Happy “National Insanity” Day!
Well my sister who is not a lawyer but works for some, informed me that today is Insanity Day. At first I thought, is that because Fidel Castro finally stepped down from his dictatorship and he of course is insane?
But no, that is not it. (By the way–check out this post from my friends at The Nose On Your Face)
So then I thought, maybe its because Oil is back over $100 a barrel.
But no, that wasn’t it. Then I thought, maybe its because Obama is a plagaristic fool.
But alas, still not it. Then I knew it must be because there is an International Obesity Taskforce and they are calling on a global pact to stop obesity.
But no, the reason it is National Insanity Day is because on this day in 1859:
Feb 19, 1859: Daniel E. Sickles, NY congressman, was acquitted of murder on grounds of temporary insanity. This was the 1st time this defense was successfully used. Sickles had shot and killed Philip Barton Key, son of Francis Scott Key, author of “Star Spangled Banner.” He shot Lee, the DC district attorney, in Lafayette Square for having an affair with his wife. Sickles pleaded temporary insanity and the sanctity of a man’s home and beat the murder rap.
And what makes this Insanity Day? Not the fact that he won–but the fact that Congressmen have been getting away with murder for 149 years and counting!!