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Black Friday: A Shameful Orgy Of Materialism For A Morally Bankrupt Nation

Black Friday It has been called “America’s most disturbing holiday”.  Black Friday is the day when millions of average Americans wait outside retail stores in the middle of the night in the freezing cold to spend more money that they do not have for more cheap Chinese-made products that they do not need.  It is a day when the rest of the world makes fun of Americans for behaving like “rabid animals” and “zombies” as we indulge in a tsunami of greed.  It truly is a shameful orgy of materialism for a morally bankrupt nation.  It is being projected that approximately 140 million Americans will participate in this disgusting national ritual this year.  Sadly, most of them have absolutely no idea that they are actively participating in the destruction of the economic infrastructure of the United States.  If you don’t understand why this is true, please be sure to read this entire article all the way to the end.

The amount of merchandise that is purchased on Black Friday is absolutely staggering.  For example, just consider how much stuff is sold at Wal-Mart alone

Wal-Mart said it recorded more than 10 million register transactions between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. Thursday in its stores and nearly 400 million page views that day on walmart.com. It sold 2.8 million towels, 2 million televisions, 1.4 million tablets, 300,000 bicycles and 1.9 million dolls. Big-ticket electronics like big-screen TVs and new videogame consoles were among the top sellers.

But each and every year, Black Friday also seems to bring out the worst in many people, and this year was certainly no exception.  The following are just a few of the national headlines about the rioting and the violence that we witnessed…

-“Holiday shopping season kicks off with fights, arrests

-“Violence flares as shoppers slug it out for best Black Friday deals

-“Watch Screaming Mobs Fight Over Televisions At Wal-Mart

-“Two Arrested After Stabbing Over Parking Space At Wal-Mart

-“Rialto Walmart Thanksgiving brawl sends one police officer to hospital

-“Walmart Ejects Customer For Filming Violent ‘Black Thursday’ Mobs

-“Cops: Shoplifting suspect shot after dragging officer

And sometimes the violence extends out into the parking lots and into the surrounding neighborhoods.  In Las Vegas, a man that was carrying a big-screen television home from Target was shot in the leg…

According to police, a man purchased a big-screen television from the Target store near Flamingo Rd. and Maryland Pkwy. While he was walking to a nearby apartment complex, a man approached and fired a warning shot, causing the victim to drop the television, police said.

Officers tell 8 News NOW the gunman then took the television to a nearby car that was waiting, where a second man helped the gunman load the TV into the car.

The victim approached the two men and tried to get the television back. That prompted the gunman to fire several more rounds, shooting the victim in the leg.

Every year I go over to YouTube to check out the madness that breaks out on Black Friday night all over the nation.  Posted below is the best compilation video from Black Friday that I could find.  In particular, I love how this video compares American shoppers to zombies…

And there is one more video that I wanted to share with you.  In this video, activist Mark Dice dresses up like Santa Claus and mocks Black Friday shoppers for being “parasites” and for ruining Thanksgiving…

Meanwhile, as retail stores all over America actively encourage this zombie-like behavior, police are actually cracking down on other groups of Americans that are actively trying to make this country a better place.  For example, a Christian group in Lake Worth, Florida was kicked out of a public park for trying to feed the homeless on Thanksgiving.  Of course this kind of thing happens all the time.  In fact, dozens of major cities all over the country have now passed laws that make it illegal to feed the homeless.  For much more on this, please see my previous article entitled “One Lawmaker Is Literally Smashing The Belongings Of The Homeless With A Sledgehammer“.

At the beginning of this article, I stated that those who go shopping on Black Friday “are actively participating in the destruction of the economic infrastructure of the United States”.

How could that possibly be?

Aren’t they helping the economy by spending their money?

Actually, it isn’t that simple.

Just think about it for a moment.  Where are most of the “advertised specials” that people go crazy over on Black Friday actually made?

If you guessed “China”, you would be correct.  In fact, it is very difficult to find any “Black Friday specials” that are actually made in the United States.

When you buy stuff made in China, you support workers and businesses in China.  As I mentioned in a recent article, the U.S. economy loses approximately 9,000 jobs for every 1 billion dollars of goods that are imported from overseas.

Overall, the U.S. has run a total trade deficit with the rest of the world of more than 8 trillion dollars since 1975.

So when you look around and see lots of unemployed people, it should not be a surprise to you.

Right now, the labor force participation rate is at a 35-year-low and more than 102 million working age Americans do not have a job.  That number has increased by 27 million just since the year 2000.

Because the American people are not supporting American businesses, our formerly great manufacturing cities are being transformed into rotting, festering hellholes.  Just take a look at Detroit.  At one time Detroit had the highest per capita income in the entire nation, but now it is a dying, bankrupt ghost town.

And of course this is happening to manufacturing cities all over the nation.  Since 2001, more than 56,000 manufacturing facilities in the U.S. have permanently shut down and we have lost millions upon millions of good paying manufacturing jobs.

Back in the 1980s, more than 20 percent of the jobs in the United States were manufacturing jobs.  Today, only about 9 percent of the jobs in the United States are manufacturing jobs.

Good job America.  And the following are some more facts from one of my previous articles about how our massively bloated trade deficit is absolutely killing our economy…

-There are less Americans working in manufacturing today than there was in 1950 even though the population of the country has more than doubled since then.

-Back in 1950, more than 80 percent of all men in the United States had jobs.  Today, less than 65 percent of all men in the United States have jobs.

-When NAFTA was pushed through Congress in 1993, the United States had a trade surplus with Mexico of 1.6 billion dollars.  By 2010, we had a trade deficit with Mexico of 61.6 billion dollars.

-Back in 1985, our trade deficit with China was approximately 6 million dollars (million with a little “m”) for the entire year.  In 2012, our trade deficit with China was 315 billion dollars.  That was the largest trade deficit that one nation has had with another nation in the history of the world.

-According to the Economic Policy Institute, America is losing half a million jobs to China every single year.

-According to Professor Alan Blinder of Princeton University, 40 million more U.S. jobs could be sent offshore over the next two decades if current trends continue.

Unfortunately, most Americans never stop to think about what happens when we buy stuff from China.

When we buy stuff from them, our money goes over there.

At this point, they are sitting on trillions of our dollars and they have purchased more than a trillion dollars of our debt.

Up until now, Chinese demand for our dollars has helped keep the value of the U.S. dollar artificially high.  This is one of the reasons why Wal-Mart can sell you those Chinese imports so inexpensively.

And up until now, Chinese demand for our debt has helped keep long-term interest rates artificially low.  So the U.S. government has been able to borrow money at ridiculously low interest rates and U.S. home buyers have been able to get mortgage rates that are well below the real rate of inflation.

But no irrational state of affairs ever lasts indefinitely, and the Chinese recently announced that they are going to quit stockpiling U.S. dollars.  Many analysts believe that this means that the Chinese will soon stop stockpiling U.S. debt as well.

So enjoy those super cheap “Black Friday specials” while they last.  That era is rapidly coming to an end.

Now that the Chinese have stolen tens of thousands of our businesses, millions of our jobs and trillions of our dollars, perhaps they feel that there is not much more looting to be done.  Our economic infrastructure has been essentially gutted at this point.  Moving forward, China can afford to let the value of the U.S. dollar fall and the value of their own currency rise because even Barack Obama admits that “those jobs are never coming back”.

And every single American that went shopping on Black Friday and bought Chinese-made goods actively participated in the ongoing destruction of the U.S. economy.

Good job America.  You are a nation that is utterly consumed by materialism and greed, and you don’t even realize that you are destroying yourself with your own foolishness.

  • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

    What do you guys think? Am I being too harsh on Black Friday shoppers?

    Michael

    • Casp

      Michael…

      The videos you posted are America (nearly) at its social worst, but my mother softened my outlook about it all the other day by stating that a lot of it is just friends getting together for a kind of holiday ritual–it is really not that big a deal.

      Recall what Jefferson said: In matters of principle stand like a rock; in matters of style go with the flow…

      The question is whether this is a matter of principle or style. (For me it leans to principle, I must say.)

      C.

    • Bill

      You picked a fantastic title and gave well deserved criticism, however even stronger criticism should be directed to both corporate and government leadership for their creation of the circumstances leading to this despicable behavior. Today I am embarrassed to call myself an American, but tomorrow I will regain my American pride and hope others will do the same.

      • Richard

        I don’t believe a word of any of this. You people are all opportunists just like Bill here:
        “Today I am embarrassed to call myself an American, but tomorrow I will regain my American pride…”
        Translation: “What’s the matter with my country? It always loses everything. I want it to win over everyone whatever the cost and only then will I get back on my high horse.”
        Who do you think you are fooling? Until someone steps up to the plate and admits that THE ENTIRE RIDICULOUS CAPITALIST PREMISE ON WHICH THE UNITED STATES WAS FOUNDED was/is a gigantic error and led directly to its current plight, I will not believe any of the so-called “criticisms” that you make about America and Americans. You wouldn’t be making fun of big, fat, overindulged American shoppers if America were riding high on a wave of prosperity and victory. Oh no….

    • DiscouragedOne

      Heck no, you are going easy on them.

    • tacoma

      I won’t put ‘morally bankrupt’. Because who are you to put a morality judgement on the entire country. Doing so suggest you have a high moral order than millions of people, a recipe for ‘holy war’.

      What America has turned into is reckless consumerism. It’s similar to being an addict. Addiction is one cannot stop doing the things that hurt oneself longer term, for short term satisfaction. It is irrational. Not a single living thing in the animal world, despite their more primitive brains, do this. Everything in that world is 100% rational – for survival. While the human brain is certainly much more complex, it can at time function more primitively.

      Humans also have never been addictive to mass consumerism, until in a country called USA since the 1950’s after the war. This period of absolute abundance has created in today a generation of younger people who go way beyond their parents. Their parents consume but also work and create. Today, the madness of the malls are dominated by those who consume because they just have to. So the bankruptcy is that of finance and lifestyle – on themselves. The good news is this will stop. The bad news is once it has stopped, riots and revolutions will replace it.

      • Krusty_From_Oz

        I agree, we bought an affordable home in 1973 and furnished it as and when we could afford to. We got our first flat screen in 2009 as all of the kids had married and moved away. I felt genuine guilt for some time after, thinking that it was an extravagant purchase.

    • Wayne Chipman

      No, I told everyone I knew almost twenty years ago the picture of what Detroit has become.

  • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

    By the way, I just checked and this is the 1000th article that I have posted on this website.

    Michael

    • Rose

      Congrats! Keep up the good work! I never miss a post!

    • Tim

      That’s awesome. I hope you’ll keep writing.

      • http://karmaeconomics.blogspot.com/ lavista4u

        You are the real hero of America Micheal and this is coming from a Non-American. America needs more people like you…

    • Rene Girrard

      Thank you for all your hard work.

    • Hellfire1968

      Michael, Great Articles!!! You are so spot on with so many different topics. Your articles are being used in other media outlets too. Guess they are finally figuring out where the good articles are!!! Keep up the great work – we love it!!! :) Jon

    • Hammerstrike

      Congrat, Michael and happy thanksgiving!

      -Back in 1950, more than 80 percent of all men in the United States had jobs. Today, less than 65 percent of all men in the United States have jobs.

      Don´t you mean 65% of working-age men?

    • Mondobeyondo

      Congrats on your 1000th article Michael! That is a lot of writing!

    • markthetruth

      1000 By the “Listman” ! How many items in all your “Listicle’s” , Next Milestone, see you at 2000.

      the end…

    • Graham

      Congratulations!

      Make that “1,000 points of light”, not of course to be confused with the George HW Bush (Scherf) meaning.

      Great post and couldn’t be worded any more appropriately in the first paragraph. Have you seen the mall stun gun attack video? The fight broke out between two “ladies”, one of whom zapped the other.

      Your article of course would be well suited for the front page of every newspaper around the globe, but “their” agenda is clearly very different due to parental ownership censoring and the “not so hidden” multifaceted agenda of financial rape, pillaging and depopulation.

    • davidmpark

      Love the site, Mike!

    • DB200

      Michael, congratulations. I admire your perseverance. I am already reading your blog since 2010 and your blogs are always fact based. The behaviour on Thanksgiving shopping seems to worsen every year. The most impressive article you wrote was the one with the 60 minutes documentary on homeless children and people living in their cars. I remember a brother and sister together with their father (a carpenter) living in a yellow van. Unbelievable that people have to live like that and that everybody else lives like there is nothing going on.

    • TtT Engine

      Congrats and thanks, Michael. Mark Levin quotes/refers and gives credit to your info. frequently. Christi Fidelis !

  • Laura

    Black Friday is all about big retail pushing foreign made goods. There is no focus at all on local, small business anything. We need to think about what we buy and what our choices are doing. It is an honest article.

    • DiscouragedOne

      I would love to buy American, the sad fact is most of the time I can’t find the things I need that are made in America, because we just don’t make them here anymore. Take clothing, if I wore jeans and work boots I would be set, but finding the kind of work clothing I like to wear (basically the kind of stuff you buy at Macy’s) at the office is practically impossible.

  • Barnsbury

    It seems us Brits have caught this madness too. For the first time (that I’ve noticed), today we had Black Friday. God help us. It’s a slippery slope.

    • SpunkyBunks

      The sad (stupid) part is that prices in America come down the closer you wait till Christmas. So there is no need for this a-hole behavior on Black Friday. Unfortunately the world gets to see our low life scum at its worst at Wall Mart, beating each other up for towels, toasters and cheap TV’s to watch idiot programming. While the people who do the actual work around here are at home relaxing with their families. Its a day off, enjoy it!

      • DiscouragedOne

        A lot of people don’t get it off, but we did, and we enjoyed it (although I got it off without pay for it).

    • Bad Kitty Cat

      I hear you… they were pushing it in Canada this year! And by the way, all the deals were for things no one wants anyways… why they had to export this, I’ll never know.

      • seth datta

        They exported it so we could have a one-world-culture and one-world-religion of luciferianism (consumerism, ignorance and both physical/nonphysical violence).

        Can’t have a socialist NWO without a common shared culture (modelled on the recently developed American MSM culture that is absorbed through other nations by mass media, esp. television).

      • LZK

        Because people are people regardless of what soil they reside on.

  • Rose

    Michael I agree with you 100%! Thanksgiving should be about Thanksgiving. Instead it is becoming another ode to the rampant materialism and the impression it makes is one of Americans looking like greedy fools .Adults fighting over their “toys”. Disgusting! And you are right in that we are just helping China get stronger and stronger in the process!.

  • Gay Veteran

    “…Now that the Chinese have stolen tens of thousands of our businesses, millions of our jobs and trillions of our dollars, perhaps they feel that there is not much more looting to be done….”

    China didn’t steal those jobs, OUR corporations sent those jobs to China.

    • Rose

      You are so right. The problem with China started on our own shores when the greedy corporations sent our jobs to China for the cheap labor so they could put more money in their own pockets.
      I do have to ask myself if those jobs were brought back to our shores I wonder how many Americans would actually work them since so many have gotten used to living off the dole.

    • DiscouragedOne

      After our government allowed them to by pushing “free trade” on us and trying to tell us it was “good” for us. I never believed that, and Democrats and Republicans alike are just as guilty for this.

      • Ralfine

        And dont forget all the american embargos of the cold war to punish the commies. forcing them to build up their own industry instead of buying made in the west.

    • Ralfine

      The chinese understand capitalism far better than the americans. and they exploit the greed of the corporations to the fullest.

    • JViello

      The corporations are only giving the people what they want. Cheap crap. The consumer drives the market, not the other way around. Change has to start with us.

      • Gay Veteran

        The corporations have short term thinking, it’s all about this quarter’s profits and the CEO’s bonus.

  • Uh-huh

    I refuse to participate and have NEVER participated in this retail abomination…both the retailers and the customers are equally to blame as you can’t have this debacle without both parties participating in it.

    • DiscouragedOne

      I agree, I have always avoided it too, it is largely hype and the way people behave is atrocious. Have some dignity people…for God’s sake…seriously.

      • iceman

        I used to be the dept. manager for the toy dept. at Target many years ago. This was when those cabbage patch kids first came out. I had a woman come into the store three days before x-mas and scream at me because the hottest selling toy of the decade wasn’t in stock. That ended any further desire to work with the general public.

      • 65starship

        god doesn’t exist

        • Mondobeyondo

          Neither does the wind, because you can’t see wind…

          • der pathologe

            Neither does electricity, because you can’t see electricity.

    • N’do

      Depends on how you look at it, since most customers are manipulated pretty much from childhood by the big six media corporations.

      • DiscouragedOne

        Funny how all of us were exposed, but somehow roughly half of us have retained our ability to think and reason.

        • usa girl

          thomas Edison said “5% of the people think, 10% of the people think they think and 85% of the people would rater die than to think.” he said it all!

          • kezgin

            He probably stole that quote from someone along with half the things he was credited with

          • DiscouragedOne

            I prefer this quote: The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.

            Nikola Tesla

  • piccadillybabe

    China makes great products at an affordable price, 50 inch flat screen LED TVs are being sold for $300 now. People are shooting to get them (guy in Las Vegas). Just a few years ago, a set like that would set you back at least $1000. China is very good at what they do and we can thank our government for selling the American people out to China. Don’t hate the Chinese. They were given opportunities and they have turned their economy around and are now a super power. We have much to learn from the Chinese culture. Try to understand it instead of hate and fear it.

    • SpunkyBunks

      Intelligent people don’t blame the Chinese at all. Business leaders operate within the confines of the law. OUR business leaders sent those jobs to China because OUR politicians passed the laws (free trade, deregulation, etc.) which allow them to do so.

      We are doomed since our politicians are bought and paid for by our business leaders. Guess where this is headed.

      • Nickelthrower

        You are close but not quite there. See, by law the board of directors of any publicly owned corporation has a fiduciary responsibility to maximize earning for its shareholders. This is a legal responsibility and a CEO, for example, can be charged with fraud if he rips off his shareholders by, say, using expensive American labor when foreign labor can do the same work at a lower cost. This is built into the system.

        If you invest in my company and I purchase steel from Italy at 5X the cost of what I could get from Pittsburgh then you, as an owner of the company, can pursue fraud charges against me in court. Theoretically, the Board can be held personally liable for losses.

        Labor is no different as it is just another resource.

        Sadly, the system we’ve created demands that we outsource our labor.

    • DiscouragedOne

      Oh BS, the average lifespan of an appliance these days is about 4 years, American made used to last at least 20, in fact many appliances from the old days are still kicking around and still work. I can’t stand the crappy clothes I have to buy only because I can’t find made in America for what I need, but when I used to buy made in America it was quality, not like the crap on the racks these days. I am not a union fan either, but what I am saying is simply the truth… American made was better.

      BTW, I blame my government and greedy corporations, not the Chinese people, they are just trying to survive and a good chunk of the population is very poor.

    • Rene Girrard

      China does not make good products. I have a book to recommend to you called “Poorly made in China”.

      • tih

        It honestly depends on what precisely is made. And although I agree that we should support our own economy, there’s hardly an economy left to support. But, it’ll be rebuilt eventually again. And that’ll happen once the mathematically certain end of our reserve currency status is completely taken off life support. It’ll be painful, but we’ll arise back to sustainability once more, and that’s if we take the appropriate steps.

    • iceman

      I agree with you. We have an old Amana made microwave made here in the US. In twenty years it is still going strong. The cheap ones that we bought are long gone.

    • Jim Davis

      It’s easy to make things cheap when you have slave labor and no labor or environmental regulations to deal with.

  • Rattling Pebbles

    I have several friends and family who participate in this madness. Their reasoning to me is that they see no harm in getting a deal. They tell me that they make fun of the “crazy” shoppers out there, but for them, it is all about the deal and getting their Christmas shopping done in one day. Now to be fair, a vast majority of the shopping locations don’t attract this type of “mob” mentality and frenzy, but this has become a tool of destruction. I tell my family and friends, that by participating they are allowing the madness to continue, that they are contributing to the death of tradition, that they are feeding the enemy and supporting slavery. I typically get, “well I am getting a deal and they are going to be open whether I go or not, so I might as well take advantage of it”. Obviously the point is completely lost.

    I love the whole holiday season, but commercialism is destroying the meaning and specialness of it all. When stores are putting out Christmas stuff around Labor Day and Thanksgiving being destroyed by greed, I don’t enjoy it like I used to. The whole season is beginning to feel different, as people stress, act rude and run around crazily for deals on things most people do not even need. It seems that less and less people even care anymore, as it is all about gifts and spending money we don’t have or should be saving. All the while, China is laughing all the way….

    • DiscouragedOne

      Remember when there used to be blue laws and you couldn’t even buy a lot of things on a Sunday, and absolutely not on Thanksgiving…I miss those days.

  • jaxon64

    Satanic—a day after Americans supposedly humble themselves in an act of Thanksgiving-demonstrating our gratitude to our Creator for small blessings and the important things like health, freedom, family and faith….
    ……….the next day Satan laughs his butt off and tells God, “see!!! this is the true passion and heart of people!!” This is what they will get energized about!!, This is what matters to them!! What they will fight for–even shed blood for !!”
    Can I be referred to as something other than a human? I don’t want to be lumped in with people if this is how people act.
    And if it is just an American thing–I’m not sure I want to be lumped together with Americans anymore either..

    • Rose

      Sadly, this orgy of consumeristic greed started on Thursday evening. My husband and I decided just to take a spin around our town to get out of the house for a few minutes and people were driving like manaics to get into the Walmart parking lot. People were risking their own necks and putting others in harms way all for a 10.00 waffle iron made in China.

      • william mony

        Sad. People are selling their souls for trinkets that will turn to dust. The only treasures that last are treasures in heaven. The time is short. Yeshua comes soon.

        • 65starship

          yeshua doesn’t exist

          • Rastus

            65starship doesn’t exist

    • DiscouragedOne

      I make it a point to never shop on black Friday, not even online, because I disagree with the whole concept and what it stands for…greed, violence, etc.

      • jaxon64

        Yes…and one other MAJOR lesson to learn from this is how little it takes to degrade into animalistic behaviour for so many.
        We saw what happened when food stamp/EBT readers glitched for a few brief hours in the South. If people can act like this for a few bucks off items that they don’t need–imagine the violence, mayhem and brutal levels they will sink to for things that they DO need.
        If we ever have an interruption in food deliveries, electricity, checks for entitlement recipients etc etc–for 2 or 3 days? It would literally be pandemonium…

        • DiscouragedOne

          For sure, it would be riots, looting and other despicable acts.

          • RAY

            Crime is already way up since food stamps were slashed in my area.

        • Stephanie S

          Just wait till they need scarce items like food/water/paper goods/over-the-counter drugs, etc. … after a few days it will make these scenes look like a picnic. Shoot someone for a jumbo pack of t.p.? It could happen.

      • davidmpark

        Watched all the YouTube videos of people rioting for cheap stuff. :( Just terrible. You’re right – that’s what it stands for these days.

        Just wait, all that experience will serve them well when they’re going for the few MRE’s or expired foodstuffs FEMA gives out when the next crop failures hit.

    • seth datta

      The Congress is full of Satanists. Obama is a Satanist. Even Romney (outsourcing US jobs and the like) is a Satanist. The Bushes were Satanists. The Clintons are both Satanists, and Hilary has more power than Bill. The entire country is run by Satanists. Same for UK.

      The corrupt Anglo-American elite uses fake money backed by wars to maintain their hegemony over other countries, and uses immigration and indoctrination domestically to ‘tame’ the masses. Well, they know what happens when you mess with fire and they will eventually get burned.

      Time to get even with our Lord, YHWH.

      • 65starship

        satan doesn’t exist and neither does your god

        • Christian

          Prove it

          • Das

            You prove it. Oh wait you can’t ….

          • Henry Medina

            You do know Jesus is real person right ? He is the one who died for you sins… And other things in the bible did happen… Just because you don’t believe me and you was not there don’t mean it did not happen

          • 65starship

            you’re a christ psychotic just like a schizophrenic

          • der pathologe

            “… other things in the bible did happen…”
            Oh, really? I lost it somewhere in between the talking snake, the virgin birth and the transformation of water into wine. Could you please help me?

            Or better: leave religion out of this discussion, please.

        • Mondobeyondo

          I hate to tell ya this, but you’ll know both exist the moment you breathe your last breath.

    • https://www.facebook.com/beth.s.owens1?ref=tn_tnmn Beth

      what do you mean, the next day? They can’t even wait for that!

    • Mondobeyondo

      I would have to agree to an extent. There is something nefarious (sp?) about using a holiday to give thanks for God’s blessings, and turning it into an occasion to shop. Where’s the correlation? “I’m so blessed to have an iPhone! I’m so thankful! Because so many people don’t have iPhones, and those that do, paid full price for them!”
      Umm, that’s not the meaning of Thanksgiving.

  • El Pollo de Oro

    The name Black Friday says it all (notice that it isn’t called “Happy Friday”). Black Friday not only reflects the mentality of greed and materialism in The Banana Republic of America. It also reflects the country’s wretched economic conditions. Many Americans can no longer afford the regular prices for a luxury like a foreign-made flatscreen TV. So as they see it, this is there one shot.

    Greed and materialism = a toxic brew for the BRA.

  • K

    This is just showing another side of the greed, that just has infected this nation. To shoot someone for a TV, that is beyond sick. I never even leave the mountain I live on for black friday. Right now the road in to my place has 6 inches of snow, with ice underneath it. How sad I find that comforting..

  • Patrick

    Well done Michael. I respect & look up to you. You do a great job putting together the articles. I’ve heard you on radio shows talk about being wise & preparing for whats ahead. I have to say that it has been a little discouraging since there isn’t a lot of disposable income left. I work hard, but find just as other so that the dollar no longer goes as far as it used to. I will say that my wife & I do what we can to put food away for our family of 6. I’m trying to do the wise thing & save money for a handgun, but it hasn’t been easy. May the Lord continue to bless you & your family Michael.

  • Paul

    Here is what I find very interesting: People are manipulated very easily with the aroma of so-called deals. Casting human decency aside they drink down the poison drink filthy corporations like wal-mart give them turning into greedy, brain dead, controlled merchants. How does a corporation get money from a lemon: offer Chinese junk at cheap prices while they sit in some meeting room laughing at the stupidity of people. Instead of seeking GOD, people are seeking greed. must have…must have…must have…And while these people are making the greedy stomach of wal-mart bigger there are starving people all around the united states. I’m grateful for every bite of food I receive and PRAISE GOD for HIS MERCIES on my family. I wonder how many people realize that without GOD they would be only dead–and even though they are alive right now, seeking greed is only destroying their spirit.

  • wombobobo

    gary’s constituency in action. ms. gary despises walmart yet they feed and clothe the pos dems. should they shop on Rodeo Drive?

  • davidmpark

    Gave up on Black Friday shopping loooong time ago. Making all the gifts again this year. Wish Disqus could do photos; it’s some of the best work to date!

    Cheap crap from China that one had to bloody up someone else to get at first, and then pay for it on credit doesn’t exactly say “here’s a loving gift to celebrate the birth of our Redeemer and Prince of Peace.” This is greed, lust, and deception.

    For comparison: A dining room set made from cheap, lighter woods covered with stained paints and held on with aluminum hardware at RC Willey (a furnishing store out here) goes between $500 – $700 plus tax and commissions. Wal-Mart between $280 – $400. I built one for my sweetie with all US made steel hardware and lumber from Montana and South Dakota, with some homemade cloth and paints, and chicken feather stuffing; total cost: $48. Cost to my soul: free and clear.

    I also test my homemade products with a blacksmith’s hammer. If it doesn’t break after 5 whacks, it’s good enough. Let’s see Wal-Mart do that.

    • tacoma

      Stuff from China are cheap, but not crap. After, 95% of China exports are products of US, EU, Japan, S Korea or Taiwan companies who assemble them in huge factories in China. Do you call Microsoft Surface tablet and Xbox crap (US)? Do you call Samsung Galaxy products crap (Korea)? Do you call Asus or Acer monitor/laptop crap (Taiwan)? Do you call Canon/Nikon gear crap (Japan)? And do you call your Behringer professional sound mix console crap (Germany)? All made in China.

      Now what about the 5%? Yes, only 5% of China exports are actually made by and in China. Nothing technological. Just about all of them are food products. And Chinese export food is superbly good!

      • DiscouragedOne

        You have the electronics down pretty good, but when you buy a new computer you can expect about 4 years, not like American made was, sorry. Same for appliances, 4 years, and any “made in China” clothes I have purchased are crap, I am NOT impressed…please give me back American made clothing! I know clothes are made all over the world (except not so much in America anymore) but I am specifically talking stuff I have bought labeled “made in China”, so guess who I blame the crappy quality on? Right, the corporation behind it AND the lack of quality clothing made in China. If the shoe fits…

        • Nickelthrower

          I know this may sound funny but I would suggest thrift stores. I find good solid American Made clothing in thrift stores.

          • https://www.facebook.com/beth.s.owens1?ref=tn_tnmn Beth

            Thrift stores ROCK!!!!! Lots of awesome, hard to find vinties and such. I always consider going to one a treasure hunt!

          • Nickelthrower

            I live in Ventura California and our downtown is pretty much nothing but thriftstores. Each one supports a different non profit. I search for jeans as the jeans made today last, at best, for 6 months. Old school American made Levi’s are as tough as nails.

          • DiscouragedOne

            I used to have that experience, but these days it is not the same.

          • DiscouragedOne

            Years ago you could do that, now it is hard to find anything there either, many go now because they can’t afford regular stores. I almost feel like since I have a job, I should leave it for them unless or until I am in the same boat, but I do look sometimes, and it is slim pickings. I remember when I used to make great finds at thrift shops (once I got a brand new designer dress with the tags still on for $25), but that is going back 20 years.

          • davidmpark

            Out here in Utah we have Deseret Industries thrift stores. Love going there!

        • Ralfine

          second hand, antique, auctions, charity shops, Car boot sales, garage sales, flea markets

          at ebay i only check the auctions, and disregard those who only want to sell to their own country.

          • https://www.facebook.com/beth.s.owens1?ref=tn_tnmn Beth

            Yeah, I like Ebay and USUALLY only sell in the States because shipping prices can be kinda scary.

          • DiscouragedOne

            I only buy from people in the USA on ebay, have not sold anything on there yet, have thought about it, but not actually done it.

          • Ralfine

            But the buyer has to pay the shipping price.

            I usually buy books at ebay. History, travel, biography, craftsmanship.

          • DiscouragedOne

            I used to get some cool stuff off of ebay, these days it is hit and miss, sometimes I get good stuff, but hard to find.

      • Expat99

        Starting at the bottom of your list, you probably don’t know that Chinese laugh at Americans who eat “Chinese” food in American “Chinese” restaurants, and they consider Americans stupid because nothing you eat outside of China bears the slightest resemblance to the same dish cooked in China. The owners and employees of these restaurants cook their own meals in back, and do not eat the stuff they put out for their American customers. There are some exceptions for high end restaurants in major urban centers, and if you’re lucky enough to find one, then yes, these places churn out superbly good fare.

        As for China making good stuff, that’s just bosh. I’ve had to replace two MacBook pros in the past three years because of defective hard drives, tracking pads, and screens. I have to buy a new coffee maker every 2 to 4 months because none of them work longer than that. I would sell my soul for a good old-fashioned solid steel percolator. Several years ago, I bought a Krups espresso machine that lasted an entire 10 days before breaking. Krups used to be the cream of the crop of German technological know-how; now it’s just another name for Krap since they switched production to China. I could go on and on — 2 American branded DVD players, made in China, that each broke within 6 months. A tube-amp iPod dock that lasted less than 50 hours of play time. Studio monitors that lost their tweeters within a year of purchase.

        Good luck with the products you mention. I suspect that if you owned one of each, you’d experience problems within a year of purchase with one or more of them.

        • https://www.facebook.com/beth.s.owens1?ref=tn_tnmn Beth

          Hispanic restaurants do that too!

        • DiscouragedOne

          I prefer Japanese, we have an authentic (but expensive) local place, and I know the difference because I have been there.

          • davidmpark

            Love Japanese cooking! Love all nationalities’ cuisine! So many flavors and delicacies!

      • davidmpark

        Did you get paid to write this?

      • quercus454

        I am guessing you own an import company! Lol.

      • Ralfine

        Not even Chinese like Chinese goods. They go travelling abroad so they can buy Made in Japan, or Made in Germany.

        And Chinese food? Chinese don’t even buy Chinese rice. They prefer Thai rice, because Chinese food could be faked.

        Chinese goods are good if made on machines made in Germany.

    • https://www.facebook.com/beth.s.owens1?ref=tn_tnmn Beth

      Good for you!!!!! I make a lot of our gifts too.

  • Dickswab

    dude you almost sound like the guy from slow riot for new zero kAnada by Godspeed you black emperor, but that ep came out 12 years ago or so..

  • Dan

    Excellent article! I hope your website grows exponentially as people become increasingly concerned about the future of America, so that we might see articles like this that illustrate our moral decay and fall from God’s grace.

  • willywonka

    Mike writes;
    “””It is a day when the rest of the world makes fun of Americans for
    behaving like “rabid animals” and “zombies” as we indulge in a tsunami
    of greed.””

    Mike you should get your facts straight,

    Canadians are doing the same thing.

    • ian

      canada is not the rest of the world.

  • DJohn1

    What is the difference between a rat and a squirrel?
    The difference is marketing. The squirrel has a cute bushy tail. Both are rodents.
    Black Friday is a very successful marketing tool put together by retailers to sell goods. It is neither good nor evil in its nature.
    That they have convinced people of their own free will to participate in Black Friday on a number of years is simply a very good marketing tool.
    This involves all kinds of things like getting up at 4 am in the morning and going trolling for goods at the local stores.
    One local store set up a line around the store. You get in as your entering the store and shop as you wait to check out!
    How many people out there smoke cigarettes?
    The American Tobacco Association put together the most brilliant marketing campaign in history. It donated 100s of thousands of dollars to churches to send people out to all the 7th grade school children telling them all about the evils of smoking and what it can do to you. Naturally the children all wanted to try it!
    These people are masters. They know all about human nature and its downfalls. These same people program you with the advertisements on TV.

    Your mind is made up of layers. The top layer is your conscious mind. It perceives .01% of what is going on around it. Below that is a subconscious mind. This part of our minds picks up a lot more but does not immediately process it.
    1/10th of a second is all that is needed for this part of you to perceive something. This part of everyone is child-like in its nature. So they aim the ads towards this child full well knowing that conscious people do not even see the commercials. They repeat this maybe 4 times an hour’s worth of entertainment. That is true marketing and it works so well they are willing to pay millions for 30 seconds of prime time to repeat these subliminal messages to us all while they project child-like ads.
    Starting many weeks before, the Black Friday event is advertised over and over again. The result is a crowd (herd) of sheepies all gathering at the stores to be fed. If it wasn’t scary it would be funny. Remember that marketing the next time someone wants you to elect them to office.

    • tacoma

      What good marketing is not just hijacking the Thanksgiving Day name and call it Black Friday. What good marketing is to jack up the prices by 20%-40%, slowly, in the weeks before Black Friday. Than offer 20%-40% off on Black Friday and watch the fools kill themselves thinking they will go to heaven. It is the retailers who go to heaven.

      • DJohn1

        They are putting high retail regular prices on goods. The numbers speak for themselves. In this area at one store alone, they had 10,000 people. The second store had 8,000 people in one night. That was just two stores in the area. This technique is really old. I remember it from the 50s. Two stores in the area were family run and used the technique all the time.
        They then advertised a lower price and drew in the crowds. The bread and butter of this was advertising. You use a 14 pt header and picture above it. 10 point text. 24 pt prices. I know because I am a printer.

  • Rene Girrard

    Over Thanksgiving dinner, I talked with a friend of mine who has an economics degree from TCU here in Ft. Worth, TX. Politically he is a libertarian. He said all the appearance of financial gain and reduction in unemployment the past several years has been due to Fed electronic money stimulus and not real economic growth. He said the Fed loans money to the banks at 0% interest, and the the banks buy bonds from the U.S. government that pay 2 to 4%. He said it is a no lose situation for the banks with no risk. It seems crazy to me. The idea may have been to stimulate the economy this way with cheap housing loans, but my friend said in the month of November they only sold 2 houses. He has also been in the real-estate business (land and houses) for about the past 10 years. He said new home sales at his place have tumbled in November. He said the best market is the one he is in which is the “step up” market of homes in the 175K to 275K. That’s what people can still afford with 2 incomes. The entry market here in Ft. Worth is about 110K to 175K. I didn’t realize the entry level market had gone up so much in the past 25 years. I remember in the early 80’s entry level houses in Ft. Worth were in the 50K to 70K range.

  • Randy

    Good articles, but a lot of repetition, and too many references made to previous articles that most followers have read.

  • paul

    you should run for president !

  • Richard

    “Now that the Chinese have stolen tens of thousands of our businesses…”
    Stolen? STOLEN???
    It’s so easy to see through you, Michael, isn’t it? You pretend to criticise America and Americans but the reality is that the MOMENT America declares war on China over some scurrilous pretext (like as in Iraq), you’ll whip round and “support the troops” just like all the rest.

    And if America wins, you’ll cheer and wave the flags, just like the rest of them. And if it loses, you’ll hide behind venomous criticism of their motives and lambast the politicians and flay whoever is sitting president at that time for declaring an ‘unjust war’ on ‘false pretexts’, etc. etc.
    The hypocrisy is breathtaking.

  • Nickelthrower

    Let it all fall. Let these worthless obese uneducated land whales fight over cheap plastic Chinese made products. I no longer have any obligation or allegiance to these pathetic retards. None.

    A hard rain is gonna fall.

  • propel7

    It ALL starts at the top, with the so-called leaders of a Nation. These pocket-lining scumbags have subverted America into degenerates, like them. God has taken His protection from us. Thus 911. What happened on Thanksgiving is another nail in our coffin. Our enemies will destroy us. Prepare for an EMP or similar condition to take out our grid. That is the most likely scenario. FOOLS perish. A very sad day for America.

  • Chris

    The Chinese didn’t steal anything, it was GIVEN to them by our totally criminal and corrupt government and the corporations they represent. Don’t blame China for the criminal activity of DC and the multi-national corporations who are Hell bent on destroying everything that made America great.

  • scs2000

    Proof the gene pool needs a lot more chlorine….

    • no trend

      A lot more!

      I will admit, I did take advantage of some specials, but it was all online (and not at a walmart or other chain store) to fuel my hobby. I’m trying to live a minimalistic lifestyle, more people should, but instead they would rather trade everything for material goods.

  • Arizona

    PAY ATTENTION TO THIS,…….OUR DEAR LORD ,says BEWARE,the chinese and other asian nations are poisoning the food their selling america,DO NOT BUY any food products from any asian nation ,especialy CHINA,the LORD says a virus in the food why make millions of americans VERY SICK,so don’t buy any FOOD made in CHINA or sold by them,and that covers a lot of ground,honey,rice,chicken,salad,olive oil,ITS all poisoned with germs,virus,bacterias,and pesticides,ITS VERY DANGEROUS,stop buying it…………

  • Zen

    Amen Michael! Tell it like it is. I spent way to much of my thanksgiving talking about this very subject. I’m just going to email out links to this now.

  • usmcmailman

    The title explains it all !

  • stopthesocialism

    Being in the electronics business, I can attest to the total lack of quality in Chinese made products.
    One product that appears to be designed to break is the LCD television screen. The old CRT screens could walk away from a BB gun with no more than a small mark. The new screens can break from a thrown toy, remote, violent sneeze, etc. And once it’s broke, it’s non-repairable toast. Warranties will not cover them, and stores will not allow returns after it’s broken, BECAUSE IT WAS YOUR FAULT!
    The only good thing about them is that the retailers and China can keep pumping out more!
    Like the American Indian, the US is giving away valuable real estate in exchange for worthless baubles.

  • Ralfine

    There is no tax on kerosine, making air cargo cheaper than need to be. This way you can get fresh cut flowers produced in Kenia. While Kenians starve.

    Cheap transport costs contribute to cheap product prices.

    But it is always the companies that make the profit.

    So, always support the small guys.

  • Ralfine

    I could use a job. But i guess, they werent on offer, except at rock bottom prices.

    Everything else we still have. just needed a new microwave. got it a few days ago.

  • stingray

    you are awesome

  • Expat99

    Living among the Chinese for over a decade now, I can tell you that if they had a Chinese equivalent to Black Friday, you’d see behavior a thousand times worse than what you see in America. Walmart shoppers are a kind of sub-species unto themselves, but 95% of the Chinese act this way 365 days a year. They just don’t have any shops that actually sell anything worth buying.

    That said, the Chinese leadership is astute at matching foreign companies with the domestic Chinese labor market. They get employment, IP rights to the goods produced, and a vast foreign trade surplus that will haunt the West for decades to come, if not destroy it overnight. This is not China’s fault; it’s the fault of western governments and businesses who have sold out their own people for temporary financial gain. A pox on all their houses.

    • XSANDIEGOCA

      Spot on.

  • Kent Harris

    I absolutely hate the big box stores. I refuse to contribute one red cent to these traitors. Walmart you are a company that has stolen and bribed your way to the top.

    Better a poor man in heaven than a rich man in hell!!!

    • XSANDIEGOCA

      It wasn’t always so. Sam Walton, the founder, made an attempt to buy American but his heirs went “all in” with China.

  • Orac4Prez

    Why is was it ever called “Black” friday? What is the reason behind it???

    • SpunkyBunks

      It’s an accounting term. Stores finally become profitable for the year during the Christmas shopping season, the Friday after Thanksgiving. If it weren’t for Christmas shopping, stores would go bankrupt (in theory).

      When an accountant makes financial statements, you highlight your profits in black ink, your losses in red ink. Hence, “Black Friday”.

    • Jim Davis

      Retailers make money by buying from wholesalers and selling to their customers suckers at double (or more) that price. They throw a few loss leaders in there, but generally this time of year the suckers swipe their plastic like there is no tomorrow. So the easy profits roll in during December to put the retailers “in the black”.

  • americalsgt

    Haven’t any of these people ever heard about Amazon? And it’s not just for the sales tax issue. It’s just common sense. I get the majority of what I order in two day with Amazon prime, and I only go to a brick and mortar when I have to, and never when I think I might run into this insanity.

    • XSANDIEGOCA

      D’accords! This is the same reason I stay away from major sporting events. Crowds today are very unpredictable.

      • americalsgt

        and a target.

      • Lerojist

        I agree.

        AND Mix alcohol/drugs, with big crowds spells trouble. I will never go to big sports games.

        I, many, many years ago went to one “Black Friday” sale, and people were so rude, one woman grabbed a towel out of my hands for herself. That was the LAST “Black Friday” I shopped, and that was at least 20 years ago.

        I learned from a friend that the stores make more money in the Christmas Season, than all year long.

        It’s NOT the “Black Friday” sale that is bad, it’s the rude, ill mannered people that make the Sale, look so bad. Very sad.

    • Jim Davis

      Amazon Prime is fantastic. I can get anything and everything and usually at a better price than the brick and mortar. And I don’t have to deal with the savage hordes, or feral “youths” playing “Knockout”.

      • DiscouragedOne

        I don’t shop anywhere on black Friday, not even online, it is just the principle of the thing, I feel the need to boycott it altogether.

  • XSANDIEGOCA

    Now that the Chinese have stolen tens of thousands of our businesses, millions of our jobs and trillions of our dollars, perhaps they feel that there is not much more looting to be done. Our economic infrastructure has been essentially gutted at this point. Moving forward, China can afford to let the value of the U.S. dollar fall and the value of their own currency rise because even Barack Obama admits that “those jobs are never coming back”.
    The Chinese did not “steal” anything. We gave it to them and continue to give it to them with our eyes wide open. Now, if there is one thing the Chinese understand it is trade, money and interest on debt. America played the “short game” by moving our manufacturing facilities and jobs over to Asia, making quality goods with their coolie labor and selling it at huge markups back here in America. The Chinese, however, played the “long game” quietly building up their manufacturing plant and stockpiling our dollars. It is the proverbial story of the American Hare and the Chinese Tortoise. We have been foolish and it is now the day of the Tortoise. Those jobs are not coming back. I see no other way out except to default and declare bankruptcy. I believe the Chinese understand this as well and are pouring their stockpiled dollars into Gold (at reduced prices due to the deliberate suppression of the metal by the Fed) at a furious rate. We are in a real pickle and things are going to get very ugly.

  • LZK

    Uh, the Chinese have stolen tens of thousands of our businesses, hardly. American businesses CHOOSE to build manufacturing plants in China because the labor force is cheap. The Chinese are happy to have the work which raises their standard of living nicely.
    But…and it’s a big but…the quality of Chinese goods is invariably poor. So, American companies need to return their manufacturing back to US soil and pay wages that will bring a good quality product to the market.

  • GoldDust

    I cut a half cord of firewood in a cold dry Idaho forest on a most beautiful sunny day. I observed a black wolf observing me. I was unusually close to a Golden Eagle long enough to say hello. And i figured the black friday news would be the same.

    • MrsBulldoggy .

      I would rather be where you just described than go into a store on Black Thursday or Friday (or any day from here until Xmas).

      • GoldDust

        Yes, having studied this worlds ways for 30 years now I knew I was fortunate to be brought up here in the mountains. My parents seen this all coming fifty years ago. My old daddy sure called the tune on this worldly mess we are observing right now.

        • MrsBulldoggy .

          Interesting how people like your daddy saw this coming. Did he ever say why or what tipped him off?

          • GoldDust

            The Bible. I thought he was a fool. Turned I was the fool. We had quite a few old books as well. Still have them. History repeating itself.

    • goldminer

      My wife and I also spent the day in the mountains. It was a beautiful day. Did not even see another vehicle up there. Peaceful and quiet. We had a good hike, Tasty lunch, and found a nice Christmass tree to harvest. When we got back to town and passed the madness at the stores We just looked at each other and laughed.
      I can never remember going shopping on black friday. The thought of being in a store on a beautiful day horrifies me.
      I dont like to Christmass shop either. Instead i fire up the smoker and make smoked salmon, trout,and Vennison Elk, jerky. My wife bakes cookies and cans salsa made with stuff from our garden. We give goodie boxes out for Christmass.
      People always seem the like out home made treats better than some loveless foreign made gift. I think there are far better ways to enjoy the holliday season than waiting in long lines. To buy some piece of junk

      • GoldDust

        I’d certainly enjoy sampling these wonderful and tasty sounding treats you’ve described on a cold winters day while gathering wood. I was near one of the large fires and the large slides of sand and rock had me curious to do some dredging. If we’re still free come summer I look forward to more detecting and dredging.

      • xander cross

        Ah, the mountains. I remember I went to the mountains for the winter. It was amazing peaceful. The view, the quiet winds, the scenery, yes. I love being at the mountains during the holiday season.

  • grumpyhillbilly

    I’m looking forward to the day that one of those Walmart shoppers decides to sue the store for injuries or mental anguish. Really surprised that someone hasn’t done it yet, since these stores are catering to the lowest of humanity. Until then I will continue to celebrate Black Friday by not shopping.

    • DiscouragedOne

      There are lots of lawsuits over black Friday injuries every year, try doing some searches, you will find plenty of them.

  • Stephanie S

    Much of this Black Friday mess is due to buying holiday gifts. Many have extended families and friends that expect gifts and this is the only way to do it. If expectations would be lowered and giving home-baked cookies or some other hand made item was more acceptable there would be less of a rush to shop. But then retailers would be hurt.

    • DiscouragedOne

      There are better ways. Say you want to give a sweater, buy it in the summer and save it for Christmas. You can do that with anything, and find great deals online.

  • g

    Not buying a single gift to anyone.

    • Nickelthrower

      25 years ago I announced to family and friends that I was no longer buying anything for anyone and that I would refuse xmas gifts from them. At first, everyone thought I was crazy but as the years passed and they noticed that I did not lose my mind or go thousands of dollars into debt every December, the joined in my boycott.

      Instead of using our money to buy worthless crap, we save our money and take nice vacations together in the summer.

  • sth_txs

    Did the Chinese really ‘steal’ anything or is it the shortsighted anti-liberty pro big government policies that have led us here? Remember Joe Stack, another American businessman that had enough wrote a letter that outlined what is wrong.

  • Spook89

    1 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 2 Timothy 3:1-5

    • MrsBulldoggy .

      Yes, Yes and YES!
      We have put our faith in material things and man, not faith and God. There will be a price to pay for such foolishness…

      • 65starship

        your imaginary god won’t do anything

        • MrsBulldoggy .

          Whatever 65!

          • 65starship

            i live in the real world and you live in delusions

          • MrsBulldoggy .

            Good for you 65! Have a wonderful evening, a happy life and may God Bless you and yours.
            Praying that peace, love, joy and compassion come your way. :)

        • Das

          Easter bunny brings my eggs, Santa brings my toys, tooth fairy leaves me money. And god will take me to heaven.

        • Mondobeyondo

          My real God will put your imaginary god to shame. And my dogma will whip your catma any day of the week.

    • Jim Davis

      When hasn’t this been true? I have been hearing this “last days” blabber my whole life (since the 70s) starting with Hal Lindsey. He’s probably still selling books to the hopelessly naive that say we are in the last days.

      • Spook89

        3 knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, 4 and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” 5 For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, 6 by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. 7 But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. 2 Peter 3:3-7

        • Jim Davis

          These “last days” are sure lasting a long time. Maybe Jesus decided this planet was not worth the trouble of a Second Coming.

    • 65starship

      proving the bible with the bible is circular reasoning and thus invaild

      • Spook89

        Ok, here’s another passage…seems to fit you well: “The fool has said in his heart there is no God.” Psalms 14:1

        • Rebecca

          Don’t forget “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.. ” :)

        • Das

          Try reading other books

  • Aussie girl

    Now, sadly, this has passed onto other countries. Britain and Canada for sure, and who knows where else. When I landed in Britain in January 1967 I was shocked by the January sales and the rush of people to the stores. I don’t remember having such consumerism in Australia at that time. Since then things have gone from bad to worse – thought pattern seems to be ‘get mine while the going is good’. Shameful. If sales can be this low at certain times of the year then why not a little lower all year. Just a thought…

  • jcbjr

    one bright side note; observe Walmart on Black Friday, it’s gonna be something like that when the markets run out of their 3 day supply of food if/when tshtf. That should motivate to prepare.

  • Horace Kent

    The Chinese haven’t “stolen” anything.
    The politicians gave those jobs away while dumb-sh** americans were too busy taking sides for a “D” or an “R”, which, in politics today, is the same letter.

  • quercus454

    I don’t ever shop on Black Friday. Usually spend the day with my family. Those great offers are a scam. Not quite bait and switch, but close. Most retailers offer an item for a low discounted and maybe even below cost price. But they only have a limited number. When those sell, there is nothing left but near regular priced items. A better option is to shop throughout the year and focus on second hand stores. We shop Goodwill and assorted other thrift stores. We often fined new or near new clothing. Recently purchased a new pair of Levi 501s for less then 4 bucks. It’s not like you don’t know Christmas is coming.

  • Mondobeyondo

    Sadly, this orgy of consumerism has now regrettably blended into (GASP!) – Thanksgiving itself!! Can’t retailers at least allow time for the turkey dinner to digest in our tummies before throwing those 75% off Xbox sales in our faces?
    Is nothing sacred anymore? Apparently not. Christmas long ago succumbed to consumerism. Valentine’s Day was made for consumerism. One by one, sacred holidays have fallen to the mighty dollar: Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day, Fourth of July.
    I’ve joked about the upcoming “Martin Luther King Jr. Day Sales”, but it may not be a joke for long….

  • http://www.displayad.com/ California Architect

    One of the factors of the high cost of manufacturing in America is the cost of capital. The cost of borrowing money to build, expand, and retool American factories is expensive because the money usually lent to factories is going elsewhere. It has been going to finance the federal debt, and too much has been going into housing thanks to government policies.

  • Mondobeyondo

    Is Black Friday evil?
    “The love of money is the root of all evil” 1 Timothy 6:10
    If our consumerism orgy isn’t about “the love of money” (the love of SAVING money = the love of money, in my view!!) – I don’t know what is.
    That’s not to say that it’s a bad idea to save money. Not at all. It’s wrong to make a celebration about it though, and when you stand in line at Big Box, I mean Best Buy, for hours in the snow waiting to get that precious, priceless smartphone for half off or whatever – it may be time to re-evaluate your priorities.

  • Joe Kleinkamp

    Yes the Chinese have stolen some of our businesses and jobs through practices such as pirating copyrighted material and the reverse engineering of patented technology. But most of what they have taken from us wasn’t stolen but handed over to them with a smile and a handshake by the corporate owned sellouts in Washington DC. Free trade agreements negotiated under pressure from the world’s real money handlers landed us where we are today. Anyone who believes that one political party is more responsible for this than the other is delusional.

  • http://slrman.wordpress.com/ James Smith

    Your credibility as a writer would be improved if you knew the different uses of “less” and “fewer.”

    • Dan Chan

      Dam write James! This writer is a pour excuse of a writer we concurr on this it is truth. I like he says americans are rabid zombie animals and buy chineese plastik.

    • SallyQ

      At last, somebody besides myself who sees the obvious grammatical errors.

      • http://slrman.wordpress.com/ James Smith

        We may be the last people that think there’s anything important about not sounding like a badly-educated 12 y/o, though. :D

        • JeniDozens

          You’re not on your own. I hate 12 year olds too.

          • http://slrman.wordpress.com/ James Smith

            I don’t hate 12 y/o people. Some a very intelligent and want to learn and grow. It’s adults that take a perverse pride in being willfully ignorant that makes me despair for humanity.

          • JeniDozens

            Yes, I only hate some 12 y/o kids, probably not as many as you but quite a lot.

          • http://slrman.wordpress.com/ James Smith

            When did I say I hate 12 y/o kids? I said the opposite, “I don’t hate 12 y/o people.”
            It would be better if you read what is actually written.

          • http://slrman.wordpress.com/ James Smith

            What I said was, “I don’t hate 12 y/o people.” It would be better if you read what was actually written.

  • GoneWithTheWind

    Shameful? Why? Those people want to buy something, Walmart wants to sell something and a lot of people are employed in the process. Where is the problem?

  • Jenny

    YES, imagine what they will do when there are no more burgers, fries and coke … no food at all. Be prepared to defend yourself from the insanity of the mob.

  • Vaibhav

    US needs to move away from 2 party system

    U need a new people party

    Like india has got a new party- AAM ADMI PARTY – by the common people for the common man

  • washbear

    The crowds are enough of a deterrent to keep me from shopping this weekend, but I have to wonder why you target Black Friday shoppers when people buy this Chinese stuff year round at Walmart and other places. And I also have to ask, of those who got on their high horse to disdain Black Friday in-store shopping, how many of you will admit to ordering online instead?

    • DiscouragedOne

      I boycott both brick and mortar and online over this whole weekend, including tomorrow.

  • Jason7189

    Watching stories of people acting like animals fighting over the last piece of meat, is disturbing. Idolatry at it’s finest. It might sound preachy, but look at the fruits of people’s action, displayed with violence and callousness.

    Colossians 3:5 “Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.”

  • Reason

    Its funny that the author thinks chinese stole american jobs… How could any country steal jobs

    • Richard

      It’s just nationalistic jingoism. Michael pretends to be sooooooo sensitive to the economic shortcomings of the nation. In fact, he is just angry and resentful that “the greatest country in the world” – the exceptional nation – is always on the losing side of everything these days.

  • royals85

    Typically, I agree with the author on most points. Yes, some of these shoppers are just crazy, but to blame us, or any ordinary citizen for the destruction of the country is shameful. The pols have done all the damage and there is only thing that can be done to stop them, unless the pols implode. If buy from China or Japan it is because we are tired of American made rip-offs. Nissan is beter than Chevy so tell Chevy to make better cars. Or, get your pols to allow those of us who can make quality products to get their abusive regulations off our backs. But don’t go whining to us abut what to buy and not to buy.

    • DiscouragedOne

      Don’t compare China and Japan as if they are on equal footing. Chinese quality is crap, Japanese quality is very good, there is no valid comparison there.

      • Krusty_From_Oz

        I agree. However, I can remember in the 50s and 60s when Japan was still
        rebuilding after WW2 their quality was much the same, if not worse than
        China’s ten years ago. Given time China will rise to the top then
        decline much as Japan has today. You only have to live long enough and
        keep your eyes open to see. Every dog has his day, I am afraid to say that the US and most of the western world has had theirs. It is the Asian century, either hitch your wagon to it or walk.

  • Pineut

    In Europe, and The Netherlands in specific (since I’m Dutch), excactly the same is happening. People buy as parasites cheap goods from China. Although in Europe we don’t have “Black Friday” there are many other special discount occasions in which people behave the same as above. E.G. when the latest Apple gizmo is launched people tend to sleep in front of the store to be the first, same with the latest Sony Playstation 4. Even the TV joins in this stupid behaviour by showing rows of “zombies” that yell like crazy how happy they are with their latest purchase.

    I’ll guess what we all see happening worldwide is the fullfillment of The Word of God and it can’t be stopped.

    Greetings from
    Amsterdam Netherlands
    formerly known as TulipLand
    Pineut

    PS : No we don’t have ancient windmills and ancient wooden shoes anymore, those are only for the “Zombie Tourists” that buy that crap

  • A D

    Chinese made trinkets, you could not give away 2 months from now…

  • Eric Quintero

    This Black Friday I went to my local headshop and purchased an American-made pipe and a high quality American machined grinder. Got my veteran’s discount, too.

    Its sad that our pipe shops are the some of the few stores that actively PUSH American Made products. Its ironic that a culture founded on mind expanding drug use is the one that is actively trying to do the right thing.

    Oh wait, no its not.

  • Brian Harrington

    the USA makes products that won’t last more then a month and they charge way higher for them because the worker wants to make big g money the cost of living is much cheaper in china but when we raise wages prices seemed to go up as well and the quality of stuff gets less and less a 2 dollar lady in china has way better quaity then a 2 dollar lady in america also the government drives bussiness out of the country by imposing rediclulis regulations that cost bussiness billions so guess what go somewhare else also china workers are not fat and lazy most american workers are fat and lazy but not everyone is also unions cost jobs just as much the price of service and goods america will go from boom to bust

  • A D

    Mr Oboma is putting the nails in the coffin with Obomacare which will devastate small business. His plan is have a single payer GULAG Soviet style system.

  • A D

    The USSR had ‘free’ medical it was called ‘winter’…

  • J.Arsenault

    Great article Michael! Keep’em coming and I’ll keep sharing.

  • A D

    The entire world economic system will fail, when they deem it is time. Then a 1 world monetary system will be put in place. The USA is a morally bankrupt nation, what happens when you turn your back on God.

  • A D

    Lastly, people cannot wait to buy CHINESE products from ‘Wall-CHINA-Mart’ nothing more than a front for CHINESE products.

  • Bob

    I wouldn’t blame the people buying Chinese products. The fact is, even if you try to buy “American,” you find that those products are being manufactured abroad. I’m talking about products made by Ridged, DeWalt, Sears. These were American companies, but the American stockholders demanded a profit on their investments, and the best way to increase profit was to have the items manufactured where labor is cheaper. Labor unions and large multinational corporations get the lion’s share of the blame – not those people out there on Black Friday.

  • TtT Engine

    The rapid deterioration of our Godless nation began on 8+15+1969 at the Woodstock concert. Now Black Friday is largely attended by barbaric Godless low information consumers spending money handed to them by our treasonous government. Low information consumers that are pagans to low information stimuli. The working class is too busy trying to get our bills paid and fulfill our moral obligations to engage in the “shopping debauchery”. My involvement in Black Friday was donating 30 minutes of my life stuck in a Black Friday traffic jam. Stay home and pray for the God in heaven to have mercy and spare the faithful. On the bright side, I GIVE THANKS to the town centers that are preparing for “Christmas Celebrations”. Way to push back against the demons from hell who have perverted the doctrine of separation of church and state which is not even in our U.S. Constitution and the point of which was to promote “freedom of religion”. Christi Fidelis !

    • Eric Quintero

      Woodstock was anti-Viet Nam. Which, we now know was initiated by a false flag and led to a really dark period in time for the military. “Napalm Sticks to Kids” was a cadence my branch, the USMC, sang during those times. That cadence is generally frowned upon now for the massive moral implications.

      Woodstock 3 days of peace and music in direct opposition to all the horrors that were taking place overseas at the hands of a sick and twisted mind controlling military.
      “on Friday, August 15, more than 400,000 people were clamoring to get in. Those without tickets simply walked through gaps in the fences, and the organizers were eventually forced to make the event free of charge. […]

      Somewhat improbably, the chaotic gathering of half a million young “hippies” lived up to its billing of “Three Days of Peace and Music.” There were surprisingly few incidents of violence on the overcrowded grounds, and a number of musicians performed songs expressing their opposition to the Vietnam War.”

      VIET NAM was the beginning of a Godless nation. I cannot believe what my fellow Marines did to women and children back then. I always hated the cadence “Napalm sticks to kids,” and wondered why we couldn’t just stick to “Momma, momma dont you know..”

  • Tatiana Covington

    Two words: free enterprise.

  • Mudpie

    Michael. Spot on brudda. Spot on.

  • Anonymous

    Since I am not pagan I don’t celebrate pagan holidays and I wasn’t in the stores.

  • durango

    I’ve never heard a reasonable explanation of why import tariffs aren’t imposed on imported goods. Wouldn’t this be an instant fix to the problem of losing jobs? I can’t even find a corrupt explanation.

  • rickv404

    You need to get off your China bashing. China isn’t the problem. We have an out of control federal government that is spending, taxing/inflating, regulating this economy into ruin.

    • Richard

      I see a few more people are beginning to see the light here. Bravo!

  • Phil from Germany

    Just imagine thos people were hungry after not eating for 3 days,( Some eat full time judging from the size of them). What would then be the outcome of such a riot ?. Is there any point trying to explain simple economics to anyone of them , I thiink not. Congratulations on your 1000th article

    • Anonymous

      Europe has banned GMO foods while the USA has not.

  • Dimitrios Kirkos

    I am from Europe and don’t understand “Black Friday”, so I have to ask: Can’t all those people buy the stuff they want online during “Cyber Monday”? Or what really matters is not the discounted products themselves, but the thrill of participating in the act of fighting with other people over a discounted product? Like a sport?

    • DiscouragedOne

      Good question.

  • Karen

    And for more violence add in the knock-out games where people are being punched randomly a 76 year old women in NY was punched in the back of her head. Now maybe you can see why FEMA along with many other organizations purchased massive amounts of ammo, and why the government has civilian patrols. When a disaster strikes you can image how millions of soulless and mindless humans will act no where in the world will you find such zombies as here such selfish cold hearted creatures.

    • Eric Quintero

      Random Acts of Violence are a clear indication something is terribly, terribly wrong here. Its likely due to our over exposure to violence. Violence has always been a form of entertainment, true. But never have we received so much of it on a daily basis!

      “Grand Theft Auto” is likely to be contributing massively to this rapid degeneration of morals. The game’s graphics are so real and life-like now, I would bet my life that its having notable effects on the mind. Its simple. If you play a game about killing, and the creators make it super fun, you’re likely going to enjoy it.

      This can be a problem.

      Now your mind will make the connection and THINK, “Killing is fun” whether or not this actually holds any water in a real world situation. This thought (not a feeling) will be implanted. The more reinforcement it receives, the more the THOUGHT grows. Eventually the make believe THOUGHT overcomes the internal FEELINGS in a real world event. This is the deception. This is how mind programming works.
      Sometimes this is necessary. I admit, I was programmed in Boot Camp. The programming is a necessary tool for the job. Mission accomplishment.

      HOWEVER, This is what they’re doing to children. GTA is simply a mind control program if you think about it. Its programming children to become murderers and thieves.

      Call of Duty has a few very questionable scenes as well throughout the campaign. One required the user to open fire with a light machine gun into a crowd of people at the airport, thus simulating a terrorist attack. Not good.

      Halo generally does a good job of conveying a Hero role and upholds moral standards while killing. However, this is easier to do when all you’re doing is killing aliens.

      I urge everyone to really pay close attention to the content your children are exposed to. Its getting worse and worse by the day.

  • sonofseawolf

    Hi micheal and ec bloggers,
    All kneel at the alter of your new religon, consumerism and corporatism. I have really no problem with somebody buying towels and bikes
    Happy holidays.
    Protect yourself at all times 14/5

  • sanity in rochester

    maybe you would want to remove the “black friday spcials” ad next to your article on the evils of black friday.

  • Fr. John+

    When I read that Target and some other retailers in our area of the Midwest were going to open on the HOLIDAY of Thanksgiving, I wondered if anyone else realized the SACRELIGIOUS nature of the Materialist beast. But, short of the recent encyclical of the Pope that was merely Marxism thinly veiled, none of the Christian writers/blogs/news sources I usually check, dared to call this what it is- a COUNTERFEIT, COMPETING RELIGION- except your article. Thank you. People who seek their joy in garbage ‘things’ are devoid of the spirit of Christ- that’s for sure!

    • TtT Engine

      You are correct Fr. John. The Catholic Church has been flirting with communism since the death of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen in the 70’s. Papal apologists are sending out the damage control team often after our first Jesuit Pope rides the fence of orthodoxy and modernity. Benedict XVI lamented over the failed communism in Cuba. I think I would have fallen off my chair had the Holy Father quoted from 2 Thessalonians 3:10. “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.” 11 We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive.” The large majority of poverty and starvation in the world is due to vastly corrupt governments. We could feed the world on what is thrown away/wasted in the U.S. I’m sick and tired of the lefties hit job on capitalism. HELLO CATHOLICS, many of you Judas catholics, communism is incompatible with Catholicism. The modern church, under the guise of social justice, turns its back on the unborn under the often evil umbrella of social justice.Perhaps the Holy Father needs to fire up some of the old Archbishop Sheen videos explaining this and the evils of communism. Been there done that. The early colonial settlements in Massachusetts tried communism. They got very hungry very fast. Christi Fidelis !

  • Richard

    Thank you for this. I am truly stunned that nobody else seems to want/be able to see this, including Michael. Americans are just a nasty, brutish, venal people that should be avoided at all costs. Probably the most dangerous country ever to grace the face of the earth. Very worrying for the international community, frankly.

  • krinks

    Why should Friday be any different than Thursday, which long ago has descended into an orgy of food and football? Very few thank the Lord for anything today.

  • David Fuhriman

    I am really embarrassed for the United States. Our country has fallen to new lows. I’m really not enthusiastic at all about returning to the USA. The USA is a morally bankrupt nation-similar to other morally bankrupt nations around the world. I’m afraid, however, that the USA has not reached rock bottom yet. Now that’s a scary thought!

  • wandakate

    Disgusting… Am I supposed to be proud to be an American when they ask like this? GREED is such a sin. It was Thanksgiving and it was a day to spend time with family and friends and be thankful for what we have. Looks like most people were only thankful that they got to shop, spend their paychecks or charge what they couldn’t afford.
    We should be storing up our treasures in Heaven not on this earth that is about to fall on its face. We die and don’t take it with us anyway. Such a shame that we have lowered ourselves to the nation of “materialism and greed”.

  • RomanAlex

    The freaky part of all this is that everything has been obvious for 20 years! “Walmartification” has been openly discussed for many, many years, yet the vicious cycle continues. Here’s why Chinese-made products are cheaper: they are destroying their own environment all the while breaching labor, trade, human rights and intellectual property agreements. Life expectancy in China is dropping. A purchase of Chinese-made products is literally a purchase of death and destruction for both nations.

    • DiscouragedOne

      Thank you, between their environmental slacking which hurts the whole planet, their exploiting their workers, etc, I don’t respect or want to do business with China. IF they ever get anything like Japan it would be better, but doubtful for a long, long time to come, I am NOT holding my breath.

  • Sam

    What about the Chinese population? They need jobs as well otherwise they’ll be the ones in poverty and their economy will suffer. America is not the centre of the universe and Americans are certainly not more important than Chinese people. This is the one thing that annoys me about this site. This is a global problem and we are all equal.

    • DiscouragedOne

      The Chinese wouldn’t want us making all the stuff they buy/use (in fact their trade policies prevent it), but we are supposed to be fine with them making all the stuff we buy/use? Hell no, we should buy stuff made in our own country too, but we can’t because our government cow towed to corporations and exported our manufacturing/jobs. No, I don’t feel sorry for them, let them sell to their own first and foremost, not suck the USA dry.

      In Japan, the people get paid decently and buy the merchandise they make too, they also make a lot of the stuff they sell here in America, all the Japanese manufacturers have car plants in the USA, and give Americans jobs.

  • Jackie Milton

    One light at the end of the tunnel is the statement you quoted by obummer. That sum biotch has never told the truth and we can hope this is just another one of his lies.

  • nekksys

    My step daughter was pulled away from her task by her hair and stepped on by “Black Friday” shoppers. No attempt was made by the perp to apologize or make amends. She works at Walmart in a small midwestern town.

    This kind of insanity must stop. Unfortunately, it will stop only when everyone is flat broke and squabbling over whatever morsels they can find to eat. In that day, I’ll be glad she is home with her mother and I so she can enjoy a household of plenty.

  • Mondobeyondo

    You can’t tell me Americans can’t make quality products, or don’t know how to make quality products. For nearly a century, we had (HAD!) manufactured the best quality products on earth. Americans invented the assembly line. We were the first to fly an airplane, at Kitty Hawk. We had home-grown geniuses like Thomas Edison who invented the light bulb and phonograph(Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, but he was Scottish. Oh well, you can’t win ‘em all!)
    We’ve simply become the victim of others first stealing our ideas and technology, and then improving on it (in some cases) or mass-marketing it in other cases. Japan used to make garbage products before WWII. Then they decided to copy our electronics and automobiles, and before long, Americans were buying Toyotas, Datsuns (now Nissans), Mitsubishis, Nintendos, and Sony. The same thing happened with China, BUT they focused on smaller items (ie. toys, tools, cookware, clothes, vacuum cleaners) that they knew Americans needed and would buy, but (here’s the clincher) – AT A LOWER PRICE – irregardless of quality. And buy we have. Let the “big players” handle the cars and iDevices, China’s got the everyday Joe and Jane Sixpack market! Not everyone needs a Toyota, but everyone needs tools and clothes.
    You know what’s really sad? They continue to use American brand names for Chinese crap! Remember Craftsman tools? Sears used to sell them. Used to be American made. Lifetime guarantee. Top quality product. Craftsman tools are made in China now, It has the same American name brand, but the quality is gone. Don’t be surprised if your Craftsman wrench snaps in half while you’re using it!
    Is it totally our fault? Weeellll… can’t speak for the rest of the world, but we Americans tend to love saving money, and buying the cheaper priced item. Would you buy an American made vacuum cleaner for $400, or the Chinese made vacuum at Walmart for $150? The American made vacuum may last 20 years – the Chinese model, maybe 20 days. But hey, it’s cheaper…

    • DiscouragedOne

      Have to disagree on the cars from Japan, when Japanese cars first came here…they were like lawn mowers with wheels, they came from the Kunisue design of the early 1900’s and forward (in Japan) not what we were driving here.

  • Mondobeyondo

    A good anecdote to Black Friday is Small Business Saturday. Some cities have promoted it as a day to shop local, so that the money you spend stays in the community. Your hard earned dollars don’t get “Shanghai’ed”.

  • Eric Quintero

    You can defend video games all you want. You may not be consciously thinking about killing, but your subconscious mind does not operate within your control.

    This is why subliminal messages are so powerful. This is why we have an all volunteer military. This is why Marines are actually becoming very picky about their recruits – there are too many applicants! There are more than enough young people today that are ready to pick up a gun and go kill a generic person in some foreign land. Just because they want to.

    People join the Marines to kill people. Plain and simple. Why are there so many willing volunteers?

    Media is a powerful tool my friend. Please dont underestimate its effects on the subconscious mind.

    Btw, Ive been playing video games since I was 3. I even went to the National High School Game Academy for 6 weeks where we were taught game theory by some of the top firms in the country. I love game theory and love studying the mind. Unfortunately so do media companies. Unfortunately so does our military.

    Why do you think the game “America’s Army” exists? The Army made that game for a reason. They’re not stupid. Dont be naive, brother. Certain video games should not be defended. They are causing problems whether you choose to believe so or not.

  • Copperhead Joe

    This is why the terrorists haven’t done anything to the US in years. They know that all they have to do is stand back and watch at this point.

  • Consti

    I think it’s hilarious hypocrisy that you are complaining about people who want to buy things with money they don’t have advertisements all over your site for stuff people justifiably can’t afford. I can’t afford your book so make it free and put your money where you mouth is. Yes Black Friday is a joke but you are the typical big mouthed Christian hypocrite like fat many Alex Jone$.

  • DiscouragedOne

    They may make cheap TVs, but they don’t last as long, ditto for appliances. I don’t think they are so great, I think if they were made in America, they would last a lot longer as American made used to do. You are right that Japan learned how to make quality, but have you been to Japan…you can’t live without electric there, seriously, they HAD to get better at it. Even their toilets use electric.

  • DiscouragedOne

    Most people from India working here take a month off to go visit their homeland, annually.

  • Eric Quintero

    Right. Im not saying the video games are the sole reason. I do understand where you’re coming from. Placing all the blame on one singular entity in our society is foolish.

    But what I am saying is that video games have now reached an unprecedented level of lifelike realness, and coincidentally, game makers are using this to depict the most realistic violence ever. And this is all happening on top of a mental health / drug epidemic in our country.

    Im not saying video games are the reason. Far from that . The reasons for all of this violence have existed before they came along. But they certainly do act as catalysts. Very powerful catalysts.

  • Consti

    This would be a great read if it weren’t for the hypocrisy. Yes I get it, we are a nation of idiots who buy things we can’t afford and don’t need. But I would make the very same argument about this site. Mike you have adverts everywhere! You yourself are showing your greedy nature! You can’t have it both ways Mike. Post your book for free and walk with jesus who said give up everything to be with me.

  • CLW

    I asked friends and family not to purchase anything for me for the holidays, but instead to give me $5.00 each so I could add that to my contribution to the local humane society (I’m a cat lover). They told me I was “crazy.”

  • TtT Engine

    Yes, it is the “culture of death”. The Supreme Court gave the U.S. permission to kill the unborn and thus we have had 55 million [1,000+football stadiums worth] babies destroyed since the satanic decision of Roe v. Wade in 1973. The right to die/euthanasia is now here. We live in a morally depraved culture. Respect for human life is at an all time low. Look at the no regard our government had for our own in Benghazi and Navy Seal Team 6. You will see more and more violence and killing until if/when we regain a high regard for human life. Christi Fidelis !

  • DiscouragedOne

    I think the bigger reason is the drugs people are on. Have you noticed pretty much every single one of these mass shooters was on some kind of anti-depressant or other prescription drugs, this is even a more serious issue leading to violence in my opinion.

    http://listverse.com/2010/12/21/top-10-abused-prescription-drugs/

    I play Call of Duty but I don’t have an urges to go out and kill people, but I think these drugs can be the catalyst for that happening.

    Just MHO.

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