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  •  Before this drops off the board or goes pie fight (6+ / 0-)

    I just want to say that you are right.

    Here we fucking go again.  Another person making the assumption that because someone did a horrific act they must be a "lunatic", a "maniac", a "nutcase" or any other pejorative for the mentally ill you want to plug in.  
     
    I don't believe I've ever used the words nutcase or maniac in that or any other context. It is at least possible I have used lunatic. I know I've used words like crazy and insane in other comments/diaries to describe abhorrent behavior, even though working around behavioral health specialists I actually know better and try to be mindful of my language. And even though in most cases I have no reason to believe that the monster in question actually has any diagnosable mental illness. It is easy, too easy, to reach for the stigmatizing pejoratives.

    So, although I wasn't in the linked diary, FWIW I'm very sorry.  

    My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.
    --Carl Schurz, remarks in the Senate, February 29, 1872

    by leftist vegetarian patriot on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 10:19:28 AM PST

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