Dan Calabrese


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VIDEO: Jim Acosta makes demand of Sarah Huckabee Sanders, gets his head handed to him

Aug 2, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

VIDEO: Jim Acosta makes demand of Sarah Huckabee Sanders, gets his head handed to him
This is one of the media’s most obnoxious games, so it’s only natural that their most obnoxious member would be the one playing it here.

I don’t need to tell you that CNN’s Jim Acosta is a self-important, grandstanding jerk. That’s like telling you water is wet.


Trump: Sessions should end Mueller’s investigation right now

Aug 1, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

Trump: Sessions should end Mueller’s investigation right now
Well. This train long ago left the station, but the Mueller investigation never should have happened in the first place. Jeff Sessions never should have recused himself over a perfectly innocuous meeting with a Russian official that took place while he was a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Rod Rosenstein never should have appointed Mueller on the grounds that the firing of James Comey necessitated it.

And the FBI should never have followed the lead of James Clapper and Harry Reid in ramping up this investigation in the first place.


Facebook says it squelched a movement of fake, left-wing ‘resistance’ pages and events

Aug 1, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

Facebook says it squelched a movement of fake, left-wing ‘resistance’ pages and events
Could it be that Facebook sometimes takes action against left-wing fake news just as much as against those they identify – correctly or incorrectly – as fake news on the right?

Cue Bugs Bunny: Eh . . . could be!


VIDEO: Left losing its mind over ad for Florida governor candidate Ron DeSantis

Aug 1, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

VIDEO: Left losing its mind over ad for Florida governor candidate Ron DeSantis
It’s “raising eyebrows.” It’s “controversial.

These are the kinds of things the media tell you when they don’t like something but they have to be careful not to be obvious about their editorializing.


Media commences all-out campaign against indexing capital gains as ‘tax cut for the super-rich

Jul 31, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

Media commences all-out campaign against indexing capital gains as ‘tax cut for the super-rich’
We told you several weeks ago that this is under consideration, and we explained the economic benefits of the move. Indexing capital gains for inflation would simply tax the gains in a manner the better reflects their real value given the impact of inflation. It would also free up more capital to be invested in the productive sector of the economy, which would help ensure that 4.1 percent growth we liked so much in the second quarter doesn’t turn out to be a mere blip.

So how have the media decided to treat this potential growth-friendly policy move? Pretty much exactly as you’d expect them to:


Teenager made stupid tweets years ago: Why is this a news story, media?

Jul 31, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

Trea Turner, Washington Nationals
It’s not news. At all. It doesn’t matter who the teenager is or was. It doesn’t matter if a guy who was a 17-year-old idiot eight years ago is now a 25-year-old major leaguer. His stupid tweet from eight years ago is not something the nation needs to know about.

Why is that the question that needs to be asked? Because it’s important to recognize that the social media rectal exam now being applied to just about every player in baseball – and soon every player in every other sport, and soon we’ll go on from there – becomes a concern to the teams involved only because these things become media firestorms. And that only happens because the news media makes the absurd decision to treat these things as news stories.


Why Christians who voted for Trump aren’t moved by the latest salacious stories

Jul 30, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

Why Christians who voted for Trump aren’t moved by the latest salacious stories
The way I often hear it is this: “If any other president paid hush money to a porn star, Christians would be horrified. But with Donald Trump, they excuse it and don’t care.”

Wrong. We don’t excuse it and we care. I’m sure you can find examples of self-identified Christians saying absurd things about this, but I can tell you without a doubt that the prevailing thought within Christian circles is that we would rather not have a president mixed up in such business.


Here’s why the fundamentals of the economy suggest strong growth could be with us for awhile

Jul 30, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

fundamentals of the economy suggest strong growth
I’m as happy as the next guy that the economy grew 4.1 percent in the second quarter. It’s the most important outcome we wanted to see from the tax cut, deregulation, energy boom and other Trump policies designed to get us to this point. We couldn’t have gotten better news – at this point.

But even Barack Obama had two quarters above 4.0 percent, and one of them topped 5.0 percent. This kind of growth is only a game-changer if it’s a trend. What reason do we have to think that’s in the offing here?


Reuters tries its best to ‘fact check’ Trump’s declaration that the economy is str

Jul 30, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

Reuters tries its best to ‘fact check’ Trump’s declaration that the economy is strong
Generally speaking we regard things like 4.1 percent GDP growth as data, also known as “facts.” Not matters of opinion. GDP growth of 4.1 percent is very strong. It’s a good thing.

But nothing can ever happen that reflects well on the policies of Donald Trump, so our friends in Reuterville have decided they need to explain to us that “the facts are more nuanced” or something.


SOLID: Second quarter GDP growth comes in at 4.1 percent

Jul 27, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

SOLID: Second quarter GDP growth comes in at 4.1 percent
It’s not the scorching 5.0 percent or more that we envisioned in our fondest dreams. It’s not the 4.5 percent that might have prompted us to throw a party. But 4.1 percent growth is well more than solid. It’s the sort of pace that would lead us to exceptional prosperity if it could be sustained over the long term.

Can it? That’s the key question, but the journey of a thousand miles begins with a first step, and we took it in the second quarter.


The ObamaCare tally: 5 million more sign up for private insurance, 24 million more go on Medicaid

Jul 27, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

The ObamaCare tally: 5 million more sign up for private insurance, 24 million more go on Medicaid
Congratulations, taxpayers. You wanted everybody to be able to get health insurance, and in 2008 you voted for the party that said it was time to give them access to it.

They passed ObamaCare, with the promise that private plans offered on the ObamaCare “exchanges” would be fairly priced, market-based and comprehensive. You’d get the coverage you needed, you wouldn’t cost too much and the whole thing would operate in the private sector.


Ryan opposes Rosenstein impeachment resolution; Meadows acknowledges he doesn’t have the votes

Jul 27, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

The whole thing sort of had the feel of a stunt from the beginning.

Not that you couldn’t make the case Rod Rosenstein deserved to be impeached after his repeated flouting of legal congressional subpoenas to produce documents concerning the Russia investigation – particularly the FISA application targeting Carter Page and the texts of Peter Strzok – but when a handful of congressman announce they’ve drafted a resolution without determining if they have widespread support, it sounds more like grandstanding than a serious effort to make something happen.


Trump threatens to impose ‘significant sanctions’ on Turkey if Pastor Andrew Brunson is not released

Jul 26, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

Trump threatens to impose ‘significant sanctions’ on Turkey if Pastor Andrew Brunson is not released immediately

As he should, and probably should have some time ago. But that doesn’t make it any less the right move now.

We told you about Pastor Brunson’s situation back in April. The tyrannical regime of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is making the absurd charge that he was somehow complicit in a coup against the regime, and has proceeded with delays and show trials all designed to avoid the obvious fact that Turkey is punishing Brunson for preaching the Gospel.


Again: Reuters says Trump accuses Twitter of targeting conservatives ‘without offering evidence’

Jul 26, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

Once again: Reuters says Trump accuses Twitter of targeting conservatives ‘without offering evidence
This is getting as annoying as the media’s self-congratulatory “fact-checking” genre. We’re seeing it pretty much every day now. It’s the “Trump says (fill in the blank) without offering evidence” genre.

A new media standard has been born for reporting on the statements of politicians. Starting on January 20, 2017, any time a politician says something, the media breathlessly informs us that the statement was offered without any supporting evidence, regardless of whether evidence as a) actually cited; or b) is so widely recognized that it really isn’t necessary to specifically cite it.


Idiot unties Betsy DeVos’s boat, sets it adrift in Lake Erie

Jul 26, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

Idiot unties Betsy DeVos’s boat, sets it adrift in Lake Erie
I was going to say “leftist loon,” but I’ll be a better man than Paul Krugman and wait until we find out if politics really was a factor. I have my theory and I imagine you do as well, but hey. Maybe it’s just someone who likes to untie other people’s boats.

This happened two days after someone took a pick-axe to Donald Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star, much to the delight of the left on social media, and once people hear about this I imagine you’ll witness the same cheerleading. And if you view it from the leftist mindset, it’s ready-made for Twitter wins, even if it also happens to be a pretty obnoxious thing to do:


Trump’s planet-hating EPA is cleaning up contaminated sites faster than Obama’s did

Jul 25, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

Photo credit: Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
There are some fairly obvious reasons for this. One is that the Obama EPA’s mission was not really to protect the environment. It was to use environmental issues as an excuse to beat up the business community with lawsuits, investigations and regulatory delays. If you really want to clean things up, there’s a lot you can do and there’s money available to do it. The result of doing so successfully, which no Democrat ever wants, is that businesses can build, grow and expand.

While the left/media wails about the Trump EPA wanting to trash the planet, what it’s actually doing is decidedly the opposite:


Scientists discover 12-mile-long lake under the surface of Mars

Jul 25, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

Scientists discover 12-mile-long lake under the surface of MarsI’m not sure this means we’ll soon be making contact with Uncle Martin or Gazoo, you dum dums.

There may not be any life on Mars at all, and Rob is the big Bowie fan so it feels like he should have written this. But water is a necessity for any type of life – plant or animal – and until now we didn’t know for sure that there was any water at all on Mars.


Forget Trump’s ALL CAPS tweet: This speech by Mike Pompeo lays out the real truth about Iran

Jul 24, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

Mike Pompeo lays out the real truth about Iran
Whenever President Trump does something loud and audacious – especially when it’s something the political class doesn’t like – it dominates the news cycle. Not only does the news media prefer flash to substance, they obviously are going to jump all over anything they think gives them the opportunity to portray the president in a negative light.

So of course, everyone heard about this:


Oh by the way, socialist Nicaragua is quickly becoming as big a dumpster fire as Venezuela

Jul 24, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

Before there was Chavista Venezuela, there was Sandinista Nicaragua
Before there was Chavista Venezuela, there was Sandinista Nicaragua.

If you’re younger than 45, you probably have little or no memory of the decade-long battle that took place in the 1980s over support for the Nicaraguan contras. The contras were rebels fighting against the Soviet-backed Sandinista regime led by a Marxist revolutionary named Daniel Ortega. The Reagan Administration believed it was essential to back the contras. The Democrat-controlled Congress loved Ortega and constantly tried to kill funding for any effort to support the contras.


Reuters says Trump ‘offers no evidence’ his campaign was spied on

Jul 23, 2018 — Dan Calabrese

Reuters says Trump ‘offers no evidence’ his campaign was spied on
You may have noticed the media adopted a new standard for presidential utterances as soon as Donald Trump took office. As soon as Trump became president, the media immediately began reporting every statement Trump made along with the editorial comment that he had spoken “without evidence” to back up whatever he said.

That’s funny. I don’t remember them telling us when Barack Obama offered no evidence his critics were racist, or that Harry Reid offered no evidence Mitt Romney hadn’t paid taxes for 10 years, or that Hillary Clinton offered no evidence of the vast right-wing conspiracy, or that Bill Clinton had offered no evidence the federal government could spend people’s money better than they could spend it themselves.