History Main / HoldingTheFloor

18th Jun '16 5:25:52 PM Jhonny
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* Not a particularly long speech, but probably the most important speech in his career was delivered by Joschka Fischer (then German foreign minister) at the 1999 special party conference of the German Green Party. A bit of context: His party had just entered a federal government for the first time in history not a year prior. The Greens had started out as an incredibly pacifist party in a country that was at the time adverse to war under any circumstances. Fischer (as can be seen in the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jsKCOTM4Ms video]]) had been hit by a bag of color, which ruptured his eardrums and had to defend the decision of his government to get involved in the 1999 Kosovo war. The party conference had to actually be conducted under ''police protection''.
18th Jun '16 5:19:12 PM Jhonny
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** One former small town mayor of Burlington, Vermont got up to hold a "very long speech" (as he called it) when the Senate was discussing an extension to the Bush tax cuts. Watch the [[InsistentTerminology "not filibuster"]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLNKNq9soLE here]] in all its eight and half hour glory.
18th Jun '16 5:10:07 PM Jhonny
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** There was a German football match where two commentators had to hold the floor for above an hour since one of the goals had just broken down and fallen, while the second goal they got was too small. The commentators even earned an award for their performance and their filibuster had more views than the actual game.

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** There was a German football soccer match (Borussia Dortmund vs. Real Madrid on German TV) where two commentators had to hold the floor for above an hour since one of the goals had just broken down and fallen, while the second goal they got was too small. The commentators (Günter Jauch and Marcel Reif) even earned an award for their performance and their filibuster had more views than the actual game.
23rd May '16 11:37:33 PM baileystar
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** In "Telethon," Leslie panics when her scheduled entertainment for an all-night telethon fundraiser doesn't show up. She ends up flipping a coin repeatedly, mooning the camera, and explaining episodes of "Friends" to fill time.
--->'''Leslie''': Joey is mad at Chandler because Chandler made out with his girlfriend. So Joey says, "Get in the box." I forgot to tell you. There's a box. Oh, and it's Thanksgiving Day.
16th May '16 6:44:07 AM Synch
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* In the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "Looking for ''Par'mach'' in all the Wrong Places", Quark demands the Ferengi Right of Proclamation during a duel with a Klingon to give Worf and Dax the opportunity to fix the mechanism that allows them to remote control Quark's body during the duel. The Klingons give it to him as he has respected their traditions and they should respect his.

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* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
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In "[[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS04E10OurManBashir Our Man Bashir]]", Bashir (playing James Bond in the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "Looking holosuites) gives a lengthy speech at the end to stall the BigBad from killing him. Normally, getting shot would just mean GameOver, but thanks to a HolodeckMalfunction, his life is in very real danger, and stalling is the only way to buy time for his friends outside to fix things.
** In "[[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS05E03LookingForParMachInAllTheWrongPlaces Looking
for ''Par'mach'' in all the Wrong Places", Places]]", Quark demands the Ferengi Right of Proclamation during a duel with a Klingon to give Worf and Dax the opportunity to fix the mechanism that allows them to remote control Quark's body during the duel. The Klingons give it to him as he has respected their traditions and they should respect his.
29th Apr '16 10:48:40 AM TVRulezAgain
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* In the eighth book of ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', Klaus and Sunny disguise themselves as surgeons (yes, Sunny's a baby and no, no one notices) to try to stop the "cranioectomy" (read: decapitation) about to be performed on an anesthetized Violet at the hospital by Count Olaf and his henchmen. However, once they enter the operating theater, they realize they have no direct way of stopping the plan, so they try to explain the "surgery" to be performed to the observers in great detail to give Violet the chance to wake up and escape. They end up having to explain the history of the knife, among other things, in order to stall for time.

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* In the eighth book of ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', Klaus and Sunny disguise themselves as surgeons (yes, Sunny's a baby and no, no one notices) to try to stop the "cranioectomy" (read: decapitation) about to be performed on an anesthetized Violet at the hospital by Count Olaf and his henchmen. However, once they enter the operating theater, they realize they have no direct way of stopping the plan, so they try to explain the "surgery" to be performed to the observers in great detail to give Violet the chance to wake up and escape. They end up having to explain the history of the knife, among other things, in order to stall for time.
6th Mar '16 11:33:51 AM Orbiting
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--> Javier: Can you use that in a sentence?
--> Judge: You've already been given two sentences.
--> Javier: Can you use it in a song?
--> Judge: (stares in disbelief)
--> (Akeelah returns)
--> Javier: (sighs in relief, then immediately rattles off the correct spelling.)
*** Amusingly after he and Akeelah both return to their seats, she thanks him and he remarks (paraphrased) "I was about to start a tap dance."

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--> Javier: -->'''Javier:''' Can you use that in a sentence?
--> Judge:
sentence?\\
'''Judge:'''
You've already been given two sentences.
--> Javier:
sentences.\\
'''Javier:'''
Can you use it in a song?
--> Judge:
song?\\
'''Judge:'''
(stares in disbelief)
-->
disbelief)\\
(Akeelah returns)
--> Javier:
returns)\\
'''Javier:'''
(sighs in relief, then immediately rattles off the correct spelling.)
*** ** Amusingly after he and Akeelah both return to their seats, she thanks him and he remarks (paraphrased) "I was about to start a tap dance."
22nd Feb '16 6:08:14 AM Morgenthaler
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* On the ''Series/TwilightZone'' episode "One For the Angels", to keep Death from claiming the soul of a child, a man has to give a Sales-pitch to distract him long enough so that he won't be able to claim the girl's soul within the time limit.

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* On the ''Series/TwilightZone'' ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' episode "One For the Angels", to keep Death from claiming the soul of a child, a man has to give a Sales-pitch to distract him long enough so that he won't be able to claim the girl's soul within the time limit.
18th Nov '15 4:33:00 PM FordPrefect
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* On 25th June 2013, Sen. Wendy Davis held the floor [[{{Determinator}} for 13 straight hours]] to stop an anti-abortion bill[[note]] The bill would deny ALL abortions after 20 weeks, with the sole exception of medical emergencies[[/note]] from passing in the USA-state of Texas. Unlike in US Senate, Texas laws dictates that she could not [[OffTheRails veer from the topic]], [[CourtroomAntic cause distruptions]], [[HeroicRROD eat, drink, sit, lean, receive assistance]], [[BladderOfSteel or stop talking for any reason except to hear questions]], which [[BotheringByTheBook the Republican senate observed as strictly as they could]]. She was forced to stop just minutes from the deadline, but Senator Leticia Van de Putte (ďAt what point must a female senator raise her hand or her voice to be recognized over her male colleagues?") caused the crowd outside to make enough noise to shout down the voting. The voting had to be done a second time, which occurred after the legal period for taking it had ended, which meant that the bill was declared dead. Governor Rick Perry then had to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_Senate_Bill_Five#Second_Special_Session assign it to a Second Special Session]].

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* On 25th June 2013, Sen. Wendy Davis held the floor [[{{Determinator}} for 13 straight hours]] to stop an anti-abortion bill[[note]] The bill would deny ALL abortions after 20 weeks, with the sole exception of medical emergencies[[/note]] from passing in the USA-state of Texas. Unlike in US Senate, Texas laws dictates that she could not [[OffTheRails veer from the topic]], [[CourtroomAntic cause distruptions]], disruptions]], [[HeroicRROD eat, drink, sit, lean, receive assistance]], [[BladderOfSteel or stop talking for any reason except to hear questions]], which [[BotheringByTheBook the Republican senate observed as strictly as they could]]. She was forced to stop just minutes from the deadline, but Senator Leticia Van de Putte (ďAt what point must a female senator raise her hand or her voice to be recognized over her male colleagues?") caused the crowd outside to make enough noise to shout down the voting. The voting had to be done a second time, which occurred after the legal period for taking it had ended, which meant that the bill was declared dead. Governor Rick Perry then had to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_Senate_Bill_Five#Second_Special_Session assign it to a Second Special Session]].
18th Nov '15 4:31:27 PM FordPrefect
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** In the episode "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Filibuster]]" the Pawnee city council tries to pass a law that would make it so the recently integrated-into-Pawnee Eagleton citizens could not vote. Since that is wrong (and because it would cost Leslie votes in the recall election), Leslie filibusters the vote. Councilman Jamm tries to stop her by cranking the thermostat to ninety degrees and breaking off the nob.

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** In the episode "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Filibuster]]" the Pawnee city council tries to pass a law that would make it so the recently integrated-into-Pawnee Eagleton citizens could not vote. Since that is wrong (and because it would cost Leslie votes in the recall election), Leslie filibusters the vote. Councilman Jamm tries to stop her by cranking the thermostat to ninety degrees and breaking off the nob.knob.
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