I can see your duodenum from here….


Once again Kronie Krabbenhoft has sunk to new lows in the “Shameless Glorification of T. Denny” game. Sanford announced the closing of the Sioux Falls Federal Credit Union branch that has been on the main campus for almost 30 years, so that First Premier Bank can open a branch instead. They claim that it has nothing to do with the $400 million donation from T.Denny. Oh yeah… let’s not overlook the fact that we aren’t calling the health system Sioux Valley anymore or that they erected a bronze idol of SD’s richest douche bag on the front steps. Nooo noooo … the money had NOTHING to do with this decision. Never mind that almost 2000 Sanford employees conveniently do business EVERY DAY at SFFCU’s Sanford branch, or the fact that Sanford Human Resources lists SFFCU’s convenient location as a benefit to their employees. It is obvious that the relationship between the health system and T. Denny has become a big evil elephant lurking in the corner of the room, waiting for the opportunity to lift a few more dollars out of the common man’s pocket. It makes me a little sick to think about how obvious the connection is, and they’ll tell you straight to your face that it’s “awful” to suggest it. For shame.

What’s next? When you can’t pay your bill in full at the time of service, maybe they’ll offer you a First Premier loan with a low low introductory rate.


#1 Costner on 05.21.09 at 7:15 am

Honestly – is this even remotely shocking to anyone?

The next step is to provide a pre-approved credit card application with each appendix removal!

The idea of First Premier financing of medical procedures probably isn’t that far fetched either.

I still say someone (*hint* an artist perhaps) needs to make a big gigantic plastic credit card and put it in the hand of Denny that sits out front of the hospital. Surely you could get some good photos before the Sanford rent-a-cops come to remove it.

#2 Angry Guy on 05.21.09 at 7:21 am

They have CCTV cameras trained on the statue 24/7 because they know someone will deface it eventually. Not a bad idea though.
I heard they used footage from the cameras, busted some skateboarding kids and charged with vandalism for grinding their trucks at Denny’s feet.

#3 Jackie on 05.21.09 at 7:49 am

Sounds like if you can’t do it in real life, do it in Photoshop life. Here’s a whole series for you. The Statue of Denny appearing in all sorts of places – exerting his bronz-like influence. Denny in front of the Capital, Denny in front of Dennys — you get the idea…. roll with it Detroit.

#4 Angry Guy on 05.21.09 at 7:54 am

I think there should be a toon of the statue shoving poor minorities into his mouth, and pooping out newly cured pediatric patients.
It would have to be coin operated though…

#5 lewis on 05.21.09 at 7:56 am

I was going to make a very long ballon penis and put it on him and take a photo, and the caption would read, “See, money can buy anything”

#6 Warren Phear on 05.21.09 at 9:07 am

Someone very close to me came down with cancer a while back. Surgery, and ensuing chemo and follow-ups have that bill at nearly $400,000. Good insurance has covered most of it, but all co-pays, and some chemo meds are not covered. Now you may not think co-pays can be much, but when you have cancer, there is a team of doctors that get it every time they are consulted, which is often. And most Insurance policies do not cover nausea preventive drugs during chemo. HUGE cost for that, but needed. Take a years missed work and you begin to get the picture. This person makes a payment each month, what is affordable, yet sanford has found it in their good nature to turn those bills, some for as little as $15, over to a collection agency. Dealing with cancer is one thing. Dealing with t denny’s thugs is another.

#7 l3wis on 05.21.09 at 11:14 am

Trust me, I think this is a way for First Premier to weasel into medical financing at 19% interest rate.

#8 Sy on 05.21.09 at 2:06 pm

I’m sure all of you bashing on TDS are giving 40% or so of your net worth away your favorite charity as well, correct?

(insert cricket chirping sound here)

#9 Costner on 05.21.09 at 2:20 pm

Nice red herring argument Sy, but that really isn’t the point. If I’m ever in a position where the bulk of my income stems from predatory lending practices, I’ll be sure and give 40% of it to charity if that makes you feel any better.

Then again, Denny’s net worth hasn’t gone down at all due to his donation. In fact the only reason he was able to complete it ahead of schedule is because he had a better than anticipated year. I guess during an economic downturn, the one thing you can count on is people resorting to credit to make ends meet.

#10 Angry Guy on 05.21.09 at 2:34 pm

T-Den wasn’t just giving his money to “charity” (I try not to call buying entire health care systems charity, that would be like being born into wealth and then pretending to work for a living) he was also ensuring that the plaintiff didn’t get more than he felt she deserved.

Giving that kind of $ to Sanford, having them erect phalic statues of you when you’re still walking around alive, and then screwing over the little man with this shit gives me the right.. nay.. the obligation to ‘bash’ him. So let me dust off my old standard… please STFU Sy.

I said please….

#11 l3wis on 05.21.09 at 4:03 pm

If I had T-Denny’s money I would be eating Viagra like candy and fucking 3 whores a day in Belize, and I would give 90% my income to charity on top of that, just to clear my conscience.

#12 Angry Guy on 05.21.09 at 7:12 pm

I wonder what percentage of Belizean whores are named Charity.

#13 Super Average Girl on 05.22.09 at 4:47 am

Doesn’t your mom read this blog?

#14 l3wis on 05.22.09 at 6:07 am

She’s probably not to worried about me ever attaining that kind of wealth.

#15 Angry Guy on 05.22.09 at 6:31 am

You don’t need millions… Hell, you live right downtown. I’m sure you could wrangle up some cheap tail if you tried. Be caureful of those SFPD stings, though.

#16 l3wis on 05.22.09 at 6:36 am

Chinese Massage Parlor, “I give you rub down on pee pee?”