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Occupiers Protest $1.4 Billion Free Art Museum to Bash Wal-Mart
CNS News ^ | 11/22/11 | By Julia Seymour

Posted on 11/22/2011 12:46:20 PM PST by Clint N. Suhks

In their zeal to bash Wal-Mart, Occupy Wall Street protesters are even complaining about the company giving $1.4 billion to found a free art museum in Arkansas.

Alice Walton, Wal-Mart heiress, is being criticized by Occupy Wall Street for giving $1.4 billion to found an Arkansas art museum.

The incoherent and absurd messaging of the Occupy Wall Street movement continues. Recently, the OWS crowd joined forces with Wal-Mart workers to protest Crystal Bridges, an American art museum that opened on Nov. 11 in Bentonville, Ark.

Art snobs are outraged by the notion of a major art collection in Arkansas, but protesters are trying to tie this in with their class warfare message about the 99 percent vs. 1 percent.

In a press release posted on GalleristNY.com, protesters said, "Workers negatively impacted by Wal-Mart's recent decision to increase healthcare costs for employees will hold educational events across the country at the Occupy Wall Street encampments in multiple cities putting a face on the Walton family as the '1%' of wealthy Americans making decisions that negatively affect the rest of us."

Gallerist was clearly on the side of protesters since they also called Wal-Mart a "notoriously terrible employer."

The UK's Guardian also took shots at Alice Walton, the Wal-Mart heiress and founder of Crystal Bridges, who spent $1.4 billion on the museum. "Some have celebrated the unveiling of a significant new private art institution, but many have criticized the decision to spend $1.4bn of company and family foundation money as the retail colossus cuts back its worker's benefits," wrote the Guardian.

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Arkansas
KEYWORDS: arkansas; art; free; occupywallstreet; ows; walmart
"Free" isn't good enough for these parasites.
1 posted on 11/22/2011 12:46:21 PM PST by Clint N. Suhks
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To: Clint N. Suhks
Aside from the obvious fact that the personal wealth of the Waltons is separate from the public corporation and revenues of Wal-Mart, using the ignorant argument that she has too much and shouldn't be raising health insurance contributions is absurd. Using that logic: There are 1.2 million Wal-Mart employees in the U.S. giving each of them $1166.00 would cost $1.4 billion (the cost of the art center), and even then it would be a one-time event and not able to reduce everyone's health cost in perpetutity. This logic pi$$es me off.
2 posted on 11/22/2011 1:02:46 PM PST by RobertClark ("Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed")
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To: Clint N. Suhks

When people are driven by envy, jealousy, covetousness and bitterness, do not expect them to use reason or common sense.


3 posted on 11/22/2011 1:03:12 PM PST by all the best (`~!)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

“In a press release posted on GalleristNY.com, protesters said, “Workers negatively impacted by Wal-Mart’s recent decision to increase healthcare costs for employees will hold educational events across the country at the Occupy Wall Street encampments in multiple cities putting a face on the Walton family as the ‘1%’ of wealthy Americans making decisions that negatively affect the rest of us.””

Then maybe OWS can start a store, hire all of these people and pay them 40 dollars an hour with full 1000% health benefits.

With the profits *HA!* they will make from all of their sales of fair trade coffee and knitted gloves, they can start their own art museum.


4 posted on 11/22/2011 1:05:56 PM PST by VanDeKoik (1 million in stimulus dollars paid for this tagline!)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

These people are runnig your country.

Have a nice day.


5 posted on 11/22/2011 1:12:49 PM PST by Tzimisce (Never forget that the American Revolution began when the British tried to disarm the colonists.)
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To: RobertClark

This museum is first class with sculptures and paintings you’d find at the Smithsonian Art Museums.

The Waltons could give the country The Guggenheim for free and the parasites would still piss and moan.


6 posted on 11/22/2011 1:17:47 PM PST by Clint N. Suhks (You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich: Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Clint N. Suhks
I fly into North Western Arkansas (XNA) fairly frequently, as my parents live close by. A year ago, the airport consisted of a couple of gates, and a sheet metal extension with small regional jets and drive-up walkways for getting on and off the plane. You walked off the tarmac, through what appeared to be a metal pole building, to the gate. Pretty basic stuff - but then again the Bentonville/Rogers area isn't a huge metroplex.

A few months ago I returned. To say the airport has grown is an understatement of monumental proportions. Gone are the tarmac embarcation, instead there is a brand new wing with 12 Gates with new Jetways. The airport is far more grand than one would expect, for a relatively unpopulated area. New carpeting, new comfortable airport seating, room for stores to move in.

I'll wager that the charity of the Walton sisters in developing not only a free $1.4 Billion art gallery to the area, but also a free botanical garden that would rival many large city's gardens, plus the donations to local schools and projects; all this is going to have an impact, in that businesses are moving into the area. Businesses are finding an educated population, with solid work ethics and a loyalty to Walmart you won't find anywhere else. Beautiful country, lush and green, and friendly folk - I'd move there if given an opportuntity.

Arkansas has been good to Walmart, and Walmart has been VERY good for Arkansas.

7 posted on 11/22/2011 1:20:19 PM PST by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: Hodar

As a result of federal death tax laws and loopholes.


8 posted on 11/22/2011 1:26:07 PM PST by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (REPEAL WASHINGTON! -- Islam Delenda Est! -- I Want Constantinople Back. -- Rumble thee forth.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

The left goes after Walmart for one reason and one reason only, it is not unionized.

The unions have had their greedy little eyes on Walmart for a long, long time. They see the success and the huge workforce as a giant trough that they are denied from sinking their pig snouts into.


9 posted on 11/22/2011 1:31:03 PM PST by vlad335 (Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

It seems that the left is determined to prove that each of the ten commandments unconstitutional.

Covetousness is the hallmark of the present administration, the unions and the entire OWS cause.

Adultery has long been a legal right — as are stealing and bearing false witness, if we are to accept the House Finance Committee, Fannie and Freddie as legitimate.

The First Amendment has been stretched to include other gods but He Who inspired our Founders.

The culture is dedicated to graven images before which to bow, and from which we frequently hear the name of the Lord twisted beyond recognition.

Not only the Sabbath is forgotten, but any Christian holidays are also under attack; and the “99%” are masters at dishonoring their mothers and fathers, most of whom would have spared the rod anyway, had it not been an outrage even to possess a rod, much less to use one.

Now, with the occupations, officials aghast at nativity scenes in city parks are just okay with rape, murder and theft on public property.


10 posted on 11/22/2011 1:33:26 PM PST by Albion Wilde (A land of hyper-legalisms is not the same as a land of law. --Mark Steyn)
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To: RobertClark

What makes it even more stupid is that the last of the Walton heirs with money in Walmart stock sold it off some years ago.

The Walton family now only has symbolic connections to Sam’s old company.

Occupieholes don’t read much.


11 posted on 11/22/2011 1:46:21 PM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: RobertClark

What makes it even more stupid is that the last of the Walton heirs with money in Walmart stock sold it off some years ago.

The Walton family now only has symbolic connections to Sam’s old company.

Occupieholes don’t read much.


12 posted on 11/22/2011 1:47:25 PM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Hodar

SeeBS Sunday Morning did an expose on Alice Walton and her museum. It was done very well if you can believe it. The collection is so impressive and the museum itself is beautiful. If you ever get a chance to see it let me know how you liked it in person.

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7387308n&tag=contentMain;contentBody


13 posted on 11/22/2011 2:18:02 PM PST by Clint N. Suhks (You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich: Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Albion Wilde

What a great analogy!


14 posted on 11/22/2011 2:21:01 PM PST by Clint N. Suhks (You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich: Abraham Lincoln)
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To: RobertClark

Makes me think of the Jim Carey movie when he let everyone win the lottery and they all got a dollar. I think they might remember that.


15 posted on 11/22/2011 2:27:52 PM PST by huldah1776
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To: MrEdd

Not sure what you are reading, but the Walmart family continues to control a very significant portion—almost half—of Walmart’s outstanding stock. Most of it is held through the family’s foundation, but family members also more than 20 million shares on an individual basis.


16 posted on 11/22/2011 2:36:15 PM PST by sinclair22
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To: Clint N. Suhks

“Some have celebrated the unveiling of a significant new private art institution, but many have criticized the decision to spend $1.4bn of company and family foundation money as the retail colossus cuts back its worker’s benefits,” wrote the Guardian.

Dear Guardian,

It is her damn money, not yours, not the public’s so get over it. She is doing something that she wants to do so shut the hell up!

Maybe you should spend more time worrying about your own finances and leave individuals to spend their own on what they damn well please.

“The Guardian and its parent groups participate in Project Syndicate, established by George Soros”

“The Guardian replaced the radical Manchester Observer which championed the Peterloo protesters. The paper identifies with centre-left liberalism and its readership is generally on the mainstream left of British political opinion.”

“KGB defector Oleg Gordievsky identified prominent Guardian editor Richard Gott as one of his agents. While Gott denied that he received cash, he confessed taking benefits from the KGB.”

“Following the 7 July 2005 London bombings, The Guardian published an article on its comment pages by Dilpazier Aslam, a 27 year old British Muslim journalism trainee from Yorkshire. Aslam was a member of Hizb ut-Tahrir, an Islamist group, and had published a number of articles on their website.”

“In August 2004, for the US presidential election, the daily G2 supplement launched an experimental letter-writing campaign in Clark County, Ohio, an average-sized county in a swing state. G2 editor Ian Katz bought a voter list from the county for $25 and asked readers to write to people listed as undecided in the election, giving them an impression of the international view and the importance of voting against US President George W. Bush. The paper scrapped “Operation Clark County” on 21 October 2004 after first publishing a column of complaints from Bush supporters about the campaign under the headline “Dear Limey assholes”.”

“The Guardian has been consistently loss-making. The National Newspaper division of GMG, which also includes The Observer, reported operating losses of £49.9m in 2006, up from £18.6m in 2005. The paper is therefore heavily dependent on cross-subsidisation from profitable companies within the group, including Auto Trader.”

“The continual losses made from the National Newspaper division of the Guardian Media Group, caused the group to dispose of its Regional Media division by selling titles to competitor Trinity Mirror in March 2010. This included the flagship Manchester Evening News, and severed the historic link between that paper and The Guardian. The sale was in order to safeguard the future of The Guardian Newspaper as is the intended purpose of the Scott Trust.”

“In June 2011 Guardian News and Media revealed increased annual losses of £33m and announced that it was looking to focus on its online edition for news coverage, leaving a physical newspaper that was to contain more comment and features. It was also speculated that the Guardian may become the first British national daily paper to go solely online.”

Guardian features editor Ian Katz stated in 2004 that “... it is no secret we are a centre-left newspaper ...”.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Guardian


17 posted on 11/22/2011 2:49:41 PM PST by kcvl
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To: Hodar

Arkansas has been good to Walmart, and Walmart has been VERY good for Arkansas.


Please don’t take my subsequent rant as personal criticism because it is not intended that way.

But has Walmart been good for America? Since I live in America and not Arkansas that’s always been my first concern? The Clinton’s gave China most favored nation status and you think that had nothing to do with their Arkansas and Walmart ties? We have a Congress and government of traitors.

I don’t buy commie made crap unless I have to and if I shop Walmart that’s what I’m forced to buy, so I don’t shop there. They’ve bought off our all politicians.

Sorry but there’s something about corporations that profit from Communism, and nations like China that steal and exclude US products, and have harmed the USA that irks me. The patriotism of USA first still remains with some of us old farts. The military has way of doing that to you and since only a small % of the USA ever serves that has had an effect.


18 posted on 11/22/2011 3:18:09 PM PST by apoliticalone (Honest govt. that operates in the interest of US sovereignty and the people, not global $$$)
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To: apoliticalone
And I'm a beg defender of Wal-Mart. They are not the only company that sells Chinese. Just about every retail store does these days. I know how to read labels. If I don't want to buy Chinese, I don't. WM sells groceries cheaper than other grocers. The groceries are name brands, so the only difference between buying cheaper at WM and other markets is the lower price at WM.

Other positives for WM are the way they revitalize small towns. I hear people moaning about how they kill the mom & pop stores. That is not true across the board. Just in our immediate area I've seen two towns brought back to life by WM. Instead of two dead towns we now have two vital growing towns. And...you wouldn't believe the amount of contributions those stores make to causes in the communities. Just about all you have to do is go to them with a need and they pay out for it. I've done it myself. They contributed to an Arts Council I started in order to purchase an old theater for the local acting group. Also, they are a good employer because they hire people who can't get a job anyplace else. The older worker, the beginning worker, the second income worker. They do not need to have to pay union dues and sue for larger wages and insurance. They just need to have a job. Managers do have insurance coverage and they should. Most of them worked up through the ranks.

I have no patience for Wal-Mart bashing.

19 posted on 11/22/2011 4:02:58 PM PST by WVNan (!)
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To: apoliticalone
It's no surprise that Walmart buys a lot of stuff from China. So does everyone else. It's called "Capitolism", whoever brings the best goods, at the lowest price, wins. Now, you are free to shop wherever you will, and buy American if/when you can; it's your choice. I tend to avoid American made products, because by and large they are crap. I'll put up a random Japanese car against any cherry picked American car, of any year, at any price point. We can look at their reliability ratings in Consumer Reports together - and it won't be pretty, it won't be close. American TV's are gone - for a very good reason. They were horrible. RCA, Motorola, Motorola by Magnavox, Quasar by Magnavox - I could go on.

Walmart went up against JC Penny, Sears, K-Mart and the other big boys, and gutted them. Why? Did anyone put a gun to your head and make you go in? Nope. You went in, because they had 'x' at a price you couldn't find elsewhere.

So, instead of blaming Walmart for being so super-successful, ask yourself HOW they did it. I'll give you a hint; Walmart lead the way in introducing technology into the way they do business. They were the first to impliment GPS tracking into their trucks, so they could intercept trucks running between stores and have them move goods that weren't selling in one store, to another store that was running out. They were the first to have a centrally managed logicistics, so they knew what was selling in individual markets, when it was selling and used technology to leverage this to their benefit.

Bentonville had trial runs with computerized shopping carts. You could type in what you were looking for, and a GPS-like guide would take you to the aisle and tell you within a matter of a foot or two, where that item was. You also were informed of sale items in aisles as you shopped. You could enter a shopping list, and the cart would guide you the shortest route to get your items. You even had a games screen pop up while you were waiting at checkout. This was an experiment, to see how well people liked it. It wasn't especially popular, so it wasn't deployed beyond a handfull of stores. Who else has even tried something like that? Even at this late stage in the game, while other companies are still drooling in their oatmeal, Walmart is investing $Billion$ in new data centers, such as Area 71. Do you know why? Becuause *if* there is a nuclear war; Walmarts are the best means we have of distributing goods, food, water, clothes to the population. If 'it' hit's the fan; Walmart will be ready to save your backside. Who else has a bunker, .... just in case? Who else has the distribution system already set up and in place across America?

K-Mart, Sears, JC Penny, Woolworth's had the market sewn up; but due to over-paid, incompetent management, they are now relagated to history. Technology disrupters force change, and you either adapt, or go under. If you are smart, you can use Walmart to your advantage and do very well.

For example, if you were to visit Arkansas you won't find any Costco stores; people like Walmart/Sam's (lotsa those everywhere). But, you will find hunting stores galore. Why? Because Walmart sells cheap guns - there is still a demand for the mid-range, high end and custom guns. Walmart sells cheap bikes, but there are bike stores that carry Giant, Specialized and others. Walmart excells at driving the prices on commodity prices low; and leaves the mid-range and custom markets to the others.

20 posted on 11/22/2011 4:08:52 PM PST by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: WVNan

They contributed to an Arts Council I started in order to purchase an old theater for the local acting group.


Philanthropy is good, but let’s be honest that doesn’t mean they are an asset to the USA. With politicians it’s about about what we can do for them, versus what they can do for the country. Multi-national corporations think exactly the same as pols, and hire lobbyists to make sure it happens. America version 2011.

It’s become all about cronies, money, perks and connections and rarely if ever about the concept of acting in the national interest.


21 posted on 11/22/2011 4:37:49 PM PST by apoliticalone (Honest govt. that operates in the interest of US sovereignty and the people, not global $$$)
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To: Hodar

So, instead of blaming Walmart for being so super-successful, ask yourself HOW they did it.


Here’s how they did it. They simply bought off the corrupt thieves in DC. The Clintons and other politicians that would sell out their grandmother if it greased the skids to Wall St and others to sell out the USA under the pretense that average Americans earned too much. They opened our markets to China even though the China markets were closed to us.

Instead of patriots in Congress working to maintain an economically secure USA where we had a continually rising standard of living and a nation able to be self sufficient and secure, we had 535 traitors give or take some that are still owned by the Chinese lobbyists.

Capitalism is a wonderful self correcting concept if done with ethics and zero favoritism. If one takes the risk and fails then they should lose, and not be able to buy taxpayer forgiveness. Instead we have crony capitalism where taxpayers are sacrificed. We still don’t have free trade with Asia. Instead these Commie Asian countries have government subsidized industry that have no overhead and have no morals. They steal our intellectual property.

I need to understand why I hear Americans trying to defend Chinese instead of Americans?


22 posted on 11/22/2011 4:54:32 PM PST by apoliticalone (Honest govt. that operates in the interest of US sovereignty and the people, not global $$$)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Of course, the biggest crime of Walmart is how they force everyone to leave Sam’s Club when they’re about to close for the night. /s

IOW, I’m sure this “protest” (astroturf) will resonate with the residue of FINOs here on FR.

Thanks Clint N. Suhks.


23 posted on 11/22/2011 7:38:01 PM PST by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: apoliticalone
Here’s how they did it. They simply bought off the corrupt thieves in DC.

Really? It has nothing to do with delivering the things people want, at the lowest price? China doesn't give two hoots what Clinton thinks about their products - they will sell them to ANYONE. If you don't line up and place your order, isn't that YOUR FAULT?

There is nothing that Walmart sells, that you couldn't find yourself somewhere else. The fact that the other stores were too lazy or self-absorbed to compete, isn't Walmart's fault.

Now, please point to a legislative bill that gave Walmart exclusive access to China. Walmart gets the same access to wholesale goods as the rest of the USA. That Black and Decker drill at Walmart, is also available at other stores; it's just cheaper at Walmart. Same thing with Corellware, toilet paper, automotive goods, groceries.

Walmart was growing long before Clinton got in office.

If one takes the risk and fails then they should lose, and not be able to buy taxpayer forgiveness.

I agree, but Walmart has not taken taxpayer bailouts.

We still don’t have free trade with Asia. Instead these Commie Asian countries have government subsidized industry that have no overhead and have no morals. They steal our intellectual

Agreed, but how is this Walmart's fault? This is an issue that needs to be directed at duly elected Gov't officials, not a commercial like Walmart.

Now, if you don't like Walmart; that's fine. I personally find K-mart an insult to capitolism and choose not to shop there (declare bankrupcy, emerge with stores, distribution centers and inventory 'free', re-issue new stock; then bought Sears). I shop Sears, so I guess I'm a hypocrite - but the judge that allowed this to happen really needs to be replaced.

24 posted on 11/23/2011 9:43:19 AM PST by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: Hodar

I rarely shop at Walmart because I have specific problems with the stores and management as follows:

1- Bill Clinton and Hillary have always been on the front end of their take first from USA list and convince our Congress to give (i.e give China most favorite nation status).
2- If push came to shove between retaining US firms as suppliers that paid decent US wages, versus commie firms that paid commie wages WMT would choose and encourage the latter.
3- They play games with us Christian conservatives on the moral issues. They sell DVDs and moral books but only as long as it makes them profits.
4- I can’t stomach visiting their stores and parking lots with the visual reminder that our once great mainstream USA is now in the dumps and represented by the outlandish impoverished customers we see on Youtube.
5- If old man Sam Walton had lived and prevented his greedy offspring from taking control of WMT, it would have represented an asset to the USA because suppliers would have been forced to favor Made in USA instead of made anywhere but.
6- Instead of capitalism I’ve seen this billion dollar giant company get paid big taxpayer dollars directly to start a warehouse or store. It is wrong and corrupt. Google: Walmart subsidized by taxpayers.
7- Walmart has played a much bigger role in the decline of the USA that our new found economic strength.


25 posted on 11/23/2011 4:24:57 PM PST by apoliticalone (Honest govt. that operates in the interest of US sovereignty and the people, not global $$$)
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