ARKANSAS: Walmart Tells Governor To Veto License To Discriminate Bill

  • Sashineb

    Good. Let’s see how quickly other corporations and influential individuals will do likewise. I mean, do they think they can avoid the controversy that surrounded the Indiana issue?

    • BudClark

      I think Big Business has made it pretty clear as to how they feel.

      • Sashineb

        And now the list includes American Airlines, Microsoft, Wells Fargo, Symantec and others.

  • Spray on abs

    I am trying to believe Walmart gives a crap about people at all.

    • Robincho

      Good luck with that, dude…

      • Spray on abs

        It’s not working….

        • Robincho

          I know. I was just sorta tryin’ to make conversation…

          • Spray on abs

            Thanks Robincho. Don’t want to waste anymore of my life energy on Walmart. My two comments were all the f*cks I have to give.

    • TheManicMechanic

      They care only about money. Laws like these license-to-discriminate hate-driven farces divide people and are simply bad for business. That’s it. But, hey, I’ll take that over nothing in our favor.

      • BudClark

        The bean-counters told their CFOs to jump.

        They jumped.

        Discrimination makes taxes and transferring personnel a nightmare.

        Imagine asking a married gay couple to move to a state where they AREN’T married, and the spouse will lose his/her benefits because state law doesn’t allow it.

        • TheManicMechanic

          If I was asked to transfer to a bigot state, I would have to decline, and do so rather forcefully. I don’t want my marriage to be null and void.

  • Curieux Bleu

    Hello Echo Chamber … is there an intelligent synapse anywhere within.

    Asa, Asa, is NO-ONE home here, pick up dammit!

    • Robincho

      But when the phone rings and the Waltons are on the other end of the line, it’s different. Let’s just sit back and see what happens when they say “Jump!” And will Hutchinson get his asa in gear and say “How high?”

      • teeveedub

        On some level, this will be fun to watch – the battle between commerce and religious zealotry. Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, and place your bets.

        • That Other Jean

          I’ll bring the popcorn.

    • JoeNCA

      Do they get Internet in Arkansas? Television? Have they never heard of Indiana? Arizona?

      • Baby_Raptor

        I can attest that we have internet and TV in Arkansas.

        I can also attest that having access to information doesn’t automatically mean people will use it.

        • Octavio

          I think we need to start a Fundme account to spring you out of that state. 🙂

        • RFW

          Indoor plumbing, then?

          • Baby_Raptor

            Haven’t met anyone who doesn’t know how to use that. Thank Zod for small favours, I guess?

          • geoffalnutt

            Yes, but ‘culture’ extends to the local tattoo parlor…and stops there.

        • JoeNCA

          Truer words have ne’er been spoken.

  • Treg Brown

    My personal feelings about Walmart aside,this is good news. I don’t know Arkansas politics, but I think Walmart has a certain amount of influence.

    • Bruno

      It’s empty influence, though. The Arkansas governor and legislators know that WalMart isn’t going to actually do anything if this is signed other than some half-hearted statement of disapproval. Then, it’s back to ruining the lives of its employees as usual.

  • Ninja0980

    Wal-Mart is still a piece of shit and stopping them from building a store in our area will remain one of the highlights of my life.

    • loosevowels

      would a big box store like Macy’s would be ok ?

      • johncAtl

        Yes, because Macy’s doesn’t enter a new market with prices to drive local stores out of business, and then raise them once those stores are gone.

        And Macy’s doesn’t push their suppliers to demand prices so low that they drive manufacturing jobs out of the U.S..

        And Macy’s doesn’t decide they need a newer store so they build one a mile away and leave a failing shopping center behind with no anchor store.

        And Macy’s pays their employees reasonable wages for retail, and they treat them with respect.

        And Macy’s treats their vendors with respect.

        And Macy’s gives back to the communities where they have stores.

        And Macy’s has a very inclusive diversity policy.

        Any more questions?

        • bambinoitaliano

          Which Macy? This Macy?

          • johncAtl

            You must not be in the U.S.

            Macy’s is the largest of the traditional department store retailers (revenue no where near WalMart). And they are very well known in the U.S. because of The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York. And for a classic Christmas movie “Miracle on 34th Street.”

          • bambinoitaliano

            I jest. I think we got one or two Macy here in Toronto Canada. More Walmart for sure.

          • johncAtl

            My apologies that American trash managed to cross the border into your country. But we’re still not returning Ryan Reynolds, Stephen Amell, Ryan Gosling or Taylor Kitsch. Now you should apologize for Justin Bieber.

          • bambinoitaliano

            Nah, you don’t get to pick and choose. It’s a bundle deal, you get to keep JB and Ted Cruz and whoever come along next. As regards to Ryans, we got plenty where they come from. We got a cloning factory.

        • loosevowels

          really so all of macy’s are made in america
          and not the same factories walmarts uses like lets say Levi’s

    • Ginger Snap

      Excellent work.

      • Ninja0980

        Thank you, it helped that we had backing from other stores in the area that didn’t want them coming.

  • oikos

    Lip service. Walmart has a huge army of lobbyists and could actually make a difference in this case. Podunk teabillies will still shop there either way so Walmart looks good to progressives for speaking out, but by doing nothing serious doesn’t anger their shopping base.

  • TampaDink

    Perhaps the threat to move their h.q. to a state that doesn’t enact endorsing discrimination would help. Who I am kidding? They’d never stick their corporate neck out THAT far.

    • oikos

      This is the same company that has a dedicated corporate jet on the ready to fly union busters in to crush union organizing at any given store within 24 hours

      • TampaDink

        Exactly. As I suggested, their words a shallow to the point of emptiness.

        • oikos

          Back in the early 90’s I worked for them for a year when I went back to college. They treated us like shit. Because my man had a good job, I was able to tell them to go fuck themselves after I reported their warehouse to OSHA.

          • Octavio

            “I don’t need this shit! My man has TWO jobs!”

    • delk

      Arkansas? Alice Walton doesn’t need no stinking Arkansas.

      52 windows. 52.

      • “The duplex was previously owned by the late Christopher H. Browne….”

        You can take the girl out of Arkansas but you can’t take the Arkansas out of the girl.

        • delk

          You could try. Can’t you pick up a pair of calf birthing gloves at WalMart?

        • TampaDink

          At least she didn’t seek to have the building put up on blocks.

      • TampaDink

        Unlike the version where Eva Gabor sings about N.Y.C., I’m imagining a Walton heiress, “I hanker for a pent house view. Darlin’ I love you but gimma Park Avenue.”

        • Jeffrey

          Alice is an Arkansas lady, but after multiple DUIs in Arkansas and TX…none of which lead to anything, she now resides in NYC. Where she can drink and not drive. She famously asked and arresting officer after she crashed into a gas station “don’t you know who I am?”

          • TampaDink

            Wow. I was unaware of her history.

          • Jeffrey

            Im only aware because I am originally from there and remember her first brush with the law. No one ever needs to drink and drive and a mega billionaire certainly doesn’t.

    • Ginger Snap

      Their corporate neck doesn’t even want to pay their employees a living wage, so yeah.

    • they want us back. awww

      • TampaDink

        They want our greenbacks. 😉

  • Anastasia Beaverhousen

    NASCAR and Walmart in one day. Heads are exploding all over the south.

    • teeveedub

      What’s next? People of Wal-Mart dressing modestly?

      • oikos

        Damn there goes my meme entertainment

      • Darlin’. Step away from the alcohol.

    • When you’ve lost Bubba and Lurleen you’ve lost the war.

      • ericxdc

        actually Lurleen is kinda cool and fun to go out with for a beer or whiskey. Bubba, not so much.

        • barracks9

          You double dare Lurleen and there isn’t anyone she won’t motorboat.

          • Joe in PA

            okok, I had to google ‘motorboat’…but I found this. Now, you supply the eye bleach please. Eeeewwwwhhh.

            [sorry Lurleen]

          • Dale082


        • Ginger Snap

          I know a few Bubba’s who are a blast when Lurleen is out having fun with you.

        • Lawerence Collins

          Bubbas mean sob when he’s drunk. Rumor has it last he was out. He was found passed out in a ter let stall. Both in thar britches we down. N the were grinnin.

    • Merv99

      Is today Opposite Day?

    • Mark

      Well, we can hope for Dairy Queen!

    • radiofreerome

      Ain’t it Grand?

    • Clean up on aisle 6, clean up on aisle 6!!

      • Bob_Bangor

        In my experience, most spills take up at least three aisles.

    • Randy

      You know, it is rather heartening to see in the past few days just how many people really do have our back! And many are large and small businesses that do not have to take a stand, but do. And they do so knowing that they will piss off some of their customers.

      I really am pleasantly surprised. I’m sure the haters are surprised to, but not so pleasantly. But I really think we have turned the corner in this country when so many mainstream media and businesses say no to gay discrimination.

      Also, I’m sure SCOTUS is watching this with interest. To see so much of America supportive of gays and lesbians will help them feel like they are with the crowd instead of going against it when they rule in favor of SSM.

    • Theo McKinney

      Exploding, getting bits of skull (and precious little else) all over everything…

      Meanwhile, they keep handing the LGBTs of America a long deserved “suspect classification” that will render the need for ENDA redundant, since heightened legal scrutiny will gut every antigay “law” left in the nation and knee-cap this latest trend for RFLA’s.

      Which is hilarious if you’re LGBT and living in CA.

    • BudClark

      I’m particularly lovin’ NASCAR. I’ve BEEN to races. I KNOW what goes on in those pits at night, and it ain’t all peter-pokin’ / vajayjay action.

  • shellback

    And if he doesn’t veto, Walmart promises to only build 300 stores per year instead of 301.

  • Mark

    Hey Wally! Put your money where your mouth is! Money talks. Bullshit walks.

    • People4Humanity

      ^up^vote for obscure reference to Leave It to Beaver!

      • Mark

        The double entendre. WalMart loves to present that squeaky clean, all American image. 🙂

  • The High Priests of Mammon have weighed in. Let’s see what happens.

  • JoeNCA

    The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

  • Daniel

    Lulz. Five’ll getchya 10 he signs it.

    • Schlukitz

      I’ll even double that.

      I fear that we will see a plethora of states that gleefully signed DOMA into law, signing these new RFRN laws into existance long before we hear anything from the SCOTUS.

      And, it will remain to be seen if the SCOTUS rectifies any of the collective damage that this is causing this country.

      I hate to say it, but I saw all of this shit coming down the turnpike with the Hobby Lobby decision. The sluice of hatred has been opened and le deluge is at hand.

  • Steven Leahy

    Hey I was over on Mediaite arguing with some douchebags and somebody made a comment about WM telling gov to veto – I came here to verify – I guess it’s true!! LOL

  • tom dumptee

    the picture of the bills author, H.” SLEEPY PORK” ballanger, well kinda says it all.

  • Pence has all the monks and nuns in Indiana wearing out rosaries praying that Asa will sign it so the attention gets focussed on Arkansas for a while.

    • People4Humanity

      as IF that will do him any good!?

      • johncAtl

        It worked for Dolce and Gabanna.

  • SunsetGay

    Sorry to interrupt Joe but “Big Gay” is trending nationally on Twitter. Please, we need to enjoy this historic moment of Bryan Fischer making a national ass of himself!

  • Leo Tallant

    OK . . . When Walmart says that you need to veto an anti-Gay bill then you KNOW you have overstepped the line!

  • ben-andy

    Oh, mah, oh mah! What to do? Piss off the base or piss off the largest source of campaign donations in your state! What is a intelligent person supposed to do? Oh, wait. This is Arkansas. Nevermind.

  • Justin

    Wow, when Satan tells you it’s too hot, things have gone too far!

  • Rockola404

    I haven’t heard more than 5 minutes of Rush LImbaugh in over 5 years. However, I was on a 6 hour road trip today, and tuned in for a few minutes. He was sure bending over backwards to say that It’s an assault on Christians. I don’t buy that.

    • Steven Leahy

      yes the multi-divorced drug addict is a model of virtue!

    • TrollopeReader

      Is he even a Christian? I realize the numerous marriages, and ballistic-missile proof bunker in Florida, but besides divorce, there’s gluttony, and avarice, and worshipping his own self as his golden idol ….

  • back in the day, the germans and the russians didn’t like each other much, either. still, they worked together for a while.

  • Baby_Raptor

    …Wal-Mart actually did something right for once?

  • Sam_Handwich
    • billbear1961

      I read he would sign it.

      So, he’s having doubts, is he?

      Well, what do you know?!

      Maybe he HAS learned something from Indiana’s BLUNDER.

  • radiofreerome

    Brian Brown just got flushed.

    • Dang it! Honey! Bring the plunger we have a Brown clog again!

  • radiofreerome

    Yes! Corporatism trumps Federalism I guess!

  • bkmn

    While I appreciate this I also know that this is Walmart’s way of trying to show they are inclusive (translation: they don’t want to piss off the vast majority of their suburban mom shopping base). As for the rednecks who may be pissed they probably don’t have many other options for shopping since Walmart ran them out of business.

  • Sean

    Violation of the freedom of speech by Anti-LGBT Inc. in 3….2….

  • Ginger Snap

    I hate to say thank you to one of the most hurtful and evil companies in the world but there it is.

  • Octavio

    Dear Walmarteers: Thanks. But too little too late. The Ass has signed the hate-enabler bill.

    • WNY

      He already signed it?! Sam_Handwich posted a tweet below saying that he would decide tomorrow whether he will veto or sign it.

      • Octavio

        I thought he had signed it today. But I must be wrong. Not an unusual thing for me. 🙂

  • zhera

    Thanks, Walmart! You’re asking him to do something that won’t make a difference. Gosh, aren’t you progressive!

    If you’d really pushed against this law before it passed, maybe it would’ve made a difference. But it’s YOUR rights being ripped away, so why bother, right?

  • kaydenpat

    Big Money has spoken. Will be interesting to see if the Governor vetoes this hate bill.

  • RFW

    This is so so typical of the bigots. They get called out on their bigotry but instead of entertaining the possibility (however faint) that their position is wrong, they double down on it.

  • bob

    And there it is ! Do you really want to call Walmart’s bluff ?

  • Steven Leahy

    Just saw on TNCRM- Nike condemned the Indiana act, and Portland , West Palm Beach, and DC have banned official travel to IN.

  • dcurlee

    Now just work on pay

  • TexasBoy

    I hate to say this, I really do, but good for you, WalMart! I’ll give credit where it is due. As others said, now work on raising wages…it doesn’t have to be all at once, just announce a 5 year timetable.

  • UrsusArctos

    Wait! TOMORROW is April Fool’s Day.

  • Ore Carmi

    So much good news. Things are changing. I’m hopeful.

  • Austin Bennett

    But will Wal*Mart leave Arkansas?

    • johncAtl

      WalMart is Arkansas. 2014 revenue was $485B. I doubt every other business in Arkansas combined comes to anywhere near that amount.

      If WalMart wanted this stopped they could do it. Every state from Texas to North Carolina would give WalMart huge tax incentives to relocate. And they only really have to change the corporate address, and not move the corporate employees. The tax revenue would flow to where the company is headquartered.

  • KnownDonorDad

    A sneak peak at one important reason marriage equality will win at the Roberts court. When social progressivism and big business are on the same side, it’s game over for the useful idiots of the Religious Right.

  • 2patricius2

    Walmart is an awful company run by a very greedy, penurious family. But they have clout, and if they can stop Hutchinson from signing the bill, I am all for it.

  • johncAtl

    If WalMart means it they can start by closing every store in Bob Ballinger’s district.

  • Macbill

    Even Jack-the-Ripper loved Kitties. Monsters aren’t all bad.

  • DutchBoy74

    Glad the line is finally drawn, but why aren’t these bills squashed before they make it that far? It took a lot of people very deliberate action to make these things happen.

  • Bill_Perdue

    Walmart is the political home of Hillary Clinton. She was on the Board of Directors for six years while Bill Clinton pushed through NAFTA, making billions for Wal-Mart.

    It’s where she learned how to bust unions and keep her mouth shut.

    David Nassar of the AFL-CIO’s Wal-Mart Watch said “We respectfully disagree with former President Clinton’s characterization of Wal-Mart as a benign, benevolent corporation striving for self-improvement either during Sen. Clinton’s tenure on the board or at present…” and “while we don’t have any insight into what Sen. Clinton advocated for while on the board of Wal-Mart, we do know that Wal-Mart has made no meaningful progress regarding the company’s poor business practices, including gender discrimination, low wages, inadequate health care, overseas sourcing or environmental degradation…” ABC New Jan 24 2008

    “Clinton served on Wal-Mart’s board of directors for six years when her husband was governor of Arkansas. And the Rose Law Firm, where she was a partner, handled many of the Arkansas-based company’s legal affairs.” Common Dreams March 12 2006

    The Clintons are subsidized by Wal-Mart and other .01%ers through their ‘contributions’ to the Clinton Family Foundation. It’s the corporations way of saying thank you for NAFTA, DOMA, DADT and deregulation.

  • Raising_Rlyeh

    It is rather fucking depressing that Walmart is the biggest employer in Arkansas and the second largest in the US.

  • cleos_mom

    You know a law is either morally or fiscally bankrupt when even Wally World finds it repugnant.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    No fan of Walmart, by any stretch; however, when a company like Walmart makes this kind of statement, one can’t help but take notice.

    Paradigm……meet shift.

  • customartist

    While it might be difficult to identify who makes each particular product that you use,…

    It is EASY to boycott Walmart – just drive on by.

  • BudClark

    Wal-Mart’s statement, and Perkins’ implicit call for a boycott isn’t the BEGINNING of the end; it’s the END.

    People who shop at Wal-Mart usually can’t shop anywhere else.

    I ABHOR the Waltons and all they stand for, but I have to live on $1190/mo Social Security.

    Our “big treat” on the first of every month is a sandwich from Subway.

    Without GoFundMe, we’d be having peanut butter and jelly for Easter dinner, as we have in other years.

    If Tony thinks “The People Of Wal-Mart” are going to stop shopping there for any reason, he’d better change dealers … he’s getting some BAD shit .

    [Edited for minor mistakes]

    • johncAtl

      Damn, Bud! That is only about $38 per day. That makes me feel guilty about how much money I waste. And it makes me want to fly to wherever you are and buy you a steak dinner, or at least Jimmy Johns instead of Subway.

      What’s your GoFundMe account?