We've heard it time and time again: the tea party is dead. Usually, the charge comes from those who never agreed with, and tried very hard to demonize the small government movement that rocked the political world.
A Bloomberg article notes that the world of oil producers was recently turned upside down with the arrival in the United Arab Emirates of an American tanker filled with oil. It's a result of the shale oil boom that has taken hold in this country, and the long term effects could be enormous:
Today is an unusual anniversary: the Berlin Wall has been gone from the landscape for exactly the same amount of time (28 years) that it divided east and west Berlin. For those who are too young to recall when the West and the Soviet bloc stared at one another through razor wire and gun emplacements, the whole episode seems surreal.
There are many things schools should do, and do well: teaching children to read, write, to solve equations. There are some things schools absolutely should not do, which includes banning best friends.
Wait, what? Schools are trying to stamp out best friends? Why on earth would they do such a thing?