November 23, 2018

List of Black Friday and Cyber Monday Bargains 2018

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Don't be a shopping zombie
Don't be a shopping zombie (photo credit: unknown)
You might still be in your post-Thanksgiving Day food coma, or maybe you're just tired from cooking and cleaning up after messy dinner guests. Either way, you might not be in the mood to face hordes of Black Friday Weekend shopping zombies.

To help you, we've put together a list of lists of where to find some of the best (and unusual) bargains online. Many of the deals we archived here are for "Black Friday," but nearly all of the online merchants include Cyber Monday and extend those sales through Sunday or even until Friday, Nov. 30. So put the turkey leg down and start shopping.

Wired.com has the "Best Black Friday Deals You Can Get At Home" and they categorize them into: TV Deals | Headphone And Audio Deals | Home, Kitchen, And Toy Deals | Fitness And Outdoor Deals | Gaming Deals | Laptop, Phone, And Device Deals | Black Friday Sale Pages For 2018.

BlackFriday.com has (surprise!) "Best Black Friday Deals 2018" along with a nice grouping  of Cyber Monday bargains.  Be sure to check out their "Black Friday 2018 News" for stuff you might miss otherwise.

USS Enterprise sushi set
U.S.S. Enterprise sushi set: Wasabi at warp speed
Business Insider has "17 awesome and weird things you can buy on Black Friday," and it's worth visiting. Are you looking for the Complete Harry Potter Blu-Ray collection, hot sauce earrings or a U.S.S. Enterprise sushi set? That and more oddities are featured. For the more conventional, click over to "100+ of the best Black Friday 2018 store sales - here's what's still going on tonight."

ZDNet.com has its "Best Black Friday 2018 deals: Business Bargain Hunter's top picks." This list features a lot of links to outlets such as (but not limited to) BJ's Wholesale, Costco and Sam's Club, stores that don't really come to mind for most of us. ZDNet's "top picks" page is jam packed with great bargains links and should not be overlooked.

Tom's Guide is a long-trusted site for tech geeks. They know a good bargains when they see one, and they've put together a short but very sweet list of "Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018 Deals Right Now." This list is a fast read, and therefore a real time saver for people who just want to get in and out of the online shopping highway in a hurry.

Finder.com put together a good list of cyber merchants in their "2018 Black Friday deals online." Nuff said, go there now.

Best Buy, one of our favorite stores for tech and electronics, has some killer deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Best Buy's Cyber Monday won't be listed until Monday, but they say this: "Even though Cyber Monday technically falls on a Monday, we like to offer our customers a little more time to shop those hot offers by starting the sale a little earlier. Plus, some cyber deals will be available all week following Cyber Monday. So get your shopping list ready, your online My Best Buy account set up, and make sure your internet is working so you can get the deals as soon as they are announced." Our recommendation: Go ahead and set up an account. It's free, they don't spam you, and you might save a bunch of dough on deals.

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November 17, 2018

EXCLUSIVE: Michael Avenatti Arrest Mugshot (LOL)

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Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that anti-Trump attorney Michael Avenatti was arrested on Wednesday, Nov. 14 on suspicion of physical violence against a woman.

Creepy Porn Lawyer mug shot
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Michael Avenatti, who became famous for representing Stormy Daniels in her battle with President Trump, has been arrested for felony domestic violence ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

Our law enforcement sources say Avenatti was arrested Wednesday after a woman filed a felony DV report. We're told her face was "swollen and bruised" with "red marks" on both cheeks.

TMZ first reported that Avenatti allegedly struck his estranged wife, but later said it was another woman. Avenatti is out on $50,000 bail and his first court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 5 in Los Angeles Superior Court, CNBC reports.

Since no official Avenatti mugshot has been released by LAPD, we made our own.

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June 16, 2018

Hypocrite Nancy Pelosi Calls Religious People Hypocrites For Not Opposing Immigration Policy

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks about immigration
to law enforcement officers in Fort Wayne, Indiana
on Thursday. (Mike Moore/Journal-Gazette/AP)
Nancy Pelosi hates it when people quote the Bible. 
Many Democrats do.

They tend to treat religion as they treat the Constitution: They hate it unless they can selectively pluck part of it to suit their momentary requirements.

When they find a suitable bit, they twist its meaning to progress their agenda.

BizPac Review reports that "Pelosi lambasted [US Attorney General] Sessions for quoting the Bible and chastised people of faith for not calling for a path to citizenship for DACA recipients. She also criticized him for not demanding an end to the separation of children from families of illegal immigrants during the prosecution of adults. Pelosi’s comments came in light of President Donald Trump’s stated refusal on Friday to sign an immigration bill that House Republicans were finalizing."

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June 12, 2018

The Special Video Trump Showed Kim Jong Un: "A Story Of Opportunity"

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Kim Jung Un and Donald Trump
Trump and Kim shake hands in Singapore
President Trump shared a video with Kim Jong Un when they met in Singapore on Tuesday. The title of the video, "A Story Of Opportunity For North Korea," was made specifically for Kim and his attending advisors. It's a moving appeal to the leader to grab the reins of history while opportunity presents itself. Watch the video below.

Cleverly presented as if it was a movie trailer, the video speaks directly to Kim about becoming a historic agent of change for good. It is clever for a couple of reasons. First, it's a faux trailer for a non-existent movie. Kim isn't stupid, he undoubtedly got that. Second, a trailer is for a movie that is yet to be seen, and the smart metaphor presented by this video "trailer" is that Kim has an opportunity to help make that exciting film.

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June 11, 2018

Breaking: Trump, Kim Shake Hands in Historic Singapore Meeting

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Skeptics said it wouldn't happen, but it just did. For the first time ever, a U.S. President is meeting with the leader of North Korea.


Kim Jung Un and Donald Trump in Singapore
Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un before their meeting in Singapore
Photograph: AP
SINGAPORE (AP) — President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un kicked off a momentous summit Tuesday, with Trump declaring the two would have a “great discussion” and Kim saying they had overcome “obstacles” to get to this point.

Before a row of alternating U.S. and North Korean flags, the leaders shook hands warmly at a Singapore island resort, creating an indelible image of two unorthodox leaders as they opened a conversation that could determine historic peace or raise the specter of a growing nuclear threat. (More at AP)

The Guardian newspaper (UK) is live blogging from the Trump-Kim meeting.

Recent blurbs:

(Approx 9 PM ET) - Trump and Kim shake hands in Singapore

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have met at the Capella hotel on Sentosa Island in Singapore, the first meeting between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader.

They shook hands on the steps of the hotel before cameras. By Trump’s standards it was a relatively low-key handshake, with no jerky movements, though it lasted for about 12 seconds.

Trump and Kim will first have a one-on-one talk before they are joined by advisers for talks later this morning.

So far, so good. Optimism from both sides. The world watches, hopeful.

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June 9, 2018

Crumbs, Continued: Pelosi Belittles Strong US Economy With Lies

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The U.S. economy has come roaring back under President Trump. That has Nancy Pelosi and fellow Democrats losing their minds.

In a press conference last Thursday, June 7, Pelosi was asked about the May unemployment figure of 3.8%, the lowest it has been in 18 years. A reporter asked her if she thought the low lever was a good thing.

Pelosi's odd response:

"This has happened before," she said, "The people say, 'Oh my goodness... the unemployment rate is down. Why isn't my purchasing power increasing?'"

"Because our economy will never fully reach its possibilities unless we increase the consumer confidence," she explained.

"This is one unusual time, and I follow it closely, where the unemployment rate is down but the dependence on subsidies -- whether it's food insecurity, housing subsidies and the rest -- has not gone down because of the wage stagnation."

"Unless we have a very significant increase in wages and bigger paychecks, we are going to increase the frustration of America's families because they'll be saying, 'Hip hip hooray, unemployment is down. What does that mean to me in my life? I need a bigger paycheck.' That's the apprehension American families have had for a while," she said. (Transcript via Real Clear Politics)

Pelosi's answer is, frankly, disconnected from reality. Has everybody's financial situation improved under Trump? Of course not, but Pelosi contradicts herself with that answer.

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