* My cousin Frank alerted me to the termination (of his contract, not his heartbeat) of Pat Buchanan. And here I was, thinking I had a shot at the slot after Maddow.
* Dan Carroll, the guy who blogs about counterproductive government foreign-adoption policies, had an exchange with me in the comments of Bryan Caplan’s post. At first it sounded like we were disagreeing strongly with each other, but then by the end I think he agreed with me. But he didn’t seem to think he had changed his position, so I can’t be sure. (I’m not being sarcastic; I really don’t know what the heck happened.)
* I’m pretty sure that Bob Wenzel and I are doing one big running joke on this Metta World Peace thing, but it looks like some of the atheist commenters don’t get it. So anyway, just to avoid confusion, I certainly don’t think Metta’s thoughts rise to the level of a C.S. Lewis work of nonfiction.
* A fiery list of questions from Judge Napolitano.
* This is why I didn’t talk to girls in high school.
* Are you an anarcho-capitalist? All the cool kids are, nowadays.
* This is awesome! Pete Boettke quotes Samuelson lavishing praise on some Austrians, saying they would have won the Nobel if it had been established earlier. (I think I saw David R. Henderson link to this.)
* The nerdy von Pepe sends along this John Cochrane post on pitfalls in differencing. I told him, “If I had gone to Chicago, I think I would now understand econometrics.” Really, for those of you either in grad school or with an advanced econ degree, I recommend reading the 7-page note that Cochrane links to. I think that would have really given me hope in my 1st year at NYU, instead of the econometrics TA shrugging when I asked, “If you didn’t already know that’s what the answer was supposed to be, how would you have known to tackle the problem set that way?”
* Danny Sanchez explains the mystery of marginal pairs. Now your weekend can officially begin!