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Real Con Air to fly in B.C. sans-Nicolas Cage, Rob Ford wants a politician-free TTC, and Obama 'has Israel's back.' Your Morning Cable.

Real-life Con Air to Fly in BC sans-Nicolas Cage

Con Air is prepping for its next flight, and this time it will be province-wide.

Define irony.

Con Air, dubbed the Fugitive Return Program, first launched in Vancouver. So far, the FRP has flown 98 wanted criminals and fugitives to other provinces to receive justice.

Now, the program is expanding; adding the Attorney General’s approval, a $100,000 government bankroll, and getting the RCMP and municipal forces involved.

Priority was given to prolific offenders and high-risk lawbreakers wanted for serious and often violent crimes — so, you know, Cyrus the Virus, or Steve Buscemi.

Coincidentally, the news of this project’s expansion comes the same weekend John Cusack announced he would be interested in coming on board for a Con Air sequel. No word yet on whether Cusack, who played US Marshal Vince Larkin in the film, will play a Mountie in the sequel for maximized Bruckheimer synergy.

Whether or not bunnies will be allowed on board has also been unannounced.

The Brothers Ford Will Vote to Make the TTC Politician-Free 

On his Newstalk 1010 radio show Sunday, Mayor Rob Ford and his brother, Councillor Doug Ford, announced their plan to support a motion to make the Toronto Transit Commission politician-free.

In preparation for Monday’s council meeting, the brothers Ford will back a motion drafted by Scarborough councillor Michael Thomson, to create a transit commission composed entirely of qualified civilians with specified expertise.

A politician-free board would mean councillor Karen Stintz, acting TTC chair, would be effectively removed from her position. Mayor Ford claims to support the motion on an objective level, independently of Stintz’s involvement, but his desire to oust her from her position has hardly been kept secret.

Previously, Stintz voted not to support the Mayor’s move for adding subways over an LRT system.

On Sunday, President Barack Obama Promised a Powerful Jewish Group that, well, he “[has] Israel’s Back.”

Obama, widely regarded as a controversial and unsupportive friend of Israel, will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Monday to discuss supporting a possible pre-emptive strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Netanyahu, who met with Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa Friday, also received Canada’s support for a pre-emptive strike, as long as diplomatic talks are given a fair shot.

Read more: Harper Supports Israel’s Right to Defend Against Iran, But ‘Stops Short’

Still, Obama’s move seems like a ploy to attract Jewish voters. Earlier this election year, Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney alleged Obama “threw Israel under the bus,” while other Republican candidates made similar accusations throughout their campaigns. 

“If during this political season, you hear some question my administration’s support for Israel, remember that it’s not backed up by the facts,” said Obama, in his speech to AIPAC, a powerful lobby group.

Curiouser and curiouser.

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Joanna Adams writes the Morning Cable, and lots more, for Toronto Standard. Follow her on Twitter at ‏ @nowstarringTO.

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