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Mayoral martyrdom

'There is something about Ford's mind, it strikes me, that imagines martyrdom to be the flip side of disgrace -- and glory as the flip side to self-destruction.'

-- National Post columnist Jonathan Kay, speculating that Rob Ford, recently ordered removed as Toronto mayor, has self-defeating personality disorder

Sam Katz: Tree hugger

'People will try and draw comparisons, but if you look, there is nothing. It's a shame beautiful trees are dying for a story such as this.'

-- Mayor Sam Katz, on speculation that he could suffer the same fate as Toronto mayor Rob Ford, who was ordered removed from office over a conflict of interest complaint

Politicians are spaced out?

'Believe me, this is not rocket science. And, I know something about rocket science.'

-- Former astronaut Marc Garneau, announcing his candidacy for the federal Liberal leadership.

Filthy money's OK, though

'I never drank . That was one thing God protected me from, and I'm still a virgin. God protected me from those things.'

-- Two and a Half Men actor Angus T. Jones, who has 'given his life to God' and bemoans the 'filth' portrayed on the hit TV comedy, but who nevertheless has no plans to leave the show, which pays him $8 million per year.

Maybe they can finish our stadium

'It's a symbol of their new superiority. Modernity today is really about speed in a lot of ways, so being at the top of the world is about being able to do things fast.'

-- Takashi Fujitani, the director of Asia Pacific studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs' Asian Institute in Toronto, on a Chinese corporation's plan to build the world's tallest building -- 2,749 feet, or about seven times taller than Winnipeg's tallest skyscraper -- in just 90 days, in the southeastern Chinese city of Changsha

Dull, like that Bieber kid

'If you want to say something is really tedious, you say 'as dull as a Sunday in Canada.' We've never been loudly patriotic, probably because we live next to the US. As a result, people think we're dull and quiet all the time.'

-- Oxford academic Margaret MacMillan, who is a Canadian, on the tizzy in London caused by the appointment of Mark Carney as the governor of the Bank of England.

Equal right to be shredded

'The shrapnel that tore through the vehicle that day didn't stop because I'm a female.'

-- Army Staff Sgt. Jennifer Hunt, who says since the Taliban doesn't discriminate against women in combat roles, the U.S. Pentagon shouldn't either.

Onion rings true

'For more coverage on The Onion's Sexiest Man Alive 2012, Kim Jong-Un, please visit our friends at the People's Daily in China, a proud Communist subsidiary of The Onion, Inc.'

-- Satirical website The Onion, after Chinese media ran its spoof article about the North Korean dictator as a real news item.

Somebody living in denial?

'They call me Popeye, the Egyptian Popeye,'

-- Bodybuilder Moustafa Ismail, who trains in the Boston suburb of Milford. Because of steroid concerns, Guinness World Records is waffling on whether to recognize him as the man with the world's biggest biceps and triceps. Ismail insists he is clean.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 1, 2012 J12

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