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Keep losing money, geniuses at Hobby Lobby, and eventually you won't have to worry about what icky things your employees do - because you won't have any as you spiral into bankruptcy.

As a business owner myself, I'm not really all that concerned if my employees (who happen to be primarily female) use birth control or not. I am concerned with outlining their job functions, and ensuring that they're doing those jobs to the best of their ability. If they need guidance, I provide it. If they have some kind of personal issue and want to talk about that with me, I'm fine with that and flattered that they would ask me. What I absolutely would never do is force my personal ideological beliefs on them, ever, or expect them to ascribe to my lack of religious beliefs. I didn't (as some CEOs did) threaten to fire them if they didn't vote the way I wanted, or paint some dire picture of the economic outlook for the company if Romney had won - even though I firmly believe that would have been a disaster. Likewise, whatever they do in their bedrooms, in their lives, outside the realm of their work for me, is their own: they are all responsible adults, capable of making decisions for themselves and their families that do not and should not involve whatever they worry I may think of those decisions.

So, Hobby Lobby, keep tilting at those windmills. It's always nice to see the business version of Darwinism in action right before our eyes.

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  •  Because religious freedom! (14+ / 0-)

    Some conservatives are trying to rally behind Hobby Lobby by shopping there on (I think) January 5, to show their support of their idea of religious freedom.

    "I have a right to my religion! And you have a right to my religion too! 'Cause it's the one only true Jesus religion! Unlike all you Jews, Moslems, atheists, and other oddball trouble makers!"

    "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

    by Stude Dude on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 05:59:21 PM PST

  •  If the 1.3 mil per day fine is accurate... (9+ / 0-)

    then we should get it while we can. It would annoy these jokers to be paying fines to a government that they don't care for...they also have a FB page where we can leave them notes of encouragement...

  •  Is 1.3M/day (4+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, jan4insight, suesue, luckylizard

    enough to bankrupt them?  Does anyone know?

    •  I depends on how long the meter runs (6+ / 0-)

      If they really dig in their heels it could begin to really add up. Of course it's possible that this could end up either in court or in some sort of administrative hearing; at that point (since it's clear that they don't have a case) they'd probably strike a deal that would keep them functioning while giving them an excuse to cut staff numbers, or work hours or benefits or all three...while the top execs get bonuses.

      Or if they really, really want to go for it I suppose they could bring a Constitutional challenge. Were they to lose (and I'm pretty sure they would; the current court has been surprisingly level-headed when dealing with "freedom of religion" cases) they'd either be liable for every last penny in fines they'd racked up or else they'd go back to a lower court to strike a deal on the penalty. Alternatively I suppose they could just liquidate.

  •  HL's owners illustrate once again that modern (5+ / 0-)

    conservatism and authoritarianism are the same thing.  

    Robber Baron "ReTHUGisms": John D. Rockefeller -"The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets"; Jay Gould -"I can hire one half of the working class to kill the other half."

    by ranton on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 09:06:10 PM PST

  •  Do you eat at Red Lobster,Olive Garden,Applebee's (2+ / 0-)
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    AnnieR, Ahianne

    Or any restaurant chain owned by Darden?  They're cutting staff hours because of the healthcare bill and already business has gone downhill for them.  Good.

    About a month ago I was forwarded an email from the CEO of Hobby Lobby by a friend. It explained their views which I do not agree with. After reading his statement I sent mine back to her.

    "Luckily the closest Hobby Lobby from Brooklyn is in NJ or I would be boycotting them right now also."

    I also forwarded that email to my mailing list and asked them to forward to family and friends who may have a Hobby Lobby in their City so they can join the boycott.

    Sorry, but I have a problem with companies telling me how to live my life (unless what I'm doing endangers my coworkers), who to love and what my religion/beliefs are and who to vote for.  

    Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011)

    by Rosalie907 on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 01:11:48 AM PST

    •  Nope (0+ / 0-)

      I don't eat at those places because I can't stand the food or the service (or both, in the case of Applebee's - I've had some atrocious experiences there and swore off them years ago). Luckily for me, I don't like Papa John's pizza, either, so it was nothing for me to write them off, too. And it doesn't help that his commercials are annoying, as are his weird pauses in the middle of a sentence.

      As a matter of course, I will also reject companies whose service trucks are plastered with rude political bumper stickers - "End of an Error", "NObama", etc., in addition to some displaying the Confederate flag. In this particular area, those might be acceptable to a number of people, as I live in a rural, heavily red area, but I always think it a mistake for businesses to make overt political or religious statements - primarily because people like me will cross those companies off the list of potential vendors.

      •  I've Eaten (0+ / 0-)

        Once at Red Lobster and found it disgusting.  Olive Garden I've eaten at 3 or 4 times, it's okay but living in Brooklyn NY there are so many really good Italian restaurants here that I would rather go to that Olive Garden is that last place I would eat at.  Applebee's is not a choice I would make either, like I said too many better places to eat at here in NY.  

        I no longer go to Home Depot, and won't shop at a business that has even a Republicon poster in their window during elections.  Additionally, I don't purchase Dixie products (Koch Brothers) or Sorrento cheese (Republicon supporters) and many others.  The worse part is that where I live in Brooklyn NY we have a Congressman who is a Republicon (Michael Grimm NY/CD-11) who does not list his party on his posters.  The area is heavy with Muslims and they allowed his poster in their windows until I went and told them he was a Republicon.  Unfortunately, he won but his win was due to the fact that we had a poor candidate who 1/2 the voters in the district didn't even know anything about.  Grimm had (and still has) problems with bribery (FBI is investigating) and with a better candidate he could have been defeated.  Additionally, Hurricane Sandy got in the way of the election and this helped Grimm win re-election.    

        Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011)

        by Rosalie907 on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 11:12:48 AM PST

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