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SUPRISE CAMERA PRANK

You’re eating sushi, and suddenly a camera strolls by to capture the moment. Well, this is exactly what happened when YouTuber Garrett Garcia with his channel OverBoardHumor decided to prank some people at a local sushi joint. Watch below: Filed under: Entertainment Tagged: Entertainment, Garrett Garcia, Prank, Suprise Camera Prank, Youtube . . . → Read More: SUPRISE CAMERA PRANK . . . → Read More: SUPRISE CAMERA PRANK

I’m just gonna lay here

I’m just gonna lay here… #grumpycat http://t.co/Op0ahybTkk pic.twitter.com/HCzVGeEpfo — Grumpy Cat (@RealGrumpyCat) July 31, 2013 . . . → Read More: I’m just gonna lay here . . . → Read More: I’m just gonna lay here

The Financial Crisis: A Systemic and Ethical Analysis

According to a study by the Dallas Federal Reserve, the financial crisis of 2007-2009 “was associated with a huge loss of economic output and financial wealth, psychological consequences and skill atrophy from extended unemployment, an increase in government intervention, and other significant costs.”[1]The study’s abstract goes on to “conservatively estimate that 40 to 90 percent of one year’s output ($6 trillion to $14 trillion, the equivalent of $50,000 to $120,000 for every U.S. household) was foregone due to the 2007-09 [sic] recession.”[2]
 
Interestingly, the Huffington Post “reports” the study’s finding in the following terms:  “a ‘conservative’ estimate of the damage is $14 trillion, or roughly one year’s U.S. gross domestic product. This is based on how much output was lost during the crisis and Great Recession, along with all the damage done to potential future economic growth.”[3] In fact, the article’s title claims that the crisis cost more than $14 trillion! Lest it be thought that the reporter and editor suffer from a learning or reading disability, the gilding here is notably in the direction of “selling more papers.”
 
Ironically, the Huffington Post also published an article pointing to the lack of accountability in that “the executives that [sic] were in charge of Bear’s headlong dive into the cesspool of subprime mortgage lending hold similar jobs at the most powerful banks on Wall Street: JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America and Deutsche Bank.”[4]
 
The upshot is that those stakeholders who played a role in the crisis, most significantly the people running the government, the media, and the banks, have gone on, relatively unscathed, while the systemic risk remained or has actually become even greater.  As a first step toward recovery, a systemic map depicting the interrelated parts in the systemic failure and a related ethical analysis can provide a basis for reforms sufficient to thwart another major financial crisis.

 
 To continue to the systemic and ethical analysis, please click on: Link
 

                                                         

1.Tyler Atkinson, David Luttrell, and Harvey Rosenblum, “How Bad Was It? The Costs and Consequences of the 2007-09 Financial Crisis,” Staff Paper No. 20, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, July 2013.

2. Ibid.

3.Mark Gongloff, “The Financial Crisis Cost More Than $14 Trillion: Dallas Fed Study,” The Huffington Post, July 30, 2013.

4.Lauren Kyger and Alison Fitzgerald, “Former Bear Stearns Executives Seemingly Unscathed by Financial Crisis They Helped Trigger,” The Huffington Post, July 31, 2013. The article was originally published by the Center for Public Integrity.

 

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My new company: Hashtag Productions LLC

After 4 or 5 years of writing, speaking and podcasting about the beauties, intricacies and spiritual components of free enterprise and entrepreneurial activity, I’ve started my own company. Hashtag Productions LLC is an innovative media company passionately bringing you entertaining and intellectual live event experiences. Culture, religion, politics, happiness, and always humor. The first phase […] . . . → Read More: My new company: Hashtag Productions LLC . . . → Read More: My new company: Hashtag Productions LLC

Four Charts Showing How Obama’s Statist Agenda Is Hurting Jobs and Growth

President Obama made a much-hyped pivot-to-the-economy speech yesterday in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I already explained, immediately following the speech, why his “grand bargain” on corporate taxes was not a good deal because of all the hidden taxes on new investment and international competitiveness. But I also had a chance to dissect the President’s overall track record […] . . . → Read More: Four Charts Showing How Obama’s Statist Agenda Is Hurting Jobs and Growth . . . → Read More: Four Charts Showing How Obama’s Statist Agenda Is Hurting Jobs and Growth

You Might Be A Democrat

If you denounce conservatives because you say they all profile people by groups, you might be a Democrat. If you use American history to say that America is a racist country but ignore the deleterious economic effects of tax and spend policies shown … . . . → Read More: You Might Be A Democrat . . . → Read More: You Might Be A Democrat

Common Core: Publicly Funded Office of Non-Public Schools: Read the American Principles Project Scathing Critique | Maggie’s Notebook

This is absolutely the best round up I’ve found on the Common Core Initiative standards. There is a lot in here and Maggie has done a superlative job of organizing it. That’s why I’m reblogging this rather than writing my own. Almost all of this information is in my files as well but, it would […] . . . → Read More: Common Core: Publicly Funded Office of Non-Public Schools: Read the American Principles Project Scathing Critique | Maggie’s Notebook . . . → Read More: Common Core: Publicly Funded Office of Non-Public Schools: Read the American Principles Project Scathing Critique | Maggie’s Notebook

Watcher’s Council Nominations ‘Four Tickets to Paradise’ Edition! (Martha’s Vineyard Photos)


This edition of the Watcher’s Council including music and photos  is dedicated to President Obama who, along with the First Family, will be vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard!

So while the President tells us he understands the economic pain and struggles of the middle class he certainly doesn’t suffer through such pain and suffering himself.

And while no one can begrudge a President a vacation, even one who really doesn’t work very hard or seem to need or deserve one, you would think that common sense would say to cut back a little even if only for the perception value.

The only reason I can see for insisting on opulence is that the President’s words and rhetoric are only that and that he and the First Lady don’t really give a crap about the pain or perception of the middle class and know that the mainstream media will protect them anyway.

‘President Barack Obama and his family will travel to Martha’s Vineyard for eight days beginning on Aug. 10.

Architect Rick Sundberg, now of Sundberg Kennedy Ly-Au Young Architects, confirmed Monday that the Obamas will stay in a home that he redesigned. The $7.6 million home is located on 9.5 acres in Chilmark, the wealthiest town on the island.

The home was built in 1961 and renovated in 2006, according to Sundberg’s website.

It features a private master suite with its own den. An open floor plan includes pond and ocean views from the living room, dining room and kitchen. There’s also a small basketball court.’ (Source)


The Watcher’s Council!

For those who may be enjoying their first Watcher’s Council experience, it is a group that consists of some of the top conservative bloggers from around the world.

A group that The Political Commentator is extremely proud to be part of!

Each week members select and submit an article that they have written in addition to one article from a non-council blog they find to be particularly topical and important.

While you may not always agree with what you read, that fact alone may make the experience much more valuable!

Once all of the nominated articles have been received at an undisclosed location by the Council leader, a location that is well hidden somewhere on the Left Coast of the United States, the Watchers Council members review and vote for their favorite entries.

These votes are protected and held by outside auditing firm Arthur Andersen until such time as they are counted and a winner has been chosen for the Grand Prize.

This Grand Prize which consists of the appreciation of ones peers.

In a nutshell, the Watchers Council is the ultimate source for conservative opinion, commentary and analysis!

So without further ado the Watcher’s Council nominations for the week of July 29, 2013 are…?

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

Plus Obama-Posterama here and Obama GIF-Mania here.

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Watcher’s Council Nominations – “Phoney Scandals” Edition

I’m sure the families of Brian Terry, Chris Stevens, Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith and over 300 Mexicans murdered because of Fast and Furious are happy to know that.Words – polite words anyway – fail me.

Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday.

Council News:

This week, Ask Marion, Maggie’s Notebook and The Pirate’s Cove took advantage of my generous offer of link whorage and earned honorable mention status for some great articles

You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

Simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address ( which won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then return the favor  by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out Wednesday morning.

Simple, no?

It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members on the oldest and most established blogging group in the ‘sphere …and grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety that comes with it. And how good is that, eh?

So, let’s see what we have this week….

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

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Dj Mc #Slutbag

EXCLUSIVE: Weiner flack calls former intern who penned tell-all a “slut,” “bitch,” “cunt,” “twat,” and “slutbag.” http://t.co/7pIcNkzqmc — Talking Points Memo (@TPM) July 31, […] . . . → Read More: Dj Mc #Slutbag . . . → Read More: Dj Mc #Slutbag

Beware the President’s Bait-and-Switch on Corporate Tax Reform

In his latest pivot to jobs and the economy, the President spoke earlier today in Tennessee. Much of his speech was tax-spend-and-regulate boilerplate, but he did repackage some of his ideas into a so-called grand bargain. He said he’s willing to cut the corporate tax rate in exchange for a bunch of new spending on […] . . . → Read More: Beware the President’s Bait-and-Switch on Corporate Tax Reform . . . → Read More: Beware the President’s Bait-and-Switch on Corporate Tax Reform

Another foolish Potter decision

When St. Cloud State went through its reorganization in 2010-11, President Potter said that an important focus of the school would be on STEM-related programs. To those who knew about the University’s rejecting Fedex’s offer of donating a cargo jet, President Potter’s statement about STEM being a priority rang hollow. This article puts the SCSU-STEM-Fedex […] . . . → Read More: Another foolish Potter decision . . . → Read More: Another foolish Potter decision

Liberal Tyrants and their Conservative Helpers – S2E6

Liberal media is controlling the GOP! Doubt that? You won’t after watching Joe Dan Gorman lay it all out for you in this episode of Intellectual Froglegs! . . . → Read More: Liberal Tyrants and their Conservative Helpers – S2E6 . . . → Read More: Liberal Tyrants and their Conservative Helpers – S2E6

CAGW Names Reps. Donna Edwards and Eddie Bernice Johnson Porkers of the Month

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) is over the moon about its July 2013 Porkers of the Month: Reps. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), who co-sponsored H.R. 2617, the Apollo Lunar Landing Legacy Act, to establish the Apollo Lunar Landing Sites National Historical Park on the Moon. Apparently not content to confine their legislating to this planetoid, Reps. Edwards and Johnson have gone where no member of Congress has gone before. H.R. 2617 would “preserve and protect for the benefit of present and future generations the nationally significant historic sites associated with the Historical Park.” In addition, the bill would require the Secretary of the Interior to submit the lunar landing site to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization for designation as a World Heritage Site. The costs of the park are not known, but they would likely be out of this world. While it is typical for members of Congress to imagine themselves with celestial powers, the legality of establishing a national park outside of the United States, let alone on Earth’s largest satellite, is unclear at best. And the notion of improving upon the moon’s natural preservation facilities, such as […] . . . → Read More: CAGW Names Reps. Donna Edwards and Eddie Bernice Johnson Porkers of the Month . . . → Read More: CAGW Names Reps. Donna Edwards and Eddie Bernice Johnson Porkers of the Month

Predictably, Bradley Manning Found Nor Guilty Of Treason

One of the things that bothers me most in our modern political discourse is the gratuitous use of the term ‘traitor’. According to our Constitution treason is strictly defined as aid and comfort to the enemy in wartime. ‘Wartime’ clearly implies a decl… . . . → Read More: Predictably, Bradley Manning Found Nor Guilty Of Treason . . . → Read More: Predictably, Bradley Manning Found Nor Guilty Of Treason

Defund ObamaCare? Why Not? The Time Is NOW

 The RINO cohort of the Republican Party along with a number of pundits are doing their very best to stave off what would be an extremely popular, common sense and no-lose proposition- the defunding of ObamaCare.There’s every reason to do it and n… . . . → Read More: Defund ObamaCare? Why Not? The Time Is NOW . . . → Read More: Defund ObamaCare? Why Not? The Time Is NOW

Real reason Boehner fears shutdown showdown with Obama

Barack Hussein Obama is the first president in our history who would not only allow the United States to actually default on interest payments to bond holders of the national debt, but would actually welcome it. That is the dirty little secret that no one seems willing to utter in public, but that is the only logical explanation that so few elected Republicans in Washington, | Read More » . . . → Read More: Real reason Boehner fears shutdown showdown with Obama . . . → Read More: Real reason Boehner fears shutdown showdown with Obama

Caleb

My good friend Caleb Howe has been put into the hospital because of a failing liver. And he has had some complications. Please help […] . . . → Read More: Caleb . . . → Read More: Caleb

THE BEST OVERDUE COMMENTARY 2013

THE BEST OVERDUE COMMENTARY 2013 After decades, someone with a large national TV audience finally “called out” the race hustlers! Since O’Reilly lit up the race hustlers we have been subjected to a flood of topic-shifting, blame-shifting and twisted logic “kill the messenger” rants to deny the reality of the black family’s demise plus the […] . . . → Read More: THE BEST OVERDUE COMMENTARY 2013 . . . → Read More: THE BEST OVERDUE COMMENTARY 2013

What’s With The Republicans?

It’s difficult to know what to make of our political world. We have the Democrats doing what Democrats do with Republicans standing along side. . . . → Read More: What’s With The Republicans? . . . → Read More: What’s With The Republicans?