Wednesday, October 18, 2006

As the world turns

Talk about a race to the bottom. These two recent headlines provide a glimpse into human nature.

7 Plead Guilty in Corpse Plundering Scam: Seven funeral home directors linked to a scheme to plunder corpses and sell the body parts for transplants pleaded guilty to undisclosed charges and have agreed to cooperate with investigators. Among those was the director of a funeral home that took parts from the body of “Masterpiece Theatre” host Alistair Cooke, who died in 2004.

Life After Katrina: “A note found on the body of a suicide jumper led police to a French Quarter apartment where they found a woman’s charred head in a pot, her arms and legs in the oven and her torso in the refrigerator, police said Wednesday.” So begins another criminal investigation in New Orleans.


Back in my misspent youth, when I had occasion to converse with criminal bad guys and ideologically motivated bad guys on a fairly regular basis, I came to the conclusion that that however bad the criminals were, they were better than the League of Murderers for the Good of Humanity. Ok, the difference was marginal. But the former were recognizably human: weak, venal, greedy, brutal; the latter had something of the Satanic about them, some echo of the Battle in Heaven. Sometimes I think the only people who really understand the world are cops, priests and criminals. Well, maybe bloggers too.


Blogger Sparks fly said...

Sir; How about born again Christians?

10/18/2006 06:14:00 PM  
Blogger Achillea said...

A story published by Newhouse News Service described the couple gathering limbs for cooking fires at night ...


10/18/2006 06:43:00 PM  
Blogger NahnCee said...

I would have thought hookers would be right up there on "how the world turns", too.

(How would born-again Christians be any more understanding than Muslims, Buddhists, Jews, Hindu's, or Catholics?)

10/18/2006 06:56:00 PM  
Blogger Woman Catholic said...

(How would born-again Christians be any more understanding than Muslims, Buddhists, Jews, Hindu's, or Catholics?)

Catholics are born again Christians. Some are even adults when they are born-again by baptism at Easter Vigil.

10/18/2006 07:24:00 PM  
Blogger dchamil said...

A corpse in every pot, eh? I suspect foul play.

10/19/2006 09:06:00 AM  
Blogger Pat Patterson said...

So Randall Robinson was right about cannibalism after all?

10/19/2006 10:44:00 AM  
Blogger trangbang68 said...

The New Orleans story is another nail in the coffin of the noble savage fantasy.The bleeding heart media tried to portray the Katrina victims as poor unfortunates with hearts of gold.The little thugs transplanted to Houston tarnished that myth.This couple were in the feverswamp liberal mind,gritty survivors trying to save their hallowed city from Bush incompetence if not outright levee sabotage.In reality they were just a couple of addled dirtbags like many of the denizens of N'Orleans.

10/19/2006 08:34:00 PM  
Blogger Pascal Fervor said...

That's it? "League of Murderers for the Good of Humanity." (You are such a tease Wretchard.)

One could make a case that Pogo's quote applies: "We have seen the enemy, and he is us." That is, we know what goes on, but we'll just go about our daily commentary as if it didn't. Isn't there something Satanic about that? At least indirectly?

I only recently was told that the righteous see God in every human face. After reading your comment, I think you'd say so do the Satanic, ala Orwell: "a boot stomping on a human face, forever."

10/20/2006 07:51:00 AM  

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