Dan Calabrese


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DHS Secretary Nielsen: Data shows 73 percent of U.S. terrorism convicts are foreign-born

Jan 16, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

DHS Secretary Nielsen: Data shows 73 percent of U.S. terrorism convicts are foreign-born
One fiction the left desperately wants to peddle is that most acts of terrorism in the United States are committed not by Islamic radicals, but by white, male, Christian Americans. I guess it’s easy enough to understand why. The left has no higher agenda than the marginalization of Christianity, which requires two things: 1. Associate Christians and Christian beliefs with evil and ignorance wherever possible; and 2. Defend any belief system that disagrees with Christianity, no matter what its adherents do.

So when the Department of Homeland Security came out today with a study showing that 73 percent of those convicted of terrorism in the United States in recent years have been foreign-born, it was all just too much for CBS’s John Dickerson to take. In an interview with Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, Dickerson tried his based to argue it can’t be true:


U.S. oil production sets new record, setting stage for what Trump calls ‘global dominance’

Jan 16, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

U.S. oil production sets new record, setting stage for what Trump calls 'global dominance'
Funny thing about our president and the whole “so much winning” thing. We may very well be doing all the winning he promised, but it won’t seem like it to you because all you hear about is shitholes and Russia and whatever other trivia is dominating the headlines that day. Supposedly CNN had nearly 200 mentions of the shithole thing yesterday.

Meanwhile, our global energy dominance is developing in such stunning fashion they can’t deny it even in Reuterville:


U.S. developing new nuclear weapons to counter Russia, China

Jan 16, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

U.S. developing new nuclear weapons to counter Russia, China
What does the left worry about when it comes to national defense? Apparently it worries that we might have some weapons in our arsenel that it’s not impossible for us to ever use.

Find the clip if you can of Joe Scarborough during the 2016 general election campaign, freaking out because some of Donald Trump’s national security advisors said he’d asked some of his national security advisors, if we’re building nuclear weapons, why can’t we use them? To Scarborough, this was evidence of a madman. To me, it was the sort of question you ask when you want to understand the thinking of those who might soon be working for you, and the realities attached to the deadliest weapons on Earth.


USA Today wants Raiders fined $1 million for hiring a white head coach

Jan 15, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

USA Today wants Raiders fined $1 million for hiring a white head coach
This is one of those things where I have to say in all honesty, because I’m not black, I think I know how this business would make me feel, but I can’t say for sure so if you’re black I want to hear from you on it. I think, it this sort of thing was applied to me, I’d find it insulting and condescending even though they claim it’s to benefit me. That’s what I think.

The NFL’s so-called Rooney Rule says that any time an NFL team has an opening for the position of head coach, they must interview at least one minority candidate for the position. It sounds like it would benefit minorities until you think about it for maybe three seconds, which we’ll get into after the excerpt below.


Trump called Haiti a shithole; the Clintons bilked millions out of it

Jan 15, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

Trump called Haiti a shithole; the Clintons bilked millions out of it
Here’s a perfect capsule of our political class, circa 2018. Donald says a bad word when the teacher isn’t listening, so Dickie runs to the teacher and tells. For five days, nothing else has mattered.

For the record, President Trump denies that he referred to Haiti and any number of African countries as shitholes. Also for the record, most of those countries are shitholes, particularly Haiti, where generations of corrupt leadership have produced widespread, abject poverty. If Trump really said what Dick Durbin ran to the media and claimed he said, it was nothing any different from what many other politicians have said when they were sure they were in private company.


Atlanta Fed estimating 3.3 percent GDP growth for fourth quarter of 2017

Jan 15, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

Atlanta Fed estimating 3.3 percent GDP growth for fourth quarter of 2017
It hasn’t happened yet. It’s only a prediction by one outfit whose predictions change frequently. So we’re speculating, not crowing. And even if it happens, it’s not necessarily proof of a long-term trend.

But if you’d like to know how many times the economy grew at 3.0 percent or better three quarters in a row during the Obama presidency, that’s easy.

Zero.


Project Veritas undercover video: Twitter employees explain how they censor pro-Trump content

Jan 12, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

Project Veritas undercover video: Twitter employees explain how they censor pro-Trump content
The thing about Project Veritas is that they don’t always know when they embark on one of their hidden-video sting operations if there’s really anything to sting. They made their reputation by taking down ACORN, and quite a takedown it was, as James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles got ACORN staffers to admit all kinds of misdeeds.

Some of the stuff since then has felt like desperate attempts to recapture the glory of the ACORN days, and the recent targeting of the Washington Post was a total disaster. Veritas was trying to fool Post reporters into jumping on a phony Roy Moore story to show that they weren’t scrupulous about running with unverified information.


GM thanks taxpayers for bailout by introducing car with no steering wheel so they can die in it

Jan 12, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

GM thanks taxpayers for bailout by introducing car with no steering wheel so they can die in it
Trends come and trends go. People jump on completely insane ideas because everyone else is jumping on them. I get it. It’s been that way since the dawn of time. Pet rocks. Lava lamps. Halter tops. Pink Floyd. All kinds of things become things because - for whatever reason - a few people decide to ride them and everyone else follows, until it’s time to jump off and jump on something else.

(And sometimes we jump off things we should stay on forever, like Sonny Crockett’s wardrobe, but I digress.)

For the most part I attribute it to a uniquely human aversion to engage in critical thinking. “This is idiotic but everyone else is an idiot too so who cares?” It’s easier than thinking, and it earns you less resistance, so what the hell?


Trump to states: For the first time, you can impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients

Jan 12, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

Trump to states: For the first time, you can impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients
It’s long been part of populist conservative thinking that welfare recipients should be made to work in exchange for their benefits. It’s largely based on the not-entirely-true assumption that people on welfare are simply refusing to work, rather than failing to find it or keep it for all kinds of reasons you can’t fix simply by changing incentives. Anyway, it’s one of those “damn straight” type ideas that politicians often say they believe, but never actually do because it’s not that simple, or because there’s too much resistance, or . . . well, or because they never really intended to do it in the first place.


Trump DOJ establishes team to probe Hezbollah narco-terror—What Obama ignored to get his Iran deal

Jan 11, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

Trump DOJ establishes team to probe Hezbollah narcoterror
Radical Islamic terrorists trafficking drugs to raise money to finance their terror activities. It doesn’t get much more evil than that. Surely no American president who became aware of such activity would hesitate to stop it if he could, and surely none would make a deal with the people who sponsored such evil.

Just kidding!


House reauthorizes Patriot Act’s Section 702 without privacy amendments

Jan 11, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

House reauthorizes Patriot Act's Section 702 without privacy amendments
The Patriot Act has been a flashpoint ever since it was first past in the aftermath of 9/11, particularly Section 702. This is the section that authorizes the government to conduct surveillance on U.S. citizens whom it suspects may be involved in conversations with foreign enemies. We’ve heard a lot about this in recent months as it appears the FBI may have abused this process to gain approval for a wiretap of Trump campaign official Carter Page.

The act came up for reauthorization today - as it must every five years - and a bipartisan group in the House wanted to amend Section 702 to offer stronger Fourth Amendment protections for citizens, particularly on the matter of “unmasking.” This involves reports on surveilled communications in which the names of innocent parties are supposed to be redacted. But as we found out during the latter days of the Obama Administration, many such names were unmasked at the rest of White House officials who really had no business doing so.


Trump: U.S. court system ‘broken and unfair’

Jan 11, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

Trump: U.S. court system 'broken and unfair'
You know the media coverage on this is going to make Trump sound like a petulant child, but he’s right for all the reasons we’ve discussed in this space continually over the course of the past year. Democrat-appointed federal judges are on a mission to find any excuse they can think of to strike down Trump’s executive orders, regardless of whether he has the constitutional authority to issue them.

Hawaii’s Derrick Watson has been the worst offender with his continual rulings against the travel ban, even though everyone knew Watson would get overturned by the Supreme Court since there was no legal basis to his rulings. California’s William Alsup is not much better, and he’s playing the exact same game. Alsup probably knows the Supremes will reverse him (they’ve already done it once), but he doesn’t care. He’s the judge and if he has a chance to take a piece of flesh out of Trump, darn it, he’s going to do it.


If you claim to be a disciple of Christ and you’re slobbering over Oprah, you’d better watch this

Jan 10, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

If you claim to be a disciple of Christ and you're slobbering over Oprah
I can hardly even be bothered to care about the presidential talk. For crying out loud, we’re three years away from any election. I know, I know, the political pundit’s response is that fundraising starts now, and a little over a year from now we’re having the first primary debates. Fine. Obsess over that. If and when Oprah decides to run for president, I’ll deal with her candidacy just as I dealt with Hillary’s.

That’s not my concern now. My concern is how many people I’m seeing who are jumping all over the Oprah bandwagon - and I’m talking specifically about people I know because I worship Jesus Christ alongside them in church. And they’re proclaiming Oprah for president on the basis of the Golden Globes speech she gave on Sunday night.


IRS: Hey, we can’t implement the tax cut unless Congress gives us more money

Jan 10, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

IRS: Hey, we can't implement the tax cut unless Congress gives us more money
The deep state doesn’t like being told what to do by pikers like Congress and the president of the United States. Tax cuts are hard work! You have to print new forms, learn new answer to questions and get used to things that are different from what you’re used to.

Time was when Congress passed a bill and the president signed it, and that was that. But in 2018, the IRS apparently sees itself as a co-equal (at least) branch of government, and wants everyone to know this dumb tax cut simply isn’t going to be implemented in full unless Congress gives it a lot more money:


Uh oh: Trump reverses course on offshore drilling, exempts Florida

Jan 10, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

Uh oh: Trump reverses course on offshore drilling, exempts Florida
The problem here isn’t that you can’t make a case drilling elsewhere. And you can make a legitimate argument that some locations should be prioritized over others, for various reasons that could very well include tourism. As you go about deciding where to approve leases, things like that are perfectly fair considerations.

But it’s a long way from that to what just happened: Last week, the Trump Administration announced that it will lift the ban on offshore drilling in virtually all U.S. waters. Then Florida politicians from both parties freaked. Less than a week later, the Trump EPA says there will be no drilling off the shore of Florida.


Senior counsel for House Democrats wants to criminalize any contact whatsoever with ‘Russian persons

Jan 9, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

Senior counsel for House Democrats wants to criminalize any contact whatsoever with 'Russian persons'
Remember when Democrats laughed at Mitt Romney for saying in a debate that Russia was American’s number one geopolitical rival?

Remember even further back, when Democrats objected to Senator Joseph McCarthy’s attempts to smear anyone who’d had dealings with Russians as communists?

Good times.


How about Senator Joe?

Jan 9, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

How about Senator Joe?, Jeff Flake's seat is up for grabs, and it's on
I’m trying to think if there’s any plausible political news that could count as less surprising than this. Sheriff Joe is no longer mayor. Sheriff Joe is pardoned by Trump. Sheriff Joe needs something to do. Jeff Flake announces he won’t run for re-election.

Hmmmmm . . .


Fired memo writer sues Google for discriminating against white, conservative men

Jan 9, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

Fired memo writer sues Google for discriminating against white, conservative men
You knew this was coming. Google’s decision to fire James Damore for his “anti-diversity memo” as the media helpfully labeled it was one of the most blatant examples ever seen of a company censoring one political point of view - but only one - while absurdly claiming employees are free to speak their minds.

That said, I’m not that confident about Damore’s chances. Google has the right to set its own policies, and to discipline employees who undermine those policies. Nothing in Damore’s memo was inflammatory or hateful. It was thoughtful and well-reasoned, and simply sought to offer a different perspective on why women might struggle to land and hold certain jobs. It was counter to the orthodoxy, but a company that’s not afraid of ideas and critical thinking wouldn’t have a problem with that.


Black unemployment hits record low; Trump is apparently a very ineffective racist

Jan 8, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

Black unemployment hits record low; Trump is apparently a very ineffective racist
I recall that during the campaign, Donald Trump visited a predominantly black church in Detroit, having been invited by the pastor to speak there. For this, liberal black activists excoriated him - claiming that going to speak at this black church made Trump a racist. How’s that? Because by speaking to them but not necessarily agreeing with their political agenda, Trump was just using them as a political prop.

Got that? Don’t ever engage with anyone you might not agree with. That’s a terrible thing to do. And if those people are black, then you’re a racist.


Vote fraud commission disbanded, White House asks Homeland Security to take the lead on the issue

Jan 8, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

Vote fraud commission disbanded, White House asks Homeland Security to take the lead on the issue
There are few issues on which the left’s consensus position is more bizarre, which is really saying something. Voter fraud is absolutely not happening, anywhere, and any attempt to learn anything beyond that supposition is racist. That made President Trump’s establishment of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity quite a flashpoint for the left and their media megaphones, who couldn’t denounce the commission vociferously enough. And needless to say, no state run by Democrats was going to assist the commission by providing it with any data whatsoever.

But the commission apparently did come to some conclusions, however hampered it may have been by those fighting its efforts on just about every front.