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Heard in passing
September 28, 2012   
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“Upon the arrival of the patrol, the burglar put on one of the coats he had stolen and pretended to be a mannequin, but, since he had a 0.25 percent blood alcohol level, he could not keep still.”
—A police officer from Nowa Sól, Lubuskie province, on a man detained at night while trying to rob a local clothing store

“If Jarosław Kaczyński managed his household finances the way he suggests the state budget should be managed, he would soon go bankrupt; I think my 2-year-old daughter, who is just learning to count, could teach him mathematics.”
—Agnieszka Pomaska, a deputy with the governing Civic Platform, on the leader of the opposition Law and Justice party and his proposals for economic reforms

“Politicians would be best off having grandchildren without having children, but this is, unfortunately, impossible.”
—Leszek Miller, former prime minister and leader of the Democratic Left Alliance opposition party, on some politicians’ problems over their adult children’s dubious business contacts

“Western leaders should understand that appeals alone will not cause a dictator to change his ways; it’s like urging a cannibal to go vegetarian.”
—Yulia Tymoshenko, former prime minister of Ukraine, on why European Union officials have failed to persuade Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to adopt more democratic methods
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