Thursday, August 5, 2010

Speaking of wacky...

Ekos isn't the only thing in town with a screw or two loose.

Saskboy just had a post up talking about "celebrating ignorance," and rightly so, Toronto mayoral candidate Rob Ford had a spot in it. Take a look at the video he posted.

This isn't the only weird, awkward, and downright offensive thing he's said recently. From the Globe and Mail:

Rob Ford’s long-held belief in traditional marriage has exploded into a campaign issue now that he has endorsed the views of a fundamentalist Christian pastor who suggested online that same-sex marriage could “dismantle” a “healthy democratic civilization.”

“We’re together. We have the same thoughts,” Mr. Ford said at a news conference with Pastor Wendell Brereton, who abandoned his candidacy for mayor to run for council and endorse Mr. Ford.

And, apparently, there's a huge amount of stupid things yet to be discovered. For example:

"If you are not doing needles and you are not gay, you won't get AIDS probably. That's bottom line."
That's the bottom line, is it?

This old, but very relevant blog post by Torontoist, sums it all up nicely:

Rob Ford has said some remarkably stupid things during his tenure as a City Councillor. We could harp upon the stupid things he said when he got drunk at a hockey game, or we could focus on the stupid things he has said in the heat of debate at Council. But then, we can all say things we regret while drunk or in the heat of the moment. These errors in judgment are unfortunate, but not unfathomable.

What is unfathomable is that of all the stupid statements Rob Ford makes, the stupidest occur not when he's drunk or even in the heat of battle, but only after what we can assume is long, sober reflection.

The sad thing is that Council could actually benefit from having more representatives from a conservative mindset. Councillors should indeed lead by example in a time of fiscal crisis and give up more of their perks. The problem with Rob Ford leading this movement is that he is such an idiot so much of the time, it's easy to ignore him when he happens to be right about something. Toronto deserves better conservatives than Rob Ford.
Emphasis mine, and I actually agree. What a sad world we have to live in. That's the real bottom line.

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