The editorial on this page contains some good advice. The lying ads
are not only soiling the television airwaves, they're stinking up
the radio waves, too.
We've been bombarded by radio ads proclaiming a
train is running over us. The ad says the train is the "so-called
health care reform rushing on top of you." The next words are "huge
deficits, Medicare cuts for seniors, taxes on small businesses,
limits on patient care"
and big tax increases in North Dakota state taxes
and rural hospitals may be forced to close.
The health care reform train is being "rushed
The ad blames Sen. Byron Dorgan for not stopping
The radio ad is mostly lies.
As the editorial points out, health care is
nowhere near done. The House passed its version of the bill and the
Senate is working on its version. Proclaiming that deficits and tax
increases are part of the plan is a lie, plain and simple. The
details of the reform have not yet been determined.
It is not being rushed. Reform of health care has
been talked about since Harry Truman was president in 1947, and some
say Teddy Roosevelt was in favor of it in the early 1900's.
Once the Senate passes its bill a House-Senate
Conference Committee will attempt to meld the two bills into one and
then that bill will have to pass both houses again. I say again,
nothing has yet been decided.
I'm glad Dorgan didn't stop the "train" because we
need to keep health care reform on the tracks until a decent bill is
The ad is the handiwork of the American Future
Fund. It claims to be an organization which promotes conservative,
free market ideas.
Maybe. More likely it's a mouthpiece funded by the
health insurance industry, which has a train of its own -- the gravy
train the industry has been riding on at our expense for many years.
All these lying ads show that the health insurance industry is
fearful it may be thrown off the gravy train.
So don't believe the attack ads on radio or
television. They're always, without exception, distortions or
We have another 50 years ago story in the paper
this week. I'm sure some people yawn and turn the page. But we old
people who lived through those years find it interesting.
This should boggle your mind. How big is Wal-Mart?
1. Americans spend $36,000,000 at Wal-Mart every
2. This works out to $20,928 profit every minute!
3. Wal-Mart will sell more from January 1 to
St.Patrick's Day (March
17) than Target sells all year.
4. Wal-Mart is bigger than Home Depot + Kroger +
Target + Sears + Costco + Kmart combined.
5. Wal-Mart employs 1.6 million people and is the
largest private employer.
6. Wal-Mart is the largest company in the history
of the world.
7. Wal-Mart now sells more food than Kroger and
Safeway combined and keep in mind they did this in only 15 years.
8. During this same period, 31 supermarket chains
sought bankruptcy (including Winn-Dixie).
9. Wal-Mart now sells more food than any other
store in the world.
10. Wal-Mart has approximately 3,900 stores in the
US, of which 1,906 are Super Centers; this is 1,000 more than it had
five years ago.
11. This year 7.2 billion different purchasing
experiences will occur at a Wal-Mart store. Earth's population is
approximately 6.5 billion.
12. Ninety percent of all Americans live within 15
miles of a Wal-Mart.
Some random thoughts that came by e-mail:
Nothing sucks more than that moment during an
argument when you realize you're wrong.
I totally take back all those times I didn't want
to nap when I was younger.
Sometimes, I'll watch a movie that I watched when
I was younger and suddenly realize I had no idea what was going on
when I first saw it.
I think part of a best friend's job should be to
immediately clear your computer history if you die.
The only time I look forward to a red light is
when I'm trying to finish a text on my phone.
Was learning to write in cursive really necessary?
I have a hard time deciphering the fine line
between boredom and hunger.
How many times is it appropriate to say "What?"
before you just nod and smile because you still didn't hear what
Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they
told you how the person died.
Bad decisions make good stories.
Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes
after DVDs? I don't want to have to restart my collection.
I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of
Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my 10-page
research paper that I swear I did not make any changes to.
I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring
Dammit!), but when I immediately call back, it
rings nine times and goes to voicemail. What'd you do after I didn't
answer? Drop the phone and run away?
I hate leaving my house confident and looking good
and then not seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a
I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone
just so I know not to answer when they call.
Even under ideal conditions people have trouble
locating their car keys in a pocket and Pinning the Tail on the
Donkey - but I'd bet everyone can find and push the snooze button
from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time
every time . . .
I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any
given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lites