Black Friday: For some, a day of convivial bargain hunting; for others, a full-contact blood sport in pursuit of the slogan “He who dies with the most toys wins.” Shoppers camp out for days in advance in order to be first in line when stores open. Inevitably some are trampled, robbed, or otherwise victimized — all to save a few bucks on a wide-screen television or the year’s most popular toys.

It will probably come as no surprise to readers of The New American that the views upheld by constitutional conservatives are not widely respected in the circles of the media elite. From the scorn heaped upon The John Birch Society from its inception to the loathing lavished on "Tea Party" activists in the past two years, having the audacity to propose that our elected representatives actually conduct themselves according to the rule of law may be rejected as a form of naïveté or (ironically) as a threat to the nation.

Today, the House Democrats cleared a procedural hurdle to advance a bill extending the Bush tax cuts to middle class families only, prompting accusations from House Republicans that the Democrats are continuing to play political games. In a procedural vote, the House voted 213 to 203 to advance the bill. A full vote is expected later today.

While Republicans in the Senate have vowed to block all legislation in the Senate chamber until a decision is made on the federal budget and the Bush tax cuts, Democrats in the House of Representatives indicate that they will continue to move forward on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s DREAM Act legislation.

The concerns voiced against the intrusive Transportation Security Administration screening procedures have been confirmed by experts at Child Lures Prevention. According to the organization, in an effort to have children cooperate with the TSA screenings, the TSA is calling the airport pat-downs “a game.” As a result, children who experience the enhanced pat-downs may become desensitized to sexual molestation.