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Rob Ford’s drunken, Jamaican-English-laced rant, translated
On Monday, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was videotaped in a bizarre exchange at a Toronto fast food restaurant that is notable not only for the mayor’s drunkenness, but for his liberal use of Jamaican English.
Through careful analysis of the audio — and translation via sources in Jamaica — the National Post presents this approximate transcript of Mr. Ford’s exchange with an unknown citizen, along with explanations. It is worth noting that this is the first time Mr. Ford has ever been seen to inject his public speech with Jamaican expressions, or even exhibit any knowledge of Jamaican English: http://natpo.st/1cSt13N

Rob Ford’s drunken, Jamaican-English-laced rant, translated

On Monday, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was videotaped in a bizarre exchange at a Toronto fast food restaurant that is notable not only for the mayor’s drunkenness, but for his liberal use of Jamaican English.

Through careful analysis of the audio — and translation via sources in Jamaica — the National Post presents this approximate transcript of Mr. Ford’s exchange with an unknown citizen, along with explanations.

It is worth noting that this is the first time Mr. Ford has ever been seen to inject his public speech with Jamaican expressions, or even exhibit any knowledge of Jamaican English: http://natpo.st/1cSt13N

Artist behind controversial ‘nude’ Stephen Harper portrait defends her work after Ottawa exhibit shows 14 different artistic portrayals of PM

A Kingston artist has defended her controversial 2011 portrait of Stephen Harper, which imagines the prime minister reclining nude with a backdrop of suited attendants offering him Tim Hortons’ coffee.

Margaret Sutherland’s painting was the most well-known image at a “portrait gallery” of depictions of Harper put together by artist Don Monet and exhibited at an Ottawa Gallery last week. 

In a comment on an Ottawa Citizen preview of the exhibit, Sutherland defended her work against charges of “overexposure” and said its reference to the classic tale of a naked leader — the Emperor’s New Clothes — has continuing relevance, in light of the ongoing Senate scandal.

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This is how George W. Bush feels about Rob Ford

Or at least how the former U.S. president felt about being asked by Jay Leno whether he had any advice for the Toronto mayor: natpo.st/17LnXSw

Charter Value Added: On Thursday, the Quebec government tabled the “values charter” in an effort to get people to publicly tone down their religious bling and the personal values that guide their lives, etc. Steve Murray imagines what other provinces would mandate as values give the chance.

Charter Value Added: On Thursday, the Quebec government tabled the “values charter” in an effort to get people to publicly tone down their religious bling and the personal values that guide their lives, etc. Steve Murray imagines what other provinces would mandate as values give the chance.

‘Hey girl, what’s my favourite virtue?’: Justin Trudeau invites women to $250 ‘mansplaining’ event 
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s easy ride to 24 Sussex hit a rough patch after he was accused of breaking a cardinal rule of social media law: Thou shall not “mansplain.”
Trudeau has come under satiric fire prior to a Thursday night’s “Justin Unplugged” event. The Liberal leader is asking for $250 from the “ladies” to “really get to know the future prime minister” over cocktails at an exclusive Toronto club. (Image: Liberal Party)

‘Hey girl, what’s my favourite virtue?’: Justin Trudeau invites women to $250 ‘mansplaining’ event 

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s easy ride to 24 Sussex hit a rough patch after he was accused of breaking a cardinal rule of social media law: Thou shall not “mansplain.”

Trudeau has come under satiric fire prior to a Thursday night’s “Justin Unplugged” event. The Liberal leader is asking for $250 from the “ladies” to “really get to know the future prime minister” over cocktails at an exclusive Toronto club. (Image: Liberal Party)

Rob Ford apologizes to Toronto for ‘mistakes’ as he vows to ride out storm
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admitted on Sunday he has to “slow down on his drinking” and promised to “make changes in my life,” but made it clear he is not leaving his job.
Telling listeners there are “absolutely no excuses” and he has “no one to blame but myself,” Ford struck a somber note on his Newstalk 1010 program.
He called on Police Chief Bill Blair to release “this video” — a reference to the infamous video that allegedly appears to show him smoking crack cocaine — so that residents can “judge for themselves what they see.” (Photo: Michelle Siu for National Post)

Rob Ford apologizes to Toronto for ‘mistakes’ as he vows to ride out storm

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admitted on Sunday he has to “slow down on his drinking” and promised to “make changes in my life,” but made it clear he is not leaving his job.

Telling listeners there are “absolutely no excuses” and he has “no one to blame but myself,” Ford struck a somber note on his Newstalk 1010 program.

He called on Police Chief Bill Blair to release “this video” — a reference to the infamous video that allegedly appears to show him smoking crack cocaine — so that residents can “judge for themselves what they see.” (Photo: Michelle Siu for National Post)

Tagged with:  #news  #Rob Ford  #Toronto  #politics

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We’ll never be Tories, we don’t have that kind of luck
The Action Plan don’t work for us – we don’t even know what it does
Have you met their ruler? You can call him King Steve
And he rules until 2015

CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes has a hit on its hands with Tories, a send-up of Lorde’s Royals that pokes fun at the Senate scandal. Hear the song here: natpo.st/1aDajh9

Czech artist lets socialist president know how he feels with giant middle finger in Prague
“The finger,” said Czech sculptor David Cerny, “speaks for itself.” On that point, at least, everyone could agree.
Cerny is not known for understatement or diplomacy, from depicting Germany as a network of motorways resembling a swastika to displaying a caricature of a former Czech president inside an enormous fiberglass rear end.
But on Monday, Cerny, 45, took his political satire to new heights – or depths, depending on your perspective – when, on the eve of Czech general elections this weekend, he installed on the Vltava River a 30-foot-high, plastic, purple hand with a raised middle finger. It is a symbol, he said, that points directly at the Prague Castle, the seat of the current Czech president, Milos Zeman.
Cerny said the monumental hand with its 16-foot-long outstretched middle finger, placed on a float facing the castle, was a “scream of alarm” against the state of politics in the Czech Republic, endemic corruption and Zeman, a former leftist prime minister, whom he accused of becoming intoxicated with power. (Photo: AFP PHOTO /MICHAL CIZEKMICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images)

Czech artist lets socialist president know how he feels with giant middle finger in Prague

“The finger,” said Czech sculptor David Cerny, “speaks for itself.” On that point, at least, everyone could agree.

Cerny is not known for understatement or diplomacy, from depicting Germany as a network of motorways resembling a swastika to displaying a caricature of a former Czech president inside an enormous fiberglass rear end.

But on Monday, Cerny, 45, took his political satire to new heights – or depths, depending on your perspective – when, on the eve of Czech general elections this weekend, he installed on the Vltava River a 30-foot-high, plastic, purple hand with a raised middle finger. It is a symbol, he said, that points directly at the Prague Castle, the seat of the current Czech president, Milos Zeman.

Cerny said the monumental hand with its 16-foot-long outstretched middle finger, placed on a float facing the castle, was a “scream of alarm” against the state of politics in the Czech Republic, endemic corruption and Zeman, a former leftist prime minister, whom he accused of becoming intoxicated with power. (Photo: AFP PHOTO /MICHAL CIZEKMICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images)

‘The American people are completely fed up with Washington,’ Obama says as he bemoans ‘self-inflicted crisis’
President Barack Obama criticized congressional Republicans for engaging in ideological brinkmanship and said both parties must engage in serious negotiations on budget priorities.
Speaking hours after he signed into law legislation to raise the federal debt ceiling and fund the government into 2014, Obama said the most recent confrontation has slowed the U.S. economy and damaged public’s faith in government.
“The American people are completely fed up with Washington,” Obama said in the State Dining Room of the White House. The partial government shutdown was “yet another self-inflicted crisis that set our economy back. And for what? There was no economic rationale for all of this.” (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

‘The American people are completely fed up with Washington,’ Obama says as he bemoans ‘self-inflicted crisis’

President Barack Obama criticized congressional Republicans for engaging in ideological brinkmanship and said both parties must engage in serious negotiations on budget priorities.

Speaking hours after he signed into law legislation to raise the federal debt ceiling and fund the government into 2014, Obama said the most recent confrontation has slowed the U.S. economy and damaged public’s faith in government.

“The American people are completely fed up with Washington,” Obama said in the State Dining Room of the White House. The partial government shutdown was “yet another self-inflicted crisis that set our economy back. And for what? There was no economic rationale for all of this.” (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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Umbrellas for shade — Thousands of people line up for charity packages being given out by the politically-influential Filipino sect, Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) in Manila on October 14, 2013, as they hold a massive evangelical event in five arias in the city that attracted over a million people and brought Manila to a standstill with gigantic traffic jams. The sect of about three million is dwarfed by the country’s huge number of Roman Catholics but is known for the unity and the discipline its followers show to their leaders. Its members vote as a bloc which gives them great political weight. During elections, many Filipino politicians seek the ‘anointment’ of the leaders of the sect to win the votes of their followers. (JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)

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Umbrellas for shade — Thousands of people line up for charity packages being given out by the politically-influential Filipino sect, Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) in Manila on October 14, 2013, as they hold a massive evangelical event in five arias in the city that attracted over a million people and brought Manila to a standstill with gigantic traffic jams. The sect of about three million is dwarfed by the country’s huge number of Roman Catholics but is known for the unity and the discipline its followers show to their leaders. Its members vote as a bloc which gives them great political weight. During elections, many Filipino politicians seek the ‘anointment’ of the leaders of the sect to win the votes of their followers. (JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)