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A Requiem For The Dancing Grannies

Filed under: General — JVW @ 8:02 pm

[guest post by JVW]

Over at The Federalist, Jayme Metzgar has a very lovely essay about The Dancing Grannies, a Milwaukee-based troupe who lost three members on Sunday in the horrible attack in Waukesha. Do yourself a favor and head over there to read it, but if you need further convincing, here’s a small taste:

A friend and I were recently discussing the tension we feel between seriousness and humor, both online and in real life. Living as eternal souls in this sin-cursed world is undoubtedly serious business. I’m always bringing up weighty matters of politics or theology, because how else will we learn to live well in this life or the next? It matters.

At the same time, we must laugh. Humor is the padding that keeps life from being all sparks and sharp angles. It defuses tensions and reminds us we’re all human. After all, our very existence as angel-like souls inside animal-like bodies is tinged with comedy.

[. . .]

Dancing Grannies are the very best kind of humor: the gentle kind that laughs at oneself and at life, that laughs at the fact that somehow, while your spirit stayed young, your body turned into a septuagenarian’s while you weren’t looking. And you dance anyway.

In one horrifying moment, it was all snuffed out. [. . .]

Go to The Federalist and read the entire essay. It’s brief but at the same time heavy in religious overtones, yet given what happened on Sunday and the holiday we are celebrating on Thursday, I find the theme to be quite appropriate. May these ladies dance to their hearts’ content in Eternal Salvation.


17 Responses to “A Requiem For The Dancing Grannies”

  1. I see that Darrell Brooks is being held in lieu of a $5 million bail. I’m kind of wondering why they don’t just hold him without bail. From a very cursory search of Wisconsin state law, I read a lot about the various conditions under which bail can and should be set, but I don’t see any statue which prohibits the state from holding a defendant without bail. By the same token, I do note that everything in the law concerning bail seems to presuppose that the defendant will be eligible for bail. Does anyone have a definitive answer to the question of whether Wisconsin prohibits holding a defendant without bail?

    JVW (ee64e4)

  2. There has to be a hearing first, and the prosecution has both the burden of going forward and of persuasion. They haven’t had time to get around to it yet.

    nk (1d9030)

  3. The courts are a joke – Find the nearest sturdy oak branch.

    mg (8cbc69)

  4. Some are trying to get reporter Andy Ngo’s tweets about the terrorist responsible for the massacre removed.

    So far, Twitter has said they are ‘not subject to removal under Twitter rules’.

    The msm’s double standard is once again on display with despicable headlines which describe what happened as a ‘parade crash’, or those making it sound like an SUV is the culprit.

    Obudman (2184ae)

  5. I like how they’ve faded his mugshot to give him a face whiter than Lady Gaga’s.

    nk (1d9030)

  6. Thank you for the link, JVW.

    felipe (484255)

  7. I’m always bringing up weighty matters of politics or theology, because how else will we learn to live well in this life or the next? It matters.

    I’m not sure I can describe how I feel when I see something like this involving complete strangers. It’s one thing to know people personally who are willing to share these feelings in private. But the world has done a good job of making this sort of sincerity rare.

    frosty (f27e97)

  8. Maybe we can get a post on the Soros-funded DAs that are turning large metro areas into crime cesspools.

    “”Is there going to be an individual I divert, or I put into treatment program, who’s going to go out and kill somebody?” he reportedly told the Milwaukee Sentinel-Journal in 2007. “You bet. Guaranteed. It’s guaranteed to happen. It does not invalidate the overall approach.””

    “”The bail recommendation in this case is not consistent with the approach of the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office toward matters involving violent crime, nor was it consistent with the risk assessment of the defendant prior to setting of bail. This office is currently conducting an internal review of the decision to make the recent bail recommendation in this matter in order to determine the appropriate next steps,” read the statement.”

    Same guy.

    Obudman (2184ae)

  9. The courts are a joke – Find the nearest sturdy oak branch.

    A symptom. The problem is the People, and who they might choose to hang.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  10. @8.

    There has been some, mostly regarding the last election in Los Angeles County. Not so much about a Soros-backed conspiracy but on the hard left turn being made in several places.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  11. Nice post, JVW. Thanks for linking to it. The irony between how these gals lived their lives and the way they met death is mind-boggling.

    Dana (174549)

  12. JVW, this is a really nice post. Thank you.

    Time123 (9f42ee)

  13. The media is calling it a “crash,” as if it was an accident.

    DN (181662)

  14. “Last week in WI: “if a black man had killed multiple white victims, forget court he’d be dead already.”

    This week in WI: “such a tragic parade crash caused by an SUV””

    The msm is livid that this guy destroyed their ‘Nothing is as dangerous as an angry white male’ meme so carefully crafted as a response to Rittenhouse.

    Obudman (2184ae)

  15. Obudman (2184ae) — 11/24/2021 @ 8:08 pm

    Also, “no black man would be able to claim self defense” and Andrew Coffee who?

    frosty (1e6b9e)

  16. The media will go to their usual standby for black on white murders. They will just memory-hole it, even something as egregious at this.

    DN (181662)

  17. Why are you guys posting this crap in this thread? Have some respect.

    Davethulhu (f178d9)

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