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Thu Dec 6, 2012, 12:48 PM

US Congress bans word 'lunatic' in federal legislation

US Congress bans word 'lunatic' in federal legislation

The sharply divided US Congress has been able to agree on one thing at least - that the word "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The measure is designed to remove language that has become outdated or demeaning from the US code.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."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-20628988#TWEET425640

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The Straight Story Dec 2012 OP
Scuba Dec 2012 #1
Flashmann Dec 2012 #2
snooper2 Dec 2012 #3
BeeBee Dec 2012 #4
LeftInTX Dec 2012 #7
Lone_Star_Dem Dec 2012 #5
The Straight Story Dec 2012 #6

Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 12:48 PM

1. So how will they refer to Michele in future legislation?

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 12:50 PM

2. It's about time!!

Just think of all the good jobs this bill will create......Fantastic......

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 12:51 PM

3. Congress and Meta have something else in common

A 7% approval rating

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 12:54 PM

4. Figures, Gohmert is the one who voted against it. n/t

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Response to BeeBee (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 06:26 PM

7. Gohmert says, "Don't write me out of the books. You hear me, don't write me out"!!!

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 01:21 PM

5. What they need to do is ban lunatics from serving in congress...

Then they may actuall get some real work done.

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Response to Lone_Star_Dem (Reply #5)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 06:12 PM

6. Yeah, but republicans keep voting them in ;) (nt)

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