Our long national nightmare of peace and prosperity

It's hilarious to me that our economic future hinges on whether Jennie and Amber, two new moms from Sheboygan, decide to have an extra-large frappuccino from Gloria Jean's coffee to keep themselves amped for another lap through JC Penney. Oh. My. God. Amber, look at these reindeer figurines at this kiosk over here! Wouldn't my mom looove this?

However, some industry analysts caution that the early buying frenzy could soon peter out - and endanger crucial weekend sales - as millions of pre-dawn shoppers succumb to shopping fatigue.

"The early bird shoppers are definitely out there. But will it last through the day?" said Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst with market research firm NPD Group.

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