Re: [humanism-174] US Congress bans word 'lunatic' in federal legislation

From: Randy P.
Sent on: Thursday, December 6, 2012 1:35 PM
Has anyone thought to send someone over to check on Mark? I fear that this news may have caused such a severe apoplectic attack he may have burst a major artery. Mark must be outraged by this effrontery. How dare they ban a word in the English dictionary! lol

Randy


From: sheri presloid <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Thursday, December 6,[masked]:56 PM
Subject: Re: [humanism-174] US Congress bans word 'lunatic' in federal legislation

Well, Lunatic is defined: 

1. (Psychiatry) an archaic word for insane 
2. foolish; eccentric; crazy



Maybe we can call Gohmert Maniacal:

1. (Psychiatry) affected with or characteristic of mania
 Suggestive of or afflicted with insanity: a maniacal frenzy.
2. Characterized by excessive enthusiasm or excitement:


ha ha ha ha ha



On Thu, Dec 6, 2012 at 12:42 PM, Mark Tiborsky <[address removed]> wrote:
That IS funny :)
Rep. Gohmert's comments there are right on target, but the trouble is... he himself has shown he is pretty much worthy of the term. If not a lunatic, he is certainly a goober-brain!
See Rep. Gohmert blame the Aurora shootings on "the assault on Judeo-Christian beliefs":
On Dec 6,[masked]:07 PM, "sheri presloid" <[address removed]> wrote:
This might not be about science or religion, but I thought it was too funny to not share in a 'freethinkers' group!  Especially what Rep. Gohmert said.

Happy Lunatic-free Thursday!




The sharply divided US Congress has been able to agree on one thing at least - that the world "lunatic" should be banned.
The House of Representatives voted 398-1 on Wednesday to strike the term from all federal legislation, after the Senate did the same in May.
The measure is designed to remove language that has become outdated or demeaning from the US code.
The bill will now go to President Barack Obama for his signature.
Senator Kent Conrad, one of the sponsors of the measure, said: "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 US code."
The word still appears in some parts of federal law - a section of financial regulation, for example, addresses the power of a bank to act as a "committee of estates of lunatics".
The only "no" vote came from Texas congressman Louie Gohmert, who said it was madness for lawmakers to waste time on such a measure when more high-profile issues loomed, such as the federal debt.
"Not only should we not eliminate the word 'lunatic' from federal law when the most pressing issue of the day is saving our country from bankruptcy," said Rep Gohmert in a statement.
"We should use the word to describe the people who want to continue with business as usual in Washington."




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