Tom Reilly has protected us.
In stern letter to WalMart, he scolded them that in the Sacred Commonwealth, WE have 'Blue Laws', which forbid stores to open on Sundays and Holidays. Except, of course, for convenience stores, and other establishments that have convinced the Legislature that they are exceptional. The sacred underpinnings of the ancient Blue Laws mean a great deal to us here, Atty. General Reilly wrote. Why, they mean so much to us that the enormous spruce tree on the Boston Common will be called a 'Holiday tree', provoking rage in the man in Nova Scotia who sent a Christmas tree here. They mean so much to us that our own Senator O'Leary has filed a An Act Relative to Archaic Crimes, Senate 938, whic among other things relaxes the penalties for bestialtiy.
But that matters little to Tom Reilly - he is an upholder of the law.
Of course, he also wants to allow in-state tuition rates at Massachusetts public colleges for illegal immigrants, as they must pay out-of-state rates now. The fact that their presence is illegal is no deterrent for him. The fact that they cannot be legally employed in Massachusetts upon graduation is of no concern. The fact that a Federal law states that if illegal immigrants are allowed to pay in-state tuition, then the state must offer that rate to all comers, effectively wiping out million of dollars in revenue to the underfunded state college system seems to mean the least of all - after all, we can blame George Bush for that!
No, we can all be thankful to know that we are protected from WalMart and Whole Foods. We can be thankful that Tom Reilly is a man of the law - at least the ones he likes.
UPDATE: Well, it appears that Reilly's actions and the expose Walmart movie are indeed having an effect - see story HERE. Did they learn nothing from the way Michael Moore's movie energized Bush's base? On the other hand, will Reilly give a 'bye' to the Chinese supermarkets who defied his order (story HERE) in the name of cultural diversity? Their excuse is they 'don't celebrate Thanksgiving'.
It has come to my attention that the day after Thanksgiving is the beginning of Christmas shopping. For those who would prefer to stay at home instead of brave the elements, I invite you to visit my new store, PORCUPINE'S GAZETTE, located at the top of the page just above my picture, where trinkets of the highest quality are obtainable. Any would make a fine gift for a devotee of my works, and I hope you will peruse my humble offerings.