Hilarious story on "As It Happens" this evening (CBC Radio One). A university in Missouri (I didn't catch the name of which one) has been accused by a judge, who ruled against them in a tort case, as "putting up an Alice in Wonderland defence where words mean only what I say they mean." The state seems to have a law that limits the cost of tuition at state universities, and this particular university got around that by charging additional "education fees." A group of students sued. The judge reached for his dictionary, and read, "Tuition. Noun. Education fee." Case closed.
Sometimes the righteous win. Speaking of the CBC, I just heard that the plaintiff in the Supreme Court decision which came down 8-1 on the side of marriage (one justice said, "if you wanted to be treated as a married couple, you should've gotten married.") was named Mary Walsh and is from Halifax. One of the 4 stars of "This Hour Has 22 Minutes," a very irreverent and very funny comedy weekly "news" program on CBC TV is named Mary Walsh (she occasionally dresses up in a valkyrie costume and accosts poor politicians as "Marg the Princess Warrior" on camera), and the show is produced in Halifax. I don't know if this is *that* Mary Walsh or not. Another PS; according to the lawyer, Mary Walsh and er ex-common law partner happen to have settled out-of-court on a 50-50 split, so I'm confused as to why the case was even heard by the Supreme Court in the first place. Also, the lawyer worked for Legal Aid, and I'm sure Mary Walsh (the celeb) can afford a lawyer on her own, so it's probably not the same one. Ah well, those Maritimers -- they're all related, like Ozark cousins ;-) [actually that's not far from the truth. I remember the last time I visited Seal Island, ancestral home of my mother's family, off the coast of Nova Scotia. It's 3 hours by lobster boat as there's no commercial service and only emergency coast guard service, and the 3 crewmen introduced themselves. They were all surnamed Kenney, were cousins of various degrees to each other, and to my Mom, but had never met my Mom before. I'm also related to any Nickerson, Crowell or Hamilton in Shelburne Co., N.S. -- Marc A. Schindler Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland “Knowledge may give weight, but accomplishments give lustre, and many more people see than weigh.” – Lord Chesterfield Note: This communication represents the informal personal views of the author solely; its contents do not necessarily reflect those of the author’s employer, nor those of any organization with which the author may be associated. ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// /// ZION LIST CHARTER: Please read it at /// /// http://www.zionsbest.com/charter.html /// ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ==^^=============================================================== This email was sent to: email@example.com EASY UNSUBSCRIBE click here: http://topica.com/u/?aaP9AU.bWix1n.YXJjaGl2 Or send an email to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] T O P I C A -- Register now to manage your mail! http://www.topica.com/partner/tag02/register ==^^===============================================================