Rob Ford, Buffalonian

2 Dec

Channel 2 anchor Mary Alice Demler met Toronto’s figurehead mayor Rob Ford at the Bills game yesterday and came away thinking he’s a troubled guy with a sweet punim

A man who was until recently entrusted – the city council stripped Ford of almost all of his powers by an overwhelming margin a few weeks ago – with running one of the largest and most vibrant cities in North America, has not merely descended into self-parody. He is the subject of a massive police investigation into crack-dealing Etobicoke gangs, may be implicated in some homicides, and has lied to his constituents about his crack use and otherwise embarrassed himself, his family, his political party, and his city. The guy is a mess who should have been removed from office a month ago

But because the Bills played a game in Toronto yesterday (that socialist hellhole has more people and money than WNY), everyone pretended like everything was normal. Under normal circumstances, Channel 2 would be “holding people in power accountable” and wondering how Ford got a ticket and how much he paid. 

But technically speaking, Ford is no longer “in power”, so Channel 2 can leave it to the Star, CP24, the Globe & Mail, CityTV, the CBC, CTV, and other media up there to hold him “accountable”. 

Instead, 

She deleted the original Tweet, so here’s Buffalo Rising’s re-Tweet of it.

The Bills are so shockingly popular in Toronto that a whopping 40,000 people showed up to watch them lose to Atlanta. The Rogers Centre has a football capacity of 54,000; the Ralph can fit almost 75,000. Let’s keep trying to make fetch happen.

But it’s good to know everyone can overlook shocking criminality and a Mayor who apparently stole someone else’s seat and tell us he’s a sweetheart who squeezed himself into a Bills jersey because he’s been effectively stripped of the powers of his real job. 

But he sort of looks like he belongs here, so maybe we should gush over him. He eats chicken wings, after all. 

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21 Responses to “Rob Ford, Buffalonian”

  1. UncleBluck December 2, 2013 at 8:50 am #

    Kinda reminds me of FAUX News….Hot chicks…..but then they open their mouths and speak….

  2. Ismaeal Naji December 2, 2013 at 8:53 am #

    LOL Rob Ford is hilarious, The Human Train wreck, now I will sit and wait for someone to tell me I don’t know what I’m “Talking About” based on my name

    • Ridgewaycynic2013 December 2, 2013 at 9:41 am #

      This is Artvoice…a generally better class of comments contributed than over at BN and other tired media outlets.

    • UncleBluck December 4, 2013 at 7:50 am #

      You’re right…..THIS TIME!!

  3. kgee December 2, 2013 at 9:02 am #

    Maybe Maryalice thinks he’s a swell guy because he promised to eat her…umm…chicken wings

    • Ridgewaycynic2013 December 2, 2013 at 9:36 am #

      You’re the third contributor to the comments, but I think you already took first prize.

      • JP Fitzpatrick December 2, 2013 at 11:44 am #

        maybe she just thinks he looks “swollen”?

  4. Mike_Chmiel December 2, 2013 at 9:21 am #

    “Not what I expected”. What exactly did MaryAlice actually expect? That Ford was going to burn her with a crack pipe and then pass out in his seat? If true, then why in hell did she even approach the man in the first place?

    • Ridgewaycynic2013 December 2, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

      Bad, bad, bad, bad boys…they make her feel so good?

  5. merg December 2, 2013 at 9:47 am #

    Toronto is a “socialist hellhole”… honestly? The fact that this accusation is followed by your acknowledgement of the city’s success just goes to show how stupid your claim is. Despite their (ex-)mayor’s ridiculous errors they’re still succeeding far beyond Buffalo – if anything we should look up to their city management. The point: their mayor is literally on crack and the city is more wealthy and populated (and growing and innovating like crazy) than our capitalist hellhole south of the border.

    • Ridgewaycynic2013 December 2, 2013 at 9:54 am #

      Might I suggest you read more of Bedenko’s work. His irony and sarcasm can fool you into thinking he’s being sincere when he’s really making a point or reflecting on an earlier misconception.

    • Alan Bedenko December 2, 2013 at 11:44 am #

      It was a fucking joke. Get over yourself.

    • Russ Andolina December 2, 2013 at 11:45 am #

      This is gold.

    • wnyresident December 2, 2013 at 4:29 pm #

      What do you expect if you continue to take endorsements from http://www.ecdems.com

      For the most part this is the party that has controlled Erie County. And I’m not saying the Erie County Republicans are saints either.

      All you have to do is look at past performance to get a drift of why Buffalo wasn’t growing at a steady clip compared to other areas of the United States.

      • Mike_Chmiel December 2, 2013 at 4:37 pm #

        I am a little tired of this old refrain – that Democrats have destroyed Rust Belt cities like Buffalo and Detroit.

        Leaving aside the verifiable truth that America’s economy tends to do better as of late under Democratic presidents, the Rust Belt cities got clobbered by the end of the industrial era and the ongoing war against our working class – for which we can mostly thank the GOP.

        NYC and San Francisco tend to be Democrat-dominated also. How are their economies looking?

      • wnyresident December 2, 2013 at 4:58 pm #

        While the industrial era was changing the controlling political party was not proactive.

        Plus locally we can see can easily review http://www.seethroughny.com to see why the cost of living and doing business in Erie County is expensive compared to other areas of the USA. We can’t even make cuts in salaries/benefit costs because of monopolies given to groups of government employees.

        Last the Erie County Democrats supported President Obama hook like and sinker. Because of their agenda a lot of people are losing their health coverage and/or their health care cost is going up.

      • Alan Bedenko December 3, 2013 at 6:37 am #

        Never let it be said that there isn’t a complicated topic that wnyresident can’t oversimplify, and in so doing, get wrong.

      • UncleBluck December 4, 2013 at 7:48 am #

        So lets stick with the GOP idea….screw the little guy and if he doesn’t have healthcare let em go to the Emergency room (which the rest of us pay for) or just die….That the problem with you conservatives…..all you can do is parrot….never backed up by fact…..

      • Alan Bedenko December 3, 2013 at 6:36 am #

        Even the conservative parties operating in Ontario and Toronto are much farther to the left than the Erie County Democratic Committee.

        I knew you’d come around.

  6. Mark Holster December 2, 2013 at 11:47 am #

    Let’s not ignore this one, either, from the Buffalo Niagara Twitter feed, that has since been deleted http://buffaloniagara.org/About_BNE/Who/OurStaff/KucharskiT

    • Sean Danvers December 2, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

      He really does look like Chris Farley. But not the SNL-era Chris Farley, more like the Dirty Work/Almost Hero’s bloated and near-death Chris Farley.

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