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America went from stuffing turkey to becoming the “Shopping Dead”, a mauling at the malls. It is the time of Seasonal Insanity.

Pantsless man dies in police custody after Whataburger rampage, Texas cops say

Houston police say a man in his 40s was naked from the waist down when he walked into a Whataburger on the southwest side of town and started terrorizing employees and the Thanksgiving night crowd.

Then, hours later, after being detained by police, he was dead, Assistant Chief Larry Satterwhite said in a news conference late on Thanksgiving night. Police were called to the Whataburger on Bissonnet Street just after 7 p.m., according to KTRK. [snip]

Guess he had a surfeit of turkey and wished to share his Thanksgiving indulgences.

SEASON’S BEATINGS: Black Friday shoppers throw punches in Walmart, wrestle TVs in merch scrum

It’s Black Friday, and you know what that means: People trading in their dignity for discounted toys and paper towels.

Two men brawled in the aisle of a Walmart on Thanksgiving evening. It’s not clear what the tussle was over, but women jumped in and cursed them out.

Others wrestled TVs as they went on sale:

There was more chaos at another store as shoppers bypassed the orderly arrangement, jumping over railings. A worker could be seen pushing consumers back, but that didn’t deter some who wanted a deal:

Meanwhile, there was a shooting at an Alabama mall.

WSFA reports on the incident at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover:

Witnesses say they heard two separate rings of gunfire, with the incidents reportedly happening between JCPenny and Footaction near the food court. There is a heavy police presence outside the mall as authorities attempt to clear the area.

A woman told WVTM she was sitting near the area where the shooting occurred.

“We just heard a lot of pops — pop, pop, pop, pop, pop,” the woman said.

“We’ll never do another Black Friday again. Ever. No more malls,” she said.

The attacker is reportedly dead. [snip]

One wonders how desiring a big screen TVis worth shooting at an event. Couldn’t he just thrown punches like the other revelers?

If you’re still dealing with holiday debt, there’s no need to be Scrooge

For some people, opening up a credit card statement is like a visit from the Ghost of Christmas Past.

Holiday shoppers are expected to spend generously this year, with the National Retail Federation estimating the average consumer’s outlay at $1,007 for everything from gifts to food to holiday attire — a 4.1 percent increase from last year. Another analysis, from NerdWallet, anticipates an 18 percent jump on gift spending alone, to an average total $776.

But that doesn’t give the true picture of the cost: 28 percent of shoppers are entering this holiday season still paying off debt from last year’s festivities, according to NerdWallet.

Experts say that if you’re among those still lugging around debt from last year, now is a good time to pause and strategize, before Black Friday week sets off a long stretch of frenzied spending.

“If you’re going into the holidays with debt, your first priority should be to focus on paying it down,” said Bruce McClary, vice president of communications at the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. “Everything else should be secondary. The worst thing you could do is dig yourself a deeper hole.” [snip]

Yup, you owe your soul to the credit card store.
So many people are carrying debt and little savings. This economy will change leaving people strapped with a diifficult time paying the debt and rent.

Laissez le bon temps rouler

You know that this is for the people.

Laissez le bon temps rouler

Laissez le bon temps rouler

Show and Tell

The teacher gave her fifth grade class an assignment: Get their parents to tell them a story with a moral at the end of it. The next day, the kids came back and, one by one, began to tell their stories.

There were all the regular types of stuff: spilled milk and pennies
saved. Finally, only Janie was left.

The teacher asked: “Janie, do you have a story to share?”

”Yes ma’am. My daddy told me a story about my Mommy. She was a Marine pilot in Desert Storm, and her plane got hit. She had to bail out over enemy territory, and all she had was a flask of whiskey, a pistol, and a survival knife.

She drank the whiskey on the way down so the bottle wouldn’t break, and then her parachute landed her right in the middle of 20 Iraqi troops.

She shot 15 of them with the pistol (until she ran out of bullets),
killed four more with the knife (till the blade broke), and then she
killed the last Iraqi with her bare hands.

”Good Heavens,’ said the horrified teacher. “What did your Daddy tell you was the moral to this horrible story?”

“Stay away from Mommy when she’s been drinking.

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And here’s another place where schadenfreude plays a huge role. These NFL bozos managed to setup a big salary diminution for themselves.

‘Sunday Night Football’ Ratings Fall To Season Low As Chiefs Top Bengals

[snip] Proving to the recently boasting NFL that ratings are an ultimately fickle affair, and that what was going up can also come crashing down, the league and NBC’s primetime flagship stumbled hard from last week and last year. Free of primetime MLB and NBA rivals, showcasing lesser-market teams and coming off a packed NFL day that nearly saw fisticuffs between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Carolina Panthers over national anthem protests, the Chiefs-Bengals game drew a 11.0/19 in metered market ratings.

With the largest SNF blowout in three years, last night’s game fell 25% in the early metrics from the Chiefs-Patriots battle of October 14. That’s a season low for SNF so far, down 11% from the previous low of the Week 4 game between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Compared to last season’s Week 7, the Patriots’ 23-7 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on October 23, 2017, last night’s SNF dropped 13% in metered market numbers. Last year’s game also faced the Season 8 debut of The Walking Dead on cable.

The Chiefs-Patriots SNF matchup October 14 went on to pull in a 7.0/26 rating among adults 18-49 and 21.11 million viewers overall in the final numbers. [snip]

One can bet on “Baking with Martha” or what ever in hell her show is called has better ratings, against the odds, and be a winner.

Just desserts

The lawyer who manufactured a spurious witness against Kavanaugh now finds his testicles in a vise.

Big Loss for Michael

Avenatti as Judge

Orders Him to Pay

Up $4.85 million

Michael Avenatti must pay $4.85 million to a former colleague who claims the lawyer stiffed him out of millions in profits, a Los Angeles judge ruled Monday.

The decision comes as Avenatti floats his name as a contender to oppose Donald Trump in 2020, and makes appearances at Democratic events ahead of the midterm elections—including in New Hampshire, where he was slated to speak Monday. The attorney launched a political action committee, Fight PAC, to bolster his efforts.

But as The Daily Beast reported, Avenatti and his current and former companies owe millions in unpaid taxes and judgments—including the $4.85 million settlement to the former employee, Jason Frank. The lawyer’s tangled finances will likely come under scrutiny if he does officially announce his candidacy. [snip]