He was editor of the Harvard Lampoon, but that's all print, right? It
has nothing to do with being funny on tv. Even when I can see how it
might have been funny, he ruins it. He drags it out too long, and
overdoes it, and even if writers write it, he's supposed to show them
how to make it his style and funny. Unfortunately his style isn't
Unless there are a lot of people younger than I who think so. Sort
of like the people who think Saturday Night Live is still funny.
Either I couldn't stay up that late, or I lived in the city with only
one tv channel when Steve Allen was on. I'm sure I woudl have liked
him. I liked Jack Paar.
I rarely watch The Tonight Show. Can I assume that Leno has announced
his retirement and that Conan is the announced replacement?
If yes, I don't agree with your "6 months" prediction.
It will happen sooner.
Yeah, that was a good idea of theirs.
Back in 1971, when I slept in my car** in shopping center parking
lots, every morning the police used to wake me up around 6 or 7. In
San Antonio,, they wanted to see my license and registration. I don't
remember if they told me to leave after that, but I was wide awake by
then and there wwas not point in staying.
**A 65 pontiac catalina. I would take out the rear of the right front
seat each night, and i'm 5'8" and could actually stretch out with my
feet under the dash. I even put in a reading light on the side of the
Eventually I learned to go to all-night gas stations, and ask the guy
running it. One of them turned me down, but for two or three nights
all the others said yes. I also parked at a truck stop, and didn't
ask anyone there. But I think the showers were free but I didn't have
nerve enough to use one, or even to ask.
Target regularly gives money to many charitable causes -- a certain
percent of their profits -- and charitable groups that fit within their
corporate charitable donation policies (children's groups, educational
groups, health and welfare groups, etc.) are welcome to ask for grants.
They do TONS for charitable causes -- veterans' hospitals, schools,
foster children, etc.
That's what they SAY. And Target makes a point of noting their charitable
Logic, however, says differently. They don't contribute to EVERY charity,
therefore they DO pick and choose. They could just as easily choose to allow
only the Salvation Army (as does Walmart). That they don't is evidence
sufficient they are familiars of Satan.
And another thing: What do you mean by strategically? That usually
refers to placing things where they'll be seen, like out the checkout
counter? Floor space percentages are determined by what they think
the market is.
(I actually don't like walmart and I only go there rarely when I can't
find what I want anywhere else.)
So even if half the building is groceries, you have to add to the half
that isn't groceries all the sales of gasoline, ahnd it sounds like
there are plenty.
Samantha Hill - remove TRASH to reply wrote:
Please be specific about WHICH taxes you are alleging that Walmart doesn't
pay because of a large grocery store footprint. If you are talking about
sales taxes, NO business pays sales taxes. It is only the CONSUMER who pays
the tax on purchases made.
What is best in life? "To crush your enemies, see them driven before
On Tue, 19 Aug 2008 10:53:12 -0700, Samantha Hill - remove TRASH to
That would make sense if it were possible to do that. But you have yet
to explain what you are referring to and it continues to seem
Don is right, that the sales tax on gasoline doesn't go to
municipality or the county, unless there is a local surcharge and
those surcharges are rare. So if you were talking about local taxes,
my point about gas tax probably proved nothing. (Plus the sales tax
is paid by the customer and collected for the state by the store.)
But if you are talking about local taxes, what local tax are you
talking about that is not the same for groceries and everything else?
Dave points out that the property tax, the only local tax that comes
to mind, is the same for the part of the store selling groceries and
the rest of the store. How do they save on taxes by selling
groceries? Are the other grocery stores in the area not paying their
share of taxes.
So far, your complaint against Walmart sounds like something you've
heard but haven't really thought about, and is one of the nonsense
complaints that people who don't like something concoct.
Again, I rarely go to Walmart, partly because I rarely buy anything at
all, other than hardware and repair parts for things I already own,
that WM doesn't sell. As to food I've never bought more than a candy
bar or bag of cookies at walmart to be eaten right then.
Exceptions, and worth telling you all about:
A) I didn't buy a digital camera until the middle of my last big
vacation. From the 8 rolls of film I had shot, I had double prints
made and a CD of each roll. I went several places, including a camera
store and had one roll done at each place. Walmart was the only one
that put mini-pictures, of every picture on the roll, on the CD, so I
don't need to keep the CD in the same envelope with prints or
negatives to know which CD is in my hand. If I find one next to the
CD drive, I can tell what's on it without turning on the computer or
starting the software. It turns out Costco does this too, although I
know nothing else about Costco. I don't know why the others don't.
This solves an annoyance that had bothered me for years.
B) Other than mail order, which I didn't want in case I had to
exchange it, Walmart and Sams Club are the only places around here and
maybe nationwide that sell the Phillips 7576H DVDR with Hard Drive.
AFAIK this is the only digital dvdr with a harddrive available in the
USA. I have no idea why other stores don't sell it, except maybe
eveyone gets a dvr or dvdr from their cable or satellite company, or
has TIVO. I don't want to spend that kind of money, and maybe a
store that targets poor people is likely to have this thing, even
though 250 or 300 dollars isn't so little I sneeze at it. But I like
C) I can no longer find the little cubes with switches on them that
plug into a receptacle and something else plugs into them. About 1x1x1
inch, with a switch, it's very convenient for lots of things, for
things that don't have their own switches or for which I want the
power to be totally removed (I have a tv that seems to need resetting
once in a while. The bathroom outlet and the switch I put there is
easy to reach). But Walmart usually has them, both 3-prong and
2-prong!!! Eventually I also found one at K-mart, but there the
nearest k-mart is fairly far and only had ONE.
D) For a while they had a very good price on CF bulbs. But
eventually home depot did too, and I won't need any more for years.
I think that's all I've bought from them in the last 3 years, and
maybe nothing before that.
But I still don't want to see prevail what seems like a mistaken
statement about the taxes they pay.
I am having a stressful week and when you said "tax base," I was
thinking sales tax. I know that the biggest complaint when they were
trying to put a Walmart in our community was that it would cause
increased traffic in an unincorporated area without the tax base to
support the improvements that Walmart didn't want to pay for, and the
proposal was rejected.
The City of Omaha quickly annexes any Walmart store originally built
outside of the city limits. This benefits Omaha's sales tax income
(handsomely) as well as the property taxes collected.
As for Walmart's "inner city" presence, Omaha is about to open its first
Walmart store on a site previously occupied by another building - a
bowling alley - and definitely INSIDE the city in a location that some
would argue qualifies as "inner city".
IIRC, it is to be the first TWO-STORY Supercenter. This I have to see.
Thanks for the reply. This part I don't know much about.
That might be because the lot is smaller, although bowling alley's are
usually pretty big, and usually have parking lots already. Forget I
said anything. Well, every bowling alley I've ever seen has been in
the suburbs or near the suburbs. I've lived IN the city for 18
years, and I don't remember any bowling alleys. Of course things
change the farther west one goes. Never mind.
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