644 – John Milton publishes Areopagitica, a pamphlet decrying censorship. The pamphlet itself is censored.
1981 – Iran-Contra Affair: Ronald Reagan signs the top secret National Security Decision Directive 17 (NSDD-17), giving the Central Intelligence Agency the authority to recruit and support Contra rebels in Nicaragua.
COINCIDENCE? I think NOT!
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream.”
— Mark Twain
“…(S)uffering is part of life, and it’s not a bad thing. It’s an essential thing.”
— Rick Sanitorium
FROM THE CHURCH OF INEFFABLE STUPIDITY:
I typically work long hours, I find shopping to be an insufferable bore and unappetizing chore. Given a choice of shopping for christmas presents or beating myself over the head with a large stick, I would inquire whether I could use Balsa wood. I also keep some news channel on in the background in my office.
Since last Monday, i.e., 10 fool working days in advance of the day that people have been brainwashed to eat tasteless birds, and are forced to avoid talking politics with their neocon, Tea Buggered relatives, the references to “Black Friday” have increased to the point that I have been changing channels just to avoid hearing any more about it.
Almost every MSM sTalking hEad has been speaking of Black Friday in glowing, almost awed, angelic, saintly terms. There are reports that some companies are actually opening early on Thursday, to give shoppers a chance to avoid the rush. Ads offering pre-Black Friday sales are outnumbering advertising for Viagra, feminine hygiene products, even those laughable, Big Brother-like ads on how Big Oil is working for you to create a green environment.
First and foremost, unless there is some new fad, some new toy which spoiled kids MUST ABSOLUTELY HAVE (then ignore three days later) there is absolutely no reason to go through the mess, the crowds, the bullshit the day after Thanksgiving. Pickpockets love it, parking attendants make zillions, tempers flare, and kids get lost in the craze.
No one will run out of product. Period. Getting it early or getting it on Friday is probably the most Ineffably Stupid move you can make. Do you really think that that dress or that tie will change in character, if you wait a week or three before purchasing it? Do you really believe that suffering the slings and arrows on this artificial shopping day accomplishes anything positive? If you simply stayed home, had sex with your spouse or partner, or played games with the kids, you would accomplish far more, in the big scheme of things.
Secondly, hmm, there is no second.
Third, the economy will receive the same boost this season whether you buy something Friday or next week. IT DOES NOT MATTER TO ANY RETAILER whether they clear their shelves on Friday, or next week.
Fourth, the MSM’s pushing of this ridiculous event has never been stronger. It seems as though the companies which own and exert such editorial control over what is portrayed as news, have conspired to push Black Friday this year. I have never seen the likes before.
If anyone has even one reason to support Black Friday, please educate me. I really want to know.