Black Friday shows OWS as overhyped and impotent

posted at 2:05 pm on November 28, 2011 by Jazz Shaw

Ed Morrissey may be off pursuing his new career as a pirate on the high seas, but that didn’t stop his new column at the Fiscal Times from going to press today. In it, he discusses the turnout of shoppers on Black Friday and what that means for Occupy Wall Street.. not only in terms of how much their message is failing to resonate with middle America, but their efforts to thwart the evil chain stores from profiting.

Even those who support free markets and more laissez-faire regulatory policies can’t help but feel disdain for this display of naked, aggressive avarice – and I’m not talking about the customers. Store opening times on Black Friday have crept back over the past several years, but they have usually remained on Friday.

Small wonder, then, that the current popular manifestation of anti-corporate sentiment seized on Black Friday as a day of action. Occupy protests around the nation targeted large retail stores in an effort to interfere with sales on Friday. In San Francisco, for instance, protestors blocked the entrance to an Apple store and proclaimed the retail location “closed” – and enforced that closure until police arrived to break up the demonstration.

So how did that work out for the protesters? As it happens, not so well.

Despite the incivility and the protests, despite the moribund economy, Black Friday looks like a knockout – for retailers who had their best Black Friday since the recession started, growing sales by 7 percent year over year. Foot traffic rose 5.1 percent at retail locations, which means that people were hardly discouraged from venturing into the maelstrom of aggressive marketing and protests. The sales growth was the best the retail sector has seen since 2007’s 8.3 percent year-on-year improvement, and the one-day haul of $11.4 billion is the best on record.

The analysis goes on for quite a bit further and it’s a good one. So while Ed is out there on the ocean hoisting a drink with an umbrella in it, take a moment and stop by at the link to read the entire article.

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Sheer, naked consumerism wins again

God bless it, everyone!!

JohnGalt23 on November 28, 2011 at 2:09 PM

I’m sure OWS stunts like leaving 75 carts full of stuff behind to plug up checkout and for the workers to have to put back, won them a lot of converts. (NOT!)

michaelo on November 28, 2011 at 2:14 PM

I’m sure OWS stunts like leaving 75 carts full of stuff behind to plug up checkout and for the workers to have to put back, won them a lot of converts. (NOT!)

michaelo on November 28, 2011 at 2:14 PM

Exactly

NoFanofLibs on November 28, 2011 at 2:19 PM

Overhyped Wimpy Socialists

Chip on November 28, 2011 at 2:21 PM

I’m sure OWS stunts like leaving 75 carts full of stuff behind to plug up checkout and for the workers to have to put back, won them a lot of converts. (NOT!)

michaelo on November 28, 2011 at 2:14 PM

Doesn’t that burden the very people Obama’s Wacko Statists are supposedly for.

Chip on November 28, 2011 at 2:23 PM

i know this is a little OT, but i just have to note that bailing out Europe is really going to upset people:

OBAMA SAYS U.S. `READY TO DO OUR PART’ TO RESOLVE EURO CRISIS. – BBG

OBAMA SAYS SOLVING EURO CRISIS OF `HUGE IMPORTANCE’ TO U.S.

wire headline from ZH

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/uncle-sam-wants-you-bail-out-europe

r keller on November 28, 2011 at 2:23 PM

growing sales by 7 percent year over year.

Except I just read a counterpoint article about this that explains the reality this way. When one subtracts out increases in cars, car parts, and groceries, the net result is

the department store category is actually down .8 percent.

http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/daniel-gross/black-friday-boom-masks-physical-retailers-desperation-125410165.html?l=1&ugccmtnav=v1%2Fcomments%2Fcontext%2F3946729e-17b3-33a2-bd9e-a937b0520b33%2Fcomments%3Fcount%3D20%26sortBy%3DmostReplied

Third paragraph. I had the sense from all the hype that brick and mortar retail were scared.

dogsoldier on November 28, 2011 at 2:23 PM

I was reading a comment by someone who took the ferry to SF. The occupy bums are camped out side the ferry building. He said was nothing but drunks and druggies asking for money and, of course, fecal matter. The common motif for this so called political movement is feces.

Blake on November 28, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Sheer, naked consumerism wins again

Heh

Dr Evil on November 28, 2011 at 2:31 PM

I was reading a comment by someone who took the ferry to SF. The occupy bums are camped out side the ferry building. He said was nothing but drunks and druggies asking for money and, of course, fecal matter. The common motif for this so called political movement is feces.

Blake on November 28, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Hmm… anyone want to photoshop a flag/logo for Obama’s Wasted Squatters?

Chip on November 28, 2011 at 2:36 PM

“…growing sales by 7 percent year over year.”

“I would like to thank the Academy, Mom and Dad, my fans…

… (choking up) I’m so grateful, (wipe away tear) I don’t want to miss anyone.”

/

Seven Percent Solution on November 28, 2011 at 2:39 PM

Glenn Beck’s got a Cyber Monday sale on Occupy merchandise. Is this a great country or what?

Dr Evil on November 28, 2011 at 2:41 PM

Morrissey is on the high seas. We call him Captain Ed for a reason.

onlineanalyst on November 28, 2011 at 2:44 PM

All I want for Christmas is Capitalism

Kini on November 28, 2011 at 2:46 PM

Pssstt…were they were using Apple devices to twitter..er, tweet?

tinkerthinker on November 28, 2011 at 2:47 PM

Pssstt…were they were using Apple devices to twitter..er, tweet?

tinkerthinker on November 28, 2011 at 2:47 PM

A sense of irony is not their strong suit.

onlineanalyst on November 28, 2011 at 2:50 PM

sheer, nekkid jackassery loses big-time.

heh.

ted c on November 28, 2011 at 2:50 PM

The common motif for this so called political movement is feces.

Blake on November 28, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Instead of fascism we have fecism.

Steve Z on November 28, 2011 at 2:54 PM

In regards to the 75-cart Occupy San Diego stunt, here is a report from a Southern California Tea Party activist:

And, as a mother, what horrifies me most, is how they boxed in families during the stunt. One mother with a stroller, a small boy and a baby in her arms, has no where to go. If that was me, I would have been angry and terrified. One wrong move by anyone in that crowd and things would have turned dangerous in a flash.

As I have said from the beginning: Occupy is just like the Tea Party movement, MINUS the personal hygiene, sense of civic responsibility, and respect for private property.

Mutnodjmet on November 28, 2011 at 2:59 PM

In San Francisco, for instance, protestors blocked the entrance to an Apple store and proclaimed the retail location “closed”

Gotta wonder how many of these azzclowns were updating Facebook with their iPhones while waiting for the cops to run them off.

CantCureStupid on November 28, 2011 at 3:16 PM

Too bad the pepper spray lady didn’t show up at the San Francisco Apple store.

mbs on November 28, 2011 at 3:31 PM

How long before the OWS loving ACLU starts complaining about the term HOLIDAY?

Since HOLIDAY at its root means HOLY DAY!!!!

Then what will they suggest we call the Christmas season, now Holiday season?

PappyD61 on November 28, 2011 at 3:35 PM

So … down-twinkles?

Axe on November 28, 2011 at 3:56 PM

The self-described 99% of the population, outnumbered by shoppers and Christmas tree ceremony crowds.

I am so sick of the sock puppet communist clowns.

Kevin R on November 28, 2011 at 4:10 PM

These idiots are what the pepper spray was for!

bloggless on November 28, 2011 at 4:27 PM

OK, I admit it.

All I saw was a blonde and the word “naked”.

CLICK!

Boy, was I disappointed.

BobMbx on November 28, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Overhyped Wimpy Socialists

Chip on November 28, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Hey, that’s pretty good!

I think that would look great on a T-shirt.

listens2glenn on November 28, 2011 at 4:33 PM

I was reading a comment by someone who took the ferry to SF. The occupy bums are camped out side the ferry building. He said was nothing but drunks and druggies asking for money and, of course, fecal matter. The common motif for this so called political movement is feces.

Blake on November 28, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Yup. That is a pretty accurate description of the Occupy San Francisco encampment.

Except that the description doesn’t mention the Naked Guy who welcomes people to Occupy SF. I guess San Francisco wanted to add its own unique flair to the Occupy movement.

wren on November 28, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Yup. That is a pretty accurate description of the Occupy San Francisco encampment.

Except that the description doesn’t mention the Naked Guy who welcomes people to Occupy SF. I guess San Francisco wanted to add its own unique flair to the Occupy movement.

wren on November 28, 2011 at 4:54 PM

I would think being that close to the water would be a little, ahem, chilly…

Blake on November 28, 2011 at 5:18 PM

I’m sure OWS stunts like leaving 75 carts full of stuff behind to plug up checkout and for the workers to have to put back, won them a lot of converts. (NOT!)

michaelo on November 28, 2011 at 2:14 PM

Well the flash-mob shut down the Abercrombie and Fitch stores as well, right? The Helzberg Diamond stores? The Barnes & Noble with the attached Starbucks?

Oh, they didn’t. Well I guess those Wal-Mart shoppers deserve the special hassle because they’re poor, and being poor is wrong and evil. Just ask the OWS’ers and they’ll tell you if you’re not rich enough to avoid shopping at Wal-Mart you’re a disaster and should be hassled for being poor…

Oh wait, they said they were protesting against the rich weren’t they? When does that start exactly?

gekkobear on November 28, 2011 at 5:35 PM

The reason for choosing Wal-Mart to harass instead of a Barnes & Noble/Starbucks is simple. Wal-Mart is a non-union bastion of capitalism, and doesn’t take part in any political issues. Starbucks and family, on ther other hand, are major Democrat contributors who take the part of the “oppressed”. Why would you trouble your friends?

It’s important to remember that the occupiers themselves aren’t making any decisions. They didn’t come together in these protests by accident, there is a clear and dedicated organization behind them, who would like to remain anonymous. The actions and decisions which guide the protests should speak volumes about the agenda of those organizers, and they are Obama’s base.

What they will never understand is that true liberty is worth fighting for, and not the lawless freedom to be idiots which they embrace. Any time they seriously threaten real liberty, they will find themselves opposed with greater strength, greater determination, and greater will.

Freelancer on November 29, 2011 at 2:25 AM