Archive for August, 2010

HIGHER MORALS, COST OR FEAR, YOU PICK…

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

What caused New York state senate democrats to return a check for $15,000 to Walmart. Did someone grow a pair and say no to corporate influence? Was a decision made that the check wasn’t big enough? Or, my choice, was the grief just not worth it? From the New York Post: State Senate Democrats have […]

Walmart is for the environment…

Monday, August 30th, 2010

…except when it hinders their ability to pave California into a bigger parking lot than it already is. The hypocrisy is staggering, and shame on every environmentalist out there who continues to suffer from Walmart Compartmentalization Syndrome.

WALMART AS THE HOMELESS ALTERNATIVE…

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Walmart has a long history of promoting its acres of parking lot as free stops for RVers. The policy builds good will and guarantees sales to travellers who need to stock up on all manner of foods, beverages and cheap plastic craps from China. I don’t think Walmart was thinking about homeless people, however. From […]

Inmate central.

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

I just finished having dinner with a guy who works as a guard at the local jail. He described Walmart as “inmate central,” meaning he sees all the people who he once kept in lockup there. Since he’s afraid they might give him trouble, he always carries a hunting knife when he goes shopping there. […]

WALMART, CARREFOUR, TESCO IN CHINA RACE…

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

The numbers are not all that close, but retailers Walmart, Carrefour and Tesco are in a race to grab as much of the lucrative Chinese retail market. The Communists have stolen a march on the Capitalists, playing catch-up is a race for second place. From China Beverage News: U.S. retailing giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc. signed […]

WALMART PARKING LOTS AREN’T ALL BAD…

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

SUNDAY MORNING WITH ROBERT FEINMAN…

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

Our co-blogger Robert Feinman passed in July 2009. 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. […]

LYLE DENNISTON ON DOCKET NO. 10-277…

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

There is no one covering the Supreme Court whose words I trust more than those of Lyle Denniston. His decades-long record as a journalist is untouchable, his clarity of delivery at time enough to make me wonder I bother writing. I was watching to see what he would have to say on Dukes. No excerpt […]

WALMART NEEDS ANOTHER TAXPAYER BAILOUT…

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Free-market enthusiasts tend to sputter when asked to explain why, in a free market, their favorite business needs to suck at the public teat. Politics is not about stopping redistribution of wealth, its about deciding where you think the money should go. From The Houston Chronicle: The city is negotiating a deal with the developer […]

DEADLY WALMART DELI MEATS RECALLED..

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Unlike Jonathan, I still eat a bit of meat, not every day, but enough to put me squarely in the omnivore category. If the only place that I could buy meat was Walmart, however, I would be devoted to my vegetables, fruits and nuts in no time. From The United States Department of Agriculture: Zemco […]

Why Dukes matters.

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Jeff has already told you about Walmart’s direct appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court on the Dukes case. I just want to highlight a tiny part of the NYT story on the same subject: When the news media began covering the lawsuit and writing about her, she said, Wal-Mart grew embarrassed and raised her pay […]

DANG… THAT DIDN’T TAKE LONG…

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

To hell with appeals and district courts. Walmart need to squash the Dukes bug as quickly as it can lest it actually be held responsible for its alleged reprehensible behavior in a court of law. No, Walmart believes in going right to the Supremes. From Reuters: The world’s largest retailer has asked the U.S. Supreme […]

WALMART WEDNESDAY: OPEN THREAD…

Wednesday, August 25th, 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.

SETTING UP A WALMART WIN IN DUKES…

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

While I, and others here, maintain a tight focus on Dukes v. Walmart, the case will almost certainly go before the Chief Justice Roberts’ version of the U.S. Supreme Court, and the players are positioning themselves for that final showdown. From Antitrust & Competition Policy Blog: Dukes is likely to affect certification of antitrust class […]

Regulation now. Regulation tomorrow. Regulation forever.

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Yes, “The Case Against Corporate Social Responsibility,” as it appeared in yesterday’s WSJ doesn’t mention Walmart by name. Indeed, it doesn’t mention any company by name, but with all the hub hub about Walmart’s public image makeover, you can’t help but assume the author has Walmart in mind when he writes stuff like this: Large […]