Even I don't always agree with my opinion


Have You Chased A Ford Lately?

Posted May 28, 2013 by jim young in Politics

Just the facts ma’am, just the facts. – Jack Webb (Dragnet)

– jim young

I don’t much care for Mayor Rob Ford.

In my opinion he’s a loud mouthed sleaze ball that should have been booted from power when a judge ruled he had violated the provincial Municipal Elections Act last November.

But as I am neither a resident of Toronto nor a property owner in Toronto, my opinion really doesn’t matter any more than do the opinions of Mick Jagger, Jay Leno and a host of other talk show hosts.

But like these celebrities, that’s not going to stop me from giving it either.

You need only read the Rob Ford timeline presented by City News to understand the reasons for my dislike of Ford as a mayor.

At best he falls short of being a role model we might expect of an elected official. And at worst – he’s a lying som-bitch.

But as much as I dislike the man and even though there are ample reasons why Ford should step down from (or be booted out of) power, the allegations of him smoking crack and his reaction to it are not one of them. (So long as they remain just that – allegations.)

Let’s suppose for example that there really is no video of Ford smoking crack AND let’s suppose that Ford does NOT smoke crack. Kind of like the concept of “innocent until proven guilty”.

Even the Star and Globe & Mail should remember that don’t you think?

And let’s not forget the alleged video was filmed by drug dealers and its exposure was brokered by a gossip website.

Keep in mind also that the only other people that claim to have seen this video, reporters for the Toronto Star, had their own agendas.

I think it was damn straight of Ford not to come forth with denials of these allegations and I’m sorry he was finally pressured by his colleagues to do so.

It’s kind of like asking Ford if he still beats his wife. Well maybe that’s not such a good example in THIS case – but I think you get my drift.

If no one’s going to believe anything short of a confession, why should Ford be expected to comment?

Ford may be his own worst enemy when it comes to dealing with the press – but the press are starting to become their own worst enemies too when they run with stories they cannot substantiate.

Where has the integrity of the media disappeared to?

I think the Globe & Mail was really grasping at straws when they attacked Rob Ford’s brother Councillor Doug Ford for allegedly selling pot in high school.

Really? Something that minor that may or may not have happened as a kid over 30 years ago?

THAT’S news?

THAT’S important?

“Have I smoked marijuana in high school? Absolutely, I did, like everyone else.” Doug Ford was quoted as saying.

Good for Doug.

And I further applaud him when he also admitted “Did I probably sell a joint to a friend back and forth in a small party? Yes.”

It’s about time we accepted the fact that politicians are not infallible gods and they (the politicians) started admitting what may or may not be considered character flaws that don’t amount to a hill of beans when the media is trying to make mountains out of molehills.

But then Brother Doug added, “But if you’re asking me did I sell drugs? No. One hundred per cent not.”

100% not? Okay – THAT’s a little bit contradictory isn’t it? I might have accepted “98% not” but “100% not” after just confessing to selling an occasional joint to a friend? That just doesn’t add up mathematically in my books.

The Fords just don’t know when to shut the fuck up!

Doug Ford hit the nail on the head when he challenged the Globe and Mail with “Is that the best you’ve got?”

But on the other hand, really Toronto?

Is that the best YOU’VE got?

Surely you have someone else that would make a better mayor than Rob Ford and sooooo many better candidates for councillors.

There’s no denying that Rob & Doug are “built Ford tough” but when it comes to “Quality is Job 1” they miss the mark.

Whether Mayor Ford’s been smoking the real thing or not – maybe it’s just time to fire his ass out of there and his ass-kissing brother along with him.

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