Dan Calabrese


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Dan Calabrese’s column is distributed by CainTV, which can be found at caintv.comA new edition of Dan's book "Powers and Principalities" is now available in hard copy and e-book editions. Follow all of Dan's work, including his series of Christian spiritual warfare novels, by liking his page on Facebook.

Most Recent Articles by Dan Calabrese:

Mark Zuckerberg: Government should give everyone a guaranteed minimum income without work

May 26, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

He is not the first to tout this idea. In fact, it’s been a favorite of Bernie Bro types for a while now. But it’s one thing when some lefty chucklehead on Facebook is pushing the idea of a universal, guaranteed minimum income for everyone - provided by the government with no work requirement whatsoever. It’s another thing when one of the richest and most influential people in the world signs on.

Some will suggest this is a signal Zuckerberg wants to run for office. I really don’t care one way or the other about that. I’d rather focus on merits (or lack thereof) of the idea itself, because it says a lot about the way kings of the technology sector (not to mention certain other industries) have taken to thinking.

Why should everyone get free money from the government, Mark Zuckerberg? Apparently because, if they didn’t have to worry about food or shelter, they could focus their energies on building more great things like Facebook:

Scarborough: You know who’s to blame for that candidate punching that reporter? Donald Trump

May 26, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

I longer Scarborough can keep up the I’m-a-Republican-but-this-all-troubles-me-so-much schtick. Scarborough is first and foremost a creature of the Beltway culture. His party affiliation is hardly worth a footnote given that his job is to cater to mindset of the political class.

Now, normal people (present company included) will offer no excuses for Greg Gianforte’s assault of a journalist, regardless of how obnoxious the guy’s behavior may have been, or how much we may think the journalism profession in general deserves one big body slam. There’s no excuse for it. No one will make any.

That’s what normal people do. Creatures of the Beltway, on the other hand, say things like this:

On to SCOTUS? Virginia appeals court refuses to reinstate Trump’s travel ban

May 26, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

It’s come to this: The federal judiciary now believes it has to right to throw out perfectly legal actions that are within the president’s authority, if in the personal opinions of the federal judges, the president might have had a motive they don’t like. We’re now making up the law as we go along:

The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia on Thursday refused to reinstate President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban for six Muslim-majority nations, in another legal blow to the White House.

A majority of judges on the appeals court, in a 10-3 decision, said they were “unconvinced” the travel order had more to do with national security concerns than a “Muslim ban.”

 

Oh brother: Media now claiming Trump ‘shoved’ prime minister of Montenegro

May 25, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

You can watch it for yourself. It’s 10 seconds of nothingness that you’ll never get back, but at least it’s only 10 seconds. This, yes, this, is what is trending on Facebook at the moment. Trump shoves prime minister. Yeah. They’re really saying that.

About this:

I feel like an idiot even bothering with the details, but fine, I’ll play. First, look at the faces of both men. Do you see any aggression? Do you see any impatience? Do you see any tension whatsoever between them? Do you see anyone else who’s standing there bothered or taken aback by anything whatsoever?

Ben Carson correctly explains how a mindset keeps people in poverty; left predictably goes bananas

May 25, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

There is nothing liberals hate more than the suggestion that people with problems in their lives have the power to solve those problems, on their own, by making changes in their lives. They freak out at any such suggestion and paint it as “blaming the victim.” But it is really not that at all. It is simply a recognition that people make their own decisions and form their own attitudes, and that they have the power to change those decisions and attitudes if necessary to improve their lives.

If you’ve always made bad decisions, that doesn’t mean you always will make bad decisions. You can change and start making good ones. Many people have done so and you can learn from them. If you’ve always had bad habits, you don’t always have to keep those bad habits. You can reject them and embrace better ones. Find someone who has done so and find out how they did it, then do likewise. A cynic will tell you it can’t be done, but that’s not true. We can all improve ourselves.

I tried to find a hole in the Republican-candidate-assaults-reporter story; I couldn’t

May 25, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

(Update:Montana Assault Witness Changes Story, Says No Neck Grab
Reporter says firsthand account misstated key aspect of Gianforte incident
Lifezette—A reporter who was a firsthand witness to an incident late Wednesday involving Montana GOP candidate Greg Gianforte and a reporter for the Guardian now admits she may have misstated some details of her initial story.)

Any time the media jump all over a story that looks terrible for a Republican, I smell a rat. And when the poor, innocent victim is a mainstream journalist, I smell a double rat. My instinct is usually that it’s all just a little too perfect, and usually when I look into it I find that I was right to trust my instincts.

So when I heard that Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate in the upcoming Montana special congressional election, had assaulted a reporter for asking him questions about health care, my first thought was, “What aren’t they telling us?”

Was the reporter the aggressor?

Often-wrong CBO has another disaster prediction about AHCA

May 25, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

It sounds bad. In fact, it sounds terrible. People lose health insurance en masse, markets are destabilized and it hardly touches the deficit. If the Congressional Budget Office was ever right about anything, this would be a disaster:

A bill passed by U.S. House Republicans would cause 23 million people to lose healthcare coverage by 2026 while de-stabilizing health insurance markets in some states and making it hard for sick people to buy insurance, a budget watchdog agency said on Wednesday.

The Congressional Budget Office, a non-partisan group of experts who analyze U.S. legislation, said the bill would reduce federal deficits by $119 billion between 2017 and 2026.

God tells Johnny Enlow: ‘I am neither Republican nor Democrat,’ and Trump will be fine because I kno

May 24, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

Well now Dan’s lost it, you’re thinking. He thinks he can quote God himself.

Actually it’s Johnny Enlow who tells us he’s heard from the Lord concerning Donald Trump. And Enlow is not the first person to say so that I have quoted extensively, as you’ll recall from my extensive references last summer to Lance Wallnau. By the way, Wallnau was the one saying last summer when no one else believed it that God was raising up Trump to not only win, but to be a wrecking ball against the spirit of political correctness.

Nothing Wallnau prophesied last year has failed to come true.

No, Trump’s budget does not contain a $2 trillion ‘math error’

May 24, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

For the past 18 hours or so, the mainstream media has joined online lefty sites with the seemingly big news that the 10-year Trump budget plan contains a $2 trillion “math error” that makes the premise of the entire thing totally laughable. What they’re telling you is that the White House counted the same positive numbers twice - once assuming that economic growth would render tax rate cuts revenue neutral, and then counting the same economic growth as the cause of an entirely different $2 trillion in new federal revenue.

Even if you can assume the tax cuts will spur economic growth causing an additional $200 billion in revenue, the left and the media claim, the White House screwed up by counting that revenue twice when in fact it is only going to happen once.

The media and the left are wrong. Or lying. Or both.

Yankees join FDNY in skipping Puerto Rican Day parade over decision to honor Obama-freed terrorist

May 24, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

I’m actually a little surprised by this, if only because it seems in recent years major league sports have been pretty intimidated by the forces of political correctness. Which is to say: They know who will scream and boycott if they don’t give them what they want, and all large, high-profile institutions want to avoid the bad publicity that comes with such things.

Oscar Lopez Rivera is a terrorist responsible for more than 100 bombings, but that’s old news. The new news is that Barack Obama commuted his sentence on his way out the door, which makes Rivera a new left-wing icon. He is also a bit of a hero to some people of Puerto Rican heritage who don’t really know the full story of what he did. The Fire Department of New York knows it, though, which is why they’re skipping this year’s annual Puerto Rican Day Parade after the organizers decided to honor Rivera as part of the festivities.

Liberals hold rallies across the nation demanding that . . . someone sign Colin Kaepernick?

May 23, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

I doubt they’ve lost interest in impeaching Trump, but I guess it says something about the American left that they can make other demands driven by pure ideology without any regard for the merit of the idea itself.

The left - at least those who know what football is - has become convinced thaat Colin Kaepernick is being “blackballed” by all 32 NFL teams because he refused to stand for the national anthem last year. This has become such an article of faith that they are now getting ready to hold rallies in 15 different cities demanding that someone sign the unemployed quarterback:

Saying Colin Kaepernick has been “ostracized” over his political views, a New York City-based group is voicing its support for the free agent quarterback by organizing rallies around the country Wednesday.

VIDEO: Trump’s anti-terrorism speech that floored his audience in the Muslim world

May 23, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

The key bit starts around 9:00, and what makes it so extraordinary is not so much that Trump condemns terrorism - even Obama was willing to do that at least rhetorically - but because he put so much emphasis on who the victims are, and refused to countenance the usual excuses offered to explain away the motivations of individual terrorists.

And Trump laid it out in a surprisingly eloquent manner: The potential of the Middle East itself is held back by terrorism. No way should a region that rich be a place from which refugees flee, and yet it happens with regularity. It’s not because the region doesn’t have enough wealth. It has plenty. But the ever-present threat of extremist violence always makes the region to unstable to be a suitable home for far too many people.

Do stay until the end to hear how thoroughly he calls out Iran for its support and tolerance of terrorism. That alone was worth it.

Stop making heroes out of people who undermine their boss, regardless of what you think of him

May 22, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

I had a boss once that I gradually lost respect for. (I hope said boss doesn’t read this and recognize himself, but it was many years ago I’m sure he’s done fine without me.)

There’s no point going into all the reasons. But I got to the point during three years of working for this person that I did not believe the organization he led could ever succeed because his inadequacies as a leader would not permit that to happen. (In fairness to him, once I became the CEO of my own organization, I proved to myself and everyone around me that I had plenty of my own flaws.)

Anyway, it’s a gut-wrenching situation to be in because the boss sets the direction, and you can only do so much to get outside that direction because he’s the one paying your salary. If you become convicted in the belief that you simply can’t work for the man because you can’t follow his lead and you’re always going to be operating at cross-purposes with him, then the only move you can make with integrity is to leave.

It’s starting to sound like Comey was paranoid about Trump from the moment he was inaugurated

May 22, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

Maybe there’s a reason Donald Trump thought Jim Comey was a “nut job.”

Initial reports about the Comey memo - the one that as of yet no one has actually seen - made it sound like Comey made the extraordinary decision to document a highly irregular conversation with the president.

But the more we learn about Comey in general, and about his attitude toward President Trump specifically, the more it sounds like Comey was rather paranoid about his relationship with Trump - both the perception of it and the reality.

Trump budget plan will seek $200 billion for infrastructure over 10 years

May 19, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

If you want to judge the Trump infrastructure proposal by comparing it to what he campaigned on, you’d have to say one of two things:

  1. Thank God he only proposed to spend 20 percent of the 10-year, $1 trillion blowout he promised, since that would have been a fiscal disaster.
  2. What? Only $200 billion? What the **** happened to $1 trillion?

I tend toward the former. Infrastructure is undoubtedly a role for government, although there’s plenty of room to debate how much of it should come from Washington as opposed to the states. And there’s no question the work needs to be done, although I’ve always been skeptical of the idea that we should do infrastructure projects to “create jobs” or whatever. You should only spend money on something because the something needs to be done, not because you’re hoping the thing will stimulate other things. That’s artificial and almost never gets the results it’s designed to get.