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Over Easy: (Black) Friday Free for All

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Eatons Crowds Toronto

Friday Bargain Day Crowds, Eaton's Department Store, Toronto, Canada, 1905. Public domain photo.

Welcome to Black Friday, Firepups! I hope you all had a good Thanksgiving! ***Please note*** that thanks to the wonders of technology, you will be reading this post while I’m away for the Thanksgiving weekend, so I won’t be joining you today.

Here’s what’s on my mind this week:

Thanksgiving this year fell on the 49th anniversary of JFK’s assassination. I was just 20, married only 9 months, and my husband and I spent the weekend glued to the TV in our tiny apartment, weeping. That and the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center are my only two “never forget where I was when I heard” moments.

Many of you know that I am very partial to Charles P. Pierce’s Politics blog at Esquire. Pierce’s rapier wit makes his posts enjoyable, educational, and laugh-out-loud funny, as are many of the witty comments. Pierce summarizes last week’s Petraeus brouhaha in his intro to discussing the Affordable Care Act: “The entire national-security apparatus got together and decided to produce a remake of the famous 1989 Helen Mirren vehicle, The Cook, The Thief, The Wife, Her Lover, The General, His Wife, The Other Woman, The Other Other Woman, The Other General, and The Lovesick Shirtless FBI Guy.”

However, Tom Junod’s guest post on the Esquire’s Politics blog on the David Petraeus scandal is deadly serious and very worth reading. As is Jeremy Scahill on The Petraeus Legacy: A Paramilitary CIA. Neither is at all interested in the sex aspects. Nor is Tom Tomorrow.

Meanwhile… “Move over, adulterous generals. It might be time to make way for a new sexual rat’s nest – at America’s top financial police agency, the SEC.” Taibbi is on it!

Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico: Amend the Constitution and Overturn Citizens United!

Want the employees who handle and serve your food to not be sick? Here is A Children’s Treasury of CEOs Throwing Very Grown-Up Tantrums Over Obamacare by making sure their employees aren’t covered by the ACA. You may want to think about this next time you dine out. I won’t be spending my money at these establishments. Keep in mind that not frequenting them isn’t enough. Write and tell them why you won’t be dining there. (And no, I don’t regularly read Wonkette!)

Dahlia Lithwick didn’t come back to Jerusalem to be in a war. But there she is, and writes about what it’s like to be in Israel as the conflict escalates.

So…I’m having two eggs over easy with a side of country fries (with onion and sage) and some toasted homemade bread. What’s your pleasure this morning?

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Over Easy — Friday Free for All

4:55 am in Uncategorized by msmolly

Photo by Rich Kaszeta under Creative Commons license.

Good Friday morning, Firepups. Fridays will be a grab bag of what I’ve been reading, what I’ve been mulling over, an occasional rant, current events, and a standing invitation to put in your two cents. As our Suzanne likes to say at Late Late Night, “Off topic IS the topic” — so come join in.

Here’s what’s on my mind this morning:

A choice that men will never have to make.

Matt Taibbi — always worth reading!

Helen visits the zoo at Fox News and tells Margaret all about it. The animals are in cages and not so scary.

Apparently Facebook wants to organise our relationships. What could possibly go wrong?

My local classical station starts playing Christmas music at Thanksgiving and then plays it exclusively starting about two weeks before the holiday. I’ve written them to suggest that many in their listening audience don’t celebrate Christmas (Muslims, Jews, etc.) and might like some variety, but I got a polite lame response and they continue. They still play Christmas music after Christmas until at least New Years. And Kohl’s started playing Christmas music in their stores on November 1st. I am sick of it already!! (I told you there might be a rant!)

Nordstrom has the right idea! They post this sign in their store windows at this time of year.

My recollection is that they curtain their store windows and “unveil” them that Friday morning. As you might expect, they’re usually lovely.

I’m having a toasted Asiago cheese bagel with a generous schmear. What’s your pleasure this morning?