We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
A Moslem cultural exception for smoking in bars in NYC? Gates. Similarly, in Scotland, Moslems want a Catholic school to teach Islam instead. Ace. What gives with all of these demands? Me and my friends have lots of demands, but the world ignores us. Do we have to go Moslem?
Re: Walmart. That piece says "every brand and every product is available, and at the lowest prices: groceries, clothes, electrical goods, and many even have pharmacies and opticians. Who has time to travel their local shops and markets, and who wants to pay more when they can pay less?"
It just ain't so. WalMart's prices simply aren't the lowest. Anyone with enough intelligence to compare the weekly newspaper fliers and go online to compare the various large retailers near them each week will quickly discover that Walmart hasn't anywhere near the lowest prices. The exceptions are their loss leaders which, however, fall into the bait and switch category. Only limited numbers available, and not everyone has the leisure to go in at 5 am to get one of 10. Their regular prices are frequently much higher than Target, Costco, even CompUsa, CircuitCity and BestBuy. Electronics, especially, cost more than virtually all the competition. Is this because electronics are our toys, our joys, and we are therefore more willing to spend whatever to get them?! Our weakness is the Walton's opportunity.
In addition, their stores are poorly organized and maintained, shelves restocked carelessly, staff ignorant.
As I have said before, WalMart is the worst retailer I have ever been to. I will only go in there now about every two or three years if something electronic is on sale at an incredible price. But that is just the lure of the hunt--invariably the item is sold out before I can get it.