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Something New – Open Thread

on November 22, 2013

We needed a new post…. here’s a open thread.

torontosunlogo_180x117Friday, November 22, 2013 04:34 PM EST

Separated_640_421_s_c1_c_t_0_0Holy shnikes!

It’s a Rob Ford movie that can never be made but the trailer has already been watched by half a million people. Ford’s ongoing crack cocaine scandal has led to lots of jokes but now Toronto video editor Tristan Gough has taken it to the next level. Gough cut a movie trailer about Ford’s life starring late comedian Chris Farley as the mayor of Canada’s largest city. He posted it on YouTube Thursday and by Friday afternoon it already has been watched more than 500,000 times.

The trailer relies largely on scenes from Farley’s 1995 movie, Tommy Boy. “The story of controversial Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is brought to life in a new biopic starring the late Chris Farley,” reads the video’s description. “The film details his battles with alcohol, drugs, and the city he was elected to run. So sit back and enjoy this rip-roaring comedy that critics are calling ‘Hilarious and entertaining!’ ” Other casting suggested in the trailer includes Brian Dennehy as Doug Ford, Rob Lowe as Alexander “Sandro” Lisi and Robert De Niro as Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair.

Many comedians have pointed out Ford’s resemblance to Farley since he made worldwide headlines after admitting to smoking crack in a “drunken stupor.” Stephen Colbert dubbed Ford the “Chris Farley tribute mayor.”

After Saturday Night Live parodied Ford last week, Farley’s brother Kevin Farley weighed in on the mayor. “I think it’s safe to say that my brother would have crushed playing the Rob Ford guy on SNL,” Farley tweeted.


23 responses to “Something New – Open Thread

  1. kstreet607 says:

    Meesh, your Mayor Ford is most definitely and enigma. BTW…I understand they changed the locks at City Hall. Is he still mayor?

  2. Meesh says:

    Yes, he’s Mayor only in name (as he won’t step down) he’s been stripped of (almost) everything, he claims he’s been voted in by the people, so he will go nowhere until Fall of 2014.

    He still attends City Council meetings but he does not chair them any longer, the deputy mayor took over.. Ford is constantly disruptive and carries on like a stupid misbehaved kid.

    He’s in our news daily.

    Anyway, about that video above, we Canadians can see the similarity as with Tommy Boy.

    1) Ford as a youth was always in trouble and his father bailed him out constantly… he adored his father and wanted to please him. His father was in Politics as well.

    2) the pratfalls, bumping into TV cameras constantly.Huffington Post have several posts about this….it happened several times. We just suspected he was a buffoon – clumsy. Now we believe he was inebriated.

    3) He got pulled over in Florida by a police officer and was thrown in jail for a DUI, this occurred when he was running for Mayor….it was publicized at the time.

    4) He was fired as volunteer head coach for the Don Bosco Eagles senior football team. He complained to his brother Doug, who came to his defense.

    5) He trampled over a councilor (older lady) a few days ago

    The similarities are uncanny.

    Within the article above I have linked some articles, they appear a bit darker.

  3. Did you ever think the people of Toronto are going to miss him when he’s gone? What are you going to do for daily political laughs? You don’t seem to have an alternative comedy channel like we do with our congress down here.

  4. Dennis says:

    You folks up there must be very proud. Now where I live, we just have a guy who has been mayor for about 20 years. He just shows up, does the job, does stuff, makes some presentations, signs a few things, then goes home at the end of the day. Boring, you know. All he has ever done has been to turn an old GOP city into a Democratic stronghold while converting the local GOP into a batch of blithering idiots. So we have no fun down here at all….Well, wait a minute. We do have a major wreak of a GOP governor…..But he isn’t quite in Ford’s league.

    • So how do you account for the city/state political differences where you are?

      • Dennis says:

        Simple. Northern Ohio (especially around Cleveland) is heavily union and Democratic. Southern Ohio is extremely GOP and tea party. Central Ohio is the battle ground. That is why Mayor Coleman is important. He can’t move out of this position. He is the key to the Ohio Democratic Party.

        • The next round of elections (2014) are going to be some of the most critical in the nation long term – especially with the change in the filibuster rules. States like Ohio will be decisive (so I hear).

        • BTW, what do you think is behind the opposition to Obama’s economic efforts by working class folks who would actually benefit from those efforts? Is it stupidity – or is it something else? What do you hear from people who don’t know your own political views?

          • Dennis says:

            IMHO, it is stupidity fueled by misdirected anger. Add in the large network of wing nutters who are always busy jerking this anger every which way, and you end up with a lot of people cutting their own nose off to spit their face.

        • I gave up on Ohio when it elected Kasich for Governor over Strickland in 2010, I think, – especially after Kasich went whole hog Tea Party. Since then I hear he’s kept his finger in the wind and has moderated somewhat. But, in addition to his politics, I really dislike his face and manner. What’s the buzz on Strickland possibly making a come back? Are the Ohioans becoming wise to Kasich yet?

          • Dennis says:

            Kasich’s approval ratings have been all over the map and though they are currently better than they were, they are basically soft. Strickland is not planning to run again and a young liberal from Cleveland (Ed Fitzgerald) is the most likely candidate for next year. One big problem in Ohio is that we have a GOP dominated legislature that is so far right that they often make Kasich look moderate. There is a whole lot of major house cleanning needed in Ohio.

            • Dennis says:

              One big problem that Kasich has chasing him is the JobOhio program. At the start of his term, Kasich decided that the Ohio Department of Development was no good at job creation so he created a semi-private organization staffed by corporate cronies and generously funded by state money. They were suppose to be the business whiz kids at creating jobs. During the past three years, they have created no jobs, provided no reports as to what they are doing, and have sucked up millions of tax dollars.

          • Dennis says:

            And please keep in mind that back in 2010, Strickland managed to take a 22% gap in his race against Kasich and by election day had reduced it to roughly 1.5%. And this was at the height of the recession. So as bad as Ohio voters can be (and we can be really bad), not all of us are completely brain dead stupid. At least not all of the time.

            • I think part of the problem is that the Democratic Party has been unexplainably passive and tolerant of the Republican/Tea Party’s tactics and policies. It’s as if the Republicans know how to press enough of the secret white-christian-supremist/male/heterosexual buttons in the personal psyches of the Democrats to render them soft in their responses. Either Democrats don’t know how to fight effectively or they don’t really have the will. What else can explain such an ineffective response to a party that just a month ago shut down the government and wants to deprive the poor of food while making it harder for them to vote? Democrats treat it as mere rough political play instead of the near treason that it actually is.

              By now, the Republicans should be too embarrassed to raise their ugly heads. Instead they are still pretending to be proud of themselves and talking smack.

            • In other words, why is it that the Republicans stay in a perpetual state of outrage at the Democrats, while the Democrats seem somewhat timid and in a perpetual state of DEFENSE dealing with the Republicans?

  5. Dennis says:

    The eternal nothingness of the Snooze Site continues with a quickie by Ilse about how Obamacare means that no one will have a doctor and how doctor’s are all switching to digital files and how that means that there will be no more medical records and how this means that government death panels will decide what wing nutter bloggers will be allowed to live or die and then the booze kicked in and she passed out. I use to think that Ilse needed a chill pill. But she is way beyond that and really needs a long stay at that place in West Virginia. Maybe Fat Boy can use his “influence” to get her a room there.

  6. kstreet607 says:

    Fellas…in terms of the GOP’s obstruction to “all things Obama”, there’s a book by Robert Draper that maps out their plan from day one. Here’s a link to a HuffPo article about the book and the GOP obstructionism. I bought the book (audio) and it explained a hell of a lot.

    Robert Draper Book: GOP’s Anti-Obama Campaign Started Night Of Inauguration

    HuffPo link:

    • I haven’t read the book, but I’ve heard about it’s findings. The book supports what I said in an earlier post about how the Republicans seem to be able to keep the Democrats on defense no matter that the Republicans’ strategy to stop the government from functioning under Obama, as reported in Draper’s book, is fundamentally treasonous. Personally, I believe the Democrats have been rendered largely impotent by their own American conditioning. That American conditioning is what allows the unprecedented attacks on the presidency in general and Obama in particular to be tolerated and excused by too many Democrats who are reluctant to call a spade a spade, or a racist a racist partially because of fear of backlash and partially because they just don’t feel the sting the way they should. It is impossible to have grown up in America without becoming conditioned to second class treatment of African Americans – even an African American President of the United States.

      It’s that conditioning that allows Democrats to see the Republicans’ conduct as not threatening America’s system of government, but only as somewhat insulting to a BLACK president (which, because of the Democrats’ American conditioning, is not only understandable but also forgivable.) So the Democrats will continue to tiptoe around the corruption of our system of government until the takeover is complete. Until then it’s “poor Obama, the Republicans really don’t like him – but things will get back to normal when Hilary gets in.” Problem is that with Democrats remaining so flaccid they might be defeated in 2014 in droves – thereby setting the stage not only for no Hilary, but also for the end of America’s progressive experiment of the last sixty years.

      I hear that people thought the post civil war Reconstruction era would continue on to change America forever. The Democrats’ “liberal” agenda of the last sixty years, just like post civil war Reconstruction, could very easily become a mere historical blip – only this time reversing the fortunes of not just Black Americans but nine tenths of all Americans.

  7. Meesh says:

    There’s a new post —–> HERE Let’s move everything there, K? PS Dennis if you wish to add go ahead – I’ll update & thanks!

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