Black Friday

SP Intel Report- December 1, 2015

I hope Survival And Prosperity readers had a nice Thanksgiving holiday. I’m going to keep the SP Intel Report short and local tonight as I get back into the swing of things.


Chicago Thanksgiving Holiday Shootings Leave 8 Dead, At Least 20 Others Wounded

The long holiday weekend was a bloody one for Chicago. It was reported on the Fox 32 (Chicago) website Monday morning that 8 people were killed and at least 20 others wounded in shootings across the city. According to the HeyJackass! website this afternoon, the “Windy City” has tallied 2,750 shootings and 464 homicides year-to-date. Yikes.

‘Magnificent Mile’ Retailers Say Protest On Black Friday Resulted In Sales ‘25 Percent To 50 Percent Below Projections’

Kim Janssen reported on the Chicago Tribune website Monday afternoon:

Activists who blocked the entrances to stores on North Michigan Avenue on Black Friday to protest the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white Chicago cop may have split opinions with their tactics.

But their goal of forcing retailers to suffer economic pain on what’s historically the busiest shopping day of the year was a success, according to unhappy store staff and managers who said Monday that Black Friday sales on the Magnificent Mile were 25 percent to 50 percent below projections

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

As if the city of Chicago needed more financial misery heaped on it these days.

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy Fired

“I’ve never quit on anything in my life. I’m 56 years old. Don’t expect that to change… The mayor has made it very clear that he has my back…”

-Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy on November 27, 2015, in response to calls for his resignation post-Laquan McDonald shooting video release

“FNN: Garry McCarthy out as Chicago Police Superintendent”
YouTube Video

“The mayor has made it very clear that he has my back”

Famous last words .

While I wasn’t a fan of Superintendent McCarthy, I do thank him for his several years of public service on behalf of the residents of Chicago.


Illinois State Rifle Association Issues ‘Urgent Alert’ On Prepping For Terrorism

While I haven’t been following the activities of the Illinois State Rifle Association for long, I don’t think I’ve ever seen them this worked up about such an issue. From a November 14 Facebook post:


People around the world were treated today to a brutal spectacle having its roots in political naivety, ignorance of history, and wholly misguided immigration policy. Does that sound familiar? It should, because it aptly describes not only to the French government, but the sitting U.S. administration as well.

If you are of the mind of, “…it can’t happen here” then you are sorely deluded. The apparatus to launch a Paris-style bloodbath is already in place here in the United States. All these determined terrorists are waiting for is the go-head from their higher headquarters.

We may be only hours or even moments away from the news that dozens if not hundreds of Americans – just like you and your family – are laying dead or dying in a heap on the floor of some sporting, shopping or entertainment venue. We may be only hours or even moments away from hearing about how the police are looking for “…a few extremists” responsible from the carnage.

It’s not a question as to whether this is going to happen here, because it will. The real question is whether you are prepared to stand and protect what is yours. Are you prepared and able to defend yourself and your family? When the inevitable moment of truth arrives, are you willing to stand and fight or will you be content to play dead – hoping desperately that it is not your day to die?

The survival of you and your family is not mere fodder for some analysis of the war on terror – it’s a cultural imperative. As an American, you are very fortunate that you have a formula for survival and it’s called the Second Amendment. However, the power of any right is directly proportional to how vigorously it is exercised. Left unattended, the rights you enjoy under our Second Amendment will wither away.

To better the chances of survival for you and your family, the Illinois State Rifle Association urges you to do the following:

1. Make sure every person in your family holds a FOID card and that all eligible family members hold Illinois concealed carry permits.
2. Assemble a family defense arsenal consisting of one or more semiautomatic rifles such as the AR-15; one or more 12-gauge pump action shotguns, and one or more semiautomatic handguns. If you do not have a family defense arsenal, this is a good weekend to begin putting it together.
3. Be sure that you and every member of your family have had sufficient training in the use and field servicing of the weapons in your family defense arsenal.
4. Be sure that you have sufficient quantities of the proper ammunition on hand to defend your family.
5. Resolve this weekend to get yourself and your family into a physical training regimen. Your physical conditioning may be the difference between life and death during a Paris-style attack.
6. Encourage your extended family and friends to develop plans for protecting self and family from the threat of terror our government takes so lightly.

You have to understand that this is not a battle you can hire someone else to fight for you. When the time comes, you may very well find yourself standing nose to nose with a guy intent upon obliterating you, your culture, and everything you hold sacred.

Are you prepared?

Disturbing. Yet nothing to scoff at, as I too believe it’s only a matter of time before a major terror attack is launched by jihadists against the U.S.

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (


“8 killed, 20 wounded in Thanksgiving weekend shootings across Chicago.” Sun-Times Media Wire. 30 Nov. 2015. ( 1 Dec. 2015.

Janssen, Kim. “Michigan Avenue Black Friday protests cost stores 25-50 percent of sales.” Chicago Tribune. 30 Nov. 2015. ( 1 Dec. 2015.


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Quote For The Week

“Black Friday: Because only in America, people trample others for sales exactly one day after being thankful for what they already have.”


As my girlfriend pointed out, that “one day after” part of the quote doesn’t even apply anymore.

Can’t say I’m too “stunned” that “Black Friday” seemingly gets more out of hand each passing year…

“2013 Black Friday Fight”
YouTube Video

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (


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Sunday, December 1st, 2013 Quote For The Week No Comments

Black Friday Bleaker Than Portrayed

“What recession? Shoppers eat up Black Friday deals”
-Associated Press, November 26, 2010

“Recession takes a breather for Black Friday”
The Viriginan-Pilot, November 27, 2010

“Recession? What recession?”
Culpeper Star-Exponent (VA), November 27, 2010

“Black Friday.” The name given to the day after Thanksgiving Day which traditionally used to mark the beginning of the holiday shopping season (at the rate we’re going, X-mas stuff will soon be on sale over Memorial Day Weekend).

While the mainstream media ran headlines this weekend like those above to herald the event’s supposed success, Chicago-based research firm Shoppertrak released Black Friday sales data which show otherwise. Shoppertrak, which tallies sales in more than 70,000 retail outlets across the United States, reported on their website Saturday:

The traditional kick off to the holiday shopping season provided mixed messages to retailers as Black Friday sales showed a very slight increase over last year despite record spending for the day 0.3 percent increase versus the same period in 2009. According to ShopperTrak, retail sales increased a very slight 0.3 percent versus last year with consumers spending $10.69 billion in various retail locations.

Sorry MSM. Sounds like the financial crisis is still with us. And there’s a lot that needs to be done before America can get back on its feet. Consider what Peter Schiff, president and chief global strategist of Euro Pacific Capital and author of How an Economy Grows and Why It Crashes, had to say in his Schiff Report Video Blog on Friday:

This is Black Friday, the day that we all go out and shop. And you look at the news coverage. First of all, imagine how this plays in Europe. They’ve got austerity. When they have budget problems, they have these austerity measures. What does America do? We go shopping. But the idea that somehow Americans going to the mall is a sign that the recession is over, that our economy is powering back? I mean, it’s not our economy that’s growing. It’s the economies of all the nations that put all those goods on the shelves that we’re buying. I mean, all we did is show up and carry them home…

When you look at the coverage that they have, when you show Asian economies, when they want to show the power of their economies, what do they show? They show factories, they show people on production lines, they show machinery going, they show smokestacks. Things getting made. What do they show? They show Americans in line with shopping carts and credit cards stampeding over one another to see who can buy the most stuff. I mean it really is a crazy spectacle. But even if you watch it- I’m watching the coverage on CNBC- watch the way they cover it. They actually think this is real economic activity. They’re all upbeat. They’re like, the American consumer is back. How can he possibly be back? He’s got no home equity. He either has no job or he’s about to get laid off. We’re facing tax hikes. We’re not back at all. What needs to be back is the American producer. The American saver. The American entrepreneur. Until he’s back, our economy is never going to come back.

Regrettably, one of the accompanying comments probably best sums up the typical American’s attitude towards the whole thing:

Damn it Peter let us buy shit… it’s the holidayyysssssss. worry about it next year.


“Black Friday Retail Sales Increase A Slight 0.3 Percent As Compared To 2009; Traffic Rises 2.2 Percent.” 26 Nov. 2010. ( 29 Nov. 2010

Schiff, Peter. “Dollar rally, sovereign debt, black Friday, Schiff”, 26 Nov. 2010. ( 29 Nov. 2010


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