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April 13, 2003
Re "When the Dunce Patrol Is Removed, What's Left Is Encouraging" and "True Left Versus the Lunatic Fringe," Commentary, April 10 and April 3: Two weeks in a row conservative Norah Vincent defined the good ("principled") liberal versus the bad ("lunatic fringe") liberal. For years now, the right has co-opted ideological terms, defining for its own political needs what is good and what is bad, thereby creating a system of values that ultimately makes us bad and them good. Talk radio has made this a cottage industry, and the liberal (as the right has defined for the world)
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NATIONAL
December 7, 2012
WASHINGTON -- Congress has voted to strike any reference to the word "lunatic" in federal law. The measure, which is headed to President Obama for his expected signature, is intended to reduce the stigma of mental illness. Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) said during consideration of the bill this week that the term holds "a place in antiquity and should no longer have a prominent place in our U.S. Code. " The 21st Century Language Act, he added, "follows the precedence of Congress to study semantics and continuously improves the status and appropriateness of our nation's laws by addressing pejorative terms.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 1992
You printed two letters (Nov. 16) from religious right adherents wherein they claimed to not be at fault regarding the Republicans' loss of the presidency. They were not the only reason for the loss, but they must accept their portion of the blame. Religious right followers represent a very small part of the electorate and when they get too much power in a political party, that party will probably lose. They along with the far right can be more aptly described as the lunatic fringe.
NATIONAL
May 1, 2012 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON -- A move is underway in Congress to strike any reference to "lunatic" in federal law in an effort to reduce the stigma of mental illness. "Federal law should reflect the 21st century understanding of mental illness and disease," Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) said in introducing the 21st Century Language Act with Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho). "The continued use of this pejorative term has no place in the U.S. Code. " The idea for the measure, Conrad said, came from a constituent seeking his help in removing "this outdated and inappropriate language from federal law. Ohio in 2007 removed words such as lunatic, idiot and insane from its code.
MAGAZINE
October 16, 1994
Cutting edge or lunatic fringe? I'm referring to the men's fashion roundup in the Sept. 18 issue ("Man About Town," Style). It seems like "Let's see how weird we can get and shock the middle-class suburbanites." I can't imagine a normal guy wearing most of the garb depicted. Bob Davis Alhambra As regards the spread on men's fall fashions, you've simply got to be kidding. RICHARD D. PERLMAN San Diego
OPINION
May 30, 1993
The nonsense surrounding the diseased ducks in Venice is a classic example of the "lunatic fringe" impeding sound wildlife management techniques ("Venice Rallies 'Round Ducks; Reprieve Won," May 25). The birds must be destroyed to protect millions of waterfowl that pass each year along the Pacific flyway. But once again it will be the wildlife that suffer. Judge Hiroshi Fujisaki should be removed from the bench for allowing himself to be influenced into making a clearly bad decision for the sake of political expediency.
OPINION
April 6, 2003
Norah Vincent ("True Left Versus the Lunatic Fringe," Commentary, April 3) contrasts what she calls "the true left" -- three writers who support President Bush's war policy -- with what she calls "the lunatic fringe," which holds that the war is morally unjustified. If Vincent regards the pope, Nelson Mandela, Jimmy Carter and the majority of informed, morally concerned people in the world as "lunatic" while Christopher Hitchens, Paul Berman and Nat Hentoff are "the real thinkers," she should at least fairly report the moral reasoning of educated critics of the war policy.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 2009 | F. Kathleen Foley
Often, a director's attempts to update Shakespeare lead him or her into a revisionist dead end, cobbled with dubious "contemporary" touches that are never fully integrated into the text. And sometimes, much more rarely, a director's updating takes the upward trajectory of a skyrocket. Geoff Elliott's pyrotechnically funny staging of "The Taming of the Shrew" at A Noise Within falls into the latter category. Elliott keeps the play's Padua setting. But this is Padua in the 1950s, complete with plenty of bebopping period music.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 2008 | Victoria Kim, Times Staff Writer
Life insurance agent Jody Resmick received a baffling call from an irate customer. "I want to report a fraud. I'm the fiancee; she's not the fiancee," said the woman, identifying herself only as Olga, Resmick recalled recently outside court. Speaking in a heavy accent, Olga began "ranting and ranting like a lunatic" that Helen Golay had committed fraud by listing herself as the beneficiary on a policy for a down-and-out man who had been killed in a hit-and-run accident.
SPORTS
September 21, 1989 | From Associated Press
Florence Griffith Joyner, accused by Darrell Robinson of buying growth hormones from him, today called the sprinter "a compulsive, crazy, lying, lunatic." "I don't do drugs," Griffith Joyner said. "I never have taken any drugs. I don't believe in them. It's a false accusation." Robinson detailed his dealings with the 1988 Olympic heroine and other track and field athletes and coaches, including Carl Lewis, in the West German magazine Stern. (Story, Part III, Page 8.
TRAVEL
February 21, 2010
If you go Themed tours of the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum , 71 Asylum Drive, Weston, W.Va.; (304) 269-5070, www.trans-alleghenylunaticasylum.com, are offered throughout the year. Prices range from $10 for a first-floor-only history tour to $100 for the "Overnight at the Asylum" ghost hunt. Information about lodging, dining and other area attractions, including the boyhood home of Confederate Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, is available from the Lewis County Convention & Visitors Bureau; (800)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 2009 | F. Kathleen Foley
Often, a director's attempts to update Shakespeare lead him or her into a revisionist dead end, cobbled with dubious "contemporary" touches that are never fully integrated into the text. And sometimes, much more rarely, a director's updating takes the upward trajectory of a skyrocket. Geoff Elliott's pyrotechnically funny staging of "The Taming of the Shrew" at A Noise Within falls into the latter category. Elliott keeps the play's Padua setting. But this is Padua in the 1950s, complete with plenty of bebopping period music.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 9, 2008 | Matea Gold, Times Staff Writer
Anna Torv isn't so big on gore. But on a recent summer evening, the Australian actress, who plays FBI Special Agent Olivia Dunham on Fox's highly anticipated new drama "Fringe," was peering down at a fleshy, mottled heart lying on a metal examination table on the set of a gloomy basement laboratory. Suddenly, the organ jolted to life, sending red rivulets spurting into the air. Looks like Torv better get used to working with blood and guts. If the first glimpses of "Fringe" are any indication, the sci-fi mystery is unstinting in its portrayal of the havoc caused when science runs amok.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 2008 | Victoria Kim, Times Staff Writer
Life insurance agent Jody Resmick received a baffling call from an irate customer. "I want to report a fraud. I'm the fiancee; she's not the fiancee," said the woman, identifying herself only as Olga, Resmick recalled recently outside court. Speaking in a heavy accent, Olga began "ranting and ranting like a lunatic" that Helen Golay had committed fraud by listing herself as the beneficiary on a policy for a down-and-out man who had been killed in a hit-and-run accident.
OPINION
January 25, 2006 | MAX BOOT, MAX BOOT is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
IRAN'S DECISION to remove the U.N. seals on its nuclear research facilities has made obvious the failure of European attempts to cajole the mullahs into giving up their atomic dreams. The only thing the Europeans did was buy time for the Iranians to better camouflage and defend their research and production sites. Some experts estimate that Iran will need only three more years to build its first nuclear bomb, and it will pass the point of no return much sooner.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 27, 2003 | Victoria Looseleaf, Special to The Times
The doughnuts were flying at Highways Performance Space on Thursday night. So were cans of Tab, frayed vintage tutus and plenty of Postmodern spirit. Say hello to the Seattle-based 33 Fainting Spells, a trio of tricked-out hipster chicks: Dayna Hanson, Gaelen Hanson and Peggy Piacenza. The Los Angeles premiere of their collaboration "Dirty Work" combined dollops of Ingmar Bergman, Chekhov and the '60s TV-a-go-go show "Hullabaloo."
NEWS
June 4, 1990 | United Press International
Jim Bakker's cellmate today denied tabloid reports the evangelist has turned into a raving lunatic behind bars and said he spends his days comforting the sick and dying at a federal prison hospital. David Miskavige, in a letter to a reporter, said tabloid reports that the PTL founder is suffering hallucinations and preaches to imaginary congregations are blatant lies.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 29, 1992 | SUSAN KING
Lol Creme, former member of the rock groups 10CC and Godley and Creme, has built a reputation in the music video and commercial industries as a director with an offbeat sensibility. "I suppose I am trying to avoid mediocrity and the average," Creme, 44, explains. "I look for things that are quirky in the right sort of way."
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