Wednesday, July 27, 2016


Today it was announced that the nutty would-be assassin of President Ronald Reagan had been granted his freedom after having spent more than 30 years in the nuthouse after being pronounced "Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity" (NGRI). The headshrinkers said he was "no longer a threat to himself or others."(nevertheless, his movements and actions are severely restricted, and violation of these restrictions can result on his "convalescent leave" being cancelled and his ass being sent right back to the loony bin. Why is this, if he's "no longer a danger"? Huh?)

John Hinckley said he shot Reagan (AND a D.C. cop AND a U.S. Secret Service agent AND Reagan's Press Secretary James Brady) in order to impress actress Jodie Foster. Now, that's pretty damned crazy. But legally speaking, it's NOT INSANE. That's being "crazy about Jodie Foster".

"Insanity" is NOT a psychiatric term, it's a LEGAL term. Broadly speaking, legal insanity means (a) not knowing or being able to distinguish right from wrong OR (b) thinking one was doing something other than what one was actually doing (such as cutting someone's throat while believing one is slaughtering a lamb for a Passover seder.) But lately, something called "irresistible impulse" has come into vogue. 

So it was an irresistible impulse to impress an entertainer that drove Hinckley to shoot? 

Well, whatever. Hinckley is soon to be living in a gated community in Williamsburg, Virginia under the "supervision" of his 90 year old moms. The Secret Service doesn't like it, and neither do we; but that's the law for now. 

Frankly, we think Hinckley will soon miss his old digs at St. Elizabeth's. The cafeteria there has a very extensive menu. 


Ho, ho, ho.

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