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    The "maybe our politicians aren't that bad afterwards" thread

    Number 1 contender to make ourselves feel a bit better about who we vote for - Rob Ford, Mayor of Toronto.

    Make that - crack smoking, grossly obese, racist, homophobic and borderline mentally disabled, Mayor of Toronto.



    "There are probably more annoying things than being hectored about African development by a wealthy Irish rock star in a cowboy hat, but I can't think of one at the moment"

    Paul Theroux

    #2
    What is it about politicians and resigning?
    "We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven into an age of unreason if we dig deep into our history and remember we are not descended from fearful men" Edward R Murrow

    "Little by little, we have been brought into the present condition in which we are able neither to tolerate the evils from which we suffer, nor the remedies we need to cure them." - Livy


    "I think that progress has been made by two flames that have always been burning in the human heart. The flame of anger against injustice and the flame of hope that you can build a better world" - Tony Benn

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      #3
      Why is Toronto Mayor Rob Ford still popular?


      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-24824648

      This is the same man who, having abandoned his pledge to lose weight as part of a diet campaign, slipped off the scales and twisted his ankle during a public weigh-in.

      Earlier this year, while attempting to evade reporters at city hall, he walked face first into a camera, shouting expletives while nursing his eye.
      Rob Ford: In his own words...

      On an investigation into an aide: "It's actually no-one's business what happens in my office."

      On his Toronto neighbourhood: "This is an insult to my constituents to even think about having a homeless shelter in their ward."

      On cyclists: "My heart bleeds for them when someone gets killed. But it's their own fault at the end of the day."

      On public health: "If you are not doing needles and you are not gay, you wouldn't get Aids probably, that's the bottom line."

      On his visit to western Canada: "I'm telling you, you can insult their wives, but don't insult their football teams. It was an amazing experience."
      Mr Ford gave a voice to car-driving, conservative suburbanites, who felt neglected by downtown politicians. His "everyman" campaign for low taxes and smaller government won massive support in the suburbs.
      Sounds like an Irish politician
      The axe that cuts the tree can easily forget, but the tree thats been cut will not forget.

      Originally posted by the plastic paddy
      Gwan the Welsh

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        #4
        Originally posted by Huwie View Post
        Why is Toronto Mayor Rob Ford still popular?


        http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-24824648







        Sounds like an Irish politician
        Irish politicians would smoke craic. See there's the difference if they were on the 'real' stuff it would all make sense.
        "They’re the benchmark that everyone else has to raise their game to meet." Alan Quinlan on Leinster

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          #5
          Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in video murder rant

          Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is embroiled in fresh controversy over a video which shows him threatening to commit "first-degree murder".


          As he resists calls to quit following his admission this week that he had smoked crack cocaine, Toronto media released a clip of the mayor in a rage.


          Mr Ford is shown gesticulating during a foul-mouthed rant in which he threatens to kill an unknown person.


          He apologised for the video, saying he was "extremely, extremely inebriated".

          http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-24858250
          The axe that cuts the tree can easily forget, but the tree thats been cut will not forget.

          Originally posted by the plastic paddy
          Gwan the Welsh

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            #6
            Extremely extremely inebriated ...

            Oh.. Well, that's fine so...
            He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck either, but a real duck that was actually lame. Maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.

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              #7
              How about plagiarising Louis Theroux without acknowledging it...?
              Ceterum censeo INM irrumandum esse.

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                #8
                MOD NOTE - spammer deleted, so one or two responses above this one may not make sense.
                Tis but a scratch.

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                  #9
                  Sure, Th78 rarely does anyway.
                  The axe that cuts the tree can easily forget, but the tree thats been cut will not forget.

                  Originally posted by the plastic paddy
                  Gwan the Welsh

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                    #10
                    Ah, I knew somebody would take that bait!
                    Tis but a scratch.

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                      #11
                      A former senator has been sentenced to three years in prison, with the final year suspended, after being convicted of extortion.

                      Francis or Francie O'Brien from Latton, Castleblayney pleaded guilty to a charge of demanding €100,000 with menaces from a Department of Agriculture vet, Michael Heelan, in Co Monaghan.

                      The 70-year-old, who served over 20 years as a Fianna Fáil senator, told Leitrim Circuit Court that he was ashamed of what he had done.

                      Detective Inspector Fergus Traynor said the defendant went to Mr Heelan and said he had been told that blood samples and other animal testing equipment had been found after being incorrectly disposed off.

                      O'Brien was aware that there had been a previous incident involving Mr Heelan and told him it could go away on payment of €100,000.

                      The court heard that O'Brien was acting as a messenger for others who were involved.

                      Mr Heelan went to the gardaí who investigated the case.

                      They arrested O'Brien when he brought Mr Heelan to a shed to show him the bags of material they had found.

                      Judge John O'Hagan said the former senator and county councillor had betrayed the trust of people.

                      Instead of going to the gardaí, he had participated in this abominable crime, the judge
                      "There are a lot of points that we’ve left behind and this is with a young group. That probably tells you what they’re capable of and that they’re a very good side.

                      Probably next year or the year after next they will take some stopping"

                      Anthony Foley, May 2016. Axel RIP

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Waterfordlad View Post
                        A former senator has been sentenced to three years in prison, with the final year suspended, after being convicted of extortion.

                        Francis or Francie O'Brien from Latton, Castleblayney pleaded guilty to a charge of demanding €100,000 with menaces from a Department of Agriculture vet, Michael Heelan, in Co Monaghan.

                        The 70-year-old, who served over 20 years as a Fianna Fáil senator, told Leitrim Circuit Court that he was ashamed of what he had done.

                        Detective Inspector Fergus Traynor said the defendant went to Mr Heelan and said he had been told that blood samples and other animal testing equipment had been found after being incorrectly disposed off.

                        O'Brien was aware that there had been a previous incident involving Mr Heelan and told him it could go away on payment of €100,000.

                        The court heard that O'Brien was acting as a messenger for others who were involved.

                        Mr Heelan went to the gardaí who investigated the case.

                        They arrested O'Brien when he brought Mr Heelan to a shed to show him the bags of material they had found.

                        Judge John O'Hagan said the former senator and county councillor had betrayed the trust of people.

                        Instead of going to the gardaí, he had participated in this abominable crime, the judge

                        O'Brien is into Nationwide for at least 20m for his career as a developer during the Celtic Pussy, wonder if he will get paid while in the slammer, it should all be taken off him and just given the OAP, fck him.

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                          #13
                          Ford, the politician that just keeps on giving.....



                          Troubled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has apologised for obscene comments he made on live TV while denying he had offered oral sex to a female staff member.

                          The Canadian politician used what he called "unforgivable language", in remarks to reporters.

                          He also threatened to take legal action against former employees who made claims about his drinking and drug use.

                          It is the latest scandal to engulf 44-year-old Mr Ford, who last week admitted smoking crack cocaine.

                          Police documents released on Wednesday quoted Ford associates as saying that the mayor had driven drunk, used racially abusive language, threatened staff, consorted with a woman suspected of being a prostitute and made a sexual proposition to a female staff member.

                          'Particularly disappointing'
                          On Thursday morning, he told reporters the allegations were "outright lies", although he conceded he might have driven after taking alcohol.

                          However, reporters were left gasping by his profane outburst as he denied having once offered oral sex to a former female employee.

                          The father of two young children said that he was "happily married" and crudely commented that he enjoyed enough oral sex at home.

                          Later on Thursday, Mr Ford was flanked by his wife, Renata, as he expressed regret for the "graphic" language, the latest in a string of apologies.

                          He said his integrity as a father and husband had been attacked, prompting him to "see red".

                          "I acted on complete impulse in my remarks," he said.

                          Mr Ford also announced he was getting help from healthcare professionals.

                          The erratic mayor was wearing a Toronto Argonauts jersey when he made the sexually charged comments.

                          The Canadian Football League team said in a statement: "These latest remarks, while wearing our team's jersey, are particularly disappointing."

                          'Stubborn, pig-headed'
                          Councillor Karen Stintz later said the city had suspended all school trips to city hall indefinitely because staff deemed it unsafe.

                          Meanwhile, many of the 44-member city council turned their backs on the mayor as he addressed political matters.

                          "This is one of the most stubborn, pig-headed people I think we have ever seen," said Councillor Janet Davis.

                          "He seems to have no self-awareness, no core of moral character. It is stunning."

                          In his initial remarks on Thursday, the mayor had vowed legal action against his former chief of staff and two other aides over allegations they made to police, detailed in legal papers released on Wednesday.

                          The police interviews were conducted to obtain a search warrant for Alexander Lisi, Mr Ford's friend and occasional driver, whom police accuse of marijuana possession and trafficking.

                          The mayor also threatened litigation against a waiter who said he believed Mr Ford and a woman had snorted cocaine in a private room at a restaurant on St Patrick's Day 2012.

                          On Wednesday, the city council voted 41-2 requesting he take leave, but they have no authority to remove him. Mr Ford has vowed to stay on and run for re-election in October 2014.

                          Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne suggested the provincial government could intervene, as she made a televised statement on Thursday.

                          "The things we are seeing and hearing about Mayor Rob Ford are truly disturbing," she said.

                          But it was not all bad news for the conservative mayor, who was elected in 2010 on a pledge to tackle wasteful spending at city hall.

                          It was announced that Mr Ford and his brother, Councillor Doug Ford, would get their own TV talk show next Monday, entitled Ford Nation.

                          The deal with Sun News Network follows last week's cancellation of the brothers' popular weekly radio show with a local broadcaster
                          "There are a lot of points that we’ve left behind and this is with a young group. That probably tells you what they’re capable of and that they’re a very good side.

                          Probably next year or the year after next they will take some stopping"

                          Anthony Foley, May 2016. Axel RIP

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                            #14
                            Only a video can do this one justice.

                            "There are probably more annoying things than being hectored about African development by a wealthy Irish rock star in a cowboy hat, but I can't think of one at the moment"

                            Paul Theroux

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                              #15
                              Michael, doing his bit for Ireland's reputation in this thread.

                              The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves

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