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Doug Sutton is the publisher of Santa Clarita Gazette, Canyon Country and Pet Me Magazine. Doug is active in Rotary Club of Santa Clarita, Heart of the Canyons Church, and a past board member of the local Chamber of Commerce. Doug and Jeannie have been married for 35 years, living in the Santa Clarita Valley for over 20 years, raising their 3 sons here.

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Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | August 15, 2019

I’m Mad as Hell and I’m Not Going…

I know, who cares if I’m not going to take it anymore? How does “not taking it anymore” work anyway? Is it me locking my office door, blasting Eagles (band) music, refusing to rant and refusing to come out until this sick cycle of crap comes to a blessed end? Who would know and who would care anyway? Besides that, if I wait until this sick cycle ends I could be in here for the rest of my life!

Seriously though, in all the years I’ve been writing this rant I can’t remember being as bat-crap-crazy as I’ve been lately with this racist, white supremacy bull manure. Look, I can understand having disagreements on issues, not seeing eye-to-eye on political leanings, but this absolute, nonsensical rhetoric spouted by above average intelligent (seemingly) humans is something I just can’t comprehend. For the sake of their brains still being somewhat intact, I really hope they realize how stupid they sound, but know they have to be that way because they think it’s the only way they can win in 2020!

Think Seriously About This: 

The madness of the media and Dems keeping up non-stop accusations of Trump being a white supremacist caused me to look up the definition; it read: “A person who believes that the white race is better than all other races and should have control over all other races.”

Come on you Trump derangement sufferers, please tell me words and actions of what this man has said or done to cause you to believe that he believes “the white race is better than all other races and he should have control over all other races?!” Don’t give me the poppycock of him saying that some illegals coming in to our country are criminals, saying the squad should go back to where they came from or Baltimore is a horrible place to live. Seriously, if you think those words represent the definition of a white supremacist then I almost feel sorry for you. And if you think statements like those cause sick people to shoot other people, than I definitely feel sorry for you.

Do You Know Any?

Do you know any white supremacists in your neighborhood, your church, the grocery store you go to, where you take your car to get serviced, restaurants you frequent, casual acquaintances, friends or friends of friends? Have you ever been introduced to someone and the introducer says, “This is John Smith, he’s a white supremacist.” Me neither, it’s almost made-up. I’m sure there are some fringe ones hiding out in the depths of the internet, but I don’t think many can be found because they’re hiding and I’m not sure we can easily find them if we wanted to.

I tell you what though, its way easier to find far left extremists who anguish over the horribleness of what makes our country great and there are a lot more of those types of folks then there are white supremacists. If the left doesn’t like the way our president runs this country so be it, but they shouldn’t try to pull the race card with the absurdity of him being a white supremacist, it’s unbecoming of their intelligence.

I’m Proud To Be White!

Yea, I said it — I’m sick of the attack on white people. I’m proud to be white, just as anyone should be proud of who they are. We are all equal in God’s eyes and it’s his opinion that matters most to me. Before someone pulls the same card race card on me that lefties are pulling on Trump, I’m pulling the anti-racist card (something I don’t like doing, because it puts me unnecessarily on the defensive). I grew up with black and Latino friends, the first roommates I had when I moved out of my parent’s house were black, and to this day I have the same type of friends.

These days many on the left are trying to shame us white humans for being the race we are when we were born, which of course we didn’t have anything to with. Just because we were born white and there have been atrocities done to people of color through the years doesn’t mean we should be shamed into guilt for other people’s evil ways, when we didn’t have a stinking thing to do with that evil. We shouldn’t be shamed into guilt for our whiteness by folks who live life with emotional idealism that only serves to sooth their out-of-balance, negative thoughts.  

And Another Thing!

I find the rubbish of this white privilege stuff making me bat-crap-crazy as much as the other nonsense I addressed in this rant. I’m not privileged because I was born white; I’m privileged because I live in the greatest nation on earth that allows ANYONE, of any COLOR to live a good life because of the foundation this country was built on. Sure those who grew up in poverty, through no fault of their own, have a harder time climbing the ladder of a successful life, but millions have including people I’ve known over the years.

Those folks, no matter their color, no matter the situation they grew up in, had the opportunity to thrive because of capitalism that gives anyone who strives and works hard to live a good, meaningful life. That’s what I call being privileged and the color of someone’s skin has nothing to do with it. The privilege we all have is living in the USA and don’t get me started on the left decrying the evil of American Exceptionalism, that will have to wait for another rant.

Stupid Words:

Rosanna Arquette, Actress:

“I’m sorry I was born white and privileged. It disgusts me. And I feel so much shame.”

Unknown:

Today I had a vasectomy because I’m terrified of having babies in an era of climate crisis.”

Adam Schiff:

“We just had a hearing in the Intelligence Committee about this, because the threat domestically from white supremacist violence now I think is eclipsing the threat from the doctrinarians of ISIS and al-Qaida and the like in terms of domestic crimes.”

Elizabeth Warren:

“Today I was asked whether the president is a white Supremacist, I said yes.”

Rob Reiner:

“The case for the Impeachment of the grotesque Presidency of Donald Trump is overwhelming. Our 243 yr. experiment in Democratic self rule is on a collision course with racist White Nationalism. Congress must act as if America’s life depends on it. Because it does.”

Julian Castro:

“As we saw in El Paso Americans were killed because you (Trump) stoked the fire of racists, innocent people were shot down because they look different than you.”

Elie Mystal:

People of color are already targeted under this administration; I have no problem with shining the light back on the donors who fund this kind of racialized hate. I mean I go further, I want pitchforks and torches outside Stephen Ross’ house in the Hamptons. I’ve been to the Hamptons, it’s very nice. There’s no reason why it has to be. There’s no reason he should be able to have a nice little party.”

Malcolm Nance, MSNBC:

“These people feel that they are the foot soldiers and executors of what the disenfranchisement that the white race is feeling and Donald Trump is giving them subliminal orders in their head.”

Quotes, Quips and Headlines:

“Many black men are in prison for breaking & entering. The sentence is anywhere between 4 months to 4 yrs in prison—time which they are separated from their families. Nobody cares. But get caught breaking into a country? Public outcry & TV crews arrive to interview sad children.”  (Candace Owens)

“Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids.”  (Joe Biden)

*Can you imagine if Donald Trump would have said that? Oh my word the press would have melted down faster than the Dodgers’ bull pen. But because Uncle Joe is a Dem favorite, he gets a free pass. The hypocrisy of this, what Candace Owen and Larry Elder referred to is getting seriously sick and I see no end in sight. (Me)

“4 killed, 43 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings: An 8-yr-old girl shot in Humboldt Park, 16-yr-old boy killed in a shooting in Little Village” Q: How many do you think were killed by white supremacists? (Larry Elder)

While researching my upcoming book The United States of Trump, we could not find one example of the President discussing skin color in a pejorative way or promoting Caucasian dominance.” (Bill O’Reilly)

*If he had O’Reilly would say so. (Me)

It’s always WHITE LIBERALS telling other white people they’re racist. I worked for the biggest urban media radio company and you know who tried to tell me I was racist for supporting the President? My WHITE liberal boss. (Alex Clark)

“Anthony Scaramucci, who was quickly terminated (11 days) from a position that he was totally incapable of handling, now seems to do nothing but television as the all time expert on President Trump. Like many other so-called television experts, he knows very little about me.”   (President Trump)

*Can you imagine if Scaramucci was African American??? (Me)

Letters to the Ranter:

Doug,

What an amazing and informative publication this is! What with Barnathan, Stephen Smith, Rob Werner, and Doug’s Rants, the SC Gazette has become my favorite news and opinion source. The recent edition with Ms. Valladares has certainly shown she’d be a great representative. I’ve been very impressed with Mr. Garcia and think he’s the candidate to take on Katie Hill next time around. To the SCG, keep up the great work! Mark

Doug,

Wow was John Boston spot on with his article about Katy Hill this morning (last Saturday’s Signal). I can’t help but wonder in addition to what Mr. Boston wrote what the makeup of the House would be if the SNIPE HUNT had not been going on. How many voters voted for the Demo Brats because of the smoke from the Mueller camp?

Let’s see, I don’t like criminals. Every race has criminals. Does that make me a Universal Racist? Remember the old song with the line “I don’t like anyone very much”? If you remember the song it might be time for it to be remade because the strife continues.

I believe we have had global warming since the Ice Age. I believe we have had global population growth since the Ice Age. There are now about 15 billion people on the planet (I counted them. All but a few like President Trump). So 15 billion people exhaling 98.6 24/7 and if the average water content for these people equals 80 pounds that is 10 gallons of water or 150 billion gallons of water also raised to 98.6 . (I have not weighed them all yet)

I wonder how many of the folks echoing the anti Trump bull really believe in what they are doing or are protecting a paycheck and enjoying the unexpected 401K growth as a result of President Trump’s administration. Dan

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | August 8, 2019

Sad Déjà Vu:

Sadly another rant following a mass shooting(s), unfortunately this scenario has occurred way too many times over the years. The senseless violence is bewildering enough, but the ultra politicizing of these tragedies that immediately follows each event is equally bewildering.

This is what I have written right after each time in the aftermath of mass shootings.

Why in the world does all of this stuff seem to be happening in droves? Why do we see just a few days go by until another tragedy hits? Is it, as many believe, God slowly removing his hand of protection from the world that has been keeping this bad stuff in check? Is this the beginning of the end, as the Bible describes, or is it a higher rate of mental illness that is invading society? Is it an increased culture of hate that is motivating the mentally ill to act out on their delusions?  I’ve always maintained that when Adam and Eve screwed up and God allowed sin and free will into the human race, a ton of unjustly bad stuff has happened to millions of people for many years. Sadly, and unfortunately, what we’re seeing now is not going to end anytime soon.

What really gets me is the hypocrisy eruption of the blame game that happens, particularly since President Trump came into office. Come on, did anyone blame Bernie Sanders when one of his supporters shot up the baseball field where Republican Congressmen where practicing, nearly killing one of them?

The El Paso shooting has resulted in a heap of blame on Trump, but the Dayton shooter was a fan of Elizabeth Warren. Do you hear any blame being shoved her way?

What about the 24 mass shootings that killed 236 and wounded 512 people while Obama was president, did anyone on the right even come close to placing blame on him?

Placing blame on anyone for the actions of mentally ill killers is just plain rubbish making no sense at all. Using the actions of someone with a disease of the brain for political purposes is a crying shame.

Stupid Words:

 I become more and more flabbergasted with each passing day at what left leaning folks are spewing out of their pie holes. In fact, I’m having trouble finding words to use to effectively reflect what my ranting feelings are on the utter stupidity of these words.

The scary thing is the number people who buy into this stupid rhetorical nonsense as reality.  I need someone, anyone, to please fill me in on how the following statements can be placed somewhere, anywhere, in the realm of common sense reality – please, I dare you!

Rep. Ilhan Omar:” I would say our country should be more fearful of white men across our country because they are actually causing most of the deaths within this country. And so if fear was the driving force of policies to keep America safe — Americans safe inside of this country — we should be profiling, monitoring, and creating policies to fight the radicalization of white men.”

Reza Aslan, professor at the University of California, Riverside: “After today, there is no longer any room for nuance. The president is a white nationalist terror leader, His supporters – ALL OF THEM – are by definition white nationalist terror supporters. The MAGA hat is a KKK hood, and this evil, racist scourge must be eradicated from society.”

Joe Scarborough: “For those of you funding Donald Trump’s re-election campaign, you may want to take note: Because you keep writing checks to this president, it’s on you…because you are funding this white supremacist campaign…It is your money that is funding this white supremacy.”

Kirsten Gillibrand: “The first thing I’m going to do as president is I am going to Clorox the Oval Office,”

Andrew Yang: “We are too late. We are 10 years too late. We need to do everything we can to start moving the climate in the right direction but we also need to start moving our people to higher ground.”

Kirsten Gillibrand: “I can explain it to white women in the suburbs, When their son is walking down the street with a bag of M&Ms in his pocket, wearing a hoodie, his whiteness is what protects him from not being shot.”

Frank Figliuzzi, former FBI assistant director for counterintelligence and MSNBC contributor:”The President said that we will fly our flags at half-mast until August 8th. That’s 8/8. The numbers 88 are very significant in neo-Nazi and white supremacy movement. Why? Because the letter H is the eighth letter of the alphabet and, to them, the numbers 88 together stand for Heil Hitler. So, we’re going to be raising the flag back up at dusk on 8/8. No one is thinking about this. No one is giving him the advice or he’s rejecting the advice. So understand your adversary to counter the adversary.” 

MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace:”You now have a president, as you said, who is talking about exterminating Latinos”.

Potty Mouth Candidates:  

Cory Booker:”Listening to the president, such bull sh-t soup of ineffective words, this is so weak. We should condemn his lack of a real plan. 

Tim Ryan:”Mitch McConnell needs to get off his a** and do something. Republicans need to get their sh-t together and stop pandering to the NRA. Period.” 

Beto O’Rourke: “What do you think? You know the sh-t he’s been saying. He’s been calling Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals. I don’t know, like, members of the press, what the f–k?”

Gotta Share This:

These are portions of someone else’s rant that ended up in my email.

To the 535 voting members of the Legislature, it is now official that the majority of you are corrupt morons

The U.S. Postal Service was established in 1775. You have had 244 years to get it right and it is broke.

 Social Security was established in 1935. You have had 84 years to get it right and it is broke.

Fannie Mae was established in 1938. You have had 81 years to get it right and it is broke.

War on Poverty started in 1964. You have had 45 years to get it right; $1 trillion of our money is confiscated each year and transferred to “the poor” and they only want more. 

Medicare and Medicaid were established in 1965. You have had 44 years to get it right and they are broke.

Freddie Mac was established in 1970. You have had 49 years to get it right and it is broke.

You have FAILED in every “government service” you have shoved down our throats while overspending our tax dollars. I know what’s wrong. We have lost our minds to “Political Correctness!” We’re “broke” & can’t help our own Seniors, Veterans, Orphans, Homeless etc. In the last few months we have provided aid to Haiti, Chile, and Turkey…And now Pakistan previous home of bin Laden. Literally, BILLIONS of DOLLARS!!! (And you can’t agree to a simple $5B for a wall to help keep us safe?!!!) Our retired seniors living on a ‘fixed income’ receive no aid nor do they get any breaks…

 AMERICA: a country where we have homeless without shelter, children going to bed hungry, elderly going without ‘needed’ meds, and mentally ill without treatment – etc, etc. And the CRAZIES in California want to give “free” medical care to illegal aliens. This is stupid!!! Imagine if the *GOVERNMENT* gave ‘US’ the same support they give to other countries. Sad isn’t it?

Every bit of this is a great example of the absolute incompetence of our government, and the more people who rely on the government the more messed-up things become. This is way I am so pessimistic that a solution to our debt crisis will ever come to pass, as the incompetence leads us down the path to a very painful financial collapse.

 Quotes, Quips and Headlines:

 The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left. (Ecclesiastes 2:10)

*Hey, those are God’s words, not mine. (Me)

Charles Barkley stands by his argument that Dems haven’t done a damn thing to help the black community (Headline)

*How racist can you get, isn’t that how the race bait fanatics will take this?  Sir Charles (or the round mound of rebound as he was called in college) is an African American who is well-balanced and calls ‘em as he sees ‘em.  (Me)

“The only way to remove Trump is to crush Trump. And that’s the question that has to be asked, who can crush Trump? Who’s the street fighter?  Michelle Obama would beat him. She would beat him in the debates. He wouldn’t be able to bully her, he wouldn’t be able to nickname her.” (Michael Moore)

*Of course she would, we all know how brilliant and astute Michael Moore is, right?  (Me)

It’s WAY more fun to cry “white nationalism”–and exaggerate white anti-black racism–than to deal with black-on-black murders–a problem FAR more serious.” (Larry Elder)

*A serious problem that is never spoken of by those who spew out the white supremacist accusations at President Trump #IgnorantHypocrisy. (Me)

“One man with a gun can control a hundred without one.” (Vladimir Lenin)

“To conquer a nation, first disarm its citizens.” (Adolf Hitler) 

Gun control is like trying to reduce drunk driving by making it tougher for sober people to own cars. (Unknown)

*All food for thought as the onslaught for gun control swirls around us. (Me)

“Look, one of the saddest things we’re seeing is our colleges and universities trying really hard to raise a generation of pansies” (Ted Cruz)

*Not only pansies, but socialists, political correctness fanatics and warped views on the reality of real life. I’m not sure how some of these kids are going to be able to exist, becoming well-rounded, contributing members of society in the real world. (Me)

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | August 1, 2019

I Messed Up:

I was going to watch the debate Tuesday evening (we went to press Wednesday evening before the second debate) so I could convey my dismay to you. I tried, I really did try to watch, but it was unwatchable for me. I found myself consciously gravitating back and forth between the Dodgers’ game and Fox News.

I woke up feeling guilty for letting you down and I’m truly sorry (sort of). I fell short on my ranting duty and hope you’ll find it in your heart to forgive me; but I just couldn’t take it, even for three minutes. The absolute nonsense that was being flung from that stage had my brain going in a direction it shouldn’t have gone. So I bailed on you and the debate for the sake of my sanity (and my wife and dog).

I’m Almost Rantless:

If you’ve been a reader of this space for any length of time you may recall one of my most frequent topics to rant on is the national debt, which seems to keep growing as fast as the speed of light. When I heard about the proposed budget that increases spending by umpteen billion dollars I just threw my hands in the air thinking, “Is it going to take a major financial collapse to get these people to understand how dangerous their actions, or inactions for that matter, are?”

Why can’t they see the facts that we will soon be spending more on interest payments on the debt than on Medicaid or the military all while Social Security and Medicare spiral toward insolvency?

I must say I find it hugely disappointing that for all of the good things President Trump has done for this country, he is dropping the ball from the top of his Tower in New York on this one; with huge consequences staring each and every one of us in the face.

And it’s just not him; the conservatives in Congress are as complicit as he is in apparently ignoring this critical issue.  Heck, they might as well join forces with the Dems on thinking climate change is the greatest potential of harm to this country.  Delusional green thinking results in the same non-action on deficit spending then what Republicans are getting done, which is NOTHING!

I May Just Do IT:

I tell you what, if hell were to freeze over and one of the Democratic presidential candidates were to suddenly make eliminating deficit spending their top campaign promise I may just throw my support to them. That’s how strongly I feel about this issue, because I may not be around to experience the horrendous living conditions a financial crisis could cause because of astronomical debt, but my young adult sons and grandchildren will and that thought horrifies me.

I don’t think I have to worry about any of the Democratic candidates taking a strong stance on this though, as everyone of them is touting spend-spend-spend to garner votes as they dream of becoming president. They best be careful of what they wish for, because if they become the person in charge they could have the biggest economic mess facing them imaginable.                      

The Height of Political Correctness & Hypocrisy:   

This racism nonsense is wearing me out and at the rate its going it will surpass the number of rants I’ve done on the debt. I seriously need someone to explain to me how the things the president has said equates to racism on his part, I really do, because I just don’t get it.

I’m not sure if “identity racism” is the correct name for it, but that’s what it seems to be to me. If A.O.C + 3 happened to be Caucasian women would his comments have ignited such fury? If Elijah Cummings was a white guy and Trump reacted to his lies about conditions at the border by lashing back with the Baltimore comments, I bet not much would be made of it.

It’s all so hypocritical it makes me bat-crap-crazy. Bernie Sanders said worse things about that area of Baltimore than Trump did, was he accused of being a racist?

Dr. Ben Carson said that when he used to perform surgery on kids who lived in that run down area of Baltimore, and he would delay releasing them from the hospital for as long as possible because he didn’t want them returning to those living conditions, was he labeled a racist for saying that?

Obama is recorded as saying the area was “full of thug criminals.” When the ex-Mayor of Baltimore was in office she was recorded exclaiming “What the hell? We should just take all this sh*t down …Whoa, you can smell the rats, Whew, Jesus…oh, my God, you can smell the dead animals.”

Trump tweeted, “Rep, Elijah Cummings has been a brutal bully, shouting and screaming at the great men & women of Border Patrol about conditions at the Southern Border, when actually his Baltimore district is FAR WORSE and more dangerous. His district is considered the Worst in the USA…..”

“As proven last week during a Congressional tour, the Border is clean, efficient & well run, just very crowded. Cumming District is a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess. If he spent more time in Baltimore, maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous & filthy place.”

Again, if Cummings was Caucasian and the area of Baltimore was predominately white, would there have been any reaction to Trump’s tweets at all? I think it’s a sign of the times and a shame that perceived political correctness is at the root of the racist accusations the President is enduring. As usual political correctness easily slides into a distorted version of reality that unfairly labels a person with unfounded accusations.

Sometimes You Gotta:

I should just leave this alone, but sometimes you gotta push back, especially when it relates to this publication my wife and I have put our heart and soul into for 21 years.

I’m also responding because this relates to Facebook and the convenient way it allows people to write things they won’t say to your face. If you ask me it’s a chicken crap way to fling criticisms at a business that not only hurts those it’s directed at, but also unfairly skews the opinion of others who may not even be aware a business such as the Gazette exists. So now before they even set eyes on this paper they think it’s lousy.

 

This was posted on Facebook last week in a Santa Clarita community group that has 20,000 followers.

  Slow news day, I guess. #hardhittingjournalism

Look, the Gazette, and yours truly, have been criticized numerous times over the years. This is fine, but usually it’s done in a mature way, in written form that allows readers of the Gazette to make their own determination as to the validly of the complaint.

The gentleman who posted this has been a Gazette detractor in the past on Facebook and I’ve communicated to him that we will gladly publish anything he or his fellow Gazette haters wish to submit. Someone said I should push back on Facebook when this happens and I will tell you I’ve been-there-done-that in the past until I was blue in the face. At the time I remembered what my Dad told me a long time ago, “Don’t get in a pissing match with a skunk, because you’ll be the one who ends up stinking, not the skunk.

As far as editorial content is concerned, the Gazette is a weekly paper and our “news day” is unlike that of a daily paper that can capture the news from the previous day. A weekly paper that has a daily paper in its market has to be half newspaper-half magazine.

Just because one dude on Facebook thinks having a story about Ted Nugent’s show at the Canyon Club constitutes a slow news day, doesn’t mean there weren’t hundreds of readers who enjoyed reading the article. So take that, Facebook post, and shove it!  I know that’s not very mature, but sometimes you just gotta…

 Quotes, Quips and Headlines:

“It’s your money folks and they’re just pissing it away.” (Neil Cavuto during his Saturday morning show on Fox News, talking about the new budget the House passed)   

*The way new management is at Fox News, I’m surprised Neil didn’t get suspended for that one, even though it’s the gospel truth. (Me)

“There are certain things you’re not supposed to say. You’re not supposed to criticize anything the Democrats run. You’re not supposed to criticize anything where minorities are involved because that’s automatically labeled racist.” (Rush Limbaugh)

*So true, back when Obama was in charge, any criticism of him was labeled racist. But, when African American Cory Booker says he wants to punch the president in the mouth, no big deal, right? Can you imagine if any white candidate would have said they wanted to punch Obama in the mouth? Hypocrisy at its finest!

“Wherever you find this decadent decay, you’re going to find Democrats have run the operation, or the city, the state, whatever it is, the county, for decades.” (Rush Limbaugh)

*Did this all start with LBJ’s war on poverty that kick-started the huge amounts of dollars pumped into helping the poor, but was also the start of creating generations of people who rely solely on the government for financial survival and in turn created a malaise type attitude that has led to decadent decay?  (Me)

“The Democrats need a permanent underclass of people that are incapable of self-reliance. And so these situations are allowed to fester. They never do anything to improve the quality of the lives of their constituents. Their constituents are as unhappy today as they were 50 years ago.” (Rush Limbaugh)

*Why do you think Dems are so eager for open borders? They need a whole new group of voters who are reliant on the government to survive. (Me)

Letters to the Ranter:

Hey Doug I guess you didn’t watch so let me give you a Summation of Mueller’s testimony:

  1. trump dangled pardons to those who, as trump said it-”continue to tow the Republican party line of lying and covering up for our crimes”
  2. trump’s AG Barr LIED to America
  3. There was no “hoax”
  4. There was no “witch hunt”
  5. trump is not exonerated
  6. Russians put trump in office
  7. trump lied under oath in writing
  8. trump threatened a gov official in an attempt to get him to falsify documents
  9. trump asked Hope Hicks to lie to voters and Hicks did lie for trump
  10. Candidate trump’s campaign illegally paid cover-up money and lied to covered up that crime, running illegally for office in the first place
  11. trump and campaign lied and tried to cover up illegal meetings with Russians to get dirt on Hillary
  12. trump has obstructed justice x10. John

 Yeah, first time, mark it down, I don’t agree with Doug and couldn’t even read through this. Do NOT feel sorry for Mueller. He had innocent people put in prison since Bush Sr was in office. Some even killed themselves with the ruins of their lives. And after the cases were dismissed in the Supreme Court for illegal persecution/prosecution on American citizens, the families lives have never been the same. He is a cancer in a rogue non elected group of officials that have complete control over Americans, illegally and Un-Constitutionally. Bob Mueller should be put in prison. Wendy Facebook Post

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | July 25, 2019

Sad, Very Sad:

The Robert Mueller hearing fiasco on Wednesday had various twists and turns, but what got me was the man himself. I felt sorry for Mueller and especially his family. While he may be one heck of an actor who was trying to deceive members of the committees, to me he seemed like someone whose age is starting to catch up with him and it was there for the entire world to see.

Maybe what got me was that he is about the same age my late father was when he started showing the same sort of confusion and forgetfulness I saw with Mueller as he struggled with the questions that were flung at him. My Dad was sharp as a tack until it became obvious he just wasn’t the same guy anymore, and we all knew it.

Whoever came up with the idea, arranged, cajoled and forced Robert Mueller to that witness stand should be absolutely ashamed of themselves! Those who worked with him or interviewed him had to have known he should NOT have been put in that position. While it may not have been appropriate if he were my Dad, I would have been in someone’s face on Thursday with a “You selfish SOB, how could you have done that to my Dad and our family, why didn’t you have one of his Lieutenants up there?!”                         

As far as the hearing itself, I think L. Rob Werner, one of our contributing columnists, summed it up best:

Four things evident from Mueller’s congressional testimony:
1. Trump did not like being investigated.
2. Mueller chose not to investigate the origins, lies and other credibility issues related to those making the claim of Trump-Russian collusion.
3. Democrats want Trump impeached for being against the investigation.
4. Republicans want Democrats and government officials investigated and criminally prosecuted for manufacturing false claims of Trump-Russia collusion.

 Go, Mike, Go!

I first became aware of Mike Garcia this past April when it was announced he was running for Katie Hill’s seat. We did a short brief on his candidacy at the time, but it wasn’t until I heard Mike speak at a Lincoln Club luncheon that I realized he is the real deal and has the best shot of making Hill a one and done representative of our district.

If you are a fellow right-leaner I’m telling you this guy is a straight shooting conservative who articulates his thought values well. If Mike Garcia can take over Hill’s seat, we’ll have a solid, common sense Republican this district deserves, void of Dem-like thinking that is permeating this state and the swamp!

On July 13th The Signal published a guest commentary written by Mike; these are portions from the piece I think are important to share for those who didn’t see it.

“As a former Navy fighter pilot who served this country for almost 20 years and as a first-generation American, I feel compelled to highlight how dangerous Rep. Hill’s behavior is to the Antelope Valley, Simi Valley and the Santa Clarita Valley.”

“Katie Hill pulled a bait-and-switch on the people of our district. As a candidate for Congress, Hill supported the idea of more border security. But once elected she is now on the other side of the argument, standing in solidarity with the open border members of the extreme left of the Democrat Party. Hill has firmly put party politics and her allegiances to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and New York City socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez above the interests and safety of her own constituents. Her actions as a freshman representative have done nothing to protect us and our children.”

“Hill supports the American Dream and Promise act of 2019, a program that grants amnesty and educational benefits to 2.5 million illegal immigrants regardless of their criminal records, while taxpaying American citizens struggle to provide quality education for our own children.”

“Katie Hill has shown us that she has more concern for people attempting to illegally cross our border than she does for us and our own children. When President Trump announced on Feb. 15 that the border was in fact a national emergency, Katie Hill went on numerous national news stations stating the president was “acting like a toddler” with “pretend facts.”  She accused the president of “political terrorism.”

“As long as Katie Hill and the leftist extremists push liberal policies that promise sanctuary and free stuff, millions upon millions of people will continue to try to break into America, and the squalor of their experience will only get worse.”

“Politicians will say anything to get elected. I’m not a politician. I’m a fighter pilot and rational business man. I swore an oath to protect the Constitution of the United States of America. That oath has no expiration date. I fought for my country. I was ready to die for my country and the oath didn’t come off with the uniform.”

For some it’s too early for endorsements, but I’m jumping in with both feet with a strong endorsement for Garcia, as have several others in the district. I urge you to see for yourself what Mike stands for and make your own decision.

 No, Katie, No!

I saw where Katie Hill co-sponsored a bill that passed the House entitled “The Raise the Wage Act.”  It may as well be called “The Raise in Unemployment Act,” because that’s exactly what will happen if this thing is fully enacted in upcoming years. It flabbergasts me that someone as intelligent as Hill can’t see the negative ramifications of the government forcing businesses (particularly small businesses) to pay certain wages.

The yearly wage increase is estimated to be $2,760 per worker, so if you have ten employees that would equal a $27,600 increase in expense. How in the world can a small business absorb that?!  They can’t and won’t, so what are they going to do? They’ll cut expenses by cutting workers. Why can’t Hill and her cohorts see the common sense behind that and not give in to feel-good emotional idealism that lacks common sense and ends up hurting more than helping?

I’m reminded of a nephew of mine who owns three or four restaurants in the Bay Area. He is as left wing as one can be (which leads to very interesting and lively conversations when see each other), but he absolutely hates minimum wage laws. As liberal as he is, he detests the notion of the government dictating what he has to pay his employees. If my ultra left wing nephew can see the harm wage control does to businesses, what can’t congress people like Katie Hill see the same thing?

 Just When You Think…..

I think that old cliché is out the window these days, particularly when it comes to progressive thinking, because when we think it won’t get much weirder it does.

The headlines last week read; “Berkeley Bans Gendered Language” and “Manholes in Berkeley will now be called maintenance holes.”  Are they serious right now, they actually took the time during their city council meetings to propose and vote on this?!

Wait, they did pass something constructive during the meeting, it was banning the use of natural gas piping in new construction. That in and of itself is fuel for ranting, but the other accomplishment in that meeting of SUPER PROGRESSIVES  dwarf the rubbish of green thinking.

Not only will manholes be called maintenance holes, manpower will be referred to as human effort, and man-made objects will be described with terms like human-made, artificial, manufactured, machine made or synthetic. Gendered professional terms like fireman, firewoman and craftsman will be swapped out for gender-neutral substitutes like firefighter and craftspeople. Heirs will become beneficiaries.

I respectfully ask for my left-leaning friends and readers to please get back to me and explain how any of this helps the city of Berkeley and their citizens in real life situations. Seriously, because this totally baffles me and the only thing I think of is this City Council is a bunch of Kamala Harris and squad wannabes!

Quotes, Quips and Headlines:

It is possible that on entering this church, you may hear the call of God. On the other hand, it is not likely that he will contact you by phone. Thank you for turning off your phone. If you would like to talk to God, come in, choose a quiet place and talk to him. If you would like to see him, send him a text while driving.

 This notice can now be found in some French churches. Perhaps its adoption in the U. S. is long overdue.

“Google may well be the most powerful company on the face of the planet because they have a monopoly on information, on what you know and what I know. And not only that, but Google owns YouTube, which is the second-most popular website on the face of the planet. And the problem is, they use monopoly powers to silence voices they don’t like.” (Ted Cruz)

*Yeah, just ask Dennis Prager who has had 56 of his 320 five-minute videos, and other videos he’s produced, restricted on YouTube.    (Me)

“Google has even restricted access to a video on the Ten Commandments. Yes, the Ten Commandments. We have repeatedly asked Google why our videos are restricted, no explanation is ever given.” (Dennis Prager)

*Sad state of affairs when the most powerful company in the world doesn’t want to expose God’s word to its customers. (Me)

“This is the guy running these women. Not to say they don’t have their own brains. Don’t misunderstand. But he’s the money behind it. He’s the sugar daddy. He’s a trust-fund kid in his thirties, and he’s the energetic, inspirational leader behind Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and this other bunch of freshmen. He sets the policy for the squad. He’s the one that created the Green New Deal…He writes their speeches. They are his minions. He controls the money.” (Rush Limbaugh on Saikat Chakrabarti, A.O.C.’s Chief of Staff)

*Come to think of it, I wasn’t too sure the squad had the smarts to come up with the stuff they do. (Me)

“Everyone loves Donald Trump, they just don’t know it yet.” (Mike Lindell, the ‘My Pillow guy.’)

Letters to the Ranter:

Doug,

As for Linda (not the Gary wife) Horton, she is mild in her criticism of my cartoons.  I also used to read in the Signal the Doonesbury comic strip that Linda misses.  And that doesn’t mean we are far left or that we support politicians when they embrace rioters, assaulters, and suppressors of opposing speech on campuses and in the public arenas of thought.  We would never break windows, burn buildings, slug people or throw things at police.  And we wouldn’t use the sight of a hat as an excuse to turn violent.   TP   

Doug,

I enjoy reading the Gazette news and opinions every week, both right and left articles. I especially enjoy your rants since I am closely aligned with your opinions and thoughts about the world around us. Lee Barnathan is a great reporter of the news too. Jimmie

 

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | July 18, 2019

I Swore I Wouldn’t:

When the Trump tweet fiasco exploded all over media outlets like a huge bomb shell of a disaster, I swore to myself I wouldn’t touch it in this space. I didn’t want to waste time or space on something I thought would blow over in a day, but as I start my weekly routine with this aspect of the job, “tweet gate” is out of control.

This thing is overflowing the brim of political correctness with such poppycock it’s sickening. Those four women have managed to control almost one hundred percent of the media’s narrative this week with such meaningless rubbish that it is almost unlistenable.

How Trump’s tweeted words were turned into a racist firestorm, I don’t get. I’ll tell you what though, if those women and their far left brethren want to get into interpretation of words, take a listen to what they’ve said about America, Israel and Al Qaeda, to name a few. Their words were hurtful to Jews, families of loved ones who have died as a result of terrorist groups, and were downright unpatriotic.

The President’s tweets were snowflake in nature compared to the AOC gang’s words and to be honest I’d tell them something worse then to go back to where they came from! Another thing for the ladies; get over it and concentrate on things that really matter.

Cold Sweat:                    

As I was half paying attention to a show on Fox News the other day, the commentator said something about “the Speaker of the House, the person who is third in line to become president of the United States should know better…” I froze in my tracks at the thought of “Nervous Nancy” becoming our president with the possibility sending sub-freezing chills throughout my blood stream.

My next thought was President Trump and Vice President Pence should never be in the same vicinity from now on, because if, God forbid, some tragedy were to beset them, the unthinkable would occur. In your worst nightmare can you imagine Nancy Pelosi as our president?!

These are some of her gems from the past:

“Unemployment benefits are creating jobs faster than practically any other program.”

Hamas is a humanitarian organization.

But we have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.

Our view of the law is that it – if somebody is here without sufficient documentation, which is not reason for deportation.

You cannot cut your way to deficit reduction.

“It’s almost a false argument to say we have a spending problem.”

Civilization as we know it today would be in jeopardy if the Republicans win the Senate.

 Everybody will have lower rates, better quality, and better access.

I don’t remember saying that everybody in the country would have a lower premium.

The preceding quotes show her true political acumen which could make us beg for Obama to come back. For the sake of political correctness I’ll ignore the fact that she’s 79 years old (it’s beginning to show in my opinion), but most of all I’ll try and put this potential disaster out of my head, just like I’m doing with the thought of Kamala Harris becoming president!

 Speaking of Nightmares:

I’m hearing more and more conservative pundits predicting Kamala Harris will be the Democratic nominee to run against Trump. My biggest fear if this scenario were to come true would be the avalanche of identity political marketing that would engulf low information voters.

Can’t you hear it now coming from “the squad,” Nancy Pelosi, Mrs. Bill Clinton and even Harris herself, “We need a women and a person of color to lead this nation.”  The ads will be coming at us from all directions exclaiming a woman of color is much better suited to be this country’s president than the evil Trump.

Of course the Dem’s message probably won’t bother to address facts contrasting   policy stances of the two candidates. Rather, you can bet the message will be strong with playing on voter’s emotions, as such was the case in the marketing strategy utilized by Barack Obama’s and Mrs. Bill Clinton’s campaigns.

I’m reminded of the lady the day after Obama’s victory in 2008 who exclaimed to the camera, “Now I won’t have to worry about my mortgage and my cell phone!”  That type of thinking will probably be used as a campaign strategy and will be the Dem’s subliminal message to low information folks to garner their votes. If it works like it did for Obama, Kamala Harris will be sitting pretty in the White House come 2021 and the socialistic mud will start hitting the fan shortly after that!

Quotes, Quips and Headlines:

Rep. Ilhan Omar says President Trump launched a ‘blatantly racist attack’ on duly elected members of Congress (Headline)

*What Rush said (below) (Me)

“The news reporting’s all over the place. Donald Trump’s racist tweets, Donald Trump’s xenophobic tweets, Donald Trump rotten, horrible scumbag. Donald Trump racist, Donald Trump blatant xenophobe. Donald Trump did not mention race once in these tweets. Trump did not mention race. Trump did not even mention color! Trump did not mention people of color! Trump did not tell anybody to go home! He said,’ Go home and fix it and come back and show us how it’s done’. These are the people who are constantly threatening or offering to leave if they lose elections, and they never do leave.”  (Rush Limbaugh)

*AOC and her comrades are now being referred to as “The Squad.”  I tell you what, they ain’t the Mod Squad, and I would call them the Lost Squad or the One-and-Done Squad. (Me)

“The bottom line is, folks, that whenever anybody of any stature on our side criticizes a Democrat, it’s automatically racism. It’s automatically xenophobia. It’s automatically bigotry. It’s automatically homophobia. It’s automatically all the clichés. They don’t even listen.”  (Rush Limbaugh)

*When I grow up I wanna be just like Rush.  (Me)

“I have an advantage of knowing the president very well and he’s not a racist,

His comments are not racist, but he loves the country very much. And he has a feeling that those who represent the country should love it as well.” (Ben Carson)

“Donald Trump and Nancy Pelosi found themselves on the same side of the race card.

AOC suggested that Nancy Pelosi is racist for explicit singling out of newly elected women of color. No, AOC, Pelosi, like Trump criticized your character, not your color.” (Larry Elder)

*For those who may not be aware, Ben Carson and Larry Elder are African American and are both able to discern the difference between real racism and made up racism used for political purposes. (Me)

Lindsey Graham claims border fraud so prevalent ‘a terrorist could easily get in.’ (Headline)

*This is the type of problem the “squad ladies” should be focusing on instead of the other nonsense they obsess over.  (Me)

IHOP Franchisee Says Minimum Wage Hikes That Force Layoffs, Reduced Hours Are ‘Painful’ (Headline)

*Nothing like minimum wage legislation to make me bat-crap-crazy, all it takes is this example at an IHOP to show how damaging it can be to business owners and workers. (Me)

Letters to the Ranter:

Doug,

This is in response to TP’s letter to you that commented on my Letter to the Editor, The Signal , 7/6/19.  Even though I share Gary Horton’s last name (via my husband), we are not related.  In fact I have never met Gary Horton, though I do often read his Opinion pieces and almost always agree with him.  As for TP’s comments on Doonesbury, that award winning strip has been in existence almost 50 years.  I believe the reason it has been around so long and has won so much recognition is that even though it espouses mostly liberal/progressive views, it speaks truth to power, regardless of who wields that power or party affiliation.  Can TP say the same for his political cartoons?  

 Let me also say that I strongly doubt the response that I received from The Signal that their choice of cartoons for the comics page is not influenced by politics.  Thanks for letting me clarify.  Linda Horton

Doug,
I work 2 jobs and still cannot afford to pay the astronomically high southern California rent. I am homeless, but do not qualify for free health care. I am a citizen of this country and am furious that our Governor has signed a bill allowing free health care for lawbreaking individuals. I assume this includes free meds? Why not provide free transportation as well, they need a way to get to their free doctor, right. Why stop there, why not free clothing.

No wonder so many people want to come to America. There is no downside. They get deported, then just come back. And while they’re here they get a free ride. This just encourages more illegal’s to skirt the law and live here for free.   Hank

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | July 11, 2019

Second Favorite:

 My second favorite Signal columnist, Josh Heath graced readers this past week with his liberal musings and as usual had me scratching my head. Maybe it’s just me, but as intelligent as Josh is, I can’t help thinking that some day when he has a wife and kids, owns a home, has two car payments and is paying out the nose in taxes to support the liberal causes he touts now, he might just change his way of thinking and come on over to the other side.

Anyway, his column included “Franklin Roosevelt built a modern welfare state not with help from conservatives, but by overcoming their bitter opposition.”

Well, no kidding. Conservatives of the day knew the impending disaster of a welfare state and it has turned out to be one of the worst things that could have happened to this country. While it may have been needed to help people during the depression, it has spiraled out of control since then, creating a whole class of folks who know of no other way to garner income.

Further on Heath wrote, “Once Ronald Reagan came on the scene they quickly reverted back to form and embraced a strident conservative vision.”

He’s darn right we did and it was the best thing that could have happened at the time, especially coming on the heels of Jimmy Carter. Many of Reagan’s policies are what Trump has implemented these days, showing once again that “strident conservatism” is what’s best for all of us.

For today’s GOP is not motivated by friendship, they seek victory. The right wishes to destroy the Democratic Party and enact as pure an agenda as possible.”

I almost lost my breakfast with this one, talk about the pot calling the kettle black! What we are seeing these days from the left is nothing but pure hatred for President Trump and his supporters; with an overwhelming desire to destroy anything that is remotely right of them. They are pushing hard to enact an agenda that is far from common sense and could cause so such damage it’s baffling and scary.

 There’s More:

Wait, there’s more. “We must beat the GOP in enough elections to the point where they realize, like what happened during Roosevelt’s era, that they have to accept progressive policy in order to politically survive.”

We ain’t accepting any kind of progressive crap that will do much more harm than good.  We will stand and politically fight until the majority of Americans realize what’s best for them. If it takes another round of a progressive government in power for that majority to see the ills of the Dem’s ways, we’ll be right there to point it out to them and point back to now, showing the conservative way is definitely the right and American way to go!

And finally; “How did conservatives treat him (Obama) in return? With sheer and utter hatred, called him a Kenyan, obstructed his entire program and routinely shut down the government as a means of getting their way.”

Wow, we could use almost all of those same words to describe how the Dems treat Trump, but with much worse name calling such as Hitler, racist, two-bit wall salesman, big hairy orange villain, crotch-fondling slab of rancid meatloaf, narcissistic serial con-artist and more. If Obama would have been depicted with a noose around his neck in the same way Trump was depicted with a bloody severed head, we all know what kind of racial hell would have rained down.

Besides that we didn’t see the Bush Administration taking numerous law-breaking, covert actions to derail Obama’s presidency the way Obama’s administration did with Trump, now did we?                                                     

Random Rants:

 As much as I like the job President Trump is doing I find it very disappointing he is not even mentioning the national debt that has the potential to tear this nation apart at the seams. Maybe it’s because he knows the manure he would take when announcing the numerous program cuts and streamlining of government procedures that’s necessary to even begin to get us out of the horrible debt mess. The thing is he doesn’t seem to let harsh criticism get to him on other stuff, so why not this?

I have a feeling if Dodgers’ pitcher Fernando Valenzuela pitched a no-hitter in this day and age and Vin Scully exclaimed like he did back then, “if you have a sombrero throw it to the sky,” he would be raked over the coals for insensitive, politically incorrect use of words and liberals would be calling for him to be fired?

The left went bonkers when President Trump had tanks in D.C. for his 4th of July speech, with some of the most idiotic comments imaginable said by the talking heads on CNN and MSNBC. What I don’t get is why those same critics haven’t cried foul when fighter jets fly over stadiums all over the country during the national anthem before football and baseball games. What’s the difference for these Trump-hating, anti-America pundits that freaked out over a few military tanks at a Fourth of July event? I color this one pathetic.                     

Is just me or does anyone notice that during earthquakes and wild fires there isn’t  different opinions between conservatives, liberals, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists and LGBTQ+ folks? I find it somewhat ironic how that all goes out the window when basic survival and comfort is at risk.

It reminds me of Maslow’s 5 hierarchies of needs we learned about in Psychology 101.

  1. Physical needs 2. Safety needs 3. Love and belongingness needs 4. Esteem needs 5. Self-actualization needs

It’s easy to see why the first two “needs” kick in during emergency crises, but it’s also easy to see how the next three “needs” are what can really screw us up in more ways then one.

Quotes, Quips and Headlines:

 Pete Buttigieg inspires gay pride, but not 100% confidence. (Headline)

 *I’m not touching this one, I’ve gotten in enough hot water for gay pride rants lately (Me)

Starbucks shop boots police officers because customer “did not feel safe” around them.  (Headline)

*They sure as heck would want them there to make their snow flake butts feel safe if there was armed robbery going on! (Me)

U.S. may hit debt limit sooner than expected. (Headline)

*Maybe this will get the President’s attention.  (Me)

“I admit that I was wrong about Trump. He’s not a clown, and he is delivering on his promises.  He’s a businessman, entertainer, and now the president that I didn’t want but now think we need.” (Gary Varvel, cartoonist and columnist for the Indianapolis Star)

*Many more are coming around to this guy’s way of thinking based on recent approval ratings.  (Me)

I think the economy is doing great, and it’s particularly reaching populations that heretofore had very bad problems in terms of jobs and employments and the opportunities that come with employment. African-American unemployment is at its lowest level…  I give the president a lot of credit for moving the economy in a positive direction that’s benefiting a large amount of Americans.” (Robert Johnson, Black Entertainment Television founder and longtime Democrat)

*Cory Booker and Kamala Harris aren’t going to like this guy much now.  (Me)

“This isn’t dissent. It’s not disagreement. You can hate the other party. You can think they’re the worst thing that ever happened to the country. But then you work harder to win the next election. When you consistently reject the results of elections that you don’t win, what you want is a dictatorship. Your very own dictatorship.

It’s not a free country when FBI agents who support Hillary take out an ‘insurance policy’ against Trump winning the election. It’s not a free country when Obama officials engage in massive unmasking of the opposition.

 It’s not a free country when the media responds to the other guy winning by trying to ban the conservative media that supported him from social media.

 It’s not a free country when all of the above collude together to overturn an election because the guy who wasn’t supposed to win – did.”  (The late Dr. Jack Devere Minzey, was the Department Head of Education at Eastern Michigan University)

 *This gentleman was 90 years old when he wrote the preceeding, hope I can rant like this if I get to be his age (Me)

 Letters to the Ranter:

Doug,

You gotta love Josh Heath’s Opinion piece in the 7/9/19 Signal.  As a future professor, he won’t just drink the cool-aid, he’ll be serving it — so long as it is given to him.  Tom

 

Doug,

Is Linda Horton (“Missing  Doonesbury” letter to 7/6/19 Signal) related to Gary Horton?  If so — my 11/30/18 cartoon (below) might explain why there is such a need for comic strip support for Gary’s views.  Trudeau is Gary’s fact checker. (Gazette Cartoonist)

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | June 20, 2019

Ranter’s Note: My wife and I are in Indiana spending time with the grandkids. This rant is from one year ago this week. Do the more things change, the more they remain the same? You decide.

I Should Get Over It:

I know I should get over it and used to it, but as more and more bull crap is exposed regarding the FBI and Department of Justice’s handling of Hillary’s email debacle, as well as the Trump/Russia investigation, the more CNN and MSNBC make me bat-crap-crazy!

The congressional hearings earlier in the week with the Director of the FBI and the Inspector General were enthralling and incredibly newsworthy. As I do on many occasions, I quickly changed over to those networks to get their takes on the hearings, but lo and behold, there weren’t any. I scanned their websites, too, thinking there would have to be at least a mention of the hearings, but I found ZERO coverage (if I missed something, let me know, and I’ll stand corrected).

Maybe it’s just me, but I’m thinking they didn’t cover the hearings because they were so damning to their liberal friends. I know, I know, the children at the border issue is certainly newsworthy, but for that issue to soak up the whole news cycle while our country’s fabric of justice, fairness and legality was apparently torn up and thrown in our face, it should at least merit a mention, right?

The point of powers that be threatening to interfere with a presidential election (and it wasn’t the Russians) should at least result in some coverage in the interest of decent journalism, but wait, for these two networks, that ship sailed in November of 2016.

I Should Get Over It, Part II:

Speaking of bat-crap-crazy, after hearing that the Inspector General determined there was no evidence that the Clinton email probe was affected by bias, I was just as floored when Comey rattled off the laws Hillary broke, and then said there would be no charges.

Come on, we just aren’t that stupid. After reading and hearing what’s in the new Inspector General’s report, how can a reasonable and intelligent human being not see the bias spewing out like lava out of a volcano?

When the FBI guy (Peter Strzok) in charge of the Hillary investigation is asked by his FBI lover in a text, “Trump’s not ever going to become president, right? Right?!” and he answers with “No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it,” was that just pillow talk?

He also texted, “I am riled up. Trump is a f***ing idiot,” and “God Hillary should win. 100,000,000-0.” Do you see any bias there?

These next texts by Peter Strzok, who oversaw the Hillary probe and then was selected to be on the team investigating Trump, too, puts a ribbon and bow on how biased the dude really was:

“For me, and this case, I personally have a sense of unfinished business. I unleashed it (Clinton investigation). Now I need to fix it and finish it (Trump/Russian investigation).”

“And damn this feels momentous. Because this matters. The other one did, too, but that was to ensure we didn’t F something up. This matters because this MATTERS.”

How can these people on the investigative teams think we’re so freaking stupid that we can’t see what this was all about? How dumb do they think we are not to realize that Robert Mueller’s investigation into Trump was started with the same type of bias, and after a year of so-called “nothing burgers.” This whole thing is going nowhere.

What really reeks of political foul play is the investigation of Hillary morphed into the Trump/Russian collusion thing, and the same Inspector General is investigating that investigation mess too. Can we expect the same sort of ‘non-bias’ findings in that upcoming report? When and how will this travesty all end?

I Should Get Over It, Part III:

I should get over and be used to whatever Gary Horton writes in The Signal, but sometimes it makes me gnash my teeth. On Wednesday: “Now, we’re surrounded by some of the most disturbing news we’ve ever seen. An anarchist president is tearing apart American fabric and values. We’re being ravaged from the top down and few in his party have the guts to stand up to it. This may be the greatest challenge to America Carrie and I’ve seen in 39 years. More than wars. More than recessions. More than guns.”

I’m sure Horton was referring to the FBI and DOJ crossing the dangerous line of government interference and attempting to manipulate an election, similar to what happens in third world countries, right? Of course he wasn’t. Instead, he fell into the emotional trap of laser-beaming in on a problem that had liberals’ hair on fire. President Trump did fix the problem of family separations at the border, but fixing the problem of corruption in the FBI and the DOJ will be a much harder problem to solve. That’s the “disturbing news” Mr. Horton should really be concerned with.

Quips, Quotes & Headlines:

What a surprise. The President is lying his ass off once again. Those who back this sick immoral criminal are not only aiding and abetting this inhumanity, but are allowing fascism to take root in America. Ripping children away from their parents is fascism pure and simple. (Rob Reiner)

“Why don’t they care about AMERICAN kids separated from their parents for life — killed by illegal aliens? NO compassion for Don Rosenberg, Mary Ann Mendoza.” (Ann Coulter)

“Our politicians step over my dead sons body everyday while scrambling to protect ILLEGAL ALIEN CRIMINALS they want to keep amongst us. Inhumane? You tell me!” (Mary Ann Mendoza, whose son Brandon, a police officer, was killed in a head-on collision by an illegal immigrant drunk driver)

IF they really cared about these children, why aren’t they verbally persecuting the people who have brought these children to our borders without food, water, shelter? No, this is about hatred of America & inciting unrest. What liberals do best. (Mary Ann Mendoza)

“Any investigator or prosecutor who doesn’t have a sense, after nearly a year of investigation, where their case is likely headed, is incompetent.” (James Comey on him exonerating Hillary Clinton before she was interrogated)

*Is he talking about himself or Robert Mueller? (Me)

Letters to the Ranter:

Hi Doug,
I put my full name as to make it clear who I am and why I am replying to you. Though I appreciate your criticism because criticism helps one to grow, I do agree with Nicole. I have seen your previous rants and I’m a bit bothered about the fact that you had the audacity to call out a teenage student about the very thing you fail to do. As Trump would say: SAD. I have nothing against you, and I appreciate your honesty and believe however I think you need to take a back seat on what you say because you really don’t practice what you preach.

Now, with that said, I’d like to take note of your current rant. You said, and I quote: “Perhaps his haters should take into consideration the reality of what this economy is doing under Trump’s watch, and think about what it could mean for them and their families in years to come, and not resort to such unreasonable hate”. Yeah, let me tell you something. I don’t care about having a few extra dollars in my pocket or getting to take family vacations if it comes at the cost of families. Is it family values that you are promoting? Then stand up to the injustice of our immigrants. If you honestly believe we have human decency towards immigrants, I want you to remember that we keep children in cages. We tear toddlers from their mothers. We rip families apart. And by we, I mean America, I mean the very same America that’s the land of the free. Yeah free, that’s a joke. Because cages aren’t the symbol of freedom.

Where is the tranquility for all? Yeah I stand by what I said in my article. The economy? At what cost Doug? Syrian lives, minorities rights, family values, women’s equalities? All of those have been infringed by the Trump regime. So yes, I hate him. And I will say it with a burning passion.

I’m not blind, but I think if you really value the economy above lives, then you are. Have a nice day. That’s my rant. Ashley Calkins, a young teen done with the BS

Howdy Doug,
Illegal Border crossing is total disrespect to every legal citizen who entered this Country the right way. Parents who endanger their children by “sneaking” them into this Country are irresponsible parents and endangering their children’s welfare. POTUS did not legislate the law nor did he jeopardize these illegal border families. The whole thing is out of proportion thanks to the media and asinine politicians. Republicans and Democrats suck and they all need to go in the swamp. Half of America wants cheap labor. Trump too. That is all it boils down to. I am disgusted, frustrated and embarrassed of the media and politics. Tim, Castaic

Doug,
I don’t know who the Dan is that likes giving all the privileges and rights to the illegals, but it is not this Dan. I expect he has a few of the families living with him. That’s nice. A little arithmetic! If 10% of the weapons in circulation right now are controlled by criminals or “wannabe” criminals and we cut the number of weapons in circulation by 50% then I suppose criminals and “wannabe” criminals will have 20% of the weapons in circulation. I haven’t heard of any cowardly attacks on the policeman ball.

Another?
Well according to no less an authority than Alexa there are 14 billion 500 million people on earth (at least most of the time). So if on average each person’s body contains 10 gallons of water that is 80 pounds of water. That means that 140,000,000,000 (billion?) gallons of water have been raised to 98.6 from whatever it was before. Sounds like a pretty good radiator to me. Do you think that might have something to do with global warming? That is if there really is any.

Then:
It seems to me that when ice freezes it adds air (some class I had years ago). So when a glacier is in the sea and it melts doesn’t the sea level go down?

Most of the glacier is under water. I’d say it is true in my scotch but it might be another outside source. The strength of President Trump is really amazing. Thank GOD for our President. -The other Dan

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | June 13, 2019

He’s Back!

Gary Horton, that is; the lovable columnist in The Signal Newspaper. Not that he went anywhere. It’s just that his writings lately have been about stuff that hasn’t made my breakfast rise to the surface. His column on June 5 grabbed my attention, though, as he reverted to his shout-outs of love (not) for our president.

It seems Gary thinks in order to be an effective president one has to possess the qualities of a Boy Scout (he didn’t mention if it was a Boy Scout or a girl who is a Boy Scout, but I guess that’s beside the point).  As usual, he didn’t mention one iota about the kind of job Trump is doing as president, just the normal personal attacks on the man which Gary and his liberal brethren frequently resort to.

Could the reason they don’t talk about the actual job he’s doing be because they recognize the guy is actually performing well as president, and they don’t know how to refute that?  The reason the Dems in Congress are laser-focused on impeachment and not on issues indicates the same dilemma for them.

Gary lists the qualities of a scout (I’m not saying boy because these days I could be accused of having some sort of girl phobia) as trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, reverent and clean. He claimed Trump meets only one of these qualifications, and that he is a clean-freak (not sure why, but he pondered if being a clean-freak would get Trump into heaven).

What Gary didn’t list are the qualities of a good leader, such as commitment and passion, decision making capabilities, making hard choices for the greater good which aren’t popular, following through on commitments, inspiring others and creative innovation.  Notice no mention of personality traits here – that’s because I believe there are different styles of effective leadership, and just because a leader you don’t like is not a freaking scout, that doesn’t mean he isn’t doing one heck of a job!

Cats More Precious than Babies?

 Ranter’s Note: I really do hate getting into the abortion issue; it’s such a sensitive subject that brings out strong emotions on both sides. But, I do have my own opinion on the matter, and to hide it would not be who I am, so here it goes. (As always, I urge anyone who feels differently than I do to write something about this, and I will be glad to publish it.)        

 The Headline read: “New York Passes Bill Outlawing Cat Declawing, Prompting Pro-life Outcry on State’s Liberal Abortion Practices.”  When I read this, I thought back to the New York Legislature when they passed the bill legalizing late-term abortion and the legislative people were dancing in the aisles! I found it sickening they celebrated that bill and that those elected officials seem to care more about cats than babies!

After the cat bill passed, the tweets starting bouncing off the screens: “New York in January: Let’s legalize abortions up to birth and infanticide! New York Now: Declawing cats is horrible and evil!” 

 “In New York you may not be able to declaw your cat, but abortion of a baby up until the day of birth is fine.”

 I cannot believe the majority of the folks who voted for these officials in New York can possibly agree with the crap these people are putting into law (on the second thought, maybe I can believe it for the district that voted A.O.C in).

Look, if they feel strongly a cat shouldn’t be declawed, so be it; if they want to outlaw dogs being debarked, okay; but what in their minds motivates them to allow the killing of a full-formed baby right up to birth, and even after birth?

Even when I disagree with someone on political stuff, I try really hard not to judge them on a personal basis, but when it comes to someone thinking animals are more important than a human life, I find myself judging BIG TIME!

Could It Ever Happen?

When I think about how states like New York pass liberal abortion bills compared to other states that have recently passed very restrictive abortion bills, I can’t help but wonder how this type of a political clash will ever be resolved. If we look at the Grand Canyon-wide differences that exist between conservatives and liberals on certain issues, with the canyon seemingly widening every year, is the only way to figure out what culture we’re going to live under going to be determined by some sort of revolution or civil war?

I know it seems far-fetched, but based on the trend of divisiveness that has been expanding over the last several years, how can we who support the values this great nation was built upon continue to be trampled on more and more by those who have a warped view of how a society should operate?

I shudder to think what the culture will be like in the United States for my 6, 4, 2-year-old and soon-to-be-born grandkids 30-40 years from now. Do we just let progressive liberals determine the cultural state of our nation, or do we present-day conservatives do something similar to what the men did in the revolution and civil war days?

All we have to do is to take a look at what’s happening in Hong Kong this week. Those folks are so passionate about protesting laws they disagree with, they have taken it upon themselves to fight the issues by rioting in the streets. The point being they don’t want to see their country end up in a certain way. Do conservatives need to consider this type of reaction in the future?

As one pundit put it: “There is a point I have been trying to make for most of the year that I think has been consistently missed by many in the conservative movement. That point being that the greatest danger to conservatives is NOT over zealous  Leftists, but how we RESPOND to those Leftists. That is to say, I believe the globalists are using the Left as a cattle prod to dumb down conservatives and lure us into abandoning our principles.”

I don’t want to see us resort to violence, but what if the ills of liberalism can’t be fixed in a political fashion? Is that justification for an alternate strategy in order to protect the interest of generations to come, or do we just allow our principles to be abandoned for the sake of tranquility that will cause our grandchildren to live in a country that is screwed up beyond recognition?

Quotes, Quips and Headlines:

Trying to reason with a Liberal is like playing chess with a pigeon. They knock over all the pieces, crap on the board, and strut around like they won.” (Captain Billy)

*Nothing I can add to this one!  (Me)

“I’ve worked so hard in my career, that I promise you, if I’m elected president you’re going to see the single most important thing that changes America. We’re going to cure cancer.”(Joe Biden)

*Is he serious right now?!  How in the world can Biden make that claim? Talk about a desperate reach to garner votes. God help us if this guy gets elected.

“Democrat presidential hopefuls covet A.O.C endorsement (Headline)

*What a sad state of affairs for the Dems, when their candidates desperately want the Queen of the House’s (who is common-senseless when it comes to real life) stamp of approval.  (Me)

“In L.A. alone, over 56,000 homeless Americans are living on the streets. That includes 11,000+ veterans. So why did California just pass a bill allotting $100,000,000 for free healthcare for illegal aliens? Why isn’t Kamala Harris putting Americans first in her state?”  (Charlie Kirk)

*Right now I think Kamala only cares about getting votes from Americans in all states!  (Me)

“The only reason pundits are urging Mexico to defy Donald Trump is because they hate him more than they hate a totally dysfunctional border. Mexico is complicit in destroying any semblance of order. It is a co-conspirator in creating untenable, unsustainable chaos.  (Geraldo Rivera)

*This from a guy who has leaned too far left in the past for me. (Me)

Emails Place Dossier Author Steele a Step Closer to Clintons (Headline)

*Does a step closer to Clinton mean a step closer to Obama? (Me)

Call immigrant detention centers what they really are: concentration camps (Headline- LA Times)

*All I have to say about this one is it’s complete @#*$  %^S&!  (Me)

Ex-Clinton Aide: If Trump probed Nadler, Schiff the way they conduct investigations on him, he’d be impeached (Headline)

*What’s it going to take for these guys to give up and do what they were voted in office to do! (Me)

“Investigations of the president, of the campaign, of the administration, of the president’s family, done with methods that were really meant to investigate people, not crimes, and things that seem to me to be way over the bounds of the Constitution.” (Mark Penn, political commentator)

*The problem is who can to hold these guys accountable for being over the bounds of the Constitution?  (Me)

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | May 30, 2019

Let the Madness Begin:

Impeachment madness, that is, because after Robert Mueller’s rather ambiguous press statement Wednesday, all impeachment hell is going to break out in the House. If you think the Dems aren’t getting anything accomplished for the people these days, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet, because not much is going to get done while we witness the madness of wall-to-wall impeachment talk from now until the swamp rats come home.

 Justice for All?

I find it sickening that the gnashing of teeth over the very uncertainty of Trump’s Russian involvement towers over the certainty of Mrs. Bill Clinton’s blatant felony actions. The entire swamp should have been – and still should be – screaming from the top of a sewer sludge hill that her actions were far more dangerous for this nation than what Trump MAY have done.

I just hope William Barr goes balls-to-the-wall in going after the cover up of Hillary’s crimes, along with the coup-type effort of Obama’s DOJ and FBI that fraudulently launched this Russian mess in the first place.                   

Gotta Be Careful On This One:

To avoid getting in some trouble here, I want to be perfectly clear; I am not a homophobe. I can’t relate to the LGBTQ+ community but I do not judge, condemn or have any ill will towards folks who live their lives in that manner. I have had gay employees and friends throughout the years and never gave much thought as to who they were in relationship with. In fact, I’m good friends with a publisher of another weekly newspaper in California who happens to be gay and we get along great and his personal relationship never comes up.

However, I am confused about the need for people who identify this way to promote and connect the LGBTQ+ lifestyle with their profession.  If someone is in any type of business – entertainment, sports or otherwise – I don’t care who they have sex with; I care about them as a person, how they treat other people and how they do their job.

This came to mind when I was at a Dodger game recently and they were plugging “LGBT Night” at an upcoming game, promoted as a special event ticket package that includes a ticket to the game, along with an exclusive LGBT Night duffle bag.  My thought was, “I don’t think they’ll ever have a heterosexual night with the words Straight Person printed on duffel bags, will they?” No, of course not. But that’s kind of my point – what’s the point of an LGBT Night (other than to sell more tickets)? Again, why the need to promote one’s sexual preference, whatever it is?                                     

 More Gay Athletes Need to Come Out:

That was the headline of an op-ed piece in the sports section of the L.A. Times. Yes, the sports section, where readers go to read about sports, not the opinion of a columnist who feels the need to promote his sexuality through professional athletes. (The L.A. Times should take heed from ESPN, who recently eliminated all political banter from their shows when they discovered it was one of the reasons for their drop in ratings.)

I was reminded of two or so years ago, when a headline read: “The Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce is set to make history Friday night, when the board installs John Musella as its first openly gay chairman in the chamber’s 94-year history.”

In response, I wrote: “The sole purpose of the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce is to support the members’ businesses through various means, plain and simple. In my opinion, the position should not be a means to advance someone’s personal or political message.” 

Who can forget Katie Hill’s proclamation in 2018, when she was in the midst of her campaign to unseat Steve Knight in the House?

“I’ve identified as bisexual since I was a teenager, and if we want to achieve equality for all in our policies, we need more voices from the LGBTQ community in Congress. I am proud to be endorsed by Equality California, Equality PAC, the LGBTQ Victory Fund and the Stonewall Democratic Club, and if elected, I will be the only openly bisexual woman in the House of Representatives.

I wrote: “In my opinion, if a candidate wants to run on the platform of equality for all when it comes to sexual orientation, so be it; all Americans should have equal rights. But why throw her sexual preferences into the mix? Is it to push her personal sexual agenda out there by using the position she is striving for as a platform?”

In other words, what does a person’s sexual preference have to do with being a chairman of a board, a member of Congress or a professional athlete?  I hope you can see where I’m coming from on this subject, and I strongly urge anyone who disagrees with me and wants to respond in writing to please do so. I will gladly publish it.

This is Great!

I love this; a private company just completed a $6 million border wall on private property near El Paso, and get this – they did it with money raised from a GoFundMe account. The co-owner of the company said the wall was built on his property.

We have dealt with illegals coming across. We have been attacked by illegals coming across. We have been burglarized by illegals. We have drug traffickers coming through here, and anyone who is against this is against America.”

I ask, who needs America?! Of course, I jest (sort of), but what a great example of what can get done without the government. These guys got something done while the swamp-dwellers in Washington stumble and bumble their way to uselessness! There is a genuine crisis at the border, and the Dems can’t see past their hate for Trump for the good of the country and the people who flock here with misguided notions at their own peril, but I digress.

The same Dems who are incased in hateful swamp mud are the ones who exclaim that the government is the be-all and end-all for us citizens, but they aren’t getting a damn thing done for us citizens. Team Trump is the only one getting the job done for our betterment (whoops, I digressed again).

The point I’m trying to make is if government would get out of the way and let the nature of capitalism fueled by ingenuity lead the way, we could get important things done, as did the independent border wall builders. For example, they could start with the Postal Service and turn over the debacle to an entity with common business sense and perhaps save the nation the billions of dollars they lose.

Like Ronald Reagan said, “The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

Lindsey Agrees With Me:

 While we aren’t hearing much these days about the dreadful living conditions in Venezuela caused by their illegitimate president, who is backed by a bunch of Cuban troops, much of the Venezuelan population is still living a hell-like existence.

I wrote something similar to this before, but Lindsey Graham brought it home with this statement.

“Trump said rightly, Maduro’s not the legitimate leader of Venezuela. The entire region supports the Trump approach, that Guaidó is the legitimate leader. I would do exactly what Reagan did. I would give Cuba the ultimatum to get out of Venezuela. If they don’t, I would let the Venezuelan military know, you’ve got to choose between democracy and Maduro. And if you choose Maduro and Cuba, we’re coming after you. This is in our backyard.”

I say that if we were to do what Graham and I suggest, it would be a huge blessing for Venezuelans, and it would also show the likes of Iran and North Korea that President Trump has put big boy pants on America – and if you mess with us, it will be like what Toby Keith sang after 9/11: “We’ll put a boot up your ass; it’s the American way.”

Quotes, Quips & Headlines:

“Her job is very much at risk. Nancy Pelosi is riding a bucking, wild bronco called the Democratic caucus.” (Lindsey Graham)

*I almost feel sorry for Nancy (emphasis on almost). She seems lost during her news conferences. Maybe Illhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and A.O.C. are driving her crazy; I would think they would drive anyone crazy!  (Me)

“This country was founded on the ideas of justice, of liberty, of the pursuit of happiness. But these core beliefs are under threat. Each and every day. We are under threat by an administration that would rather cage children than pass comprehensive immigration reform.”  (Illhan Omar)

*See what I mean about driving people crazy?  (Me)

“We have a president of the United States wink at a murderous dictator to mock a former vice president? As what? A campaign surrogate for 2020? This is despicable in too many ways to count.” (Dan Rather)

*Hey Dan, not nearly as despicable as your blatantly, fraud-like, fake reporting on George Bush that exposed you as the liberal hack you are!   (Me)

CNN Clowns. “Let me help. Has Trump been tougher on China, Russia, Iran, Cuba, Syria and yes, North Korea than Obama? No question about it.” (Mark Levin)

*Besides the booming economy, this is another example of the good job President Trump is doing. In other words, he’s making us a big boy country, as we were under President Reagan. (Me)

Consumer confidence rebounds to near 18-year high (Headline)

*Enough said. (Me)

Doug,

 Did you like Joshua Heath’s column?  He managed to combine the need for good old self motivation with Bernie Sanders to the rescue.  And some day Josh will be a college professor.  Tom

Doug,

I didn’t realize you were the Publisher of the Santa Clarita Gazette. I realize this is a Conservative paper that supports Donald Trump, and I appreciate reading views other than myself.  I enjoy your “Rants” as some of the stuff you write about also irritates me, but I don’t have a newspaper to vent about it. (By the way, did you actually READ the whole Mueller Report???)

 And, since probably half of my close friends support Trump, I cannot even put things on Facebook, where rants like this matter–ha ha.  

 I always read your newspaper when I get my car washed.  I enjoy it, like the articles a lot, and give support to local businesses.

 But, this last column was a bit over the line.  Give me a break.  I am a liberal, but occasionally watch State TV, aka Fox News.  Every time something very important is happening, like the President ranting and walking out of meetings, Fox News is reporting on the latest butt shot that Kim Kardashian had. Or, they are manipulating videos of Nancy Pelosi (so childish). They seem enamored of all TV and media personalities, especially when Trump does something really stupid.

 I welcome the GOP’s and Trump’s private lawyer, Barr, investigating the beginning of the Russian probe.  Maybe he will uncover exactly why the FBI and ALL Intelligence Departments realized that the Russians were seriously trying to influence the American elections in 2016.

 What I am concerned about is Trump’s coziness with Vladimir, and all other dictators.  Trump, as we all know, is truly an idiot, just totally self-centered and the only thing he loves besides himself is money.  His rich dad made the millions, working the American government (and they let him) then he gave Donald Trump, his only son that wanted to follow in his footsteps, a kick in the pants and sent him to military school, as apparently, he was a “bad boy” (I don’t believe in conspiracy theories, but there is something kinky about why he was sent to military school, when all the other kids were not and it pops up a bit on the Internet)

 Anyway, Donald just wanted to get his stern father’s approval and tried really really hard to follow in his footsteps. As in documented proof, he was a total failure, and Daddy kept bailing him out.  Long story short, he was a “master showman” and a genius, in my opinion, of manipulating public opinion.  Lo and behold, he even became President of the United States, a job he was wholly unqualified for, but, due to his talk(lies) and the disgust of the American public, and probably with the help of the Kremlin, he became President.

And, he LOVES it, wants to become dictator/king.  

 As a man with no intelligence, and who doesn’t read or study history or prepare for meetings with very intelligent world leaders, he has no clue about the American Constitution. (I’m so afraid of what Japan will get out of him with their blatant brown nosing of the Trump Trophy at the sumo wrestling match–look what Saudia Arabia got with the gold chair they let him sit on!!) He just barks orders, and expects his sorry kids and followers (GOP Congress people) to handle everything for him.  I know he is not a horrible person, he is just totally spoiled, self centered and all he cares about is money.  He has NO moral compass that he should have learned from parents, or teachers, or whoever.  It’s sort of not really his fault, but people that, in trying to get on his good side (like Lindsay Graham,) just cater to his every whim.  How should he know that the real world has consequences, he’s been doing this ALL his life.

 The problem is that the rest of the world also sees his vanity.  Putin, is former KGB, and has been planning the overturn of American democracy way before he took over power in Russia.  And, with his people, it was so easy to manipulate a disgusted American public.  They were very good.  I, too, saw their Facebook stuff.  I ignored it, but thought it was strange. But, I know a lot of my friends, who somehow feel “cheated” by life, easily bought into blaming ALL minorities for all their un accomplishments…It’s so easy to be a White Nationalist and blame people for your shortcomings, especially if you run into bad luck, or maybe you are not quite good enough to get that promotion.

 Donald Trump is trying, with the aid of Russia, to destroy the American Democracy where we all have an equal chance to have a good life.  By defying the Courts, and refusing to cooperate, by calling Intelligence Committee Traitors, the news media, “the enemy of the people.”  I’m hoping that the good people on the Supreme Court will realize the Constitution is here for a reason, and not, like Barr, turn in his morals for an evil purpose such as Trump has…

 I am really scared for our Democracy.  NO ONE is above the law.  Trump calls the Russian Investigation into his minions, who actually courted the Russians, a “witch hunt’ and he cannot govern while these investigations are going on.  Do you really think that someone that works with foreign governments, like Russia and Saudi Arabia, that will pay him millions, is really worse than Bill Clinton, who cheated on his wife??  And, by the way, Bill Clinton did a good job governing while he was being investigated.  Come on now, even YOU have to admit that foreign interference in our democracy is worth investigation.

 Anyway, I will still probably read your column.  I just hope, like Fox News, you are not just saying all these really dumb things for ratings. 

 Thank you, Vicky

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | May 16, 2019

Prayer Breakfast Mania:

The annual Mayors Prayer Breakfast, which radio show host and Hart School board member Joe Messina organizes each year (with lots of help and sponsorships from local businesses), was held on May 2. I attended the event, and as usual, found it to be an excellent program. Based on the reaction from those who filled the ballroom at the Hyatt, they did too. During the program, Joe mentioned it was a bit of a miracle the breakfast came together at all, and he didn’t have time to elaborate, so I thought it would be an interesting story as to how he pulled it off (it was the front page story last week). As you can see, most of these Facebook fans thought otherwise (with my responses).

“It’s disgraceful the way Messina exploits prayer and Christ to sell his bigotry business.”

 -There was no exploiting of prayer or Jesus to sell anything; it was an event that catered to the spiritual beliefs of those who were there with nothing even close to the rubbish this person posted.

“It should be organized by a local church for spiritual reasons and not political reasons or as Messina sees it a way to flip the bird to all the liberal heathens he hates and who hate him so much.”

 Again, complete ignorant nonsense. In fact, Messina expounded on the need to love and tolerate others, including those who we adamantly disagree with.

“Can anyone explain why the city allows Joe Messina to deceptively call this personal money-making venture the ‘Mayors Prayer Breakfast’ when it has nothing to do with Santa Clarita or its mayor?”

 -Please note; it’s NOT the Mayor’s, it’s Mayors (no possessive punctuation). The city or the mayor has anything to do with the breakfast. In fact, Mayors Prayer Breakfasts are held all over the nation and have been for several years on the National Day of Prayer. Also, it is not a money-making venture, it is breakeven at best.

The SCV Mayors Prayer Breakfast” is put on by The Diako Group — a tax exempt organization founded by Joe Messina himself. Joe — how much money did the breakfast bring in, and how much money do you personally keep from your work as “Diako”?

 -While it’s none of this guy’s business regarding the financial goings on of the organization or the breakfast, I can tell you the event is very expensive to put on and does not allow for anything that comes close to resembling a profit.

“God works in mysterious ways. A great event this year… No protesters.”

 These are a few of almost 200 comments that mostly blasted Messina and the event.

Why the Hate?

Jesus tells us in the bible, “If the world hates you, know it has hated me before it hated you.”  I can’t get inside these detractors’ heads to know if they hate Jesus, but based on their responses, they sure do hate the idea of an event based on the spiritual beliefs of many. And they have obvious hate for one Joe Messina, based on his national political stances and his personal spiritual beliefs, and they can’t handle the fact he is on the Hart School Board. (As I have written before, there is not one verified instance of Messina pushing the agenda of his political or spiritual beliefs while performing his duties on the board.)                  

The bottom line is Joe Messina sacrifices his time and even is at financial risk when putting this event on. He does this for the sake of Christians in the community to experience this national event. In attendance were folks from different walks of life. I saw doctors, lawyers, politicians, law enforcement personnel, first responders, business guys and gals and an array of others.

Look, if you don’t share the beliefs of Messina or the folks who went to the breakfast, that’s fine. But why the hate towards an event or the gentleman who provides a service that many appreciate, just because you disagree with his political views?

In fact, it’s typical hypocrisy of left-leaning folks who purport love and tolerance for the stuff they believe in, but go rudely ape-nuts over what they don’t believe in.

Talk About Hypocrisy:

The Dems in Congress are wetting themselves because they know the Mueller report they hung their impeachment dreams on didn’t turn out the way they thought it would. Now they are desperately trying to salvage those impeachment plans by subpoenaing whoever walks and breathes, along with holding the Attorney General in contempt for refusing to be drilled by the Dems’ lawyers (the Senate didn’t do it that way, why the House?) and not providing them with the complete report, which would be illegal for him to do (how dumb is that?).

The hypocrisy sets in when we look back at 2012, when the Republicans held Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.

Jerry Nadler: “Just joined the walkout of the House chamber to protest the shameful, politically-motivated GOP vote holding AG Holder in contempt.”

 Adam Schiff:  “To say this is a terrible use of Congress’ power and time is an understatement.”

 Nancy Pelosi: “It’s such a ridiculous thing. This contempt [vote], don’t get me started.”

 Steny Hoyer: “The action on the floor today is unprecedented in the history of America.”

 Elijah Cummings: “You’ve been holding the Attorney General to an impossible standard” and that he solely was “protecting documents he was prohibited by law from producing.”

 Are you kidding me right now?! How do these people look themselves in the mirror?! Their Contempt of Congress for Attorney General Barr is them pouting over what they didn’t get in the Mueller report. The Republicans’ contempt of Holder was for the “Fast in Furious” scandal that resulted in the death of a border patrol agent. The death of a protector of our country, caused by an Attorney General’s screw-up, compared to pouting, warrants the same political treatment by House Dems? Seriously?!

Is Anyone Aware, Does Anyone Care?

On Wednesday morning, I went through the L.A. Times to see what their reporting was on the rising tensions with Iran. There was nothing. I went to the websites of CNN, Fox News and MSNBC, and Fox had one story the other two had zip.

I started thinking, wow, things are getting close to war over there, yet I’m hearing and reading precious little about it (hopefully, by the time you’re reading this, the news coverage has increased or the crisis has subsided).

This is a big deal folks. A team of U.S. military investigators made an assessment that either Iran or those who are allies attacked four tanker ships in the area. The incidents show there is increased risk for shippers in a region vital to energy supply.

The White House has ordered a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group and four B-52 bombers to head over there. Officials said urgent credible threats from Iran against Americans were found. Our Secretary of State told Iraqi officials that U.S. intelligence showed that Iran-backed militias moved missiles near bases housing American forces. Then there was the order for all non-emergency personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Iraq to leave the country.

Let’s hope and pray nothing comes of this heightened crisis, because if it does, the impact could be felt economically for all of us with sky high gas prices and big stock market hits. Of course, loss of American lives would be tragic, and God forbid the leader of Iran has a meltdown and tries something with nuclear weapons.

Quotes, Quips & Headlines:

A federal court granted Judicial Watch discovery on Clinton emails because the court wanted answers about the cover-up. And now we have answers because it looks like the Obama White House orchestrated the Clinton email cover-up. (Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch)

*Like Judge Jeanine said: “Grab your popcorn, the show is about to begin.” And what a show it will be as the mud hits the fan giving me plenty to rant about. (Me)

Florida man caught shooing raccoon off boat faces back lash (Headline)

*The guy was 20 miles out in the ocean when he discovered the thing. If you’ve ever encountered a Raccoon, they are nasty animals and can carry rabies. What else could this gentleman do for his family’s safety? I hate it when emotionalism tries to conquer common sense.  (Me)

Elizabeth Warren turns down Fox News town hall, calling the network a ‘hate-for-profit racket’ (Headline)

*Wow, has she seen the latest ratings showing Fox News has many more viewers than the other two cable networks? She may want to put her big girl pants on and accept Fox’s invitation if she wants anyone to see her Town Hall.  Besides, which of the three networks really expounds hate?  (Me)

“This is a technique of the GOP, to take dry humor + sarcasm literally and “fact check” it. Like the ‘world ending in 12 years thing’, you’d have to have the social intelligence of a sea sponge to think it’s literal.” (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)

*I’m not so sure I have the intelligence of a sea sponge, because when I look back on it, she was very serious and emphatic, so I guess you’d have to have the honesty of the Clintons to purport a bull-crap walk back like this one.  (Me)

“I got a text message from a friend who’s like, ‘Hey, next time, you know, really clarify,” Maybe talk like a fourth grader because maybe the racist idiots would understand you better.” (Rashida Tlaib)

*We don’t need to understand her better. This Congress lady, who is of Palestinian decent, makes it clears she hates Israel, and what a racist idiot has anything to do with it, I don’t know.  (Me)

“You know, I was reading in Leviticus where it said, ‘Because of these things, the land will vomit you out.’ I think God will say, ‘I’ve had it with America, if you do this kind of stuff, I’m going to get rid of you as a nation.” (Pat Robertson)

*Yikes, and to think our nation is only 243 years old – which is just a blink of an eye in God’s eyes. We best be careful!  (Me)

Letter to the Ranter:

Sorry Doug, Joshua Heath was put on this earth to drive conservatives insane. But it all helps confirm why we are conservative. Michael Savage says liberalism is a mental disease and Heath is Exhibit A. 

Phyllis

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | May 9, 2019

I Almost Lost My Breakfast:

A column titled “Democratic Voices” appears in The Signal Newspaper every Tuesday, and this past edition featuring the loveable Josh Heath was a real doozy. Yikes, he’s now neck and neck with Gary Horton in driving me to rant on something I wasn’t planning on until reading their crap – sorry – I mean opinion.

There was so much nonsense in Heath’s piece that I could fill two pages with my response. But time, space and energy limit me to stick to a few of my favorites.

 “In response the GOP has worked tirelessly to marginalize the political influence of non-white voters through voting suppression bills like the one passed in North Carolina.”

The bill in North Carolina (that ultimately failed) was simply a bill to enact strict I.D. laws for people when voting. This is a law that should have been in place everywhere, many years ago, to thwart voting fraud that can run rampant (you have to show I.D. for everything else we do, why not voting?). To say the motivation for the bill was to suppress minority voters seems ludicrous to me, and Heath would have had to be inside the bill sponsors’ minds to know that.                        

 “As our country becomes more diverse the power of the Republican Party will proportionately decline, as we’ve seen in California.”

While Josh may think Republican voters shrinking in our state is a good thing, I say take a look at California and tell me how well off we are with his side running things. This state is a mess in many ways, and most of it is caused by the progressives in our state legislature that Heath seems to want to occupy every legislature. Don’t believe me about the state of this state, just ask the throngs of folks who have fled California and the many others who are planning on it.

Josh needs to open his eyes and see that touting for increasing Democrat influence across our land ultimately hurts the very people he wants to expand the Democrat voter base with.

“In order to slow this trend, conservatives have become fiercely anti-immigrant, opposing all paths to citizenship for those here illegally, as those policies would lead to a browner America.”       

Conservatives have no problem with legal and just immigration. What we have a problem with is the left pushing for immigration without restrictions or adherence to the law, and their only motivation being gaining voters for their side. I think that deep down, progressives don’t give two hoots about the plight of those streaming illegally into our nation. They just want more votes for their side to lead us down a progressive path of emotional idealism that will hurt all Americans.

In other words the GOP has become the White Panther Party, a political conglomerate dedicated to advancing their Caucasian base … Using racist rhetoric about hordes of immigrants invading America, it is clear what is happening here. These folks are summoning up the worst sin in our national life—White supremacy—as a way to hold on to power.”      

This is where I almost lost my breakfast. We Republicans have become the “White Panther Party,” dedicated to advancing our Caucasian base? That is such a load of manure, and I’m astounded he had the gall to write it. If he really believes that’s true, I’m one offended guy, and if you are a Republican, you should be offended too.

Does Heath realize what Trump’s economy has done for people of color with low unemployment, along with the large number of minorities who have been able to get off food stamps and other government support programs?! The Republican Party has done more for minorities in two years than Obama did in eight by expressing his pathetic attitude that minorities are being brought down by the USA.

Josh needs to wake up. Nobody is “using racist rhetoric about hordes of immigrants invading America.”  That’s the kind of stuff the progressive rookies in the House spout and it makes them sound really stupid. He should take a cue from them and not sound as nonsensical as they do.

As far as Republicans “summoning up the worst sin in our national life—White supremacy—as a way to hold on to power,” I’m going to let you rant on your own, because I’m about to pound the keyboard with words that would be unbecoming of a Christian, or even a columnist for that matter.           

 Punting:

 I’m worn out from the preceding ranting so I’m punting on this one. Someone sent this to me – or I ran across it a couple of weeks ago, but after cutting and pasting it, I can’t find who or where it came from. But, since I like it so much, and it’s so anti-progressive, it will soothe my soul to share it.

Trump puts America and its people first. This is why people love him and this is why he will remain in charge for so long. There is not a single thing wrong with him and people need to open their eyes. When he boasts that he has a “bigger red button” than Kim Jong-un does, he so transcends the mealy-mouthed rhetoric of the past, thereby forcing a new recognition of American power.

  1. Hillary: held accountable for her previous wrongs!
  2. Put “GOD” back in America!
  3. Borders: Closed or tightly guarded!
  4. Congress: On the same retirement and healthcare plans as everybody else.
  5. Congress:  Obey its own laws NOW!
  6. Language: English!
  7. Culture: Constitution and the Bill of Rights!
  8. Drug-Free: Mandatory drug screening before and during Welfare!
  9. Freebies: NONE to non-citizens!
  10. Budget: Balance the damn thing!
  11. Foreign Countries: Stop giving them our money! Charge them for our help! We need it here.
  12. Term limits for congress. And most of all,
  13. “RESPECT OUR MILITARY AND OUR FLAG!»  And our law enforcement.

 I will add pursuing the contemptible corruptness of the Obama administration to the full extent of the law in their treason-like attempt to illegally meddle in the business of the Trump presidency before and after the election.

Which of those points do you agree with, which don’t you agree with, how many of our left leaning friends would disagree with all of them? As for me and my house, all these bullet points should be in effect for America to be the America our founding fathers expected it to be.    

I’m Better Now:

Okay, I’ve calmed down some from the first section of this rant, so here goes a couple of thoughts.

Trump a Bad Business Man and President?

I woke up Wednesday morning to CBS Radio with the news anchor exclaiming that President Trump’s tax returns from the ‘80s and ‘90s were discovered, that he lost a billion and some dollars during that time and his businesses didn’t pay much in taxes. I don’t know what she was so giddy about; this was made public a long time ago. And yeah, he paid little in taxes because he lost money in those years. That’s how it works, make money – pay taxes. Lose money – pay little taxes. It works the same for everyone.

Folks are insinuating that this makes him a lousy president. Hey, he still has a net worth that is nothing to sneeze at. When you’re a big boy in the line of work he was in, you stand a good chance of losing big-boy money. I personally think his business experience, good or bad, has lent itself to the good job he has done for this country.

Trump, Barr, Mueller, Oh My! 

Wednesday morning was also the House Judiciary committee hearing on holding Bill Barr in contempt of Congress for not releasing the entire Mueller report. Oh my, the partisan sparks were flying like a food fight in a high school cafeteria. But what got me were the Republicans hammering the corrupt nature that started the whole Russian thing, and the fact that if Barr were to release the report, he would be breaking the law. While the verbal hammer was coming down, the Dems looked like deer in the headlights when they yelled about the sins of the president that would send this country to hell.

Remember the days of partisan sparks flying over tax cuts, border walls, abortion rights, and even confirming Supreme Court nominees? Do you think we’ll ever get back to good, old fashioned issue fighting?  Who knows? It could be really refreshing.

 Quotes, Quips & Headlines:

“The Mueller report has turned the media into screaming toddlers.”  (Greg Gutfield)

 *Dems in the House, too. (Me)

“Reparations is the extraction of money from those who were never slave owners to be given to those who were never slaves.” (Larry Elder)

*That just makes too much sense for the Dem candidates to comprehend. (Me)

“Unemployment drops to the lowest level in half a century. More poor and minority folks working than ever. Sad that the toxic partisanship in Washington prevents everyone from celebrating America’s triumph.” (Geraldo Rivera) 

 *Hard to care about the good of the nation when all that matters to someone is emotional idealism and hate for a man who is doing a good job as president. (Me)

Gallup: Trump approval hits high, tops Obama at same time in presidency (Headline)

 *Does CNN and MSNBC know about this? (Me)

CNN Host: F*ck Tucker Carlson (Headline)

Yikes, was he upset about Trump’s high approval rating?  (Me)

“They hate Trump and they’ll do anything including subjugating the Constitution, it’s not worth talking about anymore. But what is worth talking about is how the tables will turn. Sources tell me there is an investigation into how this counterintelligence investigation into Trump began. It is time to investigate the beginning of this coup and who in the DOJ, FBI and White House signed on to prevent and overturn the will of the American people. Grab your popcorn, folks… it’s show time. Multiple criminal leak investigations are underway.”  (Judge Jeanine Pirro)

*Hey, give me some credit. I’ve been ranting about this stuff for a year and a half, and mostly to deaf ears it seems. Now it looks like this attempted coup started way up the ladder to the house on Pennsylvania Ave, and all Watergate-type hell should break loose!

Dougs Rant!

| Doug's Rants | May 2, 2019

This is Making Me (You-Know-What) Crazy!

I guess it should be as predictable as the Dodger bullpen giving up runs in late innings of games, but once again the media is blaming President Trump for a highly publicized shooting. This time it’s the synagogue attack that occurred in the San Diego area this past Saturday. What comes out of these people’s mouths is downright dumb and makes them sound like stupid fools. If they truly believe what they are saying, I would question their intellectual sanity.

“Trump stokes hatred toward most Americans. He has transformed hate crimes to domestic acts of terrorism and therefore is derelict in his duties.  That is impeachable.”

“We are so far beyond dog whistles here, Donald. The blood that is spilled, is on your hands.”

“Take responsibility for your actions. Mr. President, you are the culprit.”

“If you took a lot of the statements by politicians right now, including Trump, and you compare them to what Al Qaeda or ISIS clerics said that inspired attacks around the world over the last decade, they would look remarkably similar, specifically this is incitement to violence in many cases.”

Please tell me how this shooter, or any other person who is obviously afflicted with mental illness, can be influenced by a president’s words to do what this guy did?  Donald Trump is not the cause of attacks by a mentally deranged person, and if these Trump hating media types really think that’s the case, they need to think again.

How would these blithering talking heads respond to the fact that during Obama’s time as president, there were 162 mass murder victims with 18 incidents of eight or more people being shot and killed?  How much blame did we hear the media place on him? None, of course, because they loved him with criticism-free coverage and because no president can or should be blamed for the acts of crazy person.

 Is That All You Got, Joe?

Joe Biden blasted his campaign off in such invigorating style. I was moved; yeah, moved to rolling my eyes and scratching my head. I’m sure Joe’s remarks were moving to some, but for the life of me, I don’t know why or how.

“Everything that has made America America is at stake. That’s why today I’m announcing my candidacy for president of the United States.”

“And that’s when we heard the words from the president of the United States that stunned the world and shocked the conscience of this nation. With those words, the president of the United States assigned a moral equivalence between those spreading hate and those with the courage to stand against it. And in that moment, I knew the threat to this nation was unlike any I had ever seen in my lifetime.”

I think the “words” Joe was referring to were the president’s statements after the Charlottesville incident last year. But seriously, Trump’s words were a threat to our nation unlike he has ever seen in his lifetime? Is he really serious about that? Where was he on September 11, 2001?!  Does he really think mere words from our own president are unlike any threat he has ever seen? Come on, Joe. Think, just think, would ya?

Anyway, my head-scratching was a result of headlines that week, such as:

-Stocks end week at new highs with good GDP data

 -Stocks record high

GDP BIG: 3.2% economy very strong

U.S. Economy Grew at 3.2% Rate in First Quarter

-Economy is hitting on all cylinders

I’m not surprised Joe did not mention the current economy that has made his and Barack’s economy look like the New England Patriots playing a high school football team; or the embarrassing butt-kissing those two did to other countries, turning us into vulnerable wimps failing to stand up to the bullies of the world. Of course, paying Iran $150 billion in cash to enter into a bogus nuclear deal and gutting our military didn’t help much.

Oh well, it looks like Joe is going to rely on emotional, nonsensical rhetoric to try and gain his party nomination. I’m not sure if he’ll move as far left as Bernie and the young, socialistic, crusader candidates, but it will be fun to watch and rant about! At least the new favorite Democrat launched his campaign with mindless rhetoric that I’m sure made his old boss proud.

While You’re At It:

Did you see what the new Attorney General (no surprise she was endorsed by Governor Cuomo) for the state of New York is burning to do in investigating President Trump? Yep, she wants to “investigate anyone in his orbit who has in fact violated the law.” She listed potential illegalities involving his real estate holdings, a Trump Tower meeting with a Russian, Government subsidies Trump received and probing the Trump Foundation – along with more targeted investigations.      

Hey ma’am, I’m thinking Hillary Clinton lives in New York as well, so why don’t you investigate the crap out of her, too? You know, stuff like her and Bill’s foundation that reeks of scandal reaching far and wide. I urge you to Google “Hillary’s Scandals” and you’ll see there are more listed than you can count on both of your hands. The one I really think you should zero in on is her deleting thousands of subpoenaed emails, destroying computers and cell phones, along with permanently erasing hard drives.

I’m sure you’ll agree what she did with those emails and devices would land each and every one of us in jail, including you, so why don’t you put your integrity above your hate for Trump and strive for JUSTICE FOR ALL!

Quotes, Quips & Headlines:

Voters size up O’Rourke at L.A. tech school (Headline)  

*Not too difficult to size him up. All you have to do is listen to him for two minutes and that will tell you all you need to know. (Me)

Troops role on the border to expand (Headline)

*Beto isn’t going to like that one bit since he wants to eliminate all borders and let anyone and everyone in. (Me)

The white male savior we’ve finally outgrown (Headline)

*Wow, the L.A. Times has bailed on Joe Biden already? (Me)

“It’s time to take back our own thinking and use the logic and facts that we can all see as to what is happening around us and how we need to make our own self assessment as to how we want our country to continue to grow and prosper and bring about the policies that have greatly helped our own well-being so much over the last two years.

 If we allow the mainstream media to continue to feed us misguided principles and their judgments, as if they are truths, instead of doing our own homework, then we will fall victim to a terrible consequence that will be too late to change once the final bell rings.” (Chris Allen from his column in The Signal entitled “Don’t Let Media Do Your Thinking.”)

*He nailed this; all you have to do is read the L.A. Times, the New York Times and the Washington Post, and tune into CNN and MSNBC. While you’re at it, jump around the Sunday morning talk shows on ABC, CBS, NBC and even the Fox network (at times) for great examples of what he wrote about.

“This gets us to the next installment of ‘Friday the 13th,’ a.k.a. the Democratic presidential candidates. Kamala Harris, you say? You seriously want me to vote for Kamala Harris? And you say that Cory “Spartacus” Booker is just like Kamala, only better and balder? Are you kidding me? Pete Buttigieg? Ask me again when I stop laughing.

 Bernie? Really? This grumpy near-octogenarian “public service” millionaire with three mansions is running for the presidency of the wrong country. All his best ideas have already been put into practice––in Venezuela.

 Did someone say Warren? Warren, the first Cherokee candidate — that Warren? Doesn’t she now want reparations not just for African-Americans, but also for Native Americans? Where, oh where, is that lever to pull for Trump?

 Biden? The creepy old guy who likes to massage women and 13-year-old girls in public? That guy? I have a 19-year-old daughter, and I sure hope he never goes anywhere near her. But I do hope he runs. It feels like he’s been running for president in every election since Eisenhower. Can he lurch far enough to the left this time, to satisfy the woke police? I doubt it, but it will be fun to watch him try.

 I am a highly motivated Trump voter because the Democrats have motivated me up to my eyeballs. I have never been more motivated in my life, because the Democrats are terrifying me. I am locked, cocked, and ready to rock in that voting booth. I just wish I didn’t have to wait 20 months.” (George S. Bardmesser, an attorney in Washington, D.C.)

*I couldn’t have said it better myself. (Me)

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | April 11, 2019

Scary Stuff:

The headline read: “Bernie Sanders is the Democratic front runner.

The article went on to say he raised more than $18 million in the first three months of this year. I got to thinking, yeah, so what? But the more I thought about it, and after talking to a friend about what it would actually be like if the dude became our president, I began to get scared – very scared. I imagined myself curling up in a fetal position with a pacifier in my mouth after his victory is announced; becoming the very snowflake I made fun of after Trump was elected.  I envisioned becoming so fraught with fear, that it caused me to experience one of the greatest nightmares of my life: I was in the grips of WRITER’S BLOCK!

I talked myself down and started in on some intense psychological self-evaluation. What I discovered was I would really be crestfallen over millions of my American brothers and sisters being head over heels in support of Uncle Bernie. It’s like when one of my sons did something stupid as a teenager, and I would yell, “WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?!”

What Are They Thinking?         

Seriously, it baffles me to bat-crap-craziness that so many folks think the policies which Sanders wants to put in place are what’s needed and best for our country.  I don’t want to sound mean or overly critical, but shouldn’t his supporters be of right mind and see how damaging these things would be, if actually implemented? Medicare for all, free college tuition, universal basic income, reparations for slavery … To even attempt to pay for all this rigmarole, taxes would have to be raised above the stratosphere, causing destruction of the current economy that is on fire right now.

Diving further into my psyche, I became aware of what really bothers me about the throngs of folks who desperately want this stuff in place; it’s these Bernie supporters who fail to recognize the psychological impact it could have on Americans. It would be “spoiled kid syndrome,” resulting in a massive malaise of people not learning to deal with the struggle of having to work, strive and stress to achieve what they want in their lives.

There are already signs of this when we look at the younger generations today who have had everything handed to them, and it shows in their work values and life attitudes. I’m reminded of teachers I know from elementary to high school who talk about parents going to the nth degree to protect their kids from any sort of problems they encounter and to shelter them from the pain of life.  Can you imagine what it would be like if generation after generation had everything handed to them from the government, like how Uncle Bernie wants? People would grow up not ever knowing what it’s like to work and struggle, and that would have horrible ramifications for all aspects of American culture as we know it today.  I hope and pray this realization would somehow engulf the minds of the folks before they vote for Sanders.

Is the Giant, Slow-Lumbering Worm Finally Turning?

“The worm is turning” is a term that has been used for a baseball team when coming out of prolonged hitting slump. The giant worm I  refer to is the absolute corruption of the FBI and DOJ regarding Hillary’s crimes and the Trump/Russian investigation, looks like it may be starting its slow turn towards justice. Attorney General Barr gave a veiled warning he is concerned with what he’s learning and will be looking hard into it. Accompany that with the Chairman of the Senate’s Judiciary Committee, Lindsey Graham, promising he will dig hard and deep to get to the bottom of what could and maybe should be a scandal bigger than Watergate. Turn worm, turn!              

Shouldn’t they be Squirming?

As I watched the Dems moan, pout and drill Bill Barr over the Mueller investigation, I couldn’t help but think that they either don’t know about the corruption eruption that will be exploding (making Trump’s investigation look like a picnic), or they are in complete denial.

Is there any way they aren’t concerned, knowing Hillary and her team deleted 33,000 subpoenaed emails, basically acid-washed hard drives and physically destroyed computers and cell phones?  We now know from records obtained by Judicial Watch the exact date and time the software program BleachBit was downloaded and used to wipe her hard drives clean. It was March 11, 2015 at 11:42 am. They crow about President Trump’s possible obstruction of justice, but oh my, goodness, what did she do, just chop liver?

Proving the investigation was rigged so as not to threaten Hillary’s presidential aspirations (which seemingly started at the top, like in the Whitehouse) could rattle the swamp so hard it will drain all over itself!

The investigation proving that same FBI and DOJ pulled some of the most deceitful legal methods to try and derail the Trump campaign and presidency should have the Dems squirming in their collective seats. If they are squirming, they’re doing a good job of hiding it. Let’s see how long they can keep it up.

Mini Rants:

 -I keep hearing from both sides of the aisle: “The American people want this, they want that … Americans are concerned about this and that … All Americans care about is that and this.”  From where I sit, many – if not most Americans – don’t know or care about what the peeps in the swamp are talking about.        

 -I’ll be glad when the full Mueller report is released; I’m tired of the Dems’ whining and lamenting that Barr somehow took matters into his own hands when issuing his brief on the report.

-With all of the news that pours out of the swamp on a daily basis, most of it from the Dems in the House, one would think they are really getting stuff done for us, right? Wrong. From what I can tell, they haven’t done a damn thing in their first three months other than investigate Trump and gnash their teeth over the Mueller report. Perhaps they should check recent polls on what Americans really care about, and get after that!

The Dems keep denying there is an emergency crisis at the border, even though officials who are neck deep in the situation keep shouting it out. My question is, how many of the doubting Dems have actually stepped foot down there before talking out of the wrong end of their body?

-Does Beto O’Rourke think his cry to eliminate borders and his claims that the Trump administration is similar to the Third Reich in Germany will really help him become president?

-I’m hearing the Democrat presidential wannabes saying, “We need something completely different for America.”  Hmm … something different as in the Obama days with record numbers of people on government assistance programs, an anemic economy with high unemployment and business suppression via high taxes and smothering regulations? Maybe one of these candidates should check out how the how the economy is doing under Trump and be careful what they wish for or promise.                   

 Quotes, Quips & Headlines:

 AG William Barr Testifies at House Hearing (Headline)

*Maybe it’s just me, but now that the Dems have taken over the House, they sound unintelligent and amateurish during these hearings.  (Me)

Barr grilled on how he narrowed 300-page Mueller report down to 4-page summary in 48 hours (Headline)

*Barr is a better man than I am. The tone and the stupidity of the Dem’s questions would have caused me to answer them in a very unprofessional manner. Like, “You stupid turd! That is probably the dumbest question I’ve been asked in my life!” or “That question has been asked of me three times already this morning, have you been listening, or just thinking about what you’re going to say when it’s your turn so you can garner as much attention for yourself as possible?” (Me)

It’s Time to Start Calling Evangelicals What They Are: The American Taliban (Headline posted on Facebook)

“Been saying that for years, actually got kicked off FB for 39 days for saying … Alt-Right Christians are a ….disease upon humanity” (Facebook post)

“Extremists of the religious type are just as dangerous as enemy factions; in fact, they are the enemy as certain as any other extremists. And a major threat to this country. No wonder they cater to such an evil moron as trump! I don’t believe he has faith of any kind except power and money. He’s a wannabe dictator and has to be stopped at all costs now; I don’t think we can handle two more years of his destruction!”   (Facebook Post)

*Further examples of the war on Christianity that I’ve been ranting about recently. (Me)

House conservatives form new Anti-Socialism Caucus (Headline)

*I bet that will shake up Bernie and the A.O.C gang. (Me)

Evening News skips March 196K jobs rebound, 3.8 percent unemployment  (Headline on Media Research Center website)

“Every day it becomes more evident that the liberal news media are no longer simply a megaphone for liberals in Washington, New York, and Hollywood. The media are now leading the radical Left and using their platform to push a socialist agenda.  (Statement from Media Research Center)

Fox News discussed the Green New Deal more often than CNN and MSNBC combined (Headline)

*Is it because CNN and MSNBC realized how stupid it is, and didn’t want to be embarrassed by it? (Me)

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | April 4, 2019

The Beat Goes On:

Two weeks ago I wrote about the book entitled, “Dark Agenda: The War to Destroy Christianity. The premise of the book is “Christians are being targeted by secular leftists; they want to destroy Christianity in America.”      

I find it rather troubling that in the past two weeks since I wrote that rant, we continue to see evidence of what the author is addressing in the book. While I’ve been criticized in the past for focusing too much on religion in this space, I feel it’s important to expose the potentially dangerous persecution of the spiritual foundation which our founding fathers established.   

I’ve made it clear over the years I’m a Christian, but I do realize many readers don’t hold that same belief system. I do not resent or judge those folks whatsoever, but I want to expose what I feel is terribly wrong with a segment of people pushing to undermine the freedom of religion, motivated by the notion that Christianity is evil,  wrong and unfit for anyone. I would hope even folks who do not share my beliefs would see the danger in this.

No Chick-Fil-A for You:

Air travelers in Buffalo and San Antonio who were looking forward to eating at Chick-fil-A in their airports will have to make other meal choices, after the deals with the fried and grilled chicken chain were snuffed out by local politicians and officials. Was it because Chick-Fil-A wanted lower rent or less revenue sharing from the airports?  Oh no, they were concerned about the chain’s anti-LGBTQ history and voiced worries about its inclusion policies.

One official put it this way: “Chick-Fil-A has a long history of supporting and funding anti-LGBTQ organizations … As a state entity, we have a responsibility to avoid doing business with corporations who fund hateful and divisive groups.”

Oh my word, are these people aware of the $500 million of tax payer money awarded annually to Planned Parenthood in part to kill unborn babies?  Talk about hateful and divisive. Does that mean if the government wants to put post offices in those two airports, they will be turned down too?!

If you’re like me, you’re thinking: Oh my gosh, who are these hideous sounding groups Chick-Fil-A donates to that caused them to lose their lease deals in the airports? Well … what I saw was the “Fellowship of Christian Athletes,” “The Paul Anderson Youth Home” and “The Salvation Army,” which, according to pundits, «spread an anti-LGBTQ message” and teach “homosexuality is a sin.” Seriously? Chick-Fil-A got booted from the airports because they donate to The Salvation Army and Fellowship of Christians Athletes? Are they serious right now? From what I know, these organizations are the opposite of divisive and hateful.

Does Chick-Fil-A refuse to serve LGBTQ folks in their restaurants? Do they break the law by not hiring people who identify as such?  Here is their stance:

“We want to make it clear that our sole focus is on providing delicious food and welcoming everyone – not being a part of a national political conversation. We do not have a political or social agenda. More than 145,000 people from different backgrounds and beliefs represent the Chick-fil-A brand. We embrace all people, regardless of religion, race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity.”

My strong feeling is that the reasons for these discriminating actions by officials in Buffalo and San Antonio are based on the CEO and many in upper management being strong Christians. Sure, the CEO has expressed his negative views on same-sex-relationships, but as an American, he has every right to do that. By all accounts, the company does business in an honest, ethical manner, and for their business to be punished is further indication of the war on Christianity.

Unplanned:

The movie, that is, which tells the true story of a former Planned Parenthood executive who quit the organization to become a pro-life advocate. I’m sure you saw all of the commercials on TV for this movie, right? Oh wait, you didn’t. Do you know why?  It’s because all of the television networks except for Fox News would NOT accept the ads.

That’s right. In this day and age of networks fighting for all the ad revenue they can get, the money offered them to promote this film was turned down?!  The reason they gave; the sensitive nature of the movie. Oh really, the sensitive nature of a film that deals with an organization which receives $500 million a year from the USA? This is coming from some networks that show graphic violent and sex scenes unabashedly, which they accept gobs of advertising dollars for.  They sure don’t turn down the big advertising bucks for those shows, do they?

If you ask me, this review of the movie says a lot about the war on Christianity these days:

“Propaganda doesn’t come more putrid than Unplanned, which is the perfect way to spend a Friday or Saturday night if you’re a die-hard right-to-lifer who views Planned Parenthood as a scourge upon the face of the Earth.  Smacking you upside the head with its message for 110 god-awful minutes via every cornball cliché in the (not-so-good) Christian-movie book, it’s a leaden, self-righteous and wholly rancid affair, designed only to preach to its choir by maligning the non-profit organization.”

The networks refusing these ads wouldn’t have anything to do with the production company of the film producing Christian-based movies, would it?  This is a sad and pathetic point in time that is indicative of the war on Christian values and beliefs. As I alluded to earlier, even if you aren’t a Christian, this stuff should concern you greatly.

Quotes, Quips & Headlines:

“It (Trump’s presidency) has caused a lot of us to go through individual and group therapy. It has caused a lot of us to feel a bit of despair, and depression, and anxiety, and fear. And I say don’t let the bad guys win.” (Kamala Harris)

*I say don’t let the snowflakes win. (Me)

“Many Democrats are FOR driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants, but AGAINST voter ID laws.”  (Tomi Lahren, Fox News)

*Am I remembering correctly, that if you have a driver’s license, it’s really easy to register to vote and you don’t have to show I.D. before voting?  I may be slow, but I think I’m beginning to see the methods to the Democrats’ madness.  (Me)

“What’s really happening here is that the 76-year-old Biden is now trying mightily to reconcile the old Democrat Party of Bill Clinton and Ted Kennedy with the ever-shifting liberal PC codes of the present.”  (Laura Ingram)

“Joe Biden is about to politically perish on that MeToo line. Democrat fanatics see him as one of the last remaining stumbling blocks to creating their socialist utopia. They need to stop him before he even enters the race.”  (Laura Ingram)

Biden accused of unwanted kiss, may have kissed his chance for Dem nomination goodbye  (Headline)

*I don’t know why, but I kind of feel sorry for Uncle Joe. He reminds of the guy in the movie “Death of a Salesman.” (Me)

“We are actually talking about something substantive. We are not calling anyone names, People say, ‘Tea Party of the left,’ and I find this phrase very interesting. Because the grounding of the Tea Party was xenophobia, the underpinnings of white supremacy.”  (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)

*Since I identify with the Tea Party, I think she just called me names, but I’ll let Tucker finish this one.

So, it’s official. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a moron and nasty and more self-righteous than any televangelist who ever preached a sermon on cable access. She is not impressive. She’s awful.  (Tucker Carlson)

A liberal paradise would be a place where everybody has guaranteed employment, free comprehensive healthcare, free education, free food, free housing, free clothing, free utilities, and only law enforcement has guns. And believe it or not, such a place does, indeed, exist. It’s called prison.”  (Joe Arpaio, former Maricopa County Sheriff)

Letters to the Ranter: 

 Doug,

 I’m really grateful to see Robert Patrick Lewis having an article again.  Please keep him as a regular. Your “rants” are really truthful and funny.  Love the memes too. 

-Judy

 

Doug,

Love the newspaper, especially Doug’s Rants! Humor with facts, not expressed in other media!

-Paul

 

Doug,

What else?  Isn’t it great that after 2+ years at $1,000,000 a month the Mueller investigation is finally over and President Trump is not a Russian.  Some of us knew that from the beginning. HEY WAIT A MINUTE! SOME OF US KNEW HE WAS NOT A SPY SO SINCE WE ARE WAY DOWN ON THE FOOD CHAIN MR. MUELLER MUST HAVE KNOW HIS INVESTIGATION WAS BASED ON A HOAX.

He let the investigation continue anyway.  Do you think that would have anything to do with the Republicans losing the HOUSE?  Were the silly upsets due to the barrage of FAKE ERRONEOUS NEWS?

Maybe we should have all of the elections that caused seats to be flipped be re- run. 

 Now we get the gentleman from Burbank who wants to spend a few million more dollars looking for that which is not there.  Hey Adam have you seen the pot holes in the roads.  Maybe we could fix the pot holes with money going in to the pie holes. 

Dan

 

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | March 28, 2019

Really?

Katie Hill was interviewed on CNN the day after the mud hit the fan with the Barr letter (she is very well-spoken when appearing on these network shows, by the way) and was asked by the info lady, “President Trump said I sure hope they look at the other side of this, of how this whole thing got started. What do you think he was referring to?”

Hill: “I don’t know; who knows what the President thinks.” Really? Neither one of these ladies who are waist deep in the swamp of Washington is aware of the corruptness that ignited the Mueller investigation?  They haven’t heard of the New York Times Best Seller, The Russian Hoax? They don’t know that James Comey admitted leaking information (which turned out to be bogus) to the press with hopes of getting the probe launched with former CIA Director, John Brennan, doing the same thing?

They aren’t aware of the other officials in the FBI and DOJ who hated Trump so much that they used concocted evidence to try and bring him down because they couldn’t fathom the idea of him becoming president? They haven’t heard the evidence of these officials rejecting the result of the election and thinking they could save their liberal brethren from Trump by burying him in Russian collusion dirt?

Seriously? These two ladies didn’t know anything about this stuff? I find that really hard to believe and would venture to guess they just didn’t want to expose the liberal CNN audience to such atrocities conducted by their own ilk.

Did You Notice?

During the heat of the denial-fest regarding the Mueller report, CNN and the like didn’t come close to addressing the corruption that was the foundation of the whole mess. Not a word (that I heard) was mentioned regarding the dossier as the sole reason, and it all started with Hillary Clinton paying for it. Robert Mueller had to have known it, based on his kinship with James Comey. It was written by somebody paid by Hillary, Christopher Steele, who worked with a guy named Glenn Simpson; and it was used by the FBI, who knew that it was totally bogus to get a warrant to spy on the Trump administration.

Pointing His Way?

Not many in front of the cameras will even suggest that the corruption of this time period could very well have started with the Obama administration. I and many others think the former president pulled the strings of Loretta Lynch to get Hillary out from underneath her email crimes. She did that by washing her hands of it and told James Comey to take care of it with the veiled instruction (call it a matter, not an investigation) to make sure Hillary got off scot free.  What else could motivate the director of the FBI to stand in front of the nation (when it should have been Attorney General Lynch), rattle off the crimes Hillary committed and then state she wasn’t going to be charged because of some nonsensical reasoning?  It had to be the guy in the White House at the time motivating Comey, don’t you think?

If Obama wanted Hillary to win so much that he went to those extremes to clear her, wouldn’t he pull the same sort of strings to derail Trump winning? As Lindsey Graham inferred in his news conference this week, STAY TUNED!

Everything They Touch is Turning to Foolishness:

I would think the Dems are feeling like the Lakers these days (foolish) because they have the greatest player in the world, but can’t win many games. The Dems are so sure of themselves with brimming confidence that their way is the way to save the nation from Trump and ourselves. Yet, not much is going their way these days. Most of them were sure as rain Trump was an agent of Russia, and now they are feebly trying to say the findings aren’t true, with some of them ruefully back tracking from their blown-up assertions.

I would say most on the left put their entire Trump-is-a-traitor confidence in the reporting by CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, The New York Times and The Washington Post. Now their confidence in these biased, Trump-hating news sources has been shaken to its core, as demonstrated by TV ratings this week (Sean Hannity had 4 Million viewers Monday Night compared to CNN’s 950 thousand, ouch!). Now there are outcries that the Times and the Post should give back the Pulitzer prizes they won for the in-depth reporting they gleefully did on the collusion investigation.

Foolishness Continued:

Aside from their obsession with Russian collusion, the Democrat’s outlandish Trump-hating contrasted to the backdrop of his wide-scale success at home and abroad is causing their foolishness to become magnified. Not only do they ignore the HARD FACTS of the Trump administration’s overwhelming success compared to that of Obama, they are pitching the most foolish policies one can imagine. No border walls,  guilt money to African American folks for slavery some 200 years ago, Medicare for all, free daycare for all, free college for all, and of course, the putrid Green Deal that is so ludicrous it makes even some of the best of libs shake their heads.

Why most of their foolishness is coming back to haunt them is easy to see, and it’s simple. Most Americans are intelligent (at least semi), level-headed, common sense people. Even those who grew up with left-leaning tendencies can see how foolish this way of thinking is, because it just doesn’t make sense! For those who do champion these ideas, I would ask them to use their embarrassing and foolish feelings from the Trump Russian fiasco as a learning tool.

Fox News:     

The Headlines read, “Is Fox News having moral qualms about itself?” and “Are we losing Fox News?”  It sure seems that way. Last week, I wrote about Judge Jeanine being suspended for a politically incorrect comment, and now they’ve hired Donna Brazile, who couldn’t cut it at CNN and was guilty of feeding Hillary questions ahead the presidential debate.

Rupert Murdoch’s son is now running Fox News and is reported to lean way left of his father, with a wife who is ultra-liberal, which could explain a lot. Combine this with the rumors that the regular newscasters hate being lumped in with the conservative opinion shows the network is best known for.

If this is the beginning of Fox’s demise, it isn’t a good thing. The Media Research Center has documented that the evening news coverage of Trump by ABC, CBS, and NBC in 2018 was 90 percent negative. That has a huge, skewed impact with 23 million Americans watching these network news shows each night. It’s even worse when you include the biased, hostile coverage at CNN, MSNBC, NPR and other liberal outlets.  Is it okay to say GOD PLEASE SAVE FOX NEWS?

Quotes, Quips & Headlines:

City to consider changes in mayor selection (Headline) 

*Am I the only one who thinks the only change should be the voters of Santa Clarita electing a mayor? (Me)      

“For some reason, Americans chose Trump to be their partner for four years. And he has responded by beating the body politic with right after right hook and staying out late carousing with the Russians.” (Josh Heath)

*Hey Josh, Americans chose Trump to be our president, not our partner. We voted for him to make America great again, and if you would take off the blinders of hate you have for the man and focus solely on the actual job he has done as president, you will see he has made great strides in doing just that. Stick to the facts, my friend, not the hyperbole of your liberal brethren.

The Mueller report finds no evidence showing Trump’s team of collusion with Russia, but stops short of exonerating Trump on obstruction of justice. Knowing Trump, he probably tried to do exactly that. Two more years of chaos, race baiting, grafters, con artists, shame, fear. Sad  (Bette Midler)

“Everything out of your mouth is a lie. There were never Russians, only Hollywood media moguls and their actors in their news rooms and on Twitter. Aka u! Kavanaugh justified, Gorsuch justified, Juanita Broaddrick justified, Trump justified. You’re complicit in treason & a fool.”  (Anonymous reply to Bette Midler)

“Trump should pardon General Flynn this week and he should throw in the words “fully exonerated” just to melt lib brains.”   (Buck Sexton)

“Will any media executives, hosts or reporters be fired for their complicity in promoting a 2-year hoax that undermined the nation & sought to cripple the Trump presidency? CNN? MSNBC? NY Times? The Fox prime-time opinion hosts, all of whom have been smeared & boycotted, got it right.”  (Mark Levin)

*Yeah, Fox will suspend Judge Jeanine for some benign comment, but these companies won’t do squat to their people who were and are utterly incompetent. (Me)     

“President Trump should now go 100 mph and get things done, good things like he has been doing.  People have to get this collusion crap out of their heads, get over the personality conflict they have with him and support him as he gets down to the needed business of this country.”  (Doug Sutton)

“Let me get this straight, Donald Trump is not exonerated, but Jussie Smollett is?!?! So much for white privelege.” (Larry Elder)  

 

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | March 14, 2019

Glass Half Empty?

I’ve been accused of being a glass-half-empty guy since I was a kid. It started with my mom pointing out this personality trait, and now my loving wife is the first to remind me I still carry the trait around. My claim is I’m just a realist, and being a bit of a pessimist enables me to handle the calamities of life without surprise and with less of a sting when they come my way.

With that jesting aside and borrowing a phrase from Brother Bernie Sanders, “it gives me no pleasure” to write this.

Recent Headlines:

Decline in readers, ads, lead hundreds of newspapers to fold

-Gannett forecast bleak earnings for its newspaper companies

-McClatchy newspapers circling the drain?

There is even a website called Newspaper Death Watch, which chronicles the struggles of newspapers across the nation.

The cause is not hard to figure out; ad revenue declines are devastating the newspaper industry, causing 1400 cities to lose a newspaper over the past 15 years. Cost-cutting measures run rampant industry-wide as publishing companies try to balance revenue and expenses (unlike the federal government).

Newspaper advertising revenue loss is attributed to the explosion of online popularity and just plain disinterest among potential and former readers. In my opinion, a huge chunk of our population has taken an I don’t care, I don’t want to know attitude. If they do still follow current events, the news is at their fingertips on a digital device.

These factors have resulted in steep drops in newspaper circulation, and of course, less eyeballs on a paper results in less businesses spending on advertising. As one industry analyst put it: “Newspapers are getting eaten away at every level.” 

Ranter’s Note:

As I continue on with this narrative, please DO NOT equate any of it to The Signal newspaper.  While my wife and I are in a business partnership with the owner of our local paper, that partnership is a completely separate entity from The Signal’s publishing company. I am NOT privy whatsoever to their business situation.

Why Now?

I guess I’m sharing this about the industry that I’ve been part of and loved for 37 years because the situation is real and challenging, and I always tend to rant about what’s on my mind. SCV Publications (which publishes the Gazette, Canyon Country Magazine and PetMe! Magazine) faces the same battle of ad revenue decline as our brethren nationwide, but our readership remains strong, especially for this newspaper. This positive point lends itself to optimism we will weather the storm of reduced ad revenue.

But what I’d really like to point out is similar to what a friend of mine wrote when he sent me a link to one of the articles on newspaper decline.  “I know this is not news to you, but thought you might find this reporter’s take on the issue worthwhile. As I read it this morning I was taken with gratitude that SCV has two news outlets in print.”

If you are reading this rant in the print edition (if you’re reading it online, just stop and go immediately to print, just kidding … sort of), I would ask if you have the same gratitude my friend has, because so many newspaper lovers across our nation are now greatly missing a local newspaper to read.

If you are grateful for this newspaper I will ask you to send large quantities of cash our way (just kidding … sort of), but seriously, consider some things you can do to help.  Encourage those you know pick up a copy of the Gazette or have it delivered to their home. They can also subscribe to The Signal (Gazette is delivered with it on Fridays). If you know any decision makers regarding advertising for their business, please recommend us. What can really help is for readers to frequent our advertisers and utilize their products or services. Be sure and tell them you saw them in THE GAZETTE!

Some may call this a business asking for a helping hand: I see it as a community effort to help keep your local newspaper, the Santa Clarita Gazette, thriving!    

Deficit Spending at its Finest:

When details of the Trump administration’s proposed budget came out, the first thing I looked for was how much more will be spent compared to the revenue projected to come in. Guess what? It’s only $1 trillion! That’s $1 trillion more that will be added to the $22 Trillion debt we face now, plus the ginormous interest that accumulates minute by minute of every day. While that is disappointing and scary, we must realize the budget is put together with the Dem’s spending thirst in mind, because the president will not get everything he wants in the budget. Chucky Schumer already exclaimed “it’s a gut punch to the American middle class,” which gives us an indication that the slim $1 trillion projected loss will be quite a bit higher after Chuck and Nancy are through with it.

At Least it’s a Start:

The thing that gives me a glimmer of hope was the headline: “The largest proposed budget cut in the nation’s history.” That is some hope, as the federal government (Democrats and Republicans) spends way too much money on way too many things, well over the revenue that comes in from taxpayers. I’ll just never understand how the intelligent (most of them anyway) members of Congress think borrowing and deficit spending is a-okay, as long as everyone is kept happy (Can you say “socialism”?).

At least now Trump is trying to start the battle of cutting wasteful spending, as this budget includes $2.7 trillion in proposed spending cuts, which is higher than any other administration in history. Trump and his team are also trying to set “an aggressive set of policies to redefine the proper role of the Federal Government and curtail those programs that fail to efficiently and effectively deliver promised outcomes to the American people.”

I say good luck with that, as the Dem’s responses are already coming in loud and clear: “The president’s budget is divorced from reality. It is not worth the paper it is printed on, and it will be rejected by Congress.”  “President Trump’s budget once again lays out an irresponsible and cynical vision for our country, without any regard for its human cost.”  “It is disheartening to see a budget that would dismantle so many programs that people rely on every day.” (Can you say “socialism”?)

I’m thinking they don’t like proposals, such as mandatory work requirements for millions of people who receive welfare assistance, or the plan that seeks deep cuts from agencies like the Department of Health and Human Services, the Environmental Protection Agency and the State Department. BUT, what the Dems really don’t like is the $8.6 billion slated for a border wall with Mexico.

It’s going to be a long, drawn-out battle to see who has the upper hand to gain a budget victory, but the Dems will for sure not have one iota of cost-cutting on their minds. The big loser in this one will be our kids and grandkids in the not-too-distant future and God forbid it will be like Venezuela is today!

Speaking of Venezuela:

Over the last couple of years, we have heard Trump-haters compare our president to Hitler.  Why don’t we hear these same people comparing the evil dictator of Venezuela to Hitler? Why do Bernie Sanders and his ultra liberal guy and gal friends make such vile comments about our president, but won’t say a damn thing against the selfish monster putting his people through complete hell?

He won’t let food, medicine or other supplies into the country, and on top of that, they haven’t had electricity for several days. It’s gut-wrenching to watch those poor folks using buckets to scoop up sewer water for their families to drink, just so they can live. It’s a sad state of affairs when Bernie and the libs put their love of socialism and their hate for Trump over their concern for the well-being of suffering people.

Facebook Follies:

“Can I get my Signal without the Right-wing rag included?”

“If you could, the paper would look like an indictment from Mueller’s office; mostly blacked out.”

“I didn’t mind until they started printing the Memes. Clearly left bashing and frankly broader-line hate speech. And none of which I ever see online. That is not journalism and the Gazette is not a newspaper.”   

“If you truly read the Gazette you would find one or more left wing op-eds in every issue. Many issues have a left leaning “letter to the editor.” We strive to be fair and balanced.”  (This one was from me, the Ranter.)

Quips Quotes & Headlines:

“Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country, and he’s just not worth it.” (Nancy Pelosi)

*Rut-roh, Nancy’s rookies aren’t going to like this one little bit!

“For Republicans crying socialism is a political strategy to attempt to distract voters from their growing dissatisfaction with an economy that doesn’t work for them while they work harder and have a harder time making ends meet as they make less money.”  (Mary Anne Marsh, Fox News)

*Not sure where she’s getting this from, when recent economic reports show that wages are rising. She isn’t touting socialism is she?   (Me)

“One of the reasons America is the greatest country on earth is because of competition. We can compete and beat anyone. But when the deck is stacked decidedly against hard-working Americans, then it’s time to reset the rules so everyone can compete again.”  (Mary Anne Marsh)

*Wait, she is touting socialism. (Me)

“Her boss is the American people in the 14th District of New York, and I’m willing to bet that she won’t be around very long if she continues to go farther and farther and farther left, because guess what?  These policies aren’t going to work.” (Madison Gesiotto, former Miss Ohio referring to Alexandria Ocasio Cortez)

“2000 miles of wall is a monument to stupidity.”  (Gavin Newsom)

Illegal border crossings hit a decade-long high in February. (Headline)

*I’m thinking the stupidity is in the governor’s statement. (Me)

Letter to the Ranter:

Doug,

Can’t say enough how refreshing it is to receive your gazette with my Signal subscription.  The articles, opinions, commentaries, local stories, ads, and especially Memes of the Week are well chosen and all reflect an honest, realistic, conservative and wonderfully humorous grasp on life in the SCV and beyond. 

Thanks for not being afraid to say what needs to be said.  As the rest of the world seems to embrace with blindness the moral, political and ethical decay rampant around us, I have come to welcome the voice of your publication.I just had to say I for one appreciate your attempts to stand for truth and unashamedly proclaim to the world, “The emperor has no clothes on!”

Sincerely,   Peter

 

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | March 7, 2019

Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show:

Some of you may remember a band by that name from the ’70s. I’m not sure if they were a one-hit-wonder, but the only song I recall from them was entitled “On the Cover of the Rolling Stone” (magazine, that is). The song was tongue-in-cheek, lamenting that the band couldn’t get their picture on the (very coveted) cover of the iconic magazine.

Well, lo and behold, some 45 years after the hit song, look who made the cover of the March issue of Rolling Stone magazine. It was none other than House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and freshman Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar and Jahana Hayes. (I wonder if Katie Hill was envious). The headline reads “Women Shaping the Future.”

Oh my, if these women are shaping our future, we’re in a heap of trouble!  I don’t know much about Hayes, other than that she comes from an educational background, but the other three… are the magazine staff serious right now?

-A.O.C. (as the media affectionately calls her) is an idealistic liberal who seems to not have a lick of common sense, and now could be in some serious legal trouble regarding campaign funds that were laundered through her boyfriend’s company.

-Ilhan Omar is another gem of a liberal who has the irritating decorum of a bull in a china shop. She is in trouble with her house brethren for anti-Semitic remarks she made in an official capacity.

-What can I say about Nancy Pelosi that wouldn’t cause liberals to accuse me of “name-calling?” (Even though the names I would use are very apropos to her.)

If these ladies really are shaping the future, it will be a messed up, upside down country for sure.                 

These People, I Tell Ya:

I’m calling bull-manure on the nonsense I’ve been hearing from liberal Trump-haters that drives me absolutely nuts. It’s one thing to disagree with the president on issues and to point out those differences, but to just shout out rubbish personal attacks without facts is complete chicken crap.

Hillary Clinton:

“This is a time, my friends, when fundamental rights, civic virtue, freedom of the press, the rule of law, truth, facts and reason are under assault, And make no mistake, we are living through a full-fledged crisis in our democracy.”

I won’t mention here the incredible hypocrisy of this woman with all of her past legal indiscretions. Her classified emails left for the whole world to see while she was Secretary of State could have resulted in a real full-fledged crisis, not the made-up one in her mind she delusionally sees today.

More Hillary:

“When racist and white supremacist views are lifted up in the media and the White House, when hard-fought-for civil rights are being stripped back.”

Bernie Sanders:

“Today we talk about justice, today we talk about racism. I must tell you it gives me no pleasure to tell you that we now have a President of the United States who is a racist. What a president is supposed to do is bring us together. We have a president intentionally, purposely trying to divide us up by the color of our skin, by our gender, by the country we came from, by our religion and our sexual orientation.”

Kirsten Gillibrand:

“What’s happening in this country is devastating. President Trump has created such divisions, such darkness, such hate, and we need someone who can restore what has been lost, that moral integrity, that leadership in the world.”

The Shame of it All: 

This is such cowardly crap (my apologies if I’m using the c-word too much, but this really does drive me bat-c**p-crazy) without regard for the truth. It’s just plain wrong.  If these people really think this is true, they should have the maturity and professionalism to back these outrageous claims with specific examples.

Their foolish stupidity is further enhanced by what they don’t say. How can there be a “full fledged crisis,” a “president who divides by color of skin” and “such darkness, such hate” when so many indicators point otherwise? Facts of his accomplishments, including initiating a program to fix workplace skill gaps, create opportunity zones, raise middle class incomes, and establish tax reform benefits and raise wages, which haven’t happened since the early ‘70s, are completely ignored.  

Of course, with all the cries of racism and divisiveness from these people regarding the president, there is no mention of record-low unemployment levels for women and people of color. Does that sound like the type of president Hillary, Bernie and Kerstin are purporting he is?  I wish these people would grow the freak up, try to be the professional leaders they think they are and show they have at least a half a brain!

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

-Democrat-controlled House committee requests documents from 81 Trump associates in new probe

House Dems launch expansive Trump probe with slew of document requests

-CNN’s Ana Navarro: Trump’s presidential victory was rigged by Russians

-Dems taking aim at impeachment

7 different House committees plan on investigating Trump   

VS.

-Nielsen declares migration crisis ‘spiraling out of control,’ warns it will get ‘even worse’

-Federal government has hit its borrowing limit – today – not clear when lawmakers will raise debt ceiling

-US Federal borrowing limit kicks back in, freezing national debt

-Treasury to run out of money in September unless Congress acts, CBO says

No end to Federal overspending is in sight

Do these contrasting headlines show where the Dems’ priorities are? You bet they do, and it’s not with our best interests mind. These guys and gals should get their minds out of the Trump-hating gutter that is putting very important issues on the back burner while they engage in soothing their “get Trump” souls.

A Venezuelan Thought:

As I see the horrible living conditions in Venezuela with people having to eat from garbage bins just to stay alive, and the brutal dictator who is blocking precious food and medicine from getting to his people, I got to thinking, why don’t we just go in there, take this guy out or capture him? It needs to be done ASAP in the name of getting those poor folks out of human hell.

Oh, “we can’t do that” many are saying. But, I say we did it with the dictator of Panama in 1989, why can’t we do it with this same type of bastard today?  Obviously, we felt there was an urgent need back then to take a military risk to get it done, and if this isn’t an extremely urgent need to help the Venezuelan folks today, I’m not sure what would be.

Quips Quotes & Headlines: 

“On the eve of the special counsel’s report, the Democrats’ ‘Russian collusion’ narrative is fading for one reason: because there was no collusion. It was a political conspiracy theory. To say the case “fell apart” would be kind—because there never was a case from the beginning.”   (Rep. Mark Meadows)

“As Collusion Delusion crashes & burns, Donald Trump is soaring among Republicans & Independents. At 46% & surging his approval is about highest ever. That’s why he can call collusion what it is: Bullsh*t  (Geraldo Rivera)

Liberals: $5 Billion for a border wall is an outrageous amount of money! Same Liberals: $93 Trillion for a green new deal is a real bargain!”  (Dan Bongino)

“Speaking of reparations for American slavery, Eric Holder’s mother is from New Jersey, but his father is from Barbados. Does Holder get half a check?”  (Larry Elder)

Kirsten Gillibrand says she expects bipartisan support for the Green New Deal (Headline)

*Bipartisan Support?! This woman wants to be president with that kind of analytical judgment?    (Me)

Michael Cohen spectacle overshadows Korea summit (Headline)

*Yeah, especially on CNN & MSNBC, where the joy of Cohen’s testimony resulted in bodily fluids flowing so heavily down their legs they didn’t even notice the summit.  (Me)

Letters to the Ranter:

Doug,

We love all the items in your newspaper, especially Doug’s Rants!!  We wish it was available at more places!!  (Message long time coming). We use your suggestions with buying/visiting many of your advertisers, especially restaurants.   Paul 

Doug,

In the lead article in last week’s Gazette, Mark Meuser reportedly says that the new voting system will allow voters to mail in ballots that must be received no later than three days AFTER the election.  Then later, he is quoted as saying that we are going to know who won on election day.  The hanky-panky in very close elections will be going on in those three days and beyond after the election — just as usual.  Please advise. Also, Lujan vs Ferdman.  My head is exploding.  Great stuff!  Very OP Tom.

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | February 28, 2019

Did They Just Hire Themselves?

 The headline read: A Change for the SCV Chamber of Commerce.

 I’m confused here. I thought the Musella Group was running the Chamber on an interim basis while searching for a new CEO? Now, we find a “new public affairs company by The Musella Group will manage day-to-day operations.” The thing is, the new group (Evolve Business Strategies) is made up of the same guys who were The Musella Group before, so they just hired themselves? What happened to the search for a new CEO – perhaps someone with Chamber experience?

And another thing; in this day and age of extreme political correctness, it’s interesting to have a Chamber of Commerce, which serves a diverse membership,  run by three white guys. I’m just pondering out loud.

I Want Reparations, Too:

 As I was reading about Kamala Harris and her support of reparations to Black folks to make amends for slavery, I got to thinking that I want some of that cash, too. After all I deserve it because I’ve been wronged in my life over the years.

*It all started when I was in my mother’s womb, and she smoked while she was pregnant with me because they didn’t know any better back then. So I want reparation from the government for not being cognizant of the fact my mom’s smoking damaged my psyche to this very day.

*When I was in grade school learning how to write, the desks were those old fashion flat desks with arm extensions for right-handed kids only. Well, I’m left-handed, and I had to learn to write with my left arm up on the desk and my hand upside down. I want reparation from the school district in Tucson for my lousy handwriting which resulted from that, and the inferiority complex I’ve had all of my life because I am left-handed.

*When I worked for USA TODAY newspaper in Phoenix in the ‘90s, I was in middle management. At one point, I hired a young lady to work under me. I trained and mentored her for a few years and she did well. Soon, USA TODAY came under sharp criticism for gender inequality in their management ranks, so lo and behold, they promoted my employee above me and I had report to someone whom I hired and trained. Talk about awkward. I want big-time reparation from USA TODAY for giving into political correctness that was incorrect, causing my masculine insecurity to spiral out of control.

Of course, I jest, but come on; at least this stuff happened to me in my lifetime. Kamala Harris, her parents, or ANY Black person living today has not been a slave, including generations before them. There is not a single white American alive today, nor a person from the generation before, who owned slaves. Don’t get me wrong, the atrocity of slavery is a very dark blight on our history as a nation and should never be forgotten. Also, any form of racism in today’s culture cannot be tolerated.

But it’s just wrong for a presidential candidate like Harris to use the voting carrot of giving billions of dollars to African Americans for atrocities that occurred 200 some years ago. It’s typical political bull-crapping to garner people who will jump to vote for her, thinking cash will float their way just because of the color of their skin and what happened to their ancestors many years ago. Of course, they’re going to think, “Hey, that’s great, we deserve it; our people suffered great harm back then. Show me the money Kamala!”

I’m reminded of the song by the rock group Eagles called “Get Over It.”  In part, it goes something like this:

“I turn on the tube and what do I see
A whole lotta people cryin’ don’t blame me
They point their crooked little fingers at everybody else
Spend all their time feelin’ sorry for themselves,

Victim of this, victim of that.
You drag it around like a ball and chain
You wallow in the guilt; you wallow in the pain
You wave it like a flag, you wear it like a crown
Got your mind in the gutter, bringin’ everybody down
B*tch about the present and blame it on the past
Get over it
Get over it”

Priorities?

As I write this, Michael Cohen is giving his testimony to a committee of the House. Admittedly, Cohen is giving Trump a bit of a bad name, and the Dems are gleefully salivating at his testimony with impeachment fantasies twinkling in their eyes. This, while President Trump is in Vietnam meeting with the North Korean Dictator trying to enact an agreement to keep millions of people, including our own country, safe from nuclear bombs. If the Republicans had done the same thing while Obama was in office, the cries of racism would have vibrated off the House chamber walls!

But I digress. It seems to me that these Dems should put forth the same energy to work on stuff that really matters and affects us regular folks. If the Dems continue down this all encompassing road of impeachment, there won’t be a damn thing for the good of the people that will get done.  Would you call these time-consuming, get-Trump efforts a selfish priority?  I sure think so.

Republicans to Introduce House, Senate Resolutions Declaring Debt a National Security Threat:

That was a headline this week, and I must say, it’s about freaking time someone in Washington is ringing this alarm. I’m a big Trump supporter, but he is dropping the ball big time on this one, and I find it disappointing.

But, at least two members of Congress have the foresight to present these resolutions that will hopefully garner some urgent attention. Their statements when announcing the resolution were home runs, and every person in and out of Washington should take heed.

Senator David Perdue:

“Ultimately, the debt impacts our ability to fund priorities, like providing our men and women in uniform with the resources they need to protect Americans. This debt crisis will only get worse, and if we don’t act now, our country will lose the ability to do the right thing.” 

Rep. Andy Biggs:

“If we do not change our course, we will be responsible for one of the worse catastrophes this nation has ever experienced; the crash of the American economy and the demise of a superpower.”

 Got Spending Cuts?

The answer is a resounding HELL NO. We have no spending cuts to curtail any of the exploding debt, and it in fact looks like the budget for 2019 will have us spending $1trillion more than the revenue we will be filling the tax coffers with. How on God’s earth can a budget be put in place that will ADD $1trillion to a debt that is already over $22 trillion, with interest to be paid that will surpass $192 billion?!  Is it too much to ask the intelligent men and women in both houses of Congress to pass a budget that at least comes somewhat close to breaking even, like every household and business in America strives to do?

The federal government brings in more than enough revenue to pay for what America really needs and then some. The problem is that needs and political wants are two different things and aren’t close to meeting one another, and won’t be until spending is brought way under control.

Blank Check Thinking:

One would think the Dems in Washington would love to save billions of dollars of interest payments so they could use it for their Santa Claus efforts to have everything for everybody free, right?  Wait a minute; they don’t care about the cost of anything or the ramifications of adding to the debt. They just want to spend-spend-spend to fulfill their vision of a utopia state in a land of milk and honey. Their shortsightedness of the dangerous debt that will escalate is sickening. Could they (or will they) ever see the grave danger of debt damage before it’s too late?  By the way, Republicans aren’t much better.

Quips Quotes & Headlines:

“There are a lot of reasons not to be transparent in what we do in government, it could be really misleading if the government is overly transparent about the information it collects because it is not always accurate.”  (Rod Rosenstein)

*Oh, like him using the incredibly inaccurate, bogus dossier that ignited the Mueller investigation he’s behind?  (Me)

 “Trump, not the border, is our national emergency. Do you want to confer extraordinary powers upon Donald Trump at a time when he faces extraordinary threats to his ability to stay in the White House?” (Mary Anne Marsh, Fox News)

*Nothing worse than a Fox News lefty (Me)

“Venezuela was my home, and socialism destroyed it. Slowly, it will destroy America, too. Though so many of us Venezuelans fled to the USA to escape from the destructive consequences of socialism, liberal politicians like Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Rep. José Serrano, D-N.Y., have praised the same kind of policies that produced famine, mass exodus and soaring inflation in Venezuela.”  (Daniel Di Martino from an interview on CNN)

As the bumper sticker reads, “Socialism is Stupid.  (Me) 

“Our planet is going to face disaster if we don’t turn this ship around. And so it’s basically like, there is a scientific consensus that the lives of children are going to be very difficult and it does lead, I think young people, to have a legitimate question. Ya know, should—is it okay to still have children?” (Rep Alexandria Ocasio Cortez)

“I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it. That’s what I do not – and I do not believe that the laws that they propose we pass will do anything about it. Except it will destroy our economy.”   (Marco Rubio)

“For every expert that says humans are the cause of climate change there are 10 more who say we aren’t.”   (Bradley A Blakeman)

 Ex-Clinton staffers slam Sanders over private jet flights (Headline)

*Don’t Brother Bernie and his presidential opponents realize that jets emit green house gases into the air, which will end the world as we know it 12 years from now? (Me)

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | February 21, 2019

60 Minutes of Dropping the Ball:

CBS did a good job of hyping “60 Minutes” with Andrew McCabe last week. Tidbits of the interview they released ahead of time created a lot of buzz, and I’m sure it helped their ratings.

The lefties probably tuned in to hear the luscious details of the goods McCabe has on Trump for his Russian collusion bad deeds, and they had to be somewhat disappointed with what they heard.  I think righties watched to hear about the details of Rod Rosenstein offering to wear a wire while in meetings with the president. His purpose was to help convince cabinet members to try and oust Trump on the basis that he was some sort of traitor. That part of the interview didn’t disappoint.

What did disappoint was the interviewer dropping the ball by not asking McCabe certain questions, such as: “Whose idea was it to not charge Hillary Clinton with any felonies just before the election, when it was blatantly obvious she committed serious crimes?”       

“Were you aware that the information paid for by Hillary Clinton’s campaign for Russian dirt on Trump was written by an ex-British spy who hated Donald Trump’s guts, and none of what he came up with could  be verified, and most likely wasn’t true?”

Mr. McCabe, did you know the wife of one of the top lieutenants in the DOJ worked for the company that was hired by Clinton, and most likely helped to put the information together in the form of a dossier?”

Were you aware James Comey told President Trump about the dossier, but basically told him it couldn’t be proven and not to worry about it?”

When the Director of the CIA (John Brennan) gave the dossier to the FBI, why did you open the investigation of Trump and Russian collusion, even though the dossier was invalid?”

Did you question in your mind the legality of using the unproven dossier to dupe a judge into issuing a warrant to spy on Trump’s campaign?

I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised by this, as Fox News is the only outlet that has covered any of this stuff. Surely, CBS is aware of the aforementioned, and for them to avoid asking McCabe these tough questions shows their true colors.

Go, Bill, Go!

I’ve tried over the last year to convey the absolute corruption which took place concerning the DOJ, the FBI and their low-down, dirty, illegal schemes to let Hillary Clinton off the felonious hook and screw Donald Trump, but it’s a complicated deal to elaborate on. I’m not giving up ranting about it, but I’m really hoping that this worse-than-Water Gate scandal is blown so wide open that the loveable mainstream media will have no choice but to cover it in detail, relieving my burden to explain it.

The only way this is going to happen, though, is if the new Attorney General, Bill Barr, grabs this corrupt bull by the horns and treats it with the true justice it deserves. He should start with the Obama administration to see who pulled the strings for this serious funny business, from Hillary’s email crimes to messing with Trump’s campaign that launched into a bogus collusion investigation. Come on, Mr. Barr, please do the right and just thing!

Face the Unbalanced Information:

Millions of viewers tune in to the long running Sunday morning news shows to get their weekly dose of political news, and, for many, it’s the only “political” type show they watch during the week (especially those without cable TV). Even those who aren’t really into politics stumble on to these shows while channel surfing. The problem is that they’re getting an unbalanced and filtered version of what’s really going on.

Face the Nation, Meet the Press, This Week with George Stephanopoulos, and (to some extent) Fox News Sunday are so biased against conservatism and President Trump they should be embarrassed and ashamed of their journalistic selves. It starts with opening remarks from the hosts and carries through to the left-leaning panelists.

As a result of this, those who are of the low information variety come away misinformed based on the skewed views they hear. For instance, not once do I recall hearing anything about the very questionable means in which the Mueller investigation was launched. The many positive things the Trump administration has accomplished, especially the on-fire economy, are rarely covered.

So, what we have is unfair and unbalanced content from these shows, resulting in low information folks being unfairly misled into accepting views, without a clue of what the other side of the story is so they can decide for themselves.         

Am I Too Needy?

Maybe I’m a high maintenance type of guy because I still need help understanding my left-leaning friends.

Why are they so against a border wall, and why do even some of the presidential candidates think the existing barriers should be removed? Deep down, in their hearts, I mean deep, deep down, do they really give two hoots about a barrier that the majority of them will never actually lay their own eyes on?

I also don’t understand the childlike semantics of the type of barrier it should be.  Please tell me what difference it makes if it’s a wall or some sort of steel fence? Do they feel so bad for the immigrants who are trying enter our country illegally, they want them to be able to see into our country? What if it’s a hundred percent barbed wire fence? They still could see through it, right?  Oh no, that would be too inhumane, right? We wouldn’t want to hurt their feelings, now would we?

What I really don’t understand is how and why they ignore what dozens of border patrol professionals – who get down and dirty along the border – say about the need for a wall. I’ll write (for the twentieth time) about what a border patrol agent supervisor (works the border between Calexico and Yuma) I met in San Diego told me: “Absolutely we need a wall. It would be a great help in stopping these people from getting past us.”

Why don’t these liberals believe in what these guys are telling us? Are they so full of their idealistic selves they just scoff at experts’ claims and go about trying to convince themselves and their followers that they know best?  Please, someone help me to understand!

Quips, Quotes & Headlines:

16 states suing Trump over border wall emergency declaration (Headline)

*Is it just a coincidence that all 16 governors of those states are Democrats? (Me)

The Academy Awards is still a significant event for America:   (Headline)

*How so? It’s an entertainment award show where the ladies try to expose as much of their breasts as they can get away with, and the majority of the participants are spoiled, rich brats who think America is screwed up with a president they distain. It’s hardly a significant event for America in my book.  (Me)

“I am not a Democrat Socialist” (Kamala Harris)

*Oh really? I bet she tries to “out-socialist” all of her opponents, just wait and see.  (Me)

California will sue the White House:  (Headline)

*Gavin Newsom couldn’t wait to join in on the fun. If he’s not careful, the legal fees for this will burn up his budget surplus.  (Me)

Excerpts from Governor Gavin Newsom’s State of the State address on February 12: 

“Because last week, we heard another president stand up at the State of the Union and offer a vision of an America fundamentally at odds with California values.

He described a country where inequality doesn’t seem to be a problem, where climate change doesn’t  exist, and where the greatest  threat we face  comes from families seeking asylum. Just last night, he went down to El Paso and said it again. The border emergency is a manufactured crisis and California will not be part of this political theater.

We’re not backing down. Just yesterday, I gave the National Guard a new mission – one that will refocus on the real threats facing our state.

The remaining third of our Guard will focus on stopping criminals smuggling drugs and guns through existing border checkpoints. A wall that stretches thousands of miles through the wilderness will do nothing to stop this threat.

This is our answer to the White House: No more division, no more xenophobia and no more nativism. We suffered enough from that in the nineties with Props 187 and 227.

Now, we’ve  covered a lot of ground today, but there is so much more that deserves our focus. Climate change. Reforming our tax code and our criminal justice system. Major initiatives like paid family leave, universal pre-school, free community college, re-imagining, the DMV…there’s so much more. And I’ll be talking a lot about those issues in the coming months.”

 

 

 

 

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | February 7, 2019

The State of My Head:

 I wasn’t going to watch The State of the Union Address because Chuck Schumer said it was hooey before he even read or heard it. And hey, if Chucky says it, it must be so, right?  However, I did tune in and thought the president hit a home run, but then was thoroughly confused when I read what Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said about it: “Tonight was an unsettling night for our country. The president failed to offer any plan, any vision at all, for our future. We’re flying without a pilot.”  After reading her quote, I was thinking she must have watched an Obama speech re-run.

If Alexandria was listening Tuesday night, she must have misunderstood President Trump as she sat sneering when he talked about 5.3 million new jobs being created, wages rising at the fastest pace in decades, 5 million Americans lifted off food stamps and unemployment reaching the lowest rate in half a century.

Surely she understood the part about African-American, Hispanic-American and Asian-American unemployment reaching the lowest levels ever recorded. What didn’t she get about companies coming back in large numbers as a result of reducing taxes and regulations? I would ask Miss Cortez, what is so hard about understanding the U.S. is now the number one producer of oil and natural gas in the world. We’re flying without a pilot? Really?

Shouldn’t Be, Can’t Be, Never Will Be?

One of my favorite lines from the president’s speech was, “Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.” If looks could kill, Ocasio-Cortez would be sitting in jail on assassination charges after he said that.

This is what I wrote the morning before the speech:

The ladies launching their presidential campaigns would make Joseph Stalin and Hugo Chavez proud with the socialistic rhetoric they’ve been spewing out. While it might make Joe and Hugo proud, it scares the bejeebers out of me. Over the last two years, we’ve heard the left screaming that President Trump is like Hitler, but it seems to me these socialists who want to be our next president are much more aligned with Hitler than Trump would ever think about being.

These were some of Hitler’s key issues he used to gain the German’s trust:       Employment for all, education for all, nationalized healthcare, gun control, legal abortion.

Sound familiar? It’s the same stuff we’re hearing from the likes of Kamala Harris.  This is a quote of Hitler’s that sounds eerily similar to what Elizabeth Warren preaches: “We are socialists, we are enemies of today’s economic system for the exploitation of the economically weak with it’s unfair salaries, with its unseemly evaluation of a human being according to wealth and property.

This next Hitler quote makes me wonder if the socialist candidates of our day are already utilizing Hitler’s strategies: “If you wish the sympathy of the broad masses, you must tell them the crudest and most stupid things.”

Oh Say Can They See Venezuela? 

Remember when actor Sean Penn used to gush all over Hugo Chavez when he ruled Venezuela? He claimed Hugo was the best leader ever and the United States should follow his lead for the sake of the American people. It would be interesting to hear how Penn thinks Chavez’s policies are working out now. My guess is he still thinks those socialistic policies are great stuff and what’s happening in Venezuela today is an anomaly.

The lady lib candidates must be thinking the same way (I guess they’re not aware of the problems in France and Greece) as they crow about the wonders of government being the savior of the people in all aspects of living. I just don’t get it. These ladies are all savvy, intelligent human beings. Do they really think deep down this kind of governing is what works best, or are they selfishly using it as a way to gain power by playing on Americans’ emotions?

Waiting for Bernie:

When is Brother Bernie going to join in the fun? When he does, he’ll be doubling down on what his lady competitors have been proclaiming – not only free health care, free college, and taxing the rich more, but touting limiting private property. And, that could pave the way for turning private property into social property through heavy taxation and limiting the right of inheritance, so the government gets land and gives land to the unfortunate. Also, he will promote the idea of employing workers in national workshops and factories on national sites.

Bernie, Kamala, Elizabeth and Mrs. Gillibrand are cut from the same cloth, and it’s the cloth from the wolf  in sheep’s clothing. They are aiming for a utopia that voters will buy into, and then, when it’s too late, the whole thing will come crashing down. They want to tax the tar out of us for their fantasy land until people run of money, and then the government runs out of money.

The next thing you know, regular government services have to be cut, the economy bites the dust and havoc descends upon the land.  This is the same thing that can result when the national debt over takes us. If these socialists have their way, we could have a double whammy exploding in our face.

Facebook Fans:

Ranter’s Note: These are in response to a letter submitted to the Gazette by a reader last week, regarding David Barlavi and posted on Facebook.

“I think it’s disgusting that Doug Sutton is trying to use this as a smear of David Barlavi. Actually, I thought Barlavi’s explanation of why he does to be beautiful and inspiring. I imagine that African-American parents in the district would be touched to see that one of their school board members thinks their lives and well-being matter enough to remember while honorably pledging allegiance to our flag.”

“David Barlavi’s tribute reminds me of the famous photo, from the 1968 Olympics. Tommie Smith and John Carlos raise their fists in solidarity with the civil rights movement during that tumultuous time, just months after the murder of Martin Luther King Jr. This moment outraged the “Doug Suttons” of that era as well. Now it stands as a powerful moment in American history.”

“Peter Norman’s support for Carlos and Smith cost him more than a pair of gloves. He was derided by many in Australia and around the world — people like “Doug Sutton,” who consider his support for black equality to be a betrayal. He should have gone home a celebrated, medal-winning Olympian, but his principles and support of his fellow athletes made him a pariah to many. He was sneered at, hate was fomented against him, much as The Gazette is trying to smear and degrade David Barlavi now.”

“I share this story because it reminds me so much of The Gazette’s effort to shame David Barlavi, who patiently explained the reason for his raised fist in an interview with them. The question is — who deserves to be ashamed over this? The answer is Doug Sutton — and all who try to use this as a way of stirring hate and intolerance in our community.”

“Note that Doug Sutton recently published a “rant” declaring himself a “proud nationalist” (with descriptions that mislead about what that movement actually means.) He also called himself “a defender of the problem of whiteness.” This is the kind of bullsh*t that should make our community ashamed.”

Quotes, Quips & Headlines:

“The political climate in Venezuela is extremely volatile right now. The people of this once-rich country have suffered greatly under the current leadership for years. There is a severe shortage of food and medicines, and the country is on the brink of a civil war.   (Franklin Graham)

“Socialism ALWAYS results in death, destruction, and depravity. Get the Democrats on the record now regarding where they stand on Venezuela, and socialism. We deserve an answer!”  (Dan Bongino)

Why the denial by silence from the socialist Dems regarding the effects of socialism in Venezuela?   (Me)

US prepares to start building portion of Texas border wall (Headline)

Uh oh, better hope Nancy doesn’t find out about this.  (Me)

“The Arctic Ocean is warming up, icebergs are growing scarcer and in some places the seals are finding the water too hot, according to a report to the Commerce Department yesterday from the Consulate at Bergen, Norway. Reports from fishermen, seal hunters and explorers all point to a radical change in climate conditions and hitherto unheard of temperatures in the Arctic zone.

Exploration expeditions report that scarcely any ice has been met as far north as 81 degrees 29 minutes. Soundings to a depth of 3,100 meters showed the gulf stream still very warm.

Great masses of ice have been replaced by moraines of earth and stones, while at many points well known glaciers have entirely disappeared. Very few seals and no white fish are found in the eastern Arctic, while vast shoals of herring and smelts which have never before ventured so far north, are being encountered in the old seal fishing grounds. Within a few years it is predicted that due to the ice melt the sea will rise and make most coast cities uninhabitable.

 I must apologize, I neglected to mention that this report was from November 2, 1922 as reported by the AP and published in The Washington Post 96 years ago. This must have been caused by Model T Ford emissions or possibly from horse farts.”  (Ted Nugent)

Letters to the Ranter:

 Doug,

Congratulations on being intellectually blessed!  Rant on!    Stephen

Doug,

The Catholic Church needs to excommunicate Cuomo. If they don’t they are pandering to Satan himself.  Tom

Doug,

Hail Satan! Abort everyone!  Alex

Doug,

I was reading your rant about the Gov. Of New York being so happy & celebrating the fact that he got a bill passed allowing abortion just days ahead of natural birth. I am so with you as how this should not be an occasion that would call for celebration. It further bothers me that a mother could carry a baby for 9 months & feel its lively body inside of her kicking & squirming & desiring to kill it at birth. This person must be extremely selfish. Further I would think that once this less than  human being matures that this evil deed will haunt her for the rest of her life.

 All this is bad enough but further in this same comments to your rant some left leaning person wrote in to criticize you & the issues you stand for. I understand that not everybody thinks the same. What I don’t understand is why these same people have to stoop to name calling using language that is unprintable while at the same time bashing our president.

 I was not a fan of Obama but I never wrote or even voiced a bad word about him.In some countries people would be picked up & imprisoned for this kind of behavior. I imagine you must get a little depressed when you receive this kind of rhetoric. It must hurt even more to put such a hateful message in your paper & rant that you are undoubtedly very proud of. Keep up the good fight Doug. There are still many sensible folks here in the community that support you.  Dennis

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | January 31, 2019

Satan is Smiling:

I really try to avoid name-calling in this space, but because this issue has me so ticked off, all bets are off.  I realize abortion is a sensitive subject, as many feel it is totally a woman’s choice to end her pregnancy without interference, and federal law backs that up. Personally, as a guy with three grown children, another that my wife lost at 18 weeks (a perfectly formed little boy), and now three grandchildren, my belief is that life begins at conception.

What Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York pushed for and gloated about triumphantly after it passed, in my opinion, is not only an abomination to God, it is legalizing first degree murder! I find it sickeningly repulsive that the guy was so happy he got a bill passed which allows a baby to be killed even just five minutes before it’s born. While I am firmly against any type of abortion, there are some states that are attempting to enact a heartbeat bill that limits abortion to before a heart beat is detected. That legislation is much easier to stomach than the murderous law Cuomo is so proud of.

“The Reproductive Health Act is a historic victory for New Yorkers and for our progressive values,” he proclaimed. This isn’t about conservatism vs. liberalism, this about good vs. evil.

The kind of abortion recently legalized in New York has been detailed by a former abortionist: The baby is injected with a poison directly into his skull or torso. He then suffers a hideously painful death, which he will certainly feel because of his developed nervous system. The mother carries the corpse around in her womb for a day. The next day, there is an ultrasound to check if the baby is dead. If he isn’t – if he has been writhing and suffering in agony for the past 24 hours, clinging onto life – then he will be injected again. The following day, the mother delivers her dead child. 

The governor is gleeful about the torture of a human being?! If it was up to me, this dirt bag would have his testicles cut off and see how it feels. The guy was so elated over this, that he had the World Trade Center, the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, the Kosciuszko Bridge and the Alfred E. Smith Building in Albany lit pink in celebration of the law. To top all of this off, the people in the New York state legislature were celebrating like they just won the Super Bowl when Cuomo signed the bill into law.

It reminded me of a meme I saw recently: “We live in a land run by idiots when it is illegal to kill un-hatched Bald Eagles, but it is legal to kill unborn humans.”

Country-Rock legend, Charlie Daniels said this about the Governor:

Watch the wrinkles on Cuomo’s face lengthen as the ramifications of the thousands of murders he has sanctioned come to bear on him. The NY legislature has created a new Auschwitz dedicated to the execution of a whole segment of defenseless citizens. Satan is smiling.

When my elderly aunt used to say “this country is going to hell in a hand basket,” she had no idea about what was coming down the road many years after her death, with a Governor of an important, large state resembling the devil himself.

As you can tell, I am a bit riled up, so I’m jumping out of this one before my ranting gets the best of me.

Please, Katie:

After being appointed to the Oversight Committee, Katie Hill was quoted as saying, “If we want our government to once again start working for the people and to deliver for our communities, we desperately need accountably and reform,” and “Serving on the Oversight committee is an honor, especially in my first term, because we have the ability to implement much needed changes to ensure those entrusted with public service are also deserving of public trust.”

All good and well, but if she truly means that, she should pound on the table proclaiming the urgent need to investigate the Obama administration’s antics that are seemingly so corrupt, it should dwarf Watergate. But no, the mainstream media put such a wrap on that mess, not many are aware of it.

Is Katie going to question why no one has been prosecuted, including Hillary Clinton, for deleting 30 thousand emails after she received a letter from Congress telling her to preserve ALL of her emails, and then issued a subpoena for those emails?

Is Katie thinking about how Hillary and her staff must have been aware that the contents of those emails were so damming, they didn’t have a choice but to break the law to save her presidential bid? Is Katie aware that the Clinton gang went as far as using a software program called Bleach-Bit to permanently delete the emails?

I’m sure Katie is aware that destruction of subpoenaed records constitutes obstruction of justice (something her fellow Dems are salivating over when it comes to President Trump), a violation of the Federal Records Act and a crime that would land anyone else in a federal penitentiary.

If Katie truly believes what she said about needed accountably, I’m sure she will strongly urge the committee to open a fair and just investigation into Hillary’s felonious actions, right?

I could keep going for a few pages about the other issues her committee should investigate vigorously, but we all know her committee chairman, Adam Schiff, wouldn’t give her the time of day, even if she did bring it up. Besides that, I don’t think Katie reads the Gazette, and even if she did, I bet this stuff would seem foreign to her.

Is the Guy Al Capone or El Chapo?

What a joke it was when the FBI swooped in on Roger Stone with 29 FBI agents in bullet proof vests and night vision goggles, 17 agency cars, 2 tactical armored trucks, 2 helicopters and a police boat in the water behind his house. All of this for a 66-year-old white guy who is widely known, knew he was likely to get arrested and would have showed up at the courthouse if they would have just asked. (Can you imagine if they did the same thing to arrest Al Sharpton for the millions of dollars he owes the IRS? The media would have gone racial-bonkers.)       

What I want to know is who tipped off CNN and invited them to tag along, so all of their Trump-hating viewers could dance around like the New York Legislatures did when the abortion bill was signed into law? Inviting a Trump-hating network to broadcast the raid tells us how the FBI really feels about our president. The folks at CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS and NBC were so giddy about the arrest of Stone because they just knew it would be Trump’s downfall.

Never mind that the guy is charged with a process-type crime (A crime with a lesser degree of culpability) which has nothing to do with the president, and has nothing to do with Russian collusion thing.  Was Robert Mueller behind the overblown travesty of the raid as a way to justify his job? Maybe so, because the job he’s doing seems to be just another lame attempt at an unneeded government job.           

 Quotes, Quips & Headlines:

Build the wall around my house, I hate everyone.”  (A picture of guy holding a sign)Lots of folks can relate to this one. (Me)

Beauty fades, dumb is forever. (Unknown)

This person wouldn’t be referring to Mrs. Pelosi, would they?  (Me)

“You will continue to suffer if you have an emotional reaction to everything that is said to you. True power is sitting back and observing things with logic. True power is restraint. If words control you, that means everyone else can control you. Breathe and allow things to pass.” (Warren Buffet)

Political Facebook combatants take heed. (Me)

“If lying to Congress is an enforceable crime, we are going to need more jails.” (Rep Matt Gaetz)

Yep, for Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder, Lois Lerner, James Comey, Andrew McCabe, James Clapper, John Brennan and Peter Strzok – to name a few.  (Me)

Pelosi invites Trump to give State of the Union address on February 5 (Headline)

Well, isn’t that nice of her. I bet she wanted it after The Super Bowl to allow Americans to fully digest President Trump’s message without distractions. Yeah, right. Oh, won’t it be fun to watch Nancy’s face as she sits behind the president during the speech? (Me)   

 Letters to the Ranter:

Doug,

I began by writing to u personally because u put yourself out there to influence people, for $$/popularity and (possible) belief. I have no such ambition. Does _ucker Carlson truly believe? Are u just another one of their b—ches? In the end you’ll find out if you’ve been duped- whether by _rump or perhaps by some misconstrued ancient religious ideals. Or maybe you’re just playing with everyone’s lives. The movement you follow is getting their judges, etc, in an “end justifies the means” risky blitz. You know that. Enjoy it while u can. Meanwhile, leading people- by turning a blind eye to the obvious elephant in the room and making money on the graves of children is reprehensible and disgusting to me. Backyard 10-imdown4u

Doug,

Thank you, Thank you, Thank You for your rants and speaking the truth. I read your rants every week and am so entertained by every word you write. We are so alike in our beliefs. I wish I had a business, I would advertise it in your newspaper. Thank you again Doug, and God Bless.  Jim

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | January 24, 2019

I Just Don’t Understand Women:

You probably thought this headline was me referring to my wife, girlfriends from the ancient past, or maybe even female bosses and employees I’ve had over the years. Of course, the preceding did cause me to scratch my head in bewilderment a countless number of times (especially my wife of 35 years), but, I’m not sure if it was because they’re women, as many-a-male have caused my teeth to clench over the years.

My recent misunderstanding of women stems from the Women’s Marches, including the one that descended on the nation last week. Like I’ve written before, maybe I’m not tuned into these issues, because not one woman I have come in contact with over the course of my daily living has ever voiced her concerns to me about the matters the marching ladies are consumed with.

Perhaps if a lady acquaintance or two would provide me with instances of their lives being affected by these wrongs, I could get a better handle on them. But, to me, it just radiates liberal emotionalism, like they are looking for a way to feel better by yelling at the wind. It reminds me of what Ocaiso-Cortez said a few days ago: “The world is going to end in twelve years if we don’t address climate change.”

How does anyone take nonsense like that seriously? It’s like the signs some of the marching ladies held during the marches: “Respect Existence or Expect Resistance,”  “Glass Ceilings are meant to be broken,” “Your Laws Will Destroy the Dreams of Millions,” “I’ve seen better cabinets at Ikea,” “Women are the Wall & Trump Will Pay,” (Reader beware with the following) “Keep Your Politics Off My Pussy,” and  “Pussy Power.”   I mean, come on, how about standing for something that at least sounds mature and makes some sense?        

Agenda Worth Fighting For?

Some of their agenda this time around was for Universal Healthcare, Reproductive Rights, LGBTQ+ Rights (I know what LGBT stands for; I need someone to fill me in on what the Q is for) and the Decriminalization of Sex Work.                                   

-I understand their desires for universal healthcare. Most left-leaners want that, but like most of them, none of the women say anything about how to pay for it.

-Aren’t women’s reproductive rights already strong in eyes of the law?

-I’m not sure of the severity of LGBTQ+ rights being violated. The gay folks I know and have known over the years never expressed problems about their rights being violated. They live their lives doing the best they can as Americans, with same problems heterosexual couples face. It seems as though the protestors were just looking for buzz-type issues to emotionally vent their displeasure, without explaining the facts of the actual problem.

-This one really gets me: The decriminalization of sex work. Say what?! These ladies, who want pride instilled in all women and who are eagerly seeking respect and dignity, also want it to be legal for women to sell their bodies for sex? Color me confused on this one. Someone please tell me how the two equate.

Other Marching Issues:

It was described as loud screams, like at a rock concert, when Katie Hill took the stage in L.A. The same writer declared that her election “benefited from a wave of volunteers inspired by the women’s marches and other resistance actions against Trump.” I beg to differ; Katie’s election benefited from the millions of dollars that Michael Bloomberg and the Democratic Party shoved her way!

This year’s rally is different because the effects of the partial shutdown can be felt all the over the country.”  While it’s horrible that federal employees are not being paid, they are actually a small percentage of our population, and how that can be “felt all over the country” is beyond me. Sounds like another one of their empty issues.

“We are shocked by the actions of the Trump administration and deeply impacted by it cruel motivations.”  Oh, she must be referring to the record number of minorities and WOMEN who are employed at record numbers due to the Trump administration.

At one rally, a balloon depicting Trump as a giant orange baby in a diaper floated over the crowd.  This hypocrisy drives me bat-crap-crazy. If the Tea Party rallied and floated a balloon of Obama in a diaper, the mainstream media would have wet their pants, expelling passionate cries of blatant racism.

Is That All They Got?

As the number of Dems jumping into the presidential nomination free-for-all multiplies almost daily, I have been franticly looking to see what their plan and pitch is to overtake Trump in almost two years. Sure, I’ve seen the usual left-leaning talking points being used as campaign promises, like create a cap-and-trade commodity market for carbon emissions, ban new drilling on federal lands, make public higher education debt-free, make childcare more affordable and accessible, and move to a universal, government-run health care system within four years. 

They all seem to be banking on their hate for President Trump resonating with voters. And, to help accomplish that, they are pulling the race card.

Seen and Heard:

“We’ve learned the last two years it doesn’t take much to awaken hate,”  “Whites are often blind to racism around them,” “White America has to admit there’s still a systematic racism and it goes almost unnoticed by so many of us,” “We have a hater in the White House, the grand wizard of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue,” and “I must tell you it gives me no pleasure to tell you that we now have a president of the United States who is a racist.”

 Of course, there are no facts to back up these claims and no mention of the record number of minorities who are employed these days.

Identity Politics Woes:

While the Dems attack Trump on racial stuff, their own party is seeing identity politics creep in as they try to decide which identity is best suited for them to gain victory in 2020. They seem to be struggling with the need for a minority candidate, versus an old white guy or woman with party and political experience.

Seen and Heard:

I am not sure it is time to nominate a white man,” “A white candidate might get extra kudos if he or she can speak authentically to the issues of discrimination,“It would not be a good look for the party if the front runners remain exclusively white men,” “If three white men are still at the top next January, that would be a cause for concern if no serious candidates of color emerge.”      

 At this point in the rant, I think it’s apropos to point out what Larry Elder (who happens to be black) said about racism in America:

“I think we’ve been training black people to think racism is a bigger deal, and I think the reason that the left wants that is because of votes and power. As long as black people believe that race and racism are the major problem in America, you’ve got that 95 percent, monolithic black vote, without which the Democratic Party cannot survive.”

Facebook Fans:

“Do you have some sort of illness that stops you from seeing ANYTHING wrong with this administration? You still complain about Obama several years later, but say nothing about all the broken promises and outright lies committed by this one. It’s just kind of pathetic.”

“Great job Doug!”

“I love Doug’s rant”

 “Reading your attempt to spin 800,000 people being out of work as a positive is flat out stupid. It goes beyond disagreeing at this point. You’re trying to make something horrible happening to people a good thing in an attempt to kiss Trumps ass. You’re a joke, and not even an entertaining one.”

“Last week he had to look up the definition of the word “misogynist” so he could write about it. This week, he had to look up “good” (and still got it wrong). Next week: “the.”

“That was such an easy read because I’ve read his before so all I had to do was read the opening question and know the answer. Time saver!”

“Why do they allow him to post?”

 Quotes, Quips & Headlines:

“There’s no question Kavanaugh committed perjury during the confirmation hearings and so forth, I think the Judiciary Committee is likely to take that up.” Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colo.

Lady Gaga stops performance to slam Trump, Pence and his wife  (Headline)

*Just shut up and sing. That’s what people pay to hear you do. Don’t shove your politics down the throats of a captive audience who only came to be entertained. (Me)

In shutdown fight with Trump, Dems reject immigration deal they once sponsored (Headline)

*Yep, and they’re also on record supporting a wall. What changed? They are selfishly being motivated by their hate for President Trump, good representative leadership and maturity, huh?  (Me)

Schumer and Pelosi were so bad the other night that the president ought to sort of pay them to go on TV once a week, because if that’s the future of the Democratic Party, then it’s going to be a very long election for the Democrats in 2020.” (Newt Gingrich)

 Online poll: 74 percent of Dems interested in voting for Ocasio-Cortez for president  (Headline)

*I’m rantless on this one (Me)

Letters to the Ranter:

 Read your rag cos it’s delivered (I’d never order it). It provides a look under the hood, like secretly being in the kkk. it’s wonderful to watch you squirm as you go down. Keep it up squirmy!

 backyard10-imdown4u

Doug,

 I read your rant for the same reasons I occasionally listen to Limbaugh or watch Fox News. Naturally, as a proud and patriotic progressive thinker (You probably think that’s an oxymoron.), I disagree with most of your writing. I don’t usually respond, but your recent statement, “History has taught us that when social and economic ills are attempted to be artificially fixed, it causes more problems than it solves.” is so clearly false and inane that I must ask you, what does “artificially fixed” mean to you?

The obvious fact is that labor unions, social security, medicare, safety and environmental regulations, as well as such mundane “fixes” as stop signs and speed limits could be considered «artificial». However, these intrusions on liberty are necessary in order to protect citizens from excessive danger and the unbridled greed of laissez-faire capitalism. I think History has taught us that if social and economic ills are not addressed, the results are catastrophic. With prayers for your evolution,

-Tedd

Valencia

Doug,

 Just read this week’s rant.  Good stuff.  The things going on now really trouble me.  And now DT proposes DACA stuff and they still won’t deal.  I fear for our country.  The Gazette is one of the few voices of reason left.  Hollywood is beyond out of control. Your head would literally explode by noon Monday on a typical week of mine.

Harry

 

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | January 17, 2019

All Things Work Together for Good:

The Bible tells us that God works all things together for good, even the perceived unpleasant stuff. Now, I’m hearing rumblings from this infamous government slowdown that seem to be good. Don’t get me wrong, people who provide protection and safety not getting paid is not a good thing. But, other than those folks, we’re starting to hear that the rank and file who work deep in the swamp aren’t so necessary after all, and actually could be a drag on government productivity.

Some government bigwig was reported as saying, “We do not want most employees to return, because we are working better without them.”  He went on to lament that only 15 percent of the government workers he’s involved with really care about their job. The rest aren’t motivated to get the job done, and spend much of their time not doing what they are supposed to be doing, and it doesn’t matter because they can’t be fired. Tardiness, excessive absences and just plain insubordination run rampant. No wonder I’ve heard the phrase, “good enough for government work” since I was a kid.

Now, government departments are finding ways to streamline the work, tighten their belts and weed out needless procedures. You know, just like regular companies that can’t afford the financial bloat of dead-beats sitting around, living off the breast of guaranteed government work without the consequences of being lazy and inept.

The thing is, though, when these workers return after their forced and necessary vacation, they will slip back into to the murky waters of the swamp, enjoying it thoroughly. At that point, I guess God will have to come up with a different way for swamp crap to work together for good.

Fuel to the Fire:

It seems I’ve been ranting in the wind (better than peeing in the wind, I suppose) when it comes to the corruption of the Obama administration that was carried over  from his term like rotting meat left behind to gag the new president in 2017.

Take the revelation that the underlings of Obama’s FBI actually freaked out so much over the firing of James Comey that they started an investigation of Trump being an agent for Russia, without going through the proper channels or authorization. This just adds fuel to my ranting fire about the thoroughly corrupt goings-on that started with Hillary’s email felony pardon, all the way to Mueller’s investigation.

Knowing what we know already about the lynch mob/vigilante-type thinking of the FBI/DOJ vs. Trump administration, this new information validates the fact that  politics from the Obama administration seeped into the depths of law enforcement and justice areas of government, making our founding fathers spin in their graves.

Are They Crazy?

 Did these seemingly intelligent agents really think the new president was some sort of “Secret Agent Man”? (I like that song from many years ago). Was there any sort of evidence, real suspicions, or any kind of common sense basis to go on? It doesn’t appear that way. They just went bonkers, like liberals attacking conservatives on Facebook or during useless protests, fed by unreasonable emotions. This time, though, those unreasonable emotions emanated from a pure hate for Trump, especially after he fired their buddy.

The one thing they seemingly didn’t stop to ponder was that their other buddy (Rod Rosenstein) was the one who recommended Comey be fired for various and legitimate reasons.

Did they really think they could be knights in shining armor by ousting the new president, saving the nation from his horrifying, treasonous actions?  It’s almost as if they formed their own FBI cult and drank the Kool-Aid, without realizing what they were doing was highly illegal. It could have, and maybe even still will, result in serious convictions.

If you think you will hear about this corruption from the mainstream media, think again. Oh yeah, you’ll hear about it all right, but it will be in the almost drunkenly gleeful context of believing that President Trump is finally going down hard, because he really is guilty of being in bed with the Russians. Or so they think. Stay tuned.

A Dark Blue Wave is Coming at Us:

 During the election season, we kept hearing about the “Blue Wave” that would engulf us come 2019 with the Dems taking over. But, the wave we’re seeing now is  dark blue, if socialism/communism can be colored dark blue.

Recent Headline Examples:

Mayor of New York City pitches plan to seize private property of problem landlords, opponents cry ‘communism’

 Governor of California asks tech industry to help pay for housing

 Ocasio-Cortez set to join Chairwoman Maxine Waters on key financial services committee, will push for drastic changes 

Ocasio-Cortez hits CBS for not having black reporter, producer on 2020 election team

 Critics decry firing of black NFL coaches

 Of course, we constantly hear about free or heavily subsidized healthcare for all, free college tuition and open borders with financial support for all illegals, along with anything else to soothe liberal guilt and shame for living in such a hateful nation.

It bewilders me that these folks think everything can be forcefully engineered to make the world a fair, pain-free, socially just, abundance for all, land of milk and honey without the masses of hard-working, responsible types suffering the consequences.

Life is not a bump-free road, whether it’s coaches, white or black, losing their jobs because they didn’t win enough games, or reporters, black or white, not being qualified to be on a broadcast team. Even plight of the financially less fortunate.

History has taught us that when social and economic ills are attempted to be artificially fixed, it causes more problems than it solves. And, in some cases, like in Venezuela, the consequences are very dire.

Let’s hope that during this liberal fantasy time period we’re in, somehow, some way, someone sees the light through the dark blue wave and can convince some of them this is the wrong road to go down.

Quotes, Quips & Headlines:

 “Little did I know it appears that they were all in it together. I mean Rosenstein, Comey, Mueller, McCabe, the whole crowd and they were out to get this president, no matter what. I don’t think they sincerely believed anything about Russia.” (John Dowd, former White House attorney)

“About 85 percent of the national media are in the business of getting Trump out of office.”   (Bill O’Reilly)    

 To be a liberal requires one to immediately relinquish 10-20 IQ points. With absurdities such as: “Walls don’t work, Trump colluded with Russia, high taxes are good for the economy and  life doesn’t begin at conception,” it’s no wonder they appeal to emotion, not reason.”  (radio host Dan Bongino)

*Emotion, not reason. Have you seen any political debates on Facebook recently? (Me)

Former top FBI lawyer James Baker subject of criminal media leak probe (Headline)

*Oh really? This scandal keeps getting better and better.  (Me)

The longer President Trump holds out to receive funding for the wall, the more his support will continue to shrink. While his most conservative supporters may be lauding his efforts to take a hard stance on receiving funding for the wall, the swing voters who were instrumental to his success in 2016 are quickly leaving him.”  (Doug Schoen, Fox News)

*Unfortunately, I tend to agree with him. (Me)

A big new Caravan is heading up to our Southern Border from Honduras. Tell Nancy and Chuck that a drone flying around will not stop them. Only a Wall will work. Only a Wall, or Steel Barrier, will keep our Country safe! Stop playing political games and end the Shutdown!”  (President Trump)

*Fortunately, I really agree with him. (Me)

Democrats are moving to censure Rep. Steve King. Why the no-fly zone over the bigoted, incendiary comments made by Rep. Maxine Waters?  (Larry Elder)

“So we CAN’T afford to shut the government down but it’s OK to spend billions to fund illegal aliens that cross the border illegally, VERY TWISTED.” (Diamond and Silk)

“We love and support our President. He’s done more for black people than any other President in our lifetime. While others may stab him in the back, we will always have his back!”   (Diamond and Silk)

 * I just love those two ladies. (Me)

Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | January 10, 2019

Am I a Misogynist?

The headline read: Women take Congress, misogynists lash out. When I read that, I felt guilt pangs. I don’t know why, since I wasn’t sure what a misogynist was and had to look it up.

Misogynist: The dislike of, contempt for, or ingrained prejudice against women. Oh my, word. I am not one of those. Just because I disagree with certain women on their political and social views, doesn’t mean I have such distain for them based on their gender. I’m actually an equal opportunity contrarian.

I swallowed hard and proceeded to read the opinion piece, but the writer (a woman) quickly lost me with “men can pretend tolerance of and even affection for women while also seething with sexist resentment of their power,” and “Having calculated that savaging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wasn’t firing up the he-man pitchfork crowd as much as they had hoped, conservatives are now trying to smear Ocasio-Cortez as young, dangerous, naïve stylish and a good dancer.”       

Maybe I’m just an overly down to earth, common sense thinker, or perhaps a naïve old white male, but I just don’t get this whole alleged anti-woman thing that has sprung onto the scene more vividly since the election. The first thing I thought of when reading was, who thinks like this? Maybe it’s because I don’t know anyone in my circle of life who talks about the plight of women being in Congress like this, or anywhere for that matter.

To me, the column reeked of a woman living in a bubble, who irrationally perceives threats to her idealistic way of thinking which has nothing to do with the reality of the majority of Americans – men and women alike.

 It’s a Plain and Simple People issue:

I don’t care if someone is young, old, black, white, brown or any other color. I don’t care if they are male or female. It gets down to the kind of person they are and the skills they have in any endeavor, personal or professional. There is a woman making history this weekend by becoming the first female referee in an NFL play-off game, and that’s great. She didn’t get there because the NFL implemented a forced gender equality policy; she got the assignment because she’s qualified for it!

I’ve had female bosses in the past who were terrific, and some who were downright lousy. I’ve had several female employees over the years, and some were just plain awful, while many were fantastic. Good or bad bosses/employees, it absolutely had nothing to do with their gender.  I wish the women who push out their apparent insecurities by demanding respect and dignity through artificial social engineering would just stop.

Giant Elephant:

Jason Gibb’s opinion piece in The Signal on December 29 was a year-end highlight for me, as he addressed the HUGE elephant in the nation that is the national debt, which not too many folks in our midst, far and wide, seem to have much concern about.

In part Jason wrote; “Nancy Pelosi lamented in 2013 that a $4 trillion budget was a bare bones number that could not be lowered … Is there really nothing the government can do to ease taxpayer burden?”

Jason went on to refer to Rand Paul’s annual “Festivus waste report” that among others found $18 million to support tourism in Egypt, $76 million for stipends to soldiers in the Somali National Army and nearly $1 million to study the sexual habits of quail addicted to cocaine!

I said “RANT ON BRO” when I read this from Jason: “Can someone help me find the section of our Constitution that authorizes the federal government to tax the people in order to fund researching the ever-important drug-induced sexual habits of quail?”

“Ms. Pelosi, the cupboards would not be bare if our representatives would start saying no to projects that are not just unconstitutional, but downright idiotic.”

More Insanity:

I was intrigued with Jason Gibb’s discovery of the findings in the Festivus report, so I went looking for it and oh my freaking goodness, it’s hard to believe (or not).

The report found $114,514,631 was wasted in 2018 on stuff that is so ridiculous one would hope even the new liberal ladies in Washington would grimace at them (I hope Katie Hill reads this, but color me skeptical as she went out of her way to meet with the Signal’s Publisher recently, but avoided me like the plague, if that’s any indication of which local paper she reads).

Aside from what Jason found: In Rwanda, we paid to teach special interest groups and citizens how to lobby, funded a fictionalized opera about Prince Harry, blew leaf blowers at lizards, supported legislative priorities in Libya, put on plays in Afghanistan, studied horse and donkey hunting on the ancient Anatolian Peninsula, and my favorite, $2.5 Million for studying day dreaming. Really, day dreaming?!

When and how this insanity ever ends, I surely don’t know. The stuff in Rand Paul’s report should be the easy stuff to cut, if anyone in the swamp of our capitol had the vision and guts to get after it. The problem, though, goes so much deeper than this foolish spending, and will probably take a cataclysmic economic event to wake people up (sadly, including our current president) and take gut-wrenching actions, even when it’s too late to avoid dire circumstances.

PAYGO, CUTGO, WHO KNOWS?

The lady lib rookies in Washington are wasting no time in showing their true colors (I don’t think we’ve seen Katie Hill’s true colors yet) as they seek to avoid any restrictions on the lavish spending they wish to impose.

Because I needed to know; here are some rough definitions:

PAYGO: Allows for new taxes to be passed in order to pay for new programs.

CUTGO: Requires cuts to existing programs to offset new spending.

Austerian:  A person who advocates austerity by cutting government expenditures, particularly social expenditures, in an effort to cut governmental deficits.

Lady Libs:  “Tomorrow I will also vote No on the rules package, which is trying to slip in #PAYGO. PAYGO isn’t only bad economics, it’s also a dark political maneuver designed to hamstring progress on healthcare and other legislation. We shouldn’t hinder ourselves from the start.”

“I will be voting NO on the Rules package with PAYGO. It is terrible economics. The Austerians were wrong about the Great Recession and Great Depression. At some point, politicians need to learn from mistakes and read economic history.”

For some reason, one of these ladies tagged New York Times columnist Paul Krugman (Nobel-Prize winning economist) with their post. He’s the guy who predicted a Trump presidency would cause the stock market to plummet and lead to a worldwide global recession. We all know how that prediction worked out, and if these ladies think this guy is a true economic expert it’s a good indication of their perception of reality.

I wish these ladies would grasp genuine reality and buy into this common sense statement from many years ago.

“You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from someone else.  When half the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.”      

 Absurdity & Stupidity Read & Heard:

 “I actually think the president is mentally incapacitated, and I have thought so for quite some time.”

 “We all know Trump needs his diaper changed from time to time.”

 “The fact is, a wall is an immorality. It’s not who we are as a nation.”

 “As president, Donald Trump will purify American citizenship by forcibly deporting some 11 million Mexican immigrants living illegally in the U.S.”

 “Trump’s presidency has literally hit a wall. And he continues to bang his head against it. Donald Trump is a cancer on the soul of America. He will be removed so Democracy can live again.”

“I’m a big believer that if this country hasn’t broken your heart then you don’t love her enough. There are things that are savagely wrong in this country.”

“We must remove and replace the system and the culture that gave us Trump in the first place. We must also cleanse our American soul of our white male privilege.” “This wall that the President wants is a monument to white nationalism.”

“This is all Donald has left. He has one thing. This wall is not a wall, it is a ‘let’s keep America white again,’ and basically he doesn’t have the economy anymore.”

“We’re Going to Impeach the Motherf**ker!”

Quotes, Quips & Headlines:

Gov. Gavin Newsom promises a ‘progressive, principled’ California (Headline)

*His inaugural speech was great advertising for moving companies and nearby states, because after hearing it, many more Californians want to get the heck out of here, ASAP!  (Me)

“Christian Bale just referred to Dick Cheney as a charisma free asshole and thanked Satan for providing the inspiration to play him. Gee, some people in America consider Cheney a bright, principled, conservative public servant and loving husband and father.” (Larry Elder)

“They want their crumbs back. They want to eliminate ICE, they want open borders, and ObamaCare on steroids. They want a single-payer system and endless, endless, endless investigations. How does that help you? They want to investigate the president and of course impeachment, impeachment, impeachment. But they wouldn’t tell you this leading up to the midterm elections.” (Sean Hannity)

“I would say to Nancy Pelosi, you need to love your country a little more than you hate the President.”  (Tom Homan, former ICE Director)

“Trey Gowdy foamed at the mouth with power in Congress, then retired because he claimed he didn’t enjoy it. Now it’s clear: Trey Gowdy just wanted a fat lobbyist paycheck. That should be illegal.  (Elizabeth Warren)

“Senator Warren, I’m not lobbying. Not now. Or ever. Perhaps you were cracking open a beer when that was announced.  I don’t mind your criticisms. Just be more sensitive to facts.”  (Trey Gowdy)

No prayers at public settings:  (Headline for an opinion piece)

*They say that now, but if a cataclysmic disaster were to occur, these prayer naysayers would be on their knees praying in a heartbeat!  (Me)

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