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"All in all, I recommend the ham and pineapple pizza to any pizza eater earning less than $500,000 per year who likes tax cuts, less war, an end to torture and dead terrorist kingpins."

-- Dennis J. of Milton, Ont. wrote on a site reviewing the pizza parlour of Scott Van Duzer, the man who bear-hugged U.S. President Barack Obama, after Republicans mounted a boycott of Van Duzer's restaurant.

Dirt poor and very happy

"The negative critical reaction to Here Comes Honey Boo Boo speaks to an intolerance, a disgust with happy rednecks who are uncannily at ease in their world. The revulsion is ludicrous and something to be rejected."

-- John Doyle, Canadian TV critic, reacts to a

backlash against the reality show of six-year-old Amanda Thompson and her family of proud Georgian rednecks.

A political time machine

"I think this election is about whether the American people want to live in the 21st century or the 19th century."

-- Tim Robbins, American

actor and political activist

Can you handle the truth?

"You elected me to tell you the truth. And the truth is, it will take more than a few years for us to solve challenges that have built up over decades."

-- U.S. President Barack Obama tells it like it is at the Democratic National Convention.

Just not their year

"This should be their finest hour. An organization on the verge of trotting into the country's finest football stadium. Instead, it's a steaming bag of disappointment, mistrust and incompetence. Ladies and gentlemen, meet your Winnipeg Blue Bombers, the biggest joke in Canadian professional football."

-- Gary Lawless, Winnipeg Free Press sports columnist, speaks for a lot of Bombers fans.

Sunny days are here again

"The enemy destroys the clouds that are headed towards our country, and this is a war Iran will win."

-- Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iranian president, accuses his country's enemies of creating a drought by destroying rain clouds before they reach Iran.

It's not heavy, it's my iPhone

"Speaking as someone who was trapped under an iPhone 4S for almost 3 days, I'm glad that the #iPhone5 is so much lighter."

-- Tweeter Scott @iscoff reacts to the release of iPhone5

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 15, 2012 J2

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