Golly. Because I've been so busy trying to stay on top of the Senate scandal, I haven't been able to write anything about the continuing adventures of Rob Ford. But they are continuing. And it's still a horror show.Even though the Fordzilla can't seem to understand that he's only the mayor in name only. Read more »
News roundup: November 30, 2013
Here are a few thoughts about recent Canadian political stories (in no particular order).
Liberal spin on the Toronto Centre by-election
Justin Trudeau and the federal Liberals have been falsely claiming they ran a wholly positive campaign in the Toronto Centre by-election, and that this is why they beat the “angry” and “negative” New Democratic Party (NDP).
First, the Liberals did go negative during that campaign, including distributing a flyer that was a personal attack against NDP leader Tom Mulcair. When called on it, the dishonest Liberals cynically claimed that the personal attack was not (Read more…)
There are funny Trolls, trolls who have a purpose and use snark, satire and humor to get their point across. An example of this kind of Troll would be @CanadianCynic (aka CC). CC is the master of the 140 character snark on twitter.
There are brain dead Political Trolls, trolls that continuously spout lies and mis-information. An example of kind of troll is @ejb__, she tweets bs an lies to support @TOMayorFord and decries anything that supports pedestrians and cyclists. Her lies are legendary and if you try to correct her she screams that you are cyberbullying her, stalking and (Read more…)
Who would’ve thought we’d find a suitable reference to Riders Nation and Ethical Cannabis in one photograph? But courtesy the Calgary Sun, there it is! Note the hat, bottom right. Just saying. Below: Some guy standing in front of Rob Ford’s office.
Those of us who don’t regularly wear melons on our heads or particularly care about Canadian football are waiting impatiently for the results of today’s federal byelections so that we can spin them in ways that reinforce our personal political preferences.
For example, if you’re a conservative of any stripe, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s (Read more…)
This article in the Toronto Star points to the voters as those solely to blame for Rob Ford being elected.
I disagree. The voters are partially to blame, but there were other major factors.
1) The MediaThe Media is very much to blame for the election of Rob Ford. During the election campaign they, pretty much as a whole, focused much more on the celebrity of Rob Ford than on the policies of the candidates. This influenced the many voters who are more easily swayed by name recognition and celebrity than policies.
Also, the Media is largely to blame (Read more…)
One of many funny pictures of the man on the internet.
Assorted content for your weekend reading.
- Ish Theilheimer writes about the opportunity progressives should recognize in the scandals engulfing Rob Ford, Stephen Harper and other conservative leaders: (W)hile you’d think the (Ford) situation would be a golden opportunity for Toronto left-wingers to win back the public, this isn’t necessarily happening. Left-wing opponents of Ford’s have not used the situation to drive home a unified message — that Ford is a liar with criminal friends who can’t be trusted to deliver good and effective government.
Instead, their focus has been to harry Ford and drive him from office, a tactic (Read more…)
Crack smoking admission, “rage/murder threats” video, oral sex comment, international embarrassment, bullying and immature behaviour in council, … After a series of things that confirm, for most people, that Rob Ford should resign as Mayor of Toronto, Ford still enjoys significant support. Unbelievable you say? How can this be? Who are these people who still support him?
Today I will look at 5 polls done by Forum Research, Oct. 28-29, Oct. 31, Nov. 4, 2013, Nov. 6, 2013 and Nov. 20, 2013. Again, I will look at the groups with the highest initial approval ratings on Oct. (Read more…)
Margaret Atwood on our picket line at the Calgary Herald, circa 1999, shortly before severely reprimanding your blogger. Below: A reflective Ms. Atwood signing a book in Edmonton last night, part of the crowd that turned out to hear Ms. Atwood chat with singer Alanis Morissette, brothers Doug and Rob Ford in happier times.
Back in the day, children, when I was a cub reporter on the unhyphenated Victoria Daily Times (a better paper than the Colonist, it must be remembered), columnists were generally expected to churn out an entertaining column almost every day.
Not a few managed the feat (Read more…)
I told you it would be a hot love story, and you can't get any hotter than this eh? Stephen Harper thinks Rob Ford has been a bad boy. And he may be rough trade.But he still loves him. And he doesn't think he should resign. Read more »
Kuwaitis are having fun about Rob Ford comparing himself with Kuwait being attacked by Saddam Hussein.
Read the story here.
I think Rick might have a point. What sort of person would continue to vote for Mayor with Mr.Ford’s reputation? It is quite beyond my reckoning.
Filed under: Canada Tagged: Just how stupid are toronto voters?, Rob Ford, Slow Motion Train Wreck
Toronto City Hall. Actual city halls in Canada’s largest city may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Rob Ford, Doug Ford, Kory Teneycke and Ezra Levant.
Does anyone seriously believe Sun News Network cancelled Ford Nation after its inaugural show on Monday because of Rob and Doug Ford’s “relative inexperience with the medium”?
Lots of people will accept at face value this claim about the loony-right-wing cable channel’s show starring the Ford Brothers, along with the equally fatuous suggestion “the brutal economics of cable TV” played a role. After all, both ideas come from no less an august source (Read more…)
That did not last long.
“The Globe and Mail is reporting that Ford Nation was a huge ratings success, pulling in about 155,000 viewers—that counts as a success for Sun News, which reaches only 40 per cent of Canadian homes—but is being binned anyhow because of “the Fords’ relative inexperience with the medium.” Apparently, yesterday’s episode took whopping five hours to shoot and another eight hours to edit. That’s a huge amount of resources for the fledgling Sun News Network. The economics just couldn’t support keeping the show on the air.“
Despite getting more viewers than any other show on Fox News North, Sun News announced that it has cut Ford Nation after one episode. They explain that the show cost more in resources than even the increased viewership could justify. There is definitely a joke about providing meals here, but I’m above that.
Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.
- Michael Den Tandt and Jonathan Kay both point out the willingness of conservative (and Conservative) supporters to brush off the obvious misdeeds of their political leaders. And Glen Pearson rightly concludes that the responsibility to elect deserving leaders ultimately lies with voters: We are guilty of asking to little of ourselves. We find it remarkably easy, natural even, to blame our representatives and yet we put them there. They have no real answers to our unemployment situation, but we either continue to support them because of the party we serve or because we (Read more…)
Well at least on Sun TV. Less than 24 hours after its debut on Monday night, the conservative cable news channel axed Ford Nation, its highly touted TV talk show starring Rob and Doug Ford, despite record ratings for the network. Read more »
Happier days for the populist right
Well, it was indeed a circus at city hall yesterday. I wasn’t able to attend the performance live but did have the pleasure of watching some of it unfold via the miracle of the interwebs. Those Ford brothers sure know how to do a great imitation of The Sopranos – belligerent, bullying, pulling faces like a couple of 12-year old school yard pricks. Better
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This time pushing down a female councillor.
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NBC also had this top headline (Breaking News) on its site:”‘I’m not perfect’: Defiant Toronto mayor rips critics, vows to run again” Read more about this story here.
I must admit that I did tune in for his and his brother’s debut on Sun News T.V show. I could watch only first half of one hour program. That is the longest I have ever watched anything on Sun News. Rob Ford was well-scripted and it was pre-recorded to avoid (Read more…)
. . . → Read More: LeDaro: Rob Ford made international news again
Dears Straws: we are grasping at you. Sincerely, Steve “These latest allegations are troubling. Our Government does not condone illegal drug use, especially by elected officials while in office, including Justin Trudeau. We’ll continue to work with all levels of government on shared priorities, such as jobs and economic growth. That includes working with mayors […]
Well let's put it this way eh? It wasn't pretty. He rocked back and forth in his chair mocking a councillor by pretending to be a drunk driver. He shouted insults at people in the audience.He stomped around like a bull in a crack house, knocking down a councillor. He compared what was happening to him to Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait.But at 5:33 pm on the blessed day of November 18th, 2013, Rob Ford was finally neutered. Read more »
After a long and eventful day at City Council, wherein Ford had his power even further reduced, Rob and Doug Ford sat down for an interview with CBC’s Peter Mansbridge.
It is long and painful to watch if you have an aversion to lies and buffoons.
Here are some highlights:
Rob Ford claims he has never been drunk while driving. (Yet, his staff have witnessed him drunk driving).
Rob Ford admitted, during the interview that he has, since becoming mayor,- smoked marijuana at least once,- smoked crack only once,- been high on cocaine more than once (but (Read more…)
I want to post something about Mayor Guy They Let Wear The Big Gold Chain Rob Ford. Something concise and insightful perhaps, with an underpinning of satire. I can’t because I’ve been reading the latest news on the Rob Ford front. It’s all gone past that now and the best that I can manage is […]