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Not loveable losers

'You may get "hate mail," so please consider this "love mail." Thank you for your courage in coming forward'

-- Letter from a person in Colorado thanking Ruslan Tsarni, uncle of two Boston Marathon bombing suspects, for calling his nephews 'losers.'

The unforgivable sin

'Canadians are a forgiving lot, but they don't tolerate that degree of mismanagement. A government that spent $176 billion it didn't have may be brought down by $3.1 billion it might not have spent at all'

-- National Post columnist Matt Gurney, commenting that the ballooning deficit might not matter as much to voters as the $3.1 billion in anti-terror spending nobody can account for.

It just doesn't click

'He became very ignorant, and said, "Well if he can't put his seatbelt on, maybe he shouldn't be driving." That's what really made me mad'

-- Steven Simonar, who has no arms and can't fasten his seatbelt when driving alone, on a Saskatoon police sergeant who insisted an officer give him a ticket for not belting up.

Hold the liver

'You can argue that an alcoholic shouldn't get the transplant because he doesn't deserve it. You can argue that they brought the problem on themselves. But that brings a fistful of slippery-slope arguments into play'

-- Arthur Schafer, an ethicist at the University of Manitoba, after a doctor told a Nova Scotia man he was not deserving of a liver transplant because he had turned 70.

Flyer predicted death

'He always said it was dangerous. He would always say, "You either will die in a car crash or a ball of flame in a plane." '

-- Glenn Stockdale, brother of Gary Stockdale, one of seven Americans killed in the crash of a Boeing 747 in Afghanistan that was caught on video.

Taboo you

'Across our society, the taboo on male homosexuality remains far greater than the one on lesbianism. That makes it more difficult for male athletes to come out as gay, but it also extends the historic burden on sportswomen to prove they're not. And it makes it harder for all of us to be what we should be: ourselves'

-- Globe and Mail columnist Johathan Zimmerman in a column titled 'The double standard of sports sexuality.'

Flood of frustration

'Our frustration is nobody has even come to talk to us. It's just typical bullying. Just like 2011 when they flooded us out and didn't care'

-- Kevin Yuill, one of a group of farmers who tried to stop the opening of the Portage Diversion.

Let it go, feminists

'Go poop in your office bathrooms, everyone. It's what our feminist foremothers would have wanted. Every woman deserves a poop of her own'

-- Maureen O'Connor, writing in New York Magazine's the Cut, on some women's irrational reluctance to do their business in their place of business.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 4, 2013 J12

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