Mad Jack Hanks: Tales from the O-NO Ranch 12-5-11 | TheFencePost.com

Mad Jack Hanks: Tales from the O-NO Ranch 12-5-11

Mad Jack Hanks
Wellington, Colo.

It does pay to advertise. I have proof of that. I saw on the news where one of the big box stores advertised that they would open at 10 p.m. Thanksgiving eve and they had some special items marked way, way down. The end result was a herd of folks acting like a herd of stampeding cattle running over each other to see who could make the biggest fool of themselves. Yes, there were fist fights, cuss fights and just general reckless behavior among folks from the most civilized country on the planet.

The Fence Post has hundreds of advertisers and it pays the bill for this wonderful paper. The advertising must be working as I see many of the same ads from week to week.

Some times as I watch the “telly” I am amazed at how stupid some companies think we must be as a whole. I know you have seen the pickup advertisement where the guys are on a trip. They stop and check the cell phone to see if it still has a signal. Finally they drive and drive and drive and reach a mountain top, they get out and check the signal. WOW! No signal! That’s all they wanted was to be where they couldn’t be reached by phone and would have complete privacy.

I ask you this, gentle readers, why did they not just leave their stupid cell phone AT HOME, then they wouldn’t have to drive and stop and check the signal and drive and stop and check the signal again?

Then there is this commercial where this happy singing housewife has just come in the big box store and is pushing her cart to the first aisle to began shopping. A woman passes her coming the opposite direction and she reaches over and takes … STEALS … some item from this stranger’s shopping cart.

She is almost giddy by now at how organized she is and how much fun shopping can be. I would say that I think that is over reaching just a tad when you teach young folks that it’s OK to steal from someone else as long as you can be happy in the process.

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What a country! Anything goes! Almost anything.

Then you have someone like the young Tim Tebow that sets a good example for us all. Doesn’t matter if you are a Christian or not the example he sets would benefit anyone anywhere anytime. It appears at this point that its workin’ quite well for the lad. And by the way, I have know atheist that were a lot better folks than some of the so called Christians that I have run across.

Okay, the holiday season is upon us. It’s time to be as generous as possible with our kind words and deeds and to be happy, gentle shoppers and above all; use some common sense in your everyday actions and don’t play into all of the advertising out there that would lead you into spending yourself into the poor house when the bills come due.

Stay tuned, check yer cinch on occasion and I’ll c. y’all, a’ll y’all.