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Black Friday
Author: BobR    Date: 11/23/2007 13:41:56

Yesterday was a day of excess and gluttony of the gastronomic variety. Today is Black Friday, a day of excess and gluttony of the consumerism variety. It's the "Friday after Thanksgiving Sales" day, and - with dollars stretched further than they have in a long time - it promises to be as fierce as ever, with shoppers looking for the biggest bargains they can find.

There will be the traffic and "parking" reports on the news stations, stores opening before the chickens are up (and people waiting in line for the doors to open), extra-special sale prices only good for one day and even then only good from 7AM to noon. Undoubtedly, we will see news reports tonight of fights that broke out or people that got trampled in a stampede.

All this for Jesus's birthday party. I'm sure He would be happy...

The term "Black Friday" is often used to describe today, usually to indicate that retailers move into the black after being in the red all year. Although it is the busiest shopping day of the year, the common myth that it is the day that the most dollars are spent is a myth.

The consistent holiday shopping trend is that sales figures spike on the day after Thanksgiving, drop sharply immediately afterwards, then steadily increase throughout December, peaking on the four days comprising the two weekends before Christmas. The result is that Black Friday nearly always ends up ranking below the last Saturday before Christmas...


In response to this, there is a counter-movement known as Buy Nothing Day. The idea is to change one's ways, consume less and produce less waste. It seems to me that putting one's dollars and energy towards the betterment of one's society is much better than buying yet another unneeded sweater or trinket.

I think that's the best birthday present anyone could ask for.

82 comments (Latest Comment: 11/24/2007 03:25:50 by livingonli)
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Comment by TriSec on 11/23/2007 13:56:30
Morning folks!



Anybody know if we get fresh and pure Momma today, or is it the skanky leftover gristle that's been in the fridge too long?









Comment by TriSec on 11/23/2007 14:25:07
Call now, and I'll send you this wonderful free tape!



http://www.rpconline.com/catalog/content/images/tape_duct.jpg


Comment by TriSec on 11/23/2007 14:37:06
Quote of the day:



Sure there are dishonest men in local government. But there are dishonest men in national government too.



Richard M. Nixon

37th president of US (1913 - 1994)





Comment by livingonli on 11/23/2007 14:38:32
It would be Nixon to do that quote.



Good morning.



I think we need a freezing emoticon.

Comment by livingonli on 11/23/2007 14:39:28
Quote by TriSec: Call now, and I'll send you this wonderful free tape!



http://www.rpconline.com/catalog/content/images/tape_duct.jpg


This is how I got rich in the real estate market.

Comment by TriSec on 11/23/2007 14:39:50




TriSec's in the lounge all alone!



Well, let's see.



Plane Porn on the HDTV and surround sound, check!







Where's Bob's Lagavulin! Woohooo!











Aw, hell.

Comment by Raine on 11/23/2007 14:41:26
Good Morning! :yawn:

Comment by Raine on 11/23/2007 14:44:45
Sounds like we have this morning! What a wonderful surprise! AND... DENNIS will be a guest today too! OOH, I hope get's to hear this!

Comment by livingonli on 11/23/2007 14:46:39
Tri, what am I, chopped liver?

Comment by livingonli on 11/23/2007 14:47:43
Good morning Raine. Bree Walker was supposed to get the 10 PM-Midnight slot on Air America when they cancelled the Air Americans but they pulled the show before it even started.

Comment by livingonli on 11/23/2007 14:50:11
Where do blonde feminists fit into the equation.

Comment by TriSec on 11/23/2007 14:50:21
So, did everyone see Britt Hume at the dog show yesterday?



http://images.jupiterimages.com/common/detail/91/71/22617191.jpg


Comment by TriSec on 11/23/2007 14:53:33




Looks like a timing issue there, livin. No insult intended.





Comment by livingonli on 11/23/2007 14:55:06
No problemo, Tri.

Comment by TriSec on 11/23/2007 14:57:17
"Neandercon"??



I like it!





Comment by Raine on 11/23/2007 14:57:49
Aww that was a quick interview! :(

Comment by livingonli on 11/23/2007 14:59:27
Quote by Raine: Aww that was a quick interview! :(


She could have spent more time with him. I hope Momma puts him on again. So, Robert Greenwald will be on to talk about the Fox Porn Channel.

Comment by wickedpam on 11/23/2007 15:00:14
Morning! :hug:







Who is this slightly spastic woman sitting in for Steph?

Comment by Raine on 11/23/2007 15:01:10
Quote by livingonli: Tri, what am I, chopped liver?
Ouch!

Comment by Raine on 11/23/2007 15:05:02
Good morning MAla... HAppy Friday!

Comment by livingonli on 11/23/2007 15:05:23
Morning Mala. This is Bree Walker filling in.

Comment by Raine on 11/23/2007 15:06:28
Sounds like Dennis was pretty busy this morning!

Comment by livingonli on 11/23/2007 15:07:44
Quote by Raine:
Quote by livingonli: Tri, what am I, chopped liver?


Ouch!


It's all cool.

Comment by Raine on 11/23/2007 15:08:10
Robert Greewald is coming up?

Comment by Raine on 11/23/2007 15:10:22
:rofl: I had to say I was 18 years old too to see it!

Comment by livingonli on 11/23/2007 15:11:09
He's on now. Raine, I remember when you warned me to turn the TV off Fox Porn after Steph was on Neil Cavuto's show.

Comment by TriSec on 11/23/2007 15:11:18
I got your free porn right here!



(yes, it's work safe. Sheesh, not that kind of porn, who do you think I am???)

Comment by wickedpam on 11/23/2007 15:12:52
Hey ya Raine & Liv and everyone!

Comment by livingonli on 11/23/2007 15:13:21
Quote by TriSec: I got your free porn right here!



(yes, it's work safe. Sheesh, not that kind of porn, who do you think I am???)


:rofl:

Comment by livingonli on 11/23/2007 15:17:07
Fox News and facts;





Comment by Raine on 11/23/2007 15:30:09
brb, I have to reboot the computer! (updating things and stuff!

Comment by livingonli on 11/23/2007 15:58:35
Computer updates can sometimes be a pain in the butt.

Comment by wickedpam on 11/23/2007 16:06:36
Vitter's Court Date Canceled



Found this buried in the A section of the Post yesterday, almost didn't see it for all the ads

Comment by livingonli on 11/23/2007 16:11:06
Quote by wickedpam: Vitter's Court Date Canceled



Found this buried in the A section of the Post yesterday, almost didn't see it for all the ads


It must be cover the ass of perverted Republicans day.

Comment by Raine on 11/23/2007 16:28:08
Wow... that was a very Looooooong update!

Comment by Raine on 11/23/2007 16:29:32
Quote by wickedpam: Vitter's Court Date Canceled Found this buried in the A section of the Post yesterday, almost didn't see it for all the ads
Funny how that works huh?

Comment by livingonli on 11/23/2007 16:29:54
Welcome back, Raine.

Comment by Raine on 11/23/2007 16:35:31
I kinda like like that phrase: "Check the Oiliness of our Candidates!"

Comment by Raine on 11/23/2007 16:37:49
Greg Palast! Bree is chockafull of many guests, huh?

Comment by BobR on 11/23/2007 16:37:59
Quote by livingonli: Tri, what am I, chopped liver?


Some people LIKE chopped liver...

Comment by Raine on 11/23/2007 16:39:18
Oh no... the caging has begun already for this election cycle? :rage:

Comment by Raine on 11/23/2007 16:41:50
Quote by BobR:
Quote by livingonli: Tri, what am I, chopped liver?
Some people LIKE chopped liver...
mmm... organ meats....

Comment by Raine on 11/23/2007 16:47:25
Does momma come back on Monday? While I somewhat enjoy Brie... I feel a lack of a sense of Momma and her show here. I am not drawn in...

Comment by Raine on 11/23/2007 16:49:42
Plus, I am not used to not hearing guest hosts call her Momma.!!!

Comment by Raine on 11/23/2007 16:50:15
And Timmy griffin now works for FRED THOMPSON!

Comment by TriSec on 11/23/2007 16:55:49
Ah, I dropped off hours ago.



Someone came by my desk and did this:



too



much



turkey





But, I digress. I usually don't listen when Momma is not on.





http://homepage.mac.com/eceisner/Birds/turkeymhead.jpg




YOU! Yeah, YOU! Did you eat me??





Comment by livingonli on 11/23/2007 16:57:33
Quote by Raine: And Timmy griffin now works for FRED THOMPSON!


{Fred_Gump}

Comment by livingonli on 11/23/2007 16:59:42
The leaves are blowing out there today.

Comment by BobR on 11/23/2007 17:01:32
Quote by TriSec:

http://homepage.mac.com/eceisner/Birds/turkeymhead.jpg




YOU! Yeah, YOU! Did you eat me??







Wow - that is one ugly bird...

Comment by wickedpam on 11/23/2007 17:04:53
THat picture just scared the hell out of me!