Ground Zero Victory Mosque – They have a right to build there. We’ll also help pay for it.
Walmart – Offensive! Denied
MANHATTAN — As rumors continued to swirl about Walmart moving to the Big Apple, the City Council has scheduled a hearing for next month to debate the merits of bringing the retailer to New York, according to the council’s website.
The event, titled “When Wal-Mart Comes to Town: The Effect on Small Businesses and Communities: A Historical and Prospective View,” is a joint hearing by the Committee on Small Business and committees on community and economic development. (We had an event, “When Radical Muslims Come to Town”)
“We’re excited to have this hearing and get all the information out in the open so it can be debated,” Bennett Baruch, deputy chief of staff to Councilwoman Diana Reyna, told Crain’s New York Monday. Reyna chairs the Small Business Committee.
The Big Box retailer, which is the country’s largest private employer, has tried several times to break into the New York market — most recently in 2005.
Walmart spokesman Steven Restivo said earlier this month that the company is once again looking at the possibility of opening a New York City store. Restivo would not confirm, though, whether they are looking at locations in Manhattan.
Public support for the store entering the city seems uncertain at best.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn joined a labor protest against the retailer last June, the Daily News reported.
“You know, it isn’t that we don’t want Walmart,” Quinn said at the rally, according to the News. “It’s that we don’t want companies that have led the nation in law suits being brought against them by workers. We don’t want companies that have the largest class-action in history brought against them. We don’t want companies where women are, over and over, paid less than men and not promoted. You can be very clear that I don’t want that.”
How about? “You know, it isn’t that we don’t want Muslims. We just don’t want radical Muslims celebrating over Ground Zero.”
They’re upset how Walmart treats women? But your ok with Muslim Sharia Law! ROTFLMAO
The hearing will take place Dec. 14 at 1 p.m. in City Hall.
UPDATE: Great comment and my follow up:
FScarn on AtlasShrugs.com says…
“Perhaps someone could explain this to me, but why does Wal Mart have to ask permission to enter the city and do business in NYC in the first place. If the designated site/land is commercially zoned, can’t Wal Mart go in there and build as a matter of right. Okay, the building dept. has to approve the architect/engineer drawn plans, so too with fire dept., but all of that is just house keeping, as is the parking (and WM is not going to choose a site that doesn’t have the parking).”
Mr. Pinko says…
Bloomberg and a-holes set themselves up to look foolish. Next time they tout that BS “the Muslims have the RIGHT to build their mosque, blah blah blah…” the immediate next question should be “then what about Walmart?”
And let the spin cycle begin!