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15 witty Twitter reactions to the latest Rob Ford crack video revelations

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(Image: Christopher Drost)

Whenever earth-shattering news breaks—and Police Chief Bill Blair’incredible revelation about the very real Rob Ford crack video certainly qualifies—Twitter lights up with witty bon-mots. Here, the best Internet quips from a very eventful morning.

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Rob Ford Crack Scandal: Toronto police chief Bill Blair confirms that the cops have the Rob Ford crack video

At a packed press conference this morning, Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair completely and utterly shocked the city by revealing police “are now in possession” of the Holy Grail Rob Ford crack video. While Blair wouldn’t explicitly state that the video shows Ford smoking crack, he confirmed that police have a video file of the mayor that is “consistent with what had been previously described in various media reports”—referring, presumably, to Gawker and the Toronto Star’s bombshell articles from May. “I think it’s fair to say the mayor does appear in that video but I’m not going to get into the detail of what activities is depicted in that video,” said Blair.

Blair explained that warrants from the Project Traveller drug raids yielded multiple mobile devices and hard drives, which contained deleted files that police have now recovered. Along with the video described by the Star and Gawker, police have recovered “at least one other video file that appears somewhat relevant in the case,” Blair said. He added that there is nothing on the video that would allow police to lay criminal charges against Ford at present.

Blair’s other bombshell: Sandro Lisi, Ford’s (very close) associate and an alleged drug dealer, was arrested this morning for extortion charges, though Blair wouldn’t confirm if Ford is the victim of that extortion. The police chief also said he wouldn’t comment on what he has seen—but then immediately proceeded to say, “I’m disappointed.” His final gift to reporters: confirmation that the video will be presented in court.

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Coming soon to a newspaper near you: police documents that may contain dirt on Rob Ford

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(Image: Chris Drost)

Good news for Rob Ford scandal watchers: a group of media lawyers has scored a victory in their court battle to obtain a 500-page document police used to get a search warrant for Ford’s friend and alleged drug dealer Alexander “Good Guy” Lisi. Reporters hope the document, portions of which could be released as soon as Thursday at 9:30 a.m., will contain intel about whether Ford was mixed up in the police investigation. It’s certainly possible that he was: in the past few months, Lisi reportedly tried to trade pot for the mayor’s stolen phone and track down the alleged crack video. Ford also wrote a letter of support for Lisi for a sentencing last June. Still, there’s a chance the juiciest bits could be left out. The Crown will redact any sections not part of the “essential narrative” of the criminal investigation that led to Lisi’s arrest. [Toronto Star]

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MAYOR OR MAY NOT: Karen Stintz and Rob Ford kick off a year of pre-election bickering

Rob Ford versus Karen Stintz

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And they’re off! This weekend, mayor Rob Ford and his ally-turned-nemesis Karen Stintz gave Toronto its first taste of the passive-aggressive antics that are sure to dominate the 2014 mayoral election. The right-leaning councillor broadcast her plans to run against Ford on Saturday, making her the first high-profile rival to do so (MP Olivia Chow and radio host John Tory are also reportedly considering runs, while former councillor David Soknacki has already announced his long-shot candidacy). Naturally, Stintz used the opportunity for a not-so-veiled jab at the mayor’s scandal-burdened tenure: “I want to make that sure we focus on the issues, not the personality.”  Ford’s response? Bring it. The mayor spent most of his two-hour radio show on Sunday trumpeting his triumphs and offering off-putting images like this one: “I’m just drooling—I am absolutely salivating—for this next election.”  [Toronto Sun]

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Quoted: Rob Ford’s profanity-littered phone tirade at a Toronto Sun columnist

Rob Ford Versus Joe Warmington

I am so f – - – ing mad at you right now…I am so
f – - – ing -angry!

Rob Ford, losing it on the Toronto Sun’Joe Warmington after the columnist—and frequent Ford defender—slammed the mayor’s reaction to a photo of a sleeping city worker. Warmington, who mined the mayor’s furious phone call for a column today, says Ford screamed that he should “join the Toronto Star” and vowed to stop giving him interviews. (Apparently, the mayor “routinely” phones Warmington, though he has told the writer not to call him directly.) His Fordship also threw in a few vaguely threatening references—“I am not the only one that is pissed at you. There are others”—before deciding he ought to hang up “before I say something I regret.” We would have thought he crossed that line with the first F-bomb. [Toronto Sun]

(Images: Rob Ford, Christopher Drost; Joe Warmington, Twitter; phone, Frederic Bisson)

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The list of Rob Ford’s sketchy friends keeps growing

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The Star published a lengthy investigative piece over the weekend alleging police are investigating the efforts of Rob Ford’henchmen associates to retrieve the infamous cellphone crack video. The lengthy story still doesn’t prove whether or not Ford has smoked crack, but it does raise some very serious questions about the mayor’s choice of friends, whose shadowy ranks already include “logistics director” David Price and Fabio Basso, who lives in the bungalow at the centre of the crack scandal. Below, a rundown on the latest of the mayor’s dodgy inner circle to hit the spotlight.

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A primer on Rob Ford’s latest troubles, from nocturnal wanderings to a jailhouse visit

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Just when we thought Rob Ford’s public relations problems were petering out, there’s a spate of new allegations, each stranger than the last. Here, the latest news stories from planet Ford and our take on just how harmful each could be for the stumblebum mayor’s already iffy image.

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Mayor May Not: John Tory inches towards admitting he wants to replace Rob Ford

Tory has mastered the “posing with a baby” part of
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John Tory upgraded his 2014 mayoral ambitions from “never say never” to “thinking about it” in an interview yesterday. The radio host and former Ontario Progressive Conservative leader said that urging from supporters has him considering a run and his desire to lead the city hasn’t abated since he first ran for mayor a decade ago. That said, Tory has yet to assemble a team or even seriously discuss the idea with his wife. He also said he would likely opt out if the mix of candidates significantly slimmed his chance of winning. Or, we imagine, if the longtime Rogers director got offered some sort of fancy executive job. [Newstalk 1010]

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Karen Stintz is working on her 2014 mayoral campaign

Toronto’s mayoral hopefuls aren’t allowed to officially campaign until January 2014, but preliminary jockeying is well underway. Rob Ford has been in election mode since since taking office; Olivia Chow has apparently tapped a veteran consultant to work on her still-unannounced bid; and now the Toronto Star’Bob Hepburn says Karen Stintz is making her own preparations. In recent weeks, the TTC chair has lined up an election organizer, policy advisors and a speech coach, and started meeting with business and community leaders. She has also outlined some key themes for her platform: fiscal responsibility, city and transit building and opposition to the proposed expansion at the Island airport. Early polls suggest she already has to make up ground: Chow is the clear front-runner, and with his conflict of interest troubles now completely behind him Ford’s only going to focus more energy on getting re-elected. [Toronto Star]

(Images: Karen Stintz, TTC; Rob Ford, Rob Ford; Olivia Chow, Andrew Rusk)

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Rob Ford Crack-o-Meter: Ford runs like a schoolgirl and Sarah Thomson does something dumb

Rob Ford has skated through some humiliating situations and emerged relatively unscathed. The crack-smoking scandal, though, has ratcheted the ridiculousity to new highs. Every day brings more bad news. So far, Ford has kept his cool (more or less), but we have to wonder if—or when—he’s going to crack. Here, our daily assessment of what’s going on with our infamous mayor.

• Gawker reconstructs the night the crack video was filmed (Pressure: )
Newspapers have stopped short of providing a narrative for the night Ford (allegedly) smoked crack in front of the camera, but Gawker isn’t so tentative. Citing an unnamed source, the site says the crack video was recorded 6-8 months ago when drug dealers from 320 Dixon Road (where the video was later rumoured to be held) stopped by a rundown North Etobicoke bungalow where Ford has gone for years during his “binges.” The dealers asked for a photo, which was taken outside at resident Fabio Basso’s request (says the source: “Ford ran outside like a schoolgirl to have that picture taken.”)

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Rob Ford Crack-o-Meter: Ford visited a shady bungalow and a former staffer does some naughty tweeting

Rob Ford has skated through some humiliating situations and emerged relatively unscathed. The crack-smoking scandal, though, has ratcheted the ridiculousity to new highs. Every day brings more bad news. So far, Ford has kept his cool (more or less), but we have to wonder if—or when—he’s going to crack. Here, our daily assessment of what’s going on with our infamous mayor.

• Rob Ford was photographed in front of a house notorious for drug activity (Pressure: )
The Toronto Star and Gawker have momentarily switched their focus from the video to the house in this photograph distributed by the video’s peddlars. The rundown bungalow, which has long concerned neighbours, is only 300 metres from the Dixon Road apartment building where the video was rumoured to be held.

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Rob Ford Crack-o-Meter: the crack video owners are fed up and Ford’s office becomes a tourist attraction

Rob Ford has skated through some humiliating situations and emerged relatively unscathed. The crack-smoking scandal, though, has ratcheted the ridiculousity to new highs. Every day brings more bad news. So far, Ford has kept his cool (more or less), but we have to wonder if—or when—he’s going to crack. Here, our daily assessment of what’s going on with our infamous mayor.

• Gawker’s go-between tells the site that the video is “gone” (Pressure: )
And Gawker is blaming everyone from CNN and the Toronto Star to the local Somali community for messing up the deal.

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Five things we learned from Gawker’s update about the Rob Ford crack video

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In a lengthy post last night, Gawker editor John Cook revealed some bad news about the campaign to buy the Rob Ford crack video: the video’s owner says it’s “gone.” (He also added: “Leave me alone.”) Here, the five big takeaways from Cook’s play-by-play.

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Rob Ford Crack-o-Meter: Mark Towhey’s leaked email and pictures of fish

Rob Ford has skated through some humiliating situations and emerged relatively unscathed. The crack-smoking scandal, though, has ratcheted the ridiculousity to new highs. Every day brings more bad news. So far, Ford has kept his cool (more or less), but we have to wonder if—or when—he’s going to crack. Here, our daily assessment of what’s going on with our infamous mayor.

• 55 per cent of Toronto believes the Rob Ford crack video is real (Pressure: )
But the same poll also suggests only 51 percent believe Ford smokes crack cocaine. Go figure.

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