Sunday, June 2, 2013

Have you driven a Ford lately?

As in, "driven him nuts"? Ford... Rob Ford.

I guess I considered creating this entry on account of a FreeP survey regarding "Who you'd like to see elected Mayor in 2014"

 http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/polls/Who-would-you-like-to-see-elected-or-re-elected-mayor-in-2014-209751181.html?c=y&pollSubmitted=y&viewResults=y&mr=1&oid=7&pid=209751181&cid=8500584

Not surprising, my favourite answer is also that of the majority. None of the above. I've posted before about how to decline your ballot Provincially, not that any one cares if you decline to vote (how do the NDP scam the vote tax off a declined ballot I wonder... change the law?).

Sorry... squirrel.

Unfortunately, the toxic arena a Mayor is getting into isn't for everyone. Consider what Rob Ford has to endure.

Sure, to an extent, he's master of his own fate. He doesn't choose to use the media, he chooses instead to alienate them. That said, the bias against him on the part of the press is extremely unprofessional as well.

Ever watch a scrum with the Press and Ford. He simply won't answer to the outrageous allegations that he's a crack smoker any more. Good idea? I dunno... but frankly if the question were asked of me publicly I may choose to do the same thing, especially if I've faced personal demons. His difficulties with alcohol are a matter of record, and he had a marijuana charge in Florida while letting go on vacation... but he shouldn't have been driving (DUI). Fact is, he's no Sunday School poster child.

Have you ever seen or met a crack smoker? I have... and it's an education. At first you're not sure about what's going on, you have trouble reading the person, but once you clue in, you see the same traits in the next crack head you meet. Crack smokers don't show up for work on a regular basis... they will steal and lie to anyone to get their next rock, they are (possibly) the least reliable people you'll ever encounter save for a Meth head. Can you really expect the public at large to believe that there's a video of him with a crack pipe in his mouth?

One would think that the media's stock value has plummeted to near zero, being purchased solely to line the bottom of the bird cage, or shredded for the hamster to use as bedding. With the unfathomable publication of a photo shopped "nude" of Ford in NOW (a free weekly paper) after his election, the tone was set. Ford closed his doors to the media, and FIPA requests were useless because the names of people he was meeting with were excluded from the schedule.

"So you wanna play huh?" is how I'd take that sort of action. I think the media would need to take that as a signal. Be fair with me, and I'll be fair with you, be unreasonable, and so will I.

Right or wrong, I can see his point. Our Mayor does the same thing, and the allegations or questions are NOT about scurrilous accusations of smoking crack by some "news" outlet called Gawker who reportedly were offered a video by some unknown, unnamed source they can no longer find, presumably because Ford has his brother shoot the guy in the head (I made that last part up... but wait, I'll bet that accusation is either coming, or is already out there).

Ford HAS commented on this accusation.

"Absolutely not true," he said outside his Etobicoke home on Friday morning. "It's ridiculous. It's another Toronto Star whatever,"

 "Anyways, like I said this morning, these allegations are ridiculous, it’s another story with respect to the Toronto Star going after me," Ford said. "And that’s all I’ve got to say for now.”

The problem is, you just can't answer a "When did you stop beating your wife?" question and win. The anti-Ford politicians (of which there are many in the left wing circus that created the likes of Layton and Chow) jump all over the unproven accusations and send everyone into a frenzy, likely resulting in some serious tension within the office.

"I think we should counter this. We should find the guy claiming to have this video."

"No. Spend your time working on what matters. We have a big city to manage."

And that conversation continues, leading to some serious frustration which culminates in someone getting fired... and why not?

If I hired you, and you work for ME and I tell you not to chase something and you continue, regardless of your intentions, you're insubordinate. You don't belong in my employ.

Well... that's a long winded post scratching the surface of why it's next to impossible to find a mayor willing to rattle the cages.

Sam came in thinking he could change things... and guess what? He learned that the unions and the pin heads run the City, NOT the Mayor. Sam shook the cage door a bit, and still drags a stick over the bars every once in a while to let the animals know that he's still the zoo keeper, but as for an outright revamp of the place, he's recognized that it's political suicide.

Bringing about real change would be mired in many years of such turmoil that nothing would ever get done, so you throw up your hands and do as much as you can.

That is NOT in the character of the person we really NEED to be mayor here, and I'm afraid that that person either:
  1. Doesn't exist, or
  2. Wouldn't subject themselves to the type of abuse they'd receive.
BTW, people in Toronto aren't that stupid. Ford still has a 42% approval rating...so what does THAT say to the media?

I know what the editor should be saying.  "FOCUS!"

Squirrel...

Update  The idea of shooting someone was published three days ago (In the Toronto Star go figure)
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/05/30/rob_ford_video_scandal_mayor_ford_said_he_knew_where_video_was_sources_say.html

2 comments:

  1. This is a parody post, right..?

    You can't possibly be positing this for a mayor who's got a long - LONG - record of idiocy and buffoonery attached to his name...saying bicyclists who are killed in traffic 'deserve it', racist comments about "Orientals", his attitude towards Pride events, his laughable campaign promises and even more laughable record in office. The list goes on. How are you missing this? More puzzlingly, how are you chalking this up to a Vast Media Conspiracy?

    He's a fucking clown. And when you elect a clown, you get a circus.

    As is appallingly obvious.

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  2. "It might mean that the video has been destroyed. It might mean that it has been handed over to Ford or his allies. It might mean that he intends to sell or give it to a Canadian media outlet. It might mean that the Toronto police department has seized it and plans to use it as evidence in a criminal investigation,"

    Then again, it might mean the video never existed... of course, THAT is probably too big a stretch for you, right?

    You don't have to like him, or his politics, but this is silly already.

    "I have a video for $200K!"
    "Here's $200K!" (imagine how much crack that could buy the crack head, but he's an altruistic crack head and wants to be left alone)
    "It's gone, leave me alone."

    Seriously... you believe this?

    Planet X, airplane chemtrails, the sun is a fake and all countries politicians have agreed to keep it a secret... there are people out there who'll believe anything.

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