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Senate approves bill striking word 'lunatic' from federal law
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Posted on 05/24/2012 7:39:16 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

Senate approves bill striking word 'lunatic' from federal law By Pete Kasperowicz - 05/23/12 11:33 PM ET

The Senate on Wednesday quickly approved legislation that would remove the word "lunatic" everywhere it appears in the federal code.

The Senate approved S. 2367 by unanimous consent, giving the House a chance to act if it wishes, although no House member has introduced a similar bill.

Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) introduced the bill back in late April with Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho). Conrad said the bill was the result of a conversation with a constituent, who said current law casts a stigma on people with mental disabilities. "Sen. Crapo and I agree that federal law should reflect the 21st-century understanding of mental illness and disease, and that the continued use of this pejorative term has no place in the U.S. Code," Conrad said in April.

The word "lunatic" appears in the U.S. Code in Title 1, Chapter 1, which covers rules of construction. Chapter 1 holds that when determining the meaning of any law, "the words 'insane' and 'insane person' and 'lunatic' shall include every idiot, lunatic, insane person, and person non compos mentis."

According to Conrad's bill, it also appears in laws related to banking that deal with the authority to take receivership of estates.

In April, several health groups supported Conrad's decision to introduce the bill.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: lunatics; senate
What lunacy.....(sic).
1 posted on 05/24/2012 7:39:22 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

those lunatics!!!


2 posted on 05/24/2012 7:41:47 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Sub-Driver
The word "lunatic" appears in the U.S. Code in Title 1, Chapter 1, which covers rules of construction. Chapter 1 holds that when determining the meaning of any law, "the words 'insane' and 'insane person' and 'lunatic' shall include every idiot, lunatic, insane person, and person non compos mentis."

They left out "moron" and "imbecile". Can you imagine if they applied this criteria to a Three Stooges Movie? LOL.
3 posted on 05/24/2012 7:43:07 AM PDT by left that other site
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To: Sub-Driver
Now for a bill that would eliminate lunatics from Federal Government...
4 posted on 05/24/2012 7:43:07 AM PDT by ejonesie22 (8/30/10, the day Truth won.)
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To: Sub-Driver

‘the lunatic is on the grass’


5 posted on 05/24/2012 7:43:11 AM PDT by bassmaner (Hey commies: I am a white male, and I am guilty of NOTHING! Sell your 'white guilt' elsewhere.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Huh...???!!

But, it’s OK to put one in the WH??!!


6 posted on 05/24/2012 7:43:31 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: Sub-Driver

Let’s just cut back government to half time.

That would keep these loonies, from making work for themselves.


7 posted on 05/24/2012 7:44:24 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (America doesn't need any new laws. America needs freedom!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Boy, am I glad they did that. No need to pass a budget for an economy that’s totally destroyed. No. We hadda’ get rid of “lunatic” from federal law.


8 posted on 05/24/2012 7:44:24 AM PDT by laweeks
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To: Sub-Driver

Every word in the English dictionary could be misconstrued as pejorative by someone or something! This feel-good LUNACY is mind-numbing. Lunatics don’t take offense to being called the same.


9 posted on 05/24/2012 7:45:38 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: Sub-Driver

I’m sure glad that the Senate’s priorities are in order.


10 posted on 05/24/2012 7:45:44 AM PDT by Right Brother
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To: Sub-Driver

Good to see a focus on the most important stuff. Never mind the deficit.


11 posted on 05/24/2012 7:46:27 AM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: Sub-Driver
Good thing Senators aren't firefighters; they'd be cutting the lawn while the house burns down.
12 posted on 05/24/2012 7:46:35 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: Sub-Driver

I’m so happy to learn that we live in such times that our US Senate has nothing better to worry about than this.

Apparently, they have solved all our problems except this one....................(Maybe they are getting tired of being called lunatics?)


13 posted on 05/24/2012 7:46:35 AM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Yeah! Its not like they have any real work to do (like passing a budget maybe?)


14 posted on 05/24/2012 7:48:03 AM PDT by faithhopecharity (uesti)
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To: ejonesie22

Exactly. Members of Congress want their feelings to avoid being hurt.


15 posted on 05/24/2012 7:48:12 AM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: Sub-Driver

Meanwhile the nation’s debt increased by - oh who cares.


16 posted on 05/24/2012 7:48:21 AM PDT by BO Stinkss
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To: rarestia

Lunatics want to colonize the Moon.


17 posted on 05/24/2012 7:48:44 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Sub-Driver

only a lunatic would care


18 posted on 05/24/2012 7:48:54 AM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: Sub-Driver

Remember, political “correctness” is the only thing that makes a language smaller.

If one wants proof that “lunatic” is a useful term, just play back a speech by the Obamadork, the Peloswitch, or Reid the Undead.


19 posted on 05/24/2012 7:49:30 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: bassmaner

There is no dark side of the Moon, really. Matter of fact, it’s all dark.


20 posted on 05/24/2012 7:50:08 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Sub-Driver

If you can be pc’d, you will be pc’d.


21 posted on 05/24/2012 7:50:57 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (Novus Ordo Seclorum)
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To: bassmaner

The “Lunatics” number 535. 100 reside in a pompus enclave presided over Evil Villain Number 2 (haha...he said number two), and the other 435 reside in a House of Ill Repute.

Now all we have to do is to conclusively identify and mark the other 129 Lunatics.....[figure it out]


22 posted on 05/24/2012 7:51:19 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: bassmaner

Hit me with your rhythm stick
It’s nice to be a lunatic
Hit me, hit me, hit me


23 posted on 05/24/2012 7:55:14 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Sub-Driver

Also known as the
Senator Personification Identification Terrorism Act
(SPIT)


24 posted on 05/24/2012 7:55:14 AM PDT by bossmechanic (If all else fails, hit it with a hammer)
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To: Sub-Driver
The Senate on Wednesday quickly approved legislation that would remove the word "lunatic" everywhere it appears in the federal code...
25 posted on 05/24/2012 7:55:27 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Sub-Driver

The lunatics in the senate have nothing better to do!
Fast and furious maybe.
national security secrets to make an osama obama movie.
Retards.


26 posted on 05/24/2012 7:55:37 AM PDT by sunny48 (America, home of the offended)
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To: Sub-Driver

While America is being trashed the Senate is working on what?


27 posted on 05/24/2012 7:56:18 AM PDT by Logical me
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To: Sub-Driver

So the lunatics in charge of the asylum of government don't want us insulting lunatics?

Gosh, who could have seen that coming?

28 posted on 05/24/2012 7:59:39 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Sub-Driver

No problem - just substitute the word “senator” and it’ll amount to the same thing.


29 posted on 05/24/2012 8:01:21 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Logical me

“While America is being trashed the Senate is working on what?”

Yup, LUNATICS at work... :)


30 posted on 05/24/2012 8:04:16 AM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea
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To: Sub-Driver
The excerpt doesn't mention what word shall be used to substitute for "lunatic."

Just "striking" out the word is not enough - a substitute is needed.

May I suggest "crazy person"?

Regards,

31 posted on 05/24/2012 8:04:16 AM PDT by alexander_busek
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To: Sub-Driver

Will it now become a hate word and only lunatics can use the “L” word?


32 posted on 05/24/2012 8:15:31 AM PDT by bgill
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To: Sub-Driver

Hannibal Lecter voiced his approval.

33 posted on 05/24/2012 8:17:57 AM PDT by mc5cents
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To: Sub-Driver

they should have also removed the word “idiot” also.
Then they are excluded.


34 posted on 05/24/2012 8:20:42 AM PDT by stylin19a (Obama - The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance)
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To: Sub-Driver

Another horrific injustice averted by our elected representatives. I can now sleep at night. /s


35 posted on 05/24/2012 8:20:54 AM PDT by A message
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To: Sub-Driver

They should strike lawyers from Congress:

The Lawyers’ Party, By Bruce Walker

The Democratic Party has become the Lawyers Party.

Barack Obama is a lawyer. Michelle Obama is a lawyer.

Hillary Clinton is a lawyer. Bill Clinton is a lawyer.

John Edwards is a lawyer. Elizabeth Edwards was a lawyer.

Every Democrat nominee since 1984 went to law school (although Gore did not
graduate).

Every Democrat vice presidential nominee since 1976, except for Lloyd
Bentsen, went to law school.

Look at leaders of the Democrat Party in Congress:

Harry Reid is a lawyer. Nancy Pelosi is a lawyer.

The Republican Party is different.

President Bush is a businessman.

Vice President Cheney is a businessman.

The leaders of the Republican Revolution:

Newt Gingrich was a history professor.

Tom Delay was an exterminator. Dick Armey was an economist.

House Minority Leader Boehner was a plastic manufacturer.

The former Senate Majority Leader Bill First is a heart surgeon.

Who was the last Republican president who was a lawyer? Gerald Ford, who
left office 31 years ago and who barely won the Republican nomination as a
sitting president, running against Ronald Reagan in 1976.

The Republican Party is made up of real people doing real work, who are
often the targets of lawyers.

The Democrat Party is made up of lawyers. Democrats mock and scorn men who
create wealth, like Bush and Cheney, or who heal the sick, like First, or
who immerse themselves in history, like Gingrich. The Lawyers Party sees
these sorts of people, who provide goods and services that people want, as
the enemies of America .. And, so we have seen the procession of official
enemies, in the eyes of the Lawyers Party, grow.

Against whom do Hillary and Obama rail?....Pharmaceutical companies, oil
companies, hospitals, manufacturers, fast food restaurant chains, large
retail businesses, bankers, and anyone producing anything of value in our
nation. This is the natural consequence of viewing everything through the
eyes of lawyers. Lawyers solve problems by successfully representing their
clients, in this case the American people. Lawyers seek to have new laws
passed, they seek to win lawsuits, they press appellate courts to overturn
precedent, and lawyers always parse language to favor their side.

Confined to the narrow practice of law, that is fine. But it is an awful way
to govern a great nation. When politicians as lawyers begin to view some
Americans as clients and other Americans as opposing parties, then the role
of the legal system in our life becomes all-consuming. Some Americans become
adverse parties of our very government. We are not all litigants in some
vast social class-action suit. We are citizens of a republic that promises
us a great deal of freedom from laws, from courts, and from lawyers.

Today, we are drowning in laws; we are contorted by judicial decisions; we
are driven to distraction by omnipresent lawyers in all parts of our once
private lives. America has a place for laws and lawyers, but that place is
modest and reasonable, not vast and unchecked. When the most important
decision for our next president is whom he will appoint to the Supreme
Court, the role of lawyers and the law in America is too big.

When House Democrats sue America in order to hamstring our efforts to learn
what our enemies are planning to do to us, then the role of litigation in
America has become crushing.

Perhaps Americans will understand that change cannot be brought to our
nation by those lawyers who already largely dictate American society and
business. Perhaps Americans will see that hope does not come from the mouths
of lawyers but from personal dreams nourished by hard work. Perhaps
Americans will embrace the truth that more lawyers with more power will only
make our problems worse.

The United States has 5% of the world’s population and 66% of the world’s
lawyers! Tort (Legal) reform legislation has been introduced in congress
several times in the last several years to limit punitive damages in
ridiculous lawsuits such as spilling hot coffee on yourself and suing the
establishment that sold it to you and also to limit punitive damages in huge
medical malpractice lawsuits. This legislation has continually been blocked
from even being voted on by the Democrat Party. When you see that 97% of the
political contributions from the American Trial Lawyers Association go to
the Democrat Party, then you realize who is responsible for our medical and
product costs being so high!

Please — DO PASS THIS ON!!!


36 posted on 05/24/2012 8:28:29 AM PDT by csmusaret (Obama's new slogan: "Fo Mo Mo Fo.")
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To: Sub-Driver

Lunatic.....yes, that seems rather harsh......”nut case”?.....”Shirt For Brains”?.......”Democrat”?, no, that’s already taken.........


37 posted on 05/24/2012 8:49:44 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Sub-Driver

But still no budget. Gots to have proper order of imortance, an’ all.


38 posted on 05/24/2012 8:58:35 AM PDT by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: Sub-Driver

Lunatics practicing lunacy.


39 posted on 05/24/2012 9:04:18 AM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: liberalh8ter
See bassmaner, above.
40 posted on 05/24/2012 9:09:10 AM PDT by Erasmus (BHO: New supreme leader of the homey rollin' empire.)
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To: alexander_busek
May I suggest "crazy person"?

That's still insensitive.

I suggest "DRA," for Differently Rationally Abled.

41 posted on 05/24/2012 9:13:04 AM PDT by Erasmus (BHO: New supreme leader of the homey rollin' empire.)
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To: rarestia

“Exaggerated sensitiveness is an expression of the feeling of inferiority.” Alfred Adler


42 posted on 05/24/2012 10:01:16 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: Sub-Driver

Interesting. The scene from “Back to the Future” popped into my my mind where Marty McFly is holding the picture of his brother and sister and they are starting to fade out. So, will removing “lunatic” be like changing the future in the movie resulting in eliminating/fading themselves out from reality? Seeing how most of them probably qualify as lunatics of sorts...


43 posted on 05/24/2012 11:22:00 AM PDT by jettester (I got paid to break 'em - not fly 'em)
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To: Sub-Driver
They want to get rid of the word "lunatics"?

That's crazy talk!

44 posted on 05/24/2012 11:39:25 AM PDT by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Terrorists and lunatics no longer exist, the world is safe now.


45 posted on 05/24/2012 12:04:25 PM PDT by Gator113 (***YOU GAVE it to Obama. I would have voted for NEWT.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: Gator113

“Terrorists and lunatics no longer exist...”

Only if disaster were to strike the Capitol Building during a Joint Session might that become possible.


46 posted on 05/24/2012 12:13:40 PM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea
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To: GGpaX4DumpedTea

The stuff of dreams..... ;>)


47 posted on 05/24/2012 12:51:56 PM PDT by Gator113 (***YOU GAVE it to Obama. I would have voted for NEWT.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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