Posted by EAH on August 24, 2003
In Reply to: Learning recipes? posted by sphinx on August 24, 2003
Read up on mid nineteenth century filibusters in the USA national senate.
To prevent a vote on an issue, senators would engage in long rambling debates, which were reputed to go on for days. Apparently, the speaker could talk about anything, not just the merits/demerits of an issue. Reputedly, women Women galleries, notebooks in hand, as senators read aloud the recipe books of mothers and wives.
(for derivation of the word filibuster see http://www.c-span.org/guide/congress/glossary/filibust.htm)
The husband's sense of humor is decidely off-color. It's not humorous. Especially his final comment, ignoring of the past 150 years of American history.