An ad that appeared on Canadalisted in January, 2012:
Do you look like Mayor Rob Ford? I need someone who looks like Rob Ford to play the mayor in my film. It’s a short shot of the mayor smoking a cigar and chuckling into the camera.
Presumably unrelated. But why not inflame the minds of Ford-Nation conspiracy theorists?
PS. I’ve fired off an email response to the ad asking if there is any connection. Will post if I get an answer.
Rob Ford and Stephen Harper are about as different as two politicians can be, but the one thing they have in common is an uncanny ability to brush off scandals before they stick. Harper entered the 2011 election facing a “controversy of the day” – from Bev Oda’s orange juice, to Bruce Carson’s fraud charges, to Jason Kenney’s use of government resources to target “very ethnic” voters, to “in and out”, to a historic contempt of parliament vote. What did all that get Harper? A majority government.
If I tried to list all of Rob Ford’s blowups here I’d run (Read more…)
Long time no blog, I am not going to blow smoke or crack any jokes,…. ok maybe a few jokes. it has been a long time since I have blogged, but this whole Rob Ford/Crack story has me jonesing for fix so lets begin.
1) The background
Unless you have been living under a “Rock” you know that there is a video that reports to be of Toronto Mayor, Rob Ford smoking crack or some other drug. The story was broken by the Gawker and then separately confirmed by two Toronto Star reporters.
2) Yes, i believe the (Read more…)
Canada sure has been in the news a lot of late. Unfortunately, it’s about the wrong reasons. The Senate expenses scandal and the subsequent resignation of Nigel Wright made the NY Times billboard in Times Square. We subsequently then have a Peruvian reporter out of the blue asking Harper on his trip to Peru during his brief news conference why the Canadian people should trust him that he knew nothing about the affair (but we’ve learned how our Canadian media can get Harper to answer difficult questions he refuse to take at home: just get their friends in the international (Read more…)
Lady Black and Lord Black of Crossharbour contemplate the future of our fair Dominion, or something. Below: The real Conrad Black, in happier times, lectures a gangrenous limb as his bodyguard ponders his boss’s remarkable vocabulary; the House of Lords.
Poor old Tubby Black, welcomed back home after his legal difficulties south of the Medicine Line by our ever-tolerant Canadian nation, finds himself once again bellowing ultra-right clichés like a wounded dinosaur.
It is almost as if His Lordship is in competition with Ezra Levant for the title of the Nick Bottom of Canadian Letters – Bottom! O (Read more…)
The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart’s take on embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford‘s alleged use of crack cocaine: The Canadian Progressive recommends: Conservative Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in ‘crack cocaine’ video scandal Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s Official White Supremacist Portrait: PHOTO We recommend:Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Fired From Beloved Football Coaching JobConservative Toronto Mayor Rob Ford [...]
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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford will no longer derive personal and political capital from his position of head football coach at Etobicoke’s Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School. The Toronto Catholic District School (TCDSB) has fired him from the position. “The Toronto Catholic District School (TCDSB) thanks Mayor Rob Ford for his contribution and many years of service [...]
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Photo from Cam Woolley. Ford staffers hand out magnets/cards as they wait for Mayor at Worthington funeral twitter.com/KatieSimpson24… — Katie Simpson (@KatieSimpson24) May 22, 2013
Prime Minister Stephen Harper, not pictured because he’s pretty well disappeared, has heeded the touristic lure South America, illustrated above. Below: Canadian Parliamentarian Joan Crockatt and U.S. Representative Davy Crockett. Note to Globe and Mail: There is a difference! Below them: Allaudin Merali.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper was apparently grinding away at his Conservative caucus yesterday morning about the need for Senate reform.
An interesting strategy, his!
First you pack the place with self-entitled cheats and porkchoppers like Mike “The Puffster” Duffy, then you argue that their misdeeds are proof the institution needs reform!
If nothing else, this suggests (Read more…)
David is one of the notorious lawyerin’ Shiller brothers (the one that looks like Eugene Levy) . Officer Bubbles is Const. Adam Joseph, one of the reasons the Toronto 2010 G-20 summit went so badly South. Dave’s been defending the people that Bubble’s has sued in the aftermath of that event, so he knows what he’s talking about. His Facebook page is here.
They’re two soul-mates. Only difference is that Rob Ford can be fired. Mike Duffy is settled for life. He won a lottery and he did not even have to buy a lottery ticket, Stephen Harper handed him the prize.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford as he might have appeared in ancient Rome, whence comes the idea that in politics public figures and their associates must be above suspicion. Below: The real Rob Ford; Caesar’s wife.
Schadenfreude is all very well, but this whole Rob Ford video scandal has me feeling just the tiniest bit hinky.
It’s a due-process thing, and I recognize that there can be no due process in politics, as unjust as that may seem.
No, realpolitik demands that the operative rule in politics be summed up in the notion we abbreviate with the phrase “Caesar’s wife (Read more…)
By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: New York news blog Gawker yesterday revealed the existence of a video showing Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine. The video was taken within the last six months, allegedly by the city’s Somali drug dealers. Gawker editor John Cook reported that he received a tip from [...]
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He has been drunk as a skunk in public.He has given women and children the finger.He is a crass, vulgar bigot, and the worst Mayor Toronto has ever known.Now let Rob Ford explain this one. A cellphone video that appears to show Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine is being shopped around Toronto by a group of Somali men involved in the drug trade. Read more »
Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath has a decision to make soon on whether or not to support the Ontario Liberal government’s budget; failure to support it (or at least an actual vote against versus an abstain) plunges the province back into an election campaign.
She’s been given competing advice on what to do: on the one hand, you’ve got Toronto Mayor Rob Ford urging his ideological foes to oppose the Budget and go back to an election campaign, because according to Ford, that’s what taxpayers want.
An opinion poll just released today, however, would show that unsurprisingly, Rob Ford is (Read more…)
Rob Ford and his council lackeys want to differ discussing transit funding until AFTER Metrolinx’ deadline to agree on what they will present to the province – in other words, until after it is too late to have their input considered by Metrolinx in their recommendations to the province.
Typical Rob Ford/Ford Nation idiocy.
The mayor should be doing all he can to encourage ideas and debate on this issue in order to come up with some input for Metrolinx BEFORE this deadline. Instead, he is burying his head in the sand and trying to stifle progress, as usual.
Transit (Read more…) Ford, Councillors Headed For A Showdown
The great Abraham Lincoln once said no man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar. But then he didn't live in Con Canada eh? And he didn't know Stephen Harper. Because either the great man was wrong, or Harper has a phenomenal memory. Just like his scary ancestor. Who never forgot ANYTHING his enemies did to him. For even as Great Lincoln Leader struggles to put down the backbench rebellion of the Reform Confederacy, he just can't stop LYING.Read more »
Ford Nation thinks this letter from 6 of the 13 members of the Military Ball organizing committee makes liars of the Toronto Star for reporting Ford was asked to leave the function for being intoxicated: “As a civilian member of the volunteer organizing committee of the 2013 Toronto Garrison Ball, I can confirm that I did not ask Rob Ford, Mayor of Toronto, to leave the event on February 23 for any reason,” the letter states. “To my knowledge, no member of the event’s organizing committee, including Councillor Paul Ainslie, directed the Mayor to leave the event that night.”
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Rob Ford, Toronto’s part-time mayor, is an addict. Among other things, he is addicted to lying. Those who are always quick to believe his side of the story are enablers. Ford doesn’t need defending; he needs an intervention. He’s not just hurting himself; he’s hurting the whole city.
Ford has a long, well-documented history of lying, going back to when he was a city councillor, and probably originating in his childhood. His entire mayoral campaign was based on lies.
Growing up rich, spoiled and sheltered, Ford is used to getting bailed out of trouble, and then having that trouble covered
. . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Rob Ford, Toronto’s part-time mayor, is an addict. Among…
By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: That’s right, the Mayor of Toronto has a serious drinking problem. Actually, one that calls for rehab. The Toronto Star says Rob Ford’s drinking problem is so seriously that, since he was elected in 2010, his inner circle has repeatedly urged him enter rehab “over pattern of [...]
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It is news that Rob Ford was allegedly acting inappropriately at an official function where he was attending in his capacity as mayor of Toronto. It is news that he was (allegedly) asked to leave that gala.
It is not news that Rob Ford is allegedly fighting personal demons. The Toronto Star was wrong to report that. It’s not going to help him if it`s true.
There are a great many things to dislike about Rob Ford and a great many issues to fight him on – let`s focus on those.
For those whose families have been touched by alcoholism, as mine has, the story in this morning’s Toronto Star “Rob Ford: ‘Intoxicated’Toronto mayor asked to leave military ball” will ring familiar. Looking back at a long pattern of behavior it would seem obvious to all that Mayor Ford may have a problem. Obvious to everyone, that is, but Mayor Ford. Based on the article, it would certainly seem that it’s obvious to those close to him, who have been urging him to seek help. It’s also implied that some of those close to him that are speaking out, (Read more…)
Oh. My. Furry. Photo-op. It was supposed to be the animal show of animal shows.The Con Ministry of Propaganda and Disinformation's most spectacular production. A chance to boost Great Ugly Leader's sagging polls, by making him look as cute and as cuddly as a giant panda.But somehow, despite the heroic efforts of the marching band, and the FedEx cheerleaders, it just didn't work.Read more »
We should all put aside partisanship for one moment and mourn’s Olivia’s passing. I know Rob Ford weeps whenever he remembers Olivia taking food from his fingertips. Let us respect Rob Ford’s grief.
The Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee (CJPAC) hosted its ACTION Party on March 8, 2013 at the Arcadian Court.
Justin Trudeau and Omar Ha-Redeye
Marc Garneau and Omar Ha-Redeye
Omar Ha-Redeye and Kirsty Duncan
Omar Sharif Jr and Omar Ha-Redeye
Rob Ford and Omar Ha-Redeye
An incident at the event involving Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and Sarah Thomson, referred to over social media as “buttgate,” was subsequently covered by media sources which interviewed Omar Ha-Redeye:
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says groping allegations ‘absolutely, completely false’
Another guest at the function, lawyer Omar Ha-Redeye, said in an interview that Ms. Thomson did (Read more…)
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