Was this only five months ago? Ah, the memories…
Was this only five months ago? Ah, the memories…
In light of what’s going on with Rob Ford right now, here’s a blast from the past: the January 19, 1990 broadcast of CBS Evening News with Dan Rather. The top story was the arrest of Washington, D.C. mayor Marion Barry, who was caught on video smoking crack — in a situation that is similar to the one that is allegedly shown in the “Rob Ford Crack Video”.
This blast from the past shows how different TV was back then:
In honour of all the evidence coming out about Toronto’s Peter Griffin-esque mayor, Rob Ford, I’m compiling a list of songs about drugs — and especially crack — and putting them in this post for your listening enjoyment. I’ll keep adding to the post as the day goes on, so if you have any suggestions, put them in the comments, and I’ll add them to the post!
Very fitting, and posted in honour of Lou Reed’s recent passing. Thanks to Meryle for the suggestion!
Thanks to Colin Climie for the suggestion!
We don’t have enough songs about drugs in 3/4 time.
Freeze! Rock! Everybody thinks Grandmaster Flash did this, but it was actually Grandmaster Melle Mel. Thanks to Paul Frankenstein for the suggestion!
A goth classic.
Not a song, but it still fits the theme.
“Out here on the street, he don’ even know what time it is!”
You thought this was about a girl, didn’t you?
First saw this back in the summer of 1992, in the movie that changed my life: Phallus in Wonderland.
Another tune from my university years. Thanks to Jennifer Woltemade for the suggestion!
Thanks to my ol’ pal, George “Hotchner” Scriban, who also suggests any Cypress Hill tune is appropriate.
How’d I forget this one?
Thanks to Chris for the suggestion!
Another Jennifer Woltemade suggestion!
A great suggestion from Michael Jones, and oh-so-fitting.
Not a music video, but hey, I can’t resist GWAR, and hey, it’s topical!
In the game Grand Theft Auto V, this is the theme music for the mission in which the character you play, Michael (voiced by Ray Liotta), is dosed with acid by his no-good son Jimmy.
Geez, how’d I forget this? Thanks to Ian Tuck for the suggestion!
Arnie quotes make this awesome.
As I write this, Accordion City’s chief of police Bill Blair is being as by-the-book as he can be while effectively saying once and for all that the video featuring our Peter Griffin-esque is real, and that he’s seen it. In a press conference before some understandably scandal-hungry reporters, he said that:
“The Toronto Police Service is now in possession of a video digital file”
and that it contains
“images consistent with those reported in the press”
Or simply put: Gawker and the Toronto Star weren’t lying. The “Rob Ford Smoking Crack” video is real.
Toronto’s worst mayor ever and his skeevy friends became the subject of an investigation in the wake of the news about a video allegedly (how much longer will I have to write “allegedly”?) showing him smoking a crack pipe. Ford took about a week to issue a statement about the video, and when he finally did, he avoided issuing a direct denial, stating “I cannot comment on a video that I have never seen or does not exist”. With an equal degree of indirectness, the Chief of Police says that it does exist. My guess is that the next few days at City Hall will be very interesting, as will the next few days at Toronto’s rabidly pro-Ford (at least until recently) low-information-reader newspaper of choice, the Toronto Sun, and the unintentionally hilarious I Hate the War on Mayor Rob Ford Facebook page.
The press conference comes on the heels of the release of a 500-page document on Project Brazen 2, which sounds like a bad direct-to-video movie, but was actually a police investigation. Earlier, it was believed that Sandro Lisi, a skeevy friend of the mayor, was the target of the investigation, but the document seems to suggest that the true target was the mayor himself. This document, which is heavily redacted in place, covers 349 phone calls and several meetings between Lisi and Ford, one of which involved that classic movie trope, the exchange of a manila envelope.
The document also includes these surveillance photos:
Here’s the video of the press conference held by the Toronto Police Service earlier today at 11:30 a.m.:
I’ve got to hand it to Chief Blair: he’s being a consummate professional about it. He’s simply stating the facts, and reminding the public that the polcie’s job is to gather evidence, make arrests where necessary, and present their finding to the courts, and doing so fairly, or as he puts it several times, “without fear or favour”. In the meantime, the so-called journalists keep asking immaterial questions like “Are you shocked?”
This should be an interesting couple of weeks here in Toronto. I won’t be around for them, though: I’m off to San Francisco next week, and Vegas the next, but I’m sure by then, it’ll be all over the American news and fodder for late-night comedy shows.
TechCrunch broke the news: The FAA has posted a press release announcing that airlines can now allow the use of personal electronic devices (which they refer to using the acronym PEDs) throughout the flight, from gate to gate. They’re providing the airlines with a set of guidelines, and we can expect to see them put into action by the end of the year. How these changes will be put in place will vary from airline to airline, but the general idea is that you won’t have to put away your mobile device during takeoff and landing. The new guidelines should be in effect by the end of the year.
Here’s a quick breakdown of the FAA guidelines…
Each airline will implement them only after they’ve performed a safety assessment and have received FAA approval, but I suspect that everyone will try to fast-track the process, especially with the holiday season coming up. Delta have already posted an announcement saying that they’ve submitted a plan and you might be able to use electronic devices for the duration of the flight starting November 1. That’s tomorrow at the time of this writing.
I’ve got at least four flights scheduled this coming month, and I’m hoping they get these new guidelines into effect ASAP!
Since my personal Great Reset, I’ve managed to pop up in San Francisco once a year.
In early 2011, it was the site of my first post-separation non-date, which started off well, but went terribly, terribly wrong…
In mid-2012, I dropped by San Francisco for a whirlwind trip to do three job developer evangelist interviews with three startups. Two said “No thanks,” at the end, and one — who had me hanging out at their offices for two days, bouncing ideas off me and picking my brains — never got around to hiring anyone for the position. I also got to catch up with Tom Purves, Michele Perras, and Adam Schwabe at Tom and Michele’s fabulous Haight-Ashbury pad for shabu-shabu and great conversation.
And now, in late 2013, I’m coming back. This time it’s for a vacation I’d planned with this lovely lady…
…and I’m there for some R&R, a little birthday celebrating, some chilling out before some really big life changes, and to see friends and family.
They’re all low-carb options, but some are more fun than others.