The NFL Is The New Sheriff In Town

There are two common responses to the Adrian Peterson suspension. One goes like this: “What?! Others players have done far worse and have gotten far less.” The other side says, “Good. He got what he deserved.” But both sides take the phenomenal leap of assuming that the NFL should be in charge of distributing justice–even…
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German Town Gets Rid Of Stop Signs. Accidents Drop, Traffic Clears Up

November 17, 2013 It’s a concept called Shared Space. Sidewalks are removed to mimic a plaza with lines drawn to let people know where to walk. Traffic lights/signs are removed, and the only rules for drivers are: 1. don’t go too fast and 2. slower traffic stay to the right. Many Earthlings would fear a…
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Mail Order Heroin

I once talked to a former drug addict who was a roadie for a rock-n-roll band. He shared about getting cocaine sent to him from his dealer back in LA when the band was on the road. “How do you send cocaine through the mail?” I asked. “Peanut Butter”, he replied. “Peanut butter?” “Yeah, you…
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Will 3D Printing Make Gun Laws Useless?

It’s pretty tough to enforce a law that regulates something when people can make that thing in their homes. 3D printing is on the cusp of taking the world by storm. The technology is being brought up first for its possibilities, and now for its controversies. First things first: a 3D printer is a device…
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The Right, The Left, And The Newtown Massacre

In our polarized country we need a new plateau of perspective rising above the two standard, reactionary viewpoints. The political Right and Left responded to the Newtown school shooting, this tragedy of exaggerated proportions, with similar and understandable extreme. First everyone feels terrible about what happened. Soon after, sorrow turns to fear and anger and ideology…
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Eat The Rich

Are you mad at rich people? Do you respect them? The class warfare debate is as alive as ever, and an article in the New York Times stirred the coals with this piece. It says that France’s new Socialist President, François Hollande, is eyeing a 75% income tax for French citizens who make over $1.25M a year.…
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On Freedom, China, And ObamaCare

Happy Fourth of July! Here are some thoughts about freedom. My friend, Susan, attends a very liberal liberal-arts college. It offers no majors or class requirements. The intention is to remove all roadblocks from a student pursuing their interests. I thought it sounded great. In high school and college I hated having to take classes…
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Mr. Ferdig Goes To City Hall

Just before Christmas, I visited the mayor’s office here in Minneapolis. You ever visit your mayor? You might want to try it sometime. 🙂 Here’s what happened, and here’s a post about advocacy, those who advocate, and the process of seeing policy change. It all started when a friend of mine got a traffic ticket.…
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