Black Friday open thread: Something else to be thankful for

Black Friday’s open thread, brought to you by people who are obviously thankful for Wal-mart:

And I’m thankful I’m not there.

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  • Patriot077

    I cannot see any thing that would make someone want to participate in that crush of sub-human behavior.

    There are surely better ways to stay within your gift giving allotment than that. Honestly.

    • WinMissouri

      I agree. Is it the last supply of insulin for a group of desperate diabetics. Aside from something to keep you alive, it makes no sense. I am spending this Friday enjoying the company of family and catching up on each other’s life events. We are thankful to be together and looking forward to 2016.

    • Orangeone

      Perhaps there were a limited # of 56″ flat screen TVs purchasable with EBT so they had to race (pun unintentional) to grab them!

  • Shop on line. It’s quicker, probably cheaper (when you factor in the cost of fuel and travel time), faster, and way easier than doing anything like that video. I think that NOT acting like part of the herd shows that you really are sane. I can’t see anybody being a part of that crush of humanity.

    • Online is the way to go. Ive had to order parts for equipment and supplies many many times and priced it out and found I was saving in shipping and travel time I could spend elsewhere every time. And the best part of shopping online is that a computer never lies to you. Its people who do.

  • maynardb50

    I would not go anywhere near Riot Mart today. Best to stay home. Went out to my favorite small grocer and got beer for the ballgames and am good for the weekend.

  • sjmom

    RS, me too. I am thankful I am not there. Haven’t been shopping on Black Friday for a lot of years and when and where I went I never witnessed this kind of behavior thank God.

    Whew, what a display! The one woman bit the guy’s hand. There is no sale worth getting trampled. I’ve heard of a “herd” mentality but this is ludicrous. Cannot help but wonder how many voted for Obama?

    • maynardb50

      “Cannot help but wonder how many voted for Obama?”
      Well, SJ, don’t wonder, you already know. You nailed it.

      • sjmom

        I thought of that after I wrote it. Those who want the freebies. Would like to know what that yellow book was everyone just had to have?

        • I believe it was Greg Gutfeld’s new book

          • sjmom

            LOL “The joy of hate” Greg will be pleased.

  • The image of Zombies ripping into a human is what comes into mind after seeing this….

  • What joy do people derive in this kind of behavior? Do you remember last year when a lady came into a BestBuy and pepper-sprayed some of her fellow customers because she was gunning for an XBox? What’s up, my people?

  • Constitution Lover(underconsta

    This year will be the necessities only (clothes for kids) but back to hand made “gifts from the heart” (Scented soaps and personalized wood plaques, etc) for us. Its not only the money but the commercialization of the holiday ~ some kids don’t even understand or know the reason holiday seasons, for us its CHRISTmas, are celebrated) and the way people act (like video above) is totally disheartening when we have people starving (i.e.,Sudan video), sick, cold or necessities not met now more than ever it seems. But fighting and hateful actions towards each other for a electronic or something? (elect: would prob be for tracking us eventually anyway, haha)
    That being said, I do understand people being tighter financially so they have to go when the sales are good to make a nice holiday season for their homes and family. 🙂
    Only my personal family situation anyway. Hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving holiday ~ it was great to spend more precious time with family 🙂

    • sjmom

      I love a good sale, but not at the expense of my sanity. Used to do home made crafts myself and if you have kids its fun to work on them together. Keep the faith because things will get better. 🙂

  • tinlizzieowner

    Welcome to ‘Idiocy 1-A’. Vultures fighting over a carcass are more civilized.

  • Tis the season.. wait. What’s the season again? Does anyone remember?

    I’m thankful that I stay home this time of year. Jesus must be weeping.

    • GreenBeretWay

      They are more concerned with gadgets than God.

    • Is_Sense_Common

      I know that I am weeping.

  • Part of me wanted to go to the Microcenter about $20 away (yes, I’m now referring to miles by the money it would cost me to get there and back) because they had the $330 i7 2700k processor on sale for $200…….but my antisocial behavior would not do well in that kind of mob.

    I’ll wait until I can find that CPU used.

    • sjmom

      Just watch the ads in the newspapers because sales don’t stop today. They’ve only just begun.

      • This sale isn’t coming back. MC has these blowout events once in a while just to get people in the door. I haven’t seen a price that low on CPUs anywhere and they are only once or twice a year. I’m done for the year, unless I hit the lotto!!!!

        • sjmom

          Okay, you know better than me. Best Buy has some good sales though. 🙂

  • las1

    I just heard on the CBC (didn’t need duct tape for this news item this time) that during this short Black Friday season Canada contributes 5B into the northern US economy because of America’s ridiculously low prices and cross border shopping. I suspect most of that amount comes from Ontario alone.

    Can’t build that new bridge from Michigan to Canada soon enough.

    • Well THATS some good economic news…

    • tvlgds

      Oh hell yea. I’ll bet there’s not a TX license plate to be found at any store near the border towns. Even in San Antonio around Good Friday, there’s a HUGE influx of Mexico plates- I had no idea what was going on and I asked the desk clerk at the hotel where my sister was staying–apparently that’s how Mexicans celebrate Good Friday-come up here to shop! Not just Americans with twisted priorities.

  • Marky_D

    You just know you are looking at Obama voters….

    • Constitution Lover(underconsta

      That just struck me so funny..I’m sitting here, read that and busted into laughter..had to tell you as this was an unexpected one.

  • poljunkie

    I guess they thought the stuff was free.

  • (Rev 11:7-10 [NET])
    When they have completed their testimony, the beast that comes up from the abyss will make war on them and conquer them and kill them.

    Their corpses will lie in the street of the great city that is symbolically called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was also crucified.

    For three and a half days those from every people, tribe, nation, and language will look at their corpses, because they will not permit them to be placed in a tomb.

    And those who live on the earth will rejoice over them and celebrate, even sending gifts to each other, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth.

  • barney59

    What was this, an Obama voter celebration meeting?

  • Rshill7

    We have never been shopping on Black Friday ever. Not even once. The trampling and fighting seems ridiculous to me. I saw where only about 50 WalMart employees walked out last night. Was I right in hearing that? I hope so. That’s heartening.

    We did buy a few Kindle Fire HD’s online today though, from a comfy chair, and one of them is for me! Yay! The others are for our grown kids. Shhhhh. It’s a surprise.

    “We” already have an IPAD II. I got that for my wife last year along with an Apple wireless keyboard. Some of the items I received last year are still in the box. It’s like, we really don’t need anything, but hey, it’s Christmas, and giving is a blessing.

    Have been enjoying my original Kindle for a couple of years now. In fact, read some more George MacDonald in it today for a couple of hours while it was snowing outside. It’s still snowing outside! I have the entire George MacDonald collection on that Kindle. Since all of his stuff was written in the 1800’s, the entire collection was free. All of my Nathaniel Hawthorne books were free too. Richard Blackmore’s books too. Free. James Fenimore Cooper. Free. Great authors. Great books.

    What I was really hoping for this year was a new President and Senate, but alas, those hopes were dashed upon the rocks like shattered glass baubles.

    While gifts and giving bring such joy, the thing that really pushes my button about Christmas, is Christ. I’ve got the can’t-help-its. Many of you know what I mean. He is the gift that once received, never ceases giving. His gift bestows hope, love, faith, certainty, peace of mind, and all that’s “good and perfect”. He is THE gift.

    No person is worthy of Him, yet everyone can partake of Him, even me. He is also free for the asking, kinda’ like the old books I speak of above. I’ll never be able to get over that. I can only acknowledge and be ever thankful for Him. He is still working in me and lifting me up despite my every other step being a stumble. I’ve grown used to His strong arms, His mercy, and His grace. I call Him Father.

    • Constance

      You know, the online shopping thing is pretty much what I do these days. I also seek out local small businesses and try to patronize them as much as possible. There are wonderful little shops hidden away with good prices and personal service. They can’t always beat the likes of Walmart in prices, but the peace shopping there alone is worth a few extra bucks.

      • I feel like a cow walking into a feed lot every time I have to go to Wal-Mart.

        • Constance

          Ain’t that the truth.

  • magicdixieranch

    I hope this behavior bothers more than those of us here, but sadly, I think just like Obamaphones & foodstamps…it is becoming *normal*…I weep for the country I once knew, it was ‘the greatest’…now I feel like we’ve been invaded by termites or carpenter ants that are hollowing out the *host*…ugh

    • Is_Sense_Common

      Excellent word-picture Magic. I too am weeping for the land that I love!

  • Conniption Fitz

    Thankful not to be shopping today.

  • kong1967

    I don’t need a discount that bad. I sat at home and didn’t shop today. I’m not joining this childish group mentality. Most of the things people buy aren’t necessary items. They fight over a “Tickle me Elmo” doll or something. It’s downright retarded.

    • I heard Mike Adams explaining his view of why people do this, and it made sense. He said that throughout history, we have gone out to gather things like food, fire wood, etc. We have a built in desire to go out and find things, then bring them home. Those who go to these events are still stuck in that base level mentality, and don’t even know why they do it.

      He was also saying that it is a competition mentality that drives people to do it. As many people sit on the sidelines their whole life watching sports and TV, they get a chance at these things to go in and compete for something that they are familiar with.

      It is a tribal mentality that a certain portion of society is drawn to.

      • kong1967

        Is this the same guy that had pretty much the same analysis for why we vote and choose a party to side with? Primal instinct? Since I don’t know why people do this, I can’t counter that. Could be true, I suppose, although I would think adults are like kids at Christmas. Can’t miss a bargain for nothing and they act like kids opening Christmas gifts.

        • They call the guy “The Health Ranger”. He owns He is a conservative on the Alex Jones side of things, but his big thing is exposing things that are bad for your health, and promoting good things.

          My general thought on the matter is that God designed us to survive in the wilderness. After the fall of man, we needed it. I think that it is likely built into our DNA to gather things for survival, and that it is possible that since many people in our society don’t practice it, their deep seeded desire leads them to this behavior. Though one would think that a rational person would consider that this behavior was unnecessary and destructive, and not participate.

          I am the most frugal person that I know, other than my grandmother who was raised in the depression. I have thought about why I have this personality attribute, and few others do. I think that people like me have some fear of going hungry, not being able to provide, or something along those lines.

          I maintain 500 quarts of canned food, and about three hundred pounds of dry stored goods. I grow my food for cost saving, survival, and health. At least I have my reasons.

  • DebbyX

    ‘Tis the season!

    Happy hunting everybody………….

    • Deer season is over, but steelhead fishing starts next month. 🙂

  • bjohnson55

    I am embarrassed by the people who get this worked up to save a couple bucks. If only the registered Republicans were this worked up about this last election we would have a new President and a Republican majority in the Senate. That will never happen if only 35% of registered Republicans can find the time to drag their butts into a voting booth to cast a ballot. You can bet they can stand in line for hours upon hours then act like cattle at a cattle call to save a few bucks. Is it any wonder this country in going to Hell in a handbasket?

    • Conniption Fitz

      Problem is – The Republican establishment is not that much different and not worth getting excited over.

      • bjohnson55

        Problem with that kind of thinking is a 50% or better swing back in the right direction is so much better than allowing the guy who’s campaign theme is “Forward” (straight over the cliff that is) to win by not voting for Romney just because he didn’t fit your perfect mold. If that is what you did then shame on you, the results are laying at your feet and the others just like you.

  • Haywoodjbl

    RULE 1


    RULE 2


    Some people are just rude animals who have no respect for the Holiday they are celebrating….society in decay…

    Too all else….Time for a great Christmas Season!

  • graywolf4life

    So this is what America has turned into. Its truly sad.

  • FreeManWalking

    I would like to see the 0b0 phone giveaway game.
    1st give all the contestants a baseball bat.
    2nd drop the phone on the 50 yard line.
    3rd shoot off a round with a .38 and shout 1st one back with the phone is the winner.

    • Is_Sense_Common

      I just read an article about those phones & the folks they interviewed who had them had the audacity to complain that weren’t that great. They only had 200 minutes on them an no data package so after 2 days, they were “useless.” The reporter wrote it as though they were right & people shouldn’t be so indignant about us paying a mandatory fee on our cell phone bills because the people getting the phones were still getting screwed by the damn rich white guys.

      Welcome to Amerika.

      • StandingGround

        I don’t even want to pay for One of those moocher’s phones and it makes it even worse when they act like ungrateful twits over something that was “Free”.

        I Really hate that its groups like this that have chosen dear leader again so they can get more stuff from us hardworking Americans!

        These people in this video are acting totally uncivilized. I have zero respect for them and don’t even recognize this as being my country. I’m disgusted.

        • cathmom

          I am quite sure these people all voted for Obama.

      • FreeManWalking

        For those who think we haven’t been a socialist government for many years are not following the money.

        These same folks will be pissed when they find out their FREE healthcare only allows one shot a year.

        You can’t pay for extra, you get what they allow. NO SOUP FOR YOU!

  • Conniption Fitz

    Looks like the typical Islamist day – Tahrir Square, Muslim Gang Rape, Change of Military Government in Pakistan, Any Street in Syria, Libya, etc.

    • Constance

      Ha! That’s true! I’ll have to watch it a third time now with your comment in mind, and I bet I laugh out loud again.

  • DCGere

    Thankful I had to work today (not in retail)! What a bunch of savages. Never been shopping on Black Friday and never will. Crazy people…

  • DevastatingLegDrop_22

    Why do they all want the old yellow “Dos for Dummies” book?

  • oregonproud

    Can’t get too worked up over this. Becky and I are both disabled veterans and this will be our second Christmas without gift giving. ( I do cheat a little) Things are tight but we do have what really counts. Hey, the horses have hay for the winter, and the dogs and cats are doing pretty good. Life is good! T&B

    • Constance

      I surely miss having horses. It is my dream to one day be in a position to go back to that life of horses, dogs, 4-wheel drive, and lots of land around me. I’ve got the dogs and the vehicle – I’m halfway there.

  • John3_3

    2 Timothy 3:1-5 KJV

    This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

  • Constance

    What the sam hell? There was a time when I really loved doing the early-rising black Friday thing every year. Friends and I would hit the road at 4:00 am with our plan of action and our lists. It was more a social event than anything else, and we had a ball. Never once did I encounter anything like this. If I had, I likely would have dropped to the floor, grabbed my friends, and crawled for the nearest exit. I must admit though… I laughed out loud watching this one. I watched it twice. What a bunch of dolts.

  • tvlgds

    I’m thankful that God gave me the brains to NEVER go shopping on Black Friday. There is nothing so important that I’d camp overnight and risk being trampled, slugged, stabbed, or shot for, particularly some plastic piece of crap from China that the marketing people decided is THE “must have” item of the season. Capitalism meets Hooliganism. I’m also thankful that Amazon is my friend. If I need it, it can be delivered to my door and I don’t have to deal with idiots.

    • We used to be a country of invention, innovation, creation, and ingenuity. Now we are a nation of insane consumers. When I was a kid, a present was often something hand made out of wood, or an animal. It was really special to get a knife, and we all got our first guns at age 11. It was a big deal when my dad bought me a fly fishing pole. None of these things were disposable.

      • tvlgds

        Same here. My parents were born during the Depression era, lived through WWII here as kids, and met and married in 1952. It wasn’t about possessions then, it was about survival and raising a family. When I was growing up Christmas wasn’t about material things. It was about Christ and family. Being raised in the military, there wasn’t much money, so we got a few things we needed and one or 2 small things we wanted. My first bike was a used one that my dad lovingly repainted and gave me for my birthday when I was 8 or 9 (can’t remember) It was the best present ever! Can you imagine giving a kid anything used today? I have to admit that my generation started the spiral that we now see out of control. It’s gotten worse and worse and it makes me ill. Now I see parents who give their 7 yr old a new Iphone – he already has an Ipad, and the 2 yr old also has his own Ipad. I can’t even imagine.

        • Same as my folks! I never got more than 2 or 3 presents from my parents. And I don’t even have an ipad I can’t imagine working hard to give my toddler or grade schooler such an item! How misplaced our values are today. Very sad!

  • demographicallychallenged

    ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, Tis the season. Exchanged greetings with a 96%er who made an –s- turn and cut me off.(you don’t need to use turn signals when you are on your cell phone in the parking lot). Made my day, went home and watched TV. I think I will buy local, and online.

  • GreenBeretWay

    You’d have to be nuts to wade into this war zone jungle.


    I spent the day making a manger scene for the “First Family” out of wood.
    Had to search to the ends of the earth to find a Mary,Joseph and Jesus.Found a plastic set and glued felt,hair and trim on them to give them a realistic look.

    Cut out sheep,a donkey and a camel with the jig saw and decorated them.

    It looks cool lit up in the yard. I will try to make the three wise dudes tomorrow.

    Time to put Christ back in CHRISTmas.

    • Constance

      How wonderful! I wish I were talented in that way. I can’t hang a picture on the wall correctly. No artistic talent here.

      • GreenBeretWay

        I’m not usually artistic but I had some divine intervention.

    • I bet they’re the best in the neighborhood! 😀

    • RKflorida

      Skip the wise men, they weren’t at the manger.

  • theresaaa

    OMG ! Look at all those government checks being spent ! lol

    • heh! no kidding!

    • StandingGround

      I almost wrote the same thing, theresaaa, but went on another rant instead. I’m sure they spent the money we gave them well, and only for the necessities in life…/sarc.

  • white531

    I have no comment on this post, because I believe no comment is necessary.

  • Linky1

    Black Friday-a national embarrassment for the nation.

  • white531

    I’m sorry. We have become such a sick society, that a widescreen television, is more important, than the fate of Israel. That one thought, is what will be the end of America.

  • I wouldn’t go to one of these if they were giving away $100 bills.

    Off of the subject: I really liked this video.

    The constitutional sheriff is doing his thing.

  • No effing way.

  • Is_Sense_Common

    Yup. Nothin says “Happy Birthday Jesus” like the actions of the people in that ^^^ video. Wow. Just disgusting.

    Is this the country so may fought (and still fight) for?! What happened to us?

  • iHeartLife

    I am grateful that I don’t:

    – Support the NY Jets (teehehehe, just teasing)
    – Worship the devil (Islam anyone?)
    – Have a liberal/progressive worldview (got hate?)
    – Have to mow the lawn (lol)

    But most importantly, I’m grateful I don’t love shopping – at all, that my character should manifest itself as being morally bankrupt when I go to a store as cheap as Walmart only to punch someone else in the face or pull out my gun when someone else cuts in line (????!!!!!!!).

    For crying out loud!

  • Gosh that made me sick just watching that! I can’t imagine doing that for anyone or anything. I stayed home and relaxed for a bit before babysitting some of my grandchildren for the evening! What has America become?

  • Boy if only Americans would have cared enough like this to have voted Obama out of office!!

    • Constance

      That would have been great, wouldn’t it? If crowds like that had been rushing the voting booths to cast votes against Obama, our world would be so much better today.

  • 1217Chic

    My “Black Friday’s” are always a decor transition from Thanksgiving to XMAS, with drink in hand……

  • Rocco11

    Obama’s amerika…

  • 401_Unauthorised
  • MsTweetie

    Now I’ve been around the block a few times and I can swear to our ALL MIGHTY GOD that I have NEVER, not even thought about, heading out to a place like WALMART or any other large discount store like it to find a ‘good bargain’ the day after Thanksgiving. I’d like to know what in hell the item is that these idiots were grabbing for. NOTHING out there (on sale or deeply discounted) is good enough for me to even THINK about participating in this type of ‘pack mentality’. And the fact that thousands, all over the country were CAMPING OUT for DAYS in front of Walmart, Best Buy, wherever doors were opening at 8:00PM Thursday night isn’t nuts enough? I went out to my local grocery store right before dark, where it was practically empty, got home, and popped open my bottle of Courvoisier VSOP Exclusive. Had a ‘sippy’ or two admiring how pretty the house looked with the newly decorated Christmas lights, and didn’t even give a second thought to the lunatics participating a couple miles away in the Walmart nightmare.

  • Highlandtwp

    Definition of OBSCENE
    1. : disgusting to the senses : repulsive
    2. a : abhorrent to morality or virtue
    b : repulsive by reason of crass disregard of moral or ethical principles
    c : so excessive as to be offensive

  • joyfulgiver

    That is just absurd! I don’t think these people would be acting like this in the welfare lines. Well, then again…

    I can’t imagine leaving my family Thanksgiving dinner to get malled at the mall or walmart. Family is too important! We lost a dear family member this week and I can tell you there is absolutely nothing more important than being with family any time of the year. Life is too short to squable over stupid stuff like these people were, it’s just STUFF. It’s all gonna burn anyway. I’d much rather be tucking away memories with my family.

  • Arrrggghhh

    Absolutely disgusting.

    I have some advice for one of the major retailers – perhaps Sears. Become the Chik-Fil-A of retail. Don’t open all night after Thanksgiving. Honor the real reasons for all the holidays. Honor your employees. Be respectful. Have reasonable prices. Millions of people will shop in your stores and not behave like animals. I certainly would.

    Finally, thank you for your generous policies for our servicemen and women.