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We know that Wal Mart tends to be a little on the politically inconsiderate side… and is a tad exploitive of their workers However, new news from CNN says that the good people of Wal Mart are building a store outside the ruins of Teotihuacan, Mexico. This is where the greatest pyramids of the Western world still sit today. See some pictures here, and here. Heck, let CNN tell it:

The Teotihuacan construction site lies less than a mile (1.6 km) from the gated tourist park housing the main ruins and is visible from atop the Pyramid of the Sun that has defined the skyline for 2,000 years.

Oh, here is a little bonus from the thoughtful folks from Benton, they are building on a native holy site:

Amid rising controversy, Mexico’s government this month said a small pre-Hispanic altar was found buried at the construction site. Plans call for preserving the small structure under plexiglass in what will be the store’s parking lot.

Now, maybe the suits at Wal Mart don’t watch Scooby Doo like I do… daily. Let me tell you this, no good can from building on the shrines and ruins of a dead civilization that celebrated human sacrifice to the gods. This will be your undoing, Wal Mart, and the karma you suffer will be much stronger than old man McGinty in an old Halloween costume scaring the kids. I make this a formal call to all to boycott Wal Mart, and that means Sam’s Club too.

* a forward answer to my critics, who will surely say ‘This is intellectual mumbo jumbo against an easy target from a guy who can afford to spend more’ – to them I answer firmly “um… yes!”. See that? We are a full service media clearinghouse of thoughts and ideas.

**as a courtesy to Eric and many of you readers, I changed the title of this post from its original. You may may the story unedited at my site. Here is the hint though, the first word wasn’t Boycott… and it began with an ‘F’

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  • RedTard

    This should be a nonissue. Anyone who has actually visited the pyramids knows that suburbs already surround the pyramids. I was really surprised at how close the Mexican government allows the surrounding communities to encroach. It’s only about one to two hundred yard off the east side of the Sun and Moon pyramids to the nearest housing. You could possibly hit the kids outside playing with a stone from the top.

    The more important question is: why does it irritate you that WalMart is exercising the same freedoms that everyone else enjoys? There are plenty of other businesses with lower pay and benefits. My suspicion is you dislike them because they are successful and they are American, two things the political left has come to hate.

  • http://macaronies.blogspot.com Mac Diva

    This is ugly Americanism, Lono. Possibly ugly Mexicanism, too. The Mexican government could be disdainful of the ruins, because, they are ‘just Indio.’ One of the worst things colonialism has done to some cultures is encourage them to hate their indigenous ancestors.

    I’ve not been a Wal Mart shopper. Don’t intend to start.

  • http://www.iamcorrect.blogspot.com Lono

    My friends, you are missing my point. First off, stop the fucking myth that liberals want America to fail! If you think that is what the Democrats want, you need to see a therapist. We all want to succeed, and we all want America to succeed. But, not at any cost. There HAS to be accountability people. We can still be great and rich and successful without fucking everyone. There is good to be had by all, and riches to be shared. Allow me to reiterate for every Democrat and Liberal and Micheal Mooore of the world

    No one wants America to fail. No one here is Anti- American. We just want our country and our companies to be fair and accountable for untold riches that they reep.

    Thanks for your patience,
    Lono

  • boomcrashbaby

    My suspicion is you dislike them because they are successful and they are American, two things the political left has come to hate.

    Wal-Mart is often singled out by liberals in discussions, because Wal-Mart is the ideal example of the encroachment/intrusion of a corporation.

    Conservatives (I believe) are against big government, often referring to it as big brother. I think the concerns that conservatives have about big government, liberals have about big corporations and that kind of power in the hands of general members of the public, rather than public servants.

    Wal-Mart is large enough that any time it moves into a community, it has a large impact, both positive and negative. That’s why communities hold meetings to see if they want a Wal-Mart in there. Because there can be a price to pay for it. This example of wanting to build so close to ancestral ruins is an example of what makes liberals concerned. When the business decides that the best needs of the business (location to tourists), outweigh the best needs of the community around it.

    Nobody, liberal or conservative, wants a business in their community that is operating to the detriment of the community. Opposing that is not ‘hating America’, because that type of corporate intrusion isn’t how a liberal defines America.

  • http://www.foliage.com/~marks Mark Saleski

    what i can’t stand about walmart is their saturation strategy.

    they intentially build stores in what seems like too-close proximity so that all of their competition is forced out.

    when the competition is gone, they thin out their stores.

    it may be ‘just business’, but it’s just plain nasty.

  • http://www.kolehardfacts.blogspot.com Mike Kole

    Alas, you can choose to do business with Wal-Mart, or boycott it as is suggested here. In the case of government, if you choose not to do business, you go to jail.

    Somebody do something about this nearly invisible grey print!

  • John L

    You provided emotion but no real facts. Walmart may be only a mile plus away however what else is a mile away? Maybe there are all kinds of merchant activity in that area? Maybe you will be able to see their roof from this tourist site instead of the the shack roofs that are currently the source of t-shirts and key chains run by dirt poor Mexicans who only care about their next meal. “Next to the Wal-Mart site stands the rust-colored Hotel Quinta Sol, a project she and others failed to block. A huge yellow sign for the Elektra electronics store chain and a broken Coca-Cola billboard dot the landscape.” (Yahoo)

    Walmart, as it often is, is undoubtedly a godsend for that area with the hundreds of jobs it will provide, the diversity of items their patrons now have access to at great prices and most importantly the JOBS (yep- said it twice). “This is a development opportunity,” town secretary Jorge Lopez said. “We need water, drainage, pavement, schools.”

    It’s easy for us to be rich angry tourists and spout off about the ‘evil empire’ in a remote land but lets get a grip and a perspective. Walmart is simply one of the most efficiently run organizations in the land. They should be highly praised for what they have accomplished. I am sure most residents are thrilled.

    – Number of new employees Wal-Mart plans to hire through 2008: 800,000 — the equivalent to of adding all the workers at General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. combined. (Source: Wal-Mart & Hoovers)

    You might say ‘well who cares- they dont pay them shi-nola.’ As this is a free country that will be 800,000 people thankful Walmart gave them a job. The 1.5 million that work their currently would tell you the same thing. Some of the woman might disagree however

  • boomcrashbaby

    Mike, if your comment #6 was in reference to my comment #4, I find it an unconvincing argument.

    Yes, Wal-Mart provides jobs and money for the city, like the other commenter pointed out, money for roads, etc. But when the company you work for at 19 unionized dollars an hour goes bust because of Wal-Mart and you can only get a 7 dollar an hour job there now, what good does a smooth road do you when you can no longer afford to drive on it?

    It was also said, look at a one-mile radius at all the mom and pop shops around wal-mart…within a one-mile radius around our wal-mart there is costco, petsmart, etc.

    If you want to do business with a small independent in this town, all that is left is to drive over to the part of town where nobody speaks english, or you can go to the outskirts like we do for our pet food where the small business has a sign that says ‘protect the endangered species – small business’.

    Comments like “you can choose to do business with Wal-Mart, or boycott it as is suggested here”, disregards the fact that even if you don’t do business with Wal-Mart you can still be affected negatively by it. It doesn’t bring me around to that point of view at all.

  • John L

    Boomcrash-
    So you believe because Walmart buys and sells more efficiently than mom & pop (which translates to better prices for the consumer) that they (WM) should just stop that ’cause mom and pop are nice and have that cute little trendy shop over there. Walmart does NOT AFFECT mom & pops with specialty services. Many mom & pops are grateful to WM for bringing them business and/or customer service for products WM does not offer.
    Fortunately Americans make the decisions and not you or govt. They choose to shop where they choose to shop and obviously they are going to Walmart. Regarding pay, why should I subsidize high pay rates for unionized (and often unskilled) labor when I, as the consumer, dont have to? Talk to some of the consumers in the outskirts who have little choice as to where to shop where there is no Walmart. Few choices at high prices. Remember thats how Walmart became what it has become! It started in small towns across America where consumers were stuck with the few choices they had. Your view is frankly unamerican but I argue for your right to speak your mind! Walmart is American capitalism at its finest.

  • http://www.foliage.com/~marks Mark Saleski

    yes, american capitalsim at its finest.

    and when our country has become one coast-to-coast strip mall, we’ll only have ourselves to blame.

  • boomcrashbaby

    Boomcrash-So you believe because Walmart buys and sells more efficiently than mom & pop (which translates to better prices for the consumer) that they (WM) should just stop that ’cause mom and pop are nice and have that cute little trendy shop over there.

    No, I never stated that WM should just stop. And I never stated anything about mom and pop being trendy. Why should I even bother responding to you since you seem to know all my motivations?

    Walmart does NOT AFFECT mom & pops with specialty services.
    Many mom & pops are grateful to WM
    Remember thats how Walmart became what it has become!

    My partner used to be a manager at WalMart. Probably 90% of our current friends were coworkers with him, so we still hang out with WalMart people. My cousin is regional manager for numerous stores in the Colorado area. Thank you for the history lesson of WalMart because I certainly didn’t know what to believe before some anonymous blogger on the internet told me how it was.

    Your view is frankly unamerican but I argue for your right to speak your mind! Walmart is American capitalism at its finest.

    I favor capitalism. Personally, the reason I don’t shop at Wal-Mart is NOT because of the issues discussed here, but because so many people go to wal-mart it’s like trying to shop while on the front row of a britney spears concert. It’s a madhouse. Each checkout line can have 20 carts in line waiting to checkout. That’s my own personal reason for not shopping there, it has nothing to do with what you might think of me.

    As I said, I favor capitalism, but I also know that when something (like WalMart) grows SO large that entrepreneurs cannot then start their own business from the ground up because they cannot compete with wal mart, then said business actually HINDERS capitalism and free enterprise, it doesn’t promote it.

    I am against super-large corporations because I favor capitalism, and super-large corporations hinder that.

    Your view is frankly unamerican

    apparently so, since most Americans believe that a large corporation run amuck is the definition of what America is about, then my view would seem to be unAmerican.

  • John L

    Wow. My guess is you are a young guy that had a crappy job with a large corporation and you are pissed at being paid crap while being forced to work hard for your crappy pay. I dont even know where to start with your comments so I will focus on the last:

    “I am against super-large corporations because I favor capitalism, and super-large corporations hinder that.”

    This is what they call a Super large corporations got to be super large by starting somewhere and as a result their efforts were rewarded. Its again, the american way. Your argument is that because Walmart is so good at doing what they do that they should be penalized for their business savvy?? Super large corporations are the evolution of a simple concept… a well run business that does it better than the business next door. Corporation, a dirty word to you, is simply term. If your business were to grow large due to your efforts you would put 1) put other businesses out of business 2) you might consider incorporating yourself which would lead to (and this is the best part) 3) you becoming an entity that emulated the same path as Walmart. You dont penalize large corporations for doing things better than the next guy. A guy like you should look at what they are doing and emulate it or do it better. You yourself would then be the large corporation. It would be interesting to see just how you would be better than WalMart if you were successful. Pay your people more? Allow unions? Give back more to charity? Translates into higher prices my friend and makes you less competitive which in turn allows you to hire less, give your customers less, etc. You need to take an economics course or try running a lemonade stand. My advice is run that stand next to another stand and maybe you will understand the WalMarts of the world.

  • John L

    Slight error in finishing my first sentence re: your argument -This is what they call a “contradiction in terms” or an oxymoron!
    Also, tip for your lemonade stand, you will want to buy your stand, sugar, lemons, and signs at Walmart so you can be competitive and win the business.

  • boomcrashbaby

    Wow. My guess is you are a young guy that had a crappy job with a large corporation and you are pissed at being paid crap while being forced to work hard for your crappy pay.

    I’m 40. I’m a work from home full-time father, who gets paid well enough and has extremely flexible hours. I’ve never worked for a business that has had more than 30 people, although my clients are corporations. Don’t need your lemonade stand to change my viewpoint. I favor capitalism. I also believe that open source code does far more to encourage entrepreneurship and the true concept of capitalism than microsoft’s strangehold on the home PC does. Both are examples of capitalism, you and I differ on which is better.

  • John L

    Boom-
    Microsofts hold is a bit of a different animal. Agreed there is a bit of a stranglehold there that is unfair toward fair markets. Lono, who got this started, happens to be my brother fyi. He is a classic case of a guy that hated corporate america, who is the primary basher of WM, who did work for Target and cursed them as they were the hated Corporate evil giant. He now gets his paycheck from another hated corporate giant and shops frequently at his now favorite store- guess who? Target. Funny how life changes. Anyway no hard feelings. Nothing like a good blog disagreement. My first by the way. My employer probably wouldnt be too happy with my misplaced time today :) I will also note that I too dont shop at Walmart because the place is a zoo but still admire what they have done by simply putting the best prices on products available.

  • boomcrashbaby

    It’s odd that you can concede that Microsoft strangles capitalism, while Wal Mart is nothing but a glorified success story. What have the two done differently?

    You think you got your low prices at the checkout? Think again as most Wal Mart employees get paid so little, they qualify for some form of welfare, or governmental benefits and so you (the taxpayer) end up paying them the same as that union guy who you refuse to do business with.

    Following are the first three paragraphs of a pbs show that pretty well spells out how Wal Mart became a success story:

    When WalMart comes to town:

    Wal-Mart employs more people than any other company in the United States outside of the Federal government, yet the majority of its employees with children live below the poverty line. “Buy American” banners are prominently placed throughout its stores; however, the majority of its goods are made outside the U.S. and often in sweatshops. Critics believe that Wal-Mart opens stores to saturate the marketplace and clear out the competition, then closes the stores and leaves them sitting empty. Freedom of speech issues also come into play. Musicians are at the mercy of Wal-Mart’s stringent content rules, forcing many to create “sanitized” versions of their albums specifically for the discount chain.

    The sentiment behind Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton’s promise of a “better life for all” belies questionable business practices – many that have been challenged by employees, unions, environmentalists, recording artists and human rights organizations.

    Forbes magazine, polling business executives (not employees) has ranked Wal-Mart among the best 100 corporations to work for. Yet the employees on average take home pay of under $250 a week. The salary for full-time employees (called “associates”) is $6 to $7.50 an hour for 28-40 hours a week, which is typical in the discount retail industry. This pay scale places employees with families below the poverty line, with the majority of employees’ children qualifying for free lunch at school. When closely examined, this amounts to a form of corporate welfare, as the taxpayer subsidizes the low salaries. One-third are part-time employees – limited to less than 28 hours of work per week – and are not eligible for benefits.

    source

  • John L

    Valid points however I dont know what you would recommend doing about it? Walmart will pay their employees what the market will bear. Thats exactly what they should pay. They are paying exactly what the market will bear for an unskilled employee. No more or less than an other retailer in a similiar environment. The size they are simply gets them more press about it. Why would they pay a dime more that they have to? Any company that does that is soon to not be a company. Thats poor business practice. If they pay them an inflated wage they are then less competitive which means higher prices, less walmarts and ergo-less jobs. Catch 22. As far as the CD’s- Good for them! I have no problem with them having standards. I can go elsewhere to buy a CD with smut if i want. They stopped selling bullets and handguns as well. Once again- good for them. Lastly as far as the big box thing – we all make mistakes. They boldly try new markets and some fail. That leaves a big box. Better to have tried and failed as they say. Cant blame them for not wanted to sell space to a competitor… So as President Boom would you set the min. wage higher for Walmart? You see all the problems that would create right?

  • John L

    Forgot to address the Microsoft issue. Its two different animals because MS owns 95% of desktops on which they control what goes on those desktops. That is an now an unfair monopoly which needs to be regulated. I can shop at Walgreens or many other drug stores. If I want to be in the computing and business world I need to have an MS operating system. Apple and Linux arent fairly competitive to MS’s dominance and yes there are some arguments you could make to sheer capitalism but this aint one. Monopolies exist but do need to be regulated.

  • boomcrashbaby

    Why would they pay a dime more that they have to? Any company that does that is soon to not be a company.

    Exactly. Why pay an employee a living wage when you can get the taxpayer to subsidize it for you, increasing your profits.

    So as President Boom would you set the min. wage higher for Walmart?

    I’m not sure I have the answer. I just wouldn’t go around tooting the ‘Wal-Mart is the pinnacle of success’ horn, when the majority of it’s employees live below the poverty line. I’m not sure what that says about American success. I favor capitalism, but I acknowledge that capitalism needs regulation, which makes me a (shudder) liberal.

  • http://www.iamcorrect.blogspot.com Lono

    Wow

    A spirited dialogue has ensued! I wasn’t able to watch this unfold because blogcritics is blocked from my web access at work (it thinks its porn). This is what blogging and democracy are all about. I’ll just step back and let you two at it! Glad to see someone cares about these issues besides me.

    Lono

  • John L

    You dont have to go to Walmart to find low paid employees. Simply step over to the mall, your local gas station, 7-11, ice cream outlet…. The common theme being uneducated/unskilled. Get those things and you get a better job!

    Minor personal note. I am a registered democrat.

  • http://screenrant.com Vic

    You need to close a tag in your post which is causing all the following text to be in that grey, small font you used at the end of your original post.

    Kinda hard to read grey on grey. :-)

    Just FYI.

    Vic

  • Eric Olsen

    fixed

  • Shark

    Boycott Wal-Mart? Might as well boycott America.

    Wal-Mart is the future.

    Good news: we’ll all be working there.

    Bad news: at those salaries, we won’t be able to afford to shop there.

    Result: Hello Economic Apocalypse!

    I say shop Wal-Mart — and as is written in the New American Edition of The Book of Revelation (George W’s favorite bedside read)

    “Bring it on!”

  • Shark

    John L.: “Wow. My guess is you are a young guy that had a crappy job with a large corporation and you are pissed at being paid crap while being forced to work hard for your crappy pay.”

    My guess is that you are one of the few Americans still employed — but haven’t yet seen the implications of the “new economy” on your future.

    Another guess: you’re one of the handful of Americans who can’t spit out the window and hit a Lowes or Home Depot or Blockbuster or Wal-Mart.

    But the day is young, so you might check the window later this afternoon.

    PS: Don’t open it, though: I hear the Air Quality alert for today is “Dangerous”

  • John L

    Shark- Dont really get your comments but regarding this one- “My guess is that you are one of the few Americans still employed — but haven’t yet seen the implications of the “new economy” on your future” you have me scratching my head.

    Been through several layoffs myself so I have first hand knowledge of the ‘new economy’ but in my world the records show 94.2% of America is currently employed. I think that is better than “one of the few americans still employed”

  • http://mulitmedea.blogspot.com Dew

    I’m not sure where you all are located but here in Mississippi Wal-Mart is your best bet for just about anything. All the other stores are at least 75% higher and their only edge on Wal-Mart is the wait.

    Mom ad Pop stores are greatly affected by Wal-Marts in their area. They have to charge more because they have less stock, which means less choice, which means less customers.

    The only time a Wal-Mart isn’t packed is between 3am & 5am because most people are sleep.

    The bottom line is money, you can walk into any (Super) Wal-Mart any time of the day and get everything you need, from a big screen tv to muscadines and you want people to boycott that?

    Look at it this way, Wal-Mart is in the midst of the largest civil suit in history. It has every thing, oppression, discrimination, unfair pay, yet their stock has gone up has it not? And you think people will stop shopping there because of some bones under the parking lot? Please! There has to have been some call for them in Mexicoland or they would not go through the trouble of being there.

    If you build it they will come.

  • boomcrashbaby

    You dont have to go to Walmart to find low paid employees. Simply step over to the mall, your local gas station, 7-11, ice cream outlet…. The common theme being uneducated/unskilled.

    Agreed, but you aren’t touting those as the ‘great American success story’.

    Dew:
    I’m not sure where you all are located but here in Mississippi Wal-Mart is your best bet for just about anything. All the other stores are at least 75% higher

    But you are still paying more for shopping at walmart, because so much of your tax dollars goes to ‘help’ the company.

    “Subsidy deals were found in 35 states, with the most in California, Illinois, Missouri, Texas and Mississippi.”
    source

    Perhaps if less people in Mississippi shopped at WalMart, your taxes would go down?

  • John L

    Every major corporation in the world has tax subsidies! If i am bringing my company to your area and that company will bring a lot of jobs (good paying or not) of course i will ask for tax subsidies. A smart state will give them to me and Wal-mart, or any large org, would be foolish not to ask for them!

  • John L

    what the heck is a ‘muscadine?’

  • http://mulitmedea.blogspot.com Dew

    Before Super Wal-Mart came to the area our food tax was 8% and today our food tax is 8%. They may be alotting more of tax subsidies to Wal-Mart but we pay the same high ass (excuse my french) food tax we’ve been paying for years.

    John, a muscadine is kinda like a grape in that it has seeds and it’s sweet but it is larger than a grape though smaller than a plum. It’s consistency is more like that of a plum also.

    I also disagree with the comment on low paid workers and their common theme. Most Wal-Mart workers, at least here, are students working for extra money and part time employees working for extra money. The unskilled, uneducated make a very low percentage of the workers in the 6 Super Wal Marts throughout ourt metro area. I also think that is a gross stereotype.

  • Shark

    Yall need to do some research. Based on just about every criteria for contributing something constructive to one’s society, Wal-Mart is Satan incarnate.

    Glad to see somebody standing up for the demon’s retail chain, though; somebody’s gotta do it.

  • boomcrashbaby

    I also disagree with the comment on low paid workers and their common theme

    I was referring to a pbs show that did research on it, and came up with the conclusion that most walmart employees with a family to support live below the poverty line. I think they would have discounted students in that case.

    I’m not trying to get people to stop shopping at WalMart. Remember my earlier comments in that I favor capitalism. The whole reason I mentioned anything on this thread, is that I do realize when a company grows SO large (i.e. WalMart or Microsoft), then the detriments (correct word?) of that business can begin to outweigh the benefits.

  • http://www.resonation.ca Jim Carruthers

    There were two articles in the Globe and Mail this week about Wal-Mart (unfortunately the G&M has gone darknet this week, so no linky because they can’t play nice with others).

    The first point was about the possibility they might get a union in Canada despite their best efforts to bust them, though they just might close the store, well, just because. The second is their fear that most of their target shoppers may become too poor to shop at Wal-Mart, since secure people with money don’t shop at WM, and at least 20 per cent of WalMart customers are only a single pay cheque from destitution.

    This is especially ironic in Mexico, where the purported middle class is under great stress with huge loan margins — credit cards run at unbelievable rates.

    In NorthAm, the illusion of prosperity has been held up by the illusion of credit. However, deficit financing is not sustainable. Neither is the slash-and-burn mercantilism of corporations like Wal-Mart.

  • http://www.resonation.ca Jim Carruthers

    John L, and the other apologists for Wal-Mart, at least get your terms straight — Wal-Mart doesn’t engage in capitalism (go on, look it up in an economics textbook).

    They engage in a very refined version of mercantilism, using info-networks and a version of revolving door indentured labour (about 50 per cent employee turnover every year) and international commodity arbitrage combined with “just in time delivery” to hold up profits, without actually building any capital.

  • John L

    Jim-
    A lot of fancy terms… go get yourself a latte and get out in the sun. Come back and let the rest of us know what you are talking about. Capitalism is a term for an economic system- one in which Wal-mart, I assure you, exists. Of course our country isnt purely capitalistic but lets not go there. Now go get that Latte Jim!

  • Consumer

    Walmart has the best prices?

    Someone never shopped at Dollar General.

  • Nancy

    It’s about time someone stood up & uttered blasphemy: just because something is “The American Way” does not mean it’s right, ethical, or moral, even if it IS legal. A lot that is ‘legal’ is in violation of every moral, ethical, humanitarian instinct there is. “The American Way” is a bullshit jingoistic phrase that was coined by a pre-Karl Rove flunky during the 1880s to justify the robber barons raping the public as usual. Just as now, it was used to imply that if you didn’t agree with their policies or ‘right’ to plunder & steal at will, then you were un-American, and just as now, it’s as transparent as a baggie, a pile of bullshit trotted out by those needing to intimidate & smear opposition to their lies & wholesale theft. The American Way? The classic, beloved behavior defended by this putative “American Way” includes, among other things: slavery, imperialism, monopolies, denying minorities & women basic humanitarian rights, animal abuse, child abuse, rape, lynching, price gouging, profiteering, gutting public assets such as the environment for private profit, strike-breaking (including 1st-degree murder), election fraud, vote fraud, corporate accounting fraud, organized crime, sex worker slavery, drug importing & dealing (and I’m not talking Merck, which is it’s own issue), fraudulent as well as deadly pharmaceuticals, years of marketing deadly carcinogens & lying about it to the public & congress, fake or unnecessary (but very profitable) medical procedures, lying under oath, and a host of other hallowed “American” traditions capitalists have engaged in while wrapping themselves in the flag to justify & protect their criminal, vile activities so they could line their pockets & satisfy their insatiable greed, the public be damned. Anyone, anywhere, anytime, who for any reason wraps themselves in patriotism or religion is setting off a signal as loud as the warning of a rattler that they are vipers to beware of.

    The “American” way is NOT any of the above. The true American way rejects such conniving, thieving, greedy, vile, violent, & selfish practices utterly – else we’d not have laws against them, feebly those these same laws are enforced, especially against the rich & powerful, the capitalists & oligarchs who think they own & do their utter best to act as subvert dictators to the citizens of this country – and others.

    “The American Way” is a warning, a signal to the rest of us, that anyone spouting it is up to no good, and ought to be shot on sight.

    As for Capitalism, that’s no more than a label trying to bestow honesty & legitimacy on those who like to steal, lie, & do whatever they can get away with, again, to feed their insatiate greed & selfishness. Be damned to them. I sincerely hope & pray that there is a justice that sees every rapacious capitalist’s soul frying in eternal hell without mercy or hope thereof for their crimes against humanity.

    So there.

  • John L

    Wow. Well done. Anyone using the word “Putative” in a sentence needs commendation. I am sure you spend your nights and weekends out picketing the mall, WM, and all of the local retail stores who typically provide no benefits to their employees, pay minimum wage (unlike WM who pays on average $8-9 plus) and force people to work less than 32 hours so no bene’s are required. I see you with your RAPE AND CHILD ABUSES NO MORE sign in front of Walgreens and Baskin Robbins. I also loved your “its about time someone stood up” comment- guess what… all young college educated white people with a nice place to live have picked this soap box as their favorite. Everyone is against Walmart. Its the easy popular argument of the day. Be strong Nancy and look past it. Look back at the teachings of your economics class! Your ‘passion’ tells me you are oh I would say.. 22?

    So I ask you Nancy, what specifically would you do to make things better?

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