Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
Too sexy for his beard?
While Movember may have redefined sexy for North American men, there's no question straight women and gay men may not take to Richard Armitage's dwarf leader Thorin Oakenshield the way they lusted over willowy Viggo Mortensen as ranger-turned-king Aragorn.
-- Bartley Kives, wondering if The Hobbit will match the success of the Lord of the Rings movies
A red tide
"It was supposed to be the flood of the century, not the excuse of the century."
-- Tory Leader Brian Pallister, reacting to news the province won't balance its books until 2017
Feeling the heat
"There's been some skepticism of my account. I would have been (skeptical) myself."
-- Brad Lambert, who says he survived three weeks in the Manitoba bush with no heat, no fire and no food
Never too late
"The words 'man up' come to mind. If you did it, admit it. If you're too old to be prosecuted, so be it, but at least we can maybe find out why and get some answers."
-- Sherry Winterburn, whose great-aunt Edith Smallpiece was slain in 1973. The case is still not solved
Thwarted Justin time
"I was going to go 'Snip, Snip,' "
-- Tanner Ruane, who was allegedly recruited in a bizarre assassination plot targeting Justin Bieber. His role was to castrate the pop star
Our serene leader
"A message to Thomas Mulcair after today's QP: Merry Christmas and serenity now!"
-- Tweet from Prime Minister Stephen Harper to NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair along with a link to a YouTube clip featuring Seinfeld character Frank Costanza screaming "Serenity now!"
This is major, for minorities
"Moving forward, the U.S. will become the first major post-industrial society in the world where minorities will be the majority. With the white baby boomer population now leaving the work force, the most fundamental challenge will be connecting with this fast-growing U.S. group in terms of their education."
-- Marcelo Suarez-Orozco, a global expert on immigration, commenting on a report by the U.S. Census Bureau that white people will no longe make up a majority of Americans by 2043
No hog heaven
SDLqI think we're at an interesting turning point where the public is now seeing into the hidden world of factory farming and the public is outraged, and rightly so."
-- Twyla Francois, investigations director for Mercy For Animals Canada, which captured footage with a pinhole camera of alleged animal abuse inside a Puratone hog farm in Arborg
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 15, 2012 J12