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There is a whole list of things I could talk about this week. The problem is, I might lose my temper.

There’s the ceaseless flood of press releases from every consultant on the planet about Black Friday, Cyber Monday and every potential shopping trend known to man. It all boils down to this: desperate retailers are going to open earlier and earlier, hoping to get a few early dollars from desperate consumers ... and whatever happens next weekend, in the long run there will be even more sales down the road and even more desperate retailers running them. Maybe we could actually wait until there are some results before analyzing them?

There’s the continuing abuse of the words “gourmet” and “artisan.” Just stop. I’m begging you. Fast food pizza and burgers cannot be either, even if you call it that. Stop lying to the American public.

There’s the Congressional Super Committee, which was completely mis-named. Should have called it the Congressional Stupid Committee, because there was no way that you could put all these politicians in a room in this environment and gotten any sort of meaningful compromise. Though I am convinced that there is one way it could have worked - and that is if all the members of the committee had been women.

Or, I could complain about “Fringe” going on hiatus until next January, which is completely unacceptable. Or about “The Daily Show” going on vacation for Thanksgiving, which leaves me without any sensible political analysis, save for “Morning Joe,” for a couple of weeks. Or about the new Star Trek movie not coming out until 2013.

I’m just totally ticked off about all this stuff.

But it is Thanksgiving I’m going to take a deep breath, let all the anxiety flow away, and just say, Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you have a great one ... that you are able to enjoy the weekend without too much agita from retailers and marketers.

And, in keeping with this sentiment, may I just say that I was overwhelmed by the number of emails I got last week about MNB’s 10th birthday. The fact that you feel the way you do about MNB is enormously touching to me - it is almost as if MNB is as important to your morning as it is to mine. That means a lot, and for that, I am extremely thankful.

That’s what is on my mind this Wednesday morning. As always, I want to hear what is on your mind.

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