Happy Black Friday!

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Friday, November 25th, 2011 at 10:06 AM
Happy Black Friday! by Jay Stevens
Oodlekadoodle Primitives

Who goes to Black Friday events anyway? I have to say, the only buzz I'm seeing about Black Friday is from people who despise it. Of course, that could be the result of my insular community and all. Still...I'm kinda hoping my insular doesn't open up to people like this:

A woman shot pepper spray to keep shoppers from merchandise she wanted during a Black Friday sale, and 20 people suffered minor injuries, authorities said.

The incident occurred shortly after 10:20 p.m. Thursday in a crowded Los Angeles-area Walmart as shoppers hungry for deals were let inside the store.

Police said the suspect shot the pepper spray when the coverings over the items she wanted were removed.

"Somehow she was trying to use it to gain an upper hand," police Lt. Abel Parga told The Associated Press early Friday.

I mean -- you have to be sh*tting me. Seriously? And I thought Pepper Spray Guy at the UC Davis protest was a sociopath. But at least that cop was spraying for an ideal -- sure, it's an authoritarian ideal and totally repulsive, but still! Who would pepper spray over a sale on electronics?

This, of course, wasn't as bad as last year when a man was trampled to death by a Black Friday crowd at a Long Island Wal Mart. 

At some point, we've got to face up to the fact that our consumerism is a disease, people.

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It's been a big day in world news, folks. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for another massive terrorist attack, Cuban cigars are about to become legal, and your holiday plans to see "The Interview" are getting spoiled. All that and more, in case you missed it.

The Republican field begins to take shape for 2016. When will we learn from our mistakes. 

The Senate confirms a surgeon general and lots, lots, of judges. 

The United Way and Home Team of Erie County host a memorial event for homeless in our region. 

Congress passed a spending bill, but at what cost?

IN THIS ISSUE

The Presque Isle Partnership is hosting Polar Fest on Sunday, Dec. 14, a winter version of Discover Presque Isle, if you will, featuring indoor and outdoor activities related to the winter season.

Music fans were in for a treat this past November when a long list of those loquacious lyricists showed off their musical chops at 814 Grinders: Hip-hop Pt. 1. The event was so good, in fact, that it will be getting a sequel Friday, Dec. 12 at The Beer Mug.

Wayward Tattoo Studio presents Arc Angels Toy Drive

PACA presents Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some!)

The Lake Erie Ballet will continue its holiday tradition this year with four productions of The Nutcracker at the Warner Theatre this December, including a pair of special events. 

Pittsburgh indie rockers return to Erie's Basement Transmissions.

The Station Dinner Theatre will celebrate its 25th Anniversary Holiday Musical event with Christmas Memories: A Christmas Carol

Martinis and blues go together just like peas and carrots. Confused? Read on.

Michigan-bred 'mericana badasses return to Erie Saturday, Dec. 19.

ECO showcases both new and old holiday music with its upcoming show.