Dan Calabrese


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Oy: Marco Rubio wants to use Social Security money to pay for government-funded parental leave

Aug 21, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

Oy: Marco Rubio wants to use Social Security money to pay for government-funded parental leave
I’ve been telling you, we dodged a bullet in the Republican primary two years ago. You were worried about nominating Trump on the grounds that he might not be a real conservative?

Ha!


A new Kevin Spacey movie is out! And on its first day, its box office take was…$126?

Aug 21, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

A new Kevin Spacey movie is out! And on its first day, its box office take was . . . $126?
I’m not even sure how this is possible.

That’s not in millions. It’s not even in thousands. It’s $126. One hundred twenty-six dollars. Some of you have more in your pocket than that.

And you sure as hell didn’t spend it last weekend to see Billionaire Boys Club.


Hey socialized medicine fans: Here’s what happened during this year’s flu season in Brit

Aug 20, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

Hey socialized medicine fans: Here’s what happened during this year’s flu season in Britain
The appeal of socialized medicine for its fans is simple: Everyone has equal access to the health care system regardless of ability to pay, because the whole thing is publicly funded and not driven by profit.

Here’s what those of us who understand the virtue of profit always try to explain, usually without success: When you eliminate the ability to a) make a profit; or b) price things in a way that reflects the true market, you disincentivize the production of the thing you say you want. The inevitable result of that is shortages.


Trump allowed White House counsel McGahn to cooperate fully with Mueller; NY Times can’t figure out

Aug 20, 2018 — Dan Calabrese


Sometimes a duck is just a duck, but that’s a hard concept to get your brain around when you’re the New York Times and you’re determined to see evil and deceit in everything that happens in the White House.

President Trump has said throughout the Mueller investigation that he did nothing wrong and has nothing to hide. The liberal MSM simply assumes that’s a lie. Now, when people have done nothing wrong and have nothing to hide, one might expect them to freely answer questions and encourage those around them to do the same.


Iran: Maybe we need to figure out what to do about those U.S. sanctions we’re pretending won’t hurt

Aug 20, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

Iran: Maybe we need to figure out what to do about those U.S. sanctions we're pretending won't hurt
The mad mullahs scoffed. Ha! The U.S. thinks it can hurt Iran by reimposing sanctions?

Laughable!

The Great Satan can do nothing to us by taking back the wondrous gifts from Barack Obama and John Kerry! We are Iran! No one can take our share of the oil market! The Europeans will buy from us! This is a joke!


Washington Post freaks out: That poll showing Trump with 36 percent black approval can’t be true!

Aug 20, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

Trump with 36 percent black approval
It’s almost as if the mainstream media have a narrative to protect regardless of the facts. But that can’t be true because then they’d be propagandists and not the fearless protectors of objective truth they keep telling us they are.

If the media freaked out over the results of a poll and tried to whitewash its results for fear you became aware of what people think, we’re almost getting into enemy of the people territory, aren’t we?


Rappin’ on patrol: Wyandotte, Michigan police produce one of the best lip sync videos ever

Aug 17, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

Rappin’ on patrol: Wyandotte, Michigan police
Two things:

First, they did it all on their own time and used no taxpayer dollars, so don’t even start with me about that.

Second, it may very well be that no one at the Wyandotte PD is aware of any rap song apart from Ice, Ice Baby, which only makes this that much more awesome.


Just a reminder: Anthem-kneeling isn’t about the flag, the anthem or the troops; it’s ab

Aug 17, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

Just a reminder: Anthem-kneeling isn’t about the flag, the anthem or the troops; it’s about slandering the police
Some of the NFL’s anthem-kneelers have expressed frustration that their critics – caught up in issues like troops, veterans and Francis Scott Key – are missing their real message. They want people to get past the patriotic themes and hear what they’re saying about police officers.

For once I agree with them. Far too many critics of the anthem-kneelers are totally missing the point by defending the honor of the flag or the Star Spangled Banner. Anthem-kneeling has nothing to do with that.


VIDEO: Factory workers talk about how much those Trump ‘crumbs’ have meant to them

Aug 17, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

VIDEO: Factory workers talk about how much those Trump ‘crumbs’ have meant to them
According to Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats, the benefits the average worker received from last year’s tax cut have amounted to mere “crumbs.” They’re so small they’re hardly even worth getting. They’re worse than useless because they’re so insulting!

So say the people who would prefer to hike taxes through the roof on everything.


Apparently no one much cares if the president ‘acts presidential’, whatever that means

Aug 17, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

Acting Presidential
There are things you’ve always heard, and probably never much thought about, but for the most part figured must be true. It’s the inevitable result of an information age in which all kinds of notions float about and people have little time to think very deeply about any one of them.


Colorado is going after Jack Phillips again, this time because he won’t bake a transgender cak

Aug 16, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

Colorado is going after Jack Phillips again, this time because he won’t bake a transgender cake
Just in case you thought Colorado would stop attacking religious freedom because the Supreme Court told it to: Nope.

Mere weeks after being smacked down by the U.S. Supreme Court for its oppression of Christian baker Jack Phillips, the state is coming after Phillips again. The first time it was because he wouldn’t bake a gay wedding cake. This time it’s because, in an obvious setup, someone demanded that he bake a cake celebrating transgenderism.


Oh good: Hundreds of newspapers ran editorials today in a planned, coordinated attack on Trump

Aug 16, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

Donald Trump thinks the press behave more like propagandists than like journalists
There is a difference between opinion writing and propaganda.

Opinion writing reflects the independent opinion of the individual or institution expressing itself. It’s for the purpose of persuading, but also of letting you know the bias of the writer. It’s designed to contribute the the larger discussion of ideas that takes place in a free society, and to be upfront about the thinking of the writer.


Filled with confidence in Trump economy, consumers opened Q3 with robust spending

Aug 16, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

Filled with confidence in Trump economy, consumers opened Q3 with robust spending
The media are trying pretty hard to convince you the Trump economy isn’t as good as the evidence says it is. They want you to ignore GDP growth and focus on “wage stagnation,” even though wages aren’t as much an indication of overall prosperity as they are the state of the labor market and its ability to be productive. Also, “wages” are only one measure of how much people are earning, and it’s an increasingly anachronistic measure given the changing state of the economy.


Viral liberal video: Tipping is racist, guess the white supremacist responsible for racist laws

Aug 15, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

Viral liberal video: Tipping is racist, and guess the white supremacist responsible for our racist tipping laws!
With everything else the left is incensed about these days, you could be forgiven for missing this one, but for the past few years it’s been a very trendy liberal cause to rail against tipping. I suppose this stems from the fact that customers freely choose the amounts they tip servers, and to a large extent it’s merit-based. Since the left assumes just about everyone is a seething racist, they also assume you’re making your tipping decisions not on the basis of how well you were served, but on the basis of the skin color or gender of the server or whatever.


Elizabeth Warren pretty proud of her bill that would put large corporations under federal control

Aug 15, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

Elizabeth Warren pretty proud of her bill that would put large corporations under federal control

Kudos to the Wall Street Journal for publishing this, not because it’s a good idea, but because the American public in general and the business community in particular should understand the thinking of some of the people who are trying to worm their way into the White House.

Elizabeth Warren hates the corporations, and for the most part hates the entire private sector except to the extent it hands over money to the government and to left-wing causes. She hates the fact that they seek prosperity via the free market and don’t answer to politicians, preferring to make their customers the bosses.


Turkey: Oh yeah? Well, we’ll boycott U.S. electronics then!

Aug 15, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

Turkey: Oh yeah? Well, we’ll boycott U.S. electronics then!
Let’s see. On the one hand, we have the Turkish lira cratering and the Turkish economy in collapse while its financial institutions struggle to maintain stability. On the other hand we have the prospect that one country might force its people to buy Samsung tablets instead of iPhones.

I think America will survive.


Oh dear: Now Omarosa wants to tell us about Trump’s ‘Coke habit’

Aug 15, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

Oh dear: Now Omarosa wants to tell us about Trump’s ‘Coke habit’
And I didn’t think I had a lot in common with Donald Trump.

Apparently he drinks the caffeinated version, which just goes to show no cokehead is perfect. The photo you see here is from my refrigerator in its normal condition – stocked to the gills with the most wonderful beverage on the face of the Earth, created by God for the enjoyment of people like me and the president.


Trump campaign takes legal action against Omarosa for NDA violation

Aug 14, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

Trump campaign takes legal action against Omarosa for NDA violation
If you’re starting to get the idea that Omarosa Manigault-Newman is a reckless person – not only with her words but also with the broader decisions she makes in her life – I think you’re getting the idea.


About 20 people attended the white supremacist rally that got nonstop media coverage last weekend

Aug 14, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

About 20 people attended the white supremacist rally that got nonstop media coverage last weekend
Sometimes the media just make things up, and when they do we properly call it fake news.

But just as often, the media create news, and this is a slightly different but still dishonest beast. They did it this past weekend in Charlottesville. It’s a case of their deciding that something is going to be treated as big news before it ever happens, and regardless of whether actual events warrant the attention they’ve decided to give it.


For the first time in a decade, banks are actually paying their depositors

Aug 14, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

For the first time in a decade, banks are actually paying their depositors
Excessively high interest rates are not good. You probably already figured that.

But interest rates that stay near zero for the better part of a decade are not good either, although you’d never know it from the geniuses who run the Federal Reserve. They’ve been keeping interest rates artificially low ever since the mortgage market meltdown of 2008 as a way of loosening credit and, according to them, fighting unemployment.