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?
A federal judge tossed out the government's case against rancher Cliven Bundy, who famously engaged in a stand off with government officials over disputed BLM fees. The judge was none too pleased with prosecutors' conduct:
There is a way an unscrupulous campaign operation could tip the electoral system in favor of a particular candidate or issue, and most voters would never know it happened. It's called "ballot harvesting." Never heard of it? You really need to, and this item from one of our favorite muck raking sites, Washington Babylon, gives us the scoop:
As the year winds down, it's worth a look back to discover that, yes, it was a very good year. We're not talking about politics -- your mileage may vary on that topic. But on the matter of advances made to make life better, happier, and healthier, then yes, 2017 was a very good year indeed.