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Pat McMahon

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford sits in the council chamber as Councillors look to pass motions to limit his powers in Toronto on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. Ford called the effort a "coup d'etat" and challenged the council to call snap elections. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

Mom and Dad, may I ask you to gather the children together for this message? You've all been told countless times about the dangers of using recreational drugs: What they can do to your brain, your health and your reputation.

Recently, another compelling reason has been made for never participating in the use of any mind-altering substances: You could be elected mayor of Toronto!

Now, come on, be honest, even with all the bizarre characters in public office anywhere in the world, have you ever seen anything even close to Rob Ford? He's the Willy Wonka of Weed, the Colossus of Crack, the Viscount of Vulgarity...and, he's the mayor of Toronto!

That's Canada -- the politest country in the Western Hemisphere. Nobody in Canada gets into fights unless they're on ice or in Toronto's city council chambers.

He was actually asked by provincial officials not to attend a Toronto Argonauts football game. He went anyway.

He was fired as an assistant football coach at Toronto High. But, he may still find a place in the game he loves if he finally gets booted out of Toronto; there's always a place for him in the Miami Dolphins organization -- unless, of course, Richie Incognito comes back.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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