Mr. Custer, a Death Panel wants to see us
Blog Guy, I continue to be impressed that you’re the only blogger giving us comprehensive coverage of those U.S. Government Death Panels that Sarah Palin warned us would be part of health care reform.
I do have a question for you. This is a fairly recent concept, right?
Far from it. Death Panels to relieve suffering are an old idea. A number of countries have tried them.
Really? How far back do Death Panels go?
At least back to 1836, when a Mexican Death Panel arrived at the Alamo.
Wait a minute. THE Alamo? That was a Mexican Death Panel operation?
Yeah, most people don’t realize how really sick Davy Crockett was. And Jim Bowie and all the rest. Turns out, that whole place was under quarantine. It was time to send them to a better place.
Blog Guy, you really know your stuff. Tell us more.
Check your history books. There was Wyatt Earp’s famous Death Panel at the OK Corral.
Then of course Al Capone’s St. Valentine’s Day Death Panel back in Chicago… And who can forget Crazy Horse’s humanitarian Death Panel intervention with a seriously ailing Col. George Custer, in 1876?
I had no idea. What country has the most impressive Death Panels?
For my money, that would be Scotland. They carry their “patients” to the nearest cliff and fling them as far as they can into misty ravines.
See, I never knew that.
What? You’ve never heard of the Highland Fling?
Top and left: Mexican soldiers wearing period costumes take part in the re-enactment of historic battles at a military school, during bicentennial celebrations in Mexico City, September 13, 2010. REUTERS/Henry Romero
Right: Jacobite Highlanders charge during a media event for a Battle of Prestonpans re-enactment, in Prestonpans, East Lothian, Scotland, September 21, 2010. REUTERS/David Moir