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 sat in the 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.