Six In The Morning: Take A Wild Guess

6-in-the-morning1 THE HITS KEEP ON COMING Rob Ford is going to sue everyone over concerns he does blow with prostitute among many other allegations. Why would he need prostitutes? He gets enough at home. Yes, he really said that.

2 ALSO, DON’T ASSUME PEOPLE ARE PROSTITUTES. A timely reminder. And hey, you know what? Let’s not trash-talk sex workers.

3 ENOUGH ABOUT ROB FORD ALREADY. WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON IN THE WORLD? American Apparel’s Spadina factory outlet store is selling Rob Ford T-shirts. Carleeeeeeeeee! You’re in Toronto. I need a favourrrrr…

4 LET’S BUILD A CONTROVERSIAL NEW NEIGHBOURHOOD Regina planning commission voted to move ahead with a development opposed by the Co-op Refinery, the health region and the Province. Hmmm.

5 ROADS ARE BAD, MMKAY? Drive carefully.

6 I GIVE UP, CARLE JUST TEXTED ME TO SAY THAT ROB FORD “WENT ALL GODZILLA ON THE MEDIA SCRUM” Oh, now what? I’ll update when there’s something to link to. Also, I’m listening to CBC Toronto right now, people are actually calling in to defend Ford. It’s insane. You should listen too. Jeez, I hope this guy lives to the weekend.

UPDATE And the Toronto Argonauts are disappointed by an Argo jersey-wearing Ford’s comments about “eating pussy”

UPDATE 12:42: Oh! Oh! CBC has video!

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth was carried to Regina in a swarm of bees. He's been with Prairie Dog since May 1999 and will die at his keyboard before admitting his career a terrible, terrible mistake.

17 thoughts on “Six In The Morning: Take A Wild Guess”

  1. To set schadenfreude aside for a moment: Rand Teed had a good, thoughtful letter in today’s Leader Post about addiction and denial. You should read it.

  2. Something Tabatha Southey tweeted two weeks ago:

    “As the tawdry Rob Ford redemption narrative queues up, a reminder: addiction is a disease. One occasionally suffered by complete assholes.”

  3. True, Paul: disease, whether addiction, AIDS, cancer, or mental illness, doesn’t make an afflicted person a plaster saint. Still, Mr. Teed’s letter is worth a read. He knows what he’s talking about.

  4. Perhaps you should interview Mr. Teed, who is no doubt much better informed than you are, Stephen, to see whether he is speaking metaphorically or not. Frankly, I’d take his expertise over yours any day.

  5. You know who I feel a whole lot of compassion for? The people who were rounded up during the Project Traveller raids but aren’t getting to say, “I’m sorry. But what I did was in the past. Can’t we just move forward?”

    Those people wound up objects of interest to the police because of how their lives are suffused with and surrounded by poverty and addiction. And because they don’t have rich parents, high-priced lawyers, staffers to appear on liquor store cameras for them, a radio show (and soon, a TV show) to plead their cases on, and an until-recently friendly relationship with the chief of police, many of those people will wind up going to prison.

    Thing is, Rob Ford invites ridicule not because of his addictions but because he says and does loathsome things. Smoking crack is not the problem. Smoking crack after saying that harm reduction programs are a waste of money and crack addicts should be left to straighten out in jail is the problem. That he binge drinks is not the problem. That he binge drinks while driving and then suggests that it’s okay because everybody does it now and then is the problem. That he grabbed a female politician’s butt (allegedly) at a public event is… well, it’s a fucking problem. But that he turned the incident around and called her “crazy”… that’s despicable.

    His addiction is not the problem. His obvious lack of a moral compass and his criminal behaviour are the problems. I can feel compassion for the addict. But the criminal needs to be turfed from his position and then deal with some legal consequences.

  6. And so would all the 12-step programs disagree with you, Stephen. I still think that an interview with Rand Teed would be a good idea.

    Paul, there’s a Japanese proverb that seems apropos: “Man drinks wine; wine drinks wine; wine drinks man”. After a certain point, it becomes difficult to separate character-based behaviour from disease-induced behaviour, so treating the disease is necessary in order to get a grip on the problem. This applies to addictions as well as to diabetes or to Vitamin K toxicity, to give two more examples of diseases/disorders that play havoc with perceptions and actions.

  7. Ford’s wife showed tremendous courage to stand by her man whether right or wrong. You can see how uncomfortable she is in the video as he speaks.

  8. Barb: I look at Doug Ford as a control group when trying to figure what Ford brother behaviour is like when (seemingly) not in the throes of addiction. And I think Doug should be turfed from council as well. The guy’s a bully of the worst sort. But at least with him there isn’t any criminal behaviour… on the record. Unless you count his hash dealing. And the possible connections to organized crime that often go hand in hand with such entrepreneurial ventures.

  9. Extrapolation is always a touchy thing, because you have to allow for individual differences.

    Surely you’d allow the voters of Toronto to make the decision as to who should or shouldn’t be on council.

    Rumour has it that Olivia Chow may be a possible mayoral candidate next year. She’s looking better all the time.

  10. Barb: are their 12-step programs to cure heart disease? Aids? Cancer? No? Of course not. That’s because 12-step programs treat addictions, not diseases. When we talk about addiction being a disease, we’re speaking metaphorically. Which is fine. Addiction does have disease-like qualities. So do social problems like poverty. To me, that doesn’t make them diseases.

    None of that is meant as criticism of anything your good friend Mr. Teed says.

    Paul: I’ll read it later.

  11. That would be “there”, Stephen, and you’re playing semantics with me. Try it with people working in the addictions field. And by the way, poverty can also be considered a culture (see the work of Charles Valentine et al).

    I am not personally acquainted with Mr. Teed, but I have been aware of his work for a long time. I double-dog dare you to interview him, and get the benefit of his years of experience. Don’t let denial get in your way.

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