On Sun, 1 Dec 2019 14:34:26 +0000, Katy Jennison
Post by Katy Jennison Post by Richard Heathfield
1) sit the Committee around a table in a locked room;
2) position a plate of (preferably dead) spiders in the middle of the
table, making sure there's *almost* enough for everybody - if there are
N people, there should be N-1 spiders;
3) until a Treasurer has been appointed, nobody may leave the room
without first either (a) eating and swallowing a spider, or (b) agreeing
to become Treasurer.
Yes, that might work. Worth a try, anyway.
Leftpondians should note that the Rightpondian committees we're talking
about are those which run societies, clubs and other organisations of
between a couple of dozen and a few hundred members, where the sums of
money handled are laughably small and rarely offer any incentive or
indeed possibility of the Treasurer getting away with anything worth
getting away with, but do involve endlessly chasing people for their
subscriptions as well as wrestling with the labyrinthine convolutions
which most banks make a society go through in order to set up the
society's bank account, never mind the hair-tearing procedures for
changing one of the three names of officers.
I have always managed to step sharply backwards when the office of
Treasurer has been on offer.
Mitch McConnell may have to try the spider-eating-threat ploy.
Sen Johnny Isakson (R-GA) is retiring in a month. He's presently the
Chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee, and has been for nearly five
McConnell has to appoint the new Chairman, but Senators are viewing an
appointment to this position as being as attractive as being offered a
bowl of the famous Senate dining room bean soup laced with ground
The committee is charged with investigating and disciplining fellow
Senators accused of ethic violations. Considering the amount of
ethics violations in the Senate, that puts the Chairman at odds with
most of his/her colleagues. Then there's that "He that is without
sin among you, let him first cast a stone ..." thing.
Tony Cooper - Orlando, Florida