Monday, December 05, 2005

Football, Anti-Walmart, Playboy

I caught parts of Monday Night Football tonite between the Seahawks & Eagles and watched a historic game. 42-0 was the score in favour of the Seahawks. You know it's bad when during the 3rd quarter the sportscasters are talking about driving their buses for the first time. It also makes you wonder about the few hardy souls remaining to watch the game in a snow storm -- are they nuts? Diehard fans? Have nothing better to do? I mean honestly, at the 4th quarter and 42 points ahead, don't just pack it in and go home?


For those of you that read this blog often, you know about my passionate dislike for all things Wal-Mart. I think it is the American anti-Christ. I was pleased today to see on the editorial page of The Dallas Morning News that the paper has taken an anti-Wal-Mart stand also -- here is the text:

This Is Too Bad: If we ignore 'evil' Wal-Mart, will it go away?

05:00 AM CST on Monday, December 5, 2005

We can learn a lot from opinion polls. Our lesson today is about Wal-Mart. You choose:

  1. "I believe Wal-Mart is good for America. It provides low prices and saves consumers money every day."
  2. "I believe Wal-Mart is bad for America. It may provide low prices, but these prices come with a high moral and economic cost for consumers."
The verdict? A solid majority – 56 percent! – say Wal-Mart is bad for America, according to a Zogby Poll commissioned by, a union-funded group pressing the retail giant to raise wages and benefits. Only 39 percent of 1,012 randomly chosen adults went the other way.

So not only is Wal-Mart the devil, as some very noisy neighborhood groups have said for years – "Crime! Traffic! Sprawl!" – but now most of America knows it, even if no one forces America to shop there.

And if Wal-Mart truly is "bad for America," wouldn't the flip side – i.e., "good for America" – be for this evil monster to go away? For all those rich guys in northwest Arkansas to face facts and close their 3,700 U.S. stores? (Leave aside the 2,400 Wal-Marts in the rest of the world, as the rest of the world didn't get to vote.)

Sure, that would put 1.3 million people out of work, but they weren't getting paid enough anyway. And this editorial board could quit leaning on Wal-Mart to help cut the number of uninsured U.S. workers.

And, yes, 100 million Americans a week would have to find another store – with higher prices – to go to for socks and shoes, TVs and TV dinners, lamps and blenders, tomatoes and toys. Really, those people should be grateful to pay a few dollars more to lessen the country's moral outrage.
(In fact, the same day the Zogby Poll was released, Wal-Mart reported a 4.3 percent increase in November sales over last year, as if we can believe those guys.)

Don't these customer sheep, led to Wal-Mart slaughter, need our help? Two more suggestions then:

  • If you really believe Wal-Mart is bad for America, don't shop there. Leave the rest of America to save a few pennies in peace.
  • And if you cash one of those minuscule Wal-Mart paychecks, quit your job. Paying the bills is no reason to support evil in our midst.


Texas winters are interesting -- summers are boring. The summer is hot. The winter is different -- Saturday we had a record high of 89 and tomorrow it should snow.


Today was busy with the ROBBO series -- phone calls to London, Germany and California -- my hours are all jacked up! Spoke with Alex Mardikian at Von Dutch -- they have signed 2005 Playboy Playmate of the Year, Tiffany Fallon, to be their model for next years bikes.

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