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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.

Friday, June 19, 2009


Bloviating Zeppelin began on June 19th of 2004.

I never thought it would last more than a few months.

I was convinced I'd lose interest.

The first post I sent via e-mail just to my family. They never read it.

I wrote only for myself. I had no idea how to embed links, how to post photographs. I could do nothing but write and click the "PUBLISH POST" button. My thanks to Texas Fred and Robert from American & Proud for bringing my graphics into the 21st century.

Since then, my life has taken any number of turns I could never have forecast, too many to enumerate here.

I've written for me; I've written to document portions of my life so I won't forget; I've written to bloviate, to excoriate, to yell, to educate. I've written when stone cold sober and remarkably inebriated. I've written with tears running down my cheeks. And I've written as the snow fell and stacked up, over six feet, on my deck.

Throughout all this, my greatest thanks go to you, my readers. Thank you for trusting me, for visiting, for taking the time to comment and interact.

With all the hubris, arrogance, violence, hate, discontent, confusion, lack of understanding and, mostly, lack of time, I know that each and every one of you are challenged in your lives.

Yet you still come by.

I stand amazed. And incredibly thankful.



Blogger Law and Order Teacher said...

Congrats and keep rolling. You have a unique voice and a point of view that is worth reading. Here's to many more years.

Thu Jun 18, 06:18:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Thanks most kindly, LOT. We share a common background and a common view on life. Plus, a love for teaching. I've been an EVOC instructor for 24 years, and my department's Rangemaster. I'm proud to say that my evaluations from classes are higher now than 20 years ago.


Thu Jun 18, 06:26:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Maggie Thornton said...

Wow! Five years. That's a very long time BZ. Law and Order Teacher said it - you have a "unique voice." You are a wonderfully pithy writer. Now, I didn't steal "pithy" from O'Reilly. I used it long before he got on his language kick, and I kinda-sorta resent it that he has turned the word into a personal logo:-)

Anyway, your voice is important out here. Congratulations!

Thu Jun 18, 06:29:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Maggie: pithy? Isn't that what happens when you have a full bladder? In any case, thanks muchly!


Thu Jun 18, 06:33:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Mike Pittman said...

Congrats BZ! I'm coming up on my fourth next month. You keep writing, I'll keep reading!


Thu Jun 18, 06:37:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Maggie Thornton said...

BZ - don't cha watch O'Reilly?

Thu Jun 18, 06:43:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

VW: thanks sir! You need a Bloggiversary too!

Mags: sure I do! But wasn't my reply funny?? And here I thought I was being clever.


Thu Jun 18, 06:50:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Maggie Thornton said...

I did take it as funny, and my reply with "don't cha" was my way of kidding right back.

Thu Jun 18, 06:53:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Maggie: ZING! Bada-bing, bada-BOOM!


Thu Jun 18, 07:04:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Maggie Thornton said...

uh huh!

Thu Jun 18, 07:14:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Z said...

Well, you can see from my Blog Roll, the "Z" first attracted me to your site!!
Since then, the TOTAL BZ has.....always informative, RIGHT, and often very touching.
Congratulations, BZ...Along with these other great bloggers commenting, I'm glad you're here, proud to know you, and grateful you're in our corner of the blogosphere!

Thu Jun 18, 08:11:00 PM PDT  
Blogger (((Thought Criminal))) said...


My 5 year bloggiversary comes up in August, except my blog has been deleted and relaunched more times than a Soviet Politburo photo album.

Thu Jun 18, 08:19:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Z: thanks, and it is a remarkable privilege to know you and to write to you "off the screen."

Beamish: thanks for your recent visits and comments; I hope you'll continue to come back. On that note, trust me: I KNOW how DIFFICULT it is to keep a blog current and active. And yet, despite that, I wake up MOST days and can't wait to post again.

Is that strange?


Thu Jun 18, 08:46:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

As long as you are alive and write, you know I'll come visit ya.

Thu Jun 18, 09:08:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Carlisleboy said...

Congrats BZ!!
Being able to come to your blog everyday, is sometimes the only thing that keeps me sane is this world of Obamabots!
Thanks, all of your hard work is appreciated!

Thu Jun 18, 09:20:00 PM PDT  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

That's quite a post. Thank you for your posts, sharing your thoughts, and weighing in on other blogs, including my own. Especially at a time when my blogging habits have become erratic and infrequent.

Happy 5th!

Thu Jun 18, 09:22:00 PM PDT  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Yikes! You just made me realize my 4th anniversary passed on June 9th!

Thu Jun 18, 09:23:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Mark said...

You're always a good read BZ, I still come by often, and always enjoy it.

Thu Jun 18, 10:17:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Dionne said...

Congrats!! Yes, I've seen many bloggers fizzle out over time. We continue to endure ;-).

Thu Jun 18, 10:21:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

Five years! Wow!

Sincerest congratulations.

I'm a relative newcomer here and love your site, BZ.

Fri Jun 19, 03:51:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Ranando said...

Good for you, keep it up.

Fri Jun 19, 04:26:00 AM PDT  
Blogger TexasFred said...

Birthday?? This calls for a song...

May it live a hundred years,
May you drink a million beers.
Get plastered you bastard,
Happy Birthday to your blog!!

Fri Jun 19, 08:00:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Rivka said...

I think you already know what I am going to say. I love your blog content and you are a talented writer to boot! Congrats!! I am one of those who have fizzled out, but I do thank you that whenever I need to get the word out you allow me to write on your blog. Glad you thought of that, I wouldn't have thought to ask. ;0) Nevertheless, it is an honor!

Keep going BZ!!

Fri Jun 19, 09:44:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Rev. Paul said...

Happy anniversary from this Alaskan. I read your posts daily, and love your point of view.

Thank you.

Fri Jun 19, 10:10:00 AM PDT  
Blogger TexasFred said...

P.S. In DOG YEARS, this blog is 21..

Go ahead, give it a cold beer!!

Fri Jun 19, 10:39:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Milepost 154 said...

So here I am, Friday afternoon, just back from work, reading the comments. Thanks you one and all for the very nice words and kudos, thanks to Beamish and Rev Paul for being new readers and please come back!

Oh, by the way, this is me mixing some vodka and Squirt, settling down at my confuser desk upstairs. Smek! Quish! Aaaaaaaaah. . .


Fri Jun 19, 03:24:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Milepost 154 said...

Oooops, there I am from my Train Blog. Hmmm.


Fri Jun 19, 03:25:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Ranando said...

I think I'll mix a vodka and Arizona Ice Tea and check back in, in a hour or so and we'll fix the Worlds problems.

Fri Jun 19, 04:51:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Ranando: gimme an e-mail and we'll compare vodka drinks. . .


Fri Jun 19, 05:55:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Z said...

BZ, I feel the same, a great privilege. Thanks so much.

I'm intrigued by Milepost the Train Guy because I have a relative immersed in model trains, all Marklin brand. But I see he's into REAL trains!

Martini: Z's nomenclature:

If there's ONE olive it's a Martini

2 olives....olive soup

3-4 olives...olive stew

That's how I order them, depending on how hungry I am!! (all very dry, of course, and I don't gulp them down so I love a restaurant nearby which comes to me, takes my half drunken martini and pours it into another frosty martini glass..THAT is nice! Didn't know what they were doing the first time they took my glass half full...boy, was I relieved when the second glass came!)

I hope you enjoyed your vodka sharing !

Sat Jun 20, 10:05:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Z: Milepost The Train Guy is ME, at my other blog:

I was planning to add photos weekly, but the resolution of my camera is so large, and I only have dial-up, so the blog isn't very active. I'm in the process of trying to acquire HughesNet satellite. Wow. If only.


Sat Jun 20, 05:08:00 PM PDT  
Blogger cary said...

Happy Blogiversary, a bit late.

I've been neglecting my rounds, and paying attention to the family, since TMBWitW was on Furcation this last week.

Prayers for many more years of BZness!

Mon Jun 22, 09:43:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...



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