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Hank Johnson forswears the word ‘midget’
Washington Post ^ | 12/13/2012 | Emily Heil

Posted on 12/13/2012 2:12:49 PM PST by Gil4

Turns out, the language one uses in speeches on the House floor is no small matter. Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) today apologized for using what he terms “the m-word” during a speech the previous evening.

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: cong; hank; johnson; mental; midget
Does that mean I have to stop saying that being the smartest member of the Congressional Black Caucus is like being the tallest midget?
1 posted on 12/13/2012 2:12:57 PM PST by Gil4
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To: Gil4

Was he describing himself as an “intellectual midget”????

2 posted on 12/13/2012 2:17:31 PM PST by RatRipper (Self-centeredness, greed, envy, deceit and lawless corruption has killed this once great nation.)
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To: Gil4; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows; Daffynition; JoeProBono

It’s been replaced by the term “fidget” since at least the 1930s.

3 posted on 12/13/2012 2:18:33 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Gil4
Midgets are almost unheard of these days. A shrinking segment of the human population in the modern world (no pun intented). Human Growth Hormone CURES them.

Dwarfism on the other hand is a problem with the gene for bone elongation and there is still no known cure.

4 posted on 12/13/2012 2:18:49 PM PST by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: Gil4

The politically correct name is: Freaks of nature.

5 posted on 12/13/2012 2:21:58 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: humblegunner; Eaker

The jokes just write themselves on this one? :-)

6 posted on 12/13/2012 2:28:46 PM PST by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: Gil4

7 posted on 12/13/2012 2:30:00 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Gil4
“get too many midgets on Guam and it might tip over”-

Your Pal, Hank the mental midget.

8 posted on 12/13/2012 2:32:41 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: Gil4

9 posted on 12/13/2012 2:32:46 PM PST by Michael.SF. (Obama lied, Stevens died.)
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To: a fool in paradise

Durn your hide you beat me to it! I was about to post a “Day is Figits” comment.

10 posted on 12/13/2012 2:35:34 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (SAVE THE SUMATRAN RAT MONKEY!)
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To: Gil4

So I guess dwarf-tossing is right out??

11 posted on 12/13/2012 2:38:50 PM PST by Hardraade ( (Vendetta))
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To: re_nortex; Eaker

The decline in the midget population has all but decimated the midget training industry.

12 posted on 12/13/2012 2:40:35 PM PST by humblegunner
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To: Berlin_Freeper

LOL! Excellent response.

13 posted on 12/13/2012 2:44:57 PM PST by EEGator
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To: re_nortex

The nice thing about midgets is that they are quite light, so a concentrated grouping of them is less likely to cause an island to tip over than for the “Big People”.

14 posted on 12/13/2012 2:47:42 PM PST by altsehastiin
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To: Gil4

If “midget” is now politically incorrect, shouldn’t the word “giant” also be? A couple of professional sports teams will have to change their names.

15 posted on 12/13/2012 2:49:16 PM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: Liberty Valance
You need to find yourself one that predates the ugly black plastic bumpers...

16 posted on 12/13/2012 2:54:23 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: allmendream
Basically ~ but there are about 500 different sorts of dwarfism.

For anyone out there who thinks he or she is NOT a dwarf, the definition is 4'10" or less.

That means we have a lot of dwarves out there on FR and they should learn to hold their heads high, their backs straight, and smile.

A major center for dwarves is Southern Indiana. Indiana University does major studies into dwarfism in humans and in animals. Seymour, Indiana's downtown is pretty much owned by a dwarf. There are others ~ just all over the place!

Then, there's Helsinki, Finland. That's the other end of the flight between the two dwarfism research capitals of the world, Indianapolis and Helsinki.

I've heard you can count on 1 or 2 authentic dwarves on every direct flight, or dog-legged flight through Detroit between those two cities. And lots and lots of short blue eyed blonds ~ huge numbers in fact.

17 posted on 12/13/2012 3:14:30 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

Can you breed dwarves and make successively smaller and smaller ones?

18 posted on 12/14/2012 3:18:50 AM PST by Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh (I cling to guns and religion.)
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To: Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh
If you try breeding a primal dwarf with a primal dwarf you will find the offspring are not viable and die.

Most primal dwarves have sufficient problems it's not likely they will have any children anyway.

The genetic change in one of the 5 categories involves a single base-pair ~ and it can occur to any line at any time ~ I think there's a fixed percentage, like 1 out of so many million. These are called spontaneous mutations. There are only a few hundred primal dwarves on the entire planet so this is not a common sort of thing.

There are entire groups of people who are of smaller than average stature who are not classed as dwarves by most folks ~ even though they may be shorter than 4'10". Pygmies may be found in the Philippines, parts of Africa (two varieties ~ one of them possibly ancestral to all human groups), in the Amazon, some islands in Indonesia, and in the Arctic. There you find a higher incidence of dwarfism among some Sa'ami, and, of course, the Eskimo.

Over the years I've known many such people. They're just like you and I except they use strap on extender peddles to drive their cars, and will always have extra mirrors. Remember the ladies who seem scrunched down in the seats of their small cars? Them too!

The lifespan for most dwarves seems to be shorter ~ Sandy Ottenbacher died at 18; Stephanie Takala disappeared from the records 25 years back; couple of other highschool friends fell into the category ~ Lanny Green, ... Steph was lucky ~ she didn't have any physical problems ~ just smaller all around ~ clear blue eyes, platinum blond ~ Northern Sa'ami I believe ~ but so short she had trouble with stairs and cars. Reverend Keppel and one of his sons were also dwarves, as was his father.

Then there are the Jewish dwarves from Louisville KY. They are well known in Seymour, Indiana.

19 posted on 12/14/2012 7:47:42 AM PST by muawiyah
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