Thursday, August 18, 2011

Breaking News in the Casket Department

On Monday the Louisiana funeral industry filed Notice of Appeal of Federal Judge Stanwood R. Duval's ruling that an Abbey of Benedictine monks may disregard a Louisiana regulatory scheme designed to protect the industry and resume selling modestly-priced, handcrafted caskets without risking heavy fines or imprisonment.  Judge Duval's stunning display of common sense was last reported here in July.

Except, now, it seems that the Times-Picayune has taken to calling the caskets, "funeral boxes."

The Fifth Circuit might have a bit of fun with this one.  Heck, the U.S. Supreme Court might even grant cert on it just to hear the oral arguments about plus-size cadavers and leaking products of decomposition that Judge Duval had to sit through.  I hope they manage to fast-track the appeal.  This is getting good.

But, funeral boxes?  Really.


  1. If there is ANYTHING that is a menace to society, it is a bunch of danged fool monks making danged unlicensed FUNERAL BOXES!! How can we ever sleep at night knowing there might be an unlicensed funeral box buried somewhere! Think of the children!!!

  2. And storing them, Inno! Those monks store unsold funeral boxes on premises! The horror! THE HORROR!!!!!!!!!

  3. "Funeral boxes." Heh. I'm wonderin' what your average mortician would say if you asked to see his line of funeral boxes...

  4. "Let me tell y'a little story 'bout a man named Jed, poor mountaineer, barely kept his family fed . . . "

  5. Happy Birthday, Bouie!
    Yeah, the stuff described in that article is beyond awful, and the Afghan locals think it is culturally acceptable.