Monday 27 May 2013


Mayor  Rob  Ford:  dumb,  dumber,  dumbest  (Part II)


For those of my readers who didn’t read last Wednesday’s article in my blog about this particular Canadian mayor, let me say that it dealt with the many stupid things he did both as a city counselor and as the mayor of Toronto. It also dealt with the recent problems he is facing with respect to the alleged allegation that he was seen on a video smoking crack cocaine out of a glass pipe in the company of Somali drug dealers. In that article, I referred to this enormously fat man as Dumbo. I shall continue referring to him in that manner.


The Video


Toronto Star reporters, Robyn Doolittle and Kevin Donovan said that they had looked at a video that had been supposedly taken on a smartphone in an apartment in Etobicoke, a suburb of Toronto. In the video is Rob Ford with a crack cocaine glass pipe in his hand with him inhaling whatever is coming out of it. This was allegedly done in the presence of and in the apartment of some Somali drug dealers According to the reporters; the video wasn’t grainy and was actually quite clear and that the image of the mayor was clear enough to convince them that it was the mayor of Toronto. Further, when they heard his voice in the video, they were doubly convinced it was the mayor speaking.  They had seen and heard him many times in the past so they recognized his face and his voice.


Deputy Mayor Doug Holiday said, “We all know that videos can be altered.” Could the video have been altered and that it really wasn’t Dumbo in the video? My personal view is that the video is genuine. You cannot Photoshop a person into a video. Unless the person who made the video was an expert from Hollywood and had the equipment that Star Wars technicians used to place people in movie scenes that weren’t physically in the movie scenes, there is no way that Dumbo could have been superimposed into the video. Could he have been a double? I don’t think so although everyone has a double somewhere but what are the chances that a double of Dumbo also has his voice? The chances are astronomical which is the best word I can describe them. 


The video (less than two minutes in length) shows Dumbo sitting in a chair wearing a white shirt with the top buttons open, inhaling from what appears to be a glass crack cocaine pipe. As he speaks, he is incoherent while he is talking about Liberal Leader Justice Trudeau being a fag and his former Bosco School football team being fucking minorities.


How did these two reporters get to see the video in the first place? They were shown the video on the evening of May 3, 2013 while sitting in a car next to the apartment building where the video was taken. I have to presume that it was shown to them by the drug dealers or by the one who made the video. The reporters looked at it three times and by then they were convinced that Dumbo was the star performer in the video.


The drug dealers were trying to sell it to the Star for $200,000 in March but the newspaper doesn’t buy anything from drug dealers. As published reports by the Star and by the American website Gawker rocketed around the world and was picked up by media worldwide, many people including Toronto City counselors and some of Dumbo’s closest friends implored him to make a statement that would clearly say that he was innocent of the so-called evidence that he was in an apartment of drug dealers smoking crack cocaine. Gawker meanwhile has launched a campaign to raise $200,000 (demanded by the drug dealers) for the video. So far they have raised over $160,000. If they get the video, it will be shown all over the world and if that happens, all the denials by Dumbo will be thought of as outright lies and his integrity and legacy will go so far down the toilet, not even his best spin doctors will be able to retrieve them even if they are highly experienced plumbers.  


The Denial


His first statement made soon after the Star article was published was as follows. “These allegations are absolutely not true and are ridiculous [and is] another story with respect to the Toronto Star going after me and that is all I have to say.”


What allegations were he speaking of? The Star admitted that they didn’t have custody of the video and the reporters didn’t actually say that it was Dumbo in the video. They merely said that they believed it was Dumbo in the video.


International news media around the world dissected Dumbo’s conduct like students dissected frogs in their biology classes and yet, he refused to add anything else to his statement. That is until seven days later when the pressure was so demanding of him that he had no other choice but to publicly address the problem again especially since half of the City Council in a letter signed by them demanded that he explain himself better.


On May 17th, he said, “There has been a serious accusation from the Toronto Star that I use crack cocaine. I do not use crack cocaine nor am I an addict of crack cocaine.”


Let’s try to understand what he was saying by taking a closer look at what he said.


First of all, he said, “I do not use crack cocaine.” By using the words “do not” into his statement, he was speaking in the present tense. If he has never used crack cocaine for any purpose, he should have said, “I have never used crack cocaine so it follows that I am not addicted to crack cocaine.”  That way he would be denying that he was actually seen smoking crack cocaine in the so-called video and he would also be denying that he is addicted to crack cocaine.


Of course this raises an interesting question. If the video is genuine (and I believe that it is) then why did he have a crack cocaine glass pipe in his hand and why was he waving a lit lighter under the base of it and inhaling the fumes?


Many of us remember watching former president Clinton on TV with his wife present referring to allegations of him having a sexual relationship with a White House aide called Monica Lewinsky.  


News of the scandal first broke on January 17, 1998, on the Drudge Report, which reported that Newsweek editors were sitting on a story by investigative reporter Michael Isikoff exposing the affair. The story broke in the mainstream press on January 21 in The Washington Post. The story swirled for several days and despite swift denials from Clinton, the clamor for answers from the White House grew louder. On January 26, President Clinton, standing with his wife, spoke at a White House press conference, and issued a forceful denial, which contained what would later become one of the best-known sound bites of his presidency. He said;


“I want to say one thing to the American people. I want you to listen to me. I'm going to say this again. I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.” He was speaking in the past tense and yet he was still lying because although he didn’t have a ‘penis in vagina’ relationship to that woman, he certainly had a ‘penis in mouth’ relationship with her. That is obviously a sexual relationship.


Did he really convince those who could have questioned him that he was referring to his penis inside her vagina and not his penis inside her mouth?  They should have asked him if he had his penis inside her mouth but they chose not to since each of the reporters are permitted to be part of the White House Press Corps and they didn’t want to be permanently turfed from the Corps by Clinton’s press secretary. 


During the grand jury testimony, Clinton's responses were carefully worded, and he argued, “It depends on the meaning of the word ‘is’ in regards to the truthfulness of my statement that there ‘is’ not a sexual relationship, an improper sexual relationship or any other kind of improper relationship.” He was playing with words just as he was playing with the truth.


Clinton finally admitted in taped grand jury testimony on August 17, 1998, that he really did have an ‘improper physical relationship’ with Lewinsky. That evening he gave a nationally televised statement admitting his relationship with Lewinsky which was ‘not appropriate’. He didn’t say that the relationship included his penis in her mouth but everyone knew that was what had occurred, not once but a number of times in the private office of the president in the White House.


What Dumbo has left out in his statement on May 17th are the answers to the following questions.


1.     Have you ever ingested crack cocaine or any other forms of cocaine whatsoever at any time?


2.    Were you ever in an apartment building with anyone dealing with drugs in any manner?


3.    Were you ever in an apartment building on Dixon Road in Etobicoke?


4.    Have you ever accepted illicit drugs from any drug dealers?


5.    Have you ever had a crack cocaine glass pipe in your hand?


6.    Did you ever refer to the Bosco School football team as being fucking minorities while in an apartment that wasn’t your apartment?


7.    Did you ever refer to Justine Trudeau as a fag in an apartment that wasn’t your apartment?


I wouldn’t ask him if he is the person in the video because he hasn’t seen it.

The Shattered Ford Legacy

The Globe and Mail (a highly respected newspaper in Toronto) published in a report that Ford's family had ties to the illicit drug trade dating back to the 1980s. The newspaper says it carried out an 18-month investigation into the Ford family and alleged that the mayor's brothers, City Counselor Doug Ford and Randy Ford, were involved in selling drugs. The paper quotes from 10 unnamed sources who said that Doug Ford trafficked in large quantities of hashish during the 1980s. Those sources included two former suppliers, three street-level drug dealers and five casual drug users. It is also reported that a city hall staffer, David Price who was Dumbo’s former high school football coach who was hired recently by the mayor's office as an advisor to Dumbo is alleged to have dealt drugs with Dumbo’s brother, Doug Ford. Believe me when I say that the Globe and Mail would never make such defamatory statements in its paper if it didn’t have irrefutable proof of what it printed.

This current Globe and Mail article certainly makes any statement spoken by Doug Ford highly suspect. He put himself into a typical Ford defence mode. He said that the allegations of him being a hashish dealer were disgusting and an outright lie. He also said, (get ready for it) “I admit to recreational use of marijuana in high school like everyone else but I hate drugs. I don’t even take Aspirin.” First of all, not all of us smoked marijuana in high school and does anyone really believe that he hasn’t taken an Aspirin for a headache? If you believe his explanation that he hasn’t taken an Aspirin for a headache, then I have an island I want to sell you. It is called Manhattan.

What does someone do when a newspaper writes articles like that? He threatens to sue the paper. If this fool did this, he would lose because the Supreme Court of Canada had made it clear that it isn’t malice on the part of a newspaper to make such allegations even if unproven so long as the paper gives the person they supposedly defame an opportunity to refute the allegations. Well, the paper offered him that opportunity and he rebuffed their efforts to let him give his side of the story so he blew whatever chance he had to successfully sue the paper for defamation of character.

Here is Doug Ford’s excuse for not suing the Globe and Mail. “I don’t want to go up against companies with billions of dollars. Can I go up [like] little David [fighting] Goliath? I’m fighting for the little guy and I am going to try and sue a multibillion dollar organization that drags on for five years?”

If someone really feels that he has been defamed, he will fight like hell, no matter how big a newspaper is. I guess he believes that all he has to do is deny, deny and deny. Well, without being more specific with his denials, the allegations will stick to Doug Ford for the rest of his life unless of course, all of those ten people who denounced him will each retract their statements to the reporters in the Globe and Mail. I don’t see that happening in his lifetime.

What he did do instead was to spout off how wonderful he and his family are. Throughout the day he railed off a list of personal and family accomplishments including the involvement of himself and his father, Doug Ford Sr. in the Rexdale Rotary Club. 

Hey, Dummy. I don’t care if you have been classed as being a saint by your fellow Rotarians—that is not conclusive proof that weren’t a hashish pusher in the past and it also not proof that those ten people who denounced you are lying.

Doug Ford could hardly call his brother Rob a saint. Two sources told the Star that Rob Ford was so upset when he learned that he had been dumped from being the football coach of the Bosco School football team that he ordered his chief of staff, Mr. Towhee to go to the school and retrieve thousands of dollars’ worth of football equipment that Ford had donated to the school. What kind of creep gives his chief of staff that kind of order?  Let me spell out his name for you. ROB FORD aka DUMBO. When his chief of staff told Dumbo that the order was a bad idea, Dumbo fired him then had the audacity to later tell everyone how wonderful his chief of staff was.

Admittedly, those reports about Dumbo’s family aren’t evidence that Dumbo was smoking crack cocaine or is even addicted to it but you know that old saw; where there is smoke there is fire. Well the smoke is so thick—we can’t yet see the fire if there really is a fire to see. If there is a fire, it must be extremely hot to Dumbo and his brothers.

No one can remove Dumbo from office because of these allegations against him since that is all they are; unproven allegations. What is needed is the video. If that surfaces, Dumbo’s future as the mayor or any other political position anywhere in Canada will have gone up in smoke. Poof! His political ambitions will be history but his legacy will stick to him and his family like reinforced concrete sticks to a building. No amount of scrubbing will remove the bad reputation he has lathered on himself and his family. 

I don’t think that Dumbo will admit to any wrongdoing with respect to the crack-cocaine allegations unless he actually is face-to-face with the video but even if after facing the video, he reverses his position and admits that he lied about the allegations, it won’t save him from the fury of the populace. He will be lucky if he isn’t tarred with feathers and carried out of town on a rail. He is a man whose reputation is in ruins and like the ancient city of Pompey; his credibility will never be built up again.


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