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For shame, part 1

'There must be some way to morally shame these people, because there were 20 dead children lying an eighth of a mile from my window all night long.'

-- Gene Rosen, who sheltered six children who fled the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. He was reacting to a YouTube video that has more than 8.5 million views claiming the shooting is part of a hoax by the Obama government in a bid to disarm Americans.

 

For shame, part 2

'Some students would circle Africa and indicate that it's Europe, and if asked to locate England and Ireland, they would put them in Africa. I have had students who aren't able to correctly label the Atlantic Ocean, even though we are on it.'

-- Judith Adler, a professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She gives her undergrads pop quizzes on identifying major places on a map. Three-quarters of her students fail the quiz.

 

Miracles, yes; lying, no

'I'm sorry you don't believe in miracles.'

-- Lance Armstrong, taking aim at "the cynics and the skeptics" in his 2005 Tour de France victory speech. This week, Armstrong admitted to Oprah Windrey that he was, in fact, guilty of doping.

 

Telling it like it is

SSLqI think Osama bin Laden was found due to ingenious detective work. Torture was, however, as we all know, employed in the early years of the hunt. That doesn't mean it was the key to finding bin Laden. It means it is a part of the story we couldn't ignore.'

-- Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow, fighting accusations that the film endorses torture.

 

Hockey angst

'We've missed family get-togethers, missed birthdays and yeah, I do sit back and go 'Was it all worth it, all the money that was spent and time taken?' I don't know. I honestly can't answer that.'

-- Scott Moulson, in a National Post feature by Sarah Boesveld on the great lengths some parents go to in order to give their kids a shot at the NHL. His son, Matt, has a $3-million (over three years) contract with the New York Islanders.

 

A sad song

'It was leaning up against a BFI bin behind a house at 573 Sherbrook St., as if someone had put it out for garbage day pickup.'

-- Matt Weinstein, whose curiosity about the guitar revealed the sad story of Bill Edmondson, who played in Neil Young's band, The Squires.

 

Pre-assembled, too

'You're always closer here than you would be at IKEA'

-- Davi Povoledo, owner of Grasslands Woodcraft at 869 Westminster, talking about people who are reluctant to shop at the cluster of stores in Wolseley because of a perceived lack of nearby parking.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 19, 2013 J12

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