Mr. Custer, a Death Panel wants to see us

October 25, 2010

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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.

mexico army vertical 240I 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.

death panel highland this 340Check 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?

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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

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Come on!!!!!!!!
That’s not what the Highland Fling means! No no no!!!

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Hmm..who know the best defense against someone plunging a spear at you was to stick your foot up at it. Dude must have adamantium soles.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

My knowledge of historical weaponry is sub-par admittedly but I do have to wonder, didn’t the Scots use claymores, not rapiers?

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

While Sarah Palin has greatly over-stated a potential problem, she is not that far off base. In this country we already have the equivalency of death panels in the form of HMO’s that deny medical care, lie to patients about diagnosis and refuse medical treatment. In the case of the hospice programs, where people are supposed to be going to die anyway, we have rogue companies that push people along because there is always someone new to fill a bed and keep that Federal money pouring in. Both types of corporations do this by the manipulation of Federal Law. Those statements are already pretty well documented and they are very real. Give these corporations and executives free reign over all people in this country without honest regulation and they will do whatever needs to be done to make money, whether for stockholders or shareholders. Put them in a position of locking up all the industry and locking out citizen rights and you end up with a lot of needless deaths and enormous corporate profits.

Posted by vickiet | Report as abusive

Claymore? Those fragmentation mines? Yikes, if a Death Panel uses one of those it’s not going to have to make a return visit….

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

AAAHhh! A fact bearing pontificator! Away foul beast! Away! Back to the pit from whence you came!

Posted by AllThatJazz | Report as abusive

Methinks Vicki stumbled down the rabbit hole by mistake…

Posted by AllThatJazz | Report as abusive

Sigh … I just wish people could get the difference between rein and reign right, just once in a while … sigh …

Posted by BethyB | Report as abusive

ifflydaplanes, gamer, comic books, or RPG’s? (adamantium is kinda a giveaway)=


Posted by REDruin | Report as abusive

@Unca, could you imagine William Wallace out on the battlefield? “They may take our lives but they’ll never take OUR FREEDOM!” Parry, parry, thrust, block, sidestep, thrust, parry, block.

Mr. B. yep the frag mines. The ones with the helpful instructions printed on them.. “This end towards victim…err..enemy.”

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

Ahhh, claymores – my favorite instrument of war. Well, almost. There is this other thing that is a rocket-launched 1,750 pounds of C-4 on a rope. Very awesome bang.

Where is Shra with her taser when the factoidals show up?

Posted by Dave_not_dave | Report as abusive

Methinks @vickiet didn’t even read the blog entry. The guys with the thick legs and plaid skirts should have been a dead giveaway!

Posted by Jibberish | Report as abusive

Sorry, I guess those are argyle skirts, and not plaid!

Posted by Jibberish | Report as abusive

I would think that hospices would make more money the longer people were alive, and using their services? I don’t quite understand the scenario where anybody makes money by killing off the customer.

Posted by glrx2010 | Report as abusive

@ifly – The claymores used by Death Panels should be re-labled “This side toward Insurance Annuant”.

Posted by AllThatJazz | Report as abusive

Death Panels huh?
I think these are depictions of great Doughnut riots throughout history, and I’m fairly certain that the last photo is actually Dave and the boys running out from the Goat cave, when they discovered that doughnuts were once again available.

Ye can take me doughnuts, but ye canna take… no wait, ye canna take me doughnuts!

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive

@Nosmo: Good grin!

@Dave: Camo kilts and donuts in the revised Horton’s History book.

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

@Nosmo, LOL πŸ˜€

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Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive

I used ta think a kilt could make any guy look hot.

Not anymore.



Posted by egeria | Report as abusive

@RED.. I answered your question but Mr. Spam Filter didn’t find it relevant enough to the blog so I will try again…

Those pics are indeed comical! While I still enjoy comical stuff I did moreso when I was young. I must say that the role playing those lads are enganged in is not really my thing. My idea of a good game would be more of a Modern Warfare type of thing where I could run around in the first person shooting. Swinging around swords and spears while frolicking in kilts is all well and good just not my style.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

glrx2010 – “I don’t quite understand the scenario where anybody makes money by killing off the customer.”

Funeral parlours?

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

Surprisingly, or possibly not, the people who make the most from death are realtors.
They scan the news media and the death notices in the papers to start pestering the bereaved relatives, frequently before the funeral has actually taken place.

And you thought lawyers were evil.

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive

Nosmo, wasnt that the plot of a film??

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Spin is absolutely right. That’s how apartments change hands in New York City. I got two myself that way.

I actually knew a guy who was shown an apartment by the building super, and the woman who died WAS STILL THERE. She had died during the night, and the funeral home hadn’t removed her yet.

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

Ha ha Mr. B. Kinda imagine Jay-Z and Alicia Keys playing in the backround right about now. :p

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive