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Big Changes at Legal Insurrection

Big Changes at Legal Insurrection

A picture is worth a thousand words.

I’ve changed my profile pic.

For the first time since Legal Insurrection was founded on October 12, 2008.

It’s part of a new attitude. Hopefully it will last.

In other news, I’m *almost* out of the woods on family health issues which have stressed the hell out of me the past few months and particularly the past few weeks.

Assuming no further downturns, I should be *back* by the end of the month.

Go ahead, sing it:

Recently, we welcomed Mary Chastain and Mark Finkelstein to Legal Insurrection.

Mary, our Contributing Editor, joined us at the beginning of May. Mary wrote for Andrew Breitbart’s website since 2011 and stayed on after his death. She covered mostly international issues, with a focus on Eastern Europe, but also covered domestic issues. And sports. She’s a batshit-crazy Cubs fan (is there any other type?). She lives in Oklahoma, the place people in flyover country refer to as flyover country.

Mark wrote for NewsBusters for a decade until joining us at the start of this week. His beat there was liberal media bias, particularly coverage of morning talking head shows, something he will continue here most days.

Mark is an “old” friend from Ithaca who flew the coop on his single engine plane to Texas in 2011, Texas Gains Mark Finkelstein:

Not long after starting this blog I received an e-mail from Mark Finkelstein, who writes forNewsbusters, and for a while, at his own blog, Finkelblog.

Mark invited me on his long-running conservative talk show, The Right Angle, which had been on local Ithaca cable TV for over a decade.

Two things surprised me.  First, that there was another on-the-record conservative in Ithaca.  Second, that someone would want to have me on his show.

Since that first contact I have appeared on Mark’s show several times.  I was honored to be the guest on Mark’s last show earlier this week.

Mark always had an encouraging word about this blog, and has an indefatigable energy that is contagious.  In addition to his business developing and operating a student apartment complex, Mark is a pilot, and a writer.

And Mark was the person who took upon himself the burden of publicly arguing for the conservative position in public debates at Ithaca High School and elsewhere.  If ever there were a hopeless and thankless task, preaching conservatism in Ithaca is it, but Mark relished the challenge.

And now after 25 years in Ithaca, Mark is fulfilling the dream of approximately one-half of Northeasterners.  He’s moving to Texas.

And better yet, Mark is moving to a community with a private airstrip so he can walk out his door and get into his plane and fly away.  Texas must be a really large country for such a thing to be possible.

I will miss having Mark in Ithaca, and I wish him well in reality.

Additionally, Kemberlee slowly but surely has been assuming more responsibility behind the scenes managing the website and editing content, and in recognition of that her title will be Senior Contributing Editor.

Similarly, Fuzzy is the Weekend Editor, recognizing what she’s been doing for a long time.

I can’t overstate my appreciation for the editors, authors and others who help keep this place going.


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Best wishes, Mr. Jacobson. This site rocks!

    Lee Jan in reply to Solomon. | June 23, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    Who knew there was even ONE conservative in Ithaca.

    So glad to know you were able to escape to Texas.

    Good luck!

I can’t overstate my appreciation for the editors, authors and others who help keep this place going.

Neither can I! Thanks to all, from one of the great unwashed LI followers.

Home Depot and Costco across the street from the runway?
Bed Bath & Beyond at the entrance to the neighborhood?
Welcome to TEXAS!


Yep, this Blog rocks big time!

So, now you’re the CEO of a yuuuuuge blogpire, Hooray!

theduchessofkitty | June 17, 2016 at 10:41 pm

Professor, you’ve looked good no matter which picture.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to theduchessofkitty. | June 17, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    You’re right. He looks lie a pleasant bloke, or, as the ladies in these here parts might say, “Why, he’s a right nice-lookin’ feller, he is.”


      LukeHandCool in reply to JackRussellTerrierist. | June 18, 2016 at 12:04 am

      Well, he should fuss over his looks and watch his figure.

      I’ve met the classy and elegant (yet completely down to earth) and charming Mrs. Jacobson …

      … and I can’t imagine her being accompanied in public by some ordinary bloke.

      I just wouldn’t have it. I just wouldn’t.

Welcome to the new folks, and a big Texas thank you to those who have kept this site running over the years. Mr. J., it’s good to hear that your personal issues are clearing up; y’all take care o’ yourself now, y’hear?

As for “Texas must be a really large country”, consider this: it’s possible to drive in a more-or-less straight line for over 850 miles and still be in Texas. Check it out yourself: Interstate 10 (I-10) from Orange (Louisiana border) to El Paso (New Mexico border) [856 road miles, 765 miles straight line]. See

Texas is what most other countries want to grow up to be.

    Jeff S. in reply to Rusty Bill. | June 18, 2016 at 12:31 am

    One of the requirements of Texas citizenship is to know the following geographical facts:
    1) El Paso is closer to the Pacific Ocean than it is to Beaumont (or Houston for that matter).
    2) Beaumont is closer to the Atlantic Ocean than it is to El Paso.
    3) The northeastern most corner of the Texas panhandle is as close to Chicago as it is to Brownsville.

    I used to think driving from Houston to San Antonio was a long drive (it takes a little less than three hours). But you’ve got to go another hour and a half past SA just to get to the half way point between Beaumont and El Paso.

    It’s a big state.

JackRussellTerrierist | June 17, 2016 at 11:48 pm

Professor, I am so pleased to hear that your family stresses are easing. We really look forward to your full-throttle return. 🙂

A big welcome to Mark and Mary. Mary, you are not alone here in being a bat-shit crazy Cubs fan. I have my fingers, toes and eyes crossed this year.

Kemberlee and Fuzzy, you rock and you deserve the new titles and recognition. 🙂

LukeHandCool | June 17, 2016 at 11:49 pm

As for family health issues, I’m happy to hear things are going in the right direction.

As for the new profile picture,

I stand athwart the casual Friday-ification of LI in particular and society in general and yell, “Stop!”

And that’s coming from a Santa Monica beach boy whose standard attire outside of work is board shorts and flip flops.

LukeHandCool (who will miss the old profile picture … the one Luke’s son once said made the Professor look “like a secret agent.” Luke will now try to figure out a way how to explain to his son how even the supposedly most conservative of institutions—like conservative blogs—tend to progress in dress and all to the progressive. Sorry son, the insurrection is now casual. The secret agents are wearing polo shirts.)

Godspeed Mr Jacobson

I was looking forward to seeing you lecture in israel.

I was sorry to hear about your family health issues.

All the best, all the health, and mazal tov to you and your

I hope to see you next time you are in Israel.

I believe in what you and your supporters are doing.

You’ve clearly brought in some very talented people to work on this site – its steadily become one of my favorites. Your work is much appreciated and very glad to hear things are improving.

Kudos Kemberlee and Fuzzy!

Welcome Mary (finally, a good year to be a Cubs fan) and Mark!

Thank you contributors all!

Looking good, Professor et al.!

And there will soon be a mini contributor, too!

holdingmynose | June 18, 2016 at 6:22 am

Good news about the improving family health issues, also the new profile pic looks great.

Gremlin1974 | June 18, 2016 at 6:43 am

You take care of yourself Professor, getting healthy is the main thing. We promise not to burn the place down while you are doing it. 🙂

Am pleased to hear your family health issues are being resolved. That had to be so stressful. LI has been at the top of my blog reading list for a number of years. I enjoy all the writers and contributors. LI commenters are still among the best even though at times they are a large, raucous family.

Hang in there, with the health problems. The way you’ve handled the blog at this time, by adding writers and features, is very positive. I think you will like the result. Hope to see you back, full speed, soon.

I’d great to hear your family health issues are being resolved. May the progress continue!

Mixed emotions about the new pic, Prof. Nice and casual but lacking a bit in gravitas.

You’re one of my Go To blogs for current news Professor. Your site is one of the best. Very professional and entertaining. Love the new photo. Looks like you’re getting younger instead of older like the rest of us. Congrat’s on all the accolades. You and the fellow writers deserve it.
Have a blessed day.

So happy the health issues are being resolved. Nothin is more important.
I like both pics so maybe alternate them once in awhile.

Welcome to Texas. I live down the road from you. Maybe we will see you in the Home Depot once in awhile. Having a hangar a part of your house will mean you will need the HD to keep things up.


I just noticed as I watched the Welcome Back vid that Sebastian looks very much like our own Prof.
Is there a secret you are keeping Professor?

or is it separated at birth?

Looks like you lost 10 years and a bunch of starch…
Somehow, happier.
All good.

2nd Ammendment Mother | June 20, 2016 at 2:47 pm

All good news….. now if we could persuade the Prof and Mrs LI to decamp down to Texas, all would be right in the world!

“You may all go to hell and I will go to Texas” ~ Davy Crockett

Taxpayer1234 | June 21, 2016 at 9:50 pm

I’ve been a huge LI fan since the beginning. There is really no better blog on the interwebs.

Glad your family is doing better, Professor.