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2004-10-20 09:23:57 AM  
Im reading this book and I must say it's one of the funniest books I've read. A laugh almost every paragraph.
So far it does not appear to be partisan ether, I think anyone would enjoy this. I'd recommend picking it up.
 
2004-10-20 09:24:12 AM  
Because nudity is evil and of the devil!
 
2004-10-20 09:26:42 AM  
And because people can't possibly censor things for themselves. I dont know how many times I have to say this but I will say it again:

IF YOU DON'T AGREE WITH X, THEN DONT DO/BUY/WATCH/READ X.

Jesus. Why is this such a hard concept to master?
 
2004-10-20 09:29:34 AM  
And yet you can go buy a gun at Wal-mart and shoot people
 
2004-10-20 09:31:10 AM  
Wal*Mart is a company and can carry whatever merchandise it so chooses. That is not censorship. Besides, have you ever seen the book selection at a Wal*Mart? It's not exactly a storehouse of high quality literature. Mostly a lot of paperback bodice-rippers.
 
2004-10-20 09:31:28 AM  
advres
From the article: it dropped Sheryl Crow's self-titled album because of a song suggesting that Wal-Mart sells guns to children.

I dunno, anyone else find this hilariously stupid?

I <3 Wal-Mart.
 
2004-10-20 09:33:08 AM  
I'd be very suprised if the average Walmart customer could even read.
 
2004-10-20 09:33:12 AM  
Mostly a lot of paperback bodice-rippers.

And yet, somehow, that isn't indecent.
 
2004-10-20 09:35:33 AM  
And meanwhile, the book was sold out at my local Borders.
 
2004-10-20 09:36:28 AM  
Wal-Mart has gotten crappier about limiting selection year after year. Thankfully, this means that they won't be cornering the market on literature any time soon.
 
2004-10-20 09:36:55 AM  
Corporate censorship clearly doesn't violate any laws or legal concepts, but that doesn't make it any less wrong. Wal*Mart should be ashamed of itself for doing such a thing and its customers should be insulted that Wal*Mart thinks so little of them that it thinks that being exposed to a political humor book with some possibly objectionable content would warp their fragile little minds and it is Mama Wal*Mart's job to step in and save them.
 
2004-10-20 09:46:12 AM  
IF YOU DON'T AGREE WITH X, THEN DONT DO/BUY/WATCH/READ X.

and the other side of the coin...

If a store doesn't sell X, biatch about it and don't shop there anymore.
 
2004-10-20 09:49:35 AM  
 
2004-10-20 09:54:58 AM  
Walmart fundies are only driving up sales. I'm sure Mr. Stewart appreciates it.

You may visit the tome at amazon.com--and while you're there, pick up a little bauble for the Missus from the "Paris Hilton Collection" (remarkably, they are serious--and it's not labial rings and tongue studs). PTBarnum was right.
 
2004-10-20 09:55:35 AM  
Walking Carpet: I agree, this is stupid. Walmart is only hurting itself by losing any markup on the sale of a bestseller. This is just dumb in the ways of business. But hey, I guess they don't need it.

/never shops at Walmart
 
2004-10-20 09:56:11 AM  
Like I needed another reason to avoid Wal-Mart at any cost.
 
2004-10-20 09:57:23 AM  
Wacky wally world.
 
2004-10-20 10:03:52 AM  
I prefer Target.
 
2004-10-20 10:05:52 AM  
Your source for cheap plastic crap.
 
2004-10-20 10:10:49 AM  
 
2004-10-20 10:13:04 AM  
Odd, they still sell the Bible. There's some pretty indecent stuff in there. (and I'm just talking about the sexual stuff- never mind the violence)
 
2004-10-20 10:14:28 AM  
Great to know I have so many people and organizations telling me what to think, what to see, what to hear, and how to feel. If I had to do it by myself, I might actually have to exert some effort and do some real thinking.
 
2004-10-20 10:16:47 AM  
Walmart customers, the pinnacle of literacy.
 
2004-10-20 10:18:00 AM  
 
2004-10-20 10:21:22 AM  
RagingLeonard

I'd be very suprised if the average Walmart customer could even read.

Probably because the vast majority of said customers were educated in public schools administered, and staffed overwhelmingly with liberals and funded with our tax dollars.

/just a theory
 
2004-10-20 10:21:28 AM  
Woman: "What do you need to buy today, honey?"
Man: "Wheelbarrow and a book."
Woman: "I ain't makin two stops."
Man: "Wheelbarrow, then."
Both: *high-five*
 
2004-10-20 10:35:42 AM  
suebhoney - Walmart is only hurting itself by losing any markup on the sale of a bestseller.

Obviously they don't see it that way. Wal*Mart probably has way smarter people than your or I determining their marketing policies, and since money is the bottom line, I doubt they would jeopardize that. Obviously there's some advantage for them here. Perhaps Stewart's book is less than forgiving towards large corporations?
 
2004-10-20 10:37:24 AM  
You tell 'em, pauly1620! Them gawddamn libruls is the reason edukashun be all farked up!
 
2004-10-20 10:42:06 AM  
Say whatever you want about Walmart - they are big and powerful because they run things a certain way, and this happens to be one of the ways they run things.
 
2004-10-20 10:47:12 AM  
And what isle are the guns for sale on?
 
2004-10-20 10:47:34 AM  
That's interesting logic there, Ramesees, let me see if I follow: WalMart is evil, therefore they are also right.

Huh.
 
2004-10-20 10:49:22 AM  
Fark definitely needs a Wal-Mart tag. Thanks, PhotoCindy!
 
2004-10-20 10:50:08 AM  
pauly1620
Probably because the vast majority of said customers were educated in public schools administered, and staffed overwhelmingly with liberals and funded with our tax dollars.

I was just gonna say that it was because they were mostly white trash, but whatever works for you.
 
2004-10-20 10:59:02 AM  
2004-10-20 10:35:42 AM JesterXXV

Ahhh the shoot the messenger because you don't like the message. What a marketing strategy.
 
2004-10-20 11:01:45 AM  
It's their store, they can do what they want. Stupid? Sure, but I'm not going to get indignant about it.
Anyhoo, did anyone read Jon's other book from before he was a bigshot, Naked Picutres of Famous People? One of the funniest books I've ever read, especially if you're a fan of his.

For bonus points, note the hilarity of the controversy surrounding this book and the title of the first book, which actually contained no naked pictures whatsoever.
 
2004-10-20 11:07:52 AM  
On a side note; I was in Best Buy yesterday and was quite surprised to find they sell books. Only about ten titles, but they had them none the less. And if I remember correctly they had Stewart's book.

Grabbed a copy of Tommy Franks' autobiography. Ironically, it was displayed between the works of the Clinton's.
 
2004-10-20 11:13:21 AM  
Walmart = . Jon Stewart is kind of a french-sounding name, don't you think?
 
2004-10-20 11:20:06 AM  
Calmamity - I don't recall Ramesees making any statement at all about the rightness or wrongness of what Wal*Mart does - just that they're making a sh*tload of money doing it.
 
2004-10-20 11:25:23 AM  
Yeah, once I found out the Mr. Stewart wasn't willing to suck at Tucker Carlson's teat, his jokes aren't so funny anymore.

Let's dixiechick him!!!
 
2004-10-20 11:26:24 AM  
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE! I AM BEGGING ALL OF YOU! STOP SHOPPING AT WAL-MART. THEY ARE RUINING AMERICA! Whenever possible, buy at a mom and pop store. If you don't there will be nothing left but Wal-marts, starbucks, and McDonald's. There will no longer be an America to speak of.

We found the American dream, and it's at Wal-Mart. (wretch)
 
2004-10-20 11:27:36 AM  
pauly1620: Probably because the vast majority of said customers were educated in public schools administered, and staffed overwhelmingly with liberals and funded with our tax dollars.

Oh right, because liberals are simultaneously the elite intellectuals that staff our universities and the idiots who have brutally sabotaged our public school systems.

You can't have it both ways! Are liberals too smart or too dumb? Pick one!
 
2004-10-20 12:18:34 PM  
Pauliewalmartnuts: Do you promise to crawl back under your bridge on November 3rd?

Please?
 
2004-10-20 02:09:15 PM  
It's not that Wal-Mart's bad, it's just that it's... it's hurting America. Stop, Wal-Mart. Please stop. Stop hurting America.
 
2004-10-20 03:02:33 PM  
I enjoyed the book. 5 stars.
 
2004-10-20 04:57:08 PM  
Any publicity is good publicity...
 
2004-10-20 04:57:15 PM  
obvious!?!?!

/seriously, they sell marilyn manson but not jon stewart, wtf? i knew wal-mart is the devil and they are all tools
 
2004-10-20 04:57:54 PM  
I switched from netflix to the walmart dvd service, and i have been pretty happy with it so far. its a few bucks cheaper, and they send you new movies when the post office scans your movies to head back to walmart, not when walmart actually receives them, so you get your movies faster.

i'm just saying....
 
2004-10-20 04:58:27 PM  
Great book, too good for Sprawl-Mart anyway.
 
2004-10-20 04:59:02 PM  
The Green Lantern wrote a book?
 
2004-10-20 04:59:25 PM  
Yeah, isnt it #1 on amazon now?

This is one of those rare cases where walmart can shove it. Theyve got nothing to hedge here.

Besides, walmart sells books? I had no idea. I doubt their clinetelle are the most voracious readers.

I picked up the LAST COPY at the local small book store. Woot. Funny as hell book.
 
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