Showing posts with label blog news. Show all posts
Showing posts with label blog news. Show all posts

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Blog News: New Ranking

The Pardon Power Blog has been ranked among the Top 50 Criminal Law Blogs. More specifically, the site Criminal Justice Degree Schools has ranked this blog 13th, based upon "website metrics including Page Authority, number of websites linking to the blog, MozRank, Google PageRank, and Domain Rank. The data is taken from third party sources including, Google, and"

Saturday, February 4, 2012

New: Multi-Media Links

In the left side-bar, we have added a new section of links entitled, "Multi Media Links." Special thank to Professor Jeffrey Crouch for providing some great recommendations for this section. See, for example:

Clinton Invest. (H) (Part 1)
Clinton Invest. (H) (Part 2)
Clinton Invest. (S)
C-Span Interview (Crouch)
C-Span Interview (Wayne)
Ford Testimony Re Nixon
Nixon Pardon Panel (Rozell)
Skype Interview (Ruckman)
You Tube Video (Ruckman)

Monday, January 2, 2012

Looking Back: The PardonPower Blog in 2011

It was another great year for the PardonPower Blog. In addition to averaging 2-3 thousand visits a month, we were once again referenced in the major media outlets and continue to benefit from the cross linking of fellow bloggers.

Our top U.S. DMA's are Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Washington, DC. Almost 30 percent of our visitors are "business" related. A quarter of our visitors are "regulars." In 2012, we hope to reach the 300,000 hit mark!

As always, we thank our readers for their questions and kind remarks (many of them off the record). We look forward to another year of service, accuracy and impact.

P.S. Ruckman, Jr., Editor

Sunday, January 9, 2011

PardonPower Now on Twitter

It was only a matter of time, but here we are!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

The Top 10 Pardon Power Posts (by Visits)

1. Obama Drops His First Pardons! - Dec 3, 2010
2. Obama: Presidential Pardon Watch List - Feb 10, 2009
3. The Very Colorful Joe Don Looney - Mar 28, 2010
4. Insights: Tamara Holder on Pardons, Illinois, the ... - Apr 18, 2008
5. Madison's Pirate Pardon: Celebrating New Orleans' ... - Mar 27, 2010
6. Speaking of All-Time Great Election Frauds! - Oct 30, 2010
7. Let Us Be the FIRST to Complain - Nov 12, 2010
8. Watch List: Black is In - Nov 20, 2008
9. The Conservative Case for the Pardon Power - Dec 16, 2010
10. Dave Diamond on Morrison Pardon - Dec 1, 2010

Friday, December 31, 2010

Looking Back: The PardonPower Blog in 2010

It has certainly been another great year for what we like to call "the little blog that can" ... though we are not quite sure what "can" really means!

The big event was our transition to a three column presentation, the direct by-product of coercion by Blogger and our visits to Doug Berman' Sentencing Law and Policy blog (and resulting column envy). Our "authority" increased from just above 400 to 554 and we have yet to develop any clue on earth as to exactly what that means.

Per usual, December was our busiest month (see chart below). But, along the way, the blog received more and more coverage by National media (see left column citations) and we have certainly benefited from links our way from the folks at Huffington PostSentencing Law and Policy, Grits for Breakfast, Reason Online, NPR, the Wall Street Journal and Families Against Mandatory Minimums ... a mighty diverse group that!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

The Top Ten Clemency Stories of 2010

Here, in our humble opinion are the Top Ten Clemency Stories of 2010. Each item is also linked. Simply click on the associated number. Oh, and by the way, sorry, no Billy the Kid nonsense here:

Number 10: The Mighty Quinn - When former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (D) was run out of office, he left a stack of literally thousands of clemency applications behind, some dating back more than a decade. His replacement, Pat Quinn (D) promised to address the applications as best as he could, in a more timely fashion. In his mind, timely attention is implicit in the very notion of a just application process. Quinn kept his word.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

New Category: NOTABLES

Several readers have expressed interest in posts which have featured historical sketches and biographies of notable federal clemency recipients. With these readers in mind, we have created a new link on the right side-bar, under OTHER CATEGORIES which is entitled NOTABLES. Here, readers can see the entire collection of such posts in an single click. We understand that notability is a somewhat subjective notion, but that has rarely slowed us down before! - The Editor

Monday, March 8, 2010

More Change: Keeping the Heraclitus Crowd Happy!

The migration progress for appears to be coming to an end. We continue to add images, fix dead links and adjust this and that. But most of these changes will not even be noticed. It also appears the current three-column spread works in IE, Firefox and Google - which pleases us very much. Now, we are ready to go on to the next big thing:

Tomorrow, we will launch in order to provide some of the information that used to appear on this blog and some. will serve as the primary starting point for members of the news media who are interested in data and analysis of federal executive clemency or, the president's power to power. The site will include downloadable versions of professional papers, manipulable bibliographies, higher quality graphs and charts and contact information for several pardon experts Nation-wide. Original data will be presented, discussed and - upon request - shared with interested readers. Please find a way to visit us at tomorrow!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Authority of PARDON POWER !

Dear Readers,

According to a May 2008 post (or, about 150,000 visitors ago), the Technocrati "authority" figure for this blog was 16. At the time, we were thrilled, as we had no idea whatsoever what that meant, or did not mean!

So, today, we are simply beside ourselves to see that our blog "authority" is well above 400, No, we still do not know what it means, but there it is!


Migration Nears an End ... We Hope!

It appears that we have finally solved the 24 25 riddles which block the novice from effortless, perfect blog migration. Hearty hat tips to several people who made suggestions along the way - we thought about abandoning the project altogether more than once!. Hopefully, we can get back to blogging without additional major interruption.

We also want recognize that a lot of information was lost in the migration that was data oriented (especially) in the links in the right bar. These may reappear, from time to time, but our current goal is to create a separate site entirely dedicated to the presentation and sharing of data on federal executive clemency.

Thank you for your patience and many kind offers of assistance. Best,

Saturday, March 6, 2010

The "Migration" Continues

I continue to solve the problems as my guesses become more and more accurate! I thought I would also inform readers that I am considering going to a new format (being tested here). I have always felt a little column envy whenever I have visited Doug Berman's blog! So, let me know what you think!

Two things: If I go to the other format, 1) I will make the font a little larger and I will 2) house all of the charts and data on a new site -


Friday, March 5, 2010

Apology to Our Readers

Blogger has decided to remove all of its FTP services so people like myself have to "migrate" our blogs elsewhere.

I would feel a lot better if I had any real idea of what that means exactly, but, as it stands, it appears to mean - at least for a while anyway - no pretty pictures and a lot of dead links!

I will address each issue as I learn to resolve it, but beg for you patience - PSR

Friday, January 1, 2010

Our Favorite 2009 Blogpost:

Looking back over the year, we think our post on Brown and Bigelow our favorite:

We also note that the post was adopted by Wikipedia and, via the various internet search engines, has brought quite a few visitors to our site. If the reader likes a good mix of law, history, trivia and a good story, then be on the look-out for Pardon Me, Mr. President: Adventures in Crime, Politics and Mercy. We have fantastic reviews and high hopes for a publisher at last!

Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Top Ten Clemency Stories of 2009

 10: In April, Senator John McCain announced that he would, once again, push for a presidential pardon on behalf of the long-dead boxer, Jack Johnson. Bill Clinton was the first president to ever issue a posthumous pardon (to the first African-American graduate of West Point, Henry Flipper). With good reason, every administration previous to Clinton refused to even entertain such applications. George Bush granted two posthumous pardons (one to Charlie Winters, the other unintentionally). But toward the end of this year, the Obama administration indicated that it would return to the policy of using the pardon power for the more practical purpose of providing real relief for those who are living (no offense to to the shallow, desperate, well-after-the-fact and purely symbolic politics of Congress, the least popular branch).

Thursday, January 1, 2009

2008: Looking Back!

The PardonPower blog first kicked up on January 9 of 2008. Since that day, we have featured 764 posts that attracted 68,947 visits and 126,614 page views. December was clearly a boon for the page, but we are no less proud of the fact that we were averaging over 4,000 visits a month well before that. For a new blog, that isn't too bad, not too bad at all.

About 16 percent of our traffic comes from "regulars" and 31 percent comes from "large businesses of note" (we think we know what types of "businesses" those are :-) Most of our unique cookies are from the Washington, D.C. area. Chicago, New York and Atlanta follow. The top states, however, are Texas, Illinois, Florida and California.

Friday, December 19, 2008

New Post Category: International

It is probably long over-due, but we at least wanted to get every state in the pile first. Now, PardonPower will work with a new category of topics: INTERNATIONAL. Admittedly, the story of the shoe-throwing idiot was a kind of trigger, or last straw. But we will not post on that item per se. Indeed, we honor the old ways, and the traditional approach to fools, leaving them in the abyss of obscurity that they well deserve.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Blog Categories

Campaign 08 is officially over so that category is toast, an archive of fun. In honor of the president-elect, we have added a new category entitled, Obama Administration. President Bush will continue to be followed under the category entitled, The President.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Our Best Month Ever!

Thanks to our readers! Bookmark the little-blog-that-could now and stay with us! In 10 months we have had over 300,000 page "requests." In addition, we are celebrating our 500th post. There are still some states not represented in the pool (four or five), but certainly not many. And we have every expectation that there are plenty of big things ahead. Thanks, again, for reading. P.S. Ruckman, Jr. (Editor)

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

20,000 Visitors 42,000 Hits

The blog continues to do pretty well for only being around 7 months. Thanks to those of you who link here and visit regularly. Many thanks also to those of you who have contributed comments in recent weeks. The level of civility has been outstanding, despite the fact that some of the topics covered here are pretty intense and can bring out deep emotion. Your insights are valued. We are also proud to be nearing our 500th post. Best - The Editor

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