Saturday, December 31, 2011

It Should Be A Congressional Tradition

The Expulsion Of The Drones -- honeybees do it; a practical lot, they kick out all or most of the drones at the onset of winter, removing the drain in their stored honey by now-useless hive members who have already performed their only function. (Nice video from a Canadian bee-blogger).

I can just imagine the happy scene were Congress to do the same, struggling Senators and Representatives being shoved down the Capitol steps by junior members and pages and piling up at the bottom. Heart-warming!

Don't worry for the bees. Much as we keep electing Congressthings, they'll make more in the Spring. Through the winter, there's a slow but steady death-rate and a small pile of dead bees will accumulate. Most of the bees will stay comfy enough, slowed down by the cold but hanging in there.*
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* My mother kept bees for years and years; when she and Dad moved back to the Indy area, they had the hive up a little over a week before some officious type showed up from the (suburban) city, demanding they get rid of the "dangerous nuisance." What, there aren't naturally-occurring bees around? It was a very docile hive; she hadn't even had to smoke them to collect honey. ...But it had to go.... Sad. That was some fabulously-good honey, too. Link

10 comments:

Carteach0 said...

My thoughts... it would be all the office staffers who get the boot and roll. The people who hang in there year after year, and actually write the cursed bills.

I'd also like the building staffs, most especially janitorial, to get random 60 day paid vacations.... all at the same time.

greg said...

I shouldn't have read your foot-note. Your main post about pushing out the drones made me smile, then your little note about what city drones left me with a bad taste in my mouth.

Roberta X said...

That's what happens when we don't push our own drones out; they come back with a clipboard and a list of small-minded rules.

rickn8or said...

We could learn a lot from bees...

Bubblehead Les. said...

Hate to disappoint you, but there is a Drone Expulsion Method on Capitol Hill in place. When they are forced to leave the Hive, the Drones turn into Lobbyists.

Which may be a good thing, though. Do we really want them coming back and getting involved in local politics? A perfect example would Anti-Gun Former Senator Mike DeWine of Ohio. Tossed out a few years back, where he was only One of a Hundred, he's now the Ohio Attorney General, and getting Pro-Gun Legislation past his office is like pulling Hen's Teeth.

Oh, and his Cousin is Head of the Ohio Republitards.

Somedays, I wish they'd just build a Wall around the BeltWay, and implement the "Escape from New York" Plan......

davidc said...

What a bummer ! All those government drones with clipboards full of small-minded rules written by small-minded bureaurats. Too bad they can't be cleaned out along with the politicos.

Old Grouch said...

Back when Lilly Orchard was really Lilly Orchard (and not Park-Tudor School), they used to keep bees. But that's in Meridian Hills, outside the old city limits, and I'm sure the Lilly name had nothing to do with it...

Old NFO said...

Good points Roberta, and Happy New Year Lady!

rickn8or said...

Happy New Year to you, Tam & the cats.

Skip said...

What Old NFO said.