Embattled Toronto mayor, Rob Ford
*We thought that America had the absolute stranglehold on crazy politicians.
Between the insane eyes of Michelle Bachmann and the nutso proclamations of Ted Cruz (apparently, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree ), you’d think our fine country would clearly come in tops as far as the “insane people who make the decisions that directly influence our daily lives” rankings go.
But then, of course, from perhaps the least likely place on earth comes one of the most unlikeliest challengers for this crown. As Americans, we really don’t think about Canada that much – sure, it’s given us Drake and Ryan Gosling and Molson and poutine and the coolest trophy in sports, but mostly it just sits up there, quietly inoffensive, looked at as a model for politeness, efficient health care and winter-weather survival. Then – all of a sudden – Rob Ford is in our lives. The mayor of the largest city in Canada (though most Americans only really know it for the Blue Jays) has turned out to be a certifiable loon, a crack-smoking, heavy-drinking, female-harassing, out-and-out racist doughball of a leader who makes Marion Barry look like Mother Teresa.
Now, it’s given all of us the first real reason to think about the politics of our northern neighbor, at least since one of the Rolling Stones hooked up with the country’s first lady. Anyways, it is nice to see that dysfunction and craziness in the political landscape is not limited to the U.S. of A., where our president is in the middle of an apology tour for creating a healthcare website with all the functionality of a Star Wars fan-fiction Geocities blog and Ted Cruz is dropping his craziness all over the airwaves. Oh, hey – we almost forgot: Cruz was born in Canada. Maybe the South Park guys were really onto something with their “Blame Canada” song….
Angelo Heddington, born Angela Heddington, fooled wife Elizabeth Rudavsky for months about his/her gender.
*Here we go again with the crazy stories!
Sorry, they’re plentiful these days and we’re really interested in knowing what you think about them. So here it goes!
Angelo Heddington, 30, and Elizabeth Rudavsky, 27, are from Canada. They dated for only four months before they were married.
According to the Daily Mail, Angelo immediately began abusing Elizabeth and at seven months, he was dead because Elizabeth–who came to their wedding with a black eye inflicted by Angelo–stabbed him in self-defense.
*Still fine, sexy, and chiseled, LL Cool J keeps is still making the ladies say “ow.” The rapper is gearing up to release his 14th studio album “Authentic Hip-Hop.” He reminds his fans that Old School knows how to party, too. “I’m not trying to compete with 17-year-olds on the radio, but I am talking directly to the folks who came up with me,” Uncle L tells ESSENCE.com. “Authentic Hip-Hop” will be released in 2013.
*The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, sang for first lady Michelle Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, along with 3,000 other fans at the DAR Constitution Hall Saturday night. She says watching her audience dance and to perform for one of the most influential women in the world was an enjoyable experience.
*Rihanna’s 777 Tour was put on hold after a 6.2 earthquake affected her flight last Wednesday in Mexico City. The shake up delayed her flight to Canada. The whole deal was that she was to perform in seven cities in seven days. Fortunately for her tour and namesake, she hasn’t missed any of her shows.
Jeff Brucculeri helps Tea Partiers with directions to Canada after President Obama is re-elected.
*To quote Joe Biden, there was a lot of “malarkey” being said out there during the presidential campaign.
People from the Reich….I mean Right were attacking Obama and promising that if they saw him re-elected they were going to hightail it out of here to Canada.
Well, Jeff Brucculeri, a local traffic reporter in Oklahoma, held them to that promise by giving them the best directions out of Oklahoma to Winnipeg, Canada.
The report was matter of fact and informative (maybe a little more informative) as usual showing the special routes and roads that, as Brucculeri said:
Detroit’s Belle Isle is being leased to the state.
*If you know anything about Detroit, Michigan, affectionately known as The D, one of the favorite and one of the most famous venues is a unique island that sits between the city and another country, Canada. Now the city is in danger of losing the island to the state.
Belle Isle is where everyone has at one time or another had a family reunion, birthday party, or simply hung out on the “strip” to show off their ride and socialize. Well, the Detroit treasure has been a bargaining chip between the city and the state for some time.
Residents have long feared that the city would leased or sell the island to an outside company that would change the island in ways that the city’s resident would not appreciate.
*Even in this day and age, rap concerts still get shot up.
A Young Jeezy concert in Toronto erupted in violence after midnight on April 5 leaving one man shot, but in stable condition.
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According to local news, the 26-year-old victim was shot three times in the torso at the Sound Academy following the performance of opening acts and prior to Jeezy’s appearance on stage. The concert ended there.
No suspects have been arrested. Concert goers said they heard shots but didn’t see any evidence of damages, injuries or even a shooter.
“Backstage @ Sound Academy in Toronto!” Jeezy tweeted Thursday morning. “Police closed venue and cancelled the greatest show!!! I will be back! Next stop London, Ontario!”
One concertgoer tweeted a few more details about the incident, saying the security was lax and the pops from the gun didn’t alarm the audience enough to go into panic mode. They thought they were sounds form a mixtape.
But once the music stopped, that’s when people began rushing for the doors.
“Then there was a break in the music and you look up and I see everyone just running for the doors,” he said. “We saw people coming by our area so we got behind the merch table.”