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PTMFBF: props to my fellow bloggers friday #1

I’ve always wanted to do one of those Friday round-up posts, but I never got my act together. Except this week I did. I wonder if I’m fueled by patriotism?!

Not only that but I clearly nailed the title.

What a week! Hope you had a good one. Here are some of my favorite reads: 

* PoliticalProf explained why politicians lie. It’s so simple when you stop and read his post.

* I finally got an answer to the question, “But seriously. Why are Americans are obsessed with Casey Anthony?” thanks to Bradley. Bonus (not like this matters now) it’s the *only* thing you need to read on that case. 

* IlyaGerner (of all people) shakes up stereotypes and shows how libertarians can save lives. An amazing story. 

* I may be a culinary dumbass, but thanks to Vrai-Lean-Uh, I learned how to make cherry infused bourbon. I love her blog about life in Maine. 

* Daisy Rosario writes a really smart post about relationships and language. To say more would ruin it for you.

* Brady spells out why it’s awesome to be from Indiana on the 4th of July. And she sees CLOGGERS!

* I discovered this Mormon lady, whose blog takes my Mormon stereotypes and then explodes, expands, shatters, and occasionally affirms them. 

AlaskaRosalie dazzles (yes, *dazzles*) with her life in the Last Frontier. 

Best Girl Betty is dealing with life right now in a way that makes my jaw drop with admiration and amazement. (I’m thinking of you!) 

Gennstarrin, aka, one of the funniest people on the internet, asks the big questions. Also she left a comment on this post that made me LOL three times. 

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Have a great weekend! 

Daniels

ilyagerner replied to your quote: On Tuesday, at the Gilded Age Upper East Side…

Does this kind of press guarantee he won’t be the nominee and I’ll only have to worry about Mitt Romney? Huntsman already got the kiss of death from Jimmy Carter.

I think Daniels has a great shot at the nomination.  Republicans are desperate for a serious candidate.  The Palin era is over; Republicans want the anti-Palin now.  Daniels is about as anti-Palin as you can get.  Smart won in 2008.  Republicans want a winner, so they won’t go dumb again.

The lefty-wonks like Daniels because he’s serious.  The lefty-wonks like serious people on the right until it looks like those people might gain influence.  (Remember, they liked Paul Ryan too, before they decided he was the devil.)  All this early praise for Daniels will disappear pretty fast if he gets a little momentum, and then they’ll be deriding him for Bush’s fiscal policies and early estimates of the cost of the Iraq war.  And when they do, it will just serve to assure Republicans that he’s on their side.

Intrigued by Monday’s global drinking habits chart in The Economist, I made a US comparison. There are more colorful versions out there but mine is more fine grained.

The data isn’t perfect.  Essentially, the NIAAA tabulates alcohol sales for each state and then divided it by census population numbers, including any person 14 or older. The reliance on sales figures probably explains Nevada’s strong #2 showing. But what’s up with New Hampshire? 

-ilyagerner

If New Hampshire (4.22 gallons/16 liters) were a country, it would stand astride the world, trailing only the Czech Republic and Moldova - which is tops in the world thanks to moonshine consumption - in ethanolic goodness. 

No surprise that Utah finds itself at the bottom of this list. Its modest sales - 1.34 gallons/5 liters - are similar to nations like Liberia (5.06 liters), Jamaica (5.0 liters), and Lesotho (5.55 liters) in which disposable income is too precious to be spent on alcohol. Among wealthier nations, only the Arab states and Singapore are more teetotaling than Utah.

“How Vermont is like Denmark and South Carolina a bit like Syria.”

It’s a comparison of women’s representation in the State House of Representatives in US states to the proportion of women in select countries’ lower house of parliament.

You can see where your state ranks relative to other countries in this post, which features a full listing and links to appropriate citations.

-ilyagerner