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WATCH: Ford’s crack admission makes it to Colbert and Jon Stewart

While we’ve been preoccupied with stuff like, oh, the real ramifications of our crack smoking mayor’s admissions and press conferences, it should come as no surprise that the American newsmedia has picked up on our juicy scandal as fodder for the late night  comedy shows.

Rob Ford made the rounds on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Nov. 4 and again last night and was also the subject of a segment on the Colbert Report last night.

Watch the embedded Colbert clip above and the new Jon Stewart clip below and let us know, is this hilarious or deeply embarrassing?

 

 

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Ford crack video exists and proves he lied and denied

Police in possession of Ford crack video

Politics in Toronto took another dramatic turn into the personal life of Mayor Rob Ford today with the release of documents surrounding the arrest of known drug dealer, criminal, and Ford associate Sandro Lisi along with the bombshell that Toronto Police Services have in their possession a copy of the now infamous video wherein Mayor Ford is seen smoking what appears to be crack cocaine and uttering homophobic and racist remarks.

Half a year after the explosive revelations about Ford’s activities with illegal drugs came to light as a result of the journalistic work of The Star’s Robyn Doolittle  and Kevin Donovan along with Gawker’s John Cook the public has been made aware of the TPS surveillance of Ford and Lisi through warrants used in the arrest of Lisi.

When leaving his house this morning Ford confronted a swarm of reporters shouting for them to get off of his property and shoving a photographer.

This afternoon a press conference was held by Police Chief Bill Blair to field questions regarding the warrants, surveillance, and other matters to do with Lisi and Ford. It was at this press conference that he confirmed to reporters that TPS was in possession of a video recovered from a hard drive that depicted what had been described in the media, effectively confirming that Rob Ford was caught on video smoking an illicit substance and uttering bigoted remarks.

Ford held a short press conference outside of his office, which was decorated for Halloween as a haunted house where he told reporters “I think everybody has seen the allegations against me today. I wish I could come out and defend myself, unfortunately I can’t, ’cause it’s before the court and that’s all I can say right now.”

Ford then said he had to go return phone calls and exited City Hall shortly afterwards.

The evidence recovered by Toronto Police has vindicated the reporters who worked tirelessly on this story and had been accused by Ford allies of fabricating the story as part of a smear campaign.

Sarah Thomson, CEO and Publisher of Women’s Post and also Chair of the Transit Alliance has come forward to offer her sympathies to the Ford family and remind Torontonians that the repercussions of Ford’s drug use are far reaching and could be responsible for the grope she experienced at the hands of Ford in the spring, before the details of the crack video surfaced.

Thomson had suggested that she thought Ford was under the influence of drugs at the event held by the Canadian Jewish Public Affairs Committee.

“My sympathy goes out to the family of Mayor Ford. It is not easy for a family to deal with a loved one experiencing problems with drugs and addiction. In light of recent developments surrounding his troubles with substance abuse I can’t help but think that his drug issue played a role in his behaviour on the evening of the CJPAC event where he groped me inappropriately and without consent. I hope that this renewed media spotlight on his drug and personal problems will encourage him to seek the help he so desperately needs.”

Sarah Thomson
CEO & Publisher of Women’s Post
Chair of the Transit Alliance

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WATCH: This Carrie prank is the best thing you’ll see this afternoon

In the lead up to the release of the re-make of the horror classic Carrie the special effects experts behind the film took to a coffee shop to trick some normal folks. With the help of a couple pulleys and a few actors they manage to convince these people in line for their java that this girl has telekinetic powers spurred on by some coffee being spilled on her laptop.

 

 

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RECIPE: Celiac friendly smoothie

Living without doesn’t mean going without

By Shirley Plant

For those of you with food allergies or Celiac disease it must sometimes feel like you are living without most of the time. No more dairy, wheat, gluten, eggs, sugar, and the list goes on. Eggs and toast for breakfast are no longer possible and that sugary treat you usually buy yourself mid afternoon to curb your low energy is not an option anymore.

Guess what? Those days of going without are long gone. I am here to tell you there are lots of options now offered in pre-packaged form or to make at home for yourself and your family.

Substitutes are foods that work in place of another food item. Rice milk, almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk, or hemp milk are great alternatives for dairy milk. Instead of whole wheat flour in your muffins try using rice, chickpea, millet, almond or chickpea flour, all of which are gluten free.

On cold winter mornings try making hot quinoa or buckwheat cereal topped with nuts, seeds and dried fruit, or scramble some tofu with cut up vegetables instead of scrambled eggs. With summer approaching make healthy vegetable smoothies or sweet potato muffins for quick morning getaways.

Gluten free pastas are now available in grains such as quinoa, corn, amaranth and rice. Topped with your favourite pesto or tomato sauce you will never know it isn’t wheat pasta.

Trying to replace eggs in baking can be tricky as it depends what job the eggs are fulfilling in the recipe. Are they a binder or a leavener, or are they providing moisture? Baking cookies or muffins that call for an egg can be easily substituted with a banana, applesauce or with flaxseed. Simply bring 1 tbsp flaxseed in a cup of water to a boil, cool and then put in the fridge to congeal. If you are trying to replace eggs in a meringue, it’s simply not going to work unless you want to try duck or quail eggs. An egg is an egg after all.

If you are trying to lower your sugar intake, try sweetening with stevia, a plant that has been used for hundreds of years in South America as a sweetener. Fruit works well in muffins and breads instead of white refined sugar.

A little maple syrup, agave or honey works well too, but they are no different than white sugar: they all break down into fructose in the body. You do get some additional properties from them that of course white sugar does not have. Using fruit in baked goods gives you the goodness of the fibre and vitamins in your food instead of just empty calories with white sugar.

Gluten-free diets are all the rage these days, but I urge you to make sure you are in fact Celiac or gluten intolerant before you deny yourself certain foods that are providing you with essential vitamins and minerals.

Try to get back to cooking with fresh ingredients. Perhaps dedicate a day for home baking, cooking and freezing so that you will always have healthy foods on hand for those busy nights.

Try this healthy but decadent recipe. I eat it for breakfast or a snack, or sometimes I freeze it and eat it like ice cream.

Hempseeds contain essential fatty acids which our body needs as well as containing zinc, calcium, iron, Vitamin A, B, magnesium, manganese and fibre. Coconut milk contains healthy or ‘good’ fat, so enjoy.

  • Chocolate Banana Hemp Yogurt
  • ¾ cup shelled hempseeds
  • 3 bananas
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • ¾ cup coconut milk

Mix all ingredients in a food processor for at least 10 minutes to break up the hempseeds. Dish into small containers and freeze or refrigerate for a few hours, or if you are like me you will simply eat it out of the food processor with a very large spoon.

 

 

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Read Sinéad O’Connor’s open letter to Miley Cyrus

Reprinted from sineadoconnor.com.

 

Dear Miley,

I wasn’t going to write this letter, but today i’ve been dodging phone calls from various newspapers who wished me to remark upon your having said in Rolling Stone your Wrecking Ball video was designed to be similar to the one for Nothing Compares … So this is what I need to say … And it is said in the spirit of motherliness and with love.

I am extremely concerned for you that those around you have led you to believe, or encouraged you in your own belief, that it is in any way ‘cool’ to be naked and licking sledgehammers in your videos. It is in fact the case that you will obscure your talent by allowing yourself to be pimped, whether its the music business or yourself doing the pimping.

Nothing but harm will come in the long run, from allowing yourself to be exploited, and it is absolutely NOT in ANY way an empowerment of yourself or any other young women, for you to send across the message that you are to be valued (even by you) more for your sexual appeal than your obvious talent.
I am happy to hear I am somewhat of a role model for you and I hope that because of that you will pay close attention to what I am telling you.

The music business doesn’t give a shit about you, or any of us. They will prostitute you for all you are worth, and cleverly make you think its what YOU wanted … and when you end up in rehab as a result of being prostituted, ‘they’ will be sunning themselves on their yachts in Antigua, which they bought by selling your body and you will find yourself very alone.

None of the men ogling you give a shit about you either, do not be fooled. Many’s the woman mistook lust for love. If they want you sexually that doesn’t mean they give a fuck about you. All the more true when you unwittingly give the impression you don’t give much of a fuck about yourself. And when you employ people who give the impression they don’t give much of a fuck about you either. No one who cares about you could support your being pimped … and that includes you yourself.

Yes, I’m suggesting you don’t care for yourself. That has to change. You ought be protected as a precious young lady by anyone in your employ and anyone around you, including you. This is a dangerous world. We don’t encourage our daughters to walk around naked in it because it makes them prey for animals and less than animals, a distressing majority of whom work in the music industry and it’s associated media.

You are worth more than your body or your sexual appeal. The world of showbiz doesn’t see things that way, they like things to be seen the other way, whether they are magazines who want you on their cover, or whatever … Don’t be under any illusions … ALL of them want you because they’re making money off your youth and your beauty … which they could not do except for the fact your youth makes you blind to the evils of show business. If you have an innocent heart you can’t recognise those who do not.

I repeat, you have enough talent that you don’t need to let the music business make a prostitute of you. You shouldn’t let them make a fool of you either. Don’t think for a moment that any of them give a flying fuck about you. They’re there for the money… we’re there for the music. It has always been that way and it will always be that way. The sooner a young lady gets to know that, the sooner she can be REALLY in control.

You also said in Rolling Stone that your look is based on mine. The look I chose, I chose on purpose at a time when my record company were encouraging me to do what you have done. I felt I would rather be judged on my talent and not my looks. I am happy that I made that choice, not least because I do not find myself on the proverbial rag heap now that I am almost 47 yrs of age … which unfortunately many female artists who have based their image around their sexuality, end up on when they reach middle age.

Real empowerment of yourself as a woman would be to in future refuse to exploit your body or your sexuality in order for men to make money from you. I needn’t even ask the question … I’ve been in the business long enough to know that men are making more money than you are from you getting naked. Its really not at all cool. And its sending dangerous signals to other young women. Please in future say no when you are asked to prostitute yourself. Your body is for you and your boyfriend. It isn’t for every spunk-spewing dirtbag on the net, or every greedy record company executive to buy his mistresses diamonds with.

As for the shedding of the Hannah Montana image … whoever is telling you getting naked is the way to do that does absolutely NOT respect your talent, or you as a young lady. Your records are good enough for you not to need any shedding of Hannah Montana. She’s waaaaaaay gone by now … Not because you got naked but because you make great records.

Whether we like it or not, us females in the industry are role models and as such we have to be extremely careful what messages we send to other women. The message you keep sending is that its somehow cool to be prostituted … its so not cool Miley … its dangerous. Women are to be valued for so much more than their sexuality. We aren’t merely objects of desire. I would be encouraging you to send healthier messages to your peers … that they and you are worth more than what is currently going on in your career. Kindly fire any motherfucker who hasn’t expressed alarm, because they don’t care about you.

 

— Sinéad O’Connor

 

 

 

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