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:

Trump: Boy or girl . . . you can join the military; all others need not apply

Jul 26, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

Alternate headline: Media upset as president makes substantive policy decision to distract from what they prefer to talk about.

This is a reversal of a 2016 Obama decision, the implementation of which had already been delayed six months at the request of Secretary of Defense James Mattis. It’s official now: Those of the “transgender” persuasion will not be permitted to join the military. And as has become standard with this presidency, it’s made official via Twitter:

VIDEO: CNN anchor says not their job to ‘do your PR’ and report Trump accomplishments

Jul 26, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

This was such as astonishing admission, I don’t think Kellyanne Conway grasped what had just happened. It comes toward the end of this back-and-forth between her and CNN’s Brian Stelter - a conversation mainly focused on Conway’s insistence that CNN portrays the happenings at the White House in a negative light without really knowing or understanding what’s going on there.

But when Conway mentions that Trump’s actual achievements don’t get covered, Stelter’s response - while coming across initially as standard MSM boilerplate - is actually a real eye-opener. Watch this minute-and-a-half clip from the exchange:

Microsoft: OK fine, we won’t kill MS Paint!

Jul 26, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

Come on. You know you use it. I use it all the time. It’s obviously not the most sophisticated graphic program by a long shot. It’s dated and it’s extremely limited in its capabilities.

But Microsoft Paint is line an old shoe (I wear those too, by the way), and while no one will ever mistake it for Photoshop, Microsoft found out this week that it had vastly underestimated the program’s fan base before making the announcement that Paint was being put out to pasture.

Vastly underestimated it, that is:

Lefty media freak out because Trump tells Boy Scouts loyalty is a good thing

Jul 26, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

What’s behind this, I think, is more than just anti-Trumpism – although there’s clearly a fair amount of that. The deeper root, though, is the fundamental shift we’re making as a country away from identification as Americans and toward identification with our various political or societal tribes.

As we’ve discussed in this space before, loyalty is an admirable trait in an abstract sense. We all like the idea that someone would be loyal to us, or to something we identify with – whether that’s your country, your school, your team, your church or what-have-you. You don’t perceive loyalty as a bad thing unless you’re afraid that the object of the loyalty is unworthy of it, or untrustworthy with it.

Senate GOP votes to proceed to debate on House ObamaCare repeal bill

Jul 25, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

The boss is out for their scalps as it is, so Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski aren’t likely to get friendly interviews any time soon on the radio show. Not that they deserve any. The two leading ObamaCare Republicans did all they could to day to stop the latest attempt at repeal, which is for the Senate to move to debate on consideration of the House AHCA.

This is just a procedural vote. It doesn’t pass the bill. It simply says a debate will take place on it. But without this, there’s no chance anything will pass.

Big mistake: Scaramucci says he’s bringing back televised White House briefingsday July 25th, 2017

Jul 25, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

This sounds like an olive branch to the press, a gesture to try to win back their good will. If that’s what Anthony Scaramucci thinks is going to result from the return of televised briefings, he is going to learn quickly that there’s no point trying to make nice with the media if you work for a Republican president. I don’t mind that Trump hired a communication director who is not conservative. It’s not Scaramucci’s job to make policy. But if his view of the press is influenced by the fact that he is not a conservative, then he is going to learn very quickly how they treat you when you become one - which, for the purposes of his new job, he essentially does:

Turns out police find a way to charge those awful kids who mocked the drowning man after all

Jul 24, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

You can’t watch this and not feel rage and indignation at what you’re seeing and hearing. It’s horrible beyond words:

And it was only natural once people saw the video that they wanted the teens arrested and charged with . . . something. They certainly deserve it. The problem, though, was that it wasn’t clear they actually broke any laws. There’s no law against being a jerk, and there’s also no law requiring you to try to rescue someone when they’re in trouble (except perhaps in Latham, Massachusetts). You’re not even required to call 911. It’s the right thing to do, obviously, but it’s not against the law not to.

GM considers pulling the plug on the Chevy Volt

Jul 24, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

The Chevy Volt was unveiled in 2010 to great fanfare. Politicians hailed it. The media gushed over it. The first electric car manufactured domestically, it was instantly a cause celebre, and it was hailed as part of the resurrection of General Motors.

There was one problem, though. The public was never excited about the Volt. With a price tag of more than $40,000, even government rebates of $7,500 weren’t enough tto convince many people to buy a Volt. It drives well enough and it’s true that you don’t have to put much gas in it (although you do need some in reserve just in case), but that type of price tag isn’t within reach for most people, and GM seems to have forgotten that electricity isn’t free either.

You do realize, political class, that nothing important depends on who the White House press secreta

Jul 22, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

I’m not saying it shouldn’t be covered at all. We covered it. I’m not claiming no one in America knows the man’s name or face, because obviously some people do.

And I suppose there is some news value in understanding whether the White House is functioning smoothly or not, although I’m not sure much of what we think tells us that really does.

Having said all that, the coverage orgy of the political class over the resignation of Sean Spicer as press secretary reveals a lot (and nothing good) about the self-involved nature of the Beltway crowd and the national political media.

Fake news is ripping apart America, says . . . one of its biggest perpetrators

Jul 21, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

Part of it is that she’s just parroting the establishment media’s line. That’s what she always does. The last time Katie Couric had an original thought, if she ever has, is a mystery to me and probably everyone else.

Part of it too, I think, is that she is genuinely not very intelligent. It would take some nerve to sit there and rail against “fake news” when you got caught misleadingly editing your gun control special to make pro-Second Amendment people look stumped at a question, when in fact that is not what happened at all.

Unless it’s not a matter of nerve at all, but it’s really a case of your not having the brains to know the difference:

New White House proposal: Use ObamaCare taxes to ease burden on people forced off Medicaid when it’s

Jul 21, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

As a matter of policy, I don’t like it one bit.

The ObamaCare taxes are the most urgent reason the whole thing needs to be repealed, and the worst thing about the Medicaid expansion is that it brought even more people into dependence on government for health care. What we need to do with Medicaid is return it to its original purpose, which is to provide a safety net for the truly poor. The idea that you can tighten up Medicaid requirements, but then turn around and still spend taxpayer money on those no longer eligible, simply creates one more way to make Uncle Sam everyone’s sugar daddy at the doctor.

As a matter of politics it doesn’t seem much better. It sounds like you might get Rob Portman and Bill Cassidy, although it still not enough to bring Susan Collins on board. And why should Mike Lee or Ted Cruz go for it? But this seems to be the opening salvo in the White House’s attempt to take what was dead and bring it back to life:

AUDIO: Trump not at all happy with Sessions over Russia recusal, wouldn’t have hired him had he know

Jul 20, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

Trump is absolutely right on the merits. It was absurd for Sessions to recuse himself from the Russia investigation just because he had some very rudimentary conversation with some Russians when he was a senator. It was the some of the biggest overkill I’ve ever seen in the service of avoiding “appearance of impropriety.”

But here we are: Sessions is attorney general Trump is his boss. And the New York Times must think they’d died and gone to Heaven . . . if they believed in Heaven:

Sessions was asked about it at a presser shortly thereafter, and here is his response:

 

Trump to Senate Republicans: Oh no you’re not giving up on health care, now get a deal done

Jul 20, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

I’m honestly not sure how much Mitch McConnell listens to him or cares what he says. When Trump called for an end to the legislative filibuster, McConnell rejected the idea out of hand. When Trump called for repeal and replace to be separated, McConnell at first refused and then agreed to try it only when it became clear that no replacement was going anywhere - even though it appears to be a tough road to get to 50 votes on the repeal-only bill.

So now that McConnell has given up on a replacement and is content to schedule a vote on the seemingly doomed repeal-in-two-years-and-replace-with-AHCA-unless-we-can-agree-on-something-else, Trump is making it clear he won’t accept that a deal on a replacement is impossible. He wants to Senate to get back in there and make it happen, and not take a summer break until they do:

“Any senator who votes against starting debate is really telling America that you’re fine with Obamacare,” Mr. Trump said before a lunch with the senators Wednesday. He gestured at one wavering GOP lawmaker, Dean Heller of Nevada, saying, “He wants to remain a senator, doesn’t he?” and warned lawmakers not to leave town in August without a deal.

Boy, we had fun with some Twin Peaks images and you all went nuts

Jul 19, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

Little did we know. The day we posted a bunch of pictures of Barack Obama in a cowboy hat, you barely noticed. The day we posted nothing but pictures of Phil Collins, the few people who said anything thought we had mistaken him for Andy Puzder.

“These photo gag days are going over people’s heads,” Rob and I thought. But just for fun, after our 372nd Twin Peaks discussion of the week on Friday, we decided we’d have one more little break from the ordinary and use all Twin Peaks photos with our columns on Monday. Nothing more than that. Two chuckleheads on a web site taking a gratuitous excuse to show you our favorite TV show.

Right. Little did we know.

Beltway aghast that Trump is actually sanctioning Iran for support of terrorism

Jul 19, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

Poor Iran. They had it really good when the Obama Administration was having John Kerry act as their lawyer, even though we were supposedly engaged in tough-as-nails negotiations with them. They were good times for the mad mullahs. Every time they wanted one, Kerry would give them two. Then when other nations would object to Iran’s terms, Kerry would run interference for Iran so they didn’t have to do it for themselves.

Support of terrorism? Why let a little thing like that scuttle a perfectly terrible nuclear deal? The use of unfrozen assets to finance said terrorism? Hey! It’s their money. Whaddayagunnado?

That was the stance of the Obama Administration because it was determined to get a deal, any deal, no matter how bad - just so they could say they got a deal. And that’s exactly what they did. Now we live in a world where it’s easier than before for Iran to become a nuclear power because our enforcement mechanisms are a joke and we’ve freed up the money they need to pay for the materials.