best political sites on the net.

I wish I could explain to you how you have made all of grow; to look at things with new eyes, to not be afraid of being of standing up for what is right, to organize thoughts into rational opinions.
I consider my time in here as a post post grad course in being a productive voter.

Oh and I LOVE the music vids. Miss voting for them but it is almost the first place I scroll when I get in.

If you do run I will organize a Texas group to work on your campaign.

Been coming here several times a day for years now. Great site and great people running it and reading it. Thanks for keeping us informed Professor. All readers need to save LI’s Amazon tag to their desktop and make it routine practice to use that when purchasing products. That’s especially true with the holidays coming. Also, put a monthly donation in your budget to show appreciation for all the hard word the Professor and his team do to keep us agitated and educated each day.

Congratulations Professor! This blog shines on the legal aspects of just about any case going. I started getting glued into this site during the Zimmerman trial & persecution days, and still make it a daily stop!

Keep up the good work, and don’t let up on the BDS!

Congratulations, congratulations, and congratulations! (For 7 years, for 31 years, and for checking the math.)

And many, many, many thanks for all of your efforts. All of the laud, praise, and appreciation expressed in the comments on this post are well deserved (and hard-earned).

(I am still glad your are not in the math department, although conservative voices are reportedly needed there, too — Mathematical Insurrection just doesn’t have the right ring to it.)

I’ve surely enjoyed reading the blog. And it turns out I’ve been enjoying it for about five years. Took a while to make my first comment and I’ve changed handles a couple of times, but it seems you’re stuck with me as long as you keep blogging(not a threat, I promise). Congrats on you’re blogaversary and may you have many more.


Thanks Professor for your tireless effort in exposing the BDS movement. Because of you, I was able to make my son understand exactly what it was.

As far as the blog is concerned, I have no idea when I started posting but it has been a fun ride. Agree or disagree, I enjoy taking time to read what is offered.

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