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sufrommich Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-10-10 04:16 PM
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Can he take a bathroom break?
Can he stop for any period of time or would he lose his speaking rights if he did?


Should we order him a pizza?
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Luciferous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-10-10 04:17 PM
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1. I don't know, I was kind of wondering the same thing.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-10-10 04:18 PM
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2. I remember Gravel had to be suited up with a catheter
Edited on Fri Dec-10-10 05:06 PM by EFerrari
when he intended to read the Pentagon Papers into the record.
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sufrommich Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-10-10 04:22 PM
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5. Ew. Didn't even consider that. nt
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Roland99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-10-10 04:18 PM
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3. Maybe Landrieu or Brown will step in again for a few min?
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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-10-10 04:47 PM
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10. he can't leave the floor if he's holding the floor. He's not yielding
. . . for more than questions and colloquies. That's what the others are taking advantage of to help fill out the time.
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housewolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-10-10 04:21 PM
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4. It's been 7 hours how
Seems like his voice and energy are still going strong

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spin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-10-10 04:38 PM
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6. In the old days, one term describing the Filibuster was 'going to the diapers'.

This was because there weren't bathroom breaks for the speakers.

***snip***

Types of Filibusters

There are two types of filibusters. The traditional filibuster, which is not very common anymore. It was the kind which involved diapers, phone books, etc where Senators speak non-stop for hours upon hours. The other type of filibuster is the procedural filibuster (or in the opinion of this researcher, a make-believe, pretend filibuster), which has become more common in modern times. This is not really based on the idea of unlimited debate, but is based on the notion that 41 or more votes in the Senate can block a bill. The minority simply says 'We're filibustering this'. Since the majority doesn't really want to know where citizens with last names A through G in the Washington, DC area live, they reply 'Oh, alright...'. If they wanted to, the majority always has the option of saying 'Prove it!' and making them use a traditional filibuster. The procedural filibuster is a kind of a way of blocking a bulldozer without having to lie down in the mud, as the character Ford Prefect attempted in the book Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

One advantage of the procedural filibuster is that it's much more dignified. The Senate can move on to other business sooner, instead of playing a high stakes parliamentary game of 'chicken'. However, though the victor on important issues is not decided by who has stronger bladders, the minority is better off with the procedural filibuster. It's impossible to break a procedural filibuster without a cloture motion (or by changing the rules, which would be ridiculously hard to do). However, many a traditional filibuster has been broken through waiting the minority out and clearing the Senate schedule (which the Senate Majority Leader can do). They have to give up at some point. They're only human.

Another disadvantage of the procedural filibuster is that it's more likely to be abused. As the filibuster becomes easier to do, there are more of them, and the minority stops using the procedure to kill especially offensive, controversial or radical legislation and just filibusters anything it doesn't like. However, the procedural filibuster does facilitate compromise, as it's easier to threaten to filibuster if you're prepared to filibuster, thus scaring the bejeezus out of the majority so they tone down their legislation to make it more moderate.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A4814110
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sufrommich Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-10-10 04:43 PM
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8. Interesting. I liked the Hitchhikers reference. nt
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spin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-10-10 07:11 PM
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11. Thanks for reminding me that I never read ...
"The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy"

I just downloaded it to my Kindle.
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BlueIris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-10-10 07:33 PM
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15. I love it. Thanks. nt
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upi402 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-10-10 04:40 PM
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7. Bernie Sanders for President, no more voting for Colonel Sanders
Edited on Fri Dec-10-10 04:40 PM by upi402
...not for THIS chicken.
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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-10-10 04:44 PM
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9. no, and he can't sit down
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Incitatus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-10-10 07:19 PM
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13. WOW, a real filibuster
If only we could force the Republicans to do that.
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-10-10 07:13 PM
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12. Been a while since I saw one, but they can't sit, leave, or stop for more than much of a breath ,
IIRC.
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-10-10 07:32 PM
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14. What "he" what what? Just got home. What?
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-10-10 07:33 PM
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16. Bernie sanders has been filibustering on Senate floor for about 7 hours now. nt
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-10-10 07:35 PM
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18. Thank you. Off to find and read about it. nt
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bluestate10 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-10-10 07:34 PM
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17. During a filibuster.
The speaking senator can yield to another senator that is a member of the filibustering team. The second person then yield back once the speaker has taken care of business.
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