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‘Suck It, Capitalist-Hating Leftists’

Posted on | November 30, 2013 | 44 Comments

So says Professor Donald Douglas in reporting the success of after-Thanksgiving “Black Friday” sales. My wife and daughters went to the stores for their traditional all-day bargain-hunting expedition yesterday, but here’s my favorite quote of the day:

Nancy Ketchen of Scotia, N.Y., stayed true to her family tradition of bringing her daughters to the Crossgates Mall in Albany on Black Friday. They shop, have lunch and then head to a nearby Target, a tradition that she says is more important than getting a better price Thursday evening or online. Her two daughters bought outfits for Christmas Day at Forever 21.
“Sometimes you can get a better deal on Amazon,” she said. “We’ve been doing this for 5 or 6 years. It’s fun.”
Despite the activity at stores, there was early evidence that many stayed home to shop deals online. By 6 p.m. Thursday, Thanksgiving online sales had increased 10% this year over the same period last year, according to IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark, which tracks transactions at 800 U.S. retail sites.

You can buy anything from our Amazon Affiliates links — with free shipping for most orders over $35 — and we receive a small commission at no cost to you, so it’s a nice way to shop conveniently and save money while also supporting the blog. Among the Amazon items readers have purchased this month:


Some retailers have been plagued by Black Friday violence, but no one was shot or stabbed while shopping our Amazon links.

We are grateful for the support, and hope our readers appreciate the convenience of Amazon shopping, because we’re all about the shameless profit motive. And as for those “capitalist-hating leftists”?

Yeah — suck it, commie scum!



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  • Matthew W

    As cheap of a bastard as I am (thanks Scottish heritage), I wouldn’t venture out on Black Friday even if gold bricks were marked down 50%.

    Every year there are the same stories about the melees at Walmart and I don’t understand how all of that negative publicity does not kill them.

    I hit your Amazon spot a while ago.

  • bigfire

    I have to go to the store to get some protein powder yesterday. Not by choice, I ran out. Boy it was an adventure in of itself to find parking.

  • richard mcenroe

    Walmart here in Hondo was very civil yesterday. Maybe it’s the shoppers and not the sellers.

    BTW Stacy, speaking of sellers, that donation shpiel Spectator is e-mailing is beautifully worded. Had my fee-yancy in quite the tizzy.

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  • Quartermaster

    You live in Hondo? We used to make fun of Hondo when I lived in San Antonio. It’s kinda like Rio Linda is to Rush Limbaugh.

    Not a bad place though.

  • Quartermaster

    My wife and I went to Walmart on “Black Thursday” to get somethings we would not have gotten if we hadn’t gone in the first rush. The chaos started at 6 PM and we were out by 6:30. We each staked out different sites and got all we needed and got out of dodge. When we left, there was a line about a quarter of the way around the store waiting to get in for the 8PM chaos.

  • Matthew W

    NO THANKS !!!!

  • Quartermaster

    My sentiments too, but familial duty called, alas.

  • richard mcenroe

    Been here about two weeks. Loving it. I’ve seen San Antonio. It has several buildings that think they are tall and a colorful rain-drain, yes?

  • robertstacymccain

    Tell her to give generously, so the checks don’t bounce.

  • richard mcenroe

    We may have slipped’em a few bucks.

  • Quartermaster

    I don’t miss SA. We used to make fun of Hondo mainly because one of the English instructors was originally from there. The River walk used to be a nice place, but have no idea what it’s like these days. The place I liked better, however, was Garner State Park, which is not too far from Hondo.

  • Steve Skubinna

    What would life be if there were nobody to make fun of? When I was stationed at NAS Lemoore we used to make fun of Turlock.
    Even then it made me feel a little guilty.

  • richard mcenroe

    I did buy my training Stetson at Paris Hats. Now I have to buy some Realtree or no one will believe I really moved here…

  • Steve Skubinna

    Realtree? I don’t hold with none of that commercial camo crap. Milsurp is the way to go. So far I have Woodland, MARPAT, MultiCam and my favorite, Swiss Alpenflage. The latter is a definite fashion statement, plus I figure it’s terrain appropriate to the highlands of Western WA.

  • richard mcenroe

    Yeah, but it’s everywhere around here.

    I still sorta fit my last set of Woodland BDU’s but I’d haveta cut my 40th ID and rank tabs off them…

  • richard mcenroe

    I gather you’ve met Mickey.

  • Steve Skubinna

    Actually when I got out the Army was still wearing the OG utilities. Later on in the Navy, I was in the SeaBees – again, before they went camo.

    So I have lots of the classics. Throw on a knit cap and I could be Radar O’Reilly.

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