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Memorable things they said

Issue: "The other campaign," Feb. 9, 2008

"What they need here is a heavy hand."

Rosalba Padilla of Tijuana, Mexico, calling on authorities "to be strong, very tough" on drug traffickers who are terrorizing the area. The government has sent soldiers to help local police.

"It was self-taught, it was minimal, and retrospectively I realize it was woefully inadequate."

Canadian physician Charles Smith on his training in pediatric pathology. Court testimony by Smith over the last several years helped lead to at least seven wrongful convictions.

"All of you people born here, if you had to take that test-well, Canada would be building a fence right now."

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Scottish-born Craig Ferguson, host of the Late, Late Show on CBS, on the U.S. citizenship test that he took last month.

"Now's when you need to have your winter survival kit."

North Dakota Highway Patrol Sgt. Aaron Hummel, as a winter storm last week brought temperatures as low as minus 24 and wind chills as low as minus 54 to the state.

"I heard he'd been given some Black Sheep ale and liked it. So I brought that and the Holy Grail."

Anglican Archbishop of York John Sentamu, who brought a beer specially brewed in North Yorkshire (named Holy Grail) as a gift to Pope Benedict during a week of "Prayer for Christian Unity" designed to improve relations between the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church. The pope, Austrian by birth, reportedly prefers beer to wine and water.

"The norm about what's right and wrong changed."

P. Wesley Schultz, social psychologist at California State University at San Marcos, arguing that a steep decline in littering since the 1970s has been the result of social pressures against the practice.

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