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No matter how you slice it

'I'd say the clerk was pretty astute. I mean, he knows how to talk to this person. Kind of commiserated with him a little. Talked to him about it and you know actually changed his mind about robbing the place. That was pretty good'

-- Helena Police Chief Troy McGee on a Papa John's employee who talked a man out of robbing the restaurant and sent him home with a pizza to feed his hungry family.

Take your own advice?

'You cannot sleep well when you think it's all paid by the government. This won't be solved unless you let them hurry up and die'

-- Japan's deputy prime minister Taro Aso, who is 72, suggesting that old people should pull the plug to save the state the cost of providing them with medical care.

Pop star without an opinion?!

'Justin just is very uncomfortable about political issues -- especially ones like abortion that are very divisive'

-- A Bieber 'insider,' suggesting the pop star does not support the position his mom, Pattie Mallette, takes in the short film, Crescendo, which carries a strong pro-life message.

They didn't ask me

'As a person with a chronic illness I find the RSP commercial personally offensive... There are people suffering and this ING commercial belittles their condition. Did they test this? With sick people? Or maybe they're not ING's target market. Obviously I'm not'

-- Rand MacIvor, posting on ING DIRECT Canada's Facebook page, on the company's commercial comparing RSPs to depression. The commercial has been taken down.

It is called a killer whale...

'I had a burning question: Why would a 15-year veteran SeaWorld trainer come to be killed by a highly intelligent animal? She'd worked with the whale for years. You hear of pit bulls mauling other people but not their masters, so why would a whale bite the hands that feed it? That was my entry point'

-- Blackfish director Gabriela Cowperthwaite on why she made a documentary on the orca Tilikum. During filming, she found the orca had killed two other humans during its captivity at Sealand and SeaWorld.

Olympian effort

'It would be nice to keep (pools) maintained on a regular basis so we don't get to that point'

-- Rhiannon Leier Blacher, a Winnipeggger who competed at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney and the 2004 Games in Athens, urging the city to reopen the Sherbrook Pool so kids can have the same opportunities she did.

 

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 26, 2013 0

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