And his homophobia is also on display in the video, calling Justin Trudeau a "fag". No surprise. He's always been blatant about his homophobia.
is he the one that ran into a camera? because that was some funny shit.
Ha. Hilarious. What a dumb, gross pig. Will this take him down, or are we supposed ignore this as well?
Toronto Sun has nothing about this story.
I wonder why?
They were all over the Jack Layton Massage rub down story?
Please let this be the end of Ford.
Look at Marion Barry
Well at the very least he'll never be allowed to coach high school football again.
I hope he gets help for his addiction. Very sad.
Again why was The Toronto Sun all over the Jack Layton rub down story, yet there is nothing on this Rob Ford story at Toronto Sun.
They couldn't get rid of Ford even after the conflict of interest thing, so maybe everyone is just resigned to the fact that they'll have to put up with him until the next election or until he keels over. Given the drinking and drugs he's obviously been doing, Ford keeling over seems likely.
Maybe none of the reporters at "The Toronto Sun" have seen the crack smoking video, R12.
I don't know what the editorial position of "The Toronto Sun" is, are they supporters of this mayor?
The Sun sucks Conservative cock.
The Toronto Sun is a rightwing propaganda sheet, so yes they support him because he is a rightwing conman.
Imma let you finish, Toronto, but Washington had the best mayor-smoking-crack video of all time!
It's even made the Hollywood Reporter. The Gawker story is worth reading, if only to find out that it was every cutting edge and investigative CNN that tipped Ford's office. Of course, CNN is non-partisan.
[quote]Well, no. But when I emailed an acquaintance at CNN this afternoon, laying out much the same information I've offered above and asking for discretion and confidentiality lest we screw up a pretty fucking great story about the mayor of the fifth-largest city in North America smoking crack cocaine on camera, he forwarded the email to his producer. The producer, in turn, asked CNN's Canada reporter about it. The Canada reporter—and this was a pretty fucking big mistake—called a source who used to work in Ford's office. Within 40 minutes, word had gotten back to me that "CNN called Ford's office asking about a crack tape."
[quote]And so here we are. The owner still hasn't found a buyer with pockets deep enough to meet his demands. But word is out around Toronto now that the tape exist, and Ford's circle knows about it courtesy a CNN reporter. So, with permission, I am laying out everything I know about the Rob Ford Crack Tape in the hopes that a) everyone knows that Rob Ford, the mayor of Toronto, smokes crack, and b) this knowledge might hasten the arrival of the Rob Ford Crack Tape on the internet or broadcast television, because really, it is something to behold.
I want to see this so bad. If any of you researchers are preparing bits for tease night shows, please bookend it with the clips of Rob Ford falling on his ass as he tried to throw that football, and the clip of him walking into the camera face first.
The Americans deserve to be laughing along with us.
I meant late night shows.
The Sun has just printed the story (last among all Toronto media outlets to write about this). A mayor spokesperson says
"Videos are strong items but they can be manipulated. I saw a video of a bird picking up a baby on television and it turned out that it wasn’t accurate. Someone was able to stage that video and I guess if you stage that video then you can stage other things."
God that had to hurt. His full weight landed on one knee.
In a bizarre extended analogy, Sun News Network personality David Menzies compared questions about Ford’s weight to hypothetical questions about George Smitherman’s sexual orientation and admitted past drug use.
“Could you imagine if I was at that all-candidates meetings and I went to George Smitherman and I said, ‘You know what, George, being a practicing homosexual and the fact that you’ve been involved with all kinds of illicit drug use, how do we know you won’t engage in high-risk sex and drug use that will bring about HIV-leading-to-AIDS and you’ll die in office?’ I would be run out of town on a rail!”
[quote]but Washington had the best mayor-smoking-crack video of all time
I saw the tape - goddamn bitch set him up!
DC t-shirt circa 1990
Hates Gays - Does Drugs - Typical Right Winger
Shouldn't the phrase "breaking news" surrounded by asterisks be used a bit more selectively? You sound like a hysterical screaming man with wringing hands over something that probably doesn't even affect you. Sort of like a spinster.
Why are people so dramatic?
[quote]Shouldn't the phrase "breaking news" surrounded by asterisks be used a bit more selectively? You sound like a hysterical screaming man with wringing hands over something that probably doesn't even affect you.
You must be new here, dear. It's mid-May, so I guess we're stuck with the college-kid hordes for the next three months. Sigh.
R36 don't get your ascot in a ruffle.
I just wondered why this was "breaking news" and what impact this would have on the posters life.
R37 - You do realize that the ***BREAKING NEWS*** banner is DL convention and used with actual breaking news stories like this one, don't you?
Rob Ford has been a DL "character" and object of exasperation and derision for a long time. Even if he weren't a DL favorite, the mayor of the 5th largest city in N. America picking up a crack pipe among drug dealers in a spotty neighborhood is the very definition of breaking news.
Please tell us why YOU think this isn't breaking news.
There are too many pro-Ford voters in Toronto for this to do him in. Toronto is Canada's new right wing mecca.
I like the blue cocaine. Lots and lots of blue cocaine.
Has he made a sex tape yet?
I REALLY want to see the tape, but crowd-funding to pay the druggies doesn't sound like a good idea to me.
That is ridiculous, R30. And really, the same thing could be said about Ford. I fucking hate hoe conservative assholes still equate being gay with getting AIDS. How many straight people have engaged in same risky behaviour? Fuck Sun News. I wish their station would blow up. Thank God their support in Canada is narrow.
Disgraced Conservative Senator, former member of the "liberal" media and fellow fattie Mike Duffy has been accused of trying to influence the CRTC into forcing the cable companies to carry Sun News:
***Sen. Mike Duffy attempted to influence the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission’s upcoming decision involving the right-leaning Sun News Network, a source has told CTV News.
A well-placed source told CTV’s Ottawa Bureau Chief Robert Fife that Duffy approached a Conservative insider with connections to the CRTC three weeks ago to discuss Sun Media, which is asking the federal regulator to grant its news channel “mandatory carriage,” or guaranteed placement on basic cable and satellite packages.***
Can we ship Ford, Duffy and Don Cherry off to a deserted island? Or at least the Northwest Territories?
[quote] Up to $37,153 for Crackstarter!
Only $162,847.00 to go
Jesus Christ what a buffoon surrounded by other buffoons. Fuck the community meeting! Aren't people in Toronto embarrassed?
Price, Ford's former high school football coach and his recently named director of operations and logistics, put magnets on cars before Ford arrived. He stood between Ford and the reporters after the mayor said he would take no more questions.
Price scoffed at the suggestion that Ford should be attending the meeting-in-progress rather than circling the parking lot.
“He can do whatever he wants. Putting magnets on a community event — what do you expect him to be, up on stage?” Price said. When a reporter said the mayor might be expected to at least sit in the audience and listen, Price said, disparagingly, “Sitting and listening to those deputations?”
Councillor Doug Ford said the “real story” of his brother’s evening is that the mayor took the time to support the local community.
I'd be surprised if the video came out. I doubt it will for the same reason both the Globe and the Star didn't publish solid drug allegations in the first place.
There is no doubt it is Ford. He allowed the video to be made because he thought he was immune because he knows that *a slew of other prominent Torontonians* use these guys for coke.
He was (and is) counting on the MADD principle to prevent this from actually being viewed.
Gawker had a great story, but the buried the lede.
Very few media outlets up here will report on the Somali drug trade. How they got here and what they are selling to whom is the real story. The Mayor is a sideshow.
Mothers Against Drunk Drivers?
Mutually Assured Destruction (Doctrine)
I wonder what Rob Ford's balls taste like? I'm intrigued. He can sit on my face anytime!
[quote]Can we ship Ford, Duffy and Don Cherry off to a deserted island? Or at least the Northwest Territories?
How about Nunavut?
Are people in Toronto just not perturbed by him and his shenanigans? Do people really believe he's not a drunk (in the very least) and an addict? I can't imagine that he'd run for re-election.
Or are Canadians extremely tolerant of this sort of thing? The most recent example of a prominent U.S. mayor having alcohol issues in office was Gavin Newsom. A few years before he left office, he showed up tipsy at a hospital to offer condolences to the family of a policeman killed in the line of duty. There were rumors beforehand, apparently, especially about the drinking and an affair with a close adviser's wife. He did a very public show of contrition and went into treatment. These were more along he lines of personal transgressions and I think most of the drinking was confined to after hours. Ford is hanging out with the criminal element. What are Torontonians saying?
Most people are very perturbed, r61. A sizeable number also takes the view that he's being persecuted and should be left alone.
"What are Torontonians saying?"
Translators are required to answer this question.
R61 may be on to something.
Ralph Klein, the late long time mayor of Calgary and then premier of Alberta (winning multiple terms) remained very popular despite his well known alcoholism.
Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A. MacDonald, reportedly knocked back a bottle of whiskey a DAY and yet his visage appears on the $10 bill and he has numerous highways, airports and high schools named after him.
That being said, Rob Ford isn't worthy of picking the dingleberries from Klein's ass crack.
I thought of Ralph Klein, too. If there are enough right-wing idiots in Toronto, they will vote him in again. It's the right-wing that is voting for these slobs. They don't care who or what they are voting for, just as long as they get the same old slogans about money, taxes, etc.
The thinking people of course are disgusted and never voted for these people in the first place.
In general, Canada has many alcoholics. The cold must be a factor.
That said, Rob Ford is an USA-style pig. Fat, fugly, coke/crack/meth'd out, white trash looking, Chris Farley-style clueless American hot mess.
If Ford resembled Nathan Fillion or Peter Jennings, this would be a more manageable matter.
Chris Farley had more appeal than this pig. I agree he is a US-style pig, in the tradition of Rush Limbaugh. Seems grosser and more stupid than Chris Christie, though he has a similar bulk.
Chris Farley was actually a very nice, kind person. Tormented. Very sad. Couldn't be more different than Ford internally.
Not intending to impugn Chris Farley with comparisons. He wasn't a mayor!
Has anything else noteworthy happened on this front? Ford isn't saying anything. Can't the city council do something?
"He should have stuck to alcohol and prescription pills."
Have you ever tried a Naproxen tab in a wine cooler? Awesome!
omg.. you know it's bad when it makes the news in Norway of all places!
I don't think this is going to touch him. His support in the suburbs is rock solid strong.
Even if the video is released, those suburbs are still going to be behind him 100%
The suburbs is what got him elected, and will keep him getting re-elected.
R76 is correct, because Canada's taken a hard right turn since the late 90s, and there's a big city/suburb divide in Toronto, where all the fat fucks with McMansions voted another fat fuck into office.
The only difference is that, in addition to Latinos and blacks, these fat racist pieces of shit also hate all the immigrants in Toronto, as well.
R77 Ford admits he has an addiction problem, takes a leave of absence, spends 3 months in rehab (over the summer) and is back in office in September.
And those suburbs will be behind him 100%
So why bother raising the money for the video. This isn't going to get him kicked out of office.
Regular conservative people are fine; they are as sick of Ford as we, the liberals and progressives, are sick of Ford. But the psycho right wingers will always support him no matter what.
The right wing idiots are screaming "witch hunt" and claim the video was edited or that the drug dealers hired a lookalike actor and made the film to make money.
But that's such a stupid idea. There are more lucrative targets than Ford.
I still can't believe the stupid fat fuck is still in office.
He makes Toronto look like a very unsophisticated place.
Also, a lot of his idiot right wing supporters don't give a shit if Ford was using crack. They say that's his "privat business", and won't consider that maybe drug use like that could have a negative effect on someone's overall performance.
But you just know if it had been a liberal leftie politician caught with drugs, these same fuckers would be screaming for his/her head and demanding resignation.
It's true - he's making Toronto seem hick and garish. So, about right.
Only $68,297.00 to go before reaching $200,00 for the video.
Uh oh the owner of the video has disappeared off the face of the earth. That according to the folks at Gawker.
Guess we will never see it.
Maybe Ford bought the video, R84 :( And put the drug dealer on the train to Calgary.
From Toronto Mike. this can't make Ford look good in crisis.:
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has fired his chief of staff, Mark Towhey. No reason has been given. He was relieved of his duties and escorted from the premises by security this afternoon.
Meanwhile, it's been an entire week since three reporters from two different publications revealed what they witnessed in a video that allegedly shows Rob Ford smoking crack, calling Justin Trudeau a "fag" and the students at Don Bosco "just fucking minorities". It's been a whole week, and our mayor has said almost nothing. He hasn't admitted he has a problem nor strongly denied the allegations. I'm convinced his strategy is to avoid the issue in the hopes it will simply blow over.
Has Mark Towhey been fired because he disagreed with this awful strategy? Has Mark Towhey been fired because of this crack controversy?
With Rob Ford still in office, we have many questions but few answers.
An anonymous source at Toronto’s City Hall has told several publications that Rob Ford’s chief of staff Mark Towhey was fired for telling the mayor to go to rehab.
According to reports in the Toronto Sun, the National Post and CBC News, Towhey was turfed after telling Ford that he should “go away, deal with this and then come back.”
Towhey was, according to the source, urging Ford to go to a rehab program and deal with his “personal problems.” The Globe reports that Towhey’s plan was to quietly put Ford on a plane to rehab and announce his departure after he was gone.
Instead, Ford chose the “fourth option” — doing nothing and staying silent.
Even the Toronto Sun, long a staunch defender of Ford even through much of this scandal, ran a large “Go To ‘Rehab’” headline on their front page.
Interestingly, the source appears to have not spoken to the Toronto Star, the first Canadian publication to report on the alleged video of Ford smoking crack and uttering racial and anti-gay language. The story was first reported by U.S. gossip website Gawker.
The crisis at City Hall appears to be reaching a breaking point with Ford’s own hand-picked executive committee now demanding action from the mayor.
A statement expected to be released today will urge the mayor to come forward and speak to the public and media about the scandal. Ford has yet to directly address the allegations beyond calling them “ridiculous.” He has spent the last week dodging reporters and refusing to respond to interview requests.
They are also for prepping a contingency plan to run the city in Ford’s absence.
I bet Ford bought the tape.
He just gave a press conference denying everything.
I'm not an addict!
“I do not use crack cocaine nor am I an addict of crack cocaine,” Ford said in a statement Friday afternoon. “As for a video, I can’t comment on a video I have never seen or does not exist.”
He bought the tape
It was recorded on tape? You mean, multiple copies can't be made instantaneously, like with digital?
They are drug dealers. Probably not the most smartest people on the planet.
I predict a single car accident after a night of heavy celebrating once he thinks he's in the clear.
R88, well I believe him when he says he's not an addict becomes he obviously still overweight. Didn't know one could be a crack addict and still be fat.
Ever heard of Chris Farley (RIP), r93?
Ford's now been dropped as coach of the catholic high school football team, which he spent more time and effort on than being mayor.
I just read how paying passengers were ordered off a city bus on a rainy day when the Ford personally called to have a bus commandeered to pick up the football team at some event. Jesus.
And if you read the statement carefully "I do not use crack cocaine. Nor am I an addict of crack cocaine." He can claim to be truthful if he's not a "regular" user of crack. And, realistically, how many addicts think they have a problem? His delusions and denial are pretty clear in the statement and it's oh, so typical of addicts.
Look I think he has an addiction problem and should get help. But Ford is in denial (as most addicts are).
But he is going to get away with it, again. He has probably paid off the drug dealers and has the tape.
He has got away with it again!
He shaved all his hair off so he can't be drug-tested!
Unbelievable investigative article about Ford and his whole family of druggies at the Globe and Mail this morning:
This is one of many scandals.
The fact Rob Ford is still in power tells you how right wing Toronto has become today.
Eeyore at R102, one bad mayoral election does not mean Toronna's right wing. Mayor Bluto even hauled his capacious ass out to the PFLAG rainbow flag raising the other day. Bet that doesn't happen much in Alabama.
This is the scandal that keeps on giving, and giving, and...
According to the Globe and Mail, Toronto police are investigating a tip that reportedly links Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's crack video to a murder in Toronto. Two sources told the Globe and Mail that police interviewed a senior staff member from Ford's office last week about the tip, which the staffer reportedly received shortly after Gawker published its report about the video earlier this month.
Two Toronto police officers interviewed the staffer outside of City Hall last week, according to one of the Globe and Mail's sources, though the staffer could not verify the credibility of the source.
From the report:
The informant in the mayor’s office purported to know the address and unit number where the video was being held.
They went on to say that the video originally belonged to an individual who may have been killed for its potentially valuable contents, according to a source.
Both Gawker and the Toronto Star ran a photo (featured above) of Mayor Ford standing next to Anthony Smith, a 21-year-old shot to death in Toronto last March, though there's no evidence connecting Smith's death to the video.
The Toronto police department refused to comment to the Globe and Mail, and the mayor's office didn't return their request for comment.
Shortly after the Globe and Mail's story went online, Toronto CP24's Katie Simpson published a report that contradicted some of the Globe and Mail's account. Simpson wrote that, while homicide detectives did interview a member of the mayor's staff last week, the interview was not connected to a homicide.
Staff Insp. Greg McLane, head of the homicide squad, tells CP24 the interview was not in relation to a recent homicide or any homicide. McLane says homicide officers did the interview because the officers have expertise others don't.
McLean went on to add that the interview is in relation to an on-going investigation that is currently in the media, but he declined to identify the nature of the investigation.
The reports come just two days after the Globe and Mail published an extensive exposé detailing the Ford family's longtime involvement with Toronto drug scene.
Geez, this story's gotten even more fucked up. You gotta wonder now if Ford had that Smith guy offed. Ford must be shitting bricks now that the cops are involved.
Also, when this story first broke, all the pictures taken of Ford showed him to be looking stressed and worried. Then right after his official denial, his face in pictures showed the usual Ford--smug and relaxed. Very telling.
I wonder if he bought it. He does see more relaxed, and quick to deny. For days he said nothing.
Which one is he in the picture?
[quote]I wonder if he bought it. He does see more relaxed, and quick to deny. For days he said nothing.
But his press secretary and assistant press secretary also abruptly quit on Monday. This after he fired his chief of staff last week.
At this point, the city may need to bring in a forklift to remove him from office.
The Voice of the Night
R109 the photos of Ford wandering the office looking for his vanished staff were quite comical.
And so the noose tightens around Ford's fat neck.
When this ends it will be truly spectacular, epic in every meaning of the world.