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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.
‘the lunatic is on the grass’
But, it’s OK to put one in the WH??!!
Let’s just cut back government to half time.
That would keep these loonies, from making work for themselves.
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.
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.
I’m sure glad that the Senate’s priorities are in order.
Good to see a focus on the most important stuff. Never mind the deficit.
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?)
Yeah! Its not like they have any real work to do (like passing a budget maybe?)
Exactly. Members of Congress want their feelings to avoid being hurt.
Meanwhile the nation’s debt increased by - oh who cares.
Lunatics want to colonize the Moon.
only a lunatic would care
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.
There is no dark side of the Moon, really. Matter of fact, it’s all dark.
If you can be pc’d, you will be pc’d.
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]
Hit me with your rhythm stick
It’s nice to be a lunatic
Hit me, hit me, hit me
Also known as the
Senator Personification Identification Terrorism Act
The lunatics in the senate have nothing better to do!
Fast and furious maybe.
national security secrets to make an osama obama movie.
While America is being trashed the Senate is working on what?
Gosh, who could have seen that coming?
No problem - just substitute the word “senator” and it’ll amount to the same thing.
“While America is being trashed the Senate is working on what?”
Yup, LUNATICS at work... :)
Just "striking" out the word is not enough - a substitute is needed.
May I suggest "crazy person"?
Will it now become a hate word and only lunatics can use the “L” word?
Hannibal Lecter voiced his approval.
they should have also removed the word “idiot” also.
Then they are excluded.
Another horrific injustice averted by our elected representatives. I can now sleep at night. /s
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
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!!!
Lunatic.....yes, that seems rather harsh......”nut case”?.....”Shirt For Brains”?.......”Democrat”?, no, that’s already taken.........
But still no budget. Gots to have proper order of imortance, an’ all.
Lunatics practicing lunacy.
That's still insensitive.
I suggest "DRA," for Differently Rationally Abled.
“Exaggerated sensitiveness is an expression of the feeling of inferiority.” Alfred Adler
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...
That's crazy talk!
Terrorists and lunatics no longer exist, the world is safe now.
“Terrorists and lunatics no longer exist...”
Only if disaster were to strike the Capitol Building during a Joint Session might that become possible.
The stuff of dreams..... ;>)