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Rob Ford apologizes for 'mistakes' but won't step down
[CBC.CA] Mayor Rob Ford is apologizing to Torontonians for "mistakes" he has made, but says he will not be leaving office, despite the fact that police have recovered a controversial video that allegedly shows the city's chief magistrate using crack cocaine.

Speaking on his weekly radio show on Sunday afternoon, Ford called on the city's police chief to release the controversial video that Sherlocks obtained during a series of raids earlier this year.

"I've been thinking for a long time of what I'm going to say today," Ford said on Newstalk 1010.

"And first of all, I believe that this video, I want the police chief, Bill Blair, to release this video for every single person in this city to see. That is the right thing to do and chief, I am asking you to release this video now."

The mayor said the video should be released, so that "whatever this video shows... people need to judge for themselves what they see on this video."

His remarks came just three days after Blair confirmed in a news conference that Sherlocks retrieved a video from a seized hard drive that features the mayor. Blair said the video was "consistent" with descriptions of the mayor smoking from a crack pipe, as reported by U.S. gossip website Gawker and the Toronto Star.

Toronto police spokesperson Mark Pugash told CBC News on Sunday that the position of the police has not changed, with respect to the release of the video.

Last week, the city's police chief said that it is the job of Sherlocks to gather evidence, but it is courts that decide whether that evidence is admissible and also whether it is made public.

Mayor admits 'mistakes'

When the reports about the video first emerged in May, Ford denied both using crack cocaine and the video's existence.

On Sunday, Ford apologized for unspecified "mistakes," though he did not initially elaborate on what they were.

"I'm the first one to admit, friends, I'm the first one to admit, I am not perfect. I have made mistakes ... and all I can do right now is apologize for the mistakes," he said.

About an hour into his radio show, however, Ford made specific reference to his behaviour at public events -- including at the Taste of the Danforth street festival during the summer.

"I've made mistakes, like, where do I begin?" Ford said. "For example, the Danforth, that was pure stupidity. I shouldn't have got hammered down at the Danforth. If you're going to have a couple of drinks, you stay at home and that's it, you don't make a public spectacle of yourself."

Ford also referred to things getting "a little out of control" on St. Patrick's Day.

While he said he intended to make changes in his life, Ford said he couldn't "mislead people" by telling them he will be perfect in future.

"To sit here and say: 'You know, I'm going to lose 100 pounds and I'm going to be a brand new person in six months, or a year,' I'm not going to mislead people," he said.

"I'm going to do my very best to make sure these mistakes don't happen again. And I don't know what else to say."
Posted by: Fred || 11/04/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under:

#1  You're screwed.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 11/04/2013 0:42 Comments || Top||

#2  Of failing traits, false contrition must surely be the most common among politicians, as well as the most despicable.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/04/2013 0:42 Comments || Top||

#3  The Man who shot Jesse James???

gut nuthin.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 11/04/2013 23:04 Comments || Top||

Sebelius on tour with Web Sites for Dummies.
[National Review] Priceless facial expression.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/04/2013 15:12 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:

Former President Carter: Champ incompetent loser.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/04/2013 05:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:

#1  If you look at Carters background and education you will find him to be one of this countries brightest individuals. He came to DC as a Christian. Strike number one. He was honest. Strike number two. He was not a party animal. In DC that is strike number three. He had the real power to deal with and that was Tip O'Neill.Big and final strike number four. Yes, he made mistakes but in DC with the powers against you including the Post you can be smothered. He had a tendency to try to do everything himself so that always made him the easiest target. Even now watch the attacks for these comments he has made. He is no Joe Biden.
Posted by: Dale || 11/04/2013 6:52 Comments || Top||

#2  It's always good to have someone worse than you when you are a former president.
Posted by: JohnQC || 11/04/2013 8:31 Comments || Top||

#3  Under Carter the US had a miserable economy, sky high inflation, and a stagnant stock market. Under Carter the US was weak with hostages being held in Iran and the Russians invading Afghanistan. He was a micro-manager, wasting his time personally scheduling use of the White House tennis courts while bungling the hostage crisis. Most ex-Presidents have enough appreciation for the travails that go with the job that they avoid cheap shots at their successors -- note the behavior of Bush and Clinton. Not Carter, who is a thoroughly classless act. Carter (winner of the Nobel "Peace" Prize for not being Bush - a special recent category) is most beloved internationally for being a bagman, giving payoffs to dictators in Haiti and North Korea alike. These payments came out of the pockets of American taxpayers and didn't cost Carter a dime. He also likes to engage in personal diplomacy for which I'll give him the Dennis Rodman International Citizen Award. He is a prime example of the fact that intelligence doesn't guarantee good judgment.
Posted by: Odysseus || 11/04/2013 9:46 Comments || Top||

#4  I was going to post the Parade article this one refers to yesterday, but failed.

What was your reaction to your grandson James Carter IV uncovering the hidden camera video of Mitt Romney making his infamous comments about the 47 percent?

JC: I think it was the turning point [in the election]. About six months later, President Obama came to Atlanta, and another grandson, Jason, a state senator, took James over to meet the president, and Obama thanked him profusely. I was very proud.

Carter: Still screwing up the country with his offspring.
Posted by: Bobby || 11/04/2013 10:02 Comments || Top||

#5  We recovered from Carter. Can we recover from Obama?
Posted by: Skidmark || 11/04/2013 10:04 Comments || Top||

#6  Carter's just pissed that Obama has taken the 'Worst President' title from him.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 11/04/2013 11:14 Comments || Top||

#7  We recovered from Carter. Can we recover from Obama?

IMO: if you'd recovered from Carter, there would be no Obama (Barry Dunham would spend his life as ambulance chasing lawyer).
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/04/2013 11:30 Comments || Top||

#8  We recovered from Carter. Can we recover from Obama?

No. The rot is too deep and to institutionalized at this point. It needs cut out or cut off for the healthier parts of the nation can grow again.
Posted by: DarthVader || 11/04/2013 12:18 Comments || Top||

#9  What's that saying about a stopped clock? And I always thought Carter was wrong about everything.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 11/04/2013 12:54 Comments || Top||

#10  We recovered from Carter. Can we recover from Obama?

Cheer up - The Countdown

Countdown to the 2016 Presidential Election

1100 days

Countdown to the 2017 Presidential Inauguration

1172 days
Posted by: Au Auric || 11/04/2013 13:01 Comments || Top||

#11  Proud to say my family sued the hell out of his peanut seed company and won. Bad seed is bad.

I shall take a lap around the 'burg in my borrowed Triumph.

Posted by: Shipman || 11/04/2013 15:57 Comments || Top||

#12  "Under Carter the US had a miserable economy" yes he gets all the blame. I worked in DC and he was hated. The Peanut farmer they called him. I blame the same people we see now causing all the trouble in the House and Senate. People like Gore and the media. Obama is trying to avoid blame at every opportunity. Carter ran form nothing. He did what he felt was right. He made many mistakes but not all of them.
Posted by: Dale || 11/04/2013 18:20 Comments || Top||

#13  Carter ran form nothing. He did what he felt was right. He made many mistakes but not all of them.

He did not whine about things being someone else's fault--he accepted the consequences of his actions. Even Nixon, at some point, accepted that his mistakes were of his own doing.
Posted by: JohnQC || 11/04/2013 18:50 Comments || Top||

The Hildebeast running away from the Champ.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/04/2013 05:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under:

#1  IMO, if Hillary becomes POTUS in 2016, we all will come to think of the present as good old times.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/04/2013 8:16 Comments || Top||

#2  Wildebeest: The Poem

I've never seen a dotted gnu,
Nor one bedecked with flowers
Unless, of course, the ones I've seen
Emerge from "happy hours."

Regardless, though, there's one I've viewed
Transforming from the haze
Of Tomie's blog. He's painting it!
You'd really be amazed!

So all of you who like to see
Your animals "extraordinaire,"
Check out the gnu; he/she is great!
I've ne'er seen one so fair!

By Jennette Stark, Canada
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/04/2013 8:29 Comments || Top||

#3  I can't believe she is really thinking about running? There can't be that many screwed up people in the U.S.A. who would vote for her. She tried to push HillaryCare through in the 1990s--penalties and all and it got shot down. Are we getting more stupid as a nation that we would tolerate her as POTUS? Ideologically, she is about where Obummer is--maybe worse. Her record of achievement is about like Obama's--nil.
Posted by: JohnQC || 11/04/2013 8:38 Comments || Top||

#4  Did I mention that she is also a liar. Need I mention her made up "dodging of unfriendly fire" incident in Bosnia? (Come to think of it, it could have been friendly fire.)
Posted by: JohnQC || 11/04/2013 8:41 Comments || Top||

#5  Don't neglect the Clinton Body Count.
Posted by: Skidmark || 11/04/2013 10:07 Comments || Top||

#6  You forgot several thousand Serbs, skidmark
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/04/2013 10:58 Comments || Top||

#7  I'd bet the HillaryCare she tried to push in the 1990's is word for word the same crock of crap that her fellow donks passed and is now known as ObamaCare. Only difference between her and Baraq is she probably read it.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 11/04/2013 12:58 Comments || Top||

#8  Are we getting more stupid as a nation that we would tolerate her as POTUS?

Getting? We're there.
Posted by: Secret Asian Man || 11/04/2013 13:08 Comments || Top||

#9  I don't believe we are getting more stupid, but I do believe the stupid and unmotivated have become motivated enough to vote themselves stuff.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 11/04/2013 14:27 Comments || Top||

#10  I don't know about more stupid but I do believe more foolish.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 11/04/2013 16:02 Comments || Top||

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Mon 2013-11-04
  Blast inside Quetta seminary leaves two injured
Sun 2013-11-03
  Gunmen kill 30 in suspected Islamist attack on Nigerian wedding convoy
Sat 2013-11-02
  Egypt army arrests head of Sinai radical militant group, dozens others
Fri 2013-11-01
  Pakistani Taliban chief killed in drone strike: sources
Thu 2013-10-31
  Israeli warplanes strike shipment of Russian missiles at Syrian port: officials
Wed 2013-10-30
  Suicide blast in Tunisian resort of Sousse
Tue 2013-10-29
  Somalia's al-Shabab commanders 'killed' in strike
Mon 2013-10-28
  Bomb blast kills 18 wedding guests in Afghanistan
Sun 2013-10-27
  Bombings in Baghdad, Mosul kill at least 49
Sat 2013-10-26
  Nigeria says kills 74 'Boko Haram' Islamists in ground, air assault
Fri 2013-10-25
  Algerian troops find huge arms cache on Libyan border
Thu 2013-10-24
  Iraq PM warns of 'war of genocide' as attacks kill 48
Wed 2013-10-23
  Kenya police officers raid nabs 50 Somali aliens
Tue 2013-10-22
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