160px-orrin_hatch_official_110th_congress_photo.thumbnail.jpgFrom the File of Things That Really Shouldn’t Surprise Anyone Who’s Been Paying Attention to American Culture, we have this:

A new nationwide study (pdf) of anonymised credit-card receipts from a major online adult entertainment provider finds little variation in consumption between states.

"When it comes to adult entertainment, it seems people are more the same than different," says Benjamin Edelman at Harvard Business School.

However, there are some trends to be seen in the data. Those states that do consume the most porn tend to be more conservative and religious than states with lower levels of consumption, the study finds.

"Some of the people who are most outraged turn out to be consumers of the very things they claimed to be outraged by," Edelman says.

It turns out that Utah is the nation’s leading consumer of broadband pornography. Which is deliciously ironic news considering that Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, a godbotherer of the Mormon persuasion, just spent a few weeks stonewalling the Senate Judiciary Committee with his hissy kabuki over the nomination of David Ogden for Deputy Attorney General. Why? Because Ogden — GASP! — worked for pornographers! (That’s what Orrin Hatch calls it when somebody does legal work on First Amendment issues and Playboy magazine is footing the bill.)

Hatch, who apparently doesn’t care that his silly hypocrisy is hurting America by keeping Obama from filling the gaps left by the departed George W. Bush, never seemed to mind the fact that his former Senatorial colleague and fellow Republican Phil Gramm himself dabbled in the financial side of the soft-core porn industry.