Ford jumped into the cooking pot and said "Cook me, Danno!" all by himself, Steven.
Nobody sneaked up on him with a hidden camera in infrared or a starlight scope, he was just hanging with his homey's posing for cell phone photographs and somehow one bit of video ended up on the Net. And then it ended up Deleted from the Net within hours for more than a year. But as any half wit, which encompasses the voting public both north and south of the border, knows, Once Posted it never goes away, unless you destroy all the Servers instantaneously as well.
And now there's more footage of Rob Ford in some state of intoxication, substance unknown, threatening and swearing and acting just like the ... See this is the trouble. I'm an educated and relatively verbally adept person, but he has exceeded my vocabulary, not by a word or two or ten but by several orders of magnitude. He surpasses vituperation and eviscerates vulgarity and all the four letter and ten and twelve letter brothel language pales into insignificance. It just fades from the page entirely.
Toronto despite being quite a lovely and reasonably undisfigured city has had its share of Mayors of doubtful quality as I may have mentioned, including a guy who made his millions in discount appliance sales, was a joke before he ran for office, and continued to be a joke in office to which of course he was re-elected by the burbs at the expense of the City and who was very similar to Mr Ford except his wife pretended she had been kidnapped in an outburst of wifely neglect and he had substantially more sense of civic responsibility and probity and was about 1/8th the size of the Whale. Short Man Syndrome covered him like a tent. But Ford is Marion Barry, Ed Koch, and just about every other city's gargoyle rolled into one.
Yes, he has problems, poor baby. He's an Alcoholic and a Drug User and a cheat and a liar, and he's been overheard on tape denigrating the kids he used to coach using ethnic slurs that were common in the 1930's but give him his due, this is a guy who makes Richard Nixon at his worst look practically lovable though no less corrupt.
Fortunately I believe and hope that he has damaged himself, and his brother who is the Brains of the Operation and his friends on City Council so badly that there's a reasonable chance there will be a serious house cleaning. And I'm hoping that the cleaning is done through a Provincial Court of Inquiry and not multiple but endless arrests and convictions, because the level of corruption that has been going on is simply unmeasurable. We went through all this 12 years ago, and the crooks got voted out and some of them went to jail, and we had 8 years of good administration except for the Conservative 'burbs who handcuffed the Mayor from taking care of the business that needed caring for but at least it was relatively clean, until Ford got in. Then it went to hell in a heart beat.
What is it about Conservatives and corruption? In New York and Chicago it was the Democrats, but up here and down there mostly, it's not that way, whether you like it or not. You read Canadian History, short as it is despite it being 17 years longer than American. (The French settled in Quebec in 1603 and never went home, and then there were people over-wintered in Newfoundland going back to the Vikings) and its the Conservatives. The Family Compact who ran Ontario when It was Upper Canada through the 1820's and 30's, that cozy bunch of related wealthy families who scratched one another's backs while they held their feet on the necks of the regular folks, and how interbred they were. Me, I just think that the trickle down theory should be allowed to work a little more actively.
Ah me, this man inspires me to heights of outrage I've never reached before, and I marched repeatedly in Washington in the hey-day of protest marches. I got arrested and thrown into Redskin Stadium before it was re-named Robert F Kennedy Stadium, kind of like the stadium in Santiago, Chile, from which so few emerged alive. Gee, you don't think the two ideas were related do you? Same President, RMN. Nah, that's just conspiracy theories backed up by evidence.
So, It could be worse guys. You could be in Toronto ... except of course I grew up in and around Baltimore, and Toronto is still white-glove, by-your-leave, tip-your-hat corruption compared to the US.
So don't feel too smug just yet.