Archive for August, 2006

Bush Appoints Fox to Guard Henhouse

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

We have a new head of the Department of Labor Wages and Hours Division. Bush made a recess appointment to the position today. This is the division that is responsible for enforcing overtime laws, child labor laws, worktime discrimination etc. Bush’s new appointee is Paul DeCamp. What’s his experience? Why he worked for Wal-Mart. One […]

Quote of the Day

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

“In essence,” he asserts, “translated, this is what the[y] said: “We’re so big, nobody can hurt us. We can do whatever we want to do, and nobody’s going to hurt us, because we’re the largest retailer in the world.” Guess who said this. The story is here and I bet you’ll be surprised by the […]

The other deceptive Wal-Mart political ad

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

I found the page on walmartfacts.com where you view Wal-Mart’s two political-style TV spots. We’ve been talking mostly about the one titled “Sam’s Dream,” but the other one is just as deceptive, if not more so. It’s called “Promoting Transformation,” and it’s about health care. The narrator says that Wal-Mart provides “more than one million […]

It only looks off topic

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

The Commerce Department has been surpressing a report from 2004 about the degree of high tech outsourcing. A recent FOIA suit managed to get parts of it released. People have been saying that the good manufacturing jobs may be leaving but these are made up for by the service industries and the (for want of […]

Wal-Mart in New Orleans: Some Backstory

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

Posing as fictitious HUD official “Rene Oswin,” one of the innovative political activists known as the Yes Men spoke in New Orleans Monday, as part of a panel which featured Mayor Ray Nagin and Louisiana Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco. After detailing a complete policy reversal in which he declared that public housing would be repaired […]

Why Can’t Edelman Manage the Blogosphere?

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

PR consultant James Bruni notes that the Andrew Young flap demonstrates that Wal-Mart’s firm Edelman can’t manage the blogosphere: The blogosphere is a great place to promote new products, but ideas are another matter. There’s a world of difference between promoting a new software app or tech product on slashdot, engadget, or robingood.com and trying […]

WAL MART WEDNESDAY: OPEN THREAD…

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

How do you really feel about Wal Mart? Here’s your chance to express your true feelings — pro and con — about the world’s largest retailer. Write whatever you like in the comments section and engage your fellow readers in the conversation. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

Oh, the Irony!

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

If you remember my post from yesterday, you know that Wal-Mart is making political-style commercials. I didn’t know it then just relying on the NYT, but it turns out that they are explicitly making the argument I attributed to Ben Stein. From Advertising Age: In one of the spots in question, a 60-second commercial dubbed […]

ON THE ROAD, DAY 30…

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

19 States, 35 Cities, 35 Days, 1 Mission. That’s the slogan riders on the bus nicknamed Smiley are traveling under from The Bronx to Seattle. Wake Up Wal Mart is sponsoring the journey of over-caffeinated Americans on one really big bus. From the blog of Paul Blank, Campaign Manager: Moments before the rally, the California […]

More on Co-opting

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

From the Huntington Post The LA Times reports this morning that Wal-Mart has scored yet another Clintonista, since the Senator herself is no longer able to serve on the corporate Board. For a mere $3 million in stock, plus another $375,000 or so in options (that’s estimated profit), plus an undisclosed salary that we can […]

Andrew Young Meltdown Contiues

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

Koreans sue over ‘rip-off’ remarks A Korean grocers’ group is suing civil rights veteran Andrew Young for libel for claiming that they and other market owners “ripped off” blacks. The suit, filed last week in Los Angeles County Superior Court, also names the Wal-Mart store chain. It seeks at least $7.5 million in damages. I […]

Wal-Mart Poisons Prairie Dogs

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

“Wal-Mart has decided to help save the earth.” – Fortune, “Wal-Mart Sees Green,” July 26, 2006. Construction started this week on a Wal-Mart Supercenter along U.S. 287, and some local residents are unhappy with the company’s decision to kill a small prairie dog colony on the site. Earlier this year, Boulder County asked Wal-Mart to […]

Taking Biden Out of Context (Part 3)

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

I’m really getting tired of writing these posts, but if Joe isn’t going to stick up for himself somebody has to do it. Yet again, here’s Biden’s comments from the NYT: “My problem with Wal-Mart is that I don’t see any indication that they care about the fate of middle-class people,” Mr. Biden said, standing […]

COMMUNISTS, CAPITALISTS OR BOTH…?

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

Until The Wall came down in 1989 and the acolytes of President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the victory of Capitalism over Communism, the lines seemed to be plainly drawn between the Evil Empire and the World’s Shining Hope. Not so in the 21st Century. My co-blogger Robert Feinman and I have been having a back and […]

Wal-Mart Devalues Labor

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

For a different take on Wal-Mart, read Harold Meyerson on “Devaluing Labor” in todays NYT. Meyerson asks what’s wrong with Wal-Mart offering low prices and jobs to economically depressed communities? Were that all that Wal-Mart did, of course, the answer would be “nothing.” But as business writer Barry Lynn demonstrated in a brilliant essay in […]