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Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Death Panels in ObamaKare: GUARANTEED.


First: a bit of self-promotion. I've been writing this blog for six years now. My first post appeared on Saturday, June 19th of 2004. Whilst other much better blogs have, over the years, gone down in flames or been left to languish -- or, like Pasadena Closet Conservative, just disappeared in the middle of the night -- I still somehow manage to persevere.

And trust me -- as you likely well know, some incredible blogs (USS Clueless comes to mind) and bloggers have thrown in the towel and stopped their writing. Or abandoned their blogs. Or deleted them. I have bloggers still in my Usual Suspects list who haven't made a post in a month or more. I don't want to delete them and hope they'll return, but I can't have fallow fields. I like them, but inactivity just kills. I'll be restructuring my The Usual Suspects list shortly -- much to my complete disappointment.

You all know what a life-sapping activity blogging can be. And, further, if you don't have a brain-glazingly FAST connection the internet can literally crush your soul. But I'll write what most other bloggers may not and, as far as I'm concerned, is a True Constant in the world of blogging. . .

. . . and what kills most all other bloggers:

You have to post at least ONCE a day in order to keep a readership.

And that is what, eventually, slaughters the majority of aspiring bloggers.

It's fine for a year or two. Or perhaps even, in extremis, three. But my hat is off to those bloggers who've managed to survive and endure over three + years. You are, literally, the exceptions to the rule. The average blog, it is indicated, is created in seconds and lasts but two or three months, if that.

Ladies and gentlemen: I shall not be going away.

Not for many more years, unless I kak unexpectedly. My trolls can only hope for this.


Sarah Palin was excoriated and ridiculed in the media when she suggested that Death Panels would be the result of ObamaKare.

Turns out -- oddly enough -- she was correct.

Huh. Imagine that.

Looks like she really can see Death from her window.

Guaranteed, now, by Mr Obama's recess appointment of Dr Donald Berwick. He's only waited 17 months to do so.

From the Canada Free Press (whose masthead unashamedly declares: "Because without America there is no Free World):
Today, President Obama officially made Donald Berwick his recess appointment to be the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

In 2008 while speaking on the British health care system in the UK, Berwick said wealthy individuals must redistribute their wealth to those less fortunate for health care funding. Also during this speech, he told those in attendance that he opposes free markets.

“Any health care funding plan that is just equitable civilized and humane must, must redistribute wealth from the richer among us to the poorer and the less fortunate. Excellent health care is by definition redistributional.”

Video of that here:

Does this sound, somewhat, like something you've perchance heard before?

Dr Berwick seems to have a "romance" with the UK rationed healthcare system.

Further, he is quoted as saying:
The decision is not whether or not we will ration care — the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open.”

From the CWA:
If Berwick gets his way and the national health care system mirrors that of Britain’s, it will also model Britain’s myriad problems. One such problem is the low survival rate for breast cancer. Along with that, citizens of the UK currently have a lower average life span than U.S. citizens. With such alarming problems, the UK’s health care system is hardly the “world we wished we had.” It’s more like the nightmare we wish to avoid.
Perhaps it's time to take Grandpa and Grandma Nana and set them aside on a glacier floating slowly away from the tribe.

Moreover, it's apparently time to set me on a glacier as well.

But you know what?

Eventually everyone gets old.

Yes; even YOU. And them.



Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

To those who have written for THREE or MORE years, please make yourselves known here:


Wed Jul 07, 07:56:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Toaster 802 said...

Well, I have not been writing for three years, but I have cracked 300 posts in a year and a half. I was running another blog, but two of them became too much, so after 230 something posts I put that one on ice for now.

Glad I found ya BZ, Your a good man and a good American. Both are in short supply these days...

Wed Jul 07, 08:06:00 PM PDT  
Blogger dmurray said...

Yes, fellow lurkers, it really is him and not a clever imposter. I passed the "Get Out Of My Head" induction coil over this post the engrams match the control perfectly. (Take THAT Gene Roddenberry!)

Insert spit take here.

Keep up the good work, Homes.

Wed Jul 07, 09:48:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Greybeard said...

April 2005.
(I post when I feel the urge. Sometimes that means I'll skip a day, but I've published 1527 posts in a little over five years.)

Congrats on your perseverance BZ.
And thanks to your readers/commenters for helping me keep my sanity...
This world would be a tough place if we didn't know there are a LOT of like-minded souls out there!

Wed Jul 07, 10:01:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Jo said...

I started Sass five years ago and kept it up to date until the big C forced me to slow down. I keep saying I'm going to post more often, but haven't begun yet on a regular basis.
I will, though.
Anyway, congratulations on your six years---you have one of the best blogs on the net and I learn something every time I visit.

Thu Jul 08, 03:22:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Beth said...

My profile says I started blogging in August, 2005, although I did at one time delete my blog, but then resurrected it a few months later. I find it to be very therapeutic to write it, although I don't do as good a job as you and others like you, BZ, so I am glad to hear that you intend on continuing for the foreseeable future! Keep up the excellent work! I like to think we are making a difference in our own little way.

Thu Jul 08, 05:39:00 AM PDT  
Blogger TexasFred said...


I know, I'm on top of the list, and you are at my place, but, you know, just sayin'...

Seriously, I have considered retiring the blog, but I can't, it's my outlet, my relief valve, and if I can influence, in a positive manner, even just a few people, hopefully that influence will spread...

Thu Jul 08, 08:42:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Rev. Paul said...

Happy anniversary, BZ - you're a daily read.

Thu Jul 08, 09:26:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

I began blogging in 2005.

I used to post every day, but simply don't have time now because of caregiving my husband. Priorities, I guess.

Thu Jul 08, 09:39:00 AM PDT  
Blogger tha malcontent said...

Bloviating Zeppelin said...

To those who have written for THREE or MORE years, please make yourselves known here:

I'm here..........

Thu Jul 08, 09:43:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Chicago Ray said...

Palin doesn't sound like the idiot they made her out to be now. She called the death panels and frankly I did as well after being sick for a decade myself.

The last people you want help from healthwise is the government. If it was up to them I'd still be in a wheelchair as that whole system is set up to either defeat you in spirit, or just kill you along the path.

Been blogging since 2006 ;) btw

Thu Jul 08, 11:37:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Toaster: I thank you MOST kindly for your very nice words!

DM: you'll note, don't you, the complete DEARTH of ANY Star Trek font here, do you not, Font Snob?

Greybeard: 2005?? Outstanding sir!! And yours is not just a great blog, it lets us all know a bit about what it's like to be human.

Jo: I am sorry to hear of your encounter, but I myself have had same. And, I see, we are both still here. Thanks for your kind words as well. God bless.

Beth: you, ma'am, hit a VERY important point for me: I find blogging to BE therapeutic indeed! Now, it's an expression and a way for me to make contact with like-minded persons and to help unify the Conservative Blogosphere.

TF: absolutely correct; there are, like you I'm sure, days when I just don't "feel it." I take a "day off" now and then. But, particularly now, particularly given what we face -- come NOVEMBER -- I can't fade away. There is MUCH fighting coming and being a spectator isn't in my cards. I have to express my beliefs and my philosophies. Again, there's a REASON why your blog is atop T.U.S. list!

Rev Paul: hey, a new reader! THANK YOU sir, for taking the time to visit and for taking the time to comment! First time I've seen you, sir! And a "daily read"? I am honored!

AOW: priorities have to change, of course. But YOURS is one of THE top blogs I've found and your research and backgrounding is par excellence!

Malcontent: and THANK YOU for reading, visiting and PERSEVERING in the Blogosphere. The Blogosphere customarily chews up and spits out its young. . .

Chicago Ray: and I am GLAD you have survived, sir! YOUR blog is a FEAST for the eyes, and a fabulous insight in The Chicago Way, indeed!


Thu Jul 08, 05:18:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Thank you all for your kinds words and for sticking by the BZ blog. I wrote a voluminous response -- which was clever, witty and insightful -- to each and every one of you which Blogger promptly rejected and now I cannot recreate.

I guess, when it's free, sometimes I get what I pay for.

That said, THANK YOU one and all for visiting, commenting, and sticking by BZ.

We can NOT forget November.


Thu Jul 08, 05:24:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Old NFO said...

541 posts in three years, so I'm posting about every other day. And yes, Death Panels will be alive and well. Guess there will be no long term/extended life care for us old farts... sigh...

Thu Jul 08, 05:32:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bushwack said...

Hell I don't know how long I've been doing it...I used to be an everyday 2 or 3 post guy, then work and life get in the way for a while, then back at it...

Lately I've been swamped building sites for people, did 3 Wordpress blogs over the last week...When I get involved doing that stuff it really takes a toll on the opinion part of my life...

Glad you have stuck with it BZ, aside from you increasing my vocabulary you are a hell of writer....

And DEATH PANELS? You betcha.

Thu Jul 08, 08:31:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Z said...

Would you believe I have 2013 in two and a half years!? I've got a line-up of posts days in advance only to be adjusted by changing events!

BZ< you worried me there. I'm so glad you're NOT quitting. I've considered it lately but it's helping me a lot since Mr. Z died...and it's an outlet in general for the FRUSTRATION of what's happening to our country.

Palin was right; she usually seems to be, even if she did back mcCain in AZ (i guess it wouldn't have looked good for her NOT to, but....)
Keep fighting''re a good blogger :-)

Thu Jul 08, 10:55:00 PM PDT  
Blogger mrchuck said...

My daily read for the absolute, un-varnished truth, which inspires me to make a comment.
Thanks BZ for doing this.

Fri Jul 09, 08:53:00 AM PDT  
Blogger dmurray said...

That was the OTHER moniker Moe branded me with, years after Hurry Murray. Thanks, Moe!

I wear Font Snob as proudly as Frau Blucher announced, "Yess, he vass my boyfrent!"

Peace be with you!

Fri Jul 09, 08:58:00 AM PDT  
Blogger cary said...

900 posts, five years. Not exactly highly prolific, and the emphasis has gone from slightly political to mostly personal. A nice outlet and indeed, very therapeutic.

Congratulations on six plus years, and I look forward to reading your writings for many more years!

Fri Jul 09, 09:17:00 AM PDT  

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