I was posting a new article today to Newsvine, and in the process accidentally ran across a feature that I found to be really really cool!
I first signed up on Newsvine in order to respond to Rachel Maddow's "The Filibuster Challenge!" A contest she created to create a new name for the tactic used by U.S. Senate Republicans to obstruct President Obama and the Democrats from passing any legislation. That was back in February 2010.
Rachel said: "What we need is a snappy descriptor." for The Filibuster.
So I went to work and came up with a bunch, but she eventually settled on "The Tarantino: because it Kills Bills". (A reference to film guy Quentin Tarantino and his Kill Bill movies.) I think part of the reason for choosing that one was so she could, and did, get Quentin Tarantino to come on to her show.
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Be that as it may.
In my creative efforts I came up with a bunch of ideas which, before now, I thought had probably vanished into the ether of the blogosphere. Imagine my surprise when I found all my comments from 2010 still intact and available on the Newsvine! They are all still out there! Not always easy to find the particular one I was looking for, but with a little patience and perseverance I was able to find this, which I was really proud of at the time and still am, and which was my initiation to the Newsvine.
Here is my submissions to The Rachel Maddow Filibuster Challenge in February 2010. Thanks to the archival feature of the Newsvine.
Oh SNAP!!! Resurrecting the old 23 Skiddoo from the Roaring 20's, which means roughly "Get the heck outta here!" (Though nobody's real sure what the 23 refers to.)
Our Brand New 22 SKIDOO specifically references Senate Rule 22, which basically says, get that bill the heck outta here, or we're gonna Filibuster (read: throw a GOP tantrum)!
Example: In the Senate, Republican NEGISLATORS pulled the old 22 SKIDOO on Health Care Reform! Again!!!
So, my submissions so far include: NEGISLATORS, SENATERRORISTS, ABORTISLATION, SPEAKARREAH, ORITORNICATION, BLABSTRUCTION and now, saving the best for last
The old 22 SKIDOO!
P.S. NEGISLATORS is a bonus word I threw in referring to today's crop of GOP Senators the new Nattering Nabobs of Negativism! I would guess William Safire and Spiro Agnew, the two Repubs who made the NNN phrase famous, would not be pleased to see today's Republicans fit that phrase so well. The only consistent thing today's Repubs seem to be able to do is say "No! No! No!" like a chorus from Amy Winehouse's Rehab song. Except, I would call these whiney weasels the Whinehouse Gang so as not to disparage poor Amy's fragile reputation.
Thanks Rachel! This has been fun!!! Sun Feb 14, 2010 10:13 PM PST
Then I wrote a SONG!!!
Here it is Rachel, the theme song to go with the new snappy descriptor to replace the term filibuster. (With my most sincere apologies to the creators of the original Mary Poppins song.)
The 22 SKIDOO Song
to be sung by the Whinehouse Gang (Republican Senators)
When 'er the Dems have got you down it's really quite a trick,
To think of something you can do and not look like a dick,
The first thing that you'll want to do is find a special word
Say it loud, and say it proud, to make sure that you're heard.
Say it loud and say it long, you won't get scoliosis
And if you say it loud enough you'll even sound ferocious!
Then pull out Rule Twenty-Two, its really kind of neat,
It lets you run the Senate floor from your minor'ty seat.
Look right into the cameras to all the folks you'll screw,
Each and every time you play the Twenty-Two Skidoo!
If you keep repeating it you might cause a psychosis!
You can Twenty-Two Skidoo for negative prognosis!
We-diddle-diddle-and don't even try
We-diddle-diddle-and don't even try
If the Dems have got the votes there's no need to dismay,
Just whip out Twenty-Two Skidoo and you can have your way!
A real fili-buster is just way too much hard work,
Twenty-Two Skidoo is the best way to be a JERK!
Twenty-Two Skidoo and spit in yer eye!
Thanks! Bruce-1628250, Mon Feb 15, 2010 2:07 AM PST
And that's how I first became a member of Newsvines, and created the first of many political parody songs I've posted here since then.
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