From time to time a usually well-manipulated mechanism of that which we call "democracy," in this case a small percentage of the fickle masses voting in an off-year primary election in the more "conservative" south of a state, the north of which having come to resemble the People's Republic of Maryland, brings for an unanticipated result - the overthrow of an established politician by an upstart, this time, although not always, for the good, or so it seems. It is indeed heartening - perhaps the beginning of a trend? I am not sure. Down here in the swamps, sloughs and bottoms, we have ample metaphors for such events. If you find yourself stranded on a log being swept along by flood waters, you look for things to take your mind off your plight. There, quite content in the midst of the maelstrom on an adjacent log sits a big bullfrog, pulling in insect after insect with his ranid tongue strikes. As the two logs diverge in the swirling currents, you observe that the latest beetle the frog thought to the capturing and ingesting was in fact a big yellow hornet which stings the predatory tongue as the frog pulls the hapless creature into its mouth, swallowing it even as it reacts to the pain. The flood is oblivious to all of this. Soon, on your log, you have other worries. Yet, there seems to have been a little justice, the hornet stinging the frog. Watch out for that hornets' nest in the low-hanging limb your log is passing under! Them critters is dangerous!