Costco, Where You Can Find A High-Quality Television, Great Tri-Tip, And Good Underwear Just a Few Rows Apart And At Great Prices
Three straight pieces appearing in the New York Times have been very appealing to me. Somewhat disturbed by that fact, I have also examined my thinking and decided that I am not losing my mind, even though I liked the Tom Friedman piece referred to just below and I also like this New York Times article about Costco, entitled "How Costco Became The Anti-Wal-Mart." I did have to put aside my natural skepticism about an article this positive that addresses a subject related to Wal-Mart, which has been a lefty pinata for some time now.
Viewing the matter simply as a consumer, I realized that I have been patronizing my local Costco more and more lately. Once I got over the sheer overwhelming size of the place, I found myself liking the way the Costco stores provide goods and services to customers. (Free enterprise working on me, I guess.) Reading the article educated me a great deal about Costco and its apparent place in the world of high-volume warehouse stores. For some reason I can't quite grasp, Wal-Mart has always left me feeling a little cold-- not because of the lefty attacks on it, but because . . . well, I don't know. But I like Costco and I like the approach its CEO, Jim Sinegal, takes to his customers and employees.
Why Do They Hate Us, Cont'd
Well, not because of Iraq. At least that's the convincing case made by Olivier Roy in this New York Times op-ed piece. It's too tightly-written to excerpt to any useful effect; read the whole thing. Roy generally de-bunks any notion that the islamofascists are motivated by any high-minded or even rational goal.