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After a day of overindulgence in food and drink, many Americans observe the nutty consumerist tradition known as Black Friday around the country. Here's a montage of some of the most frightening stampedes in recent history.

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The president said he favors the FDA's plan to OK sales of the so-called morning-after pill without a prescription -- but not for minors. We'll give Bush a golf clap for supporting Plan B at all. But behind his no-minors policy is an unfounded fear that emergency contraceptives encourage promiscuity. Don't bother the man with facts; his mind is made up.

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The House speaker cleared a cool $2 million from the sale of land near a highway project that he helped to finance with targeted federal funds. Two other GOP congressmen had similar questionable dealings in their own districts. The Washington Post has the goods.

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With a company owned by the United Arab Emirates set to take control over six U.S. ports, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee is urging the White House to reconsider approval of a sale. It was news to us at Truthdig that a foreign power could even do such a thing in the first place.

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