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Heard in Passing
June 30, 2011   
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“Many young people can look up to Marta as a role model, because she comes from a poor family and has managed to build a successful career.”
—Tomasz Kalita, spokesman for the Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) party, on former stripper Marta Szulawiak, 26, one of SLD’s contenders in the parliamentary elections. Szulawiak recently took part in the Polish version of the Top Model television show.

“The prime minister’s been acting like a shy, hung-up teenager who sets his parents on kids calling him names.”
—Mariusz Kamiński, a deputy from the Law and Justice (PiS) party, on zl.500 fines that police slapped on soccer fans chanting insults at PM Donald Tusk. The fines were imposed for “disrespect of constitutional organs of the state.”

“In their reports, television stations were equally enthusiastic about the joy of pilgrims on St. Peter’s Square and the frenzied barbarians cheering in front of the White House.”
—Krzysztof Wyszkowski, a right-wing journalist, on international media reaction to the death of Osama bin Laden on the day Pope John Paul II was beatified.

“In Russia, the ‘No more corruption’ slogan should be prosecuted under law as a call to forcibly overthrow the state system.”
—The Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper on corruption in Russia.
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