Funerals ought to be taken seriously, so I suppose that when translated to the “gangsta” version, it would of course have the requisite “bling,” i.e. completely unnecessary accessories. Here’s what AP writer Peter Prengaman noticed:
But this funeral is of note not because Tookie was so terrible; What little is known does reflect to some extent his conversion. But that conversion falls suspect once we look at the circus surrounding the services — or maybe I should say, carnival:
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan compared Williams’ trial and execution to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Both, Farrakhan told mourners, were innocent men executed for political reasons. …
Inside the church, Williams’ books were for sale, with many people buying and reading them through the service. Outside, some people sold T-shirts that directed profanities at the governor and claimed Williams has a place in heaven.
… [His last words] were: “I am no longer a man of war. I die a man of peace.”
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?