St. Patrick's Day 2012

This year for St. Patrick's Day, I wanted to pass on Frank McNally's "History of Ireland in 100 Excuses." Here's a sample:1. Original sin.2. The weather.3. The 800 years of oppression.4. A shortage of natural resources.5. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak6. Red hair.7. The Celtic temperament.Do read the whole list. This comes via Maria over at Crooked Timber, where there was a lively