Black Friday is upon us, and — in keeping with tradition — so are the attendant brawls, melees, assaults, thefts and general mayhem.
Nevertheless, Black Friday appears a bit more sedate this year overall. Reuters reports:
Bargain hunters found relatively little competition compared with previous years. Some had already shopped Thursday evening, reflecting a new normal of U.S. holiday shopping, where stores open up with deals on Thanksgiving itself, rather than waiting until Black Friday.
Retailers "have taken the sense of urgency out for consumers by spreading their promotions throughout the year and what we are seeing is a result of that," said Jeff Simpson, director of the retail practice at Deloitte. Traffic in stores was light on Friday, while Thursday missed his expectations…[more]
"Did George W. Bush Create ISIS?"
That's a headline question The New Yorker asked in its latest issue.
Predictably, the Obama Administration and left-leaning apologists engage in the same blame diffusion as ISIS expands its territorial control and ghoulish body count. Even Rand Paul, looking to boost his 2016 presidential candidacy amid a formidable field of opponents, asked, "Is Iraq more or less stable after Saddam?"
Well, Iraq was certainly more stable when George W. Bush left office in January 2009.
Even Obama confirmed that reality almost…