Wednesday, November 2, 2011

They said it – Quotes ripped from stories in the headlines today

Students in Shanghai, a booming Chinese city, shocked the world last year when they beat every other country on international exams. After reading the article one commentator (Celtic Curmudgeon) said;

Welcome to the third world, America. By the time the teahadists and GOP get done with dismantling the U.S. educational system, we'll all be living in single-wides watching NASCAR, and wondering what happened.”

Image: Samantha Zucker


On Oct. 22, Ms. Zucker, 21, and her friend Alex Fischer, also 21, were stopped by the police in Riverside Park and given tickets for trespassing. Mr. Fischer was permitted to leave after he produced his driver’s license. But Ms. Zucker, on a visit to New York City with a group of Carnegie Mellon University seniors looking for jobs in design industries, had left her wallet in a hotel two blocks away.

She was handcuffed. For the next 36 hours, she was moved from a cell in the 26th Precinct station house on West 126th Street to central booking in Lower Manhattan and then — she was brought back to Harlem. The judge proceeded to dismiss the ticket in less than a minute. Zucker summed the experience up;

“While it may have been one out-of-control officer that began the process,” she said, “no other officer had the courage to stand up against what they knew was a poor decision.”


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