Dan Calabrese


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STUNNING VIDEO: A cop is shot at close range, Media, Black Lives Matter helped make it happen

Jul 20, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

STUNNING VIDEO: A cop is shot at close range, Media, Black Lives Matter helped make it happen
The video you’re about to see is more than a year old, but we’re showing it to you today because it was featured last night on the premier episode of A&E’s new series PDCam, hosted by Sgt. Sean “Sticks” Larkin of the Tulsa Police Department’s gang unit. It is part of the quickly expanding franchise based on the absolute best thing on television right now, which is the Friday/Saturday night blowtorch known as Live PD.

While Live PD shows the events that occur during live ridealongs with various departments each Friday and Saturday night, PDCam shows the often-harrowing video that’s produced by dashcams, bodycams and, in this case, a glasses-cam worn by an officer.


John Brennan got help from Harry Reid to push the phony ‘Trump/Russia collusion’ business on the FBI

Jul 20, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

When it’s something this dishonest, this disgusting, this insidious . . . you have to figure Harry Reid’s fingerprints are going to be on it somewhere.

And in the case of “Trump/Russia collusion” and the FBI’s investigation of same, you won’t be disappointed. This morning in the Wall Street Journal, indispensable columnist Kim Strassel details the extent to which this entire storyline was manufactured in 2016 by then-CIA director John Brennan – the same John Brennan who was hyperventilating this week with claims that President Trump had committed “treason” in Helsinki.


Just so you know: Almost all the outrage, indignation and uproar you see is completely phony

Jul 19, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

Just so you know: Almost all the outrage, indignation and uproar you see is completely phony
You should know when people are putting on a show for you. And you should understand that this is what they’re doing most of the time.

Especially political people. And that includes the political media. The ability to express outrage and indignation over the latest whatever-it-is represents a valued art form, highly respected in the hallowed halls of power and influence. If you can pull it off and get people to buy it, you can move the needle of public opinion in the moment and nothing impresses the political class and its media stenographers more than that.


Trump, GOP Congress discussing new round of tax cuts for possible September vote

Jul 18, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

Trump, GOP Congress discussing new round of tax cuts for possible September vote
If they could get it done, it would be a boon to an already accelerating economy and a boost to their already growing chances of holding the House and building their majority in the Senate.

As a practical political matter, it’s how to see how they get it done, considering that their Senate majority is arguably less than a thread. But a groundswell of public demand for the idea might be enough to bring the usual reluctant Republicans along for the ride, so they’re already talking about what they might do. And it’s ambitious by the standards of today’s political norm, even if it’s not the radical overhaul some of us would really like to see:


No, silly Democrats, Trump did not ‘commit treason,’ says . . . the Washington Post?

Jul 18, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

No, silly Democrats, Trump did not ‘commit treason,’ says . . . the Washington Post?
I’ll say this for the Washington Post. They’re a stunningly dishonest newspaper, but they’re more self-aware than, say, the New York Times in the sense that they know when joining in on the fever pitch of the day will make them look and sound like morons.

Few things (although not no things) are more moronic than the current Beltway hyperventilation that President Trump “committed treason” by not embracing the media narrative on “election meddling” during his joint presser with Vladimir Putin on Monday. The media are gleefully running up to Democrats asking if Trump committed treason, and intellectual superstars like Adam Schiff are only too happy to give them the soundbite they want. It started with former Obama intelligence chief John Brennan, and once you’ve got one “respected” Beltway type saying something, the rest will follow in short order.


This ‘Russian election meddling’ nonsense is one of the phoniest things ever in American politics

Jul 17, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

This ‘Russian election meddling’ nonsense is one of the phoniest things ever in American politics
A Democrat I know and like, a friend from here in my own city who is very active in politics here, just came and sat down next to me in the coffee shop. I won’t tell you his name because I don’t want to ruin his life by outing him as a friend of mine.

But he said to me, “I want you to make me feel better. I’m scared.”


Sorry, but ‘election meddling’ isn’t even in the top 10 most important issues we have with Russia

Jul 17, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

Sorry, but ‘election meddling’ isn’t even in the top 10 most important issues we have with Russia
It’s all the press cares about, because they still fantasize that it can somehow lead to the indictment (never) or impeachment (pretty close to never) of Donald Trump.  Never has the U.S. news media been more gobsmacked by an event than they were by Donald Trump’s victory in 2016, and they still haven’t gotten over it or accepted that the American public declined to follow their instructions.

If the Russians “meddled” in the election, then maybe Trump didn’t really win. And if Trump colluded with them, then there’s cause to get rid of him!




Bizarre: Tesla’s Elon Musk tweets accusation that Thailand cave rescuer is a pedophile

Jul 16, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

Bizarre: Tesla’s Elon Musk tweets accusation that Thailand cave rescuer is a pedophile
What on Earth is this all about?

Apparently Musk didn’t take too kindly to the suggestion that his supposed support of the Thailand cave rescue was mainly a PR stunt. He really didn’t take too kindly to it. Hell hath no fury like that of an image-minded CEO who’s commitment to “giving back” is being questions by a real-life hero, I guess, but this is bizarre even by Musk’s standards. How bizarre? Let’s put it this way: If Donald Trump behaved like this on Twitter, you’d be shocked:


Heroin deaths surpass gun homicides for first time: Why would we legalize drugs while banning guns?

Jul 16, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

Heroin deaths surpass gun homicides for first time: Why would we legalize drugs while banning guns?
I would like to ask a question.

According to the gun-grabbers on the American left, it’s a foregone conclusion that if something is associated with a lot of problems, you need to “control” that something, by which they mean to severely restrict it or preferably ban it. Well, sort of. This applies when the thing that’s associated with problems is something the left already doesn’t like, and the left does not like guns.


Trump could enact a second massive tax cut all by himself . . . and he just might

Jul 16, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

Trump could enact a second massive tax cut all by himself . . . and he just might
After the political battle it took to achieve the massive tax reform we got at the end of 2017, could it really be that we could get another one of equal impact just by President Trump deciding to issue a simple order?

It is possible. And it could happen.


Media trying pretty hard (failing very badly) to find women who will go #MeToo on Brett Kavanaugh

Jul 13, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

Media trying pretty hard (failing very badly) to find women who will go #MeToo on Brett Kavanaugh
I really don’t know why Democrats pay good money to dirtbags like Glenn Simpson. The media are more than willing to do their oppo research for them, no charge, and they’ll play as dirty as any of the sleazeballs who have made bank working for the likes of Hillary.

Their favorite kind of target is a conservative family man who stands for virtue and shows absolutely no signs of any significant moral failings. In other words, there’s nothing they’re working harder on these days than working the phones and knocking on doors in the desperate hope they can find someone who will accuse Brett Kavanaugh of . . . something.


VIDEO: Louis Gohmert asks Strzok how many times he looked into his wife’s eyes and lied to her

Jul 13, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

Louis Gohmert asks Strzok how many times he looked into his wife’s eyes and lied to her too
There’s a lot going on here, and yet these two minutes encapsulate the flavor of the whole thing about as well as anything could.

The first thing you’ll notice is how desperately the Democrats are trying to use any and every procedural maneuver they can think of to protect Strzok from having to answer the questions posed by the Republican members. At one point, Jerrold Nadler of New York even moves to adjourn, and when Chairman Bob Goodlatte disregards the obviously absurd motion, Democrats go nuts and demand a vote on it.


Peter Strzok: All this scrutiny of my texts with my mistress is a victory for Vladimir Putin

Jul 12, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

Peter Strzok: All this scrutiny of my texts with my mistress is a victory for Vladimir Putin
This sort of harkens back to the post-9/11 days, doesn’t it?

“If we submit ourselves to additional security restrictions, the terrorists win!”

That’s right, every time you have to put your hands over your head in a TSA scanner, Bin Laden raises a glass of bubbly. Or he did until he got blown away by the Navy SEALs.


U.S. slams China with more tariffs, which is running out of retaliation options

Jul 12, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

U.S. slams China with more tariffs, which is running out of retaliation options
My theory all along on the Trump tariffs have been that they’re a hammer designed to force trade concessions. They’re not Trump’s preferred policy, but they’re the mechanism he thinks he needs to get other nations to negotiate more favorable trade deals. I’m not sure trade imbalances represent the economic problem the president thinks they represent, but it’s clearly a priority for him.

That being the case, he certainly seems determined to hammer China harder than any other country in the world. He must really want that better China trade deal!


VIDEO: At NATO summit, Trump goes off on Germany for being ‘totally controlled by Russia’

Jul 11, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

VIDEO: At NATO summit, Trump goes off on Germany for being ‘totally controlled by Russia’
What really strikes me about this clip is the weakness of the response. You can quibble if you want about the substance of Trump’s complaint or whether it was the right forum for bringing it up, but he goes off in exhaustive detail about it and his counterpart offers nothing more than mealy-mouthed platitudes about how “we’re stronger together” or some such thing.


VIDEO compilation: Democrats absolutely losing their minds over Brett Kavanaugh

Jul 11, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

It’s not even so much that the gap is so wide between the reality of Brett Kavanaugh and their apparent concept of him. Imagining this guy as the destroyer of rights and lives that these people believe him to be simply boggles the mind. He is so clearly not that, it’s hard not to laugh yourself silly watching these people get so worked up about him.




SUCCESS: All 12 boys and their coach are safely out of the cave in Thailand

Jul 10, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

SUCCESS: All 12 boys and their coach are safely out of the cave in Thailand, Thailand Cave Rescue

You prayed. God answered. People worked hard and took tremendous risks. All because every life matters.

And in the end, not a single life was lost, nor was anyone forced to spend months in a cave in Thailand waiting for the waters to recede.

This is great news, and hopefully it’s one of those rare events that unites us all in celebrating good work well done, and a great result:


VIDEO: Gregg Jarrett, Sebastian Gorka preview the left’s smear campaign against Brett Kavanaug

Jul 10, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

VIDEO: Gregg Jarrett, Sebastian Gorka preview the left’s smear campaign against Brett Kavanaugh
“This is going to be worse than Robert Bork.”

If you’re not old enough to remember how despicable that was, strap in. Chuck Schumer has already announced that he will oppose Schumer “with everything I have”, and Schumer has some horrible stuff. It’s going to get really nasty. That’s hard to imagine when you think about the man we saw on stage last night, with his family, and with everything President Trump told us about his life and his character.

But you know the left hates virtue, right? It’s coming:




Great news: 7 of the 12 Thai schoolboys have been successfully rescued from the cave

Jul 9, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

Great news: Seven of the 12 Thai schoolboys have been successfully rescued from the cave, Thailand Cave RescueGreat news on two fronts.

First, obviously, seven of the boys are safe. Second, the successful rescue of the first seven boys shows that the rescue plan is viable, and that the boys and their rescuers have shown they can work together to successfully execute this very difficult dive and reach safety.

It doesn’t guarantee the same result for the six who remain or for their coach, but it does show that the plan can work, and that’s enormously encouraging.


NY Post identifies dark-horse Democrat contender who sure seems to act like she’s running for prez

Jul 9, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

Hillary Clinton
You didn’t really think she would give up the ghost, did you?

No one here is saying she’s going to win, or even that she’s a strong bet to win the nomination. Normally a candidate who loses as winnable a race as she had in 2016 becomes persona non grata within their own party with respect to further presidential aspirations. You have to think a sane Democrat – assuming such a thing exists – would look at her an say, “Lost to Trump, nope, we don’t nominate you again.”