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Courtesy of wordgamething [Oct. 6th, 2008|11:19 pm]
Beth Ann
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I voted today... [Oct. 6th, 2008|05:35 pm]
Beth Ann
So now I don't need to worry about voting on the 14th. Where I needed to get registered in this riding, I figured going to the advance polls would be easier.

Several of us watched the Leaders' Debate last night online, and it was enlightening, to say the least. If only we'd had a bottle of scotch, we could have done a shot every time Jack Layton said "the real economy." Only then, we would have all been passed out before the first question was over.
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Why do I torture myself? [Sep. 8th, 2008|02:32 pm]
Beth Ann
I went to the used bookstore this afternoon and bought a copy of Tess of the d'Urbervilles. This is one of the most depressing books ever written, but I was struck by a very odd compulsion to read it again (I read it for the first and only time six years ago).

Ugh. I'm going to be sad for weeks.
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If you've ever been Rickrolled... [Aug. 12th, 2008|02:05 pm]
Beth Ann
Enjoy the Barack Roll.

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Wow. [Aug. 12th, 2008|01:03 pm]
Beth Ann
Someone sent me a link today to what must be the most bizarre news story ever printed.
How long before Law and Order steals elements of this one?

A highlight: In a 1977 court hearing mobbed by the British press, Joyce McKinney said she’d fallen head-over-heels in love with the Mormon man and acknowledged tracking him to England. "I loved him so much," she told a judge, "that I would ski naked down Mount Everest in the nude with a carnation up my nose if he asked me to."
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(no subject) [Aug. 11th, 2008|03:48 pm]
Beth Ann
Someone could use an ego check.
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a valuable lesson... [Jul. 21st, 2008|12:41 am]
Beth Ann
Wear shin pads while playing soccer if you want to avoid a very nasty looking bruise.

Learned.
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Things I saw today [Jul. 15th, 2008|04:44 pm]
Beth Ann
*A woman with a t-shirt that said: "I weigh the same as a duck."
*A teenage boy doing really cool pogo stick tricks. He was jumping on his pogo stick near the top of a set of about 6 or 7 steps. All of a sudden, he jumps over all of the steps at once and lands on the stick, continuing to bounce. He then bounces over to the grass, lets go of the pogo stick and does a somersault. He landed on his feet. It was quite impressive that he didn't break his neck.
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(no subject) [Jun. 19th, 2008|07:02 pm]
Beth Ann
I've officially been a Mac user for a total of 4 days now, and it's awesome. It is taking some effort to get used to the different format but other than that, everything seems so much easier.

I wish that there was freedom of the press in New Brunswick, or at the very least that our major newspapers weren't taking orders from Kelly Lamrock and his cronies. Let's recap:

*a judge orders the decision to make sweeping changes to FSL education with no public consultation "unfair and unreasonable."
*the provincial Ombudsman releases a report including evidence that Lamrock had already made his mind up about what to do before he commissioned the report. Croll and Lee were told to find evidence to support his plan, not to conduct an unbiased review of FSL education.
*The Ombudsman's report also contains correspondence between Lamrock and a parent late in 2007 in which he promises that he is not considering the removal of EFI.
*Furthermore, the Ombudsman directly says: "In my time in public life, I've never seen a worse example of public engagement than this process."

And yet the Telegraph Journal and the Times and Transcript think Lamrock's idea is just swell.

I really don't understand.
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An open letter to the Premier [Jun. 14th, 2008|03:43 pm]
Beth Ann
Hon. Shawn Graham
Office of the Premier
Centennial Building
P.O. Box 6000
Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1

Dear Premier Graham,

I am writing to you to express my concern at the way your government is handling Justice Hugh McLellan’s recent decision to quash Minister Lamrock’s decision to eliminate Early French Immersion in New Brunswick schools. Justice McLellan deemed that Mr. Lamrock had not allowed enough time for public consultation, and that his decision was "unfair and unreasonable." Justice McLellan told the Minister that he can revisit the issue, but the court ruling clearly states that he is not to allow any "expectations, consequences or possible waste" from the decision in March to influence him. After encountering months of public outrage, the denouncing of his plan by dozens of second-language education and statistical experts, and finally being taken to court by, and losing to, the people he is ostensibly representing, Minister Lamrock should have resigned his portfolio. Not only does Minister Lamrock refuse to resign, but he has put forward an educational proposal that is exactly the same as the one that was quashed on June 11th, and has set aside only six weeks in the middle of the summer for New Brunswickers to convince him not to go ahead with it. It is possible that this action is in accordance with the letter of Justice McLellan’s ruling, but it is certainly does not follow its spirit.

Over the last three months, Minister Lamrock repeatedly insulted and disrespected New Brunswickers by his refusal to consider any alternatives to his plan. In addition, he has characterized all his opponents, whether they be statisticians, second-language experts, educators, parents or merely concerned citizens as elite, unchristian, backward, and overemotional. This has left me with absolutely no confidence that he is able to approach this debate in the fair and unbiased way Justice McLellan ordered. I urge you to remove Mr. Lamrock from his portfolio for the duration of this consultation and decision-making period. This is the only way that New Brunswickers will have confidence that the debate is being conducted properly and that a decision is made that will benefit all of New Brunswick’s children.

Sincerely,

Me
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