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Month January 2011

The End

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Some Yuppie Child You Are

Brooklyn mom: You are the only kid I have ever met who doesn’t like goat cheese.
Nine-year-old: Peanut butter!

–Brooklyn Heights

(via Overheard in New York)

NYCLU: City schools are suspending more students, and for longer

New York City’s public schools are suspending more students than they did a decade ago, and for longer periods of time, according to a report released today.

Data on student suspensions obtained by the Student Safety Coalition through Freedom of Information requests and analyzed by the New York Civil Liberties Union shows that the city’s public schools have doled out increasingly large numbers of suspensions each year since 2002. Black students are being suspended in disproportionate numbers, and a third of the suspensions have taken place during months when students spend weeks sitting for state exams.

The NYCLU’s report concludes that the spike in suspension rates over the years is connected to changes in the city’s discipline code, which now categorizes more infractions as being suspension-worthy than it did a decade ago. It also notes that the police presence in schools has increased since 2002, when former Chancellor Joel Klein started Operations Safe Schools.

Much Like Our Friendship

Guy #1: I would never get a tattoo that big.
Guy #2: But it’s of a quote that means a lot to me.
Guy #1: Maybe so, but it’s permanent.
Guy #2: Well, not anymore…
Guy #1: Okay, true. But it’s permanent for the time being.

–Chase Manhattan Plaza

(via Overheard in New York)

Cat Hair Everywhere

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YouTube: Broadcast – The Book Lovers

Crosses, 1982

Andy Warhol
Crosses, 1982
polaroid photograph
4 x 3 1/4 inches; 10.2 x 8.3 cm
PK 12417, PK 12418, PK 12419, PK 12420

NYT: Williamsburg, Toddlertown

Important news: Jim Rendon, Williamsburg, Toddlertown, N.Y. Times, Jan. 21, 2011, at RE1.

Families are discovering that Williamsburg is much more than a playground for the postcollege, skinny-jeans set.

“You can go out in the neighborhood on a Friday night and feel sexy and single-ish,” Ms. Liebman says with a laugh. “And then wake up next morning with the kid and take him to the farmers’ market and the play center.”

Raise Your Hand If You Assumed It Was a Harry Potter Thing

Six-year old girl: Mom! I want some triffles!
(tired mother ignores her)
Six-year old girl: Triffles, mom! Can I have some when we get home? Please, mom? I want triffles! Triffles, triffles, triffles!
Tired mother: What the hell is a triffle? I don’t even know what those are.
Six-year old girl: Yeah. Me neither.

–Crown Heights

(via Overheard in New York)

The Twilight Zone

David N. Bossie and Theodore B. Olson, A victory for independent speech, Wash. Post, Jan. 21, 2011, at A19.

One year ago today, the Supreme Court issued its landmark decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. It upheld the First Amendment rights of individuals acting through corporations and labor unions to participate in our political process, and it struck down an oppressive thicket of statutes restricting – and even criminalizing – their political speech.

… Today, thanks to Citizens United, we may celebrate that the First Amendment confirms what our forefathers fought for: “the freedom to think for ourselves.”

David N. Bossie is president of Citizens United. Theodore B. Olson was lead counsel for Citizens United in its lawsuit against the FEC.