It's not all that
flared at the New York City council meeting yesterday over the potential
of a Walmart in Manhattan. After all, the commercial
giant--or that "union-busting, tax-evading, wage-correcting,
job-destroying, civil-rights-abusing, food-stamps-denying multinational
corporation," as council Speaker Christine Quinn affectionately calls
it--has made a handful of
enemies along the way to becoming the world's largest
company, with a GDP that surpasses that of Indonesia
but the world's top 21 economies. According to New York magazine's Daily Intel
, yesterday's hearing brought together two seemingly disparate groups as anti-Walmart activists squared
off on one side of the street
anti-downtown mosque sign-wavers on the other
. Wal-Mart and their people were no shows.
Geller, a figurehead in much of the anti-Park 51
controversy that raged
over the summer, had instructed
the New York-based
readers of her blog Atlas Shrugs
to show up to the event. (Was that before or after her post
about the Muslim Brotherhood's penetration
of the Obama Administration
At least the anti-Walmart protesters had somebody else to scream at, Daily Intel notes.
Geller's people took the meeting as yet another
opportunity to condemn the proposed Muslim center while extolling the
virtues of the corporate store at the same time. What would either side, arriving specifically to protest
, have done without each other?
Especially given that the city council has no hard power to prevent either a Walmart or a mosque from being built in the first place.
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