Archive for the 'Op-Ed' Category


Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

I was never a Postie during my four years at Ohio University’s journalism school, but I knew many of them. They tended to have pastie skin from long hours inside and took forever to graduate because they always took a minimum course load. We didn’t have a Wal-Mart in Athens, but clearly that has changed. […]


Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

Ten people make a two-hour round trip journey four times a year to a Wal-Mart and the New York Sun sees this as indisputable evidence that residents of the five boroughs of New York desperately yearn for cheap plastic crap from China to fulfill their lives? It must have been a slow news day. This […]


Saturday, January 26th, 2008

I’m not sure why this op-ed piece from 2004 popped up this morning, but I like it as a time capsule of then. Written by a senior writer for the Ayn Rand Institute — the epitome of the cult of me — it portrays Wal-Mart as the true protector of the American Way. But then […]


Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

Often it’s hard to tell in print whether something is written tongue-in-cheek or with earnest intent. I’ll reserved judgment on this Op-Ed piece in Cincinnati, Ohio’s The Enquirer on one solution to concerns over illegal immigrants crossing over from Mexico. Why do illegal immigrants come to this country? Is it for the weather? Of course […]


Thursday, December 13th, 2007

Cruising about this morning I came across the headline Wal-Mart: an all-American and Washington success story. My first reaction was that satire was involved. But then I started in reading and quickly saw that this was not the case. My first tip off was the sentence: Wal-Mart grew and continues to grow today for just […]

The Moron behind the Firewall – Farewell

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

After a particularly stupid column by NY Times Op-ed writer John Tierney I was driven to write a reply: The Moron behind the Firewall Well we won’t have Tierney to kick around anymore. He is going back to writing about other topics. Here is his weaselly farewell. I hate to abandon my libertarian comrades here […]

Human Rights and Libertarianism Are Like Oil and Water

Saturday, October 21st, 2006

Q. If John Tierney is “the moron behind the firewall” (to use Robert’s apt phrase), what do you call a guy with a Ph.D. who thinks Tierney’s “Nobel Prize for Sam Walton” column is “superb?” A. A libertarian economist. Andrew Grossman of Wal-Mart Watch sent the NYT a response to Tierney’s column that got published […]

The Moron behind the Firewall

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

John Tierney the Libertarian columnist for the NY Times defends Walmart (again) today. Speaking of transparency his column is behind the subcription firewall and, of course, doesn’t allow for replies. He also hasn’t revealed his ties to business or his investments as far as I know. His thesis is that Walmart has done more to […]


Tuesday, October 10th, 2006

In a recent letter-to-the-editor the reader made two points concerning a 25 September USA Today story on Wal Mart’s Green strategy. First, that the strategy fails to include Wal Mart employees in a meaningful way; and second, that as a business leader, Wal Mart could entice other to follow the same path paved with flackery. […]


Sunday, October 1st, 2006

As early as last December, the bloggers here have discussed Wal Mart’s decision to take part in business discussions with groups representing segments of the gay and lesbian communities. I continue to applaud this smart business decision. The company, however, has its detractors. Like Mrs. George H. Taylor in Selma, Alabama. …the author as well […]

An Idea for George Will’s Next Column

Friday, September 15th, 2006

I find it interesting that the day after George Will published a column accusing anti-Wal-Mart liberals of practicing “liberalism as condescension,” NBC and the Wall Street Journal have come out with a poll that includes Wal-Mart’s favorable/unfavorable ratings. 45% of those polled had a very or somewhat favorable view of Wal-Mart. 31% had a very […]

Everyday Low Wages

Friday, September 15th, 2006

From today’s NY Times editorial page But the choice — between no jobs or low-wage jobs — is probably a false one. Wal-Mart and other mega-retailers, like Target and Home Depot, need market share. With suburban areas saturated, cities are the logical places to grow. Wal-Mart especially needs more American consumers, having recently pulled the […]


Friday, September 15th, 2006

Last week in Buying Good Press…, I reported on Wal Mart’s donations to Conservative think flack tanks. The New York Times, which was the source of the story, has corrected part of its story. Hat tip to Andrew Sullivan. From yesterday’s Times: An article in Business Day on Friday reported that the Walton Family Foundation […]


Thursday, September 14th, 2006

I have to wonder how many times George Will has smiled and accepted a cart from the Wal Mart greeter in the Wally World near his home. (Is there a Wal Mart near his home?) But he has a lot to say about shoppers at the store in Evergreen Park, Illinois. From the Manchester, New […]


Friday, September 8th, 2006

It looks as if the buying of good buzz on the Internet just isn’t working out as well as the Bentonvile Behemoth thought it might. Not that sock puppet bloggers aren’t churning out accolades, they are, but not enough people are reading. So Wal Mart has bought the big guns: conservative think flack tanks. From […]