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Memorable things they said

Issue: "The Haiti quake," Feb. 13, 2010

"I believe in ecoterrorism."

Avatar director James Cameron, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, on a critic's description of the film as a "perfect ecoterrorism recruiting tool."

"It's the flock of dead ravens landing on the lawn."

Wade Randlett, a Silicon Valley fundraiser for Barack Obama, on whether Scott Brown's Senate victory in Massachusetts is "the canary in the coal mine" for Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., who is up for reelection in 2010.

"The dumbest thing Eric Holder could have ever done."

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Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch, a Democrat, on the U.S. attorney general's decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in Manhattan, where the 9/11 attacks that he planned took place. "We didn't give every soldier in the Confederate War who did something wrong a lawyer," Koch said. "This is a war."

"Our clinic turned into a hospital, and our sewing room into a surgical ward, and an arm was amputated with a reciprocating saw."Troy Livesay, country director in Haiti for World Wide Village, on relief efforts after the Jan. 12 earthquake.

"[It's] a bit like having a giant hot-water bottle in your bed."

Holiday Inn spokeswoman Jane Bednall on the hotel chain's decision to offer, as a trial service at three of its British hotels, human bed warmers to warm up beds at guests' request.

"People once thought Obama could sound eloquent reading the phone book. Now, whatever the topic, it often sounds as though he is."

Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson, former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, on President Obama's speaking style.


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