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Memorable things they said

Issue: "Street warfare," April 7, 2007

"I accept that I should be jailed because what I did was against the law."

Jun Ducat, owner of a day-care center in the Philippines, on taking dozens of children hostage on a bus for 10 hours last week to demand better lives for poor children and an end to corruption. Ducat was armed with grenades and guns.

"He doesn't have an army."

Rev. Donald Armstrong III, longtime rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Colorado Springs, Colo., predicting the congregation will win a showdown with Bishop Robert O'Neill after it voted on March 26 to leave the denomination over its acceptance of homosexuality. O'Neill rejected the vote as without authority and dismissed the local leaders.

"I made a very stupid decision."

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Former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger, in an email to columnist Michael Barone that was reproduced on Barone's blog, on removing classified documents from the National Archives, taking them home, and destroying some of them. He told Barone that he had wanted to review the materials in greater detail.

"I would hate to meet his big sister."

Graeme Sawyer of the Australian environmental group FrogWatch on "Toadzilla," a two-pound, dog-sized male toad found in Australia's Northern Territory. "The biggest toads," said Sawyer, "are usually female."


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