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I know, I've heard it a dozen times, and some of most-strident are those who appear to be trying to justify their own lack of action -- or maybe they're a Fed thinking that I've got murder, mayhem or some other sort of violence on my mind.

Sorry to disappoint y'all, but that would be nope, nope and nope.

Not only is violence usually pointless (in that you lose rather than win) but in addition it's frequently ineffective, and when it is the harm you wind up with is immense.  But this doesn't mean there's nothing you can do; quite to the contrary.

The US supermarket chain Market Basket has agreed to sell to a majority stake to former boss Arthur T Demoulas, ending a months-long dispute.

In announcing his purchase, Mr Demoulas told workers, who had gone on strike in July to protest against his firing, "You are simply the best".

The 70-plus stores belonging to the chain are mostly located in the northeastern United States.

It was estimated the company was losing $70m (£42m) a day during the strike.

Late on Wednesday, Mr Demoulas announced that he had reached an agreement to purchase the 50.5% of the company he did not control from a rival faction controlled by his cousin, Arthur S Demoulas, for $1.5bn.

Remember these guys?  The supermarket was known for having low prices and excellent product.  A family feud led the much-loved CEO to be deposed, and the result of that was a strike by the workers and a boycott by the general public.

They didn't burn anything, they didn't destroy, they didn't loot and they didn't assault anyone.  What they did do was boycott, strike and essentially shut the place down.

Note this well: They won.  Legally and peacefully.

The Boston Globe has spared no time in trying to pan this as a "one off", and that should not surprise -- after all, should such peaceful and lawful tactics take hold just think about all the things we could change.

Hospitals charging 10x a reasonable price for procedures and tests?  Well, how's that gonna work when there are no patients, no employees in the hospital, and pickets around the building 24x7?

Universities screwing our kids with crippling loans and dead-end alleged "degrees"?  Well, how's that gonna work when there are no employees in the cafeteria, nobody is manning the register in the bookstore, there are no students in the lecture halls and again, there are pickets around the periphery of the campus?

Jackbooted "cities" (cough-Ferguson-cough!) that issue 3 arrest warrants per household and about $150 per-capita in fines annually, then point firearms at peaceful protesters and journalists?  Well, how's that gonna work when nobody shops in the town any more, none of the city employees show up to work and there are peaceful pickets around city hall and the courthouse 24x7?

Or how about Boston after the marathon bombing?  Instead of cowering at SWATted-up cops looking for a wounded kid in a boat, violating constitutional rights left, right and center what if the response was for every citizen in the town to boycott every single business inside city limits until the city council and the entire police department resigned and were replaced through a peaceful, lawful election?  How long do you think the city and cop shop could hold out when the streets were empty and the cash registers silent?

Hmmmm..... four places we, the people could really do something right here and now, couldn't we?  All legal and peaceful too.

So yeah, it's real important to make sure nobody gets any wild ideas -- like the fact that all government exists only with the consent of the governed, whether that "government" be a 71-store grocery chain, a university, a hospital or a city.

Let's not forget that the striking workers at those stores put themselves at considerable economic risk.  They weren't working during that time and they weren't getting paid.  Further, and far more importantly, this wasn't a matter of a couple of days where you could simply shift your economic activity on both sides -- it went on for roughly three months.

“It was an unprecedented situation, and it defies everything we thought we knew about how businesses are run and who has the power,” said Daniel Korschun, a fellow at the Center for Corporate Reputation Management at Drexel University. “Many scholars, myself included, are eating crow right now.”

Not me.

You always have the power and there are a lot of people who try to tell you otherwise because they know damn well that all government, no matter whether its a corporation, a city or a nation, only exists with the consent of the governed.  It is only through your willful consent that the outrages perpetrated against you can and do continue.

If you're willing to refuse consent, accepting that this will come with cost, through peaceful and lawful action, you win.  It may take time, indeed it may take much longer than you think, but you will win because without the patient there is no hospital, without the shopper there is no store, and without the taxpayer earning an income to be taxed there is no government.

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Even when it kills someone, literally.

Los Angeles sheriff's deputy Andrew Wood will not be charged for fatally running over former Napster COO Milton Olin Jr. in his patrol car while the officer was typing a message into his computer.

But it's ok because he was working, you see.

Of course if I'm working and in doing so answer a text message, and as a result of doing so I run over a cyclist and kill him, you can bet I'd be charged with vehicular manslaughter (and justly so.)

Oh, and the officer lied too -- he claimed the bicyclist veered into his lane.  The DA reported that was not true; the opposite happened.  That's a false report to police, and that's not being prosecuted either.

Why is it, once again, that I should consider police officers individuals worthy of my respect or support?

I'm rapidly reaching the point where I wouldn't***** on one if he was on fire.

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Eh, maybe not.

A former Iowa state senator who was a key official in Rep. Michele Bachmann's 2012 presidential campaign pleaded guilty Wednesday to illicitly concealing payments he received to switch his support from Bachmann to then-Texas Rep. Ron Paul.

Former GOP state Sen. Kent Sorenson received thousands of dollars in "under the table payments," according to the Justice Department, to ditch Bachmann’s campaign, where he had served as Iowa chairman. He endorsed Paul instead. 

And we're not talking about a few drinks and dinner either.

In the plea agreement, Sorenson admitted concealing payments of $73,000 after secretly negotiating to switch his support. The payments came in monthly installments of roughly $8,000, according to DOJ.

So it was not just one payment either; it went on for quite some time.


Oh, all you who think there was undriven pure snow there, and after all, the GOP was just the most-evil set of bastards in not considering the pure, inescapably-correct and perfect campaign that was disrupted by evil bastidges who were corrupted by Mitt Romney.

How's that story looking this morning, pal?

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Personal income increased $28.6 billion, or 0.2 percent, and disposable personal income (DPI) increased $17.7 billion, or 0.1 percent, in July, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Personal consumption expenditures (PCE) decreased $13.6 billion, or 0.1 percent. In June, personal income increased $67.1 billion, or 0.5 percent, DPI increased $62.9 billion, or 0.5 percent, and PCE increased $50.5 billion, or 0.4 percent, based on revised estimates.


Oh.... you mean people burned out?  Well well well....

Most of that appears to have been in autos.... which is rather interesting, since those are essentially all financed.

Is the credit idiocy burning itself out in car loans?

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A stunner came from the last Obama presser on ISIS -- he has no strategy to deal with them.

Let's be fair here -- they've only been actively "at war" for what -- eight months now?  I don't think that's enough time for someone with Obama's considerable intellect and education to figure out what to do about them -- do you?  I mean, they've only stoned a bunch of people, cut the head off a journalist, threatened to blow up a dam and inundate a city along with a few other "nice" acts.

So, let's see what we think of all of all this.  I guess we could be really upset with Obama, but let's face it -- the real problem is with us.  We've been unwilling to actually prosecute a war since WWII, and those around the world have learned this through our repeated actions.  Thus we get events like Georgia, Ukraine, and, of course, ISIS in both Syria and Iraq.

Note that I'm not advocating going into Iraq and/or Syria and evicting ISIS by force -- indeed, history of the last 50 or so years says that all we're ever going to do is bomb them a few times and, perhaps, send a few "advisers" in to have a "discussion" with them (although said discussion might well take place at 3250fps!)

So what's next?  Nothing of value; we've forgotten (as a nation) how to go war.  Therefore any threat to do so won't be taken seriously, and with the rules of engagement that have been put in front of our fighting men and women ISIS will be, and should be, laughing at us.

It's never good to engage a so-called "enemy" without being willing to actually declare war (and prosecute it as same) when they're willing to cut the heads off people on the other side on television, never mind shooting anything that moves (and that's when they're in a good mood -- when their mood is a bit more foul you get rapes, stoning to death and all sorts of other fun acts.)  Indeed there are reports that ISIS hostages have been waterboarded (gee, I wonder where they learned how to do that?)

Pessimistic, you might say?  Oh yes, indeed I am, especially when I gaze in the general direction of our unguarded border to the south where our fine President (along with both houses of Congress!) welcomes every illegal invader who wants to come across.

Gee, you don't think a few of those ISIS guys might have come in too, do you?  

Naw, that would never happen.... right?

Good thing those pig-****ers don't know how atomic energy works...  they're not smart enough to figure that out... right?

Time to crack open a nice bottle of Scotch and enjoy the long weekend.... fuggit.

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