Tuesday, September 06, 2005

A Tale of Two Funerals

Chief Justice William Rehnquist's casket, September 6, 2005, draped with an American flag, in Washington D.C.

Katrina victim Vera, date unknown, draped in a bedsheet and rubble in New Orleans.

"Death is the liberator of him whom freedom cannot release, the physician of him whom medicine cannot cure, and the comforter of him whom time cannot console." ~Charles Caleb Colton, English writer (1780 - 1832)

Rest in peace.



  1. In the end, they're both dead and don't know whether they're getting a state funeral or having their bodies dragged across a soccer field.

    Of course their familes know, and that's why we have funerals. I don't know if Vera deserved better, Rehnquist deserved worse, or maybe both.

  2. Thanks for the link, Blunderford. I'm not really sure what I meant by the post, except that the two pictures appeared on CNN one right after the other, and Vera's was just so painful and desolate, in contrast to the opulence of Rehnquist's farewell....

    Which is not to say that Rehnquist doesn't deserve all the pomp and circumstance -- it's not really for me to say. But Vera sure deserved better than she got, and hope like hell somebody's being good to her right about now.