March 02, 2007

Her Next Motion Will Be To Ban Use Of The Word 'Niggardly'

Florida's Frederica Wilson has a problem with state officials and agencies using the term 'alien.' This would be merely chuckleworthy rather than smack-the-voters-worthy if she weren't a state senator. Apparently she thinks everything else is just fine in the Sunshine State, because now she's going after the language:

"I personally find the word 'alien' offensive when applied to individuals, especially to children," said Sen. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami. "An alien to me is someone from out of space."
Out of space? You mean 'people who don't have anywhere to store their Christmas decorations?'
She has introduced a bill providing that: "A state agency or official may not use the term 'illegal alien' in an official document of the state." There would be no penalty for using the words.
First, once you're done scratching your head over the idea of introducing a law that has no penalties for being broken, you'll realize that this makes it easier to introduce a penalty later, rather than trying to do it all at once.

Second, what the Honorable Ms. Wilson either doesn't know or doesn't care about is that 'alien' is a legal term defined by the Federal Government:

(3) The term “alien” means any person not a citizen or national of the United States.
So if she wants to send 'alien' down the memory hole, she'll have to start in Washington.
In Miami-Dade County, Wilson said, "we don't say 'alien,' we say 'immigrant.'"
And here at Dangerous Logic Galactic HQ, we don't say 'Senator Frederica Wilson,' we say 'chowderheaded PC-addled waste of a state Senate seat.'


Posted by Chris at March 2, 2007 04:35 PM

Category: Official Stupidity

I prefer to call them not 'alien' or 'immigrant', I prefer 'recipient'. As in 'of every tax dollar sucked from my paycheck that I can't qualify for myself'
Here in Kalamazoo county, if you are single with no dependants and need assistance of any kind, too bad, it doesn't exist. No food, housing, health care.....nothing. Tough crap. I finally land a crappy job for 10 bucks less an hour than I'm worth and guess what? Deductions of course.

At least I'm not bitter, eh?

Posted by: Patrick at March 3, 2007 10:30 AM