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Memorable things they said

Issue: "GOP idea man," May 22, 2010

"Is this a prank call?"

Republican House candidate SEAN DUFFY, when a Politico reporter called and informed him that powerful Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey, D-Wis., was going to retire from the House. Duffy is a district attorney running for Obey's seat.

"It's like they're trying to change the way I dress."

British teenager Ellis Drummond, after authorities tried to get an order preventing him from, among other things, "wearing trousers so low beneath the waistline that members of the public are able to see his underwear." Prosecutors dropped the order after District Judge Nicholas Leigh-Smith said parts of the order were "contrary to the Human Rights Act."

"A holy torment is upon us. Leave town."

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Iran's Ayatollah Aziz Khoshvaqt, who joined other Islamic clerics and Tehran's police chief to announce a crackdown on immodest dress, warning Iranian women who are suntanned or dressed "like walking mannequins" that they will be arrested.

"Baltimore Sun Media Group's efforts at providing readers with the content they want in the way they choose have really paid off."

Judy Berman, the media group's senior vice president of marketing, on a report that The Baltimore Sun's daily circulation fell 3.9 percent for the six months through March. Berman was promoting the fact that the Sun's drop in circulation was less than the average for U.S. papers.

"Law Makes It a Crime to Be Illegal Immigrant."

Headline statement that appeared on screen on MSNBC as anchor Contessa Brewer discussed Arizona's new law to crack down on illegal immigration.

"A humanitarian catastrophe."

YELENA MIZULINA, of Russia's parliamentary committee on family and children, on findings that 30,000 Russian children in the last three years have been returned to orphanages by adoptive or foster parents. According to the committee, Russia has 700,000 orphans, reportedly more than at the end of World War II.


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