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New video shows Rob Ford stumbling and swearing

Posted by Staff / March 16, 2014

Rob Ford videoAnother week and another Rob Ford video. Earlier today, CTV posted a video they say shows Rob Ford stumbling and looking intoxicated in front of City Hall last night. The video was taken by a teenage passerby who, during filming of the video, caught the Mayor swearing just before getting into a taxi.

It's not clear what Ford was doing earlier in the evening, but the video has raised eyebrows given the wild night the mayor allegedly had two years ago.

In the early hours of the morning after St. Patrick's Day 2012, according to interviews contained in a police report, Ford was "very intoxicated" in his second-floor office several hours after being seen at the Bier Markt on the Esplanade. He allegedly had difficulty walking, shoved policy advisor Brooks Barnett, and made lewd remarks to staffer Olivia Gondek before being sent home in a taxi, witnesses claim in the document.

The Gondek incident led to the infamous "enough to eat at home" remark.

None of the allegations contained in the police documents have been proven in court.

Today CTV tracked down Rob and Doug Ford at the St. Patrick's Day Parade to try to get clarification on what happened last night, but neither was playing ball.

Check out the video here or above and decide for yourself.

Photo by Johnstevenf on Instagram

Discussion

67 Comments

Eric V. / March 16, 2014 at 08:31 pm
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Surprised to see Rob Ford stumbling and drunk? Shouldn't we be surprised if he was sober and well spoken?
John Kimbel / March 16, 2014 at 08:34 pm
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Just a bit of fun and games. Give the guy a break.

(This is coming from someone who will NOT be voting for Ford)
Paddy / March 16, 2014 at 08:42 pm
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Oooooh! The mayor drank to much booze at the St Patrick's Day festival! So terrible.

Hey, let's get the candidates equal air time and have an article about Olivia Chow's pot smoking and the time the cops found her husband naked at Velvet Touch massage parlour!
Dr. Kukko / March 16, 2014 at 08:47 pm
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Big deal he's taking part in St. Patricks celebrations. Where were Tory and CHow are they racist in not showing Irish PRIDE? Let me guess gay pride good, irish pride bad...
Lee / March 16, 2014 at 08:50 pm
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It looks like Paddy has drank the Ford Koolaid..
Kate / March 16, 2014 at 08:56 pm
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Um, he wasn't at the St. Paddy's Day festival - he was in his office. Bad form to get drunk in/around the office that you're campaigning to hold on to...
Susan / March 16, 2014 at 09:09 pm
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I saw the video and it doesn't look as if he was wasted.
Mayor Ford for 4 more years
Norman Robertson / March 16, 2014 at 09:12 pm
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Bullshit! That isn't ev en his voice
Geoff replying to a comment from Kate / March 16, 2014 at 09:16 pm
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Um ALOT of Bars and Restaurants had thier St. Paddy's celebrations yesterday night/Saturday night knowing that St. Paddy's is Monday night but only the hardcores are gonna go out on a Monday night
Geoff replying to a comment from Norman Robertson / March 16, 2014 at 09:18 pm
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Ohh an the cover photo of him in the green tie is from today's St.Paddys Parade. Clearly not the same attire he's wearing in the video but spin it how you will...
freddiestarfish / March 16, 2014 at 09:26 pm
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I'm not a Rob Ford supporter, didn't vote for him in the last election and will not vote for him in the upcoming election. But seriously, the constant picking on him has gotta stop. The guy was out in public, drunk celebrating St. Patrick's day. So what? Just because he's the mayor does that mean he needs to stay in that night and be a bore, or limit himself to just a few beers? Cut the guy some slack.
Kate / March 16, 2014 at 09:28 pm
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he either came from a party nearby city hall or his office (lights were on late there)...when you keep saying you're sober etc and so on and then keep up with the fails...
matts replying to a comment from freddiestarfish / March 16, 2014 at 09:46 pm
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"Just because he's the mayor does that mean he needs to stay in that night and be a bore, or limit himself to just a few beers?"

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAH!!!!!

Funniest thing ever.
matts / March 16, 2014 at 09:47 pm
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Wait, scratch that. It's not funny.

Stop enabling the man, you idiots.

He needs help, asap.
MER1978 replying to a comment from freddiestarfish / March 16, 2014 at 09:49 pm
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If Rob Ford wants to get fall over drunk at a friend's BBQ or something who really cares... it's the fact that he does it in public more often than a teenager who just turned 19 and he has done it at official work functions in the past.
freddiestarfish replying to a comment from MER1978 / March 16, 2014 at 10:37 pm
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Not to mention the fact that in this video he was clearly provoked. It's gotten to a point where as soon as someone has a Rob Ford sighting, they pull out their camera, put him on film and try to provoke him. It's getting a bit unfair and mean.
TaxPayer#1 / March 16, 2014 at 10:48 pm
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Like seriously are we that star stuck?!?!?! The mayor talks to a kid in a car, then hails a cab and yells some thing out! Are we investigating this garbage? I don't want my tax dollars spent investigating this! I mean good on Rob for doing what he did, it's a blast every night in the city of Toronto. It's a great city, and you know you can walk about, consume ever you want, inhale what you please...
MER1978 replying to a comment from freddiestarfish / March 16, 2014 at 11:00 pm
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Provoked... like someone that happened to be there with a cell phone camera force fed him way too many drinks... oh please he's an adult not a freshman at spring break.

As for "still gets his job done"...

1. To pass almost anything in council you need to get a majority of council to vote with you... he hasn't really been able to do that for 2.5 years because he has made literally zero effort to work with anyone else and purposely alienated everybody.

2. He loves to repeat his "billion dollars saved" lie constantly... meanwhile he pushed hard for a completely unnecessary billion dollar subway extension AND handed massive wage increases to the two largest city unions (police + the TTC by making them an essential service) AND his budget cuts were not "efficiencies" by any stretch of the imagination... his cut to the TTC budget resulted in less service on 62 bus and streetcar routes.

Rob Ford has done a piss poor job.
Burl / March 16, 2014 at 11:07 pm
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Is this now TMZ Canada?
andrewS replying to a comment from Susan / March 16, 2014 at 11:09 pm
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Why does it suddenly smell like astroturf in here?
Simon / March 16, 2014 at 11:35 pm
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Chow's Done! Goodnight!
Chow doesn't drive nearly the online traffic or impressions that Ford does even through scandals - theres no suc thing as bad press. Ford is an economic masterpiece. Ford is driving the tech sector, pushing through Social Media domination. When you see his online tactics you can clearly see his in person bricks and mortar tactics..... The man is a Genius!!!!! CHECKMATE!
Deb / March 17, 2014 at 12:17 am
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Rob and Doug should start a social media and PR agency if they don't win this election. The amount of interest, eyeballs, traffic, views, buzz, impressions that these guys can drive and generate is incredible, unheard of. Anyone advertising on a page with Ford news is seeing incremental sales.
Steven / March 17, 2014 at 06:43 am
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Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!
Right replying to a comment from freddiestarfish / March 17, 2014 at 08:52 am
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Yeah and by your retarded logic, Ford could run over and kill a pedestrian while driving drunk, but it wouldn't be his fault. It would be the pedestrians for daring to get in Ford way, right?
Ken / March 17, 2014 at 09:10 am
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He's the mayor of Toronto, he's basically oncall 24/7. Whenever I'm oncall at work I don't become intoxicated in case I get a call.
iSkyscraper replying to a comment from freddiestarfish / March 17, 2014 at 09:14 am
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"So what? Just because he's the mayor does that mean he needs to stay in that night and be a bore, or limit himself to just a few beers?"

Unless I missed the fifty other videos and stories about drunk mayors in other big cities this morning, the answer is obviously "yes".
marsha s / March 17, 2014 at 09:21 am
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here's the thing: he was at city hall, in his office, getting wasted (on what, I don't know), alone and returning phone calls to constituents until about 10 at night on a Saturday.
this guy has a serious problem.
Toronto has a serious problem.
E. Toby Coke replying to a comment from freddiestarfish / March 17, 2014 at 09:23 am
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"Just because he's the mayor does that mean he needs to stay in that night and be a bore, or limit himself to just a few beers?"

If he has the free time, maybe he should be sitting down with his young kids and going through their homework with them. Or has that been tasked to Sandro Lisi?

Nobody should tolerate this lout. Conservatives least of all. There are better options out there.
jeffy / March 17, 2014 at 09:32 am
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The fact that people are ok with our mayor being drunk in front of city hall is truly disturbing and disappointing. It actually makes me angry. I am no longer angry at Rob Ford, he just makes me sad and needs help. Ford Nation is actually disgusting to me. 30% of this city are complete low lifes with no moral compass. All this has truly made me hate a part of this city. I voted for this man to become Mayor and I am truly ashamed of the decision I made. I though Demons of George Smitherman would probably end up being worse for the city than Robs, but was probably wrong.
Ford Nation lacks Dignity, Respect, Morals, and clearly an education.
If Ford nation was witnessing a liberal politician make an ass out of our city like this, they would be loosing their minds. He has literally done nothing to help this city except privitize garbage collection. I just don't believe the left would support a crackhead alcoholic who gets drunk at work, hangs out with thugs etc.
Ford Nation has literally destroyed conservatism for me in Toronto. I won't ever go back there.
Sorry I voted for him Toronto, I blew it!
jULIAN / March 17, 2014 at 09:48 am
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Why does everyone auto assume he was drunk?

MAYBE HE WAS SMOKING SOME OF CHOW'S POT STASH...
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/olivia-chow-smoked-pot-a-little-bit-as-school-board-trustee-1.2572962
O'Banion / March 17, 2014 at 10:09 am
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Since when was drinking illegal? We're not in 1930's prohibition. He was on his own time, plus he was responsible enough to cab it. It's not like he jumped into his escalade. Lighten up blogto and be prepared for ford more years! If you don't like it then move out of the city! Happy St. Patrick's Day!
YouIdiot replying to a comment from O'Banion / March 17, 2014 at 10:14 am
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Are you f'ing kidding me?
HE WAS IN FRONT OF CITY HALL, AND INSIDE HIS OFFICE.

Boy oh boy... Ford Nation sure has a problem with reading comprehension.
Dix / March 17, 2014 at 10:18 am
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I am pretty sure that if I showed up at work smashed, I'd be fired.
gamerz replying to a comment from Dix / March 17, 2014 at 10:24 am
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Probably NOT. If it was after hours and you just came back to the office to grab your keys, hat, scarf, gloves, cell phone. Whatever you forgot something and went back to the office after a few wobbly pops. Big Deal.
Winston / March 17, 2014 at 10:37 am
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It is not acceptable for the mayor of Canada's largest city to be intoxicated (or even give the appearance of being intoxicated) in public at any time for any reason. Period. No excuses. No explanations. No tolerance.

Gabe replying to a comment from Winston / March 17, 2014 at 10:43 am
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Yes it is acceptable get off your high horse, being drunk is not an illegal activity and in fact in this province and city alcohol sales and taxes are run by the government. Rob is one of us get over it.


'Cause I am everyday people
'Cause I am everyday people
'Cause I am everyday people
'Cause I am everyday people
QED replying to a comment from Gabe / March 17, 2014 at 11:06 am
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"Rob is one of us"

Exactly. And we would never elect you to be Mayor.

Feel free to come back with your inane argument when you've found instances of how a big-city mayor, anywhere, being a public drunk is ok in 2014. (Hint - try something other than searching google for 'drunk mayor', unless you want 20 pages of Rob Ford results)
Sims / March 17, 2014 at 11:28 am
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Anyone else going out for St. Paddy's tonight? A whole group of us are going to Grace O'Malley's to get pissed in honor of St. Patrick.

Lets do this Toronto! 6 hours till lift off!
Gabe replying to a comment from QED / March 17, 2014 at 11:37 am
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I'm not looking for instances of other big city mayors drunk in public because I'm not trying to tie him too or align him with others. There's no need to look for "well every body else is doing it" statements. Rob is an original and doesn't do things because others are doing it, he does it because he wants to do it. I have no problem if he wants to have a drink. Now it would be different if he was signing bills or policies while drunk that;s entirely different (which has happened in other cities if you'd like something to google.

Rob is not perfect we know that, maybe you are but he wasn't elected to be perfect he was elected to cut taxes and improve the city which is exactly what he's achieved. Tourism is up, we've got the best transit system in Canada, he's fighting for tax cuts constantly.
Terry replying to a comment from Sims / March 17, 2014 at 11:41 am
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Going out for sure!! Wouldn't miss it - but going to the Céilí Cottage in the east end on Queen St it's just a sway stumble home.
Shamrocks n' Shenanigans / March 17, 2014 at 12:02 pm
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Give er Robbie !
Jim Smith replying to a comment from O'Banion / March 17, 2014 at 12:30 pm
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Drinking not illegal, but public intoxication is.
trotter / March 17, 2014 at 12:51 pm
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Are you saying it's OK for Olivia Chow to eat shark fin soup?
QED replying to a comment from Gabe / March 17, 2014 at 12:59 pm
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Whoa, that's quite a few talking points right from the Mouth of Doug. Which computer in Rob's office are you typing that on?

- The mayor of Toronto need not do what other (successful) mayors do so long as he is "original"? Original at what, creating international embarrassment? No, sorry, good mayors everywhere are supposed to do the same basic things -- manage municipal programs effectively and efficiently while making their cities better places to live now and in the future.

- "I know you are but what am I."; Seriously? My being "perfect" (for which you have a rather low bar) is not in question since I AM NOT THE MAYOR. It doesn't matter what other councillors do, it doens't matter what private citizens do, all that matters is what the PERSON HOLDING THE OFFICE OF MAYOR DOES. Sheesh.

- Rob was elected to cut taxes. Yes he was. Too bad he failed to do so by being incompetent when it came to budget discussions and then championing the tax raise for a subway that would be built in the wrong place. Next.

- Tourism is up. Which has nothing to do with Rob Ford and everything to do with the weakening Canadian dollar. But live whatever fantasy you like, maybe they are coming to take their picture with him.

- We've got the best transit system in Canada. Possibly true, so long as Rob stops messing with it. It's not a toy train set, you know. You know what would make it the worst transit system in Canada? Cancelling all LRT, discarding the streetcars and promising multiple subway lines with no funding that will never be built. You'll be right up there with Winnipeg Transit at that point. Because that is exactly what Rob has promised at various times in the past.

- He's fighting for tax cuts constantly. Except when they are for pet projects he supports. Or when he really shouldn't be because the money is needed for something that actually has value.


You're really not being paid enough to be getting schooled like this, are you...
Dan replying to a comment from Gabe / March 17, 2014 at 01:06 pm
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"Rob is not perfect we know that, maybe you are but he wasn't elected to be perfect he was elected to cut taxes and improve the city which is exactly what he's achieved. Tourism is up, we've got the best transit system in Canada, he's fighting for tax cuts constantly."

No you're right he wasn't elected to be perfect - but as a Mayor of the biggest city in Canada there is a certain level of dignity he's expected to conduct himself with, and he has failed miserably at that.

I have no idea why you listed those accolades Ford has had nothing do with. What initiatives did he put in place to improve tourism? The best transit has zero to do with him as well, and fighting for tax cuts - really? He just raised taxes WTF???
MER1978 / March 17, 2014 at 01:37 pm
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"Tourism is up" .. There are plenty of things Ford has done which would have a negative impact on tourism...

1. Voted against funding TIFF.
2. Voted against funding PRIDE.
3. Mused publicly about privatising the Toronto Zoo which led to a huge drop in donations.
Realist (mostly) / March 17, 2014 at 01:37 pm
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Poor Rob. If the media is out to get him, how come he keeps handing them a loaded gun?
jeb / March 17, 2014 at 02:06 pm
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Are you a spoiled brat from your parents. There are many ways to show love and support besides blindly throwing money at them. Ford maybe voted against but you don't know what his priority plan was for those dollars.

Can't wait to find out exactly what Chow voted for and against while she was a councillor and how it' aligns with her campaign promises.

how many of you attended the Irish Parade yesterday? How many gays went? The only way it seems to show support in this fucking city is by handing out tax dollars or attending parades or your considered a racist homophobe. What do have against the Irish? Why wasn't Chow at the parade she must Hate the Irish even though she has a preference for white men.
iSkyscraper replying to a comment from jeb / March 17, 2014 at 03:03 pm
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For the record, the mayor of New York did not march in their St. Patrick's day parade because of the ban on gay-affiliated groups being in the parade. Same for mayor of Boston. So I don't think it's exactly a black mark on Chow to skip the parade.

Toronto is like a never-ending Opposite Day under Ford...
Gabe / March 17, 2014 at 03:48 pm
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I thought 6 months ago y'all were sayin Rob Ford was hurting the economy, making the city a laughing stock, no ones wanna do business here. Guess What - the numbers are up? He definitely didn't hurt them which now makes you all liars and hypocrites.

Olivia's numbers are up / March 17, 2014 at 05:00 pm
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Ctv Says so...ahhh, Rob's numbers are down...rub Ford's large, pink face in it
Doug's decibels are down, way down / March 17, 2014 at 05:02 pm
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Does anyone know where Dougie is? Sticking labels on his face? Great campaign Doug! Great campaign manager, Doug Drug!
Gabe replying to a comment from Gabe / March 17, 2014 at 05:17 pm
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The cities travel, tourism and revenue numbers are up is what I was saying NOT his approval rating. The CITY IS BOOMING.
Nick / March 17, 2014 at 05:32 pm
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Rob Ford never said he was ’100%’ done with drinking, Doug Ford says despite 100% fact that mayor did make that promise (news.nationalpost.com). These turds are unbelieveable - they can't even get their messaging straight.
Doug Drug lying @ St. Pat lunch / March 17, 2014 at 05:34 pm
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Doug Drug says Rob didn't promise 100% not to drink! Stephen Ledrew asked Rob if he wasn't going to drink again, Rob gave one of his triplet answrrs: "100%!100%!100%!" DOUG DRUG LIES! ROB FORD LIES!
pie in the face time for the pink fat drunk pig! / March 17, 2014 at 06:11 pm
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Let's All Get Him!
Gabe wishes he was smart enough not to vote for ford. / March 17, 2014 at 06:19 pm
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If the city is so booming then we is unemployment at 10.1% which really is high for any city. Hey let's not let facts get in the way of ford nation.
Brenda / March 17, 2014 at 08:32 pm
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So the toronto star (dirty tabloid newspaper) has decided that olivia chow will be mayor. Really...? Wonder how she would like it if someone followed her into the toilet or into a restaurant to see what she ate or said or hid in her home to see what she was really like.... Rob Ford has put up with a lot and not cracked, which I surely would have done with this sort of treatment. He has been a good mayor and I hope he continues in his job. Remember when the star told people to vote for Dalton because no one else could do the job of premier.....what a crock that was. John Tory should have been premier.
I wish Ford was drunk everyday, lying in a ditch / March 17, 2014 at 10:05 pm
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Then tourism would really improve!
BaldMan / March 17, 2014 at 11:44 pm
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Unemployment is at 10.1% because that's how many people we have living off the tax payer. That's ok I'm good with that. But we a good amount of people are just comfortably living off the government and taking the odd job here and there. A 10lb bag of potato's is like $2.99.
Fred replying to a comment from Brenda / March 18, 2014 at 12:07 am
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People like you need to move to the north pole.
Baldman is a 10 pound bag of potatoes / March 18, 2014 at 12:56 am
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Ford is a 1000 pound bag...of shit
Ford is a turd plugging my toilet / March 18, 2014 at 12:58 am
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Anyone have a plunger?
Great campaign Doug! / March 18, 2014 at 05:04 am
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Great strategy! Really staying on message! "Stoli wins elections!" Or maybe "Vote Drunk!".
Dr. Kukko Genius / March 19, 2014 at 10:32 am
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In the movie 'North by Northwest' the Cary Grant character has the contents of a bottle of bourbon forced down his throat. At the police station, there is a denial of drinking. Has anyone seen Alfred Hitchcock making a little cameo at City hall?
lxpatterson@yahoo.com replying to a comment from Brenda / March 21, 2014 at 04:07 pm
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"Rob Ford has put up with a lot and not cracked, which I surely would have done with this sort of treatment."

Hahaha! That's funny! I beg to differ, I believe Rob Ford has "cracked" (pun intended).
Help! / March 24, 2014 at 12:20 pm
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Need a copy of pic of Ford in a Speedo!

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