Can’t. Help. Myself. Must. Boast.

John Hawkins, at Right Wing News, just published his list of the 60 Best Conservative Blogs for 2012.  You can only imagine how honored I am to be included as No. 25 on that list. Check the list out and see how your favorite bloggers fared.

I’ll just add that John is one of my favorite people in the blogosphere, not just because he’s a great political commentator and writer, but because he’s a person who constantly strives to be the best person possible.  Whenever he does posts at PJ Media about ways to live a better life, I make sure to read them.  This one, detailing some mind hacks that we can use to keep a positive attitude, is still one of all-time my favorites.  I routinely apply them to my own thinking, and encourage my children to do the same.

Speaking of PJ Media, after reading John’s list, David Swindle was inspired to write his own.  David is asking for your help in narrowing down his list.

We’ve got friends in high places

We all met Navy One when he was just one of us — a guy who wrote delightful, interesting comments on my blog.  When Navy One decided to try his hand at blogging, he took that same charm and . . . well, the rest is history, as The Mellow Jihadi, launched just this spring, is now one of John Hawkins’ top 40 conservative blogs.  (And keep in mind that Navy One, who is active duty, keeps his blog assiduously apolitical and non-partisan.  The conservativism comes about because he espouses ordinary values, decency and common sense, not because he actually writes about things political.)

Join me in offering Navy One a big huzzah!!!

(P.S.  Others of you are equally good writers.  I’m so glad you come here and comment but I would be remiss if I didn’t say that you might also want to try flapping your wings by setting up your own sites.  Cream does rise to the top.)

Milton Friedman, wise and witty

John Hawkins has pulled together some excellent Milton Friedman quotations.  I’m embarrassed to admit that, growing up in my Left wing, liberal arts enclave, I’d never heard of Friedman.  I wonder if early exposure to his ideas (and his charm) would have lifted me out of the darkness sooner.

My favorite quotation from the Hawkins column is this one, which is the pithiest summary I can imagine for the beauty of a healthy marketplace:

“The most important single central fact about a free market is that no exchange takes place unless both parties benefit.”