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Saturday, May 12 is the first official Cultural Appreciation Day here at Legal Insurrection. If you've followed the news lately (and we assume that if you're a regular reader, you do), you've been MADE aware that something as innocuous as a thrift store prom purchase triggers half the internet. The social justice warriors beam in from social justice utopia to be judgy, vile, and completely ignorant bullies over something they call "cultural appropriation."

This is tough. The conservative blogging world is a small place, so I have good friends who were recently blindsided by the layoffs at RedState, and many who still have a job. My thoughts are with them all. Neither side of this situation is easy. Friday, news broke that RedState, owned by Salem Media, the same outfit that owns sites like Townhall and HotAir, endured massive layoffs.

Ever since  YouTube without any warning took down Legal Insurrection's YouTube account in January 2017, I've been well aware of the power liberal-leaning high tech oligopolies have over our ability to communicate with each other. The account was restored after a fairly massive news coverage of the takedown. That wake up call has come into further focus in the past year, after repeated instances of non-liberal voices being stifled and shut down in a variety of social media locations.

Been off the grid mostly the past few days, without electricity after the Nor'easter that hit the Northeast, but particularly Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts. Not only did we lose electricity for several days, but we also lost our favorite tree, an old Apple tree at our shore. It had lost a lot of its branches, but it made a great silhouette. We had an arborist trim it to keep it healthy last fall.

We never have used pop-ups, pop-unders, pop-overs, autoplay audio ads, or any of the other type of ads that take over the screen to one degree or another. Particularly infuriating are the pop-up/over ads that have an "X" that makes you think you are getting rid of it, but in fact you are clicking on it. Forsaking such annoying ads had its cost since they were the most lucrative. That's a point I made during our semi-annual fundraisers in explaining the importance of reader donations. (See what I did there?)

The Stoneman High School JROTC performed heroically during the shooting at their school in Parkland, Florida.  Two JROTC enlistees herded students and teachers into a room and shielded them with kevlar, their quick actions undoubtedly saved not only their own lives but those of others under their protection. A third JROTC member, Cadet Peter Wang, was just as heroic but did not survive.  Wang ushered students into a different classroom and was killed in his valiant efforts to save others.

I was going to run a "most viewed" posts of the year post, but frankly, it wasn't very interesting. We didn't have any blockbusters, and the list for some reason included a post from 2015 and 2016 (which were heavily viewed in 2017). So instead, I went through my own post timeline to find some "fun" posts that should be memorable. Here they are:

As we bid adieu to another year, I find myself almost giddy with relief that Hillary Clinton is not in the White House.  Love him or hate him, President Trump is vastly superior in every conceivable way to Hillary.  If nothing else, he's made great headway in rolling back the horrific Obama presidency (as illustrated by the ever-brilliant A. F. Branco just this weekend). For once I won't waffle on; instead, let's get to the good stuff.

The data is in, and 2017's news cycle has been a veritable hurricane of #FakeNews, social justice drama, and progressive implosions! As I look back at the posts I prepared during the past 365 days, I have come to the conclusion that the media storm was scientifically predictable.

My recent DREAD-ful blog anniversary post had a good response in the comment section, and also generated numerous emails. I appreciate the feedback and support, it truly lifted my spirits. So let me clarify that, to the extent some people read into my post an intent to close down Legal Insurrection, that is not in the cards. There are some struggles and challenges, but we're not turning off the lights. There even is the possibility, which is premature to announce but which I'm happy to tease, of some exciting new developments.

Just thought you'd want to know about some technical changes you'll never see or know took place, that help keep this place running. We recently converted from "http" to "https". This should eliminate the warnings in search engines that our address is not secure. What prompted the move was not just those annoying warnings, but also an alert from Google:

Five years ago today "Fuzzy Slippers" became an author at Legal Insurrection. 2012 was a very good year, as we also recently celebrated 5 year anniversaries for A.F. Branco, Mike LaChance, and Leslie Eastman. But that is not the start of the Fuzzy story. Starting in early 2010, Fuzzy had her own blog first at Google Blogger (didn't we all?), Fuzzy Logic. That "blogspot" blog no longer exists, except in bits and pieces on the Wayback Machine. Then she got all fancy (didn't we all?) and moved to Wordpress in early 2012, Fuzzy Logic:
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