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Memorable things they said

Issue: "Mission: Impossible?," Oct. 13, 2007

"We're going to anyway! You don't have the power to stop me."

Former president Jimmy Carter, 83, shouting at a Sudanese official who tried to block his visit with refugees and a tribal leader in the Darfur region of Sudan. Crowds stuck notes in the pockets of the delegation, anyway, describing rapes and threats from government officials.

"Why don't the Americans come to help us? Why doesn't America save us?"

Unidentified onlooker, quoted by the Associated Press, after Burmese soldiers cracked down on pro-democracy protesters.

"This document should have stayed a tree."

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Blogger comment on a statement from the Anglican joint committee accepting the U.S. Episcopal Church's report last month not to authorize public rites for same-sex blessings, while leaving the door open for private church rites and future reconsideration. Key conservatives on the standing committee were not allowed time to sign off on the response. Said Anglican rector Kendall Harmon: "This is an illegitimate report based on a deeply flawed process."

"He couldn't get his lines out right. It's like he has ADD."

Andrew Dominik, director of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, on James Carville, who portrays Gov. Thomas Crittenden in the film. "It took us three hours to shoot that one small scene," said Dominik.

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