Black Friday Shopping Important?

If you think Black Friday shopping is the most important thing happening during the week of Thanksgiving, think again.  American troops are still in Afghanistan and other hotspots around the world.

BE THANKFUL. “Sky” Soldiers with the The 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team take a moment to celebrate Thanksgiving at Combat Outpost McClain, Logar Province, Nov. 22, 2012. (Photo by Sgt. Roland Hale)

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct '11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May '13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct ’11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May ’13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

‘HOPE IS FADING FAST’ T-shirt to Hit Market

Described as a “devastating take on the iconic Obama poster” made popular during the 2008 presidential campaign, Mediaite reported yesterday that “a new offensive has been launched against President Obama, and if it catches on it may make as much noise as a Birther at a Town Hall.”  Pre-releasing at on Black Friday, “it” is the “HOPE IS FADING FAST” t-shirt shown above.

Personally, I think it’s awesome!

Hat tip:  Doug Ross

Uncle Jay’s Word of the Week is ‘Class’

Uncle Jay reminds viewers today that it’s almost Thanksgiving, a time when we go from sharing our blessings with friends and family one day to trampling them to death at the mall on Black Friday.  His word of the week is “class” — as in having good taste or showing respect.

In this week’s edition of Uncle Jay Explains the News, the funnyman talks about how Newsweek showed no class when they used a photo of Sarah Palin in jogging clothes on the magazine’s cover.  In addition, he talks about President Barack Obama’s struggles in dealing with the war in Afghanistan and legislative battles over health care.

The list of other topics covered includes changes in credit card regulations, changes in Oprah Winfrey’s future on television and a question about whether movies like “Forrest Gump” and “Pirate Radio” accurately depict life in the 1960s.

Taxpayers Foot Bill for College Football Bowls

It appears writer Eric Crawford was ahead of the journalistic pack with his article that appeared in the Louisville Courier-Journal on Black Friday — the one after Thanksgiving, not Christmas.  In Bailout Bowl, Presented By You and Me, he highlighted the many instances in which taxpayers — hence, “You and Me” in his headline — appear to be footing the bill for many of the college football bowl games this month and next.

Here’s a quick rundown:

  • Played Dec. 20 in Washington, D.C., the Eagle Bank Bowl featured Wake Forest and Navy in a game in which the Demon Deacons won, 29-19.  But the Midshipmen were not the only losers.  According to Crawford, the bowl was sponsored by a bank that told the Washington Post it would seek some bailout assistance even though its financial position is fairly strong.
  • Florida Atlantic defeated Central Michigan, 24-21, in Detroit’s Motor City Bowl Dec. 26.  Sponsored by both Ford and GM and played at Ford Field, the game was clouded by rumors that players from both teams spent much of their free time playing golf at the not-to-far-away United Auto Workers $33 million resort.
  • The Capital One Bowl, to be played New Years Day, pits Georgia against Michigan State.  Probably because Michigan State is based in a Big Three automaker state, the bank sponsoring this bowl was approved for $3.55 billion in bailout funds.
  • No doubt aided by a $20 billion government bailout, Citi is the sponsor of the aptly-named Rose Bowl presented by Citi which will feature USC and Penn State Jan. 1.
  • Finally, and perhaps most fitting, the GMAC Bowl is sponsored by the financing arm of GM.  Coincidentally — not, GMAC recently received almost $6 billion in bailout funds.  What I find odd about this sponsorship, however, is the fact that the game is being played Jan. 6 in Mobile, Ala., the heart of the Foreign Auto Manufacturers Belt.

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Black Friday Deals Offered to Help Economy

Black Friday sales are generating quite a bit of buzz this year, what with news media outlets focused on the prospect of another economic depression as “imminent.”  As my small contribution to helping stimulate the economy, I offer the following links to retailers with web sites offering Black Friday sales information:

Amazon, Bass Pro Shops, Best Buy,, Dell, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Home Depot, Ikea, JO-ANN Fabrics, GameStop, JC Penney, Kmart, Kohl’s, MacMall, Old Navy, Radio Shack, Staples, Target, Toys R Us, Tractor Supply, Wal-Mart, (Online Only)

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Instant $5 Rebate on Many Top Magazine Subscriptions

$5 Instant Rebate on O, the Oprah Magazine

$5 Instant Rebate on Vanity Fair

Have someone who’s particularly hard to buy for? Head over to our Holiday Sale Store, where you’ll find over 150 magazines with an instant $5 rebate. Choose from top titles like O, the Oprah Magazine, Vanity Fair, SmartMoney, and more. Plus, you can let them know about their gift right away with a printable, customized gift card or an e-card. Learn more about giving magazines as gifts.

Video Games on Black Friday

Shop Video Games on Black Friday

Treat the Gamer in your family to some great games on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable and computer games. Visit the Video Games store this holiday weekend.Shop Video Games

Black Friday Sale — November 23 Only

Black Friday Sale

On November 23, visit the Friday Sale for one-day-only savings. Shop Black Friday deals on cookware, sporting goods, apparel, tools, shoes, jewelry, and other products.