Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Business Freedom of Speech

I sold one of my businesses lately. It was with great relief; just as if a large thorn had been pulled from my side. This business was a nightmare from the beginning and was too dependant on the "blue plate special worker"; someone who comes cheaper than a "blue collar worker", but you get what you pay for.

This was the type of employee that works for their Addiction of Choice. They work just enough to get the money which covers the basic necessities (booze, drugs) with a little left to take care of the incidentals (food, shelter). Obviously we're not talking about Quality People. And no, I don't ascribe to the theory that everyone has an equal amount of value. (Sorry, I call it like it is. I don't have the time to be "politically correct" when the truth is simpler.)

I would have happily paid more for better quality employees, but the business would never have supported it, and my competitors were paying the same amount for the same rejects out of the labor pool. And at least they wanted to work... sometimes.

Obviously, none of these people would be someone you'd want to hang out with if you wanted a good debate or even decent conversation. In fact, their opinions were pretty much limited to "Jack Daniels? Or Jim Beam?"

Yup. We're talking about the same caliber of employees as the girls who work in the bikini clubs in Hillsborough.

That's why I find it laughable to hear that three bikini club owners joined forces in a lawsuit filed last week in U.S. District Court, saying the county's ordinance illegally restricts their First Amendment right to free speech. I assume this means that the dancers know sign language?

Yeah, yeah. I know that the liberal courts have corrupted the whole "free speech" concept over the years. But somehow I never pictured Thomas Jefferson and George Washington hanging out at a bikini bar, discussing the merits of Bambi The Bimbo's freedom of speech.

"Wow," Washington would say. "She definately contributes to the conversation, doesn't she?"

"And how!" Jefferson would agree. "Whew! Lookit how those participles dangle!"


FruitfulSpirit said...

I sure haven't been doing much blogging lately. I have missed lots of your posts! And I will have a vision in my head of Jefferson and Washington in a Bilini Bar for the rest of the day! LOL

United We Lay said...

That kid looks a little young to be drinking.

Scott said...

I think that they may have loved the bikini bars. I don't think they were as proper as we like to think they may have been.

As for free speech, well it is pretty important no? You have to protect the speech that you don't like so that all speech is protected. I think that is their point no?


Kathleen said...

Oh, I am glad I checked you out today! I needed that! Toooo, funny!

Edge said...

They are only fighting it because they might lose money. I'm curious how you own a business AND THEN sell it? How does all that work? Adn what WAS this business?


mal said...
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mal said...

mmmmmm actually I can see Big George and Tommy Boy catching the pole dancing. I heard there was a lot of that going on during the continental congress and constitutional convention. Our forefathers in their deity like wisdom must surely have foreseen this very event and planned our government accordingly to deal with the crisis!

NOT !@#$! Likely I think!!

daveawayfromhome said...

I think the problem here with the court system is the precident thing. One stupid decision that's allowed to stand, and we're stuck with the idea for years to come. Nudity as free speech is okay in, say, a San Francisco gay rights parade, or a Nudist Pride demonstration, but titty dancing is no more free speech than prostitution is.

Meow said...

Great post ... I must come back and read what I have missed whilst I've been away.
Hope you are having a great week.
Take care, Meow

j said...

excellent post. If I might ask what kind of biz was it? The problem where I live in N. rural Fl is the work ofrce, you know its bad when none of the bog box stores will come in because the works force sucks. I agree with you Saur, for the most part folks make the decisions that steer their lives, if the f.....oul it up then they continue to be a burden on their families, their employer, their friends etc.
About the booby boys, I got no fight with whatever goes on inside someones biz provided it hurts no one and doesn't take away anyones rights. People would have to choose to go into the place, if they were on the street naked then I can understand, although I'd be for it I wouldn't want my kids to see it.

The Lazy Iguana said...

So then - the "liberal" courts corrupted free speech. OK, Ill go with that.

How do you feel about free markets? I mean, if "bikini bars" are around, it must be because people go to them. And spend money. And while we are at it, they might as well be full out nude bars.

In the theory of free markets, consumers would do all the regulation needed. If it "offended" them they would not go there and spend money. No paying customers = no business. No need for government to do anything! The perfect system!

Of course, you probably see my point. This will not work. In such a free system, opening a store that sells crack and smack would be OK. After all, people acting as "market forces" would self regulate.

So we have the "happy middle ground" of today. The government has the power to regulate the market. And people being regulated can use the court system to drum up free advertising.

As for Bambi The Bimbo - is her free speech natural or fake? I can investigate and get to the bottm of this mystery. I will do it for the sake of the free market of course!