Meanwhile, the lame duck Congress that began meeting in December enacted 37 statutes before it adjourned on March 3, with most of them addressing minor issues that generated little controversy.
Most of the Jeffersonian and Republican complaints about the actions of the lame duck Federalists were based on the process, not the merits of the particular decisions.
But that does not mean that the actions of the lame duck Federalists were justified.
As noted above, he described the lame duck appointments "as personally unkind," adding that "[i]t seemed but common justice to leave a successor free to act by instruments of his own choice.
The Lame Ducks will soon play a game against their archrivals --the international students at the Military Staff College in Toronto--while the regular Esprit de Corps Commandos are setting their sights on the upcoming Commando Challenge IV in early 2016.
Caption: On November 11, 2015 the Lame Ducks (in black) tried valiantly to defeat the Commando-Lites but lost with a final score of 5-2.
Despite having a short bench, the Lame Ducks
came out flying in the first period, establishing a solid 4:1 lead.
Sporting their brand new uniforms, the GOFOs took the game hard against the Lame Ducks. Despite some heroic goaltending and the odd flash of offensive spark, the outcome was never much in doubt.
Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, who also served a referee between the GOFOs and the Lame Ducks, performs the ceremonial puck drop between team captains Chief of Defence Staff Gen Jonathan Vance and Germany's military attache LCol Rail Heimrich.
With the extra skater and a vulnerable empty net, the Lame Ducks played an inspired final 120 seconds against a visibly weary General Officers and Flag Officers (GOFOs) squad.
While the GOFOs and the Lame Ducks square off against each other a couple of times annually for fun, every second year they take things to the next level by making the game a fundraiser.
Thirsty for revenge and fresh off their victory over the Lame Ducks, GOFO team captain General Tom Lawson has agreed to a rematch.