Maybe there’s a property line there somewhere and these rules of boundaries must be followed.

Or you can forget that we’ve reached the end of the “isn’t it pretty?” season and the fact the ongoing snow is now bringing out the worst in us and shovel the sidewalk.

As a public service, we now open the comments for your revelations about the cranky neighbor’s snow shoveling/snowblowing methods.

(h/t: Paul Tosto)

Political ads have trended toward the warm and fuzzy lately. But a judge running for the Wisconsin Supreme Court is having none of it, while at the same time reminding people in Minnesota that elections for judges can be illuminating, interesting, and deal with significant issues without soiling the candidate.

Wisconsin Court of Appeals Judge Lisa Neubauer released an ad Thursday in her campaign for the state Supreme Court, detailing the time she was strip-searched after a friend ripped up a parking ticket in Chicago.

You will never see an ad like this in Minnesota, thanks to this state’s judicial electoral culture.

At the time, Chicago police required a strip-search and a visual inspection of the body cavities of all women arrested and detained regardless of charges against them. The policy didn’t apply to men.

Meanwhile, her opponent in the race, Brian Hagedorn, also an appeals court judge, has gone the “warm and fuzzy” route.

It remains a big debate in legal circles whether political advertising is dignified enough for lawyers seeking office.

But, as long as we’re going to insist on electing judges, it’s not a bad idea to get citizens to be interested in the election.

We are intrigued by the self-restraint shown by the Minnesota and Wisconsin transportation departments to try to find some logical explanation for why people keep hitting snowplows.

This video, for example, from Wisconsin gently — way too gently, we think — points out that the plows create whiteout conditions …

… as if it’s completely understandable that a driver would, at high speed, go plowing — no pun intended — into the blinding snowstorm.

What could be making such a large area of “whiteness”? Perhaps the other plow in the right-hand lane (from the where the video came) offers a clue.