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Rob Ford photographed with Hells Angels

Posted by Chris Bateman / December 3, 2013

rob ford hells angelsRob Ford's troubles in front of the camera continue to rumble on. A picture showing the mayor posing with three Hells Angels has surfaced on the motorcycle club's website.

The picture was taken at last weekend's Buffalo Bills game and shows Ford with his arms around "Nick" and "Adam" from Westridge, Alta. and "Cory" from the Toronto chapter. Nick appears to be wearing a Hells Angel neck chain.

"I took probably close to 1,000 pictures," Ford said at City Hall this morning. "I don't check for people's credentials and ask for resumes before I take a picture ... I wasn't aware I was taking a picture with a Hells Angel."

The photo joins two other notorious pictures of Toronto's mayor. There was the time he posed with a uniformed neo-Nazi at his annual New Year's Levee and the infamous picture he took with subsequent murder victim Anthony Smith, Muhammad Khattak, and Monir Kassim.

Former mayor Mel Lastman was famously criticized for showing up at a Hells Angels meeting and shaking hands with one of the club's members.

Is Rob Ford to blame on this one?

Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.

Discussion

78 Comments

AV / December 3, 2013 at 01:45 pm
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Nailed it Rob
Amanda / December 3, 2013 at 01:50 pm
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I can't believe I'm defending Rob Ford, but I really don't see the outrage on this. In the news coverage it was clear he was getting grabbed in every direction for photos with people at the game. So it's completely fathomable that he didn't realize these guys were Hell's Angels.

This is very different to the picture he took with Anthony Smith at a private residence at night while wearing casual clothes, clearly not out campaigning or working in any way.
Chester replying to a comment from Amanda / December 3, 2013 at 01:54 pm
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I agree. I'm no Rod Ford fan but how was he to know who these guys were. I saw him at the game, everyone was taking pics with him. BlogTo needs to be a bit more subjective if you want people to respect you as journalists.
AV replying to a comment from Amanda / December 3, 2013 at 01:54 pm
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History lesson: If it was wrong for Mel to do, was it ok for Rob?

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto-mayor-blasted-for-handshake-with-hells-angels-1.328205
AV replying to a comment from Amanda / December 3, 2013 at 01:55 pm
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(Part 2)

http://www.torontosun.com/2012/10/11/city-hall-reacts-to-mel-lastmans-diss-of-rob-ford

Ford weighed in on January 2002 about Lastman’s very public handshake with a member of the Hells Angels, saying Lastman’s move would hurt the mayor in the long term.

“I’m sure he does it purposely. What else could it be? You can’t be that dumb,” Ford said at the time.



You can't make this shit up
Squint replying to a comment from Amanda / December 3, 2013 at 01:58 pm
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Same here, Ford is a mess, but this is just a photo op at a random game. Not like he was at their club house or something. Bit of a stretch calling it anything other than him posing for a picture with random people.
Sarah / December 3, 2013 at 01:59 pm
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I am no fan of Rob Ford, but you guys are just taking it way too far. It's kinda sleezy what you journalists do for an extra click. I personally am sick and tired of hearing about Rob Ford, and btw, you guys are no CBC, or national Post, leave the politics alone and go write about the top places to eat a bagel!That's why we click on your site anyway!! Thanks!
Me / December 3, 2013 at 02:02 pm
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Figured it'd be Chris or Derek posted this. You guys might want to find someone to stroke it for you as these strokefests are really killing what little credibility this site had.
Greg / December 3, 2013 at 02:03 pm
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+1 Amanda

I can't stand the Fords and hope they are out of office sooner than later. And Rob is completely delusional and an absolute idiot, but this is ridiculous. I wouldn't have known who these clowns were either, especially at a football game. And even IF I had seen the neck chain, I wouldn't have known it was Hell's Angels.

With all of the buffoonery that's happened, it's hard to imagine any publication would have to reach, but THIS is reaching, BlogTO. Lame.
Jonathan / December 3, 2013 at 02:09 pm
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What a non-story. For once, I'm actually on Rob Ford's side.
dumbMayor / December 3, 2013 at 02:10 pm
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I want to give Robbie a pass on this one, but look at that one dude's HUGE Hell's Angels pendant he's wearing. It's like when he took that photo with that white supremacist in full military uniform. Rob, maybe just maybe you shouldn't take a photo with just anyone who wants one, huh?
steve / December 3, 2013 at 02:17 pm
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Its nice to see the mayor actually hanging with the common folk. The elitist guy that preceded him would have been far too good to go to football game
Yep / December 3, 2013 at 02:21 pm
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Guys. calm down. Rob Ford is just looking for a dealer since his old ones are all in jail.
Carthy replying to a comment from Chester / December 3, 2013 at 02:23 pm
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Exactly right Amanda. And I'm anything but a fan of the mayor myself. This kind of story should not be written.
Roberto / December 3, 2013 at 02:36 pm
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Guess this won't help Rob's "I didn't know" case:

According to police, a street gang known as the Dixon City Bloods, or Dixon Goonies, had links to people in areas surrounding Toronto, as well as in other parts of the province and in Alberta.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/more-suspects-sought-in-project-traveller-gang-probe-1.1301399


What are the chances those connections happened to be in Westridge (or elsewhere) in Alberta where Nick's HAMC club is based? Connect the dots people..... The big dogs bring the product in and it gets doled out to the smaller groups. HAMC? Those are some big fucking dogs.... Dixon bloods? One could call them a smaller group.... Just saying.

Drew / December 3, 2013 at 02:37 pm
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After the crack smoking video, I guess a pic with Hells Angels is no biggie.

WTF are you people crazy? The mayor of the 4th largest city in NA should not be photographed with gang members. Have some standards, people.
issa / December 3, 2013 at 02:41 pm
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as someone who was at the game and photographed a friend with the mayor, I witnessed him being swarmed by people. He was posing with ANYONE who asked or even just stood next to him. In this case, leave the man alone.
Wrong, guy replying to a comment from steve / December 3, 2013 at 02:51 pm
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That's because he preferred the TFC games. Season ticket holder.
AV replying to a comment from Wrong, guy / December 3, 2013 at 02:52 pm
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Former season ticket holder
Tom / December 3, 2013 at 02:55 pm
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The Hell's Angels are working people, taxpayers and homeowners in the city as well. They pay Robs salary just as much as you do.

This is another non issue. Can we get every photo of Rob Ford with the public so we can do a background check on each and every person shown.
Tim / December 3, 2013 at 02:58 pm
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Like I said this is gonna start backfiring on the media. The use of non-news stories to sell papers, get clicks, get page impressions is not justified, this was on the news LAST NIGHT.

Now its here as an afternoon traffic, comment driver.


I'M JOINING ROBS SIDE ON THIS ONE.
Derek replying to a comment from Drew / December 3, 2013 at 03:01 pm
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After this Morning Brew's non news story about what Will Farrell thinks about Rob Ford were presented with another non-news story. What's with the media. Have some standards, DREW. Expect more from those that are gaining $$$ from your comments. Can't you see the ads on this page?
AB replying to a comment from steve / December 3, 2013 at 03:07 pm
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You are kidding, right? If anyone's an elitist, it's Rob Ford. He looks down on anyone who: lives downtown, rides a bike, uses public transit instead of driving, etc etc. Just because he poses for pics with ordinary people doesn't mean he's not an elitist. In fact, he's an elitist of the worst kind, acting like he's an ordinary person while putting down anyone who thinks differently than he does.
Terri replying to a comment from steve / December 3, 2013 at 03:09 pm
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Not true actually...David Miller was and still is seen on the soccer field as well as the hockey rink...with his son. He spends time with his kids! There was a time when he even coached his sons soccer team and there was no off colour behaviour and he was not asked to leave the team as coach. And if he was to attend a professional sports event you can bet it would have been completely low key and he would not have been wearing a garish sports jersey 10 times too small for him!!
Sir_Tim / December 3, 2013 at 03:11 pm
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If his office budget got cut, how is he going to do a real-time background check on everyone who wants a picture with him ? LOL For this one, really ... GIVE HIM A GREAT
VoteQuimby / December 3, 2013 at 03:13 pm
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I think Robbie has lost some weight.
Vicki / December 3, 2013 at 03:14 pm
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THIS JUST IN!

Rob Ford accepts 10 Meatball Dinner at IKEA cafe from server that has criminal past.
Fat Not Funny replying to a comment from Vicki / December 3, 2013 at 03:25 pm
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Hold the fat jokes, Vicki.
MER1978 replying to a comment from Amanda / December 3, 2013 at 03:26 pm
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The problem is Rob Ford has no shame. If he did he would know that at this point MANY of the people requesting pictures with him are not fans or supporters and he might act accordingly.
Steve / December 3, 2013 at 03:30 pm
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Robbie probably thought they were some of Doug's friends.
johnathan / December 3, 2013 at 03:34 pm
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Losers will do anything for a story these days...
LJ / December 3, 2013 at 03:36 pm
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Rob Ford is a moron...and as journalists you need to keep the fire buring, keep hunting him down until he is gone. Out of office and out of this city for good. Only a complete and utter moron would side with Ford, defend Ford or feel sorry for the ridiculous situation that is Rob Ford, Liar, thief,criminal and unfit to head any city, let alone one as large and diverse as Toronto. Keep up the good work.
Holden / December 3, 2013 at 03:42 pm
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Forced to agree. As much as I dislike RoFo and his policies I don't think we can blame him for this one.
whichiwha / December 3, 2013 at 03:42 pm
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He's the mayor, he poses for photographs with people. Get over it.
loosechange / December 3, 2013 at 03:43 pm
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Look, I think we all know there was nothing nefarious about the picture implicitly. It's just a coincidence that occurred when 100s of loud, worked-up, hoople-heads wanted to have a picture taken with an infamous and sloppy news maker. They think it's funny. People find themselves giddy to link themselves with a caricature of a human, a disaster of a mayor - something that legitimizes their social media existence. "Look, I scored a photo with the dude that everyone talks about that likes to party". It's low brow and it's sad. It's sad that people are more excited by the chance to tweet something silly than they are that our sort-of-mayor has done a lot of damage to this city.
Me replying to a comment from loosechange / December 3, 2013 at 04:09 pm
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A lot of damage to our city? Not really. You are right about the overblown drama and you yourself added to it with that statement. I get you people live in the overblown Twitiot/Facebook-Letsalladdtothedrama world but it's all going to be forgotten in 5 years when you all have a new "drama of the hour" to get hysterical about. Torontois doingJUST fine without Rob Ford. People like you are the problem constantly trying to make it bigger than it is. It's just a politician who did stupid things, WHOOPDEEDOO!! Maybe find something that actually matters to worry about and make drama with. Of course, if this is the worst thing that is happening in the world as so many of you seem to think than actually, we aren't doing very badly at all.
Shirley / December 3, 2013 at 04:21 pm
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Another pic of Rob Ford hanging out with gang members. It's shocking that this isn't shocking behaviour to us because he's done so many more awful things. What a disappointment.

Just because there are problems around the world, doesn't mean we should ignore the ones here before ROB FORD turns Toronto into more of a toilet than he already has.
drugsgangscriminals / December 3, 2013 at 04:22 pm
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Yeah because no one remembers Mel Lastman. Trust me, Torontonians will remember the Rob Ford days for decades. These stories will last a lifetime. Ever heard of Marion Barry? Well, lots of people have and that happened in the 80s I think (cue you saying "I don't know who Marion Barry is.")

Does it matter that the Mayor attracts criminals and gansters to him? Yes it does, whoopdeedoo. At least to this voter it does.
r / December 3, 2013 at 04:22 pm
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leave the guy alone and start governing your own behavior people of toronto.
W. K. Lis / December 3, 2013 at 04:31 pm
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Only one person could be worse for Rob Ford. Rob shaking hands with Doug Ford.
John / December 3, 2013 at 04:36 pm
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Biker gangs are gay.
sifr4 / December 3, 2013 at 04:47 pm
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When a Hell's Angel asks you for a photo op, you DO NOT turn them down. They're like the Mossad of white trash. They don't forget and they will eventually get around to you.
Me replying to a comment from drugsgangscriminals / December 3, 2013 at 04:50 pm
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Actually, I don't nor do I care.
John replying to a comment from drugsgangscriminals / December 3, 2013 at 05:01 pm
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Don't bring Marion Barry into this yes he smoked crack as mayor and served 6 months in jail.

He was then elected to the DC city council in 1992 and then returned as mayor of Washington serving from 1995 to 1999.
Blake replying to a comment from sifr4 / December 3, 2013 at 05:05 pm
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Why not turn Hell's Angels down for a photo op? Are you insinuating something nefarious and different from the above poster who claimed they're hard-working taxpayers?

Are you insinuating the Hell's Angels are not like the Rotary and Lions Club?
Vicki replying to a comment from Fat Not Funny / December 3, 2013 at 05:05 pm
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It was not a fat joke sorry if it came across that way. It was meant to show how ridiculous the reporting is that any contact Ford has with someone how its spun to reflect on him. Here lets try this one,

THIS JUST IN!
Rob Ford has gas pumped at full serve gas station by woman that may or may not have criminal past. More at 6!
Sue replying to a comment from John / December 3, 2013 at 05:06 pm
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So if Barry got re-elected as mayor is that hope for FORD NATION that it is possible to get re-elected after such a city scandal.
jannxx / December 3, 2013 at 05:12 pm
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he's just jealous of Mel Lastman that's all...
who's Rofo? Nooooobody!!
Dan / December 3, 2013 at 05:30 pm
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I can't believe this is a story.... mayor takes picture with citizen at football game.....

yesterday... mayor eats chicken wing at football game

2 days ago... mayor sits in wrong seat

Really BlogTO you have nothing interesting to write about???
alex / December 3, 2013 at 05:43 pm
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The Hells Angels should be more careful about who they take pictures with..
Dan / December 3, 2013 at 06:08 pm
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Yeah, BlogTO, you should be better than this.
Andy / December 3, 2013 at 06:19 pm
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Please change story title to
Hells Angels take picture with Rob Ford

Im pretty sure it wasnt Rob who asked for the pic and it wasnt Robs phone or camera that took the picture.

Please change story title as requested, then delete all comments and start again.
Dr. Acula replying to a comment from Vicki / December 3, 2013 at 06:36 pm
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While in the bathroom, a felon opens the Mayor's car door and drops off a mysterious package. More this Friday at 4:30PM
Mike / December 3, 2013 at 06:43 pm
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This man is now internationally famous! Of course the Angels want a picture with him. I want a picture with him and you want a picture with him. He's so mcRib!
Danny / December 3, 2013 at 08:48 pm
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Agreed. I wish I had a picture of me and Rob Ford for my facebook page.
DavidLee / December 3, 2013 at 08:59 pm
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"The photo joins two other notorious pictures of Toronto's mayor."

Does it really? Is this photo notorious? Who decided that for us.
Vicki / December 3, 2013 at 09:28 pm
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THIS JUST IN!

Rob Ford buys football jersey from Yonge st shop, man behind counter that accepts cash may or may not have criminal record.
akswun / December 3, 2013 at 09:42 pm
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Thought I was reading Gawker for a second. WTF BlogTO... WTF????
Vicki / December 3, 2013 at 09:43 pm
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"Dr. Acula - While in the bathroom, a felon opens the Mayor's car door and drops off a mysterious package." - Nothing more to come! Police watched it happen and did nothing but take photos. Package contents will always remain a mystery.
loosechange replying to a comment from Me / December 3, 2013 at 10:23 pm
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Please, let's not pretend that his constant, stunted man-boy distractions, wildly mis-informed statements to the public, his constant campaigning (this is a Federal level problem normally, not something as heavy in municipal politics), cancelling of transit programs that took years too long to develop already, and a general pile of city dividing posturing stances, retail-sloganeering, and his disturbing connections to crime are not affecting the city in a negative way. It's flipping goofy to think otherwise. Can we recover? Yep? Have the last 3 years been a waste? Yep.
Robbie / December 3, 2013 at 10:53 pm
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Agreed but no ones pretending. The public starts to become numb to the story and start to turn it off when theres weeks of these little nonsense stories in the media and it pushes the facts from weeks ago back in the media and in ones mind. All the things you listed are true but why isnt the media digging deep in those facts and keeping them front and center educating the public.

A certain percentage of citizens are very aware of the facts and politcal system.
A certain percent are only aware of what they read in the headlines.
A certain percent don't really care and don't even vote.

Many will look back over the past year and just remember Ford smoked crack and was involved with some gang members.
John Labatt / December 3, 2013 at 10:59 pm
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Finally Rob is hanging around Solid people. You could not trust the Somalis gangstas anymore too much heat.
Chris / December 3, 2013 at 11:03 pm
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Don't forget a certain amount will say
In my country we didnt even get the chance to vote or were jailed for our opinions. This Ford guy seems really popular and the only one I recognize.
Sarah / December 3, 2013 at 11:13 pm
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CBC news cameras actually caught this photo being taken on video as they were following him out of the Bills game. Looked pretty innocent he was NOT hanging out with them. He stopped for pics with many people as he was swarmed.
mizz.conduct / December 3, 2013 at 11:24 pm
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people make such a big deal outta hells angels......they are great people in my eyes and i think people should not make a big deal out of a picture.......big deal!!!!!!! besides like he said , it was a photo swarm...holy shit give the guys a break.......
mizz.conduct replying to a comment from John Labatt / December 3, 2013 at 11:25 pm
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i agree.....solid as fuck
Randy / December 4, 2013 at 12:07 am
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Like alot of national and international groups and clubs there are good members and bad members. As we all know there are bad cops, corrupt millitary, governments, religous groups. Hells Angels do alot of charity work and community work.
Shirley / December 4, 2013 at 12:28 am
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REPLY: AV
Now that's good.

REPLY: Roberto
Interesting.

REPLY: Tom
That's true.

REPLY: AB
That's true too.

REPLY: Shirley
Now I know you guys must know me well enough by now, that this is another Shirley.

REPLY: John "Biker gangs are gay" How would you know?

REPLY: Alex
LOL

REPLY: dumbMayor
You h
Shirley / December 4, 2013 at 12:28 am
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REPLY: AV
Now that's good.

REPLY: Roberto
Interesting.

REPLY: Tom
That's true.

REPLY: AB
That's true too.

REPLY: Shirley
Now I know you guys must know me well enough by now, that this is another Shirley.

REPLY: John "Biker gangs are gay" How would you know?

REPLY: Alex
LOL

REPLY: dumbMayor
You have a point there.

REPLY: Vickie
I got your jokes from the start (lol).

REPLY: Li
Yes keep up the good work. We love free advertising depicting the Mayor being harrassed and bashed. Toronto has a heart, and I can tell you right now lots of people don't appreciate the media attention (no matter what side your on) Robs getting.

REPLY: Sue
It is definitely possible, and his first order of business back should be to fire Jackie Desouza.
Shirley / December 4, 2013 at 12:28 am
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REPLY: AV
Now that's good.

REPLY: Roberto
Interesting.

REPLY: Tom
That's true.

REPLY: AB
That's true too.

REPLY: Shirley
Now I know you guys must know me well enough by now, that this is another Shirley.

REPLY: John "Biker gangs are gay" How would you know?

REPLY: Alex
LOL

REPLY: dumbMayor
You have a point there.

REPLY: Vickie
I got your jokes from the start (lol).

REPLY: Li
Yes keep up the good work. We love free advertising depicting the Mayor being harrassed and bashed. Toronto has a heart, and I can tell you right now lots of people don't appreciate the media attention (no matter what side your on) Robs getting.

REPLY: Sue
It is definitely possible, and his first order of business back should be to fire Jackie Desouza.
Dave / December 4, 2013 at 01:55 am
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Assholes will forgive Rob Ford for fucking ANYTHING . Don't forget it
derk wiggler / December 4, 2013 at 02:29 am
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blog to can u stop beating off the dead hose, it shows u are going down hill big time!
Shirley / December 4, 2013 at 03:18 am
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REPLY: Dave
Hello Dave. Where have you been? I've missed you.
hello / December 4, 2013 at 07:44 am
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Shirley = dave, he is ashamed to use his dave nic now lol
Shirley / December 4, 2013 at 08:59 am
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He posts here less because of your homophobic hateful statements. Why don't you quit stalking him. He's not into you.
Steve replying to a comment from Shirley / December 4, 2013 at 09:03 am
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We knew this was a different Shirley because this one actually said something intelligent for a change.

Enjoy Extreme Makeover.
LJ replying to a comment from loosechange / December 4, 2013 at 09:45 am
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You hit the nail on the head on this one. It is low brow and a quick social media romp to have a photo with Rob Ford. He translates those photo's to supporters or votes in his mind. And in his mind is where he is wrong. I'm going to go far out on a limb here, half for fun, half thinking maybe..just maybe he fits the following description.
Psychopathy is defined as either an aspect of personality or as a personality disorder, characterized by enduring dissocial or antisocial behavior, a diminished capacity for empathy or remorse, and poor behavioral controls or fearless dominance. There are various definitions which are only partly overlapping and sometimes appear contradictory.[1]
Moran b eeghuzzar / December 4, 2013 at 01:10 pm
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Those 2 are Rob's 2014 campaign manager/crack supplier. Marion Barry will come on board as consultant soon. Timothy Leary's ghost too.

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