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Congress Gets Rid Of The (Effin) ‘R-Word’

From a context-free, memory-deficient Associated Press:

Congress changes intellectual disability wording

By Jim Abrams, Associated Press Writer Thu Sep 23, 2010

WASHINGTON – Disabilities advocates are applauding Congress for passing legislation that eliminates the term "mental retardation" from federal laws.

The measure, passed by the House by voice vote Wednesday night, changes the phrase "mentally retarded" to "an individual with an intellectual disability" in existing health, education and labor law

Sure, Congress might not be able to find the time or courage to pass a budget or vote on extending the Bush tax cuts. But they do manage to do the important things.

"Rosa’s Law," named after a Maryland girl with Down Syndrome, passed the Senate last month and now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature.

Notice how the AP neglects to mention how this all came about. In fairness, the bill should be called ‘Rahm’s Law,’ since it was Mr. Emanuel who begat all this attention on the long accepted medical term.

Lest we forget, last winter the ex-ballerino called his fellow Democrats (paraphrasing) ‘effin’ retards.’ After Sarah Palin called him on the use of the ‘R-Word,’ Mr. Emanuel dutifully promised to have it purged from all Congressional legislation and federal law – as penance. And it would seem, he has been true to his ‘effing’ word.

Come to think of it, it should probably be called ‘Sarah’s Law.’ Who, it turns out, is a pretty effective politician for someone the media wrote off as ‘washed-up’ just a few months ago.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, September 24th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

19 Responses to “Congress Gets Rid Of The (Effin) ‘R-Word’”

  1. Nimblicity says:

    Many an organization (on local levels) with the word “retarded” in its name is doing admirable work on behalf of individuals with intellectual disability. Retarded,” after all, was once the PC term, coined to replace the callous “idiot, moron, dolt” terminology of psychology. Plus ce change…

    I’m looking forward to getting “retard” (schwa in first syllable, emphasis on second syllable) back as a non-loaded verb, just as “physically disabled” gave us back the verb “cripple” without making the sensitive (very) uncomfortable. Thus we could say “Obama’s vaunted stimulus of the economy served only to retard the recovery and cripple the normal, market mechanisms of correction” without offending anyone except possibly Paul Krugman.

    Still, though, if “disabled” now becomes the only PC coinage for chronic deficiencies of both mind and body, it won’t take long till it becomes the slur du jour for adolescents of all ages and a term painfully avoided by high-profile spoken and written media. Within a couple years you can start watching, for example, for cops to come up with another word to use for what they did to a perp’s vehicle to end a car chase. Or for new terminology in computers when it comes to turning off a feature or device. And one day we will all feign shock to read about some corrupt, unstable hack in the highest levels of government calling some of his boss’s stubbornly idealistic supporters “(eff)in’ disables.”

    • hushpuppy says:

      I’ll go you one better. I was born with a spinal defect called scoliosis. In my case the lower part of my spine (lumbar) is torqued to the right and has a different curve than normal spines. As I’ve aged, I’ve had to deal with 15 years of chronic pain ranging from tolerable to excruciating. With age, gravity and weight I now am the proud owner of a total of 5 herniated disks from cervical (neck) to upper ‘tail bone’ . Most times I have to use a cane when I go out for medical appointments, groceries, etc. because after standing or walking for a few minutes, the compression on lumbar spinal cord at L-1/L-2 causes my right leg to go numb and I’ve had the great embarrassment to topple over in public. This way I lean on my cane and have not fallen over since.

      I got into an interesting discussion with our son. We were at the grocery store some years back and a woman commented on my cane. (I make jewellery and had several dangling beaded fringes.) I said thanks and explained that if I have to use a cane because I’m crippled, I may as well adorn it and go in style!

      So my son said ‘Mom, you aren’t crippled, just used the word disabled.’ I told him I’m not ‘disabled’. I’m able bodied but where my spine is concerned, it’s more accurate to say ‘crippled’. We actually went back and forth on this with both of us starting to get irritated at each other. Funny thing is we’re both not at all politically correct. I told him I am not offended by the word crippled. What really offends me are politically correct terminology.

      Crippled: (from http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/crippled)

      A person or animal that is partially or totally unable to use one or more limbs; a lame or disabled person or animal.

    • jobeth says:

      Hush puppy…I’ve got similar stories in my life.

      As a grandmother of one granddaughter who was a victim of a birth injury and has a functional ability of a 3 year old and the grandmother and caretaker of a young adult with an IQ of about 66, and the wife of a man who is ‘crippled’ from polio as a baby who never let it stop him from building or remodeling 3 houses, AND as a senior with my own ‘disabilities”…I’ve never gotten offended by a perfectly good word such as ‘retarded’ or ‘cripple’.

      Retarded simply means that their learning is slowed to one degree or another. In other words…retarded. These kids/adults can be quite ‘clever’ in their own right. Quite a joy and quite a pain in the neck at times…just like the rest of us. Used in its original meaning its a perfect word.

      Cripple is really a better word than ‘disability’ or ‘disabled’, both of which mean one can’t do something.

      Have you ever watched what paraplegics and even quadriplegics can do today? In many cases these people out perform the “normal” people.Same with missing limbs.

      Cripple simply means a person’s gait or that they are lame. Nowadays, you will be hard pressed to find a dictionary that does not claim they are “disabled” or “deficient’

      As in Merriam-Webster

      “a sometimes offensive : a lame or partly disabled person or animal
      b : one that is disabled or deficient in a specified manner [a social cripple]
      2: something flawed or imperfect “

      Which words in this definition would you find more offensive? A word that describes an actual situation or a word declaring some sort of ‘disability’ or ‘deficiency’ is present whether it is true or not.

      I wish they would stop trying to find offence in every word.

      Like everyone else I don’t want to offend so I use alternate words…But see nothing wrong in the other words.

      The word “beautiful” can be an insult if you say it in a demeaning or sarcastic way.

      It’s a wonder they haven’t banned the name of the African country of Niger. These people have too much time on their hands. If they actually did something worthwhile for change they would be too preoccupied to come up with this nonsense.

    • jobeth says:

      Sorry,Wrong spot.

  2. untrainable says:

    How about “Mentally and intellectually falling short on the determining scale of relative intelligence when compared to the average intelligence of the masses facilitated via an arbitrary scoring system used to calculate the ability to relate to others with a common language and environmental upbringing.”

    Notice how I got “environmental” in there?


    • jobeth says:

      Also noticed you are writing in government gobble de goop….lol.

      Just kidding,… but you would be good at it…:-D

      Based on your comment I’ll bet the Obalmycare laws could be written on 20 pages if they trimmed out the clutter words.

    • untrainable says:

      I work in the medical community, so gobble de goop is a requirement of the job. Right after, B.S. 101, and “Me me me me me” the language of the physician. (no offense intended to any physician out there, but you know it’s true). Familiarity with latin doesn’t hurt either.

  3. proreason says:

    They’re all morons.

  4. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Indeed, the term is redundant. We’ve been using “congressman” for years. It says what it needs to say.

  5. Reality Bytes says:

    Lemme see if I got this. There’s the Rword, Cword & the Nword but F is the bomb. What is this Sesame Street?! Oh hey Cookie Monster! Whatchu got there?


    • Right of the People says:

      Don’t for get the Dword (Dimocrats) and the Oword (Barry O-hole) either but then I guess I’d be redundant since they’re all Effin Rwords.

  6. JohnMG says:

    ……”The measure, passed by the House by voice vote Wednesday night, changes the phrase “mentally retarded” to “an individual with an intellectual disability” in existing health, education and labor law…”

    Rahm WAS right. They ARE a bunch of “effen retards”. They just proved it!

    PS; Notice, how we now market niger thistle seed as “nyjer” thistle seed, just so we don’t confuse some of these effen retards. Oh yeah, the word ‘niggle’ is a no-no, too.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      I never regarded “retarded” as a derisive term. In fact, I consider it very apt and, when taken in proper context, quite appropriate. When someone would tell me their child is “very retarded” I would take it not in the derogatory, but instead as a descriptor of their mental ability and to adjust accordingly.

      My god.

    • JohnMG says:

      It’s all part of the plan, Rusty. He who controls the language controls the debate.

      “Just words!” “Man-caused disaster.” “Over seas contingency operation.”

      Pretty soon, nobody knows what the hell the other guy is saying……or means by what he IS saying.

      If the crap they are spewing means nothing, then it can mean anything. Just like Obama himself. He presented himself to the public in such a way as to be whatever THEY thought he was, not as he actually is.

    • jobeth says:

      John…I was racking my brain trying to remember the word that made a big splash a few years ago when some negro, I mean black, I mean Afro-American guy got offended at someone using the word “niggly’

      For the life of me I can’t remember who it was but if I recall it was some black leader.

      This is what you get when you dumb down the school system and react at every word that ‘sounds like’ or gets misused in a derogatory way.

      Lets not teach the meaning of the word to those who are confused. Lets just ban the word completely so the stupid can function in their alternate universe.

  7. hushpuppy says:

    Think how many musical and symphonic scores will have to be revised because there’s music term ‘retard’ which means to slow down.


    Just for fun I Googled the key words: music terminology just to see if someone’s tinkered with it and wouldn’t you know it – the politically correct music police have been on the job working quietly in the background.

    Several sites don’t have the term ‘retard’.

    One place used a musical euphamism: ‘ rit

    …and the comment was :
    For example, ‘Ritardando’ tells the musician to play this section gradually slower and slower. ‘Ritardando’ may be abbreviated as ‘ritard.’ or ‘rit.’. It is an Italian term derived from the word meaning ‘to retard’.

    Bablefish.yahoo.com translates ‘slow’ into the Italian word ‘ritardi’. Personally in my years of piano lessons I’ve never seen ‘Rit’, only ‘Ret’.

  8. canary says:

    Joe Biden is on video saying it’s a “big f****** deal” at the signing of the effing health care bill. There was no outrage. This administration is a poor example for our children. Obama’s profanity & threatening of Kicking a**! At last years speech to school children he said don’t be bullies.
    Wait til his youngsters read his Hope book full of profanity. There are things in the Dreams that will hurt their feelings.

    P.S. I forgot to mention that Obama’s Aunt, with no regrets of taking free money, actually called certain African sects lazy, beggars, etc.
    We wouldn’t know this but Obama can’t write a book without being better than everyone he’s ever known (except his idol MalcomX) and while we know his grandmother was hurt by his dreams book, the rest of his family seems to be proud they are mentioned.

    Also, Obama snuck to see one young relative at his school, as the mother did not want him to meet him.
    We know Obama would have a fit, if a stranger snuck to school to see one of his children.

  9. TwilightZoned says:

    IMHO, it’s the parents of these students who seem to feel the R-word reflects on them personally. This is exactly what happens when government tries to social engineer. PC has done nothing more than create a whiny, thin-skinned society and pushed us further into a police state.

  10. JohnMG says:

    …..”John…I was racking my brain trying to remember the word that made a big splash a few years ago when some negro, I mean black, I mean Afro-American guy got offended at someone using the word “niggly’…..”

    Niggardly was the word. And while we’re at it, a ‘faggot’ is another term for a stick of firewood. Benny Hill used to have a ball with that one. ;-}

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