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the lunatics have taken over the asylum

The people least capable of running a group or organization are now in charge. Said especially when the result is total chaos or calamity. With the primary schools giving their young students complete control over the curriculum, it seems as though the lunatics have taken over the asylum. After the recent election, a new wave of political extremists have taken power in Congress. It looks like the lunatics have taken over the asylum.
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the lunatics are running the asylum

The people least capable of running a group or organization are now in charge. Said especially when the result is total chaos or calamity. With the primary schools giving their young students complete control over the curriculum, it seems as though the lunatics are running the asylum. After the recent election, a new wave of political extremists have taken power in Congress. It looks like the lunatics are now running the asylum.
See also: asylum, lunatic, running

lunatic fringe

The most extreme members or portion of a larger group of people. The group has widely been dismissed as the lunatic fringe of the religion, taking its most fundamentalist aspects and warping them into a cult-like ideology based on prejudice and hate. They're part of some lunatic fringe who believe that eating anything that dwells or grows above ground pollutes the body with toxins.
See also: fringe, lunatic

lunatic fringe

the more extreme members of a group. Most of the members of that religious sect are quite reasonable, but Lisa belongs to the lunatic fringe. Many people try to avoid eating a lot of fat, but Mary is part of the lunatic fringe and will eat anything.
See also: fringe, lunatic

the ˌlunatic ˈfringe

(disapproving) members of an organization or group who are more extreme than the others; extreme groups: It’s the lunatic fringe of the Animal Liberation Front which smashes the windows of butchers’ shops, not ordinary members like us.The word lunatic means crazy. It comes from the Latin word luna, meaning ‘moon’, because people believed that the changes in the moon caused temporary madness.
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As the research continued, Claire found out that John wasn't a lunatic - he was suffering from senile dementia.
As a retired lawyer, I am interested to see that historians and others are still quoting the old joke - probably invented by suffragettes, and possibly by our own Nellie McClung: "No woman, idiot, lunatic or criminal shall vote.
As a general rule, dangerous lunatics belong to the lower ranks of people, and, if not already actually paupers, are so little above poverty, that by their illness they are speedily reduced to that condition.
Kevin Leiblein pitches for the Lunatics, a co-ed softball team in Eugene that has the best back story for its team name.
Cllr Mutton later apologised saying: "I'm happy to withdraw my comments that the Socialist party are the lunatic fringe.
Yet, we are confronted by a lunatic process, in which every participant is sane but all collectively are trapped in psychosis.
Craftsman that he was, Queneau managed to make all these characters tie into the novel's multiple allegories of megalomania and regeneration, but one cannot help but feel that Children of Clay would ultimately have served better as two books, with his original, unrecycled anthology of lunatics standing on its own.
The absolute conviction with which such claims are made frequently justifies the proposition that 'one of the most distinctive marks of the lunatic mind is that it reasons sanely from insane premises' (Saturday Review, 1885); such reasoning, however, often met with equally reasoned acceptance on a number of occasions, with sometimes disturbing results.
This renders us all vulnerable to prosecution for airing views all nitpicking lunatics, meddlers and publicityseekers take amiss.
The best of your emails and texts Lunatic punishment The savage penalty given to Nicky Henderson shows beyond all doubt that the lunatics are now running the asylum.
These semi-detached lunatics totally ignore speed limits, walkers, ponies, overtaking when you are turning into your drive after indicating.
Logline: Since regular cops apparently aren't good enough for TV shows these days, here are the adventures of yet another ``elite'' intra-squad of hot-headed cops, feds and a military officer charged with capturing Los Angeles' ``100 most-wanted criminals, generally crazy/sadistic lunatics.
As their badge is the moon they are by definition lunatics within the strict meaning of that word.
Race co-ordinator Dario Melaragni, 39, whose best time is just over 29 hours, said: "We joke that we do not just accept lunatics, they must be qualified lunatics.
As Sadowsky argues, however, these institutions that were "[c]reated in response to the scandal of untreated lunatics on the streets.