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    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:

    "Jim Treacher," born Sean Medlock, has ended his blogging at The Daily Caller. It is, for me, a turning of a blogosphere page. I don't know if Sean was a first mover in the early days of the blogosphere, but he was there when I started in 2008. When he moved to the Daily Caller in 2010, it seemed to portend a new age when bloggers actually would get paid to blog. A radical notion, which has worked out only to varying degrees. Sean has a really sharp and biting wit, and was relentless, as we once found out in our comment section.

    By some miracle (and I truly believe that's what it is), we're still high and dry and abundantly thankful to be so. My husband and I are heartbroken for our home town and frustrated that there is nothing we can do to help those in need right now. While areas that typically flood have done so, Harvey has flooded neighborhoods that have never flooded, meaning their residents are likely without flood insurance. My in-laws who've lived in their house for more than 40 years with no issue watched their house flood. And at least a dozen other individuals we know personally have a similar story.

    Blogging from Houston where we've received 25 inches of rain these last 48 hours. Meteorologists are predicting we'll receive another 15-25 inches in the next three days, and that's before Harvey meanders back into the gulf, swings back around and hits us once more as a parting gift. My brother-in-law's family is still waiting to see if they have a home to return to in Rockport, my in-law's were flooded out of their home, and for the first time in my entire life, I'm sitting here, like millions of others, contemplating the very real possibility that we could lose everything before this storm is through. Thousands already have.

    Sitting here, blogging from my home breaks in Houston, which is currently on the dirty side of Hurricane Harvey. My brother-in-law's family evacuated from the coast yesterday to dryer ground inland. As these things go, no one is entirely sure what to expect, but wisdom always suggests we prepare for the worst.