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Monday, November 28, 2005

Hed's up

Heds_up Call me an ol' softy, but I actually feel kinda sorry for Hedy Fry in this picture.

Posted by Kevin Steel on November 28, 2005 in Canadian Politics | Permalink

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OK Kevin, we’ll call you - an ‘ol softie.

Now don’t go getting any Peter McKay ,Trojan Horse ideas and start dating her. Ye hear?

Posted by: nomdenet | 2005-11-28 1:09:51 PM


Thanks for the advice, nomdenet. I can tell you right now that Hedy and I don't share the same outlook on life. I for instance do not think flying pancakes are as amazing as she does.

I interviewed Warren Kinsella last week for an upcoming Western Standard cover story on the election, and he was talking about some of the hokey things Chretien would do--bounding up the stairs to show he was energetic, riding the scooter, etc. Kinsella justified these saying you had to do stuff like this in a tight time frame of an election, (and let's face it, he's got a track record to prove it).

I suppose that look of rapt wonderment on Hedy's face as she sees the flying pancake fits into this category of silly things a politician must do in a campaign. However, the contrast with Martin's expression just made me think, oh you poor crazy little thing, you might be over-doing it a bit.

Posted by: Kevin Steel | 2005-11-28 1:51:48 PM


PMPM always looks so [email protected]#^ MISERABLE. Maybe we can make something of tht to parallel the 'scary' image of Harper....

Posted by: Mike H | 2005-11-28 1:59:15 PM


I don't see any crosses burning in the background. Did you cut and paste Kevin? Did you and heady send it to CNN?

Posted by: jema54j | 2005-11-28 2:05:28 PM


Actually Kevin, I know exactly what you mean, I’ve also seen that “look of rapt wonderment”.

About 5 years ago at the University Club here in Toronto Martin was the guest speaker, leading up to his inevitable crowning. He babbled on and on in what I thought was inane bafflegab. However, the audience seemed to be swooning, especially middle aged women, like a bunch of groupies (I apologise but I didn’t notice what the men were doing).

That’s when I realized I had a big gap problem with the reality of image versus ideas in politics. The question: is Hedy still representative of the “rapt”?

Posted by: nomdenet | 2005-11-28 2:18:18 PM


Should have mentioned where I grabbed the pic, off of www.nealenews.com earlier today. Apologies.

Posted by: Kevin Steel | 2005-11-28 2:22:28 PM


[QUOTE] ... he was talking about some of the hokey things Chretien would do--bounding up the stairs to show he was energetic, riding the scooter, etc. Kinsella justified these saying you had to do stuff like this in a tight time frame of an election, (and let's face it, he's got a track record to prove it). [UNQUOTE]

As opposed to being seen energetically cutting taxes, firing incompetent ministers, putting crooked bureaucrats in jail, respecting the constitution, selling off crown corporations ...

It says a lot about Canada, that the attributes which pundits most admire in the ruling class, are attributes usually associated with a hyperactive (and rather simpleminded) child.

Posted by: Justzumgai | 2005-11-28 2:47:49 PM


By the way - speaking of the Rapt and the Rap - I'm suggesting that ONE aspect of the enormous smear campaign the Liberals are going to engage in, is to attempt to blacken the CPC by references to any and all provincial conservatives.

In the G&M of today, there's an article about Mike Harris, the 'hated' Conservative in Ontario. He's being set up as 'racist', versus the natives. That, to my view, is a blatant attempt to link Harris=racist=Conservative. And, by extension, to propagate the theme that All Conservatives are 'racists'...

The propaganda doesn't have to say a word about the CPC or Harper. All it needs to do, is present an ugly image of a PROVINCIAL Conservative. I'd bet we will see a lot of that.

The Liberals will use any and everything in this forthcoming campaign. I just heard Anne McLellan asserting that Canadians 'don't want an election now; they want one in the spring'. Amazing. How does she know what Canadians want? Did she ask all of us? How dare she speak 'as if' she knows!
The Liberals, really, cannot ethically speak for all Canadians, since they only represent 34% of them. The other three parties - who are all opting for an election now - speak for 66% of the population. Almost twice as much...

Mike Duffy, meanwhile, is helping the Liberals along.....making comments praising Ignatieff, and ignoring that Ignatieff was tumbled into a riding, while others who wanted the nomination, were ignored by the party headquarters in the riding.

Posted by: ET | 2005-11-28 3:04:57 PM


Give Duffy a break, ET. He's just looking out for his retirement into the Senate.

Posted by: Jon | 2005-11-28 4:35:37 PM


Great caption. That's really funny.

Deep down I don't feel sorry for Hedy Fry. Although she is undeniably exulting in a pancake's trajectory, and the grand wonder of it all, she looks like she's sincere.

Martin, in comparison, looks like he's run his course. He has the facial expression of someone who is slowly burning letters and personal effects in a roaring fire while listening to Peggy Lee.

I can't quite shake my feelings of sympathy for the man under the party hat. I hope he gets a long rest, with lots of backslaps and apocryphal stories.

Posted by: EBD | 2005-11-29 11:47:14 PM


I know what you must be saying to yourselves,
If that's the way she feels about it why doesn't she just end it all?
Oh, no, not me. I'm in no hurry for that final disappointment.
For I know just as well as I'm standing here talking to you,
When that final moment comes and I'm breathing my last breath,
I'll be saying to myself:

Is that all there is, is that all there is?
If that's all there is my friends, then let's keep dancing.
Let's break out the booze and have a ball.
If that's all, there is.

Peggy Lee

Posted by: Vitruvius | 2005-11-30 12:41:02 AM


Thanks for the legwork, Vetruvius. Ha!

Pancakes are flying even as we speak.

Posted by: EBD | 2005-11-30 1:25:04 AM


Well thanks for the thanks, EBD.

While the somewhat morose nature of the quoted lyrics are atypical of the generally observed behaviour of me, I do think that once the hay is bailed and the larder is stocked, a measured amount of breaking out the booze and dancing and having a ball is generally a good idea.

Plus, I think Peggy was kind of cool, or endothermic as we gear heads say.

Posted by: Vitruvius | 2005-11-30 1:41:47 AM



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