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Insanity Is a Contagious Disease

By Burt Prelutsky · Feb. 4, 2013

You might even say that insanity is a growth industry. For example, the liberals are tripping all over themselves to pass new gun control legislation. To prove how sincere they are, they have put Joe Biden and Dianne Feinstein in charge. Joe Biden is so dumb that schools have renamed dunce caps in his honor, and Feinstein is such a political hack that even after swearing to get to the bottom of the national security leaks to the NY Times, once she realized the footprints led back to the Oval Office, she never again mentioned it.

Even people as stupid as Sen. Patty Murray and Mayor Michael Bloomberg know that federal bans on assault weapons were in place for 10 years starting in the mid-90s and did nothing to diminish gun violence. They also know that Illinois has very strict gun laws in place, and yet over 500 people were gunned down in the streets of Chicago in 2012, making it the murder capital of every locale this side of Syria.

If liberals were serious about guns, and not merely playing to the kneejerk biases of their clueless base, they would ask the National Rifle Association to provide volunteers to teach gun safety in our grade schools. For all the insults liberals hurl at the NRA, I'm willing to wager that very few, if any, of the mass killings that take place with regularity in America can be laid at the feet of its members.

What's more, I would make an even bigger wager that the group would do a better job of teaching youngsters gun safety than the members of the teachers union do teaching the kids about safe sex. And if you care to compare the two, I would suggest that the 71% rate of illegitimate births in the black community and the 50% rate among Hispanics do far more lasting damage to society than guns.

Some people were amazed to discover that the four bureaucrats that were being scapegoated by the Obama administration over the Benghazi massacre were still on the State Department payroll. I wasn't the least bit surprised. That's because short of killing them, there would have been no way to guarantee that the four wouldn't start ratting out the responsible parties.

If one wanted to fully understand how corrupt the media is, you merely have to see the way they have stood by while Obama has spent months playing Sir Lancelot to Susan Rice's Lady Guinevere. He voices outrage that his Secretary to the U.N. has come in for so much criticism for going on five Sunday news shows after 9/11 and blaming the massacre on a video when she knew so little about what had actually taken place. The appropriate response to that would have been for someone at the NY Times or ABC to say, “In that case, Mr. President, why was it that you chose her to go out and lie about it?” But of course those people are too busy nodding on cue.

In a related matter, Hillary Clinton, who was the person primarily responsible for the safety of Ambassador Stevens and his gallant colleagues in Libya, has been unable to address Congress or the American people about what she knew, when she knew it and, most importantly, when she decided not to talk about it. First she had a virus, then she suffered what has been referred to as an immaculate concussion and, finally, a blood clot. Call me a cynic, but I have a feeling that if the numbskulls in Oslo had decided to present her with a Nobel Peace Prize, she would have somehow managed to crawl out of her sick bed and make it across the Atlantic to the awards ceremony.

The liberals in Washington are once again suggesting that the minimum wage be raised from $7.25 to $9.80. They do this periodically to show they have compassion, knowing that appearances are all that counts to their base. The fact that such raises inevitably lead to higher unemployment never registers. Because all these men and women with (D) after their names are convinced of their own compassion and because their supporters are all lunkheads, symbolism trumps reality.

The fact that employers will often decide that it's not worth $400-a-week to have someone stock their shelves or sweep out the store never occurs to them. What's important is that they'll be able to sleep soundly and dream of sugar plum fairies re-electing them. They never bother facing the fact that high school kids and unskilled adults aren't worth $9.80-an-hour, an amount congressmen think others should be compelled to pay even though they themselves never would.

Speaking of unskilled labor, Obama has ordered pay increases for all federal employees. If I think it's absurd to pay someone $9.80-an-hour to sweep out a barbershop, you can imagine how I feel about Joe Biden getting a raise that hikes his salary from $225,521 to $231,900. Now that he's already paid for the hair transplant and having his teeth whitewashed, I have no idea how the VP will be spending the extra $6,379.

Still, I suppose there's some intrinsic value in the fact that Biden serves as a high-profile inspiration to America's mentally challenged. After all, we already have a president who proves that anyone, and we mean absolutely anyone, no matter how arrogant and corrupt, can grow up to be president. In Biden, we have proof that anyone, and we mean absolutely anyone, no matter how vain and ignorant, can grow up to be that person's second-in-command.


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Howard Last in Wyoming said:

"They never bother facing the fact that high school kids and unskilled adults aren't worth $9.80-an-hour,"

Burt, what percentage of congressmen and senators are even worth $1 a hour? There are even at least a few that make Biden look like Einstein. BTW, has anyone checked to see if Guam tipped over yet?

And speaking of so called assault weapons (that would be a full automatic) they were not used in Connecticut. A semi-auto was not even used, it was in the madman's trunk. How come the slugs at NBC, CNN, CBS, NY Slimes (oops Times), etc. have not made this trivial (at least in their minds) fact known? Someone should ask BlomminIdiot what is more dangerous guns or large soft drinks?

Monday, February 4, 2013 at 12:56 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Howard: Bloomberg would want to know if the large soft drinks were fully automatic.

In case anyone is wondering, I know that Hillary Clinton addressed Congress since this piece was written. But inasmuch as she played the part of an outraged housewife instead of Secretary of State--and the numbskulls in the House and Senate let her get away with it--I figured it didn't really matter.


Monday, February 4, 2013 at 1:18 AM

WTD in AZ replied:

Watergate brought investigative reporting (muckraking in earlier times) to national, continuing prominence. President Bush endured it continuously. No hint of its application to the murderous CT spree. Admittedly, too much detail could lead to copy-cat events, but certainly there should be some details about Lanza's modus operandi specifically did he or did he not actually use a semi-automatic rifle.

Monday, February 4, 2013 at 10:44 PM

MajorStu in Peru, IN replied:

If it's any consolation, IJReview has a posting where NBC admits the AR-14 was not used by Lanza at Newtowne.
From the posted webpage:
"Pete Williams, who is NBC’s chief Justice correspondent, reported the following in the video posted above:

This continues to be a very complex investigation and there is a lot of contradictory information out there, but we have some new information this morning (one month ago) from a couple of federal officials and state officials.

They say now that there were actually four handguns inside the school, not just two as we were initially told. Four handguns and apparently only handguns that were taken into the school.

We knew that Adam Lanza, the man said to be the gunman here, also had an ‘assault-style’ AR-15 -style rifle that he had had taken to the school, it was in the car he drove there, his mother’s car, but we have been told by several officials that he had left that in the car.

The correspondent makes it clear over and over again that he confirmed this information with federal and state officials."

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 12:42 PM

ArmyofOne in MN replied:

Assault Weapons: (guns, knives, bats, scissors, scalpels, etc)... high power, or low power, are tools used by criminals: i.e. individuals, gangs, government, etc to commit illegal, un-constitutional, or immoral activities.

Defense Weapons: are the same weapons as above, but are used by law abiding patriots, to defend against the above criminals!

(This should be the way we define the terms so we're all on the same page.)

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 3:13 PM

Ben Hartley in Jaffrey, NH said:

Gee, golly whizzikers!! $9.80 an hour minimum wage? Oh, excrumentum taurii. I live on social security and a (small) pension, which calculates out to a bit over $8.20 per hour. My bills are all paid,

Sorry, folks, I can't get at all worked up about some poor schmuck making about $1.60 an hour more. I have no compassion, you see.

Monday, February 4, 2013 at 7:55 AM

Lyna in AL replied:

Thanks for this bit if inspiration--" excrumentum taurii"! Maybe the PP could add this to their page of Latin and Greek phrases with translations at ?

How much more than the wage does an employee cost the employer in benefits, overhead, etc.? The hourly wage is only part of the total labor cost.

Monday, February 4, 2013 at 6:22 PM

ShowMe_citizen in CC replied:

Usually minimum wage jobs do not include benefits, but if so, the usual cost is about 30-35% of the wage, so add an additional 3.40 to the 9.80.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Living in N.H., it's no wonder you are granite-hearted. But I live in California, so what could be my excuse?


Monday, February 4, 2013 at 9:55 PM

Doktor Riktor Von Zhades in Western KY said:


That 400.00 a week, goes on the theory that said minimum wage earners will be seeing a 40 hour work week. As we are aware the O-Care mandate now describes a F/T employee as anyone who works over 30 hours. Many P/T workers have already seen their hours substantially reduced, thanks to this mandate. So, I'd have say they'd not even come close to making 400/weekly. Any such move in that direction will as you have mentioned only wind up hurting the very people these dimwits in DC, are claiming to help. Feely good intentions, do not pay "da rent"

Monday, February 4, 2013 at 8:41 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

But, then, Doktor, they don't pay their rent, either. You and I do.


Monday, February 4, 2013 at 9:57 PM

wjm in Colorado said:

Webster's needs an addition to their definition of Insanity, right towards the end, it should note, see Democrat, the pathological desire to control every facet of your neighbors life. Also see Marxists Ideology. Also see abject failure in every instance.

Monday, February 4, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Robert in NEw Mexico said:

A correction: Chicago is the murder capital of every local this side of Juarez, Mexico.

Here, they call the minimum wage "a living wage". It has the effect of inflating prices, as well as devaluing the the incomes of the educated and skilled workforce.

Monday, February 4, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Attila in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico replied:

The good citizens of Juarez would be horrified to have Chicago's murder rate. While leftists sometimes point out that even with the drug war raging, Mexico's murder rate is lower than the US. This is generally attributed to their draconian gun laws which effectively preclude gun ownership for the average person. From experience I can tell you that guns are easily obtained on the street but that even so all crimes including murder are low because justice is swift and awesome. A young lad I knew got 15 years for burglary and started serving his sentence immediately. Net, net, unless you are under organized crime protection crime really does not pay.

Monday, February 4, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Robert: Otherwise known as a twofer in liberal circles.


Monday, February 4, 2013 at 9:58 PM

Old Desert Rat in Las Vegas, NV said:

"Our country is in danger, but not to be despaired of. Our enemies are numerous and powerful; but we have many friends, determining to be free, and heaven and earth will aid the resolution. On you depend the fortunes of America. You are to decide the important question, on which rest the happiness and liberty of millions yet unborn. Act worthy of yourselves." --Joseph Warren, Boston Massacre Oration, 1775 Found this in the Patriot Post this am and it gave me hope that insanity is not pandemic in the USA yet.

Monday, February 4, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

ODR: In 1775, insanity wasn't pandemic. In 2013, it is.


Monday, February 4, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Jsmith in Fredericksburg said:

"Biden is so dumb that schools have renamed dunce caps in his honor...."

Best line ever!

Monday, February 4, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Jsmith: Thanks, but I think I've had at least 173 that were better.


Monday, February 4, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Eb from NJ in Brick, NJ said:

"...they would ask the National Rifle Association to provide volunteers to teach gun safety in our grade schools." If I remember right, the NRA has such a program available. I remember seeing Eddie Eagle materials just for that purpose. This came out after I was out of grammer school, (and now I'm going to date myself) but when I was in school, safety was taught by our teachers at a pertinent age as to how to cross with the light & looking both ways; railroad track safety (there was one in my small PA town); how to make change in our heads (imagine that!); along with other useful tools needed to grow up to be a productive, courteous, adult one day. And my dad taught me gun safety and handling at home and out in the field, well before taking the NRA hunter safety course before getting my hunting license. All this was passed on to my sons, who will pass it on to our grandkids too because NJ schools didn't and still don't offer any of this.

Monday, February 4, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Eb: And with Geraldo Rivera threatening to run for the Senate from New Jersey, I don't see things improving in the near future.


Monday, February 4, 2013 at 10:02 PM

Paul Couch in N.C. said:

Hell no the mass killers are not NRA members. They are all democrats or their parents are. Also, most of them were or had been on some mind altering drug. That cute little investigating reporter cannot tell you about that.
They would lose to many dollars from the legal drug cartels that sell this crap.

Monday, February 4, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Master Gunny in tifton GA said:

The liberals, specifically Democrats, are nothing but a herd of drama queens (you can infer anything you want from my selection of words). They work to evoke emotions, minus logic, and devoid of common sense. They do understand that play-acting is what Americans expect since most of America lives on the sewage available on the idiot box each evening. Romney didn't loose because his ideas were bad, he lost because he wasn't ready for prime time. After years of watching morons like Martin Sheen and Michael Douglas pretend to be president many Americans thinks that that 's the way things are done in real life. America is buying the products of the snake oil salesmen because they are simply lazy or ignorant to follow the important events of the day.
This country is going under and you know what; we deserve it.

Monday, February 4, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Gunny: Some of us do and some of us don't. Unfortunately, those in the first group have more votes.


Monday, February 4, 2013 at 10:04 PM

WTD in AZ replied:

You got that right, Gunny. "What you sow, so shall you reap"

Monday, February 4, 2013 at 10:07 PM

juan motie in America said:

Based on his past history, it very probable that old man joe "bite me" biden will NOT be donating any of that $6,379.00 pay raise to charity!

Monday, February 4, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Juan: That's an even safer bet than taking the Ravens and four points.


Monday, February 4, 2013 at 10:05 PM

MoeLarryCurly in CA said:

Per the last paragraph of the article, there is no integrity left within and around the DC beltway which is why we get stuck with the likes of Biden, Pelosi, et al. Any politician with any integrity have long since left. They don't want to take part in the lunacy & contradictory political atmosphere.
And per Obama's gun control rant "even if we can save a single life", that which Feinstein's proposals won't do. Perhaps that hippocrit can start at the abortion clinics.

Monday, February 4, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Moe: I think there are some decent politicians in D.C., but they are out-numbered, just the way that sensible voters are.


Monday, February 4, 2013 at 10:06 PM

QueensJudyG in Queens, NY said:

Hello Burt and all other sane people who are Burt & PP fans,

Long time, no comment...been caught up in post-Sandy issues, the holidays, Jan.-Feb. birthdays, and plans for my son's wedding later this year. But I've caught up on what you've all been writing and commenting about since the twin disasters of last fall. No need to say what the other one was.

Burt, at this point, as you mentioned, what difference could it possibly make to poor, concussed Hillary? She carried off her performance like the acting veteran she is...she probably didn't need all that rehearsal time, either. I can't think of one notable thing that Hillary did as SoS that Condi Rice didn't do 100 times better, smarter, and in high heels, plus feminine, stylish clothes & combed hair. Thankfully, Hillary will be (is already) way over the hill for our first woman elected POTUS. Plus she's a victim of blood no flying repeatedly on Air Force One for could kill her...hey wait a minute...

Monday, February 4, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

QJG: Also, Condi could play the piano. All Hillary can do is play the outraged victim.


Monday, February 4, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Attila in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico said:

Probably a lot of liberals are not stupid enough to think gun control reduces crime, but they know their constituencies are. Their real purpose is to remove possible threats to their agenda of converting our constitutionally limited republic to a socialist democracy dominated by elite insiders.

Monday, February 4, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Tex Horn in Texas said:

Señor Senator Ted Cruz has sent gun manufacturers potentially affected by Rahm's attempt to throw them out of Chicago a letter inviting them to move their business to Texas. I second that emotion.

Monday, February 4, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Tex: They're crazy if they don't take Cruz up on his offer.


Monday, February 4, 2013 at 10:09 PM