Rated R – Reynolds American

I’m certain the kneejerk reaction of conservatives who monitor my site is there goes another liberal pouncing on the tobacco industry. It is not their products, but how Reynolds American uses the profits they derive to harm America that motivated me. I actually accept much of the conservative argument that tobacco is a legal product in our society and Americans should have the freedom of choice to decided whether they partake of it or not. In the spirits of full disclosure, I am an ex-smoker who quit back in the late 1970’s. Continue reading Rated R – Reynolds American

Rated R – Koch Industries

If I have to explain why Koch Industries’ products are being placed on the restricted list then you simply haven’t been paying attention. This is a classic example of why progressives should not spend money with an organization. The Koch brothers are the largest financiers of the radical right wing. Continue reading Rated R – Koch Industries

Rated R – The Enterprises And Associates Of Art Pope

The poster boy for the reverse Robin Hood role is North Carolina billionaire Art Pope. Pope’s inherited business empire operates under the umbrella of Variety Wholesalers. Variety is privately held and therefore it is difficult to get exact numbers, but they do business under ten different names. They are in retail and there are two guiding principles they utilize when determining where to locate a store. They look for a neighborhood with a median income of under $40,000 and a population that is at least 25% African-American. In less polite language, they look for people with fewer options that they can exploit. Continue reading Rated R – The Enterprises And Associates Of Art Pope

Rated R – Papa John’s

I am a staunch defender of the First Amendment which guarantees the freedom of speech and freedom of association. That amendment defends John “Papa John” Schnatter’s right to be incorrect, greedy and to associate with con men like Willard Romney. It also defends progressives’ right to not patronize his business. Continue reading Rated R – Papa John’s

Rated R – Gator’s Dockside Restaurants

When a restaurant doesn’t care about the health of its employees, by extension it doesn’t care about the health of its customers. Add to that the fact that it is willfully deceiving its customers and it is time to eat elsewhere. Let me introduce you to the Florida restaurant chain Gator’s Dockside. Continue reading Rated R – Gator’s Dockside Restaurants