Rob Ford is about to become very familiar with this.
Greetings;I am a lawyer,and have been contacted by Mayor Ford’s office in reference to your indicating you will post a photo of Mayor Ford smoking crack cocaine. Mayor Ford denies such took place,and if such posting occurs,it is false and defamatory,and you will be held legally accountable.In reference to the photo,you wish to publish, Mayor Ford has his photo taken daily,sometimes with others. If the person you mention is now deceased,it is sad,regardless of his alleged background. Please govern yourself accordingly. Dennis Morris.
—Dennis Morris (Ford’s Lawyer), in For Sale: A Video of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Smoking Crack Cocaine (via fuckyeahtoronto)
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It’s a big night in TO!
“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;
None but ourselves can free our minds.”
Catholic bishops love to talk about “unchanging teaching” on the sanctity of life. Likewise they tell us legislators cannot legislate to take away life.
Strange the way they ignore their own church’s history and its disgraceful ambivalence on war. The so-called “just war” theory, developed by St Augustine, reversed three centuries of Christian non-violence and provided moral cover for war.
The “principles” are well known. Less well known is the question of who should determine if a war is just. Not the church funnily enough, but rather “lawful authority” ie government. So when it comes to war the Roman Catholic Church handed over the authority to destroy life to the state. At least when it wasn’t fighting wars itself, that is. It continues to this day. You will search in vain for authoritative comment from the bishops of Germany, UK, or the US on the bombing of cities in the UK, Germany, and Japan respectively. They left it to “lawful authority” including Hitler.
Of course it’s different when a frightened suicidal rape victim is involved. The church seems to love enforcing its harshest teaching when it comes to women. It only compromises when its own power is threatened.
Roman Catholicism has always collaborated with power. In the process it has corrupted itself and devalued its ability to teach the authentic message of Christ.
No wonder church-goers like me wonder why we bother. Are we only giving them cover?
Letter in the Irish Times on the political expediency of the catholic church.
… why a cup of coffee is butchered so badly in the US?
Last night in Oakland, Tom Waits sang ‘Little Red Rooster’ with the Stones.
If you see only one music documentary this year, go see Muscle Shoals. Really. Go see Muscle Shoals. It is brilliant, equal parts tragedy and inspirational music.