UPDATE: Fidel Castro is Still Dead

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Staged Theater: Black Friday Protests at Walmart Staffed by Professional Activists

Only three protesters had actual ties to Walmart

A police offer speaks to protesters outside of the Walmart department store after they blocked traffic in Secaucus, N.J., on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013.  The activists rallied to protest the wages paid to Walmart workers and to urge the company to improve labor standards. (AP Photo/The Jersey Journal,  Reena Rose Sibayan)

A police offer speaks to protesters outside of the Walmart department store after they blocked traffic in Secaucus, N.J., on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/The Jersey Journal, Reena Rose Sibayan)

 writes:  The Black Friday protests at a Walmart in Washington state featured more paid union activists than actual employees, according to a new report.

“They don’t have the support of real workers, so they rely on the support of paid actors and stand-ins with union affiliations,” he said. “They’re protests held by professional protesters, oftentimes paid and given media training, to cause a scene for publicity.”

The Freedom Foundation, a Washington free market think tank, found that the majority of protesters in the Evergreen state were “paid union activists” and that few Walmart employees participated in the protests.

“OUR Wal-Mart, a subsidiary of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW), mounted a series of Black Friday protests targeting Wal-Mart locations around the country, including the Wal-Mart in the Factoria Mall south of Bellevue,” the report says. “The Bellevue protest drew around 100 people, according to press reports. Bellevue police arrested 15 demonstrators for ‘failure to disperse’—a misdemeanor crime.”

The Freedom Foundation revealed that only three of the 15 arrestees were actual employees. The rest were union activists with ties to the UFCW, public employee unions, and other far left organizations.

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Is ‘Black Friday’ Racist?

Fearing punishment and social alienation, a nervous liberal ponders, "Is it racist to say 'Black Friday?''

Fearing punishment and social alienation, a nervous liberal ponders, “Am I a racist? Is it okay to say ‘Black Friday?”

There’s nothing like tuning into an episode of “The View” for a little exploration of social sensitivities in the modern American culture.

In keeping with that tradition, on Black Friday, a term used to describe the Friday following Thanksgiving, which is the beginning of the traditional Christmas shopping season, the use of the word “black” to mark this occasion was a topic of discussion on “The View” for its potential “racist” implications.

Co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar, who has her own primetime HLN cable show, debated the use of “black” on the Nov. 27 pre-recorded broadcast. Goldberg, a black woman, took the meaning to be a positive and that there was nothing wrong with it used that way. Behar, however, was trouble with the word “black” used in conjunction with Friday, taking the meaning as a negative (emphasis added):

GOLDBERG: Oh, hello and welcome to ‘The View.’ Today is Black Friday, all day long,” Goldberg said.  “And I’m going to stay black all day because of it.
BEHAR: Isn’t it a little racist to call it Black Friday?
GOLDBERG: Well, I would have called it African American Friday, but that’s taking something away from it.
BEHAR:  But there’s a negative connotation to it? Or does it mean something else?
GOLDBERG: No, it’s like when you make all the money – you’re in the black.
BEHAR:  So it’s positive?
GOLDBERG: Yeah. It’s in the black, so it’s a huge great thing.
BEHAR: A lot of times, like blackmail is negative, black sheep.
GOLDBERG: Black people.
BEHAR: No, not black people.
GOLDBERG: But it used to be, it used to be.

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Buying Guns on Black Friday Becomes Tradition Under Obama

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Gun sales may have leveled off after the spectacular surge early this year, but now we have a new holiday tradition. 

AWR Hawkins writes: Although much of the gun control push under President Obama has failed to result in new laws, it has succeeded in creating a new tradition where shoppers scoop up guns on Black Friday so they can place them under the tree on Christmas Day.

Consider the numbers: in 2008, ABC News reported 97,848 background checks on Black Friday. In 2009, the numbers remained somewhat static but then began to grow exponentially as the Obama administration and Congressional Democrats began to flex their muscles.  By 2011, there were 129,166 background checks on Black Friday alone.

As the National Shooting Sports Foundation reported, the jump in 2011 marked “a 32.01 percent increase over” the sales on 2008 Black Friday–the year Obama was first elected.

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