Marion Barry was mayor of Washington D.C. He's currently a council member in the District. In between, he did a stretch in a federal pen for smoking crack on camera. Now, in his new memoir, he can finally tell you about smacking a woman "upside the head" and what cocaine does to his dick.
If you're the Toronto mayor, going to church is one way to redeem yourself for having spent the past few months calling reporters pedophiles, knocking over city councillors, talking about your wife's pussy in public, and, of course, smoking crack. Another way to redeem yourself would be to resign, but that's just not Rob Ford's style.
Every so often, a beautiful sort of kismet occurs on Saturday Night Live, when a public figure goes off the rails and an SNL comic is perfectly positioned to mock them mercilessly. It happened for Will Ferrell with George Bush and Tina Fey with Sarah Palin. Now it's Bobby Moynihan's turn — and the man was born to play Rob Ford.
The Toronto Sun has broken an important turn in the ongoing saga of Rob Ford, Toronto's crack-smoking mayor. A half-hour ago, the Sun posted snippets of a video of a probably drunk and/or high Ford beating his chest and ranting about stripping to his underwear and ripping someone's throat out for calling him a bird and a nerd.
Canadians are good people. They are not grotesquely fat like Americans, they are not smoking ghetto drugs like the Americans always do, and they are not running around with a bunch of suburban hoodlums called "The Goonies," which is from an American movie. When the world thinks of Canada, it thinks of artists and poets like Leonard Cohen and Neil Young, and also the Canadian Mounties in their proudly un-ironic uniforms. There is no irony in Canada, because people are good. Rob Ford should be kicked out of Canada, right into that immense freezing lake that has for so long kept the vulgar Americans out of the nice part of North America.