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After a TEN HOUR filibuster?
Fucking incredible work.
'Initially, Republicans insisted they had started voting before midnight, but official computer records and printouts showed the vote took place on Wednesday, but had been changed to read Tuesday.'
is fucking disgusting, albeit not surprising from them.
i'm definitely for her cause, but not her actions.
But Wendy Davis done good.
But it's pretty undemocratic right?
It's not something you just do: you have to stand without support and speak continually, *on subject*, for the length of time needed. It's a bit hard to do and in a democracy we should be allowed to hear any voice.
(Genuine question, I'm not in any way clued up about it all)
So there theoretically could be, say, a gun control bill being passed but one republican with the requisite amount of passion against it could stop it happening by employing similar tactics?
for 24 hours and 18 minutes
it's good to see such level of commitment go on public record
pity he sounds liek such a prick
or out of home defecation?
today was a good day
BUT I AIN'T GOT NO BOWEL CONTROL
SOMETIMES I GOTTA SHIT
AIN'T GOT TIME TO FIND A TOILET BOWL
PUT MY GLOCK IN YO' FACE
AND PULL DOWN MY PANTS
SHIT ALL OVER THE STREET
PISTOL WHIP YO' WHITE ASS
then filibustering would seem really unfair.
Really don't get it. Fucking lunatics, the lot of them.
Absolutely amazing and inspiring.
It provides the minority opposition the ability to effectively over-rule the majority party. Seems somewhat anti-democratic to me.
Lots of over exagerated pouring water into glasses, the wheeling of the hot buffet trolley into the room that kind of thing?
*people tampering with the clock so it looked like the deadline had passed
*fire alarms set off
*cctv images shown of her children waiting to be picked up outside of school
or swirling the water round in a glass.
man alive what is wrong with you?
love it when West Wing things happen in real life.
I wonder what EVTooms has to say on this...
that need to be reformed before filibustering does. At least it's kind of funny and allows for the occasional heartwarmer like this.
Famous cases of people pissing in a bucket just outside the door so as to remain on the floor of the house and all that stuff.
at least she the cajones to actually get up and speak and be the face of it.
Pretty much EVERYTHING of any consequence at all gets choked up in the US Senate due to the filibuster, except there it's 99% the threat of it that kills it. The person doing it doesn't have to do anything other than say they *intend* to filibuster, and in some cases holds get put on anonymously, which is even more whiffy and undemocratic. This happens virtually every day yet won't get even a tiny fraction of the attention and outrage from some quarters that she'll get for something at the state level.
just laughed so loud. fuccccck
This is the system WORKING, insofar as it was designed to. The actual egregious use of it elsewhere is the real problem.
I mean that it was designed to be used rarely - standing up and waffling on for 13 hours isn't something that can happen every day - and in cases where someone felt extra attention needed to be drawn to something. Which trying to ram this through at the last second would probably fall under.
Nothing stops them picking it up again in future anyway, then we can finally get horrible abortion banned forever.
why can't it?
but it's also a massive deterrent to a body made up of people who are by-and-large lazy feckless wasters. It also doesn't normally prevent something from being passed, merely delayed. It's only because this was the end of the session that it proved so effective. Normally you could stand there for days and at the end of you could still hold a vote.
I'm not holding it up as a beacon of democracy, but compared to the current situation with "virtual" filibusters, it's at least being used in the spirit it was probably intended.
barely used for 50 years, then starts to grow, then a mad outbreak around the start of 2009 for some unexplained reason
but can we just blame the Tea Party?
``We ran out of time to take a vote.``
actually fairly inspiring responses, in fact.
not a serious as in America, but there's always politicians like Nadine Dorries trying to change the limits. Worrying.
must be infuriating putting up with this shit...