John was in the fertilized egg business.
He had several hundred young layers (hens), called 'pullets,'and ten
He kept records, and any rooster not performing went into the to fertilize the eggs.soup pot and was replaced.
This took a lot of time, so he bought some tiny bells andattached them to his roosters.
Each bell had a different tone, so he could tell from a distance,which rooster was performing.
Now, he could sit on the porch and fill out an efficiency reportby just listening to the bells.
John's favorite rooster, old Butch, was a very fine specimen,but this morning he noticed old Butch's bell hadn't rung at all!
When he went to investigate, he saw the other roosters werebusy chasing pullets, bells-a-ringing, but the pullets, hearingthe roosters coming, would run for cover.
To John's amazement, old Butch had his bell in his beak, so itcouldn't ring.
He'd sneak up on a pullet, do his job and walk on to the next one.
John was so proud of old Butch, he entered him in theSaint Lawrence County Fair and he became an overnightsensation among the judges.
The result was the judges not only awarded old Butch the"No Bell Piece Prize," but they also awarded him the"Pulletsurprise" as well.
Clearly old Butch was a politician in the making. Who else buta politician could figure out how to win two of the most covetedawards on our planet by being the best at sneaking up on theunsuspecting populace and screwing them when they weren'tpaying attention.
Vote carefully this fall, the bells are not always audible.