Update on Our Do-Nothing 113th Congress: Still. Nothing. Doing. Mayhap It’s Time to Beat the Bushes, as in Flush Out Some New Ideas, Congress. Take a Note (pun intended) from the American Redstart. (A 420 Character, 9-Liner)

Beat the bushes for new ideas, you do-nothing Congress*.

Be like the American Redstart:

He flashes his orange and black wings and tail to flush insect prey from the foliage,

thereby feeding the family and continuing the species.

He’s so good at it that sometimes

he has 2 wives in 2 separate territories about 1600′ apart.

Well, we don’t have to go that far, but,guys?

Let’s get something going

or we’re beat.


*At the 6th month mark, our 113th Congress has passed 15 items. None significant. Nothing on jobs or the budget. In the meanwhile–emphasis on mean–The House has voted to repeal Obamacare 37 times.redstartcloseup redstart1

Pileated Woodpeckers May Inform Our Policies in the Middle East: Escape Hatches; Exit Strategies; Barbed Parts; Or Perhaps It Isn’t So Simple. (Another 420 Character Piece in 9 Lines)

Exit strategies. Needed for positive conclusions.

Be like the Pileated Woodpecker:

16 holes provide escape routes if a predator gets in;

pecked bark around the entrance slicks it with sap & keeps snakes out.

Long, barbed tongue extracts larvae.

Neck arcs back & it pulls with its feet

to increase the ferocity of the hammer strikes into the wood with it heavy bill.

Middle East lesson?

Be tough; have exit strategies.


CAVEAT: This is a picture by my friend Doreen Orciari of a Pileated eating (surprisingly) from her platform feeder; this may change my thoughts on toughness and exit strategies and mayhap shows it isn’t so easy to make suggestions as to how to solve gnarly problems. At least in 420 characters and 9 lines.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Vowing to End a Bid to Block* Something or Somebody ISN’T Building or Doing the People’s Work; It’s More Like Do Nothing or Obstruct.The 113th Could Use the South American Oven Birds as Models for How People Who Work in Dome-Shaped Houses Work. (Another 420 Character, 9-Liner)

The South American ovenbirds, also known as el hornero (the house builder) start building their nests out of clay or mud mixed with fibres, straw and hair during the winter months

Build is what the House should be about, not obstruct.

Take a note from the S. American Oven Bird.

Called el honeros, the builders,

they’re models for how denizens of dome-shaped houses should work.

For months they team to mix clay,fibers,straw;

they shape a section, sun-bake it, assess, fix-it-up, add,

staying at it until they’ve got a rock-hard, dome-shaped house

that ensures the security of their brood.

So, Build.

PATTY 2/18/13

The ovenbirds then build a dividing wall creating an entrance way and breeding chamber which the female lines with grass and feathers



* Graham and McCain