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Lance Groth

Apple Valley, MN
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I'm not much of a fan of prescribing potent prescription drugs without a good reason.

Warning: Unsolicited advice follows:

Ray - If your cholesterol is only borderline high, there are a couple of things you could try that might enable you to control it without a prescription drug. You probably want to coordinate with your doctor in either case since you're already on statins.

You might try red yeast rice. I haven't used it myself, but friends have reported good...

Posted on 01/20/12 at 02:58 pm in response to The very dramatic word choices of Newt Gingrich

@#7 - you forgot to mention that, the day after Palin endorsed him, he promised to appoint Palin to a prominent position in his administration.

Secretary of State Palin, anyone?

Good God.

Posted on 01/20/12 at 03:26 pm in response to The very dramatic word choices of Newt Gingrich

@#9 - what do you think a Sec. of State does? Wave her hand and sprinkle some pixie dust and the world magically becomes calm? It was no small job to repair the damage done to U.S. standing internationally by the Bush administration, yet Sec. Clinton has performed admirably.

You guys really need to ground your criticisms in reality if you want to be taken seriously. How many times have we heard Romney lately say "government doesn't create jobs, only the private sector does." Then...

I've already joined you in becoming a PITA when it comes to internet nonsense - especially of the forwarded-email type. Just a couple of hours ago I called b.s. on an email forwarded to me that claimed there is enough oil in the Bakken field to fuel the United States for centuries to come.

Like you, I used to be polite about it. Now I just call b.s. If they don't want the unvarnished truth, they'd better not send to me. Though only middle-aged now, I believe I shall settle quite...

Posted on 01/17/12 at 08:49 pm in response to Xcel Energy's Sherco plant is a mixed blessing for Minnesota

Re #7 -

Correction regarding this bit: "blind faith in warmer doctrine". I'm afraid you're confused here, perhaps you were looking in a mirror when you wrote it? AGW has nothing to do with faith or doctrine - weren't you going to drop the snark for a moment? A nanosecond only, I guess - old habits die hard, eh? AGW is based on climate *science*, and scientific consensus is not properly described as "doctrine". Beliefs have to do with positions that are not supported by fact, and...

Posted on 01/18/12 at 04:49 pm in response to Xcel Energy's Sherco plant is a mixed blessing for Minnesota

Rolf - thanks for the additional info. Certainly, wind and solar cannot provide our base energy supply today (wind probably never). I do think it's good to diversify energy sources as much as possible, particularly if they are non-polluting, not least because the technology will continue to be developed and improved. I also think we should look to localization of energy production as much as possible, to reduce reliance on the central grid.

Hydro, while non-polluting, is still...

Posted on 01/13/12 at 07:01 pm in response to The Perry brain freeze, part deux, or does one mean trois

When every agency is the problem, an axe is the only tool you need, right? Did Henry VIII keep straight whose neck he was chopping when? Nah, just get choppin'!

I dunno, I'm thinking Perry must rely heavily - very heavily - on staff to keep the ship righted and underway. Probably for a lot of little details too - like where to go for lunch and what to order?

Posted on 01/14/12 at 12:40 pm in response to The Perry brain freeze, part deux, or does one mean trois

The Rick Perry clip on this page explains a lot: http://badlipreading.tumblr.com/

Posted on 01/12/12 at 07:02 pm in response to Will facts finally kill new 'death-panel' hoax?

We've had more extreme rationing here in the U.S. than any of the "socialist" systems Mr. Swift mentions, for quite some time. Do you have a preexisting condition? So sorry, we won't cover you. Or, sure, we'll cover you, your premium is $2500/month - and it doesn't cover the thing you already have. Bizarro-world insurance - it's only available for those who don't need it.

Mr. Obama's reforms fix that problem, but our republican friends promise to send us back to wealth-based...

Posted on 01/13/12 at 02:10 pm in response to Will facts finally kill new 'death-panel' hoax?

It's worth noting that, affordable insurance aside, there is another kind of rationing built into our system that occurs every day. I had a friend, an RN, who worked for a health insurance company. His job was to screen claims to determine whether or not the company would pay. Procedure "A" would be covered, but not procedure "B". It didn't matter if the patient's doctor recommended procedure "B" as the appropriate treatment - an RN in the insurance company could and did override the MD'...