Dan Calabrese


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Trump-appointed FCC chairman announces plan to kill net neutrality regs

Nov 21, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

Trump-appointed FCC chairman announces plan to kill net neutrality regs
This is one of those stories most of you should care about more than you do, because it has more effect on your life than the stuff large numbers of you mass-click. And yet if you only follow the story at a shallow level, you probably think that’s about to happen is bad for you.

It’s not. It’s good. But you’re only going to get that if you really understand how markets function.


Trump corrects Bush mistake, returns North Korea to list of state sponsors of terror

Nov 21, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

Trump corrects Bush mistake, returns North Korea to list of state sponsors of terror
I’m going to cop to something. I thought at the time it be worth a try as part of a longer-term strategy to stop Kim Jong Il from developing nuclear weapons, even though I recognized the potential pitfalls of the strategy. Yeah, that was wrong:


Reuters: Local politicians terrified tax reform will make their residents realize how high local tax

Nov 21, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

Local politicians terrified tax reform will make their residents realize how high local tax
Here’s something local politicians, regardless of party, would like you not to know: The local taxes they levy are much higher than they seem, because as of now Uncle Sam picks up much of the tab by letting you deduct those taxes from your federal taxable income. That makes it easy for them to sock you for the cost of various local levels of government while making it feel like you’re not paying as much as you really are.

Those local politicians are in a panic now, because the deduction for state and local taxes might be going away in whole or in part. In exchange, you’ll get a much higher standard deduction, which will go equally to everyone regardless of their state and local tax liability. That means that in the future, when local politicians try to raise taxes, their constituents are actually going to feel it.


There is no such thing as ‘social justice’

Nov 20, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

There is no such thing as 'social justice'
The AP recently published an awful story in which an obviously secular writer told us the sorrow of supposedly Christian anthem-kneelers who are upset other Christians don’t support their protests. The piece is filled with theological vapidness and unfounded assumptions, but the basic gist of it is that these players who claim Christ think it’s the Christian thing to do to support Colin Kaepernick’s “social justice” movement.

Let’s consider that, and let’s start with the most fundamental question: Is there even such a thing as “social justice”? What does the term mean, and does it make any sense whatsoever?


Hillary in ‘16: Questioning election legitimacy horrifying; Hillary now: Election was illegitimate!

Nov 20, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

Hillary in '16: Questioning election legitimacy is horrifying; Hillary now: Election outcome was illegitimate!
I know it will shock you to learn that Hillary Clinton will say anything if she thinks it’s in her best interests, and then will totally abandon or contradict what she said if she no longer thinks it serves her interests. It’s not news for me to tell you that.

What seems like news in this case is just how brazen she is in being this shameless about it. Yet is it really that remarkable? Hillary has done this her entire adult life, and she’s rarely if ever been called on it. When you’ve always done something and always gotten away with it, what’s it to you that your behavior is obvious couldn’t fool a five-year-old?


VIDEO: Perp thinks he’s pretty funny dancing during arrest . . until cops send in the dog

Nov 17, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

VIDEO: Perp thinks he's pretty funny dancing during arrest . . until cops send in the dog, Bad guy boogie
I know this one feels kind of clickbaity, but I offer two defenses of myself: 1) Having reached the very mature age of 51 about 10 hours ago, I’ll decide what’s postworthy, thank you very much; 2) I actually see something serious and noteworthy in this. There’s a segment of the population that’s developed such a caustic antipathy toward police that they actually think it’s pretty damn funny to taunt the cops like this. Be a hero on Twitter by dancing for the cops while they’re trying to arrest you! Impress your friends!

The only problem is the little yelp at the end as the dog is sinking its teeth into his leg. I don’t think that was supposed to be a part of the performance:


Woman with warrants draws attention to herself, thinks it’s an abuse that she got arrested

Nov 17, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

Woman with warrants draws attention to herself, thinks it's an abuse that she got arrested
The right thing to do if you have warrants is to turn yourself in to the cops and deal with whatever the issue is. But if your objective is to avoid the issue rather than dealing with it honestly, it’s generally considered smart not to draw attention to yourself, especially on the roads where traffic patrols might notice you.

But what’s a Trump-hating citizen to do when she feels an overwhelming need to let the world know how much she hates our president, and to do so in the crudest possible terms? You can’t become a hero on Twitter by hiding out in the shadows!


54 percent oppose GOP tax bill because they think cutting corporate taxes is bad for them

Nov 17, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

54 percent oppose GOP tax bill because they think cutting corporate taxes is bad for them
I’m really not surprised at this poll outcome given the tenor of our times. Democrats and the media have been pounding away for decades with the idea that if it’s good for rich people and corporations, it’s bad for you. And very few Republicans have offered effective rejoinders to this idea since Ronald Reagan left the stage.

The frustrating thing is that Republicans have done so little to make the case in the run-up to the current bill being voted on, which means they’re essentially shoving a much-improved tax code (although not nearly as improved as it could have been) down the throats of an unenthusiastic nation that doesn’t really see why it’s necessary. You can blame people for their economic ignorance, and I do, but really, where have the voices been for the past three decades or so making the case for these policies? Jack Kemp? OK. The Club for Growth, kinda sorta. Herman Cain? You had your chance, people . . .


House passes tax reform 227-205; most New York and New Jersey Republicans vote no

Nov 16, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

House passes tax reform 227-205; most New York and New Jersey Republicans vote no
The House just passed what it calls the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by a margin of 227-205.

All the yes votes came from Republicans. In addition to all the Democrats, at least 13 Republicans voted no, and most of them came from high-tax states, particularly New York and New Jersey. This contingent was lead by New York Republican Steve King, who didn’t like the idea that the bill limits the deductibility of state and local taxes. That’s a problem in high-tax states, where the deduction has essentially served as a federal subsidy for the big-spending ways of Albany and Trenton politicians.


Noted climate scientist who sometimes claims to speak for God called global warming skeptics pervese

Nov 16, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

POPE FRANCIS, CLIMATE
This is the sort of thing that ultimately drove me to Protestantism, which I say with complete affection for my many Catholic friends and family members.

I understand the doctrine that the pope only claims infallibility when he speaks ex cathedra, and he doesn’t claim to be doing so here. But you can’t invest that type of authority in an individual on certain matters, and allow him to be as sloppy as he is here on others:


Trump on return from Asia: ‘The days of the United States of America being taken advantage of are ov

Nov 16, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

The days of the United States of America being taken advantage of are over

I don’t like protectionist trade policies, and when Donald Trump sounds like a protectionist, I feel least positive about having voted for him.


Obama’s favorite abuser of deep state power quits agency Elizabeth Warren created

Nov 15, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

Obama's favorite abuser of deep state power quits agency Elizabeth Warren created

You’ve been hearing from the media all day that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is a heroic “watchdog,” and that the resignation of director Richard Cordray is a tragic loss to consumers everywhere.

Bolshevik. Cordray is a friend of trial lawyers, not consumers, and his specialty since Barack Obama put him in the job has been to shake down corporations and push disputes into class-action suits that enrich the lawyers and stick consumers with a few bucks or maybe a coupon or two.


Comrades: Russians try to rescue collapsing Venezuela by restructuring $3.15 billion in debt

Nov 15, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

Comrades: Russians try to rescue collapsing Venezuela by restructuring $3.15 billion in debt
What kind of communist would you be if you didn’t help a needy comrade out?

Oh. Right. Russia’s not communist anymore. Not in name, anyway, and not in the sense of Russia itself operating under a true communist economic system. Putin’s Russia is more of a crony capitalist regime.


I believe Bill Clinton raped Juanita Broaddrick, says a columnist in . . . the New York Times?

Nov 14, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

Bill Clinton raped Juanita Broaddrick
I would challenge you to tell me the difference, but that would be mean because - assuming you’d take me up on it - I’d be sending you down a path on which there is no conceivable way to the pot of gold. There is no difference.

Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Space, Louis CK, Mark Halperin, Roy Moore . . . all credibly accused by multiple accusers of horrible sexual misconduct, perpetrated solely because the perps were in positions of power and could get away with it, and the victims (all women except for Spacey’s) know they would either not be believed or would pay far too heavy a price for coming forward.


Senate adds repeal of the ObamaCare individual mandate to tax reform

Nov 14, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

Senate adds repeal of the ObamaCare individual mandate to tax reform
Excellent news: Senate Republicans have added the repeal of the ObamaCare individual mandate to their tax reform bill. Senators Tom Cotton and Rand Paul had pushed for the measure, and President Trump has also indicated he wants this in the bill.

There are a lot of reasons this is a good thing.


Explaining prayer to the sneering mockers who are feeling their oats these days

Nov 14, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

Explaining prayer to the sneering mockers who are feeling their oats these days
I really like Michael McKean as a performer, but maybe he’s better when someone else is writing the lines for him. Then again, that pretty well is what’s happening. The secular left has decided to mock and scoff at everyone who offers prayers during a time of tragedy, evil or catastrophe - so McKean was really just following the script when he did this:


Liberals plan to open ‘anti-Trump’ hotel in Washington D.C.

Nov 14, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

Liberals plan to open 'anti-Trump' hotel in Washington D.C.
I know that when I am traveling, the first thing I want - before a comfortable bed, a soft pillow, good wifi or a Jacuzzi - is to be pelted with political messages.

Wait. No I don’t. Neither does any sane person. If I really want to read about or listen to politics, that’s what the TV and the Internet are for - although I’d rather use them for sports, but hey, that’s me.


Roy Moore to sue Washington Post for defamation

Nov 13, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

Roy Moore to sue Washington Post for defamation
Even if Leah Corfman’s claims are proven false, there’s almost no chance Moore can win the suit against the Post because all they did was quote an on-the-record source. There’s no reason to think they published the information knowing it’s false, and did it anyway to defame him. There’s no evidence one way or the other about whether Corfman’s allegations are true.

But Moore is throwing up the home run ball anyway:


Can we take sexual misconduct seriously without every accusation meaning instant ruin?

Nov 13, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

Can we take sexual misconduct seriously without every accusation meaning instant ruin?
Louis CK admitted it was all true. Kevin Spacey did so by implication. Mark Halperin copped to some bad behavior but said some of the charges against him weren’t quite the truth. Roy Moore denied the main charge but seems to be allowing for the fact that he did try to date teenagers when he was in his 30s, which is pretty dang creepy.

Harvey Weinstein? He went for “treatment.” You know what that usually means.


Oh good: Hillary aides launch new super PAC ‘Party Majority’

Nov 13, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

Hillary aides launch new super PAC 'Party Majority'
Know this, as if you didn’t already: The Clintons and those associated with them almost never tell the truth about what they’re doing or why. They say what they think they can get away with saying, and then when the moment comes when the truth must be revealed as something totally different . . . oh well!

So when they tell you they’re forming a PAC to support candidates across the country, but not themselves - even though the Democratic Party already has an apparatus to do that - do you believe them? Not if you have a brain: