With everything that has come at them from the Toronto Star and the Globe & Mail, bare denials won't begin to clear the cloud that hangs over the heads of Toronto mayor Rob Ford and his brother, Councillor Doug Ford.
They'll have to look to a court of law to clear their names. They will have to sue the newspapers. Fortunately both are reasonably well off guys so retaining legal counsel shouldn't be a problem and, if they win, they'll get costs and damages a'plenty.
That nutty pair may think that denial will work but the time for that has long passed. So, boys, lawyer up, issue the writs and have at it - or not.
Every day that passes without a lawsuit is another proof of the validity of the G&M article and the veracity of the Star piece.
I kind of get the complaint the Ford brothers aim at the Toronto Star. But when the 'lickspittle' right wing journos at the Globe and Mail go after them, they have to ask themselves: do we feel lucky?
CTV video of the Ford's radio show today has a woman asking Rob Ford if it is him in the picture that's been circulated. He doesn't deny it is.
What will it take to get these two bozos out of the public eye? Rich hearing ford call reporters "maggots", we can only hope the video surfaces soon so he can eat some major crow. Same goes for the ignorant "hash-dealin'" brother. Hopefully the two finally get what's coming to them, they're not "well off" by accident.
I thought maggots was quite an apt choice. Since maggots feed on dead bodies, he's basically say, "we're dead."
As I read the Ford brothers' comments I kept thinking they kept leaving out two words - "any more." So, when mayor Ford says the video of him smoking something with Somali drug dealers "doesn't exist" it means that video doesn't exist any more.
To me it was incomprehensible that those characters allowed any reporters to take any photographs of them. After all, if that is Rob Ford as it appears, then he obviously knows who these characters are and where they are to be found.
I also wondered whether it might not be looked on too kindly in the drug community for a dealer to be ratting out someone who appeared to be a good customer. Isn't that bad for business, generally? Won't that just spook all the bankers and lawyers and judges who support the trade, the idea of being blackmailed or turned into a public commodity? It made me question how long these characters thought they had left to live. A lot of people make their living marketing illicit drugs and they have enough problems without these guys making it worse.
This would be like Nixon suing the Washing Post in the midst of the Watergate scandal. Suing newspapers is a zero sum game and likely to just make things worse for the Ford brothers.
Makes me think of that moment in Monty Python's Life of Brian.
"You're only making it worse for yourself!"
"Worse? How could it be worse? Jehovah Jehovah!"
Maggots ! Who does he think he is ? Rambo ...
Put these flawed Ford urban pip-squeaks in context to those attacking democracy, the boreal, the elk & wolves, poisoning the Fort Chipewayn peoples & their waters, damming or flooding freshwater creeks n rivers to power LNG refineries, killing the wild salmon, orca on the coast .. to feed China .. for why ? what? As per Canadians wishes ? Which Canadians ?
Can our current government give us the names of Canadians who voted for or wish this ?
I just hope that plan b doesnt involve a trip to BC and provincial political aspirations, though if it meant upsetting Clarkes applecart, it might be funny to watch:)
The Ford brothers were scary this week, I might be a bit paranoid but I think those drug dealers might have ended up in the don river courtesy of a mob hit. Rob Ford was just too smug when he finally addressed the citizens with his press conference. He keeps braying...there is no video and that he doesnt smoke crack. I too want to add the qualifier "anymore":P
The Toronto media are running a story today about homicide detectives visiting a Ford staffer at city hall about something or some one recently in the news.
My guess, and it's only a guess, is that this is likely the missing dealer that Gawker can't locate who was said to be flogging the video for $200,000. I would be surprised if an associate or a rival didn't make him disappear, the video along with him.
That could be why Ford is so confident the video doesn't exist - any more.
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