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2012-11-23 07:07:12 PM
It's a good point, though. In years past, stores would advertise their "Thanksgiving weekend sales" and such. Now, they come right out and talk about their "Black Friday Sales" on radio and television. I'd think they could come up with something that doesn't bring Sauron and hordes of goblins to mind.
 
2012-11-23 07:13:30 PM
Oh thanks for the "knowledge" NPR, you snobs.

Next you're going to ruin "Bloody Sunday" with your damn liberal "facts"
 
2012-11-23 07:20:36 PM
Black Friday "was not a happy term," department store historian Michael J. Lisicky told CBS News last year.

OK. Didn't know there was a need for someone to be an official department store historian, but I guess there is a niche for almost anything.
 
2012-11-23 07:32:17 PM
No one who works in retail thinks of Black Friday in any other way than the darkest.
 
2012-11-23 07:50:15 PM

Ennuipoet: No one who works in retail thinks of Black Friday in any other way than the darkest.


That's... racist...?
 
2012-11-23 08:08:31 PM
Is it the Friday when bubonic plague caused all of Europe to rush out and buy coffins?
 
2012-11-23 08:16:40 PM

Shostie: That's... racist...?


It's a metaphorical darkness, a bleakness of spirit, a prevailing sense of doom.

So, in a Republican sort of way, maybe.
 
2012-11-23 08:41:52 PM
Black Friday "was not a happy term,"


It still isn't you pretentious sack of
 
2012-11-23 08:42:53 PM
I thought it was the day after thanksgiving when we let the servants, who were mostly "black" (from all that hard work on thanksgiving you see) go shopping.
 
2012-11-23 08:54:40 PM

Generation_D: I thought it was the day after thanksgiving when we let the servants, who were mostly "black" (from all that hard work on thanksgiving you see) go shopping.


Similarly, Boxing Day was when we let the slaves fight over the holiday leftovers. Of course in the 20th century we gave them gloves, so as to make the tradition more humane.
 
2012-11-23 08:57:07 PM

doglover: It still isn't you pretentious sack of


Except for all the TV and radio commercials advertising "Black Friday Sales."
 
2012-11-23 09:06:28 PM
Radio does not work that way.jpg
 
2012-11-23 09:42:19 PM
Next they're going to say "Bloody Sunday" isn't just a song about a chick losing her virginity.

/how long
/how loooong
 
2012-11-23 09:54:46 PM

Babwa Wawa: doglover: It still isn't you pretentious sack of

Except for all the TV and radio commercials advertising "Black Friday Sales."


That doesn't trigger a stress response in you? I know it makes my hackles rise.
 
2012-11-23 09:55:59 PM

Krieghund: Next they're going to say "Bloody Sunday" isn't just a song about a chick losing her virginity.

/how long
/how loooong


Tooooniiiiight. We can stop the flow. Toniiiiiight
 
2012-11-23 10:07:30 PM

Krieghund: Next they're going to say "Bloody Sunday" isn't just a song about a chick losing her virginity.

/how long
/how loooong


When fact is fiction and TV reality.
 
2012-11-23 10:16:11 PM
Wow. I'm honestly surprised they didn't try to claim it was somehow racist
 
2012-11-23 10:20:00 PM
Babwa Wawa
2012-11-23 08:54:40 PM
Generation_D: I thought it was the day after thanksgiving when we let the servants, who were mostly "black" (from all that hard work on thanksgiving you see) go shopping.

Similarly, Boxing Day was when we let the slaves fight over the holiday leftovers. Of course in the 20th century we gave them gloves, so as to make the tradition more humane.


Except isn't boxing day not an American tradition? First I heard of it was from Canadian relatives. So the slavery connection doesn't make any sense. I haven't bothered looking at the internet for its origins so I'm just going off of my personal experience.
 
2012-11-23 10:20:06 PM
"Hello. This is NPR ... Coming up next, Sarah MacLachlan's music cued up to pictures of abused animals"

How exactly does your radio work?
 
2012-11-23 10:20:19 PM

Shostie: Ennuipoet: No one who works in retail thinks of Black Friday in any other way than the darkest.

That's... racist...?


Came for this.

Was going to use:
Columnist Paul Mulshine wrote in New Jersey's Star-Ledger. "All of that negativity makes sense. 'Black Friday' has a naturally gloomy sound to it."
 
2012-11-23 10:20:33 PM
I never bought the whole "in the black" explanation. That's just stupid. It's called black because its horrible.
 
2012-11-23 10:20:46 PM
I think the gloves were introduced to make the fights last longer rather than to protect the pugilists.
 
2012-11-23 10:21:02 PM
25.media.tumblr.com
You gonna do that to me, we ALL gonna share.
 
2012-11-23 10:21:19 PM

Ennuipoet: Shostie: That's... racist...?

It's a metaphorical darkness, a bleakness of spirit, a prevailing sense of doom.

So, in a Republican sort of way, maybe.


Proctology? Since you pulled that of your ass I was inspired, threadshiatter.
 
2012-11-23 10:23:03 PM

Three Crooked Squirrels: Black Friday "was not a happy term," department store historian Michael J. Lisicky told CBS News last year.

OK. Didn't know there was a need for someone to be an official department store historian, but I guess there is a niche for almost anything.


Historians are getting narrower and narrower remits these days. Need has nothing to do with it if you can a. publish a paper or two and b. get an adjunct gig at Buttwipe State University, Dingleberry Extension.
 
2012-11-23 10:25:08 PM
hiphopwired.com

Black Friday?
 
2012-11-23 10:25:28 PM
I love NPR.

However, they are being influenced by money, as everyone.

Where is the the free media?

I will pledge my voice just now for justice and fair mind in reporting.

Madam/Sir: I will write for you.

Let's find/fund our voice, no?

We can.
 
2012-11-23 10:26:35 PM

Indubitably: I love NPR.

However, they are being influenced by money, as everyone.

Where is the the free media?

I will pledge my voice just now for justice and fair mind in reporting.

Madam/Sir: I will write for you.

Let's find/fund our voice, no?

We can.

the the

, indeed.

To edit
 
2012-11-23 10:27:27 PM

Generation_D: I thought it was the day after thanksgiving when we let the servants, who were mostly "black" (from all that hard work on thanksgiving you see) go shopping.


Why did you think that?
 
2012-11-23 10:30:43 PM
The proper term is "Friday of color"
 
2012-11-23 10:31:29 PM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Wow. I'm honestly surprised they didn't try to claim it was somehow racist


Not sure why that surprises you.
 
2012-11-23 10:32:06 PM

tenpoundsofcheese: The proper term is "Friday of color"


Ahem.

Attractive and Successful Friday.
 
2012-11-23 10:32:28 PM

Generation_D: I thought it was the day after thanksgiving when we let the servants, who were mostly "black" (from all that hard work on thanksgiving you see) go shopping.


wut?
do you think the people who could afford servants were the ones who hung out on Friday and cleaned up and took care of the house guests?
 
2012-11-23 10:32:36 PM

tenpoundsofcheese: The proper term is "Friday of color"


I thought it was "Attractive and Successful Frigg's Day".
 
2012-11-23 10:34:17 PM

Nadie_AZ: Radio does not work that way.jpg


And whatever group she's pitching probably paid for their damn spots.
 
2012-11-23 10:34:32 PM

Lionel Mandrake: Oh thanks for the "knowledge" NPR, you snobs.

Next you're going to ruin "Bloody Sunday" with your damn liberal "facts"


In fact, they forgot to suggest that the use of the word "dark" to connote anything negative is actually a racist "code word", so in that sense they've betrayed their liberal principles with this article.
 
2012-11-23 10:37:00 PM
"End of week's negrothon" didn't fit on calendars.
 
2012-11-23 10:38:24 PM

Buzzerguy: "Hello. This is NPR ... Coming up next, Sarah MacLachlan's music cued up to pictures of abused animals"

How exactly does your radio work?


In theory, NPR could get a website and maybe even post articles and other such nonsense on it.
 
2012-11-23 10:39:26 PM

Indubitably: Where is the the free media?


Here you go. But I warn you...it ain't pretty.
 
2012-11-23 10:39:50 PM
Black = making $

Red = losing $

Not too complicated. It is appropriate considering the dark behavior 'people' exhibit to save $10.
 
2012-11-23 10:43:50 PM
department store historian Michael J. Lisicky told CBS News last year.

Who says you can't get a job with a liberal arts degree?
 
2012-11-23 10:44:00 PM

Ready-set: Black = making $

Red = losing $

Not too complicated. It is appropriate considering the dark behavior 'people' exhibit to save $10.


3.bp.blogspot.com

592f46.medialib.glogster.com
 
2012-11-23 10:44:01 PM

LDM90: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Wow. I'm honestly surprised they didn't try to claim it was somehow racist

Not sure why that surprises you.


Really? Several morons in this thread are trying to claim that, why wouldn't NPR?
 
2012-11-23 10:46:59 PM

Emposter: department store historian Michael J. Lisicky told CBS News last year.

Who says you can't get a job with a liberal arts degree?


People that forget the past.
 
2012-11-23 10:48:09 PM

Rufus Lee King: SirEattonHogg: Except isn't boxing day not an American tradition? First I heard of it was from Canadian relatives. So the slavery connection doesn't make any sense. I haven't bothered looking at the internet for its origins so I'm just going off of my personal experience.

Boxing day originated in England. On the day after Christmas, black servants who had been discovered pilfering food the day before were placed in boxes for the following day. This concept was later explored in the movie Cool Hand Luke.


Sh*t. I can't find my spoon.
 
2012-11-23 10:48:15 PM
CASEY KASEM'S AMERICAN TOP 40 - 6/21/75

#40 "I'LL DO FOR YOU ANYTHING YOU WANT ME TO" - Barry White
#39 ROCKFORD FILES" - Mike Post
#38 "RHINESTONE COWBOY" - Glen Campbell
#37 "BLACK FRIDAY" - Steely Dan
#36 "I'M ON FIRE" - The Dwight Twilley Band
#35 "T-R-O-U-B-L-E" - Elvis Presley
#34 "PLEASE MR. PLEASE" - Olivia Newton-John
#33 "ROCKIN' CHAIR" - Gwen McCrae
#32 "MIDNIGHT BLUE - Melissa Manchester
#31 "ONE OF THESE NIGHTS" - The Eagles
#30 "WHY CAN'T WE BE FRIENDS" - War
#29 "SHINING STAR" - Earth, Wind, & Fire
#28 "BABY THAT'S BACKATCHA" - Smokey Robinson
#27 "SWEARIN' TO GOD" - Frankie Valli
#26 "DYNOMITE" - Bazuka
#25 "HEY YOU" - Bachman-Turner Overdrive
#24 "MISTY" - Ray Stevens
#23 "THE WAY WE WERE/TRY TO REMEMBER" - Gladys Knight & The Pips
#22 "I'M NOT IN LOVE" - 10cc
#21 "ATTITUDE DANCING" - Carly Simon
#20 "I'LL PLAY FOR YOU" - Seals & Crofts
#19 "THE LAST FAREWELL" - Roger Whittaker
#18 "PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM" - Elton John
#17 "OLD DAYS" - Chicago
#16 "THANK GOD I'M A COUNTRY bOY" - John Denver
#15 "BAD LUCK (PART 1)" - Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes
#14 "BAD TIME" - Grand Funk
#13 "MAGIC" - Pilot
#12 "ONLY WOMEN" - Alice Cooper
#11 "TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS" - The Doobie Brothers
#10 "CUT THE CAKE" - The Average White Band
#9 "LISTEN TO WHAT THE MAN SAID" - Paul McCartney & Wings
#8 "GET DOWN, GET DOWN (GET ON THE FLOOR)" - Joe Simon
#7 "THE HUSTLE" - Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
#6 "SISTER GOLDEN HAIR" - America
#5 "LOVE WON'T LET ME WAIT" - Major Harris
#4 "I'M NOT LISA" - Jessi Colter
#3 "WILDFIRE" - Michael Murphey
#2 "WHEN WILL I BE LOVED" - Linda Ronstadt
#1 "LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER" - The Captain & Tennille
 
2012-11-23 10:54:05 PM

Generation_D: I thought it was the day after thanksgiving when we let the servants, who were mostly "black" (from all that hard work on thanksgiving you see) go shopping.


well, that didn't take long.
 
2012-11-23 10:55:22 PM

Nina_Hartley's_Ass: CASEY KASEM'S AMERICAN TOP 40 - 6/21/75

#40 "I'LL DO FOR YOU ANYTHING YOU WANT ME TO" - Barry White
#39 ROCKFORD FILES" - Mike Post
#38 "RHINESTONE COWBOY" - Glen Campbell
#37 "BLACK FRIDAY" - Steely Dan
#36 "I'M ON FIRE" - The Dwight Twilley Band
#35 "T-R-O-U-B-L-E" - Elvis Presley
#34 "PLEASE MR. PLEASE" - Olivia Newton-John
#33 "ROCKIN' CHAIR" - Gwen McCrae
#32 "MIDNIGHT BLUE - Melissa Manchester
#31 "ONE OF THESE NIGHTS" - The Eagles
#30 "WHY CAN'T WE BE FRIENDS" - War
#29 "SHINING STAR" - Earth, Wind, & Fire
#28 "BABY THAT'S BACKATCHA" - Smokey Robinson
#27 "SWEARIN' TO GOD" - Frankie Valli
#26 "DYNOMITE" - Bazuka
#25 "HEY YOU" - Bachman-Turner Overdrive
#24 "MISTY" - Ray Stevens
#23 "THE WAY WE WERE/TRY TO REMEMBER" - Gladys Knight & The Pips
#22 "I'M NOT IN LOVE" - 10cc
#21 "ATTITUDE DANCING" - Carly Simon
#20 "I'LL PLAY FOR YOU" - Seals & Crofts
#19 "THE LAST FAREWELL" - Roger Whittaker
#18 "PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM" - Elton John
#17 "OLD DAYS" - Chicago
#16 "THANK GOD I'M A COUNTRY bOY" - John Denver
#15 "BAD LUCK (PART 1)" - Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes
#14 "BAD TIME" - Grand Funk
#13 "MAGIC" - Pilot
#12 "ONLY WOMEN" - Alice Cooper
#11 "TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS" - The Doobie Brothers
#10 "CUT THE CAKE" - The Average White Band
#9 "LISTEN TO WHAT THE MAN SAID" - Paul McCartney & Wings
#8 "GET DOWN, GET DOWN (GET ON THE FLOOR)" - Joe Simon
#7 "THE HUSTLE" - Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
#6 "SISTER GOLDEN HAIR" - America
#5 "LOVE WON'T LET ME WAIT" - Major Harris
#4 "I'M NOT LISA" - Jessi Colter
#3 "WILDFIRE" - Michael Murphey
#2 "WHEN WILL I BE LOVED" - Linda Ronstadt
#1 "LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER" - The Captain & Tennille


That was a fantastic week in music

Except maybe numbers 1 and 2
 
2012-11-23 10:57:46 PM

SirEattonHogg: Babwa Wawa
2012-11-23 08:54:40 PM
Generation_D: I thought it was the day after thanksgiving when we let the servants, who were mostly "black" (from all that hard work on thanksgiving you see) go shopping.

Similarly, Boxing Day was when we let the slaves fight over the holiday leftovers. Of course in the 20th century we gave them gloves, so as to make the tradition more humane.


Except isn't boxing day not an American tradition? First I heard of it was from Canadian relatives. So the slavery connection doesn't make any sense. I haven't bothered looking at the internet for its origins so I'm just going off of my personal experience.


you kids deserve to know the truth. Canada = liars. not only were they all about slavery, they also made black gentlemen beat hell out of each other for their own entertainment. sick bastards, every one of them.
 
2012-11-23 11:04:02 PM
I don't give a fark what you call it. I just finished working 8 hours of it at an Apple retail store (if you've ridden an especially crowded NYC subway train at rush hour, complete with unbearable noise, bumping, sweating, swearing, laughing, and buying thousands of dollars worth of electronics), then a bonus 5 more hours at a clothing retailer.

Kill. Me. Please.
 
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