Archive for November, 2008

Reverend Billy honors Jdimytai Damour.

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

At the Church of Stop Shopping’s blog: We promise you Jdimytai that the professors of Consumerism won’t normalize the terror of your last moments. This is the frenzied blur of greed that we all carry inside and wonder about. It’s the Consumerism tumor-rumor – in us but incubating at an unforeseen rate. And things happen […]

Drawing the “Big” Picture

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

A tragedy like the trampling of a worker at Walmart inspires the pundits to draw the big philosophical conclusions. Where they are the rest of the time is always a wonder. Trying to Make Sense of a Stampede “How do you stomp somebody like that?” asked Kenny Murphy, 30, of Lynbrook, N.Y., who was shopping […]

“It was a tragedy, yet it did not feel like an accident.”

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

Seriously, I couldn’t recommend this more. Do yourself a favor and read the whole thing.


Saturday, November 29th, 2008

In December of 1979 I was cruising a very small box in the Gulf of Oman on board the USS Bainbridge (CGN-25), far out on point and standing between three carrier task forces and the military of Ayatollah Khomeini’s Iran. We didn’t hear about the 11 who died surging into Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati to […]


Saturday, November 29th, 2008

Walmart worker dies for lack of rain check policy.

Friday, November 28th, 2008

Appalling: A worker at a Wal-Mart in New York City’s Long Island suburbs was killed when a throng of shoppers broke down the doors to the store early this morning and knocked him to the ground. The event involved a temporary employee and was “a tragic situation,” Bentonville, Arkansas-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world’s biggest […]


Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

How do you really feel about Walmart? 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.

“America can’t afford it any longer.”

Monday, November 24th, 2008

No Robert, THIS is a scandal.

Monday, November 24th, 2008

For most people, losing $300,000/year would be a terrible burden. Lee Scott, however, can still spend the next two years counting out his haul. Apparently, he has nothing better to do. From While we don’t profess to know Wal-Mart all that intimately, we were surprised by Scott’s agreement in the 8K that the company […]


Monday, November 24th, 2008

The never-ending Jack Abramoff scandal reaches Walmart. From TPM Muckraker (an under-appreciated site): Last week Trevor Blackann, a former staffer for Missouri Republicans Roy Blunt and Kit Bond, pleaded guilty to concealing thousands of dollars in illegal gifts he received from lobbyists who were part of Team Abramoff. Those lobbyists were quickly identified as James […]

We Have a Convert

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

Economist Mark Thoma runs one of the most visited sites for economic discussion. One of the reasons for its popularity is that he covers all sides of the spectrum. It is rare that he expresses his (generally liberal) positions in detail, usually just providing a bit of scene setting. So this paragraph is unusual for […]

It’s like selling life preservers to drowning people.

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

Our pal Someone sent us this link last week, but I didn’t have time to get to it until vacation started yesterday. Good thing he did, because the author is Glenn Beck (who I would never have read otherwise): But why is Wal-Mart succeeding? Why is Wal-Mart succeeding while others fail? It’s easy. They didn’t […]

The Race is on

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

As the Christmas season moves further into early fall each year, merchants have to become more creative (desperate?) to attract shoppers. Walmart, which used to regard revealing its “black Friday” prices early as equivalent to leaking the secret of the A-bomb has now reversed its position. Wal-Mart previews Black Friday Wal-Mart Stores Inc previewed some […]

Goodbye Lee Scott

Friday, November 21st, 2008

Pushed, jumped or is just taking his millions of marbles and going home? Wal-Mart’s new chief has company pedigree The world’s largest retailer said Friday that it tapped Michael Duke, vice chairman and head of Wal-Mart International, as CEO and named him to the board. Duke will replace Lee Scott, who has served as president […]

Walmart Wins Award!

Friday, November 21st, 2008

The December Issue of Dwell, a home furnishings magazine, has a column called “An Introduction to Graphics Design”. One section is devoted to the best of the past year and one to the worst. I quote: Worst: The Wal-Mart Logo. …Wal-Mart’s recent repositioning features a bland logo that could easily be mistaken for countless other […]