Archive for March, 2010

What do Walmart and Sandra Bullock have in common?

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

They should both dump Jesse James as fast as possible. After all, do they really need another story about Nazis damaging their reputation? What is it about Walmart, clothing and Nazis anyway?

WALMART WEDNESDAY: OPEN THREAD…

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

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.

WALMART ORGANICS HIT… AGAIN…

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Yesterday I wrote that we need to stop thinking of the choice as being between Walmart and any other Big Box Retailer. Big, specially when it comes to foods that we feed ourselves and our children, does not equate to good for anyone. (Well, except for the corporations raking in the profits.) From The Cornucopia […]

NONE OF THE ABOVE IS THE BETTER CHOICE…

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Cruising the interwebs this afternoon I came across two independent stories casting the consumer’s choice as Walmart or insert-name-of-other-national-big-box-store-here. That is just wrong. The choice is not paper or plastic but a raft of alternatives. Both Pepsi and Coke are bad choices. Both McDonald’s and Burger King are bad for your health. In the end, […]

MARIJUANA AS A CONSERVATIVE ISSUE…?

Monday, March 29th, 2010

It is seldom that i (indeed I can’t remember the last time I did) Quote from The American Conservative, but I’ve just finished reading that magazine’s take on Joseph Casias and his firing from a Michigan Walmart for smoking Medical Marijuana and I recommend it. Kelley Vlahos writes: The medical marijuana movement has hit the […]

AND THEIR COUNTERFEIT ID TRAINING WAS…?

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

We last looked in on Nitra Gipson way back in June of 2008 when I we first learned of the the law student spending two days in jail because the management staff at Walmart was convinced she was trying to pass counterfeit money orders. Can you just guess what happened? From the Houston Chronicle: “The […]

SUNDAY MORNING WITH ROBERT FEINMAN…

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

Our co-blogger Robert Feinman passed in July. Jonathan has already posted a best of series taken from Robert’s more than 600 posts to The Writing On The Wal. But Robert wrote elsewhere as well and, for some time, I’ve enjoyed a Sunday morning tradition of reading the essays he posted to his personal blog. Beginning […]

Why do people shop at a store that thrives on human suffering?

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

This Wall Street Journal article is about the Walmart Chicago fight that Jeff has been covering. I, however, find this piece more interesting for the rhetoric rather than the location. Try this, for example: “As the economy has faltered, there has been a renewed appreciation among customers for the Wal-Mart brand,” said Julie Murphy, a […]

MAYOR DALEY BOWS AT BENTOVILE ALTAR…?

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

So, Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley’s minions made the pilgrimage to Bentonville, Arkansas to huddle with Walmart functionaries and lay their scheme on how best to break the Chicago-Don’t-Want-No-Wal-Jobs jam. Good luck with that. From the Chicago Sun-Times: Sources said two of Mayor Daley’s top political operatives — former chief of staff Lori Healey and […]

BALTIMORE AIN’T BUYING IT…

Friday, March 26th, 2010

More than 100 people came together to speak their minds in Baltimore, Maryland, concerning plans to drop a Walmart supercenter into their neighborhood. They were not happy and the representative of the developer was on the defensive. From the Baltimore Messenger: Many of the questions and criticisms were based on negative perceptions of Wal-Mart as […]

CITRUS, APPLE AND PEACH NOTES…

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

One of those never-dying Walmart jokes involves a fictional list of names considered popular with Walmart shoppers. I first posted the list back in 2005. Today, however, I discovered that something called Wine Channel TV reviews wines bought at Walmart. There are eight other videos posted on Wine Channel TV, the oldest of which went […]

Like “People of Walmart,” only positive.

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

If this is why people love Walmart, then I’d hate to see an attack. Don’t take this the wrong way, but I’m now officially glad that I don’t live in East Texas.

WALMART WEDNESDAY: OPEN THREAD…

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

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.

CHEAP PLASTIC MEATY CRAP FROM CHINA…

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

According to Snopes, this email meme is at least three years old — having popped up there in August 2007 — but it popped up in my inbox this morning as one of the many pieces forwarded to me From My Dad. Snopes says the status of the email is: undetermined. But why the feck […]

WALMART, PRODUCE AND SUSTAINABILITY…

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Jim Prevor’s discourse may be a little bit too much inside baseball, ball, but I’m learning and I read through his posts on Walmart, produce and sustainability. Prevor is not pleased with Walmart’s current system and its effects on growers. From The Perishable Pundit: Rod Farrow’s point, though, is to note the contradiction between Wal-Mart’s […]